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Nov 12 08:01

INFOWARS - EXCLUSIVE: PODESTAS FACE INDICTMENT – SOURCES

Tony and John Podesta are facing criminal indictments linked to the ongoing Russian probe, according to sources, which explains why they’re shutting down the Podesta Group, one of Washington’s most prominent lobbying groups.

Nov 12 07:58

FLASHBACK - Memo to Obama: a Europe policy 3.0A WESS MITCHELL 11 November 2008

You will inherit a policy agenda for Europe that was conceived twenty years ago for a world that no longer exists. That agenda was built on three bedrock assumptions, all of which were then refreshingly new:

A Wess Mitchell is co-founder and director of research at the Center for European Policy Analysis, a Washington,DC-based foreign-policy institute

Also in openDemocracy:

John C Hulsman, "Memo to Obama: the middle east needs you" (11 November 2008) * that Russia was an enervated, status-quo power

* that Europe was unifying into an Atlanticist whole

* that American global - and therefore regional - power was virtually inexhaustible.

Working from these assumptions, your post-cold-war predecessors embarked upon one of the most successfully expansionist courses in the history of United States foreign policy, advancing the western ideological and institutional ambit by a space of half a million square miles in less than two decades.

Nov 12 07:58

Bill Gates buys big chunk of land in Arizona to build ‘smart city’



Taboola
Nov 12 07:57

Say Hi to Victoria Nuland's Successor - He's Like 'Nuland on Steroids'

"He was co-founder and CEO of the neocon-dominated Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA). ... funded largely by the US government, NATO, neocon grant-making mega-foundations, and the military-industrial complex. The “think tank” does the bidding of its funders, finding a Russian threat under every rock ..."

And it gets worse - this article is truly troubling.

Nov 12 07:57

State Department’s New Victoria Nuland… Is Just Like the Old Victoria Nuland!

Yesterday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson swore into office a new Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs. Dr. A. Wess Mitchell became the Trump Administration’s top diplomat for Europe, “responsible for diplomatic relations with 50 countries in Europe and Eurasia, and with NATO, the EU and the OSCE.”

Readers will recall that the position was most recently held during the Obama Administration by Kagan family neocon, Victoria Nuland, who was key catalyst and cookie provider for the US-backed coup overthrowing the elected government in Ukraine. Victoria Nuland’s virulently anti-Russia position was a trademark of the neocon persuasion and she put ideology into action by “midwifing,” in her own words, an illegal change of government in Ukraine.

Nov 12 07:56

Wess Mitchell Nominated As US Chief Diplomat for European Affairs

President Donald Trump announced on July 19 his intent to nominate Wess Mitchell as Assistant Secretary of State, European and Eurasian Affairs.

Mitchell heads a think tank on Central and Eastern Europe. He founded the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) in 2005 and has been its president and CEO since 2009. The nominee serves on numerous policy boards in the United States and Europe. From 2013 to 2016, he chaired the neoconservative Europe Working Group for the John Hay Initiative.

Nov 12 07:56

Everybody wants their own Putin - Georgia issues a "wanted" ad

"In any case, I would not compare to Putin and Saakashvili. Because Putin is a serious politician, he is a serious leader, he is a person who knows what is needed for his country and really does what is necessary for his country. Saakashvili is an impulsive person. And the fact that Putin is criticized of authoritarian power, and no one has ever criticized Saakashvili in the West, for me it is an indicator of double standards ... Saakashvili got away with much more violations of human rights and opposition rights than I see violations in Russia. But, nevertheless, he was called a great democrat. And Putin's is called an authoritarian regime," she said.



Emigrate While You Still Can - Finca Bayano In Panama!

Finco Bayano
Nov 12 07:55

Donald Trump and the Erosion of American Greatness

Some say Donald Trump's presidency does not present an existential threat to the American Republic. But after a year of MAGA, it has become clear that a disaster is unfolding whose consequences for humanity and decency will be substantial.

Nov 12 07:55

NATO is modeling command structures on Cold War era, says Russian envoy

“Today, it has become evident that when NATO was making these decisions, they were gaining their inspiration from Cold War schemes. The draft name “North Atlantic Command” is a copy of the structure that existed until 2002, and was responsible for moving American forces from the US to Europe,” said Aleksandr Grushko, plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation in the NATO bloc, according to TASS.

“It also provided protection and defense at sea, lines of communications, organizing anti-submarine operations, and dealt with complex issues connected with ensuring speed and safety of this type of reinforcement,” he added.

Nov 12 07:54

How the West built Berlin Wall 2.0

How ironic as the latest anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall is being commemorated this week, a new wall has been constructed between East and West.

It’s not a wall you can actually see, but it’s there all the same. Far from being thrown into the dustbin of history for eternity, the old Cold War divisions are now arguably more pronounced than they were in the 1980s. Russia, for daring to thwart Western regime plans for Syria, finds itself sanctioned by the US and EU, with NATO forces on its borders. A crude form of Russophobia, the acceptable form of liberal racism, has become normalized in elite circles in the West. At the same time, countries in the old communist bloc that don’t do exactly what their ‘democratic’ US and EU masters demand face harsh penalties for their insubordination, and the demonization of their leadership.

Nov 12 07:53

MINISTER TO JPOST: PARTS OF CABINET ‘CAN’T LIVE’ WITH TRUMP'S TWO-STATES DEMAND

Science and Technology Minister Ofir Akunis did say before setting out on his US trip that he expected the White House to buckle down on the plan to bring peace to the region soon.



Nov 12 07:50

Lebanon in Limbo: Saad Hariri Steps Down

Nasrallah said that he personally believed that Hariri was forced to resign under Saudi pressure, but he assured everyone that Riyadh won't be successful in destabilizing Lebanon. President Aoun also chimed in on the same day to say that he won't act on Hariri's resignation until he returns to the country to explain himself. Although Hariri claimed that he stepped down while abroad because he feared that Iran was plotting to assassinate him back home, the Lebanese Armed Forces confirmed that they had no knowledge whatsoever about any potential threat to his life, throwing into question the former Prime Minister's entire narrative and adding credence to the suspicions that it was Saudi Arabia which is behind this political crisis.

Nov 12 07:50

FLASHBACK - Obama, the Israel Sycophant

Never in my life have I seen a president that fawns over the Israelis, begs for their approval, sings their praises and lauds their achievements and history like the American President, Barack Obama.

Obama sets a historic record in his country by becoming the first elected non-white president. However, we wrongly assumed that just because of his African American background, and the fact that he belonged to a people who had suffered centuries of persecution, that his stance would be different. It was expected that because he spoke so bitterly about the racial discrimination his grandparents and uncles had suffered through in Chicago, such as being prohibited from sitting on the same bus with white people, that he would better understand our suffering under the discriminatory Israeli occupation. However, he has disappointed us and reminded us of Uncle Tom in the famous American novel in which the black slave’s humanity and dignity is disregarded by his white master.

Nov 12 07:49

Walmart Shopper Who Broke His Hip Picking Out A Watermelon Awarded $7.5 Million

An Alabama jury has decided that the Army veteran who broke his hip while picking out a watermelon at a Walmart store should receive $7.5 million.



Nov 12 07:49

Korean War veteran sees path to peace in conflict with North Korea

"We were armed with hand-me-down World War II equipment, both weapons and uniforms," Warner told ABC News contributor Col. Steve Ganyard. "We spent a lot of time trading two cartons of cigarettes to try and get an additional A4 or A6 machine gun. And if we weren’t fighting for firepower, we were fighting for rations. It was a terrible way to fight a war."

Nov 12 07:49

NATO practices nuclear weapons use procedures on its eastern flank, Russian top brass says

Russia's defense chief added that Russia does not wish to get involved in military confrontation with the West

Nov 12 07:48

The Greatest Threat to Both Koreas? Donald Trump’s Mouth.

In policy terms, the Trump administration has approached North Korea largely the same way the Obama administration has – with a heavy reliance on sanctions, appeals to China, and occasional threats.

As John Feffer explains in this short video, the primary difference is that Trump’s threats have been far more alarming, raising concerns in South Korea and beyond that war is a real possibility, despite the fact that experts universally regard it as the worst possible option. These threats are especially dangerous on a peninsula where U.S. wartime actions left an indelible impression on both sides of the DMZ.

There remains, however, a diplomatic alternative, which the Obama administration never seriously pursued. Can Trump change course?



Nov 12 07:48

TRUMP POINTS TO FALSEHOODS IN "RUSSIAN HACKING" CLAIMS - MEDIA STILL IGNORE THEM

During the flight of his recent Asia tour U.S. President Donal Trump held a press gaggle on board of the plane. Part of it were questions and answers about the alleged "Russian hacking" of the U.S. election.

There is no public transcript available yet but the Washington Post's Mark Berman provided a screenshot of some relevant parts:

Mark Berman @markberman - 6:20 AM - 11 Nov 2017
Full comment from @realDonaldTrump again questioning the US intel community conclusion that Russia meddled last year
In the attached transcript Trump talks about his very short encounter with the Russian President Putin in Hanoi:

Q: When did you bring up the issue of election meddling? Did you ask him a question?
A: Every time he sees me he says he didn't do that and I really believe that when he tells me that, he means it. But he says, I didn't do that. I think he is very insulted by it, ... ...

He says that very strongly and he really seems to be insulted by it he says he didn't do it.

Nov 12 07:48

Trump attacks Kim Jong-un as 'SHORT and FAT' amid North Korea demands to REMOVE 'old man'

DONALD Trump taunted Kim Jong-un as “short and fat” in an extraordinary tirade after the North Korean dictator demanded the US removes the “lunatic old man” from power or face World War 3.

Nov 12 07:47

ABC News: Firearm Confiscation Orders Part of Solution to Mass Public Attacks

Senate Democrats pushed nine different gun controls during the past six weeks, and ABC News has now emerged with a tenth gun law which they suggest may be the ringer.

That law would legalize firearm confiscation orders like those in Washington state. Such orders allow a judge to issue an ex parte order for the confiscation of an American’s firearms. This means the order can be issued without the firearm owner even being present for the process. His or her first knowledge of the order would come when police knocked on their door to sweep the house for firearms.



Nov 12 07:19

Pandering to Israel Has Got to Stop

The friends of Israel appear to believe that anyone who is unwilling to do business with Israel or even with the territories that it has illegally occupied should not be allowed to do business in any capacity with federal, state or even local governments. Constitutional guarantees of freedom of association for every American are apparently not valid if one particular highly favored foreign country is involved.

Nov 12 07:05

Friends of Israel Defense Forces Gala Raises Record-Breaking $53.8 Million

Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) raised a record $53.8 million at its annual Western Region Gala on Thursday night held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The figure represents the most money raised at any single FIDF event in the organization’s history. The sold-out gala, which has become one of Los Angeles’ premier charitable events, united some 1,200 supporters from across the country to support the brave men and women of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).
Note: This is TREASON that needs to be prosecuted.

Nov 12 06:34

Deep State: Conflict Erupting Worldwide



Nov 12 06:05

Irate women brawl with McDonald's drive-thru employee over missing McNuggets

A brawl broke out at an Indiana McDonald’s in the wee hours of Friday morning. And it was all caught on tape.
It was 3 a.m. when two women drove up to the fast food chain. They picked up their order but returned moments later to complain that they weren’t given the correct number of Chicken McNuggets.

Nov 12 06:05

‘We all die one way or another’: Why one Canadian woman volunteered to fight ISIS in Syria

Watching the new documentary short Fear Us Women and its subject Hanna Bohman — a Canadian citizen who traded her life of comfort for one of terror as a volunteer anti-ISIS soldier in Syria — it’s easy to view her as some sort of untouchable superhero.



Nov 12 05:49

Sure, Establishment Ed Gillespie Didn’t Run On Trump’s Agenda. But Trump Isn’t Enacting His Agenda Either

immigration patriots, there’s a Narrative in place to explaining the crushing defeat of the GOP throughout Virginia on Tuesday night. “Establishment Ed” Gillespie, whose entire life story is a kind of Pilgrim’s Progress illustrating the utter pointlessness of the Beltway Right, didn’t push the Donald Trump agenda and so Trump’s voters didn’t turn out. True—but insufficient. A more disturbing explanation must be faced: President Trump has energized the Left but he’s not energizing the working-class voters who gave him victory—because he is not sufficiently delivering for them.

This is not to say Trump is responsible for Gillespie’s defeat. True, Gillespie, incredibly in view of his record, did flirt with immigration patriotism by highlighting opposition to Sanctuary Cities and MS-13. But even the victorious Democrat Ralph Northam was declaring he was opposed to Sanctuary Cities by the end of the campaign.>>>

Nov 12 05:41

Debunking Two American Myths

There are two myths which are deeply imprinted in the minds of most US Americans which are extremely dangerous and which can result in a war with Russia.

-The first myth is the myth of the US military superiority.
-The second myth is the myth about the US invulnerability.

I believe that it is therefore crucial to debunk these myths before they end up costing us millions of lives and untold suffering.

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Nov 12 05:22

Bahrain Blames Iran For ‘Terrorist Sabotage’ After Oil Pipeline Explosion

The Kingdom of Bahrain has claimed that Friday’s explosion on the only pipeline that supplies oil from Saudi Arabia was somehow linked to Iran, opening a new chapter of hostilities between Tehran and the Sunni Gulf states.

“The incident was an act of sabotage and a dangerous act of terrorism aimed at harming the higher interests of the nation and the safety of the people,” read a statement from Bahrain’s interior ministry. “Terrorist acts witnessed by the country in the recent period are carried out through direct contacts and instructions from Iran,” the statement claimed.

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Lockerdome
Nov 12 05:14

Security officer currently guarding Mandalay Bay’s 32nd-floor says he doesn’t know, has never seen, Jesus Campos

A security officer responsible for guarding Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino’s 32nd-floor stairwell entrance says he doesn’t know Jesus Campos and has never seen him.

Nov 12 05:03

Ten Killed in US-Led Coalition Shelling of Village in Eastern Syria

A residential area of the village on the Iraqi-Syrian border and an ambulance vehicle with people inside were hit by the shelling that took place on Saturday, the Syrian state-run SANA news agency reported.
The US-led international coalition tasked with fighting the terrorist group Daesh carried out airstrikes on a village near the Iraqi border in the Syrian eastern province of Deir ez-Zor, killing 10 civilians, local media reported on Sunday

Media reports of civilians being killed by the US alliance's airstrikes emerge regularly. Among the latest instances, media reported that civilians were killed in attacks on Hasaka and Deir ez-Zor provinces as well as in the embattled city of Raqqa. The Syrian government has also accused the coalition aircraft of dropping phosphorus bombs

The coalition often denies allegations of targeting civilians.>>>



Nov 12 04:44

North Korea Accuses Trump Of ‘Begging’ For Nuclear War

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Trump’s 12-day Asia tour has, so far, focused primarily on containing the perceived North Korean threat, in the wake of the sixth nuclear test that the North carried out in September. As he continues his tour of the region, the US Navy together with Japanese and South Korean ships began massive naval drills in the Pacific.
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During this tour, Trump repeatedly made clear that his patience to reach a peaceful settlement to the Korean crisis is running thin, and that a military option remains on the table. Speaking in South Korea, Trump said nuclear weapons do not make N. Korea safer but instead, places the “regime in grave danger.” Every step Pyongyang takes “down this dark path increases the peril you face.”

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Nov 12 04:17

'It's Not Negotiable': Tehran on Macron's Call for Talks on Its Missile Program

The Iranian Foreign Ministry has responded to the call of the French President to hold talks on the country's ballistic missile program, firmly rejecting the idea and noting that it is solely defensive in nature.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi has rejected any possibility of negotiations on the country's ballistic missiles. The diplomat stressed that the country's missile program is designed for its defense and has no relation to a nuclear agreement with the world powers.
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"We have told French officials repeatedly that the nuclear deal is not negotiable and other issues will not be allowed to be added to it."

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Nov 12 04:08

Red Star/White Star: Why the Lockheed F-35 Should Fear Russia’s Su-35

The Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jet should avoid contact with the Russian-built Su-35 attack aircraft, and there are a number of reasons to support this comparison between the two high tech warcraft.

Comparing warplanes is always fun, especially so when their names shared the same numerical index. Of course, there has never been a true encounter between an F-35 and any Russian plane, and, with a little luck and a lot of patience, there never will be, so read on as a matter of speculation only.

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November 11, 2017

Nov 11 21:56

TSA Fails Around 80% Of Undercover Tests – Report

A report revealing “vulnerabilities” at Transportation Security Administration (TSA) airport checkpoints has disturbed lawmakers, who for the first time received a classified briefing from the new TSA chief.

Nov 11 21:33

Fear Mongering Banks Warn London Facing Brexit “Point Of No Return”

During his trip to London this week, US Commerce Secretary, Wilbur Ross, wasn’t only defending revelations in the Paradise Papers that he’d invested in a shipping company with ties to the Putin family.


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Owl 2
Nov 11 21:08

Millions Stuck With Parents As Young Can’t Afford To Buy Or Rent A Home

One in four young adults is still living with mum and dad, with young men more likely to live at home as expensive rental and housing markets leave young people locked out of affordable accommodation.

Nov 11 19:26

Reviving The Spirit Of Existential Rebellion In A World Of Propaganda, Lies And Self Deception

Like existential freedom, honesty and truth-seeking demand a perpetually renewed commitment. No one ever fully arrives, and all of us are blown off course on the journey. Even when we think we have reached our destination, we are often startled by the enigma of arrival, and must set sail again. We are all in the same boat. The search for truth is a process, an experiment, an essay – a trying without end.

Nov 11 18:54

Nevada Homeland Security planned mock terror drill for one year ahead of Oct. 1 massacre

The Nevada Homeland Security Commission planned a mock terror drill over one year prior to the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival massacre after a 2016 “Channel 8 Eyewitness News” investigation uncovered flaws in the Las Vegas Valley emergency trauma system, reveals a Sept. 7 report.

Nov 11 18:35

750,000 Protesters Clog Barcelona Streets, Demands Release Of "Political Prisoners"

Hundreds of thousands of people - 750,000 according to Barcelona police - backing Catalonia's bid to secede from Spain clogged the streets in downtown Barcelona Saturday to demand the release of jailed separatist leaders.

Nov 11 18:32

Saudi Arabia 'scrambles fighter jets' amid fears of WAR in Middle East

SAUDI Arabia has scrambled its air force for strikes in Lebanon amid fears of a new war in the Middle East, according to reports.

Nov 11 18:26

Palestinian Envoy To UK Slams ‘Severe Deterioration’ In Relations Following Priti Patel Scandal

Palestine’s ambassador to the UK condemned the “severe deterioration in British-Palestinian relations,” in comments to RT. The envoy was reacting to the resignation of Priti Patel after the minister was exposed for holding secret talks with Israeli officials.



Nov 11 18:13

Video: No Proof: Russia Denies Claims It Swapped Positive Samples With Negative Ones

Russia’s Investigative Committee has rejected claims of a state-sponsored doping programme at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

Nov 11 17:45

Fox’s Ingraham Slams Bush Family For Recent Criticism Of Trump

Fox News host Laura Ingraham on Tuesday said, “Jeb [Bush] and Hillary [Clinton] should have just run on the same ticket” after slamming the former Florida governor and former President George H.W. Bush for their recent criticism of President Trump.

Nov 11 15:50

US Defense Bill Targets Moscow-Linked TV Content Amid Crackdown On Russian Media

Moscow has vowed to impose tit-for-tat restrictions on US media if a defense bill currently being considered by Washington is adopted. As part of the bill, US lawmakers have been pushing to impede the work of TV networks allegedly linked to Kremlin.

Nov 11 15:29

"It’s The Debt, Stupid"



Carambola
Nov 11 13:09

US Justice Department Forces RT America To Register As “Foreign Agent”

RT, the Russia-based TV and Internet broadcaster, announced Thursday that the US Department of Justice has forced it to register as a “foreign agent” under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). Washington has given the outlet until Monday to register as a foreign agent or its director could be arrested and its assets frozen.

Nov 11 10:07

Plague fears grow as Malawi becomes tenth African nation put on alert for the spread of the killer disease

Malawi is bracing itself for an outbreak of the plague after the deadly disease continues to spread across the island nation of Madagascar.
At least 143 people have died and more than 2,000 others have been infected in Madagascar since an outbreak in early August this year.

Yet Malawi's health secretary confirmed the country is ready for any reported cases of the disease amid mounting concerns of Africa's 'porous borders'.
Dr Dan Namarika, principal secretary in the ministry of health, said the country were working in conjunction with Mozambique to help best prepare for a possible outbreak.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Madagascar... is an island.

It would be a simple thing to close down the airport and the ports, to keep the contagion from spreading, yet this has not been not done by the government of Madagascar; why?!?

Nov 11 09:56

US Slow-Motion Shutdown of RT and Sputnik? Threat to Free Speech and Independent Media

Hostile US demands on popular English-language Russian media, combined with social media censorship of alternative views called “fake news,” threatens press freedom in America.

It’s tyranny by any standard, the way all police states operate, controlling news, information and analysis, suppressing alternative truth-telling, notably on vital issues.

America is on a dangerous slippery slope in this direction, the future of independent reporting and commentaries at stake, along with other fundamental freedoms – gravely threatened if speech, media and academic freedoms are lost.

The Justice Department demanded a company providing services for RT America register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). An FBI probe is checking for Sputnik News for FARA violations.

FARA was enacted in 1938, aimed at checking NAZI propaganda near the onset of WW II.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is no other way to characerize this DOJ demand as completely, utterly insane, and appears to me to be a prelude to war with Russia, for which NATO appears to be so breathlessly preparing.

Nov 11 09:53

From Superpower to Incompetence

One could go on endlessly.

Instead, I will relate a story of everyday incompetencies that have prevented me from writing this week and for a few more days yet.

Recently, while away from my home, a heavy equipment operator working on a nearby construction site managed to drive under power lines with the fork lift raised. Instead of breaking the wire, it snapped the pole in half that conveyed electric power to my house. The power company came out, or, as I suspect, an outsourced contractor, who reestablished power to my home but did not check that the neutral wire was still attached. Consequently for a week or so my house experienced round the clock surges of high voltage that blew out the surge protection, breaker box, and every appliance in the house. Expecting my return, the house was inspected, and the discovery was that there was no power. Back came the power company and discovered that high voltage was feeding into the house and had destroyed everything plugged in.

Nov 11 09:50

Muhammd Bin-Salman’s Purge in Saudi Arabia Is the Prelude to Something Bigger

Muhammad Bin-Salman’s domestic purge, including the detention of 11 princes and scores of businessmen and former officials under the banner of fighting corruption, is only a first phase. It seems to haves proceeded smoothly so far, without encountering any serious obstacles.

The man now has now brought the four major pillars of state power – the economy, the security and military forces, the media and the religious establishment (both the official Council of Senior Ulema and the unofficial ‘awakening’ clerics) — totally under his control. He has thrown all his opponents, and anyone who uttered any criticism of his rule, behind bars (or, in the case of the princes and other high-ranking figures, incarcerated them in a luxury hotel for now). The latest round of detentions is unlikely to be the last, for we are dealing here with a bulldozer that levels everything that stands in its path.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is one factor which the writer absolutely misses in his analysis of the situation, and that is the question of what Russia is willing - and prepared - to do if Iran gets attacked by a Saudi coalition.

Russian military and civilian leadership has always pledged to come to Iran's aid if it is attacked militarily; so I think the question here, has to be what will Russia do, and how far will it go, to prevent regime change in Tehran?!?

Nov 11 09:39

The US Southern Command's Silent Occupation of the Amazon

Brazil, Colombia and Peru share a triple borderland separating north from south on the South American continent. Located deep in the Amazon forest, this is the theater of operations in which more than 30 military companies test their services and merchandise. The multinational military exercise known as AmazonLog2017, is organized by the Armed Forces of Brazil.

The Southern Command of the United States -- the Unified Combatant Command of the United States Department of Defense with influence in the Caribbean, Central and South America -- is also an AmazonLog2017 participant.

Activists and researchers are alarmed about this military exercise. According to Mexican economist and geopolitical specialist Ana Esther Ceceña, AmazonLog2017 allows "the placement of troops that facilitate specific territorial incursions and rapid response operations, both of which imply the use of special forces, whether those be US forces, local or private on the triple borderland."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Once permanent, such a presence will also put the American troops in control of a huge amount territory where cocaine is processed, just as has Afghanistan, in the control of the opium poppy business, given various US alpha-bet soup agencies the ability to finance off-the-books operations which have zero Congressional oversight.

Nov 11 09:31

SATURDAY ALTERNATIVE CARTOONS: NOVEMBER 11, 2017

Nov 11 09:31

At UN, US warns of potential security threat from Venezuela

The United States hopes that a meeting next week at the United Nations on Venezuela will pave the way to international action to prevent the crisis from turning into a security threat, according to a US document sent to the Security Council on Friday.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley will chair the informal council meeting on Monday held as Venezuela, already reeling from political and economic crises, teeters on the brink of default.

"The international community needs to work collectively to address the unfolding crisis and its humanitarian impact in Venezuela and beyond before it worsens and potentially develops into a threat to international peace and security," the US mission said in the document obtained by AFP.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am having a double Picard facepalm, at warp speed, upon reading this.

Ambassador Haley, do you not understand that it has been, in large part, courtesy of US sanctions against Venezuela that people are dying, and represent utterly no "threat" whatsoever, except that conjured in your febrile brain?!?

The Venezuelan people people need humanitarian aid, and right the heck now; food, water, shelter, and medications; but to criminalize them as a "threat" is just plain hipocritical , not to mention entirely insane.

Nov 11 09:30

THIS WEEK IN SEX ABUSE OF CHILDREN BY PEDOPHILE CATHOLIC PRIESTS [NOVEMBER 11, 2017]

Nov 11 09:29

Jeff Sessions Just Revealed Bill Clinton’s Worst Nightmare

As reported by The Washington Free Beacon:

“DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (DOJ) SOURCES DISPUTED REPORTS LATE FRIDAY THAT ATTORNEY GENERAL JEFF SESSIONS HAS RECUSED HIMSELF FROM DECISIONS INVOLVING POTENTIAL INVESTIGATIONS INTO ALLEGED CORRUPTION SURROUNDING A DEAL THAT GAVE RUSSIA CONTROL OF A LARGE PORTION OF U.S. URANIUM-MINING CAPACITY.

DOJ OFFICIALS TOLD THE FREE BEACON THAT SESSIONS HAS NOT RECUSED HIMSELF FROM DECIDING HOW THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SHOULD RESPOND TO RECENT REPORTS RAISING QUESTIONS ABOUT THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION’S APPROVAL OF A 2010 PURCHASE OF URANIUM ONE, WHICH CONTROLLED 20 PERCENT OF U.S. URANIUM, BY RUSSIAN ENERGY COMPANY ROSATAM.

SESSIONS, IN HIS ROLE AS ATTORNEY GENERAL, COULD RECOMMEND AN INTERNAL DOJ INVESTIGATION INTO THE MATTER OR APPOINT AN OUTSIDE SPECIAL COUNSEL TO HANDLE IT.

Nov 11 09:28

Roy Moore’s Accuser Worked for Democratic Leaders and Is Actively Campaigning for Moore’s Opponent

We have just received information that one of the women accusing Alabama senatorial candidate Roy Moore of soliciting dates from her when she was a teenager and he was in his 30’s is not only a passionate progressive, but she has actually worked for the DNC and is actively campaigning for Moore’s opponent, Doug Jones.

Nov 11 09:28

Saudis 'declared war on Lebanon' - Hezbollah leader

The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah has accused Saudi Arabia of declaring war on his country, days after Lebanese PM Saad al-Hariri announced his resignation in the Saudi capital.

Hassan Nasrallah said Saudi Arabia was holding Mr Hariri against his will.

He also accused the Saudis of inciting Israel against Lebanon.

Nov 11 09:27

Things Are Escalating Quickly

I didn’t spend all week writing about the gigantic tremors occurring in the Middle East because I thought it was fun. If I’m even remotely correct in my analysis, the entire world will be affected and shaped for decades to come by what’s about to go down in the region.

Nov 11 09:26

Dramatic Footage: Bahrain Oil Pipeline Explodes, Bursts Into Giant Flames

An oil pipeline in Bahrain exploded, bursting into a giant fireball, as shown by numerous videos posted on social media. According to the Saudi Gazette, an explosion caused a fire in an oil pipeline near Buri village. It adds that no injuries have been reported, and that civil defense teams are extinguishing the fire.

Nov 11 09:22

Hezbollah's Nasrallah: Saudi Arabia inciting Israel to attack Lebanon

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said in a televised speech on Friday that Saudi Arabia had declared war on Lebanon, claiming that the kingdom had incited Israel to strike Lebanon.

“Saudi Arabia is inciting Israel to launch a war against Lebanon," said Nasrallah.

"I speak here about facts not analysis. Saudi Arabia is ready to pay tens of billions of dollars to Israel for that,” he added.

Nasrallah also drew parallels between the current situation and 2006 when Hezbollah fought a devastating war with Israeli forces in southern Lebanon.

"We know now through Israeli media that the 2006 war on Lebanon was prolonged by Saudi when Israel wanted it to end."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF what Nazrallah is saying is a correct assessment of the situation, look for either Israel iand/or Saudi military strikes to happen in Lebanon very quickly.

Nov 11 09:21

Congress Is Trying To Decide Who’s An Anti-Semite

Barry Trachtenberg, director of Wake Forest College’s Jewish studies program, wanted members of Congress to know that statements equating Israel’s actions to Nazi Germany’s are not necessarily anti-Semitic.

“In fact,” he told House Judiciary Committee members, “comparisons of foreign leaders and countries to Nazism are made regularly.”

The topic at hand during a Tuesday meeting of the congressional committee was legislation that would formally identify such speech as a factor in defining anti-Semitism. And the definition could be used for, among other things, investigating alleged civil rights violations on college campuses.

Read more: http://forward.com/news/breaking-news/387245/congress-is-trying-to-dec...

Nov 11 09:20

Chakra opened to the wrong side

Referring to its sources, the portal claimed: Moscow suspects that despite the leasing conditions prescribed in the contract, Delhi allowed representatives of the US Navy to the Chakra submarine, who got acquainted with its internal systems. In the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, the United Shipbuilding Corporation and Rosoboronexport, from official comments, "Kommersant" on this topic abstained, as did the Indian Embassy in Moscow.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As immediate consequence paper says Russia will put on hold lease of 2nd nuclear submarine India wanted

Nov 11 09:16

How to feed 800 million: The battle over the future of US food aid

Roughly 815 million people around the world suffered from chronic malnourishment last year alone, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Nov 11 09:14

Secret Service agent stole 1,600 Bitcoins from Silk Road wallet

A former U.S. Secret Service Special Agent, who had been a member of the Baltimore Silk Road Task Force, was sentenced to prison today on charges of money laundering, announced U.S. Attorney Brian J. Stretch, Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A.

Nov 11 09:10

Japan's biggest warship to drill with U.S. carriers near Korean peninsula

Japan said on Friday it would send one of its two big helicopter carriers, the largest warship in its fleet, along with two escorts to join three U.S. aircraft carriers for exercises in waters close to the Korean peninsula.

The Japanese ships Ise, Inazuma and Makinami will sail with the USS Ronald Reagan, USS Nimitz and USS Theodore Roosevelt in the Sea of Japan and East China Sea on Sunday, Japan’s Maritime Self Defence Force said in a press release.

It is the first time three American carriers have trained together in a decade. The show of force comes as U.S. President Donald Trump meets with regional leaders at an Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in Vietnam.

Trump is on a 12-day tour of Asia and has already made stops in Tokyo, Seoul and Beijing.

His administration has demanded that North Korea halt ballistic missile and nuclear tests. The naval exercise will be a potent reminder to Pyongyang of the U.S. ability to rapidly mobilize military force.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I frankly think that the signals President Trump got from Beijing put the issue of North Korea on the proverbial "back burner", at least for the time being; the infinitely more rapidly emerging and volatile struggles are happening in the Middle East, between angagonists Saudi Arabia and Iran, where a war of words may spill out into a hot war, and very quickly.

Nov 11 09:09

Another CNN Race Problem: Employees Directed to Destroy Donna Brazile’s Credibility

A very bad week for CNN just got a whole lot worse. Tucker Carlson of Fox News addressed the explosive allegation that CNN is doing what it has done so many times before to protect the Clintons and the Democrat Party: destroy a black person. Carlson says CNN management directed employees to destroy Donna Brazile’s credibility.

Nov 11 09:08

UK Priti Patel Scandal is the Tip of the Israel Lobby Iceberg

The Priti Patel affair is an insight into the power of the Israel lobby to influence the British political system.

But it is only a symptom of the rot. The exaggerated power of corporate and states lobbyists to influence government policy is a concern far bigger than one crooked minister.

Patel, who was the minister in charge of international aid, was forced to resign after it came to light that she had held 12 meetings with Israeli political and business leaders during what she later claimed was a “family holiday”.

Nov 11 09:08

Former Asst. FBI Director: Clinton Crimes 20 Times Bigger than Watergate

Former Assistant FBI Director James Kallstrom unloaded on James Comey, Robert Mueller, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama Thursday, charging that major crimes "20 times bigger than Watergate" are being swept under the rug while Attorney General Jeff Sessions "is in a coma."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sayeth the man who helped cover up the US Navy shoot-down of TWA 800!

Nov 11 09:07

Trump’s Pivot to Asia – An Arms Sales Bonanza – An Anti-Peace Trip

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We know about Obama’s several years of pivoting to Asia. It resulted largely in the TPP, the Transpacific Partnership, a trade agreement between 12 countries including the US. The first thing Trump did when he came on board is canceling it, claiming that it would only harm the US. Canceling it, in fact, was a good thing, since contrary to what Trump understands, or claims to understand, of US-made international trade, the Asian partners would have suffered, not the US. There is not one single trade agreement the US has instigated, bilateral or multilateral, where the US came out as a loser, or even as an equal, always a winner. The original meaning of trade is not winning or losing, but it is an exchange of equals with equal benefits for all partners. ALBA (Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America) is perhaps one of the few living examples.

Trump doesn’t like multilateral trade agreements, because – even though he is in control >>>

Nov 11 09:07

Shocking bodycam video appears to show officers PLANT cocaine in a black suspect's wallet during an arrest

Footage from a Los Angeles Police Department officer's body camera appears to show the cop planting cocaine on a black suspect during an arrest.

The video was taken during an arrest in April when officers stopped 52-year-old Ronald Shields, who they suspected had been involved in a hit-and-run crash.

It was first obtained and posted online by CBS-LA, prompting the LAPD to announce they had launched an internal investigation into the officer on Friday.

Nov 11 09:06

It's back! (again): Polar Vortex to bring snow chaos to Thanksgiving for most of the north… after Arctic blast chills the country this weekend

Unseasonably cold temperatures are threatening to dip to record lows this weekend in the northeast and midwest United States – with some forecasts predicting snow for the days leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Meteorologists say that a frigid blanket of Arctic air known as a Polar Vortex will cover much of the country just as it prepares for the Thanksgiving feast beginning next week.

The Polar Vortex is a massive area of cold air high up in the atmosphere that normally hovers over the poles.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Nov 11 09:04

The Best Way to Honor a Vet is With the Truth

American troops, guns, money, and blood bought us time and a seemingly graceful exit. That’s about all. Iraq’s government never gained legitimacy in the Kurdish north or Sunni west. Corruption and sectarianism reigned. Our strongman, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, terrorized Sunni protesters, and kept Sunnis out of government work. The country is again in danger of fracturing. The center didn’t hold—it never could. Iraq is a mirage, a post-colonial tempest, and its problems (and solutions) are Arab and Kurdish. Not American. Neither plucky Petraeus nor his surge-enthusiast minions could change that. Nor will President Trump or any of “his” generals.

Nov 11 09:03

CLIVEN BUNDY SUES DOJ OVER PROSECUTORIAL ABUSE

Late Thursday I filed a lawsuit against against Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director Christopher Wray in their official capacities, the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) and the Inspector General (IG) over their failure to conduct an investigation into the bad faith and gross prosecutorial abuse by federal prosecutors and the destruction and hiding of material exculpatory evidence by the DOJ, FBI and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in the ongoing criminal prosecution of Cliven Bundy and his sons Ryan and Ammon. The case was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (Case No. 1:17-cv-02429). Today, I will be filing a motion to have the case heard on an emergency basis. You can go to www.clivenbundydefensefund.org for updates.

Nov 11 09:02

What If The Saudis, The US And Israel Attack Lebanon?

Recent events in the Mideast are rather disturbing even to people like me whose baseline position is that the professionals in both the Israeli and US military will reject war with Lebanon and its allies as unwinnable. But there are some disturbing events all over the Mideast that give us all reason for concern.

Even Dov Zakheim wrote an article in the Chicago Tribune speculating that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MSB), Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s son-in-law, and PM Netanyahu were plotting something. MSB had gone to Israel in September. Kushner has gone to Saudi Arabia 4 times. Kushner had been going to Israel but the cover story was that he was negotiating with the Palestinians. Some speculate that he wants the Palestinian leader Abbas to support Israel in a war with Lebanon.

Nov 11 09:01

A new record yet again:  95,385,000 Americans not in labor force.  The army of non-working Americans continues to grow.

We continue to live in a country with two very different stories to tell. In one of the stories, we have a country with a very low unemployment rate and a record in the stock market. In the other story we live in a place where 95,385,000 Americans are not in the labor force. This new record was reached in the latest set of data released by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS). This is a bigger issue than most would like to admit. Many older Americans are drawing substantially from the government and we now have a younger American population working in low wage positions. This is a new record that isn’t something to be proud about.

Nov 11 08:59

Does Trump Want a New Middle East War?

Does Donald Trump want a new Middle East war, pitting Saudi Arabia against Iran in a conflict that could lay waste to the world's oil region and drag the United States into a conflict that would make the war in Iraq look like a minor skirmish? It sure looks like it.

Indeed, it's reasonable to suspect the Trump administration had a direct hand in Saudi Arabia's newfound muscular policies. Just a few days before all of this unfolded, Jared Kushner – Trump's son-in-law, who's been given a vast portfolio for Middle East policy – made an unannounced and still unexplained visit to Saudi Arabia, where he powwowed with Mohammed bin Salman. Kushner, 36, and MBS, 32, reportedly spent long hours, just the two of them, deep in conversation. "MBS is emboldened by strong support from President Trump and his inner circle, who see him as a kindred disrupter of the status quo — at once a wealthy tycoon and a populist insurgent," wrote David Ignatius in The Washington Post.

Nov 11 08:54

Conservative Judge Who ‘Benchslapped’ Lawyers To Release Hillary Clinton Documents Takes Over Fusion GPS Case

The Obama-appointed judge overseeing the Fusion GPS case, Tanya Chutkan, has been unexpectedly removed. The judge replacing her is Richard J. Leon, a George W. Bush appointee.

Nov 11 08:53

Obama-Appointed Judge Overseeing Fusion GPS Case Is Unexpectedly Removed

Chutkan was troubling because she was an Obama appointee whose law firm represented Huma Abedin and other Democrat insiders. She’s also the judge who ordered DHS to procure an abortion for a pregnant illegal teen.

Now, for reasons we don’t know, Chutkan has been taken off the Fusion GPS case and the case handed to Judge Richard de Leon. This is the PACER notice (Fusion GPS is the d/b/a of Bean LLC, see the last link) :

Why did this happen? One has to assume that Chutkan’s potential conflicts of interest were demonstrated to be real.

Nov 11 08:53

Saudis Reopen Yemen Border Crossing, Still Block Aid

Growing complaints about the humanitarian catastrophe in Saudi-blockaded Yemen have led the Saudi government to announce that the al-Wadea border crossing is being reopened. Last week the Saudis closed all ports, airports, and land crossings.

Despite the reopening of Wadea, however, and the allowing of limited ships into southern Aden port, UN officials say that the Saudi-led coalition is still blocking all of their aid deliveries into the country, continuing the siege.

The near-term concern is for the lack of medicine, as northern Yemen is essentially out of everything at this point, and doctors say several hundred patients will die within the next week simply for lack of medicine.

The long-term prospects are even worse, with northern Yemen having an estimated six weeks of food left, and UN officials warning that “millions” could be killed by starvation if the blockade continues past that point, causing one of the worst famines in generations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You have to understand that this is precisely what Prince Salman, the Butcher of Yemen, wants to see happen here; and that is, a complete genocide and obliteration of the Yemeni people.

I am utterly amazed, understanding how intensely he wants this to happen, that he has not carpet-bombed the country, so that no Yemeni is left standing.

But that may well be the next phase of his operation in Yemen.

Nov 11 08:52

Former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri is being HELD in Saudi Arabia after shock resignation, Beirut official says as country demands his return

Former Lebanon Prime Minister Saad Hariri is being held in Saudi Arabia after his shock resignation, a Beirut official has claimed.

Officials in Lebanon are now reportedly planning to work with foreign states to secure the politician's return to the country in the latest twist in an extraordinary resignation.

Hariri resigned as prime minister on Saturday in a shock declaration read from Saudi Arabia, pitching Lebanon into deep political crisis and pushing the country back to the forefront of a regional struggle between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

'Lebanon is heading towards asking foreign and Arab states to put pressure on Saudi to release Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri,' said the official, who declined to be identified because the government had yet to declare the initiative.

Nov 11 08:52

The House GOP’s Tax Plan Embraces Class Warfare

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Instead of following through with the promise of taking seven brackets and simplifying them to three, Speaker Ryan and Chairman Brady added in a fourth bracket exclusively for millionaires,” complains David McIntosh, president of the pro-market Club for Growth (a group I’ve addressed numerous times). This complex foolishness imposes an effective marginal tax rate of 45.6 percent on single filers who earn $1 million to $1.2 million and couples who make between $1.2 and $1.6 million. “That’s a real tax increase on successful people who invest and create jobs,” McIntosh lamented. Shamefully, this would be 15.15 percent, or six percentage points, above today’s 39.6 percent top rate.

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Nov 11 08:52

Saudi arrest of Binladin family scion shatters royal entente

Among those caught in the unprecedented arrests this week of top princes, wealthy businessmen and senior officials was the scion of one of Saudi Arabia’s most recognizable families: Bakr Binladin, the chairman of the kingdom’s pre-eminent contractor — and Osama bin Laden’s half-brother.

It was a stunning end to a decades-old alliance between the ruling Al Saud and Binladin families that saw the Saudi Binladin Group secure a near-monopoly on mega-expansion projects in Islam’s two holiest sites, Mecca and Medina, throughout the reigns of successive Saudi monarchs.

Nov 11 08:51

Who will replace Theresa May as Prime Minister? Latest odds on next Tory leader

THERESA May is facing mounting pressure to step down as Tory Leader after further losing her grip on her cabinet over the past week. Who has the best odds of taking over?

Nov 11 08:50

Russia and China Open HUGE Copper Mining Complex in Siberia

While Americans squabble about confederate statues, and obsess over Harvey Weinstein, Russia and China are actually getting things done.

Russian evening news reports that the Eurasian giants have joined forces to open a new mining venture in deepest Siberia that will extract copper, gold, and iron-ore.

Nov 11 08:49

A Letter From Iraq - Grief, Forgiveness, and 20 Million Pilgrims

TIKRIT and NAJAF, Iraq - Nothing, absolutely nothing prepares you to revive, on the spot, the memory of what will go down in history as ISIS / Daesh’s most horrid killing field in Iraq or Syria since the death cult stormed across the border in the summer of 2014; the Speicher massacre of June 12, 2014 – when almost 2,000 Iraqi army recruits were assassinated in and nearby a former Saddam Hussein palace on the banks of the Tigris near Tikrit.

As Dylan would sing it, “ain’t it just like the night to play tricks when you’re trying to be so quiet”. In 2003, a few days after Shock and Awe and the fall of Baghdad, I took the road to Tikrit for Asia Times to survey Uday Hussein’s bombed palace as well as his father’s birthplace, only to return 14 years later to one of those palaces turned into a house of horror.

Nov 11 08:48

Permanent Iranian military base being built in Syria - reports

A western intelligence source has claimed to the BBC that Iran is building a new permanent military base in Syria just to the south of Damascus.

This came as Israel claimed it will not tolerate an Iranian military base in Syria as the country borders the Zionist entity.

"Israel will not let that happen," he said in September.

Although the BBC acknowledged it was difficult to verify if Iranian troops were present and that there were no signs of heavy weaponry, western intelligence have emphasized to the BBC that it is a military installment.

Nov 11 08:48

Convoy of Egyptian army trucks destroyed by IS militants in Sinai

A convoy of cement trucks from an Egyptian army factory was attacked by militants linked to the Islamic State group in the central Sinai peninsula on Thursday.

Eight civilian employees and two soldiers were killed in the ambush, according to Egyptian state security officials.

Among the dead was Lieutenant Colonel Ibrahim Hussein Mohammed, who was attacked near the town of Nakhl, an anonymous security source told the Associated Press.

Egyptian security officials added that the militants stole the soldier's weapons and burnt the seven trucks.

Nov 11 08:47

Saudi Warplanes Attack Yemeni Capital, Wounding Civilians

Saudi warplanes circled the Yemeni capital of Sanaa throughout the day, carrying out multiple attacks against the defense ministry and the surrounding area, with a number of the strikes hitting a residential area next to the ministry building.

Several homes were damaged in the strikes and one was totally destroyed, leaving only a crater. Despite this, locals could confirm no deaths from the strikes, though a substantial number of wounded were being rescued from the ruins.

These are the latest in a long series of attacks on the Yemeni capital during the Saudi war, and while the defense ministry has been targeted occasionally in the past, this appears to be the most concerted effort against the building.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF the Houthi rebels are smart, this building may well be symbolic at this point, and not a center of communications at all for their activities.

But that the killing and maiming of Yemeni civilians continues, 3 years on, enabled by US military collusion, is a war crime, pure and simple, and cannot be allowed to stand by an allegedly civilised world.

Nov 11 08:47

EXCLUSIVE: Senior Saudi figures tortured and beaten in purge

Several detainees taken to hospital with torture injuries, while sources tell MEE scale of crackdown is bigger than authorities have revealed

Nov 11 08:45

Does Trump Want a New Middle East War?

Does Donald Trump want a new Middle East war, pitting Saudi Arabia against Iran in a conflict that could lay waste to the world's oil region and drag the United States into a conflict that would make the war in Iraq look like a minor skirmish? It sure looks like it.

Nov 11 08:44

Tillerson Warns Against Using Lebanon as Proxy for Mideast Conflict

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson issued a statement Friday warning countries across the region against using Lebanon as a venue for regional proxy fighting, saying the US strongly backs Lebanese independence.

Nov 11 08:44

UK Government Signs Off $2 Billion Loan to Saudi Aramco as Listing Race Heats Up

Saudi Aramco has been preparing for a Western stock market listing for some time, and the US and UK have both gone to great lengths to court the company - now, Theresa May's government has signed off on a US$2 billion dollar loan guarantee for the firm.

Nov 11 08:44

Mohammad bin Salman Can Trigger a World War - Depending on What Russia Will do?

Since 2006 Israel has tried weakening Hezbollah, the main reason for the Syrian war, and all the actions we are now seeing in Saudia are also designed to weaken Hezbollah. This can lead to global war depending on what russia may choose to do in the event of conflict. Westerners living under the current monetised order could hope that it could be replaced. And If Hezbollah is required through conflict to withdraw to Lebanon from fighting with the Assad forces, then the Kurds will be freer to fight for independence.

Nov 11 08:43

‘Tainted by association’: CIA whistleblower says progressives kicked him off EU panel

John Kiriakou, a former CIA counterterrorism officer, has told RT that he was kicked off a panel at the European Parliament because a fellow panelist objected to his association with Russia as a Sputnik Radio host.

Nov 11 08:43

Soros-backed ‘rank amateurs’ forge RT contributor’s signature under anti-Russia declaration

RT columnist Bryan MacDonald, a Moscow professor, and the mysterious “Bumfrey McDoogle from the School of Hard Knox” are just some of the people that appeared on an anti-Kremlin petition by the increasingly gaffe-prone European Values think tank.
The distinctly named ‘Prague Declaration’ addresses “the democratic West” and proposes “seven urgent steps” to be taken “to stop Russian aggression.” The paper, intended for “Western leaders such as EU High Representative Federica Mogherini,” is said to have been endorsed by “more than 100 European and American security experts and parliamentarians from 22 countries.”

However, a closer look at the signatories reveal some odd exceptions among Moscow’s traditional adversaries, such as exiled businessman Bill Browder and former NSA analyst John Schindler.

One such name is MacDonald, who is described incorrectly as a “former RT correspondent” and earnestly as a “foot soldier in the fight against Putin.”

Nov 11 08:42

Hamid Karzai: US colluded with ISIL in Afghanistan

Hamid Karzai, the former president of Afghanistan, has accused the US of working with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group in his country.

In an exclusive interview with Al Jazeera's UpFront aired on Friday, Karzai said the US government had allowed ISIL, also known as ISIS, to flourish inside Afghanistan.

"In my view under the full presence, surveillance, military, political, intelligence, Daesh [ISIL] has emerged," he said.

"And for two years the Afghan people came, cried loud about their suffering, of violations. Nothing was done."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why am I not surprised at this, when the US had trained, equipped, and supplied ISIS in Syria andother places in the Middle East?!?!?

Nov 11 08:42

Encryption is Dead: China Performs Quantum Messaging Over Longer Distances

Quantum-encrypted data cannot be eavesdropped because a third party tampering with the communication channel causes a quantum message to change, and both the recipient and the sender will know that someone is attempting an intercept. Due to the nature of quantum physics, any observation using our large-scale instruments influences — and so alters — the object of observation, an effect known as the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle.

Nov 11 08:40

Protesters in Manila Take to the Streets Over Trump’s Visit for ASEAN

Hundreds of activists in the Philippines capital of Manila have staged protests against the visit of the US President Donald Trump for the summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), intending reportedly to hold further demonstrations.

Nov 11 08:37

French mayor leads protest to stop Muslim worshippers praying in street

A French mayor and dozens of other MPs and elected councillors from around the Paris region sang the Marseillaise on Friday as they marched towards around 200 Muslim worshippers in a bid to stop them praying in the street.

The stand off which was caught in several video clips (see below) took place in the Paris suburb of Clichy on Friday afternoon.

The local right wing mayor Remi Muzeau led the march after growing infuriated by the presence of hundreds of Muslim worshippers praying on the town's market square every Friday for the past nine months.

Nov 11 08:37

Marine drill instructor gets 10 years for abusing recruits

A Marine Corps drill instructor was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison for choking, punching or otherwise tormenting recruits, especially three Muslims — one of whom ultimately killed himself by leaping down a stairwell.

Nov 11 08:36

THE NATIONAL GUARD AND LAW ENFORCEMENT USE SECRET PLANES TO SPY ON OUR CELL PHONES

A recent article in the Texas Observer, revealed that the National Guard is using multi-protocol scanners and receivers to spy on everyone.

The National Guard and the DEA, recently purchased two DRT 1301C portable receiver systems from Digital Receiver Technology Inc., (DRT).

DRT's or 'dirt boxes' allow the National Guard and DEA to secretly listen to 10,000 cell phones at once.

According to an article in the Columbia Journalism Review (CJR) the National Guard and law enforcement use front companies like Air Cereberus and Eagle Eye Investigations to secretly spy on everyone.

CJR used an algorithm called "random forest" to reveal the identities of secret surveillance planes run by the National Guard, DHS and law enforcment.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to laugh, to think that Mike and I would be considered "spy worthy" of listening in to our conversations; but then again, even in one's home, there is no protection against surveillance in this country in the 21st century.

And hey, DHS, I will give it to you straight; I am a Christian pacifist activist, who is constantly, peacefully entreating her government to resolve its geopolitical differences through moral negotiations, rather than through bombs and bullets.

I am a composer and conductor of two church choirs at a small Methodist church close to where I live, and should, at every level, be the absolute least of your problems.

But with all this high tech stuff you are flaunting, why do you have such a pathological inability to catch so few of the really bad guys?!? Why can you not protect Americans from hijackware and malware on our computers?!? Wouldn't this be a higher, and better use of your time than just spying on everyone, hoping you'll get lucky?!?

I'm just saying.......

Nov 11 08:36

Migrants in Greece Demand ‘Mama Merkel, Open the Doors!’ At German Embassy

Around 150 people, including asylum seekers and pro-migrant activists, called on German Chancellor Angela Merkel to “open the doors” and allow more migrants from Greece to come to Germany.

Nov 11 08:36

Dad’s fury after daughter told to write letter converting to Islam for school homework

A FATHER refused to let his 12-year-old daughter complete her homework from school after she was tasked with writing a letter explaining why she had converted to Islam.

Nov 11 08:35

KOREA: The Imposed Divide - A documentary by Anya Parampil


What is the source of tensions on the Korean Peninsula? RT America sent a crew to the Republic of Korea to look at history on the ground and dispel myths commonly reported in the mainstream media.

Nov 11 08:34

‘Nationalism is POISON’: Juncker hits out at Catalonia independence push

JEAN-CLAUDE Juncker branded nationalism “a poison” as he hit out at the Catalan push for independence.

Nov 11 08:33

Mysterious Radioactive Cloud Over Europe Hints At Accident Farther East

Based on the detection from monitoring stations and meteorological data, the mysterious cloud — which has since dissipated — has been traced to somewhere along the Russia-Kazakhstan border, according to Jean-Christophe Gariel, director for health at the IRSN.

"It's somewhere in South Russia," he says, likely between the Volga River and the Ural Mountains.

Nov 11 08:32

While Everyone Was Busy Being Distracted by Texas...

Nov 11 08:31

Trump to Asia: Unite on North Korea, but Go It Alone on Trade

President Trump has issued two starkly contradictory calls on his trip to Asia this past week: The nations of the world must rally behind the United States to confront the nuclear threat from North Korea, but they should expect America to go its own way on trade.

Reconciling those messages will be hard, and it may determine the near-term fate of the United States as a Pacific power.

Nov 11 08:28

Trump says Putin DENIED meddling in the 2016 election and was 'insulted' by questions about 'Democratic hit-job' that's stopping Russia from helping de-fang North Korea and affecting 'millions of lives'

Donald Trump said Saturday that during a brief conversation with Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of an economic summit, the Russian president flatly denied meddling in the 2016 election that brought Trump to the White House.

'He said he didn't meddle. He said he didn't meddle. I asked him again.

You can only ask so many times,' Trump said. 'I just asked him again.'

'He said he absolutely did not meddle in our election. He did not do what they are saying he did.'

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