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September 28, 2015

Sep 28 07:39

Reports: Taliban seize half of northern Afghan city

The Taliban seized half of a major city in northern Afghanistan on Monday, according to media reports.

The militants launched co-ordinated attacks to capture Kunduz, once one of the wealthiest cities in the country.

At least 25 militants and two policemen have been killed and reinforcements have been sent, the BBC reported, citing the government. The city is in lockdown as gun battles between the extremists and Afghan government forces continue, Al Jazeera said.

Sep 28 07:39

Fighting rages in Afghan city of Kunduz; Taliban raises flag

Taliban fighters entered the capital of the northern Afghan province of Kunduz on Monday, raising their flag over portions of the city and engaging in fierce fighting with Afghan security forces, residents and government officials said.

Sources in the city said the clashes began in the early morning hours when militants entered the city from four directions. Mahboobullah Mahboob, a member of a local council, said he and his family fled the city, also called Kunduz, shortly after 6 a.m. when militants neared their neighborhood.

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Another conquered province refuses to stay conquered!

Sep 28 07:37

'This interview is over': Ben Carson staffer pulls the plug on Jake Tapper as Carson insists Muslims would have to 'reject the tenets of Islam' to be president

A Ben Carson staffer gave CNN's Jake Tapper the hook after the newsman continued to press the presidential candidate on the controversial statement he made about Muslims one week ago.

'This interview is over,' a staffer's voice is heard from off-screen, cutting off an exchange between Carson and Tapper on Sunday's State of the Union.

Tapper was asking the retired neurosurgeon if he still meant what he said about Muslims.

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Carson has already demonstrated that he knows little if anything about Islam and is simply pandering to the Muslim-bashers for votes.

Sep 28 07:37

Glencore shares obliterated after analysts warn they could be worthless

Glencore shares plunged 30pc in afternoon trading to a new record low after analysts warned the stock could be worthless if commodity prices remain at current levels.

The shares went into freefall after analysts at Investec issued a note warning that heavily indebted companies such as the Swiss-based mining and trading giant could see almost all their equity value eliminated under current commodity prices, leaving nothing for shareholders.

Almost £2bn was wiped off the value of Glencore as investors panicked and dumped the stock.

Sep 28 07:33

Mobile advertising DDoS JavaScript drip serves site with 4.5bn hits

CloudFlare has turned up an unusual form of denial-of-service attack: mobile advertisements that are pumping out around 275,000 HTTP requests per second.

The cloud outfit didn't name the victim, but said the Layer 7 HTTP floods hitting the target is the latest example of a once-theoretical attack turning up in the real world.

London CloudFlare engineer Marek Majkowski says the difficulty in turning HTTP floods into a real attack was overcome using malicious JavaScript in an advertisement.

Sep 28 07:32

EU data protection chief: Snaffling all air traveller data goes too far

Europe’s data protection tsar has warned law-makers that collecting and storing information on all airline travellers risks breaching EU privacy laws.

The so-called PNR (passenger name record) scheme is back on the table after being rejected by MEPs in 2013. The plan is to force airline operators to store every scrap of information they collect about passengers – including sensitive and personal information such as email addresses, credit card details, phone numbers, meal choices (halal, kosher, etc) – for use by security agencies.

Yesterday, Giovanni Buttarelli, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), said that the current draft of the law goes too far.

Sep 28 07:30

Carly Fiorina defends Bush-era torture tactics

US Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina has defended the torture and spying tactics that were used by the administration of former President George W. Bush during the so-called war on terror.

Fiorina vigorously defended on Sunday the CIA’s waterboarding technique as a policy that helped “keep our nation safe” in the aftermath of the September, 11, 2001 attacks.

“I believe that all of the evidence is very clear — that waterboarding was used in a very small handful of cases [and] was supervised by medical personnel in every one of those cases,” Fiorina told Yahoo News.

“And I also believe that waterboarding was used when there was no other way to get information that was necessary,” the former business executive said.

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Sep 28 07:30

Arctic Sea Ice Continues Its Record September Increase

After the shortest melt season on record, Arctic sea ice has gained nearly one million km² since September 1.

Sep 28 07:29

Iowa Summers Used To Be Much Hotter And Longer

On this date in 1953, it was an unbelievable 101 degrees at Indianola, Iowa. September days over 100 degrees used to be fairly common there, but they haven’t had one in over 60 years.

Sep 28 07:26

Shell abandons controversial $7bn drilling exploration off Alaska coast after 'disappointing' results

Shell has spent upward of $7billion (£4.6bn) on Arctic offshore exploration, including $2.1billion in 2008 for leases in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska's northwest coast, where an exploratory well about 80 miles off shore was drilled to 6,800 feet but yielded disappointing results.

Backed by a 28-vessel flotilla, drillers found indications of oil and gas but not in sufficient quantities to warrant more exploration at the site.

Sep 28 07:19

Trump promises a ZERO per cent tax rate for millions: He plans to cut tax for the poor, middle classes and corporations, soak the rich... and pay for it all by 'taking jobs back' from China

Donald Trump announced radical plans for a 'large segment' of Americans to pay a federal income tax rate of zero per cent during a '60 Minutes' interview Sunday night.

It is the first time the presidential candidate has revealed details of his tax plan, which would also cut taxes for the middle class and corporations. Interviewer Scott Pelley repeatedly challenged him on the viability of the ambitious-sounding scheme.

According to Trump, hiking taxes on Wall Street executives and abolishing tax breaks for the most well-off will pay for much of the plan, which will also restore jobs lost to China and Mexico.

Sep 28 07:17

Blood moon paints the sky red: Stargazers around the world look to the heavens to witness lunar spectacle for first time in 33 years

When the moon is at perigee, its shortest distance from the Earth, it is 226,000 miles away.

This makes it appear 14 per cent larger and 30 per cent brighter than when it is at its furthermost point.

The last time this coincided with a lunar eclipse, when the moon is covered by the Earth's shadow, was in 1982 - and it will not be repeated until 2033.

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Sep 28 07:16

Now we're sending troops to Somalia and South Sudan: 370 to help fight against Islamist terrorists

Hundreds of British troops are to be deployed to East Africa to help counter Islamist extremists and help UN peacekeepers, David Cameron announced last night.

A group of 70 Armed Forces personnel will go to Somalia, where African Union forces are fighting jihadis from Al-Shabaab. A second force of up to 300 is to go to South Sudan, the world’s youngest country where a civil war has been raging for two years.

Sep 28 07:13

Catalonia Pro-Independence Parties Set to Win Majority – Exit Polls

Sep 28 07:07

Super-glue yourself to the PM: John McDonnell backs 'non-violent' direct action against politicians who 'do not listen'

Fed-up voters should take direct action against politicians, including staging sit-ins and super-gluing themselves to Prime Minister, Labour's shadow chancellor said today.

John McDonnell insisted protests should be 'non-violent' but defended the right of the public to take to the streets if the were not being heard through the ballot box.

Sep 28 06:53

Pope Francis Makes Surprise Stop to Bless Statue of Catholic-Jewish Dialogue

Pope Francis made a surprise visit to a statue celebrating dialogue between the Catholic Church and Judaism at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia on Sunday.

The pope, surrounded by a ring of spectators who flooded the campus upon hearing of his arrival, stood for a few seconds in front of the statue apparently rapt in thought, and then blessed it, splashing it with holy water.

According to the Vatican's spokesman, the visit marked the 50th anniversary of the Nostra Aetate, a declaration made by the Second Vatican Council on the relation of the Church with non-Christian religions, among them Judaism. The 1965 declaration, among other things, repudiated the Christian doctrine that the Jews were collectively responsible for Jesus's death and decried anti-Semitism.

Sep 28 06:42

Aggressive power and immoral authority

Another sad chapter from a desperate imperial empire lays naked for the entire world to see. The pretense that an international community of nations has arbitrary authority to remove any government that conflicts with the master plan of total global enslavement exposes the utter failure of legitimacy.

Sep 28 06:40

United Nations and American Feminists push plan for total censorship of the Internet

United Nations and American Feminists push plan for total censorship of the Internet
United Nations and extremist feminists team up to redefine harassment, end free internet.

Sep 28 06:24

Russia Warns Global Chaos To Follow Worst Winter In History

A chilling new Ministry of Defense (MoD) report circulating in the Kremlin today warns that the potential for global chaos has grown “beyond all measure” due to the catastrophic effects being caused by the severe weakening of Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) that not only has slammed Europe with the “winter that never left” this year, but is now threatening to unleash upon the world another Little Ice Age (LIA) event.
Agreeing with Russian scientists warning of this global winter danger, this report notes, are several top climate scientists—including Stefan Rahmstorf of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Michael Mann of Penn State, who in March released their shocking report titled Exceptional Twentieth-Century Slowdown In Atlantic Ocean Overturn Circulation warning of what is to come.

Sep 28 06:06

Ohio cardiologist convicted of overbilling $7.2 million

CLEVELAND (AP) — A federal court jury in Cleveland has convicted a cardiologist of ordering unnecessary medical tests, performing unnecessary procedures and submitting fraudulent bills in what prosecutors say was a $7.2 million scheme.

Sep 28 02:03

Fukushima: 0.88 MBq/km2 of Cs-134/137 falling in Tokyo monthly

According to Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority, Tokyo is still receiving fallout from the disaster stricken Fukushima nuclear plant.

A report released on August 312st 2015 showed that 0.88 MBq/km2 of Caesium 134 and 137 isotopes fell on Tokyo during the month of July. The sampling location was Shinjuku.

Sep 28 01:45

The Western Media Is Dying and Here’s Why

With the veils of legitimacy and professionalism yanked from them, they are reduced to vulgar, miniature versions of the rotting system that created them. Without realizing their very creation as “consultants” lies in the decline of those who sought them out, not because of their talent, but because of their willingness to do what those with dignity refuse to do, they will likely go on with their ignoble work. But like the media houses that desperately needed their “independent credible voices” to begin with, fewer will be listening and reading.

September 27, 2015

Sep 27 21:20

Netanyahu’s Ministry of Fear

snip: Fearless people can make peace, reach a compromise with yesterday’s enemy, reach out for co-existence and even friendship. This happened – more or less – in Europe after many centuries of continuous wars.

Not here. Fear of the “Arab World” was a permanent fixture in our national life, the picture of “little Israel surrounded by enemies” both an inner conviction and a propaganda ploy. War followed war, and each one produced new waves of anxiety.

This mixture of overweening pride and profound fears, a conqueror’s mentality and permanent Angst, is a hallmark of today’s Israel. Foreigners often suspect that this is make-believe, but it is quite real.

Fear is also the instrument of rulers. Create Fear and Rule. This has been a maxim of kings and dictators for ages.

In Israel, this is the easiest thing in the world. One has just to mention the Holocaust (or Shoah in Hebrew) and fear oozes from every pore of the national body.

Sep 27 21:11

U.S. Doublespeak on Palestine

tired of these blatant lies? I know I am

Sep 27 20:48

Putin and Xi rock da house: Escobar

the stories not covered by the lamestream media tell us so much more

Sep 27 19:30

Negative interest rates and QE4 is coming

Sep 27 19:03

Hillary Clinton on Rape: You Have the Right to Remain Silent Because Anything You Say Can and Will Be Used Against You… by the Clintons

In our astounding book The Clintons’ War on Women, which will be published by Skyhorse on October 13th, we demonstrate how shamelessness is a condition that the Clintons have perfected to an art form.

Take, for example, Hillary’s recent pledge, as reported by Ruby Cramer, to crack down on campus rape and her encouraging words to sexual assault survivors: “Don’t let anyone silence your voice. You have the right to be heard … to be believed. And we’re with you.” In fact, we argue, Hillary Clinton has enabled rape and denigrated sex victims.

Ironically, Bill Clinton’s first alleged rape was of a 19-year-old coed named Eileen Wellstone. We believe that he was not prosecuted because the State Department did not want a Rhodes Scholar charged with rape.

Sep 27 18:59

39% of US children spend at least one year in poverty, 75% of US Black children. Demanding arrests and OBVIOUS economic reforms yet?

*hyperlinks/videos live at source*

hat tip: What Really Happened, Everything Finance, CBS MoneyWatch

1-minute video of three former US Treasury Secretaries in grandiose laughter over poverty (using the euphemism “income inequality”):


Urban Institute reports that nearly two of every five American children spend at least one year in poverty before age 18, with a stunning 75% of US Black children in poverty for at least one year.

CBS interviewed the study author, Caroline Ratcliffe:

"It did surprise us. When we look at the annual number of children in poverty, it's at about 20 percent, and we know children cycle into and out of poverty, so we knew it would be higher, but double is startling."

Sep 27 18:37

UN says world waited too long to act on refugee crisis."Unfortunately only when the poor enter the halls of the rich, do the rich notice that the poor exist"

The United Nations high commissioner for refugees said on Saturday the world waited far too long to respond to the refugee crisis sparked by the wars in Syria and elsewhere, though rich countries now appear to understand the scale of the problem.

Sep 27 18:21

Clinton fundraiser was hosted by convicted drug dealer

Hillary Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic nomination for president, attended a fundraiser in New York hosted by John Zaccaro, convicted on felony drug charges after he sold cocaine to an undercover cop.

The 1988 conviction of the son of unsuccessful Democratic vice presidential candidate Gerraldine Ferraro was reported in numerous publications at the time. But the arrest was unearthed Friday by the Republican National Committee.

“Hillary Clinton can’t seem to kick her decades-long habit of taking money from sketchy campaign contributors,” RNC spokesman Michael Short said. “During her last presidential campaign it was straw donors, now it’s convicted cocaine dealers.”

Sep 27 18:18

Gallup: 60% of Americans Want a New Political Party. But, Why? A Crisis of Legitimacy

When Gallup started polling on this matter in 2003, only 40% wanted a different major party from the two existing major parties.

The only other time when as high as 60% wanted a new major party was in October 2013, when the government shut down — something that now threatens to repeat. No other period had a percentage this high.

78% of independents want there to be another “major” party; 47% of Democrats do; 45% of Republicans do.

Sep 27 18:15

Ginger: 10,000x Stronger Than Chemo (Taxol) In Cancer Research Model

A new study reveals ginger contains a pungent compound that could be up to 10,000 times more effective than conventional chemotherapy in targeting the cancer stem cells at the root of cancer malignancy.

A new study published in PLoS reveals a pungent component within ginger known as 6-shogaol is superior to conventional chemotherapy in targeting the root cause of breast cancer malignancy: namely, the breast cancer stem cells.

Sep 27 18:14

Schools Attempt to Force False Reefer Madness on Children Using Bogus “Weed Goggles”

School and anti-marijuana activist groups in Hancock County are debuting “marijuana goggles” at a community event this weekend, in an effort to “fight teen drug use.” According to WISH TV, “the goggles allow the teens to see through the eyes of someone who has been smoking, without ever lighting up themselves.” The Neighborhoods Against Substance Abuse (NASA) and Hancock County Youth Council are understandably concerned with abuse of alcohol and other drugs, but use of the goggles, which creates fear based on false realities, is questionable.

Sep 27 17:30

Everyone’s kicking AIPAC now that it’s down

Here’s a media trend just about everyone can applaud. Mainstream outlets are publishing stories about the defeat of AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, on the Iran Deal. The pieces are likely to cut AIPAC’s power even more.

Sep 27 17:24


Let us start with an historical fact. Treason and betrayal by the highest levels is a common feature of history, whether it is Judas vs Jesus, Brutus vs Julius Caesar, Benedict Arnold, the Rosenbergs, Jonathan Pollard, Aldrich Ames, Robert Hanssen. It is just a fact of life. It does happen.

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This article has already been copied 870 times to other web pages! Hillary is whining about "conspiracy theories" and they even dragged out Monica Lewinski's ex-boyfriend to say this is all a GOP plot!

They are running scared!

The longer the US Government refuses to deal with the spy question, the more complicit they look!

Please share with all your contacts!

This is a question that demands an answer! Was Hillary selling secrets for cash while Secretary of State; a repeat of the 1996 cash for secrets China-gate scandal, using her private server to deliver the secrets and the Clinton Foundation to accept and launder the payments?

The longer the US Government avoids this question, the more complicit they themselves look!

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Sep 27 17:03

Patient undergoes breast removal surgery to find out she never had cancer

Stories like these clearly do not paint a good picture of the medical system. They are real situations that have unfolded and ones that can't be ignored. It shows that anyone, regardless of where they live, or their gender, race, age or profession, can become a victim of a disorganized, corrupt system or individual.

At the very least, it's important to be aware of stories like these and to always seek a second opinion. Always ask questions, even if it puts medical professionals on the spot; why not ask them to double-check charts to ensure they do indeed have the correct information and patient name? It may be awkward to question these professionals about something as basic as having the correct patient information, but isn't it worth it if it means potentially avoiding unnecessary surgeries and misdiagnosed sicknesses?

Sep 27 16:44

At least three Israeli airstrikes hit Syrian army on Golan Heights

Israel has launched at least three airstrikes against positions of the Syrian army on the Golan Heights.

Sep 27 16:44

In "Sweeping" Interview, Putin Calls US Syria Strategy "Illegal", Details Russia's Support For Assad

As we never tire of pointing out, perhaps the most amusing thing about Russia’s stepped up role in Syria is the extent to which it represents the calling of Washington’s ISIS bluff.

Sep 27 16:43

Catalan 'Secessionists' Set To Win Election Amid Record Turnout

In short, elections in Catalonia on Sunday were a proxy for an independence referendum.

The outcome is critical for several reasons, not the least of which are i) Spain’s debt-to-GDP ratio could spike to 125% in an independence scenario, ii) Catalonia would likely be forced out of the euro in the event they secede, iii) the impact on social stability is decisively unclear, iv) Catalonia accounts for nearly a fifth of Spanish GDP.

Here are the results, tallied amid record turnout.


Sep 27 16:42

Did The PBOC Covertly Buy 1,747 Tonnes Of Gold In London?

China. This started to change on 18 September 2013 when I published my first analysis on the structure of the Chinese gold market with the Shanghai Gold Exchange (SGE) at its core; a topic that since then has been discussed by researchers at investment banks, in the blogosphere and in the mainstream media. The Western gold space has learned a great deal about the Chinese gold market and global gold flows, though we’re always left with loose ends. For example, the issue regarding PBOC gold purchases; how much gold do they truly have and where was it bought? Does the PBOC buy 400-ounce Good Delivery (GD) bars in London and covertly transports these gold bars to its gold vaults in China mainland, or are the Good Delivery gold bars shipped to Switzerland, refined into 1 Kg 9999 gold bars, sent forward to the Chinese mainland where they’re required to be sold through the SGE gold exchange and from where they can be bought (in clear sight) by the PBOC.

Sep 27 16:41

US On The Ropes: China To Join Russian Military In Syria While Iraq Strikes Intel Deal With Moscow, Tehran

Last Thursday, we asked if China was set to join Russia and Iran in support of the Assad regime in Syria.

Our interest was piqued when the pro-Assad Al-Masdar (citing an unnamed SAA “senior officer”), said Chinese “personnel and aerial assets” are set to arrive within weeks. To the uninitiated, this may seem to have come out of left field, so to speak. However, anyone who has followed the conflict and who knows a bit about the global balance of power is aware that Beijing has for some time expressed its support for Damascus, most notably by voting with Russia to veto a Security Council resolution that would have seen the conflict in Syria referred to the Hague.

Sep 27 16:35

Some Jews and Zionists Are Using Exaggerated Hysteria to Destroy Free Speech on UC Campuses

There is something very disturbing going on with the University of California school systems that is more serious than over-inflated allegations of anti-Semitism and hate crimes on college campuses in California, and that is special interest bully pulpit attempt by some Jews to get regulations passed that outlaw any kind of speech that that basically rejects the Zionist project in Israel as a Jewish State. This is a very serious attack on free speech in one of America’s college systems. Trying to broaden the definition of anti-Semitism as “denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination and denying Israel the right to exist” is clearly political blackmail. For several years now various Jewish right-wing organizations and individuals have been waging a political battle against criticism of Israel and Zionism and now it is focusing more and more on American campuses. See video: BDS Grows Across College Campuses.

Sep 27 16:13

Hillary Clinton dismisses 'conspiracy theory' amid email server controversy

Clinton’s increasingly intense efforts to clear the fog surrounding her over the email server furor are simply explained: her standing among voters continues to tumble.

In the latest poll, from NBC News and the Wall Street Journal and released on Sunday, her lead over the Vermont independent senator Bernie Sanders was down to just seven points, assuming Vice-President Joe Biden were to throw his hat into the ring. Clinton was on 42%, Sanders on 35% and Biden on 17%.

It is an indication of how far Clinton has fallen that in June she commanded a whopping 60-point lead over Sanders.

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Sep 27 15:41

Bill Clinton made Hillary ask Steven Spielberg to help her appear 'warmer, likeable and less like Thatcher' - but she knocked a camera over in anger after endless coaching, book claims

The Clintons were having drinks with friends when it was suggested that Hillary be coached on how to present herself during speeches, according to journalist Edward Klein, who wrote Unlikeable: The Problem with Hillary.

She allegedly said: 'I get $250,000 to give a speech, and these Hollywood jackasses are going to tell me how to do it!'

But Bill insisted and she reportedly agreed to the move to please him.

The former President is said to have told her: 'You can use Charlotte [Chelsea Clinton's daughter] to emphasize how you’re all about women and children. Now the challenge is to ­repackage you in 2016 as a strong but lovable older woman.'

He added that it was important for Hillary to come across more like former prime minister of Israel Golda Meir than the late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

Sep 27 15:30

University BANS sombreros after they are branded 'racist' by officials: Free hats given away by restaurant taken off students at freshers' fair in case they cause offence

A Mexican restaurant has been banned from handing out free sombreros to students because the publicity stunt was branded 'racist' by university officials.

Pedro's Tex-Mex Cantina, a Norwich restaurant, gave the hats to University of East Anglia students at a freshers' fair in the city in a bid to drum up business from the student population.

But officials at the students' union, where the fair was held last week, took the sombreros from students and ordered the restaurant to stop giving them out because they thought it was offensive for non-Mexicans to wear them.

Sep 27 15:20

From Radio to Porn, British Spies Track Web Users’ Online Identities

A top-secret GCHQ document from March 2009 reveals the agency has targeted a range of popular websites as part of an effort to covertly collect cookies on a massive scale. It shows a sample search in which the agency was extracting data from cookies containing information about people’s visits to the adult website YouPorn, search engines Yahoo and Google, and the Reuters news website.

Other websites listed as “sources” of cookies in the 2009 document (see below) are Hotmail, YouTube, Facebook, Reddit, WordPress, Amazon, and sites operated by the broadcasters CNN, BBC, and the U.K.’s Channel 4.

In one six-month period between December 2007 and June 2008, the document says, more than 18 billion records from cookies and other similar identifiers were accessible through MUTANT BROTH.

Sep 27 14:56

Giant 'blob' of cold water in North Atlantic bucking trend of warmer-than-normal sea surface temperatures, say scientists

Temperatures of the sea surface in a vast region south of Greenland are near to, or below their lowest recorded levels

Sep 27 14:46

Russia seizes initiative in Syria crisis; France bombs Islamic State

A senior State Department official said if the Russians were going to play a greater role in the fight against Islamic State, it was essential to have talks on "de-confliction" - measures to avert inadvertent clashes between the militaries.

"We are just at the beginning of trying to understand what the Russians' intentions are in Syria, in Iraq, and to try to see if there are mutually beneficial ways forward here. We have got a long way to go in that conversation," the official said.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told Reuters he was ready to discuss Syria with Russia and stressed the need for coordination to avoid any "incident or accident" between Russian forces and U.S.-led forces fighting Islamic State.


Israel, which borders Syria and has previously attacked sites in Syria, carried out at least three air strikes against Syrian army targets on the Golan Heights on Sunday, rebel sources and a monitoring group said.

Sep 27 14:40

Former IDF Chief: Discord in Israeli Society, Not Iran, Is Greatest Threat to Israel

Former IDF chief of staff Lt. Gen. (res.) Benny Gantz said on Friday that although a better deal could have been reached with Iran, the fact that its nuclear program will be delayed by 10-15 years "is a good thing."

Speaking in Washington at a memorial to former Haaretz journalist and military analyst Ze'ev Schiff, Gantz added that intelligence gathering on Iran's existing sites will only intensify as the deal is implemented.Gantz said Israel must maintain its military edge in the region, but added that there is no reason to worry as "Israel is strong and secure and knows how to defend itself."

According to the former army chief, Iran is not Israel's main problem, but a global problem first and foremost, then a regional one, "and only then an Israeli problem." The biggest, most important challenges facing Israel are the gaps and discord in Israeli society, he said.

Xmas w/o borders
Sep 27 14:37

Israel Will Never Hand Over Parts of the West Bank, Says Deputy FM Hotovely

Handing over parts of the West Bank to the Palestinians is not "even on the list of options we’re offering the Palestinians,” Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely said in an interview on Sunday.

While professing to support the creation of a Palestinian state in principle, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu never said evacuating the West Bank was an option, Hotovely averred. The interview with her was published on the Times of Israel.

In the absence of a permanent foreign minister – the post is held by Netanyahu – Hotovely functions as Israel's top diplomat.

Hotovely also said that any European country that introduces the labelling of settlement products will be regarded as supporting a boycott of Israel and will remove itself from playing a significant role in the Middle East conflict. She described labelling as a "red line" for Israel and threatened to downgrade Israel's economic ties with countries that implement it.

Sep 27 13:48

Pro-independence parties likely to win absolute majority in Catalan elections – exit poll

An exit poll from Sunday’s elections in Catalonia indicates that the pro-independence parties are likely to win an absolute majority in the regional parliament, making a collision with Madrid over independence inevitable.

According to the poll released by local broadcaster TV3, the “Junts pel Si” and CUP parties, should win between 74 and 79 of the 135 parliamentary seats. It was estimated that together they received 49.8 percent of the vote.

Sep 27 13:34

The Greatest Threat to Campus Free Speech is Coming From Dianne Feinstein and her Military-Contractor Husband

One of the most dangerous threats to campus free speech has been emerging at the highest levels of the University of California system, the sprawling collection of 10 campuses that includes UCLA and UC Berkeley. The university’s governing Board of Regents, with the support of University President Janet Napolitano and egged on by the state’s legislature, has been attempting to adopt new speech codes that — in the name of combating “anti-Semitism” — would formally ban various forms of Israel criticism and anti-Israel activism.

Sep 27 13:29

NBC Caught Manipulating Poll Results Today

In light of their other poll claiming The Donald is neck and neck with Doc Ben!
This article is about Hillary and the dems,the link about the Republican side of the poll.

An NBC/WSJ Poll was released today. Within the article NBC is caught “red handed” manipulating the results to favor a preferred narrative. The polled result is so blatantly opposite of the conclusions presented there can only be one reason, intentional bias.


Sep 27 13:15

Pope Francis To Hispanics: "Globalization is not evil. On the contrary, the tendency to become globalized is good; it brings us together."

Pope Francis, in a little noted speech to Hispanics at Independence Mall on Saturday, told the crowd "Just now I spoke of the trend towards globalization. Globalization is not evil. On the contrary, the tendency to become globalized is good; it brings us together. What can be evil is how it happens." The 78-year-old Pontiff also spoke against "various forms of modern tyranny" and urged the crowd to "Let us preserve freedom. Let us cherish freedom... And may you defend these rights, especially your religious freedom, for it has been given to you by God himself."

Sep 27 13:11

New York is waiting for Putin

"Americans say, we probably could be with you on the text of the statement to agree, but our disagreements on Syria is so deep that we don't want in terms of contradictions, the feeling that there is consent. It seems to me rather strange approach. But this is yet another indication that the Americans in their policy on Syria are seriously confused," said Vitaly Churkin, Russia's permanent representative to the UN and in the UN security Council.

Sep 27 13:05

A ban on the transit of Russian aircrafts will finish off the Ukrainian economy

"Our response will be absolutely adequate to wear mirrored in nature. We forbid to fly the same number of airlines as it would be with the Ukrainian side", — said the Minister of transport of Russia Maxim Sokolov.
Primary carrier from the Ukrainian side — "Ukraine International airlines". 20 times a week, from Kiev to Moscow, 14 times in St. Petersburg, there are still flights to Kaliningrad. Losses in tens of millions of dollars represent in Ukrainian airports — Russian airlines bring them the lion's share of the profits. Only Aeroflot 35 times a week, flying to Kiev and back, 21 times, to Odessa and 14 in Kharkov. Transaero has 23 flights a week to Kiev. 70% of passengers were citizens of Ukraine. They fly to Russia not only to work, to family and friends, but also for transfer to other flights, because the Moscow aviation hub is one of the largest in Europe.

Sep 27 13:03

Israel Fires at Syria Army in Response to Mortar Fire

Israel fired artillery shells at two targets in Syria on Sunday evening after two mortar shells landed in Israeli territory in the past two days, the IDF said.

One mortar shell landed earlier on Sunday in an open area in the northern Golan Heights, after another round hit the same area on Saturday. They caused no damage or injuries.

The two rounds, the Israeli army said, were likely errant fire from the fighting between regime and rebel forces close to the border.

The targets of the Israeli strike were two army posts in the central Golan Heights on the Syrian side of the border, the IDF Spokesperson's Unit said in a statement.

Sep 27 12:42

Russia calls for more consistent efforts to reform IMF — Russian foreign minister

"Russia stands for creating a fair global economic order, for better controllability of gloval development. We call to act based on generally recognized norms of international law in the spirit of collective decision-making," Lavrov said. "We will expand cooperation with partners in such promising formats and the Group of Twenty and the BRICS. We are open for dialogue within other informal structures, naturally, with due respect to the central coordinating role of the United Nations. We thinks it necessary to enhance the efficiency of cooperation between the United Nations General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council [ECOSOC], Bretton Woods institutions and the World Trade Organization (WTO) in the interests of harmonizing management of the global currency, financial and trade systems," Lavrov stressed. "We see a major role in these processes for United Nations specialized structures too".

Sep 27 12:40

Moscow urges Poland to stop fanning hate

"When we heard a yet another insulting accusation or historical insinuation from Warsaw targeted at Russia, our Foreign Ministry offered explanations for Moscow's position each time and recommended to leave history for the historians," she said. " Just take the claim about the liberation of Auschwitz/Birkenau by the Ukrainians." "And recall all sorts of things the Polish officials churned out in connection with the jubilee of VE-Day," Zakharova continued. "That's just a vicious circle," she said. "And recall that for many years we have a successfully working commission for the solution of complicated historical problems. It did really unique work, managing to publish collections of documents and to tap solutions to knottiest dilemmas".

Sep 27 11:59

Obama’s Flak Demeans Putin’s Posture

Afraid of neocon criticism, President Obama is going out of his way to insult Russian President Putin prior to a summit meeting. Obama’s press secretary mocked Putin as “desperate” and accused him of displaying poor posture in a meeting with Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu.

Sep 27 11:56

Dutch website says it will trigger referendum on EU-Ukraine ties

A Dutch website said on Sunday it had garnered enough signatures to force the Netherlands to hold a non-binding referendum on the EU's association agreement with Ukraine, in a move meant to signal popular dissatisfaction with Dutch European policy.

GeenStijl, a satirical news website known for its irreverent and raucous takes on controversial subjects ranging from Islam to immigration, said it had collected more than 440,000 signatures - far more than the 300,000 needed under Dutch law to trigger such a vote.

count at 448,027 now: http://www.geenstijl.nl/mt/archieven/2015/09/yes_we_could.html

Sep 27 11:50

Captain Tsipras On Stormy European Sea

Today, the European Union as a supranational organisation and its leading member states have essentially found themselves held hostage by the countries of Central and European Europe, through which the transit routes of hundreds and thousands of refugees pass and onto which ‘Old Europe’ is pushing the most acute contradictions caused by the migration crisis. It is unsurprising, therefore, that Greek society, exhausted by its political crises and social and economic problems, saw an opportunity in the current situation to assert its rights and interests more loudly. All that the Greek people can do now is hope that Captain Tsipras will be able to steer his ship between all the reefs in their voyage on the stormy European sea, a voyage that is risky, but promises certain benefits.

Sep 27 11:31

Pope To U.N: Financial Agencies Must "Help Limit Every Kind Of Abuse Or Usury," Reject "Oppressive Lending Systems"

In his speech to the U.N. on Friday, Pope Francis once again denounced usury, adding "The International Financial Agencies should care for the sustainable development of countries and should ensure that they are not subjected to oppressive lending systems which, far from promoting progress, subject people to mechanisms which generate greater poverty, exclusion and dependence."

Sep 27 11:19

‘Circle of Light’ festival kicks off in Moscow (VIDEO)

The International Circle of Light Festival kicked off with a light show beamed onto the Bolshoi Theatre. The light show featured the opera "Karmen" and the ballet "Lebedinoe Ozero".

Sep 27 09:51

US-backed Syrian Rebels handed over equipment to Al Qaeda affiliate, military admits

The U.S.-trained and armed rebels at the center of President Barack Obama’s Syria policy have turned over at least a quarter of their American-issued equipment to the the al Nusra Front, which is linked with al Qaeda, Central Command admitted late Friday.

Sep 27 09:36

What the Catalonian Election Means for Spain and Europe

Catalonia is set to vote in regional elections on Sunday, in what has been described as a virtual independence referendum. It could also challenge Spain as well as Europe itself as a new state could be the first territory to leave the European Union.
Spain Faces Problems With Basque Country Besides Catalonia http://sputniknews.com/europe/20150927/1027618529.html

Sep 27 09:32

Sunday night’s supermoon first in 33 years

It hasn’t happened in 33 years, since 1982, and it will be happening this Sunday night, it’s called a supermoon, a rare astronomical event that makes the moon appear to be larger, brighter, and slightly red in color. A lunar eclipse will put the moon into Earth’s shadow causing the effect.

Sep 27 09:28

Blockade of Crimea Turning Into Disaster for Ukrainian Farmers

News portal Kherson.net.ua has reported that the blockade, initiated by the Right Sector and by Poroshenko Bloc Rada MPs and self-proclaimed leaders of the Crimean Tatar community Refat Chubarov and Mustafa Dzhemilov, has forced farmers in the region of Kherson to sell off their produce at prices up to ten times below what they would normally get. "How are we supposed to live? How are we to survive? The winter is coming. If you decide to close the so-called 'border', find us an alternative market," one farmer noted. Another recalled that "earlier, Crimea took everything, gave a good price, but now we have to throw everything out –to feed our chickens and pigs with good produce. It's just not worth taking it to market."

Sep 27 09:24

UK Drops Agenda to Immediately Remove Syrian President Assad From Power

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has switched priorities in resolving the Syrian crisis from immediately removing President Bashar Assad from power to focusing on the international efforts to fight the Islamic State (ISIL) extremists in the country, The Telegraph newspaper said Sunday, citing a source in the British government.
A number of Western countries, including the United Kingdom, have long been vocally supportive of the Syrian opposition and insisted on removing Assad from power.