Star of David

Gaza's Black Friday: Israel stands accused of war crimes, murdering 75 children during indiscriminate 2014 slaughter

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Israel lies about the fact that it murdered at least 135 civilians during four days of 'indiscriminate' attacks in Rafah after the capture of an IDF soldier
Israeli forces have been accused of carrying out war crimes during a day of "carnage" in the Gaza Strip that has been called Black Friday.

A report by Amnesty International on alleged atrocities in Rafah during last year's conflict with Hamas claims Israeli forces killed at least 135 Palestinian civilians, including 75 children, following the capture of a soldier.

Lieutenant Hadar Goldin, 23, was with a unit searching for tunnels between Gaza and Israel when a fight started with militants and he disappeared on 1 August 2014.

Philip Luther, director of Amnesty International's Middle East programme, claimed that the "relentless and massive bombardment" that ensured in residential areas of Rafah was a direct response to the capture and displayed a "shocking disregard for civilian lives".


Comment: That's right. A 'direct response' to a capture that had not even been investigated, had not gone through any process remotely resembling a process of justice - just brute aggression that was grossly disproportionate using the 'capture' of Goldin as a pretext for mass murder.


"They carried out a series of disproportionate or otherwise indiscriminate attacks, which they have completely failed to investigate independently," he added.

"This report presents an urgent call for justice that must not be ignored.

"The combined analysis of hundreds of photos and videos, as well as satellite imagery and testimony from eyewitnesses, provides compelling evidence of serious violations of international humanitarian law by Israeli forces which must be investigated."


Comment: Business as usual for the terrorist 'state'. For them, humanitarian law exists to be broken.


Galaxy

Russian scientist: Slowdown in Earth's rotation means we're on the verge of major climatic upheaval

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The 2011 tsunami in Japan was just part of the warm-up routine. The Really Big Show has yet to begin in earnest...
The world geological community is warning that today's seismic activity on our planet is nothing compared with what's to come.

Over the past three years, Pakistan, for example, has been hit by dozens of earthquakes. In March 2005, 80,000 people died under the rubble there. On October 30, the last time nature went on the rampage, there were hundreds of victims. Tens of thousands of people drowned during an overwhelming Asian tsunami at the end of 2004. China and Afghanistan have been rocked by quakes again more recently.

These natural disasters, which have swept our planet in recent years, indicate that the world has entered an era not only of a political, but also of climatic instability. Most scientists - biologists and environmentalists - tend to blame the human race for the catastrophic climate change on the Earth. No doubt, the greenhouse effect due to industrial activity plays a considerable role in global warming, but there are other reasons worth considering.

The Earth is rotating around its own axis slower. The International Earth Rotation Service has regularly added a second or two to the length of a 24-hour day in recent years.

Comment: An intriguing article, and very much in line with Sott.net's research over the years. It makes us wonder if Russian-Chinese plans to develop the relatively uninhabited Eurasian interior are being made with this kind of research in mind?

As for the overall model put forward by this Russian scientist, 'Earth-as-electrical-machine' suggests that all planets in the solar system together form a circuit. And, indeed, we observe 'Earth changes' on our nearest neighbours.

In between galactic influences and local geomagnetic influences on natural cyclical climate change, there are intermediary factors to consider, such as the role played by comets, cosmic ray flux, and the solar-system mechanism that 'sets the motor running'.

And don't forget that while there may be 'phases' to the process of climate shift, it is now believed to be far more abrupt than previously thought:
Ice Ages start and end so suddenly, "it's like a button was pressed," say scientists



Bomb

Global derivatives are the $1.5 Quadrillion time bomb that might yet 'destroy Western civilization'

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When investing becomes gambling, bad endings follow. The next credit crunch could make 2008-09 look mild by comparison. Bank of International Settlements(BIS) data show around $700 trillion in global derivatives.


Along with credit default swaps and other exotic instruments, the total notional derivatives value is about $1.5 quadrillion - about 20% more than in 2008, beyond what anyone can conceive, let alone control if unexpected turmoil strikes.

The late Bob Chapman predicted it. So does Paul Craig Roberts. It could "destroy Western civilization," he believes. Financial deregulation turned Wall Street into a casino with no rules except unrestrained making money. Catastrophic failure awaits. It's just a matter of time.

Ellen Brown calls the "derivatives casino...a last-ditch attempt to prop up a private pyramid scheme" - slowly crumbling under its own weight.

For years, Warren Buffett called derivatives "financial time bombs" - for economies and ordinary people.

Comment: It's a big house of cards that could come down at any moment. When it does life in the West will change dramatically. Check out:


MIB

Is the medical-pharmaceutical-regulatory cartel assassinating holistic physicians because of a new vaccine-linked discovery?

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James Jeffrey Bradstreet, whose body was found floating in a North Carolina river on June 19, had successfully treated over 1,700 autistic children with GcMAF. On June 16 the FDA obtained a search and seizure order targeting his Buford Georgia medical clinic.
Over the past several weeks no less than seven established doctors have either been killed or died under unusual circumstances (e.g. here and here). What do these physicians have in common and what remedies are they researching or advocating? Do any of their proposed treatments pose a threat to the multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical cartel? If so, would government agencies and/or private contractors be commissioned to harass and perhaps even assassinate such individuals?


The answer may lie in an understanding of nagalese, a protein made by cancer cells and viruses. Nagalese is a primary cause of immunodeficiency given its ability to block the body's production of GcMAF, otherwise known as "Vitamin D binding microphage activating factor," a naturally-produced immune regulating compound that aids in fighting what are traditionally considered terminal diseases. Some researchers suggest that nagalese is one of many toxic components found in the immunizations commonly administered to children, including the Measles-Mumps-Rubella vaccine.

Comment: Considering the vehemence and aggressiveness with which the medical-pharmaceutical-regulatory cartel are enacting a world-wide push for vaccination; considering, also, the similar pattern of deaths of microbiologists and other scientists in recent years; and considering the plethora of facts around the lengths that the vaccine and medical industry will go to in order to cover up their agenda, we would be remiss if we were not acknowledging the foul stench of malevolence surrounding the recent deaths of Dr. James Jeffrey Bradstreet and his fellow physicians.

What profoundly evil doings these are.


Eye 1

The UN's MH17 tribunal is a desperate attempt to cover tracks - Dutch journalist

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The proposed UN-backed MH17 tribunal is a "desperate attempt to hide Kiev's responsibility", Dutch journalist and blogger Joost Niemoller argues in his post "How Chess Player Putin Wins the MH17 Game".

Niemoller is no layman. In October 2014 he published a book on the MH17 disaster whose title De Doofpotdeal ("The Cover Up Deal") summarizes its key argument. The inside flap explains what the author means:
"The Netherlands took charge of the investigation into the cause of the disaster, but agreed to grant a covert deal to Kiev.

It thus became a pawn in an international political chess game. Unvarnished Cold War rhetoric is making a comeback.

Putin here is the ultimate bad guy. What he says is labeled as poisonous propaganda in the West. Meanwhile, it seems, all those concerned suffer from tunnel vision.

Can we still be assured that the investigators do their work independently and objectively?"

Comment: One year later: All evidence still suggests MH17 shot down by a jet fighter


Bad Guys

Western leaders are flirting with fascism (again)

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There seems little doubt that Western so-called democracies are gravitating toward increasingly autocratic politics. Executive power is being exercised by secret policy formulation, to be imposed on the electorate, or on other countries, with no regard for democratic oversight.

Western states are once again flirting with fascism - as in earlier dark periods over the past century.

Here is a recent snapshot of the disturbing trend. Britain's Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond this week openly voiced his frustration with democratic processes something that is "cumbersome" for the pursuit of foreign military objectives.

Comment: See also:

Fmr. NATO Commander Wesley Clark calls for internment camps 'to deal with radicals' in the US and Europe


Chess

The imperial designs on Iran

So what is the Obama administration really up to in Iran? What sort of strategic calculations have led to what for the moment looks like a tactical geopolitical shift?
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View of central Tehran from inside a minaret in Sepahsalar Mosque.
President Obama certainly concluded that the 36-year-long Wall of Mistrust against Iran was bound to fail. The real Masters of the Universe in Washington - those who control the deep state - always knew that the "nuclear weapons" hysteria was bogus. That was part of a strategic decision to keep the Islamic Republic isolated from the West as long as possible, and ultimately force regime change.

The "policy" failed - miserably. So Obama's Plan B was a nuclear deal.

And after striking a deal, why not seduce Tehran into some sort of collaborative effort in policing the Middle East - as in reigning in or, better yet, soundly defeating ISIS/ISIL/Daesh?

That would provide a neat historical echo to the Shah years - the former "gendarme of the Gulf" who, when driven out of power by the Islamic revolution, plunged Exceptionalistan into fits of decades-long despair.

Moreover, the Obama administration and some Beltway factions seemed to believe that factional leadership silos in Tehran - and Qom — might be manipulated to serve US strategic interests.

Even before the Lausanne agreement, and in the lead-up towards the Vienna deal, this possibility was practically discussed by US Secretary of State John Kerry, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. In diplomatic talk, these were "discussions of regional issues".

Heart - Black

Spies, Lords and Predators: Australian 60 minutes program exposes British political child rapists

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Australian investigative TV program 60 minutes recently aired a program that exposes the fact that high level British politicians, government ministers, intelligence, police and military chiefs have all been involved in decades-long, systematic sexual abuse, rape and murder of hundreds or perhaps thousands of children as young as 8 years old.

This is not a case of a 'few bad apples' but rather a pervasive culture among the British 'elite' where the bodies, hearts, minds and souls of young children are effectively 'consumed' by individuals in positions of almost absolute power. In addition, the crimes of these vicious predators have been deliberately covered up through the use of blackmail and death threats.

No one should be under any illusion that the alleged 'investigation' being conducted by the British government will reveal the real truth or see justice served, because this is merely a case of the guilty investigating themselves.

30 min video:


Airplane

MH17, one year on: What really happened, and why

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MH17, a crime pinned on Russia
This month marks the one year anniversary of the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 - an incident that took place against a backdrop of a brutal proxy war - pitting Kiev and its supporters in Washington DC, the EU and NATO - against rebel forces in eastern Ukraine and Russia. As with most 21st century conflicts, truth has been the first casualty of war here.

On July 17, 2014, flight MH17 traveling east from Amsterdam, Netherlands to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - crashed near the village of Grabovo, and on the outskirts of the town of Torez just outside of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, approximately 40 km from the Ukrainian-Russian border.

To call this situation volatile would almost be an understatement. A pivotal event such as this could easily be used as a pretext for escalating not only a New Cold War between the West and Russia, but also a hot war. Only six months previously, the Ukraine found itself in the throes of a western-backed coup d'état in Kiev which tore the country apart. This was quickly followed by a snap referendum in Crimea, where voters opted for secession from the Ukraine and into the relatively secure arms of the Russian Federation. The west cried foul and so began a new grudge match. Arguably, tensions between the west and Moscow have been at their highest since the apex of the Cold War during the east-west Soviet era. Needless to say, with MH17 the stakes could not be any higher, and regarding the west, it was obvious who would be assigned the blame for this tragedy.

Comment: See also:

One year later: All evidence still suggests MH17 shot down by a jet fighter


Fire

Signs of Change: Extreme weather and environmental upheaval in June and July 2015 (VIDEO)

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A first? Wildfire torches moving vehicles on highway near Los Angeles, California
Video compilation of extreme weather events (and general environmental chaos) from the past month or so.

Record high temperatures in Germany were immediately followed by unusually strong storms and hail. Record rainfall in China was followed by a record heatwave there. In the US, there's been a record heatwave in the West, and record rainfall in the South. There's been record cold in Australia, and record heat in Pakistan. Volcanoes erupted in Indonesia, Japan and Mexico, while there was a strong earthquake in China and an earthquake swarm in Iceland... And in between all that; powerful storms and record rainfall.

Things be intensifying!