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October 5, 2015

Oct 05 10:42

Did The UN Really Install A Global Police Force At The Local Level?

While people were in a daze of reverie following the lunar eclipse and the Pope's U.S. visit, a very important yet overlooked announcement was made by the Department of Justice.

But what does it really mean - did the UN really install a global police force?

Oct 05 10:40

Gerald Celente: ‘It’s Cold War 2’... We’re not getting much information other than propaganda.



Oct 05 10:39

Blind Trust: Social experiment to find out if rich & poor equally honest

The hero of this 'social experiment' pretends he is blind. He approaches people in a rich area and a poor area with a lottery ticket, to see who will be honest and tell him that he has won $500.

Oct 05 10:38

Video: Israeli gunmen kidnap patient from Palestinian hospital

This video shows Israeli undercover forces invading a hospital in the occupied West Bank city of Nablus early on Sunday morning and kidnapping a Palestinian patient.

Meanwhile, two more Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces Sunday and Monday, including a 12-year-old child.

Oct 05 10:38

Pilots who eject from new $350billion stealth fighter 'will break their necks' in chilling echo of Top Gun scene

Pilots who eject from America's most expensive military jet could break their neck.

It has emerged that the Martin-Baker US16E seats on the $350billion F-35s proved to be flawed during tests.

While challenging the new Generation 3 helmets, it was discovered that the ejection snapped the necks of light-weight test dummies.

The US military services have now decided to ban pilots under the weight of 136 pounds from operating the plane.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This just gets better and better!

Oct 05 10:36

Peacemaking US-Style: Obama Sending New Weapons to Ukraine - Poroshenko

The United States has decided to deliver new models of defensive weapons to Kiev, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Sunday.
"He [US President Barack Obama] told me that he signed an executive order on the delivery of new weapons to Ukraine, that we desperately need, since this is defensive armament, long range counter-battery radar complexes which will allow us to increase the defense capabilities of the Ukrainian army," Poroshenko said in an interview to Ukrainian TV channels.
"The main result is that we moved from a ceasefire regime, after withdrawing troops, enhancing the OSCE role,… to an armistice regime [in Donbass],” Poroshenko said commenting on the Normandy Four talks in Paris on Friday.
President Barack Obama talks with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko
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US Trying to Destroy Russian-Ukrainian Brotherhood Via Puppets in Kiev

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Obama is really becoming adept at "end runs" around Congress, and these weapons which will be sent to Ukraine, via executive order, are a clear demonstration of this.

But what if the election results in Eastern Ukraine are not to Poroshenko's liking?!? What if the new governments do not want unification with Ukraine, but peaceful independence,what then?!?

Does the US then arm, train, and fight with Ukrainians against Russia, perhaps by then, forced to defend these Eastern republics, because Ukraine has crossed a red line?!?



Oct 05 10:35

BEX Alert!!! - "NC Governor orders flags lowered to half-staff in memorial of Oregon shootings"

Governor Pat McCrory ordered all North Carolina and United States flags to be lowered immediately to half-staff on all state facilities until sunset on Tuesday, October 6. This flag lowering is in memorial of the victims of the violence which occurred on October 1, 2015 at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon.

“An unspeakable act of evil prematurely ended the lives of nine of our fellow countrymen and women in Oregon,” Governor Pat McCrory said. “My heart breaks for the victims’ families and friends and for this senseless loss of life. I urge all North Carolinians to join Ann and me in keeping the victims, the survivors and their families in our thoughts and prayers and may this tragedy remind us of the precious nature of every human life.”

Oct 05 10:31

Is Obama readying for war on Texas? Obama himself talks martial law takeover and conspiracy theory – Why does he seem to be targeting Texas above all other states?

Back on April 11th, 2015, Susan Duclos reported on a warning from former US presidential candidate Alan Keyes that Barack Obama has a ‘scheme’ to declare martial law in America and remain in place for a 3rd term. Current Republican presidential candidate Benjamin Carson warned back in September 2014 that the 2016 election may never happen if civil unrest and anarchy breaks out in America.

Oct 05 10:30

The Cold Truth About Susan G. Komen and Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Rick Simpson, who pioneered curing cancer with cannabis, discovered a shocking insight while attempting to share his discoveries with the Canadian government. He realized that government resistance wasn’t about using the illegal substance of THC hemp. It was simply that the cancer industry doesn’t want a cure!

There would be too much money lost, an economic resource vacuum. And the financial downturn wouldn’t be restricted to Big Pharma and the oncologists who deliver chemo. There are many affiliated medical enterprises involved with the trillion dollar cancer industry.

Big Pharma and government grant research funds to universities would dry up. Radiation treatment equipment leasing and sales would come to a halt. And those cancer fund raisers would have to call it quits.

Oct 05 10:30

Israel's crocodile tears as Putin outmaneuvers and neutralizes Netanyahu in brilliant strategic move

This is a rare moment in the geopolitical world where there is cause for celebration. When the illegal and murderous actions of a country, along with its psychopathic leaders are being restricted and neutralized, we think there may actually be justice in this world after all. Read on and observe how an Israeli journalist describes the current "bleak" situation for Israel, and how from now on they will have to be extremely careful before engaging in illegal military operations against other sovereign countries, otherwise they may find themselves being mauled by the Russian bear.



Oct 05 10:29

Reports Expose Zionists Stifling Dissent on US Campuses

Judith Butler and Dima Khalidi speak with TRNN’s Sharmini Peries, about two reports released this week, on how Israel’s defenders use false charges of anti-semitisim, law suits, and official denunciations to limit debate on US Campuses.

Oct 05 10:27

U.S. Aims to Put More Pressure on ISIS in Syria

The American-led coalition fighting the Islamic State has begun preparing to open a major front in northeastern Syria, aiming to put pressure on Raqqa, the terrorist group’s de facto capital, according to military and administration officials.

President Obama last week approved two important steps to set the offensive in motion over the coming weeks, officials said. Mr. Obama ordered the Pentagon, for the first time, to directly provide ammunition and perhaps some weapons to Syrian opposition forces on the ground. He also endorsed the idea for an increased air campaign from an air base in Turkey, although important details still need to be worked out.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, can you possibly please explain to the American people why this plan is any different from what you have been trying to do for the last 4 years, which has failed utterly and miserably in Syria?!?

And sir, I would like to politely remind you that continuing to do something in precisely the same way one has done it before, yet expecting a different outcome, is a classical definition of insanity.

By the time these "vetted moderate rebels" are ready to deploy, the Russian military will have made mince-meat out of them.

President Obama has absolutely, utterly "no game" here, whatsoever; and the drawing in of these alleged "moderate rebels" almost guarantees that there will be direct military confrontation between US and Russian forces in Syria.

Oct 05 10:20

[Video] Is Russia is an aggressor again?!

This video is from a very popular series which we have published in installments. They are fast-paced CGI videos which condense complex ideas and relationships through the precise use of imagery and narration.
"At some point Russia was called an Evil Empire, a Prison of Peoples and number one threat. Today, history is repeating itself after decades of absence, Russia is returning to the geopolitical field.That means that for the West, the Russians are tyrants and aggressors once again ... "

Oct 05 10:17

Obama considering plan to leave significant force in Afghanistan

President Obama is seriously weighing a plan to keep as many as 5,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan beyond 2016, according to senior U.S. officials, a further setback of his goal to end U.S. military involvement there before he leaves office.

The plan presented in August by Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, then-chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, would focus primarily on counterterrorism operations against the Islamic State, al-Qaeda and other direct threats to the United States.

Obama has made no final decision on the proposal, which was developed before the Taliban captured Kunduz last month, the first major Afghan city to fall to the Taliban since the war began in 2001.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A force of 5,000 US military personnel is no where near enough to defeat the Taliban; it might, however, be large enough to ensure the continued cultivation and transportation of Afghanistan's opium poppies ,the illegal trade which has somehow (miraculously) flourished during the US/NATO occupation.



Oct 05 10:15

UK super rich given low interest mortgages

A British economic analyst has blamed the Tory government’s policies for the country’s worsening housing crisis.

Oct 05 10:15

Flashback 1914 - NY Times ZIONIST LEADER CALLED FOR WORLD CONQUEST

ZIONIST LEADER DIES - David Wolfsohn Was Once Chairman of International Committee

LONDON, Sept. 16. - Word has been recived in London from Homburg of the death of David Wolfsohn, the well known Zionist, who was at one time Chairman of the International Zionist Committee.

Dr. Wolfsohn made the opening and closing speeches at the International Zionist Congress held at The Hauge in 1907. In his closing address he pleaded for greater unity among the Jews and said that eventually they must conquer the world.

Oct 05 10:13

Donald Trump: "The Middle East would be safer with Saddam, Qaddafi and Assad" and "We are giving Syrian rebels billions of dollars, and they could be worse than Assad!" (CBS Video)

Chuck Todd: Let's move to Syria. You came across to me as if you welcomed Putin's involvement in Syria, you saw very little downside...Why?
Trump: Tell you why, I am somebody that, and you know I have been saying this to you for a long time ... I want our military to be beyond anything, no contest, and technologically most importantly, because now militaries have to be technologically advanced and we probably have a big advantage, we do have a big advantage, BUT ... We are going to get bogged down in Syria... And if you look at what happened with the Soviet Union in Afghanistan, that's when they went bankrupt! They went bankrupt! They were there for so long...



Oct 05 10:13

Medical aid group Doctors Without Borders denied that Taliban fighters were firing from its hospital at NATO forces before a US air strike killed at least 19 people. "In any case, bombing a fully functioning hospital can never be justified."

Medical aid group Doctors Without Borders — also known as Médecins Sans Frontières, or MSF — said on Sunday that the death toll from a suspected US airstrike on a hospital in Afghanistan has climbed to 22, with 12 MSF staff and 10 patients, including three children, killed in the attack.

Oct 05 10:09

Afghan Forces Requested Hospital Air Strike, U.S. Says

Afghan forces asked for U.S. air support while fighting the Taliban in Kunduz shortly before an air strike resulted in the deaths of civilians there, the American commander of international forces in Afghanistan said on Monday.

U.S. Army General John Campbell's comments fell short of squarely acknowledging U.S. responsibility for an air strike that killed 22 people in an Afghan hospital run by aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) on Saturday.

"We have now learned that on October 3 Afghan forces advised that they were taking fire from enemy positions and asked for air support from U.S. forces," Campbell said in a briefing with reporters. "An air strike was then called to eliminate the Taliban threat, and several civilians were accidentally struck."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am fully expecting this "report" to take forever to finish, and bury the truth.

General Campbell, I would strongly suspect that you have been taking a page from the IDF's playbook.

During "Operation Protective Edge" last year, the UN Rapporteur for Human Rights gave the IDF the GPS coordinates to schools sheltering innocent women and children from the fighting. And here is precisely what the IDF did with those coordinates, as reported at the Guardian:

A deadly attack on a school in the city of Rafah in the south of Gaza has been denounced as a "moral outrage" and "criminal act" by the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon. At least 10 people were killed and dozens more wounded after a projectile struck a street outside the school gates on Sunday morning. The school was sheltering more than 3,000 people displaced by fighting in the area. It has been the scene of heavy bombardment by the Israeli military and fierce clashes following the suspected capture by Hamas fighters of an Israeli soldier, later declared killed in action. In a statement, Ban called on those responsible for the "gross violation of international humanitarian law" to be held accountable. He said the "Israel Defence Forces (IDF) have been repeatedly informed of the location of these sites." At the time of the strike – about 10.50am local time – dozens of children and adults were clustered around the gates buying biscuits and sweets from stalls set up by locals. The missile struck the ground eight to 10 metres from the open gates. Witnesses at the scene less than an hour after the explosion claimed it had been fired from one of the many unmanned Israeli drones in the air above Rafah. United Nations officials in Gaza described a "shelling incident" or an air strike. It was impossible to determine the exact provenance of the projectile, but it was the third time in 10 days that a UN school had been hit. Earlier this week, Israeli tank shells lstruck a school in the northern town of Jabaliya, killing 16 in an attack denounced by the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, as "reprehensible". Advertisement In all, seven UN schools have been attacked during the conflict. Israeli spokesmen have previously blamed poorly aimed or malfunctioning Hamas mortar fire or rockets for several such incidents.

Same excrement, sir: different hole.

Oct 05 09:56

Hillary Clinton Grows Visibly Angry After She Steers Conversation From Email Scandal to Benghazi

Hillary Clinton grew visibly angry while discussing the congressional investigation into the 2012 Benghazi terror attacks on Monday, accusing Republicans of exploiting the deaths of four Americans to hurt her politically.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It's the VAST RIGHT WING CONSPIRACY!!!!!!!!! (insert ominous music here)

Oct 05 09:55

CAUGHT ON TAPE: FURIOUS FRENCH WORKERS ATTACK AIR FRANCE EXECUTIVES, RIP THEIR CLOTHES OFF

Earlier today amid the general gloom of Europe's sliding non-manufacturing PMIs, the one place that stood out like a sore thumb bucking the deteriorating trend, was France which not only posted an increase from August but also beat expectations.

We strongly doubt this metric has any basis in reality because among numerous other contrary-specific factors, Bloomberg reported that as part of Air France’s long-running spat with workers over cost cuts, violence erupted earlier today as protesters stormed a meeting where managers were presenting plans for 2,900 jobs cuts, causing executives to flee with their clothes in tatters.

According to the report, human resources chief Xavier Broseta and Pierre Plissonnier, the head of long-haul flights, scaled an eight-foot high fence to escape, shielded by security guards, with Broseta emerging shirtless and Plissonnier with his suit shredded.



Oct 05 09:54

Thousands of Germans March to the Border to Protect it from Islamic Invaders

The German resistance is growing by the day. We have already seen over 20,000 regularly showing up in Dresden to emphatically state that Germany is for Germans, but this past weekend saw patriotic Germans in Saxony going to the border to stand up for their folk.

Oct 05 09:53

Obama Tolerates the Warmongers

“Only odd-numbered world wars start in Sarajevo.” That was the joke during the 1992-1995 Bosnian War. Though it turned out not to be true, fortunately, a strange echo occurred a few years later when NATO military commander General Wesley Clark threatened to shoot down Russian planes flying paratroopers into Kosovo, prompting a British general to refuse on the grounds that “it’s not worth starting World War III.”

Oct 05 09:52

Hillary: Questions about my e-mail are “beyond the pale”

Give NBC’s Savannah Guthrie credit, though, for not just leaving it at that. She asks Hillary, “Do you get how bad this looks?” Hillary’s response: Hey, I’m the most transparent government official “in American history“! It’s just bad form to actually check up on it, apparently:

Oct 05 09:51

CIA INTERVENTIONS IN SYRIA: A BRIEF HISTORY

This partial timeline provides evidence that the U.S. government and Obama in particular bear a significant responsibility for theSyrian war and the results of that war.

Obama approved elements of CIA plans that go back over 65 years.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Obama Administration's policy in Syria can be neatly summed up in only two words: epic fail.



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Oct 05 09:47

Source: Iraqi Forces Advancing in Different Fronts against ISIL

The Iraqi forces are advancing in different battlefronts against the Takfiri terrorists as the Arab country has formed a quadrilateral front against the ISIL with Iran, Russia and Syria, a spokesman for Iraqi popular forces said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks like the US terror-actors are surrounded!

Oct 05 09:46

Saudi Arabia Continues Hiring Spree of American Lobbyists, Public Relations Experts

Saudi Arabia is in the market for a better reputation in Washington, D.C.

In September alone, foreign lobbying disclosure documents show the Saudi government signing deals with PR powerhouse Edelman and lobbying leviathan the Podesta Group, according to recent disclosures.

Edelman, the largest privately owned public relations agency in the world, is known for helping clients win favorable media coverage on mainstream outlets. The Podesta Group is a lobbying firm founded by Tony Podesta, a major fundraiser for the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign.

The new signings are the latest in a year-long hiring spree by the Persian Gulf state as it further builds up its already formidable political arsenal inside the Beltway. The Saudi Arabian Royal Embassy did not respond to a request for comment.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to the Saudi Government and the House of Saud; no amount of PR in the world is going to turn world focus away from the crucifixions, beheadings, amputations, and suppression of women which your government indulges in the name of " promoting stability"

And earlier this year, was not the Saudi government "short" on executioners who could behead?!? (pun intended).

IF the world saw that the standard of living was going up for the poorest of your poor; if the world saw some modicum of compassion in your treatment of political dissidents and women; if the world saw that the people of your country had at least a tiny, fractional voice as to the future of your country, then perhaps the expenditures on PR would not be quite as desperately necessary for you.



THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO HELPED US OVER THIS CRISIS.

Oct 05 09:42

Tip of the iceberg: No end in sight to migrant wave

One month after the body of 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi washed up on a Turkish beach — and a week after the European Union agreed to secure its borders — the migrant crisis has largely fallen off the front pages and reporters are going home.

But the human tide keeps rolling northward and westward, and aid agencies are preparing for it to continue through the winter, when temperatures along the migrant trail will drop below freezing. They fear the crisis may get worse.

Oct 05 09:36

You can print money, so long as it’s not for the people

In its broadest sense, the phrase “there’s no magic money tree” is just a variation on “money doesn’t grow on trees”, a thing you say to children to indicate that wealth comes not from the beneficence of a magical universe, but from hard graft in a corporeal reality. The pedantic child might point to the discrepant amounts of work required to yield a given amount of money, and say that its value is a social construction.

Over time, that loose, rather weak-minded meaning has ceded to a specific economic critique; Jeremy Corbyn – along with anyone who challenges the prevailing fiscal narrative – is dangerous and wrong, since he wants to print money. Money cannot be created from nowhere, because there’s no magic money tree. End of.

Oct 05 09:35

Edward Snowden interview: 'Smartphones can be taken over'

Smartphone users can do "very little" to stop security services getting "total control" over their devices, US whistleblower Edward Snowden has said.

The former intelligence contractor told the BBC's Panorama that UK intelligence agency GCHQ had the power to hack into phones without their owners' knowledge.

Mr Snowden said GCHQ could gain access to a handset by sending it an encrypted text message and use it for such things as taking pictures and listening in.

The UK government declined to comment.

Oct 05 09:34

Text book publisher issues groveling apology to Texas mother who called them out for suggesting African people wilfully emigrated to America to 'work'

The publisher of a 9th-grade geography textbook has apologized for suggesting African people wilfully emigrated to America.

It comes after a mother in Texas read her son's homework and took to YouTube slamming McGraw-Hill Education for its use of language.

In a section titled 'patterns of immigration', the book describes slaves as 'workers' who came to the United States between 1500 and 1800 to work on agricultural plantations.



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Oct 05 09:32

If It's Monday, This Must be Another Neo-Nazi March in Ukraine (Video)

These demos seem to be a weekly occurrence lately. This one is from Sept 12.
They're miffed that a couple of them were arrested for murdering prominent opposition journalist Oles Buzina. They don't deny that they did it, they just think they deserve medals instead of a firing squad.

8 out of 9 Ukrainians Want a Negotiated Solution to War in Donbass http://russia-insider.com/en/politics/8-out-9-ukrainians-want-negotiat...

Oct 05 09:30

How Bill Clinton Worked With Al-Qaeda in Turning Bosnia Into a Jihadist Haven

Known and documented, since the Soviet-Afghan war, recruiting Mujahideen (“holy warriors”) to fight covert wars on Washington’s behest has become an integral part of US foreign policy.



Oct 05 09:29

Cameron says ‘will use nuclear weapons’

British Prime Minister David Cameron has said that he will launch a nuclear attack against another country if circumstances occur.

Cameron has told the BBC that nuclear bombs are “the ultimate insurance policy” and said any nuclear attack by Britain against any country will be “justified”.

Oct 05 09:28

Paris Was Pressured Into Scrapping Mistral Sale...by Poland and the Balts

France you dare to call yourself a great power?
Recently released transcripts from the French Senate's International Affairs Committee revealed that Paris was placed under “significant pressure” from a number of eastern European and Baltic states to scrap the deal with Russia, despite the fact that it would cost France financially. During a Senate debate on the issue on September 23, the Committee's spokesman Robert del Picchia said: “We experienced significant pressure from the East-European countries, not to mention the Baltic states, within the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.”

Oct 05 09:26

Punishing Cash: US ATM Withdrawal Fees Soar To All Time High

With the world's central planners (and their status quo hugging cronies) calling for cash bans (and rather ironically helicopter money at the same time), the soaring costs of getting one's own money appears to be a quiet form of capital control creeping up on the distracted American public. As WSJ reports, the average cost for using an automated teller machine that isn’t tied to a customer’s bank rose to a record $4.52 per transaction (with average “out-of-network” cost tops $5 and can rise to as much as $8 in some places.)



Oct 05 09:24

The Hope Behind Putin’s Syria Help

Russia’s airstrikes on rebel strongholds in Syria, now in their fifth day,
are a game-changer. To borrow an aphorism from philosopher Yogi Berra, “The
future ain’t what it used to be.” Yogi also warned, “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”

Oct 05 09:24

Britain’s role in torture demands an inquiry – now

Shaker Aamer, the sole remaining British resident incarcerated and tortured in Guantánamo Bay, has repeatedly said he was brutally tortured in Afghanistan even before he was flown to the US military prison in Cuba. Moreover, he has said officers from British intelligence knew about his torture at the notorious US prison in Bagram, north of Kabul.



Oct 05 09:24

Top US and NATO Commanders Admit They Cannot Oppose Russian No-Fly Zone

NATO chieftan says Russia has created a 'sphere of negation' which US planes cannot enter.
American military expert, a former Colonel of the U.S. army Jack Jacobs said that the United States can't interfere with Russians in Syria, as Russia de facto set up a no-fly zone, cutting off access to any aircraft with the help of air defense systems deployed on land and on ships of the Russian navy in the Mediterranean.

Oct 05 09:23

Kathleen Willey vows to 'haunt' Hillary throughout campaign

Kathleen Willey, one of the women caught in the crossfire of alleged sexual harassment by former President Bill Clinton and what she characterizes as acts of intimidation to silence her, announced new plans to “haunt” Hillary Clinton throughout the 2016 presidential race and beyond.

During a radio interview Sunday, Willey delivered a message to Clinton: “I am going to be shadowing you every single place you go to remind people, especially young people, young women, college-aged students who don’t remember any of this. I want them to know all about this. Because once they do they are not going to be real proud of supporting her as the first women president.”

“I am going to haunt her everywhere she goes,” Willey stated of Clinton. “So she’s not going to get rid of me ever until she disappears.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I know that feeling! The problem Kathleen is facing is that Hillary's supporters don't care what kind of person Hillary is as long as voting for her gets them loads of free government stuff ... at everyone else's expense, of course! Hillary is the modern embodiment of bread and circuses.

Oct 05 09:23

Russia 'Violated' Turkish Airspace Because Turkey 'Moved' Its Border

Russian planes in Syria “violated Turkish air space” the news agency currently tell us. But an earlier report shows that this claim may well be wrong and that the U.S. pushes Turkey to release such propaganda.

Oct 05 09:21

Netanyahu: Israel 'in fight to death against Palestinian terror'

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday Israel was "waging a fight to the death against Palestinian terror", and ordered tough new measures after the killing of two Israelis in Jerusalem.

Oct 05 09:21

US Plans to Escalate Syria Airstrikes to Hamper Russia

How low can you go? US to ramp up its air operations, not to hamper ISIS, but those actually fighting them - that's got to be a new benchmark for low...

The Smart Weapons Russia is Using in Syria http://russia-insider.com/en/military/smart-weapons-russia-using-syria... Reports from Syria confirm the Russians are using weapons as technologically sophisticated as anything the US has.

Oct 05 09:21

Five World Leaders Challenge Western Imperialism through Diplomacy, Persuasion and Public Pressure

Western imperialism, in all of its manifestation, is being challenged by five political leaders, through diplomacy, moral persuasion and public pressure. In recent time, Pope Francis, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn have raised fundamental questions concerning (1) war and peace in the Middle East and the Caucuses; (2) climate change and the destruction of the environment; (3) economic sanctions, military threats and confrontation; and (4) growing inequalities of class, gender and race.

Oct 05 09:17

McCarthy: No-Fly Zones, US Boots On the Ground to Fight ISIS

The front-runner to replace House Speaker John Boehner says the United States should work with its allies to set up a no-fly zone in northern Syria in the campaign against Islamic State militants.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay, Kevin, if you really feel that way about it... Here's your rifle. Here's your parachute. We ran out of the desert camo but here's a bright da-glo orange jumpsuit from the CIA's torture centers. Watch your head climbing into that transport aircraft, and we will call Damascus and tell them you are on your way to kick their butts all by yourself.

But we remember the lies about stolen incubators that tricked us into the first invasion of Iraq.

We remember the lies about Saddam's nuclear weapons that tricked us into the second invasion of Iraq.

We remember how only a year ago you tried to trick us into war with Syria with more lies about poison gas.

We remember how there weren't really torpedoes in the Gulf of Tonkin or a Spanish mine in Havana Harbor, but how there really WERE weapons on board the Lusitania.

In short, we remember all the lies, frauds, and deceptions used to trick us into wars of conquest, to send our young people out to die in wars created out of thin air by and for the money-junkies. I think it is time that we have a new rule in America; that those who want war are the first to the front lines. You are all splendidly brave with the lives of other peoples' children. Let's see the true measure of your courage and commitment to war.

You first!

And as a reminder, regime change in other countries is a violation of international law and the charter of the United Nations!

Oct 05 09:16

New York Daily News: State Dept Must Designate the NRA a Terrorist Organization

On October 3–two days after a gunman killed 10 at the gun free facilities on the Umpqua Community College campus–the New York Daily News called for the U.S. State Department to designate the National Rifle Association (NRA) a “terrorist organization.”

Oct 05 09:14

16 countries to refuse from growing GM products

As many as 16 countries of the European Union have announced their decision to opt out of GM crops. The countries will no longer be cooperating with GMO produce of such major companies as Monsanto, Dow, Syngenta and Pioneer, EntryNews.com reports. Germany, Italy, Denmark, Bulgaria and Cyprus have recently filed their requests and applications, increasing the number to 16. In August, Scotland publicly said it would prohibit GMO crops out of concern that they could damage the country's "clean and green" brand. "Scotland is known around the world for our beautiful natural environment - and banning growing genetically modified crops will protect and further enhance our clean, green status," Rural affairs secretary Richard Lochhead said in a statement at the time. "A growing number of governments are rejecting the commission's drive for GM crop approvals," Greenpeace's E.U. food policy director Franziska Achterberg told the Guardian. "They don't trust the E.U.

Oct 05 09:14

Opt-Outs Abound as Majority of EU Says No to GMOs

On the eve of the European Union’s deadline for member states and territories to declare their stance on allowing or banning genetically modified (GM or GMO) crops, more than half of EU countries are asking to opt out—a total of 15 out of 28 members, according to the latest count by the European Commission.

Oct 05 09:12

Top British official admits human rights no longer priority for Britain

A high-ranking British official said that human rights were no longer a priority for the British government. According to Simon McDonald, Permanent Secretary at the Foreign Office, stated that human rights no longer had the "profile" within his department that they had "in the past," EntryNews.com reports with reference to The Independent. McDonald made his remarks when he was questioned about how his department was prioritising resources. Asked whether human rights were now one of its "lower-priority activities", Simon McDonald replied: "Well, answering as Permanent Secretary, I say that although it is one of the things we follow, it is not one of our top priorities." He added: "In a more constrained environment, the need to concentrate on Europe, Eastern Europe and Russia, and the Middle East has supplanted it to an extent."

Oct 05 09:12

Bipartisan push grows for no-fly zones in Syria

A growing number of Democrats are joining GOP voices in calling for a no-fly zone or a safe zone in Syria where civilians and opposition fighters can go without fear of attack — a step the Obama administration does not back.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is an important point that must re remembered here.

The government of Syria asked Russia to come in and help them against ISIS (and it looks like Russia is doing in mere days what the US could not do in months).

The government of Syria did NOT ask the US to come in and bomb the place into rubble. Such an intervention, lacking a United Nations mandate, is a clear violation of international law and the UN charter by the government of the United States.

Now, just for a moment imagine that you live in the United States, and you find out the government of Mexico is giving guns and cash to US street gangs in order to bring down the US government and put a Mexico-puppet Junta in its place, justifying their actions by pointing out how the US Government continues to violate the Bill of Rights, the out-of-control police brutality, use of torture on prisoners to extract confessions, and so forth. Would you be okay with Mexico's actions? Or let us say that you live in Libya, and you find out that the US was giving weapons and money to criminal gangs in Tripoli to force the government out and replace it with a US puppet? Would you, as a Libyan, feel that was acceptable? Ditto Yemen. Ditto Iraq. Ditto Afghanistan. Because that is not too far from what is going on in Syria right now!

Oct 05 09:11

Russia bombs terrorists, USA bombs hospitals

It is difficult to imagine how this atrocity happened, but then again after the callous disregard for civilian human life demonstrated by the United States of America since Hiroshima and Nagasaki, after the strafing of civilians with napalm in Vietnam, after the fifty-plus overthrows of democratically elected governments around the globe, after the myriad of invasions of countries, after Afghanistan, after Iraq, after Libya, after Syria, maybe it is time for the USA to rethink policy. It could be argued that those pursuing the current approach which gets Americans hated around the world are not patriots, but traitors...

Oct 05 09:10

Malala Yousefzai Aims to Be Pakistan’s Prime Minister

On Saturday, October 3rd, the India Today TV channel telecast an interview with the Pakistani 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, who said, “My dream is to help children get an education” — which has always been her signature issue — and that, because the existing leadership of her country is not committed to this goal, she intends to become Pakistan’s Prime Minister.

Oct 05 09:09

Saudis continue striking civilians in Yemen

The Saudis keep hitting civilians. On Monday, they killed 120 at a wedding party and then blamed the U.S. intelligence for providing inaccurate information about targets, Pravda.Ru reports. Overshadowed by its relative smallness and obscured by its relative complexity, the six-month-old civil war in Yemen is the middle child of Middle East conflict. Recently, its most prominent mentions in the U.S. have been in the Republican debates as candidates have placed the rebellion by Iranian-backed Houthi rebels against the Saudi-backed Yemeni government on the list of Iran's regional evildoings.

Oct 05 09:07

Giant Siberian crater attracts Hollywood filmmakers

News organisations in Europe and the United States have been focussing interest on a giant crater discovered in the permafrost of western Siberia's Yamal peninsula, an official in the region told TASS. Media fascination has fired since the mysterious phenomenon featured in a trailer for the forthcoming X-Men: Apocalypse blockbuster, said Russian Arctic development centre head Vladimir Pushkarev, noting the crater's power to generate news stories. The mysterious hole, some 60 metres in diameter and at least 200 metres deep, was first spotted by Russian helicopter pilots in July 2014. Explanations of the crater's origin range from meteorites to alien life. Images taken by the pilots found its way into dramatic footage promoting the latest X-Men adventure film, set for release in the spring of 2016. "We were surprised to see the footage being used," an amused Pushkarev said.

Oct 05 09:05

What now? How to deal with the utter collapse of Obama's Syria-Iraq strategy

The president’s four-step plan included: a systemic campaign of airstrikes in Iraq and Syria; increased support to forces fighting ISIS on the ground in Iraq and Syria, including training and arming moderate Syrian rebels; expanded counterterrorism efforts to weaken ISIS and cut off its resources; and continued support to humanitarian assistance to civilians displaced by ISIS.

Twelve months later this strategy is in ruins. Russia has sent troops into Syria and began bombing ISIS targets Wednesday.

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Oct 05 09:04

HISTORIC NEWS: Finally, EU and U.S. Are Breaking Apart

German Economic News headlined on October 2nd, “US wants to exclude EU from peace talks on Syria,” and reported that, “The US government has torpedoed European proposals for a multilateral peace conference on Syria: Washington is basically for peace talks — but without the EU at the table. The EU bears the brunt of the refugees from Syria. But the EU has apparently [been excluded by the U.S. from the peace talks].” It’s hardly the only indication of the increasingly severe policy differences between the U.S. and the EU.

Oct 05 09:01

Hillary Clinton campaign sending Bill out on the trail

They’d kept him off the trail for months, but Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign is finally deploying former President Bill Clinton, accepting the political risks he brings as worthy tradeoff if he can shore up support for his wife among longtime Democrats and build enthusiasm among Hispanic and black voters.

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You know they are desperate when they drag out Monica Lewinski's old boyfriend.

Oct 05 09:00

Poroshenko says int’l community will help restore Donbass economy

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Sunday international community will help revive Donbass’ economy. "The international coalition will help us finance restoration of infrastructure in Donbass. It will not be a burden for Ukrainian taxpayers," he said in an interview with Ukrainian television channels. Earlier, Ukraine’s leaders said restoration in Donbass would begin after local elections there under Ukrainian laws. It is planned to establish a special fund for those purposes. According to preliminary estimates of the Ukrainian government, at least two billion U.S. dollars will be needed to restore Donbass’ infrastructure.

Oct 05 08:59

The “Refugees” in Europe Are Acting Like Spoiled Brats

It is too cold or too hot, the internet is too slow, the food is not enough and not tasty, there isn’t enough free money, the accommodations are lackluster, it’s boring without entertainment, and lots of other complaints from people who didn’t pay for anything and weren’t invited.

Oct 05 08:56

Russia Escalates Syria Proxy War: Threatens Full Naval Blockade Of Syria

Last week, NATO's supreme allied commander for Europe, General Philip Breedlove, suggested that Russia has effectively declared a no-fly zone in Syria.

That contention was supported by Moscow’s rather bold move to effectively instruct the US-led coalition to keep its planes out of the sky starting last Wednesday. Ultimately, The Kremlin has declared a monopoly on Syrian air space for the duration of Russia’s military campaign, marking an epic embarrassment for Washington, and serving notice to the anti-regime forces operating in Syria that there’s a new sheriff in town.

Well, don't look now, but in addition to the de facto no-fly zone, some experts are out suggesting that Russia is set to use its Black Sea fleet to enforce a blockade on the Syrian coast.

Oct 05 08:56

Poroshenko says US promised new weapons to Ukraine

"While in New York, I had three meetings with U.S. President Barack Obama - before and after meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and after talks with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, where he told me he had signed a document on supplying new weapons to Ukraine," Poroshenko said in an interview with Ukrainian television channels. "We need these weapons like air," he said.

Ukraine hopes to be granted non-permanent membership in UN SC on October 15 http://tass.ru/en/world/826127 "We have serious grounds for optimism," he said, adding it was a "very important solution" for Ukraine, which "we are actively working on." He did not rule out he would attend the United Nations General Assembly session on October 15, which was to elect non-permanent members of the Security Council. "I will probably be present at this session," he said.

Oct 05 08:55

Head for the Hills: 3,000 Islamist Militants Flee Advancing Syrian Army

More than three thousand militants from the Islamic State, Jabhat Al-Nusra and Jaish al-Yarmouk jihadist groups have left Syria for Jordan, fearing the forthcoming Syrian Army offensive, Russia's news agency Ria Novosti quoted a military source as saying.

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Oct 05 08:53

Church of England commissions sex abuse inquiry

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has launched an independent review into the Church of England’s response to allegations of sex abuse against former Bishop of Lewes and Gloucester, Peter Ball, in the early 90s.

The review will investigate claims that the Church was involved in a cover-up of the allegations and that former Archbishop Lord Carey of Clifton was aware of secret talks between the Church, police and Crown Prosecution Service about how to respond to the claims against Ball in 1992-93.

At the time, Ball was cautioned for the offences but allowed to continue working until his resignation in 2010. Ball was arrested in 2011 after a retired police officer guarding the Lambeth Palace found files relating to the case and handed them over to Sussex Police.

Oct 05 08:52

Secret Service Can't Keep Secrets

The U.S. Secret Service looks more like a rogue agency every day. Between agents partying with prostitutes, others drunkenly driving through White House gates and yet others leaving the mansion's front door unlocked, it's fair to wonder when they will "accidentally" kill someone.

Now we have yet another crazy revelation. Persons within the S.S., under congressional scrutiny for the above offenses and more, decided they would bring down the chief scrutinizer, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah).

Oct 05 08:51

End of ISIS? Putin 'sending 150,000 soldiers to Syria to WIPE OUT evil Islamic State'

The Russian leader is reportedly mounting an enormous military mission to take control of the terror group's stronghold of Raqqa.

The city is the self-declared capital of ISIS in Syria and is patrolled by as many as 5,000 jihadi members.

Putin is set to mobilise 150,000 reservists who he conscripted into the military earlier this week.

Oct 05 08:51

ISIS so weakened by Russian airstrikes and desertion it could be destroyed in HOURS

Western and more recently Russian airstrikes, chaotic leadership and mass defections have weakened the jihadi group to such an extent that it would be unable to repel even a small invasion force.

A terror analyst told Express.co.uk that the fanatics have vastly exaggerated their military strength and called on Western leaders to launch a co-ordinated fightback which would obliterate the hate group.

Dr Afzal Ashraf said ISIS has become its own worst enemy with its campaign of terror against the West, which has prompted an international backlash.

Oct 05 08:50

ISIS jihadis OBLITERATED: Putin jets blast terrorist HQ in Syria with bunker-buster bombs

RUSSIAN bombers have OBLITERATED nine Islamic State (ISIS) outposts in just 24 hours as Vladimir Putin steps up his huge bombing campaign in Syria.

Oct 05 08:49

Kiev troops to withdraw weapons under 100mm caliber in Luhansk region by October 18

Ukrainian forces will complete withdrawing weapons with the caliber under 100mm in the Luhansk region by October 18 and in the Donetsk region by November 12, the speaker of Ukraine’s General Staff said on Monday. The withdrawal will come on condition that the ceasefire regime is observed and the OSCE has access to monitoring the effort across the whole territory, Seleznev said.

Oct 05 08:47

Ukrainian sailors on strike in Russia’s sea port seek Russian trade union membership

The Ukrainian members of the GO SKAR vessel flying the flag of Liberia who went on strike in Russia’s Far Eastern sea port of Nakhodka because of debt wages have asked to admit them to the Russian Seamen’s Union, the chairman of the union’s Far Eastern organization told TASS on Monday. "The sailors have no intention of leaving the port of Nakhodka until full wage debt repayment," Nikolay Sukhanov said. "There is no money on the sailors’ accounts. The sailors said they wanted to join the Russian Seamen’s Union and expressed a desire to have a collective treaty of the International Transport Workers’ Federation aboard the ship, as the vessel operates under the flag of convenience," Sukhanov said.

Oct 05 08:46

Donbas reports another 20 missing or detained within week — official

"Between September 26 and October 2, 2015, we registered 20 people - missing or illegally detained, where nine are civilians and eleven are DPR’s military," the Donetsk News Agency. The document reads that currently "the Ukrainian side is detaining 458 military, 563 are political prisoners and 199 civilians having nothing to do with the conflict." "Another 403 people are missing," the report reads. "They may be prisoners in Ukraine." Earlier, the ombudsperson said Ukraine was keeping 1,200 prisoners. During the official exchange of prisoners, DPR and the Luhansk republic gave to Kiev 317 prisoners and the Ukrainian side released 287 people. The "all-for-all" exchange of prisoners is a key item of the Minsk agreements.
16,000 Ukrainian troops defect Donbas with weapons, prosecutor says http://tass.ru/en/world/826234

Oct 05 08:43

GM recalls more than 70,000 Chevrolet cars from Russia for risk of defects — press

General Motors plans to recall 70,200 Chevrolet Aveo cars from Russia for the risk of cracks in steering hose, Izvestia daily reported on Monday. The defect may occur when the car is used under the temperature below 40 degrees Celsius, the newspaper said citing an official with Russia’s Federal Agency on Technical Regulation (Rosstandart). "Rosstandart received information from the GM DAT CIS company on a voluntary recall of 70,200 Chevrolet Aveo cars. The recall concerns the cars sold between November, 22, 2011 and September 11, 2015, with VIN-codes according to the application, which will be published on the website of Rosstandart," a representative with the watchdog said. According to the publication, GM DAT CIS will notify owners of the cars, which are subject to recall, via a newsletter or by telephone about the need to bring their cars to the nearest dealership for repairs. This is not the first time General Motors recalls vehicles in Russia.

Oct 05 08:42

Bernanke calls for prosecutions of top financial execs over 2008 meltdown

Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, who led the US through the financial meltdown of 2008, said that top financial executives should have been prosecuted for their role in creating the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.

Oct 05 08:41

Russian Foreign Minister calls Free Syrian Army ‘phantom’ group

"No one has told us where the Free Syrian Army operates or where and how the other units of the moderate opposition act," Lavrov said. "We will even be ready to establish contact with it, if these are indeed efficient armed groups of the patriotic opposition that consist of Syrians," the foreign minister added. So far, the Free Syrian Army remains a "phantom group," he said. "Nothing is known about it," Lavrov said. Lavrov said he has asked US Secretary of State John Kerry to provide information on this group and its leadership.

Oct 05 08:39

Moscow informs Ankara about Russian plane incident — Turkish PM

Russia has informed Ankara about the incident concerning the violation of Turkey’s airspace by a Russian aircraft, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told the Haber Turk TV on Monday. "We had diplomatic contacts in connection with the incident. Our position is clear: if anyone violates our borders or airspace, they get a warning from us in a friendly way. Russia is our neighbor and friend," the prime minister said. "No tensions occurred in this context between our countries. The Syrian crisis is not the Turkish-Russian crisis," he said. Earlier in the day, the Russian side said it respects Turkey’s borders and will not allow such incidents in future, the prime minister said.

Oct 05 08:39

"AL QAEDA IN SYRIA HAS JUST RECEIVED A BUNCH OF NEW WEAPONS DIRECTLY FROM THE U.S. MILITARY!"

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I hate to say 'I told you so' ... no ... wait ... actually, I rather enjoy it!

Oct 05 08:38

Kiev rejects all attempts to adopt law on amnesty, special status of Donbas

"We rejected any attempts to adopt a law on amnesty so that the automatic amnesty for the gunmen of the so-called DPR and LPR should take place," Konstantin Eliseyev said. Kiev "has no need to adopt the new law on amnesty and special status of Donbas," he stressed. "We have the entire legal basis that meets the Minsk agreements and is enough for solving all the issues."
"We have no ‘special status’ term in our vocabulary. We only have the law on the special regime of local self-government in certain areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions," the official said.

Oct 05 08:37

Founder of Doctors Without Borders accuses US of war crime

ne of the founders of the Doctors Without Borders humanitarian organization, former French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner has accused the United States of a "war crime" after the bombing of the hospital in Kunduz (Afghanistan). The politician said as much in an interview published by the La Repubblica newspaper on Monday. "Air strikes often lead to the so-called collateral effects," he said noting that this "does not justify the bombing raids in Kunduz [by the United States]." "It is a different matter, because the hospital was the target," Kouchner said. He noted that the staff of humanitarian organizations were more and more often working in hazardous conditions. "There is no respect for the status of a non-governmental organization. The war is becoming increasingly cruel, and the UN is right in saying that this is a war crime," the politician said, recalling that the hospital in Kunduz was marked on all maps.

Oct 05 08:35

A Message to Israel: Time to Stop Playing the Victim Role

I can understand that after centuries of persecution it's satisfying for a Jewish state to be the aggressor for a change, but there's a codicil that goes with that role. You don't get to act like a victim any more. "Poor little Israel" just sounds silly when you're the dominant power in the Middle East. When you've invaded several of your neighbors, bombed and defeated them in combat, occupied their land, and taken their homes away from them, it's time to stop acting oppressed. Yes, Arab states deny your right to exist, threaten to drive you into the sea, and all the rest of their futile, helpless rhetoric. The fact is, you have the upper hand and they don't. You have sophisticated arms and they don't. You have nuclear weapons and they don't. So stop pretending to be pathetic. It doesn't play well in Peoria.

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Oct 05 08:34

Video: Death-chanting Israeli mob rejoices as Palestinian teen is executed

Amid increasing violence in occupied Jerusalem and the rest of the West Bank, Israeli forces executed a Palestinian youth in cold blood early on Sunday morning.

Israeli forces have declared that the Old City of Jerusalem will be open only to Jews and foreign tourists for the next 48 hours. No Palestinians except residents will be allowed in.

Oct 05 08:34

FLASHBACK 2003 - Selective Intelligence

They call themselves, self-mockingly, the Cabal—a small cluster of policy advisers and analysts now based in the Pentagon’s Office of Special Plans. In the past year, according to former and present Bush Administration officials, their operation, which was conceived by Paul Wolfowitz, the Deputy Secretary of Defense, has brought about a crucial change of direction in the American intelligence community. These advisers and analysts, who began their work in the days after September 11, 2001, have produced a skein of intelligence reviews that have helped to shape public opinion and American policy toward Iraq. They relied on data gathered by other intelligence agencies and also on information provided by the Iraqi National Congress, or I.N.C., the exile group headed by Ahmad Chalabi. By last fall, the operation rivalled both the C.I.A.

Oct 05 08:33

German enterprises seek entry into Iran market at the earliest

Since Iran and the P5+1 reached a nuclear deal, Tehran has welcomed many Western business delegations. A German trade team, which included the minister of economic affairs, was among these business delegations. When business comes to the international scale, the chambers of commerce become one of the main players to build networks for business leaders. In the city of Kassel, we met Mr. Kai Wittrock, the managing director of a regional commercial organization in Hessen, to ask him more about the recent developments.

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Of course, American businesses were left out while Congress tried to wreck the deal for Israel!

Oct 05 08:29

Trouble in Kingdom: Saudis Face Problems as Oil Wealth Shrinks

The oil market has dramatically changed since last summer due to oversupply in the market. In November 2014, OPEC decided to keep its oil output levels unchanged, which led to a further slump in crude oil prices.

The low oil prices forced the Saudi Kingdom to burn through their foreign reserves at an unprecedented pace. In addition to a Saudi-led airstrike campaign in Yemen, Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud was pretty generous toward government workers, putting a further strain on public finances that were already damaged by the slump in oil prices.

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Saudi Arabia has paid a stiff price for going along with the US plan to attack Russia's oil economy!

Oct 05 08:28

'Let the People of Israel Enter the Gates and Kill Arabs'

Racist violence has erupted following terrorist attacks in the past, but this time it seems that the Jewish mob which took to the streets was accepted by Jerusalemites with understanding, if not downright approval.

Oct 05 08:26

Insider-Trading Cases Imperiled as U.S. Supreme Court Spurns Appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court let stand a major insider-trading ruling that threatens at least 10 convictions and creates what the Obama administration calls a road map for securities fraud.

Rejecting an administration appeal without comment, the justices refused to consider reinstating the overturned convictions of hedge fund managers Todd Newman and Anthony Chiasson. Among those who may benefit are SAC Capital Advisors LP’s Michael Steinberg, who is seeking to reverse his own conviction on similar grounds.

Oct 05 08:25

Paul Craig Roberts On Russian Bombings In Syria – Putin Sent A Decisive Message To The West

With people around the world worried about the escalating war in Syria, today former U.S. Treasury official, Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, told King World News that with four straight days of Russian bombings in Syria, Putin has sent a decisive message to the West.

Eric King: “Dr. Roberts, about this situation in Syria, obviously the Russians have bombed key targets and the rest of the world is watching and saying, ‘Putin just took over and put a stop to the madness.’”

Oct 05 08:24

Two thirds of EU states reject GMO crops, file cultivation opt-out requests

Two thirds of EU states have requested to be allowed to ban the growing of genetically modified crops in their countries, choosing the “opt-out” clause of a European Commission rule that allows members to override EU-wide GMO approvals.

Oct 05 08:23

The Western Alliance Is Crumbling

Europe is being overrun by refugees from American bombing campaigns in Libya and Syria, which created a failed state in Libya, and which threaten to do the same in Syria. Europe is thus being forced to separate itself from endorsing the U.S. bombing campaign that focuses against the Syrian government forces of the secular Shiite Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, instead of against his fundamentalist Sunni Islamic opponents, the jihadist groups (all of which are Sunni), such as ISIS, and Al Qaeda in Syria (al-Nusra).

Oct 05 08:16

‘Russians are going to succeed where the West did not ... or did not want’ – Assad’s adviser

Oct 05 08:15

Airstrike video: Massive blasts as Russia smashes ISIS targets in Syria

Oct 05 08:14

A Useful Prep-Sheet On Syria For Media Propagandists

Here are some State Department talking points on Syria for cable news anchors:

1) Keep mentioning the barrel bombs.

Do not mention how their use was pioneered by the Israeli Air Force in 1948, and how they were used by the US Air Force in Vietnam in Operation Inferno in 1968. Keep repeating, “barrel bombs, barrel bombs” and stating with a straight face that the Syrian regime is using them “against its own people.” Against its own people. Against its own people. Against its own people.

Oct 05 08:12

UK government acts to stop councils divesting from Israeli occupation

The UK government has said it intends to change legislation in order to prevent local councils divesting from the arms trade and Israeli human rights abuses.

Announcing the plans, a Conservative spokesperson said that “Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell, alongside Labour-affiliated trade unions, are urging councils to use their procurement and pension policies to punish both Israel and the UK defence industry.”

Oct 05 08:12

Donald Trump and the Federal Reserve Board

Last week, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump released his plan for changing the tax code. Trump wants big across the board tax cuts, with the largest tax cuts going to the wealthy. He claimed that his tax cut won't lead to a loss of revenue since it would lead to a huge spurt of economic growth. His number was 6.0 percent annual growth over the next decade, topping Jeb Bush's 4.0 percent growth rate by two full percentage points.

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Oct 05 08:12

Kiev to begin withdrawing weapons Monday — headquarters

Ukraine’s military located in the Lugansk region have received 14 days to carryout actions listed in addendums to the Minsk agreements

Oct 05 08:11

Free Syrian Army Command Asks Russia for Help Against ISIL

The representative of the Euphrates Volcano command of the FSA and the Kurdish YPG told Sputnik that the command supports Russia's operation against ISIL and requests military help.

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The FSA wants to switch sides now and fight with the Russians against ISIS. Is this a trick or are the American sponsored terrorists turning on Obama and joining a Winner?

Oct 05 08:10

Russian air strikes disrupt supply system of ISIS terrorists in Syria - Russian General Staff

The ongoing strikes on ISIS positions in Syria have undermined the terrorists' supply system, the Russian General Staff has said.

"In the opinion of the Russian Armed Forces' General Staff, the strikes delivered by our aircraft on ISIS militants have disrupted the supply system of this terrorist organization and have done significant damage to the infrastructures used for training terrorists in Syria," Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov told reporters on October 4.

Oct 05 08:06

GMO Anti-Labeling Law Heads to Senate After House Approval

Tuft University's Tim Wise says in the face of uncertain science what's needed is more science not deregulation

Oct 05 08:06

UN SC begins working on Russian draft resolution on Syria

The draft resolution, which coordinates the efforts of all the forces opposed to Islamic State and other terror groups, was proposed to UN SC members by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at the Council's ministerial meeting held on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York on Sept.30.

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The US will veto the Russian proposal and submit their own proposal calling for the removal of Assad... which Russia will veto.

Oct 05 08:02

Savannah Guthrie Grills Hillary on Emails: ‘Do You Get How Bad It Looks?’

Guthrie noted that while Clinton had apologized for using a private email, she also kept saying that it was an invented issue used by Republicans to attack her. “And I guess my question to you is, which is it?” she said. “If you’re blaming the Republicans, some might wonder how genuine is that apology?”

“Well, actually it’s both,” Clinton said. “I mean, I’m sorry that I made a choice that has resulted in this kind of situation, and I’ve said I’ve made a mistake. Obviously if I had to do it over again, I wouldn’t. It was allowed and everybody has confirmed that. But it’s also, as we now know very clearly, the way that the Republicans are trying to bring my– as they admit– poll numbers down.”

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Back in 1996, when Bill Clinton was running for re-election, he authorized the transfer of highly sensitive technology to China. This technology had military applications and allowed China to close the gap in missile performance with the United States. The transfers were opposed and severely criticized by the Defense Department.

At the same time Bill Clinton was transferring this technology to China, huge donations began to pour into his re-election campaign from the US companies allowed to sell the technology to China, and from American citizens of Chinese descent. The fact that they were US citizens allowed them to donate to political campaigns, but it later emerged that they were acting as conduits for cash coming in from Asian sources, including Chinese Intelligence Agencies! The scandal became known as China-gate!

This establishes a history of the Clintons treating US secrets as their own personal property, selling them to raise money for campaigns.

Now then, let us consider a private email server with weak security, at least one known totally open access point, no encryption, and outside the control and monitoring systems of the US government, on which are parked many of the nation's most closely guarded secrets! It is already established that Hillary's email was hacked. One hacker named Guccifer provided copies of emails to Russia Today, which published them. Another hacker is reported to be offering 32,000 of Hillary's emails for the sum of $500,000. Security experts agree that Hillary's server had worse security than the Ashley Madison website!

Now, consider a charitable foundation owned by the Clintons (which actually does very little charitable work). Being a charitable foundation, it is allowed to accept "donations" from foreign sources, and roughly 40% of the cash that has poured into the Clinton Foundation has come from foreign sources. Many of those foreign sources received preferential treatment from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, sufficient for attorney Larry Klayman to file a RICO lawsuit against the foundation (which as of last report was thrown out of court by a Clinton-appointed judge who refused to recuse himself over the obvious conflict of interest)!

Easy means of delivering secrets. Easy means of accepting payment! And now there is confirmation that Hillary did have a private "off the books" spy network, centered on Sidney Blumenthal, while she was secretary of state!

This is a perfect setup to repeat the 1996 selling of secrets for cash. In other words, a perfect espionage operation, running out the US State Department, with the weak email server providing the secrets and a charitable foundation to accept and launder the payments! Hillary doesn't have to physically steal the files, the way Jonathan Pollard did. Hillary doesn't have to scratch an X on a mailbox, the way Aldrich Ames did. Hillary doesn't have to tape bundles of stolen documents underneath a park bridge, like Robert Hannsen did!

It is time to look past the small scandal of the private email server at what may be a far larger scandal hidden behind it!

And the longer the government and corporate media avoids this question, the more complicit they look!

Oct 05 08:01

BEX Alert!!! - "US defence chief warns Russia has 'losing strategy' in Syria"

US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter said Monday that Russia is pursuing a "losing strategy" in Syria and that it must live up to its commitments in Ukraine. . .

. . ."Russia has escalated the civil war, putting further at risk the very political resolution and preservation of Syria's structure of future governance it says that it wants," Carter said at the Center for Strategic Studies and Defence.

"It remains my hope that Vladimir Putin will see that tethering Russia to a sinking ship is a losing strategy, and will decide to confront the threat presented by (IS) instead of continuing its unilateral airstrikes against Assad's opposition."

(Note: The headline on the MSN homepage is "US: Russia Losing In Syria")

Oct 05 08:00

Arctic Sea Ice Extent Second Highest For The Date Since 2005

After the shortest melt season on record, and record growth of sea ice in September, Arctic sea ice extent is now the second highest in the DMI record for the date.

Oct 05 08:00

Israel bars Palestinians from Jerusalem Old City after attacks

Jerusalem (AFP) - Israel barred Palestinians from Jerusalem's Old City Sunday as violence spread after two Israelis were stabbed to death, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke of "a fight to the death against Palestinian terror".
"These steps include, among others, speeded up demolition of terrorists' homes," he said in a video address in Hebrew distributed by his office.

Oct 05 07:58

Israel's right defies rabbinate over Al Aqsa

NOTICE AND WARNING; ENTERING THE TEMPLE MOUNT AREA IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN BY JEWISH LAW DUE TO THE SACRED NATURE OF THE SITE- ISRAEL CHIEF RABBINATE

There's no missing these signs that have been in place since Israel came into being; and there has been no change whatsoever in the position of the country’s religious authority which interprets the Torah and advises the government of the day.

Oct 05 07:55

Empire or Humanity?

With an occupying army waging war in Iraq and Afghanistan, with military bases and corporate bullying in every part of the world, there is hardly a question any more of the existence of an American Empire. Indeed, the once fervent denials have turned into a boastful, unashamed embrace of the idea.

Oct 05 07:53

World Bank sharply downgrades Ukraine’s GDP forecast

Ukraine’s economy will contract 12 percent in 2015, according to the World Bank. This is an acute drop from similar estimates in April, when the Ukrainian GDP was predicted to fall 7.5 percent.

Inflation’s going to hit 23.4 percent in 2016, considering a hike in property taxes and expectations from business, said World Bank economist in Ukraine Anastasia Golovach.

The World Bank expects the external debt of Kiev to reach 153 percent of GDP in 2015 and 134.2 percent in 2016.

Oct 05 07:52

Russia Misrepresenting Its Intentions for Syria, U.K. Foreign Secretary Says

Philip Hammond accuses Russia of using its military clout to prop Assad while saying it is attacking ISIS.

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As opposed to the US using its military clout to kick Assad out while saying it is attacking ISIS?

Oct 05 07:51

Donald Trump supports Putin ‘bombing the hell out of ISIS’

At one point the interviewer mentioned that Russian airstrikes could be “hitting people we’ve trained,” but Trump interrupted him by stating: “We are talking about people we don’t even know!”

“The rebel group we have no idea … I was talking to a general two days ago, he said: ‘We have no idea who these people are.’ We are training people, we don’t know who they are. We are giving them billions of dollars to fight Assad,” Trump said.

“We are fighting Assad and fighting for people, helping people ...we even don’t understand who they are. And they may be worse than Assad. They may be worse,” Trump reiterated. However, he emphasized that he was “not saying Assad is a good guy.”

Trump stressed that he has nothing against the Russian anti-terrorist operation in Syria.

“I like that Putin is bombing the hell out of ISIS,” Trump said, adding that he believes that the target of the airstrikes is indeed “going to be ISIS.”

Oct 05 07:49

Suspected Iranian missile shipment seized in Arabian Sea

On the following day, the Saudi Press Agency reported that anti-tank guided missiles had been found aboard a boat that was intercepted 150 miles (240 km) southeast of the Omani city of Salalah on 27 September. It said 54 BGM-71 TOW anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs), 18 Konkurs ATGMs, four "direct fire systems", and three launchers had been found on the vessel.

It said the vessel was registered in the name of an Iranian and had been inspected and granted a fishing license by the ports and customs organisation in Iran's Sistan and Baluchistan province.

The US Navy subsequently put out a slightly different version of events, telling the AP that the dhow was intercepted on 26 September by a vessel operating as part of the multinational Combined Maritime Forces (CMF).

It said the naval vessel was from one of the Gulf countries that are part of the coalition currently fighting to re-install Yemen's ousted president (Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, or the United Arab Emirates).

Oct 05 07:47

Rubio calls Russia's Putin a 'gangster and a thug'; wants new sanctions on Moscow

Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio called for a more aggressive approach to Russia on Friday, including new sanctions against major officials and companies.

During an appearance at a national security forum in Iowa, the Florida senator called Russian President Vladimir Putin a "gangster and a thug," adding "I stand by that phrasing."

Rubio said if he's elected, he'll seek additional visa bans and asset freezes, provide more assistance to Ukraine and limit diplomatic engagement with Moscow "on issues not essential to resolving the crisis in Ukraine."

"We are barreling toward a second Cold War," Rubio said. "The more our current president fails the test of leadership against Putin, the more important it becomes for our next president to pass it. And I will pass that test if I am given that opportunity."

Oct 05 07:47

Al-Zoubi: Effectiveness of Russia’s raids in Syria worries the West

Minister of information Omran al-Zoubi said the effectiveness of the air raids carried out by the Russian army in Syria have driven the armed terrorist groups and their backers crazy while they remained silence when the US announced its coalition which supposedly aimed at targeting the ISIS in Syria.

In an interview on the Syrian TV and reported by SANA, Minister al-Zoubi said the U.S.-led coalition is not serious and all of its raids on the ISIS brought no tangible results because the real purpose was not destroying the ISIS but on the contrary preserving it for as long as possible with the aim of achieving certain goals.

Oct 05 07:46

Bangladesh Skeptical of Claims That ISIS Was Behind Shootings of Foreigners

Bangladesh’s prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, on Sunday dismissed claims that the Islamic State was behind the fatal shootings of two foreign citizens last week, instead suggesting that the killings may have been the work of homegrown militants aligned with her political opponents in the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, or B.N.P.

Oct 05 07:44

GMO Propaganda and the Sociology of Science

At the heart of this new rhetoric by Monsanto is the popularity of technology and the status of science in our society. However, science and technology are not equivalent. Science is the systematized study of knowledge, while technology merely applies that knowledge – for good or for ill. Science and technology are all too often conflated both by the public and by scientists themselves. It cannot be overstated that upstream technological scientists are prioritized and favored while downstream toxicologists and the like are continuously monitored and intimidated because they threaten industry. (See Drs. Tyrone Hayes, Ignatio Chapela, and Gilles-Éric Séralini for just a few well-know examples of attacks on downstream scientists.) While downstream science, which may point out frightening truths about risks, can be unpleasant, upstream science is often full of the wonder and excitement of technology. The conflation of science and technology has been exploited by the GMO industry to support the acceptance of their products under the guise of scientific authority.

Oct 05 07:42

San Francisco’s last gun store closing doors for good at the end of October

Alcairo said the breaking point came this summer when a local politician proposed a law that would require High Bridge Arms to video record every gun sale and submit a weekly report of ammunition sales to the police. If passed, the law would join several local gun control ordinances on the books in a city still scarred by the 1993 murder of eight in a downtown high-rise and the 1978 assassination of Mayor George Moscone and gay rights activist Harvey Milk.

"I'm not doing that to our customers. Enough is enough," Alcairo said. "Buying a gun is a constitutionally protected right. Our customers shouldn't be treated like they're doing something wrong."

The announcement prompted an outpouring of sympathy and anger online from gun enthusiasts - and a steady stream of customers eager to take advantage of going-out-of-business prices.

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Oct 05 07:39

Russia will arm Lebanon against ISIS and other extremist groups

Russia is strengthening her alliance in the Middle East and equipping the Lebanese army. The Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that this support for Lebanon came with no strings attached.

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Israel will throw a tantrum over this. Sadly, they will take their anger out on the Palestinians.

Oct 05 07:38

Russia claims ISIS on the ropes after 60 airstrike bombings in 72 hours

One question that's been asked repeatedly over the past thirteen months is why Washington has been unable to achieve the Pentagon's stated goal of "degrading and defeating" ISIS despite the fact that the "battle" pits the most advanced air force on the planet against what amounts to a ragtag band of militants running around the desert in basketball shoes.

Those of a skeptical persuasion have been inclined to suggest that perhaps the US isn't fully committed to the fight. Explanations for that suggestion range from the mainstream (the White House is loathe to get the US into another Mid-East war) to the "conspiratorial" (the CIA created ISIS and thus doesn't want to destroy the group due to its value as a strategic asset).

Oct 05 07:37

MP: Washington Post reporter part of plot to oust Iran gov’t

Citing a report by the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC)’s Intelligence Department, Nozar Shafi’i the spokesman for the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of the Iranian Parliament (Majlis) said on Sunday that Rezaian was tasked with implementing a scenario orchestrated by a group of US Senators who believe that if the US can revive the relations it had with Tehran before the 1979 Islamic Revolution, the Iranian government could easily be toppled.

As mentioned in the report, said Shafi’i, Rezaian is an American national of Iranian origin, and a “very important element” for Washington, “so much so that the Americans are trying hard to secure his release.”

Oct 05 07:36

Trans-Pacific free trade deal agreed creating vast partnership

Supporters say it could be worth billions of dollars to the countries involved but critics say it was negotiated in secret and is biased towards corporations.

Oct 05 07:35

Trans-Pacific Partnership Deal Struck As "Corporate Secrecy" Wins Again

Once again the corporatocracy wins as the so-called "Trojan horse" Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement has been finalized. As WSJ reports, the U.S., Japan and 10 countries around the Pacific reached a historic accord Monday to lower trade barriers to goods and services and set commercial rules of the road for two-fifths of the global economy, officials said.

For the U.S., the TPP (reportedly) opens agricultural markets in Japan and Canada, tightens intellectual property rules to benefit drug and technology companies, and establishes a tightknit economic bloc to challenge China’s influence in the region (likely forcing their hand into separate trade agreements).

Oct 05 07:34

I Wish Nobody Was Bombing Syria

The US regime change policy for Syria has been a catastrophe. More than 200,000 killed and an entire country reduced to rubble at least partly because President Obama decided that "Assad has lost his legitimacy." How is it that the president of a country 6,000 miles away has the authority to decide whether another leader belongs in office or not? What if Rouhani in Iran decided that Obama had lost his legitimacy for killing a number of American citizens by drone without charge or trial? Would we accept that?

At least three years of US efforts to train rebels to overthrow the Syrian government has produced, as General Lloyd Austin, Commander of US Central Command, testified last month, "four or five" trained and vetted "moderates" in Syria. The $500 million appropriated for this purpose has disappeared.

Oct 05 07:30

Woman accuses Carlsbad Police Department of brutality

A woman in Los Angeles is filing a claim against two Carlsbad Police officers, accusing them of brutality.

She says the officers attacked her after she complained about one of them. Local bystanders captured the encounter on cell phone video.

Cindy Hahn says that the encounter began when she saw a Carlsbad police officer standing by a car with its alarm going off.

"I said, 'what’s going on here?' And he said, 'is this your car?' I said 'no sir’ and he says 'then mind your (expletive) business,'" said Cindy Hahn.

Cindy then called the police department to complain about the officer's comment and shortly after she left, the officer she had complained about pulled her over.

"The next thing I know, I’m on the ground and he’s attacking me and then the other officer comes and I’m thinking he’s going to help me and he ratcheted it up," said Cindy.

Oct 05 07:27

Patients burned in their beds as doctors died on their own operating tables: Horrific details emerge in first-person account from Doctors Without Borders nurse who was in the Afghanistan hospital hit by apparent US air strike

'We tried to take a look into one of the burning buildings. I cannot describe what was inside,' Lajos Zoltan Jecs said in a first-person account posted on the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) website.

'There are no words for how terrible it was. In the intensive care unit six patients were burning in their beds.'

His chilling account explains why the international medical agency has now completely withdrawn from Kunduz, northern Afghanistan, where its facilities have been almost entirely obliterated.

As the death toll rises to 22 - including 12 MSF workers and 10 patients - the United Nations has tabled plans to investigate whether America is guilty of war crimes.

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