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North Korea: US 'hell-bent' on regime change, but there will be countermeasures

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North Korea walked away from the six-party nuclear disarmament talks in 2009. Israel probably didn't even attend.
Pyongyang's deputy UN ambassador also says government planning a "new form" of nuclear test but does not elaborate.

North Korea has accused the United States of being "hell-bent on regime change" and warned that any manoeuvers with that intention will be viewed as a "red line" that will result in countermeasures.

Pyongyang's deputy UN ambassador, Ri Tong Il, also repeated that his government "made it very clear we will carry out a new form of nuclear test" but refused to elaborate, saying only that "I recommend you to wait and see what it is."

A matrix of total lies

The March payroll jobs report released April 4 claims 192,000 new private sector jobs.

Here is what John Williams has to say about the claim:

"The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) deliberately publishes its seasonally-adjusted historical payroll-employment and household-survey (unemployment) data so that the numbers are neither consistent nor comparable with current headline reporting. The upside revisions to the January and February monthly jobs gains, and the relatively strong March payroll showing, reflected nothing more than concealed, favorable shifts in underlying seasonal factors, hidden by the lack of consistent BLS reporting. In like manner, consistent month-to-month changes in the unemployment rate or labor force simply are not knowable, because the BLS cloaks the consistent and comparable numbers."

Here is what Dave Kranzler has to say: "the employment report is probably the most deceptively fraudulent report produced by the Government."
Brick Wall

America's thousands of framed political prisoners: J. Edgar Hoover and the Omaha Two

Ed Poindexter and Mondo we Langa, the leaders of the Omaha chapter of the Black Panther Party in the early 1970s, were framed for the murder of Omaha Police Officer Larry Minard as part of J. Edgar Hoover's clandestine, illegal counterintelligence operation known as COINTELPRO that targeted Black Panther Party leaders all over the United States. Although neither man had any connection to the murder of the young officer, both remain imprisoned for life

The murder of Omaha, Nebraska policeman Larry Minard over 40 years ago and the COINTELPRO-inspired investigation that followed landed two Black Panther leaders - Ed Poindexter and Mondo we Langa - in prison for life. The scapegoats came to be known as the "Omaha Two." In order to pin the police officer's murder on the two leaders of Omaha's Black Panther Party, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover gave a secret order to withhold a crime laboratory report on the identity of the anonymous caller that lured the 29-year-old policeman to his death.

Man arrested at opposition barricades in Venezuela wanted by Interpol

Two men were arrested in Caracas on Tuesday with a range of weapons.
One of the ten people most wanted by Interpol in Spain was arrested yesterday in San Cristobal, while leading disturbances there, according to National Bolivarian Police (PNB) state coordinator, Yolmar Garcia.

Garcia said that the man, Gabriel Reyes, 24, Venezuelan, was detained in Avenue Carabobo, San Cristobal, when police were clearing the roads.

Reyes was charged with drug smuggling, criminal association, closing roads, and civil disorder in Court 3 of the public prosecutor and the 5th Control Tribunal.

Internal affairs minister Miguel Rodriguez said the arrest of Reyes "reveals the relationship between drug smuggling, and other organised crime with the violent protests".
Gold Coins

American elections: supreme court's relaxing of donation rules just made US elections even more undemocratic and corruptible

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Members of the 113th Congress, many with family members, take the oath of office in the House of Representatives chamber.
The finance chairman of the Republican national committee, Ray Washburne, travelled to Chicago last Wednesday to solicit money from two big funders who had reached their donation limit for this election cycle. While he was on the plane, the supreme court ruled that there would no longer be any limits. Washburne told the New York Times that when he landed and heard the news, he said: "Eureka". He came back with promises of more cash.

It's the American Way. Just as the constitution ostensibly requires that AK47s be available on demand, it was also apparently designed to open the sluicegates to money in politics, until the entire landscape is flooded with cash and cynicism and the border between what is unethical and what is legal is washed away. It's what the funding fathers intended.
Alarm Clock

SOTT Talk Radio interview with Greg Palast

Greg Palast is an investigator of corporate fraud and racketeering turned journalist, and a man that members of the 'elite' love to hate. War criminal Tony Blair labeled him a liar, a White House spokesman simply stated "we hate that sonovabitch", but to the rest of us, Palast is one of the most important investigative reporters of our time who deserves our appreciation for his untiring work in exposing the unbelieveable levels of corruption that define modern political and corporate policies.

As part of his investigation into the 2000 US Presidential election, Greg uncovered evidence that Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris, and Florida Elections Unit Chief Clay Roberts, along with the ChoicePoint corporation, rigged the ballots in 2000 and that there was widespread election fraud again in 2004.

Palast is the author of New York Times bestseller The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, as well as Democracy and Regulation: how the public can govern essential services, and Armed Madhouse; undercover dispatches from a dying regime. His documentary films include: Bush Family Fortunes, The Assassination of Hugo Chavez, Billionaires and Ballot Bandits and Vultures and Vote Rustlers.

His latest book is Vultures' Picnic: In Pursuit of Petroleum Pigs, Power Pirates and High-Finance Carnivores (2012).

A fascinating conversation with a very rare breed of human being. Don't miss it.

Here's the transcript

Sanctions against Russia won't help Washington

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Crimean residents at the railway station in Simferopol celebrating as clocks are moved to Moscow time.
The US remains a victim of misconceptions and misguided ideas regarding what happened in Ukraine, and no sanctions - whether they are already imposed or new - will produce Washington's desired result, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said.

In his interview with ITAR-TASS news agency, Ryabkov called the US restrictive measures against Russia an instrument of the past, belonging to the 19th century.

The sanctions became Washington's response to last month's accession of Crimea to Russia. They include travel bans and foreign asset freezes imposed on Russian politicians and businessmen as well as the severing of cooperation with Russia in many spheres, from trade talks to space exploration.

Chaos: Ukraine nationalists attempt storm on Kiev Supreme Court

Ukrainian Right sector
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Members of the Ukrainian far-right radical group Right Sector.
Radical activists representing nationalist Right Sector group are attempting to storm Kiev's Supreme Court building. They have blocked the entrances into the building and surrounded its perimeter.

Around 100 activists prevented Supreme Court employees from entering the building through the back door.

Near the building, a stage has been set up with audio equipment. Car tires have been brought to the building, but haven't yet been set on fire.

The activists disrupted the convention of judges that was scheduled for Monday.

A few judges, who were in the building before the attack, were led out by the activists shouting "Lustration!"

The protesters are demanding to adopt lustration legislation, which implies that people connected to a former regime may not get office with the new authorities. The far right activists are concerned about the fact that the judicial authorities may grant almost 150 ousted officials with powers, despite their relationship to the ousted president.

The 150 include Viktor Yanukovich, ex-head of presidential administration Andrey Klyuyev, ex-premiers Sergey Arbuzov and Nikolay Azarov, Interior Ministry and judicial officials - as well as their family members.

Evil Rays

Human rights organisation accuses Israel of war crimes

Palestinian children in the Gaza Strip
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Palestinian children in the Gaza Strip (file photo)
A Palestinian human rights organization says crimes committed by Israelis against Palestinian children amount to war crimes, Press TV reports.

"Killing children in armed conflicts is a war crime and that is exactly what Israeli forces did to Palestinian children," Samir Zaqut, an official from al-Mezan Center for Human Rights, told Press TV.
He further noted, "Israeli forces killed and injured thousands of Palestinian children in the past 14 years."
"There is also arbitrary arrest of the Palestinian children ...," he added.

Last year, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) voiced alarm over the Israeli regime's use of violence against Palestinian children.

In its report, the agency said some 700 Palestinian children aged 12 to 17 are arrested, interrogated and detained by the Israeli forces every year in the occupied West Bank.

Iran slams anti-Iranian resolution by European parliament

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File photo shows the European Parliament building in Strasbourg, France.
A senior Iranian official has slammed a recent anti-Iran resolution by the European Parliament (EP), stressing that the Islamic Republic sees no value in such "baseless judgments."

The recent EP resolution is merely aimed at exerting political pressure on Iran, said Ali Akbar Velayati, who is a top advisor to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.

"These kinds of unjust and groundless judgments are of no value to the Iranian nation," he said.

The anti-Iran resolution, which was adopted on April 3, expresses concern over the alleged violation of human rights in the Islamic Republic.

It also claims that Iran's presidential election in June 2013, which was marked by a high voter turnout and led to the victory of President Hassan Rouhani, was "not held according to the democratic standards valued by the EU."

Velayati further described the European Parliament as a "pressure tool" in the hands of the United States and its allies to achieve their "illegitimate" goals against countries that seek to be independent.