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The United States and Russia have achieved many milestones when it comes to relieving tensions between the two superpowers after the Cold War, but it seems that lately those strains have been on the rise.

Russia has been more than vocal over its opposition of the US missile defense shield in Eastern Europe, and now Russia plans on implementing a visa ban on American officials to counter the US banning Russian officials for alleged human rights violations.

David Swanson, campaigner for Roots Action, joins us with more on the matter.

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سخنی سنجیده و سگالنده با ایرانیان

درست است که سیطره سبُعانه و سفاکانهٔ ستون پنجمی از سوسماران سمی ـ صحرائی تازیان، مُهر و سمبول متعفن و مستعجن فرهنگ مکاری ـ ملائی خود را بر پیکر ستبر و ستین ایرانیان، تبهکارانه و تازیانه، تاتو کرده است. واین هم درست است که سالهاست که غرور ملی جایش را به غروب ملی داده است تا جائیکه صلابت و صلاحیت دیرینهٔ پارسایانه اش بطور جدی و جلادانه لکه دار و لگد مال شده است ولی تجربهٔ تاریخی به کرات و مرات نشان داده است که اکر ملت ایرن مبداء و محرک مقصدش را وارستگی و وارهانندگی ملی بر پایه پلاتفرم استقلال به همراه استقامت و ایستادنی اُستادانه انتخاب کند، بدون هیچ گونه تردید و توهمی خواهد توانست یکبار برای همیشه به این مذلت و مسکنت مزدوری یعنی تمکین و تملق فرهنگی به مثابه طاعت و اطاعت در مقابل مناره متعفن و مظهر مناسک منحوس تازیان، چه در ضمیر و چه در زمین آریائیان خط قرمز بُطلان بکشد.

تاریخ اسپانیا در زدودن و زباله انداختن زبان و زیان فرهنگ مکاری ـ مسلمانی تازیان بهترین و بهین ترین گواه خدشه ناپذیر این مدعاست!

مطیح محض مشتی ملا و مفتی مخُلا و مرتج تازی التبار شدن در هیچ برهه ای از زمان در هیچ جائی از جهان نه تنها افتخار و احترامی به ارمغان نیآورده است بلکه مقام و مرتبهٔ آن ملت را رذیلانه توسط روضه خوانان و رجم گران یعنی رجاله گان دین به رهزنگاه و نیرنگاه رهسپار ساخته است.

بیائید دردخفاء و خلوت خود خردمندانه و خلاقانه نه خائنانه و خاسرانه یعنی مردانه و مزدیسانه، بجای کُرنش گری و کمر خم کنی، کُنش گر و کنکاش گری کمانگیر و کلنجار گر باشیم تا قلب این قبیلهٔ نوکران و نوچه های نعلین پوش تازیان را نشانه رویم تا بساط و بنیاد این تفکر بادیه نشینان و بربر زادگان را از بیق و بُن برآندازیم!

باردیگر چشم به انتظار مُنجی و مُعجزه گر یا میرغضبی همچون هلاکو خان مغول  نشستن تا ما ایرانیان را از شّر این شرطه های شرعی ـ عربی المعتصم بالله ئی یا المعتصم ملائی، نجات بدهد، سزنده و سزاوار سرزمین ستُرگ آریائیان نمی باشد.

سرانجام در واپسین واگویه فرجام شناسانه، البته با مدد و متد اسکاتا لوجیک منطقی یعنی به پشتوانهٔ پیشنه تاریخی و به پرتو پیمایش در پراتیک و تجربه، می توان اینچینین ادعا و استدلال کرد، تازمانیکه پوران و پورمندان،پهلوانان و پارتیزانان، فرهیختگان و فرزانگان ایرانی ـ آریائی، پارسایانه پوشنه و پوشش این پاشیدگی و پوسیدگی، پراگندگی و پریشان حالی فرهنگ تخدیر و تحقیر، گدائی و گمراهی، کرخت و گژهی، کلب و گور پرستی، گوسفندی و گردن خم کنی،نزر و نیاز، نماز و نوکری به دُژگاه یا دفن گاه های کعبه و کربلا، نهاوند و نجف را به همراه طواف طوطی وار طوایف طُلاب، عمامه و عراب را با رجعت به رنسانس و رستاخیزی رهاننده یعنی با بازگشت یا فراشکردی فرازمندانه به فرهنگ دیرینهٔ آریائی ـ آهورائی، این عاملان اصلی رذالت و رخوت ملی ـ میهنی را به کرانه و کناره زباله زمان، پرتاب نکنند یا بقول ولتر: مذهب خود را به بسان پول رایج کشورشان تحویل نگیرند تا ابدالدهر در چنبره وابستگی و واماندگی، اسارت و ایستائی با اتیکت عفریت عبودیت در زیر سلطهٔ سفاکانه و تسلط تبهکارنهٔ این ختنه شدگان خبیث تناسل و تفکر، تازی الاتبار باقی خواهند ماند.

 

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پروندهٔ دو امام تازی. حسن و حسین

براینکه درک و داوری درستی از دژُنام گویان و دژُآگاهان، دغلکاران و دلقکان، دعانویسان و دروغ پردازان دین، یعنی پیروان پژوین و پشماگند تاریک بین و تازیک اندیش داشته باشیم. باید با سویج یا سُنبه و سُوندی سُنباننده به سودن و سُفتن در ترازوی تاریخ، بمثابهٔ ساینتیفیک هیستوری البته با مدد و متد سافیس تیکیت و فیلوسوفیک آنرا مورد کنُش و کنکاش قرار دهیم تا در غرقاب غبار غسل و غساله های غداره بند توضیح المسائل نویس ها و دعانویس های دیوان تفتیش عقاید شرطه های شرعی ـ عربی، غرق نشویم.

وقتی که ترکان قشری قزلباش به سرکردکی شاه اسماعیل صفوی یک شبه با دروغ و دغلکاری و با داخل کردن یا وارد کردن کاروانی از آخوند و انگل، اهریمن و اجنه، رجاله و روضه خوان، راهزن و رمه بان، رند و رمال، جاهل و جمل سوار، جادوگر و جنبل باف از جبل عامل لبنان تا عراق از شام تا یمن و بحرین، توانست یکبار دیگر همچون سلف خود سعدوقاص، مردم ایران را با زور و ذوالفقار قاریان قبح و قمه کشان قزلباس، مجبور و محکوم به پذیرش و گردن نهادن قلادهٔ غلامی قصابان جدیدی از تبار وحشیان تبهکار تازی، بنام شیعه اثناعشری ـ عربی را بجای تسنن ترکی ـ تازی وادار سازد. تا بدین وسیله شبهٔ شوم بساط سیطره تحجر و تعزیه گری، زنجیر زنی و قمه زنی، سینه زنی و سیه روزی،آشوبگری و آشوراسالاری،شیخ شنیع و شام غریبانی را به همراه کارخانهٔ مسخ و مهدیه گری را با جهولت و جلادی، تمام وکمال در سراسر آسمان ایران زمین بگستراند 

ـ برعکس ادعای آستان بوس ها و اختابوس های رجزخوان و رجاله های رذالت پیشهٔ روضه خوان و رجم گر آثناعشری ـ عربی حاکم بر ایران، بیائید دمی ، کمی هم به افادهٔ افاضات یا آراجیف ابتذال گونه، پژوین و پلشت ابا عبدالله یعنی امام الحسین علیه العرب تازی را از زبان ضریس بن عبدالملک بشنوید که می گوید: از ابا عبدالله امام الحسین علیه السلام بشنیدم که فریش و فرمایش می کرد که " ما همه از تبار قمه کشان قریشیم و پیروان عرب تازی و دُشمنان قسم خورده عجم هستیم، واضع و واعظ است که هر عرب تازی بهتر و بهین تر و بالاتر و برتر از هر عجم می باشد و هر عجم فرومایه تر و فرودست تر از هر عرب تازی می باشد. باز همو مرتکب فضیلت فخارانه می شود و در ادامه می فرماید که باید ایرانیان را به مدینه آورد و زنانشان را برای زفاف و ذکاة فروخت و مردانشان را به بردگی و بندگی عرب ها مجبور کرد" (1 ) نقل و قول این مطالب: سقیته البحار و مدینه الاحکام و آثار. تالیف حاج شیخ عباس قمی در کتاب شیعه گری نوشته مسعود انصاری صفحه 54

"حتی اسناد تاریخی تصدیق شده و تائید شده بسیاری گواه بر این مدعای مستند و موثق می باشد که برای ترور و تصرف طبرستان در زمان خلافت خاسر و خبیث، خناس و خدعه عثمان عرب، جنگ سختی به سرداری و سر جلادی سعیدبن عاص در آن منطقه درگرفت که در نتیجهٔ شهامت و رشادت مردم ناکام ماند، از جمله سرکردگان و سرگردن زنان این ساطور بدست عرب، حسن و حسین، فرزندان علی ابی طالب، قمه کش و قاتل قوم و قبیله بنی قریظه بودند "

(2) برای صحت و صحیح بودن صرافانه این ادعای گوینده مراجعه شود به تاریخ طبری جلد پنجم، صفحه 2116 ، فتوح البلدان صفحه 183 ، مختصرالبلدان صفحه 152

البته در بسیاری از کتب تاریخی عرب و اروپائی به وفور و  وثوق آمده است که از بدو تجاوز و تصرف ایران توسط تازیان تبهکار، همیشه تبعیض نژادی به همراه تعرض و  تعقیب، تهدید و تعزیر، یکی از شگردهای شقی و شیادانه، شیطان صفتانه و شعبده بازانهٔ شمشیرکشان شرعی بوده است که چه بطور مستقیم و چه غیر مستقیم توسط ستون پنجمی بنام شیاطین الفقها یا فقیه الشیاطین تازی تبار علیه ایرانیان اعمال می شد.

تا جائیکه تازیان مسلمان بری تحقیر و تمسخر، توهین و تکفیر ایرانیان، می گفتند که سه چیز در اسلام تازیان وجود دارد که نماز یعنی این نماد نوکری و نوچه گری به دُژگاه یا درگاه سوسمارزادگان سمی - صحرائی  قمه کشان قریشی را باطل می کند: یکی سگ و دومی اُلاغ و سومی ایرانی میباشد.

1 ـ نقل و قول این مطالب: سقیته البحار و مدینه الاحکام و آثار. تالیف حاج شیخ عباس قمی در کتاب شیعه گری نوشته مسعود انصاری صفحه

2ـ برای صحت و صحیح بودن صرافانه این ادعای گوینده مراجعه شود به تاریخ طبری جلد پنجم، صفحه 2116 ، فتوح البلدان صفحه 183 ، مختصرالبلدان صفحه 152

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As the UN announces that the number of refugees and migrants in the Mediterranean this year exceeds 300,000, Vijay Prashad says the superpowers must move towards a ceasefire in Syria as soon as possible to stem the tide -   August 29, 2015

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Vijay Prashad is the George and Martha Kellner Chair in South Asian History and Professor of International Studies at Trinity College. He is the author of sixteen books, including The Poorer Nations: A Possible History of the Global South (Verso, 2013), Arab Spring, Libyan Winter (AK, 2012), (co-edited with Paul Amar) Dispatches from the Arab Spring (2013), and No Free Left: The Futures of Indian Communism (Leftward Press, 2015). Vijay's latest book is Letters to Palestine: Writers Respond to War and Occupation. Vijay is the chief editor at Leftward Press, and writes regularly for The Hindu, Frontline, Jadaliyya, Counterpunch, Himal and Bol.
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Mediterranean Refugee Crisis EscalatingSHARMINI PERIES, EXEC. PRODUCER, TRNN: Welcome to the Real News Network. I'm Sharmini Peries coming to you from Baltimore.
The International Organization for Migration says at least 2,400 people have died this year while attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Europe. In Greece for example, more refugees arrived at its coast last month than the entire year in 2014. it is deemed the worst refugee crisis in the world since World War II. UN officials are saying the crisis has worsened in the past year. Let's have a look.
SPEAKER: The number of refugees and migrants in the Mediterranean this year has now exceeded 300,000. that includes 200,000 people landing in Greece, and 110,000 in Italy. This represents a large increase from last year, when about 219,000 people crossed the Mediterranean during the whole of 2014.
PERIES: The two most recent tragedies that have received much attention in the media are off the coast of Libya estimated 200 people died when two boats capsized, and 71 refugees were found dead from suffocation inside a freezer truck in Austria, with officials saying that they were likely from Syria. The UN Security Council recently said that the situation in Syria has become the largest humanitarian emergency in the world, threatening peace and security in the region, as 4 million people are estimated to be seeking refugee status in other countries.
Now joining me to discuss all of this is Vijay Prashad. Vijay is a professor of international studies at Trinity College, and author of many books. His latest is Letters to Palestine. He joins us today from Northampton. Thank you so much for joining us, Vijay.
VIJAY PRASHAD: Thank you.
PERIES: Vijay, this humanitarian crisis that the UN is referring to has of course worsened. And it's of course worth noting that a year ago the U.S. had initiated steps to take up a military campaign against the Islamic State. But from your point of view, what's causing this exodus?
PRASHAD: Well first, Sharmini, I think it's important to indicate that this is a refugee crisis that has finally hit European shores. And when it strikes Europe these kind of statements are made, that it's the largest refugee crisis since World War II. If you look at the refugee crisis in the heart of Africa, in the Great Lakes region around the Congo, we've had several million people dead over the course of the past 20 years. Enormous refugees produced by war and economic collapse. If you look at Burma recently, the Rohingyas, the percentage of the Rohingyas that got on boats.
So in other words what I just want to make clear is that there has been a global refugee crisis caused by war and economic policy. It just so happens that this refugee crisis has not reached the shore of Europe directly, and therefore you haven't had European officials be so horrified. Even the Syrian war's refugee problem has been running since 2011. Of the 9-10 million Syrians that have been displaced from their homes, about 5-6 million of them are internally displaced inside war-ravaged Syria. About 3 to almost 4 million Syrians are living in Jordan, in Lebanon, in Turkey, somewhere in Egypt. And they have been, these countries have witnessed a catastrophic refugee crisis.
So it's really almost always astounding to have European officials get suddenly upset about a refugee crisis when the refugees start coming on European shores. Prior to that they seem to have quite a cavalier attitude towards the suffering of people who are refugees of war and economic policy.
PERIES: So Vijay, the situation in Libya, where some of these refugees are coming from, the foreign minister there has called on the international community to respond by air strikes against the Islamic State. What do you make of that?
PRASHAD: The first thing is this was a country destroyed by a war essentially engendered by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, knowing full well that once they came in and destroyed the state, chaos would reign. The West continues to believe that its so-called regime change operations will somehow turn out beautifully. History should have informed them already that this was going to be catastrophic.
So the state in Libya was destroyed. Now you have two governments. So when you say the foreign minister says, this is the foreign minister of the Western-backed government that sits in Dubruc. The other government in Tripoli, because there are two governments, doesn't agree that there should be air strikes. But now there is in a sense a third government, which is the Islamic State, which has established itself in the hometown of Col. Muammar Gaddafi. That is, the town of Sirte. The problem for the government in Dubruc is it doesn't have the material ability to take on either the Islamic State or the government in Tripoli, the capital of Libya. So that's their problem. That's what he's talking about.
A very interesting development came from the European Union, where there was a suggestion if they got a UN authorization, to use armed force against the boats used by smugglers that were coming across the Mediterranean. This is a remarkable thought, almost Orwellian plot from the European Commission, that they would use armed force somehow to destroy dingies that were sitting near the Libyan coastline. The problem for the Europeans was even to bomb inside Libyan territorial waters they would need UN authorization. And there's no way they're going to get UN authorization.
So in a sense the kind of sabre rattling that came from the Europeans that once more raised the hopes of the one government sitting in Dubruc that Western air strikes would start again, that crazy plan from the Europeans of course went nowhere except, of course, to raise the hopes of the government in Dubruc. Which is not going to happen. I mean, the Europeans are not going to at this time bomb in Libya. The only powers that have bombed in Libya since the NATO bombing ended have been Egyptians and the United Arab Emirates. But even they're not keen at this time to bomb the ISIS targets that are in Sirte.
PERIES: Vijay, in order to stop this exodus that's going on, people taking such great risks and putting their lives into the Mediterranean, essentially, what is a solution? The Iranians have tabled a solution and you have written about the possibility of a regional solution in the past. What can be done?
PRASHAD: This is a very important issue. Six and a half to seven million, perhaps close to ten million now Syrians are internally displaced. So the numbers that are going through Hungary, Macedonia, these are very large numbers. But nowhere near the numbers of people who are facing extraordinary hardship and dying in large numbers inside Syria.
In order to stem the tide of at least the Syrian refugees, the refugees from war, I think it's very important for the superpowers of the world to move towards some kind of ceasefire in at least as many parts of Syria as is possible. The Iranians are very keen to have a ceasefire that involves the regional powers, because after all, many of the groups fighting the Damascus government now would not be able to continue their work without support from Turkey, from the Saudis, from the Gulf Arab states and others as well, including the United States and Jordan.
So the Iranian plan essentially is to bring the proxies of the of these regional powers and the Assad government to some kind of agreement. This would allow at least in very large parts of Syria for some calm and a ceasefire. And might enable the regional powers to more properly isolate the Islamic State and some of the al-Qaeda groups which continue to make I think considerable gains, including today in Idlib province where they're attacking the last major air base of the Assad government in northern Idlib. Meanwhile, if this was not enough chaos, the Israelis have been bombing [inaud.] inside Syria and creating a more difficult situation for the civilians who have been trying to cross into Lebanon.
The idea that the Iranians have I think is a humanitarian idea. Whatever their motives might be, whatever the considerations of geopolitics people might have, I think the plain humanitarian road here is to honor the Iranian proposal and to try to make whatever ceasefire is possible at this time so that the N-odd million displaced people inside Syria can live with some kind of stability. And that some of them who are trying to flee the country might decide that there's a chance for them to build a future inside Syria.
PERIES: Vijay, we'll be following this. And we'd like to deepen this analysis and the proposal you have on the table. So I hope you join us again very soon.
PRASHAD: Pleasure. Thank you.
PERIES: And thank you for joining th Real News Network.
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Exclusive footage: Syrian jihadists' "time off" playing football and fishing

Published on Aug 31, 2015
Images filmed in northern Syria show fighters from the Al-Nusra Front, a branch of Al Qaeda who are fighting Bashar al Assad's regime, engaging in surprising leisure activities such as “playing” with children, participating in a tactical game of football, barbequing and fishing.
The video forms part of a documentary by French journalists Farouk Atig and Yacine Benrabia called "Les escadrons du Djihad" (The Jihad Squads). In the documentary we can see the group fighting the Syrian Army, but also imagines like those seen here that are not commonplace amongst the chaos of the Syrian war, not least when they concern members of Al Qaeda.

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Extraordinary Brutality Inflicted on Civilians in Yemen

Extraordinary Brutality Inflicted on Civilians in Yemen

As Saudi ground troops enter Northern Yemen with US backing, Amnesty International charges Saudis with alleged war crimes -   August 29, 2015

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Vijay Prashad is the George and Martha Kellner Chair in South Asian History and Professor of International Studies at Trinity College. He is the author of sixteen books, including The Poorer Nations: A Possible History of the Global South (Verso, 2013), Arab Spring, Libyan Winter (AK, 2012), (co-edited with Paul Amar) Dispatches from the Arab Spring (2013), and No Free Left: The Futures of Indian Communism (Leftward Press, 2015). Vijay's latest book is Letters to Palestine: Writers Respond to War and Occupation. Vijay is the chief editor at Leftward Press, and writes regularly for The Hindu, Frontline, Jadaliyya, Counterpunch, Himal and Bol.
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Extraordinary Brutality Inflicted on Civilians in YemenSHARMINI PERIES, EXEC. PRODUCER, TRNN: Welcome to the Real News Network. I'm Sharmini Peries coming to you from Baltimore.
On Thursday, Saudi troops crossed into northern Yemen for the first time since the beginning of the conflict. The Saudi-led coalition continues to launch air strikes on Houthi rebel positions, and Human Rights Watch has called on the coalition to stop using cluster bombs because they are contributing to the high civilian death toll. According to the UN more than 4,300 people have been killed in this conflict since March.
Now joining us to address all of this is Vijay Prashad. He's the George and Martha Kellner Chair of South Asian History and professor of international studies at Trinity College. He's the author of many books, including his latest titled Letters to Palestine. Vijay, thank you again for joining us.
VIJAY PRASHAD: Pleasure, thank you.
PERIES: Vijay, start by talking about the significance of the ground troops in Yemen.
PRASHAD: The amazing thing about Yemen is this extraordinarily brutal conflict has been going on, 4,300, maybe more people have died in this conflict. Both sides you might say, in fact there are not only two sides to this conflict. There are many sides to it. All sides have been ruthless in their use of force, not only against each other but against civilian areas. The carnage has reached a point where the United Nations has at several points said that famine conditions have either broken out or are likely. UNICEF has warned on a number of occasions about the use of force against children. Hundreds of children dead, perhaps 600. infrastructure has been destroyed.
Ashton Carter, the U.S. secretary of defense, as early as April warned that the war between the Saudis, the Houthis, Mr. Saleh's troops, Hadi's troops, et cetera, have only succeeded in opening the door for expansion of al-Qaeda in the Arabian peninsula, which anyway held quite large sections of territory in southern Yemen.
So given all this it's remarkable that the press has basically stayed away. There's been very little coverage of what's been happening. And you know, here is a situation where after months of aerial bombardment the Saudi ground forces leave the southern Saudi province of Jizan, enter north Yemen, and so little is made of it. It's not clear yet whether their entry into north Yemen is merely to take out some of the rocket positions that have been used by the Houthis to fire into Saudi Arabia, or if indeed the Saudis intend for this to be a push to the Yemeni capital of Sana'a. In the southern part of Yemen the rebels have faced some opposition from the forces of Mansur al-Hadi. In the city of [inaud.] for instance there's been a pushback against the rebels. So it's not clear what the Saudis are up to. Are they merely coming in to clean up the border, or do they intend to go all the way to Sana'a.
PERIES: And Vijay, what's the role of the United States? Often when we see this term, the Saudi-led coalition, the U.S. sounds silent in the process. But what is their role?
PRASHAD: Well, Saudi Arabia is a very important ally of the United States. It is in fact as important an ally as Israel is in the region. The behavior of the United States toward Saudi Arabia in this conflict against Yemen is eerily like the behavior of the United States towards Israel when Israel bombs Gaza. Saudi Arabia has one of the highest per capita incomes in the Arab world. Not the highest. That belongs, I think, to Qatar. But one of the highest. And Yemen is certainly the poorest of all the Arab countries.
And so it's facing asymmetrical bombardment. Whatever the rebels are doing is not being done from the air. The Saudis command the air and they're bombing the whole country. In the same way, the violence between the Israelis and the Palestinians in Gaza is utterly asymmetrical. The Israelis command the air, and all that can happen from Gaza is some minor rocket attacks into Israel. It's comparatively nothing.
In both cases the United States, during the conflict, has resupplied the superior side. In the case of Israel the United States, in the middle of the bombardment of Gaza, resupplied Israel. In this case in the middle of this conflict, which Amnesty International has said that the Saudis are committing alleged war crimes, in the middle of all this the United States has resupplied Saudi Arabia with the very weapons they're using against the Yemeni people.
So just as with Israel, they are supplying them during the war. And similarly in both cases the United States is providing diplomatic cover. In the one case for Israel in its war against Gaza. In this case Saudi Arabia in its war in Yemen. Amnesty International has called for a UN Human Rights Council Commission inquiry of potential war crimes against the Yemeni people. It's unlikely that the Americans are going to allow this commission of inquiry to be set up without a lot of pressure on the countries in the Human Rights Council.
So the American hand in this conflict is considerable. As considerable as it has been in each of the Israeli bombings of Gaza.
PERIES: Vijay Prashad, I thank you so much for joining us today on such short notice on this particular issue, and as always we are very happy to have you here.
PRASHAD: Thanks a lot.
PERIES: And thank you for joining us on the Real News Network.
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Lebanon: Tensions high at anti-government

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Lebanon: Tensions high at anti-government 'You Stink' protest in Beirut

Lebanon: Tensions high at anti-government 'You Stink' protest in Beirut

Published on Aug 29, 2015
Protests continued in front of the government palace in Beirut, Saturday night, as the 'You Stink' demonstrations continued to grip the Lebanese capital. Protesters burned objects and tried to tear down the barbed wire separating them from the police cordons and the Grand Serail. Several demonstrators were left injured during clashes with police and police were seen charging at protesters who were attempting to make their way towards the government palace.

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Sanders Lead: Why is He Silent on U.S. Foreign Policy?

Sanders Lead: Why is He Silent on U.S. Foreign Policy?

RootsAction.Org's Jeff Cohen says Bernie Sanders can not just denounce corporate power without denouncing militarism -   August 27, 2015

Bio
Jeff Cohen is the director of the Park Center for Independent Media at Ithaca College, and he was the founder of the media watchdog FAIR. He is the co-founder of RootsAction.org. He joins us from Ithaca, New York.
Transcript
Sanders Lead: Why is He Silent on U.S. Foreign Policy?JARED BALL, PRODUCER, TRNN: Welcome everyone, back to the Real News Network. I'm Jared Ball here in Baltimore. And welcome to another edition of As the Sanders Berns, where we here at the Real News continue to monitor and interpret the power of the nominally progressive campaign of Bernie Sanders. Just a few hours ago the influential political insiders' news source the Hill said Sanders is now in fact the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination, overtaking Hillary Clinton largely due to his ability to rally large numbers in support of his campaign and Clinton's existing and potentially worsening email and server scandals.
Joining us to again look further into what Tom Hartman has called the political revolution of Bernie Sanders is Jeff Cohen. Jeff Cohen is media critic and lecturer, is founding director of the Park Center for Independent Media at Ithaca College, where he is an associate professor of journalism, and from where he joins us now. Welcome back to the Real News, Jeff Cohen.
JEFF COHEN: Great to be with you.
BALL: So tell us from your perspective what you think of Bernie Sanders' campaign as it stands right now and this recent claim from the Hill that he's in fact a frontrunner.
COHEN: Well, I'm thrilled. I've known Bernie since the early 1990s when he first went to Congress. He was one of the members of Congress that approached us at the media watchgroup fair to talk to us about how we could work together on combating corporate mainstream media bias. So he's a very unique member of Congress. The crowds are enormous. Compared to Donald Trump, who's running a, sort of an appeal to racism campaign, the mainstream media has pushed Bernie into the margins compared to Trump.
But even in the margins, Bernie Sanders is getting enough coverage, and certainly in independent media like Real News, he's getting enough coverage that people are learning about this guy who's the longest-serving independent member of Congress, whose background in the early '60s was civil rights. He organized a protest over racial discrimination in the educational system of Chicago, which is where Bernie went to college. He was in a sit-in about racist housing policies. He was putting up fliers around the city to protest police brutality in Chicago. So Bernie is a very unique individual to be running for president, and then to be getting these crowds and passing Hillary in New Hampshire, I think if you're a progressive you're pretty excited about it.
BALL: Well, but despite the civil rights record that you cite, he also supported the three strikes rule of the first Clinton administration. And he supported No Child Left Behind, and correct me if I'm wrong, also Race to the Top, which are policies that horrifically and negatively impact black and poor communities in terms of education and of course incarceration. I'd be interested in your thoughts about...
COHEN: Yeah, I'm not aware of the three strikes. But you're right, he has been too--sometimes he has supported President Obama or President Clinton more than he should have. He's also polarized with those last two Democratic presidents on very important issues of class inequality and corporate power. So I mean, my point to you is this is a guy who, like Cornel West recently said, when this great African-American academic and activist Cornel West endorsed Bernie, and it was somewhat of a ringing endorsement, saying that even prophetic politicians like Bernie, who should be critically supported, they often have their faults and their blind spots.
The thing about a political revolution or a social movement and the huge crowds he's getting is that these activists that are supporting Bernie should demand things. Obviously Black Lives Matter has disrupted a couple events at which Bernie spoke. They were not Bernie Sanders events. And I think everyone agrees that the Bernie Sanders speech and the politics he's putting forward have been improved because of that.
Now there's some of us, like you know, I'm the co-founder of Roots Action, we want Bernie to start addressing some of the things that had been wrong with U.S. foreign policy and militarism under President Bush, President Obama. And that's what I think a social movement can do, is push a candidate like Bernie, who does come out of social activism and protest himself, I think he's easy to pressure, cajole, persuade, to take a more encompassing view. And therefore some of those blind spots that Cornel West refers to, maybe Bernie will improve on some of those areas.
BALL: Well, with all due respect to Dr. West, I mean, he also supported initially Barack Obama. And we see at least for some of us on the left where that has gotten us, or not gotten us. But that also was part of the question that I have here finally, just to wrap up this segment, is you've also in calling for Bernie Sanders to speak out on foreign policy you've encouraged a petition be signed that compares Bernie Sanders and what should be his foreign policy to Dr. King.
And so even going back to this question about Dr. West previously supporting Barack Obama and now wanting to support Bernie Sanders, with these comparisons or allusions at least to people like Dr. King, I mean, King's whole point was the Democratic party and the Republican party as institutions are incapable of producing the kind of social or political revolution that many are now attaching to Bernie Sanders, at least in terms of hopes, and previously to Barack Obama. So is there not a flaw in supporting the institutions for those on the left who want this kind of change? Can Bernie Sanders really within the institution of the Democratic party bring about the kind of change that you and others have attached now to Dr. King, and that Dr. West and others were hopeful for back with Obama and now again with Bernie Sanders?
COHEN: Yeah, I'm not sure Cornel West had as much hope about Obama as a social reformer that he does with Bernie. I mean, I think Cornel West has known Bernie, as many of us have, for decades. He's been a radical leftist, a socialist, his whole life. That's very different from Obama, who is always retreating from the socialist label. But you've raised some good questions.
If Bernie had decided not to run inside the first Iowa caucus, where voters will be able to decide between Hillary, Bernie, and the others, or in the New Hampshire primary, the Democratic primary, I don't think he'd have crowds of any kind of size. The mainstream media would have him as a mere footnote. So I think in terms of tactics, and to me it's just a tactic because Bernie is the longest-running independent who's served in Congress. No independent has ever been elected and re-elected like Bernie has as an independent outside of the two-party system. But tactically, choosing to run inside the Democratic party caucuses and primaries I think is why he's gotten the media attention that he has. It's not enough, but he's gotten some, and the crowds that he's getting.
But your final point, yes. There's a petition, anyone can sign it. Bernie Sanders is great on corporate power, he's great on inequality. But he's now talking more about racial discrimination and racism and criminal injustice. He doesn't talk about foreign policy and the militarism that Martin Luther King Jr. talked so much about in the last year of King's life. So there's a petition at RootsAction.org saying Bernie, speak up. You can't denounce corporate power without denouncing militarism. And we want to have Bernie explain how he differs from President Obama on these drone strikes and on these expanding wars. That's the key. I think that's a real blind spot. And if we have a big social movement we can push Bernie Sanders to be more comprehensive in the politics he's putting forward.
BALL: Jeff Cohen, thanks again for joining us here at the Real News.
COHEN: Thank you, Jared.
BALL: And thank you for joining us here at the Real News. For all involved, again, I'm Jared Ball here in Baltimore. And as always we say, as Fred Hampton used to say, to you we say peace, if you're willing to fight for it. So peace, everybody, and we'll catch you in the whirlwind.
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Burning Man Bugs and The CIA

Burning Man Bugs and The CIA

Published on Aug 23, 2015
Infowars News Director Rob Dew looks at the recent phenomenon of massive amounts of insects appearing in the middle of the desert at the site of this years Burning Man festival. Rob also looks at the theories floating around the internet and the history of CIA and our government using bugs as a bio weapon.

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Colleges Train for Work, Not Thought

Colleges Train for Work, Not Thought

Professor Larry Wilkerson discusses the latest in the high cost of college and the increasing role universities play in prepping a work force rather than an intellectual force -   August 18, 2015

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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."
Jared A. Ball is a father and husband. After that he is a multimedia host, producer, journalist and educator. Ball is also a founder of "mixtape radio" and "mixtape journalism" about which he wrote I MiX What I Like: A MiXtape Manifesto (AK Press, 2011) and is co-editor of A Lie of Reinvention: Correcting Manning Marable's Malcolm X (Black Classic Press, 2012). Ball is an associate professor of communication studies at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland and can be found online at IMIXWHATILIKE.ORG.
Transcript
Colleges Train for Work, Not ThoughtJARED BALL, PRODUCER, TRNN: Welcome, everyone, back to the Real News Network. I'm Jared Ball here in Baltimore.
While leading Democratic party politicians are now hawking new plans for a debt-free college experience, which of course sounds great to what are now the most indebted college graduates in world history, there are still some concerned about the kind of education even those not having to pay at all would receive. In a recent article for Harper's magazine William Deresiewicz describes a situation where, as he says, colleges have sold their soul to the market.
To discuss this is Larry Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Colin Powell and a professor at the College of William and Mary. We welcome back Col. Wilkerson to the Real News. Welcome back.
LARRY WILKERSON, FMR. CHIEF OF STAFF TO COLIN POWELL: Thanks, Jared. Good to be with you.
BALL: So tell us what you think about this article. It suggests that neoliberalism has taken hold, and the designs of the corporate world are all that most universities are being encouraged, at least, to be concerned about. What do you see is the problem here with this trend?
WILKERSON: This is an age-old problem, as you probably know. It goes way back in the life of universities, certainly argued majorly in or on campuses like Oxford University, Cambridge University in England, and other, older schools. It is typified by on the one side the humanists, the exponents of liberal arts, of teaching young men and young women how to think critically as opposed to skills enhancement and training, and those on the other side of the argument exemplified at that time by the Huxley brothers, scientists, by those who reflect what we're talking about today when we say STEM, science, technology, engineering and so forth.
And what is increasingly becoming the case, and I think is the real object of the article in Harper's and others who are talking about this in great detail today, and that is the predatory capitalist state, which is what we have become in addition to being a national security state. That predatory capitalist state wants, one, workers who are not going to question things. That is to say, they can't think critically. And it wants people who are more or less inured to what they produce, do, and mean in daily existence. That is to say, they want workers who are compliant with the structure that we've created in this country, the structure that works for minimum wages, that does things that need to be done for the corporate good, and so forth.
It's a meaner argument, if you will, today. I can give the Huxley brothers their due, as they argued for example with John Henry Cardinal Newman about whether a liberal arts education or a science-based education was the best. And like Plato and Aristotle I would probably argue that somewhere in between is probably the best kind of education. That is to say, you need scientists who can think critically too, and therefore be good voters and so forth, and you need humanists that know something, liberal arts people who know something about science, engineering, math, and so forth. That's the ideal world.
What you do not need is colleges and universities that are focused on getting jobs for people, and getting jobs in a society that is increasingly plutocratic, that is to say, the only people with the really good jobs are at the very top, and everybody else is a worker bee for those people. That's what these colleges and universities are tending towards now, and that's what the advertisements, that's what the brouhaha in U.S. news and [inaud.] report and other places like that is all about. Oh, you're spending $200,000 for Jane's education. Then Jane needs to get a job, and she doesn't need an education. What she needs is training and skills enhancement. Well, that's not the purpose of a university.
BALL: But this sounds like, to me at least, that this is an expansion, as you said, of a much longer existing problem. That is, that for many, that is for working whites, for poor working whites in this country and certainly for African-descended people and indigenous people, there has long been a history of teaching those communities only to be part of the workforce. That is, with Native American residential schools, with the industrial schools of the 19th century for African-Americans, for the establishment of a public school system in this country in general that was designed specifically to prepare white working people for their roles in society, that this has long been an issue.
So how is this discussion, other than upping it, so to speak, into the upper echelons of society, how is this a change in terms of the history of this country's education, generally speaking?
WILKERSON: It's not a change in the sense that you just expressed it, that it has all this complexity, all this nuance and all these different parts to it. For example, there is the part of minority education, the part of minorities being shorted for 400 years, still being shorted. I worked in the DC public school system, for example, for Colin Powell for ten years. It is for all intents and purposes I was segregated when I worked in it as it was in 1850, if it existed at that time. I mean this is no, nothing news to people who've worked in inner city schools, that minorities get short shrift when it comes to education.
But this is a bigger argument. It's a huge argument at the very top of what you might call the sophistication of education argument. And it is first of all, should everyone get a university education, well, I for one, I'm talking about. The answer to that question is no. no matter how egalitarian you may be, everyone in the world does not need to be a philosopher, does not need to be a Ph.D in nuclear physics, and so forth. They don't have the intellectual capacity, and frankly--and this is more important--they don't have the inclination.
There are plenty of people that ought to run automotive repair shops, ought to be tradesmen and craftsmen and so forth. And we've sort of lost that in this culture today because what we are is a finance giant. We service people, we finance things. We don't do any real making of anything anymore. But there is a niche, a huge niche in our society for artisans. For craftsmen. For people who by their own wishes don't want what I'm talking about when I say a university education. And in many cases, aren't intellectually equipped for it.
So that's the first division you have to make, and you do have to make that division. We've been very [inaud.] by allowing the market to make that division, which is why we get so many idiots who are billionaires, and so many bright people who are not making any money at all. It's a hypocritical stance in this country that we take on merit and education, and so forth.
But back to the argument, the university takes in people who are intellectually, mentally predisposed to and want to be critical thinkers. That's not everybody in society. I daresay if a study were done, and it were done over time, you'd probably find 30-40 percent of any given society that really ought to have a university education of the type I'm talking about. Other types of education that mostly community colleges can offer, that are in fact sort of a combination of what I mean by education and what I mean by skills enhancement that are aimed at particular niches in society for example, computer training being the latest example of that on a broad base, ought to be done also. But this is a sort of combination of the university and the artisan segments of society.
The Germans do this really well. They have trade schools and they have universities. And they know everyone's not going to university, by inclination or by capability. So they identify those people and send those people to university. Those who want trades and good jobs in trades, like working at Mercedes or BMW or whatever, they then send to trade school. Because they want to go to trade school, and because they have intellectual and other capacity to do that. This is the way education should be divided in this country. But hypocrites that we are, hypocrites that we've always been, we say everyone should have a $250,000 or more university education. That's pure poppycock.
BALL: Larry Wilkerson, thanks again for joining us here at the Real News.
WILKERSON: Thanks for having me on, Jared.
BALL: And thank you for joining us here at the Real News. For everyone involved, again, I'm Jared Ball here in Baltimore. And as always, as Fred Hampton used to say, to you we say peace if you're willing to fight for it. So peace everybody, and we'll catch you in the whirlwind.
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  • US Packs Military Punch Deploying First Strike Aircraft Near Russia’s Borders (foreign policy savvies call for dialogue)
    By Andrei AKULOV | http://www.strategic-culture.org/news In June at the Paris Air Show, US air force chief Deborah James first publicly floated the idea of deploying the F-22 (the Raptor), America's most sophisticated fighter plane to Europe to counter Moscow's actions in the Ukraine.Two months later the Pentagon turned it into a reality. The United States is to deploy F-22 fighter jets to Europe as part of efforts to support eastern European members of the NATO alliance against Russia.The inaugural deployment of America's most sophisticated fighter jet to Europe is rich in symbolism and tells a lot in practice.James did not give details about the specific number of planes, date or location of the deployment but said it was in line with defence secretary Ash Carter’s recent call for a strong and balanced approach to RussiaThis is the first ever deployment of F-22 to Europe outside air shows is seen as a move to boost NATO’s air strike capability as the relations with Russia become more tense.According to General Mark Welsh James, US air force chief of staff, the F-22’s deployment in Europe would allow US to test the ability of the jets to communicate and fight together with the Eurofighter and other advanced warplanes and gain more experience with the European terrain.F-22 is the fifth generation multirole aircraft. It’s a single-seat, twin-engine, all-weather stealth tactical fighter aircraft was designed by Lockheed and Boeing as an air superiority fighter but can also be used for ground attack, electronic warfare and signals intelligence. The Raptors act as electronic warfare enabled sensor-rich planes to provide data key to other aircraft: they escort strike packages into and out of the target area while gathering details about the enemy systems and spreading intelligence to other “networked” assets supporting the mission to improve the overall situational awareness.«The United States would not be deploying F-22s if it did not consider it necessary», said Konrad Muzyka, a military analyst on Eastern Europe for defense publisher IHS Jane's. «It is going to be a massive boost in capabilities because there is no other aircraft in the world with the capabilities of the F-22», said Muzyka. «It is the only operational fifth-generation aircraft presently in service in the world».Raptors have often taken part in rotational deployments in the Asia-Pacific region since 2009, but have never been deployed to Europe. It’s still not known which airbases are being considered for such deployment. The countries to host the fifth-generation planes know well they are doomed to become targets for Russia’s response in case of hostilities.The U.S. has already started two 6-month TSPs (Theater Security Packages), made up of F-15s and A-10s and stepping up its presence at regional exercises with NATO allies and partners, attended also by B-52 strategic bombers and A-10 attack planes. According to Fiscal Times, the US Air Force announced in early August that it would deploy more of the aircraft to Europe this fall.The 23rd Wing at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia announced it will send 12 attack planes and crews to Central and Eastern European to bolster NATO’s “Operation Atlantic Resolve,” an ongoing show of military might meant to deter what it calls “Russian aggression” in the region.In March, the Air Force deployed a dozen A-10s from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona to Romania and the Czech Republic.Somehow the news about F-22s and other aircraft deployments Europe coincides with the reports about the US decision to deploy B-52s strategic bombers to South Korea. According to US Stars and Stripes military outlet, South Korea and U.S. are discussing the deployment of strategic U.S. assets to the Korean peninsula, South Korea’s Defense Ministry said in a briefing on Aug. 24.Although the Defense Ministry spokesman did not say which U.S. assets are being considered for deployment in the region, sources cited by the South KJorean Yohap News Agency suggested that the U.S. forces might include the B-52 Stratofortress bombers, and a nuclear-powered submarine currently stationed in Yokosuka, Japan.Before that three B-2 strategic bombers were deployed to Guam on Aug. 7 to conduct familiarization training activities in the Pacific region and “maintain readiness there”.Actually, there nothing tactical aviation could not do in case there is a conflict with North Korea. The bases are there, the aircraft carrier groups can boost the capability at any time, Tomahawk long-range missiles are abundant. Then why deploy strategic bombers? The flight time is going to be greatly reduced in case the aircraft are used against Russia. If that is the purpose of their relocation, then the move is justified. No matter all the talk about the need to defend South Korea, this possibility is taken into consideration by Russian experts.The tensions are growing too high. This the time for think tanks to come up with initiatives to reduce the danger of conflict. And they do.This month the European Leadership Network - a British NGO staffed by dozens of retired European military officials and politicians - published a report entitled Preparing for the Worst: Are Russian and NATO Military Exercises Making War in Europe More Likely?The ELN goes on to answer its own question: Yes, the two sides are preparing for a full-scale confrontation.A task force made up of former Russian and western officials proposed on August 26 new talks aimed at a new set of agreements between the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and Moscow to prevent an incident between military forces.A group of former officials, including the former foreign ministers of Poland and Russia, rolled out a paper on August 26 morning proposing a new round of dialogue between NATO and Moscow aimed at establishing rules for navy ships and air-force fleets. It has expressed its concern over a possible military escalation in the crisis between Russia and the West and has called for a new agreement between NATO and Russia to prevent accidental incidents or miscalculations leading to an escalation of tension and even confrontation.NATO has also held exercises mainly in Eastern Europe and the Baltics. Along with its partners, the 28-nation alliance will hold its biggest military exercise in more than a decade in October. The report said an »action-reaction cycle» was now under way between NATO and Russia that could be hard to stop. The alliance has suspended all practical and military cooperation with Russia, but can still convene political meetings.«History is littered with examples of international crises and tensions that developed a momentum of their own and resulted in conflict even when no one side intended it», the report says. The signatories of the paper include Russian foreign policy gurus like Vyacheslav Trubnikov (Former Director, Russian Foreign Intelligence), Igor Ivanov (former Russian Foreign Minister), Alexei Gromyko (Deputy Director of the Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences) and Igor Yurgens (Chairman of the Board of the Institute of Contemporary Development, Vice President of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs). The Task Force is supported by independent research from a consortium of think-tanks, including the European Leadership Network in London and the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) in Moscow.The other step in the right direction would revive a Russia-US dialogue on military matters. The UN General Assembly session to take place this September could be used for giving the process a new lease of life, for instance if the presidents of US and Russia met to discuss the burning issues.* * *All the signs of a new Cold War are present. The military stand-off becomes too dangerous. An accidental spark could set a big fire. As history shows, the risk of accident increases whenever the situation markedly deteriorates. It is therefore unwise to deny the obvious fact that the current state of affairs is dangerous enough to justify starting a dialogue urgently. Boosting first strike capability by deploying state-of-the-art aircraft in the vicinity of Russian borders cannot but make Moscow take retaliatory measures. At that, Russia has received signals from the United Stated about restoration of cooperation channels and does not intend to refuse dialogue, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told the youth forum Territory of Sound Judgement on the Klyazma River on August 24. The top diplomat noted that Russia is ready to work with the United States and European Union, but it will not give up its interests and identity. «We are ready to work constructively with partners from US and EU on an equality basis, but we will not give up independent domestic and foreign policy», Lavrov said. He also reiterated Russian President Vladimir Putin’s statement that Russia «does not trade its sovereignty».Lavrov noted that in the modern world, relations between countries should be based on dialogue and consideration of mutual interests. «I think that if Western partners followed the same principles, there would have been no confrontation with moving NATO closer to Russian borders, there would have been no Ukrainian crisis», he added.Under the circumstances, it would be a folly to lose the chance mentioned by the Russian Foreign Minister.
  • Europe May Suffer Significant Losses if China Launches Currency War
    By http://www.sputniknews.com/europe A global currency war may heavily affect European countries, especially France and Italy. Cheap Chinese exports could have a negative impact on the “emaciated” industries in these countries and, thus, endanger the stability of the Eurozone, DWN wrote.China's exports have been of great importance not only for China itself, but for the rest of the world as well.In the span of 15 years China has become the world’s largest exporter, the newspaper reported. The rise of China has massively influenced US, Japanese and European industries and led to a partial de-industrialization of these economies. Their shares in total world exports have changed considerably and, all in all, regressed in varying degrees. China's Export-Boosting Yuan Devaluation Will Continue Until about 2003, the share of the Eurozone countries in the world exports had amounted to around one-third. Now it has fallen to just over 24%, with France and Italy being affected the most, DWN wrote.These trends are likely to continue throughout 2015 as the ongoing devaluation of the yuan will make Chinese exports cheaper and more attractive.However, at the same time, a continued downturn in Chinese growth could spill over to other countries as well, especially to emerging economies. “If China is unable to come out of its current slump, “vulnerable countries such as Brazil, Russia, Turkey, might topple into more severe crises,” Director of Brazil’s Institute for Economic Policy Studies Monica DeBolle said in an interview with Sputnik.
  • Islamic State burns four Iraqi Shiite fighters alive
    “IS burns four Iraqi Shiite fighters alive,” AFP, August 31, 2015: By http://www.jihadwatch.org Many will say that this is additional proof of the claim that the Islamic State has nothing to do with Islam. This is because of this hadith: “Narrated ‘Ikrima: Some Zanadiqa (atheists) were brought to ‘Ali and he burnt them. The news of this event, reached Ibn ‘Abbas who said, ‘If I had been in his place, I would not have burnt them, as Allah’s Apostle forbade it, saying, “Do not punish anybody with Allah’s punishment (fire).” I would have killed them according to the statement of Allah’s Apostle, “Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him.”‘” (Bukhari 9.84.57)But as is so often the case with hadith, there is also a contradictory one — supporting the view that these sayings were fabricated by competing factions among Muslims, and have no historical value. Muhammad is depicted as saying that those who don’t answer the call to prayer should be set on fire, along with their houses: “Certainly I decided to order the Mu’adh-dhin (call-maker) to pronounce Iqama and order a man to lead the prayer and then take a fire flame to burn all those who had not left their houses so far for the prayer along with their houses.” (Bukhari 1.11.626)Then there is this gruesome story from Muhammad’s conquest of Khaybar: “Kinana b. al-Rabi`, who had the custody of the treasure of B. al-Nadir, was brought to the apostle who asked him about it. He denied that he knew where it was. A Jew came (T. was brought) to the apostle and said that he had seen Kinana going round a certain ruin every morning early. When the apostle said to Kinana, ‘Do you know that if we find you have it I shall kill you?’ he said Yes. The apostle gave orders that the ruin was to be excavated and some of the treasure was found. When he asked him about the rest he refused to produce it, so the apostle gave orders to al-Zubayr b. al-Awwam, ‘Torture him until you extract what he has,’ so he kindled a fire with flint and steel on his chest until he was nearly dead. Then the apostle delivered him to Muhammad b. Maslama and he struck off his head, in revenge for his brother Mahmud.” (Ibn Ishaq 515).Islamic apologists never, ever explain the data that contradicts their positions. They just ignore it. That is what distinguishes them as deceivers rather than reformers. The Islamic State group strung up four Iraqi Shiite fighters with chains and burned them alive, according to footage posted online, the latest gruesome execution video from the jihadists.The victims — identified as fighters in the pro-government Popular Mobilisation forces from southern Iraq — were suspended from a swingset by chains attached to their hands and feet, then set on fire.IS, which overran large parts of Iraq last year and still controls much of the country’s west, said the murders were in revenge for the alleged burning of four men by pro-government forces.“Now retribution has come, for today, we will attack them as they attacked us, and punish them as they punished us,” a masked militant says in the video, which was not dated and did not say where the burnings took place.The video included a clip said to show a Sunni man suspended over a fire while still alive as pro-government forces look on, and another of famous Shiite fighter Abu Azrael (“Father of the Angel of Death”) slicing a piece of flesh off a burned corpse with a sword…
  • Majority of UK Residents Support Cameron’s EU Referendum
    By http://www.sputniknews.com/europe A survey reveals that the majority of UK citizens support the country’s referendum on its EU membership.MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The majority of UK citizens said the country’s referendum on its EU membership would be worth it, according to a People and Power survey.The findings of the survey conducted by Opinium Research revealed that 58 percent of surveyed supported UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s referendum on the country’s EU membership. Brexit, Grexit and Now Auxit? Petition Sparks Austrian EU Referendum Debate The poll, published Sunday, also revealed that 67 percent of UK residents wanted more power in decision-making on laws, taxes, public spending and planning.Some 34 percent of the surveyed people said the United Kingdom’s economy would be better should the country exit the European Union.British Prime Minister David Cameron has vowed to hold a referendum on the country’s possible exit from the European Union by the end of 2017. Cameron is seeking a revision of the terms of Britain’s EU membership, including greater autonomy in defining national migration policy.The survey of some 2,150 UK adults was carried out online on August 21-25 according to pre-set quotas for age group, gender and region of residence to ensure a representative sample.
  • West Sees Red: 'Sympathy for Russia is Rising' in the Balkans
    By http://sputniknews.com/politics Russia has always enjoyed a special relationship with some Balkan nations and the West has never been happy about it. Western capitals seem to have finally decided it is time to act.Of late the European Union and the United States have been trying to break the bond between Moscow and the Balkans by including the region in their sphere of influence. 'I Like Vladimir': Russia's Special Place in the Heart of Balkan Nations For Brussels, driving a wedge between the two sides means accelerating the long stagnant process of the bloc's expansion. Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia have all been promised that they will join the EU someday but the bureaucrats in Brussels have been notoriously vague on details.Not surprisingly, they are not the ones spearheading the process now – Berlin is. "The European Commission does nothing in the Balkans now … 'without a green light from Germany,'" the Economist quoted an unnamed senior diplomat as saying.Germany, often seen as the biggest advocate of the European integration, has been committed to integrating the Balkan nations into the union for some time. This became evident in July when Angela Merkel paid a visit to three countries in the region – Albania, Bosnia and Serbia. German Chancellor Angela Merkel shakes hands with Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic before their meeting in Belgrade, Serbia July 9, 2015There is an abundance of reasons for the US and EU's growing interest in the Balkans, but one in particular stands out."Sympathy for Russia is rising in some [Balkan] countries," the weekly newspaper asserted. For instance, Serbia is contemplating taking part in a joint military exercise scheduled to be held in Russia in September.The West sees Russia's warm relations with the Balkans as a dangerous geopolitical development which must be undermined. And expanding the bloc seems to be the way to do it.
  • Nuclear War in Afghanistan Was an Option for US – Former German Diplomat
    By http://www.sputniknews.com The US was ready to use nuclear weapons in their ‘war on terror’ in Afghanistan, according to a former German diplomat, whose interview was published in Der Spiegel this weekend. US the Main Obstacle to Nuclear-Free World – Gorbachev The George W. Bush administration “really played through all possibilities,” including the use of nuclear weapon against Afghanistan in response to the 9/11 attacks in the US, Michael Steiner, a former adviser for ex-German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, said in an interview to Der Spiegel weekly.“The paper was written,” he said, and the then-German Chancellor was afraid the US President administration would “overreact in the first shock … being properly placed in a bunker” following the attacks.In addition, Steiner revealed that Schroeder refused his idea to express “unconditional support” to the United States right after the 9/11 attacks. “A state may not give blank checks,” Steiner noted in his fresh interview. Tensions between Bush and Schroeder later led to Germany’s strong opposition to the military invasion of Iraq in 2003 alongside France and Russia.Michael Steiner, 65, who retired this summer, was one of the leading German diplomats for decades.As it was earlier reported, within four days of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had put together a vast plan to fight terror in 92 countries, a leaked 2005 letter by then CIA Director George Tenet revealed in June 2015. Through its campaigns in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, the US may be responsible for the deaths of millions, a study conducted by the Nobel Prize-winning NGO Physicians for Social Responsibility determined this spring.The investigation demonstrated that US-led wars “directly or indirectly, killed around 1 million people in Iraq, 220,000 in Afghanistan and 80,000 in Pakistan for a total of around 1.3 million.” Highly aggressive military campaigns, including indiscriminate drone strikes and meddling in internal affairs of other countries has turned the United States into “the most feared” nation globally viewed by many as "a great threat to world peace," independent activist Michael Payne said earlier this year.Moreover, the lack of cohesion in the US fight against terrorism has resulted in the spread of this phenomenon, former Pakistani ambassador to the United States Husain Haqqani said at a Potomac Institute conference on terrorism March 2015.“This haphazard approach to global terrorism has resulted, actually in increasing global terrorism, rather than diminishing it,” Haqqani stated.
  • Suspect arrested in Bangkok with bomb making materials
    By http://www.nationmultimedia.com/national Police arrested an Arab-looking man at a rented room in Bangkok's Nong Chok district Saturday afternoon and found a lot of bomb making tools and materials.The arrest took place at Poon-anand apartment in Nongchok district in eastern Bangkok. A large quantity of explosive-making materials were found at the apartment.Initially, police said the suspect was a Turksih but Police spokesman Pol Lt Gen Prawut Thawornsiri late said the suspect carried a fake Turkish passport.As a result, police could not yet confirm his nationality yet.Prawut said the suspect was not the bomber but might belong to the movement as police found bomb making materials in his room, including 0.5-mm ball bearings used in the bombs that exploded at the Erawan Shrine and the Sathorn pier.The arrest was made after about 100 police and troops surrouned the apartment at at 1:30 pm.Among things found were 0.5 cm diametre ball bearing similar to those found at the bomb sites at Ratchaprasong Intersection and Sathorn pier. The Ratchaprason attack happened on August 17.Police and troops surrounded the apartment building on Soi Chuamsamphan 11 for about two hours before making the raid.Several senior police officers joined the raid, including Metropolitan Police Commissioner Pol Lt Gen Sriwarah Rangsitpramkul and Crime Suppression Division Commander Maj Gen Akkaradej Pimolsri.The suspect was renting rooms No 412 and 414 on the fourth floor of the apartment, a police source said.The explosion at the Erawan Shrine on August 17 killed 20 victims, mostly foreign tourists. I also injured more than 100 others.A man in yellow shirt was seen leaving a backpack under bench in the shrine compound shortly before the bomb went off.Feeds from security cameras led to facial sketch of a foreigner who appeared like an Arab. A police source said the arrested Turkish looks resemble to the facial sketch of the bomber.Sriwarah said the suspect rented about three to four rooms and police were checking the rooms.Sriwarah confirmed that police found some materials in the suspect’s rooms that were similar to those used in the two bombs.Sriwarah added that the suspect had started renting his room in July.
  • Europe's Migrant Crisis Caused by West's Destabilization of Syria – Le Pen
    Byhttp://www.sputniknews.com National Front leader Marine Le Pen attacked President Francois Hollande and his predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy on French television Friday, saying that the country's policy in the Middle East has destabilized the region, leading to the migrant crisis which France and the rest of Europe are paying for today.Le Pen told France's TV1 that "the situation with the migrants would never have existed were it not for the destabilization of Syria. This is where it all began." The politician added that "we have only to thank Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande for what is happening now." If Assad Falls, West Will Be Unable to Defeat ISIL –French Politician When asked what Europe could do to stem the problem, she told her interviewer that "the humanitarian solution would have been not to destabilize [Syria]," adding that southern Europe's effective lack of border control is sending the wrong signal to potential migrants. "We are sending the signal of total laxity –that migrants should attempt to make the crossing, and to risk their lives. We are close to a situation of chaos."Hundreds of thousands of migrants have been fleeing to Europe, through Turkey or across the Mediterranean, most of them from war and chaos-hit regions in the Middle East, including Syria, Libya and northern Africa. Western Legacy in Libya Leaves a Hole Filled by Migrants Fleeing for Europe The International Organization for Migration estimates that over 2,400 sea-borne migrants have now died trying to reach Europe, with nearly 323,000 making it to the shores of southern European countries. The UN's Refugee Agency has called the situation a "humanitarian emergency."On Friday, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere told Euronews that Germany and Europe as a whole need a new series of crisis response measures to deal with the flow of refugees, with Germany alone expected to take in nearly 800,000 displaced persons by the end of this year.
  • US pressured Norway to arrest & extradite Snowden, seize all devices – documents
    Edward Snowden © Vincent Kessler / Reuters By http://www.rt.com/news US repeatedly asked Norway to detain and deport whistleblower Edward Snowden if he tried to enter its territory in the aftermath of his leaks on mass US global surveillance, Norwegian media revealed citing formals requests.Norway’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs received the first letter from Washington shortly after the former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor’s revelations went public when he was stranded in Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport. The note, dated June 27, 2013, was quoted by Norway’s NRK broadcaster: “We request that should US citizen Edward J. Snowden attempt to enter Norway through any means, the Government of Norway notify the Embassy immediately and effectuate the return of Mr. Snowden to the United States by way of denial of entry, deportation, expulsion or other lawful means.” On the same day, the FBI’s Scandinavia office followed up with another letter addressed to justice authorities in Norway, Sweden and Finland. It described Snowden as a criminal fugitive and urged them to notify American personnel if the whistleblower booked a flight to one of their countries from Moscow. These correspondences were followed up with a separate message to Norway’s Department of Foreign Affairs on July 4, 2013, requesting that Snowden be arrested and extradited if he were to attempt to enter Norwegian territory. “The United States urges that Snowden be kept in custody, if arrested,” the note said. READ MORE: PACE calls on US to stop persecuting Snowden The language in documents revealed by NRK reflects how desperately the US wanted to contain the information Snowden had in his possession.  “The Embassy requests the seizure of all articles acquired as a result of the offenses (..) This includes, but is not limited to, all computer devices, electronic storage devices and other sorts of electronic media.”The most problematic aspect of the US making such bullish requests is that Snowden would have been denied his international right to apply for asylum before being arrested had the countries complied, Snowden’s lawyer Ben Wizner told NRK.“What is troubling to me is the suggestion that if Mr. Snowden showed up in one of these countries, he should be promptly extradited – before he would have a chance to raise his humanitarian rights under international law,” he said.“The only correct response from political leaders in Norway or any other free society should be to tell the US that this is a question of law and not a question of politics. And that, under international law, someone who is charged with a political offense has a right to raise a claim for asylum before the question of extradition even comes up.” Snowden has been invited to Norway to receive the prestigious Bjørnson Prize by the Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson Academy for freedom of expression. The award is being presented to Snowden “for work protecting privacy and for shining a critical light on US surveillance of its citizens and others.”However, it is still unclear whether Norway would arrest Snowden if he attempted to enter the country.Norway’s Justice and Foreign Affairs departments said that the US’ requests had not been answered because, under Norwegian law, no country can make an extradition request until the alleged criminal is actually on Norwegian territory.Jøran Kallemyr, State Secretary in Norway’s Department of Justice, confirmed this view: “What Norway has done is to inform the American authorities how the Norwegian system works,” he said. “If they request an extradition, the prosecuting authorities will decide if the case should be brought before the courts. And the court will decide if the terms for extradition are fulfilled.” READ MORE: US aggressively threatened to 'cut off' Germany over Snowden asylum - report Norway is not the only country reportedly bullied to hand over Snowden. Washington threatened to stop sharing intelligence with Berlin should Germany offer asylum to Snowden or even try to arrange any kind of travel to Germany, according to a report by journalist Glenn Greenwald.“They told us they would stop notifying us of plots and other intelligence matters,” German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said earlier this week, as cited by Greenwald in the Intercept.Snowden sought political asylum in Russia in 2013 after facing arrest and extradition to the US, where he has been charged under the country’s Espionage Act. On August 1, 2013, Russia granted him asylum for one year, saying it had no other legal choice. A year later, Snowden received a Russian residence permit valid for three years, valid from August 1, 2014. In March, he publicly asked Switzerland to grant him political asylum.Snowden has been condemned as a criminal in the US for leaking a vast trove of classified material to journalists who published the documents, revealing the espionage antics of the NSA’s global spying operations. The documents leaked by Snowden informed the public that the US government, together with European allies, is gathering and storing millions of pieces of metadata on citizens. Other disclosures revealed that the NSA bugged the personal communications of high-ranking businessmen and world leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.  
  • Euro Bank Chief Warns of Repeated Crises in Currency Zone
    By http://www.sputniknews.com A senior member of the European Central Bank (ECB) has warned that the monetary union of the Eurozone is "imperfect" and will face "repeated crises if we fail to address our economic and political differences". ECB Keeps Liquidity Assistance to Greek Banks Unchanged Speaking on Thursday during Ambassadors Week in Paris, Benoît Cœuré, a Member of the Executive Board of the ECB, said the current crisis in the Eurozone represents a fundamental test of the monetary union's ability to achieve the dual objective of economic and political commonality.He told the summit: "Our institutional framework is not yet sufficient to complete Economic and Monetary Union when it comes to economic, fiscal and financial matters. The ECB does not currently have a strong political counterpart in these areas."Thus, our monetary union will remain imperfect, will not be as prosperous as it could be and will face the risk of repeated crises if we fail to address our economic and political differences," he said.Central to the problem with the Euro is that member states have differing fiscal policies and taxation regimes, among many other financial indicators. For a currency to work, there needs to be harmonization of fiscal policies, which is inherently impossible in the current Eurozone, because of political differences.Fragility of Economic and Political UnionCœuré said: "The Euro has proved to be something of a paradox: confidence in the single currency remains very high, despite the fact that the euro area is struggling to emerge from the crisis and the fragilities of our economic and political union have threatened the integrity of the euro area on several occasions." Migration Crisis Threatens European No-Borders Policy He cited a spring 2015 Eurobarometer survey which found that 51 percent of respondents said that having the Euro had not mitigated the negative impact of the crisis.In a survey conducted by Opinium Research between 29 June and 10 July 2015, 63 percent of respondents in the Euro area (a sample of more than 6,000 people living in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain and Portugal) said they thought that the Greek debt crisis had been handled badly at European level.Referring to the Greek bailout crisis, he said: "It has been necessary to develop new instruments as a matter of urgency in the midst of the crisis. Some of those instruments, particularly the financial assistance programs, are governed by a decision-making mechanism which is not conducive to the development of shared responsibility for policies concerning the future of the euro area."This intergovernmental decision-making process involves endless negotiations, particularly when it comes to issues with redistributive implications, and highlights the differences between the positions of the various Member States," he said.Although he described the Eurozone as an "irreversible" project, he admitted that "maintaining this approach would condemn us to a future of low growth and repeated crises. At a time when global growth may be slowing down, it is our shared responsibility to avoid the same fate befalling the euro area."