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June 23, 2017

Jun 23 10:04

Senator Tim Kaine says US strikes on pro-Assad targets in Syria are 'completely illegal' as lawmakers demand Congress take back war-making powers

A Democratic senator says the US military's recent strikes against Syrian government targets are 'completely illegal,' it was reported on Wednesday.
Tim Kaine, the Democratic senator from Virginia, told Sirius XM on Wednesday that the Trump administration must receive authorization from Congress before targeting forces loyal to President Bashar al Assad.

Jun 23 10:03

Police consider manslaughter charges for London fire after cladding tiles fail safety tests

The police also said that insulation and tiles used in the building’s exterior cladding had failed fire safety tests.

“Preliminary tests on the insulation samples collected from Grenfell Tower showed that they combusted soon after the test started. The initial test on the cladding tiles also failed the safety tests,” Detective Superintendent Fiona McCormack told reporters.

Jun 23 09:56

238 Arrested in Major Hollywood Pedophile Ring Bust

The Department of Justice has just conducted a series of raids across Los Angeles and arrested 238 people in connection with a Hollywood pedophilia network.According to police, the arrests included some "major Hollywood players" as well as politicians, white-collar professionals, a monk, and other high-ranking clergy members.The raids were conducted by the Los Angeles Regional Internet Crimes against Children task force, working directly with the Justice Department.

Jun 23 09:55

Smoking Gun Proof that Russia Hacked the Entire World

As shown below, the allegations that Russia has been hacking the entire world have been thoroughly vetted and verified.

Jun 23 09:54

Kurds reaching critical juncture in US partnership

US President Donald Trump is wavering between members of his team who want to expand the war in Syria by also targeting Iranian-linked elements and those who say such a step would mean endless conflict in the region. This internal US disarray further complicates already-complex field developments in the Syrian civil war and the battle against the Islamic State (IS).



Jun 23 09:53

Canary In The Coal Mine: Unfunded Liabilities Have Turned Illinois Into A “Banana Republic” On The Brink Of Bankruptcy

Illinois is the perfect example of what happens when your state is run by fiscally irresponsible dunces for decades. The state is buried debt, and hasn’t passed a budget in over 700 days. 100% of their monthly revenue is being consumed by court ordered payments, and the Illinois Department of Transportation has revealed that they may not be able to pay contractors (who are working on over 700 infrastructure projects) after July 1st if the state doesn’t pass a budget. To top it all off, the state’s credit rating is one step away from junk status, the lowest of any state. Because of these factors, Illinois may become the first state to declare bankruptcy since the Great Depression.

Jun 23 09:53

‘US coalition bombs randomly, hitting civilians rather than ISIS’ – Raqqa refugees to RT

Civilian casualties from the US-supported operation to retake Raqqa are mounting daily, while those fortunate enough to survive and flee the ISIS-held city have accused the American-led coalition of “haphazard” bombardment allied to the indiscriminate use of white phosphorus.

Jun 23 09:52

Russian Jets Intercepted 14 Spy Planes Near National Border in Past Week

Russia's jets have intercepted 14 foreign spy planes near its national borders in a week, a newspaper linked to the Russian Defense Ministry reported Thursday.

Jun 23 09:52

US Complicit in Torture at Secret Prisons in Yemen - Report

A new investigation reveals that Al Qaeda terrorists in Yemen have been tortured by United Arab Emirates personnel and handed over to US forces for interrogation, the Associated Press reports.



Jun 23 09:51

Mexico Now Second Most Violent Country in the World

A recent survey by Mexico’s National System for Public Security indicates that May was the country’s deadliest month on record, with the country seeing 2,186 murders in 31 days.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mexico has strict gun control, often cited as a model for the United States. Although the Mexican constitution grants a right to arms, the right is considered valid only in ones home, and even then in practice it is still largely ignored by the police.

Jun 23 09:49

Iran, world countries mark Quds Day with rallies

Millions of people have taken to the streets across Iran and other world countries to show their solidarity with the Palestinians and condemn Israel’s decades-long occupation and atrocities.

Jun 23 09:49

Empty Book on Palestinian History Becomes Instant Best-seller on Amazon

The author's argument that the Palestinians are not a people because they are void of history isn't new - it's a mainstay of the Israeli right.

A book called "A History of the Palestinian People: From Ancient Times to the Modern Era" that went on sale on Amazon last week was the most sold book in the site's "Israel & Palestine History" category and the 543rd most sold book on the site.

The page for the book, which contains 132 blank pages, has since been removed from the site. It was not immediately clear if the page was removed by Amazon or the publisher.

Assaf Voll, the "author" of the book explained the motivations behind writing it to the religious radio station "Kol Hai": "The Palestinian people believe they are a people, and someone needs to tell them the truth even if it hurts. Look what happens when they were given the feeling that they are a real people."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Vol understands, in a very Orwellian manner, that to control the future, one must be in control of the past, which in his case, means to completely erase Palestinian history in what is now contemporary Israel.

Palestinian historians, past and future, will not allow him that "luxury" of this lie, however.



Jun 23 09:45

Islamabad slams US drone attacks in Pakistan

Islamabad has condemned the drone strikes by the United States against alleged militants on Pakistani soil, describing them as a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty.

Jun 23 09:45

Iranophobia aimed at diverting attention from Israel: Houthi leader

Leader of Yemen's Ansarullah movement Abdul-Malik Badreddin al-Houthi has slammed the ongoing efforts to divert attention from Israel’s hostile policies by inciting Iranophobia among regional countries.



Owl 1
Jun 23 09:44

US retrieving weapons from Kurds after ISIS defeat in Raqqa is ‘fairytale’

The US is supplying arms to the Kurds in Syria for its own goals, says investigative journalist Rick Sterling. Thinking it will be able to recover those weapons once ISIS is defeated is a fairytale, adds writer Martin Jay.

Jun 23 09:43

Hired gun: Is war with Iran now inevitable under new Saudi crown prince?

Israel and Washington seem to have been instrumental in the rise of Riyadh's new leader, a hot-headed young royal who leaves a trail of havoc behind him. But can they control him?

In the hilarious novel by Christopher Buckley, 'Thank you for smoking,' the central character, Nick Naylor, works for Big Tobacco as a chief spokesman. The reason why Naylor, who lobbies on behalf of cigarettes using ingenious ploys, was given the job in the first place was due to a blunder he made as a journalist before, where he incorrectly announced live on air the death of the US president.

Jun 23 09:42

Group of Democrats meet behind closed doors to consider ousting Pelosi

Around the same time House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was declaring she had broad support to remain the top Democratic leader and jabbing back at her critics, a group of her colleagues met privately to brainstorm on whether there was a way to force her out.

New York Democratic Rep. Kathleen Rice, one of a small group who has gone public with the message that Pelosi should go, hosted a dozen Democrats in her office Thursday for an hour-long strategy session.

Jun 23 09:40

OpinionWhy Is One Pro-Israel Group Desperate To Keep You From Watching This Video?

When it comes to Palestinians, the American Jewish establishment is in the ignorance business. The average American synagogue has never hosted a Palestinian speaker. The average “pro-Israel” activist has never read a book by a Palestinian author. The American Jewish philanthropists who fund Birthright send thousands of young American Jews to Israel each year, on a program that systematically excludes the voices of 50% of the people who live under Israeli control.

But that’s not the worst part. The worst part is that for major American Jewish organizations, ignorance is an export. It is not enough that American Jewish leaders never hear from Palestinians themselves — they do their best to ensure that American politicians don’t, either.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please watch this video, and decide for yourselves.

There is one, carefully crafted image Israelis want you to see of their country; the other is the brutal reality with which Palestinians have to live every day, 24/7.



Jun 23 09:38

Russian warships & sub launch cruise missile attack on ISIS targets in Syria (VIDEO)

Two Russian Navy frigates and a submarine have fired six Kalibr cruise missiles on Islamic State targets in Syria, the Defense Ministry said. Militants who survived the attack were later killed in airstrikes.

Jun 23 09:38

NANCY PELOSI SAYS LETTING PEOPLE KEEP MONEY THEY EARN IS STEALING

If you ever had any doubt that democrats consider your money theirs, Nancy Pelosi just erased that. According to her, if you are “allowed” to keep the money you earn, that’s really stealing from poor people who didn’t earn it. I know this is some dizzying liberal logic, but that’s how they like things. Their hope is to make things so confusing that you can’t tell how bullshit it all is.

Jun 23 09:32

Police considering manslaughter charges in Grenfell Tower fire investigation

The fire that swept through Grenfell Tower in West London last week started with a faulty fridge freezer, and the outside cladding failed safety tests, police say.

Speaking to reporters at Scotland Yard, Metropolitan Police Detective Superintendent Fiona McCormack confirmed the force will consider manslaughter charges as part of its inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire.

Jun 23 09:31

USS Reagan crew can sue Japanese company over Fukushima nuclear disaster – court

A federal appeals court has ruled that members of the US Navy can now, in a US court, pursue their lawsuit which alleges that they were exposed to radiation while providing aid after the nuclear crisis in Fukushima, Japan.

On Thursday, the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled in favor of the sailors who were exposed to dangerous levels of radiation while providing humanitarian aid after an earthquake destroyed the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan.

The ruling allows sailors, who were aboard the ship at the time, to pursue their lawsuit against the state-owned Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) for misrepresented radiation levels in the surrounding air and water.



Jun 23 09:29

Turkey has no intention of closing Qatar base despite Saudi ultimatum

Turkey has no intention of shutting down its brand new military base in Qatar, it said in a rejection of a demand about the small Gulf kingdom voiced by other Arab nations. Ankara says the base benefits the entire Gulf region.

Jun 23 09:25

Qatar boycott: Close Al Jazeera and dump ties with Iran demand Arab states

FOUR Arab states boycotting Qatar over alleged support for terrorism have sent Doha a list of 13 demands including closing Al Jazeera television and reducing ties to their regional adversary Iran, an official of one of the four countries said.

Jun 23 09:21

SPAIN IN CRISIS: Catalan independence vote REFUSED - but rebels to hold referendum anyway

SPAIN has rejected the Catalan government’s request to hold an independence referendum - but the rebels have vowed the vote will go ahead anyway.

Pro-separatist president Carles Puigdemont presented a bill calling on Madrid to "respect" the northeastern region's attempt to hold a vote in October this year.

He has already announced plans to hold a vote on October 1, asking the question: "Do you want Catalonia to be an independent state in the form of a republic?"

If a majority votes "yes" the region’s government said it will immediately start proceedings to separate from Spain.



Lockerdome
Jun 23 09:13

THE DUMBEST LIBERAL EVER - YOU HAVE TO TRY HARD TO BE THIS STUPID.

She thinks white men are a bigger terror threat than Islamic jihadists.

Jun 23 09:06

The images Saudi Arabia doesn't want you to see

Batool Ali is six years old, though you would never guess that from her huge, haunted eyes and emaciated frame. Ribs jutting out over her distended belly, Batool weighs less than 16 kilograms (35 pounds). She is one of nearly half a million children in Yemen suffering from severe malnutrition.

In another hospital, Ali Annhari sits with his daughter Isra in his lap. Her eyes are glazed, an IV drip in her hand. She is suffering from cholera.
"I am scared of course," Annhari says, "three of my children had cholera. Your children are your world. I have been eight months without a salary, so we are struggling and borrowing money ... the treatment is so expensive."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Take a good, hard look at the images accompanying this article, and (something I rarely say), bravo to CNN for having had the "male attributes" to run it.

And please remember; the US government is enabling the Saudi genocide of children in Yemen. This genocide/assassination is taking many forms.

The Saudi military, under US military guidance, is bombing, killing, and maiming for life, Yemen's children:

Images: Yemeni children killed and maimed for life from Saudi bombings

Because, with US military aid, the Saudis are blockading Yemeni ports, so no food can get in, children are dying from complications of malnutrition:

Image: Yemeni child dying from malnutrition

Because malnutrition causes the body to shut down, and become prone to a host of diseases, cholera is sweeping through Yemen at this moment.

images:
Yemeni children dying from cholera

Oh, and did I mention that the Saudis are using banned depleted uranium weapons in Yemen?!?

Images: Saudis using depleted uranium in Yemen

These DU weapons are having precisely the same effect on Yemeni children as it had on the children in Fallujah, and still births, cancers, and massive deformities are now the "new normal" for Yemeni babies.

Image: Yemeni baby deformed from exposure to DU weapons

I frankly can thing of few more horrific child abuse...than poisoning a child in the womb, through exposure to DU weapons.

When you assassinate children, you assassinate the future of the country those kids come from; and this, precisely, is what the Saudi military, enabled by the Us military, is doing in Yemen. And remember; this is done with your tax dollars, and in your name as well.

Jun 23 09:06

REVEALED: Vince Cable in secret talks with Conservative Remainers to frustrate Brexit

VINCE Cable has admitted he is holding secret talks with Europhile MPs in the Conservative party in an attempt to scupper Brexit.

Jun 23 09:05

JOHN MCCAIN THREATENS MAJOR ACTION AGAINST TRUMP NOMINEE

The confirmation hearing for President Donald Trump’s nominee for deputy secretary of defense got off to a rocky start Tuesday when Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., threatened to block his nomination after being unsatisfied with his answers to policy questions.



Jun 23 09:01

Requiem for the Suicided: Gary Webb

Jun 23 08:59

Why whites aren't the most racist people

Jun 23 08:56

Soros on Brexit: "If everything goes well, there will be a new marriage before the divorce."

George Soros, the multi-billionaire behind the NGOs who are responsible for virtually all the latest "color revolutions" attempts said that economic contingencies will force the United Kingdom to lower its living standards after Brexit.


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Jun 23 08:55

London Mayor Urges UK PM May 'to Abandon Her Extreme, Hard Brexit Approach'

UK Prime Minister Theresa May should abandon her hard approach to leaving the European Union, as it damages the interests of EU citizens living in the United Kingdom, and UK citizens residing in the bloc, London Mayor Sadiq Khan said Friday.

Jun 23 08:55

Anti-Israeli Rally Held in Saudi Arabia’s Shiite-Populated City

As the Riyadh regime has laid a military siege to residents of al-Awamiyah in the kingdom’s Eastern Province, the Shiite Muslims managed to stage a rally in the city to mark the International Quds Day.

Jun 23 08:54

Abusive Relationship: Ukrainian Ex-Pres Says EU 'Brought Ukraine to Its Knees'

Former Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma has lashed out against the EU, saying that the bloc's policies had brought Ukraine "to its knees," and turned it into a raw material colony. Speaking to Sputnik, Ukrainian political analyst Alexander Okhrimenko said that it was surprising that Kiev expected anything different from the Europeans.

Jun 23 08:51

Today is Brext Britain’s Independence Day – A Year on Since the Vote

On June 23rd, 2016, Britain voted to leave the European Union. In one of the most startling political upsets to the British and European Establishment, the highest ever voter turnout rejected the Globalist EU and opted to be a self-governing, sovereign nation state



Jun 23 08:48

Grenfell Tower was riddled with ASBESTOS which blew over neighbouring homes

GRENFELL Tower contained high levels of potentially lethal asbestos in each of the 120 flats, which then blew over neighbouring homes, health officials have admitted.

Asbestos was found in artex in ceilings of the individual flats, and in panels inside airing cupboards.

The toxic substance can cause fatal lung disease asbestosis if inhaled, and there are fears the substance fell over hundreds of homes in low-rise flats blocks east of the now gutted tower.

Jun 23 08:45

PHOTO OF THE DAY ~~ THE BRAVEST LITTLE BOY IN PALESTINE

Jun 23 08:45

IN PHOTOS ~~ INTERNATIONAL REFUGEE DAY IN NEW YORK


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Owl 2
Jun 23 08:44

THE ENDGAME ~~ ANALYSIS OF THE PALESTINIAN CONFLICT

I know that resistance against an evil foreign military occupation is a legitimate right and even a sublime national duty. However, Palestinians must approach this matter of resistance with utmost discretion, because it is never enough to be right as one has to be wise as well, and wisdom has a thousand doors!

Jun 23 08:41

Florida Cops Shut Down Secret Spy Plane Plan After Backlash By Locals

The Miami-Dade Police Department has decided to drop its wide-area surveillance plan in the face of public backlash. The MDPD tried to slip it past residents and the county government by claiming the acquisition of a secret spy plane was too important to be done properly.

Jun 23 08:41

Cut GCSE subjects to five to ease pressure on stressed-out pupils, says top headteacher

GCSE exams should be slimmed down to just five subjects to ease pressure on stressed-out pupils, according to a top private school head.

Jenny Brown, head of St Albans High School for Girls, said it was 'insane' to make 16-year-olds sit exams in 10 or 11 subjects.

Jun 23 08:40

Lavrov tells Tillerson attempts to exert pressure on Russia through sanctions pointlessMore:http://tass.com/politics/952926

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in a telephone conversation with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that attempts to exert pressure on Moscow through sanctions were pointless, the Russian Foreign Minister said in a statement on Thursday.

Russia considers no counter-demands to US in response to Tillerson's plan
"While assessing the prospects for bilateral dialogue, Sergey Lavrov pointed out that attempts to exert pressure on Russia through sanctions were pointless, though Washington once again used this tool on June 20," the statement reads. "Such steps put Russian-US ties at serious risk, while bilateral relations are already going through a tough period," the Russian Foreign Ministry added.

The Russian top diplomat also stressed that Moscow expected Washington to respond to its proposals aimed at normalizing bilateral relations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What is even worse about these sanctions, is that the US has raised sanctions against Russia for something it never did, i.e., allegedly annexing Crimea.

And please, let's not forget here; the US was complicit in the overthrow of Yanukovich in Ukraine in 2014; Washington Was Behind Ukraine Coup: Obama admits that US “Brokered a Deal” in Support of “Regime Change”; Victoria Nuland publicly bragged about how much money the US government spent to destabilise Ukraine; The United States spent $5 billion on Ukraine anti-government riots; and when Crimean officials realised that there was no more legitimate government in Kiev, post putsch, it held a referendum to ask its people whether they wanted to stay with Ukraine, or join the Russian Federation. Crimea votes to join Russian Federation, 2014

At no time did Russia ever annex Crimea; Crimea, through the referendum process, petitioned the Russian Federation to become a member,and the Russian Federation accepted its membership request.



Jun 23 08:38

'When was the last time an actor assassinated a President?' Johnny Depp makes tasteless joke about killing Donald Trump at UK's Glastonbury festival

Trump-hating actor Johnny Depp used an appearance at the UK music festival Glastonbury to take another stab at the president he loathes on Thursday.

Appearing on stage to introduce a screening of his film The Libertine, Depp asked a crowd of party-goers: 'When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?'

They cheered in response, their enthusiasm seeming to surprise the 54-year-old who shrugged as they applauded him.

Jun 23 08:37

EU admits hardly any migrants reaching Europe are refugees as it toughens deportation talk

Officials in Brussels said the newest wave of migration from North Africa was “clearly and manifestly about economic migrants” and said those people had no right to “enter European soil”.

European leaders are expected to back significantly toughening up the policing of the continent’s outer borders when they meet for an EU Council summit in the Belgian capital tomorrow.

Jun 23 08:34

TRUMP SUPPORTER STABBED 9 TIMES AFTER POLITICAL RALLY

Trump supporter Tony Foreman is in intensive care after he was stabbed nine times following a “free speech rally” in Santa Monica, California, on Saturday.

Now some are claiming the June 17 stabbing is a hate crime because they claim Foreman was targeted for his pro-Trump views. The stabbing reportedly came after he left a sanctuary-city protest.

Foreman works as a bodyguard for Tim Gionet, an Internet personality known as “BakedAlaska,” his Twitter handle. He is also a member of Oathkeepers, a group of veterans who provide security at pro-Trump rallies.

“This was politically motivated,” Omar Navarro told Fox 11. “That’s a concern because he’s a good friend of mine. I’m just really shocked someone would do this. What happened to free speech?”

Jun 23 08:34

Trump Rages: "If Russia Interfered, Why Didn't Obama Stop Them?"

President Trump is on a warpath this morning, raging against the hyporcrisy of Obama excuse-maker Jeh Johnson's comments. First, Trump asked a tough question...



Jun 23 08:33

How Clinton Charity's Trustees, Donors May Find Themselves in Heap of Trouble

Those who found themselves involved in the Clintons' charity network may find themselves in a whole heap of legal trouble, Wall Street analyst Charles Ortel warns, adding that the good news is that foreign governments which poured millions of dollars in the Clinton Foundation could recover their funds.

Jun 23 08:33

Is 'Tillerson Plan' for Ties With Russia Connected to New US Sanctions Bill?

A leak of the "secret" document on developing US-Russian relations, which was supposedly prepared by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, has prompted a heated debate. Speaking to Sputnik, political analyst Viktor Olevich and Russian academic Andrei Sidorov shed light on what could lie behind "the Tillerson plan."

Jun 23 08:32

Israel boycott restrictions thrown out by UK’s High Court

The High Court in London ruled on Thursday that the Conservative government acted unlawfully in trying to prevent local councils in the United Kingdom from divesting from firms involved in Israel’s military occupation.

Jun 23 08:31

Retired U.S. Tax Court Judge Sentenced To 34 Months In Jail For Tax Fraud Committed While She Sat On The Court

Former Minnesota Tax Court Judge Diane Kroupa is headed to prison for — wait for it — tax fraud. So is her husband, who received a shorter sentence.



Owl 3
Jun 23 08:30

The Assault of Raqqa Is Drowned in Blood

The militants of ISIS are confronting forces of coalition with increased ferocity. Terrorists carry out counterattacks, send suicide bombers in cars. ISIS-snipers launched a real hunt. The favorite weapon of terrorists became anti-tank guided missiles.

The more so, the Islamic State uses the civilian population as so-called human shields.

Jun 23 08:30

Washington, Beijing Put the Screws to Pyongyang with Renewed Sanctions

As part of an ever-intensifying effort to lean on North Korea’s nuclear program, China and the United States have agreed to further tighten sanctions on the Hermit Kingdom. Specifically, they are banning American and Chinese companies from doing business with North Korean industries.

For years, and particularly since the beginning of the most recent crisis, Washington has urged Beijing to put more pressure on Pyongyang, which heavily relies on China for imports and exports. Eighty-five percent of North Korea's imports in 2015 came from China, according to the Observatory of Economic Complexity.

For the most part, China has not done this. Until mid-April, they were importing far more coal from North Korea than allowed by the UN. According to the Japanese Nikkei Asian Review, China reduced coal imports in April but has also quadrupled iron imports since 2016 to make up for the loss.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Fingers crossed here, that the pressure will yield dividends leading to a moratorium on North Korea's nuclear weapons program.

Jun 23 08:29

13 RIDICULOUS demands Saudi gives to Qatar in aggressive ultimatum

Saudi Arabia's ultimatum is the work of a power-mad, childish nation that does not understand the meaning or function of international relations.



Taboola
Jun 23 08:24

FLASHBACK - America : Freedom to Fascism

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Time for a repost. Especially after History Channel's "America's War on Drugs" has confirmed that the largest trafficker of illegal drugs into the United States is the United States Government!

Jun 23 08:18

Supreme Court Unanimously Limits Ability to Strip Citizenship for Lying on Immigration Forms

The Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, officially limited the federal government’s ability to strip citizenship from immigrants when they were caught lying on naturalization forms.

Why? Because according to the Court, the false statements are not relevant to an immigration official’s decision to grant citizenship. Therefore, a jury has to decide if false statements changed the decision.

Jun 23 08:18

Saudi royal calls for regime change in Riyadh

Plea by grandson of state’s founder comes as falling oil prices, war in Yemen and loss of faith in authority buffet leadership of King Salman

Jun 23 08:17

Iranian guards threaten newly-appointed Saudi Crown Prince

A spokesman for the Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), Brigadier General Ramadan Sharif, has threatened the newly-appointed Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed Bin Salman.

“Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, who threatened to move the battle into Iran, must realise the range of the Iranian missiles,” Sharif said in an interview on Iranian television, adding that “Iran will respond clearly and swiftly to any provocative behaviour by Saudi Arabia”.

Jun 23 08:17

Turkey rejects Gulf Arab states’ demands over its Qatar base

Turkey on Friday rejected a key demand by several Arab states involved in a major dispute with Qatar, saying Ankara has no plans to shut down its military base in the small Gulf country.

Jun 23 08:16

Twitter users hit back at Saudi-bloc's list of demands

Social media users hit back with humour and own list of grievances in response to Riyadh and allies' list of demands.

Jun 23 08:15

THEY WERE ‘GRILLED ALIVE’: US GOVT EXPOSED RUNNING NAZI-LIKE TORTURE PROGRAM

An unprecedented report from the corporate press claims U.S. forces have participated in extreme torture and abuse of detainees accused of affiliation with Al Qaeda in Yemen — including “the ‘grill,’ in which the victim is tied to a spit like a roast and spun in a circle of fire,” the Associated Press finds.

A network of secretive prisons in southern Yemen provide the backdrop for the alleged barbaric acts allegedly carried out by forces from the U.S. and United Arab Emirates — many of those detention facilities remain hidden in plain sight.

That some of the covert prisons sit inside military bases might not be much of a shock, but others are located in ports, an airport, private villas, and even a nightclub — and all, according to the AP, remain untouchable by the embattled Yemeni government.

Here's the AP story:

Inside Yemeni Prisons: we could hear their screams

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This makes me physically ill, on a number of levels.

First, torture does not produce actionable intelligence, and simply gets the tortured person to say whatever the torturers want to hear in order to get the torture to stop.

Second, it demonstrates that for all the palaver American politicians drivel on about in terms of the Unhinged Surveilled State of America caring about human rights, human decency, and humane treatment of prisoners of war, the deep American state doesn't give a damn about any of this, at any level of this government.

Third, using, or outsourcing, torture gives carte blanche for any government around the world to torture American civilians or military members at will; please pay attention to this aspect of the American use of torture very carefully.

One of the most valuable German intelligence officers in World War II was Hans Scharff, who never used brutality; only kindness. This man was so respected by the American military that he was invited to lecture about humane interrogation after the war.

SOCIAL JUSTICE:
THE NAZI INTERROGATOR WHO REVEALED THE VALUE OF KINDNESS

The US government needs, desperately, to re-acquaint itself with this form of interrogation again. Because if, in fact, these reports are true (and the reporter here, Claire Bernish, rarely gets it wrong), the US military is - again - guilty either of committing war crimes, or allowing them to happen under its watch.

Jun 23 08:13

CIA penetrated by insider network of snack thieves who stole $3,000 worth of junk food

A report released this week shows the premier US intelligence body discovered that insider hackers had stolen more than $3,300 worth of crisps, chocolate bars and other snacks from its vending machines.

The culprits weren’t undercover agents or veteran Al-Qaeda chasers, but instead “contractors” of which the CIA has thousands, doing everything from terror analysis to servicing the machines that answer American spies’ junk food needs.

Jun 23 08:12

CONNECTICUT CAMPUS SHUT AS PROFESSOR FLEES FOLLOWING “LET THEM F**KING DIE” TWEET

A professor at a Connecticut college said he was forced to flee the state after he received death threats for appearing to endorse the idea that first responders to last week’s congressional shooting should have let the victims “f**king die” instead of treating them, according to the Hartford Courant.

Jun 23 08:11

White Helmets Volunteer Caught With Rebels Dumping Beheaded Bodies

A volunteer with the Syrian Civil Defense, also known as the White Helmets, was caught on video dumping the mutilated bodies of Syrian Army troops.

The volunteer was summarily fired by the group after he was filmed participating in the dumping of dead pro-Syrian government fighters.

Jun 23 08:11

Linksys issues security advisory following discovery of CIA exploitation

If users believe their router firmware may have been compromised, Linksys recommends that users download the latest available firmware from http://www.linksys.com/support/ and update your router.

Jun 23 08:10

Ehud Barak says a Palestinian state would be ‘non-viable’

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak says it is urgent to establish a Palestinian state– but he assured an Israeli audience that that state will be “non-viable.”

Barak, a Labor leader who has challenged the current Prime Minister from the left, was speaking to the Herzliya conference, in remarks published yesterday. He said Israel’s future is in jeopardy because the world sees that Netanyahu is not sincere about a two-state solution.

Jun 23 08:10

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – JUNE 23, 2017: ARMY REGAINING MORE GROUND NEAR PALMYRA

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the National Defense Forces (NDF) and other pro-government factions have further advanced against ISIS and US-backed militants in the province of Homs. On Thursday, government troops captured Tal Ghurab northwest of the US garrison of Zquf near the Syrian-Iraqi border. With the liberation of Tal Ghurab, the SAA and its allies increased pressure on US-backed militants operating in the area and strengthened the Syrian military position at the border with Iraq.

Jun 23 08:09

Trump Calls New Saudi Crown Prince

President Donald Trump phoned Saudi Arabia’s new Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to congratulate him on his new position.

Jun 23 08:09

Israeli minister calls for full Saudi ties and official Riyadh visit

Intelligence minister Yisrael Katz has also invited King Salman to send new crown prince to Israel to establish mutual ties

Jun 23 07:43

Do Democrats Really Want to Eliminate Russian Influence in U.S. Elections?

Democrats are so certain Russia “influenced” the presidential election. They are so focused on “Russian influence” and “Russian hacking” and “Russian election fraud.”

Jun 23 07:40

Beware this Android banking malware posing as a software update

A sophisticated banking trojan has once again develop new techniques in order to trick Android users into downloading the malware.

It's the latest variant of Marcher Android malware and this time it's posing as an Adobe Flash Player Update. Having first appeared on Russian-speaking undeground forums in late 2013, previous incarnations of Marcher have posed as a security update a Super Mario mobile game and more.

Uncovered by researchers at Zscaler Threatlabz, this version of the banking trojan is using new lure techniques to spread infections, including adult content and links taking advantage of hype around new mobile games. All of the malware downloads are accessed from third-party sites and not via the official Google Play store.

Jun 23 07:39

Microsoft says 'no known ransomware' runs on Windows 10 S — so we tried to hack it

Microsoft claims "no known ransomware" runs on Windows 10 S, its newest, security-focused operating system.

The software giant announced the version of Windows earlier this year as the flagship student-focused operating system to ship with its newest Surface Laptop. Microsoft touted the operating system as being less susceptible to ransomware because of its locked down configuration -- to the point where you can't run any apps outside the protective walled garden of its app store. In order to get an app approved, it has to go through rigorous testing to ensure its integrity. That's one of several mitigations that helps to protect the operating system to known file-encrypting malware.

We wanted to see if such a bold claim could hold up.

Spoiler alert: it didn't.

Jun 23 07:36

Virgin Media tells 800,000 users to change passwords over hub hacking risk

Virgin Media is advising more than 800,000 customers with a specific router to change their password immediately after an investigation found hackers could gain access to it.

Virgin Media said the risk to customers with a Super Hub 2 router was small, but advised them to change both their network and router passwords if they were still set as the default shown on the attached sticker.

The advice comes after a Which? investigation found that hackers could access to home networks and connected appliances in as little as four days.

Jun 23 07:35

Report: Most US Government Web Sites Fail Basic Cybersecurity Tests

It seems like cybersecurity is in the news all the time these days, with scams more prevalent than ever and phishing on the rise. So you’d think major web sites would be more secure than ever, right? It turns out that some of them are, but some pretty important ones aren’t.

According to a new report from the Online Trust Alliance, consumer sites like Twitter and YouTube have some of the best security practices, and are the most “trusted” at keeping user data safe. But over half of government web sites are exposed to cyberattacks, which is a bit alarming considering the nature of data that’s often transmitted through them.

Jun 23 07:02

Adventures In Covering Ones Own _ _ _ !

Jill Stein: 'Pathetic' excuse by Dems that campaign was tool of Russian influence

(*just make believe and pretend)

Jun 23 06:23

BREAKING: Russian Navy Warships Fire Six Kalibr Missiles at ISIS Targets in Hama - Russian MoD

The Russian Ministry of Defence reported, on Friday, that six Kalibr cruise missiles have been fired from two Russian navy frigates and a submarine, on Islamic States (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) targets in Syria's Hama region.

Jun 23 04:23

Lessons From Georgia

The most important, earth-shattering, stupendous special election of all time (at least according to media) is over. The result is that the Republican beat the Democrat by 3.8%. The media have billed this as a referendum on Trump.

June 22, 2017

Jun 22 20:21

Certain U.S. Airlines Are Testing Mandatory Facial Recognition Scans on Americans Flying Abroad

Just when you thought air travel couldn’t get any more invasive, authoritarian and downright miserable, the Department of Homeland Security and two U.S. carriers are determined to prove you wrong.

Jun 22 20:19

The Shocking Truth About Immigration and Welfare

One of the most controversial questions in the discussion of both legal and illegal immigrants has been around their consumption of welfare. A recent independently verified report from the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) has answered that question - and the results are incredibly shocking.

Jun 22 19:41

Microsoft PatchGuard flaw could let hackers plant rootkits on x64 Windows 10 boxen

Flaws in Microsoft PatchGuard create a means for hackers to plant rootkits on Windows 10, 64-bit OS devices.

The newly discovered attack technique, dubbed GhostHook, allows attackers to completely bypass PatchGuard, security researchers at CyberArk Labs warn.

PatchGuard (formally known as Kernel Patch Protection) was developed to prevent Windows users patching the kernel, and by extension make the OS more secure by preventing hackers from running rootkits at the kernel level. CyberArk Labs reckons GhostHook is the first technique that thwarts the defensive technology to bypass PatchGuard and hook a rootkit at the kernel level.

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