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May 16, 2015

May 16 09:29

New Gaza flotilla: 'We are not scared of Israeli brutality'

A new flotilla with humanitarian aid on board is going to help people in Gaza; the mission is beyond political polarization and in full compliance with international law, Osama Qashoo, member of the first flotilla to Gaza, told RT’s In The Now.

A flotilla carrying humanitarian aid has set out from Sweden on its way to Gaza which is under and Israeli maritime blockade. The ships are carrying pro-Palestinian activists aiming to break the blockade. Two other vessels are expected to join them later. The Foreign Ministry of Israel has described it an unnecessary provocation, saying the boats will be denied entry, and if you want to send aid to Gaza - do it via Israel.

Up to 10 people were killed 5 years ago when Israel tried to block the first flotilla bound for Gaza.

May 16 09:28

US Court Orders Immediate Release of 85-Year-Old Anti-Nuke Nun

After being arrested for vandalizing a uranium storage bunker, the anti-nuclear nun, Sister Megan Rice, will finally be released.

May 16 09:24

THE FALL OF MCDONALDS

McDonald’s to Close 700 Stores in 2015. People Demand More Healthy Food.



May 16 09:22

Harvard University is accused of setting quotas to keep the numbers of Asian-American students significantly lower than the quality of their applications merits.

A complaint Friday alleged that Harvard University discriminates against Asian-American applicants by setting a higher bar for admissions than that faced by other groups.

May 16 09:20

Israeli Government Most Racist, Extremist in History

Israel named its new cabinet (Hebrew) yesterday and the names are a Who’s Who of the most rabid, racist, brutal and cruel politicians in the nation. The only one who rivals them and is missing from the show is Avigdor Lieberman, who’s bowed out for political reasons of his own. In the past, nations of the world have isolated individual leaders of nations and refused to visit or meet with them because their ideas are so noxious that they fall outside the consensus of international discourse. Kurt Waldheim and Jorg Haider are examples of this. The time has come to put the Israeli government in herem. You can pick your poison among them as to which deserves special ostracism.

May 16 08:58

FOREIGN OWNERSHIP OF US DEBT RISES; CHINA RECLAIMS TOP SPOT



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May 16 08:49

New Fox News Poll Finds That a Surprising Number of People Believe Terrorists Live Near Them

A “record high” percentage of people believe that there are terrorists living in the U.S. and nearby them, according to a new Fox News poll.
The poll found that, of the 1,006 people asked, 29% percent of respondents believed it to be “very likely” that terrorists are living in the United States.

May 16 08:49

How to fight western propaganda

First they manufacture monstrous lies, and then they tell us that we should be objective!

I truly believe that there is not much time for “objectivity” in any battle, including those ideological ones, especially when these are battles for the survival of humanity!

I strongly believe no! We are obliged to fight those who are burning our dwellings, to hit with full force those who are attempting to rape our women, and to confront fire with fire when innocent beings are slaughtered.

May 16 08:47

Why Has The News Ignored Austerity Protests? Russell Brand The Trews



May 16 08:47

'I can't breathe! I'm choking on my blood': Horrifying jailhouse video of Iraq War veteran, 26, who died while serving two-day DUI sentence

At some point between 8pm Friday and Sunday, Brown had a health crisis while sitting in his cell that caused him to bleed out of his mouth, nose and ears, according to lawyers representing his family.

A corrections officer at the jail turned on a video camera and started recording as a team of guards in riot gear stormed Brown's cell after he refused to communicate with them through the door.

In the disturbing jailhouse video, a group of guards in helmets are seen descending on Brown.

May 16 08:46

FBI investigates report that projectile hit windshield of Amtrak train moments before it crashed... as it's revealed TWO other trains were also struck minutes apart on the same corridor

The FBI is investigating a report that the Amtrak train that crashed in Philadelphia on Tuesday night could have been 'shot at' moments before it derailed, killing eight and injuring 200.

The new claim on Friday comes as investigators revealed that two other trains had suffered cracked windows after being hit by unknown objects just minutes before the deadly crash and only a few miles apart.

May 16 08:37

Seizing an alternative: War lies to hide obviously unlawful wars: propaganda as usual (4 of 7)

*hyperlinks/video live at source*

The following is my paper for the Claremont Colleges’ conference, Seizing an Alternative Toward an Ecological Civilization, with open registration to the public on June 4-7, 2015.

Paper title:

‘Emperor’s New Clothes’ political collapse: Seizing an alternative to OBVIOUS unlawful wars, bankster looting, lying corporate media
I’ve divided the paper into sections:

Recognizing The Emperor’s New Clothes as THE STORY of today (1 of 7)

Obviously unlawful US/UK wars of the present (2 of 7)

Obviously unlawful Israel wars on Gaza (3 of 7)

War lies to hide obviously unlawful wars: propaganda as usual (4 of 7)

Bankster looting: fundamental fraud that “debt” is “money” (5 of 7)

Lying corporate media: required propaganda trying to hide naked empire (6 of 7)

Integrity for the whole truth, and nothing but the truth (7 of 7)

This section is: War lies to hide obviously unlawful wars: propaganda as usual (4 of 7)

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May 16 08:37

US Intelligence Officer: “Every Single Terrorist Attack In US Was A False Flag Attack”

The latest whistleblower is David Steele, a 20-year Marine Corps intelligence officer, and the second-highest-ranking civilian in the U.S. Marine Corps Intelligence. He is a former CIA clandestine services case officer, and this is what he had to say:

“Most terrorists are false flag terrorists, or are created by our own security services. In the United States, every single terrorist incident we have had has been a false flag, or has been an informant pushed on by the FBI. In fact, we now have citizens taking out restraining orders against FBI informants that are trying to incite terrorism. We’ve become a lunatic asylum.”




May 16 08:37

Revealed: Top Tory MP escaped prosecution for child sex abuse after promising not to see victim again

A top Tory politician escaped prosecution for child abuse in the 1970s after promising not see his victim again.

Victor Montagu, a former Conservative MP, was let off with a caution in 1972 for indecently assaulting a boy for nearly two years, files released by the National Archives reveal.

The decision meant Montagu never stood trial and his widespread paedophile abuse were never exposed.

May 16 08:36

SNP prepared to defy Cameron on a second independence referendum

The Scottish National party would be prepared to push ahead with a second independence referendum without David Cameron’s permission if the prime minister refuses any future demand to hold one, a senior party source in Westminster has indicated.

The party would be prepared to try to bypass the prime minister and hold an indicative ballot of the Scottish people if it believes it has a political mandate for a referendum but Westminster refuses to allow one.

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"Look, we stole that last election fair and square and you're just gonna have to accept that!" -- Number 9 3/4

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May 16 08:34

Khalif Mitchell fined for questioning Holocaust

Khalif Mitchell, 30, a Montreal Alouettes defensive lineman, has been fined the maximum amount allowable by the Canadian Football League (CFL) for social media misconduct.

Mitchell recently posted several Holocaust-related messages through his official Twitter account, @TruthWillFree96.

For instance, in a post on May 8, Mitchell included a link to a YouTube video named The greatest lie ever told – The Holocaust. Watch video below.

May 16 08:33

World War III will start with Pentagon bombing of RT – Kusturica

Award-winning Serbian director and musician Emir Kusturica believes that when Washington eventually starts World War III, RT will become one of its first and primary targets, being an extremely powerful weapon challenging US state propaganda.

May 16 08:33

Tanker engaged by Iranian vessels liable for $300mn in damages to oil rig – Tehran

A Singapore-flagged tanker which, owner claims, came under Iranian navy fire in the international waters off the UAE this week, is wanted over the unsettled $300mn debt in damages it caused to an oil rig in late March, according to Iranian official.

May 16 08:32

Turkish jet shoots down Syrian aircraft after it ‘violated air space’

A Turkish F-16 has shot down Syrian aircraft that allegedly violated Turkey’s airspace in the southern province of Hatay. Syria says the target was a small unmanned surveillance plane.



May 16 08:32

Conservatives have 'zero tolerance' for protest of Israeli apartheid? Protest must be powerful!

The CBC's recent revelation that Conservative Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney has called for "zero tolerance" of criticism of Israel and that Canadian hate laws could be applied to those campaigning for BDS -- Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions -- against Israel is repugnant enough. But the truly disturbing irony in this outrageous declaration is that the more extreme the Israeli government becomes, the more illegal settlements it builds, the more explicit its open contempt for world opinion and the more outrageous Netanyahu's statements, the stronger is the support from the Harper government. It raises the question: is there any action, including the actual expulsion of Palestinians from Israel and the Occupied Territories that Harper would not support?

May 16 08:22

Only 22 Countries Have Never Been Invaded By Britain (For Now)

While America may have troops in around 150 countries around the world, it still has not 'officially' invaded as many as Britain managed throughout its history... but there's still time.

May 16 08:21

Mohamed Morsi sentenced to death by Egyptian court

An Egyptian court has sentenced the ousted president Mohamed Morsi to death for his part in a mass jailbreak in 2011.

May 16 08:21

Obamas’ Net Worth as Much as $6.9 Million, U.S. Filing Says

President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, own assets worth $1.9 million to $6.9 million, according to financial disclosures released Friday.



May 16 08:20

Canadian corporations hoarding record amounts in offshore tax havens

In 2014, Canadian corporations sent nearly $200 billion offshore, costing us nearly $8 billion in tax revenue.

May 16 08:13

Abu Sayyaf, key ISIS figure in Syria, killed in U.S. raid

U.S. Special Operations forces killed a senior ISIS commander during a daring raid intended to capture him in eastern Syria overnight Friday to Saturday, U.S. government officials said.

The ISIS commander, Abu Sayyaf, was killed after he fought capture in the raid at al-Omar, U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said in a statement. His wife, an Iraqi named Umm Sayyaf, was caught and is being held in Iraq.

May 16 08:06

Jeff Rense & Tim Rifat - Jeff's Recent Brush with Death

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May 16 08:02

Poland pays compensation to ex-inmates of CIA torture sites on its territory

Warsaw has paid €230,000 to two former inmates of CIA “black site” prisons, which used to be on Poland’s territory – a move that has raised questions in the country.

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May 16 08:01

Fox News Correspondent Calls Amtrak Engineer’s Sexuality “A Factor” In Deadly Crash

Bostian is a gay man—cited by some outlets as a “gay activist” because he was active in the fight against California’s Proposition 8. In 2012, he told The Midtown Gazette: “It’s kind of insulting to have to beg people for my right to marry. I feel like we shouldn’t even have to have this fight.”

His sexuality hasn’t been reported on by major media organizations because it’s completely irrelevant.

But it is oddly “interesting” to anti-gay bigots, who’ve been inferring Bostian’s sexuality somehow “caused” the horrific derailment.

Right Wing Watch notes a few extremists linking the two, none as awful as Sandy Rios, the governmental affairs director of the hate group American Family Association and regular Fox News contributor. Today on her AFA radio program, she cited Bostian’s sexuality as “a factor” in the crash.

May 16 08:00

New York Times sells Israel’s next war

How hard is it for the Israeli military to launch an unprovoked war with its neighbor by casting itself as a victim of barbarianism, rallying international support and even apologizing in advance and exonerating itself for killing innocent civilians? It seems it only takes one phone call to the New York Times.

That’s right, the world’s most powerful newspaper has just published an article wholly inspired and almost entirely narrated by the unverifiable and belligerent claims of Israeli military sources. The article “Israel Says Hezbollah Positions Put Civilians at Risk” casts no serious journalistic or responsible doubt on these Israeli claims made by a military institution that has engaged in wars that have killed tens of thousands of civilians in the past.

The author, Isabel Kershner warns that Israel says “…many Lebanese civilians will probably be killed, and that it should not be considered Israel’s fault.”



May 16 07:55

Here’s How Your Senators Voted, in the Key Senate Vote to End American Democracy

The key vote, in the U.S. Senate, to transfer to international corporate panels America’s democratic national sovereignty over the laws and regulations on the environment, workers’ rights, consumers’ rights, and finance, was officially titled with the misleadingly unrelated phrase “Ensuring Tax Exempt Organizations the Right to Appeal Act,” and it passed the U.S. Senate as “H.R. 1314,” by 65 to 33 votes, at 1:55 in the afternoon of Thursday 14 May 2015.

May 16 07:55

UK Parl. gives immunity to spies

UK parliament has passed a new legislation giving the intelligence officers and police immunity from prosecution for hacking into computers, laptos and mobile phones.

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May 16 07:51

Despotic Saudi Regime Lobbies to Chair Human Rights Council

It's one of the world's most repressive states - a blight on humanity, a cancer in a part of the world known for despotic regimes.

Its human rights record is horrific by any standard. Fundamental rights don't exist.

State terror is official policy. Democracy is strictly prohibited. Torture and physical abuse are commonplace. So are public whippings, beheadings and hangings.

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May 16 07:45

Birth Tourism: How 1000s Of Pregnant Chinese Women Visit The US To Give Birth (& Get A Passport)

Did you know there exists a highly lucrative business in America that consists of helping pregnant Chinese women get into the U.S. merely to give birth and get their children passports? Yep, neither did I.



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May 16 04:32

Battlefield: Black Sea

While the war in Ukraine has raged on for more than a year, the growing conflict between the US-NATO and Russia has taken on new dimensions. From economic warfare waged by the West in the form of sanctions, to the diplomatic rows over the commemoration of Victory Day in Moscow, more and more it seems that relations between East and West are fraying beyond repair. Though it may seem that this conflict is escalating into simply an extension of what was once known as the Cold War, the potential exists for a hot war of global dimensions.

May 16 04:31

US Empire - American Exceptionalism Is No Shining City On a Hill

The concept of American exceptionalism is as old as the United States, and it implies that the country has a qualitative difference from other nations. This notion of being special gives Americans the sense that playing a lead role in world affair is part of their natural historic calling. However there is nothing historically exceptional about this: the Roman empire also viewed itself as a system superior to other nations and, more recently, so did the British and the French empires.

May 16 04:26

The Myth of the Inevitable War

History should caution the United States from believing that armed conflict with "perpetual" enemies is unavoidable.

May 16 04:22

Macedonia Struggles for Identity as Political Violence Grows

Macedonia's opposition pledges more protests amid growing violence and attacks on police officers, as the country is forced to decide between a national identity and EU/NATO integration.

May 16 04:20

Donetsk People's Republic says Ukraine’s Security Service preparing terrorist acts in run-up to EU summit

Military intelligence of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic has uncovered the efforts of the Ukrainian Security Service SBU to organize a chain of terrorist acts in Donetsk, Eduard Basurin, the official spokesman of the DPR Defence Ministry told a news briefing on Friday.

May 16 04:17

The Phony ‘Bad Intel’ Defense on Iraq

Jeb Bush’s stumbling start to his presidential bid has refocused attention on Official Washington’s favorite excuse for the illegal, aggressive and disastrous war in Iraq – that it was just a case of “bad intelligence.” But that isn’t what the real history shows.

May 15, 2015

May 15 23:36

Why Does McDonald’s Continue To Ignore Customers?

May 15 19:38

CANADIAN PUBLISHER FACES JAIL FOR POLITICAL WRITINGS!

FREEDOM OF SPEECH IN CANADA IS UNDER ATTACK! CANADIAN PUBLISHER FACES JAIL FOR POLITICAL WRITINGS! NEEDS OUR HELP!

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May 15 18:32

George could be Jeb’s secret weapon IN N.H

Our Franklin Pierce University/Boston Herald poll showed the former president is wildly popular among New Hampshire Republican primary voters. And they are the ones Bush is failing to reach out to right now.

(*And no way could "W" ever be a handicap to J.E.B .
No way , what so ever .
NONE !!! )

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May 15 15:10

Swedish firms face penalties if boards not 'more female'

Justice and Migration Minister Morgan Johansson has told Swedish companies that they could face penalties if they don't comply with proposed government legislation designed to ensure boards of directors have a 40 percent female representation.

Given Sweden's recent self-destructive past, this will undoubtedly be followed up with legislation to levy penalties on companies whose boards don't have the requisite number of immigrants.

May 15 15:07

France offers Russia ‘deal to ditch Mistrals’

Paris has allegedly offered Moscow the sweet sum of €785 million to scrap a contentious contract to supply two warships that was suspended due to the Ukraine crisis, a Russian newspaper reported Friday.

May 15 15:05

Raid on Venice Beach Church Targets Illegal Kombucha Tea

Once upon a time, a boy with a beautiful head of hair starred in a bunch of teen movies and then grew up to co-found a new-age spiritual movement. Tale as old as time. The actor-turned-guru, Andrew Keegan, set up Full Circle's headquarters in an old Venice Beach, California, church last fall, and this would all just be a charming little fact ripe for the Tweeting were it not for meddling state alcohol control agents. Last Friday, an undercover officer from the state's Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) "infiltrated the temple," Vice reports, "clearing the way for a 9 PM incursion by five officers." What manner of crazy bootlegged hooch were the agents there to confiscate?

Kombucha. Blueberry kombucha.

May 15 14:42

Israeli court says Arab village must make way for Jewish town

Israel’s Palestinian minority is preparing to hold a “day of rage” to protest against a court ruling last week that cleared the way to destroying an entire Bedouin village so that it can be replaced with a Jewish town.

May 15 14:37

Ukraine Deceives Europe

A year and a half has passed since the well-known dramatic events took place in Ukraine. Having come to power the regime started to practice a kind of Newspeak, or fictional language. Misleading terms are routinely used to deceive people.

May 15 14:33

IMF demands will make most Ukrainians homeless - Finance Minister of Ukraine

Fulfilling the requirements of the IMF will make the majority of Ukrainians homeless - said the Minister of Finance of Ukraine, according to Ukrainian portal MIGnews.

May 15 14:29

China to invest $50 bn in Brazil infrastructure projects

In a move that could be a massive boost to bilateral ties, China will invest $50 billion in infrastructure development projects in Brazil, announced the country’s deputy Foreign Minister.

May 15 14:26

The Never-Ending Nakba - From Gaza to Gaza Camp

Immediately preceding the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, the country that now demands others acknowledge it’s “right to exist” depopulated and destroyed over 400 Palestinian towns and villages, forcing the inhabitants to flee for their lives. The new state planted trees and established national parks over the ruins of dozens of villages where Israelis now spend quiet afternoons and enjoy picnics in the shade. The cries of the dead are drowned out by the laughter of children playing on the remains of ancient homes. The Arabic names of the destroyed villages have been erased. The Israeli state still clings to the myth of “A land without a people, for a people without a land,” and deny the Nakba took place, just as many Americans still deny an indigenous genocide in “our” country. Zochrot, an Israeli NGO, has identified and mapped every destroyed Palestinian village and town in order to reeducate the Israeli public. Their message is largely ignored.

May 15 14:23

Yemeni president recalls ambassador from Iran

Yemen's President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi has recalled his country's ambassador from Tehran "expeditiously", a local source has revealed. In an exclusive statement to Anadolu, the anonymous source said that the order came from the president himself, who is in exile in Riyadh.

May 15 14:18

How the Media Spins Story of Russian Soldiers In Ukraine

Attempts to prove the presence of Russian soldiers in Ukraine are reaching surreal levels.

The Russian liberal opposition has released a report to that effect, which it seems was largely prepared by the murdered Russian liberal politician Boris Nemtsov before his death.

Reuters has also published a dispatch under the incendiary title Special Report - Russian soldiers quit over Ukraine, to essentially the same effect.

May 15 14:14

Blue Bell to lay off one-third of employees

May 15 14:12

Vatican officially recognizes Palestine, while Israel fumes

The Vatican has become the latest country to recognize the state of Palestine, after a new treaty was finalized on Wednesday. Unsurprisingly Israel has hit out at the move, saying that it damages prospects for peace in the region.

May 15 14:08

Saudi airstrikes kill 48 in Yemen despite truce

Saudi Arabia’s airstrikes against the western Yemeni provinces of Hajjah and al-Hudaydah have killed at least 48 people just a few hours after Riyadh declared the start of a five-day ceasefire in the war-wracked country.

May 15 14:05

U.S. Farmers In “Dire Straits”: JPM Warns Of Imminent Liquidity Crunch

Despite the government’s ‘advice’ to young debt-laden students, the tragedy of the American farmer continues with worryingly pessimistic views on the future of the industry.

With farmland prices falling for the first time in almost 30 years, credit conditions are weakening dramatically and the Kansas City Fed warns that persistently low crop prices and high input costs reduced profit margins and increased concerns about future loan repayment capacity, and JPMorgan concludes, the industry is currently in dire straits with the potential for a liquidity crunch for farmers into 2016.

Not so long ago, US farmland – whose prices were until recently rising exponentially – was considered by many to be the next asset bubble. Then, almost overnight, the fairy-tale ended, and as reported in February, US farmland saw its first price drop since 1986.

May 15 13:55

FBI’s covert air force of surveillance aircraft shrouded in secrecy and hidden in shell corporations

As reported by ARS Technica, as tensions surrounding the recent protests and violence in Baltimore began to subside, a small squadron of innocuous-looking aircraft circled overhead, keeping watch on the neighborhoods most affected by rioting and other acts.

May 15 13:54

Banks Rule the World, but Who Rules the Banks?

These days, it is already a truism that the hegemony of the US is based on the Federal Reserve System’s (FRS) printing press. It is also more or less clear that the shareholders of the FRS are major international banks. These include not just US (Wall Street) banks, but also European banks (London City banks and several in continental Europe).

May 15 13:48

Is Washington Coming To Its Senses?

As time passes we will find out why Kerry was snubbing Putin on May 9 and 3 days later was criticizing Washington’s puppet regime in Ukraine. For what is known at this time, a possible explanation is that Washington is coming to its senses.

May 15 13:47

What Are They Thinking?

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Time for a repost!

May 15 13:46

Here’s How Your Senator Voted On TPP

May 15 13:46

US Strategy: Bombing Yemen Back to the 19th Century

On March 26, US-orchestrated/Saudi-led terror-bombing began - supplemented by imported takfiri death squad attacks.

Civilians are prime targets. Obama is systematically destroying Yemen - the way Washington ravaged Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria.

US strategy is total dirty war without mercy - including deliberately targeting civilian neighborhoods, schools, hospitals, power facilities, refugee camps, food depositories, vital infrastructure and other nonmilitary targets.

May 15 13:43

How to Fight Western Propaganda

First they manufacture monstrous lies, and then they tell us that we should be objective!

Is love objective; is passion?

Are dreams defendable, logically and philosophically?

When a house is attacked by brigands, when a village is overran by gangsters, when smoke, fire and cries for help are coming from every corner, should we award ourselves with the luxury of time to calculate, analyze and aim at complete logical, ethical, holistic and objective solutions?

I strongly believe no! We are obliged to fight those who are burning our dwellings, to hit with full force those who are attempting to rape our women, and to confront fire with fire when innocent beings are slaughtered.

May 15 13:42

Jeb Bush, the Mexican Drug Cartel and “Free Trade”. The Bush Family and Organized Crime

Jeb Bush is a presidential candidate.

But Jeb is not only the brother of George W. and the son of George H. W. Bush.

Jeb Bush also had close personal ties to Raul Salinas de Gortiari, brother of Mexico’s former president Carlos Salinas de Gortiari. In the 1990s, Raul the “drug kingpin”, according to Switzerland’s federal prosecutor Carla del Ponte, was one of the main figures of the Mexican Drug Cartel.

May 15 13:39

How to keep the DEA from taking all your cash

May 15 13:36

Israel’s bloody and pointless wars on Lebanon

Reflecting on Israel’s disastrous wars against Lebanon in 1982 and 2006, Uri Avery asks whether all Israelis can look forward to is more wars conducted by the same kind of idiotic politicians and generals.

May 15 13:34

Tsarnaev Sentenced to Death: The Boston Bombing and the Tsarnaev Trial – Lies, Anomalies and Inconsistencies

Today, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been sentenced to death on some counts, including “the use of a weapon of mass destruction (pressure cooker bomb #2) resulting in death” and “destruction of property by means of an explosive (pressure cooker bomb #2), resulting in death,” The Guardian reports.

May 15 13:33

What if Putin is Telling the Truth?First appeared: http://journal-neo.org/2015/05/15/what-if-putin-is-telling-the-truth/

Putin stated bluntly that in his view the West would only be content in having a Russia weak, suffering and begging from the West, something clearly the Russian character is not disposed to. Then a short way into his remarks, the Russian President stated for the first time publicly something that Russian intelligence has known for almost two decades but kept silent until now, most probably in hopes of an era of better normalized Russia-US relations.

Putin stated that the terror in Chechnya and in the Russian Caucasus in the early 1990’s was actively backed by the CIA and western Intelligence services to deliberately weaken Russia. He noted that the Russian FSB foreign intelligence had documentation of the US covert role without giving details.

May 15 13:30

Senate Advances Anti-Consumer Trade Bill Fast Track Authority: Debates Shifts to House

A major Tuesday consumer victory became defeat on Thursday in a stunning 48-hour turnaround by swing Democrats - at first against, now for fast track after being bribed and pressured to support it.

The Senate will debate the bill next week - a formality en route to granting Obama Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) fast track authority - secretive anti-consumer, anti-environmental trade bills no responsible society would tolerate.

May 15 13:30

NSA shares raw intelligence including Americans' data with Israel

The National Security Agency routinely shares raw intelligence data with Israel without first sifting it to remove information about US citizens, a top-secret document provided to the Guardian by whistleblower Edward Snowden reveals.

Details of the intelligence-sharing agreement are laid out in a memorandum of understanding between the NSA and its Israeli counterpart that shows the US government handed over intercepted communications likely to contain phone calls and emails of American citizens. The agreement places no legally binding limits on the use of the data by the Israelis.

May 15 13:28

FLASHBACK - Israeli Spying: The Mother of all Scandals

So here is the mother of all scandals.

For two years, the FBI has suspected AIPAC of spying for a foreign country, and for those two years (and for decades before) that group suspected of spying for Israel has been reshaping the US Congress for the benefit of a foreign government.

And THAT is the mother of all scandals.

Think about that as billions of your tax dollars flow to Israel while your roads and schools crumble and decay and services are cut.

Think about that as the coffins come home with your loved ones inside.

Think about that when you and a million of your fellow citizens march down the streets of America opposing wars built on lies and deceptions and wonder why the government just doesn’t want to listen to you any more.

May 15 13:28

Snowden cost US control of ‘geopolitical narrative’ – former NSA official

Mass surveillance was necessary after 9/11, but not expanding the law to authorize it was a “strategic blunder” that landed the agency in hot water after the Snowden revelations, a former NSA counsel told the agency.

May 15 13:21

Great Wall of Ukraine: Kiev to Spend $200 Mln to Wall Off Russia

The Ukrainian government has approved an approximate price tag for the construction of a so-called “wall” along its border with Russia: the newly-released cost estimate of $500 mln as of the end of 2014 has been slashed to approximately $200 mln; and the works will run faster – it will now take three years rather than four, as was claimed earlier.
Ukraine has reduced the estimated cost of the construction of a so-called “Wall” project along its border with much-feared Russia.

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The Ukrainian government is flat broke, so where the heck is the money going to come from?!?

I would speculate, from the pockets of the American taxpayers.

May 15 13:19

Peru reopens probe into mass sterilizations of over 300,000 indigenous people

Peruvian judicial authorities have ordered the reopening and expansion of a criminal probe into the mass forced sterilization of an estimated 350,000 women and 25,000 men during the 1990s.

A Peruvian public prosecutor reopened an investigation on Thursday into former President Alberto Fujimori’s possible role in the forced sterilization of thousands of Peru’s indigenous people during the ‘90s.

May 15 13:17

APPS: Military Industrial Complex Targeting 2016 Presidential Candidates

A new group of leaders from the military industrial complex has formed seeking to pressure potential presidential candidates into supporting a ‘strong foreign policy’.

Americans for Peace, Prosperity, and Security (APPS) has been established by former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers. It wants to be the “premiere national security and foreign policy organization during the 2016 debate”, and to “help elect a president who supports American engagement and a strong foreign policy”.

APPS is seeking to hold a candidate forum later this year.

The organization refuses to disclose its donors, but its list of supporters provides us with a who’s who of the military industrial complex.

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Since Presidential candidates appear to be for sale to the highest bidder these days, it would not surprise me to find a "war-centric" candidate for these people to back.

May 15 13:13

US Likely to Designate Gulf States as ‘Major Allies’

The White House today announced its intentions to dramatically deepen military ties with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states today, saying they will jointly cooperate to deal with “external threats.”

The most dramatic part of this deal is that the White House is likely to add all the GCC nations to the official list of “major non-NATO allies.” (MNNA)

This designation has broad implications on military ties and US provision of advanced arms. Two GCC members, Bahrain and Kuwait, were already MNNAs, but this would be a considerable boost for Saudi Arabia in particular.

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What a wonderful opportunity for US arms dealers to sell their wares, but will weapons themselves create stability in an area of the globe which is very unstable right now?!?

I think not.

May 15 13:06

More air policing, more drills’: NATO to boost presence on Russia's doorstep

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says the alliance is going to increase its activity at its eastern borders, with more air and sea patrols, amid non-stop exercises.

Speaking at a media conference on Thursday after a meeting of NATO member state foreign ministers in Turkey's Antalya province, Stoltenberg said it was being done to "adapt the Alliance to new threats."

"We are constantly discussing the adaptation of the Alliance and we have to always be able to fulfill our main responsibility and that is to defend and protect all our allies against any threat," the secretary general said. "NATO is the strongest military alliance in the world and we are going to keep NATO strong by adapting."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg: There is no threat against which NATO has to increase its rapid reaction forces, period, end of discussion.

Unfortunately, I don't think Stoltenberg got the memo from the last commemoration of Victory Day in Moscow: you had these pics of Putin and Xi Jinping standing shoulder to shoulder, as if to broadcast, by their body language, that an attack against one country would be an attack against BOTH countries.

May 15 12:57

What Happened After One Family Went Organic For Just Two Weeks

It's not news that organic farming beats conventional practices when it comes to the health of the environment. But this small pilot experiment sought to address what kind of immediate difference eating organic food can make inside the body.

The results were dramatic: The pesticide loads in the family members' bodies dropped in ways that were observable after a single day, according to the report. And by the end of the two weeks, there was very little evidence of the pesticides and other compounds in their follow up urine samples.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Wherever you buy your food, please go to the manager, and let them know you want more organic choices available to you; otherwise, you will go elsewhere that DOES give you those choices.

Safeway, locally, has been hearing the message, and has been offering a far better selection of organic goods than they ever have since the time we started going there.

May 15 12:55

BEX ALERT - Antarctic ice shelf a few years from disintegration: Nasa

The last intact section of one of Antarctica's mammoth ice shelves is weakening fast and will likely disintegrate completely in the next few years, contributing further to rising sea levels, according to a NASA study released on Thursday.

May 15 12:50

Obama Calls For Americans To Help Heal The Rifts Between Law Enforcement And Communities

President Barack Obama called on Americans to help "heal the rifts" between law enforcement and communities while giving remarks at the National Peace Officers' Memorial Service at the U.S. Capitol on Friday.

"It takes a special kind of courage to be a peace officer," Obama said. "To be the one people turn to in their most desperate moments. To be willing to run into a dangerous situation, when everyone else is running the other way."

May 15 is Peace Officers Memorial Day, which is part of National Police Week. Obama and others marked the occasion after a year of strained relations between police and citizens around the U.S.

"We can work harder, as a nation, to heal the rifts that still exist in some places between law enforcement and the people you risk your lives to protect," Obama added later. "We owe it to all of you who wear the badge with honor.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A short memo to President Obama: it is all in the training, sir, and giving police the ability to de-escalate a situation, and talk down someone who could be a danger to himself (or herself) and others).

And the more IDF members, or ex-members are allowed to train US police officers, the more average US citizens will feel like Palestinians.

May 15 12:40

What We Lose When Police Blame Victims For Their Own Deaths

In cases in which charges are not brought against an officer in a police killing, authorities have successfully shifted some blame onto the victim in order to support the assertion that an officer acted legally in using lethal force. The implication is that it isn't the officers' job to stop themselves from killing people -- rather, it is the people's job to not get themselves killed by the officers.

The cases below have all failed to produce criminal charges for the officers involved. But they leave us with a variety of questions that can't be answered simply by having a prosecutor decide that it was the victim -- and definitely not the officer -- who was somehow at fault. Even if we accept the finding that the victims were killed legally, it doesn't answer a more pressing question: Did these people really have to die?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

American law enforcement needs to learn to de-escalate potentially dangerous situations, so that someone who is not in their right mind can be carefully, and humanely, subdued, and get the help they need.

If the training changes, I would almost be willing to bet that the body count from fatal shootings will be substantially be reduced.

May 15 12:33

First Brian Williams, Now George Stephanopoulos Has Lost All Credibility in Latest Mainstream Media Scandal

When I first saw the headlines that former top Clinton operative, George Stephanopoulos, had been caught donating $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation, I failed to immediately recognize its importance. That’s because I don’t pay close attention to mainstream media and the roles their various muppets play in these organizations. Once you recognize how central his “reporting,” if you can call it that, on the Clinton Foundation is to ABC News, you realize how dangerous and inappropriate his conflict of interest is.

Make no mistake about it, this is a huge scandal and Mr. Stephanopoulos should be immediately fired from ABC News. He has absolutely no credibility left whatsoever. In this post, I will explain why from several different angles.

May 15 12:32

Iranians say Obama deceiving Americans and Arabs about nuclear inspections

While President Barack Obama on Thursday hosted a summit of Arab nations at the presidential retreat, it was considered by many to be an exercise in futility due to the highly visible absence of several leaders including those from the Saudi Arabian Kingdom. In the Middle East, the Obama word-fest was overshadowed by a steady stream of messages depicting the U.S. Commander in Chief as basically an empty-suit and someone lacking in strength. The gist of the Iranian message was that Obama is attempting to deceive his own people about a nuclear treaty that contains none of what is claimed by the White House.

May 15 12:29

Tennessee Republican who pressured mistress to have abortion votes to restrict them for other women

On Wednesday, 242 members of the U.S. House of Representatives voted to outlaw abortions taking place after 20 weeks gestation. Among them, Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-TN), who has defended his ex-wife having two abortions, and who pressured one of his mistresses to have an abortion after she told him she was pregnant.

May 15 12:28

Minneapolis cops accused of pepper-spraying 10-year-old boy in the face during protest

A Minneapolis woman accused local police of pepper-spraying her 10-year-old son in the face while accosting a small group of demonstrators protesting excessive force by police on Wednesday night.

The boy’s mother, Susan Montgomery, told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that the officer maced her son, Taye, after driving up to her and a group of 10 protesters without warning.

“I was thinking, ‘This guy is gonna run us over,'” she said. “People started running. It seemed like he was mad at that point.”

The unidentified officer then stopped his vehicle, she said, before he “just jumped out of his car and started spraying everybody. The Mace just happened. It hit everybody in that area.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It takes a REALLY MANLY police officer.... to mace a 10 year old kid.

But the problem with police officers EVERYWHERE is that they are trained to view the general public as "the enemy", and one which must be subdued, violently, on sight.

May 15 12:26

FLASHBACK - The Lindbergh Kidnapping Hoax

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Watching today's verdict for Dzhokar Tsarnaev feels like a replay of the frame-up, railroading, and execution of Bruno Richard Hauptman for the Lindbergh Kidnapping. Driven by politics, Hauptman was sent to his death to cover-up the fact that the child had actually been killed by a jealous family member.

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