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Scientific studies, data and history refute Pentagon’s climate/national security claims

Climate Depot’s Rebuttal

By Marc Morano – Climate Depot – July 29, 2015

Pentagon Spent $22,000 to Write 14-Page Report on Climate Change

If any Americans actually believe the climate claims linking ‘global warming’ to a rise in conflicts, no amount of evidence, data, logic or scientific studies will likely persuade them. But given the high profile nature of the Pentagon report, a rebuttal is necessary.

Obama has claimed that climate ‘deniers’ were a huge part of the problem. Obama explained: “Denying it, or refusing to deal with it, endangers our national security and undermines the readiness of our forces.”

Obama seems to be borrowing his claims from Rolling Stone Magazinecontinue

N Korea Calls on US to Halt Drills With S Korea to Establish Dialogue

Sputnik – 30.07.2015

MOSCOW — Pyongyang called on Washington to halt joint military exercises with Seoul so that a dialogue can be established, a North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesperson said Thursday.

“If the U.S., not the DPRK, stops such hostile acts as joint military maneuvers and makes a decision to go the other way, it will be possible to resume dialogue and settle many issues,” the spokesperson said, quoted by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

According to the foreign ministry, tensions on the Korean peninsula persist due to US hostility towards Pyongyang.

“The evil cycle of tension will persist and dialogue will not be held before the U.S. shows its much-touted sincere ‘will for dialogue’ by stopping the joint military maneuvers,” the spokesperson stated. … continue

When you’re in a hole, the US and Britain have only one answer: keep bombing

Stop the War Coalition | July 27, 2015

WHEN you’re in a hole, keep bombing. That’s the message from the Nato forces – meeting in Brussels tomorrow to give the green light to Turkey – who seem to know no other way out of the serial military debacles and catastrophes they have launched in the past decade and a half than to continue with them.

In the past few days the prospect of even greater war in the Middle East has come closer, as Turkey escalates its attacks on the Kurdish community, under the pretext of the war against ISIS.

The deal between the US and Turkey allows US use of an airbase close to its ISIS bombing targets in Syria while giving a green light to Turkey to bomb not just ISIS but the Kurds in the PKK.

To many observers, this is in fact the key point of Turkey’s mobilisation. It is determined to crush the Kurds and seems much more concerned with the PKK than with ISIS.

The bombings have ended the ceasefire between the PKK and the Turkish state and threaten much greater conflict. Turkey is calling a meeting of its Nato allies to get endorsement for its military action and to try to create a buffer zone inside Syria, whose aim will be to further attack the Kurds.

In truth the Turkish state has aided the rise of ISIS and has repeatedly attacked the Kurds, even though they have been involved in fighting against ISIS. … continue

At least 15 killed in US drone strikes in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar

B4XGfsbIUAAGCowPress TV | July 29, 2015

At least 15 people have been killed and several others injured in a series of US drone strikes in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar.

The attacks were reportedly carried out against anti-government militants in the province’s Harun Baba district, local Afghan officials said on Wednesday night.

The US regularly uses drones for airstrikes and spying missions in Afghanistan as well as Pakistan’s northwestern tribal belt near the Afghan border, among other places. … Full article

Russia’s Insidious Epidemic

By Cesar Chelala | CounterPunch | July 29, 2015

The prevalence of diabetes, particularly type 2 diabetes, is rapidly increasing in most countries in the world. The increase of cases in Russia is a cause for concern –one out of every two people do not know they have the disease–, as initially it does not show any symptoms. Four million people have been diagnosed with diabetes in Russia, and almost six million people are unaware of their disease.

According to the International Diabetes Federation, there are 387 million people living with diabetes worldwide today, and it is estimated that by 2035, some 592 million people will be living with it. The burden on the economy is considerable. In Russia, the annual cost of caring for diabetic patients is $12.5 billion.

According to statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO,) there are 60 million people with diabetes in the European Region, or about 10.3% of men and 9.6% of women aged 25 years and over. In the U.S., 29 million people have diabetes, up from the previous estimate of 26 million in 2010.

Between 40 to 50 percent of newly diagnosed people have one or more complications. … continue

Saudi Arabia to buy 600 Patriot missiles for $5.4 bn

RT | July 29, 2015

Washington is set to approve a $5.4 billion sale of 600 advanced Patriot missiles to Saudi Arabia. More such sales are expected in the coming months, defense analysts say, as Gulf nations react to the Iran nuclear deal by buying US weapons systems.

According to a notice sent to Congress by the Pentagon on Wednesday, the State Department has approved a request by Saudi Arabia to purchase $5.4 billion worth of PAC-3 missiles.

“The proposed sale will modernize and replenish Saudi Arabia’s current Patriot missile stockpile, which is becoming obsolete and difficult to sustain due to age and limited availability of repair parts,” said the Pentagon’s notice to Congress. “The purchase of the PAC-3 missiles will support current and future defense missions and promote stability within the region.”

PAC-3 stands for the third generation of the Patriot Advanced Capability missile, the interceptor famously deployed during the first Iraq War. Made by Lockheed Martin Corp, the PAC-3, is advertised as the “the world’s most effective air and missile defense interceptor” against aircraft, cruise missiles and tactical ballistic missiles.

“Lockheed Martin is supporting the US government and the kingdom of Saudi Arabia as they discuss the potential sale of additional PAC-3 Missiles as part of the upgrade of the Royal Saudi Air Defense Force,” the company said in a statement.

Saudi Arabia already bought a $2 billion shipment of Patriots in April, while the Pentagon purchased $1.5 billion worth of Patriots intended for Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Taiwan, South Korea and the Saudis just last week, according to Defense One. … Full article

Another Iranian Non-Threat

KhameneiBy Sheldon Richman | Free Association | July 28, 2015

This image tweeted by Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has a lot of people upset. Is it supposed to be Barack Obama holding a gun to his own head?

What if it is? The picture is hardly threatening or aggressive in any way. After all, it’s not a picture of Khamenei holding a gun to Obama’s head.

And look at the text:

We welcome no war, nor do we initiate any war, but if any war happens, the one who will emerge loser will be the aggressive and criminal U.S.

That is not aggressive in the least. On the contrary, it rejects war. Who’s been threatening war against whom? … continue

Israeli drone strike kills 2 people in southwestern Syria: Al-Manar

Press TV – July 29, 2015

At least two members of the Syrian Armed Forces have been killed in an Israeli drone strike in a village in Syria’s strategic southwestern province of Quneitra, located on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights, Lebanon’s al-Manar TV says.

The official television station of the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah said on Wednesday that “two members of Syria’s National Defense Forces (a branch of Syrian Armed Forces) were killed when an Israeli drone targeted their car at the entrance of Hader, in Quneitra Province.” … continue

Undercover policing inquiry must not ignore spying on trade unions, activists warn

RT | July 29, 2015

A public inquiry into undercover policing is at risk of becoming an “establishment whitewash” if it does not include scrutiny of the surveillance of trade unionists, activists have warned.

In its current form the inquiry overlooks evidence of collaborative spying by big business and the police, Blacklist Support Group secretary Dave Smith told the Morning Star on Tuesday.

Smith’s concerns echo those of Britain’s largest union Unite, which called for an inquiry into alleged links between police and the “blacklisting” scandal in the construction industry that was exposed in 2009.

The inquiry into undercover policing was launched by Chairman Lord Justice Pitchford on Tuesday, four months after Home Secretary Theresa May announced the investigation.

Opening proceedings in London, Pitchford said the inquiry will be “the first time that undercover policing has been exposed to the rigor of public examination.” … continue

Cincinnati police officer charged with murder of unarmed man

RT | July 29, 2015

The Ohio police officer accused of killing an unarmed black man during a traffic stop has been indicted by a grand jury and charged with murder, the county prosecutor said. A warrant has been issued for the arrest University of Cincinnati Police Officer Ray Tensing.

Tensing, who is a white member of the University of Cincinnati Police Department (UCPD), pulled over Samuel Dubose, a 43-year-old African-American man, on Sunday night because the officer said the driver was missing the front license plate on his car. After a brief struggle between the two men, Dubose’s car rolled forward, knocking Tensing to the ground. Tensing then shot Dubose in the head. … continue

The International Criminal Court is unfit for purpose

By Dr David Hoile | MEMO | July 29, 2015

The debate that has opened up regarding the International Criminal Court as a consequence of South Africa’s decision not to arrest Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir while he was attending the recent African Union summit in Johannesburg and Palestine’s successful application to join the court is long overdue.

The pursuit of justice, in the wake of wrong-doing and especially in the face of crimes against humanity and war crimes, is one of mankind’s most noble instincts. The International Criminal Court was embraced with understandable enthusiasm by a wide range of people, non-governmental organisations and governments when it came into being on 1 July 2002. Less than eight years later, however, the ICC-friendly Economist found itself obliged to publish an article about the court entitled “International justice: Courting disaster?” The court had already shown the behaviour that would come to irretrievably undermine it. Entering the fourteenth year of its existence, the International Criminal Court still finds itself unable to credibly respond to allegations of selectivity, racism, incompetence and impotence. … continue

ICC Postpones Visit to Palestine

IMEMC & Agencies | July 29, 2015

A Palestinian diplomat on Monday announced that a planned visit to Palestine later this month by a delegation from The Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) would be postponed.

“The ICC has informed the Palestinian government of the postponement of the delegation’s visit – initially slated for the end of July – to next fall,” Nabil Abu Zened, Palestinian ambassador to the Netherlands, told Palestinian public radio.

The court, he added, had attributed the move to technical and procedural reasons.

World Bulletin reports, via Al Ray, that Abu Zened went on, however, to suggest the delay may have been due to Israeli pressure. … Full article

Israeli forces demolish wedding hall and workshops north of Jerusalem

Ma’an | July 29, 2015

JERUSALEM – Israeli forces on Wednesday demolished a wedding hall and several other structures belonging to a Palestinian resident in the neighborhood of Beit Hanina north of Jerusalem.

Israeli bulldozers were reported to have stormed the neighborhood under Israeli army escort and demolished the “al-Khayma” wedding hall belonging to Akram Abu Shalbak.

They then gave Abu Shalbak an hour to empty a printing shop, a carpentry workshop, and a yard used for selling construction material that also held a small gas station.

Abu Shalbak told Ma’an that all the structures were demolished when the hour was up.

The wedding hall included five rooms and six bathrooms serving the hall, he said.

He said that the printing shop measured around 500 square meters, while the other structures measure 1,000 square meters, and were built on a tract of land about 6,500 square meters large.

Abu Shalbak said that the demolition order came from the Israeli Civil Administration, which is based in the illegal settlement of Beit El in the occupied West Bank. […]

He said that the Beit El municipality also ordered him to pay fines of 60,000 shekels following the demolition. … Full article

Israeli Extremists Burn Harvested Palestinian Wheat

IMEMC & Agencies | July 29, 2015

A number of armed Israeli extremists invaded Palestinian farmlands in Turmus Ayya town, north of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, on Tuesday evening and burnt piles of wheat that the Palestinians have harvested earlier.

Media sources said the extremists came from the Adi Ad illegal Israeli colony, built on privately own Palestinian lands.

The attack led to excessive losses, especially since the villagers rounded their harvest to prepare it for grinding and processing, before the fanatics invaded the area and burnt the harvest.

Israeli soldiers arrived in the area, and observed the devastating outcome of the attack.

There have been dozens of similar attacks against Palestinian farmlands, and orchards, in addition to physical assaults against the Palestinian property, while the Israeli army fails to even open a proper investigation.

Another Syrian journalist murdered by NATO’s terrorists. MSM silent.

By Eva Bartlett | In Gaza | July 29, 2015

11163899_1031407383554129_2439531646259797009_nAnother Syrian journalist killed while reporting on the terrorism the NATO-Gulf-Zionist alliance’s mercenaries are committing against Syrians. Not a peep out of MSM three days after his murder. Were this a Western journalist, you can bet that the headlines would be blaring outrage against this heinous murder. There is a FB memorial page for Thaer. CLICK HERE and share widely. It is important that the deaths of brave Syrian and other Arab journalists be recognized and remembered.


“Late al-Ajlani, reporter of Sham FM Radio, was killed on Monday morning while covering the continued operations of the army and armed forces against Takfiri terrorist organizations in Jobar neighborhood on the eastern outskirts of Damascus City.

Syria’s national media has followed up the war launched by Syrian Arab Army against Takfiri terrorism in all areas over the past years based on its keenness on conveying a true image about what is taking place on the ground and on unmasking the crimes of terrorists and their supporters as a number of journalists have been killed and others have been injured and the media institutions have been targeted for many times.”

“Martyr journalist Ajlani dedicated his life to serve his homeland and he was an example of the national journalist who is committed to his homeland issues.”–Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem

[**note: no US administration expressed any condolences over the suspicious death of US/Lebanese journalist Serena Shim in Oct 2014.]

Obama Disgusts Human Rights Advocates by Calling Ethiopian Government “Democratically Elected”

By Noel Brinkerhoff | AllGov | July 29, 2015

President Barack Obama turned more than a few heads in the human rights community on Monday when he called the government of Ethiopia “democratically elected” during his visit to Africa’s second largest country.

Not a single opposition party member currently holds a seat in Ethiopia’s parliament, and human rights groups denounced the elections in May as a sham. Prior to those elections, the government made it difficult for opposition candidates to register, raise money and mobilize supporters, according to The New York Times.

“Peaceful protesters were denied permits, harassed and in some cases arrested. News organizations were shut down and reporters harassed, threatened or arrested,” the Times’ Peter Baker and Jacey Fortin reported. Additionally, Obama’s own State Department reported that U.S. diplomats were prevented from observing the elections, saying it was “troubled” that opposition party observers were kept out of some locations.

And Obama’s national security advisor, Susan E. Rice, told reporters only last week that the result of the election was not credible. “The prime minister of Ethiopia was just elected with 100 percent of the vote, which I think suggests, as we have stated in our public statements, some concern for the integrity of the electoral process,” she said. … Full article

Hillary advocates ‘green’ bus stations then boards Dassault Falcon 900

3By David Martosko | Daily Mail | July 28, 2015

Just hours after Hillary Clinton unveiled her presidential campaign’s push to solve global warming through an aggressive carbon-cutting plan, she sauntered up the steps of a 19-seat private jet in Des Moines, Iowa.

The aircraft, a Dassault model Falcon 900B, burns 347 gallons of fuel per hour. And like all Dassault business jets, Hillary’s ride was made in France.

The Trump-esque transportation costs $5,850 per hour to rent, according to the website of Executive Fliteways, the company that owns it.

And she has used the same plane before, including on at least one trip for speeches that brought her $500,000 in fees. … Full article (Video report)

US, Russia Should Overcome Tensions, Cooperate – Presidential Candidate

Sputnik – 29.07.2015

WASHINGTON — Restoring US relations with Russia should be among the top priorities for the newly elected president, US Democratic presidential candidate Lincoln Chafee told Sputnik.

“I would make it one of my top priorities to do everything possible to find common ground, areas where we can build on and reestablish relationships with Russia, make them better,” Chafee said in an interview. … continue

Russia to veto MH17 tribunal draft at UN Security Council

RT | July 29, 2015

Russia is expected veto a draft UN Security Council resolution calling for an international tribunal to be formed to probe the downing of a Malaysian airliner last year. President Putin said he regretted that a compromise deal could not be worked out.

The Russian president explained to Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte why Russia would not support the establishment of a tribunal into the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in a phone call, the Kremlin said.

Moscow opposed the draft document submitted by Malaysia and supported by several nations, including The Netherlands and Ukraine, saying that its description of the tragedy as a threat to international security is a strained interpretation meant to subject it to the council’s authority.

“We believe it is not in the UN charter. The UN Security Council is not supposed to deal with issues like this,” Russian UN envoy Vitaly Churkin said, adding that Russia would veto the document.

The Security Council ordered creation of special tribunals to tackle several cases, including war crimes committed during the Balkan wars and the genocide in Rwanda. But Russia believes it would be wrong to treat the MH17 downing differently from other similar incidents with civilian aircraft, such as the downing of Iran Air flight 655 by the US in 1988 or the downing of Korean Air Lines flight 007 by Soviet Union in 1983. The call for a tribunal is confrontational, Moscow believes.

An alternative draft resolution proposed by Russia and seen by RT called for more transparency in the ongoing investigation of the MH17 incident by the Dutch authorities. It also criticized UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for a failure to appoint a special representative to tackle the case. … Full article

Damned Lies and Statistics: The Guardian view on Putin’s mysterious popularity

OffGuardian | July 26, 2015

Vladimir Putin is very popular in Russia. This is simply undeniable. He has won three presidential elections in the last 15 years and currently enjoys approval ratings on a par with Franklin Delano Roosevelt the day after Pearl Harbor and Bush Minor on September 12th 2001. This, to the mainstream media (and, for some reason, in particular The Guardian ) is a very inconvenient truth. Maybe the most inconvenient truth, in a world full square pegs refusing to fit through round holes.

In Corporate-media-land facts dot the ground like comically misplaced rakes, and exist only to be stumbled upon, hit you in the mouth and make you look foolish. Facts are best avoided. Unfortunately – or maybe fortunately from our perspective – some facts just can’t be avoided. In those instances where the rakes just keep on smacking you right in your big, dumb face, the best tactic is not to avoid facts… but to explain them. To talk around them. Or even just straight make up new facts instead.

That’s how the Guardian sees it, anyway. … continue

Water filtering station damaged in Gorlovka

Novorossiya Today, July 27, 2015

Last night’s shelling of Gorlovka led to destruction of the water filtering station No 1. Window panes were broken, walls were punctured by fragmentation and the power line was cut.

The bombardments of the filtering station occurred at 1 am.

Damage of water supply equipment could result in serious environmental hazards, in particular, if equipment containing liquid chlorine for disinfection of water were damaged.

A Surveillance Bill by Any Other Name Smells Just As Foul

By Nathaniel J. Turner | ACLU | July 28, 2015

An impressive coalition has formed to oppose a new surveillance bill masquerading as cybersecurity legislation.

Privacy and civil liberties organizations, free market groups, and others from across the political spectrum are joining this week in a common chorus call: Stop CISA.

Proponents of CISA — the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act — claim the Senate bill would help prevent cyber-crimes by improving information sharing between the government and the private sector. But in reality, CISA only succeeds in expanding government surveillance and weakening privacy while making Americans less secure online. The bill as drafted would have done nothing to stop the high-profile breaches at Sony, Anthem, and, most recently, the Office of Personnel Management, which holds terabytes of sensitive information about millions of government employees.

For several years, certain elements of the business community and national security hawks in Congress have pressed for legislation like CISA. In April, the House passed a package of similar cybersecurity information sharing bills, which were opposed by the ACLU and bevy of other privacy and civil liberties groups, but were in some ways dramatically better than the bill now pending in the Senate.

CISA’s vague language and expansive definitions will give the government new ways to collect and use the personal information and communications of innocent Americans, all without a warrant or any review by an independent court or overseer. CISA would allow companies to share information with the government relating to a “cybersecurity threat,” a term defined so broadly in the bill that it could include huge swaths of emails and text messages. The handover of user information under CISA would be permitted even if otherwise prohibited by existing data privacy laws, like the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. The law would also give companies broad legal protections even if they improperly share consumer data.

And, perhaps unsurprisingly, the information shared by companies would automatically be forwarded to numerous intelligence, military, and law enforcement agencies, including the NSA and FBI. … continue

Analog resistance: Activists protest CISA by faxing Congress

RT | July 28, 2015

Privacy activists are flooding Congress with messages of opposition to the cyber surveillance bill due to be considered by the Senate, using faxes rather than emails in order to poke fun at lawmakers’ antiquated understanding of technology and privacy.

Fight for the Future, a nonprofit fighting for privacy and against government surveillance, has set up a page dubbed “Operation: Fax Big Brother,” which lets anyone generate and customize a fax protesting the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA). Each fax is then sent to all 100 Senators. The group has not said how many faxes have been sent so far.

CISA sailed through the Senate Intelligence Committee in March, with Oregon Democrat Ron Wyden being the sole dissenter. Senate is expected to take up a vote on the bill before the August 7 recess. A similar proposal, known as CISPA, was approved by the House of Representatives in 2013 but died in the Senate after public opposition compelled President Barack Obama to threaten a veto.

“Groups like Fight for the Future have sent millions of emails, and they still don’t seem to get it,” Evan Greer, the group’s campaign manager, told the Guardian. “Maybe they don’t get it because they’re stuck in 1984, and we figured we’d use some 80s technology to try to get our point across.”

According to the group, since 2012 civil liberties activists have sent hundreds of thousands of calls and tweets and over 2.6 million emails to Congress opposing overreaching cybersecurity laws. However, the fax stunt does not just have publicity value. Lawmakers often use analog technology like faxes and pagers in order to hide their digital tracks from Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) inquiries, claims a Senate staffer… continue

Putin blames US for ‘spiral of arms race’

489e3c3f-8890-4323-a490-405c874d3efbPress TV – July 28, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin has blamed the United States for the current round of arms race in the world.

“This new spiral of the arms race was prompted by the United States’ unilateral withdrawal from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty,” Putin said in an interview with Swiss broadcaster RTS on Monday.

On December 13, 2001, Washington withdrew from the treaty, which had been signed in 1972 between the US and the Soviet Union, on the limitation of the anti-ballistic missile systems used in defending areas against ballistic missile-delivered nuclear weapons.

“This treaty was a cornerstone of the entire system of international security,” he said. … continue

UK government spent 13 times more bombing Libya than securing peace

‘UK Govt priorities were wrong over Libya’

Scottish National Party | July 26, 2015

The UK government spent 13 times more bombing Libya than securing peace in the years afterwards, it has been revealed.

The House of Commons library has released information which shows the UK government spent around £320 million in a bombing campaign against Libya, and just £25 million in re-building programmes following the conflict.

The revelations follows serious concerns raised by the SNP over the UK’s current involvement in Syria -which had been taken forward despite a vote against bombing Syria in the House of Commons two years ago. … continue

Fabius must apologize to Iran over infected blood exports: MP

Press TV – July 28, 2015

A senior Iranian lawmaker has called on French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius to officially apologize to the Iranian nation over his role in the export of infected blood.

Alaeddin Boroujerdi, who serves as the chairman of the Iranian parliament’s Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy, said Tuesday that Fabius must apologize over involvement in the selling of infected blood products to Iranian companies in the 1980s.

The controversial case dates back to 1984 and 1985, when Fabius served as the prime minister of France. He was, at the time, accused of having a hand in a French company’s deliberate selling of blood products contaminated with HIV to a number of countries, including Iran. The blood products were used for the treatment of haemophiliacs in the target countries. Fabius and two of his ministers were charged with manslaughter but the then French premier was later acquitted.

Boroujerdi said most of the countries that received the bloods were compensated by Paris over the years, but the French government has yet to pay redress to Iranians.

“The relevant bodies, especially the [Iranian] Foreign Ministry, should take action” to get reparations from the French government, Boroujerdi said.

Fabius is due in Tehran on Wednesday for talks with senior Iranian officials. … continue

Poll: Overwhelming US Majority Says Israel Should Receive No Aid Boost due to US / Iran “Deal”

By Robert Barsocchini | Empire Slayer | July 27, 2015

67.8% of respondents to a Google Consumer Survey said Israel should receive no compensation for the US finalizing a deal with Iran over its civilian nuclear program, which was begun at the behest of the US when Washington’s puppet, the Shah, one of the world’s worst human rights violators, ruled over Iran.

Obama is currently offering Israel increased aid to compensate for the agreement. Israel is the biggest recipient of US aid at over $3 billion per year, and Obama has increased aid to Israel after each of Israel’s major massacres in the Gaza refugee camp since Obama assumed power.

The major study of the issue of citizen impact on US government policy, conducted in 2014 by research teams out of Princeton and Northwestern universities, looked at nearly 2,000 policies and found that average-income US citizens have “near zero, statistically non-significant” impact on them, while the most affluent citizens essentially dictate policy. This dynamic has been illustrated by previous research, such as by Larry Bartels of Vanderbilt. … continue

Israeli forces demolish 4 stores in Silwan in East Jerusalem

Ma’an | July 28, 2015

JERUSALEM – Israeli military bulldozers on Tuesday demolished four stores belonging to Palestinians in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, locals said.

Israeli forces reportedly accompanied the bulldozers into Silwan in the early morning and demolished stores and facilities belonging to Khalil al-Abbasi and Iyad al-Abbasi.

Khalil al-Abbasi told Ma’an that Israeli troops raided his two stores in the Ayn al-Lawza area inside Silwan, ransacking them and throwing the goods out before demolishing them. … Full article

Israeli Soldiers Assault Imprisoned PFLP Leader In Nafha

IMEMC News | July 28, 2015

460_0___10000000_0_0_0_0_0_saadatahmadThe Palestinian Detainees Committee has reported that Israeli Special Forces attacked the imprisoned Secretary-General of the leftist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) Ahmad Sa’adat, held in the Nafha Israeli prison.

The Committee said the soldiers invaded Sa’adat’s room before attacking him on Tuesday morning.

It held Israel responsible for any escalation that could occur due to ongoing and escalating assaults against all detainees, including imprisoned political leaders and figures.

It added that the undercover soldiers have escalated their assaults against the detainees, and seem to be heading for further violations and escalation. … Full article

Settlers attack Palestinian bus driver in East Jerusalem

Ma’an | July 28, 2015

Two Israeli settlers attacked a Palestinian bus driver with pepper spray as they were leaving a bus at Sheikh Jarrah in occupied East Jerusalem on Monday evening.

The driver, Muhammad Husam Barakat, 38, works for the Israeli bus company, Kavim, and his route is from the illegal settlement of Beitar Illit to central Jerusalem.

He told Ma’an by telephone that two young settlers boarded his bus near Beitar Illit and stayed until the last stop in Sheikh Jarrah.

When they got out of the bus, they refused to pay and instead attacked the driver with pepper spray. […]

Israeli forces rarely make efforts to protect Palestinians from settler violence, and often, “rather than restricting violent settlers, Israeli security forces impose restrictions on the Palestinian,” B’Tselem reports.

“The undeclared policy of the Israeli authorities in response to these attacks is lenient and conciliatory. Perpetrators are rarely tried, and many cases are not investigated at all or are closed with no operative conclusions.”

Settlers have carried out 112 reported acts of violence in the occupied Palestinian territories including East Jerusalem so far this year, according to UN figures. … Full article

NATO backs Turkey’s Syria, Iraq military campaign

Press TV – July 28, 2015

NATO says it supports Turkey’s military campaign in Syria and Iraq, as Ankara vows to continue airstrikes against targets in the two Arab countries.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg made the remarks during an opening meeting with ambassadors from all of the 28 NATO member states in the Belgian capital, Brussels, on Tuesday.

Stoltenberg said NATO was “following developments very closely and we stand in strong solidarity with our ally Turkey.”

The meeting came upon a request from the Turkish government.

“Terrorism in all its forms can never be tolerated or justified. It is right and timely that we hold this meeting today to address the instability on Turkey’s doorstep and on NATO’s border,” Stoltenberg said.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulazizi voiced backing for Ankara’s military strikes.

Turkey launched the strikes in the wake of a terrorist bomb attack in the border town of Suruc, which claimed the lives of 32 people. Ankara blamed the Takfiri ISIL terrorist group for the blast.

The Turkish airstrikes targeted positions held by ISIL in Syria as well as those held by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Iraq. The Kurds have been engaged in a conflict in southeastern Turkey for years in a bid to gain self-rule. … Full article

Turkey arrests over 1,000 in ‘anti-terror’ raids

Press TV – July 28, 2015

Turkey has arrested more than 1,000 people across the country in “anti-terrorist” operations launched after a recent deadly bombing in the border town of Suruc.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu’s Office of Public Diplomacy said in a Monday statement that 1,050 people had been arrested during the operations in 34 provinces, adding that most of the detainees have been accused of being members of ISIL, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) or the Marxist Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C).

The country has launched a far-and-wide arrest campaign since at least 32 people were killed in a massive explosion in the Turkish town of Suruc, near the southern border with Syria, on July 20. The attack was attributed to the Takfiri ISIL terrorist group, which has swathes of territory in neighboring Syria and Iraq under its control.

Ever since the blast in Suruc, the country has also started conducting aerial attacks against PKK bases in northern Iraq as well as what it claims to be ISIL positions in Syria. … continue

UK Government urged to come clean on Pakistan executions funding

Reprieve | July 28, 2015

The Home Office is refusing to reveal the true extent of secret funding to Pakistan which risks implicating the UK in a wave of executions currently underway.

Human rights organization Reprieve has brought proceedings before the Information Rights Tribunal (IRT) challenging ministers’ refusal to reveal whether Government guidelines were followed when funneling at least £12 million into anti-drugs efforts in Pakistan, largely carried out by the Pakistani Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF). The ANF is responsible for sending more than a hundred alleged drug mules to Pakistan’s 8,500-strong death row, and lists these numbers on its website as ‘Prosecution Achievements.’ … continue

NYPD Cops Beat Man in Target Store for Refusing to Identify Himself

By Carlos Miller | PINAC | July 27, 2015

New York City police say they held a young man down and beat him in a Target store because he “refused to identify himself” Saturday evening in an incident caught on video.

The beating could have been much worse if it was not for the growing crowd of witnesses either recording or yelling at the cops to stop beating him.

In fact, more cops came out of nowhere to control the restless crowd, which appeared ready to start pulling officers off the man they were beating.

The young man, whose name has not been released, was charged resisting arrest, obstruction of governmental administration, trespassing and disorderly conduct, according to Patch, who reached out to the NYPD for comment.

However, those are typical contempt-of-cop charges police use when they can’t determine if an actual crime was committed. Like shoplifting, for example, which is what a person would normally be arrested for inside a retail store. Or at least outside it once they walk out with the merchandise.

Nevertheless, those are all misdemeanor charges that generally don’t require a beat down. … continue

Israeli training drives US police brutality: Analyst

Press TV – July 28, 2015

Police brutality in the United States is directly linked to the training some American officers receive in Israel, says a political commentator in Kentucky. […]

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Black woman found dead in Cleveland jail cell, family demands answers

RT |  July 28, 2015

CK7ulnwWoAE8Ff_A black woman has been found dead in her prison cell near Cleveland, Ohio, police said, adding that the autopsy “revealed no suspicious injuries.” Her family, however, claims she was “perfectly fine” a day before she died.

The sister of Ralkina Jones, 37, told the news website that she talked to her sister on the eve of her death.

“She was perfectly fine. She didn’t complain of nothing, saying she was hurting or anything,” Renee Ashford said.

“[My sister] would want us to find out why. You can’t just tell me one minute I seen my sister, then the next day she dead. That don’t even make sense. And it’s just, ‘I can’t help you. I can’t tell you.’ Like, no. That’s un-human.”

The oldest of seven children, Jones had an 11-year-old daughter. “She was a go-getter… She was the person who held us together,” Ashford said.

Police have released a report where they explained the details about Jones’s death and her arrest. They said that the victim’s body was found in Cleveland Heights Jail Facility “during a routine jail check of prisoners.” … continue

“Don’t Miss” Said the Cops Just Before Shooting a Man in the Face in Front of His Child for No Reason

By William N. Grigg | The Free Thought Project | July 28, 2015

Seattle, WA — Seattle resident Nathaniel Caylor wears a large, conspicuous metal appliance on the right side of his face, a souvenir of a May 2009 incident in which Seattle Police Officer Eugene Schubeck tried to kill him in front of his twenty-month-old son, Wyatt.

After seventeen surgeries (which included bone grafts and the insertion of metal screws and plates to hold together his shattered face), the temporary loss of his son, and an extorted plea on a purely retaliatory criminal charge, Caylor was offered $1.975 million by the City of Seattle to settle his federal lawsuit. This is believed to be the largest taxpayer-supported settlement arising from police misconduct in the history of the City, and it prompted the predictable petulant reaction from the local police union.

“The settlement by the City of Seattle, in this case, sends a disturbing message to the rank and file of the Seattle Police Department,” pouted Seattle Police Officers Guild President Ron Smith.

For the public supposedly served by the local police, the more “disturbing” message is found in the fact that Schubeck, a 19-year veteran officer, remains on the Seattle PD payroll. His impregnable cloak of “qualified immunity” protects him from personal liability, and the unqualified support of the police union provides him with unassailable job security.

As punishment for being on the receiving end of Schubeck’s unwarranted homicide attempt, Caylor was charged with “felony harassment.” At the same time, Caylor was dealing with the seizure of his son by Child Protective Services on the basis of a perjured report by Detective Jeffrey Mudd, who falsely claimed that Caylor had used his son as a “human shield” and had threatened to kill the child. … continue

Children at risk of radicalization monitored, taken into state care

RT | July 27, 2015

This troubling trend was uncovered by the Times on Monday, after it obtained figures from an undisclosed high profile source.

Over thirty children in the past twelve months were found to have been subject to court orders because they were categorized extremist or thought to be at risk of radicalization.

Some have been put under temporary care orders… continue

Turkey still backing ISIL, says top Iraqi commander

Press TV – July 27, 2015

The commander of the Iraqi volunteer forces fighting the ISIL Takfiri group says there is no evidence that Turkey has altered its stance against the terrorist group and is still supporting the militants.

“Turkey has not changed its stance; it carried out operations against the PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party), which is fighting with the Kurds against ISIL in Syria,” Hadi al-Ameri said on Monday.

Ameri made the remarks after a meeting between Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Iraqi counterpart Ibrahim al-Jaafari in the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

Turkey launched a military campaign against what it claims to be ISIL targets in Syria and PKK positions in northern Iraq last week, after an ISIL attack in the southwestern Turkish town of Suruç claimed the lives of at least 32 people on July 20.

“Turkey still supports ISIL right now,” said Ameri, adding “I think [the strikes] Turkey carried out were to support ISIL and not what some had imagined,” said Ameri. … continue

America’s Inherent Resolve to Destroy

By Felicity Arbuthnot | Dissident Voice | July 27, 2015

We should expect conflicts in which adversaries, because of cultural affinities different from our own, will resort to forms and levels of violence shocking to our sensibilities. — Department of Defense, 1999

One quote has reverberated throughout the United States decades of decimations of the lands of others. Journalist Peter Arnett, reporting from Vietnam, in a piece published on 7 July 1968, quoted an American officer saying of the provincial capital Bến Tre: “It became necessary to destroy the town to save it.” He was referring to the decision to bomb and shell the town no matter what the cost of civilian lives, in order to rout the Vietcong.

The US led “coalitions” of recent years have, it seems, moved on from destroying towns, now entire sovereign nations are laid to waste to free, liberate, and democratize them. The cemeteries and ruins of much of Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya are recent silent witness to this munificence, with Syria set to be the latest centre of the eye of the storm.

ISIS/ISIL/IS has replaced the Vietcong and the “town” is where ever the liberating bombs, missiles, drone strikes blast homes and humanity across the entire country and of course in neighbouring Iraq, bombed in the name of protection and salvation for 24 years — approaching a quarter of a century. … continue

Palestinian teen ‘executed’ during arrest, family says

Ma’an | July 27, 2015

BETHLEHEM – Palestinian teenager Muhammad Abu Latifa was “executed” during an arrest raid in the Qalandiya refugee camp on Monday, his family said, refuting claims that he fell from a rooftop while being chased by Israeli forces.

Locals said that Israeli military vehicles raided the camp early Monday and broke into the home of Muhammad Abu Latifa, 18, in an attempt to detain him.

460_0___10000000_0_0_0_0_0_mohammadabulatifakilledIsraeli border police said they opened fire at the teenager as he attempted to run away, hitting him in the lower body. They claimed Abu Latifa fell to his death while he was running away across rooftops in the camp.

However, Muhammad’s uncle, Jamal Abu Latifa, refuted the police statement, saying that Israeli soldiers detained Muhammad after shooting him in the feet.

“He was chased at 5:30 a.m., shot in the feet then arrested alive. Surprisingly, the Israeli soldiers shot him in the chest, then tied him with electricity wires and we have evidence that some of his body parts were fractured as a result of the assault by soldiers,” he told Ma’an. […]

Abu Latifa is the 18th Palestinian killed by Israeli forces this year and the fourth this month. … Full article

Number of administrative detainees doubles in Israeli jails

Palestine Information Center – July 27, 2015

RAMALLAH – The number of Palestinian administrative detainees held in Israeli jails without charge or trial has doubled within a year, Haaretz (Hebrew) newspaper reported Monday.

Since the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli soldiers in al-Khalil last summer, Israeli authorities notably intensified the use of administrative detention policy against Palestinians “due to the Military Advocate General’s decision to lower the requirements in such cases for holding people involved in terrorism.”

Israeli administrative detention order, based on a secret file which neither the detainee nor his lawyer are allowed to see, can be renewed more than once.

More than 1,000 administrative detainees were documented in 2003. The number had fallen significantly to 134 in August 2013, only to rise again to reach 473 in 2014 after the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli soldiers.

There are currently 391 administrative detainees in Israeli jails … twice as many as were being held before the kidnapping process.

Choctaw medicine man, civil rights activist dies after being booked into historically infamous Mississippi jail

PrivacySOS | July 26, 2015

CKwrH_RWIAAO2t-_t670Just weeks after Sandra Bland died in a Texas jail cell after having been arrested during a traffic stop, another activist is dead in eerily similar circumstances. The day after Bland died, long-time Choctaw civil rights activist Rexdale Henry was found dead in a jail cell in Neshoba County Jail in Philadelphia, Mississippi, after a traffic stop that also led to his arrest.

Henry’s family and friends, including Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) co-founder Diane Nash, have raised money to pay for an independent autopsy.

The Jackson Free Press reports that this isn’t the first time an activist has died after being booked into Neshoba County Jail:

Henry’s arrest came one day after 39-year-old Jonathan Sanders died after a police stop in nearby Clarke County…. Information from a SNCC email listserv states of Henry: “His family wants to know what or who caused their healthy, fifty-three year old loved one to die in that cell.”

Activists also point to the death of Michael Deangelo McDougle, also in the Neshoba County Jail, less than a year ago, in November 2014, and invoke the Mississippi Burning murders that took place during Freedom Summer of 1964.

On June 21 of that year, local authorities took three civil-rights activists—James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Mickey Schwerner—to the Neshoba County Jail (it has since been moved) on minor charges before the trio disappeared; the activists’ bodies were discovered in an earthen dam 44 days after they went missing.

According to Newsone, a site catering to Black Americans, Native Americans “are killed by police at a higher rate than any other demographic in this country.”

Lawyer claims police beat key witness in torture case until unconscious

Mada Masr | July 26, 2015

A witness due to testify in a torture case was reportedly beaten unconscious by police on Saturday morning, independently owned Daily News Egypt reported.

Mahmoud Hassan Naga was due to give evidence on August 4 regarding the death of Sayed al-Kosbary, before he was taken to the police station in his hometown of Rosetta, where the incident took place.

The Kosbary family’s lawyer, Mohamed Abdelaziz, told Daily News Egypt that Naga was previously threatened by police and is the main witness in the case. Abdelaziz added that police officer Mohamed Abo Yadak stands accused of “beating leading to death,” but has not yet been referred to trial.

Kosbary was arrested on May 2 from his workplace in Rosetta without formal charge. The 32-year-old was then reportedly severely beaten, before eventually being charged at the police station for possession of a firearm and resisting arrest. It wasn’t until later that evening that he was seen by medical officials, who confirmed that his injuries were the result of police aggression.

He appeared in front of the general prosecution the following morning and complained of being subjected to torture. He was refused access to the Forensic Medicine Authority and was instead sent back to jail, where he allegedly suffered further torture. He was eventually transferred to hospital on May 5, but was pronounced dead on arrival. … Full article

Do We Need to Bring Back Internment Camps?

By Ron Paul | July 27, 2015

Internment+CampLast week, Retired General Wesley Clark, who was NATO commander during the US bombing of Serbia, proposed that “disloyal Americans” be sent to internment camps for the “duration of the conflict.” Discussing the recent military base shootings in Chattanooga, TN, in which five US service members were killed, Clark recalled the internment of American citizens during World War II who were merely suspected of having Nazi sympathies. He said: “back then we didn’t say ‘that was freedom of speech,’ we put him in a camp.”

He called for the government to identify people most likely to be radicalized so we can “cut this off at the beginning.” That sounds like “pre-crime”!

Gen. Clark ran for president in 2004 and it’s probably a good thing he didn’t win considering what seems to be his disregard for the Constitution. Unfortunately in the current presidential race Donald Trump even one-upped Clark, stating recently that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is a traitor and should be treated like one, implying that the government should kill him. … continue

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