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Jun 25 06:10

Closing Bank Accounts: Israel’s New Policy to Displace Palestinians Out of Jerusalem

Israel is closing the bank accounts of Arab institutions in Jerusalem in an effort to displace Jerusalemites and force them out of the city, the Department of Jerusalem Affairs has said.

In a press release, the organisation said the Israeli occupation’s moves against social, cultural, educational, relief, housing, legal or engineering institutions were political and go hand in hand with the Israeli policy of collective punishment against the defenseless Palestinian civilians in order to Judaise the city by force.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How completely typical of Tel Aviv; an economic component to Israel's "Final Solution" of the "Palestinian Problem".

Jun 25 06:06

Lily Allen: We Can’t Gaslight an Entire Community Like This… That’s What’s Happening

In the maelstrom that has followed the Grenfell Tower fire, it has fallen to a perhaps unlikely figure to speak up for the residents and ask searching questions of the authorities.

Lily Allen lives in the shadow of the tower block and witnessed the unfolding tragedy in the early hours of June 14. Since then, she has been a constant presence at the scene, helping the victims and attempting to understand their concerns, but also giving commentary on the relief efforts and exploring the reasons behind the disaster.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To the people who managed Grenfell Tower, the people living there were simply ...expendable. Decisions could be made about building materials, like the very flammable cladding which were profoundly, amazingly stupid, and short sighted.

The investigation here should be criminal in nature, not civil, and those people who willingly, and knowingly, made these decisions punished, severely, and the people of the UK should never have to live in unsafe housing again.

Lily Allen is a heroine to me, and I am sure, to many of those who had families, now lost, from this horrendous fire.

Jun 25 05:54

Trump’s Policy Is Clear: Civilian Casualties Don’t Matter in the War on Terror

? ecent news reports describe a massive increase in civilian casualties at the hands of the US military or US allies. In Mosul, Iraq, hundreds of residents have been killed as US forces join Iraqi troops in the last stage of their assault on the ISIS-held city. In Yemen, the United States is increasing its direct involvement in the Saudi-led air war being waged against the poorest country in the Arab world, as the UN and other aid workers struggle against mass famine and a looming cholera epidemic on top of the thousands already killed and millions displaced. And in Raqqa, Syria, US air strikes and white-phosphorus munitions have led to what the UN calls “a staggering loss of life,” as Washington provides backup to Kurdish and Arab forces now besieging the ISIS stronghold.

“Rarely a day goes by now when we don’t see three or four civilian casualty incidents…around Raqqa....” —AirWars

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This... is what "collateral damage" looks like in Yemen, courtesy of US military-enabled Saudi genocide against Yemeni children, killed outright, or maimed for life:

Images: Yemeni children killed or maimed from life, courtesy of Saudi bombings.

And the reason I keep posting images like this is, that in Yemen and Iraq, the US government and military are partners in war crimes.

As a Christian pacifist activist, it does not make me morally comfortable to be a citizen of a country which participates in war crimes.

Jun 25 05:42

US-Led Airstrikes Killed 472 Civilians in Syria in the Past Month

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has issued a report today covering the civilian death toll of US-led coalition airstrikes in Syria over the past month, from May 23 to June 23, reporting at least 472 civilians, the largest in any 30-day period since the US started bombing Syria in 2014.

The attacks covered two provinces in Syria, with 222 civilians killed in Deir Ezzor, and the other 250 civilians killed in the Raqqa Province. Strikes against the area immediately surrounding Raqqa were nominally done in support of the Kurdish YPG’s advance on ISIS’ capital, the city of Raqqa.

In Deir Ezzor, much of the death toll was in airstrikes against buildings in the city of Mayadin, where huge numbers of civilian relatives of ISIS fighters were said to be killed, many of them young children. Over the two provinces, the Syrian Observatory counted 137 children killed in the US-led attacks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights is a propaganda front, funded by the EU.

Document:The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights is a Propaganda Front funded by the EU

That being said, I would suspect that these numbers are very conservative, relative to the actual number of deaths created by US assaults in Syria.

Jun 25 05:35

Turkey to stop teaching Darwin’s theory of evolution in high schools

TURKEY will stop teaching Darwin’s theory of evolution in high schools, deeming it controversial and difficult to understand, a senior education official says.

Critics say President Tayyip Erdogan and the Islamist-rooted AK Party are undermining modern Turkey’s secular foundations by pushing a conservative agenda, including tighter regulation of alcohol and other restrictions, since coming to power in 2002.

A chapter entitled Beginning of Life and Evolution will be deleted from the standard biology textbooks used in schools and the material will be available only to students who go on to university studies from age 18 or 19, Alparslan Durmus, head of the national education board said in an online address this week.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The American comedian Ron White has a one-liner which absolutely applies here: "You can't fix stupid."

And this ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid move has obviously been done to dumb down Turkish high school students by people who utterly do not understand the incontrovertible science of evolution.

Jun 25 05:24

Preparing For War? US House Wants To Create First New Military Branch Since 1947

There’s currently a push in the halls of Washington D.C., to establish a new branch of the military by 2019, one whose focus would be operations among the stars. Proposed legislation by House representatives would create a “Space Corps” that would serve “as a separate military service within the Department of the Air Force.”

It would be the first branch added to the military since 1947 when the Air Force was officially established.

On Tuesday, the top two lawmakers of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee, Representatives Mike Rogers and Jim Cooper, added the legislation to the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The subcommittee oversees military space operations and works within the umbrella of the House Armed Services Committee.

“There is bipartisan acknowledgement that the strategic advantages we derive from our national security space systems are eroding,” Rogers and Cooper said in a joint statement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This concept makes sense, at a lot of levels.

Jun 25 05:19

NSA USES TRICK TO SPY ON AMERICANS

The government is spying on most Americans through our computers, phones, cars, buses, streetlights, at airports and on the street, via mobile scanners and drones, through our credit cards and smart meters, televisions, dolls, and in many other ways.

Yesterday, ZDNet reported that the NSA uses a trick to get around the few flimsy American laws on spying … they shuttle internet traffic overseas so they can pretend they’re monitoring foreign communications:

A new analysis of documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden details a highly classified technique that allows the National Security Agency to “deliberately divert” US internet traffic, normally safeguarded by constitutional protections, overseas in order to conduct unrestrained data collection on Americans.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This... is why intelligent people either encrypt their communications securely, or only say very vanilla stuff in their emails or social media.

Jun 25 05:15

TWO ITALIAN ZOMBIE BANKS TOPPLED FRIDAY NIGHT

When banks fail and regulators decide to liquidate them, it happens on Friday evening so that there is a weekend to clean up the mess. And this is what happened in Italy – with two banks!

It’s over for the two banks that have been prominent zombies in the Italian banking crisis: Veneto Banca and Banca Popolare di Vicenza, in northeastern Italy.

The banks have combined assets of €60 billion, a good part of which are toxic and no one wanted to touch them. They already received a bailout but more would have been required, and given the uncertainty and the messiness of their books, nothing was forthcoming, and the ECB which regulates them lost its patience.

In a tersely worded statement, the ECB’s office of Banking Supervision ordered the banks to be wound up because they “were failing or likely to fail as the two banks repeatedly breached supervisory capital requirements.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Euro itself is set to fall and fail; it not a matter of if, but when.

Jun 25 05:12

FLIMSY EVIDENCE AND FRINGE SOURCES LAND PEOPLE ON SECRETIVE BANKING WATCHLIST

A CORPORATE DATABASE used by banks and other institutions to screen clients for crimes such as money laundering and terror financing has labeled dozens of U.S. citizens as connected to terrorism on the basis of outdated or unsubstantiated allegations. An analysis of a 2014 copy of the database, which is known as World-Check, also indicates that many thousands of people, including children, were listed on the basis of tenuous links to crime or to politically prominent persons.

The database relied on allegations stemming from right-wing Islamophobic websites to categorize under “terrorism” people and groups like the Council on American-Islamic Relations, several mosques, and national and regional Islamic organizations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That databases like this can be used to smear people who are perfectly innocent of wrongdoing smacks of Orwellian wrong-doing on a ginormous scale.

Jun 24 16:07

There’s No Justice… In the US criminal justice system — Paul Craig Roberts

The criminalization of US citizens by the Injustice System is now one of America’s largest industries. Prisons have been privatized, and their inmates comprise cheap labor for Apple Computer and defense industries among many others. The United States of America not only has the highest percentage of its population in prison, it has the highest absolute number, substantially higher than “authoritarian China,” a country whose population is FOUR TIMES LARGER than the US but a country with fewer people in prison. -- That should tell Americans something. But they are too brainwashed to see it. The morons rush to the defense of the police, and they praise prosecutors for their wrongful convictions. In America, to be accused is to be guilty. Not even President Trump is safe from being falsely convicted by false charges and driven from office.

Jun 24 09:07

NSA's use of 'traffic shaping' allows unrestrained spying on Americans

By using a "traffic shaping" technique, the National Security Agency sidestepped legal restrictions imposed by lawmakers and the surveillance courts.

Jun 24 09:05

IT’S THE BANKSTERS, STUPID

It’s something Americans should have figured out after the last financial crisis. The source of their misery stems from the policies of the Federal Reserve and international bankers. As usual, though, the establishment media has diverted attention elsewhere and the financial class of modern robber barons continues its pathological looting and will do so until the bottom falls out of the economy.

“While politics in the West reels from a decade of economic crisis and stagnation, asset prices continue to surge on the back of continued rapid growth in G3 QE,” writes Albert Edwards. “In an age of ‘radical uncertainty’ how long will it be before angry citizens tire of blaming an impotent political system for their ills and turn on the main culprits for their poverty—unelected and virtually unaccountable central bankers? I expect central bank independence will be (and should be) the next casualty of the current political turmoil.”

Jun 24 05:58

Russia Warships and Sub Fire Cruise Missiles at Syria: Moscow

(*EVERYTHINGS COOL! I'm. pretty sure Russian President Vladimir Putin. waited until American President Donald J Trump's Policy Became Clear: Civilian Casualties No Longer Matter In The War On Terror )

Jun 23 17:11

The Passing of the Pelosi Era

Prediction: Democrats will not go into the 2018 Congressional elections with San Fran Nan as the party's face and future. No way. As President Kennedy said, “Sometimes party loyalty asks too much.” -- Post-Trump, it is hard to see Republicans returning to NAFTA-GATT free-trade globalism, open borders, mass immigration or Bushite crusades for democracy. A cold realism about America's limited power and potential to change the world has settled in.

Jun 23 17:01

No One’s Slaves

Our British cousins are unhappily discovering that the glamorous socialist/Marxist “nanny state,” so piously promoted by all the “beautiful people,” that they foolishly thought would bring about a utopian society where no one had to do any work, has cunningly enslaved them (as it always does, everywhere it has been tried), suffocating every vestige of individual initiative and personal dignity. They have been deceived, gullible victims of their own vanity, vice, and cowardice, and they know it!

Jun 23 16:55

Americans are ready to move on from Clinton fantasy scandals

Failed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her powerful friends in government have worked overtime to keep media and Congress focused on investigations into whether Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election. But America is ready to move on.

Jun 23 16:37

Why Hasn’t the CIA Been Abolished?

If Ron Paul were president, he would get the ball rolling immediately to abolish the CIA. That’s because he strongly disapproves of most of what the CIA does and has done in the past. He’d expend the time, energy and political costs to see the process through. He’d fight this fight with his heart in it. He’d take the risk.

Jun 23 12:54

Canary In The Coal Mine: Unfunded Liabilities Have Turned Illinois Into A “Banana Republic” On The Brink Of Bankruptcy

Illinois is the perfect example of what happens when your state is run by fiscally irresponsible dunces for decades. The state is buried debt, and hasn’t passed a budget in over 700 days. 100% of their monthly revenue is being consumed by court ordered payments, and the Illinois Department of Transportation has revealed that they may not be able to pay contractors (who are working on over 700 infrastructure projects) after July 1st if the state doesn’t pass a budget. To top it all off, the state’s credit rating is one step away from junk status, the lowest of any state. Because of these factors, Illinois may become the first state to declare bankruptcy since the Great Depression.

Governor Bruce Rauner has gone so far as to call his state a “banana republic.”

The state’s comptroller has admitted that “We are in massive crisis mode.”

Jun 23 12:52

Leaked Police Report: There Are 23 Muslim-Controlled “No Go Zones” In Sweden: Plagued With Violence, Sexual Assaults And Gun Crimes

Though European leaders and their US-based counterparts have vehemently denied their existence, a leaked report from the Swedish police confirms that there are at least 23 Muslim-controlled “No-Go Zones” and some 60 “vulnerable areas” where non-muslim citizens of the country can no longer visit safely.

As noted in the RT video below, the areas are plagued with violence, sexual assaults and gun crimes, and things have gotten so bad that police and emergency services personnel refuse to enter.

According to the Swedish National Police Commissioner:

We see developments in our country which are not always going in the right direction… We have more than 60 vulnerable areas in and around major cities in Sweden.. and we see criminality there and we need to turn around these developments in those areas… and we need the assistance of other parts of our society.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is the direct result of unvetted immigration, and why it cannot be allowed to continue further in this country.

Jun 23 12:46

Some US Airlines Are Testing Mandatory Facial Recognition Scans On Americans Flying Abroad

Just when you thought air travel couldn’t get any more invasive, authoritarian and downright miserable, the Department of Homeland Security and two U.S. carriers are determined to prove you wrong.

Yesterday, Harrison Rudolph, a law fellow at the Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law, wrote a very troubling article at Slate titled, DHS Is Starting to Scan Americans’ Faces Before They Get on International Flights. Here’s some of what we learned:

Decades ago, Congress mandated that federal authorities keep track of foreign nationals as they enter and leave the United States. If the government could record when every visitor stepped on and off of U.S. soil, so the thinking went, it could easily see whether a foreign national had overstayed a visa.

But in June of last year, without congressional authorization, and without consulting the public, the Department of Homeland Security started scanning the faces of Americans leaving the country, too.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As the daughter of a very conscientious aircraft instrument mechanic (because I thought that everyone was just as diligent as was my late dad), I used to love to fly, when I was younger; now, being treated like livestock, poked, prodded and screamed at by the near-moronic maniacs at the TSA has made me absolutely hate flying.

Jun 23 12:32

The Passing Of The Pelosi Era

In the first round of the special election for the House seat in Georgia’s Sixth District, 30-year-old Jon Ossoff swept 48 percent. He more than doubled the vote of his closest GOP rival, Karen Handel.

A Peach State pickup for the Democrats and a huge humiliation for President Trump seemed at hand.

But in Tuesday’s final round, Ossoff, after the most costly House race in history, got 48 percent again, and lost. If Democratic donors are grabbing pitchforks, who can blame them?

And what was Karen Handel’s cutting issue?

Ossoff lived two miles outside the district and represented the values of the Democratic minority leader, whom he would vote to make the speaker of the house, Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco.

The Pelosi factor has been a drag on Democrats in all four of the special elections the party has lost since Trump’s November triumph.

Jun 23 12:29

Saudi Reshuffle Could Completely Shake Up Oil Markets

The new crown prince is known to be a bit unpredictable. In the early phase of the oil price meltdown, he said that prices did not matter. But the plunge below $30 per barrel in early 2016 seemed to have changed the calculus. Last year Saudi Arabia became the principle driver behind a return to “market management,” that is restraining output to stabilize prices.

The IPO is another signature initiative of the young prince. He hopes to sell off 5 percent of Aramco, which he argues could raise around $100 billion (some analysts dispute that figure) in order to finance his Vision 2030, which calls for a diversification of the Saudi economy. The elevation of Mohammed bin Salman is being interpreted in some corners as an effort to accelerate this economic transformation. With low oil prices, a sizable budget deficit, large but dwindling cash reserves, and a restive and young population, time is of the essence.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I hate the characterisation of war between Saudi Arabia and Iran as "inevitable", but in light of the fact that the US has now "thrown its hat in" with the House of Saud, courtesy of President Trump's recent visit to Riyadh, and his own virulently anti-Iran, pro-Israel stance, I am afraid that characterisation is absolutely correct.

Jun 23 12:17

Senate announces probe of Loretta Lynch behavior in 2016 election

The Senate Judiciary Committee has opened a probe into former Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s efforts to shape the FBI’s investigation into 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, the committee’s chairman announced Friday.
In a letter to Ms. Lynch, the committee asks her to detail the depths of her involvement in the FBI’s investigation, including whether she ever assured Clinton confidantes that the probe wouldn’t “push too deeply into the matter.”
Fired FBI Director James B. Comey has said publicly that Ms. Lynch tried to shape the way he talked about the investigation into Mrs. Clinton’s emails, and he also hinted at other behavior “which I cannot talk about yet” that made him worried about Ms. Lynch’s ability to make impartial decisions.
Mr. Comey said that was one reason why he took it upon himself to buck Justice Department tradition and reveal his findings about Mrs. Clinton last year.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Lynch will most probably have to be subpoenaed, and may well not respond to it even if she is subpoenaed.

IF I were Charles Grassley right now, I would be preventing her from leaving the country to go to a country with which the US does not have an extradition treaty; because, were I a betting woman, I would almost bet on her doing something like that, and right the heck now!!

Jun 23 11:05

How the Government Conditions Citizens to Obey

The government has basically turned society into a pinball machine which bounces citizens from here to there, taking away control of their destiny. And then, they use their own coercion as an example of why we need more coercion: because people cannot control their own outcomes in life!

Jun 23 10:52

Saudi Arabia vs Qatar: Middle East Controlled-Demolition Plan?

There is trouble in oil paradise.

Prince bin Salman has assumed complete control of the Saudi kingdom’s government apparatus. This is a sign that the Saudi hardliners, vis-a-vis the crisis they created with Qatar, have won the prelude of the battle. As Saudi Arabia’s minister of defense, bin Salman was the architect of the nasty war in Yemen, which until the split between the two nations, included Qatar. What happened to the beautiful friendship between the Saudi and the Qatari rulers? Its apex was the sponsorship of jihadists, first to topple Gaddafi in Libya, and their ultimate collaborative proxy-terrorism accomplishment was the creation of ISIS to wreck Iraq, and to topple Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Saudi Arabia has just given Qatar 10 days to accede to its demands, as of today's date:

Saudi Arabia gives Qatar 10 days to meet its demands to close down Al Jazeera, and cut ties with Iran.

Counting forward from today, this gives Qatar until the end of Sunday, 2 July to comply.

My best bet would be, that Saudi Arabia will move against Qatar on or about 4 July, when Americans are sedated with food, from the Independence Day holiday, and won't be paying attention.

But the question I have to ask is, what standing orders have the US commanders over those 10,000 troops stationed in Qatar been given in if that happens?!?

Turkish troops are already on the ground in Qatar, and doing exercises.

Turkish troops hold exercises in Qatar in show of support

As of the end of this 10 day period, all hell could break loose here, if in fact Saudi Prince Mohammed has green lit a Saudi invasion of Qatar.

Jun 23 10:36

The Over-Criminalization of American Life

The over-criminalization of America has undermined justice, the rule of law and legal egalitarianism. While the corporate media devotes itself to sports, entertainment, dining out and the latest political kerfuffle, America has become the Over-Criminalization Capital of the World. The proliferation of laws and administrative regulations, federal, state and local, that carry criminal penalties has swollen into the tens of thousands.

Jun 23 10:34

US Recklessly Provoking Russia. The Unthinkable Could Happen by Accident or Design

Instead of fulfilling a campaign promise to improve bilateral relations, Trump so far continues acting provocatively.

He’s pursuing the same reckless agenda as Obama, pushing the envelope toward possible direct confrontation with Russia.

Despite neither country wanting war, unfolding events may cause the unthinkable to happen by accident or design.

Among major powers, Russia is the world’s leading peace and stability champion – America just the opposite.

It’s recklessly waging wars in multiple theaters, threatening conflicts against North Korea, Iran, and perhaps Russia the way things are going.
Madness defines US policy, state terror on a global scale, naked aggression its main expression, controlling planet earth, its resources and people its objective – risking potentially life-destroying nuclear war.
Last week, Senate members near unanimously imposed new illegal sanctions on Russia, including on its energy sector. House action awaits.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looking at the geopolitical situation unfolding, many times, Mike and I are reminded of that archetypal dream of watching two trains, slowly heading for each other on the same track moving toward mutual destruction, but absolutely unable to stop it.

It is painfully clear to me, at this juncture in history, the the American Deep State is provoking Russia in every possible way, as a prelude toward war against it. The provocations are coming in our treatment of Russia itself; North Korea; Syria; and Iran.

As a Christian pacifist activist, who never advocates military action through which to resolve geopolitical conflicts, I am utterly appalled at how intensely President Trump has embraced war over true diplomacy in so many of the situations I am seeing developing which could very well spiral out of control.

I just see so many flash points coming up, that it feels as though war with Russia (and perhaps, also China) is imminent; it feels like less a question of if, but when, such a war will start.

The only thing I can do is to continue to bear witness, and counsel our readers/listeners to start prepping now, if they have not already started. A very good place to start is the subscription to Daisy Luther's "The Organic Prepper" newsletter. Yes, you will get some ads for goods and services here, but she is brilliantly and brutally astute, when it comes to the difference between surviving upheaval...or not.

Jun 23 10:09

US Foreign Policy, Global Hegemony, “Soft Power” and the Geopolitics of Eurasia

Henry Kissinger, one of the fundamental figures in creating and maintaining the US policy of global hegemonism during the Cold War[1], was quite clear and precise in his overviewing the issue of the American geopolitical position, national goals and foreign policy. His remarks can be summarized in the following points:
The US is an island off the shores of the large landmass of Eurasia.
The resources and population of Eurasia far exceed the resources and population of the US.
Any domination by any single state from Eurasia (either from the European or the Asian part) is a critical danger for the American geopolitical and geoeconomic aims as well as national interest regardless during or after the time of the Cold War.
A mortal danger for the US is formation of any political-military coalitions between the Euroasian great powers (primarily between the USSR/Russia and China) as such coalition would have a real capacity to outstrip both the US economy and military.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But it looks as though the political/economic developments between members of BRIC and the SCO are changing this game, and quite concretely.

The economic reforms in China and Russia, coupled with their moving to embrace Europe, with trade and infrastructure, (like Xi Jinping's Silk Road project China pledges $124 billion for new Silk Road as champion of globalization) are leaving the USSA in the dust; this is why I am hearing so much demonisation of both countries, as though to prepare American citizens for wars against them, to stop the ascent of both the yuan, and the ruble.

Jun 23 10:05

George Orwell’s son says his father’s ‘1984’ was ‘prescient’

The audience at the opening night on Broadway of a new stage adaptation of George Orwell’s dystopian fantasy “1984” will include a special guest — the author’s son.

Richard Blair, whose father finished the book in 1949 when he was a young boy, was in New York on Thursday to cheer on the cast amid a huge jump in interest of his father’s nightmarish vison of the future.

“His novel ‘1984’ was his take on what could possibly happen — not necessarily will happen — but, as it turned out, it was really quite prescient,” said Blair. “Crickey, it’s still fresh today as it was then.”

Jun 23 10:04

Here Is The Reality Of Our Predicament: “The US System Is Going To Move Into The Next Phase Of Collapse Under Trump’s Watch”

Just after the US presidential election in 2016 I published an article titled ‘Order Out Of Chaos: Defeat Of The Left Comes With A Cost’, covering a rather difficult subject matter, namely the concept of “4th Generation Warfare” and how it is used by establishment elitists to defeat popular resistance to their agenda of centralization and globalization. 4th Gen tactics are confusing to many because most people think in terms of single movements and direct correlations; they think that a punch thrown is a punch intended to strike, rather than intended as a feint or misdirection.

Jun 23 09:49

Empty Book on Palestinian History Becomes Instant Best-seller on Amazon

The author's argument that the Palestinians are not a people because they are void of history isn't new - it's a mainstay of the Israeli right.

A book called "A History of the Palestinian People: From Ancient Times to the Modern Era" that went on sale on Amazon last week was the most sold book in the site's "Israel & Palestine History" category and the 543rd most sold book on the site.

The page for the book, which contains 132 blank pages, has since been removed from the site. It was not immediately clear if the page was removed by Amazon or the publisher.

Assaf Voll, the "author" of the book explained the motivations behind writing it to the religious radio station "Kol Hai": "The Palestinian people believe they are a people, and someone needs to tell them the truth even if it hurts. Look what happens when they were given the feeling that they are a real people."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Vol understands, in a very Orwellian manner, that to control the future, one must be in control of the past, which in his case, means to completely erase Palestinian history in what is now contemporary Israel.

Palestinian historians, past and future, will not allow him that "luxury" of this lie, however.

Jun 23 09:40

OpinionWhy Is One Pro-Israel Group Desperate To Keep You From Watching This Video?

When it comes to Palestinians, the American Jewish establishment is in the ignorance business. The average American synagogue has never hosted a Palestinian speaker. The average “pro-Israel” activist has never read a book by a Palestinian author. The American Jewish philanthropists who fund Birthright send thousands of young American Jews to Israel each year, on a program that systematically excludes the voices of 50% of the people who live under Israeli control.

But that’s not the worst part. The worst part is that for major American Jewish organizations, ignorance is an export. It is not enough that American Jewish leaders never hear from Palestinians themselves — they do their best to ensure that American politicians don’t, either.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please watch this video, and decide for yourselves.

There is one, carefully crafted image Israelis want you to see of their country; the other is the brutal reality with which Palestinians have to live every day, 24/7.

Jun 23 09:06

The images Saudi Arabia doesn't want you to see

Batool Ali is six years old, though you would never guess that from her huge, haunted eyes and emaciated frame. Ribs jutting out over her distended belly, Batool weighs less than 16 kilograms (35 pounds). She is one of nearly half a million children in Yemen suffering from severe malnutrition.

In another hospital, Ali Annhari sits with his daughter Isra in his lap. Her eyes are glazed, an IV drip in her hand. She is suffering from cholera.
"I am scared of course," Annhari says, "three of my children had cholera. Your children are your world. I have been eight months without a salary, so we are struggling and borrowing money ... the treatment is so expensive."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Take a good, hard look at the images accompanying this article, and (something I rarely say), bravo to CNN for having had the "male attributes" to run it.

And please remember; the US government is enabling the Saudi genocide of children in Yemen. This genocide/assassination is taking many forms.

The Saudi military, under US military guidance, is bombing, killing, and maiming for life, Yemen's children:

Images: Yemeni children killed and maimed for life from Saudi bombings

Because, with US military aid, the Saudis are blockading Yemeni ports, so no food can get in, children are dying from complications of malnutrition:

Image: Yemeni child dying from malnutrition

Because malnutrition causes the body to shut down, and become prone to a host of diseases, cholera is sweeping through Yemen at this moment.

images:
Yemeni children dying from cholera

Oh, and did I mention that the Saudis are using banned depleted uranium weapons in Yemen?!?

Images: Saudis using depleted uranium in Yemen

These DU weapons are having precisely the same effect on Yemeni children as it had on the children in Fallujah, and still births, cancers, and massive deformities are now the "new normal" for Yemeni babies.

Image: Yemeni baby deformed from exposure to DU weapons

I frankly can thing of few more horrific child abuse...than poisoning a child in the womb, through exposure to DU weapons.

When you assassinate children, you assassinate the future of the country those kids come from; and this, precisely, is what the Saudi military, enabled by the Us military, is doing in Yemen. And remember; this is done with your tax dollars, and in your name as well.

Jun 23 08:41

Florida Cops Shut Down Secret Spy Plane Plan After Backlash By Locals

The Miami-Dade Police Department has decided to drop its wide-area surveillance plan in the face of public backlash. The MDPD tried to slip it past residents and the county government by claiming the acquisition of a secret spy plane was too important to be done properly.

Jun 23 08:40

Lavrov tells Tillerson attempts to exert pressure on Russia through sanctions pointlessMore:http://tass.com/politics/952926

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in a telephone conversation with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that attempts to exert pressure on Moscow through sanctions were pointless, the Russian Foreign Minister said in a statement on Thursday.

Russia considers no counter-demands to US in response to Tillerson's plan
"While assessing the prospects for bilateral dialogue, Sergey Lavrov pointed out that attempts to exert pressure on Russia through sanctions were pointless, though Washington once again used this tool on June 20," the statement reads. "Such steps put Russian-US ties at serious risk, while bilateral relations are already going through a tough period," the Russian Foreign Ministry added.

The Russian top diplomat also stressed that Moscow expected Washington to respond to its proposals aimed at normalizing bilateral relations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What is even worse about these sanctions, is that the US has raised sanctions against Russia for something it never did, i.e., allegedly annexing Crimea.

And please, let's not forget here; the US was complicit in the overthrow of Yanukovich in Ukraine in 2014; Washington Was Behind Ukraine Coup: Obama admits that US “Brokered a Deal” in Support of “Regime Change”; Victoria Nuland publicly bragged about how much money the US government spent to destabilise Ukraine; The United States spent $5 billion on Ukraine anti-government riots; and when Crimean officials realised that there was no more legitimate government in Kiev, post putsch, it held a referendum to ask its people whether they wanted to stay with Ukraine, or join the Russian Federation. Crimea votes to join Russian Federation, 2014

At no time did Russia ever annex Crimea; Crimea, through the referendum process, petitioned the Russian Federation to become a member,and the Russian Federation accepted its membership request.

Jun 23 08:30

Washington, Beijing Put the Screws to Pyongyang with Renewed Sanctions

As part of an ever-intensifying effort to lean on North Korea’s nuclear program, China and the United States have agreed to further tighten sanctions on the Hermit Kingdom. Specifically, they are banning American and Chinese companies from doing business with North Korean industries.

For years, and particularly since the beginning of the most recent crisis, Washington has urged Beijing to put more pressure on Pyongyang, which heavily relies on China for imports and exports. Eighty-five percent of North Korea's imports in 2015 came from China, according to the Observatory of Economic Complexity.

For the most part, China has not done this. Until mid-April, they were importing far more coal from North Korea than allowed by the UN. According to the Japanese Nikkei Asian Review, China reduced coal imports in April but has also quadrupled iron imports since 2016 to make up for the loss.

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Fingers crossed here, that the pressure will yield dividends leading to a moratorium on North Korea's nuclear weapons program.

Jun 23 08:24

FLASHBACK - America : Freedom to Fascism

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Time for a repost. Especially after History Channel's "America's War on Drugs" has confirmed that the largest trafficker of illegal drugs into the United States is the United States Government!

Jun 22 14:51

George Carlin - It's a big club and you ain't in it

You see, the owners of this country know the truth. It's called the American dream. Cause ya have to be asleep to believe it.

TRANSCRIPT + VIDEO

Jun 22 11:00

ISLAMIC STATE: THE GENESIS OF A SECTARIAN FRANKENSTEIN

Since the beginning of the Syrian conflict in August 2011 to April 2013, the Islamic State and al-Nusra Front were a single organization that chose the banner of “Jabhat al-Nusra.” Although the current al-Nusra Front has been led by Abu Mohammad al-Julani but he was appointed [1] as the emir of al-Nusra Front by Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, the leader of Islamic State, in January 2012. Thus, al-Julani’s Nusra Front is only a splinter group of the Islamic State, which split from its parent organization in April 2013 over a leadership dispute between the two organizations.

Jun 22 10:56

U.S. TORTURE, A SAUDI COUP AND ISIS CRIMES - "BY, WITH AND THROUGH ALLIES"

Hundreds of men swept up in the hunt for al-Qaida militants have disappeared into a secret network of prisons in southern Yemen where abuse is routine and torture extreme — including the “grill,” in which the victim is tied to a spit like a roast and spun in a circle of fire, an Associated Press investigation has found. Senior American defense officials acknowledged Wednesday that U.S. forces have been involved in interrogations of detainees in Yemen but denied any participation in or knowledge of human rights abuses. ...

Jun 22 10:24

Police Can Now Say These 2 Words To Enter Your Home Without A Warrant, Judge Rules

A federal judge has ruled that police have the right to enter homes without a warrant

Jun 22 09:00

Killer Drones and the Militarization of U.S. Foreign Policy

To many around the world, U.S. foreign policy has been dominated for the past 16 years by military actions in the Middle East and South Asia, and large land and sea military exercises in Northeast Asia. On the world stage, American efforts in the areas of economics, trade, cultural issues and human rights appear to have taken a back seat to the waging of continuous wars.

Continuing the use of drone warfare to carry out assassinations will only exacerbate foreign distrust of American intentions and trustworthiness. It thereby plays into the hands of the very opponents we are trying to defeat.

During his campaign, Donald Trump pledged he would always put “America First,” and said he wanted to get out of the business of regime change. It is not too late for him to keep that promise by learning from his predecessors’ mistakes and reversing the continued militarization of U.S. foreign policy.

Jun 22 08:56

An Old Nightmare Returns: The Balkans Simmer Again

The latest worrisome development is the victory of the most hardline factions in Kosovo’s just-completed national elections. An alliance that Kosovo’s media have dubbed the “war wing,” emerged as the largest bloc in parliament, garnering 34 percent of the vote. The principal leaders of that faction, headed by the Democratic Party of Kosovo, are President Hashim Thaci, and another former leader of the infamous Kosovo Liberation Army, Ramush Haradinaj, who is likely to become prime minister. European Union and UN investigators have accused both men of numerous war crimes during Kosovo’s war of secession from Serbia in the late 1990s.

Jun 22 08:52

FLASHBACK - Stanford prison experiment

The Stanford prison experiment (SPE) was an attempt to investigate the psychological effects of perceived power, focusing on the struggle between prisoners and prison guards. It was conducted at Stanford University on August 14–20, 1971, by a research group led by psychology professor Philip Zimbardo using college students.[1] It was funded by the U.S. Office of Naval Research[2] as an investigation into the causes of difficulties between guards and prisoners in the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps. The experiment is a topic covered in most introductory psychology textbooks.[3]

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a famous psychology experiment, conducted in the context of a prison with guards and prisoners. In the experiment, who was a guard and who was a prisoner was decided totally by chance. But as the experiment progressed, the guards became abusive while the prisoners became submissive. As mentioned above, the experiment was canceled early because the abuse got out of hand.

Following yesterday's interview with Miriamme Azizi, it occurred to me that the dynamics of guard and prisoner apply to other situations than just prisons.

Any group, whether it be government, bankers, or clergy, that "imprisons" another group, either politically, economically, or religiously, will abuse the captive population, and over time, the abuse inevitably increases. From this simply reality, one gets dictatorship, impoverishment, sexual abuse of children, and other evils.

Following yesterday's interview with Miriamme Azizi, it is clear that this is going on in Israel, where Israel's government is increasingly abusing, not just the Palestinians, but Jewish Israelis and even Americans "imprisoned" inside Israel. And, of course, the same is happening here in the United States with an increasingly tyrannical government disrespective of our rights, and bankers, who commit fraud upon their clients with seeming impunity. And of course, the continuing problem of clergy sex abuse of children.

This is the science behind the old saying that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. And it was awareness of this that led the Founding Fathers of the United States to design a weak central government with three separate branches to keep an eye on each other, and as a last resort, the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms to hold an abusive government in check.

But clearly, in the face of the inevitable escalation of such abuse by our "guards", this nation is on the inevitable path to revolt. I don't like it, but I must accept it.

Jun 22 08:52

Ehud Barak Warns: Israel Faces 'Slippery Slope' Toward Apartheid

While Israel's current situation is "not yet apartheid," the country is on a "slippery slope" heading in that direction – thus says former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak in an interview airing Wednesday night on German television.

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Former Prime Minister Barak, a word please; do you not recognise that your country is already there, as a fully developed, wretchedly apartheid, self-proclaimed theocracy, with nuclear weapons?!?

Jun 22 08:48

Australia says to resume air strikes in Syria after Russia threat

Russia said on Monday it would treat U.S.-led coalition aircraft flying west of the River Euphrates in Syria as potential targets and track them with missile systems and military aircraft, but stopped short of saying it would shoot them down.

As a result of the threat, Australia said on Tuesday it would suspend its military campaign.

On Thursday, a decision was made to resume the air strikes in Syria after an assessment of the Russian statement, although it did not say when they would begin again.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

WOW, that was a quick turnaround on Governmental Policy in Canberra!

Jun 22 08:44

Israel vs. the United Nations: The Nikki Haley Doctrine

The United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, seems to be championing a single cause: Israel.

When Haley speaks about Israel, her language is not merely emotive nor tailored to fit the need of a specific occasion. Rather, her words are resolute, consistent and are matched by a clear plan of action.

Along with Haley, the rightwing Israeli government of Benjamin Netanyahu is moving fast to cultivate the unique opportunity of dismissing the United Nations, thus, any attempt at criticizing the Israeli Occupation.

Unlike previous UN ambassadors who strongly backed Israel, Haley refrains from any coded language or any attempt, however poor, to appear balanced. Last March, she told a crowd of 18,000 supporters at the Israel lobby, AIPAC’s annual policy conference, that this is a new era for US-Israel relations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Haley plays the "Israel Whisperer" to the absolute detriment of other relationships in the Middle East, which are equally critical to the possibility of peace being achieved here.

To downplay Israel's egregious human rights abuses against the Palestinians is rather akin to a doctor's touching up an x-ray, so the patient doesn't believe their cancer is really that severe.

Jun 22 08:38

As ISIS Loses Ground, US Is on a Collision Course With Syria and Iran

As ISIS loses ground in Syria, the US continues to deploy additional forces in the area. There is no expectation of the war so much ending as the US transitioning to a war against Syria and Iran for control over Syria, something some members of the National Security Council are openly advocating.

America’s long-stated goal of regime change in Syria makes this transition something of an easy sell as part of the narrative, and hawks have been salivating at a shot at fighting Iran so long they’ll likely embrace anything Iran is involved in, much as they have wars like the Saudi War in Yemen, where Iran’s connection is largely a myth.

Jun 22 08:35

US, Russia Continue to Inch Toward Confrontation in Syria

In backing the rebels in the early part of the Syrian Civil War, the US was rather cynically engaging in a proxy war against Russia, angling for regime change in Russia’s main Mediterranean ally, and the host of their lone Mediterranean base.

Syria’s been a source of tension ever since between the two countries, but as America’s direct ground involvement in Syria increasingly involves attacking government targets, the risk of direct military conflict between the US and Russia, with Syria as the backdrop, is growing precipitously.

US military involvement in Syria long was limited to attacks against ISIS targets, with the occasional attack against al-Qaeda forces in the Syrian northwest. Despite US assurances that strikes a few months ago against a Shi’ite militia in the country’s southeast were a one-time deal, those strikes have grown increasingly common.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears to me to be only a matter of time before the US and Russia are in direct military confrontation in Syria.

I don't know what the Vegas odds are on this, but I would suggest, with the ratcheting up of tensions here, we will see this happening sooner rather than later.

Jun 22 08:31

Saudis, Allies Have ‘List of Demands’ for Qatar

Though the details are not yet a matter of public record, US officials are confirming that Saudi Arabia and its allies have prepared a “list of demands” for Qatar related to ending the blockade of the tiny Persian Gulf nation. It is not clear if the Qataris have been given the demands yet, with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson saying he hopes they will be presented with them “soon.”

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the Foreign Minister of Qatar
While we don’t know the content of this list of demands, we do still have the huge list of demands given to Qatar by Saudi Arabia two weeks ago, which may well form the basis for this latest list. This included severing all diplomatic ties with Iran, the permanent shut down of al-Jazeera, and a pledge never publicly contradict any GCC member nations, among other things.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We will see how this plays out; but if Saudi Arabia ultimately invades Qatar, because Qatar refuses to yield to Saudi Arabia's demands, and with Turkish troops on the ground here, and Iran pledging support, what will the orders be to US military commanders in the country if this happens?!?

Jun 22 08:23

Democrats Block Witnesses from Testifying in House Intel Probe

House Democrats are continuing to block testimony from about a dozen witnesses who sought to appear before the intelligence oversight panel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Congressional officials said one of the key witnesses, former informal adviser to the Trump campaign Carter Page, was scheduled to testify at a closed hearing of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

But Democrats on the committee blocked the testimony, asserting they needed more time to prepare.

"He's the guy that many Democrats have been pointing to as the supposed mastermind and you would think they were interested hearing his story," said one Capitol Hill official.

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The Democrats don't want Page testifying, because the truth he will tell will simply cement the reality that there's no "there" there to the charges of Russian tampering with the 2016 elections.

Jun 22 08:19

Trump’s Preferred Candidate Wins Again, This Time in Saudi Arabia

President Trump wasted no time on Wednesday calling the newly named crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman. Less than 24 hours after King Salman elevated Prince Mohammed, his 31-year-old son, Mr. Trump offered congratulations and celebrated the monarchy’s cooperation in rooting out terrorist financing and other issues.

Even more than Karen Handel, the Republican who won a hotly contested House seat in a special election in Georgia this week, Prince Mohammed was Mr. Trump’s anointed candidate — in this case, for the byzantine struggle to control the House of Saud.

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The "itch", for Prince Mohammed, includes the continued genocide in Yemen, where Yemeni children are being massacred and maimed for life by Saudi bombings on a daily basis; with US military help, Saudi Arabia has closed the ports, so food cannot get in, and children are dying from malnutrition; and now, cholera has taken firm hold in Yemen, and there is no treatment for it.

Oh, and did I mention the use of depleted uranium weapons in Yemen, which is causing massive birth defects, and still births, in Yemeni children?!?

The "itch" also includes finding any which way to conjure up, and "sell" a war with Iran, Saudi Arabia's alleged "existential threat" in the region, which will most probably include war with Russia.

With "friends" like Prince Mohammed....the US government is looking at one hell of a lot more wars in the Middle East, much blood and money spent, and most likely, the reinstitution of the draft, both for our young men, and young women.

Jun 22 08:13

ROGER STONE: END THE WAR ON DRUGS - LET TRUMP/CONGRESS KNOW!

THE UNITED STATES CANNABIS COALITION (USCC) IS A PRO-CANNABIS NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION DEDICATED TO INFLUENCING FEDERAL LEVEL DECISION MAKERS

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Jun 22 07:59

THE HISTORY CHANNEL IS FINALLY TELLING THE STUNNING SECRET STORY OF THE WAR ON DRUGS

For decades the U.S. government has engaged in a shifting series of alliances of convenience with the world’s largest drug cartels.

The good news for Grassley, and for everyone else, is that starting Sunday night and running through Wednesday the History Channel is showing a new four-part series called “America’s War on Drugs.” Not only is it an important contribution to recent American history, it’s also the first time U.S. television has ever told the core truth about one of the most important issues of the past 50 years.

That core truth is: The war on drugs has always been a pointless sham. For decades the federal government has engaged in a shifting series of alliances of convenience with some of the world’s largest drug cartels. So while the U.S. incarceration rate has quintupled since President Richard Nixon first declared the war on drugs in 1971, top narcotics dealers have simultaneously enjoyed protection at the highest levels of power in America.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mike has recorded this, and we saw a couple of episodes last night.

And if you see this, and do not wake up to the reality of the narcopracy in which we have been living, you never will.

Hillary Clinton Poses With Drug Dealer Jorge Cabrera

Jun 22 07:53

RUSSIA-GATE FLOPS AS DEMOCRATS’ GOLDEN TICKET

The national Democratic Party and many liberals have bet heavily on the Russia-gate investigation as a way to oust President Trump from office and to catapult Democrats to victories this year and in 2018, but the gamble appears not to be paying off.

The Democrats’ disappointing loss in a special election to fill a congressional seat in an affluent Atlanta suburb is just the latest indication that the strategy of demonizing Trump and blaming Russia for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 defeat may not be the golden ticket that some Democrats had hoped.

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This should have not been called "Russiagate"; it should have been called "Stupidgate", a reality that the Democratic creators of this piece of codswallop are only beginning to fathom.

Jun 22 07:07

FROM WIKILEAKS VAULT 7 -RELEASE: CIA ‘Brutal Kangaroo’ and ‘Emotional Simian’ USB air gap jumping viruses

Jun 22 07:04

WIKILEAKS: CIA whistleblower Jeffery Sterling imprisoned for calling New York Times reporter

Jun 21 15:04

Execution by Firing Squad: The Militarized Police State Opens Fire

“It is often the case that police shootings, incidents where law enforcement officers pull the trigger on civilians, are left out of the conversation on gun violence. But a police officer shooting a civilian counts as gun violence

Jun 21 15:02

Rowdy Gowdy Destroys Jeh Johnson on DNC Hacking Claims: ‘Why Would the Victim of a Crime Not Turn Over a Server?’ (VIDEO)

Gowdy stumps Jeh Johnson: "If they were hacked, why didn't the DNC let the FBI look at their servers?"

Jun 21 12:27

State Department Issues Statement On US-Russia Relations

Shortly after Russia's deputy foreign minister Ryabkov snubbed the US, cancelling a meeting with the Under Secretary of State Thomas A. Shannon, Jr., in retaliation to the Trump administration's announcement on Tuesday that it has imposed sanctions on 38 Russian individuals while a parallel bill of Russian sanctions is making its way through Congress, the US State Department issued a statement on US-Russian relations.

We regret that Russia has decided to turn away from an opportunity to discuss bilateral obstacles which hinder US-Russian relations.

Finally, for any reporters who are still confused how Russia could possibly slam the door of diplomacy in the US' face after an American F-18 shot down a Syrian fighter jet flying over Syria, and proceeded with two separate sanctions, the State Department has some advice: "we would refer you to the Russian government to explain their decision to cancel this meeting. "

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I love the smell of irony and hypocrisy in the morning!!

First, let's set the record straight for the zillionth time.

Russia did not annex Crimea: in 2014, the US sponsored putsch threw Ukraine's Yanukovych under the proverbial bus, in exchange for the ascendancy of the pro-western Poroshenko. Crimeans knew that there was no rule of law in Kiev after that, and held a referendum to ask their people if they wanted to stay with Ukraine, post-putsch, or petition the Russian Federation; they overwhelmingly voted to join the Russian federation, and their petition for membership was accepted. And for doing absolutely nothing wrong, Russia has been punished ever since.

Apparently, in light of the fact that the US is a signatory to the UN Charter, the writers of this piece of codswallop have conveniently forgotten that little bit in there about "peaceful self-determination", which is precisely what Crimea did.

And with regard to Syria; US troops are on the ground and in the air are here illegally, and have invaded a sovereign country, with the aim at regime change in Damascus. Russia was invited by the Syrian government to get rid of the jihadis, which the US military is sponsoring. The Russian and Syrian governments have every right to call them the invaders they are.

Jun 21 12:06

Rabbi Calls for Poisoning of Palestinian Water Supply

The foreign ministry of the Palestinian Authority (PA), Sunday, demanded the arrest of a Jewish Rabbi, who called on Israeli settlers to poison water used by Palestinians in hundreds of towns and villages across the occupied West Bank.
The Palestinian national office for the defense of land and resistance of settlements warned of the dangers and consequences of such calls.

In its weekly report, it explained that Rabbi Shlomo Mlmad, the chairman of the so-called Council of Rabbis in West Bank settlements, called on settlers to poison Palestinians through their water supply, which came to light by the Israeli organization ‘Breaking the Silence’.

Group member Yehuda Shaul said, according to WAFA, that the aim behind poisoning water in the West Bank is to push Palestinians out of their towns and cities in order to allow settlers to take over Palestinian lands.

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Forgive me, but has this rabbi and his followers gone completely, foaming at the mouth mad, to conjure up such a plan?!?

Jun 21 12:03

Trump Takes Another Step Towards War with North Korea

In another menacing act of brinkmanship, President Donald Trump declared in a tweet yesterday that China had failed to force North Korea to accede to US demands, opening the door for unilateral US action, including military strikes. The tweet comes just ahead of top-level talks between US and Chinese officials due to take place in Washington today.
“While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi [Jinping] & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out. At least I know China tried!” Trump tweeted.
The Trump administration has put great pressure on Beijing to compel Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear and missile programs, but has indicated all along that time was limited.
“North Korea is looking for trouble. If China decides to help, that would be great. If not, we will solve the problem without them! USA,” Trump tweeted in April.

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I would love to be a butterfly on the wall at this meeting, and see how evenhandedly both sides are dealing with a potentially nuclear-armed North Korea.

As someone who lives on a first-strike target here in Hawaii, I hope that dialogue leads to constructive plans for a resolution of the issue.

IF not, we may well be looking at war with China over North Korea, because it cannot appear to its allies, including the BRIC nations, that China has "lost face" in backing down from supporting North Korea.

And that would be officially lousy for just about everybody.

Jun 21 11:47

US Aggression in Syria: Testing Russia’s Resolve

On Tuesday, for the fifth time in recent weeks, US warplanes attacked Syrian military targets, flagrant acts of aggression.

They’re part of Washington’s diabolical regime change plan – at the same time, testing Russia’s resolve in the wake of its announced halt in cooperating with America in Syrian airspace, following the downing of one of its Su-22 planes.

The latest incident involved a US F-15 warplane, downing a Syrian drone near its border with Iraq and Jordan.

A US-led coalition statement lied, claiming the UAV “displaced hostile intent and advanced on coalition forces.” Calling naked aggression self-defense is the last refuge of a rogue state. America and Israel are Exhibits A and B.
On June 8, a US warplane downed another Syrian UAV in the same southern part of the country.

Washington claiming it doesn’t seek to fight Syria and allied forces is a bald-faced lie. Actions in the air and on the ground speak for themselves.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These illegal, hostile acts by the Unhinged, Surveilled State of America will have consequences; it is not as though those in the bowels of power in DC don't know this.

This massive push against Syria is calculated to create a pushback, militarily, from Iran, to give the US government the "justification" to attack it.

But what doesn't seem to factor into the calculus here, is that should such an attack happen, Russia will immediately come to Iran's aid, militarily.

And were I a betting woman, I would definitely not bet against this, and neither should the American Deep State.

Jun 21 11:36

Israel’s Dirty Little Secret

At a recent panel discussion in Washington, screenwriter, film director and producer Oliver Stone briefly addressed the issue of alleged Russian interference in the recent national election, observing that “Israel interfered in the U.S. election far more than Russia and nobody is investigating them.” A few days later, in an interview with Stephen Colbert on the Late Show, Stone returned to the theme, responding to an aggressive claim that Russia had interfered in the election by challenging Colbert with “Israel had far more involvement in the U.S. election than Russia. Why don’t you ask me about that?”

Jun 21 11:29

Syria troops position themselves at heart of war on IS

Syrian government troops and their allies have steadily positioned themselves in key areas on the flanks of the U.S.-led coalition battle for the Islamic State’s self-declared capital of Raqqa.

They are attempting to become an indispensable player in uprooting the extremists from Syria entirely.

That presents a major challenge for the coalition, which so far has shunned any cooperation with President Bashar Assad and has partnered instead with local Kurdish-led forces.

As the U.S. has intensified its fight against IS in Syria, Assad and his trusted allies of Russia and Iran are increasingly asserting themselves. A Syrian military offensive has unfolded on several fronts, coupled with Russian airstrikes and a show of force by Iran, which fired ballistic missiles on an IS stronghold this week and pushed militias that it sponsors deeper into the battlefield.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Getting into a situation like this, with no real, appreciable strategy whatsoever, to speak of, is a sure and certain course toward a disaster which can lead to outright regional, and ultimately, a world war.

Jun 21 11:24

Reporters face 70 years in prison over anti-Trump march

Even when heavily armed riot police closed off a square block and surrounded protesters, media workers and legal observers alike, independent journalist Alexei Wood did not realise he was about to be arrested.

"It didn't even cross my mind that was what was happening," the 37-year-old photographer and videographer told Al Jazeera. "I was waiting for an order of dispersal and the mass of people showed no sign of resistance when the police completely surrounded them."

Most of the 230 people arrested were the following day charged with felony rioting - charges that carry a statutory maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a fine of $25,000. Among them were Wood and other journalists.

A handful of arrested journalists, including Alex Rubinstein of RT and Evan Engle of Vocativ, subsequently had the charges against them dropped.

Facing decades behind bars

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The live streaming of Wood's video should exonerate him completely; it does not appear, from how I am reading this, that he actually participated in any destruction of property, or incited to riot.

If it does not, we are headed toward a massive chill against our guaranteed First Amendment Freedoms which is horrifically troubling.

Jun 21 11:08

Secret Government Report: Chelsea Manning Leaks Caused No Real Harm

Prosecutors said WikiLeaks' disclosures about Iraq and Afghanistan posed a major threat to US national security. But it turns out the classified document they cited — newly obtained by BuzzFeed News — said almost the exact opposite.

In the seven years since WikiLeaks published the largest leak of classified documents in history, the federal government has said they caused enormous damage to national security.

But a secret, 107-page report, prepared by a Department of Defense task force and newly obtained by BuzzFeed News, tells a starkly different story: It says the disclosures were largely insignificant and did not cause any real harm to US interests.

Regarding the hundreds of thousands of Iraq-related military documents and State Department cables provided by the Army private Chelsea Manning, the report assessed “with high confidence that disclosure of the Iraq data set will have no direct personal impact on current and former U.S. leadership in Iraq.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So the US government crucified this person in the court of public opinion, and jailed them...for crimes they did not commit against this country...just because they could?!?

Jun 21 10:57

Our Rush to War in Syria: It’s a disaster in the making

The downing of a Syrian fighter jet by the United States – and, more recently, of an Iranian drone – augurs a confrontation that could take us down the road to World War III. The US media is echoing the Pentagon’s explanation, which is that the Syrian jet bombed (or was threatening to bomb) units of the US-supported Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) around the town of Tanf. The Syrians say they were attacking forces aligned with ISIS, which both the US and the Syrian government are supposedly fighting.

Stuck in the midst of this four-sided civil war is the United States, with no real policy, and with its military strategy ceded to commanders on the ground – who are pursuing the same course set by the previous administration, i.e. canoodling with radical Islamists bent on regime change in Damascus. In alliance with the Saudis, the British, the Israelis, and the Jordanians, Washington is seemingly still determined to oust Assad and establish a Sunni regime in Damascus.

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I am disgusted and distraught over President Trump's foreign policy; all the "non-intervention" pledges we heard from Candidate Trump seems to have completely disappeared, with President Trump.

Jun 21 10:49

White House Wants to Widen Syria War, Despite Pentagon Objections

Over the past several weeks, US military actions within Syria have been less and less ISIS-centric, with a handful of operations targeting Shi’ite militias in southern Syria, and even shooting down a Syrian government aircraft over the weekend.

This isn’t just the US idly getting into one-off fights in the course of a war they’re already fighting in Syria, but rather is reflective of a push by White House officials, with multiple National Security Council members looking at the Syrian War less as a fight against ISIS and more as a chance to pick a fight with Iran.

The Pentagon has made clear they object, with Defense Secretary James Mattis personally rejecting multiple proposals related to this. Still, attacks on Shi’ite militias whenever they got sort of close to a US-backed rebel base, and a public narrative presenting the militias as necessarily in league with Iran, have found the US heading down that path anyhow.

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The problem is, such a war cannot not be confined to Syria, in spite of whatever delusionally wishful thinking may be taking place in the bowels of power in DC.

We are looking at World War III, with Russia, China, and Iran on one side, and the US, NATO, Australia, and Saudi Arabia on the other.

Jun 21 10:19

Democratic Senator Advocates Colleagues Sign "Pledge" To Protect Each Other From Voters

If there was ever any doubt that most members of Congress work for themselves and not the people, Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia wants to dispel you of such hallucinations. Here’s a disturbing excerpt from a section of a recent post on his official website, Manchin Pledges to Return to Era of Bipartisan Cooperation and Agreement:

Jun 21 10:15

Trump Imposes New Sanctions on Russia Over Ukraine Incursion

The Trump administration ratcheted up pressure on Russia on Tuesday, unveiling sanctions on more than three dozen additional individuals and organizations that have participated in the country’s incursion in Ukraine.

The Treasury Department made the announcement on the same day that President Trump hosted his Ukrainian counterpart, Petro O. Poroshenko, at the White House to discuss a peaceful resolution to the conflict with Russia. The sanctions also came as Mr. Trump continues to face questions about whether his campaign colluded with Russia to help him defeat Hillary Clinton.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Alan Rappeport and Neil MacFarquhar, a word, please.

You two are either the most intellectually incompetent, or completely disingenuous alleged "reporters" on the face of this planet, and an absolute and utter disgrace to those of us who report real news, as opposed to fake news. And BTW, did anyone mention to you, that the "big lie" went out with the whoopie cushion and the dribble glass?!?

FACT: President Obama admitted that the US was thoroughly complicit in the overthrow of pro-Russian Yanukovych:

Washington Was Behind Ukraine Coup: Obama admits that US “Brokered a Deal” in Support of “Regime Change”

FACT: Victoria Nuland bragged about how much the US had spent to destabilize Ukraine, and place Poroshenko into power in an election which was more crooked that is a dog's hind leg:

Victoria Nuland's Admits Washington Has Spent $5 Billion to "Subvert Ukraine"

FACT: When Crimean officials realised that there was utterly no rule of law in Ukraine when Yanukovych was overthrown, they held a referendum, asking the Crimean people if they wanted to stay with Ukraine, or petition the Russian Federation to become a member. In a free and fair referendum, Crimeans voted overwhelmingly to petition the Russian Federation to accept them as a member.

Some 95.5% of voters in Crimea have supported joining Russia, officials say.

Russia never annexed Crimea; Crimea, post-putsch, requested to become a member of the Russian Federation.

FACT: This exercise in peaceful self-determination was adjudged as "illegal" by the US and Ukraine, and the US and Ukraine have been punishing Russia for something it did not do ever since.

Gentlemen, if you EVER had a shred of credibility, it has absolutely gone down in flames, with this story; and you have done it to yourselves, in not presenting what really happened here in a truthful manner.

Jun 21 09:52

IRAN’S MISSILE STRIKE ADDS TO SYRIAN CRISIS

On June 19, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard announced that it had fired several missiles at ISIS positions in the Deir Az Zor province in Syria. The reason given for this unprecedented military strike was retaliation for double terrorist attacks which struck Tehran two weeks ago. Readers should not underestimate the significance of this event.

ccording to a statement issued by the news agency for the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, Sepahnews, “Multiple medium-range missiles were fired from the Iranian provinces of Kermanshah and Kurdestan, and a large number of terrorists were killed and their weapons were destroyed.”

Regarding the alleged ISIS attack, which killed 13 people and wounded 50 others, the Revolutionary Guard added, “The spilling of any pure blood will not go unanswered.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that US escalation against both Syria and Iran continues apace.

In looking at these events from an island in the Pacific which is a first-strike target in a major war, Mike and I are having frequent conversations about that archetypal dream, where one is watching two trains, in slow motion, then picking up speed, ultimately crashing into each other on the same track, but unable to stop it.

It looks to me as though we are on the keening edge of World War III.

The only thing we can do, right now, is encourage people around us to take the best possible precautions they can; stockpile needed supplies; be kind and loving to the people around them; and create community, as best they can.

Jun 21 09:43

AFTER SHOCKING SAUDI SHAKEUP "NOT A QUESTION OF IF BUT WHEN NEW ESCALATION WITH IRAN STARTS"

Two days ago, when reporting on the surprising "terrorist attempt" by Iran's National Guard on a major Saudi offshore oilfiled (at least according to Saudi media), we said that "if the Saudi account of events is accurate, and if Iran is indeed preparing to take out Saudi oil infrastructure in retaliation or otherwise, the simmering cold war between Saudi Arabia and Iran is about to get very hot." This in turn followed an earlier analysis on the ongoing Syrian war in which we said that "the next major regional conflict appears set to be between Saudi Arabia and Iran. All it needs is a catalyst."

That catalyst, according to energy consultancy Petromatrix, may have been revealed overnight with the stunning Saudi royal shakeup in which the King announced he was stripping the current Crown Prince, his nephew Mohamed bin Nayef (MBF), of all titles and obligations, and replacing him with his son Mohamed bin Salman (MBS).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In his recent trip to the Middle East, President Trump has "thrown his hat", coupled with American military power, behind Saudi Arabia against Iran, and this, unfortunately,will ultimately prove to be a very grave error in judgement on the part of this President and his administration.

Tel Aviv has been cheerleading forever for "regime change" in Tehran, but only at the cost of American blood and American money.

Russian political and military figures have been consistent in saying that if Iran is attacked, it will come to its aid militarily.

So in a war against Iran, you have Iran and Russia (and potentially China) on one side, and the US and Saudi Arabia on the other.

And right now, the US military doesn't have the weaponry; the money; the troop strength; or the manufacturing to insure a successful outcome to a war against Russia.

Jun 21 09:32

RUSSIA ANNOUNCES NO-FLY ZONE IN SYRIA — WAR AGAINST U.S. IN MID-EAST

IN INTERNATIONAL LAW, AND AS RECOGNIZED BY THE U.N., SYRIA HAS BEEN INVADED BY THE UNITED STATES, WAS NEVER INVITED INTO THE COUNTRY BUT IS INSTEAD THERE AS AN INVADER. RUSSIA WAS INVITED IN; IRAN WAS INVITED IN; BUT THE U.S. ARE ONLY INVADERS. AND, NOW, RUSSIA AND SYRIA WILL START TREATING THE U.S. AS SUCH.

If the U.S. fails to apologize and to find some way to save face, but instead persists in its invasion, even after this warning, then either the U.S. or Russia will win that traditional war in Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just because something is the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing for the Unhinged, Surveilled States of America to do, is, unfortunately, no guarantee that it will not do it.

Mike and I are sitting on an island which has massive command and control military communications centers, projecting eastward; you will forgive me if I say that "color us extremely nervous" is about where we are, regarding the ramp up of tensions in Syria with Russia.

Jun 21 09:21

READ: Independent group releases new report on Seth Rich murder investigation

DNC worker Seth Rich was murdered in the Bloomingdale neighborhood of D.C. 11 months ago and his killer is still on the loose.

Now, a group of George Washington University graduate students calling themselves the Profiling Project are releasing a report on their own investigation into Rich's murder.

D.C. Police tell the 7 ON YOUR SIDE I-Team that Seth Rich's murder is still being investigated as a botched robbery.

The Profiling Project doesn't buy it. A report just issued by the Profiling Project says the murder was more likely committed by a hired killer.
Kevin Doherty, the Chief Investigator of Profiling Project says, "It's a possibility. A proficient killer is what we think, the fact that the killer has gotten away with it for this period of time and that it appears to be a very sanitized crime scene certainly shows some level of proficiency in killing."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This was a professional hit, after elements in the corrupt DNC realised that Rich had been the leaker to Wikileaks, as confirmed recently by Kim Dotcom.

The Clintonistas most probably have people like this on speed dial.

Jun 21 09:00

US Gov’t Proves Loyalty To ISIS As Bill To ‘Stop Arming Terrorists’ Gets Only 13 Supporters

ONE OF THE MOST RATIONAL BILLS EVER PROPOSED, BARRING THE FEDS FROM GIVING MONEY AND WEAPONS TO CHILD MURDERING TERRORISTS, HAS ALMOST ZERO SUPPORT.

For the last several decades, the US government has openly funded, supported, and armed various terrorist networks throughout the world to forward an agenda of destabilization and proxy war. It is not a secret, nor a conspiracy theory, America arms bad guys.

Given the insidious history of the American empire and its creation and fostering of terrorist regimes across the globe, it should come as no surprise that the overwhelming majority of politicians would refuse to sign on to a law that requires them to ‘Stop Arming Terrorists.’ And, that is exactly what’s happened.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Terror has been a tool for destabilisation by the American Empire for decades; why would the Deep American state want to get rid of it now, when it has proven so useful over such a long stretch of time?!?

Jun 21 08:50

Trump Was Right: New Study Reveals Up to 5.7 Million Illegals Voted in Election

A new study reveals that up to 5.7 million illegal immigrants were likely to have voted in the 2008 election,

Jun 21 08:06

'Ongoing and Loathful': Bolivia Condemns Israeli Settlements

Bolivia warned the international community not to turn its back on Palestine.

Bolivia delivered a scathing condemnation of Israel's continued occupation of Palestine,

Jun 21 08:03

“You Need to Beat this Boy!” Cops Force Grandma to Beat Disabled Grandson With Belt

Two cops with a fondness for corporal punishment are under criminal investigation for possible child abuse

Jun 20 22:41

Thank You for Your Service (Actually means, thank you for your killing)

The horrible irony is that it has been the U.S. government, not the Taliban or ISIS, that has destroyed the freedom of the American people through the adoption of powers that ordinarily characterize totalitarian regimes: secret mass surveillance and the powers to incarcerate, torture, and assassinate American citizens as part of their process of keeping us “safe” from the enemies that U.S. interventionism produces. -- Of course, there is also the out-of-control spending and debt necessary to sustain this ongoing, perpetual killing program, both of which constitute a grave threat to America’s economic well-being.

Jun 20 22:33

Another Step Toward Devastating War — Paul Craig Roberts

Washington’s pretense that Washington is fighting ISIS, rather than supporting it, is the excuse for Washington’s illegal presence in the Syrian conflict. Russia and Iran are in Syria legally, invited there by an elected government. The Americans are there uninvited as war criminals. Under international law established by the Americans themselves, it is a war crime to initiate aggression against a country that has not raised a fist against you. -- So, to be in Syria, Washington has to pretend to be “fighting terrorism” rather than supporting it. The lie has been given to this claim many times, but now that an American pilot has proven that the US is in Syria to support its agent, ISIS, not even a Megyn Kelly presstitute can honestly claim to believe that Washington is fighting ISIS.

Jun 20 22:23

Concealed carry? Cowardly Cops May Shoot + KILL YOU !!!

Dashcam Footage Shows Officer Fatally Shooting Philando Castile

Jun 20 21:32

US and Russia Teetering on the Brink of War: What You are Not Being Told

On June 18, 2017, prominent U.K. newspaper the Guardian asked an important question: Has Trump opened the door to conflict with Iran?

According to Foreign Policy, a pair of top White House officials are pushing to broaden the war in Syria against Iranian-backed troops who are currently posing a major threat to the American military's goals in the region.
FP explains:

Ezra Cohen-Watnick, the senior director for intelligence on the National Security Council, and Derek Harvey, the NSC's top Middle East advisor, want the United States to start going on the offensive in southern Syria, where, in recent weeks, the U.S. military has taken a handful of defensive actions against Iranian-backed forces fighting in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Jun 20 16:08

CNN Blames Existing Hot Deserts on “Climate Change”

Did Trump’s rejection of the Paris climate accord magically heat up the globe immediately with the stroke of his pen? The Paris climate accord was designed to weaken the US economy and make Americans dependent on global government, like vassals of a distant empire. If multinational banks are to control America, they can’t let her remain economically independent. -- Additionally, a wrath of wildfires in California blamed on “global warming” was found to be arson.

Jun 20 16:01

New Maine Law Prohibits State Gun Registries

Last week, Maine Gov. Paul LePage signed a bill into law prohibiting any type of state firearms registry. The law will not only protect the privacy of Maine gun owners, it will also hinder the federal government’s ability to develop a firearms database and create a climate less favorable to federal gun control.

Jun 20 15:48

Crisis On The Horizon: Will It Be Economic Collapse? Global Civil Unrest? War? We Won’t Have To Guess Much Longer…

The endless and ever-increasing surveillance in the form of CCTV cameras, all of the cameras tied in to the tracking devices (deliberately labeled as “cellular telephones”), the monitoring, tracking, and recording of every purchase, deposit, withdraw, and shift with funds: The Big Brother state isn’t around the corner. The Big Brother state is here. What will it be? Global economic collapses that occur as a result of the credit deferred swaps and credit bubble suddenly bursting and the bottoms falling out? Will it be civil unrest globally? Or will it be the most likely event, a war that escalates and brings about the previous two actions. We won’t have to guess much longer, as the events are unfolding before us by the day and narrowing down the possibilities…making them probable, as well.

Jun 20 14:52

24% of Americans don’t have single dollar saved for emergency…

You can take this to the bank: Americans are messed up about money. A slew of new surveys and data have come out revealing that we don’t save enough, we spend money we don’t have, we have our financial priorities backwards — and more. Here are five new stats that prove Americans are backwards about money.

Jun 20 14:50

RAW SEWAGE SEEPS OUT OF GAZA AS ELECTRICITY SUPPLIES DWINDLE

The Israel Electric Company, which typically transfers about 120 megawatts of electricity daily to Gaza, confirmed that it would continue reducing the supply gradually over the next few days.

With minimal electricity available to treat Gaza’s wastewater, continued power cuts could cause irreparable damage not only to the Strip but also to Israel, as raw sewage runs rampant across maritime borders.

“We’re starting to play Russian roulette,” Gidon Bromberg, Israeli director of EcoPeace Middle East, told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday.

Pursuant to a request from the Palestinian Authority, which is aiming to pressure Hamas to cede control over the isolated territory, Israel began decreasing the amount of electricity it supplies to Gaza on Monday by 8 MW. The Israel Electric Corporation, which typically transfers about 120 MW of electricity daily to Gaza, confirmed that it would continue reducing the supply gradually over the next few days.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is collective punishment against the Palestinian people; this is, of course, something at which the Israeli government excels.

But what about the communicable diseases this sewage may cause to develop, both for Palestinians and Israelis?!?

Someone in Tel Aviv has not thought this through completely.

Jun 20 14:31

judicial Watch: Susan Rice ‘Unmasking’ Documents Moved from NSC to Obama Library

The National Security Council cannot hand over records relating to former National Security Adviser Susan Rice’s surveillance of Americans, because they have been moved to the Obama presidential library and may be sealed for as many as five years, conservative watchdog Judicial Watch announced Monday.
The NSC informed Judicial Watch in a letter dated May 23 that materials related to Rice’s requests to know the identities of Americans swept up in surveillance of foreign targets, including any Trump campaign or transition officials, have been moved to the library.

The NSC’s Director of Access Management John Powers said in the letter:

Documents from the Obama administration have been transferred to the Barack Obama Presidential Library. You may send your request to the Obama Library. However, you should be aware that under the Presidential Records Act, Presidential records remain closed to the public for five years after an administration has left office.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How completely convenient for her!

Jun 20 11:58

Ready for Revenge: How Syria Will Respond to US for Attack on Its Jet

In an interview with Sputnik, Syrian MP Ammar al-Asad said that his country's army will not respond in kind to the US recently shooting down a Syrian military jet over Syrian territory, near the city of Tabqa.

US Navy F-18E Super Hornet

Additionally, the Syrian-Iraqi border will be strengthened and the logistics routes of terrorists from Deir ez-Zor to Jordan will be blocked, according to al-Asad.

He also said that the pilot of the Syrian fighter jet downed by a US aircraft is currency safe and sound.

"Using modern technology, the exact location of the plane crash was tracked to territory controlled by terrorists. The special units of the Syrian Army carried out a successful rescue operation and the pilot's health is out of harm's way now," al-Asad said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In a word, Syria's (and Russia's) military response to the American attack will be...asymmetric.

Jun 20 11:38

US SENDS SUPERSONIC BOMBERS IN SHOW OF FORCE AGAINST N.KOREA

The United States flew two supersonic bombers over the Korean Peninsula on Tuesday in a show of force against North Korea, South Korean officials said.

The U.S. often sends powerful warplanes in times of heightened animosities with North Korea, and flew B-1B bombers several times this year as the North conducted a series of banned ballistic missile tests.

Tuesday's flights by B-1Bs came shortly after the death of a U.S. college student who was recently released by North Korea in a coma following more than 17 months of captivity.

Seoul's Defense Ministry said the bombers engaged in routine exercises with South Korean fighter jets aimed at showing deterrence against North Korea.

The U.S. military said the bombers conducted two separate drills with the Japanese and South Korean air forces. It said the flights demonstrated solidarity among South Korea, Japan and the United States "to defend against provocative and destabilizing actions in the Pacific theater."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Belligerence here is not going to get the outcome the US and South Korean governments want; it is negotiation for a full, and fair, peace treaty with no financial penalties, coupled with North Korea's giving up its nuclear weapons program in response, which could possibly deescalate tensions here.

Of course, that... would be logical.

Jun 20 11:28

Mass Incarceration, Prison Labor in the United States

The Federal Prison Industries (FPI) under the brand UNICORE operates approximately 52 factories (prisons) across the United States. Prisoners manufacture or assemble a number of products for the US military, homeland security,and federal agencies according to the UNICORE/FPI website. They produce furniture, clothing and circuit boards in addition to providing computer aided design services and call center support for private companies.

UNICORE/FPI makes its pitch for employing call center support personnel to firms thinking about off-shoring their call center functions. The logic is that, hey!, they may be prisoners, but it’s keeping the jobs in the USA that matters. Fair enough. That approach cuts out the middleman though, those Americans desperate for any kind of work but, through no fault of their own, are not behind prison bars and employable by UNICORE/FPI.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The private, for profit prisons are great as money generators for their owners, but lousy on any real rehabilitation which will prevent prisoners from reoffending.

The huge recidivism rate, among American prisoners released, is a grim testament to that reality.

Jun 20 11:20

U.S.-backed SDF will retaliate if Syrian govt attacks again: spokesman

U.S.-backed Syrian militias accused the Syrian government on Monday of bombing their positions southwest of Raqqa city in recent days and threatened to retaliate if the attacks continue.

"The regime's forces have mounted large-scale attacks using planes, artillery, and tanks since June 17," Syrian Democratic Forces spokesman Talal Selo said in a statement.

Selo said the attacks targeted SDF areas near the town of Tabqa and the adjacent dam, Syria's largest, which the alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias captured from Islamic State militants in May.

There was no immediate comment from the Syrian army.

The Kurdish-led SDF began this month to push into Raqqa, Islamic State's base of operations in Syria. With air strikes and special forces from the U.S.-led coalition, they had been encircling the city since November.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is about to get very ugly, and very quickly.

Jun 20 11:17

EU extends Crimea sanctions, same seen for curbs on Russia

The European Union on Monday extended for another year its trade sanctions on the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea, annexed by Russia from Ukraine in 2014, and diplomats said they expected the bloc to do the same for its sanctions on Moscow soon.

Moscow's annexation of Crimea is not internationally recognized. Along with Moscow's subsequent backing of an armed separatist rebellion in Ukraine's industrial east, it has prompted the bloc to impose sanctions on the peninsula and on Moscow, in sync with the United States.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is painfully clear that 1. the EU is stuck on stupid, when it comes to the financial opportunities trading with Russia and Crimea would bring its members, and 2. the writer of this piece of codswallop either has not a clue about the recent history of either Ukraine or Crimea, or is deliberately lying, to make these sanctions appear "justified".

In 2014, the US government worked with the IMF, and various Soros-sponsored organisations, and overthrew the duly elected President of Ukraine, President Yanukovich, replacing him in a rigged election with the western-centric thug, Poroshenko. Even President Obama admitted to such collusion in 2015:

Washington Was Behind Ukraine Coup: Obama admits that US “Brokered a Deal” in Support of “Regime Change”

You also had Victoria Nuland bragging about how much money the US spent to destabilise Ukraine:

The United States spent $5 billion on Ukraine anti-government riots

When Poroshenko took over the reigns of government in Ukraine, Crimean officials understood that there was not going to be anything approximating the rule of law in Kiev, so they did two things:

1st,they held a free and fair referendum, asking Crimeans if they wanted to stay with Ukraine, or petition the Russian Federation to join it.

Crimeans vote to join Russian Federation with a 97% vote

Secondly, then petitioned the Russian Federation to accept it as a member, and the Russian Federation did just that.

Russia never annexed Crimea; Crimea petitioned the Russian Federation to become a member.

This was a priceless example of peaceful self-determination by the Crimean people, but is treated by Ukraine and the West as betrayal, which must be punished.

Jun 20 10:59

Israel’s Dirty Little Secret

At a recent panel discussion in Washington, screenwriter, film director and producer Oliver Stone briefly addressed the issue of alleged Russian interference in the recent national election, observing that “Israel interfered in the U.S. election far more than Russia and nobody is investigating them.” A few days later, in an interview with Stephen Colbert on the Late Show, Stone returned to the theme, responding to an aggressive claim that Russia had interfered in the election by challenging Colbert with “Israel had far more involvement in the U.S. election than Russia. Why don’t you ask me about that?”

Don’t look for the exchange with Colbert on YouTube. CBS deleted it from its broadcast and website, demonstrating once again that the “I” word cannot be disparaged on national television.

Jun 20 10:38

America will regret helping Saudi Arabia bomb Yemen

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

Images: Yemeni children dying from malnutrition

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

Images:
children dying from cholera

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

Images: Saudi troops using depleted uranium weapons in Yemen

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jun 20 10:08

After the ISIS War, a US-Russia Collision?

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

Vladimir Putin’s defense ministry was direct and blunt:

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Jun 20 10:01

Israeli Settlement Construction Rates Soaring Across West Bank

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

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

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

Jun 20 09:58

US Repositioning Aircraft Over Syria Amid Growing Russia Tensions

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

Jun 20 09:53

America’s Role in Syrian War Is Widening

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Jun 20 09:34

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Jun 20 09:17

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

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

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

Jun 20 09:10

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable!!

Jun 20 09:05

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Jun 20 08:40

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

Jun 20 08:32

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

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

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

You can probably already guess its contents.

Cash is evil.

Bitcoin is evil.

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

These people are certifiably insane.

Jun 20 08:32

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

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

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

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

Jun 20 08:26

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

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Imagine my (absence of ) shock here!!

Jun 20 08:15

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is officially horrible.

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

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

US Navy fighter pilot deaths tied to oxygen issues

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

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

Is the F-35 is a trillion dollar mistake?

The F-35 is a trillion dollar national disaster

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

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

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

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

Jun 20 08:12

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

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

Jun 20 07:51

UK AND FRANCE PROPOSE AUTOMATED CENSORSHIP OF ONLINE CONTENT

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jun 20 07:22

ISRAEL SECRETLY PAYING SALARIES OF SYRIAN REBELS ON GOLAN HEIGHTS BORDER: REPORT

Israel is secretly supporting Syrian rebels operating near its occupied Golan Heights territory, providing money, food, fuel and medical supplies, according to fighters who claim to receive the aid.

Israel has previously treated wounded Syrian rebels in its hospitals but interviews with rebels conducted by the Wall Street Journal suggest that Israel is directly supporting opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the six-year-long civil war.

Israel is opposed to the rule of Assad and his forces. It also sees militants belonging to Lebanese militia Hezbollah who support Assad’s regime forces as posing a threat to its security on the Golan Heights border.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Imagine my (complete absence of) shock!!

Jun 20 07:06

Execution by Firing Squad: The Militarized Police State Opens Fire

You want to reduce gun violence? Start with the government. -- Except that the government has no intention of scaling back on its weapons. To the contrary, the government’s efforts to militarize and weaponize its own agencies and employees is reaching epic proportions, with federal agencies as varied as the Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration placing orders for hundreds of millions of rounds of hollow point bullets. -- Talk about a double standard. -- The government’s arsenal of weapons makes the average American’s handgun look like a Tinker Toy.

Jun 20 07:01

Why They Are After Trump…Revisited

The narrative is shifting, from collusion to obstruction. Without a crime for the special prosecutor to prosecute, why not? They ignore the overwhelming evidence of the Clinton crimes, former Attorney General Lynch and her visit with Bill, even the leaking admitted to by Comey. -- But the special prosecutor is looking for a Trump crime.... And the collusion with Russia – after one year – is a narrative with no story. They want Trump out because they want their progressive, cultural destroying agenda to crush us all.

Jun 19 16:37

Why Mainstream Media Represents the View of Billionaires … Instead of Average Americans

Is it any wonder that the mainstream corporate media reflects the views of the oligarchs, and not average Americans?

Jun 19 16:26

South Carolina Sheriffs Less Interested In Enforcing Laws Than Taking Stuff

It's not like we need any more evidence showing asset forfeiture has almost nothing to do with enforcing laws or breaking up criminal organizations. But law enforcement agencies just keep generating damning data. The Charleston Post and Courier's article on the subject runs under an innocuous title that seems to put the blame on the federal government for the asset forfeiture sins of local police, but the article tells a completely different story. The officers and officials quoted in the story make noises about taking down criminals, but the greedy devil is in the details.

Jun 19 15:50

Violence Abroad Leads to Violence at Home

As long as the U.S. government’s killing spree in the Middle East and Afghanistan continues, Americans will continue to live in a society characterized by violence. Get used to it. Living the life of the lie will not change that. The only thing that will help restore a healthy, functional society to our land is to bring the troops home without permitting them to kill, injure, maim, or destroy even one more person.

Jun 19 15:39

The War on Fathers

Jun 19 14:51

SCOTUS strikes a blow to whiny snowflakes

The Supreme Court on Monday ruled unanimously in favor of the Asian-American rock band The Slants right to trademark its “offensive” moniker after the Patent and Trademark Office refused to register the name on the grounds that it is disparaging to Asians.

Jun 19 14:47

Pulling the Plug (On the legitimacy of the federal government)

Washington has been completely corrupt for well over a century. This is nothing new. Mark Twain wrote about it in the late 19th century. The difference is this: Washington invades every area of our lives today. It is doing what the public generally does not want it to do: interfere. The public wants to be left alone. The public does not want to concern itself with politics. But the breakdown of consensus is pushing politics onto the front pages of the few newspapers that still publish printed editions. We are watching what appear to be preteen boys arguing over marbles in the school yard. The stakes are so low, and the rhetoric is so high, that people who normally don’t pay much attention to politics cannot get away from it.

Jun 19 11:26

Snyder Warns: “A Full-Blown Eruption Of The Yellowstone Supervolcano Would Have The Potential Of Being An Extinction Level Event”

Is it possible that the Yellowstone supervolcano is gearing up for a major eruption? If you follow my work on a regular basis, then you already know that I spend a lot of time documenting how the crust of our planet is becoming increasingly unstable. Most of this shaking is taking place far away from the continental United States, and so most Americans are not too concerned about it. But we should be concerned about it, because a major seismic event could change all of our lives in a single instant. For instance, a full-blown eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano would have the potential of being an E.L.E. (extinction level event). That is why it is so alarming that there have been 296 earthquakes in the vicinity of the Yellowstone supervolcano within the last 7 days. Scientists are trying to convince us that everything is going to be okay, but there are others that are not so sure.

Jun 19 11:16

Syrian "Rebels" In Turmoil After Qatar Crisis

The ongoing Qatar crisis has had an unexpectedly adverse outcome among the Syrian "rebels", in many cases formerly known as al-Qaeda, who expect the crisis between two of their biggest state backers - Saudi Arabia and Qatar - to deepen divisions in the opposition to President Bashar al-Assad. Together with Turkey and the United States, Qatar and Saudi Arabia have been major sponsors of the insurgency, arming an array of groups that have been fighting to topple Syria's Iran-backed president. However, in recent weeks the Gulf support has been far from harmonious, fuelling splits that have set back the revolt.

Quoted by Reuters, Mustafa Sejari of the Liwa al Mutasem rebel group in northern Syria said "god forbid if this crisis is not contained I predict ... the situation in Syria will become tragic because the factions that are supported by (different) countries will be forced to take hostile positions towards each other."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think the proverbial "other shoe" fell yesterday, when the US military downed a Syrian fighter jet. Now, Russia has declared US fighter jets as "fair game" in the war in Syria.

Jun 19 11:13

Israel Has Been Secretly Funding Syrian Rebels For Years

Earlier, when discussing why the Syrian "rebels" fighting Assad are in "turmoil", we said that as a result of the ongoing Qatar crisis the various Saudi and Qatari supply chains supporting the rebels, both in terms of weapons and funding, had dried up due to the diplomatic fallout involving Qatar and Saudi Arabia. "Together with Turkey and the United States, Qatar and Saudi Arabia have been major sponsors of the insurgency, arming an array of groups that have been fighting to topple Syria's Iran-backed president."

We concluded that "the rebellion against Assad now seems moot, which is why the most likely outcome is a continued phase-out of support for forces fighting the Syria government until eventually the situation reverts back to its pre-2011 "status quo."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why am I not surprised?!?

Jun 19 10:32

Blockade or No Blockade? Saudi Arabia’s ‘Mission-Qatar’ Tumbles Down

Apart from Turkey, whose president Erdogan went to the extent of relating the Qatar-blockade to a “death sentence”, a number of other countries both from Asia and Africa have refused to follow the House of Saud in its footsteps, marking yet another defeat for the king-to-be prince Muhammad bin Salman, who is not only known to have masterminded the Yemen war but also known particularly for injecting a new ideological framework to Saudi Arabia’s regional ambitions, a framework premised upon surgical weakening of countries that have the potential to challenge Saudi hegemony. This is becoming evident from the way people in Turkey have started to point fingers to UAE for spending US$3 billion for funding coup attempt in Turkey, a possible scenario which certainly points to the increasing Saudi dissatisfaction with the way regional politics has tilted to its disadvantage.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks as though Prince Muhammad bin Salman's bid to "isolate Qatar" is falling apart at the seams!!

Jun 19 10:27

Democracy Is a Front for Central Bank Rule

Inflation aside, in fact interest rates declined, as my sometime co-author Dave Kranzler reports. http://investmentresearchdynamics.com/has-the-fed-actually-raised-rate...
Despite this publicized “rise” of the Fed funds rate, the 10-year interest rate on Treasuries “has declined 30 basis points this year. Thus for certain borrowers, the Fed has effectively lowered the cost of borrowing.”

Kranzler goes on to point out that

“the spread between the 30-day Treasury Bill and the 10-yr Treasury has declined this year from 193 basis points to 125 basis points – a 68 basis point drop in the cost of funding for borrowers who have access to the highly engineered derivative products that enable these borrowers to take advantage of the shape of the yield curve in order to lower their cost of borrowing.”

Jun 19 10:25

“Transgenic Corruption” and GM Crops in Argentina

GM crops in Argentina are approved by people from the same companies that produce and market them, a new investigation by the journalist Dario Aranda reveals.

The agency in which these people are collected is called the National Advisory Committee on Agricultural Biotechnology (Conabia). According to Aranda, it is composed of representatives of Monsanto, Bayer, Syngenta, Indear/Bioceres, Pioneer/DuPont, Don Mario, ASA (Seed Companies’ Association), Aapresid (Association of No-Till Producers – farmers who grow GM crops and use herbicide applications to control weeds), Argenbio and INTA (National Institute of Agricultural Technology). Out of 34 members, 26 belong to the same companies that produce seeds or are scientists with conflicts of interest.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How very much the way things go in this industry in the Unhinged Surveilled States of America!!

Jun 19 10:21

Belgium Extends Air Force Mission against Syria

Speaking during his visit to Canada, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel confirmed that Belgium has extended the Belgian Air Force’ mandate for missions in Syria until the end of 2017.

Michel said the decision would be formally confirmed during the next session of the Council of Ministers in Brussels. The small European country has earmarked another 17 million euro for the operation.

The current mission mandate was coming to a close in June, but it will be extended for another six months. Under the new mandate, some 100 personnel and four fighter jets will be stationed in Jordan.

Michel said this would show that Belgium is

“a reliable partner in the fight against terrorism”. He added: “This is a strong signal towards our partners. Belgium is a reliable partner in an international coalition. We also want to show we are operational. After the NATO summit, this proves we are taking up our responsibility within Europe.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Belgium is fighting an illegal war to create regime change in Damascus; if one of their fighter jets takes down a Russian or Syrian fighter jet, you can bet that more sorties against Syrian or Russian troops will be met with defiance.

Jun 19 10:12

Mattis: North Korea Is a War We Don’t Want

peaking to Congress this week, Defense Secretary James Mattis was asked by Rep. Tim Ryan (D – OH) why the United States doesn’t just launch an immediate war to “take out” North Korea before they have the capability of hitting the United States.

While a lot of Trump Administration officials talk up the idea of a war with North Korea as something they’re eagerly anticipating, Mattis was a lot more realistic, insisting it is a “war that fundamentally we don’t want,” and that it would be the most serious US war with the most serious consequences since 1953.

Mattis went on to warn that a war with North Korea would involve massive shelling of Seoul, South Korea, oneof the most densely packed cities on earth, and that while he believes the US would ultimately win the war, they’d only do so “at great cost.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We are close to the end of the "100 days" Chinese President Xi Jinping asked of President Trump, when the two got together at Mara Largo.

Xi asked Trump for ‘100 days’ to deal with North Korea problem

It could just be that President Xi doesn't have as much "clout" with its client state as President Trump believed, but there is nothing current North Korean State rhetoric which indicates that Kim Jung Un has any notion, or desire, to give up his nuclear weapons development program.

I have to wonder what further "diplomatic efforts" will move forward, before this program becomes a real problem for the US.

And as someone who lives in the state of Hawaii, you could reasonably say that Mike and I are a little nervous about this!!

Jun 19 10:10

Senate Bill to Force Citizens to Register Cash Not in a Bank, Violators Get 10 Years in Prison

A new bill seeks to track your money and assets incessantly, will enjoin any business with government ties to act as a de facto arm of DHS, and would steal all of your assets — including Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies — should you fail to report funds when traveling with over $10,000.

Under the guise of combating money laundering, Senate Bill 1241, “Combating Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing, and Counterfeiting Act of 2017,” ramps up regulation of digital currency and other autocratic financial controls in an attempt to ensure none of your assets can escape one of the State’s most nefarious, despised powers: civil asset forfeiture.

Jun 19 10:03

Paris attack on police vehicle on Champs-Elysees

A man rammed his car into a police vehicle in Paris' Champs-Elysees shopping district Monday, prompting a fiery explosion, and was killed in the incident, authorities said. France's anti-terrorism prosecutor opened an investigation.

Interior Minister Gerard Collomb told reporters near the scene that the driver died after the "attempted attack" on security forces. He said the car was carrying explosives.

No police officers or passers-by were hurt, the Paris police department said. It is unclear why the attacker drove into police, though the Interior Ministry spokesman said the incident was apparently deliberate.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More blowback for these endless wars for resources in the Middle East and Africa.

Jun 19 09:59

Reuters: Saudis say they have arrested Revolutionary Guards saboteurs....

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF, in fact this claim is true, it is a definite escalation of bad blood between these two nations, and President Trump has made it very clear that in any such situation, he has put his hat in with the Saudis.

And when Saudi officials say that these people are being "questioned", they are most likely being tortured, to produce a "confession" most convenient to the Saudi claims against them.

Jun 19 09:54

Erdogan Slams US for Building Air Bases in Syrian Kurdistan: Slams US Soldiers Being 'Arm in Arm' With Terrorists

With the Kurdish YPG advancing into the ISIS capital of Raqqa, and US officials already designating Mayadin the “next ISIS capital,” there’s clearly a lot more US-backed invasions for the Kurds to take part in, and the US is looking to make the backing of those invasions more convenient, setting up airbases in Kurdish territory.

That’s not sitting well with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who expressed particular outrage at the US having an air base in the Kurdish town of Kobani, along the Turkish border and reiterating his long-standing opposition to the US having ties with the YPG at all.

“I find the US approach to the YPG in no way chic,” Erdogan insisted, saying that US soldiers and military officers are “hand in hand, arm in arm” with a group that Turkey considers a terrorist group. He conceded that he understands the US doesn’t consider the Kurds terrorists.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So let me get this straight: the Unhinged, Surveilled State of America is building illegal bases in Syria, totally without the permission of that country, in order for Kurds to be able to found a homeland, at the expense of sovereign Syrian territory?!?!?

And the following two very disturbing articles are featured, one from Saturday, and one from today at globalresearch.ca, indicating that the building of illegal US forward bases continues in Syria, and what the Kurds are doing to ethnic Arabs near Raqqa:

US Backed YPG Kurds Are Ethnically Cleansing Arabs From Raqqa, and the World Is Silent

Are More US Attacks on Syrian Forces Planned? Establishing Pentagon Bases in Syria?

Jun 19 09:48

Turkey Wants to Continue Accession Talks With European Union

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said that Ankara is willing to pursue the talks with the European Union on getting full membership in the bloc and renew the Customs Union agreement with Brussels.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Ankara is willing to pursue the talks with the European Union on getting full membership in the bloc and renew the Customs Union agreement with Brussels, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said.

"Turkey is willing to pursue full membership talks with the EU and renew the Customs Trade [deal]," Yildirim said at a joint press conference on Monday with his Bulgarian counterpart Boyko Borisov in Ankara as quoted by the Anadolu news agency.

The Turkish minister stressed that the European Union had to "revise its future vision" and then make relevant decisions on the talks with Ankara.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The question is, after the failed coup attempt in Turkey,and Erdogan having gone full tilt-buggie dictator over his own people, does the EU really want Turkey as a member?!?

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