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Syrian Army and Russian Air Force score strategic victories across Syria

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In a series of fierce clashes with terrorists, the Syrian army backed by aerial support managed to take control over a strategic town and a key height in the province of Aleppo.

Syrian government forces and their allies continued their offensive in Aleppo province, regaining full control of the strategic town of Taana in the eastern part of the region. The town came under full control of the Syrian Army on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the Syrian Air Force attacked terrorists' position in the towns of Hayan and Hraytan.

Comment: Further reading:
The Syrian Arab Army, with Russian air support, recently broke the 'rebel' siege on some towns in northern Aleppo province in Syria, thus cutting the terrorists' supply lines to Turkey. The U.S. was hoping that a ceasefire would protect their terrorist assets from this very scenario. No such luck. Just like it was in Ukraine before both Minsk agreements, the West only wants peace when its hired killers (and rapists and torturers) risk getting their asses handed to them on a platter by the populations they've been savaging.

Western media tears for Daesh as Syrian-Russian alliance frees besieged towns, cuts off Turkish terrorist supply routes



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Guantanamo Bay, Homan Square and now the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan are all terrorizing suspects with torture and solitary confinement

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Razor wire hangs on a railing at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, June 9, 2009, in New York City.
Before every phone call that Fatuma Hashi has with her brother Mahdi, FBI agents come on the line to tell her what she is not permitted to talk about. "You're not allowed to speak about political issues. Or whatever's happening in the outside world. Or his case," she told The Intercept.

Mahdi Hashi, a young man of Somali origin who grew up in London, had never been to the United States before he was imprisoned in the 10-South wing of the Metropolitan Correctional Center in lower Manhattan in November 2012, when he was 23. For over three years, he has been confined to a small cell 23 hours a day without natural light, with an hour alone in a slightly larger indoor cage. He has had no physical contact with anyone. Apart from occasional visits by his lawyer, his human interaction has been limited to brief, transactional exchanges with guards and a monthly 30-minute phone call with his family.

Yet most of Hashi's time in solitary confinement occurred before he had been deemed guilty by the justice system. Prolonged isolation prior to or in the absence of trial, sensory deprivation, and a lack of independent monitoring are normally associated with the detention center at Guantánamo Bay and CIA black sites overseas. But the MCC's 10-South wing, which houses terrorism suspects, is no different in these respects. A former MCC prisoner and a psychologist specializing in trauma told The Intercept that the kind of extreme isolation imposed on defendants there can pressure them to accept a guilty plea, irrespective of actual guilt.

For Hashi, who worked at a community youth organization in London, everything changed when he was approached by MI5, the U.K.'s domestic intelligence agency. He was pressured to become an informant, according to accounts he gave to rights groups and local authorities, but refused, despite being warned that doing so would make his life difficult.

Comment: Clearly, with what we know about how the police treat citizens there's plenty of room here for abuse. Perhaps what we're seeing is the new model of how the justice system will work in the future: you're guilty until you're willing to admit it.


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Meet the real Hillary Clinton: Another murderous loon aspiring for the White House

Hillary Clinton likes to extol her foreign policy credentials, particularly her experience as Secretary of State. She attaches herself to Barack Obama's coattails, pledging to continue his policies. But she is even more hawkish than the President.

Like Obama, Clinton touts American exceptionalism, the notion that the United States is better than any other country. In his State of the Union addresses, Obama has proclaimed America "exceptional" and said the U.S. must "lead the world." Clinton wrote in her book Hard Choicesthat "America remains the 'indispensable nation.'"

It is this view that animates U.S. invasions, interventions, bombings and occupations of other countries. Under the pretense of protecting our national interest, the United States maintains some 800 military bases in other countries, costing taxpayers tens of billions of dollars annually. Often referred to as "enduring bases," they enable us to mount attacks whenever and wherever our leaders see fit, whether with drones or manned aircraft.

Comment: Only the most clueless see Hillary as anything other than a psychopathic personality who should be put on trial for her crimes against humanity.

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The Regime has nothing to do with those "elected leaders"; it only produces them, as it produces ISIS, or propaganda or Western supremacist feelings. They are simply screened by the system, then pitched against each other like fighting roosters, then paraded as some religious symbol with hardly any power. They are like some huge advertisement boards promoting the Western Global Dictatorship, and frankly, I hate advertisement.

And so I beg to be spared this appalling circus.

I work in the real world, where millions are dying, actually right now, at this very moment, in order to feed the West - to aliment its corporations, military and citizens.

And their screams and agony resonate in my ears every single day, every hour. I do not want victims to be muted or overpowered by some pre-chewed speeches and advertisement gigs.

For heaven's sake, please do not poison my mind with the US elections!



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Top Russian pollster: Putin's rating will be last to change if things get worse


Top Russian pollster explains Putin's high popularity


The slump in the ruble, the decline in the price for oil and Western sanctions have raised Russian prices, lowering the county's satisfaction with life index. Yet the head of state remains as popular as ever, with a 74% electoral rating. In an interview with Izvestiya correspondent Anastasiya Kashevarova, "Public Opinion"polling company head Alexander Oslon explained this not only by the "Crimean factor" but also by the fact that the president is perceived as society's savior.

Comment: Putin's rating remains high because the people can see that he's a genuinely caring, dedicated, and hard-working leader who's focused on improving the situation for all in Russia (and even outside of Russia, as much as it's possible to do), rather than just another corrupt leader who only cares about his power and wealth.


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What are the differences between Russia's and US' air campaigns in Syria?

© Sputnik/ Dmitriy Vinogradov
A recent US intelligence report said that Daesh (also known as ISIL/Islamic State) is degrading. Two coalitions - one led by the US and the other by Russia - have been involved in fighting the terrorists. It is high time to figure out some differences between the two approaches.

The Common Goal

Russia, the United States, and Syria have one common enemy - the terrorist group Daesh. In September 2014, US President Barack Obama pledged to destroy Daesh with massive airstrikes.

"Our objective is clear: We will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counterterrorism strategy. We will conduct a systematic campaign of airstrikes against these terrorists," he said in a statement.

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Sean Penn: My interview with world's most wanted - Drug trafficker 'El Chapo' Guzmán

Disclosure: Some names have had
 to be changed, locations not named, and an understanding was brokered with the subject that this piece would be submitted for the subject's approval before publication. The subject did not ask for any changes.
"The laws of conscience, which we pretend to be derived from nature, proceed from custom." — Montaigne
© Rolling Stone
Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera, El Chapo, in a video interview he sent from an undisclosed location.
It's September 28th, 2015. My head is swimming, labeling TracPhones (burners), one per contact, one per day, destroy, burn, buy, balancing levels of encryption, mirroring through Blackphones, anonymous e-mail addresses, unsent messages accessed in draft form. It's a clandestine horror show for the single most technologically illiterate man left standing. At 55 years old, I've never learned to use a laptop. Do they still make laptops? No fucking idea! It's 4:00 in the afternoon. Another gorgeous fall day in New York City. The streets are abuzz with the lights and sirens of diplomatic movement, heads of state, U.N. officials, Secret Service details, the NYPD. It's the week of the U.N. General Assembly. Pope Francis blazed a trail and left town two days before. I'm sitting in my room at the St. Regis Hotel with my colleague and brother in arms, Espinoza.

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Not so secret British 'ghost ships' reportedly en route to Japan to collect enough plutonium for 80 nuclear warheads

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Two top secret British 'ghost ships' are reportedly on their way to Japan to collect enough plutonium for 80 nuclear warheads. It is believed that each ship is armed with 20mm cannon and guarded by 25 commandos.

They are likely being shadowed by a Royal Navy submarine.

The Pacific Heron and the Pacific Egret are currently en route to Japan after departing Barrow-in-Furness, England, in January. The vessels are to travel across the Atlantic before passing through the Panama Canal and into the Pacific, Mail Online reported.

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Canada to quit coalition's anti-IS airstrikes but triple special forces on the ground

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Ottawa will not participate in airstrikes carried out by the US-led coalition against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in Syria and Iraq from February 22, Canada's Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced on Monday.

Although the country will conclude its bombing mission and pull six CF-18 fighter jets from the region, it will still maintain two surveillance planes and refueling aircraft in the area.

Snakes in Suits

Were Saudi protesters executed with British weapons? Foreign Office remains tightlipped

© Rebecca Cook / Reuters
Responding to inquiries by members of parliament, the Foreign Office neither confirmed nor denied whether British weapons had been used in the mass execution of protesters in Saudi Arabia last month.

The Gulf Kingdom executed 47 people, including Shiite cleric Nimr-al-Nimr and dozens of anti-government protesters, in early January. After hundreds of Shiites took to the streets of Iran in protest over the executions, Riyadh responded by severing diplomatic ties with the country.

Comment: Yes, it does seem that Saudi Arabia is at the heart of Islamic terrorism in the world today. Just remember the Saudi connection to 9-11... that's what got this whole mess going.


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NATO ignores democratic principles in search for new members

© Savo Prelevic / AFP
Western nations are making "huge efforts" to prevent a NATO membership referendum in Montenegro, as pro-Alliance groups are not sure citizens would vote in favor of joining a force that bombed them a short while ago, Russia's deputy foreign minister has said.

Deputy Foreign Minister Aleksey Meshkov highlighted the "uncanny phenomenon" of Russia's Western partners, who for years have been "preaching the importance of democracy and promotion of democratic principles [but] are now feverishly wrestling against the inherent principle of democracy that is people's freedom to express their will - I mean referendums."