News you won’t read, see or hear in the Australian mainstream media
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY!
“He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would fully suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, senseless brutality, deplorable love-of-country stance, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be a part of so base an action! It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder. ” — Albert Einstein
Yet with Section 215’s lifespan now stretching to a matter of weeks, supporters of broad surveillance powers have yet to put forth a bill for their preservation – evidence, opponents believe, that the votes for reauthorization do not exist, particularly not in the House of Representatives.
More likely, according to a multiple Hill sources, is a different option under consideration: making the major NSA reform bill of the last Congress the point of departure for reauthorizing 215 in the current one.
The bill would not abridge NSA collection of Americans’ international communications, nor prevent the NSA or the FBI from warrantlessly searching through its troves of them for Americans’ identifying information. Nor would it restrict a constellation of surveillance efforts authorized by a Reagan-era executive order. Even a recently disclosed bulk domestic phone records collection dragnet by the Drug Enforcement Agency would be untouched.
[Regulators] approved an emergency closure of commercial sardine fishing off Oregon, Washington and California… Earlier this week, the council shut down the next sardine season… [R]evised estimates of sardine populations… found the fish were declining in numbers faster than earlier believed… [Stocks are] much lower than estimated last year… The reasons are not well-understood.
Saudi warplanes target US intelligence-designated sites. Civilian men, women and children are considered fair game. They suffer most in all wars.
Deliberately targeting them is longstanding US policy – a shocking war crime by any standard.
Tuesday was the latest example. Reports indicate Saudi warplanes struck a populated Ma’rib area. A local source said dozens of defenseless schoolchildren were massacred in cold blood.
The exact number of dead and wounded isn’t known. The source indicated massive Saudi terror-bombing killed dozens.
Yemeni army spokesman Col. Sharif Luqman said:
“Saudi attacks have left over 2,265 housing units totally demolished.”
As of this January, U.S. Global Hawk drones have been spotted regularly over the Black Sea, Gen Andrei Kartapolov, Chief of the Main Department for Operations at the Russian General Staff said on Thursday at the 4th Moscow conference on international security.
“And in March 2015, the drones appeared for the first time in the airspace over Ukraine,” he said, adding that the utilization of these unmanned aircraft increased the depth of data gathering on the territory of Russia by 250 kilometers to 300 kilometers.
“Also, up to thirty combat jets, about 300 armored vehicles, and more than 1,500 ground troops and U.S. marines are present on the territories of East-European countries on the rotation basis now,” Gen Kartapolov said.
This is actually one of the first mainstream media interviews with Zakharchenko that we can recall in quite some time. We encourage you to read the entire piece, but we found Zakharchenko’s comments about Mariupol to be particularly interesting (although he’s been talking about retaking Mariupol for quite some time):
Unfortunately, the USSA and other NATO countries continue to ratchet up the military pressure. USSA regular military forces have now begun to arrive in the Ukraine. Canadian troops are also being sent to the Ukraine. As the Russians watch the foreign military build-up on their border, they may very well decide at some point that enough is enough, and retaliate. If they do the risk of a nuclear war surges dramatically.
This is not an academic question. The USSA and NATO are very openly targeting the Russian government and the Russians recognize that. The USSA and NATO are the aggressors in this conflict, the violent powers behind the neo-fascist regime in the Ukraine that has unleashed a war of aggression against its own Russian-speaking population in the eastern provinces of the Ukraine.
Former Prime Minister Ehud Barak Wednesday urged the United States to present Iranian leaders with a clear choice: abandon your nuclear aspirations “or else.”
“The Pentagon and the forces of America under the backing and probable directive of the [US] president [could] create an extremely effective means to destroy the Iranian nuclear military program over a fraction of one night,” the former Israeli leader told CNBC.
Worsening violence in Yemen has made almost half the country’s population “food insecure”, with flour shortages, closed shops and disrupted supply routes driving up food prices, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said on Thursday.
Fresh satellite imagery released Thursday shows that China has begun building a concrete runway on reclaimed land around a disputed reef in the South China Sea
“Could a U.S. response to Russia’s action in Ukraine provoke a confrontation that leads to a U.S.-Russia War?”
This jolting question is raised by Graham Allison and Dimitri Simes in the cover article of The National Interest.
The answer the authors give, in “Countdown to War: The Coming U.S. Russia Conflict,” is that the odds are shortening on a military collision between the world’s largest nuclear powers.
The cockpit of the conflict, should it come, will be Ukraine.
Was TWA Flight 800 shot out of the sky?
As a former pilot, that is a question I get asked about all the time.
I’m no conspiracy theorist, but let’s be clear: Yes. I say it was. And I believe the FBI covered it up.
There are many reasons to disbelieve the official explanation of what happened to TWA 800 almost 19 years ago, on July 17, 1996, off the South Shore of Long Island. There’s hardly an airline pilot among the hundreds I know who buys the official explanation — that it was a fuel-tank explosion — offered by the National Transportation Safety Board some four years later.
Lots can go wrong with an airplane. Engines can fail; they can catch fire. Devices can malfunction. Pilots make errors.
But jets do not explode in midair.
For years on end, many wondered how it is possible that Gary Gensler allowed Wall Street firms to manipulate, rig, and otherwise abuse the US commodity market which he, as head of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission from 2009 until 2014, was supposed to regulate.
Some, such as this website, suggested that what Gensler was doing was simply protecting his former colleagues from civil or criminal investigation and prosecution. After all Gensler is far better known for not only having worked at Goldman Sachs for 18 years most recently as co-head of finance, prior to joining the CFTC, but for becoming the youngest ever Goldman partner, at the tender age of 30.
Paetec Communications owned now by Windstream Communications provides VoiP phone services. They sell these services to scammers who use their VoiP lines to call consumers in violation of the national do not call list. These scammers attempt to BS consumers out of credit card, bank account, and SSN info. The scammers use a variety of ruses such as a “free alarm sign in your yard and free alarm system”, etc.
While I’ve not been taken in by any of these scammers – my complaint is that Paetec is aware these companies are committing fraud and violations of Federal law and they do not respond to any complaints made to them about the fact their customers are doing this. They are providing the means for theft and they are aware of it and yet they choose to do nothing. Case in point a phone # 718-732-1022 which is owned by Paetec but being used by a bunch of scammers overseas. Paetec has been informed of this and has chosen to take no action.
We have been getting calls from a Paetec number this morning. Nothing but beeping on the other end. We are on the National Do Not Call List but the scammers ignore that. And as usual the US Government cannot be bothered finding actual criminals.
Searching for the “best kept secret in outsourcing,” one that can “provide you with all the advantages” of domestic workers, but with “offshore prices”? Try prison labor! That’s the message of Unicor, also known as Federal Prison Industries, a government-owned corporation that employs federal workers for as little as 23 cents an hour to manufacture military uniforms, furniture, electronics and other products.
Recent widespread attention to shocking instances of alleged police misconduct – the killings of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, and now Walter Scott – have rallied voices across the country in defense of equal protection under the rule of law.
What once had been seen as local law enforcement issues are now national concerns – with every new incident gaining a national spotlight.
The killing of blacks by the police gets the national spotlight while the killing of whites by the police is ignored, even though studies indicate police are 25 times more likely to shoot a white suspect than a black! Someone is trying to morph the issue of police brutality into a racial issue for political gain.
A Bakersfield police officer has been placed on paid administrative leave after he allegedly tickled the feet of a man shot dead by police and said, “tickle, tickle.”
The owner of a southwestern Oregon mining claim embroiled in a land-use dispute with federal authorities asked militia groups Thursday afternoon to stop sending volunteers to back him against government agents.
“We don’t need any more volunteers, we’re not under attack, this is not the Bundy Ranch,” said Rick Barclay, co-owner of the Sugar Pine Mining Claim, told the Mail Tribune. “Please stop calling the BLM and threatening their personnel.”
“It’s disturbing when you have what amounts to American soldiers viewing American citizens somehow as the enemy,” said Antonio French, an alderman in St. Louis.
The documents obtained by CNN also detail that the Missouri National Guard was concerned about perceptions of its deployment, with superiors later telling troops to stop using heavily militarized language to describe protesters.
India has essentially annulled it gigantic arms contract with France for the purchase and combined construction of 126 Rafale fighter planes; the Indian Prime Minister agreed to buy only
36 of them during his visit to Paris last week, a responsible government source stated. Instead, India will buy 127 fifth generation Russian fighter jets.
Because of the Mistral scandal, nobody wants to buy arms from France or any other nation that would obey a US order not to deliver the weapons.
With a 9mm handgun in his waistband, George Pickering, 59, said he went into his son’s room at Tomball Regional Medical Center’s intensive care unit on Jan. 10 and was informed that the life support keeping him alive could soon be removed. The tragic news set Pickering off. He pulled out his handgun and ordered everyone to get out of the room because, the dad explained to TheBlaze, it was his time to be with his son.
After four tense hours, Pickering surrendered to police peacefully, believing he had done enough to prove that his son should be kept alive. Prior to the incident, he reported being disturbed by hospital staff’s hasty discussions about harvesting his 27-year-old son’s organs. He said he did not have the medical power of attorney over his son.
Later that night, his son woke up.
Once pledging to be the most transparent administration in U.S. history, the Barack Obama presidency just set a new record for being the opposite of transparent. Call it another “you can keep your doctor and health insurance if you want” moment in this administration.
As citizens we simply expect to be treated with dignity and a certain amount of respect. Speaking for myself, is it too much to ask that when I go to a place of business for that business to operate in a manner that is comfortable and that I don’t feel like I am being lied to and my money stolen? Well, if you do business with a bank that is all you can expect to receive; dishonor and theft. If you read the article in full, as I requested, you now know exactly what I am talking about. The ECC (Economic Consultative Committee), fewer than 50, (yes FEWER than 50 people) meet twelve times a year to determine how we, the citizens of the world, are going to be sheered like sheep by the ruling and banking class. Can you imagine if we met, in secret, to plot against the government, the banks and the corporations? Wouldn’t we have a missile or rifle shoved up our back side? Wouldn’t we be thrown in prison, if we were lucky, as an enemy of the state?
Every year, Washington sends $3.1 billion of taxpayers’ hard-earned money to Israel. It’s only fair to ask what Americans are getting in return.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is busy badmouthing the tentative nuclear deal with Iran, a major diplomatic achievement for the United States. And a few weeks ago, he declared his opposition to a Palestinian state, a longstanding U.S. priority.
Note: the 3.1 billion is only on budget! Estimates are another 3.1 billion off budget! Had enough yet.
On April 20, 2010 BP’s offshore oil drilling rig Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico exploded, killing 11 workers, causing the largest oil spill ever in U.S. waters and the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history. It impacted wildlife and people, caused health problems from exposure to oil and dispersants, and decimated oyster, shellfish and finfish populations and damaged livelihoods and economies in towns dependent on fisheries. Five years later, much oil remains in the Gulf, but no one is sure how much. BP has fought in court to minimize its responsibility.
Americans self-identifying as Republicans place Israel’s interests ahead of America’s and feel more sympathetic to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu than to President Barack Obama, a new poll finds.
Republicans by a ratio of more than 2-to-1 say the US should support Israel even when its policies are in contrast with US interests, according to the Bloomberg poll.
“In late March, the U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the federal government could take more than $60,000 of [Mark] Brewer’s cash with civil forfeiture, even though he was never charged with a crime..
Mark Brewer is a decorated Air Force veteran who fought in the global war on terror. But last month, he became a casualty in the drug war.
On March 24, cannabis oil activist Shona Banda‘s life was flipped upside-down after her son was taken from her by the State of Kansas. The ordeal started when police and counselors at her 11-year-old son’s school conducted a drug education class. Her son, who had previously lived in Colorado for a period of time, disagreed with some of the anti-pot points that were being made by school officials. “My son says different things like my ‘Mom calls it cannabis and not marijuana.’ He let them know how educated he was on the facts,” said Banda in an exclusive interview with BenSwann.com. Banda successfully treated her own Crohn’s disease with cannabis oil.
Nuland really visited the USSR in 1982, where she worked on exchange counselor in the pioneer camp “Young guard” in Odessa.
Writer Inna Metelsky-Sheremetyeva: I had a bloody fight with American girl, also a counselor, exchange, amused herself by throwing seeds in the dust and laughing, looking like Ukrainian kids picks it up and eats those dirty, sucked seeds. For fighting, I flew from camp and was reprimanded by the Komsomolskaya line. All my life I remembered the name of that bastard – Viki.
And today I was surprised to read in the biography of Victoria Nuland, in 1982 she worked as a counselor in the Young guard and kept about the Soviet Union a very negative impression…
Obama’s latest “airhead” moment comes in the form of praise he decided to heap on South Korea for paying teachers as much as doctors and engineers.
There’s just one problem.
It’s not true.
“I renounce all that I used to say about the support of Ukraine”, – said in an interview with Gazeta Prawna General Waldemar Skrzypczak, former commander of Land forces and Deputy Minister of defence of Poland.
This reaction is caused by the adoption of the Ukrainian Supreme Rada of the law with the glorification of leaders of the Ukrainian insurgent army, who are responsible for killing 100’s of thousands of peace poles during the Volyn massacre 1943-1944.
In case you missed the announcement, Cyprus-style bail-ins are coming to a bank near you.
On November 16, leaders of the G20 Group of Nations – the 20 largest economies – made an important decision. The world’s megabanks now have official permission to pledge depositor accounts as collateral to make leveraged derivative bets. And if they lose a bet, the counterparty to the contract has first dibs on your money.
The governments of these 20 countries are now supposed to put these arrangements into law. Most, including the US, have already done so.
Earlier this week Michael Snyder warned that the bottom of our food chain is going through a catastrophic collapse with sea creatures dying in absolutely massive numbers. The cause of the problem is a mystery to scientists who claim that they can’t pinpoint how or why it’s happening.
What’s worse, the collapse of sea life in the Pacific Ocean isn’t something that will affect us several decades into the future. The implications are being seen right now, as evidenced by an emergency closure of fisheries along the West coast this week.
A $750-million national class-action lawsuit has been filed against Bell Canada over alleged breaches of privacy arising from its recently discontinued target ads program.
The suit against subsidiaries of Bell alleges that the defendants used the program to track, collect and sell the sensitive account and internet browsing information of their customers to advertisers.
It seeks $750 million in damages for breach of privacy, breach of contract and breach of the Telecommunications Act.
In an era where more Americans are discovering that sugary soda and other junk foods are some of the leading contributors to a range of health problems
Thursday’s objection by prosecutors was in response to an earlier filing by the defense that, like a great many in Tsarnaev’s case, was submitted under seal and barred from public view. The prosecutions’ description of the defense filing could not be independently verified.
“About 200 California National Guard, civilian law enforcement and firefighting personnel will be involved in a coordinated interagency response at the Richmond Fire Training Center to the discovery of a “dirty bomb.”
And JUST in time for Patriot’s Day! Remember yesterday when a Coast Guard officer sent out an email warning of potential terror attacks on that day?
French lawmakers have spent the past four days debating a controversial anti-terrorism bill that, if passed, would dramatically expand the government’s surveillance powers. The law’s backers describe it as a necessary measure to thwart terrorist attacks, and it has strong support on both sides of the aisle. But the bill has drawn sharp criticism from French internet companies over fears that it could harm business, and from privacy advocates who say it would severely curtail civil liberties.
For more than a decade after her husband died, Laura Coleman Biggs paid her mortgage to a Bank of America subsidiary. She was never told, even as she was weeks from losing her home, that her husband had actually protected her against foreclosure.
Columbia University has not removed TV celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz from his faculty position as a group of top doctors has demanded, citing his “egregious lack of integrity” for promoting what they call “quack treatments.”
A cop took a deal in relation to charges of sexually assaulting a teenage girl and will not receive a felony conviction, will not have to register as a sex offender, will only serve a year in jail, and still currently has his law enforcement certification.
Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, the feared former deputy of Saddam Hussein, believed to have allied to have joined the Islamic State (Isis) insurgency last year, has allegedly been killed in Hamrin, northern Iraq.
I often find myself fascinated by how mainstream Christians are so enamored with the military
There was a sharp increase the intensity of the training of NATO troops near the borders of Russia last year, Russian General Staff said.
“In 2014, the intensity of NATO’s operational and combat training activities has grown by 80 percent,” said Lieutenant General Andrey Kartapolov, head of the Main Operation Directorate of General Staff.
The leadership of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization made no effort to hide the clear anti-Russian orientation of these activities, he added.
Former Peachtree City Police Chief William McCollom has been indicted in connection with the New Year’s Day shooting that left his former wife paralyzed.
Maybe the gun-grabbers ought to stop harassing us law-abiding citizens and disarm the police!
A Memphis police officer was arrested Tuesday after he was accused of pulling out his pistol and threatening to shoot his wife’s car if she didn’t return home.
Despite spending $287 million on a 6-year-long “optimism” program for soldiers, the results show that soldier morale is at an extreme low. Instead of finding ways to combat the pessimism in its ranks, the Army just lowered the threshold for what is considered a “positive” result.
New definition of “Positive Result?” Did not commit suicide!
Dozens of people ascended to Hawthorne Bridge in Portland Thursday morning to protest Nestlé’s proposed bottling plant at the Columbia River Gorge.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife last week applied to transfer part of its water rights at Oxbow Springs to the city of Cascade Locks, which would free up the area for Nestlé to bottle water.
Nestlé’s plans to build the bottling plant have been stalled for years, while environmental groups protested and appealed the construction. Initially, the city of Cascade Locks had planned to exchange the water at Oxbrow Springs for city well water.
Washington state Auditor Troy Kelley kept stolen money, lied under oath and evaded taxes, a federal grand jury has charged.
The grand jury in Seattle charged the state’s top fiscal watchdog with 10 counts of felony criminal activity Wednesday in an indictment made public Thursday.
The wave of migrants arriving at Italy’s ports is showing no sign of let up, as hundreds more arrived in Pozzalo on Friday morning.
Ten thousand people have entered the country in the last week alone, after risking the dangerous journey across the Mediterranean in overcrowded boats.
Clashes erupted between anarchists and riot police in the district of Exarcheia in Athens, Thursday. The clashes follow a demonstration by around 4,000 workers from a Canadian-run gold mine in northern Greece over fears of job losses, after the Greek government revoked the company’s license to develop the mine.
James Coney calls Holocaust most significant event in history, says new agents must attend ‘Law Enforcement and Society: Lessons of the Holocaust’ program.
How about reading the Constitution and the Bill of Rights as a mandatory requirement for new agents? Were these not historical and significant?
Planners eye Jerusalem Hills as site for new city of 100,000
The United States could soon become a large-scale Spain or Greece, teetering on the edge of financial ruin.
That’s according to Donald Trump, who painted a very ugly picture of where this country is headed. Trump made the comments during a recent appearance on Fox News’ “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren.”
According to Trump, the United States is no longer a rich country. “When you’re not rich, you have to go out and borrow money. We’re borrowing from the Chinese and others. We’re up to $16 trillion in debt.”
He goes on to point out that the downgrade of U.S. debt is inevitable.
Magnificent grasp of the obvious, Don!
Descendants of Holocaust victims have filed a US lawsuit claiming France’s national railway seized the property of tens of thousands of Jews and others sent to Nazi concentration camps.
The class-action suit seeks compensation for the confiscation and sale of personal property and for third-class train fares billed to the Nazis even though the victims were packed into cattle cars.
The suit was filed on Thursday, on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, in US federal court in Chicago.
But on the Democratic side, no less a worthy than Hillary Rodham Clinton, lawyer, former First Lady, former senator, former Secretary of State, has slow-balled her tattered hat into an otherwise empty ring.
- Greece for many years the friend and ally of Russia. Together we confess the Orthodox faith, and we have a common history. In Russia there are more than 300 thousand Greeks. Russia supported us in difficult times, including during the Cyprus crisis.
– In service with Greece’s worth of Russian weapons, including the famous s-300…
– Yes, except that there is still a system of “Thor” (tactical anti-aircraft missile complex “Kornet” anti-tank missile system) and many other systems. They will emphasize integrated into the NATO system. So, of course, we can’t end the relationship with Russia.
It is widely known that we have with Cyprus General system security, and their defensive system is one hundred percent from Russia, therefore, to suspend relations with Russia in this area, we will cease to defend and Cyprus, and it is crucial for Greece.
US House Speaker John Boehner is “representing neocon faction, these pro-Israeli war hawks, they’re good buddies with the defense contractors and big oil companies,” Dean Henderson said.
America’s foreign policy and military interventions in the Middle East have been a “total disaster,” Henderson told Press TV on Wednesday.
When the Washington Post chooses to pen an insulting, condescending editorial targeting entire nations speaking up against Western impropriety, one can just as well assume the precise opposite of whatever narrative the Post is trying to push forward is true.
Regarding American biotech companies and their attempts to infest the planet with genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and in particular their attempts to corrupt the whole of Europe with their unwanted poison through a backdoor (Ukraine), has prompted Russia to speak up for their Eastern European neighbor. Up until the armed coup in 2013-2014, also known as the “Euromaidan,” Ukraine had adamantly rejected GMOs.
With an obedient client regime now installed in Kiev, a series of political, economic and military decisions have been made that have more or less extinguished Ukraine as a sovereign nation state…
CBS: Worst may not be over from Fukushima — “Effects of radiation have become much more severe” — “Enormous decline” seen in animal species — “Striking drop-off… really dramatic impacts” due to nuclear disaster (VIDEO)
International observers monitoring the ceasefire in Ukraine have drawn renewed harsh criticism from Ukrainian officials, their attacks condemned by Russia’s deputy representative to European security watchdog OSCE on Friday as “slanderous and vilifying”.
“Slanderous rumours are being spread in Ukraine vilifying observers as ‘foreign spies’,” Andrey Rudenko, Moscow’s deputy permanent representative at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, told the OSCE permanent council in Vienna, according to comments cited by Russia’s Foreign Ministry.
“Media publications are not only tarnishing the image of the SMM [the OSCE special monitoring mission to Ukraine], but they are also threatening the safety of the observers,” Rudenko said.
“Such statements are inadmissible,” Rudenko went on. “We have to remind the Ukrainian side that under a memorandum of understanding with the OSCE, it [the Ukrainian government] is fully responsible for the observers’ safety.”
Week after week, racist posts appear on Thee Rant, a blog for current or former New York City police officers: African Americans are called “apes;” a retired officer says one of the blessings of retirement is not having to work the Puerto Rican Day parade, with its “old obese tatted up women stuffed into outfits that they purchased or shoplifted at the local Kmart store; a Middle Eastern cab driver berated by an officer is termed a “third worlder” who should have his “head split open.”
The decision not to rehear the case leaves intact strict requirements for what the government must prove in order to win an insider trading conviction and could help defendants who are appealing their insider trading convictions, including former SAC Capital portfolio manager Michael Steinberg.
The Justice Department has already dropped charges against multiple defendants it previously accused of trading on inside information, including several who had already pleaded guilty. Earlier this year prosecutors said they couldn’t prove their case five men accused of trading on tips about International Business Machine Corp.’s 2009 $1.2 billion acquisition of software company SPSS Inc.
Money junkies are now above the law, it seems!
I suppose there are three potential outcomes.
One: Everybody leaves, perhaps with the three amigos moving to a new network, and the BBC’s Top Gear starts from scratch.
Two: Wilman stays, hauls that dragon boat around and rekindles the magic with a new format, perhaps with new faces.
Three: Everybody stages a comeback. “It’s all been a PR stunt!” Labrokes recently slashed their odds on this scenario to 5/1. I’m off to the bookies.
The oil boom last year was easy to see at the airport in Midland, Texas, the gateway to the biggest crude-producing region in the U.S. The 30 or so spaces for private planes were often filled.
On one day in early February, a lone corporate jet sat on the tarmac, the empty spots a harbinger of the slowdown looming in a city that is 85 percent dependent on the oil and gas industry.
This slump would explain why Walmart closed their stores in Midland and Tulsa for “plumbing problems.”
William Bradford: [The system of] taking away of property and bringing [it] into a commonwealth [caused] confusion and discontent [and] retarded much employment that would have been to benefit and comfort [of the settlers].
For months, federal law enforcement agencies and industry have been deadlocked on a highly contentious issue: Should tech companies be obliged to guarantee government access to encrypted data on smartphones and other digital devices, and is that even possible without compromising the security of law-abiding customers?
Recently, the head of the National Security Agency provided a rare hint of what some U.S. officials think might be a technical solution. Why not, suggested Adm. Michael S. Rogers, require technology companies to create a digital key that could open any smartphone or other locked device to obtain text messages or photos, but divide the key into pieces so that no one person or agency alone could decide to use it?
This is a revival of the Clipper chip suggested in 1993. The intention was for all US citizens to be forced to use this form of encryption, which allowed the government to have the encryption keys in an “escrow” system. The public were told that the keys would be split into two halves, and two different agencies would hold the halves, requiring a long process to retrieve the key halves in the event of a legitimate investigation. What the public was not told was that the NSA only needed one half of the key, and could derive the other half using their already vast array of computers. Then, in 1994, Matt Blaze published a paper exposing the fact that the clipper chip included in all messages a packet identified as LEAF, which stood for “Law Enforcement Access Field.” Like the DES “work reduction packet”, LEAF contained the encryption key used to encode the message, to make the message readable by the government. As a result of these exposures, the public rejected Clipper, and by 1996 the government stopped trying to force it on the public.
Yes, it’s true that almost any system will have security vulnerabilities, but he’s ridiculously, laughably wrong, in suggesting that these machines are likely secure enough. These machines don’t require a sophisticated hacker (especially now that the VITA revealed all the necessary passwords). Basically anyone can change the votes however they want based on the information that has been revealed.
For years, whenever we’d point to concerns and problems with e-voting machines, people would argue that it was just conspiracy theories and that these machines were mostly “secure enough.” Yet, time and time again, we’ve discovered that the machines weren’t even the tiniest bit secure — and this is just the most egregious example so far.
Is that the acrid smell of correction in the air?
It certainly seemed that way as U.S. stocks swiftly fell out of bed Friday on the heels of what appears to be a pair of odd events in the global markets.
Israeli forces arrested a Palestinian journalist on Wednesday after raiding his home in Nablus, bringing the total number of journalists imprisoned by Israel to 20.
You’re likely thinking that a discussion of “sound banking” will be a bit boring. Well, banking should be boring. And we’re sure officials at central banks all over the world today—many of whom have trouble sleeping—wish it were.
A senior Iranian cleric says the rule of Al Saud dynasty is on the brink of collapse as the Riyadh regime continues its brutal military aggression against Yemen.
The logic of Saudi attack on Yemen is not clear. Saudis are doing a “very heinous deed” in the impoverished country, said Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Movahhedi Kermani in a sermon to worshippers at weekly Friday Prayers in the Iranian capital, Tehran.
“You [Saudis] have triggered a bloodbath in Yemen and have killed more than 2,500 innocent people in the country,” he added.
There seems to be a resurgence of cries from all quarters to abolish cash. In fact, this is merely the effect of talking points, generated by the inexorable Agenda of the 1%. Don’t be fooled: if you think it is hard to protect privacy now, it is near impossible in a cashless society…
First, re-examination of this memoir of Strobe Talbott’s years in government is timely because the author is reportedly the first choice of Hilary Clinton to be her Secretary of State if she wins the presidency. Hilary has just announced her candidacy for the 2016 election. and by general agreement of the pundits, she is the front runner. The book provides invaluable information about Talbott, the respected friend and adviser to the Clintons.
The number of people fleeing persecution in Ukraine for political motives to the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) has reached 1,000, DPR People’s Council speaker Andrey Purgin said on Friday.
“There are 1,000 Ukrainian political refugees in our republic now,” the Donetsk News Agency quoted Purgin as saying. “The republic is ready to accept people persecuted for political motives,” he added.
Several political refugees got to DPR from Ukraine as a result of prisoner exchanges held earlier, Purgin noted.
“Among prisoners held on the territory of Ukraine were not self-defense forces, but rather those detained for an opinion that differs from the Kiev’s official position,” he added. “Many people don’t have any documents, they are wanted on the territory of Ukraine. There are many people from Odessa and Kharkiv among political refugees,” the speaker stressed.
Purgin also noted that 200 people were recently detained in Kharkov for “dissent.”
In the US diplomatic mission in Bishkek refused to comment on reports of local media that for the “parcel”, weighing 150 tons embassy received as a pouch.
“Comments on this issue will not be” – RIA reported the press service of the US Embassy in Bishkek.
As I reported yesterday, the Security Bureau of Ukraine, on April 7th, had seized and disappeared two Odessa bloggers, who were trying to get an independent investigation, and ultimate prosecution, of the individuals who participated in the 2 May 2014 massacre of regime opponents, and who burned, shot, and clubbed to death perhaps over 200 in the Odessa Trade Unions Building – the event that precipitated the breakaway of Donbass from the rest of the former Ukraine, the country’s civil war.
And I also reported that April 7th saw the official announcement that, “The security service of Ukraine … has discontinued operation of a number of Internet sites that were used to perpetrate information campaigns of aggression on the part of the Russian Federation aimed at violent change or overthrow of the constitutional order and territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukraine.”
Russia’s decision to build its own space station will also have an impact on the international space exploration cooperation, President of the Italian Space Agency (ASI) Roberto Battiston said on Friday.
The Russians have created a very powerful and complex space exploration system. This sphere is under efficient, including political control, and Russia has all the needed technology to build its station, Battiston said, commenting on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s statement during his Thursday’s TV call-in session regarding the intention to build a space station by 2023.
According to the ASI head, for the United States space exploration will be shifting to the private business sphere, and the Americans do not intend to build an orbital station, but perform flights to asteroids and to the Moon.
The CIA proceeded with the investigation and soon found out more peculiar details of Israel’s cunning plan. However, it seems that Washington’s policy makers found themselves on the horns of dilemma: they had to disclose the secret Israeli project and at the same they not aggravate tensions with Jerusalem.
Even back then the US Government trembled in fear of Tel Aviv!
U.S. stocks tanked on Friday as news of stock market regulation from China triggered a selloff in global equity markets, where investors were already on the edge due to fears that Greece may default on its international debt.
North Korea seeks to develop cooperation with Russia on peaceful use of outer space, a deputy head of the North Korean committee on space technology told TASS on Friday.
“The DPRK will develop proactive cooperation in the sphere of peaceful use of outer space with foreign organizations and countries, including Russia, on egual and mutually beneficial basis,” Pak Hyon Su said.
He expressed hope that Russia and North Korea would “open a new page of bilateral space research cooperation” in 2015.
“The DPRK space program has peaceful purposes, and this country, like Russia, is against militarization of space,” the official said.
Scientists at the University of Sheffield calculate that all of the UK’s high level nuclear waste from spent fuel reprocessing could be disposed of in just six boreholes 5km deep, fitting within a site no larger than a football pitch.
The concept — called deep borehole disposal — has been developed primarily in the UK but is likely to see its first field trials in the USA next year. If the trials are successful, the USA hopes to dispose of its ‘hottest’ and most radioactive waste — left over from plutonium production and currently stored at Hanford in Washington State — in a deep borehole.
The problem, as we have discovered with fracking, is that toxic and radioactive materials do not stay at the bottom of those holes!
Deep in his secret heart, Stephen Harper should whisper a quiet thank you to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The Conservative prime minister’s tough-on-crime agenda is on the ropes following a landmark decision Tuesday by Canada’s Supreme Court.
But thanks in part to Putin’s intransigence, Harper is able to forge ahead with his tough-on-Russia agenda.
Here’s your rifle, Stephen. Here’s your parachute. Watch your head climbing into that transport plane, and we’ll call Putin and tell him you are on your way to kick his butt all by yourself! The rest of us, however, are tired of war and tired of the lies we are told to trick us into war, so you will understand if we sit this one out and keep our kids safe at home. Have fun. Don’t forget to write.
There seems to be a “suicide” epidemic afflicting opponents of the current Ukrainian government – nine opposition politicians and two journalists have mysteriously died since the beginning of the year. Here is the timeline of terror that has opponents of the regime fearing for their lives:
Based on a tip-off, a military unit late Thursday recovered the arms cache located in the vegetable market in the Tripoli neighborhood of Bab al-Tabbaneh, a Lebanese Army statement said.
It said 50 mortar shells, four rocket launchers, ammunition, 25 kg of explosive material and various other types of military equipment had been confiscated during the raid.
North Korea dismisses the United States plans to deploy the THAAD missile defense system in South Korea as a dangerous military provocation, a spokesman for Pyongyang’s National Peace Committee said on Friday.
In case of the deployment of THAAD, which is a key element of the US anti-ballistic missile defense, “South Korea will turn into an American nuclear arsenal aimed at carrying out a preventive strike at any time on the territory of North Korea and a number of other countries of the Northeast Asia,” according to the organization.
This step “should be considered as a dangerous military provocation that can cause a nuclear catastrophe,” the statement stresses.
In response to the THAAD deployment, North Korea “will strengthen its nuclear deterrence forces,” the statement reads.
Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey sought to downplay the impact of Russia removing a long-standing ban on selling S-300 defensive missiles to Iran, saying the US option to attack Iran remains “intact.”
“We have plenty of F-35s to send in!” — Official White Horse Souse
After decades of waging war in Iraq and beyond with disastrous results, now is the time for the US to use a bargain with Iran to bring peace to the region
Since Hillary Clinton announced without any surprise that she was running for president, it is worth taking a look at her record. As U.S. Secretary of State during the conflict between Russia and Georgia, Clinton claimed that the U.S. was committed to “Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” and that the “United States does not recognize spheres of influence.”
In the meantime she was pushing for the military integration of countries from the former Soviet Union with NATO. Rick Rozoff commented at the time: “Despite Clinton’s claim to the contrary, the United States most decidedly recognizes spheres of influence. In its own hemisphere – the entirety of it – in the South Caucasus and everywhere else on the planet.”
Also in the double standard category, Washington is applying sanctions on Iran for its non existent nuclear weapons, even though the Pentagon has “officially” recognized that Israel is a nuclear power.
Russia will insist on establishing a nuclear weapon free zone in the Middle East at the NPT (Non-Proliferation Treaty) Review Conference in New York, head of the Department for non-proliferation and weapons control at the Russian Foreign Ministry Mikhail Ulyanov said on Friday.
“These are sensible issues for everyone, including Israel, because then Israel’s nuclear potential will be in the center of attention,” Ulyanov said.
Ulyanov called the atmosphere ahead of the NPT Review Conference unhealthy, saying there are considerable imbalances.
“The atmosphere there is unhealthy, there are complaints about the implementation of the Treaty [NPT],” he said.
Major General Fahd bin Turki bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, a senior commander of the General Staff of Saudi Arabia’s Armed Forces, was killed during a mission in Northwestern Yemen, sources disclosed on Tuesday.
The Saudi major general was killed, while he was on a mission in Al Majda village in Quatabir district of the Sadah governorate in Northwestern Yemen on Saturday, a member of his entourage during the visit to Majda, who asked to remain unnamed, told an FNA correspondent in Riyadh on Tuesday.
The source added that two other senior officers accompanying General Fahd were also killed during the attack.
According to the source, Saudi princes have been visiting General Turki bin Abdulaziz’s palace since Sunday to express their condolences to his bereaved family.
The slain General was the grandson of King bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.
This “discovery,” which came as the presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower was drawing to a close, caused apprehension in Washington by raising concern about regional stability and nuclear proliferation, but it also produced annoyance because Israeli officials at all levels repeatedly provided less than credible answers to U.S. questions about Dimona.
The Obama Doctrine – scorn your friends, reward your enemies – has finally reaped the whirlwind, namely Russia and its pledge to provide Iran with an array of the most advanced “defensive” missiles on earth. This leaves Israel with no choice except to act BEFORE those missiles are deployed.
Israel must attack to remove those nukes before it’s too late.
If it was difficult to successfully strike Iran’s nuclear facilities today, tomorrow will be near impossible.
I was worried that Russia’s sending defensive missiles to Iran might provoke this reaction.
I would like to remind everyone of three important facts before a lot of people die in yet another war.
- Israel was at the forefront of screaming that Iraq had nuclear weapons, and bombed Iraq’s nuclear power station at Osirak under the claim that it concealed a clandestine bomb factory similar to the one Israel maintains under Dimona. Following the 2003 invasion of Iraq (again supported by Israeli claims of nuclear weapons) experts examined the ruins of Osirak and found no evidence of a weapons facility, nor has any evidence to support Israel and the US’ claim that Iraq had nuclear weapons ever been found. Israel has a very poor record of accuracy in knowing who does or does not have nuclear weapons, other than their own.
- Iran has not launched a war of aggression against another country in over 200 years, standing in sharp contrast with Israel, which these days cannot seem to go six months without attacking one of their neighbors.
- Iran has signed and ratified the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, So has the United States. Everything Iran is doing with nuclear power is allowed to them under that treaty. Recently declassified US documents support the conclusions from earlier documents released by South Africa, and Mordechai Vanunu’s photos of the Dimona weapons factory. Israel does have nuclear weapons, has had them since the 1970s, including hydrogen bombs. Israel refuses to sign the NNPT or allow IAEA inspections. IN short, Iran is playing by the rules. Israel is not.
Iran is not going to attack Israel. The result would be Iran melted down into a giant glowing slab of green glass. What the Russian missiles do is make it impossible for Israel to bully Iran, or attack it to remove an economic rival, as Netanyahu himself admitted to only last week.
A new group of “citizen safety laws” that will ban protests in front of government buildings in Spain has outraged citizens across the country. After the laws were passed by the governing Popular Party in December, there were protests in 30 cities, according to the The Daily Mail. But activist group No Somos Delito, which means “We Are Not a Crime,” came up with a strategy that mocks the absurdity of the laws: The group is using holographic projections of thousands of protesters in Spain to show the government that these “gag laws” won’t actually silence them.
Here’s what I think we need:
Below is a list depicting the rampant use of humans as guinea pigs in government, military, and medical experiments over the last century. Links to reliable sources are provided to confirm the information on each item presented. There are still today officials in the government, military, and even business leaders who sadly feel no need to inform us when we are used in potentially hazardous experiments.
Note that some of these experiments specifically targeted minorities and those in poor areas. Thankfully, this kind of unethical experimentation is rare now, but it continues in hidden pockets around the globe. And large-scale experimentation with risky technologies like genetically modified foods, nuclear power, and nanotechnology used in consumer goods is still rarely questioned in the media or government.
-213 just a half hour into the trading day. No Friday happy ending!
Jessie Rothenberg, age 8, holds a sign while sitting on her father’s shoulders while protesting Gov. Cuomo’s education policies in Park Slope, Brooklyn, in March. Stephanie Keith/for New York Daily News It’s an anti-testing tsunami.
People see their own nation, and foreign nations, through the filter of the press that’s available to them; so, if that filter is systematically distorting (distorting in ways that most of the others similarly do), then democracy cannot function, public opinion can be manipulated and warped; and wars might even start that shouldn’t — something Americans have tragically been experiencing lots of, during recent decades, such as when we invaded Iraq in 2003 (just to cite the most famous of many examples).
A video recently released by a concerned citizen in Ontario, California shows armed National Guard soldiers patrolling a residential neighborhood.
US television news isn’t very good and it has clearly gotten worse over the past 20 years. In the aftermath of the Kerry-Zarif initial framework deal on nuclear energy in Iran, it seems obvious that an interview with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif would be newsworthy. But to my knowledge none of the networks or major cable news shows had him on … Instead, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was given repeated access to millions of Americans to talk trash about the deal over the weekend and to make mostly false allegations about its contours … Netanyahu has showed his hand. He wants to use the USA and the Treasury Department to sanction Iran into penury, to keep its middle classes small and shrinking and to cut people’s income, education and health care.
In early February, the Pentagon declassified a 386-page report from 1987, exposing for the first time ever the actual depth of top-secret military cooperation between the United States and Israel — including, amazingly, information about Israel’s unacknowledged nuclear program.
In view of the caustic tension that has increased lately between Washington and Jerusalem, the timing of the publication’s declassification, after a long legal process, might raise a few eyebrows. I have some knowledge about the build-up process of Israel’s nuclear capacity and after reading the report in question I must express my astonishment: I have never seen an official American document disclosing such extensive revelation on subjects that until now were regarded by both administrations as unspeakable secrets.
Former Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., believes that President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, and his opposition to Israel, is going to bring on the biblical End Times, plunging the U.S., and the world, into Armageddon.
On the radio show, “Understanding the End Times” with Jan Markell, Bachmann insisted that Obama’s actions will bring economic and natural disaster on the U.S
Note: From former candidate for president of the U.S. Wonder why we are in trouble!
Last summe my wife & I visited the site of the Waco massacre. . Upon our arrival we were greeted by two very nice labs. On April 19, 1993 the government slaughtered 82 innocent men, women, and children at the property. One year later, the survivors were acquitted of all murder charges in the deaths of four federal agents. The jury found that the Davidians acted in self defense. Joe Biden told the Senate ” David Koresh and the Davidians set fire to themselveves and committed suicide.The government -DID NOT- DO THAT”. Come on a video tour of the eerily serene location given by a longtime WRH member.
General Electric and the city are teaming up in a pilot program that will start out with street lights using LED bulbs that operate 70 percent more efficiently. The program will not cost the city a dime with GE picking up the tab. The street lights are very high tech and equipped with technology that has many applications. “What we are going to do is have a camera in every street light, really a computer in every street light that will be able to put information about available parking into the cloud,” said Jamie Irick with General Electric.
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Portland, Oregon has joined at least seven other cities in banning the usage of neonicotinoids, a class of insecticides that many scientists think is behind colony collapse disorder
The British military is accused of failing to protect its soldier’s mental health. Figures show nearly 1,000 have sought psychiatric treatment after being given the MoD’s budget price anti-malarial drug Lariam. A Freedom of Information (FoI) request revealed the figure is much higher than previously thought, with 994 service personnel being admitted to mental health clinics or psychiatric hospitals since 2008.
China No Longer Top Foreign Owner of U.S. Debt.
Japan now holds more U.S. debt than China, China is selling, Japan buying, both lag behind the Fed
Before the end of February, as per information discharged yesterday by the U.S. Treasury, elements in Mainland China had surrendered their position as the top proprietors of U.S. government obligation.
BERLIN — Nearly 70 years after World War II ended in Europe with Nazi Germany’s surrender on May 7, 1945, what’s likely to be the final criminal chapter of that horrific period is about to unfold in a small German town.
Beginning next Tuesday, Oskar Groening, who’s better known as “the accountant of Auschwitz,” goes on trial for what in any other context would seem an impossible crime: 300,000 counts of accessory to murder.
Innocence is not really an issue, though guilt will be: Groening has freely admitted that he stood on the unloading ramps of the most infamous of the Nazi death camps and counted the cash confiscated from the Hungarian Jews who spilled out of the box cars, headed for selection. What the court will decide is whether that made him an accessory to their murders in Auschwitz’s gas chambers.
Tens of millions of Match.com subscribers risk having their site password exposed each time they sign in because the dating site doesn’t use HTTPS encryption to protect its login page.
The screenshot above was taken Thursday afternoon. Showing a session from the Wireshark packet sniffing program, you can see that this reporter entered “firstname.lastname@example.org” and “secretpassword” into the user name and password fields of the Match.com login page.
Amazingly, the page uses an unprotected HTTP connection to transmit the data, allowing anyone with a man-in-the-middle vantage point—say, someone on the same public network as a Match.com user, a rogue ISP or telecom employee, or a state-sponsored spy—to pilfer the credentials.
Could you imagine being a single parent and trying to survive in America today on $10.50 an hour? For a moment, I want you to imagine that you are living in a moldy apartment that is so badly maintained that rain seeps in whenever it rains. You are employed, but you are completely dependent on government programs such as food stamps and Medicaid in order to make ends meet.
The Holy Fire ceremony at Easter is observed every year in Jerusalem, a place holy to the three major monotheistic faiths. But Palestinian Muslims and Christians alike are prevented from freely practicing their long-held traditions there as Israel relentlessly erases their heritage from the city.
As the political situation in Ukraine destabilizes, the suspicious killings of prominent opposition supporters continue to transpire.
A prominent Ukrainian journalist, known for his critical views of Poroshenko’s government was shot dead in Kiev on Thursday, in the latest series of suspicious deaths of opposition supporters.
Oles Buzina, 45, a supporter of ex-president Viktor Yanukovych, was shot in the street. Buzina’s body was found on the ground nearing his apartment building close to the city center. The head of Kiev’s police department Alexander Tereschuk said that a TT gun was allegedly used in the crime.
According to the neighbors, the journalist was probably shot while jogging. He was found wearing a sports outfit. The 45- year-old was shot by two men in masks who disappeared from the crime scene in a Ford Focus car with either Latvian or Belarusian number plate.
News you won’t read, see or hear in the Australian mainstream media
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY!
“They are, all of them, born with raging fanaticism in their hearts, just as the Bretons and the Germans are born with blond hair. I would not be in the least bit surprised if these people would not some day become deadly to the human race.” — Voltaire (Lettres de Memmius a Ciceron, 1771)
A disturbing trend in the water sector is accelerating worldwide. The new “water barons” — the Wall Street banks and elitist multibillionaires — are buying up water all over the world at unprecedented pace. Familiar mega-banks and investing powerhouses such as Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup, UBS, Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse, Macquarie Bank, Barclays Bank, the Blackstone Group, Allianz, and HSBC Bank, among others, are consolidating their control over water. Wealthy tycoons such as T. Boone Pickens, former President George H.W. Bush and his family, Hong Kong’s Li Ka-shing, Philippines’ Manuel V. Pangilinan and other Filipino billionaires, and others are also buying thousands of acres of land with aquifers, lakes, water rights, water utilities, and shares in water engineering and technology companies all over the world.
The world’s central banks have a problem. When economic conditions worsen, they react by reducing interest rates in order to stimulate the economy. But, as has happened across the world in recent years, there comes a point where those central banks run out of room to cut — they can bring interest rates to zero, but reducing them further below that is fraught with problems, the biggest of which is cash in the economy.
The old recruiting slogan was “Join the Navy and See the World.” Those advertisements were prescient; the U.S. military has a presence of some kind in 171 nations and jurisdictions in addition to the United States and its possessions. Many times the presence is one officer as a military attaché or similar post or even a military dependent. But some countries host significant numbers of members of the U.S. armed forces.
Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has slammed the West’s “soft” campaign to destabilize Latin American countries.
Australian parents will lose thousands of dollars of childcare and welfare benefits if they refuse to vaccinate their kids.
The ‘no jab, no pay’ plan, announced by the federal government on Sunday, has bipartisan support.
Thousands of families could lose payments, with the government estimating about 39,000 children under seven have not received immunisation because their parents are vaccine objectors.
ShakeAlert, the West Coast’s scientific-grade detector, has been in development for roughly a decade—stalled by limited financial resources. However, a new study in Science Advances suggests GPS, found in thousands of smartphones, could give scientists a surprisingly accurate read on seismic activity. And crowdsourced GPS earthquake detection could work alongside existing systems, to help fill in the gap.
The United Nations human rights office has voiced concerns over Israel’s so-called administrative detention, calling on Tel Aviv to end the unlawful practice of detaining Palestinians without charge or trial.
The Venezuelan and US presidents, whose strained relations cast a shadow over the Summit of the Americas in Panama, held a private meeting for the first time in an attempt to alleviate tensions over US-imposed sanctions.
We’ve all seen the videos out there of well-informed citizens recording their encounters with law enforcement. When a person actually knows their rights and the duties of police officers, the result can be informative for everyone involved.
Wal-Mart, the largest gun retailer in America, is awaiting a court ruling to decide if it can continue to sell firearms even though a number of its investors don’t want it to.
A resident advisor at Marshall University recently hung a banner at university’s freshman residence hall based on the subject of privilege. The banner openly chastises whites, Christians, heterosexuals, and males for having “unearned privilege.”
“The Zionist paradigm is founded on the distorted story of the Israelites’ Exodus from Egypt and their persecution by the Assyrians and Captivity by Babylonians. But the truth is that the Israelites never set foot in Egypt or Palestine. Actually they never left Ancient Arabia and North Yemen, their origin land, before the Babylonian Captivity” . . .
. . . The question here; why a purportedly Islamist organization want to destroy ancient Assyrian and Babylonia artifacts. Islamic laws don’t ban sculpture per se (most Islamic countries have museums packed with statues) but only prohibits worshiping idols as used to be during pagan cultures. Everybody knew that neither Assyrian nor Babylonian ancient idols/statues were honored or worshipped by modern day Iraqis or Syrians. Still that did not deter ISIL from destroying the ancient statues, cuneiform tablets and artifacts.
When is a sanction not a sanction? Probably when it has been issued by Google. Last week the ongoing geopolitical deep freeze between the US and China took another turn after the Mountain View giant removed certificate authority (CA) CNNIC from its list of trusted CAs. That move could yet throw a potentially large spanner into China’s internet economy.
The Italian study backs up tests carried out by the charity Medical Detection Dogs, which is based in Buckinghamshire.
Its co-founder Dr Claire Guest said its own research had found a 93% reliability rate when detecting bladder and prostate cancer, describing the new findings as “spectacular”.
A German court has shut down a long-standing anti-Israel exhibition in the western city of Cologne, accusing its organizer of anti-Semitism and glorification of violence.
Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, the mother of the alleged bombers, has accused the FBI of framing her sons for the attack. From the beginning, she has held that her sons are innocent and that the FBI itself is responsible for the bombing in Boston, using “fake blood” and crisis actors. “I am 100 percent sure this is a set up,” she told Russia Today, adding that the FBI had been watching and “controlling” her sons for several years preceding the attack in 2013.
This image perfectly sums up inequality in America,according to the Internet:”the wealthy continue to see advantages in wealth and economic opportunity,thanks in part to economic policies that favor them..if you listen to some policymakers in this country
As far as distillations of our inequality debate go, it’s a pretty good one. Lawmakers in several states are seizing on popular resentment over anecdotal stories of extravagant spending by welfare recipients to limit what the poor can do with food stamps or other government aid.
Russia says the United States, Britain, France, and Jordan have rejected Syria’s proposal to add ISIL to the United Nations Security Council’s sanctions list as a separate terrorist group.
Moscow’s official line on Ukraine–and it should not be dismissed just because that’s what it is–is that the U.S. spent about $5 billion backing “regime change” in that sad, bankrupt country, resulting in a coup d’etat (or putsch) in Kiev in February 2014 in which neo-fascists played a key role. The coup occurred because the U.S. State Department and Pentagon hoped to replace the democratically elected administration with one that would push for Ukraine’s entry into NATO, a military alliance designed from its inception in 1949 to challenge Russia. The ultimate intent was to evict the Russian Black Sea Fleet from the bases it’s maintained on the Crimean Peninsula for over 230 years.
Russia has refused to hand over to Poland the wreckage of a Polish government airliner five years after it crashed in western Russia killing Poland’s president, Lech Kaczynski, his wife Maria and dozens of the country’s political, military and civil elite
All 96 people on board died when the plane crashed just ?before reaching Smolensk airport on 10 April, 2010, in what is considered as the greatest tragedy to strike Poland since the end of the Second World War and a disaster that still casts a shadow over troubled Polish-Russian relations.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko who arrived in Odessa, southern Ukraine, on Friday for the celebrations of the 71st anniversary of the city’s liberation from German and Romanian occupiers during WWII was given a cool reception by hundreds of people who gathered near the Monument to an Unknown Sailor at the city’s Alley of Glory.
With the official government narrative of the 9/11 attack filled with a plethora of lies that have since been subsequently exposed, the next biggest “war on terror” event on US soil that the feds failed to stop was the April 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. And now the lone living suspect from that horrific crime that killed three people, left 17 limbless and injured 264 victims (though that number’s been accused of being purposely inflated) has now been found guilty of all 30 counts after the jury’s 11 hour deliberation earlier this week. As we mark the second anniversary of this tragic event and the second and final phase of the trial beginning on Monday that will decide the fate of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev – whether he’ll live out the rest of his life in prison or be put to death, a critical review of preceding events and developments surrounding his high profile, extremely significant case seems both timely and much needed.
Two soccer academies — one from the Arab neighborhood of Beit Safafa and the other from the Jewish neighborhood of Katamon — partnered last month to create Team of Equals, a joint team bringing together soccer enthusiasts across the national divide.
OK For Everyone EXCEPT Israel
According to Donetsk People’s Republic Defense Minister Eduard Basurin, speaking Saturday April 11th, the recently reported ceasefire violations by the Ukrainian government’s side are violations by the Ukrainian government’s volunteer irregular battalions, not by regular units of the armed forces of Ukraine (which are conscripts and thus represent the will of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko).
March from Bryant Park to United Nations Headquarters
Just this week, former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers wrote an eye-opening and scathing op-ed outlining where America stands in the rapidly changing global economy.
Titled ‘Time U.S. leadership woke up to new economic era’, the piece looks at the many ways in which the United States is losing influence around the world to China and other emerging markets, while at the same time becoming increasingly isolated.
With the US set to run out of on-land storage in the space of just three months and with the Iran nuclear deal still stuck in “tentative,” “maybe/maybe not,” purgatory (i.e. “we agree on the outline of a plan which will pave the way for an agreement but aren’t sure how much of the plan or hypothetical agreement we want to share”), interesting times lay ahead for crude which, in a likely preview of what’s to come, traded in “deal or no deal” mode throughout Thursday’s session. With Tehran sitting on 9% of the world’s proven reserves, the lifting of sanctions and opening of the country’s oil fields to foreign investment could trigger a dramatic decline in crude prices as an extra million bpd gets set to be unleashed on an already saturated market.
Our modern society is highly dependent upon the “system.” Not only do we rely upon utility services to bring us electricity, water and natural gas, but also on an incredibly complex supply chain which provides us with everything from food to computers. Without that supply chain, most of us wouldn’t know what to do.
This situation is actually becoming worse, rather than better. When I compare my generation (I’m in my 50s) to that of my children, I see some striking differences. In my generation it was normal for a boy to grow up learning how to do a wide variety of trade skills from his father, and seemingly everyone knew how to do basic carpentry and mechanic work. But that’s no longer normal.
The term conspiracy theory did not exist as a phrase in everyday conversation before 1964. The conspiracy theory label entered the lexicon of political speech as a catchall for criticisms of the Warren Commission’s conclusion that US President Kennedy was assassinated by a lone gunman with no assistance from, or foreknowledge by any element of the United States government. Since then, the term’s prevalence and range of application have exploded. In 1964, the year the Warren Commission issued its report, the New York Times published five stories in which conspiracy theory appeared. In