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Nov 16 13:48

Indigenous Activists Win Major Court Rulings Against Monsanto in Mexico

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Monsanto must now consult with indigenous communities throughout the Yucatán peninsula before they will be granted any future permits for GMO soy farming, as of a court decision in early November 2015. Monsanto planned to farm genetically modified soybean in over 250,000 hectares of the Yucatán region, yet a Mexican court has suspended the Biotech giant’s permit. The judgement was based on constitutional law that requires the consideration of indigenous communities affected by development projects.

Nov 10 19:55

35 Countries Where the U.S. Has Supported Fascists, Drug Lords and Terrorists

The U.S. is backing Ukraine's extreme right-wing Svoboda party and violent neo-Nazis whose armed uprising paved the way for a Western-backed coup. Events in the Ukraine are giving us another glimpse through the looking-glass of U.S. propaganda wars against fascism, drugs and terrorism. The ugly reality behind the mirror is that the U.S. government has a long and unbroken record of working with fascists, dictators, druglords and state sponsors of terrorism in every region of the world in its elusive but relentless quest for unchallenged global power.
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Behind a firewall of impunity and protection from the State Department and the CIA, U.S. clients and puppets have engaged in the worst crimes known to man, from murder and torture to coups and genocide. The trail of blood from this carnage and chaos leads directly back to the steps of the U.S. Capitol and the White House.

Nov 07 01:25

Putin Tells Everyone Exactly Who Created ISIS

American people rarely listen to Putin’s speeches. Few opportunities to do so unless they go looking for it; They just assume their media is right and Putin‘s a “brutal dictator” who’s “trying to re-establish the Soviet empire”, end of story.

In western media Putin could soon find himself painted as the new combination Hitler/Stalin in a looming WWIII—another so-called “just war” which US will be “morally compelled to fight”, to “save the world from tyranny”. Christian dominionists will be calling it Armageddon—the final battle between Good and Evil before the return of the King!

Nov 07 01:21

Syria – Vienna-Geneva Peace Talks, an exploded Russian Airliner – and NATO-Trident Juncture

Why a foreign imposed transition? Transition seems to become a propaganda indoctrinated fait accompli.

Washington has been quite successful in its wicked embrace of Syria over the last few weeks. Just imagine, Kerry, in a propaganda-painted gesture of goodwill, forges the Vienna Peace Conference, this past Friday, 30 October. The results are inconclusive, but on to more talks in Geneva; no longer ‘Assad must go’, but rather the concession that “Assad is going to be part of any transitional governing body.” – Why a foreign imposed transition? Transition seems to become a propaganda indoctrinated fait accompli.

Nov 03 11:32

SHOCKING VIDEO OF PEOPLE IN LINE FOR FOOD IN VENEZUELA.

This is what you get when you mix hyperinflation and price controls

Oct 31 14:51

No-Guerra No-NATO Peace Conference in Rome

A Tribute to the “No-Guerra No-NATO” and pro-Peace Demonstration in Rome on Monday 26 October 2015

We, the people of Europe have to stand up against NATO. We must not let go.

As we know by now, the Soviet threat was a farce the western people – mostly the people of the US and Europe – were made to believe by a massive and continuous propaganda campaign, a western propaganda of lies – not unlike today’s anti-Russia, anti-China supra-multi-billion dollars Zionist-Anglo-Saxon media misinformation.

Oct 31 14:47

US sponsored ISIS Burning

Russia is putting on a display of fire power in Syria that is shocking the world and embarrassing the Obama administration.

“The tide of the conflict in Syria seems to be turning fast because the Russians have stepped in… The militants are in total panic. 600 militants have abandoned their positions… The Russian Airforce has been bombing the living daylights out of ISIS…”

Oct 31 14:44

Politics Extension of US-led War on Syria

If Washington and its allies were sincere about a political resolution to the conflict then why don’t they reaffirm their commitment to the Geneva Communique?

Russia’s military intervention in Syria is proving a decisive turning point in stabilizing the government of Bashar al-Assad, while racking up serious defeats against the sundry extremist mercenary groups. That is the assessment of US top military officer General Joseph F Dunford. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told the Senate Armed Services Committee this week:

«The balance of forces right now are in Assad’s advantage».

Oct 30 15:25

The Empire of Chaos is in a Jam

The no-fly zone in Syria already exists. It is run by Russia and Washington is unable to jam it.

NATO is desperate. The Pentagon is desperate. Imagine waking up one day in Washington and Brussels just to realize Russia has the ability to electronically jam — detect, trace, disable, destroy — NATO electronics within a 600 km range across Syria (and southern Turkey).

Imagine the nightmare of row after row of Russian Richag-AV radar and sonar jamming systems mounted on helicopters and ships jamming everything in sight and finding every available source of electromagnetic radiation. Not only in Syria but also in Ukraine.

Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, commander of U.S. Army units in Europe, was even forced to qualify Russian electronic warfare capabilities in Ukraine as “eye-watering.”

Oct 30 11:41

Venezuela is running out of cash and selling its gold

The cash-strapped country could default by next year when lots of debt payments are due. Venezuela's reserves, which are mostly made up of gold, have fallen sharply this year as the country needs cash to pay off debt and tries to maintain its social welfare programs.

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Oct 30 11:24

This Amazonian Brew May Be the Most Powerful Antidepressant Ever Discovered

Waking Times

Recent studies show that this Amazonian healing elixir has the power to alleviate feelings of depression in just a few hours, with lasting positive changes.

Oct 30 10:45

Venezuela's ambassador to the UN tells Israel to look at its human rights record

Israeli ambassador to the UN Danny Danon specifically criticized Caracas's inclusion, saying the OPEC-nation was a friend of Iran.

Ramirez said Israel needed to look at its own record of human rights pertaining to Palestinians.

"Really, I believe that Israel has a lot of things to review. Their behaviour against the Palestinian people, they have to check what they are doing in Palestinian [territories]. More than thousands of childs in jail, in Israeli jail, and now this violence in Jerusalem and in the holy place. I prefer not to be confronting here, it's not the occasion, but Israel has to review a lot of things related with human rights," he added.

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"Oooooh, the Venezuelans are all anti-Semitic Jew-haters who want Hitler to come back and gas Jewish babies in the ovens...... TWICE!" -- Nodding Yahoo

Oct 29 17:06

800 Colombian Soldiers Join Saudi-Led Forces in Yemen

Hundreds of former Colombian nationals are fighting alongside Saudi -led forces in Yemen, media reported on Sunday.

Pan–Latin American terrestrial and satellite television network, Telesurtv, quoted the Colombian newspaper, El Tiempo, as saying that as many as 800 Colombian nationals could soon be fighting in Yemen, with dozens likely already in the war-torn country.

The troops include former Colombian soldiers fighting under contract with Saudi Arabia, the report said.

Oct 27 11:06

Eichmann ‘wasn’t a bad person,’ says his daughter-in-law, dooming her political career

Carmen Bretin Lindemann was running for mayor in a village in Argentina. Then she gave a TV interview in which she blamed the Jews for falsifying history

Oct 24 14:49

Is Hillary Clinton Above the Law?

She is simply incapable of telling the truth. Dishonesty is part of her make-up -

What did we learn from the Democratic presidential debates? We learned that Hillary Clinton hates Edward Snowden, loves the Patriot Act, and considers “the Iranians” among her biggest enemies. In short, we learned that she may very well be Lindsey Graham in drag.

And we also learned what many already knew: that she considers herself above the law.

Oct 23 09:47

TRADECRAFT: ‘STAY BEHIND’ OPERATIONS AND RESISTANCE OPERATIONS

The nation you are in has been invaded, or a military coup has taken control of large parts of the country. Your side’s forces have fled to friendly territory. The city you live in is frantic. Guerrillas are throwing molotov cocktails at the opposition’s armored vehicles. There is sporadic gunfire in the street below your apartment. You’re calm. For you, everything is going according to plan. You take a nap on the couch and prepare to wait the next few days in silence, giving the enemy the chance to settle in and expose their weaknesses. You are part of a Stay Behind Organization.

Oct 22 15:08

Indigenous Mayans Win Stunning Repeal of Hated ‘Monsanto Law’

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The success of the Guatemalan people in defending their food sovereignty and stopping “Monsanto Law” is an inspiring example that people, when united, can overpower even the largest of corporations.

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Oct 21 10:42

How Neocons Destabilized Europe

Exclusive: The neocon prescription of endless “regime change” is spreading chaos across the Middle East and now into Europe, yet the neocons still control the mainstream U.S. narrative and thus have diagnosed the problem as not enough “regime change,” as Robert Parry reports.

The refugee chaos that is now pushing deep into Europe – dramatized by gut-wrenching photos of Syrian toddler Aylan Kurdi whose body washed up on a beach in Turkey – started with the cavalier ambitions of American neocons and their liberal-interventionist sidekicks who planned to remake the Middle East and other parts of the world through “regime change.”

Instead of the promised wonders of “democracy promotion” and “human rights,” what these “anti-realists” have accomplished is to spread death, destruction and destabilization across the Middle East and parts of Africa and now into Ukraine and the heart of Europe. Yet, since these neocon forces still control the Official Narrative, their explanations get top billing – such as that there hasn’t been enough “regime change.”

Oct 20 13:55

Indigenous Mayans Win Stunning Repeal of Hated ‘Monsanto Law’

A new law was passed in Guatemala in June 2015 that would have given exclusivity on patented seeds to a handful of transnational companies such as Monsanto. The opposition brought together a diverse set of people from across the Central American nation. Trade unions and farmers, social movements, women’s organizations and Mayan indigenous people took to the streets outside of the Congress and Constitutional Court in Guatemala City to protest the Monsanto Law and to show their disdain for the role that GMO seeds and their patent holders would now play in Guatemala.

On September 2, a large group of Mayan indigenous people blocked several streets in front of the Congress and demanded the immediate overturn of the law. Coinciding with several court injunctions in order to stop the new law from taking effect, the peaceful protests finally ended on September 4, 2015, after ten days, when the Congress of Guatemala repealed the law.

Oct 19 17:29

Venezuela's president calls for prosecution of food magnate

President Nicolas Maduro has called for the prosecution of Venezuela's biggest businessman for allegedly conspiring against his government in a phone call discussing a possible international bailout for the crisis-stricken, oil-dependent economy

Maduro late Sunday accused billionaire businessman Lorenzo Mendoza, president of the Empresas Polar food and beer conglomerate, of waging an "economic war" against Venezuela with the aim of surrendering control of the country to the International Monetary Fund.

Oct 19 00:48

The Embassy in Bogotá: Into the Third World

Fred is back and as usual he's spittin fire.

I wonder whether Americans realize just how closely the United States is coming to resemble a country of the Third World, not just in its corruption and attributes of a police state, but in the incompetence of governmental bureaucracies. Federal agencies don’t work. They are rotted by affirmative action. The bureaucrats are inattentive, unaccountable, anonymous, can’t be fired, and get paid whether they do their jobs or not. Congress is not interested.

A few examples, from my experience or that of people I know, mostly involving veterans, but typical.

Oct 19 00:02

Russia’s Awesome Responsibility

The Russian decision to proceed with military support to the Damascus government has shifted the global geopolitical map significantly. For the moment Washington is choosing to react with words, no doubt planning carefully its next move. The Russian intervention has exposed the fraud of the US position in the Middle East and shown the world that Washington lies, that she supports the very terrorists who allegedly were behind the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York and at the Pentagon.......

Oct 18 08:37

"A Very Heavy Agenda" - New documentary released about the neocons and how they run foreign policy for Dems & Repubs

They work both sides of the Democrat Republican fence (not that it is much of a fence anyway) and are now up to their eyeballs in reviving the cold war.

About the video:

Post-9/11, the War on Terror had outlived its usefulness.

The minds behind the think tanks that drive America’s interventionist foreign policy decided that the U.S. needed a new enemy, so they chose an old one -- Russia.

Part 1: A Catalyzing Event 1hr 25mins

Cheney, Wolfowitz and Rumsfeld were ubiquitous in the news media as they took every available opportunity to market to America an aggressive preemptive war policy. But from where did their ideas originate? The answer is a tightly knit and eminently well placed group of neoconservative thought leaders, chief among them Bill Kristol and Robert Kagan. Part 1 begins in the panicked weeks after 9/11, as Kagan et al. seized upon the hysteria surrounding the anthrax letter attacks to further shape America’s perception of reality, planting the seeds for endless future military engagements. George W. Bush may have been understandably perceived as an idiot, but watching these wonks and academics drive the ideological engine for his administration belies a much more sophisticated strategy at play.

Part 2: How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love The New Neocons 1hr 35mins

After the Cold War, the US-NATO reach expanded significantly to take in most of the old Soviet Union clients in the Warsaw pact. Neoconservative darling Robert Kagan and his diplomat wife Victoria Nuland played key roles inside and out of various administrations and think tanks as they greased the skids for a US-sponsored coup in Ukraine. Part 2 shows the resurrection of old cold warriors from beltway depths to deliver blatant propaganda with techniques reminiscent of a red scare era that had only just faded from memory. US-funded outfits like Radio Free Liberty are pitted against Russia’s RT as each nation accuses the other of waging an ever more desperate and transparent "Information War".

Part 3: Maintaining the World Order 1hr 30mins

"When the Berlin wall fell, our work wasn't finished". -- Victoria Nuland, November 2013

“Fuck the EU” -- Victoria Nuland, February 2014

While stage managing the American empire has undoubtedly proved to be a more difficult task now than in the bipolar world of the cold war era, it is not for lack of greed or hubris that the Kagans and others continue to sell their vision. Did they create these ideas because they truly believe in America's right to be the dominant force in the world? Or, do these ideas help sell weapons and control resources like oil and rare minerals? Part 3 shows interview footage of an obscure PNAC member (Thomas Donnelly) taking credit for the ominous “New Pearl Harbor” phrasing in the notorious 'Rebuilding America’s Defenses' document. But the evidence shows the genesis of the concept to be patriarch Don Kagan, in conjunction with his son Fred, in prior op-eds that call for ‘a catalyzing event’. Other newly sourced footage shows the pair advocating for a US military ground invasion of Palestine on September 12th, 2001 and displaying an unnerving prescience about the 9/11 attacks themselves.

Watch a trailer of the video here (warning: one episode of loud swearing): https://vimeo.com/140415359
Go here to download or order on DVD: http://averyheavyagenda.blogspot.com

Oct 17 19:17

A Very Heavy Agenda Part 1 : A Catalyzing Event [Trailer] (Neocons exposed)

Post-9/11, the War on Terror had outlived its usefulness.
The minds behind the think tanks that drive America’s interventionist foreign policy decided that the U.S. needed a new enemy, so they chose an old one -- Russia.

Part 1: A Catalyzing Event 1hr 25mins

Cheney, Wolfowitz and Rumsfeld were ubiquitous in the news media as they took every available opportunity to market to America an aggressive preemptive war policy. But from where did their ideas originate? The answer is a tightly knit and eminently well placed group of neoconservative thought leaders, chief among them Bill Kristol and Robert Kagan. Part 1 begins in the panicked weeks after 9/11, as Kagan et al. seized upon the hysteria surrounding the anthrax letter attacks to further shape America’s perception of reality, planting the seeds for endless future military engagements. George W. Bush may have been understandably perceived as an idiot, but watching these wonks and academics drive the ideological engine for his administration belies a much more sophisticated strategy at play.

(Embedded trailer for Part1 at link.)

Oct 08 16:51

Unsealed Documents Show Pinochet 'Directly' Involved in Capitol Hill Assassinations

Loved ones have long charged that U.S.-backed dictator Augusto Pinochet had a direct hand in the 1976 assassination of former Chilean diplomat Orlando Letelier and his Institute for Policy Studies colleague Ronni Karpen Moffitt. Now, they may finally be vindicated. The administration of President Barack Obama on Thursday publicly released documents that appear to show that Pinochet was behind the murders of Letelier and Moffitt, who have become "symbols of the broader human rights catastrophe of the Pinochet dictatorship," Sarah Anderson, director of the Global Economy Project at IPS, told Common Dreams.

Oct 08 10:22

America Pivots to Brzezinski’s Delusion of Eurasian Conquest

Russia historian Stephen Cohen points to the neoconservative establishment for America's latest outbreak of what can only be referred to as late-stage imperial dementia. Neocons Robert Kagan and wife Victoria Nuland have certainly done the heavy lifting to make Ukraine the staging ground for what appears to be a NATO blitzkrieg on Moscow. But whatever the determination of the neocon plot, they are only the barking dogs of master imperialist Zbigniew Brzezinski, whose grand design has been creeping over the globe since he stepped into the Oval office as National Security Advisor to President Jimmy Carter in 1977.

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For you Doctor Who fans, have you noticed how much Zbigniew Brzezinski looks (and acts) like Davros? :)

Oct 08 08:57

CHINA, RUSSIA, NORWAY, BRAZIL, TAIWAN DUMP US TREASURIES

Five large purchasers of US Treasuries – China, Russia, Norway, Brazil, and Taiwan – have changed their minds. They’re dumping Treasuries, each for their own reasons that are now coinciding. And at the fastest rate on record. For the 12-month period ended July, sales of Treasuries by central banks around the world reached a net of $123 billion, “the biggest decline since data started to be collected in 1978,” the Wall Street Journal reported.

Oct 07 06:21

How Putin will Win in Syria

The reason Putin will succeed where the US failed in its war on ISIS, is because the Russian air-strikes are going to be accompanied by a formidable mop-up operation that will overpower the jihadi groups on the ground. This is already happening as we speak. The Russian Air Force has been pounding terrorist targets across the Idlib Governorate for the last few days as well as ISIS strongholds in the East at Raffa. Putin is going to cut through these guys like crap through a goose.

So the Russian people are proud of the way Putin is fighting the war on terror. Is there something wrong with that? Many Americans are old enough to remember a time when they were proud of their own country too, when it actually stood up for the principles it espouses in its founding documents. That was quite a while ago though, sometime back in the “pre-Gitmo” era”.

Oct 06 12:38

He'd Let Them Swarm In, Now He'd kick Them Out: Trump Does Drastic 180 on Syrian Immigrants In less Than A Month, His Desperate, Starry-Eyed Supporters Don't Even Notice

Look, everyone knows we need a real game-changer in this country, someone who cares about America. But let's not be so naive, gullible and desperate as to so easily fall for yet another one of these shysters. Just like his sudden, drastic "about-faces" on gun rights and illegal immigration, Donald "I'm A Big Fan Of Israel" Trump said less than 25 days ago that we must let Syrian immigrants in because it's a "humanitarian disaster" and the poor migrants were "in a living hell." This was reported worldwide including on CNN, Breitbart, Politico, Fox news and everywhere else. This week he's saying the exact opposite, that he would send them back, (presumably send back the same ones he promised to let in?) Where I come from theres an old saying which applies in this case.

Oct 06 09:44

Peru Declares State Of Emergency

The Puruvian government has declared a 30-day state of emergency following four deaths at a protest of the Chinese-owned Las Bambas mine project. The emergency status includes a startling suspension of civil liberties on Peruvians. After four people were killed amid anti-mining protests, Peruvian President Ollanta Humala declared a 30-day state…

Oct 03 11:12

Mexican firm still abets Israel’s crimes despite pulling out of West Bank quarry

Mexico’s construction materials giant Cemex has sold shares it owned in a quarry on occupied Palestinian land but has maintained its stake in a firm that assists Israel’s war crimes.
 
Cemex will therefore remain a target for the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign until it stops trying to profit from Israel’s crimes.

Sep 29 04:55

“Washington’s Pope”? Who is Pope Francis?

Pope Francis is said to have brought “Liberation Theology into the Vatican”, in the footsteps of Francis of Assisi. While highlighting his commitment to peace and social justice, the Western media fail to mention that Jorge Mario Bergoglio (Pope Francis I) has been a staunch supporter of US imperial interests in Latin America for more than 30 years.

While heralded by antiwar activists as a “progressive”, Pope Francis was one of the main supporters –within the Catholic hierarchy– of Argentina’s military dictatorship which came to power in a CIA supported coup in 1976.

Sep 24 19:49

The Stock Markets Of The 10 Largest Global Economies Are All Crashing, But Most Americans Still Don’t Seem Very Alarmed

You would think that the simultaneous crashing of all of the largest stock markets around the world would be very big news. But so far the mainstream media in the United States is treating it like it isn’t really a big deal. Over the last sixty days, we have witnessed the most significant global stock market decline since the fall of 2008, and yet most people still seem to think that this is just a temporary “bump in the road” and that the bull market will soon resume. Hopefully they are right.

Sep 24 14:22

What the Church could learn from Harley-Davidson

Cut the frills, leave out the unnecessary. Keep it simple, honest and uncompromising...

Give us a new bare-bones, stripped-back, “Dark Custom” Christianity

It’s the journey, not the destination

A million bikers with attitude could tear up the tarmac and thunder through Westminster and Washington to express civil society’s disgust… if they had a mind to.

To quote Harley : “Let’s ride. Grab life by the throttle!”

Sep 23 15:28

Russia-Brazil: Strategic Partnership Is Expanding

During his visit to Brazil last summer, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that “Russia and Brazil share common approaches to key global challenges.” This conclusion was substantiated once again in mid-September, at the first Russian-Brazilian Economic Forum and the meeting of the Russian-Brazilian High-Level Commission on Cooperation, which was attended by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Brazilian Vice President Michel Temer.

Sep 22 08:46

Blame America? No, Blame Neocons!

It has become common to discount any criticism of US foreign policy as “blaming America first.” It is a convenient way of avoiding a real discussion. If aggressive US policy in the Middle East – for example in Iraq – results in the creation of terrorist organizations like al-Qaeda in Iraq, is pointing out the unintended consequences of bad policy blaming America? Is it “blaming America” to point out that blowback – like we saw on 9/11 – can be the result of unwise US foreign policy actions like stationing US troops in Saudi Arabia?

Sep 21 20:15

Brazil president rejects settler leader as Israel envoy

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has reportedly rejected the appointment of a hardliner as Israel's envoy to her country, saying it could be understood as support for the illegal Israeli settlements.

According to an article published on Israeli website Ynetnews, Rousseff has sent a message to the Tel Aviv regime, expressing her discomfort with the appointment of Dani Dayan, an extremist in charge of running the affairs of Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.

Sep 21 04:38

Over 9,000 left homeless by Chile quake

The strong earthquake that struck off the Chilean coast last week has so far left upwards of 9,000 people homeless, dramatically increasing previous estimates.

While initial estimates stood at around 3,500, latest figures show a sharp rise as officials scour remote towns in the Coquimbo region, more than 260 kilometers north of the capital, Santiago, where the epicenter of the 8.3-magnitude quake was located.

Sep 18 18:20

#6 Lighting Strike

Methinks someone wasn't pleased with the renovation!

The iconic statue of Christ that sits high atop Rio de Janeiro was struck by lightning during a storm in early 2014.

The right thumb was chipped by the lightning strike. The statue had just undergone a $4 million dollar renovation in 2010.

Sep 17 15:45

Russia, Iran, China, Venezuela Use 'Superweapon' Against US... Diplomacy

The US employs an array of instruments to counter the four nations, including sanctions and support for far right groups worldwide, the media outlet noted.

"Washington never misses an opportunity to meddle in the internal affairs of Moscow, Tehran, Beijing and Caracas; it tries to exert pressure on [the four countries], surround them with unfriendly regimes and keep them on their toes," the media outlet pointed out.

The United States, according to Rebelion, uses Ukraine and the European Union to "destabilize" Russia, the "bleeding" Middle East to weaken Iran, Japan and the standoff between two Koreas to pressure China.

But these nations are good at warding off attacks.

Sep 17 11:48

Tsunami Chile 2015

Sep 16 21:22

Tsunami in Progress in Chile after Earthquake

Sep 16 19:39

M8.3 - 71km WNW of Illapel, Chile

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There have been aftershocks in the Magnitude 6 level.

We are under a tsunami watch here in Hawaii with any waves expected to hit at 3:11AM local time tomorrow morning.

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Sep 16 11:19

Washington Wants “Regime Change” in Ecuador: “What is the CIA Planning before Ecuador’s 2017 Elections?”

Washington wants Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa removed from power. Washington says it is concerned about the freedom of the press in Ecuador because their non-government organization ‘Fundamedios’ funded and supported by United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and Freedom House among others is in the process of being shut down by the Correa government. According to Telesur’s report on September 10th “Fundamedios engaged “partisan political activities” by sharing material on its social media accounts, publishing articles unrelated to its stated mission and inserting itself into political debates in the country”which according to the National Secretariat of Communication or ‘Secom’ is prohibited under Ecuadorian law. The White House released a press statement on the same day:

Sep 16 09:36

Where there were massacres there are now power plants

In the United States it's hard to imagine admiring an attorney general. The words call to mind people like Eric Holder, Michael Mukasey, Alberto Gonzales, John Ashcroft, Janet Reno, and Edwin Meese. There were those who fantasized that Barack Obama would not prevent an attorney general from prosecuting top officials for torture, but the idea of a U.S. attorney general prosecuting a U.S. president for war/genocide doesn't even enter the realm of fantasy (in part, because Americans don't even think of what the U.S. military does in the Middle East in those terms).

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Sep 14 23:32

A Panicked Brazil Promises Billions In Austerity, Does 180 On Budget After Downgrade

Exactly two weeks after conceding that a primary surplus was no longer in the cards after budget data in July came in meaningfully worse than expected, Brazil is scrambling to restore some semblance of confidence in the government’s ability to close a yawning budget gap by implementing austerity even as political turmoil has made embattled FinMin Joaquim Levy’s life a living hell of late.

On the heels of a painful S&P downgrade, Brazil now says it plans to enact some BRL26 billion in primary spending cuts for the 2016 budget on the way to achieving in a primary surplus that amounts to 0.7% of GDP.

In other words, a complete 180 from what the government said prior to the downgrade.

Sep 14 14:35

US, COLOMBIA: CONSPIRACY AGAINST VENEZUELA

“Airtec Inc. has been awarded a contract for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) services in support of the U.S. Southern Command. The deal is expected to be completed in September 2018. The contractor will provide ISR services utilizing a Bombardier DHC-8/200. According to José Vicente Rangel, a Venezuelan journalist, the aircraft will be equipped with cutting-edge equipment to effectively survey the border areas of Venezuela.”

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Sep 11 14:18

CIA AND THE DRUG BUSINESS

The outlawing of narcotic drugs at the start of the Twentieth Century, the turning of the matter from public health to social control, coincided with the belief that the U.S. government had an obligation to American industrialists to create markets in every nation in the world, whether those nations liked it or not. Civic institutions, like public education, were required to sanctify this policy, while “security” bureaucracies were established to ensure the citizenry conformed to the state ideology. Secret services, both public and private, were likewise established to promote the expansion of private American economic interests overseas.

Sep 11 09:43

Brazil reduced to junk as BRICs facade crumbles

Webmaster addition: BRICS is not crumbling. BRICS is under attack by the western private central bankers!

Sep 10 15:00

US critical of Ecuador over free speech

The U.S. State Department is expressing concern about what it calls increasing restrictions on freedom of expression and association in Ecuador.

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This from the government that interprets the First Amendment as "free speech zones" hidden away from public view!

Looks like Ecuador just made the US "Too be overthrown" list!

Sep 10 12:06

FLASHBACK - So You Think Military Intervention is a Good Idea?

Well, if you really feel that strongly about it..

Here's your rifle..

Here's your parachute..

We ran out of the desert camo, but here is a bright day-glo orange jumpsuit left over from Gitmo..

Watch your head climbing into that transport plane..

And we'll call whoever it is you are telling us needs to be invaded this week and tell them you are on your way to kick their butts all by yourself.

But given the very long history of the United States government and the corporate media lying and tricking us into wars, you will forgive We The People if we sit this one out and keep our children safe at home.

And just in case you are one of those poor government or media people who are not as well educated in history as the average American citizen, here is a comprehensive but by no means complete list of just how many times We The People have been made total fools of by the US Government and the corporate media.

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Sep 09 22:06

Brazil cut to 'junk' credit rating by Standard & Poor's

The US rating agency said mounting political turmoil and the difficulties faced by President Dilma Rousseff's government in tackling growing debt was behind the decision.

Brazil was awarded an investment-grade rating by S&P in April 2008, when the country's economy was on the rise.

However, sliding commodity prices and austerity have created a recession.

Sep 09 16:07

A Pyrrhic Victory in Mexico: Still No Justice for the Disappeared of Ayotzninapa

The GIEI for Ayotzinapa, an interdisciplinary group of independent experts convened by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, has just delivered its final report in Mexico City on Sunday September 6, 2015. At the end of September 2014, 43 trainee teachers from Ayotzinapa were forcibly disappeared, probably by state agents belonging to various layers of Mexico’s abusive military, security and police forces. The IACHR established the GIEI to analyze how the state investigated those disappearances. The Mexican government paid for the GIEI experts to do their work. The IACHR established the GIEI, it said, to help protect and promote human rights in the Americas.

Sep 09 08:58

“Silent Invasion”: The US and the Militarization of Latin America

However, recent years have borne witness to a growing independence and assertiveness from many nations in the region, owing in no small part to the rise of Hugo Chavez in Venezuela. Indeed, with Venezuela as the exemplar, and Chavez as the initiator of the process of regional integration and collective security, Latin America has grown increasingly independent of its imperial neighbor to the north.

And it is precisely this political, economic, and cultural independence that the U.S. has moved to counteract in the most effective way it can: militarily. Using pretexts ranging from the “War on Drugs” to humanitarian assistance, and the “War on Terror,” the U.S. seeks to regain its military foothold in the region, and thereby maintain and further its hegemony.

The Silent Invasion

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And we wonder why we have a "refugee problem" from the south, as people are fleeing the very terror and destabilization the US government has brought to those countries?!?

Sep 08 13:01

GAZERNICA

The displacement of Gazans:

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The displacement of Palestinians:

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The displacement of Syrians:

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The displacement of Libyans:

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The displacement of Africans:

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The displacement of Iraqis:

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The displacement of Afghans:

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The displacement of Hope:

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The creation of ISIS:

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So long as humanity is awake with inhumanity:

GAZERNICA shall be!

Sep 05 09:42

Salmonella outbreak from Mexican cucumbers kills one, sickens hundreds in the U.S

A salmonellaoutbreak linked to cucumbers grown in Mexico has killed one person and sickened hundreds in the United States, health officials said.

The outbreak of Salmonella Poona has been reported in 27 states since July, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Of the 285 people sickened, more than half have been children younger than 18. The fatality occurred in California.

Sep 04 16:52

Guatemalan President Resigns: Faces Corruption Charges

snip: They’re unrelated to his sordid past - when known as “Major Tito” for involvement in genocidal slaughter of indigenous Ixil Indians in 1982.

Journalist Allan Nairn explained he was one of the US-backed generals responsible for “massacres that devastated the Mayan population of the northwest highlands.”

He’s a former and likely current CIA asset - vulnerable to prosecution “for the mass murders he helped preside over while carrying out the program of genocide of General Rios Montt,” Nairn explained.

Sep 04 09:22

Mob Violence Is Now All too Common in Venezuela

Venezuela wasn’t exactly a happy place before their economy fell apart, but now that their currency is worthless and shortages for essential goods are running rampant, the dark side of their society is rearing its ugly head. Venezuela now stands as the perfect example of how financial mismanagement can erode the social fabric of a nation.

The Venezuelan Observatory of Violence has found that in 2014, there were 40 lynchings in the country, and if recent news reports are to be believed, there have been over a dozen mob led beatings and lynchings in this past month alone. Granted, the lynchings are nothing new. Venezuela has long been a corrupt country with a high murder rate, and criminals are frequently released by their court system without charges, so vigilante justice has been commonplace for some time.

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Aug 31 15:57

Venezuela: Dozens Injured During Supermarket Stampede

Venezuela’s socialist economy has been crumbling for some time now, as the value of their currency plunges and store shelves are stripped bare. Their command and control financial system has led to nothing but poverty and shortages, which is inevitable in any strictly socialist nation. And where you have shortages, you’ll find people displaying erratic and desperate behavior.

Media sources in Venezuela have claimed that a state-run supermarket offering subsidized goods, recently witnessed a stampede of desperate customers. The military was called in to quell the crowd, which numbered in the thousands. Throughout the ordeal, 75 people were injured and one 80-year-old woman was trampled to death.

The authorities have yet to confirm these claims, and President Maduro has accused his opponents of exaggerating these stories to undermine his government. In either case, at least we can rest assured that this would never happen in America, right?

Aug 27 14:52

COCAINE PRODUCTION PLUMMETS AFTER DEA KICKED OUT OF BOLIVIA

After the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) was kicked out of Bolivia, the country was able todrastically reduce the amount of coca (cocaine) produced within its borders. According to data released by the United Nations, cocaine production in the country declined by 11% in the past year, marking the fourth year in a row of steady decrease. It was just seven years ago that the DEA left Bolivia — and only three years after that, progress was finally made. The strategy employed by the Bolivian government may be a surprise to many prohibitionists because it did not involve any strong-arm police state tactics. Instead, they worked to find alternative crops for farmers to grow that would actually make them more money.

Aug 27 13:49

Guatemalan prosecutors urge president to resign amid scandal

Pressure grew Thursday on Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina to resign as business and government offices closed, protesters marched and the attorney general's office urged him to step down "to prevent ungovernability that could destabilize the nation."

Aug 27 13:48

UN experts call for fairness in Guatemala genocide trial

Two U.N. experts are appealing to Guatemala's judicial authorities to "prevent any further attempt at interference, obstruction of justice or manipulation of the law" in the genocide trial of former dictator Efrain Rios Montt and a former intelligence chief.

Aug 25 10:46

Brazil's Economy Is Now A Job Destruction Machine

Brazil's flagging economy, which is mired in stagflation and remains a slave both to China and to what looks like intractable political turmoil, has destroyed nearly 550,000 jobs YTD. As Barclays notes, " [the July] print is compatible with 140,939 job eliminations, pretty close to the historical low of -154,355 in June."

Aug 24 16:23

10 Colombian Paramilitaries Captured in Venezuela

Venezuelan authorities arrested ten alleged paramilitaries during the third day since Venezuelan armed forces were deployed in Tachira state, under the state of exception declared on Friday night.

President Nicolas Maduro issued the state of exception less than 48-hours after three Venezuelan soldiers were attacked by paramilitaries along the Colombian border. During the 60-day state of exception, the Venezuelan government hopes to combat illegal activities along the border including the paramilitaries and illegal smuggling.

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