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March 21, 2017

Putin Sent Message to Israel That Its Freedom to Act in Syria Is Over
By Jack Khoury
"Syria’s use of anti-aircraft fire against Israel last Thursday night has changed the rules". - Continue

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Israel’s New Travel Ban
By Alison Weir
I want to go to Palestine – a country recognized by 136 countries around the world. But your law, prevents me from visiting that country. - Continue

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The Conspiracy Against President Trump
By Paul Craig Roberts
What the Democrats tried to do today was to criminalize everyone who works for better relations between the US and Russia. - Continue

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What Would Happen If Washington Gave Up On The Jihad?
By Thierry Meyssan
The opposition against President Donald Trump is so strong that the plan to fight Daesh, is still not ready. - Continue

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Moral Bankruptcy, Left and Right
By Jacob G. Hornberger
U.S. government should put a permanent stop to the flow of U.S. taxpayer funded cash and military armaments to such regimes. - Continue

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Cambodia Rejects US War Debt, Slams US Imperial Brutality
By teleSUR / uj-CM
“They dropped bombs on our heads and then ask up to repay. When we do not repay, they tell the IMF not to lend us money," - Continue

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Martin McGuinness: Can Political Violence be Justified?
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Mehdi Hasan challenges Martin McGuinness, exploring the definition of terrorism and when to negotiate with the enemy. - Continue

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Newly Obtained Documents Prove: Key Claim of Snowden’s Accusers Is a Fraud
By Glenn Greenwald
The opposition against President Donald Trump is so strong that the plan to fight Daesh, is still not ready. - Continue

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John Pilger awarded, International Journalism Prize
Must Watch - Video and Transcript
This interview was filmed in the Embassy of Ecuador in London on 30 October 2016 - where Julian Assange is a political refugee. - Continue

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The Trump GOP Prescription For America: Don’t Get Sick
By Michael Winship
This Republican health care bill would actually kill people who need help most. - Continue

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Airstrikes, troops kill 67 IS fighters west of Mosul; Airstrikes targeted IS locations in Al-Mazraa, Tal al-Banat and Toula Bash in Tal Afar and Sinjar, according to the ministry. The strike killed 47 militants and also destroyed five booby-trapped vehicles belonging to the group.

Gunmen kill 3 Islamic State members in western Mosul; Islamic State members, boarding more than 12 vehicles, arrived to the scene of the attack, cordoning the area off and carrying the corpses away.

ISIS Claims U.S.-Led Coalition Killed Thousands In Mosul; U.S. military airstrikes have pummeled Mosul, and in graphic footage, ISIS claims to show civilians among those killed

Civilians hide under rubble as western Mosul battles heighten: Civilians remain alive but under the debris of a house destroyed by battles in central Mosul’s Old City.

International Coalition Bombings in Syria Leave at least 85 People Dead in 5 Days; The NGO added that 27 civilians, including four children and eight women, were killed in airstrikes against villages west of al-Raqqa, capital of the Islamic State terror organization in Syria.

Israeli drone shot down by Syria forces: An Israeli drone was downed in Syrian territory on Monday, the Israeli military said, confirming an earlier report in the Syrian and Lebanese media that the unmanned vehicle was shot down by Syrian aerial defense systems.

Russia Says Has No Plans for New Military Bases in Syria: Russia does not plan to open new military bases in Syria, the defense ministry said on Monday, after the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said it had reached a deal with Moscow for a new military base in northwestern Syria.

Yemeni Army, Popular Committees Kill Dozens of Saudi-led Mercenaries in Taiz: Dozens of Saudi-paid mercenaries were killed and others wounded when the Yemeni army and popular forces hit on Tuesday their gatherings in the north of Mokha district of Taiz province,

Somalia: Somali Govt Blames Saudi Led Coalition for Airstrikes That Killed 42 Somali Migrants: The news of the killings has received a lot of condemnation from Somalis in Somalia and the diaspora

800 Families File Lawsuit Against Saudi Arabia Over 9/11: “The document details how officials from Saudi embassies supported hijackers Salem al-Hazmi and Khalid Al-Mihdhar 18 months before 9/11.

16 Killed in Afghanistan: official: An Afghan official says the Taliban have attacked a military checkpoint in a southern province, killing three Afghan soldiers. 13 Taliban were also killed in the battle, which took place on the outskirt of Tirin Kot, the provincial capital.

Taliban attack Afghan checkpoint, kill 6 intelligence forces; A suicide car bomb targeted a checkpoint in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province, killing at least six members of an intelligence unit, an Afghan official said Tuesday.

How much is an Afghan life worth? That depends: In March 2014, the U.S. military paid an Afghan man just over $1,000 to compensate for killing his civilian son in an operation near the border with Iran, according to U.S. military records released to Reuters.

North Korea has no fear of U.S. sanctions move, will pursue nuclear arms - envoy; North Korea has nothing to fear from any U.S. move to broaden sanctions aimed at cutting it off from the global financial system and will pursue "acceleration" of its nuclear and missile programs,

Demonizing Russia? New U.S.-led force to "deter" Russia in Poland from April; "The purpose is to deter aggression in the Baltics and in Poland ... We are fully ready to be lethal." U.S. Army Lt. Colonel Steven Gventer

US and Russian Military Leaders Are Meeting Again, Breaking a Long and Dangerous Drought: The two generals got together again earlier this month, once more in relative obscurity that belied their meetings’ tremendous importance.

Russia to pay off balance of Soviet-era debt within 45 days ; When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, the newly formed Russian Federation inherited a growing external debt of over $66 billion with barely a few billion dollars in gold and foreign exchange reserves.

Erdogan vows Turkey will 'review relations with EU': "This Europe, like before World War Two, is a racist, fascist, cruel Europe... An anti-Islam and anti-Turkish Europe," Mr Erdogan told a rally in Ankara.

Bulgarian Protesters Block Crossing Points at Turkish Border: They reportedly constructed fences made of auto tires and chains. The protesters fear that thousands of voters may enter Bulgaria from Turkey and will be able to influence the results of coming elections.

No Other Choice: Greek Employees Agree to Get Paid With Coupons © Photo: Pixabay; In Greece, which currently has over one million unemployed citizens, firms have started paying workers in kind, mainly with supermarket coupons.

In an Unprecedented No-Show, the U.S. Pulls Out of Planned Human Rights Hearing: The United States has pulled its participation from hearings planned for today by a regional human rights body that has enjoyed the support of every U.S. administration since its founding.

Former Haiti President Aristide Survives Assassination Attempt: At least two people have been injured after gunmen opened fire on a motorcade

Brazil: 'If They Want to Fight Me, It Will Be in the Streets': Lula: Former President Luiz Ignacio Lula da Silva condemned Sunday attempts to prevent him from running in the upcoming 2018 presidential elections through a smear campaign involving allegations of corruption.

Venezuela Expropriates Bakeries Accused of Price Gouging: Venezuelan authorities expropriated two bakeries Wednesday, after inspectors said the businesses were found gouging consumers.

30,000 March in Solidarity with Migrants at US-Mexico Border; The events took place near the area where cross-border families gather every Sunday to see and touch their loved ones through the steel wall.

Companies that help build Trump wall could face ban: Companies that help build Trump's border wall could be BANNED from doing business with San Francisco

Vicente Fox Mocks Trump's Low Ratings: 'If This Were TV, You'd Be Fired': Fox shared a graphic featuring the president’s latest poll numbers from Gallup, which showed Trump with a record low approval rating of just 37 percent and a disapproval rating of 58 percent.

U.S. Bars Travelers Flying From Some Middle East From Carrying Electronics Onboard ;The U.S. government is temporarily barring passengers on certain flights originating in eight other countries from bringing laptops, iPads, cameras and most other electronics in carry-on luggage starting Tuesday

Experts criticize US electronic devices ban on some flights from Middle East: Technologists say new rules against electronics ‘larger than a cellphone’ on flights from 10 airports seem illogical and at odds with basic computer science

UK flight ban on electronic devices announced: The UK has announced a cabin baggage ban on laptops on passenger flights from six Middle East and North African countries.

Reaction to Martin McGuinness' death; Ex-IRA leader turned peacemaker worked at the heart of the power-sharing government

Trump’s Bigger Military Won’t Necessarily Make the US Stronger or Safer: The Pentagon can’t properly train and support the people and weapons it already has. Simply adding more won’t solve the problem — and could undermine long-term readiness.

$20 trillion U.S. federal debt deserves as much attention as Dow Jones hitting 20,000: As of Monday afternoon, the US debt, according to usdebtclock.org, stood at $19.849 trillion — and was rising at the rate of $13,404,542 an hour.

One-third of Americans say they’d have trouble coming up with an emergency $2,000: Only 11% of those with a credit score of 760 and above said they would have difficulty, versus 64% of those with a credit score of 680 and below.

Dollar Bulls Are Throwing in the Towel as Trump Wagers Evaporate: Four months after the dawn of the Trump trade, currency investors worldwide are capitulating.

Dow and S&P post first 1% fall since in 5 months as banks tumble; U.S. equities posted their worst day of the year Tuesday as banks faced pressure from falling yields, while investors turned their eyes to a key House vote.

Trump Says GOP Must Pass Health Bill or Risk Losing Seats: The president’s message came a day after GOP leaders made several changes to their measure aimed at wooing reluctant Republicans, including limits to Medicaid enrollment and an accelerated phaseout of some taxes.

Rand Paul Says Ryancare Is A ‘Bailout For The Insurance Industry’: Ryancare forces individuals to pay a 30% increase directly to the insurance companies if their coverage lapses. Rand Paul is diametrically opposed to this corporate welfare

Embattled Trump Reneges on Health Vow; President Trump promised health insurance for all, but – now dependent on the political protection of House Speaker Paul Ryan – he is supporting a plan that will push millions outside the system, writes Michael Winship.

FBI wiretapped Russian gambling ring headquarted at Trump Tower for two years ; Emergence of the Russian gambling wiretap comes as President Trump claims his own residence at Trump Tower was bugged at the direction of President Obama

Inside the 'billionaire bunkers' where the world's super rich will ride out the apocalypse: Sales of underground bunkers have increased in some instances by 300 per cent since Trump's election win

The False Handshake Story Aims To Delegitimize Trump: I dislike Trump and his policies. I dislike Merkel and her policies. Both are my political enemies. But what I dislike even more are lying media which try to deceive for undeclared political aims.

March 20, 2017

 

Only a Fool Would Trust Rogue State USA
By Finian Cunningham
Anything that its leaders say must be weighed against years of deception and relentless criminal conduct by US governments. - Continue

 

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FBI and NSA Directors: Russia is Our Adversary
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FBI Director James Comey testifies on (alleged) Russian interference in 2016 election. - Continue

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Lives In The Balance
By Jackson Browne
They sell us the president the same way.
They sell us our clothes and our cars. -
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Israel: America’s Mad Dog in Syria
By Tony Cartalucci
Israel is a State Sponsor of Terror, Not a Champion Against it. - Continue

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A Bloody and Painful Truth
By Hassan Nasrallah
The Resistance Axis Triumphs, Israel Panics. - Continue

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A Last Chance for Resistance
By Chris Hedges
It will be increasingly difficult to carry out mass protests and civil disobedience. - Continue

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Watch: Despotism & Democracy
Encyclopaedia Britannica Films - 1946
Measures how a society ranks on a spectrum stretching from democracy to despotism. - Continue

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Professor Wolff Clearly Explains the Coming ECONOMIC CRISIS  
By Richard Wolff
Over the last century, capitalism has repeatedly revealed its worst tendencies: instability and inequality. - Continue

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The Global Famine Begins
By Michael Snyder
UN Announces That The Worst Food Crisis Since World War II Is Happening Right Now. - Continue

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Bush/Blair legacy continues as : Airstrikes, troops kill 67 IS fighters west of Mosul; Airstrikes targeted IS locations in Al-Mazraa, Tal al-Banat and Toula Bash in Tal Afar and Sinjar, according to the ministry. The strike killed 47 militants and also destroyed five booby-trapped vehicles belonging to the group.

The slaughter continues; Car bomb kills at least 23 in Baghdad; Another 45 people wounded in an attack targeting a commercial street in southwestern Baghdad suburb of Hay al-Amel.

Syrian Army Regains Ground in Damascus as Rebels Retreat; A Reuters witness saw war planes circling in the sky above northeast Damascus, mortar fire, and a street with a line of burned-out cars from the fighting in the Jobar and al-Qaboun districts.

Trump continues Obama strategy with use of Special Forces: Trump is largely relying on the policies of his two immediate predecessors, Obama and President George W. Bush, who were also great advocates of Special Operations forces.

20 Houthis killed in northern Yemen: At least 20 Houthi rebels were reportedly killed in a failed attempt to attack government positions in Yemen’s northern Sa’ada province near the Saudi border

Yemen : More than half of British people unaware of ongoing conflict: “To treat what is currently happening in Yemen, as something insignificant is turning a blind eye to the escalating humanitarian emergency.”

Israel to declare air defense shield fully operational: officer: David's Sling, designed to shoot down rockets fired from 100 to 200 kilometers away, will be the final piece of a shield that already includes short-range Iron Dome and long-range Arrow-2 and Arrow-3 missiles.

Abbas said invited to White House mid-April: Abbas told Trump’s special peace envoy Greenblatt on Tuesday that he believes a “historic” peace deal with Israel is possible with Trump in office,

Kenya: 11 people killed in fighting fueled by drought; Kenyan officials say 11 people died over the weekend in violence in the center of the country between two herding communities that was fueled by a drought that has affected about half the country.

Egypt's Sisi expected to meet with Trump in DC: The trip will be the Egyptian president's first US state visit since being elected in 2014 as former US president Barack Obama had never extended an invitation.

14 killed in Afghan military base attack: Three soldiers and 11 militants were killed during a clash at a military base in Afghanistan`s Uruzgan province, a top official said on Monday.

12 insurgents killed in two drone attacks in Afghanistan: Afghan officials say that at least 12 insurgents including two of their commanders have been killed in separate drone attacks in eastern Afghanistan.

Paris Orly airport attacker 'was under influence of alcohol, cocaine and cannabis': Ben Belgacem's father had insisted earlier Sunday that his son was "not a terrorist" and that his actions were caused by drink and drugs.

U.K. to Trigger Brexit March 29, Starting Two Years of Talks: Britain’s envoy to the bloc, Tim Barrow, informed EU President Donald Tusk on Monday of May’s plan to invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty

Comey Confirms Trump-Russia Investigation, Says There’s No Evidence of Trump Tower Wiretap: I've been authorized to confirm that the FBI, as part of our counterintelligence mission, is investigating the Russian government's efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.

Comey: "The Russians Concluded Trump Was Hopeless Last August": FBI Director James Comey said that the Russians expected Hillary Clinton to win the presidency over Donald Trump as of August and September. Late in the summer they concluded that Trump didn’t stand a chance. said Comey,

‘Stop breaking the law’: Snowden raises ‘red flag’ over testimony of NSA and FBI chiefs : Snowden took to Twitter to raise a “red flag” about their testimony.

Trump Live-Tweets His Favored Moments Of House Intel Hearing On Russia: Trump had no comment on FBI Director James Comey's confirmation that his agency is conducting an ongoing investigation into whether members of Trump's campaign coordinated with the Russian government before the election

NY attorney general hires prosecutor likely to target Trump administration: report: New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, a vocal critic of President Trump, has hired a prosecutor to focus on public corruption cases, including those involving the Trump administration,

U.S. Torture Left Scars on Guantánamo Prisoner’s Psyche for Years: the court filing showed that Mr. Nashiri was locked inside a coffin-like box for days. While it was known that confinement in cramped spaces was one of the torture techniques the C.I.A. had approval to use at its black-site prisons

California cops kill mentally ill man whose family sought help: The officers forced their way into the apartment of Desmond's father, David, believing Desmond posed a threat to family members, according to reports.

Town Busted Running “Debtor’s Prison” Must Pay $680K, Sheriff Told to Resign: “Hundreds of impoverished residents have faced unconstitutional and unjust treatment in Alexander City simply because they were too poor to pay fines and fees,”

FBI Director James Comey confirms investigation of Trump-Russia ties: The FBI is, in fact, investigating Russia’s (alleged) interference with the 2016 presidential election, including links between the Trump campaign and Russian government and any coordination between the two.

Jackie Speier apologizes to 'tarantula-Americans'; "I think of a spider web with a tarantula in the middle, and the tarantula, in my view, is Vladimir Putin,"

Filling the swamp: Boeing Might Be the Biggest Winner in Trump’s Military Buildup: On Wednesday, the firm received a five-year, $3.4 billion deal for 268 Apache attack helicopters. President Trump said he would nominate, a top Boeing executive, to become deputy defense secretary.

March 19, 2017

No One Needs Another Korean War
By Eric Margolis
America would incur 250,000 casualties in a war that would cost one million Korean deaths. Continue

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The 'Birth Pangs' of a New Middle East, Remixed
By Pepe Escobar
The Pentagon is, to put it mildly, fed up with Ankara. - Continue

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Norman Finkelstein to Jewish Journalist - You are Spouting Israeli Propaganda
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Norman Finkelstein once again makes mince meat of the Zionist propaganda machine and tells the Zionist journalist like how it is. - Continue

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Satire
Putin Prepares For Invasion of Europe With Massive Cuts to Military Spending
By Riley Waggama
Putin must be stopped before it's too late. Continue

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Red Scare Redux: "Russian Weapons Stocked Right Up At NATO's Border!"
By Moon Of Alabama
Now, that's truly threatening of Russia and DANGEROUS! - Continue

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The CIA’s 60-Year History of Fake News
By Robert
Scheer
How the Deep State Corrupted Many American Writers - Continue

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The Ultimate Revolution
By Aldous Huxley
People will in fact have their liberties taken away from them, but will rather enjoy it"- Continue

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For Donald Trump, a Terror Attack Will Be an Opportunity Not a Curse
By Peter Maass
We are just a terrorism attack away from the White House gaining a new pretext for its wrathful crackdown against Muslims and immigrants. - Continue

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CNN's Zakaria: Trump Got to The Presidency by 'Bulls--tting
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Fareed Zakaria ripped into President Donald Trump, accusing him of ""Degrading the presidency". - Continue

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Six foreign IS leaders killed as Iraqi forces retake more western Mosul areas; The Iraqi military intelligence service said Sunday that six foreign members of the Islamic State were killed in airstrikes on western Mosul as security forces captured more areas from the extremist group.

Iraqi forces gain more areas in fight against IS militants in west Mosul; The commandos of the Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) fought heavy clashes against IS militants during the day and freed the neighborhood of Nablus in west of the old city center

U.S. base rises from the rubble for Mosul push: The whirl of activity and the return of American soldiers signify a new U.S. build-up in Iraq 14 years on from the invasion that set off a conflict which has undergone various permutations.

Insurgents target Syrian capital in surprise attack; A period of relative calm on the eastern outskirts of Damascus was shattered when a coalition of rebel fighters launched a large-scale offensive targeting the eastern districts of the Syrian capital.

Syria: Damascus sees fierce clashes after rebel attack: Artillery shells and rockets landed inside the heart of the city as part of a surprise rebel attack

1500 gunmen, their families leave al-Waer neighborhood in Homs: The governorate is working on drawing up a comprehensive plan to secure the return of all the families that had earlier left their houses in al-Waer neighborhood

‘Americans are on our side’: Al-Nusra commander says US arming jihadists via 3rd countries : US weapons are being delivered to Jabhat Al-Nusra by governments that Washington supports, a militant commander told the German media.

Syrians Report Israeli Drone Strike Kills Commander of pro-Government Militia: Alleged Israeli airstrike targets vehicle in Quneitra area of Syrian Golan Heights, days after flare-up.

IAF strike reportedly kills Syrian air defense commander: The northern front is heating up, as the IAF struck inside Syria for the second time in 48 hours on Sunday, according to Syrian reports.

Syrian Foreign Ministry: “Israeli aggression against Syria is flagrant defiance of Syrian sovereignty and international legitimacy”; “The Israeli aggression this morning comes as a new Israeli attempt to boost the collapsed morale of terrorist groups

'Apartheid' Israel: Head of UN body resigns over pressure to withdraw critical report

The UN report Israel does not want you to read : A new UN report offers explicit backing for the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign to end Israeli apartheid and support a just peace.

Comparing Israel, the Holocaust and Nazi Germany: How the Zionist movement tries to have it both ways

Any conflict on Iran is a direct threat to Russia’s security – Rogozin : "Should anything happen to Iran, should Iran get drawn into any political or military hardships, this will be a direct threat to our national security,” stressed Rogozin.

Putin Gives Netanyahu a Copy of ‘The Jewish War’ by Josephus; Netanyahu was worried that the Syrian war is almost over (he’d love it to last forever, until the last Syrian)

The War In Yemen Is Turning To Genocide, And Australia Is Quietly Supporting It : Our silence as a nation is destroyed – and innocent men, women and children slaughtered – is deafening

Security forces in Congo Republic kill 15 rebel fighters: Police claimed that the the Ninjas rebels had been trained in explosives and were planning to attack the country’s main railway line between Pool and the capital, Brazzaville.

3 suicide bombers kill 4 in northeastern Nigeria: The attackers were a male and two teenage girls believed to be working for Boko Haram, Nigeria's homegrown Islamic extremism rebels.

Haftar’s militants dig up graves and crucify corpses – Photos; Forces affiliated with the army of General Khalifa Haftar had dug up the graves and burned and crucified the corpses of the killed fighters of Benghazi Shura Council (BSC).

Responsibility to Protect Justified Imperialist Goals in Libya: “For those of us who feared that R2P was just a warrant for war, our fears have been vindicated,” said Rieff to the Economist

60 insurgents killed in military operations Join our daily free Newsletter: : At least 60 Taliban militants were killed and 34 others were wounded in different operations within the past 24 hours.

Afghan soldier killed after shooting, wounding 3 US occupation troops: An Afghan soldier opened fire Sunday inside a base in the southern Helmand province, wounding three U.S. soldiers before being shot dead.

He prefers war! Rex Tillerson Rejects Talks With North Korea on Nuclear Program; Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson ruled out on Friday opening any negotiation with North Korea to freeze its nuclear and missile programs

China Pushes Back on U.S. Talk of ‘All Options’ Over North Korea: In an interview published Saturday, Tillerson called the North Korea threat “imminent.”

U.S. worse than Nazi Germany, North Korean media claims: The video, argues that the U.S. and its allies are spreading “fake news” about North Korea, and compares them to Joseph Goebbels, the notorious Nazi Minister of Propaganda.

SWIFT blocks four more North Korean banks: The Belgium-based group barred three banks designated by the UN on March 9, and another four that were not included on UN or EU blacklists on Thursday.

Rex Tillerson concedes key ground in U.S.-China relations. Did he mean to? Foreign policy watchers don’t know whether Tillerson is really making an intentional show of compliance to those Chinese demands or simply doesn't know what the hell he is doing. It's anybody's guess!

Beijing shuts last coal power plant in switch to natural gas: Premier Li Keqiang promised to "make our skies blue again" in his state-of-the-nation speech.

In a world crazy: British troops, tanks and heavy armour are sent to Russia’s border: Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said the move was about ‘standing up to Russian aggression’.

US landing ship with marines enters Black Sea for drills with Romanian navy: Earlier this week, four NATO warships sailed into the Ukrainian Black Sea port of Odessa.

Russian parliament backs investigation into U.S. media: The investigation, which will be conducted by the Duma's information policy, technologies and communications committee, will check whether CNN, the Voice of America, Radio Liberty are complying with Russian law.

No evidence of Trump-Russia collusion. Nunes (VIDEO); House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes reiterated that “no evidence of collusion” between Donald Trump’s team and Russia has been found ahead of the first public hearing on the matter.

Europeans ‘would revive gas chambers if they weren't ashamed’ – Erdogan : Erdogan slammed European nations, particularly Germany and the Netherlands, for their “Nazi regulations” as they revealed “the hatred they have accumulated for years against our country

Germany rejects Trump's claim it owes NATO and U.S. 'vast sums' for defense: "There is no debt account at NATO," von der Leyen said in a statement

Germany vows legal action if Trump taxes imports; Germany could take the United States to court if Washington goes ahead with plans to tax imports, Economy Minister Brigitte Zypries said Friday, hours before Chancellor Angela Merkel's first meeting with Donald Trump.

Father of Paris airport attacker blames alcohol and not terrorism for his son's actions: His rap sheet paints a picture of a seasoned criminal, well-used to courts and spells behind bars.

75 killed in Peru flooding: The flooding has also destroyed 12,000 homes, 25 schools and eight hospitals or clinics, along with about 2,000 kilometres of roadways and almost 9,000 hectares of crops.

30 Countries Are Refusing To Take Back Illegal Immigrants Convicted Of Serious Crimes : There is already a law on the books which allows the U.S. to hold visas from a country that is not taking back its criminals, but according to Cuellar, the U.S. is not enforcing it.

US 'forces G20 to drop any mention of climate change' in joint statement: The world's top economic powers also failed to agree on a joint position explicitly opposing trade protectionism amid pushback from the US government.

J.C. Penney announces 138 store closures: About 5,000 jobs will be cut due to the closures, J.C. Penney said. The company had about 105,000 full and part-time employees last year.

Professor Wolff Clearly Explains the Coming ECONOMIC CRISIS: Video -

White House claimed Trump had a day full of meetings, but the truth emerges with a swamp selfie: The Newsmax CEO tweeted a photo and it became clear Trump was not in high-level meetings, he was playing golf

March 18, 2017

"War Torn" - U.S. Slaughter In Syria, Somalia And Yemen
By Moon Of Alabama
This is an ongoing huge war crime and literally a genocide. Continue

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US Generating Enemies Beyond its Capacity to Deal With
By Adam Dick
Lawrence Wilkerson, former Army colonel, expressed strong criticism of the US government adding more and more nations to its enemies list. Continue

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The Rise of Cultures of Cruelty in Neo-Fascist USA
By Henry Giroux
Underlying this project is one of the most powerfully oppressive ideologies of neoliberal neo-fascism. Continue

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Key Democratic Officials Now Warning Base Not to Expect Evidence of Trump/Russia Collusion
By Glenn Greenwald
Democrats demonized and smeared anyone trying to inject basic reason, rationality, and skepticism into this Trump/Russia discourse. Continue

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Erdogan and EU Go Off Rails – a Plague on Both Their Houses
By Finian Cunningham
European governments and the EU bloc are complicit in stoking the immigration crisis.  Continue

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In Case You Missed It
Israel Is Spying In And On The U.S.?
Video and Transcript
Some U.S. investigators believe that there are Israelis again very much engaged in spying in and on the U.S. Continue

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President Trump & Chancellor Angela Merkel Full Press Conference
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TRUMP left Angela Merkel looking awkward AGAIN when he insisted immigration should be seen as an honour - and not a "right". Continue

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GOP Proposals Would Require Able-bodied Adults to Hold a Job in Order to Qualify for Medicaid
By Amy Goldstein and Juliet Eilperin
President Trump declared that he was “100 percent” behind the work requirement and block-grant option. Continue

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The Real Irish American Story Not Taught in Schools
By Bill Bigelow
Throughout the famine, there was an abundance of food produced in Ireland, yet the landlords exported it to markets abroad. Continue

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Exclusive: US says it carried out deadly strike that hit Aleppo mosque: Military officials have confirmed to Airwars that a strike in rural Aleppo which reportedly left dozens dead in and around a mosque was carried out by US aircraft.

Pentagon Denies Bombing Syrian Mosque, But Its Own Photo May Prove That It Did: More than 42 people were killed and dozens more injured

Syrian air defense shots down one of 4 Israeli warplanes: The Syria air defense forces confronted the enemy’s aircrafts and shot down one of them inside the occupied territories. "This blatant Israeli act of aggression came as part of the Zionist enemy’s persistence with supporting ISIS terrorist gangs"

Syria responds to Israeli attack by firing missiles at Israeli war planes; Syria fired missiles at Israeli warplanes early Friday after a series of Israeli air strikes inside Syria — a rare military exchange between the two hostile neighbors that was confirmed by both sides.

Israel denies Syrian claim that jet was shot down in bombing; ; The Israel Defense Forces said Syria fired anti-aircraft missiles at the Israeli jets, causing Israel to deploy its Arrow advanced ballistic missile shield. However, it said none of its aircraft had been shot down or damaged.

Syria Claims Israeli Jets Were 'Aiding Islamic State' Near Palmyra: It's suspected that the Syrian Army fired S-200 missiles at Israeli jets that entered Syrian airspace early Friday morning.

Foreign Ministry: Israeli aggression against Syria is flagrant defiance of Syrian sovereignty and international legitimacy

White House asks Congress for $5 billion now to ramp up ISIS fight: President Trump is asking Congress to provide an immediate $30 billion funding boost for the Pentagon, with $5 billion of it earmarked to quicken the pace of the fight against the Islamic State,

U.S. Army Announces Troops Will Stay In Syria After ISIS Defeat: If this comes to pass, the U.S. will once again be an occupying force in yet another Middle Eastern nation.

Fleeing IS, Mosul's civilians cart out the living and the dead: One man lifted a grubby, fluffy blanket to reveal the dust and blood-covered body of a child, one of several piled up on the cart.

Heartbreaking photos: Iraqi children killed by air strikes as battle against Isis in Mosul intensifies: Families trudge through rain and mud as they flee, many desperately hungry and traumatised by living under Isis rule.

Airstrike Hits Refugee Boat In Saudi-Controlled Waters Near Yemen, Killing 31: The boat was carrying registered refugees from Somali who were travelling from Yemen to Sudan. At least 80 survivors were taken to hospital.

Houthi missile attack kills dozens in Yemen : At least 22 members of pro-government forces have been killed in a rebel attack on a mosque inside a military base in Yemen, according to medical sources.

Head of UN agency resigns after refusing to retract report calling Israel an ‘apartheid regime’; “The secretary-general demanded yesterday that I withdraw the report, and I refused,” Khalaf told reporters at a press conference in Beirut today.

Rex Tillerson Rejects Talks With North Korea on Nuclear Program: “The policy of strategic patience has ended,” Mr. Tillerson said.

Will America Attack North Korea Again?; Is more US aggression coming against a nation threatening no one? Throughout its post-WW II history, it never attacked another country.

China alone unable to solve North Korea nuke crisis: Tensions on the Peninsula are ramping up. Pyongyang refuses to unilaterally halt its nuclear and missile activities; Washington and Seoul, with no new solutions to reach their goal, are putting more blame on China.

Russia announces deepest defence budget cuts since 1990s: Figures released by the Russian Federal Treasury have confirmed that Russia's defence budget has been cut by 25.5% for 2017, falling from RUB3.8 trillion (USD65.4 billion) to RUB2.8 trillion.

Clinton Ally Says : No Russia-Trump Collusion; Former Acting CIA Director Michael Morell, who endorsed Hillary Clinton and called Donald Trump a dupe of Russia, cast doubt Wednesday night on allegations that members of the Trump campaign colluded with Russia.

In awkward exchange, Trump seems to ignore Merkel's handshake request: Video - In an exchange caught on video, photographers gathered around Trump and Merkel in the Oval Office early Friday afternoon and suggested that the two leaders shake hands for the camera.

Turkey threatens to send Europe '15,000 refugees a month': "If you want, we could open the way for 15,000 refugees that we don't send each month and blow the mind" of Europe, Soylu said in a speech late Thursday, quoted by the Anadolu news agency.

Sturgeon hints at 'other ways' to hold new Scottish independence referendum; Nicola Sturgeon has hinted she had other ways to force Theresa May into agreeing a compromise over a second referendum on Scottish independence.

Ireland’s Prime Minister calls on Trump to support illegal Irish immigrants as he unveils referendum: Kenny called on the new President to consider granting new working rights to the estimated 50,000 Irish citizens believed to be living illegally in the U.S.,

Secret Service laptop with Trump Tower floor plans stolen in New York: A laptop computer containing floor plans for Trump Tower and other national security information was stolen from a Secret Service agent's vehicle in New York City on Thursday.

Julian Assange? : Two IC officials close to Pence stated privately this month that they are planning on a Pence takeover: Did not state if Pence agrees.

Immigration judges headed to 12 U.S. cities to speed deportations: The targeted cities are New York; Los Angeles; Miami; New Orleans; San Francisco; Baltimore, Bloomington, Minnesota; El Paso, Texas; Harlingen, Texas; Imperial, California; Omaha, Nebraska and Phoenix, Arizona.

Five Ninth Circuit Judges Issue Rare Dissent Rebuking The Panel In Immigration Ruling: To see this type of vociferous dissent in a withdrawn appeal is remarkable in itself but it also shows the depth of opposition to the panel’s decision among other judges.

Georgia ‘Domestic Terrorism’ Bill Would Likely Fuel Criminalization Of Muslim And Immigrant Rights Protesters; “If you are an average person or average citizen trying to make a decision about whether to attend any type of protest,” “This type of legislation could dissuade you.

Citing the 'Trump effect,' 40 percent of colleges have seen a drop in foreign applicants: The biggest decline in applications has come from, unsurprisingly, the Middle East.

Seth Meyers Dismantles Trump's Barbaric Budget Proposal: Republicans' Obamacare replacement would hit much of Trump's base the hardest, a reality even Trump admitted to Fox News' Tucker Carlson.

‘America First’ Budget Is Unworthy of Our Nation: With typical bombast, Donald Trump calls his 2018 draft budget America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again. No, it won’t make America great again.

Trump to spend 7th consecutive weekend at Trump-branded property, at enormous cost to taxpayers: President Trump doesn’t want to spend federal dollars on after-school programs, meals for poor people, or heating assistance that helps keep folks alive.

Mayor: Palm Beach may need to raise taxes to pay for Trump security at Mar-a-Lago: The department could end up paying millions in overtime costs associated with Trump's future trips, money not currently budgeted for the county, according to the report.

March 16, 2017

The Dangerous Reality of an Iran War
By Sharmine Narwani
Why are U.S. armed forces in the Persian Gulf anyway? Continue

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President Blowback: How the Invasion of Iraq Came Home
By Tom Engelhardt
Despite his denials that he was ever in favor of the 2003 invasion of that country, Donald Trump is a president made by war. Continue

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When America Interfered in a Russian Election
By Margaret Kimberley
“All of the news is fake when corporate media connive with the powerful to produce their desired ends.” Continue

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AIPAC Gave $60K to Architect of Trump’s Muslim Ban
By Eli Clifton
Gaffney and Conway played a pivotal role in bringing about the administration’s efforts to ban immigration from seven (and now six) Muslim-majority countries. Continue

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US and Israeli Codependent Relationship is Not Just about Money
By Ramzy Baroud
Israel is a strategic liability for the US. That makes American Jewish influence the ultimate pillar of Israel’s survival.” Continue

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Did Obama Spy on Trump?
By Andrew P. Napolitano
The British foreign surveillance service, known as GCHQ, most likely provided Obama with transcripts of Trump’s calls. Continue

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From Nuisance to Threat: The High Cost of Truth
By Paul Craig Roberts
The propaganda picture of “American Democracy” has lost its believability. Continue

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The Muslim Ban and the Ethnic Cleansing of America
By Hamid Dabashi
Trump's Muslim ban is integral to his long-term plan to make the US a solely white, Anglo-Saxon and Protestant 'nation'. Continue

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Syria: Air raid on mosque kills 42' in Aleppo province: It is not clear who exactly was behind the attack. Russian U.S. and Syrian war planes fly in the region.

Dozens killed in ‘suspected US strike’ on Aleppo mosque (GRAPHIC VIDEO); While the Pentagon only admitted to striking terrorists several miles away in Idlib, some reports suggest US missile debris were recovered from the mosque’s rubble.

Syria sanctions hit children's cancer treatment: In the cancer ward at Damascus Children's Hospital, doctors are struggling with a critical shortage of specialist drugs to treat their young patients - and it's not just due to the general chaos of the Syrian civil war.

Paramilitary forces kill 2 Islamic State members in western Mosul; Al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Units) said through its media they killed two Islamic State attackers in western Mosul’s region of Tal Zalat, and destroyed their vehicle.

Sunni politician warns U.S. of mounting civilian casualties in Mosul: Khamis Khanjar, a prominent Iraqi Sunni politician, said at least 3,500 civilians have been killed since the push into the western side of the side last month.

Mosul's growing humanitarian crisis as bad as feared: Thousands are sleeping on the ground outside an overflowing refugee camp in this town near Mosul, and a thousand more arrive every few hours to wait for spaces. Food, water and medicine are increasingly scarce, refugees said.

Iraq, US offer differing accounts of progress in Mosul: The American commander of coalition ground forces in Iraq, said the troops had recaptured "a little over a third" of neighborhoods west of the Tigris River, while an Iraqi military spokesman, said they had retaken up to 60 percent.

Saudi airstrike leaves seven Yemeni fishermen dead: An unnamed military source told the al-Masirah television that the aircraft struck a fishing boat in waters off the coast of Durayhimi district, located 150 kilometers southwest of the capital Sana'a, on Thursday evening.

UAE soldier killed in Yemen: : Upon the arrival of his body from Yemen, the serviceman will be laid to rest in Kalba.

Arms sell to Saudi Arabia could make US responsible for war crimes, Amnesty warns; Amnesty International’s researchers have already found many unexploded US-made bombs among the ruins of Yemeni residential buildings. The bombs include cluster munitions which are banned

Saudi Arabia, China sign deals worth up to $85 billion: Flanked by a thousand-person entourage, Saudi Arabian King Salman travelled to China on Thursday to deepen economic ties between the world's biggest oil exporter and the world's second-largest oil consumer.

 

Landmark UN report backs Israel boycott: A new UN report offers explicit backing for the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign to end Israeli apartheid and support a just peace.

US 2018 Budget Guarantees Foreign Assistance Only for Israel, State Dept: "Our assistance to Israel is guaranteed," Toner told reporters. "With respect to other foreign military assistance levels, those are still being evaluated and decisions are going to be made going forward."

Drone Strikes Up 432 Percent Under Donald Trump: From his inauguration through today, President Trump had approved at least 36 drone strikes or raids in 45 days — one every 1.25 days.

31 militants killed in in airstrikes in ISIS-frequented districts in East of Afghanistan: MoD: At least thirty one militants were killed in a series of airstrikes conducted in Nangarhar districts frequented by the militants loyal to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group.

Tillerson says diplomacy with North Korea has 'failed'; Pyongyang warns of war: Diplomacy has failed and it’s time to “take a different approach” to North Korea, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said here Thursday,

N. Korea blasts U.S. bombing drills in S. Korea: North Korea on Thursday condemned South Korea and the United States for "escalating nuclear attack threats," citing the participation of U.S. strategic bombers and the nuclear-powered USS Carl Vinson in joint military drills in South Korea.

Philippine lawmaker seeks to impeach Duterte over drug fight: A Philippine lawmaker filed an impeachment complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday because of the thousands of deaths in his anti-drug crackdown and alleged corruption

Ukraine announces economic blockade of rebel-held areas: All railway and road connections will be cut, according to Oleksandr Turchynov, the council's secretary.

EU approves €600m loan for Ukraine: The European Commission agreed to release a €600m loan to Ukraine on Thursday, bringing the total amount of direct financial assistance it has given the country since 2014 to €2.81bn, the largest amount disbursed to any non-EU country.

Trump adviser Flynn paid by multiple Russia-related entities, new records show: Michael Flynn, collected nearly $68,000 in fees and expenses from Russia-related entities in 2015, a higher amount than was previously known, according to newly released documents.

‘Standard & entirely transparent practice’: RT’s head of communications on leaked paycheck to Flynn: The latest speculation over Flynn’s alleged ties with Moscow is yet another “bogus, unfounded accusation,” believes retired US Army Major General Paul Vallely.

10,000+ of firearms seized by Spanish police & Europol : Spanish National Police and Europol seized more than 10,000 assault rifles, 400 howitzers, shells, grenades, and anti-aerial machine guns. The firearms were likely intended for sale to terrorists and criminals.

How does the EU hijab ruling affect Muslim women?: Muslim women from four different European countries share their views on the European Court of Justice's ruling.

‘Wars of religion will start in Europe’ – Turkish FM: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan previously labelled Holland a fascist nation and said the country will pay for blocking rallies in Rotterdam and the ensuing riots.

Rand Paul Responds to John McCain: Senator From Arizona Is "Unhinged" and "Past His Prime": Video -

FBI director briefs top senators on Russia: FBI Director James Comey briefed a group of top senators Wednesday amid growing demands that he clarify if the bureau is investigating any contacts between Moscow and the Trump campaign.

Coats confirmed as new spy chief: The Senate voted 85 to 12 to confirm Coats as the director of national intelligence, a role in which Coats pledged to work closely with members of Congress to facilitate their various probes into allegations that Russia interfered in the 2016 elections

Vault 7 - The Most Horrifying Leak Yet - What You Need To Know : Video - John McAfee on Larry King's "Politicking" and learn more about the Vault 7 Wikileaks dump and why it should be important to every American. You don't want to miss this.

CIA Pays ‘Traitors’ to Say We Traffic Drugs: Venezuela’s Maduro: Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday accused the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, CIA, of paying former Chavista leaders to invent evidence with which to accuse the socialist government of drug trafficking.

Mexico Presidential Hopeful Files Complaint Against Trump Wall: Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador filed a complaint with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights against U.S. President Donald Trump's planned border wall and his administration's treatment of immigrants.

Undocumented Immigrant Arrests at U.S. Courthouses Spark Fury: Lawyer Octavio Chaidez was finishing up a criminal court appearance at the Los Angeles Superior Court in Pasadena when four agents swooped in and took his client away.

Video: Alabama cop shoots driver holding wallet

US judge orders detention of VW executive Oliver Schmidt as 'serious' flight risk: A Detroit judge has ruled against releasing Volkswagen AG manager Oliver Schmid. The German national represented a "serious" flight risk, the judge said.

US judge in Hawaii grants motion for nationwide temporary restraining order of Trump’s travel ban: U.S. District Court Judge Derrick Watson decision prevents the executive order from going into effect, at least for now.

Donald Trump press secretary sensationally claims GCHQ may have colluded with Obama: Sean Spicer claimed British spies were drafted in to avoid any “American fingerprints" on the alleged surveillance

British spy agency denies helping Obama spy on Trump after White House repeats claim: The British spy agency told ITV News that any suggestion it was involved in wiretapping the now president "was utterly ridiculous and should be ignored”.

Capitol Hill Republicans not on board with Trump budget; Some of President Trump’s best friends in Congress sharply criticized his first budget Thursday, with defense hawks saying the proposed hike in Pentagon spending wasn’t big enough

Trump budget: UN sounds alarm over foreign aid cuts: UN chief Antonio Guterres reacted fiercely to the plans on Thursday, saying "abrupt funding cuts can force the adoption of ad hoc measures that will undermine the impact of longer-term reform efforts".

White House Says Cutting Meals on Wheels Is ‘Compassionate’; Trump’s budget slashes rental assistance and home-energy aid to low-income families

Republican health bill still alive despite renegade conservative votes : The Obamacare replacement bill passed the House Budget Committee with one vote to spare, as three conservative Republicans broke ranks to vote against Paul Ryan’s health care proposal.

Sessions Wants To Bring Back Reagan-Era Drug Policies; “In the ’80s and ’90s, we saw how campaigns stressing prevention brought down drug use and addiction.

 

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