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Wednesday, 04 January

01:28

Rick Perry’s Texas Giveaways The Anti-Media

Rick-Perry-EnergyOne $30 million grant went to an energy group that turned out to be a phantom.

01:25

BBC News recycles Iranian terrorism blur BBC Watch

On December 30th a report titled “Israel warns of New Year terror threat in India” appeared on the BBC News website’s Middle East page.terror-threat-india-art

After telling the story described in the headline, the report went on to inform readers that:

“In 2012, the wife of Israeli diplomat stationed in India was critically wounded in a car bomb attack along with her driver and two others.

The incident sparked diplomatic tensions when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Iran of being behind it – a charge strongly denied by Tehran.”

Well over three years ago, in August 2013, another BBC report included a similar statement concerning that same attack in New Delhi...

01:16

Eternal Hostility: a New Year’s Resolution Dissident Voice

This New Year’s Eve, 750 heavy wooden crosses were distributed to a gathering of Chicagoans commemorating the victims of gun violence killed in 2016. Rev. Michael Pfleger and the Faith Community of St. Sabina Parish had issued a call to carry crosses constructed by Greg Zanis. The crosses, uniform in size, presented the name and age and, in many cases, a facial photo of the person killed. Some who carried the crosses were relatives of the people killed. As the group assembled, several sobbed upon finding the crosses that bore the names and photos of their loved ones.

One of more than 750 crosses carried in a Chicago rally commemorating homicide victims on New Years Eve (Photo Credit: Ed Juillard)

Those carrying the heavy crosses along Chicago’s “Magnificent Mile” of high end shops and restaurants knew that other arms than theirs were aching…aching with longing for loved ones who would never return. In 2016, more people were killed in Chicago by gun violence than in New York City and Los Angeles combined. The number killed represented a 58% increase over the number killed in 2015.  “How could this happen?” – was the question asked on the front page of the Chicago Tribune.

Poverty and racism clearly interact: Blacks and Latinos comprise 56% of the incarcerated population...

01:05

America or Israel? Aletho News

Quislings in Congress and the Media need to decide which comes first By Philip Giraldi • Unz Review • January 3, 2017 I am reluctant to write about the “Israel problem” at the heart of U.S. foreign policy two weeks in a row but it seems that the story just will not go away as […]

01:00

Pro-British Groups hostile to intra-Syrian negotiations over Astana Voltaire Network

After the United States, France and the United Kingdom expressed their doubts on the negotiations over Astana in the Security Council on 31 December 2016, several signatory groups of the Russian-Turkish cease-fire are threatening not to participate. . A good example is Jaysh al-Islam which is the group of the Allouche family and is supported by the British MI6. Preparing for their eventual withdrawal, these signatories stress that the fight currently taking place at Wadi Barada (15 (...)

00:55

A Daesh group has come back to Europe Voltaire Network

A year ago Italy had arrested several Kosovans with ties to Daesh. [And now] Italy has sounded the alert. Lavdrim Muhaxheri would be returning to Europe with several of his men including Ridvan Haqifi. Muhaxheri is a young Kosavarian, 27 years old who worked for Nato in Kosovo, then for a “private military campaign”, a Nato sub-contract, in Afghanistan and Iraq. Imam Zekerija Qazimi would have recruited him at Kosovo and then he would have joined the Islamic Emirates in Iraq when this (...)

00:40

Empathy: What Our Dysfunctional World Needs Dissident Voice

Our species is capable of great compassion, kindness and tolerance; it is also capable of cruelty, selfishness and hate. Which of these characteristics dominate depends on another characteristic, namely empathy, defined as “the ability to understand and share the feelings of another”. This sharing of feeling could so easily be switched off if the “other” happens to have a different colour, religion or culture.

It is argued that empathy cannot be taught but could happen through our positive non-judgemental interaction with others. We need to listen and to imagine what it is like to be the other. It is always easier to interact with others if they belong to our group, and hence it is easy to empathise with them as they experience sufferings and hardships through life.

So the first step to be taken towards developing empathy is interaction, through which we can jump the psychological barriers that prevent us from reaching out to others who do not belong to our group. Our humanity is the bond that connects us all on this planet that we share with every living thing on it. Our survival as a species depends on cooperation between nations and individuals.

Exceptionalism applied to a state or to a group who identify themselves by their ethnicity, culture or religion has led to endless wars, genocide and slavery. Exceptionalism is the mechanism by which the “other” is dehumanised and by which our empathy is turned off.

It is a fact of life that a minority in a dominant culture gets judged by the actions of its worst individuals. This, in my view, is due to a lack of interaction between the minority community and the dominant community, the correcting mechanism that tells us that this is a very small minority within the minority group does not function as it should with many people.

So next time you see or hear in the news abou...

00:37

The Holocaust Industry in Canada Aletho News

By Yves Engler | Dissident Voice | January 2, 2017 Is a school lesson plan widely used across Canada aimed at fighting racism like its promoters say or is it also a clever cover for defending Jewish/white supremacy in the Middle East? A recent 12-page Canadian Jewish News insert about Elizabeth and Tony Comper raises […]

00:14

The Stage is Set for A Global Renaissance 2.0 Covert Geopolitics

“One of the problems with the classic definitions of the Renaissance proposed is that they celebrate the achievements of European civilization to the exclusion of all others. It is no coincidence that the period that witnessed the invention of the term was also the moment at which Europe was most aggressively asserting its imperial dominance … Continue reading The Stage is Set for A Global Renaissance 2.0

00:13

Turkish designer attacked at Istanbul airport for critical video Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Mayor of Ankara Melih Gokcek said the attack on Barbaros Sansal was revenge for provoking the 'Turkish nation'

00:08

US Ally Jails and Flogs Workers for Protesting Unpaid Wages The Anti-Media

Saudi-Workers-ProtestsDozens of workers have been sentenced to flogging and jail.

00:00

ZeroHedge: Washington Post Published Fake News Story About a Vermont Utility Getting Hacked by Russians Public Intelligence Blog

Washington Post Published Fake News Story About a Vermont Utility Getting Hacked by Russians

The propaganda coming out of the Washington Post isn’t even creative or convincing. It’s the type of nonsense that one instantly dismisses as the work of a lazy employee of the state. Look at this sensationalist headline posted by Washpo last night.

Russian hackers penetrated U.S. electricity grid through a utility in Vermont, officials say

Ooh, sounds menacing right? By the looks of it, the Russians were quickly working their vodka driven ways towards shutting down all of our lights, Christmas tree included. The only problem with this narrative is that it’s a complete fabrication.

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Tuesday, 03 January

23:55

NATO’s Playbook Of Proxy Wars In Middle East ThereAreNoSunglasses

NATO’s Playbook Of Proxy Wars In Middle East

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Since the times of the Soviet-Afghan jihad, during the eighties, it has been the fail-safe game plan of the master strategists at NATO to raise money from the oil-rich emirates of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE and Kuwait; then buy billions of dollars’ worth of weapons from the arms’ markets of the Eastern Europe; and then provide those weapons and guerilla warfare training to the disaffected population of the victim country by using the intelligence agencies of the latter’s regional adversaries. Whether it’s Afghanistan, Chechnya, Bosnia, Libya or Syria, the same playbook has been executed to the letter.

More to the point, raising funds for proxy wars from the Gulf Arab States allows the Western executives the freedom to evade congressional scrutiny; the benefit of buying weapons from the unregulated arms’ markets of the Eastern Europe is that such weapons cannot be traced back to the Western capitals; and using jihadist proxies to achieve strategic objectives has the advantage of taking the plea of plausible...

23:42

Assange To Hannity: “Our Source Is Not The Russian Government” The Anti-Media

Assange-HannityThe interview will mark Assange’s first face-to-face cable news appearance.

23:04

Tomgram: Engelhardt, It Can Happen Here (In Fact, It Did!) TomDispatch - Blog

Know thyself. It was what came to mind in the wake of Donald Trump’s victory and my own puzzling reaction to it...

22:59

Trump and israel: Reasons to worry Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Trump’s Self-Inflicted Policy Failures No other foreign policy issue can or will destroy Trump’s administration as clearly as becoming the lap dog for the Likudnik sociopaths. Anti-Semetic response meme – SARTRE – Even the most avid and enthusiastic Trump supporter needs to be critical of their most hopeful America First president. For a dose of […]

22:51

The Democratic Party Line That Could Torch Civil Liberties… and Maybe Help Blow Up the World War Is A Crime .org

By Norman Solomon

Many top Democrats are stoking a political firestorm. We keep hearing that Russia attacked democracy by hacking into Democratic officials’ emails and undermining Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Instead of candidly assessing key factors such as longtime fealty to Wall Street that made it impossible for her to ride a populist wave, the party line has increasingly circled around blaming Vladimir Putin for her defeat.

Of course partisan spinners aren’t big on self-examination, especially if they’re aligned with the Democratic Party’s dominant corporate wing. And the option of continually fingering the Kremlin as the main villain of a 2016 morality play is clearly too juicy for functionary Democrats to pass up -- even if that means scorching civil liberties and escalating a new cold war that could turn radioactively hot.

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22:20

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21:59

Saudi Arabia jails and flogs workers for unpaid wage protests Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Local media reports workers sentenced to prison and 300 lashes for destruction of public property and inciting unrest

21:45

The War Against Alternative Information Strategic Culture Foundation

The U.S. government is creating a new $160 million bureaucracy to shut down information that doesn’t conform to U.S. propaganda narratives, building on the strategy that sold the bloody Syrian “regime change” war, writes Rick Sterling...  

21:32

The Lawyer Who Defended Terrorists War Is Boring - Medium

‘Terror’s Advocate’ documents the incredible life of Jacques Vergès

21:22

Iraq’s VP al-Maliki: “Saudi Arabia Is the Breeding Ground for Terrorism in the Middle East” Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Iraqi VP Nouri al-Maliki: Saudi Arabia Is the Breeding Ground for Terrorism in the Middle East Iraqi Vice President Nouri al-Maliki has hailed Iran’s support for his country in the fight against terrorist groups, saying the Islamic Republic alone came to the help of Iraq in the war on Daesh Takfiri militants. The Iraqi armed […]

21:14

US-led coalition admits killing almost 200 civilians in Syria & Iraq

The US-led coalition has admitted to “unintentionally” killing at least 188 civilians in Syria and Iraq since 2014 when the airstrikes against Islamic State began. The majority of civilian casualty reports were rejected as “non-credible.”  

21:02

Turkey's about-face, by Thierry Meyssan Voltaire Network

President Vladimir Putin has announced that he has concluded a cease-fire agreement for Syria, with Turkey, which until now has been the main operational support for the jihadists. How may we explain this astonishing turn of events? Will President Erdoğan be able to turn his country away from the influence of the United States and towards that of Russia? What are the causes and the consequences of this dramatic reversal?

21:01

Good News: USA Frozen out of Syria Peace Plan Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Good News: US Frozen out of Syria Peace Plan Originally appeared at Ron Paul Institute As the US mainstream media obsessed last week about Russia’s supposed “hacking” of the US elections and President Obama’s final round of Russia sanctions in response, something very important was taking place under the media radar. As a result of […]

21:00

THE LATEST ON THE DOWNED RUSSIAN SOCHI AIRLINER Giza Death Star

Remember the Russian airliner that went down with the musicians of the Russian Army chorus on board, shortly after taking off from the Black…

The post THE LATEST ON THE DOWNED RUSSIAN SOCHI AIRLINER appeared first on Giza Death Star.

20:58

The Legacy of The “Democrat”, by Manlio Dinucci Voltaire Network

And so the double mandate of Barack Obama comes to an end: none of U.S. empire's strategic objectives have been fulfilled yet the president wraps up by taking several mandatory and oppressive measures. What will happen when an anti-imperialist succeeds him at the White House?

20:46

Istanbul nightclub massacre: Two arrested as hunt for killer continues Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Police arrest two foreigners at Ataturk airport, amid claims chief suspect in NYE attack fought for IS in Syria

20:45

America"s Lynch Mob "Democracy" Strategic Culture Foundation

The dark, infamous days of American lynch-mob rule and burning witches at stakes are back as never before. But not in backwater enclaves of benighted bigotry. Oh no, the modern lynch mobs are running amok in Washington’s seat of government, across prime TV and on the editorial pages of its supposed finest newspapers...

20:33

Welcome home ISIS! The Obama administration’s plan to reintegrate foreign terrorist fighters Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Welcome home ISIS! The Obama administration’s plan to reintegrate foreign terrorist fighters John Andrew Morrow               <!–15–> Outgoing FBI director, James Comey: his damaging leaks about Hillary Clinton’s private email server at opportune moments during the last days of the campaign probably impacted the final result of the US presidential election. So why would it be hard […]

20:20

The Absolutely Essential Distinction: Wars of Aggression are Not Equivalent to Wars of Self-defense Dissident Voice

Courtesy of Mohammad Hamza/Intifadastreet.com
War is an abomination. War is anathema. However, not all forms of war are the same. To understand war, and to assign culpability with clear conscience for the war and its outcomes, it is absolutely critical to differentiate between waging wars of aggression and wars of self-defense. One form of warfare, self-defense, is brought about by the imposition of the other form, war of aggression. Hence, any artificial equivalency is unacceptable between the two forms of war or between/among the warring parties.

Yet, to pay attention to definitions, launching a war of aggression is but terrorism on a massive and indiscriminate scale because there is no technology that can guarantee that weapons only target the fighters defending against aggression. The waging of war causes the death of civilians, including children, women, and the elderly and infirm. Thus, it is a no-brainer to be in solidarity with all those who seek the abolition of war as a means to resolve problems.

Finally, in seeking to abolish the institution of war, I must iterate that war is not just any regular abomination. War is not protesting civilian deaths as even the military of the aggressed nation are victims of war. War is not about the death of children and women as all sectors of the population regardless of age or gender are equally victims. War — especially a war of aggression when initiated by a militarily superior power against a militarily weak country — is the destroyer of societies; families; generations; emotional ties among people; history; the environment; economic structures and infrastructures, as well as the capital spent to build them; and reconstruction costs that do not give a damn about the human cost of war. War is the maker of refugees. When the United States invaded Iraq, millions of refugees were forced to leave Iraq; yet not even one single American left the United States because of that invasion. The current war waged against Syria has created 4.8 million external refugees and 6.6 million internal refugees.1

Jan Oberg, co-founder of the Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research, also feels revulsion for war. While he is adept at recognizing propaganda and disinformation (Oberg readily recognizes the propagandic ploy of the s...

20:06

Turkey’s support of Terrorist group Jabhat An-Nusra revealed in secret memo Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Turkish media have issued a letter indicating the Interior Ministry to provide assistance to terrorists in Syria Turkish “Newspaper Northern Anatolia” ( “Kuzeyanadolugazetesi”) has published a copy of a secret circular of the Minister of Internal Affairs, which indicated that the Turkish state has “full support” of a terrorist organization “Jabhat An-Nusra”, including transfer of […]

19:46

Syrian army advances as rebel groups put peace talks on hold Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Rebels said they were pulling out of discussions, due to take place in Astana, due to 'violations' by Damascus of a four-day-old truce

19:45

Spiteful Obama Lashes Out at Netanyahu and Putin (and Trump) But Hits America Too Strategic Culture Foundation

One need not admire Benjamin Netanyahu or Vladimir Putin or, for that matter, approve of Israeli or Russian conduct, to see Barack Obama’s recent efforts to punish the two states for what they really are. 

19:43

israel’s Above-the-Law Behaviour and Netanyahu’s childish temper tantrums Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Israel’s Above-the-Law Behavior Despite stern warnings from the U.N. and even the U.S., Israel continues its steady march toward becoming an apartheid state that relies on anti-Arab racism to justify its behavior, as Lawrence Davidson describes. By Lawrence Davidson Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threw a temper tantrum on Dec. 24 after the U.S. failed […]

19:31

Catholic Priest Accused of Organising Orgies in Rectory and Pimping Out 15 Women cryptogon.com

Just another day at the office. Via: Independent: An Italian priest is being investigated for allegedly organising orgies in his rectory and pimping out up to 15 lovers. Catholic Father Andrea Contin, a parish priest in the northern city of Padua in Veneto, is under police investigation on suspicion of living off immoral earnings and […]

19:28

‘Pro-israel’ Hawks Are No Good for the USA or israel Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

‘Pro-Israel’ Hawks Are No Good for the US or Israel  by Daniel Larison   By Daniel Larison • December 28, 2016, 6:22 PM <!– –> Bloomberg’s editorial condemning the U.S. abstention on UNSCR 2334 is comically overwrought: President Barack Obama’s ill-advised decision to order the U.S. to abstain on a United Nations resolution condemning Israeli settlements breaks […]

19:04

Svitlodarsk salient: tactical situation, achievements and perspectives InformNapalm.org (English)

InformNapalm editor’s note: In this publication we are presenting an analysis of the situation on the Svitlodarsk...

The post Svitlodarsk salient: tactical situation, achievements and perspectives appeared first on InformNapalm.org (English).

18:45

Romney on Russia Revisited Strategic Culture Foundation

Republican Mitt Romney has taken the neocon line, which spins the image of successive US presidents (Bill Clinton, George W Bush and Barack Obama) attempting to improve Washington's relations with Moscow - leaving the suggestion that Russian behavior makes that advocacy difficult. During his 2012 US presidential bid, Romney was ridiculed by the Democratic Party establishment for his belief that Russia posed the number one geopolitical (or existential) threat to the US...

17:50

An Intriguing Question: Massive Immigration to Israel by Russian Jews–Was it beneficial for Russia? Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Posted on January 1, 2017 by Richard Edmondson Starting in the year 1990, large numbers of Jews began leaving Russia and immigrating–primarily to Israel, but also to Europe and the US. If we focus in on the time period 1989-2006, the total number of Jewish emigres leaving Russia is believed to be about 1.6 million, […]

17:38

‘Analysis’ from BBC R4: Hizballah doesn’t threaten Israeli civilians BBC Watch

Even as the US Secretary of State was still speaking on the topic of the two-state solution on December 28th, the BBC Radio 4 programme ‘PM’ was already offering coverage of that long speech by John Kerry.pm-28-12

Included in that coverage was analysis (from 05:07 here) from Ian Bremmer of ‘Eurasia Group’ – parts of which might come as something of a surprise to anyone who has been following the news from Israel in recent years – including the thousands of missile attacks from the Gaza Strip and the terror attacks against Israelis which have taken over forty lives and wounded hundreds in the past 15 months.

“Well, in the long-term Kerry’s certainly correct that an imposed one-state solution is no way to build peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians. But certainly in the short and medium term – and this has been going on for more than just the Obama administrations – the amount of stability that the Israelis presently enjoy with a one-state solution – even if it’s not final – is perfectly fine for them. I mean, even the Israeli Left no longer talks much about a two-state solution because there’s just not much of a Palestinian threat against Israelis these days. They d...

17:15

Toilet Training Obama Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

[Ed. Note: Toilet training, a difficult task with infants as well as pets, can be as gratifying when its succeeds as it is frustrating when it fails Experts suggest the key is to have patience and be consistent, and no one has shown more patience with Obama than Putin in trying to save him from […]

17:09

For Auld Lang Jackass 2016 – 2017- Jim Willie

One year ends and a new one begins. That means it’s time to take stock of where we’ve been and where we’re going and few are better at pointing the way than The Golden Jackass. For this call, I asked Jim to primarily focus his comments on three, specific areas of interest for 2017: The…

17:00

Can Trump and Putin Avert Cold War II? Antiwar.com Original

In retaliation for the hacking of John Podesta and the DNC, Barack Obama expelled 35 Russian diplomats and ordered closure of their country houses on Long Island and Maryland’s Eastern shore. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned that 35 U.S. diplomats would be expelled. But Vladimir Putin stepped in, declined to retaliate at all, and invited […]

17:00

Washington Frozen Out of Syria Peace Plan Antiwar.com Original

As the US mainstream media obsessed last week about Russia’s supposed “hacking” of the US elections and President Obama’s final round of Russia sanctions in response, something very important was taking place under the media radar. As a result of a meeting between foreign ministers of Russia, Iran, and Turkey last month, a ceasefire in […]

16:41

#PizzaGate – Norway Exposes Horrifying Child Sex Trafficking Network And Trump Proposes The Death sentence For Offenders.

Both the New York Times and the Washington Post have been caught deleting and wiping archives of an AP story about a massive international pedophile ring that provides evidence for the kind of child trafficking activities being researched by citizen journalists and investigators. ____________________________________________ Trump: Pedophiles Deserve The Death Penalty Is Trump preparing to tackle…

15:50

UK Soldier, 113 Killed in Iraq; Bombs Blanket Baghdad Antiwar.com Original

Bombers struck several locations in Baghdad and Sadr City. Meanwhile, British soldier has died in a non-combat event.

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14:23

Education Coordinator Tony Jenkins World Beyond War . . .

Tony Jenkins, PhD, has 15+ years of experience directing and designing peacebuilding and international educational programs and projects and leadership in the international development of peace studies and peace education. Since 2001 he has served as the Managing Director of the International Institute on Peace Education (IIPE) and since 2007 as the Coordinator of the Global Campaign for Peace Education (GCPE). Professionally, he has been: Director, Peace Education Initiative at The University of Toledo (2014-16); Vice President for Academic Affairs, National Peace Academy (2009-2014); and Co-Director, Peace Education Center, Teachers College Columbia University (2001-2010). In 2014-15, Tony served as a member of UNESCO’s Experts Advisory Group on Global Citizenship Education.

Tony’s applied research has focused on examining the impacts and effectiveness of peace education methods and pedagogies in nurturing personal, social and political change and transformation. He is also interested in formal and non-formal educational design and development with special interest in teacher training, alternative security systems, disarmament, and gender.

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14:14

UBS Confess to Gold Rigging in New York – Deutche Bank Bent Bastards Who Should Go To Jail.

Exposé of UBS’s gold rigging, perjury, conspiracy to pervert the course of justice – and the involvement of BaFin, the SFO, the FCA and the US DoJ in these frauds. Deutsche Bank And Precious Metals Price Rigging – Part One : Mark Anthony Taylor and Katherine Frisk  Deutsche Bank Not The Russians Attempted To Stop…

14:02

Syrian star turned pizza boy dreaming of Hollywood ending Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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After fleeing Syria and struggling to make a living in Los Angeles, Jay Abdo is starting to land movie roles alongside Hollywood stars

13:55

How Is the Facebook Android App So Diabolical? cryptogon.com

Can anyone explain this one? During Christmas, I was over at a house with a bunch of family members. My brother in law’s girlfriend was there. Let’s call her Jane. She’s in IT and we were talking about how diabolical the Facebook Android app is. She had it on her phone anyway. I don’t have […]

12:48

Obama Setting-Up the Geo-Chessboard For Trump ThereAreNoSunglasses

[The only analysis I have read so far, which partially explains the Zionist stinkers in Trump’s bed of roses cabinet choices.  Before he even repeats the first words of his inaugural oath, Trump has already sworn allegiance to the Zionist enemy.]

Syria’s War Was Only Ever the Beginning

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With the liberation of the city of Aleppo in northern Syria, it appears that the Syrian government in Damascus is on its way to ending the highly destructive conflict now ongoing for nearly 6 years.

But to assume the Syrian conflict is on the verge of resolution is to assume the Syrian conflict was fought in a geopolitical vacuum, disconnected from regional, even global agendas.

In fact, the proxy war the West waged on Syria was considered for the years before it began, during its planning and preparation stages, as only a prerequisite for war with Iran and a greater global conflict to prevent the reemergence of Russia and the rise of China.

US Hegemony Seeks to Eliminate Rising Superpowers 

At the close of the Cold War, the US sought to establish and mainta...

12:11

Focus: Russian Hacking - Jan 2, 2017 War Is A Crime .org


According to both private cybersecurity firms and US intelligence agencies, there is no doubt that Russian group "Fancy Bear" (also known as Sofacy, APT 28, Sednit, Tsar Team or other names) hacked the Democratic party. Is Fancy Bear an agent of the Russian military intelligence service? I believe it is. Fancy Bear is well known by the cybersecurity experts and has been studied in the past at length. Since 2007, targets of Fancy Bear’s hacking have been Georgia and the Caucasus, Eastern European governments and militaries, Ukraine, US, Germany, UK, NATO, OSCE, Soros, etc. Lately it hacked the World Anti-Doping Agency in response to the WADA's recommendation to ban all Russian athletes from the Olympic games in Brazil. While China hacking conducts intellectual property theft, cybersecurity firm FireEye found that Fancy Bear 'has been targeting privileged information related to governments, militaries and security organizations that would likely benefit the Russian government.’ Another cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike states that Fancy Bear’s profile "closely mirrors the strategic interests of the Russian government."


During the years Fancy Bear’ hacking activity has grown in size, sophistication and scope. FireEye reports that Fancy Bear has continuously evolved its malware "using flexible and lasting platforms indicative of plans for long-term use and sophisticated coding practices;" it also uses obfuscation techniques to hide or disguise the code's true purpose and to prevent it from being detected. CrowdStrike has shown that Fancy Bear has the ability to run multiple and extensive intrusion operations concurrently; while it was hacking US political organizations was at the same time involved targeting European military organizations. CrowdStrike on Fancy Bear and another Russian hacking group "Cozy Bear": "Their tradecraft is superb, operational security second to none and the extensive usage of 'living-off-the-land' techniques enables them to easily bypass many security solutions they encounter. In particular, we identified advanced methods consistent with nation-state level capabilities including deliberate targeting and 'access management' tradecraft — both groups were constantly going back into the environment to change out their implants, modify persistent methods, move to new Command & Control channels and perform other tasks to try to stay ahead of being detected." This is not lone wolf or kiddie stuf...

12:05

California Cops Come Close to Killing Sleeping Man with Gun-Shaped Cell Phone Case PINAC News

After coming close to killing a man over a cell phone case shaped like a gun, police in California are warning citizens to think twice about using such devices.

After all, the next time could end “tragically,” as the Alhambra Police Department noted.

And we could have told you that knowing how cops will confuse anything for a gun, whether it be a smartphone with no gun-shaped attachment, a wallet or just a hand with an index finger extended, which have all gotten people killed by police.

The latest incident took place Thursday after after a man was found sleeping in his car in the parking lot of a grocery store, which sent alarm waves through the local police and fire departments.

The Alhambra Fire Department was the first to respond, but then they noticed the gun-shaped cell phone holder next to the sleeping man, which is when they called police.

The Alhambra Police Department showed up, spotted the case next to the sleeping man, then called the Special Enforcement Bureau of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, which is what they call their SWAT team.

Almost four hours after the fire department responded, the man apparently woke up and “surrendered,” even though he had broken no law.

This is how the Alhambra Police Department described it on its Facebook page:

Today (12/30/16), at 10:52 am, the Alhambra Police Department received a call from the Alhambra Fire Department stating they responded to the parking lot of Albertson store (Commonwealth Avenue/Fremont Avenue) regarding a possible medical issue of a subject in a vehicle. Upon the Alhambra Fire Department’s arrival, they noticed a male subject possibly sleeping or unconscious in the driver’s seat of a blue Suburban Vehicle and what appeared to be a gun next to him. At that point, they called the Alhambra Police Department and we responded. Once officers arrived, they looked through the vehicle’s window and saw a male subject sleeping or unconscious with what appeared to be a gun on his lap next to his hand.
We contacted the Special Enforcement Bureau of the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department for assistance. They responded and took over the investigation. At approximately 2:35 pm the subject surrender and came out of his vehicle with his hands up. The situation ended peaceful and it was determined what appeared to be a gun was actually a cellphone case of a gun. The male subject did not require any medical attention, was not arrested, and was sleeping in his vehicle.

The businesses are back to normal in the area and we would like to thank the citizens for their understanding during the investigation. We would also like to thank the Special Enforcement Bureau of the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department, Monterey Park Police Department, South Pasadena Police Department, and San Marino Police Depart...

12:00

2017: A Saudi existential crisis Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

Saudi's challenges spring from its diminished reputation, not dwindling oil revenues. Will its regional failures backfire at home?

11:39

Rebel groups freeze participation in Syrian peace talks Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Rebels said any territorial advances by pro-government forces would end the fragile ceasefire brokered by Russia and Turkey

11:15

ISIS responsible for Istanbul Night Club Attack? About that Santa Meme.... Penny for your thoughts

I  really want to address the whole Santa meme regarding this club attack-

After having looked high and low, I cannot find one image of this perp dressed as Santa Claus.
A dark  hat/jacket and pants, carrying a knapsack does not make a Santa Claus

Google image search  for Santa Claus

Can a reader please provide me an image of a red attired, fake white bearded perp at the Istanbul club? - Two embedded videos in the previous post show nothing remotely like a Santa Claus as most commonly known and identified.

Until I can verify an image of a Santa Claus gunman- I'm not taking the reports at face value.

HOWEVER... The claimed Santa sighting may serve a couple of purposes-

One Purpose?  May be to tie the shooter to some Turkish security/law enforcement who may have been attired as Santa Claus that night. There were a few claims to that affect.

Secondly... Santa is the bearer of gifts- The meme of a Santa attacker may have been transmitted as a message to interested participants- higher ups- the parties truly behind this attack- the ‘gift’ had been delivered.

From the previous post:
   “Private NTV news channel said the assailant entered the upscale nightclub, on the shores of the Bosporus, on the European side of the city, dressed in a Santa Claus outfit”
Curiously NTV has an interesting partnership. NTV from Turkey is partnered with MSNBC

Link
NTV - MSNBC is a television station in Turkey, providing News portal including contemporary, world, economy, health, life, technology, culture and arts, sports programming.
Mutual twitter: https://twitter.com/ntvmsnbc?lang=en
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11:06

The Holocaust Industry in Canada Dissident Voice

Is a school lesson plan widely used across Canada aimed at fighting racism like its promoters say or is it also a clever cover for defending Jewish/white supremacy in the Middle East?

A recent 12-page Canadian Jewish News insert about Elizabeth and Tony Comper raises the issue. According to the supplement, in 2005 the Bank of Montreal head and his wife Elizabeth started Fighting Anti-Semitism Together (FAST), a coalition of non-Jewish business leaders and prominent individuals. FAST sponsored a lesson plan for Grades 6 to 8 called “Choose Your Voice: Antisemitism in Canada”. Over 2.4 million students in 19,000 schools have been through the FAST program. A year ago FAST added Voices into Action, an anti-racism lesson for Canadian high schoolers that devotes a third of its plan to the Nazi Holocaust in Europe.

Unfortunately, FAST does not appear to be an example of business leaders struggling for social justice. Rather, it’s part of what Norman Finkelstein dubbed the “Holocaust Industry”, which exploits historical Jewish suffering to deflect criticism of Israeli expansionism.

In its “What We Stand For” FAST calls on Canadians “to speak out against all forms of bigotry, racism and hatred”, yet the Compers’ were honoured guests at a 2009 Jewish National Fund fundraiser in Toronto. Owner of 13 per cent of Israel’s land, the JNF discriminates against Palestinian–Arab citizens who make up a fifth of Israel’s population. (What would we think of anti-racist activists who attend KKK meetings?)

In a 2006 article titled “BMO head slams one-sided Israel critics the Canadian Jewish News reported on FAST’s Quebec launch: “Singling out Israel for blame in the Middle East conflict, even by those of good faith, is fanning anti-Semitism, Bank of Montreal president Tony Comper says. It may not be the intent, but the effect of condemning Israel alone is providing justification for hatred of Jews in Canada and internationally, Comper warned more than 400 business executives. … In underscoring the serious threat of anti-Semitism worldwide, Comper suggested that ‘a second Holocaust’ is possible if Iran acquires nuclear arms and attacks Israel.” In his speech Comper cited CUPE Ontario and the Toronto Conference of the United Church of Canada’s support for...

10:48

Police to Use Information from Internet Connected Appliances cryptogon.com

Via: Telegraph: High-tech washing machines and fridges will soon be used by detectives gathering evidence from crime scenes, experts have forecast. The advent of ‘the internet of things’ in which more devices are connected together in a world of ‘smart working’ could in future provide important clues for the police. Detectives are currently being trained […]

10:46

Fantasies About Russia Could Doom Opposition to Trump Foreign Policy Journal

Donald Trump speaking at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Gage Skidmore)

10:36

Empathy: What Our Dysfunctional World Needs Foreign Policy Journal

Afghan refugees (Hashoo Foundation USA/CC BY-SA 2.0)

10:15

Lebanese protocol The Angry Arab News Service/وكالة أنباء العربي الغاضب

Look at this hall in the prime ministerial headquarters in Beirut.  They placed the prime minister in the corner of the hall.  He looks like a student who is serving a punishment.

10:01

Head Choppers United: Terrorist Groups Planning to Move to Saudi Arabia, Arab States Following Defeats in Syria Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Terrorist Groups Planning to Move to Saudi Arabia, Arab States Following Defeats in Syria TEHRAN (FNA)- Media sources disclosed that a number of terrorist groups have decided to forward their forces to Saudi Arabia and other Arab states in the Middle East after devastating defeats in the battlefields across Syria. Waltir Net reported that recent […]

09:58

The EU’s New Year’s Resolution for the MENA region Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

The EU should consider boosting the economies of MENA countries akin to how the Marshall programme rebuilt Europe

09:48

US-backed coalition killed five family members in Yemen The Angry Arab News Service/وكالة أنباء العربي الغاضب

"At least five family members were killed on Sunday, when Saudi-led warplanes struck a family home twice in Yemen's central province of Marib, residents and rescuers said. The father, mother and three of their children died, whereas three other children from the same family were critically wounded and were rushed to the nearest hospital for treatment, one of the rescuers told Xinhua by phone. Residents said the house belonged to citizen Mohammed Mohsen al-Mahboobi in the district of Serwah in Marib province."

09:47

Tunisian security complicit in Mossad crimes there The Angry Arab News Service/وكالة أنباء العربي الغاضب

"To have genuine justice for the many Palestinians and Arabs who have been murdered in cold blood by the Israeli Mossad, we need to also “clean house” and expose and prosecute all those complicit in such crimes, especially those still in power."

09:47

anti-Semites for Zionism The Angry Arab News Service/وكالة أنباء العربي الغاضب

"We are now approaching the centennial of the British Original Sin in this tragedy, the Balfour Declaration. The British role in Palestine was a case of ‘hit & run’: The Balfour Declaration, in which the British gave away other people’s land, was the hit; and thirty years later, Resolution 181—Partition—was the run, leaving the Palestinians abandoned in a ditch. Zionism was of course among the incarnations of racial-nationalism that evolved in the late nineteenth century. Bigots were Zionism’s avid fans—it was the anti-Semites who championed the Zionists." (thanks Amir)

09:45

The other Ambassador Ford from UK The Angry Arab News Service/وكالة أنباء العربي الغاضب

"He said: "The British ForeignOffice to which I used to belong, I’m sorry to say has gotten Syria wrong every step of the way. "They told us at the beginning that Assad’s demise was imminent. They told us he’d be gone by Christmas. They didn’t say which Christmas, so they could still be proven correct. "But then they told us that the opposition was dominated by these so-called moderates. That proved not to be the case and now they're telling us another big lie – that Assad can’t control the rest of the country. Well I’ve got news for them – he’s well on the way to doing so." Mr Ford said that when the conflict started the UK should have either "put everything, including our own forces on to the battlefield, or if in our judgement – as it would have been my judgement – that was not realistic, refrain from encouraging the opposition to mount a doomed campaign." He claimed the UK’s tough talk on one hand, followed by little action to back rebels in Syria on the other had preceded a rebellion that had "only led to hundreds of thousands of civilians being maimed and killed"."

09:37

09:35

Ben Laden's mentor, `Abdullah Azzam, used to tour the US to mobilize Islamists on behalf of US-Saudi alliance The Angry Arab News Service/وكالة أنباء العربي الغاضب

Those pictures were taken from a US-sponsored tour of Azzam in the US, on college campuses (and hosted by Saudi-supported Muslim Arab student association).

09:33

Where are the tears of Western correspondents in Beirut? The Angry Arab News Service/وكالة أنباء العربي الغاضب

"U.S.-led strikes killed at least 188 civilians in Iraq and Syria, U.S. military says". So if this is the official number, it means you have to multiply it by a factor of two or three, at least.

09:25

Interesting myth-busting, honest documentary series about Russia on Indiegogo The Vineyard of the Saker

Dear friends, I wanted to draw you attention to an interesting project looking for crowdfunding on Idiegogo: it is called “Misrepresenting Russia – This is a unique opportunity to be

09:19

Playgrounds for Palestine Fig Trees and Vineyards

[ Ed. note – Playgrounds for Palestine is a charity that has two branches, one in the US and one in the UK. Both are “an expression of solidarity with the plight of children.” ] Peace in Our Name Think back to those hours and hours you spent on a single swing, or whooshing down […]

09:01

Syrian and Iraqi Christians living in US reflect on their homeland Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Syriac Christians who migrated to the US praise Assad's takeover of Aleppo and lament that they cannot return due to violence

08:44

Our Responsibility to Criticize Islam The Counter Jihad Report

The Catholic Thing, by William Kilpatrick, December 28, 2016: A Commonplace has emerged among media and political elites that criticism of Islam or even of radical Islam will only serve to drive moderate Muslims into the radical camp. That argument should … Continue reading

08:36

Hezbollah: Bishop Capucci Great Struggler, Supporter of Palestinians’ Legitimate Rights Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

  Hezbollah considered on Monday that Palestine and the entire Arab Umma (nation) lost a great struggler who had supported the Palestinians and their legitimate rights over decades, Bishop Hilarion Capucci. In a statement, Hezbollah stressed that Bishop Capucci had always worked to liberate the sanctities, obliterate the Zionist occupation, unite the Umma efforts and […]

08:33

Connecting the Dots Between Boston, Columbus and Berlin The Counter Jihad Report

Conservative Headquarters, by George Rasley, CHQ Editor | 12/28/16 After every Muslim terrorist attack the establishment media, and others who refuse to take the Koran at face value, seem astonished that a young Muslim “immigrant” or “refugee” would wreak death on innocent non-believers. They always want … Continue reading

08:31

Manpower shortage plagues Mosul offensive Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

With limited role for Shia militias and Kurdish fighters in the battle of Mosul, Iraqi troops are relying excessively on special forces

08:25

The Stuxnet Connection to Fukushima Fig Trees and Vineyards

[ Ed. note – Normally Dane Wigington of Geoengineering Watch doesn’t have a lot to say about Israel. But in this, the most recent installment of his weekly radio show, Wigington gets into a lengthy discussion not only about the UN Security Council resolution on Israeli settlements but also the likely connection between Stuxnet and […]

08:23

The Way to Peace: Israeli Victory, Palestinian Defeat The Counter Jihad Report

by Daniel Pipes Commentary January 2017 Israeli-Palestinian diplomacy sadly fits the classic description of insanity: “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” The identical assumptions – land-for-peace and the two-state solution, with the burden primarily … Continue reading

08:08

TIDBIT: AN INTERESTING NEW YEAR ADDRESS BY RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR ... Giza Death Star

I just watched this interesting New Year address by Russian President Vladimir Putin, and thought I'd pass it along.
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07:49

Here’s How We Prepare To Be Ungovernable In 2017 PopularResistance.Org

By Sarah Lazare for AlterNet - “We cannot and should not legitimize the transfer of authority to a right-wing populist who has neo-fascist orientations,” Kali Akuno told AlterNet over the phone. “We shouldn’t legitimize that rule in any form or fashion. We need to build a program of being ungovernable.” As the co-director of the Mississippi-based group Cooperation Jackson and an organizer with the nationwide Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, Akuno is one of countless people across the country working diligently to build a platform sturdy enough to confront Trump’s America.

07:44

Capture The Flag Iraq Veterans Against the War

This morning while driving back from the mountains from a hike I saw a big ol' bubba truck (a common mountain sight) flying an American flag from the back, whipping patriotically next to his Trump bumper sticker. I laughed, painfully.

07:17

Top Ten 2016 Events for the Russian Military Newsbud

In this thirteenth edition of the Russian Newspapers Monitor, Professor Filip Kovacevic discusses the front-page articles from four Russian newspapers: Izvestia, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, and Nezavisimoe Voenoe Obozrenie, and Argumenty i Facty. He focuses on the investigation into the causes of the crash of the Russian military plane near Sochi, the recent tensions in the relations between Belarus and Russia, the current political and military standoff in Ukraine, president Vladimir Putin’s annual press conference, and the ten most important events for the Russian military in 2016.

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Show Notes

Argumenty I Facty - Dec 28, 2016

Nezavisimaya Gazeta - Dec 27, 2016

Nezavisimaya Gazeta - Dec 28, 2016

Nezavisimoye Voennoye Obozreniye – Dec 23, 2016

Argumenty I Facty - Dec 28, 2016

07:16

The Battle for Mosul: IS' swansong or yet another shapeshifting ? (part 2) Sic Semper Tyrannis

By Patrick BAHZAD We are now over two months into the battle for Mosul, and the initial optimism has definitely faded away. The palpable sense of doggedness about the urban combat taking place in the Eastern parts of the city,...

07:13

IS claims attack on police station in Iraq's Samarra Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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The Islamic State group has recently launched a number of attacks in Iraq to divert attention from Mosul

07:12

Detailed Review Of DHS/FBI ‘Evidence’ Shows Russia Hacking Is Fake News PopularResistance.Org

By David Spring for Turning Point News - Many of the IP addresses yielded the same dead end or otherwise highly suspicious result - meaning that some very large agency is using hundreds of servers in various countries around the world as a front for hacking attacks. I recently researched a series of attacks on my personal websites from hundreds of IP addresses using hundreds of servers that were supposedly located in the Ukraine. I was able to confirm the exact location in the Ukraine that was supposedly being used to launch literally thousands of attacks on my websites. However, it is not credible that anyone in the Ukraine has the millions of dollars needed to be running hundreds of servers in a remote Ukrainian location.

06:59

2 Arrested After Dangling Alongside #NoDAPL Banner At Vikings Game PopularResistance.Org

By Eliott C. McLaughlin for CNN - The Minneapolis Police Department identified the climbers as Karl Mayo, 32, and Sen Holiday, 26. "They climbed up a metal guardrail to climb up these big trusses that hold up the roof," said Minneapolis police spokeswoman Sgt. Catherine Michal. Those sitting beneath the dangling protesters were evacuated as negotiators tried to persuade the climbers to return to solid ground, she said. Several fans posted images on social media, saying they noticed the banner in the first half of the game. Eric Biermann of Minneapolis told CNN he saw police gathering on the platform above banner.

06:49

Top Climate Stories To Watch In 2017 PopularResistance.Org

By Mike Gaworecki for Mongabay - 2016 was something of a mixed bag for the global climate. On the one hand, renewable energy use has never been higher — but on the other hand, 2016 brought with it news of record fossil fuel consumption, as well. Meanwhile, the Paris Climate Agreement went into force on November 4, far sooner than anyone ever expected, signaling a new era of international climate action — but just a few days later, the U.S., the second-largest emitter in the world, elected a new president who has called global warming a hoax and pledged to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement as soon as possible. Needless to say, 2017 is likely to be a pivotal year in the fight to halt global climate change and all of its impacts. Here, in no particular order, are some of the top stories to keep an eye on in the new year.

06:42

Al-Qaeda Cut Leaves 5 Million Thirsty In Damascus - Western Media Unconcerned Moon of Alabama

There is a humanitarian catastrophe unfolding in Syria and the "western" media ignore it. On December 22 al-Qaeda aligned Takfiris in the Wadi Barada valley shut down the main water supply for the Syrian capital Damascus. Since then the city...

06:37

Cities And Towns Gear Up For Resistance PopularResistance.Org

By Sally Neas for Yes! Magazine - This inconspicuous action was part of a growing national movement for strengthened community self-governance that has found new purpose as the reality of a Trump presidency fast approaches. It came in the form of a community bill of rights, a charter or ordinance that affirms certain rights within a municipality. Similar bills have granted the right to a clean environment, safe and affordable housing, health care, and worker’s rights, among others. President-elect Trump’s campaign promises, proposed policies, and cabinet appointments offer little confidence that environmentalists, women, people of color, low-wage workers, Muslims, immigrants, and those who identify as LGBTQ...

06:34

Good News: Washington Frozen Out of Syria Peace Plan The Anti-Media

Syria-Washington-Frozen-PeaceThe people of Syria are finally facing the possibility of rebuilding their lives.

06:30

Demonetisation: Bhasmasur’s Dance Of Death PopularResistance.Org

By Vijaya Kumar Marla for Counter Currents - As per mythology, one demon king, Bhasmasur had undertaken tapas to attract the attention of Shiva. His tapas was so powerful that earth and heaven were shaken and pleased with his devotion, Parameshwar appeared before him. Bhasmasur asked for a boon from Shiva, that he should have the power to destroy anything he lays his hands up on. Having promised, Parmeshwar had no option but to grant it. This demon king wanted to test whether the boon really works and so, he chased the Lord himself to put his hand up on his head. Bhasmasur had left a trail of death and destruction in his wake.

06:17

Nine Florida Cops Swarm Man for Recording Cops Running Stop Sign in Front of Police Station Where Wife Works PINAC News

South Florida cops detained a man after he recorded several officers running a stop sign outside the police station where his wife works last month.

The Delray Beach cops never admitted they detained him for recording them blatantly violating traffic laws.

But a recording of the call to dispatch reveals a department employee placed the call to report a “suspicious man” she observed backed into a parking spot “pointing a Sony camera where police vehicles are exiting.”

The call alarmed the cops enough to send several officers to stand by while a couple of them interrogated the man, who spoke to PINAC but wishes to remain anonymous.

When the man mentioned his right to be free from search or questioning without being suspected of a crime, Delray Beach cops said they had the right to detain him because of “weird times nowadays.”

“It’s just weird times nowadays, sir. We just wanna I–make sure you’re doing things right,” one cop said.

“Do you suspect me of [committing] a crime?” he responded.

“Your suspicious behavior,” Lieutenant Vinnie Gray says.

“Is that a crime?” the man asks calmly.

“The video camera is right on the dash at the level of the dash where the lens would be to see these vehicles exiting,” the department employee can be heard explaining to the dispatcher.

“I mean, you know, you can video tape the PD all you want, but that’s just weird.”

“Of course it’s weird,” the dispatcher snapped.

The police employee reported to the dispatcher she couldn’t see the man very well, and couldn’t really determine what the man was doing that would warrant contact from police, because of the glare on his windshield.

Gray, along with eight other cops, eventually arrived to deal with their perceived threat.

“What’s going on?” Gray asks in a friendly voice.

“I don’t know,” the man shrugs. “I’m sitting here waiting for my wife, OK? I’m filming four or five or six cop cars blow that stop sign,” he says pointing to the sign.

“And I think it’s funny. You know, that you guys enforce the law…. So, I’m just sitting here and all of a sudden, this guy rolls up like a SWAT team or something, like I’m doing something wrong here. All I’m doing is filming you guys run the stop sign as I’m waiting for my wife come out.”

“Does that seem like suspicious behavior to you?”

Lt. Gray leans his head into the driver’s side window and asks the man to roll down his window.

“No. I’d prefer not to, with all due respect. OK?”

“You’re waiting for your wife, getting your wife involved, if you would have just let officers know why youR...

06:13

US military buildup around Russia meant to bankrupt Moscow: Petras Aletho News

Press TV – January 2, 2016 The United States is attempting to bankrupt Russia’s economy by encircling it through military buildup, an American writer and political commentator says. James Petras, a professor emeritus of sociology at Binghamton University in Binghamton, New York, and adjunct professor at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia in Canada, […]

06:05

Rev. Barber Calls For Boycott In NC After GOP Power Grab PopularResistance.Org

By Amanda Terkel for The Huffington Post - The Rev. William Barber, head of the North Carolina NAACP and a leading voice on civil rights, is calling for a national economic boycott of his state due in part to its General Assembly’s failure to repeal the anti-LGBTQ law known as HB2. “We did it in South Carolina when they raised the Confederate flag,” he said. “We must do it, we believe, as this new legislature is trying to raise a new Confederacy, in policy, right here in North Carolina.” Barber said Thursday that his chapter would draft a letter to the national board of the NAACP later this month and ask for a boycott.

05:59

Manufactured hysteria - once again. Sic Semper Tyrannis

"The New York Times was more aggressive, writing flatly, "Obama Strikes Back at Russia for Election Hacking." It backed up its story with a link to a joint FBI/Homeland Security report that details how Russian civilian and military intelligence services...

05:56

As Resistance Grows, Trump’s Deportation Plans Unravel PopularResistance.Org

By Lauren McCauley for Common Dreams - Cost, impossible logistics, political opposition, and community resistance could spell the end of the president-elect's anti-immigrant scheme. President-elect Donald Trump built his campaign on a pledge to build a wall and deport two to three million undocumented immigrants, but the likelihood that his promises will be kept are looking increasingly slim, as reality takes hold and lawmakers and community leaders begin to build their resistance. The failure to execute Trump's oft-repeated deportation plans could "be one of the first reality checks on his administration," Politico reported Friday.

05:55

False Prophets and False News: Time for New Beginnings Aletho News

By James Petras :: December 30, 2016 Introduction: There are deep flaws in the blogs, media reports, and official statements, which purport to describe world historic events and changes. These so-called ‘up-to-date’ reports of major world events undergo repeated revisions in hours, days or weeks as the story is being ‘played out’. What might start […]

05:52

The Trump Administration Should Treat Islamists Like The Mafia The Counter Jihad Report

The analogue is so close that, reading public statements from the early 1970s and replacing ‘Italian’ with ‘Muslim,’ you’d be hard-pressed to spot the incongruence. The Federalist, by David Reaboi and Kyle Shideler, January 2, 2017: Thousands attend their rallies, … Continue reading

05:49

Flint Mom-Turned-Activist Describes City’s Disturbing Declining Health PopularResistance.Org

By Mnar Muhawesh for Mint Press News - MINNEAPOLIS — For almost three years, the residents of Flint, Michigan, have had poison running through their pipes. The city’s water supply has been tainted by lead and other dangerous pollutants since the city started drawing its water from the polluted Flint River in April of 2014 in an effort to cut costs in the economically depressed city. By January of 2015, city officials were ensuring their own supplies of clean bottled water. And the governor’s office was informed of the toxic water in February. But it wasn’t until October that year that residents were warned to stop consuming the city’s toxic water.

05:43

One Child Dies Every 10 Minutes In Yemen As US-Backed War Continues The Anti-Media

famine-yemenPoverty, disease, and starvation are taking a heavy toll on the country’s children.

05:41

Unions Help All Workers Earn More PopularResistance.Org

By Staff of Teamsters - Union members aren’t the only ones hurt when labor’s slice of the workforce pie gets smaller, a report confirms. In fact, research by the Economic Policy Institute shows all workers today are making less than they would if union density was at its 1979 level. Between 1979 and 2013, the share of private-sector workers in a union fell from about 34 percent to 10 percent among men, and from 16 percent to 6 percent among women. For women, the result is $718 less in pay per year. But for men, lost pay balloons to nearly $2,725 a year. As EPI notes, “Unions keep wages high for nonunion workers for several reasons. Union agreements set wage standards that nonunion employers follow.

05:40

New Year Speech to the Muslim World The Counter Jihad Report

Gatestone Institute, by Nonie Darwish, January 1, 2017: By Western standards, military rule is shunned as an oppressive form of government, but in the Islamic world it is the only buffer of protection from the tyranny of total sharia law that … Continue reading

05:40

05:14

Michigan Jailer Fired for Ignoring Suicidal Inmate’s Pleas for Help as She Hung Herself Reinstated with Back Pay PINAC News

Before she strapped a bra around her neck and tried to hang herself from a prison shower head in Women’s Huron Valley Correctional Facility in Michigan, Janika Edmond asked prison guards for a suicide prevention vest.

But state corrections officers Kory Moore and Dianna Callahan blew her off, mocking her instead, talking amongst themselves about a bet they had placed on whether or not the inmate would ask for the vest.

Callahan had won the bet, so she started taunting Moore about how she now owed her a Subway sandwich.

Meanwhile, the weight of Edmond’s body on the shower head caused the bra to break, resulting in the 25-year-old mentally ill inmate falling to the floor and landing on the back of her head.

Several minutes went by before the guards noticed the inmate was lying in a pool of blood dying, the inmate’s choking sounds recorded on a prison video feed.

She was eventually rushed to the hospital but was taken off life support four days later after it was determined she was brain dead.

The incident took placed on November 2, 2015, resulting in both guards placed on administrative leave before they were fired four months later.

It was only then, after reading a local news report about the terminations, that Michigan State Police became aware of Edmond’s death, launching a criminal investigation into the matter.

That investigation led to involuntary manslaughter and willful neglect of duty charges against Callahan last month and she is now facing 15 years in prison, according to MLive.com.

But Moore was not only cleared of any criminal charges, she managed to win her job back through an arbitration process with the help of her union.

She will also receive back pay for the nine months she did not work since she was fired, MLive.com reported last week.

And she will return to her supervisory position as a resident unit manager and prison counselor, a position she received in August 2015, less than three months before Edmond’s death.

In fact, she was Callahan’s supervisor the day they mocked Edmond for asking for a suicide prevention vest.

According to the police complaint, Callahan caused Edmond’s death through negligent omission and  by failing to “fulfill her legal duty to timely and properly respond to a suicidal statement by an inmate.”

Just 20 minutes before she was found unconscious on the prison shower floor, Edmonton told jailers she “should kill herself” and requested a suicide prevention vest.

Her request for the vest was denied.

“Ther