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Huge blast rocks chemical plant in Donetsk, claims of tactical missile

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A huge blast has rocked a chemical factory in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, the city council says on its website. The blast wave reportedly shattered windows in houses in a radius of several kilometers.

The explosion reportedly took place at 12:10pm local time.
#UKRAINE: Blast rocks chemical plant in #Donetsk, militia claims Kiev fired tactical missile http://t.co/4OCCdwf4zb pic.twitter.com/4sidy4qqso

- RT (@RT_com) October 20, 2014
Local militia has said that the plant was targeted by a tactical Tochka-U missile (SS-21 Scarab).RT's team in Donetsk is trying to verify this information.

RT correspondent Roman Kosarev posted on his Twitter account that the blast was heard across the city.

"We are now checking the information that a ballistic missile ss-21was used," he tweeted.
Now investigating reports of ballistic missile ss-21 scarab hitting #Donetsk windows blown out across the city. pic.twitter.com/2KrStCnRx3

- Roman Kosarev (@Kosarev_RT) October 20, 2014
When RT's team arrived at the scene, they found a crater "about 10 meters (33 feet) deep," he said.

Comment: Given that the orders for these attacks are coming from the U.S. puppet junta in Kiev, it should come as no surprise that the new U.S. standardized dictionary definitions are now being employed. Where 'ceasefire' is defined as: 'Non-stop shelling day and night and/or the firing tactical missiles into populated areas'.

USA

Shocking! Mainstream Media Publishes the Truth: Vote all you want, the secret government won't change

The people we elect aren't the ones calling the shots, says Tufts University's Michael Glennon

The voters who put Barack Obama in office expected some big changes. From the NSA's warrantless wiretapping to Guantanamo Bay to the Patriot Act, candidate Obama was a defender of civil liberties and privacy, promising a dramatically different approach from his predecessor.

But six years into his administration, the Obama version of national security looks almost indistinguishable from the one he inherited. Guantanamo Bay remains open. The NSA has, if anything, become more aggressive in monitoring Americans. Drone strikes have escalated. Most recently it was reported that the same president who won a Nobel Prize in part for promoting nuclear disarmament is spending up to $1 trillion modernizing and revitalizing America's nuclear weapons.

Why did the face in the Oval Office change but the policies remain the same? Critics tend to focus on Obama himself, a leader who perhaps has shifted with politics to take a harder line. But Tufts University political scientist Michael J. Glennon has a more pessimistic answer: Obama couldn't have changed policies much even if he tried.
USA

Propaganda, Achtung! Germany's intel agency sez MH17 downed by Ukraine rebels (Putin)

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President of the German Federal Intelligence Agency (BND) Gerhard Schindler, whose "close colleague"' was arrested as a US spy in July this year.
Germany's BND foreign intelligence agency says a local militia shot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine in July, Der Spiegel reports. The BND is said to possess "ample evidence," though none of it has been made public.

The statement was made on October 8, when Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) president Gerhard Schindler was holding a secret meeting with members of the parliamentary control committee, the German daily reported on Sunday.

He claimed the militia fired a rocket from a BUK defense missile system which it had captured from a Ukrainian base. It then exploded next to the plane, according to the report.

"Schindler provided ample evidence to back up his case, including satellite images and diverse photo evidence," the report added.

However, no "evidence" has yet been made public, and the BND has not made any official statements on the matter.


Comment: This is the same BND that is riddled with U.S. spies... and appears to be headed by one:

Germany's spy agency 'in bed' with US says Snowden

NSA spying outrage: Berlin outraged by alleged US spying

Germany investigates second suspect of spying for U.S.

Berlin considering expanding criminal prosecution to include American handlers of German spies

MH17 truth

Who shot down Malaysian Airlines Flight 17? New Cold War, same old propaganda

Asymmetric Warfare: MH17 False-Flag Terror and the 'War' on Gaza

MH17 Who Dunnit? Western Media Silent on the Evidence

Preliminary report on the crash of flight MH17 full of holes, just like the plane

USA

With U.S. led air strikes on Isis intensifying, it's a good time to be an arms giant like Lockheed Martin


Officer visitors look at missiles in front of the Lockheed Martin stand at the Eurosatory 2012 defence and security exhibition in Villepinte near Paris on June 11, 2012
So who is winning the war? Isis? Us? The Kurds (remember them?) The Syrians? The Iraqis? Do we even remember the war? Not at all. We must tell the truth. So let us now praise famous weapons and the manufacturers that begat them.

Share prices are soaring in America for those who produce the coalition bombs and missiles and drones and aircraft participating in this latest war which - for all who are involved (except for the recipients of the bombs and missiles and those they are fighting) - is Hollywood from start to finish.

Shares in Lockheed Martin - maker of the "All for One and One for All" Hellfire missiles - are up 9.3 per cent in the past three months. Raytheon - which has a big Israeli arm - has gone up 3.8 per cent. Northrop Grumman shares swooped up the same 3.8 per cent. And General Dynamics shares have risen 4.3 per cent. Lockheed Martin - which really does steal Alexandre Dumas' Three Musketeers quotation on its publicity material - makes the rockets carried by the Reaper drones, famous for destroying wedding parties over Afghanistan and Pakistan, and by Iraqi aircraft.

And don't be downhearted. The profits go on soaring. When the Americans decided to extend their bombing into Syria in September - to attack President Assad's enemies scarcely a year after they first proposed to bomb President Assad himself - Raytheon was awarded a $251m (£156m) contract to supply the US navy with more Tomahawk cruise missiles. Agence France-Presse, which does the job that Reuters used to do when it was a real news agency, informed us that on 23rd September, American warships fired 47 Tomahawk missiles. Each one costs about $1.4m. And if we spent as promiscuously on Ebola cures, believe me, there would be no more Ebola.

Let us leave out here the political cost of this conflict. After all, the war against Isis is breeding Isis. For every dead Isis member, we are creating three of four more. And if Isis really is the "apocalyptic", "evil", "end-of-the-world" institution we have been told it is - my words come from the Pentagon and our politicians, of course - then every increase in profits for Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman and General Dynamics is creating yet more Isis fighters. So every drone or F/A-18 fighter-bomber we send is the carrier of a virus, every missile an Ebola germ for the future of the world. Think about that.
Star of David

Guess who will profit 7 billion dollars rebuilding Gaza?

gaza construction
Just when you think you've heard it all about Israel's murderous bombardment of Gaza, you discover there is much more to the tragedy. Yes, there was a massive loss of innocent life and the utter destruction of tens of thousands of homes, schools and public buildings, but it now transpires Israel will profit handsomely from the $7 billion or more it will take to rebuild Gaza over the next 20 years. The scandalous fact is Israel will continue to control the flow of all building materials into Gaza and will insist they must be bought from Israeli companies.

An unnamed European Union (EU) official quoted in news outlets said it was outrageous a country that had just demolished 25,000 homes was "demanding its construction industry rebuild them at the expense of the international community." That rebuilding project will have to include at least 5,000 homes not repaired from the previous Israeli bombardments and replacing Gaza's only power station, leveled by Israeli missiles.

Comment: Comment: For more on Israel's evil dealings in these matters see: Israeli occupation refuses to allow construction material into besieged Gaza Strip

TV

CrossTalk: Ukraine's free-fall into failed state status

What was supposed to happen in Ukraine? Why has the Western media stopped talking about the blunders of the Ukrainian regime? Is Ukraine a failed state beyond repair? How long will Petro Poroshenko last as president of Ukraine? RT's CrossTalk brings together Eric Kraus, Charles Bausman, and Alexander Mercouris to discuss the elephant in Europe's living room.

Quenelle - Golden

How "America's number one enemy" sees the situation: Russian TV chat show on U.S. sanctions (EN SUBS)

Hosted by a popular TV and radio journalist, the following Russian chat show ('Sunday Evening With Vladimir Soloviev') provides insight into how Russians view the U.S. sanctions and the broader economic and propaganda war directed against their country.

Guests

Sergei Markov: Deputy Chairman of the Russian Public Forum on International Affairs
Andrei Isaev: Chairman of the Committee of the State Duma of the Russian Federation on Labor, Social Policy and Veterans' Affairs
Sergei Mikheev: Political Scientist
Nikolai Starikov: Writer and co-Chairman of the Great Fatherland Party
Evgeny Tarlo: Member of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation

Original source

Turn on Subtitles/CC for EN subtitles

Arrow Down

Nazi war criminals collected millions in social security benefits

Jakob Denzinger
© Darko Bandic/Associated Press
Jakob Denzinger in Osijek, eastern Croatia. Denzinger is among dozens of death camp guards and suspected Nazi war criminals who collected millions of dollars in Social Security payments despite being forced out of the U.S.
Dozens of suspected Nazi war criminals and SS guards collected millions of dollars in U.S. Social Security benefits after being forced out of the United States, an Associated Press investigation has found.

The payments, underwritten by American taxpayers, flowed through a legal loophole that gave the U.S. Justice Department leverage to persuade Nazi suspects to leave the U.S. If they agreed to go, or simply fled before deportation, they could keep their Social Security, according to interviews and internal U.S. government records.

Among those receiving benefits were armed SS troops who guarded the network of Nazi camps where millions of Jews perished; a rocket scientist who used slave laborers to advance his research in the Third Reich; and a Nazi collaborator who engineered the arrest and execution of thousands of Jews in Poland.

There are at least four living beneficiaries. They include Martin Hartmann, a former SS guard at the Sachsenhausen camp in Germany, and Jakob Denzinger, who patrolled the grounds at the Auschwitz camp complex in Poland.

Hartmann moved to Berlin in 2007 from Arizona just before being stripped of his U.S. citizenship. Denzinger fled to Germany from Ohio in 1989 after learning denaturalization proceedings against him were underway.

He soon resettled in Croatia and now lives in a spacious apartment on the right bank of the Drava River in Osijek. Denzinger would not discuss his situation when questioned by an AP reporter; Denzinger's son, who lives in the U.S., confirmed his father receives Social Security payments and said he deserved them.
Bomb

8 Afghan C.I.A. paramilitaries killed by car bomb 'at remote compound believed to house suicide bombers'

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Eight Afghan paramilitary soldiers were killed during an assault on a Taliban hide-out in eastern Afghanistan, Afghan officials said Wednesday. It was the latest of several clashes to take a heavy toll on the security forces as American combat forces leave the country.

The deaths, caused by a car bomb, occurred during a raid by the Khost Protection Force, a C.I.A.-trained paramilitary unit that has carried out operations along the border with Pakistan for more than a decade.
Fighters with the force, who operate in Khost Province, swooped on a remote compound believed to house suicide bombers, killing three people including one woman, the Khost governor's office said in a statement. But once they had secured the compound, a car bomb exploded, killing eight of the militiamen and wounding five.
The governor's spokesman, Mohammad Mubarez Zadran, confirmed in a phone interview that the troops belonged to the Khost militia force, established by the C.I.A. and American Special Operations forces after 2001, and which The Associated Press reported in May had up to 3,500 fighters.

The future of the Khost Protection Force, and others like it in various Afghan provinces, has been unclear as the C.I.A. withdraws from remote Afghan bases in concert with the broader drawdown of American combat troops from Afghanistan. Some of the units were earmarked to be handed over to the Afghan intelligence service, the National Directorate of Security, after this year.

Comment: Border wars. Every inch counts. Lines in the sand. Evil recognizes no such line. Since spring, the CIA has been ending contracts and dismantling its frontline Afghan counterterrorist forces in south and east Afghanistan, leaving outposts stretched too thin and sizable holes for the Taliban and al Qaeda to gain/retain the upper hand. Supposedly the exit shrinks the CIA footprint. Or, does it give the U.S. an excuse to come back stronger and more deadly?

This is the extent of the 'debate' US audiences are allowed to hear. What they don't hear is that all 'sides' are funded, trained, armed and directed by the CIA and Special Ops.

The cross-talk in administration circles was that these paramilitary forces would be significantly expanded in the near future. Now, it appears the opposite is unfolding. Already disbanded: the 900-man Counterterrorist Pursuit team in Paktika Province next to Khost. The forces now facing the chopping block: 750 members of the Counterterrorist Pursuit Teams in the Kunar region - home to the elusive Afghan al Qaeda leader Farouq al-Qahtani al-Qatari - and the entire 3,500-strong Khost Protection Force. The Afghan government was reportedly given no advance notice of the firings. Has a secret deal been made? A bait and switch? Or do we smell a rat with a plan?

Candle

Western intel op? Press TV reporter killed after reporting that ISIS terrorists are entering Syria from Turkey as 'undercover NGO activists'

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Reporter and mother of two Serena Shim was killed in Turkey, 'the largest prison for journalists'. She had expressed fears for her own safety
A Lebanese-American reporter working for Iranian channel, Press TV, Serena Shim has been killed in a car crash in Turkey, following her reports of accusations from Turkey's intelligence agency that she had been "spying."

"Our correspondent Serena Shim has been killed near the Turkey-Syria border. Serena was killed in a reported car accident when she was returning from a report scene...their car collided with a heavy vehicle," a Press TV broadcast stated on Monday. Shim had also been the mother of two young children.

The driver of the vehicle was subsequently arrested, according to Turkish news agency Hurriyet, citing the Turkish Doğan News Agency. Press TV disputed this, alleging that both driver and vehicle have disappeared.

Press TV has additionally expressed suspicion, implying that it may not have been an accident. "Just a couple of days ago she had been threatened by Turkish intelligence," the broadcast said.

Shim had been returning to her hotel after reporting from Suruç - a rural district near the Syrian border, where a many foreign journalists are based. They are covering news from the Syrian northeastern border town of Kobani, under siege by Islamic State militants for the past month due to its strategic importance.

Comment: Rest in peace, Ms. Serena Shim. Thank you for your courageous work.
"The oldest cliché is that truth is the first casualty of war. I disagree. Journalism is the first casualty." - John Pilger


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