By Matthew JAMISON | Strategic Culture Foundation | 24.02.2017
Back in the halcyon days of the election of the first Labour Government in Britain in over 18 years, the New Labour Foreign Secretary Robin Cook expounded a radical shift in British foreign policy making, declaring that the Labour Government of Tony Blair would put human rights at the heart of it’s foreign policy with an «ethical dimension». This was quickly christened by the British media as New Labour’s «ethical foreign policy». Questions were raised at the time how a country with such a large weapons export industry could conduct an ethical foreign policy and that question is as pertinent today as it was back in 1997. In his party conference speech, the first as British Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, paid ritual homage as many British Foreign Secretaries have before him, to his belief in human rights and reflected that: «After a long post-war period in which the world was broadly getting more peaceful the number of deaths in conflict has risen from 49,000 in 2010 to 167,000 last year».
Sadly, Britain has contributed to many of these deaths. … continue
By Lucas Koerner | Venezuelanalysis | February 21, 2016
Caracas – Venezuelan Vice-President Tareck El Aissami published an open letter to the US Treasury Department in the New York Times Tuesday in which he lambasted the body’s recent drug trafficking accusations as an attempt to further derail bilateral relations.
On February 13, the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) froze all of El Aissami’s alleged assets in the US under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Act, making the vice-president the top-ranking official of any country to be sanctioned in this way. In particular, the OFAC accused El Aissami of having “facilitated shipments of narcotics from Venezuela” allegedly in collusion with the Las Zetas Cartel in Mexico.
In the letter, El Aissami charged the OFAC of being “deceived” by certain US political factions “whose fundamental interest is to prevent Venezuela and the United States from restoring their political and diplomatic relations on the basis of mutual recognition and respect”.
The vice-president further lambasted the drug trafficking allegations as a “false positive” which he said was intended to “criminalize – by way of my person – the Bolivarian Government of Venezuela”. The US Treasury Department has yet to release concrete evidence buttressing the accusations; meanwhile no US court has indicated that it is opening an investigation into the case. … continue
By Andre Vltchek | OffGuardian | February 24, 2017
Here it goes again! The same old tired and predictable tune, the same recognizable chorus. Once again the world is told what to think and what to believe. The world is also given both rhythm and leitmotif, so the grotesque and crooked dance could begin.
Who could resist, really? The lyrics of the tune are recited in perfect English, and with that air of moral and cultural superiority, which is supposed to disperse all doubts.
On February 19, 2017, RT published the following:
The Telegraph, as a favored mouthpiece for British intelligence service disinformation, is a part of psychological warfare operation against Russia, said independent journalist Martin Summers. Another accusation is being thrown at Russia as a British newspaper published a story about Moscow being allegedly behind a plot to kill Montenegro’s Prime Minister last October… According to the article, Russia wanted to overthrow the country’s government to stop them joining NATO.
So now it is Montenegro. Yesterday it was Crimea, Donbas, and the US elections. Evil Russia again! Evil China, evil socialist Latin American countries, evil Syria, Eritrea, Zimbabwe, South Africa, North Korea, Philippines, evil all those who are laughing at the notion of Anglo-Saxon superiority. … continue
Press TV – February 24, 2017
The United Nations has slammed the Israeli regime for a “lenient sentence” handed down to an Israeli soldier over the killing of a Palestinian.
“We are deeply disturbed at the lenient sentence that’s been given by the Tel Aviv Military Court earlier this week to an Israeli soldier who was convicted of unlawfully killing a wounded Palestinian in an apparent extrajudicial execution,” said Ravina Shamdasani, the spokeswoman for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, during a news briefing in Geneva on Friday.
On March 24, 2016, Israeli Sergeant Elor Azaria shot Abdel Fattah al-Sharif point-blank in the head in Tel Rumeida neighborhood of al-Khalil (Hebron) in what has been described by the UN as an “extrajudicial execution” of a young man who was already shot and incapacitated.
“A sentence of 18 months to be handed down for such a serious human rights violation is unacceptable,” the UN official said, adding that “the punishment, which is excessively lenient, is difficult to reconcile with the intentional killing of an unarmed and prone individual.”
The UN rights official said Israeli officials had been contacted numerous times over the impunity of Israeli military forces and the disproportionate sentences handed by Israeli courts.
“This is a chronic culture of impunity that we are talking about; this is not one individual case,” she said.
“It also stands in contrast to the sentences handed down by other Israeli courts for less, for other less serious offences, notably the sentencing of Palestinian children to more than three years’ imprisonment for throwing stones at cars. This case risks undermining confidence in the justice system and reinforcing the culture of impunity,” she added. … Full article
By Deir Yassin Remembered | Dissident Voice | February 24, 2017
The “public” that allegedly “protested” against this billboard in Ann Arbor, as reported by the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, were not the only folks watching DYR.
Dan McGowan responds:
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) recently criticized Deir Yassin Remembered (DYR) by including it on the so-called Hate Map, purportedly for the high crime of Holocaust denial.
Apparently if the SPLC disagrees with you, it will label you as a racist or a hatemonger. There is no discussion, no defense, and no chance of winning a defamation suit against it.
The SPLC is the cash cow of the civil rights movement. Last year it took in over $58 million, some of which was added to its bloated endowment of over $328 million held in questionable investments, some in off shore accounts.
Its two chief executives together received over $800,000. Of its nine top executives, none come from minorities. … continue
Press TV – February 24, 2017
India has approved a 2.5-billion-dollar deal to purchase a surface-to-air missile system from Israel.
The government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the budget for its army to buy the Medium Range Surface to Air Defense Missile (MR-SAM) system from Israel Aerospace Industries, Indian media reported Thursday.
The Indian Army “will induct over five regiments of the MR-SAM missile, which will have around 40 firing units and over 200 missiles of the system,” wrote India Today, citing government sources.
The system can reportedly target aircraft, drones, and AWACS planes at the strike range of between 50 kilometers to 70 kilometers in the sky.
The first delivery of the missile system is expected in 2023.
The missile system will reportedly be developed jointly by India’s Defense Research and Development Organization in collaboration with the Israel Aircraft Industry.
New Delhi and Tel Aviv signed an agreement back in February 2015 to jointly develop the missile system for the Indian army.
Israel has been supplying India with military hardware, including missiles, weapons systems, and unmanned aerial vehicles over the last few years.
By Dr Bouthaina Shaaban | February 23, 2017
A recently declassified CIA document prepared in 1983, and released on 20 January 2017, shows that the United States had at the time encouraged Saddam Hussein to attack Syria, which would have led to a vicious conflict between the two countries, thus draining their resources.
The report, which was then prepared by CIA officer Graham Fuller, indicates that the US tried adamantly to convince Saddam to attack Syria under any pretense available, in order to get the two most powerful countries in the Arab East to destroy each other, turning their attention away from the Arab-Israeli conflict.
And since Saddam was already knee-deep in a bloody war against Iran, he needed to be incentivized and encouraged by American client states in the region, such as Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States, who offered to fund such a war in order to deal a deadly blow to the growing Syrian power in the region.
Hence, the US provided modern technology to Saddam in order to close the ring of threats around Syria, in addition to Jordan, Turkey, and Israel. The report expected that such pressures from three fronts, possibly more, would force Syria to give concessions in the struggle with Israel. And the report asserts that it was of utmost importance to convince Saddam to play along this scenario, because it would have divided the Arab line and distracted attention from the American-Israeli role in this scheme. … continue
By M K Bhadrakumar | Indian Punchline | February 23, 2017
Turkey has decided to pick up a quarrel with Iran. It all began with President Recep Erdogan’s sudden outburst on February 14 in the first leg of a regional tour of Gulf States – Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Qatar — when he said, “Some people want both Iraq and Syria to be divided. There are some that are working hard to divide Iraq. There is a sectarian struggle, a Persian nationalism at work there. This Persian nationalism is trying to divide the country. We need to block this effort.”
Tehran hit back by accusing Turkey of supporting terrorist organizations “to destabilize neighbouring countries.” And there has been much back and forth in mutual recriminations since then. The spat makes a mockery of the “trilateral alliance” between Russia, Turkey and Iran that Moscow has been promoting at the recent Astana talks on Syria. The Russian Foreign Ministry had announced as recently as February 16 that Russia, Turkey and Iran have formed a tripartite operational group to stabilize the ceasefire in Syria. The most puzzling aspect is that this is happening just when the Syrian peace talks began in Geneva today under UN auspices. … continue
By Robert Parry | Consortium News | February 23, 2107
… by releasing information that was unjustifiably kept hidden during Obama’s second term, Trump could underscore how Obama grew increasingly obsessive about secrecy the longer he remained in the White House, treating the American people as objects to be manipulated rather than citizens to be informed.
For instance, Obama kept the clamps on CIA analyses relating to the Ukrainian crisis, even regarding the shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014, killing 298 people and leading to a dangerous escalation in the New Cold War with Russia. … Read full article
By Finian CUNNINGHAM | Strategic Culture Foundation | 23.02.2017
Just as polls show Marine Le Pen of the Front National taking a decisive lead over her two main rivals, Francois Fillon of the Republicans, and Emmanuel Macron of the newly formed En Marche, the latter gets a high-profile reception in Downing Street with British prime minister Theresa May.
Fillon has no plans to make a similar visit to Britain, while Downing Street officially announced that it would not be receiving Le Pen, reported the Independent.
With only weeks to go to the first round of the French presidential elections in April, the British government’s hosting of Macron this week can be seen as an extraordinary endorsement of his candidacy.
One could express it even more strongly and say that Britain is evidently interfering in the French democratic process by elevating one candidate over another. … continue
RT | February 23, 2017
Relatives of Jean Charles de Menezes, a 27-year-old Brazilian shot dead by counter-terrorism police in 2005, say the appointment of Cressida Dick as chief of the Metropolitan Police is ‘offensive,’ as she was responsible for the botched operation.
De Menezes was shot in the head 11 times on a train at Stockwell Underground Station, south London, after being mistaken for a terrorism suspect.
His bereaved family say Dick’s appointment proves that “police officers can act with impunity.”
Dick was appointed chief of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on Wednesday, making her the first woman in history to head the UK’s largest police force in its 188-year history.
Although many hailed Dick’s appointment, the de Menezes family hit out at the decision, saying they had “serious concerns” for London’s security under her leadership. … continue
Ma’an – February 23, 2017
BETHLEHEM – The Palestinian Authority (PA) Ministry of Education organized Thursday a sit-in protest inside a school in the Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar in the occupied West Bank, against the impending Israeli government order to demolish the school and the entire village.
Protesters condemned the Israeli order to demolish Khan al-Ahmar school — which services 150 female and male students — and expressed their anger towards the Israeli army for targeting a school for kids and for “trying to ban them from their right of education.”
Minister of education Sabri Sedim called upon all Palestinians “to resist and face the Israeli plans and violations against education and Bedouin societies that reveal the ugly face of occupation,” adding that the ministry would “conduct all possible efforts to stop Israeli practices and expose them in media and courts.”
Over the past week, Israeli authorities delivered demolition notices to the village’s 40 homes and elementary school, including stop-work orders targeting various structures in the village, which is located in Area C — the more than 60 percent of the West Bank under full Israeli control and the site of frequent Israeli demolitions. … continue
Ma’an – February 23, 2017
JERUSALEM – Israeli authorities on Thursday closed a Palestinian elementary school for boys in the town of Sur Bahir in the central occupied West Bank Jerusalem district over alleged “incitement”.
Head of the school Luay Jamal Bkirat told Ma’an that Israeli intelligence officials summoned him and the school’s financial manager Nasser Hamed for interrogation at an Israeli police station, where they were then told to their surprise that the Israeli police would be shutting down the school over “incitement in the schools’ materials.”
Bkirat denied the claims, saying that the al-Nukhba school “is teaching the Palestinian curriculum used in all schools in Jerusalem and that no one of the faculty has ever been summoned for interrogation before over incitement.”
He added that the school — which serves 250 boys from kindergarten to grade six — was opened last year and gained a temporary operating license from the Jerusalem municipality, and that the license was revoked in November for unknown reasons.
Bkirat condemned the decision and said that he “will conduct procedures to stop this decision which aims to destroy education.” … continue
Israel bombs Syrian army positions on the eve of peace talks in Geneva
By Rudy Panko | Russia Insider | February 22, 2017
Syria peace talks are expected to begin this week in Geneva. And what are the Israelis doing? Bombing Syrian Arab Army positions near the Lebanese border.
Because as we all know, the Israelis are really good at these “ceasefire” things. Especially when they have no business interfering in any way in a conflict:
Minutes ago, an Israeli warplane conducted an airstrike over the western countryside of Damascus, targeting the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions in the Qalamoun Mountains near the Lebanese border.
A Syrian Army source told Al-Masdar this morning that the Israeli warplane had crossed into Syria after flying over Lebanon’s ‘Arsal Barrens, where both Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State (ISIS) are headquartered in the eastern Beqa’a Governorate. The Syrian Army source added that the specific location of the attack was in the Jard Nalhleh area of the Qalamoun Mountains.
Oh, isn’t that interesting? The Israelis flew over ISIS and al-Qaeda positions — but saved their bombs for the Syrians. Quite telling. … continue
By Grete Mautner – New Eastern Outlook – 23.02.2017
Some people today still remember the times when America was the wealthiest nation on the entire planet and that could afford even the boldest infrastructure. But things are different now, as the US now has the biggest mountain of debt in the history of the world and it can’t even afford to repair the marvels that it used to build. The near catastrophic failure of the Oroville Dam is a perfect example of the situation most Americans have found themselves in.
Just recently, the Most Important News presented its version of 11 deeply alarming facts about America’s crumbling infrastructure and its long-term economic collapse. According to this site, the US economy expanded at its slowest rate for five years in 2016. Gross domestic product (GDP) rose by only 1.6 percent in 2016, down from 2.6 percent in 2015.
In turn, the World Socialist Web Site notes that the feature to emerge from the US GDP figures is the ever-widening disconnect between the underlying real economy and the financial system. This disconnect has a significant impact on economic growth, as vast amounts of wealth are diverted from the real economy into various forms of financial speculation. This leads to a decline in investment and falling productivity, two central features of the US economy in the eight years since the eruption of the financial crisis. … continue
By James Petras :: 02.21.2017
The Financial Times’ Special Report (2/16/2017) published a four-page spread on the ‘use and possible dangers of artificial intelligence (AI)’. Unlike the usual trash journalists who serve as Washington’s megaphones on the editorial pages and political columns, the Special Report is a thoughtful essay that raises many important issues, even as it is fundamentally flawed.
The writer, Richard Walters, cites several major problems accompanying AI from ‘public anxieties, to inequalities and job insecurity’. Walters pleads with those he calls the ‘controllers of autonomous systems’ to heed social and ‘political frictions’ or face societal ‘disruption’. Experts and journalists, discussing the long-term, large-scale destruction of the working class and service jobs, claim that AI can be ameliorated through management and social engineering.
This essay will proceed to raise fundamental issues, questions leading to an alternative approach to AI relying on class analysis. We will reject the specter of AI as a ‘Frankenstein’ by identifying the social forces, which finance, design and direct AI and which benefit from its negative social impact. … continue
Sputnik – 21.02.2017
European Union data protection authorities have expressed fresh concerns about the privacy of Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system, despite tweaks being made to the OS after questions were raised about its treatment of personal data last year.
In a letter, the Article 29 Working Group said it still has “significant concerns” about how Microsoft collects and processes users’ personal data, and whether it obtains fully informed consent from users to do so. … continue
By Yves Engler · February 22, 2017
Can you trust any media outlet to tell the truth about foreign affairs? Or are they all part of some propaganda system? Perhaps the best we can do to understand what’s really happening in the world is read/listen/watch a variety of sources, but assume they are all biased in one way or another?
These questions came to mind after a recent Montréal event about Syria.
In a La Presse article, international affairs reporter Agnès Gruda essentially dismissed a presentation by a freelance journalist who has covered the war in Syria by writing: “for who does Eva Bartlett really work? During her conference, she confirmed that she wrote commentaries for Russia Today — a Russian propaganda organ.”
Gruda isn’t the only reporter to highlight Bartlett’s ties to RT when discussing her Syria work. A Hamilton Spectator story about her talks in that city noted, “Bartlett maintains a blog for the state-funded media outlet Russia Today” while Pulse reported that she contributed to the “Kremlin broadcaster Russia Today.” (Bartlett has published five articles about Syria for RT.)
Of course, the question of where journalists publish or who employs them and the interests of the owners/funders of said media does deserve attention. It is not unreasonable to be skeptical of a Russian media outlet’s reporting on Syria. While I’m not current with RT, it’s hard to imagine that a station set up by the Russian government wouldn’t be biased in favor of Moscow’s position in a conflict it is a major player in.
But, does Gruda describe herself as an employee of the billionaire Desmarais family that is heavily involved in Canadian and other countries’ politics? How does Gruda describe journalists who’ve written for Al Jazeera, which is owned by a Qatari monarchy that has backed armed opposition to Assad? Or how about the BBC, CBC and other media outlets owned by governments? … continue
Consortium News | February 22, 2017
The West’s anti-Russian propaganda links Moscow to the blight of “fake news” but the evidence doesn’t connect the two. So, The New York Times makes the case with its own “fake news,” reports Robert Parry. – Read article
By Craig Murray | February 22, 2017
The BBC is to launch a major new unionist propaganda channel in time for the next Independence referendum. There will be 80 new unionists employed as journalists. Close relatives of senior Labour party figures are particularly welcome to apply, and in a new broadening of BBC Scotland employment policy, a larger percentage of Ruth Davidson fans will also be recruited. The news of the new job opportunities is especially welcome to the large number of Labour Party hacks who will be unemployed following the Scottish council elections in May. – Video
Sputnik – February 22, 2017
Ex-President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych wrote a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin, US President Donald Trump, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande, Polish President Andrzej Duda, as well as the heads of European bodies.
Ex-President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych calls for a referendum on the status of the southeast Ukrainian region known as Donbass if Kiev does not comply with a set of ceasefire agreements.
“In the event of current Ukrainian authorities failing to observe the Minsk agreements, it is needed to initiate a referendum on the status of Donbass,” Yanukovych wrote in a letter to world leaders obtained by Sputnik.
He offered to include the leaders of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics in the reconciliation format comprising Russia, France, Germany and Ukraine.
Yanukovych also calls on world leaders to “initiate the creation of a special commission of the Council of Europe to monitor the investigation of crimes committed on the Maidan.” … continue
Press TV – February 22, 2017
The Tel Aviv regime has prevented five European parliamentarians from entering the Gaza Strip as the Palestinian enclave remains under an inhumane Israeli siege.
In a statement released on Wednesday, Neoklis Sylikiotis, a Cypriot Member of the European Parliament (MEP), denounced the Israeli obstruction of the lawmakers’ access to the Palestinian coastal sliver.
“The refusal of access to Gaza by the Israeli authorities to the European Parliament on arbitrary grounds is unacceptable,” the statement read.
However, Israel claimed that the MEPs were not among those allowed to enter the Gaza Strip.
Similar European delegations have been barred from Gaza since 2011 though a team led by the head of the European Parliament’s budget committee was allowed to visit once, the statement added.
“What is there to hide from us?” it further asked, condemning Israel’s “systematic” entry bans to Gaza. … continue
Ma’an – February 22, 2017
BETHLEHEM – More than a month after Israeli police shot and killed Yaqoub Abu al-Qian in the Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran during a demolition raid, Israel’s Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan seemingly backtracked on his initial claim that Abu al-Qian was carrying out a vehicular attack motivated by Islamic extremism when he was shot.
Following the incident, multiple eyewitnesses, video footage, and testimonies from Abu al-Qian’s family members contradicted the minister’s claim, saying that Israeli police opened fire on the local high school math teacher when he posed no threat, which caused him to lose control of the vehicle and ram into Israeli policeman Erez Levi, who was also killed.
On Wednesday, Israeli media sites reported that remarks made by Erdan at a police gathering in Beersheba implied that Israeli authorities were no longer classifying the incident as a terror attack. … continue
The stark reality is that both solutions are impossible unless imposed from outside, and just where do we see any prospect for that?
By John Chuckman | Aletho News | February 22, 2017
Israel has created a terrible problem which it is incapable of solving. That is why it has always been the case that the United States must pretty much dictate a solution, but it is unable to do so, paralyzed as it is by the heavy influence of Israel and America’s own apologists and lobbyists.
Trump’s suggestion of a one-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict is welcomed by some because Israel’s settler policy is said to have made two states impossible, as it was most certainly intended to do. However, a little reflection on hard facts makes it clear that a one-state solution is just as impossible.
A single-state solution would be acceptable to all reasonable minds, but you only have to follow the news to know that Israel contains a good many unreasonable minds. Its early advocates and founders were, quite simply, fanatics, and its policies and attitudes were shaped by that fanaticism. … continue
RT | February 22, 2017
British universities have been advised to “manage” Palestinian activism on campus in order to comply with the UK government’s ‘Prevent’ counter-extremism strategy.
“Vocal support for Palestine,” “Opposition to Israeli settlements in Gaza,” and “Criticism of wars in the Middle East” are included in a list of “contentious topics” on the Safe Campus Communities website.
The website includes a training section set up by Universities UK and the government’s now defunct Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) to help staff fulfill their Prevent obligations.
Since 2015, Prevent has required public sector workers to “have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.”
The website says the material is intended to promote free speech by encouraging universities to ensure “topics that may be seen as controversial” may be “debated in a safe environment.” … continue
RT | February 22, 2017
Brzezinski made the flippant remark while responding to a comment from her co-host Joe Scarborough during a panel discussion on ‘Morning Joe’ about Trump’s efforts to “undermine the media.”
The TV host who is the daughter of Zbigniew Brzezinski, former National Security Advisor to President Jimmy Carter and counselor to President Lyndon B. Johnson, voiced her concerns that the president was “trying to undermine the media and trying to make up his own facts.” … Full article
Sputnik – 22.02.2017
WASHINGTON – US President Donald Trump’s new national security adviser is on the record as wanting to deter Russia in Europe but is also capable of moderation and original thought, former CIA officer Philip Giraldi told Sputnik. … continue
By Richard Edmondson | Fig Trees and Vineyards | February 21, 2017
Out of all of Trump’s appointees, Nikkie Haley is probably one of the worst. Formerly a governor of South Carolina, Haley is the current US ambassador to the United Nations. That’s her in the video above giving a presentation at the UN last Thursday.
I’m not sure how much Haley knows about international law. According to Wikipedia, she graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. How she ended up as UN ambassador, after criticizing Trump in the general election, is unclear.*
At any rate, Haley seems fully unaware that Israeli settlements are illegal under international law. Nor does she seem to comprehend why other UN-member states might press for resolutions seeking to call Israel to account, both for its settlements as well as its 50-year occupation of the West Bank–land universally recognized as necessary for a Palestinian state. So perhaps she is simply uninformed and does not understand the nature of Israel’s occupation or its devastating impact upon the lives of those forced to live under it. Or at least that’s one possibility.
The other possibility, of course, is that Haley does understand these things… and that she simply believes Israel is exceptional and should not have to follow the same laws and international standards that apply to other states. … continue
By Daniel McAdams | Ron Paul Institute | February 21, 2017
Just when we thought the great national embarrassment of a UN Ambassador Samantha Power was over, we are suddenly faced with a new US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, who almost makes Ms. Power look like a giant in world affairs and diplomacy.
Addressing the UN Security Council Open Debate on Conflicts in Europe today, Ambassador Haley managed to get nearly every single point spectacularly wrong while mixing in the most banal of platitudes to further deaden the delivery. … continue
By John V. Walsh | Dissident Voice | February 21, 2017
… The idea of “getting along” with other nations, even as we compete with them economically, is of course the way to peace and the very antithesis of the path the neocons and liberalcons from the Clintons to Bush to Obama have set us on these past thirty plus years of killing and destruction. And yet the “peace movement” expresses nothing but hatred for Trump and pushes for his impeachment. Some “peace” movement, that. … Read full article
By Jonathan Marshall | Consortium News | February 21, 2017
Only a few months ago, interventionists were demanding a militant response by Washington to what George Soros branded “a humanitarian catastrophe of historic proportions” — the killing of “hundreds of people” by Russian and Syrian government bombing of rebel-held neighborhoods in the city of Aleppo.
Leon Wieseltier, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and former New Republic editor, was denouncing the Obama administration as “a bystander to the greatest atrocity of our time,” asserting that its failure to “act against evil in Aleppo” was like tolerating “the evil in Auschwitz.”
How strange, then, that so many of the same “humanitarian” voices have been so quiet of late about the continued killing of many more innocent people in Yemen, where tens of thousands of civilians have died and 12 million people face famine. More than a thousand children die each week from preventable diseases related to malnutrition and systematic attacks on the country’s food infrastructure by a Saudi-led military coalition, which aims to impose a regime friendly to Riyadh over the whole country. … continue
Sputnik – 22.02.2017
The US Air Force has ordered 21 MANPADS anti-aircraft defense kits from costing $15.5 million to be manufactured in Israel, the Department of Defense said in a press release.
“ELTA North America [in] Annapolis Junction, Maryland, has been awarded a $15.5 million… [US Air Force] contract for counter-unmanned aerial systems,” the announcement stated on Tuesday. “Production of the kits will be performed in Israel.”
ELTA will provide the procurement, delivery, and training of the21 Man Portable Aerial Defense System (MANPADS) kits, the Defense Department said. … Full article
Al-Manar | February 22, 2017
An international fact-finding mission concludes that the trade manufacture and use of toxic pesticides in Israeli illegal settlements result in human rights violations and contribute to the food insecurity in the Occupied West Bank.
Pesticide run-off from agricultural operations and hazardous wastes from the manufacture of agrochemicals inside the illegal settlements poison Palestinian farms, livestock, and water sources, the investigators learned, according to Environment News Service website.
Dumping hazardous wastes in Palestinian territory has been documented, including in areas with a high concentration of schools. … continue
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- NGOs Fabricating Evidence Against Syria
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- US media reports of Trump links to Russian intelligence ‘laughable, cite no facts’ – Kremlin
- Israeli Companies Accrued $1 Billion From F-35 Deals
- Lockheed Martin Wins $541Mln Contract to Produce Trident II D5 Nuclear Missiles
- US strikes, Daesh sabotage on key dam threaten floods in Syria: UN
- Imam Khamenei: The Real War Economic, Cultural
- McCain Calls for ‘Meaningful’ Response to Russia’s Alleged INF Treaty Violations
- ‘Information war’: Kremlin dismisses accusations of missile treaty violations
- ‘Assad and Russia’s Slaughter in Syria’: Deconstructing the Media’s Fake ‘War Crimes’ Narrative
- Western Media Bias is Getting Obvious to Pretty Much Everyone
- Russian Foreign Ministry announces plan to combat fake news
- Myths, fakes & NATO’s easy ride with mainstream media
- As a Critic of NATO, Trump Is in Good Company
- Trump Caves on Flynn’s Resignation
- 500 US troops arrive in Romania with their tanks
- US admits using toxic depleted uranium against ISIS in Syria
- NATO accuses Russia of fake news, while hysterically warning of WWIII
- Palestinian sentenced to 17 months in prison for Facebook ‘incitement’
- Israel’s occupation of Palestine ‘constitutes the gravest form of terrorism,’ says Iranian UN envoy
- Toshiba boss quits over massive losses in nuclear power projects
- The Negotiation Option with North Korea
- RT debunks charges of ‘fake news’ on French election
- Two Uninspiring Choices
- Yahya Sinwar Elected Hamas’ Gaza Chief
- Israeli government funded construction of Amona outpost by proxy
- Meet Dan Lederman: South Dakota politician for Israel
- Copying Hillary Clinton, now France’s Emmanuel Macron claims to be Russia’s target
- US-North Korean Relations in a Time of Change
- The Problem with Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index
- Russia’s UK embassy brands Russian cyberattacks on UK ‘fake news’
- Mainstream myth-busting over military catastrophes in Iraq, Libya & Syria
- New York Times Manipulates NOAA’s Climate Science Scandal
- No: No wall could hurt Mexico as much as NAFTA has
- 18 civilians killed by NATO airstrikes in Afghanistan in a week – UN probe
- US to Adhere to Deterrence Strategy Toward North Korea – Trump Adviser
- Syria settlement delayed due to Obama’s team, with Trump things might change – FM Lavrov
- UN offers Israel’s Livni under-secretary-general post: Report
- Lieberman: All Palestinians should leave Israel
- Italian Populists Lead Parliamentary Push to Alter NATO Ties
- $20m to keep the lights on for Defence subs build
- AEMO Refuse Blame For S Australia Blackouts
- Reports that Moscow is to ‘gift’ Snowden to Trump meant to pressure new administration – Zakharova
- Amnesty International Stokes Syrian War
- Trump Says US Embassy in Tel Aviv Is not Going Anywhere
- Russia: No worries over implementation of Iran deal
- US blocks top Palestinian politician from leading UN mission in Libya
- Inviting Netanyahu to celebrate Balfour in London ‘a new slap for Palestinians’
- Tepco’s Toughest Robot Fails Inside Fukushima Reactor
- Europe’s United Market is a ‘Project for the Business Establishment’
- The US Establishment’s Russian Scapegoat Veils the Real Enemy Within
- Non-Aligned Movement deplores US coercive measures against Iran
- Iran still the victim of unshakable Israeli influence over the UK’s political establishment
- Senate Democrats Join Republican Attack on Palestinian Solidarity
- Rothschild reveals crucial role his ancestors played in the Balfour Declaration and creation of Israel
- Police video editing and mass media lies
- US Claims of Russian Support for Taliban in Afghanistan False
- US Lawmakers Call on Trump to Impose New Sanctions on Venezuela
- US Cooks Up New Syrian Atrocities Amid Syrian Talks
- Moscow Regards Dutch Allegations of Russian Cyberattacks as ‘Hysteria’
- US Air Force Test Launches Minuteman ICBM From California Base
- Prospects of New START Treaty Depend on Washington’s Stance – Kremlin
- Moscow mediates talks between Assad & Syrian Kurds – Lavrov
- Trump Confronts New McCarthyism
- Rabbis Fake Solidarity Once Again
- Essential context about Trump’s refugee ban – Made in Israel
- Bill Kristol: White Working Class Should Be Replaced by Immigrants
- Moscow Slams Norway’s Claims of Russian Cyberattacks as Groundless
- Trump’s Truth Bomb: “You Think We’re So Innocent?”
- 100-year-old Bedouin woman left homeless as Israel continues Negev demolitions
- California Assemblyman Wants Schools to Teach ‘Russian Hacking’ of US Election
- Barrett Brown’s Donors Sue DOJ/FBI For Monitoring Their Donations
- More on David Rose’s bombshell article: How NOAA Software Spins the Anthropogenic Global Warming Game
- ‘Fukushima catastrophe ongoing: Leakage on a daily basis’
- Canada’s largest PR machine troubled by a few ‘toxic’ stories
- Fake news could trigger terrorist attacks by mentally unstable people – Danish security service
- Media Disinformation on Purported Aleppo Atrocities Fits Historical Pattern
- Amnesty International on Syria – at it again!
- Syria Says Amnesty Report on Mass Killing Devoid of Truth
- Iran missile work not violating UN bans: Russia’s Churkin
- US senators trying to gain veto power that could block Trump from lifting sanctions on Russia
- Castigating Trump for Truth-Telling
- France’s National Front Slams Facebook’s Attempt to ‘Police’ Online News
- Saudi Aramco picks Israel-linked banker
- Israel ‘Trying to Turn US, Europe Away’ From Iran
- New Israel settlement law crosses ‘thick red line’: UN
- UK covered up intelligence training with Bahrain’s police, amid death sentence
- Massacres of Muslims: In Canada Condemned, In Yemen Condoned
- A Nuclear Kellogg-Briand Pact Is An Even Better Idea Than Its Author Thinks
- Cyber Attacks Have Now Become a Political Weapon
- German intel finds no proof of Russian ‘disinformation ops’ against Berlin – govt source
- How We Were Misled About Syria: Channel 4 News
- Moscow dismisses reports of Russian airstrikes on Idlib
- ‘Panicked’ British advertisers pull airtime on RT UK after phone calls from Sunday Times
- All the News That Fits the Agenda
- Assad says US war on Daesh ‘illusive’
- A Prerequisite for Ending the Cold War in Europe: Return Occupied Kaliningrad Back to Königsberg
- Response to critiques: Climate scientists versus climate data
- Trident whistleblower calls out MoD’s ‘lame attempt’ to excuse nuke malfunctions
- Netanyahu urges May to follow Trump’s lead on Iran sanctions
- China protests to US over new Iran sanctions
- Russia disagrees with Trump labeling Iran ‘number one terrorist state’
- Trump’s Apology for ‘Killer Putin’ is Wrongheaded
- Trump Foreign Policy in Turmoil
- Strange bedfellows at ‘anti-racism’ forum
- “America First” Means Arising from Zionist Captivity: A New US Embassy “to” Jerusalem Sets a Good Tone
- Thousands of US airstrikes unaccounted for in Syria, Iraq & Afghanistan – report
- Afghan Government Adopts New Strategy to Reach Reconciliation With Taliban
- Assad Extends Amnesty Decree for Surrendering Militants Until End of June
- ‘Iran opposes plots to partition Iraq’
- US Suspends Plans to Seize Raqqa: President Trump Wants Russia to Join
- Trump administration fails to back Ukraine
- ‘You think our country is so innocent?’ – Trump asks after O’Reilly calls Putin ‘a killer’
- Russian tech expert sues BuzzFeed over Trump dossier ‘fake news’
- Exposed: How world leaders were duped into investing billions over manipulated global warming data
- Climate scientists versus climate data
- Iran announces major oil, gas discoveries
- Blow to UK nuclear strategy as Toshiba considers pulling out of Cumbria plant
- Norway blames ‘Russian hackers’ after defense & security officials fall victim to phishing attack
- Moscow Warns Against ‘Destructive External Interference’ in Venezuelan Affairs
- Why Is the New York Times Lying about Trump?
- Is Trump Unpredictable? The View from Russia – 2
- Booming Black Market in Bundeswehr Rifles Funds Iraqi Refugees’ Flight to Europe
- Pentagon’s video from Yemen raid turned out to be 10 years old, already widely circulated
- ‘Become a suicide bomber!’: Trident whistleblower says artist’s spoof Navy ads are accurate
- US seeking to diminish Iran’s deterrent power: Kaveh Afrasiabi
- A Reprise of the Iraq-WMD Fiasco?
- Chisinau to Negotiate Status of Breakaway Transnistria in Moldova in 2017
- Car blast in E. Ukraine kills militia commander, Lugansk blames Kiev’s ‘hit squad’
- Moscow expects Reuters to clarify its complaints concerning working conditions in Russia
- “The End of Employees”
- Japan’s Okinawa governor hits out at US bases during Washington visit
- The more Juif becomes Theresa, the more antisemitic becomes Britain.
- Zionist Regime Plays down White House Comments on Settlements
- US senators seek additional sanctions against Iran
- Iran sanctions: US Treasury lists 13 individuals, 12 business entities
- Trump Veers Off Course with Iran Threats
- The Coming Clash with Iran
- Trump Slams Reports of Alleged Scandal During Phone Talks With Australian PM
- Theresa May to push EU members to up NATO spending
- UK minister accuses Russia of MH17 downing & ‘testing’ NATO, Moscow says claims ‘baseless’
- Trump Administration’s Policy on Ukraine?
- US destroyer enters Black Sea for naval drills & ensuring ‘maritime security’
- The New Trump Administration – a New Strategy or a New Paradigm? The View from Russia – 1
- Record high fatal radiation levels, hole in reactor detected at crippled Fukushima nuclear facility
- FBI Routinely Hides Payments To Informants, Gives Them A Cut Of Asset Forfeiture Proceeds
- Trump Threatens Palestinians
- Police lied to me over Umm al-Hiran deaths
- If Americans Truly Cared About Muslims, They Would Stop Killing Them by the Millions
- ‘Trump may continue Obama legacy of supporting Saudi war against Yemen’
- Sloppy Western Reporting and the War on Yemen
- Norway surprised by Russia’s entry visa rejections to delegates blacklisted months ago
- Analyzing Current Trends: Russia and West on the Threshold of Drastic Changes in Relationship
- Crimea & Minsk Agreements: What the British media fails to mention
- Ukraine Sabotages Trump’s Russia Detente
- Referendum on NATO Accession Would Mean Kiev Surrendering Donbass – DPR
- Ukraine’s offensive ‘aimed at preventing Russian sanctions being lifted’: provokes criticism instead
- Britain and the ‘Yemeni threat’
- Under pressure, Canadian school lifts ban on Israeli students
- Hamas condemns Israeli decision to build 3,000 settlement units
- UK, allies hold military drills in Persian Gulf amid Iran warning
- Trump doesn’t seem to want another Libya in Syria – Lavrov
- Democrats, Including Bernie Sanders, Won’t Fight for Medicare for All
- Dangers of Democratic Putin-Bashing
- #ProgressiveHypocrite of the Month: Former Clinton-era Secretary of State Madeleine Albright
- Where’s the Outrage over US Imperial Wars?
- Heavy Losses At The Guardian
- Western MSM complicit in fueling ‘artificially’ ignited Syrian war – Bolivian filmmaker
- Russia Calls the West’s Bluff over Real Elections, At Long Last