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May 15, 2018

May 15 11:00

Israel at 70: Bibi’s Troubled Hour of Power

As the transfer ceremony of the Jerusalem embassy was taking place, TV split screens showed pictures of protesting Palestinians, 52 of whom were shot dead Monday, with thousands wounded by snipers. Some 40,000 had rallied against the U.S. embassy move.

Even before Monday’s body count, the Gaza Health Ministry said that, over the previous six Fridays of "March of Return" protests, 49 Palestinians had been killed and 2,240 hit by live fire from Israeli troops.

Those dead and wounded Palestinians are not likely to be forgotten in Gaza. And while Israel has never had so many Arab regimes willing to work with her in pushing back against Iran, Arab League Chief Ahmed Aboul Gheit called the U.S. embassy move to Jerusalem, a "clear violation of international law."

Gheit added: "The fall of Palestinian martyrs by the bullets of the Israeli occupation must ring an alarm … bell to any state that does not find anything wrong with the immoral and illegal stance that we are watching."

May 15 10:59

My Family’s Home Is and Always Will Be Beit Daras

Although I was born and raised in a Gaza refugee camp, and then moved to and lived in the United States, finding a village that was erased from the map decades earlier was not, at least for me, an irrational act. The village of Beit Daras was the single most important piece of earth that truly mattered to me.

But I could only find it by estimation. Beit Daras was located 32-kilometers northeast of Gaza, on an elevated ground, perched gently between a large hill and a small river that seemed to never run dry.

May 15 10:59

A Gaza photographer in 'a place of death'

“Today, this morning, I said ‘Hi’ to a man,” he recalls. “By the end of the day I was at his funeral.”

Such is the collision of life and work for Abu Mustafa, who has spent nearly half his 35 years as a professional photographer covering a small place like the Gaza Strip. His home. And his subject.

May 15 10:57

Was There Ever an Iranian Nuclear Weapons Program?

A review of the evidence points to Israeli and MEK disinformation, not an open-and-shut case.



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May 15 10:56

Israeli government minister justifies Gaza massacre by calling Palestinians ‘Nazis’

Gilad Erdan, Israel’s minister of Strategic Affairs and Hasbara, referred to Gazans as “Nazis” twice within five minutes today.

“Despite the number of dead, we need to remember and remind: We’re not speaking about demonstrations. We’re talking about terrorists of a terrorist organization who endanger Israeli residents. All responsibility for the bloodshed lies with the leaders of Hamas, who, with Nazi anger, endlessly shed blood to erase from people’s memories their own failures in the management of the Gaza Strip. Here it is, the truth”

he tweeted this afternoon, in response to the massacre of dozens of Gazan protesters.

May 15 10:56

FACEBOOK REVEALS IT REMOVED 2.5 MILLION PIECES OF "HATE SPEECH"

So, as part of its effort in showing the public "how much bad stuff is out there" here is what Facebook reported:

We took down 837 million pieces of spam in Q1 2018 — nearly 100% of which we found and flagged before anyone reported it; and
The key to fighting spam is taking down the fake accounts that spread it. In Q1, we disabled about 583 million fake accounts — most of which were disabled within minutes of registration. This is in addition to the millions of fake account attempts we prevent daily from ever registering with Facebook. Overall, we estimate that around 3 to 4% of the active Facebook accounts on the site during this time period were still fake.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is why we should be abandoning Facebook alltogether, and going to other social media formats which do not censor.

May 15 10:56

‘If Not Now’ blocks traffic outside Trump DC hotel to protest embassy move

While senior White House officials were in Jerusalem today to mark the opening of the U.S. embassy, and 55 Palestinian protesters in Gaza were killed by Israeli forces, young Jews with the group If Not Now blocked traffic in Washington DC outside the Trump International Hotel for two hours by erecting an “Embassy of Freedom” to protest the administration’s move.

Rebecca Hornstein, a Rabbinical school student from Philadelphia said, “Moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem puts the U.S. stamp of approval on the ongoing evictions and dispossession of Palestinians in East Jerusalem and the ongoing violence directed at Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank– all of which are counter to Jewish values.”

May 15 10:55

PPC: 500 Palestinians Detained over Facebook Posts

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Centre for Studies (PPC) says that Israel has detained some 500 Palestinians, including women and children, as a result of their social media posts, Al-Resalah newspaper reported, according to Days of Palestine.

PPC spokesman Riyadh Al-Ashqar said that the Israeli occupation began taking Palestinians into custody because of their social media posts following the start of the Jerusalem Intifada, claiming such uploads incite terror against Israel.

Israel is using its recently formed “Cyber Unit” to monitor Palestinian social media posts, the centre said.

This unit, Al-Ashqar said, classifies any post that glorifies Palestinian martyrs, discloses Israeli crimes, supports resistance or mentions the words and phrases including “martyr” and “intifada” as “incitement of terror”.



May 15 10:54

Hold Israel accountable for killing Palestinian protesters

Today, as the U.S. and Israel celebrate the move of the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank continue to protest the systematic denial of their rights.

As U.S. officials speak in Jerusalem about how their actions will bring peace, Palestinians are being killed in Gaza, at least 52 today alone, bringing the total to at least 105. More than 10,000 have been injured to date, 166 critically. These numbers will continue to increase, and as protests have extended into the West Bank there is also a risk of injury and loss of life there.

Contact Congress today, and urge your representatives to hold Israel accountable for violence against Palestinian protesters.

May 15 10:54

Ten Palestinian Journalists Attacked by Israeli Forces

About ten Palestinian journalists were injured by Israeli fire on Monday, while covering the Israeli aggression against Palestinian protesters along Gaza border, the government media office reported, according to Al Ray.

The office condemned, in a statement, deliberate Israeli attacks on Palestinian journalist crews while covering the Great March of Return.

Office chairman Salam Maroof said that six Palestinian journalists were injured by live fire. They were identified as Yaser Qdaih, Omar Hamdan, Hashem Abu Hadaid, Mohammed Abu Dahrouj, Ahmad Zaqout, Mohammed, Abd Allah Ashourbajee.

May 15 10:54

Snipers Shooting Unarmed People at 100 Meters Isn’t a ‘Clash’

As FAIR has noted before (e.g., Extra!, 1/17; FAIR.org, 4/2/18), the term “clash” is almost always used to launder power asymmetry and give the reader the impression of two equal warring sides. It obscures power dynamics and the nature of the conflict itself, e.g., who instigated it and what weapons if any were used. “Clash” is a reporter’s best friend when they want to describe violence without offending anyone in power—in the words of George Orwell, “to name things without calling up mental pictures of them.”

It’s predictable, then, that in coverage of Israel’s recent mass shootings in Gaza—which have killed over 30 Palestinians and injured more than 1,100—the word “clashes” is used to euphemize snipers in fortified positions firing on unarmed protesters 100 meters away:

May 15 10:53

BLEVINS: IF ANY OTHER COUNTRY WAS SHOOTING CIVILIANS LIKE ISRAEL, THE US WOULD’VE INVADED BY NOW

The death toll in Gaza increased dramatically on Monday as Israeli Defense Forces opened fire on thousands of Palestinian civilians, killing 41 and injuring at least 1,700, and the United States’ response served as a reminder that if the governments in Iran, Syria, North Korea or Russia had done the same thing, the U.S. would be calling for a full-scale invasion right now.

It is hypocrisy at its finest, especially considering the fact that the U.S. has a history of cheering on and aiding protests against foreign governments. In fact, when the mainstream media began sharing reports of protests in Iran in December 2017, President Trump took to Twitter to cheer on the dissidents.

“The people are finally getting wise as to how their money and wealth is being stolen and squandered on terrorism,” Trump wrote, claiming that the United States was “watching very closely for human rights violations!”



May 15 10:52

Killing Gaza

Israel’s blockade of Gaza—where trapped Palestinians for the past seven weeks have held nonviolent protests along the border fence with Israel, resulting in scores of dead and some 6,000 wounded by Israeli troops—is one of the world’s worst humanitarian disasters. Yet the horror that is Gaza, where 2 million people live under an Israeli siege without adequate food, housing, work, water and electricity, where the Israeli military routinely uses indiscriminate and disproportionate violence to wound and murder, and where almost no one can escape, is rarely documented. Max Blumenthal and Dan Cohen’s powerful new film, “Killing Gaza,” offers an unflinching and moving portrait of a people largely abandoned by the outside world, struggling to endure.

May 15 10:52

Reasons Trump Breaks Nuclear-Sanction Agreement with Iran, Declares Trade War with China and Meets with North Korea

We will examine the reason why Trump has embraced three strategic decisions which have world-historic consequences, namely: Trump’s reneging the nuclear accord with Iran; Trump’s declaration of a trade war with China; and Trump’s meeting with North Korea.

In brief we will explore the political reasons for his decisions; what he expects to gain; and what is his game plan if he fails to secure his expected outcome and his adversaries take reprisals.

May 15 10:51

EFF WINS FINAL VICTORY OVER PODCASTING PATENT

Back in early 2013, the podcasting community was freaking out. A patent troll called Personal Audio LLC had sued comedian Adam Carolla and was threatening a bunch of smaller podcasters. Personal Audio claimed that the podcasters infringed U.S. Patent 8,112,504, which claims a “system for disseminating media content” in serialized episodes. EFF challenged the podcasting patent at the Patent Office in October 2013. We won that proceeding, and it was affirmed on appeal. Today, the Supreme Court rejectedPersonal Audio’s petition for review. The case is finally over.

We won this victory with the support of our community. More than one thousand people donated to EFF’s Save Podcasting campaign. We also asked the public to help us find prior art. We filed an inter partes review (IPR) petition that showed Personal Audio did not invent anything new, and that other people were podcasting years before Personal Audio first applied for a patent.

May 15 10:51

Switzerland - A Once-in-a-Lifetime Chance to Spreading Positive Banking News to the World

It’s called “Vollgeld Initiative” – in German, meaning more or less “Referendum for Sovereign Money”. What is “Sovereign Money”? – Its money produced only by the Central Bank, by the “Sovereign”, the government, represented by its central bank. Money created in accordance with the needs of the economy, as contrasted to the profit and greed motives of the banking oligarchy – wat it is today; money creation at will, by private banking.



May 15 10:50

OLIVER NORTH WORKED WITH COCAINE TRAFFICKERS TO ARM TERRORISTS. NOW HE’LL BE PRESIDENT OF THE NRA.

Last year, NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre darkly warned that members of drug gangs “are infiltrating law enforcement and even the military.” In 2013, LaPierre proclaimed that “Latin American drug gangs have invaded every city of significant size in the United States” and are a key part of the “hellish world” that awaits us in the future. When Charlton Heston was president of the NRA in the 1990s, he declared that regular Americans would soon be besieged by 10,000 drug dealers freed from prison by the Clinton administration.

It seems odd, then, that the next president of the NRA will soon be Oliver North, who spent years in the 1980s working together with large-scale cocaine traffickers and protecting a notorious narco-terrorist from the rest of the U.S. government.

May 15 10:48

Syrian Army has evidence ISIS, terrorists, use Israeli weapons

As rebels in Syria surrender their medium and heavy weapons, the Syrian Army is driving ISIS out of the southern countryside, near the Golan Heights.

The Syrian army has found something peculiar amongst the captured arsenal of hundreds of different weapons. The weapons captured included grenades, many RPGs, makeshift mortars, and even WW2 era machine guns, however, this was not what caught the eye of government forces.

What was particularly interesting, was the presence of Israeli made landmines, as described in a report by Fort Russ. Syrian media posted a video of the captured weapons, which show the massive disparity in arms, but the Israeli mines as described in the report are particularly interesting.

May 15 10:47

EXCLUSIVE: UK sells $445m of arms to Israel, including sniper rifles

Value of sales increase tenfold after 2014 Gaza war amid warnings UK weapons, including gear for snipers, could be used to kill Palestinians



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May 15 10:47

Turkey: US 'as responsible' for Gaza massacre as Israel

The U.S. administration is as responsible for the massacre in Gaza as the Israeli government, Deputy Premier Bekir Bozdag said on Monday.

In a series of tweets, Bozdag said: “The U.S. by moving its Israeli embassy to Jerusalem will not bring comfort, security, stability, and peace to the region; it will increase the already existing discomfort, insecurity, instability, crisis and conflicts; and also trigger many unforeseen negativities.”

He said whatever the U.S. or Israel does or whichever step they take, they are "null and void" for Turkey.

"Jerusalem will eventually be fully liberated; U.S. and Israel will ultimately have to leave Jerusalem to its true owners," Bozdag added.

May 15 10:46

U.S. Media Whitewashes Gaza Massacre

Typical of the mindset of corporate media reporting on what happened in Gaza on Monday as Israeli soldiers killed more than 50 protesting Palestinians, is this tweet from CNN. It says: “Death toll rises to at least 52 people during clashes along the border fence between Israel and Gaza, Palestinian officials say. More than 2,400 people have been injured.” CNN’s new slogan is “#FactsFirst.”

Adam Johnson, who writes for the media watchdog Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, responded to CNN with a tweet of his own:

“This one’s got it all:

‘death toll rises’ — no one was killed and no one specific party did the killing, the death toll just mysteriously ‘rises’
‘clashes’ — launders all power asymmetry
‘2,400 people have been injured’ — all 2,400 are Palestinian but lets go with ‘people’.”

May 15 10:44

The U.S. Army Is Preparing to Send Anti-Aircraft Strykers to Europe

The U.S. Army is fast-tracking newly configured Stryker armored vehicles with helicopter and drone-killing weapons to counter Russia in Europe and provide more support to brigade combat teams. “We are looking for a rapid solution for the near-term fight,” Maj. Gen. John Ferarri told Warrior Maven in an interview.

The Strykers will fire a wide range of weapons to destroy close-in air threats attacking ground units, to potentially include Hellfire or Stinger missiles. The program, which plans to deploy its first vehicles to Europe by 2020, is part of an Army effort called Short-Range Air Defense or SHORAD.

Senior leaders say the service plans to build its first Stryker SHORAD prototype by 2019 as an step toward producing 144 initial systems.

May 15 10:43

Israeli forces kill 2 Palestinians near Gaza border as Gaza buries dead

Israeli forces shot dead two Palestinians near the Gaza-Israel border Tuesday after thousands of Palestinians turned out for the funerals of dozens of protesters killed by Israeli troops a day earlier, local health officials said.

The number of protesters that gathered at the frontier Tuesday was significantly lower than on Monday. It appeared that many had gone to mourning tents rather than back to the scene of the bloodiest day for Palestinians since a 2014 Gaza war.

Sixty Palestinians were killed on Monday, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry, including an eight-month-old baby that died from tear gas that her family said she inhaled at a protest camp near the border. More than 2,200 Palestinians were also injured by gunfire or tear gas, local medics said.



May 15 10:43

America's Jerusalem embassy for mass murder, occupation and wider war

How obscenely ironic. Embassies traditionally symbolize diplomacy and peace. The opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem was occasioned by a grotesque baptism of murder of Palestinians, heralding wider war in the Middle East.

Not only that, but on the very anniversary of one of the most shameful episodes of ethnic cleansing and dispossession over the past century – the 1948 Nakba or Catastrophe for Palestinians – the US government is brazenly siding with the heirs of that historic violence, the Israeli state.

Trump's wholesale abandonment of any shame in endorsing Israeli violations against Arab historic rights is an incitement to regional conflagration.

May 15 10:42

Rush Limbaugh Revealed The One Awful Truth The FBI Doesn’t Want You To Know

The FBI suffered its first body blow when it was revealed that Comey and other high-ranking officials used the fake news Christopher Steele dossier as the basis to obtain a FISA warrant to spy on former Trump campaign aide Carter Page.

The warrant gave the Bureau retroactive access to Page’s emails so agents could spy on communications from when he was on the campaign.

Now there are allegations flying around that the FBI also planted an informant on the Trump campaign to try and dig up dirt.

Taking all of these bombshells into consideration, Rush Limbaugh went on the air and declared this period as one of the most embarrassing in the FBI’s history.

May 15 10:41

Erdan calls to resume targeted killings of Hamas leaders

The targeted killing of Hamas leaders is part of the solution for the situation in the Gaza Strip, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan asserted on Tuesday morning in an interview with Ynet.

"It's time for the heads of Hamas to pay a personal price for organizing these terror attacks," Erdan said. "The heads of Hamas, Yahya Sinwar and others, have been talking about being willing to be killed near the border fence—let them."

"We need to go back to targeted killings, and they need to go back to hiding underground and fearing for their lives, not organizing the masses to carry out terror attacks," the minister added.

May 15 10:40

'DUP ready to TOPPLE May over Brexit betrayal!' Fury at EU deal that would 'DESTROY trade'

The DUP would "happily bring down" Theresa May as Prime Minister if she continues to backtrack on Brexit, according to Brexit Central deputy editor David Scullion.

The Brexiteer told Julia Hartley-Brewer that the Prime Minister needs to be careful about "backsliding" on Brexit, amid growing frustration on the DUP and Tory benches.

Speaking on talkRadio, he warned Mrs May against pushing for the "trade-destroying" customs partnership, which "no-one really wants".

This comes ahead of a crucial Brexit sub-committee meeting led by the Prime Minister today, tasked to resolve the customs union dispute.



May 15 10:39

Valedictorian Shocks World with Brutally Honest Graduation Speech

May 15 10:32

How university economic theories are failing us all

The economist John Maynard Keynes said “When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?” But many students continue to be deceived by their professors who, even after the great financial crisis, refuse to change their mind and continue to actively peddle theories that are plain wrong.

May 15 10:32

Duma envoy comments on countersanctions bill

The Kremlin is likely to support the bill on criminal liability for compliance with western sanctions against Moscow, says the presidential envoy to the State Duma



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May 15 10:31

Historic flooding hits British Columbia after record snowpack starts melting, Canada

Record snowpack, temperatures as high as 30 °C (86 °F) and 2 days of intense rain have caused historic floods in parts of British Columbia over the past couple of days. In Grand Forks, the flood is worst since 1948. Things are not over yet, officials said, warning that second wave of floods is expected mid-week.

Major flooding hit British Columbia on May 10, 2018, forcing about 4 000 people to evacuate their homes.

"The spring food season is upon us," BC Premier John Horgan said. "Heavy rainfall, warm weather and rapid snowmelt have triggered flood warnings and evacuations in the Interior. More than 4 000 British Columbians have been forced from their homes, while thousands more anxiously wait to see what rising flood waters will mean for their homes and their livelihoods."

May 15 10:31

Beijing: Anti-Moscow Sanctions Won’t Harm Chinese Investors’ Interest in Russia

Anti-Russian sanctions imposed by Washington will not affect Chinese investors’ interest in the Russian market, Beijing will continue to support bilateral cooperation in trade and investment, Liu Xuesong, the deputy director general of the Chinese Commerce Ministry’s Eurasia Affairs Department, said on Tuesday.

"Over the years, the United States has repeatedly imposed sanctions against other states unilaterally. The Chinese side is firmly against this. At present relations between Russia and China are developing very successfully, cooperation in trade and investment will not be affected by external factors… The interest of Chinese investors in Russia will not diminish," Liu told reporters.

The official added that Beijing would support Chinese companies' investments in the Russian market.

May 15 10:30

Staff are leaving Tesla in droves as confidence in increasingly erratic Elon Musk wavers amid falling share price and failure to deliver ‘game changing car’

Tesla has seen top executives depart the company in recent months as CEO Elon Musk has come under fire for erratic behavior at a crucial moment for the company.

Musk told employees Monday the electric carmaker is being reorganized to speed up production of Model 3 vehicles - a key to profitability at the fast-growing firm - as executives are reportedly leaving the company after losing confidence in the CEO.

'To ensure that Tesla is well prepared for the future, we have been undertaking a thorough reorganization of our company,' the memo obtained by AFP said.

'As part of the reorg, we are flattening the management structure to improve communication, combining functions where sensible and trimming activities that are not vital to the success of our mission.'

May 15 10:28

Ellen Brown on Why We Should Own the Banks



May 15 10:26

US Navy to buy 7,000 rockets from UK arms maker

The US Navy has awarded British weapons manufacturer BAE Systems a $175 million contract to produce more than 7,000 laser-guided rockets.

Dubbed advanced precision kill weapon system (APKWS), the rockets are standard 2.75-inch (70-millimeter) missiles that have been transformed into precision munitions by installing a guidance kit between their warhead and engine compartments.

BAE Systems is ramping up production to build toward an annual level of more than 20,000 units, with officials noting that the US contract might be extended for 17,500 APKWS.

The company has reportedly began delivering the rockets and hopes to fulfill the contract ahead of schedule by coordinating production in facilities in New Hampshire and Texas as well as its supplier chain.

May 15 10:25

'You think like an Englishman!' Sky News row ERUPTS with Israeli scholar over Jerusalem

A FURIOUS row broke out between a Sky New presenter and an Israeli scholar over the Donald Trump's decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem and the Palestinian claim to the city.

The US is to open its new embassy in Jerusalem - a move praised by Israel but condemned by Palestinians, amid escalating violence in Gaza.

Palestinians oppose the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and claim the eastern part of the city as part of their future state.

An interview on the topic saw a heated clash between Sky News' Diplomatic Editor Dominic Waghorn and an Israeli scholar Dr Mordechai Kedar.

Dr Kedar, who is a former intelligence officer, claimed that the Palestinians have "no claim whatsoever" to Jerusalem and accused Waghorn of "thinking like an Englishman".

May 15 10:24

Russia is threatening WORLD PEACE with unacceptable 'AGGRESSIVE' acts - MI5 SHOCK warning

RUSSIA's leader Vladimir Putin was the target of a scathing attack from MI5 chief Andrew Parker denouncing the country's "flagrant breach" of law to undermine international stability.

MI5 chief Andrew Parker lambasted the Russian Government's attempts to undermine the international political order with its repeated "aggressive and pernicious activities."

In a speech addressing the leaders of 30 European intelligence services – the Counter Terrorism Group – Mr Parker praised Russia for wanting to establish the country on the "world's stage" but voiced his criticism towards Vladimir Putin and his Government.

The MI5 boss said: "We want a cordial relationship with the Russian Government and for it to live up to its international obligations, taking its place on the world’s stage in the rules-based order.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"They are supposed to do what we TELL them to do, dammit!" -- Number 9 3/4

May 15 10:22

NBC NEWS DEFAMES THE GATESTONE INSTITUTE:


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May 15 10:22

Ron Paul: Gaza Violence, Blowback For Jerusalem?

"There's no evidence that the Palestinians had arms, they had slingshots and stones!" says Dr. Paul.

May 15 10:21

Iraq election results: Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr on course to beat Iran-backed PM

POWERFUL nationalist cleric Moqtada al-Sadr was leading in Iraq's parliamentary election with more than half the votes counted, the electoral commission said, a surprise comeback for a Shi'ite leader who had been sidelined by Iran-backed rivals.

May 15 10:21

Today Italy gets first right wing ‘populist’ government since Mussolini

THERE are a few t’s to be crossed and i’s to be dotted – not least who will be Prime Minister – but by the end of today Italy will have its first out-and-out populist right wing government since Mussolini was executed by partisans in 1945.

May 15 10:19

This May Be the Best Evidence Yet of a Water Plume on Jupiter's Moon Europa

The newly analyzed Galileo data provides "compelling independent evidence that there seems to be a plume on Europa," said study lead author Xianzhe Jia, an associate professor in the Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering at the University of Michigan. [Possible Water Plumes on Europa: The Discovery in Images]

This is exciting news for astrobiologists: If the plume is indeed real, it could offer a way for a spacecraft to sample Europa's buried ocean of liquid water without even touching down on the moon. And NASA is working on a mission that could do just that.



May 15 10:18

Ivanka Trump 'pushed for her father to bomb Syria'

Donald Trump’s daughter persuaded him to strike targets in Syria, according to reports of a diplomatic memo.

A cable briefing to Theresa May and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson by Britain’s ambassador to Washington Sir Kim Darroch said Ms Trump was influential in bringing about the bombings, those who saw the memo said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I don't remember Ivanka's name on that ballot!

May 15 10:18

HARRY REID HAS CANCER...

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May 15 10:18

Lava flow from Hawaii volcano could last for weeks — and paper masks won't keep you safe

Lava from the Kilauea volcano was burning through the rain forest Tuesday and is about two miles from pouring into the ocean, raising the likelihood the Big Island is about to get a little bigger from a flow that could persist for weeks — and could cause serious health problems.

Health officials at a community meeting Monday night cautioned residents that most commonly available face mask filters — the paper kind used for sanding and painting —would protect only against ash and won't remove the sulfur dioxide.

May 15 10:17

See lava spew hundreds of feet into air

More Hawaii residents have been told to evacuate as two new fissures open and volcanoes spew lava and fumes. CNN's Scott McLean reports.Source: CNN


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May 15 10:12

Pacific Tsunami Warning Center Updates Animation of Big Island Quakes and Eruptions

May 15 10:08

'Israel has a right to DEFEND itself' – Donald Trump blames HAMAS for Gaza deaths

DONALD Trump has blamed Palestinian group Hamas for the “tragic deaths” of almost 60 people who were killed in violent clashes, as he relocated the Israeli embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So Israel, armed by the United States with lethal weapons of war and possessing nuclear weapons, feels threatened by Palestinians throwing rocks?!?

When was the last time you were tested for illegal drugs, Donny?

May 15 10:06

Robert Mueller Was Blindsided By Trump’s Plan To Shut Him Down For Good

Donald Trump is fed up with Robert Mueller’s witch hunt against him and has changed course.

The special counsel’s probe has slogged on for one year with no end in sight.

But Mueller was blindsided by Trump’s new plan to shut him down for good.

Donald Trump has made numerous changes to his legal team.

John Dowd and Ty Cobb – who urged a strategy of cooperation – are out and Emmett Flood and Rudy Giuliani are in.

Flood and Giuliani were brought on board to do battle with Mueller and his team and not to appease them.

The Washington Post reports that Trump’s team is moving to a “war footing.”



May 15 10:05

Royal snub! Majority of Britons NOT INTERESTED in royal wedding, according to SHOCK poll

A MAJORITY of Britons are not interested in Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s upcoming nuptials at St George’s Chapel on May 19, according to a poll commissioned by anti-monarchist pressure group Republic.

May 15 10:03

NAMES AND FACES OF THIS WEEK’S MARTYRS

Eight-month-old Laila is youngest Palestinian killed in Gaza on Monday, the deadliest day since 2014 war

May 15 09:58

Gaza violence: Boris Johnson flees Parliament to avoid urgent question (VIDEO)

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson fled the House of Commons, avoiding an urgent question from Labour's Emily Thornberry that requested a response to the killing of 60 Palestinian protesters and the injuring of 2,500.

The one-line question, put forward by the Shadow Foreign Secretary, asked “the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs to make a statement on the violence at the Gaza border and its impact on the Middle East peace process.” However she was unable to finish her question before Johnson had scuttled out of the Commons.

May 15 09:58

GOP vs. DOJ: Clash over FBI source who aided Mueller probe

May 15 09:57

Sparks Fly Toward The Debt Powder Keg

The narrative that the economy continues to improve is a myth, if not intentional mendacious propaganda. The economy can’t possibly improve with the average household living from paycheck to paycheck while trying to service hopeless levels of debt. In fact, the economy will continue to deteriorate from the perspective of every household below the top 1% in terms of income and wealth.

Theoretically, the Trump tax cuts will add about $90 per month of extra after-tax income for the average household. However, the average price of gasoline has risen close to 40% over the last year (it cost me $45 to fill my tank last week vs about $32 a year ago) For most households, the tax cut “windfall” will be largely absorbed by the increasing cost to fill the gas tank, which is going to continue rising. The highly promoted economic boost from the tax cuts will, instead, end up as a transfer payment to oil companies.



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May 15 09:56

Ron Paul in 2014: "Too Much Killing, Palestinians Have Been Treated Unfairly, & Something Should Be Done About That"

"A lot of people are dying in Gaza. And it's a real mess. I believe the people in Gaza are living in prison conditions. They can't go about, there are blockades there, they can't go anywhere, so it's a tragic situation... there's too much killing, and I think the Palestinians have been treated unfairly, and that something, someday should be done about that."

May 15 09:51

'Appalled & disgusted': Twittersphere slams 'pro-Israel' US media coverage of Gaza protests

Children were among the dead, including an eight-month-old baby who inhaled Israeli tear gas. However, many US media outlets are now under fire for not covering the deadly situation at the Gaza border, instead reporting with a pro-Israel slant. The term "58 Palestinians," a previous death toll reported by the ministry, was trending on Monday, with Twitter users responding to mainstream media coverage.

"MSM remains largely uncritical of Israeli actions. However, social media is appalled and disgusted," one person wrote on Twitter, referring to the situation as a "murderous killing spree."

May 15 09:48

‘Expel the Israeli ambassador’: Irish FM blasted for double standards over Gaza and Skripal case

Ireland's foreign minister is being accused of hypocrisy for failing to expel Israel’s ambassador over the IDF killing 60 Palestinians on Monday, despite sending a Russian diplomat home over the Skripal case without evidence.

May 15 09:46

Europe’s longest: Putin leads column of trucks at Crimean bridge opening ceremony (VIDEO)

A new 19km bridge connecting the mainland with the Crimean Peninsula has been officially opened, making Russia the host of Europe’s longest bridge. President Vladimir Putin personally drove a truck across it to mark the occasion.



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May 15 09:46

Spy plays politics: MI5 chief uses terrorism and Russia threat to beg for Brexit clemency

Andrew Parker's visit to Berlin on Monday is being held up as historic, the first public speech outside Britain by a serving head of MI5. However, rather than a spy, Germany got a politician with a Brexit begging letter.

The basic message was that Russia and Muslim terrorists are coming to get you, and you need Britain to help, so please don't hold Brexit against us. The structure of the speech from Parker to other intelligence agencies was classic political theory. Introduce an enemy (Russians and Islamic terrorists), create fear (the Reds are in your Twitter feed), offer a solution (just be our friend after Brexit).

May 15 09:44

Mystery figure targets anti-war pundits and politicians by prolifically editing Wikipedia

A mystery online figure called Philip Cross is targeting anti-war and non-mainstream UK figures by prolifically editing their Wikipedia pages – to the point that George Galloway is offering a reward to see him unmasked.

Active on Wikipedia since 2004, Philip Cross has been editing wiki entries for nearly 15 years. Recently, trouble has been brewing online, with Cross accused of paying special attention to a cluster of Wikipedia accounts, editing them or deleting chunks of information.

Pundits like Galloway, academic Tim Hayward, opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn, and ex-UK ambassador to Uzbekistan Craig Murray have fallen in the crosshairs of the editorial mystery man (or perhaps woman) who goes by the name of Philip Cross – and many of them are growing frustrated with the lack of action from Wikipedia to prevent malicious editing.

May 15 09:43

Smiles amid bloodbath: Twitter points out bad optics of US embassy opening during Gaza massacre

As American officials smiled and clapped at the opening of the new US embassy in Jerusalem, Palestinian protesters were gunned down by Israeli bullets at the Gaza border.

Twitter users were quick to point out the competing visuals and bad optics on a day when US officials were touting the opening of the new embassy as a “magnificent tribute to peace.”

Many users pointed out the images of White House Senior Advisor Jared Kushner and wife Ivanka Trump smiling and laughing at the opening of the embassy with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu while protesters, among them children, were shot dead in Gaza.

May 15 09:42

Tehran ready to take nuclear program ‘to level stronger’ than before intl deal – official

Iran’s nuclear chief said on Tuesday that the European Union should make up for the US withdrawal from the nuclear deal or Tehran would ramp up its nuclear program to a level more advanced than before the accord, Reuters said.

May 15 09:41

US wants China trade deal as talks resume, says White House adviser Kudlow

The United States is not seeking a trade war with China and top US officials are looking to make a deal with Beijing, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on Tuesday. The statement came as talks between the two nations were set to resume.

May 15 09:41

N. Korea to join international efforts to ban all nuclear weapons tests – envoy

North Korea plans to join global efforts to implement a total ban on nuclear weapons tests, Pyongyang’s ambassador told the United Nations disarmament body on Tuesday.

May 15 09:40

Greece & Macedonia still ‘far away’ from deal on name dispute

Greece said Tuesday it was “far away” from resolving a decades-long dispute over Macedonia’s name, despite progress in talks between the two neighbors. Greece refuses to recognize the country under the name Macedonia, saying this implies a territorial claim on a northern Greek region of the same name. Athens has also blocked Macedonia’s efforts to join NATO and the European Union.

May 15 09:39

Catalonia president-elect calls on Spanish PM to talk with separatist leaders

Catalonia’s president-elect has called on Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to talk with the region’s separatist leaders. Catalan MPs in Barcelona elected separatist Quim Torra on Monday to lead their region. He has vowed to build an independent Catalan republic by working under the leadership of predecessor Carles Puigdemont, who is in Germany fighting extradition to Spain.

May 15 09:39

More than $100 million in (TAXPAYER) cash left Airport in carry-on luggage to terrorist groups

This fraud is suspected of costing Minnesota taxpayers as much as $100 million a year.

May 15 09:37

German court dismisses Erdogan’s appeal to ban mocking poem outright, upholds ban on passages

A court in Hamburg on Tuesday rejected Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s appeal to ban outright a satirical poem recited two years ago by a comedian on German television. The case has soured already-strained ties between Berlin and Ankara. However, judges also upheld a ban by a lower court in 2017 on certain passages of the poem, read out by German comedian Jan Boehmermann, and which suggested Erdogan watched child pornography, Reuters said.

May 15 09:35

Cleric Sadr set to win Iraq election in surprise comeback for US adversary

Nationalist cleric Moqtada al-Sadr led in Iraq’s parliamentary election with more than half the votes counted on Monday. In the first election since Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) was defeated in the country, Shiite militia chief Hadi al-Amiri’s bloc, which is backed by Iran, was in second place. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, once seen as the front-runner, trailed in third position, Reuters reports. The preliminary results were based on a count of more than 95 percent of the votes cast in 10 of Iraq’s 18 provinces.

May 15 09:35

Israeli ‘toxic influence’ responsible for extreme US policy – Max Blumenthal

Allied with the hardline Israeli government, the Trump administration has adopted the “most extreme policy in history” on Israel and Palestine, author and political analyst Max Blumenthal tells RT.

Blumenthal, the director of ‘Killing Gaza’ documentary about the 2014 Israeli attack on the Hamas-run Palestinian territory, answered RT.com’s questions and later spoke to RT International in the wake of Monday’s bloodshed, in which over 50 people were killed and almost 3,000 injured on the Israel-Gaza border.

May 15 09:31

‘Terrible massacre’: Israel kills 59, injures 2,771 Gaza protesters as US embassy opens in Jerusalem

Fifty-nine Palestinian protesters, including seven children under 18, have been killed by Israeli fire during demonstrations on the day of the US embassy's inauguration in Jerusalem, the Palestinian health ministry said Monday.

More than 2,700 protesters have been injured in Gaza on what has been the most violent day of the six week long Great March of Return. Those wounded on Monday include 203 children and 78 women, according to the ministry.

The Palestinian government denounced Monday’s violence as a “terrible massacre” perpetrated “by the forces of the Israeli occupation”, and called for an immediate international intervention to prevent further deaths. A day of national mourning has been declared by the government in Ramallah, to be held Tuesday.

May 15 09:30

Bolton wants all of North Korea’s nukes shipped to US in exchange for ‘security assurances’

President Donald Trump’s national security adviser wants North Korea to ship all of its nuclear weapons to a US lab in Tennessee, to make sure Kim Jong-un follows through on his promise to dismantle the program.

North Korea’s nuclear weapons should be dismantled and sent to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee if Kim wants to see a relaxation of sanctions, John Bolton said during an interview on ABC’s ‘This Week’ on Sunday.

“I think the implementation of this decision means getting rid of all the nuclear weapons, dismantling them, taking them to Oak Ridge”, said Bolton. “It means getting rid of the uranium enrichment and plutonium processing capabilities. It means addressing the ballistic missile issue. A lot of things like that.”

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"You do what we want first, then maybe we'll do something nice for you. Maybe." -- Official White Horse Souse

May 15 09:29

10-Year-Old Video of Ivanka Trump Saying She Would Like To Build A Hotel In Jerusalem

The video poster writes "...She got her wish. I wonder if the Trump crime family made money off the construction of the embassy. Via “partners”—I’d bet on it."

May 15 09:28

FLASHBACK - Blair Lies About Iraq's WMDs

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The road to war is paved with lies.

May 15 09:23

Trump says first lady to leave hospital in '2 or 3 days'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Tuesday that his wife, Melania, will come home from the hospital in a few days, after receiving medical treatment this week for a kidney condition the White House said is noncancerous.

May 15 09:06

43 million Live in Poverty: Poor People’s Campaign Headed to Washington

Eddie Conway speaks to people on the ground who are leading the poor people’s march, which will culminate in Washington DC on June 23rd. The Poor People’s Campaign is a coalition of organizations led by Rev. Dr William Barber II and Reverend Dr Liz Theoharis, inspired by the historic march lead by MLK Jr. 50 years ago

May 15 09:06

Kellyanne Conway is Furious After Recent White House Leaks- Promises Firings

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway is breaking her silence after recent leaks of comments made during an internal White House staff meeting last week. Conway is ready to fire everyone involved.

“I had several discussions with the president on this very topic today,” Conway opined during a recent interview. And she fully expects immediate personnel changes.

Conway’s warning came hours after Trump also condemned White House leakers as “traitors and cowards.” He has vowed to discover the source of the problem.

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Given the fact that the FBI had at least one spy inside the Trump campaign, I would sweep the White House for listening devices.

May 15 09:04

ON VIDEO ~~ THE EMBASSY OF DOOM

As Ivanka smiled in Jerusalem, deadly bloodshed and violence erupted in Gaza, ending any dream of peace in the Middle East just as experts warned — but Trump recklessly ignored them.

May 15 09:04

VIDEO ~~ TRUMP PICKS THE DEVIL TO PRAY FOR PEACE IN JERUSALEM

Who did Trump send to pray at the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem? A man who thinks all Muslims and Jews are going to hell.

May 15 09:03

IN TOONS ~~ A HISTORY OF ISRAELI GENOCIDE

May 15 09:02

Impunity ensured: US blocks UN call to probe Israeli crackdown on Palestinians

A damning UN Security Council draft statement on Israel’s use of force against protesters at the Gaza border was blocked by the US. Nearly 60 people were killed as the new US Embassy opened in Jerusalem.

Monday was the bloodiest day in six weeks of protesting by Palestinians at Israel’s border wall, during which hundreds of people have been killed and thousands injured by Israeli soldiers. The IDF (Israel Defense Forces) has used tear gas and small arms against demonstrators, saying the use of force is justified due to the threat they pose. Palestinian protesters have burned tires, thrown stones, and launched incendiary kites during the stand-off.

The draft statement, which was blocked by Washington on Monday, expressed outrage over the scale of violence and called for an independent investigation of the situation.

May 15 08:59

Brexit REVEALED: What the EU really thinks of Theresa May's customs union battle

THERESA MAY has faced a raft of criticism inside Westminster and across the Channel in Brussels as she tries to secure a customs agreement that will push Brexit beyond the stall created by the Irish border conundrum.

The Prime Minister has had her negotiation team pushing two options – “maximum facilitation” and a “new customs partnership” – but has failed to win much support in Brussels or Westminster for her ideas, including creating a huge divide in her so-called Brexit war Cabinet.

Maximum facilitation – otherwise known as “MaxFac” to negotiators and the desired option for Brexiteers – uses a series of technology to ensure post-Brexit customs checks are at a minimum and virtually frictionless. While this option is not off the table, The EU has signified it will not be sufficient to in the quest to prevent a hard border on the island of Ireland and other experts have suggested the technology needed will not be ready for many years after Britain finally leaves the bloc.

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