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Aug 17 11:56

Israel, Pakistan To Join Nevada War Games As US Prepares For Large-Scale Space & Cyber Wars

International war games being fought this week in the Nevada desert suggest the U.S. military is preparing for new, large-scale warfare against powerful enemies. This year marks the 41st year of the Red Flag military exercises, which are considered among the most important training exercises carried out in the United States. A grab bag of international troops are also invited to participate in the Air Force drill, including Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and Pakistan, according to an Aug. 3 report from The Times Of Israel. The report, which cites unnamed U.S. and Israeli military officials and an amateur aviation blog as its sources, emphasizes that U.S. forces remain in charge of the drills, with other countries treated as “guests.” But it also suggests the exercises can be interpreted as a sign of strengthening ties between countries’ troops in an increasingly volatile world.

Aug 17 11:49

Send troops to Kashmir to teach India ‘lesson’, Hafiz Saeed tells Pakistan

Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed has called on Pakistan to send troops to Kashmir to “teach” India “a lesson”, as the death toll in the violence in Jammu and Kashmir climbed on Tuesday.

Pakistan’s media reported Saeed’s latest statement, which he addressed to Pakistan military chief Gen Raheel Sharif.

Saeed, who has been accused of having engineered the November 26, 2008, terrorist attack in Mumbai, had warned India in July that he would avenge killings in the ongoing protest.

Saeed had said at a gathering last month: “This time, the people in Kashmir are on the streets. This protest has become a mass movement. All groups in Kashmir have united. All wings of the Hurriyat have become one. The Muttahida Jihad Council and all other groups have come on to the same platform. Those who have died in Kashmir, their deaths will not be in vain."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A short memo to JuD chief Hafiz Saeed: what you are advocating is nothing short of a Pakistani invasion of (currently) Indian territory.

And just how soon after that invasion please, sir, do you calculate that the nuclear weapons both sides have will be flying, decimating most of the populations, both Muslim and Hindu, in this area?!?

Are you morally happy with the concept of mass murder, which is what such an invasion will unleash?!?

The only real and lasting solution here is a political solution, in which India finally gives Kashmir and Jammu the long-deserved referendums on their status, where the people of these areas will be able to decide, in a free and fair election, whether they want independence, to remain a part of India, or to become a part of Pakistan.

India has to be persuaded, by not only the people of Kashmir and Jammu, but also the people of the world, through a peaceful, logical process, to stop the bloodshed here by making this referendum happen.

Far too many people have died, and will die, should the Indian government continue to ignore these horrifically explosive situations, which may well become flash points for World War III.

Frankly, sir, I would really not like to see this happen; and I would like to believe, in your heart of hearts, because you truly understand the consequences of such actions by the Pakistani military, that you don't either.

It appears, through these incendiary statements, that you are attempting to goad the Pakistani civilian and military into "doing something" regarding the status of these areas when what is truly needed is a racheting down of tensions, so that a true dialogue can exist between both countries, working together to support these referendums.

Aug 15 18:09

Top Indian hospitals are buying kidneys from poor villagers to sell to rich patients

In India, kidney trafficking is big business.
This week, the police arrested five top doctors from Mumbai’s elite Dr L H Hiranandani Hospital, including its CEO and medical director, for their alleged involvement in a sophisticated organ-harvesting racket that extracted kidneys from poor villagers.

Aug 11 10:21

60 Lawyers Killed – Pakistani Bar Association Calls For Court Boycott

Baluchistan is a place that desperately needs lawyers.

Pakistan’s largest province by area, it is the home of a decades-old separatist insurgency, fueled by real grievances over neglect and lack of political representation. It is also increasingly the target of Sunni extremists, who bomb and kill its Shiite minorities. What leaders the province has are widely considered corrupt. Dozens of local journalists have been kidnapped in the past few years. It is nearly impossible for foreign reporters to enter Baluchistan. Lawyers are almost all that give the province a semblance of justice.

Aug 08 09:33

Bomb Kills Dozens as Pakistani Lawyers Stage Protest at Hospital

At least 54 people were killed on Monday in the restive Pakistani city of Quetta when an explosion, apparently caused by a suicide bomber, struck a hospital where dozens of lawyers had gathered to condemn the killing of a prominent colleague.

Officials in the southwestern city said that at least 50 people were wounded, most of them critically, and that the death toll was likely to rise.

Quetta is the capital of Baluchistan, a province bordering Afghanistan and Iran that has been a center separatist and sectarian violence for more than a decade. Much of the violence in Quetta has come from sectarian extremist groups that have targeted Hazaras, a mostly Shiite ethnic minority that makes up a large part of Quetta’s population.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Pakistani government appears to be absolutely impotent to stop this madness, and perhaps that is the point the jihadists here want to make; that the Pakistani government is no longer in control.

Unfortunately, hatred and killing only begets more hatred and killing; not love, dialogue, or a common understanding which can nurture the future.

Aug 08 08:37

US Fails to Drive a Wedge Between India and Its BRICS Partners

Despite the recent US charm offensive against India, New Delhi has resisted the temptation, remaining committed to the BRICS ideal of multi-polarity. India maintains mutually beneficial relations with China, regardless of "brief bumps" in the relationship, geostrategic analyst Matthew Maavak told Sputnik.

Aug 07 16:14

India Could Force Britain To Return Koh-I-Noor Diamond Through Legal Action

Indian legislators say they are exploring alternative channels to force the UK to return the priceless Koh-i-Noor diamond after the British government said it would not hand over the Crown Jewel to its country of origin.

Aug 05 22:38

Washington Post Glorifying Khizr Khan Back In 2005

Professional hatchet bitch McCrummen misleads that Khans came to U.S. from Pakistan for liberty. No mention of their life in UAE where son (who resembles neither) was born.

Aug 05 09:52

Pentagon Won’t Pay $300 Million Owed to Pakistan

The US owes some $300 million in “military reimbursements” for Pakistan under he Coalition Support Fund deal, in which the Pentagon agrees to reimburse certain nations for costs incurred supporting US wars. Pakistan is normally a large recipient, because of the protracted US occupation in Afghanistan.

They’re not going to be seeing that $300 million any time soon, according to the Pentagon, however, because Congress recently moved to condition all funds to Pakistan on the Secretary of Defense certifying that Pakistan is taking military action against the Haqqani Network.

That’s not to say that Pakistan isn’t doing so, rather Secretary Ash Carter simply doesn’t seem to intend to certify it one way or another any time soon, and because of that, the Pentagon can get away with just not paying the money they owe to Pakistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That the US government is perfectly fine sending crates of millions dollars to Iran to insure the safety and return of political prisoners, yet is unwilling to pay a promised sum to Pakistan, demonstrates to me that we have more than a little schizophrenic thinking going on in Foggy Bottom.

One of the most valuable things you can do, as an individual or government, is to keep your promises; apparently, the US government has completely forgotten that little piece of wisdom.

Aug 03 14:14

Monsanto In India: Meet The New Boss – Same As The Old Boss?

In capitalism, the state’s primary role is to secure the interests of private capital. The institutions of globalised capitalism – from the World Bank, the IMF and the WTO right down to the compliant bureaucracies of national states or supranational unions – facilitate private wealth accumulation that results in the forms of structural inequalities and violence (unemployment, poverty, population displacement, bad food, poor health, environmental destruction, etc) that have become ‘accepted’ as necessary (for ‘growth’) and taken for granted within mainstream media and political narratives.

Aug 03 10:51

Indian farmers turn to non-GMO indigenous seed, in blow to Monsanto

In a tiny hamlet at the heart of the cotton belt in northern India, Ramandeep Mann planted Monsanto's genetically modified Bt cotton seed for over a decade, but that changed after a whitefly blight last year.

Mann's 25-acre farm in Punjab's Bhatinda district now boasts "desi", or indigenous, cotton shrubs that promise good yields and pest resistance at a fraction of the cost.

Mann is not alone.

Thousands of cotton farmers across the north of India, the world's biggest producer and second largest exporter of the fiber, have switched to the new local variety, spelling trouble for seed giant Monsanto in its most important cotton market outside the Americas.

Aug 01 11:23

Kashmir Unrest Death Toll Rises to 51

In violent clashes in the aftermath of the killing of Hizbul Mujahedeen commander Burhan Wani in an encounter on July 8, more than 5,600 people have been injured, Hindustan Times reported. The Valley remained shut for the 24th straight day with curfew and restrictions in place and the separatist leadership’s call for shutdown. Senior separatist leader and chief of the hardliner Hurriyat faction, Syed Ali Shah Geelani led a graffiti drawing campaign. Intense clashes between residents and security forces were reported from certain parts of the Valley, and sources said pellet injuries were reported in an incident in Qazigund area of South Kashmir. A group of doctors also protested at the SKIMS Medical College and Hospital at Bemina in Srinagar, demanding an end to the human rights violations on Kashmiris with placards proclaiming “We want Freedom”. Shops, schools, colleges, business establishments and private offices remained closed while public transport remained off the roads.

Jul 30 08:01

Overthrowing other people’s governments: The Master List

General Dumbford head of the joint chiefs of staff is headed to Turkey to convince Erdogan that the US didn't try to overthrow him.
Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it.
The world no longer believes the lies that spew from the mouths of American politicians and generals like vomit!
China 1949 to early 1960s
Albania 1949-53
East Germany 1950s
Iran 1953 *
Guatemala 1954 *
Costa Rica mid-1950s
Syria 1956-7
Egypt 1957
Indonesia 1957-8
British Guiana 1953-64 *
Iraq 1963 *
North Vietnam 1945-73
Cambodia 1955-70 *........
Add Turkey to the list!

Webmaster addition: Also Cuba in 1898 and 1955, Chile in 1973, Philippines in 1899 and 1965, Hawaii in 1893, China 1900, Panama and Honduras in 1903, Mexico 1914, Panama again in 1989, Dominican Republic 1965, Cuba again in 1961 (failed), etc.

Jul 26 12:05

India Bans Journalists from China's Xinhua News as Regional Tensions Mount

Three journalists have been expelled from India including Xinhua's New Delhi and Mumbai bureau chiefs in what many view as a diplomatic attack against Beijing.

The Hindustan Times reports that India has expelled three Chinese journalists working with the Chinese-owned Xinhua news agency following “concerns” flagged by intelligence agencies. The journalists’ visas were revoked and the individuals were banned from re-entry into India – a move that can worsen relations between the two countries at a time when tensions are at a fever pitch.

The journalists must leave India by July 31. The three reporters who were banned from India include Wu Qiang who heads Xinhua’s bureau in New Delhi and Lu Tang who manages the Mumbai headquarters. A third journalist, She Yonggang based out of Mumbai was also evicted.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This kind of activity can generally be characterized as one component in the prelude to a shooting war.

And yet, we are getting absolutely ZERO coverage on this from the presstitutes and whorespondents on the corporate news.

There is no formal agreement between India and the US government on a broad spectrum mutual defense pact; there have been attempts, but at the last minute, these have never quite gelled.

However, that being said, should such a military confrontation occur between India and China, my bet would be that the Us government will move quickly to India's aid militarily.

Jul 25 09:25

Clashes in Kashmir Risk Taking India-Pakistan Back to Brink of Nuclear War

The long ignored suffering of the Kashmiri people carries with it the world’s greatest risk of full-scale nuclear war between two long-standing adversaries.

Tensions have reemerged in the disputed territory of Kashmir, a Muslim-dominated region that has long been controlled by India, but whose population longs to be reunited with their brethren in Pakistan exacerbating longstanding tensions between the two nuclear powers.

The situation in Kashmir today is now as dire as it was when over a million soldiers were always a hair-string trigger way from turning the territory into one of the world’s worst conflict zones. Since July 8, when a popular young Muslim rebel Burhan Wani was killed in a gunfight with Indian security forces, the Kashmiri people have erupted in anger with demonstrations leading to at least 42 killed, hundreds blinded, and some 3,500 people injured.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Kashmir has never had the referendum it should have had, in order to decide if it wanted to stay with India; become independent; or join Pakistan.

I would like to hope that cooler heads in both Pakistan and India will prevail, and that there is an intelligent negotiation and dialogue which, soon, gives Kashmiris those choices, and that the referendum is honored in the execution of the will of the Kashmiri people.

Jul 24 13:47

Turkey’s anti-Gulen campaign: Strengthening militants and jihadists

James Dorsey highlights the dilemma confronting Pakistan, which is facing a Turkish demand to shut secondary schools associated with preacher Fethullah Gulen, while the real threat to its security is posed by the Saudi-funded Wahhabi schools.

Jul 24 10:01

Clashes in Kashmir Risk Taking India-Pakistan Back to Brink of Nuclear War

The situation in Kashmir today is now as dire as it was when over a million soldiers were always a hair-string trigger way from turning the territory into one of the world’s worst conflict zones. Since July 8, when a popular young Muslim rebel Burhan Wani was killed in a gunfight with Indian security forces, the Kashmiri people have erupted in anger with demonstrations leading to at least 42 killed, hundreds blinded, and some 3,500 people injured.

Today, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif aspires to take back control of Kashmir from India, the granting of which many historical scholars deem a tragic mistake by British administrators.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to hope that Putin, one of the few geopolitical "adults in the room", is working the phones like crazy, with both Presidents Pranab Mukherjee of India, and Mamnoon Hussain of Pakistan, in order to de-escalate this situation.

Even if such a such a struggle does not go nuclear between these two nuclear powers, the potential, horrific damage for both sides could be intense.

The Kashmiri people desperately need a referendum in order for them to decide if they want to remain with India, become independent, or join Pakistan.

India refuses this at its peril.

Jul 22 06:26

Indian Air Force Plane Goes Missing

Indian Air Force’s AN-32 plane goes missing: A pilot looks at what could have gone wrong
Missing An-32: The technical logs shows that the plane had reported a pressure leak on July 14

The Indian Air Force’s An-32 aircraft, that was on a courier flight from Chennai to Port Blair was last seen on radar at 9:12 am, when it left the range of Secondary Surveillance Radar (SSR). IAF claims the aircraft was in contact till 08.46 am on high frequency.

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Jul 21 08:55

India Moves Nearly One Hundred Tanks, Troops to Chinese Border

With tensions rising between China and India, New Delhi has deployed nearly 100 tanks to its eastern border.

Jul 18 10:34

Kashmir: Why are young people protesting?

Indian-administered Kashmir is witnessing some of its most violent protests.

More than 30 people have been killed and hundreds more injured in clashes with security forces in the past week following the killing of popular rebel leader Burhan Wani, 22.

After Wani's death, young people, who constitute the largest chunk of Kashmir's population, have taken to throwing stones in protest on the streets and using social media to tell their stories.

Demonstrations continue despite heavy a security presence and a shutdown of mobile Internet and phone services.

Al Jazeera went to the streets of Srinagar, the capital of Indian-administered Kashmir, to meet some of those involved.

Sameer Ahmad Bhat, 23, cricket player
We are forced to hurl stones at them. They incite us. I will continue to throw stones at them until they stop inflicting such atrocities on us.

Sameer Ahmad Bhat [Al Jazeera]

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That the Indian government continues to deny Kashmiris a referendum in which to decide if they want to be independent, stay as part of India, or join with Pakistan, is a complete moral outrage.

And the late President Kennedy said it best: "If peaceful revolution becomes impossible, violent revolution becomes inevitable."

Jul 07 12:37

Hillary Rebuffs Bernie’s Policy Demands

Eager to hold the political “center,” Hillary Clinton has budged little on Bernie Sanders’s policy proposals beyond nice-sounding platitudes, a strategy that could lead to clashes at the Democratic convention, says Lawrence Davidson.

Hillary Clinton has pursued the presidency for almost a decade with a tenacious determination. She almost achieved the nomination in 2008 only to lose to Barack Obama. That led to an eight-year stifling of this ambition.

Finally, in the long run-up to the 2016 election, she was convinced the nomination was hers.

Jul 07 12:33

Jeremy Corbyn gives #Chilcot statement

The much-edited Chilcot Report finally arrived and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has issued a pretty-sounding apology for his party’s decision to go to war in Iraq in 2003. He called it the most serious foreign policy calamity of the last 60 years and “a stain on our party and country”.

It’s unfortunate that he dignifies the evil Iraq war conspiracy by suggesting it had anything to do with policy of the British people. It was a private venture, pledged in secret, by a Labour prime minister and his closest henchmen, and backed by the Cabinet.

Jul 07 12:30

Iraq Verdict: Trouble if heads don’t roll

First and foremost it was not so much a foreign policy disaster as a flat-out war crime for which Blair as chief perpetrator must be tried. And so must his Cabinet, who carry collective responsibility.

There will be mega-trouble if heads don’t roll.

Jul 04 15:14

McCain Calls For Better Ties With Pakistan Against ‘Common’ Enemy

US Republican Senator John McCain, who is on a rare trip to Pakistan, has called for better cooperation between Washington and Islamabad to fight what he calls a common enemy.

Jul 04 12:58

Dr Paul Craig Roberts: BREXIT, WHAT NEXT ?

Hopefully, a result of the Brexit will be the breakup of the European Union and NATO

Britain’s exit from the European Union (EU) could probably prevent the United States from launching World War III, says Dr. P C Roberts.

Jul 03 10:12

BREXIT COINCIDES WITH INDIA'S AND PAKISTAN'S ENTRY INTO THE SCO

The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 laid down a US unipolar geo-strategy and toxic, financial globalization, that sowed monstrous inequality at the local/regional/global levels. This was harnessed by mass unemployment and suffocating austerity.

Half a century after dangerous period of deregulation under Thatcher and 27 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Brexit marks the start of a sorrowful route to de-globalization [1]. This involves geostrategic changes that emphasize the dynamic trend of multi-polarity.

Brexit shifts a geostrategic plate and this will have serious consequences for the new global order, now defined as having three poles, with the US, Russia and China occupying one each.

In the short and medium term, Brexit ranks of equal importance to the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Jul 02 21:52

Trump better choice by far – Alan Sabrosky

An exclusive interview with Dr. Alan Sabrosky

Q. Does a US-inspired NATO-generated Cold War climate already exist?

A. Not yet, but it is heading that way. Watch for it to intensify under Clinton, and to ameliorate under Trump.

Jul 02 06:37

Trump better choice by far – Alan Sabrosky

Cold War Climate to intensify under Clinton, and to ameliorate under Trump.

Q. As an American, Alan, how can you be enthusiastic about America’s choices of US Presidential candidates in 2016?

Jul 01 04:56

Corbyn: Clowns to the left of him, jokers to the right

Clowns to the left of me, Jokers to the right, here I am...

A political beacon is about to be extinguished unless he breaks with the doomed Labour Party and sets up on his own

Well I don’t know why I came here tonight
I got the feeling that something ain’t right,
I’m so scared in case I fall off my chair,
And I’m wondering how I’ll get down the stairs,
Clowns to the left of me,
Jokers to the right, here I am,
Stuck in the middle with you.
Yes I’m stuck in the middle with you,
And I’m wondering what it is I should do,
It’s so hard to keep this smile from my face,
Losing control, yeah, I’m all over the place,
Clowns to the left of me, Jokers to the right…
— Lyrics from ‘Stuck in the Middle with You’

Jul 01 04:51

Victory Is Possible – Israel Shamir

Brexit is a game-changing event. Now Euro-sceptics all over Europe has got fresh wind in their sails.

Few people expected the positive outcome of Brexit referendum. Among other doubters, I expected the UK government will borrow a trick from the Clinton collection, and proclaim the "Bremain" hath it.

The political establishment of both leading parties, the Tories and Labour, wished to remain in the cosy lap of the EC. This was the will of the Bank of England, and of the City of London; of the powerful media lords, of the creative minority of yuppies, of cosmopolitan intellectuals.

Jul 01 04:46

Brexit: Leaveniks have it. What next?

Britain’s exit from EU deals a body blow to the US’ trans-Atlantic leadership.

The unthinkable has happened with the United Kingdom voting to leave the European Union. (BBC)

Arguably, this is potentially the most serious development in world politics since the collapse of the Soviet Union. (Curiously, both catastrophes happened ‘voluntarily’.)
What lies ahead?

Jul 01 04:41

How Western Military Interventions Shaped the Brexit Vote

What you are seeing with the Brexit is the result of the Obama administrations pro-war, new Cold War policy.

With us to discuss the economic and political context of the Brexit is Michael Hudson. He is a research professor of economics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and author of Killing the Host: How Financial Parasites and Debt Destroy the Global Economy. Also, he is an economics adviser to several governments.

Jun 27 10:18

How Cultural Appropriation Feeds The Hypocracy Behind India’s International Yoga Day

Over the past decade the United States has seen an exponential growth of the Hindu practice of Yoga, which has inspired the government of India to create International Yoga Day every June 21st in an effort to encourage peace and harmony. Yet, India has a long history of perpetuating brutal violence on its many minority populations and is using International Yoga Day as a tool to brand itself to yoga tourists by promoting a false narrative that Western yoga practitioners are eating up through cultural commodification and appropriation.

Jun 27 09:13

India Has Access To 99% Of US Military Know-How

India has access to almost 99 percent of the United States’ military know-how as it is a “major defense partner” of Washington’s, says a White House official.

No other country outside the US formal treaty allies has such an access, the unnamed official told Press Trust of India news agency as cited by English-language Indian daily newspaper the Hindu on Sunday.

Jun 20 13:59

Trump as the ‘Relative Peace Candidate’

The danger to the rest of us is not Trump, but Hillary Clinton. She is no maverick. She embodies the resilience and violence of a system whose vaunted ‘exceptionalism’ is totalitarian with an occasional liberal face.”

Hillary Clinton has shown no real remorse over her support for neocon “regime changes,” aggressive wars and belligerence toward Russia, leaving the oft-obnoxious Donald Trump as the relative peace candidate, says John V. Walsh.

Let us hear from these heretics, among them William Greider, Glen Ford, John Pilger, Jean Bricmont, Stephen F. Cohen and William Blum. Their words are not to be construed as “endorsements,” but rather an acknowledgement of Trump’s anti-interventionist views, the impact those views are having and the alternative he poses to Hillary Clinton in the current electoral contest.

Jun 14 03:18

Superdelegate Tyranny?

It would appear Clinton has been coronated and not elected.

Too quick to judgment? The Democratic Party establishment and the media now call Hillary Clinton the presumptive nominee to face off Donald Trump in November. Though this is before the Democrats hold their convention and while Clinton is still short of pledged delegates.

Jun 12 03:57

Hillary Comes Out as the War Party Candidate

Choosing to speak in San Diego, home base of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, on a platform draped with 19 American flags and preceded by half an hour of military marching music, Hillary Clinton was certain of finding a friendly audience for her celebration of American “strength”, “values” and “exceptionalism”. Cheered on by a military audience, Hillary was already assuming the role to which she most ardently aspires: that of Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces.

As usual, she goes for the military solution, ridiculing the notion of diplomacy.

Jun 06 19:44

Hillary Clinton: Electing a Foreign Spy for President?

As Sherlock Holmes would say, “We are entering in deep waters, Watson”.

The executive leadership now faces the problem of how to deal with a traitor, who may be the Democratic Party nominee for US President. How do the executive leadership and intelligence agencies back a foreign spy for president, who has been deeply compromised and can be blackmailed? This may explain why the FBI, NSA, and CIA hesitate to press charges; hesitate to even seriously investigate, despite the obvious nature of her offenses. Most of all it explains why there is no indication of the identity of Secretary Clinton’s correspondents in the various reports so far available.

Jun 06 13:39

Did Clinton’s Emails Expose CIA Agents?

Even as Hillary Clinton closes in on the Democratic nomination, facts continue to emerge indicating that her sloppy email practices may have endangered secrets, including the identities of covert operatives, writes Peter Van Buren.

These are facts. You can look at the source documents yourself. This is not opinion, conjecture, or rumor. Hillary Clinton transmitted the names of American intelligence officials via her unclassified email.

From a series of Clinton emails, numerous names were redacted in the State Department releases with the classification code “B3 CIA PERS/ORG,” a highly specialized classification that means the information, if released, would violate the Central Intelligence Act of 1949 by exposing the names of CIA officials.

Jun 06 13:30

MSNBC Admits Plan to Suppress Bernie Sanders Voters in California

A stunning revelation from MSNBC’s Chris Matthews...

Matthews flat out states that there is a plan in place at MSNBC to announce Hillary as the clear winner, hours before anything is officially declared, to make people think they will be wasting their time by going out to vote for Bernie.

This is a stunning example of the dirty tricks that the mainstream media will play to further their preferred establishment candidate’s position in the race:

Jun 06 13:26

Electing a Foreign Spy for President?

As Sherlock Holmes would say, “We are entering in deep waters, Watson”.

There are several lines of inquiry against Mme. Clinton:

(1) Did she work with, as yet unnamed, foreign governments and intelligence services to strengthen their positions and against the interest of the United States?

(2) Did she provide information on the operations and policy positions of various key US policymakers to competitors, adversaries or allies undermining the activities of military, intelligence and State Department officials?

(3) Did she seek to enhance her personal power within the US administration to push her aggressive policy of serial pre-emptive wars over and against veteran State Department and Pentagon officials who favored traditional diplomacy and less violent confrontation?

(4) Did she prepare a ‘covert team’, using foreign or dual national operative, to lay the groundwork for her bid for the presidency and her ultimate goal of supreme military and political power?

Jun 03 14:35

Pakistan Still Suffering From The Delusion That It Can Control The Taliban

Nobody deserves to be the victim of a drone strike, even Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour, the leader of the Afghan Taliban. Even if, as John Feffer wrote in Foreign Policy in Focus last week, citizens of FATA (the Federally Administered Tribal Areas), however counterintuitively, actually favor drone strikes. Perhaps that’s because the Pakistani government doesn’t seem up to the task of rolling back the Taliban.

May 27 11:15

The Coming Drone Blowback

The targeted assassination of Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour last weekend wasn’t just another drone strike.

In other words, if the United States is sending drones after targets in Balochistan, what will prevent it from taking out a suspected terrorist on the crowded streets of Karachi or Islamabad?

The Obama administration is congratulating itself on removing a bad guy who was targeting US military personnel in Afghanistan. But the strike itself may not produce any greater willingness on the part of the Taliban to enter into negotiations with the Afghan government. Mansour, according to the administration, opposed such negotiations, and the Taliban has indeed refused to join talks in Pakistan with the Quadrilateral Coordination Group – Pakistan, Afghanistan, China, the United States – unless foreign troops are first removed from Afghanistan.

This “kill for peace” strategy of the Obama administration may backfire.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The American people need to demand far better from our civilian and military leadership than a "crapshoot", which could just push the Taliban even further away from any reconcilliatory talks with the Pakistani government and beyond.

May 27 09:35

Pakistani husbands can ‘lightly beat’ their wives, Islamic council says

The head of a powerful Islamic council is refusing to back down from a proposal that make it legal for husbands to “lightly beat” their wives in Pakistan, despite ridicule and revulsion including calls that maybe the clerics should stand for their own gentle smack down.

Speaking to reporters, the chairman of the Council of Islamic Ideology, Muhammad Kahn Sherani, said a “light beating” should be a last resort.

“If you want her to mend her ways, you should first advise her. … If she refuses, stop talking to her … stop sharing a bed with her, and if things do not change, get a bit strict,” Sherani said, according to Pakistan’s Express-Tribune newspaper.

If all else fails, he added, “hit her with light things like handkerchief, a hat or a turban, but do not hit her on the face or private parts.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to wonder if covert knife-throwing seminars will become all the rage for Pakistani women, after this "religious" ruling; at the moment, I wouldn't bet against it.

Between acid attacks, honor killings, female genital mutilations, consistent beatings,and forced marriages, women in this part of the world do not have an easy time of it at all.

May 23 16:01

Pakistan summons US envoy over drone strike that ‘violated sovereignty’

Pakistan summoned US ambassador David Hale on Monday to express concern over the drone strike by American forces in Pakistani territory to kill Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour, which it said was a “violation of its sovereignty”.

According to a statement by the Foreign Office, special assistant to Prime Minister on foreign affairs Tariq Fatemi pointed out to the US envoy that the drone strike was a “violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and a breach of the UN’s Charter that guarantees the inviolability of the territorial integrity of its member states”.

Fatemi also emphasised that “such actions could adversely impact the ongoing efforts by the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) for facilitating peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban”.

May 19 18:59

Poisoned Fields - Glyphosate, the underrated risk?

Glyphosate is the world’s most widely used weed killer. Some claim it is completely harmless, others say it is a serious health hazard for man and animals. A topical investigation into a controversial substance.

May 10 13:59

It Costs $84,000 to Cure Hepatitis C Through U.S. Insurance: I Did It for $1,500 Ordering the Same Drug From India

That is high risk, because drugs made in India can be fakes, or contaminated with deadly chemicals.

May 05 09:31

Pakistani Govt Tolerates US Drone Strikes In Exchange For Money – Opposition Leader Imran Khan

The US’ ‘inhumane’ use of drone strikes to target terrorists kills prospects for peace in Afghanistan, which in turn undermines security in Pakistan.

May 02 07:34

The Small Islands Holding the Key to the Indian Ocean

The rise of China, changing power dynamics, territorial disputes in the East and South China Sea, and the U.S. rebalance to Asia have all led to the re-emergence of the Indian Ocean as the center stage for power politics in the Indo-Pacific.

Apr 30 08:30

US 'drops planned Pakistan F-16 fighter jet subsidy'

Apr 29 06:53

India trumpets seventh navigation sat launch

'We will determine our own paths powered by our technology', declares PM

Apr 27 13:47

Conflicting reports on Russian sale of S-400 missile defense system to India

Russia and India are yet to sign a contract for the supply of advanced S-400 air defense systems, a senior Russian official said in response to an Indian claim, which said the deal was already signed.

Apr 23 16:55

Pakistan Expected to Sign Gas Pipeline Deals with Russia, China in Two Months

Pakistan is expected to sign commercial agreements with Chinese and Russian government in two months for construction of Gwadar-Nawa­bshah and Karachi-Lahore gas pipelines, Dawn, a local newspaper reported Friday. The Gwadar-Nawa­bshah will be constructed by a Chinese firm while Karachi-Lahore pipeline will be built by a Russian company. Both the pipelines are expected to complete by 2017, Managing Director Inter State Gas Systems (ISGS), Mobin Saulat told Natio­nal Assembly Standing Com­m­ittee on Petroleum and Natural Resources on Thu­rsday.

Apr 23 03:41

Pakistan Taliban claim killing of minority minister Sardar Soran Singh

The Pakistani Taliban have claimed the killing of a provincial minister for minority affairs for Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province who was shot dead in a restive northwestern Buner district.

Gunmen on motorbikes stopped Sardar Soran Singh ’s car on Friday evening and opened fire, killing him on the spot.

“These activities will continue until implementation of Islamic system in Pakistan,” Muhammad Khurasani, spokesperson for the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, said in an emailed statement late Friday.

Singh’s murder was widely condemned by his fellow lawmakers and rights activists.

Apr 11 12:37

Lockheed Martin Offers to Site F-16 Fighter Jet Production in India: Part of US Campaign to Make India a “Frontline State”

Lockheed Martin, a premier member of the US military-industrial complex, has announced that it is eager to begin manufacturing its prized fourth-generation fighter jet, the F-16, in India. According to Lockheed Martin India head Phil Shaw, the company is in discussions with New Delhi about producing F-16s in India for both the Indian air force and other militaries.

Apr 11 09:34

Kollam Fire: Over 100 Dead After Firecrackers Cause Blaze At Temple In India

At least 102 people have died and more than 200 were injured after celebratory firecrackers reportedly caused a massive blast and fire at a Hindu temple.

Apr 10 08:29

‘Violence Without Borders’: 15 Injured As Police Open Fire At Doctors’ Demonstration In Pakistan

At least 15 people were injured, 12 seriously, after police opened fire during a doctors’ demonstration in the city of Quetta in Pakistan.

Apr 07 10:15

Bridge Swept Away By Flash Floods In Pakistan

A bridge dramatically collapsed in Lower Dir after torrential rains triggered flash floods in northwest Pakistan.

Apr 06 15:25

Publisher McGraw-Hill Discontinues Textbook With Map Of Palestine

In March 2016, executives at the McGraw-Hill textbook publishing company removed a title from its selection titled Global Politics: Engaging a Complex World. The company, in well- disciplined commissar fashion, destroyed the books held in inventory because they featured a map illustrating “Palestinian loss of land from 1946 to 2000.” Apparently, the maps say too much about the US-supported Israeli occupation and expansion of settlements in Palestine and run the risk of corrupting young learners. On the market since 2012, Global Politics was designed to “offer students a number of lenses through which to view the world around them.”

Apr 02 18:00

Aid Minister and the scandal school tsar: We give Pakistan £700m each year towards education - yet its supremo is being probed over 5,000 schools that don't exist. Here he is... with Justine Greening

Hundreds of millions of pounds in British aid are being poured into education in Pakistan – where corrupt officials have creamed off vast amounts of cash by creating thousands of fake teaching jobs and pocketing the salaries.

A judicial inquiry in one province, Sindh, uncovered how the money was being siphoned off to as many as 5,000 schools and 40,000 teachers – which exist only on paper.

The fraud is just one of the scandals in education across Pakistan, to which Britain’s Department for International Development (DFID) has committed £700 million, supposedly to help the country’s impoverished children.

Mar 31 11:22

Pakistan’s Ticking Nuclear Time Bomb

Dozens of world leaders are arriving in Washington, D. C. for the fourth Nuclear Security Summit, a biennial event dedicated to minimizing the threat of loose nuclear material falling into the hands of terrorists or rogue nations.

Mar 28 07:01

Army deployed as hanged assassin’s supporters clash with police in Islamabad

Pakistan Army deployed troops on the streets of the capital Islamabad Sunday after thousands of stone-throwing supporters of Mumtaz Qadri, who was hanged in February, clashed with police in chaotic scenes.

Supporters of executed Mumtaz Qadri during an anti-government rally in Islamabad Sunday
Qadri was executed on February 29 for killing a Punjab governor over his call for blasphemy reform in what analysts said was a “key moment” in Pakistan’s long battle against religious extremism.

An estimated 25,000 supporters of the former police bodyguard gathered in Islamabad’s twin city Rawalpindi in the afternoon to offer prayers, before turning toward the heavily-barricaded capital, which was patrolled by hundreds of police and paramilitary soldiers.

Mar 28 06:38

Pakistan Suicide Bombing: Dozens Killed In Lahore

A Taliban faction called Jamaat-ul-Ahrar has claimed responsibility for the suicide bomb attack that killed at least 65 people in Lahore on Sunday, saying the target of its attack was Muslim Pakistan's small Christian minority, Reuters reports. More than 300 people were wounded.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Someone is trying to start a war between Christians and Muslims!

Mar 28 06:28

Suicide Bombings are Really Remote Detonations

"Innocent Muslims were accused of being "suicide bombers" yet CCTV footage and honest eye-witness accounts exposed the explosions as detonations via a remote control or through timers. Virtually all the terrorist attacks outside of conflict or war zones are staged by elements of the security services (especially Zionist/Jewish/Israeli and their assets in organized crime and intelligence agents throughout the Western world targeting the West and to a certain extent in Turkey and the Gulf Arab States targeting Muslim countries). Islam clearly forbids the killing of innocent civilians - especially in kamikaze operations. Most Muslims, including the most militant ones don't even believe in the validity or necessity of kamikaze operations as a military tactic."

Mar 17 10:43

‘Greed has to end’: India urges Monsanto to accept GM-cotton royalty cuts or leave market

India said that US agricultural biotechnology corporation Monsanto is free to leave the Indian market and lose its 90 percent dominance if it does not want to accept the government-imposed price and royalty cuts for its genetically modified cotton seeds.

Mar 17 07:35

India Carries Out Another Successful Test of Nuclear-Capable Agni-I Missile

India conducted another successful test of the Agni-I medium range ballistic missile from Abdul Kalam Island off the country's shores on Monday morning, the missile's developer said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Sanctions! Sanctions! No ... wait ... they're on our side, aren't they?" -- Official White Horse Souse

Mar 16 12:36

China's Troops in Pakistan May Be an Attempt to Bypass US at Sea

Over the weekend, Indian media reported sighting Chinese troops in an area of the disputed Kashmir region administered by Pakistan along a crucial road-rail corridor. Experts say that the reports, if true, are an indication of China's intention to back its economic interests by military power, and its goal to bypass US naval power on the high seas.

Feb 29 21:53

Donald Trump Wants To Legalize Marijuana

Up to the states he says. A Constitution Man. I can dig it!

Published on Oct 29, 2015
Trump answers legalization of marijuana question at Reno, NV rally on 10/29/15. His answer: he supports medical marijuana FULLY, and supports state legalization of RECREATIONAL marijuana.

Feb 29 11:32

Another Nail in the Dollar’s Coffin: Russia and India Plan to Trade in National Currencies

As we reported earlier this month, Russia and China are now settling oil payments in yuan, a move that western analysts say is responsible for Russia overtaking the Saudis as China’s leading oil exporter. Iran (not a BRICS member, but considered a key partner, as well as a potential member) has also sent clear signals that it wants to abandon the dollar: Tehran is now demanding euros for all oil sales.

While these developments have so far centered around oil, Moscow is looking to conduct all trade in national currencies. Moscow and New Delhi are already drawing up the plans:

India and Russia are developing a road map for mutual settlements in national currencies which could open prospects for both countries, India’s Ambassador to Russia Pankaj Saran told RIA Novosti on Wednesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Even if the TTP DOES get railroaded through Congress (and there is still some question about that happening), the US and US dollar are not going to be in a great place economically, because of the drive to dump the dollar in favor of national currencies.

Feb 25 14:30

Presidential Elections 2016: The Revolt of the Masses

Commentators grossly oversimplify when they reduce the revolt to incoherent expressions of ‘anger’.

The presidential elections of 2016 have several unique characteristics that defy common wisdom about political practices in 21st century America.

Clearly the established political machinery – party elites and their corporate backers -have (in part) lost control of the nomination process and confront ‘unwanted’ candidates who are campaigning with programs and pronouncements that polarize the electorate.

But there are other more specific factors, which have energized the electorate and speak to recent US history. These portend and reflect a realignment of US politics.

In this essay, we will outline these changes and their larger consequences for the future of American politics.

We will examine how these factors affect each of the two major parties.

Feb 24 05:45

Russians Ride Fast – Israel Shamir

If the rebels grasp the chance and enter serious negotiations for a coalition government, peace is possible.

The Russians accepted the US proposal to cease fire in Syria (or rather to end hostilities). They had made a similar proposal a few weeks ago, so this is in line with their thinking. Russians have made huge successes in Syria; they achieved an astonishing and unexpected victory with very few losses.

It was a reputational victory it was as well as a military one. Russia entered the Syrian war at a low point internationally.

Feb 21 05:20

The Empire Doesn’t Retreat or Compromise

Reading mainstream media news, analyses, and opinion pieces about this war is completely useless, as everything is either uninformed and clueless gibberish or propaganda and deception.

I wrote this text over several days and every time I sat down again to continue there came another headline to my mind. The first headline was “Nobody said, that it will be easy,” the second “Waiting for the Turkey-Russia showdown,” the third “Playing the terrorism game,” the fourth “Everything is better than war.”

In the end I settled for the header “The empire doesn’t retreat or compromise.”

This statement stands the test of time, it has been proven throughout human history, and there is only one single exemption, only one short period where retreat and compromise are a possibility. This short period is the time when the empire is in terminal decline and in the process of collapsing.

Feb 19 11:56

“Rigged” Elections In Uganda?

We were joined by Reverend Dr. Kapya Kaoma who is the senior researcher at Political Research Associates, and the author of American Culture Warriors in Africa: A guide to the exporters of homophobia and sexism.

Feb 16 12:01

Pakistan confirms participation in Saudi-led military drills

Pakistan has confirmed its participation in military exercises in Saudi Arabia along with other Islamic nations.

The confirmation came on Monday, a day after the Saudi Press Agency reported that the military forces from 20 countries are scheduled to begin military maneuver in Saudi Arbia.

The news agency described the maneuver, dubbed "Thunder of North," as the region's most important military drills involving ground, air and naval forces.

In response to a media question regarding joint military exercise in Saudi Arabia, the Pakistani foreign ministry said the country is participating in a multi-national exercise on counter-terrorism being held in Saudi Arabia.

"A small Pakistani defence contingent also remains stationed in Saudi Arabia under a bilateral arrangement," the foreign ministry spokesperson said late on Monday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The question left unasked here, is will Pakistan be providing nuclear weapons to Saudi Arabia if this alleged drill "goes hot"?!?

Remember, Saudi Arabia provided a great deal of investment to Pakistan for its nuclear program, with the understanding that should the Saudi Arabian government believe it needed nuclear weapons, it could get them from Pakistan.

Feb 15 10:52

Why the Syria ceasefire is a long shot

Washington and its allies are not interested in peace. They want regime change – by hook or by crook.

An end to the Syrian conflict is desperately needed. But the latest plan for a cessation of violence is unlikely to take hold, as the deal struck by international powers is based on fundamentally opposing premises.

In short, Washington and its allies want regime change, while Russia and Iran insist that President Bashar Al-Assad and his government are the legitimate ruling authorities in Syria. All sides are mandated by UN resolutions to respect the sovereign will of the Syrian people – to determine the political future of their country.

Feb 15 10:49

A Syrian Breakthrough – Israel Shamir

Now the deed is done, the corridor is blocked.

If and when Aleppo and the whole Aleppo district will be taken by the Syrian army, we would be able to congratulate Putin and Assad – and Syrian people – with a great victory.

The Russians raise alarms that a Turkish invasion into Syria is imminent. Russian media is foaming at the mouth about the perfidious Turks; a veritable Two Minutes Hate ritual (vide Orwell) on the state-managed TV channels being repeated a few times a day. The idea is to scare Turks stiff so they will not move while the operation in the North lasts. On the other side, the Russian opposition draws frightful scenarios of Janissaries slaughtering the Russian boys on the Syrian terrain. The Turkish media also tries to instil fear in the Russkies by saying what they can do.

Feb 15 10:45

Presidential Debates and Iran

The presidential candidates’ irresponsible remarks about Iran - as though it is a politically convenient football to be kicked around...

After watching both the Republican and Democratic debates on TV, I intend to exclude two main categories from my principle concerns in the upcoming presidential elections that will determine who will replace President Obama next year: one is the entire roster of the Republican Party, and the other, anything other than the foreign policy issues; the main area of my personal interest.

I am disregarding the entire Republican roster because I don’t think any Republican has a chance to beat Ms. Clinton in the general elections, at least this time around.

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