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What is war good for? Yemen refugee camp hit by airstrike

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Members of International Movement for Justice and Peace (IMJP) hold placards demanding peace in Yemen during a demonstration in Islamabad March 30, 2015.
45 people were killed and another 65 injured in an airstrike by a Saudi-led coalition at a refugee camp in Houthi-controlled northern Yemen on Monday, the International Organization for Migration (IMO) said.

The bombardment took place in the vicinity of the Mazraq refugee camp, Joel Millman, IMO spokesman told Reuters, citing the organization's staff on the ground.

It was not immediately clear how many of the casualties were civilians and how many were armed personnel, he added.

Comment: The only clear goal of this war is control of the oil flow and big money.


Pirates

ISIS publishes city 'kill list' - Most locations included don't make sense

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Talk about a psyop. More ISIS fear porn, anyone?

In an ongoing bid to scare the public with propaganda direct from our government's own creation, it is being publicized in the mainstream media that the Pentagon has responded to what has been dubbed ISIS's "kill list."

The newly released list includes a multitude of US cities, many of which make no sense unless I'm just not seeing it because I'm not a government-funded and -trained terrorist.

Here's the list of cities by state (copied and pasted spellings and all directly from News Channel 10 out of Amarillo, Texas):

Stormtrooper

ISIS air force: US bombs Iraqi military instead of ISIS

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US jets struck Iraqi forces instead of ISIL during an airstrike campaign in Tikrit, Iranian media reports.

US Air Force jets struck positions of Iraqi anti-ISIL forces during clashes near Tikrit, injuring several fighters, Iran's Fars News Agency reports.

The Iraqi army, together with militias, launched an offensive on the northern city of Tikrit on Thursday, after Iraq's Defense Minister Khalid Obeidi said that Tikrit was completely surrounded by the country's military and local militias.

On Wednesday, the Unites States began airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Tikrit. US forces previously were not involved in the Tikrit operation.


Comment: And they decide to show up when ISIS was in bad need of some support?


Comment: Related:

Number of ISIL Militants Rising Amid Coalition Airstrikes, Assad Says


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Hypocrisy hyperbole: Russian 'aggression' in Ukraine vs. Saudi 'defense' in Yemen


Saudi jets drop freedom bombs on Yemeni refugee camp. Gotta defend themselves from those darn refugees!
The military intervention in Yemen by a US-backed coalition of Arab states will undoubtedly inflame the conflict both in Yemen, and throughout the region. It is likely to be a protracted war involving many actors, each of which is interested in furthering its own political and geopolitical agenda.

However, it is the international reaction to this new regional war which is of particular interest; specifically, the way in which the United States has reacted to this undeniable aggression by its Gulf allies. While Washington has gone to great lengths to paint Russia's reunification with Crimea and its limited support for the anti-Kiev rebels of eastern Ukraine as "aggression," it has allowed that same loaded term to be completely left out of the narrative about the new war in Yemen.

So it seems that, according to Washington, aggression is not defined by any objective indicators: use of military hardware, initiation of hostilities, etc. Rather, the United States defines aggression by the relationship of a given conflict to its own strategic interests. In Crimea and Ukraine, Russia is the aggressor because, in defending its own interests and those of Russian people, it has acted against the perceived geopolitical interests of the US. While in Yemen, the initiation by Saudi Arabia and other US-backed countries of an unprovoked war with the expressed goal of regime change, this is not aggression as it furthers Washington's interests.

Comment: Hasn't everyone gotten the memo? Peaceful, non-violent, democratic defense of a region against fascist terrorists = Russian aggression. Unilateral, illegal, violent, destructive 'defense' of a shill government = democratic.


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Fascist thug Right Sector leader Yarosh wants Donbass residents deported

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In an interview for Ukrainian newspaper Obosrevatel published on Sunday, Ukrainian Right Sector leader and Rada deputy Dmitri Yarosh stated that the unruly residents of eastern Ukraine should be deported and deprived of their civil rights.

Yarosh noted that much of Donbas is populated by 'Sovoks', an insulting slang term in Ukrainian and Russian derived from the word 'Soviet'. Yarosh stated that the region "is populated by Sovoks - real Sovoks. And they should be deported. We have to deal with those who do not want to live by the rules and the laws of the state in a very harsh manner. This includes deportation, the deprivation of civil rights, and so on. Without force, it will not be possible to do anything with the region, to turn the tide so to speak."

The Right Sector leader added that the region's "unruly" residents must also be dealt with. "If we get rid of the unruly ones, everything will be fine, quiet and peaceful. And then, of course, a program of affectionate Ukrainianization can begin." The MP noted that "spiritual rebirth" can begin only if authorities act in a consistent and forceful manner.

Comment: After Poroshenko's recent power struggle with Kolomoisky, the 'volunteer' battalions like Right Sector were ordered to leave the front. In response, Yarosh made some interesting revelations:
Often my guys stopped the [UAF] soldiers from running away [from Donetsk airport] and under a barrel of a gun simply did not allow to give up the airport. Twice we were given the order to leave the airport.

... after all these statements about the "cynical Banderites" [Poroshenko's slip of tongue - KR], and "those who love to shoot" (regarding the killing of the SBU agent - ed.)... I know that he (Poroshenko - ed) is afraid of us. Can't stand us. I told him everything in his face. When Ilovaysk happened, and the first agreements. The battle is raging, and I am told - "Minsk agreement is signed". Called his assistant, said, tell him it's complete idiocy. And the betrayal of national interests. And also said: we toppled Yanukovych and can topple you too. He got very offended. ...

We will return Crimea, restore our territorial integrity, and then dissolve. We have more discipline than the army.
As Yarosh says, probably rightly, the fascist volunteer battalions have more discipline and morale than the army. Poroshenko needs them if he wants to win the war against Donetsk and Lugansk. But at the same time, as Yarosh also makes clear, it was Right Sector thugs that violently overthrew the last government. Does Poroshenko think he can keep Yarosh's dogs on a leash?


Propaganda

Reuters lied, falsified testimony from MH17 witness re: Buk missile

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Anti-air Missile System BUK-М2
A Lugansk Region resident, whom Reuters cites as saying he saw evidence of a surface-to-air missile launched from rebel-held territory on the day MH17 was downed, told RT the news agency gave a false report of his interview.

As a part of a March report on the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 tragedy Reuters talked to Pyotr Fedotov, a 58-year-old resident of the village Chervonniy Zhovten in the Lugansk Region of eastern Ukraine.

"When interviewed by Reuters, Fedotov, the witness who described the 'wiggling' rocket, at first said on camera that it was fired from territory held by the Ukrainian army. Later, off camera, he said it was launched from a nearby rebel area. Asked why he had originally said the opposite, he said it was because he was afraid of the rebels," the news agency said.

RT contacted Fedotov who, after some persuasion, agreed to be filmed. He told RT that Reuters correspondent Anton Zverev was "less than accurate" with Fedotov's testimony.

"When we talked about the Boeing on camera, I explained everything as it was. The things that I allegedly said off-camera were just made up by the journalist. It's all lies. Off-camera, we never discussed the Boeing," Fedotov told RT.


Comment: No surprise here. There isn't any evidence that rebels fired a Buk missile at MH17, so Western media and politicians simply make it up. On the other hand, there is plenty of evidence that a Ukrainian jet fired at the plane.


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Soulless UK think tank: 'Human rights law should not apply to the battlefield'

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Soldiers from A company of Britain's 1st Battalion Black Watch take part in a patrol through the area of Ahmed Al Ahamadi near their base Camp Dogwood, 30 miles south west of Baghdad November 5, 2004.
Britain must scrap the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) in times of warfare because British soldiers cannot fight under the restraints of "judicial imperialism," a right-wing think tank has claimed.

Offering enemy combatants the right to sue the British government and expecting soldiers on the battlefield to operate with the same level of caution as police patrolling London streets will render future foreign combat operations unworkable, a report by Policy Exchange said.

Comment: Yup, they want to kill with impunity and little to no accountability.


Satellite

US readies $5bn for anti-China orbital defense weaponry

The U.S. is planning to splash out up to 5-billion dollars on orbital defense. One of the key reasons behind the spending spree, according to Washington, is a potential threat from China.


Comment: Never mind the incoming threats of comets and meteorites.


Sherlock

Nemtsov murder developments: new witness casts doubt on previous version of events

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A newly-emerged witness to the murder of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov contradicts the confessions provided by the case's suspects (one of which was later withdrawn). The witness describes a different man and car model, and noticed that two suspicious women were present who left the crime scene in a hurry.

Anna Duritskaya, the 23-year-old model who was walking with Nemtsov at the time of his killing, is no longer regarded as the sole witness to his murder, according to Russia's daily newspaper Kommersant.

A 27-year-old manager, who is referred to by the newspaper only by his first name, Evgeny, had been following the couple at a short distance.

The young man, however, was wearing headphones which were connected to his smartphone and was listening to loud music and looking at his device rather than paying attention to the two. He therefore neither heard the shots nor saw the exact moment of the attack.

When he finally glanced up, he saw a crowd of people rather than a lone couple. The man was already lying on the ground, his partner was standing to the side, and a third man (supposedly the killer) was fleeing the scene, jumping over the street curb separating the sidewalk from the road.

Comment: Well this complicates things doesn't it? The interesting question is why the suspects may have been induced to perjure themselves with regard to the charges. Are they being 'leaned on' by interest groups who had hoped to capitalize on Nemtsov's killing?


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Yet another English Tory icon - MP Enoch Powell - named in satanic child sex abuse scandal

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Allegations of satanic worship and child abuse involving the late firebrand Tory MP Enoch Powell have been handed to staff investigating the VIP pedophile sex ring alleged to have operated in Westminster in the 1980s.

Powell, who died in 1998, is one of a series of high-profile figures named in a Church of England (CofE) review into historic sex abuse, which was given to Scotland Yard by the Bishop of Durham Paul Butler.

The claims are reported to involve the abuse of children, as well as satanic rituals.

On Sunday evening the CofE confirmed the names of both Enoch Powell and Leo Abse - an eccentric Welsh MP who died in 2008 - had been given to detectives of Operation Fernbridge, the police investigation into the Westminster sex ring.

Comment: This ring has many webs and probably runs deep and will be very difficult to unravel. There are many people trying to protect any revealing of the extent of child abuse and how high up the elite's chain it goes.