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Jan 20 14:45

Palestine: the international community screws up, again

Stuart Littlewood relates the present Arab-Israeli conflict to the Western powers’ drafting of UN Resolution 242, whose deceitful wording allows Israel to argue that it does not have to return all the land it stole in the 1967 war.

Jan 18 18:29

BBC Journalist Admits MSM “Journalist” Bilal Abdul Kareem “Works With al-Qaeda”

By Brandon Turbeville

Ever since the beginning of the crisis in Syria, the Western corporate media has cited various “activists” inside the country which conveniently all reported back towing the desired propaganda of the State Department. But the word “activists” could always simply be translated to mean “terrorists” since the “activists” were actually gun-toting fighters funded, organized, and directed by the West, NATO, GCC, and Israel...

Jan 18 12:38

ECO PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST

coPeace Middle East is a unique organization that brings together Jordanian, Palestinian, and Israeli environmentalists. Our primary objective is the promotion of cooperative efforts to protect our shared environmental heritage. In so doing, we seek to advance both sustainable regional development and the creation of necessary conditions for lasting peace in our region. EcoPeace has offices in Amman, Bethlehem, and Tel-Aviv.

Jan 18 09:09

Iran wants joint action with Riyadh in Syria similarly to Lebanon

DAVOS, Switzerland: Iran and Saudi Arabia should be able to work together to help end conflicts in Syria and Yemen, after successfully cooperating over Lebanon last year, Iran's foreign minister said.

Jan 18 08:41

Are The Elite Preparing A 'Soft Coup' On Inauguration Day?

Obama trying to fill all vacant spots before he leaves office. The Fed pays Geek Squad to spy on people. Europe is cracking down on thought crimes. A drone gun was spotted in Davos, Switzerland.

Jan 17 15:39

There is no anti-Semitism in Britain

At the end of October 2016 we learned from the British Jewish media that the police were called to University College London (UCL) amid claims of common assault and verbal intimidation by “pro-Palestinian protesters” at an event featuring an Israeli speaker.

We had to wait another three months for a single honest Jew, Jerry Lewis of Hampstead Synagogue, to admit in front of the notorious ultra-Zionist Board of Deputies of British Jews that the incident at UCL was actually instigated by Jewish groups... >>

Jan 17 11:03

US Has No Credibility In Middle East: Analyst

The United States has no credibility in the Middle East region despite President Barack Obama’s efforts to make it look like otherwise, a political analyst says.

Gordon Duff made the comments in an interview with Press TV on Monday when asked about Obama’s remarks that the US and Israel are still close allies and the recent anti-Israel UN resolution has not damaged the military and intelligence ties between Washington and Tel Aviv.

Jan 17 10:00

Trump, Kissinger and Ma playing on a crowded chessboard

Place your bets on who will be the major partner in the Trump, Kissinger and Ma law firm.

Kissinger has drafted a plan to officially recognize Crimea as part of Russia and lift the Obama administration’s economic sanctions.

The plan fits into Kissinger’s overall strategy — call it a traditional British Balance of Power, or Divide and Rule, approach — of breaking up the Eurasian front (Russia-China-Iran) that constitutes the real “threat” to what Mattis defines as the “established world order.”

Jan 16 14:13

Qatar’s backtracking on labour rights and its cooperation with Russia reflect new world order

James Dorsey argues that the rise of populists in the US and Europe and Russia’s renewed assertiveness on the world stage have emboldened Qatar to backtrack on migrant workers’ rights and encouraged it to forge ties with Russia.

Jan 16 09:06

The War On Terror And The Global Security State – Who Pays?

By Gail Malone

Across the Western world, countries have succumbed to pressure and incrementally introduced the paraphernalia of a security state. Albeit without the promised security and massive breaches of privacy and other hard won human rights. The rise of the security state has implications across the planet from austerity measures, the militarisation of police forces and copious amounts of tax dollars funnelled into the Military Industrial Complex. This, we are told, is needed to fight the farcical ‘War on Terror’ (WoT), a euphemism for rapacious imperialism. But is the world any safer?...

Jan 15 15:43

Watch: Israel’s penetration of the UK's political system exposed

Readers of our website will know that Israel’s penetration of the British political system is deep and all pervasive, with stooges and flag wavers permeating every nook and cranny of the political establishment – political parties, think-tanks and academic institutions.

Now an investigation by Aljazeera TV has exposed for the whole world to see how the Israel lobby influences British politics. A six-month undercover investigation reveals how Israel penetrates different levels of British democracy...>>

Jan 15 15:00

Gaza comedian arrested after video on electricity crisis

Authorities in Gaza arrested a Palestinian singer-comedian Wednesday, a source said, after he made a video about the electricity crisis in the enclave.

Jan 15 04:39

Can Trump Fix the Economy In 2017?

Paul Craig Roberts (born April 3, 1939) is an American economist, journalist, blogger and former civil servant. He reached the height of his government career when he became the United States Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy under President Reagan in 1981.

Dr. Roberts elucidates how Trump can fix the the Economy.

I cannot assure you that Trump is not another fake like Obama. But it is a mistake to begin with this assumption. Why write off in advance the only person with the courage to put his life on the line and take on the corrupt and evil Washington establishment?

Jan 14 13:15

Is Trump About to Debunk the Media’s ‘Putin-gate’ Conspiracy Theory?

So get out the popcorn, and put your feet up: the entertainment is about to begin!

Cold war drama fizzling fast

“It wouldn’t be a bad opening for a Tom Clancy novel about the Cold War” – that’s how the Los Angeles Times described the sequence of events leading up to the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats (“spies”) and the latest face-off between Washington and Moscow.

Indeed the whole episode of has about it a fictional aura, which is, after all, only appropriate, since the entire basis of this latest cold war drama is pure invention.

Jan 14 13:12

The Establishment Is Trying To Steal The Presidency From Trump And the Liberal-Left Is Helping

Where is the liberal-left’s moral conscience?

The US military, the CIA, and their whores in the US media are undemocratically pursuing their own agenda independent of the policy of the president-elect.

We could dismiss Trump’s admission as throwing a bone to the CIA so they can feel vindicated and get off his back, and the statements by Tillerson and Mattis could be dismissed as what has to be said in order to be confirmed.

Jan 14 13:05

US Intel Agencies Try to Strong-Arm Trump Into War with Russia

The big shots who run the country are trying to strong-arm ‘the Donald’ into carrying their water so the depredations can continue...

Powerful elites are using the credibility of the US Intelligence agencies to demonize Russia and prepare the country for war.

Last week’s 25-page report, that was released by the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, illustrates to what extent intelligence is being “fixed around the policy”.

The Intelligence Community has been coerced into compromising its credibility to incite fear of Russia and to advance the geopolitical ambitions of deep state powerbrokers.

Jan 14 12:59

Risks and Opportunities for 2017

Just a few days into 2017 and we can already say with a great degree of confidence that 2017 will be a historical year. Furthermore, I submit that 2017 will be the “Year of Trump” because one of roughly three things will happen: either Trump will fully deliver on his threats and promises, or Trump deliver on some, but far from all, his threats and promises or, finally, Trump will be neutralized by the Neocon-run Congress, media, intelligence community. He might even be impeached or murdered.

Of course, there is an infinity of sub-possibilities here, but for the purpose of this discussion I will call the first option “Trump heavy”, the second one “Trump light” and the third one “Trump down”.

Jan 14 12:55

Let Trump Be Trump?

Could Trump redefine the presidency?

Donald Trump may be a historic figure, but that does not mean he is easy to understand or anticipate. One thing is for sure – he has a unique style and form of communication.

Jan 14 12:30

Israel bombs Syria – Airport in capitol Damascus engulfed in flames

Just as the Syrian proxy war showed some hopeful signs of finally dying down, the Syrian army command said on Friday that Israeli jets have bombed the Mezzeh military airport west of Damascus, accusing Tel Aviv of supporting terrorism, and warned Tel Aviv of repercussions of what it called a “flagrant” attack.

Jan 14 11:01

Ron Paul Classic: "We've Been Neo-Conned!" (2003 Video)

"The modern-day, limited-government movement has been co-opted. The conservatives have failed in their effort to shrink the size of government. There has not been, nor will there soon be, a conservative revolution in Washington. Political party control of the federal government has changed, but the inexorable growth in the size and scope of government has continued unabated. The liberal arguments for limited government in personal affairs and foreign military adventurism were never seriously considered as part of this revolution. Since the change of the political party in charge has not made a difference, who's really in charge? If the particular party in power makes little difference, whose policy is it that permits expanded government programs, increased spending, huge deficits, nation building and the pervasive invasion of our privacy, with fewer Fourth Amendment protections than ever before?

Jan 14 10:56

CONGRESSWOMAN SAYS US GOVERNMENT IS ARMING ISIS, INTRODUCES BILL TO STOP IT

Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard has broken free of the corporate media’s narrative by accusing the United States of funding and arming terror groups al-Qaeda and ISIS.

“If you or I gave money, weapons or support to al-Qaeda or ISIS, we would be thrown in jail,” Gabbard tweeted on Saturday.

Most importantly, however, is her introduction of the “Stop Arming Terrorists Act,” which she presented last Thursday. In her presentation of the bill, Gabbard cited prominent publications such as the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal to show that the rebels the U.S. is supporting in Syria are aligned with al-Nusra (which is essentially al-Qaeda in Syria).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Wakie, Wakie, DNC!!

If you have two collective brain cells you can rub together, you need to be paying attention to this pro-peace Democrat from Hawaii, and look at running her for President in 2020.

A minority female from Hawaii with some sense of ethics and morality?!?

Hey, it just might work next time around!!!

Jan 14 09:17

VIDEO: General James Mattis Tells Sen. Lindsey Graham: "The Capital of Israel Is Tel Aviv, I Stick With The Current U.S. Policy"

Retired U.S. Marine Corps General James 'Mad Dog' Mattis was questioned in his Senate confirmation hearings for Secretary of Defense on Thurssay, January 12. Neocon Senator Lindsay Graham peppered a subdued Mattis with questions about what is the capital of Israel, asking "do you agree with me that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel?" But Graham's smarmy pressure-tactics fell flat, and did not work. Mattis flatly replied that the capital of Israel was Tel Aviv.

Jan 13 12:45

Rex Tillerson Wants to Provide Saudi Arabia With More Help to Bomb Yemen

FOR 21 MONTHS, a coalition of nations led by Saudi Arabia has been relentlessly bombing Yemen, using U.S.- and U.K.-produced weapons and intelligence in a war that has devastated Yemen and killed well over 10,000 civilians.

There is abundant evidence that the high civilian death toll in Yemen is the result of deliberate — not accidental — strikes by Saudi Arabia. During its air campaign, Saudi Arabia has bombed endless civilian targets — including homes, farms, markets, factories, water infrastructure, hospitals, and children’s schools — and has even gone so far as to use internationally banned cluster weapons, which are designed to inflict damage over a wide area and often remain lethal years after being dropped.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Rex, Rex, Rex, REX REX!!!!!!

I am having an industrial strength, palm to forehead moment, reading this, at warp speed!

Are you happy that the US has been complicit in Saudi war crimes by selling them the bullets and bombs to make their destruction of Yemen as complete as possible, including the bombing to death and starving to death Yemen's children?!?!?

Please, for God's sake, tell me no!!

And whoever on the TTT (Trump Transition Team) who is following this blog, please share the following images with Mr. Tillerson, so he "gets it", as to what the real issue here is, which can ultimately only be resolved through political negotiation by all sides.

This is what life looks like to a Yemeni kid these days:

Images: starving Yemeni children, as a result of the Saudi naval blockade of Yemen

Images: Killed and wounded children, courtesy of Saudi bombing raids in Yemen

I would like to politely point out that the Saudi "Scorched earth" policy in Yemen has not been working.

And one of the most classic definitions of insanity is to do the same thing, in precisely the same way, yet expecting a different outcome; so it is with the US government's enabling the Saudi war against Yemen.

Jan 13 11:07

OF WIZARDS AND WASHINGTON AND THE DREARY, UNRELENTING REALITY OF AMERICAN POLITICS

What the controversy engendered by “the Russians did it” has achieved is almost the opposite to what was intended. Dubious claims and pretend evidence have caused lights to shine brightly over what is a blanketing fabric of dishonesty in America’s establishment. The fabric covers everything from foreign affairs and the military to the details of domestic affairs. It is immense, complex, and carefully constructed covering, and those who created it have very little tolerance for any of it being scrutinized under spotlights. Achieving this scrutiny may be regarded as Obama’s final act of failure.

Jan 13 10:00

UN Warns Of 'Imminent Danger' And Escalation In The Middle East

Senate moves ahead with repealing Obamacare. Trump blasts fake news. The report has many errors, one being the British Intelligence does not use the word 'confidential'.

Jan 13 03:57

Review of The CIA As Organized Crime

The kind of revelation that Valentine has provided needs to be presented judiciously and dispassionately as it is shocking to the uninitiated.

If you want to learn about the CIA as a deep state within the surface state, read this book.

Priceless explanations abound in paragraphs. Valentine writes that the government wages psywar against the American public in various ways for various purposes.

Jan 13 03:54

The Neocon’s declaration of war against Trump

This is a political coup d’etat...an attempt at removing Donald Trump from the White House.

After several rather lame false starts, the Neocons have now taken a step which can only be called a declaration of war against Donald Trump.

It all began with CNN published an article entitled “Intel chiefs presented Trump with claims of Russian efforts to compromise him”

Within one short week we went from allegations of “Russian hacking” to “having a traitor sitting in the White House”

Jan 12 20:15

Israel's manipulation of UK politics: time for zero-tolerance

Both the Foreign Office and Boris Johnson, the UK's Foreign Secretary, have declared the Shai Masot affair "closed" after Masot, an employee of the Israeli embassy and probably a Mossad asset, plotted with gullible British MPs and political hangers-on to "take down" senior government figures including Johnson's deputy, Sir Alan Duncan. “The UK has a strong relationship with Israel and we consider the matter closed,” they announced. The Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow, who is Jewish, has also declined to investigate.

Jan 12 15:44

Israel's manipulation of UK politics: time for zero-tolerance

Stuart Littlewood recalls how efforts by UK citizens to challenge Israel’s penetration of the British state hit a brick wall, and says that this could be surmounted if the boycott Israel movement, pro-Palestinian activists and trade unions pooled their efforts.

Jan 12 13:10

Obama’s ‘Farewell To Arms’ As War Presidency Ends

Self-declared liberal Americans consider Bush to be a warmongering disaster, yet somehow they hail Obama as some kind of progressive «peace president».

Eight straight years of warmongering come to an end as US President Barack Obama bows out with his «farewell to the nation» speech this week, as fawning American media dubbed his valediction.

In reality, Obama’s outgoing address should have been billed as a «farewell to arms» made by arguably one of the most belligerent presidents to ever have occupied the White House.

Only in exceptionally delusional America could such a pernicious paradox be presented as something honorable and sentimental.

Jan 12 13:05

Stephen F Cohen: Who Are the Real Enemies of US National Security?

If anti-Trump American forces are behind untrue allegations of this magnitude, those forces are the primary enemies of US national security and should be investigated fully and publicly.

Cohen raises the following issues, which he and Batchelor discuss:

Two conflicting interpretations are suggested, says Cohen. Either Trump is about to become a potentially seditious American president. Or powerful US forces are trying to destroy his presidency before it begins, perhaps even prevent him from taking office.

Jan 12 07:23

U.S. Dept. of Defense Announces It Is Still Killing People In Syria, As Of Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The sad thing is that they are killing the innocents, and admittedly funding and arming the terrorists, as has been admitted and everyone knows! How can we reign in our criminal government?

Jan 12 04:15

The biggest moments from Donald Trump’s fiery press conference

“It’s all fake news. It’s phony stuff. It didn’t happen, and it was gotten by opponents of ours, as you know..."

President-elect Donald Trump held his first press conference Wednesday since winning the election and answered questions about his relationship with Russia, arrangements for the future of his business, and some of his plans for the first days of his administration. Trump vowed to repeal and replace Obamacare within the “same hour,”. He also promised to name a Supreme Court nominee within the first two weeks after he takes office. The event was marked by tense exchanges...

Jan 11 23:19

Shadow play: the New Great Game in Eurasia

There you have it, over and over again: Divide and Rule, to counteract the unruly “threats”.

That will be the key story to follow further on down the (New Silk) roads.

Yeats memorably wrote that, “mirror on mirror mirrored is all the show.” Yet the show always must go on — dalangs East and West let loose in deep niskala.

Welcome to the 21st century Tournament of Shadows.

Jan 11 18:12

Realities of War Against Syria

As soon as Aleppo was liberated this month; December 2016, an aggressive fake news campaign was launched to demonize this liberation as a war crime against Syrian civilians perpetrated by Syrian, Russian and Iranian forces. All the western media networks are recruiting so-called Syrian expert, who had never been in Syria, describing Bashar Assad, who was democratically elected in 2014 and again in 2016, as a “brutal dictator” intent on slaughtering his own people.

Jan 11 17:01

How many British MPs are working for Israel?*

Al Jazeera are to be congratulated on an undercover investigation exposing something most of us could probably have guessed: that some Israeli embassy staff in the UK – let’s not pussy around, Mossad agents – are working with senior political activists and politicians in the Conservative and Labour parties to subvert their own parties from within, and skew British foreign policy so that it benefits Israeli, rather than British, interests.

Jan 11 12:33

Fury at Azaria verdict is Israel's Trump moment

Jonathan Cook says the conviction of Elor Azaria, the Israeli soldier who murdered an unarmed and wounded Palestinian, and the popular reaction to the conviction, speak volumes about the state of Israeli society.

Jan 10 05:14

First Ten Israel-Related Bills Of 2017 Proposed In Congress

Here is a list of the first ten Israel-related bills proposed in the U.S. Congress for 2017. Four bills and six resolutions are among the list.

Jan 09 14:12

How many British MPs are working for Israel?

Jonathan Cook underlines the need for an inquiry into Israel's collusion with British politicians to influence and subvert UK policy, and laments that it was Aljazeera, not the British media, which exposed the extent of this collusion.

Jan 08 11:03

Truck Rams Into Pedestrians In Jerusalem Killing Four, Wounding 15; Driver Shot

A truck rammed into a group of Israeli soldiers who were disembarking from a bus in Jerusalem on Sunday, killing four people and wounding 15 others, AP reported citing Israeli police and rescue services said.

Jan 08 09:21

39 killed, 40 wounded in bungled black-op (Turkish Gov imported an Uzbek National and trained him to kill Syrians, but it has become safer to kill Turks instead.)

Link is to 30 second vid on how an Uzbekistani national was trained in Turkey. (Note that the Turkish Government imports religious extremists with reckless abandon to populate its proxy-army war on Syria)
And now... The rest of the story...
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-12-26/confessions-isis-soldier-trai...

Jan 07 16:43

Kerry Admits US Let ISIS Grow To Force Assad To Negotiate Over Syria

John Kerry admits Russia went into Syria to fight ISIS and the U.S. allowed ISIS to grow because it threatened Assad and would force him to negotiate in an allegedly leaked audio tape.

Jan 06 13:51

Anti-Russia “Fake News” Campaign Rolled out Across Europe. Moscow Tagged as a Sponsor of ISIS-Daesh

This is the content of the resolution passed by the European Parliament on November 23, on “EU strategic communication to counteract propaganda against it by third parties.” The declared aim of the extensive resolution is to combat “third-party actors aiming to discredit” the European Union (EU) that “do not share the same [European] values.”

The resolution then defines as the main “actors” Russia and Daesh (or ISIL) and it is Russia that occupies most of the resolution.

It equates Russia with “transnational terrorist and criminal organisations…” that have “repeatedly engaged in a strategy of deliberate deception and disinformation, especially in the ‘new media’, social networks and the digital sphere…”

Accusing Russia of “information warfare”, the resolution asserts that it “is employing a wide range of tools and instruments” to “challenge democratic values, divide Europe, gather domestic support and create the perception of failed states in the EU’s eastern neighbourhood…”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to the EU: with these accusations regarding Russia, you have REALLY "jumped the shark", and have become totally irrelevant and useless to the futures of the countries you allegedly represent.

And to conflate Russia with ISIS?!?

Please, have you all gone absolutely barking mad, to use this analogy?!?

Kindly get your collective heads out of a very dark, unpleasant place, and sniff some sunshine, for heaven's sake!!

Russia is not the problem here; it is the dissatisfaction of Europeans having to live with the regulations of the out-of-touch, tone-deaf and blind EU Eurocrats in Brussels which has caused a populist uprising, and a very strong desire to break free of an economic and financial system which is great for large corporate banking and taxing entities, but lousy for the people living in the countries which comprise the EU.

I do not know how much longer the EU, or the Euro, will actually survive; but my sense is, without a major war, fronted by NATO and the US against Russia, it will ultimately have to collapse of its own weight, as the basic international understandings which created it were based on false assumptions.

It is the "fake news", regurgitated by corporate presstitutes to further government agendas, worldwide, which get people killed.

Do any of you Eurocrats remember what happened after the US government accused Saddam Hussein of "having weapons of mass destruction"?!?

I rest my case.

Jan 06 13:49

Islamic State violence fuels culture wars and widens generation gaps

James Dorsey explains why the Islamist attack on Istanbul’s Reina nightclub may have emboldened Muslim youth “to stand up for their right to craft lives that reflect a more liberal, less restrictive interpretation of Islam”.

Jan 06 12:59

Yemen's Children Starve as War Drags On

As the first light of dawn trickles in through the hospital window, 19-year-old Mohammed Ali learns that his two-year-old cousin has died of hunger. But he has to remain strong for his little brother Mohannad, who could be next.

He holds his brother's hand as the five-year-old struggles to breathe, his skin stretched tight over tiny ribs. "I have already lost a cousin to malnutrition today, I can't lose my little brother," he says.

They are among countless Yemenis who are struggling to feed themselves amid a grinding civil war that has pushed the Arab world's poorest nation to the brink of famine. The family lives in a mud hut in northern Yemen, territory controlled by Shiite Houthi rebels, who are at war with government forces and a Saudi-led and U.S.-backed coalition.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When I was a kid, growing up, I never, in my wildest imagination, could imagine my country, the United States of America, as ever being complicit in war crimes; fast forward to 2015, and the US government sure as hell is.

Collective punishment of a population is a war crime; the Saudi blockade of Yemeni ports is making this happen, and the US government is enabling Saudi war crimes in Yemen.

The killing and wounding of innocent non-combatants, particularly when they are children, is a war crime: the US government is enabling Saudi war crimes in Yemen.

And if you want to know what daily life is looking like, particularly for Yemenite children, take a good, hard look at these images:

Images: children starving due to Saudi Naval blockade of Yemen

Images: Yemeni children wounded or killed from Saudi bombings

After President Trump is inaugurated, We the People need to have a very sober conversation with his administration, to see where the US government is with continuing to enable Saudi war crimes in Yemen; and I say this because at the end of the day, the only real solution to the conflict will have to be a political one.

The killing of non-combatants is a war crime.

Jan 06 11:13

Jordan warns of 'catastrophic' repercussions to Trump plan to move US embassy to Jerusalem

Jordan's Government spokesman has warned of "catastrophic" repercussions if US President-elect Donald Trump makes good on a campaign promise to move the American Embassy in Israel to contested Jerusalem.

Last month, Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway said moving the embassy to Jerusalem was a "very big priority" for the President-elect.

Such a move could affect relations between the US and regional allies, including Jordan, Information Minister Mohammed Momani said, addressing the issue publicly for the first time.

An embassy move would be a "red line" for Jordan, would "inflame the Islamic and Arab streets" and serve as a "gift to extremists", he said

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Momani is utterly correct about the impact such a move would have on the Middle East, and the cold, hard reality that it would almost surely attract more violence in Israel.

but unfortunately, the world is forced to deal with one of the most churlishly hubristic, and genocidal Israeli heads of state the world has witnessed to date, and that would be one Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu.

He welcomes violence as a pretext for war against his neighbors (and that 38 billion dollar "blank check" for military and financial Obama just wrote him, over the next 10 years, I am sure, figures prominently in his plans).

Most probably, he won't attack Iran or Syria, because of Russian support of those countries, and he knows that any radical assault will be met with an intense Russian military response.

But Lebanon?

It is known that the Israeli government would like to expropriate the Litani river in Lebanon, which, at some points in its path, is only 5 kilometers from the Israeli border.

If I were a military and/or political leader in Lebanon, I think I would have great cause for concern, as the military capabilities of Hezbollah, while formidable, are no match for those of the Israeli military.

Jan 06 11:05

Report: Mossad head briefs Trump staff during secret meeting

Intelligence agency head Yossi Cohen updates presidential transition team on Iranian nuclear deal, Syrian civil war

Jan 06 10:24

Mossad chief and security delegation meet with Trump team

Meanwhile, Washington, the US, the MSM is in an uproar over CIA lies, CIA #Fakenews, CIA Russian hacking allegations, with people calling for a purge of the CIA.

Jan 05 10:42

BUILDING TOTALITARIANISM IN EUROPE – THE LAST COUP OF VICTORIA NULAND

Victoria Nuland, the US Assistant Secretary of State, did not spend much time and energy with Christmas and New Year celebrations this year. She has another very urgent and pressing problem to solve, before leaving the State Department, and this is the “Cyprus conflict”. The way she wants to solve this conflict is by transforming a second member of the EU, after Greece, into a protectorate. As the proposed solution for Cyprus is higlhy unstable, powers outside the EU will be provided also with a bomb inside it, that is with the possibillity of provoking a Bosnian-type conflict inside, not outside EU borders.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable, and a complete nightmare for the Cypriot people, if it is allowed to move forward!!

Jan 04 17:09

Why Terrorists Attack Turkey More Than Any Other Nation

Since terrorism affects Turkey so frequently, one has to wonder – why do terrorists, which usually come from Islamic State, attack Turkey when it’s a primarily Muslim nation?

Jan 04 08:12

Liberate the Whistleblowers Now

The only test to determine if one qualifies for heroic whistleblower status is whether or not more people were affected positively than negatively.

The Founding Fathers knew exactly the heroism and personal self-sacrifice of those who gave up their life, liberty and pursuit of happiness for the sake of freedom for all.

Jan 02 19:17

Erdogan Claims To Have Evidence, Photos, Video Of U.S. Coalition Support For ISIS

By Brandon Turbeville

Shortly after Christmas, and lost in the holiday shuffle, Turkish President and terrorist supporter Recep Tayyip Erdogan, made a statement accusing the U.S.-led coalition of supporting not only terrorists in Syria but ISIS itself. He also stated clearly that Turkey has proof that U.S.-led coalition is supporting the notorious terrorist organization it claims to be fighting.

Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, December 27, Erdogan stated that “They give support to terrorist groups including Daesh (ISIS).”...

Jan 02 17:28

2016: The Year of Russia’s Triumph – The Saker

2016 has been a fantastic year for Russia. Putin’s policy of slow, low-key and deliberate move and counter-move has proven to be extremely effective.

Just like European maps place Europe in the center of the planet, so do most western commentators look at the past year from a US/Europe-centered perspective. Which is fair enough. Furthermore, the AngloZionist Empire has just suffered two major disasters, the Brexit and the election of Trump.

The credit for the election of Donald Trump goes first and foremost to the American people to whom I sincerely believe the entire planet owe a heartfelt and loud “THANK YOU!!!!!”.

Not only did the British people defy the Empire and vote for a Brexit, but now the Imperial Homeland has “backstabbed” them by electing a patriot who is not interested in maintaining the global empire (or so he says, at least for the time being).

Jan 02 16:14

Think that 2016 was a tough year for Saudi Arabia? Wait till you see 2017

James Dorsey looks ahead to a probable bleak year for an economically-stressed Saudi Arabia where a reassessment of US foreign policy in the Middle East and the Gulf seems set to add to its setbacks in Syria, Yemen, Lebanon and Egypt.

Jan 02 14:47

ISIS Cuts Off Water Supply To Aleppo in Syria

ISIS cut off the water supply from two processing plants on the Euphrates, east of the city of Aleppo on Friday.

Jan 02 14:29

Syrian Forces Find More US Made Weapons In Aleppo

US-made munitions worth millions of dollars have been found in former terrorist positions in the city of Aleppo.

Jan 02 14:15

Israel’s running from the law

Lawrence Davidson examines what is behind Israel’s rejection of the UN Security Council resolution condemning the settlements on Palestinian territory and the consequences of this for international law, and views the inadequate responses to this rejection.

Jan 02 13:05

Terrorism collapsing in Mideast: Rouhani

Iran’s president says diplomacy is the ultimate solution for war-torn countries, including Yemen and Syria.

Jan 02 09:04

Putin’s Bear to Obama’s Turkey

Putin's stoic statesmanship speaks for itself.

Not for the first time, the contrast in character between Putin and Obama was illustrated in the latest diplomatic spat over alleged Russian hacking.

For one thing, Putin’s gracious magnanimity always in the face of American provocations shows the Russian leader to be a fine statesman and human being; whereas Obama looks like a pathetic, cheap nonentity.

President Putin made a surprise attack:

He said that his government would not take retaliatory measures. Indeed, he went further by offering seasonal goodwill greetings to President Obama, his family and the people of America, as well as repeating invitations to the children of accredited US diplomats in Russia to festivities being held at the Kremlin.

Jan 02 08:58

Russia Delays Retaliation – Trump: “Great Move” By “Very Smart” Putin – Special Report

The bad losers Democrats are STILL shell shocked about the fact that they lost and are throwing a temper tantrum, trying to cloud President-elect Trump’s incoming policies.

The Truth is that the US as a nation need to now move past the NeoCon era, the warmonger era...

Jan 01 11:08

What is Henry Kissinger Up To? — Paul Craig Roberts

Until Trump relegates 'the neocons' to the ideological backwaters, Russia and China had best hold on to their strategic alliance.

Kissinger, an old cold warrior, is working to use Trump’s commitment to better relations with Russia in order to separate Russia from its strategic alliance with China.

China’s military buildup is a response to US provocations against China and US claims to the South China Sea as an area of US national interests. China does not intend to attack the US and certainly not Russia.

Jan 01 10:51

Back to the Future: From the USSR to the Eurasian Century

Get ready, because the thick of the action starts now.

The 2008 casino capitalism-provoked financial crisis, plus the American “resolve” to remake the so-called Greater Middle East through wars of choice, regime change and covert ops miserably failed.

As we wait for the dawn of the Trump era – an almost intergalactic geopolitical question mark – what’s certain is that the War Party US deep state won’t admit defeat. And the key geopolitical riddle to be answered is how strident internal American tensions will deal with the hub of progressive Eurasia integration: Russia, China and Iran.

Dec 31 18:40

At Least 35 People Killed After Shooters Dressed As Santas Open Fire In Istanbul Nightclub - Live Feed

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Turkey greeted the New Year with another tragedy after at least 35 people were killed and 40 wounded around 1:15 am local time, when gunmen dressed as Santas opened fire on New Year's revelers at a nightclub in Istanbul on Sunday morning, Istanbul Governor Vasip Sahin told reporters.

Dec 31 09:10

Turkey Transferring Al-Qaeda Terrorists from Aleppo to Aden

Yemeni security sources disclosed that a Turkish plane has transferred tens of Al-Qaeda terrorists from Syria's Northern city of Aleppo to Yemen's Aden and evacuated wounded pro-Saudi militias to medical treatment centers outside the country when returning to Turkey.

Dec 30 15:13

U.S. Catholic Bishops Condemn "Injustices Perpetrated Against Palestinians By The Israeli Government"

Gee, how did CNN, Fox, The NY Slmes, and all the other fake news completely miss this one? Maybe they don't want the Christians in America to learn about the atrocities perpetrated against Palestinians by Israel? Most Reverand Bishop Oscar Cantu, Chairman of The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on International Justice and Peace, recently sent a following letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry regarding the situation in Israel and Palestine. In it, the bishop notes that Palestinian homes are destroyed, confiscated, and the Israelis even encroach on Christian monestaries and convents!

Dec 30 13:59

No More Holiday Gifts for Repressive Regimes

While the world has been transfixed on the epic tragedy in Syria, another tragedy – a hidden one – has been consuming the children of Yemen.

Battered by the twin evils of war and hunger, every 10 minutes a child in Yemen dies from malnutrition, diarrhea, or respiratory-tract infections, UNICEF reports. And without immediate medical attention, over 400,000 kids suffering from severe acute malnutrition could die, too.

Why are so many of Yemen’s children going hungry and dying?

Since 2014, Yemen has been wracked by a civil war – a war that’s been exacerbated by intervention from Saudi Arabia, a U.S. ally. Since 2015, the Saudis have been pounding this nation, the poorest in the Middle East, with cluster bombs and explosives.

And the US has been helping, selling the Saudis advanced weapons and providing intelligence and logistical support.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I didn't think, when I was a kid growing up, that I would ever consider the government of my country complicit in war crimes; unfortunately, it is a well-documented reality right now. And the following images demonstrate, very clearly, what daily life is like in Yemen these days: (warning: very graphic)

Images: Yemeni children wounded and killed by Saudi bombings

Images: Yemeni children starving due to Saudi port Blockade

Dec 30 07:36

Selling Death: US Weapons Kill a Yemeni Child Every 10 Minutes

While the world has been transfixed on the epic tragedy in Syria, another tragedy — a hidden one — has been consuming the children of Yemen.

Battered by the twin evils of war and hunger, every 10 minutes a child in Yemen dies from malnutrition, diarrhea, or respiratory-tract infections, UNICEF reports. And without immediate medical attention, over 400,000 kids suffering from severe acute malnutrition could die, too.

Why are so many of Yemen’s children going hungry and dying?

Dec 29 13:34

Donald Trump Drafts New Budget That Excludes Funding ISIS

President-elect Donald Trump has taken action to ensure that on his watch the United States will stop supporting ISIS and militant opposition groups in Syria.

Dec 29 10:26

We Might See Multiple Events In The Month Of January 2017

The case against Clinton’s emails has been re-opened and now the ball is Trump’s court.Facebook’s fake news checker went haywire as it reported on a rumor and called it a fact checked piece of news, which turned out to be fake.

Dec 28 14:58

Turkish President Erdogan Claims He Has “Confirmed Evidence” US-led Forces Supported ISIS

Obviously Erdogan feels the US has screwed Turkey over to be suddenly changing his tune. Actually, he’s been acting different towards his “allies” ever since Turkey accused the US of being behind the failed coup attempt and took over the Incirlik US air base.

Dec 27 10:34

CBS Reveals The True Origin of ISIS

CBS news reports on the true origin ISIS and how “direct” action funded and armed the terrorists rebels in Syria to launch a 30 year war.

Dec 26 12:28

The Good That Trump Could Do – Robert Parry

Trump Challenge

Can Trump withstand the barrage of slings and arrows if he rejects the neocons’ “regime change” ambitions?

Eight years ago, President Barack Obama had a similar opportunity but chose to accommodate the Establishment and empower the neocons and liberal hawks...

Dec 26 10:16

CIA has interfered with over 81 foreign elections in the past century

These acts, carried out in secret two-thirds of the time, include funding the election campaigns of specific parties, disseminating misinformation and propaganda...

The CIA has accused Russia of interfering in the 2016 presidential election (with absolutely zero evidence) by hacking into Democratic and Republican computer networks and selectively releasing emails.

But critics might point out the U.S. has done similar things.

Dec 26 10:16

Video: ISIS Burns Alive 2 Chained Turkish Soldiers in Aleppo

Syria rebel terrorists, members of ISIS, have released a video of two Turkish soldiers being burned alive following the fall of Aleppo.

Dec 26 07:25

Obama Just Positioned Israel and Entire Middle East For a Horribly Bloody War (Video)

Since the day he first took office, Barack Obama has thumbed his nose at virtually every long standing U.S. tradition, upended decades worth of foreign policy decisions that were paid for with the lives of thousands of our nation’s finest as well as trillions of dollars in American taxpayers’ money (back when they all still had jobs), has divided this country in a way unlike anything I’ve seen during my 40 years on this planet, and he’s done all of it with the full support of a grossly corrupt and dishonest mainstream media that didn’t tell Americans the truth about virtually any of it.

Dec 25 22:59

Aleppo celebrates Christmas, shares stories of joy & loss

Syrians in the liberated city of Aleppo are celebrating Christmas…

‘We had 4 years of pain, of war & blood’

Christians in Syria have largely rallied behind the secular government, seeing it as their protector.

This year, many people in the liberated city of Aleppo are celebrating for the first time since the war began. RT’s Lizzie Phelan talked with residents of the war-ravaged city now recovering from its wounds.

Dec 25 14:25

Israeli police turn violent on peaceful anti-corruption protest

Israeli police have arrested three people at a peaceful protest in Petach Tikvah, seven miles east of Tel Aviv, on 24 December.

Video footage and photographs show the police wading in heavily into the peaceful protest...>>

Dec 25 14:23

UN Security Council resolution on Israeli colonies: Next step, sanctions please

Stuart Littlewood argues for enforcement of the UN Security Council resolution condemning Israeli colonies in the occupied Palestinian territory but fears a giant step backwards if Donald Trump turns out to be as crazed as Netanyahu.

Dec 23 18:33

Listen: Former UK ambassador to Syria says British government “has gotten Syria wrong every step of the way”

A former UK ambassador to Syria has castigated officials and the media in Britain for their selective moralising and reporting of the armed conflict in Syria...>>

Dec 23 17:08

Palestine’s Achilles Heel: The Begging Bowl

Poor Palestine – the major Palestinian players, Fatah and Hamas have degraded and set back the liberation movement by crawling with begging bowls to self-interested, absolutely not Palestine-interested, Arab states, and furthermore both are fickle beggars switching loyalties to conform to the US volatile currents in the Middle East.

Dec 23 10:08

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard - "End illegal, counterproductive regime-change wars."

It's just break's my heart, truly, that Tulsi Gabbard is so right, time and time again, and does not get the respect and admiration she deserves.

Dec 23 09:43

Made-in-America Weapons, War Crimes, and the Outcry Over Yemen

As the US limits some arms sales to Saudi Arabia, human rights groups present 'overwhelming evidence' pointing back at Washington.

Yemen’s 21-month war has devastated the country and sparked a humanitarian catastrophe. The UN recorded 4,014 killed and thousands more injured by Saudi-led coalition air strikes between March 2015 and September 2016, carried out with the backing of the US and UK.

The war has displaced 2.2 million Yemenis, while an additional 180,000 have fled the country (refugees are so desperate, some are fleeing to Somalia). Yemen, already one of the poorest countries in the Middle East, was pulled into this crisis after Houthi rebels ousted President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi in early 2015. Alarmed by the Houthi rebel advances in Yemen, neighboring Saudi Arabia and its allies in the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council called for the United Nations to bring an end to the “coup” (pdf).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

At this point, Saudi Arabia, The United States Government, the UK Government and (as reported at this blog yesterday) the Canadian government are neck deep in war crimes.

The House of Saud, apparently, believes that committing utterly genocidal war crimes against the Houthi rebels in Yemen, killing scores of innocents n the process, is no big deal.

The Saudi military hits schools, hospitals, and open-air markets, all civilian targets, with impunity.

Their scorched earth approach to this campaign, against their brother and sister Muslims in Yemen, reminds me of what the Papal Legate, Pierre de Castelnau, said to his military in the church's persecution of French Cathars at the siege of Languedoc, upon hearing that women and children were also with the men who had taken refuge there.

And what was that infamous statement?

It was: "kill them all: God will find his own."

I don't quite know how this translates into Arabic, but you catch my drift.

However, the images I am about to share don't lie. And I will warn you: they are intensely graphic, so if you have a problem with real images of the war in Yemen, please go no further in reading this article.

And did I mention that the Saudi blockade of Yemeni ports, which means food cannot get into this country, has translated into starvation for thousands of Yemen's kids?!?

At this moment in history, my brother and sister Brits, Canadians, and Americans share more in common than our English heritage; we are all governed by administrations who are complicit in war crimes courtesy of these weapons sales, used for genocide in Yemen, to Saudi Arabia.

I don't know how it makes the rest of you feel; but right now, come January, I think that the citizens all these countries need to have a peaceful, focused dialogue with those who allegedly represent us, and let them know that these weapons sales cannot continue, because their use, in the Saudi war in Yemen, is obscenely immoral, and if they want another term in office, they will, collectively, stop this.

Dec 22 14:17

NATO Ramps Up Ukraine War After Defeat in Syria

The timing of the large-scale attacks on Donbas comes just as the US and its NATO allies incur a strategic setback in their covert war for regime change in Syria.

A surge in military attacks this week by NATO-backed Kiev regime forces on the breakaway eastern Ukraine regions is no mere coincidence.

It is the reaction to events in Syria by the US-led military alliance in its hybrid warfare against Russia.

Dec 22 14:14

Bipartisan War – A new study urges more U.S. interventions

Written before the presidential election, the co-authors could not have anticipated a Donald Trump victory, but they might be hoping that the report would serve as a guideline for the new administration.

Hopefully they will be wrong in that expectation, but it is difficult at this point to see where the next White House will be going with its Middle Eastern policy.

There are a number of things wrong with the report from my perspective. Most significant, it assigns to the United States the responsibility to set and enforce standards of governance in parts of the world where the American people have little in the way of actual interests.

Dec 22 14:08

Chilling Speech by Syrian Ambassador to UN

“I’m an eye witness, I work at the UN and I know what I am talking about…”

“The British Intelligence facilitated the creation of this Radical Islamic Movement”

“I am Muslim myself and I am proud to be Muslim, but I have nothing to do with this garbage.” Nothing to do.”

“You will never hear any of this in the Main Stream Media…Reporters from all over the world accredited to the UN, boycott my speeches… when I take the floor, next to the Security Council…, 50 of them disappear, they leave because they don’t want to hear, if they hear, they will have to report.”

Dec 22 13:36

The Real Saboteurs of a Trump Foreign Policy

The real danger may be that a new Trump foreign policy could be hijacked or scuttled by anti-Trump Republicans, not only on Capitol Hill but inside the executive branch itself.

Incoming Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer sees Russian hacking as a way to put a cloud over the administration before it begins. But it is the uber-hawks hereabouts who are after the really big game.

If the War Party can convert this “fake story” into the real story of 2016, then they can scuttle any Trump effort to attain the rapprochement with Russia that Trump promised to try to achieve.

Dec 22 11:33

Canada Admits Weapons Sold to Riyadh May Have Been Used In Yemen

The Canadian government has admitted that weapons it sold to Saudi Arabia were used in Riyadh’s invasion of Yemen, even while denouncing the conflict publicly. Ottawa is being sued by Daniel Turp, a Universite de Montreal professor, alleging that Canada’s $15 billion weapons-export deal with the kingdom is assisting with its involvement in Sana’a.

In a Montreal federal court, Canada is contending that the authority to decide what constitutes a legal weapons sale lies not with the court, but with Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion. Ottawa maintains that this should be the case even if the country’s Light Armored Vehicles (LAVs) are used in a war responsible for the death of thousands of civilians.

In April, Dion admitted to pushing the Saudi weapons sale through, and told an editorial board that he acted with only one other minister and did not receive counsel from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau or other advisors.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hey, Canadians; congrats for your country's government having become complicit in Saudi Arabia's genocidal war crimes in Yemen!

And just as with your corporate American brothers and sisters, it's "war profits uber alles!"

Doesn't it make you feel proud to be a Canadian?!?

The Saudi Arabian military has bombed marketplaces; schools; and hospitals with impunity, employing what may well be called a "scorched earth" approach.

It kind of reminds me of what the Catholic prelate said, during the siege of Montsegur in the campaign to exterminate the Cathars, when informed that there were women and children with the men who had taken refuge there.

And what he said was, "Kill them all; God will find his own."

And here is some of what the Canadian government's "contribution" to the Saudi war in Yemen may well have accomplished,and I warn you: these images are the most graphic you will see from this wretched generally unreported, war:

Images: Yemeni children wounded and killed by Saudi bombing

Images: Yemeni children starving to death due to the Saudi naval blockade

It is very much time for Canadian citizenry, as well as American citizenry, to have a peaceful, specific dialogue with your (alleged) representatives in Parliament or Congress, and telling them firmly that their governments have utterly no business, and no right, in partnering with countries which commit war crimes.

Dec 22 08:40

Bahrainis protest Manama raid on Sheikh Isa Qassim’s home

Bahraini protesters have taken to the streets across the country to condemn a regime raid on prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim’s home.

On Wednesday night, protests were held in various locations across the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom, including Sanabes, Karbabad, Karzakan and Barbar, in support of the cleric and all other political prisoners.

Dec 21 13:31

Three ridiculous ways Congress plans to Keep America Safe Again

Around the time of Passover in 67 AD, the Jews of Judea were in the midst of a major rebellion against the occupying Roman Empire.

Riots and violence were commonplace, and an organized rebel force of more than 25,000 men fought regularly against the imperial legions.

Dec 21 13:28

Ron Paul: After Aleppo we need a new Syria policy

Over the past week, eastern Aleppo was completely brought back under control of the Syrian government. The population began to return to its homes, many of which were abandoned when al-Qaeda-linked rebels took over in 2012.

Dec 20 18:31

5 Arrested After Egyptian Police Bust Staged Photo Shoot Of "Wounded Aleppo Children"

Egyptian police arrested five people in Port Said, Egypt for making staged "wounded children" photos, which they were planning to use to misrepresent on social media as photos of destruction and injured people in Syria's Aleppo, the Egyptian Interior Ministry said on Monday. The group also made fake videos that purport to show the wreckage of air strikes in Aleppo.

Dec 20 16:13

West Directed Killer’s Hand in Assassination of Russian Ambassador

Virtually everything that Western official sources have been saying about Aleppo, and the Syrian war more generally, is seen to be a grotesque lie.

The climax of condemnation reached unconscionable heights last week when Washington, its Western allies and the UN – all amplified unquestioningly by the Western news media – vilified Russia for allegedly slaughtering civilians in east Aleppo. American ambassador Samantha Power specifically cited unverified reports of children being killed in a basement by Syria and Russian forces.

Dec 20 13:12

CFR’s Preventive Priorities Survey for 2017 Fails to Mention the Main Thing

Nobody else but the US itself has created the security problems it faces.

On December 13, the Council on Foreign Relations released its annual Preventive Priorities Survey to help policymakers plan for potential contingencies. The document evaluates ongoing and potential violent conflicts and sources of instability based on the impact they would have on US interests as well as their likelihood of occurring in 2017.

Dec 20 13:07

Council on Foreign Relations – The Power Behind Big News (Fake News)

This is a video on NEWS FABRiCATiON and also about the powers that REALLY run the big media. It is no secret.

From World War II to the present the Establishment has maintained it’s LOCK grip on the Presidency. The subservient media keeps such information from becoming news.

The Elite however, occasionally have difficulty ruling themselves.

Dec 20 11:16

Russia, Iran, Turkey agree to guarantee Syria peace talks

Russia, Iran and Turkey agreed on Tuesday to guarantee Syria peace talks and backed expanding a ceasefire in the war-torn country, the Russian foreign minister said after talks with counterparts.

Dec 20 09:03

A few initial short thoughts on the murder of the Russian Ambassador to Ankara

Okay, so tonight we have the name of the assassin, it is Mevlut Mert Aydintas, a 22 year old policeman who had been recently fired following the anti-Gulenist crackdown of Erdogan against the forces which had attempted to overthrow him recently.

When such an event occurs it is also important to ask cui bono – whom does it benefit?

Alas, both the Turks and the Russians have a long tradition of secrecy and we might never find out who, if anybody, really was behind Mevlut Mert Aydintas.

Dec 19 17:12

The Bad Losers (And What They Fear Losing)

As the worst loser in American electoral history, she must blame Russia, rather than recognize that there were multiple reasons to vote against her.

If the 2016 presidential campaign was a national disgrace, the reaction of the losers is an even more disgraceful spectacle. It seems that the political machine backing Hillary Clinton can’t stand losing an election.

And why is that?

Because they are determined to impose “exceptional” America’s hegemony on the entire world, using military-backed regime changes, and Donald Trump seems poised to spoil their plans.

Dec 19 14:47

Russophobia and Sinophobia – Pepe Escobar

As the asinine regime change attempt on Trump fades into the annals of failed color revolutions, keep your focus on the South China Sea.

It’s by now crystal clear the coup-in-progress against Donald Trump is a made in USA regime change op using standard hybrid war techniques such as manipulation of public opinion by mainstream media.

The coup has been articulated by the usual suspects, from neocons to neoliberalcons, “humanitarian” imperialists included, with a special starring role for their pet agency, the CIA, which during the Bush-Obama continuum further specialized in fake “intelligence”.

Dec 19 12:08

Scott Adams: Persuasian and ISIS

Experts say ISIS can’t be beaten by military means alone. You have to get to the “deep” causes. Here are two experts saying just that, including a former head of the CIA. The problem is that observers seem to have different ideas of what is at the root of it all.

Dec 19 09:37

Yemen edging nearer famine as war takes toll

Yemen edging nearer famine as war takes toll
More than half of the population are now food insecure with 7 million enduring hunger
Image Credit: Reuters
A woman puts her malnourished son on a scale at a malnutrition intensive care unit in the RedSea port city of Houdeidah yesterday.
Published: 17:05 December 16, 2016 Gulf News
Reuters

Geneva: Yemen’s humanitarian catastrophe is set to worsen as the war has ruined the economy and is stopping food supplies getting through, driving the country to the brink of famine, the top UN aid official in the country told Reuters.
“Throughout the whole of this country kids are dying,” said Jamie McGoldrick. UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen.
Nearly two years of war between a Saudi-led Arab coalition and the Iran-backed Al Houthi movement has left more than half of Yemen’s 28 million people “food insecure”, with 7 million of them enduring hunger, according to the United Nations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Congratulations, Prime Ministers Cameron, and May, and President Obama, on having made the US and UK complicit in genocide against the Yemeni people and their children, by aiding and abetting the Saudi war against it; looking at images like those below must make you all feel very happy at this "accomplishment".

But then again, it is understood that when a politician comes to power in a country, before that happens, they have their conscience surgically removed, as I am certain you have done:

images starving yemeni children, 2016

And if you don't like me posting these images, to witness to the world the magnitude of humanitarian catastrophe you are creating in Yemen, then stop the bloody enabling of the Saudi military!!

Dec 19 07:51

BRITISH CLUSTER BOMBS USED IN SAUDI ARABIA’S YEMEN CAMPAIGN, RESEARCH FINDS

Despite strenuous denials, UK-made cluster bombs are indeed being used by Britain’s theocratic ally Saudi Arabia in its war on impoverished Yemen, according to the government’s own inquiries.

The new details have emerged through a leak to the Guardian from sources which claim that internal investigations support claims in the media that the outlawed munitions are in use.

The source said that the findings had been known by the government for up to a month.

However, the paper has also been told that Saudi Arabia – a major UK ally and one of its top arms customers – has not confirmed itself that the banned munitions are being used.

The revelations seem set to pile even more pressure on the UK to stop selling arms to the authoritarian regime.

The UK is a signatory to the 2010 treaty banning cluster munitions, which drop many tiny bomblets from the main device and can create what is in effect a minefield.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ah yes, cluster bombs: to little children, they look almost the same, and the coloration on them is identical, to that of humanitarian food packages. And when there is no adult around to tell them not to touch the bombs, they can shred curious children who touch them into almost non-recoverable bits.

images: cluster bombs and food aid packages

This is what cluster bombs have done to children in Yemen: (warning: this image is very graphic and disturbing, but needs to be shared)

Results of Saudi use of cluster bombs in Yemen

And a small memo to the UK's Prime Minister May; congratulations; the UK is now complicit in war crimes, just as are your American cousins in the US government!

I am certain you are quite proud of your arms industry, Prime Minister, and it is obvious that this illegal sale of cluster munitions made someone in the UK a killing; literally.

But hey, profits uber alles, right?!? No matter how many innocent children and non-combatants these weapons kill, that's the only thing which matters.

You and your predecessor, David Cameron, should be standing in the docks in Old Bailey for crimes against humanity here, in aiding and abetting the Saudi Government by having supplied them with these weapons; all the more so, because the UK is a signatory to the 2010 treaty, banning cluster munitions.

Unfortunately, this will only happen when pigs fly, because politically, power protects the criminals who have used it for ill purposes.

You might want to ask Bill Clinton about that, particularly with his little "runway encounter" with Loretta Lynch, to "persuade" her to not charge Hillary Clinton for having mishandled classified documents with her personal email server.

Dec 18 16:32

Neocon Panic and Agony – THE SAKER

This is not a Democrat vs Republican issue, but a “deep state vs The People of the USA” issue.

There are clear signs that the Neocons running the AngloZionist Empire and its “deep state” are in a state of near panic and their actions indicate they are truly terrified.

On the home front, the Neocons have resorted to every possible dirty trick on the book to try to prevent Donald Trump from ever getting into the White House
Most experts agree that none of these tactics are going to work. So this begs the question of whether the Neocons are stupid, whether they think that they can succeed or what their true objective is.

Dec 18 16:22

Trump Sets the Cat Among the Jewish Pigeons

Palestine/Israel will be transformed into a democratic state, where Jews and Palestinians will live happily ever after, as equals.

The nomination of David Friedman horrified liberal Israelis, cheered Palestinian activists, befogged the Israeli and Palestinian officials, and created a great rift among US Jews. With one brilliant stroke Donald Trump made more mischief than one would think possible. If you have no time for details, I’ll tell you: it is a good, even very good development for Palestine and Palestinians, and it is likely to save Trump’s skin back home.

Dec 18 12:07

Remember Naboth: Israel’s legalising of the theft of private Palestinian property

Uri Avnery reminds the mostly religious Jewish settlers stealing private Palestinian property in the West Bank – and the Israeli government, which is passing legislation to “legalise” such theft – of the fate of similar thieves in the Bible.

Dec 18 08:32

From ‘Fake News’ to ‘Fake Intelligence’ – Wayne Madsen

The real headlines should read: «CIA interfered in presidential election by supporting Clinton over Trump».

Never in the history of the Central Intelligence Agency has it and its surrogates so blatantly and boldly interfered in a U.S. election.

The U.S. media, in a matter of hours, altered course from concentrating on «fake news» about innocent pizzerias being linked to child sexual exploitation to spotlighting «fake intelligence» about Russia’s alleged cyber-espionage operation designed to elect Donald Trump president. The CIA leaked to The Washington Post, the owner of which has a $600 million contract with the CIA to provide cloud computing, findings of a secret report on Russia’s alleged «fixing» of the 2016 U.S. presidential election to favor Trump over Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Dec 17 16:20

Trump’s people ignore Electoral College threat at their electoral peril

We'll see in a few days how the Electoral College gambit (Hillary's "Plan D" - the first three being rig the election [A], recounts [B] and Russia [C], all failed) plays out.

Anyone who has access to the Trump transition team needs to get one clear message through to them. This is, that the 2016 election is NOT YET over, and Trump could find himself on the evening of December 19th with the new President-elect, Hillary Clinton, having a majority of the votes in the Electoral College which votes that day; or having the election sent to the US House of Representative for the outcome to be determined, as happened in 1800, 1824 and 1876 (for different reasons).

Dec 17 12:21

14 US-Led Coalition Military Advisors Captured by Syrian Special Forces in Aleppo

14 US-Led military advisors assisting the rebel terrorists have been reportedly captured in a bunker by Syrian Special Forces in Aleppo.

Dec 17 10:24

UN: Up to 10,000 killed in Yemen conflict

UN says 10,000 people killed in war, a huge rise on previous estimate of 6,000, and warns actual figure is much higher.

Dec 17 09:07

Did Satellites Expose A Secret American Drone Hangar In A Saudi Desert?

Buried deep in the heart of one of the most barren deserts in Saudi Arabia, and the entire planet for that matter, a commercial satellite happened upon what appears to be a very modern airport that suddenly appeared out of thin air from one year to the next. What makes the airport even more mysterious is the fact that there are no planes on site and no government claims ownership of the facility. So, is this airport a mere "Border Guard" facility, as Google Maps would suggest, or did this satellite just happen to reveal the location of a secret U.S. military airport used to conduct drone operations in Yemen?

And it does seem somewhat odd that such a massive airport, with 3 large hangars, would be required to conduct "border operations."

While we may never know the true owner/function of this mysterious facility, we're almost certain that Russia hackers are behind the leak of it's location.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Way what you will about Tyler Durden at zerohedge.com; the man does have a wicked sense of humour!!

Dec 16 17:48

British Troops Arrive In Middle East To Train Syrian Rebels

UK forces have arrived in the Middle East to help train moderate Syrian rebels engaged in the fight against ISIS.

Dec 16 11:11

Starving Yemeni Children, Bloated US Weapons Makers

While the world is transfixed on the epic tragedy unfolding in Syria, another tragedy – a hidden one – has been consuming the children of Yemen. Battered by the twin evils of war and hunger, every ten minutes a child in Yemen is now dying from malnutrition, diarrhea and respiratory-tract infections. A new UNICEF report shows over 400,000 Yemeni children suffering from severe acute malnutrition. Without immediate medical attention, these children will die. The situation is so dire that over half of the entire nation’s 25 million people lack sufficient food.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US government, through its enabling of the Saudi government, has become complicit in its war crimes against the people of Yemen.

This is what life looks like through the eyes of a starving to death Yemeni child:

Images: wounded, starving, and dead children, courtesy of Saudi Bombing Raids

Still proud to be an American, understanding that your government is complicit in the genocide of Yemini kids, after seeing these images?!?

When I was a kid growing up, I would never have imagined that my country would wind up a proud partner in war crimes.

And yet, at this point in its history, sadly, it has become one, regarding the humanitarian catastrophe Yemen has become, courtesy of American governmental assistance.

Dec 16 09:24

NEW NDAA PROVISION WOULD ALLOW US TO ARM SYRIAN REBELS WITH ANTI-AIRCRAFT WEAPONS

It wasn’t widely reported during the debate of the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), nor indeed was it mentioned in either the House or Senate versions of the bill, but the NDAA has a provision within it that would allow the US to send shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles to rebel factions in Syria.

Dec 16 04:16

Syrian Catholic Patriarch: West turns blind eye toward Islam's attack on Middle East Christians

In a straight-from-the-heart cry for help for the rapidly vanishing but 2,000-year-old Christian presence in Middle East, Patriarch Ignatius Joseph told the Knights of Columbus that Saudi Arabia was funding Muslim jihadists to act out a new kind of murderous intolerance, and the Western democracies were letting them do it... “We, the Church pastors, kept warning Westerners who pretended to have the right to interfere in Syria in the name of democracy, that fomenting violence would surely lead to terrible sectarian war because of the complex religious and ethnic diversity in Syria. We knew innocent people, primarily Christians and minorities, would suffer most.”

Dec 16 02:56

VIDEO: Civilians Leaving East Aleppo Helped By Syrian Army

These are actual refugees- women, children, men, grandparents, baby strollers, multi-generational families fleeing with their loved ones and whatever they can carry- aided by helpful troops in tbe Syrian military. Compare this to the alleged refugees swarming into Europe, who are all military-aged men with no women, no kids, no families.

Dec 15 20:40

Aleppo Victory… US and its Crime Partners Suffer ‘Meltdown of Sanity’

The US and its terrorist-sponsoring partners are seeing their criminal regime-change project in ruins, as the Syrian army and its allies win a spectacular victory to retake the strategically important city of Aleppo.

Dec 15 20:25

How does it feel being interfered with, America?

Seriously, is anyone listening to US complaints about outside meddling in their elections?
I'm referring to the fuss over allegations that Russia was hacking Clinton's emails during the US presidential campaign. Such small beer compared with the heavy-handed way America interferes in other people's business.

Dec 15 14:03

How does it feel being interfered with, America?

Stuart Littlewood highlights the irony of Americans complaining about alleged Russian meddling in their elections when the US and its UK ally seem to have set themselves regime change as a standard foreign policy goal.

Dec 15 14:01

Israel’s West Bank tourism drive makes Palestinians invisible

Jonathan Cook says Israeli moves to plunder Palestine’s tourism economy is intimately connected to the legalisation of the theft of Palestinian private property and the “creeping annexation” of occupied Palestine.

Dec 15 10:37

BANNED BY 119 COUNTRIES, U.S. CLUSTER BOMBS CONTINUE TO ORPHAN YEMENI CHILDREN

Villagers in al-Hayma told The Intercept they heard rumbling around 3 o’clock in the afternoon. Soon after, they saw a jet from the Saudi-led coalition circling over the coast. Assisted by the U.S. with weapons and intelligence, Saudi Arabia has been bombing and blockading Yemen for 21 months.

“The warplane was hovering toward the shoreline before I saw something with parachutes falling down,” said Yahya Qassem Zabah, a local fisherman. “For a moment I thought that soldiers were landing. Then I heard a number of explosions soon after that.”

What Zabah saw was not a soldier parachuting toward the coast, it was a cluster weapon. In mid-air, its shell casing opened and released cylinder-shaped bomblets, which scattered as they plummeted to the beach.

All at once, like deafening firecrackers, explosions ripped across the sand, splintering, smashing, and overturning fishing boats.

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That the US government is complicit in war crimes is an absolute given here, as this government continues to militarily enable the Saudi military.

However, as reported at motherjones.com in September of this year, regarding Textron's phasing out of the manufacture of cluster munitions in the US:

This week, states parties and advocates meet in Geneva for the Meeting of States Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions. But as former Navy explosive ordnance disposal officer turned public radio reporter John Ismay notes, the United States doesn't have the best track record when it comes to arms treaties. "We haven't signed the land mine treaty. We still have nuclear weapons. We still have napalm bombs in the inventory," he says. "I have a feeling these are things we'll hang on to." Plus, they're still legal under US law. While Textron Systems is ending its cluster bomb program, the Pentagon could turn to a different manufacturer. Or Textron may be willing to license its technology to other defense contractors. On that point, the company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Textron has been made enormously profitable by the sale of these weapons; my best bet would be that they would license the technology to other defense contractors who are out of the country, so that their executives could say, with a reasonably straight face, that they no longer made these bombs, and technically, they would be correct in that statement.

Dec 15 07:30

THE ULTIMATE “FAKE NEWS” LIST

Isn’t it ironic how the mainstream media has the nerve to lecture everyone else about “fake news” when they are the primary source of fake news on a consistent basis stretching back years?

Fake news stories and fake narratives put out by the mainstream media have resulted in deaths, destruction and people’s lives being ruined.

The most harmful fake news is routinely published by the mainstream media.

They are the main progenitors of fake news.

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