Thursday, April 30, 2015

Revolution USA 2015

Below, David DeGraw, author of "Freedom in A Time of Mental Slavery"  points out to a few of the thousands of reasons why, IMO, we are most probably going to see the break-up of America.  Highlights by moi.

......Here’s what you won’t hear  on the news: we have an unprecedented abundance of wealth in this country. We have at least $100 trillion in wealth. That’s enough to make every family in this country millionaires.

However, more than half of that wealth is consolidated in the hands of the wealthiest families. Due to corruption, wealth has become consolidated to the point where the richest 400 Americans now have as much wealth as 200 million Americans. A society with inequality this severe is highly unstable and will eventually destroy itself, and the richest 0.01% knows that, which brings me to some very important points that I pray everyone can at least consider…

Just as I want my African American and activist friends to understand that most cops are good people working hard under difficult conditions, I also want my middle-class and wealthy white friends to know that institutional racism is still a very serious problem. In addition to blatant systemic racism, institutionalized classism is destroying our society.

The 0.01% mega-wealthy people who own and run this country know that inequality, economic insecurity and poverty are steadily breaking down society. Due to technological advancements, they have consolidated wealth and resources to the point where there are now only enough full-time jobs for half the working-age population, and half of those jobs pay under $35k per year. At the same time, the cost of living continues to skyrocket. Economic and political policy has now mathematically eliminated 75% of the population from living a life without severe debt and crippling poverty. As a direct result, poor people living in exploited poverty-stricken inner-cities throughout America are the first to experience the devastating effects of the death of representative government.

Instead of addressing an obvious and predictable issue through rational policy, guided by the compassion and fairness that made this country a global leader, both the Democratic and Republican parties have chosen a feudalistic path driven by shortsighted greed. That is one of the reasons why we are seeing the militarization of local police forces, especially in cities with high poverty rates. Laws that criminalize poverty are quickly spreading throughout the country. Billions of tax dollars have been diverted from public housing programs and have been redirected into building prisons.

The United States currently has the largest prison population in the world. On a per capita basis, the US is now much worse than the darkest days of the Soviet gulags. Over 70% of the prison population is “non-violent offenders with no history of violence.” In fact, physical slavery still exists. Prison “labor” is now a booming multi-billion dollar annual business. According to statistics from the US Bureau of Criminal Statistics, there are more “African-American men under state and federal criminal justice supervision” than there were slaves in 1850. In fact, there are twice as many now as there were in 1850.

The growth rate for private for-profit prisons has been shocking, “between 1990 and 2010 the number of privately operated prisons in the US increased 1600%.” The shortsightedness of this system and the vicious cycle of crime and punishment it creates within society have been clearly demonstrated. For instance, “All 17 states that cut their imprisonment rates over the past decade also experienced a decline in crime rates.”

After intense investigations into political and economic issues, one thing that I have learned very clearly: cops and inner city African Americans have much more in common with each other than they have in common with the people who created the conditions in which they both toil. To varying degrees of intensity, we are all suffering under the same corrupt system. So let’s show love, compassion and respect for each other. Let’s not let divide and conquer policies and propaganda destroy us........

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Nepal earthquake

The deaths are overwhelmingly in Nepal, but the earthquake also claimed several lives in the  bordering countries of India and presumably in China too.

From NationalGeographic
Did Nepal Earthquake Change Mount Everest’s Height? 
Scientists race against the clock to retrieve data that will also help them understand the devastating quake.

The massive earthquake that struck Nepal Saturday likely caused permanent changes in the Earth’s surface and may have made Everest a little taller—or shorter, scientists say.

A team of geologists from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is working on the problem now, but they need to retrieve data from a GPS station near Everest within the next 11 days, warns Kenneth Hudnut, a geophysicist who studies earthquakes with the USGS in Pasadena, California.

After that, new data will start recording over information about the quake, erasing the most detailed information on how much the station swayed back and forth and up and down. As a result, the geologists are scrambling to raise the funds to book helicopter time or to piggyback the mission on scheduled humanitarian efforts.............

From BostonGlobe

pics of Nepal quake

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

World War 3 News and Updates .... April 28

Some of the countries in it, either in major or minor roles:
USA, UK, Canada,  Australia, New Zealand, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Jordan, UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Iraq, Israel, Syria, Turkey, Kurdistan, Yemen, Nigeria, France with (Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad ) Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, Albania, Estonia, Hungary, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, Austria, Japan, Republic of Korea, Ireland, Spain, Slovakia, Norway, The Netherlands, Luxembourg, Bulgaria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Novorussia, Ukraine, Russia, Chechnya, Somalia, Iran, India, South Korea, North Korea,  Central African Republic, Kenya, Tunisia, The Philippines, Egypt,  Albania, Serbia, China, Sudan, South Sudan, Bukina Faso, Palestine, Georgia, Chad, Spain, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Indonesia, Nepal, Congo, Uganda, Romania, Mexico, Gambia, Haiti, Cameroon, Chad, Algeria, Venezuela, Thailand, Argentina, Vietnam, Myanmar, Georgia, Burundi ....

From PressTV
Russia, Syria sign agreement on fighting terrorism
Russian Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev and his Syrian counterpart Mohammad Ibrahim al-Shaar have signed a cooperation agreement on fighting terrorism.
The agreement was inked in the Russian capital, Moscow, on Monday during Shaar’s visit to the European country, Syria’s official SANA news agency reported.
The agreement provides a new legal springboard to reinforce the Russian-Syrian relations, which are developing on a steady pace, Kolokoltsev said following the agreement’s signing ceremony.
Shaar, for his part, said the deal sets new mechanisms to combat and eliminate terrorism.....

From TodaysZaman
12 police officers who participated  in anti-ISIL operation arrested
A total of 12 members of the police force who took part in operations against Al-Qaeda and were detained in the latest government-orchestrated investigation against Turkey's police force were arrested on Tuesday.
In an operation which spanned nine provinces, 19 members of the police force were detained on charges of illegal wiretapping early on Saturday and sent to court on Monday. A Van court ruled to arrest 12 police officers on the charges of being members of a crime organization, forgery of official documents and illegal wiretapping while it decided to release six police officers. Another police officer detained in Manisa could not be taken to Van due to bad health.
The officers had carried out an operation against the al-Qaeda terrorist organization in January 2014. The investigation discovered that al-Qaeda operatives were involved in a recruitment network in Turkey that was transporting militants to join the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Syria as well as providing logistical support to the terrorist organization.........

Sad but true.  USA has succeeded in bringing Veneszuela to her knees.
From Forbes
How Bad Is Venezuela's Economic Crisis?
Venezuela’s already struggling economy has been devastated by declining oil prices. In a recent article Jason Mitchell explained, “Venezuela has one of the worst managed economies on the planet and its bonds are trading at levels that suggest a default is priced in.” The country depends on oil revenues for more than 95% of its foreign income and its reserves have dwindled to $20 billion. Bondholders are increasingly worried that the country will fail to service its debt. According to Fernando Losada, an economist at AllianceBernstein, “the availability of macro and financial information on a timely basis is essential for figuring out where to put your money.” And in Venezuela, the challenges for investors and analysts are exacerbated by the reluctance of President Nicolas Maduro’s government to publish timely economic data. ....
.......Barclays economist Alejandro Grisanti now estimates that Venezuelan inflation is over 100%.......

Almost 21,000 Burundians flee to Rwanda this month to escape electoral violence
Almost 21,000 Burundian civilians have fled to neighbouring Rwanda this month to escape electoral violence, including a surge of more than 5,000 who crossed the border over the weekend. Most of the refugees are women and children, who say they have experienced intimidation and threats of violence linked to the June 26 presidential election.
There was a spike in the numbers leaving Burundi after the official list of candidates to run in the presidential election was announced last Saturday, sparking demonstrations and violence in the nation's capital, Bujumbura.
The Government of Rwanda has allocated land in Mahama, Eastern Province, for a new camp and UNHCR and its partners last week began moving refugees there in daily convoys of up to 1,500 people.......

From TheAustralian
Australians held in Turkey  over IS fears, Tony Abbott confirms
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has confirmed Australians have been detained in Turkey, apparently trying to enter Syria to join the Islamic State terror group.
Mr Abbott didn’t go into details, but said Australians had been detained in Turkey “from time to time” . To say anything more would involve discussion of operational matters, he said..
The Sydney Daily Telegraph reported today that two suspected Australian terrorists had been arrested in Turkey. They were believed to be still detained in Turkey. Speaking from the deck of frigate HMAS Anzac off Gallipoli, he said there was already strong security and intelligence co-operation between Australia and Turkey........

From ChristianPost
ISIS Suicide Bomber Kills 35 in its First Major Attack in Afghanistan
At least 35 people were killed and more than 100 injured after a suicide bomber, who Islamic State claimed belonged to their ranks, blew himself up in front of the Kabul Bank in the city of Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan early Saturday.
Agence France Presse said a person purporting to be an Islamic State spokesman called its office claiming responsibility for the suicide bombing in Jalalabad in Nangarhar Province.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani also blamed Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, for the terror attack.......

From AlJazeera
Nigerian army says 293 females rescued from Boko Haram
Army spokesman says women and girls rescued in northeastern Nigeria are not schoolgirls abducted from Chibok.
Nigeria's army says it has rescued 200 girls and 93 women from Boko Haram camps during a military operation to wrest back control of the Sambisa Forest.
An army spokesman told AP news agency on Tuesday that the 293 females were not the girls abducted from Chibok a year ago. ............

From PressTV
Finland fires warning shots   at suspected submarine in Baltic
Finland says its navy has fired warning shots at a suspected foreign submarine within the country’s territorial waters, off the coast of Helsinki.
“During surveillance of (Finland’s) territorial integrity, the navy detected a possible underwater object at midday (0900 GMT) on April 27, 2015, within Finland’s territorial waters close to the border outside Helsinki,” the Finnish Defense Ministry said in its statement.
The ministry added that “a warning was given” in the early hours of the day after a second sighting was made.
“We strongly suspect that there has been underwater activity that does not belong there. Of course it is always serious if our territorial waters have been violated,” Finland’s Defense Minister Carl Haglund said.....

From CruxNow
After fresh tragedy, Syrian Christian leader warns: ‘We could disappear’
While most of the world celebrated Easter 2015 with church services and family get-togethers, Christians in the Syrian city of Aleppo spent the holiday digging through rubble to locate the bodies of 15 people who died after a ferocious round of rocket bombs rained down on a Christian neighborhood.

It was merely the latest assault on Christians in the city, which has seen some of the most intense fighting between jihadists and Syrian forces.
Archbishop Jean-Clément Jeanbart, head of the Melkite Greek Catholic Archparchy of Aleppo, was on the scene immediately afterwards. Among the lost was an entire Melkite Greek family of four, crushed to death when a section of their apartment building collapsed. One of Jeanbart’s grim responsibilities was to find a suitable spot for their burial, since the cemetery used by his Church for centuries is now a battle zone ringed by snipers..........

From DailyBeast
ISIS Pushes West, Eyeing a New Caliphate in Tunisia
It used to be known as the birthplace of the Arab Spring. Now, Tunisia could become the latest addition to the so-called Islamic State.
There are increased signs that the self-proclaimed Islamic State has sets its sights on expanding its caliphate to Tunisia next.
In the last two weeks, ISIS has published videos taunting the government, shared pictures of some its fighters brandishing guns and made fun of a Tunisian tourism campaign in the wake of a March bombing at a museum that was reportedly carried out by ISIS. The group also has posted online photos of supposed Tunisian martyrs to its cause—though the tweets don’t make clear where those purported members died...........

From NeoPresse
According to this French language article,
Charlie Hebdo was bought by the Rothschilds, a few weeks before the attack on it.  Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm 

From Independent
Boko Haram renames itself Islamic State's West Africa Province (Iswap) as militants launch new offensive against government forces.
The Isis militant group may have gained a firm foothold beyond the Middle East and North Africa for the first time, after Nigeria’s Boko Haram adopted the name “Islamic State’s West Africa Province” (Iswap).
The Nigerian terror group’s leader Abubakar Shekau pledged allegiance to Isis last month, but the diffuse organisation had appeared to continue to operate under its official name Jama'atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda'awati wal-Jihad, Arabic for “People Committed to the Propagation of the Prophet's Teachings and Jihad”.........

ISIS Affiliate Plans To Publish Execution Videos Out Of Yemen
Following on from a declaration last week that ISIS had established a presence in war-torn Yemen, a group also affiliated with the network says it intends to post videos showing beheadings that have become the macabre trademark of the group.
Calling itself the “Shabwah Province” of the Islamic State, and likely located in eastern Yemen, the affiliate released a video called “Strike their necks,” purporting to show beheadings. ISIS supporters on the group’s forum and on social media are promoting this video, promising its imminent release. Recently social media users circulated videos and images of Yemeni soldiers being executed in the area of Shabwah, although it is unclear if they are the subjects of the upcoming release...........

From LATimes
Islamic State suicide bombers    kill Iraqi soldiers at Jordanian border
Suicide car bombings by Islamic State militants at an Iraq-Jordan border crossing left at least five Iraqi soldiers dead Saturday and crippled the movement of trucks between the two Middle East nations.
Three attacks were carried out by suicide bombers from Senegal, Belgium and France on the Iraqi side of the Trebil border crossing, according to a statement from Islamic State in Iraq's western Anbar province............

From Newsweek
The Islamic State’s temporary leader is a former Iraqi physics teacher located in the country’s second-biggest city, Mosul, the adviser to the Iraqi government on ISIS has revealed.
Yesterday, it was reported by the Guardian that the terror group’s caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was seriously wounded in a U.S. coalition airstrike in western Iraq in March, leaving him with injuries which allegedly rendered him incapable of carrying out the day-to-day duties as caliph. The revelation raised questions about the leadership structure of the group and reportedly led to frantic meetings between senior ISIS officials on life after Baghdadi.
Speaking to Newsweek, Dr Hisham al Hashimi, the Iraqi government adviser, confirmed that Abu Alaa Afri, the self-proclaimed caliph’s deputy and a former physics teacher, has now been installed as the stand-in leader of the terror group in Baghdadi’s absence.....

NBC and "journalist" Richard Engel lied.

From ABC
NATO: Big Military Build-up on Russia-Ukraine Border
 NATO's chief on Thursday reported a sizeable Russian military buildup on the border with Ukraine that he said would enable pro-Moscow separatists to launch a new offensive with little warning.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Russia has substantially stepped up supplies to the rebels, as well as providing them with advanced training and equipment like drones, despite a cease-fire.
Making an accusation of their own, Russian officials said U.S. military instructors were training Ukrainian national guardsmen in urban fighting techniques in the same eastern regions where Ukrainian forces and separatists have been fighting for the past year.
In Washington, the U.S. State Department rejected the Russian claim of U.S. trainers in eastern Ukraine, saying all the activity was in western Ukraine near the border with Poland.
"We've been doing this for about 20 years now," State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters, calling the Russian statement "ridiculous."............

From DailyMail
A hug from the executioner   ... then two gay men are stoned to death: ISIS murderers stage show of kindness for the cameras before brutal killing

    Shocking images show men being savagely executed in Homs province
    Executioners embraced the two victims before stoning them to death
    Bloodthirsty crowds are seen in the desert clearing to watch the atrocity
    Men were executed after ISIS militants accused them of being a gay couple........

Only fools in the countries near Syria are cock-sure that ISIS won't invade their lands because they  give arms, funds and logistics to ISIS to carry out successful attacks against Assad. Whether the fools are from countries that are Sunni, Jewish or Christian .... their day will come just as sure as day turns to night.  Focus on short-term thinking is a curse embedded in the psych of both Christians and Jews whereas islamists who desire to take over the world, think long-term. Slow and steady always wins the race...those old adages and fables (tortoise and the hare) have not made any impact whatsoever on the fools of this earth.

From Globe&Mail
Israel killed 44 Palestinians at UN sites in Gaza last year, inquiry finds
A United Nations inquiry has found that at least 44 Palestinians were killed and at least 227 injured by “Israeli actions,” including direct mortar strikes, while sheltering at UN locations during last year’s Gaza war.
The independent board of inquiry also found that Palestinian militant groups hid weapons at three empty UN schools in Gaza and that in two cases Palestinian militants “probably” fired from the schools.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Monday that he deplores the deaths, calling UN locations “inviolable.” Ban also said the Palestinian militants’ use of them was “unacceptable.”
The 2014 war was the most devastating for Gaza’s 1.8 million people, killing more than 2,200 Palestinians, a majority of them civilians, according to UN figures. Seventy-two people were killed on the Israeli side, including 66 soldiers...........

From MiddleEastEye
Israel, the bomb and Western double-think
Collusion with Israel's nuclear programme, more than any other issue, exposes the West’s ambivalence and hypocrisy
While Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continues to rant and posture about the existential threat of Iran – maybe, one day – possessing nuclear weapons, Israel is taking delivery of the latest of its state-of-the-art German submarines, capable of carrying nuclear warheads. 
The cost of the submarines is heavily subsidised by the German tax-payer as part of the country’s ongoing military aid to Israel. According to an exposé in Der Spiegel newspaper, Angela Merkel tried to tie the delivery to various conditions, “including a demand that Israel stop its expansionist settlement policy and allow the completion of a sewage treatment plant in the Gaza Strip, which is partially financed with German money.” None of the conditions were met, but the delivery has gone ahead anyway......

From TruthOut
Pentagon Can't Account for $1 Billion   in Afghanistan Emergency Reconstruction Aid
A total of $1.3 billion that the Pentagon shipped to its force commanders in Afghanistan between 2004 and 2014 for the most critical reconstruction projects can't be accounted for by the Defense Department, 60 percent of all such spending under an emergency program, an internal report released Thursday shows.
About 70 percent of the $100 billion the United States has spent to rebuild Afghanistan during 13 1/2 years of war has gone through the Pentagon, with the rest distributed by the US Agency for International Development and other civilian departments. A small portion of the Pentagon's money went directly to American military officers there in a bid to bypass bureaucracy and rush the aid to urgently needed roads, bridges, schools, hospitals, water-treatment plants and other essential infrastructure......

From DailyMail
Does ISIS really have  
SEVEN-FOOT tall executioners? Parts of grisly film showing beheading of 21 Christians were faked, claim experts

    Isis released a video last week showing the murder of 21 Coptic Christians
    The five-minute film showed the men being marched along a beach
    The victims are then shown lined up and beheaded in sequence
    Experts believe the Egyptian victims were not murdered at the beach
    Instead, they were murdered elsewhere with the background added later
    The shocking scene of the sea turning red is believed to be special effects
    The scene where the sea turns red with blood is also thought to be faked ............

From Reuters
Taliban announce plans to ramp up attacks in Afghanistan
The Afghan Taliban on Wednesday announced the start of its annual spring offensive, warning it would ramp up attacks on foreign embassies and government officials, as well as military targets, starting on Friday.
The Islamist militant group has been fighting the Afghan government and its foreign backers since it was ousted from power by U.S.-backed Afghan forces in 2001.
"If the foreign occupiers really want to relieve themselves from this nuisance of fighting, they should immediately withdraw," the Taliban said in a statement. ...........

From Reuters
Car bombs, suicide attack kill at least 22 in Iraq
At least 22 people were killed in explosions across Iraq on Sunday, including a suicide car bomb attack on a military post in western Anbar province, police and medical sources said.
The deadliest attack came when a car packed with explosives was detonated at an army checkpoint near the town of al-Nukhaib, an outpost on the route to western neighbors Syria and Saudi Arabia, killing at least seven soldiers, the sources said.
"Deash terrorists used a suicide car bomb attack to distract our soldiers and then they clashed with soldiers, but we managed to repel the attack," an army officer from Anbar operations command told Reuters, using a derogatory acronym for Islamic State.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for any of the attacks, but Shi'ite areas and government forces are often targeted by Sunni Islamist insurgents the government is struggling to dislodge from large sections of the north and west.
Another six people were killed and 17 others wounded when a car bomb went off near Khilani Square in central Baghdad, police and medical sources said...........

From Guardian
'We see more and more unaccompanied children on migrant boats'
I’m in Pozzallo, a small tourist town on the south coast of Sicily. In the past week, more than 700 migrants have arrived here – 373 on Tuesday, 300 on Friday and 100 on Sunday. Our team is tired out after working day and night. The reception centre in Pozzallo was designed for just 180 people. Some of those arriving crossed the sea in rubber dinghies, others in wooden boats, but not one of the vessels was safe to travel in.
The boat that arrived on Sunday night had set off from Turkey, and was carrying young men from Syria, Palestine and Egypt. This was one of the better boats, and so the people were in a better medical condition – Syrians generally travel in better boats, because they are able to pay more.
But the boat that arrived two days earlier had come from Libya, and was carrying mostly people from African countries – Nigeria, Gambia, Mali, Eritrea and Somalia – many of them families with young children.
he migrants from Africa often arrive with ulcers and chemical burns from the petrol that floods the boats’ holds. They may also have skin diseases, like scabies and lice, from being held in detention centres in Libya, often for six or eight months at a time. Others have wounds from being tortured or being victims of violence. A couple of people have arrived with gunshot wounds – they told us that in Libya it is anarchy, and you risk being shot every time you go out in the street.

The medical conditions we see reflect ......

From RT
We’ve arrived’: ISIS wing   in Yemen releases first video, threatens Houthis
The Islamic State has declared its official presence in war-torn Yemen as the jihadists posted a video online, threating to “cut the throats” of Shiite Houthi rebels.
Like most Islamic State (IS, former ISIS/ISIL) videos, the 9-minute-long clip was professionally shot and edited - with CGs and catchy background music.
It showed around two dozen IS fighters in full military gear training in the desert area, which is claimed to be located near the Yemeni capital, Sanaa.
The jihadist carried AK-47s, heavy machine guns and RPGs and then fired from some of their weapons.
After that, the apparent commander of the group stuck the black IS flag into the sand and pronounced that the “soldiers of the Caliphate" have arrived in Yemen to “cut the throats” of the Houthis.
"We have come to Yemen, with men hungry for your blood to avenge the Sunnis and take back the land they have occupied," the IS commander said in a video, the International Business Times reported.
He then addressed all able-bodied Sunni men in Yemen to join him the battle against the Houthis. ........

Police Killings Received   Instructions from Islamic State
Saudi Arabia announced today that a man who authorities arrested for the shooting deaths of two policemen in Riyadh earlier this month was acting on instructions he received from the Islamic State.

Yazied Mohammad Abdulrahman Abu Nayan, 23, the alleged perpetrator of an April 8 shooting in the Saudi capital......

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Spreading spoilt marmalade over rancid butter on stale bread ....

that's how the Roman empire met its end.  Rome was not able to keep afloat all the hundreds of locations outside of Rome where they had installed their puppet governments and kept Roman soldiers to safeguard the puppets from the wrath of the citizens of those countries.  America, the dying empire, is doing the same right here in front of our eyes but we refuse to see it going wilfully over the cliff.

On a humorous note,  the moment the oligarch honcho of the Ukrainian coup regime started  his speech slurping at USA's behind, there was a burst of thunder, lighting and rainfall. Probably that big guy up there in the sky threw up mightily! 

Friday, April 24, 2015

Yet another mindless war robot from USA's media: CBS ... shilling on behalf of warmongers

There's no end to the number of lying ghouls found in the MSM of the USA.  If not for conscientious individuals outside the MSM, there would be no outlet for our anger and frustration when we gauge that the MSM is telling us outright lies and we are helpless to spread the word about it..... spread the word to the few who care about integrity and truth.

From ConsortiumNews:
A Fact-Resistant ‘Group Think’ on Syria  
Exclusive: CBS News’ anchor Scott Pelley is known for his clueless journalism which never goes beyond Official Washington’s “group think” – and he was at it again in a dangerously provocative “60 Minutes” segment on the sarin gas attack near Damascus, Syria, in 2013, reports Robert Parry.

By Robert Parry
On Sunday evening, CBS’s “60 Minutes” presented what was pitched as a thorough examination of the infamous sarin gas attack outside Damascus, Syria, on Aug. 21, 2013, with anchor Scott Pelley asserting that “none of what we found will be omitted here.” But the segment – while filled with emotional scenes of dead and dying Syrians – made little effort to determine who was responsible.

Pelley’s team stuck to the conventional wisdom from the rush-to-judgment “white paper” that the White House issued on Aug. 30, 2013, just nine days after the incident, blaming the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad. But Pelley ignored contrary evidence that has emerged in the 20 months since the attack, including what I’ve been told are dissenting views among U.S. intelligence analysts.

The segment also played games with the chronology of the United Nations inspectors who had been invited to Damascus by Assad to investigate what he claimed were earlier chemical attacks carried out by Syrian rebels, a force dominated by Islamic extremists, including Al-Qaeda’s Nusra Front and the even more brutal Islamic State.

Though Pelley starts the segment by interviewing a Syrian who claimed he witnessed a sarin attack in Moadamiya, a suburb south of Damascus, Pelley leaves out the fact that Moadimiya was the first area examined by the UN inspectors and that their field tests found no evidence of sarin. Nor does Pelley note that UN laboratories also found no sarin or other .........

CrossTalk on loony bin USA's foreign policy boondoggles

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Why did warmongering NBC and Richard Engel lie about identity of kidnappers?

Could it be because not just the NBC and their "journalists" but the lying gangs in the MSM of the USA, UK and Canada are in cahoots with each other and their orders are coming from the very, very few who own most of the MSM?  How desperately the warmongers tried to get USA to not only unseat Assad but to bomb and destroy that great historical country!  Not that that project was a total failure ... from what we hear on a daily basis, Syria is now just a shadow of itself.  Christianity in Syria is almost totally destroyed, Christians have fled, fleeing, killed, raped, their churches razed to the ground, the historical relics gone.
And, who or what did this to the Christians and the secular Syrians?

Lloyd Grave writing at DailyBeast
Inside Richard Engel’s Abrupt Change of Mind

Finally, a PR win for NBC: the network scooped the ‘New York Times’ with the revelation of the true identity of its chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel’s kidnappers.

Score one for image-battered NBC News, which has finally gotten the better of a rival news outlet intent on exposing its shortcomings.

The Peacock Network’s chief foreign correspondent, Richard Engel, on Wednesday night preempted a two-month-long New York Times investigation, bylined by three Times journalists and prepared with the help of six others—the sort of ambitious team effort that ordinarily would have landed on the front page but in this case was relegated to B1.

With the active involvement of NBC News President Deborah Turness and brand-new NBC News Chairman Andy Lack, who assumed formal control of the broadcast and cable news operations in a corporate shakeup earlier this month, Engel scooped the Times on its own scoop, correcting NBC’s long-held version of a harrowing December 2012 incident in which Engel and five other employees were kidnapped, blindfolded, and subjected to physical and psychological abuse for five days in civil war-torn Syria.

In his detailed, 1,700-word account—600 words longer than the Times’s story —Engel reported that contrary to his original belief, which he affirmed in television appearances and a riveting article in the April 2013 edition of Vanity Fair, he and his colleagues were not taken by Shiite Shabiha militiamen who backed Syrian President Bashar al Assad, but instead by Sunni thugs with ties to the rebel Free Syrian Army............

Rick Sterling writing at RonPaulInstituteForPeace&Prosperity
Biased Reporting on Syria in the Service of War

It has been confirmed that TV journalist Richard Engel’s kidnapping/rescue in norther Syria in late 2012 was a hoax. NBC management knew the story was probably false but proceeded to broadcast it anyway.

There are at least two good things about “Engelgate”:

* It is clear evidence of mainstream media bias in their reporting and characterization of the conflict in Syria. The kidnapping was meant to show that “bad” Assad supporters had kidnapped Richard Engel only to be rescued by the Western/Turkey/Gulf supported “good” rebels. NBC management knew the scenario was dubious but promoted it anyway.

* Engelgate is also proof that Syrian anti-government rebels consciously manipulated western media for political gain. An elaborate ruse was performed to demonize the Syrian government & supporters and to encourage more support for the anti-government rebels.

Some analysts have noted that the Engel/NBC deception is more serious than that of Brian Williams. In the Williams case a TV journalist was puffing himself up; in the Engel deception, public policy involving war and bloodshed was being influenced.

Will this confirmation of deception lead to any more skepticism about reports from and about Syria? Will there be any more critical or skeptical look at stories that demonize the Syrian government and favor the western narrative? We have a test case right now.

HRW report on “Chlorine Gas Attacks”

On April 13, Human Rights Watch (HRW) issued a report “Syria: Chemicals Used in Idlib Attack.” It begins: “Evidence strongly suggests that Syrian government forces used toxic chemicals in several barrel bomb attacks in Idlib.” HRW Deputy Director Nadim Houry accuses the Syrian government of “thumbing its nose at the (UN) Security Council and international law yet again.”

We note that the reported chlorine gas attacks took place in the exact same area where Richard Engel was kidnapped. As shown in this map, the Engel hoax took place near Maarat Misrin. ......

Dr Ron Paul on the inconsistency of Obama's foreign policy.....

and the arming of lawless Ukraine by the USA and allies

From RonPaulInstituteForPeace&Prosperity
Political Murders in Kiev,   US Troops to Ukraine.

Last week two prominent Ukrainian opposition figures were gunned down in broad daylight. They join as many as ten others who have been killed or committed suicide under suspicious circumstances just this year. These individuals have one important thing in common: they were either part of or friendly with the Yanukovych government, which a US-backed coup overthrew last year. They include members of the Ukrainian parliament and former chief editors of major opposition newspapers.

While some journalists here in the US have started to notice the strange series of opposition killings in Ukraine, the US government has yet to say a word.

Compare this to the US reaction when a single opposition figure was killed in Russia earlier this year. Boris Nemtsov was a member of a minor political party that was not even represented in the Russian parliament. Nevertheless the US government immediately demanded that Russia conduct a thorough investigation of his murder, suggesting the killers had a political motive.

As news of the Russian killing broke, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Ed Royce (R-CA) did not wait for evidence to blame the killing on Russian president Vladimir Putin. On the very day of Nemtsov’s murder, Royce told the US media that, “this shocking murder is the latest assault on those who dare to oppose the Putin regime.”

Neither Royce, nor Secretary of State John Kerry, nor President Obama, nor any US government figure has said a word about the series of apparently political murders in Ukraine.

On the contrary, instead of questioning the state of democracy in what looks like a lawless Ukraine, the Administration is sending in the US military to help train Ukrainian troops!

Last week, just as the two political murders were taking place, the US 173rd Airborne Brigade landed in Ukraine to begin training Ukrainian national guard forces – and to leave behind some useful military equipment. Though the civil unrest continues in Ukraine, the US military is assisting one side in the conflict – even as the US slaps sanctions on Russia over accusations it is helping out the other side!

As the ceasefire continues to hold, though shakily, what kind .........

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Historian William Blum: "America wants world domination...."

and he goes on to say that for the last two centuries that's what America has set out to do.  It matters little whether a Republican or a Liberal resides in the White House, the goal remains the same.

And, in the link after the vid, read up on what John Stockwell, a former CIA officer  has to disclose.  The link also has a vid with part of his talk. 

From InformationClearingHouse
"I did 13 years in the CIA altogether.
I sat on a subcommittee of the NSC, so I was like a chief of staff, with the GS-18s (like 3-star generals) Henry Kissinger, Bill Colby (the CIA director), the GS-18s and the CIA, making the important decisions and my job was to put it all together and make it happen and run it, an interesting place from which to watch a covert action being done...

I testified for days before the Congress, giving them chapter and verse, date and detail, proving specific lies. They were asking if we had to do with S. Africa, that was fighting in the country. In fact we were coordinating this operation so closely that our airplanes, full of arms from the states, would meet their airplanes in Kinshasa and they would take our arms into Angola to distribute to our forces for us....

What I found with all of this study is that the subject, the problem, if you will, for the world, for the U.S. is much, much, much graver, astronomically graver, than just Angola and Vietnam. I found that the Senate Church committee has reported, in their study of covert actions, that the CIA ran several thousand covert actions since 1961, and that the heyday of covert action was before 1961; that we have run several hundred covert actions a year, and the CIA has been in business for a total of 37 years.

What we're going to talk about tonight is the United States national security syndrome. We're going to talk about how and why the U.S. manipulates the press. We're going to talk about how and why the U.S. is pouring money into El Salvador, and preparing to invade Nicaragua; how all of this concerns us so directly. I'm going to try to explain to you the other side of terrorism; that is, the other side of what Secretary of State Shultz talks about. In doing this, we'll talk about the Korean war, the Vietnam war, and the Central American war.

Everything I'm going to talk to you about is represented, one way or another, already in the public records. You can dig it all out for yourselves, without coming to hear me if you so chose. Books, based on information gotten out of the CIA under the freedom of information act, testimony before the Congress, hearings before the Senate Church committee, research by scholars, witness of people throughout the world who have been to these target areas that we'll be talking about. I want to emphasize that my own background is profoundly conservative. We come from South Texas, East Texas....

I was conditioned by my training, my marine corps training, and my background, to believe in everything they were saying about the cold war, and I took the job with great enthusiasm (in the CIA) to join the best and the brightest of the CIA, of our foreign service, to go out into the world, to join the struggle, to project American values and save the world for our brand of democracy. And I believed this. I went out and worked hard....

What I really got out of these 6 years in Africa was a sense ... that nothing we were doing in fact defended U.S. national security interests very much. We didn't have many national security interests in Bujumbura, Burundi, in the heart of Africa. I concluded that I just couldn't see the point.........

Friday, April 17, 2015

World War 3 News and Updates .... April 17

Some of the countries in it, either in major or minor roles:
USA, UK, Canada,  Australia, New Zealand, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Jordan, UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Iraq, Israel, Syria, Turkey, Kurdistan, Yemen, Nigeria, France with (Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad ) Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, Albania, Estonia, Hungary, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, Austria, Japan, Republic of Korea, Ireland, Spain, Slovakia, Norway, The Netherlands, Luxembourg, Bulgaria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Novorussia, Ukraine, Russia, Chechnya, Somalia, Iran, India, South Korea, North Korea,  Central African Republic, Kenya, Tunisia, The Philippines, Egypt,  Albania, Serbia, China, Sudan, South Sudan, Bukina Faso, Palestine, Georgia, Chad, Spain, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Indonesia, Nepal, Congo, Uganda, Romania, Mexico, Gambia, Haiti, Cameroon, Chad, Algeria, Venezuela, Thailand, Argentina, Vietnam, Myanmar, Georgia ....

From RonPaul
....The German government announced last week that it would purchase 100 more “Leopard” tanks – a 45 percent increase in the country’s inventory. Germany had greatly reduced its inventory of tanks as the end of the Cold War meant the end of any threat of a Soviet ground invasion of Europe. The German government now claims these 100 new tanks, which may cost nearly half a billion dollars, are necessary to respond to the new Russian assertiveness in the region. Never mind that Russia has neither invaded nor threatened any country in the region, much less a NATO member country.

The US Cold War-era nuclear bunker under Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado, which was all but shut down in the 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, is being brought back to life. The Pentagon has committed nearly a billion dollars to upgrading the facility to its previous Cold War-level of operations. US defense contractor Raytheon will be the prime beneficiary of this contract. Raytheon is a major financial sponsor of think tanks like the Institute for the Study of War, which continuously churn out pro-war propaganda. I am sure these big contracts are a good return on that investment.
NATO, which I believe should have been shut down after the Cold War ended, is also getting its own massively expensive upgrade. The Alliance ............

From IndependentUK
Isis suicide bombers target government  buildings in Ramadi as militants launch counter-offensive in western Iraq.

Isis has launched suicide bomb attacks in western Iraq in a counter-offensive after a series of losses, capturing three villages in Ramadi, the capital of western Anbar province.
Anbar provincial council member Athal al-Fahdawi told the BBC suicide bombers had targeted government buildings and checkpoints, warning that the government compound was now within range of the militant's weapons. He said Ramadi and its government compound "are in great danger".....

From AlMonitor
Why Pakistan said no to King Salman.
Saudi Arabia's request for tangible Pakistani help for Operation Decisive Storm in Yemen has led to an unprecedented rejection by Islamabad. In response to a direct face-to-face request from King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud for ground troops and aircraft for the war against Zaydi Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen last month, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif took the issue to the Pakistani parliament, which on April 10 unanimously decided to stay out of the war. On April 13, Sharif reaffirmed the parliament's decision while also pledging Pakistan's commitment to Saudi Arabia............

From CNN
A former model and DJ  from Melbourne, described by his former agency as having a promising future, is the latest Australian believed to have been killed while fighting alongside ISIS militants in Syria.
The parents of Sharky Jama, 25, were informed of their son's death via a text message and phone call Monday, said Hussein Harakow, president of the Somali Australian Council of Victoria.....

From ArmyTimes
The Army on Thursday identified the soldier who was killed in a deadly insider attack in Afghanistan.
Spc. John Dawson, 22, was from Whitinsville, Massachusetts. He died Wednesday in Jalalabad from wounds suffered when he was attacked by small arms fire while he was on an escort mission, according to the Defense Department.
Dawson was assigned to 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. He was stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
Dawson was a combat medic. He joined the Army in 2012 and arrived at Fort Campbell in January 2013....

Oh oh ... what kind of  nonsense are these residents of Ukraine spouting, eh?  Our esteemed politicians of the West and our truth telling MSM tells us different.  Of course these old-timers must be lying, right?

From IBTimes
A car bomb has exploded    near the US Consulate in Erbil, capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, on 17 April 2015.
The device was detonated on a road outside the US Consulate, which houses diplomats and staff, but there were no immediate reports of casualties.
Gunfire was heard immediately after the blast but stopped later, a witness told Reuters.
Photographs posted on social media captured the aftermath of the explosion, showing burning and billowing smoke coming from near the consulate.
The blast occurred in the city's Christian quarter Ankawa, Reuters reported, a popular location with foreign nationals.......

Libyans dying in the seas around Libya in their dash to get out of the NATO-created Utopia.  Very soon we will see the same kind of tragedies befalling the Yemenis.  But hey ... all's good because our ally Saudi Arabia says so and the Empire seconds that.  Everything is working to plan in the Muslim countries of the Middle East.  Divide and conquer is the name of the game. Set Muslim against Muslim is the goal.  All going smoothly ... very smoothly. 
From AlJazeera
Aid group: 400 feared dead  after migrant boat capsizes
Italy's coastguard rescued 144 from ship off Libya, but survivors tell Save the Children that hundreds were on board.
Survivors of a capsized migrant boat off Libya have told the aid group Save the Children that an estimated 400 people are believed to have drowned.
The Italian coastguard had helped rescue 144 people on Monday and immediately launched an air and sea search operation in hopes of finding others.

"According to their stories, they all departed from Libya, more than 550 people on the same boat that capsized only 24 hours after they departed," Carlotta Bellini, a Save the Children spokeswoman in Rome, told Al Jazera...........

After more than a decade, the killers from Blackwater who blew innocent Iraqis to pieces during the illegal war, sentenced.  The vid also has info re. Yemen war, etc..........

Palestinians are once again insisting that they are human  beings and not blades of grass but chances are they will be giving an excuse for the Israeli butcher of Gaza to come "mow the lawn" and kill even more children and their mothers.
From AlJazeera
Palestinians clash with Israeli troops  on Prisoners Day
Prisoners Day is marked every year in solidarity with the more than 6,000 Palestinians in Israeli jails.
Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli troops in the northern West Bank during annual demonstrations marking Palestinian Prisoners Day.
More than 100 Palestinians rallied near Israel's separation barrier in the village of Bilin on Friday, with some throwing stones before soldiers opened up with tear gas to disperse the crowd. One protester was wounded, AFP news agency reported.
Prisoners Day is marked every year in solidarity with the more than 6,000 Palestinians in Israeli jails....

From Economist
After Francis calls genocide by its name,
Turkey recalls its ambassador
AS THIS weekend's rupture between the Vatican and the Turkish government demonstrated, upsetting people has become an integral part of being pope these days. On April 12th Pope Francis delivered an address in which he came down more publicly than ever before in favour of the Armenian interpretation of the state-sanctioned persecution in Anatolia a hundred years ago that killed as many as 1.5m Armenians. At a mass attended by Armenia's president, Serzh Sargsyan, Francis called it “the first genocide of the 20th century”. Turkey hit back by recalling its ambassador to the Holy See for consultations and declaring that the pope’s remarks were based on “prejudice

From Reuters
Boko Haram slit throats of 12 as army tries to save civilians: sources
Boko Haram militants have slit the throats of 12 people in northeast Nigeria as the army was trying to evacuate civilians from the area, a military source and a witness said on Friday.
The Islamist group has been driven out of much of the huge swathe of territory they controlled at the start of the year, thanks to a concerted push by troops from Nigeria and neighbours Chad, Niger and Cameroon.
The town of Gwoza, in mountainous terrain, was one of the last places to fall, on March 27, and there remain pockets of Boko Haram activity in the area, security sources say.
"Just as troops were trying to evacuate some civilians from the hills so as to safeguard them from a planned air strike ... some Boko Haram attacked them and slit the throats of 12 people," a military source said of Wednesday's attack. ..........

From TimeMag
Egyptians Question President’s Decision   to Go to War in Yemen
Egypt's last foray into Yemen in the 1960s was a disaster and the country is beset by domestic problems
A public debate is unfolding in Egypt about whether to expand the country’s role in military invention against Houthi rebels in Yemen, creating a political predicament that could undermine the Saudi-led campaign to support the government.
Egypt said it would join the coalition that is bombing Yemen to combat the Houthis and the forces loyal to Yemen’s former President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Egypt sent naval vessels to Yemen’s coast and Egyptian officials have said that a ground assault was planned.
But now there are signs that public anxiety is creating a dilemma for Egypt’s President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, who must balance the concerns of a public worried about domestic security and social problems, and the pull of Saudi Arabia, a close ally that has donated billions to Egypt’s government......

The new and much more deadly than the Italian Mafia is the Ukrainian Nazi Mafia.  Canada's Conservative party supports the regime there as does the USA and her allies.
From LiveLeak
Three Prominent Poroshenko Critics Killed in Kiev    in Three Days
As the political situation in Ukraine destabilizes, the suspicious killings of prominent opposition supporters continue to transpire.
A prominent Ukrainian journalist, known for his critical views of Poroshenko's government was shot dead in Kiev on Thursday, in the latest series of suspicious deaths of opposition supporters.
Oles Buzina, 45, a supporter of ex-president Viktor Yanukovych, was shot in the street. Buzina's body was found on the ground nearing his apartment building close to the city center. The head of Kiev’s police department Alexander Tereschuk said that a TT gun was allegedly used in the crime.
According to the neighbors, the journalist was probably shot while jogging. He was found wearing a sports outfit. The 45- year-old was shot by two men in masks who disappeared from the crime scene in a Ford Focus car with either Latvian or Belarusian number plate.
Buzina was a columnist and editor of the daily newspaper Segodnya financed by Rinat Akhmetov, Ukraine's richest man and a leading sponsor of Yanukovych's Party of Regions. He was an opposition journalist, writer and TV host, well-known for his criticism of Poroshenko's goverment......

From Reuters
  Former Ukrainian lawmaker shot dead in Kiev: interior ministry
Oleg Kalashnikov, a former member of parliament for ex-president Viktor Yanukovich's discredited Party of Regions, was found shot dead in Kiev on Wednesday, the Ukrainian Interior Ministry said in a statement.
Senior ministry official Anton Gerashchenko said Kalashnikov, 52, had knowledge of the "Anti-Maidan" movement, which opposed pro-Western protests that ousted Yanukovich in 2014, suggesting this might be a motive for his alleged murder.
The ministry had opened up a criminal case, he said............

From Reuters
Putin says Washington told leaders not to attend World War Two parade
President Vladimir Putin accused Washington on Thursday of putting pressure on some world leaders not to attend events in Russia marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two in Europe.

Russia will stage a military parade on May 9 in what Putin called a display of "respect for victims of Nazis and to pay tribute to the ... victors over Nazism". However, many world leaders have declined to attend because of Moscow's backing for separatist rebels in Ukraine.
Asked at his annual phone-in whether Russia should be offended by those who have declined invitations, Putin said "whoever doesn't want to (join) can do as they please".
"This is the personal choice of every political leader and the decision of the country they represent," he said. "Some are unwilling to do so and some are prohibited to do so by the "Washington Obkom" and told they should not go -- although many would like to."
The "Obkom" is a Soviet term for a Communist Party committee and his use of it suggests that post-Soviet states and some activists in Russia follow orders from the United States......

Lunatic warmonger John McCain thanks God for the Saudis!!!  (The article is from June 23, 2014)
From TheAtlantic
'Thank God for the Saudis': ISIS, Iraq, and the Lessons of Blowback
U.S lawmakers encouraged officials in Riyadh to arm Syrian rebels. Now that strategy may have created a monster in the Middle East.
“Thank God for the Saudis and Prince Bandar,” John McCain told CNN’s Candy Crowley in January 2014. “Thank God for the Saudis and Prince Bandar, and for our Qatari friends,” the senator said once again a month later, at the Munich Security Conference.

McCain was praising Prince Bandar bin Sultan, then the head of Saudi Arabia’s intelligence services and a former ambassador to the United States, for supporting forces fighting Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria. McCain and Senator Lindsey Graham had previously met with Bandar to encourage the Saudis to arm Syrian rebel forces.
But shortly after McCain’s Munich comments, Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah relieved Bandar of his Syrian covert-action portfolio, which was then transferred to Saudi Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Nayef. By mid-April, just two weeks after President Obama met with King Abdullah on March 28, Bandar had also been removed from his position as head of Saudi intelligence—according to official government statements, at “his own request.” Sources close to the royal court told me that, in fact, the king fired Bandar over his handling of the kingdom’s Syria policy and other simmering tensions, after initially refusing to accept Bandar’s offers to resign. (Bandar retains his title as secretary-general of the king’s National Security Council.)................

From IBTimes
Bahrain: Dissidents in Jaw Prison   'subjected to mass torture' in nightmarish building No. 10
A recent riot at the infamous Bahrain's Jaw Prison, south of capital Manama, where political and criminal prisoners are held, has led to a bloody crackdown with harrowing episodes of mass torture by riot police, according to a human rights group and testimony exclusively seen by IBTimes UK.

Hundreds of prisoners were subjected to tear gas, shot from close range, beaten and rounded up and taken outdoors, where they were stripped naked and left for three days. Then, they were crammed inside a tent for 30 days with no access to toilets or showers. Inmates were called one by one and taken to infamous building number 10, where further torture took place.
Reports of alleged torture and human rights violations come just days after Amnesty International issued a damning 79-page report accusing the Bahraini government of rampant abuse by security forces on dissidents - with documented episodes of torture and mistreatment of detainees, continued jailing of activists and bans on protests in the capital......

From HuffingtonPost
Canada's Decision To Join Military Training In Ukraine 'Deplorable': Russia
The Harper government's decision to join a U.S.-led military training mission Ukraine has drawn a sharp rebuke from Russia.
Canada is sending at least 200 members of the Canadian Forces to take part in a two-year deployment to improve the combat skills of troops in the embattled eastern European country.
In a statement, the Russian Embassy in Ottawa calls that "counterproductive and deplorable."
It says the move does nothing to resolve the fracturing of Ukraine and that Canada should concentrate on diplomacy and political dialogue with the breakaway eastern regions of the country.........

From PressTV
Terrorists have decapitated five Shia Muslims   belonging to the Hazara ethnic group in the southeastern Afghan province of Ghazni.

"Their bodies were found today afternoon in the Malistan district. All five were beheaded," Ramin Ali Hedayat, the district governor, said on Friday.
No group has claimed responsibility for the cold-blood murder. However, Hedayat stated that the terrorists affiliated with the ISIL Takfiri terrorist group perpetrated the killings......

I fail to understand why Western governments are blocking nitwits from fleeing the West to join jihadis.  The logical thing to do in such cases would be to prevent them from reentering the West by rendering their citizenship and their passports null and void.  If a poisonous snake somehow gains entry to your  house, will you lock the house down to keep it inside or will you smoke it out and then proceed to close all doors leading in?
From NationalPost
  How RCMP officers tracked three Canadian girls in Egypt before they could join ISIL in Syria
There was no time to waste when three young women went missing last July. The teens had already left Toronto for Cairo, where they would be catching a connecting flight to Istanbul. Their parents feared they were headed for Syria.
The RCMP national security officer assigned to the case worked on it through the night. He reached the RCMP liaison officer in Cairo, who convinced his Egyptian police contacts to track down and intercept the women at the airport.
“Another hour or so, a couple of hours, they would have been gone because the fixer was already there (at Istanbul airport) to meet them,” said RCMP Supt. Doug Best, who heads the Integrated National Security Enforcement Team in Ontario.
Nine months after those harrowing few days, the RCMP discussed its role in the case for the first time this week after federal prosecutors decided not to lay criminal charges against the teenagers — a 15-year-old and two sisters, aged 18 and 19..........

Palestinians are being killed, if not by the Israelis then by their jihadi brothers. The Syrian Palestinians, many of whom had joined the FSA and probably many were waltzing around with the jihadis themselves, have only themselves to blame.  What goes around comes around. 
From CNN
'The deepest circle of hell:' Terrified Yarmouk residents describe ISIS raid
They took Yarmouk by storm, a sea of masked men flooding into the streets of one the world's most beleaguered places.
Besieged and bombed by Syrian forces for more than two years, the desperate residents of this Palestinian refugee camp near Damascus awoke in early April to a new, even more terrifying reality -- ISIS militants seizing Yarmouk after defeating several militia groups operating in the area. .....

Proof  below that many bloggers do a better job than the so called "journalists" ... and especially when it comes to exposing the lies from those "journalists".
The Richard Engel Kidnapping Fake   - MoA Scooped MSM By 28 Month

The veil is lifting a bit over the slew of the "bad Assad" propaganda stories that built the case for the war on Syria. The New York Times reports today: NBC News Alters Account of Correspondent’s Kidnapping in Syria

    NBC News on Wednesday revised its account of the 2012 kidnapping of its chief foreign correspondent, Richard Engel, saying it was likely that Mr. Engel and his reporting team had been abducted by a Sunni militant group, not forces affiliated with the government of President Bashar al-Assad of Syria.

Moon of Alabama questioned the original Richard Engel story at that time and found that the whole "kidnapping" and "rescue" was likely a completely staged event:

    Professor As'ad AbuKhalil, the Angry Arab, has reason to not believe that story and has indications that these were not Assad loyalists but FSA insurgents playing the role of Assad loyalists for a fake media stunt.

    There is now new evidence that this was indeed a fake event and that, whatever Richard Engel may believe, he and the people with him (which included one ever unnamed "British engineer" who is more likely some special operations guy) were not in the hands of Shabiha but in the hand of well known experienced video fakers...........

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Nigel Farage: "An EU Army to face Russia? Who do you think you are kidding, Mr.Juncker?"

Fun in the EU nuthouse.  Let's hope Mr.Farage does not lose his truth-telling abilities when he gets to be the big boss in the UK.  

Will the money-grabbing glutton become America's next prez?

The USA's both highly corrupt parties of horrific warmongers will stand firmly with  Hillary Clinton, if she wins the White House, and when the witch decides to bomb and kill more "dictators" and "gift" democracy to the poor people of the third world, every last warmonger in the Senate of horrors will lick his chops in anticipation of the coming bloodshed.

Does it really matter who wins elections in the warrior nation?  Those elected are just puppets of those who own the most of America.  The major slave masters are at the helm of the financial and armament corporations. 

Michael Krieger writing at LibertyBlitzkrieg:
This is How Hillary Does Business   – An Oil Company, Human Rights Abuses in Colombia and the Clinton Foundation.

The details of these financial dealings remain murky, but this much is clear: After millions of dollars were pledged by the oil company to the Clinton Foundation — supplemented by millions more from Giustra himself — Secretary Clinton abruptly changed her position on the controversial U.S.-Colombia trade pact. Having opposed the deal as a bad one for labor rights back when she was a presidential candidate in 2008, she now promoted it, calling it “strongly in the interests of both Colombia and the United States.” The change of heart by Clinton and other Democratic leaders enabled congressional passage of a Colombia trade deal that experts say delivered big benefits to foreign investors like Giustra.

The details of her family’s entanglements in Colombia echo talk that the Clintons have blurred the lines between their private business and philanthropic interests and those of the nation. And Hillary Clinton’s connections to Pacific Rubiales and Giustra intensify recent questions about whether big donations influenced her decisions as secretary of state........

Friday, April 10, 2015

History of America's aggression on planet Earth ... .long before the recent wars of the past decade

After all the death and destruction American foreign policies has wrought all over the world,  arrogant Americans still have the nerve to ask: "Why do they hate us?"
Parts of the vid are narrated by Susan Sarandon.  I found segments of what Ramsey Clark had to say to be very poignant.

About the video below from  AddictedToWar:

This 2-hour 23 minute video compilation is an excellent and invaluable educational tool that reveals the true nature of U.S. foreign policy. It's been seen in many classrooms, churches, home screenings, on cable TV and shown by many Peace and Justice organizations.

People such as Howard Zinn, S. Brian Willson, Blase Bonpane, Michael Parenti, Oliver Stone, Father Roy Bourgeois, Ramsey Clark, Ed Asner, Casey Kasem, Susan Sarandon, Chalmers Johnson, Cynthia McKinney and many others have seen this video and find it very informative and empowering!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

History Lessons OR Seven things you didn't know about Iran

Good reminders below of why the Iranians have a bigger mistrust of the USA than the Americans have of the Iranians.  The discussion in the comments section is interesting too.
John Schwarz writing at TheIntercept
Seven Things You Didn’t Know   the U.S. and Its Allies Did to Iran

It’s hard for some Americans to understand why the Obama administration is so determined to come to an agreement with Iran on its nuclear capability, given that huge Iranian rallies are constantly chanting “Death to America!” I know the chanting makes me unhappy, since I’m part of America, and I strongly oppose me dying.

But if you know our actual history with Iran, you can kind of see where they’re coming from. They have understandable reasons to be angry at and frightened of us — things we’ve done that if, say, Norway had done them to us, would have us out in the streets shouting “Death to Norway!” Unfortunately, not only have the U.S. and our allies done horrendous things to Iran, we’re not even polite enough to remember it.

Reminding ourselves of this history does not mean endorsing an Iran with nuclear-tipped ICBMs. It does mean realizing how absurd it sounds when critics of the proposed agreement say it suddenly makes the U.S. the weaker party or that we’re getting a bad deal because Iran, as Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham put it, does not fear Obama enough. It’s exactly the opposite: This is the best agreement the U.S. could get because for the first time in 35 years, U.S.-Iranian relations aren’t being driven purely by fear.

1. The founder of Reuters purchased Iran in 1872
Nasir al-Din Shah, Shah of Iran from 1848-1896, sold Baron Julius de Reuter the right to operate all of Iran’s railroads and canals, most of the mines, all of the government’s forests, and all future industries. The famous British statesman...........

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

World War 3 News and Updates ..... April 8

 Some of the countries in it, either in major or minor roles:
USA, UK, Canada,  Australia, New Zealand, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Jordan, UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Iraq, Israel, Syria, Turkey, Kurdistan, Yemen, Nigeria, France with (Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad ) Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, Albania, Estonia, Hungary, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, Austria, Japan, Republic of Korea, Ireland, Spain, Slovakia, Norway, The Netherlands, Luxembourg, Bulgaria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Novorussia, Ukraine, Russia, Chechnya, Somalia, Iran, India, South Korea, North Korea,  Central African Republic, Kenya, Tunisia, The Philippines, Egypt,  Albania, Serbia, China, Sudan, South Sudan, Bukina Faso, Palestine, Georgia, Chad, Spain, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Indonesia, Nepal, Congo, Uganda, Romania, Mexico, Gambia, Haiti, Cameroon, Chad, Algeria, Venezuela, Thailand, Argentina, Vietnam, Myanmar, Georgia ....

From Reuters
Pressure mounts on Kenya's president    after university massacre
Political pressure mounted on Kenya's president on Wednesday with scathing editorials and growing anger at a seven hour delay in the deployment of a special forces unit that eventually ended the bloody siege at Garissa University last week.

The al Qaeda-aligned al Shabaab group has now killed more than 400 people in Kenya since President Uhuru Kenyatta took office in April 2013, denting the east African nation's image abroad and severely damaging its vital tourism industry.
The pre-dawn attack on the college, 200 km (120 miles) from the Somali border, came a day after Kenyatta berated Britain and Australia for issuing travel advisories, saying their security warnings were "not genuine".
However, Kenyan media, some of them owned by Kenyatta's family, are becoming increasingly critical of the president and government efforts to stop future attacks, drawing comparisons to al Shabaab's assault on Nairobi's Westgate mall, where the Islamists killed 67 people during a four day siege in 2013.
In a front page editorial entitled "If Westgate was a disaster, what do you call Garissa?" Kenya's biggest-selling Daily Nation newspaper singled out Kenyatta for not meeting the grieving families.........

Look who's making sure that that the ISIS messages have a wider audience.  Saudi Arabia is propping up the ISIS with help from other Sunni nations but let's all ignore all that as just hogwash because as Israel, the West's numero uno ally, hating Iran and Syria the way it does, now sides with the Sunni nations, it's fully justified to destroy our own Western countries while trying to keep Israel safe and sound.  USA/Canada/EU/Australia your collected name is SUICIDE.
From AlArabiya
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group has launched English-language radio news bulletins on its al-Bayan radio network.

The militant group’s English bulletin, launched Tuesday and promoted via Twitter, accompanies Arabic and Russian bulletins already airing on the network.

The first bulletin, which provided an overview of their activities in Iraq, Syria and Libya, discussed a range of topics including the alleged death of an ISIS commander in the Yarmouk refugee camp in the Syrian capital, Damascus, a suicide bombing in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk and mortar attacks on militias in Sirte, Libya..........

Mossad's tentacles reached even Nigeria where few know even to this day that Israel has unholy influence.  Will the new leader, Mr.Buhari turn Nigeria into a wholly Muslim backward country thus making the world hate Islam even more?  Was this the desired outcome for Mossad's ploys?  Was Mossad hired by the USA to dampen the influence of China in Nigeria or was USA concerned about Nigeria's economy getting too big and perhaps strong enough to rival Middle Eastern oil producers?  Our world is a very dark place and made so by primarily the powers-that-be that control the United States of America.
From NYTimes
........Mr. Buhari was born    on Dec. 17, 1942, in the country’s far north, the son of a village chief. He attended officer cadet school in England in the early 1960s, according to the historian Max Siollun, and took active parts in the military coups of 1966 and 1975, later serving in the successive military governments of the late 1970s, including as minister of petroleum.

In 1983, troops under his command cleared rebels from Chad from Nigeria’s border, and he then refused civilian orders from Lagos to retreat into his own country. A New Year’s Eve coup against the elected president, Shehu Shagari, then brought him to power.

Off all the peremptory episodes that marked his rule, perhaps the best remembered is the bizarre and unsuccessful kidnapping plot  targeting a corrupt former minister who had fled to London,  Umaru Dikko. It involved Israeli secret agents, a giant packing crate into which Mr. Dikko was stuffed, and anesthetic drugs. The episode put a severe strain on relations between Nigeria and its former colonial master, Britain, for years..........

What Hezbollah Fighters Think About the Iran Nuclear Deal

......... "This doesn't affect us directly, but what's good for Iran is good for Hezbollah," he says. "The US is frightened of Iran, because it is a superpower now. This is not Iraq or Afghanistan. If the US blinks, Iran would destroy it. We aren't just a bunch of Arabs. If they have a problem with Iran, they have a problem with all the Shia."

Asked if the nuclear deal will change Hezbollah's stance toward the United States, Hussein offers a scornful chuckle.

"There is a little cooperation between us because of Daesh [the Islamic State]," he says, referring to Hezbollah's war against the Sunni militants, which coincides with America's own military action against the group in Iraq. "But we still have a lot of issues we need to resolve. We still mistrust the US. They could turn on us anytime, especially if the government changes. We think Obama's talk is just talk. Is he watching the kids being slaughtered in Yemen? Where are the guns in Yemen coming from? The US. The Americans said they would help the Saudis with intelligence. We consider the planes attacking Yemen to be US planes." ...........

From DefenseNews
U.S. launches aerial refueling mission in Yemen
The U.S. military has begun daily aerial-refueling tanker flights to support the Saudi-led coalition that is intervening in Yemen's civil war, the latest sign of growing American involvement in the new Middle East conflict.
A U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker flew the first mission Tuesday night, providing fuel for a Saudi-owned F-15 Eagle and an F-16 Fighting Falcon operated by the United Arab Emirates air force, Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, said Wednesday.
U.S. Central Command plans to fly one daily tanker mission to support the allied aircraft, but the tanker will not cross into Yemeni airspace, Warren said.............

From PressTV
Iran Navy’s 34th fleet   sets sail for Gulf of Aden
The 34th fleet of the Iranian Navy has left for the Gulf of Aden and Bab al-Mandab Strait in line with the country’s policy of safeguarding naval routes for vessels in the region.
The flotilla, which comprises the Bushehr logistic vessel and Alborz destroyer, left Iran’s southern port city of Bandar Abbas on Wednesday, Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said on the sidelines of a ceremony to deploy the fleet. 
The commander said that the 34th Fleet is sent on a mission “to provide [safety for] Iran’s shipping lines and protect the Islamic Republic of Iran’s interests in the high seas.”..................

From ZeroHedge
Iran Enters Hornets Nest:   Parks Two Warships Off Yemen Coast Immediately Next To Two US Aircraft Carriers
The probability of a major escalation over the latest proxy Middle Eastern civil war just escalated substantially.
While it has been widely reported that the United States has been accelerating its weapons supply to the Saudi-led coalition striking rebels in Yemen as a sign of how foreign powers are deepening their involvement in the conflict, the biggest regional backer of the Houthi rebels, the state of Iran, had been mostly inert. Until this morning, when as AP reports, Iran dispatched a naval destroyer and another vessel Wednesday to waters near Yemen...............

From NewsWeek
The New Exodus: Christians Flee  ISIS in the Middle East

........That is what happened in Mosul when ISIS took over the city in June 2014. Earlier, under Saddam Hussein’s despotic rule, the city was a sanctuary, home to tens of thousands of Christians. But in Mosul and other towns in the region, ISIS gave Christians an ultimatum—convert to Islam, pay a tax known as jizya or be killed. Aziz Emmanuel al-Zebari, 65, is a Chaldean Catholic who left Mosul in 2006 and moved to Ankawa, an Assyrian suburb of Erbil, in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq, where a statue of the Virgin Mary watches over the streets outside the Cathedral of St. Joseph. A professor of English at Salahaddin University in Erbil, al-Zebari says more than 125,000 Christians from Mosul and the surrounding Plains of Nineveh have been driven from their homes. He lists a string of Christian towns he says are now deserted: Qaraqosh, Karemlesh, Bartella, Bashiqa, Tel Keppe, Batnaya, Tesqopa, Alqōsh, Sharafiya. “For the last nine months the church bells have gone silent and there is not a single Christian in those villages and the city of Mosul,” al-Zebari says.

William Warda, an Assyrian Christian from the Hammurabi Human Rights Organization in Baghdad, says he hears from Christians that they want to leave. “I tell them that they must stay or we will not have a Christian population,” he says. “I go to northern Iraq, and I tell people to stay in their villages, not to run away, to resist. I tell them to be patient. I try to reassure them it is a temporary crisis, and it will pass.”..................

From NewsWeek
Spiritual Leader of Libya’s Biggest Jihadi Group Pledges Allegiance to ISIS
Ansar al-Sharia, the top jihadi group in the civil war-torn country of Libya, has edged closer to pledging allegiance to ISIS after its spiritual leader and top judge, Abu Abdullah al-Libi, defected to the radical group, according to an audio message released by the terror group.

On Sunday, al-Libi - who was Ansar al-Sharia’s Shari’i (or judge) - confirmed his departure from the jihadi group when he tweeted a picture of a book entitled The Legal Validity of Pledging Allegiance to the Islamic State, along with the caption “Soon, God willing”.
In an audio message released on ISIS-controlled radio in the central Libyan city of Sirte last week, ISIS accepted al-Libi’s pledge of allegiance to the group’s caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.........

From AP
Violence in Egypt's Sinai kills 11 civilians, 2 soldiers
 Military officials say 11 civilians and two soldiers have been killed in three attacks in Egypt's restive northern Sinai.
The officials said a mortar landed Wednesday on a residential area south of Sheik Zweid, a town in northern Sinai, hitting a house and killing nine of its residents.
Separately, officials said a missile landed on a house in another village, killing two civilians.
In a third attack, outside the provincial capital el-Arish, officials said an explosive detonated as a military vehicle drove past, killing two police officers. The officials spoke anonymously because they were not authorized to speak to the media.
Northern Sinai has been a longtime hotbed of Islamic insurgency.....

From UPI
Militant attack kills 15 soldiers, 2 civilians in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula
At least 15 soldiers and two civilians have been killed in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula after militants opened fire on military checkpoints on Thursday.
Seven militants reportedly died in the gunfire exchange. Responsibility for the attack has not been claimed, but there have been multiple attacks in the region by Islamic State affiliate Sinai Province, previously known as Ansar Beit al-Maqdis before pledging allegiance to IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. ............

From DefenseNews
Egypt Hellfire Buy OK'd   Amidst Yemen Strikes
An Egyptian procurement of 356 AGM-114K/R3 Hellfire II missiles has been cleared by the State Department, the first new procurement since the White House lifted a freeze on weapon sales to that nation.
The sale also comes as Egypt takes part in anti-militant operations in Yemen, which the US is indirectly aiding with logistical support.
If the sale is given the OK by Congress and details are worked out between the two governments, it would represent the first sale of the R model of Hellfire to Egypt. Egyptian military forces currently operate the F and K variants.
The sale, with a projected cost of $57 million, would occur under a Foreign Military Sales agreement. Lockheed Martin would be the prime contractor, with work occurring at its Orlando, Florida, facility............

From SputnikNews
Greece 'Openly Disapproves' of Anti-Russian Sanctions
 During a joint press conference with President Vladimir Putin, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said that the EU economic war against Russia could lead to a new Cold War, and that Athens will try to become a 'negotiations bridge' between Europe and Russia to resolve the issue
Greece disagrees with the anti-Russia sanctions imposed by the West and considers them a form of economic warfare, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Wednesday..........

From DailyMail
Interrogated - then beheaded and crucified:   Depraved ISIS militants execute four men accused of stealing in front of baying mob in latest atrocity in Iraq

    Young victims were interviewed on a sofa before being savagely murdered
    Four men were dragged out before bloodthirsty crowds in central Mosul
    Militants forced them to their knees and read out the charges against them
    Masked jihadis then swarmed on the men and beheaded them with knives
    Locals said the decapitated bodies were later displayed in a town square .....

From NewsWeek
ISIS Mass Grave Death Toll   in Iraq and Syria Surpasses 3,000
The combined number of bodies discovered in ISIS mass graves has surpassed 3,000 after the gruesome extent of the terror group’s mass murder in the Iraqi city of Tikrit was revealed on Tuesday.

A number of mass graves dug by the terror group have been confirmed in both Syria and Iraq, taking the toll from the graves and mass killings to 3,071. The toll does not include individual civilian deaths nor deaths of those killed in clashes with the terror group.
Nine months ago, the radical Islamists claimed to have captured and killed 1,700 at a former U.S. military base in Tikrit, named Camp Speicher, as they swept across northern Iraqi, capturing the key Sunni cities of Tikrit and Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest................

From Reuters
After Bardo attack, Tunisia treads line between security and freedoms
Soon after Islamist militants gunned down 21 foreign tourists in Tunisia's Bardo museum last month, newspaper columnists, radio hosts and politicians swiftly called for a merciless crackdown to save their young democracy.
In the cafes and mosques of working-class Tunis, fears are now emerging that a campaign against militants may a spiral into repression like the old days of Tunisia's police state before the freedoms won in a 2011 revolt.
Tunisia has since been held up as a model of democratic transition, the only country where an uprising during what came to be known as the "Arab Spring" did not end in large scale violence or civil war..............

From AlAkhbar
Turkey Pushing for Own ‘Popular Mobilization’ Militia in Iraq.
Turkey is investing in the upcoming battle for the liberation of Mosul to expand its influence in Iraq. An increasing number of credible reports indicate this course of action, in the aftermath of the operation launched by the Iraqi government to retake Tikrit (the last major stronghold for Daesh before Mosul), with support from the Iranian Qods Force led by General Qassem Soleimani.
Regional powers are rushing to get a seat at the Iraqi roundtable, which makes sense given the significance of what is taking place in Mesopotamia and its implications on neighboring countries. Turkey, the most prominent among these powers, has indicated its desire to influence events in Iraq through Mosul in the north, a city within its strategic s
phere. .........