DISGUSTING JEWESS SARAH SILVERMAN MOCKS JESUS IN NEW SHOW PROMO

DISGUSTING JEWESS SARAH SILVERMAN MOCKS JESUS IN NEW SHOW PROMO

REPORT BY INFOSTORMER

I really dislike this disgusting and vulgar Jewess Sarah Silverman. Here she is mocking Jesus in a promo for her new Netflix show.

How the hell does this horrible bitch still have a career? Who is her audience?

She like many Jews hate Jesus greatly. She previously said during one of her unfunny comic routines that she would kill Jesus a second time.

To all of you Christian Zionists out there who think Jews and Israel are so great I would encourage you to see what’s coming out of the mouth of this evil Jewess. It should make you rethink your support for these people. They were responsible for killing the man who is at the center of your religion. They do not deserve your support. They deserve your contempt.

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Brexodus: Rootless Cosmopolitans Move on to Their Next Hotel

Diversity Macht Frei
June 30, 2017

Here are some extracts from Joris Luyendijk’s article (“Brexodus has begun. We EU nationals know staying on is too big a gamble”) in the Guardian. I seem to recall someone saying previously that Joris Luyendijk was Jewish, but I’m not absolutely sure. The Brexodus wordplay does, of course, evoke Jewish history, or rather mythology since there is no evidence their fabled Exodus ever took place.

In any case he’s clearly a rootless cosmopolitan in the classic Jewish vein, someone with no enduring commitment to the country he lives in, no emotional attachment to its people, even a brooding suspicion and hint of hostility towards them.

EU nationals in the UK have first-hand experience of the British government and state. We have seen that this country is not even able to run its trains properly or sort out fire safety. We understand that our rights in Theresa May’s offer could be revoked post-Brexit at any time, and we have seen the pressure that the xenophobic and hysterically Europhobe tabloid press can bring to bear on politicians (“traitors”) and judges (“enemies of the people”).

Highly educated EU nationals know that they have highly sought-after skills – many of us are not in British jobs taken by Europeans but in European jobs done in Britain. Why not take that job with us back to the EU? And why risk investing in a country that could turn on you at any moment?

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Here is the comment I posed on the Guardian site.

Good riddance. We want a people who are absolutely, unshakeably committed to the long-term well-being of this nation, not those who regard it as a mere residence of convenience, like some hotel whose decor or T&Cs they happen to like. It is precisely your rootless cosmopolitan vision that the British people rejected in their referendum vote.

This was promptly deleted “because it didn’t abide by our community standards”.

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SPLC is Suing Anglin! Donate Now to STOP THESE KIKES

weev
Daily Stormer
April 27, 2017

tl;dr: Anglin’s being sued by the SPLC for lawful, First Amendment-protected criticism of Jewry. The site needs a huge chunk of cash to keep going. Right now.

Ways to donate:

Bitcoin (stack them satoshis a megabyte high) is always the most useful currency, because it can’t be seized easily by court orders:

19m9yEChBSPuzCzEMmg1dNbPvdLdWA59rS

Cash, checks, or money orders can go to this address, and can be processed without fees taking a significant chunk:

Andrew Anglin
PO Box 208
Worthington, Ohio
43085

Send donations of significant size via Bitcoin or check if possible.

And finally, for this particular case, there is a crowdfund supporting credit cardsup at Wesearchr.

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It all started when realtor named Tanya Gersh attempted to extort Sherry Spencer out of a building she built in retaliation for the political views of her son, known white nationalist Richard Spencer.

Here’s Sherry Spencer’s statement:

On November 22, Gersh and I spoke on the phone. She relayed to me that if I did not sell my building, 200 protesters and national media would show up outside — which would drive down the property value — until I complied. Gersh’s other conditions included that I make a public denunciation of my son in a statement written by the Montana Human Rights Network and that I make a donation to this organization from the sale of the property. As Gersh announced on Facebook, she was “spear heading” the campaign. ….

Gersh followed up on her conditions in a number of emails, which I’ve just made public. She even shamelessly suggested that she act as my realtor! In other words, she and the local “human rights” organizations appeared to seek financial benefit from threats of protests and reputation damage.

Tanya Gersh was making statements against Sherry Spencer in the media to further this campaign, making her a public political activist legally subject to criticism from the public.

Thus in response this website’s editor Andrew Anglin invited his readers to make legal, non-threatening critiques of Tanya Gersh’s politically motivated extortion scheme:

Just make your opinions known. Tell them you are sickened by their Jew agenda to attack and harm the mother of someone whom they disagree with.

Again – as always – don’t make any threats of violence and certainly don’t do anything violent. Don’t ever do anything illegal, ever. It is well within your rights to tell these people what you think of their actions, trying to extort Richard Spencer’s family.

Tanya Gersh is now suing Andrew Anglin with the Southern Poverty Law Center for hundreds of thousands of dollars for daring to invite the public to comment on her despicable extortion scheme.

If Anglin doesn’t get money for a legal defense, The Daily Stormer will disappear. Unfortunately, lawyers from an arbitrary jurisdiction can’t appear pro hac vice without appearance of a local counsel per the rules of Montana District Court, so we have to come up with a king’s ransom for Anglin to fight a federal civil case.

Stormer needs a six figure sum to survive.

This matters to everyone on the Internet

Gersh v. Anglin is a flagrant violation of the rights of the whole Internet to criticize public figures.

Tanya Gersh attempted to extort Sherry Spencer out of a building, and yet she gets to play the victim and try to silence her critics? In the complaint Tanya Gersh makes risible lies about how she was simply just trying to help Sherry Spencer after making public condemnations of her building funding racism in the press.

This is purely an attack on the Stormer, because the Jews can’t stand to have us spread the truth.

If this is not fought, a major alt-right press outlet will die and history will record Gersh’s wicked lies of just being a helpful realtor trying to faithfully assist Sherry Spencer, instead of the truth of her being a contemptible manipulator trying to steal from the mother of a man she would see silenced.

Constitutional scholars unaware of the lies of Tanya Gersh are already noting the Constitutional problems with the case:

The biggest problem for the Southern Poverty Law Center is that the worst comments are not made by Anglin himself, the defendant, but by third parties, Banville said. Legally, under the Communications Decency Act of 1996, anyone who publishes online isn’t responsible for comments generated by others.

Beyond that, the complaint doesn’t even establish that authentic Stormers are even responsible for any of the threatening language Gersh took issue with. Just last month, ADL’s Director Oren Segal was attempting to pin the blame on a contributor to The Daily Stormer for a series of bomb threats to Jewish Community Centers. The FBI later discovered that these bomb threats were made by an Israeli national. We all know who is really responsible for violent anti-Semitic threats all around the world. It is the same people every time. Gersh’s own people forged any and all threats to her.

This case will be blown open so hard when Tanya Gersh’s lies are revealed in a court of law.

This is the last stand of the alt-right. Democratic process has failed us, and only our memes remain. Do not let the meme wells die by the perfidy and lies of the wicked. The indictment has loads of issues. If this is fought hard and well, Anglin will win and Gersh will be forced to pay out all the cash for the legal fees. Let us fight together now to see Gersh crushed and a lien put on her house. Gersh should be made to lose her home, just as she tried in wickedness to force Sherry Spencer’s loss of hers, and now the Stormer’s loss of his.

Don’t let the SPLC outspend the lulz.

Donate now!

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Politico: Has The SPLC Lost Its Way?

Hunter Wallace
Occidental Dissent
June 30, 2017

Editor’s Note: There has recently been a lot of blowback against the SPLC.

Ben Schreckinger has a new article in Politico about how the SPLC has gone from fighting the Klan to setting itself up as the hall monitor of American politics:

“But today, the group is best known for its “Intelligence Project,” which has essentially cornered the market on identifying and tracking hate groups, as well as extremists and “hate incidents.” The Intelligence Project’s 15 full-time and two part-time staffers (it’s in the process of hiring five more) pump out reports that are regularly cited by just about every major mainstream media outlet, including Politico, and their researchers have become the go-to experts for quotes on those topics.

The SPLC’s hate group and extremist labels are effective. Groups slapped with them have lost funding, been targeted by activists and generally been banished from mainstream legitimacy. This makes SPLC the de facto cop in this realm of American politics, with all the friction that kind of policing engenders. …

The Klan may be out of commission, but Dees says these new tactics of organized American racism are “just as bad as burning up this building. He just burned up an individual in a small town.”

Trump supporters, of course, would disagree. Trump campaigned as a rebel against political correctness, and in a sense his election was a backlash against the power amassed by liberal groups like the SPLC—a rejection of the idea that liberal activists should determine what views are considered out of bounds in American politics. …”

Ben is right.

In recent years, the SPLC has made a number of moves which have shredded its legitimacy on the Right: participating in the Black Lives Matter protests in Ferguson, hiring one of the Jena 6 thugs as a “community advocate,” rushing to blame the Gabrielle Giffords shooting in Tuscon on the Tea Party, labeling figures like Ben Carson, Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Charles Murray haters and extremists, labeling the Family Research Council a “hate group,” targeting all Confederate monuments in the South for destruction, ignoring countless black-on-white mass shootings which don’t fit the Narrative and ignoring political violence against Trump supporters and Republicans.

There’s nothing “objective” about what the SPLC does. It tries to stigmatize groups and individuals as “haters” and “hate groups” and “extremists” based solely on their politics and how they fit into their Narrative. A good example of this is the Dylann Roof shooting in Charleston. A month later the jihadist Muhammad Abdulazeez struck in Chattanooga. The SPLC ignored the story just like it has ignored the half dozen or so black-on-white and anti-police mass shootings (Micah X. in Dallas, Cosmo Setepenra in Baton Rouge, Ismaaiyl Brinsley in New York City, Vester Flanagan II in Roanoke, Kori Allen Muhammad in Fresno, Chris Harper Mercer in Roseburg) that have occurred since then. Whenever the SPLC finds a mentally ill White male who can be of service to the Narrative like Dylann RoofJeremy Christianor Jared Loughner, we never hear the end of it. It becomes a “story about hate.”

We all remember the time Floyd Corkins tried to murder the leaders of the Family Research Council and stuff their faces with Chick-fil-A sandwiches smeared in their blood. He was “inspired” by the SPLC’s hate group list. James Hodgkinson, the Alexandria shooter, “liked” the SPLC on Facebook. The SPLC is about as objective as Mother Jones in its reporting on “hate” in America. Amazingly, this “watchdog” doesn’t list any of the openly violent antifa groups in the United States as “hate groups.”

The liberal and progressive journalists who are in collusion with the SPLC are equally partisan. Only 7 percent of journalists in America are Republicans and they are overwhelmingly concentrated in a handful of Democratic urban enclaves. There are 12x more liberal professors in academia. It is all one big incestuous bubble talking to each other and pushing narratives. In the SPLC’s case, the money comes from scaring little old Jewish ladies in the North and West with junk mail. In CNN’s case, the Russia Narrative is about titillating liberals with fake news and an exciting conspiracy theory in order to drive up ratings and ad revenue. It is on the same level as Infowars on Jade Helm.

The one positive thing Trump has done is to dismiss all of them as fake news. They have lost their legitimacy. Everyone knows what they are about now and only defer to them out of habit.

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Angry New York Times’ Staffers Walk Out over Planned Layoffs

  • The New York Times Building in midtown Manhattan

    The New York Times Building in midtown Manhattan | Photo: Reuters

Published 29 June 2017
The president of the NewsGuild of New York called the expected layoffs “humiliating.”

Hundreds of journalists — many of them copy editors at the New York Times — walked out from their offices Thursday and staged a protest in front of the newspaper’s office in response to management talk of cutting the copy editing department in half.

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“Top managers sat stone-faced at desks as staffers gathered about them and then walked out via the stairways,” Poynter, a journalism training website, reported.

“New York Times editors, reporters, and staff will come together to leave the newsroom and their offices in protest of management’s elimination of copy editors,” said a statement by the NewsGuild of New York.

Calling the expected layoffs a “humiliating process,” NewsGuild President Grant Glickson, wrote in an open letter, “Cutting us down to 50 to 55 editors from more than 100, and expecting the same level of quality in the report, is dumbfoundingly unrealistic.”

On Wednesday afternoon, nearly two dozen editors also wrote a letter to Executive Editor Dean Baquet and Managing Editor Joe Kahn expressing their outrage over the cuts and demanding they reconsider the move.

Banquet said in a statement, that the newspaper has a higher ratio of editors to reporters than its competitors.

“After a year and a half of uncertainty about their futures, New York Times editors and staff have expressed feelings of betrayal by management. The staff has been offered buyouts and if a certain number of buyouts is not reached, layoffs will ensue for the editorial staff and potentially reporters as well,” Glickson wrote.

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NATO to Continue Occupation, Sending Thousands more Troops to Afghanistan

  • NATO has said that the 13,000 U.S. and NATO troops currently in Afghanistan is not enough.

    NATO has said that the 13,000 U.S. and NATO troops currently in Afghanistan is not enough. | Photo: REUTERS

Published 30 June 2017 (5 hours 15 minutes ago)
The NATO Secretary General said that he did not see an end to operations “this year, or next, or in the near future.”

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization announced on Thursday that it will be sending several thousand more troops to Afghanistan, saying they did not see an end to the operations “in the near future.”

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told press that the 13,000 troop force currently occupying Afghanistan was “too low,” and that several thousand more troops will be added to operation “Resolute Support” through 2017 “and beyond.”

“Our military authorities have requested a few thousand more troops for the mission in Afghanistan and today I can confirm that we will increase our presence in Afghanstan,” the Secretary General said Thursday.

“We do not believe that this operation in Afghanistan will be simple and we do not think it will be peaceful this year or next or in the near future,” he continued.

Stoltenberg has previously called Afghanistan a “generational” effort, rather than a “one-off event,” speaking in February.

The Secretary General said that 15 out of 29 NATO member nations have pledged to support the troop presence increase, and that he is expecting more to join.

While he emphasized several times that the NATO troops were not there for combat, but rather “training, assisting, and advising,” of Afghani troops, he also said that the move was intended to break what he called a battlefield “stalemate.”

Earlier this month U.S. Defense Secretary Mattis indicated that the United States was “not winning” its two-decade war, and requested troop levels to be adjusted. Currently, United States forces account for over half of the total NATO allied troops in the country.

“Its not like you can declare a war over,” Mattis said. “What is the price of not fighting this war? And in that case we’re not willing to pay that price.”

British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon has said that the United Kingdom would be in Afghanistan “for the long haul,” and has committed to sending troops to bolster the NATO effort.

NATO defense spending is also on the rise, which Stoltenberg said he was “glad” about.

“I’m glad to say that we expect this will be the third consecutive year of accelerating defense spending increases across European allies and Canada, with a 4.3 percent real increase in defense spending,” he said.

The NATO Secretary General said the organization will “always honor” their soldiers who “paid the ultimate price.” While at least 2,000 U.S. soldiers have died in Afghanistan since the 2001 invasion, it is Afghani civilians who have born the brunt of the violence resulting from the invasion, with at least 30,000 killed violently in a conservative estimate by Brown University’s Watson Institute.

New batch of Turkish troops arrives in Qatar

Joint exercises, expected to start after Eid al-Fitr, could eventually draw up to 1,000 Turkish soldiers to Qatar.

The Turkish military base in Qatar is a first for Turkey in the Arab World [Reuters]

Qatar’s ministry of defence has announced the arrival of a new group of Turkish armed forces to the military base where Turkey began its training mission last week.

The forces are set to take part in joint exercises within the framework of a defence agreement signed between Doha and Ankara aimed at raising Qatar’s defence capabilities, supporting “counter-terror” efforts, and maintaining security and stability in the region.

Khalid bin Mohammed al-Attiyah arrived on Thursday to Ankara where he is scheduled to meet with his Turkish counterpart Fikri Ishik as well as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkey’s parliament on June 8 approved 2015 deal with Qatar aimed at strengthening military cooperation between the two states, which gave Turkey the right to establish military bases in Qatar and deploy military forces.

The deal’s approval came three days after Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries severed diplomatic ties with Qatar over allegations that it supports “terrorism” and is too close to Iran – charges Doha has repeatedly denied.

Five armoured vehicles and 23 military Turkish military personnel arrived to Doha on June 18. At the time, Turkey’s Hurriyet newspaper reported there were already at least 88 Turkish soldiers in Qatar.

The number of Turkish soldiers sent to the Gulf state could eventually reach 1,000, Turkish daily Hurriyet reported, adding that an air force contingent was also envisaged.

Joint exercises were expected to start after the Eid al-Fitr holiday.

The Turkish military base in Qatar is a first for Turkey in the Arab World.

Source: Al Jazeera News


UN’s Zeid: Call to shut Al Jazeera unacceptable attack

High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein says Saudi-led campaign to close the network is ‘extraordinary, unprecedented’.

A host of groups have condemned the efforts to pressure Qatar into shutting down Al Jazeera [Tamila Varshalomidze/Al Jazeera]

The UN human rights chief has called the demand by a Saudi-led bloc to close Al Jazeera an “unacceptable attack on the right to freedom of expression and opinion”.

UN High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein “is extremely concerned by the demand that Qatar close down the Al Jazeera network, as well as other affiliated media outlets”, Hussein’s spokesman Rupert Colville said on Friday.

“Whether or not you watch it, like it, or agree with its editorial standpoints, Al Jazeera’s Arabic and English channels are legitimate, and have many millions of viewers,” Colville added.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic ties with Qatar and imposed sanctions on the country on June 5, accusing it of supporting “terrorism”, an allegation Doha has rejected as “baseless”.

Last week, the Saudi-led bloc gave Qatar 10 days to comply with 13 demands to end a major diplomatic crisis in the Gulf, insisting, among other things, that Doha shut down Al Jazeera, close a Turkish military base and scale down ties with Iran.

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The demands also included the closure of all news outlets that Qatar allegedly funds, directly and indirectly, including Arabi21, Rassd, Al Araby Al Jadeed, Mekameleen and Middle East Eye.

Colville said that “if states have an issue with items broadcast on other countries’ television channels, they are at liberty to publicly debate and dispute them”, adding that “to insist that such channels be shut down is extraordinary, unprecedented and clearly unreasonable.”

He also said that if a closure were to happen, “it would open a Pandora’s Box of powerful individual states or groups of states seriously undermining the right to freedom of expression and opinion in other states, as well as in their own.”

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Al Jazeera has described the Saudi-led campaign as “nothing but an attempt to silence the freedom of expression in the region and to suppress people’s right to information and the right to be heard”.

Giles Trendle, the acting managing director of Al Jazeera’s English-language service, also denounced the demands by the Arab states as an attempt to suppress free expression.

“We are stunned by the demand to close Al Jazeera,” Trendle said. “Of course, there has been talk about it in the past, but it is still a great shock and surprise to actually see it in writing. It’s as absurd as it would be for Germany to demand Britain to close the BBC.”

He added that Al Jazeera is going to continue its “editorial mission of covering the world news in a fair and balanced way”.

Growing list of support

Hussein joins the growing list of individuals and organisations that have expressed their support for Al Jazeera.

On Wednesday, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) urged the Saudi-led bloc to drop its demand to shut down Qatar-funded media outlets.

In a letter directed to the leaders of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt, the CPJ stressed it was not taking sides in the diplomatic dispute in the Gulf.

The CPJ, an independent organisation that promotes press freedom worldwide, said the demand to close the outlets, including Al Jazeera, showed “clear contempt for the principle of press freedom”.

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On Monday, a trade association representing more than 80 media companies voiced its support for Al Jazeera amid the Saudi-led campaign to have the network shut down.

“It is vital we value and protect the independence of media organisations and journalists around the world. Any effort to silence journalists or use news organisations as a bargaining chip is an affront to freedom,” a statement by the Digital Content Next association said.

Last week, The Guardian newspaper said in an editorial that the demand by the Saudi-led bloc was “wrong”.

“The attack on Al Jazeera is part of an assault on free speech to subvert the impact of old and new media in the Arab world. It should be condemned and resisted,” the editorial published by The Guardian on Friday said.

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Media watchdogs, human rights groups and prominent commentators have also condemned the demand to close Al Jazeera as “outrageous”, “absurd” and “worrying”.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, Qatar’s foreign minister, has said that Al Jazeera Media Network is an “internal affair” and there will be no discussion about the fate of the Doha-based broadcaster during the diplomatic crisis.

The UAE ambassador to Russia said in an interview with The Guardian newspaper on Tuesday that his country does “not claim to have press freedom”.

He was responding to a question about whether the demand to close Al Jazeera was reasonable.

“We do not promote the idea of press freedom. What we talk about is responsibility in speech,” he said.

Source: Al Jazeera News

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Washington Has Been at War for 16 Years: Why? By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts

“What Planet Earth, and the creatures thereon, need more than anything is leaders in the West who are intelligent, who have a moral conscience, who respect truth, and who are are capable of understanding the limits to their power”. Paul Craig Roberts

For sixteen years the US has been at war in the Middle East and North Africa, running up trillions of dollars in expenses, committing untold war crimes, and sending millions of war refugees to burden Europe, while simultaneously claiming that Washington cannot afford its Social Security and Medicare obligations or to fund a national health service like every civilized country has.

Considering the enormous social needs that cannot be met because of the massive cost of these orchestrated wars, one would think that the American people would be asking questions about the purpose of these wars. What is being achieved at such enormous costs? Domestic needs are neglected so that the military/security complex can grow fat on war profits.

The lack of curiousity on the part of the American people, the media, and Congress about the purpose of these wars, which have been proven to be based entirely on lies, is extraordinary. What explains this conspiracy of silence, this amazing disinterest in the squandering of money and lives?

Most Americans seem to vaguely accept these orchestrated wars as the government’s response to 9/11. This adds to the mystery as it is a fact that Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan, and Iran (Iran not yet attacked except with threats and sanctions) had nothing to do with 9/11. But these countries have Muslim populations, and the Bush regime and presstitute media succeeded in associating 9/11 with Muslims in general.

Perhaps if Americans and their “representatives” in Congress understood what the wars are about, they would rouse themselves to make objections.

So, I will tell you what Washington’s war on Syria and Washington’s intended war on Iran are about. Ready?

There are three reasons for Washington’s war, not America’s war as Washington is not America, on Syria. The first reason has to do with the profits of the military/security complex.

The military/security complex is a combination of powerful private and governmental interests that need a threat to justify an annual budget that exceeds the GDP of many countries. War gives this combination of private and governmental interests a justification for its massive budget, a budget whose burden falls on American taxpayers whose real median family income has not risen for a couple of decades while their debt burden to support their living standard has risen.

The second reason has to do with the Neoconservative ideology of American world hegemony. According to the Neoconservatives, who most certainly are not conservative of any description, the collapse of communism and socialism means that History has chosen “Democratic Capitalism,” which is neither democratic nor capitalist, as the World’s Socio-Economic-Political system and it is Washington’s responsibility to impose Americanism on the entire world. Countries such as Russia, China, Syria, and Iran, who reject American hegemony must be destabilized and desroyed as they stand in the way of American unilateralism.

The Third reason has to do with Israel’s need for the water resources of Southern Lebanon. Twice Israel has sent the vaunted Israeli Army to occupy Southern Lebanon, and twice the vaunted Israeli Army was driven out by Hezbollah, a militia supported by Syria and Iran.

To be frank, Israel is using America to eliminate the Syrian and Iranian governments that provide military and economic support to Hezbollah. If Hezbollah’s suppliers can be eliminated by the Americans, Israel’s army can steal Southern Lebanon, just as it has stolen Palestine and parts of Syria.

Here are the facts: For 16 years the insouciant American population has permitted a corrupt government in Washington to squander trillions of dollars needed domestically but instead allocated to the profits of the military/security complex, to the service of the Neoconservative ideology of US world hegemony, and to the service of Israel.

Clearly, Amerian democracy is a fraud. It serves everyone but Americans.

What is the likely consequence of the US government serving non-American interests?

The best positive outcome is poverty for the 99 percent. The worst outcome is nuclear armageddon.

Washington’s service to the military/security complex, to the Neoconservative ideology, and to Israel completely neglects over-powering facts.

Israel’s interest to overthrow Syria and Iran is totally inconsistant with Russia’s interest to prevent the import of jihadism into the Russian Federation and Central Asia. Therefore, Israel has put the US into direct military conflict with Russia.

The US military/security complex’s financial interests to surround Russia with missile sites is inconsistent with Russian sovereignty as is the Neoconservatives’ emphasis on US world hegemony.

President Trump does not control Washington. Washington is controlled by the military/security complex (watch on youtube President Eisenhower’s description of the military/security complex as a threat to American democracy), by the Israel Lobby, and by the Neoconservatives. These three organized interest groups have pre-empted the American people, who are powerless and are uninvolved in the decisions about their future.

Every US Representative and US Senator who stood up to Israel was defeated by Israel in their re-election campaign. This is the reason that when Israel wants something it passes both houses of Congress unanimously. As Admiral Tom Moorer, Chief of Naval Operations and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said publicly,

“No American President can stand up to Israel.”

Israel gets what it wants no matter what the consequences are for America.

Adm. Moorer was right. The US gives Israel every year enough money to purchase our government. And Israel does purchase our government. The US government is far more accountable to Israel than to the American people. The votes of the House and Senate prove this.

Unable to stand up to tiny Israel, Washington thinks it can buffalo Russia and China. For Washington to continue to provoke Russia and China is a sign of insantity. In the place of intelligence we see hubris and arrogance, the hallmarks of fools.

What Planet Earth, and the creatures thereon, need more than anything is leaders in the West who are intelligent, who have a moral conscience, who respect truth, and who are are capable of understanding the limits to their power.

But the Western World has no such people.

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Why the West Will Not and Cannot Let Syria Live in Peace

For all those who have become awake and conscious or otherwise put; have escaped the western media pit of lies and brainwashing, the six year long resistance of the Syrian people in the face of the US Deep State and its terrorist proxy troops ISIS, Al Qaeda et al has been a deeply tragic but historically heroic inspiration to us all. They survived four years almost totally alone until Russia entered to fight the US, EU, Israeli proxy terrorist fighters that were gaining ground on government held territory in Syria.

The Russian campaign has been exemplary, resulting in, at the time of writing in a total reversal for the aggressors. Many are rightly praising the the Heroic Syrian Arab army and its Russian, Iranian and Hezbollah allies. I have been saying all along however that this optimism is misplaced as the forces that actually run the western world simply cannot let Syria rise from the ashes.

A re-built Syria which controls it’s own central bank and can issue it’s own currency as it needs with no outside control and no debt to the International Monetary Fund or anyone else, (The most fundamental and essential of freedoms that most western countries have not experienced for at least a hundred years.) which, because of this,  is able to offer its citizens, even during the war, free education and higher education, health care and extremely low or non existent utility charges is totally anathema to the real leaders of the western world. The fact that different branches of Islam and above all, the fact that the many Orthodox Christians in Syria live in peace with each other burns the western, fractional reserve, debt enslaving banking elites as holy water burns a vampire.

The neo-cons, i.e. the people who actually run the US Deep State are hell bent on total world domination and they are achieving this through control of every country’s central bank and their freedom to issue their own currency as they need and a ruthless war on culture facilitated by the ever increasing rate at which education is dumbed down with the help of main stream media. In just thirty years they have succeeded in turning the average westerner into a zombie who’s “understanding” of the world is completely founded on lies and often total reality inversions and who’s powers of thought and objective reasoning, as well as a sense of any meaningful self and a place in history have been reduced to almost zero.

A resurgent Syria will be a shining example to the whole world of what life can be like without the neo-con iron grip on the money supply, education system, media, sport, art and all the rest.

A resurgent, whole Syria will be a block to the much touted “Greater Israel” and to the western plans for gas pipes from Qatar to Europe (whatever may or may not be happening with Qatar right now). Last but anything but from least, is the fact that Syria’s survival will be a massive spanner in the works of their ultimate goal of subduing, conquering and dismembering Russia which is of course the number one reason why Russia came to Syria’s aid in the first place! That is why they will not and from their Satanic point of view, cannot, allow it to allow Syria to survive!

At the time of writing (evening June 26 in Europe) seemingly coordinated reports are coming in from the US, UK, France that another chemical attack on the Syrian people and “innocent little children” by its own government and president is being prepared and is due any minute and that the west will make President Assad and his military “pay a very heavy price” “when or maybe even before it occurs”. (preemptive strike)

Now all sane, informed, awake people in the world know that the government of Syria has never used chemical weapons on anybody and never will. We know that this was only ever western lies to help domestic public opinion accept yet another western destruction of free humanity and culture as with Yugoslavia, Iraq, Libya and now Syria hence bringing them them ever closer to their absolute domination of the entire world and the enslavement of every human soul. Hence what we are seeing here is yet another attempt to use the same tired old lie to justify a western regime change action followed by the destruction of secular, civilized Syria.

Were a major western, Israeli attack on Syria to take place, that would put Russia in a difficult position which is precisely why some of the hotter heads in the western elite may just decide to risk it.

The Russian government and people absolutely do not want war and Russia has repeatedly shown a very “Zen” ability to dissolve all the aggressive provocations the west has thus far thrown at her in Ukraine as in Syria. One does not have to be a military or geopolitical expert to see that if Russia resists militarily, this could risk escalating very fast all the way to WWIII. This is something that Russia wants to avoid at nearly all costs but were the situation to become existential, that would be another matter and as many have already commentated, the Russians are informed and ready which cannot be said in any way of western populations.

The Russian campaign in Syria has resulted in a very low casualty count so far but a very high profile one. All deaths of male and female Russian service personnel in Syria (Except secret agents we may presume) have been publicized on mainstream media. All are felt as a great loss but some were especially moving. The young reconnaissance soldier who found himself hopelessly surrounded by ISIS fighters who called down a missile strike on himself to avoid being captured and to make sure the terrorists were all killed: which they were. The pilot who was shot down by a Turkish fighter and then machine gunned by western backed terrorists as he parachuted to earth hanging helplessly in the air. All Russia saw his legs kicking out as the bullets entered him. It would be very hard, maybe even impossible for Russian public opinion to except that all that heroism and sacrifice was for nothing. That Russia must just let the west and Israel overthrow the legitimate government, hand the country over to the Islamist terrorists and their masters and come home with her tail between her legs and start to reinforce the Russian borders.

The Russian government has always said that it is in Syria to defeat the terrorists rather than to “prop up”, as the western media likes to say, the Assad government. Recent poles say that if there was an election in Syria tomorrow, Assad would get close to ninety percent and the fact on the ground is that if he goes, the terrorists will win. A fact that is perfectly understood in Washington, London, Paris, Tel Aviv as it is in Damascus, Moscow, Tehran and Beijing. If that happens, next step, Iran!

If the west goes for an all out regime change attack in Syria and should Russia decide that its long term interests are best served by retreating, then this could be more destabilizing for Russia’s internal unity than any thing the west has thrown at her so far. The west’s use of so called “liberals” and “Clinton, Soros worshiping and funded dissidents” to effect regime change in Russia has spectacularly failed. However, if there is any undercurrent of doubt in the leadership of Vladimir Putin in the country it is among those who feel frustrated by his “Zen” way of dealing with the west and who would like to see a much more full on, robust countering of western aggression around her borders and protection of Russia’s interests worldwide.

These people would find it impossible to stomach a Russian defeat, retreat from Syria and internal tensions would certainly rise more than they have done to date. I would certainly not envy President Putin, his ministers and advisers given such a choice. True! A firm, decisive rebuttal of western aggression might cause the west to back down as it is in much more disarray than Russia or Syria itself for that matter. On the other hand it might not and then what?

Let us pray that such a decision will not have to be taken. That the few remaining non neo-con people in the Pentagon and the US administration manage to thwart this ridiculous false flag creation or: that as Alexander Mercouris noted, that it looks like a heavy handed attempt to distract public attention from Seymour Hersh’s devastating article exposing the last “chemical attack false fag as a total lie!

The next few hours and days will be crucial! Someone recently wrote and I’m paraphrasing as I can’t find the original.

“The neo-con desire for world domination has zombified them to such an extent that they cannot stop on this path. Until someone shoots them in the head, they will continue moving forward”!

Marcus Godwyn is a British musician and amateur essayist.

All images in this article are from the author.

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‘For 68 years NATO failing to create peaceful world’

‘For 68 years NATO failing to create peaceful world’
It is unreasonable to ask taxpayers to pay billions more dollars for NATO’s budget because they get less and less peace, security and stability, says Jan Oberg, director of Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the bloc’s security spending would see its biggest increase since 2014, by 4.3 per cent in 2017. This is a response to US President Donald Trump’s criticism of NATO countries failing to increase military budgets.

Stoltenberg also said the alliance has combat-ready forces along Russia’s border.

“NATO’s four multinational battle groups in the Baltic countries and Poland are now fully operational, a clear demonstration that our alliance stands united in the face of any possible aggression,” Stoltenberg said during a news conference on Wednesday.

European  Allies & Canada spent almost $46 billion more on defence over the last 3 years. The trend is up. And we intend to keep it up.

RT: Why does NATO feel it necessary to increase its spending? Have new threats developed to the alliance in the last year?

Jan Oberg: There is absolutely no threat that would legitimate this type of increase. NATO with 29 countries are 12 times higher in terms of military spending than Russia which is the alleged main threat. And secondly, terrorism, which is a very legitimate threat to combat, has increased since 2001 80 times, meaning the war on terror is the most counterproductive war ever fought in human history. On Thursday, the defense ministers are meeting in Brussels. And one of the things they are going to discuss is how to combat ISIS in the Middle East. Everybody knows the US and its allies are supporting ISIS and other terrorists and are preventing the struggle of the Syrian government from combating this intrusion, these terrorists on its territory. Facts play no role anymore. It is perception management…Whenever we have a problem – and for 68 years we have failed to create a peaceful world – we need more money. The money Stoltenberg is talking about is citizens’, taxpayers’ money and my serious proposal would be: those who want war and have done such a bad job for 68 years and asking for even more money – they should go and do crowdfunding for their wars because it is unreasonable to ask taxpayers to pay billions of more dollars and getting less and less peace, security and stability.

‘NATO is the part of the US global empire’

NATO is ubiquitous and this has to do with the preservation of corporate interests, not saving or helping people, says Mike Raddie, co-Editor of BSNews.

RT: Why does NATO feel it necessary to increase its spending by such a large amount?

Mike Raddie: I think NATO is still trying to justify itself after 25 years of existence that shouldn’t have happened really – after the Cold War NATO should have been disbanded. It is still being used: it was used in Libya, it is used in Afghanistan, and it is used in Syria, still today. I think the build-up of troops on the Russian borders is extremely dangerous, really provocative. It is not just Russia. China is pretty much surrounded by US troops, US bases, and US aircraft carriers.

A couple of hundred years ago, if a government saw hostile troops on its border, it wouldn’t wait for a declaration of war, it would just see that as an imminent invasion and defend themselves. So, you can say that Russia and China have been amazingly restrained in their attitude to the West and NATO countries in particular. It is part of the US’ global empire. We can’t forget that they’re at least 800 US bases around the world. And the US Special Forces last year were deployed in 138countries. That is 70 percent of the country-states in the world. So, it is ubiquitous; it is everywhere. There are very few countries that don’t have a US presence in their land at the moment. Arguably some of these Special Forces are for training purposes. But they are only to train the local troops, and this is all to do with the preservation of corporate interests. They are not there to save people or help people. They are there to protect corporate interests wherever they may be.

The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of RT.

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Ukraine faces fine over Eurovision delays, decision to bar Russian entrant

Ukraine faces fine over Eurovision delays, decision to bar Russian entrant
Ukraine is to pay a hefty fine because of severe delays in the organization of the Eurovision Song Contest, as well as Kiev’s decision to bar the Russian entrant from the competition.

The Ukrainian National Broadcasting Company has been notified of the fine, AFP reported, citing a representative of the EBU (European Broadcasting Union).

The Eurovision Song Contest in Kiev was marred by a row between Russia and Ukraine. Moscow boycotted the event after singer Yulia Samoylova, who was set to represent Russia, was denied entry due to a previous performance in Crimea. Russia’s Channel One refused to broadcast Eurovision.

“As a result of this, attention was drawn away from the competition and the brand reputation of the Eurovision Song Contest was endangered,” the EBU said in a statement, cited by Reuters.

The organization added that the contest’s steering committee “has recommended that UA:PBC [Ukraine’s state broadcaster] should receive a substantial fine, in line with the rules of the competition.”

The EBU did not specify the exact sum Kiev will be required to pay.

Ukrainian authorities have already declared they are going to appeal the EBU decision, with the fines for similar breaches reaching €200,000 (US$228,000), according to the chairman of the country’s National Public Broadcasting Company, Zurab Alasaniya.

“Formally, it wasn’t us who made the decision not to allow [the Russian singer], but I don’t think that the SBU [State Security Service] or the government will want to take part in this,” Alasaniya told Reuters.

According to Alasaniya, the EBU was considering was suspending Ukrainian participation in the Eurovision Song Contest, RIA Novosti reported.

At the same time, the organization will not sanction Russia’s Channel One over its refusal to broadcast the song contest. A warning will be issued, though, for the channel not visiting the mandatory meeting of delegation heads, the EBU told RIA Novosti

Iran targeted Star of David in ballistic missile test, Israel says  

Israel complains to UN as satellite imagery shows impact crater from weapons test next to Jewish symbol target carved in the desert

Times of Israel

Iran used a Star of David as a target for missile test last year, Israel said Wednesday, distributing satellite images of the site to the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday.

Satellite imagery released by Israel's UN mission on June 28, 2017, shows the Star of David being used as target practice by the Iranian military. (courtesy, UN PHOTO)

“This use of the Star of David as target practice is hateful and unacceptable,” Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon wrote in a complaint to the Council.

Grainy photos provided to UN members showed what Danon said was the Jewish and Israeli symbol as the target in a test of a ballistic missile carried out last year with the impact crater visible next to it.

“The missile launch is not only a direct violation of UNSCR 2231, but is also a clear evidence of Iran’s continued intention to harm the State of Israel,” Danon said, adding that “the targeting of a sacred symbol of Judaism is abhorrent.”

“It is the Iranians who prop up the Assad regime as hundreds of thousands are killed, finance the terrorists of Hezbollah as they threaten the citizens of Israel, and support extremists and tyrants throughout the Middle East and around the world,” he added.

Earlier this month Iran fired missiles at Syria, targeting Islamic State positions in the first missile attack by Iran outside its own territory in 30 years, since the Iran-Iraq war of 1980-1988.

The medium-range ballistic missiles Iran said it fired at the eastern Syria’s Deir el-Zour region were ostensibly in retaliation for the twin terror attacks carried out by the group on June 7 in Tehran’s parliament, and at the grave of Ayatollah Khomeini in which 17 people were killed. Revolutionary Guards officials warned that other assaults on Iran would lead to similar retaliatory attacks, describing the missiles as a message to its enemies.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said after the attack, “I have one message for Iran: Don’t threaten Israel.”

Iran has in the past test-fired missiles with anti-Israel messages written on them in Hebrew. In March 2016, it test-fired two ballistic missiles, which an Iranian news agency said were inscribed with the phrase “Israel must be wiped out.”

After Iran test-fired a ballistic missile in January, the US-imposed sanctions on a number of entities involved in Iran’s ballistic missile program, and US President Donald Trump warned the Islamic Republic it had been “put on notice.”

Although Iran maintains that the testing of ballistic missiles is not banned by the 2015 nuclear deal designed to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, the US said that the sanctions were imposed for Iran’s violation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2331, which calls upon Iran “not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology.”

Since January’s test-firing of a ballistic missile, Iran has carried out a number of other tests of cruise and submarine-based missiles.

How thy do it– IDF’s Chief Rabbi ‘Sorry’ for Remarks Justifying Wartime Rape of Gentile women

IDF GAZA PALESTINE

ed note–besides the obvious, which is that no nation in the civilized world could get away with something like this except THE JEWISH STATE, the other things to consider are the implications associated with Karim’s appointment, past, present, and future–

1. Where, oh where, we ask, is the Jewish ‘outrage’? Where is the typical noise, the screeching, hollering, rending of robes and gnashing of teeth these folks are so famous for putting on display? Where is the wall of protest, such as what the world experienced for almost a year during the campaign season when a ‘racist’ and a ‘misogynist’ by the name of Donald J. Trump was running for office?

Silent as death, and for perfectly understandable reasons. Karim is exactly the kind of rabbi that the Jewish state wants/needs. He interprets things according to the letter of the law, and by that we mean of course the Old Testament, which was/is/always will be specific in its legalization of the rape of non-Jewish women by Jewish men during a time of war, to wit–

“When you go to war against your enemies, and the Lord your God gives them into your hand and you take them captive, and you see among the captives a beautiful woman, and you desire to take her to be your wife and you bring her home to your house, she shall shave her head and pare her nails. And she shall take off the clothes in which she was captured and shall remain in your house and lament her father and her mother a full month. After that you may go in to her, but if you no longer delight in her, you shall let her go where she wants. But you shall not sell her for money, nor shall you treat her as a slave, since you have humiliated her.’ Book of Deuteronomy

Which brings us to our next point–

2. As chief rabbi for the IDF, Karim is not there just to hear confessions or pray over the bodies of dead IDF. He is there to interpret the various passages of the Old Testament dealing with the murder of men, women, and children in places such as Gaza, the West Bank, Syria, Lebanon Jordan, Iraq, etc, all those areas which Israel–THE JEWISH STATE–considers to be hers by virtue of divine right, to wit– 

‘On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abraham, saying “To your descendants I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river Euphrates”…–Genesis, 15:18

‘And God spoke unto us saying, ‘Go to the hill-country and all the places nigh thereunto… in the Arabah, the hill-country and in the Lowland… in the South and by the sea-shore, the land of the Canaanites, and Lebanon, as far as the great river, the river Euphrates…Go in therefore and possess the land which the Lord swore unto your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, unto them and to their seed after them…’ Deuteronomy 1:6–8

‘Every place whereon the sole of your foot shall tread shall be yours, from the wilderness, and Lebanon, from the river Euphrates, even unto the hinder sea shall be your border…’ Deuteronomy 11:24

‘…From the wilderness, and this Lebanon, even unto the great river, the Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and unto the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your border…’Joshua 1:4

–When the Lord your God brings you into the land he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, he will give you a land with large, flourishing cities you did not build, houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant…–Book of Deuteronomy

‘When the LORD your God brings you into the land you are to possess and casts out the many peoples living there, you shall then slaughter them all and utterly destroy them…You shall save nothing alive that breathes…You shall make no agreements with them nor show them any mercy. You shall destroy their altars, break down their images, cut down their groves and burn their graven images with fire. For you are a holy people unto the LORD thy God and He has chosen you to be a special people above all others upon the face of the earth…’–Book of Deuteronomy

‘Your male and female slaves are to come from the nations around you; from them you may buy slaves. You may also buy some of the temporary residents living among you and members of their clans born in your country, and they will become your property. You can will them to your children as inherited property and can make them slaves for life, but you must not rule over your fellow Israelites ruthlessly…’–Leviticus 25:44-46

“Foreigners will rebuild your walls, and their kings will serve you…Your gates will always stand open, day and night, so that the Gentiles may bring you the wealth of their nations and their kings led in triumphal procession, for the nation or kingdom that will not serve you will perish; it will be utterly destroyed.”–Isaiah 60:10-12

We have seen this before. In previous engagements, there was IDF Chief Rabbi Avichai Rontzki instructing the IDF prior to the land invasion of Gaza to kill indiscriminately, specifically telling the ‘world’s most moral army’ that “In times of war, whoever keeps his sword from bloodshed and who shows mercy toward his enemy, his heart and soul is damned’, and they did it, willingly and gleefully, lest we forget–

GAZA 2014

And please, no emails/commentary from people making the ridiculous argument that this is not ‘true Judaism’, but rather something invented by ‘the Khazars’ and codified in the Talmud.

This is Judaism–past, present, and future.

Forward

Eyal Karim, the rabbi whose appointment as the chief chaplain of the Israeli army was suspended over his remarks on raping women, was sworn in to the position.

Karim’s appointment as the chief rabbi of the Israel Defense Forces follows a Supreme Court review of his suitability last month. The court found no reason to challenge the appointment, which prompted Left-wing lawmakers and activists to file for an injunction, citing quotes attributed to Karim from 2006.

Replying to a reader’s question on the Kipa website that year, Karim said: “Although intercourse with a female gentile is very grave, it was permitted during wartime (under the conditions it stipulated) out of consideration for the soldiers’ difficulties. And since our concern is the success of the collective in the war, the Torah permitted [soldiers] to satisfy the evil urge under the conditions it stipulated for the sake of the collective’s success.”

He has since repeatedly said his statement should not be interpreted as license to rape, as his critics charged. “There is no license in times of peace or war to sexually assault women,” he told Ynet in July.

On Wednesday, Karim published a written statement reading: “I made a mistake when I gave a short answer to a complicated question. I was wrong because sometimes I was not precise with my words and some people found them offensive. I apologize.”

Miriam Naor, president of the Supreme Court, said in a statement last week that there was no reason to further delay Karim’s appointment. The Meretz lawmakers who filed for an injunction against the appointment also withdrew their petition, finding that his clarification was “consistent with the values of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state.”

Karim also was asked to clarify his positions on two other issues related to women and the military. On the Kipa site, according to Ynet, Karim said women should not be conscripted due to concerns over modesty and their impact on the IDF, and that according to Jewish law, female singers should not perform at military events.

In July, Karim said he believed that women should serve in the army and pointed out that he was part of the committee that established the protocol that requires soldiers to be present at events where women sing. He said he has ordered soldiers present at such events not to leave.

“It’s desirable to create a ceremonial post that respects the views of all those present at the ceremony, and, to that end, to bring a male and not a female singer,” he wrote. “When this would not be possible, due to various reasons, those whose sensitivities would be offended must be excused from attending the ceremony.”

From the horse’s mouth– Syrian Rebels: ‘We Want Peace With Israel, Real Enemy Is Iran’

Breaking Israel News

A leading member of Syria’s political opposition said most Syrians view Iran as the real enemy and not Israel, adding that Israel could do more to help the Syrian people.

“We want peace with Israel, and today, among the opposition in Syria, most people understand that the enemy is Iran and not Israel, so there is a good chance that there will be peace in the future,” said Salim Hudaifa, a former Syrian military officer who serves as a political representative of the opposition’s Free Syrian Army, at the Eurasian Media Forum in Kazakhstan.

Hudaifa is a former intelligence officer who abandoned Syria’s military in the 1990s and eventually gained asylum in Denmark. During the Syrian Civil War, Hudaifa was recruited by the U.S. to head a program to train the Free Syrian Army, but the program was eventually abandoned by the U.S. Defense Department.

“Israel needs to do more and help the rebels. People here are disappointed [with Israel]. There are also quite a few who think that [the Israelis] are helping [Syrian President Bashar] Assad, because they see that the Israeli-Syrian border is quiet,” Hudaifa said during a forum attended by Israeli dignitaries such as Gilead Sher, the Jewish state’s former chief peace negotiator.

“I think [Israel] can be more proactive and help us,” added Hudaifa. “Regarding the treatment of the wounded in your hospitals, it certainly improved Israel’s image in the eyes of Syrians, but only in a limited way. The reason is that the Arab media does not report it.”

Israel is secretly supporting Syrian rebel groups along its border with Syria in the Golan Heights, providing rebels with funds, food, fuel and medical supplies, The Wall Street Journal reported last week.

While Israel has largely refrained from getting involved in the six-year-long civil war, it has periodically carried out airstrikes in Syria when its interests are threatened. These strikes have mainly been against the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah, which is significantly involved in supporting Assad’s regime in the conflict.

 

 Russia Inside

The Gloves Come Off: Putin Exposes G20’s Financial Ties to ISIS

At G20 summit, Putin calls out member states for supporting terrorism

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Terror funders.
Terror funders.

In a classic Putin move, the Russian President presented evidence of G20 member states providing financial support to ISIS…during the G20 summit in Antalya. Speaking with reporters after the summit, Putin revealed:

I provided examples related to our data on the financing of Islamic State units by natural persons in various countries. The financing comes from 40 countries, as we established, including some G20 members

Putin also provided satellite images of the Islamic State’s lucrative oil smuggling operations:

I’ve demonstrated the pictures from space to our colleagues, which clearly show the true size of the illegal trade of oil and petroleum products market. Car convoys stretching for dozens of kilometers, going beyond the horizon when seen from a height of four-five thousand meters

Interestingly, immediately after the summit, the U.S. announced that its warplanes had begun to bomb ISIS truck convoys  used to “smuggle the crude oil it has been producing in Syria”. What a strange coincidence. It’s as if the U.S. knew exactly where these convoys were, but didn’t feel compelled to destroy them until now. The world is full of mysteries!But the real story here is that Putin actually got up in front of the world’s largest economic powers and told them, right to their faces, that Russia knows exactly what they are doing.

Respect.

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Texas Governor calls for passage of anti-BDS, anti-Iran laws (traveled to Israel on Adelson jet)

Texas Governor calls for passage of anti-BDS, anti-Iran laws (traveled to Israel on Adelson jet)

JTA reports: “Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called in his budget for passing laws cutting off businesses from Texas pension plans that adhere to Israel boycotts and broadening laws banning state investments in Iran.”

Texas, like many other states, currently bans state pension and retirement funds from investing in Iran. Abbott last year pledged to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel that he would endeavor to extend the ban to all state agencies and local authorities.

Bills under consideration in both the Texas House and Senate would ban state pensions from dealing with companies complying with the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement targeting Israel. The language in the measures would include a ban on the pensions investing in companies complying with boycotts of West Bank settlement goods.

It would also create blacklists of the companies that comply with BDS, a characteristic of other state anti-BDS laws that civil libertarians say violates free speech rights. Read full article

Abbott travelled to Israel earlier this month on a plane supplied by pro-Israel megadonor Sheldon Adelson.  The Dallas Morning News reports:

Greg Abbott boarded for his flight to Israel belongs to Sheldon Adelson, a billionaire who runs the Las Vegas Sands and has spent heavily on Republican candidates nationally.

Abbott’s office confirmed that the governor flew on Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands 737 after it was initially reported Monday by the Jewish Insider.

Abbott is visiting Israel and Switzerland this week during his third international economic development trip as governor. Monday, he met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and vowed to ensure tax dollars from Texas aren’t invested in Iran.

Adelson has invested generously in GOP candidates, spending at least some $93 million on primarily GOP-related causes during the 2012 presidential election, according to the Washington Post.

Adelson and his wife, Miriam Adelson, are also prolific philanthropists, supporting Jewish causes and Israel through the Adelson Family Foundation

Adelson is reported to have a net worth of $32 billion and backs a multitude of pro-Israel activities, including such organizations as  the Zionist Organization of America, the Endowment for Middle East Truth, whose board is made up of neoconservative former American officials, and Christians United for Israel, an evangelical “grassroots” organization that has voiced support for Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank.

The Texas Tribune reports: “The billionaire recently made national headlines when he was revealed to be the mysterious purchaser of The Las Vegas Review-Journal in December. He also owns the newspaper with the largest circulation in Israel,”

Adelson has said he regrets regrets having served in the U.S. military rather than in the Israeli army:

When the Bible is the Root of Evil

Photo by Riley Kaminer | CC BY 2.0

For many Christians, religion is about correct belief, not right behavior.  For them, The Bible’s overriding appeal is the authority it proclaims, not the empathy it inspires.  It is about meeting the believer’s quest for certainty, not an oppressed person’s need for compassion – and justice .  The primary goal is personal salvation, not interpersonal solidarity – unless the solidarity is with those of like-minded belief, or with those designated to be “harvested,” or with those whose destitution serves to reinforce the superiority of the good doers.   It is about obtaining immortality for one’s own soul, far more than demanding morality in human affairs

In fact, for many Christians, correct Biblical belief is often used to rationalize, justify and accommodate immoral behavior toward those The Bible has condemned as “enslaveable” or “abominable” or “unredeemable” and thus exploitable.  The psychic insecurity of these Christians and their corresponding need for certainty, require them to not only possess, but to propagate, their one true belief in Jesus Christ as the Son of God and savior of the world — which prevents them from participating as equals in the democratic process.  Instead, they seek to exploit the political process to impose their beliefs on to others, rather than as a way to empower everyone rights and well-being.  Politics is about gaining the upper hand, rather than everyone lending a hand.

Christians certainly have a right to their own religious pathway to salvation – for themselves.  But, tragically, the salvation of biblically-bounded Christians depends on, is intrinsically linked to, the damnation – or subservience — of whole groups of people condemned by these Christians’ inerrant Biblically-based  beliefs.

The United Methodist Church, the second largest Protestant denomination in the U.S., demonstrates how The Bible can become the root of evil.  At this moment, United Methodism is threatened with a schism over its discriminatory positions on homosexuality.  An issue that has dogged the denomination for decades.   Which leaders have evaded by the repeated creation of diversionary committees to study homosexuality and report back four years later to The Church’s quadrennial General Conference.

But its contradictions have final caught up with The United Methodist Church.   At last year’s General Conference, some 864 delegates were faced with over 100 petitions on “human sexuality” – which, for official United Methodism, is the theologically correct way of categorizing its discriminatory policies against gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer persons.  A growing number of delegates submitted petitions calling for the full inclusion of LGBTQ persons into the life of The United Methodist Church: ordaining them as ministers, recognizing same-sex marriage and the right of ministers to perform these marriages in their churches, and removing The Church’s Book of Discipline’s discriminatory references to homosexuality.   (‘GENERAL CONFERENCE HISTORY WITH LGBTQ,’ By Kathy L. Gilbert, www.umc.org, Apr. 27, 2016)

Conversely, the petitions of many other General Conference delegates demanded that the Book of Discipline’s “biblically-guided” exclusionary language on homosexuality not be changed. (Ibid)  Not even the Supreme Court’s legalizing of same-sex marriage in 2015 could influence these delegates’ biblical mind-set.  In the words of Rev. Thomas Lambrecht, a leader of Good News, a biblically-based United Methodist advocacy group, “Our commitment to biblical truth does not depend upon judicial affirmation by the Supreme Court of this or any other nation.” (“Same-sex marriage ruling adds to church debate,” By Heather Hahnwww.umc.org, June 26, 2015)

The resulting stalemate and threat of division led the 2016 General Conference delegates to request that The Church’s Council of Bishops provide what is called A Way Forward out of the impasse.  The bishops responded by “recommend[ing] that the General Conference defer all votes on human sexuality and refer the entire subject to a special Commission named by the Council of Bishops, to develop a complete examination and possible revision of every paragraph in our Book of Discipline regarding human sexuality,” and report back to a special General Conference in 2019. (“Statement by the Council of Bishops: An offering for a way forward,” www.bwcumc.org, May 18, 2016)

The “biblical truth” on homosexuality in The United Methodist Church’s Book of Discipline?

–You shall not lie with a male as with a woman, is an abomination.  . . . If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable.  They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads. (Leviticus 18: 2220: 13)

–They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator . . . Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts.  Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones.  In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another.  Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error. (Romans 1: 24-27)

–Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will  inherit the kingdom of God. (I Cor. 6: 9-10)

–But at the beginning of creation, God ‘made them male and female.’  ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’ . . .  Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate. (Mark 10: 6-9)

These “biblical truths” are contradicted by other Scripture.  Like Jesus being recorded as saying that one of the two greatest commandments is, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Mark 12: 30-31)  Also, “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 7:12)  And in his Sermon on the Mount, “when Jesus saw the crowds,” he did not distinguish between heterosexuals and homosexuals when he said to them, “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.” (Matthew 5: 1-12)

In a like manner, Paul the Apostle is reported as teaching, “So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith . . . There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3: 25-29)  However, Paul provides a classic example of how one’s Christian faith can accommodate racism, patriarchy and homophobia.  He also teaches: “Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ” (Ephesians 6: 5-9).  And, ”Women should remain silent in the churches.  They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the law says” (I Corinthians 14: 34-35).  Also, “The law is not laid down for the just but for the . . . ungodly and sinners . . . for murderers, the sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine.” (I Timothy 1: 9-10)

Paul reveals that Christianity was an integral part of the day’s culture of slavery, patriarchy, homophobia and xenophobia, and that cultural influence shines through The Bible.  Paul also could have taught, “There is neither heterosexual nor homosexual, nor bisexual or transgender or queer, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”  But he obviously didn’t.  Biblically-bounded Christian denominations still need to confront their own involvement in the oppression of people The Bible has designated as the Other.

The United Methodist Church provides a classic example of how a Christian denomination can profess inclusion and love while practicing exclusion and loathing – with a straight face.  United Methodism’s Book of Discipline’s position on “Human Sexuality” is, “We affirm that all persons are individuals of sacred worth, created in the image of God . . . [and] need the ministry of the Church in their struggles for human fulfillment, as well as the spiritual and emotional care of a fellowship that enables reconciling relationships with God, with others, and with self.”  And in the next breath: “The United Methodist Church does not condone the practice of homosexuality and considers this practice incompatible with Christian teaching.” (“Social Principles: The Nurturing Community,” http://www.umc.org)  A classic example of the biblical root of evil perverting the pages of The Book of Discipline.

While “all persons need the ministry and guidance of the Church in their struggles for human fulfillment,” The United Methodist Church is the greatest obstacle facing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) persons in “their struggles for human fulfillment” in United Methodism itself.  The Book of Discipline prohibits “self-avowed practicing homosexuals” from being ordained ministers — no matter how qualified they are and how committed to a loving same-sex relationship.  They also are prevented from professing their love for each other in marriage in a United Methodist Church.  And United Methodist ministers who perform such loving and fulfilling marriage ceremonies are brought to church trial and defrocked or punished – or otherwise removed.

How sad!  I’ve had the honor of performing a number of same-sex marriages.  One was of two men in a loving relationship for years.  When the one became terminally ill, they decided to marry.  I performed their marriage ceremony in the ill partner’s hospital room.  They exchanged their vows as he lay in bed, both partners energized by their love and the affirming presence of close friends and attending nurses.  A few weeks later he died.  It was then that his partner said to me, “Thank you for making possible the happiest day of our lives.”

Professing inclusion and practicing exclusion.  The Book of Discipline has a section on “Equal Rights Regardless of Sexual Orientation” that states, “Certain basic human rights and civil liberties are due all persons.  We are committed to supporting those rights and liberties for all persons, regardless of sexual orientation.”  (“Social Principles: The Social Community,” www.umc.org)  However, The Book ofDiscipline’s doctrine on “The Nurturing Community” states, “We affirm the sanctity of the marriage covenant that is expressed in love . . . between a man and a woman.  . . . We support laws in civil society that define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.” (“Social Principles: The Nurturing Community,” Ibid)  That statement is the opposite of “nurturing” for LGBTQ persons and their families, friends and supporters.

How does The Book of Discipline deal with The Church’s glaring rejection of LGBTQ persons?  By cushioning it with the language of acceptance and caring.  Never mind that “the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching [and] therefore self-avowed practicing homosexuals’ are not to be . . . ordained as ministers.”  Pay no attention to the dictate, “Ceremonies that celebrate homosexual unions shall not be conducted by our ministers and shall not be conducted in our churches.”  (“What is the denomination’s position on homosexuality?,” www.umc.org)  Forget about the fact that “a clergy member . . .may be tried when charged . . . with . . . conducting ceremonies which celebrate homosexual unions; or performing same-sex wedding ceremonies” (“Book of Discipline: Para. 2702 Chargeable Offenses and the Statue of Limitations,” http://www.umc.org)  And don’t be puzzled by the contradictory policy: “The General Board of Finance and Administration shall be responsible for ensuring that no board, agency, committee, commission, or council shall give United Methodist funds to any gay caucus or group, or otherwise use such funds to promote the acceptance of homosexuality or violate the express commitment of The United Methodist Church ‘not to reject or condemn lesbian or gay members and friends.’ (Para. 161f)” (“What is the denomination’s position on homosexuality”,” Ibid)

The United Methodist Church has it both ways: expressions of affirmation and caring serve to distance The Church from the spiritual, emotional and legal violence it perpetuates against LGBTQ persons – and from society’s violent physical climate toward them it helps to generate.  In the face of forcing LGBTQ persons to remain in the “Church closet,” The Book of Discipline issues this denial to all United Methodists: “We implore families and churches not to reject or condemn lesbian and gay members and friends.  We commit ourselves to be in ministry for and with all persons.” (“Social Principles: The Nurturing CommunityIbid)  And, “We support efforts to stop violence and other forms of coercion against all persons regardless of sexual orientation.” (“Social Principles: The Social Community,” Ibid)

How much can one trust The United Methodist Church’s pronouncements?  Similar to its position against homosexuality, The Book of Discipline states, “We believe war is incompatible with the teachings and example of Christ.  We therefore reject war as an instrument of national foreign policy.”  Also, “We oppose unilateral first/preemptive strike actions and strategies on the part of any government.” (Social Principles: The World Community,”  www.umc.org)  Nevertheless, in spite of some strong internal resistance, United Methodist leaders approved the building of a monument at Southern Methodist University to the worst war criminal of the 21st century: The George W. Bush Presidential Center.  A United Methodist president who is responsible for the unnecessary, falsely-based, preemptive criminal invasions and rape of Afghanistan and Iraq is honored; whereas, a  same-sex couple’s love for each other is dishonored.  Another such war criminal is Bush’s vice president, fellow United Methodist Dick Cheney, who is also “in good standing” in The United Methodist Church.  The Church is bringing the wrong persons to trial!

Building a monument to a president who is responsible for the falsely-based, horribly destructive  invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq calls into question The Book of Discipline’s “Declaration on the Rights of Religious Minorities.”  That declaration states, “We urge policies and practices that ensure the right of every religious group to exercise its faith free from legal, political and economic restrictions.” (“Social Principles: The Social Community, Ibid)

Here, again, The Church has it both ways.  The Book of Discipline also states, “The mission of the Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”  Moreover, “The United Methodist Church affirms that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the savior of the world, and Lord of all.” Next the rationalizing cushion for this faith-based imperialism: “As we make disciples, we respect persons of all religious faiths and we defend religious freedom for all persons.”  Then the equally contradictory biblical clincher to justify the religiously motivated domination of non-Christians as lesser: “Jesus’ words in Matthew provide the Church with our mission: ‘Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything that I’ve commanded you’ (28: 19-20), and ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart . . . [and] You must love your neighbor as yourself.’ (22: 37, 39).” (“Book of Discipline Section 1: The Churches,” www.umc.org)  Such faith-based imperialism helps one understand why a reported “astonishing 87 percent of all white evangelical Christians in the United States supported the president’s decision” to invade Iraq. (“Wayward Christian Soldiers,” By Charles Marsh, The New York Times, Jan 20, 2006) How many United Methodists were in that number?  Or later accommodated after carefully worded protest?

Instead of “making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world,” the Way Forward for The United Methodist Church should be to transform itself into the likeness of all people in the world by practicing The Golden Rule. (Matthew 7: 12)  It should begin that transformation by reconciling fully with LGBTQ persons.  And that reconciliation should include providing reparations and restoration for the harm The Church has inflicted on them and their families and supporters.

A moral call for reparations has been issued by Rev. Gilbert H. Caldwell, a retired United Methodist minister, civil rights leader, and a leader of the movement for the full inclusion of LGBTQ persons in every aspect of The Church and society.  Seven years ago, in an article on, “William Alberts, Jimmy Creech and Gregory Dell; Punished for their Ministry!,” Caldwell wrote about us three: “They have been tried, convicted and punished by The United Methodist Church because in their ministry, they performed services of commitment for same gender couples!”  Caldwell pointed out that persons wrongly “convicted and imprisoned . . . have a right to sue to be financially compensated for the damage done to their lives.”  He applies that model of reparatory justice to The United Methodist Church: “Does our denomination that expresses authentic compassion on so many fronts, dare to be compassionate enough to acknowledge the pain it has caused my colleagues and brothers, Bill, Jimmy and Greg?”  Caldwell ends with, “Change is on the way.  Let us never forget any of those the denomination harmed through denial, exclusion and punishment.  They were/are right, and the denomination was/is wrong.” (Reconciling Ministries Network, June 14, 2010)

(For an analysis of my forced retirement as a United Methodist minister after performing a same-sex marriage, and the related 13-years-long lawsuit I successfully pursued, see Alberts, “Easter Depends on Whistleblowers,” Counterpunch, Mar. 29, 2013, and Alberts, “The Church of ‘Something Else’ in ‘an Ecclesiastical Desert,’ ”Counterpunch, Nov. 27.2015)

In its current deliberations on providing “A Way Forward,” The United Methodist Church should include a statement of confession recognizing the guilt and marginalization, along with the spiritual and emotional violence it has inflicted on LGBTQ persons and their families and friends, and seek their forgiveness.  The Church should also offer to restore to active ministry those clergy who were forced out for performing same-sex marriages.  That restoration should include reparations for the emotional pain and financial loss those ministers and candidates for ordination have endured.  The denomination’s motto — “Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors” – should apply to all applicants for ministry, including those candidates who, over many years, have been shut out because of their sexual orientation.

The Judicial Council of The United Methodist Church should also end any current deliberations on whether to remove Bishop Karen P. Oliveto — United Methodism’s first openly gay, married, bishop — from her post and revoke her ordination as a minister.  Whether Oliveto, or any other minister, the qualification for ministry should depend on “the content of one’s character,” not the constitutional make-up of one’s sexual orientation.  In Oliveto’s case, the delegates to the Western Jurisdictional Conference of The United Methodist Church elected her bishop because she has demonstrated, through many years of ministry, that she is an authentic self-avowed practicing Christian.

Finally, the Way Forward today requires The United Methodist Church to fully integrate into its life a scientific understanding of psycho-sexual development.  That understanding will shoot holes in The Church’s theology of free will and sin regarding LGBTQ persons, which theology is used to control and reward and punish people.  But that acquired psychological wisdom of “human sexuality”will immeasurable deepen and broaden The Church’s understanding of empathy and love — and transformation.   Hopefully The Church will even come to the place where it affirms that love is love, whether born of biological affinity or free will.

The Bible becomes the root of evil when it is used to exercise power over people, rather than empower them.  The Good Book’s real authority is in inspiring the authenticity that is in people.

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Rev. William E. Alberts, Ph.D., a former hospital chaplain at Boston Medical Center, is both a Unitarian Universalist and United Methodist minister. His new book, The Counterpunching Minister (who couldn’t be “preyed” away) is now published and available on Amazon.com. The book’s Foreword, Drawing the Line, is written by Counterpunch editor, Jeffrey St. Clair. Alberts is also author of A Hospital Chaplain at the Crossroads of Humanity, which “demonstrates what top-notch pastoral care looks like, feels like, maybe even smells like,” states the review in the Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling. His e-mail address is wm.alberts@gmail.com.


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A Baseless Justification for War in Syria

For almost 16 years, the U.S. government has stretched the military force authorization against Al Qaeda to justify a wide-ranging “war on terror” but now has gone further, attacking the Syrian military inside Syria, notes Dennis J Bernstein.

By Dennis J Bernstein

U.S. government officials, including Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., claim the current U.S. authority to mount military operations in Iraq and Syria is legally based on the Authorization for the Use of Military Force [AUMF] declaration to go after Al Qaeda and related terror groups after the 9/11 attacks in 2001. But how does that cover the recent U.S. attacks on Syrian government forces that have been battling both Al Qaeda and its spinoff, Islamic State?

Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, meets with members of the coalition at a forward operating base near Qayyarah West, Iraq, April 4, 2017. (DoD Photo by Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dominique A. Pineiro)

Francis Boyle, professor of international law at the University of Illinois College of Law, asserts that the recent U.S. shoot-down of a Syrian government jet inside Syria on June 18 was not only illegal under international law but amounts to an impeachable act by President Trump.

In an interview with Flashpoints’ Dennis J. Bernstein, Professor Boyle said, “What the U.S. government is getting away with here is incredible.” Boyle also talked to Bernstein about the questionable Russia-gate investigation and the darker history behind Special Prosecutor Robert Swan Mueller III, the former Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Dennis Bernstein: Will Syria’s hot war and the recent U.S. bombings there lead us into a hot war with Russia? Well, the generals are saying this shoot-down in Syria is legal. You want to jump into this?

Francis Boyle: You know Dunford doesn’t have a law degree that I’m aware of. But, of course, still the Pentagon is going to try to justify whatever war crimes it can. They always do.

Clearly the U.S. invasion, which we have done, and now repeated military attacks against Syria constitutes a Nuremberg crime against peace, and in violation of the Nuremberg charter, judgment and principles, and, of course, a violation of the United Nations’ charter. [It is] an act of aggression as defined by, oh even the new element of the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court that is not yet in force. But it has a definition based upon the 1974 definition of aggression which the World Court found to be customary international law in the very famous Nicaraguan case when it applied it against Nicaragua.

Indeed, it’s very interesting, you know, if you go back and read the Nicaragua case, and change Syria for Nicaragua, pretty much the law, the illegalities remain the same. Likewise, the United States Congress has never authorized any act of war against Syria.

So, this violates the War Powers clause of the United States Constitution, the War Powers Resolution of 1973, and is clearly an impeachable act against President Trump. This is a slam dunk. We don’t have time to go through all the other arguments being made on impeachment here, but for the most part, all those are being made by these totally hypocritical Democratic lawyers who never applied the same impeachable arguments against President Obama. So, I’m not going to waste time with them.

And, finally, this is existentially dangerous, what is going on right now in Syria. But Russia is there with the consent of the legitimate government of Syria. They’re not violating international law. The United States is in clear cut violation, as I have explained. And, now, Russia …  has said that they are going to begin to target U.S. planes and drones. And, the problem is, of course, when you target planes, that triggers their radar and they fire back. So, we’re pretty much on a hair trigger right now in Syria for war between the United States and Russia.

And given the massive war mongering campaign we’re seeing being waged against Russia by almost all the mainstream news media, the Democrats, the whole Democratic Party, the Hillary Clinton people, etc. and sort of neo-McCarthyism against Russia, Putin and everyone else, I shudder to think what would happen if Russia were to shoot down an American pilot under these circumstances. In my lifetime, Dennis, my political lifetime, I don’t think we’ve been in such a dangerous situation since the Cuban Missile Crisis.

I mean, anything could go wrong here, soon. And, even if it’s not deliberate, as President Kennedy said when the Soviet Union shot down a U-2 spy plane at the heart of the Cuban Missile Crisis that could have resulted in World War III, he said something like, “Well, there’s always some son-of-a-bitch down the line who doesn’t get the message.” So, anything could go wrong here. And we could end up being at war with Russia momentarily.

Bombed out vehicles in Aleppo during the Syrian civil war. 6 October 2012 (Wikipedia)

DB: You want to talk a little bit about the so-called deconfliction zones, that are really conflict zones and a potential for war?

FB: Yeah, it’s clear, Dennis, and indeed [the] Financial Times now has an article on this, but I’ve said this for a while, these deconfliction zones are really de-facto partition zones for Russia and the United States. And what we’re seeing here is effectively all these surrounding states are going into Syria and grabbing a chunk of their territory.

It’s like jackals descending on a wounded animal. Iran is in there, Hezbollah is in there, Turkey is in there, the Kurds are in there, the U.S. is in there. We have our proxy terrorist groups in there. The best analogy would be a pack of jackals descending upon and eating away at a wounded animal. And the so-called deconfliction zones are just part of the de-facto carve up of Syria, in violation of Syria’s territorial integrity and political independence guaranteed by the United Nations’ charter.

DB: Well, as you say, these are incredibly dangerous times, and very, very difficult policies. Who loses, who gains on this kind of response to Syria, and bombing of Syria?

FB: Well, the United States government believes it gains because they are out — and have always been out — to overthrow the Assad government, and put a puppet in power. And, you know, continue to achieve their objectives there in the Middle East, going back for quite some time, preparing the way for future action against Iran and Russia, for sure.

So, they believe that this is to their advantage: the Pentagon, the CIA, the White House, the so-called Power Ministries, the Deep State. Call them whatever you want. They could be tragically short-sighted. I mean, this is the way the First World War and the Second World War began. What can I say, Dennis? It’s a tinder box, already.

DB: And how would you characterize Israel’s interest and their role in this policy? Do you think they’re a driving force in it?

FB: Of course. That’s got reported […] in the Wall Street Journal. I guess I should say Israel wants its chunk of Syria, too. They’ve already stolen the Golan Heights, in 1967. And they’ve been arming, equipping and supplying these terrorist organizations since the outset of the uprising in Syria. And, indeed, they’ve now carved out a further buffer zone in Syria.

So, they’re in to get their share of Syria, as well, along with everyone else. I’m not saying they’re any better or any worse than anyone else. But they’re doing exactly the same thing everyone else is doing. As I said, it’s this pack of hyenas going in there to gnaw away, and eat the flesh of Syria. And Israel is getting its pound of flesh, as it sees it.

DB: And this, you think, could easily unravel. These are perhaps, would you say, the most dangerous times of our life time, or close to it?

FB: Well, when you have Russia saying it is going to target so-called paint U.S. jet fighters, and jet fighters bombers, and their standard operating procedure when they get painted is to destroy the source that is targeting them. Yes. As I said, we could have war, at least in Syria, between the United States and Russia.

And given the anti-Russian warmongering and hysteria, and neo-McCarthyism in this country that has been deliberately orchestrated by the Clinton campaign and the Democrats and their fellow travelers in the mainstream news media since the Democratic Convention last summer, if a U.S. pilot gets killed, we could see Congress going into session, and declaring war against Russia. Sure. It’s a catastrophe, Dennis. I mean, anything could happen here. I shudder to think of the consequences.

DB: Amazing. But I do want to, just before we let you go, I want to ask you to weigh in. Because we’ve seen this amazing, as you call it, McCarthyite attack. People don’t like Trump, they find him very difficult. And it’s not hard to find him difficult. How would you describe what is happening against him in terms of … people refer to it as the Deep State, or an intelligence coup? How would you unpack that?

FB: Right, well, first of all, let me say I did not vote for either Clinton or Trump. As I saw it, it was a choice between the cholera and the plague. And I decided not to have anything to do with either of them. But I think if Clinton had been elected we’d probably be at war with Russia, right now. I think what we’re seeing is the elements in the Obama administration that was being run by [Zbigniew] Brzezinski, this ex-patriot Pole who hated the Russians with a passion, and the CIA, the FBI, the Pentagon, all moving further in the direction of a direct conflict with Russia, and especially over Ukraine.

President Barack Obama delivers a statement on the situation in Ukraine, on the South Lawn of the White House, July 29, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

As we know, it was the Obama administration, Assistant Secretary of State [Victoria] Nuland, a neo-con holdover from the Bush administration, who admitted, we had put $5 billion in there to overthrow the democratically elected government of Ukraine. Which we did. It was a standard textbook CIA coup d’etat, that followed the manual going back to the original CIA overthrow of the Mossadegh government in Iran.

Trump seemed to indicate that he was going to take a different approach, and not continue with this agenda. And so, now what we’re seeing is all the forces that had been lined up to steal Ukraine, to confront Russia, are furiously fighting back.

Now, I’m not saying Trump is a good guy here, but what I am saying, if you’re watching the mainstream news media, none of the people involved here are good guys. No one wears a white hat. And it’s an extremely dangerous situation.

[James] Comey, the FBI Director… well, first look at Wesley Swearingen, a decorated retired FBI agent, in his book FBI Secrets, has repeatedly called the FBI “the American Gestapo.” And, of course, you and I and your listening audience certainly know that, Dennis. Certainly African-Americans know the FBI is the American Gestapo. Arabs know it. Muslims know it. Communists know it. I know it since they put me on all the government’s terrorism watch lists here, because I refused to become an informant for them and the CIA on my Arab and Muslim clients.

So, Comey is no great hero here. And, indeed, when he worked for Bush Jr. he was Deputy Attorney General. He was up to his eye balls in every hideous atrocity Bush Jr. inflicted on everyone, both abroad and here at home, including the 1,100 Muslims that they summarily rounded up. Many of them were beaten up, and a few died.

As for Mueller, again, former Director of the FBI, the American Gestapo, Mueller, when he was Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Division, Mueller was in charge of fixing the case against Libya and Gaddafi, for the Lockerbie bombing. When everyone knows Libya had absolutely nothing to do with the Lockerbie bombing.

Indeed, we had been told that the Lockerbie bombing effectively was revenge by Iran for the destruction of the Iran air jet by the USS Vincennes in the Persian Gulf, with the loss of all that innocent human life. And the Reagan administration refused to apologize, refused to accept responsibility, decorated the captain of the Vincennes that killed close to 270 completely innocent human beings.

Robert Mueller with President George W. Bush on July 5, 2001, as Bush nominated Mueller to be FBI Director. (White House photo)

But, in the run up to the Bush Sr.’s war against Iraq to steal Persian Gulf oil, he wanted and needed support of Iran, and also, Syria. There’s evidence Lockerbie might have been staged out of Syria. I don’t know if that’s true or it isn’t. So, we cut a deal that all of a sudden Iran, Syria, whatever the responsibility, they would be let off the hook, in return for Iran and Syria supporting the United States’ war against Iraq. And, all of a sudden, out of nowhere, Libya gets blamed. Mueller was behind all of that. He fixed all that evidence that prevented us, the American people, from finding out who really was behind the Lockerbie bombing. I can’t recall the number there was [270 total people killed], [187] American civilians were killed. Mueller is truly evil. [For more on the Lockerbie bombing, see Consortiumnews “The Crumbling Lockerbie Case”]

And then, in addition, Mueller was head of the FBI, and he was in charge of the cover up of the anthrax attacks of October 2001. At the time, I had given interviews right after these attacks pointing out that this was super weapons grade anthrax that could only be manufactured in a U.S. government lab, or one affiliated, working for the United States government. And, indeed, I informed the FBI of this, given my expertise on biological warfare. And the FBI, then under Mueller, sent a team out there to the Ames Repository for Anthrax, in Ames, Iowa — where we keep our weapons strains — and destroyed them all, attempting to cover up the U.S. government’s origins of the anthrax attack.

That was all done while Mueller was head of the FBI, and under his direct supervision. So, this so-called special council that we see now is just a “fix-it man” for the CIA, the Pentagon, the military industrial complex, despite what you’re reading in the newspaper about character and integrity. This man is a criminal, he should be prosecuted and put in jail, certainly for what he did on Lockerbie, and what he did on the anthrax attacks. And I won’t go through the rest of his record here. So, this is a real scheme by, as I see it, the power ministries, what they used to call it in the Soviet Union, to continue our confrontation with Russia, and in Ukraine, in the Baltics, and also in Syria.

And in my read of the situation, that’s what’s going on. This is not to say Trump is a good guy, except to say, if Clinton had been elected I think we’d be at war with Russia. We dodged a bullet on November 8th. But I don’t know how much longer we will be able to continue to dodge the bullet.

And, again, we have to remember, Dennis, that for eight years under the Obama administration… Obama’s mentor was Zbigniew Brzezinski. Brzezinski and I went through the exact same PhD program at Harvard, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Department of Government, not the Kennedy School, which is basically a front organization for the CIA, and the Department of Defense. But the same program that produces professors of political science, like Brzezinski, like [Henry] Kissinger, and like me, like [Samuel P.] Huntington. And Brzezinski is an ex-patriot Pole who hates the Soviet Union, and Russia, and the Russians with a passion.

Former U.S. National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski

Remember, it was Brzezinski who convinced President Carter to unleash Al-Qaeda [known at the time as the mujahideen] against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan, in order to bring about, as he saw it, the Vietnam for the Soviet Union. And he was Obama’s mentor, at Columbia. And when Obama decided to run for president, he brought in Brzezinski to be in charge of his entire foreign affairs and defense operation, during the campaign.

And then, once Obama became president, Brzezinski stacked the Obama administration with his proteges, all up and down the State Department, the Department of Defense, and the White House, and the CIA and everywhere else he could have. So, that is what we saw for eight years of Obama. And Clinton was just continuing along those lines.

DB: Wow. Well, we just have a couple of minutes left. Today happens to be the fifth year that, shall we say, Julian Assange is trapped in the Ecuadorean embassy [in London]. What do you think U.S. and British intelligence officials are so afraid of when it comes to WikiLeaks?

FB: The truth. That’s what they’re afraid of. Well, Dennis, WikiLeaks, as far as I can tell, so far, I haven’t read all of these dispatches and everything, but I’ve read the accounts, is simply telling the truth. And we here live in a democracy. And, we, the American people are entitled to the truth.

You know, all this diddly squat about classifications and security is all baloney. We live in a democracy. We’re entitled to everything so that we can make informed decisions. And the government refuses to do it. The NSA spies on all of us, every one of us.

When the CIA and the FBI came into my office to try to interrogate me for an hour, which they did, the first question they asked me is, well, why are you giving these interviews all over the world, if you can believe that. And then they tried to get me to become an informant, on my Arab and Muslim clients. So, it’s the truth that the United States government cannot stand, and cannot withstand. And so far as I see it, Assange and WikiLeaks have tried to get the truth out.

And, remember, Mr. Justice [Louis] Brandeis of the United States Supreme Court said quite some time ago, “Sunlight is the best disinfectant.” And WikiLeaks has been consistently providing sunlight to us Americans, to try and disinfect our own government.

DB: Wow. Professor Boyle we appreciate always your stand, your information, and your willingness to be forthright in taking on the powers that be. We thank you so much, again, for joining us on Flashpoints.

FB: Well, thanks again, Dennis. And, remember, John Yoo to jail. [John Yoo is author of the “Torture Memos,” which advised the CIA, Department of Defense, and president on the use of torture techniques after September 11.]

John Yoo, former legal adviser to President George W. Bush

DB: John Yoo, he’s still there teaching those kids. And he’s been cleansed.

FB: The sick, demented Berkeley Law faculty gave him their most prestigious endowed chair. And that means that the Berkeley Law faculty have become accessories after the fact to the use of torture, war crimes and felonies. That’s right. They knew exactly what they were doing.

And I wouldn’t send my dog to the Berkeley Law School, these days. And I say that in sadness because the late, great dean there, Frank Newman, who taught international law and human rights, was a good friend of mine, and supported me at the beginning of my career. And then later he was on the California Supreme Court. And Yoo is now desecrating his slot there at Berkeley Law with the full cooperation of the sick and demented Berkeley Law faculties.

So I certainly would not go there for any reason. I had a son who could have gone to any top law school in the country and I said, “Don’t go to Harvard Law School, they hired a war criminal. Don’t go to Yale Law School, they have hired and still have war criminals. Don’t go to Berkeley Law School, they have a war criminal. Don’t go to the University of Chicago Law School, where I was an undergraduate, because they have a torture monger on there,” and I went right down the list.

DB: So where does he go? There’s nowhere to go.

FB: Well, he eventually went to work for the high tech business. What can I say? I lost my son… my dad was a lawyer, and I lost this boy to the law. But, regretfully, you just could see the total perversion of the American legal academy after 9/11, 2001. I regret to say that. So, what can I say?

DB: Well, we thank you for the frankness and for the information, Professor Francis Boyle, professor of international law at the University of Illinois, College of Law. Thanks again for joining us on Flashpoints.

Dennis J Bernstein is a host of “Flashpoints” on the Pacifica radio network and the author of Special Ed: Voices from a Hidden Classroom. You can access the audio archives at www.flashpoints.net.

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Why Iran and Israel may be on the verge of conflict — in Syria

Introduction — June 28, 2017

Israelis sit on a hill to watch the Tel Aviv regime’s airstrikes on the besieged Gaza Strip, July 2014. Click to enlarge

War as a spectator sport: Israelis sit on a hill to watch IDF airstrikes on the besieged Gaza Strip, July 2014. Click to enlarge

It’s worth bearing in mind as you read the following that it was probably written by career journalist with an eye on pleasing his editors. So what he refers as “Sunni militants” in and around Quneitra, others refer to as the Western-backed Free Syrian Army.
That’s the same “Free Syrian Army” who have been repeatedly linked with Al Qaeda terrorists.
As a result the following article terms Israeli fire support for opposition groups fighting in the area as “IDF surgical strikes”. It sounds a little more precise than Israeli bombing and air support for “Takfiri terrorist groups”, which is how Iran’s Press TV puts it.
However, no matter how you phrase it nothing can disguise the fact that Israel is moving closer to direct confrontation with Iran and its proxies.

Why Iran and Israel may be on the verge of conflict — in Syria

Benny Avni — New York Post June 27, 2017

Some Israelis like to go to the Golan, where from the safety of a ramp overlooking the valley below, they can watch — no binoculars needed — the most consequential regional event of the age: the Syrian civil war.

This week, however, the Israel Defense Forces closed the area for visitors, letting in only the local farmers who worried about missing the cherry harvest.

That’s because for three days in a row, mortar shells flew across the border onto the Israeli-controlled side of the Golan, putting war gawkers at too much risk.

Most likely, the shells overflew their real target: one of the sides in the increasingly heated battle in an area around Quneitra, a town divided between Israel and Syria. Various Sunni militias are entrenched in the area, and Syrian forces loyal to Bashar al-Assad are trying to clear them out.

Control of the road between Quneitra and Dara to the south (where the uprising against Assad started six years ago) is key for the Syrian army — and even more so for its patrons in Tehran. By capturing this road, and the area east of Israel and north of Jordan, they can establish a land corridor from Iran, through Iraq, to Damascus and Syria’s neighbor, Lebanon.

Throw in Yemen, and Iran’s dream of a “Shiite crescent” that would make it the Mideast’s dominant force comes true.

The Syria war is complex, involving many powers pulling in all directions. But Iran and its allied militias — Shiite Iraqis, foreigners from Afghanistan and elsewhere, Hezbollah, Assad’s army — have emerged as a chief worry for policymakers in Riyadh, Amman and Jerusalem.

True, Israel knows how to handle spillover from war on its border. IDF surgical strikes hit Syrian army targets over the past few days, which was enough to at least pause the cross-border seepage of fire into the Golan.

The larger concern for Israeli policymakers here is that Iran and its allied militias, already in control of south Lebanon, are trying to cement a beachhead in Syria.

And that’s exactly what’s happening. “Iran is attempting to use the civil war to establish air force and naval bases in Syria,” Israel’s Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz told Israel Radio this week.

It’s not just Syria. IDF intelligence chief Herzi Halevi said Iran is also building arms factories in Lebanon, a country now dominated by its local proxy, Hezbollah. The mullahs, he said, similarly use Yemeni proxies, the Houthis, to manufacture weapons in that strategically located country next door to Saudi Arabia.

So where’s America in all this?

The Obama administration considered Iran an ally in the fight against ISIS. That, and the nuclear deal that filled the mullahs’ coffers with cash, worried the Saudis so much that they quietly turned to Israel as an ally to confront Tehran.

And not only Saudis. Ha’aretz reports Jordan and Israel have tightened intelligence cooperation in recent weeks to better address the growing Iranian threat on Syrian territory near both countries’ borders.

US forces are reportedly also operating there in growing numbers. Better yet, President Trump has made clear his predecessor’s romance with Tehran was just a fling. The administration has been warning Iran to watch its step as it stomps around the Middle East.

That may have been behind the seemingly-out-of-the-blue White House announcement Monday, confirmed by the Pentagon Tuesday, that it’s detected signs Syria is preparing a new chemical attack. Trump officials warned Assad would pay a “heavy price” for using chemical weapons again.

Yet, widely reported internal fights among administration bigwigs over America’s involvement in the Syria war could hamstring the united anti-Iran front that Sunni allies are hoping for. Washington’s bickering over Trump’s alleged ties to Russia, an Iran ally, isn’t helping either.

According to a Fox News report, Trump is quietly organizing a regional conference, inviting Sunni allies and perhaps even Israel. If so, good — but administration officials will surely hear a lot about the need for America to take a clear stand against Iran’s expansion.

The region is on edge. A victory over ISIS seems close now, but if Iran emerges on top, a wider and more vicious war may ensue, with dire consequences for everyone, including America.

For Israelis, meanwhile, such an outcome could be much scarier than what happened this week to a few Golan tourists that temporarily lost a front-row seat for watching the war below.

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Israel Attacks Syria As Assad Forces Close In For Kill On ISIS HQ

Israel has launched several unprovoked air raids and bombings against Syrian army positions over the past few days in a blatant attempt to disrupt the Syrian government’s lightning advance on the ISIS capital Raqqa.
At the same time, the Jewish Lobby’s puppet governments in the US and the UK have announced that they will also attack Syria, using the patently false claim that the Assad government is “preparing another chemical attack.”
As Press TV pointed out, the Israeli attacks were supposedly in response to rockets fired from Syria into Israel—but the reality is that the rocket fire came from Syrian “rebel” factions, supported by Israel and America, and had nothing to do with the Syrian government.
Nonetheless, the Jewish state “retaliated” against the Syrian government for the attacks. As former American Intelligence Linguist Scott Rickard told Press TV, “Israel has illegally attacked Syria numerous times before,” and noted that ll such instances of aggression against the Syrian territory, including the latest attacks, clearly amount to “an act of war.”
“The Israelis have bombed targets inside Syria over and over again dozens of times. So, we have tremendous amounts of act of war against Syria, by not only the United States, but coalition and Israel dozens of times. They have attacked with airplanes flying over Syrian territory bombing Syria. So, this is a serious act of war,” he said.
Rickard added that the Tel Aviv regime attacks Syrian government forces every time they try to crush the militants who cross the Golan border to be aided and abetted by the Israelis.
The militants, who are fighting against Syrian army forces, are “seeking refuge” in the occupied parts of the Golan Heights, he said, adding the projectiles land in Israeli-occupied territories accidentally, but the Israelis use this as an excuse to hit Syrian military forces. He also said that Israel is among the key players that have brought death and destruction to Syria for more than six years.
The Israeli attacks are clearly timed to cause maximum disruption to the Syrian government’s dramatic advance to the ISIS capital, Raqqa.
The AMN news service reported that the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) had launched a new offensive in northern Syria targeting the Islamic State’s (ISIL) last positions along the Raqqa-Aleppo axis.
Led by their elite Tiger Forces, the Syrian Arab Army stormed a number of villages in western Al-Raqqa, striking the Islamic State’s weak defenses from the northern flank.
According to a military source from the Tiger Forces, the Syrian Arab Army liberated more than 15 villages in the Al-Raqqa Governorate after a fierce battle with the Islamic State.
As a result of the advance, the Syrian Arab Army has reached parts of the Al-Raqqa Governorate that they have not seen since their withdrawal from the area in early 2013.
The Israeli attacks on the Syrian army are clearly not proving effective at halting the Syrian army advance, so the US government has announced that it will attack because the Syrian government is “preparing another chemical attack.”
This far-fetched claim—just the latest in a long series of lies which have emanated from both the Obama and Trump White House—was quickly endorsed by the British government, which expressed its support for any attack on the Syrian government as well.
Currently, the Syrian Arab Army fronts on the Raqqa/Ithriya Road are only 12 miles from each other, and if the push continues, it is likely that the Syrian government will soon lay siege to Raqqa.
The fall of the ISIS capital will effectively put an end to the ISIS Caliphate—and it is this development which Israel and its puppet regimes in the west seek to prevent.
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FAMILY-FEUD IS ANTI-FAMILY. THANKS JEWS

FAMILY FEUD TV GAMESHOW IS ANTI-FAMILY. THANKS JEWS

I know there are much bigger issues related to the Jewish problem to talk about than this. But I have to point it out because it proves that there isn’t one aspect of Western/Christian civilization that the Jews haven’t corrupted, even once wholesome family fun tv game-shows have now been ruined by the Christ-hating Jews who are in control of the media and entertainment industry.

I happened to have Family Feud on the tv the other afternoon with my little nephew and I immediately noticed that the majority of the questions that Steve Harvey (the jews pet schwartza) asks the competing families are mostly centered around sex and every other form of perversion imaginable. I turned the TV off with disgust and told my nephew, NEVER watch this jew filth again. If you don’t believe me just take a look for yourself below at a few of the video clips .

These are just a few of many videos I found demonstrating that ‘family feud’ is in fact ‘anti-family feud’. The Jews corrupt everything that was originally meant to be good. In the words of Houston Stewart Chamberlain,

“Not only the Jew, but also all that is derived from the Jewish mind, corrodes and disintegrates what is best in us.”

In the video above, one ‘goy’ didn’t want to degrade himself for jew shekels on national television and instead chose to remain silent after getting asked the filthy question, “which of the 7 dwarfs describes your wife in bed.” You can bet on it that the hooknosed writers must be having a good laugh and taking pleasure from behind the scenes as they watch the ‘goyim’ make fools of themselves and their families for a few jew shekels. For nothing gives the Jew more pleasure than demoralizing and degrading Christians, and now they’re doing it on once wholesome family fun TV gameshows.

As you can see below, once upon a time family-feud was a clean wholesome family-fun TV show but now the Game-Show ‘Family Fued’ has “abdicated” to diversity and degeneracy. Wonder (((why))) ?

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When we remove the destructive Jewish control over the media and society in general, moral depravity and degeneracy like this will come to a screeching halt, mark my words.

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A RELIGIOUS SOLUTION TO THE JEWISH PROBLEM
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WEIMAR MEETS AMERICA !
MTV MOVIE AWARDS WAS A JUDEO-SATANIC FREAKSHOW !
JUDAIC DESTRUCTION OF WESTERN CULTURE
COSMOPOLITIAN MAGAZINE – PURE JEWISH POISON AND DEGENERACY
HOW JEWS CONTROL THE AMERICAN MEDIA
JEWS ARE BREAKING DOWN CHRISTIAN CIVILIZATION
THE ‘ABDICATION’ OF THE WHITE MAN
WHY JEWS MUST BE REMOVED FROM POWER
WHO IS SUMNER REDSTONE
HOW THE ‘CHOSEN ONES’ SEXUALLY EXPLOIT CHILDREN

 

IDF Attacks Syria Yet Again

Andrew Anglin
Daily Stormer
June 28, 2017

In response to the projectile launched earlier from Syria towards Israel, IDF targeted the Syrian military position that fired the mortar

Moments ago, a projectile fired from Syria hit an open area in the northern Golan Heights. No injuries reported.

Okay so we are definitely way out of the routine.

The Jews used to do this only once every month or six weeks. Now they’ve done it three times in the last week, and appear to be starting a campaign.

They are freaking the hell out about ISIS losing.

That’s also the push for the US to get more involved.

RT:

The Israel Defense Forces says it has responded to a “projectile launched from Syria towards Israel” by firing at Syrian army positions.

“Moments ago, a projectile fired from Syria hit an open area in the northern Golan Heights. No injuries reported,” the IDF’s Twitter account posted on Wednesday. Half an hour later, the IDF reported it had “targeted the Syrian military position that fired the mortar.”

The IDF fired back at the village of Samadanieh al Sharqiyah in Quneitra province, near where Syrian government forces have been engaging rebels over the last week, according to Beirut-based broadcaster Al-Mayadeen TV.

The mortar was reported by the IDF while Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was visiting a nearby village in the Golan Heights.

“While I was speaking, I said here that we will not tolerate errant shooting and we will respond to all firing. During my speech, there was errant fire from the Syrian side that landed in our territory and the army has already attacked,” Reuters quoted the PM as saying.

“Whoever attacks us, we attack them. This is our policy and we will continue to implement it.”

LOL

Yeah, I think if the Syrian military had attacked Israel, we’d be in a bit different situation right now.

According to Martin Jay, a broadcaster and Middle East affairs analyst based in Beirut, even though the stray round from Syria was unintentional and didn’t cause any damage, Israel felt it had to assert itself in an increasingly volatile geopolitical situation.

“It’s very, very important that Netanyahu makes the very firm point that they’re ready for anything that comes over,” Jay told RT. “Just a few weeks ago there was an incident of an Israeli jet hitting a Hezbollah target in Syria and Assad made a very firm statement that he would strike back. He did try to strike back with some sort of missile – it was questionable about what type it was – which was intercepted on the Israeli side.”

“So, there’s a great deal of tension there. The great worry is that these skirmishes or these exchanges actually evolve into a full-on conflict because so far, technically speaking, Israel is not actually involved in the Syrian war.”

On Saturday, Israeli warplanes fired on two Syrian tanks in response to “over 10 projectiles” landing in the Golan Heights. But according to the Syrian government, the IDF instead hit a parking lot and a residential building, causing civilian casualties.

And on Sunday, the IDF struck two artillery launchers and an ammunition truck on the Syrian side of the border after “several Syrian projectiles” landed in Israeli territory without causing any casualties. A similar incident occurred in the same Golan Heights region on Saturday.

No one actually wants this war to end. Honestly, I don’t even think the Jews want Assad dead – at least not yet.

They just want it to go on and on and on and on.

PHILIPPINES: Washington is not Amused, Another CIA/ISIS Joint Destabilization Campaign Underway

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ISIS flag being flown in Marawi. (Photo: Screenshot)

William Engdahl
Journal NEO

The only word I find for it is cloddish. I refer to the latest CIA-instigated attempt to initiate regime change against outspoken Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. The so-called ISIS terror attack in the minerals-rich southern Philippines island of Mindanao, a predominately Muslim part of the mostly Christian nation of 100 million people, took place literally in the midst of President Duterte’s talks in Moscow with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The Duterte Putin talks in turn followed Duterte’s attendance in Beijing on May 15 for the first New Silk Road or Belt Road Forum. America’s colonial asset since 1898 was clearly walking away from the Washington “reservation.”

The terrorist siege in Marawi City is blatantly a desperate Washington try to topple the very popular (80% popularity in polls) Duterte, who successfully won the Presidency last June over a US-backed Mar Roxas, a US-educated former Wall Street banker. Since taking office Duterte has made bold and quite courageous steps to steer the former US Colony towards a Eurasian alliance with China and Russia as his major supporters. In Beijing in October last year, Duterte met China’s Xi Jinping and signed numerous trade deals with China. Critically, taking an opposite policy to his pro-US predecessor Benigno Aquino III, Duterte agreed to resolve the South China Sea dispute between Philippines and China through peaceful diplomatic talks, and to as he put it, “seek a separation from the United States.”

Since then Duterte has sought closer ties with Russia as well, in a further effort to bring his nation out from under the yoke of a de facto US control. This does not sit well with the circles of the so-called Deep State in Washington –the CIA and their nefarious friends. Should the US lose the Philippines, it would pose a devastating strategic geopolitical loss to the US military containment strategy against China and Russia in the Pacific. Devastating.

The recent attacks and siege in Mindanao were nominally done by the terrorist Maute gang and Abu Sayyaf criminal terrorist organizations, both nominally tied to the US-created ISIS fake Islamist operation, a CIA terrorist project created with Saudi money going back to the CIA’s Osama Bin Laden Al Qaeda Mujahideen Operation Cyclone during the 1980’s against the Soviets in Afghanistan.

Duterte’s Eurasian Pivot

It comes as no surprise to anyone closely following the evolving dialogues between Duterte and the leaders of China and now, Russia that the CIA would try to destabilize Duterte at this critical time. They simply hide behind the black skirts of their psychopathic drug-running Maute and Abu Sayyaf, both now tied to the CIA and Mossad-created and Saudi-financed ISIS.

In Moscow, despite having to cut short his talks with Putin to fly back home and deal with the terrorist crisis in Mindanao, the Philippine leader and his Secretaries of Defense and Foreign Affairs managed to sign a number of critical agreements with Russia. These included 10 major agreements aimed at deepening bilateral defense, strategic and economic relations. The two countries signed an Agreement on Defense Cooperation, a legal framework for military-to-military exchanges, training, intelligence-sharing. The Philippines and Russia also signed an intelligence exchange agreement to bolster counter-terror cooperationThat does not please Washington at all.

A ‘Country Bumpkin’ Not

Western mainstream media has delighted in portraying the 71-year-old veteran politician Duterte as a crude country bumpkin, a lower-than-peasant creature who is only capable of vulgar statements, such as when shortly after his inauguration he called the US Ambassador to Manila a ”gay son of a bitch“ for criticizing Duterte’s war on drug lords and dealers plaguing the country. Whether Duterte was factually correct, he clearly won sympathy of millions of his countrymen for having the courage to stand up against the American power.

After closely watching Duterte and his choice of close advisers now for almost a year, I’ve come to the conclusion a country bumpkin Duterte is definitely not. Rather, he is a shrewd political actor who is determined to bring his country out of the colonial servitude status it has held since the first Spanish colonialization in 1565.

Duterte is the first Mindanaoan to hold the Presidential office. Ethnically he is of Visayan descent. This fact is not irrelevant. The Visayans in Mindanao and other Philippine islands led a war for independence against Spanish occupation in 1896.

The United States, posing as the supporter of the Visayan-led war of independence from Spain, betrayed the trust assured the Philippines, double-crossed them and signed a Treaty with Spain, the Treaty of Paris of 1898, under which Spain ceded Cuba and The Philippines to the United States. The USA refused to recognize the independence of their erstwhile ally, the Philippines, and took the country by military force, America’s first genuine imperial grab. The nascent First Philippine Republic then formally declared war against the United States in 1899, unsuccessfully. It was put under US military control. It took until 1946 before the country could be recognized as an independent sovereign state, at least in name.

That historical heritage of Duterte as a Visayan clearly is a living fact for Duterte. He graduated Philippines University and earned a degree in law in 1972. As a lawyer, he was prosecutor in Davao City in Mindanao and later Mayor, one of the longest-serving mayors of the Philippines with seven terms over 22 years. As Mayor, Duterte passed the city’s Women Development Code, the only such code in the country. Its aim is “to uphold the rights of women and the belief in their worth and dignity as human beings.” He pushed for the Magna Carta for Women in Davao, a comprehensive women’s human rights law that seeks to eliminate discrimination against women. As President he has made a domestic focus on poverty reduction.

There is clearly more to the man than lurid western media reports reveal. Now this very popular President is determined to make his country a sovereign nation able to choose with whom it allies and for what ends, and how its economy develops. This is why the CIA and its fake Jihadist networks are being jacked up to try to get rid of Rodrigo Duterte.

ISIS: Bloody Pawprints of CIA and Mossad

The networks of the US Deep State, primarily the CIA have chosen their favorite cover, the otherwise laughable deception of head-choppers calling itself the Islamic State or ISIS or ISIL or DAESH (CIA central casting seems to have trouble settling on a name).

In reality IS, or the groups that spring up conveniently in Syria, in Iraq, in Chechnya–wherever the CIA decides it needs a terror hit squad–are trained mercenary killers, trained variously by CIA or Pentagon Special Forces; by Pakistani ISI intelligence, at least formerly, or by Mossad, also known as Israeli Secret intelligence Service, or by MI-6. In the Philippines, the IS alleged affiliates, especially the Maute group that has laid siege to Marawi City, are little more than a criminal band that finances itself by terror, occasional beheading to exert ransom in a protection racket, recruiting child fighters. Recently the networks of the CIA have been pouring in their foreign mercenaries from Syria, Libya and other places to beef up Maute’s gang for the attack on Duterte’s rule, portraying it as a religious-based “liberation struggle.”

ISIS came out of the CIA’s Al Qaeda franchise called Al Qaeda in Iraq. In 2010 its name was changed to ISIS. Then as Israeli journalists pointed out the embarrassing fact that the English acronym for the Hebrew spelling of Mossad was ISIS (Israeli Secret Intelligence Services abruptly they decided to call their band of mercenaries with their black flags and US M16 assault rifles, IS for Islamic StateConveniently in Syria they control the very territory where competing Qatari and Iran gas pipelines to the Mediterranean would run. Curiously, despite the fact they are active in the Golan Heights where Israel has its eye on stealing a huge amount of newly-discovered Syrian oil, they have never attacked Israel. The one time an accidental hit on an Israeli target took place, IS apologized…Do real head-choppers ever apologize?

When the fake CIA Sarin gas attack in Ghouta in 2013 failed to get a UN mandate for all-out war to depose Bashar al Assad–Obama’s infamous “red line”–the NATO and NATO-linked networks created the monster they now call IS in 2014.

Today the CIA uses IS as the cover to justify keeping US forces in Iraq after the government asked them to leave; a cover to bomb Syria in order to topple Assad, something Russian presence has made embarrassingly difficult since September, 2015. And they use it to recruit thousands of young psycho recruits from over the Muslim work, train them and send them back to places like Chechnya in Russia or Xinjiang in China, or Balochistan Province in Pakistan where the Chinese have built a new deep water port at Gwadar on the Arabian Sea near Iran, the heart of its $46 billion China–Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a strategic part of its One Belt, One Road Eurasian infrastructure project.

Now the West’s favorite terrorist mercenaries are being told to take down Duterte in the Philippines. They probably are too late and have badly underestimated their adversaries. But then with the deterioration over recent decades in the quality of American university education, the current generation of strategists at Langley likely missed the basic course in Sun Tzu’s the Art of War, especially the part that cautions generals who wish to be victorious to “know yourself and know your enemy,” something that Duterte seems to have thought about. How the IS destabilization try in the Philippines unfolds in coming weeks may well determine a major turning point towards creation of the emerging China-Russia-centered Eurasian Century.

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SYRIA: US False Flag Hysteria Propels the World Towards a Global Military Finale

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Neil Clark
Sputnik

Here we go again… “US warns Syria over ‘potential’ plan for chemical attack” was the dramatic news headline which greeted me when I checked out the BBC News website first thing Tuesday morning, June 26.

A White House statement said that the US had “identified potential preparations for another chemical weapons attack by the Assad regime that would likely result in the mass murder of civilians, including innocent children.” It added, “The activities are similar to preparations the regime made before its 4 April 2017 chemical weapons attack.” The US made it clear that if the devilish plan, which it had “identified” was carried out, it wouldn’t just hold the Syrian government responsible, but those other all-round “baddies” Russia and Iran too.

Any further attacks done to the people of Syria will be blamed on Assad, but also on Russia & Iran who support him killing his own people.

Where does one start with this hogwash? Does the US really think we’ve got all brains the size of gnats and memories that only go back to remembering what we had for supper last night? Or that we are stupid enough to believe that Assad would use chemical weapons in a war in which he is clearly winning?

Or accept as a “slam dunk” that it was the Assad government which used chemical weapons on Apri 7l- when it has most certainly yet to be proven? And here’s award-winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh’s latest piece of work on that.

If your first reaction on reading the BBC headlines about the US “warning” was a sense of deja vu, you’re not the only one. The world’s number one rogue state routinely comes up with wild, unsubstantiated claims about the dastardly things target states are planning to do, or are doing, or have done, before it launches yet another illegal military assault.

In 2002/3 the White House told us repeatedly that Iraq had WMDs which posed a threat not just to the Middle East but to the entire world.

It was a total fabrication and up to 1 million people lost their lives in the resulting war. Four years earlier, the lurid claims involved Yugoslav forces committing genocide in Kosovo. Again, it was untrue — but the evocation of Nazi-era crimes enabled the US to “sell” to the western public its long-planned imperialistic war against a socialist state which had resisted globalization, as a “progressive” and “humanitarian” venture.

In 2011, we were told Muammar Gaddafi, who had ruled Libya since the end of the Swinging Sixties, was going to massacre the inhabitants of Benghazi. It was utter B.S. once more, but the US and its NATO allies got their way and Libya — a country with the highest Human Development Index in Africa was transformed into a failed state and playground for Daesh (ISIS/ISIL) and al-Qaeda.

Now, it’s Syria — (and their allies Iran and Russia too), which is in the line of fire.

Regime change in Damascus has long been an aim of the hawks in the US, but thanks to heroic Syrian resistance and the aid given to the country by its loyal allies, this is one neo-con operation that hasn’t quite gone to plan. Despite the billions of dollars of weaponry that have been supplied to anti-government “rebels” by the US and their regional allies, the Arab Socialist Ba’ath Party is still in power. Not only that, but, “horror of horrors!”, Syrian government forces are liberating towns and cities from western-backed terrorists.

It’s clear that the only way the US, Saudi Arabia and Israel (where a government minister called for the assassination of Assad in May — and whose forces have carried out several attacks on Syrian forces in the Golan Heights in recent days), will get what they want is an all-out “kick every ass out there,” US-led military assault on Syrian government forces. But for that to happen they need a casus belli — especially as the US-led “coalition” is supposed to be in Syria to be fighting the head-choppers of Daesh.

The timing of this week’s “warning” about a “planned” Syrian government chemical weapons attack is highly revealing. As in the case with previous US attempts to escalate the conflict, it comes as the Syrian Arab Army is celebrating significant advances against Daesh and other terror groups.

Monday, June 26, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), reported how the Syrian army had re-established control over the Al-Dolei’Yat area — on the borders of the Deir ez-Zor province with Homs. It sticks in the craw of the western regime changers — and their media propagandists — to see Syrian forces do well and recapture territory. Just remember the western Establishment’s foaming-at-the-mouth  “outrage” when eastern Aleppo was liberated from al-Qaeda/al-Nusra jihadists in December.

Last night, in Britain, C4 News, which has acted as a cheerleader for Syrian “rebels” since the start of the conflict, referred to the “cocky” Assad. The Syrian President had earlier in the day been visiting disabled soldiers with his family in Hama. C4 News clearly wished he was holed up in a bunker like Saddam and Gaddafi — and awaiting summary “justice” administered by western “rebels” — for daring to defy Washington’s warmongers.

It’s obvious to any objective observer, that Assad — whatever your opinion of him — enjoys widespread support in Syria, and that too makes the west’s regime-changers, who think they, and they alone, should dictate who runs the country, very angry.

When  is defeated, it will leave a power vacuum which must be filled by our allies and not Iran, the Assad regime, Hezbollah or others.

Syria’s secular government, which protects Christians and other minorities, and is fighting against the same extremist forces which massacred civilians in terror attacks in Europe, simply cannot be allowed to win. The Syria-Hezbollah-Iran axis has to be broken. For the west’s endless war lobby, the road to Tehran — and Moscow — goes through Damascus. The US “warning” also comes just a few days after the new French President Emmanuel Macron sought to change his country’s hawkish position on Syria to a much more sensible one. Macron said he saw no “legitimate successor” to Assad.

“The real change I’ve made on this question, is that I haven’t said the deposing of Bashar al-Assad is a prerequisite for everything,” Macron told the Guardian. Macron’s comments, that with under his Presidency, there would  “be an end to the kind neoconservatism imported into France over the last 10 years” will have worried the hawks in Washington. But significantly, he also said that the use of chemical weapons in Syria was a “red line” and would be “met with a response.”

By announcing publicly that they have “identified potential preparations” for another chemical weapons attack in Syria, the US government is making its intentions very clear.

You don’t have to be Hercules Poirot or Lt. Columbo to appreciate that the stage is now set rather conveniently for another “heinous” chemical weapons attack in Syria — carried out by western-sponsored “rebels,” but blamed very quickly on “the evil child-murdering Assad,” in order to give the US and their allies the pretext for waging their long-desired, all-out war with the Syrian government. Well, that certainly appears to be the plan, going on past history.

The good news though is that it can still be thwarted. Russia has come out strongly against the US statement, saying that the White House’s warning to Syria and its allies was “unacceptable.” If a major war is to be averted its essential that the US and its allies in the region understand that any attempt to escalate the conflict in Syria will be met with a powerful military response from the Syrian government and their allies. Note well that for all its bluster, the US still hasn’t attacked North Korea, because it is frightened to do so. It must be made equally frightened about the consequences of an all-out regime change operation in Syria.

The lies used to justify US-led military aggression against target states are, let’s face it, so transparent that a child of five could see right through them. Yet still they carry on telling them. Do they think we’re stupid, or are the regime-changers at the stage of desperation now in Syria that they really don’t care?

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ZAKHAROVA: Russia aware of possible locations for false flag attack

Russia speaks with a unified voice while America is becoming a land of confusion.

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has called America’s bluff in naming two possible locations in northwest Idlib Governorate where a possible chemical weapons false flag attack could occur. She named Saraqib and Ariha as two probable locations where terrorists could stage a false flag attack. Idlib is one of the few places west of the Euphrates where terrorists still occupy and control a considerable amount of  Syrian territory.

Zakharova stated,

“Indeed, there is new intel. We believe that this staging, this provocation is being prepared”.

Zakharova called threatening statements from White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley promising renewed aggression against Syria in response to a chemical attack which by the admission of the US not yet occurred, a “harbinger of a new intervention”.

This comes as Nikki Haley told the US Congress’ House Foreign Affairs Committee,

“You can’t have Assad in power with the healthy Syria.

A post-ISIS Syria doesn’t mean all goes back to where it should be happy and good again”.

Haley’s trite remarks contradict official US State Department policy which as recently as the 22nd of June indicated that regime change in Syria is not something the US considers a realistic option.

Russia has responded to the US threat of aggression against Syria with a single voice. In addition to Zakharova’s comments, Russian Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov has condemned US threats against Syrian sovereignty and both Deputy Russian Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov have condemned US threats in stronger terms than Russia has previous used to condemn US meddling in Syria. In the case of Lavrov, there was even a very frank suggestion that Russia could militarily retaliate against any further US aggression against Syria’s sovereignty.

By contrast, the United States has been sending mixed signals, even within the last 24 hours.

US Defence Secretary James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis has stated that the US wants to work with Russia to avoid further conflict and does not seek to get sucked into a deeper war in Syria. Hours after these remarks were made, Nikki Haley once again implied that regime change is on the table and that the US opposes the legitimate government of Syria.

One therefore is witnessing a highly decorated retired US General saying something entirely different to the US Ambassador to the United Nations, a woman who has no previous experience in foreign policy or military affairs.

It is tempting to believe that Mattis is the more responsible voice, but given the confusion of the Trump administration, it is difficult to say this with absolute certainty. America’s highest ranking diplomatic, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has been eerily silent for much of the week.


 

Paul Craig Roberts blasts the foolish, lying CNN and Megyn Kelly. Praises Oliver Stone’s work

The presstitutes not only interfered in the presidential election; they are now interfering with democracy itself.

In his latest post, “It Is the Presstitutes, Not Russia, Who Interfered in the US Presidential Election“, Paul Craig Roberts continues to call the establishment DC Deep State, as he weighs in on the differences between the recent Oliver Stone and Megyn Kelly interviews of Russian President Vladimir Putin noting that, “Oliver Stone, who knew how to interview Vladimir Putin, Megyn Kelly did not. Thus, she made a fool of herself, which is par for her course.”

CNN’s inadvertent admission that its coverage of the entire “Russia election meddling” was a complete “nothing burger” is also cited in Robert’s article below…


 

Now the entire Western media has joined Megyn in foolishness, or so it appears from a RT report. James O’Keefe has senior CNN producer John Bonifield on video telling O’Keefe that CNN’s anti-Russia reporting is purely for ratings: “It’s mostly bullshit right now. Like, we don’t have any big giant proof.” CNN’s Bonifield is reported to go on to say that “our CIA is doing shit all the time, we’re out there trying to manipulate governments.” https://www.rt.com/usa/394233-russia-cnn-ratings-veritas/

And, of course, the American people, the European peoples, and the US and European governments are being conditioned by the “Russia did it” storyline to distrust Russia and to accept whatever dangerous and irresponsible policy toward Russia that Washington comes up with next.

Is the anti-Russian propaganda driven by ratings as Bonifield is reported to claim, or are ratings the neoconservatives and military/security complex’s cover for media disinformation that increases tensions between the superpowers and prepares the ground for nuclear war?

RT acknowledges that the entire story could be just another piece of false news, which is all that the Western media is known for.

Nevertheless, what we do know is that the fake news reporting pertains to Russia’s alleged interference in the US presidential election. Allegedly, Trump was elected by Putin’s interference in the election. This claim is absurd, but if you are Megyn Kelly you lack the IQ to see that. Instead, presstitutes turn a nonsense story into a real story despite the absence of any evidence.

Who actually interfered in the US presidential election, Putin or the presstitutes themselves? The answer is clear and obvious. It was the presstitutes, who were out to get Trump from day one of the presidential campaign. It is CIA director John Brennan, who did everything in his power to brand Trump some sort of Russian agent. It is FBI director Comey who did likewise by continuing to “investigate” what he knew was a non-event. We now have a former FBI director playing the role of special prosecutor investigating Trump for “obstruction of justice” when there is no evidence of a crime to be obstructed! What we are witnessing is the ongoing interference in the presidential election, an interference that not only makes a mockery of democracy but also of the rule of law.

The presstitutes not only interfered in the presidential election; they are now interfering with democracy itself. They are seeking to overturn the people’s choice by discrediting the President of the United States and those who elected him. The Democratic Party is a part of this attack on American democracy. It is the DNC that insists that a Putin/Trump conspiracy stole the presidency from Hillary. The Democrats’ position is that it is too risky to permit the American people—the “deplorables”— to vote. The Democratic Party’s line is that if you let Americans vote, they will elect a Putin stooge and America will be ruled by Russia.

Many wonder why Trump doesn’t use the power of the office of the presidency to indict the hit squad that is out to get him. There is no doubt that a jury of deplorables would indict Brennan, Comey, Megyn Kelly and the rest. On the other hand, perhaps Trump’s view is that the Republican Party cannot afford to go down with him, and, therefore, as he is politically protected by the Republican majority, the best strategy is to let the Democrats and the presstitutes destroy themselves in the eyes of flyover America.

What our survival as Americans depends on is the Russians’ view of this conflict between a US President who intended to reduce the tensions between the nuclear powers and those determined to increase the tensions. The Russian high command has already announced its conclusion that Washington is preparing a surprise nuclear attack on Russia. It is not possible to imagine a more dangerous conclusion. So far, no one in Washington or any Western government has made an effort to reassure Russia that no such attack is being prepared. Instead, the calls are for more punishment of Russia and more tension.

This most extraordinary of failures demonstrates the complete separation of the West from reality.

It is difficult to imagine a more extreme danger than for the insouciant West to convince Russia that the West is incapable of rational behavior. But that is precisely what the West is doing.

New Documents Reveal CIA Motives, Tactics in 1953 Iranian Coup

  • Former Prime Minister of Iran, Mohammad Mosaddegh.

    Former Prime Minister of Iran, Mohammad Mosaddegh. | Photo: AFP

Published 29 June 2017 (3 hours 0 minutes ago)
Newly released documents reveal officials fearing eroding Western control of Iranian oil, motivating a plan to fund opposition groups and propaganda.

Newly released documents by the United States Department of State provide an inside look at the motivations and tactics used by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency in orchestrating the 1953 coup in Iran that toppled the democratically elected government of former Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh, reinstating the rule of the U.S.-friendly Shah monarchy.

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In over 1,000 pages of internal cables and letters released with little publicity on June 15th, U.S. officials discussed western economic and political interests in Iran, as well as the tactics and viability of arranging a coup in the year leading up to Mosaddegh’s eventual removal.

The plot was eventually successful, although knowledge that the CIA had been involved led to widespread popular anger that some have said laid the conditions for the Iranian Revolution of 1979, when the U.S. Embassy was occupied.

“The things we did were ‘covert’,” President Dwight Eisenhower remarked in a diary entry included in the recently released documents. “If knowledge of them became public, we would not only be embarrassed in that region, but our chances to do anything of like nature in the future would almost totally disappear.”

Running through the documents is a pervasive concern over eroding western influence, and the potential for Communism to gain a foothold in the oil rich region.

One CIA official articulated U.S. and British fears well when he said in a letter to Eisenhower that since Mosaddegh’s election, there had been “a steady decrease in the power and influence of Western democracies and the building up of a situation where a Communist takeover is becoming more and more of a possibility.”

Mosaddegh had implemented sweeping social and economic reforms in the country, most notably implementing a taxation on land rents, and nationalizing the oil industry, which had been controlled by the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company, now called British Petroleum for almost half a century. In what was a highly popular move, the new Prime Minister aimed to expropriate the assets of the company in order to use Iranian oil for the construction of social services and the building of a strong national economy.

The documents reveal the CIA working closely with a U.K. deeply concerned by their loss of oil hegemony in the country.

Officials were fearful that western countries would be “deprived of the enormous assets represented by Iranian oil production and reserves,” and feared a domino-effect whereby the Middle-East, along with “some 60% of the world’s oil reserves, would fall into Communist control.”

TPAJAX, the codenamed CIA coup plot planned against Mosaddagh, was the U.S. and U.K.’s response to Iran’s attempt to assert its independence and economic sovereignty.

In documents taking stock of “western assets” in Iran months before the coup took place, the CIA notes that they were stockpiling “enough arms and demolition material to support a 10,000 -man guerilla organization for six months,” were paying millions of dollars in bribes, and were supplying arms and payment to tribal groups in the south to organize a “resistance” to the Iranian government.

In documents which detail operations in the region, paragraphs subheaded as “political and psychological warfare,” and “paramilitary operations” are still left classified, leaving the full extent of some operations a mystery.

Assessing their heavy diplomatic, military, and covert presence in Iranian institutions, CIA officials were confident in their ability to exploit internal political interests within the Iranian government that “would welcome secret American intervention” to help them achieve their “individual or group political ambitions.”

In the year leading up to Mosaddegh’s removal and immediately following it, U.S. officials were keenly aware that one of their most important tasks was to affect public opinion through mass propoganda campaigns. They were careful in documents to distinguish between “public” and “private” lines on various issues.

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Documents refer to a “group serving the CIA which is capable of providing reasonably effective pro-Shah propaganda,” although they acknowledge their limitations in effectively countering pro-Mossadegh sentiment.

Touching on the need to bolster a “propaganda machine”, as they refer to it, an official suggests that following a successful coup “the U.S. might covertly assist in subsidizing some pro-government newspapers and could openly make radio equipment and technical advice available to a new government’s effective operation of Radio Tehran.”

It is repeatedly emphasized that Iranian public opinion was highly antagonistic to foreign oil interests, and that “concealing the foreign hand,” is of utmost importance in any change of government. Documents also repeatedly state that the “oil question” must be left out of all public discourse surrounding the change in government.

“It would be literally fatal to any non-communist successor to Mosaddegh if the Iranian public gained an impression that the new premier was a ‘foreign tool’,” a coup-planning document says.

The coup almost failed, as Mosaddegh found out about the plans and left to Rome. However, the CIA then proceeded to fuel pro-Shah protests which reinstated monarchy in Iran. Following the coup, one official expressed hope that “Iran will again assume its place in the pro-Western grouping of nations.”

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Turkey Is Witch Hunting Journalists at an Alarming Rate

  • Journalists in Turkey have been historically tried for reporting the facts during successive military regimes including that of Erdogan’s AKP government. 

    Journalists in Turkey have been historically tried for reporting the facts during successive military regimes including that of Erdogan’s AKP government.  | Photo: Reuters

Published 28 June 2017 (7 hours 56 minutes ago)
Journalists in Turkey have been historically tried for reporting the facts during successive military regimes including that of Erdogan’s AKP government.

Scores of journalists, the highest number in the world are being put behind bars in Turkey.

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The media crackdown is a result of an attempted coup last July in which 200 people died and over 1,400 were injured. The jailed reporters are caught in a quagmire as they face legal limbo and deal with made-up charge sheets, inhumane treatment, and solitary confinement.

According to the opposition, Republican People’s Party, CHP, since the coup attempt, 152 journalists have been locked up, 173 media outlets have been shut, including newspapers, magazines, radio stations, websites and news agencies.

Over 2,500 journalists have been laid off because of the closures and 800 have had their press credentials revoked, with many also having their passports confiscated, but the government has only acknowledged that 30 journalists are in prison. The rest, according to Erdogan, are terrorists.

“Only two of the 177 people in prison who declared their profession to be journalism have yellow press cards. One of these 177 is in prison for murder, while the rest are there because of their ties to terrorist organizations,” Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish President, said in a statement.

The human rights groups have repeatedly urged the government to release all journalists. Many Kurdish outlets have been shut or have reopened up with different names after being accused of propaganda on behalf of the PKK.

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, in 2016, Turkey accounted for a third of all journalists imprisoned worldwide.

Journalists in Turkey have been historically tried for reporting the facts during successive military regimes, including that of Erdogan’s AKP government. In the past decade, Erdogan himself has sued thousands of critics for insulting him, many of them being journalists.

The evidence against those detained is not enough but is often linked to the Gülen’s movement.

The indictments against many known journalists, including the Altan brothers, a pair of prominent columnists who have been held in pretrial detention since their arrest in September, and Nazli Ilicak, include their professional contacts and correspondence with suspected Gülen supporters as proof of their guilt, PRI reported.

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“All my relationships with the people that you mention were within the framework of my job as a journalist,” Ilicak said in her defense statement last Monday, her voice rising in anger. At the time she spoke with them, she added, “they were not yet declared members of a terrorist organization.”

There is no escape as even the judges who rule in favor of defendants who are somehow tied to the coup are often at risk of losing their jobs.”
Earlier this year, a court ordered the release of several journalists but the decision was reversed, following the suspension of the judges involved.

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Iraq army seizes ruins of Mosul mosque from ISIL

Army captures Grand al-Nuri mosque where ISIL proclaimed its self-styled caliphate three years ago, state TV says.

A large part of the mosque was blown up by the ISIL last week [Reuters]
A large part of the mosque was blown up by the ISIL last week [Reuters]

Iraqi government troops have captured the mosque in Mosul from where ISIL proclaimed its self-styled caliphate exactly three years ago, the Iraqi military said.

Seizing the 850-year-old Grand al-Nuri Mosque hands a symbolic victory to the Iraqi forces who have been battling for more than eight months to recapture Mosul, the northern city that served as ISIL’s de facto capital in Iraq.

“Their fictitous state has fallen,” Brigadier General Yahya Rasool, an Iraqi military spokesman, told state TV.

Iraqi authorities expect the battle to end in the coming days as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group has been bottled up in a handful of neighbourhoods of the Old City.

A large part of the mosque was blown up by the group last week.

The mosque and its famed Al-Hadba (hunchback) leaning minaret were Mosul landmarks and also held major significance in the history of ISIL rule in Iraq.

READ MORE: Grand al-Nuri Mosque in Iraq’s Mosul ‘blown up’ by ISIL

Baghdadi appeared during Friday prayers at the mosque in 2014, soon after ISIL seized Iraq’s second-largest city, calling on Muslims to obey him, in what remains his only known public appearance.

Three years later, Baghdadi’s fate and whereabouts remain unknown, and ISIL has lost much of the territory it overran in 2014.

The fighters blew up the mosque and minaret on June 21 as they put up increasingly desperate resistance to the advance of Iraqi forces.

‘Declaration of defeat’

Officials from Iraq and the US-led anti-ISIL coalition said the destruction of the site was a sign of the group’s imminent loss of Mosul, with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi calling it an “official declaration of defeat”.

The loss of the iconic 12th century minaret – one of the country’s most recognisable monuments – left the country in shock.

But the destruction had been widely anticipated, with commanders saying ISIL would not have allowed Iraqi forces to score a hugely symbolic victory by recapturing the site.

An ISIL flag was seen on top of the minaret of the al-Nuri mosque in the Old City in western Mosul before it was destroyed [Erik De Castro/Reuters]

ISIL claimed on its Amaq news agency that the site was hit in a US air strike, but the US-led coalition said it was the fighters who had “destroyed one of Mosul and Iraq’s great treasures”.

Russia has said it is seeking to verify whether the ISIL leader, whose whereabouts have been unknown for months, was killed when its warplanes hit the group’s leaders in a night air raid in Syria last month.

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Al Jazeera’s Bernard Smith, reporting from Erbil, said the recapture of the mosque compound was a significant blow to ISIL.

“What it helps us understand is how slow and how difficult a fight it has been to regain the Old City,” Smith said.

“Not long after ISIL forces blew up the al Nuri mosque and its minaret, Iraqi forces said they were about 50 metres away. It’s then taken more than a week to advance those 50 metres and to take control of the mosque compound.

“And even though Iraqi forces say they’ve got control of the area around the mosque, they’ve not gone into what’s left of the compound because they believe like everywhere else they’ve captured in the Old City, it’s been booby-trapped.”

mosul war map infographic who controls what isis isil

Heritage destroyed

The mosque in Mosul’s Old City was the latest in a long list of priceless heritage and historical monuments destroyed by ISIL during its three-year rule over swathes of Iraq and Syria.

The minaret, which was completed in 1172 and had been listing for centuries, is featured on Iraq’s 10,000-dinar banknote and was the main symbol of Iraq’s second city – giving its name to countless restaurants, companies and even sports clubs in Mosul.

After seizing Iraq’s Sunni Arab heartland in June 2014, ISIL reportedly rigged the Hadba with explosives but was prevented from blowing it up by the local population. The fighters consider the reverence of objects, including of such sites, as heresy.

The mosque’s destruction came three days after government forces launched an assault on the Old City, the last district of Mosul still under ISIL control.

About 100,000 residents are believed to still be trapped in the district by ISIL, which has been using civilians as human shields to defend its last redoubt in Mosul.

The area still controlled by the fighters is small but its narrow streets and the presence of so many civilians has made the operation perilous.

ISIL has been offering fierce resistance in the Old City, with barrages of mortar fire and a huge number of booby traps slowing the Iraqi advance.

While Iraqi forces have made good progress to reach the Nuri mosque, Iraqi commanders have warned that the battle for the Old City is far from over.

Source: Al Jazeera and news agencies


Trump’s America: Bring on the hate

The Trump administration’s makeover of the US counterterrorism efforts helps white extremism.

The FBI website still offers a ludicrous online activity called 'Don't Be a Puppet' - designed for use in schools, writes Fernandez [CVE/FBI]
The FBI website still offers a ludicrous online activity called ‘Don’t Be a Puppet’ – designed for use in schools, writes Fernandez [CVE/FBI]

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@MariaBelen_Fdez

Belen Fernandez is the author of The Imperial Messenger: Thomas Friedman at Work, published by Verso. She is a contributing editor at Jacobin Magazine.

It’s makeover time for America’s Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) programme – one of the many examples of US projects that were already bad enough before coming under the fearlessly sociopathic direction of Donald Trump.

Launched during the presidency of Barack Obama, CVE is ostensibly meant to prevent terrorist activity by encouraging the early detection of potential “radicalisation” of individuals.

In practice, it has often resulted in a socially destructive situation in which parents, teachers and other community members are expected to report young people to law enforcement for any activity that might be construed as suspicious.

As we know from recent US history, even the most mundane of activities – such as using a pressure cooker to prepare food – can be suspicious when performed by a Muslim and can even merit a visit from the FBI.

Granted, under Obama some efforts were made to advance the idea that CVE is not Islam-specific.

For instance, the FBI website still offers a ludicrous online activity called “Don’t Be a Puppet” – designed for use in schools – in which anyone with nothing else to do can earn a certificate for successfully completing “the FBI’s Countering Violent Extremism training”.

I gave up after a few minutes, but in those few minutes I did find out that environmental activists can be violent extremists, too.

An extremist surplus

Now that Trump has taken hold of the American reins, of course, ludicrousness has been sprung from the realm of negative vocabulary and effectively flaunted as a sign of national greatness.

After first considering renaming CVE “Countering Radical Islamic Extremism”, the Trump administration has for the moment opted to simply defund some of the CVE grants awarded by Obama – such as those to groups dedicated to combating neo-Nazism and the Ku Klux Klan.

But with Trump as with Obama, prevailing double standards and a wilful obliteration of the context surrounding global manifestations of violence mean that a pathologisation of the ‘other’ will forever trump the possibility of actual progress.

An article on the Mother Jones website notes that the new list of grantees announced on June 23 by the Department of Homeland Security “includes groups that combat al-Qaeda and ISIS and leaves out organisations primarily focused on countering white supremacists and other far-right hate groups”.

This despite pertinent statistics compiled in a new report by the Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute and The Center for Investigative Reporting, which indicate that – from 2008 to the end of 2016 – “right-wing extremists were behind nearly twice as many incidents” of US domestic terrorism as Islamist extremists.

Out of pure coincidence, surely, Obama and Trump have managed to agree on CVE funding for entities such as the police department of the city of Dearborn, Michigan, which, as a recent Middle East Eye article explains, “has the largest concentration of Arabs in the United States [and] has also been the subject of US counterterrorism efforts”.

In Dearborn and elsewhere, such efforts have included the use of FBI informants to manipulate and entrap psychologically vulnerable Muslim individuals and others in manufactured plots, thereby ensuring the lucrative sustainability of the whole terrorism industry and continued accumulation of counterterror funds by relevant agencies.

The police and other problems

Of course, Muslims aren’t the only demographic on the receiving end of US government excess and brutality. The US police habit of murdering black people – including children – shows no sign of letting up.

In recently released tragic footage of the aftermath of the fatal police shooting of Philando Castile in Minnesota in 2016, Castile’s four-year-old daughter – who witnessed the senseless killing along with her mother, Castile’s girlfriend – pleads with her mom to please not scream because “I don’t want you to get shooted.”

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The child continues: “I wish this town was safer.”

How, then, to go about countering violent extremism when US law enforcement officials themselves regularly engage in extreme violence?

Answers to this question will presumably become ever more elusive as Trump’s rule progresses, presiding, as he does, over a panorama of unabashed xenophobic nationalism and arrogance – fertile terrain, no doubt, for the further cultivation of white supremacist traditions.

Already, an ongoing surge in hate crimes against Muslims and other communities suggests that many far-right extremists view Trump’s ascent as a green light.

And that’s not the end of the complications in this whole CVE business.

‘Violent acts’

According to the definition provided on the FBI’s “Don’t Be a Puppet” website, violent extremism is “encouraging, condoning, justifying, or supporting the commission of a violent act to achieve political, ideological, religious, social, or economic goals” – in other words, pretty much what the US does abroad on a daily basis.

From Hiroshima to El Salvador to Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia and beyond, “violent acts” have been the name of the game for quite some time. And what do you know: some of these acts have even contributed to the rise of al-Qaeda, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS), and other groups that apparently now require not only military, but also CVE responses.

Meanwhile, the DHS website notes that one of the major goals of CVE is “the use of counter-narratives to confront violent extremist messaging online”. A first step might be to take away Trump’s Twitter account.

Of course, Twitter, Google and Facebook have all jumped on the CVE bandwagon – as have the United Nations, as well as a vast multitude of individual nations and other outfits interested in making a buck off the fad.

But with Trump as with Obama, prevailing double standards and a willful obliteration of the context surrounding global manifestations of violence mean that a pathologisation of the “other” will forever trump the possibility of actual progress.

For those benefiting from the simultaneous fuelling and countering of “violent extremism”, though, it’s already a win-win situation.

Belen Fernandez is the author of The Imperial Messenger: Thomas Friedman at Work, published by Verso. She is a contributing editor at Jacobin magazine.

The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Al Jazeera’s editorial policy.

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Vatican’s 3rd most powerful figure, Cardinal Pell, charged with multiple sex assaults

Vatican's 3rd most powerful figure, Cardinal Pell, charged with multiple sex assaults
Australia’s highest-ranking Roman Catholic clergyman, Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell, has been charged by Australian police over sex allegations from “multiple complainants.”

“Cardinal Pell is facing multiple charges in respect of historic sexual offences,” Victoria state police deputy commissioner Shane Patton told the media in Melbourne on Thursday.

The extent of the charges the senior Vatican cardinal is facing has not been revealed by police. However, according to Patton, “there are multiple complainants relating to those charges.”

There might be up to 10 alleged victims, Australian news website News.com.au reports, adding that they were minors at the time of the alleged assaults and are now aged from their late 20s to their early 50s.

The allegations are believed to stretch from the time that Pell was a priest in the Australian town of Ballarat to when he was Archbishop of Melbourne. It is alleged that the cardinal groomed boys at a swimming pool in Ballarat in the 1970s and committed sexual assaults at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne, according to The Australian.

The cardinal, who did not admit to any of the alleged offences and has denied reports that have been circulating in the media for months, was charged by summons to appear before a Melbourne court on July 18.

Since 2014, Pell has lived in the Vatican, with which Australia has no extradition treaty, meaning the cardinal could potentially avoid prosecution if he chose not to return to his home country.

However, the Australian Catholic Church said in a statement Thursday that the cardinal “will return to Australia, as soon as possible, to clear his name.”

“He said he is looking forward to his day in court and will defend the charges vigorously,” the statement added.

Pell, 76, was promoted to cardinal in 2003 and three years ago he was appointed to serve as the Vatican treasurer, considered to be the third most powerful post behind the Pope.

While it is the first time that formal charges are brought against the clergyman, he was subject of an investigation in the early 2000s after claims emerged that he had molested an altar boy back in the 1960s, The Age reported.

At the time, Pell denied the allegations against him, dubbing them “lies.”

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In February, the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse released a report stating that more than 4,000 children, mostly boys, have been allegedly sexually abused by Catholic priests in Australia over a period of decades.

According to the investigation, since the 1950s some 7 percent of priests in the country were alleged perpetrators. The commission also said that since the 1980s, the Catholic Church has paid over $200 million to victims of alleged sex abuse committed by priests in Australia over decades.

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Soros ‘mafia state’ speech a declaration of war – Hungarian PM Orban

Soros 'mafia state' speech a declaration of war – Hungarian PM Orban
The war of words between George Soros and Hungarian PM Viktor Orban is threatening to boil over after the billionaire philanthropist claimed Hungary is a ‘mafia state’ posing as a democracy.

“He [Orban] sought to frame his policies as a personal conflict between the two of us and has made me the target of his unrelenting propaganda campaign,” the Hungarian-born American financier said during his keynote address at the annual economic forum of the European Commission Thursday.

The speech was Soros’ first public comment in response to a controversial bill proposed in April which threatens to close his Central European University.

“[Orban] cast himself in the role of the defender of Hungarian sovereignty and me as a shady currency speculator who uses his money to flood Europe — particularly his native Hungary — with illegal immigrants as part of some vague but nefarious plot,” he added.

Orban did not take such accusations lightly, however, and fired back at Soros Friday.

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“This is a declaration of war, no doubt,” Orban told state radio Friday, as cited by Reuters. “The only network which operates in mafia ways, which is not transparent… in Hungary is the Soros network.”

“This is why we must insist, and I personally insist on having a parliament decision on making these organizations transparent,” Orban added.

Soros founded the Central European University (CEU) in 1991 as an independent American academic institution in Hungary. However, the bill introduced by the Hungarian parliament in April would force the university’s closure as it does not have a physical campus in the United States. The move was seen by some as an attempt to limit free speech and liberal values in the country.

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During his speech, Soros praised the tens of thousands of people who marched in protests across Hungary in April while decrying “the deception and corruption of the mafia state the Orban regime has established.”

The European Commission began ‘legal action’ against the Hungarian government in April and the European Parliament voted to introduce penalties against the Hungarian government for a breach of EU values. With all sides refusing to stand down, discussion reached a dead end.

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo broke the legal deadlock last week, however, when he said in a statement that New York, where the CEU is registered, would be open to negotiations on the matter, with the Hungarian government reciprocating by opening a dialogue with the European Commission.

Soros also railed against Poland’s ruling party for its similar treatment of NGOs while describing the EU as “cumbersome, slow-moving” and in need of a “radical” reinvention.

“This is difficult to achieve when two countries, Poland and Hungary, are conspiring to oppose it,” Soros said. “It will require resolute action by European institutions and the active engagement of civil society.”

“Democracy cannot be imposed from the outside; it needs to be asserted and defended by the people themselves,” he added.

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In his annual state of the nation address in February, Orban pushed back against foreign-funded institutions operating in Hungary and throughout the European Union.

“Here there are large predators swimming in the water, and this is the transnational empire of George Soros,” Orban said, adding that Soros-funded organizations “are working to bring hundreds of thousands of migrants into Europe.”

In 2015, Orban described Soros as “the strongest example of those who support anything that weakens nation states, they support everything that changes the traditional European lifestyle,” in an interview on public radio Kossuth.

“These activists who support immigrants inadvertently become part of this international human-smuggling network.”

The Hungarian parliament is expected to pass the controversial bill later this month despite widespread condemnation from activists and politicians and a resolution passed in the European Parliament which condemned the “serious deterioration” in the rule of law and human rights in Hungary.

US ‘not pulling out in any way’ from Mideast peace efforts, says official  

State Department rejects ‘false’ report of Abbas-Kushner rift, but concedes ‘some meetings more difficult than others’

ed note–as we predicted here just a few days ago.

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The State Department rejected claims that a meeting last week between Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and senior White House official Jared Kushner went awry and an unconfirmed report that US President Donald Trump was ready to pull the plug on efforts to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

In a press briefing on Tuesday, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert reiterated that Trump has made Mideast peace “one of his top priorities,” adding that allegations that Abbas left his meeting with Trump’s son-in-law fuming were “false,”while conceding that “some meetings and conversations may be a little bit more difficult than others.”

Palestinian sources told Hebrew and Arabic media last week that the sit-down had not gone well and that the Palestinian leader had accused the US of taking Israel’s side while refusing US demands that Ramallah cut off payments for some convicted terrorists and their families.

Kushner met with Abbas in Ramallah on Wednesday, along with Trump’s international negotiator Jason Greenblatt.

Nauert said Tuesday that the Trump administration knows “that this is not going to be a one-shot deal” and that peace would not materialize “in one meeting or one trip.”

“It is no surprise also that some meetings and conversations may be a little bit more difficult than others. Some will be more challenging. The President has said himself that it is not going to be an easy process, that both sides – the Israelis and the Palestinians – will have to give a bit in order to be able to get to a peaceful arrangement, which we hope to see,” she said.

“But we are not pulling out in any way, shape, or form of this as being one of our priorities,” said Nauert.

During his trip to the region last week, Kushner held two key meetings — with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and then with Abbas — before heading back to Washington.

Kushner reportedly began his meeting with Abbas by stating all the Israeli concerns, including stopping the payments, according to Hebrew media reports, angering Abbas.

“The American delegation accepted Israel’s position with regard to paying salaries to prisoners,” a Palestinian source told Ynet, “and described it as a means of inciting terror, demanding it be stopped.”

According to reports in Arabic media, the Americans watered down their demand about payments to prisoners. Originally the US wanted all payments halted, but now they only want the Palestinians to stop paying salaries to some 600 prisoners serving life sentences who are responsible for the deaths of Israelis, Israel Radio reported, quoting Arabic media.

Abbas has defended payments to Palestinian prisoners, including convicted terrorists, as a “social responsibility,” and said Israel was using the issue as a pretext to avoid peace talks.

Palestinian sources said the US officials had also taken the Israeli stance regarding incitement.

“They sounded like Netanyahu’s advisers and not as honest mediators,” a Palestinian source told Haaretz.

“We told the Americans that the settlements were the source of the despair and terror because they remove any future hope for Palestinians to live in their own land,” a Palestinian source told Ynet.

The source said, “We don’t have great expectations from these negotiations, but why should we pay such a high price as ending salary payments?”

Reportedly Abbas refused to end the payments to prisoners, but instead insisted on restarting the trilateral committee on incitement. The committee includes Israeli, Palestinian and American officials and was formed as part of the Wye River Memorandum in 1998. The committee met every two months until the outbreak of the Second Intifada in September 2000.

Earlier this week, Netanyahu accused Abbas of lying that he wants peace and “poisoning” the minds of young Palestinians, amid a resurgent efforts at peacemaking by the US.

Sitting down with Netanyahu on Wednesday before he met with Abbas, Kushner and other US officials discussed “potential next steps” to make progress on Trump’s goal of “a genuine and lasting peace” between Israelis and Palestinians, the White House said. The meetings are aimed at laying the groundwork for a resumption of negotiations for the first time in three years.

US sources confirmed that the payments to prisoners and incitement were discussed, but denied that they clouded the talks. They said that the talks mainly focused on hearing the Palestinian demands and their order of priority.

But hinting at challenges facing peace efforts, both sides “underscored that forging peace will take time and stressed the importance of doing everything possible to create an environment conducive to peacemaking,” a White House statement said.

A senior Palestinian official said Wednesday that the preparatory meeting with Greenblatt a day before the meeting with Kushner had also not gone well and became tense over the payments to prisoners. He said the Americans “are buying” Netanyahu’s complaints about Palestinian incitement, and that Greenblatt was insisting on an end to the payments.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was discussing a closed diplomatic meeting, said the Palestinians had rebuffed Greenblatt’s pressure and demanded an Israeli settlement freeze. He said a Palestinian delegation would head to Washington next month for further talks.

A meeting between Trump and Abbas in Bethlehem in May was also reportedly tense, with the US leader angrily berating his counterpart over allegations of incitement.