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Jun 11 05:35

35,000 sealed federal criminal indictments in last 6 months + normal rate of ~1,000 per year = endgame imminent for either .01% rogue state criminals or .01% patriot leaders

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From November 2017 until the end of April 2018, 35,058 sealed federal indictments are entered and waiting to be unsealed. Sealed Federal criminal indictments average ~1,000 per year, according to research by US federal courts. 35,000 in six months seems to mean:

a) .01% arrests for ongoing illegal rogue state empire annually killing millions, harming billions, and looting trillions, OR
b) .01% patriot arrests for the rogue staters to remove voices in alternative media too close to revealing the facts (.01% = ~30,000 Americans), OR
c) just another disinformation rogue state PSYOP to waste Patriots time and energy, OR
d) who knows?

I’ve updated totals of 5,000, then 10,000, then 15,000 sealed federal indictments. My commentary about “Q Anon” hints informs the above conclusions, but Patriots have no reason for rest until .01% arrests remove our .01% "leader" psychopaths from killing in the literal millions every year.

Jun 11 00:07

5 Facts Proving “They Are Coming For Your Guns” Is Not A Conspiracy Theory

Many of the politicians, mainstream media pundits, and students who call for stricter gun control laws insist that they are only seeking “common sense” gun legislation. But in reality, the real issues that lead to mass shootings are being ignored and the rhetoric that is being shared in the name of “safety,” is instead chipping away at the Second Amendment, and in some cases, pushing to repeal it altogether.

Jun 10 09:07

Guardian cartoonist angrily denies picture of Netanyahu, May & Palestinian medic is anti-Semitic

Guardian cartoonist Steve Bell has strenuously denied his picture, depicting Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, UK PM Theresa May, and an image of murdered Palestinian medic Razan Al-Najjar burning in a fireplace, is anti-Semitic.

The cartoon was spiked by the Guardian’s editorial staff. After which Bell wrote an angrily-worded email to his boss and Guardian editor, Katharine Viner, after claims from colleagues that his cartoon played on anti-Semitic tropes, report Buzzfeed.

Jun 10 08:55

'Anti-Semitism Awareness Act' Is A Brazen Crackdown On Free Speech

Jun 10 07:14

HART: HOMELAND SECURITY’S MASSIVE NEW DATABASE WILL INCLUDE FACE RECOGNITION, DNA, AND PEOPLES’ “NON-OBVIOUS RELATIONSHIPS”

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is quietly building what will likely become the largest database of biometric and biographic data on citizens and foreigners in the United States. The agency’s new Homeland Advanced Recognition Technology (HART)database will include multiple forms of biometrics—from face recognition to DNA, data from questionable sources, and highly personal data on innocent people. It will be shared with federal agencies outside of DHS as well as state and local law enforcement and foreign governments. And yet, we still know very little about it.

Jun 10 05:40

Why is Cardinal Parolin attending a Bilderberg Group meeting?

The Bilderberg Group is meeting in Turin this week, and Cardinal Pietro Parolin will be present. Cardinal Parolin is the Vatican’s Secretary of State, arguably the most senior official in the Vatican and the nearest thing the Holy See has to a prime minister.

Jun 09 17:10

As US culture warriors ban Miss America swimsuit contest, expect burqas on the beach next

Today, many Americans find themselves on a slippery slope as they attempt to outdo each other in a moral crusade that seeks to prevent anyone from thinking the wrong thoughts. If they are not careful, Americans will end up inheriting a cross between the 1979 Iranian Revolution, complete with its fiercely moralistic stance on many secular issues, with the world of Orwell’s 1984, where the thought police knew what everybody was thinking and doing any minute of the day. In this weird Weinsteinian world we now inhabit, we know all too well what happens to the suspects – even without the decency of a fair trial: innocent until proven guilty.

Is the next stop on this out of control, all-American Cultural Revolution full body burqas replacing the two-piece bikini on Malibu Beach? To be honest, nothing would really surprise me at this point.

Jun 09 14:19

How do the awake (relatively) best co-create virtue among ~95% stupefied humanity parasitized by a .01% psychopathic class for ongoing dominating rogue state empire, with the stakes of annual millions murdered, billions harmed, trillions looted???

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First: because I’m asking, I don’t have an objectively correct answer to factually assert. This question implies answers unique to individual’s best combinations of art and science to connect/communicate. This said, it’s a vital question, and I’d like to share three possible responses I’ve experimented with:

1. Direct: Alert the ~95% unaware they live in rogue state empire with emergencies humanity must address.
2. Indirect: Don’t be direct; just be of service to whatever the people find of interest, and certainly include data of the rogue state empire if that is of organic interest.
3. Broadcast and network: Tell or don’t tell whoever; that is secondary to somehow finding our global partners at work to reveal and end the empire, network in synergy, and be prepared for openings to take action.

Let’s look at each approach in further detail along with my experimental observations:

1. Be direct

Jun 09 12:56

Music What Kicketh Political Ass: "Entitlement" by Jack White

Lyrics text and music streamed at source.

[snip]

"Stop what you're doin' and get back in line"
I hear this from people all the time
"If we can't be happy then you can't be too"
I'm tired of bein' told what to do
Yeah, I'm sick of bein' told what to do

I guess nobody on earth is entitled
Not mothers, not children, not kings
Not a one single person on God's golden shore
Is entitled to one single thing
We don't deserve a single damn thing

[snip]

Jun 09 10:36

The Gently Rotting Debt-Ridden EU

The EU as a political construction is in a state of terminal decay. We know this for one reason and one reason alone: its core principle is the state is superior to its people. A system of government can only work over the longer term if it recognises that it is the servant of the people, not its master. It matters not what electoral system is in place, so long as this principal is adhered to.

The EU executive in Brussels does not accept electoral primacy. It shares with Marxist communism a belief in statist primacy instead. The only difference between the two creeds is Marx planned to rule the world, while Brussels is on the way to ruling Europe.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The question here arises, that it is not if the EU and Euro are going to fail; it is a question of when, and under what circumstances, this devolution will take place.

Jun 09 10:31

America Goes Full Imbecile

Credit has a wicked way...
...of magnifying a person’s defects. Even the most cautious man, with unlimited credit, can make mistakes that in retrospect seem absurd. But an average man, with unlimited credit, is preeminently disposed to going full imbecile.Several weeks ago we came across a woeful tale of Mike Meru. Somehow, this special fellow, while of apparent sound mine and worthy intent, racked up over $1 million dollars in student loan debt – all to become an orthodontist.

Surely, with several good text books, and a disciplined self-study program, Meru could have learned everything there was to possibly know about adjusting malpositioned teeth for roughly $200 bucks. Instead, with the full backing of Uncle Sam’s loan program, he went full imbecile.

Jun 09 10:25

Weekly Update: New FBI Docs On Clinton Email Scandal

This is just too rich. We now have emails from notorious anti-Trump, pro-Hillary Clinton FBI officials who seem to confirm that James Comey and Loretta Lynch decided to let Hillary Clinton ride on her email abuses before she was even interviewed by the FBI.

The disclosure is found in 16 pages of FBI documents related to the infamous June 2016 tarmac meeting between former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former President Bill Clinton.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I seriously doubt that revelations from the report, coming out next week, regarding the FBI's handling of Hillary Clinton's email, will seriously out her as having done something bad, and wrong, with the way she handled her data; some poor schlump will probably be thrown under the proverbial bus, and we were prepared for that last week, by the sudden public demonization of Comey, as having been"defiant".

Jun 09 10:16

Running Amok? Donald Trump Facilitates Civilian Drone Deaths, Continues Attacks in Seven Countries ‘and Elsewhere’

The NGO CAGE, which campaigns against discriminatory state policies and advocates observance of due process and the rule of law, reminds readers that in October 2017, US President Donald Trump replaced the Obama rules pertaining to drone strikes with his own ‘rules’ called the “Principles, Standards, and Procedures,” or PSPs.

It reports that according to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) these laws “make it easier to kill more people in more places outside recognized battlefields, posing grave risks of death and injury to civilians”:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The continuing use of these extrajudicial assassinations guarantees that the US will be at war perpetually, meaning that the weapons companies which manufacture these drones, and other weapons of war, and their stockholders, will profit greatly.

In what President Trump has done, particularly in his arms sales to countries like Saudi Arabia and for Israel, which generally receives American money to buy American weaponry Israel gets American Money to Buy American Weapons,,he has very clearly telegraphed his belief that war is good for American business.

But at what cost to the soul of this country?!? What about the innocents, the babies, the toddlers, the women, and the medically fragile elderly, who get blown to bits in these drone attacks?!? As a Christian pacifist activist, these are questions I frequently ask myself.

Jun 09 09:52

Vet With 2 Double-Lung Transplants Pushes Congress to Act on Burn Pits

"You smelled it every day, and then you'd get these dust storms that just pushed it all around," former Army Staff Sgt. William Thompson said of the fumes and clouds of muck that came off the big burn pit at Camp Victory and other U.S. bases in Iraq.

Thompson has had two double-lung transplants since returning from two tours in Iraq. He attributes them to his exposure to the toxic brew of medical waste, human waste, plastics, tires, electronics, paint cans, routine garbage and the occasional entire Humvee that would be laced with jet fuel and set ablaze at hundreds of sites in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The group has pressed for burn pit exposure to be recognized as a "presumptive" illness, much like Agent Orange, to give veterans access to care and benefits, but the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense maintain that there is no proof of correlation or causality.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please show this article to any thinking about enlisting in the US military, other than those on a fast track toward leadership; enlistees need to understand how completely expendable they are to the DOD, once they have signed up, and if they get ill in performance of their service.

Jun 09 09:48

The Israeli Army Edited This Clip Of A Medic They Killed To Make Her Look Like She Was Acting As A Human Shield: "They edited video of Razan al-Najjar to justify her slaughter."

The video the Israel Defense Forces tweeted shows 21-year-old Razan al-Najjar claiming to be a "human shield" for an extreme Palestinian opposition movement against Israel.

Najjar was killed when she was shot in the chest in Gaza on June 1, as she tended the wounded on the front lines. After her death, thousands called her the #AngelOfMercy.

In the short clip, Najjar appears to say she is a "human shield" for Hamas, a group opposed to Israel and designated as a terror organization by the US.

In the full clip, however, taken from an interview Najjar gave to Al Mayadeen TV, she stated, "I'm here as a rescuing human shield to protect and save the wounded at the front lines."

She goes on to state that no one forced her to become a medic. Her cousin Dalia al-Najjar told BuzzFeed News, "Being a nurse was her dream."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hey, sloppy editing, IDF Propaganda Team; can you do no better than this?!?

Jun 09 09:41

Israel’s Attack on the USS Liberty: A Half Century Later, Still No Justice

Two F-4s left the carrier to come to the Liberty’s aid. Apparently, the jets were armed only with nuclear weapons. When word reached the Pentagon, Defense Secretary Robert McNamara became irate and ordered the jets to return. “Tell the Sixth Fleet to get those aircraft back immediately,” he barked. McNamara’s injunction was reiterated in saltier terms by Admiral David L. McDonald, the chief of Naval Operations: “You get those fucking airplanes back on deck, and you get them back down.” The planes turned around. And the attack on the Liberty continued.

After the Israeli fighter jets had emptied their arsenal of rockets, three Israeli attack boats approached the Liberty. Two torpedoes were launched at the crippled ship, one tore a 40-foot wide hole in the hull, flooding the lower compartments, and killing more than a dozen American sailors.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

AND THIS, FOLKS, IS HOW ISRAEL TREATED ITS "FRIEND", THE UNITED STATES, WHEN IT WAS ENGAGING IN A FALSE FLAG TO GET THE US TO FIGHT EGYPT, ON WHICH IT WANTED TO BLAME THE ATTACK.

Jun 09 09:37

Gaza protests: All the latest updates

For more than two months, Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have been protesting along the fence with Israel, demanding their right to return to the homes and land their families were expelled from 70 years ago.

The Great March of Return rallies culminated on May 15 to mark what Palestinians refer to as the Nakba, or Catastrophe - a reference to the forced removal of 750,000 Palestinians from their homes and villages to clear the way for Israel's establishment in 1948.

The mass Friday demonstrations have since continued.

Since the protests began on March 30, Israeli forces have killed 124 Palestinians in the besieged coastal enclave and wounded more than 13,000 people.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Due to his characteristic hubris, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu just doesnt' see how horriific the optics on this mass murder are, for the rest of the world.

But what concerns me, even more greatly, is an article from timesofisrael.com, indicating that all Israeli military have practiced, for an entire week, to wage a complete, and utter war, against Gaza:

As Hamas tensions heat up, IDF jets practice bombing hundreds of Gaza targets

Jun 09 09:27

10,000 PALESTINIANS PARTICIPATE IN GAZA BORDER FENCE PROTEST, 6 WOUNDED

Ten-thousand Palestinians gathered and burned tires in five locations along the Israel-Gaza border fence Friday afternoon, according to the IDF spokesperson's unit.

IDF soldiers used crowd dispersal measures in accordance with IDF rules of engagement and "are keeping high-alert."

In addition to soldiers posted at the border, hundreds of troops were deployed there ahead of the event from the Nahal, Golani and Givati Brigades as well as special forces. Photographers and drone operators will document the riots for legal and media purposes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Israeli photographers will be there to bend coverage in order to shape the narrative to the Israeli government's liking.

Jun 09 09:17

US, Russian military leaders meet in Finland for talks

The top U.S. military chief met Friday in Finland with his Russian counterpart to exchange views on U.S.-Russia military relations, Syria and the international security situation.

The meeting between Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Russia’s chief of the military’s General Staff, Gen. Valery Gerasimov, took place in Konigstedt Manor, a Finnish state-owned venue north of the capital, Helsinki.

The Russian Defense Ministry said Gerasimov and Dunford discussed European security issues and the situation in Syria.

A brief statement on the Joint Chiefs of Staff website stressed, without elaborating, that U.S. and Russian militaries “have undertaken efforts to improve operational safety and strategic stability.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is only a matter of when, not if, there will be military conflict between US forces and those of Russia; it is primarily a case of where, which could potentially be in Ukraine, Syria, or Iran.

Jun 09 09:07

Britain Goes Full Demolition Man

Jun 09 08:57

THE GOVERNMENT’S NEW CONTRACTOR TO RUN LOS ALAMOS INCLUDES THE SAME MANAGER IT EFFECTIVELY FIRED FOR SAFETY PROBLEMS

This article was produced in partnership with the Santa Fe New Mexican, which is a member of the ProPublica Local Reporting Network.

Despite a lengthy record of safety violations, the University of California will continue its 75-year legacy of running Los Alamos National Laboratory, the U.S. Department of Energy and National Nuclear Security Administration announced Friday.

A management partnership that includes the university, research and development nonprofit Battelle Memorial Institute and Texas A&M University, the alma mater of Energy Secretary Rick Perry, will be paid $2.5 billion annually to run Los Alamos, the birthplace of the atomic bomb. They’re calling their partnership Triad National Security LLC.

The contract could be worth upward of $25 billion over the next decade, with hundreds of millions of dollars more in performance-based bonus fees. Six other corporations will join the team in support roles.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks like being cavalier with issues of health and safety, just goes with the territory at Los Alamos.

Jun 09 08:55

SHE WAS KIDNAPPED BY GUERRILLAS AND FORCED TO WORK. THAT QUALIFIES AS MATERIAL SUPPORT FOR TERRORISM, ACCORDING TO IMMIGRATION RULING

The case at issue before the immigration court involved an unnamed Salvadoran woman who was kidnapped by guerrillas in 1990 and forced to undergo weapons training and cook and clean. The woman also watched her husband, a sergeant in the Salvadoran army, dig his own grave before being executed by the guerrillas.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security had argued for the woman’s removal from the United States in 2004, based on the duties she was forced to perform while held captive 14 years earlier. Under the material support provisions of the USA Patriot Act, the sweeping security legislation passed in the months after the 9/11 attacks, immigrants may be denied entry or removed from the country if they provided support to terrorists, which are broadly defined in immigration law as nonstate actors involved in armed force.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am sorry; this ruling may have been technically correct, but is absolutely morally brain-dead, given the circumstances that this woman was used as slave labor by terrorists, who assassinated her husband, and made her watch.

Jun 09 08:50

OVER 1,200 MINNESOTA PARENTS ARE SUING TO SHUT DOWN CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES

A group of parents in Minnesota called Stop CPS From Legally Kidnapping Children has filed a request in federal court to “shut down the state’s child protection services, stop serial abuse of families and overturn the unconstitutional laws by which the agency operates,” according to a press release published Tuesday.

The group, led by Dwight Mitchell, a father who says his son was illegally taken from him for 22 months, first filed a civil rights complaint in April, and this week they vocally publicized their call to shut down the child services agency, which they claim engages in systemic lying, withholding information, and fabricating evidence. They are asking the federal court to suspend the state’s agency from enforcing child protection laws, and according to a petition signed by almost 5,000 people, are also demanding changes to the laws themselves.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Minnesota is not the only state where CPS officers are absolutely both completely out of control, to make sure their quotas get met, and their budgets get enhanced, but there is also a huge amount of abuse and neglect that they do not find, leaving vulnerable children with ghastly consequences, including massive injuries and deaths.

Jun 09 08:46

PAUL MANAFORT HAS INADVERTENTLY HELPED AMERICA BY SHOWING THE ABSURDITIES OF ITS BAIL SYSTEM

American citizens don’t have a lot they can thank Paul Manafort for. Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, is suspected of colluding with Russia and enriching himself through years of influence-peddling that involved a multitude of financial crimes. But his indictment last year by special counsel Robert Mueller has done us a huge favor by drawing attention to one of the great travesties in the way America treats people accused of crimes: its bail system.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is simply about the reality that the elite seldom eat their own, and in this country, alleged "justice" has, for those elites, like Manafort and Weinstein, devolved in to "Just Us!!" mentality.

Jun 09 08:42

LOCKHEED MARTIN AWARDED $929 MILLION CONTRACT FOR HYPERSONIC WEAPON TO COUNTER RUSSIA, CHINA

Lockheed Martin, the defense company behind F-35A Lightning II, a fifth-generation combat aircraft, won a $928 million contract April 18 to develop a hypersonic missile for the U.S. Air Force that will travel more than five times faster than the speed of sound to overcome Russian and Chinese missile defense systems.

According to Lockheed Martin, under the indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract, the company will design and manufacture the Hypersonic Conventional Strike Weapon (HCSW), a new air-launched weapon system. The missile will be capable of speeds higher than Mach five and could render Russian and Chinese ballistic missile defense interceptors useless.

Lockheed Martin will be strategically working with the U.S. Air Force to “finalize system requirements under the contract’s initial task order,” the press release stated.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a staggeringly huge amount of money, and yes, I know that impending wars mean projects of this kind will create employment for many.

But the question no one at the Pentagon, or State Department wants to answer, is how the US wound up so far behind Russia and China in the development of this kind of technology?!?

Jun 09 08:37

MATTIS: WITHDRAWING US TROOPS FROM SYRIA WOULD BE A "STRATEGIC BLUNDER"

Speaking at NATO headquarters on Friday, Secretary of Defense James Mattis reiterated his opposition to the idea of withdrawing US troops from Syria. He said any withdrawal before progress was made would be a “strategic blunder.”

Mattis’ position reflects those of a lot of top US cabinet officials, who have resisted President Trump’s talk of a quick withdrawal. He argues that the UN peace plan necessitates an ongoing US military presence.

On the one hand, Mattis suggests leaving too soon could give “the terrorists the opportunity to recover.” On the other hand, he also says that leaving would be exploited by the Assad government and its supporters.

This again sets out the US position that the UN plan necessitates regime change in Syria, something other supporters say is not the case. It also suggests a more or less permanent US presence in Syria, since there is virtually no chance the US will impose a favorable outcome.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The absolute, killer, irony here, is that according to Russian Major-General Igor Konashenkov, in a conversation with reporters today, made the following statement:

All remaining resistence zones in Syria, are US-controlled areas.

Let's wrap our heads for a moment around these two statements, and compare what Sec Def Mattis has stated with what Major-General Konashenkov has stated.

It is obvious that they cannot both be correct. I think, knowing what I know about US geopolitics, that Mattis is trying to find some logic-defying way of defending the military US presence in Syria, which he absolutely understands, in his heart of hearts, is not based on any potential good for the Syrian people; remember, the US has been the sponsor of the rebels in Syria, and has trained and funded and equipped jihadist rebels here.

Pentagon wasted $500 million on training rebels in Syria.

The US and Israeli foreign policy goals have been, and will continue to be, both the balkanization of Syria, to make it easier to control, and effect regime change in Damascus, however that can be made to happen.

Jun 09 08:29

Death to the meme? Activists believe EU copyright law could destroy internet culture

Internet interaction could forever be changed, according to digital rights groups, if the European Union passes revamped copyright legislation effectively banning memes, Wikipedia citation and other staples of the online world.

The EU is set to vote on draft legislation regarding a digital single market later this month. In the update to European copyright law, greater onus is being put on so-called “information society service providers” to protect creative work by artists, academics and publishers of original content.

The legislation would force websites and online platforms to “take measures to ensure the functioning of agreements concluded with rightholders for the use of their works.” However, Article 13 of the proposal is being criticized by some digital freedom activists who believe it could destroy the fabric of the internet.

Jun 09 08:22

ALL REMAINING ISIS RESISTANCE ZONES IN SYRIA ARE IN US-CONTROLLED AREAS – RUSSIAN MOD

Islamic State still keeps its presence in Syria, but only in US-controlled areas while those liberated by Syrian government forces areas are slowly recovering after terrorists’ defeat, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.
“All the remaining pockets of resistance of ISIS terrorists in Syria are only in areas controlled by the United States,” Major-General Igor Konashenkov, a defense ministry spokesman, said on Saturday.

Earlier, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in a bold statement that pulling out of the Arab Republic “must avoid leaving a vacuum in Syria that can be exploited by the Assad regime or its supporters,” in apparent reference to Iran and Russia.

Russia has been fighting terrorists in the country on the invitation of the Syrian government, while the US presence there has been deemed aggressive by Damascus.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Imagine my absolute (absence of) surprise at this development!!

Jun 09 08:19

TOXIC BORDER POLLUTION SICKENS U.S. BORDER PATROL AGENTS

The pungent, salty air that emerged over South Bay communities last February was not a familiar whiff of wrack decomposing on our favorite beaches. In fact, it was the estimated 143 million gallons of raw sewage that raced down the rugged canyons of Tijuana, funneling directly through the mouth of the Tijuana River into the Pacific Ocean. Beachgoers, visitors, and residents of San Diego County have suffered the devastating effects of these spills for decades—yet little has been done to remedy the origins.

The perpetual disaster has direct, negative consequences on our local economy, tourism, marine life and growing public health concerns for residents of San Diego County. A problem that has remained dormant for many years has come into the spotlight in recent months due to the direct effect it is having on U.S. Border Patrol agents and, consequently, our national security.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This cannot be allowed to continue; both Mexico and the US have to work together toward remediation of the situation, and soon!!

Jun 08 09:50

The Government WILL Take Your Supplies: Venezuela is Seizing Cattle and Inventory

The government WILL take your supplies in a collapse. In Venezuela, they've been seizing cattle, food, and staples. How do you hide your supplies?

Jun 08 09:10

What A Way To Go: Life at the end of Empire (full movie)

What A Way To Go: Life at the end of Empire (full movie)

Jun 08 09:02

Israel ends drill for full-scale war on Gaza: Paper

Israeli air and ground forces have finished a week-long exercise to prepare for a full-scale war on the besieged Gaza Strip.

The maneuvers, which were carried out “in preparation for war in the North and South,” ended on Thursday, enlisting hundreds of warplanes and gunships, the Jerusalem Post said.

The drills, the daily wrote, included actual airstrikes of large numbers of targets across the coastal territory.

“My squadron today returned from a mission in Gaza. We have successfully met all these challenges and we are ready for any threat,” it quoted the commander of the 105th Squadron as saying.

“We met all the objectives we set for ourselves, in full coordination with the Southern Command and with the air force’s coordination and control organizations,” he added.

Israeli aircraft, meanwhile, dropped leaflets in Gaza, which warned Palestinians of an imminent war, saying they had to refuse to protest near the fence separating the enclave from the occupied territories.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Netanyahu will be looking for a time to do this, when both Russia and US leadership is otherwise occupied; he may well feel that next week will be perfect timing, as President Trump will be meeting with North Korea's Kim Jung Un on Tuesday, 12 June in Singapore, and President Putin will be on hand for the opening ceremonies of the FIFA world cup, which starts Thursday, June 14th in Moscow, and runs until July 15, with the World Cup Champion team acclaimed at that time.

These venues will include Moscow; St. Petersburg; Kazan; Sochi; Nizhny Kovgorodn; Kaliningrad; Volgograd; Rostov on Don; Ekaterinburg; Samara; and Saransk; that is a lot of security to create, to keep things under control, and a lot of opportunities for mischief-making by highly emotional fans, who are very highly factionalized about the teams they care about, occasionally, nearly coming to blows with fans of other teams.

But Netanyahu is going need to do this quickly, if he is going to do it; first, he cannot keep his military at a high state of alert, without using them, because "readiness fatigue" will quickly set in, and secondly, international public outcry is going to be horrific, should he go ahead with such a war against Gaza, but once Gaza is burned to the ground, he figures the outcry will stop, and "business as usual" will return for Israel.

On that last one, however, he is dead wrong.

Jun 08 08:39

Saudi's potential attack on Yemen's port of Hudaydah may kill 250,000,UN says

The United Nations humanitarian coordinator in Yemen has warned that a military assault on the vital Yemeni port city of Hudaydah by the Saudi regime and its coalition partners may kill 250,000 people.

“A military attack or siege on Hudaydah will impact hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians,” said Lise Grande in a statement released on Friday, pointing to Saudi Arabia’s long-standing threat to launch an attack on Yemen’s only entry gate for much needed basic supplies and humanitarian aid.

“In a prolonged worst case, we fear that as many as 250,000 people may lose everything, even their lives,” added the UN official.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Given the already horrific state of affairs in Yemen, courtesy of the US-government enabled Saudi invasion and occupation, I believe that Ms. Grande may be understating the numbers very intensely.

Jun 08 08:01

Is Putin Really Ditching Iran and Siding With Netanyahu in Syria?

The undeniable truth is that Putin foiled the initial Israel plan for Syria.

In fact, Hezbollah and Iran had already intervened in Syria and were desperately “plugging holes” in a collapsing Syrian front. So, if anything, Putin has to be the one to be credited for forcing the Israelis to give up on their “plan A” and go to plan “B” which I described here and which can be summarized as follows:

Jun 08 07:32

British Defense Chief Defends Bombing of "Really Wicked and Evil Enemy" in Syria

The outgoing chief of the British Armed Forces went on the defensive amid a new report accusing the US-led coalition of violating international law and killing hundreds of civilians in the Syrian city of Raqqa.

Defense Staff Chief and Air Chief Marshall Stuart Peach said that the coalition had been "meticulous" in its efforts to avoid civilian casualties amid its bombardment of the "really wicked and evil enemy" in Raqqa.

Speaking to the BBC, Stuart stressed that the Royal Air Force's Raqqa operation was "the most carefully planned air campaign in history."

The senior officer in charge of the UK's fight against Daesh (ISIS)* also noted that all alleged incidents of civilian casualties are being properly investigated, pending the provision of information about the time and place they occurred.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My tendency with this is to absolutely believe Amnesty International; British Defense Staff Chief and Air Chief Marshall Stuart Peach is simply attempting cover his own backside, and those of his and US troops, because of the huge number of civilian warcrimes committed by the US and the UK against Syrian citizens in Raqqa.

And as to his statement about how they would "investigate civilian deaths", please don't hold your breath; as reported yesterday at blacklistednews.com:

Pentagon Admits that No One Will Ever Know How Many Civilians the US has Killed fighting ISIS.

Jun 08 06:59

US illegal and lie-infested War of Aggression on Syria destroys 80% of their 6th-largest city: what would you say if China or Russia destroyed 80% of Philly, San Antonio, San Diego, Dallas, San Jose, Austin, Jacksonville, SF, etc?

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The Syrian city of Raqqa was their 6th most populated, with the title of this essay listing US cities beginning at our 6th most populated.

After five months of US bombing and ~30,000 artillery shells destroying ~80% of the city, Raqqa’s population of 340,000 is now about 100,000, with perhaps 6,000 killed. 2,000 US military personnel have illegally invaded and occupy Syria.

US .01% “leaders” and corporate media report the “reason” for our tax money used for this outcome is that we shouldn’t support Syria’s democracy, and should replace their political leadership because they “gas their own people.” Hundreds of us in alternative media document the objective facts refute these claims, and the real reason is ongoing US rogue state empire dominating natural and human resources.

What are your conclusions regarding forever US wars on “terror”?

Jun 08 06:59

Israel seals Palestinian family’s home with them inside

A Palestinian family was trapped inside their home and forced to leave through a broken window after Israeli occupation forces welded their front door shut in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron this morning.

The incident took place on Al-Shuhada Street in the Old City of Hebron, one of the most heavily militarised streets in the occupied West Bank.

Samer Yusri Zahida told Ma’an that Israeli occupation forces broke into his brother’s house at 8am and forced him and his three other family members into one room.

After detaining the family for a brief period of time, occupation forces broke one of the windows in the house and exited through it, allegedly telling the family that if they want to leave the house they must also exit through the window. Israeli forces then sealed the front door shut.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But then again, what can one expect from a wretchedly apartheid, self-proclaimed theocracy with nuclear weapons?!?

Jun 08 06:56

Iran makes hard turn East as fate of nuclear deal dimsOn Friday: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani heads to China for an economic and security summit in the city of Qingdao.

As the fate of the 2015 nuclear deal hangs in a balance, and with Europe wavering in doing business with Iran due to the return of US sanctions, Tehran is making a hard turn East to boost its economy, and counter mounting pressure from Western powers.

On Friday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani heads to China for an economic and security summit in the coastal city of Qingdao, where he is expected to hold talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping on bilateral relations, and the future of the nuclear deal.

Amid rising anti-Iran sentiments from the West, analysts said, the meeting between Rouhani and Xi presents an opportunity for Tehran to further cement its economic and political ties with Beijing, and for China to reinforce its growing geopolitical influence in the region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OF COURSE, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is looking to deepen his relationship with China, for both trade and defense, because that is precisely into whose arms the US and Israeli governments have pushed him, and his country!!

One did not have to be a rocket scientist to see this coming from miles away.

Jun 08 06:48

Erdogan says Turkey will strike northern Iraq if Baghdad does not clear Kurdish militants

Turkey will strike Kurdish militant camps in the mountains of northern Iraq in Qandil, Sinjar and Makhmur if the Iraqi central government does not clear the area of militants, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday.

Speaking in an interview with broadcaster CNN Turk, Erdogan said Turkey may strike Qandil “at any moment one evening.”

Turkey regularly carries out cross-border operations against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in northern Iraq, where the group is based in the Qandil mountains. Ankara has also threatened to launch military operations in northern Iraq’s Sinjar region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Iraq is still in chaos, due to both the horrific fighting it has experienced, and a recent election, which has gone (at least, from the US government perspective), shambolically bad, potentially featuring a majority voting block controlled by Muqtada Al Sadr.

I have to wonder if Erdogan believes that this is the pivotal moment when he can snip off some Northern Iraqi territory, after the Kurds are "neutralized", and claim it as Turkey's own, as it has with bits of Syria.

Jun 08 06:42

Iraq’s Election Commission Appeals Parliament’s Order for Recount

Iraq’s Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) was sacked by parliament on Wednesday, but a day later has filed an appeal in court to the decision, saying the changes to election law after the election violate the constitution.

Prime Minister Hayder Abadi seemed to be driving the push for a recount, expressing serious concerns about the violations. Abadi did extremely poorly in the vote, coming in a distant third in the elections.

The plurality of the election was won by the party loyal to cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, while Badr Brigade head Hadi Amiri’s pro-militia bloc finished second. Starting the talks on forming a coalition is going to be on hold, at least for now, until it’s clear where the recount leaves everyone.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This recount is happening because having to deal with the coalition lead by Moqtada al-Sadr, is the US government's worst case scenario, and worst case nightmare, if the recount still proves him ahead.

And if you don't remember, this was the guy who told the US government, upon the eve of our FIRST withdrawal from Iraq, that if the US military did not have their troops out of the country by the exact date and time stipulated in the SOFA agreement, that those troops would be "fair game" for the members of his Mahdi Army, which would attack them.

Having his party's coalition in control in Baghdad, could be a real game-changer for US/Iraqi relations.

Jun 08 06:32

Israel taunts Iran with Mean Girls gif after supreme leader calls country a 'malignant cancerous tumour'

Israel trolled Iran’s supreme leader with a Mean Girls gif after he threatened to “eradicate” the country.

The Israeli embassy in the US poked fun at Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in response to a series of bombastic tweets in which he described the fellow Middle Eastern nation as a “malignant cancerous tumour”.

The supreme leader tweeted that Israel “has to be removed and eradicated: it is possible and it will happen”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Understanding that the Israeli propaganda machine is at full tilt boogie mode right now, ahead of the coming Israeli/US/Iran war, I have to seriously question if the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei actually said what he is accused of saying.

And in fact, courtesy of sputniknews.com, I can tell you what Khamenei actually said:

The president of Iran reportedly declared that the Israeli government won’t be able to feel safe while it continues to maintain its hold on Jerusalem.

As people in Iran and several other countries took part in the Quds Day rallies, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani declared that Israeli leadership can no longer feel safe, according to Press TV.

"The occupying and aggressive Israeli regime can never feel that it is in a safe place," Rouhani said.

Delegates wait for the start of the board of governors meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, at the International Center in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, Dec, 15, 2015.
© AP PHOTO / RONALD ZAK
Iran Calls Israel's Nuclear Capabilities a Global "Threat," Urges IAEA to Put Tel Aviv on Notice
Rouhani also spoke against "US unilateralism", declaring that he intends to discuss this matter during the upcoming summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, and branded the United States’ withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal "illegal."

"That the United States is quitting an international treaty unilaterally and without any particular reason is an insult to the nations of the world and a violation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231," Rouhani said, adding that "the whole world has to feel that the approach that the US is adopting is a dangerous approach in international relations which undermines international treaties, and countries should not remain silent on this illegal move."

Rouhani’s statements came shortly after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that Israel is willing to engage and destroy Syrian forces if the latter decide to attack.

But of course, that means nothing to the propagandists, who live, night and day, to regurgitate this stuff, and make Israel look like the "aggrieved party" in this war of words, which is usually a prelude to a war of bombs and bullets.

Jun 08 06:26

NATO aircraft start policing Montenegro's airspace

ATO aircraft have started policing Montenegro's airspace, a year after the small Adriatic state became a member of the Western military alliance despite strong opposition from Russia.

Italian and Greek warplanes held an exercise in the skies over Montenegro's capital, Podgorica, on Tuesday. They intercepted an "intruder" aircraft and forced it to land in a symbolic start of the mission.

Defense Minister Predrag Boskovic said "from now on, our skies and the sea are protected."

Montenegro joined NATO a year ago as the military alliance's 29th member despite opposition from Moscow which considers the Adriatic country a historic Slavic ally and is opposed to NATO's enlargement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The question is, why now start these NATO flights, to "guard" the country?!?

Let's look at a map:

Map of Montenegro

Because the Adriatic sea, which borders Montenegro, feeds into the Mediterranean Sea, Montengro is very well positioned to give NATO quick access to the Mediterranean, or Eastern Europe, if they were staging some kind of military offensive from there.

And looking at how desperately lousy both NATO's and the US's relationship has been with Moscow, I have to wonder if this is the reason that Montengro has suddently been receiving so much NATO attention.

Jun 08 06:09

Ex-CIA Director John Brennan must testify on ‘spygate’ – Sen. Rand Paul

Senator Rand Paul called for former CIA Director John Brennan to testify about whether he received secret information on Trump’s campaign from European or British sources. Paul wants him to testify before Congress under oath.
“BIG question for John Brennan, who has become such a vocal spokesman. Did you receive any secret info on candidate Trump or his campaign from European or British intelligence sources? Brennan should be brought before Congress & made to testify under oath, NOW!” Senator Paul tweeted on Thursday.

BIG question for John Brennan, who has become such a vocal spokesman. Did you receive any secret info on candidate Trump or his campaign from European or British intelligence sources? Brennan should be brought before Congress & made to testify under oath, NOW!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wish the Senator the best of luck in his efforts here, but am afraid that this is going to happen... when pigs discover that they are aerodynamic.

Jun 08 06:06

DOJ To Release Report On Clinton Email Probe On June 14 With Explosive Hearing To Follow

Less than three weeks after we learned that the IG report on the Clinton email probe was in its final review, and which has found among other things that James Comey not only "defied authority" but was "insubordinate", we finally have the long awaited drop date: June 14.

DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz told Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley in a letter on Thursday that his office is planning to release the highly anticipated report detailing broad allegations of misconduct by FBI and Justice Department officials in the months leading up to the 2016 presidential election on June 14.

It only gets better from there because Horowitz also said that he will testify before the Judiciary Committee on June 18 in what may be the most watched Congressional testimony since Comey spoke on the Hill on June 8, 2017. The House Judiciary and Oversight committees are expected to hold a hearing on the report the next day.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am almost willing to make a bet right now; it is going to be Comey who will be thrown under the proverbial bus, but Clinton will be completely exonerated for her crimes against the American people. I would love to be proven wrong, but I seriously doubt that I will be, under these circumstances.

"Justice" in this country, has morphed into "Just US!!", as the elites rarely eat their own.

Jun 08 06:02

DOJ Reneges Commitment to Provide Trump Russia Docs to Congress

The Department of Justice reneged on a commitment to provide access to documents they promised to congressional lawmakers by Thursday morning. Instead, DOJ issued a press release after midnight suggesting they will only meet with a group of select lawmakers to discuss the matter on the same day the North Korea summit opens in Singapore, according to numerous sources and a DOJ statement.

Moreover, the Justice Department also issued new stipulations for briefing congressional members and limited the meeting with only the Gang of Eight, which is comprised of eight leaders within Congress who are briefed on classified intelligence matters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How completely predictable this pattern feels...

Jun 08 05:59

PENTAGON ADMITS ‘NO ONE WILL EVER KNOW’ HOW MANY CIVILIANS US HAS KILLED FIGHTING ISIS

Four years into America’s assault on the Islamic State, the Pentagon now acknowledges it has no idea how many civilians it has killed during its campaign to defeat ISIS. In fact, the United States military will never know how many civilians it killed, the Pentagon admitted on Tuesday.

The shocking admission comes on the heels of Amnesty International’s new report released Tuesday. As reported by MintPress, the report concludes that U.S.-led coalition efforts against ISIS in the city of Raqqa in northern Syria in 2017 included indiscriminate attacks that showed little to no regard for civilian life. Those attacks, in which thousands of Syrians were killed, constitute potential war crimes, according to Amnesty.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable, but perfectly predictable.

Jun 08 05:57

MYSTERY "GRIM REAPER" CIA OFFICER THRUST INTO SPOTLIGHT AHEAD OF KIM SUMMIT

While President Donald Trump seems intent to make a deal with North Korea seemingly at any cost, the CIA has apparently deployed one of its most hawkish North Korea hands to be at the president's side during the summit, allowing the intelligence community to rein in any of the president's excesses as it angles for a historic diplomatic achievement.

In a piece published late Wednesday, Bloomberg profiles Andrew Kim, a CIA officer who first came to prominence when he was photographed sitting alongside Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during Pompeo's first meeting with Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang.

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Translation; if at all possible, the American Deep State doesn't want to see President Trump get any kind of a win with North Korea whatsoever, and is already angling to put death headlock on any potential deal with which he might be able to come away in Singapore.

This can only mean one thing; more war against North Korea, which is almost certain to bring China in on North Korea's side.

Jun 08 05:51

MILITARY SEEKS NEW TECH TO WEAPONIZE INFORMATION

Knowledge is power, and the Defense Department wants to ensure it can outpower any enemy in any domain. But first, it needs to know what is technically possible and how industry can support those efforts.

Information warfare—controlling the flow of information in and out of a battlespace to gain a tactical edge—is one of the oldest military tactics in existence. But with the rise of the internet and other advanced communications technologies, it is fast becoming a core tool in every military’s playbook.

In February 2017, Russian military leaders announced the existence of an information warfare branch, replete with troops trained in propaganda and other information operations. In the U.S., these duties are performed by troops in the Joint Information Operations Warfare Center.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wish this country's leadership was as eager to educate our kids intelligently; repair its broken infrastructure; and repair the areas of its broken economy (other than for the 1 percenters) as it is to wage endless wars, which show no sign of letting up.

Jun 08 05:47

CONSPIRACY THEORY PROVEN FACT AS COPS REMOVE SENATOR FROM WALMART CONVERTED INTO DETENTION CENTER

In 2015, Snopes attempted to fact-check “rumors” that “began to swirl in April 2015 when several Walmart stores around the U.S. were abruptly closed due what Walmart claimed were “plumbing problems.“ Walmarts in Pico Rivera, CA, Livingston, TX, Midland, TX, Brandon, FL, and Tulsa, OK, all suddenly closed their doors, with Walmart corporate announcing that some of those outlets would be shuttered for six months or more. We now know, even though Snopes has not updated its web page, that at least one of those Walmarts is a detention center to house children of immigrant families.

U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) attempted to enter the converted Walmart in Brownsville, TX to inspect the living conditions of immigrant children who had reportedly been separated from their parents and were rumored to be kept in cages and concrete floors of the converted Walmart. Merkley streamed live on social media his attempt to enter the facility but was denied entry by Homeland Security.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I do not understand why this threat of taking children away from their parents is supposed to stop illegal immigration.

So then what happens to these kids?!? Do they get supported by the US, in terms of perhaps being placed in adoptive homes, with loving, nurturing parents and families?!?

Or do they become institutionalized "Wards of the the US State", at an astronomical cost for food, clothing, boarding, and education?!? What happens when they turn 18?!? Are they held in brutal conditions, for the rest of their lives, as are illegal immigrants to Australia?!?

I am sorry, but in a logical, practical world, this makes utterly no sense at all.

The most intelligent thing for the US government to do here, is repatriate both the children and their families to their countries of origin, and if those countries are getting any foreign aid from the US government, dock the amount it will take for repatriation from the money that country is given.

This isn't rocket science; it is both logical, and infinitely more compassionate to families than what the US government is doing now.

Jun 08 05:33

17 YEARS ON FROM THE INVASION, AFGHAN LEADER PLEADS FOR MORE BRITISH TROOPS TO TACKLE TALIBAN

An Afghan leader has issued a plea for Britain to deploy more troops to the country in a bid to quell the resurgent Taliban, Islamic State and Al-Qaeda.
Abdullah Abdullah, the Afghan government’s chief executive, who met with Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on Thursday, called for a renewed long-term military commitment by the UK and its NATO allies.

His plea comes as UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson is reportedly considering increasing the number of troops in the country by 400 following an appeal by US President Donald Trump.

When NATO issued a similar appeal last year, the ministry of defence responded saying the “UK keeps its contribution in Afghanistan under regular review to ensure it remains suited for the needs of the mission.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The reality here, that no national leader can actually state, because even though the UK, NATO, and the US have been losing the warin Afghanistan, the three major military controllers of troops here stay, because they cannot admit to an actual loss, although things on the ground for the Afghan people have gotten substantially worse for them, year to year, since the occupation began.

The metrics of this 17 year occupation, cannot possibly be positioned to make it look like the occupiers have had any real success at keeping either the Taliban, or Al Qaeda, at bay.

IF NATO and US leadership had a braincell to rub between them, they would be evacuating all troops from Afghanistan just as quickly as safely possible, declare victory, and negotiate with whatever government that was left standing in Kabul for the pipeline rights, the rare earth minerals rights, and the opium field rights.

But of course, that... would be logical.

Jun 07 15:10

‘Ridiculous & absurd political censorship’: Opposition critics slam Macron’s anti-fake news law

Opposition and critics have lambasted President Macron’s anti-fake news draft law for violating free speech and targeting alternative media. France’s lower house of parliament began discussing the controversial legislation.

The draft was proposed by Emmanuel Macron himself after he claimed he was the victim of a barrage of fake news stories during the 2017 presidential election, including allegations that he had a gay affair. Presented as a law aimed to battle “manipulation of information,” the draft is being debated in the National Assembly, the lower house of the French Parliament, on June 7-8.

If passed, the bill would allow French judges to block the publication of any information deemed to be false ahead of elections. The legislation says that it mainly targets “those media controlled by foreign states,” as well as “digital platforms.”

Jun 07 12:02

Obama Admin’s Trump Campaign Spy, Halper’s Criminal Past Just Got Exposed. Possession Of Crack Cocaine & Somehow The Records Were Allegedly ‘Destroyed’

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re aware that there are numerous reports out there that the Obama administration had surveilled Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. The mole who was placed in the Trump campaign by the Obama White House and the Deep State was a man by the name of Stefan Halper. It was reported that Halper was compensated with a total of $411,575 between the years of 2016 and 2017. He was being paid by the United States government to spy on the Trump campaign.

The Washington Post reported:

Stefan A. Halper, the FBI source who assisted the Russia investigation and is at the center of a standoff between congressional Republicans and the Justice Department, is a well-connected veteran of past GOP administrations who convened senior intelligence officials for seminars at the University of Cambridge in England.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There has been an illness in the American body politic; and that is something which I will characterize, as the "GOTYA! syndrome".

The people in politics in this country have simply become self-aggrandizing pricks (or prickesses), who don't give a damn about the real needs and concerns of the American people, but simply want the positions in which they "serve" to be about making money for themselves, and creating "favors" for the "right people", so that at the end of their tenure, they get highly lucrative jobs, and billions of dollars. The following are excellent cases in point:

Obamas Netflix deal inked with help from bundler buddy

Emails reveal Hillary's shocking "pay for play" scheme

Not that the Republicans are immune; Republican Senator Mc Cain from Arizona (and condolences and prayers for his family on his imminent passing) has a net worth of $16 million, on an annual Senator's salary of $174,000
Senator John's McCain's net worth is $16 million

US Senator's salary in 2016 was $174,000.00

Oh, I am sure, in Mc Cain's case, that there were some sound investments, none of which he had to disclose, or put into a blind trust, as does the President, but you see my point in this: getting elected to high office in this country is like winning the lottery, and those who have won will do anything, no matter how viley underhanded, to keep themselves, or their heirs or heiresses/apparent, from losing that power. For example, spying heavily on the opposition candidate, becomes both morally acceptable and reasonable.

The people in this country keep getting betrayed, over and over again, by the political "elite" in whom they have put their trust; it just never seems to stop. The last President for whom I think this did not happen, as far as I can tell, was President Jimmy Carter, who got politically sabotaged by the Republicans so that they could insure their victory in the election cycle after he had served his four years.

Jun 07 11:46

The Latest Attack on Free Speech in the Israel-Palestine Debate

Members of Congress last month introduced the “Anti-Semitism Awareness Act.” The bill purports to address a real problem: According to the FBI, incidents of hate crimes motivated by anti-Jewish bias have significantly increased in recent years.

But anti-Semitic harassment is already illegal under federal law. The new bill does not change that fact, but its overbreadth makes it likely that it will instead silence criticism of Israel that is protected by the First Amendment.

The proposed legislation, for example, defines speech that applies a “double standard for Israel,” or denies “the Jewish people their right to self-determination,” as evidence of anti-Semitism. It also directs the Department of Education to consider such speech in its investigations, which could result in a loss of federal funding for schools. On Monday, the ACLU sent a letter to Congress opposing the bill.

Jun 07 11:36

‘OCONUS LURES’: STRZOK-PAGE TEXTS SUGGEST MULTIPLE SPIES TARGETED TRUMP OFFICIALS: FBI likely began operation against Trump in 2015

The Senate released 500 pages of documents on Monday, including more text messages between FBI agent Peter Strzok and lawyer Lisa Page, which suggest the FBI may have been spying on Donald Trump’s campaign earlier than thought.

The previously redacted December 2015 texts reveal – without mentioning a specific campaign – approving “oconus lures,” counterintelligence lingo for spies operating outside of the U.S.

“Strzok was leading the Clinton investigation at the time and would go on to play a central role in the Trump/Russia probe,” PJ Media reported. “It is being assumed that the pair was referring to the FBI’s efforts to bait & hook unsuspecting Trump campaign officials overseas.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I used to believe that the FBI was created to keep Americans safe from harm; in the last two administrations, pre-Trump, however, it has devolved into a vicious, highly politicized organization, determined to politically destroy any presidential candidate not to the then-President's liking.

What President Trump needs to do, is to fire the lot of them, and start completely over with people who publicly pledge to never politicize the Department again.

Jun 07 11:33

Special counsel Robert Mueller's team is requesting that witnesses turn in their personal phones to inspect their encrypted messaging programs

Special counsel Robert Mueller's team is asking witnesses to turn in their phones in order to access encrypted messaging applications, sources tell CNBC.
Mueller's team has indicated it wants to examine private conversations on WhatsApp, Confide, Signal and Dust, sources say.

Fearing a subpoena, the witnesses have complied with the request and have given over their phones.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If anything proves that Meuller is on a fishing expedition, this has to be it!! And what about the Constitutional provision against "unreasonable search and seizure"?!?

Apparently, Meuller has never heard of either the Constitution or Bill of Rights; someone really needs to be kind, and send him a cheap, pamphlet-sized copy of both!!

Jun 07 11:30

There now are more job openings in the U.S. than unemployed workers to fill them

The labor market has hit a tipping point that should help boost wages: There are more job openings in the U.S. than unemployed workers to fill them.

It’s the first time that has happened since the government began tracking job openings in 2000.

There were a record 6.7 million job openings in April, the Labor Department reported Tuesday. That was an increase from an upwardly revised 6.63 million in March.

The revised data show that job openings outstripped total unemployed workers in March for the first time, and the trend continued in April.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This data is well and truly cooked: After someone has been unemployed for 3 weeks, they are taken off the unemployment stats by the US Department of Labor Statistics.

Jun 07 11:22

THE SALVADOR OPTION: THE US IS ONCE AGAIN SUPPORTING DEATH SQUADS IN CENTRAL AMERICA

The United States has been quietly funding and equipping elite paramilitary police units in El Salvador accused of extrajudicially murdering suspected gang members, according to a forthcoming United Nations report reviewed in advance by CNN.

Beginning with George W. Bush in 2003, successive US administrations have provided tens of millions of dollars in aid for Salvadoran military and police in support of the government’s “Mano Dura” (“Firm Hand”) security program, an aggressive campaign to combat out-of-control gang violence in a country with one of the world’s highest homicide rates.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Such use of US-funded paramilitaries by the El Salvador government goes against the grain of everything which is American, including that apparently rather quaint, and no longer observed, concept of due process.

It rather reminds me of the attitude of the Papal Vicar, Dominique Guzman, when he heard, during the siege against the Cathars at Montsegur in France, that women and children were among the men holed up there, he remarked: "Kill them all; God will find his own."

Jun 07 11:13

SYRACUSE NATIONAL SECURITY PROGRAM DIRECTOR REGISTERS AS A SAUDI FOREIGN AGENT

The director of a national security program at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs has registered with the U.S. Department of Justice as an agent of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 28Pages.org is first to report.

In his registration statement, retired U.S. Army Colonel Bill Smullen, former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell, indicated he has agreed to provide “public relations support” to the Saudi embassy for compensation initially projected at $8,000.

Smullen’s National Security Studies program at Syracuse is billed as “a premier professional development program that offers executive education courses for senior civilian and military leaders who are responsible for the national security interests of their respective organizations.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh, trust me, Smullen and Keppler are going to have their work cut out for them.

Considering that Saudi Arabia is running a military genocide against the Yemeni people, and committing war crimes; considering that Saudi Arabia is a non-Constitutional monarchy, where people can have limbs amputated, and be flogged for various offenses; considering that women are considered a sub-class of human beings, and inferior to the men who literally "own" them; where female genital mutilation is still allowed, and considered "reasonable"; that there is zero freedom of religion, and one can get assassinated for being anything other than Wahabi Muslim in terms of faith, yes, these people are going to be very busy boys!!

Jun 07 11:07

PUBLIC TRANSIT AGENCIES WANT TO MAKE SAFETY RECORDS A STATE SECRET

Welcome to the secret world of public transit spying 2018.

Soon, the public will have no way of knowing how many CCTV cameras a transit agency has and much more.

Two weeks ago the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering (NAS) asked Congress to make public transit safety records a secret.

"To enable public transit agencies to engage in more rigorous and effective safety planning, their safety planning records should not be admissible as evidence in civil litigation."

Who is the FTA?

Since 2012, public transit agencies have been run by the the U.S. Federal Transit Administration (FTA). Which is really an arm of the TSA.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF taxpayers pay for this, they have every right to see the records on the safety of public transport.

Jun 07 11:04

SINCE 1996, US AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT GAVE OVER $277 MILLION TO FUND LOCAL JAIL CONSTRUCTION

The United States government provided over $277 million in funding for county jail construction since 1996, according to documents obtained by Shadowproof.

The funding came in the form of grants and long-term low-interest loans through the Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program run by the Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development agency.

Local jails detain a sizable portion of America’s incarcerated population, which is the largest in the world. As jail populations tripled in the decades following the 1980s, counties across the country embarked on a construction boom that drastically increased the country’s carceral infrastructure.

As the Prison Policy Institute (PPI) notes, new police strategies that increased the likelihood that an interaction would result in arrest and a growing reliance on money bail as a “wealth-based test on freedom” helped drive the rising jail population.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a truly insane waste of taxpayer money.

The recidivism rate from American prisons is just completely out of control, and to have this failure largely underwritten by the US Department of Agriculture?!?

This... is just nuts!!

Jun 07 11:00

SYRIA NOT ‘IMMUNE’, ISRAEL WILL DESTROY ASSAD’S FORCES IF ATTACKED, SAYS NETANYAHU

Israel will “destroy” any Syrian forces that attempt an attack against Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned. He also cautioned President Assad against inviting Iranian troops into Syria.

“Now the war is nearly over he invites Iran in? He is no longer immune. If he fires, we'll destroy his forces,” Netanyahu said in London on Thursday.

In May, Israel launched several missiles at what it claimed were Iranian military targets inside Syria. Tel Aviv is believed to be responsible for numerous airstrikes on Syrian territory, but the Israeli military rarely comments on such cases.

Last month Netanyahu warned that Israel considers all Iranian forces inside Syria – not just troops near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights – as targets.

“We will continue to act against [Iran’s] intention to establish a military presence in Syria opposite us, not just opposite the Golan Heights but anywhere in Syria,” he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks as though Netanyahu is getting ready to create a false flag operation, to be blamed against both Syria, and Iran, as the "justification" for an attack against both countries, with the US military steppng in closely thereafter/

But I think, if this is what he is planning, he and his cabinet need think, to very seriously, about just what Russia will do, if he does this.

Russia's military prowess has already been very much proven in the Syrian theatre of war, and has historically sworn to defend Iran, should it get attacked militarily.

Jun 07 10:55

‘WORLD’S FIRST PSYCHOPATH AI’ BOT TRAINED BY VIEWING REDDIT

Scientists at MIT have revealed how they trained an artificial robot to become a “psychopath” by only showing it captions from disturbing images depicting gruesome deaths posted on Reddit.
The team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) named the world’s first psycho robot Norman, after the central character in Hitchcock’s 1960 movie ‘Psycho.’ As part of their experiment they only exposed Norman to a continuous stream of captions from violent images on an unnamed “infamous” subReddit page to see if it would alter the bot’s AI.

After the gruesome exposure, Norman was subjected to the Rorschach inkblot test - a psychological exam from 1921 which tests what subjects see when they look at nondescript inkblots. As part of the test the answers given by participants are then psychologically analyzed in order to measure potential thought disorders.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The one thing I have been unable to find, regarding the creation of "Norman" by these MIT researchers is, who funded it. But a very interesting article at cnet.com, goes on to talk about why this was created.

MIT Researchers Use Reddit to Create the First Psychopath AI

It continues with the following statements: "The researchers didn't "create" Norman's "psychopathic" tendencies, they just helped the AI on its way by only allowing it to see a particular subset of image captions. The way Norman describes the Rorschach inkblots with simple statements does make it seem like it is posting on a subreddit.

But why even create a psychopath AI?

The research team aimed to highlight the dangers of feeding specific data into an algorithm and how that may bias or influence its behaviour.

That starts to make me wonder -- don't the MIT team at Boston Dynamics constantly push and poke and annoy their running, jumping and door-opening robot creations?

Are we doomed to be overrun by four-legged robo-hell-beasts? Let's hope not."

But I am going to make a prediction here; various governments around the world are going to be vying to replicate this technology, and soon. It's purpose?!? To create perfect killing machines to dispatch in their wars of conquest internationally.

And the first organization which I will be almost willing to bet will want to purchase, or if they cannot purchase, develop, such technology, will most likely be DARPA.

It is no secret that DARPA and MIT have had a long-standing relationship: I have to wonder just how soon DARPA will "borrow" the data, in order to do its own creation of its version of "Norman".

Jun 07 10:04

US so-called ‘health’ so-called ‘care’ corporations maximize profits denying care, charging families ~$30,000 every year. Universal health care saves ~$6,000 per family every year (likely much more). Demanding .01% arrests for looting and lying yet?

*hyperlinks/videos live at source*

The annual Milliman Medical Index reports average annual cost of US health care for a typical family of four is $28,166. This is a 12% increase from 2016, and 41% up from 2010; or about $100 increase every month.

Universal health care (single payer) saves ~$600 billion every year, or ~$6,000 per average US household. Savings could be higher, as the US pays three times of the UK.

Since I’ve looked from 2010, powerful and easy ways to frame this problem:

1. Obamacare, Ryancare, or whatever are criminal fraud because government leaders have legal fiduciary responsibility to comprehensively and accurately inform Americans of best ways to invest our tax money for public services.
2. Corporate media are criminally complicit to claim they communicate important news, yet lie in omission with this data.

Jun 06 13:38

The Moral And Economic Collapse Of America

America's economic problems today are a direct result of radical changes in it's culture

Jun 06 10:13

The Absence of Diplomacy Is Isolating Washington

The dissolution of the Soviet Union removed the constraint on Washington’s unilateralism. The neoconservatives, who had just risen to power, seized the opportunity and replaced diplomacy with threat and coercion. One infamous example is from the George W. Bush regime when the Deputy Secretary of State, Richard Armitage, told Pakistan to do as you are told or you will be bombed into the stone age. We have this on the authority of the president of Pakistan himself, who did as he was told.

In the case of Russia during the Putin era, this level of threat is excessive as Russia can bomb back. So the threat has been reduced to: do as you are told or we will impose sanctions.

Jun 06 09:03

BILDERBERG GLOBALISTS CONCERNED ABOUT POPULIST UPRISING IN EUROPE

Bilderberg globalists are concerned about the populist uprising sweeping Europe.

The annual elitist confab is set to meet this week in Turin, an appropriate venue given that Italy has just elected an anti-mass migration, eurosceptic coalition government.

According to the group’s official website, the number one topic of conversation at this year’s secretive meeting will be “populism in Europe”.

Having failed to install a former IMF technocrat after coalition talks between the 5 Star Movement and Lega parties temporarily broke down, globalists will undoubtedly be expressing alarm at the potential for Italy to be an example to the rest of Europe.

Jun 06 06:59

Alive and well: Kim Jong-un’s uncle was never executed, nor was his girlfriend or military chief; you were lied to

As it turns out, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s cousin Jang Song-thaek who once served as Vice Chairman of North Korea’s National Defense Commission is alive and well despite the fact that 99 percent of all U.S.-based media outlets reported that he was savagely executed at the behest of the North’s fierce leader by being fed to a pack of extremely hungry hunting dogs.

Jun 06 05:53

39-minute video: Police whistleblower documents child prostitution/pedophilia at highest levels of government backing evidence on UK PM Ted Heath, US Presidents Bush, logical extensions of rogue state empire annually killing millions, harming billions

*hyperlinks/videos live at source*

“Kids are a commodity.” ~ Officer Jon Wedger on .01%’s predatory view

International Tribunal for Natural Justice documentation of Human trafficking and child sex abuse interviewing Scotland Yard Jon Wedger in 39 minutes:

I must continue to remind you of our most important facts, as I did last on this topic in 2017:

Jun 06 05:46

WOW: John Fitzgerald, Republican Who Challenges The Israeli Lobby & The "Official Narrative" Of The Holocaust WINS GOP Congressional Primary In Calif(!!!)

"I find it interesting that simply pointing out the fact that Jews played a predominant role in the African Slave Trade; along with questioning Israel and challenging their control over U.S. foreign-policy, consequently gets me labeled an anti-Semite and NAZI by Former Republican Chairman, Ron Nehring. I will bet that he has NEVER taken the time to read the numerous and informative links I have provided on my website that substantiate my claims. Does Mr. Nehring find it interesting that the ONLY historical issue that lands people in prison– in eighteen countries and counting– is the holocaust? This is a fact! Why is this and why do so many people get imprisoned under Orwellian Hate-Speech laws, simply for challenging any aspect of it outside the “official narrative?”

Jun 05 17:49

US Ambassador Slams US, Israeli Media For Gaza Coverage

Massive death tolls from months of Israeli crackdowns in the Gaza Strip have been sparsely covered by the media, particularly in the US. But even where US media outlets have found fault with the killings, US Ambassador David Friedman is expressing anger, saying it’s “not reporting” to cover the killings critically.

Friedman says media coverage that wasn’t supportive of the deaths was “completely superficial,” and that Israeli military officials had assured him that they had to kill all of those Gazans to defend the nation of Israel.

A US Ambassador to Israel criticizing US media outlets is probably not going to amount to much, but Friedman also slammed Israeli newspaper Haaretz for its own coverage of the deaths, saying Haaretz never explored if there were “other alternatives” besides killing the Gazans.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

" Israeli military officials had assured him that they had to kill all of those Gazans to defend the nation of Israel."

Oh, really, Mr. Ambassador?!? Including the Palestinian medic, Razan al-Najjar who was only trying to get people to safety, and get them evacuated?!?

The IDF HAD to kill her, to defend the nation of Israel, right?!?

Sir, with the coverage of this IDF assassination having been very clear, and understanding that this woman was no threat, the optics of what you have said are completely horrific, and disingenuous in the extreme.

This statement you have made has absolutely broken the back of any vision of the US being able to be an "honest broker" in the Israeli/Palestinian hostilities, and will have severe, negative repercussions in the greater Middle East.

But then, in light of the reality that the US has outsourced its Middle Eastern foreign policy to Tel Aviv, this shouldn't really suprise us.

Jun 05 17:03

Bilderberg Meeting 2018

TURIN, 5 JUNE 2018 –The 66th Bilderberg Meeting is set to take place from 7 - 10 June 2018 in Turin, Italy. As of today, 131 participants from 23 countries have confirmed their attendance. As ever, a diverse group of political leaders and experts from industry, finance, academia and the media has been invited. The list of participants is available on www.bilderbergmeetings.org.

The key topics for discussion this year include:
Populism in Europe, The inequality challenge, The future of work, Artificial intelligence, The US before midterms, Free trade, US world leadership, Russia, Quantum computing, Saudi Arabia and Iran, The “post-truth” world, Current events

Jun 05 17:02

(NZ Labour) Govt axed oil exploration without a formal Cabinet paper and after minimal analysis

The government axed granting any future offshore oil and gas exploration licences without a formal Cabinet paper and with minimal analysis from officials, according to a dump of documents and emails from Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods.

The documents had been widely sought under the Official Information Act and BusinessDesk's application asked for Cabinet paper or papers that supported the decision, as would be usual for a decision affecting a multi-billion industry with long-lived assets and employing several thousand people.

There was none.

Jun 05 16:23

Ex-baller Dennis Rodman will likely play a role in upcoming Singapore Summit

Former basketball champion ad reality star Dennis Rodman is expected to arrive in Singapore one day ahead of the 12 June summit in which U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un are set to meet and rumor has it Rodman may even play a role in the talks.

Jun 05 13:42

Lawmakers Warn IG Being Pressured to Slow Roll Clinton FBI Report

SESSION'S Department of Justice and WRAY'S FBI are deliberately attempting to SLOW ROLL and REDACT significant portions of the DOJ Inspector General's report | Sara A. Carter

Jun 05 13:42

Ron Paul Sums Up The World In Six Vicious Circles

Invade a country ---> Destroy the country ---> "Well, we can't leave now." ---> Repeat

Government redistribution ---> Poverty increases ---> Government redistribution ---> Poverty increases ---> Repeat

Government failure --> Increase their budget --> Government failure ---> Increase their budget ---> Repeat

Republicans win --> Government grows ---> Democrats win ---> Government grows --> Repeat

Fed prints money ---> wrecks the economy ---> Fed prints more money ---> wrecks the economy ---> Repeat

There's only ONE DOOR out of these vicious cycles:

Liberty. Voluntary interactions. No aggressive force. Sound money. Free markets.

That's it!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ron Paul so gets the current state of the American delimma!

Jun 05 13:39

McConnell Cancels August Recess "Due To Historic Democrat Obstruction"

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has issued a statement canceling the August recess, "due to the historic obstruction by Senate Democrats."

“Due to the historic obstruction by Senate Democrats of the president’s nominees, and the goal of passing appropriations bills prior to the end of the fiscal year, the August recess has been canceled."

"Senators should expect to remain in session in August to pass legislation, including appropriations bills, and to make additional progress on the president’s nominees"

But there may be an ulterior motive to McConnell's decision.

By way of background, Politico reports that a group of more junior senators are publicly urging McConnell to cancel recess to get the Senate’s work done - and to keep 10 vulnerable Democratic senators off the campaign trail. A group of 16 senators sent McConnell a letter this month urging him to cancel the regular summer break.

Jun 05 13:36

Philly Middle-School Students Given 'Bulletproof Backpack' As Graduation Gift

The graduating 8th grade class of St. Cornelius in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania got an unusual gift as they prepared to join the ranks of American high-schoolers - bulletproof plates for their backpacks.

The graduating 8th graders at St. Cornelius seemed unsure just what to make of their "welcome to high school" gifts.

As Fox29 reports, the "ballistic shields" were donated by a local company - Unequal Technologies, who developed the ultra-thin 10-by-12-inch plate that can slip into a backpack.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Can the alleged "adults in the room" in the Philidelphia Department of Education do no better than this, to protect their high school students?!?

This is a disastrous signal to send to kids on the way to high school; the district is pathologically unable to protect you from school shootings, so here's your bullet proof backpack.

Unbelievable!!

Jun 05 13:32

Is It Time To Start Worrying About China's Debt Default Avalanche?

But what if the first domino to fall in the coming corporate debt crisis is not in the US, but in China?

After all, as part of China's aggressive deleveraging campaign, there has already been a spike of corporate bankruptcies as banks shed more of their massive note holdings and de-risk their balance sheets. According to Logan Wright, Hong Kong-based director at research firm Rhodium Group LLC, there have already been least 14 corporate bond defaults in China in 2018; a separate analysis by Economic Information Daily, as of May 25, there had already been no less than 20 corporate defaults, involving more than 17 billion yuan, a shockingly high number for a country which until recently had never seen a single corporate bankruptcy, and a number which is set to increase as Chinese banks pull pull back from lending to other firms that use the funds to buy bonds, exacerbating the pressure on the market.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This... could get very economically scary, not only for China, but also the world.

Jun 05 13:29

Sen. Paul To Hold Hearing On "Unauthorized War's Effect On Federal Spending"

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) announced today that on Wednesday, June 6th, he will be holding a hearing on the enormous costs of the endless wars which continue to be fought under the 2001 Congressional Authorization for the Use of Military Force passed after the 9/11 attacks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I kind of have a hug and a (very gentle,non-hurting) punch relationship with what this guy has done, and is doing.

I hated what he said in defense of the FBI spying on Trump's campaign, but love that he is making a statement, by way of these hearings, about the horrific costs of these endless wars.

Jun 05 13:18

IDF on Murder of Razan al-Najjar: She Was Killed “in Accordance with Standard Operating Procedures.” (True Enough)

Thousands attend the funeral for Razan al-Najjar, the 21-year-old medic shot and killed near the Gaza border with Israel June 1. (Reuters)

Thousands of people gathered in Gaza on Saturday for the funeral of Razan al-Najjar, a 21-year-old Palestinian medic who witnesses say Israeli soldiers shot dead near the border fence on Friday.

Medical workers, dressed in white uniforms, marched in her funeral procession, holding Palestinian flags and photos of her face. Her father walked holding his daughter’s own medical vest, once white, now stained red with her blood.

More than 115 people have been killed since protests began on the border at the end of March, but Najjar is only the second woman to die. The first was a teenage protester.

Photos from the scene immediately after Najjar was shot show a group of men carrying the volunteer in her white uniform, her head tilted back and her gloved hand limp around their shoulders. Witnesses said she was shot in the chest.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

She was assassinated by the IDF, which is their standard operating procedure; killing innocent Gazans civilians, and killing the first responders who attempt to help them.

and again, at globalresearch.ca, we have a companion piece:

While Palestian medic Razan lost her life, the US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, lost her humanity

Jun 05 13:14

“Abraham, Martin and John”… And Bobby. Political Assassinations in America

1968 is also the year that hastened the destruction of true representative democracy in America and the beginning of a quasi-police state/Deep State establishment in its place. The unwelcome truths about Bobby Kennedy’s shooting on June 5, 1968 (by an assassin or assassins other than Sirhan Sirhan (see the irrefutable evidence further below) and his death on June 6, 1968 has been annually over-shadowed by the commemoration of the World War II anniversary of D-day, June 6, 1944. And every year teachable moments are lost.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The events of 1968 laid the way for the completely Unhinged, Dystopian, Surveilled State of Amerika we see attempting to function today.

It has made war, income disparity, surveillance and the worsening of living conditions for the most fragile of its citizens, the basis of its power, no matter which political party is in power.

And in a society experiencing these kind of repressions, the center cannot hold; it is only a question of time before it falls apart.

Jun 05 13:07

Selected Articles: The UN Is Silent Amid Israeli Aggression in Gaza; Is It a Defunct Agency?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The short answer, here, is absolutely; it is completely owned by the US government, so will continue its silence on the genocide happening in Gaza.

Jun 05 13:03

Netanyahu is in Europe as Trump's lobbyist-in-chief

Before taking off for Berlin on Monday morning, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was very clear what was on the agenda of his meetings with Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron and Theresa May. And no, it’s not the cultural festival marking 70 years of Israel-France relations.

Netanyahu is on his umpteenth round of talks with the European leaders to try to convince them to ditch the nuclear deal with Iran. But he knows there’s no chance of them doing so. He basically admitted that before taking off when he said, “It may not have a consensus right now, but over time I think such an understanding will be formed.”

Both Israeli and Western diplomats who have been involved in behind-the-scenes discussions over the future of the Iran deal concur with that assessment.

Jun 05 12:58

China lodges stern representations with U.S. over Tiananmen comments

China has lodged stern representations with the United States, its foreign ministry said on Monday, over comments by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urging it to come clean on the anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown.

Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying made the comments at a regular briefing in Beijing.

Pompeo, speaking ahead of the 29-year anniversary of the day Chinese troops and tanks quashed the pro-democracy student-led demonstrations, called for Beijing to make a full accounting for those killed, detained or who went missing in the crackdown

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently, Sec State Pompeo has a very selective memory; does he not remember the Ohio State National Guard massacre at Kent State, where Federal charges against those firing the shots were dropped, and which the US government has consistently refused to investigate afterward?!?!?

U.S. refuses request to probe 1970 Kent State shooting

The article goes on to state: "Eight guardsmen were originally charged in October 1974 with depriving the students of their civil rights. But after the prosecution presented its case, U.S. (Federal) District Judge Frank Battisti granted the defendants’ motion for acquittal, ruling the government had not proven the charges."

Jun 05 12:45

Spinning Rwanda in the Grand Cult of US Empire

Recall that as the horrors of the genocide came to light, it became plain that someone, somewhere, messed up big time; it was inevitable, too, that all scrutinizing eyes would soon enough land on Washington, that bloated imperial octopus with an arm everywhere. Seeing the writing on the wall, the Clintonistas may have decided that the only way to dominate the conversation was to plead guilty, at the top of their lungs, to the relatively minor offense of "failing to stop" Rwanda’s genocide. Perhaps to make this a credible admission of guilt, they also contrived a dubious story about how their strategic uses of violence really could have saved Rwanda, if only they had mustered the will to follow through. Likely by design, this phony mea culpa has for decades served to deflect attention from Washington’s actual and more heinous offense: backing the Tutsi marauders who sparked a genocidal backlash.

Jun 05 12:39

Senate Dems Threaten Legislation to Undermine North Korea Nuclear Deal

A letter from a number of ranking Senate Democrats, including Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), is setting out a series of demands for any denuclearization deal with North Korea. The letter suggests they intend to undermine any sort of deal made in the Trump-Kim summit next week.

The letter demands any denuclearization deal be complete and “permanent,” and threatens legislation to prevent any sanctions relief without their approval. They also demand that Trump force China to play a role in enforcing the deal.

This closely mirrors the way Congressional Republicans undermined the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran, as reached by President Obama. This ultimately led to the US withdrawing from the deal just a couple of years into it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

All of this is thoroughly predictable, from a party which has lost all moral compass, and has no real plan for moving this country forward, with peace and prosperity for as many Americans as possible. Of course, I consider your "worthy opponents", the Republicans, not much better on this issue.

And hey, Democratic Chair Tom Perez: the "Get Trump by Any Means Possible" thing... has grown old, and decrepit, and the American people are not paying attention. They have some very real needs and concerns which desperately should be addressed, but are not being addressed by Congress.

IF you and your minions had two brain cells to rub together, you would be grooming Hawaii's own Representative Tulsi Gabbard for the 2020 Presidential race. She is smart, a Vet, a minority (Samoan/American), and pro-peace.

Unfortunately, because of so much money earned by the US military industrial complex, and how much the heads of those corporations use to own you and your cohorts, to keep the wars going indefinitely, she will most likely not even be considered.

And that is profoundly unfortunate; in 2020, a pro-peace candidate would have a great shot at winning the presidency.

Jun 05 12:27

Nicaraguan Protests Leave 15 People Dead, 199 Injured Over 24 Hours

A total of 15 people have been killed and 199 others have been injured during protests in Nicaragua over the past 24 hours, Health Minister Sonia Castro said on Thursday.

"[Doctors] provided 199 people across the country with medical assistance, 15 more people were killed," Castro said at a press conference, as quoted by the Nueva Radio Ya broadcaster.

The protests in Nicaragua erupted on April 18 after the country’s government proposed a reform increasing social insurance payments for employers. Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega cancelled the reform but the protests are still underway.

The Organization of American States condemned an outbreak of violence in Nicaragua.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder if the US government is planning "regime change" in Nicaragua, and the tone of this article from the Washington Compost, datelined 24 may, seems to confirm this:

Daniel Ortega’s familiar path of repression in Nicaragua

Jun 05 12:16

Maduro Confirms Venezuela Exiting From OAS

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said that the ongoing session of General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) would become the last one for the country, as Caracas was withdrawing from the organization.

"This is the last OAS General Assembly where the Venezuelan foreign minister participates, we criticize the OAS and we withdraw," Maduro was quoted as saying by the Globovision channel.

Maduro noted that the US government launched a campaign against Venezuela within the OAS.

Caracas Slams New US Anti-Venezuela Sanctions as 'Crime Against Humanity'
On Monday, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo urged the OAS members to increase pressure on the government of Venezuela and to impose additional sanctions. He added that suspending Venezuela from the organization would send a powerful message to Venezuelan leader.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I frankly don't blame Maduro for doing this, looking at the way the US government has manipulated the actions of the OAS against Venzuela.

Jun 05 12:13

Trump Appoints Austin Miller to Command US Forces-Afghanistan

President Donald Trump has nominated Lt. General Austin Miller to replace General John Nicholson to command US Forces-Afghanistan, the Defense Department said in a press release.

"Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis has announced that the president has made the following nomination… Army Lt. Gen. Austin S. Miller for appointment to the grade of general, and assignment as commander, Resolute Support Mission, North Atlantic Treaty Organization; and commander, U.S. Forces-Afghanistan," the release said on Tuesday.

Earlier, the US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction said that the United States has failed to stabilize Afghanistan despite 16 years of occupation and billions invested in stability programs.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This man may be a great soldier, and I have do doubt that he is, but this Trump nomination for the head of military activities... is somewhat akin to rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.

The sensible thing to do, would be to evacuate all US and NATO troops from the country, then negotiate with whatever government was left standing in Kabul for the oil pipeline rights, rare earth minerals development, and purchasing of opium poppies, the production of which has skyrocketed under US/NATO occupation.

Of course, such a move would be logical, which is why it has been rejected out of hand by this, and former, administrations.

Jun 05 12:07

Kurds left in the cold as US & Turkey agree on ‘roadmap’ for Syrian city pullout

Ankara and Washington say they have agreed on details of a withdrawal of US-backed Kurdish militia from northern Syria, as visiting Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu declared further US support to the Kurds “unacceptable.”

Cavusoglu was in Washington on Monday, meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to discuss Syria as well as US-Turkish relations. The State Department confirmed the agreement on a “road map” for the city of Manbij, using dry diplomatic language.

At the press conference following the meeting with Pompeo, however, Cavusoglu was far more direct. The city of Manbij would be secured by both Turkish and US forces, he said, and the roadmap will be implemented in other parts of Syria as well, according to Reuters and several Turkish outlets.

Further US support for the Kurdish YPG (People’s Protection Units) militia was “unacceptable,” the Turkish FM declared.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: Turkey and the US government have just agreed to balkanize Syria, in Mambij, as the "base" for attempting further destabilization against Al Assad and Damascus.

So we find, yet again, that the Kurds are getting both screwed and demonized by both countries; just where, please, are the Kurds supposed to go, if they are getting thrown out of both Turkey and Syria, particularly those who are not advocating, or participating, in any violence against either Turkey or Syria?!?

Jun 05 11:59

Houthis in Talks to Cede Yemen Aid Port to UN

As Saudi-backed Yemeni forces continue to approach the key port city of Hodeidah, the lone source of food for millions of people in the rebel-held north, there are reportedly talks ongoing at the UN about avoiding the attack.

Martin Griffiths, the UN mediator for Yemen, says that there are talks ongoing with the rebel Houthis to place the port city directly under UN supervision. This would take the city off the battlefield, but leave it available to be used to import food and medical aid.

Since the Houthis are losing ground around the city, this may be their best bet for avoiding the mass starvation that would result from Hodeidah falling outright to the pro-Saudi forces. Other ports are only used to bring in supplies to the government-held south.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

this wiould be a terrific thought; but unfortunately, the UN Security Council, which is bought and paid for by the US government, will never allow this to happen.

Once the port is overtaken, expect to see much more starvation, and death by disease in Yemen, because these war crimes are part and parcel of the US/ Saudi "Master Plan" for the country, when it ultimately gets completely overtaken by US/Saudi forces.

The introduction of starvation and disease, is one of the oldest tactics in the book, through which foreign governments wield their power against conquered nations.

Jun 05 11:54

UN Report Condemns Trump Admin For "Deliberately" Creating Devastating Inequality

It is no secret that the United States has among the worst levels of inequality, poverty, and infant mortality of all wealthy nations, but a scathing new United Nations report (pdf) concludes that President Donald Trump and the GOP-controlled Congress are “deliberately” working to make these already devastating crises worse by waging war on the poor while lavishing the rich with massive tax cuts.

Jun 05 11:48

UN Special Rapporteur: Millions of US Citizens Live in 'Third World' Conditions

More than 40 million US citizens live in poverty and some five million live in third world conditions because of inhumane government policies, UN investigators revealed in a report.

"For one of the world’s wealthiest countries to have 40 million people living in poverty and over five million living in ‘Third World’ conditions is cruel and inhuman," UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights Philip Alston said in the report released on Monday.

The Trump administration’s tax reform bill is facilitating inequality by attacking the US welfare system, Alston added. Poverty in the United States, he said, appears to be fueled by contempt along with a "winner takes all" mentality.

Jun 05 11:40

COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS TELLS GOV’T THEY “HAVE TO” USE PROPAGANDA ON AMERICAN

The Council on Foreign Relations delivered an Orwellian presentation recently that unsurprisingly went unnoticed in the mainstream media, in which CFR’s Richard Stengel forwarded the notion that governments “have to” direct “propaganda” at their own domestic populations.
The Council is recognized as one of the United States’ oldest and most establishment think tanks of the American power-elite, and it often sets the agenda on important policy questions—or, as former senior editor at the Washington Post, Richard Harwood, in a column entitled “Ruling Class Journalists,” approvingly described the Council as, “the nearest thing we have to a ruling establishment in the United States.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And, Mr. Harwood, the Independent Media in this country and beyond, will very happily deconstruct that war-centric propaganda in a heartbeat!! :-)

Americans are war-weary, and war-skeptical, sir; it is time to stop this endless war, and for the US government to start developing the assets and resources which will end, once and for all, its continued expropriation of other countries' resources, to which it has no right, and insure that those resources are sold only in US dollars.

Jun 05 11:34

DHS SCRAMBLES TO FIND TEMPORARY HOUSING FOR MIGRANT CHILDREN ON MILITARY BASES, BORDER STATIONS

Just weeks after the US Department of Homeland Security introduced a new policy that allowed ICE agents to separate children and adults crossing the border, NBC News is reporting that the rapidly rising number of minors being housed at the border is forcing DHS to scramble to find new accommodations as the administration continues to separate migrant children from their parents.

In May, President Trump introduced his "zero-tolerance" policy, saying that parents and migrant children would be separated at the border. The Department of Homeland Security then inflamed the situation by revealing that it had lost track of some 1,500 children. Since then, demands for more oversight at DHS have intensified.

As of Sunday, 300 of 550 children currently in custody at US border stations had spent more than 72 hours there, having reached the time limit for temporary detention. These stations often lack the resources necessary to house children, including bedding and other resources.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OK, this is a prime, stinking example of the Trump Administration not thinking things through to their logical conclusion.

So, the US government is going to "punish" illegally immigrating families by separating the children from their parents, then housing their kids.

But what, please, is supposed to happen after this separation of the parents from their kids, in terms of those kids' futures?!? Are they going to be put up for adoption, and given them to families which can provide love, structure, and the kind of encouragement which leads to great life outcomes?!?

Or are they going to be made permanent wards of the US government, locked away into horrific"group homes", which will only encourage crime, gangs, and drug running?!? What is to be the outcome for these kids after they have been detained their allotted "72 hours" in DHS housing?!?

Both the White House and DHS appear to be absolutely mum on this; and I would strongly suggest that they have utterly no back-up plan for the future of these children, who followed their parents, because they had to.

Let me be clear; as the adult who came from a number of legal immigrants to this country I do not support illegal immigration; but that being said, as someone who believes in the basic humanity and value of all humans on the planet, this policy doesn't pass the "smell test" for practicality, because there appears to be no plan in place for these children after the 72 hours of detention.

It would have been better, and infinitely more reasonable, if all families were repatriated to their countries of origin, along with their kids, and every country of origin getting foreign aid from the US in these countries, would get that aid docked the precise amount of money necessary for that repatriation.

As reported at Wikipedia: "As of fiscal year 2017, foreign aid between the U.S. State Department and USAID totaled $50.1 billion, or just over 1% of the budget.[8]"

That is still a lot of money, and can be intelligently used as a "weapon of choice" against illegal immigration.

Jun 05 11:18

U.S. AIRSTRIKES VIOLATED INTERNATIONAL LAW IN “WAR OF ANNIHILATION” IN RAQQA, SYRIA, SAYS AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

AS THE BATTLE for Raqqa, Syria, raged last October, a family in the Harat al-Badu neighborhood bunkered down in their home in an attempt to survive the fighting between the U.S.-led coalition and Islamic State militants. Mohammed Fayad, a man in his 80s, had lived in the same home in Harat al-Badu for the past 50 years. When the fighting began, Fayad refused to flee the property that he had put a lifetime of labor into, remaining in the home with his daughters and other relatives. As coalition airstrikes began pounding the city, Fayad’s home also became a refuge for other terrified neighbors and their families seeking safety from the attacks.

Their safe haven would not last. On the night of October 11, a coalition airstrike hit Fayad’s home. As Ali Habib, a local man who had been sheltering his family with Fayad, later told researchers from Amnesty International:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US war against Syria, in its attempt to effect regime change in Damascus, is both immoral, and insane; unfortunately, the US government does not care what destruction its war crimes leave in the wake of attacks like this.

In the mindset of the the US government, "The end justifies the means".

Now, let me see; from where have we heard that before?!?!

And here is a companion piece, this one from theindependent.co.uk:

US, Britain and France inflicted worst destruction 'in decades' killing civilians in Isis-held city of Raqqa, report says There is a very difficult video to watch here, but I encourage all thinking Americans and Brits to see this; this is what has been done to Syria, with your tax dollars, and in your name.

Jun 05 11:14

IRAN BEGINS TO BUILD ADVANCED CENTRIFUGES

Iran has begun working on infrastructure for building advanced centrifuges at its Natanz facility, Ali Akbar Salehi, the director of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organisation said today.

Iran’s nuclear activities would remain within the framework of the 2015 nuclear agreement with world powers, Salehi said.

Salehi also said Iran had developed infrastructure to produce electricity at Natanz.

Last month, the US pulled out of what it referred to as the “defective” nuclear deal signed between the P5+1 states in 2015. The move has put the future of the deal at risk and left European leaders scrambling to ensure Iran complies with its terms and companies wondering if they should do business with Tehran as the US threatens to apply unilateral sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF the IAEA, which is still inspecting Iran's facilities, and is comprised of a bunch of very bright people, tells the world that this work complies with the P5+1 deal framework, I would tend to believe them.

Of course, the US, Saudia Arabia and Israel will scream that Iran is getting ready to produce nuclear weapons, even if this move is simply for developing additional energy resources,and use it as their "justification" for an attack against Iran.

Were I the heads of these countries, however, I would seriously want to explore what the Russian response would be, before beginning any such attack; historically, Russia has promised to support Iran militarily against any foreign attacker, and as we have seen in Syria, Russia's military capabilies are very formidable, at this point in its history.

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