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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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(Full Video)اسلام واقعی Image

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(Full Video)اسلام واقعی

اسلام واقعآ موجود

نوسینده:نیک پاکپور

زنده،زنده سوزاندن خلبان اردنی به سبک سبعانه وسفاکانهٔ اسلام اصیل تازی.

ترکش و تکانی تاریخی برای بیداری و بسیجندگی درمورد شجره و شالودهٔ شقاوت گونهٔ شمشیرکشان یا شهسواران شرعی اسلام تازی که بدون ارتزاق و ارتشاف از خون اسراء و اسیرشدگان، خیمه و خرگاهٔ این آدمخوران، هیچگاه ودر هیچ برهه ایی از زمان ودر هیچ جایی از مکان برآفراشته نبوده و نخواهد بود!

سخنی مختصر و مرخم پیرامون پستی، پلیدی و پلشتی آنچه را که به عنوان جهل و جنون و جنایت یعنی "جنه سایت و کرایم، آگنست هومانیتی" یا جلوهٔ جنایت جلادان و جاهلان جندی پوش جندالله ايی، از نوع بهیمه های بدوی،بیابانی، بادیه نشینی بداندیش و بدسگال و بربر گونهٔ صدر اسلامی، علیه بقای بشریت قرن بیست یکمی، ناشی و نشئت گرفته از احکام و آیات و احادیث ابلیسانه و آدم کشانه و خونخورانهٔ انبیا، الیا و اوصیاء عصر جاهلیت جائر جزیه بگیر جزیرةالعرب وادی الاجنه، که از طریق غارت و غنیمت، قتل و قتال قرآنی قوم و قبایل قاصر و قسی ام لقرائی تازی النژاد که با قصاوت و قصابی و قمه کشی قصاص گران یا میرغضبان مرعوب شده و مجذوب شدهٔ مجموعه ای از ملایان، متولیان و مفتی یان و منادیان مرتعج و مفتخور و منفور مرگ و موت که بدون هیچ گونه تردید و توهمی برای تخریب و ترور تمدن بشری در محیطی خبیث، خمود و خرافاتی آلبته با معز ها یی مخلا و مفلوج و مومیائی شدهٔ آغشته و آمیخته به جهل و جهول جهادی مردم خاورمیانه و شمال آفریقا را با مدد مسجد و مزگت به مذلت و مسکنت مداوم سوق داده اند.

برای ما ایرانیان که خود را هم زادگاه و هم زایشگاهٔ سرزمین کهن زرفام، زرین زروان و زرتشت یعنی میراث داران واقعی آئین مردمی مانی، مهر و میترا و میترائیسم می دانیم ولی در طول تاریخ تاریک هزارو چهارصد سالهٔ تازش و تسلط تازیان، سنگینی سهمگین سبعانه و سفاکانهٔ قلاده و قمهٔ این سوسماران سمی، صحرائی از نوع خالدبن ولید و سعدوقاص را بر گردن ستبر و ستین خود با مزدوری و مددکاری مزوارنهٔ ستون پنجمی از تبار تهبکار تازیان یعنی شارحان شارلاتان، شیخان شیاد، و شعبده بازان شریر و شیطان، دعاخوانان و دروغگویان، ددمنشان و دکان دارن دین که با رسن و ریسمان رسولی ـ رمالی، رمه بانی به همراه مراوده گری و معامله گری با انواع و اقسام اجنه ادیمو و اجنهٔ آرالو، با البسهٔ عسکریان عربی ، عمامه ای، را تحمل کردهایم!

نتایج نجس و نکبت بار آن اینچنین بوده است که به جای تمدن و توانمندی و تبهور ملی، توتالیتاریسم توحیدی و تئو کراتیسم تازی را با اهرم و ابزار تهبکارانهٔ تهدید و تعزیر، توهین و تحقیر، تعصب و تحجر، تقلب و تقیه، ترور و تفتیش، تجاوز و تطمیع باقی مانده از تتمه و ته مانده و تفالهٔ تعفن بار فرهنگ فژاگن و فرتوت گونهٔ جزیرةالعرب یا جزیرةالعیوب خفتگان خرافاتی غار حراء را که بسان شبهٔ شومی،زهر و زهرابه خود را بر آسمان آریائی پارسیان گسترانیده است می تواند آژیری آگاه کننده، بیدار کننده و بسیجنده باشد تا برای یک بار هم شده بدور از بردگی و بندگی اثناعشری ـ عربی، آتراکسی بی وطنی را، با دفاعی میهان پرستانه به همراه ایستادنی  استادانه، بر بالای پایه های پایدار پلاتفرم محکم ملی، این عبودیت عربی و عمامه ای تهبکار و تازی تبار را با همه آخال و آشغال اش، را به تکفین در عدم سرای ابدی رهسپار سازیم!

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داعش و دام اسلامی کردن خاورمیانه

 داعش و دام اسلامی کردن خاورمیانه
ژرفشی پیرامون ژاژخایی بارک الحسین آل اوباما در مبارزه علیه ددمنشان داعش.
نویسنده وگوینده: نیک پاکپور
به باور گوینده، آنچه را که ما امروز در میین استریم مه دییا ” Mainstream media” غربی، به عنوان جنجال جنگی غرب علیه جهادیزم جانی، وحشی ـ وهابی، اسلامی ـ ارتجاعی، در منطقه خاورمیانه شاهد هستیم، در اصل و اساسش چیزی به جز یک رجز خوانی ره توریک گونه یا تبلیغات تعفن بار و تهوع آور، آغشته و آمیخته به انواع ترفندها، تزویرها، تحریک ها و توطئه های تموچین گونه برای تسخیر، تقسیم و تصرف و سپس تهی کردن و تخلیه کردن خاورمیانه از منابع، معادن و مینرال سرشار نفتی و گازی اش نمی باشد که از سالها پیش توست استراتژیست های ”Anglo-American” آلبته با سروری و سردمداری سبعانه و ساویج گونه زایونیزم جهاتی بطور مکارانه و مزورانه و میرغضبانه، مهندسی و معماری شده است

گوینده: نیک پاکپور - بنیاد بریکس و بیم غرب Image

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گوینده: نیک پاکپور - بنیاد بریکس و بیم غرب

بنیاد بریکس و بیم غرب
گوینده: نیک پاکپور
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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
By F.William engdahl
4-US Dollar Suffers Serious Setback
By By Dr Stuart Jeanne Bramhall
5-Throwing BRICS at Israel
By Johnny Punish

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Poland: Farmers protest drop in exports caused by Russia sanctions

Around 200 farmers gathered outside the Ministry of Agriculture in Warsaw, Monday, demanding the government help for losses caused by the Russian embargo on EU agricultural products. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------To use this footage please contact the Ruptly Client Desk: cd@ruptly.tvVideo ID: 20150302-026----------------------------------Twitter: http://twitter.com/RuptlyVK: https://vk.com/ruptlytvFacebook: http://www.facebook.com/RuptlyLiveLeak: http://www.liveleak.com/c/RuptlyVine: https://vine.co/RuptlyInstagram: http://www.instagram.com/RuptlyGoogle Plus: http://google.com/+RuptlyTVYouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/RuptlyTVDailyMotion: http://www.dailymotion.com/ruptlyVideo on Demand: http://www.ruptly.tv

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Perceived Russian threat touted as reason to boost NATO spending

Germany will be spending more on its military in the coming years, according to the countries finance minister. London on the countrary is expected to cut its defence budget, which is causing unease across the Atlantic. Last month, President Obama warned the UK against slashing its budget, and as Lizzy Phelan reports, the pressure has been building up for a while now.RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-airSubscribe to RT! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=RussiaTodayLike us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/RTnewsFollow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/RT_comFollow us on Instagram http://instagram.com/rtFollow us on Google+ http://plus.google.com/+RTListen to us on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/rttvRT (Russia Today) is a global news network broadcasting from Moscow and Washington studios. RT is the first news channel to break the 1 billion YouTube views benchmark.

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Copenhagen Imam :The Prophet Engaged in War, Not Dialogue, with the Jews

Hajj Saeed, Imam of the Al-Faruq Mosque in Copenhagen, Denmark, rejected interfaith dialogue in a Friday sermon delivered on February 13, one day before the Copenhagen terror attacks. Imam Saeed explained that the Prophet Muhammad waged war against his Jewish neighbors in Al-Madina rather than engage in dialogue with them. The sermon was posted on the Internet by the Scandinavian chapter of Hizb ut-Tahrir.

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Halal Sex : ISIS Women sold as sex slaves in Islamic State markets, says UN official Image

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Halal Sex : ISIS Women sold as sex slaves in Islamic State markets, says UN official

The international human rights organization Amnesty International is due to release a bombshell report on Tuesday detailing the manner in which hundreds of Yazidi girls and women in Iraq were forced into sexual captivity by Islamic State gunmen, according to British newspaper The Times of London.The report cites interviews with dozens of young women who managed to escape the horrors of IS enslavement. Amnesty International believes that the number of females who were forced into sexual slavery may exceed 1,000.“My mother started screaming and begging for mercy as the [IS] fighters told my sister and me to join the group of younger women specially selected,” one 19-year-old Yazidi woman is quoted as saying by The Times.“But they tore us from her grasp,” she said, insisting on anonymity as a condition of her cooperation so as to avoid inviting harm to her family. “I saw other women in the building being dragged out to waiting lorries by their hair.”The accounts from Yazidi women in Iraq are consistent with claims made by Kurdish women in Syria who have also come under the thumb of ISIS.Last week, a UN official said that since July, the situation for Syrian women has worsened."Women captured as slaves by [Islamic State] have been sold in markets in Raqqa,” said Valerie Amos, the UN's under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief. “Some are sold to individual men. Others are kept by [Islamic State] in rest houses and face multiple rapes by fighters returning from the battlefield." During her appearance before a UN Security Council session, Amos described how women and female children as young as 12 are enslaved and sexually abused.According to The Times of London, the Yazidi testimonials serve as the basis of an Amnesty International report titled Escape From Hell - Torture, Sexual Slavery in Islamic State Captivity in Iraq. The report says that the enslavement of Yazidi women is part of a deliberate ISIS strategy “which regards sexual enslavement as central to the jihadists’ core spiritual values.”The girl quoted in the report, “Girl B,” offers a horrifying account of the manner in which ISIS terrorists systematically divided the local Yazidi population after militarily overrunning the south side of the Sinjar Mountain this past August.“[ISIS] took our names and ages and noted everything down,” Girl B told The Times. “Then they began dividing us: the men to one side, women and children to another. Then they selected the young women, both married and unmarried. They told me and my two younger sisters to join that last group. We didn’t know what was happening, but our mother realized, and she began screaming.”“It was organized, and they took us away like cattle,” Girl B said. "The sound was of shouting and yelling from [ISIS] as we were pushed on to those lorries, and screaming from women.”

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Who Is Bankrolling the Islamic State? Private Donors in Gulf Oil States Cited as Key to ISIS Success

http://democracynow.org - Militants from the self-proclaimed Islamic State have reportedly abducted at least 220 people from Assyrian Christian villages in northeastern Syria during a three-day offensive. Meanwhile, the Islamic State militant nicknamed "Jihadi John," who has been featured in several beheading videos, has been identified as Mohammed Emwazi, a Kuwaiti-born former resident of London. In other news, two U.S.-led coalition airstrikes have reportedly killed over three dozen people in Iraq, including at least 20 civilians. Also this week, UNESCO is has condemned the Islamic State for destroying the Mosul public library, which housed more than 8,000 rare books and manuscripts. UNESCO described the incident as "one of the most devastating acts of destruction of library collections in human history." Earlier today, video was posted online that appears to show members of the Islamic State smashing ancient artifacts inside a Mosul museum. The video shows men toppling statues and using sledgehammers and drills to destroy the artifacts. The Guardian reports one of the statues destroyed was a winged-bull Assyrian protective deity that dates back to the 9th century B.C. Live from Iraq, we are joined by Patrick Cockburn, Middle East correspondent for The Independent. His latest book is "The Rise of Islamic State: ISIS and the New Sunni Revolution."Democracy Now!, is an independent global news hour that airs weekdays on 1,300+ TV and radio stations Monday through Friday. Watch our livestream 8-9am ET: http://democracynow.orgPlease consider supporting independent media by making a donation to Democracy Now! today: http://democracynow.org/donateFOLLOW DEMOCRACY NOW! ONLINE:Facebook: http://facebook.com/democracynow Twitter: https://twitter.com/democracynowYouTube: http://youtube.com/democracynow SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/democracynow Daily Email: http://democracynow.org/subscribe Google+: https://plus.google.com/+DemocracyNowInstagram: http://instagram.com/democracynowTumblr: http://democracynow.tumblrPinterest: http://pinterest.com/democracynowiTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/democracy-now!-audio/id73802554TuneIn: http://tunein.com/radio/Democracy-Now-p90/Stitcher Radio: http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/democracy-now

Islamic State

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Islamic State 'destroys ancient Iraq statues in Mosul

The video shows a black-clad man drilling through and pulling apart what appears to be a stone winged-bull Assyrian protective deity that dates back to the 9th Century BC.Analysts say the artefacts are unique and priceless although the museum does also house copies of some items.Ihsan Fethi, an Iraqi professor of architecture based in Amman, Jordan, told Agence France-Presse the destruction was "a terrible loss and an unbelievable act of cultural terrorism".Amir al-Jumaili, a professor at the Archaeology College in Mosul, told Associated Press: "I'm totally shocked. It's a catastrophe. With the destruction of these artefacts, we can no longer be proud of Mosul's civilisation

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SHOCKING VIDEO: Los Angeles Police Shoot and Kills a Black Homeless Man Image

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SHOCKING VIDEO: Los Angeles Police Shoot and Kills a Black Homeless Man

Dramatic video captures LAPD shooting of homeless man.A homeless man was shot dead by police in Los Angeles on Sunday following a dramatic confrontation that was caught on video.VIDEO: Policias de Los Ángeles disparan y matan a un indigente tras resistirse al arresto.LA police fatally shoot homeless man (VIDEO).Footage of the incident, published on Facebook by one of the witnesses, shows a group of LAPD officers scuffling with two people. After two officers dragged one person away, others wrestled the second person to the ground. One of the officers is heard saying “Drop the gun!” About five shots can then be heard.

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US students determine how to fight dumpster diving

Americans are wasting as much as 72 billion pounds of food annually, while some 14 percent of households are struggling to put food on the table. Now, food recovery activists have come up with an idea of how to fight dumpster diving. RT's Alexey Yaroshevsky reportsRT LIVE http://rt.com/on-airSubscribe to RT! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=RussiaTodayLike us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/RTnewsFollow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/RT_comFollow us on Instagram http://instagram.com/rtFollow us on Google+ http://plus.google.com/+RTListen to us on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/rttvRT (Russia Today) is a global news network broadcasting from Moscow and Washington studios. RT is the first news channel to break the 1 billion YouTube views benchmark.

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Shock Video: Police Tase Elderly Man With His Hands Up

Shocking video out of Florida shows police tasering an elderly man despite the fact that his hands are up and he appears to be offering no resistance.http://infowars.comFacebook @ https://www.facebook.com/paul.j.watson.71FOLLOW Paul Joseph Watson @ https://twitter.com/PrisonPlanet

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    Shia militia parade in northern Iraq last June. Islamic State controls territory in Salahuddin including Tikrit, Saddam Hussein’s home town. Photograph: Hussein Malla/AP Shia-backed military operation is biggest in Salahuddin since Sunni Islamist radicals seized swaths of northern Iraq last year By Kareem Shaheen in Beirut "The Guardian" Iraq’s armed forces, backed by Shia militia, have begun a fresh campaign to wrest control and “liberate” Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit, now a stronghold of Islamic State, the country’s prime minister has said.The long-promised battle for Tikrit and the province of Salahuddin, north of Baghdad, is set to be a dry run for another offensive, backed by the US-led international coalition and Shia militia, to retake Isis-controlled Mosul.The government faces a challenge in overthrowing the militants – who are entrenched within both urban centres and villages – without alienating local Sunnis and enabling retributive attacks by the Shia militia against Sunnis suspected of collaboration with Isis.“Our goal is to liberate people from these terrorist groups,” said Haidar al-Abadi, the Iraqi prime minister, on Sunday. He was speaking from the city of Samarra, a day after two suicide attacks by Isis in the area. Abadi also called for “utmost care in protecting civilian lives and property”.Reports of attacks by the militia on Sunni civilians – including accusations of mass executions – have increased in recent weeks, as they battle to retake control of towns and villages that were under Isis control.Members of the Sunni community already felt alienated and abandoned by the government in Baghdad in the runup to the Isis takeover.The Iraqi government’s greatest challenge is likely to be the Isis strongholds in al-Dawr, south of Tikrit and west of the city in Albu Obaid – areas believed to be staging grounds for suicide attacks – said Dr Hisham al-Hashimi, who advises the Iraqi government on Isis. He said the military operations in north Tikrit had brought the government forces just 2 miles from the centre of the city, with fierce fighting ongoing in its south.Hashimi said the pro-government forces, made up of 27,000 cadres, had been divided into an initial liberation force of 9,000, a second group made up of local tribesmen to pacify the town, and a third group tasked with gathering intelligence, reconstruction, and repatriating refugees who had fled the area.He said the current plan was intended to greatly limit friction between locals and the forces trying to retake the area.A successful operation in Tikrit is also likely to help the Iraqi military regain a measure of self-confidence after its embarrassing withdrawal in the face of the initial Isis assault.There have already been several failed attempts to drive the militants out of Tikrit since last June, when Isis declared a caliphate in the territories it controls in eastern Syria and northern and western Iraq.“If the victory is achieved, morale will increase,” said Hashimi.Iranian news agencies reported on Monday that Qassem Suleimani, the commander of Iran’s Quds force – the external arm of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards – has arrived in Tikrit in order to “supervise and advise” local Iraqi forces.The Iranian commander is one of the key players in the war against Isis and enjoys a great deal of influence among Shia militia in Iraq. Suleimani and his forces have been active in battles against Isis – in Diyala near the border with Iran as well as in Amerli in the north and in Iraqi Kurdistan.Iran is particularly concerned about the safety of Shia religious cities and shrines in Iraq. But protecting them has come at a price as Suleimani has lost a number of his fellow Iranian guards in Iraq in recent months.
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    By Sputnik Houthi militia seized six chemical bombs from an army camp in north Sanaa, Yemen.Houthi militia seized six chemical bombs from an army camp in north Sanaa, Government sources in Aden said, as reported by Yemeni media.The source said that the bombs had been in the army camp of the Presidential Guard since the mid-1990s and disappeared after the Houthis entered the camp.The source explained that each bomb weighs 23 kg and consists of chemicals that can cause widespread destruction in an area covering more than 1 sq. km.
  • Danish teen taken from father over ISIS-joining fears
    Reuters / Fayaz Kabli By RT A 15-year-old Danish boy has been taken into care after fears he would become radicalized and his Muslim father would send him to Syria. The boy had begun to attend the Grimhoej mosque, which has become infamous for not denouncing the Islamic State.The boy, who has not been named, was taken away from his father in September according to a report that was released on Sunday. However, Danish authorities began to become concerned about the teen almost exactly two years ago.In March 2013, police in Aarhus, were worried about the boy’s father, who received an Islamic education in Algeria and then later moved to Denmark, where he was granted citizenship.Six months later, teachers at his school were becoming concerned at the boy’s radical leanings and changes in behavior. According to the Danish newspaper Iullands-Posten, he had told another boy at school that it is fine, “to kill Jews,” and “it is ok to be a suicide bomber if infidels are the target.” Reuters/Esben Salling By April 2014, his mother, who divorced the boy’s father two years earlier, had also started to worry about her son and his apparent radicalization, noting that he had mentioned an interest in “holy war.” Later that summer, he had even told some of his classmates of his intentions to go to Syria, while he had started to attend the Grimhoej mosque.The place of worship has become infamous in Europe as a breeding ground for young radical Muslims. The mosque’s leader, Oussama El-Saadi, has spoken of his disregard for democracy, while also praising a Danish suicide bomber, who carried out an attack in Iraq.“We want the Islamic State to come out on top. We want an Islamic state in the world,” Saadi said in a documentary broadcast on Danish television channel DR in January.Police decided to act in September after becoming increasingly concerned about the youth’s wellbeing due to the influence of his father. Law enforcement officers were worried that the boy could become a safety hazard for Denmark if he continued to be radicalized by his father, Iullands-Posten adds. He was forcibly removed from his home as the authorities stated that there was a danger his father could send the boy off to wage holy war in Syria. Rebel fighters in the northern Syrian Aleppo province. (AFP Photo/Mohamed Zeen) The father’s lawyer has slammed the decision to send the boy into care, adding that the father is not allowed to contact his son by phone, email or even send letters."You cannot forcibly remove a child just because you believe he is becoming radicalized. You do not put adults in jail based on fears of radicalization. You just take away their passports,” said the father’s lawyer Tage Goettsche, as reported by the Berlingske newspaper.The lawyer added that supervised access to the child with specialist counselors would have been a more effective alternative and there was no need for the state authorities to go to the extremes that they did.Merte Olesen from the Center for Families, Children and Youth believes the authorities were correct in taking the boy into care, adding that it is their duty to look for signs that a child has been radicalized, whether it is political or religious in nature. Jewish institutions on high alert after Copenhagen attacks “If a young person has very strong opinions and has been showing significant changes in behavior, which has extremely negative connotations in regards towards Danish society, or has shown sympathy towards extremist groups, this is something we must be aware of,” she told Jullands-Posten.Aarhus, a city of 324,000 residents, has become synonymous in Europe with being sympathetic to the radical Islamist cause. As many as 30 Muslims have left the city to travel to Syria to fight for the Islamic State. Around 110 Danish citizens are believed to have gone to Syria in total, according to intelligence estimates, AFP reported.Denmark is still coming to terms with a shooting on February 14, when a gunman killed two people in separate attacks in the capital, Copenhagen.Danish-born Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein, 22 who was of Palestinian decent was apparently inspired by the Charlie Hebdo terror attacks in Paris in January, which left 12 people dead. The attacker had been released from prison just two weeks prior to the incident after he had served time for aggravated assault.
  • ‘Christian US’ Overseeing End of Christianity in Mideast
    By Finian CUNNINGHAM | 02.03.2015 | 00:00 "Strategic Culture Foundation" The latest brutal persecution of Christians in Syria and Iraq by extremists belonging to the Islamic State (IS) group is putting ancient communities at risk of extinction.Up to 300 members of the Assyrian community in northeastern Syria were kidnapped over the past week by IS militants. Most of the abducted are children, women and elderly. It is feared that the hostages will be killed as many others of their community have been already at the hands of the militants.The IS cadres have also launched a campaign to destroy ancient artefacts and churches in northern parts of Syria and Iraq. Assyrians, Chaldeans and Syriacs are among the oldest Christian communities in the Middle East, tracing their genealogy back 2.000 years to the time of Jesus. Now they are fleeing in their thousands to escape the wrath of the IS group – a fundamentalist Islamic network that proclaims a caliphate straddling Syria and Iraq.The radical Wahhabist ideology of the IS ascribes all other religions as apostates, to be persecuted and killed. Shia and Sunni Muslim sects are also targeted by IS, along with Christians.Underscoring the spread of IS and its brutality, the group released a video showing the beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in the Libyan city of Sirte last month. That atrocity has prompted a mass exodus of Egyptian Christians out of Libya.The United States government has issued strong condemnations against the violence meted out to the Christian communities by IS, also know as ISIL.Bernadette Meehan, spokeswoman for the White House’s National Security Council said: «The international community stands united and undeterred in its resolve to bring an end to ISIL’s depravity. The United States will continue to lead the fight to degrade and ultimately defeat ISIL».Leading the fight to defeat IS is just more of the same delusional, vain nonsense that Washington excels in. The self-proclaimed «exceptional nation» has been the biggest factor in the creation of the IS network. Before the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 there was no such thing as Al Qaeda-type groups in that part of the world. Ten years on, large parts of the country, including the second city Mosul, are now over-run with Jihadists. The US and its Persian Gulf Arab allies, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, have been instrumental in promoting Al Qaeda groups in their proxy war for regime change in Syria over the past four years. Billions of petrodollars have been pumped into Syria to finance an alphabet soup of Jihadists, from which IS has emerged as the most potent.This was acknowledged in the past week by two imminent sources. Former NATO commander and US General Wesley Clark told US media that America’s Arab allies were responsible for creating the IS terror network.Then Lakhdar Brahimi, the former UN-Arab League envoy to Syria, threw off diplomatic circumspect and bluntly said that the US was responsible for the growth of IS as a result of its invasion of Iraq a decade ago. «The US is to be blamed. It created conditions that allowed ISIL to grow,» said Brahimi in an interview with Al Hayat newspaper.For tactical reasons of curbing a Frankenstein monster or for public relations concerns, the US and its NATO and Arab allies may have taken to launching aerial strikes on IS in recent months. But whatever the reasoning, it is all the same undeniable that the problem of Islamic extremism in the Middle East is an outcome of US imperialist war-making in the region. The latest spate of kidnappings and killings against Assyrian Christians is reckoned to have been motivated as a form of revenge to US-led airstrikes in Syria and Iraq. The US-led illegal occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq, air strikes on Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia, along with proxy wars in Libya and Syria, have all been tightly correlated with the surge in Al Qaeda-type terror groups. It should therefore be obvious that US policy in the Middle East is the source of the problem. Yet US President Barack Obama propagates the delusional notion that he and his allies are fighting a war against terrorism. Hosting the Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani in the White House last week, Obama said: «Qatar is a strong partner in our coalition to degrade and ultimately defeat ISIL. We are both committed to making sure that ISIL is defeated, to making sure that in Iraq there is an opportunity for all people to live together in peace».Obama’s delusion is reinforced by a sequacious Western corporate news media, which wilfully ignores the obvious background of US-led war-making across the Middle East and North Africa as being the crucial context for the spread of extremism. The criminal destruction of Iraq by the US under Presidents GW Bush and Obama – which cost more than one million lives – is somehow shoved down an Orwellian memory hole. Ironically, the US considers itself to have a special ordinance from God to «lead the nations of the world». Officially, it considers itself to be a pre-eminent exponent of Christian values. As ancient Christianity gets wiped off the map in the Middle East – the birthplace of the religion – the ultimate author of its demise is the self-righteous United States.
  • Front National could make sweeping gains at elections
    However, revelations about the bizarre candidates being fielded mean it may not do quite as well as its 30 per cent support nationwide may suggest By John Lichfield (The Independent | News | UK) The rise of the French far right continues apace. And, despite a wave of revelations that it has fielded racist, bizarre and geriatric candidates, the Front National could make sweeping gains in important elections this month.An opinion poll published today gave Marine Le Pen’s Front National (FN) 29 per cent of support in the local elections on 22 and 29 March – joint top with the centre-right. Other polls in recent days have placed the FN ahead with 30 per cent of support nationwide.The surveys also point to a polarisation of political opinion in France since the jihadist attacks on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish grocery in Paris in January, with many urban and young voters still clinging to the “Republican spirit” of the epic marches “against hatred” in Paris and other cities on 11 January.But there has also been a strengthening of support in rural areas and in blue-collar or middle-class suburbs for Ms Le Pen’s authoritarian, nationalist, anti-immigrant and anti-European rhetoric.Political commentators say, however, that the poor quality of FN candidates may limit the party’s breakthrough. There has been a drumbeat of revelations in recent days about various candidates running under Ms Le Pen’s supposedly “moderate” and “professional” banner.Several have been suspended from Ms Le Pen’s “de-demonised” party after it was revealed that they had posted violent, anti-Semitic or Islamophobic comments on social media. And more than a score of NF candidates are over 90 years old.Local elections in France are usually shaped by local issues and personalities. Many candidates run as independents, so despite the polls showing Ms Le Pen with 29-30 per cent of the “nationwide” vote, she may not capture outright control of any council this month. FN candidate Henriette Frantz, 100, lives in sheltered housingAll the same, the FN seems assured of getting by far its best ever result in a county council election. At present, the far-right party holds only two “departmental council” seats in the whole country. It seems certain to have scores of members in the new councils, which will be elected on 29 March under new rules allowing local politicians to stay in office for six years.The two-round election will be closely watched as a guide to potentially explosive French presidential and parliamentary elections in two years’ time. Today’s poll put the governing Socialist Party in third place – suggesting President François Hollande or any other centre-left candidate – might struggle to reach the two-candidate run-off in 2017.Officially, the FN has made greater efforts than ever before to vet its candidates to protect Ms Le Pen from embarrassment. However, the party, despite claims to the contrary, has evidently had great difficulty in finding active and respectable candidates to fulfil its pledge to contest 95 per cent of county council seats.One FN candidate on Aveyron in south-central France had called on his Facebook page for the “destruction of the Jews once and for all”. Another candidate in Ardèche in the Rhône valley had posted a swastika and the message: “Marine, you are the reincarnation of Hitler. You are going to clean up France.”Another FN candidate in Puy-de-Dôme in the centre of France was dropped after it emerged that he had had been convicted last year of trying to run over a pedestrian while shouting racist insults.The party’s task has been complicated by complex new rules that mean county councillors must seek election in two-person, man and woman teams. Despite the popularity of its female president, the FN remains a heavily male party.Among those elderly candidates is Henriette Frantz, 100, who is running without leaving her sheltered home in the Rhône department around Lyon. She says that she has “always been right wing” and is campaigning for the right to a “quiet life”.There are other telling signs that the FN remains rooted in shallow soil. One far-right candidate in Orne, in Normandy, was imprisoned last month for driving without a licence. He is permitted, under the rules, to remain on the ballot paper.Six members of the same family in Haute-Loire in central France are running in constituencies in different parts of the county – some of them many miles from their homes. Local party officials insist that all six are “the best possible candidates”. The party’s vice-president, Florian Philippot, the architect of Ms Le Pen’s “reformed” version of far-right politics, rejected suggestions that the unmasking of racist candidates has exposed the true nature of the FN.“The media finds what it is looks for,” he said. “Overall, 99.92 per cent of our candidates have nothing to hide.”
  • Dramatic video captures LAPD shooting of homeless man
    Screenshot from video published by Facebook user Anthony Blackburn By RT A homeless man was shot dead by police in Los Angeles on Sunday following a dramatic confrontation that was caught on video.Footage of the incident, published on Facebook by one of the witnesses, shows a group of LAPD officers scuffling with two people. After two officers dragged one person away, others wrestled the second person to the ground. One of the officers is heard saying “Drop the gun!” About five shots can then be heard. Police have not identified the man, who was declared dead at a hospital shortly after the shooting which occurred around noon, The Los Angeles Times reported citing police spokesman Sgt. Barry Montgomery.No officers were injured in the incident, Montgomery said, adding that police were responding to a robbery call on the 500 block of San Pedro Street. Witnesses at the scene identified the victim as a homeless man known by his street name ‘Africa.’ Ina Murphy, a local resident, told the paper that Africa told her that he had recently been released from a mental facility where he spent 10 years.An investigation is now underway to determine whether the officers used excessive force, CBS reported.Witness Yolanda Young said the victim was arguing with another man inside a tent prior to the standoff with police.“Next thing I know,” Young told CBS, “dude swung on a cop and the cop swung back. And they were hitting on him and then two other cop cars pulled up and they got out of the car and ran over there, and they had three tasers out.”The sound of a Taser could also be heard in the video.The shooting occurred in downtown Los Angeles' Skid Row, near the Union Rescue Mission which provides a number of services to homeless people,BuzzFeedreports.
  • Russia’s SMF Ready to Repel a ‘Lightning-Speed’ Nuclear Strike
    By Sputnik Russian Strategic Missile Forces will parry all nuclear attacks and punish the enemy with a devastating retaliatory strike. Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces Check Combat Readiness During Drills The Russian Strategic Missile Forces are prepared to shield the country from a nuclear attack under any circumstances, the SMF Central Command’s chief said.“If we have to accomplish a task of repelling a “lightning-speed” nuclear strike, this objective will be attained within a prescribed period”, Andrei Burbin told RSN Radio on Saturday. He added the SMF are ready to deliver a retaliatory nuclear strike “unhesitatingly”.He emphasized that the geographic position of Russia’s missile units protects them from destruction by “any global strike”.The Major General also said that the SMF are successfully implementing the rearmament plan. In 2020, 98 percent of the SMF systems will be new.Currently, more than 6,000 people carry out the daily combat duty in the SMF of Russia.
  • India’s budget, All latest updates Saturday morning pictures
    By The Economist A scattergun budget had plenty of good reforms but lacked a unifying pitch “IT IS quite obvious that incremental change is not going to take us anywhere,” claimed Arun Jaitley, India’s finance minister, at the start of his 95-minute budget speech on February 28th. “We have to think of a quantum jump.” Mr Jaitley thus set the scene for a bold, visionary and reforming budget of the sort that would convince investors, foreign and home-grown, that India was a country on which to place long-term bets. The budget was undoubtedly a reforming one: Mr Jaitley announced a welter of initiatives, many of them ambitious, almost all conducive to economic growth. What was missing was vision of where it would all lead. There were plenty of strong threads in the budget, but Mr Jaitley missed a chance to twist them into a good yarn. One wondered what a more gifted speaker might have made of this material.The basic macro-economics of the budget were solid enough. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will soon have a formal inflation target enshrined in a new RBI Act, said Mr Jaitley. Yet it was odd that such an important reform was dashed off so quickly in the speech and with so little detail. Tax revenue in the current fiscal year had proved weaker than expected, in part because GDP in cash terms was weaker than forecast, reflecting low inflation. Even so the pledge to keep the national government’s budget deficit to 4.1% of GDP would be met, said Mr Jaitley. The goal of getting the deficit to 3% of GDP would be pushed back a year to 2017-18, however, to allow for extra spending on roads and power stations. Rating agencies and fiscal hawks are unlikely to quibble too much: what matters for fiscal discipline is that day-to-day spending is pruned. So Mr Jaitley’s promise to streamline subsidies must be kept. Disinvestment (India-speak for sales of state assets) will be stepped up, he said. Loss-making firms will be sold. But there was no detail on the sorts of assets that will be on the block.There were eye-catching announcements on tax and much else. A harmonised goods-and-services tax (GST), to replace the myriad of state and federal levies, would be in place by April 2016, said Mr Jaitley. This long-awaited reform could add up to 2% of GDP by creating a common market in India. A firm date will concentrate minds, even if it is hard to believe the IT system needed to track payments across states and to calculate rebates for taxed inputs by businesses can be in place in a short time.Mr Jaitley announced plans to put the direct-tax system on a rational footing, too. India suffers the worst of all worlds on corporate tax, he said: it has a high headline rate of 30%, yet it yields meagre revenues. This is in part because of a dizzying array of tax exemptions. To address this Mr Jaitley says he will cut the main corporate-tax rate to 25% over four years from 2016-17, and pay for it by pruning tax breaks. He junked an infective wealth tax in favour of a 2% income-tax surcharge on the rich. There will be stiffer jail sentences for tax evaders who hid money offshore. The changes to corporate tax will not be immediate, said Mr Jaitley, because he did not want to spring surprises. On that note he reiterated that retrospective changes to taxes will be avoided. And he said the application of a generalised anti-avoidance rule (GAAR) for taxes will be delayed for two years to allow time to think it through.Such changes matter. Business folk are put off by the vagaries of India’s tax system. Making it simpler and more rational will boost investment and create jobs. Mr Jaitley might have done better to spell that out. There were plenty of other pro-enterprise threads to his budget. An e-business portal has been set up as a one-stop shop for 14 of the permits needed to start a business. Mr Jaitley promised to quicken this process by pushing new legislation to allow for pre-clearing companies who want to set up in India. He pledged progress on bankruptcy reform, including the introduction of a specialist corporate court, so that high barriers to exit do not put off businesses from investing in India. Mr Jaitley conceded that India’s infrastructure does not match its growth ambitions. New ways of funding roads, ports and power stations are need to plug this gap. So India’s state-owned ports will be nudged into becoming companies so they can lure investment and sell their land holdings. The government will provide equity capital for a new infrastructure fund. Mr Jaitley said the state will bear greater risk in PPP (public-private partnership) projects, such as power stations, and he will push legislation to help curb costly disputes over public contracts.Mr Jaitley thus went quite some way to removing barriers to investment in India. True, he did not in his speech address the problems industry has in acquiring land. That was probably because the government is already in a difficult battle to amend the law that governs land-acquisition. The really big issue he missed was India’s labour laws. Only a small minority of workers in India are covered by them, because they apply only to biggish formal enterprises. These are just the sort of concerns that India must attract if it is to create jobs for the 13m people who join the workforce each year. To be fair (or perhaps generous) to Mr Jaitley, he did unveil an ambitious plan to create a social-security system for India based on private insurance. Protect jobs, as India’s labour laws do, and jobs are not created; it is far better to protect people from the impact of joblessness. If this was intended as a first step on a journey to labour-market reform, why not spell that out? Mr Jaitley used the world “road map” several times in his speech. Yet on many reforms he took his listeners only as far as the first big junction.
  • War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'
    By Patrick Cockburn Sunday 1 March 2015 (The Independent | News | UK) Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city As many as one million people could flee Mosul in northern Iraq if the Iraqi army, backed by US air strikes, seeks to recapture the city later this year, aid agencies have told The Independent on Sunday. And those agencies are preparing by building up stocks of food at sites around Mosul to feed those forced into a mass exodus.“We would expect hundreds of thousands of people from Mosul to leave, if not more,” says Marwa Awad, speaking on behalf of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) in Irbil, the Kurdish capital, 50 miles east of Mosul. She added that the numbers fleeing an impending battle for Mosul in the course of the next few months could total a million. The present population of the city, captured by Islamic State (Isis) on 10 June last year, is believed to be about 1.5 million, the great majority of them Sunni Arabs.The International Committee of the Red Cross has also issued a statement warning of a mass flight from Mosul, although without giving an estimate of the number likely to be affected. “The broadening of the conflict to populated areas along the Tigris and Euphrates rivers will create more humanitarian needs,” the ICRC warns. “If major cities such as Mosul come under fire again, thousands more people will have to flee.” Iraqi forces in training (AFP/Getty) Syed Jaffer Hussain, the World Health Organisation’s representative in Iraq, also says that an attempt to recapture Mosul could lead to hundreds of thousands seeking refuge in Kurdistan. The exodus could begin as soon as Isis becomes unable to stop people leaving Mosul, and the US increases the number of its air strikes.Scepticism has been expressed about the ability of the Iraqi army to recapture the city, but even the beginning of an attempt to do so might lead to a mass flight. The US Central Command said earlier this month that an offensive to retake the city would start in April or May and would involve up to 25,000 Iraqi soldiers, although the exact date would depend on their degree of combat readiness.The WFP said it would have “to pre-position stocks of food, which we are doing now”. These stockpiles will be held in the three main cities of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) – Irbil, Duhok and Sulaimaniyah – and also in Kirkuk which is under Kurdish control but outside the KRG. One problem is that Sunni Arabs from Mosul are currently banned from entering the KRG, which has already given refuge to 1.4 million people displaced by fighting in Iraq and Syria. Aid agencies are hopeful that, in the event of an exodus from Mosul, the KRG authorities will change their mind and let them into its territory. If they do not, those in flight from Mosul would probably head for Kirkuk. Before an expected IS drive towards Kirkuk at the end of January, one road was opened between it and Mosul. The WFP is already feeding 80,000 people in the Kirkuk area.The Sunni Arab population of Mosul has strong motives for trying to escape any battle for their city. The Shia-dominated Iraqi army held Mosul for 10 years up until 2014, during which time they acted very much as a foreign occupation force widely resented by Sunnis. The Isis victory and the Iraqi army’s disintegration was widely welcomed by them. Boys who fled Mosul at a camp near Irbil (AFP/Getty)They are also fearful that the notoriously sectarian Shia militia forces, which number some 120,000 men, would be involved in any assault on Mosul. Where they have captured Sunni towns and villages around Baghdad in the past, they have treated all those who have not fled as Isis sympathisers, regardless of their actual allegiance, if any. Young Sunni men have been detained, tortured, held for ransom or killed. Sunni residents of Mosul suspect that the same thing could happen to them.Even if Mosul did not fall to the Iraqi army, Kurdish Peshmerga or other anti-Isis forces, an attempt to capture it would involve heavy US air strikes. During the four-month siege of the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani, much of the city was destroyed by US bombs aimed at Isis militants. Aside from civilian casualties, an air assault would further reduce Mosul’s already limited supplies of electricity, fuel and clean water. Many people are in hospital suffering from intestinal illnesses brought about by drinking dirty water. IS militants man a checkpoint in Mosul (AFP/Getty)The WFP’s Marwa Awad said any exodus from Mosul would be the latest in a series that has uprooted 2.2 million people from their homes since January 2014. It was in that month that Isis captured the city of Fallujah, 40 miles west of Baghdad, and began a long struggle with the Iraqi army for the vast Sunni Arab province of Anbar that sprawls across the western third of Iraq. The jihadis now hold 85 per cent of the province.It was this war in Anbar, in the first half of 2014, that provoked the first wave of 450,000 refugees seeking safety elsewhere in Iraq. In June, the capture by Isis of Mosul and much of northern Iraq outside Kurdish-held areas created a further 500,000 refugees. An Isis offensive directed against the Kurds in August displaced another 600,000, many of them Yazidis from Sinjar, west of Mosul, who were terrified by the threat of massacre, rape and slavery.Christians, who had been forced out of Mosul city in June and July, saw their towns and villages in the Nineveh Plain around Mosul seized, forcing them to flee into Kurdistan. Since August, a further 650,000 have been displaced by fighting, mostly in the provinces around Baghdad.It is extremely unlikely that Isis would give up Mosul without a fight to the death, because it was the city’s unexpected capture by the extreme jihadi movement last year that enabled it to proclaim the caliphate on 29 June. Its loss would constitute a devastating blow to its prestige and sense that its victories are divinely inspired. Even at Kobani, where Isis forces were in a poor tactical positions battling Syrian Kurdish fighters known for their determination and discipline, Isis was able to hold on for three months despite presenting an ideal target for 700 US air strikes. While all Iraqi communities have been forced to flee at one time or another, the Sunni have nowhere safe to go to. Iraqi government and US policy since last June had been to divide the Sunni community and turn part of it against Isis, as the US succeeded in doing in 2006-07. But Isis mercilessly punishes any Sunni whom it suspects of working with its opponents. As a result there have been very few signs of overt resistance to Isis in Mosul or elsewhere in Isis-occupied territory. One Kurdish observer, who did not want to be named, said: “We don’t see daily assassinations and bombings which used to happen when the Americans and later the Iraqi army were running Mosul. Sunni leaders outside the city exaggerate or even invent their support.”The savagery of the sectarian and ethnic conflict in Iraq is now such that no community feels safe under the rule of another, preferring to take to the roads in a bid to survive.