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December 14, 2017

Dec 14 09:14

Rohingya crisis: At least 6,700 Rohingya Muslims killed in one month, say Doctors Without Borders

International aid group Doctors Without Borders said its field survey has found at least 6,700 Rohingya Muslims were killed between August and September in a crackdown by Burma's security forces.

The group, known by its French acronym MSF, said in a statement made available Thursday that it had conducted the survey in refugee camps in Bangladesh and estimated that at least 6,700 Rohingya died in Burma's Rakhine state between 25 August and 24 September. About 630,000 Rohingya have fled Burma into Bangladesh to escape what the United Nations has called “ethnic cleansing.”

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The Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi has proven herself to be an absolute zero when it comes to human rights in her country, right up there with noted war criminal Henry Kissinger, who was also awarded the same prize.

She should be stripped of every peace prize she has ever won, and the country of Myanmar be adjudged for what it has been allowed to become, under her watch; a wretchedly apartheid nation which commits genocide on all its "others" and its less fortunate.

Dec 14 09:07

US Official: ‘Time is Running OUT’ To Avoid Nuclear War With North Korea

President Donald Trump’s national security adviser warned that now is the time to avoid a war with North Korea. H.R. McMaster, speaking at an event for the British think tank Policy Exchange, said “time is running out” to prevent a nuclear war.

According to Newsweek, McMaster was previewing the new National Security Strategy, a document put out by each administration that shapes how it approaches foreign policy and national security issues during its tenure. Trump will unveil the full document on Monday.

Dec 14 09:07

The Gun Bill That Is Going Through Congress Could Significantly Increase The Number Of Americans Banned From Buying Guns

When news that a “concealed-carry reciprocity law” had been passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, gun owners all over the nation rejoiced. But what most people didn’t realize is that there had been a last minute change to the bill that could substantially increase the number of Americans that are banned from buying guns. This poison pill completely ruins the bill, and it must be voted down. What we need is a clean “concealed-carry reciprocity bill” that does not include “Fix-NICS” in it.

Dec 14 09:06

FBI Texts Reveal "Insurance Policy" To Prevent Trump Presidency

"I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy's office - that there's no way he [Trump] gets elected - but I'm afraid we can't take that risk." writes FBI counterintelligence officer Peter Strzok to FBI lawyer Lisa Page, with whom he was having an extramarital affair while spearheading both the Clinton email inquiry and the early Trump-Russia probe, adding "It's like a life insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you're 40."



Taboola
Dec 14 09:05

Leaked E-mail Shows Even The FCC's Own CTO Thinks Gutting Net Neutrality Harms The Public

from the dysfunction-junction dept
So by now we've pointed out how 200 engineers, internet legends, nearly 1000 startups, countless internet companies, 30 small ISPs, and millions of American consumers have told the FCC its plan to repeal net neutrality is extreme and will harm competition, innovation, and the health of the internet. But we've also pointed out repeatedly how this makes absolutely no difference at Trump's FCC, which appears mindlessly dedicated toward one singular purpose: pleasing entrenched telecom duopolies like Comcast, AT&T and Verizon.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

War is peace...idiocy is intelligence...free speech is terrifying, and, therefore, must be censored.

Dec 14 09:04

PBS Suspends ‘Tavis Smiley’ Following Sexual Misconduct Investigation (EXCLUSIVE)

PBS has suspended late-night talk show “Tavis Smiley” amid misconduct allegations against its host and namesake.

“Effective today, PBS has indefinitely suspended distribution of ‘Tavis Smiley,’ produced by TS Media, an independent production company,” the public broadcaster said. “PBS engaged an outside law firm to conduct an investigation immediately after learning of troubling allegations regarding Mr. Smiley. This investigation included interviews with witnesses as well as with Mr. Smiley. The inquiry uncovered multiple, credible allegations of conduct that is inconsistent with the values and standards of PBS, and the totality of this information led to today’s decision.”

Dec 14 09:04

EU SUING POLAND, HUNGARY AND CZECH REPUBLIC FOR REFUSING ISLAMIC MIGRANTS

The European Union (EU) is accusing Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic of refusing to share the "burden" of allowing Muslim migrants into their countries.

On December 4 the European Commission — the governing body of the European Union that proposes legislation and implements the EU's decisions — launched "infringement procedures" against the three countries, claiming they are "in breach of their legal obligations."

The EU ruled in 2015 that 160,000 refugees be distributed throughout most member countries of the EU.

Dec 14 09:03

US military to send cyber soldiers to the battlefield

The US Army will soon send teams of cyber warriors to the battlefield, officials said Wednesday, as the military increasingly looks to take the offensive against enemy computer networks.

While the Army's mission is generally to "attack and destroy," the cyber troops have a slightly different goal, said Colonel Robert Ryan, who commands a Hawaii-based combat team.

"Not everything is destroy. How can I influence by non-kinetic means? How can I reach up and create confusion and gain control?" he told reporters.

The cyber soldiers have been integrated for six months in infantry units, and will tailor operations according to commanders' needs, said Colonel William Hartman of the Army's Cyber Command.



Emigrate While You Still Can - Finca Bayano In Panama!

Finco Bayano
Dec 14 08:58

Marines practicing full-scale air, sea and ground assault on Southern California bases

A war game exercise that deploys a battalion-size air, sea and ground assault is playing out across Marine Corps bases in Southern California this week.

The exercise, which includes more than 1,000 Marines from the 1st Marine Division and more than 600 Marine aviators and their crews, is taking place at San Clemente Island, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Camp Pendleton and at the Marine Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms.

It combines the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing’s “Winter Fury” exercise with the 1st Marine Division’s “Steel Knight” training. Both are held annually to prepare Marines for worldwide threats and to sharpen their skills for upcoming deployments. But the combined exercise is the first in more than a decade, military officials say.

Dec 14 08:52

China Regulators Complete Final 'Drill' In Preparation For Petro-Yuan Futures Trading

Amid all the chatter of Venezuela and Russia potentially creating oil-backed cryptocurrencies, the "huge news" of China's launch of the Petro-Yuan has fallen off the front page... until now.

This week saw the Shanghai Futures Exchange complete its fifth yuan-back oil futures contract trading drill successfully...

As Bloomberg reports, 149 members of Shanghai International Energy Exchange traded 647,930 lots in the drill with total value of 268.2b yuan, according to a statement from the exchange, which added that the system basically met the listing requirements of crude futures after the drill.

Dec 14 08:52

"WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON!" Trey Gowdy Goes Off On Rod Rosenstein Over Anti Trump FBI Agents

Dec 14 08:52

Next Year In Jerusalem

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When the Trump administration announced plans to comply with longstanding U.S. law and move — someday — the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, the country’s capital, the Arabs went nuts, but not quite as nuts as the Turks would have liked: Turkish strongman Recep Tayyip Erdogan has criticized what he sees as a weak Arab response to the Trump administration’s non-initiative initiative. Turkey has its own game, and Palestinian upheaval would suit Erdogan just fine.

There were apocalyptic intimations, but in reality the response was more or less what one would expect, and if the Olympic committee ever recognizes rock-throwing as a legitimate sport, the Palestinian people will finally have found their national calling.

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Dec 14 08:49

Liberals Use Social Media To Disgustingly Attack All White People In The Aftermath Of Doug Jones Stunning Senate Victory

Immediately following the stunning victory by Democrat Doug Jones in the Alabama Senate race, liberals, including many “prominent” leftists, took to social media to attack white people as a whole over the fact that some whites voted against the pro gun-control former prosecutor.

That’s right, in the new America, the hard-left openly mocks and insults all white people simply because a certain percentage of them do not vote for liberal candidates.

Keep in mind that BOTH candidates were white yet that did not stop the race baiting left from conducting a vile series of attacks on the white race while pretending that they are the civil rights heroes.

Dec 14 08:47

Stephen Hawking Joins Effort To Confirm If Oumuamua Object Is Alien Probe

The first mysterious object to reach our solar system was originally thought to be a comet or an asteroid from within the system. But now, physicist Stephen Hawking is leading an investigation into whether or not this object is a spaceship from an alien civilization.

Soon after the celestial object reached our solar system, scientists discovered that it is neither a comet nor an asteroid as previously assumed. The object’s official name is A/2017 UI but has been dubbed “Oumuamua”, which loosely means “a messenger that reaches from the distant past” in Hawaiian. Scientists also discovered that the object had traveled unimaginable distances through interstellar space at almost 200,000 mph.

Dec 14 08:46

Beijing Bombers, Fighter Jets Encircle Taiwan in Drill

A group of People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) H-6K bombers and Su-30 and J-11 fighter jets conducted a mission Monday “that circled the island of Taiwan, further improving their ability to protect national sovereignty and territorial integrity,” a PLAAF spokesman said this week, according to a fact sheet obtained by China Daily.

Dec 14 08:45

Israel Invites Saudi Crown Prince to Mediate Palestine Peace Talks

Saudi newspapers have reported that Israel has invited Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to their country to lead peace negotiations between Israel and Palestine as a sign of the rapidly warming relations between the Gulf Kingdom and the Jewish State.



Dec 14 08:45

Israeli Military Shoots Down Rockets Fired From Gaza Strip - IDF

The Israeli Defense Forces thwarted two allegedly Palestinian rocket attacks launched from Gaza Strip Wednesday night, according to an IDF spokesperson.

The rockets were "successfully intercepted," the IDF said in a tweet. A third rocket fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip was also confirmed by the country's military, which said that remnants of that rocket landed in the Eshkol Regional Council, an area in the northwest part of Israel's Southern District.

Dec 14 08:44

At Ease, Ladies! Norway Discovers Women Undermine Army's Fighting Ability

As the percentage of women in the Norwegian Armed Forces is steadily rising as a result of a campaign for gender equality, questions have been raised about the combat efficiency of the Scandinavian country's defenses.

Dec 14 08:36

US war with North Korea can rapidly escalate: Analyst

A US war against North Korea can rapidly escalate, destroying South Korea, Japan and maybe parts of the United States, an analyst says.

"I think normalization in relations, ending this war of words, ending these threatening gestures with over-flights of warplanes and sending warship after warship into waters around North Korea is absolute insanity and a way to bring about another war, which the United States does not need, and the rest of the world does not need because it can rapidly escalate, destroying South Korea and Japan, and maybe parts of the United States.” said J. Michael Springmann, a former US diplomat in Saudi Arabia.

Dec 14 08:35

Militant Groups, Syrian Gov't Hold Talks to End Al-Nusra's Presence in Eastern Damascus

The main militant groups in Eastern Damascus have been negotiating with the Syrian and Russian officials over ending the presence of the Al-Nusra Front (Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at or the Levant Liberation Board) terrorists in Eastern Ghouta, an Arab media outlet reported on Wednesday.



Dec 14 08:35

Laser-driven fusion that produces 'absolutely clean' energy could be possible within a decade, experts say

Researchers have outlined what they say could be the most feasible technique yet to achieve fusion energy.

The latest approach would fuse hydrogen and boron using powerful bursts of lasers – and could do away with the need for radioactive fuel or its toxic waste.

While the process would require extreme temperatures which have been difficult to achieve to date, at about 200 times the temperature of the sun’s core, physicists now say recent advances in laser technology could make it possible.

Dec 14 08:34

Prominent South African University Boycotts Israeli Regime

A prominent South African university has announced an official boycott of the Israeli regime in a growing global movement to isolate the apartheid regime in Tel Aviv.

“The Council of the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) has resolved that TUT will not forge any ties with Israel or any of its organizations and institutions,” TUT spokesman on the issue Professor Rasigan Maharajh said on Wednesday.

A December 7 press release from TUT stated “As a progressive university in a democratic South Africa, we want to affirm that TUT will not sign any agreements or enter into scientific partnerships until such time that Israel ends its illegal occupation of Palestinian territory.

Dec 14 08:34

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – DECEMBER 14, 2017: SYRIAN ARMY PREPARES FOR IDLIB OPERATION

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the National Defense Forces have established control over the hilltops of al-Ahmar, al-Madjahan and al-Khazzan inside the Beit Jinn pocket in southern Syria. Thus, the SAA and the NDF are about to divide the Beit Jinn pocket into two separate parts. If this is done, the liberation of Mughr al-Meer by government troops will be just a matter of time.

The SAA and the NDF resumed their military operation in the southwestern Aleppo countryside and liberated Syriatel Hill and the village of Rsm al-Kabarah from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda). Government troops also advanced on Rsm Sayala and Ramlah.

According to reports, positions of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) in Tell al-Daman and Umm al-Amad were hit by Russian airstrikes. The HTS-linked agency Iba’a claims that 5 SAA troops were killed during the clashes in Syriatel Hill.

Dec 14 08:33

Tory Brexit rebels inflict major defeat on Theresa May

Conservative rebels inflicted a humiliating defeat on Theresa May in the House of Commons as they backed an amendment to her flagship European Union withdrawal bill over parliament’s right to a meaningful vote on the Brexit deal.



Dec 14 08:32

Consumer Watchdog warns personal digital assistants could spy on you

Amazon’s Echo and Google Home are two of the biggest sellers this holiday season, but the nonprofit group Consumer Watchdog is warning the public after obtaining documents that reveal the companies’ future plans.

At a press conference in Santa Monica on Wednesday, Consumer Watchdog revealed they had obtained patent applications for the Amazon Echo and Google Home which reveal the companies plan to keep tabs on you and even your kids, all in the interest of selling information about you to advertisers.

“This is a home invasion, it’s not a holiday gift,” said Jamie Court, president of Consumer Watchdog. “I think this is the creepiest type of privacy problems we’ve ever seen from Google or Amazon.

The concerns stem from permit applications that the watchdog group obtained.

Dec 14 08:16

UPS loses family's $846,000 inheritance

Bank draft goes missing and TD Canada Trust is in no rush to issue new one



Dec 14 08:09

Netanyahu urges Palestinians to ‘work for peace and not for extremism’

srael’s prime minister has urged the Palestinians to halt what he calls extremist statements and recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

In a speech on Wednesday, Benjamin Netanyahu said the Palestinians should “work for peace and not for extremism”.
He said that not only is Jerusalem Israel’s capital, but Israel is committed to protecting the freedom of worship for all religions.

Mr Netanyahu did not explicitly mention Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas’ speech to a summit of Muslim leaders in Turkey, but appeared to be referring to it.

In his speech, the Palestinian leader said the US is unfit to mediate Mideast peace talks after President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Dec 14 08:07

ALABAMA VOTE FRAUD? DOUG JONES SUPPORTER SAYS “WE CAME FROM DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE COUNTRY”

Claims of vote fraud in Alabama are swirling after a man was caught on camera appearing to reveal that supporters of Democrat Doug Jones “came from different parts of the country” to vote for him.

The clip was captured by Fox10 News after it was confirmed that Jones had defeated Republican Roy Moore.

Asked, “Why are you excited to see this victory?,” the man responds, “Because we came here all the way from different parts of the country as part of our fellowship and all of us pitched in to vote and canvas together and we got our boy elected!”

Dec 14 08:07

White House Accuses Abbas of ‘Preventing Peace’ With Criticism

One week after President Trump declared Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel, pretty much the entire planet has had the opportunity to comment on the matter, and they have, apart from Israel, uniformly criticized Trump’s move as a threat to peace efforts.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was, unsurprisingly, among the first to criticize Trump’s move, questioning how the US could possibly be the broker for peace after such a declaration on a key final status issue. The White House, reflecting their recent strategy of angry outbursts at anyone who publicly disagrees with them, is condemning Abbas on Wednesday, accusing him of having “prevented peace for years.”

The White House added that Trump remains “committed” to reaching a peace deal in Israel-Palestine, despite the Jerusalem move, and present Abbas’ resistance as the sort of thing that has “prevented peace for decades.”

Dec 14 08:06

Caribbean island pressured to act against Palestine mission

A member of a Palestinian delegation travelling from St Vincent to Panama was released yesterday morning after being detained in Trinidad since Saturday, according to the Trinidad Guardian.

The delegation comprising of nine Palestinian representatives were allowed passage after the Prime Minister St Vincent, Ralph Gonsalves, intervened.

The Palestinian members had received an invitation to visit St Vincent from Gonsalves. Although they had passed through Trinidad and Tobago a week before with only some minor issues, it was only on return to Panama via Trinidad, that one member of their party was prevented from travelling further.

“We’re told that other international persons were also involved in speaking to him,” said Hafeez Khan of the Muslim Roundtable, referring to the questioning of the delegation member.



Owl 1
Dec 14 08:03

US State Dept. Reacts to Palestinian Complaints

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert reacts to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' comments calling for the United Nations to replace Washington as a Mideast mediator, saying the U.S. will continue to work on Mideast peace plans.

Dec 14 08:02

US torture continues at Guantanamo Bay, warns UN expert

The US has continued to torture detainees held at the controversial detention center in Cuba, said the UN's expert on torture. He warned that enacting a policy of torture is among "the most serious international crimes."



Dec 14 08:00

‘Snowflake students’ get University to apologize for calling snow white

University College London was forced to apologize after a “dreaming of a white campus” tweet was deemed racist by “snowflake students.” The tweet had been intended to let students know the campus was still open as some parts of Britain remained covered by 13 inches of snow.

The tweet said: “Dreaming of a white campus? Our campuses will be open and operating fully today, Monday 11 December, so please make your way in as planned. (We can’t guarantee snow but we’ll try!) #snowday #londonsnow.”

One twitter user replied: “You know who else dreamt of a white campus? Hitler, that’s who. Disgusting.” Kumail Jaffer, a PPE student at Warwick University urged UCL to “retract and apologize.” He added that if anyone does not understand why the comment is offensive, they should “look into the history of the oppression of the PoC [People of Color]," according to the Telegraph.

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Dec 14 08:00

N. Korea: Trump taking dangerous step to nuclear war by seeking naval blockade

US President Donald Trump is taking an "extremely dangerous" and "big step" towards nuclear war by seeking a naval blockade, North Korea has stated, according to the official KCNA news agency.

Pyonyang also said it will take "merciless self-defensive" measures against any blockade, as it would consider such a move an "act of war.">>>

Dec 14 07:59

Wi-Fi at Starbucks hijacked computers to mine cryptocurrencies

Coffee giant Starbucks has confirmed that the free Wi-Fi in at least one of its Argentina stores has been infecting its customers’ electronic devices with a malicious code to mine cryptocurrencies.

The issue was initially reported early in December by an executive of a New York-based technology company, who noticed that while he got coffee in a Starbucks store in Buenos Aires, his laptop received a malicious crypto-currency mining code.

Dec 14 07:58

The gas that came in from the cold: Britain turns to sanctioned Russian energy to avoid big freeze

With gas supplies crippled amid a freezing winter by the shutdown of a major pipeline, the UK has apparently turned to a Russian project targeted by US sanctions, with reports indicating that a deal was struck for a shipment of gas by the end of December.

Some 170,000 cubic meters of liquefied natural gas (LNG) carried by the Christophe de Margerie ice-class tanker, the first vessel of the Novatek-operated Yamal project in the Arctic, has been bought by a British energy company. It is now heading to the Isle of Grain terminal in the UK, the Telegraph reported.

One of the largest Russian natural gas producers, Novatek, revealed Monday that the cargo was sold to Petronas LNG UK Limited (PLUK), the UK branch of Malaysia's Petronas.



Dec 14 07:57

Gorbachev WAS promised NATO would not expand east – declassified docs

In 1990, Western politicians repeatedly assured Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev that NATO wouldn’t expand east of Germany’s borders, but broke that promise less than a decade later, say insider archives from both sides of negotiations following the dismantling of the Berlin Wall.

Researchers from the respected George Washington University-based National Security Archive, which specializes in obtaining key declassified information from the government, have put together 30 crucial documents that clearly show several top Western officials vowing to Gorbachev in unison that NATO would not expand eastward. Some of these have been publicly available for several years, others have been revealed as a result of Freedom of Information requests for the study.

Dec 14 07:50

Hidden Figures: Despite Falling Unemployment in the UK, Poverty High and Rising

Official British government figures reveal a drop in the number of people out of work but the cost of living is not matched by earnings. This price gap exposes the reality for many people for whom poverty is a reality and political rhetoric is just cheap talk.

Dec 14 07:50

Top Nuclear Official Agrees With Senator Who Says Obama Admin "Misled" On Uranium One Deal

Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Kristine Svinicki responded to questions raised by Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) regarding a key aspect of the Uranium One deal, agreeing that the Obama Administration had not "fully depicted" the complexity of the transaction which ultimately gave the Kremlin control over 20% of US uranium.

“I would note that, as your letter makes clear, the responses you have received have not fully depicted the complexity of this issue” -Kristine Svinicki, NRC Chair
Svinicki's response fell short of agreeing with Barrasso that he had been 'misled' over the deal to export yellowcake uranium from the Senator's home state of Wyoming out of the country.



Lockerdome
Dec 14 07:49

Germany Owes Greece €185 Billion In WWII Reparations, Say German Researchers

Does Germany owe Greeks billions of euros in World War II reparations for the damages and the enforced loan during the occupation of the country by the Nazis? So far, Berlin has vehemently rejected any Greek claims.

Dec 14 07:48

REMAINERS WIN BREXIT BLOCKING VOTE

The government has been defeated on what remainers refer to as a “meaningful vote” on the final Brexit deal – but what is really a naked attempt to subvert the referendum result.

Dec 14 07:48

‘A good day for democracy!’ Guy Verhofstadt GOADS Brexiteers after Commons vote defeat

Mrs May tasted defeat with the EU Withdrawal Bill for the first time this evening after 11 Tories rebelled against her position.

It means her plans for a swift and smooth Brexit have been dealt a huge blow with MPs now assured of a “meaningful vote”.

And last night Mr Verhofstaft stuck the boot in with a mocking tweet at the Government’s expense.

Dec 14 07:47

Donald Trump state visit to go ahead in new year despite far right Twitter row

DONALD Trump will visit the UK in the new year despite a row with Theresa May over his far-right retweets, the US Ambassador has said.



Dec 14 07:46

Gamma-ray telescopes reveal a high-energy trap in our galaxy's center

A combined analysis of data from NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope and the High Energy Stereoscopic System (H.E.S.S.), a ground-based observatory in Namibia, suggests the center of our Milky Way contains a "trap" that concentrates some of the highest-energy cosmic rays, among the fastest particles in the galaxy.

"Our results suggest that most of the cosmic rays populating the innermost region of our galaxy, and especially the most energetic ones, are produced in active regions beyond the galactic center and later slowed there through interactions with gas clouds," said lead author Daniele Gaggero at the University of Amsterdam. "Those interactions produce much of the gamma-ray emission observed by Fermi and H.E.S.S."

Dec 14 07:43

Roy Moore refuses to concede Alabama election

Roy Moore continues to refuse to concede the Alabama special election, saying in a new video that his campaign is waiting for ballots to be certified.

"In this race, we have not received the final count? to include ?military and provisional ballots," Moore said. "This has been a very close race and we are awaiting certification by the secretary of state."



Dec 14 07:41

Key Takeaways From Putin's Press Conference

From Trump to Presidential Race: Key Takeaways From Putin's Press Conference

This Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted his signature annual press conference, where he faced a myriad of questions that touched on a wide range of issues, from foreign policy highlights to certain domestic issues.

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Dec 14 07:40

Three Turkish parties issue joint declaration on Jerusalem

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) on Dec. 13 called on the international community to recognize East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine.

“We call on the Organization of Islamic Cooperation [OIC] and all other countries to recognize East Jerusalem as the capital of an independent Palestine, which is currently under occupation and whose borders were defined in 1967,” said the political parties in a joint declaration.

The parties recalled that parliament had issued a joint declaration on Dec. 6 against the U.S. move recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s “undivided” capital.

The AKP, the CHP and the MHP account for the overwhelming majority of seats in the Turkish parliament.

Dec 14 07:39

US vice president delays Middle East trip after Palestinians rebuff him

Palestinians cancelled plans to meet with Mike Pence days after President Trump vowed to move the US embassy to Jerusalem

Dec 14 07:36

'Moore's Alabama Senate Defeat Could Be Political Death of Trump'

Political science professor Jeanne Zaino told Sputnik why Roy Moore's stunning defeat in the solidly Republican state of Alabama is a political disaster for the president .

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Owl 2
Dec 14 07:23

Brandon Smith Warns 'The Virtual Economy' Is The End Of Freedom

There is one simple rule to follow when understanding the tragic history of economies: Never put blind faith in a system built on an establishment-created foundation.

Dec 14 07:22

Yes, The Neocons Are Back

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Which brings us to the latest shuffle in the Donald Trump cabinet and what it is likely to mean down the road. Multiple sources are predicting Tillerson out and Mike Pompeo in at State Department with Pompeo replaced at CIA by Senator Tom Cotton. The White House is denying the story, calling it “fake news,” but it is clear that Trump is uncomfortable with the current arrangement and Tillerson will be gone sooner or later
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>>>Pompeo would like to turn the United States into an unleashed wrecking ball directed against the enemies of the American Way and he appears intent on starting that process in the Middle East.

And Pompeo will be replaced as CIA Director by Tom Cotton. The less said about Tom the better, but I will attempt to summarize in 8 words here: Tom is completely owned by the Israel Lobby.>>>

Dec 14 07:08

Fisk: Trump Says Recognising Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel Will Bring Peace – it Will do Quite the Opposite

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Goodbye Palestine. Goodbye the two-state solution. Goodbye the Palestinians. For this new Israeli “capital” is not for them. Trump did not even use the word “Palestine”. He talked about “Israel and the Palestinians” – in other words, of a state and of those who do not deserve – and can no longer aspire to – a state. No wonder I received a call in Beirut last night from a Palestinian woman who had just listened to the Trump destruction of the “peace process”. “Remember Kingdom of Heaven?” she asked me, referring to Ridley Scott’s great movie of the 1187 fall of Jerusalem. “Well it’s now the Kingdom of Hell.”

It’s not the Kingdom of Hell, of course. The Palestinians have been living in a kind of hell for a 100 years>>>



Dec 14 07:00

Advocating for Israel Pays Well: Salaries of Nonprofit Heads

Heads of nonprofits that support Israel receive compensation in the hundreds of thousands of dollars up to, in a few cases, over a million dollars.

Politicians reaping money from the Israel lobby (e.g. Tom Cotton received close to a million dollars from the Emergency Committee for Israel; Haim Saban and his wife donated $11.5 million to pro-Clinton super PACs, along with large sums to the Clinton Foundation) are not the only ones to benefit from supporting Israel.

Executive directors of nonprofits that support Israel receive compensation in the hundreds of thousands of dollars up to almost $2 million.

The Forward recently compiled a list of their earnings.>>>

Dec 14 06:47

US to Sanction Iran Because of Worsening Conditions in Yemen

With thousands dead in a Saudi air war against Yemen, and potentially millions facing starvation because of the Saudi-led naval blockade against Yemen, the House Foreign Affairs Committee is looking to act: against Iran.

(*the logic escapes the paragraph , so let's read it again , shall we ?)

With thousands dead in a Saudi air war against Yemen, and potentially millions facing starvation because of the Saudi-led naval blockade against Yemen, the House Foreign Affairs Committee is looking to act: against Iran.

(*That's what I thought Saudi Arabia did it / punishment goes to Iran !
STILL; the logic escapes the paragraph )

Dec 14 06:28

Jerusalem Decision Rubber-Stamps 70 Years of Israeli Violations

For Arabs and Muslims worldwide, Jerusalem has become a powerful symbol representing a century of betrayal by the West

President Donald Trump’s decision to formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital was irresponsible and dangerous for more reasons than I can count. Let me outline just a few of the principle concerns.

While we have all grown weary of hearing the overused mantra “this is the end of the peace process,” Trump’s decision may, in fact, be the nail in the coffin for any negotiated solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In the first place, there is no peace process. It has been replaced, instead, by a breath-holding exercise with Israelis and Palestinians waiting for Trump aides to cook up “the deal of the century.” It is presumed that when “the deal” is presented negotiations will begin.

The unilateral American recognition of Jerusalem not only prejudges one of the conflicts most sensitive issues, it does so in Israel’s favor.>>>

Dec 14 06:25

The Deep State’s Christmas Present to America: Surveillance That Never Ends

Just in time for Christmas, the Deep State wants to give America the gift that keeps on giving: never-ending mass surveillance.



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Dec 14 06:24

Bank Of England Warns Of "Economic Collapse" If UK Keeps Borrowing Money

The Bank of England is putting the United Kingdom on alert.  Should the UK keep borrowing money, as Corbyn's Labor Party has advocated, there will be a “Venezuela-style” economic collapse that will devastate normal citizens.

Dec 14 06:18

Trump Signs Into Law US Government Ban on Kaspersky Lab Software

President Donald Trump signed into law on Tuesday legislation that bans the use of Kaspersky Lab within the U.S. government, capping a months-long effort to purge the Moscow-based antivirus firm from federal agencies amid concerns it was vulnerable to Kremlin influence. From a report:

The ban, included as part of a broader defense policy spending bill that Trump signed, reinforces a directive issued by the Trump administration in September that civilian agencies remove Kaspersky Lab software within 90 days. The law applies to both civilian and military networks. "The case against Kaspersky is well-documented and deeply concerning. This law is long overdue," said Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen>>>

Dec 14 06:07

Nikki Haley Vows to Present 'Irrefutable Evidence' Iran 'Deliberately Violated International Obligations'

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The announcement will come as the U.N. presents a report today on the implementation of U.N. Security Council Resolution 2231. That's the resolution that endorsed the Iran nuclear agreement, known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, and calls on Iran not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles for eight years as well.

It remains to be seen whether the Trump administration will seek to punish Iran for the alleged "violations," but Haley's announcement comes a month before the Jan. 13 deadline by when President Donald Trump must again certify whether or not Iran is in compliance with the nuclear deal, which was negotiated under the Obama administration, and also decide whether to extend a waiver on sanctions.

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Dec 14 05:13

Donald Trump: Wow, more than 90% of Fake News Media coverage of me is negative, with numerous forced retractions of untrue stories. Hence my use of Social Media, the only way to get the truth out. Much of Mainstream Meadia has become a joke!



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Dec 14 05:11

Do You Know What Is In The Tax Bill That Congress Is About To Pass?

A conference committee has been merging the tax bills that were passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate, and even though we could still see some minor changes, it looks like the major parameters of the final bill have now been agreed upon. 

Dec 14 05:00

Medical marijuana has NO public health risks and should not be withheld from patients, WHO declares after months of deliberation .

The WHO has declared medical marijuana is beneficial for cancer, epilepsy, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and other diseases
The organization found the drug is not addictive and holds no public health risks

The World Health Organization has declared that CBD - the relaxant property of cannabis used in medical marijuana - should not be a scheduled drug.

December 13, 2017

Dec 13 22:48

How you can use hairspray and Red Bull to stop your Christmas tree from losing its needles

There are a few neat tricks to help keep your Christmas tree fresh and last longer

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