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June 20, 2017

Jun 20 10:38

America will regret helping Saudi Arabia bomb Yemen

“USA Kills Yemeni People”, screams graffiti plastered on walls in Yemen’s capital Sana’a. The Yemeni people who have been on the receiving end of US bombs dropped by Saudi pilots know all too well that the United States is complicit in their suffering.

The intense anti-US sentiment in Yemen should be a wake-up call for Americans: if you don’t care about the millions of suffering Yemenis, you might think about the future blowback.

Two US Senators, the Republican Rand Paul and the Democrat Chris Murphy, understand full well the implications and have been trying to halt the weapons sales. “The United States has no business supporting a war that has only served to embolden our terrorist enemies, exacerbate a humanitarian crisis, and incite fear and anger among the Yemeni people toward the United States. This will come back to haunt us,” warned Murphy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US-militarily enabled Saudi war in Yemen is breaking my heart. And I must warn you that the images you will see below are very, very graphic, but speak the truth in a very powerful, and darkly real, manner.

Children are getting killed and maimed for life by Saudi bombing.

Images: Yemeni children killed and maimed for life, through Saudi bombings

Because of the US-military-enabled blockade of Yemeni ports, no food can get in and children are starving to death from malnutrition.

Images: Yemeni children dying from malnutrition

Because of the malnutrition, cholera has a firm foothold on the population of Yemen:

Images:
children dying from cholera

Oh, and did I mention that Saudi Arabia is using depleted uranium weapons in Yemen?!?

Images: Saudi troops using depleted uranium weapons in Yemen

These depleted uranium weapons are having precisely the same effect on children in the womb as they did in Fallujah, Iraq; Yemenis are seeing a massive spike in horrific birth defects, and still births.

To poison a child in the womb, from exposure to this, and other, chemical weapons, is one of the worst, and most cruel forms of child abuse I can think of.

And yet, the House of Saud, the Saudi Military, American civilian leadership, and the American military seem to be perfectly morally comfortable with all of these very predictable outcomes.

I am not, thank you very much, morally comfortable with any of these very predictable outcomes, and find myself very frustrated to be a citizen of a country whose leadership is just perfectly comfortable in colluding with
the Saudis in committing war crimes against Yemen.

But as a Christian pacifist activist, I understand that I must use my frustration constructively, and become a witness, to the best of my ability, to the truth of what is going on here in Yemen.

We need to have a national dialogue on why the US government is enabling Saudi Arabia's genocide, in this horrific war against one of the poorest people on the earth.

Jun 20 10:35

TOP DEMOCRAT ADAM SCHIFF JUST CAME OUT AND LEAKED SOMETHING THAT’LL MAKE TRUMP CHEER!

Top Democrat Adam Schiff Just Came Out And LEAKED Something That’ll Make Trump Cheer! The 11-month-old investigation into President Trump and his campaign has not turned up any evidence that could be considered strong enough to put in court. Well, let me preface that.

Jun 20 10:09

Syrian government gains since March

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Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now you know why the US Government is trying to escalate things. Their pet "rebels" are losing badly!



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Jun 20 10:08

After the ISIS War, a US-Russia Collision?

Washington says the Syrian plane was bombing U.S.-backed rebels. Damascus says its plane was attacking ISIS.

Vladimir Putin’s defense ministry was direct and blunt:

"Repeated combat actions by U.S. aviation under the cover of counterterrorism against lawful armed forces of a country that is a member of the U.N. are a massive violation of international law and de facto a military aggression against the Syrian Arab Republic."

An ABC report appears to back up Moscow’s claims:

"Over the last four weeks, the U.S. has conducted three air strikes on pro-regime forces backed by Iran that have moved into a deconfliction zone around the town of Tanf in southwestern Syria, where there is a coalition training base for local forces fighting ISIS."

Russia has now declared an end to cooperation to prevent air clashes over Syria and asserted an intent to track and target aerial intruders in its area of operations west of the Euphrates.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Pat Buchanan is a little more optimistic than I am regarding the start of such a conflict. He is putting it after a successful outcome to getting the jihadists out of Raqqa; I honestly think that such a conflict will come far sooner than that, and that we are seeing the opening salvos of such a conflict happening now.

Jun 20 10:03

Qatar’s conflict with neighbours can easily set Horn of Africa alight

It began as a squabble between Arab allies, but the standoff between Qatar and its neighbours is threatening to engulf the Horn of Africa. When Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen and the Maldives declared at the beginning of June that they were severing diplomatic relations with Qatar it appeared to be of interest mainly to the Arabian Peninsula – and the Gulf in particular.

The Saudis and their allies accused Qatar of backing international terrorism. The US, which has the Al Udeid air base in Qatar, looked askance, but did little more than use its good offices to try to ensure that the war of words did not flare into an open conflict.

But the countries just across the Red Sea have found themselves dragged into the dispute. After prevaricating for some time, Eritrea, which had hitherto good relations with Qatar, fell into line with the Saudis and broke ties with Qatar.

Jun 20 10:01

Israeli Settlement Construction Rates Soaring Across West Bank

The latest figures released by Israel’s Bureau of Statistics is showing a massive escalation in settlement construction across the occupied West Bank, with construction starting on 2,758 houses in the past 12 months, an increase of 70% over the previous 12 months.

Since these figures come from the Israeli government, they do not include construction in Occupied East Jerusalem, as under Israeli law that territory has all been annexed and is not considered “settlements” for the sake of internal record-keeping. All indications are that expansion is increasing in East Jerusalem as well.

Settlement watchdog Peace Now was quick to point out that despite this ever-growing investment in settlements in the West Bank, housing construction inside actual Israel (pre-1967 borders) actually dropped 2.5% in the same period of time, despite reports of a housing crisis.

Jun 20 10:00

Qatar Says It Will Not Negotiate Unless Its Neighbors Lift ‘Blockade’

Qatar will not negotiate with its neighbors to resolve the Gulf dispute unless they first lift the trade and travel boycott they imposed two weeks ago, its foreign minister said, but added Doha still believed a solution was possible.

The United Arab Emirates, which along with Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bahrain imposed the measures to isolate Qatar, said the sanctions could last for years unless Doha accepted demands that the Arab powers plan to reveal in coming days.

Qatar has denied accusations by its neighbors that it funds terrorism, foments regional instability or has cosied up to their enemy Iran. The dispute has opened a rift among some of the main U.S. allies in the Middle East, with President Donald Trump backing tough measures against Qatar even as his State Department and Defense Department have sought to remain neutral.

Jun 20 09:58

US continues to ‘stab Russia in the back’ with Syrian offensives

The US claims its downing of a Syrian jet to be self-defense. But imagine some country taking over part of Washington State, and denying the US Air Force from flying there, Syria Solidarity Movement member Rick Sterling explained to RT.

Russia disagrees with Washington’s claim the shooting down of a Syrian fighter jet on Sunday was an ‘act of self-defense’ and has demonstrated its displeasure by halting cooperation with the US-led coalition in Syria over the incident.

Washington's top military commander General Joseph Dunford was hard-pressed to explain the legal grounds for targeting the Syrian military, and his response rather fell flat.

Jun 20 09:58

US Repositioning Aircraft Over Syria Amid Growing Russia Tensions

In a move that appears to have been directly precipitated by Russia’s warning about US warplanes being treated as “targets” earlier in the day, Central Command (Centcom) has announced that they are repositioning US aircraft that are deployed inside Syria.

With the US increasingly shifting its aerial focus to attacking pro-government forces in Syria, instead of just ISIS, the risk is also growing substantially, as Russia’s comments today make it clear they don’t intend to let the US attack Syrian government targets with impunity.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I frankly think it is only a matter of time before there is a direct military confrontation between Russian and USSA (Unhinged, Surveilled State of America) troops.

I hope to heck I am dead wrong, but that is the path the US government and military seem to want to pursue right now.

Jun 20 09:57

US spy plane carried out ‘provocative turn’ toward Russian fighter jet over Baltic – Moscow



Jun 20 09:56

The US seems keener to strike at Syria's Assad than it does to destroy Isis

The extraordinary destruction of a Syrian fighter jet by a US aircraft on Sunday has precious little to do with the Syrian plane’s target in the desert near Rasafa – but much to do with the advance of the Syrian army close to the American-backed Kurdish forces along the Euphrates. The Syrians have grown increasingly suspicious in recent months that most Kurdish forces in the north of Syria – many of them in alliance with the Assad government until recently – have thrown in their lot with the Americans.

Jun 20 09:55

U.S. risks further battles as it steps deeper into Syrian quagmire 

The United States is becoming more perilously drawn into Syria’s fragmented war as it fights on increasingly congested battlefields surrounding Islamic State territory.

On Sunday, a U.S. fighter jet downed a Syrian warplane for the first time in the conflict. By Monday, a key ally of President Bashar al-Assad, Russia, had suspended a pact used to prevent crashes with the U.S.-led coalition in the skies over Syria and was threatening to target American jets.

Jun 20 09:55

US signals involvement in Syria could escalate

The United States is inching closer to involvement in the Syrian civil war after U.S. forces shot down a Syrian fighter jet on Sunday.

The incident is the fourth time in as many weeks that the United States has shot at pro-Syrian-government forces, and it carries the potential for further escalation — particularly with Russia threatening to target U.S. aircraft that fly into parts of
Syria.



Jun 20 09:53

Neil deGrasse Tyson joins efforts of violent wife beater Jon Entine and convicted felon ringleader of ACSH to produce Monsanto propaganda film called “Food Evolution”

The Monsanto Mafia is at it again, pushing corporate poison propaganda under the guise of “science,” and this time they’ve recruited junk science loudmouth Neil deGrasse Tyson to lend his condescending voice to a propaganda project that was spearheaded behind the scenes by violent wife beater (and biotech propaganda shill) Jon Entine and features messaging from the ACSH, run by a convicted criminal felon. (Jon Entine is a former Forbes.com writer who Natural News exposed as a violent wife abuser and sociopath.)

The new film, coming out later this week, is called “Food Evolution,” and it claims that GMOs and glyphosate weedkiller are Monsanto’s gift to humanity… so eat more! Natural News will be covering the film and publishing profiles of the unethical participants in the film at a new website launching this week called FoodEvolution.news.

Jun 20 09:53

America’s Role in Syrian War Is Widening

A growing number of US attacks targeting the Syrian government and militias aligned with the Syrian government are a sign that the US involvement in the Syrian Civil War is widening, and nothing was so indicative of this than yesterday’s US downing of a Syrian Su-22 bomber.

The sudden US military involvement in attacking Syrian government forces doesn’t make the US agenda any simpler, and rather leaves the Pentagon fighting against a growing array of rivals, with danger of a direct military conflict against Russia growing all the time.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I don't know what the Vegas odds are on a direct US/Russian confrontation over Syria, but I would be willing to imagine that they're pretty good right now, unfortunately.

Jun 20 09:52

Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods to create a dangerous monopoly on health products that are frequently contaminated with heavy metals, warns the Health Ranger

One of the big questions on everyone’s minds following the recent acquisition of Whole Foods Market by Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos is what will become of the natural and organic grocer moving forward? The prospect of Whole Foods becoming more like Bezos’ other ventures is an ominous one for many people, especially because it affects something that’s very near and dear to all of us: Clean, chemical-free food.

To be fair, Whole Foods was already stricken with problems prior to the merger, including the presence of dangerous heavy metals like mercury and lead in some of its products. When independent lab reports confirming this were presented to Whole Foods executives, they basically ignored them and continued on with business as usual – which says a whole lot about the unfortunate direction the company was headed even without Amazon in the picture.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And where is the FDA while corporations sell food with toxic contaminants?!?

Jun 20 09:34

QATAR ACCUSES UAE OF SUPPORTING 9/11 TERROR ATTACKS AS DIPLOMATIC CRISIS DEEPENS

The United Arab Emirates and Qatar are locked in a war of words as the diplomatic crisis between Qatar and its Sunni Arab neighbors enters its third week.
“Emiratis, not Qataris, were among the hijackers who flew planes into the Twin Towers,’’ Sheikh Meshal bin Hamad Al Thani, Qatar’s ambassador to the U.S., declared in an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal Sunday. “The UAE was singled out in the 9/11 Commission’s report for its role in laundering money to terrorists.”

The UAE shot back warning Qatar on Monday that sanctions imposed by several of its neighbours could last for years unless Doha accepts demands which Arab powers plan to reveal in coming days.

This statement comes a day after Qatar announced it will not cut off gas to the UAE despite the diplomatic dispute and a "force majeure" clause in its contract, the chief executive of Qatar Petroleum told Al Jazeera network, three weeks after some Gulf Arab states severed ties with Doha.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF Saudi Arabia was even contemplating invading Qatar for the natural gas fields it shares with Iran, and regime changing its government, I would hope that the strong support it has been shown by both Turkey and Iran would cause its government to put that idea on indefinite hold for right now.



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Jun 20 09:31

Mass protests for victims of the Grenfell Tower fire

Several hundred people have attended a rally to demand “justice” for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.

Emma Dent Coad, the newly elected Labour MP for Kensington, and human rights barrister Michael Mansfield QC spoke at the rally in a community centre near the tower where at least 79 people died in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Jun 20 09:31

DEA must take responsibility for their role Allende massacre

The 2011 massacre carried out by the Zetas drug cartel in Allende, Mexico was a shocking reminder of the brutality of the black market, which thrives under governmental drug prohibition. The war on drugs does nothing to actually reduce drug supply or consumption, but it does keep the police state and cartels thriving, perhaps most notably the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).



Jun 20 09:28

Liver cancer deaths are skyrocketing as food becomes increasingly TOXIC due to pesticides and herbicides

A recent meta-analysis of 16 different studies, which included over 480,000 participants from Asia, the U.S. and Europe, examined the link between pesticide exposure and the development of one of the most common forms of liver cancer, hepatocellular carcinoma. The study determined that pesticide exposure was linked to a 71 percent increased risk of liver cancer.

Jun 20 09:28

US, Chinese Officials Set to Meet for First Diplomatic and Security Dialogue

On Wednesday, the United States and China will convene the first-ever Diplomatic and Security Dialogue (D&SD) between top diplomatic and defense officials in Washington, D.C. The meeting, established after U.S. President Donald J. Trump’s summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping in April, will cover a range of bilateral, regional, and global issues of concern, and is similar in framing to a two-plus-two dialogue.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis will represent the United States and State Councilor Yang Jiechi and Gen. Fang Fenghui, chief of the People’s Liberation Army’s Joint Staff Department, will represent China. According to a statement released by the U.S. Department of Defense and the State Department, the dialogue will seek to “expand areas of cooperation while narrowing differences on key diplomatic and security issues.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is hopeful, and a sign that President Trump is more than willing to negotiate to bring both countries a little closer together, where possible.

Jun 20 09:25

Xi: BRICS cooperation will usher in new 'golden decade'

Chinese President Xi Jinping said Monday that BRICS cooperation would be more productive and usher in a new "golden decade."

Xi made the remarks when meeting with the heads of delegations from Brazil, Russia, India and South Africa, who are in Beijing to attend the BRICS foreign ministers' meeting.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi chaired the meeting, which also included Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Brazilian Foreign Minister Aloysio Nunes, South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and India's Minister of State for External Affairs Vijay Kumar Singh.

Xi extended congratulations on the success of the meeting and thanked other BRICS members for their support.

He said that BRICS countries faced the common task of safeguarding domestic stability and development, creating a favorable international environment and working to make the international order more just and equitable.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

BRICS is a brilliant concept, and should benefit all members quite nicely, both economically and socially.



Jun 20 09:22

Universal will reportedly lose around $95 million on The Mummy

According to the site, the total outlay on The Mummy – including production budget, marketing and distribution – was $345 million, while Universal’s expected revenue from theatrical, home entertainment and global TV deals is estimated at $250 million.

Jun 20 09:21

Supreme Court Doesn't Care What You Say on the Internet

t was a big day for free speech at the U.S. Supreme Court. In two consequential decisions, the justices set the terms for the First Amendment in the era of Donald Trump and the internet. In one, the court struck a blow against political correctness, saying the Patent and Trademark Office could not refuse to register an offensive trademark. In the other, the court declared social media to be the vast public forum for nearly all expressions.

The cases display the free speech absolutism that has become judicial orthodoxy in recent years. In tandem, they frame the future of speech on social media. The government isn’t going to do the regulating itself, and the rule of civility, if any, is going to have to come from the private media companies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good for the Supremes!!

Jun 20 09:17

KRIEGER: PEOPLE ARE DEVOLVING INTO DEGENERACY AND VIOLENCE – DON'T JOIN THE CLUB

When times get tough people can unite and fight back against a common enemy, or they can be manipulated into fighting each other. Unfortunately, the latter has become increasingly popular amongst all sides in what has become an increasingly deranged, adolescent and counterproductive political environment.

Meanwhile, the people who are truly powerful, the oligarchs of industry and their bought and paid for political minions are the ones who really benefit. The primary purpose of this website from the very beginning has been to highlight how power actually functions in imperial America with the hope that people across the political spectrum could unite and push back against the unaccountable rent-seeking practices of a common enemy. It seems I was extraordinarily naive.

Jun 20 09:13

What WE Must Do to Keep Trump in Office!



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Jun 20 09:12

Australia suspends air missions over Syria amid US-Russia tensions

Australia has suspended air combat missions over Syria after Russia threatened that it would treat any plane from the US-led coalition flying west of the Euphrates river as a potential target.

Russia said it was responding to US planes shooting down a Syrian air force jet on Sunday. The US said its planes had acted to defend US-backed forces seeking to capture Raqqa, the Islamic State (Isis) stronghold in north-east Syria.

“As a precautionary measure, Australian defence force strike operations into Syria have temporarily ceased,” the Australian Department of Defence said on Tuesday.

Australia has six fighter jets based in the United Arab Emirates that strike targets in Syria and Iraq.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The government of Australia is demonstrating far more "horse sense" than is the Unhinged, Surveilled State of America at this point in time.

Jun 20 09:10

COLONIALISM IN TANZANIA, GMOS ENFORCED BY LAW, FARMERS FACE PRISON FOR TRADITIONAL SEEDS

As the Western establishment continues to try and crush Syria, Venezuela, Iran and the Philippines, the empire is setting its sights on a new target which is receiving itself less attention: Tanzania.

Although not in the form of bombs and sanctions (yet), the G 8 is moving to force Tanzania to accept GMOs and patented seeds under the guise of developmental assistance and aid to one of the world’s most impoverished nations. The G 8 is doing so through its NAFSN (New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition) which was created in 2012. Its publicly stated goal was to end poverty for 50 million people and it is funded by the EU, U.S., UK, World Bank, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. One of its many partners in Tanzania is of course, Monsanto.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable!!

Jun 20 09:10

Barclays in the dock – the price of constant revolution

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has charged Barclays and four former executives, including former chief executive John Varley, with conspiracy to commit fraud relating to the lender's dealings with Qatar during its £11.8bn ($14.9bn) fundraising during the financial crisis.



Jun 20 09:09

Ads from company fighting for passenger rights banned from 2 airports.

Montreal's airport has abruptly pulled an ad campaign promoting a new company, Flight Claim, that fights for compensation for wronged passengers.
Toronto's Pearson Airport is also refusing to display the ad created by the company.

Jun 20 09:07

The Truth About Gun Violence

Democrats are quick to link anything they possibly can to gun control. They argue that since Republicans are hesitant to pass laws limiting the second amendment rights of citizens they are responsible for these killings as well.

Jun 20 09:06

Children YOUNGER than SIX are being prescribed antidepressants by doctors who are using them as a 'sticking plaster', experts warn

Children younger than six are being prescribed antidepressants by GPs in England, according to new statistics.

Doctors handed out 198,906 prescriptions for drugs to treat depression and anxiety to children younger than 18 between April 2015 and September 2016.

Out of these prescriptions, 12,756 were given to children aged seven to 12, and 617 were assigned to those aged younger than six.



Jun 20 09:05

‘WHY IS NOBODY REPORTING THE REAL DEATH TOLL?’ GRENFELL TOWER SURVIVORS ASK

A growing number of volunteers and residents who survived the Grenfell Tower fire in West London last week believe authorities and the media are deliberately downplaying the true scale of fatalities and key details of the deadly inferno.

On Monday, police confirmed 79 people are known to have died in the fire.

Of these, just five have been formally identified, while the other 74 are missing, presumed dead.

Authorities have always said the figure could rise much higher, as the tower block was able to house up to 600 people.

Early on in the wake of the tragedy, the media faced a backlash among public figures like rapper Akala and pop star Lily Allen over the low reported death toll, which for several days stood at just 17 despite the block being densely populated.

Allen, who is from the area, told Channel 4 News at the time: “I have never in my entire life seen an event like this where the death count has been downplayed by the mainstream media. 17?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am betting that the real estimates of deaths are probably far closer to those stated by Ms. Allen.

Jun 20 08:56

'Killer' cladding was TOXIC: Makers of insulation installed to 'pimp up' Grenfell Tower warned that it emitted noxious gases when burned

But it has also emerged that the insulation used beneath the cladding, called Celotex RS5000, also came with fire safety warnings.

A safety sheet published on the manufacturer's website states: 'The products will burn if exposed to a fire of sufficient heat and intensity.

'As with all organic materials, toxic gases will be released with combustion... store away from all possible sources of ignition.'

The gas released if the temperature is high enough is hydrogen cyanide, which can be fatal if inhaled. Temperatures in the building reached an estimated 1000C.

Jun 20 08:52

People Are Devolving Into Degeneracy and Violence – Don’t Join the Club

When times get tough people can unite and fight back against a common enemy, or they can be manipulated into fighting each other. Unfortunately, the latter has become increasingly popular amongst all sides in what has become an increasingly deranged, adolescent and counterproductive political environment.

Jun 20 08:51

Armed Russian jet comes within 5 feet of US recon jet

An armed Russian fighter jet buzzed a U.S. Air Force reconnaissance aircraft in the Baltic Sea on Monday, two U.S. officials told Fox News.

Jun 20 08:50

Muslims tell Christians in England that they have ‘taken over’ the entire country

In March, the deputy leader of Britain First Jayda Fransen and a few of her colleagues decided to take a stroll down the street in Bury Park, a primarily Muslim district of the city, to see how Muslims reacted to the cross. Needless to say, the peaceful walk turned into a street argument when Muslims living inside the country verbally attacked Fransen and her crew for their beliefs.

Jun 20 08:48

Ten Catholic women who changed the world

On May 7 Britain lost arguably its most dynamic fighter for the unborn. Phyllis Bowman was a journalist on Fleet Street before she became involved in the parliamentary struggle for the rights of unborn children and people at risk of euthanasia.

She was not always pro-life, working for a medical newspaper and seeing the plight of the disabled in hospital. But she became convinced by the pro-life position after researching the causes of disabilities in unborn babies. At the time she also suffered a terrible tragedy with the death of her first husband.

Jun 20 08:44

Seven dead sailors 'were trapped ALIVE inside flooding USS Fitzgerald after their comrades were forced to shut them in to stop the stricken vessel from sinking' after collision with cargo ship

The Navy is investigating the horrifying possibility that some of those who died on the USS Fitzgerald when it sank may have been trapped alive in rapidly flooding compartments as emergency hatches were closed, it has emerged.

Jun 20 08:40

Pilot of Jet Downed by US-Led Coalition Rescued by Syrian Forces

The Syrian government forces discovered and rescued the pilot of the Syrian Air Force aircraft which was downed by the US-led coalition in Raqqa province.

An informed source told Sputnik that "the soldiers of General Suheil al-Hassan (Tiger Forces) discovered and rescued the pilot of the downed aircraft. Now, Col. Ali Fahd is in hospital and nothing threatens his life".



Jun 20 08:40

US JETS SHOOT DOWN ‘IRANIAN DRONE’ IN SYRIA - COALITION

An Iranian-made drone was shot down by a US F-15 fighter jet in southern Syria, near At Tanf, the US-led coalition said. It is the fifth time in the past month the US has struck at forces allied with the Syrian government in the area.
An armed Shaheed-129 UAV “displayed hostile intent and advanced on Coalition forces” at 12:30 am local time on Tuesday, the coalition said in a statement. The drone was observed in the same area where another UAV was shot down on June 8.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, a word, please: this slouching toward a war with Iran and Russia over Syria is a really, really, bad idea.

Your foreign policy (if, in fact, you have truly crafted it, and it is not some Frankenstinian creation of the Deep State in this country) is writing checks our American military cannot cash.

And I say that with absolute respect for our military; but right at this point in its history, it doesn't have the money; the weaponry; the manufacturing; or the troop strength to insure a positive outcome against Russia and Iran in conventional warfare.

Jun 20 08:40

Kurdish Politician: Syrian Fighter Jet Shot by US Not in Anti-SDF Operation

A Kurdish political analyst disclosed that Syria's fighter jet downed by the US-led coalition warplanes in Raqqa had not targeted any position of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Raqqa.

"The phrase used by the US shows that the Syrian warplane had not tried to hit the SDF positions and therefore the Damascus government's version of the story about the attacks on ISIL's positions is correct," Member of the Syrian Democratic Council Rizan Hadu said.

He said it is at this point that the US cannot make any lame excuses as it is trying to deteriorate the relations between the Syrian army and the SDF. "This issue will have negative effects on the conditions of Qamishli, Aleppo and Afrin and it will cause the Syrian army and the SDF to enter a marginal war which will be harmful to the war on terrorism.

Jun 20 08:35

Syrian Jet Downed by US-Led Coalition before Any Operation

Al-Mayadeen news channel quoted informed sources as saying that the Syrian fighter jet's downing happened 15 minutes after it took off and before it started anti-ISIL military operations in al-Rasafah region.

It added that the fighter jet was targeted as it was flying along with the Russian warplanes and they fully monitored the US attack on the Syrian fighter jet.

On Sunday, a Syrian fighter jet engaged in operations against the ISIL in Raqqa was downed by the US-led coalition warplane.

Damascus confirmed the report on Sunday, stressing that the US-led coalition has shot down one of its bomber during a mission in Raqqa countryside.

Jun 20 08:34

Does the Seth Rich “Investigation” scare the hell out of you?

This isn’t about the collapse of social order in some far-away banana republic. — THIS TIME IT’S WHERE YOU LIVE! — Things are far worse than you know.

Jun 20 08:34

Why Bankruptcy is Not a Magic Wand for Illinois

What if everyone declared bankruptcy, would that solve all financial woes? Or rather, would it be the ultimate debt bubble burst? Bankruptcy is a “solution” that would become disastrous if everyone were to use it. So can it truly be considered a solution at all? It just shifts the financial burden to someone else.

Most people just don’t care though, because usually, it is the big bad credit card companies or debt collectors who seem to be getting screwed. People with mountains of debt are told that they were preyed on by lending companies.

Jun 20 08:34

Déjà Vu: Shale To Kill Oil Prices Once Again

The U.S. shale industry is in danger of killing of the very rally that it had hoped to take advantage of.



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Jun 20 08:33

Chairman of House Media Fairness Caucus: Fake News Is a ‘Threat to Our Democracy’

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) spoke with Breitbart News’ Washington Political Editor Matt Boyle on Breitbart News Saturday on SiriusXM Patriot Channel 125 on Saturday about the media bias that’s reached unprecedented levels since President Donald Trump was elected and poses a risk to the democracy it is tasked to protect.

“I think the media bias today is a threat to our democracy for this reason,” said Smith, who is the chairman of the House Media Fairness Caucus. “If the American people don’t get the facts then they can’t make good decisions.

Jun 20 08:32

US Senate proposes bill to grant authority to the feds to seize not only cash & bitcoins, but also prepaid mobile phones & gift vouchers

Recently a new bill was introduced on the floor of the US Senate entitled, pleasantly,

“Combating Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing, and Counterfeiting Act of 2017.”

You can probably already guess its contents.

Cash is evil.

Bitcoin is evil.

Now they’ve gone so far to include prepaid mobile phones, retail gift vouchers, or even electronic coupons. Evil, evil, and evil.

These people are certifiably insane.

Jun 20 08:32

WE'RE IN A BOILING-POINT CRISIS OF EXPLOITIVE ELITES

There is another Rhythm of American History that few recognize: the economic, social and political crises sparked by exploitive Elites. There are two dynamics that drive these crises:

1. The exploitation of commoners by financial/political Elites reaches extremes that create systemic instability as commoners no longer have the means to improve their conditions.

2. The economic mode of production that generated Elite wealth no longer functions, but the Elites cling to the failing system and enforce it with increasingly violent suppression of dissent.

Jun 20 08:31

Leaked: Megyn Kelly’s Fate Has Just Been Revealed (Video)

Megyn Kelly is not having a good year. After embarrassing herself during Trump’s presidential campaign, she subsequently left Fox for NBC, whiich gave Kelly her own show, Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly. In her first episode, she scored an interview with Vladimir Putin, only for Putin to utterly embarrass her after she launched into the tired old Russian conspiracy angle. But ratings are dropping, and it appears NBC may be regretting their decision.

In the following video, Today’s Yellow Snow (formerly Right Wing News) looks at recent rumors which state that NBC is looking to cut their losses and fire Kelly. After spending $20 million to woo Kelly from Fox, her show’s ratings have been consistently less than reruns of 60 Minutes. And even getting controversial radio host Alex Jones, who usually draws in millions, couldn’t boost her lagging show. Is Kelly’s fate sealed?



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Jun 20 08:31

Flashback: Russian Ambassador Visited Obama White House 22 Times

Yet, Democrats are obsessed about Russia. It’s got to the point where some of them think that any meeting with the Russians is inappropriate. And yes, Democrats have lied about their own meetings with Sergey Kislyak. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) have said they did not meet with Kislyak, only to have pictures or past tweets confirm that they did meet him. During the Obama presidency, Sergey Kislyak met with the then-president 22 times. Are we going to have an investigation over that? Probably not—and I’m sure in both Sessions and Obama’s cases, nothing occurred. It was a typical interaction between a foreign official and a member of Congress that occurs daily. In Obama’s case, it was a meeting that comes with the job description.

Jun 20 08:30

Armed Russian jet comes within 5 feet of US recon jet

An armed Russian fighter jet buzzed a U.S. Air Force reconnaissance aircraft in the Baltic Sea on Monday, two U.S. officials told Fox News.

The Russian Su-27 jet had air-to-air missiles under its wings and approached the U.S. Air Force RC-135 recon jet "rapidly," coming within 5 feet of the American aircraft, the officials said.

Once alongside, the Russian jet was “provocative” in its flight maneuvers and flying “erratically,” according to another official.

Since June 2 there have been more than 35 interactions in the Baltic Sea region between U.S. and Russian jets and warships, but the incident Monday morning is notable because the U.S. military considered it “unsafe,” according to one official.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF, in fact, this incident actually happened, this is the Russian military's way of saying, "Please don't mess with us, because there will be consequences!"

And please note; the description of the flying by the Russian pilot... is not sourced.

Jun 20 08:30

GST rollout: Modi govt all set to ring in India's biggest tax reform at stroke of June 30 mid-night

Announcing that the switchover to the Goods and Services Tax (GST) will kick in at the stroke of mid-night, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the hour-long function will mirror the contribution made by different political parties and states to the revolutionary new tax regime.
The circular-shaped Central Hall had previously hosted a function that marked 50 years of Independence.

Jun 20 08:27

Collapsing Terrorists Attacking Civilians All Over Syria

As always during the time of their severest losses, the terrorists were attacking civilians all over Syria.

At least two people were killed and eight others left injured after ISIS terrorists shelled Al Qusour neighborhood of Deir Ez Zour city. Material damaged to public and private properties was caused as well.

In Damascus, 4 people were injured after mortar shells were fired on several neighborhoods throughout the city.

It is noteworthy that these actions come in a grave violation of the newly established Russian memorandum on de-escalation zones.

Jun 20 08:26

12 Civilians Dead After "Anti-ISIS" Coalition Forces Strike a Residential Area in Northeastern Syria

At least 12 people, all of them from a single family were killed, after aircrafts of the US-led so-called “anti-ISIS” international coalition attacked the residential areas in Tal Al Shayer, a town located in the southeastern countryside of the northeastern Syrian town of Hasakeh, close to Iraqi border.

The latest atrocity happened on Monday night.

Despite once again targeting civilians, no criticism was drawn by the UN Security Council or any other international body.

Jun 20 08:26

THE [JOHN] MCCAIN INSTITUTE FUNDED BY GEORGE SOROS AND SAUDI ARABIA, EXPOSED

Neocon Arizona Republican Senator John McCain may have his own little Clinton Foundation pay-to-play scheme operating in the halls of the US Senate.

The Daily Caller investigative group has learned that in 2012 McCain turned over nearly $9 million in unspent funds from his failed 2008 presidential campaign to a new foundation bearing his name, the McCain Institute for International Leadership.

The McCain Institute for International Leadership’s mission is to serve as a “legacy” for John McCain and “is dedicated to advancing human rights, dignity, democracy and freedom”, but many readers certainly are well aware that human rights and dignity are the furthest things from the neocon warmonger’s mind.

The institute is a tax-exempt non-profit foundation and has assets valued at $8.1 million, associated with Arizona State University.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Imagine my (absence of ) shock here!!

Jun 20 08:25

IN TOONS ~~ ISLAM; RELIGION OF HATE Or RELIGION TO HATE?

Jun 20 08:21

The Middle East Is Blowing Up

Every day brings another scary headline from the Middle East — which makes it easy to treat them as background noise rather than a clear and present danger.

Jun 20 08:21

FLASHBACK - US government sued over aid to ‘nuclear’ Israel

A Washington DC non-profit group is suing the US government challenging its authority to provide Israel with foreign aid, arguing that its status – a nuclear power which didn’t sign the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty – means that aiding it contravenes US law.

“This lawsuit is not about foreign policy. It is about the rule of law, presidential power, the structural limits of the U.S. Constitution, and the right of the public to understand the functions of government and informed petition of the government for redress,” stated the complaint filed By Grant F. Smith, Director of the Institute for Research: Middle East Policy (IRmep).

The lawsuit filed last week in DC federal district court names President Barack Obama, the CIA director and secretaries of Commerce, Defense, Energy, State and Treasury as defendants.

Jun 20 08:18

Why Are Suicide Rates For Many Rising in the USA?

By Catherine J. Frompovich

This information certainly is very disconcerting, especially to me, a consumer health researcher who understands what those demographics portend. Those statistics in the age range 45 to 64 match the age range of 85 and older, all while the middle age range has been going up steadily year after year. Those in the middle age ranges are at a time of life when they should be enjoying the rewards of a life well spent and looking forward to retirement. What’s going on, one has to wonder...

Jun 20 08:15

UNITED STATES SIGNALS INTENTION TO OCCUPY EASTERN SYRIA AND DIVIDE THE NATION

The US version of the incident goes like this (courtesy of The Hill)…

A statement from the U.S. military said it shot down the Syrian SU-22 in self-defense and after contacting Russian counterparts through the established deconfliction zone. The Syrian aircraft was bombing U.S.-backed forces fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) south of Tabqa. It was the first time the United States has shot down a Syrian plane, and the first time a U.S. military jet has shot down any manned aircraft since 1999.
The reality is much more complex, yet simpler. Syria was flying its jets over Syrian sovereign territory, moving to attack Al Qaeda jihadists (aka “moderate rebels”) operating illegally in Syrian territory, and backed up by US forces, which have set up operations illegally within Syrian sovereign territory.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is officially horrible.

There are those elements in the American Deep State which are salivating over the prospect of war with Russia and Iran; they are, unfortunately, completely, certifiably delusional, because at this point in our military's history, our military not have the weaponry; the money; the troop strength; or the manufacturing to ensure a positive outcome of a conventional war with Russia.

Yes, the US government spends a great deal for its weapons; but it winds up with the kinds of military nightmares like the F/A-18 Hornet, which may well be causing Sec Def Mattis some sleepless nights.

US Navy fighter pilot deaths tied to oxygen issues

And please, don't get me started about Lockheed Martin's F-35:

F-35 won't have a chance in real combat

Is the F-35 is a trillion dollar mistake?

The F-35 is a trillion dollar national disaster

Head of US military kit-testing slams F-35, says it's scarcely fit to fly

The F-35 Amazingly has even more problems than we thought

I absolutely abhor war as a means of resolving geopolitical differences.

That being said, however, there is an incestuous relationship between defense contractors, and the political class in this country; and it is going to wind up destroying our ability to wage war, intelligently, and effectively.

Jun 20 08:12

Castile Verdict: Why Do Police Keep Getting Away With Murder?

"We need to demand control over these local precincts and police departments," says Kamau Franklin, attorney and senior editor of Atlanta Black Star, after the outrageous not-guilty verdict in Minnesota

Jun 20 08:12

Seven subpoenas issued in House Russia probe

The House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday issued seven new subpoenas in its investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Four of the subpoenas are related directly to Russian meddling, which is also also the subject of probes from the Senate Intelligence Committee and FBI.

The other three focus on allegations of improper “unmasking” of Trump campaign officials, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Those three subpoenas went to the CIA, FBI and National Security Agency and are related to questions — primarily from Republicans — about how the names of associates of President Trump were un-redacted and distributed in classified Obama administration reports during the transition period.

Jun 20 08:11

Wow! Maxine Waters Runs When Asked About Her Russian Investments

Jun 20 08:11

WE'RE #1 !

US Healthcare: Consumes 80% of World's Opioid Prescriptions

(*And if The Experts Would Kindly Explain How That DOES NOT Trace Back To Former Republican President George W Bush' Illegal Premptive Invasion Of The Nation Of Afghanistan , And How A Good Patriot Would Never Seek Indictments Against Members Of That Administration's War Crimes , And Their Elongigated After Effects , It Would Be Appreciated )

Jun 20 08:08

Robots Are Eating Money Managers’ Lunch - "A wave of coders writing self-teaching algorithms has descended on the financial world, and it doesn’t look good for most of the money managers who’ve long been envied for their multimillion-­dollar bonuses."

Rishi Ganti used to help manage the personal fortunes of hedge fund founders David Siegel and John Overdeck, whose quantitatively driven strategies turned them into billionaires. Ganti, 45, says he’s glimpsed the future of his industry. A wave of coders writing self-teaching algorithms has descended on the financial world, and it doesn’t look good for most of the money managers who’ve long been envied for their multimillion-­dollar bonuses.

Jun 20 08:08

Tillerson Demands Liberation of Three Americans Held in North Korea

The United States calls on North Korea to free three Americans who remain detained in the country's prisons, after the tragic death of the college student, Otto Warmbier, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a press release.

Jun 20 08:07

Deep State Operatives Attempt A Coup d’état Of Donald Trump

Presidential historian and author Doug Wead claims that the deep state, which has successfully overthrown the governments of foreign countries, is going to continue to actively seek a coup d’etat of the duly elected president of the United States.

If there was ever a time in history to be concerned about another rise in communism, now is that time. Wead says that the deep state is determined to overthrow Donald Trump. The presidential historian refused to mince words, saying:

We have very skilled, talented professionals. They’ve overthrown governments in Vietnam and the Philippines, in Iraq and Iran, in Egypt, in the Ukraine. Duly elected democratic governments. They created what they called “popular uprisings.”

Jun 20 08:06

Eric Bolling Considering Running For Senate

Fox News host Eric Bolling could possibly run for the U.S. Senate in the South sometime in the future.

Bolling is currently the host of “The Fox News Specialists,” and is popular among social media as a straight-laced patriot willing to call out both sides for hurting Americans. Bolling is also a Trump supporter, but one who is willing to remind the president of his promises and how he should be working to keep them.

Jun 20 08:05

Remarks by US Secretary of State against UN Charter: Iran’s UN envoy

Iran's ambassador and permanent representative to the United Nations says US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s recent anti-Tehran remarks are in violation of international laws and norms and against the Charter of the United Nations.

Gholam-Ali Khoshrou made the remarks on Sunday in a letter of condemnation to United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

Tillerson told the House Foreign Relations Committee on June 14 that the Iranian government “continues activities and interventions that destabilize the Middle East.” He added that Washington’s policy towards Iran was based on supporting internal forces who could bring about peaceful change.

Jun 20 07:59

You Can’t Open the Microsoft Surface Laptop Without Literally Destroying It

Microsoft's latest Surface Laptop may have earned glowing reviews from certain sections of the tech press, but don't tell that to iFixit.

The company, which provides repair tools and manuals for popular gadgets like the iPhone and PlayStation, has handed the Surface Laptop a score of 0 out of 10 in terms of user repairability, stating definitively that the laptop "is not meant to be opened or repaired; you can't get inside without inflicting a lot of damage."

Jun 20 07:54

ProtonMail makes its free VPN service available to everyone

ProtonMail, the encrypted email created by CERN and MIT scientists, has released a new product in response to the administration's roll back of Obama-era internet privacy rules. Starting today, you can try out the company's VPN service, which was in beta testing by 10,000 initial users for a year, by getting it from the official ProtonVPN website. The great thing about it is that it has a free tier that's free forever. It might not be as robust as the paid ones, but it still routes your connection through multiple encrypted tunnels in three countries.

Jun 20 07:53

Trigger warning added to famous musical after offended Native American high schoolers walk out

Native American high schoolers attending a weeklong summer program at the University of Wyoming — designed to give them an initial feel for college life — apparently got a rude awakening last week.

Jun 20 07:51

UK AND FRANCE PROPOSE AUTOMATED CENSORSHIP OF ONLINE CONTENT

By OpenRightsGroup: Theresa May and Emmanuel Macron’s plans to make Internet companies liable for ‘extremist’ content on their platforms are fraught with challenges. They entail automated censorship, risking the removal of unobjectionable content and harming everyone’s right to free expression.

The Government quietly announced Tuesday June 13th that Theresa May and the French President Emmanuel Macron will talk today about making tech companies legally liable if they “fail to remove unacceptable content”. The UK and France would work with tech companies “to develop tools to identify and remove harmful material automatically”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What concerns me here is, in the worlds of Macron and May, when does truth become "objectionable", to the point of even becoming criminal?!?

I am a Christian pacifist activist, who never advocates violence as a way to resolve issues, and constantly exhorts her government to use hard-won moral negotiations as the best way of resolving geopolitical issues.

Probably neither May nor Macron like my reporting on the Saudi genocide in Yemen, enabled by the US military (and BTW, who, please, sold the Saudis the white phosphorus which they are using in Yemen?!?); would that be consigned to the bit bucket, courtesy of their algorithms?!?

Radicalism doesn't come from nothing. There are those in the West who would assure you that this is true, but it is not; it comes from living in a Western-sponsored corrupt dictatorship, or seeing your child, your auntie, your mom, your brother, your friends, being blown to smithereens, courtesy of a drone weapon, as the US, France, and the UK expropriate resources to which they have no moral right, then make sure those resources are only sold in "acceptable" currencies.

So to Prime Minister May, President Macron, and President Trump, a word, please. The US, the UK, and France have some of the finest universities, and scientific minds in the world. Together, you could create a consortium developing usable, workable alternative energy which could, collectively, be patented as a revenue stream, to be divided equally among your countries, and provide a very healthy stipend for each university which was part of this process.

Such a development would be an absolute game-changer, and lead to other significant scientific discoveries as well; or, your countries can continue to murder and regime change in order to control the fossil fuel and mineral or elemental resources (like lithium), as you have for decades.

Jun 20 07:48

Ga. Dem. Has Nine Times More Donations from California than His Home State

Jon Ossoff, the 30-year-old Democrat candidate for Georgia's special election runoff this coming Tuesday, reported having nine times as many donors from California than from Georgia in the past two months.

Jun 20 07:48

FLASHBACK: Comedy Central, HuffPo Mocked Capture of Otto Warmbier

Tragic news broke Monday evening when the family of Otto Warmbier, the American college student taken by North Korea and returned in a coma, put out a statement that their son passed had away earlier that afternoon. “Unfortunately, the awful torturous mistreatment our son received at the hands of the North Koreans ensured that no other outcome was possible beyond the sad one we experienced today,” the statement said. When Otto was first detained by the Communist regime, multiple outlets mocked his arrest and impending doom.

Jun 20 07:47

Iowa Obamacare Insurer Hiking Rates 43.5 Percent

Minnesota-based Medica, one of the few remaining insurance providers on the Iowa Obamacare exchanges, announced Monday afternoon that it will offer plans on the state exchanges in 2018, but proposed an average premium increase of 43.5 percent.

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