Fifty million Americans still live in poverty in the United States, including almost one-in-four US children, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said Wednesday. ● In its newest report on the world’s largest economy, the IMF urged Washington to boost the nation’s sluggish long-term growth and employment rates to tackle its social vows. “Despite improving growth and rising employment, almost 50 million Americans still live in poverty, unable to earn enough to meet their basic needs… Improved employment prospects and economic growth will be essential to bringing this number down,” the IMF said in its annual survey. [...] The global economic monitor pointed to a slump in US economic activity in the first quarter of 2014 following an unusually harsh winter, which together with a struggling housing market, slower exports demand and a 2.9-percent drop in home production output, stole the momentum of the second half of 2013. “Growth for the year as a whole will be a disappointing 1.7 percent,” the report said, citing the “large drag” from the first quarter contraction, which will be difficult to offset.
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Two Ukrainian warplanes were shot down Wednesday over rebel-held eastern Ukraine in the same vicinity as a Malaysian airliner that was downed last week, Ukrainian officials said. The planes, both Sukhoi attack aircraft, were struck in the vicinity of Saur Mogila, a town just west of the Russian border, said Aleksey Dmitrashkovsky, a spokesman for the Ukrainian armed forces. He said he had no information about the fate of the pilots. But Bogdan Senik, a spokesman for the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, said a witness reported seeing at least one parachute open.
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Ukraine continues to concoct evidence of Russia’s air defense system’s involvement in the Boeing tragedy. This time Ukraine’s secret service has published as ‘proof’ month–old photos of Kiev’s own Buk-M missile system, claiming it is Russian. ● Although even American officials have privately admitted that there is no evidence that Russia is involved in the Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 disaster on July 17, Kiev has its own idea. On July 19, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) published some indistinct photos on its website, alleging they show Russia secretly withdrawing its Buk-M (NATO designation SA-11) surface-to-air missile system from the conflict zone in Ukraine. As of Wednesday, July 23, the photos remain on the intelligence service’s site.
Antiwar.com: US Story on MH17 Unravels Over Lack of Real Evidence
Itar-Tass: Aircraft accident experts in UK lab to analyze Boeing black boxes
The Saker: The most pathetic case of backpedaling I have seen in my lifeFinian Cunningham ■ Downed Airliner: Fake Audio Tape Shows US-Backed Hit to Frame Russia
An Israeli rabbi has issued a "ruling" that allows the killing of innocent civilians in the besieged Gaza Strip. ● Dov Lior, an Israeli rabbi from the illegal settlement of Kiryat Arba in the occupied West Bank, said in the ruling that it is “okay” to kill innocent civilians and destroy Gaza. The "ruling" also says that it is not necessary to check if the people targeted are civilians or non-civilians. The rabbi’s ruling "authorizes" all means of targeting the people, such as “denying supplies or electricity.” He further says military forces are allowed “to bomb the whole area according to the discretion of the army...” “In the case of Gaza,” the rabbi said, the Israeli military officials “will be allowed to instruct even the destruction of Gaza.”
Phyllis Bennis says the calls in Israeli for genocide against Gaza are not only coming from fringe elements in the political establishment. "This is the reflction of the actual public opinion, widespread throughout Israel. Recent polls have indicated 91 % support." - VIDEO
Israeli envoy to the United States: The Nobel Peace Prize should be given to Israeli forces for their "unimaginable restraint" in their offensive against the blockaded Gaza Strip, says the Israeli envoy to the United States.
Thought Crime in Britain: Politician reported to the police under the terrorism act [sic!], after making comments on Twitter about Israel’s offensive in Gaza
"The big question is - if I lived in #Gaza would I fire a rocket? - probably yes," he tweeted. In a follow-up message, he wrote "Ich bin ein #palestinian - the West must make up its mind - which side is it on?" The remarks were immediately condemned by other MPs, including the Conservative party chairman Grant Shapps [Jew], who [stupidly] referred to it as an “incitement to violence” and “completely irresponsible.”
Khalid Amayreh ■ I am not going to discuss Israeli "rationales" behind slaughtering Palestinians. Israel has been slaughtering innocent civilians since time immemorial. Israel and her supporters are also quite skillful in fornicating with words and with the truth. The naked reality is that Israel is murdering civilians knowingly and deliberately, taking advantage of disgracefully shameless reactions by the bulk of the international community to the genocidal atrocities. I am not accusing Jews of shipping Palestinian civilians to Auschwitz, Bergen Belsen, Mauthausen and Dachau. However, it is a clarion fact that Israel is bringing Auschwitz and other concentration camps to Palestinian homes, neighborhoods, hospitals and mosques. Nonetheless, I do know that no matter how many Palestinian children and civilians the Nazis of our time murder in full view of the world, [this] will [not] be sufficient to move the whoring international community to take a meaningful action against Israel. Indeed, the governments and leaders of most influential states in this world, including the leaders of the U.S., UK. France, Germany, Russia and China are too morally bankrupt to be counted on to restrain Israeli monstrosity, let alone take a proactive action against it. In the final analysis, Israel wouldn't have reached this level of nefariousness and ghoulishness had it not been for the active support and backing of the Nazi-like entity by these immoral entities.
Gunshots were fired into Al Jazeera's office in Gaza Tuesday, one day after Israel's foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, called for the network to be shut down. Al Jazeera evacuated the building after two “very precise shots” hit its 11th floor offices. No one was killed in the incident, but according to Al Jazeera's press release, the gunshots panicked locals living in the building and led the Associated Press to vacate its offices in the same building. On Monday, Lieberman had compared the network’s coverage of the Gaza war to Nazi propaganda and accused it of terrorism.
President François Hollande won broad domestic applause on Tuesday for defying allies Britain and the United States by confirming plans to deliver a helicopter carrier to Russia, with one backer dismissing the objections as hypocritical. ● Speaking on the eve of an EU meeting to discuss sanctions on Moscow over the downing of a civilian airliner over Ukraine, Hollande said late on Monday that a first Mistral warship would be handed over on schedule in October but a decision on a second would depend on Russia's attitude. It was the clearest signal yet that Paris will go through with the controversial deal despite the Ukraine crisis and came only hours after British Prime Minister David Cameron said it would be "unthinkable" for his country to fulfil such an order. The United States has also said it opposes the sale, which has exposed France to criticism that it is putting its own interests ahead of Western solidarity over Ukraine.
A number of major US and European airlines are immediately suspending flights to and from Israel after a rocket attack near Ben-Gurion International Airport. US Airways, Lufthansa and Delta are some of the companies grounding their planes. The decision was taken following a warning from the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA), after a rocket fell in the city of Yehud, which is just five kilometers from the airport, Haaretz reported. The FFA has ordered US airlines not to fly to or from Ben Gurion Airport "for a period of up to 24 hours." Meanwhile, their European counterparts, the European Air Safety Agency (EASA) says it has issued a 'strong recommendation' to avoid Tel Aviv airport until further notice.
Human Rights Watch documents 'sting' operations. Report raises questions about post-9/11 civil rights. ● Nearly all of the highest-profile domestic terrorism plots in the United States since 9/11 featured the "direct involvement" of government agents or informants, a new report says. Some of the controversial "sting" operations "were proposed or led by informants", bordering on entrapment by law enforcement. Yet the courtroom obstacles to proving entrapment are significant, one of the reasons the stings persist. The lengthy report, released on Monday by Human Rights Watch, raises questions about the US criminal justice system's ability to respect civil rights and due process in post-9/11 terrorism cases. It portrays a system that features not just the sting operations but secret evidence, anonymous juries, extensive pretrial detentions and convictions significantly removed from actual plots.
Phyllis Bennis says the calls in Israeli for genocide against Gaza
are not only coming from fringe elements in the political establish-
ment. "This is the reflction of the actual public opinion, wide-
spread throughout Israel. Recent polls have indicated 91 %
support." (From the 4:40 minute mark and onwards) (Video)
The War Criminals Who Rule America Prepare To Genocide The Palestinians For The Jews. No dissenting vote was cast, and no mention was made of the hundreds of Palestinian civilians, most of whom are women and children, that have been killed by Israel in the past ten days. Senate Resolution 498 was authored by Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), with additional support by Ben Cardin (D-MD) and son of former Republican party politician Ron Paul, Rand Paul (R-KY). Paul is urging the Senate to pass his own bill, S. 2265, which would end all U.S. foreign aid to the Palestinian Authority until Hamas is barred from the new Palestinian unity government, among other stipulations. The resolution was passed on the very same night Israel launched its current ground offensive into the Gaza Strip. (Source)
Al Jazeera: Israel confirms soldier missing as bombardment of Gaza continues || Since Israel’s air salvo against the Gaza Strip escalated into a growing ground invasion, the death toll is soaring. Sunday was the deadliest day yet of the war, and Monday is on track to pass it considerably. The death toll among Palestinians is up over 100 more today already, with the overall death toll now standing at 607 civilians, overwhelmingly civilians and including well over 100 children. Another seven Israeli soldiers were killed today as well, bringing the overall toll on the Israeli side to 25 soldiers, and two civilians.
The Saker ■ From Gaza to Donetsk || What is being murdered day after day after day in Gaza and Novorussia is not just children or civilians. It's decency, honor, freedom, dignity, truth, memory, kindness, compassion and beauty. They could not murder the Creator, so they take out their revenge on His creatures. What is being murdered today in Gaza and Novorussia is, I sincerely believe, simply humanity.
Gilad Atzmon ■ The End of Israel || IDF’s defeat in Gaza leaves the Jewish State with no hope. The moral is simple. If you insist on living on someone else’s land, military might is an essential ingredient to discourage the dispossessed from acting to reclaim their rights. The level of IDF casualties and the number of bodies of Israeli elite soldiers returning home in coffins send a clear message to both Israelis and Palestinians. Israeli military superiority belongs to the past. There is no future for the Jews-only-State in Palestine; they may have to try somewhere else.
Patrick Martin: Israeli bombs kill nearly 600 Palestinians
RT.com: Israeli Gaza op: Military hits mosques, stadium, homes, hospital
The Guardian: Gaza crisis: Palestinian death toll climbs past 500 as hospital is hit
Times of Israel: Israeli ambassador to the US: IDF deserves Nobel Peace Prize for ‘unimaginable restraint’
SCGNews: CNN Confirms - Israelis Cheer as Civilians are Murdered in Gaza - VIDEO
Russia Says Has Photos Of Ukraine Deploying BUK Missiles In East, Radar Proof Of Warplanes In MH17 Vicinity
Ukraine hasn’t said how it immediately knew rebels downed Malaysian plane, notes the Russian Foreign Ministry, as it unveils 10 awkward questions for Ukraine (and perhaps the US 'snap judgment') to answer about the MH17 disaster. However, what is perhaps more concerning for the hordes of finger-pointers is that:
• RUSSIA HAS IMAGES OF UKRAINE DEPLOYING BUK ROCKETS IN EAST: IFX
• RUSSIA: UKRAINE MOVED BUK NEAR REBELS IN DONETSK JULY 17: IFX
• RUSSIA DETECTED UKRAINIAN FIGHTER JET PICK UP SPEED TOWARD MH17
Obviously, if there is proof that this is so, aside from CIA-created YouTube clips, these would deal another unpleasant blow to US foreign policy.
ZeroHedge: Flight MH-17 Black Boxes To Be Analyzed In "Impartial" London
RT.com: 10 more questions Russian military pose to Ukraine, US over MH17 crash
RT.com: US coy on Malaysian plane evidence, points to social media and 'common sense'
Alex Lantier: Russian army data points to Ukrainian role in Malaysian Airlines MH17 crash
A Russian official says US remarks over the crash of a Malaysian airliner in Ukraine resemble Washington’s hasty conclusions on the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. ● The US has established the guilty party "even before the investigation of the Boeing accident. Earlier, the White House established the same way that Saddam [Hussein] had WMDs [weapons of mass destruction],” Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Saturday. The statement follows earlier remarks made by US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power that Washington “cannot rule out” Russia’s role in the recent plane crash over eastern Ukraine. Moreover on Friday, President Barack Obama said evidence indicated that a Malaysian airliner was hit by a missile launched from areas inside Ukraine controlled by “Russian separatists.”
Antiwar.com: MH17: US Beats War Drums, But Evidence Sketchy
RIA Novosti: Russian Military Says Detected Ukrainian Su-25 Fighter Plane Close to MH17 Before Crash
RT.com: Putin: Taskforce at Malaysia MH17 crash site not enough, full-scale intl team needed
Pepe Escobar ■ Propaganda 101: "It was Putin's missile!"
Alex Lantier ■ US escalates threats against Russia over Ukraine crash
Julie Hyland ■ UK government, media demand punitive action against Moscow over MH17 crash
Day 13 was the bloodiest so far. More than 100 Palestinians were killed in heavy bombardment and street battles in Gaza on Sunday and 13 Israeli soldiers were slain in the most intense day of fighting in Israelfs current offensive against Hamas, officials said. ● Israel said it pummeled a neighborhood in east Gaza because the warren of shops and concrete-block homes was the site of frequent rocket launches and concealed a network of tunnels dug by Hamas fighters and allied militant factions. When their troops went in, Israeli military officers say, they were surprised by the tenacity, training and weaponry of their opponents. They said Israeli soldiers were repeatedly hit by Gaza militants firing from windows, employing land mines and setting booby traps.
PressTV: Several killed as Israel bombs hospital in Gaza - Video
PressTV: Israel drops white phosphorus bombs on Gazans
The Guardian: Israel using flechette shells against civilians in Gaza
Middle East Monitor: Members of UAE 'aid convoy' revealed as intelligence agents
Dennis J. Bernstein ■ Human Catastrophe at Gazafs Hospitals
Patrick Martin & Barry Grey ■ The assault on Gaza: A historic crime
Carl Herman ■ Knowing war law exposes ALL US/UK/Israel war ‘reasons’ as BS propaganda
xymphora ■ Telegenically Dead Palestinians || "‘Telegenically Dead Palestinians’: Why Israel Is Losing the American Media War" I don't really agree with this. The Jew-controlled media has reached spectacular new lows of mendacity. The truth is sneaking in, but mostly through Twitter. I suspect Twitter will have to be shut down ('couldn't make any money with that business model'). Yesterday, big massacre, as if they are afraid they are running out of killing time. Today, direct attack on a working hospital. Destruction of health infrastructure is clearly part of the Khazar plan: "#GazaUnderAttack | WARCRIME | Health Ministry: 25 health institutions demolished in the Israeli aggression".
Stephen Lendman ■ Under the Hague Regulations of 1907 (Article 23), Fourth Geneva, Geneva's Common Article III, and other international laws, civilians are protected persons. So is civilian property. Attacking them is prohibited. War crimes are clearly defined. The principles of distinction and proportionality also apply: œ distinction between combatants and military targets v. civilians and non-military ones; attacking latter ones are war crimes except when civilians take direct part in hostilities; and proportionality prohibits disproportionate, indiscriminate force likely to cause damage to or loss of lives and objects.
Antiwar.com: 435 Palestinians, 18 Israelis Killed in Escalating Gaza "War" || The latest Israeli war in the Gaza Strip continues to escalate today, with 13 Israeli soldiers killed in overnight fighting in the strip, including seven killed when their APC drove over an explosive. The death toll on the Palestinian side is still soaring, with around 100 killed today, bringing the overall toll to 435 dead, and well over 2,000 wounded. The Red Cross is working to broker a ceasefire to allow the dead and wounded to be taken out of the battlefield. The toll on the Palestinian side is overwhelming civilian in nature, with an estimated 80 percent of the slain civilians. Of the 435, 112 were children. By contrast, the dead on the Israeli side are almost exclusively soldiers, with 16 troops killed and 2 civilians since the war began. The latest reports out of Gaza say Israeli forces are firing flechette shells now, which explode and spray out thousands of tiny darts to increase the number of casualties. The shells were fired near Khan Younis.
The Untold Story In the NSA Spying Scandal: Blackmail ● It is well-documented that governments use information to blackmail and control people. If Snowden is right, then one key goal of NSA surveillance of world leaders is not U.S. national security but political blackmail — as it has been since 1898.
Naturally, the so-called “most transparent Administration in history” hasn’t declassified anything, but that didn’t stop Rep. Thomas Massie, R-KY from reading them. What he saw was so incredibly disturbing he called a press conference to talk about it.
Items presumed to be the data recorders from the crashed Malaysian plane have been found and delivered to Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, according to the leader of the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Donetsk. “
Aircraft parts looking like black boxes were found at the site of the plane crash. They are currently in Donetsk, in the People’s Republic’s (DPR) government headquarters, under my personal control,” Aleksandr Boroday, the republic’s prime minister, told reporters.
The Defense Ministry of the Russian Federation released the following statement in connection with the crash of Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777.
Demonstrations in London, Newcastle, Manchester and Liverpool took issue with alleged “bias” towards Israel. More than 3,700 people signed up on Facebook to join the demonstration at Media City in Manchester on Saturday and similar events have also drawn crowds outside the BBC’s London headquarters. On Tuesday, protesters presented an open letter from the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Stop the War Coalition, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) and other groups to the Director General outside Broadcasting House.
Israel must attack Gaza even more mercilessly, expel the population and resettle the territory with Jews, the deputy speaker of Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, has said. ● Moshe Feiglin, a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling Likud Party, makes the call in an article for the Israeli news website Arutz Sheva. Feiglin demands that Israel launch attacks “throughout Gaza with the IDF’s [Israeli army’s] maximum force (and not a tiny fraction of it) with all the conventional means at its disposal.” “After the IDF completes the ‘softening’ of the targets with its firepower, the IDF will conquer the entire Gaza, using all the means necessary to minimize any harm to our soldiers, with no other considerations,” Feiglin writes in one of several calls for outright war crimes.
Tony Cartalucci ■ NATO needed a “game changer,” because it was playing a game it was clearly losing. The dubious circumstances surrounding the downing of MH17 – occurring just as Kiev’s forces were deteriorating across the country and additional US sanctions against Russia fell flat – is more than a mere coincidence. RUSI and the Atlantic Council’s statement represent an increasingly desperate and shrinking corner the West finds itself in. With the ascension of Russia along with other BRICS nations, a “game changer” was desperately needed to “stain Russia’s relations with the world for years to come,” and help arrest what appeared to be the irreversible rise of the global East and South, in tandem with the irreversible decline of the West.
Finian Cunningham ■ US Aims at Blowing EU-Russia Rift with Downed Airliner || The downing of Malaysian Airlines MH17 over eastern Ukraine with the loss of all 298 onboard comes amid mounting frustration between Washington and its European allies over the imposition of further trade sanctions on Russia. Days before the doomed flight, American officials were quietly voicing their agitation at European leaders’ reluctance to apply sanctions that would hit Russia’s key economic sectors. While media reports earlier this week suggested that the US and the European Union were adopting a «united front» in the ramping up of penalties on Moscow, the underlying reality was very different. EU leaders were actually telling media that they were not yet ready to go beyond existing sanctions against Russian individuals, by following Washington’s latest measures against Russia’s energy, banking and defence sectors.
Jason Ditz ■ Much Hysteria on Downed Plane, Little Evidence || The big problem is that the plane crashed in a warzone, and evidence isn’t readily obtainable so far, though the Ukrainian rebels active in the area insist that they have already allowed OSCE and Ukrainian investigators onto the site to investigate, and would allow other international groups access to the site. [...] Right now, everyone is denying responsibility for the shoot-down, and the desperate array of dubious evidence pointing in a million different directions makes it impossible to know the truth. That investigators from Ukraine et al. seem focused primarily in shifting the blame to a politically convenient target only adds to the difficulty of getting an honest assessment of the incident.
Nahida Izzat ■ An invitation to All Palestinians and their supporters to unite under the banner of LIBERATION, affirming our Inalienable Rights and clarifying our aims and aspirations to ourselves and to the world. For the sake of historical truth, and for defending, preserving and protecting the rights of future Palestinian children, we present this document. LET US UNITE TO STOP THE MACHINE. LET US UNITE TO STOP THE SELL OUT.
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