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Mumbai attacks plotter 'says he worked for Pakistan spy agency'

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An American who helped survey targets for the deadly 2008 Mumbai attacks told a special Indian court Tuesday that Pakistan's spy agency provides support to militants blamed for the atrocity, according to a prosecutor.

David Headley, who was sentenced in 2013 by a Chicago court to 35 years in a US prison for his role in the attacks that killed 166 people, also said he worked for Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).

"Today David Headley has given certain sensitive revelations," Indian public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam said outside Mumbai's sessions court on Tuesday following the American's testimony via video link.

Arrow Up

Fmr. MI-6 Agent: The Syria war will not be a quagmire -- Because Putin and Assad are winning

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Late in the night on Feb. 2, the news hit: "all communication and supply line[s]" between Turkey and Aleppo had been severed, according to a Elijah Magnier, a renowned Arab war correspondent with Alrai Media Group. It seems to be so: the Syrian army and allied militias, backed by Hezbollah and Russian air power, took control of a tendril of territory that cuts off Aleppo-based rebels from the Turkish border. See the map below. Eastern supply lines for the so-called Islamic State appear to have also been cut.

Of particular strategic importance is the village of Murassat Khan and adjacent towns north of Aleppo: by taking control of the area, Damascus ended the main Turkey-Aleppo insurgent supply line. The tourniquet around Aleppo can be pulled off the city -- and at the same time, one of the main ISIS oil corridors to Turkey is cut. If things proceed as they have been, with the regime advancing further into rebel-held territory, the red swathe of Syrian government forces will shortly expand to encircle all opposition forces (predominantly Jabhat al-Nusra and ISIS), who themselves have been encircling Aleppo in the east.

Bad Guys

Europe's technocrats fuming because Dutch voters don't want Ukraine in the EU


Dutch FM Bert Koenders - he has smug idiot written all over his face
Well it may very well be that a majority of Ukrainians want to join the EU. But while they may want Europe, Europe may not want them. At least not the Dutch.

A referendum is scheduled in the Netherlands for April 6th on the question of the EU's association agreement with Ukraine. An overwhelming majority of Dutch say they will vote no, reports Politico:
The poll, conducted by the Dutch public broadcaster's program EenVandaag, is the first barometer on the April 6 vote. It found that over 50 percent of voters "are certain" to reject the Ukraine agreement, while another quarter of respondents said they'll "likely" reject the deal.

Over half of respondents also said they will certainly cast a ballot, while another 17 percent said they'd "most likely" vote. The threshold for the referendum to be taken into account is a turnout of 30 percent.

Snakes in Suits

Why so much hate? A closer look at Erdogan's 'Kurdophobia'

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As the ongoing clashes between the Turkish government and Kurds intensify and more innocent civilians are dying, there is something distinct and perhaps intangible about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan: his deep-rooted personal hatred of Kurds.

Is the reason behind the current war between Ankara and the Kurds in Southeastern Turkey Erdogan's 'Kurdophobia'? Abd Salam Ali, a representative of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), recently said Erdogan "suffers from Kurdophobia." How true are his words? Sputnik looked at Erdogan's past quotes and actions to find out whether the Turkish president is a true Kurd-hater.

Comment: Erdogan's hatred of the Kurds sounds eerily similar to Israel's hatred of the Palestinians.


Bad Guys

Saakashvili dreaming: Ukrainians with American weapons could conquer all of Russia

The Governor of the Odessa region, Mikhail Saakashvili, believes that Ukrainian soldiers allegedly could "conquer all of Russia", if they are given modern American weapons. Especially, the Georgian politician said, anti-tank weapons. He complained on a broadcast on television about the Ukrainian army having only obsolete Soviet technology, and almost directly appealed to Washington with a request to increase military aid to Kiev, and for the Pentagon to give Ukraine real help.

"The main disadvantage in Ukraine is the outdated anti-tank weapons. But there are newer weapons in the US, and if they will provide them, Ukraine will destory the first 50 Russian tanks, everything will be different," — said Saakashvili.

Bad Guys

U.N. calls for global medical command centers in light of the Zika virus non-epidemic

To all truth seekers who have been following what I call the Zika virus psyop, you can exhale now as the ultimate agenda to this recent engineered virus scare is now clearly appearing to come to full fruition for everyone to see.

With the recent release of a United Nations report titled "Protecting Humanity From Future Health Crisis," the U.N. and the global ruling elite are now declaring themselves to be the ultimate medical authority directly responsible for the survival of the human race.

This shocking report which is a direct reflection of the U.N.'s Agenda 21 assumes many lies that they hope the masses will accept blindly. It first plays on the deceptive assumption and lie that there is a direct connection between the Zika virus and microcephaly in newborns, which there is not based on information freely available to all. According to vaccine researcher Jagannath Chatterjee:

Comment: From James Corbett:

Zika is a bust. But it's accomplished its mission: $1.8 billion in funding, further trial runs of the medical martial law apparatus in another part of the world, and more adulation for the fearless WHO. Join me for today's thought for the day as we put the Zika hype to rest once and for all (hopefully).




Snakes in Suits

Controversial confusion: Merkel wants to deploy NATO forces to Turkish coast

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel wants to send NATO troops to the Turkish coast in order to support Turkey in the fight against illegal trafficking. However, it is unclear whether the increased military presence is connected to the escalation of conflict in Syria, German newspaper Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten (DWN) reported.

Germany and Turkey will seek NATO's mobilization in the fight against illegal trafficking on the Aegean coast, the newspaper wrote.

Cow

Seriously? Paris wants Moscow to lift embargo on French produce

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French Prime Minister Manuel Valls will meet his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev on Saturday to discuss the prospects of lifting the ban on French food imports, says Agriculture Minister Stephane Le Foll.

Le Foll and Valls held a meeting with major French retailers - Auchan, Carrefour, Groupe Casino, Cora, Intermarche, Lidl and Systeme U on Monday. They discussed ways the big retailers could support French farmers.

In 2014, France accounted for about 20 percent of the EU's crop output and 15.5 percent of livestock production.

Stock Up

Going global: Iran plans to join oil projects in six countries

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The National Iranian Oil Engineering and Construction Company (NIOEC) has started talks with six countries on buying shares and building refining facilities.

The talks involve Malaysia, Indonesia, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Brazil and India, managing director Hamid Sharif Razi was quoted as saying by Shana agency.

Bad Guys

Erdoğan's dangerous rhetoric: Analyzing the madman's 'ultimatum' to the U.S.

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has drawn a line in the sand; either the US supports Ankara or the Kurdish people. Speaking to Radio Sputnik's Loud & Clear, activist Elif Sarican and journalist Eric Draitser discuss the meaning behind Erdogan's comments.

Kurdish fighters have proven to be one of the most effective forces fighting terrorist groups in Syria, yet the Turkish government continues to refer to groups like the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) as terrorists. While Russia has worked steadily to include Kurdish groups in Syrian peace talks, Ankara has refused, and has now called on Washington to choose sides.


Comment: Erdogan acts like a two-bit thug who thinks he runs the show. Judging by his explosive rhetoric and reckless actions, he's going to have to face reality the hard way, but it's going to be the average people who suffer the most.