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Pentagon to recruit undocumented immigrants for language skills

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The Pentagon is to start recruiting undocumented immigrants who came into the US as minors and possess valuable skills like speaking Persian and Chinese. The program offering the opportunity is capped at 1,500 recruits per year.

The new policy revealed by the DoD on Thursday expands the existing pilot program called Military Accessions Vital to National Interest, or MAVNI. It has been tried since 2008, offering positions in the US armed forces to foreigners living in America legally as refugees or under a temporary visa.

Starting next fiscal year, MAVNI will also apply to illegal residents who came to US with their parents before age 16, reports the Military Times. The potential recruits would be selected from those eligible for the 2012 Obama administration policy known as Deferred Action for Child Arrivals, or DACA. Getting a DACA illegal immigrant status involves a background check by the Homeland Security Department.

The Pentagon recruits some 5,000 foreigners each year, most of them 'green card' holders. The MAVNI program may account for up to 1,500 recruits annually, although the military services are not required to accept them. In practice the Army has been the only service to accept a significant number, while the Navy and Marine Corps are not seeking applicants under it.
Cow Skull

EU rejects Putin demand for Ukraine deal changes

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Russian President Vladimir Putin's letter to European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso reportedly threatened retaliatory measures if the EU and Ukraine do not stick to their agreement with Moscow to delay the implementation of the deal until 2016.

The European Union said on Friday (Sep 26) that Russian President Vladimir Putin had written to Brussels demanding changes to a landmark EU-Ukraine accord, but it ruled out reopening the deal without Kiev's consent.

Putin's letter to European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso reportedly threatened retaliatory measures if the EU and Ukraine do not stick to their agreement with Moscow to delay the implementation of the deal until 2016.

The Ukrainian and European parliaments last week both ratified the association agreement, the rejection of which by then-president Viktor Yanukovych last year triggered the political crisis in the former Soviet state.

European Commission spokeswoman Pia Ahrenkilde Hansen confirmed that Barroso had received a letter from Putin about the deal and said Brussels "will of course decide on the best way to respond." But she pointed out that the controversial pact was a "bilateral agreement" between Kiev and Brussels.

"If there are any changes they have to be agreed between the EU and Ukraine," Hansen told a press briefing. "We are not seeking any changes to the agreement, Ukraine is free and sovereign to make choices in its interests."

The Association Accord, which includes a wide-ranging Free Trade Agreement, is at the heart of the bitter stand-off between the EU and Russia over the future of its Soviet-era satellite. Moscow has repeatedly charged that the tie-up damages its legitimate interests and its economy.

Comment: The psychopaths in Washington must be furious that Putin was able to persuade their EU minions to further negotiations regarding Ukraine's economic role in the region. Is the EU trade block finally coming to their senses? It still leaves the question of whether the Ukraine leadership is able to act in its own best interest, or whether the US-backed neo-nazis will still do Washington's bidding.

Bad Guys

Ukraine isolates East from aid: Kiev plans to close border with Russia, again

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Poroshenko enjoying a moment of duper's delight

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has ordered his cabinet to "temporarily" close the border with Russia in the east.


In a decree published on the presidential website on Thursday, Poroshenko instructed his government to consider temporarily closing the border in the east of the country to stop what he called Moscow's "continued intervention" in Ukraine's internal affairs.

The ruling orders the government "to settle the issue of temporary closing checkpoints on Ukraine's state border with the Russian Federation to cars, sea and pedestrian traffic."

Poroshenko's remarks come days after the third Russian humanitarian aid convoy of about 200 vehicles crossed the border into the Ukrainian territory.

Comment: Same old, same old.

Russia's Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov stated in June:
As to statements of Kiev authorities' representatives about the intention to completely close the border with Russia, I do not quite understand what case in hand is this and to what it is referred to," the minister said. "If they are going to block all channels of free movement of our citizens including labor migrants, we would like to specifically understand what exactly they mean to do.


Whistle

The price of John McCain palling with the Northern Storm Brigade cost Sotloff his life

J. MCCain & NSB
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Rebel kidnappers and John McCain (center), Abu Youssef (man left behind McCain), Al-Qaeda operative now with ISIS (front left of McCain), Free Syrian Army General Salem Idris (right of McCain), not shown ISIS terrorists Mohammad Nour and Abu Ibrahim believed to have planned and executed the abduction.
Did Senator John McCain, a leading advocate of arming Syria's Islamist revolutionaries, meet with members or allies of the Islamic State in al-Sham [the Levant] (ISIS) during his trip to Syria on May 27 of last year?

McCain and his defenders deny it, and McCain's longtime advisor, Mark Salter, is accusing Sen. Rand Paul - who, in a recent interview with the Daily Beast, said McCain had met with ISIS - of "smearing" McCain and indulging in "conspiracy theories," rendering him "unfit" for the office of the presidency. The Washington establishment, unsurprisingly, is siding with McCain, one of their own: the Washington Post's Glenn Kessler, in a scathing piece, gives Sen. Paul "four Pinocchios," and regrets that's the maximum allowed. Josh Rogin, of the reliably neoconnish Daily Beast, joined in the pile-on with his colleague Olivia Nuzzi, ex-aide to Anthony Weiner, who accused Paul of "repeating a thoroughly debunked rumor."

Now, however, it's time to debunk the "debunking," because the truth is finally coming out - and it's worse for McCain than even Sen. Paul imagined. It turns out the frenetic Arizona warmonger met with members of the Northern Storm Brigade - the group that handed US journalist Steven Sotloff over to ISIS as he crossed the border into Syria.

And irony of ironies, here is the very same Josh Rogin reporting on a story that proves Sen. Paul and McCain's numerous critics were right all along - far righter than they knew at the time:

"Barak Barfi, Sotloff's close friend and the official spokesman for the Sotloff family following Steven's brutal murder this month at the hands of ISIS, told The Daily Beast in an interview that the group responsible for Sotloff's detention and indirectly for his death is not only a part of the Free Syrian Army, but the same exact brigade that met with Sen. John McCain at that same border crossing only three months before."


Comment: Senator McCain has been the most vocal regarding the need to arm Syrian rebels, such as the Free Syrian Army. His photos with rebel fighters, forces that he supported, are many of which later became ISIS. It's scary to think what ISIS would be today if John McCain had had his way and sent even more weaponry to these factions. Now he wants to fight ISIS in Iraq - ostensibly against the weapons he wanted to provide them in Syria. McCain stated on Anderson Cooper 360: "We can identify who these people are. We can help the right people." Ironic insanity? Rand Paul has a point.

Heart

Venezuelan President Maduro blames West for Middle East crisis, calls for major overhaul UN

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro during his address to the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, September 24, 2014
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has blamed Western governments for the crisis in the Middle East, calling for a major overhaul of the United Nations and the Security Council in particular.


Comment: Although it is a good idea to overhaul the UN and the UNSC, it won't work as long as psychopaths rule the world. The UN have never served the interests of the People and those nations that just want peace and prosperity.


During his Wednesday evening speech in the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Maduro said the West was attempting to create a monster in the Mid-east, pointing to the support the US-led alliance has been offering to the ISIL Takfiri terrorists in Syria and Iraq over the years.

Maduro further used his address to praise the role of the Syrian government in countering the foreign-backed militant groups in the region and insisted that any military action against the Takfiri terrorists in the region must respect the sovereignty of independent nations.

The Venezuelan president went on to slam the harassment by what he referred to as the "imperial forces" of the American empire "that have tried again and again to undermine democracy."

Comment: Nicolas Maduro knows very well what the U.S. has been doing in its 'backyard', AKA Latin America.

"Anyway, you've also probably heard about President Putin's visit to Latin America and the BRICS's Summit in Brazil. The existential danger that BRICS presents for the Western 'elite' is obvious; the alliance between Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa represents a serious political and economic alternative to the current US system of global hegemony. And it's growing, with countries like Argentina, Venezuela, Iran, Mongolia, Malaysia and others interested in joining. Currently, BRICS represents almost half of the world population and close to a third of the global GDP."

For more information: Divide and Conquer in Latin America: Sabotaging BRICS in 'our backyard'

Vader

Predatory capitalism destroys lives and nations, must be overthrown

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Predatory capitalism, the result of psychopaths in power
Deep in Judaismʼs history it was mandated that, due to the awe evoked by the mere contemplation of the supreme and only divinity, the name Yahweh could not be spoken aloud except once a year and only by the High Priest. We, in America today, with a different deity and another form of worship, have no such taboo. Our god, unlike Yahweh in the polytheistic ages, is so firmly established, so mighty, omnipresent, unassailable, and untouchable that we are encouraged to name it, praise it, and venerate it publicly.

Where the cultural parallel is solid, though, is in the utter anathema and damnation that descend on the heads of those who dare to challenge the godheadʼs benevolence, supremacy, and omnipotence. In Judaic history, transgressors were destroyed without exception. In our times - saving trouble, expense, and bad press - the few who dare to blaspheme our god are simply marginalized, jailed or exiled.

Our best minds and most courageous hearts now all affirm that our only god is Predatory Capitalism. Our national religion is no longer in question.

The internet press - not the National Security State Stenographic Bureau laughingly referred to as our "Free Press" - and the rational, progressive blogs are loaded today with analyses and critiques of the blatantly criminal Predatory Capitalist Corporate Tyranny that owns the government, the country and, with our endlessly compounding debt load, you and me.

These dissections run the philosophic and emotional gamut from tame, limp dreams of how "our democracy" might, by electing the right people with good, honorable values, take bold steps to improve itself, to fierce, sharp, intellectually scrupulous denunciations of capitalism for what it is and does.

The volume and consistency of this critical barrage is impressive and at itʼs activist leading edge there are now unmistakable calls for resistance. Some for obstruction of the process...or for civil disobedience. Even for rebellion. What is taboo, though, and almost never suggested let alone stated, is this:

The remedy for Capitalism is not reform: it is its overthrow and destruction.
Wall Street

Keeping up the Khorasans: New terror group contrived, non-existent in reality

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The Khorasans are as fake as the Kardashians
Obama is now - after the fact - scrambling to justify bombing the sovereign nation of Syria without the permission of either the Syrian government or even the United States Congress by saying that we were going after the super-evil Khorasans, who were about to attack us.

My God! That sounds terrifying ... like a cross between Genghis Khan, Klingons and the Kardashians!

The U.S. is saying that they're even more dangerous than ISIS.

There's just one wee little problem ... the Khorasan threat is as as fake as the Kardashians' physiques. (Admittedly, it's confusing, given that the Kardashians have also inserted themselves right in the middle of the Syrian conflict.)

Agence France-Presse reports:
The US says it has hit a little-known group called "Khorasan" in Syria, but experts and activists argue it actually struck Al-Qaeda's affiliate Al-Nusra Front, which fights alongside Syrian rebels. In announcing its raids in the northern province of Aleppo on Tuesday, Washington described the group it targeted as Khorasan, a cell of Al-Qaeda veterans planning attacks against the West.

But experts and activists cast doubt on the distinction between Khorasan and Al-Nusra Front, which is Al-Qaeda's Syrian branch. "In Syria, no one had ever heard talk of Khorasan until the US media brought it up," said Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

"Rebels, activists and the whole world knows that these positions (hit Tuesday) were Al-Nusra positions, and the fighters killed were Al-Nusra fighters," added Abdel Rahman, who has tracked the Syrian conflict since it erupted in 2011.

Experts were similarly dubious about the distinction. "The name refers to Al-Qaeda fighters previously based in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iran who have travelled to Syria to fight with... Al-Nusra," said Matthew Henman, head of IHS Jane's Terrorism and Insurgency Centre.

"They... should not be considered a new or distinct group as such." Aron Lund, editor of the Syria in Crisis website run by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, raised similar doubts. "The fact that news about this Al-Qaeda-run, anti-Western cell linked to Al-Nusra emerged just over a week ago, through US intelligence leaks - well, it's certainly an interesting coincidence," he told AFP.

Comment: More lies, more playing both sides against the middle. Same old, same old from the psychopaths in Washington/London & Tel Aviv. It's a miracle they haven't been lynched in the streets yet.

Attention

Air strikes on ISIS won't succeed, on the ground it's hard to tell friend from foe

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What is military common sense may not make political sense. The US plan to weaken and ultimately destroy Isis has several political and military weaknesses undermining its long-term success. Air campaigns not supported by ground forces can damage the other side but they do not win wars on their own. Isis has already faced bombardment by US planes in Iraq since 8 August, but it is still fighting the Iraqi army around Baghdad. Some of the weaknesses of the air war are already apparent since Isis had evacuated its leaders, fighters and heavy equipment from buildings that were targeted. Its fighters avoid large gatherings and mix with the civilian population. The shock effect of being bombed will be the less because the Syrian air force has long been bombing rebel-held cities and towns.


Comment: The bombing campaign is meant to be ineffective. Let's not forget that ISIS is the creation of western-back intelligence agencies. The real goal in Syria is regime change, and the removal of Assad from power.





Isis expertise is in guerrilla warfare and it is only recently that it has used columns of vehicles packed with gunmen and heavy infantry weapons. Air superiority over the fruit groves of Diyala province or the palm trees of northern Hilla is difficult to use effectively. Of course, in Syria and Iraq there are ground troops capable of taking advantage of the air strikes, but they mostly belong to armies and militias with whom the US is not meant to be co-operating.

In Syria, the most powerful armed group opposing Isis is the Syrian army, followed by Hezbollah and the Syrian Kurds. In Iraq, three months after the fall of Mosul, the Iraqi army still does not seem able to hold its own against Isis as recent fighting around Fallujah demonstrated. Advances that have taken place have generally been by Shia militiamen under the direction of Iranian Revolutionary Guards officers and Kurdish Peshmerga, though these did not distinguish themselves when Isis attacked Sinjar in August.

Comment: This war is meant to be protracted and thus line the pockets of western war profiteers while drumming up support for American imperialism abroad.

Cow

EU losing out: Brazil begins dairy exports to Russia

Brazil exports Russia
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Three so-far-unnamed Brazilian dairy companies have received the proper paperwork to start deliveries to Russia, a representative of the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture said. The new imports will help fill a gaping hole left by EU suppliers.

One of the companies has already started deliveries, Marcelo Junqueira, secretary for international affairs of the Brazilian Agriculture Ministry Marcelo said, ITAR-TASS reported.

The new deliveries will help fill the 57 percent gap of imported dairy products after Russia introduced a one-year food embargo in August on certain agricultural products from the EU, US, Australia, Canada, Australia and Norway.

The move is symbolic of the strengthening political and economic ties between Brazil and Russia as relations with the West continue to sour over the Ukraine crisis.

"Brazil is known for its high level of sanitary control, we supply meat to more than 100 countries and poultry to 155 countries, so it is natural that a major importer [Russia] came to us," Junqueira said, as quoted by ITAR-TASS.

Last week the Brazilian delegation, comprised of 37 private companies, attended the Moscow International Exhibition of World Food. Over $106 million in contracts were inked, Junqueira said, without disclosing which companies.

In 2012, the turnover of trade between Russia and Brazil reached $5.9 billion. Brazil plans to import fish and grains from Russia.

Comment: The EU has shot itself in the economic foot by by going along with Washington's insistence to sanction Russia:

Russian PM says Europe to lose its share of Russian market due to 'foolish' sanctions

One wonders at what hold the US has over the EU leaders that they will act against their own countries' interests?

Propaganda

New boogeyman debunked: Khorasans as fake as the Kardashians

Terroristas
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Obama is now - after the fact - scrambling to justify bombing the sovereign nation of Syria without the permission of either the Syrian government or even the United States Congress by saying that we were going after the super-evil Khorasans, who were about to attack us.

My God! That sounds terrifying ... like a cross between Genghis Khan, Klingons and the Kardashians!

The U.S. is saying that they're even more dangerous than ISIS.

There's just one wee little problem ... the Khorasan threat is as as fake as the Kardashians' physiques. (Admittedly, it's confusing, given that the Kardashians have also inserted themselves right in the middle of the Syrian conflict.)

Comment: See also: Shaking in our boots! U.S. announces 'new' terror group scarier than ISIS!

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