News you won’t read, see or hear in the Australian mainstream media.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
“Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.” — Denis Diderot
The repeated indicators of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s authoritarian tendencies bring to mind that Erdogan once said, “Democracy is like a streetcar. When you come to your stop, you get off.”
With a statement like that, one can say that at least Turkish voters, including the many who have voted for Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party in multiple elections, were warned. But the phenomenon of authoritarian types rising within a democracy has been around for a long time.
While the timing is uncertain, the move ups the ante in an intensifying nuclear arms race between the US and China that heightens the risk of war. Since coming to office, the Obama administration has engaged in a military build-up and strengthening of alliances throughout Asia in preparation for war with China. It has committed more than $1 trillion over 30 years to the upgrading and expansion of the US nuclear arsenal and delivery systems.
So-called Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) imposition by any country involves protecting its national security interests.
Foreign aircraft entering it without authorization may be intercepted, ordered out, or forced down if refuse. In the case of the South China Sea, vessels could be interdicted for entering protected waters without permission.
US-generated tensions risk escalating dangerously. A previous article indicated China intends deploying nuclear-armed subs in Pacific Ocean waters for the first time – to counter America’s growing threat.
The US always supports Israel when it declares a “security zone” that steals Palestinian lands, so they can hardly object now. (They will, anyway.)
According to several online publications, a freelance journalist named Frank Huguenard had his HuffPost Contributors account “disabled” and his post deleted after writing about ‘Hillary Clinton’s imminent indictment by the FBI for racketeering.’
Russia demands that Turkey withdraw its troops from Iraq, the RIA news agency quoted Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as saying on Tuesday.
“This [keeping troops in Iraq] is an absolutely unacceptable position,” it cited Lavrov as saying.
“In principle, I believe that what the Turks are doing deserves far greater public attention on the part of our Western partners.”
The $64,000 question is, what is Russia going to actually do if Turkey does NOT withdraw from Iraq?!?
The judge overseeing the premiere military tribunal at Guantánamo Bay effectively conspired with the prosecution to destroy evidence relevant to defending the accused architect of the 9/11 attacks, according to a scathing court document.
Army Col James Pohl, who this week at Guantánamo is presiding over a resumption of pretrial hearings in the already troubled case, “in concert with the prosecution, manipulated secret proceedings and the use of secret orders”, the document alleges, preventing Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’s defense team from learning Pohl had permitted the Obama administration to destroy the evidence.
The accusation comes in a 10 May defense filing that the military commissions have recently unsealed. It contains significant detail about an episode that Mohammed’s attorneys say has permanently tainted the most high-profile test of the US’s post-9/11 turn toward military justice for terrorism cases.
So, the Obama Administration was permitted by Judge Pohl, to destroy evidence which might have cleared this guy?!?!?
Hear that distant, chunka-chunka-chunka sound?!?
That is the sound, dear friends, of the Founding Fathers (and the women who loved them) collectively turning over in their graves, upon hearing this news!
All along Hillary Clinton has pled that when it comes to her violation of Federal regulations, she was at worst naive, hardly malicious and – as of recently – merely doing what each of her state department predecessors has done; and she has been very careful to make it clear that she never purposefully and intentionally “stripped” confidential data in order to send it through her unsecured server as such an act would imply not only a breach of email retention policy, but a willful abuse of confidential documents.
Well, moments ago Wikileaks unveiled what it believes may be the FBI’s “smoking gun” in its case against Hillary. In a tweet, Wikileaks highlights one specific email and asks “Is this email the FBI’s star exhibit against Hillary Clinton (“H”)? “
For the last 15 years, America has fallen across the board in indices rating the world’s countries by levels of freedom.
Americans are under constant surveillance, our every move under a microscope by government goons, “protecting us” from “terrorists.” We are under the constant threat of violence from the state for possessing a plant, or having a tail light out, or simply walking down the street.
Americans are constantly paranoid of those blue and red lights popping up in the rearview mirror that most always end in extortion and could very well end with a visit to the hospital, being locked in a cage, or worse.
In the Land of the Free, police killed more people in just one month of this year than the United Kingdom has in the entire 20th century.
In the Land of the Free, police kill at more than 70 times the rate of other first world nations.
ARE YOU FLIPPING KIDDING ME?!?
I knew the numbers were bad, but I surely didn’t expect them to be this bad.
The “land of the free and the home of the brave” has morphed into “the land of the surveilled, cowed, and assassinated”.
Mike and I are far too old to immigrate; but watching the dismantling of our freedoms, the hijacking of the US government, and the turning of this democratic republic into a dictatorship, run by vile warmongers and money junkies, is sometimes almost too much to bear.
Police violence and brutality are simply reflections of the dark changes in US government policy toward its own people, writ large.
Individuals, particularly if they are poor, and/or persons of color, who are in large part irrelevant to the corporate machine, now can be terminated with extreme prejudice and complete impunity.
And far too many times, the police who have assassinated these people walk away without ever having to fact the consequences of their actions.
How in the name of Heaven did we get here, as a nation?!?
The risk dilemma for investors has real-life consequences. Retirement plans, including Calpers and the New York State Common Retirement Fund, are lowering what they predict they can earn on their investments, a move that means workers and cities likely face higher contributions and taxes. For insurers, lower bond returns mean life-insurance policyholders pay more for coverage.
Guess who ultimately gets shafted because of all this? Yep, you guessed it.
The average American citizen.
Cheaper borrowing costs generally spur new investments from companies or consumers. But instead, global production is flat or declining, and consumers face stagnant wages that crimp their ability to spend.
This will most probably translate into more multi-generational families, with elderly parents desperately needing to move in with their adult, grown children because they don’t have the funds they thought they would to sustain themselves after retirement.
So much for “the system” taking care of them, when they believed that their pension funds were safe and secure!
Britain is investing in extra patrol boats and surveillance to try to prevent migrants crossing the English Channel, a spokesman for Prime Minister David Cameron said on Tuesday.
Twenty people, including 18 Albanians, were rescued from the Channel over the weekend after their inflatable boat started taking on water.
Receiving scant attention from Western mainstream media outlets except for a few notable exceptions, Americans and many alternative media outlets have remained ignorant to the fact that private mercenaries from Blackwater (aka Academi) appear to have been contracted by the GCC Gulf state feudal monarchies to assist in the military war of terror in Yemen against the Houthi rebels and the embattled Yemeni people.
Still, on December 9, a flurry of reports from media outlets such as Press TV, TeleSur TV, Al-Manar, Al –Bawaba, and Colombia Reports have revealed that around 15 Blackwater mercenaries have been killed in a fierce battles with the Houthi forces.
Al-Masirah, Yemen’s Arabic language website reported that the Commander-In-Chief of the firm’s operation in Yemen, a Mexican national, was killed in the al-Omari district of Ta’izz Province.
Press TV reports that a number of British, French, and Australian advisers and commanders as well as six Colombian soldiers were killed.
Translation: in over one year, the Saudi Arabian military, enabled by US intelligence and weapons, has not been able overwhelm either the Houthi rebels, or the Yemenite people, meaning they have been unable to “pacify” them into accepting their former dictator, Al-Hadi, back.
Saudi Arabia is in real financial trouble, from the precipitous drop in oil prices last year. Apparently, they cannot make this war work without having their allies hire private mercs to fight the war for them.
And when you are at that point in a military campaign, you know it is going terribly badly.
Obama recently made another call to end nuclear weapons during his speech at Hiroshima; while I’m sure the words were well-intentioned they start to lose meaning when you look at the actions our country has taken on this issue in recent times. If we really want to pursue a world without nuclear weapons we should lead by example and not just preach what other countries should do while we do it ourselves.
Obama recently said in a Washington Post op-ed that we “remain on track to meet our New Start Treaty obligations so that by 2018 the number of deployed American nuclear warheads will be at their lowest levels since the 1950s.” That sounds nice but it’s not the whole picture…
A Jewish Israeli woman who claimed to have been raped by a Palestinian minor while another man filmed the incident in Tel Aviv has told the police that she lied about the allegations.
At the time of his arrest, police said Ettinger was the leader of a Jewish underground cell whose goal is to topple Israel’s democracy and carry out attacks against non-Jews. But he has not been charged with a crime.
“I’m afraid now in Germany … [The refugees are] all young men … so many young men, a few families with kids and all these young men.”
Those are the words of an elderly German couple interviewed recently on German TV’s Report München.
The Report München segment, which was translated by Nash Montana and shared on YouTube by Vlad Tepes follows several German couples who’ve felt the need to flee their country out of fear due to the “refugee” crisis.
In effect — they’ve been forced to become refugees themselves.
One Hungarian real estate broker interviewed on the program says he’s had eight inquires from Germans seeking to leave the country “because of the refugees and because costs are exploding for them.”
Michael Müller, a computer scientist and AfD supporter from North Rhine-Westphalia said he’s leaving his high-tech job to move to Hungary
This has to be a very sad moment, for Germans who no longer feel safe in their own country.
Hungary, now governed by an ultra-rightist rightist regime, refuses to allow any refugees from the Middle East to live there.
I don’t know how these migrations will play out, but I do know one thing, come the next general Election in Germany: Angela Merkel, and her party, will be toast, by betting the farm that this massive influx of refugees was somehow going to work brilliantly, with absolutely no hiccups in the re-acculturation they expected to happen.
The emotional, and financial costs, have just been too high, and German voters are going to let the government know, in no uncertain terms on election day, that their response to any more of this will be an absolute “NEIN!!!”
A curious thing is happening as the war on weed crumbles before knowledge and reason. The propaganda campaign orchestrated during the 20th century by the State and its corporate allies is unraveling, exposing the absurdity of prohibition.
Since the gates have been pried open–to an extent–for medical cannabis research, we are discovering amazing benefits of this plant for a variety of ailments. Yet it is still classified by federal government as a Schedule 1 drug with “no medicinal value and high potential for addiction.”…
Kennedy glanced at his watch. It was 1:45 p.m. “We’d better hurry and get back to that meeting,” he told his guests.
Just then his wife, Ethel, called over to him, holding the patio phone extension. “It’s J. Edgar Hoover,” she said, a look of worry playing over her face. They both knew the FBI director never called Bobby at home.
Most people probably don’t think too much about this, but are you aware of just how much of your income is being used to fuel the military industrial complex?
Conveniently omitted from the corporate/state-run media organizations is the fact that some 53 percent of your tax dollars are spent on the military. That’s right, more than half of the money you give to Uncle Sam for the privilege of being American income is spent directly on military.
In 2011 the budget for the US Government was over 3 trillion dollars, while military spending included a $717 billion request from the pentagon, $200 billion towards “overseas contingency funding” for the two major conflicts we are engaged in, and $40 billion in black budget intelligence which includes the CIA, NSA, and other agencies where the amount of money given is never fully disclosed.
This is what is immoral to the core about US military spending; it is predicated upon claiming the physical resources of other countries to which the US government has absolutely no moral right.
I have a family member who is a professor emeritus of Constitutional Law, and a very bright guy.
When we talk, he frequently mentions that if the US government had been smart some time back, and spent just a fraction of what we have spent (and will be spending in the future) in Iraq on practical, alternative energy resources (the kind which can power a tank or a plane), we would have never gone into Iraq to secure the oil pipelines in the first place.
Unfortunately, logic – and the US government – have not had an in-depth relationship for the last 30 years, as the US government has has fallen under the Svengali-like spell of the money junkies who fund campaigns of those who do their bidding.
I mean, after all, it’s never their kids who fight, bleed, die, and get maimed for life to enhance these corporations’ bottom line; it’s always other people’s kids, and for the money junkies, that is a perfectly acceptable loss, because those kids doing the fighting are irrelevant, in their minds .
They are NOT irrelevant in my world.
This is why the money junkies, corporations and banks love Hillary Clinton; that is because they understand that she will deliver more wars; more income inequity; more offshoring/outsourcing of jobs; and more driving down of the middle class into absolute serfdom: and of course, that is precisely their vision for this country.
He shook his attorney’s hand and filed out of the courtroom flanked by massive prison guards in black fatigues, mouthing something unintelligible at Stacy’s sister, Cassandra Cales, who smiled uncomfortably as she stared him down.
It took the jury only about an hour to find Drew Peterson guilty of solicitation of murder and solicitation of murder for hire. The verdict was a victory not only for the intended victim, Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow, but also for Cales.
Syrians, Palestinians and other Arab nationals are buying Honduran identities and passports that make them eligible to enter the United States on tourist visas, opening a whole new door to potential terrorists and refugees seeking easy passage to America, says to a new report.
Public opinion has shifted towards the UK leaving the EU, two Guardian/ICM polls suggest as the referendum campaign picks up pace – with voters split 52% -48% in favour of Brexit, whether surveyed online or by phone.
Previous polls have tended to show voters surveyed online to be more in favour of Britain leaving the EU. But in the latest ICM research, carried out for the Guardian, both methodologies yielded the same result – a majority in favour of leaving.
Members of the WTO, including Brazil, Japan, and the EU, raise red flags as the United States intervenes in the work of the global trade court.
As the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) gets closer to filing a criminal indictment against Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, the Obama White House just intervened to protect Hillary.
Which means that if I am right, and Hillary was selling secrets using her private email server and charitable foundation, then President Obama has just become an accessory to espionage, as well as obstructing justice!
Unsullied by the trappings of the modern world and cut off from the rest of humanity, the “uncontacted” peoples of the Amazon are seen as offering a fascinating insight into a prehistoric world.
The Apollo speech came a month after Hillary Clinton—who recently said her husband would be “in charge of revitalizing the economy” in her administration—formally declared her candidacy. Prior to launching her White House bid, Clinton had ditched the profitable speaking circuit. (She earned almost $22 million between April 2013 and March 2015, according to an analysis by CNN.) But the former president continued to deliver lucrative paid speeches until late 2015, banking about $3 million in payments just in the months that his wife had been running for president.
The purpose of this piece is to draw readers’ attention to an important chapter from a document by Aruna Rodrigues that discusses the unique risks associated with GM crops. Contrary to what supporters of GM often claim, it shows that criticisms of this technology are based on credible concerns, sound logic and solid science.
However, some background information and context might first be useful to indicate that, while critics rely on science, the pro-GMO lobby is mired in duplicity and engages in the debasement of science.
Overall, more of us are using Windows. Just not Windows 10
On June 8, 1967 the USS Liberty was cruising in the Mediterranean in International waters ordered to monitor the Israeli-Arab war. In the morning the ship was circled a dozen times by low flying Nord propeller “boxcars” at mast height with Israeli designation. The planes flew at mast height; the men on the ship could see the teeth of the pilots as they smiled. They waved at them. The ship was flying a 4’ x 7’ American flag; it stood straight out on a clear, breezy day. The ship had large letter designation on the bow GTR-5. The attack by unmarked Israeli planes (Israel says the attack was an accident – the ship was an Egyptian horse carrier – less than 1/2 the size of the USS Liberty) commenced in the afternoon in International waters. After the attack with cannon, rockets, napalm and torpedo fire; the torpedo boats came back and machine gunned the life rafts as they were thrown overboard (a war crime according to International Law). 34 men were killed and 171wounded (out of a crew of 291) this day by the Israelis. The men on board the ship call it murder. Captain Ward Boston was given one week to conduct an investigation of the attack. Before he died Ward Boston signed an affidavit stating that the attack on the USS Liberty was deliberate.
The blocking of a UN vote on the Gaza resolution was orchestrated by the US and Israel on the basis of a technicality, which was selectively applied
Lehel stated that he had access to then-Secretary of State Clinton’s personal email server. He saw that it was an easy target and described it as “an open orchid,” basically stating that the security surrounding the server was easily bypassed.
Lehel, who spoke via a translator, said that Clinton’s server was unprotected and that he had total access to the server. Her email server to him, an experienced hacker, “was like an open orchid on the Internet, as many such servers are.”
During the interview, McFadden added that Lehel told her he had downloaded things from the server but he could not provide those materials because he was in prison.
To Israel, only those who give Israel everything it wants are the “right” people. Everyone else are the “wrong” people.
After 14-and-a-half years of the War on Terror the U.S. has spent trillions of dollars, waged war across the Middle East and North Africa, and destroyed the lives of millions of people, many of them American. At least seven nations have been devastated under the guise of fighting terrorism: Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Sudan, Yemen, and Somalia. In spite of all the money spent and lives lost, more people are dying from terrorism than ever, particularly in the nations where the War on Terror has been waged. It is not really a war against terrorism, but a “War of Terror” in which terrorism, mostly false-flag operations, plays the key role.
All of the indications point to the War on Terror going down as the biggest boondoggle or criminal scam in history, yet no one running for the highest office in the land is calling for it to come to a screeching halt. Why not?
What does it mean when the US and British financial systems launder hundreds of billions of dollars of illicit funds stolen by world leaders while their governments turn a ‘blind eye’, and yet the very same Anglo-American officials investigate, prosecute, fine and arrest officials from rival governments, rival banks and political leaders for corruption?
The pair will come out in favour of an Australian-style points system, the immigration policy favoured by Ukip, in what will be seen as a direct challenge to David Cameron.