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"American capitalism, based as it is on exploitation of the poor, with its fundamental motivation in personal greed, simply cannot survive without force - without a secret police force. Now, more than ever, each of us is forced to make a conscious choice whether to support the system of minority comfort and privilege with all its security apparatus and repression, or whether to struggle for real equality of opportunity and fair distribution of benefits for all of society, in the domestic as well as the international order. It's harder now not to realize that there are two sides, harder not to understand each, and harder not to recognize that like it or not we contribute day in and day out either to the one side or to the other." -- Philip Agee, CIA Diary, p597

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December 12, 2017

Dec 12 06:38

'Reporters Without Scruples’ fails to derail revelatory conference on White Helmets

Following unprecedented demands for censorship and attempted suppression of press freedom at the Geneva Press Club, the speakers and organizers of the ‘White Helmets - True Agenda’ event got police protection during the conference on the 28th November.
According to its website, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is “the world’s biggest NGO specializing in the defense of media freedom, which we regard as the basic human right to be informed and to inform others.”

However, last week in Geneva the creators of the Predators of Press Freedom campaign rode roughshod over their own lofty mission statement. The Geneva Press Club (GPC) announced an event that would present the darker side of the Oscar-winning, multi-million-dollar internationally funded White Helmets, operating in Syria alongside Jabhat al-Nusra (Al-Nusra Front) and other US Coalition-armed & financed terrorist groups.

Dec 12 06:37

European Court to Decide if Islamic Sharia Law Can Override a Nation's Civil Law

Can Islamic religious sharia law override a country's domestic law in Europe? That's a question the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights is weighing.

The Court heard a case this week that involves applying sharia law to a disagreement between citizens of Greece who are Muslims.

Christian Concern, a non-profit organization based in London, intervened in the case "because of the importance of the case in European law and its implications for countries across Europe, including the UK," according to a news release from the organization.

Dec 12 06:36

Skeptical Netanyahu to EU on Palestinian state: Would it be Costa Rica or Yemen?

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cast doubt on the viability of a Palestinian state on Monday in a meeting with EU foreign ministers. Asked straight out whether he still supports a two-state solution, he responded by asking them whether such a state would be “Costa Rica or Yemen.”

Dec 12 06:26

'I wanted to even the playing field': Man creates genius trap that sets off 12-guage shotgun blanks, terrifies thieves and stops them stealing his expensive packages (13 Pics)



Taboola
Dec 12 06:11

YES, THE FBI IS AMERICA’S SECRET POLICE

Politifact delivered a “pants on fire” slam to Fox News on Friday because one of its commentators asserted that the Federal Bureau of Investigation “has become America’s secret police.” The FBI has legions of new champions nowadays among liberals and Democrats who hope that its probes will end Donald Trump’s presidency. This is a stunning reversal that may have J. Edgar Hoover spinning in his grave

Dec 12 06:10

The discovery of Tutankhamun in color pictures, 1922

During the early twentieth century, Howard Carter, a British Egyptologist, excavated for many years in the Valley of the Kings—a royal burial ground located on the west bank of the ancient city of Thebes, Egypt. When Carter arrived in Egypt in 1891

Dec 12 06:10

INSIDE THE SECRET WORLD OF THE CORPORATE SPIES WHO INFILTRATE PROTESTS

“An amalgamation of members of the samba bands Rhythms of Resistance and Barking Samba played during the procession … Passersby were amused by the costumes and theatre and engaged as the group passed them.” The alert is one of hundreds of pages of leaked documents from two corporate security firms that have been seen by the Guardian and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

December 11, 2017

Dec 11 21:45

I'm A Celeb winner Georgia 'Toff' Toffolo admits she didn't even pay RENT before jungle stint as she 'doubts' £5M earning claims... before toying with the idea of dating Piers Morgan's son

She was crowned Queen of the Jungle on Sunday night's final of I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here!.
And Georgia 'Toff' Toffolo still appeared overwhelmed with her win as she appeared on Good Morning Britain on Monday.

Dec 11 21:44

China Is Now Making Some of the Most Powerful Guns on the Planet

China’s People’s Liberation Army has traditionally relied on foreign and Communist bloc weapons manufactured in China under license—or not.

Dec 11 21:40

From the trunk that grows through a SHOP to the specimen that holds 26,000 gallons of water: Amazing images of the most extraordinary trees in the world .

Wise Trees is a collection of pictures charting the world's oldest and most historically significant trees
Photographers Diane Cook and Len Jenshel spent two years snapping pictures of 59 extraordinary trees

Dec 11 20:38

Bacteria discovery in Antarctica prompts rethink of humanity's search for alien life

Bacteria discovered in the icy continent of Antarctica is set to change the way humanity looks for alien life on other planets.

To date, our search for habitable worlds which could host alien life has been guided by what we know about life-conducive conditions on Earth. But in a new breakthrough, researchers have discovered a bacterium in Antarctica that can survive solely off chemicals in the air.

The microscopic organisms can survive just on hydrogen, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide — opening up new possibilities about the existence of extraterrestrial life forms living in harsh conditions.

Antarctica is among the most extreme environments on our planet and it was previously thought the stresses of freezing temperatures, limited carbon, nitrogen and water availability along with strong UV radiation restricted life.



Dec 11 20:33

Fossil fuel subsidies better spent on renewables, (NZ) Trade Minister David Parker tells WTO conference

Trade Minister David Parker has told a World Trade Organisation meeting that hundreds of billions of dollars in fossil fuel subsidies should be redirected into renewable energy.

His comments, made today at the WTO ministerial conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, echo previous statements made by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation summit in Vietnam last month.

"Each year, Governments are spending at least US$425 billion subsidising the production and sale of coal, oil, gas and other greenhouse gas emitting fuels," Parker told a WTO event on fossil fuel subsidy reform.

"We want to change this. This money could be better used to pursue other development goals or invest in the renewable energy sector."

Dec 11 20:31

Maori more likely subjected to mental health treatment, placed in seclusion

Maori are more likely to be subjected to compulsory mental health treatment and placed in seclusion, a report has revealed.

The over-representation of Maori in mental health services was first discussed in the annual Director of Mental Health's Annual Report in 2013.

The latest report released today shows Maori continue to be put in isolation at much higher rates than non-Maori, despite dedicated efforts to eliminate isolation - overall rates have dropped by a quarter since 2009.

In 2016, Maori were 4.8 times more likely to be secluded in an adult inpatient facility than non-Maori, up from 3.7 times in 2013.

The report also shows that Maori are 3.6 times more likely to be put under a compulsory treatment order than non-Maori.

A hui in June 2015 aimed to find out more about the experiences of tangata whaiora (Maori in mental health care) and how they could be improved.

Dec 11 20:28

(NZ) Spies 'unlawfully' accessed data then refused to talk about it properly - oversight body

Our spies have broken the law accessing Customs and Immigration data and have resisted explaining to the intelligence oversight body why they have done so.

That's the blunt statement spelled out in the latest annual report from the Inspector General of Intelligence and Security.

It suggests two of the country's most capable public service lawyers are at a standoff with former deputy Solicitor-General Cheryl Gwynn holding the role of Inspector General and former Cabinet secretary Rebecca Kitteridge as the head of the NZSIS.

The details are revealed in the latest annual report from Gwynn into the NZ Security Intelligence Service and the Government Communications Security Bureau.

In it, Gwynn said the NZSIS had "unlawfully obtained Customs data" until mid-2016 and it had not properly explained why.

Dec 11 19:09

CNN Walks Back Jeff Sessions-Russia Bombshell

CNN has quietly walked back more of their “bombshell” reporting on the Trump-Russia collusion narrative, and this time it’s a story relating to Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ security clearance forms.

Dec 11 18:02

Celebrity Surgeon Found Dead, Knife In Chest, Ruled Suicide

Just days after a Weil Cornell cancer researcher was found dead, another medical professional who also worked at Weil Cornell was found on Sunday with a fatal knife wound in the torso, but near...

Dec 11 16:46

Bangladeshi NYC Suicide-Bomb Suspect Arrived by Chain Migration in 2011, DHS Says

The terror suspect who allegedly attempted to detonate a suicide-bomb in New York came to the United States from Bangladesh as a "chain migration" relative of an individual who had immigrated earlier into the United States.

Dec 11 16:22

Peter King Discusses Don Jr House Testimony...

Good interview between Congressman Peter King and Maria Bartiromo. King says “Nobody listening to that interview can come out of that thinking there was any collusion at all.

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Dec 11 16:22

Chinese Diplomat: Expect War if US Sends Navy Ships to Taiwan

One of China’s top diplomats to the US warned Washington that Beijing would invade Taiwan should the US ever send a Navy ship to the island nation, which China considers to be a wayward province.
Li Kexin, a minister with the Chinese Embassy to the United States, said during an embassy event on Friday that he had told American officials that China would activate their Anti-Secession Law if US naval vessels were sent to the Taiwan Strait.



Dec 11 16:21

HATE HOAX: Navy Says Black Sailor Vandalized Own Bunk With Racial Slurs

Marquie Little, a 27-year-old seaman, claimed he was living in constant fear after his bunk aboard a Navy aircraft carrier was vandalized with n-words and covered in trash.

"Maybe the guy or guys that vandalized my rack would see me out in town," Little told the Navy Times last month. "I constantly have to look who's giving me the side eye."

Dec 11 16:12

Ex-Spy Chief Admits Role In 'Deep State' Intelligence War On Trump

An ex-spy chief who spoke out publicly against Trump while inspiring other career intelligence figures to follow suit has admitted his leading role in the intelligence community waging political war against the president, describing his actions as something he didn't "fully think through". In a surprisingly frank interview, the CIA's Michael Morell - who was longtime Deputy Director and former Acting Director of the nation's most powerful intelligence agency - said that it wasn't a great idea to leak against and bash a new president.

Dec 11 16:04

Mark Pendergrast

"Pendergrast is an affable guide on a wondrously labyrinthine tour. He explains complex phenomena with remarkable clarity, in a relaxed tone, and with a sense of humor."
—Philadelphia Inquirer

"Mark Pendergrast, the ultimate free-lance journalist with an eclectic mind, writes about deceptively narrow topics that in fact have figured in world history for millennia."
—Atlanta Journal-Constitution



Owl 1
Dec 11 16:02

Most Hated Man in America - Jerry Sandusky and the Rush to Judgment

Everyone knows the story of Jerry Sandusky, the serial pedophile, the Monster. But what if that story is wrong? What if the former Penn State football coach and founder of the Second Mile is an innocent man convicted in the midst of a moral panic fed by the sensationalistic media, police trawling, and memory-warping psychotherapy? The Most Hated Man in America reads like a ...more

Dec 11 15:58

VIDEO | Frank Luntz Focus Group: Why These Alabama Voters Are Sticking By Roy Moore...

I hate Frank Luntz as much as the next guy, but this focus group is highly interesting.

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Dec 11 15:51

2,500 Outlets To Get Seal Of Approval From UK Watchdog Despite Cases Of Retraction

An independent UK press watchdog is encouraging 2500 newspapers and websites in the country to display a new logo it’s designed.



Dec 11 15:30

BREAKING | CNN Suspends Left-Wing Journo Ryan Lizza After He’s Fired By The New Yorker For Sexual Misconduct…

Story just hit the wires. Another anti-Trump liberal journo bites the dust.

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Dec 11 13:51

Pentagon Openly Threatens to Shoot Down Russian Jets Over Eastern Syria

Two weeks ago, I wondered if heightened Pentagon rhetoric about “unsafe Russian flying practices” in Syria was to prepare the media for a possible shoot-down of a Russian plane by the US. Now the US has moved on to openly threatening to do so.

Dec 11 13:09

VIDEO Trump accuser said Trump kissed her 12 years ago and ruined her life! --- Maybe she should’ve kissed him back she would be first lady right now!



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Dec 11 13:03

Maryland: First Muslim judge reprimanded after sexual harassment complaint

Prince George’s County Circuit Court Judge Hassan El-Amin was reprimanded last year after his former administrative assistant filed a sexual harassment complaint against him, according to a letter from the county’s administrative judge that acknowledged the discipline.

But the exact nature of the reprimand El-Amin received ­remains undisclosed, even to ­Denise Lowe-Williams, the woman who filed the grievance.

Dec 11 13:02

Is A Recession Looming? Low Unemployment And Declining Treasury Curve Occur Just Before Recessions (And Lousy Wage Growth)

US Real GDP is growing at 2.3% YoY.  What’s not to like?

Dec 11 12:59

Mount Agung In Bali Erupts SEVEN MORE TIMES Raining Down Ash On Villages

Volcanic ash rained down on the villages which are spotting the countryside in Bali. Mount Agung erupted again sending a massive plume of ash into the sky.

The Bali volcano threat level has been raised to the highest possible level, putting it at a level 4, while the aviation ash warning is now orange. The latest Volcano Observatory Notice for Aviation (VONA) was issued after Mount Agung erupted yesterday morning following several days of calm.

Dec 11 12:55

VIDEO --- Discover the Truth about the Men Behind the Curtain ...

Revealed; The Men Who Own and Run the U S Government

...Who is in control of the United States?

This documentary shows a timeline of history in the United States and which elites have provoked and controlled the wars of our past and present for financial gain.



Dec 11 12:39

Bali volcano eruption latest update: Mount Agung sends up plume in shape of clenched fist

The extraordinary pinkish plume was seen over Mount Agung in Bali at 4.56am local time today, according to the National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB).

BNPB spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho shared the photograph of the plume rising from the volcano on the Indonesian holiday destination.

He said a small eruption sent the clenched hand-like plume up from the crater, while volcanic activity remains high at Mount Agung.

The emission of plumes is becoming increasingly common and he also shared an image of a grey plume stretching 2,500m above the crater at 7.20am local time.

Dec 11 12:30

Palestinians expel Bahraini delegation from Al-Aqsa

Al-Aqsa guards expelled yesterday a Bahraini delegation from the mosque’s holy site, local sources reported.

The sources added that the move came as the Bahraini delegation was reported to have visited the Jewish state to “normalise and strengthen ties with Israel” and to deliver “message of peace and brotherhood to Israel.”

The Bahraini delegation, which arrived in Israel today in a four-day visit for talks with Israeli officials, was sent upon orders from the Bahraini King, Hamad in Isa Al Khalifa.

The 24-official delegation includes Bahraini religious figures as well as activists from the “This is Bahrain” party.

The visit, which was the first by a Gulf country, came days after the US President Donald Trump officially recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s new capital.

Dec 11 12:13

Social Security Won't Give You Security

If you're counting on Social Security to finance your retirement, you're in for a big surprise.



Dec 11 12:09

Liberal Elite Doesn’t Care Much About Inequality

Bill Clinton accomplished a Republican agenda and Obama allowed the Tea Party to steal the economic populist moment, says Thomas Frank.

Dec 11 12:01

Finally, Gold Speculators Start To Bail, Setting Up A Big Q1 2018

It took a lot longer than it should have, but gold futures traders have finally started behaving “normally.”


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Dec 11 11:55

Putin Announces Partial Withdrawal Of Forces In Syria, US Intends To Stay

By Brandon Turbeville

After making a surprise visit to Syria on Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a partial withdrawal of Russian troops from the country, adding that their task has largely been completed.

Putin was welcomed by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad at the Russian Hmeimim airbase, both men smiling and embracing at the meeting.

“I have taken a decision: a significant part of the Russian troop contingent located in Syria is returning home to Russia,” Putin stated. Putin addressed Russian troops in a televised speech where he stated that he had ordered Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu to begin the partial withdrawal. Putin told the troops that they had helped the Syrian military crush the “most battle-ready group of international terrorists.”...

Dec 11 11:51

Jesse Waters Interviews Sarah Sanders And She WRECKS Obama

Good interview from yesterday. Waters shows her a clip of a new Resistance video from kids that is pretty shocking in it audacity and f-bomb profanity, and then she lays into Obama.

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Dec 11 11:37

I’m a Pediatrician. Here’s What I Did When a Little Boy Patient Said He Was a Girl.

Biological sex is not assigned. Sex is determined at conception by our DNA and is stamped into every cell of our bodies. Human sexuality is binary. You either have a normal Y chromosome, and develop into a male, or you don’t, and you will develop into a female. There are at least 6,500 genetic differences between men and women. Hormones and surgery cannot change this.

An identity is not biological, it is psychological. It has to do with thinking and feeling. Thoughts and feelings are not biologically hardwired. Our thinking and feeling may be factually right or factually wrong.

If I walk into my doctor’s office today and say, “Hi, I’m Margaret Thatcher,” my physician will say I am delusional and give me an anti-psychotic. Yet, if instead, I walked in and said, “I’m a man,” he would say, “Congratulations, you’re transgender.”

Dec 11 11:09

VIDEO | Chuck Todd's Meet The Press Hit Piece On Roy Moore

Here’s what passes for objective journalism at Meet The Press as Chuck Todd travels to Alabama.

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Dec 11 10:58

"You Grow Up Wanting To Be Luke Skywalker, Then Realize You've Become A Stormtrooper For The Empire"

How do you Americans as a people walk around head held high, knowing that every few months your country is committing a 9/11 size atrocity to other people. Imagine if the 9/11 terror attacks were happening in America every few months. Again and again, innocent people dying all around you. Your brothers and sisters. For no reason.



Dec 11 10:46

SHOCK VIDEO | Peggy Noonan Makes The Case For Roy Moore

Good clip of the WSJ's Peggy Noonan on Meet The Press yesterday explaining why Alabama conservative voters still support Roy Moore.

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Dec 11 10:45

The women reporters who sparked the #MeToo movement are already being written out of the story

Over the weekend, Britain’s Sunday Times ran a profile of Ronan Farrow — “the man who took down Weinstein.” While Farrow’s reporting certainly played a major role in exposing the Hollywood producer’s past sexual misconduct, it was two women reporters at the New York Times, Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, who broke the story. And they’re already being written out of it.

Dec 11 10:45

California Is Running Out of Inmates to Fight Its Fires

For a dollar an hour and credit toward early parole, more than 1,700 convicted felons fought on the front lines of the destructive wildfires that raged across Northern California this October. While communities from Sonoma to Mendocino evacuated in the firestorm’s path, these inmates worked shifts of up to 72 straight hours to contain the blaze and protect the property residents left behind, clearing brush and other potential fuel and digging containment lines often just feet away from the flames. Hundreds more are on the fire line now, combatting the inferno spreading across Southern California.



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Dec 11 10:42

Amid “Full Employment,” No Recovery in US Wages

Trump claims his $1.5 trillion tax cut—including the slashing of the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent—will create more jobs and increase wages. As in the Obama years, however, this massive windfall for big business and the rich will not be used to expand production, let alone increase the wages and living standards of workers. It will go for stock buybacks and dividend increases, which benefit the richest investors.

Dec 11 10:37

Trump Continues Obama’s Wars Against Democracy

The reality, not talked about in public (since America isn’t a democracy), is that the United States Government propagandizes against foreign governments and then perpetrates coups and/or military invasions against them, in order to impose the U.S. empire’s dictatorial stooges, and then to crush whatever democracy had existed there. This U.S. fascism didn’t happen only in Iran in 1953, Guatemala in 1954, and Chile in 1973, but it happens also today, long after the ‘anti-communist’ excuse for it had ended in 1991.



Carambola
Dec 11 10:32

THE NSA EMPLOYEE LIKELY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SHADOWBROKERS LEAK – AND BY EXTENSION THE WANNACRYPT NHS HACK – HAS BEEN CAUGHT AND PLEADS GUILTY.

The trove of exploits and data that he retrieved were then stolen from his home computer, allegedly through a hack by Russian agents who gained access through a backdoor in the software Kaspersky. A mysterious internet collective who call themselves the Shadowbrokers have been releasing a collection of hacked NSA exploits since last summer, and whilst that breach hasn’t officially been linked to of Pho’s arrest, the timing and an analysis which suggests that Shadowbrokers have had access to a TAO insider can hardly be dismissed as coincidental.
This story errs in blaming the Russians. The NSA guy had a pirated copy of Microsoft Office on his machine and that was the leak.

Dec 11 10:26

In Pushing Saudis on Yemen Aid, US Warns About Losing Congressional Support

Despite repeatedly White House expressions of confidence that the Saudis are definitely going to start letting aid into Yemen at some point, the Saudis have shown no sign of doing so. Privately, the US has been a bit more blunt with them about the potential consequences.

The Trump Administration is trying to sell easing humanitarian aid as a way to placate the US Congress, where mounting concerns about the war crimes being committed in Yemen are seeing votes on US arms sales to the Saudi kingdom increasingly difficult to squeeze through.

The public statements from the White House are getting more frequent, with two statements on Wednesday and Friday of the past week, and officials saying over the weekend they expect more in the coming weeks, suggesting they don’t believe the Saudis will so easily allow food into Yemen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In its two year enabling of the Saudi genocide in Yemen, the US government has been complicit in Saudi war crimes here; there is utterly no getting around this. Here are some very graphic images what the US government and military is assisting the Saudi government and military in "accomplishing" in Yemen:

Images:
Yemeni children being killed or maimed for life.

Images: Yemeni children starving to death, courtesyof the US and Saudi port blockade in Yemen.

Video demonstrating the use of DU by the Saudi Military

Images: severe birth defects in Yemeni infants

I will tell you right now, poisoning a child in the womb with depleted uranium weapons, is one of the most hideously cruel and insanely barbaric examples of outright, despicable child abuse I can imagine; and yet, obviously, the House of Saud; the Saudi Military, and the US military are perfectly comfortable doing this in Yemen.

I can understand the geopolitical potential for US/Saudi power projection by conquering Yemen; but gentlemen, please, at what moral cost to the soul of this nation will such a "victory" come, to the point where the US government is willingly "doubling down" in expanding on Saudi Arabia's war crimes in Yemen?!?

And for those you expect to fight, die, and get maimed for life (possibly from the US's use of DU in Yemen), I think they, and we, the American people, need one hell of an honest, completely factual explanation from you both as to whose “vital interests” are at stake here. Because from where I sit, it is NOT the "vital interests" of We the People, to be escalating the US military's involvement in this war, particularly when almost every expert on the issue has stated that the resolution to this issue has to be political, rather than military.

Dec 11 10:23

Indonesians burn US flags in 4th day of al-Quds protests

Several hundred protesters from an Islamic youth group rallied outside the embassy Monday, burning flags and images of Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu. It was a big drop from a weekend protest that attracted several thousand people.

Similar protests have been held in other cities around Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation.

Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has strongly condemned Trump's move, which he described as a violation of U.N. resolutions.

Indonesia has long been a strong supporter of Palestinians.

Dec 11 10:13

Baby formula maker calls global recall over salmonella fears

Baby milk maker Lactalis and French authorities have ordered a global recall of millions of products over fears of salmonella bacteria contamination.

The French company, one of the world's largest dairy groups, said it was warned by health authorities in France that 26 infants have become sick since Dec. 1.

Dec 11 10:10

As US-Russia Tensions Rise, 1987 Nuke Treaty in Jeopardy

Over the weekend, Russia responded to the latest of what’s literally been some 4-5 years of US allegations over that test by again reiterating that they don’t see a violation, and that they are committed to the treaty.

But US-Russia tensions have gotten progressively worse through that 4-5 year span, which has turned “questions” about a possible technical violation into increasingly shrill US claims that Russia is “violating the treaty,” and threatening to withdraw from it.

In practice, the treaty is a relatively minor one among nuclear treaties, and one that officials likely believe they risk for the sake of picking more diplomatic fights with Russia. The risk, however, is that ditching this treaty will lead to the ditching of others, a partial concern given the recent US hostility toward anti-nuclear deals

Dec 11 10:10

DNA Testing Companies Admit Tampering White Profiles To ‘Screw With Racists’

23andMe & Ancestry adding fake African ancestry to white customer profiles

Dec 11 10:09

PUBLIC LANDS AGENCY ORDERED STAFF TO PROMOTE OIL AND GAS ON SOCIAL MEDIA

In March, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) flooded its Flickr page with photos of oil wells and mining pits. The transformation was meant to boost the visibility of fossil fuel development on public lands, according to internal emails obtained by Motherboard through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

Dec 11 10:09

Look up this week! Stunning Geminids meteor shower is set to peak with up to 120 shooting stars every hour: Here's how to see it

A 3-mile (5 km) wide asteroid, named 3200 Phaethon, will comes 'close' to Earth this week, bringing with it the stunning Geminids meteor shower.

The shower will peak this Wednesday night, December 13th, when up to 120 shooting stars could tear through our skies every hour.

The much-awaited shower is one of the most spectacular celestial events of the year and the shooting stars are bright and easy to spot from all over the world.

Dec 11 10:02

Researchers may have found a link between Alzheimer’s disease and a common class of herbicides

Researchers from France have uncovered what just might be one of the most overlooked causes of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia that most people have probably never even considered: Crop chemicals.

A recent paper published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease takes a closer look at this apparent connection, revealing that a class of herbicides known as triazines appear to increase the body’s production of two amyloid peptides associated with brain degeneration.

These peptides are known as A?42 and A?40, respectively, and Laurent Meijer from ManRos Therapeutics in Roscoff, France, says they’re part of what’s known as the “human chemical exposome,” or HCE – a grouping of more than 85,000 chemical compounds that are known to damage human health.

Dec 11 10:00

US Pushes Diplomatic Isolation for North Korea, Despite Being ‘Open to Talks’

US officials, led by Ambassador Nikki Haley, have been making the rounds worldwide pushing for all nations to sever diplomatic ties with North Korea. This further undermines the US claims of being open to talks, but it’s also not clear what they expect to accomplish.

Since the US has no direct diplomatic ties with North Korea themselves, any diplomatic efforts require some intermediary. Yet if the US got its way, and everyone cuts off North Korea ties, there are no such intermediaries.

In practice, the US doesn’t expect this to be a successful push. Officials suggest that North Korea takes its international standing very seriously, and even a little bit of diplomatic harm would greatly embarrass them, however.

Plus it’s not like the US has a lot of “non-war” options left for things to do to North Korea. The nation doesn’t trade with much of anybody, except for China and Russia, and the US doesn’t have any real chance of cutting off either of those partners.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There are very few diplomatic overtures the US can take, other than negotiating with them while they are still in the process of creating their nuclear deterrent.

And Trump, Tillerson, and Hailey have uniformly stated that will not happen, even if pigs discover they are aerodynamic.

So what are the odds of averting a war with North Korea, because the US government has boxed itself in by not allowing more room for diplomatic maneuvers?!?

Unfortunately, although I hope to hell I am wrong, not great, at this moment.

You have to understand: the Elites need a war, and soon, to attempt to "misdirect" the American public's anger away from the coming economic crash which will hit all sectors of the economy.

Dec 11 09:49

TRUMP'S JERUSALEM DECLARATION SPARKS TALK OF 3RD TEMPLE

While Muslims jeer, Israelis cheer President Trump’s Jerusalem declaration, prompting Jewish religious activists to suggest building the Third Temple is closer to reality than ever before.

“What he did … was an enormous step in bringing the Temple,” said Asaf Fried, official spokesman for the United Temple Movement, an association of organizations working towards making the Third Temple a reality.

He added, “This necessarily had to come from a non-Jew in order to bring them into the process, so they will be able to take their part in the Temple.”

Fried sees Trump’s role similar to the one played by Cyrus, the Persian king who ended the Babylonian exile and helped build the Second Jewish Temple.

“There have been amazing advances towards bringing the Temple this year. It was clear that Trump was part of that process, guided by Hashem (God),” Fried declared.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I was very fearful of this movement gaining ground, after President Trump's announcement that the US recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

What really concerns me, should this start to happen, is the fate of the Al Aqsa Mosque, which has existed on this site for centuries, as described in an article from Darmouth University:

The current Al-Aqsa Mosque is built upon the spot the Rashidun and Umayyads believed Muhammad ascended, whereas other scholars believe Muhammad ascended upon the Foundation Stone, now housed inside the Dome of the Rock. Regardless, the importance of the Night Journey in Islamic tradition and its setting within the Temple Mount compound has made Jerusalem the third holiest city in Islam, following Mecca and Medina.

Should any attempt be made to displace one stone in its construction, all hell will break loose in the region.

President Trump's announcement may well have emboldened Netanyahu toward such an act. He is hubristic enough to want to send the IDF to gain control of this shrine, and bring it down with a controlled demolition; whether he's insane enough to do this... may be another matter entirely.

Dec 11 09:37

EU rejects recognising of al-Quds as Israeli capital

Mogherini has joined many EU leaders in expressing disapproval of the U.S. decision to recognize al-Quds as Israel's capital. She said during a joint media address Monday that "the only realistic solution to the conflict between Israel and Palestine is based on two states with Jerusalem (al-Quds) as the capital of both."

Netanyahu insisted that what U.S. President Donald Trump did was "put facts squarely on the table. Peace is based on reality."

He said the reality of seeing al-Quds as Israel's capital "doesn't obviate peace, it makes peace possible."

Dec 11 09:32

It’s Official: NBC Just Tweeted The Dumbest Thing Ever About North Korea

North Korea is a hellhole. It has been for a long time. The liberal media didn’t really pay much attention to North Korea over the last decade or so. Obama was in charge so the media wasn’t really big on actually reporting on foreign policy in a responsible way.

Dec 11 09:28

U.S. media silent as Putin declares Russia GMO-free as they prepare to become top producer of organic food

On the one hand, Russia is the largest producer of asbestos in the world (they even named the town where the mine is, after the toxin) and on the other hand, Putin has moved them toward becoming the biggest producer of organic food in the world. We live in a strange world.

Apparently, the leader of Russia spent years analyzing the dangers of GMO’s and decided they were going to go a different way: small, private rural gardens make up a large part of Russia’s agricultural system with about 40 percent of all vegetable and fruit crops coming from that sector. And so, in an attempt to provide exclusively organic food for itself (and other nations in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia) the Kremlin has been giving away free land to farmers or gardeners who pledge to produce only organic fruits and veggies.

For them, it works. It could work here too but, can you imagine that happening? Me either.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Putin always seems to be a million chess moves ahead of the US, and has been very good for the Russian people.

Dec 11 09:25

Fusion GPS tried to tie Trump to Clinton’s pedophile pal Epstein as part of smear campaign

Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm whose Democrat-financed Russia dossier fueled an FBI investigation into Donald Trump, pitched other stories about the Republican presidential candidate to Washington reporters, including an attempt to tie him to a convicted pedophile who was once buddies with former President Bill Clinton.

Journalist sources told The Washington Times that Fusion founder Glenn Simpson pushed the idea of a close relationship between Mr. Trump and Jeffrey Epstein, who pleaded guilty in 2008 to soliciting sex from an underage girl.

The Trump-Epstein link appears purely social, far short of Mr. Clinton’s 20-plus plane rides on Epstein’s “Lolita Express” private jet around the globe in the early 2000s.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why am I singularly unsurprised by this revelation?!?

Dec 11 09:18

7 Times CNN Botched The News In 2017

Dec 11 09:18

CIA ‘Mistakenly’ Destroys Copy Of 6,700-Page US Torture Report

The CIA inspector general’s office has said it “mistakenly” destroyed its only copy of a comprehensive Senate torture report, despite lawyers for the Justice Department assuring a federal judge that copies of the documents were being preserved.

The erasure of the document by the spy agency’s internal watchdog was deemed an “inadvertent” foul-up by the inspector general, according to Yahoo News.

One intelligence community source told Yahoo News, which first reported the development, that last summer CIA inspector general officials deleted an uploaded computer file with the report and then accidentally destroyed a disk that also contained the document.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Mistakenly destroyed", MY ASTROLABE!!!

Dec 11 09:14

A NEW STEALTH ATTACK IN EU’S “WAR ON CASH”

The EU’s Orwellian-dubbed Civil Liberties and Economic Affairs committee has approved tough new rules on cash that travelers might bring into or take out of the bloc. It’s also broadened the definition of cash to include precious stones and metals and prepaid credit cards.
For the moment the new definition does not include Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, for one simple reason: “customs authorities lack the resources to monitor them.”

Most importantly, the draft law will enable authorities to impound “cash” below the traditional €10,000 threshold, if criminal activity is suspected. The new rules would repeal the First Cash Control Regulation (CCR) from 2005, which requires individuals to declare sums over €10,000 when leaving or entering the EU.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Again, the EU's plans to ban cash transactions have utterly zero relationship to justice, to the average person, who may be involved in a "cash and carry" business; it never touches those with armies of accountants and lawyers on speed dial, who can help them "disguise" their wealth by other means.

Dec 11 09:13

Rioting Protesters Breach US Embassy Gates In Beirut, Repelled By Tear Gas And Water Cannon

Protesters waving Palestinian flags threw projectiles, smoke grenades, set fires in the street, and even breached a section of the gate to the US Embassy before being turned away by security forces who used tear gas and a water cannon to disperse the crowd. Several protesters were detained, according to witnesses.

Dec 11 09:12

Strzok-Gate And The Mueller Cover-Up

Almost eighteen months after Obama’s Justice Department and the FBI launched the Russiagate investigation, and seven months after Special Counsel Robert Mueller took the investigation over, the sum total of what it has achieved is as follows:

(1) an indictment of Paul Manafort and Rick Gates which concerns entirely their prior financial dealings, and which makes no reference to the Russiagate collusion allegations;

(2) an indictment for lying to the FBI of George Papadopoulos, the junior volunteer staffer of the Trump campaign, who during the 2016 Presidential election had certain contacts with members of a Moscow based Russian NGO, which he sought to pass off – falsely and unsuccessfully – as more important than they really were, and which also does not touch on the Russiagate collusion allegations; and

Dec 11 09:11

Democrat Accused of Masturbating in Front of Lobbyist Resigns, Denies Allegations

Democrat California Assemblyman Matt Dababneh (D-Woodland Hills), 36, announced his resignation on Friday, just days after he was accused of masturbating in front of a lobbyist at a party in Las Vegas.

Dec 11 09:11

Thousands of Moroccans Join Rally Against US Stunt on Jerusalem

Protests over the US move were also held in Lebanon earlier in the day, with protesters breaking through the cordons securing US embassy in Beirut.

Thousands of people took to the streets in Morocco's capital of Rabat on Sunday in protest against US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The participants carried flags of Palestine and Morocco and chanted slogans decrying the decision of US President Donald Trump to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, claimed by Israel and Palestine as their capital.

Dec 11 09:10

US will take N. Korea ‘into our own hands’ if China doesn’t do more – Haley

Nikky Haley told Fox News Sunday that Beijing and the rest of the international community are following through with sanctions against Pyongyang for developing its nuclear weapons programme. She then commended Washington for leading the charge.

“But to be clear, China can do more,” Haley said. “And we're putting as much pressure on them as we can. The last time they completely cut off the oil, North Korea came to the table. And so we've told China they've got to do more. If they don't do more, we're going to take it into our own hands and then we'll start to deal with secondary sanctions.”

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Here's your rifle, Nikki...

Dec 11 09:09

US claims full credit for any ‘meaningful’ anti-ISIS fight, denies hampering Russia’s Syria op

The Pentagon has claimed all the credit for wiping out the vast majority of terrorists in Syria. It also challenged the Russian defense ministry’s assertion that US fighter jets were actively interfering with Moscow's anti-terrorist operations in Syrian airspace.

On Wednesday, the Chief of the Russian General Staff declared “there’s no territory controlled by ISIS,” but only “some spots of resistance” left in Syria. A spokesman for the US-led Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) was quick to dismiss the Russian statement Saturday, claiming that IS (Islamic State, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorists continue to operate in Deir ez-Zor province.

Dec 11 09:09

BITCOIN VS FIAT CURRENCY: WHICH FAILS FIRST?

I am struck by the mainstream confidence that bitcoin is a fraud/fad that will soon collapse, while central bank fiat currencies are presumed to be rock-solid and without risk. Those with supreme confidence in fiat currencies might want to look at a chart of Venezuela's fiat currency, which has declined from 10 to the US dollar in 2012 to 5,000 to the USD earlier this year to a current value in December 2017 of between 90,000 and 100,000 to $1:

On 1 December, the bolivar traded in the parallel market at 103,024 VED per USD, a stunning 59.9% depreciation from the same day last month.

Analysts participating in the LatinFocus Consensus Forecast expect the parallel dollar to remain under severe pressure next year. They project a non-official exchange rate of 2,069,486 VEF per USD by the end of 2018. In 2019, the panel sees the non-official exchange rate trading at 2,725,000 VEF per USD.

Dec 11 09:05

Jeremy Corbyn And Noam Chomsky Win Peace Prize Amid Media Silence

UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was awarded the Sean MacBride Peace Prize along with Noam Chomsky and Japanese anti-military base activists, yet the award received scant coverage in the British media.

Dec 11 09:03

CIA ‘Mistakenly’ Destroys Copy Of 6,700-Page US Torture Report

The CIA inspector general’s office has said it “mistakenly” destroyed its only copy of a comprehensive Senate torture report, despite lawyers for the Justice Department assuring a federal judge that copies of the documents were being preserved.

The erasure of the document by the spy agency’s internal watchdog was deemed an “inadvertent” foul-up by the inspector general, according to Yahoo News.

One intelligence community source told Yahoo News, which first reported the development, that last summer CIA inspector general officials deleted an uploaded computer file with the report and then accidentally destroyed a disk that also contained the document.

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Dec 11 08:59

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – DECEMBER 11, 2017: PUTIN ORDERS WITHDRAWAL OF RUSSIAN FORCES FROM SYRIA

On December 10, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Hezbollah launched a military operation in order to clear the desert area in eastern Syria from ISIS. According to pro-government sources, the SAA and Hezbollah liberated about 2,000 km in the area between the T2 pumping station and the city of al-Mayadin during the first day of the operation.

The US-led coalition believes that about 3,000 ISIS members remains in Iraq. If this is true, a notable part of them should hide in the Syrian desert. The liberation of this area will be an important part of the preparations for future anti-terrorist operations of the Iranian-Russian-Syrian alliance in Syria.

Dec 11 08:58

WINTER'S BACK! Will it snow again today, what’s the forecast for London and what schools are closed on Monday?

The UK woke to blankets of snow on Sunday with disruption being experienced across the country

Dec 11 08:53

IMAGE OF THE DAY ~~ GRAFFITI FROM JESUS’ BIRTHPLACE …. UNWELCOMING TRUMP

Mary and Joseph couldn’t cross into Bethlehem today …..

Dec 11 08:53

IT’S NOT JUST THE STATUS OF JERUSALEM THAT’S AT STAKE

It’s ALL of Palestine, Gaza in particular as can be seen in the following

Dec 11 08:50

Kamehameha School Child Molester Case – Hidden Payoff to Judge Exposed

…For more than three years, Circuit Judge Virginia Crandall has presided over the lawsuits against Kamehameha Schools and St. Francis Hospital by former students who accuse a psychiatrist of sexual abuse decades ago.

But she didn’t publicly disclose that in the 1990s and the early 2000s, her husband, David Schulmeister, and his law firm, Cades Schutte, represented the Kamehameha Schools, billing as much as $1 million a year…..

Schulmeister and Cades Schutte have represented Kamehameha Schools on a broad range of issues….

Attorney Robert Richards, the special master appointed by state Probate Judge Kevin Chang in 2000, explained the firm's role at the Kamehameha Schools in this way: “(This) firm had an extensive history of legal work for the Trust … it became involved in almost everything, submitted bills on almost everything,” Richards wrote.

Dec 11 08:48

Santa Barbara now under threat from wildfire as massive inferno spreads over 200,000 acres and thousands flee what has become California's fifth largest fire ever

A flare-up on the western edge of Southern California's largest and most destructive wildfire sent residents fleeing Sunday, as wind-fanned flames churned through canyons and down hillsides toward coastal towns.

The so-called Thomas Fire is only 15 percent contained, now threatening the city of Santa Barbara and the nearby coastal town of Carpinteria, and is on track to become one of the worst wildfires in California history.

It has already destroyed 583 structures and scorched 173,000 acres, the authorities say. New evacuations were ordered in Carpinteria, which been under fire threat for days.

The new evacuation zone extends within two miles of the Santa Barbara Zoo.

Dec 11 08:46

Mike Tyson: ‘Hillary Clinton Is America’s Most Prolific Serial Killer’

Hillary Clinton is part of a crime family that has left a trail of dozens of dead bodies in its bloodthirsty pursuit of power, according to Mike Tyson who told an audience in Las Vegas: “Hillary is America’s most prolific serial killer – bar none.”

“Manson family ain’t nothing compared to the Clinton family,” Tyson said. “Ted Bundy? John Wayne Gacy? Please…that’s kiddie stuff,” Tyson said, pointing out the Manson family murdered four people, while Ted Bundy and John Wayne Gacy accounted for 35 and 33 respectively.

According to the 51-year-old former heavyweight champion, who was warming up for the next leg of his Undisputed Truth 2 speaking tour with a small show in Las Vegas, these death tallies pale in comparison to the number of victims who have met their maker at the hands of Hillary Clinton.

Dec 11 08:45

The U.S. Media Suffered Its Most Humiliating Debacle in Ages: Now Refuses All Transparency Over What Happened

There was just one small problem with this story: it was fundamentally false, in the most embarrassing way possible. Hours after CNN broadcast its story — and then hyped it over and over and over — the Washington Post reported that CNN got the key fact of the story wrong.

The email was not dated September 4, as CNN claimed, but rather September 14 — which means it was sent after WikiLeaks had already published access to the DNC emails online. Thus, rather than offering some sort of special access to Trump, “Michael J. Erickson” was simply some random person from the public encouraging the Trump family to look at the publicly available DNC emails that WikiLeaks — as everyone by then already knew — had publicly promoted. In other words, the email was the exact opposite of what CNN presented it as being.

Dec 11 08:42

WATCH as Assad welcomes Putin to his first visit to Syria since the war began - VIDEO

Earlier today Russian President Vladimir Putin made a surprise quick visit to Syria before leaving to Egypt to meet the country's leader.

This was Putin's first visit to Syria since the war began in 2011, as reported earlier by FRN.

As the video shows, Putin was welcomed by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad at the Russian controlled Hmeimim airbase in Latakia province.

Dec 11 08:32

Netanyahu: Palestinians must face reality over Jerusalem

Palestinians must "get to grips with" the reality that Jerusalem is Israel's capital in order to move towards peace, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says.

Dec 11 08:31

Chester County Snow Totals For Dec. 9, 2017 Storm

The storm dropped as much as 7 inches in parts of suburban Philadelphia. See the snowfall totals here.

Dec 11 08:31

EU rebuffs Netanyahu call on Jerusalem

The EU's diplomatic chief Monday bluntly rejected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's suggestion that Europe would follow the US in recognising Jerusalem as the Jewish state's capital, saying there would be no change to its stance on the holy city.

Dec 11 08:28

Erdo?an says US is a ‘partner in bloodshed’ with Jerusalem decision

The U.S. has become a “partner in bloodshed” with its decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an has said.

“With its decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the United States has become a partner in the bloodshed,” Erdo?an said at an event marking World Human Rights Day in Ankara on Dec. 11.

“The statement by U.S. President Donald Trump does not bind us, nor does it bind Jerusalem or the Muslim world,” he added.

Dec 11 08:27

Why did climate scientists emit 30,000 tonnes of C02 this weekend?

Around 25,000 of my colleagues flew to a conference, leaving a colossal carbon footprint in their wake. This makes our warnings less credible to the public

Dec 11 08:27

Macron’s new challenge: France’s Conservative elects hard-line president in LANDSLIDE

EMMANUEL Macron could face a tough new challenger after populist candidate Laurent Wauquiez was elected president of France’s Conservative party in a landslide victory.

Dec 11 08:27

Welcome To The Hell Hole That Is Brussels

When then-candidate Donald Trump noted in January 2016 that, thanks to mass immigration, Brussels was turning into a hell hole, Belgian and European politicians presented a united front at the (media) barricades: How dare he say such a thing? Brussels, capital of the European Union, the very quintessence of the post-modern world, the avant-garde of the coming new "global civilization," a hell hole? Of course assimilating newcomers is not always easy, and there may be friction from time to time. But never mind, they said: Trump is a buffoon, and anyway, he has zero chance of getting elected. Such were the thoughts of those avid readers of The New York Times International Edition and regular watchers of CNN International.

Dec 11 08:26

Insatiable appetite: Pentagon asks for more money from the US taxpayer

The US Armed Forces lag behind the modernization process of their main opponents, and cannot sufficiently resist the challenges in Europe and East Asia. They may lose a potential war with China or Russia, according to a study by the American center Rand.

"Even the very assumption of the possibility of a major US war with Russia or China raises questions to those who have voiced the idea." What is behind this assumption: elementary cynicism, provocation, a misunderstanding of the substance of the subject, or something else? "- asked the deputy.

"The United States does not have sufficient funds to cope with the main challenges in Europe and East Asia ...". "In other words, give us money - and the more, the better." The request is for the domestic consumer," - the parliamentarian said.

Dec 11 08:25

92% of Ukrainians vote in favour of the return of the previous government

92% of the viewers of the Ukrainian news channel NewsOne voted in favour of the return of Viktor Yanukovych. The poll was conducted live on Saturday evening.

The audience was asked: "If you had a choice now - would you choose the past criminal authority or the current one - who would you vote for?"

During the hour, 46,686 people took part in the poll. 92% said they support the previous government, and only 8% - the current regime of Petro Poroshenko.

Dec 11 08:24

Thousands of Protesters Rally in Berlin Over Trump Jerusalem Move (VIDEO)

A demonstration took place in the Neukolln district of Berlin on Sunday, the Bild newspaper reported, adding that protesters burnt Israeli flags during the rally.

Local media estimated that some 2,500 people staged a demonstration in Berlin protesting US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Dec 11 08:24

How broke Berlin is creaking under the strain of surge in population

The heavily indebted German capital has been on an austerity drive for the last 15 years, leaving some public services in a shamble.

While its lush parks and relatively low cost of living make the city an attractive place to call home, encounters with city authorities are often a different story.

As the last revellers stagger out of the clubs at 5.00 am and road sweepers begin doing their rounds, Alichan Terbulatov has already been queueing for hours outside the civil service office of central Berlin's Mitte district.

"It's a total farce. I got here at one in the morning" to get a birth certificate, the father of three told AFP.

Dec 11 08:23

'We won't put up with it anymore' USA hits back at UN 'Israel bashing' over Jerusalem

US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Trump’s decision to move the American Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem to recognise it as Israel’s capital will “fastball” the Middle East process.

But, she warned the UN and the international community's “bashing” of Israel will hinder the process.

She said: “We think this is actually going to help us fastball the peace process going forward.

“There have been repeated attempts to hit Israel, for no reason whatsoever.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Is this girl on drugs, or just totally clueless?

Dec 11 08:22

Blow for Merkel’s EU dream: Bloc not ready for superstate 'THREAT', chancellor's ally says

EUROPE is not ready for a ‘united state’ according to Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats as the German chancellor desperately tries to cling to power.

Dec 11 08:21

Nasrallah calls for third Palestinian intifada

Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah said Monday that the best response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision on Jerusalem was to call for another intifada.

Dec 11 08:20

Eurozone CRISIS: Italy hatches shocking plan to 'LEAVE euro' – and ECB 'APPROVES'

In a move that will spark fears across the EU of an “Italexit”, three of the country’s political parties are backing the introduction of “Fiscal Credit Certificates” as an alternative to the euro.

The complex plan has the approval of the European Central Bank.

Among the parties backing it is Silvio Berlosconi’s Forza Italia, which has enjoyed an astonishing comeback in the polls.

The revelation comes as Martin Schulz, the leader of Germany’s Social Democratic party who is tipped to become Chancellor Angela Merkel’s deputy, last week called for the creation of a United States of Europe by 2025.

Dec 11 08:14

Thousands of Moroccans Join Rally Against US Stunt on Jerusalem (VIDEO)

Thousands of people took to the streets in Morocco's capital of Rabat on Sunday in protest against US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The participants carried flags of Palestine and Morocco and chanted slogans decrying the decision of US President Donald Trump to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, claimed by Israel and Palestine as their capital.

Dec 11 08:14

Erdogan Calls Israel 'Terrorist State' That 'Kills Children', Bibi Strikes Back

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have traded accusations in the wake of the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to move the country's embassy to the disputed territory from Tel Aviv.

"Palestine is an innocent victim […] As for Israel, it is a terrorist state, yes, terrorist!" Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated during his speech in the central city of Sivas on Sunday.

The Turkish president vowed to use all possible means to fight Israel, claiming that "we will not abandon Jerusalem to the mercy of a state that kills children," holding a picture a 14-year-old Palestinian boy from Hebron, as he described, allegedly dragged away by Israeli soldiers.

Dec 11 08:13

Bucharest Punchup: Romanians March Against Judicial Reforms

Romanians in the thousands gathered on Sunday in capital city Bucharest and many other urban centers throughout the country, protesting a plan by the leading Social Democrats (PSD) party to implement sweeping changes to the nation’s judicial system, a move that according to the opposition will hamstring the ability of judges to combat corruption.

Dec 11 08:13

Manhattan Attack Suspect Identified as Akayed Ullah - New York Police

NYPD Police Commissioner James O'Neill has announced that the suspect in the Manhattan attack has been identified as Akayed Ullah, 27.

At a joint press conference with police representatives and the New York governor, NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio said that authorities believe that the suspect in the Manhattan explosion acted alone, however, an investigation into the attack is currently underway.

Dec 11 08:11

No, Nikki Haley, the UN is Not ‘Hostile to Israel’

Haley made the statement during a special U.N. Security Council meeting to discuss U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to relocate the American embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

It is certainly true that the U.N. has been critical of Israeli actions on multiple occasions.

In December last year, for instance, the Security Council reiterated its belief that Israeli settlement activities in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem are a “flagrant violation” of international law and have “no legal validity.”

Resolution 2334 takes its basis from the Fourth Geneva Convention, which prevents an occupying power from transferring its civilian population onto occupied land.

It is not “outrageously hostile” against Israel to condemn its breaches of international humanitarian law.

On that resolution, the U.S. was the sole member state to abstain, but not because it did not condemn the settlements, which it said was its “long-standing position.”

Dec 11 08:10

Algeria denounces US recognition of Al Quds as capital of Israel

"Algeria has noted with very great concern the American administration's decision to recognize Al Quds as the capital of Israel," said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a communiqué.

"Algeria has strongly denounced this serious decision as it is a blatant violation of the related resolutions of the Security Council and the international law, and would undermine the peace process, which has been at the standstill for a long time," said the Ministry's communiqué.

Dec 11 08:10

Japan, U.S., South Korea to hold missile tracking drill amid North Korea crisis

The United States, Japan and South Korea will hold two days of missile tracking drills this week, Japan’s Maritime Self-Defence Force said on Sunday, as tensions rise in the region over North Korea’s fast-developing weapons programmes.

North Korea has fired two missiles over Japan as it pursues nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles in defiance of U.N. sanctions and international condemnation. On Nov. 29, it test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile which it said was its most advanced yet, capable of reaching the mainland United States.

The exercises, on Monday and Tuesday, will be the sixth drill sharing information in tracking ballistic missiles among the three nations, the defence force said.

Dec 11 08:09

Get out of Yemen and break up with Israel to restore ties with Iran, Rouhani tells Saudi Arabia

Iran could have better relations with Saudi Arabia, but Riyadh must first stop its military intervention in Yemen and distance itself from Israel, Iran’s president told lawmakers. The two nations are regional powerhouses deadlocked in a conflict.

The confrontation between Iran and Saudi Arabia is multi-layered, rooted in religious, economic and political differences between the two. But, according to Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, relations between the two may improve, if the Saudis take a certain course of action.

Dec 11 08:08

‘Jerusalem is Palestine’ – Celtic FC fans

Despite the fines levied on the Scottish club last year by UEFA for political statements, Celtic FC fans are at it again.

During a match at Edinburgh’s Easter Road stadium, Celtic football clubs’ supporters showed their displeasure with Trump’s announcement recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, by raising a pair of banners before kick-off. The banners read:

Jerusalem is Palestine. F*** Trump.

Dec 11 08:07

Zarif Warns Europe Not to Side with US against Iran’s Missile Program

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif described the JCPOA as a “rare triumph” of diplomacy over confrontation, urging Europe, instead of siding with Washington against Iran’s missile capabilities, to help maintain the nuclear agreement.

“The nuclear deal is a rare triumph of diplomacy over confrontation. Undermining that would be a mistake,” Zarif wrote in an article published by The New York Times.

He added, “Europe should not pander to Washington’s determination to shift focus to yet another unnecessary crisis — whether it be Iran’s defensive missile program or our influence in the Middle East. This would repeat the very dynamics that preceded the nuclear deal.”

Dec 11 08:07

Is Mecca next after Jerusalem?

The archaeological study mentioned in the Haaretz report, "Before Islam: When Saudi Arabia was a Jewish Kingdom," did its best to convince the world that "the discovery of the oldest-known pre-Islamic Arabic writing in Saudi Arabia, from circa 470 CE, evidently caused some consternation, given its Christian and Jewish context."

"The framework drawn by the archaeological study was something of an embarrassment to some that the French-Saudi expedition was done so quietly," the report continued, in an obvious move to discredit Muslim sensitivities and even the accuracy of Islamic history.

So, can we question the possibility that Israel wants to hegemonize the Islamic world by arguing the superiority of Jews in all corners of the Muslim world? Starting from even Mecca or Medina? Since that question is more meaningful in the midst of the ongoing Jerusalem chaos, the only alternative for the Muslim world is to be aware of the real intention of the Jewish state.

Dec 11 08:03

Thousands protest US move on Jerusalem in Istanbul

Thousands of people flocked Sunday to Istanbul's Yenikap? Square, protesting the U.S. move to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Palestinian ambassador to Ankara Faed Mustafa was among the protestors. Speaking at the rally, Mustafa said, "Peace can never prevail without independence of Palestine, and Palestine cannot be an independent state without Jerusalem as its capital."

He went on to say Jerusalem was not the capital of Israel. "It is sacred land on the earth. Israel occupied it forcibly.

Dec 11 08:02

Recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital ‘null and void,’ Erdo?an says

President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an on Sunday condemned the Israeli invasion of Palestine, accusing the country of expanding its borders through state-terror and occupation since 1947, and stressed that the U.S.-decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israeli capital was "null and void."

Speaking at a Justice and Development Party (AK Party) event in northeastern Turkey's Sivas, Erdo?an used a map of Palestine to point out Israeli encroachment from 1947 to 1967 and how its borders were gradually expanded to occupy Palestinian territories.

"Between 1947 and 1967 Palestine began to shrink. After 1967 Israel was much larger than any time before," the president pointed to the map, which also showed how the Palestinian territories were gradually disappearing.

Dec 11 08:01

Pentagon To Undergo First Ever Audit After Decades Of Sloppy Accounting And Missing Trillions

After decades of waste, overpayments, trillions of missing or improperly accounted for dollars, and most recently losing track of 44,000 US soldiers, the Pentagon is about to undergo its first audit in history conducted by 2,400 auditors from independent public accounting firms to conduct reviews across the Army, Navy, Air Force and more - followed by annual audits going forward.

Dec 11 07:45

CNN caught in the most epic fake news fail we’ve seen yet

If you hope to understand what’s actually happening in the world around you — and why half the country seems so chronically misinformed and delusional — you must know the details of what just happened at CNN on Friday.

Dec 11 07:45

A father checked his child’s phone. Now, a man 700 miles away will do life in prison.

Port St. Lucie’s Scott Trader, 32, got an unusually long sentence Thursday — life in federal prison — even for someone pleading guilty to multiple child pornography and sexual abuse charges.

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