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I haven't covered it because it feels exactly like a replay of Aleppo, Syria.
Which was covered extensively here. I'm following Afrin much more closely.
Without further adieu.
UN Delays Vote on 30 day Syrian Ceasefire
"The U.N. Security Council has delayed a vote on a resolution demanding a 30-day humanitarian cease-fire across Syria in hopes of trying to close a gap over when a halt to fighting should take place.
Kuwait's U.N. Ambassador Mansour Al-Otaiba is the current council president. He told reporters Friday evening that "we are so close," but there are still differences over the timing of a cease-fire.
Should we expect an "occurence" in Ghouta overnight? A psyop perped by others intended to send a message or up the pressure exponentially?He said the council will meet at noon EST (1700 GMT) on Saturday.The resolution sponsored by Kuwait and Sweden calls for a cease-fire to take effect 72 hours after its adoption, followed immediately by access for humanitarian convoys and medical evacuation teams"
Shame on the Montral Gazette. Shame on Dan Delmar. Even when McGills uber-Israeli nationalist administration dismisses allegations of anti-Semitism the paper and its writer uses them to smear freedom promoting students.
In October Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee activist Noah Lew cried anti-Semitism after he wasnt voted on to the Board of Directors of the Students Society of McGill University (SSMU). At a General Assembly Democratize SSMU sought to impeach the student unions president Muna Tojiboeva. The ad-hoc student group was angry over her role in suspending an SSMU vice president and adopting a Judicial Board decision that declared a Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions resolution unconstitutional. While they couldnt muster the two thirds of votes required to oust the non-Jewish president of the student union, Democratize SSMU succeeded in blocking the re-election of two Board of Directors candidates who supported the effort to outlaw BDS resolutions.
After failing to be re-elected to the Board of Directors at the same meeting Noah Lew claimed he was blocked from participating in student government because of my Jewish identity and my affiliations with Jewish organizations. Lews claim received international coverage, including coverage in the Gazette.
As shes done on previous occasions, McGill Principal Suzanne Fortier echoed the Israel activists claims. Fortier sent out two emails to all students and faculty about the incident with one of them noting, allegations have arisen suggesting that the votes against one or more of those directors were motivated by anti-Semitism. At the time she announced an investigation into the incident.
Released two weeks ago, the investigation dismissed Lews claim of anti-Semitism. After interviewing 38 students over three-and-a-half weeks, former Student Ombudsman Dr. Spencer Boudreau concluded that he could not substantiate the notion that the vote was motivated by anti-Semitism and couldnt find evidence that would equate students protests about Israels policies with anti-Semitism. Rather, Boudreau found that the vote was motivated by politics, that is, based on his [Lew] support for Israel and Zionism and/or for his view of the BDS movement.
Instead of covering the investigation, the Gazette repeated the Israel nationalists baseless smear. A story headlined ...
(ANTIMEDIA) In response to last weeks shooting at a Florida high school, the states governor recently released his plans to make schools safer. Many of his proposals will indisputably serve to further turn schools into prisons, a trend that has been on the rise for years. According to the Tampa Bay Times, Governor Rick Scotts proposals include: $450 
The reason was that after a detailed preliminary discussion on topics and possible guests, the lineup had nothing in common with what was discussed and included a woman who was identified as a "Russian-American journalist." Neither the host nor the producers seemed to know anything about her - except that until earlier this yea she had worked for the Kremlin propaganda holding Russia Today and now is flogging a book supposedly critical of Putin. I have not read the book, but I do know that people who work for Russia Today are not journalists.
I tried to explain to...
Press TV February 23, 2018 The United States has warned Iraq, among a number of other countries, of the consequences of extending military cooperation with Russia, and striking deals to purchase advanced weaponry, particularly the S-400 surface-to-air missile defense systems. US State Department spokeswoman Heather Neuert said on Thursday that Washington has contacted many 
Sputnik | February 23, 2018 US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert has accused Sputnik and RT of bearing unique responsibility for the bloodshed in Syria and blamed the Russian media for not doing enough to stop the fighting. Heres what Sputnik has to say about this claim. #1: We Reveal Truths the Western Media Doesnt 
SAN FRANCISCO One hour after news broke about the school shooting in Florida last week, Twitter accounts suspected of having links to Russia released hundreds of posts taking up the gun control debate.The accounts addressed the news with the speed of a cable news network. Some adopted the hashtag #guncontrolnow. Others used #gunreformnow and #Parklandshooting. Earlier on Wednesday, before the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., many of those accounts had been focused on the investigation by the special counsel Robert S. Mueller III into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
... raising to 116 persons at least including 18 children and 14 citizen women, who were killed as a result of the fall of these shells since the beginning of escalation on the capital Damascus and its suburbs on the 16th of November, and the SOHR documented the injury of more than 563 persons who were injured in these daily targeting during 3 consecutive months.
Maxim A. Suchkov @MSuchkov_ALM - 4:03 AM - 7 Feb 2018
#Russia's trade mission in #Damascus got hit by 120-mm bomb & is badly damaged. Earlier Rus aid delivery point in the city came under fire killing two local Syrians, Rus non-gov delegation (Christian & Muslim leaders who brought collected aid) had to be evacuated.
One of the most dangerous implications of the past seven years that will affect Palestinians in the years to come was the normalization of state violence and its use to suppress civilian populations.
Press TV February 23, 2018 Syrias UN envoy has denounced the US and Europe for their silence on the carnage of civilians in Damascus by the terror groups operating in Eastern Ghouta, saying it is unacceptable to endanger the lives of eight million in the capital in order to protect a few thousand terrorists 
Listen! Spirit Resistance Radio and Crow Voices Radio are Live! Listen Live! Govinda of Spirit Resistance Radio is broadcasting live at Crow Voices, at Center Pole in Montana. They have their new FM radio station broadcasting locally across the Crow Nation, and you can listen around the Earth online live! Govinda is at the station and will be doing live interviews of the actions and
RT | February 23, 2018 The information battle on the E. Ghouta front is turning into Aleppo 2.0, with Western media, often relying on dubious sources, describing in unison the Syrian regime atrocities while nearly glorifying terrorists resistance. Over the last few days, mainstream media have simultaneously turned their attention to the ongoing 
WILLIAM W. KOEHNLEIN (1949-2017)
Celebrating the Life of Bill Koehnlein
Saturday, March 24, 2018
Saint Mark's Church in-the-Bowery
131 East 10th Street (at Second Avenue)
New York, NY 10003
William (Bill) W. Koehnlein, life-long peace and social justice activist, organizer and educator, died in Manhattan on November 19, 2017, after a long, courageous struggle with colon cancer.
A native New Yorker, Bill was born May 10, 1949, and spent the first six years of his life in the Payson Avenue section of Manhattan (1949-51) and in Elmhurst, Queens (1951-55), where he attended kindergarten at P.S. 89. For the next twelve years, he lived in Huntington Station, Long Island, subsequently moving to the Lower East Side of Manhattan, his main residence until his death.
He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Marie-Claire Picher; his son, Lyle Koehnlein, and daughter-in-law, Jessica Weiser; his mother, Joyce Johnson Koehnlein; two sistersJanice Van Horne and Margaret Guiliano; his brother, John Koehnlein; two sisters-in-lawPatricia Di Grado Koehnlein and Annette Picher; three brothers-in-lawPhilip Guiliano, Harry Van Horne and Edward Blechner; three niecesKeely Guiliano, Zoey Guiliano and Selina Koehnlein; six nephewsRy Guiliano, Zachary Guiliano, Delaney Guiliano, Kieran Koehnlein, Matthew Van Horne, Daniel Picher Fisher; his ex-wife, Sandra Gallagher Kynes; and many cousins and friends. He was pre-deceased by his father, William V. Koehnlein, and grandparentsKarl Koehnlein, Kristina Piskla Koehnlein, Viora Andren and Wayne Johnson.
Bill was a warm, humble, honest and compassionate person. Throughout his adult life, he worked primarily as a freelance book editor and indexer. A political actor, he radically opposed the culture of capitalism both as a writer and organizer committed to grass-roots movement-building for systemic change. In his interactions with people from all walks of life, he espoused and embodied an alternative cul...
Moses And The Ten Commandments by Giora Eshkol
(ZHE) The latest embarrassing blow to CNNs (already tattered) credibility emerged last night when Colton Haab, the student who first exposed CNN for pushing him to ask a scripted question during Wednesday nights town hall, appeared on Tucker Carlson Tonight to offer even more shocking details about CNNs conduct. Yesterday, we noted that Haab, a Marjory Stoneman Douglas 
Calling for a Free Press, Brandon Ecoffey Leaves Position as Editor at Lakota Country Times Statement by Brandon Ecoffey, Lakota Censored News I have chosen to step down as editor of Lakota Country Times to focus on expanding my company Bad Face Consulting. This company was created to help tribal governments develop and implement professional public relations departments and policies in the
European Council President Donald Tusk
BRUSSELS (Reuters) European Council President Donald Tusk on Friday dismissed as pure illusion the ideas floated by Britain so far on what sort of relationship it would want with the European Union after it leaves the bloc.
Tusk said he hoped to get more clarity when he meets Theresa May next Thursday, a day before the British prime minister is due to deliver a speech to outline Londons vision of its future ties with the EU.
I am glad that the UK government seems to be moving towards a more detailed position, Tusk told journalists after 27 EU leaders all apart from May met in Brussels on Friday.
However I am afraid that the UK position today is based on pure illusion. It seems like the cake philosophy is still alive. From the very start it has been a key clear principle of the EU 27 that there can be no cherry-picking and no single market a la carte.
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has said he wants Britain to get the best of both worlds to have its cake and eat it.
EU leaders have long been asking May for details of Londons vision for future relations, but she has been hampered by divisions within her ruling Conservative Party, with some backing close trading ties and others seeking a clean break.
Tusk said the remaining 27 EU states would adopt their joint stance on that in March, whether London provided input or not. Tusk said the bloc would be extremely realistic in our assessment of possible new proposals.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, who saw May this week, echoed those comments in talking to reporters separately after the Brussels meeting.
I made it clear to Theresa May that I believe it is crucial for the UK to set out its position on the transition, on issues like the Irish border, and particularly on the future relationship, he said.
We dont like cherry-picking, so it will be difficult to come to a bespoke deal along the lines that some in the UK are suggesting.
Additional reporting by Samantha Koester and Philip Blenkinsop; Editing by Kevin Liffey
AFP | US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told reporters at the White House that new sanctions against Russia could come within weeks
WASHINGTON (AFP) US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Friday previewed a fresh wave of sanctions against Russia, which he said could come within weeks.I dont want to leave here without emphasizing you havent asked me yet we are working on Russia sanctions, Mnuchin told reporters during a discussion about sanctions on North Korea.
I can assure you that is in the process. I will be back here within the next several weeks to talk about that, he said.
The White House this week stepped up efforts to counter allegations that it is a soft touch on Moscow.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, officials earlier this week said a task force has been set up to address potential meddling in the 2018 congressional elections and work is underway to introduce more sanctions in response to Moscows 2016 campaign.
Highlighting one potentially far-reaching step, a senior administration official said governments around the world have already been warned they could face sanctions for significant transactions with the Russian military.
Trumps vocal praise of President Vladimir Putin and his criticism of a special counsel Robert Muellers investigation into the 2016 election has poured kerosene on allegations of foot-dragging.
Several members of Trumps campaign have been charged or admitted to lying to the FBI about their contacts with Kremlin-related officials who are accused of trying to sway the 2016 vote in Trumps favor.
On Thursday Trumps former campaign boss Paul Manafort was charged with additional counts of laundering money and tax fraud stemming from his time working for a Kremlin-backed Ukrainian politician.
(ANTIMEDIA) One of the creepiest parts of the film Jurassic Park is when the velociraptor uses his witch-like claws to manipulate the door handle and enter the room where the children are hiding. Now imagine a headless dog robot doing that and being extremely persistent at it for 30 minutes. Thats what the latest video by Boston Dynamics demonstrates 
Despite evidence showing the Russian troll farm had zero impact on the 2016 election, Democrats are not ready to give it up. The click-bait operation, according to Democrat Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York, is the equivalent (of) Pearl Harbor. He told MSNBCs Chris Hayes the Russians are destroying our democratic process.
While Nadlers assertions are entirely laughable, they should be taken seriously. If Democrats take back the House later this year, Nadler could very well become head of the House Judiciary Committee. This would likely keep the idiotic Russian election hack allegations alive, as well as move forward an effort to impeach Donald Trump.
The corporate media is taking the Justice Departments indictment of the Russian Internet Research Agency seriously despite the admission it had no influence on the election. As the Moon of Alabama blog detailed on February 17, the so-called influence operation was in fact a click-bait scheme designed to make money.
There was no political point to what the Russian company did. Whatever political slogans one of the company's sock-puppets posted had only one aim: to increase the number of followers for that sock-puppet. The sole point of creating a diverse army of sock-puppets with large following crowds was to sell the 'eyeballs' of the followers to the paying customers of the marketing company.
The whole Russian influence storm is based on a misunderstanding of commercial activities of a Russian marketing company in U.S. social networks, the Moon of Alabama explains. This effort was exploited by Democrats for political purpose after Hillary Clinton lost the election, which took the establishment by surprise.
All of this needs to be put into perspective. The masters of flipping elections are not Russian, theyre American.
Not only has the US meddled in dozens of elections over the last centuryin Honduras, Iran, Guatemala, Haiti, Indonesia, and many other countriesit has also assassinated disfavored leaders and orchestrated the murder...
It could say a lot more, and it leaves out a few important names, but at least it says something Theres been a lot of talk recently about the Freedom of the Press. But how free is it, when over 75% of the press is owned by a handful of billionaires? Is it really about the right of tax-avoiding non-doms to use their wealth to poison our society for their own ends? pic.twitter.com/VJS8Ri7dpM EL4C (@EL4JC) February 23, 2018
Two British Second World War dramas are among the leading contenders for Academy Awards this year. Dunkirk, about the 1940 evacuation of British troops from France, received eight nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director for Christopher Nolan. The Darkest Hour, showing Winston Churchill becoming Britains wartime Prime Minister, has six nominations, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Gary Oldman.
A third British movie about the Second World War, Churchill, released in June, offers a portrait of Winston Churchills doubts and disagreements with his officers and allies in the run-up to the 1944 Normandy invasion. Brian Cox was superb in the title role, but 2017 was a tough year to pit the failing, war-worn Churchill against the fresh, inspirational orator who rallied his countrymen against Nazi tyranny.
In his review of The Darkest Hour, Guardian film critic Peter Bradshaw wrote:
Just as Britain negotiates its inglorious retreat from Europe, and our political classes prepare to ratify the chaotic abandonment of a union intended to prevent another war, there seems to be a renewed appetite for movies about 1940
Bradshaw asked the films producers if they recognized the relevance of their cinematic Churchill to current events. They told him they had planned their movie long before the Brexit vote. But the zeitgeist often takes a while to incubate artistic and political phenomena before bearing fruit. An abiding ambivalence, both toward Winston Churchill and membership in the European Union, have long simmered in the British psyche.
The UK officially joined what was then the European Communities (EC) on January 1, 1973. In 1975 the country held its first referendum about whether to leave. Various political parties Labour, the Referendum Party, UKIP have flirted with defection from the EU over the decades, without success, until 2016. With Brexit now imminent, the country seems to be suffering a sense of leavers remorse. But both of the award-nominated World War Two films offer reassurance that the UK can and will prosper in its new circumstances, on its own.
Churchill has always loomed larger than life for the British, even during his lifetime. A recent poll revealed that a quarter of British voters believe Churchill to be a mythical figure, even as a majority consider Sherlock Holmes historical. Churchill was mythic, as well as a flesh and blood human. He wrote history and enacted it. Both as an author and a public official he was a maker of myth.
Arguably the most eloquent world leader ever, Churchill wrote dozens of inspirational speeches, reams of incisive journalism and epic painstaking multi-volume cultural and military histories. In 1953, during his final ter...
(MEE) The United States plans to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on 14 May, the 70th anniversary of Israels independence, a US official confirmed on Friday. In December, US President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israels capital, and signaled Washingtons intention to relocate its embassy. The move infuriated many of Washingtons Arab allies and dismayed Palestinians 
AFP / by Clare BYRNE, Marc PREL | No one has a magic formula for deradicalisation as if you might de-install dangerous software, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe (C) said in the northern city of Lille where he presented his strategy, flanked by a dozen ministers
The plan unveiled Friday is the third in four years and aims to draw lessons from past failures, after three years marked by a series of attacks that left over 240 people dead.
No one has a magic formula for deradicalisation as if you might de-install dangerous software, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said in the northern city of Lille where he presented his strategy, flanked by a dozen ministers.
But in France and elsewhere there are good approaches to prevention and disengagement.
France is particularly keen to stop extremism flourishing in its prisons, where some of the jihadists behind attacks in recent years first came under the spell of hardliners.
A total of 512 people are currently serving time for terrorism offences in France and a further 1,139 prisoners have been flagged up as being radicalised.
To prevent extremism spreading further, Philippe said he would create 1,500 places in separate prison wings especially for radicalised inmates.
Islamic schools under scrutiny
He also announced plans for three new centres that will attempt to reintegrate radicals referred by French courts, including jihadists returning from fallen IS strongholds in the Middle East.
A first de-radicalisation trial ended in failure last July, with a centre in western France that operated on a voluntary basis shutting after less than a year with no improvements to show.
Other measures announced by Philippe include:
Investments in psychological care for returning children of jihadists. So far 68 children have been repatriated, most of them under 13.
Donald Trump is not the first leader with a severe personality disorder characterized by intolerable feelings of inadequacy and an overwhelming need for approval to gain power. But such leaders have usually gained control in smaller countries that lack the worlds most powerful military.
Call for a demonstration in solidarity with Afrin in Helsinki, Finland on March 3. People will start to gather at 02:00pm (14:00) at Narinkkatori, FI-00100 Helsinki, Finland.
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Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only.
Turkey has waged a war in Afrin, northern Syria for over a month without any meaningful action from the international community. Afrin is one of the cantons in the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria and the autonomous region of Rojava. The barbaric acts of the Turkish army and the affiliated jihadist groups, such as the use of chemical weapons, the bombings of civilian targets and the destruction of cultural-historical sites must be strongly condemned. We demand the attention of the international community regarding this matter. The diplomatic support of Western countries, trade and any other cooperation with the occupying Turkish government must be terminated.
We want to show our support for the Kurdish forces of the YPG and the womens YPJ, the groups that are defending the society of Rojava and the Rojava revolution. There have been numerous demonstrations in support of Afrin in the last month and in support of Rojava in the last five years all around Europe as well as in Finland. If we want peace and democracy in the Middle East, we have to support the fight in Rojava. The democratic autonomy of Rojava allows the freedom of all Syrian people. Join us in supporting Rojava and Afrin to show that they are not alone in this fight!
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On a tour of the Muslim holy site, the Haram-al-Sharif, in the Old City of Jerusalem yesterday, a Colorado congressmans wife advised messianic Jews that seizure of the site might be the best option. Why not tomorrow say its ours! she said to zealots on the site.
Jean Tipton was touring the site along with her husband Scott Tipton, a Republican representing western Colorado, and Rep. David McKinley of West Virginia and his wife Mary.
The Haram-al-Sharif or Noble Sanctuary is the third holiest site in Islam. It is governed by a Muslim waqf, backed by Jordan. The site in the occupied Old City of Jerusalem is also revered by Jews because it is the site of the first and second Jewish temples. Its western wall is the famous scene of Jewish prayer.
Jewish Temple Mount activists dream of asserting Israeli sovereignty over the mount, removing the Muslim structures, and replacing them with a Jewish temple, with millions of Jews attending sacrifices there.
During the hour-long tour, posted to Facebook by a Jewish activist, Jean Tipton egged on two of the messianic Jews.
So you would not be opposed to seizure? she said to Rabbi Chaim Richman, of the Temple Mount Institute.
I cant say that because I would be in trouble, Richman responded.
Avi Abelow, a Temple Mount activist and New Yorker who moved to Jerusalem, jumped in. I can say it, what was the question?
You would not be opposed to seizure? Tipton repeated.
What do you mean?
Taking it back. Just saying, No, its ours. Always was. And it is again!' Tipton went on.
Abelow said Tipton was correct, and that Jewish sovereignty would be fairer to Muslim worshipers than Muslim control of the site is to Jews.
Tipton persisted: So why not tomorrow say that, Its ours.'
Abelow said that such plans are opposed on a geopolitical level and by the current Israeli government, which fears the consequences of seizing sovereignty of the site.
Tipton continued, So youre feeling that it will happen in Gods time. As opposed to mans time.
Im a believer that God works with mans assistance, Abelow said. He said he and Rabbi Richman and others are seeking to generate the awareness necessary to prepare the Jewish people to be ready to then declare sovereignty and be the active partners with God to bringing about a better situation for all of us. Does that make...
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(ANTIMEDIA) In the wake of the recent mass shooting in Florida in which 17 people lost their lives and another 14 were injured, one conscientious gun owner decided to make a statement. In a video uploaded to Facebook, Scott-Dani Pappalardo cut through the barrel of his AR-15 with a saw, declaring there was now one less of the weapon that could potentially 
The second longest bull market in stocks was brutally interrupted in early February 2018 with some serious volatility, including the largest single day point drop in the history of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. I mean, why would something like that happen if the economy is otherwise doing so well, investors are so clearly exuberant, unemployment is so very, very low, and the Fed, Treasury and President Trump are guiding things along so firmly? Tongue firmly in cheek
When actual economic fundamentals are weighed with some data sobriety, this recent volatility could be seen as a warning of further corrections and a deep recession to come. Yet that said, such a wider downturn isnt necessarily due to natural market forces, just like the disingenuously long 9-year-old bull market in equities hasnt been due purely to theoretical supply and demand, either. So, what all is going on behind the ticker tape? What are the true stakes, real numbers at play, and possible ends for which another large systematic financial crisis could serve as means to?
In this episode of Money & Fear, and in the shows Show Notes, well look at the interplay between the bond and stock markets, probe possible financial shenanigans meant to speed a wider correction along, and bring some monetary history into it all, as always. Details not shared, let alone analyzed, by mainstream corporate business press and its sponsors, all of whom prefer that you not think critically about economics or finance, but rather just listen to prescribed numbers, guidance and sound advice otherwise.
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Increasingly Difficult To Work With Russia on Syria Senior U.S. diplomat says Dialogue with Russia on those issues and areas where we can work cooperatively toward a common goal is less and less Is Putins Ego the problem? "IndyWatch Feed War"
BRUSSELS (Reuters) U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan said in Brussels on Friday it has become harder for Washington to work with Moscow on Syria.
Weve worked hard to maintain relations and a dialogue with Russia on those issues and areas where we can work cooperatively toward a common goal, Syria is one, Sullivan told journalists.
As the campaign against ISIS (Islamic State) has proceeded, it has become more challenging for us to work with the Russians on this (Syria).
Sullivan said he had not been directly engaged in negotiations of the U.N. Security Council vote on Syria on Friday.
Reporting by Alissa de Carbonnel, Writing by Gabriela Baczynska; Editing by Alison Williams
Philippe Huguen, AFP | French Prime Minister douard Philippe and some members of his government pose afting announcing new de-radicalisation measures on February 23, 2018, in Lille.
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Latest update : 2018-02-23
The French government unveiled new deradicalisation plans on Friday, including isolating extremists within prisons and opening centres dedicated to reintegrating former radicals into society.
France is experimenting with new ways of halting the drift towards extremism for young people growing up on the margins of society, predominantly in immigrant suburbs where organisations like the Islamic State group or al Qaeda focus their recruiting efforts.
The plan unveiled by Prime Minister Edouard Philippe on Friday is the third such proposal in four years. But this one aims to learn from past mistakes, after three years marked by a series of attacks that has left more than 240 people dead across France.
No one has a magic formula for deradicalisation, like you might de-install dangerous software, Philippe said in the northern city of Lille, where he presented his strategy flanked by a dozen ministers.
But in France and elsewhere there are good approaches to prevention and disengagement....
When Justin Trudeau decided to go to India, he must have tried to kill two birds with one shot, and dress up like Mr. Darcy in Bride and Prejudice: It did not go well. Read my post, Justin Trudeau dresses up for Bride and Prejudice.
by Eric Zuesse for The Saker blog Abdel Bari Atwan, the retired editor-in-chief (1989-2013) of the pan-Arab newspaper Al Quds Al Arabi and author of widely respected books on the
Washington (CNN) A freewheeling President Donald Trump offered a political greatest hits reel Friday to the highest-profile right-wing gathering of the year, basking in conservative plaudits for what he characterized as a triumphant first year in office.
Kathy Kelly, on Feb 15 2018, addresses NYs Stony Point Center outlining the history of peaceful resistance and U.S.-engineered catastrophe in Yemen. She has not as yet had opportunity to review the attached rough transcript.
So, thank you very much to Erin who apparently had asked the question What are we going to do about Yemen? and that was part of what generated our gathering here today; and Susan, thank you so much for inviting me to come and picking me up; to the Stony Point Center people, its a privilege to be here with you and certainly, likewise to all who have come, and to be with these colleagues.
I think the urgency of our gathering tonight is indicated by the words that Muhammad bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, spoke on a nationalized, televised speech in Saudi Arabia on May 2nd of 2017 when he said a prolonged war is in our interest regarding the war in Yemen. He said, Time is on our side regarding the war in Yemen.
And I see that as particularly urgent because its likely that the Crown Prince, Muhammad bin Salman, who is by all accounts the orchestrator of the Saudi-led coalitions involvement in prolonging the war in Yemen, is going to come to the United States in Britain they managed to push back his arrival there: there was such a strong movement, led by young Quakers, actually, in the UK and he probably will come to the United States and most certainly, if that trip happens, to New York, and I think that gives us an opportunity to say to him, and to all of the people focused on him, that time is not on the side of the civilians who suffer desperately; and their situation will be described much further throughout the course of our evening together.
Ive been asked to speak a bit about the war, the history of the war and the proxy wars and the causes. and, And I want to say most humbly to  that I know that any child, in the Yemeni marketplace, selling peanuts on the corner, will always know more about the culture and the history of Yemen than I ever can. Something Ive learned over the years with Voices for Creative Nonviolence is that if we wait till were perfect well wait a very long time; so Ill just job in.
I think one place to start is with the Arab Spring. As it began to unfold in 2011 in Bahrain, at the Pearl Mosque, the Arab Spring was a very very courageous manifestation. Likewise in Yemen, and I mostly want to say that young people in Yemen risked their lives beautifully to rai...
By Gregory Shupak | FAIR | February 21, 2018 Israel claimed that it intercepted an Iranian drone in Israeli airspace on Saturday, February 10; Iran denied that it had a drone there. Israel then bombed a Syrian airbase, saying it was the command-and-control center from which Iran had launched the drone. The Syrian government shot 
AFP/File | The deal could see up to 99,000 tonnes of beef from South Americas Mercosur trading bloc exported to Europe every year
On Wednesday, beef farmers across France demonstrated against the deal which could see up to 99,000 tonnes of beef from the Mercosur trading bloc (Brazil the worlds top exporter of the meat as well as Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay) exported to Europe every year.
Some campaigners have raised concerns about the use of hormones in these countries which lead to artificially high growth rates in cattle a practice that is widespread in the United States but banned in Europe.
Lambert told BFM television she was worried the EU would agree to waive food security norms in return for access to a market of 260 million South American consumers for EU cars and auto parts, dairy products and other goods and services.
She complained that the use by South American producers of hormones and of meat and bone meal a type of feed banned in the EU since the BSE or mad cow crisis of the 1990s would allow them to undercut their French counterparts by up to 30 percent.
At a meeting Thursday with farmers, President Emmanuel Macron promised France would not budge on meat safety.
There will never be beef with hormones in it in France. We shouldnt play with fear, he said, adding: There will be no reduction in our social, environmental or health standards.
Negotiators from Mercosur and the EU resumed talks on Wednesday after edging closer to a deal during the last round in Brussels.
Paraguays Foreign Minister Eladio Loizaga, whose country currently holds the rotating presidency of the Latin American bloc, said Monday that the two sides were in agreement on 90 percent of the issues, including beef exports to Europe.
But EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan said it was very open as to whether there will be a successful conclusion at this stage.
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(ANTIWAR.COM) Mehdi Aker, a top figure in Turkeys ruling AKP party, issued a statement Thursday accusing the Kurdish YPG of having released all the ISIS fighters they had captured in Syria, on condition that they carry out terror attacks against targets of Turkish interest. Aker and other officials claimed there is an ongoing roundup along the Turkey-Syria border 
ANF has acquired footage from the civilian convoy which was bombed by the invading Turkish state, exposing the misinformation that military vehicles were hit. The footage shows civilian vehicles torn to pieces with bombs and shrapnel.
Originally published by ANF News.
Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only.
ANF has acquired footage from the civilian convoy which was bombed by the invading Turkish state, exposing the misinformation that military vehicles were hit. The footage shows civilian vehicles torn to pieces with bombs and shrapnel.
A convoy of civilians who were traveling from Cizire to Afrin to show support for the resistance that has continued for 35 days were hit by the invading Turkish state. One civilian was martyred and 12 others were wounded according to the first information from the site.
The martyred civilian was 28 year old Salim Xilf. Civilians Baq Xell (24), Red Hisn Mihemed (22), Wensa Umer aw (58), Xr Coq engal (23), Rende Hisn Celal (20), Ekrem Bedran Biro (21), Rocvan (21), Xalid Tewfq El (45) and Mihemed Xalid Yeqb (60) were taken to the Avrin Hospital for treatment. Civilians Mihemed x Neb, Xalid Xell and Merwan were also wounded.
The invading Turkish state served articles and videos through the Turkish Special War Department to deceive the public.
ANF acquired footage from the civilian convoy bombed by the Turkish state, exposing the misinformation that military vehicles were hit. The footage shows civilian vehicles torn to pieces with bombs and shrapnel. Several civilian vehicles can be seen being destroyed in the footage, while there is no sight of even one military vehicle or piece of equipment. This has shown that the Turkish state has committed another war crime last night.
For the first six months of 2018, Bulgaria is presiding over the European Union; yet in this period, a Nazi torch-lit march took place though its capital, Sofia, on 17 February. A member party of the current government participated in this march. Last year, the Vice Minister of Regional Development, Pavel Tenev, had already been forced to resign after a holiday photo was published in which he was posing giving the Nazi salute before wax statues of Gestapo officers. Following this, a high (...)
By David Swanson, February 23, 2018.
I asked my Facebook page which high school teacher theyd least like to have had a gun in their desk. Go read their answers.
Id elect those people over any recent president or any current member of Congress.
These bursts of public discussion with dashes of sanity thrown in that follow each particularly media-covered mass-shooting are always encouraging. And its especially encouraging to have young people being allowed to have a say.
But lets be clear about the limitations of whats happened so far. The first set of limitations is those that are created by universal militarism worship.
These kids were killed by a kid trained to kill by the JROTC, the U.S. Army, the U.S. Congress, and your tax dollars, with a bit of spare change thrown in by the NRA. He was tra...
Republicans are hardly the zealous guardians of the public purse they would have Americans believe. While quick to trash their partisan opponents for making free with taxpayers money, they are no less happy to do the same at least when its called national defense.
By Richie Allen | February 22, 2018 YouTube operates a three strikes and you are out policy. Content creators are told that if they violate community standards three times, their channel and all its content will be deleted. Two weeks ago The Richie Allen Show received a strike. Incredibly, I was informed that I had 
A new wave of bombs struck Syria's eastern Ghouta district unabated on Friday, witnesses said, ahead of a U.N. Security Council vote to demand a 30-day ceasefire to end one of the deadliest bombing campaigns of the war.As mentioned yesterday- The US has been flying out "prisoners" from Syrian territory annexed by their Kurdish proxies... Obviously these aren't prisoners.
Via: Real Clear Politics: Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting survivor Colton Haab appeared on FOX News Tucker Carlson Tonight to talk about his saga with CNN and how they scripted a question for him to use at Wednesday nights town hall event hosted by the network and moderated by CNNs Jake Tapper. Haab, a 
Statement by the CSA MAGAZZINO 47 social center after the fascist incendiary attack in Brescia, Italy.
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Immediate mobilization, tomorrow city demonstration.
This night some rats entered the CSA Magazzino 47 social center after they broke a window. They have set a fire in the room of the bookshop and the wine shop. The broken window with obvious signs of forced entry and the intense smell of gasoline give no doubt about the suspect nature of the act, as immediately reported by the firefighters themselves.
The fast reaction of a comrade who was inside the social space meant that the firemen could intervene promptly and extinguishing the flames before they could provoke much worse damage. Several furniture and a large amount of books have been destroyed. Our brother, the only person present, fortunately is fine.
We can say with certainty that it was the umpteenth infamous attack of fascists and racists who try to sow a climate of racial hatred and intolerance in the city.
The same that in recent weeks have hit the occupyed houses of via Gatti and the Sinti...
Theresa May at Number 10
23 FEBRUARY 2018 11:39AM
Theresa May has been warned she would be betraying the electorate if she accepts amendments which would keep Britain in a customs union after Brexit.
Tory MPs have urged the Prime Minister to stick to her guns after a group of five rebels proposed changes which would force the UK to remain in a customs union with the block.
It came after Anna Soubry and Labours Chuka Umunna tabled a new amendment to the trade bill, which called for MPs to support the implementation of a customs union with the EU following the UKs departure.
Brexit-supporting MPs rounded on the amendment within hours, with Tory MP Michael Fabricant describing the proposal as a total betrayal of what the 52 percent of the
February 22, 2018 by Ramin Mazaheri for the Saker Blog As Assad-backed troops enter Afrin to fight Turkish invaders, the Syrian conflict has entered its decisive crossroads: Will Northern Syria cooperate with Damascus, or not? This is the key to Syrian peace and territorial unity. Its also the question which will make or break claims that 
The most fluid arena in the modern world-system, which is in structural crisis, is arguably the geopolitical arena. No country comes even near to dominating this arena. The last hegemonic power, the United States, has long acted like a helpless giant. It is able to destroy but not to control the situation. It still proclaims rules that others are expected to follow, but it can be and is ignored. There is now a long list of countries that act as they deem fit despite pressures from other countries to perform in specified ways. A look around the globe will readily confirm the inability of the United States to get its way. The two countries other than the United States that have the strongest military power are Russia and China. Once, they had to move carefully to avoid the reprimand of the United States.
by Joseph Essertier, February 23, 2018
Making North Korea into an ever-present threat has helped Japans Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his circle of ultranationalist government officials unify the nation behind their government. Recent escalating tensions between Washington and Pyongyang only help promote the narrative that Prime Minister Shinzo Abes policies are good for Japan, keeping the population focused on an external enemy. I hereby admit that I stole most of the wording in the previous two sentences from CNN. All I had to do was exchange one group of actors for another.
Below I outline five reasons why Abe and his circle of ultranationalists hate the Olympic Truce and are looking forward to getting back to maximum pressure (i.e., preventing peace between North and South Korea through genocidal sanctions, threats of a second holocaust on the Korean Peninsula, etc.)
1/ Family Honor
Some of Japans top ultranationalists, including Japans Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Minister, and the Minister in charge of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, have ancestors who were major beneficiaries of Japans empire, and they also want to restore the honor of those ancestors, people who tortured, murdered, and exploited Koreans, among others. Shinzo Abe, the current prime minister, is the grandson of Kishi Nobusuke, an A-class war criminal who barely escaped the death penalty. Kishi was a protg of Hideki Tojo. The relationship between these two went back to 1931 and to their colonialist exploitation of resources and people in Manchuria, including the forced labor of Koreans and Chinese, for their own sake as well as for the Empire of Japan. The slave system that Kishi established there opened the door to the military sex trafficking of women from Japan, Korea, China, and other countries.
Taro Aso, who now serves as the deputy prime minister and min...
This week I spoke with philosopher, novelist, filmmaker and investigative journalist Andre Vltchek. Vltchek has covered wars and conflicts in dozens of countries. Three of his latest books are his tribute to The Great October Socialist Revolution, a revolutionary novel Aurora and a bestselling work of political non-fiction: Exposing Lies Of The Empire. His other books can be viewed here. Also be sure to watch Rwanda Gambit, his groundbreaking documentary about Rwanda and DRCongo and his film/dialogue with Noam Chomsky On Western Terrorism. Vltchek presently resides in East Asia and the Middle East, and continues to work around the world. He can be reached through his website and his Twitter.
I spoke with him about his work and his thoughts on the current imperialist attack on independent media.
Danny Haiphong: Could you give readers a background of who you are and what influenced you to take the path of independent journalism and analysis?
Andre Vltchek: First of all, lately I do not define myself as a journalist. These days, journalism is synonymous with the oldest profession. I document the world, I inform people, and I propagate my political ideas. I dont believe in objective reporting it simply does not exist, and those who claim to be objective, like the BBC or The New York Times, are actually the most professional propagandists for the Western Empire. I may be a propagandist, too, but for the left, for internationalism. And I never hide who I am and...
If we learnt anything in 2017 in the aftermath of Trumps election shock, it was that the face of resistance to todays autocrats would be that of a woman. Women were the first to take to the streets the day after Trump was inaugurated in the largest street march in US history and have since been at the forefront of resistance to his toxic politics of racist fear-mongering and corporate cronyism. Women have similarly changed the entire conversation on sexual abuse, not just in the US but also in Asia and in Latin America, most recently through the #niunamenos (not one woman less) campaign. Women everywhere are leading struggles against corporate crimes and defending their communities and the dignity of all people, risking their lives in the process. To introduce TNIs State of Power 2018 report on counter-power, we interviewed three women activists who have displayed incredible courage...
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By Terrence Dopp and Jennifer Jacobs
President Donald Trump said Friday his administration is imposing the largest U.S. sanctions package yet against North Korea for its nuclear weapons program.
The sanctions, which Trump planned to unveil at a meeting of conservatives near Washington, aims to disrupt shipping and trading companies and vessels that deal with North Korea in an effort to further isolate the regime of Kim Jong Un.
The Treasury Department will soon be taking new action to further cut off sources of revenue and fuel that the regime uses to fund its nuclear program and sustain its military by targeting 56 vessels, shipping companies, and trade businesses that are assisting North Korea in evading sanctions, Trump will tell the meeting, according to excerpts released in advance by the White House.
The action targets one individual, 27 entities, and 28 vessels, according to a statement from the Treasury Department Friday. Those vessels may be located, registered or flagged in a number of countries, including North Korea, China, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong and the Marshall Islands.
While the new sanctions focus on international shipping, the administration is also working on a response to the regimes illicit cyber activities, a senior administration official said.
The latest sanctions send a message of continued U.S. determination as its ally South Korea hosts athletes and officials from North Korea in...
The president says the new actions will further cut off sources of revenue and fuel for Pyongyangs nuclear program
Updated Feb. 23, 2018 9:49 a.m. ET
WASHINGTONThe Trump administration plans to levy its largest ever sanctions package against North Korea, President Donald Trump was set to announce on Friday.
The sanctions will target shipping and trading companies as the U.S. seeks to further cut off foreign-currency revenues keeping the nuclear-armed regime afloat, Mr. Trump will say Friday, according to excerpts of his planned remarks released by the White House.
The Treasury Department will soon be taking new action to further cut off sources of revenue and fuel that the regime uses to fund its nuclear program and sustain its military by targeting 56 vessels, shipping companies, and trade businesses that are assisting North Korea in evading sanctions, Mr. Trump planned to say in a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference.
The U.S. says North Korea, China and a host of other countries are allowing ships and trading companies to aid North Korea in evading an international ban on coal exports and fuel imports, a vital source of income and goods that help leader Kim Jong Un maintain power as he pursues an intercontinental ballistic missile that can target the U.S. mainland.
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On February 1, Margaret Flowers posted Which Path to National Improved Medicare for All?, which argued that states cannot enact single payer health systems and that a state-by-state approach will not lead to National Improved Medicare for All (NIMA). The article was intended to stimulate debate about strategies to win NIMA. Kip Sullivan, a single payer activist in Minnesota, responded to some of the points in the article. His arguments were discussed by the Health Over Profit for Everyone steering committee. Below are summaries of Sullivans responses and our rebuttals (Sullivans full response and the rebuttals are provided at the bottom). Please use the comment section and our Facebook page to keep this discussion going.
GETTY/AFP | The Pillsbury Doughboys parent company General Mills, which also has a long line of natural and organic foods, is moving into the natrual pet food market with the acquisition the Blue Buffalo line of products
NEW YORK (AFP)
US food conglomerate General Mills is adding dogs and cats to its portfolio, in an $8 billion deal to acquire natural pet food company Blue Buffalo, the companies announced Friday.
The Minnesota-based maker of Cheerios cereal, Yoplait yogurt and home of the Pillsbury Doughboy, said the acquisition gives the company a way into a growing $30 billion market for pet food.
Founded in 2002 in Connecticut, Blue Buffalo has seen double-digit sales growth of its natural products in each of the last three years with $1.3 billion in sales last year.
The addition of BLUE to our family of well-loved brands provides General Mills with the leading position in the large and growing Wholesome Natural pet food category, General Mills Chairman Jeff Harmening said in a statement.
Noting that General Mills has a large line of natural and organic products for people, including Annies and Larabar, Harmening said, In pet food, as in human food, consumers are seeking more natural and premium products.
Blue Buffalo chief Billy Bishop said the partnership gives his company the ability to reach more pet parents.
I have been impressed by General Mills strong track record of accelerating growth for its natural and organic brands, Bishop said. General Mills will be a tremendous home for our BLUE brand.
The deal, which is subject to approval by regulators, is expected to be finalized by late May, the statement said.
At first glance, tennis star Serena Williams and the late activist Erica Garner dont have much in common. They lived different lives on different ends of the socioeconomic spectrum. But as black women in America, they both shared horrifying stories due to complications from childbirth. Our country spends more on health care than any other high-income country but still holds the worst record for maternal mortality in the developed world. This maternal health crisis is driven by the high rates of African-American women who die while pregnant or within one year of the end of a pregnancy. Black mothers die at three to four times the rate of white mothers due to pregnancy-related complications. While existing health disparities can add to the risk, one recent study found that racism is a major driver of the gap.
Gathering on the Homeland Feb 24 & 25 Manderson, Oglala Territory
MOSCOW (Reuters) Russia is ready to agree on a U.N. Security Council draft resolution in Syria but it needs guarantees on a ceasefire, Foreign Minister Lavrov said on Friday.
There are no guarantees that (the rebels) will not continue shooting at Damascus residential areas, Lavrov said in a briefing about discussions on a U.N. ceasefire resolution for Syria.
Thats why for the resolution to be efficient and we are ready to agree on the text which would make it so we propose a formula which would make the ceasefire real, based on the guarantees of all who are inside eastern Ghouta and outside eastern Ghouta, Lavrov said.
TAMPA, FLA.In a fluorescent lit classroom with handmade posters covering one wall, approximately 15 high school students are chanting the words of black revolutionary Assata Shakur: It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love each other and we must support each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains. With some embarrassed giggling, they recite it once, twice, three times, led by their visiting speaker, Pamela Gomez of the Hillsborough Community Protection Coalition, an alliance of local progressive groups. These students are some of the 40-odd members of the Blake High School chapter of the Young Democratic Socialists of America (YDSA). The Tampa high school has 1,697 students, a majority of them black or Latino, and the YDSA chapter reflects that. The chapter also has a high concentration of LGBTQ students, the clubs biggest demographic bloc.
With the recent escalation by the Trump administration of the wars in Afghanistan and Syria and threats to North Korea and Venezuela; huge increases in military spending and the threats of nuclear war; as well as increasing attacks on the rights of workers and communities of color and the dangerous growth of white supremacist forces, the time is now to return to the street to make our voices heard. Join us on April 14-15for united, nationally coordinated, regional mobilizations to challenge the war makers and defend humanity.
AFP/File / by Alice RITCHIE | British Prime Minister Theresa May is under pressure to set out more details of her position before talks get underway on the future partnership in April, with Brussels warning Britain cannot have everything it wants
May is under pressure to set out more details of her position before talks get underway on the future partnership in April, with Brussels warning Britain cannot have everything it wants.
The prime minister gathered around a dozen of her senior Cabinet colleagues for eight hours of talks at her country retreat Chequers on Thursday, in a bid to thrash out their considerable differences.
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who has called for a clean break with Brussels, and Finance Minister Philip Hammond, who favours closer ties, were among those present.
It was a very positive meeting and a step forward, agreeing a basis of the prime ministers speech on our future relationship, the spokesman said.
The prime minister will be setting out more detail of the governments position on Friday, he added on her upcoming address.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who did not attend the gathering, said Britain would not be part of a customs union with the EU because it wanted to be able to agree trade deals beyond the bloc.
Its one way of getting frictionless trade but its not the only way, he told BBC radio.
He acknowledged divergent views among ministers, but said: The central common understanding is that there will be areas and sectors of industry where we agree to align our regulations with European regulations.
The automotive industry is perhaps an obvious example because of supply chains that are integrated.
But it will be on a voluntary basis, we will as a sovereign power have the right to choose to diverge, and what we wont be doing is accepting changes in rules because the EU unilaterally chooses to make those changes.
Labour sets out plan
The full Cabinet will disc...
The crisis of social democracy is being debated throughout Europe. Several of the historically strong labour parties have almost been wiped out in elections while others seem unable to recover from defeat. In the last few years, a number of social democratic parties have ended up with only one-digit election results (Greece, Ireland, Iceland, The Netherlands, France), while others have experienced major setbacks. The Norwegian Labour Party, for example, has experienced two of its worst elections 2001 and 2017 since the 1920s. Significant parts of the trade union movement believe that the party made serious blunders in what should have been an easy victory during last years parliamentary elections. There is no doubt that social democracy is in a deep international crisis, although conditions vary widely between different countries.
1) At the Tablet, Tony Badran discusses the US Secretary of States recent visit to Lebanon.
As the military confrontation between Iran and its regional proxies on one hand, and Israel on the other hand, heats up, Lebanon has emerged as the nerve center of the Iranian camp. On the eve of Tillersons visit, Lebanon hosted Akram al-Kaabi, the leader of an Iraqi militia which operates under the command of Irans Qods Force. From Beirut, al-Kaabi stated his group would fight Israel alongside Hezbollah in a future war. The presence of al-Kaabi in Lebanonhis terrorist comrade Qais al-Khazali had dropped by late last yearunderscored Lebanons role as a hub for Irans regional terrorist assets.
2) The Times of Israel carries an excerpt from Ben Dror Yeminis latest book now available in English.
We must admit that there is no chance for peace in the foreseeable future.
Its not that the solution is co...
Long before we knew that it would be called Signal, we knew what we wanted it to be. Instead of teaching the rest of the world cryptography, we wanted to see if we could develop cryptography that worked for the rest of the world. At the time, the industry consensus was largely that encryption and cryptography would remain unusable, but we started Signal with the idea that private communication could be simple. Since then, weve made some progress. Weve built a service used by millions, and software used by billions. The stories that make it back to us and keep us going are the stories of people discovering each other in moments where they found they could speak freely over Signal, of people falling in love over Signal, of people organizing ambitious plans over Signal.
The Saker February 20, 2018 Okay, a quick summary first: one of the Russian athletes participating in the Winter Olympics has tested positive for Meldonium. On two different probes. There is no way to explain that away, Alexander Krushelnitsky did have Meldonium in his body. But he was also tested for the same substance just before leaving 
Een, voor jouw blog, in zo ontzettend veel opzichten relevante discussie over het onderzoek van Mueller over Russische inmenging & Trump (& en de verslaglegging daarover). Duur: 1 uur.
My deeply moving experience was to see the Washington Mall filled with African-American and other activists living in poverty conditions. They were on the ground in front of the statue of Abraham Lincoln. The cold rains and action turned the ground into deep mud. My memory is strong of the mud and walking on planks to the makeshift and somewhat dismal clinic. Now, many years later, the Poor Peoples Campaign is being resurrected. Another attempt is flinging itself at the government, the churches, and the entire American society -- still divided by class. Poverty has largely become normalized in America. The minds of most have become inured to inadequate food, housing and health care for millions of us. We certainly must have not only a national call, but also national change -- to be morally revived and eliminate systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, and ecological devastation.
Public schools across West Virginia are closed Thursday as teachers and other school employees hit the picket lines, demanding higher wages and better benefits. According to Dale Lee, president of the West Virginia Education Association, teachers in all of the states 55 counties are participating in the planned two-day walk-out, and a group will march Thursday morning to the capitol building in Charleston. Organizers expect thousands of teachers to participate. The work stoppage comes after Gov. Jim Justice signed legislation late Wednesday night granting teachers a 2% pay increase starting in July, followed by 1% pay increases over the next two years. But union officials have said thats not a sufficient fix. Teachers are also requesting better healthcare and benefits packages. We need to keep our kids and teachers in the classroom, Justice said in a statement after signing the pay raise bill.
23, 2018 
By Edward Curtin, first published at the Greanville Post The compulsive hatred of Putin by many who have almost zero idea about Putin or Russian history is disproportionate to any rational analysis, but not surprising. Trump and Putin are like weird doppelgangers in the liberal imaginationJohn Steppling, Trump, Putin, and Nikolas Cruz Walk into a Bar The Trump and Netanyahu governments have a problem: How to start a greatly expanded Middle-Eastern war without having a justifiable reason for one. No doubt they are working hard to solve this urgent problem. If they cant find a justification (which they cant), they will have to create one (which they will). Or perhaps they will find what they have already created. Whatever the solution, we should feel confident that they are not sitting on their hands. History teaches those who care to learn that when aggressors place a gun on the wall in the first act of their play, it must go off in the final act. These sinister players have signaled us quite clearly what they have
Daily mortar and missile attacks against the Syrian capital Damascus have been ongoing for years but intensified in recent months. The often quoted Syrian Observatory notes: ... raising to 116 persons at least including 18 children and 14 citizen women,...
UNIFIL spokesperson Andrea Tenenti slammed Israeli media reports accusing the peacekeeping forces of failing to carry out their duties, saying the reports are inaccurate, the National News Agency reported on Friday.
UNIFIL is aware of these media reports which contains clear inaccuracies. UNIFIL is working around the clock and carrying out some 450 operational activities each day. We have close coordination with the Lebanese Armed Forces, almost 40% of our activities are carried out at night, said Tenenti.
He stressed saying the UNIFIL highly values its strategic partnership with the Lebanese army mainly in the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1701. The Lebanese army is an integral part in preserving the calm and stability in the UNIFIL area of operations.
Israeli media have accused the peacekeeping forces in Lebanon (UNIFIL) of becoming an excuse for Hizbullah and the Lebanese government to violate UN resolution 1701.
Israel fought a month-long war against Hizbullah in 2006, killing more than 1,200 Lebanese, mostly civ...
We Dont Need Government, We Need Purpose
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What truly motivates a person? Years ago I would have answered, well, money of course. Money helps to pay for our food, shelter, some entertainment and allows us to (sometimes) further our education. While that answer is true in ways, today I will take it further and say that a purpose is what motivates us. It is not that money itself is motivating for us, but it is the security money can provide us by allowing to our basic needs like food, shelter and clothing to be met.
From our childhood, we have been conditioned to believe that it is necessary to have money and to need the institutions in our world that direct the flow of money to the greater populace. However, if we analyze this deep enough, we see that it is a fact that such a means of rationing resources (which money does) and the institutions that control the rationing, are not necessary, but are by choice.
Sure, in some ways government has served its purpose. It has allowed us to build an infrastructure on this planet where we can travel pretty much wherever we would like. It has also built schools, hospitals and allowed for the creation of all sorts of public services as well as public entertainment. However, what is important to remember is that it wasnt governments who build these things. It was people. People made the choice each and every morning to wake up and go to their job to help create their projects.
Though money was almost certainly an incentive for many of these people, I believe that we human beings have an innate desire to help serve a greater cause. Perhaps for many of these people, an additional incentive for doing their work was that they knew on a deeper level that this was in some way, big or small, helping our civilization to develop and grow in a positive direction.
In todays world, with the internet, 3-D printing, blockchain technology and the ability to harness unlimited energy for the entire world in the forms of solar, wind, tidal and geothermal, not to mention the numerous patented free energy devices which are currently suppressed, the need for money and government has passed us. We no longer need money as a way to ration reso...
On February 22, the Kurdish Peoples Protection Units (YPG) handed over its checkpoints in the neighborhoods of Ein Tal, Hellok, Bustan Basha and nearby areas to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA). Reports also appeared that the SAA had entered into the YPG-held neighborhood of Sheikh Maqsoud as well as the YPG-held part of the Youth housing area the situation there remains unclear.
A map of Aleppo according to the versino that the entire area had been handed over to the SAA:
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Local Editor 22-02-2018 | 12:00 Arab Member of the Israeli Knesset Ayman Odeh, the chairman of the Joint List party stated that Saudi Arabia has an alliance with the Israeli right wing during an interview on Tuesday night. There is a direct alliance between Saudi Arabia and the Israeli right and it is disgraceful, 
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) A global money-laundering watchdog has decided to place Pakistan back on its terrorist financing watchlist, a government official and a diplomat said on Friday, in a likely blow to Pakistans economy and its strained relations with the United States.
The move is part of a broader U.S. strategy to pressure Pakistan to cut alleged links to Islamist militants unleashing chaos in neighboring Afghanistan and backing attacks in India.
It comes days after reports that Pakistan had been given a three-month reprieve before being placed on the list, which could hamper banking and hurt foreign investment.
The United States has spent the past week lobbying member countries of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) to place Pakistan on a so-called grey list of nations that are not doing enough to combat terrorism financing.
Pakistan had launched last-minute efforts to avoid being placed on the list, such as taking over charities linked to a powerful Islamist figure.
But the campaign proved insufficient and the group decided late on Thursday that Pakistan would be put back on the watchlist, a senior Pakistani official and a diplomat with knowledge of the latest FATF discussions told Reuters.
The decision was taken yesterday. The chair (of FATF) is expected to make a statement some time this afternoon in Paris, the diplomat said.
Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity.
Pakistans foreign ministry spokesman declined to confirm or deny the news at a regular news briefing on Friday, saying the FATF would make an announcement on its website.
Let the things come out, and then we can comment on the U.S.-Pakistan relationship, spokesman Mohammad Faisal said.
Pakistan was on the list for three years until 2015.
Robert Frost, the famous American poet, concludes his poem Mending Walls with the assertion that good fences make good neighbors. While this might generally be the case, for both Lebanon and Israel, it seems that neither a fence nor border demarcation can keep these two nations from a recurrent conflict.
In the past, Israel has on many occasions attacked Lebanon due to the latters inability to prevent non-state actors, such as the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), and later Hezbollah, from launching attacks into its territories. The last such Israeli act was in July 2006, when the Israeli Ar...
GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP | In a China venture Minis would be built outside Europe for the first time
If plans to build the Mini in China go ahead, it would be the first time the unmistakeable cars originally created by a British company have been built outside Europe.
But BMW and Great Wall have yet to agree on important details like where to build a factory and how much to invest.
China is the fourth-largest market for the Mini after Britain, the United States and Germany.
Some 35,000 were sold there in 2017, or around one in ten sales worldwide.
BMW follows a maxim that production follows the market, making China ripe for investment in local manufacturing.
Reaching 560,000 units in 2017, Chinese sales of BMW-brand cars produced locally under a joint venture with carmaker Brilliance outweighed shipments in other major markets the United States and Germany combined.
A similar growth strategy could accelerate development of the Mini brand significantly, BMW said.
It added that it would continue talks with Great Wall without questioning BMW Groups commitment in the UK, where production of electric Minis is slated to begin at an Oxford plant next year.
The firm added that it would further expand its joint venture with Brilliance, but did not offer further details.
Events in Syria are so heavily muddied, by hyperbole and
complete disinfo, it's been two or three of the most media crazy
days I've noticed since 2011. When I began following the
destruction of Syria as it began in earnest.
Was saying to hubby- I've never seen the spin so thick and fast. And I've assuredly read through a whole pile of media lies these past nearly ten years.
I suspect this entire area is going to get much worse. If that's even conceivable to all?
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Security Council Resolution was a fail. Unsurprisingly
|I like this guy|
I just love that he used the words "massive psychosis"But Russias ambassador, Vasily A. Nebenzya, whose veto is the lone obstacle to the resolution, dismissed the reports as disinformation and propaganda.He accused his fellow ambassadors and United Nations officials of succumbing to massive psychosis perpetuated by the global news media, which he said had engaged in the coordinated and repeated spread of the same rumors in recent days.
Syrias ambassador, Bashar al-Jaafari, said accusations by the United States, Britain and France which he called the three musketeers that the Syrian government was indiscriminately bombing civilians were completely false
The real goal of the West-brokered UN Security Council resolution on Syria is to put the blame on Damascus for everything and provide cover for militants, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said.
Maduro is hoping cryptocurrencies will help Venezuela skirt U.S. financial sanctions as it struggles under hyperinflation and a collapsing socialist economy.
Phi Beta Iota: Sanctions are going to die in next decade. Ecuador particularly and UNASUR generally, should be looking at three things: nationalizing all central banks; expelling all foreign and absentee land owners; and creating a crypto-currency at the same time that they leave the SWIFT system. All IMF and WB officials should be declared Personna Non Grata.
By Kristin Grayce McGary LAc., MAc., CFMP, CSTcert, CLP.
50 million Americans suffer from an autoimmune disease costing almost 100 million dollars a year. Its a growing number. And while you may believe that youre healthy, eat well and never get sick you could have autoimmunity a pre-diagnosable disease state.
Any autoimmune disease always begins with autoimmunity where the bodys immune response attacks healthy cells and tissues, glands and organs eventually manifesting into a full-blown disease. Put simply, the body has misidentified a part of itself as a foreign invader and mistakenly attacks it.
According to John Hopkins Universitys Autoimmune Disease Research Center, autoimmune diseases are a special threat to women. Indeed, more than 75% of their patients are women. (1)
Sadly, autoimmune diseases are among the ten leading causes of death among women in all age groups up to the age of 65. (2)
Ive had an autoimmune disease called Hoshimotos Thyroiditis. About 90% of all thyroid disorders are actually autoimmune issues but they are left misdiagnosed or undiagnosed until such extensive damage is done to the thyroid gland that its difficult to fully recover. I suffered for years before I discovered what was really going on. I neednt have suffered and I can help you to protect yourself from autoimmunity by passing along some of the knowledge I have accumulated.
Conventional medicine practiced in the West has few answers for those suffering from autoimmune issues and theres little sight of a cure. It has been my experience that autoimmunity and full-blown autoimmune diseases are symptoms of deeper issues. Allopathic medicine tends to focus on relieving symptoms rather than getting to the root cause of the problem. From my point of view, autoimmune issues, such as allergies, food sensitivities, digestive issues, foggy thinking, exhaustion, weight gain, repeated infections, even cancer are red flags. Clearly, as far as I am concerned, they point to a dysfunctional immune system. And that can lead to any one of a number of crippling autoimmune diseases such as MS, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus.
Never getting sick, may seem to you like a good thing. That youre doing OK. But it could very well be the complete opposite and a sign of an underactive immune system it m...
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The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the grand jury indictment of three Russian companies and thirteen Russian nationals on February 16, 2018. The indictment alleges that the defendants took part in a multi-layered, multi-million dollar scheme to surreptitiously participate in the most recent presidential election. The defendants are charged with aggravated identity theft, conspiracy to commit mail and bank fraud and with conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government. The indictment asserts that the purpose of the enterprise was to obstruct the lawful governmental functions of the United States by dishonest means in order to enable the Defendants to interfere with U.S. political and electoral processes, including the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
One of the companies and four of the individual defendants are charged specifically with six counts of aggravated identity theft. The crime involves unlawfully possessing, using, or transferring the identity of someone else in connection with the commission of one of a series of other offenses, such as wire or bank fraud. The offense is punishable by imprisonment for a mandatory two years (five years if the predicate offense is a federal crime of terrorism). The indictment lists six instances in which a victims social security number and/or date of birth were used in conjunction with acts of wire and bank fraud to open bank accounts or secure credit cards.
One of the companies and two of the Russian nationals are charged with conspiracy to com...
Solidarity is our weapon. In Greece, Turkey and Macedonia, the enemy lies in banks and ministries.
Originally published by Vogliamo tutto e per tutti.
Solidarity is our weapon
In Greece, Turkey and Macedonia, the enemy lies in banks and ministries
Patriotism is the principle that will justify the training of wholesale murderers, Leo Tolstoy
We will not beautify the situation. It is more than evident that those who participated in the two rallies for the Macedonian issue in Athens and Thessaloniki are not fascists in their majority. If most of them were fascists, Greece would have entered a civil war by now. Here starts the dangerous part, however. Someone stated that political hegemony does not concern majorities, but content. It is clear that fascism was hegemonic in those two rallies. The rallies provided the opportunity to a heterogeneous rabble and the right-wing scums of the greek society to mobilize under the flag of patriotism, of national unity, and the threat of an imaginary foreign enemy. Those who participated in the rallies, yes those non-fascists that we mentioned before, walked (even if they do not admit it) side by side with far-right party members, neo-Nazis, militaries, the church, and many other ludicrous personas of the far-right circus. Their presence in the rallies strengthened and normalized the HOMELAND-RELIGION-FAMILY dogma of the greek far-right, in other words, they legitimized nationalism dressed in the light cloak of patriotism. Simultaneously, the rallies were embraced by the most violent actors of the greek far-right (Nazis, autonomous fas...
ISTANBUL (Reuters) Turkeys Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Friday that Syrian government air strikes in eastern Ghouta were unacceptable, and called on Russia and Iran to put pressure on Damascus authorities.
Turkeys Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu
Russia and Iran need to stop the Syrian government, Cavusoglu said, adding that an offensive by pro-government forces in the northern Syrian province of Idlib also violated an agreement between Turkey, Iran and Russia.
Reporting by Ezgi Erkoyun; Editing by Dominic Evans
Russias UN ambassador, Vasily A. Nebenzya, dismissed reports of attacks on civilians in eastern Ghouta as disinformation and propaganda. Credit Brendan Mcdermid/Reuters
Despite the rain, hundreds of Tennessee residents and antifascist groups including Knoxville Radical Alliance, Mercy Junction, Middle Tennessee based antifascists, and multiple DSA chapters (Charlottesville, Northern Alabama, and Knoxville), gathered in Knoxville, Tennessee on February 17th to protest neo-Nazi leader Matthew Heimbach & his Traditionalist Workers Party coming to the University of Tennessee at Knoxville campus.
Submitted to Enough is Enough by Middle Tennessee Autonomous Network.
Despite the rain, hundreds of Tennessee residents and antifascist groups including Knoxville Radical Alliance, Mercy Junction, Middle Tennessee based antifascists, and multiple DSA chapters (Charlottesville, Northern Alabama, and Knoxville), gathered in Knoxville, Tennessee on February 17th to protest neo-Nazi leader Matthew Heimbach & his Traditionalist Workers Party coming to the University of Tennessee at Knoxville campus.
Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army fighters hold an ammunition belt near the city of Afrin, Syria February 21, 2018. REUTERS/Khalil AshawiREUTERS
BEIRUT/ISTANBUL (Reuters) The Turkish army struck a convoy entering Syrias Kurdish-held Afrin region, which Ankara said carried fighters and weapons but Kurdish forces said was made up of civilians entering with food and medicine.
In a statement on Friday, the Turkish military said a fleet of some 30-40 vehicles of the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia had approached the main town of the northwest Afrin region. It said artillery targeted the convoy carrying terrorists, weapons and ammunition.
The YPG said the convoy, which arrived in Afrin late on Thursday, had transported civilians from the Jazeera region further east and other towns under the control of Kurdish forces.
Birusk Hasaka, the YPG spokesman in Afrin, said the convoy included hundreds of people. The shelling set some cars ablaze, wounding at least ten people and killing one passenger.
The convoy was headed to stand in solidarity with the people of Afrin, carrying food aid and medical supplies, he told Reuters.
Turkey launched an assault last month on Afrin, seeking to drive out the YPG which it deems a menace along its border. It denies hitting civilians during the offensive.
As always all attention and sensitivity was shown so that civilians were not harmed, the Turkish military said on Friday. It released aerial video footage showing a series of explosions and smoke rising from a country road.
President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday the Turkish army was making every effort to avoid harming any civilians, which was extending the duration of the operation. Defence Minister Nurettin Canikli has previously dismissed reports of harmed civilians as false.
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Tougher sanctions may jeopardise the latest detente between the two Koreas.
#GoogleGestapo is deleting all accounts that conflict with the official narrative. The USA is now officially Stalinist in its treatment of information that is not approved. People are being digitally assassinated to cover up false flag fake news operations.
Below is one email with many links and images from a person whose entire digital life has just been deleted by social media mandarins in active violation of Title 7.
Phi Beta Iota: We have no direct knowledge but we do believe that it is a criminal conspiracy in violation of the US Constitution as amended, to treat this information the way Germany treats those who question the Holocaust myths. The common connection: Zionists. We are also taking an interest in Broward County, which appears to have a much higher proportion of judges and county officials who are active pedophiles and in some cases active murderous pedophiles. The truth will come out eventually, via proper legal processes. In the interim, we continue to defend the Constitution against all enemies, domestic as well as foreign.
Steele, Robert, How The Deep State Controls Social Media and Digitally Assassinates Critics: #GoogleGestapo Censorship & Crowd-Stalking Made Easy, American Herald Tribune, November 7, 2017.
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Nice job, Jeanice. Theyre obliterating everyone who doesnt help foster their Deep State crap.
On my weekly radio show, I recently interviewed Liam McCormack, the head of testing for Consumer Reports (CR)a resource and monthly magazine with seven million print and online subscribers. It has always been a wonder to me why seventy million people dont take advantage of this honest, non-profit testing organization that gives you the lowdown on just about every kind of consumer productand some servicesthat you buy regularly.
Year after year, month after month, Consumer Reports proves its worth to consumers through money saved, aggravation avoided and safety advanced. Founded in 1936, this venerable organization takes no advertising and is as incorruptible as any organization can possibly be.
Here are just a few examples of naming names and suggesting better purchases:
AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint or Verizon cost an average of $960 a year. Well tell you about the carrier that provides better voice quality and costs $360 a year. You can save $600 a year.
Comparing price, selection and service of more than 20 chain retailers, consumer satisfaction scored Costco higher than Walmart.
Youve heard the Geico insurance ads15 minutes saving you 15 percent. CR advises you compare insurance companies every two or three years, adding, After 20 years with Geico, one of our readers switched to highly-rated Amica insurance companies and saved $793 on her coverage.
The most expensive brands, whether cars or mattresses, are not often the best buy, whether it is a Mercedes-Benz car or an Apple computer, or a Serta mattress. CRs own testing results often show other brandsincluding lesser known ones, are a better deal for a variety of reasonsincluding price and performance.
To show how much you can save and how you pay for rewarding name-brand advertisers, Consumer Reports tested the Serta Comfort Smart Support HB300Q, which costs $2,275, and had unimpressive back support. By contrast, the Denver Mattress Doctors Choice received a CR top-rating with very good back support and is priced at $500!
CRs food testing and advice can save your family hundreds of dollars a year while protecting your health and saving you additional health care expenses.
One of the magazines innovations was their Annual Auto Issue. Lets say youre thinking about buying a car or selling a car. Youll receive detailed ratings, reliability, recommendations, photos and base price ranges for 240+ recently tested cars and trucks.
CR doesnt shy away from controversy. It writes that doctors recommending CT scans include many physicians who underestimate the risk of CT scans, whose substantial radiat...
Mays aim for cabinet unity around Canada plus model unlikely to impress Brussels
The UK prime minister faces a fundamental dilemma: avoiding flare-ups at home may only store up trouble in Brussels FT Montage/AFP/Getty
By Alex Barker and Jim Brunsden in Brussels and George Parker in
Financial Times (FT)
Theresa May on Thursday night hammered out a British strategy for future ties with the EU but was warned by a fellow European leader over the way ahead even before a Brexit Cabinet meeting had begun.
Meeting the British prime minister in Downing Street on Wednesday, 24 hours before the Chequers summit, Mark Rutte, Mrs Mays Dutch opposite number, urged her to ditch the idea of a three baskets trade deal.
This idea, floated by Mrs May in the past, seeks to divide a post-Brexit order into three areas; one where the UK maintains the same regulation as the EU; another where it uses rules of its own for the same outcomes; and a third where the UK takes a fundamentally different approach.
It would be better to say nothing at all, Mr Rutte said, according to officials familiar with Wednesdays meeting.
His blunt assessment captures the fundamental dilemma facing Mrs May as she seeks to unify her government around a common line: avoiding flare-ups at home may only store up trouble in Brussels.
For Mr Rutte and other EU27 leaders, the onus is on Mrs May to set out a credible plan that is clear and free from hybrid constructions that mask an unwillingness to make choices.
One has to accept the costs [of different models], said one senior EU diplomat. There is a tendency in the UK for politicians to mention lots of different specifics they would like. What we want is coherence, realism. Im not saying it is easy.
A senior French official said: We dont need lots of details. The issue is: can the UK government simply say they want a free-trade agreement?
Some British ministers also favour a more conventional free-trade deal rather than a broader accord with Brussels.
On Wednesday the European Commission circulated a 58-page document to EU27 member states making it plain that whatever compromise were agreed at Chequers, it was unlikely to fly.
Preserving the integrity of the single market excludes sector-by-sector participation
It includes a staircase chart that shows how, if Mrs May sticks to her negotiating red lines, the only option available is a traditional, unvarnished fr...
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Todays Front Bench covers last nights Brexit summit at Chequers. A sample of the email is below. If you like what you see, sign up here. Dont forget to vote in the poll and leave your reasoning in the comments below. The best responses will feature in this afternoons Brexit Briefing.
Forget three baskets, it sounds like we might only need one. Well, at least for most things. The much-hyped Brexit war cabinet away day to Chequers has come and gone with an agreement reached and no one flouncing out or resigning.
We wont find out exactly what was agreed over slow-braised Guinness short rib and lemon tart until next week. However, the 11-strong core Cabinet has reportedly agreed to pursue mutual recognition of regulations. That is, the middle of three baskets or same goals, different methods. It means divergence is still possible, but should stave off feared job losses from the sudden erection of trade barriers.
Pro-Brexiteers are spinning it as divergence wins, with The Telegraph being told that Philip Hammond, a supporter of very modest Brexit, was shocked at the level of divergence agreed to.
Nevertheless, everyone seems to be relatively happy, with various media outlets being told that the PM played a blinder.
United States Ambassador to the United Nations on Thursday night said that President Donald Trumps Middle East peace plan is nearly ready while speaking at the University of Chicagos Institute of Politics.
During a question-and-answer session led by the Institutes current head, David Axelrod, she said: Theyre coming up with a...
Moldova seldom hits media headlines but the situation there is another example of creeping NATO expansion. The US is in the process of establishing its military presence there to make American soldiers and Russian peacekeepers watch each other through gun sights.
February 22, 2018 Hezbollah Deputy Chief, Sheikh Naim Qassem, vowed that the Lebanese resistance wont cede one iota of its countrys territory. During a meeting in Beirut southern suburb (Dahiyeh) on Wednesday, Sheikh Qassem said that Hezbollah sticks to accuracy while defending its territory. We dont accept that our land or our territorial water be 
What is this country we are asked to love? This might once have been an easy question to answer. National identity was built around a range of institutions, considered to represent the national interest. Rebellion against them was characterised as treason. But one by one, these institutions have been subverted from within. Look to the top to see treachery at work.
The recent focus on SOAS sheds light on a series of important aspects of the way Prevent operates in universities, and in general
MANILA (Reuters) Philippine police killed 10 suspected drug peddlers and arrested 63 people in dozens of operations during the single deadliest night of the countrys ferocious war on drugs since police resumed participation in early December.
Since President Rodrigo Duterte allowed police to resume operations following a two-month suspension over the death of an unarmed teenager, 88 people have been killed and close to 9,000 arrested, the latest police data show.
The operations ran from Wednesday night through to Thursday morning in the province of Bulacan, north of Manila, the capital. This is the province where 32 people were killed in a single day in August last year.
Bulacan police chief Romeo Caramat said the 10 suspects were killed in eight different towns in 45 separate buy-bust incidents, or sting operations.
The Jimmy Dore Show | February 20, 2018
The Last Oil -- Gwich'in David Solomon 'Rise Up and Defend Arctic and Caribou' Article by Brenda Norrell Watch live https://thelastoil.unm.edu/watch-live/ Censored News ALBUQUERQUE, David Solomon, Gwich'in of Fort Yukon, urged the people to rise up and defend the caribou and Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, as oil drilling again threatens the Gwich'in homeland. "We need you," David said,
Dominos Pizza says it is in no way affiliated with an adult entertainment website after news of the sites Dominos-ordering sex toy was announced on Thursday.
This is news to us, a Dominos spokesperson tells Fox News. We have not worked with this company, nor have we authorized them to use our name in conjunction with their toy.
The adult site introduced its new interactive vibrator, dubbed the RubGrub, in a press release issued on Thursday morning, describing the sex toy as an interactive vibrator that has the ability to order Dominos pizza immediately following an orgasm.
According to the press release, the RubGrub will be outfitted with a button affixed to the end of the device, which can be pre-programmed with the users payment and delivery information, meaning he/she would merely need to push the button to summon a cheese pizza.
While initially launching with the ability to order pizza, the adult entertainment company has plans to add additional restaurant chains, including those serving Mexican and Chinese food, reads the press release, adding the devices will be available sometime in the coming months for $19.95 a pop.
Additional toppings extra.
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Acoma Petuuche Gilbert opens The Last Oil symposium in New Mexico, the home of U.S. nuclear bombs, with words of prayer and respect for all life. By Brenda Norrell Censored News ALBUQUERQUE -- Petuuche Gilbert, Acoma, opened The Last Oil symposium, with prayer and a call for peace and respect, while questioning why the United States continues to build nuclear bombs to kill the people of the
Officer Scott Peterson waited four minutes outside the high school building after the shooting started. Seventeen people were killed in the six-minute ordeal at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14.
The armed police officer who stood outside a Florida high school while a gunman shot and killed 17 people resigned on Thursday and has been placed under investigation.
The resignation came amid a national debate in the United States about how to prevent future school shootings. The countrys powerful pro-gun lobby and some Republican lawmakers, including US President Donald Trump, have suggested arming school officials as a solution.
Failure to respond:
The two firms decide to end the US$580m deal as regulatory approval is unlikely
South China Morning Post
With few exceptions, journalists failed to examine the underlying facts while repeating what turned out to be false allegations
Palestinian Beaten to Death In Custody by 20 Israeli Troops Security camera footage shared online and picked up by local media showed the soldiers hitting the 33-year-old repeatedly in the head, stomach and back. A Palestinian man died Thursday after a brutal confrontation with Israeli troops in the occupied West Bank that the Palestinian Authority 
The job search has not been going good, said Harsanyi, a baby-faced 27-year-old with tattoos poking out of his collar. I think when youre a drug addict in sobriety with a felony on your record, they look at you different, like youre going to rob their store.
Jobs are plentiful in Marylands Anne Arundel County, which boasts an unemployment rate of 3.1%. But after doing time for an armed robbery committed while he was high in 2015, Harsanyi has so far been turned down for jobs at Valvoline and Jiffy Lube, and is only able to pick up occasional work as a tile setter for another recovering addict he met through his 12-Step program.
Harsanyis experience isnt just hard on him. The opioid crisis is turning into a real problem for employers, who are having trouble finding workers in the midst of one of the tightest labor markets in decades.
There are nearly 6 million job openings in the U.S. and the unemployment rate, at 4.1%, is at a 17-year low. But the share of people working or looking for work still hasnt recover...
AFP/File | New Delhi said it was deeply dismayed by the extension of emergency rule in the Maldives
MAL (MALDIVES) (AFP) The Maldives has warned India against interfering in its political crisis, deepening a rift with the country once seen as its closest ally.New Delhi has expressed concern about the situation in the honeymoon islands, whose president has sacked top judges, jailed political dissidents and imposed a state of emergency in recent weeks.
On Wednesday it said it was deeply dismayed by the extension of emergency rule, earning an official rebuke from the Maldives foreign ministry.
There is no doubt that the Maldives is experiencing one of the most difficult periods in the history of the nation, the islands ministry said in a statement late Thursday.
It is therefore important that friends and partners in the international community, including India, refrain from any actions that could hinder resolving the situation facing the country.
Maldives President Abdulla Yameen has jailed almost all his political opponents since coming to power in late 2013 and the resulting fall-out has dented the nations image as a popular holiday destination.
The UN human rights chief has described the imposition of a state of emergency following a power struggle with the Supreme Court as an all-out assault on democracy.
Exiled opposition leader Mohamed Nasheed has urged India to intervene militarily in the crisis a request the government has not publicly addressed.
The Yameen regime has leaned heavily on Indias regional rival China for political and financial support to build infrastructure in the nation of 1,190 tiny coral islands.
Despite criticism from the international community, legislators from Yameens party on Tuesday controversially approved a 30-day extension of emergency rule.
The irony is so thick youd think it was made from ballistic jelly. But, thats exactly whats needed to contain this shot across the election-tampering bow the Russians just pulled off.
Sputnik 22.02.2018 MOSCOW North Koreas committee on Korean reconciliation condemned on Thursday an upcoming joint US-Japan missile defense drill as an attempt to reignite regional tensions and obstruct the ongoing thaw between Pyongyang and Seoul. Branding this as a ferocious gangster-like act aimed to tarnish the hard-won atmosphere for the improvement of the 
Tehran (MEE) The IAEA report also says that Iran may build nuclear reactors for ships that remain within limits of 2015 deal.
Iran is still sticking to the 2015 nuclear accord, a UN atomic watchdog report showed on Thursday, four months ahead of US President Donald Trumps deadline to fix its disastrous flaws.IAEA Inspectors
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) document, the ninth since the deal came into force in January 2016, showed Iran complying with the accords key parameters.
The number of centrifuges to enrich uranium was below the agreed level of 5,060, while Irans total stockpile of low-enriched uranium has not exceeded 300 kg, said the report seen by AFP.
When enriched to high purities, Uranium can be used in a nuclear weapon. At low purities, it can be used for peaceful applications such as power generation Irans stated aim.
The volume of heavy water, a reactor coolant, remained below the agreed maximum of 130 tonnes throughout the past three months.
Iran has inched above that ceiling twice since the accord took effect.
It removed and rendered inoperable the core of the Arak reactor, which could in theory have produced weapons-grade plutonium, before the accord entered into force.
Aside from the relatively minor breach on heavy water, the IAEA reports have consistently shown Iran adhering to the deal in the two years since it took effect.
However, the future of the hard-won agreement between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany is highly uncertain, mainly because o...
While calling for hardened security at schools, president floats proposals to keep weapons out of some hands
Is it time to put the US Coalition on a Terrorism watch list? While Syria is fighting ISIS, it must also battle US Coalition-supported Turkey al-Qaeda groups, while the US reserves the right to bomb the SAA [ Editors Note: We are living in an upside-down world now. Western countries, widely known to have been 
The February 17th New York Times article is deceptive not merely on account of its holier-than-thou admission of the CIAs supposedly past history of badness and its presumption of todays Russia being almost as bad as was the Soviet Union. Actually, the article includes several other lies.
Soldiers Shoot Child With Gas Bomb In The Head Near Ramallah 23 Feb 7:40 AM Israeli soldiers shot, on Thursday evening, a Palestinian child with a gas bomb in his head, in Deir Nitham village, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah. Medical sources said the child, identified as Saleh Mahmoud Tamimi, 
Republicans have held the political high ground on gun rights for decades, and theyve done it by sticking together and sticking to the facts. Nothing will lose them that credibility faster than if they jump on the false-hope bandwagon.
The Parkland, Fla., school shooting is rightly causing a new national debate. With astounding cynicism, Democrats rushed to capitalize on dead teens, while ineffectually dragging out the same fatigued arguments theyve been making since the Clinton era. They are back again with the assault weapons crycalling for an arbitrary ban on a handful of scary-looking guns, when millions of other firearms can kill just as efficiently. (The 1994 assault-weapon ban was still in effect at the time of the 1999 Columbine massacre.) They are back again with confiscation, even though they know its a nonstarter with the Supreme Court and the public. The P...
Boris Johnson resumes subsidizing Al Qaeda through the CSSF Voltaire Network Feb 20, 2018 Without making a big deal about it, Boris Johnson, British Minister of Foreign Affairs is now resuming subsidizing Adam Smith International (ASI) following a two-month break. In December 2017, the BBC programme Panorama had shown that the ASI, supported by 
Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (15- 21 February 2018) Israeli forces continue systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) (15 21 February 2018) Israeli forces killed 2 children and wounded 2 others in the Gaza Strip without endangering the soldiers life. Israeli forces continued to use 
The United States has formed a new Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (QSD), which is known as the Quads. This is an anti-Chinese group composed since 2007 of Japan, Australia and India. Following a change in government, Australia had left the group, making Washington's strategy a failure, returned to it in 2010. The Trump Administration is preparing a project to steal China's thunder. The initiative the Chinese have in mind is to create new communication routes along the model of the former (...)
BEIJING As China ratchets up pressure on Taiwan, the self-governing island it claims as its territory, the United States is cautiously starting to push back.
In recent months, Chinese strategic bombers have been conducting island encirclement flights, escorted by fighter jets. The Chinese government has discouraged tourism to Taiwan and imports of goods like fish over the past year and a half, hurting its economy. And China persuaded the islands most important remaining diplomatic ally, Panama, to switch diplomatic recognition last summer from Taipei to Beijing.
Concern about Taiwans fate now appears to be building slowly in Washington, even as President Trump continues to seek Chinas help on other issues. Through his first year in office, Mr. Trump pressed Beijing to put more pressure on North Korea to abandon its nuclear and ballistic missile programs, with limited success. He has also sought to limit Chinas nearly $400 billion trade surplus with the United States, which has nonetheless continued to widen.
Against that backdrop, Washington has recently begun moving gradually to reinforce its ties to Taiwan, a vigorous democracy facing an increasingly authoritarian government in Beijing....
On 17 February President Recep Tayyip Erdoan delivered a speech on Operation Olive Branch (the current invasion of Syria by the Turkish army) at the Provincial Congress of Eskiehir of the AKP. He declared the following: Those who think that we have erased from our hearts the lands of from which we withdrew in tears, 100 years ago, are quite mistaken. On ever occasion we say time and time again, that Syria, Iraq and other places on the map of our hearts are no different from our own (...)
Gaza: A Concentration Camp of 1.5 Million People By Jean Shaoul, Israel mounts fresh military assault on Gaza Israeli forces attacked 18 targets in the Gaza Strip belonging to Hamas, which controls the besieged enclave, in the second such action over the weekend. The strikes followed an explosion during a demonstration of Palestinians on the 
I just hope theres plenty of 4K footage of the launch centrifuge facility when it experiences catastrophic failure. Via: TechCrunch: What if instead of blasting cargo into space on a rocket, we could fling it into space using a catapult? Thats the big, possibly crazy, possibly genius idea behind SpinLaunch. It was secretly founded in 
Settlers Attack Palestinians near Jenin IMEMC News & Agencies February 22, 2018 Israeli settlers attacked, on Wednesday, Palestinian vehicles near the town of Silat al-Zohor, to the south of West Bank city Jenin, and shouted anti-Arab slogans. Witnesses confirmed that settlers deployed near the settlement of Homesh, and attacked the 
Fighting for his political, Netanyahu juggles tensions in north and south Netanyahus threats against Iran and Syria could backfire In Gaza, while Israelis philosophize about the gravity of the situation, a crisis is liable to erupt imminently
Russia says it wants changes to a UN Security Council resolution for a ceasefire in Syria amid growing outrage over civilian deaths in a rebel enclave under Syrian government bombardment.
Russias UN ambassador called for feasible not populist action.
Credit Brendan Mcdermid/Reuters
But Western diplomats say Russia is stalling for time and France said failure to act could spell the end of the Security Council itself.
Activists say 400 people have been killed in Eastern Ghouta in five days.
The UN body in New York is due to vote on the resolution on Friday at 11:00 local time (16:00 GMT).
Russia, one of five powers that can veto a resolution, is a key backer of Syrias President Bashar al-Assad in the civil war. Western powers suspect that Moscow wants to give its ally time to deal a final blow to rebel forces.
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FORMER TAMIL TIGER DEPORTED TO SRI LANKA
23 February 2018
The Tamil Refugee Council condemns the Australian government for deporting to Sri Lanka a former member of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE, or Tamil Tigers).
Santharuban, who fled the country in 2012, last night was taken into custody for questioning in Colombo, the capital, on arrival just after 10pm local time.
He had been handcuffed and removed from the Broadmeadows detention centre (Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation) on Tuesday evening and was driven to Sydney escorted by four guards, one Border Force agent and one doctor where he was detained.
Early Thursday morning, he was asked to sign a deportation document. He claims that when he refused, Border Force agents grabbed him by the shirt and threatened to handcuff him, tape his mouth shut and drag him onto the plane.
As we saw in part one of this post, the February 19th edition of the BBC World Service radio programme Newshour included an interview (from 30:06 here) with UNRWAs commissioner-general Pierre Krahenbul.
Having failed to challenge Krahenbuhls unevidenced claim that an UNRWA education is an investment in regional security, presenter Tim Franks next provided him with the cue for dismissal of one of the prime criticisms of the UN agency.
Franks: What do you say to the other criticism that is often levelled at UNRWA particularly of your work inside Gaza where theres a huge proportion of the refugees and that is that maybe inevitably, maybe willingly, you have allowed yourself to become too close to the authority...
By Andrea Tan and David Yong
A Singapore shipping company rescued by its chairman just over a year ago faces collapse unless the courts step in, a sign that an earlier slump in oil prices is still reverberating.
Saddled with $877 million in liabilities and creditors demanding payment, Otto Marine Ltd. is asking the Singapore High Court for protection. The shipbuilder wants to turn itself around under the courts supervision and fend off creditors while it restructures its debt, according to its Feb. 20 application for judicial management, which was obtained by Bloomberg News.
I cannot be expected to continue shouldering the financial burden and injecting fresh capital into the company, Executive Chairman Yaw Chee Siew said in the application.
Yaw, took full control of the ailing firm in October 2016 and is the single biggest creditor with $208 million due to him and affiliates, the papers show. The financial collapse of the group is imminent unless the High Court provides breathing room, he said.
Otto Marine made its case for an interim judicial manager in a closed door hearing on Friday. The company will release a statement after the outcome of the hearing is known, Mark Ortega, legal counsel, said in an email on Thursday.
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The shipping company is among many in the oil and gas services industry struggling to meet financial obligations after a plunge in crude prices caused contracts to dr...
The company will be overseen by a working group of regulators from various agencies for at least one year
SHANGHAIChinas insurance regulatory agency Friday took control of hard-charging, acquisitive Anbang Insurance Group Co., saying the action is needed to avoid a collapse of the firm following suspected illegal activity and the downfall of its once-highflying chairman.
Anbang was among a handful of privately run, fast-growing Chinese firms that appeared to enjoy unusual levels of political support to borrow money and build global footprints. For instance, it...
North Korea will send one of its highest ranking figures, General Kim Yong-chol, to the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.
South Korean lawmakers protested Friday over a visit by a top North Korean general for the Pyeongchang Olympics, labelling him a war criminal over the 2010 sinking of a warship and calling for his execution.
Kim Yong Chol will head an eight-member delegation to arrive on Sunday for the Games closing ceremony which will also be attended by US President Donald Trumps daughter Ivanka.
Kim is widely blamed for a spate of attacks against the South including the torpedoing nearly eight years ago of the Seouls Cheonan corvette, with the loss of 46 lives.
Some 70 lawmakers of the conservative Liberty Korea Party staged a protest outside the presidential Blue House, urging President Moon Jae-in to scrap the visit.
Kim Yong Chol is a diabolical war criminal who attacked the South He deserves death by hanging in the street, the partys parliamentary floor leader Kim Sung-tae said in a statement.
Even if the heavens split in two, we cannot allow such a heinous criminal who must be sliced to death to be invited to the Olympics closing ceremony, he said.
Unification ministry spokesman Baek Tae-hyun said the South Korean government was aware of widespread misgivings about Kim Yong Chols visit to the South, but accepted it as the chances for improving inter-Korean ties and a peace settlement might be improved.
The Pyeongchang Olympics have seen a charm offensive by the North, which sent leader Kim Jong Uns sister to the opening ceremony as it seeks to loosen sanctions against it and weaken the alliance between Seoul and Washington....
https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-february-22-2018-russia-moves-its-advanced-su-57-stealth-fighters-into-syria/ On February 21, the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) captured the villages of Qara Baba, Kirbet Siluki and Vergan from the Kurdish Peoples Protection
[this analysis was written for the Unz Review] As the Presidential elections in Russia are drawing near I am amazed to see how much interest this event is generating in
As soon as Virgin Atlantic Airlines introduced a couscous-style salad inspired by the flavors of Palestine, a controversy ensued. Israels supporters ignited a social media storm and sent many complaints to the company, obliging the airline to remove the reference to Palestine. In the Zionist narrative, Palestine does not exist nor is it allowed Continue reading "More Than a Fight over Couscous: Why the Palestinian Narrative Must Be Embraced"
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Originally posted at TomDispatch. I was teaching the day the airplanes hit the World Trade Center. It was the second meeting of The Communist Manifesto for Seminarians, a course for my fellow graduate students. By the time I got to class, both towers had collapsed. A few hours later, Building 7 came down as well. Continue reading "The 9/11 Hijackers Were Iraqis, Right?"
by Katerina Vidner Ferkov, February 18, 2018, via Zdravo Slovenia It is very hard to write a letter to a country where children, women, and men are being bombed by the coalition for the greater good, so they say in the corporate media. How to find words while you are looking for your sons and daughters in the fire, explosions and collapsed buildings? But a letter from Slovenia to Syria must be sent. Dear Syria in Slovenia we have seen this before when Yugoslavia fell apart and a devastating carnage took place in a state where people used to sing about brotherhood and equality. We saw the refugees from ex Yugoslavia and felt their pain like we witnessed the suffering of many Syrian refugees. Do you know that ex Yugoslavia was bombed in the NATO operation called the Merciful Angel? What kind of mercy is that? Those children in ex Yugoslavia till this day suffer because of depleted uranium in those bombs. Our reality is Slovenia and in the South neighborhood countries is a direct
Last week, the Mueller investigative team indicted 13 Russian nationals for charges related to interference in the 2016 election. One of the individuals is a Russian billionaire, Yevgeny Prigozhin, who is allegedly the financier of the "troll farm." This company that is solely dedicated to sowing political discord via fake news and false online identities Continue reading "Lets Acknowledge US Interference in Foreign Elections"
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Sputnik 23.02.2018 The brief respite on the Korean Peninsula seems fated to end with the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang after North Korean leaders canceled a planned secret meeting with US Vice President Mike Pence. Washington is also expected to soon resume postponed military exercises alongside South Korea, exercises that North Korea has labeled provocative. 
Via: Reuters: Facing a future in which self-driving cars may curb vehicle ownership, Nissan Motor Co is taking its first steps to becoming an operator of autonomous transportation services, hoping to break into a segment set to be dominated by Uber Technologies and other technology firms. In partnership with Japanese mobile gaming platform operator DeNA 
by Jack Cohen-Joppa, for the Nuclear Resister Before dawn on the morning of February 22, hundreds of French police in riot gear and equipped with trucks, bulldozers, helicopters and drones, evicted dozens of nuclear waste dump opponents who had occupied a disputed woods in the Meuse district for the last 18 months. A public relations 
. As with the Rebirth of the Nation in 1988, Gwich'in today are again threatened, and proclaim, 'No Oil. No Compromise.' Article by Brenda Norrell The Last Oil https://thelastoil.unm.edu/watch-live/ Censored News ALBUQUERQUE -- Sarah James, Gwich'in, today is carrying forward the message of the Chiefs, "No Oil. No Compromise," and remembering the humble way of life of the Gwich'in.
By Ray McGovern | Consortium News | February 22, 2018 Now that I have been nominated again this time by author Paul Craig Roberts to be CIA director, I am preparing to hit the ground running. Ray McGovern Last time my name was offered in nomination for the position by The Nation 
22.02.18: This morning at 6:15am the eviction of the Lejuc wood (Bois Lejuc) started with 500 riot cops, reinforced/orchestrated by a communication campaign from the home secretary (ministre de linterieur), the news channels diffusing shock images of military vehicles gathered next to the Lejuc wood, cabins being invaded, cops in balaclavas armed with chainsaws and cameras
The operation, supposed to be because of a court decision last year about eviction of the wood from le tribunal de grande instance de Bar-le-Duc, came before all legal cases had finished (especially if Andra owns the wood or not) and before the end of the period of non eviction in winter even though many living/occupation structures had been built in and around the wood. There is even a place where local elected officials changed their headquarters to an address in the wood. Andra cant legally start any work in the wood, the French environmental authority concluded in October 2017 that Andra had to do an environmental survey of the area before proceeding with any exploration/preparation work. There is a nesting period in the middle of March that prevents any work and Andra does not have the permit to do any forest clearing.
Like in 2012 in Notre-Dames-des-landes, the bulldozers are just behind the riot cops, to destroy as quickly as possible any living areas not even leaving time for people to collec...
On Tuesday, February 20th, our comrade was transferred to another prison in Germany, JVA Willich II, about 60km from Cologne, where she was previously. We do not know yet how long she will be there, but we will still leave her new address so that she can continue to receive letters and solidarity photos.
JVA Willich II
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(ANTIMEDIA) Broward County, FL An armed officer on campus during last weeks mass shooting in Florida never went in the building to confront the killer, the Broward County Sheriff told reporters at a news conference on Thursday. Sheriff Scott Israel said Deputy Scot Peterson, the resource officer at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, opted instead to take up 
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Hoy, 21.02.18, el prisionero anarquista Konstantinos Yiagtzoglou inici una huelga de hambre para exigir su traslado desde la crcel de Larissa a la crcel de Korydallos tras el rechazo de su solicitud por parte del Comit Central de Traslados. Actualmente se encuentra en la prisin de Korydallos, donde fue enviado ayer para un caso judicial en curso. Un texto del compaero seguir en los prximos das.
Llamamos a una asamblea abierta de emergencia para planificar acciones de solidaridad para la huelga de hambre del compaero y compartir informacin sobre el caso el jueves 22 de febrero a las 19:00 en el Politcnico (edificio Gini).
Asamblea de Solidaridad con Konstantinos Yiagtzoglou
Recibido el 22.02.18:
Algunas palabras sobre el caso del prisionero anarquista Konstantinos Yiagtzoglou
El compaero anarquista Konstantinos Yiagtzoglou fue arrestado el 28 de octubre de 2017, mientras sala de un escondite alquilado por l bajo una identidad falsa y mientras intercambiaba armas de fuego y materiales explosivos. Dinos est acusado de ser miembro de Conspiracin de las Clulas de Fuego y de enviar...
R. Ada Hernndez Castillo On February 19 the time period for registration of independent candidates to the Presidency of the Republic ended. Only three independent candidates attained registration, all three with daily expenses equal or greater than those of the partisan candidates. Mara de Jess Patricio, spokesperson of the Indigenous Government Council (CIG), did not...
The General Conference of the Libyan tribes and cities confirmed its commitment to Dr. Saif al-Islam Qaddafi to lead the national reconciliation and lead the country to safety. In a statement, the conference called for all the free and honorable parties to join ranks in order to liberate the country from the proxy militias, which...
New Satellite Images Show Destruction Indicating Obstruction of Justice Satellite imagery shows at least 28 Rohingya villages have been leveled between December and February. However, reports produced by some human rights groups place the figure at 55. Time series animation of satellite imagery capturing the demolition of multiple villages in Maungdaw township between January 8...
by Peter Koenig for The Saker Blog Imagine an international currency backed by energy? By a raw material that the entire world needs, not gold which has hardly any
Every time we hear news of yet another mass shooting in the United States we inevitably also hear that it is the right of every American to own a gun, sanctified by the Second Amendment to the US Constitution. But I wonder how many people making that claim have actually read the Second Amendment, because thats not really what it does.
Fortunately the section is very short and pretty easy to understand. It reads, in its entirety, as follows:
A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.
So its pretty obvious that the purpose of this law, which should be far more important than the actual wording, is to provide for the security of a free state. In the days when the amendment was written the only way this could be readily achieved was by permitting any citizen to bear arms, and to be ready to join with fellow citizens in defence of the community if it was attacked. Obviously that condition no longer applies. The US is the most powerful armed nation in the world and its existential security is no longer dependent on individual citizens bearing arms.
In other words the infamous Second Amendment, which is routinely quoted every time another appalling mass murder takes place in the US, does NOT give an unconditional right for Americans to own guns. It strongly suggests that the right to own a gun is dependent on the necessity of a citizen being part of a well-regulated state militia which, given the fact that the US has the most tooled-up government on the planet, is itself no longer a necessity. But how many of the perpetrators of previous mass slaughters, or even the more everyday suicides and shootings that happen on average 33,000 times a year are members of well-regulated state militias? Because those are the only people the Second Amendment actually authorises to bear arms.
Then we hear from the huntin shootin fishin brigade, the people who think its well hard to murder defenceless animals as some sort of perverted survival instinct. But the truth is that almost no one needs to kill animals in order to survive. Except for tiny isolated communities living in remote parts of the planet in the way their ancestors have always done, no one needs to kill animals to stay alive. Apart from the fact that the vast majority of human beings obtain their food from shops much of which is slaughtered animal flesh of one kind or another theres also the obvious fact that we dont actually need to eat animals at all, as millions of healthy vegans can easily prove.
Sometimes we also hear from gun clubs, about the harmless pleasures of shooting at bits of paper. Well, heres a news bulletin: you dont need high-powered rifles or handguns to put a hole through a bit of pape...
By Brett Tingley
Space is beginning to become more accessible to humankind. Naturally, the military wants to start fighting wars up there. Really, though, if you think about the timelines of the development of automobiles, aircraft, and atomic bombs relative to their use in war, its a wonder that there hasnt been a war in space yet. I guess the near-unbelievable price tags of any space-borne technology still hold back the superpowers from going CRASH BANG BOOM with all their shiny new space toys for now, at least. Thanks to James Bond villain-in-the-making Elon Musk and the Chinese rocket scientists who are no doubt furiously plagiarizing his technology (yeah, they really do that), those price tags are sure to come down in the near future. What does that mean for us? Get ready for war in space, folks. Its gonna be weird and deadly.
For now, most of the space weaponry involves disarming, destroying, or hijacking enemy...
by Ramin Mazaheri for the Saker Blog As Assad-backed troops enter Afrin to fight Turkish invaders, the Syrian conflict has entered its decisive crossroads: Will Northern Syria cooperate with Damascus,
(ANTIMEDIA Op-ed) As Americans debate domestic gun control following the mass shooting at a Florida high school last week, funding for military arms has evaded public scrutiny. The United States Department of Defense recently released its summary of the 2018 National Defense Strategy (NDS) with little fanfare. The first thing to note is how little media coverage the NDS 
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Palestine Information Center February 22, 2018 GAZA Palestinian resistance group Hamas criticized Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas following his speech at the UN Security Council on Wednesday. In a press release, Hamas underlined that the political plan presented by Abbas in his speech does not reflect the national position which calls for 
by Donnal Walter, February 22, 2018
In a recent Facebook post I suggested that the right to keep and bear arms is somehow not on par with other named human and civil rights. A respected friend countered that he and others consider the right to defend oneself against violent attack to be the primary right, that the Second Amendment is the right that protects all the others.
The part about a well regulated Militia and security of a free State notwithstanding, I concede that the Second Amendment can be construed as the right of an individual for self-defense (and has been so interpreted, at least since 2008). I further concede that the right to individual safety and security, and thus the right to defend oneself is equal to (on par with) the right to life, liberty, dignity, clean water and sanitation, healthy food and healthcare, working for a living wage, owning property, and freedom from discrimination and oppression. These are all essential, personal security being of equal importance.
My disagreement with the Second Amendment is that it is not working. If the goal is the safety of our people, granting individuals the right to keep and bear arms has made us less safe rather than more so. The evidence for this may be questioned by some, but evidence to the contrary is meager and ambiguous at best. Arming citizens in increasing numbers does not seem to be protecting us from violent attacks. It has been suggested that perhaps we need still more guns. I disagree in the strongest possible terms.
It has been argued that evil is as old as humankind, and that its not going away anytime soon. This is true. What is QUITE NEW, however, is the escalating capacity to kill. While this trend continues, arming ourselves further cannot possibly result in a safer society. Violence begets violence. It is self-perpetuating. How can mushrooming sales of ever more destructive weapons reduce violent deaths and make our children and ourselves safer?
It has also been said that evil, being pervasive, will find a way to acquire the means to kill. The argument is that infringing the right to keep and bear...
By David Swanson, World Beyond War
World Beyond War has been raising funds for and renting billboards in opposition to war. Weve run into censorship from numerous billboard companies but persevered, and more billboards are on their way.
First we put this message up here in Charlottesville, Va., and then in Baltimore, Md. (see explanation of the 3% calculation here):
Now were putting these two images up on billboards in Syracuse, NY, where drone pilots participate in U.S. wars from Hancock Air Base:
For 8 hours a day for 16 days in March, these two images will be on either side of a billboard truck driving around downtown Syracuse and the University of Syracuse. Then, from April 2 to May 27 each image will be on two of the four stationary billboards located at 115 South Street, 700 East Washington Street, 1430 Erie Boulevard East, and 1201-1208 South Salina at Raynor St...
By Matthew Behrens | Rabble | February 22, 2018 Canadians should prepare themselves for an onslaught of feel-good propaganda in the coming weeks as the world marks the 15th anniversary of one of the most horrific war crimes of the 21st century, the illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq by forces including the U.S., U.K., 
(TMU) Rising rent prices and low wages have resulted in thousands of people across the city of Los Angeles becoming homeless, many of them now living in cars and RVs if they were able to keep it together that well. According to the most recent counts by the KPCC, there are at least 7,000 people live in their 
(ANTIMEDIA) On Thursday, CNN denied claims from a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student who said the network expected him to ask scripted questions during a televised town hall meeting in Sunrise, FL, that focused on last weeks shooting. CNN had originally asked me to write a speech and questions, and it ended up being all scripted, Colton 
Guess which economic forecaster accurately predicted growth in 2017.
On Wednesday the White House released the annual Economic Report of the President. No surprise, Democrats like Jason Furman, who served as the top economic adviser in the Obama White House, say President Trumps economic forecasts are much too optimistic. Mr. Trump says that his tax cuts and deregulation will restore robust growth and Mr. Furman calls the Trump growth estimates absurd.
Prayer and Meditation for Friday, February 23, 2018 If the wicked man turns away from all the sins he committed if he keeps all my statutes and does what is right and just, he shall surely live, he shall not die. "IndyWatch Feed War"
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Last Sunday, the U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman said the unspeakable behind closed doors to American Jewish leaders (as reported by Israeli television).
[T]he settlers are going nowhere. The uprooting of hundreds of thousands of settlers could cause a civil war in Israel.
The comment was a depth charge against the two-state solution from a former bankruptcy lawyer who has helped fund the settlements. And leading liberal Zionists have pushed back. Jeremy Ben-Ami of J Street wrote angrily that the Trump administration and the settlers were dragging Israelis and Palestinians further into a one-state nightmare.
Friedman was misstating the reality, and maligning Israel, Ben-Ami went on:
Friedmans claim that settler evacuation would lead to a civil war is (a) based on several falsehoods and (b) insulting to the strength and resilience of Israeli democracy.
Because the two-state solution is still quite achievable:
Nearly all objective experts whove looked at the issue agree that only a limited percentage of settlers beyond the Green Line would need to relocate because negotiations over an Israeli-Palestinian border would certainly include land swaps.
Wildly exaggerating the number of settlers who would need to move under a peace deal is a favored scare tactic of settler advocates looking to make a two-state agreement seem infeasible which it is not.
Anshel Pfeffer at Haaretz had a similar message: The parameters of the two-state solution are very clear, and when its time to effect them the settlers will walk away:
The warning that any possible eviction of settlements could lead to civil war has been used by some settlers in the past, although most responsible settler leaders say that if an Israeli government will so decree it, they will have no choice but to leave.
Pfeffer was as angry as Ben-Ami; he said the Israeli government should reprimand the US ambassador for casting aspersions on Israelis. The Israel army has never mutinied. The settlers are not capable of fomenting civil war. Only 80,000 Israeli settlers will have to leave the West Bank....
The WorldPaost By David L. Phillips Introduction The sale of oil products by ISIS garners about $500 million/year. The US led multinational coalition has pledged to destroy ISIS. Its strategy includes depriving ISIS of financial support. Allegations abound that Turks are engaged in oil trade with ISIS. Additionally, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his family 
THE HAGUE (Reuters) The Dutch parliament on Thursday passed a motion recognizing as genocide the massacre of as many as 1.5 million Armenians in 1915.
The move, passed with the support of all major parties, risks further straining diplomatic relations between The Hague and Ankara, which have been tense since the Dutch barred a Turkish minister from campaigning in the Netherlands last year.
Nearly a dozen other EU countries have passed similar resolutions. Turkey denies that the killings, which took place at the height of World War One, constitute genocide.
Reporting by Toby Sterling; Editing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg
How Billy Graham Evangelized for American EmpireGraham gave his blessing to every conflict under every president from Truman to the second Bush, and most of the presidents, pleased to enjoy public assurance of God's approval, made him welcome in the White House
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Mehdi Chebil, FRANCE 24 | File photo of Omer Faruk Gergerlioglu at an Istanbul caf in April 2017.
Latest update : 2018-02-22
A Turkish court on Wednesday sentenced Omer Faruk Gergerlioglu, one of the countrys leading human rights advocates, to two-and-a-half years in jail for a 2016 Twitter post advocating peace.
A former head of Mazlumdar, a prominent Turkish human rights group, Gergerlioglu was sentenced for disseminating terrorist propaganda, a charge he denies.
The 53-year-old human rights activist was sentenced for a message he posted on Twitter on October 9, 2016, when he downloaded a photograph of a World Peace Day demonstration featuring Kurdish mothers protesting behind two symbolic coffins, one draped in the Turkish flag and the other in a Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) flag.
The PKK is proscribed as a terror group by Turkey, the EU, the United States and the United Nations.
Gergerlioglu tweeted the picture along with a message for peace in Turkish that said: Looking at this picture, you will understand that this war has no meaning. Mothers the same, flags different.
Responding to the charges before a court in the western Turkish city of Izmit, Gergerlioglu maintained that while he supported the peace process between the Turkish government and the PKK which collapsed in 2015 he never supported terrorism or the use of violence.
I have never supported terror or terrorist organisations in word or deed. In fact, Mazlumder has made statements condemning the PKK. My posts on Facebook have been pro-peace, he said.
Trapped in Turkeys post-coup purges
An Islamist human rights activist, Gergerlioglu served as head of Mazlumder between 2009 and 2011.
Mazlumder which means persecuted people was founded in 1991 to fight for the rights of Turkeys Islamists, who feel oppressed by the secular establishment. Following the 1990s conflict between the Turkish governm...
(TFC Opinion) As the subject of the Second Amendment reenters the public discourse, the question of whether or not the right to keep and bears arms is an effective deterrent against tyranny must be examined. In the days of drones, fighters, and tanks, what good is a semi-automatic rifle? This question is typically posed by those who 
Sputnik February 22, 2018 Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said Thursday that the US violated the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) almost every day, while Trumps public statements contribute to this. It is a fact that the United States is not implementing the JCPOA [the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action], it is a 
AMMAN (Reuters) Warplanes pounded the last rebel enclave near Syrias capital for a fifth day running on Thursday as the U.N. Security Council considered demanding a 30-day truce across the country to allow emergency aid deliveries and medical evacuations.
The U.N. envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, pleaded for a ceasefire to halt one of the fiercest air assaults of the seven-year civil war and prevent a massacre in the besieged eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of Damascus.
At least 403 people have been killed in eastern Ghouta district since Sunday night, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor, with more than 2,116 wounded from the assault by Syrias military and its allies.
Planes have struck residential areas in the enclave of 400,000 people and, said medical charities, hit more than a dozen hospitals, making it near impossible to treat the wounded.
Panos Moumtzis, the U.N. humanitarian coordinator for Syria, said households in eastern Ghouta were without food, water or electricity in winter cold and 80 percent of the population of the town of Harasta was living underground.
There is a need for avoiding a massacre, because we will be judged by history, Mistura said, urging the 15-member Security Council to act. The Council was meeting on Thursday to discussion the situation at the request of Russia.
President Bashar al-Assads main ally Russia, which wields a veto on the Security Council, said it could support a 30-day truce, but not one that included the Islamist militants it says the onslaught on eastern Ghouta is meant to target.
As someone who grew up during the coldest years of the Cold War, I have always been aware that we are living on borrowed time. During the 1950s, nuclear bomb tests were broadcast live on TV. And I recall being traumatized by the 1959 film, On the Beach, which depicts the dystopian aftermath of nuclear war.
But the school air raid drills represented the most common reminders of the nuclear specter. When the siren sounded, we were expected to march out of our classrooms into the hallway, then kneel and put our heads against the lockers for a few minutes before the siren signaled that we could return to class. Supposedly this was to protect us from being incinerated during a nuclear attack. I realized this was a ridiculous exercise. Along with a few friends, I engaged in my first political act by refusing to participate in a drill early in my senior year. You can imagine that this did not sit well with the school administration. The principal gave us a stern lecture and threatened to punish us severely if we did so again. It was also my first lesson in the power of nonviolence: My high school conducted no more air raid drills that year.
At the time, Daniel Ellsberg was working as a consultant to the Pentagon on nuclear strategy. He says little about that work in Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers, which is among the most inspiring books Ive ever read about civil disobedience. So, I was anxious to get my hands on his latest book, The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear Planner, to read what he has to say about nuclear war.
But I had some even more personal reasons for wanting to read Dans book. Last August, I was arrested with him and several dozen others at Lawrence Livermore Labs in California, where scientists create new devices to blow up the world. Our demonstration commemorated the 72nd anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Nagasaki. Coincidentally, my grandson Rocky Barnes-Levering Ly was being born at the very time as we were being carted off to jail.
After reading Dans book, I knew that I had to give it to Rocky. Hopefully, no country will unleash its nuclear arsenal before he is able to read the book. Thats not a given, particularly considering the current nuclear bomb-waving threats emanating from Washington and Pyongyang. Trump threatened his counterpart in North Korea with fire and fury the world has never seen before the same week Rocky was born.
Assuming we escape a nuclear nightmare fo...
He may have been a lyricist for the Grateful Dead, but a component of John Perry Barlows activism and corpus will forever be associated with a concept fast losing its gloss: internet freedom.
A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace had a certain founding fathers imperative, and, along with that added enthusiasm, a degree of misunderstanding. Like the mind expansion experiences he shared with Timothy Leary during the 1960s, it had a psychedelic edge to it, an LSD doctrine of interactive space.
Governments, for instance, would be left outside its perimeters. Rather than partners and participants, they were deemed rapacious enemies. Cyberspace was the new home of Mind. In that mind, states would let citizens be. You are not welcome among us. You have no sovereignty where we gather.
It was axiomatic that any such space be free, a global social space inimical to despots and regulators, naturally independent of the tyrannies you seek to impose upon us Your legal concepts of property, expression, identity, movement, and context do not apply to us. They are all based on matter, and there is no matter here.
In Barlow, we had a figure envisaging what was to come, and, in some ways, what was sliding into history. According to The Economist, he embodied a vanishing America. His lyrics, like his lifestyle, were a world of cowboys, nature and passions. In WELL (Whole Earth Lectronic Link), he found a virtual community that nourished a wild west, frontier vision of engagement.
For Tim Berners-Lee, the British computer scientist most closely associated with the invention of the World Wide Web, Barlows dreams are needed even more today, in 2018, than when he wrote that manifesto. Were a long, long way from the utopia of peace, love and understanding, and we need people more than ever to evangelize for technology, and for the good.
Cindy Cohn, executive director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, was effusive about the vision of the Internet as a fundamental place for freedom, where voices long silenced can find an audience and people can connect with others regardless of physical distance.
Cohn is keen to disprove the assertion that Barlow was overly nave about the transcendent properties of an all emancipating Internet. Barlow knew that new technology could create and empower evil as much as it could create and empower good.
On reflecting on his 1996 declaration, Barlow...
NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch said Thursday morning at CPAC that she wouldnt have been able to exit last nights town hall on the Parkland, Fla. school shooting if she didnt have a security detail. Loesch faced off with students who survived the shooting at a CNN-hosted forum.
I want to make this super obvious point, Loesch said. The government has proven that they cannot keep you safe. And yet, some people want all of us to disarm. You heard that town hall last night. They cheered the confiscation of firearms. And it was over 5,000 people.
I had to have a security detail to get out, she said of the Sunland, Fla. event. I wouldnt be able to exit that if I didnt have a private security detail. There were people rushing the stage and screaming burn her. And I came there to talk solutions and I still am going to continue that conversation on solutions as the NRA has been doing since before I was alive.
Loesch said the people who call Trump a tyrant are the same people who want the president to confiscate weapons.
The government cant keep you safe and some people want us to give up our firearms and rely solely upon the protection of the same government thats already failed us numerous times to keep us safe. And then they also call Trump a tyrant but they say they want the president to also confiscate our firearms? Try to figure that one out, Loesch said.
Watch Loeschs full CPAC speech:
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Little Black Cart presents a story for children of all ages! An anarchist Animal Farm.
2017 is the tenth anniversary of this touching, thought-provoking, and inspiring fable by two long-term political prisoners, Travis Washington and anarchist Sean Swain. Originally told in three pamphlets (and distributed by Anthony Rayson), this story has been making the rounds of prisons in the u.s., and inspiring prisoners, for all those years. Little Black Cart is delighted to present the full story in a single volume, with introductory comments by Rayson, Jeremy Hammond, and Comrade Migs, and many of the original drawings.
This is one more amazing example demonstrating that prison is not the end of radical, interesting, funny, and profound thought and activity.
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By Jonathan Marshall | Consortium News | February 22, 2018 Whatever happened to the Donald Trump who tweeted in 2013, Lets get out of Afghanistan we waste billions there. Nonsense! And whatever happened to the reality TV star who used to tell under-performers, youre fired? Today, as commander in chief, President Trump is indefinitely 
LONDON: The UN Security Council is holding a meeting on the situation in the Middle East (8186th meeting) chaired by Kuwait Foreign Minister Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Sabah.
MANILA, Philippines Sen. Paolo Benigno Bam Aquino said on Thursday that the Philippine government should not sacrifice the welfare of the nation at the altar of friendship with China, after it emerged that Chinese loans to Manila were loaded with high interest rates.
According to Aquino, he will file a resolution urging the Congressional Oversight Committee on the Official Development Assistance to conduct a hearing on government dealings with China and other countries to ensure transparency and guarantee the best deal for the country.
The government owes it to the people to secure the best agreement, and not pursue a friendly deal that will later burden the Filipino people, Aquino said.
Aquinos pronouncement came after Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia admitted that the Philippine government would secure Chinese loans for its infrastructure projects despite being charged with an interest rate of between two to three percent.
Pernia said that Japan meanwhile charged between 0.25 to 0.75 percent for its interest rate.
Aquino clarified that it was not about choosing between China and Japan but about getting the best option for Filipinos. The opposit...
A new draft for managing mass migration was introduced by the United Nations about a month ago and is expected to be adopted by most of its member states later this year. The draft is called ''global compact for migration'', and if you think it's about restricting the phenomenon, you are wrong. Quite the opposite.
In fact, the global compact for migration seeks to expand even more mass migration and actually legitimize it by blurring the legal status between refugees and migrants, or in the words of UN secretary general Antonio Guterres himself, ''put in place more legal pathways for migration, removing the incentives for individuals to break the rules'' and find ''more credible pathways for migrants who do not qualify for international refugee protection''.
In other words, instead of implementing the existing international laws, let's create new ones to bypass them. No restrictions, no rules to break, no one is illegal, no problem. Genius.
This is a tactic that Kelly Greenhill described in her book entitled ''Weapons of Mass Migration'', where she writes that ''when German Jews were interned on the Isle of Man, British newspapers blurred the distinctions between refugee, alien and enemy, so today, according to Alasdair Mackenzie, coordinator of [UK] Asylum Aid, Theres general confusion in many newspapers between an asylum seeker and someone from abroadeveryone gets tarred with the same brush.'''
Greenhill defines ''coercive engineered migration'' as ''those cross-border population movements that are deliberately created or manipulated in order to induce political, military and/or economic concessions from a target state or states''. The difference with the new draft from the UN is that it transforms Greenhill's ''target states'' into something much bigger: the whole planet.
This is a giant practical step towards globalisation, and of course it's not happening for the sake of ''humanity''.
In an astonishing admission, a spokesman from the International Organisation for Migration...
Reservist, conscript brigades take part in large-scale exercises along the Lebanese border to improve preparedness on the northern front, army says
The IDF Galilee Division on Thursday completed a series of large-scale exercises designed to prepare the military for a potential rapidly unfolding war in Lebanon, the army said amid rising tensions in recent weeks along Israels northern frontier.
Conscripted soldiers, along with reservists, took part in the exercise. They practiced a rapid call-up of reservists, as well as operational capabilities and readiness to fight in Lebanese terrain, the Israel Defense Forces said.
In addition, the armys 188th Armored Brigade conducted its own, separate exercise in northern Israel, along with troops from combat engineering, infantry and artillery.
The drills came amid heightened tensions in the countrys north, following aerial clashes between the Israeli air force and the Syrian military earlier this month, and amid an ongoing diplomatic dispute between Israel and Lebanon over a portion of the Mediterranean Sea, which is believed to contain a natural gas reserve, that each claims as its own.
The brigade exercises were held as part of the enhanced 2018 training program. Their purpose is to prepare combat soldiers and their commanders for any scenario, and to enhance the...
The Guardian today is running an opinion piece written by Raed Al Saleh the head of the White Helmets in which he pleads for intervention in eastern Ghouta. The same newspaper that denied a platform to Vanessa Beeley nd Eva Bartlett to respond to the attacks made on them by Olivia Solon, has now given carte blanche to the spokesman for an organisation which, at very best, has terrorists and terrorists sympathisers in its ranks, and at worst is a front and shield for al Nusra and ISIS in Syria. To the surprise of very few the article is not open for comments. So, if you would like to tell the Guardian what you think of the article or of their decision to give this man a platform, feel free to comment here on: My staff are trying to save lives in the rubble of Ghouta. Who will help us?
AFP | The NRAs executive vice president and CEO Wayne LaPierre made his first public comments on the tragedy in Parkland, Florida in an address to the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland
NATIONAL HARBOR (UNITED STATES) (AFP) The head of Americas National Rifle Association lashed out Thursday at critics of the powerful gun lobby, accusing them of exploiting last weeks deadly school shooting in Florida for political advantage.
In his first public comments since the Parkland shooting that left 17 dead, NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre accused gun control advocates within the Democratic Party of seeking to roll back the constitutional right to bear arms.
The shameful politicization of tragedy, its a classic strategy right out of the playbook of a poisonous movement, he told an annual conservative conference, hitting out in turn at supposed socialists on the political left, and at the so-called national news media.
For them its not a safety issue, its a political issue, he charged. They hate the NRA. They hate the Second Amendment. They hate individual freedom.
LaPierre is a fixture at the Conservative Political Action Conference held every year just outside Washington. President Donald Trump, who hosted survivors of the Parkland shooting at the White House Wednesday to explore options for reducing gun violence, is the keynote speaker at the event Friday.
The NRA chief, warmly welcomed by CPACs attendees, said the NRAs millions of members were all horrified by the high school massacre, in which a 19-year-old went on a killing spree with a semi-automatic rifle and which has fuelled urgent calls for a toughening of Americas lax gun laws.
But he also advocated for fortifying US schools with armed guards to prevent the future such killings.
Evil walks among us, LaPierre said, adding that schools in gun-free zones are wide open targets for any crazy madman.
He also doubled down on the NRAs longstanding position that armed Americans were the first line of defense in confronting deadly attacks.
Lean in, listen to me now, and never forget these words: to stop a bad guy with a gun, it takes a good guy with a gun.
Earlier in the day, in a fired-up address, NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch slammed the FBI for missing a series of warning signs ahead of the Florida shooting, while also asserting that the ma...
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President says gun-free schools attract bad people
President Donald Trump on Thursday morning called for arming select, highly trained, weapons talented teachers to thwart mass school shootings, arguing it would deter would-be sicko shooters.
Mr. Trump outlined the plan a day earlier, while talking to students and parents at a White House event aimed at coming up with solutions to school gun violence....
Only in the world of comic-book fantasies is the United States a friend to the oppressed in Africa or anywhere else on the planet. In the real world, the U.S. is a predator, colonial/capitalist nation. But like the imagined nation of Wakanda, in the latest cultural assault on critical mass consciousness, American exceptionalism and make America great again two slogans representing both sides of the imperialist coinruling class interests are obscured and the people are reduced to working against their objective interests and being accomplices to imperial lawlessness. In every part of the world, the United States is engaged in maniacal, criminal assaults on democracy, basic human decency and common sense.
Worldwide the forces of repression are
cracking down on anarchists. In
the summer of 2017 a few activists discussed the idea of creating an
International Anarchist Defense Fund (A-Fund) and today its finally in
Worldwide the forces of repression are
cracking down on anarchists. In
the summer of 2017 a few activists discussed the idea of creating an
International Anarchist Defense Fund (A-Fund) and today its finally in
Our collective support structure provides
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the world who are persecuted or find themselves in a difficult life
situation because of their political ideas or activities.
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February 18, 2018 "Information Clearing House" - Washington is moving inevitably on a global war plan. Thats the grim conclusion one has to draw from three unfolding war scenarios. Ultimately, its about American imperialism trying to assert hegemony over the international order for the benefit of US capitalism. Russia and China are prime targets for this global assault. The three unfolding war scenarios are seen in Syria, North Korea and Ukraine. These are not disparate, disassociated conflicts. They are inter-related expressions of the American war plans. War plans which involve the moving of strategic military power into position. Last weeks massacre of over 100 Syrian government forces by American warplanes near Deir ez-Zor was an audacious overt assault by the US on the Syrian state.
LONDON (Reuters) The crisis in Myanmar and reported massacres of Rohingya Muslims are the consequence of a society encouraged to hate and a lack of global leadership on human rights, Amnesty International said on Thursday.
The human rights group said in its annual report covering 159 countries that hate-filled rhetoric by leaders was normalizing discrimination against minorities.
We saw the ultimate consequence of a society encouraged to hate, scapegoat and fear minorities laid bare in the horrific military campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya people in Myanmar, said Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty.
Last week, the United States urged the U.N Security Council to hold Myanmars military accountable for what it said was the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims.
A Rohingya woman breaks down after a fight during food distribution at Kutupalong refugee camp
Nearly 690,000 Rohingya have fled Rakhine and taken refuge in neighboring Bangladesh since the Myanmar military launched a crackdown on insurgents at the end of August, according to the U.N..
More than 6,500 Rohingya are currently trapped on a strip of unclaimed land between Myanmar and Bangladesh.
Amnesty said the international community had failed to respond robustly to crimes against humanity and war crimes from Myanmar to Iraq, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
dpa/AFP/File | Refugees, mainly rejected asylum seekers, hold a banner reading Justice we need as they face police officers at a train station in southern Germany
He said especially German elderly people and single mothers had been gradually displaced over the past two years as the share of migrants had risen to three-quarters of recipients.
More than 1.2 million asylum seekers have come to Europes biggest economy since 2015, more than half from war-torn Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, in mass influx that sparked a xenophobic backlash.
The website of the Essener Tafel charity said it had taken the step in order to avoid frictions between needy locals and foreigners that could harm acceptance of the newcomers.
Since the number of foreign citizens among our clients has risen to 75 percent in recent years we are forced to only accept customers with German identity cards in order to facilitate proper integration, it said.
The charity announced the change in December and implemented it in mid-January, but it was only widely reported on Thursday, initially by the newspaper Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung (WAZ).
The group, like hundreds of similar charities nationwide, collects surplus food that would otherwise be discarded by supermarkets and other businesses to prepare and serve it to the poor.
Typically, people have to register to qualify for regular free meals by proving that they are recipients of unemployment or other social benefits.
Sartor told the WAZ daily that his charity would maintain the additional demand that new clients show German identity papers to register until the balance is restored.
I recently reread Michael Manns book, Incoherent Empire, which he wrote in 2003, soon after the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Mann is a sociology professor at UCLA and the author of a four-volume series called The Sources of Social Power, in which he explained the major developments of world history as the interplay between four types of power: military, economic, political, and ideological. In Incoherent Empire, Mann used the same framework to examine what he called the U.S.s new imperialism after the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. He predicted that, The American Empire will turn out to be a military giant; a back-seat economic driver; a political schizophrenic; and an ideological phantom. What struck me most forcefully as I reread Incoherent Empire was that absolutely nothing has changed in the incoherence of U.S. imperialism.
RT | February 22, 2018 It seems that the bots (especially the Russian bots) narrative is being used as a kind of defensive mechanism, journalist and human rights activist Mike Raddie told RT amid reports of a massive account purge on Twitter. A crackdown on bot spam or dissent? The whole meme of the bots, 
France: Pressrelease by a few owls in Bure about todays eviction.
Submitted to Enough is Enough.
This morning at 6:15am the eviction of the Lejuc wood (Bois Lejuc) started with 500 riot cops, reinforced/orchestrated by a communication campaign from the home secretary (ministre de linterieur), the news channels diffusing shock images of military vehicles gathered next to the Lejuc wood, cabins being invaded, cops in balaclavas armed with chainsaws and cameras
The operation, supposed to be because of a court decision last year about eviction of the wood from le tribunal de grande instance de Bar-le-Duc, came before all legal cases had finished (especially if Andra owns the wood or not) and before the end of the period of non eviction in winter even though many living/occupation structures had been built in and around the wood. There is even a place where local elected officials changed their headquarters to an address in the wood. Andra cant legally start any work in the wood, the French environmental authority concluded in October 2017 that Andra had to do an environmental survey of the area before proceeding with any exploration/preparation work. There is a nesting period in the middle of March that prevents any work and Andra does not have the permit to do any forest clearing.
Like in 2012 in Notre-Dames-des-landes, the bulldozers are just behind the riot cops, to destroy as quickly as possible any living areas not even leaving time for people to collect personal belongings. Already following the first eviction of the wood in July 2016 the machines of Andra cleared illegally a large number of trees before opposition forces reoccupied the forest in the middle of August 2016.
now the tress are still occupied by many
owls. 20 riot cops are at the base of the trees. Quite
a few people were arrested during the operation or are encircled on
paths leading to the wood, a lot of ID checks took place. At least
one person has been arrested and taken in custody.
The title page of this weeks Economist: bigger Now consider one of the earliest cartoons that used this image: The Rothschild banking family of England, Coins Financial School, (1894) - bigger At least 26% of the British Economist is owned...
Argentinas main worker unions, social movements and human rights groups have planned a massive protest in Buenos Aires to oppose President Mauricio Macris economic policies, layoffs, the recent pension reforms, judicial persecution of social leaders, and other intended labor reforms. A series of actions and mobilizations against the austerity measures started on Feb. 15. The various groups, including the General Confederation of Labor (3 million members) and the Argentine Workers Central Union (1.5 million members) and the Association of State Workers (roughly 250,000 members) will arrive downtown at noon on Wednesday. Transport union leader Hugo Moyano, will address the crowd. The union called Camioneros (or truckers) has roughly 200,000 members and is reported to have the capacity to paralyze the country.
By Philip M. GIRALDI | Strategic Culture Foundation | 22.02.2018 The atmosphere in the United States regarding possible Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election is something like hysteria, with a real danger that bilateral relations might break down completely as a result. Indeed, a number of politicians and senior government officials have described the 
Here are some numbers to start. In 2014, 64 percent of bottled water was, essentially, filtered tap water -- up from 51.8 percent in 2009. From 2010 to 2014, total federal funding for public water infrastructure fell from $6.9 billion to around $4.4 billion. In other words: as funding for safe public water fell 37 percent, bottled water companies were able to increase sales of what was basically just tap water under the guise that it was safer. Even though the U.S. government requires stricter safety monitoring of tap water than for bottled water. When Congress doesn't fund water infrastructure, Nestl wins. And this is something they spend millions doing. The International Bottled Water Association, Nestl Waters NA, Nestl USA and Coca-Cola lobbied Congress on issues including bottled water, water infrastructure...
National Harbor, Maryland (CNN)The National Rifle Associations executive vice president and CEO Wayne LaPierre slammed Democrats for their reaction to the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, and warned of go...
Netanyahu, what a speech you gave at Munich Security Conference on Sunday. You even brought a piece of the downed Iranian constructed drone and threatened to attack Iran directly.
Allow me, Netanyahu, to interrupt your speech in retrospect.
You began by pointing out the historical echoes of Munich, with two anecdotes first the more recent one, with the massacre of the Israeli Olympic athletes in 1972, but perhaps even more significantly for your argument, the Munich agreement of 1938. That pre-war agreement is often referred to as an appeasement, in that Germany was given legitimacy for its annexation of Czechoslovakian territory, which Germany named Sudetenland. You used this anecdote in order to refer to Iran. The logic is that appeasement of tyrants is just foolish.
The concessions to Hitler only emboldened the Nazi regime and facilitated its conquest of Europe. Rather than choosing a path that might have prevented war, or at the very least limited its scope and its scale, those well-intentioned leaders made a wider war inevitable and far more costly.
Well, you know, Israel is also receiving a whole lot of concessions on resolutions and international laws that it is simply being allowed to not comply with, and its not exactly leading to peace. But lets get back to your speech and Iran, the supposed Nazis.
Ah, but Iran is not Nazi Germany, you noted. So what are the differences, Netanyahu?
There are many differences between the two. Well, for one, one advocated a master race, the other advocates a master faith.
So what youre saying is, that whilst the Nazis were about race supremacy, Iran is about religious supremacy, right?
But Netanyahu, your state, the Jewish State, actually applies both aspects: a racial aspect entitling only Jews to national rights, and a religious attachment to the sense of Jewish. Thats a problem too.
Sorry for interrupting! Go on.
Jews in Iran are not sent to the gas chambers.
Certainly not, Netanyahu. In fact, even CNN noted three years ago (when you were trying to destroy the Iran deal at the US Congress), that the Ayatollah Khomeini had...
How a unique partnership, innovative financing and stubborn persistence created a model for localized solar and batteries. On a humid November day in the small Nigerian village of Gbamu Gbamu (pronounced bomb-ou bomb-ou), Akinola Oduola clambers down a wooden ladder propped against a minaret that overlooks a tight cluster of adobe, wood and concrete homes. This is my work, Oduola says by way of introduction, gesturing toward the mosque that is taking shape nearby. This is not hyperbole. Oduola has spent the past three years single-handedly willing this mosque into existence. Hard work is important for those who call Gbamu Gbamu home. When hes not building his mosque, Oduola is a welder and motorcycle repairman -- an in-demand profession in a town where the bulk of the population travels to and from Gbamu Gbamu along a deeply rutted 10-kilometer dirt road.
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. In his first public remarks since last weeks deadly shooting at a high school in Florida, Wayne LaPierre, leader of the National Rifle Association, told a conservative convention on Thursday that gun control advocates care more about destroying liberty than protecting kids.
Opportunists wasted not one second to exploit tragedy for political gain, Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the nations most prominent gun-rights lobbying organization, said at the Conservative Political Action Conference.
Name-checking Democratic lawmakers like Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut, a leading advocate for gun control measures, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, along with the national media, LaPierre condemned those eager to smear the NRA.
For them, its not a safety issue, he said. Its a political issue.
LaPierre said the NRAs critics are interested only in eliminating liberty for Americans.
They hate the NRA. They hate the Second Amendment. They hate individual freedom, he said.
They want to g...
Community members have blockaded the gates of MITA detention centre in Broadmeadows this morning in a desperate bid to stop the deportation of Tamil asylum seeker, Santharuban. Grave fears are held for him should he be returned to Sri Lanka. As a former member of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (Tamil Tigers), he faces plausible threat to his safety on return. Former Tiger members and returned Tamil refugees are routinely harassed, interrogated and some are subjected to torture by Sri Lankan security forces. The UN Committee Against Torture (UNCAT) has asked the Australian government to stop Santharubans deportation until it is able to perform an investigation. The Home Affairs Department has issued a deportation notice for the 22nd of February in spite of the UNCAT request.
POLITICS and MEDIA CENSORSHIP BY: NATALIE HAND Censored News As an investigate journalist, I follow controversial stories and often write about them, under the freedom of the press. I also follow a code of ethics in my reporting. Investigative journalism requires me to intensely probe for the facts and ask pointed questions. Often, my stories expose political corruption so
District Attorney Roger Echols announced Tuesday afternoon that he is dropping the charges against the five remaining people accused of destroying a Confederate statue in downtown Durham last summer. The announcement follows a long day in District Court Monday in which a judge acquitted one defendant, Raul Mauro Jimenez, and dismissed the charges against two others, Peter Gilbert and Dante Strobino, after an assistant district attorney presented all her evidence. The judge said the prosecution failed to prove the defendants were guilty of three misdemeanors: injury to real property, defacing a public building or monument and conspiracy to deface a public building or monument. Prosecutors presented all of the admissible evidence available, Echols said. Since his office planned to present the same evidence against the remaining defendants, it no longer made sense to prosecute the case...
Violence / Detentions West Bank / Jerusalem
Palestinian dies while in Israeli
custody, hours after his detention
RAMALLAH (WAFA) 22 Feb A 33-year-old Palestinian identified as Yasin Omar Saradeeh from Jericho was pronounced dead shortly after Israeli forces detained him on Thursday morning apparently following clashes in Jericho, according to the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS). The Israeli army informed Saradeehs family of his death while in detention, claiming he suffered convulsions after inhaling tear gas fired by the Israeli army during confrontations. Saradeehs family and witnesses said Israeli forces severely beat him after detaining him and that he was in a good health before his arrest and did not suffer from any health problem. Issa Qaraqe, head of the Palestinian Authoritys Detainees Commission, told Voice of Palestine that Saradeeh apparently died from severe beating to the head, describing the incident as a crime, execution and premeditated murder at the hands of occupation forces, which reflect the level of brutality and terrorism of the soldiers. He said an autopsy will be carried on Saradeeh; one in Israels Abu Kabir Forensic Institute, which will be attended by a Palestinian pathologist following Israels agreement to his participation, and the second at a Palestinian hospital after Israel returns his body to his family.
The PPS said 213 Palestinians, including Saradeeh, were killed by Israel after their arrest since the 1967 occupation. It said 75 died as a result of premeditated murder, 7 were shot dead while in detention, 59 from medical negligence and 72 from torture.
Palestinian laid to rest in West Bank as Israel
returns body after 5 months
JERUSALEM (Maan) 17 Feb The family of Nimr al-Jamal, 37, finally laid him to rest on Saturday, after Israeli authorities had been holding his body for nearly five months. Al-Jamal was killed on September 26th after he carried out a shooting attack in an illegal Israeli settlement that left two security guards and a border police officer dead. His body was returned to his family on Friday night in the village of Beit Surik in the central occupied West Bank district of Jerusalem. His familys home had been punitively demolished by Israeli forces in November. The funeral procession set off from the Palestine Medical Center in Ramallah where al-Jamals body w...
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A video has emerged purportedly showing two Su-57s operating from Russias Khmeimim Airbase in Syria. If genuine, the video will have documented the fifth-generation fighters first combat drill.
A video published on the Facebook group Syrian Military Capabilities purports to show the brand new Russian aircraft in the skies over Syria. Although the two warplanes appear to look similar to the Su-57, RT cannot verify the authenticity of the video.
(L) Su-57 multirole figher jet Sputnik / A still from a video by Syrian Military Capabilities/Facebook
Designed by Russian aircraft manufacturer Sukhoi, the multirole Su-57 fighter took to the skies for the first time in 2010 but only entered production this year.
Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov revealed on February 8 that the ministry is going to sign a contract for the first squadron of 12 Su-57s in 2018. He also said that the first stage of the trials was over, and that the Su-57 will be undergoing experimental combat training. The Russian Air Force hopes to field around 220 Su-57s between 2020 and 2030.
READ MORE: First Russian 5th generation Su-57 fighter jets to be put in service very soon
Befitting of a next-generation fighter, the Su-57 is fitted with a cutting-edge avionics system capable of autonomously assessing battlefield situations. Able to detect air, ground and sea-based threats at distances far beyond most modern radar systems, the fighter jet is also capable of striking targets with an array of modern weaponry, including short, medium and long-range air-to-air, air-to-ground, and even anti-radar missiles.
A significant part of the Russian forces returned home from Syria after President Vladimir Putin announced their withdrawal in December, declaring victory over the most battle-hardened grouping of international terrorists by Moscows forces, along with their Syrian and Iranian allies.
As green groups continue to denounce the Trump administration's recently unveiled infrastructure plan as a "scam" that's designed to keep the nation trapped in its "dirty and destructive past," analysts are also warning the proposal will "make it harder for the next big anti-pipeline movement" to launch successful legal challenges to new fossil fuel projects. The plan aims to not only fast-track the construction of more pipelines across the U.S., but also to limit "the legal options available to lawyers at environmental groups opposed to new fossil fuel infrastructure" in part by changing "the standard under which a pipeline project could be temporarily halted by a judge," as Dino Gradoni explains in a Washington Post piece published Friday.
The article Learn More about the Palestine Conflict Listening to This One Interview Than You Would in a Lifetime of Reading the New York Times was originally published at Foreign Policy Journal.
This week on Act Out! big oil and gas pay a small fine so they can keep on polluting. Next up, YOUR solidarity is needed in an upcoming week of action against the Bayou Bridge Pipeline. Not in the bayous? Well, you don't need to be. This affects us all. Finally, the impact of dirty energy on black and brown communities plus community organizer Maurice Cook joins us to talk white supremacy, the importance of battling racism, of recognizing black history and how to organize TOGETHER in our place and time.
RT | February 22, 2018 The real goal of the West-brokered UN Security Council resolution on Syria is to put the blame on Damascus for everything and provide cover for militants, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said. The authors of the resolution on humanitarian issues in Syria, which is to be discussed at the 
(CN) Whatever happened to the Donald Trump who tweeted in 2013, Lets get out of Afghanistan we waste billions there. Nonsense! And whatever happened to the reality TV star who used to tell under-performers, youre fired? Today, as commander in chief, President Trump is indefinitely extending the Afghan wars record as the longest in U.S. history. Hes 
Companies that do business with Iran have a good chance of funding terror. That was the warning of National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster at the recent Munich Security Conference in Germany.
The simple reason is because the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) the arm of the Iranian government responsible for global terror owns and influences a considerable portion of the Iranian economy.
When you invest in Iran, youre investing in the IRGC, McMaster said. You might as well cut the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a check and say, Please use this to commit more murder across the Middle East.
See Clarion Projects Fact Sheet: Iranian Support for Terrorism
Besides sending out the Quds Force (special forces of the IRGC used for extraterritorial operations), Iran funds the Lebanese terror organization Hezbollah as well as the Shiite militias in Iraq, which are officially recognized as part of the military in Iraq.
It was recently reported that due to the Iranian regimes funding of terror, the U.S. government will be stopping a $16.6 billion deal between the American aircraft manufacturing company Boeing and Mahan Air.
Mahan Air is a subsidiary of Iran Air, which is owned by the Iranian government. Mahan was flagged for circumventing U.S. sanctions and using its planes to transport Iranian weapons to Syria.
HOW OUR MINDS WERE STOLEN Posted on February 21, 2018 HOW OUR MINDS WERE STOLEN Mohawk Nation News MNN. Feb. 21, 2018. When our minds are forced into the evil corporate colonial brainwashing systems by churches, schools, military and government institutions, the goal is to destroy our connection to all creation. WATCH THE WHITE MANS GET RICH SCHEME TO STEAL FROM US: Read article at
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As regular readers will be aware, the BBCs coverage of the US administrations announcement on January 16th that it would be withholding part of its donation to the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) has been extensive.
However, the BBCs reports have consistently failed to provide its funding public with information concerning the multiple issues that have made UNRWA so controversial or conduct any in-depth examination of the agencys purpose, its agenda, its ...
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(MEMO) Saudi Arabia is moving swiftly to become the next country in the Middle East with nuclear power. The Kingdom is on the verge of striking a deal with the US for the purchase of nuclear reactors despite concerns over its refusal to accept stringent restrictions against the proliferation of nuclear weapons. Crown Prince Mohamed Bin 
Paul Berard writes that report from the Center for Immigration Studies, MS-13 spreads to 22 states, fed by 300,000 illegals, DACA recipients, tied to 207 murders One MS-13 clique leader in Frederick, Md., who had received a DACA work permit and was employed as a custodian at a middle school in Frederick, Md., and who was recently incarcerated 
Disclosure: I sell solar power systems in New Zealand. Via: Reuters: Rather than rising, GE Powers profit fell 45 percent last year, forcing GE to slash its overall profit outlook and cut its dividend for only the second time since the Great Depression. Its shares have plunged more than 50 percent since the March 
The attack on the U.S. embassy in Montenegro February 22, 2018, is unfortunately part of a long string of embassy attacks (see our infographic below).
Last nights attack saw an assailant throw an explosive device most probably a grenade at the embassy in the middle of the night before blowing himself outside the compound, according to the government of the Balkan country.
No embassy personnel were injured. At present the attacker has not been identified.
(ANTIWAR.COM) Three unnamed senior Trump Administration officials told reporters on Wednesday that they are advancing through the process of considering new rounds of sanctions against Russia, rejecting criticism that they werent sanctioning Russia often enough. The officials said that the review process is slow and arduous, and that as a result the administration isnt able to impose 
If you've been following along with the
situation in Afrin, as I have, you could be excused for already
believing SAA had deployed to Afrin- It's clear they have not from
Quite frankly I can't say with certainty if anyone at all deployed to Afrin and if some person did deploy, who exactly they are.
What seems pretty certain is Syrian Army has NOT deployed to the area.
Groups aligned to the Syrian army came to Afrin, but not in the quantity or capacity to stop the Turkish occupation, YPG spokesman Nouri Mahmoud told Reuters. The Syrian army must fulfil its duty... to protect Syrias borders.
I personally have serious questions regarding the very idea of loyalist militias being sent to Afrin. Waving a flag just doesn't cut it for me. A flag can be used like a prop. It can indicate loyalty or in the case of a false flag it can indicate deception.The YPG has called on Syrian President Bashar al-Assads government to send troops to the Afrin region in the northwest, and pro-Damascus militias arrived there late on Tuesday.Hundreds of those fighters have deployed on front lines in Afrin battling Turkish forces, Mahmoud said.
"But Assad did not send the army itself, a deployment that could have sparked a wider direct confrontation with the Syrian government if Turkey did not back down"
Ankara, a pro-Assad commander and Kurdish officials have all said recently that Russia intervened to stop Damascus sending the army to defend Afrin after reports of a deal with the Syrian Kurdish forces.Ankara (nom de guerre) a pro Assad Commander ? Odd name, no? For an alleged pro Assad/loyal to Syria commander?
Greg Shupak's new book documents - and corrects - the warped media narrative on the Palestine-Israel conflict
3 Stars Half-Assed History from a Courtesan
Niall Ferguson is neither Will Durant nor John Lewis Gaddis. He is far removed from Howard Zinn. He is, in effect, an intelligent idiot, a courtesan historian. While the books intent may remind one of Eric S. Raymonds classic essay on The Cathedral or the Bazaar, or the book by Thomas L. Friedman, The Lexus and the Olive Tree: Understanding Globalization, the author while spectacularly qualified in conventional, which is to say, approved thinking, offers so many false notes in this book in relation to what I know to be true, that I consider this book largely worthless.
Among my early notes are these:
Elite apologist. Selective sourcing following a planned counter-narrative.
Pushes the known falsehoods about both 9/11 and the Russians intervening in 2016; accepts Zimmerman telegram in Mexico as real when it is known to be a British covert operation; completely mistaken on who funded Lenin and why.
Dismisses idea of a Deep State while recognizing that elite networks do serve to concentrate wealth.
Emphasizes how hierarchies achieve economies with scale without having the vaguest regard to true cost economics and the price we pay for internalized profit for the 1% versus externalized costs to the 99%.
Funniest useful quote not accurate by my modern experience but telling in a catty way (186):
While Milners network of Oxford men envisioned a muscular, martial, imperial, and heterosexual future, their counterparts at Cambridge aspired to almost the precise opposite. The network that evolved there in and around the Cambridge Apostles was effete, pacific, liberal, and homosexual.
Most stunning statement oblivious to its meaning today (218):
By defining the slightest grumble as treason or counter-revolution, the Stalinist system was in a position to send whole armies of Soviet citizens to the Gulag.
This is not a man who understands either of the below two links:
The list of fatal mistakes by federal agencies in recent years is staggering.
Feb. 21, 2018 6:17 p.m. ET
Two possibilities for comment present themselves this week. One is what Robert Muellers exposure of a Russian network of provocateurs operating in the U.S. since March 2014 says about the Trump-Russia collusion narrative. The other is the FBIs failure to act on a substantial tip about the disturbed and ultimately homicidal Nikolas Cruz, who as promised went on a high-school killing spree.
There is no reason for anyone to comment on the credibility of the collusion narrative because the president himself is covering that
Written by Prof. James Petras; Originally appeared at Global Research
The US empire spans the globe; it expands and contracts, according to its ability to secure strategic assets, willing and able to further military and economic power to counter emerging adversaries.
The map of empire is a shorthand measure of the vectors, reach and durability of global power and wealth. The map of empire is changing adding and subtracting assets and liabilities, according to the successes and retreats of domestic and overseas power centers. While the US empire has been engaged in intense conflicts in the Middle East , the imperial map has been enlarged elsewhere at lower cost and greater success.
Enlarging the Empire
The US empire has substantially increased its scope and presence in several regions, especially in Latin America . The additions and enlargements include Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Central America, Peru and the Caribbean. The most important asset redrawing the empire in Latin America is Argentina. The US has gained military, economic and political advantages. In the case of Argentina , political and economic advances preceded military expansion.
The US provided ideological and political support to secure the election of its client Mauricio Macri. The new Argentine President immediately transferred over $5 billion dollars to the notorious Wall Street Vulture speculator, Paul Singer, and proceeded to open the floodgates for a lucrative multi-billion dollar flow of financial capital. President Macri then followed up by inviting the Pentagon and US intelligence services to establish military bases, spy stations and training operations along its borders. Equally important, Argentina embraced the US directives designed to overthrow the government of Venezuela, undermine Bolivia s nationalist government under Evo Moralesand pursue a policy of US-centered regional integration.
Argentina: A Client without an Economic Patron...
The European Commission took Poland to court in 2015, saying the country had failed to rein in air pollution. The court also noted that Polands plans to meet EU air quality standards were not effective enough.
The European Court of Justice on Thursday found Poland guilty of violating air quality norms and warned of financial penalties if Poland did not comply swiftly.
The case was brought against Poland in December 2015 by the European Commission, which found that the daily limit for harmful air pollutants had been regularly breached in most parts of the country between 2007 and 2015.
The European Commission has also warned of legal action against nine other EU members, including Germany, if they did not come up with concrete plans to rein in air pollution.
Read more: Germanys air pollution: Clean up or pay up
Under a 2008 EU rule, member states are obliged to limit air pollution to protect human health. More than 400,000 people die prematurely across the bloc every year due to poor air quality, according to recent estimates.
A law enforcement agent told actress Blake Lively that the youngest victim of child pornography hes seen still had the umbilical cord attached. (NewsBusters)
AFP/File / by Dario THUBURN | Amnesty took particular aim at the US presidents transparently hateful executive order banning entry to citizens of several Muslim-majority countries.
LONDON (AFP) The politics of demonization provided fertile ground for human rights abuses in 2017, exemplified by the response of Europe and Donald Trumps US to the refugee crisis, rights group Amnesty international said Thursday.The British-based group in its annual report took particular aim at the US presidents transparently hateful executive order banning entry to citizens of several Muslim-majority countries.
Throughout 2017, millions across the world experienced the bitter fruits of a rising politics of demonization, said the report, which was launched this year for the first time in the United States.
It accused leaders of wealthy countries of approaching the refugee crisis with a blend of evasion and outright callousness.
Most European leaders have been unwilling to grapple with the big challenge of regulating migration safely and legally, and have decided that practically nothing is off limits in their efforts to keep refugees away from the continents shores, it added.
Amnesty International Secretary-General Salil Shetty singled out Trump for criticism, saying the travel ban set the scene for a year in which leaders took the politics of hate to its most dangerous conclusion.
Praise for Florida teens
Amnesty also said Myanmars military crackdown on Rohingya insurgents, which prompted an exodus of nearly 700,000 Rohingya people into neighbouring Bangladesh, was the ultimate consequence of a society encouraged to hate, scapegoat and fear minorities.
This episode will stand in history as yet another testament to the worlds catastrophic failure to address conditions that provide fertile ground for mass atrocity crimes, said the report.
It took aim at President Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines, accusing him of a harsh crackdown on critics of his war on drugs.
The ability to voice out and to criticise and to check government is constricted and has become more dangerous, said Amnestys Philippine section director Jose Noel Olano.
Tirana Hassan, director of crisis response at Amnesty International, said: When it comes to conflict, crisis and mass atrocities we have seen zero moral or legal leaders...
By Fergal OBrien
The U.K. economy expanded less than previously estimated in the fourth quarter as consumers and businesses absorbed faster inflation, keeping the country in the slow lane of global growth.
The 0.4 percent expansion revised down from 0.5 percent also left full-year growth below the initial estimate. On an annualized basis, the rate was 1.6 percent in the quarter, compared with a 2.6 percent pace in the U.S....
DUBAI (Reuters) Three suspected Bahraini militants wanted on terrorism charges died at sea in unexplained circumstances this month and another is missing, activists said, after they appear to have fled the country by boat headed for Iran.
The incident shines a light on alleged links between a small, armed fringe of Bahrains Shiite Muslim opposition and Iran, which authorities in the Western-allied Gulf kingdom accuse of helping stoke years of attacks against its police.
An activist group in their home village called Youth of Karbabad hailed the four men as holy warriors in a statement, saying they sought to flee authorities by sea.
They were martyredin a sinking in regional waters near Iran on February 7 in hazy circumstances which remain unclear.
A Bahraini security official, however, denied any involvement by its forces in the incident.
Its the latest in a pattern of fugitives wanted for serious acts of terrorism fleeing to Iran in coordination with authorities in Tehran and other exiles there, the official told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Iranian authorities did not immediately respond to requests for comment, and Tehran has denied any support for Bahraini militancy.
Bahrain, ruled by a Sunni monarchy, has cracked down on perceived threats since pro-democracy Arab Spring protests in 2011 led mainly by the island kingdoms Shiite majority were quashed with help from Gulf Arab neighbors.
It has shut down the main opposition parties, jailed or stripped the citizenship of prominent dissidents and put the top Shiite spiritual leader under de facto house arrest.
According to Bahraini security dossiers on the men lost at sea reviewed by Reuters, all had been convicted in absentia for attacking police and taking part in riots and were on the run inside Bahrain.
One, Maytham Ali Ibrahim, was wanted for killing a police officer with a fire bomb last April.
Under pressure from authorities, many activists, clerics and some militants appear have moved to Iran and o...
Maldives President Abdulla Yameen has overlooked repeated appeals from India urging him to roll back the emergency provisions imposed early February; the last one made just a few hours before he announced the 30-day extension.
Maldives President Abdulla Yameens decision to extend Emergency for 30 more days has provoked a sharp response from New Delhi that had been trying to persuade the tiny island nation to restore democracy. The Foreign Ministry said India was deeply dismayed by the development and underscored that the manner in which the Emergency had been extended was in contravention of its Constitution.
President Yameen has overlooked repeated appeals from India urging him to roll back the emergency provisions imposed early February; the last one made just a few hours before he announced the 30-day extension.
New Delhi stressed that the exten...
Heres a rundown of whats at stake for rival foreign powers in the Syrian Kurdish enclave on the Turkish border
Turkeys month-long offensive against the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in northern Syria has opened up a new front in the seven-year Syria war, as its forces this week fired artillery at Syrian pro-regime militias trying to enter.
A chance encounter between an Uber driver and an anti-FGM campaigner resulted in an arrest and trial of the driver for FGM offenses in the UK.
Sami Ullah, 29, a trustee for the charity Integrate, got into the car of a Somalian Uber driver. While making small talk, the conversation turned to FGM. While the driver (who cannot be identified for legal reasons) agreed with Ullah that FGM was wrong, he said that he had had his daughter cut.
I did the small one to my daughter. Other people did the big one, but I did the small one.
Ullah asked the driver if he knew that the procedure was illegal, to which the driver replied that it was custom and tradition, saying, some people did it and some people dont.
The driver then asked Ullah, Do you know why we do it? to which he answered, Its so women dont feel sexy all the time.
Get Educated. Look at our infographic FGM 101
After Ullah got out, he used his Uber app to identify the driver. He then called the police.
An examination by a specialist showed that the daughter had indeed been cut not in the severest form but nevertheless in a way that is classified as FGM.
Since the driver did not perform the procedure himself on his daughter, he was charged with cruelty to a child under the age of 16 years, having responsibility for a child under that age and willfully assaulting/ill-treating/abandoning the child to cause unnecessary suffering or injury.
The case in now in trial.
AFP | Suicide bomb attacks and abductions have been the hallmarks of Boko Harams bloody insurgency
LAGOS (AFP) Nigerias Boko Haram, suspected of another mass kidnapping of school girls, started out as an Islamic anti-corruption group but mutated into an IS affiliate waging a lethal insurgency.- Fundamentalist
Boko Haram aims to create a hardline Islamic state in northeast Nigeria a campaign that has cost at least 20,000 lives since 2009 and at its peak displaced 2.6 million from their homes. The name loosely translates from the Hausa language as Western education is forbidden.
Founder and spiritual leader Mohammed Yusuf pinned the blame for Nigerias ills on Western values left by colonial master Britain, criticised the countrys corrupt secular regime for neglecting development in Muslim regions and advocated a return to fundamentalist Islam.
He came to the attention of authorities in 2002 when he began to build a following among disaffected youths in Maiduguri.
Yusuf was killed in police custody in 2009 after an uprising in Maiduguri that prompted a military assault which killed some 700 people and left the groups mosque and headquarters in ruins.
Many of its supporters fled the country.
Boko Haram was broadly peaceful before Yusufs death.
But his successor, his right-hand man Abubakar Shekau, undertook a violent campaign of deadly attacks on schools, churches, mosques, state entities and security forces.
Some Boko Haram members are thought to have trained with Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb in northern Mali in 2012 and 2013.
Among the groups most notorious acts was the April 2014 kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls from the remote town of Chibok. A total of 107 have since been released, found or escaped.
The mass abduction brought world attention to the insurgency at a time when Boko Haram was seizing territory across the northeast, which became a largely no-go area, with the violence spilling over into Cameroon, Chad and Niger.
In August 2014 Shekau proclaimed a caliphate in the Borno town of Gwoza and in March 2015 pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.
The long-divided Boko Haram underwent a major split in 2016 when the IS recogn...
A conflict between Israel and pro-Iranian forces would douse the light at the end of the tunnel so recently kindled as a result of the diplomatic initiatives in Syria by Russia, Turkey, and Iran. Once the shooting starts, all that work will go down the drain.
Two minutes after getting on a minibus headed for Newcastle, the person seated next to me tugged at their friends arm in mild distress.
Noo, I forgot the selfie stick!
Without putting any blame on this individual, this brief interaction had already captured the essence of this protest for me. Truthfully, I already had an idea of what it was going to be like from past involvement in actions run by groups such as Direct Action Melbourne and 350.org, as well as from the communications hype in the lead-up. But I had gone on this trip to find out if my suspicions were warranted.
We were going to take part in a mass flotilla of kayaks which would block a shipping channel in Newcastle, home to the worlds largest coal port, preventing coal ships from leaving and entering. Signups happened online when the invitation was initially shared through 350.orgs email list and facebook promotions. Since then we had been kept in constant contact about logistics, shown inspirational videos and excitedly told about the well-known musicians and politicians who would be there on the day.
As we headed towards the Hume, the driver tried to break the ice by gauging everyones spirits onboard. How are we all feeling this morning?
So happy!, Excited!, came the replies.
Yes Were creating histo...
We have always heard that a determined government prosecutor can indict a ham sandwich, and now we know it's true. After 38 years in the prosecution racket, Robert Mueller just made his biggest score ever---that is, he nailed a great big Nothingburger.
Ms. M.W. found this story, and it's such a whopper that I'm not even going to blog about it, but merely direct your attention
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When will Mueller and the several congressional committees that are investigating the Russians move on to the topic of Israel and Saudi Arabia to find out what really effective foreign influencing operations looks like?
Yolanda Banks-Reed is the mother of 28-year-old Sahleem Tindle, who was unarmed with his hands in the air, when he was shot and killed by BART police officer Joseph Mateu on Jan 3, 2018. Mateu is back on active duty, after a brief paid administrative leave. The Oakland Police, which is involved in the investigation, showed the police cam video to the family last week, but are refusing to release the video to the public while the investigation is open.
Originally published by KPFA Radio. Edit by Enough is Enough.
Hear the interview:https://enoughisenough14.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/bartpolicefeb20.mp3
7:34 Yolanda Banks-Reed is the mother of 28-year-old Sahleem Tindle, who was unarmed with his hands in the air, when he was shot and killed by BART police officer Joseph Mateu on Jan 3, 2018. Mateu is back on active duty, after a brief paid administrative leave. The Oakland Police, which is involved in the investigation, showed the police cam video to the family last week, but are refusing to release the video to the public while the investigation is open....
South Front Over the last few days, the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) and the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army have captured over a dozen villages from the Kurdish Peoples Protection Units (YPG) in the Afrin area. A complicated situation on the frontlines forced the YPG to at least temporarily forget the US is our only ally 
Russia and Syria Falsely Blamed for Civilian Deaths in Eastern Ghouta by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org Home Stephen Lendman) The area is one of four de-escalation zones in Syria, brokered last May by Russia, Iran and Turkey. Al-Nusra and other US-supported terrorists in the area, falsely called rebels, undermined it. Theyre responsible for civilian 
There is still no clear proof that the Russian government interfered with the 2016 US elections in any meaningful way. Which is weird, because Russia and every other country on earth would be perfectly justified in doing so.
The recent terror attacks in Saada are just another case of Saudi Arabia attacking civilians in Yemen without remorse. The United States and western allies provide military and intelligence support to all members of the Saudi-led coalition against Yemen.
Additional airstrikes targeted Taiz, Sanaa, Dhamar, Hajjah, and Hodeidah provinces without reports of casualties.Rescue workers at the scene of a prison attack in Sanaa in December.
Yemens Army and Popular Committees retaliated by launching attacks on Saudi military targets beyond the border in Jizan province.
President of Sanaas Supreme Political Council, Saleh al-Sammad, spoke today at a meeting with various governors and leaders. He e...
Halbe Zijlstra quit in shame on Monday as the countrys foreign minister after admitting that a story he had peddled about personally hearing Putin plotting to create a greater Russia was false. That then forced premier Rutte to endure a no confidence motion from parliamentarians. In the end, Rutte survived the vote. If a majority had voted against his leadership, his coalition government may have collapsed.Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte
But the deep damage done to the Dutch authorities will not be so easily repaired by Ruttes survival as premier. What has been exposed this week is a senior member of government recklessly telling bare-faced lies in an attempt to slander Russia, poison international relations, and ratchet up already dangerous geopolitical tensions.
Zijlstra had claimed two years ago, in 2016, that he had personally witnessed Russian leader Vladimir Putin boasting about creating a greater Russia which, it is claimed, would incorporate...
It is often forgotten that the international March 8th womens day began with striking female factory workers. The strike, the withholding of womens work, lies at its origins, and not the docile protests or celebrations of acquired rights that would later mark the occasion.
Originally published by Autonomies.
This years call for an international womens strike on womens day recalls earlier rebellions and repeats a more recent gesture. The aim remains, at one level, protest: of giving voice and calling attention to the violence, exploitation and oppression of women. More significantly, though, it is a gesture of withdrawal from an essentially patriarchal capitalist production and social reproduction; a potentially contagious gesture that resonates beyond simple appeals for recognition and protection by the State.
The danger is that the womens strike, this year or in the future, limit itself to such appeals (however important they may be for some, at a specific time and place), subsequently falling into one more dead, predictable parade of political folklore. If the institutions and relations of patriarchal power can be mitigated, pushed back, by such strikes, it is equally important to remember that it is these institutions and social relations that produce patriarchy and their underlying gendered ways of life.
A radical feminism must not only contest the oppression of women, but ultimately, the creation of women as the subservient sex-gender to male-capitalist domination.
The Call to Strike ...
Despite the media describing him as a lame duck, the Israeli PM still has several options as he deals with the avalanche of corruption allegations against him
At first, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looked as if he might ride out the corruption storm raging around him (at least temporarily). After the police recommendations last Tuesday that he be indicted for bribery, fraud and breach of trust in two of the corruption cases involving him, he initially stood strong, issuing a defiant statement.
Politically, he maintained strong support within his Likud party, with no one daring to even speculate on who might take...
Failed Attempt to Smear Jeremy Corbyn Reveals Waning Power of British Tabloids By Robert Mackey For decades, British politicians have cowered in fear at the power of the nations popular and largely unregulated tabloid newspapers, which are owned by a handful of billionaires, and skew heavily to the far-right. The current Conservative government is no 
Floating Island: New home for Rohingya refugees emerges in Bay of Bengal Seriously? Its not a concentration camp. Amnesty International: No one in the humanitarian community we spoke to who thought this was a good idea "IndyWatch Feed War"
DHAKA/BHASAN CHAR/COXS BAZAR, Bangladesh (Reuters) Bangladesh is racing to turn an uninhabited and muddy Bay of Bengal island into home for 100,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled a military crackdown in Myanmar, amid conflicting signals from top Bangladeshi officials about whether the refugees would end up being stranded there.
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said on Monday that putting Rohingya on the low-lying island would be a temporary arrangement to ease congestion at the camps in Coxs Bazar, refuge for nearly 700,000 who have crossed from the north of Myanmars Rakhine state since the end of August last year.
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina
However, one of her advisers told Reuters that, once there, they would only be able to leave the island if they wanted to go back to Myanmar or were selected for asylum by a third country.
Its not a concentration camp, but there may be some restrictions. We are not giving them a Bangladeshi passport or ID card, said H.T. Imam, adding that the island would have a police encampment with 40-50 armed personnel.
British and Chinese engineers are helping prepare the island to receive refugees before the onset of monsoon rains, which could bring disastrous flooding to ramshackle camps further south that now teem with about 1 million Rohingya. The rains could start as early as late April.
Photo of Bhashan Char, also known as Thengar Char, a low-lying island where Bangladeshs government has approved a plan to build shelters to accommodate about 100,000 Rohingya refugees who will be moved from Coxs Bazar district.
Hasinas adviser, Imam, said the question of selecting Rohingya in Coxs Bazar to move to the island was not finalised, but it could be decided by lottery or on a volunteer-basis.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said in a statement: We would emphasise that any relocation plan involving refugees would need to be based on and implemented through voluntary and informed decisions.
Humanitarian agencies criticized the plan to bring Rohingya to the island when it was first proposed in 2015. Aid workers who spoke to Reuters sa...
Ums Ganze Alliance has released a Solidarity Statement to the Kurdish freedom movement and called for solidarity with the progressive forces in Kurdistan: Learning from the Kurds means winning. As the communist ums Ganze! alliance we refer critically, but in solidarity, to the revolution in Rojava/North-Syria.
The current situation in the Kurdish areas of Syria and Turkey is escalating further. The Turkish military is attacking the canton of Afrin in Rojava in co-operation with Islamist militias under the flag of the FSA (Free Syrian Army). In fact, these militia are battle forces trained in Turkey with the support of former soldiers of Jabhat al-Nusra, Ahrar Al Sham and Daesh. Since 2016 the FSA has basically only existed as a broad label which is used to cover different militias and forces. What is to be expected from the Turkish armys allies if they win in Afrin, has been shown by their terrible and misogynistic desecration of the fallen YPJ-fighter Barin Koban. In Turkey, the repressive apparatus is being extended to its limits. Every comment against Turkish nationalist unity is being shut down immediately. Every day journalists, scientists, political opponents or simply anyone who is against the war is being villainised and arrested. A free and independent news coverage in Turkey has not been possible for a long time. Those media channels not completely behind Erdogan are being banned and/or censored. After the failed coup detat of July 2016 over 100 journalists were arrested, about 150 media channels closed and more than 700 press cards annulled. Critical journalists are being put under general suspicion. While the German-Turkish journalist Deniz Ycel was released from prison quickly, Ahmet Altan, Mehmed Altan, Nazl Ilcak and three further persons were sentenced to lifelong imprisonment under h...
The sun is seen through evening air pollution in Bangkok, Thailand February 8, 2018. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha
BANGKOK (REUTERS) Environment group Greenpeace on Thursday called on Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha to tackle an air pollution crisis in Bangkok, weeks after a pollution agency said the citys air quality had hit dangerous levels.
Air pollution has been under the spotlight in Bangkok, one of the worlds most popular tourist cities, with many residents complaining about smog.
Greenpeace said Bangkok suffered the worst air pollution in its history between Jan. 1 and Feb. 21.
The Pollution Control Department warned this month that the level of particulate matter smaller than 2.5 micrometres, or PM2.5 dust, in the city had hit unhealthy levels and asked children to stay indoors.
PM2.5 dust, the most dangerous kind, includes pollutants such as nitrates that can penetrate the cardiovascular system.
Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha leaves a cardboard cutout of himself to take questions from reporters he is known for his distain for the men and women of Thailand and has made a close alliance with China
Critics blame Bangkoks worsening air pollution on lax enforcement of vehicle emission standards, poor urban planning and insufficient green spaces.
AFP / by Ayee Macaraig | Senator Leila de Lima has been pursuing Philippines leader Rodrigo Duterte for almost a decade
But now that the International Criminal Court has opened an initial probe into the deadly anti-drug war Duterte launched after becoming president 20 months ago, she says she has new reason to hope.
I see the day justice will come. I hope for that day. The preliminary examination will eventually get to an indictment, De Lima told AFP at national police headquarters in Manila, where she is being held.
I feel this is the start of my vindication, but true vindication comes when I am absolved of the charges, added the 58-year-old, who was named one of Time magazines 100 most influential people of 2017.
De Limas detention, which began with her arrest on February 24, 2017, stems from allegations she took bribes from imprisoned drug lords while justice secretary from 2010-2015 under then-leader Benigno Aquino.
The charges are serious enough that no bail is permitted, and it is common for even minor cases to take years to work their way through the Philippines creaking justice system.
De Lima says the allegations were cooked up to stifle her criticism of Duterte, and she has earned the support of international legislators as well as rights watchdogs.
Amnesty International considers De Lima a prisoner of conscience and in its annual report released Thursday tagged her as the most prominent critic of the war on drugs'.
She is a symbol of the coming signs of the times where it will be dangerous for any Filipino citizen to speak out against the government, Amnesty International Philippines country director Jose Noel Olano told AFP.
After being elected to the Senate in the same 2016 election that handed Duterte the presidency, De Lima led an inquiry into the thousands of people killed by police in his anti-drugs war.
But Dutertes allies in the Senate shoved her aside from the inquiry and subsequently concluded he was not involved in any wrongdoing.
Today, Donald Trump and Jeremy Corbyn have nothing in common politically with each other or with the Kremlin. All they have in common is the absurd smear of being comrades of an illusory foreign enemy.
On February 20th the BBC News website published a report titled Palestinian head Abbas calls for international peace summit on its Middle East page. The BBCs account of Abbas long speech at the UN Security Council on the same day is as follows:
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has called for an international peace conference to tackle the Israel-Palestinian conflict.
In a rare address to the UN Security Council, he said the situation was no longer bearable for Palestinians. 
Mr Abbas told the Security Council that to solve the Palestine question it is essential to establish a multilateral international mechanism.
He blamed the deadlock in the peace process on the US declaration on Jerusalem, which he said violated international law, and on what he called Israels illegal activit...
By Christopher Condon
Federal Reserve Governor Randal Quarles delivered an upbeat assessment of the U.S. economy and endorsed a gradual path for raising interest rates in his first public speech on monetary policy since joining the central bank in October.
The U.S. economy appears to be performing very well and, certainly, is in the best shape that it has been in since the crisis and, by many metrics, since well before the crisis, Quarles said in prepared remarks Thursday in Tokyo.
With a strong labor market and likely only temporary softness in inflation, I view it as appropriate that monetary policy should continue to be gradually normalized, he said. The views appear to align Quarles on monetary policy with Fed Chairman Jerome Powell, who testifies next week before Congress for the first time as central bank chief.
His comments follow the release of minutes from the Feds Jan. 30-31 policy meeting that showed confidence growing among policy makers that growth in 2018 may exceed their December forecasts and justify additional rate hikes this year. Officials have penciled in three hikes in 2018, according to their median projection released in December....
Assads atrocities grow as Tehran builds a new anti-Israel satellite.
Bashar Assads Syrian military committed more atrocities this week, bombing the opposition stronghold of Eastern Ghouta and killing at least 200. Rescue workers had to haul dead civilians from the rubble, including a family of five. As everyone deplores the killings, the point to keep in mind is that the driving political power here is Iran and its attempt to make Syria part of its growing Shiite-Persian empire.
Iran has propped up Assad since the Syrian civil war erupted in 2011, and along with Russia is largely responsible for the regimes survival. After its 2016 victory in Aleppo and the ouster of Islamic State from Raqqa, this axis is now trying to roll up the last opposition strongholds. The trio will then use Russia-sponsored peace talks to re-establish Assads control over Syria. Russia will keep its military bases, and Iran wants to establish a new imperial outpost on the border with Israel....
Nearly thirteen years ago, we started publishing Rolling Thunder, an anarchist journal of dangerous living covering social movements, direct action, and creative experiments in autonomy around the world. Between 2005 and 2015, Rolling Thunder chronicled everything from the Danish squatting movement, immigrant labor in Canadian factory farms, and the origins of Nietzsches theory of the eternal return in 19th century French insurrectionism to anarchist participation in the Ferguson uprising and the defense of Koban. Whether you wanted to find an anarchist analysis of sex work or hour-by-hour maps documenting the street clashes during a global summit, Rolling Thunder was the ideal resource. You can download issues 1-7, 9, and 10 for free from our archives; issues 8, 11, and 12 are still available for purchase. Here, we explain why we are concluding the project, what the options are for subscribers, and what comes next.
Several factors have contributed to our decision to stop publishing Rolling Thunder. The demands of responding to constant crises over the past couple years have played a part, as have shakeups in our collective. Were busier now than ever beforebut most of that energy is going into online publishing and preparing our next books. The biggest factor is financial: in order to keep Rolling Thunder affordable, we intentionally set the price well below the break-even point. That means we have lost money on every issue. More than a decade into the project, that eventually began to add up. We have never focused our energy on fundraising, so we need to conclude Rolling Thunder and figure out a better plan.
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Today, 21.02.18, anarchist prisoner Konstantinos Yiagtzoglou commenced a hunger strike to demand his transfer from the prisons of Larissa to the prisons of Korydallos following the rejection of his request by the Central Committee for Transfers. He is currently in Korydallos Prison, where he was sent yesterday for an ongoing court case. A text from the comrade will follow in the coming days.
We call for an emergency open assembly to plan solidarity actions for the comrades hunger strike and share information on the case on Thursday, February 22nd at 19:00 at the Polytechnic (Gini building).
Assembly of Solidarity for Konstantinos Yiagtzoglou
(via Athens Indymedia, translated by Insurrection News)
Received on 22.02.18:
Anarchist comrade Konstantinos Yiagtzoglou was arrested on October 28th 2017, while exiting a hideout rented by him under a false identity and while trasferring guns and explosive materials. Dinos is accused of being a member of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire and for sending parcel bombs to various EU officials including the former prime minister of Greece...
We declare our solidarity with the revolutionary Rojava project in Kurdistan and its defence. With our action we oppose the Turkish war of aggression in Afrin. We call for the sabotage of the German arms industry!
During the night of the 20th to the 21st of February, we carried out an arson attack against OHBs headquarters in Bremen. OHB is one of the leading companies in space technology. The main business of OHB is military research and production. One of their current major contract orders comes from the German Federal Intelligence Service (BND). OHB is currently building a spy satellite for them.
Responsibility for the wars and crises of the world is often right here.
Fire and Flames to the German Arms Industry!
Solidarity greetings to the Wendland!
(via Chronik, translated by Insurrection News)
Militants attacked truck drivers waiting to drive across the border. Also, a mass grave was found.
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A wide-ranging assessment by the United States Intelligence Community views the President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, as a major threat to democracy and human rights in Southeast Asia.
We have always heard that a determined government prosecutor can indict a ham sandwich, and now we know its true. After 38 years in the prosecution racket, Robert Mueller just made his biggest score ever that is, he nailed a great big Nothingburger. But he also did a lot more than that. Muellers 37-page Continue reading "Muellers Comic Book Indictment: How To Prosecute a Great Big Nothingburger"
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The indictment handed down by Robert Mueller against 13 Russians connected to the Internet Research Agency, a Russian-owned- and- operated clickbait farm, is the capstone of my case that we have indeed entered Bizarro World, an alternate universe where up is down, black is white and truth is a ridiculous falsehood. Yes, I said clickbait Continue reading "Muellers Fraudulent Indictment"
I recently reread Michael Manns book, Incoherent Empire, which he wrote in 2003, soon after the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Mann is a sociology professor at UCLA and the author of a four-volume series called The Sources of Social Power, in which he explained the major developments of world history as the interplay between four Continue reading "US Empire Still Incoherent After All These Years"
For several days, US Vice President Mike Pence shared the Olympic stage with a high-profile member of North Koreas Kim dynasty, Kim Yo-jong. Yo-jong, the younger sister of Kim Jong-un, was the first member of the Kim dynasty to visit the South in decades, and her presence transfixed TV audiences around the world.
Vice President Pence had originally been scheduled to meet with Kim Yo-jong and her delegation from the North. This in itself is an interesting revelation, because it suggests that, despite the sanctions, UN posturing, and threats of a bloody nose, the US administration is still angling for a negotiated de-escalation should the stars align that way. But the talks never materialized. Two hours before they were supposed to take place, Yo-jong pulled out of the meeting.
For Yo-jong, the mission was already accomplished: North Korea had been presented as a status-quo world power at the games, and North-South dialogue had veered back toward the Peninsula thanks in part to a high-profile snub of the US administration.
By Paul Craig Roberts | Institute For Political Economy | February 21, 2018 As has been made perfectly clear, Robert Muellers indictment of 13 Russians and 3 companies is just another hoax. All Mueller has found is a bait-click commercial marketing scheme that had nothing to do with election interference. Why is Mueller comfortable bringing 
Listen here. This episode is packed to the gills with news! There is antifa activity in Tennessee and folks in the Northwest continue to hold it down against the fascist creep. Solidarity for Afrin spreads and an inspiring model to fight ICE raids emerges out of Koreatown, Los Angeles. We offer some analysis about the school shooting in Parkland, FL and interview both an anarchist attending the student led rallies there and an anarchist author whos written about gun control. There is a short update on the repression Florida prisoners are enduring due to Operation Push. Walter Bond is in need of support and we have some good news about accused confederate statue topplers in Durham, NC. To wrap things up, there are loads of upcoming events, so stay tuned until the end!
As soon as Virgin Atlantic Airlines introduced a couscous-style salad inspired by the flavours of Palestine, a controversy ensued. Israels supporters ignited a social media storm and sent many complaints to the company, obliging the airline to remove the reference to Palestine.
In the Zionist narrative, Palestine does not exist nor is it allowed to exist even if merely as a cultural conception.
The sad irony is that, while Israel appropriated Palestinian-Arabic couscous (the Palestinian dish, in particular, is known as maftoul), branding and marketing it in western countries as Israeli couscous, its supporters go to every extent possible to erase any reference that may validate Palestinian Arab culture, whether Muslim or Christian.
This is an old habit, an endemic practice that dates back to the destruction of nearly 600 Palestinian villages and localities in 1947-48. Palestinians refer to these earth-shattering events as the Nakba, or catastrophe. Tellingly, Israel outlaws the use of the term or the commemoration of the tragic event in any way.
From claiming Palestinian Arab culinary culture as their own, to Judaized Arabic street names to rewriting history, Israel and its supporters are relentless.
Israel fears a Palestinian narrative because the Israeli government understands, and rightly so, that it is the collective Palestinian narrative that has compelled resistance, in all of its forms, for over 70 years.
All attempts have failed, until recently.
The 1993 Oslo Accord is a critical juncture that shattered the cohesiveness of Palestinian discourse and weakened and divided the Palestinian people. However, it is not too late to remedy this through decisive and concentrated efforts that overcome the challenge of a Palestinian political viewpoint beholden to self-seeking political aspirations and competing factions.
In the absence of a Palestinian leadership populated by the Palestinian people themselves, intellectuals must safeguard and present the Palestinian story to the world with authenticity and balance. The clarity and integrity of the Palestinian story has been damaged and divided by Palestinian Authority (PA) tactics which remove Palestinian refugees right of return from their political platform.
Essentially, the story of Palestine is the story of the Palestinian people, for they are the victims of oppression and the main channel of Resistance, starting with the creation of Israel on th...
In an article first published on the Emperors New Clothes in 2004, Jared Israel looks at one notorious episode of media deception from the 1990s. Despite a successful libel suit in 2000 the fact remains that British news outlet ITN produced images that grossly distorted reality and were widely used in a highly misleading way to promote humanitarian intervention in the Yugoslav war. We are publishing this here today because of how closely it seems to foreshadow the current, maybe even more deceptive, campaign to promote fresh and potentially apocalyptic western intervention in Syria. Compare the Guardian article discussed below with this and this and this appearing in the same publication in just the last two days. On 6 August 1992, the international media broadcast pictures of a supposed Bosnian Serb death camp for Muslim prisoners of war. These pictures were taken from footage shot 5 August at a facility in the Bosnian town of Trnopolje (pronounced turn-OP-ul-yay). The film crew from the British news station, ITN, was led by reporter Penny Marshall, and accompanied
Via: The Hill: Following a federal indictment of Russians accused of meddling in the U.S election, a former CIA director on Friday said the U.S. probably meddles in other countries elections, as well. The Russian embassy flagged his comments. When asked whether the U.S. interferes in other countries elections, James Woolsey said, Well, only for 
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