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January 19, 2016

Jan 19 12:33

NASA safety panel throws major shade on space agency’s Mars plan

A panel charged with annual assessments of NASA says that the agency’s plan to reach Mars by the 2030s is doubtable given its lack of details. It has raised concerns relating to both technology and budget.

Jan 19 12:25

Who Killed Martin Luther King? The Cover-Up of the Century

On December 8, 1999, a jury in Memphis, Tennessee, reached the verdict that Martin Luther King Jr. was killed as a result of a conspiracy involving the FBI, CIA, U.S. Army, Memphis police and the Mafia. After a five week trial which presented 70 witnesses, the jury (made up of six blacks and six whites) rejected the official position that the civil rights titan was shot by a lone assassin, James Earl Ray, who was jailed for 99 years for the crime and died in 1998. The verdict concluded a wrongful death civil lawsuit brought by the King family against Loyd Jowers, owner of Jim‚s Grill, a Memphis cafe located next to the scene of the shooting when it took place on April 4, 1968. The jury found Jowers guilty as one part of a large conspiracy created by government agencies. Jowers admitted his role but insisted that he did not know the identity of the target.



Taboola
Jan 19 12:23

UK Government announces demolition of council housing

Prime Minister David Cameron told the BBC “Andrew Marr Show” that his government plans to demolish England’s 100 “worst” council estates. In an accompanying Sunday Times column, he portrayed this as a component part of a pledge “to wage an all-out assault on poverty and disadvantage”.

Jan 19 12:18

Donald Trump Endorsed By 'West Coast Choppers' Founder Jesse James: "This guy is the Real Deal, and will Make America Great Again."

46-year-old Jesse Gregory James, TV personality and founder of West Coast Choppers, issued a hearty endorsement of Donald Trump yesterday. James' letter recounted his experience working with Trump and his family, seeing him up close for six weeks while he appeared on the NBC's reality show 'Celebrity Apprentice' in 2009. James ends his letter with "So before you guys react to what I have written here. One thing you know about me is Good or bad I will always tell it like it is. This guy is the Real Deal, and will Make America Great Again." Trump happily responded to the endorsement with a message back to James.

Jan 19 12:16

FLASHBACK - HILLARY THE SPY?

Let us start with an historical fact. Treason and betrayal by the highest levels is a common feature of history, whether it is Judas vs Jesus, Brutus vs Julius Caesar, Benedict Arnold, the Rosenbergs, Jonathan Pollard, Aldrich Ames, Robert Hanssen. It is just a fact of life. It does happen.

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Time for a repost in light of today's revelation that documents classified above "Top Secret" were on Hillary's private email server!

This question of spying by the former Secretary of State using her email server to deliver and her "charitable" foundation to collect and launder payments must be asked, and demands an answer!

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Jan 19 12:07

Boat Drama: What If These Were Iranian Boats in US Waters?

Journalist Glen Greenwald wrote that “Two days later (and after Tehran released all ten US sailors) Washington had completely changed its story, leaving more questions than answers.” Greenwald made a good point as he wrote "This unauthorized trespass into Iranian territorial waters was continuously depicted as an act of Iranian aggression (contrast that with how the US government suggested it would be in Turkey's rights not only to intercept but to shoot down any Russian jet that even briefly traverses its airspace).”.. The question in fact should not be about how Iran dealt with the situation. The question should rather be: if the scenario was exactly the reverse, and it was Iranian boats that had “mistakenly” drifted into US waters what would have happened?



Jan 19 12:04

Inspector General: Clinton emails had intel from most secretive, classified programs

Hillary Clinton's emails on her unsecured, homebrew server contained intelligence from the U.S. government's most secretive and highly classified programs, according to an unclassified letter from a top inspector general to senior lawmakers.

Fox News exclusively obtained the text of the unclassified letter, sent Jan. 14 from Intelligence Community Inspector General I. Charles McCullough III. It laid out the findings of a recent comprehensive review by intelligence agencies that identified "several dozen" additional classified emails -- including specific intelligence known as "special access programs" (SAP).

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Jan 19 12:02

Spokesman: 28 Iranians Had Charges Dropped Or Released Under Swap Deal with US

While earlier reports said 7 Iranians were released from prison and 14 others had their charges dropped under a swap deal with the US that also included freedom of four Americans in the weekened, Iran's foreign ministry spokesman on Monday put the total number of the Iranians privileged by the deal at 28.

Jan 19 12:02

Essar Steel Algoma looks for new owner

Essar Steel Algoma will start searching next month for a buyer or major new investor in its Sault Ste. Marie steelmaking operation.

Jan 19 11:56

IRGC Commander: Al-Saud Playing as "Defense Shield" for Israel

Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari expressed deep regret that the Saudi officials have turned into Israel's regime against the Islamic Revolution. "Today, the enemies have resorted to proxy wars and using other Muslim world capacities, instead of direct confrontation, against the Islamic Revolution and its example can be seen in what Saudi Arabia is doing," Jafari said, addressing a ceremony in Tehran on Tuesday. "Today, the al-Saud has turned into a defense shield for the Zionists," he added.



Jan 19 11:53

Crown Prince Meets Tribal Leaders Secretly to Destabilize Saudi Arabia

A prominent Saudi media activist revealed that Crown Prince and Interior Minister Mohammed bin Nayef has held secret talks with the country's tribal leaders to heighten internal conflicts and prevent empowerment of Mohammed bin Salman. "After news reports said that the Saudi king has decided to leave the power to his son, the Saudi crown prince has held some meetings with the tribal leaders to destabilize domestic conditions in Saudi Arabia," the activist who called for anonymity for security reasons told FNA on Tuesday. Noting that the details of these meetings are not known, he said it seems that Mohammed bin Nayef sees himslef entitled to the throne, and he, thus, seeks to spark internal problems and insecurity with the help of certain tribes to stir crisis and prevent the deputy crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman from ascending to the throne.

Jan 19 11:51

British Officer Killed in Yemen

A Saudi-hired British officer who worked for the Blackwater company was killed by the Yemeni army and popular forces in Southwestern Taiz province.

Jan 19 11:50

Donald Trump Posts YouTube Vid Of Ted Cruz's Conflicting Statements on Birthright Citizenship

"Ted Cruz's Conflicting Stances on Birthright Citizenship [14th Amendment] Gives Team Trump credit," says Donald.

Jan 19 11:47

Western Media: Saudi Arabia Is in a State of Panic

The great Kingdom of Saudi Arabia — the long-time dictator of crude oil prices for the world — is struggling on all fronts, Business Insider said. The Saudis are losing their proxy wars in both Syria and Yemen; their OPEC leadership is under threat; they are not winning the crude oil price war; and its long-running alliance with the West is in question, Business Insider reported. From Saudi Arabia’s perspective, Iran seems to be gaining ground everywhere. Saudi Arabia has several weaknesses that help explain the current anxiety emanating from Riyadh.
1. Saudi Arabia losing its leadership in the OPEC
2. Burning through reserves — fast
3. Iran has assumed a very significant leadership role among Shia Arabs
4. Saudi Arabia cannot defeat Iran in a direct war
5. Saudi Arabia knows it won't have U.S. support for a direct war with Iran



Owl 1
Jan 19 11:45

US Officers Killed in Yemeni Missile Attack Saudi Coalition

The Yemeni army and popular forces' missile attack on a Saudi-led command center in Ma'rib killed over 120 mercenaries, including the Saudi, UAE and US officers. "The Yemeni army missile unit fired a Tochka missile at the operations room of the Saudi-led forces in Ma'rib (on Sunday) and killed over 120 mercenaries with different nationalities," Ali al-Houthi, an Ansarullah Movement Leader, told FNA on Tuesday. "46 Saudi mercenaries, 11 UAE and 9 Saudi officers and 11 foreign commanders of the US Blackwater company were among those killed in the attack," he added.

Jan 19 11:44

Hyatt Hotel guests should be on credit card high alert

ROADSIDE BEDROOM FACILITATOR the Hyatt Hotel chain has released a whack of detail about a hack on the firm last year and warned that customers may have details that are lost in the wild.

The hack was reported by internet equaliser Brian Krebs in December. Hyatt provided a statement at the time, but Krebbs suggested that it was light on detail.

Jan 19 11:44

Canada Set To Unleash Negative Rates As Oil Patch Dies, Depression Deepens

This Wednesday, the Bank of Canada has a decision to make.

Canada’s oil “dream” is dying thanks to the inexorable slide in crude prices and as the IEA made clear earlier today, the pain is set to persist for the foreseeable future as the world “drowns in oversupply.”

“Lower for longer” has hit the country’s oil patch hard. We’ve spent quite a bit of time documenting the plight of Alberta, where job cuts tied to crude’s slide have led directly to rising suicide rates, soaring property crime, and increased food bank usage (not to mention booming business for repo men).



Jan 19 11:43

911 was An ISRAELI ZIONIST FALSE FLAG ATTACK, Ken O'keefe.

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US/Israeli, but yes, Israel was a major part.

Jan 19 11:36

DRONE FOOTAGE: Bird’s-eye view of India’s largest floating solar plant

Drone captures largest floating solar plant in India that was invented by two young engineers.

Jan 19 11:34

Kicking the Poland 'Putinization' Can

Protect your women, not our democracy. – Polish volleyball fans to German colleagues...From the Polish media we learn that German authorities ordered the destruction of CCTV evidence of the Cologne attacks... EU Parliament Chief Martin Schulz is a high school dropout who, according to Haarez, believes that “the new Germany exists only in order to ensure the existence of the State of Israel and the Jewish people.”.. Russians by and large don’t care for Polish nationalists, but considering that most of their energies are going to be expended bickering with the EU, there is no reason not to passively support them. Even nationalist Poles realize that the biggest imminent threat to Poland is not Russian tanks advancing on Warsaw or even a return to dictatorship (i.e. a right-wing government dismantling the “adminstrative resource” that the previous left-wing government had built up) but the waves of Third World immigrants the likes of Merkel and Schulz are determined to enrich Europe with.



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Jan 19 11:32

The Refugee Crisis is Tearing Europe Apart

The Cologne police are now defending themselves after revealing that they brought the problem of the refugees to Mayor Reker. Politicians are simply trying to cover up their mistakes at the expense of increasing the danger to the citizens of Europe and particularly Germany.

Jan 19 11:31

‘Jungle’ refugee camp demolished in Calais, France

Part of a notorious refugee camp in the French town of Calais is being demolished.

Jan 19 11:27

President’s Obama’s Goals for Syria Are at Odd With His Actions

A number of words and terms can be used to characterize President Obama’s policy toward both Syria and the Islamic State. Charitably: evolving; less so: tentative, hesitant, undecided, in a state of flux.

In a National Interest article titled Choosing Not to Choose: Obama’s Dithering on Syria, Paul Saunders provides some reasons why. Among them:

Jan 19 11:21

European Civilization Stands at the Precipice

Flooded by foreigners and having disowned its roots, are we witnessing the end of Europe? Visionaries and moralists, they don’t understand the psychology of the people coming from North Africa and the Middle East. These people came to escape European bombs, missiles and shells. They fled burning towns, broken relics and rotting corpses. They came to Europe not for a piece of bread and work, but to be saved from death. But also, with a feeling of revenge, seeing Europeans as enemies, involved in their disaster, destroying their civilization and way of life. Europe, including Germany has forgotten its past. The countries of Europe have lost the will to exist, to resist, forgetting their great statesmen and culture. An amorphous Europe continues to open its doors to those who hate Europe and Germany. It is a sad fate for a cold clime to be filled by the hot clay of hatred.

Jan 19 11:18

First State getting a blast of winter temps

Cold temperatures and a stiff breeze will send overnight wind chills plummeting below zero early this week in Delaware.


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Jan 19 11:17

BUSTED: HARRY REID OWNS 93 ACRES NEXT TO BUNDY RANCH

Harry Reid has run 52 ranchers out of business so far, just like their recent efforts with Cliven Bundy, because of his ownership in Reid Bunkerville, LLC, which holds 93 acres in Nevada.

The parcels seem to be in the way of future development with the Chinese, which may even involve a freeway interchange and loop, and all sit west of the same general area as the land where all these ‘trespassing cattle’ graze.

Jan 19 11:12

A World of Their Own - US State Dept Creates Its Own Facts

The US and European governments fund and promote their own 'sources' on Syria which tell them exactly what they want to hear...

Jan 19 11:05

Government Sachs Gets Golden Wrist Slap For Global Financial Crisis

the transfer of assets to the 1% pauses to pretend the governments serve the 99%

Jan 19 11:04

Iran Changes the Regional Dynamic

Israel and — to a lesser extent — Saudi Arabia continue to dictate much of U.S. foreign policy in the Mideast, especially animosity toward Iran. But the Iran nuclear deal may change the dynamic toward a more balanced strategy at least in the long term if not the short, as Gareth Porter explains.

Jan 19 11:03

Russia Leads Organic Revolution as US Embraces GMOs, Drops Meat Regulations

Russia made a bold ecological and civilizational choice when, in September, Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich announced that "as far as genetically-modified organisms are concerned, we have made the decision not to use any GMO in food productions." “We are not only able to feed ourselves taking into account our lands, water resources—Russia is able to become the largest world supplier of healthy, ecologically clean and high-quality food which the Western producers have long lost, especially given the fact that demand for such products in the world market is steadily growing,” Putin said. He also said that in the last decade, Russia has gone from importing half of its food to becoming a net exporter. Putin claims that Russia now makes more money from selling food than from selling weapons and fuel.

Jan 19 10:53

Russian analyst: Crisis in Russia-Turkey relations emerged before bomber incident

"The main crisis in Russian-Turkish relations followed a specific incident - the downing of Russia’s Sukhoi-24 military plane over Syria," the expert acknowledged. "But in reality the crisis is far deeper and it stems from the gap in relations between the two countries in the sphere of economics, culture and geopolitics. Crises erupt when there is a gap in such spheres." He presented a fundamental study written by a group of co-authors under his guidance, titled Foreign Policy Discourse of Leading Turkish Policy Actors (2010-2015). The book contains analysis of Turkish political parties varying in their attitude to Russia. Avatkov believes that thorough examination of these parties’ policies is crucial today as it has never been. "If Russia wishes to conduct long-term policy towards Turkey, it should keep a close watch on political parties. This will make it possible to conduct a dialogue with them, being aware who you dialogue partner really is," Avatkov said.

Jan 19 10:50

Russia’s Aerospace Force hit almost 600 terrorist targets in Syria over past four days

"Over the past four days the planes of Russia’s air group in the Syrian Arab Republic made 157 sorties against 579 facilities of the terrorist infrastructure in the provinces of Aleppo, Deir ez-Zor, Homs, Hama, Raqqah and Latakia," Konashenkov said. He elaborated that more than 60 Islamic State militants were killed in Russian air strikes in the Syrian province of Dei ez-Zor, where Islamic State massacred about 300 civilians. "Russian Su-34 bombers delivered air strikes at terrorists’ strongholds in the vicinity of the settlement of Bgelia in the Dei ez-Zor province, where Islamic State militants massacred about 300 civilians to intimidate the local population," he said.



Owl 3
Jan 19 10:47

More than 40 tonnes of humanitarian aid airlifted to besieged regions in Syria

"Commanders of the Russian air group in the Syrian Arab Republic continue the humanitarian operation on delivering food and necessities to regions blocked by terrorists. More than 40 tonness of humanitarian cargoes were delivered to residents of the city of Deir ez-Zor blocked by militants and other regions," Konashenkov said. He added that Syrian residents received dry food rations provided by the Russian Defense Ministry, as well as food provided by the Syrian government. Humanitarian cargoes were loaded to P-7 parachute platforms by Russian servicemen at the Hmeimim air base and then airlifted by a plane of the Russian Military-Transport Aviation. "The Syrian leadership received information from the settlements to which humanitarian aid was airlifted that all cargoes were received and distributed among local residents," Konashenkov said.

Jan 19 10:34

Clinton WH Insider Drops Bombshell About # of Women Bill Slept With… It’s SO Many More Than We Thought

If Bill and Hillary thought that they were clear of the “bimbo eruptions” that plagued their time in the White House, they’d better think again. First came Kathleen Willey, then came Juanita Broaddrick on Twitter.

Jan 19 10:33

Around 300 settlements in Ukraine remain without power due to bad weather conditions

Specialists from utility companies are carrying out works on resuming electricity supply to the regions that were left without power overnight to January 18 because of strong gusts of wind and heavy snowfall that damaged electric power lines.
Ukraine's gas company chief says gas purchases from Russia possible due to frosts. Ukrainian Energy and Coal Industry Minister Vladimir Demchishin earlier ruled out the possibility of purchasing Russian natural gas owing to its high price. http://tass.ru/en/economy/850541
Ukraine's energy company refuses to pay $2.59 bln gas bill to Russia's Gazprom More: http://tass.ru/en/economy/850630



Carambola
Jan 19 10:27

Ukrainian forces reportedly shelled settlements in DPR’s south

"Around 8pm [on January 18] Ukrainian forces opened fire at the Kominternovo settlement. The shelling continued until 11pm," Yanovsky told Donetsk News Agency. Commander of 9th regiment of the DPR defense ministry Colonel Andrey Oprischenko said that Kiev forces opened fire from their positions in the Vodyanoye village from mortars of 82mm caliber, infantry fighting vehicles, grenade launchers and small arms. He also noted that Ukrainian Armed Forces shelled the settlement of Sakhanka in the south of DPR. "Ukrainian forces started shelling the settlement of Sakhanka around 9pm. It continued for an hour," Oprischenko said adding that Kiev forces opened fire from their positions in the Shirokino village and fired more than 30 shots from mortars of 82mm caliber and grenade launchers.

Jan 19 10:17

POSTERS FOR HILLARY 2016

Over the last few weeks I cranked up photoshop and started going through images of old classic movie posters, having fun modifying them for Hillary's coming campaign. For some reason my ideas were rejected by her campaign staff, so I am posting them here. These are a work in progress. More to come. Feel free to use and have fun with them!

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Jan 19 10:08

NEW CARS TO RECORD YOUR IRIS, FINGERPRINTS, VOICE AND BLOOD PRESSURE

Auto manufacturers are working with a company called Eyelock to put Myris‘ iris scanners in new cars. Click here to view the Myris Eyelock video. According to Biometricupdate.com, Eyelock’s iris authentication process takes less than five seconds to complete.

Webmaster addition: And if my eyes are bloodshot?????

Anyway, I can turn a key in less than half a second... unless it's a GM car, of course!

Jan 19 10:02

MONSANTO SUPPLIED CHEMICAL WEAPONS TO ISRAEL; GUILTY OF WAR CRIMES

Monsanto’s history in the food and pesticide business has become well documented. The Big Agricultural giant has found themselves in many a headline from the production of synthetic marijuana patents to Indian farmers committing mass suicide, to the run of the mill lawsuit over cross pollination of crops. In short, Monsanto is on every turn in the agricultural world; yet in another terrifying turn they’ve now been linked to the use of White Phosphorus on Palestinians in Gaza 2008 and 2009.

Jan 19 09:59

Big Bank Stocks Have Been Crushed: Here’s Why

The conventional wisdom was that the Fed’s rate hike on December 16 of last year was going to help big bank stocks by boosting their ability to charge heftier interest rates on loans. That theory has pretty much been relegated to the dust bin of financial fairy tales along with the Fed’s prediction that the slump in oil prices would be “transitory.” Bank stocks have been cratering like it’s early 2008 all over again and oil prices can’t find a floor, having broken through $60, $50, $40 and now $30 a barrel over the past 12 months.

Jan 19 09:56

ISIS TOON OF THE WEEK ~~ START COLLECTING NOW …

Jan 19 09:56

Gold Deficits and T-Bond Fantasies

Fort Knox would quickly deplete its gold if deficits were funded by selling gold, and Fort Knox may be nearly empty now. Let’s do the numbers.

Jan 19 09:52

Navy Seals Told To Treat Public As Enemies Amid January “Training Exercise”

That SAME Obama, seems to feel quite different about even unarmed American citizens here on U.S. soil. He’s revised the Pentagon’s New “Law of War” Manual To the Degree it“Reduces Us to the Level of Nazis.” How could I say such a thing? How would you describe Obama’s revising the statute so that the Army can be ordered to fire on unarmed citizens for protesting against the government? That’s not “conspiracy theory” either. That’s conspiracy FACT already coded into law which you can read below or verify at Cornell.Law.Edu here.

Jan 19 09:52

Parents Outraged Over School's Anti-Bullying Workshop, Kids Asked If They're Gay

The West Allegheny Middle School in Imperial, Pennsylvania, is under fire for an anti-bullying workshop in which 8th graders were asked personal questions about themselves and their families on Jan. 13

Jan 19 09:51

"SLAVE LABOR": Hillary Confidante Cheryl Mills Pushes Manufacturing in Ghana with its 23¢ Minimum Wage

Cheryl D. Mills, long-time friend and confidant of Bill and Hillary Clinton, is promoting a 23 cents-an-hour wage in the West African nation of Ghana to lure textile and apparel industry companies to invest there even as the former secretary of state advocates a $15-an-hour “livable wage” here.

Jan 19 09:51

Detroit’s Teachers Want You to See These Disturbing Photos of Their Toxic Schools

Detroit’s students are trying to learn while breathing in black mold and sitting in classrooms filled with buckets catching toilet water leaking through the ceiling. And that’s not even the worst part.

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Actually the worst part is that Israel has brand new modern schools (and roads and other infrastructure) paid for by your tax dollars ... which is why there is nothing left over for you!

Jan 19 09:51

Greg Gutfeld Live Tweeted The Democratic Debate And He Absolutely Nailed It

Fox News host and author Greg Gutfeld is well known for his humor and wit and nowhere is that more evident than on Twitter.

Jan 19 09:49

Google "Hillary Clinton rape"

Jan 19 09:45

Crash Risk & The Imminent Likelihood Of Recession

Since October, the economic evidence has shifted from supporting a growing risk of recession, to a guarded expectation of recession, to the present conclusion that a U.S. recession is not only a risk but an imminent likelihood, awaiting confirmation that typically only emerges after a recession is actually in progress.

Jan 19 09:45

"Countdown To The End": EU Officials Say Europe Is "Going Down The Drain"

Back in September, when Berlin and Brussels were busy devising a quota plan to settle the millions of Mid-East asylum seekers flooding into the country, Slovakia said that if Germany called for financial penalties against countries unwilling to accommodate their “share” of migrants, it would be “the end of the EU.”

That might have seemed hyperbolic at the time, but since then, the situation has spiraled out of control. Border fences have been erected, refugee camps are overflowing, and anti-migrant sentiment is running high after a series of reported sexual assaults on New Year’s Eve sparked a bloc-wide scandal.

Jan 19 09:44

Art Cashin: This Is "What You Get Before You Slip Into A Crisis"

Wall Street veteran Art Cashin warns that bankruptcies in the US oil industry could cause severe stress in the financial system. He believes the rate hike of the Federal Reserve was a mistake.

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The Federal Reserve was the mistake!

Jan 19 09:44

Exclusive: Pentagon May Demote David Petraeus

The Pentagon is considering retroactively demoting retired Gen. David Petraeus after he admitted to giving classified information to his biographer and mistress while he was still in uniform, three people with knowledge of the matter told The Daily Beast.

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But Hillary can store classified information on a private email server with weaker security than the Ashley Madison website and run for President?!?

Jan 19 09:42

Major snowstorm may threaten DC to NYC, Boston Friday into Saturday

A major winter storm will hit the eastern United States with the potential for heavy snow to impact more than 50 million people at the end of the week.

Areas from Charleston, West Virginia, and Roanoke, Virginia, to Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City and Boston could receive heavy snow from the storm.

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Jan 19 09:42

Apple, Samsung and Sony failing to act on child labour in mines, Amnesty claims

Apple, Samsung and Sony among others major technology companies have been accused by human rights organisations of failing to do basic checks to ensure their supply chain does not involve child labour.

According to the report into the use of cobalt “This is what we die for: Human rights abuses in the Democratic Republic of the Congo power the global trade in cobalt” by Amnesty International and Afrewatch children as young as seven work in dangerous conditions in cobalt mines.

Cobalt is used to power many devices such as mobile phones, laptop computers and other portable electronic devices.

But exposure to cobalt can have potentially fatal side effects. Despite this, adult and child miners work without the most basic protective equipment, the organisations claim.

Jan 19 09:41

Gov't employee brags about stealing land.

Jan 19 09:39

2016 National Democratic Primary Poll Trends

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Bernie headed up. Hillary headed down.

Jan 19 09:38

A DESPERATE HILLARY ATTACKS SANDERS FOR SUPPORTING LEGISLATION BILL SIGNED

Under powerful attack from Bernie Sanders in last night’s debate over her cozy relationship with Wall Street titans like Goldman Sachs, Hillary Clinton stated that Sanders is “the only one of this stage that voted to deregulate the financial market in 2000. . .which [was] one of the main causes of the collapse in ’08.”

Sanders, of course, was the only one of the stage who could have voted to deregulate in 2000. Neither Clinton nor Martin O’Malley served in Congress at that time.

But this fact doesn’t render Hillary’s shot unfair, at least by current standards. I imagine that most presidential candidates would be willing to make such an argument if put on the defensive.

Jan 19 09:37

Bill Clinton’s pardon of fugitive Marc Rich continues to pay big

What bothered so many was that Clinton’s clemency to Rich reeked of payoff. In the run-up to the presidential pardon, the financier’s ex-wife Denise had donated $450,000 to the fledgling Clinton Library and “over $1 million to Democratic campaigns in the Clinton era.”

Judge Abner Mikva, a counsel in the Clinton White House and mentor to President Obama, noted that even Obama “was very, very dismayed by the Marc Rich pardon and the basis on which it appears to have been granted.”

But does the story end there? Is it possible the payoffs continued after he left office?

Jan 19 09:34

How the European Media Betrayed the Women of Europe

On New Year's Eve the German city of Cologne witnessed mass organized sexual assaults on hundreds of German women.

For five days following the assaults the German media failed to report them.

When under public pressure they eventually did, it turned out that a string of similar assaults had also happened simultaneously in various other German cities.

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One thing is very clear. There is some real political power pushing this refugee flood!

Jan 19 09:33

Privacy safeguards used by Clooney, DiCaprio, and Obama under fire by the Treasury Department

As a result of these ridiculous AML laws, walking around with too much cash is now considered an indication of criminal activity.

And thanks to the Civil Asset Forfeiture rules in the Land of the Free, police have the authority to confiscate your cash.

There’s no trial. No jury. They simply steal your money.

Believe it or not, the AML rules also apply to coin and jewelry dealers. So buying too much gold is now an indication of money laundering.

Having too many transactions in your bank account is considered ‘suspicious activity’.

(Of course, if you have too little financial activity, your bank account can be considered ‘dormant’ and turned over to the state.)

Even going to the bank to withdraw your own money is now considered suspicious. It’s madness.

The latest craze for the anti-money laundering crusaders is going after people who buy luxury real estate without a mortgage.

Jan 19 09:30

California methane leak: Regulators delay 'capture and burn' vote

Air regulators in Southern California have postponed a vote to address the nearly three-month gas leak in the Porter Ranch area. A plan to capture and burn leaking gas will be examined for safety by local, state, and federal entities.

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They should not wait. Sooner or later there will be a spark, a match, lightning, anything, and that column of methane will erupt into a pillar of fire.

Jan 19 09:28

9 schools in New Jersey county receive bomb and mass shooting threats

The schools are located in Bergen County, just across the river from New York City, and the neighboring Passaic County.

“At this time, there is no indication of any validity to the threat,” said a statement from police in Clifton, NJ, which is in Passaic County. “However, all precautions are being taken in order to ensure safety of the entire school district. Additional information will be made available as the investigation progresses.”

Jan 19 09:26

’13 Hours’ Review: Riveting Indictment of Obama, Hillary, and The DC Media

There is no question, though, that the arch-villain of “13 Hours” is the White House and Clinton’s State Department. Bay never names names, never launches a diatribe, but his fury at the American government for abandoning these men, along with the 30 or so others stationed at the annex, is both palpable and contagious. (An offhand comment about one of the attacking terrorists being a former Gitmo detainee is especially timely.)

Overhead, throughout this terrible night, a military drone witnesses everything, and our government does nothing. Repeatedly, desperate calls are made begging for air support — if nothing else, a simple flyover to scare the militants. Just a few hundred miles away, F-14s sit idle on an aircraft carrier.

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I am going to have to take back some of the bad things I said about Michael Bay. And while the Democrats are screaming that this film is entirely fictional about the stand-down orders, Trey Gowdy and the Benghazi investigation have confirmed that indeed such stand-down orders were given, implicating Obama in allowing our Ambassador to be killed.

Jan 19 09:26

Hillary Clinton Says Something so Ironic About People Going to Jail It’ll Blow Your Mind

Democrats held another debate over the weekend — during a time when absolutely no one would be watching of course— and while there was quite a bit of malarkey floating around the atmosphere, nothing will top Hillary Clinton’s ironic statement about “powerful people” going to prison.

Jan 19 09:22

Propaganda “Has Rendered the Constitutional Right of Free Press Ineffectual”

But most Americans still don’t understand that the U.S. mass media is untrustworthy because it’s completely manipulated to promote propaganda.

Noam Chomsky points out that big status quo-loving corporations own the media, cater to other big status quo-loving advertisers, and filter out stories which question the status quo.

Jan 19 09:19

Negative Oil Prices Arrive: Koch Brothers' Refinery "Pays" -$0.50 For North Dakota Crude

Do you have some extra space in your garage or attic? Or perhaps you own an oil tanker you aren’t currently using. Or maybe you have a storage unit that’s got a little extra room next to an old mattress and box springs. If so, you may want to call up oil producers in North Dakota and ask if they’d care to send you some free oil.

Jan 19 09:18

Mission Accomplished? The U.S. Spent Half A Billion On Mining In Afghanistan With "Limited Progress"

The United States has spent nearly half a billion dollars and five years developing Afghanistan’s oil, gas and minerals industries — and has little to show for it, a government watchdog reported today. In fact, the task force spent $46.5 million to try to convince companies to agree to develop the resources, but not one ended up signing a contract.

Jan 19 09:16

America’s Arab Allies Debate Need for Genocide Against ‘Infidels’

Two key allies of the United States are the fundamentalist-Sunni governments of Qatar and Saudi Arabia — two fundamentalist Sunni countries whose ruling families are (like the U.S. Government) hostile to countries that are ruled by Shiites, particularly Iran and Syria. (In Syria, most Shiites, including the leader Bashar al-Assad, are called Alawites.)

Jan 19 09:13

Shop online at Asda? Website vuln created account hijack risk

Walmart-owned store patches hole, but it was open for nearly 2 years

Jan 19 09:10

WebMD — The Latest Shill for Monsanto

WebMD is the most visited health site on the web. While the general belief is that it's a trustworthy source of "independent and objective" health information, it's become quite clear that WebMD is a shill, using its influence to primarily promote corporate-backed health strategies and products.

Partnerships and sponsorships1 color WebMD's recommendations across the board, and "passive" promotion techniques, where advertisements are designed to look more like editorials, have become commonplace.

Jan 19 09:08

Top General Warns of New ISIS Threat… in Jamaica?

It appears America’s military fear-mongers have just about run out of new ways to try to frighten us into submission. So the best they are able to come up with now is to say the boogie men are heading south, to the blue waters and delightful beaches of the very un-Muslim Caribbean.

Jan 19 09:07

The revolution continues with shipping freeze, stock plunge, US dollar dumping, $20 oil, attacks on gold mines and more

Perhaps the most dramatic, and under-reported, new aspect of this ongoing struggle has been the freeze on global shipping. To confirm reports on the internet of a shipping freeze, this writer called NYK lines, a major international shipping firm, and was told “we cannot speak for the whole world but, as far as our company is concerned, with current shipping prices we will lose money every time we send a ship so we have stopped.” Chinese government sources told this newsletter shipping companies are now demanding to be paid in Chinese yuan and not dollars and that is a major reason for the freeze in shipping worldwide. If this continues, it will lead to empty super-market shelves and social unrest, especially in the US. The announcement last week by Walmart that it is closing 269 stores is just the beginning.

Jan 19 09:06

Airbrushed History - Eisenhower's Death Camps

There's so much airbrushed history and lies about the end of the second world war. Fortunately we have the internet to take on the epistemological cartoon that America was not capable of its own holocaust after the war on German soil, an act the British were so appalled by they refused to starve German prisoners of war to death unlike Eisenhower who is responsible for 'amputees slithering about in the mud, starving and dehydrated to death in German POW camps'.

Deanna Spingola actually breaks down crying in this recording listing the horrors the Americans inflicted on German prisoners of war.

Jan 19 09:03

Baghdad kidnappings: Were American civilians working for US defence giant on ‘critical’ Iraq special forces programme?

Two of three missing US civilians kidnapped by Shiite militia forces in Baghdad at the weekend are believed to have been working on a “critical” multimillion dollar deal to train Iraq’s counter-terrorism forces in the fight against the so-called Islamic State.

The Bureau has learned that a contract for US defence giant General Dynamics to provide services to Iraq’s government was quietly renewed by Washington without any formal tendering process towards the end of last year.

Jan 19 09:02

Even in less evangelical New Hampshire, Ted Cruz sticking to religion

Sen. Ted Cruz’s campaign for president has featured strong references to faith and Christianity, which he says will help restore the country to greatness.

Jan 19 09:00

Almost 19,000 Civilians Died in Iraq in Less Than Two Years

Between January 2014 and October 2015, a period of 21 months, 18,802 civilians died in Iraq. What's more, 36,245 were wounded, and as many as 3.2 million have been displaced, according to a United Nations report released Tuesday. "The violence suffered by civilians in Iraq remains staggering," the report reads. "The so-called ‘Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’ (ISIL) continues to commit systematic and widespread violence and abuses of international human rights law and humanitarian law."

Jan 19 08:59

Iceland Sentences 26 Corrupt Bankers To 74 Years In Prison

Iceland just sentenced their 26th banker to prison for his part in the 2008 economic collapse. The charges ranged from breach of fiduciary duties to market manipulation to embezzlement.

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We need some of that here!

Jan 19 08:56

THE DAY AFTER

Not the day after in the movie about a fictional war between NATO forces and the Warsaw Pact and a nuclear exchange between the United States and the former Soviet Union, but the Day After the Implementation Deal of the Iran Nuclear Deal. America was quick to acknowledge Iran’s commitment by imposing sanctions on it for its defense capabilities.

Jan 19 08:55

Offensive propaganda

Offensive propaganda or new propaganda offensives? At the start of this year the Obama administration announced new online initiatives to bolster its foreign policy narratives and as a means to counter others, for example, this network, RT. Maybe a better course of action would be for the US State Department to ask itself why fewer and fewer people trust and believe it?

Jan 19 08:55

? Uncle Sam Got a Shiny New Propaganda Bullhorn for Christmas

? A new partnership is turning Radio Free Europe into an anti-Russia propaganda machine.

Jan 19 08:52

Blackwater Mercenaries Killed as Saudi-Led Invasion of Yemen Spirals Into Disaster

A war that you never read about (with good reason) is the Saudi-led invasion of Yemen. This is mostly because responsible media outlets are too busy reporting on Russia's bloodless "invasion" of Crimea, and also because Saudi Arabia bombs at least one hospital or center for the blind each week. Nobody wants to embarrass a close ally with bad press, right?

Jan 19 08:52

Obama Changes Tack on Russia, Calls up Putin

The US President Barack Obama sprang a New Year surprise on his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin by telephoning him Wednesday night. It was a double surprise since the Russian New Year Holiday Week is ending on Thursday, January 14, and Obama rarely makes such gestures; and, secondly, the call signified a virtual U-turn just a day after the US president had made some unfriendly remarks about the Kremlin’s policies and caricatured Russia as undermining the international system.

Jan 19 08:51

Putin, Qatari Emir agree to intensify efforts to search for Syrian conflict settlement

The leaders of both countries share the opinion that a delay in settling the Syrian crisis would lead to further deterioration of the situation and an escalation of the inter-religious confrontation

Jan 19 08:50

Uri Avnery on The Widening Gap

The background of this affair concerns the very foundation of the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Since the Six-day War of 1967, Israel has been occupying, among other territories, the area called by the Arabs, many Israelis and most of the rest of the world "the West Bank" (of the Jordan river) and by the Israeli government and right-wing Israelis "Judea and Samaria", their Biblical appellation.

Almost since the beginning of the occupation, the Israeli right-wing has been making strenuous efforts to "settle the land" – putting up Jewish settlements, towns, villages and small "outposts" all over the place.

To whom do the lands, on which the settlements are built, officially belong?

Jan 19 08:45

Islamic scholar ‘says Allah allows Muslim men to RAPE non-Muslim women to humiliate them'

Professor Saud Saleh – from Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt – reportedly said rape is allowed between times of “legitimate war” between Muslims and their enemies.

In a television interview Saleh appears to try to discourage the purchase of slaves from Asian countries for sex, claiming Allah has given Muslim men a “legitimate” way to have sexual relations with slave women.

Jan 19 08:44

BREAKING: Juanita Broaddrick Just Revealed What Hillary Told Her After Bill Clinton Raped Her

Hillary Clinton has recently stressed that women should always be believed after a sexual assault, but treats them rudely when to when it comes to her husband, Bill, and continues to defend him against a flood a sexual assault accusations.

Jan 19 08:43

Busted! College student snaps images of his classmate editing a picture of Donald Trump to make him look just like HITLER

Imgur user Aronaf posted the images to the photo sharing site on Sunday

The pictures, which were originally shared on Snapchat, see a man in a red sweatshirt adding Adolf Hitler's hair and mustache to a photo of Trump

The Republican presidential candidate's suggested treatment of Muslims in American has been compared to Hitler's treatment of Jews in Nazi Germany

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Setting aside that there are unanswered questions as to just what did happen in Germany before we were all born, there is a major difference. The Jews were not pouring into Germany from other nations. All Trump is saying is that we have a nation's right to close the doors when prudent.

Jan 19 08:41

Lawsuit claims flight ejected four men for looking Muslim

A flight attendant kicked four Brighton Beach men off a recent Toronto-to-New York flight for looking too Muslim - claiming their appearance made the captain uneasy, a new $9 million federal lawsuit alleges.

Jan 19 08:39

Why I’m so embarrassed today for Britain. The same parliament that hasn’t banned a single UK citizen from returning after fighting for ISIS is seriously debating banning Trump from its shores

As I write this column, members of the UK Parliament are debating whether or not to ban Donald Trump from entering Britain.

They’ve allocated three hours of time to do this.

Time that could have been spent debating terrorism, famine, nuclear weapons, the Middle East refugee crisis or the Syrian War.

But no, instead British law-makers have concluded their own time is best served seriously considering a proposal to ban a man who may end up being the next President of the United States.

Jan 19 08:37

European Council Head Tusk: 'I Am Public Enemy No. 1' in Poland

There won't be any lack of problems in 2016 to test European Council President Donald Tusk's talent as a crisis manager. The refugee crisis is far from having been solved and continues to strain European solidarity almost daily. On top of that comes the planned referendum in Britain to determine whether the country will remain a member of the European Union.

Jan 19 08:35

The phantom trade

By now we seem to have a fairly good grip on what has led to the spectacular fall in commodity prices over the course of the last year: it’s essentially a supply side problem. A supply side built to cater for the booming China of the 1990s has been paired with a demand side more reminiscent of the 1980s.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

All economics comes down to ordinary people being able to buy what is being grown or manufactured. As wages and salaries get driven down while costs and taxation goes upo, the system must break down at some point, and all the "stimulus" and QE cannot stop that reality.

Jan 19 08:33

Anonymous phone calls, fears of stalking and veiled threats: How power-hungry Hillary torpedoed the torrid affair between Bill Clinton and 21-year-old campaign worker that threatened to destroy her master plan to become president

She was a pretty 21-year-old political science major, and he was a 27-year-old law school graduate embarking on his first political campaign. They instantly fell for each other. But when the other woman in his life learned of their affair, things turned frighteningly ugly.

It may sound like the story line for a juicy TV miniseries, but it was real-life. The characters in the drama were a young Bill Clinton, his then longtime girlfriend, Hillary Rodham, and a college girl by the name of Marla Crider.

Jan 19 08:27

Netanyahu seeks Balkan states’ help against the EU decision to distinguish settlements and Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to convince the countries of Eastern Europe and the Balkans to oppose a decision expected to be taken by the European Union’s foreign ministers on Monday distinguishing between Israel and the settlements.

Jan 19 08:26

TEXAS COPS AT RISK OF LOSING HOMES THROUGH FEDERAL FORFEITURE LAWS OVER ILLEGAL ONLINE GAMBLING SCHEME NETTING MILLIONS

Two seasoned Texas cops are being investigated by the federal government for running an illegal off-shore gambling scheme for over five years. Houston police officers Steve Glezman and Brian Jordan have both been in the police force for over 20 years. The two men were relieved of duty in May under mysterious circumstances with police only saying they were being investigated for “alleged criminal activity.” They retired shortly after to ensure their pensions would start paying.

Jan 19 08:24

THIS IS IT. COLLAPSE IS HERE. — BILL HOLTER

Bill Holter from JS Mineset joins us to cover the unfolding global economic collapse. “This is it. We’re watching the meltdown. This is history being made.” Bill says.

Holter explains, “The Fed has lied themselves into a corner. They raised rates and here we are a month later, the system is imploding and they have no bullets left. They are going to have to do QE4, they are going to have to do negative interest rates.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The stock markets are up, and they openly admit it is on the rumors of renewed "stimulus"; the creation of instant money poured all over stock brokerages and banks, without which, the system would have collapsed by now.

In other words, the banker system is on life support, as the real economy is shutting down around it.

Jan 19 08:23

World Markets Tanking, This is Another 2008

Jan 19 08:21

Israel vs Iran: Israel Loses, *Big* Time

First, there has never been any real evidence of an Iranian military nuclear program, but even more important is the fact that Iran never had any need for nuclear weapons. A lot of anti-Iranian propaganda is directly predicated on the notion that having nuclear weapons is highly desirable, yields some big advantage, and that all nations would want to acquire them. This is utter nonsense. In reality, possessing a few nuclear devices would only turn these devices into high priority targets for destruction by the USA and/or Israel. And even if, by some miracle, the Iranians managed to hide these devices while deploying them on missiles or aircraft, using any one such device would guarantee a massive retaliation from the Empire. What is the point of having a few nukes when Israel has hundreds?

Jan 19 08:20

MISSING 13TH AMENDMENT FOUND: 'NO LAWYERS IN PUBLIC OFFICE'

In Colonial America, attorneys trained attorneys but most held no “title of nobility” or “honor”. There was no requirement that one be a lawyer to hold the position of district attorney, attorney general, or judge; a citizen’s “counsel of choice” was not restricted to a lawyer; there were no state or national bar associations. The only organization that certified lawyers was the International Bar Association (IBA), chartered by the King of England, headquartered in London, and closely associated with the international banking system. Lawyers admitted to the IBA received the rank “Esquire” — a “title of nobility”. “Esquire” was the principle title of nobility which the 13th Amendment sought to prohibit from the United States.

Why? Because the loyalty of “Esquire” lawyers was suspect.

Jan 19 08:16

Israeli State-funded Settler Group Sent Private Eye to Spy on Human-rights NGOs

Pro-settlement group Regavim commissioned and paid for private investigation into prominent human-rights lawyer and the organizations he represents.

Jan 19 08:16

Israeli weapons aid potential genocides in Myanmar and Burundi

Throughout its short history Israel has been a dependable weapons supplier to pariah regimes, from apartheid South Africa and South Sudan to Rwanda and Serbia as genocides were underway.

Now we can add Myanmar and Burundi to the list.

Jan 19 08:10

Rachel Corrie’s family pays tribute to Alan Rickman

The family of Rachel Corrie has published an emotional tribute to actor and director Alan Rickman, who died last week at the age of 69.

“Though they never met, Alan was a great friend to our daughter and sister Rachel,” the statement reads.

Jan 19 08:10

End all business in Israeli settlements, says Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch is calling on all corporations to completely end their business activities in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, including Jerusalem.

Jan 19 07:49

This 1 Meme Utterly Destroys Liberals’ Entire “White Privilege” Lie

The term “white privilege,” and its cousin, “white male privilege,” have been used as idiotic arrows in the quiver of blanket discrimination liberals employ against those who disagree with them.

Jan 19 07:48

Israel spraying toxins over Palestinian crops in Gaza

Khan Younis, Gaza Strip- On January 7, a low-flying agricultural aircraft sprayed herbicides on to Palestinian farmlands along the eastern border, eradicating or damaging up to 162 hectares of crops and farmland along the Israeli border fence.
Note: Had enough yet!

Jan 19 05:44

Cheney, Rothschild, and Fox News’ Murdoch to Drill for Oil in Syria, Violating International Law

Dick Cheney, Rupert Murdoch, and Lord Jacob Rothschild and their company Genie Energy are about to make a killing on oil - from the killing in Syria.While Syria is torn apart by the warring of U.S. imperialists and Islamic fundamentalists—leaving its children to die of starvation—another country plans to take advantage of the chaos by stealing resources from Syria’s southern region. The theft will be carried out by the most notorious pushers of military hegemony, and they don’t care that it violates international law.

Jan 19 05:03

US ambassador blasts Israel on West Bank settlements

The US ambassador to Israel blasted that country’s West Bank settlements on Monday, insisting there are separate laws for Jews and Palestinians.
“Too much Israeli vigilantism in the West Bank goes on unchecked,” Daniel Shapiro said in a speech at the Institute for National Security Studies conference in Tel Aviv.

Jan 19 04:56

More U.S. academic groups join boycott of Israel — and critics push back

In the past few months, two U.S. academic organizations decided to embrace the boycott. In November 2015, the annual business meeting of the American Anthropological Association voted to join the boycott and the full membership is expected to vote on it this year. That same month, the National Women’s Studies Association Executive Committee voted to do the same (and its measure supports the full 2005 request by Palestinians for a boycott of everything Israeli.)

Jan 19 04:56

If Germany Teeters, So Goes Europe

Jan 19 04:52

Businesses in Israeli settlements contribute to rights abuses: HRW

Companies operating in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank contribute to "an inherently unlawful and abusive system" violating Palestinian rights and should halt activity there, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday.

Jan 19 04:13

More Islamic State Terrorism in Jakarta, Indonesia? A First Glance Only Raises Questions

Though the actual people pulling the triggers in these terror acts may be Islamic extremists, in every case there are invisible imperialistic government forces from the West that are pulling the strings from behind the scenes, most often CIA handlers who coordinate state sponsored covert operations working directly with the alleged terrorist patsies, financing, arming and training them. Former career military intelligence and CIA officer and whistleblower Robert David Steele said:

Most terrorists are false flag terrorists, or are created by our own security services. In the United States, every single terrorist incident we have had has been a false flag, or has been an informant pushed on by the FBI. In fact, we now have citizens taking out restraining orders against FBI informants that are trying to incite terrorism. We’ve become a lunatic asylum.

Regarding the violence in Jakarta, Robert David Steele believes that the CIA cannot be discounted as possible perpetrators. Several months ago his open source intelligence network "documented expectations that CIA planned to begin covert operations in Indonesia to further inflame the equation of Islam with terrorism."

Jan 19 02:58

Burning Bridges: Turkey’s ‘Civil War to Intensify in Coming Months’

"So far, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has sworn that the PKK militants will “choke in the ditches” they have dug in residential areas to keep the security forces away."
"The co-chair of the PKK-dominated Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK), Cemil Bayik responded in kind last week. “No reason exists currently to end the armed struggle. Rather, the civil war in Turkey will intensify in the coming months,” he said, Al-Monitor reported."
Meanwhile over the border.
Kurdish Peshmerga, PKK, and US Special Forces Battle ISIS, South of Kirkuk

This brief history shows that Kurdistan has only briefly had borders.
They are an ethnic group who have been squeezed between empires for over 2000 years. It would be a lot less trouble for everybody if they gave them sovereign borders
Erdogan probably won't be around for much longer.

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