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May 16, 2015

May 16 16:32

Pat Buchanan: Our Next Mideast War — Syria

May 16 16:29

Political solution to Syria crisis against actual US policy: American activist

US President Barack Obama is calling for a political solution to the Syrian crisis but at the same time Washington is also arming militants fighting against the government of President Bashar al-Assad, an American activist in Maryland says.

May 16 14:25

Reply to a Reader’s Complaint about Anti-American Pro-Russian Bias

I recently received a sharp complaint from a reader about an assumed anti-American pro-Russian bias in my writings. The complaint gives a very good opportunity to address questions on the minds of many in the West confused by an extremely biased pro-Washington, anti-Russian bias in mainstream media coverage of Ukraine and Russia as the new demon to be fought.

First, Mr. Schneider, let me say I am an American and I am definitely not anti-American. I love my country and my fellow Americans.

What I do not love is the clique of very rich who—especially over the past three decades since the time of Reagan and Bush Senior—have step-by-step subverted the American Constitution and its guarantees of citizen rights, have destroyed prudent regulation of the health and safety of American citizens by easing safety rules of the Environmental Protection Agency to benefit companies like DuPont or Monsanto at the expense of the public.



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May 16 14:03

Aipac Wants Congress to Criminalize BDS

Of all the lame-brained, lumpen-brained, hare-brained schemes emanating from Aipac’s lobby shop, this is one of the truly lamest. As Israel forms the most dangerous, aggressive, racist government in its history, Aipac thought this was a good time to remind the American people of that by conniving to amend an already contentious fast-track trade bill with a new amendment that would criminalize BDS in the U.S.

May 16 13:46

Commodities hitting 25-year support line with few bulls!



May 16 13:30

How Israel wants to restart the war in the Levant

Far from admitting defeat, Benjamin Netanyahu is planning to sabotage the agreement between Washington and Teheran which is to be signed the 30th June 2015. In order to do so, he could restart the war in Syria. His idea is to continue the work already accomplished by the Islamic Emirate in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Yemen, by applying the Wright plan and creating an independent pseudo-Kurdistan straddling Iraq and Syria.

May 16 13:17

Living Free Without Permission: “Building Without a Permit, Driving Without a License”

Everyone wants to live free, but few actually walk the walk and stand up for their rights.

Read more at SHTFplan.com



May 16 13:01

The U.S. Debt Clock

(*My poor boss doesn't get it . You should hear him cry the blues over all the money he says the company is losing . Sixtysome back breaking hours last week , I'm zombiefied as I write this comment .
Here is an economy that is losing money like a sieve , but he's expecting to MAKE money .
We're in a sphere that is falling like the Times Square New Years Eve Ball , so even if you think your money is going up , or if my boss thought he was making money , working us to the bone , or even if I beli~eved that all that work was paying off , the economy it appears to be happening in is nose diving .
He's a great guy , and the job , as much of a slave condition an environment as it seems , keeps me occupied , but still , I haven't the chutzpa to show him the debt clock , so maybe he can see why he's been so heavy on the 'Pepto' , lately . )

May 16 12:59

This Is How A Sellout Politian Votes (rand paul votes for TPP

So what did Rand do Thursday? He voted "yea' on the key legislation that will allow TPP, TTIP, and TISA — to become law.

May 16 12:52

American Natives Ask UN to End U.S. “Occupation”

Admittedly, the way our government has mistreated the Indians, from murder and smallpox blankets to reservations to sterilizing their women in mass in the last century are horrible, evil crimes against humanity. However, things have to be disturbingly wrong when these Americans turn to the dictators club…er United Nations of all places to complain about the United States… Oh, the sad, sad irony. (read more)




May 16 12:50

Palestinians must stand against Israel with all means: Analyst

Press TV has conducted an interview with Hani al-Basoos, a professor at the Islamic University of Gaza, from Washington to get his take on Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ remarks over popular resistance against Israeli occupation.

May 16 12:49

Kiev Recognizes Ultranationalist Nazi Era Collaborators as Freedom Fighters

Kiev's regime is a US-installed, illegitimate, lawless, Nazi infested, fascist police state in Europe's heartland - waging naked aggression on its own people, risking regional peace and stability.

It tolerates no opposition. Democracy is strictly forbidden. Human and civil rights don't exist.

May 16 12:46

UN issues scathing report of US human rights record

The United Nations Human Rights Council has revealed hundreds of major human rights violations in the United States, including police brutality and the racial profiling against minorities and immigrants.

May 16 10:57

Finland gets a delivery of 100 Leopard 2A6 main battle tanks



May 16 10:56

$8.8 billion Iran money blocked in India

India owes Iran $8.8 billion which is blocked in a bank account under the US-led sanctions regime, Governor spokesman Mohammad Baqer Nobakht has said.

May 16 10:34

The United States of Injustice

None whatever exists. Guilt by accusation suffices for anyone Washington wants convicted.

Innocence is no defense. Juries are pressured to convict. Evidence when absent is invented. Lack of proof doesn't matter.

Thousands of political prisoners languish in America's gulag - at home and abroad. Thousands more are imprisoned for misdemeanors too minor to matter - ones for which just societies wouldn't tolerate incarceration.

May 16 09:56

Michael Walsh: Heroes Hang When Traitors Triumph

A professional writer since 1975, Michael Walsh provides international media with articles covering human, global and political issues. He joins us to speak on the subject matter of his latest books, “Heroes Hang When Traitors Triumph” and “Heroes of the Reich.” In the first hour, Mike gives an overview of the negative propaganda surrounding the period of the Russian Revolution to the end of Nazi Germany. We consider why it is essential to look back to the stories of the defeated during this time frame when scrutinizing the post-WWII reconstruction era controlled by the banking system and mainstream media. Mike takes us back to the story of the iconic Lawrence of Arabia, a highly principled man who was deeply opposed to a war with Germany and ultimately removed from the equation.



May 16 09:51

MSNBC Now Has Only 25,000 Viewers!

May 16 09:35

Éric Zemmour: SOS Racisme, a case study in anti-nationalist Jewish activism

Zemmour observes that “the Jewish far-left, from the Trotskyite movements to the UEJF [Jewish student union], was at the reins” of SOS Racisme, a major “anti-racist” group. In alliance with the institutional left, SOS Racisme worked to divide the right-wing vote, to politically isolate nationalist parties (above all the Front National), to censor nationalist discourse, and to hijack incipient Black/Arab movements. Zemmour argues that SOS Racisme thus “sapped the foundations of the French nation.”

May 16 09:30

Israel only beneficiary of Syria turmoil: Mark Glenn

Press TV has conducted an interview with Mark Glenn, an author and journalist in Idaho, about US President Barack Obama’s recent remarks that there is no “military solution” to the conflict in Syria, days after Washington announced plans to train anti-Damascus militants.

May 16 09:29

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

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

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

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

May 16 09:28

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

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



May 16 09:24

THE FALL OF MCDONALDS

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

May 16 09:22

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

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

May 16 09:20

Israeli Government Most Racist, Extremist in History

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



May 16 08:49

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

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



May 16 08:49

How to fight western propaganda

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

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

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

May 16 08:47

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

May 16 08:47

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

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

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

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

May 16 08:46

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

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

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



May 16 08:37

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

*hyperlinks/video live at source*

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

Paper title:

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

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

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

Obviously unlawful Israel wars on Gaza (3 of 7)

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

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

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

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

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

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May 16 08:37

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

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

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

May 16 08:37

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

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

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

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

May 16 08:36

SNP prepared to defy Cameron on a second independence referendum

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

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

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May 16 08:34

Khalif Mitchell fined for questioning Holocaust

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

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

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

May 16 08:33

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

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

May 16 08:33

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

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

May 16 08:32

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

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

May 16 08:32

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

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

May 16 08:22

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

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

May 16 08:21

Mohamed Morsi sentenced to death by Egyptian court

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

May 16 08:21

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

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

May 16 08:20

Canadian corporations hoarding record amounts in offshore tax havens

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

May 16 08:13

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

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

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

May 16 08:06

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

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May 16 08:02

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

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

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May 16 08:01

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

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

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

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

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

May 16 08:00

New York Times sells Israel’s next war

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

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

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

May 16 07:55

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

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

May 16 07:55

UK Parl. gives immunity to spies

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

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May 16 07:51

Despotic Saudi Regime Lobbies to Chair Human Rights Council

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

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

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

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May 16 07:45

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

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

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May 16 04:32

Battlefield: Black Sea

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

May 16 04:31

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

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

May 16 04:26

The Myth of the Inevitable War

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

May 16 04:22

Macedonia Struggles for Identity as Political Violence Grows

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

May 16 04:20

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

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

May 16 04:17

The Phony ‘Bad Intel’ Defense on Iraq

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

May 15, 2015

May 15 23:36

Why Does McDonald’s Continue To Ignore Customers?

May 15 19:38

CANADIAN PUBLISHER FACES JAIL FOR POLITICAL WRITINGS!

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

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May 15 18:32

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

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

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

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May 15 15:10

Swedish firms face penalties if boards not 'more female'

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

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

May 15 15:07

France offers Russia ‘deal to ditch Mistrals’

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

May 15 15:05

Raid on Venice Beach Church Targets Illegal Kombucha Tea

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

Kombucha. Blueberry kombucha.

May 15 14:42

Israeli court says Arab village must make way for Jewish town

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

May 15 14:37

Ukraine Deceives Europe

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

May 15 14:33

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

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

May 15 14:29

China to invest $50 bn in Brazil infrastructure projects

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

May 15 14:26

The Never-Ending Nakba - From Gaza to Gaza Camp

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

May 15 14:23

Yemeni president recalls ambassador from Iran

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

May 15 14:18

How the Media Spins Story of Russian Soldiers In Ukraine

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

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

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

May 15 14:14

Blue Bell to lay off one-third of employees

May 15 14:12

Vatican officially recognizes Palestine, while Israel fumes

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

May 15 14:08

Saudi airstrikes kill 48 in Yemen despite truce

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

May 15 14:05

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

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

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

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

May 15 13:55

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

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

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