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Pakistan tests Modi's mettle with Gurdaspur terror attack

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Wailing family members of deceased Punjab police home guard jawan during cremation who was died in terrorist attack at Dina Nagar police station on July 28, 2015 in Amritsar, India.
When it was obvious that Narendra Modi would become India's prime minister, Pakistan grew alarmed. Modi's party, the Bharatiya Janata Party, is the party that gave India its nuclear status. Indians voted for Modi and the brave India he promised in hopes that his government would not indulge Pakistani predations, and punish them instead.

Pakistan has developed one core strategy in dealing with India over the decades: deploy Islamist militants to attack India while seeking cover from retaliation under its nuclear weapons. It should be noted that while Pakistan is most notorious for supporting Islamist terrorists, it also supports religious and ethnic insurgencies within India as well. Pakistan not only seeks to use terrorism to illegitimately acquire territory in Indian Kashmir, it also wants to resist India's rise in the international system. Until the Modi administration, Pakistan has remained fairly confident that India will not respond militarily to punish Pakistan for its state-sponsored terrorism or to deter it from doing so in the future.

Attention

They live, we sleep: A dictatorship disguised as a democracy

"You see them on the street. You watch them on TV. You might even vote for one this fall. You think they're people just like you. You're wrong. Dead wrong."—They Live
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We're living in two worlds, you and I.

There's the world we see (or are made to see) and then there's the one we sense (and occasionally catch a glimpse of), the latter of which is a far cry from the propaganda-driven reality manufactured by the government and its corporate sponsors, including the media.

Indeed, what most Americans perceive as life in America—privileged, progressive and free—is a far cry from reality, where economic inequality is growing, real agendas and real power are buried beneath layers of Orwellian doublespeak and corporate obfuscation, and "freedom," such that it is, is meted out in small, legalistic doses by militarized police armed to the teeth.

All is not as it seems.

This is the premise of John Carpenter's film They Live (1988), in which two migrant workers discover that the world's population is actually being controlled and exploited by aliens working in partnership with an oligarchic elite. All the while, the populace—blissfully unaware of the real agenda at work in their lives—has been lulled into complacency, indoctrinated into compliance, bombarded with media distractions, and hypnotized by subliminal messages beamed out of television and various electronic devices, billboards and the like.

It is only when homeless drifter John Nada (played to the hilt by the late Roddy Piper) discovers a pair of doctored sunglasses—Hoffman lenses—that Nada sees what lies beneath (see video below) the elite's fabricated reality: control and bondage.

When viewed through the lens of truth, the elite, who appear human until stripped of their disguises, are shown to be monsters who have enslaved the citizenry in order to prey on them. Likewise, billboards blare out hidden, authoritative messages: a bikini-clad woman in one ad is actually ordering viewers to "MARRY AND REPRODUCE." Magazine racks scream "CONSUME" and "OBEY." A wad of dollar bills in a vendor's hand proclaims, "THIS IS YOUR GOD."

When viewed through Nada's Hoffman lenses, some of the other hidden messages being drummed into the people's subconscious include: NO INDEPENDENT THOUGHT, CONFORM, SUBMIT, STAY ASLEEP, BUY, WATCH TV, NO IMAGINATION, and DO NOT QUESTION AUTHORITY.

This indoctrination campaign engineered by the elite in They Live is painfully familiar to anyone who has studied the decline of American culture. A citizenry that does not think for themselves, obeys without question, is submissive, does not challenge authority, does not think outside the box, and is content to sit back and be entertained is a citizenry that can be easily controlled.

In this way, the subtle message of They Live provides an apt analogy of our own distorted vision of life in the American police state, what philosopher Slavoj Žižek refers to as dictatorship in democracy, "the invisible order which sustains your apparent freedom."

Eye 1

Homeland Security admits cybersecurity bill CISA could "sweep away privacy protections"

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The deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland Security has admitted that a new cybersecurity bill could "sweep away" privacy protections, adding that it raises privacy and civil liberties concerns. The bill could hit the Senate floor this week.

Responding to a July query from Minnesota Senator Al Franken, DHS Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said that some provisions of the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) "could sweep away important privacy protections"and that proposed legislation "raises privacy and civil liberties concerns."

The bill authorizes companies to share information about cyber threats with "any federal entity." Any company participating in the data sharing would be immune from consumer lawsuits.

If passed, it would mean that sectors of the federal government would begin to receive, store, and circulate sensitive information. The data would be exempt from Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) disclosures.

Eye 1

Torture video shows 'maximum mistreatment' & no justice for Saadi Gaddafi, all because of his name

A video apparently showing the torture of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's son during interrogation in prison has been condemned by both HRW, and his legal representative, who told RT that the Gaddafi name alone is enough to guarantee "maximum sentence and maximum mistreatment."

The undated video, recently released by Arabic Clear News outlet shows a group of men ill-treating several inmates and interrogating a captive who strongly resembles al-Saadi Gaddafi, the third son of the deceased Colonel who ruled the country for almost 40 years.

"It does appear to be Saadi Gaddafi," Melinda Taylor, an international criminal court defense lawyer for Saadi Gaddafi told RT. "He looks the same in sense [that] his head ... [had been] shaved which happened to him last year."

The footage shows the blindfolded man being forced to listen to the screams of at least two other inmates allegedly being tortured by the guards in the next room. Then he is made to watch them being beaten. No legal team is present during the "questioning."


Comment: Hilary is probably laughing with glee... Putin was right to use Libya as an example of the results of American 'intervention'. This is what they wanted. And it bears no semblance of justice whatsoever. See: NATO Slaughter: James and Joanne Moriarty expose the truth about what happened in Libya


Newspaper

Casting more blame: Ukrainian foreign minister calls on Russia to negotiate end to war in east

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Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin is photographed during an interview with The Associated Press, Thursday, July 30, 2015 at United Nations headquarters.
Ukraine's foreign minister is calling on Russia to come to "real negotiations" about a cease-fire and stabilization in Ukraine's war-torn east which will require fair elections that are internationally monitored.

Pavlo Klimkin said in an interview with The Associated Press that Russian military and special forces are "in full command" in the rebel-controlled eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk. He cited Ukraine's capture a few days ago of a large Russian truck filled with weapons that was driven by a Russian special forces officer as one of many examples of Russia's presence. Russia has scoffed at the allegations and pro-Russia rebels dismissed the Ukrainian claim as a fabrication.


Comment: Why doesn't Ukraine present the evidence for the truck instead of bombarding the media with baseless accusations?


The Kiev government has had no control over parts of eastern Ukraine since pro-Russian separatist rebels began fighting government forces in April 2014, a conflict that has since claimed more than 6,400 lives and displaced more than 1.5 million people. An armistice signed in the Belarus capital Minsk in February requires both sides to pull back heavy weapons from the front line, but international observers vetting that process regularly note violations.

Comment: Is it in response to new poll that shows overwhelming support that Putin enjoys among Ukranians?

Ukrainian poll fail: 84% would entrust Putin to lead Ukraine


Eye 2

Joining the club: Ex-British PM Ted heath accused of raping 12-yo boy


Pedophile Minister Ted Heath.
Former Tory Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath has been accused of rape by an alleged victim, who was 12 years old at the time of the claimed assault. A police inquiry was opened on Monday urging others to come forward.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) launched an inquiry into the alleged cover-up of a criminal investigation after a suspect threatened to expose Heath as a child abuser.

Heath served as a Conservative PM from 1970 to 1974. He died in 2005 at the age of 89. He is the most high profile figure to be accused of historic child sex abuse to date.


Comment: Correction: he is the most high profile figure who is not alive. There are plenty of accused who have yet to be publicly named, because that would be terribly embarrassing for the British establishment.


The victim, who says he was 12 when the former PM raped him, said he had been abused throughout his childhood by his father and other pedophile connections, including Heath.

He alleges that he was picked up on the A2 road in Kent and taken back to an apartment on Park Lane in London where Heath raped him, the Daily Mirror reported.

Comment: What's up with all the 'sir knights' being accused of pedophilia? Is it a prerequisite or something?


Eye 2

Former CIA senior officer admits waterboarding is torture

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The most senior CIA officer on record yet has said he's "comfortable with saying" that waterboarding and related interrogation methods were "torture." He was commenting on the post-9/11 "enhanced interrogation" tactics used by the Bush Administration.

The remarks by former executive director of the CIA, Alvin 'Buzzy' Krongard (2001-2004), were made to BBC's Panorama. The third most senior former official at the agency was asked if he thought waterboarding and related tools amounted to torture.

"Well, let's put it this way, it is meant to make him (the suspect) as uncomfortable as possible. So I assume, without getting into semantics, that's torture. I'm comfortable with saying that."

The torture debate has never let up. President Barack Obama famously put an end to torture in 2009, but failed to prosecute senior Bush-era officials for running such programs.

Comment: The purpose of torture is not to glean information and intelligence for the state to use to fight terrorism. It WAS terrorism, meant only terrorize the poor people who were caught up in the net of U.S. psychopathic actions. The techniques used were never meant to lead to any effective intelligence.


War Whore

Bombing of Syria begins: Obama authorizes airstrikes to defend proxy army

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Comment: No matter the propaganda spouted by Obama and his lackeys, this is essentially the beginning of overt war on Syria, a sovereign country whose only fault is that they are standing up against U.S. imperialism. For that, they are now being bombed into submission under the phony argument of "protecting U.S. trained rebels".


The US president has reportedly authorized the Air Force to protect Syrian rebels trained by Washington to fight against Islamic State by bombing any force attacking them, including Syrian regular troops.

Thus the US may become involved in the Syrian civil war on the rebel side.

The change was first reported by US officials speaking on condition of anonymity with the Wall Street Journal Sunday. The first airstrikes to protect American trainees in Syria have already taken place on Friday, July 31, when the US Air Force bombed unidentified militants who attacked the compound of the US-trained rebels.

So far the fighter jets of the anti-Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) US-led coalition have been bombing jihadist targets in Syria's north and the national air defense units were turning a blind eye to foreign military aircraft in their airspace.

Meanwhile, President Barack Obama's decision reportedly involves inflicting airstrikes against any force that attacks the Syrian rebel armed force being trained by American instructors and armed on money from the US budget, with the officially-proclaimed aim of dealing with the advances of IS.


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Bernie Sanders, Dr. King, and Bernie's support of U.S. military imperialism

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Something was Missing at Bernie's talk to the SCLC.

In the final years of his life, the increasingly radical Black Civil Rights, peace, and social justice leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke and wrote against what he called "the triple evils that are interrelated." The first such evil was racism, deeply understood to mean not just prejudiced white sentiments and formal segregation in the U.S. South but the racially separate and unequal functioning of the nation's basic institutions and social structures.

The second evil was poverty and economic inequality - class injustice, which King rooted in capitalism. That system, King felt, "produces beggars" alongside luxuriant opulence, necessitating "the radical redistribution of economic and political power."

The third evil was U.S. military imperialism - no mere afterthought in King's critique of the American System. Explaining why he had turned openly against Washington's monstrous war on Vietnam in 1967, King argued that conscience did not permit him to remain silent on the crimes the "strange [American] liberators" were committing in Southeast Asia. At the same time, he noted, his condemnation of America's role as "the leading purveyor of violence in the world today" (a description that still rings true today) was strongly linked to his struggles against racial and economic disparity in the U.S.

Comment: Don't hold your breath waiting for a candidate to address the real issues facing the United States and the American people. The corruption, rot and insidious nature of the US government and subsequent budding police state have become all encompassing and are easy to spot and describe given a person searches for and considers alternative news. Instead of someone working to change the system and the obvious to anyone paying attention, we get Donald Trump and the three ring circus followed through a worthless and compromised media. This is a tragedy and it will be a miracle if millions of Americans survive with their lives in the coming years.


Star of David

Vigilante violence in Israeli society - bred in the bone

In less than eighteen hours from Thursday evening to Friday afternoon, Israeli racism and xenophobia exploded into three forms of extreme violence. I witnessed two of them.
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An Israeli demonstrator shouts at African asylum seekers in Levinsky Park, Tel Aviv.
Six people were stabbed by an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man named Yishai Schlissel at Jerusalem's Gay Pride Parade. Yesterday, sixteen-year-old Shira Banki succumbed to her wounds. Only three weeks before, Schlissel was released from prison where he served a commuted ten-year sentence for stabbing three gay men at the 2005 parade. Despite a massive security presence, they were unable to prevent him from attacking again. After the parade, right-wing Israelis gathered in Jerusalem's Zion Square to celebrate the stabbing rampage.

While this attack was condemned by Israeli political figures, their statements ring hollow - some of these politicians have incited against the LGBTQ community. During a 2006 Gay Pride Parade MK Belazel Smotrich organized a Beast Parade, marching through Jerusalem with goats and donkeys. Earlier this year, Smotrich said "I am a proud homophobe" while on a panel at a school.

At the Pride Parade, I spoke to a nineteen-year-old Israeli-American named Shmuel who would be enlisting in what he described as the "gay-friendly" Israeli Air Force. He acknowledged the Israeli military specifically targets gay Palestinians in order to coerce them to collaborate, but saw this homophobic tactic as unrelated to the acceptance of gay conscripts into the military. "It's totally separate," he told me. Shmuel's allegiance to the Jewish State and its homophobic tactics deployed against Palestinians outweighed his commitment to LGBTQ rights - a clear display of the racism he professed to be against.

Comment: Israel is shocked, SHOCKED, that such things could happen in 'the only democracy in the Middle East." Except they happen all the time: