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Islamic State beheads second American journalist


Steven Sotloff is shown in the YouTube video of the beheading of journalist James Foley.
A new video has been posted on the internet purported to show Islamic State militants beheading American journalist Steven Sotloff.

The Associated Press and the SITE Intel Group, an organization that tracks the online activity of terrorist groups, both reported on Tuesday that the Islamic State has posted a video of the execution barely two weeks after the group formerly known as ISIS published a similar clip of American photojournalist James Foley suffering the same fate.

"I'm back, Obama, and I'm back because of your arrogant foreign policy towards the Islamic State," a masked militant believed to be the same who executed Foley addresses the president in the latest video.

Kneeling in an orange jump suit, Sotloff is seen in the clip reading a statement to the president as Foley did before him.

"Obama, your foreign policy of intervention in Iraq was supposed to be for preservation of American lives and interests, so why is it that I am paying the price of your interference with my life?" Sotloff asks.

"As your missiles continue to strike our people, our knife will continue to strike necks of your people," the masked man says before killing Sotloff. Another captured civilian - David Cawthorne Haines of the UK - will be the next murdered unless "this evil alliance of America against the Islamic State" ends, militants warn in the video.
Mr. Potato

Hilarious! Ukrainian media exec takes dodges conversation with RT and tries to troll

A live interview on RT's 'In the Now' program took a turn for the unexpected on Tuesday when a senior executive from Ukraine Today used the appearance to troll the host instead of discussing the network's new media project.

RT political correspondent and 'In the Now' host Anissa Naouai planned to discuss Ukraine Today with the network's executive producer, Tetiana Pushnova, but the segment lasted only moments before turning into a farce.

From RT's Moscow headquarters, Naouai was preparing to play a clip from a recent Ukraine Today broadcast before asking Pushnova to explain more about the new station, which launched only last week and has been billed as "Ukraine's first international TV news network offering independent news, views and insights from Europe's largest country."

Cow Skull

Amnesty International: Israel must scrap 'outrageous' land grab in West Bank

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The Israeli authorities' outrageous plan to expropriate nearly 1,000 acres of land in the West Bank is illegal and must be rescinded immediately, said Amnesty International.

The plans, announced yesterday by the Israeli military-run Civil Administration, would directly affect at least five Palestinian villages in the Bethlehem area. Israel is appropriating the land based on its interpretation of a law dating back to the Ottoman era which declares an area "state land" if it has not been cultivated or farmed for several consecutive years. Around 40% of the West Bank has already been classified by Israel as "state" land. This latest appropriation appears to be the largest land grab in the Occupied Palestinian Territories since the 1980s. Amnesty International Middle East and North Africa Director Philip Luther said:
"Israel's strategy of illegally confiscating land for settlements in the West Bank must stop once and for all. "Not only is it illegal under international law but it is leading to a wide range of violations of Palestinians' human rights on a mass scale. "Reports that the Israeli cabinet justified this land grab as a reaction to the deplorable murder in June of three Israeli teenagers, suggests this is an act of collective punishment and that Israel is moving further and further away from its obligations under international law."

Comment: A press release slapping Israel's hand for "grabbing land" is not going to change anything for the Palestinians. How about stop torturing and murdering innocent human beings? Israel has been violating international law for years (with no relief in site) and this so called press release is an insult to the suffering the Palestinians have endured over the years.

See:
  • Telegenically Dead Palestinians and the Subversion of your Soul
  • Poll: 91% of Israelis love to kill


V

I can take Kiev in two weeks, Vladimir Putin tells European leaders


Putin allegedly stated he could "take Kiev in two weeks" - and he can do it in a comfy sweater.

Comment: If Putin actually made this statement, and it was not taken out of context, then what he appears to be hinting at is that EU and US leaders should accept the fact that Russia is entirely justified in giving limited support to the separatists in Eastern Ukraine and refrain from their hysterical rantings about "war" and a "Russian invasion of Ukraine" because the situation could obviously be much worse (for them).


Vladimir Putin has told European leaders that his forces could take Kiev in two weeks, if he wanted.

The Russian president reportedly made the comment to the European Commission president during talks on the Ukraine crisis.

Mr Putin told Jose Manuel Barroso: "If I want to, I can take Kiev in two weeks," Italy's La Repubblica newspaper reported, implying this could be the result if the EU stepped up sanctions against Russia.

His comments, relayed by Mr Barroso to colleagues at last weekend's EU summit, emerged as Nato announced it would build a new "spearhead" rapid reaction force of up to 4,000 troops that can be flown into eastern Europe in 48 hours to respond to possible Russian aggression.

The EU's new head of foreign policy, Federica Mogherini, also warned there was no military solution to what is now Europe's biggest crisis in decades.
War Whore

NATO continues demonizing Russia by announcing 4,000-strong "high-readiness" force to counter phantom Russian threat


Comment: The message in the below article, from supposed liberal rag The Guardian, is that Russia is a threat to other countries and NATO is there to protect the people from that threat. That is pure propaganda, as Russia has done nothing to earn the label of "aggressor", and the reality is that the biggest threat to the people of the world is NATO. It's all made up! But to NATO and the U.S., there must be an enemy. Without one, people would not be distracted, arms manufacturers would not have their billion-dollar contracts, and we wouldn't have indiscriminate destruction and death to innocent civilians that the U.S. so clearly enjoys.


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Spearhead force will be made up of around 4,000 troops with capacity to 'travel light but strike hard', according to Nato

Nato is to create a 4,000-strong "spearhead" high-readiness force that can be deployed rapidly in eastern Europe and the Baltic states to help protect member nations against potential Russian aggression, according to Nato officials.

Leaders from the 28 Nato countries are expected to approve the plan at the alliance's summit in Wales when the Ukraine crisis tops the agenda on Friday.

The Nato secretary-general, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, said the force, drawn on rotational basis from Nato allies, could be in action at "very, very short notice".

Rasmussen described it as a mixture of regular troops and special forces that could "travel light but strike hard". It would be supported by air and naval forces as needed.

He declined to say how many troops would be engaged but Nato officials said it would number around 4,000 and would be expected to deploy to any alliance member country within 48 hours..

"It is so that we are ready should something nasty happen," a senior Nato official said.
Attention

CNN admits: No signs of Russian invasion, all quiet in Novoazovsk


Ukrainian troops have been taking a severe beating by Novorussian separatists.
MOSCOW - The situation in Ukraine's southeast border town of Novoazovsk is calm and there are no signs of Russian military forces, according to CNN.

For a town at the epicenter of what Kiev calls a direct military invasion on the part of Russia, "Novoazovsk could not feel more peaceful," the CNN reported Saturday.

There are no signs of "marauding" Russian Army in the town, with locals being much more concerned with the Ukrainian military, according to CNN reporter.

"I heard rumors about some Russian tanks but no one could prove them either way. I'm more scared of the Ukrainian Army anyway. They come through here on motorbikes, with guns. Sometimes they are drunk," a local resident said.

Comment: Watch the CNN reporter below describe what is REALLY going on in Novoazovsk, and compare it to this from the NY Times.
"Evidence that Russia was seeking to change the course of the conflict was abundant this week in the small southeast border town of Novoazovsk, where Ukrainian forces beat a nervous retreat on Tuesday, under attack from what fleeing soldiers described as columns of tanks, artillery and combat troops coming across the border."


Pirates

MSM agrees! U.S. aids and arms extremist terrorist groups in Syria and Ukraine

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After provoking what is increasingly a devastating and expanding conflict in Ukraine, NATO appears to be out of options as its proxy regime loses its grip on both its military campaign against its own population in eastern Ukraine, as well as political control in the capital of Kiev itself. However, despite the turn of events, with NATO apparently rudderless, those seeking to undo and reserve the damage the West has created in Eastern Europe must not become complacent.

NATO still possesses several options with which it can respond to its deteriorating proxy regime and the eroding of its interests both in the region, and around the world.

Propaganda Retrenchment Before Aggressive Military Aid

As the West has done in Syria, it now seeks to do in Ukraine - a complete retrenchment of the official narrative regarding the nature of the ongoing conflict. Previously, the Western media has gone through great lengths to obscure overt Nazism running throughout both the political front it is propping up in Kiev, as well as across the irregular forces sent alongside what remains of Ukraine's national army. Western media outlets have briefly touched on the issue in attempts to mitigate and manage growing public concern.

Regarding the formation by the Interior Ministry in Kiev of a battalion of Nazis - the Azov Battalion - the BBC would publish, "Ukraine conflict: 'White power' warrior from Sweden," the Telegraph would publish, "Ukraine crisis: the neo-Nazi brigade fighting pro-Russian separatists," and Al Jazeera would publish, "Driven by far-right ideology, Azov Battalion mans Ukraine's front line." Each would in turn, admit that literal Nazis are fighting on behalf of the NATO-backed regime in Kiev - with the regime itself raising ultra-right, Neo-Nazi battle formations. But each would also attempt to downplay the implications and role of Nazism within the ongoing conflict.

Comment: It's a sad state of affairs when journalists can admit the U.S. supports Nazis and religious extremists, yet argue that it's a good thing.

USA

Obama's 'stupid stuff' legacy

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But whether people see what's happening in Ukraine, and Russia's aggression towards its neighbors in the manner in which it's financing and arming separatists; to what's happened in Syria - the devastation that [President Bashar al-]Assad has wrought on his own people; to the failure in Iraq for Sunni and Shia and Kurd to compromise - although we're trying to see if we can put together a government that actually can function; to ongoing terrorist threats; to what's happening in Israel and Gaza - part of peoples' concern is just the sense that around the world the old order isn't holding and we're not quite yet to where we need to be in terms of a new order that's based on a set of different principles, that's based on a sense of common humanity, that's based on economies that work for all people. - President Barack Obama
Looks like US President Barack Obama made a royal mess of what his mentor Dr Zbigniew "Grand Chessboard" Brzezinski taught him.

Dr Zbig always quotes Sir Halford John Mackinder's three grand imperatives of imperial geostrategy; to prevent collusion and maintain security dependence among the vassals; to keep tributaries pliant and protected; and to keep the barbarians from coming together.

After dabbling briefly with "leading from behind" - a non-starter - Obama finally went Mackinderesque with his stellar "Don't Do Stupid Stuff" foreign policy doctrine.

Nevertheless, an always alert former secretary of state Hillary Clinton said "Don't do Stupid Stuff" isn't a "foreign policy organizing principle". Yet "Stupid Stuff" is all that the Obama foreign policy team knows how to do.
2 + 2 = 4

Lavrov scolds juvenile Kiev minister for accusations of nuclear attack threats from Moscow

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Building of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Following comments from Ukraine's Defense Minister Valery Geletey of Moscow threatening with a nuclear attack on its neighbor, Moscow said it was shocked by the statement. Russia warned that such rhetoric only deepens the civil stand-off in Ukraine.


Comment: Moscow must be getting tired of having to speak to Kiev (and the western world) like they are rowdy four-year-olds.


"Geletey's calls to get ready for 'tens of thousands' of new victims in what he called 'Great Patriotic War' and what in fact is a new punitive operation in his own country are appalling. He only drags the Ukrainian people into a new round of the bloody civil stand-off," Russia's Foreign Ministry said in a statement Monday.

Earlier Geletey wrote in his Facebook that the operation "to cleanse Ukraine's east from terrorists" was over. He, however, proceeded to accuse Russia of direct military involvement in the east that followed the rebels' "defeat."

"A big war has come to our home, a war Europe has not seen since WWII," Geletey wrote alleging that Russia not only attempted to secure its position on the rebel-held territories, but also advance onto other regions.

He said that Moscow - through "unofficial channels" - has "repeatedly threatened to use tactical nuclear weapons" on Ukraine if Kiev continues to resist.


Comment: Yes, and yesterday Geletey called us up on our top secret secure SOTT line and told us he has a bridge in New York City he wants to sell us.

Vader

Yoink! Israel takes 1,000 acres from West Bank to build more settlements

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The Israeli settlement of Har Homa in May 2014.
Israel announced on Sunday the appropriation of nearly 1,000 acres of Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank. The land grab is thought to be the largest in 30 years and would pave the way for an expansion of the Jewish settlement bloc in the area. "The land, which is near the small Jewish settlement of Gvaot in the Etzion bloc south of Jerusalem, has now officially been declared 'state land,' as opposed to land privately owned by Palestinians, clearing the way for the potential approval of Israeli building plans there," the New York Times reports.

"The announcement follows the cabinet's decision last week to take over the land in response to the June kidnapping and killing of three teenage Jewish boys by Hamas militants in the area," Haaretz reports. "Last year, the government invited bids for the building of 1,000 housing units at the site, and 523 are currently under construction. Ten families now live on the site, which is adjacent to a yeshiva."


Comment: We see the real motive behind the invasion, blood, chaos and land. It's also pretty clear who kidnapped those Israeli teenagers and what the motive was behind their death all along.


"We urge the government of Israel to reverse this decision," a State Department official said in Washington told Reuters. "Nabil Abu Rudeineh, a spokesman for President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority, condemned the announcement and called for a reversal of the land claim, saying that it would 'further deteriorate the situation,'" the Times reports. "The land appropriation has quickly turned attention back to the Israeli-occupied West Bank and exposed the contradictory visions in the Israeli government that hamper the prospects of any broader Israeli-Palestinian peace process."
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