• Over 400,000 flee homes in east Ukraine: UNHCR
    Over 400,000 flee homes in east Ukraine: UNHCRBy presstvThe UN refugee agency says over 400,000 people have fled their homes due to the fighting in eastern Ukraine. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said on Wednesday that some 190,000 Ukrainians have been displaced within the country and 225,883 others have fled to Russia, Poland and Belarus. It warned that the number of displaced peopled could be higher since there is no centralized registration system. "We do recognize that the number of displaced could be higher as there's no centralized registration system, and we know that some people are not registering," said UNHCR spokesperson Ariane Rummery. Rummery said that around 78,000 of the refugees who went to Russia have applied for refugee status. Ukraine’s mainly Russian-speaking regions in the east have witnessed deadly clashes between pro-Moscow forces and the Ukrainian army since Kiev launched military operations to silence the pro-Russians. Violence intensified in May after the two flashpoint regions of Donetsk and Luhansk held local referendums, in which their residents voted overwhelmingly in favor of independence from Ukraine. Local authorities said Wednesday that clashes in and around Donetsk had killed 43 civilians in the past 24 hours. The UN says more than 2,000 people have been killed and 5,000 others wounded in the four-month conflict gripping the former Soviet state. DB/MAM/MHB
  • US Readying More Troops to ‘Crush’ ISIS
    US Readying More Troops to ‘Crush’ ISISUS Using Journalist's Execution as Pretext for Further Iraq EscalationBy Jason Ditz, August 20, 2014  "Antiwar.com"The Obama Administration has never been one to let a sad piece of news slip by unexploited, and when news emerged last night of the beheading of journalist James Foley by ISIS, they were quick to transition their narrative to fit the new story.The US was already escalating the Iraq War at an alarming pace under the guise of a “humanitarian intervention,” but now are using Foley’s killing as the official justification to continue that escalation in the name of revenge. President Obama presented ISIS as a “cancer” that had to be “extracted” from the Middle East, going on to accuse them of plotting genocide and offering “nothing but an endless slavery.” Obama went on to declare that “no just God would stand for what they did yesterday and what they do every single day,” vowing his own relentless pursuit of them. Secretary of State John Kerry was more direct, vowing to crush ISIS militarily, and declaring the group the “face of a new evil” whose very existence is an insult to Islam. Kerry went heavy on the thesaurus today, dubbing ISIS “ugly, savage, inexplicable, nihilistic, and valueless evil,” and saying the US will track them down anywhere in the world to destroy them. The State Department also seems to be driving a lot of the escalation push right now, asking for another 300 US ground troops to be deployed to sites in Baghdad, including the US Embassy and the Baghdad airport. The Pentagon is “considering” the request, but its acceptance is all but certain. The humanitarian excuse for the US war was basically up when they got to Mount Sinjar and realized there weren’t 40,000 Yazidis there. Officials seem to feel Foley’s death is a good excuse to shed the last remnants of that talking point in favor of a return to the 2003-style bellicosity. America’s goal in the war is now wiping out its self-proclaimed enemies, and any suggestion of a closed-ended operation has long sense flown out the window.
  • Ukraine Crisis Continues
    Ukraine Crisis ContinuesBy Dr. Paul Craig Roberts    "paulcraigroberts.org"Having served Washington’s propaganda purposes, the downed Malaysian airliner and the alleged Russian armored column that entered Ukraine and was allegedly destroyed have dropped out of the news even though both stories remain completely and totally unresolved.Washington’s stooge government in Ukraine has not released the records of communications between Ukrainian air traffic control and Malaysian flight 17, and Washington has not released the photos from its satellite which was directly overhead at the time of the airliner’s demise.We can safely and conclusively conclude from this purposeful withholding of evidence that the evidence does not support Washington’s and Kiev’s propaganda.We can also safely and conclusively conclude that the Western media’s sudden disinterest in the unresolved story and failure to demand the evidence kept secret by Washington and Kiev is in keeping with the Western media’s role as a Ministry of Propaganda.In other words, Washington and its presstitutes are protecting the lie that Washington and its media vassals successfully spread around the world and have used as the basis for further sanctions that escalate the conflict with Russia. Washington could not possibly make it clearer that Washington intends to escalate, not defuse, the conflict that Washington alone orchestrated.Ditto for the alleged Russian armored column. The Russian government has labeled the story a fantasy, which it clearly is, but nevertheless Washington and its media vassals have left the story in place.As English is the world language and as the European press follows the lead of the American presstitutes, the propaganda war is stacked against Russia (and China). Russian and Chinese are not world languages. Indeed, these languages are difficult for others to learn and are not well known outside the countries themselves. The Western media follows Washington’s lead, not Moscow’s or Beijing’s.As facts are not relevant to the outcome, Moscow and Beijing are in a losing situation in the propaganda war.The same holds for diplomacy. Washington does not engage in diplomacy. The exceptional country uses bribes, threats, and coercion. The Russian government’s diplomatic efforts come to naught. As Russian President Putin has complained, “Washington doesn’t listen, the West doesn’t hear us.”And yet the Russian government continues to try to deal with the Ukrainian situation with facts and diplomacy. This approach is proving to be very costly to the residents of the former Russian territories in eastern and southern Ukraine. These people are being killed by air and artillery strikes against their homes and infrastructure. Large numbers of these people have been displaced by the Ukrainian attacks and are refugees in Russia. The Western media does not report the violence that Washington’s stooge government in Kiev is inflicting on these people. The Western media speaks only with Washington’s voice: “It is all Russia’s fault.”The crisis would have been prevented if the Russian government had accepted the provinces request to be reunited with Russia as in the case of Crimea. However, the Russian government decided to avoid any decision that Washington could misrepresent as “invasion and annexation,” thinking that Europe would see Russia’s unprovocative behavior as reassuring and resist Washington’s pressure to enter into conflict with Russia.In my opinion the Russian government over-estimated the power of diplomacy in the West. Washington is interested in fomenting crises, not in resolving them.In the 23 years since the collapse of the Soviet Union, many Russians have been of the opinion that Washington, not the Soviet government, was the party to be trusted in the Cold War. What the Russian government has learned recently is that Washington cannot be trusted and that the Soviet government’s suspicions of the West were very well founded.Kiev’s military assault on eastern and southern Ukraine is not going to stop because Europeans finally see the light and object. Europeans not only stood aside for 13 years while Washington bombed civilians in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Pakistan, Yemen, and organized outside forces to attack Syrians, while isolating Iran for military attack, but also actively participated in the attacks. Europe has stood aside while Israel has massacred Palestinians on numerous occasions. For Russia to rely on Europe’s moral conscience is to rely on something that does not exist.The continued slaughter and destruction of the Russian populations in eastern and southern Ukraine will eventually demoralize the Russian people and undermine their support of Putin’s government for failing to halt it. The Russian government’s acceptance of the slaughter makes Russia look weak and encourages more aggression against Russia.If the Russian government intends to resolve its problems in Ukraine and to forestallWashington’s ability to further erode Russia’s political and economic relationships with Europe with more sanctions, the Russian government will have to turn to more forceful measures.In Ukraine the Russian government has two alternatives. One is to announce that the ongoing slaughter and the unresponsiveness of Kiev and its Western backers to Russia’s efforts to end the killing with a diplomatic settlement has caused Russia to reconsider the provinces’ requests to be reunited with Russia and that any further attacks on these territories will be regarded as attacks on Russia and be met with a devastating military response.The other alternative is for Putin to meet privately with Washington’s stooge and convey to the corrupt oligarch that enough is enough and that if the attacks continue Russia will accept the requests for reunification and protect the provinces. Putin would explain to Washington’s stooge that if he wants to retain the former Russian territories as part of Ukraine, he will have to work out satisfactory arrangements with the provinces. In other words, Putin would deliver an ultimatum, one that required an immediate answer so that the stooge couldn’t run to Washington and Washington would not have time to create a new propaganda.Karl Marx regarded morality as a rationale for class interests. As each class created a morality to justify its interests, there was no basis for good will between people. With reform impossible, violence becomes the only effective method of change. Washington has its own version of Marx’s doctrine. As the exceptional country, history has chosen the US to prevail over other countries’ interests. Prevailing rules out diplomacy which requires compromise. Therefore, Washington, like Marx, relies on violence.The Russian government cannot rely on diplomacy and good will if the West is relying on violence.Perhaps s solution could be found by President Putin meeting separately with Merkel and Hollande and explaining that Russia cannot indefinitely accept sanctions based on lies and propaganda without taking more determined steps than Russian sanctions against European agricultural products. Putin could make it clear that if Europe continues to accommodate Washington’s assault on Russia, the flow of energy could be restricted or be turned off.Additionally, President Putin might explain to the European leaders that the dynamics of Washington’s campaign to demonize Russia can escape control and result in war that would devastate Europe. Putin could tell Europeans that by disassociating from Washington’s foreign policy and adopting foreign policies that serve their own interests instead of Washington’s, Europeans have nothing to lose but their chains of vassalage.Putin could explain to Europeans that Russia is prepared to guarantee Europe’s security and, therefore, that Europe does not need Washington’s guarantee against a nonexistent Russian threat.If this very reasonable and diplomatic approach to Europe fails, then Russia and China know that they must prepare for war.
  • Watchdog groups slam Ferguson police ‘harassment’ of reporters
    Watchdog groups slam Ferguson police ‘harassment’ of reportersBy RTAs tensions continue to simmer following nine days of street protests in Ferguson, Missouri, where a teenager was shot dead by a police officer, two watchdog groups have slammed the heavy-handed police tactics. To compound the physical and mental strain of reporting on the weeks-long protests in Ferguson, where the public is desperate for justice after a white police officer shot black teenager Michael Brown to death, journalists themselves are finding themselves the target of police tear gas, rubber bullets and flash bang grenades. LIVE UPDATES from Ferguson However, Robert Mahoney, Deputy Director of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), said the police tactics would not prevent reporters from doing their jobs. "Ferguson is an international story and journalists are going to cover it. They have a right to do so without fearing for their safety or liberty," Mahoney said. "The harassment and detention of reporters must stop. From senior commanders on down, the word must go out to security forces to let journalists do their job." CPJ also released a guide for journalists on how to stay safe while covering events in Ferguson. Jasmine Heiss, an observer with Amnesty International, expressed concern over reports that journalists were being tear-gassed while performing their jobs. “Just last night I’ve heard several journalists and community say that either gas was thrown at them while they were reporting, or, in the case of the community members that gas was thrown into residential neighborhoods while they were walking,” Heiss told RT. “Increasingly repressive tactics [are] being used to curtail free speech,” she added. Six journalists were detained by police while covering the protests on Monday and early Tuesday, compelling the American Society of News Editors to describe the incidences as a "top-down effort to restrict the fundamental First Amendment rights of the public and the press." Police in riot gear detain a demonstrator (C) protesting against the shooting of Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri August 19, 2014 (Reuters / Joshua Lott) According to CNN, 11 journalists have been arrested in the course of the protests, which have thrown a glaring spotlight on US race relations, not to mention military-style police equipment and tactics now being deployed on the streets of America. Police were caught on video firing a tear gas canister that exploded directly in front of an Al Jazeera America crew, causing the reporters to discard their camera equipment and flee the fumes. In another heated encounter, a police officer is actually caught on video telling journalists, "I'm going German reporter Ansgar Graw and his colleague Frank Hermann were detained by police for taking photos of a burned-out gas station, close to the spot where Michael Brown was killed. “I tried to take some pictures at a spot where before I think were taken several thousand photos of the same spot, and some police officers tried to shoot me and my colleague from Germany…but it was on Monday at 2 o’clock, it was perfect…there was no threat, no tensions were in the air,” he told RT. The journalist said the police told them they could photograph, but they had to continue walking otherwise they would be arrested. Despite complying with the police orders, Graw said they were still detained.
  • Combat kittens & hipster jihadists: ISIS target kids to spread their cause
    Combat kittens & hipster jihadists: ISIS target kids to spread their causeBy RTIslamic State members may hate Western culture, but they are quick to embrace Western technology that helps spread their message far and wide. The militants’ social media offensive ranges from videos of beheadings to pictures of cute jihadist kittens. Apparently the IS (formerly ISIS/ISIL) realizes the importance of social media to win public support and are no less active on Twitter than activists of the so-called Arab Spring were just three years ago. It’s hard to quantify this, but Middle East experts say the numerous videos of summary executions of captured Iraqi soldiers have played a significant effect in demoralizing the Iraqi army. While threatening their enemies, they are also luring allies and potential recruits, demonstrating their martial prowess. The IS released an hour-long movie featuring slow-motion explosions and other special effects, reports RT’s Gayane Chichakyan. “Kids are the best medium for them. Ten years old or 11 years old. In a few years they will be able to carry arms and they will be already well indoctrinated with this violent pursuit of their goal,” Ashraf El-Bayoumi, a professor at Alexandria University, told RT. And it’s not only Arab teens whom the IS want to see in their ranks. Their activists distribute leaflets in London openly calling to spread the caliphate across the world. They are also targeting the English-language part of the World Wide Web, with fighters’ blogs and selfies, and motivational posters. Among the propaganda material spread on the internet there are pictures aimed at western audience. One is promoting violent jihad as “our Call of Duty” – a reference to the popular computer game. Another says, “You die only once, why not make it martyrdom?” a message that somebody experiencing teen angst may find quite appealing. There is also a ‘hipster jihadist’ – an IS fighter who reportedly graduated from a Cairo University and joined the militants – whose cutlass-wielding photo made ripples across the internet. Other militant groups have long been using social media for their propaganda, but apparently the Islamic State is the most active and skilled in this regard.
  • John McCain, Conductor of the "Arab Spring" and the Caliph
    John McCain, Conductor of the "Arab Spring" and the Caliph by Thierry Meyssan  Voltaire NetworkEveryone has noticed the contradiction of those who recently characterized the Islamic Emirate as "freedom fighters" in Syria and who are indignant today faced with its abuses in Iraq. But if that speech is incoherent in itself, it makes perfect sense in the strategic plan: the same individuals were to be presented as allies yesterday and must be as enemies today, even if they are still on orders from Washington. Thierry Meyssan reveals below US policy through the particular case of Senator John McCain, conductor of the "Arab Spring" and longtime partner of Caliph Ibrahim.Are Barack Obama and John McCain political opponents as they claim, or are they working together on the imperialist strategy of their country? John McCain is known as the leader of the Republicans and unhappy 2008 US presidential candidate. This is, we will see, only the real part of his biography, which serves as a cover to conduct covert actions on behalf of his government. When I was in Libya during the "Western"attack, I was able to view a report of the foreign intelligence services. It stated that, on February 4, 2011 in Cairo, NATO organized a meeting to launch the "Arab Spring" in Libya and Syria. According to this document, the meeting was chaired by John McCain. The report detailed the list of Libyan participants, whose delegation was led by the No. 2 man of the government of the day, Mahmoud Jibril, who abruptly switched sides at the entrance of the meeting to become the opposition leader in exile. I remember that, among the French delegates present, the report quoted Bernard-Henry Lévy, although officially he had never exercised functions within the French government. Many other personalities attended the symposium, including a large delegation of Syrians living abroad. Emerging from the meeting, the mysterious Syrian Revolution 2011 Facebook account called for demonstrations outside the People’s Council (National Assembly) in Damascus on February 11. Although this Facebook account at the time claimed to have more than 40,000 followers, only a dozen people responded to its call before the flashes of photographers and hundreds of police. The demonstration dispersed peacefully and clashes only began more than a month later in Deraa. [1] On February 16, 2011, a demonstration underway in Benghazi, in memory of members of the Islamic Fighting Group in Libya [2] massacred in 1996 in the Abu Selim prison, degenerated into shooting. The next day, a second event, this time in memory of those who died by attacking the Danish consulate during the Muhammad cartoons affair, also degenerated into shooting. At the same time, members of the Islamic Fighting Group in Libya ,coming from Egypt and coordinated by unidentified, hooded individuals, simultaneously attacked four military bases in four different cities. After three days of fighting and atrocities, the rebels launched the uprising of Cyrenaica against Tripolitania [3]; a terrorist attack that the western press falsely presented as a "democratic revolution" against "the regime" of Muammar el-Qaddafi. On February 22nd, John McCain was in Lebanon. He met members of the Future Movement (the party of Saad Hariri) whom he charged to oversee the transfer of arms to Syria around the MP Okab Sakr [4]. Then, leaving Beirut, he inspected the Syrian border and the selected villages including Ersal, which were used as a basis to back mercenaries in the war to come. The meetings chaired by John McCain were clearly the trigger point for a long-prepared Washington plan; the plan that would have the UK and France attack Libya and Syria simultaneously, following the doctrine of "leadership from behind" and the annex of the Treaty of Lancaster House of November 2010. [5] The Illegal Trip to Syria, April 2013 In May 2013, Senator John McCain made his way illegally to near Idleb in Syria via Turkey to meet with leaders of the "armed opposition". His trip was not made public until his return to Washington. [6] This movement was organized by the Syrian Emergency Task Force, which, contrary to its title, is a Zionist Organization led by a Palestinian employee of AIPAC [7] John McCain in Syria. In the foreground at right is the director of the Syrian Emergency Task Force. In the doorway, center, Mohammad Nour. In photographs released at that time, one noticed the presence of Mohammad Nour, a spokesman for the Northern Storm Brigade (of the Al-Nosra Front, that is to say, al-Qaeda in Syria), who kidnapped and held 11 Lebanese Shiite pilgrims in Azaz. [8] Asked about his proximity to al-Qaeda kidnappers, the Senator claimed not to know Mohammad Nour who would have invited himself into this photo. The affair made a great noise and the families of the abducted pilgrims lodged a complaint before the Lebanese judiciary against Senator McCain for complicity in kidnapping. Ultimately, an agreement was reached and the pilgrims were released. Let’s suppose that Senator McCain had told the truth and that he was abused by Mohammad Nour. The object of his illegal trip to Syria was to meet the chiefs of staff of the Free Syrian Army. According to him, the organization was composed "exclusively of Syrians" fighting for "their freedom" against the "Alouite dictatorship” (sic). The tour organizers published this photograph to attest to the meeting. John McCain and the heads of the Free Syrian Army. In the left foreground, Ibrahim al-Badri, with which the Senator is talking. Next, Brigadier General Salim Idris (with glasses). If we can see Brigadier General Idriss Salem, head of the Free Syrian Army, one can also see Ibrahim al-Badri (foreground on the left) with whom the senator is talking. Back from the surprise trip, John McCain claimed that all those responsible for the Free Syrian Army were "moderates who can be trusted" (sic). However, since October 4, 2011, Ibrahim al-Badri (also known as Abu Du’a) was on the list of the five terrorists most wanted by the United States (Rewards for Justice). A premium of up to $ 10 million was offered to anyone who would assist in his capture. [9] The next day, October 5, 2011, Ibrahim al-Badri was included in the list of the Sanctions Committee of the UN as a member of Al Qaeda. [10] In addition, a month before receiving Senator McCain, Ibrahim al-Badri, known under his nom de guerre as Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, created the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ÉIIL) – all the while still belonging to the staff of the very "moderate" Free Syrian Army. He claimed as his own the attack on the Taj and Abu Ghraib prisons in Iraq, from which he helped between 500 and 1,000 jihadists escape who then joined his organization. This attack was coordinated with other almost simultaneous operations in eight other countries. Each time, the escapees joined the jihadist organizations fighting in Syria. This case is so strange that Interpol issued a note and requested the assistance of the 190 member countries. [11] For my part, I have always said that there was no difference on the ground between the Free Syrian Army, Al-Nosra Front, the Islamic Emirate etc ... All these organizations are composed of the same individuals who continuously change flag. When they pose as the Free Syrian Army, they fly the flag of French colonization and speak only of overthrowing the "dog Bashar." When they say they belong to Al-Nosra Front, they carry the flag of al Qaeda and declare their intention to spread Islam in the world. Finally when they say they are the Islamic Emirate, they brandish the flag of the Caliphate and announce that they will clean the area of all infidels. But whatever the label, they proceed to the same abuses: rape, torture, beheadings, crucifixions. Yet neither Senator McCain nor his companions of the Syrian Emergency Task Force provided the information in their possession on Ibrahim al-Badri to the State Department, nor have they asked for the reward. Nor have they informed the anti-terrorism Committee of the UN. In no country in the world, regardless of their political system, would one accept that the opposition leader be in direct contact, and publicly friendly, with a very dangerous wanted terrorist. Who Then is Senator McCain? But John McCain is not just the leader of the political opposition to President Obama, he is also one of his senior officials! He is in fact President of the International Republican Institute (IRI), the republican branch of NED / CIA [12], since January 1993. This so-called "NGO" was officially established by President Ronald Reagan to extend certain activities of the CIA, in connection with the British, Canadian and Australian secret services. Contrary to its claims, it is indeed an inter-governmental agency. Its budget is approved by Congress in a budget line dependent of the Secretary of State. It is also because it is a joint agency of the Anglo-Saxon secret services that several states in the world prohibit it from any activity on their territory. Accused of plotting the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak for the Muslim Brotherhood, the two employees of the International Republican Institute (IRI) in Cairo, John Tomlaszewski (second right) and Sam LaHood (son of US-Lebanese, Ray LaHood, a democratic government Transportation Secretary) (second left) took refuge at the embassy of the United States. Here they are along with Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham at the preparatory meeting of the "Arab Spring" in Libya and Syria. They would be released by Brother Mohamed Morsi when he became President. The list of interventions by John McCain on behalf of the State Department is impressive. He participated in all the color revolutions of the last twenty years. To take only a few examples, ever in the name of "democracy", he prepared the failed coup against constitutional president Hugo Chávez in Venezuela, [13] the overthrow of constitutionally elected president Jean-Bertrand Aristide in Haiti [14], the attempt to overthrow the constitutional President Mwai Kibaki in Kenya [15] and, more recently, the ousting of the constitutional president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych. In any state in the world, when a citizen takes initiative to topple the regime of another State, he may be appreciated if successful and the new regime proves an ally, but he will be severely condemned when his initiatives have negative consequences for his own country. Now, Senator McCain never was harassed because of his anti-democratic actions in states where it has failed and who have turned against Washington. In Venezuela, for example. That is because, for the United States, John McCain is not a traitor, but an agent. And an agent that has the best coverage imaginable: he is the official opponent of Barack Obama. As such, he can travel anywhere in the world (he is the most traveled US senator) and meet whoever he wants without fear. If his interlocutors approve Washington policy, he promised them to continue it, if they fight it, he hands over the responsibility to President Obama. John McCain is known to have been a prisoner of war in Vietnam for five years, where he was tortured. He was involved in a program designed not to extract information but to instill speech. This was to transform his personality in order that he make statements against his own country. This program, studied based on the Korean experience for the Rand Corporation by Professor Albert D. Biderman, served as the basis for research at Guantánamo and elsewhere by Dr. Martin Seligman [16]. Applied under George W. Bush to more than 80,000 prisoners, it has transformed many of them into real fighters serving Washington. John McCain, who had cracked in Vietnam, therefore understands. He knows how to unscrupulously manipulate jihadists. What is the US strategy with the jihadists in the Levant? In 1990, the United States decided to destroy its former Iraqi ally. Having suggested to President Saddam Hussein that they would consider the attack of Kuwait as an Iraqi internal affair, they used this attack as an excuse to mobilize a broad coalition against Iraq. However, because of the opposition of the USSR, they did not overthrow the regime, but were content to administer a no-fly zone. In 2003, France’s opposition was not enough to offset the influence of the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq. The United States attacked the country again and this time overthrew President Hussein. Of course, John McCain was a major contributor to the Committee. After handing to a private company the care of plundering the country for a year [17], they tried to partition Iraq into three separate states, but had to give it up due to the resistance of the population. They tried again in 2007, around the Biden-Brownback resolution, but again failed. [18] Hence the current strategy that attempts to achieve this by means of a non-state actor: the Islamic Emirate. The operation was planned well in advance, even before the meeting between John McCain and Ibrahim al-Badri. For example, internal correspondence from the Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs, published by my friends James and Joanne Moriarty [19], shows that 5,000 jihadis were trained at the expense of Qatar in NATO’s Libya in 2012, and 2,5 million dollars was paid at the same time to the future Caliph. In January of 2014, the Congress of the United States held a secret meeting at which it voted, in violation of international law, to approve funding for the Al-Nosra Front (Al-Qaeda) and the Islamic emirate in Iraq and the Levant until September 2014. [20] Although it is unclear precisely what was really agreed to during this meeting revealed by the British Reuters news agency [21], and no media US media dared bypass censorship, it is highly probable that the law includes a section on arming and training jihadists. Proud of this US funding, Saudi Arabia has claimed on its public television channel, Al-Arabiya, that the Islamic Emirate was headed by Prince Abdul Rahman al-Faisal, brother of Prince Saud al Faisal (Foreign Minister) and Prince Turki al-Faisal (Saudi ambassador to the United States and the United Kingdom) [22]. The Islamic Emirate represents a new step in the world of mercenaries. Unlike jihadi groups who fought in Afghanistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Chechnya around Osama bin Laden, it does not constitute a residual force but actually an army in itself. Unlike previous groups in Iraq, Libya and Syria, around Prince Bandar bin Sultan, they have sophisticated communication services at their disposal for recruitment and civilian officials trained in large western schools capable of instantly taking over the administration of a territory. Brand new Ukrainian weapons were purchased by Saudi Arabia and conveyed by the Turkish secret services who gave them to the Islamic Emirate. Final details were coordinated with the Barzani family at a meeting of jihadist groups in Amman on 1 June 2014. [23] The joint attack on Iraq by the Islamic Emirate and the Kurdistan Regional Government began four days later. The Islamic Emirate seized the Sunni part of the country, while the Kurdistan Regional Government increased its territory by over 40%. Fleeing the atrocities of jihadists, religious minorities left the Sunni area, paving the way for the three-way partition of the country. Violating the Iraqi-US Defense agreement, the Pentagon did not intervene and allowed the Islamic Emirate to continue its conquest and massacres. A month later, while the Kurdish Peshmerga Regional Government had retreated without a fight, and when the emotions of world public opinion became too strong, President Obama gave the order to bomb some positions of the Islamic Emirate. However, according to General William Mayville, director of operations at the headquarters, "These bombings are unlikely to affect the overall capacity of the Islamic Emirate and its activities in other areas of Iraq or Syria ". [24] Obviously, they are not meant to destroy the jihadist army, but only to ensure that each player does not overlap the territory that has been assigned. Moreover, for the moment, they are symbolic and have destroyed only a handful of vehicles. It was ultimately the intervention of the Kurds of the Turkish and Syrian Kurdish PKK which halted the progress of the Islamic Emirate and opened a corridor to allow civilians to escape the massacre. Much disinformation is circulating about the Islamic Emirate and its caliph. The Gulf Daily News newspaper claimed that Edward Snowden had made revelations about it. [25] However, after verification, the former US spy published nothing about it. Gulf Daily News is published in Bahrain, a state occupied by Saudi troops. The article aims to clear only Saudi Arabia and Prince Abdul Rahman al-Faisal of their responsibilities. The Islamic Emirate is comparable to the mercenary armies of the European sixteenth century. They were conducting religious wars on behalf of the lords who paid them, sometimes in one camp, sometimes in another. Caliph Ibrahim is a modern condottiere. Although he is under the orders of Prince Abdul Rahman (Member of Sudeiris clan), it would not be surprising if he continued his epic in Saudi Arabia (after a brief detour in Lebanon or Kuwait) and determine the Royal succession favoring the Sudeiris clan over Prince Mithab (son, not brother of King Abdullah). John McCain and the Caliph Ibrahim al-Badri, also known as Abu Du’a, also known as Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, aka Caliph Ibrahim, mercenary of Prince Abdul Rahman al-Faisal, funded by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United States. He can commit all the horrors that are forbidden to states by the Geneva Conventions. In the latest issue of its magazine, the Islamic Emirate devoted two pages to denounce Senator John McCain as "the enemy" and "double-crosser", recalling his support for the US invasion of Iraq. Lest this accusation remain unknown in the United States, Senator immediately issued a statement calling the Emirate the "most dangerous Islamist terrorist group in the world" [26]. This controversy is there only to distract the gallery. One would like to believe it ... if it were’t for this photograph from May 2013.
  • How to Decode News Reports in the Mainstream Media About Palestinian Genocide
    How to Decode News Reports in the Mainstream Media About Palestinian GenocideAugust 20, 2014   AFP• World catching on to truth about Israeli genocide despite meticulous crafting of message by Zionists.By Ronald L. Ray —The Zionist power elite are masters of the Big Lie. They have convinced the credulous of this world that unbridled destruction is a “targeted attack” and that the massacre of thousands of mostly unarmed Palestinian children, women and men is “self-defense.” Were Syria, Iran—or even France—to attempt such a thing, international outrage and intervention would be a foregone conclusion. But terrorist, genocidal Israel gets a free pass. Why? Because it controls and directs the language describing its atrocities. In the face of multiplying Israeli crimes against humanity, however, the truth may finally be getting the upper hand.As of August 3, the month-long murder rampage by the Israeli military in Gaza, “Operation Protective Edge,” has claimed more than 1,830 lives of besieged Palestinians—three-quarters were civilians, said the United Nations—and left nearly 10,000 injured, tens of thousands homeless, thousands out of work and hundreds more imprisoned. The death toll is now over 2,000.One reason Israeli Prime Minister and mass murderer Benjamin Netanyahu and members of his government of sociopaths do not already dangle from the gallows can be found in The Israel Project’s 116-page report, titled “2009 Global Language Dictionary.” This report is a two-fold propaganda manual for controlling the reporting and discussion of Israel’s ethnic cleansing of Palestinian natives from the Holy Land. On one hand, it provides Israeli officials with descriptive language, which earns the Zionist government support from most Americans and many Europeans. On the other, in addressing Israelis, the dictionary itself presents a narrative of events, which contains significant fiction presented as “facts.”The point of the manual is not to convey truth; it is to assist in achieving nearly blind, emotion-based support for Israel from Americans and Europeans. The author, Dr. Frank Luntz, encourages Jews to repeat even falsehoods if they serve the Israeli war against Palestinians, Iranians and others.He announces at the outset: “And remember, it’s not what you say that counts. It’s what people hear.”A few illustrations prove the point.Donate to usThe Zionist dictionary-inspired narrative claims that Israel wants peace with its neighbors, possesses the “most moral military in the world” and deplores and limits civilian casualties. Israel is ostensibly a “democratic” and peace-loving country, America’s “best friend” in the region—the last defense hindering inhuman, barbaric Arab terrorists and death in American streets. Tiny Israel can only defend itself against overwhelming enemies with billions of United States dollars. Israelis are prepared to make peace “today” with “reasonable” Palestinians—if it can find any. Meanwhile, a modest “security fence” and targeted defense raids on “terrorists” protect the Israeli people. It is all “for the children” on both sides.The truth, as we often report, is far uglier. Israel is a Jewish, apartheid, racist state that persecutes Arabs, Sephardic Jews and frequently non-Jewish foreigners. It has a long history of subverting U.S. interests, examples being the USS Liberty attack, the Jewish Defense League, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard. “Peace” to the Israeli government means “the absence of Arabs.” A “reasonable” Palestinian capitulates to Israeli demands.Miles of prison walls and machine gun turrets isolate Palestinians from the world, from family, from work, from hope. Israelis steal Palestinian lands and attack Palestinian families, homes, farms, factories, schools, hospitals, churches, mosques and refugee shelters while they are inhabited. Israelis poison wells and destroy crops. The Israel Defense Force deliberately targets Palestinian women and children because they pose a demographic “existential threat” to Israel. To Netanyahu and his thugs, all Palestinians appear as “terrorists,” because they make a token defense of their homes.This time, however, a backlash against Israeli terrorism is building—more overseas than in the U.S. Tens of thousands of concerned people worldwide have demonstrated against Israeli atrocities, and the mainstream media has even reported it. Growing numbers of prominent Jewish voices, like those of Noam Chomsky and journalist Max Blumenthal, are speaking out for Palestinians. Israel’s anti-Zionist group Jews Against Genocide, indicts Israeli war crimes more eloquently than we could.While the Zionist-controlled media still claim the vast majority of Americans “support” Israel, the truth appears otherwise. A recent Google Consumer Survey showed that nearly 60% of Americans polled did not have much accurate information about Israeli military actions against Palestinians. The remaining 40% split their opinions in half. Try to learn that from the lapdog presstitutes.Even in Israel, growing disgust and outrage over the government’s anti-Palestinian violence, and elsewhere a burgeoning Boycott Divestment Sanctions movement against Israeli apartheid, have forced officials to propagandize their own people. Former Knesset member Efraim Sneh compared the “brainwashing” of Israelis to the work of Nazi Joseph Goebbels. A number of Israel Defense Force reservists courageously have refused to fight against Palestinians. For the first time, Senate Republicans have blocked emergency military aid to Israel.These are hopeful signs that must motivate us to keep up the pressure for peace in Palestine. Trust AMERICAN FREE PRESS to report the truth. Do your part and contact Congress and the Israeli embassy today. Tell them to stop annihilating the Palestinians.AFP Newpaper BannerRonald L. Ray is a freelance author and an assistant editor of THE BARNES REVIEW. He is a descendant of several patriots of the American War for Independence.
  • US, West pressure ICC not to probe Israel crimes: Report
    US, West pressure ICC not to probe Israel crimes: ReportTop Daily Story  …   Press TV,  Tehran[ Editors Note:  We must not hold our breaths for ICC justice. Someone has to pay them and that is a very effective chain that can be jerked. But it is a no lose situation because if the ISS "heels" on command, then it loses a lot of international prestige, hence all the roadblocks on the Palestinians being able to even present their case there, despite how long they have been suffering. That is why all communication with the ICC on any case like this should be made public record in real time. Backroom pressure should not be given any assistance in avoding the spotlight. There may not be any international laws for obstruction of justice, but there sure as hell should be a public price to pay, and we should collect it... Jim W. Dean ] _________________________________ -  First pulished August 18, 2014  -   ICC justice is a spin of the roulette wheel The United States and some other Western countries are reportedly exerting significant pressure on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to prevent an investigation into Israel’s war crimes in the besieged Gaza Strip. According to The Guardian on Monday, Palestinians had demanded that the court in The Hague examine Israel’s war crimes based on a Palestinian request in 2009. However, The Guardian reported that due to US pressure, the ICC is divided on whether it should launch an investigation. According to the report, the UK and France, which are both among the biggest contributors to the ICC budget, also try to prevent investigations into war crimes committed by Israel. The Guardian said that the probe would not only examine Israel’s war crimes in its recent onslaught on Gaza, but also address the issue of illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank. The potential investigation could have broad ramifications for the Israeli regime, The Guardian said. It added that such a probe has become a key issue in the ceasefire talks between the Palestinians and Israelis in the Egyptian capital Cairo. Earlier this month, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki said he is pushing for a war crimes case at the ICC against Israel due to the Zionist regime’s brutal aggression of the besieged Gaza Strip. “Everything that has happened in the last 28 days is clear evidence of war crimes committed by Israel, amounting to crimes against humanity,” Malki told reporters after meeting prosecutors at the ICC on August 5. “There is no difficulty for us to show or build the case. Evidence is there … Israel is in clear violation of international law,” he added. Palestine is a non-member observer state at the United Nations and its ICC membership has been delayed only because of political quarrels. Israel launched a major military offensive against the blockaded Gaza Strip on July 8, which raged for more than a month. The Palestinian resistance movement Hamas and Israel had agreed on the extension of a 72-hour truce for five more days late on August 13. The five-day truce is due to expire Monday at midnight. At least 2,016 Palestinians, including 541 children, 250 women and 95 elderly men, have lost their lives so far and as many as 10,196 others have suffered injuries in the Israeli attacks. Editing:  Jim W. Dean
  • ISIL claims to have beheaded US journalist, holds another
    ISIL claims to have beheaded US journalist, holds anotherBy PresstvISIL Takfiri terrorists claim they have beheaded a US journalist, who had gone missing in Syria nearly two years ago, in reprisal for ongoing US airstrikes against their forces in Iraq.The terrorist group posted a gruesome video on social media on Tuesday titled “A Message to America,” allegedly showing the decapitation of James Foley, 40, who was abducted by unknown gunmen on November 22, 2012. He had reported in the Middle East for five years.The video shows a person, who is appeared to be Foley, dressed in an orange jumpsuit kneeling in the desert, while a masked man stands beside him.“I call on my friends, family and loved ones to rise up against my real killers, the US government, for what will happen to me is only a result of their complacency and criminality,” the kneeling man said.“This is James Wright Foley, an American citizen, of your country. As a government, you have been at the forefront of the aggression towards the Islamic State,” the masked man said with a British accent, using the name that the ISIL terror group took on after announcing a so-called caliphate in the swathes they have overrun in Iraq and Syria.“Today your military air force is attacking us daily in Iraq. Your strikes have caused casualties amongst Muslims,” he added.Seconds later, the masked executioner uses a knife to decapitate the man.At the end of the disturbing video, words on the side of the screen said “Steven Joel Sotloff” as another hostage in an orange outfit is shown on screen. The US journalist went missing in northern Syria last July.“The life of this American citizen, [US President Barack] Obama, depends on your next decision,” the masked man in the footage said.The US intelligence community is working to determine the authenticity of the video.“If genuine, we are appalled by the brutal murder of an innocent American journalist and we express our deepest condolences to his family and friends,” US National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said.The US military has attacked the ISIL militants inside Iraq after earlier this month President Obama authorized aerial attacks against ISIL targets in the Arab country.MR/AS/MHB
  • In The West Respect for Truth No Longer Exists
    In The West Respect for Truth No Longer ExistsDr Paul Craig Roberts | August 19, 2014The home of Satan’s lies where truth is prohibited and war is the end gameThe Western media have proved for all to see that the Western media comprises either a collection of ignorant and incompetent fools or a whorehouse that sells war for money.The Western media fell in step with Washington and blamed the downed Malaysian airliner on Russia. No evidence was provided. In its place the media used constant repetition. Washington withheld the evidence that proved that Kiev was responsible. The media’s purpose was not to tell the truth, but to demonize Russia.Now we have the media story of the armored Russian column that allegedly crossed into Ukraine and was destroyed by Ukraine’s rag-tag forces that ISIS would eliminate in a few minutes. British reporters fabricated this story or were handed it by a CIA operative working to build a war narrative. The disreputable BBC hyped the story without investigating. The German media, including Die Welt, blared the story throughout Germany without concern at the absence of any evidence. Reuters news agency, also with no investigation, spread the story. Readers tell me that CNN has been broadcasting the fake story 24/7. Although I cannot stand to watch it, I suspect Fox “news” has also been riding this lame horse hard. Readers tell me that my former newspaper, The Wall Street Journal, which has fallen so low as to be unreadable, also spread the false story. I hope they are wrong. One hates to see the complete despoliation of one’s former habitat.The media story is preposterous for a number of reasons that should be obvious to a normal person.The first reason is that the Russian government has made it completely clear that its purpose is to de-escalate the situation. When other former Russian territories that are part of present day Ukraine followed Crimea, voted their independence and requested reunification with Russia, President Putin refused. To underline his de-escalation, President Putin asked the Russian Duma to rescind his authority to intervene militarily in Ukraine in behalf of the former Russian provinces. As the Russian government, unlike Washington or EU governments, stresses legality and the rule of law, Russian military forces would not be sent into Ukraine prior to the Duma renewing Putin’s authority so to do.The second reason the story is obviously false is that if the Russian government decides to invade Ukraine, Russia would not send in one small armored group unprotected by air cover or other forces. If Russia invades Ukraine, it will be with a force capable of rolling up the rag-tag Ukrainian forces, most of which are semi-private militias organized by nazis. The “war” would last a few hours, after which Ukraine would be in Russia’s hands where it resided for hundreds of years prior to the dissolution of the Soviet Union and Washington’s successful efforts in 1991 to take advantage of Russian weakness to break apart the constituent provinces of Russia herself.The third reason that the story is obviously false is that not a single Western news organization hyping the story has presented a shred of evidence in its behalf.What we witness in this fabricated story is the total lack of integrity in the entirety of the Western media.A story totally devoid of any evidence to support it has been broadcast worldwide. The White House has issued a statement saying that it cannot confirm the story, but nevertheless the White House continues to issue accusations against Russia for which the White House can supply no evidence. Consequently, Western repetition of bald-faced lies has become truth for huge numbers of peoples. As I have emphasized in my columns, these Western lies are dangerous, because they provoke war.The same group in Washington and the same Western “media” are telling the same kind of lies that were used to justify Washington’s wars in Iraq (weapons of mass destruction), Afghanistan (Taliban = al Qaeda), Syria (use of chemical weapons), Libya (an assortment of ridiculous charges), and the ongoing US military murders in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia.The city upon the hill, the light unto the world, the home of the exceptional, indispensable people is the home of Satan’s lies where truth is prohibited and war is the end game.# # # #Paul Craig Roberts, Boiling Frogs Post contributing author, is a former Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury and former associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He has been reporting on executive branch and cases of prosecutorial abuse for two decades. He has written or co-written eight books, contributed chapters to numerous books, and has published many articles in journals of scholarship. Mr. Roberts has testified before congressional committees on 30 occasions on issues of economic policy, and has been a critic of both Democratic and Republican administrations. You can visit his website here.© PaulCraigRoberts.org

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پیش از اینکه با سنبه وسوندی سنباننده به سفتن مدخل ومجرای، بحثی تاریخی، در مورد کودتای 28 مرداد سال 1332 خورشیدی ایران را، باز کنم، لازم می بینم که نخست بطور مختصر و مرخم ومفید، اشاراتی نیز داشته باشم به شیوها وشگردهای شیادانه و شعبده بازانه تعداد بسیار، بسیار اندکی از مائوئیست های متاسیون شده و کمونيیست های Quisling شده به همراه مونارکیست های منحط و متواری، مومیایی شده، که درطی دهه های گذشته، بویژه پس از انقراض و اضمحال یا انحطاط بساط سلطه و سیطره ارتجاع ، استعمار و استکبار جهانی در ایران، که اغلب بخاطر مزد و معاش در جهت ارتزاق و ارتشاف شخصی و شکمی، با تغذیه از اسناد استفراغ زده شده و آروغ زده شده ارتجاع جهانی، بسان رجاله گان سیاسی، با رجزخوانی رذیلانه، برای رضی و راضی نگهداشتن دشمنان دژنام ایرانی، در رسانه ها و روزنامه های باصطلاع فارسی زبان زیر سیطره و ساطور سیاه سازمان های اطلاعاتی lntelligency چون CIA امریکا و MI6 انگلستان و DGSE فرانسه، BND آلمان و موساد اسرائیل بنام صدای امریکا و رادیوی فریب و Fradulent فردا، بی بی سی، رادیوی RFI، رادیوی دویچه وله فارسی، صدای شوم Zionism جهانی، یعنی اسرايیل، البته با مدد سفسطه ولی با سکسکه سفیل ، سفیهانه و سالوسانه، علیه سیمای ستبر مردم ایران یا سخن پراکنی کرده یا با کمک مستقیم و غیر مستقیم Benefit سیاسی ارتجاع جهانی، مرتکب نسک و نشر و جهل، جوزن وجادوگری تاریخی شده اند، و بارها و بارها به کرات و مرات با کراهت و گژبینی گزند گونه در سنگر گزیزگاه دشمن با کرنش و کمر خم کنی خماننده ولی با نیش و نیشتر و نیرنگی فریبنده، برای توجیه و تطهیر و تبرئه عاملان و قاتلان و خائنان داخلی و خاری کودتای 28 مرداد، نوکربابانه یا نطق کرده یا نسک نگاشته اند. لطفآ بقیه را در video توجه فرمائید!

 


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1-Putin and BRICS form Seed Crystal of a New International Monetary Pole
William Engdahl | July 25, 2014
2-BRICS establish $100bn bank and currency pool to cut out Western dominance
By RT: Published time: July 15, 2014 18:14
3-BRICS against Washington consensus
BY By Pepe Escobar “Asia Times: Jul 15, '14”
4-Dollar dying; multi-polar world in offing
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4-US Dollar Suffers Serious Setback
By By Dr Stuart Jeanne Bramhall
5-Throwing BRICS at Israel
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گوینده آنچه را که مربوط به ریشه سعودی،سلفی،سیاه ایی، زهش یا زایش، پیدایش یا پالایش تاول یا تکاثر،ترسناک،تروریسم تکفیری میشود را در یک ویدئویی،بتاریخ 24 فوریه 2014 میلادی،با نوضیح و نفسیر، و بر پایه پویش پروسه تیک پژوهشی،تکوینی،تاریخی،در جهت آژیرنده و آگاه کننده، مورد ارزیابی و آنالیز منطقی قرار داده ام

ولی بعد و بنیاد پحث امروز گوینده بطور اختصار و در حد اختیار،اختصاص دارد به حوادث دهشتناک و دردناکی که بطور فزاینده و فژاگن در کشور همسایگی،ما ایرانیان یعنی کشور عراق جریان دارد.


 

Europe

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'People radicalizing over EU economic burdens'
Published on Aug 18, 2014
Up to 15 percent of French people said they have a positive attitude toward ISIS. The share of ISIS supporters is largest among France’s younger generation, a new poll says. John Wight explains where those figures come from

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'Phantoms & Fantasies'
'Phantoms & Fantasies': Russia denies military convoy crosses into Ukraine

Published on Aug 16, 2014
Russia has denied one of its armed patrol units crossed the border into Ukraine. That came as a response to the Ukrainian President's statement, which went on to say the unit was destroyed
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Activists shut down Israeli arms factory in UK, arrested after 24 hrs of occupation
Published on Aug 6, 2014
The occupation of an Elbit Systems owned factory in Staffordshire ended Wednesday as police arrested the activists, who had managed to shut down production and maintain their occupation for over 24 hours. The protesters from London Palestine Action launched their action in the early hours of Tuesday morning, calling for the UK government to "stop arming Israel."

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Fueling Fight: US to arm Kurdish forces in Iraq to battle ISIS militants
Published on Aug 12, 2014
Militia forces in Iraq's Kurdistan are to be armed by US in an attempt to prevent it falling fully into the hands of ISIS militants. RT's Gayane Chichakyan reports

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'US interested in Iraq'
US fighter jets bomb ISIS artillery, 'Washington only interested in splitting Iraq'

Published on Aug 8, 2014
US military aircraft have conducted an airstrike on artillery used by the forces of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS). Rear Admiral John Kirby said the attack took place to help defend Kurdish forces near Erbil, Iraq
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Uncut Chronicles: ISIS/ISIL forges bloody caliphate in Iraq (RAW Timeline)

Published on Jul 9, 2014
Radical Sunni militants of Al-Qaeda offshoot, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS/ISIL) are advancing and capturing cities in the north of Iraq. The jihadists have declared the capture of the capital Baghdad as their top priority objective.

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USA: Police fire smoke canisters as Ferguson protesters defy curfew
One shot, 7 arrested as Ferguson police disperse protesters defying curfew
One person is in critical condition and seven people have been arrested in the latest Ferguson protest, local police said in a news conference. They also confirmed the use of tear gas.
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The Lessons to Learn From Ferguson Protests
Rev. Heber Brown III discusses the history of police brutality in the black community and how communities need to begin to police the police to hold them more accountable -   15 min ago

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Tortured Some Folks
by James Corbett
BoilingFrogsPost.com
August 13, 2014
A rose is a rose a rose. And torture is torture is torture.
Obama’s remarks, delivered at a White House press conference on August 1st, have already passed through infamy to become part of the internet lexicon. But why? He did not tell us anything new, did not impart any information that added to our understanding of the sexual assault, sleep deprivation, mock executions, forced medications, temperature extremes, or waterboarding that the US military and CIA have admittedly deployed on their captives in the years since 9/11.
No, we already knew that. This is not why Obama’s words are so remarkable.
Less than one week after this speech, New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet came out with a remarkable statement of his own.
“Over the past few months,” read the statement, “reporters and editors of The Times have debated a subject that has come up regularly ever since the world learned of the C.I.A.’s brutal questioning of terrorism suspects: whether to call the practices torture.”
“When the first revelations emerged a decade ago, the situation was murky. The details about what the Central Intelligence Agency did in its interrogation rooms were vague. The word ‘torture’ had a specialized legal meaning as well as a plain-English one. While the methods set off a national debate, the Justice Department insisted that the techniques did not rise to the legal definition of ‘torture.’ The Times described what we knew of the program but avoided a label that was still in dispute, instead using terms like harsh or brutal interrogation methods.”
The Times claims that its sudden abandonment of the English language over the past decade in favor of tortuous, concocted phrases like “enhanced interrogation methods,” itself first coined by the Nazi Gestapo in 1937 to describe their own identical torture techniques, was necessary to preserve the distinction between common usage of the word “torture” and its legal definition. This is a lie. The new standard that the Times is using to employ the term—“incidents in which we know for sure that interrogators inflicted pain on a prisoner in an effort to get information”—is almost word-for-word identical to the definition under US law, specifically 18 USC 2340: “an act committed by a person acting under the color of law specifically intended to inflict severe physical or mental pain or suffering.” The definition was always what the Times is now claiming they have discovered it to be. That they are now going to call torture “torture” should not be remarkable.
And yet these things are remarkable. Why? Because words, language, names have been used to obscure political realities for so long that when facts are simply described in plain language, it is nearly unfathomable.
The phenomenon of doublespeak is nothing new. As Orwell wrote in his classic essay “Politics and the English Language:”
“In our time, political speech and writing are largely the defense of the indefensible. Things like the continuance of British rule in India, the Russian purges and deportations, the dropping of the atom bombs on Japan, can indeed be defended, but only by arguments which are too brutal for most people to face, and which do not square with the professed aims of the political parties. Thus political language has to consist largely of euphemism, question-begging and sheer cloudy vagueness. Defenseless villages are bombarded from the air, the inhabitants driven out into the countryside, the cattle machine-gunned, the huts set on fire with incendiary bullets: this is called pacification. Millions of peasants are robbed of their farms and sent trudging along the roads with no more than they can carry: this is called transfer of population or rectification of frontiers.”
In fact, historians tell us that this phenomenon occurs almost as far back in history as we are prepared to look, back even to the 5th century B.C.
But in our current age, when virtually every act of the criminal and almost universally-reviled political class requires this reality inversion, any speaking of the plain truth is a revolutionary act.
It is sometimes said that words are merely words, and that, carrying no weight, they have no relevance in the real world. On the contrary, as the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein noted nearly a century ago, “The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.” What is not expressible is not conceivable.
If the victims of US aggression are always and everywhere described as “terrorists” and “human shields” and “war criminals,” let alone “gooks” or “nips” or “sand niggers,” then defenders of those populations are at a disadvantage before they even begin their defense. Their opponents are defending “heroes” and “patriots” and “freedom fighters,” so how can they lose the argument?
Merely putting a word in the form of a derogatory phrase creates in the mind of the listener the impression of something unsavory. People who care about the truth are mere “truthers,” after all. Tenth amendment supporters are “tenthers.” Those who prepare for the future are “preppers.” Want to demonize someone who does good things? Call them a do-gooder!
Language is the great tool of the tyrants. It always has been, and always will be. Patriots are expected to abide by a PATRIOT Act that destroys their Bill of Rights, support “surgical strikes” against “enemy combatants” by the Department of “Defense,” and cheer the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to those who wage war.
Our language has been weaponized against us.
Taking our cue from Orwell, then, we might observe that telling the truth is a revolutionary act, and calling things by their right name a revolutionary idea.
Yes, a rose is a rose is a rose. And torture by any other name is still torture. Down with Big Brother.

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Noam Chomsky on Media’s "Shameful Moment" in Gaza & How a U.S. Shift Could End the Occupation
Noam Chomsky on BDS and How the Israeli Occupation is "Much Worse Than Apartheid"

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Erasing Gaza? Israel shell hits another UN school
Published on Jul 29, 2014
At least 13 people have been killed after a shell hit the Palestinian refugee agency (UNRWA) girls' school in Jabalia refugee camp, emergency services say
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Gaza town in ruins after devastating Israeli attack
Published on Jul 27, 2014
Entire neighbourhoods in Northern Gaza lay in ruin after airstrikes and shelling from Israeli tanks

Economy

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Keiser Report: Saudi America (E642)
Published on Aug 19, 2014
In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert ask why, if fracking is so great, is it a state secret? A UK government report looking at the economic consequences in rural Britain is so heavily redacted that none are allowed to know the third “major social impact” the fracking process may cause. They also discuss one energy analyst’s call for fracking as the ‘dotcom bubble’ of our age. In the second half, Max interviews an activist from Germany, Lars Maehrholz, who has seen tens of thousands across Germany attend his weekly Stop the Fed rallies.
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Keiser Report: End of No-Alternative-To-Dollar Era (E641)
Published on Aug 16, 2014
In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert note that as the Empire collapses, they’ve killed all the boogeymen and yet blood for oil has not helped create escape velocity. They also discuss what the return of humpback whales and great white sharks to the waters off Manhattan can tell us about the end of a monoculture in fiat currencies where the dollar has reigned supreme. In the second half, Max interviews Dr. Michael Hudson about the war machine, Judge Griesa's ruling, super imperialism and the end of a 60 year cycle in which there was no alternative to the dollar.
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Keiser Report: Ugly Face Behind US Economy (E640)
Published on Aug 14, 2014
In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss the Portrait of Uncle Sam aging horribly in the basement of Fort Knox and on the real economic data charts while flouncing around the world as if a spritely and handsome young thing. In the second half, Max interviews Nick Lambert and David Irvine of MaidSafe about reinventing the internet with proof of resource and decentralization

China

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China’s “War on Terror”
by James Corbett
May 8, 2014
On October 28, 2013, an SUV carrying three passengers crashed into a crowd of people waiting outside the gate of the forbidden city across from the infamous Tiananmen Square in the heart of Beijing. All three inside the car were killed in the subsequent fire, along with two bystanders in the crowd. Thirty-eight others were injured. Although not the most spectacular terror attack in the world in recent years, the scene of flames and carnage under the watchful gaze of Chairman Mao in the shadow of the heavily-guarded Tiananmen Square was as unmistakable to the Chinese population as the smoking ruins of the Pentagon was to the American population. This was, or was intended to be taken as, an attack on the Chinese “homeland.”
It was not long before the incident was blamed on Muslim separatists from the country’s northwestern Xinjiang province, China’s largest administrative district and a geostrategic area that shares 2800 kilometres of border with Tajikistan, Kygyzstan and Kazakhstan. As such, the government was quick to claim that the incident represented a bold new escalation in China’s ongoing struggle with its restive Muslim population, part of the ethnic Uyghur minority. Since then, two mass murder incidents involving knife-wielding masked men later identified as members of the East Turkestan Islamic Movement have drawn further attention to the issue.
As Pepe Escobar, geopolitical analyst and frequent BoilingFrogsPost.com contributor, explained last week on The Corbett Report, the Uyghurs are a persecuted minority in the country’s untamed west who find few opportunities for advancement in China’s mainstream society, dominated by the ethnic majority Han Chinese.
Uyghur disenfranchisement is played upon to foment Islamic radicalism and political separatist sentiment. The East Turkestan Islamic movement seeking to wrest Xinjiang from China’s control offers a number of parallels to the shadowy “Al Qaeda” terror organization, including a mysterious leader living in a secret mountain base in Pakistan’s lawless border region and, as FBI whistleblower and BoilingFrogsPost founder Sibel Edmonds revealed in last year’s series on Gladio B, direct support from NATO-associated Gladio operatives seeking to destabilize a geostrategic region in an ongoing, under-the-radar war for control of Central Asia.
Western support for the Xinjiang terrorists is not difficult to spot, and includes the fact that the East Turkestan Government-in-Exile, led by Anwar Yusuf Turani, is based in Washington, D.C., has spoken at the National Press Club, met with President Clinton during his administration, and received explicit offers of support from President Bush, and the National Endowment for Democracy-funded Uyghur World Congress, a German-based organization with a Sweden-based spokesman, Dilxat Raxit, that Central Asia analyst Christoph Germann told The Corbett Report last week, acts as the Western media’s “go to” man for any and all stories about the region.
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The incidents so far are by no means massive or spectacular enough to fundamentally change the course of Chinese society or bring about Xinjiang’s independence, but they are serving a number of purposes. For the west, the attacks help take the battle for control of Central Asia directly into the Chinese homeland, and help destabilize a region that, as part of President Xi’s “New Silk Road” corridor of pipeline and trade routes, is of increasing economic importance to Beijing.
But Beijing, too, gains from the attacks in the same way that authoritarian power structures always benefit from attacks and atrocities: by making the formerly impossible appear probable. As Li Wei, a terrorism “expert” at the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations told the Chinese government mouthpiece Global Times last week:
“China has long been considering how to introduce a counter-terrorism law. However, considering the complexity of the anti-terrorism situation, and difficulties of coordinating so many government departments and military forces involved in the issue, the counter-terrorism law still isn’t on the books.”
Beijing is now openly mulling new anti-terror legislation that some are calling China’s Patriot Act and many analysts are expecting to openly target the Uyghur population. Given that the government is already increasing its network of informants in the region with such programs as offering cash rewards for those who inform on neighbors with too much facial hair, it is questionable whether formal terror legislation is even needed at all.
In the end, as with so many of these contrived geopolitical conflicts, the only people who clearly lose are the Uyghur people themselves, whose economic and political marginalization seems set to increase from here. In the great irony of global geopolitics, this will itself create a greater pool of disenfranchised youth to draw upon for future terror attacks, thus perpetuating a descending cycle of chaos and violence. And, sadly, the only plausible way out of this, a plan for bringing about greater opportunities for the Uyghur people to engage in China’s ongoing economic miracle, is so far off the political radar that it can’t be found on anyone’s map.

China/Russia

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China/Russia 'Deal
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China Navy drills: Jets live fire at targets in East China Sea
Published on Apr 3, 2014
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Afghanistan

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Afghan Kills US General,
Afghan Soldier Kills US General, America's Highest-Ranking Fatality Since Vietnam
Fmr. chief of staff to Colin Powell Lawrence Wilkerson discusses the recent killing of a U.S. General by an Afghan insider and the mess America will leave behind after its withdrawal -   August 6, 14
Bio
Lawrence Wilkerson is a retired United States Army soldier and former chief of staff to United States Secretary of State Colin Powell. Wilkerson is an adjunct professor at the College of William & Mary where he teaches courses on US national security. He also instructs a senior seminar in the Honors Department at the George Washington University entitled "National Security Decision Making."
Transcript
Afghan Soldier Kills US General, America's Highest-Ranking Fatality Since VietnamJESSICA DESVARIEUX, TRNN PRODUCER: Welcome to The Real News Network. I'm Jessica in Baltimore. And welcome to this edition of The Wilkerson Report.
Now joining us is Larry Wilkerson. He is the former chief of staff of U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, and he's currently an adjunct professor at the college of William & Mary. And he's also a regular contributor to The Real News.
Thanks for joining us, Larry.
LAWRENCE WILKERSON, FMR. CHIEF OF STAFF TO COLIN POWELL: Good to be here, Jessica.
DESVARIEUX: So, Larry, a lot of of news breaking over this general that was killed in Afghanistan. What do you make of this? What does this say about our ability to actually transition power over to the Afghans?
WILKERSON: General Greene was the deputy commander of the Combined Security Transition Command, which is the entity that is supposed to effect the transition of power from essentially the U.S. to the Afghan government, such as it will be, I hope. And he was an engineer by training. So here you have a specialist who is there probably to do the kinds of things that engineers do to make sure that the institutional infrastructure of Kabul and elsewhere as could be impacted was ready, ready for the new leadership in Afghanistan, ready for the UnitedStates to minimize its presence.
So the fact that he was killed, tactically speaking, doesn't say much, except that we still have an inability to weed out the security threats within the Afghan forces--forces, incidentally, of course, that we've trained. This individual I think we had had in the forces for a couple of years before he got into the bathroom with his service weapon and dispatched some 15 or 16 people, either killing them or wounding them. This is an indicator strategically that we have not, as we did not do in Iraq with Iraqi forces, train them very well or instilled in them the kind of patriotism, the kind of desire to protect Afghanistan and the central government in Kabul that should have been there, if it could in any event be instilled in them. I suspect it probably couldn't.
So this is going to be a difficult transition, to say the least. And it's up in the air, I think, as to what Afghanistan looks like in a year or so. My guess right now would be it will look a lot like Iraq does today--a real mess, a mess that in part we are responsible for.
DESVARIEUX: Yeah. And can you elaborate a little bit more about our level of responsibility there?
WILKERSON: We spent so much money, Jessica, in Afghanistan and in Iraq that we could probably have given every Iraqi citizen and every Afghan citizen somewhere in the neighborhood of a annual wage or better had we just handed it over and left. I daresay that might have made a more prosperous Afghanistan and people who are more interested in a central government. It could not have possibly done any worse than we have done. Much of the money we paid out, billions of dollars, approaching $2-3 trillion now, I'm told by people who ought to know, went to U.S. contractors, and U.S. personnel in general, who were more or less more interested in profit than they were in helping Afghanistan. So you combine that with a really poor strategy from the start with regard to any kind of counterinsurgency, where you'd need a density of forces that is so enormous, few nations could even afford to put them on the ground in any country with a significant population and you have a United States that has halfheartedly--foolheartedly, we might say--lingered in Afghanistan for a decade plus and who's going to pay for that by seeing not much change once it leaves. Sad though that prognosis might be, I fear it's closer to the truth than any optimistic prognosis.
DESVARIEUX: Alright. Larry Wilkerson, thanks you so much for joining us.
WILKERSON: Thanks for having me, Jessica.
DESVARIEUX: And thank you for joining us on The Real News Network.
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400 fuel tankers set on fire near Kabul "Video"
Published on Jul 5, 2014
A spokesman for Kabul's police chief said police were investigating the cause of the fire, which continues to burn, and that there are fears of casualties. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid has claimed responsibility for the attack.
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America runs the world's opium factory: Afghanistan

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