The Yellow Peril Comes to Washington

Following the Israeli model?
Chinese Army

So President Donald Trump reckoned on Monday that the United States Intelligence Community (IC) just might be wrong in its assessment that Russia had sought to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election but then decided on Tuesday that he misspoke and had the greatest confidence in the IC and now agrees that they were correct in their judgment. But Donald Trump, interestingly, added something about there being “others” that also had been involved in the election in an attempt to subvert it, though he was not specific and the national media has chosen not to pursue the admittedly cryptic comment. He was almost certainly referring to China both due to possible motive and the possession of the necessary resources to carry out such an operation. Indeed, there are reports that China hacked the 30,000 Hillary Clinton emails that are apparently still missing.

Just how one interferes in an election in a large country with diverse sources of information and numerous polling stations located in different states using different systems is, of course, problematical. The United States has interfered in elections everywhere, including in Russia under Boris Yeltsin. It engaged in regime change in Iran, Chile, and Guatemala by supporting conservative elements in the military which obligingly staged coups. In Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. forces invaded and overthrew the governments while in Libya the change in regime was largely brought about by encouraging rebels while bombing government forces. The same model has been applied in Syria, though without much success because Damascus actually was bold enough to resist.

So how do the Chinese “others” bring about “change” short of a full-scale invasion by the People’s Liberation Army? I do not know anything about actual Chinese plans to interfere in future American elections and gain influence over the resulting newly elected government but would like to speculate on just how they might go about that onerous task.

First, I would build up an infrastructure in the United States that would have access to the media and be able to lobby and corrupt the political class. That would be kind of tricky as it would require getting around the Foreign Agent Registration Act of 1938 (FARA), which requires representatives of foreign governments operating in the United States to register and have their finances subject to review by the Department of the Treasury. Most recently, several Russian news agencies that are funded by the Putin government have been required to do so, including RT International and Sputnik radio and television.

The way to avoid the FARA registration requirement is to have all funding come through Chinese-American sources that are not directly connected with the government in Beijing. Further, the foundations and other organizations should be set up as having an educational purpose rather than a political agenda. You might want to call your principal lobbying group something like the American Chinese Political Action Committee or ACPAC as an acronym when one is referring to it shorthand.

Once established, ACPAC will hire and send hundreds of Chinese-American lobbyists to Capitol Hill when Congress is in session. They will be carefully selected to come from as many states and congressional districts as possible to maximize access to legislative offices. They will have with them position papers prepared by the ACPAC central office that explain why a close and uncritical relationship with Beijing is not only the right thing to do, it is also a good thing for the United States.

As part of the process, new Congressmen will benefit from free trips to China paid for by an educational foundation set up for that purpose. They will be able to walk on the Great Wall and speak to genuine representative Chinese who will tell them how wonderful everything is in the People’s Republic.

Congressmen who nevertheless appear to be resistant to the lobbying and the emoluments will be confronted with a whole battery of alternative reasons why they should be filo-Chinese, including the thinly veiled threat that to behave otherwise could be construed as politically damaging anti-Orientalist racism. For those who persist in their obduracy, the ultimate weapon will be citation of the horrors of the Second World War Rape of Nanking. No one wants to be accused of being a Rape of Nanking denier.

The second phase of converting Congress is to set up a bunch of Political Action Committees (PACs). They will have innocuous names like Rocky Mountain Sheep Herders Association, but they will all really be about China. When the money begins to flow into the campaign coffers of legislators any concerns about what China is doing in the world will cease. The same PACs can be use to fund billboards and voter outreach in some districts, allowing China to have a say in the elections without actually having to surface or be explicit about whom it supports. Other PACs can work hard at inserting material into social websites, similar to what the Russians have been accused of doing.

And then there is the mass media. Using the same Chinese-American conduit, you would simply buy up controlling interests in newspapers and other media outlets. And you would begin staffing those outlets with earnest young Chinese-Americans who will be highly protective of Chinese interests and never write a story critical of the government in Beijing or the Chinese people. That way the American public will eventually become so heavily propagandized by the prevailing narrative that they will never question anything that China does, ideally beginning to refer to it as the “only democracy in Asia” and “America’s best friend in the whole wide world.” Once the indoctrination process is completed, the Chinese leadership might even crush demonstrators with tanks in Tiananmen Square or line up snipers to pick off protest leaders and no congressman or newspaper would dare say nay.

When the political classes and media are sufficiently under control, it would then be time to move to the final objective: the dismantling of the United States Constitution. In particularly, there is that pesky Bill of Rights and the First Amendment guaranteeing Free Speech. That would definitely have to go, so you round up your tame Congress critters and you elect a president who is also in your pocket, putting everything in place for the “slam-dunk.” You pass a battery of laws making any criticism of China both racist and felonious, with punitive fines and prison sentences attached. After that success, you can begin to dismantle the rest of the Bill of Rights and no one will be able to say a word against what you are doing because the First Amendment will by then be a dead duck. When the Constitution is in shreds and Chinese lobbyists are firmly in control of corrupted legislators, Beijing will have won a bloodless victory against the United States and it all began with just a little interference in America’s politics alluded to by Donald Trump.

Of course, dear reader, all of the above might be true but for the fact that I am not talking about China at all and am only using that country as a metaphor. Beijing may have spied on the U.S. elections but it otherwise has evidenced little interest in manipulating elections or controlling any aspect of the U.S. government. And even though I am sure that Donald Trump was not referring to Israel when he made his offhand comment about “others,” the shoe perfectly fits that country’s subjugation of many of the foreign and national security policy mechanisms in the United States over the past fifty years. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently boastedabout how he controls Trump and convinced him to pull out of the Iran nuclear agreement.

The real mystery, if there is one, is why no American politician has either the guts or the integrity or perhaps the necessary intelligence to substitute Tel Aviv for Moscow and to call Israel out like we are currently calling out Russia for actions that pale in comparison to what Netanyahu has been up to.

To be specific, there is no evidence that Russia ever asked for favors from Trump’s campaign staff and transition team but Israel did so over a vote on its illegal settlements at the United Nations. Is Special Counsel Robert Mueller or Congress interested? No. Is the media interested? No.

Israel, relying on Jewish power and money to do the heavy lifting, has completely corrupted many aspects of American government and, in particular, its foreign policy by aggressive lobbying and buying politicians. All new members of Congress and spouses are taken to Israel on generously funded “fact finding” tours after being elected to make sure they get their bearings straight right from the git-go. Israel’s nearly total control over the message on the Middle East coming out of the U.S. mainstream is aided and abetted by the numerous Jewish editors and journalists who are prepared to pump the party line. The money to do all this comes from Jewish billionaires like Haim Saban and Sheldon Adelson, who have their hooks deep into both political parties. Meanwhile, the ability of America’s most powerful foreign policy lobby AIPAC to avoid registration as a foreign agent is completely due to the exercise of Jewish power in the United States which means in practice that Israel and its advocates will never be sanctioned in any way.

Israel is eager to have the United States fight Iran on its behalf, even though Washington has no real interest in doing so, and all indications are that it will be successful. Though it is a rich country, it receives a multi-billion-dollar handout from the U.S. Treasury every year. When its war criminal prime minister comes to town he receives 26 standing ovations from a completely sycophantic congress and now the United States has even stationed soldiers in Israel who are “prepared to die” for Israel even though there is no treaty of any kind between the two countries and the potential victims have likely never been consulted regarding dying for a foreign country. All of this takes place without the public ever voting on or even discussing the relationship, a tribute to the fact that both major parties and the media have been completely co-opted.

And now there is the assault on the First Amendment, with legislation currently in Congress making it a crime either to criticize Israel or support a boycott of it in support of Palestinian rights. When those bills become law, which they will, we are finished as a country where fundamental rights are respected.

And what has Russia done in comparison to all this? Hardly anything even if all the claims about its alleged interference are true. So when will Mueller and all the Republican and Democratic baying dogs say a single word about Israel’s interference in our elections and political processes? If past behavior is anything to go by, it will never happen.


Feeding the Monster

Washington’s spinelessness enables Israeli brutality

I have just spent a couple of days in New York City. Returning to Virginia on Wednesday morning, I had a somewhat strange experience. I cleared through my emails before leaving the hotel and also read through a number of the featured news articles. One, in particular, caught my eye. It described how the Democratic Party primary in Queens New York had returned a startling result. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won over mainstream incumbent Joe Crowley, signaling that not everyone in the Democratic Party is buying into the Clinton model of good governance by big donors and powerful interest groups. Many want change and even a radical departure from the political game whereby media savvy pressure groups and narrow constituencies are pandered to to create a governing majority.

One paragraph in particular in the article I read was highly suggestive, the claim that Ocasio-Cortez had been strongly opposed to the Israelis’ routine slaughter of Palestinians in Gaza, which has by now become of such little import that it is not even reported any more in the U.S. media. She is also allegedly a supporter of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction movement (BDS), which pressures Israel to end its theft and occupation of Palestinian land. The article expressed some surprise that anyone in New York City would dare to say anything unpleasant about Israel and still expect to get elected.

This is what Ocasio-Cortez, who called the shooting of more than 130 Gazans a “massacre,” actually said and wrote:

“No state or entity is absolved of mass shootings of protesters. There is no justification. Palestinian people deserve basic human dignity, as anyone else. Democrats can’t be silent about this anymore. I think I was primarily compelled [to speak out] on moral grounds because I could only imagine if 60 people were shot and killed in Ferguson. Or if 60 people were shot and killed in the West Virginia teachers’ strikes. The idea that we are not supposed to talk about people dying when they are engaging in political expression just really moved me.”

Five hours later, when I arrived home in Virginia I went to pull up the article I had read in the morning to possibly use it in a piece of my own and was somewhat surprised to discover that the bit about Israel had been excised from the text. It was clearly yet another example of how the media self-censors when there is anything negative to say about Israel and it underlines the significance of the emergence of recent international media reporting in The Guardian and elsewhere regarding how Jewish billionaire Sheldon Adelson largely dictates U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. That means that the conspiracy of silence over Israel’s manipulation of the United States government is beginning to break down and journalists have become bold enough to challenge what occurs when pro-Israel Jews obtain real power over the political process. Adelson, for what it’s worth, wants war with Iran and has even suggested detonating a nuclear device on its soil to “send a message.”

I personally would have liked to see Ocasio-Cortez go farther, a lot farther. Israel is a place where conventional morality has been replaced by a theocratically and culturally driven sense of entitlement which has meant that anything goes when it comes to the treatment of inferior Christian and Muslim Arabs. It also means that the United States is being played for a patsy by people who believe themselves to be superior in every way to Americans.

The question of the relationship with Israel comes at a time when everyone in America, so it seems, is concerned about children being separated from their parents who have illegally crossed the border from Mexico into the United States. The concern is legitimate given the coarse and sometimes violent justifications coming out of the White House, but it’s a funny thing that Israeli abuse and even killing of Arab children is not met with the same opprobrium. When a Jewish fanatic/Israel settler kills Palestinian children and is protected by his government in so doing, where is the outrage in the U.S. media? Settlers and soldiers kill Palestinians, young and old, with impunity and are almost never punished. They destroy their orchards and livestock to eliminate their livelihoods to drive them out. They bulldoze their homes and villages. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency does none of that and is yet subject to nonstop abuse in the mainstream media, so what about Israel?

A recent story illustrates just how horrible the Israelis can be without any pushback whatsoever coming from Washington objecting to their behavior. As the United States is the only force that can in any way compel Israel to come to its senses and chooses not to do so, that makes U.S. policymakers and by extension the American people complicit in Israel’s crimes.

The particularly horrible recent account that I am referring to describes how fanatical Jewish settlers burned alive a Palestinian family on the West Bank, including a baby, and then celebrated the deaths while taunting the victims’ surviving family when they subsequently appeared in court. The story was covered in Israel and Europe but insofar as I could determine did not appear in any detail in the U.S. mainstream media.

Israeli Jewish settlers carried out their shameful deed outside a court in the city of Lod, chanting “’Ali was burned, where is Ali? There is no Ali. Ali is burned. On the fire. Ali is on the grill!” referring to the 18-month old baby Ali Dawabsheh, who was burnt alive in 2015 by Jewish settlers hurling Molotov cocktails into a house in the West Bank town of Duma. Ali’s mother Riham and father Saad also died of their burns and were included in the chanting “Where is Ali? Where is Riham? Where is Saad? It’s too bad Ahmed didn’t burn as well.” Five year-old Ahmed, who alone survived the attack with severe burns, will have scars for the rest of his life.

The settlers were taunting Ali’s grandfather Hussein Dawabsheh, who accompanied Ahmed, at a preliminary hearing where the court indicted a man who confessed to the murders and a minor who acted as an accomplice. A video of the chanting shows Israeli policemen standing by and doing nothing. The court appearance also revealed that there have been another Molotov cocktail attack by settlers on another Dawabsheh family house in May that may have been an attempt to silence testimony relating to the first attack. Fortunately, the family managed to escape.

And by all accounts this outrage was not the first incident in which the burning of the Palestinian baby was celebrated. A December 15th wedding video showed settlers engaged in an uproarious party that featured dances with Molotov cocktails and waving knives and guns. A photo of baby Ali was on display and was repeatedly stabbed. A year later, 13 people from what became known as the “murder wedding” were indicted for incitement to terrorism, but as of today no one has actually been punished. Israelis who kill Arabs are rarely indicted or tried. If it is a soldier or policeman that is involved, which occurs all too often, the penalty is frequently either nothing at all a slap on the wrist. Indeed, the snipers who fired on Gazans recently were actually ordered to shoot the unarmed civilians and directed to take out anyone who appeared to be a “leader,” which included medical personnel.

The Trump Administration could, of course, stop the Israeli brutality if it chooses to do so, but it does not think Benjamin Netanyahu’s crimes against humanity are on the agenda. Nor did Clinton, Bush and Obama dare to confront the power of Israel’s lobby, though Obama tried a little pushback in a feeble way.

Someone in Washington should be asking why the United States should be fighting unnecessary wars and becoming an international pariah defending a country and people that believe they are “chosen” by God? One can only hope that the shift in perceptions on the Middle East by liberal Democrats like Ocasio-Cortez has some legs and will lead to some real change in U.S. foreign policy. To succeed the liberal Democrats will need to push against some formidable obstacles within their own party, most notably the Clinton wing and people like Senator Chuck Schumer, Minority leader in the Senate, who describes himself as Israel’s “shomer” or defender in the Upper House. Perhaps someone on the New York Times editorial board should publicly suggest to Schumer that he go and run for office in Israel since he seems to prefer it to the country that has made him rich and powerful. But of course, the Times and all the other mainstream media, which is responsible for what we are not allowed to know about Israel and its American mouthpieces, will never entertain that suggestion or anything like it.

Philip M. Giraldi, Ph.D., is Executive Director of the Council for the National Interest, a 501(c)3 tax deductible educational foundation that seeks a more interests-based U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. Website is <,” title=”; href=””>, address is P.O. Box 2157, Purcellville VA 20134 and its email is</,”>



The Iraq War – The Documentary the US government does not want you to see – Shock and Awe

The Documentary the US government does not want you to see – Shock & Awe

US Troops in Iraq talk about Halliburton and KBR – Syria Iran WW3 Next! Truthtrekker

Depleted Uranium Haunts Kosovo and Iraq

by Scott Peterson
published in MER215

Iraq and Kosovo may be thousands of miles apart, but they share the dubious distinction of contamination with radioactive residue from depleted uranium (DU) bullets used in American air strikes. After several years of silence, US officials finally admitted that 340 tons of DU were fired during the Gulf war. In Kosovo, American delays in providing details of quantities and target points have frustrated international efforts to assess health risks. Despite repeated requests, NATO waited almost a full year after the start of bombing in March 1999 to say that 31,000 DU bullets — a fraction of the number fired in Iraq — were fired by A-10 “tankbuster” aircraft over Kosovo. A Belgrade report published this April estimates that about 50,000 DU bullets had been used in parts of Serbia and Montenegro as well as Kosovo. Evidence is plentiful on the ground that DU was used in heavily populated areas, and that civilians and returning refugees were never warned of the danger.

The high-density bullet is made of low-level radioactive waste left over from manufacturing nuclear fuel and bombs. DU bullets were designed in the 1970s to defeat top-line Soviet tanks. Some 20 nations now keep the world’s best armor-piercing rounds in their arsenals. First used in combat during the Gulf war, they proved to be unmatched tank slayers. (A Pentagon official points to one other benefit: the US can give away its 1.2 billion pound stockpile of radioactive waste to weapons manufacturers.) When DU smashes into a hard target, it pulverizes into breathable dust that remains radioactive for 4.5 billion years. American nuclear scientists have found that DU dust can travel at least 26 miles. Scientists of the National Institute for Health Protection in Macedonia detected eight times higher than normal levels of alpha radiation — the primary type emitted by DU — in the air during the air war. Yugoslav soldiers have found DU rounds in Bujanovic in the south, and a Swiss-led international team found “serious radioactivity” when it dug up many rounds at a radio tower near Vranje.

Despite predicting that “every future battlefield will be contaminated” with DU, the Pentagon asserts that DU risk is minimal. But training materials developed in the 1990s require full protective gear and masks in contaminated areas, in line with Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) rules. The US military requires an NRC license to handle the smallest amount of the restricted material. A US Army-commissioned health report issued just days before the Gulf war noted that radiation is linked with cancer and said that “no dose [of DU] is so low that the probability of effect is zero.” Still, the Pentagon argues that “residual DU from battlefields in Kosovo does not pose a significant risk to human health.”

US soldiers partly ascribe Gulf war syndrome to DU exposure. British troops deployed in Kosovo are suing their defense ministry for ailments they attribute to DU. The UN refugee agency in Kosovo now includes papers in personnel files to note work in potentially DU-contaminated areas. In Kosovo, Western de-mining groups were told by NATO to “exercise caution” and not to climb on destroyed armored vehicles. Last October Col. Eric Daxon, the US Army’s top radiological expert, said: “The best thing I can tell anybody about entering a contaminated vehicle or damaged vehicle is: ‘Don’t do it. It is a dangerous place to be.'”

But that message never got through to hundreds of thousands of Kosovar Albanians, in whose name the Kosovo campaign was fought, and whose DU exposure could be highest. Rexh Himaj, a mechanic who lost most of his tools during the conflict, didn’t think twice about salvaging parts from destroyed Serbian vehicles. Like thousands of returning refugees, he was just glad to get back to work.

But the concrete surface of a Serbian military base on the west side of Djakovica where I found him working was pockmarked with DU hits, as was the nearby road. The ground was littered with spent aluminum shell casings that are unique to 30 mm DU bullets. A boy climbed on a burned-out armored vehicle, then jumped off and kicked at a shell casing.

“Now I know it’s dangerous, but that is a risk I’ve got to take,” said Himaj, when the telltale casings are explained. His hands were greasy-black with work. “If [the Americans] didn’t use this stuff, then we might still have Serbs here. On the other hand…I hope they clean it up.” But cleanup is virtually impossible. One US Defense Department report lists eight soil decontamination techniques, including multiple nitric acid washes, but “in no case did the achieved separation suffice to allow unrestricted disposal.”

A confidential preliminary UN report leaked in May 1999, as the bombing continued, did not mince words: “This type of ammunition is nuclear waste, and its use is very dangerous and harmful,” it said. After NATO released its figures, the UN recommended that “measures should be taken to prevent access.” For Kosovars, like Iraqis, such warnings may be too late.

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Tony Blair in Iraq: War Criminal Admits Guilt

As Prime Minister Tony Blair arrived in Baghdad on Saturday, for an ‘unexpected’ visit, to bid the Iraqi people he has helped decimate, farewell, he was welcomed by mortar rounds which fell in the ‘International Zone’, the illegally squatted palace of former President Saddam Hussein. Just: ‘usual business..’ said his spokesman airily. Hope Blair and his entourage brought a spare pair of trousers, Whitehall’s mandarins are not known for towering courage in the face of adversity, more for fiction writing, aka ‘dodgy dossiers’. A bad tempered Blair, delusional as ever, talked of ‘signs of progress on security.’

‘ I have no regrets about removing Saddam …’, said the man, the corpse of whose premiership will for ever lie in Mesopotamia’s sands, with the possible million souls he and his Washington masters have sent – and continue to send – to their graves – and that is only since March 2003. No mention of the weapons of mass destruction he assured the world, threatened the very existence of the West and could be launched ‘in forty five minutes.’

‘Removing Saddam’, whose leadership and government’s sovereignty was guaranteed by the UN? No shame for sharing responsibility for the lynching of Iraq’s President and colleagues, whose remaining legitimate government have been held, for over four years? No regrets about committing Nuremberg’s ‘supreme crime’, a war of aggression? Turning the country into a radioactive wasteland from use of uranium weapons? Denying water, electricity, medicines and medical equipment (in contravention of the Geneva Convention) schooling, even gasoline in this possibly largest oil producer on earth? ‘No regrets’ at the ongoing deaths of at least one hundred people a day, the destruction of an entire civil society, sado masochistic and other war crimes committed by his troops in the south; their uncounted Pinochet style disappeared? Nearly one sixth of the country internally and externally displaced, most, like the Palestinians, without valid passports, credentials (all changed after the invasion, most Iraqis too frightened to approach the relevant Ministries imposed by the US and UK.) ‘No regrets’? And in front of the world’s media. If the lawyers at the International Criminal Court in the Hague have not got all they need now, they should consider a career move.

‘The future of Iraq should be determined by Iraqis …’ said Blair, standing next to honoury Iranian ‘Prime Minister’ Nuri al Maliki and Iraq’s non Arab, Kurdish ‘President’, Jalal Talabani, who wants the best of all worlds, independence for Kurdistan and the retention of his rule there and the top job in Iraq. Iraqis complain that in all the Ministries now – if they dare approach them (and indeed in Embassies abroad) they need to field a bank of Farsi (Persian) speakers and those who only speak Kurdish, before finding someone who speaks Arabic. ‘We need to take advantage of the possible momentum in Iraqi politics …’ said another Blair spokesman. ‘Momentum’? What stratosphere is planet Whitehall on?

‘He builds palaces while his people starve’, was the Blair-Bush mantra during the embargo years. Now the British and Americans are the illicit residents of Iraq’s palaces, remaining state buildings, bases (another war crime) as the people for whom, they, as the occupying force, are responsible, starve, flee and die in hospitals decimated by liberation, whose facilities are non existent and over half of whose doctors have been killed or fled for their lives, under what some careful analysts call ‘black ops’ operations to set Iraqi against Iraqi by the US and UK. Iraqis did not fight each other before the invasion, so what changed? Divide and rule?

Blair (more trousers?) was welcomed by further ordnance as he stood in a base where the British troops, seemingly, cower, in Basra -‘ the war is lost and the troops in retreat’, a correspondent commented of the British last week – an area now ruled too dangerous for Britain’s Prince Harry to deploy with his troops. In Basra, Blair seemed especially dismissive of Iraqis. When an Iraqi journalist asked him about Iraq’s future he replied tetchily that the ‘authoritative  voice’ of Iraq was ‘President’ Talabani and the question should be addressed to him as ‘ the authentic voice of Iraq’ . He clearly had not read the day’s Guardian either, where in extensive coverage of the south in general and Basra in particular, their correspondent was greeted by an Iraqi General with a handshake and : ‘ Welcome to Tehran’, referring to the near total Iranian influence in everything under British watch and largely facilitated by their errors. The troops themselves watched Blair with stony faces. ‘It is important that neighboring countries understand and respect’ (Iraq’s sovereignty) said Blair, the man from far away who slavishly followed his Master’s Washington follies.

As Blair arrived to the Baghdad bang, the airways were awash with former President Carter’s scathing assessment of the Blair years. His : ‘Support for Bush had been a major tragedy for the world’, he had been ‘loyal, blind and subservient.’ Iraq’s invasion had been ‘unjustified, unnecessary … a tragedy for the Iraqi, American and British people.’

That tragedy, the depth of which Blair could never comprehend, is encapsulated by Layla Anwar, an Iraqi blogger, who wrote of a friend who said this week: ‘I wake up in the morning and death sits next to me. I have my tea and she has one too. I walk and she accompanies me. I go to sleep at night and she is in my bed. I see death, I hear death, I smell death … she is everywhere. When she will pick me up, is only a question of time.’

Blair will return to the UK to some pretty scathing press, from the comment left by a reader on the Sunday Herald : ‘ Blair, just go will you, you murdering, lying filth’, to former Foreign Secretary Douglas Hurd, who told BBC Radio 4, the same day : ‘Nothing can be done about Iraq except to put a sack over his head.’

The Messianic Blair, who joined George Bush’s ‘crusade’, trespassed in Iraq’s palaces, is involved in a global goodbye tour which will last forty days, the time, for believers, Christ wandered alone in the wilderness.

Speculations as to his future are myriad. However, in the recent Channel 4, soaringly spirit lifting docudrama ‘ The Trial of Tony Blair ‘, his tenure in Downing Street ended with him heading in an armored police van for Heathrow Airport and for trial the Hague. Now he has admitted his guilt to the world, fittingly in Baghdad, here’s hoping.


British army on standby in case of no-deal Brexit

The army is on standby to help deliver food, medicines and fuels if there are shortages in the wake of a “no deal”




The British government is in full on prepper mode right now, gearing up for the possibilities and problems that could come about as a result of a no-deal Brexit. The army is on standby to ensure peace and stability as well as to provide an infrastructure for the delivery of crucial supplies such as food, medicine, and fuel, especially in areas which could be the most prone to shortages. In order to provide for this scenario, the British government is also stockpiling necessary supplies.

Sky News reports

The army is on standby to help deliver food, medicines and fuels if there are shortages in the wake of a “no deal” Brexit, it has been reported.

Plans for the armed forces to help civilian authorities in the event of civil emergencies have been dusted off as part of contingency preparations for Britain leaving the EU without an agreement, according to Sunday Times.

This would see helicopters and army trucks being used to get supplies to vulnerable people outside the South East who were having difficulties getting the medicines they require, according to the newspaper.

An unnamed minister told the Sunday Times that the military would be drafted in if problems at Britain’s ports caused shortages of food, fuel and medicines.

They said: “There is a lot of civil contingency planning around the prospect of no deal. That’s not frightening the horses, that’s just being utterly realistic.”

A Ministry of Defence source said there had been “no formal request” to supply aid, but acknowledged there is a “blueprint for us supporting the civilian authorities that can be dusted off”.

The newspaper’s report also said there would be a significant impact on the NHS, with the health service moving onto a year-round “winter crisis footing”.

Prime Minister Theresa May – who has repeatedly said no Brexit deal is better than a bad deal – said earlier this week that the British public should feel “reassurance and comfort” over the government’s preparations for a no deal scenario.

Mrs May did not deny stockpiling was taking place, but said Downing Street was being “responsible and sensible” whilst simultaneously trying to strike a good deal with Brussels.

She told 5 News: “Far from being worried about preparations that we are making, I would say that people should take reassurance and comfort from the fact that the government is saying we are in a negotiation, we are working for a good deal – I believe we can get a good deal – but… because we don’t know what the outcome is going to be… let’s prepare for every eventuality.

“This is not just about stockpiling.

“That concept, what it is, is about making sure that we will be able to continue to do the things that are necessary once we have left the European Union, if we leave without a deal.”

Chancellor Philip Hammond echoed the PM’s words, saying it was “sensible and responsible” for the government to be working in conjunction with industry to stockpile certain vital supplies for the event of no deal.

He said: “That’s a sensible and responsible thing for a Government to do and large businesses who are importing or exporting large volumes of products or produce will be making contingency plans, and we would encourage them to do so and work closely with them as they are putting those plans together.”

Health Secretary Matt Hancock told MPs on Tuesday he had asked officials to “work up options for stockpiling” by the pharmaceutical industry, while Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab said the government would be taking steps to make sure there is an “adequate food supply”.

Perceiving the customs Union as being a bad deal for Britain, a vote to leave is forcing Britain out of the European bloc in a process that so far hasn’t yielded an acceptable agreement with the Union for relations once Britain is entirely out in the cold. It’s Britain’s version of the sort of approach of international organizations and agreements that US President Donald Trump has been advancing, and is what an immediate withdrawal without a contingency plan looks like. It’s a sticky process, and it’s not good for many a political career.

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Viktor Orban: failure of EU elite represented in EU Commission

Orban has been quite the controversial figure in European politics

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Vikor Orban, the conservative Hungarian leader, has described the European Commission as a representation of the failure of Europe’s elite during a speech in the Romanian town of Băile Tușnad. Orban perceives that the growing Muslim minorities across Europe threaten the electoral viability of Christian political parties in Europe, and therefore is of the opinion that migration will be the major issue influence the next EU Commission elections.

Politico reports:

The European Commission is a symbol of the EU elite’s failure, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in his annual speech to party supporters.

Speaking in the Romanian town of Băile Tușnad, where his ruling Fidesz party gathers every summer, Orbán called for a focus on the upcoming European Parliament election, which he believes will center on the question of migration.

“The European elite has failed, and this failure’s symbol is the European Commission,” the prime minister said. “The good news is that the Commission’s days are numbered,” he said.

The prime minister argued that the current European Commission is anti-Central Europe, and that there is censorship in Western Europe. He also criticized EU sanctions on Russia.

“There is liberalism but not democracy,” in Western Europe, Orbán said, adding that “Christian democracy is by definition not liberal.”

Orbán also said that the emergence of Muslim minorities across European countries would make it impossible for Christian political parties to win election.

While Orbán’s Fidesz is still a member of the center-right European People’s Party (EPP), several Fidesz supporters at the event put forward questions to the party’s leadership regarding whether they will be leaving the EPP.

“Our thinking is leaning toward staying, not leaving [the EPP],” Orbán said, while noting some EPP member parties are far apart and compromises would be needed on certain issues.

Orban has been quite the controversial figure in European politics in recent years. He has refused to accept migrants into Hungary in defiance of Merkel’s EU wide migrant mandate which was recently defeated at a meeting in Brussels. He has stood up for Europe’s Christian cultural heritage, and has opposed multiculturalism. In several way, his view of governance is quite similar to that of the new Italian government, which is also opposed to migration into Europe from the South. Orban has also made headlines this year over a controversial law which specifically targets NGOs financed by George Soros, and any other NGO which favours or aids migration.

George Soros


NewsReal: What’s The Problem With Nationalism?

imran khan

The election last week of Imran Khan as Pakistan’s new prime minister is the latest political upset to rock ‘the establishment’ across many countries in recent years. Derided as a ‘populist’, Khan leads a new movement that is socially conservative, economically ‘leftist’, and ultimately nationalist.

From Mexico’s AMLO to Malaysia’s Mahathir, ‘Trumps’ are coming to power all over the world. Whatever their political background, the one thing they have in common is an essential patriotism that runs counter to the pro-Western, pro-Globalist ‘open borders’ regime that has ruled most countries since WW2.

This week on NewsReal, Joe & Niall discuss why the Western media routinely compares these diverse new political leaders with US president Donald Trump. Live audio broadcast from 12-1:30pm

Russian “Hacking”: Indictment Admits it Had No Effect on US Election Outcome

The official US Department of Justice indictment which claims that “Russians” hacked the Democratic Party’s servers before the 2016 election specifically states that there is no evidence to show that it affected that election’s outcome in any way—contrary to the controlled media’s hysterical allegations.

The official indictment—as placed on the US Department of Justice’s website—says that there “is no allegation in the indictment that the charged conduct altered the vote count or changed the outcome of the 2016 election.”

The indictment—which has yet to be proven as true—claims that twelve Russian nationals,, all supposedly members of the GRU, a Russian Federation intelligence agency within the Main Intelligence Directorate of  the Russian military, “engaged in a sustained effort to hack into the computer networks of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the Democratic National Committee, and the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton, and released that information on the internet under the names ‘DCLeaks’ and ‘Guccifer 2.0. and through another entity.”

The indictment does not mention WikiLeaks by name, but refers to it as “Organization 1” that “had previously posted documents stolen from US persons, entities and the US government.”

WikiLeaks published the emails from the private account of Clinton campaign manager John Podesta, starting in October 2016.

The indictment claims that one of the suspects “searched for open-source information about the DNC network, the Democratic Party, and Hillary Clinton” in March 2016.

The following month, the indictment says, the group hacked into the DCCC network and installed malware that later enabled them to access the DNC computers. They allegedly “compressed” the files and moved them using the software the indictment calls “X-Tunnel” and tried to hide their tracks by deleting access longs.

Left out from the indictment is how the federal investigators obtained any evidence of this, given that the FBI never got access to the DNC servers.

Instead, the bureau took the word of the DNC cyber security contractor, CrowdStrike, which is referred to in the indictment as ‘Company 1.’

The indictment goes on to list 11 criminal counts:

* “Count One alleges a criminal conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States through cyber operations by the GRU that involved the staged release of stolen documents for the purpose of interfering with the 2016 president election;

* Counts Two through Nine charge aggravated identity theft for using identification belonging to eight victims to further their computer fraud scheme;

* Count Ten alleges a conspiracy to launder money in which the defendants laundered the equivalent of more than $95,000 by transferring the money that they used to purchase servers and to fund other costs related to their hacking activities through cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin; and

* Count Eleven charges conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States by attempting to hack into the computers of state boards of elections, secretaries of state, and US companies that supplied software and other technology related to the administration of elections.”

Despite this, the indictment then immediately states that “There is no allegation in the indictment that any American was a knowing participant in the alleged unlawful activity or knew they were communicating with Russian intelligence officers. There is no allegation in the indictment that the charged conduct altered the vote count or changed the outcome of the 2016 election.”

Finally, the DOJ statement ends with its pro forma warning: “Everyone charged with a crime is presumed innocent unless proven guilty in court. At trial, prosecutors must introduce credible evidence that is sufficient to prove each defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, to the unanimous satisfaction of a jury of twelve citizens.”

US in no position to make human rights’ judgment on other countries: Iran

Mon Jul 30, 2018 05:36PM
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi

Iran says the United States is not in a position to make biased and one-sided judgments about the human rights situation in other countries.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi on Monday condemned a statement issued on July 26 by participants at the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom held in the US.

He said the statement was interference in the Islamic Republic’s internal affairs and leveled allegations against the country based on “incorrect, spiteful and unreal” information.

“The US and other violators of the most natural and obvious basic human rights are not in a position to make biased and one-sided judgment about other countries with different cultures and varieties,” Qassemi pointed out.

In their statement, participants at the US-hosted meeting said “as representatives of the international community, we stand together in condemning the systematic, ongoing, and egregious violations of religious freedom taking place in Iran and call on authorities to ensure religious freedom for all.”

They also strongly urged “the government of Iran to cease” alleged violations of religious freedom “and ensure that all individuals – regardless of their beliefs – are treated equally and can live out their lives and exercise their faith in peace and security.”

The Iranian spokesperson, in response to the above allegation, stated that followers of different religions have been peacefully co-existing throughout Iran’s history, and at the present time, enjoy all citizenship rights while being represented at the Iranian parliament and other elected institutions.

The US is terrified to see ME states as democracy and that is why they push to preserve “kingdoms ” or a “controlled Shah (King) in Iran “. Kings does not represent a nation will but they can be Buy .
Stephen Saddvor 3 Stunden
My full support for Iran! Aussie
TAXCOLLECTOR2017vor 9 Stunden
Absolutely. In the fullest definition of the word.
Romanvor 10 Stunden
Thats why so many people are running to get to the USA.
wisdom> Romanvor 8 Stunden
To your stupid , dumb head sound people are running to get to the UShell…
J.J.(Yeah that one !)> Romanvor 7 Stunden
Why would people be running to get into a Country that’s 21 Trillion in Debt and about to Collapse?
The only people trying to get in here are really desperate ones now
Koran 9:29> J.J.(Yeah that one !)vor 6 Stunden
So American of you!
nonyankvor 12 Stunden
How very true, in fact the US is the biggest human rights violators.
Sun Jul 29, 2018 03:49PM
Wendy Sherman, the former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs
Wendy Sherman, the former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs

A former US under secretary of state for political affairs has taken President Donald Trump to task for his rash policies and uncalculated measures towards Iran after taking Washington out of a nuclear deal with Tehran, saying Trump does not understand Iran’s culture of resistance.

In an interview with Yahoo News published on Sunday, Wendy Sherman slammed Trump’s use of threats to push his adversaries into submission, emphasizing that Iranians are not a nation to surrender to any threats.

Sherman was a key member of the US nuclear negotiating team under former secretary of state, John Kerry, who pulled off the Iran nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), to fruition in 2015.

Trump is a stern critic of the nuclear accord, agreed between Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council – the United States, France, Britain, Russia and China – plus Germany. Under the JCPOA, Iran undertook to put limits on its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of nuclear-related sanctions imposed against Tehran.

The US president announced on May 8 that Washington was walking away from the nuclear agreement and that he planned to reinstate US nuclear sanctions on Iran and impose “the highest level” of economic bans on the Islamic Republic.

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Sharply criticizing the US president’s policy toward Iran, Sherman said, “President Trump’s diplomatic style is to thump adversaries over the head with threats, and then after beating them up offer to sit down to talk and try and seal a deal.”

The former American nuclear negotiator added, “What he [Trump] doesn’t understand is that Iran has a culture of resistance that equates giving in to those kinds of public threats as surrender, and they won’t surrender.”

Trump has stepped up his hostile rhetoric against Iran. Just last week, he threatened Iran with hardship “the likes of which few throughout history have ever suffered before.”

Trump’s pugnacious Twitter message in all capital letters came late on July 22 after Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned his US counterpart not to “play with the lion’s tail.”

Just days after the US president threatened the Islamic Republic with incredible hardships, he claimed that Washington was ready to make a “real deal” with Iran over the country’s nuclear program.

“Iran is not the same country anymore, that I can say,” Trump said during a speech at the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) national convention in the US state of Missouri, adding, “And we’ll see what happens, but we’re ready to make a real deal, not the deal that was done by the previous administration, which was a disaster.”

Sherman’s remarks came after the commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) sharply reacted to the recent military threat by Trump against the Islamic Republic on Thursday, saying, “You threaten us with an action that is ‘unprecedented’ in the world. This is cabaret-style rhetoric. Only a cabaret owner talks to the world this way.”

Referring to multiple failures of the United States in its various military invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq in the past years, General Qassem Soleimani said, “We are near you, where you can’t even imagine. We are the nation of martyrdom, we are the nation of Imam Hossein, you better ask. Come; we are ready. We are the man of this arena. You know that this war would mean annihilation of all you have. You may begin the war, but it is us who will end it.”

Elsewhere in her remarks, Sherman said the greatest shortcoming of the Trump approach was that it lacked the detailed policy preparation and follow-through necessary to turn verbal agreements into binding international accords.

“Trump likes to make headlines with his tweets, and he favors the pomp and circumstance of summits, but with both Iran and North Korea, there is no sign that he has put in the advance work, or that his team has shown the persistence and precision that these complex deals demand.”

Taking a jab at Trump by saying that he just reverts to the same transactional approach he used in real estate, Sherman said such an approach had previously led Trump into multiple bankruptcies in that sector.

“I worry that he will be similarly taken in on some of these geopolitical deals, and that is extremely dangerous,” she concluded.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Sunday that the United States is addicted to sanctions, but the Iranians can pass through the current “critical” stage with national unity.

A review of “the history of US foreign relations shows that this country has imposed the most sanctions on the majority of countries,” Zarif said in Tehran.

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Robert Fisk exposes fake news and government teamwork


…via Southfront

Originally appeared at ZeroHedge

[ Editor’s Note: Fisk has been able to spend more time on the ground in Syria than VT has, as a funded journalist, when many his age would not be pulling on the lion’s tail. But Fisk is old school, meaning he views doing that as his job.

Too many modern journalists do exactly the opposite, making sure they never piss off any of the wrong people, and accept being a form of pseudo-journalist. But in their defense, they see the public has mostly rolled over on state-sponsored terrorism support, so they feel they should not be expected to risk losing their jobs for a public that does not care, or is too lazy to.

Digging down to the bedrock on this problem, we find that before we had fake government, news, and even military and security organizations, we had fake people rising up through the ranks to run them.

They were not created out of a spontaneous combustion, but a careful study of what one must do, and not do, to climb the ladder to the top of their profession.

Professional journalism is now a wasteland. There is no internal public exposure of what we all know has happened and the threat it represents to all of our freedoms. They have been disloyal to us, so we owe them no respect in return … Jim W. Dean ]


Mr. Fisk – Old-school to the bone

– July 30, 2018 –

Finally, a journalist for a mainstream UK media outlet is methodically tracking weapons shipment serial numbers and English-language paperwork recovered from al-Qaeda groups in Syria, and he’s literally showing up at arms factories and questioning arms dealers, including officials at the Saudi Embassy in London, asking: why are your weapons in the hands of terrorists?

Veteran Middle East war correspondent Robert Fisk recently published a bombshell report entitled, I traced missile casings in Syria back to their original sellers, so it’s time for the west to reveal who they sell arms to

In it Fisk recalls a bit of detective sleuthing he’s lately been engaged in after stumbling upon a batch of missile casings and shipment paperwork last year hidden in what he describes as “the basement of a bombed-out Islamist base in eastern Aleppo” with the words “Hughes Aircraft Co/Guided Missile Surface Attack” emblazoned on the side of the spent tubes.

Of course, the Syrian government recaptured the area from Islamist insurgents including al-Nusra terrorists and their allies in December 2016, and has made rapid gains throughout the country’s east and south since; and Fisk has been trekking around the country to see what he can find.

Robert Fisk: "I Traced Al-Qaeda Missile Casings In Syria Back To Their Original Sellers"

Image source: Washington Business Journal

His “detective story” as he calls it actually seems to solicit the help of the public, and begins as follows:

Readers, a small detective story. Note down this number: MFG BGM-71E-1B. And this number: STOCK NO 1410-01-300-0254. And this code: DAA A01 C-0292. I found all these numerals printed on the side of a spent missile casing lying in the basement of a bombed-out Islamist base in eastern Aleppo last year. 

At the top were the words “Hughes Aircraft Co”, founded in California back in the 1930s by the infamous Howard Hughes and sold in 1997 to Raytheon, the massive US defence contractor whose profits last year came to $23.35bn (£18bn). 

Shareholders include the Bank of America and Deutsche Bank. Raytheon’s Middle East offices can be found in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Israel, Egypt, Turkey and Kuwait.

There were dozens of other used-up identical missile casings in the same underground room in the ruins of eastern Aleppo, with sequential codings; in other words, these anti-armour missiles – known in the trade as Tows, “Tube-launched, optically tracked and wire-guided missiles”…

A prior spent missile tube in Syria with “Hughes Aircraft Company” listed as manufacturer which surfaced in 2014 (not part of the same batch of weapons analyzed in Fisk’s report). Notice the attempt to scratch off the serial numbers. Via Armament Research Services

The past year especially has seen an uptick in such systematic attempts to trace foreign-supplied weapons on the Syrian battlefield, most of them recovered from internationally designated terrorists groups (even ISIS), back to their origination points. We’ve previously detailed a number of these reports, for example: Journalist Interrogated, Fired For Story Linking CIA And Syria Weapons Flights as well as Weapons Went From The CIA To ISIS In Less Than Two Months — the latter based on extensive arms tracking and field forensics research produced by Conflict Armament Research (CAR).

Robert Fisk, however, represents the rare instance of a prominent journalist on a lone mission to trace weapons serial numbers recovered from the foreign-backed Syrian insurgency back to their origins in the United States(worrisome for US intelligence and military leaders, as The Guardian has called him “one of the most famous journalists in the world” for his being unrelenting in his investigations).

Fisk continues by relating the moment he confronted a former Hughes Aircraft (now Raytheon) executive about finding their product in the hands of terrorists:

Some time ago, in the United States, I met an old Hughes Aircraft executive who laughed when I told him my story of finding his missiles in eastern Aleppo. When the company was sold, Hughes had been split up into eight components, he said. But assuredly, this batch of rockets had left from a US government base. 

Amateur sleuths may have already tracked down the first set of numbers above. The “01” in the stock number is a Nato coding for the US, and the BGM-71E is a Raytheon Systems Company product. There are videos of Islamist fighters using the BGM-71E-1B variety in Idlib province two years before I found the casings of other anti-tank missiles in neighbouring Aleppo. As for the code: DAA A01 C-0292, I am still trying to trace this number.

Fisk writes further that even if he doesn’t ultimately come up with the American base from which the missiles originated, as well as specific factory they were made, he knows one thing for sure, that both Hughes/Raytheon and the US government have erected a paper trail system designed to shield them from violating anti-terror laws.

Robert Fisk recently drew controversy after writing that he failed to find evidence of a government chemical weapons attack on Douma as the first journalist to enter the site and interview eyewitnesses.

He explains of this legal cover, “This missile will have been manufactured and sold by Hughes/Raytheon absolutely legally to a Nato, pro-Nato or “friendly” (i.e. pro-American) power (government, defence ministry, you name it), and there will exist for it an End User Certificate (EUC), a document of impeccable provenance which will be signed by the buyers – in this case by the chaps who purchased the Tow missiles in very large numbers – stating that they are the final recipients of the weapons.”

And yet there’s no actual way of knowing that the official “recipients” identified as the “end user” are in fact the end users, as Fisk’s investigation proves (for the fact that he found the missile batch in a former Nusra/ISIS/al-Qaeda stronghold).

How many of these advanced Raytheon-made weapons does al-Qaeda still have in its possession? Does anyone in Washington or London even care? 


He points out that “there is neither an obligation nor an investigative mechanism on the part of the arms manufacturers to ensure that their infinitely expensive products are not handed over by ‘the buyers’ to Isis, al-Nusra/al-Qaeda – which was clearly the case in Aleppo – or some other anti-Assad Islamist group in Syria branded by the US State Department itself as a ‘terrorist organisation’”. So much for US anti-terror material support laws huh?

Naturally, Fisk follows up with an appropriately sarcastic quip:

Of course, the weapons might have been sent (illegally under the terms of the unenforceable EUC) to a nice, cuddly, “moderate” militia like the now largely non-existent “Free Syrian Army”, many of whose weapons – generously donated by the west – have fallen into the hands of the “Bad Guys”; i.e. the folk who want to overthrow the Syrian regime (which would please the west) but who would like to set up an Islamist cult-dictatorship in its place (which would not please the west).

Indeed it confirms what former MI6 spy and British diplomat Alastair Crooke once stated  that the CIA knowingly established the basis of a “jihadi Wal-Mart” of sorts  to which ISIS had immediate and easy access.

Crooke noted that the weapons program was set up with “plausible deniability” in mind, which would allow its American intelligence sponsors to be shielded from any potential future legal prosecution or public embarrassment.

Crooke noted in a 2015 BBC interview that, “The West does not actually hand the weapons to al-Qaida, let alone to ISIS…, but the system they’ve constructed leads precisely to that end.”

Fisk confirms this analysis when he concludesThus al-Nusra can be the recipients of missiles from our “friends” in the region – here, please forget the EUCs – or from those mythical “moderates” who in turn hand them over to Isis/al-Nusra, etc, for cash, favours, fear or fratricidal war and surrender.

And then he shreds both the weapons companies and Western governments that make it all happen, noting that though a certain weariness, banality and self-imposed ignorant laziness has generally set in when it comes to major media investigating these things, this continues to be a huge, scandalous story of epic dimensions that ought to demand exposing all involved.

Fisk rages:

Why don’t Nato track all these weapons as they leave Europe and America? Why don’t they expose the real end-users of these deadly shipments? The arms manufacturers I spoke to in the Balkans attested that Nato and the US are fully aware of the buyers of all their machine guns and mortars.

Why can’t the details of those glorious end user certificates be made public – as open and free for us to view as are the frightful weapons which the manufacturers are happy to boast in their catalogues.

Though dutifully ignored in the American mainstream press (and thus we feel it our duty to continue the coverage), Fisk is in the midst of a multi-part investigative series for his the Independent (UK).

He recently tracked down foreign supplied arms to the doorsteps of US-partnered suppliers in the Balkans, as well as the Saudi embassy in London, where he presented shipping and manufacturer’s paperwork proving that various medium weaponry went straight from European factories to terrorist group in Syria via the Saudis (including munitions factory workers’ eyewitness accounts of Saudi officials inspecting the facility).

Robert Fisk: "I Traced Al-Qaeda Missile Casings In Syria Back To Their Original Sellers"

The Independent has published over a dozen items of paperwork recovered from al-Nusra (Syrian al-Qaeda) positions in Aleppo.

Predictably, Saudi officials denied the evidence, saying the Kingdom did not give“practical or other support to any terrorist organisation [including Nusrah and Isis] in Syria or any other country” and described the allegations raised by The Independent as “vague and unfounded”.

Fisk responds in his latest column:

These papers were not “vague” – nor was the memory of the Bosnian arms controller who said they went with the mortars to Saudi Arabia and whose shipment papers I found in Syria. Indeed, Ifet Krnjic, the man whose signature I found in eastern Aleppo, has as much right to have his word respected as that of the Saudi authorities. So what did Saudi Arabia’s military personnel – who were surely shown the documents – make of them? What does “unfounded” mean? Were the Saudis claiming by the use of this word that the documents were forgeries?

And Fisk answers his own question in concluding, “I bet they’re not,” explaining, “For I don’t think either Nato or the EU has the slightest interest in chasing the provenance of weapons in the hands of Islamist fighters in Syria or anywhere else in the Middle East – certainly not in the case of Damascus, where the west has just given up its attempt to unseat Assad.”

We might also recall, lest it disappear down the collective public memory hole forever, that all the way back in 2013 when as all analysts agree the Obama White House came very close to launching an Iraq-style war of regime change against Damascus… guess who was a foremost media “expert” aggressively lobbying for regime change?

At that time Stephen Hadley, then a Raytheon director (since 2009) and former National Security Advisor to George W. Bush, made multiple appearances on FOX, CNN, MSNBC, and Bloomberg News during the height of the national debate over whether the US should go to war in Syria. In all of these appearances, as well as in an influential Washington Post op-ed piece, he argued for a U.S. missile strike on Damascus as a matter of national security.

In each case, Hadley was presented as an objective national security expert – it was only his role as former national security advisor that was revealed.

However, the meticulously researched Public Accountability Initiative media study of pro-war pundits that had undisclosed ties to the defense industry exposed him as not at all a “neutral expert” in this summary statement about Hadley’smultiple network TV appearances:

In each case, Hadley’s audience was not informed that he serves as a director of Raytheon, the weapons manufacturer that makes the Tomahawk cruise missiles that were widely cited as a weapon of choice in a potential strike against Syria.

Hadley earns $128,500 in annual cash compensation from the company and chairs its public affairs committee. He also owns 11,477 shares of Raytheon stock, which traded at all-time highs during the Syria debate ($77.65 on August 23, making Hadley’s share’s worth $891,189). Despite this financial stake, Hadley was presented to his audience as an experienced, independent national security expert.

Sadly as the study confirmed across multiple networks, such an example as Hadley is still pretty much par for the course in terms of major “experts” who “independently” lobby for war on news talk panels.

Raytheon, the manufacturer of the BGM-71 TOW (Hughes was bought out by Raytheon in 1997), has been heavily invested in the course of the Syrian conflict from the beginning — the TOW missile system being the weapon of choice the CIA handed out to “rebels” for years as part of operation ‘Timber Sycamore’, and its Tomahawk cruise missile being what was used when President Trump ordered a massive single-night strike on Damascus in April of 2017 (about 59 were launched at an estimated over $1 million a pop).

ANTICHRIST WATCH: “Messiah”-mania hits fever pitch in Israel


ANTICHRIST WATCH: “Messiah”-mania hits fever pitch in Israel





Turkey wants to join BRICS because it’s disappointed in NATO and EU – analysts

Turkey wants to join BRICS because it's disappointed in NATO and EU – analysts
By floating the idea of Turkey joining BRICS, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan seeks to diversify Ankara’s foreign policy, with its EU membership bid long stalled and relations with the US on the rocks, analysts told RT.

The Turkish President has suggested that the leaders of the five-member BRICS bloc (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) should add “T” to the acronym. Erdogan was invited to the group’s latest forum and told Hurriyet Daily News on its sidelines that current members welcomed the idea of Turkey’s accession.

Evgeniy Bakhrevskiy, deputy director of the Russian Research Institute of Cultural and Natural Heritage, told RT that this apparent pivot by Erdogan is rooted in Turkey’s mounting frustration with the West.

Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan at the BRICS summit meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa © Gianluigi GuerciaT

Erdogan “believes there is a need to diversify Turkey’s foreign policy, because he is seriously disappointed with western structures, with the EU; he has rather strained relations with the US,” Bakhrevskiy noted.

Stevan Gajic, researcher at the Institute for European Studies in Belgrade, argued that it hasn’t been geopolitical considerations, but “something very personal” that has prompted Erdogan to strive for new allegiances.

Gajic believes that the foiled military coup attempt in 2016 and Syrian President Bashar Assad winning in Syria with Russia’s help, are two main factors that made Erdogan’s outlook change.

It also comes at a moment when Turkey’s long-standing dream of joining the EU is in limbo, with the accession process effectively frozen. Although the EU is Turkey’s top trading partner, Turkey is still stuck in the bloc’s “waiting room,” a situation that in itself is an insult to Ankara, Bakhrevskiy pointed out.

Ankara’s relations with Washington are also going through a rough patch, with “anti-American sentiment very strong in almost all layers of Turkish society,” Bakhrevskiy said, because of America’s support for Kurdish militias fighting Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS). Turkey views the backbone of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the People’s Protection Units (PYD), as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), recognized as terrorists by Turkey.

By refusing to cut its support for the Kurdish-led forces, the US is seen by many in Turkey as “directly threatening” their country, Bakhrevskiy said. Erdogan doesn’t hesitate to capitalize on the sentiment.

“Anti-Americanism is popular, he is a politician, he will do what people like.”

At the same time, Turkey’s relations with Russia, having hit their lowest point when Turkey downed a Russian attack jet above Syria in November 2015, have recovered swiftly and are gaining momentum. The speed of this rapprochement is evidence that “two parties really need each other,” according to Bakhrevskiy.

“The main change from 2015 is that then Turkey and Russia were on the brink of war,” Gajic noted. Russia expressed its support for Erdogan following the 2016 coup attempt, which the Turkish authorities blamed on the US-based exiled cleric Fethullah Gülen and his associates in Turkey. The two Turkish pilots accused of downing the Russian plane were later arrested in a post-coup crackdown.

Supposing the pilots were indeed part of Gulen’s network, “that was actually a plot to make a conflict between Russia and Turkey,” Gajic said.

While Turkey doesn’t look likely to ditch NATO for good just yet, Bakhrevskiy points out that BRICS is “a very democratic bloc” which does not require any special “sacrifices” like leaving the EU or NATO in order to join.

Gajic, meanwhile, believes Ankara could leverage the threat of leaving NATO as a “big bargaining chip.” Its potential departure would “deal a big blow” to an alliance already shaken by US President Donald Trump’s constant demands that European members pay more for the bloc’s costly maintenance.

This ambiguous position “is best for Turkey,” Gajic believes, as both Russia and the US are eventually interested in winning Ankara over.

Honors for best war zone reportage at first-ever Khaled Alkhateb Memorial Awards in Moscow

The winners of RT’s special award for best reporting from a war zone, set up in memory of RT Arabic contributor Khaled Alkhateb, were announced on Monday, marking one year since the journalist was killed in terrorist shelling.

A ‘stringer’ with RT’s Arabic service, Khaled Alkhateb was conducting an interview on July 30, 2017, on the frontline in the Syrian province of Homs, when he and his interviewee were both struck down by a mortal shell launched by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS, ISIL) militants.

Paying tribute to Alkhateb, RT set up this international award in his honor, with journalists from over 20 countries submitting their work in more than 10 languages to the jury who judge for three categories.

Three winners, from Iraq, Singapore and Ireland, were picked from dozens of applications on Monday. Anna Karenina Tolentino (Singapore) received the award for her report “Get Real – Escape from Marawi,” about the liberation of the Philippine’s city of Marawi from ISIS-linked terrorists. The video was recognized in the “Best Video Journalism from a Conflict Zone: Long Form” category.

Asaad Al-Zalzali from Iraq won in the “short form video” category with his report “ISIS Children,” which offers a glimpse into the lives and controversies surrounding the families of ISIS militants who fled or perished after the terrorists’ defeat.

Irish journalist Jason O’Brien was distinguished for his special report from Syria, telling about the struggles of the locals in the war-ravaged country as life there is gradually returning to normal.

The award ceremony, which began with a minute’s silence, saw the mother of Khaled, Lydia Alkhateb, receiving a memorial award dedicated to her son. Alkhateb was also posthumously awarded a medal “For Courage” by Russian President Vladimir Putin, a state decoration that was received on stage by his father, Gasan Alkhateb.

RT has created a documentary dedicated to Khaled’s work in Syria, in which fellow members of the RT Arabic crew and those who knew Khaled speak of his passion for life and reporting.

‘You’: Trump lawyer Giuliani triggers online funfest over three-letter tweet

‘You’: Trump lawyer Giuliani triggers online funfest over three-letter tweet
Donald Trump’s lawyer and former NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani, has sent out a one-word tweet, the word “You” – but it was enough to set off a wave of trolling and ridiculous explanations to the puzzling message.

It was most likely a mistake by Giuliani or his staff, but there was no chance it would’ve gone unpunished by the twitterati, amid the heat surrounding the attorney who is helping Trump fend off the Russian collusion claims.

Rudy Giuliani



Nobody cared to delete the strange tweet, and so it was destined to instantly become a meme, getting more than 11,000 replies and over 3,400 retweets in just a matter of hours.

Many of the commentators raced to recall popular songs, which, they thought, could’ve been on Giuliani’s mind when he sent off the message:

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better shape up, ’cause I need a man

hussein kesvani


In love with the shape of

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Scott Murray@Sc0ttMurray

..used to call me on my cell phone

Willie Geist


…. you got what I neee-eeeed! 🎶

cc: @BizMarkie

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The others turned to famous movie quotes:

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Tony Posnanski



Dave Itzkoff


Fredo, i know it was

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Many also took advantage of the opportunity to grill Giuliani over his lawyer activities and questioned his credibility:

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Molly Jong-Fast


Are as good at lawyering as you are a Twitter.

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are dazed and confused.


In which Rudy makes a public statement without making things worse 

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Eric Schmeltzer@JustSchmeltzer

His twitter skills match his declining legal skills.

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Meanwhile, some jokes were fired not at Giuliani but at his client, President Trump:


… know he’s guilty.

Rudy Giuliani



Resign in Disgrace!@UsAgainstTrump

Ah yes, the covfefe defense.

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There were also those who tried to come up with something as illogical and ridiculous as the original tweet, and probably succeeded:

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Cindy 🐬@cindyella_yolo

You ok dude?

Dylan Haines@DHaines1

*looks around haphazardly*


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Greek Orthodox Pentecost Prayers in Al-Quds/Jerusalem

Jews Call for Destruction Of Christianity During Greek Orthodox Pentecost Prayer in Jerusalem

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Jewish demonstrators shouted ‘We will tear down this abomination, you are evil. The Jewish people lives forever! King David lives forever! May the name of your so-called God be blotted out forever…’

‘It hurts me that they are letting these goyyim come here. It hurts me that these evil men, who have oppressed the Jews throughout history, are being allowed to contaminate our holy sites…’

‘The goyyim got their way this time, but they won’t the next time. King David lives forever!  The people of Israel lives forever!..’


Religious tensions roiled anew on Mount Zion this week when police detained five of some dozens of enraged Jewish extremists who attempted to disrupt Pentecostal prayers held by hundreds of Greek Orthodox worshipers.

As the Greek Orthodox procession made its way on Monday to the compound that houses the Cenacle, the presumed site of the Room of the Last Supper, and the presumed Tomb of King David, the Jewish demonstrators with flowing ear locks and large knitted yarmulkes screamed, booed and blew shofars at the worshipers.

As the procession made its way up the narrow stairs to the Cenacle, Jewish demonstrators, held back by Border Police and riot control teams, could be heard shouting:  “We will tear down this abomination,” and, “you are evil.”

The procession was led by kuwwas, the traditional guardians of Christian holiness, wearing crimson fez-like hats. They pounded wooden staffs on the ancient stone walkways to make way for the bishop, the head of the local church.

Resplendent in heavy white robes embroidered in gold threat, the bishop was followed by scores of priests and religious officials, all dressed in long back head gear, and hundreds of pilgrims, all chanting liturgies in Greek.

At the height of the ceremony, a small group from the Greek Orthodox, led by the bishop, came down the stairs and entered the Tomb of King David, escorted by the police.

The Jewish protestors grew more frenzied.  “The Jewish people lives forever!” King David lives forever!” one screamed.  “May the name of your so-called God be blotted out forever,” cursed another. “Nazi,” someone screamed at the police. Seemingly oblivious to the crowd, the Greek Orthodox worshipers stayed in the Tomb only a few moments then went back up the stairs.

 A man dressed in ultra-Orthodox garb, who would only give his name as “Tzvi from Jerusalem,” stood by with tears in his eyes.

“It hurts me that they are letting these goyyim (non-Jews) come here,” he said. “It hurts me that these evil men, who have oppressed the Jews throughout history, are being allowed to contaminate our holy sites.  And it hurts me even more that the police, led by our Jewish government, are allowing them to do so.”

Scenes like this occur often on Mount Zion. The 30-acre mountain that spreads out to the west from the Zion Gate holds a jumble of Christian churches from many different denominations, abandoned Muslim shrines, active and abandoned Jewish, Christian and Muslim cemeteries, and archaeological digs, along remnants of the War of Independence and the Six-Day War.

It is also home to artists and sculptors, including the widow of sculptor David Palombo, who designed the gates to the Knesset; banquet halls and the somber Chamber of the Holocaust, Israel’s first national Holocaust museum, which predates Yad Vashem by several years.

Across the conquests though the centuries, by Christians, Muslims, British, and, most recently, by Israel, members of various religious faiths have lived here together, sometimes in peace, at times in war, and most often according to carefully-set arrangements between them.

Mount Zion was central to Israeli national and religious observance following the War of Independence, because it was the only site in East Jerusalem held by Israel and because it offered views into the Old City and its sacred sites, held off-limits by the Jordanians to Jews and Israelis. The Mount was subsequently neglected after the Six-Day War, when the Old City was returned to Israeli control.

But in recent years, various Jewish groups have tried to reclaim the centrality of Mount Zion. Fueled by religious zealotry, some of them are hill-top youth prevented by  security authorities from being in the West Bank, and have instead made Mount Zion their home.

Tensions have increased particularly since a visit by Pope Francis in 2014, when rumors circulated that Israel intends to cede parts of Mount Zion, including David’s Tomb, to the Vatican and other Christian institutions.

Israeli officials have repeatedly denied these rumors.  The extremists aren’t convinced, though.

“There are Jews who would sell away that that is most precious to the Jewish people,” says one of the young activists. “They have forgotten what it means to be Jewish. To be proud and defend the land. We will be the defenders.”

Part of the Jewish extremists’ plan of defense has included defacing churches and their property, desecrating Christian cemeteries, and spitting on and verbally accosting priests and monks.

According to activists from “Window on Mount Zion,” a project sponsored by the Jerusalem Intercultural Center and Search for Common Ground, there has been relative calm over the past few months, thanks in part to police station established on Mount Zion last year.

According to various agreements, Christians are entitled to observe communal worship in the Cenacle five times a year, including the Pentecost. For individual prayer, the room is open to all. King David’s Tomb, which has unofficially been turned into a synagogue, is open for Jewish communal and individual prayer at all times.

This week, the trouble began well before the Greek Orthodox observance. There are three observances of Pentecost in Jerusalem, and the Armenians celebrated theirs on Sunday afternoon.

In the early hours of Sunday morning, several Jewish extremists barricaded themselves in David’s Tomb, apparently mistakenly believing the Armenians would be granted the right to enter David’s Tomb – which, in fact, is part only of the Greek Orthodox tradition. They protesters were removed, detained, and issued restraining orders banning them from the site.

But others returned early on Monday morning and tried once again to take control over the site, and by 7 A.M., dozens had already gathered near the scene. In carefully choreographed arrangements, police allowed early morning Jewish prayers on Monday morning, then closed the tomb to visitors until after the Greek Orthodox prayer and set up security perimeters.

In prior coordination with the police, Rabbi Aaron Yitzhak Stern from Bnei Brak, unofficially appointed by adherents as the “Rabbi of Mount Zion,” removed the Torah scrolls from David’s Tomb then returned them after the Christians had concluded their prayers. Also in coordination with police, the Greek worshipers did not bring any Christian symbols, icons, or incense into the Tomb.

Some two dozen volunteers from Window on Mount Zion were visibly present in their distinctive yellow vests. Project coordinator Merav Horowitz-Stein said they provided “another set of eyes, and individuals who can try to reason with the extremists from any side and explain the situation to the tourists.”

Police acknowledged that the volunteers, who tried to engage the protestors in discussion and explain the commotion to foreigners, played a crucial role in maintaining the relative calm.

In Christian belief, Pentecost marks the fiftieth day after the Last Supper, on which the Holy Spirit entered each of the Holy Apostles. Teaching them to speak in foreign languages, the Spirit instructed the Apostles to spread the world of Christianity throughout the world. To many, the holiday thus marks the actual founding of the Christian Church.

“The tradition of King David and the psalms is particularly significant to the Greek Orthodox,” Yisca Harani, an expert in Christianity from the Yad Ben Tzvi Institute, explains to Haaretz. They come to the tomb as pilgrims.”

Harani says the Pentecost observance has much in common with the Jewish holiday of Shavu’ot. “There is a clear parallel between the way that the Jews believe they received the Torah from Moses from Mount Sinai and the way Christians believe that the Holy Spirit came down to the apostles. And both are based on the number fifty.

“Observances like this provide an opportunity and a demand from the State of Israel to truly provide freedom of worship and equality for all,” Harani says.

Several police officials noted with satisfaction that “overall, the events passed without incident” and that the police had been able to find a “balance between the right to protest and the lack of any right to violently disrupt anyone else’s right to prayer.”

But as the crowds dispersed, one of the protesters made it clear that he and fellow demonstrators had no intention of backing down.

‘The goyyim got their way this time. But they won’t the next time. King David lives forever!  The people of Israel lives forever!’

Three-year-old ultra-Orthodox Jewish children told that ‘non-Jews are evil’ in worksheet produced by London school

ed note–PLEASE keep in mind, that this theme of ‘we are better than thee’ has been with Judaism from the very beginning. It was not an invention of the Khazars, nor something that began with the Talmud, but rather got its start with a nomad named Abraham hearing those “I will bless those who bless thee and curse those who curse thee” voices in his head telling him that he and his kith-n-kin were ‘chosen’ to rule the world and better than everyone else. Until people come to this realization, that Judaism–at least as it exists within the pages of the Old Testament–is the source of this thing known as ‘the Jewish problem’, mankind will forever exist on the fringe of extinction. Jesus Himself said–‘if your eye is a source of evil, cut it out, for it is better that you enter heaven half-blind than to have your body thrown intact into hell.’

The Independent

British three-year-olds have been told “the non-Jews” are “evil” in a Kindergarten worksheet handed out at ultra-Orthodox Jewish schools in north London, it can be revealed.

Documents seen by The Independent show children are taught about the horrors of the Holocaust when they are still in kindergarten at the Beis Rochel boys’ school in north London.

A whistle-blower, who wished to remain anonymous, has shown The Independent a worksheet given to boys aged three and four at the school. In it, children were asked to complete questions related to the holiday of 21 Kislev, observed by Satmer Jews as the day its founder and holy Rebbe, Rabbi Yoel Teitelbaum, escaped the Nazis.

The document refers to Nazis only as “goyim” – a term for non-Jews some people argue is offensive.

Emily Green, who used to teach at the same Beis Rochel girls’ secondary school, now chairs the Gesher EU organisation which supports ultra-Orthodox Jews who want to leave the community.

“It’s not uncommon to be taught non-Jewish people are evil in ultra-Orthodox Jewish schools. It is part of the prayers, teaching, their whole ethos,” she said.

Describing it as a form of “indoctrination”, Ms Green added: “Psychologically, you become so afraid of the world out there after being taught how dangerous and bad and evil non-Jews are, that it makes it harder to leave.”


Independently translated from Yiddish for The Independent, the worksheet’s first question reads: “What have the evil goyim (non-Jews) done with the synagogues and cheders [Jewish primary schools]?” The answer in the completed worksheet reads: “Burned them.”

Another question asks: “What did the goyim want to do with all the Jews?” – to which the answer, according to the worksheet, is: “Kill them.”.

“It doesn’t explicitly refer to the Holocaust,” the source said. “It’s a document that teaches very young children to be very afraid and treat non-Jews very suspiciously because of what they did to us in the past.

“It’s not a history lesson – you can’t say that. It’s a parable that is actively teaching the children extremism, hatred and a fear for the outside world.”

A spokesperson for Beis Rochel said that the worksheets would be amended and apologised for any offence. However they argued the phrase “goyim” was not offensive and accusations that they were indoctrinating children were “without basis”. “The language we used was not in any way intended to cause offence, now this has been brought to our attention, we will endeavour to use more precise language in the future.”

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Trump ‘urged’ by Jewish New York Times publisher to stop his ‘inflammatory rhetoric’ against the media

Jewish publisher of the NYT Sulzberger warns that Trump’s ‘enemy of the people’ slur will lead to violence

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The publisher of the New York Times said Sunday he warned Donald Trump in a White House meeting that the US president’s escalating attacks on the news media are “dangerous and harmful to our country” and “will lead to violence.”

But the meeting with A.G. Sulzberger, publisher of the prestigious newspaper since January 1, appeared to do little to improve Trump’s tense and testy relationship with the press.

On Twitter, the president blasted what he called the “anti-Trump haters in the dying newspaper industry,” calling them “very unpatriotic!”

The president’s meeting with Sulzberger took place July 20, following a request from the White House for what appeared to be a routine get-to-know-you session.

The meeting, which also included Times editorial page editor James Bennet, had remained secret at the White House’s request, according to Sulzberger, until Trump tweeted about it early Sunday.

“Had a very good and interesting meeting at the White House with A.G. Sulzberger,” Trump said.

“Spent much time talking about the vast amounts of Fake News being put out by the media & how that Fake News has morphed into phrase, ‘Enemy of the People.’ Sad!”

Sulzberger, in a statement released hours later by the Times, said the president’s tweet effectively “put the meeting on the record,” and he described what appeared to be an unusually blunt session with the president.

‘Dangerous’ and ‘inflammatory’

“I told the president directly that I thought that his language was not just divisive but increasingly dangerous,” Sulzberger said. “I told him that although the phrase ‘fake news’ is untrue and harmful, I am far more concerned about his labeling journalists ‘the enemy of the people.’ I warned that this inflammatory language is contributing to a rise in threats against journalists and will lead to violence.”

With some foreign leaders using Trump’s language “to justify sweeping crackdowns on journalists, I warned that it was putting lives at risk.”

Sulzberger concluded: “I implored him to reconsider his broader attacks on journalism, which I believe are dangerous and harmful to our country.”

Beyond confirming that the meeting took place, the White House has provided no details. But Trump issued a string of four tweets a few hours after reports of the meeting emerged.

“When the media — driven insane by their Trump Derangement Syndrome — reveals internal deliberations of our government, it truly puts the lives of many, not just journalists, at risk! Very unpatriotic!” Trump said in a series of tweets responding to Sulzberger’s statement.

He added that “the failing New York Times and the Amazon Washington Post do nothing but write bad stories even on very positive achievements.”

When the media – driven insane by their Trump Derangement Syndrome – reveals internal deliberations of our government, it truly puts the lives of many, not just journalists, at risk! Very unpatriotic! Freedom of the press also comes with a responsibility to report the news accurately. 90% of media coverage of my Administration is negative, despite the tremendously positive results we are achieving, it’s no surprise that confidence in the media is at an all time low! I will not allow our great country to be sold out by anti-Trump haters in the dying newspaper industry. No matter how much they try to distract and cover it up, our country is making great progress under my leadership and I will never stop fighting for the American people! As an example, the failing New York Times and the Amazon Washington Post do nothing but write bad stories even on very positive achievements – and they will never change!’

The Post, which like the Times is a regular target of Trump’s complaints, is owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.

When 37-year-old Sulzberger took over leadership of the Times from his father last year after several years as a reporter and editor, Trump tweeted that the young man’s rise gave the paper a “last chance” to prove itself impartial and to report the news “without fear or FAVOR.”

US President Donald Trump shields his eyes from stage lights as he take questions from members of the media during a news conference before departing the NATO Summit in Brussels, Belgium, Thursday, July 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

But since then, as the Times and other news sources have chronicled Trump’s personal and political problems and logged his frequent misstatements, the president has repeatedly lashed back.

He has tweeted scores of times that the Times is “very dishonest,” “failing and corrupt,” and that it uses “phony and nonexistent sources.”

The Times has defended its reporters’ work and noted that, far from “failing,” it has enjoyed healthy growth, with 2017 revenue of $1.7 billion, up eight percent from the previous year.

Love/hate relationship

Observers say the president has a love/hate relationship with what was his hometown newspaper as he became one of New York’s best-known figures, craving coverage but furious when it appeared critical of him.

The exchange comes at a time of high tension between Trump and the news media, with the president regularly denouncing critical news reports as “fake news.”

Trump’s latest raft of tweets raised doubts that the meeting with Sulzberger had done much to ease those tensions. As one former Times editor said on social media about the chances of any reconciliation, “don’t hold your breath.”

If anything, Trump’s relations with the press seem recently to have hit a new low.

The White House barred CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins from a press event Wednesday after her persistent questioning at an earlier occasion was deemed “inappropriate.”

Olivier Knox, president of the White House Correspondents Association, deplored the action as a “wrong-headed” response to a reporter who, he said, was simply doing her job.

And Sulzberger’s warning of violence came only weeks after the June 28 shooting at a newspaper office in Annapolis, Maryland, in which an aggrieved local man shot and killed five of the paper’s employees.

New bill to give $38 billion to Tel-Aviv?

Senate about to vote on bill to give $38 billion to Israel, largest aid package in US history

Senate about to vote on bill to give $38 billion to Israel, largest aid package in US history

Image from DesertPeace.

Although the media isn’t telling Americans, a bill to give Israel a massive aid package is before Congress. The Senate, where it has 72 sponsors, is expected to vote on it this week. The bill also mandates that NASA work with Israel’s space agency, despite charges of Israeli espionage.

Jewish Insider reports that the U.S. Senate is expected to vote this week on a $38 billion aid package to Israel. This would be largest military aid package in American history (text and sponsors below).

The money, which would be given to Israel over the next 10 years, is the equivalent of $23,000 for each Jewish Israeli family of four.

[To take action on this go here]

The bill has moved forward despite the fact that most Americans already feel the U.S. gives Israel too much money.

The bill also requires NASA to work with the Israel Space Agency, despite accusations of Israeli espionage – In 2015 a Caltech scientist revealed that the Chair of Israel’s National Committee for Space Research had illegally acquired classified information. The alleged espionage and theft largely took place at Caltech’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a top NASA research and development center.

Violates U.S. law

It appears that giving Israel this money would violate several U.S. laws:

• It would violate two amendments to the 1961 Foreign Assistance Act, known as the the Symington and Glenn Amendments, that ban support for countries engaged in clandestine nuclear programs. (More information here.)

• It would violate the Leahy Law, which prohibits aid to countries guilty of human rights violations.

In the past Israel has used U.S. aid in ways that violated the Arms Export Control Act (AECA), which prohibits re-export of U.S.-origin defense and dual-use technology, which Israel has repeatedly done. Israel has also been charged with using U.S. weaponry illegally.

Despite this – and despite the fact that Israel has killed 150 and injured 16,000 Palestinian men, women, and children in the past four months – the aid bill has 71 co-sponsors: 36 Democrats and 35 Republicans.

The bill is being heavily promoted by AIPAC and other pro-Israel organizations.

Among the co-sponsors are some progressive Senators, including Elizabeth Warren and Kirsten Gillibrand, even though polls show that only 19 percent of liberal Democrats support Israel over Palestinians.

Despite the record breaking quantity of money, almost no mainstream U.S. media have informed Americans of the bill.

The bill is also making its way through the House of Representatives. It will become law when both the Senate and the House have passed it.

The aid package was first negotiated by the Barak administration, which largely submitted to Israeli demands. The Forward reported at the time: “When Yaakov Nagel, Israel’s acting national security adviser, was tasked with heading the team negotiating a new 10-year military aid package with the United States, Prime Minister Netanyahu set forth the guidelines: ‘If you reach $3.5 billion a year, you’ll get a gold medal,’ Nagel recalled Wednesday, hours before signing the agreement in Washington. ‘If you get $3.3 billion you’ll get a silver medal; and if you get $3.1 billion you’ll get the bronze.’”

Senate sponsors:


Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL] –


Sen. Coons, Christopher A. [D-DE]*

Sen. Casey, Robert P., Jr. [D-PA]

Sen. Blumenthal, Richard [D-CT]

Sen. Klobuchar, Amy [D-MN]

Sen. Cardin, Benjamin L. [D-MD]

Sen. Roberts, Pat [R-KS]

Sen. Rounds, Mike [R-SD]

Sen. Murkowski, Lisa [R-AK]

Sen. Isakson, Johnny [R-GA]

Sen. Wyden, Ron [D-OR]

Sen. Cruz, Ted [R-TX]

Sen. Hoeven, John [R-ND]

Sen. Inhofe, James M. [R-OK]

Sen. Hatch, Orrin G. [R-UT]

Sen. Cantwell, Maria [D-WA]

Sen. Crapo, Mike [R-ID]

Sen. Capito, Shelley Moore [R-WV]

Sen. Kennedy, John [R-LA]

Sen. Markey, Edward J. [D-MA]

Sen. Wicker, Roger F. [R-MS]

Sen. Scott, Tim [R-SC]

Sen. Donnelly, Joe [D-IN]

Sen. Sullivan, Dan [R-AK]

Sen. Duckworth, Tammy [D-IL]

Sen. Nelson, Bill [D-FL]

Sen. Young, Todd C. [R-IN]

Sen. Collins, Susan M. [R-ME]

Sen. Smith, Tina [D-MN]

Sen. Cornyn, John [R-TX]

Sen. Heitkamp, Heidi [D-ND]

Sen. Heller, Dean [R-NV]

Sen. Stabenow, Debbie [D-MI]

Sen. Risch, James E. [R-ID]

Sen. Gillibrand, Kirsten E. [D-NY]

Sen. Kaine, Tim [D-VA]

Sen. King, Angus S., Jr. [I-ME]

Sen. Baldwin, Tammy [D-WI]

Sen. Moran, Jerry [R-KS]

Sen. Blunt, Roy [R-MO]

Sen. Van Hollen, Chris [D-MD]

Sen. Warner, Mark R. [D-VA]

Sen. Tester, Jon [D-MT]

Sen. Perdue, David [R-GA]

Sen. Boozman, John [R-AR]

Sen. Gardner, Cory [R-CO]

Sen. Bennet, Michael F. [D-CO]

Sen. Murphy, Christopher [D-CT]

Sen. Flake, Jeff [R-AZ]

Sen. Toomey, Pat [R-PA]

Sen. Heinrich, Martin [D-NM]

Sen. Peters, Gary C. [D-MI]

Sen. Booker, Cory A. [D-NJ]

Sen. Hyde-Smith, Cindy [R-MS]

Sen. Manchin, Joe, III [D-WV]

Sen. Warren, Elizabeth [D-MA]

Sen. Menendez, Robert [D-NJ]

Sen. Grassley, Chuck [R-IA]

Sen. Jones, Doug [D-AL]

Sen. Ernst, Joni [R-IA]

Sen. Sasse, Ben [R-NE]

Sen. Whitehouse, Sheldon [D-RI]

Sen. Cortez Masto, Catherine [D-NV]

Sen. Portman, Rob [R-OH]

Sen. Lankford, James [R-OK]

Sen. Hassan, Margaret Wood [D-NH]

Sen. Hirono, Mazie K. [D-HI]

Sen. Lee, Mike [R-UT]

Sen. Daines, Steve [R-MT]

Sen. McCaskill, Claire [D-MO]

Sen. Brown, Sherrod [D-OH]

Sen. Schumer, Charles E. [D-NY]


H.R.5141 – United States-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act of 2018


(a) Short Title.—This Act may be cited as the “United States-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act of 2018”.

(b) Table Of Contents.—The table of contents for this Act is as follows:

Sec. 1. Short title; table of contents.

Sec. 2. Appropriate congressional committees defined.

Sec. 101. Findings.

Sec. 102. Statement of policy regarding Israel’s defense systems.

Sec. 103. Assistance for Israel.

Sec. 104. Extension of war reserves stockpile authority.

Sec. 105. Extension of loan guarantees to Israel.

Sec. 106. Joint assessment of quantity of precision guided munitions for use by Israel.

Sec. 107. Transfer of precision guided munitions to Israel.

Sec. 108. Modification of rapid acquisition and deployment procedures.

Sec. 109. Eligibility of Israel for the strategic trade authorization exception to certain export control licensing requirements.

Sec. 201. United States-Israel space cooperation.

Sec. 202. United States Agency for International Development-Israel enhanced partnership for development cooperation in developing nations.

Sec. 203. Authority to enter into a cooperative project agreement with Israel to counter unmanned aerial vehicles that threaten the United States or Israel.

Sec. 301. Statement of policy.


In this Act, the term “appropriate congressional committees” means—

(1) the Committee on Foreign Relations and the Committee on Armed Services of the Senate; and

(2) the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Committee on Armed Services of the House of Representatives.



Congress makes the following findings:

(1) In February 1987, the United States granted Israel major non-NATO ally status.

(2) On August 16, 2007, the United States and Israel signed a ten-year Memorandum of Understanding on United States military assistance to Israel. The total assistance over the course of this understanding would equal $30,000,000,000.

(3) On July 27, 2012, the United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012 (Public Law 112–15022 U.S.C. 8601 et seq.) declared it to be the policy of the United States “to help the Government of Israel preserve its qualitative military edge amid rapid and uncertain regional political transformation” and stated the sense of Congress that the United States Government should “provide the Government of Israel defense articles and defense services through such mechanisms as appropriate, to include air refueling tankers, missile defense capabilities, and specialized munitions”.

(4) On December 19, 2014, President Barack Obama signed into law the United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2014 (Public Law 113–296) which stated the sense of Congress that Israel is a major strategic partner of the United States and declared it to be the policy of the United States “to continue to provide Israel with robust security assistance, including for the procurement of the Iron Dome Missile Defense System”.

(5) Section 1679 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 (Public Law 114–92; 129 Stat. 1135) authorized funds to be appropriated for Israeli cooperative missile defense program codevelopment and coproduction, including funds to be provided to the Government of Israel to procure the David’s Sling weapon system as well as the Arrow 3 Upper Tier Interceptor Program.

(6) On September 14, 2016, the United States and Israel signed a ten-year Memorandum of Understanding reaffirming the importance of continuing annual United States military assistance to Israel and cooperative missile defense programs in a way that enhances Israel’s security and strengthens the bilateral relationship between the two countries.

(7) The 2016 Memorandum of Understanding reflected United States support of Foreign Military Financing (FMF) grant assistance to Israel over the ten year period beginning in fiscal year 2019 and ending in fiscal year 2028. FMF grant assistance would be at a level of $3,300,000,000 annually, totaling $33,000,000,000, the largest single pledge of military assistance ever and a reiteration of the seven-decade, unshakeable, bipartisan commitment of the United States to Israel’s security.

(8) The Memorandum of Understanding also reflected United States support for funding for cooperative programs to develop, produce, and procure missile, rocket, and projectile defense capabilities over a ten year period beginning in fiscal year 2019 and ending in fiscal year 2028 at a level of $500,000,000 per year, totaling $5,000,000,000.


It shall be the policy of the United States to provide assistance to the Government of Israel in order to support funding for cooperative programs to develop, produce, and procure missile, rocket, projectile, and other defense capabilities to help Israel meet its security needs and to help develop and enhance United States defense capabilities.


(a) Authorization Of Appropriations For Israel.—Section 513(c) of the Security Assistance Act of 2000 (Public Law 106–280; 114 Stat. 856) is amended—

(1) in paragraph (1), by striking “2002 and 2003” and inserting “2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, and 2028”;

(2) in paragraph (2)—

(A) by striking “equal to—” and inserting “not less than $3,300,000,000.”; and

(B) by striking subparagraphs (A) and (B).


(a) Department Of Defense Appropriations Act, 2005.—Section 12001(d) of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2005 (Public Law 108–287; 118 Stat. 1011) is amended by striking “after September 30, 2018” and inserting “after September 30, 2023”.

(b) Foreign Assistance Act Of 1961.—Section 514(b)(2)(A) of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 (22 U.S.C. 2321h(b)(2)(A)) is amended by striking “2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018” and inserting “2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023.”.


Chapter 5 of title I of the Emergency Wartime Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2003 (Public Law 108–11; 117 Stat. 576) is amended under the heading “Loan Guarantees To Israel”—

(1) in the matter preceding the first proviso, by striking “September 30, 2019” and inserting “September 30, 2023”; and

(2) in the second proviso, by striking “September 30, 2019” and inserting “September 30, 2023”.


(a) In General.—The President, acting through the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Defense, is authorized to conduct a joint assessment with the Government of Israel with respect to the matters described in subsection (b).

(b) Matters Described.—The matters described in this subsection are the following:

(1) The quantity and type of precision guided munitions that are necessary for Israel to combat Hezbollah in the event of a sustained armed confrontation between Israel and Hezbollah.

(2) The quantity and type of precision guided munitions that are necessary for Israel in the event of a sustained armed confrontation with other armed groups and terrorist organizations such as Hamas.

(3) The resources the Government of Israel can plan to dedicate to acquire such precision guided munitions.

(4) United States plans to assist Israel to prepare for sustained armed confrontations described in this subsection as well as the ability of the United States to resupply Israel with precision guided munitions in the event of confrontations described in paragraphs (1) and (2), if any.

(c) Report.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—Not later than 15 days after the date on which the joint assessment authorized under subsection (a) is completed, the President shall submit to the appropriate congressional committees a report that contains the joint assessment.

(2) FORM.—The report required under paragraph (1) shall be submitted in unclassified form, but may contain a classified annex.


(a) In General.—Notwithstanding section 514 of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 (22 U.S.C. 2321h), the President is authorized to sell such quantities of precision guided munitions from reserve stocks to Israel as necessary for legitimate self-defense and otherwise consistent with the purposes and conditions for such sales under the Arms Export Control Act (22 U.S.C. 2751 et seq.).

(b) Certifications.—Except in case of emergency, not later than 5 days before making a sale under this section, the President shall certify in an unclassified notification to the appropriate congressional committees that the sale of the precision guided munitions—

(1) does not affect the ability of the United States to maintain a sufficient supply of precision guided munitions;

(2) does not harm the combat readiness of the United States or the ability of the United States to meet its commitment to allies for the transfer of such munitions; and

(3) is necessary for Israel to counter the threat of rockets in a timely fashion.


(a) Requirement To Establish Procedures.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—Section 806(a) of the Bob Stump National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2003 (10 U.S.C. 2302 note; Public Law 107–314) is amended—

(A) in paragraph (1)(C), by striking “; and”;

(B) in paragraph (2), by striking the period at the end and inserting “; and”; and

(C) by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

“(3) urgently needed to support production of precision guided munitions—

“(A) for United States counterterrorism missions; or

“(B) to assist an ally of the United States under direct missile threat from—

“(i) an organization the Secretary of State has designated as a foreign terrorist organization pursuant to section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1189); or

“(ii) a country the government of which the Secretary of State has determined, for purposes of section 6(j) of the Export Administration Act of 1979 (50 U.S.C. 4605(j)) (as in effect pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act), section 620A of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 (22 U.S.C. 2371), section 40 of the Arms Export Control Act (22 U.S.C. 2780), or any other provision of law, is a government that has repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism.”.

(2) PRESCRIPTION OF PROCEDURES.—Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall prescribe procedures for the rapid acquisition and deployment of supplies and associated support services for purposes described in paragraph (3) of section 806(a) of the Bob Stump National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2003, as added by paragraph (1)(A) of this subsection.

(b) Use Of Amounts In Special Defense Acquisition Fund.—Section 114(c)(3) of title 10, United States Code, is amended by inserting before the period at the end the following: “or to assist an ally of the United States that is under direct missile threat, including from a terrorist organization supported by Iran, and such threat adversely affects the safety and security of such ally”.


(a) Findings.—Congress makes the following findings:

(1) Israel has adopted high standards in the field of export controls.

(2) Israel has declared its unilateral adherence to the Missile Technology Control Regime, the Australia Group, and the Nuclear Suppliers Group.

(3) Israel is a party to—

(A) the Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons which may be Deemed to be Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects, signed at Geneva October 10, 1980;

(B) the Protocol for the Prohibition of the Use in War of Asphyxiating, Poisonous or Other Gases, and of Bacteriological Methods of Warfare, signed at Geneva June 17, 1925; and

(C) the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material, adopted at Vienna October 26, 1979.

(4) Section 6(b) of the United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2014 (22 U.S.C. 8603 note) directs the President, consistent with the commitments of the United States under international agreements, to take steps so that Israel may be included in the list of countries eligible for the strategic trade authorization exception under section 740.20(c)(1) of title 15, Code of Federal Regulations, to the requirement for a license for the export, reexport, or in-country transfer of an item subject to controls under the Export Administration Regulations.

(b) Report On Eligibility For Strategic Trade Authorization Exception.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—Not later than 120 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the President shall submit to the appropriate congressional committees a report that—

(A) describes the steps taken to include Israel in the list of countries eligible for the strategic trade authorization exception as required under 6(b) of the United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2014 (22 U.S.C. 8603 note; Public Law 113–296); and

(B) includes what steps are necessary for Israel to be included in such a list of countries eligible for the strategic trade authorization exception.

(2) FORM.—The report required under paragraph (1) shall be submitted in unclassified form, but may contain a classified annex.



(a) Findings.—Congress makes the following findings:

(1) Authorized in 1958, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) supports and coordinates United States Government research in aeronautics, human exploration and operations, science, and space technology.

(2) Established in 1983, the Israel Space Agency (ISA) supports the growth of Israel’s space industry by supporting academic research, technological innovation, and educational activities.

(3) The mutual interest of the United States and Israel in space exploration affords both nations an opportunity to leverage their unique abilities to advance scientific discovery.

(4) In 1996, NASA and the ISA entered into an agreement outlining areas of mutual cooperation, which remained in force until 2005.

(5) Since 1996, NASA and the ISA have successfully cooperated on many space programs supporting the Global Positioning System and research related to the sun, earth science, and the environment.

(6) The bond between NASA and the ISA was permanently forged on February 1, 2003, with the loss of the crew of STS–107, including Israeli Astronaut Ilan Ramon.

(7) On October 13, 2015, the United States and Israel signed the Framework Agreement between the National Aeronautics and Space Administration of the United States of America and the Israel Space Agency for Cooperation in Aeronautics and the Exploration and Use of Airspace and Outer Space for Peaceful Purposes.

(b) Continuing Cooperation.—The Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration shall continue to work with the Israel Space Agency to identify and cooperatively pursue peaceful space exploration and science initiatives in areas of mutual interest, taking all appropriate measures to protect sensitive information, intellectual property, trade secrets, and economic interests of the United States.

[Editor’s note: A Caltech scientist charged Israel with illegally acquiring classified information.The alleged espionage and theft largely took place at Caltech’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a top NASA research and development center.]


(a) Statement Of Policy.—It should be the policy of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to partner with Israel in order to advance common goals across a wide variety of sectors, including energy, agriculture and food security, democracy, human rights and governance, economic growth and trade, education, environment, global health, and water and sanitation.

(b) Memorandum Of Understanding.—The Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development is authorized to enter into memoranda of understanding with Israel in order to enhance coordination on advancing common goals on energy, agriculture and food security, democracy, human rights and governance, economic growth and trade, education, environment, global health, and water and sanitation with a focus on strengthening mutual ties and cooperation with nations throughout the world.


(a) Findings.—Congress makes the following findings:

(1) On February 10, 2018, Iran launched from Syria an unmanned aerial vehicle (commonly known as a “drone”) that penetrated Israeli airspace.

(2) According to a press report, the unmanned aerial vehicle was in Israeli airspace for a minute and a half before being shot down by its air force.

(3) Senior Israeli officials stated that the unmanned aerial vehicle was an advanced piece of technology.

(b) Sense Of Congress.—It is the sense of the Congress that—

(1) joint research and development to counter unmanned aerial vehicles will serve the national security interests of the United States and Israel;

(2) Israel faces urgent and emerging threats from unmanned aerial vehicles, and other unmanned vehicles, launched from Lebanon by Hezbollah, from Syria by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps, or from others seeking to attack Israel;

(3) efforts to counter unmanned aerial vehicles should include the feasibility of utilizing directed energy and high powered microwave technologies, which can disable vehicles without kinetic destruction; and

(4) the United States and Israel should continue to work together to defend against all threats to the safety, security, and national interests of both countries.

(c) Authority To Enter Into Agreement.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—The President is authorized to enter into a cooperative project agreement with Israel under the authority of section 27 of the Arms Export Control Act (22 U.S.C. 2767), to carry out research on, and development, testing, evaluation, and joint production (including follow-on support) of, defense articles and defense services, such as the use of directed energy or high powered microwave technology, to detect, track, and destroy unmanned aerial vehicles that threaten the United States or Israel.

(2) APPLICABLE REQUIREMENTS.—The cooperative project agreement described in paragraph (1) shall—

(A) provide that any activities carried out pursuant to the agreement are subject to—

(i) the applicable requirements described in subparagraphs (A), (B), and (C) of section 27(b)(2) of the Arms Export Control Act (22 U.S.C. 2767(b)(2)); and

(ii) any other applicable requirements of the Arms Export Control Act (22 U.S.C. 2751 et seq.) with respect to the use, transfers, and security of such defense articles and defense services under that Act;

(B) establish a framework to negotiate the rights to intellectual property developed under the agreement; and

(C) include appropriate protections for sensitive technology.



It is the policy of the United States to ensure that Israel maintains its ability to counter and defeat any credible conventional military, or emerging, threat from any individual state or possible coalition of states or from non-state actors, while sustaining minimal damages and casualties, through the use of superior military means, possessed in sufficient quantity, including weapons, command, control, communication, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities that in their technical characteristics are superior in capability to those of such other individual or possible coalition states or non-state actors.

Calendar No. 519

2d Session
S. 2497

To amend the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 and the Arms Export Control Act to make improvements to certain defense and security assistance provisions and to authorize the appropriations of funds to Israel, and for other purposes.

July 17, 2018
Reported with an amendment

Global Zio-PR-Disaster: Ahed Tamimi

Analysis: Ahed Tamimi and Her Family: Israel’s Ongoing PR Disaster

Analysis: Ahed Tamimi and Her Family: Israel’s Ongoing PR Disaster

August 28, 2015: Palestinian women and youth scuffle with an Israeli soldier in the West Bank. Tamimi is seen on the left. Credit: AP

By trying to make an example out of Ahed Tamimi’s arrest, Israel helped transform her into an anti-occupation poster child

by Allison Kaplan Sommer, Ha’aretz

Over the past eight months, anti-Israel protests from London to Washington had a new poster child. The image of Ahed Tamimi’s blue eyes staring defiantly underneath her mane of golden curls has become a symbol around which the Palestinian cause worldwide has been able to rally.

When Israel arrested and imprisoned the teenager for kicking and slapping an Israeli combat soldier in the West Bank – the footage soon went viral.

Whether it was “Free Ahed” signs held up in protest marches or her image spray-painted on the West Bank separation barrier – a move that got the Italian artists arrested – her likeness has been everywhere.

Ahed Tamimi is hugged after she was released by the Israel army in her village of Nebi Saleh in the West Bank Sunday, July 29, 2018. Credit: Nasser Shiyoukhi/AP

Israeli authorities are unswerving in their belief that they sent an important message by cracking down on the now 17-year-old girl from Nabi Saleh, who was part of a group of girls harassing several soldiers in the West Bank.

Israel’s intention to turn her into an object lesson was clear.

“Those who harm our soldiers by day are arrested by night,” declared Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, after Tamimi was taken from her home in the middle of the night last December, four days after the incident occured and she had become an internet sensation.

The Israel Defense Forces spokesperson’s unit made a point of distributing footage of her arrest to the media the next morning. In doing so, it helped turn Ahed Tamimi into a symbol of resistance.

By the time Tamimi was released Sunday, after completing her eight-month sentence for four counts of assault, she had graduated from viral web star into an icon.

Sign calling Ahed Tamimi ‘the REAL Wonder Woman’ during a protest outside the AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington D.C. this year. Credit: Allison Kaplan Sommer

Capped by the fanfare around her release, her detention ultimately did more damage to Israel’s international image than the initial video of her slapping a soldier ever could.

During her incarceration, Tamimi has been compared to brave female heroes ranging from Joan of Arc and Anne Frank to Rosa Parks and Hannah Szenes, and her blonde hair even drew comparison to Bar Refaeli. She has been championed by American celebrities such as Sarah Silverman, Alice Walker, Danny Glover and Rosario Dawson, and in Israel, controversially, by songwriter-performer Yehonatan Geffen.

One protest sign spotted at a rally outside this year’s AIPAC Policy Conference in D.C. declared that she was “the REAL Wonder Woman.”

It is the same type of publicity “own goal” that has been replicated this summer in the highly publicized moves to prevent BDS activists from entering Israel, thus turning unknowns into high-profile names.

In Tamimi’s case, she is maintaining a family tradition – not only by publicly resisting the Israeli occupation, but also by weaponizing Israel’s measures to galvanize world sympathy for the Palestinian cause. (The Israeli media dubbed Ahed Tamimi “Shirley Temper” after she was seen hitting an Israeli soldier back in 2012 and when she was photographed biting another soldier who was trying to arrest her mother in 2015.)

It was in 2009 that her father, Bassem Tamimi, first began rallying international sentiment with weekly village protests that he initiated with the goal of “modeling a popular uprising.”

He mobilized fellow residents of Nabi Saleh, some 20 kilometers (12 miles) northwest of Ramallah, against settlers who were attempting to take over their water spring and refusing them access to it. The demonstration grew into a general protest over the expansion of the settlement of Halamish on land belonging to the village.

November 2, 2012: Ahed Tamimi tries to punch an Israeli soldier near Ramallah. Credit: AP

Over the years, clashes between protesters and the Israeli army led to stone-throwing, tear gas, grenades and live fire, which resulted in injury and, sometimes, death – including to members of the Tamimi clan.

Throughout Ahed’s childhood, her father was arrested a dozen times on a variety of charges. At one point, he was held without trial (“administrative detention”) for over a year.

Bassem’s incarceration in 2011 for leading the unauthorized protest marches became a cause célèbre globally, with Amnesty International dubbing him a “prisoner of conscience” and demanding that Israel release him.

When he was freed on bail in April 2012 two weeks after his mother suffered a stroke, he also received a hero’s welcome back to Nabi Saleh.

Other members of the Tamimi family have paid a higher price. In 2011, Bassem’s cousin, Mustafa Tamimi, died when he was hit in the face at point-blank range by a tear gas canister after throwing stones at soldiers. A year later, Bassem’s brother-in-law, Rushdi Tamimi, was shot in the back and killed when a group of Palestinians in Nabi Saleh began throwing stones toward the road from a long distance. An army reserve unit dispersed them with a hail of 80 bullets. And at the end of 2017, prior to Ahed’s arrest, her cousin Mohammad Tamimi was shot in the head with a rubber-tipped bullet.

Professional provocateurs

Critics of the family’s image as a symbol of brave and nonviolent resistance point not only to stone-throwing, but to the fact that their relatives include participants in terrorist activities. They also highlight social media posts and declarations by the Tamimis that can be interpreted as celebrating violence against Israelis and calling for the Jewish state’s “elimination.”

Deputy Minister Michael Oren was so frustrated by the viral PR phenomenon that he charged in a tweet that the Tamimis “may not be a real family” and that they “dress up kids in American clothes and pay them to provoke IDF troops on camera. This cynical and cruel use of children constitutes abuse. Human rights organizations must investigate!”

The Tamimis ridiculed the claim.

Michael Oren@DrMichaelOren

The Tamimi family—which may not be a real family—dresses up kids in American clothes and pays them to provoke IDF troops on camera. This cynical and cruel use of children constitutes abuse. Human rights organizations must investigate!

תקיפת החיילים בידי הפלסטיניות: גם פרובוקציה ראויה למעצר

בת למשפחת תמימי מנבי סלאח הגיעה שוב במטרה לסחוט פרובקציה מלוחמי צה”ל. חרף הידיעה כי מדובר במלכודת תקשורתית נשמעת בציבור…

Ahed Tamimi had traveled overseas to represent the Palestinian cause before she sat in an Israeli prison. But the past 18 months raised her profile to a whole new level.

Ultimately, her arrest, trial and sentencing had two underlying purposes. The first, as Haaretz’s Anshel Pfeffer wrote after she was first arrested, was to address the Netanyahu government’s domestic political problem: Salvaging the Israeli military’s pride in the face of a soldier allowing Ahed Tamimi and other young women to hit him without retaliating. “A Palestinian girl slapping an IDF officer was a national insult that could only be soothed by the pictures of her being taken from her home by female Border Police officers in full body armor,” Pfeffer wrote.

The second – as numerous Israeli officials, led by Defense Minister Lieberman insisted – was to deter young Palestinians who would consider following in her footsteps by showing them that public resistance carries a heavy price.

But considering Israel’s focus on winning the public diplomacy war (aka hasbara), the government’s hand in elevating the status of a local celebrity into an international symbol of the Palestinian cause was a move that was doomed to backfire.


IDF soldier’s cheek > an entire Palestinian’s body

IDF soldier’s cheek > an entire Palestinian’s body

IDF Sgt. Elor Azaria, who shot dead a disarmed and injured Palestinian attacker in the West Bank city of Hebron in March 2016, and Ahed Tamimi, dubbed by some the Palestinian Ghandi.

Elor Azaria took the life of a man who was no threat, received a hero’s welcome, a reduced charge, and a lenient sentence. The Prime Minister of Israel called for his pardon because he and his family had been through enough. His sentence has been reduced to 9 months, though he shows no remorse for what he did.
Contrast Ahed Tamimi, who slapped an IDF soldier in full armor (after Israeli soldiers had shot her cousin in the face), was charged with assault and a multitude of other crimes, and has just reached a plea bargain that will give her a total prison time of 10 months.
Ergo, slapping a soldier is about as bad as killing a Palestinian.
from IMEMC News

Elor Azaria, the Israeli soldier convicted of shooting and killing a Palestinian in the head while the Palestinian was lying on the ground wounded, had his sentence reduced to nine months by an Israeli judge this week.

Last February, Azaria was sentenced to eighteen months for the 2016 killing, which was captured on camera by a bystander. He began his prison time in August 2017. With the new sentence reduction, he will be released in May.

The Chief Military Prosecutor for Israel, Sharon Zagagi Pinhas, opposed the granting of parole for Azaria, saying that he has shown no remorse for the murder of a prone, wounded man. During Azaria’s trial, the prosecution had pushed for a sentence of 3 – 5 years for the murder.

This contrasts with the Israeli military prosecutor’s stance toward Palestinians – children who throw stones at invading soldiers are given a mandatory four-year prison sentence.

After the early release of Azaria was announced, Israeli conscientious objector and editor of +972 Magazine, Haggai Mattar, said on Twitter that when he is released in May, Azaria “will have served a shorter sentence than me and my friends who refused to serve in the army of occupation”.

Azaria’s case garnered national and international attention, and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was among those who called for the soldier’s early release.

The graphic video of the murder committed by Azaria in March 2016, which was filmed by a Palestinian cameraman from B’Tselem Israeli human rights group, went viral and sparked international rage.

The footage shows Abdul Fatah al-Sharif lying on the ground after having been shot ten minutes prior, when Azaria comes up to the wounded man and shoots him in the head at close range, killing him.

In the video, Elor Azaria is seen talking on the phone, then hanging up and stepping closer to Al-Sharif, and then shooting him in the head from a very close distance in the presence of Israeli ambulances. (WARNING: DISTURBING)

Palestinian Teen Ahed Tamimi Reaches Plea Bargain, to Serve 8 Months in Israeli Prison

by Ha’aretz

Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi reached a plea bargain with military prosecution on Wednesday, according to which she will spend eight months in prison.

As part of the deal, the 17-year-old is expected to plead guilty to four counts of assault, including the videotaped slapping of an Israeli soldier.

The deal still must be approved by the military court, and is not final.

Tamimi has spent three months in detention so far.

The court has approved plea bargains for Nur and Nariman Tamimi, Ahed Tamimi’s cousin and mother, both of whom were involved in the videotaped soldier-slapping. Nur Tamimi agreed to a suspended sentence of five months. Nariman Tamimi will serve eight months in prison for participating the assault.

The decision was made in a hearing held today in Tamimi’s trial, which is being conducted behind closed doors. The military court rejected an appeal she made this week to hold the trial in public.

Tamimi’s lawyer, Gaby Lasky, confirmed that a plea agreement has been reached. “The fact that the plea agreement provides for the dropping of all of counts of indictment that made her detention possible until the end of legal proceedings possible is proof that Tamimi’s arrest in the middle of the night, and that the legal proceedings against her were steps designed to settle scores,” Lasky said.

Sources told Haaretz that according to the plea bargain, Tamimi will be charged with the assault that was videotaped in December, the resulting incitement to violence through the posted video, and two other assaults on soldiers. She will not be charged of additional assaults or stone-throwing, which appeared on the original indictment.


US Media: Slapping an Israeli Soldier More Newsworthy Than Shooting a Palestinian Child in the Face

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The H-Question: World Jewish Congress approves resolution calling for criminalizing!

World Jewish Congress approves resolution calling for criminalizing Holocaust denial


The resolution on anti-Semitism also calls countries where appropriate constitutional provisions exist to consider banning neo-Nazi parties.

ed note–so, in other words, these same Jewish interests CONSTANTLY lecturing others on ‘free speech’ and CONSTANTLY warning of the dangers of ‘Islamic Shariah Law’ where people are punished for holding/voicing opinions contrary to the precepts of a certain religion are now calling for laws to be made criminalizing free speech/free thought as pertains the ‘holy of holies’–meaning the Holocaust.

As one famous philosopher stated over and over when warning of Jewish power, ‘beware the leaven of the pharisees, which is hypocrisy and lying’


The World Jewish Congress approved on Tuesday a resolution that calls on countries around the world, “in particular those whose Jewish populations were decimated in the Shoah,” to outlaw the public denial of the Holocaust, and where appropriate constitutional provisions exist, to consider banning neo-Nazi parties.

The resolution also urges Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and other national leaders and legislators in Europe to join the 125 legislators from more than 40 countries in signing the 2009 London Declaration on Combating Anti-Semitism.

The WJC decided to hold its Plenary Assembly in the Hungarian capital as an expression of solidarity with the local Jewish community in the city, who have been under threat of rising anti-Semitism ever since the extreme right-wing Jobbik Party won a relatively large share of the vote in the last election.

The WJC resolution, supported by hundreds of delegates from Jewish communities around the world, urges the Hungarian authorities “to take effective measures including by enacting and enforcing legislation, for the protection of all citizens and residents of this country, in particular vulnerable minorities such as the Roma and the Jews, against threats of violence, racist hate and insults and the denial of the Holocaust.”

On Sunday night, the Hungarian prime minister opened the Plenary Assembly promising to act more forcefully against anti-Semitism, although he did not specifically mention the Jobbik Party, which captured 17 percent of the vote in the 2010 election. WJC officials expressed disappointment with his speech, which to their minds lacked substance.

In the resolution, the WJC calls on Hungary “to recognize that the ideology and the actions of the Jobbik movement and its subsidiaries, including the New Hungarian Guard, pose a fundamental threat to Hungary’s democracy, and that decisive action by all democratic forces against these contemporary expressions of extremism must now be taken.”

The resolution also expresses concern about recent signs of rising anti-Semitism in Ukraine.

Earlier today, the Plenary Assembly heard about a new legislative initiative in Greece, which promises a radical crackdown on anti-Semitism and other forms of racism in the country. David Saltiel, the head of the country’s Jewish community, who reported on the development, said the legislation will be submitted to parliament in the coming days, following the Easter holiday break.

According to the legislation, any individual or group that incites against or acts violently toward other individuals or groups “because of their racial origin, the color of their skin, their religion and/or their sexual preferences” could be punished with three months to six years in jail and be fined up to 20,000 euros. The same punishments would apply to Holocaust denial and the National Socialist salute. The legislation also stipulates that if a parliamentary party chief is found to be in violation, public funding for his or her party would be suspended.

How the 2016 US election was rigged

Editor’s note:  The idea of blaming the Russians for rigging the election, even with what appears to be solid Mueller indictments, increasingly seems to be a ploy.  There is a million pound gorilla out there, a totally fake election, just like in 2000 and 2004.

We have solid information that Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin and Florida were rigged through EXTREMELY OBVIOUS vote padding.  During the first hours of the Wisconsin recount, it was discovered that dozens of precincts had voted at levels of well over 100% and other in the high 90s.

Hundreds of thousands of KEY VOTES for Trump were fabricated with voting machine hacks, hacks we believe were handed out by Federalist Society lawyers, working for the RNC, using USB drives.

Simply put, Trump lost the election, we all knew it, but as the recounts began, something happened and it all seemed to go away.  When that happened, as it had happened before, the real fix, no Russians involved, that feeling of helplessness hit, the media jumped onboard, as they are inclined to do, and a fake presidency began.


A major voting machine maker, Election Systems & Software, has revealed in a letter to a US senator, that it installed remote-access software on its machines over a period of six years.

In the November 2016 US election, there were enormous discrepancies between the exit polls and final vote counts.

The US Government uses exit poll data to verify and validate elections in the developing world.

Attorney and professor of political science, Bob Fitrakis, said in an interview with CounterPunch Radio:

“If this (November 2016) election occurred outside the United States, our government would not recognize it as legitimate.”

“Had this election been in Latin America or the Middle East, the State Department would not accept the results…”

Election expert Nate Cohn says: “By the time all the ballots are counted, Hillary Clinton will have won by a wider percentage margin than not only Al Gore in 2000 but also Richard Nixon in 1968 and John F. Kennedy in 1960.”

Cohn estimates that when all votes have been counted, 63.4 million Americans will have voted for Clinton to 61.2 million for Trump, which would make it the highest votes received by a presidential candidate in history after Obama in both 2008 and 2012.

Clinton Leads Trump by 1.8 Million Votes as Counting Continues

The Kosher Nostra rigged the voting machines.

In February 2016, election expert Harvey Wasserman explained:

“About 80 percent of the vote nationally will be cast on electronic voting machines.

“There is no verifiability.

“In six key swing states- Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, Michigan, Iowa and Arizona – you have Republican governors and Republican secretaries of state, and no method of verifying the electronic vote count.

“At midnight or whenever it is on election night, those two guys can go in there with an IT person and flip the outcome of an electronically counted vote within about 60 seconds.”


In Florida, 70% of the voters voted early, Clinton had a large lead among these early voters.

The most prominent exit poll of Florida early voters showed that 28% of registered Republicans voted for Hillary Clinton, with just 6% of registered Democrats having voted for Trump.

Rigged election: Hillary Clinton’s early-voting lead in Florida was mathematically insurmountable

In other words, Trump’s people ‘rigged the poll in Florida’.

(numbers equal percentage points)


Exit Polls: Clinton 47.7, Trump 46.4 – Clinton wins by 1.3

Actual: Clinton 47.8, Trump 49.0 – Trump wins by 1.2

NORTH CAROLINA – 15 Electoral Votes

Exit Polls: Clinton 48.6, Trump 46.5 – Clinton wins by 2.1

Actual: Clinton 46.1, Trump 49.9 – Trump wins by 3.8

Trump gain: 5.9

PENNSYLVANIA – 20 Electoral Votes

Exit Polls: Clinton 50.5, Trump 46.1 – Clinton wins by 4.4

Actual: Clinton 47.6, Trump 48.8 – Trump wins by 1.2

Trump gain: 5.6

WISCONSIN – 10 Electoral Votes

Exit Polls: Clinton 48.2, Trump 44.3 – Clinton wins by 3.9

Actual: Clinton 47.6, Trump 48.8 – Trump wins by 1.2

Trump gain: 5.1



Trump won Wisconsin by vote rigging, it would appear.

PoliticusUSA reports that, ahead of the probable recount, Trump’s majority in Wisconsin has already shrunk by thousands of votes.

According to the Palmer Report, a number of precincts in Wisconsin have already discovered that the numbers were padded to benefit Trump and had to revise their numbers.

As a result, thousands of votes have been “wiped out of Trump’s column in an instant.”

Clinton’s vote total “was essentially correct.”

Wisconsin is now acknowledging that “thousands of the supposed votes for Trump simply never existed.”

Clinton received 7% fewer votes in those counties of Wisconsin in which votes were counted electronically, compared to those with paper ballots and optical scanners.

Fred Leidel was an engineering professor at the University of Wisconsin.

But, on 11 9 2016, for the first time in his life, Leidel was turned away from the polls.

“Voter suppression was all too real, and 14 states – including important swing states – had new voting restrictions in place.”

Republicans Rig the Election – The Nation.

Margie Mueller, a cancer survivor aged 85, went to vote in Plymouth. But Margie wasn’t able to vote because her driver’s license had expired.

14 states had new voting restrictions in effect for the first time in 2016 – including important swing states like Wisconsin and Ohio.

Partly due to voter supression, Donald Trump won Wisconsin by 27,000 votes.

In Wisconsin, 300,000 registered voters, according to a federal court, lacked the required forms of voter ID.

A “growing number of academics and activists” are calling for an audit of the results in states like Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, the UK’s Guardian newspaper reports.

According to a CNN report, a group of scientists including J Alex Halderman, director of the University of Michigan Center for Computer Security and Society, has privately told the Clinton campaign that Clinton received 7% fewer votes in counties that relied on electronic voting machines, suggesting they may have been hacked.

Trump election: Activists call for recount in battleground states
BBC News

Hillary Clinton urged to demand sensational US election recount after claims Donald Trump vote ‘hacked’
Evening Standard

‘Strong evidence’ election was rigged against Clinton in key states
Irish Independent

Highly Cited:Computer scientists urge Clinton campaign to challenge election results

United States: New York Magazine: Clinton Urged to Challenge Swing State Results

Hillary Clinton’s campaign urged by computer scientists to challenge election results in three swing states

Zionist Inquisition in full cry

Their quarry: anti-racist Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Their weapons: anti-semitism smears. Their purpose: to oust Corbyn and replace him with a compliant pro-Israel stooge.


The row over anti-Semitism has erupted yet again in the UK Labour Party, as predicted a few months ago by Miko Peled, the Israeli general’s son, who warned that “they are going to pull all the stops, they are going to smear, they are going to try anything they can to stop Corbyn…. the reason anti-Semitism is used is because they [the Israelis] have no argument….”

So Israel’s pimps at Westminster, never happy unless they’re telling everyone what to think and say, are frantically insisting that the Labour Party adopts the discredited International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism in its unedited entirety and incorporates it into the party’s code of conduct. Many party members believe they have blown up the matter out of all proportion simply to settle their long-standing score – as Peled says – with the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, a genuine anti-racist, champion of Palestinian rights and critic of Israel.

This is what the IHRA definiition says:

“Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.”

It includes these eleven “contemporary examples of anti-semitism”:

  • Calling for, aiding, or justifying the killing or harming of Jews in the name of a radical ideology or an extremist view of religion.
  • Making mendacious, dehumanising, demonising, or stereotypical allegations about Jews as such or the power of Jews as collective — such as, especially but not exclusively, the myth about a world Jewish conspiracy or of Jews controlling the media, economy, government or other societal institutions.
  • Accusing Jews as a people of being responsible for real or imagined wrongdoing committed by a single Jewish person or group, or even for acts committed by non-Jews.
  • Denying the fact, scope, mechanisms (e.g. gas chambers) or intentionality of the genocide of the Jewish people at the hands of National Socialist Germany and its supporters and accomplices during World War II (the Holocaust).
  • Accusing the Jews as a people, or Israel as a state, of inventing or exaggerating the Holocaust.
  • Accusing Jewish citizens of being more loyal to Israel, or to the alleged priorities of Jews worldwide, than to the interests of their own nations.
  • Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor.
  • Applying double standards by requiring of it a behavior not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation.
  • Using the symbols and images associated with classic antisemitism (e.g., claims of Jews killing Jesus or blood libel) to characterise Israel or Israelis.
  • Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis.
  • Holding Jews collectively responsible for actions of the state of Israel.

Jewish community leaders are furious that Labour’s ruling body, the National Executive Committee, disagrees with 4 of these examples and refuses to include them in the party’s new code of conduct. The NEC, of course, is mindful that the code must be enforceable across half-a-million members with differing opinions, many of whom are tired of the constant whining. An emergency motion orchestrated by the Jewish lobby, forcing the NEC to take on board the whole IHRA package with all its examples and humiliating Corbyn in the process, was supposed to be considered yesterday but is now postponed till September.

The NEC explains its omissions by saying accusations of dual nationality are wrong rather than anti-semitic. It strikes out altogether the idea that calling the state of Israel “a racist endeavour” is anti-semitic, no doubt for the simple reason that it is racist. Israelis have for decades practised apartheid, casting their non-Jewish population as second-class citizens, and now it’s enshrined in their new nationality laws, in black and white. What’s more, Israel’s illegal occupation has denied Palestinians their right to self-determination for the last 70 years. The NEC also chooses not to forbid the use of symbols and images associated with classic anti-semitism and comparing Israeli policy to that of the Nazis unless there’s evidence of anti-semitic intent.

Sounds reasonable, you might think. But 68 rabbis have accused the Labour leadership of acting “in the most insulting and arrogant way” by leaving out or modifying those controversial bits. In a letter to The Guardian they say it’s not the Labour Party’s place to re-write it.

The arrogance is theirs, I think. Here’s why. The House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee recommended adoption of the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism subject to the inclusion of two caveats:
(1) It is not antisemitic to criticise the Government of Israel, without additional evidence to suggest antisemitic intent.
(2) It is not antisemitic to hold the Israeli Government to the same standards as other liberal democracies, or to take a particular interest in the Israeli Government’s policies or actions, without additional evidence to suggest antisemitic intent.

The Government agreed but dropped the caveats saying they weren’t necessary. Subsequently the IHRA definition has run into big trouble, being condemned by leading law experts as “too vague to be useful” and because conduct contrary to the IHRA definition is not necessarily illegal. They warn that public bodies are under no obligation to adopt or use it and, if they do, they must interpret it in a way that’s consistent with their statutory obligations and with the European Convention on Human Rights, which provides for freedom of expression and freedom of assembly.

IHRA definition of anti-Semitism is deeply flawed

Crucially, freedom of expression applies not only to information or ideas that are favourably received or regarded as inoffensive, but also to those that “offend, shock or disturb the State or any sector of the population” – unless they encourage violence, hatred or intolerance. Calling Israel an apartheid state or advocating BDS against Israel cannot properly be characterized as anti-Semitic. Furthermore, any public authority seeking to apply the IHRA definition to prohibit or punish such activities “would be acting unlawfully”.

The right of free expression is now part of UK domestic law by virtue of the Human Rights Act. Furthermore the 1986 Education Act established an individual right of free expression in all higher education institutions. Then there’s Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which bestows on everyone “the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers”. As always, such rights are subject to limitations required by law and respect for the rights of others.

So the IHRA definition is a minefield. It’s not something a sane organisation would incorporate into its Code of Conduct – certainly not as it stands. It contravenes human rights and freedom of expression. But when did the crackpots in the Israel lobby ever care about other people’s rights?

The whole fuss borders on the farcical when you ask what anti-Semitism means. Who are the Semites anyway? Everyone avoids this question like the plague. Why? It’s embarrassing. DNA research shows that most of those living today who claim to be Jews are not descended from the ancient Israelites at all and the Palestinians have more Israelite blood. So they are the real Semites. Research by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, published by the Oxford University Press in 2012 on behalf of the Society of Molecular Biology and Evolution, found that the Khazarian Hypothesis is scientifically correct, meaning that most Jews are Khazars. The Khazarians converted to Talmudic Judaism in the 8th Century and were never in ancient Israel.

Probably no more than 2% of Jews in Israel are actually Israelites. So even if you believe the propaganda myth that God gave the land to the Israelites, He certainly didn’t give it to Netanyahu, Lieberman and the other East European thugs who rule the apartheid state.

As former Israeli Director of Military Intelligence, Yehoshafat Harkabi wrote: “It would be a tragic irony if the Jewish state, which was intended to solve the problem of anti-Semitism, was to become a factor in the rise of anti-Semitism. Israelis must be aware that the price of their misconduct is paid not only by them but also Jews throughout the world.”

Well, that tragic irony has come to pass. As has been suggested before, so-called anti-Semitism is a matter best resolved by the Jewish ‘family’ itself. There’s no reason to bother Corbyn or the Labour Party with it.

Stuart Littlewood
24 July 2018

The Israeli War on Imran Khan Begins

VT talked this over with Imran Khan on a couple of occasions. He is rational and sane as are very few in politics. Khan’s shortfall has been his lack of corruption. America hates that.



Pakistan has had US-backed corrupt dictatorships for much of its history with the army stepping in, from time to time, sometimes on behalf of democracy.  America never tired to sticking Pakistan in the behind, using it as a surrogate while kowtowing to India, to keep Pakistan in line.

Moreover, the US has worked directly with Israel and India, who run training camps for the Taliban inside Afghanistan and send unpleasantness into Pakistan killing thousands each year.

Why does the US do it?  I had a chance to talk this over with Imran Khan on a couple of occasions.  He is rational and sane as are very few in politics.  His shortfall has been his lack of corruption.  America hates that.

The piece below is done by Bruce Riedel, a hired gun from the Brooking Institute, tasked with attacking Iran.  He will now be demonizing Pakistan.  The Daily Beast began as a gem in Israeli agent and former Congresswoman Jane Harman’s media crown which included Newsweek as well.  Her husband was such a nice guy.  Jane, however, was the defender of Jonathan Pollard, the Soviet/Israeli agent who destroyed the CIA back so many years ago.

The war on Imran Khan begins.  Take note.


The Next Prime Minister of Nuclear-Armed Pakistan Really Hates the U.S.

There is compelling evidence that the Pakistani army is supporting Imran Khan, intimidating his opponents and suppressing the press to get him into power.

Imran Khan, 66, is charismatic and bold. He has campaigned for decades to break the logjam of Pakistan’s revolving elections in which either Nawaz Sharif or Benazir Bhutto and her heirs dominate the highest office of the country. Sharif, 65 and a three-time prime minister, is now in jail along with his daughter on trumped-up charges of corruption. Benazir’s son Bilawal, 29, ran an impressive campaign on his own for the first time but came in third place. Khan’s Pakistan Justice Movement (PTI) is leading the parliamentary elections with around 110-120 seats out of 272. Sharif’s party is around 60 and Bhutto at 45. These numbers are not final and there are several independents and small local parties.

Read more at the Daily Beast


‘Zuckerspy and Jack the Ripper’ – Kim Dotcom declares ‘Deep State social media meddles in US elections’, not Russia

Kim Dotcom

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Kim Dotcom

Kim Dotcom has slammed ‘deep state’ Facebook and Twitter for meddling in US elections, warning they do ‘100 times’ more damage to democracy than all foreign meddlers combined.

“I wouldn’t be concerned about Russian meddling in US elections,” Dotcom wrote on Twitter. “Be concerned about Deep State social media companies like Facebook and Twitter meddling in US elections.”

The MegaUpload founder went on to accuse Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey of doing “100 times more harm to democracy than all foreign meddlers combined,” and anointed the pair with catchy nicknames, “Zuckerspy and Jack the Ripper.”

Dotcom’s harsh words for the social media giants come in the midst of reports that Twitter is using shadowbanning to help Democratic candidates over Republicans.

Shadowbanning is a technique employed by Twitter to prevent a user from reaching its full audience. In many cases, an account’s content will be unable to be retweeted, and the reach of tweets are severely limited. The company recently responded to the accusations, claiming they don’t shadowban, despite the fact that a January undercover report from Project Veritas showed a Twitter employee saying the opposite.

Dotcom, who is involved in campaigning for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, is among those to report their tweets on the topic are not being seen by the expected number of people.

Dotcom has long threatened to set up his own social media network which would not have the same censorship and Deep State interference. He has also offered a $100,000 reward for anyone who can leak evidence of Twitter’s shadowbanning database.

Dotcom also took aim at Microsoft, Apple and Alphabet, Google’s parent company, saying they are “the worst of all deep State collaborators” because they “contain the most backdoors, they supply the most data and technology to the Deep State making spying on all of us easier.”


Robert David Steele’s blog

A Roadmap for US-Russia Relations – An American View

July 25, 2018

Igor Ivanov’s recent article, “A Roadmap for Russia-U.S. Relations” provides a methodical Russian perspective of great value.[1] Here I will provide a practical American perspective, with the hope that it might help President Vladimir Putin and his senior aides help President Donald Trump, who is all alone.

Let’s start with the fact that the US Government (USG) is in grid-lock, deeply incapacitated by a pathologically dysfunctional secret intelligence community that is – at the highest levels – in constant betrayal of the public trust.[2] Were this secret intelligence community honest, it would now (in the aftermath of the election) be shutting down the “Russians hacked the election” story that is a complete fabrication invented by John Brennan with the support of James Clapper and Mike Hayden and the complicity of the fake news U.S. media including Fox News.[3] Until President Trump clears the actively hostile press out of the White House and creates his own Trump Studio and Truth Channel to communicate directly with the 200 million voters[4] who are now lied to every day by the U.S. mainstream and social media, both controlled by the U.S. Deep State and its Zionist under-belly,[5]our President is going to continue to be at risk of assassination, deception, defamation, impeachment, and neutralization. I expect the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), Dan Coates, to be fired soon. Not only has Coates failed to eradicate the false anti-Russian anti-Trump story, he has failed to make the secret intelligence community useful to the President, and worse, just yesterday, he was caught disparaging the President and saying he would have opposed a one-on-one meeting between our two Presidents.[6]


Let us add to that the fact that entire U.S. mainstream media, not only Crap News Network (CNN) and MSNBC but also Fox News and of course the standard newspapers and even The Weekly Standard, today a Zionist-controlled rag rather than a conservative voice, are actively lying to the public and seeking to create outrage over our President being presidential. I cannot overstate the contempt that I have for all of these people, as well as Members of Congress including Republicans that are members of the Bush-Cheney crime family. When someone like Representative Mike McCaul (R-TX) appears on Fox to attack our President, all anyone in Russia needs to know is that he is a) from Texas and b) a Bushie.[7]

Now let’s move on to what the U.S. public does not know, and where Russia could be helpful if the leaders of Russia Today (RT) can be found (or replaced). The U.S. public does not know that George H. W. Bush (Papa Bush) and Dick Cheney are the two greatest criminals in modern U.S. history, and that between them they not only directed a Gold War against Russia – a covert economic war not authorized by Congress, using off-budget gold reserves,[8]in which I believe Bill Browder was a leading agent for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) – but they also conspired with the Zionists beginning in 1990 to create the false flag attack now known at 9/11.[9] A major reason the Bush-Cheney crime family was so intent on winning the 2000 election by any means necessary was to ensure that Dick Cheney was in charge of the USG for 9/11, the younger George Bush being but a well-intentioned dolt.[10]

The U.S. public does not know what Russia knows about elite American banking criminals (including Bill Browder); elite American pedophiles; and elite American traitors who routinely betray their country in favor of the Zionists. The U.S. public does not know that Papa Bush was an active co-conspirator with Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ) and Allen Dulles in the assassination of John F. Kennedy (among whose “crimes” were candid communications with Nikita Khrushchev); or that Papa Bush for decades appears to have been facilitating massive drug smuggling into Texas with the entire Texas “justice” system being used to punish immigration and customs officials who try to do their jobs while also freeing captured drug runners through various subterfuges.[11]

There is good news. In May 2017 William Binney and I wrote to the Attorney General, Jefferson Sessions, copied to President Trump, and outlined how they could pull all the intelligence they needed on these elites from the National Security Agency (NSA) databases – NSA processes only 1% of what it collects, and is compromised by Freemasons, Opus Dei, Knights of Malta, and Zionist sayonim (9% of our Members of Congress and senior executives are dual US-Israeli citizens).[12] We have it all. Trump knows everything he needs to know about the Bush-Cheney crime family, the Clinton crime family, and the Obama crime family – and he knows they are merely the best of the servant class, the second tier criminals far beneath the 1% whose crimes are at global scale – starting wars as a profit center, manipulating interest and currency exchange rates, and so on. Unfortunately, the public does not yet know and therefore the President is at a disadvantage when facing the Deep State’s media machine.

What President Trump does not have today is a Trump Studio and a Trump Truth Channel that integrates text messages, emails, videos, posts, and shared documents, and that is open to all US citizens on an opt-in basis, with the assurance that nothing will be censored or manipulated[13] – that no one will be digitally assassinated as has been case recently with tens of thousands of conservative and progressive voices deleted by Facebook, Google, MeetUp, Twitter, and YouTube.[14]

There was a time when I thought RT was setting a new standard in global information sharing and public intelligence. I particularly salute the early acceptance by RT of Skype web cam interviews that enabled it to get a diversity of expert speakers who would not normally take the time to come into the studio in the city. Sadly, RT’s innovation stopped there. Today they have too many pseudo-American twits in bow-ties and loosely-educated hosts who are completely lacking in perspective and simply going through the motions. RT in its present configuration lacks intelligence, integrity, and imagination. There is not a single person at RT who could explain to President Putin, if asked, what holistic analytics or true cost economics are and why they matter to modern Information Operations (IO).[15] I speculate that there is nobody at RT from the “top boss” down to the best researcher, who can identify from memory the top ten threats to humanity, the twelve core policy areas, or the most significant demographic and regional trends where China, Russia, and the USA have absolute common interests.

From where I sit, there are three near-term priorities for consideration by President Putin that will help President Trump live up to his potential, survive his massive opposition from the Deep State and Shadow Government, and eventually work closely and collaboratively with President Putin, General Secretary Xi Jinping and others including President Bashar al-Assad and President Hassan Rouhani:

01 Shake RT Up and RT America especially. Get some real professionals in there, double their budget, and turn them into something they are not today: a public intelligence enterprise able to do what no one else can do today, which is to say, tell the truth about everything in easily accessed seven-minute long videos and one-page briefings. Focus heavily on the crimes against humanity that have been orchestrated by the US Deep State and the three U.S. presidential crime families who are now united in opposition against President Trump. Start naming names, starting with the names of the elite pedophiles, both Democratic and Republican, who are still in positions of power in Washington, D.C.

02 Propose to President Trump a small presidential information-sharing task force that completely by-passes the U.S. bureaucracy – and most especially the largely Zionist-infiltrated U.S. Department of State[16] and the Deep State-controlled secret U.S. intelligence community.[17] There is a need for both a national Open Source Agency in each of the big three countries (China, Russia, USA) and a multinational open source intelligence and information network that includes China and all possible partners including I must say specifically, Iran. I have written a presidential memorandum on what such an organization might look like,[18] and would merely observe that it is, in addition to being a foundation for improved relations among China, Russia, and the USA at the leadership level (the other levels will not matter until 2021), this would also be a foundation for creating the post-Western economy that President Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov have indicated is necessary.[19] I agree.[20]

03 Focus on President Trump and President Trump alone. No one else matters. He must be made to feel that he can rely on President Putin to tell him the truth and to provide useful information that can be used against our common enemy, the Deep State and the Shadow Government and their Zionist underbelly and he must be made to feel that President Putin can be relied upon to protect a confidence and be a man of his word as I am sure he is.[21]

The current calls for forcing the American translator to testify about what transpired in the private meeting between President Trump and President Putin are political posturing. Everyone knows that the translator is sworn to secrecy and covered by executive privilege. Everyone knows that President Trump has every right to have a private meeting with his most important counterpart in the world. They are all terrified of the possibility that President Trump and President Putin are actually doing as I suggest above: agreeing that the Deep State is our common enemy, and agreeing to share information at the presidential level where it cannot be intercepted or manipulated or even “disappeared” as is so often the case with Russian communications to the Department of State, the Department of Defense, the CIA, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

The roadmap for a successful U.S.—Russia relationship is not complicated – if anything, Russian experts are over-complicating it while ignoring the enormous difficulty President Trump faces in dealing with a Deep State that is in complete control of the public narrative (I expect changes in Trump’s press team, they have been remarkably incompetent in the past 90 days).[22]

Respect and honor President Trump. Keeping him alive, in power, and well-informed is priority one.

Respect and honor the American public. The 99% are now awake but they do not have good information sources. Pending President Trump embracing my suggestion for a Trump Studio and Trump Truth Channel, RT, as weak as it is, is the next best thing. Double their budget, but get some leaders in there that actually know something about holistic analytics, true cost economics, and public education.[23]

Allow me to emphasize this later point. The center of gravity for global peace and prosperity is to be found in the hearts and minds of the American public. They have been abused, betrayed, lied to, and stolen from by the Deep State and its Shadow Government. Empowering the U.S. public with knowledge will empower President Donald Trump, and that will yield long-term dividends for Russia and all others.

The future of the world has come down to this: three men who together can defeat the Deep State, reboot the global economy, and denuclearize and demilitarize not only the Koreas, but the Middle East as well.[24]

God Bless America, God Bless Russia, and God Bless our respective Presidents as well as General Secretary Xi Jinping and China. 1,000 years of inclusive peace and prosperity have begun.

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Robert David Steele, a former CIA clandestine operations officer, has said that “Zionism is a subversive force that includes global state-sponsored terrorism and global organized crime.”

In an interview with Shia Followers, Steele, who was recommended in 2017 for the Nobel Peace Prize, said: Only in the past year has it become clear to a majority of the U.S. public that Zionism is a subversive movement that has been destroying the U.S. economy, misdirecting the U.S. Government, and undermining U.S. society.

He emphasized that Zionism “cannot and should not be confused with Judaism, the religion. Zionism is dominated by the Chabad Supremacist cult within Judaism, and Orthodox Jews as its useful idiots.”

“Most Jews – and particularly Reform and Progressive Jews, want nothing to do with Zionism and understand that Zionist atrocities within Palestine – and Zionist bribery, blackmail, espionage, and financial crime all over the world but especially in the United States of America and the United Kingdom – are not the same as Judaism the religion. Zionism is bad but Judaism is good.”

On the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, he said, “Israel is an invented state with absolutely no historically valid claim to Palestine. As Gandhi has stated so famously, ‘Palestine is to the Palestinians as France is to the French.’ It has been clearly established that there was no ‘up-rooting’ of the so-called Jewish people. Judaism is not Semitic – this is part of the Zionist myth – but to the extent it can be said to have roots, those roots are in Eastern Europe, among the Khazars.”

He also compared Israel with the Apartheid state of South Africa, saying, “Israel is an apartheid state – by definition – and in this I totally agree with Professor Richard Falk, the most distinguished UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories who equates the insistence on being a ‘Jewish state’ with the apartheid structure used to subjugate and displace the Palestinian people. The persistent definition of Israel as a ‘Jewish state’ is in total contradiction to all authorizing documents and totally delegitimizes that state – it makes Israel an apartheid state meriting an absolute boycott by all citizens of the world who believe in human rights.”

He also said he believes that Zionism is over. “While most do not understand this yet, the Zionists have overplayed their hand and are about to lose their control of the U.S. economy, government, and society.”

“The Zionists cannot be defeated by direct diplomatic, financial, or militarily means. They can only be defeated by cutting them off from their sole major enabler, the U.S. treasury and this will only happen if the U.S. public is deeply educated with the truth about Zionism,” he stressed.

“Hence the only way to shut down the Zionists is to communicate Zionist atrocities and subversion to the U.S. public in such compelling terms that the U.S. ends all funding for Zionist Israel and Saudi Arabia, closes all its military bases around the world including the forty four around Iran, and begins demanding a two state solution that reduces the Zionist state of Israel to a small demilitarized enclave stretching from Tel Aviv to the sea, while restoring full Palestinian sovereignty over the rest of Palestine, and particularly from Gaza to Jericho.”

The Zionists must be removed from the Negev and Galilee, and the Golan Heights returned to Syria, Steele said, adding that Zionist theft of water from the Jordanian aquifers “must stop at the same time that a regional energy and water authority creates hundreds of water desalination plants along the coast.”

He also said Jerusalem must be an international city with no Zionist official presence, and a massive Palestinian repatriation movement must be funded, fully equal to the mass migration of Jews that the Zionists organized on the basis of lies in the past seventy-five years.

To achieve these righteous ends, he added, it will be necessary to confront both past Zionist lies – particularly their lies about their rights to all of Palestine and their lies about the holocaust – and present Zionist lies – particularly their lies about Iran and their lies about Syria.

“There are three elements that must be integrated if one is to create truth in depth and breadth sufficient to defeat the Zionists where it really matters: in the hearts and minds of Americans particularly and Europeans generally,” he stressed.

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Robert David Steele is the Chief Enabling Officer (CeO) of Earth Intelligence Network. A former Marine Corps infantry and intelligence officer as well as Adjutant, and a clandestine operations officer (spy) for the Central Intelligence Agency, he was recommended for the Nobel Peace Prize in January 2017. He is the top Amazon reviewer for non-fiction, reading in 98 categories, and a prolific author on citizen-centered intelligence (decision-support) and evidence-based governance. In 2017 he founded the project #UNRIG with the intent of enabling an ethical non-violent revolution by the 99% against the 1%, first in the USA, then anywhere else that individuals desire to take back the power and end the looting of the Earth by the 1%.



Belgian Politician Says Civil War in Europe ‘Closer Than We Think’ Because of Migrants

A Belgian politician says civil war in Europe is “closer than we think” as a result of authorities losing control of entire areas of cities now dominated by Islamic gangs: “Large cities will be the battlefields.”

by Paul Joseph Watson 

According to Filip Dewinter, one of the leading members of the right-wing Vlaams Belang party, recent attacks on police are meant to undermine the government, while attacks on shops, bars and cafés are supposed to represent attacks on white culture.

“I think the tensions will only increase,” Dewinter told Belgian news outlet Sceptr. “What we see is a sort of ethnic underside of society, people who aren’t raised well and who know nothing else other than rioting, violence and vandalism.”

“We have reached a pre-revolutionary condition in which people separate themselves from society into gangs motivated by radical Islam,” he added.

“This form of violence can lead to a civil war if governments lose control and white people revolt,” said the politician, warning that, “Complete neighborhoods are already beyond control of the government and the police because Islamic cultural structures have overtaken them.”

“This situation is closer than we think, it could erupt really quickly and large cities will be the battlefields,” concluded Dewinter.

Dewinter posted a video of a white man being viciously beaten by a gang of migrant-background males after France’s World Cup win as an illustration of the “lynching, violence and vandalism” he sees becoming more common. The gang also targeted a bar.

Filip Dewinter


Lynchpartijen, geweld en vandalisme: etnische stadsguerrilla is slechts voorbode v/ raciale burgeroorlog in .

As we highlighted recently, numerous major cities in France were rocked by riots after the World Cup final, and in one incident a young couple were beaten by a gang of Algerian men for the crime of saying “Vive la France!”

Dewinter’s concerns are shared by Palestinian-Belgian jihad expert Montasser AlDe’emeh, who warned that western European countries were “importing a civil war” by allowing in huge numbers of Islamic migrants.

In 2016, prominent French author Éric Zemmour gave an interview with French radio station RTL during which he revealed details of a program called “Operation Ronces,” under which French authorities are preparing for “civil war” against Muslims in order to “clean up” the country.

Zemmour said a highly placed source in the government told him the plan would represent a “new reconquista on their own soil”.

In 2015, it was revealed that French security forces were preparing for mass civil unrest and radicalized immigrants taking over entire neighborhoods.

The Army is making contingency plans for the “reappropriation of national territory,” winning back areas of cities, in the event of immigrant populations obtaining weapons and becoming openly hostile to authorities.

“There are a lot of alienated and angry fourth-generation immigrant kids in the suburbs and the prospect of radicalisation is increasingly likely,” the intelligence source told the Telegraph, adding that highly organized networks of Islamist militants have smuggled Kalashnikov automatic rifles and anti-tank missiles into the country.

The Destruction of Europe: ‘Muslim Migrants’ Are A Trojan Horse (And They Will Come to America Next)


Swiss Court: Eritrean “Asylum Seekers” are All Fake

A Swiss court has struck a lethal blow against the fake “asylum” claims by Eritrean invaders in that country by ruling that being drafted into military service in that country is no grounds for “asylum.”

According to Switzerland’s Federal Administrative Court, rejected Eritrean “asylum seekers” may still be deported to their home country even if they face being called up for compulsory national service.

All Eritreans—both men and women—must complete national military service, which can last between five and ten years, and it is this rule which is most commonly used by Eritrean invaders seeking to invade Europe.

The court ruled that the deportation of asylum seekers whose application was rejected is “both legal and reasonable.”

The decision was made in response to an Eritrean’s appeal against the decision to deport him, which was submitted on the grounds that he would be forced to enlist in national service if he was returned to Eritrea.

The ruling is another legal blow to Eritreans whose “asylum requests” have been rejected after the same court ruled last August that Eritreans who had left the country after completing national service could be forcibly removed because there was no general danger in Eritrea.

The court stated that although conditions in the Eritrean military service were difficult, they were not so severe as to prohibit the deportation of Eritreans to their country.

About 9,400 Eritreans have temporary residency permits in Switzerland

The European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) only forbids deportation if there are reasonable grounds to believe that there is a real risk of a flagrant breach of the prohibition of forced labor, the court pointed out.

It also added that cases of abuse and sexual assault were not widespread enough to influence the assessment.

The court said in general that it does not believe anyone returning to Eritrea voluntarily faces a real risk of detention or related inhumane treatment.

Each Tomahawk Missile Fired on Syria in April Could Have Fed 1,242 Malnourished US Children for a Whole Year

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On the 14th of April 2018, as most are surely aware, the prime ministers of France and the UK assisted failed meatpacking-entrepreneur Donald Trump in violating all the most important international laws by attacking Syria in Damascus and Homs. For whatever reason, the US-led coalition thought it was a good idea to get revenge against Syria for an alleged gas-attack by blowing up any hypothetical evidence that might have proven the Syrian government was behind said gas-attack. The truth, it seems, was part of the price we pay for — well, no one can really be sure (since the evidence blew up) but dammit our freedom is safe and that’s what counts. The other part of the price is mostly really expensive bombs.

What Is the Price of Attacking Syria?

​Altogether, the Brits chipped in 8 stormshadow missiles, the French (not to be outdone) threw down 9 stormshadows plus 3 Missiles de Croisière Navals, and the US furnished 66 Tomahawk cruise missiles and 19 JASSM-ER (joint air to surface standoff missiles – extended range). The total price for all 105 bombs was a measly $177 million. And to get an idea of how staggeringly large $177 million is, think of it this way – if you filled every seat in the Fenway Park stadium, $177 million would be enough to hand out about $5000 cash to every person.

$1,048,03× 8 Stormshadow missiles  


$1,048,03× 9 Stormshadow missiles 


$3,300,00× 3 MdCN


$1,869,00× 66 Tomahawk cruise missiles  


$1,359,00× 19 JASSM-ER  




 $176,891,510 or about $177 million 

How Much Does a Tomahawk Cruise Missile Cost?

Tomahawk Cruise Missile Cost, Trump Syria Airstrikes 2018

A look at the US Department of Defense’s 2017 budget request shows that each Tomahawk cruise missile costs a mere $1.869 million. According to its maker Raytheon, this hellish metal vulture “can circle for hours, shift course instantly on command and beam a picture of its target to controllers halfway around the world before striking with pinpoint accuracy.” Each time the US fires off one of these bad boys, imagine 60 full-time, living-wage jobs ripping through the air above a group of frightened Arab children…

2,087 hours per-year × $15 wage 


$1,869,00÷ $31,30

59.7029 or about 60 full-time jobs per tomahawk cruise missile

Or, as an alternative, one might imagine a building in Damascus being leveled by a year’s worth of food for 1,242 of the poorest US-Americans (Avg. Yearly SNAP Benefits).

Avg. Yearly SNAP Benefits received: $1,504.8

$1,869,00÷ $1,504.8

 1,242.0255 or about 1,242 hungry US-Americans

Tomahawk Missile Price.

How Much Does the JASSM-ER Cost?

While Lockheed-Martin’s joint air to surface standoff missile or JASSM may lack the Tomahawk’s added cultural-appropriation, they still get the job done (if that job is killing people) at a bargain price of $1.359 million. As Lockheed-Martin’s website says — “with superior performance and affordable price, JASSM offers the best value of any weapon in its class.” Using the same units of measurement above, each JASSM-ER is about enough to create 43 US-American jobs or to provide food for a year for 903 hungry people.

Total Cost of Trump’s Illegal Attack on Damascus

Adding the total cost for 19 JASSM-ER (“extended range”) to the 66 Tomahawk missiles Trump launched during his little terror-attack on Syria last weekend brings the total cost for US missiles to….



…about $149.2 million! Yay. For perspective, $149.2 million is equal to the yearly incomes of about 2,640 US-American households at the median. In a world that made sense, this $149.2 million might have funded coverage for 45,647 people as part of a universal healthcare program or employed 4,765 workers as part of a self-managed federal job guarantee.

Median Household Income: $56,516

$149,175,00÷ $56,51

2639.5180 or about 2,640 US household-incomes

Avg. Per-Person Healthcare Spend in OECD Countries:


$149,175,00÷ $3,26


or about 45,647 people with healthcare

2,087 hours × $15 wage 


$149,175,00÷ $31,30

4,765.21322 or about 4,765 full-time, living wage jobs created

But all of this math is just a fun thought experiment. Public spending could — in theory, of course — create more jobs or ensure that people have access to healthcare or food, but then Raytheon’s stock prices would never have increased by 3.2% over the weekend. And besides, using public funds to promote the general welfare or public safety and happiness would be socialism. Where would that leave the shareholders? Think about it.


John Laurits is a poet, journalist, activist, and guerrilla educator residing in Oregon with a useless degree in eastern philosophy, along with the absurd debt which resulted from it and which is likely to follow him to his death.

All images in this article are from the author unless otherwise stated.


#MeToo Finally Hits the Vatican as Nuns Denounce Rampant Sex Abuse from Priests

The #MeToo movement has finally reached its way to the Vatican and this time, it was brought by nuns.

by Matt Agorist

As the #MeToo movement exploded last year after Hollywood elites were outed as pedophiles and rapists, the Catholic church remained entirely silent. Despite rampant abuse allegations, top church officials being investigated, and countless alleged victims coming forward, the Vatican remained out of the spotlight of the #MeToo movement — until now.

What sets this apart from previous allegations against the church is the fact that the first time the #MeToo movement has hit the Vatican, it was brought by nuns.

As the AP reports:

“An examination by the AP shows that cases of abused nuns have emerged in Europe, Africa, South America and Asia, demonstrating that the problem is global and pervasive, thanks to the sisters’ second-class status in the church and their ingrained subservience to the men who run it.

“Yet some nuns are now finding their voices, buoyed by the #MeToo movement and the growing recognition that even adults can be victims of sexual abuse when there is an imbalance of power in a relationship. The sisters are going public in part to denounce years of inaction by church leaders, even after major studies on the problem in Africa were reported to the Vatican in the 1990s.”

“It opened a great wound inside of me,” one nun told the AP. “I pretended it didn’t happen.”

Breaking her silence after nearly two decades, one nun told the AP that while she was in confession, the priest she was telling her sins forced himself on her — mid-sacrament.

The nun explained that only one year later, another priest did the exact same thing. She told the AP that should could no longer go to confession for fear that she’d be raped by priests.

According to the AP:

“The extent of the abuse of nuns is unclear, at least outside the Vatican. However, this week, about half a dozen sisters in a small religious congregation in Chile went public on national television with their stories of abuse by priests and other nuns — and how their superiors did nothing to stop it.

“A nun in India recently filed a formal police complaint accusing a bishop of rape, something that would have been unthinkable even a year ago. And cases in Africa have come up periodically. In 2013, for example, a well-known priest in Uganda wrote a letter to his superiors that mentioned “priests romantically involved with religious sisters” — for which he was promptly suspended from the church until he apologized in May.”

“I am so sad that it took so long for this to come into the open, because there were reports long ago,” Karlijn Demasure, one of the church’s leading experts on clergy sexual abuse and abuse of power, told AP in an interview.

“Consecrated women have to be encouraged to speak up when they are molested,” a Vatican official told the AP. “Bishops have to be encouraged to take them seriously, and make sure the priests are punished if guilty.”

However, as TFTP reported, many of these high level clergymen are complicit in not only the rape of women, but children too.

As TFTP pointed out last week, America’s top Cardinal, Father Theodore E. McCarrick began abusing “James” in 1969 when the now 60-year-old man was just 11. James told the New York Times that McCarrick was a family friend and started grooming him following a swim in the family’s pool.

Apparently pretending to be looking for the bathroom, McCarrick, who was already a priest, came into his bedroom, took his clothes off, exposed himself to the boy and said:

“See, we are the same… It’s O.K., we are the same.”

James contends that was the beginning of the abuse he experienced at the hands of a pedophile—abuse which went on for 20 years.

Reportedly fighting through tears to tell his story, James no longer feels alone, and his secret is similar to the stories of others. He doesn’t have to continue to live in silence. Following the revelation that McCarrick abused a 16-year-old boy in 1971, James said he was relieved.

“I got down on my knees and I thanked God that I am not alone and it is going to be O.K…. And I can tell somebody and someone is going to believe me.”

According to the explosive report, James told his parents what happened between him and “Uncle Ted” but was not believed. Still, the family moved to California where Father McCarrick would frequently visit the family. The Times reported:

“By then, James said, Father McCarrick had begun abusing him sexually. When he was 13, he said, the priest first touched his penis. At 14, he said, Father McCarrick masturbated him in a beach parking lot.

“When he was 15, James said, Father McCarrick took him to a restaurant in San Francisco, the Tonga Room, and poured vodka in his drinks. He then brought him back to his hotel room and masturbated him and brought himself to orgasm, James said.”

Hopefully, as the #MeToo movement grips the church, the abusers will be gradually outed from the ranks. However, if history is any indicator, the it will be a long time before the full scope of the abuse is uncovered and eliminated.

Where Do Church Donations Go? The Catholic Church Paid Nearly $4 Billion to Settle Pedophilia Lawsuits


Jewish Family Values–Violent, deranged, inbred, feral Jewess Sarah Silverman’s latest ‘schtick’ making light of child molestation & rape

ed note–please note all the ear-splitting protests NOT coming out of a NOT morally-outraged Jewish community over what is Siliverman’s latest heinous display of the real nature of Judaism and of her ‘chosen’ people.

Please note this is the same ‘nice Jewish girl’ Sarah Silverman famous for saying she’d ‘f***ing kill Christ all over again’ and that she would like to cook & eat the remains of an aborted child.

Perhaps a certain Galilean rebel had a few things to say about these folks some centuries back–

‘Ye are of your father, the devil, and out of the overflow of your corrupt hearts the mouth speaks…’




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.




Proves on Skripal poisoning?

Neither German nor British intelligence can prove Russia is behind Skripal poisoning – German MP

Neither German nor British intelligence can prove Russia is behind Skripal poisoning – German MP
Failure to release any evidence of Russia’s alleged involvement in the Skripal case shows that neither German nor British intelligence services have anything on it, a member of the German Left Party, Heike Haensel, believes.

Western media and politicians still seize every opportunity to pin the blame on Moscow for the poisoning of ex-double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in March. However, German lawmakers received nothing but the allies’ assurances about the case, according to MP Heike Haensel. Speaking to daily newspaper Junge Welt, she revealed that two requests for any proof of the allegation, from her and her fellow MP Sevim Dagdelen, were left unanswered.

“Still neither British nor German intelligence agencies have evidence of Russian responsibility for the attack in March,”Haensel said in an interview published on Saturday.

The German federal government formally responded to the Left Party’s requests only to say that the alleged evidence cannot be released as the data in question is classified. It also claimed that the British side had presented some details regarding its decision to blame Russia, and its contention that no alternative explanation seemed plausible – the mantra that the UK’s Western allies have been repeating since the Salisbury incident, without revealing any substantial details.

Still waiting for any proof to be provided, German politicians seem to be increasingly skeptical about the UK’s claims regarding Russia. In June, the German Bundestag’s Research and Documentation Services concluded that Moscow violated no international norms during the inquiry into the case. The German parliament’s agency report followed news that Berlin had not received a single piece of evidence to suggest that Russia may be behind the attack that took place in early March, according to German media.

Russia has repeatedly denied the allegations, and has complained that the results of the investigation have been kept secret. The Russian envoy to the UK has on several occasions said that London had even tried to “destroy” evidence during the probe. Meanwhile, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) also failed to establish any links to show that the nerve agent used to poison the Skripals came from Russia.



Jeremy Corbyn could end Labour’s anti-Semitism row in an instant. So why doesn’t he?

Jeremy Corbyn on the Iranian-funded Press TV network
Jeremy Corbyn on the Iranian-funded Press TV network CREDIT: PRESS TV

Sun Jul 29, 2018 02:18PM
This July 13, 2018 file photo shows Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn while gesturing to a crowd in Trafalgar Square in London. (AFP photo)

An anti-Semitism row within the British Labour Party has deepened as critics of party chief Jeremy Corbyn seize on comments he made to the Press TV six years ago, saying they reflected the anti-Semite feelings of the Labour leader.

Pro-Israeli lobbyists called on Corbyn on Sunday to explain about comments he made in the interview with the news channel in 2012 about Israel’s alleged role in the massacre of 16 Egyptian police officers that year.

Corbyn said in the interview that it was in no one but Israel’s interest to sabotage the close relations between the then Egyptian government and the Palestinians.

“I’m very concerned about it [the massacre] and you have to look at the big picture: in whose interests is it to destabilise the new government in Egypt? In whose interest is it to kill Egyptians, other than Israel, concerned at the growing closeness of relationship between Palestine and the new Egyptian government?” said Corbyn during the interview, adding, “…I suspect the hand of Israel in this whole process of destabilisation.”

Recalling the comments after six years and amid a widening rift over Labour’s definition of anti-Semitism, critics called on Corbyn to clarify the comments.

Ivor Caplin, chairman of the Jewish Labour Movement, a renowned pro-Israeli campaign group in Britain, said Sunday that Corbyn had to clarify the comments.

He said Corbyn needs “to provide clarity on his views on this conspiracy theory and any others he may have aired in the past.”

However, a Labour spokesman defended Corbyn’s remarks in the interview and said they had been based on evidences.

“Jeremy’s speculation about the perpetrators of the attacks on the Egyptian border guards was based on previous well-documented incidents of killings of Egyptian forces by the Israeli military,” said the spokesman.

Corbyn’s interview to the Press TV in 2012 came even after Ofcom revoked broadcasting license of the Iranian news channel in the UK.

The new development came amid report suggesting that second Labor MP were being investigated for “abusive conduct” that was related to the party’s new code on anti-Semitism.

Reports said that Ian Austin, the MP for Dudley North, had been sent a letter earlier this month from the party’s head office warning that he may face disciplinary action leading to suspension from the party.

Austin, son of a Jewish refugee family, clashed with the Labour party chair, Ian Lavery, during a session of the House of Commons just before the parliamentary recess, arguing that the party should change the new code to adopt a multi-national definition of anti-Semitism which bans any criticism of the Israeli regime and its actions against the Palestinians.

File photo shows Labour MP Ian Austin

The MP is the second Labour lawmaker to face such disciplinary action over the anti-Semitism row. Margaret Hodge, a veteran MP known for his ardent advocacy of Israel, also faces an investigation over comments she made about Corbyn when she called the Labour leader a “racist and anti-Semite”.

Corbyn has defended Labour’s new code on anti-Semitism, saying accepting demands of the critics for adoption of a broader definition of anti-Semitism would violate the rights of many Jews who are critical of Israel.

However, under immense pressure from the pro-Israeli lobbies, critics struggle to show that Corbyn’s refusal to broaden the party’s code is a sign of his deep grudge for Israel.

On Thursday, three Jewish newspapers in Britain with strong connections to Israel launched an unprecedented and coordinated attack on Corbyn, claiming a government led by him would pose an “existential threat” to Jewish life in the UK.

The Jewish News, The Jewish Chronicle and The Jewish Telegraph attacked the Labour Party’s alleged “terrible record” on anti-Semitism since Corbyn became leader in 2015. They claimed that the party under Corbyn entertains “contempt for Jews and Israel” and that the Labour Party is now confronted by the very real possibility of being seen as “institutionally racist.”

Corbyn has repeatedly denied being an anti-Semitic, saying he and his family has a record in fighting any type of racism and fascism.

Ed Corriganvor 6 Stunden
These attacks on Corbyn are motivated by pure and simple racism against Palestinians and an attack on free speech.
farid khanvor 6 Stunden
All financial centers, all Western nations + S. Americas (ex. Russia??), all exporting countries are filled with successful, and financial secured, connected Jews .. they are most successful people today, well educated, top earners, medical, IOT, Mfg. , media .. their control of Govt esp. Western is on going for centuries – Be that Labor, Republican, Parliament, Congress – Thus no Change!
snagvor 9 Stunden
Mr. Corbyn, keep pounding, Sir !!! – Tired of zio-nazis ,…
Sandvor 11 Stunden
The sound of “freedom” for Palestine is coming from England – from the “mouth” of a serious homosexual advocate – Corbyn.
Corbyn of England better to amuse himself with the subject that he is a sincere advocate of, rather than his cunning mis-direction of the issue of Palestine.
Palestine is in no need of anti-Divine creatures such as the Corbyn of England.
Seanvor 13 Stunden
Whole campaign against Corbyn is fake. These pro Zionists camp followers are afraid he might win next election and recognise the state of Palestine. No lies are too big for them. Their fake concern about anti-Semitism is only a ploy to undermine Corbyn.


Jeremy Corbyn faces growing calls to solve Labour’s antisemitism crisis

Senior party members add to Jewish newspapers’ criticisms

Jonathan Ashworth
 Jonathan Ashworth said he was ‘very depressed’ by the front-page editorials in three Jewish newspapers. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA

Jeremy Corbyn is facing mounting pressure to tackle the party’s crisis over antisemitism after three Jewish newspapers jointly condemned the party, with two shadow cabinet members among a series of senior figures calling on the Labour leader to change course.

Two shadow cabinet members openly called for the party to reverse its opposition to fully adopting an internationally-recognised definition of antisemitism, while other figures privately expressed anger at the situation.

A day after the Jewish ChronicleJewish News and Jewish Telegraph printed unprecedented joint front-page editorials calling a Corbyn-led government an “existential threat” to Jewish life in the UK, there was no official response beyond a brief party statement defending the current policy.

Months of disquiet over claims Labour has failed to properly clamp down on antisemitism has culminated in anger over the decision to not adopt into the party code of conduct the full text on antisemitism produced by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), the most widely recognised accepted definition.

The Jewish Telegraph, Jewish Chronicle and Jewish News front pages
 The Jewish Telegraph, Jewish Chronicle and Jewish News front pages.

While Labour accepts the definition, its national executive committee (NEC) decided this week to not adopt all 11 examples given by the IHRA, arguing that, under one of them, legitimate criticism of Israel could be deemed antisemitic.

The joint editorial said the NEC’s decision showed Corbyn had “a default blindness to the Jewish community’s fears” and that Labour risked being seen as institutionally racist.

Jonathan Ashworth, the shadow health secretary, said he was “very depressed” by the editorials and called for the NEC to reverse its decision.

“This international definition, which our democratically-elected members don’t feel is strong enough or appropriate, I think they need to reconsider that,” he told ITV’s Good Morning Britain. “It seems obvious to me that we do need to rebuild trust with the Jewish community, and the place to start is by accepting a definition which is broadly accepted internationally.”

The shadow international trade minister, Barry Gardiner, told Jewish News that he believed it “would have been better for the party to adopt the IHRA definition in full with all the examples”.

Other senior figures in Labour declined to go on the record, but expressed frustration at what several said was a decision on the IHRA definition led by a small group of people around Corbyn.

“The overwhelming majority of MPs want us just to accept the IHRA definition and be done with it,” one senior source said. “There is a view that some people close to Jeremy could end up falling foul of that and that’s the reason it hasn’t yet happened. It’s only the leadership standing in the way of this.”

A senior Labour MP said there was “absolute anger” at the situation: “I suspect that a lot of people on the frontbench will just be thinking, ‘What have we got into? Why are we in this position?’”

Another Labour insider said it was accepted that some opponents of Corbyn were capitalising on the row to undermine him “but even if that is the case, the bulk of the concern is absolutely genuine. The front pages mark a real low-point for us”.

Jon Lansman, the Momentum founder and a member of the NEC, said the joint editorials were “a matter of shame, a matter of great concern” but rejected the idea that Corbyn posed a threat to Jews in the UK.

He told Channel 4 News: “I can’t imagine a more serious accusation, but I don’t believe it to be true in any way.”

Lansman defended the way Labour had incorporated the IHRA wording into its code of conduct, saying it was “a different kind of document from a definition” and so could not be directly compared.

An immediate party showdown on the issue was averted on Monday when a vote by Labour MPs on whether to adopt the full IHRA definition was put off until September, while the NEC has agreed to reopen discussions on the code.

However, there were fears the row could become fiercer still if MPs then called for the full definition, only for it to be rejected by the NEC. Elections for the body began on Thursday and were expected to again return a majority supportive of whichever stance Corbyn supports.

Ivor Caplin, the former MP who chairs the Jewish Labour Movement, the most prominent body representing Jewish party members, warned that the perception of antisemitism risked harming Labour the polls.

He said he had been talking to Jewish representative councils in Manchester. “They all said the same thing: it isn’t just us,” he said. “This is also our non-Jewish friends, Muslims, Sikhs. It is now a matter of concern for the public generally. The damage will be electoral. Trying to just put your head in the sand and pretend it isn’t happening is frankly not a strategy that will lead us into government.

“In the 90s, the Labour party had to prove to the British public that we were to be trusted with the economy. We did that and we won power. I think that today the proof we have to give to the British public is that we are capable and able to deal with antisemitism within our own ranks.”


Nuclear weapons in the Oceans?

Israel likely has as many as 300 nuclear weapons, and some of them are in the ocean

ed note–forget about the ones at sea, as the ones about which everyone needs to be concerned are those that have been smuggled via diplomatic cover into every major city in the world where Israel has an embassy or consulate and which Israel uses in keeping the various leaders of the world in line.

Israel has never officially admitted to possessing nuclear weapons.

Unofficially, Tel Aviv wants everyone to know it has them, and doesn’t hesitate to make thinly-veiled references to its willingness to use them if confronted by an existential threat. Estimates on the size of Tel Aviv’s nuclear stockpile range from 80 to 300 nuclear weapons, the latter number exceeding China’s arsenal.

Originally, Israel’s nuclear forces relied on air-dropped nuclear bombs and Jericho ballistic missiles. For example, when Egyptian and Syrian armies attacked Israel during the 1973 Yom Kippur War, a squadron of eight Israeli F-4 Phantom jets loaded with nuclear bombs was placed on alert by Prime Minister Golda Meir, ready to unleash nuclear bombs on Cairo and Damascus should the Arab armies break through.

Though Israel is the only nuclear-armed state in the Middle East, Tel Aviv is preoccupied by the fear that an adversary might one day attempt a first strike to destroy its nuclear missiles and strike planes on the ground before they can retaliate. Currently, the only hostile states likely to acquire such a capability are Iran or Syria.

To forestall such a strategy, Israeli has aggressively targeted missile and nuclear technology programs in Iraq, Syria and Iran with air raids, sabotage and assassination campaigns . However, it also has developed a second-strike capability—that is, a survivable weapon which promises certain nuclear retaliation no matter how effective an enemy’s first strike.

Most nuclear powers operate nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines which can spend months quietly submerged deep underwater and at any moment unleash ocean-spanning ballistic missiles to rain apocalyptic destruction on an adversary’s major centers. Because there’s little chance of finding all of these subs before they fire, they serve as one hell of a disincentive to even think about a first strike.

But nuclear-powered submarines and SLBMs are prohibitively expensive for a country with the population of New Jersey—so Israeli found a more affordable alternative.

Berlin’s Unconventional Apology

During the 1991 Gulf War, it emerged that German scientists and firms had played a role in dispersing ballistic missile and chemical weapons technology to various Arab governments—technology which aided Saddam Hussein in bombarding Israel with Scud missiles . This in fact was long-running sore point: in the early 1960s, Israeli agents even carried out assassination attempts, kidnappings and bombings targeting German weapons scientists working on behalf of Arab governments.

Chancellor Helmut Kohl hatched a plan to simultaneously compensate Israel for the damages, while generating business for German shipbuilders suffering a downturn due to post-Cold War defense cuts. Starting in the 1970s, German shipbuilder HDW began churning Type 209 diesel electric submarines for export, with nearly 60 still operational around the globe. One Type 209, the San Luis,managed to ambush Royal Navy vessels twice during the Falkland War, though it failed to sink any ship due to the defective torpedoes.

Kohl offered to fully-subsidize the construction of two enlarged Type 209s, designated the Dolphin-class, as well as cover 50 percent of the cost of a third boat in 1994. The Dolphins displaced 1,900-tons while submerged, measured 57-meters long and are manned by a crew of 35—though they can accommodate up to ten special forces personnel. These entered service 1999–2000 as the INS Dolphin, Leviathan and Tekumah (“Revival”).

Each Dolphin came equipped with six regular tubes for firing 533-millimeter DM2A4 heavyweight fiber-optic guided torpedoes and Harpoon anti-ship missiles—as well as four 650-millimeter mega-sized tubes, which are rare in modern submarines. These tubes can be used to deploy naval commandos for reconnaissance and sabotage missions, which have played a major role in Israeli submarine operations.

However, the plus-size torpedo tubes have a useful additional function: they can accommodate especially large submarine-launched cruise missiles (SLCM)—missiles large enough to carry a nuclear warhead. While a ballistic missile arcs into space traveling at many times the speed of sound, cruise missiles fly much slower and skim low over the earth’s surface.

In the 1990s the United States declined to provide Israel with submarine-launched Tomahawk cruise missiles due to the rules of the Missile Technology Control Regime prohibiting transfer of cruise missile with a range exceeding 300 miles.

Instead, Tel Aviv went ahead and developed their own. In 2000, U.S. Navy radars detected test launches of Israeli SLCMs in the Indian Ocean that struck a target 930 miles away. The weapon is generally believed to be the Popeye Turbo—an adaptation of a subsonic air-launched cruise missile that can allegedly carry a 200-kiloton nuclear warhead. However, the SLCM’s characteristics are veiled in secrecy and some sources suggest a different missile type entirely is used. An Israeli Dolphin submarine may have struck the Syrian port of Latakia with a conventional cruise missile in 2013 due to reports of a shipment of Russian P-800 anti-ship missiles.

John McCain Backs Bill to Block Trump From Exiting NATO Without Senate’s Consent

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., listens as Republican presidential candidate Lindsey Graham speaks defending McCain's military record during a town hall meeting at the 3 West Club to launch Graham's “No Nukes for Iran” tour Monday, July 20, 2015, in New York

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A bipartisan group of US senators may have found a way to prohibit President Donald Trump from leaving NATO without Senate approval.

According to a new bill introduced by a number of senators, including Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.), the president of the United States will require the support of two-thirds of the Senate to modify or terminate US membership in the North Atlantic Alliance.

READ MORE: NATO Summit Results: Allies’ Promises, Trump’s New Demands, Canadian Uncertainty

Under Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution, the US president “shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur.”

“Just as it was required to join NATO, Senate approval should be required before this President – or any US President – can withdraw,” Senator Tim Kaine, who is a member of the Senate Armed Service and Foreign Relations committees, said in a statement.

The legislation would also authorize the Senate Legal Counsel to challenge any attempt by the president and his administration to pull out of the 29-member bloc without the Senate’s approval in court.

“Regrettably, President Trump’s mistreatment of our closest allies has raised doubts about America’s commitment to the transatlantic alliance and the values of defense. In the future, the Senate must be prepared to defend its constitutional role. This legislation is urgently required to ensure that no president can withdraw the United States from NATO without the constitutionally required advice and consent of the Senate,” Senator John McCain elaborated.

Fair Burden-Sharing

Even though President Trump has not publicly threatened to leave the transatlantic alliance, the relations between the US and Europe hit their lowest point since POTUS repeatedly blasted other NATO members for not complying with their obligations to increase defense spending.

Trump has on numerous occasions stressed that the other members of the bloc should pay their “fair share” and emphasized that only five of the 29 member-states were spending 2 percent of their GDP to defense, which was “insufficient to close gaps in modernizing, readiness and the size of forces.”On the sidelines of the NATO summit in Brussels earlier this month, the allies agreed to start spending 2 percent of their GDP by 2024, with Trump pointing out that he was convinced that they would boost defense expenditures in line with their commitments. At the same time, the US President suggested raising the military spending commitment up to 4 percent of GDP – the proposal, however, didn’t find support.

Mutual Defense Clause

Beyond defense spending, Trump recently seemed to question NATO Article 5 – the transatlantic bloc’s collective defense clause, stipulating that an attack on one is an attack on all.

READ MORE: NATO Hits Back at Trump: Article 5 Was Invoked Once, to Support US

During an interview with Fox News, Trump was asked why the US should go to the defense of Montenegro, which joined NATO last year, becoming the alliance’s 29th member.

“I understand what you’re saying. I’ve asked the same question. You know, Montenegro is a tiny country with very strong people. They’re very strong people. They’re very aggressive people. They may get aggressive, and congratulations you’re in World War III. Now I understand that, but that’s the way it was set up,” he said.

His remarks sparked a backlash from NATO, with an official, who asked to remain anonymous, telling AFP that Article 5 is “unconditional and iron-clad,” and pointing out that the mutual defense clause had only been invoked once – to support the US.

“Article 5 has only been invoked once, in support of the US after the 9/11 attacks. This led to NATO’s largest-ever operation, in Afghanistan, where hundreds of thousands of soldiers from Europe, including Montenegro, as well as Canadians, stood shoulder to shoulder with US troops and more than a thousand paid the ultimate price,” the official said.

Despite his comments, Trump signed the NATO communique, which explicitly endorsed Article 5 at the summit earlier this month.

“Any attack against one Ally will be regarded as an attack against us all, as set out in Article 5 of the Washington Treaty.  We will continue to stand together and act together, on the basis of solidarity, shared purpose, and fair burden-sharing,” the joint communique read.


Daily Mail: Mercedes with Romanian plates possibly linked to Salisbury attack

shot dead

A dark Mercedes with Romanian number plates was apparently spotted near former Russian spy Sergei Skripal’s home the week before the nerve gas attack against him and his daughter, British tabloid Daily Mail reported.

The car was seen on several occasions around Skripal’s home, at different hours as if it was doing a reconnaissance, according to witnesses. There were four people in the Mercedes, one of whom was a woman. The Police are investigating camera footage in the area to find out more about the car.

The investigators didn’t comment this information saying that the full story will be made public when the people responsible for the attack will be caught and sent to court.

Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned with a nerve agent that was apparently sprayed on the door handle of their house. They survived the attack, which caused a diplomatic scandal between Russia and Britain. The British government accused Russia of being behind this attack.

Two British citizens, Charlie Rowley and Dawn Sturgess were also poisoned with an unknown substance after the man found what appeared to be a perfume bottle and gave it to his girlfriend who sprayed herself with it. Dawn Sturgess died after straying herself with the unknown substance which was found to be Novichock, the nerve agent that also poisoned Sergei and Yulia Skripal.

‘Resistance continues’: Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi home after 8 months in Israeli jail (VIDEO)

‘Resistance continues’: Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi home after 8 months in Israeli jail (VIDEO)
Ahed Tamimi, the 17-year-old Palestinian who slapped an Israeli soldier in her home village, has been released from prison. The girl, praised by many as a symbol of the Palestinian resistance, has returned to the West Bank.

The Palestinian teenager and her mother left prison on Sunday after completing an eight-month sentence for slapping and kicking Israeli soldiers. Tamimi’s family arrived at a checkpoint in the West Bank, where they spoke briefly to reporters before heading to their home village of Nebi Saleh.

“From this martyr’s house, I say: Resistance is continuing until the occupation is removed,” she said as cited by Reuters. “All the female prisoners in jail are strong, and I thank everyone who stood by me while I was in prison.”

READ MORE: ‘Legal charades & crushing kids’: Meet the Israelis standing up for Palestinians

Speaking to the media later in the day, newly freed Tamimi reiterated her call for Palestinians to keep resisting and remain strong. She also spoke about the suffering of political prisoners in Israel, revealing the hardship she had suffered, including often being transported inside a military vehicle made entirely of iron on the inside. She also spoke about how difficult it was to prepare for exams while in jail.

Tamimi was arrested last December after a video of the incident with Israeli troops, filmed by her mother, went viral. She faced 12 charges, including assault and incitement. Since her arrest, a number of her family members have also been detained.

In April, the teenager’s lawyer Gaby Lasky filed a complaint over alleged “inappropriate conduct,” which amounted to sexual harassment during her detention. The claim came after a video of the Tamimi’s interrogation emerged online. The footage allegedly showed an Israeli central military intelligence officer commenting on the young girl’s appearance and attractiveness. The interrogator also threatened to arrest other members of her family if she did not cooperate, according to the lawyer.

READ MORE: Italian artist who painted mural of Palestinian heroine Ahed Tamimi arrested in Israel

On the eve on the Tamimis’ release, Israeli police arrested Italian graffiti artist Agostino Chirwin, who had depicted the teen in a mural on a West Bank separation wall in Bethlehem. Another Italian artist and a Palestinian, whose identities were not released, were reportedly also detained with Chirwin.

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Ahed Tamimi, Lorde, & Monika Schaefer: the broader picture


Imprisoned Children

291 Palestinian children being held in Israeli prisons

Palestinian children take part in a protest demanding the release of prisoners in Israeli jails in Gaza city, on November 29, 2016 [Mohammed Talatene/Apaimages]

Palestinian children take part in a protest demanding the release of prisoners in Israeli jails in Gaza city, on November 29, 2016 [Mohammed Talatene/Apaimages]

A total of 291 Palestinians are currently in Israeli prisons, a Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) official said on Sunday.

In a statement, Hanan Ashrawi, a PLO Executive Committee member, said: “There are currently nearly 5,900 Palestinian prisoners, including 291 children in Israeli prisons.”

The statement comes after teenaged Palestinian resistance icon Ahed al-Tamimi and her mother were released by Israeli authorities after an eight-month-long detention.

“Israel persistently violates the rights of Palestinian political prisoners while the international community turns a blind eye to such illegal behaviour and inhumane treatment,” said Ashrawi.

Read: Palestinian teen, Ahed Tamimi, released from Israeli prison

Al-Tamimi became an international icon for Palestinian resistance after she was filmed slapping an Israeli soldier during a raid on her home to arrest her brother.

Israeli forces arrested the Palestinian girl in December 2017 after a viral video showed her slapping an Israeli soldier; later an Israeli court handed down an eight-month-long sentence in March for her “attack” on an Israeli soldier.

In 2012, Istanbul’s Basaksehir Municipality had granted al-Tamimi the prestigious Hanzala Courage Award for defying Israeli soldiers after she was photographed showing her fists to the occupying forces.


Israeli forces attack Freedom Flotilla near Gaza’s shore

Israeli forces attack Freedom Flotilla near Gaza’s shore

The ‘Freedom,’ one of the boats headed to the Gaza Strip in a flotilla defying Israel’s blockade, July 2018 (screen capture: Press TV/Twitter)

Organizers say a Freedom Flotilla vessel was ‘hijacked’ and towed to Ashdod; IDF confirms it intercepted the boat, says it was in violation of blockade.

Israeli forces attacked one of the Freedom Flotilla ships on Sunday as it was approaching the shores of the besieged Gaza Strip and redirected its sail toward the southern Israeli seaport of Ashdod.

The Freedom Flotilla is a new flotilla made up of four ships, which intend on breaking Israel’s nearly 12-year blockade of the Gaza Strip.

Gaza’s National Committee for Breaking the Siege called upon the residents of Gaza to participate in the official welcoming reception of the Freedom Flotilla ship, which was to take place at noon at the fishermen’s port in Gaza City.

Adham Abu Salima, a spokesperson for the National Committee, confirmed the attack of Israeli forces on the Freedom Flotilla ship and that the committee has lost contact with the flotilla members.

Abu Salima added that 36 solidarity activists, including Israelis and Palestinians, from 15 various countries are onboard of the attacked ship.

Abu Salima also mentioned that before the attack, the flotilla members did not face any obstacles on their way.

One of the Freedom Flotilla ships was previously attacked by Israeli forces in international waters in 2010. The ship, which was carrying aid to Gaza, was attacked while being unarmed, killing 10 pro-Palestinian activists and injuring dozens of other peaceful activists.

Additionally, many attempts have been made throughout the years to draw the public’s attention to the on-going siege of Gaza. From 2008 through 2016, international activists have sailed 31 ships to challenge the Israeli naval blockade of Gaza.

MP Jamal al-Khudari, the head of the popular committee against the siege, condemned Israeli forces for preventing the Freedom Flotilla from reaching Gaza, seizing the ship in international waters, and redirecting it to the Ashdod seaport.

He pointed out in a statement that the solidarity activists aboard the ship sailed towards Gaza peacefully and legally. He added that the ship’s planned arrival in Gaza is aimed at breaking the unjust siege and is a right guaranteed by international law.

Earlier from the Freedom Flotilla Coalition:

from Right to a Just Future For Palestine

The motor vessel Al Awda (The Return), traveling in international waters towards Palestinian waters, 49 nautical miles from the port in Gaza City, has been contacted by the Israeli Occupation Forces navy and warned. The Israeli navy claims our ship is breaking international law and threatens that they will use “any measures necessary” to stop us. In fact, the only “necessary measures”  would be to end the blockade of Gaza and restore freedom of movement for all Palestinians. At last news from on board, Al Awda maintains her course towards Gaza, where the crew and participants hope to arrive this evening around 21:00 local time.

A number of warships have appeared, so an attack, boarding and capture appear to be imminent, and we anticipate that all communications with the vessel will be lost shortly. Al Awda is sailing under a Norwegian flag, carrying 22 people and a cargo of medical supplies, including #Gauze4Gaza. There are people from 16 nations on board, including human rights supporters, journalists and crew, along with €13,000 worth of medical supplies. The boat itself, a former fishing vessel from Norway, is a gift to Palestinian fishers in Gaza.

Four boats left Scandinavia in mid-May and have since stopped in 28 ports building support for a ‘Just Future for Palestine’, that demands Israel end its ongoing breaches of international law and the twelve-year blockade of Gaza, thereby enabling the only closed port in the Mediterranean to open and for people to have their right to freedom of movement. Al Awda is being followed by the Swedish-flagged yacht Freedom, which is also carrying medical supplies along with people from a number of nations. We anticipate that it will reach a similar area where the IOF attacked Al Awda within the next two days. Two smaller sailing boats that travelled from Scandinavia and sailed through the canal system in Netherlands, Belgium and France visiting inland ports, participated in the mission until Palermo.

“The Freedom Flotilla Coalition calls on the Norwegian Government, the national governments of those aboard Al Awda and the Freedom, other national governments, and relevant international organizations to act immediately.”  said Torstein Dahle of Ship to Gaza Norway, part of the Freedom Flotilla Coalition. “The international community must assume its responsibilities and demand that Israeli authorities ensure the safety of those on board, the speedy delivery of our gifts to the Palestinian people in Gaza, an end to the illegal blockade of Gaza,  and to stop impeding our legal right of innocent passage to Gaza to deliver our gift of much-needed medical supplies”.

How to silence Brussels

How Israel Silences Palestine in EU Circles

How Israel Silences Palestine in EU Circles

NGO Monitor head Gerald Steinberg (fourth from left) addresses the European Parliament in Brussels on Nov, 11, 2014. The event, “Is EU Aid going to Hamas?” was organized by the European Friends of Israel (EFI) group and hosted by German MEP Arne Gericke.

EP Today, a news magazine for the European Parliament, published a slanderous op-ed by right-wing Israeli NGO Monitor that contained false a misleading statements about Palestinian NGOs. Then EP Today would not publish a Palestinian response….

By Issam Aruri, published by IMEMC

The Israeli propaganda machine works internationally to undermine the role of Palestinian NGOs which disclose Israeli violations of international law, and maintain the well-being of Palestinian people.

Imagine the following: a toxic op-ed is published that defames your organisation. You contact the website on which it features and are invited to publish a rebuttal.

The next day, you submit your article. As the editors are about to put it online, they are targeted by a sophisticated disinformation campaign.

More than a dozen people call the editors, seemingly on your behalf, and apply heavy pressure to publish the article. One of the callers even tries to bribe them to get it published.

This confuses and intimidates the editors, who have never experienced anything like it.

They fear that publishing under pressure may damage the independence and reputation of their website, which is a news magazine for the European Parliament.

The editors contact you and you clarify right away that none of these calls originated from your organisation. You urge them to publish your article, as they had promised. But despite your repeated requests, they don’t do so. They don’t even respond anymore to your phone calls and emails.

This is what recently happened to the Palestinian NGO network PNGO, which is an umbrella of 134 civil society organisations in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

The op-ed in question was mine, which I had submitted to a Brussels-based website called EP Today.

According to its own information, EP Today is “designed only” for policy opinions by members of the European Parliament. On 26 February, however, it published a slanderous op-ed by NGO Monitor that targeted PNGO.

NGO Monitor is an Israeli right-wing organisation that cooperates with the Israeli government in undermining NGOs that criticise Israel’s violations of human rights and international law.

It constantly attacks Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and dozens of other human rights and civil society organisations, including Israeli NGOs. PNGO is high on its target list.

In its article, NGO Monitor provided false and misleading information about PNGO’s mission and conduct.

While PNGO is a catalyst for a vibrant civil society in Palestine, NGO Monitor framed PNGO as a “ring leader” of a “gang” of NGOs that shrink Palestinian civil space.

Can’t be ignored

For a long time, we ignored organisations like NGO Monitor that provide cover for the Israeli occupation. But this time, we decided to submit a rebuttal to this toxic propaganda.

As mentioned above, EP Today violated its promise and didn’t publish our rebuttal. To make things worse, our article was apparently forwarded to NGO Monitor, which allegedly tried to prevent its publication.

An editor we spoke to implied this, with reference to one member of EP Today’s board of directors, who seems to have ties to NGO Monitor. This would constitute grave professional misconduct, calling into question EP Today’s independence and integrity.

In any case, we won’t be silenced. Our rebuttal of NGO Monitor’s propaganda, titled “What Europe can do to defend civil space: a response by the Palestinian NGO Network”, is now available for everyone, after we published it on our website.

Meanwhile, our real concern is not the article.

What troubles and burdens us is the big picture: the all-out attack that the Israeli government and its affiliated organisations such as NGO Monitor have launched against Palestinian human rights defenders.

Shrinking space for civil society is a global phenomenon. However, the threat it poses in Palestine has an extra dimension: Israel’s strangling military occupation, which began more than 51 years ago.

As a result of the occupation, Palestinians live without a sovereign government, without basic protection and in a fragile economy that heavily relies on international aid.

In this context, PNGO’s member organisations play a crucial and indispensable role in providing services and in preserving social cohesion.

Israel’s attack on us aims to neutralise NGOs that expose its violations of international law and to break the backbone of Palestinian society at large. The attack is meant to sustain and entrench the occupation.

Our reality

The reality in which we live is this: We face draconic digital surveillance and interference by Israel, which violates our fundamental privacy and obstructs our work.

I suspect this triggered the disinformation campaign described above (see AP’s article for more: “Covertly, Israel prepares to fight boycott activists online”).

Like NGO Monitor, the Israeli government engages in smear campaigns against Palestinian NGOs.

For example, on 1 July 2017, Israeli UN Ambassador Danny Danon branded our members Al-Haq and Al-Mezan as “supporters of terror”, based on false allegations that they have ties to Hamas and the PFLP.

Al-Haq and Al-Mezan are internationally renowned human rights organisations.

Most recently, the Israeli Ministry of Strategic Affairs published a slanderous report that contains similar allegations and aggressively accuses the EU of funding Palestinian and European NGOs that sponsor terror and promote Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS – the Palestinian-led global campaign putting pressure on Israel to end its violations of international law).

Indeed, blocking EU funding to Palestinian NGOs is Israel’s declared goal.

In 2015 and 2016, the director and a staff member of Al-Haq received ongoing death threats.

In response to the threats against the staff member, who is based in The Netherlands and Al-Haq’s representative to the International Criminal Court, the Dutch authorities opened a criminal investigation.

While official results are pending, all indications point in Israel’s direction.

PNGO and the Palestinian Human Rights Organisations Council (PHROC) have compiled their concerns about the escalating campaign to silence, delegitimise and defund Palestinian civil society organisations and human rights defenders in a joint position paper, including recommendations to the EU.

For decades, the EU has invested into civil society organisations in Israel and Palestine that promote its core values “on the ground”. The support and protection of human rights defenders is a declared priority of the EU, as also displayed by the guidelines it adopted in 2008 to that end.

On 3 October 2017, in a comprehensive resolution, the European Parliament sounded alarm about the shrinking space for civil society and called “for continued and increased EU support and funding in creating a free and enabling environment for civil society.”

This is the time to act on these commitments.

We rely on the EU to shield us from Israel’s campaign to destroy Palestinian civil society, which has spread to Europe and is reinforced by organisations like NGO Monitor that are designed to shrink our space.

~EU Observer/Days of Palestine

Issam Aruri is the chair of the Palestinian Non-Governmental Organisations Network (PNGO), an umbrella of 134 civil society organisations in the West Bank and Gaza Strip that promote the rights and well-being of the Palestinian people.

Palestinian icon Ahed al-Tamimi tastes freedom

Palestinian icon Ahed al-Tamimi tastes freedom

Ahed Tamimi is freed after 8 months of prison for slapping an IDF soldier

Ahed Tamimi was arrested in December 2017 when she slapped a fully armed IDF soldier after hearing that her cousin had been shot in the head. Her mother was also arrested, but released. Ahed pled guilty to 1 count of assault in a plea bargain. After 8 months in prison, she is free. Her story has been an inspiration to Palestinians and an embarrassment to Israel.

from Ma’an News Agency

Israeli authorities released the 17-year-old Palestinian icon, Ahed al-Tamimi, and her mother Nariman on Sunday after eight months of imprisonment in Israeli Sharon prison.

Ahed al-Tamimi was detained on December 19, 2017 after a video went viral on social media platforms, showing Ahed slapping and kicking an armed Israeli soldier, who raided her hometown of Nabi Saleh, in the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah.

Minutes before Ahed was filmed kicking and slapping the Israeli soldier who had encroached on her family’s property, soldiers had shot her 15-year-old cousin Muhammad in the face with a rubber-coated steel bullet.

Her mother, Nariman, who was detained one day after Ahed and later charged with “incitement” for filming and publishing Ahed’s now famous incident, was also released.

Earlier this year, according to Avaaz, the organization running the campaign to free Ahed and Nariman, the military prosecution dropped eight of the 12 charges –which initially carried a sentence of up to 10 years in prison — against Ahed as part of the plea bargain.

The plea bargain included Ahed pleading guilty to one count of assault, one count of incitement, and two counts of obstructing Israeli soldiers. She also agreed to pay a fine amounting to 5,000 shekels.

Dozens of journalists, family and friends of Ahed and Nariman, welcomed them two hours after their release from the Rantis military checkpoint, in the Ramallah district, where Israeli forces attempted to hinder al-Tamimi’s access to her family by not mentioning their whereabouts.

The Tamimi family of Nabi Saleh is well known internationally for their activism against the Israeli occupation, which maintains a heavy, near-constant presence in their village.Ahed Tamimi is famous across Palestine and the Arab world for videos of her, since her childhood, defiantly resisting Israeli soldiers who clash with Palestinians in her village nearly every week.Two years ago, her family made headlines when an Israeli soldier violently attempted to arrest her younger brother, who had one arm in a cast at the time. Ahed and her mother manager to pull the soldier of her brother and free him.Since her arrest, Ahed has received worldwide media coverage and has become the image of dozens of solidarity campaigns across the world demanding her release from Israeli prison, and an end to Israeli detention of Palestinian children.

Ahed’s story has become a symbol of Palestinian resistance to the Israeli occupation, showing the world that even a 17-year-old may be the start of long-awaited change.