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Jan 01 11:08

What is Henry Kissinger Up To? — Paul Craig Roberts

Until Trump relegates 'the neocons' to the ideological backwaters, Russia and China had best hold on to their strategic alliance.

Kissinger, an old cold warrior, is working to use Trump’s commitment to better relations with Russia in order to separate Russia from its strategic alliance with China.

China’s military buildup is a response to US provocations against China and US claims to the South China Sea as an area of US national interests. China does not intend to attack the US and certainly not Russia.

Jan 01 10:51

Back to the Future: From the USSR to the Eurasian Century

Get ready, because the thick of the action starts now.

The 2008 casino capitalism-provoked financial crisis, plus the American “resolve” to remake the so-called Greater Middle East through wars of choice, regime change and covert ops miserably failed.

As we wait for the dawn of the Trump era – an almost intergalactic geopolitical question mark – what’s certain is that the War Party US deep state won’t admit defeat. And the key geopolitical riddle to be answered is how strident internal American tensions will deal with the hub of progressive Eurasia integration: Russia, China and Iran.

Dec 31 18:40

At Least 35 People Killed After Shooters Dressed As Santas Open Fire In Istanbul Nightclub - Live Feed

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Turkey greeted the New Year with another tragedy after at least 35 people were killed and 40 wounded around 1:15 am local time, when gunmen dressed as Santas opened fire on New Year's revelers at a nightclub in Istanbul on Sunday morning, Istanbul Governor Vasip Sahin told reporters.

Dec 31 09:10

Turkey Transferring Al-Qaeda Terrorists from Aleppo to Aden

Yemeni security sources disclosed that a Turkish plane has transferred tens of Al-Qaeda terrorists from Syria's Northern city of Aleppo to Yemen's Aden and evacuated wounded pro-Saudi militias to medical treatment centers outside the country when returning to Turkey.

Dec 30 15:13

U.S. Catholic Bishops Condemn "Injustices Perpetrated Against Palestinians By The Israeli Government"

Gee, how did CNN, Fox, The NY Slmes, and all the other fake news completely miss this one? Maybe they don't want the Christians in America to learn about the atrocities perpetrated against Palestinians by Israel? Most Reverand Bishop Oscar Cantu, Chairman of The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on International Justice and Peace, recently sent a following letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry regarding the situation in Israel and Palestine. In it, the bishop notes that Palestinian homes are destroyed, confiscated, and the Israelis even encroach on Christian monestaries and convents!

Dec 30 13:59

No More Holiday Gifts for Repressive Regimes

While the world has been transfixed on the epic tragedy in Syria, another tragedy – a hidden one – has been consuming the children of Yemen.

Battered by the twin evils of war and hunger, every 10 minutes a child in Yemen dies from malnutrition, diarrhea, or respiratory-tract infections, UNICEF reports. And without immediate medical attention, over 400,000 kids suffering from severe acute malnutrition could die, too.

Why are so many of Yemen’s children going hungry and dying?

Since 2014, Yemen has been wracked by a civil war – a war that’s been exacerbated by intervention from Saudi Arabia, a U.S. ally. Since 2015, the Saudis have been pounding this nation, the poorest in the Middle East, with cluster bombs and explosives.

And the US has been helping, selling the Saudis advanced weapons and providing intelligence and logistical support.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I didn't think, when I was a kid growing up, that I would ever consider the government of my country complicit in war crimes; unfortunately, it is a well-documented reality right now. And the following images demonstrate, very clearly, what daily life is like in Yemen these days: (warning: very graphic)

Images: Yemeni children wounded and killed by Saudi bombings

Images: Yemeni children starving due to Saudi port Blockade

Dec 30 07:36

Selling Death: US Weapons Kill a Yemeni Child Every 10 Minutes

While the world has been transfixed on the epic tragedy in Syria, another tragedy — a hidden one — has been consuming the children of Yemen.

Battered by the twin evils of war and hunger, every 10 minutes a child in Yemen dies from malnutrition, diarrhea, or respiratory-tract infections, UNICEF reports. And without immediate medical attention, over 400,000 kids suffering from severe acute malnutrition could die, too.

Why are so many of Yemen’s children going hungry and dying?

Dec 29 13:34

Donald Trump Drafts New Budget That Excludes Funding ISIS

President-elect Donald Trump has taken action to ensure that on his watch the United States will stop supporting ISIS and militant opposition groups in Syria.

Dec 29 10:26

We Might See Multiple Events In The Month Of January 2017

The case against Clinton’s emails has been re-opened and now the ball is Trump’s court.Facebook’s fake news checker went haywire as it reported on a rumor and called it a fact checked piece of news, which turned out to be fake.

Dec 28 14:58

Turkish President Erdogan Claims He Has “Confirmed Evidence” US-led Forces Supported ISIS

Obviously Erdogan feels the US has screwed Turkey over to be suddenly changing his tune. Actually, he’s been acting different towards his “allies” ever since Turkey accused the US of being behind the failed coup attempt and took over the Incirlik US air base.

Dec 27 10:34

CBS Reveals The True Origin of ISIS

CBS news reports on the true origin ISIS and how “direct” action funded and armed the terrorists rebels in Syria to launch a 30 year war.

Dec 26 12:28

The Good That Trump Could Do – Robert Parry

Trump Challenge

Can Trump withstand the barrage of slings and arrows if he rejects the neocons’ “regime change” ambitions?

Eight years ago, President Barack Obama had a similar opportunity but chose to accommodate the Establishment and empower the neocons and liberal hawks...

Dec 26 10:16

CIA has interfered with over 81 foreign elections in the past century

These acts, carried out in secret two-thirds of the time, include funding the election campaigns of specific parties, disseminating misinformation and propaganda...

The CIA has accused Russia of interfering in the 2016 presidential election (with absolutely zero evidence) by hacking into Democratic and Republican computer networks and selectively releasing emails.

But critics might point out the U.S. has done similar things.

Dec 26 10:16

Video: ISIS Burns Alive 2 Chained Turkish Soldiers in Aleppo

Syria rebel terrorists, members of ISIS, have released a video of two Turkish soldiers being burned alive following the fall of Aleppo.

Dec 26 07:25

Obama Just Positioned Israel and Entire Middle East For a Horribly Bloody War (Video)

Since the day he first took office, Barack Obama has thumbed his nose at virtually every long standing U.S. tradition, upended decades worth of foreign policy decisions that were paid for with the lives of thousands of our nation’s finest as well as trillions of dollars in American taxpayers’ money (back when they all still had jobs), has divided this country in a way unlike anything I’ve seen during my 40 years on this planet, and he’s done all of it with the full support of a grossly corrupt and dishonest mainstream media that didn’t tell Americans the truth about virtually any of it.

Dec 25 22:59

Aleppo celebrates Christmas, shares stories of joy & loss

Syrians in the liberated city of Aleppo are celebrating Christmas…

‘We had 4 years of pain, of war & blood’

Christians in Syria have largely rallied behind the secular government, seeing it as their protector.

This year, many people in the liberated city of Aleppo are celebrating for the first time since the war began. RT’s Lizzie Phelan talked with residents of the war-ravaged city now recovering from its wounds.

Dec 25 14:25

Israeli police turn violent on peaceful anti-corruption protest

Israeli police have arrested three people at a peaceful protest in Petach Tikvah, seven miles east of Tel Aviv, on 24 December.

Video footage and photographs show the police wading in heavily into the peaceful protest...>>

Dec 25 14:23

UN Security Council resolution on Israeli colonies: Next step, sanctions please

Stuart Littlewood argues for enforcement of the UN Security Council resolution condemning Israeli colonies in the occupied Palestinian territory but fears a giant step backwards if Donald Trump turns out to be as crazed as Netanyahu.

Dec 23 18:33

Listen: Former UK ambassador to Syria says British government “has gotten Syria wrong every step of the way”

A former UK ambassador to Syria has castigated officials and the media in Britain for their selective moralising and reporting of the armed conflict in Syria...>>

Dec 23 17:08

Palestine’s Achilles Heel: The Begging Bowl

Poor Palestine – the major Palestinian players, Fatah and Hamas have degraded and set back the liberation movement by crawling with begging bowls to self-interested, absolutely not Palestine-interested, Arab states, and furthermore both are fickle beggars switching loyalties to conform to the US volatile currents in the Middle East.

Dec 23 10:08

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard - "End illegal, counterproductive regime-change wars."

It's just break's my heart, truly, that Tulsi Gabbard is so right, time and time again, and does not get the respect and admiration she deserves.

Dec 23 09:43

Made-in-America Weapons, War Crimes, and the Outcry Over Yemen

As the US limits some arms sales to Saudi Arabia, human rights groups present 'overwhelming evidence' pointing back at Washington.

Yemen’s 21-month war has devastated the country and sparked a humanitarian catastrophe. The UN recorded 4,014 killed and thousands more injured by Saudi-led coalition air strikes between March 2015 and September 2016, carried out with the backing of the US and UK.

The war has displaced 2.2 million Yemenis, while an additional 180,000 have fled the country (refugees are so desperate, some are fleeing to Somalia). Yemen, already one of the poorest countries in the Middle East, was pulled into this crisis after Houthi rebels ousted President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi in early 2015. Alarmed by the Houthi rebel advances in Yemen, neighboring Saudi Arabia and its allies in the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council called for the United Nations to bring an end to the “coup” (pdf).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

At this point, Saudi Arabia, The United States Government, the UK Government and (as reported at this blog yesterday) the Canadian government are neck deep in war crimes.

The House of Saud, apparently, believes that committing utterly genocidal war crimes against the Houthi rebels in Yemen, killing scores of innocents n the process, is no big deal.

The Saudi military hits schools, hospitals, and open-air markets, all civilian targets, with impunity.

Their scorched earth approach to this campaign, against their brother and sister Muslims in Yemen, reminds me of what the Papal Legate, Pierre de Castelnau, said to his military in the church's persecution of French Cathars at the siege of Languedoc, upon hearing that women and children were also with the men who had taken refuge there.

And what was that infamous statement?

It was: "kill them all: God will find his own."

I don't quite know how this translates into Arabic, but you catch my drift.

However, the images I am about to share don't lie. And I will warn you: they are intensely graphic, so if you have a problem with real images of the war in Yemen, please go no further in reading this article.

And did I mention that the Saudi blockade of Yemeni ports, which means food cannot get into this country, has translated into starvation for thousands of Yemen's kids?!?

At this moment in history, my brother and sister Brits, Canadians, and Americans share more in common than our English heritage; we are all governed by administrations who are complicit in war crimes courtesy of these weapons sales, used for genocide in Yemen, to Saudi Arabia.

I don't know how it makes the rest of you feel; but right now, come January, I think that the citizens all these countries need to have a peaceful, focused dialogue with those who allegedly represent us, and let them know that these weapons sales cannot continue, because their use, in the Saudi war in Yemen, is obscenely immoral, and if they want another term in office, they will, collectively, stop this.

Dec 22 14:17

NATO Ramps Up Ukraine War After Defeat in Syria

The timing of the large-scale attacks on Donbas comes just as the US and its NATO allies incur a strategic setback in their covert war for regime change in Syria.

A surge in military attacks this week by NATO-backed Kiev regime forces on the breakaway eastern Ukraine regions is no mere coincidence.

It is the reaction to events in Syria by the US-led military alliance in its hybrid warfare against Russia.

Dec 22 14:14

Bipartisan War – A new study urges more U.S. interventions

Written before the presidential election, the co-authors could not have anticipated a Donald Trump victory, but they might be hoping that the report would serve as a guideline for the new administration.

Hopefully they will be wrong in that expectation, but it is difficult at this point to see where the next White House will be going with its Middle Eastern policy.

There are a number of things wrong with the report from my perspective. Most significant, it assigns to the United States the responsibility to set and enforce standards of governance in parts of the world where the American people have little in the way of actual interests.

Dec 22 14:08

Chilling Speech by Syrian Ambassador to UN

“I’m an eye witness, I work at the UN and I know what I am talking about…”

“The British Intelligence facilitated the creation of this Radical Islamic Movement”

“I am Muslim myself and I am proud to be Muslim, but I have nothing to do with this garbage.” Nothing to do.”

“You will never hear any of this in the Main Stream Media…Reporters from all over the world accredited to the UN, boycott my speeches… when I take the floor, next to the Security Council…, 50 of them disappear, they leave because they don’t want to hear, if they hear, they will have to report.”

Dec 22 13:36

The Real Saboteurs of a Trump Foreign Policy

The real danger may be that a new Trump foreign policy could be hijacked or scuttled by anti-Trump Republicans, not only on Capitol Hill but inside the executive branch itself.

Incoming Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer sees Russian hacking as a way to put a cloud over the administration before it begins. But it is the uber-hawks hereabouts who are after the really big game.

If the War Party can convert this “fake story” into the real story of 2016, then they can scuttle any Trump effort to attain the rapprochement with Russia that Trump promised to try to achieve.

Dec 22 11:33

Canada Admits Weapons Sold to Riyadh May Have Been Used In Yemen

The Canadian government has admitted that weapons it sold to Saudi Arabia were used in Riyadh’s invasion of Yemen, even while denouncing the conflict publicly. Ottawa is being sued by Daniel Turp, a Universite de Montreal professor, alleging that Canada’s $15 billion weapons-export deal with the kingdom is assisting with its involvement in Sana’a.

In a Montreal federal court, Canada is contending that the authority to decide what constitutes a legal weapons sale lies not with the court, but with Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion. Ottawa maintains that this should be the case even if the country’s Light Armored Vehicles (LAVs) are used in a war responsible for the death of thousands of civilians.

In April, Dion admitted to pushing the Saudi weapons sale through, and told an editorial board that he acted with only one other minister and did not receive counsel from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau or other advisors.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hey, Canadians; congrats for your country's government having become complicit in Saudi Arabia's genocidal war crimes in Yemen!

And just as with your corporate American brothers and sisters, it's "war profits uber alles!"

Doesn't it make you feel proud to be a Canadian?!?

The Saudi Arabian military has bombed marketplaces; schools; and hospitals with impunity, employing what may well be called a "scorched earth" approach.

It kind of reminds me of what the Catholic prelate said, during the siege of Montsegur in the campaign to exterminate the Cathars, when informed that there were women and children with the men who had taken refuge there.

And what he said was, "Kill them all; God will find his own."

And here is some of what the Canadian government's "contribution" to the Saudi war in Yemen may well have accomplished,and I warn you: these images are the most graphic you will see from this wretched generally unreported, war:

Images: Yemeni children wounded and killed by Saudi bombing

Images: Yemeni children starving to death due to the Saudi naval blockade

It is very much time for Canadian citizenry, as well as American citizenry, to have a peaceful, specific dialogue with your (alleged) representatives in Parliament or Congress, and telling them firmly that their governments have utterly no business, and no right, in partnering with countries which commit war crimes.

Dec 22 08:40

Bahrainis protest Manama raid on Sheikh Isa Qassim’s home

Bahraini protesters have taken to the streets across the country to condemn a regime raid on prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim’s home.

On Wednesday night, protests were held in various locations across the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom, including Sanabes, Karbabad, Karzakan and Barbar, in support of the cleric and all other political prisoners.

Dec 21 13:31

Three ridiculous ways Congress plans to Keep America Safe Again

Around the time of Passover in 67 AD, the Jews of Judea were in the midst of a major rebellion against the occupying Roman Empire.

Riots and violence were commonplace, and an organized rebel force of more than 25,000 men fought regularly against the imperial legions.

Dec 21 13:28

Ron Paul: After Aleppo we need a new Syria policy

Over the past week, eastern Aleppo was completely brought back under control of the Syrian government. The population began to return to its homes, many of which were abandoned when al-Qaeda-linked rebels took over in 2012.

Dec 20 18:31

5 Arrested After Egyptian Police Bust Staged Photo Shoot Of "Wounded Aleppo Children"

Egyptian police arrested five people in Port Said, Egypt for making staged "wounded children" photos, which they were planning to use to misrepresent on social media as photos of destruction and injured people in Syria's Aleppo, the Egyptian Interior Ministry said on Monday. The group also made fake videos that purport to show the wreckage of air strikes in Aleppo.

Dec 20 16:13

West Directed Killer’s Hand in Assassination of Russian Ambassador

Virtually everything that Western official sources have been saying about Aleppo, and the Syrian war more generally, is seen to be a grotesque lie.

The climax of condemnation reached unconscionable heights last week when Washington, its Western allies and the UN – all amplified unquestioningly by the Western news media – vilified Russia for allegedly slaughtering civilians in east Aleppo. American ambassador Samantha Power specifically cited unverified reports of children being killed in a basement by Syria and Russian forces.

Dec 20 13:12

CFR’s Preventive Priorities Survey for 2017 Fails to Mention the Main Thing

Nobody else but the US itself has created the security problems it faces.

On December 13, the Council on Foreign Relations released its annual Preventive Priorities Survey to help policymakers plan for potential contingencies. The document evaluates ongoing and potential violent conflicts and sources of instability based on the impact they would have on US interests as well as their likelihood of occurring in 2017.

Dec 20 13:07

Council on Foreign Relations – The Power Behind Big News (Fake News)

This is a video on NEWS FABRiCATiON and also about the powers that REALLY run the big media. It is no secret.

From World War II to the present the Establishment has maintained it’s LOCK grip on the Presidency. The subservient media keeps such information from becoming news.

The Elite however, occasionally have difficulty ruling themselves.

Dec 20 11:16

Russia, Iran, Turkey agree to guarantee Syria peace talks

Russia, Iran and Turkey agreed on Tuesday to guarantee Syria peace talks and backed expanding a ceasefire in the war-torn country, the Russian foreign minister said after talks with counterparts.

Dec 20 09:03

A few initial short thoughts on the murder of the Russian Ambassador to Ankara

Okay, so tonight we have the name of the assassin, it is Mevlut Mert Aydintas, a 22 year old policeman who had been recently fired following the anti-Gulenist crackdown of Erdogan against the forces which had attempted to overthrow him recently.

When such an event occurs it is also important to ask cui bono – whom does it benefit?

Alas, both the Turks and the Russians have a long tradition of secrecy and we might never find out who, if anybody, really was behind Mevlut Mert Aydintas.

Dec 19 17:12

The Bad Losers (And What They Fear Losing)

As the worst loser in American electoral history, she must blame Russia, rather than recognize that there were multiple reasons to vote against her.

If the 2016 presidential campaign was a national disgrace, the reaction of the losers is an even more disgraceful spectacle. It seems that the political machine backing Hillary Clinton can’t stand losing an election.

And why is that?

Because they are determined to impose “exceptional” America’s hegemony on the entire world, using military-backed regime changes, and Donald Trump seems poised to spoil their plans.

Dec 19 14:47

Russophobia and Sinophobia – Pepe Escobar

As the asinine regime change attempt on Trump fades into the annals of failed color revolutions, keep your focus on the South China Sea.

It’s by now crystal clear the coup-in-progress against Donald Trump is a made in USA regime change op using standard hybrid war techniques such as manipulation of public opinion by mainstream media.

The coup has been articulated by the usual suspects, from neocons to neoliberalcons, “humanitarian” imperialists included, with a special starring role for their pet agency, the CIA, which during the Bush-Obama continuum further specialized in fake “intelligence”.

Dec 19 12:08

Scott Adams: Persuasian and ISIS

Experts say ISIS can’t be beaten by military means alone. You have to get to the “deep” causes. Here are two experts saying just that, including a former head of the CIA. The problem is that observers seem to have different ideas of what is at the root of it all.

Dec 19 09:37

Yemen edging nearer famine as war takes toll

Yemen edging nearer famine as war takes toll
More than half of the population are now food insecure with 7 million enduring hunger
Image Credit: Reuters
A woman puts her malnourished son on a scale at a malnutrition intensive care unit in the RedSea port city of Houdeidah yesterday.
Published: 17:05 December 16, 2016 Gulf News
Reuters

Geneva: Yemen’s humanitarian catastrophe is set to worsen as the war has ruined the economy and is stopping food supplies getting through, driving the country to the brink of famine, the top UN aid official in the country told Reuters.
“Throughout the whole of this country kids are dying,” said Jamie McGoldrick. UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen.
Nearly two years of war between a Saudi-led Arab coalition and the Iran-backed Al Houthi movement has left more than half of Yemen’s 28 million people “food insecure”, with 7 million of them enduring hunger, according to the United Nations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Congratulations, Prime Ministers Cameron, and May, and President Obama, on having made the US and UK complicit in genocide against the Yemeni people and their children, by aiding and abetting the Saudi war against it; looking at images like those below must make you all feel very happy at this "accomplishment".

But then again, it is understood that when a politician comes to power in a country, before that happens, they have their conscience surgically removed, as I am certain you have done:

images starving yemeni children, 2016

And if you don't like me posting these images, to witness to the world the magnitude of humanitarian catastrophe you are creating in Yemen, then stop the bloody enabling of the Saudi military!!

Dec 19 07:51

BRITISH CLUSTER BOMBS USED IN SAUDI ARABIA’S YEMEN CAMPAIGN, RESEARCH FINDS

Despite strenuous denials, UK-made cluster bombs are indeed being used by Britain’s theocratic ally Saudi Arabia in its war on impoverished Yemen, according to the government’s own inquiries.

The new details have emerged through a leak to the Guardian from sources which claim that internal investigations support claims in the media that the outlawed munitions are in use.

The source said that the findings had been known by the government for up to a month.

However, the paper has also been told that Saudi Arabia – a major UK ally and one of its top arms customers – has not confirmed itself that the banned munitions are being used.

The revelations seem set to pile even more pressure on the UK to stop selling arms to the authoritarian regime.

The UK is a signatory to the 2010 treaty banning cluster munitions, which drop many tiny bomblets from the main device and can create what is in effect a minefield.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ah yes, cluster bombs: to little children, they look almost the same, and the coloration on them is identical, to that of humanitarian food packages. And when there is no adult around to tell them not to touch the bombs, they can shred curious children who touch them into almost non-recoverable bits.

images: cluster bombs and food aid packages

This is what cluster bombs have done to children in Yemen: (warning: this image is very graphic and disturbing, but needs to be shared)

Results of Saudi use of cluster bombs in Yemen

And a small memo to the UK's Prime Minister May; congratulations; the UK is now complicit in war crimes, just as are your American cousins in the US government!

I am certain you are quite proud of your arms industry, Prime Minister, and it is obvious that this illegal sale of cluster munitions made someone in the UK a killing; literally.

But hey, profits uber alles, right?!? No matter how many innocent children and non-combatants these weapons kill, that's the only thing which matters.

You and your predecessor, David Cameron, should be standing in the docks in Old Bailey for crimes against humanity here, in aiding and abetting the Saudi Government by having supplied them with these weapons; all the more so, because the UK is a signatory to the 2010 treaty, banning cluster munitions.

Unfortunately, this will only happen when pigs fly, because politically, power protects the criminals who have used it for ill purposes.

You might want to ask Bill Clinton about that, particularly with his little "runway encounter" with Loretta Lynch, to "persuade" her to not charge Hillary Clinton for having mishandled classified documents with her personal email server.

Dec 18 16:32

Neocon Panic and Agony – THE SAKER

This is not a Democrat vs Republican issue, but a “deep state vs The People of the USA” issue.

There are clear signs that the Neocons running the AngloZionist Empire and its “deep state” are in a state of near panic and their actions indicate they are truly terrified.

On the home front, the Neocons have resorted to every possible dirty trick on the book to try to prevent Donald Trump from ever getting into the White House
Most experts agree that none of these tactics are going to work. So this begs the question of whether the Neocons are stupid, whether they think that they can succeed or what their true objective is.

Dec 18 16:22

Trump Sets the Cat Among the Jewish Pigeons

Palestine/Israel will be transformed into a democratic state, where Jews and Palestinians will live happily ever after, as equals.

The nomination of David Friedman horrified liberal Israelis, cheered Palestinian activists, befogged the Israeli and Palestinian officials, and created a great rift among US Jews. With one brilliant stroke Donald Trump made more mischief than one would think possible. If you have no time for details, I’ll tell you: it is a good, even very good development for Palestine and Palestinians, and it is likely to save Trump’s skin back home.

Dec 18 12:07

Remember Naboth: Israel’s legalising of the theft of private Palestinian property

Uri Avnery reminds the mostly religious Jewish settlers stealing private Palestinian property in the West Bank – and the Israeli government, which is passing legislation to “legalise” such theft – of the fate of similar thieves in the Bible.

Dec 18 08:32

From ‘Fake News’ to ‘Fake Intelligence’ – Wayne Madsen

The real headlines should read: «CIA interfered in presidential election by supporting Clinton over Trump».

Never in the history of the Central Intelligence Agency has it and its surrogates so blatantly and boldly interfered in a U.S. election.

The U.S. media, in a matter of hours, altered course from concentrating on «fake news» about innocent pizzerias being linked to child sexual exploitation to spotlighting «fake intelligence» about Russia’s alleged cyber-espionage operation designed to elect Donald Trump president. The CIA leaked to The Washington Post, the owner of which has a $600 million contract with the CIA to provide cloud computing, findings of a secret report on Russia’s alleged «fixing» of the 2016 U.S. presidential election to favor Trump over Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Dec 17 16:20

Trump’s people ignore Electoral College threat at their electoral peril

We'll see in a few days how the Electoral College gambit (Hillary's "Plan D" - the first three being rig the election [A], recounts [B] and Russia [C], all failed) plays out.

Anyone who has access to the Trump transition team needs to get one clear message through to them. This is, that the 2016 election is NOT YET over, and Trump could find himself on the evening of December 19th with the new President-elect, Hillary Clinton, having a majority of the votes in the Electoral College which votes that day; or having the election sent to the US House of Representative for the outcome to be determined, as happened in 1800, 1824 and 1876 (for different reasons).

Dec 17 12:21

14 US-Led Coalition Military Advisors Captured by Syrian Special Forces in Aleppo

14 US-Led military advisors assisting the rebel terrorists have been reportedly captured in a bunker by Syrian Special Forces in Aleppo.

Dec 17 10:24

UN: Up to 10,000 killed in Yemen conflict

UN says 10,000 people killed in war, a huge rise on previous estimate of 6,000, and warns actual figure is much higher.

Dec 17 09:07

Did Satellites Expose A Secret American Drone Hangar In A Saudi Desert?

Buried deep in the heart of one of the most barren deserts in Saudi Arabia, and the entire planet for that matter, a commercial satellite happened upon what appears to be a very modern airport that suddenly appeared out of thin air from one year to the next. What makes the airport even more mysterious is the fact that there are no planes on site and no government claims ownership of the facility. So, is this airport a mere "Border Guard" facility, as Google Maps would suggest, or did this satellite just happen to reveal the location of a secret U.S. military airport used to conduct drone operations in Yemen?

And it does seem somewhat odd that such a massive airport, with 3 large hangars, would be required to conduct "border operations."

While we may never know the true owner/function of this mysterious facility, we're almost certain that Russia hackers are behind the leak of it's location.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Way what you will about Tyler Durden at zerohedge.com; the man does have a wicked sense of humour!!

Dec 16 17:48

British Troops Arrive In Middle East To Train Syrian Rebels

UK forces have arrived in the Middle East to help train moderate Syrian rebels engaged in the fight against ISIS.

Dec 16 11:11

Starving Yemeni Children, Bloated US Weapons Makers

While the world is transfixed on the epic tragedy unfolding in Syria, another tragedy – a hidden one – has been consuming the children of Yemen. Battered by the twin evils of war and hunger, every ten minutes a child in Yemen is now dying from malnutrition, diarrhea and respiratory-tract infections. A new UNICEF report shows over 400,000 Yemeni children suffering from severe acute malnutrition. Without immediate medical attention, these children will die. The situation is so dire that over half of the entire nation’s 25 million people lack sufficient food.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US government, through its enabling of the Saudi government, has become complicit in its war crimes against the people of Yemen.

This is what life looks like through the eyes of a starving to death Yemeni child:

Images: wounded, starving, and dead children, courtesy of Saudi Bombing Raids

Still proud to be an American, understanding that your government is complicit in the genocide of Yemini kids, after seeing these images?!?

When I was a kid growing up, I would never have imagined that my country would wind up a proud partner in war crimes.

And yet, at this point in its history, sadly, it has become one, regarding the humanitarian catastrophe Yemen has become, courtesy of American governmental assistance.

Dec 16 09:24

NEW NDAA PROVISION WOULD ALLOW US TO ARM SYRIAN REBELS WITH ANTI-AIRCRAFT WEAPONS

It wasn’t widely reported during the debate of the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), nor indeed was it mentioned in either the House or Senate versions of the bill, but the NDAA has a provision within it that would allow the US to send shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles to rebel factions in Syria.

Dec 16 04:16

Syrian Catholic Patriarch: West turns blind eye toward Islam's attack on Middle East Christians

In a straight-from-the-heart cry for help for the rapidly vanishing but 2,000-year-old Christian presence in Middle East, Patriarch Ignatius Joseph told the Knights of Columbus that Saudi Arabia was funding Muslim jihadists to act out a new kind of murderous intolerance, and the Western democracies were letting them do it... “We, the Church pastors, kept warning Westerners who pretended to have the right to interfere in Syria in the name of democracy, that fomenting violence would surely lead to terrible sectarian war because of the complex religious and ethnic diversity in Syria. We knew innocent people, primarily Christians and minorities, would suffer most.”

Dec 16 02:56

VIDEO: Civilians Leaving East Aleppo Helped By Syrian Army

These are actual refugees- women, children, men, grandparents, baby strollers, multi-generational families fleeing with their loved ones and whatever they can carry- aided by helpful troops in tbe Syrian military. Compare this to the alleged refugees swarming into Europe, who are all military-aged men with no women, no kids, no families.

Dec 15 20:40

Aleppo Victory… US and its Crime Partners Suffer ‘Meltdown of Sanity’

The US and its terrorist-sponsoring partners are seeing their criminal regime-change project in ruins, as the Syrian army and its allies win a spectacular victory to retake the strategically important city of Aleppo.

Dec 15 20:25

How does it feel being interfered with, America?

Seriously, is anyone listening to US complaints about outside meddling in their elections?
I'm referring to the fuss over allegations that Russia was hacking Clinton's emails during the US presidential campaign. Such small beer compared with the heavy-handed way America interferes in other people's business.

Dec 15 14:03

How does it feel being interfered with, America?

Stuart Littlewood highlights the irony of Americans complaining about alleged Russian meddling in their elections when the US and its UK ally seem to have set themselves regime change as a standard foreign policy goal.

Dec 15 14:01

Israel’s West Bank tourism drive makes Palestinians invisible

Jonathan Cook says Israeli moves to plunder Palestine’s tourism economy is intimately connected to the legalisation of the theft of Palestinian private property and the “creeping annexation” of occupied Palestine.

Dec 15 10:37

BANNED BY 119 COUNTRIES, U.S. CLUSTER BOMBS CONTINUE TO ORPHAN YEMENI CHILDREN

Villagers in al-Hayma told The Intercept they heard rumbling around 3 o’clock in the afternoon. Soon after, they saw a jet from the Saudi-led coalition circling over the coast. Assisted by the U.S. with weapons and intelligence, Saudi Arabia has been bombing and blockading Yemen for 21 months.

“The warplane was hovering toward the shoreline before I saw something with parachutes falling down,” said Yahya Qassem Zabah, a local fisherman. “For a moment I thought that soldiers were landing. Then I heard a number of explosions soon after that.”

What Zabah saw was not a soldier parachuting toward the coast, it was a cluster weapon. In mid-air, its shell casing opened and released cylinder-shaped bomblets, which scattered as they plummeted to the beach.

All at once, like deafening firecrackers, explosions ripped across the sand, splintering, smashing, and overturning fishing boats.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That the US government is complicit in war crimes is an absolute given here, as this government continues to militarily enable the Saudi military.

However, as reported at motherjones.com in September of this year, regarding Textron's phasing out of the manufacture of cluster munitions in the US:

This week, states parties and advocates meet in Geneva for the Meeting of States Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions. But as former Navy explosive ordnance disposal officer turned public radio reporter John Ismay notes, the United States doesn't have the best track record when it comes to arms treaties. "We haven't signed the land mine treaty. We still have nuclear weapons. We still have napalm bombs in the inventory," he says. "I have a feeling these are things we'll hang on to." Plus, they're still legal under US law. While Textron Systems is ending its cluster bomb program, the Pentagon could turn to a different manufacturer. Or Textron may be willing to license its technology to other defense contractors. On that point, the company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Textron has been made enormously profitable by the sale of these weapons; my best bet would be that they would license the technology to other defense contractors who are out of the country, so that their executives could say, with a reasonably straight face, that they no longer made these bombs, and technically, they would be correct in that statement.

Dec 15 07:30

THE ULTIMATE “FAKE NEWS” LIST

Isn’t it ironic how the mainstream media has the nerve to lecture everyone else about “fake news” when they are the primary source of fake news on a consistent basis stretching back years?

Fake news stories and fake narratives put out by the mainstream media have resulted in deaths, destruction and people’s lives being ruined.

The most harmful fake news is routinely published by the mainstream media.

They are the main progenitors of fake news.

Dec 14 10:16

Iran Increasingly Sees IS as Threat to Islamic Republic

In an unusual display of public candor, Iranian authorities have said in recent speeches that Islamic State infiltrators are becoming a growing threat to the Islamic Republic.

At least three times in recent months, Iranian officials have spoken about breaking up IS-related terror cells and arresting IS-affiliated militants planning attacks inside Iran.

The claims lack many details, including when the alleged incidents took place, the identity of most suspects and concrete links to IS. And at times, the information has conflicted with other accounts.

But the growing emphasis by Iranian officials on the militant group's possible threat has caught the attention of Western analysts who monitor developments in Iran and offer varying views on the extent of the threat and Iran's aim by speaking publicly about them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Although concrete details have not been released, the Iranian government has every reason to be concerned about such infiltration; and the reason is as follows:

ISIS USED AS TOOL BY SAUDIS, US & TURKEY WHEN IT SUITS THEIR INTERESTS – US SENATOR

There is nothing that would be more satisfying to some US and Saudi officials than to see regime change in Tehran, and both countries would certainly not be above using ISIS to do it, as a proxy force, in order to keep their own troops' hands clean, as much as possible.

Dec 14 09:40

U.S. Continues Support For Saudi Arabia In Yemen While Halting Some Arms Sales

The United States has decided to limit military support to Saudi Arabia’s campaign in Yemen because of concerns over widespread civilian casualties and will halt a planned arms sale to the kingdom, U.S. officials told Reuters.

The United States will also revamp future training of the kingdom’s air force to focus on improving Saudi targeting practices, a persistent source of concern for Washington.

The decision reflects deep frustration within President Barack Obama’s government over Saudi Arabia’s practices in Yemen’s 20-month-old war, which has killed more than 10,000 people and sparked humanitarian crises, including chronic food shortages, in the poorest country in the Middle East.

It could also further strain ties between Washington and Riyadh in the remaining days of Obama’s administration and put the question of Saudi-U.S. relations squarely before the incoming administration of President-elect Donald Trump, who takes office on Jan. 20.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to President Obama; Mr. President, in enabling the Saudi Government to buy their bombs from companies like General Dynamics, you, sir, have allowed this country's government to become complicit in Saudi war crimes in their "scorched earth" campaign in Yemen.

There is no polite way around this sir, and somewhere, in your heart of hearts, you know that this is true.

If gun manufacturers are to blame for gun crime, then the United States is responsible for the war crimes being committed in Yemen.

Saudis strike schools, hospitals, and open air market places with utter impunity; their actions in Yemen border on genocide.

(Warning: very graphic images follow)

dead and wounded Yemeni children, as a result of Saudi air strikes

Oh, and the blockade of Yemen's ports has meant that no food supplies can be delivered, which translates to children who are starving to death, slowly and painfully.

Images of Yemeni children, dying from starvation because of the Saudi blockade of Yemen's ports

When you kill or starve children to death, you take away the potential for a country's future, and it appears, even though you are a father yourself, that you are perfectly comfortable with this slaughter of Yemeni children.

That you use the starving children in Syria as "justification" to prolong that atrocity, is the rankest of hypocrisy.

But then, such an attitude, which dismisses these children as "merely collateral damage",is completely consistent with a sociopathic personality.

This military enabling of Saudi Arabia against the Houthis, rather than developing a strategy of engaging elements of both the Al Hadi government and the Houthi rebels in negotiations to end the bloodshed here, will go down as one of the worst, epic fails of your administrations, worse even than your attempt to keep the fighting in Syria going so you could "dump" your inability to regime-change Damascus on Trump.

History, sir, will not judge you kindly; and I can guarantee that it will judge you on the content of your character, and how that has been made evident by your failure to stop the wars you promised to stop; a further involvement in more wars; the embracing of the horribly immoral act of extrajudicial assassination; and your success at creating more wealth for the one percent, while leaving an economy in which 94 million American workers are not participating in the labor force.

As you strut around the country, and the world, on your "victory lap" before leaving office; please remember that the above is your "true legacy", both to Americans, and to the world.

Dec 14 08:58

OBAMA’S LEGACY: INSTITUTIONALIZING ASSASSINATION COMPLEX FOR ANY PRESIDENT TO PLAY JUDGE, JURY, AND EXECUTIONER

As President Barack Obama’s administration comes closer to an end, the number of civilians killed by United States drone strikes in Pakistan, Somalia, and Yemen is at least 500, according to data compiled by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.
Nearly all of the drone strikes were a part of the Obama administration’s institutionalization of a targeted assassination policy, where alleged terrorism suspects or individuals with ties to terrorism organizations were placed on kill lists for execution without charge or trial.

The Obama administration put out a report [PDF] on December 5 summarizing the “legal and policy frameworks” it relied upon in pursuing war. The second half of the report particularly focused on “targeting efforts” or targeted assassinations, which “comply with all applicable international obligations, domestic laws, and policies.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Extrajudicial assassinations are among the worst examples of Obama's "rule by terror" in the Middle East.

The people in the Middle East do not hate us "because of our freedoms"; they hate us because the US military has killed, and mailed, their families and their friends, and there is utterly no legal recourse they have to hand to stop this madness.

I have often thought that these extrajudicial assassinations were a ploy the US government uses to perpetuate jihad in the countries where this practice is carried out; now, I am reasonably certain I am correct on this.

War makes incredible profits for the banks, and for the military industrial complex, and the captains of both industries have one bond in common; before taking the jobs they now have, they have collectively had their consciences surgically removed.

Dec 14 03:21

Israel’s Minister Of Defense Outlines Plan To Divide Syria & Iraq

A call to divide Syria and Iraq by Israel’s minister defense minister helps make it clearer to understand why there are ‘civil wars’ taking place there…

Dec 13 17:04

Assad Retakes Aleppo: The Military Operation Is Over, Says Russian Envoy

The Syrian war is on the verge of the biggest shift in the balance of power since 2011, with the Assad regime - with support from Russian forces - having retaken Aleppo. And, as Russia's UN envoy Vitaly Churkin notes, an arrangement has been reached for militants to leave the besieged areas of eastern Aleppo “within hours”, confirming earlier media reports that Assad is about to have full reign of the hotly contested city - a symbolic center of the anti-Assad insurgency.

Dec 13 16:16

Obama Halts Some Arms Sales To Saudi Arabia, Following Alleged "War Crimes" In Yemen

Whether it is retaliation for dumping Treasuries, blackmail to keep to OPEC production quotas, or - more likely - being implicated in war crimes for supporting a Saudi-led air campaign in Yemen that has killed thousands of civilians, President Obama has decided that after shipping billions in weapons to Saudi Arabia, Reuters reports it will halt a planned arms sale to The Kingdom.

As we detailed previously, citing government documents and the accounts of current and former officials, Reuters reveals that while the Obama administration and the Pentagon rail against Russian bombing in Syria, State Department officials have been skeptical - in private of course - of the Saudi military's ability to target Houthi militants without killing civilians and destroying "critical infrastructure" needed for Yemen to recover.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

By selling the Saudis the weapons with which they are killing innocent civilians, the US government has absolutely been complicit in war crimes!!!

And don't think for one second that the Saudis didn't believe they were going to get an enormous "return" on their "investment" in Clinton's campaign!

I wonder if they are going to want their money back, now that Clinton has lost the election!! THIS...could get messy, indeed.

Dec 13 15:29

‘Obama’s Secret’ Refugee Resettlement Program Transforming America (Video)

With less than 5 weeks until Obama is scheduled to vacate the White House, most Americans have long since accepted the fact that Obama isn’t an honest broker. The President has shown time and time again he has no problem looking directly into the camera, and lying at will to the American people, and not even thinking twice about it. 

Below is an article written by WND reporter Leo Hohmann that discusses the shady and dishonest dealings Obama has engaged in with respect to his administration’s secret refugee program.The purpose of this post is to take Hohmann’s recent article, and expand on it using video and information of my own from several previous posts I wrote, and show the American people just how much danger Barack Obama has placed the country in. 

Dec 13 14:31

UK Prime Minister Theresa May renews vow of servility to Israel

Two weeks to the day after the deputy leader of Britain’s Labour Party, Tom Watson, assured Zionist lobbyists of his complete and unconditional subservience to Israel, his prime minister, Theresa May, has gone even further.

Addressing more than 800 guests of the Zionist lobby group, Conservative Friends of Israel (CFI), she delivered what the Israeli news website Ynet described as “a staunchly pro-Israel speech… during which she declared her government’s unwavering support for Israel” and “proclaimed her unequivocal opposition to boycotts” of the apartheid state... >>

Dec 13 13:42

Obama Ignored Warning About ISIS Rise, Then Blames Intel for NOT WARNING HIM

The rise of ISIS isn’t just a major threat to Syria and Iraq, but for the entire world. It’s unnecessary to mention all terrorist attacks they organized, and they threatened there’s more to come.

Dec 12 23:12

Exclusive Interview with President-elect Donald Trump Dec 11 2016

The Trump Wave – Chris Wallace with President-elect Donald Trump

When asked why would the CIA put out the story that the Russians wanted you to win, Trump said I don’t think it is the CIA, I think it is the Democrat’s,because they suffered one of the greatest defeats in the history of politics.

I am open-minded… I’m somebody that gets it…other countries are eating our lunch…the great American people have been forgotten…millions of people have given up looking for work… I understand our country – Donald J Trump

Dec 12 15:13

A “Soft Coup” Attempt: Furious Trump Slams “Secret” CIA Report Russia Helped Him Win

The Washington Post reports a secret anonymous CIA assessment claims Russia tried to help Trump win the election . The Post falsely claimed there is a consensus in the CIA while Lawmakers briefed on the report say there is no direct evidence of Russian involvement, the evidence is circumstantial and not all agents agreed on the assessment.

Dec 12 13:22

Obama Out Not With a Bang, But a Whimp

The whimpering Obama administration is not over yet. Expect more sensational CIA exploits; more demonization of Russia; more weaponizing of “moderate” Syrian “rebels”; and even the odd false flag.

Clinton’s campaign – fully supported by President Obama — spent a whopping $1.2 billion and floundered ignominiously at the US presidential election. So Obama decided that the consolation “prize” is to order the “intelligence community” – a contradiction in terms – to conduct a “full review” of how the evil Russians handed out the Big Prize to Donald Trump.

Dec 12 13:16

Stop the CIA Coup – The Deep State versus Donald Trump

The CIA is up to its old tricks: overthrowing a democratically elected government. Only this time it’s our government.

“The CIA presentation to senators about Russia’s intentions fell short of a formal US assessment produced by all 17 intelligence agencies. A senior US official said there were minor disagreements among intelligence officials about the agency’s assessment, in part because some questions remain unanswered.” [emphasis added]

Dec 12 08:38

Stolen artifacts from Palmyra and Yemen seized in Geneva

Artifacts looted from Syria’s ancient Semitic city of Palmyra have been seized by Swiss authorities after they were discovered in Geneva’s secretive free ports — warehouses often used to store expensive objects with few questions asked.

Relics from war-torn Yemen and Libya were also confiscated from the storage lockers, which are often placed near airports and allow people to keep items tax-free.

Dec 11 17:12

Flashback: Facebook, stop deleting Arab atheist and secularist groups and pages !

"This week only, more then 9 of the biggest Facebook groups of atheists and secular Arabs were closed after reports campaigns led by Islamist groups containing hundreds of thousands of members. They are abusing the Facebook report facility to remove all pages that oppose their ideology."

The link goes to a petition started in april this year but it seems the problems haven't been solved yet.

Dec 11 16:19

Delegitimising Israel: Nobody does it better than the Israelis themselves

Stuart Littlewood laments the double standards of the UK and US which stifle debate of Israel and forced academics to relocate a conference on Israel to Ireland after repeated censorship by Southampton University.

Dec 11 13:03

This invention could change the face of Palestine

Weeks ago Noor Harazeen worked on a video for Zinc covering the story of Majd Ismail Mashharawi, a young Palestinian girl who invented the Green Cake building block. The video reached almost 10 million views and now it's the time to support her project! Please donate to help the people of Gaza, and make her dream come true! If you are not capable of donating, please share. Watch video:

Thank you!

Dec 11 12:38

Fake News and War Party Lies – Pat Buchanan

Now, Americans should be on guard against “fake news” and foreign meddling in U.S. elections.

Yet it is often our own allies, like the Brits, and our own leaders who mislead and lie us into unnecessary wars. And is not meddling in the internal affairs, including the elections, of regimes we do not like, pretty much the job description of the CIA and the National Endowment for Democracy?

Dec 11 12:32

‘Total respect!’ Troops show their love for Trump at Army-Navy game; check out the video, photos

This is the year of breaking records, Army beating Navy after 14 years
The annual Army-Navy game is a proud American tradition often attended by U.S. Presidents ever since Theodore Roosevelt first attended a snow-filled event in 1901.

The 117th annual game, however, saw the first president-elect on record in attendance.

If you were at the game or watching on television, you couldn’t have missed Trump’s entrance thanks to the massive cheers coming from the military cadets in attendance.

Dec 11 09:59

THE MIDDLE EAST’S WORST NIGHTMARE: THE COMING WAR BETWEEN ISRAEL AND RUSSIA

THE ISRAELI AIR FORCE HAS BEEN REGULARLY PAYING VISITS TO SYRIA FOR YEARS, ATTACKING CONVOYS TRANSPORTING IRANIAN WEAPONS TO HEZBOLLAH, OR DESTROYING A SYRIAN NUCLEAR REACTOR IN 2007.

Dec 10 17:27

President-elect Trump Delivers Remarks At “Thank You” Rally In Michigan

President-elect Trump Kicks Off Victory Tour in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

“You the American people will be in-charge. Your voice will never fall on deaf ears again.”

“Thank you Michigan. We are going to bring back your jobs & together, we will MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”

Dec 10 17:23

Marine Generals on Trump’s Team

"Mad Dog" Mattis Plays no Games" - Donald Trump

Former members of the Marines, the military’s smallest but proudest branch have gone on to become senators, governors, and senior government officials. But never has a former Marine become president of the United States. Perhaps with the elevation of these Marines into senior foreign policy roles, that could change.

Dec 10 12:46

On the Jewish Question An Interview with The Fetch on Blackbird9

"The Fetch" appeared on Blackbird9's Breakfast Club to discuss "The Jewish Question".

From "expulsions", to "emancipation", to "a land of their own", the Fetch weaves through history to discuss the Jewish question, the Jewish problem, and the implications for Western civilization today.

Dec 10 00:44

Rolling Back the Empire: Washington’s Proxy-Army Faces Decisive Defeat in Aleppo

It appears that the battle of Aleppo is about to end and the Syrian Army is on the “verge of total victory.”

Syrian Army helicopters dropped leaflets on parts of eastern Aleppo on Sunday warning anti-government fighters to surrender while they still had the chance. Hundreds of jihadists have already laid down their weapons and surrendered while a hardline corps of deadenders continue to fend off the rapidly advancing army.

Dec 09 12:20

@Wikileaks Strikes Again, This Time Is Even Worse Then Ever!

Dec 09 07:30

Obama Admits To Trump That US Helped Create ISIS

In the final weeks of his Presidency, Barack Obama has finally admitted to Donald Trump that the U.S. helped to create ISIS.

Dec 08 09:27

The Tide Is Turning Against the Oligarchs — Paul Craig Roberts

The ruling oligarchy and their presstitute media have become desperate now that they are losing control over explanations and Americans’ minds. Thus, they charge independent Internet journalists such as myself with being Russian agents peddling fake news.

Recent legislation in the House of Representatives, the list of 200 alleged Russian agents, and the attacks on president-elect Trump from within the US intelligence community make it clear that pressures on truthtellers are increasing.

Dec 08 09:24

Is Peace Possible? A Dialogue With Johan Galtung On Ukraine; Trump, Putin, And…

I expect these two men to cooperate — Johan Galtung

JG: I think there is a big difference in the campaigner Donald Trump, with his horrible remarks, and all his prejudices, and the President-Elect—who announces himself as the President for all Americans! While we are focusing on Ukraine, I was particularly interested in a statement made by a member of the Trump team about the 200-year relationship between Russia and the United States: the point was made that Russia supported what became the United States, against the French and the English empires. And that was Tsar Alexander I!...

It helps to have a long time-perspective! This is the first time in my life that I have heard of a President-Elect, or a President, having an historical perspective!

Dec 08 09:10

President al-Assad: Failure of Western states and Turkey in the battle in Aleppo means failure of outside project and the transformation of the course of the war in Syria

President Bashar al-Assad asserted that all Western and regional states rely on Turkey in implementing their incendiary and destructive project in Syria and in supporting the terrorists, asserting that the failure of these states in the battle in Aleppo means a total transformation of the course of the war throughout Syria, and consequently the collapse of the outside project

Dec 08 07:27

Trump's DHS Chief "In my experience the further you get away from Washington the better things work."

66-year-old U.S. Marine General John Francis Kelly's last job in government was the Obama administration's Commander for U.S Southern Command, which he held until his retirement in January 2016. He ran Gitmo for 38 months and stressed that the detainees were treated very humanely. Kelly is the highest ranking military man to have lost a child in combat. Kelly's youngest son Robert was killed in Afghanistan in 2010. Kelly himself did 3 tours in Iraq and in his final press conference said "I was kinda tired of the war...This war stuff is hard."
Kelly also referred to "agenda driven people here in Washington." On the topic of Islamic extremists, he says "the vast majority of people who follow the Islamic faith are good, law abiding folks." Here are the highlights from his final 45-minute press conference on Jan 8, 2016. Frankly my assessment is that he seems like a plain spoken, honest, genuine and sincere person.

Dec 07 19:43

Jewish state plans to unplug the muezzins

Here's another dastardly twist in the religious hate war against Muslims in the Holy Land.

Dec 07 17:58

The Final Round: Does Obama Succumb to Zionist Power?

Eight years ago, from the day Obama entered the White House, he knew that since 1939 the Zionists have had only one intent regarding the Palestinians, cleanse all of Palestine of the Arabs that lived there. That intent continues to the present day.

Dec 07 12:43

Can Trump Leash His Pentagon ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis?

President-elect Donald Trump formally introduced his pick to lead the defense department Tuesday, as he brought his “thank you” tour to Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Will the mad dog be leashed? Ron Paul Liberty Report weighs in:

Dec 07 12:38

‘Mad Dog’ Mattis and the Spirit of Trumpism

When it comes to foreign policy, the incoming Trump administration displays a split personality.

Mattis exemplifies the dual nature of the new administration.
This was readily apparent during the campaign, when, on the one hand, Donald Trump told us we were lied into the Iraq war, that NATO is “obsolete,” and that we have no business supporting regime change in Syria – and, on the other hand, he declared that he would crush ISIS, that it was a mistake to leave Iraq, and that we have to “rebuild our military,” as if we don’t already spend as much as the top ten defense spenders.

Dec 07 12:19

Bahrain authorities block Al Jazeera from GCC summit

Al Jazeera journalist Jamal Elshayyal was refused entry at Bahrain International Airport on Tuesday even though AJMN had followed all necessary procedures and submitted all requested documents to the relevant authorities on time.

"We applied for accreditation well before the deadline, submitting the names and passports as requested," Elshayyal said in Qatar's capital, Doha, after his return.

"I flew out to Manama this morning and upon reaching the immigration counter, I filled out the required form specifying I was a journalist and I was there to cover the summit.

"I was asked to sit on the side by the immigration officer who later informed me the Ministry of Information said Al Jazeera was not allowed to cover the event and I was rejected entry."

Sherif Mansour, Middle East and North Africa coordinator for the Committee to Protect Journalists, said he did not have details on the incident but noted the Gulf kingdom's track record on press freedom.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This guy is lucky; the Bahraini government has a nasty reputation with regard to press access.

And not only have peaceful Bahraini protestors been jailed, tortured in order to confess to crimes they did not commit and have received extraordinarily long sentences; but also, the first responders who cared for them have been jailed, tortured to confess to crimes they did not commit, and received extraordinarily long prison sentences.

The Al-Khalifa monarchy is sitting on a power keg, when all that peaceful protesters have asked the government to do is establish a constitutional monarchy.

But there most likely be a point where the protests go from peaceful to violent, and even calling in the Saudi military, as the Bahraini government has done several years back, will not work.

Before that happens, I sure as heck hope that the US Navy is deliberating where in the Middle East, the 5th Fleet could call home, as any new Bahraini government would find itself very hostile to the US government, as the US government has enabled the sitting Bahraini government with what are called "dual use" weapons. As reported at theguardian.com in 2013:

Revealed: America's arms sales to Bahrain amid bloody crackdown

Dec 07 12:16

Russia Accuses The US Of Killing Its Medics In Aleppo

A Russian mobile hospital was hit by shelling on Monday, just days after it was set up to provide assistance to civilians in Aleppo.

Dec 07 11:47

Guess Who’s Bombing the Crap Out of Libya

Twice in November 2016, the Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council, or BRSC?—?a group with ties to Al Qaeda?—?published photos of United Arab Emirates Air Force AT-802 and Reaper-style drones in the sky over the Ganfouda area of Benghazi in eastern Libya.

On Nov. 2, 2016, an S-100 Camcopter drone performed a reconnaissance mission over this district two hours before a Reaper or similar unmanned aerial vehicle carried out an air strike on a residential area.

Ten days later, an Air Tractor belonging to the UAEAF struck the same area, killing at least four civilians including two children?—?and injuring another child.

Drones launched four others air strikes in Ganfouda later the same day.
Evidence is mounting that the UAE is indiscriminately bombing militant strongholds in Libya. And civilians are caught in the crossfire.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is going to stop abruptly, and for the following reason:

RUSSIA TO SUPPLY LIBYA’S HAFTAR WITH ARMS IN EXCHANGE OF MILITARY BASE

With a foothold military base in Libya, Russia will make short work of any country's bombing raids against Libya

Dec 07 08:21

WORLD ECONOMIES IN TROUBLE: Middle East Oil Exports Lower Than 40 Years Ago

Yes, it’s true. Middle East net oil exports are less than they were 40 years ago. How could this be?

Dec 07 05:33

Can Trump Leash His Pentagon ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis?

President-elect Donald Trump formally introduced his pick to lead the defense department Tuesday, as he brought his “thank you” tour to Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Will the mad dog be leashed? Ron Paul Liberty Report weighs in:

Dec 06 19:14

Terrorist Rebels Secretly Negotiating Withdraw from Aleppo Syria

The Syria rebel commander has informed an Arabic news source off the record the terrorists are in secret negotiations with the U.N. to withdraw from Syria.

HNN has just been informed that an Arabic news source in communication with the Syria rebels has reported the rebels in Syria have decided unanimously to leave Aleppo.

According to the source the terrorists are secretly negotiating terms and a process to withdraw their forces through their U.N. representatives in Turkey.

Dec 06 15:21

Are The Elite Planning Something Big In The Middle East?

US wants UN monitors out of Afghanistan. The UK says it sees no problem with Saudi Arabia bombing civilians and children.

Dec 06 13:01

Iranophobes on Parade – Philip Giraldi

Will Iran be the target of the Trump regime?

Hopefully someone will convince Donald Trump that the real answer to eliminating the “Iranian threat” is not war.

One of the most discouraging aspects of the filling out of the Donald Trump cabinet is the array of Iran haters that seem to be lining up in the foreign policy and national security areas.Trump has been personally advocating sensible policies relating to Russia and Syria but he appears to have gone off the rails regarding Iran, which just might be attributed to those who are giving him advice.

Dec 06 11:40

Mr. Trump: Use Your America-First Instincts to Pick a Secretary of State

These five men taken individually or together amount to a poisonous dog’s breakfast of intervention, war-mongering, deeper bankruptcy, and Israel First.

There is not an America First-bone in any of them, and they would work against your often-stated goal of reforming U.S. foreign policy in the direction the Founders intended, and ending the influence of the passions of Neoconservatives and Israel Firsters for involving the republic in endless, unnecessary wars.

Dec 06 11:31

Failed EU – Means an Expanded Dictatorship

Mass movements frequently take on a life of their own.

As the people of the world awaken to the pernicious nature and destructive wreckage of European civilization, the EU technocrats and oligarchs respond with even greater measures of control, repression and intimidation. Yet the prospects that they will be able to maintain their autocratic rule lessons with each populist rebellion against the beasts from Brussels. Induced panic is a tool used to scare the peasants into additional submission. The most obvious method will be a major economic and monetary implosion designed to create fear so that their revered and lauded interdependency necessitates another surrender of national sovereignty.

Dec 06 10:44

Pentagon Chief: U.S. Must Stay In Iraq After ISIS Defeat

The US Secretary of Defense has said that the American military forces and its coalition allies need to stay in Iraq, even after the terrorist group ISIS has been defeated.

Dec 06 10:22

WHY TURKEY IS SEEKING CLOSE COOPERATION WITH RUSSIA IN SYRIA?

The sudden thaw in Turkey’s relations with Russia and latent hostility towards America is partly due to the fact that Erdogan holds the US-based preacher, Fethullah Gulen, responsible for the July coup plot and suspects that the latter had received tacit support from certain quarters in the US; but more importantly Turkey also feels betrayed by the duplicitous American policy in Syria and Iraq, and that’s why it is now seeking closer cooperation with Russia in the region. In order to elaborate American duplicity in Syria, let us settle on one issue first: there were two parties to the Syrian civil war initially, the Syrian regime and the Syrian opposition; which party did the US support since the beginning of the Syrian civil war in August 2011 to June 2014, when the Islamic State overran Mosul in Iraq?

Dec 06 09:45

Leaked Files Show U.S. Armed And Trained Both Sides of War in Yemen

Promptly after the release of more than 500 documents from the U.S. embassy in Sana’a, Yemen, WikiLeaks explained why this particular leak matters.

“The war in Yemen has produced 3.15 million internally displaced persons,” a statement said. “Although the United States government has provided most of the bombs and is deeply involved in the conduct of the war itself,” the organization argues, western news organizations are failing to do their job by seldom informing the public of America’s involvement.

The documents were produced and exchanged during Hillary Clinton’s term as Secretary of State, as well as during the first two years of John Kerry’s tenure, ending just as the Yemen war broke out.

Because Yemen controls an area of the Middle East “through which 11 percent of the world’s petroleum passes each day,” WikiLeaks reported in the Yemen files opening page, Saudi Arabia’s interest in the country revolves around the Arabian Sea.

Dec 05 18:49

THE PROFOUND DISAPPOINTMENT OF ANGELA MERKEL

Anyone who says she admires Hillary Clinton, as Angela Merkel has said, plainly invites revulsion if not contempt. The lack of judgment broadcast by such words strikes the mind like a grating noise. Clinton's record of behavior literally stinks to high heaven, much as a pile of corpses left to rot in the hot sun, and, as it happens, there are a great many rotting corpses in Clinton’s history.

Dec 05 18:13

Throwing a tantrum like this plays into the Israel lobby's hands

Who would pick a pointless fight with an ally like the New Statesman and hand the Israel lobby an open goal just when Tel Aviv's notorious propaganda chief, Mark Regev, is settling into his new role as Israel's ambassador in London? Answer: the Palestine Solidarity Camaign (PSC), which describes itself as "the biggest organisation in the UK dedicated to securing Palestinian human rights".

Dec 05 13:56

Zionism; Humanity’s Mortal Enemy

Zionism is a brutal ethnic-cleansing racist colonial ideology developed in 1896 by Theodore Herzl; an Austrian Jew. Its main goal is the establishment of the Greater Israel Project in the heart of the Arab World, extending from the Nile River in Egypt to the Euphrates River in Iraq, as a Jewish-only homeland for what is termed the “Jewish People”.

Dec 05 11:48

Foreign Secretary: UK Supports Saudi Bombing of Yemen

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson sought to dismiss growing international criticism of British arms sales to Saudi Arabia amid a mounting number of civilians killed in Saudi airstrikes, insisting the UK remains “supportive” of Saudi Arabia and its bombing campaign.

Johnson goes on to insist that he doesn’t think Saudi Arabia has crossed “the threshold” for war crimes in the thousands of civilians killed i n Yemen airstrikes, though human rights groups appear more or less uniform in taking the opposite position, noting the Saudis appear to be deliberately attacking civilians across Yemen.

At the same time, Johnson sought to downplay the Britain’s direct involvement in the war, insisting that British forces are providing “general guidance” to the Saudis, but are not engaged in any involvement in picking specific targets for the Saudis to attack.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh, really, Foreign Secretary Johnson?!?

However much the UK's defense companies are paying you to vomit this codswallop, it cannot possibly be enough.

The US and UK are complicit in Saudi Arabia's war crimes, sir, by selling them the weapons with which civilians are assassinated; schools and hospitals are targeted; and children are slowly and painfully starving to death, courtesy of the Saudi blockade of all Yemeni port cities.

And you don't think think Saudi Arabia has crossed “the threshold” for war crimes in the thousands of civilians killed in Yemen airstrikes?!?!?

Allow me, sir, to disabuse you of that notion, and right the hell now:

Yemeni children killed and wounded in Saudi airstrikes, 2016

140 killed in a Saudi "double tap" strike at Yemeni funeral

Images: Yemeni children starving and dying, due to Saudi Arabia's bombings and naval blockade

If you are in any way a moral human being, you cannot, possibly, look at these images without a sense of disgust and disbelief; unfortunately, however, I have learned, over the years, that most politicians have their consciences surgically removed before holding office, so very possibly, you won't feel a thing, looking at these horrific images.

The numbers, in terms of civilian casualties, are right here:

As of September 2nd of this year, there have been 10,000 civilian casualties

There are also numbers on childhood malnutrition, via Voice of America:

320,000 children at risk of severe acute malnutrition.

How in the name of sanity can you possibly tell your brother and sister Brits, and the world, for that matter, with a straight face, that these numbers do not cross the "threshold" for war crimes?!?

So, congratulations are in order; you really "sold" this Saudi genocide of the Yemeni people to the British government, and I am sure that the British defense companies who fund you, overtly or covertly, are just delighted with you.

Because after all, in the UK, just as in the US, it's "profits uber alles", right?!? And we can't let a little thing like "war crimes" get in the way of profits, now, can we?!?

And by the way, how does it feel to be a war criminal, Foreign Secretary Johnson?!?

Dec 05 08:39

Trump: U.S. To Stop ‘Meddling’ In Middle East

Donald Trump has vowed stop the U.S. from meddling in the Middle East and end American policing of other countries.

Dec 05 06:15

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts Is A Former Treasury Secretary Who Actually Cares

Here’s an idea – how about appointing a US Treasury Secretary who actually cares for the ultimate welfare of the American People and the United States of America for a change, as opposed to using his position as a “revolving door” a la the cadre of treasonous “America-last” gaggle of premeditated criminals merely taking a leave of absence from their full-time jobs at Goldman Sachs and Covington & Burling LLP?

The American economy and its engineered 2008 crash wrought by such “financial luminaries” as Robert Rubin, Larry Summers, Gene Sperling, Hank Paulson, Tim Geithner, and others, has left a lasting effect, if not almost the total destruction of, the American Economy.

Dec 05 05:05

Donald Trump: Thank you Ohio!

Awesome after Election rally.

Keep it up, Trump supporters! NO to Lobbyists! No to Regime Change Wars! No to the Neocons! We want a foreign policy that puts #AmericaFirst

Thank you Ohio! Together, we made history – and now, the real work begins. America will start winning again! #AmericaFirst

Full Speech: President-Elect Donald Trump 'VICTORY' Rally in Cincinnati, OH 12/1/16

Dec 04 14:24

How Regulators are Helping the 'Keep It In the Ground' Movement

If fossil fuel opponents can’t “keep it in the ground” and stop oil, natural gas, and coal development, then the next best thing in their anti-energy march is ensuring that energy can't go to where it’s needed.

After President Barack Obama refused to permit the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, fossil fuel opponents learned from their success by vigorously targeting other energy infrastructure projects and pressuring regulators to throw up roadblocks. The result, as The Wall Street Journal reports, is billions of dollars in missed opportunities that will hamper the economy:

Dec 04 09:13

General Flynn’s Proposals to Reform Intelligence

General Michael T. Flynn, the next US National Security adviser is in the process of organizing a radical overhaul of the Intelligence Services.

According to our sources, he is getting ready to challenge the big reforms that took place during the Bush and Obama years:

Dec 03 17:05

Jerusalem’s Greek Orthodox Church sacks Palestinian archbishop

Patriarch Theophilos III of the Greek Orthodox Church in Jerusalem has sacked Archbishop of Sebastia Attalla Hanna, a statement issued by the office of the Archbishop said yesterday.
“Patriarch Theophilos and his Holy Gathering decided today to stop the salary of Archbishop Attalla Hanna,” the statement said, noting that Hanna is the only Palestinian archbishop in the Greek Orthodox Church.

Dec 02 14:46

More Truth About World War III - Stefan Molyneux

Worried about nuclear weapons falling into Muslim hands? NATO did that decades ago!

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