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May 17, 2018

May 17 12:55

Hillary Clinton Returns to the DNC for Her Biggest Paid Speech, Ever

The cash-strapped @DNC is financing Hillary Clinton's highest-priced paid speech ever this evening.

May 17 12:37

US-Trained Special Forces Joined Police Crackdown on Dam Protesters in Honduras

It started at dawn. A vehicle full of Honduran police officers showed up at around 5 am on May 3 in front of the community protest camp in Pajuiles, where residents have been present day and night for more than a year to prevent the passage of hydroelectric dam construction machinery. Less than two hours later, the whole area was crawling with hundreds of members of various police units, including regular national police, the Police Investigations Directorate, the elite COBRAS unit and the TIGRES special forces, which are heavily supported by the US and trained by Green Berets from the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne).

"It was like a war zone," Pajuiles community leader Albertina López told Truthout.



Emigrate While You Still Can - Finca Bayano In Panama!

Finco Bayano
May 17 12:36

'Beneath a Ruthless Sun': Fearless women, bizarre injustice

Mabel Norris Reese was the newspaperwoman fighting for Jesse Daniels, a white, mentally impaired 19-year-old wrongly accused of raping a socialite in 1957. In a New York Times review, Jeffrey Toobin calls the book “superb” and predicts: “Watch for a Streep vs. McDormand brawl for the part.”

Then there is Pearl Daniels, Jesse’s determined mother. “Pearl went out investigating this case on her own, then she’d write to [FBI Director] J. Edgar Hoover constantly urging him to open up this case about Jesse,” King said. “She’s such a nuisance that Hoover caves in and orders a civil rights investigation, which started the whole process.”

Jesse Daniels was railroaded to the state mental hospital at Chattahoochee, a wrong that sprawled over 14 years, even though the victim said she had been raped by a black man. Jesse Daniels now lives in Daytona Beach.

May 17 12:30

Uber driver confirms she picked up Steven Paddock and a woman and dropped them off at Mandalay Bay, said Paddock commented about a ‘terrorist attack’

An Uber driver told police she got a request to pick up Paddock who was with a woman, he had a heavy old blue suitcase, and made a comment about a terror attack in the area of Mandalay Bay where he requested to be dropped off

May 17 12:30

Reality Check: Millions Wasted ‘Rebuilding’ Afghanistan

Seventeen years of wasted taxpayer money and government mismanagement: millions of U.S. dollars spent on projects to rebuild Afghanistan that have not helped the Afghan people.

In some cases, these projects actually put Afghans in danger.
This is a Reality Check you won’t get anywhere else.

May 17 12:19

Government is set to BAN 'unlawful' flammable cladding just hours after furious backlash to 'whitewash' Grenfell review that failed to demand move despite inferno claiming 72 lives

Housing Secretary James Brokenshire said cladding used on Grenfell 'unlawful'
UK set to ban flammable cladding to make sure tragedy can never happen again

May 17 12:18

Hawaii volcano erupts anew, sends huge ash plume into sky

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano Erupted Anew Before Dawn Thursday, Shooting A Steely Gray Plume Of Ash About 30,000 Feet (9,100 Meters) Into The Sky That Began Raining Down On A Nearby Town.

May 17 12:09

GAZA'S Pieta

May 17 12:06

'People voted for Brexit, NOT purgatory' – FURY as UK may STAY in customs union until 2021 Tags: EUROPE GREAT BRITAIN BRITAIN will tell Brussels it is willing to stay in the EU customs union beyond 2021 as the government ended up with another stand-off ov



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May 17 11:55

Boulder, Colorado, unanimously votes to ban assault weapons, high-capacity magazines

Three months after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, reignited the debate around assault weapons and large-capacity magazines, no sweeping gun control laws have been enacted at the federal level. On the local level, however, a handful of cities and towns across the country are taking aim at the controversial firearms.

May 17 11:54

Sarah Sanders MIC DROP - hits BACK About Trump MS-13 Animal ‘Fake News’

WATCH: "Frankly, I think that the term 'animal' doesn't go far enough!"

May 17 11:50

Tesla Car Factory Imposes Brutal U.S. Workplace Regime for Greed, Power, Profits?



May 17 11:50

How to get the £260,000 pension pot needed for a comfortable retirement - and why it might not be as hard as it sounds

Report says that people need £260,000 for a comfortable retirement
But those saving for retirement that is some way off will need much more
Allowing for inflation and improving annuity rates they may need £400,000

May 17 11:43

How did Allison Mack get involved with an alleged sex cult in the first place? Disturbing new details emerge

Allison Mack arrives at the United States Eastern District Court for a hearing in relation to the sex-trafficking charges filed against her on May 4, 2018, in New York City.

May 17 11:40

Pakistan Builds A Wall On Afghanistan Border To Control The Flow Of Terrorists

In order to attempt to curtail the flow of terrorist between Pakistan and Afghanistan, the former country is building a wall on the border it shares with the latter. “For the better security of our country and nation, we had to do this work,” a Pakistani army official, Brig. Nisar.

Nisar, who only uses one name, told journalists during a government-organized visit to the border that this is in Pakistan’s security interest. The barrier has angered the Afghan government, which disputes the location of the boundary and says the fence will” tear communities apart.”

According to NBC News, construction began last year on two fences that parallel each other as they snake through the remote, mountainous landscape. Standing 13 feet high on the Afghan side and 11 feet on the Pakistani side, sharp spirals of silver barbed wire are cradled at the top of each.



May 17 11:40

DEPUTY WHO FAILED TO ENGAGE PARKLAND SHOOTER GETS $104,000 ANNUAL PENSION FOR LIFE

Scott Peterson, the Broward County sheriff’s deputy who failed to engage the Parkland high school shooter, is eligible to receive an annual pension in excess of six figures. The Sun Sentinel obtained records from the Florida Department of Management Services showing that Peterson, who retired in the weeks after the March shooting, is due to collect $8,700 per month. That works out to slightly more than $104,000 a year. Peterson, who is 55 years old, will be able to receive that pension for the rest of his life, and Broward County taxpayers will cover 50 percent of his health insurance premiums

May 17 11:38

Dramatic moment Hawaii's Kilauea volcano erupts from its summit and shoots an ash plume 30,000 feet into the sky - higher than the peak of MOUNT EVEREST - covering homes in the area

An explosive eruption from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has sent ash spewing 30,000 feet into the sky, with residents now being warned to shelter in place as the dusty plume engulfs the island.

The powerful, steam-driven explosion occurred at 4.17am on Thursday and started spewing large amounts of volcanic ash and smoke from Kilauea's crater on Hawaii's Big Island, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The National Weather Service also issued an ashfall advisory warning after radars showed the massive plume, which shot higher than the peak of Mount Everest.

The wind could carry the ash plume as far as Hilo, the Big Island's largest city and major tourism center, the County of Hawaii Civil Defense warned in an alert.

May 17 11:35

Broke Illinois Pension System Leaves Every Resident With $11,000 Of Debt

For those unfamiliar, here's a quick recap: Illinois (rate just one notch above junk) is drowning under a mountain of debt, unpaid bills and underfunded pension liabilities and it's largest city, Chicago, is suffering from a staggering outbreak of violent crime not seen since gang wars engulfed major cities from LA to New York in the mid-90's, while rising taxes have prompted a mass exodus with the state lost 1 resident every 4.3 minutes in 2017.

May 17 11:34

Israel Defense Forces Launch Airstrikes on Hamas Targets in Gaza

Israeli strike aircraft attacked "Hamas terror targets in northern Gaza" late Wednesday night following what Tel Aviv called Hamas provocations near the border town of Sderot with machine gun fire, an Israel Defense Forces spokesman said.

Four of the targets "were buildings and terror infrastructure in a military compound," while three strikes targeted a weapons production facility, the IDF announced on Twitter.



Lockerdome
May 17 11:33

‘Disingenuous’: US Practices Nuke Strikes on North Korea While Talking of Peace

Citing joint military drills being carried out by South Korea and the US, North Korea on Tuesday released a statement threatening to cancel its June talks with the US if provocations continue.

The statement released by North Korean state media KCNA said the ongoing Max Thunder military drill targets North Korea and as such "is a flagrant challenge to the Panmunjom Declaration and an intentional military provocation running counter to the positive political development on the Korean Peninsula."

"The United States will also have to undertake careful deliberations about the fate of the planned North Korea-US summit in light of this provocative military ruckus jointly conducted with the South Korean authorities," it added.

May 17 11:33

Israel ‘Scrutinized More than Ever’ Over ‘Brutal Aggression’ in Gaza

The international community is condemning Israeli violence against Palestinians after the IDF killed more than 60 Palestinians and injured more than 2,400 on Monday in response to Palestinians protests demanding their right to return to territories seized by Israel in 1948.

Manuel Hassassian, the Palestinian ambassador to the UK, told Radio Sputnik's Loud & Clear that Israel is now being scrutinized more than ever by the "international lens" for its human rights violations against Palestinians.

May 17 11:33

Taiwan Wants To Speed Up Construction Of Its New Missile-Toting Stealthy Catamarans

Taiwan says it is accelerating production of nearly a dozen stealthy Tuo Chiang-class missile corvettes, the first of which will be focused on air-defense missions. The announcement is another part of the island’s attempts to keep pace with China’s People’s Liberation Army's development of increasingly advanced capabilities in the air and at sea and provide a credible defense during a crisis in the region.

May 17 11:28

Fox News VS CNN



May 17 11:27

Uneasy Calm Falls Over Gaza After Israel Kills Scores at Protests

The death toll in the protests on Monday, in which Israeli forces opened fire on Palestinian demonstrators, reached 60 overnight and one person was reported killed on Tuesday.

• The center of Gaza City was calm after the militant group Hamas, which rules the territory, called for a general strike.

May 17 11:26

BREAKING: IG Horowitz Found “Reasonable Grounds” FBI Violated FEDERAL CRIMINAL LAW in Bureau’s Handling of Hillary Investigation

Inspector General Horowitz found “reasonable grounds” for believing there has been a violation of federal criminal law in the FBI’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

Horowitz has referred his findings of potential criminal misconduct to Huber for possible criminal prosecution, says investigative reporter, Paul Sperry.

Buckle up because IG Horowitz’s report is going to light DC up.

Investigative reporter, Paul Sperry dropped this gem Thursday afternoon:

Sperry tweeted: BREAKING: IG Horowitz has found “reasonable grounds” for believing there has been a violation of federal criminal law in the FBI/DOJ’s handling of the Clinton investigation/s and has referred his findings of potential criminal misconduct to Huber for possible criminal prosecution

May 17 11:25

Gun Rights Activists Face A Major Setback With Supreme Court Decision

The Supreme Court declined to hear a civil rights lawsuit brought about by the Calguns Foundation and the Second Amendment Foundation,

May 17 11:20

West’s Failure to Act Will Be Cause of the Next Gaza Massacre

But amid the euphoria, a few Israeli commentators understood that politics is about more than power – it’s about imagery too. The champagne-quaffing in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem while Gaza drowned in blood left a profoundly sour taste in the mouth.

There was more than a whiff of hypocrisy too in statements about “defending borders” from a state that has refused to declare its borders since its creation exactly 70 years ago – as well as from a Netanyahu government currently trying to establish a Greater Israel over the Palestinian territories.

But the hypocrisy was not restricted to Israel and Washington, which parroted Mr. Netanyahu’s talking points.

There was an ugly equivocation from other western leaders. They spoke of “regret”, “tragedy” and “concern at the loss of life”, as though an act of God had struck Gaza, not an order from Israeli commanders to quell the Palestinian urge for freedom with live ammunition.


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May 17 11:19

The Ruinously Expensive American Military

America’s Republican politicians complain that “entitlements,” by which they mean pensions and medical care, are leading the country to bankruptcy even as they fatten the spending on the Pentagon, which now takes 12 percent of the overall budget. And it should be noted that while workers contribute to the social programs during all their years of employment, the money that goes to the military comes straight out of the pockets of taxpayers before being wasted in ways that scarcely benefit the average citizen unless one seriously thinks that folks over in Syria, Iran and Afghanistan actually do threaten the survival of the United States of America.



May 17 11:18

Las Vegas shooting survivor tells police she heard a “helicopter” as the shooting commenced

A survivor of the 1 October massacre filed a report with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department on the day after the shooting in which he describes hearing a helicopter as the shooting started.

May 17 11:17

Get Ready for the New Middle East Battlefield: The Golan

The exchange of missiles last week on the Syrian-Israeli border was anything but normal.

This firefight established new rules of engagement in the Levant, and made the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights an “operational theater” in the Syrian conflict overnight.

The mainstream media’s version of events began with Israel retaliating against Iranian missile strikes, and the IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) destroying Iran’s military capabilities inside Syria. But that information is questionable: it comes almost exclusively from Israelis who rarely miss an opportunity to beat the “Iranian threat” war drum.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It needs to be remembered that Israel fired first, launching an attack on Syria less than an hour after Trump announced the withdrawal from the Iran deal.

May 17 11:15

Erdogan: UN 'finished' after failing to act over Gaza killings

Erdogan accused Israel of "tyranny" and said Turkey would evacuate those injured from Gaza, where hospital facilities are reportedly at a breaking point.

Israel maintains its forces use of live fire is in line with both domestic and international law, arguing the demonstrations are part of the country's conflict with Hamas, which governs the Gaza Strip.


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May 17 11:14

Top IDF Spokesperson Tells U.S. Jews: Israel Failed to Minimize Gaza Casualties, Hamas Won PR War by Knockout

A senior Israeli army spokesman admitted Tuesday that Israel failed to minimize the number of Palestinian casualties during the recent deadly protests on the Gaza border, and that some were hit by mistake. He added that Hamas won the PR war by a "knockout."

Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, the international spokesman and head of social media for the Israel Defense Forces, made the comments during a Jewish community briefing organized by the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA).

The officer fiercely defended the military’s response to the recent protests along the Gaza border, in which more than 100 Palestinians were killed and thousands more wounded, most of them by live fire.

May 17 11:13

“Greater Israel”: The Zionist Plan for the Middle East

President Donald Trump has confirmed in no uncertain terms, his support of Israel’s illegal settlements (including his opposition to UN Security Council Resolution 2334, pertaining to the illegality of the Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank).

Moreover, by moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem and allowing for the expansion of Israeli settlements in the occupied territories and beyond, the US president has provided a de facto endorsement of the “Greater Israel” project as formulated under the Yinon Plan.

Bear in mind: this design is not strictly a Zionist Project for the Middle East, it is an integral part of US foreign policy, namely Washington’s intent to fracture and balkanize the Middle East. Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is intended to trigger political instability throughout the region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The map ini this article... tells the story.

May 17 11:09

U.N. has 'collapsed' in the face of Gaza violence, says Turkey's Erdogan

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that the United Nations had "collapsed" in the face of events in Gaza where Israeli forces killed 60 Palestinian protesters on Monday as the United States relocated its Israel embassy to Jerusalem.

Turkey has been among the most vocal critics of the Israeli use of deadly force against protesters at the Gaza border and of the U.S. decision to open its new embassy in Jerusalem. It called for an emergency meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul on Friday.

Speaking at a dinner on the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, Erdogan said the majority of the international community had failed to react to the events in Gaza, and warned that remaining silent would mean "opening a very dangerous door."

May 17 11:08

Senate Panel Endorses Gina Haspel, Despite Her Facilitation of Torture

The Senate Intelligence Committee voted 10-5 to support Gina Haspel’s nomination today, despite the fact that her facilitation of torture should disqualify her from assuming the role of CIA director.

Next the full Senate will make a final decision on Haspel’s nomination in a vote that is expected to take place next week but could occur as early as tomorrow.

In her testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on May 9, Haspel insisted that the CIA’s interrogation program during the Bush administration was legal. Haspel, a 33-year CIA veteran, argued that it could not be determined whether torture was effective to gain intelligence. She refused to state categorically that torture is immoral. And she never condemned the torture program in which she participated.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If Haspel wins the nomination of the Senate on this appointment, consider the international rules of law having completely thrown out by the Trump Administration. We will then witness more continuous US-led wars for resources, to which this country has absolutely no moral right, and the return to the draft, both for our young men... and young women.

And with that will come more waterboarding, and more torture, and more abuses both at home and abroad.



May 17 11:08

TOTAL BEATDOWN For Anti-NRA Stooge…

This is fantastic tv...

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May 17 11:07

Alan Greenspan: “If Gold is Worthless and Meaningless, Why Hold It?”

If we go all the way back to 1966 we would find Alan Greenspan’s report Gold and Economic Freedom where Greenspan explained, in plain english, how what ails us to this day was born in from reckless gold policies instituted by people with less than honorable intentions.

In the absence of the gold standard, there is no way to protect savings from confiscation through inflation. There is no safe store of value. If there were, the government would have to make its holding illegal, as was done in the case of gold. If everyone decided, for example, to convert all his bank deposits to silver or copper or any other good, and thereafter declined to accept checks as payment for goods, bank deposits would lose their purchasing power and government-created bank credit would be worthless as a claim on goods. The financial policy of the welfare state requires that there be no way for the owners of wealth to protect themselves. Source [emphasis added]

May 17 11:07

Is love or politics behind Putin’s promotion of Chabad?

JTA — When even Russian policemen had to pass security checks to enter the Sochi Winter Olympics, Rabbi Berel Lazar was waved in without ever showing his ID.

Lazar, a Chabad-affiliated chief rabbi of Russia, was invited to the opening ceremony of the games last month by President Vladimir Putin’s office. But since the event was on Shabbat, Lazar initially declined the invitation, explaining he was prevented from carrying documents, among other religious restrictions.

So Putin ordered his staff to prepare an alternative entrance and security-free route just for the rabbi, according to one of Lazar’s top associates, Rabbi Boruch Gorin.

May 17 11:05

Weak-Kneed Russian Response to US Jerusalem Embassy Opening

Putin just loves Israel!
Trump’s moving of Washington’s embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, an international city, demands universal condemnation.

Not from Russia, notably not after Putin shamefully welcomed Ziofascist Netanyahu as an honored guest in Moscow for the 73rd Great Patriotic War triumph commemoration.

On Monday while Israeli soldiers were massacring Gazans, Russia failed to condemn it – nor Great Friday March of Return Friday mass-killings since March 30, nor moving Washington’s Israeli embassy to Jerusalem.

Palestinians are isolated on their own, struggling valiantly against a ruthless occupier, committing high crimes with impunity because the world community fails to stop them.

May 17 11:03

SUPER PATRIOT: WATCH: US Veteran Berates Elderly Immigrant for Wearing Camouflage Shirt



Taboola
May 17 11:00

Israel should be taken to International Criminal Court over Gaza massacre: Turkish FM

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says the Israeli regime should be brought before the International Criminal Court for the recent massacre of tens of Palestinians during anti-occupation protest rallies along the border between the Gaza Strip and occupied territories.

“Israel should be taken to the International Criminal Court [over the killing of Palestinians]. Since third parties cannot do it, Palestine needs to initiate this,” Cavusoglu said in an interview with state broadcaster TRT on Thursday.

The top Turkish diplomat added, “We are analyzing what kind of legal steps can be taken [against Israel]. Israel should account for its actions.”

He pointed out that the United Nations Human Rights Committee would hold a meeting in Geneva on Friday to decide on a probe into Israeli attacks on Palestinian civilians.

“This crime against humanity should be probed by an independent commission and Israel should account for its actions before the law,” Cavusoglu noted.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

May 17 10:58

Lavrov slams Israeli designation of Gaza protesters

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has criticized Israel for its propaganda against the people of the Gaza Strip who have been protesting against Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories.

Lavrov said at a news conference in Moscow on Wednesday that Israel’s statement about dozens of "peaceful" protesters killed on the Gaza border by Israeli forces on Monday was an act of blasphemy.

“I cannot agree with the fact that dozens of peaceful civilians, including children and infants, who were killed in these incidents were terrorists. This is a blasphemous statement," Lavrov said.

May 17 10:58

Propaganda instead of truth: Lawyer tells RT how fake news becomes fake evidence in court

Producers of manipulative digital content are quite sophisticated and know many tricks that make forensic analysis of such images difficult, he said. For example, original content is usually uploaded from an anonymous account to social media before being distributed, which among other things strips metadata. Imbuing the “fake evidence” with credibility is a multi-staged process, during which first some purported expert vouches for it, then mainstream media pick it up and report it as fact, and only later does it make its way into a courtroom.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here is a solution: Have such media adhere to the "chain of custody" rules that apply to physical evidence.

May 17 10:56

Video shows moment Israeli sniper shoots Palestinian footballer in the knee, ending his career

A Palestinian football player filmed the moment he appears to get shot in the knee, destroying the joint and his career.

Mohammed Khalil, who played for a football club in the Gaza Strip, was apparently shot by an Israeli soldier as he protested near the border last week.

Footage of the shooting was posted on Twitter by the Palestinian journalist Mohammed Kareem. Mr Kareem said Mr Khalil now needs knee replacement surgery in order to be able to walk again.

May 17 10:53

Kilauea explosive eruption

May 17 10:53

Kilauea blows top as eruption rocks Hawaiian volcano

May 17 10:50

Ron Paul - Israel Created Hamas

US Congressman Ron Paul - Israel created Hamas to destabilize Arafat who was very powerful at the time

Zionism is a geopolitical movement founded a little over 100 years ago by Theodore Herzl & pushed forward by the Rothschilds.

Look up Jews Against Zionism. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNLJY-...

May 17 10:48

How Israel helped create Hamas

Controlled Opposition.

Hamas launched in 1988 in Gaza at the time of the first intifada, or uprising, with a charter now infamous for its anti-Semitism and its refusal to accept the existence of the Israeli state. But for more than a decade prior, Israeli authorities actively enabled its rise.

May 17 10:47

'He was my whole world': Palestinians mourn killing of loved ones

Gaza Strip - Nisma Abdelqader still can't believe her 18-year-old son is dead.

Israeli soldiers shot Bilal al-Ashram, who was completing his last year of high school, in the head while he was participating in protests in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday.

With tears streaming from her swollen eyes, Nisma described her first-born as her "whole world".

"He was my support system," she said. Bilal was the eldest of her eight children and held the family together in the absence of her husband, who has been working in Jordan for the past six years.

Nisma said she tried to stop Bilal from participating in the mass protests on Gaza's eastern border along the highly militarised fence with Israel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These assassinations, done by IDF snipers, sometimes from 100 yards away, have had the result of general villification of, and disgust with, Tel Aviv from around the world.

And since Israel simply ignores international outrage at this anger, the only thing which may cause an end to this behaviour, is international support of the BDS movement. The language of economics... is a language the Israeli government understands well, which is why they are so terrified of this movement, because it can well undermine the current Israeli government.

May 17 10:45

Trudeau calling for independent probe of reported use of 'excessive force' in Gaza shootings

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is calling for answers after a Canadian doctor was among hundreds injured in a violent clash at the Gaza border Monday, while condemning what he calls an "excessive use of force."

Two days after a bloody encounter with Israeli soldiers killed more than 50 Palestinians and wounded many more, Trudeau issued a statement to the parliamentary press gallery Wednesday demanding Israel's leaders explain how a London, Ont. doctor tending to injured protesters was caught in the crossfire — while throwing his support behind calls for an independent investigation.

"Canada deplores and is gravely concerned by the violence in the Gaza Strip that has led to a tragic loss of life and injured countless people. We are appalled that Dr. Tarek Loubani, a Canadian citizen, is among the wounded — along with so many unarmed people, including civilians, members of the media, first responders, and children," he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Five cents says he backs off within a week.

May 17 10:44

The Israeli land-theft gold rush

There’s a thriving business in Israel dealing in land stolen from Palestinians.

Locals buy land stolen from Palestinians cheap and then “flip” it to idiot Americans and other psychopaths who believe in the “right of return.”

The second video shows how using a policy of deliberate government neglect and surreptitious property purchases East Jerusalem is being taken from Palestinians and absorbed de facto by Israelis.

May 17 10:43

Passive media whitewash Israel’s massacre in Gaza

As Israel slaughtered dozens of unarmed Palestinians in Gaza this week, prominent media outlets employed innocuous headlines to obscure the horrific reality.

In the video above, RT correspondent Anya Parampil points to some examples of what she calls “an almost across the board obfuscation of Israel’s responsibility for the violence.”

A BBC headline read for instance, “Gaza’s deadliest day of violence in years,” while The Guardian ran with “Fatal clashes in Gaza after opening of US embassy.”

The word “clashes,” Parampil observes, “would lead you to believe there are casualties or injuries on the Israeli side.”

In fact after seven weeks in which Israel has killed some 100 Palestinians and injured 12,600 others, Israel has reported one minor injury to a soldier.

May 17 10:43

BREAKING BOOM | IG Horowitz Makes Referral For CRIMINAL Prosecution In FBI/DOJ Handling Of Clinton Case…

Just hit the wires a few moments ago. This is the first big step...

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May 17 10:42

Stories of the catastrophe: Palestine

Seventy years ago, Palestinians suffered the Nakba, or catastrophe, when most fled or were forced by Zionist militias to flee Palestine to make room for the creation of the state of Israel and ensure a Jewish majority. Some 750,000 ended up as refugees registered with the United Nations. Many others fended for themselves. They were never allowed to return to their lands or homes which were confiscated by the nascent state, and many of their villages were subsequently destroyed. Here – and here, from outside Palestine – survivors tell their stories.

May 17 10:42

In 1967, the CIA Created the Label "Conspiracy Theorists" ... to Attack Anyone Who Challenges the "Official" Narrative

Specifically, in April 1967, the CIA wrote a dispatch which coined the term “conspiracy theories” … and recommended methods for discrediting such theories. The dispatch was marked “psych” – short for “psychological operations” or disinformation – and “CS” for the CIA’s “Clandestine Services” unit.

The dispatch was produced in responses to a Freedom of Information Act request by the New York Times in 1976.

May 17 10:41

lawyer for former Democratic IT aide Abid Awan grilled a witness to find out what she told federal investigators

Awan Lawyer Demanded Witness Reveal What She Told FBI, Probed About ‘Radical Islamic Activities

May 17 10:40

North Korea unlikely to withdraw from talks with President Trump, experts say

Despite throwing the widely anticipated June 12 summit with President Donald Trump into doubt Wednesday, experts say North Korea will most likely still attend talks in Singapore to discuss the possibility of denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula.

"I don't think this is a surprise. I actually think this is part of North Korea's playbook on negotiations," said Lisa Collins, a fellow with the Korea Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

"They do this from time to time to create leverage going into negotiations," Collins said, noting that the North reacted similarly ahead of the 1994 Agreed Framework and the Six-Party Talks, which both addressed the rogue regime's nuclear program.

May 17 10:40

James Comey Used Secret Program to Obtain Warrants on Trump Campaign Without Judge Approval

The F.B.I. obtained phone records and other documents using national security letters — a secret type of subpoena — officials said. And at least one government informant met several times with Mr. Page and Mr. Papadopoulos, current and former officials said. That has become a politically contentious point, with Mr. Trump’s allies questioning whether the F.B.I. was spying on the Trump campaign or trying to entrap campaign officials.

Ryan Saveedra of the Daily Wire notes that so-called national security letters “are secret orders that the FBI uses on a regular basis to obtain sensitive electronic data and phone records.” Citing a report from The Intercept, Saveedra highlights that they are used to circumvent the judicial system, obtaining private information without a judge-issued warrant.

May 17 10:37

Commissioner: EU Willing to Block US Sanctions on Iran

EU Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulus has conformed on Wednesday that the EU is fully prepared to pass legislation to block US sanctions targeting Iran. The US has threatened to punish EU-based companies for doing business with Iran, despite the P5+1 nuclear deal, which European nations are a party to, obliging sanctions relief.

Iran has warned that staying in the deal hinges on the remaining signatories ensuring that Iran’s sanctions relief still happens despite the US withdrawing from the pact. Already, two major companies, France’s Total S.A. and Germany’s Siemens, have suggested that barring EU legislation, they’re going to stop deals with Iran out of fear of US retaliation.

Avramopoulos indicated that the legislation being considered by the EU would be straight-forward, outright making it illegal for EU companies to comply with US sanctions on Iran’s nuclear program. Other EU officials have hinted at other measures to support Iran economically.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks like one of President Trump's unintended consequences from walking away from the P5+1 deal, will be an economic war with Europe over Iran.

I am quite sure Russia's Putin saw this coming, and is just laughing himself silly, at how ridiculous a move this was for President Trump, at a time when the last thing he needs is a trade war with Europe over Iran.

And here's the kicker confirmation, from zerohedge.com this morning:

EU Launches Rebellion against Trump's Iran Sanctions, Bans European Countries from Complying

May 17 10:35

Chief of Staff of the French Navy: Russian submarines are incredibly fast and silent

Russian modern submarines are incredibly fast and noiseless - the head of the French Navy Chief of Staff Admiral Kristof Prazak estimated.

He said this in Washington, and in the same performance he also pointed to the sudden expansion of the Chinese war fleet.

According to his data, China has made available 80 warships to its War Fleet over the last four years.

The feast acknowledged that his country had a total of so many warships. Pointing out that China is building its second carrier, he added:

"All this points to the inability of France and the fleets of other NATO countries to defend the leading position of the alliance in the world."

Russia is currently testing a new engine for its submarines that will make them even more shameless and insurmountable.

May 17 10:34

Trumpphelia – episode 55: The war thunderbolts of Bolton

"North Korea appeared especially dismayed by suggestions from U.S. national security adviser John Bolton that a Libya-style solution could work with North Korea….

The world, North Korea went on to say, “knows too well that our country is neither Libya nor Iraq which met miserable fates.”

May 17 10:33

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – MAY 17, 2018: ARMY LIBERATES RASTAN POCKET, ADVANCES IN SOUTHERN DAMASCUS

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies have captured most of ISIS positions in the northern part of the al-Hajar al-Aswad district in southern Damascus. The ISIS defense collapsed following a successful attack by the SAA on the al-Quds Mosque.

At the same time, the Syrian Air Force has carried out more strikes on ISIS positions in al-Hajar al-Aswad and in the Yarmouk refugee camp.

The ISIS-linked news agency Amaq claimed on May 16 that ISIS members had killed over 50 SAA service members over the past 3 days. Two SAA battle tanks were also damaged, according to Amaq.

According to local sources, the ISIS defense is collapsing and government forces are expected to liberate more areas soon.

May 17 10:33

Pop goes a tradition: county cracks down on free popcorn in hardware stores

Around San Diego County, a hot, salty, buttered controversy has popped up.

Should hardware stores offer free bags of freshly popped popcorn?

While that may look like a warm, welcoming treat, free popcorn is a threat to public health — or so argue county officials. Last month, health inspectors raided La Jolla’s Meanley & Son Hardware, warning that its old-fashioned red popcorn machine is a germy outlaw.

“They explained we didn’t have the proper permits,” said Bob Meanley, whose shop had handed out 30 to 40 bags every day for about 25 years.

May 17 10:33

US Watchdog: Pentagon Gave Wrong Numbers on Afghan Troop Levels

The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) has offered an updated report on the shrinking Afghan military, revealing that their previous report was in error. The previous report, released earlier this month, said the Afghan military had lost around 30,000 fighters, or 10%.

SIGAR now says that the actual number was only about half that. The Pentagon, which provided SIGAR with the data, accidentally forgot about a 17,000-man border patrol that had been transferred from the police to the army, and which didn’t end up in the previous report under either category.

Lt. Col. Martin O’Donnell, from the US-led Afghan mission, confirmed his office was behind the problem and “it was our bad.” SIGAR noted this was just the latest in a series of problems they’ve had getting reliable data out of the Pentagon.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Pentagon is not terribly interested in providing accurate numbers for Afghanistan; and why would that be?!?

Because the situation on the ground has not become any less dire for our troops than they have in the last 16 years of this abominiable war?!?

IF the US and NATO leadership had a braincell to share between then, they would evacuate those troops as quickly as would be safely possible, and negotiate with whatever government was left standing in Kabul about the rights to the minerals, oil pipelines, and opium, a trade which has burgeoned under US/NATO occupation.

Of course, that... would be logical.

May 17 10:32

Hawaii volcano: Fears for HUGE Big Island eruption as THIRTY-FOUR earthquakes hit in day

FEARS of a huge Hawaii volcano eruption are growing after the Big Island tourist hotspot was hit by 34 earthquakes over a single 24-hour period.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is from yesterday. As of 5 this morning, a major explosive event has started at Kilauea, pushing the ash cloud to 30,000 feet.

May 17 10:30

Hawaii volcano erupts anew, sends huge ash plume into sky

Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano erupted from its summit before dawn Thursday, shooting a steely gray plume of ash about 30,000 feet (9,100 meters) into the sky that began raining down on a nearby town.

May 17 10:30

'Ballistic blocks' shoot from Hawaii volcano, may mark start of violent eruptions

Hawaii (Reuters) - “Ballistic blocks” the size of microwave ovens shot from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano on Wednesday in what may be the start of explosive eruptions that could spew huge ash plumes and hurl smaller rocks for miles (km), the U.S. Geological Survey said.

May 17 10:29

Drones over Gaza: How Israel tested its latest technology on protesters

The mismatch between Palestinian protesters and Israeli forces has often been likened to David and Goliath. Now, Goliath doesn’t even need to enter the field of combat.

In a new innovation, small drones have been used by Israel’s military to drop tear gas on Palestinian protests along the Gaza Strip’s border with Israel and in the occupied West Bank.

First seen in early March, when Lebanon’s Al-Mayadeen TV filmed a group of protesters in Gaza as they were targeted by one, the gas-carrying drones were used heavily in protests in the coastal enclave and the occupied West Bank on Monday and Tuesday.

There appear to be three types of drones being used to disperse the gas.

May 17 10:28

Several Feet of Snow in Europe, Late May

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Gosh darn that human-caused global warming!

May 17 10:26

Netanyahu: “Let’s You and Him Fight”: Brandishing the American Military

Why did the Cockatoo-in-Chief renege on the Iran deal deeply prized by Russia, China, France, Germany, England, and the European Union? Why did he deliberately damage relations with Europe and cost American workers many thousands of jobs at Boeing among others? Why do all of this to hurt a country that poses no danger to the United States?

Israel.

Israel, Israel. Israel. Israel.

Always Israel.

If Iran were a threat to the existence of Israel, things would be different. If Muslims conquered the Jews, they would presumably treat them as badly as Israelis ,and very likely worse. It would be ugly in the extreme. To prevent this, use of the American military would be justified.

But Iran does not threaten the existence of Israel. It does threaten Israel’s dominance in the Mid-East.

May 17 10:25

Thanks to Trump and Netanyahu, it's Jew vs. Jew

In normal circumstances, a consensus of American Jews would have unreservedly cheered the relocation of the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which Jews of all stripes regard as the national capital despite international refusal to do so. In most other periods of terrorism, armed conflict or outright war, American Jews have readily rallied to the side of the Jewish state.

But the toxic partnership of Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has damaged the bonds between Jews here and Jews there. Instead of being an emblem of the entire Jewish people, Israel has overwhelmingly become the province of right-wingers -- the settlers in the West Bank, their political patrons in Israeli politics, evangelical Christians in America and the minority of this country's Jews who support its divisive president.

May 17 10:19

Are The Wheels Coming Off The System?

The dollar is said to be “soaring,” though I take issue with that characterization for now (see the chart below); 10-yr Treasury yields are also rising, though the yield on the 10-yr is only up about 67 basis points if you measure from January 1, 2017. What’s really going on?

Ten years of money printing by the Federal Reserve has removed true price discovery from the markets. The best evidence is the inexorable rise in the stock market despite the fact that corporate earnings have been driven largely by share buybacks and GAAP accounting gimmicks. Measuring stock values on the basis of revenue and revenue growth multiples would reveal the most overvalued stock market in U.S. history.

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