07/28/14

Permalink U.S. releases images it says show Russia has fired artillery over border into Ukraine

The Truthseeker Haven’t we been here before? || You might think so with Iraq. Remember? When Colin Powell stood before the United Nations just over a decade ago with what he claimed was a vial of anthrax produced in Iraq’s mobile chemical weapons facilities. As it turned out once the invasion was underway none were ever found, but that didn’t stop the U.S. trying a similar trick last year. Then U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry claimed that Syria was behind a chemical weapons attack on Syrian civilians. As it turned those accusations turned out to be based on fabricated evidence too. However, that hasn’t Washington from trying the same trick once more time only this time it could turn out differently. (RE: Karen De YoungWashington Post)

Paul Craig Roberts Another State Department Hoax?
RT.com: Intl. teams find ‘no violations’ by Russia along Ukrainian border
Robert Parry Blaming Russia as ‘Flat Fact’


Permalink Rallies held in the US and around the world against Israeli invasion of Gaza

The brutal Israeli bombing of Gaza is provoking increasing opposition and revulsion, sparking a series of protests around the world. The number of Palestinians killed neared 1,000 over the weekend according to UN estimates. Over 160,000 Palestinians ordered by Israel to evacuate have taken refuge in UN buildings and schools. Last Thursday one of these schools was shelled by Israel, killing 16 inside. The West Bank in Palestine saw the largest protests since the end of the Second Intifada in 2005, with two killed and scores wounded in clashes with the Israeli police. In Europe, despite a ban by the Socialist Party government, thousands protested in France and were dispersed by police, who made 50 arrests. London saw some of the largest protests worldwide, with 45,000 taking to the streets. Large protests were also held across in India, Korea, Indonesia, Spain, Ireland, and many other countries. Reporters from the WSWS spoke to protesters in Dearborn, Michigan , which has the largest concentration of Arabs in the United States, and Canada.

Anti-Settler Campaign Launched in London as Hebron Riots Escalate
Protests spread across Europe against Israeli war on Gaza
New Zealand: Thousands protest against Israel's assault on Gaza
Toronto demonstration denounces Gaza assault, Canadian complicity
Hundreds march in Dearborn, Michigan against Israeli crimes


Permalink Israel's rank and rotten fruit is being called fascism

Mike Carlton The onslaught is indiscriminate and unrelenting, with but one possible conclusion: Israel is not fighting the terrorists of Hamas. In defiance of the laws of war and the norms of civilised behaviour, it is waging its own war of terror on the entire Gaza population of about 1.7 million people. Call it genocide, call it ethnic cleansing: the aim is to kill Arabs.

Jerusalem Post: Poll: 86.5% of Israelis oppose cease-fire
Jerusalem Post: 94% supported the Gaza mass murders during Cast Lead [2008-2009]
PressTV: Israeli rabbi says killing civilians in Gaza is allowed


Permalink List of Palestinians Killed Between 7/8 and 7/28

This list is constantly updated due to the ongoing Israeli assault on Gaza since July 8th. The following 863 names have been confirmed. We realize the number of slain Palestinians is higher than this. The Ministry of Health has stated that a total of 1,049 Palestinians have been killed, and 6,233 injured as of 19:00 pm Sunday July 27th, but we are still awaiting confirmation of some names.

Israel Cancels Ceasefire Early, Resumes Pounding Gaza: 1,139 Killed
Paul Findley US Complicity in Israel’s Crimes


Permalink Israel-Gaza conflict: The secret report that helps Israelis to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz. [On] television and radio and in newspapers, Israeli government spokesmen such as Mark Regev appear slicker and less aggressive than their predecessors, who were often visibly indifferent to how many Palestinians were killed. There is a reason for this enhancement of the PR skills of Israeli spokesmen. Going by what they say, the playbook they are using is a professional, well-researched and confidential study on how to influence the media and public opinion in America and Europe. Written by the expert Republican pollster and political strategist Dr Frank Luntz [Jew], the study was commissioned five years ago by a group called The Israel Project, with offices in the US and Israel, for use by those "who are on the front lines of fighting the media war for Israel". Every one of the 112 pages in the booklet is marked "not for distribution or publication" and it is easy to see why.


Permalink ​Dozens, including 2 children, die as Kiev troops shell Gorlovka in E.Ukraine

At least 13 civilians and likely dozens more have been killed by continuing artillery barrages, as government troops close in on militia positions around the city of Gorlovka in eastern Ukraine.
A 1-year old - killed next to her parents - and a 5-year old are among the dead, according to information published by the Donetsk regional administration. Several local journalists on the ground have reported that as many as 30 have been killed, as fighting continues. Government troops reached the outskirts of the city of 250,000 people late on Thursday, and have pushed militants back into positions inside residential areas. From about 5am Sunday morning, heavy artillery shells began to explode alongside several of the main highways. "They were aiming for our headquarters, but missed and hit residential areas instead," a local militant source told RIA news agency. "One of the mortars hit the top floor of a popular supermarket that had customers inside. Another hit exploded in a courtyard outside an apartment block, and another next to a maternity hospital. We still don’t know how many are dead – there are ambulances everywhere,” local resident Sergey, who did not want to give his surname for fear of reprisals, told RT.


07/26/14

Permalink Flight MH-17 Black Box Reveals "Massive Explosive Decompression"

CBS reported that "unreleased data" from a black box retrieved from the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in Ukraine show findings consistent with the plane's fuselage being hit multiple times by shrapnel from a missile explosion. Of course none of this is surprising, and has been widely known from the beginning: it was also widely known that the black box would provide no additional information on the $64K question: whose missile was it, and was it a missile launched from the ground or an air-to-air missile fired by a fighter jet. Perhaps a better question is who is leaking the "unreleased data" and what propaganda is it meant to achieve in what is, as we said a week ago, nothing but a propaganda war on both sides. As for the real questions the "released" black box data should reveal, they remain as follows: i) why was the plane diverted from its traditional flight path; and ii) what was said between the pilots and air traffic control in the minutes before the crash. Recall that the Ukraine secret service confiscated the ATC conversation logs a week ago, and the fate of said conversations has been unknown ever since, something that Malaysian Airlines revealed to the public promptly after its other, just as infamous plane anomaly, flight MH 370 disappeared forever from radar.


Permalink Vladimir Putin chaired a Security Council meeting in the Kremlin

Vladimir Putin The discussion focussed on the maintenance of Russia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. [Excerpt:] Any nation that is part of an alliance gives up part of its sovereignty. This does not always meet the national interests of a given country, but this is their sovereign decision. We expect our national legal interests to be respected, while any controversies that always exist, to be resolved only through diplomatic efforts, by means of negotiations. Nobody should interfere in our internal affairs. However, ever more frequently today we hear of ultimatums and sanctions. The very notion of state sovereignty is being washed out. Undesirable regimes, countries that conduct an independent policy or that simply stand in the way of somebody’s interests get destabilized. Tools used for this purpose are the so-called colour revolutions, or, in simple terms – takeovers instigated and financed from the outside.

Paul Craig Roberts Does Russia (And Humanity) Have A Future? || The Russian government has finally realized that it has no Western “partners,” and is complaining bitterly about the propagandistic lies and disinformation issued without any evidence whatsoever against the Russian government by Washington, its European vassals, and presstitute media. Perhaps the Russian government thought that only Iraq, Libya, Syria, China, and Edward Snowden would be subjected to Washington’s lies and demonization. It was obvious enough that Russia would be next.

PressTV: Pentagon looking at possible military options for Russia: US general


Permalink Obama's Ukrainian Ploy Collapses; Ukraine Now Seeks Direct U.S. Bailout

Eric Zuesse The Ukrainian leadership has resigned, because of their unwillingness to impose the IMF's terms, which would impoverish the population within months. That impoverishment would be extracted from the Ukrainian public in order to repay the IMF's loans, which had been skimmed off by Ukraine's oligarch billionaires into secret bank accounts in Switzerland and other tax-havens. Two of the four parties in Ukraine's ruling coalition have bolted, refusing those IMF terms on loan-repayment; and, so, on July 24th, Ukraine's Prime Minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, who had been appointed by Obama's agent Victoria Nuland , tendered his resignation.


Permalink Company In Which Joe Biden's Son Is Director Prepares To Drill Shale Gas In East Ukraine

Recall what we said earlier today: the proxy Ukraine war just like that in Syria preceding it, "is all about energy." Recall also the following chart showing Ukraine's shale gas deposits, keeping in mind that the Dnieper-Donets basin which lies in the hotly contested eastern part of the nation and where as everyone knows by now a bloody civil war is raging, is the major oil and gas producing region of Ukraine accounting for approximately 90 per cent of Ukrainian production and according to EIA may have 42 tcf of shale gas resources technically recoverable from 197 tcf of risked shale gas in place. Finally, recall our story from May that Joe Biden's son, Hunter, just joined the board of the largest Ukraine gas producer Burisma Holdings.


Permalink MSNBC Contributor Slams Network For Pro-Israel Coverage: 'We Are Ridiculous!'

An MSNBC contributor used her appearance on the cable news channel Monday to sharply criticize its coverage of the Israel-Hamas conflict. During an interview on "Ronan Farrow Daily," Palestinian journalist Rula Jebreal unloaded on Western media outlets, including MSNBC, arguing that influence from pro-Israel forces makes the news coverage more favorable to the likes of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. "Because of AIPAC, and because of the money behind it, and because of Sheldon Adelson, and because of all of us in the media. We are ridiculous. We are disgustingly biased when it comes to this issue," Jebreal said. "Look at how many airtime Netanyahu and his folks have on air on a daily basis. Andrea Mitchell and others," she continued, referring to the MSNBC stalwart whose show airs right before Farrow's afternoon program. "I never see one Palestinian being interviewed on theses same issues." When Farrow pushed back gently and pointed out that Palestinian guests have been interviewed, Jebreal continued her criticism. "Maybe 30 seconds! And then you have 25 minutes for Bibi Netanyahu, and then half an hour for Naftali Bennett and many others," Jebreal said.

PressTV: Zionist censors enabling war crimes
PressTV: Obama, US politicians ‘owned’ by Zionist lobby: Barry Grossman
Robert Fisk: Eight hundred dead Palestinians. But Israel has impunity
Intifada Palestine: Horrifying details continue to emerge of massacre in Khuza’a
Eric Zuesse: America’s Nazi Allies in Israel and Ukraine
America [Now] Is the Only Country with a Favorable View of Israel


Permalink Secret Federal Watchlist Guidance Book Now Online: Soviet-style Police State

Our rulers, many of whom like the Bushes and Kerry are Skull and Bones ‘Devil That Is Death’ worshippers, made 9/11 possible so they could kill millions of innocent people and enslave the rest of us and kill our basic civil liberties. Today, the ‘unclassified’ book telling many agencies how they can ape the Soviet Union has been forced out into the open. The ‘security’ gang is furious about revealing how they run our borders. Meanwhile, after 9/11, these same clowns didn’t patrol our borders at all effectively letting in millions of illegal aliens and drug gangs, criminals, etc. Just so the rich could have cheap under the table labor.

The Intercept: The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist


Permalink HRW blames Kiev army for indiscriminately killing civilians with missiles

The Ukrainian army is using indiscriminate Grad missiles to attack densely populated areas in Donetsk, which violates international humanitarian law, Human Rights Watch alleged. It also blamed militia for taking cover in those areas. The rights organization confirmed four rocket attacks by the Ukrainian military, or Kiev-allied paramilitary, on residential areas in or near Donetsk, which resulted in at least 16 civilian deaths and many more wounded. The attacks were carried out with Grad multiple rocket weapon systems, highly indiscriminate weapons that cannot be used against populated areas.

RIA Novosti: Ukrainian Army Used Phosphorus Bombs on Civilians - Russian Defense Ministry


07/25/14

Permalink Evil celebrating itself...

Israeli soldiers and members of the Breslauer Hassidic sect dance and bless artillery shells.
Israeli rabbi says killing civilians in Gaza is allowed


Permalink Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk Resigns

Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk Resigns! His far right wing fascist government is so unpopular, it fell suddenly. While the Chocolate King tried desperately to lure the US into a war with Russia, he suddenly gave up. Meanwhile, Obama, reading script written by Zionist fascists, has dropped the ‘Putin shot down the civilian plane’ for ‘Putin is FIRING ON UKRAINE. Even with the CIA puppet regime collapsing, they are keeping up the warmongering.

Paul Craig Roberts Government of Ukraine Collapses || Today the Ukrainian government resigned. The prime minister Yatsenyuk, or “Yats” as affectionately called by Victoria Nuland who put “Yats” into office, resigned along with the entire Cabinet. The parliament refused to vote the harsh conditions demanded by the IMF. I am not sure what this means. Perhaps it is just a tactic to force the parliament to do as the IMF says. Or perhaps “Yats”, Washington’s stooge, has realized that IMF or no IMF, Ukraine’s economy is imploding and wants to get out of the blame. The point for now is that I checked the BBC, the New York Times, and CNN and there is not one word about the collapse of the government of Ukraine. Professor Michael Chossudovsky has provided an account of the collapse of the Ukrainian government on Global Research.

Alex Lantier Ukraine prime minister resigns as NATO, Australia prepare intervention in east || The far-right parliamentary coalition in Kiev collapsed yesterday, as the Western-backed regime met with visiting Dutch and Australian officials to prepare a foreign military intervention in war-torn east Ukraine, under cover of investigating the crash of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17.

SMH: Australian soldiers to back up police in securing Ukrainian site of MH17 crash
No Limit to Our Anger (c) V. M. Molotov: Igor Strelkov and Militia Briefings, July 24, 2014


Permalink US Invents Reports of Russia Attacking Ukraine Bases

Jason Ditz US State Department Tells Lies To Justify War || Apparently still laying the groundwork for their own planned military intervention, the US government has invented a narrative of massive Russian artillery strikes against Ukrainian military bases along the border. The latest invented story appears to have been produced primarily as a replacement for Marie Harf’s increasingly debunked allegations surrounding the MH17 shoot-down, a talking point which has gained her no small mocking in the press over the past week, as she directly contradicts the US intelligence community’s own releases on the matter. Harf’s latest allegations included the phantom artillery fire and secret evidence of Russia planning to maybe send a bunch more weapons to the rebels. One member of the assembled press, humorously, asked if there was “a YouTube video or something that you can point us to,” calling back to Harf’s regular use of social media as “proof” for her claims. Harf declared “I just said I wasn’t going to give you the underlying source,” and asked if the press preferred she keep things to herself that she can’t prove. This led to another exchange, with someone shooting back “Marie, I think that it would be best for all concerned here if when you make an allegation like that, you’re able to back it up with something more than just “because I said so.” “

RT.com: State Dept. accuses Russia of firing artillery into Ukraine, refuses to provide any evidence - Video


Permalink Things In The Middle East Are About To Get Much Worse - VIDEO


Mohammed Shinbary comforts his daughter Mahasin, 7,
who was injured after an attack on a United Nations school.

There are major clashes occurring currently in The West Bank tonight as claims of 10s of thousands and Palestinians clash with Israeli soldiers. Sadly, as the photos below reveal taken moments ago show, things appear set to get very much worse. [via ZH] Israeli security forces have been put on heightened alert after two Palestinians were killed during a massive protest in the West Bank. The victims were among an estimated 10,000 people who clashed violently with soldiers and border police at a checkpoint in Qalandiya, between Jerusalem and Ramallah. The protest came hours after 15 people were killed and more than 200 injured when a UN-run school in the city of Beit Hanoun, Gaza, was hit by an Israeli artillery shell. Israel said today it had mobilised different units in and around Jerusalem to "deal with any disturbances". (Photo: New York Times)

Israeli bombardment of hospital kills Palestinian toddler in the intensive care unit
Israel Shells UN School in Gaza, Killing 16 Civilians, Wounding Hundreds
Israeli strike on Gaza school kills 15 and leaves 200 wounded
PressTV: Death toll from Israeli attacks on Gaza hits 830
SMH: Israel bans radio ad listing dead children's names
Haaretz: Israeli agency bans radio clip naming children killed in Gaza
IMEMC: List of Palestinians Killed Between 7/8 and 7/24 - Updated
Truthout: US Provides Israel the Weapons Used on Gaza


Permalink America's Dumbest Move Yet: Seizing A Foreign Bank

Ten dark suited men entered the premises of FBME bank in Cyprus on Friday afternoon and took it hostage. It must have looked like a scene from the Matrix. And given the surrealism of how this conflict is escalating, maybe it was. The men were from the Central Bank of Cyprus (CBC). And they commandeered FBME because an obscure agency within the US government recently issued a report accusing the bank of laundering money. It just so happens that FBME… and Cyprus in general… is where a lot of wealthy Russians hold their vast fortunes...Bear in mind, there has been no proof that any crime was committed. There was no court hearing. No charges were read. It wasn’t even the government of Cyprus who accused them of anything. There was just a generic report penned by some bureaucrat 10,000 miles away.


Permalink Meet Executive Order 12333: The Reagan rule that lets the NSA spy on Americans

John Napier Tye Executive Order 12333 contains no [...] protections for U.S. persons if the collection occurs outside U.S. borders. Issued by President Ronald Reagan in 1981 to authorize foreign intelligence investigations, 12333 is not a statute and has never been subject to meaningful oversight from Congress or any court. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, has said that the committee has not been able to “sufficiently” oversee activities conducted under 12333. [...] A legal regime in which U.S. citizens’ data receives different levels of privacy and oversight, depending on whether it is collected inside or outside U.S. borders, may have made sense when most communications by U.S. persons stayed inside the United States. But today, U.S. communications increasingly travel across U.S. borders — or are stored beyond them. For example, the Google and Yahoo e-mail systems rely on networks of “mirror” servers located throughout the world. An e-mail from New York to New Jersey is likely to wind up on servers in Brazil, Japan and Britain. The same is true for most purely domestic communications. [...] Executive Order 12333 contains nothing to prevent the NSA from collecting and storing all such communications — content as well as metadata — provided that such collection occurs outside the United States in the course of a lawful foreign intelligence investigation. No warrant or court approval is required, and such collection never need be reported to Congress. None of the reforms that Obama announced earlier this year will affect such collection.

Ed Hightower: Former State Department employee reveals spying on Americans by executive order


07/24/14

Permalink Islamic State orders genital mutilation of Iraqi women – UN

Sunni militants from the Islamic State have ordered all girls and women aged 11 to 46 in and around the city of Mosul to undergo female genital mutilation, the UN reported. The potential number of victims is estimated at 4 million. The shocking news, adding to an already long list of crimes reportedly committed by the militants since the takeover of northern Iraq last month, was broken by UN resident and humanitarian coordinator in Iraq, Jacqueline Badcock. "This is something very new for Iraq, particularly in this area, and is of grave concern and does need to be addressed," she told reporters in Geneva by videolink from Arbil on Thursday. "This is not the will of Iraqi people, or the women of Iraq in these vulnerable areas covered by the terrorists," she added.


Permalink 'Disgustingly Biased' - The Corporate Media On The Gaza Massacre

Soon after Malaysian Airlines MH17 crashed near Donetsk, Ukraine on July 18, killing 298 people, the BBC website quickly, and rightly, set up a 'LIVE' feed with rolling reports and commentary on the disaster. This was clearly an important and dramatic event involving horrific loss of life with serious political implications. The public would, of course, be searching for the latest news. However, since July 8, ten days prior to the crash, Israeli armed forces had been bombarding the trapped civilian population of Gaza with airstrikes, drone strikes and naval shelling. As the massive Israeli assault ramped up on July 9, the World section of the BBC News website had this as its headline: 'Israel under renewed Hamas attack'. By July 18, around 300 people had been killed in Gaza, 80% of them civilians. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a key political issue of our time, one that was clearly developing by the minute after July 8. And yet at no point had the BBC set up a 'LIVE' feed with rolling news.


Permalink Results of Israeli “Operation Protective Edge" as of July 22, 2014

Dov Lior, a racist Israeli rabbi from the West Bank settlement Kiryat Arba, recently posted a Halakhic ruling allowing to kill innocent civilians, after being asked about the “war” (it’s a massacre) in Gaza. Here are a few lines from the ruling:

“The Torah of Israel guides us in all walks of life, private and public, on how to behave during war and also how to keep moral standards. The Maharal from Prague (Rabbi Judah Loew), in his book Gur Arye, clearly writes that… in all wars the attacked people are allowed to attack fiercely the people from whom the attackers came from and they do not have to check if he personally belongs to the fighters. Therefore, during war the attacked people are allowed to punish the enemy population in any punishment it finds worthy, such as denying supplies or electricity and also to bomb the whole area according to the discretion of the army minister and not to just simply endanger soldier’s lives but to take crushing deterrence steps to exterminate the enemy. In the case of Gaza, the Minister of Defense will be allowed to instruct even the destruction of Gaza so that the south will no longer suffer and to avoid harm to our people who have been suffering for so long from the surrounding enemies.” Any kind of talk about humanism and consideration are moot when speaking of saving our brothers in the south and in the rest of the country and bringing back quiet to our country.” (Source)

Reuters: At least 15 killed by Israeli shelling of Gaza school; toll exceeds 760
The Telegraph: Revealed: the Palestinian children killed by Israeli forces
PressTV: Hamas kills 8 Israeli soldiers in Gaza
Palestinian Centre for Human Rights: On the 16th Day of the Israeli Offensive (Report)


Permalink Netanyahu sourly irate over UN plan to investigate crimes

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fumes over the UN Human Rights Council’s plan to strike up an investigation into Tel Aviv’s human rights violations in the Gaza Strip. Netanyahu vented his anger on Thursday at a joint press conference with British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond in al-Quds (Jerusalem). "It's a travesty of justice; it's a travesty of fairness; it's a travesty of common sense; it's a travesty of truth," Netanyahu said. His remarks came after the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) launched a commission on Wednesday to investigate Israel’s war crimes in Gaza. Netanyahu once again put the blame on the Palestinian resistance groups, including Hamas, for the death of Palestinian civilians.

PressTV: Israel calls UNHRC ‘council for terrorists’


Permalink Israeli Professor: To deter Palestinian fighters, rape their mothers and sisters

Israeli Professor Suggests Rape as 'Terror Deterrent'. Mordechai Kedar: Sex Assault on Relatives Will Stop Attacks. “The only thing that can deter terrorists, like those who kidnapped the children and killed them, is the knowledge that their sister or their mother will be raped.” This assertion was made by Middle East scholar Dr. Mordechai Kedar of Bar-Ilan University on an Israel Radio program. “It sounds very bad, but that’s the Middle East,” added Kedar, of Bar-Ilan’s Department of Arabic. The program “Hakol Diburim” (“It’s All Talk”) was broadcast on July 1, immediately after the discovery of the bodies of Gilad Shaar, Naftali Fraenkel and Eyal Yifrah, who were kidnapped and murdered in the West Bank. It dealt, among other things, with the question of how Hamas can be deterred.

Maurice Pinay: The United States' 'out of control military rabbinate'
PressTV: Israeli rabbi says killing civilians in Gaza is allowed


Permalink West colludes with genocidal Tel Aviv: Analyst

Referring to the ongoing Israeli war on Gaza, Cunningham said the Zionist entity is putting once again “on display” its crimes against humanity “in the most despicable and barbaric way.” He said a truce between the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas and the Israeli regime could not fix the oppression of Palestinians, adding, “There is a hemorrhage of human life that requires deep intervention.” Nearly 750 Palestinians have been killed in 17 days of Israeli aerial and ground offensives in the besieged Gaza Strip.

PressTV: UK issues 400 arms licenses to Israel


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