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Mar 23 08:28

Rebranding Al-Qaeda’s Jabhat Al Nusra as ''Moderates''

Maram Susli
Activist Post

The CIA-backed and armed Syrian rebel group, Hazm brigade disbanded and its members have defected to Al Qaeda-linked Jabhat Al Nusra (JAN) and ISIS. Hazm brigade also left behind a warehouse of US-provided weapons, including anti-tank TOW missiles, which JAN has seized.

With no one left to arm against the Syrian state but JAN, the US State Department has attempted to rebrand JAN as a non-Al Qaeda moderate force. The next step of the plan is to allow US proxy Qatar to openly arm JAN. However, the audacious campaign has so far been an abysmal failure...

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Mar 23 07:14

Digital Terrorists and Cyberbullies: This CNN Clip Shows the Propaganda Push to Demonize All Anonymous and Free Speech on the Web

“The real crisis right now… when you have some of the other companies that allow for encrypted conversations between individuals uh, without, uh, the opportunity for law enforcement or intelligence to know how a communication goes…”

Mar 23 05:34

Chuck Todd: Yemen in 'Chaos' as Iran-Backed Rebels Advance, 'Once Touted as Success' by Obama

WEBMASTER ADDITION: There is no evidence Iran is involved in this, but these days, anything that goes wrong gets blamed on Russia or Iran or China by DC!

Mar 23 05:31

Op-ed calls on Israel to nuke Germany, Iran

Right-wing media outlet Israel National News published an opinion piece Tuesday calling on Israel to launch nuclear bombs at Iran and Germany ... The author claims that only through nuclear annihilation of Iran and Germany, with 20 or 30 nuclear bombs each, can Israelis prevent the state's destruction. "If Israel does not walk in the ways of God's Bible," author Chen Ben-Eliyahu wrote in Hebrew, "it will receive a heavy punishment of near complete destruction and doom and only a few will be saved." ... He also called on the Jewish people to remember its near destruction at the hands of the Nazis and exact revenge on Germany, now a staunch ally of Israel.

Mar 23 05:28

What About Israel’s Nuclear Bomb?

... What about Israel's bomb? Why isn't that also part of the discussion? In the flood of news stories about Iran's nuclear intentions, I have yet to see mention of Israel's nuclear arsenal (if I missed some mentions, they must have been rare). Yet Israel's bomb is obviously relevant to the controversy. The facts are deliberately murky, but Israel has had nuclear weapons for at least forty years, though it has never officially acknowledged their existence ... The existence of Israel's nuclear superiority is clearly a pivotal fact of life in the chaotic conflicts and occasional wars of the Middle East. It should not be left out ... According to Wikipedia's account, largely based on scholarly sources, Israel has seventy-five to 400 bombs (others say it is more like 100 to 200).

Mar 23 02:59

Vladimir Putin calls for 'Eurasia' currency for former Soviet states

Russian leader Vladimir Putin has proposed creating a regional currency union with Belarus and Kazakhstan, Russia's partners in a political and economic union made up of former Soviet republics.

"The time has come to start thinking about forming a currency union," Mr Putin said after the talks in the Kazakh capital Astana with Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko and Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev.

Mar 23 02:41

John McCain to Obama: 'Get over your temper tantrum' on Israel

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) says President Obama needs to grow up and "get over" his disagreements with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

(*Sen. John McCain needs to get his @$$ in line , and remember which country he's supposed to be serving , and get over those generous AIPAC payments)

Mar 22 22:55

The Rise of U.S. Nuclear Primacy

. . . . although the air force finished dismantling its highly lethal MX missiles in 2005 to comply with arms control agreements, it is significantly improving its remaining ICBMs by installing the MX's high-yield warheads and advanced reentry vehicles on Minuteman ICBMs, and it has upgraded the Minuteman's guidance systems to match the MX's accuracy.

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Mar 22 18:19

Colorado girl tried to poison mom twice for taking iPhone

Police on Friday arrested a 12-year-old Colorado girl accused of trying to kill her mother twice by poisoning her with bleach for taking away her iPhone, authorities said.

Mar 22 18:19

Paris will cut the number of cars on the road in half beginning Monday and is making public transit free to combat a spike in pollution that has obscured even the Eiffel Tower under a smoggy haze

French authorities will on Monday put in place emergency traffic-limiting measures in Paris, as the City of Light and much of northern France suffers from a choking smog.

Mar 22 17:44

Feds to Weigh Children in Daycare

Mar 22 16:35

What does Netanyahu’s re-election mean?

Lawrence Davidson assesses the consequences of Binyamin Netanyahu’s re-election for Israelis, Palestinians and the US, arguing that, ultimately, the Palestinians may be the only beneficiaries and the Jews the biggest losers.

Mar 22 15:13

The New Order Emerges

China and Russia have taken the lead in establishing the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), seen as a rival organisation to the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank, which are dominated by the United States with Europe and Japan. These banks do business at the behest of the old Bretton Woods order. The AIIB will dance to China and Russia's tune instead.

Mar 22 14:10

'Hit list'

'Hit list' of 100 US troops: What it says about Islamic State power
The Islamic State has asked American sympathizers to kill 100 US military personnel. The threat is being taken seriously, but it also points to how the Islamic State has used social media to create an outsized reputation.

(*This isn't good in a time when there's reason to believe the gov. would like to wage war on it's citizens)

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Mar 22 13:08

Harper call to Netanyahu: Canada supports two-state solution

Harper has reiterated Canada’s support for a two-state solution for Israelis and Palestinians during a phone call to newly re-elected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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Mar 22 11:26

Bilderberg 2015 Dates Confirmed

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Mar 22 10:53

The Wolf Is Guarding the Hen House: The Government’s War on Cyberterrorism

Nothing you write, say, text, tweet or share via phone or computer is private anymore.

The game is rigged.

Mar 22 10:51

Wall Street Journal Reporter Found Dead After Controversial OPEC Investigation

Just before his disappearance, Bird was investigating a supply imbalance in the oil industry, and was reporting in a way that was extremely controversial and possibly threatening to elements within that industry.

NBC reported that “the family believes that his coverage of OPEC may be related to his disappearance.”

Mar 22 10:27

Likud won't give up demand for key portfolios, urges potential partners to lower expectations

Rivlin on Netanyahu's 'Arabs voting in droves' remark: Everyone must be careful; Herzog is the right man to lead - but he will do so from opposition

President Reuven Rivlin began consultations on Sunday with Likud and other parties to determine who he would appoint to form the next government. Well more than 61 MKs in the 120-seat Knesset are expected to recommend that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu form the next coalition. Rivlin has said he wants a national unity government, but the results of last week’s election have made this possibility seem highly unlikely.

Mar 22 10:11

Ex-cop claims a ROYAL was in paedophile ring but inquiry was closed to shield Buckingham Palace from scandal

A royal was in a suspected paedophile ring being investigated by police before an Establishment cover up, it was claimed.

A former Metropolitan Police officer said he was told a member of the Queen’s family and an MP had both been identified as part of a major child abuse inquiry.

But the operation is said to have been shut down by the Crown Prosecution Service for national security reasons.

The claim came as the Met’s deputy assistant commissioner made a fresh appeal for victims of historic child sex abuse to come forward, and vowed: “We’ll go where the evidence takes us.”

Mar 22 10:05

The Great GMO Legitimation Crisis

Even with this power and political influence at its disposal, the GMO agritech industry is far from being a success. Much of its profits actually derive from failure: for example, Andrew Kimbrell notes that after having chosen to ignore science, the industry’s failing inputs are now to be replaced with more destined-to-fail and ever-stronger poisonous inputs. The legacy of poisoned environments and ecological devastation is for someone else to deal with. In his book, Steven Druker has shown that from very early on the US government has colluded with the GMO agritech sector to set a ‘technical fix-failure-technical fix‘ merry-go-round in motion.

This system is designed to stumble from one crisis to the next, all the while hiding behind the banners of ‘innovation’ or ‘research and development’. But it’s all good business. And that’s all that really matters to the industry.

Mar 22 09:16

Gamblers ordered to return $1.5 million they won at an Atlantic City casino that unknowingly used unshuffled cards

Gamblers who have been ordered to return $1.5 million they won at an Atlantic City casino that unknowingly used unshuffled cards asked a judge on Friday to let them keep the money.
The 14 gamblers say they won the money through no fault of their own playing mini-baccarat at the Golden Nugget in April 2012. They say that if the ruling stands, it would send a chilling message to the gambling public that no jackpot is ever safe.

Mar 22 09:15

The American medical system wastes an estimated $750 billion a year while failing to deliver reliable, top-notch care.

The American medical system squanders 30 cents of every dollar spent on health care, according to new calculations by the respected Institute of Medicine. But in all that waste and misuse, policy experts and economists see a significant opportunity — a way to curb runaway health spending, to improve medical outcomes and even to put the economy on sounder footing.

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Mar 22 08:43

What Kind of Country Have We Become?

Mar 22 08:40

Who Is Running for President (or Not)?


The Democrats

-Hillary Rodham Clinton
-Martin O'Malley
-Jim Webb
-Joseph R. Biden Jr.
-Elizabeth Warren
-Bernard Sanders

The Republicans

-Jeb Bush
-Scott Walker
-Chris Christie
-Mike Huckabee
-Marco Rubio
-Rand Paul
-Ted Cruz
-Rick Santorum
-Rick Perry
-Bobby Jindal
-Carly Fiorina
-Ben Carson
-Mitt Romney

Mar 22 08:04

Elizabeth Warren: "The United States is in the final stages of secret, closed-door negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a massive trade agreement with 11 other countries."

The United States is in the final stages of secret, closed-door negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a massive trade agreement with 11 other countries.

Who will benefit from it? One provision hidden in the fine print – “Investor-State Dispute Settlement” – may sound harmless, but don’t let that fool you: ISDS could let foreign companies challenge US laws without ever stepping in an American court.

Mar 22 08:04

Just How Nepotistic Are We? -- sons of senators had an 8,500 times higher chance of becoming a senator than an average American male boomer

THERE is a very real chance that the presidential election in 2016 will pit Jeb Bush against Hillary Clinton. According to oddsmakers, this is the likeliest outcome.

Mar 22 07:59

How a Small Quaker Group Forced PNC Bank to Stop Financing Mountaintop Removal

After five years of action by Earth Quaker Action Team, PNC Bank announced a shift in its policy on March 2 that will effectively cease its financing of mountaintop removal coal mining in Appalachia.

This marks a major turnaround for the nation’s seventh largest bank, which for years refused to budge on this issue. After more than 125 actions, their desire to continue business as usual proved no match for Earth Quaker Action Team, or EQAT, and our allies.

Mar 22 07:59

The Madness of Kings and Fools.

It's going to be getting a lot hotter for these plundering psychopaths all around. By now, no one who isn't brain dead can dispute the presence of Mr. Apocalypse in every area of human consciousness. It appears that a wide sweeping awakening is about to, very soon become highly visible. It's been around for awhile and it has been coming for awhile. It's sort of like Spring. It may come later than we might like or earlier than we expect but come it will. The Spring of a raised consciousness it going to come about the same way The Huns visited Rome, or The Moors swept across so much of the eastern world; changing the arts, science, architecture and human thought of the time and leaving a lasting impact right up to this day. In the modern day, Shit has been happening from the top down for some time. Now it's going to start happening from the bottom up and being amplified by the force of the planets and whatever mysterious power guides their movements.

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Mar 22 06:48

Dick Cheney’s endless lies

Dick Cheney’s endless lies: Why his Playboy interview may be his most shameless yet

The most obvious sign that Cheney is either lying to Rosen or himself — or, most likely, both — is the simple fact that he’s doing the interview in the first place. Indeed, after spending most of his eight years in the White House endeavoring to shield his deeds and words from scrutiny, it seems lately that the once-taciturn vice president cannot shut up.

(*Playboy is having a hard time selling magazines these days
http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/playboy-bunny-dish-stale-article... . Do they really think an interview with Dick is going to boost sales ? )

Mar 22 05:56

EU to assess Minsk ceasefire in July

EU to assess Minsk ceasefire in July but sanctions likely to remain until at least 2016

(*talk about your 'procrastination'.)

Mar 22 05:44

Kerry insists world powers united in Iran talks

LAUSANNE: US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Saturday that world powers were “united” in their nuclear talks with Iran, amid speculation of splits with France, and stressed that he would not rush into a bad deal.

“I emphasise: We are united in our goal, our approach, our resolve and our determination to ensure that Iran’s programme is entirely peaceful,” Kerry said in Switzerland before leaving for London for talks with his British, French and German counterparts.
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The complex deal on the table, due to be finalised by July, is aimed at convincing the world that Iran will not build nuclear weapons under the guise of its ongoing civilian programme.

Mar 22 05:19

The Best Congress Money Can Buy

... Then came the triumphant visit to Congress by Israel's rightwing prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. Congress put on a truly revolting display of sycophancy, servility and brown-nosing for Bibi that included 23 rapturous standing ovations. This for a foreign leader who had come to insult and humiliate America's president and drive the US into war with Iran ... Like the Roman senators, members of the US Congress were motivated by fear and greed. They know that basic truth of US politics: failure to follow instructions of the mighty Israel lobby means certain loss of your next election, attacks by the media, and the end of your political career. Former Rep. Paul Findley's book, "They Dare To Speak Out" is a textbook for what happens to politicians and journalists who put America's interests first.

Mar 22 04:38

UK university faces row over anti-Israel summit

A quarrel has erupted over a British university holding a summit questioning whether Israel has a legal right to exist under international law, with some saying the conference will be a platform for anti-Semitic views, UK-based newspaper The Sunday Times reported.

The three-day summit, to be held by Southampton University, will bring together figures such as Richard Falk, a Princeton professor and former U.N. special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories, and Ghada Karmi, an Exeter University research fellow who claims that she and her family were “forced” to leave their home as a result of Israel’s creation in 1948.

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Mar 22 04:26

Israel lobby's attack on academic freedom

For years, Israel lobby groups have slammed the Palestinians' call for a boycott of Israeli universities as an attack on "academic freedom". Now the mask has well and truly slipped.

Next month, the University of Southampton in the UK will hold a conference on Israel and international law to bring together "scholars from law, politics, philosophy, theology, anthropology, cultural studies history and other connected disciplines".

However, in an unashamed attack on free speech, the university has come under increasing pressure to cancel the gathering.

Late last year, the Board of Deputies of British Jews, the Jewish Leadership Council, and the Union of Jewish Students wrote to the head of Southampton's Law School, claiming that the conference would surpass the acceptable".

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Mar 22 02:28

Jeb Bush’s Team Plots Vast Effort to Win Florida

The plan, code-named “Homeland Security,” seeks to try to neutralize two potentially grave but homegrown threats to Mr. Bush’s long-anticipated run for president: the likely challenge from a charismatic young Republican senator from Miami, Marco Rubio, who is expected to seek the Republican nomination himself, and a demographic drift within Florida that could doom Mr. Bush there in a fall campaign against a Democrat.

The Bush effort in Florida, where Barack Obama prevailed in the last two elections, will pour enormous resources and energy over the next year into a state that many thought Mr. Bush, its governor from 1999 to 2007, would be able to count on as a bedrock of support.
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“The political leadership of Florida is going to be with Jeb Bush.”

Mar 22 02:14

Weekend Update March 20

Mar 21 22:25

Body of WSJ energy markets reporter found in river

Mar 21 20:52

St. Gennaro's Blood Relic Miraculously Liquefies in the Presence of Pope Francis in Naples

The blood relic of St. Gennaro, patron saint of Naples, today miraculously liquefied in the presence of Pope Francis, the first time the miracle has occurred in the presence of a pontiff since 1848.

“His blood has half-liquefied,” the Archbishop of Naples, Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe, said at the conclusion of Pope Francis’ address to diocesan priest and religious in the city’s cathedral. “It’s a sign that St. Gennaro loves the Pope, who is Neapolitan like us.”

I lived in Naples for four years in the 1980s. If you want to see Neapolitans lose their minds, be in Naples on one of the three days that the blood is supposed to liquefy, miraculously, but doesn't. The absence of the 'miracle' is a sign of coming tragedy (like the horrible 1980 Naples earthquake).

Mar 21 19:13

A+ 3-minute rap video: Schools fail to educate on Life’s most vital issues

*hyperlinks/video live at source*

Hat tip: Zen Gardner

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xe6nLVXEC0

Boy in a band’s 3-minute Don’t stay in school rap video powerfully communicates usual frustrations about high school-level education:

Students learn structure of government, including rights and leaders’ rosy rhetoric, but never compare current events to discover to what extent those rights exist, and to what extent leaders’ rhetoric match the reality of actual events.
Students aren’t trained about how money is created, mortgages, and having a job.
Students don’t know promised universal human rights (and here, here, here).
Students learn abstract math that 99%+ of adults never use (algebra, trigonometry, calculus) masked as “real-world” situations, when real-world problems exist that kill thousands and millions (and have solutions).
The conclusion is that topics that don’t apply to actual practical living, “don’t stay in school.”

We in alternate media agree.

Mar 21 19:01

Reports: U.S. forces evacuating Yemen air base

U.S. troops were evacuating a southern Yemen air base Saturday after al-Qaeda seized a nearby town amid growing violence in the war-torn nation, multiple media outlets reported. Military forces, including Special Forces commandoes, were leaving the Al Anad air base near the southern city of al-Houta, the Associated Press and CNN reported citing unnamed officials. About 100 American troops and Special Forces members are stationed there.

Mar 21 16:01

VIDEO: CNN Fakes Location Report After Brian Williams Discussion

Anderson Cooper admittedly spent two summers in college “interning” for the CIA before he decided, naaah, I wanna go into journalism instead. Just something to keep in mind…

Mar 21 15:49

World Health Organization Admits Roundup “Probably” Causes Cancer

For over 40 years Monsanto’s patented glyphosate formula, better known as Roundup, has become a staple for farmers, gardeners, and landscapers. Monsanto has gone so far as to create genetically modified crops capable of withstanding massive amounts of the pesticide without dying. These “Roundup Ready” crops, such as corn, soy, and canola, have since come to dominate America’s agricultural industry.

But over the years, many researchers have questioned whether these heavily sprayed crops are safe for human consumption. As time goes on, it appears that some institutions are beginning to change their tune on the popular pesticide.

Mar 21 15:01

Israel Votes Apartheid

Pandering and fear mongering together with hatred for Arabs and the left are the ingredients of Netanyahu’s secret potion, and it now appears that many voters were indeed seduced.

Mar 21 14:15

CANADIAN PUBLISHER FACES JAIL FOR POLITICAL WRITINGS!

Hello. My name is Arthur Topham and I am the owner, publisher and editor of the online alternative News site RadicalPress.com which has been operating in Canada for the past sixteen years. Over the last eight years I have been involved in legal battles with the Canadian government, first the Canadian Human Rights Commission and now the federal legal system over alleged offences that purportedly violate Canada's "Hate Propaganda" laws (Sections 318 - 320) of the Canadian Criminal Code (CCC).

Mar 21 13:00

David Cameron and Ed Miliband need to forget spin and give public the truth

Is it me or is the run up to this General Election being ­dominated by negative, lacklustre campaigning and politicians with a mental age of five?
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All the personal insults politicians lob at each other, all the spin and jibes, might be a jolly good jape at Prime ­Minister’s Questions, but tearing clumps out of each other isn’t a strategy to fight an ­election. Nor to get the voters on side.

(*It's the same damned thing , on this side of the bloody pond , there , Mate .)

Mar 21 11:46

Feds To Weigh Kids In Daycares As Part Of Michelle Obama’s Healthy Kids Initiative

Bureaucrats from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will weigh and measure children in daycare as part of a study mandated by First Lady Michelle Obama’s Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act.

Mar 21 11:40

Israeli author Yonaton Geffen attacked at home after calling Netanyahu a racist

“The people again chose a government that is based on intimidating people. They selected a racist that, on election day, told the media the Arabs are flocking to the polls like mice. What would you say if in Germany people said the Jews are flocking to the polls like mice?” Yonaton Geffen charged.

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Mar 21 10:43

Florida employee 'punished for using phrase climate change'

An employee of Florida’s environmental protection department was forced to take a leave of absence and seek a mental health evaluation for violating governor Rick Scott’s unwritten ban on using the phrases “climate change” or “global warming” under any circumstance, according to a complaint filed against the state.

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Mar 21 10:01

University Bans Hoop Skirts Because of Racist Overtones

It isn't your everyday garb, but around UGA's Greek Row, pre-Civil War era hoop skirts like this one at Guise and Dolls Costumes have been worn at springtime events like Magnolia Ball hosted by SAE, the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.

But hoop skirts are going the way of the Confederate uniform, no longer acceptable at social fraternity and sorority events at UGA. The hoop skirt ban follows the racially charged video of SAE members at the University of Oklahoma.

Mar 21 10:01

France decrees new rooftops must be covered in plants or solar panels. All new buildings in commercial zones across the country must comply with new environmental legislation

Rooftops on new buildings built in commercial zones in France must either be partially covered in plants or solar panels, under a law approved on Thursday.
Green roofs have an isolating effect, helping reduce the amount of energy needed to heat a building in winter and cool it in summer.

Mar 21 09:52

Stephen King: Maine governor should 'man up and apologize'

Stephen King says Maine Gov. Paul LePage should "man up and apologize" after the governor claimed the author has moved away and doesn't pay income taxes in Maine.

LePage used his radio address this week to make his case for eliminating Maine's income tax. He said states without an income tax, such as Florida, have lured away Maine residents, including King.

King spends winters in Florida but told the Portland Press Herald (http://bit.ly/1Bb7e3i ) on Friday that he and his wife paid about $1.4 million in Maine state taxes in 2013 and figured it was about the same for 2014.

King says his foundation also gives $3 to $5 million grants annually, mostly in Maine.

Mar 21 09:37

Ted Cruz Fuels 2016 Chatter With Hyped Speech

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is fueling chatter about his 2016 plans with a speech planned Monday at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va.

One aide to the likely Republican presidential candidate told The Daily Caller “you’ll want to be there” for the speech but didn’t reveal what Cruz plans to say while appearing at the Christian university founded by the late Jerry Falwell.
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Should he enter the race, Cruz is expected to offer himself as a conservative alternative candidate to GOP establishment favorites like Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

(*I'm J.E.B. , and I approve this submission )

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