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Oct 02 04:36

SAUDI STATE SPIES ON DISSIDENTS IN CANADA USING SOFTWARE BUILT BY ISRAELI FIRM

The government of Saudi Arabia is spying on expatriate dissidents in Canada using commercially available software designed by an Israeli company, according to researchers at the University of Toronto. This is alleged in a new report published on Monday by the Citizen Lab, a research unit of the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, which focuses on information technology, international security and human rights. The report’s authors say they have “high confidence” that intrusive surveillance software is being deployed to target the electronic communications of Saudi dissidents, including Omar Abdulaziz, a Saudi activist who has been living in Canada’s Quebec province for nearly 10 years.

Oct 01 23:04

Anti-vaccine billboard near Middlemore Hospital (NZ) removed after raft of complaints

The large billboard on Auckland's motorway sporting an anti-vaccination message is being removed.

The sign, which went up yesterday, was located by the Southern Motorway near the Princes St off-ramp near Middlemore Hospital.

The sign showed a man holding a baby with the message: "If you knew the ingredients in a vaccine, would you risk it?"

Since the sign was erected Advertising Standards Authority had received over 140 complaints and they were "still floating in".

Advertising Standards Authority chief executive Hilary Souter said ASA had contacted the advertiser to respond to the complaints, giving them five days before a decision on whether it was a breach was decided.

Oct 01 23:02

NZ Post agrees to stop 'secret eavesdropping' on posties using delivery vehicles

NZ Post has agreed to stop what posties slammed as "secret eavesdropping" of workers using its electric delivery vehicles.

Controversy arose in August after the Postal Workers Union discovered the new "Paxter" vehicles record everything a postie says.

Union spokesman John Maynard told the Herald that while it was obvious there were cameras on the Paxsters, most employees were oblivious that NZ Post was making "continuous audio recordings while they are out driving" - including private phone calls and conversations with passersby. Maynard labelled it "secret eavesdropping".

Privacy Commissioner John Edwards took up the case, and said in a social media post this morning that NZ Post had agreed to stop audio recordings.

Oct 01 15:19

US military constructing new base in western Iraq near Syria border: Kurdish official

The US military is reportedly building a new base in Iraq’s western province of Anbar as part of attempts to perpetuate its occupation of the conflict-ridden Arab country indefinitely, regardless of all opposition from religious figures and people from all walks of life.

Khalil Serfan, an official from the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces, told the Arabic service of Russia’s Sputnik news agency that the base is being constructed in the vicinity of al-Qa'im town, located nearly 400 kilometers northwest of the capital Baghdad.

Serfan noted that the construction of such a military site in such a strategically important region is in line with US bids to assert its military presence there.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This site is not about ratcheting down tensions in the Middle East; this is about inflaming them tot he maximum.

Oct 01 12:01

EU: Politicizing The Internet

The European Union seems fixated, at least for the internet, on killing free speech. And social media giants -- Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Microsoft, Google+ and Instagram -- act as voluntary censors on behalf of the EU.

Oct 01 11:21

RON PAUL: VENEZUELA'S SOCIALISM...AND OURS

This week we witnessed the horrible spectacle of Nikki Haley, President Trump’s Ambassador to the United Nations, joining a protest outside the UN building and calling for the people of Venezuela to overthrow their government.

“We are going to fight for Venezuela,” she shouted through a megaphone, “we are going to continue doing it until Maduro is gone.”

This is the neocon mindset: that somehow the US has the authority to tell the rest of the world how to live and who may hold political power regardless of elections.

After more than a year of Washington being crippled by evidence-free claims that the Russians have influenced our elections, we have a senior US Administration official openly calling for the overturning of elections overseas.

Imagine if President Putin’s national security advisor had grabbed a megaphone in New York and called for the people of the United States to overthrow their government by force!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, President Trump has made some astonishingly bad choices in the people he has appointed to represent the Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika, and Nikki Haley is one hysterically horrific example of Trump's taste in officials, second only to that of Gina Haspel's nomination to - and leadership of - the CIA.

Please don't get me wrong; I would love to see centrist women with impeccable credentials get nominated, and approved, for leadership roles in this country. But somehow, this just doesn't happen under President Trump's watch.

Sadly, both of these ladies are just to the extreme right of Attila the Hun when it comes to both human rights, and national, peaceful self-determination when it comes to countries which do not conduct themselves as the US government would wish (and are sitting over huge oil reserves, as is Venezuela).

Haley is the Neocons' consummate wet dream, when it comes to advocating for regime change in countries sitting over vast fortunes in oil or other resources, like Iran; Venezuela; Russia; or China.

But she has a couple of problems with publicly calling out Venezuela for regime change.

First and foremost, China has just given Venezuela 5 billion dollars as a loan last month with which to create a lifeline for its battered economy last month. China to give Venezuela a 5 billion dollar loan, as Maduro visits Beijing.

And secondly, at least for the moment, Venezuela's military are still on his side, particularly those 16,900 military Maduro "promoted" last July: Maduro "promotes" 16,900 members of his military for "loyalty"

And there is utterly no guarantee, if the US goes in with the usual bovine excrement rationale of "attack to protect the people" of Venezuela, that the outcome will be to the Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika's liking.

Remember Libya, and just how brilliantly well that went, after the assassination of Qaddafi?!? Talk about a "mammary glands up" outcome!

Ambassador Haley behaves as though she is a Miss Cleo wannabe, declaring that she can see the outcome of events before they unfold; for example, the accusation, made as late as August of this year, that Iran had a secret nuclear weapons program Nikki Haley warns that Iran could become "The Next North Korea", taking a phrase right out of Bibi Netanyahu's playbook

And remember, this was done right before the IAEA's statement that the P5+1 agreement was still being honored by the Iranians.IAEA states that Iran is still acting in accord with the P5+1 agreementThe article went on to state the following:
"Mogherini further pointed to the 12th report released by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) certifying that Iran is still complying with all its nuclear related commitments in accordance with the JCPOA and said, "This is good news."

Acting upon what is not there, does not make for good states craft; it is unfortunate that Ms. Haley appears to be dancing to the tune of Neocon delusional thinking, and that there is no equivalent in the US Constitution of the 25th Amendment, for removal of a US representative who is no longer physically, or intellectually fit, to represent this country.

Oct 01 10:31

VIDEO: A SHORT HISTORY OF U.S. MEDDLING IN FOREIGN ELECTIONS

MEDDLING IN FOREIGN elections is bad. I think we can all agree on that.

And almost everyone — bar Donald Trump — seems to believe that the Russian government meddled in the 2016 election. So that should be condemned.

Here’s the problem, though: U.S. politicians and pundits cannot credibly object to Russian interference in U.S. elections without also acknowledging that the United States doesn’t exactly have clean hands. Or are we expected to believe that Russian hackers were the first people in human history to try and undermine a foreign democracy?

In this video, I examine the ways in which the United States has, in fact, spent the past 70-odd years meddling in elections across the world.

Oct 01 10:30

Now that it seems that FBI will find that Brett Kavanaugh didn't sexually assault, Democrats want to investigate whether he lied about his drinking habits.

They want to hit him with frivolous perjury charges.

Dems accused of moving goalposts on Kavanaugh after FBI probe ordered

Oct 01 10:29

TRAVELERS TO NEW ZEALAND WHO REFUSE A DIGITAL STRIP SEARCH WILL BE FINED $5000

New Zealand's Customs and Excise Act 2018 went into effect today. That means travelers who refuse to give their phone or laptop password to customs officials will be fined NZ$5000. In addition, their devices will be confiscated and forensically searched.

Customs Minister Kris Faafoi said these digital strip searches are necessary because "A lot of the organised crime groups are becoming a lot more sophisticated in the ways they're trying to get things across the border. And if we do think they're up to that kind of business, then getting intelligence from smartphones and computers can be useful for a prosecution."

But Thomas Beagle of Council for Civil Liberties pointed out that organized criminals are smart enough not to keep incriminating files on their devices.

From Radio NZ:

[Customs spokesperson Terry Brown] said the law struck the "delicate balance" between a person's right to privacy and Customs' law enforcement responsibilities.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

New Zealand may be a beautiful place to visit; however, there are other beautiful places to visit which haven't gone full black-belt fascist; color this off my destination for any tourism whatsoever, and I can guarantee you that any laptop with which I may travel is totally "vanilla" in terms of content.

Oct 01 10:24

Reddit Now “Quarantining” Users Who Question 9/11—Direct Users to Gov’t Site Instead

A highly popular subreddit devoted to posting information which proposed information outside the official narrative to 9/11 has been “Quarantined” by the Reddit Administrators. The community has effectively been cut off from the rest of the platform and anyone who wishes to view its contents are forced to go through a checkpoint while being redirected to a government website.

On Thursday, the subreddit r/911truth was placed under a Reddit Quarantine. The Reddit Administrators claimed that the subreddit posts misinformation and then directed people seeking information on 9/11 to the official government website.

Oct 01 09:40

Yale is a Collegel Gone Bad! Shut the Deep State School Down!

(VIDEO) -- Steve Pieczenik breaks it all down

OPUS 76 Raw Yale Drama School

Oct 01 08:21

Anti-Defamation League, Facebook, Google & Youtube Appoint Themselves As Official Internet Censor

If you are reading this, that means that articles that speak against the activities of the Anti-Defamation League are not being automatically scrubbed from the internet.

Yet.

In a foreboding sign that the free expression of opinion on the internet is too much of a threat to the powerful elite of our society, the Anti-Defamation League is leading the charge in turning their own subjective opinions on ‘hate speech’ into the absolute rule of Internet law. As this Cnet article reports,

Oct 01 08:06

Shutting Down Free Speech in America: Government and Lobbyists Work Together to Destroy the First Amendment

During the past several years, there has been increased pressure coming from some in the federal government aided and abetted powerful advocacy groups in the private sector to police social and alternative media. It is a multi-pronged attack on the First Amendment which has already limited the types of information that Americans have access to, thereby narrowing policy options to suit those in power

The process has been ostensibly driven by concerns over alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election, but it is really about who controls and limits the public’s right to know what is going on out of sight in Washington and New York City, where politics and money come together. If one is interested in the free flow of information and viewpoints that comes with the alternative media, it certainly does not look that way. Robert Parry described it as a deliberate process of “demonizing and silencing dissent that questions mainstream narratives.”

Sep 29 10:29

Washington’s Sanctions Machine

Washington’s latest foray into the world of sanctions, directed against China, is astonishing even when considering the low bar that has been set by previous presidents going back to Bill Clinton. Beijing has already been pushing back over US sanctions imposed last week on its government-run Equipment Development Department of the Chinese Central Military Commission and its director Li Shangfu for “engaging in significant transactions” with a Russian weapons manufacturer that is on a list of US sanctioned companies. The transactions included purchases of Russian Su-35 combat aircraft as well as equipment related to the advanced S-400 surface-to-air missile system. The sanctions include a ban on the director entering the United States and blocks all of his property or bank accounts within the US as well as freezing all local assets of the Equipment Development Department.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These sanctions are, unfortunately, going to boomerang right back at the Trump administration. The EU is already preparing another mechanism for trade with Iran which completely bypasses the US dollar, and Russia and China are working out a similar system.

The ultimate outcome will most likely be a crash of the US economy, because the dollar is not the currency of choice for other countries, causing it ot be devalued.

So what is Trump going to do, go to war with any nation on earth which will not be bullied and intimidated though these tactics?!?

Unfortunately, looking at his well-documented capability to go completely off the rails entirely, with no long-term logic in sight, in both his foreign and domestic policies, the short answer may well be "Yes!"

Sep 29 10:21

Yemen doctors despair as babies starve in 'orphaned province'

At Nasr Hospital's emergency room in the Yemeni city of Daleh, a little boy struggles to breathe. He is too tired, or too hungry, to cry.

Born with a degenerative neurological disease, his muscles have atrophied to nothing, his tiny joints visible through his pale skin, his stomach distended.

The child's body cannot retain even water, so nurses have resorted to putting him in diapers.

And doctors say there is nothing they can do.

The boy is one of an estimated five million Yemeni children who may not see their next birthday in a war the UN children's fund has described as a "living hell" for minors.

The UN has warned that international aid agencies are losing the fight against famine in Yemen, where 3.5 million people may soon be added to the eight million Yemenis already facing starvation -- more than half of them children.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The collective punishment of a people, through assassinations, the introduction of possibly weaponized diseases, destruction of water infrastructure or malnutrition, because Yemen's ports are blockaded, are all war crimes, which the Saudis, backed by their country's Leader, one of President Trump's BFF in the Middle East, the Butcher of Yemen (sometimes also known as Prince Bin Salman).

Americans, please wake up, and quickly; your country is enabling Saudi war crimes in Yemen.

It is time to peacefully, logically call out this government for what it is; the leading global merchant of death, one of whose main spokespersons, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, lied through his teeth to Congress about the ultimate usage of US missiles by the Saudi military, to save the sales deal.Mike Pompeo lied to Congress about Yemen, to protect arms sales

I don't know how upset you are about living in a country which supports war crimes, around the world, with utter impunity... because it can; as a Christian Pacifist Activist, who never advocates violence, I am deeply concerned about the moral price of these actions over time, because there will be a reckoning, brought about by the US government's imperial hubris which characterises these war crimes as "necessary for the greater good."

The "greater good"?!? For whom, please?!? It is not for the good of We the People; it is for the profits of Those the Monied, and the banks and corporations which, essentially, in America, bankroll presidential campaigns, and drive both foreign and domestic policy.

Sep 29 10:04

Saudi Arabia, UAE Fail to Halt UN Yemen Human Rights Inquiry

In a 21-8 vote, the UN Human Rights Council has agreed to extend the inquiry into human rights violations committed during the Saudi-led war in Yemen. Saudi Arabia and its allies in the United Arab Emirates both condemned the news.

Such votes happen every year around the UN General Assembly meeting, with the Saudis trying to limit such votes and insisting that any investigations are only going to “deepen divisions” in Yemen.

The council spent several days debating the matter, with those in favor of more investigations, led by the Netherlands and Canada, winning out handily, while many other nations chose to abstain.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And what will the UN do, after this investigation is over?!?

Nothing; diddlysquat; zero; nada!

The UN is just as impotent to cure Saudi Arabia's genocidal attacks on Yemen as is a steer trying to procreate.

Sep 29 09:57

40 Kashmir Cops Quit In 4 Days Amid Hizbul's "Resign Or Die" Threat

To prevent cops from uploading such videos on social media, as had been directed by the Hizbul in its threat video, the government has blocked internet services in south Kashmir.

Days after the centre rejected resignation videos of Special Police Officers (SPO) as "false propaganda" by terrorists, the Jammu and Kashmir government today admitted the quitting spree in south Kashmir, but played it down by saying that the number is negligible.
"The state has over 30,000 SPOs. If you compare the number of people who have resigned, it's negligible," said BVR Subramanium, Chief Secretary of Jammu and Kashmir.

The resignation videos of policemen surfaced following the kidnapping and killing of three cops in Jammu and Kashmir, just days after Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists had put out a "resign or die" threat. Sources say more than 40 SPOs and policemen have resigned since Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Would that the Indian government gave the Kashmiri people the opportunity to decide their own fate; if they want independence; wish to remain a part of India, or become a part of Pakistan.

This promise of a referendum has never been fulfilled by the Indian government, although it has been long promised.

This referendum is the only way to stop the never-ending violence here, but the Indian government, collectively, has to have the strength of character and moral courage, to allow this to happen.

Sep 29 09:47

Palestine takes US to International Court of Justice over Jerusalem embassy move

The Palestinian authority has asked the International Court of Justice to compel the US to shut down its embassy in Jerusalem, because it violates the Vienna convention, which says an embassy must be located in a host country.
The Palestinian government submitted its application to launch proceedings against the US on Friday. The 14-page complaint, released by the UN's principal judicial body, alleges that the US, as a party of the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, has flouted its obligation by setting up an embassy outside the territory of the host state, Israel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, even though both Israel and the US are members of the UN, from which the ICJ was created, the decision on this move will only have a symbolic effect for Palestinians rather than something tangible, as the deal has already been done.

Sep 29 09:44

This week Ecuador’s president Moreno stated that Julian Assange will remain gagged until he promises to not again criticize the polices of the US and Spain

WikiLeaks has publicised the Interamerican Court of Human Rights decision as a major win for Mr. Assange. How does this win get implemented in the UK if it is a regional American Court?

When did Assange enter the embassy, and why is he there?

Why is Assange not allowed to receive visitors, access the Internet or receive or make any phone calls?

Why does the US government want to prosecute Assange?

What’s so unusual about the United Kingdom’s actions against Mr. Assange?

How is Mr. Assange’s health considering he’s been arbitrarily detained without access to sunlight or fresh air since 19 June 2012?

Sep 29 09:38

Developing: IP Address of Person Who Doxxed GOP Senators Points to Maxine Waters’s Office

Republican Senators Lee, Graham and Hatch were doxxed on Wikipedia on Thursday.

Many Republicans on the Senate Judiciary had their home addresses and phone numbers published on their Wikipedia pages Thursday.

Shortly after Lindsey Graham went off on Senate Democrats for destroying Kavanaugh’s life in order to derail his confirmation, Republicans were doxxed.

The victims included Republican Senators Mike Lee, Orrin Hatch of Utah and Lindsey Graham, reported the Washington Times.

According to Caleb Hull, editor of the Independent Journal Review, the wife of Mr. Hatch “has been receiving calls nonstop ON HER BIRTHDAY and their home address was made public.”

CongressEdits, a bot account that for four years automatically retweets edits to Wikipedia made anonymously from IP addresses associated with the U.S. Congress, said the information was also posted on Mr. Lee and Mr. Graham “from US House of Representatives.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me completely unsurprised at this development.

Wikipedia leadership could probably give excellent master classes in electronic, and personal, intimidation and harassment, to the the 21st century Mafia or Yakuza, for which they would be happy to pay the price.

Sep 29 09:28

NOW BIGGEST DONOR IN ALL OF US POLITICS,SHELDON ADELSON BRINGS AN ISRAEL FIRST AGENDA TO WASHINGTON

According to publicly available campaign finance data, Sheldon Adelson – the conservative, Zionist, casino billionaire –is now the biggest spender on federal elections in all of American politics. Adelson, who was the top donor to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and the Republican Party in 2016, has cemented his role as the top political donor in the country after giving $55 million in recent months to Republicans in an effort to help the party keep its majority in both houses of Congress.

Adelson’s willingness to help the GOP stay in power is likely born out of his desire to protect the massive investment he placed in the party last election cycle. In 2016, the Republican mega-donor gave heavily to the Trump campaign and Republicans, donating $35 million to the former and $55 million to the top two Republican Super PACs — the Congressional Leadership Fund and the Senate Leadership Fund — during that election cycle.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This post, taken together with the story I just posted about the potential rising for a war against Iran, does not augur well for peace in the Middle East, with Adelson advocating war against any Middle Eastern regime which Israel does't particularly like, and a complete genocide of the Palestinian people.

Sep 29 09:23

IRAN WARNS SAUDIS OF "RED LINES" AND THREATENS US BASES "WILL NOT BE SAFE"

Iran has issued a number of threats on Friday following official charges made by leaders in Tehran that Saudi Arabia and the UAE funded a terrorist attack on a military parade in a southwest district last Saturday which killed 25 people, including members of the elite Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC).

Iranian military officials declared "red lines" against the two Gulf countries, threatening war, while in a separate statement a senior cleric said US regional bases will not be safe if "America does anything wrong".

"If America does anything wrong, their bases around Iran would not remain secure,"Ayatollah Mohammadali Movahedi Kermani was quoted as saying by Mizan news agency while leading Friday prayers in Tehran.

And simultaneously the Fars news agency quoted Brigadier General Hossein Salami, deputy head of the IRGC, as saying in reference to the Saudis and Emirates: “If you cross our red lines, we will surely cross yours. You know the storm the Iranian nation can create.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Dear Ayatollah Kermani and IRGC General Salami: a word, please, respectfully.

Intelligent people understand that Israel, the Emirates, the Saudis, and some forces in the US government, would stop at nothing to try to "regime change" Tehran, including supporting/funding/orchestrating a mass terror attack against the IRGC.

You need to understand that intelligent people in the US do not want a war against Iran, and as a Christian pacifist activist, I detest war as a means of resolving geopolitical differences.

But please also understand: the people of the Unhinged, Surveilled, State of Amerika have utterly no control over their government whatsoever.

Elections in this country are a very brilliantly staged, Kabuki-like display of the illusion that the American people in this country are actually in control of its future, when they are not.

Unfortunately, the cold, hard, bleak reality is that by the time candidates are presented by both Democrats and Republicans as their Presidential contenders, they have all been vetted by that dark triumverate, the American Deep State; major corporations; and the military industrial complex, to assure that the wars they want to see happen, will happen.

Also, unfortunately, Iran has been on both Israel's and the US's "regime change" list ever since it's 1979 revolution.

And so, this fall, we have "the perfect storm" situation signaling an attack against Iran, in that we have a sitting President, President Trump, whose BFFs in the Middle East are the Butcher of Palestine (a.k.a. Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu, and Saudi Arabia's Butcher of Yemen (a.k.a. Prince Mohammed bin Salman).

The timing of such an attack may well happen just before the mid-term elections happen here in the US. President Trump has issued his "drop dead date edict", that no country will be allowed to purchase Iranian oil after Sunday, 4 November, or suffer dire economic consequences

Tuesday, 6 November is the date of the US's midterms. I would suspect that such an attack against Iran might well be planned right around those dates, in order to make President Trump look "butch" to the voting electorate.

Unfortunately, just because something is the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing the US government could do, is no guarantee that it won't do it.

Sep 29 08:42

YOU GAVE FACEBOOK YOUR NUMBER FOR SECURITY. THEY USED IT FOR ADS

Add “a phone number I never gave Facebook for targeted advertising” to the list of deceptive and invasive ways Facebook makes money off your personal information. Contrary to user expectations and Facebook representatives’ own previous statements, the company has been using contact information that users explicitly provided for security purposes—or that users never provided at all—for targeted advertising.

A group of academic researchers from Northeastern University and Princeton University, along with Gizmodo reporters, have used real-world tests to demonstrate how Facebook’s latest deceptive practice works. They found that Facebook harvests user phone numbers for targeted advertising in two disturbing ways: two-factor authentication (2FA) phone numbers, and “shadow” contact information.

Two-Factor Authentication Is Not The Problem

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable, but perfectly predictable from this company.

Please get off of this "infozilla for profit scam", and go with another service which does not rip off private information.

Sep 29 08:39

ANALYSIS FINDS TOXIC LEVELS OF ARSENIC IN NEUSE RIVER WATER FOLLOWING H.F. LEE COAL ASH SPILL

Goldsboro, NC – Water sampling of the Neuse River conducted on behalf of the Upper Neuse Riverkeeper and Waterkeeper Alliance following the coal ash spill at Duke Energy’s retired H.F. Lee Plant found levels of arsenic nearly 18 times higher than the North Carolina standard for drinking water supply and fish consumption.

The standard for drinking water supply and fish consumption is 10 micrograms per liter; testing from water sampled from the Neuse near the coal ash spills following Hurricane Florence was 186 micrograms per liter. The city of Goldsboro has a municipal water intake less than ten miles downstream from the plant.

The analysis, conducted by Pace Analytical, also found elevated levels of lead and other heavy metals in the water. That analysis can be found here.

The sample with the highest arsenic level came from a grey plume of ash in the river, which had poured over an actively eroding dam made of coal ash.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

For companies like Duke, who are indulging in similar practices, success means never having to be held accountable for water catastrophes like this one.

Sep 29 08:35

TAXPAYERS SHELL OUT $500K AFTER BODY CAM SHOWED K9 SICCED ON INNOCENT 52YO WOMAN

Last year, Desiree Collins, a 52-year-old St. Paul resident, learned the hard way what can happen when a K9 officer loses control of his dog. St. Paul police officer Thaddeus P. Schmidt claims he lost control of his K-9, Gabe, when it attacked Collins, ripping her arm into shreds. The entire incident was caught on the body cameras of the officers involved and now, the taxpayers of St. Paul are shelling out over a half million to pay for the officer’s negligence.

The City Council and Collins’ attorney, Andy Noel met behind closed doors this week to discuss and reach the settlement, according to the Star Tribune.

“She’s pleased and she’s glad that she can put this lawsuit behind her and move on with life,” Noel said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In my world, the taxpayers should be off the hook for the officer who lost control of his dog, and there should be a trust fund, in which all police officers are mandated to invest, to pay for any damages like this, when an officer loses control of their K9, and that K9 mutilates a private citizen for utterly no reason.

Secondly, K9 officers who lose control of their dogs must enter a mandatory retraining and recertification regarding K9 handling, so that an incident like this never happens again.

Sep 29 00:25

Reddit Now “Quarantining” Users Who Question 9/11—Direct Users to Gov’t Site Instead

A highly popular subreddit devoted to posting information which proposed information outside the official narrative to 9/11 has been “Quarantined” by the Reddit Administrators. The community has effectively been cut off from the rest of the platform and anyone who wishes to view its contents are forced to go through a checkpoint while being redirected to a government website.

Sep 28 16:22

CBS Shuts Down Stage 9, a Fan-Made Recreation of the USS Enterprise

Stage 9, a beautiful fan-made recreation of the Enterprise ship from Star Trek: The Next Generation, has been shut down following a cease-and-desist from CBS. The people behind the two-year-old project tried to reason with CBS, offering to make changes to keep their dream project alive, but the broadcasting giant wasn't interested in discussion.

In my view this is a travesty because it is a stunning piece of work. Take a look...

Sep 28 15:39

US Evacuating Consulate In Iraq, Citing Threats From Iran

On Friday the State Department announced it is evacuating all non-essential personnel from the US consulate in Basra, Iraq.

The drastic move comes after a month of heavy anti-Iran and anti-Iraqi government protests that have gripped the southern city, which has led to sectarian rioting and the burning of Shia militia buildings, as well as the torching of the Iranian consulate early this month. During the first week of September the US embassy in Baghdad's green zone also came under attack by mortar fire, which US officials and military analysts blamed on Iran-backed militias.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cited threats from Iran as the reason for ordering the Basra consulate evacuation, and in a separate statement a senior US official confirmed to CNN that the "ordered departure" was due to "security threats from Iran."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, things are starting to escalate here against Iran, big-time.

Removing consular staff because of "threats" is most generally going to be one the steps before outright war against the accused country, whether or not that accused country is actually the culprit.

Sep 28 13:07

The Community in Hawaii Stepped In Beautifully When the Government Failed to Help People Displaced by a Volcano

The volcano didn’t start slowing down its eruptions until August. P?hoa in the Puna District was especially affected, leaving residents in a constant state of uncertainty.

And of course, the government failed to provide sufficient relief.

It’s no secret that the government – more specifically – FEMA, often fails to act adequately or quickly enough when disaster strikes. FEMA has been cited in on-the-ground reports to turn community help away when people bring food, citing ridiculous regulations. Yet some of the food they provided after Hurricane Matthew was allegedly mal-nourishing and didn’t meet basic calorie requirements. To make matters worse, a year after the hurricane, the crumbling infrastructure still needed repair and families still needed help – yet FEMA froze the Matthew fund, to send those monies to other, more pressing hurricane relief efforts.

Sep 28 12:22

US Intel Officials Publicly Contradict Netanyahu's UN Speech On "New" Iran Atomic Facility

Netanyahu's Thursday UN General Assembly speech predictably included the familiar props and visuals condemning Iran over what the Israeli prime minister says is a continuing nuclear program it is hiding from the world's view.

Like pretty much all prior Netanyahu speeches focusing on Iran, he held up a physical "evidence" to illustrate his points as he spoke — this time it was a "proof" that Iran has yet another secret warehouse holding nuclear-related material in the form of an aerial photograph of the Iranian capital marked with a red arrow pointing to a large building.

Though this was perhaps a step up from the cartoon bomb performance at the UNGA in 2012, the act is now a fixture and entirely predictable after many others spanning years, barely eliciting much media excitement compared to six years ago.

But unlike the last number of similar speeches, US intelligence officials have told Reuters that the claims are not true.

Sep 28 12:18

Is Trump Eyeing A Coup In Venezuela?

The Trump administration and some others in the U.S. government have sent some not-so-subtle hints lately that they are open to a military invasion of Venezuela to oust President Nicolas Maduro.

“It’s a regime that frankly could be toppled very quickly by the military, if the military decides to do that,” President Trump told reporters on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly on Tuesday.

The words seem to offer some encouragement for a coup, which may not come as a surprise because the New York Times published an investigation in early September that found that the Trump administration met secretly with Venezuelan military officers over the last year to discuss an overthrow of Maduro.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is typical US Federal Government hubris; regime change, sometimes leading to brutal civil wars (think Afghanistan; Libya; Iraq;and Yemen); have the next leader infinitely more US-centric in his or her leanings than was their predecessor, and insure that the resources of that country are only sold in US dollars.

Sep 28 12:12

US pushes forward with plans for anti-Iran Arab alliance

The Trump administration pressed ahead Friday with plans to create an “Arab NATO” that would unite U.S. partners in the Middle East in an anti-Iran alliance.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met in New York with foreign ministers from Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to advance the project. The State Department said Pompeo had stressed the need to defeat the Islamic State group and other terrorist organizations as well ending the conflicts in Syria and Yemen, securing Iraq and “stopping Iran’s malign activity in the region.”

“All participants agreed on the need to confront threats from Iran directed at the region and the United States,” the department said in a statement. It added that the ministers had “productive discussions” on setting up what is to be known as the “Middle East Strategic Alliance” to promote security and stability in the region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would think that such an alliance might be possible...when pigs discover they are aerodynamic.

Sep 28 12:03

Saudi Arabia Demands Canada Apologize: We're Not 'A Banana Republic'

Saudi Arabia's foreign minister asked Canada to apologise for demanding the release of Saudi women's rights activists and stop treating the kingdom as "a banana republic" if it wanted to resolve a diplomatic dispute between the two countries.

In August, Saudi Arabia froze new trade with Canada, blocked grain imports, expelled Canada's ambassador and ordered all Saudi students home after Ottawa called for the release of activists detained for urging more rights for women.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Actually, the more correct description here, would be a that of a "banana theocratic monarchy".

Sep 28 11:54

Russia outraged at NATO’s near daily ‘erroneous’ strikes in AfghanistanMore:http://tass.com/politics/1023318?_ga=2.146888500.281115422.1537849482-363929275.1477368173

Moscow is outraged at NATO’s "errant" attacks in Afghanistan, which have become almost a daily reality, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Thursday.

"We are outraged at the fact that NATO’s ‘errant’ attacks in the country have become almost a daily reality, while no one has been held responsible," the statement reads.

"We believe that the current situation is a result of gross miscalculations the US made in Afghanistan and the White House’s reliance on the use of military force to resolve the situation in the country. We call on Washington to reconsider its short-sighted policy and opt for diplomatic measures aimed at launching an inter-Afghan dialogue," the Russian Foreign Ministry said, adding that Moscow called "for bringing those responsible for crimes against civilians to justice."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And where, please, is American outrage that so many innocents are assassinated daily by US/NATO troops?!?

Because the corporate Presstitutes, Warmongers never show us the images of the dead, twisted bodies of children who have been murdered, or maimed for life, because that is what the Diktat from the White House is: don't show those non-combatants what this war is like.

Well if they don't, my friends, as a Christian Pacifist Activist, I am duty-bound to show you the realities of this war, and witness to the hideous destruction of this country, courtesy of the US and NATO... And warning; these are atrociously graphic.

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Images: Afghani children dead and dying from disease and starvation

IF these images nearly caused you to lose your lunch, congratulations; you may yet be at least a little human.

But it is high time that we peacefully and politely called our (alleged) Congressional Representatives, and told them that 17 years of this horrific military misadventure is quite enough.

Apparently, post-Vietnam, our military has never quite absorbed the reality that you cannot fight what is essentially a ground war from the air.

We have to peacefully and logically protest, to get our thoughts known, and call our and NATO'S military....home.

Sep 28 11:37

THE EMIRATES CLAIMS RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ATTACK IN AHVAZ

On 22 September, an attack during a military parade killed 24 people and wounded 60 others, in Ahvaz (Iran).

Ahvaz is the capital of the Iranian Arab region of Khuzestan. On 22 September 1980, the Iraqi President Saddam Hussein tried to annex this population to Iraq. This unleashed a war between Iran and Iraq. At the time, the overwhelming majority of Iranian Arabs opposed the foreign Iraqi invasion. The military procession on September 22 2018 marked the anniversary of this terrible war, funded by the West against the Khomeini Revolution.

Professor Abdulkhaleq Abdulla, one of the advisers to the Crown Prince of the United Arab Emirates, declared that his country has succeeded in bringing war to the territory of Iran, claiming, thus, publicly a role in the attack. This type of declaration is not very surprising in the Middle East. In 2015, the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdo?an, had publicly congratulated the attacks that had been sponsored in Europe.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We are headed toward a terrible scenario of war in the Middle East; this attack in Iran had the fingerprints of the US and Israel all over it.

Israels Prime Minister has stated, publicly, that the installation of the Russian S-300 system in Syria, will not deter Israeli forces in bombing what they call "Iranian military bases" in Syria.

All it is going to take is one misplaced Israeli attack in Syria, and then all hell is going to break loose, with Russia, Syria, Iran, and China on one side, and Israel, Saudi Arabia, the US, and NATO on the other.

I am feeling a certain speed of the coming of this war, and that has been enhanced by the absolute demonization in the US Press of Iran, Russia, Syria, and China.

This demonization, coupled with intense US economic sanctions on the above-mention countries, is generally a prelude to a hot, shooting war.

It is no longer a question of IF, but when.

I wish I could see the convergence of these actions create any other outcome than that which I have just described, but I cannot.

Sep 28 11:25

OFFICERS NOW BEING TRAINED TO PREVENT FELLOW COPS FROM ACTING LIKE THE COP IN THIS BODY CAM FOOTAGE

Asheville, NC – Crossing the street in a manner deemed “illegal” by the state can and will get you beaten, shot, kidnapped, caged, and even killed. Body Camera footage was released earlier illustrating this dangerous reality. The video shows one police officer restraining a man down while another officer repeatedly punches him in the head after they confronted him for the “crime” of jaywalking. Last month,the citizens of Asheville shelled out $650,000 because of the actions of these officers and now, police are being trained to prevent similar scenarios from playing out in the future.

According to the settlement and release agreement, Asheville will pay a total of $650,000 to Rush and his attorneys. The victim, Johnnie Rush will receive $342,500, which will be paid out in periodic payments. Ferguson Chambers & Sumter, P.A. is set to receive $307,500, according to WLOS.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What I want to know is, where the hell is Attorney General Sessions when these horrific incidents keep happening, in police forces all across the country?!?

Sep 28 11:23

'UNIONS ARE LYING, CHEATING RATS': LEAKED VIDEO REVEALS AMAZON'S BELLIGERENT ANTI-WORKER TACTICS

s Amazon works to combat its public image as a starvation-wage employer by doling out mere pennies in pay hikes and deploying an army of workers to sing the company's praises on Twitter, a video leaked on Wednesday revealed that the trillion-dollar company is continuing to work feverishly behind the scenes to crush any attempts by workers to unionize and bargain collectively for better wages and working conditions.

"We like those 'union words' which gave us a middle class. Shame on ?Amazon?."
—AFL-CIO

The 45-minute training video—which, according to Gizmodo, was sent to managers of the Amazon-owned Whole Foods last week—instructs company leaders on how to detect "early warning signs of potential organizing," which include workers "suddenly hanging out together" and using "union words" like "living wage."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Jeff Bezos should be absolutely ashamed of himself; but people who reach the level of personal wealth that he has, have had their conscience surgically removed, when it comes to the people who work for him.

Sep 28 11:19

TAKE A PEEK, TERRORISTS AND SPIES! BELGIUM TO SUE GOOGLE FOR REFUSING TO BLUR MILITARY SITES

Wanna take a peek at jets stationed at Belgian airbases and learn how many US nukes are stored there? Just google it! It’s all there on the maps. But Brussels now plans to sue Google for not blurring its military sites.
The Belgian Defense Ministry had already asked the tech giant to blur the sensitive data from Google Maps, but the American company apparently ignored the demand. Now the military has decided to take action.

“The Defense [Ministry] had made a request to Google to blur [Belgian military] sites. After it found out that this [request] wasn’t satisfied, it [the ministry] will sue Google,” an official from the defense ministry’s press service told Sudinfo newspaper.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good that Google is being sued for this; that information, putting US personnel and equipment at high risk, should be the last thing on earth Google should be doing.

Sep 28 11:15

Pentagon admits war on Isis has killed more than 1,100 civilians in Syria and Iraq

The US-led coalition fighting against Isis in Syria and Iraq admitted to killing at least 1,114 civilians in air and artillery strikes in the four-year span of the war.

Inherent Resolve, the codename for the US-dominated coalition combating the jihadi group, said it had launched a total of 30,008 strikes on suspected Isis targets between August 2014 and August 2018, and that each allegation of civilian casualties has been investigated.

It is a significant number but far less than the more than 6,000 people assessed to have been killed by independent monitors.

“We continue to employ thorough and deliberate targeting and strike processes to minimise the impact of our operations on civilian populations and infrastructure,” said a press release issued by the Pentagon. “This process includes thorough review and vetting of each target package prior to a strike, and another review after that strike.”

Confusion swirls over Isis's role in Iran terror attack

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hey, those numbers are something President Trump should be happy about; when it comes to being the "Assassination Nation" to the world, the Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika is absolutely NUMBER ONE!!

Sep 28 11:03

Reddit Now “Quarantining” Users Who Question 9/11—Direct Users to Gov’t Site Instead

A highly popular subreddit devoted to posting information which proposed information outside the official narrative to 9/11 has been “Quarantined” by the Reddit Administrators. The community has effectively been cut off from the rest of the platform and anyone who wishes to view its contents are forced to go through a checkpoint while being redirected to a government website.

On Thursday, the subreddit r/911truth was placed under a Reddit Quarantine. The Reddit Administrators claimed that the subreddit posts misinformation and then directed people seeking information on 9/11 to the official government website.

Sep 28 00:16

It’s Harder to Fool All of Us All the Time, but Finding the Truth Takes Work

Media organizations like Google, Facebook, Twitter and CNN depend on their reputation. It is hard, if not impossible to regain our trust once we see them as liars. We know that Google distorts search results. Youtube buries videos that don’t fit their progressive and PC agenda. Twitter sensors politically conservative speakers. CNN does little more than regurgitate progressive talking points. We expect these sources to be biased. If these media outlets told the truth by accident, then we’d need a few minutes to get over the shock and recognize the truth for what it was.

Sep 28 00:11

TSA Bosses Covered Up Internal Sexual Harassment; What Does That Mean For The Public Cases?

The Transportation Security Administration, the agency always fingered for groping allegations of passengers boarding airplanes, has reportedly had bad bosses for quite some time who covered up internal sexual harassment, fueling the culture.

Sep 27 18:32

Suicide Rate Rises Among Young US Veterans - Study

Suicides by young veterans, aged 18 to 34, dramatically increased from 2015 to 2016, new data released by the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) shows.

The VA's National Suicide Data Report shows that of every 100,000 veterans in that age group, 45 committed suicide in 2016, which is an increase from 40.4 of 100,000 in 2015.

In 2016, that means roughly 0.045 percent of troops in that age group took their own lives.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sun Tzu indicated in "The Art of War", that people had to believe they were on the right side of history; unfortunately, with the most current study of history, that has not been proven the case with the Unhinged, Surveilled States of Amerika. In fact, the outcomes to these wars such as Iraq, Afghanistan, were initiated under absolutely false pretenses, and our military sees what it is up against, when they have been "in country" for a while.

When Karl Marx made the observation that all wars are economic, the man was entirely correct. And when these soldiers see how they are being used in the "great race" for international resources, sometimes they snap; it is a normal reaction when you understand that these wars are not about peace, justice, and protecting "The American Way of Life", as we are so frequently told, and the introduction of a democratic, elected government to the nation we have invaded; it is about having a Western-centric government in place, and resources only sold for the US dollar.

Sep 27 18:20

Double Standard’: Bill Clinton Rape Accuser Slams Dems for Kavanaugh Treatment

Juanita Broaddrick, a woman who accused former US President Bill Clinton of raping her, attacked Congressional Democrats Thursday for their treatment of sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, calling it “the biggest double standard I’ve ever seen.”

As Kavanaugh testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday, Broaddrick spoke to the media outside the building. The conservative judge faces multiple allegations of sexual assault and other sexual misconduct, including one by Christine Blasey Ford, who alleges that Kavanaugh tried to rape her at a high school party in 1982.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Broaddrick is entirely right here.

Sep 27 18:16

Trade War Heightens Military Tensions Between US & China

The trade war is ratcheting up military tensions between the United States and China. So far, this war is being paid for by the American consumer in the form of higher costs and lost jobs, but it could eventually lead to a military conflict.

Military tensions have risen in the beginning stages of the trade war when on Tuesday, China refused to allow U.S. warship entry to Hong Kong next month. The Trump administration levied unprecedented penalties last week on a Chinese military procurement agency and its director for allegedly purchasing Russian combat aircraft, claiming a violation of U.S. sanctions. Not to mention the tensions already heightened thanks to the tariffs and ongoing trade war threatening to break the wallets of American citizens.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These are the kind of actions one expects from an empire in decline; and the economic and social convulsions in this country are getting stronger by the day.

War, which one could define as a government's "misdirection" of public anger over domestic problems which have gone unheeded for far too long, like America's infrastructure, education, and affordable housing, and placing it on "The Other", this time a very smart, forward-thinking China.

It is a way of letting the show go on just a little bit longer for the monied, and all wars are banker's wars; but the problem is, ultimately, the Western economic system is engineered to collapse under its own economic weight; the graveyards are bigger, and everything that was plundered in war, will have to be rebuilt.

It is a cycle which continues to plague the Western world, and they haven't been able to think their way out of it.

Sep 27 18:07

Trump Deviates from the Israel-first Agenda at the UN

Trump deviated from the script during his UN address.

He declared the solution to the “Israeli Palestinian conflict” is the establishment of two separate states, something the Likudniks not only in Israel but the United States certainly will not consider, let alone tolerate. It is plainly and painfully obvious what the Likudniks want—the expulsion of every last Palestinian, a process that should be called ethnic cleansing but never is by the corporate media.

There isn’t an “Israeli Palestinian conflict” that requires a peace deal brokered by Jared Kushner, a personal friend of Bibi Netanyahu. The conflict was long ago manufactured by the Israelis for the explicit purpose of either forcing Palestinians to emigrate or stay behind and risk snipers murdering their children.

The effort to establish a purely racist and religious state—where only Jews are allowed to live as citizens—was nudged along by Israel’s “National Home” law passed in the Knesset in July.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Boy, that is one impressive "To Do" list for the American military.

And NO, New York Times, Israel's Basic Law (which treats the Palestinians as absolutely non-existent, 2nd class citizens), can NOT serve as Israel's Constitution; a Constitution needs to voted upon by members of Parliament, or in this case, the Knesset, in order to become the rule of law.

I am willing to bet that right after the mid-terms,
I would suspect that Israel will "fake President Trump out" with a false flag, and fool him into making a move against Russia, Iran, or Syria, perhaps all of them on Syrian soil.

IF and when that happens, watch for all hell to break loose.

And no matter which party will be in control of Congress in these mid-terms, I fully expect to see the reinstitution of the draft in this country; after all, the wealthy and monied ALWAYS manage to keep their families from being hit by conscription.

Sep 27 17:54

Snyder: Poverty, Crime, & Human Feces - The Worst Cities In America Are Being Run By Democrats

Is it just a coincidence that many of the greatest cities in America became poverty-infested hellholes once the Democrats took charge of things? Detroit, Baltimore, Chicago, St. Louis, Philadelphia, Oakland and Memphis were all once great cities. But after an extended period of control by the Democratic Party, each one of them has become a festering crisis that never seems to end. I thought that I was going to do an article about Baltimore today, but it occurred to me that the exact same things that are happening in Baltimore are also happening in a multitude of other major cities, and the common theme among all of them is that the Democrats are in control. But even though this is the case, voters in those cities just keep choosing Democrats election after election anyway.

Sep 27 14:08

No evidence a single Gaza protester killed by Israel was armed

Not one of the more than 140 Palestinian protesters, journalists or medics killed during the mass protests along Gaza’s eastern boundary since 30 March were armed when they were targeted by Israeli occupation forces.

That point was stressed by the Gaza-based human rights group Al Mezan during a meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday.

Human Rights Watch meanwhile told the council that it “has not documented instances where protesters posed an imminent threat to life.”

Israel has validated its unlawful conduct “after presenting a gross distortion of international law” to its high court, Nils Mollema, representing Al Mezan, stated. Its military’s “investigation into some of the protest deaths is expected to find that none of the incidents involved violations of open fire orders.”

In other words, such internal investigations merely rubber-stamp Israel’s war crimes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is why the BDS movement is so critically important right now; economics is a language the Israeli people - and their politicians - understand fully.

Sep 27 13:57

HOUSE RESOLUTION DIRECTS TRUMP TO END U.S. SUPPORT FOR YEMEN WAR

IN CONGRESS, FRUSTRATION with the U.S. role in Yemen is nearing a breaking point. Sen. Bob Menendez — the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee — is holding up a $2 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates over concerns that the two countries routinely bomb civilian targets. Meanwhile, in the House, U.S. assistance to the Saudi- and UAE-led coalition is about to face another major hurdle.

On Wednesday, California Democrat Ro Khanna introduced a resolution invoking the 1973 War Powers Act, declaring that Congress never authorized U.S. support for the coalition in Yemen and directing President Donald Trump to withdraw U.S. troops from “hostilities” against the Houthis, the Iranian-backed rebel group at war with Saudi Arabia and the UAE. The resolution would not affect U.S. forces who are on the ground in Yemen fighting Al Qaeda.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

YOU GO, RO!!!

Sep 27 13:54

The US Isn’t Just Backing the Yemen War – It’s Helping Trap Those Forced To Flee

By now, the images are infamous: stunned, bloodied Yemeni children arriving at the hospital after their summer camp bus was bombed by Saudi aircraft. The United States is deeply implicated in that August 9 attack, which killed 54 people – most of them children

Fragments from the bomb bear the labels of U.S. weapons manufacturers. The indefensible nature of the bombing – there were no combatants anywhere in sight – has garnered headlines and even attention on Capitol Hill, opening a new conversation about US involvement in the years-long siege of Yemen by a coalition headed by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am disgusted with my government, many members of which allegedly identify as Christians, but who SO love, LOVE, LOVE the concept of infants getting torn apart, killed and maimed for life with US-made weapons, and making sure that the profits of their warmonger campaign contributors are protected. And folks, this is what this war looks like on ground for Yemeni kids: (warning: graphic images)

Yemeni children, killed and maimed for life from US-enabled Saudi bombings

Images: Yemeni children starving to death from malnutrition, due to US-enabled Saudi port blockades

Yemeni children sick and dying by (possibly weaponized) cholera.

And there is another article to which I would like you to pay attention, again from antiwar.com, as follows:

In Yemen and beyond, US arms manufacturers are abetting crimes against humanity

The US government has been complicit in aiding and abetting Saudi war crimes in Yemen, which means that WE, as citizens of this country, are also complicit, until we collectively, and peacefully, have a dialogue with our alleged representatives in Congress, and demand that this country stop aiding and abetting these war crimes in Yemen. And if your Congressional Representative is up for re-election this year, tell them that failure on their part to do this, is an election loser for them, and you are looking forward to their progress in making this happen, before the mid-terms.

And one last article on the issue, and let your Congressional representative understand that this exists:

Bi-Partisan House Bill Aims to Stop US Military Involvement in the Yemen War.

Please tell your Representative, calmly and peacefully, that you fully expect them to support this bill.

Sep 27 13:35

Ahwaz Attacks: Is Saudi Arabia Taking The War Inside Iran?

Less than a month after Iran’s consulate in Basra was attacked, a group of terrorists claiming to be members of the Movement for the Liberation of Ahwaz attacked a military parade in the capital of Iran’s Khuzestan province, killing 25 people and wounding many more. When the Basra consulate incident took place , some commentators in Iran speculated that the attackers also wanted to target Khorramshahr and Abadan. Now it seems that they were not too wrong.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am thinking here that Saudi Arabia would like to destabilize Iran from the inside, and unfortunately, by not taking care of its people in its outlying areas, the Iranian government is making people "ripe for acquisition" to join a jihad against the current government.

I think that the "trigger" for any attack against Iran, either by Saudi Arabia, the US and/or Israel, may well be President Trump's "drop dead date", 4 November, past which he has decreed that the world can no longer buy Iranian oil, or be economically sanctioned.

There is a companion piece I would like to share here, again from antiwar.com: EU Foreign Policy Chief wants Iran Clearing House Open before November.

Folks, the first of October is next Monday, and I would thoroughly encourage and urge EU Leader, Federica Mogherini, to get such a mechanism in place as quickly as possible, and no later than mid-October.

Sep 27 13:21

Saudi-Backed Yemen ‘President’ Dismisses Peace Talks as Doomed to Fail

Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, the Saudi-backed “president” of Yemen, spoke at the UN General Assembly today, dismissing the idea of any further attempts at peace talks with the Houthi movement as “doomed to fail.”

Hadi was installed as the Yemeni President in a US and UN-backed move after the Arab Spring. He was nominally “elected” in a vote in which he was the only allowed candidate. He was given a two-year term, starting in 2012. That has long since expired, though he maintains he is the legitimate president, and the Saudis maintain reinstalling him is the purpose of their war in Yemen.

Hadi’s attempts to cling to power, and to violently crush the Shi’ite Houthis led to his initial expulsion from the country, and the Saudi-led war intends to put him back. Hadi insists that there is no point in talks with the “gangster-like” Houthis, and continues to refer back to UN Security Council resolutions from years ago calling for the Houthis to surrender all territory to Hadi.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Well, you heard it from the horse's mouth here; Al-Hadi is determined that the Saudis bring more death, starvation, disease, maiming, and pain to Yemen to "avenge" his alleged "presidency" of Yemen.

Sep 27 13:16

Israeli cabinet orders army to continue acting against ‘Iran’s entrenchment’ in SyriaMore:http://tass.com/world/1023002?_ga=2.158470585.281115422.1537849482-363929275.1477368173

Netanyahu’s security cabinet ordered the Israeli Defense Forces to continue to act against Iran’s military build-up in Syria without stopping coordination on Syria with the Russian military, the cabinet said in a statement released by the Israeli government press service.

"The cabinet instructs the IDF to continue to act against Iran’s military entrenchment efforts in Syria while continuing security coordination with Russia," the security cabinet said in a statement. The ministers share the pain of the Russian people over the death of the Russian plane’s [Il -20 - TASS] crew as a result of the actions of the Syrian army, the document says.

In order to safeguard the military forces of the two states from sudden clashes on Syrian territory, in the fall of 2015 Israel and Russia established a de-confliction mechanism, with a special coordination center created at Israel’s headquarters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The two things the Israeli military are being ordered to do, prevent Iranian military activity in Syria, while maintaining coordination with Russia, are mutually exclusive; at some juncture, the Israel military will wind up hitting either a Russian, Syrian, or Iranian aircraft, at which point, all bets will be off.

Sep 27 13:11

Report: Yemen Civilian Deaths Skyrocketing Since June

Escalations of the Saudi-led war in Yemen, including the attack on the Yemeni port city of al-Hodeidah, has seen the already huge civilian death toll of the war skyrocket, up 164% just since June.

According to the International Rescue Committee, the month of August was by far the worst of the year, with a single nine-day period leaving nearly 500 civilians killed. They noted that on- third of Saudi airstrikes have hit non-military targets.

It is unsurprising that August would be such a particularly deadly month, with a Saudi airstrike early in the month hitting a school bus full of children, killing 51 of them. Saudi officials long maintained that the attack was “legitimate,” but there was never any question the victims were civilians.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ah, but you see, Saudi Arabia's B.O.Y. ( the Butcher of Yemen, Prince Bin Salman), and his BFF, aka the American Merchant of Death in Chief and (unfortunately it's President as well), LOVES those huge figures, and wishes there could be even more assassinations of women, infants, and the medically fragile elderly.

They are just angry and aggravated that the taking of Hodeidah has been so slow, because they want to capture it in tact, and not in pieces.

Sep 27 13:05

S-300s in, Patriots out: US to withdraw missiles from 3 Middle East countries – report

The Pentagon will remove four batteries of PAC-3 Patriot missiles from three Middle-Eastern countries, according to the Wall Street Journal. The report said the missiles are needed elsewhere to counter China and Russia.
The US newspaper said Jordan and Bahrain will lose one battery of US long-range anti-aircraft missiles next month, while Kuwait will part with two. The systems are not meant to be replaced, so the withdrawal would permanently reduce the defensive capabilities of the three nations. The systems are already offline and are being prepared to be moved, a military source told the WSJ.

The report would not disclose where the Patriot missiles would be redeployed, but said it was part of the Pentagon’s strategy of changing focus from the Middle East towards China and Russia, which were named as the main threats to US global interests in the Trump administration’s defense strategy review.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, the Federal Government of the Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika, has declared that Russia and China are going to be the next "problem children" in the global community of countries?!?

God help us; do they really intend to go to war in Syria against Russia? The following statement was just announced three days ago: Trump to keep troops Syria until Iran leaves

After the mid-terms, were I a betting woman, I would possibly bet that there may well be a reinstitution of the Draft in this country.

Sep 27 12:54

Rebellion in Germany? Merkel’s key ally voted out of parliament after 13 years in office

Volker Kauder, a longtime ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel and leader of her party’s parliamentary group has been sent packing after a surprise vote in the German Bundestag. Opposition politicians see it as a new political crisis.
It’s actually the first time that Merkel’s favorite, who was in office for 13 years, was challenged by another candidate. Kauder was challenged by his own deputy, Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU) member Ralph Brinkhaus, who won the vote by narrow margin. Brinkhaus was supported by 125 MPs, while 112 backed Kauder.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The German people have had enough of their country and their national identity trampled on by unvetted immigration. It will be interesting to see how the next round of voting goes in the next national elections.

Sep 27 12:29

AS MEDICAL MARIJUANA BECOMES MORE ACCEPTED, VETERANS URGE THE VA TO PRESCRIBE IT

Though medical marijuana is legal in most states, the Department of Veterans Affairs will neither recommend nor prescribe it because of a longstanding federal law.

Julio Ochoa reports that veterans are pushing Congress and the VA to change federal policies on medical marijuana.
Charles Claybaker spent five tours in Afghanistan, kicking in doors and taking out terrorists. But an aircraft crash in 2010 left the Army Ranger with a crushed leg, hip and spine and a traumatic brain injury.

Army doctors loaded him up with a dozen prescriptions to numb the pain and keep his PTSD in check.

But Claybaker said the pills transformed him from a highly-trained fighter into a zombie for at least two hours a day.

"I'm talking mouth open, staring into space," Claybaker said.

Claybaker decided he would rather live in constant pain. He took himself off opioids and suffered for eight months.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That our Vets cannot get this from the VA is an absolute outrage; but unfortunately, the drug companies do not want to give up their profits from many times harmful and symptom-causing medications the VA doctors are prescribing now.

Sep 27 12:29

AS MEDICAL MARIJUANA BECOMES MORE ACCEPTED, VETERANS URGE THE VA TO PRESCRIBE IT

Though medical marijuana is legal in most states, the Department of Veterans Affairs will neither recommend nor prescribe it because of a longstanding federal law.

Julio Ochoa reports that veterans are pushing Congress and the VA to change federal policies on medical marijuana.
Charles Claybaker spent five tours in Afghanistan, kicking in doors and taking out terrorists. But an aircraft crash in 2010 left the Army Ranger with a crushed leg, hip and spine and a traumatic brain injury.

Army doctors loaded him up with a dozen prescriptions to numb the pain and keep his PTSD in check.

But Claybaker said the pills transformed him from a highly-trained fighter into a zombie for at least two hours a day.

"I'm talking mouth open, staring into space," Claybaker said.

Claybaker decided he would rather live in constant pain. He took himself off opioids and suffered for eight months.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That our Vets cannot get this from the VA is an absolute outrage; but unfortunately, the drug companies do not want to give up their profits from many times harmful and symptom-causing medications the VA doctors are prescribing now.

Sep 27 11:25

Congressman Exposes Gov’t Using “Human Trafficking” Act to Warrantlessly Spy on Innocent Citizens

The Empowering Financial Institutions to Fight Human Trafficking Act of 2018, H.R. 6729, states that its purpose is “to allow nonprofit organizations to register with the Secretary of the Treasury and share information on activities that may involve human trafficking or money laundering with financial institutions and regulatory authorities, under a safe harbor that offers protections from liability.”

However, while the goal of the bill claims to be to help institutions and authorities “better identify and report potential human trafficking or money laundering activities,” Michigan Rep. Justin Amash took to Twitter to argue that the legislation actually has a much more sinister objective.

Amash said he believes H.R. 6729 is “a disguised effort to expand the Patriot Act. GOP leaders put ‘Fight Human Trafficking’ in the title to conceal the bill’s true purpose: to give the government more power to unconstitutionally spy on law-abiding Americans without a warrant.”

Sep 27 11:07

PAYPAL DOES BUSINESS WITH DEGENERATE WEBSITES AFTER BANNING INFOWARS

Payment processor PayPal continues doing business with some of the internet’s most vile websites despite recently terminating its contract with Infowars for allegedly violating the company’s “acceptable use policy.”

For example, according to Wikipedia, popular website WorldStarHipHop “is infamous for posting videos of violent fights, police brutality, public sexual acts, public shaming, child shaming, and child abuse.”

Yet, below is a screenshot of the site’s store page showing PayPal as an acceptable form of payment.

The content on the site is so bad we will not link any videos in this article, but here are just some of the headlines found on WorldStarHipHop.

– “What A Shame: Parents Let 9-Year-Old Child Get Tattooed In Ohio!”
– “Couple That Fades Together, Stays Together: Newlyweds Get Into A Brawl Inside A Nightclub!”
– “Mother Brings 2 Year Old Son To Her Fight With Another Girl”
– “She’s Freaky: Chick Sucks On A Cucumber While Twerking!”

Sep 27 11:06

Former Google Scientist: Oversight of ‘Unethical’ Company Is ‘Urgently Needed’

Jack Poulson, a former senior research scientist at Google, sent a letter to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation calling the company “unethical” and stating that oversight of the company is “urgently needed” after resigning from the Silicon Valley titan over its censored China search project.

In his letter, Poulson described Google’s censored China search project as “unethical” and claimed “greater oversight and accountability” of the company was “urgently needed.”

He also claimed Google would now be clamping down on internal investigations to stop future revelations of a similar nature from reaching the public, and called on the Senate to have a hearing over the matter.

Sep 27 10:21

Facebook’s New Propaganda Partners

Media giant Facebook recently announced (Reuters, 9/19/18) it would combat “fake news” by partnering with two propaganda organizations founded and funded by the US government: the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and the International Republican Institute (IRI). The social media platform was already working closely with the NATO-sponsored Atlantic Council think tank (FAIR.org, 5/21/18).

In a previous FAIR article (8/22/18), I noted that the “fake news” issue was being used as a pretext to attack the left and progressive news sites. Changes to Facebook’s algorithm have reduced traffic significantly for progressive outlets like Common Dreams (5/3/18), while the pages of Venezuelan government–backed TeleSur English and the independent Venezuelanalysis were shut down without warning, and only reinstated after a public outcry.

Sep 27 09:51

How to Have Power Over the Big Tech Companies (And Still Use Their Products)

Governments are coming for the big tech companies.

But governments use big tech’s data too… So obviously they aren’t going to solve the biggest privacy concerns.

This is a problem because the main issue with Amazon, Google, and Facebook is how they interact with governments.

I talked about this yesterday… the real reason the government won’t hold big tech accountable.

We only need to look to China’s dystopian social credit scores to see how Google and Facebook data is used by governments.

And the CIA seems to be pretty happy with their deal with Amazon and Jeff Bezos.

Why would we expect the government to protect our privacy when the government profits from the intrusion into our privacy?

Sep 27 09:48

Amazon Bans Books of Leading US Scholar of Ugly Side of Jewish Religious Thought (Michael Hoffman)

A couple of months ago I did an interview with one of the foremost scholars of rabbinical Judaism, Michael Hoffman. The occasion was the release of his latest book “The Occult Renaissance Church of Rome”. At the time I did not expect to have to ask for a follow-up interview with him, but when I learned that Amazon had censored his books (please see Hoffman’s own account of this here).

Specifically, the ban is on three of his books. A complete ban (Kindle + printed book) on Judaism’s Strange Gods: Revised and Expanded, as well as The Great Holocaust Trial: Revised and Expanded, while his textbook, Judaism Discovered, has been removed from the Kindle. I felt that I had to talk to him again and he kindly agreed to reply to my questions. I submit to you the full text of our Q&A which I will follow-up with a short commentary.

Sep 27 00:03

Poverty, Crime And Human Feces: The Worst Cities In America Are The Ones Being Run By Democrats

Is it just a coincidence that many of the greatest cities in America became poverty-infested hellholes once the Democrats took charge of things? Detroit, Baltimore, Chicago, St. Louis, Philadelphia, Oakland and Memphis were all once great cities. But after an extended period of control by the Democratic Party, each one of them has become a festering crisis that never seems to end. I thought that I was going to do an article about Baltimore today, but it occurred to me that the exact same things that are happening in Baltimore are also happening in a multitude of other major cities, and the common theme among all of them is that the Democrats are in control. But even though this is the case, voters in those cities just keep choosing Democrats election after election anyway.

Sep 26 23:48

The Everything Bubble: When Will It Finally Crash?

Much like the laws of physics, there are certain laws of economics that remain constant no matter how much manipulation exists in the markets. Expansion inevitably leads to contraction, and that which goes up must eventually come down. Central banks understand this reality very well; they have spent over a century trying to exploit those laws to their own advantage.

Sep 26 23:43

Debt Rises: The Government Will Soon Spend More On Interest Than on The Military

As debt and interest rates rise, the government is about to be in a disastrous situation. Very soon, they will spend more money paying interest on the national debt than they will on the bloated military budget.

Sep 26 23:33

Dumbing Down America: Teacher Fired For Not Giving Students Partial Credit For Work They Never Did

A teacher in Port St. Lucie, Florida is now speaking out about how she was fired for refusing to give students partial credit for work that they never turned in. That’s right, for giving students a zero for completing zero percent of their work, Diane Tirado says she was fired. School policy dictates that she was supposed to give them at least 50 percent—for nothing.

Sep 26 11:33

Charges Against NC Animal Rescuer DROPPED!!!!!

PHENOMENAL NEWS!!!!

Wayne County, North Carolina has DROPPED THE CHARGES against the woman who rescued and cared for all of those animals during Hurricane Florence.

I sincerely believe this was due to public outrage. The people simply would not allow this.

Sep 26 11:00

Fascism, the Nazis and Israel  

Are there valid comparisons to be made between Israel and Nazi Germany, or with other examples of fascist states in history? Just asking this question could get you into trouble as a British Labour Party member.

The party’s ruling national executive decided recently to do a U-turn on its code of conduct against anti-Semitism, and to embrace fully the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s discredited “working definition” of anti-Semitism. The highly criticised IHRA document includes a clause (an “example” of anti-Semitism) outlawing “drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis.”

This is just yet another example of why the document is useless as a definition of anti-Semitism. It was created by pro-Israel groups – in close consultation with Israel itself – purely as a weapon against the Palestine solidarity movement.

Sep 26 10:56

Arizona Engineer Challenges “Constitution-Free” Border Checkpoints After Being Stopped 400 Times

Bressi is no stranger to both CBP and PCSD, both having stopped and detained him on multiple occasions since 2002.

Despite the fact that Bressi is known to both organizations as a U.S. citizen with no history of smuggling or other criminal activity, they continued to detain the man over and over again.

Why the random constant stops and harassment? Because Bressi has dared to challenge the legality and legitimacy of domestic “Constitution-Free” checkpoints on American citizens like himself.

Sep 26 10:53

The Real Reason the Government Won’t Hold Big Tech Accountable

Clearly, China is not going to prohibit Google and Facebook from providing them with incriminating information on citizens.

Is the CIA going to make sure the money they give Bezos doesn’t influence the Washington Post, which Bezos owns?

Are elected officials going to get Facebook out of elections, or are they going to make sure Facebook helps them win the next election?

Is the government going to protect your privacy from Google, when the government is only too happy to subpoena incriminating evidence against you from the search giant?

The government already teamed up with these companies!

And that’s, like, most of the problem!

The government is going to focus on regulating the wrong things.

Sep 26 10:40

UK intelligence agencies illegally spied on privacy organisation

UK intelligence agencies MI5, MI6 and GCHQ violated the law by collecting and examining data of human rights group Privacy International, a court said on Tuesday.

The data was collected as part of two mass surveillance programmes called Bulk Communications Data and Bulk Personal Datasets, the Investigatory Powers Tribunal said.

"We do not know why MI5 reviewed Privacy International's data, but the fact that it happened at all should raise serious questions for all of us," Caroline Wilson Palow, general counsel of Privacy International, said in a statement.

Sep 26 10:27

The US can track terror - but doesn't. They would rather spy on YOU!!!

Sep 26 10:06

Ex-Google employee warns of ‘disturbing’ China plans

The letter alleges Google is working on:

  • A prototype interface designed to allow a Chinese joint venture company to search for a given user's search queries based on their phone number
  • An extensive censorship blacklist developed in accordance with Chinese government demands. Among others, it contained the English term "human rights", the Mandarin terms for 'student protest' and 'Nobel prize', and very large numbers of phrases involving 'Xi Jinping' and other members of the CCP
  • Explicit code to ensure only Chinese government-approved air quality data would be returned in response to Chinese users' search

    Mr Poulson said the sum of these efforts amounted to a "catastrophic failure" of Google's internal policies on privacy - as well as going against assurances made to the US trade regulator regarding data protection measures in its products.

  • Sep 26 04:30

    HERE’S HOW CHINA’S ‘SOCIAL CREDIT SCORE’ PUNISH AND REWARD CITIZENS, AND IT’S TERRIFYING

    George Orwell’s 1984, Black Mirror S03E01, Psycho Pass, The Orville and many others have all theorised how technology can make our lives better… or worse.

    Sep 25 11:44

    Rosenstein’s Resistance - Weasel words, weasel moves from an emotionally overwrought deputy AG

    eager to ingratiate himself with Democrats

    Brilliant recap.

    Sep 25 10:43

    Dismantling of house-of-cards - On The New Yorker’s Grossly Irresponsible Kavanaugh Story

    that there is as much corroboration behind this accusation as there was behind the last one: None

    Sep 25 10:18

    Tensions Grow As China, Russia, And Iran Lead The Way Towards A New Multipolar World Order

    Logic and reason seem to have been abandoned long ago in Washington’s decision-making, even more so given that Trump has completely renounced all his electoral promises regarding foreign policy. The rapprochement with Moscow is now a distant mirage; the special relationship between Xi Jinping and Trump is just the latter’s propaganda, anxious as he is to reach an agreement with the DPRK and show some example of success to his base.

    The logic of imposing more than $200 billion in tariffs on Chinese products, and then asking for strong support from Beijing in mediation with Pyongyang, seems more like the moves of a desperate person rather than those of an amateur.

    Sep 25 10:15

    Rosenstein’s Resistance - Weasel words, weasel moves from an emotionally overwrought deputy AG

    eager to ingratiate himself with Democrats

    Brilliant recap.

    Sep 25 10:14

    America Is Quietly Expanding Its War In Tunisia

    Authored by Heni Nsaibia via The National Interest,

    The first documented U.S. direct military engagement in Tunisia since World War II has largely passed unnoticed..

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    These are the wars for as of yet unexploited resources, by countries with western-centric governments, and only to be sold in US dollars.

    Sep 25 10:04

    "I Don't Give A Shit If It's A Crime": Fourth Veritas Video Reveals IRS Still Targeting Conservatives

    James O'Keefe just dropped the fourth installment in his series exposing the corruption and bias in the 'deep state'. This report features two Internal Revenue Service (IRS) officials who candidly discuss the IRS’s unfair treatment of conservative non-profit groups.

    The two officials in the report are Thomas Sheehy, an IRS tax examiner and member of the Austin Democratic Socialists of America in Texas, and Jerry Semasek, an IRS attorney in Washington, DC.

    Via ProjectVeritas.com,

    Flagrantly Targeting Conservative Groups
    Sheehy boasts about and appears to justify former disgraced IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, who was mired in scandal for losing tens of thousands of emails regarding the Lois Lerner controversy. The Lois Lerner controversy occurred in 2013 and involved revelations showing that the IRS unfairly scrutinized conservative groups.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    Notice that Sheehy doesn't seem to care about breaking the law; for people like him, they simply hold the rule of law in complete contempt, and with impunity.

    Sep 25 09:58

    Iran video threatens missile strikes on UAE, Saudi Arabia

    An Iranian media outlet close to the hard-line Revolutionary Guard published a video Tuesday threatening missile attacks on the capitals of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, further raising tensions after a weekend militant attack on an Iranian military parade.

    The video, in a tweet by the semi-official Fars news agency that was later deleted, comes as Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei blamed Riyadh and Abu Dhabi for the attack in the city of Ahvaz on Saturday, which killed at least 24 people and wounded over 60.

    The threat amplifies the unease felt across the Persian Gulf, as Iran’s economy reels in the wake of America’s withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal and Saudi and Emirati forces are bogged down in their war against Iran-aligned rebels in Yemen.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    This hit-piece reeks of an Israeli intelligence job, seeking to get more empathy by characterising itself (as it so frequently does) as "the victim" here, when the victims were Iranian soldiers of the Revolutionary Guards.

    The fact that the statement from Khameni was excerpted from a far earlier speech, rather than being a statement on current events, is also another hit on its credibility and authenticity.

    Look for a US/Israeli "false flag" to hit in some neighboring country, as the "justification" for the US and Israel to start pounding Iran militarily in the not too distant future.

    Sep 25 09:44

    US Vows to “Overthrow” Iran as Terrorists Target Iranians

    The failure of the US and British governments to now wholly condemn the recent Ahvaz attack as an act of terrorism carried out by what is undeniably a terrorist organization, alone raises suspicions. However, US policy papers have revealed a long-term open conspiracy to back armed militancy in Iran, just as the US, UK, and their allies have been exposed currently doing in nearby Syria as well as Libya in 2011.

    As Iran grieved in the wake of the Ahvaz attack, US politicians hosted MEK terrorists in New York, vowing to overthrow the Iranian government.

    Reuters in their article, “Trump lawyer Giuliani says Iran’s government will be overthrown,” would report:

    President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani on Saturday said that U.S. sanctions on Iran are leading to economic pain that could lead to a “successful revolution” contrasting with administration comments that government change in Tehran is not U.S. policy.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    The use of hired assassins by the US government, as a tool of statecraft, is so morally repugnant to me that I do not know where to begin.

    Was there ever a time in the history when the American government actually understood the concept of moral, hard-won negotiations, and used them as the way in which to achieve its geopolitical objectives?!?

    IF there were times when the US government conducted itself this way, those days are truly long gone.

    Sep 25 09:36

    North and South Korea Sign Agreement for ‘Era of No War,’ Will Cease All Hostile Acts

    South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made a historic announcement, committing to an “era of no war” during the two leaders’ joint press conference held on Wednesday in Pyongyang, North Korea.

    The announcement was made at the Paekhwawon State Guesthouse on the second day of a three-day summit between the two leaders who both expressed hopes in containing the threat of war on the Korean Peninsula.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    This is a monumental step forward, between North and South Korea; let's hope that the American government just stays out of the way of the process as this is cemented by both countries.

    Sep 25 09:33

    Rabbis for Human Rights in Solidarity with Bedouin Community, Celebrate Sukkot at Khan al-Ahmar

    Rabbis for Human Rights (RHR) announced on that they have set up sukkah’s, which are temporary tents constructed for use during the week-long Jewish holiday of Sukkot, in the Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar, east of Jerusalem.

    RHR decided to set up sukkah’s at the Bedouin village to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, also known as the Feast of Tabernacles, to show solidarity with the residents and as a protest against Israel’s planned demolition of the village.

    RHR said, in a statement,

    “We will express solidarity with our Bedouin brothers and we will live as they do for a little bit. We will remember that our forefathers lived as free human beings for 40 years in the Sinai Desert.”

    “We will sit during Sukkot in the Judean Desert during the seven days of the holiday. We will live a life of confidence in our temporary quarters, together with members of the Jahalin tribe, who have been living in this vulnerable situation for years.”

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    You've got to love these guys!!! :-)

    Sep 25 09:30

    The Path to World War III? Risky Israeli behavior threatens everyone

    But there is another dimension to the story that the international media has largely chosen to ignore. And that is that Israel is now carrying out almost daily air attacks on Syria, over 200 in the past 18 months, a country with which it is not at war and which has not attacked it or threatened it in any way. It justifies the attacks by claiming that they are directed against Iran or Hezbollah, not at Syria itself. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has insisted that any peace settlement in Syria include the complete removal of Iranians, a demand that has also been repeated by the United States, which is also calling for the end to the Bashar al-Assad government and its replacement by something more “democratic.”

    Sep 25 09:28

    3 Ways Facebook Is Increasingly Becoming An Arm Of The US Government

    Facebook has lately announced a series of major steps it would take to combat fake news and the global spread of misinformation that it says could influence elections, but the more we learn about just who it is Facebook is partnering with in this endeavor, the clearer it becomes that these initiatives are not at all designed to foster independent thought and discourse, but to ultimately ensure that public online discourse doesn't stray too far from official state narratives.

    Mark Weisbrot, a co-director at the Center for Economic and Policy Research, recently slammed Facebook’s decision to work with US government-funded organizations as "Orwellian" — especially given the fact these organizations themselves "specialize in overseas propaganda."

    Thus while claiming to fight Russian, Iranian, and other propaganda these very groups will strictly enforce an official establishment Washington and NATO view of world events.

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