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U.S. 'proof' that Russia firing into Ukraine 'ludicrous and unprofessional'

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Satellite images released by the US allegedly "proving" that Russia fired rockets at Ukrainian troops across the border cannot be considered evidence, according to a Russian MP.

The imagery was released via email, along with a four-page document titled 'Evidence of Russian Shelling into Ukraine.' Four satellite images were included, all dating between July 21 and July 25/26.

They were all posted on Twitter by the US ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt, on Sunday.

The US "lies about obvious things," said Franz Klintsevich, deputy chairman of the State Duma Defense Committee, as quoted by RIA Novosti.

He stated that the satellite images are not enough to point fingers at Russia and accuse it of shelling Ukraine. In order to confirm such claims, the data must be backed by other sources as well.

"The American dialogue today is simply unsubstantiated," Klintsevich said, adding that he is not aware of Russia firing from its own territory into Ukraine.
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UN: Kiev butchered 1,129 people in E. Ukraine since start of their terrorist operation

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The aftermath of an artillery shelling of Slavyansk by the Ukrainian military
Some 1,129 people have been killed and nearly 3,500 wounded in eastern Ukraine since the start of the Kiev's military operation in April, according to UN estimates.

The report also states that these are the minimum casualty toll estimates by the UN monitoring mission and WHO.

The report says that the cause of the rising death toll is intensified artillery shelling of the civilian residential areas and the so-called "collateral damage" of the armed actions in the heavily-populated areas.

Also, 100,000 people were forcibly displaced in eastern Ukraine.

The Kiev authorities are using heavy weaponry and artillery in strikes on residential areas, while the armed rebels are firing back, the report states.

"Both sides must take great care to prevent more civilians from being killed or injured," she added. "Already increasing numbers of people are being killed, with serious damage to civilian infrastructure, which - depending on circumstances - could amount to violations of international humanitarian law. The fighting must stop," the report stated.
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Iranian General: We will hunt down Israelis house-to-house

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Brigadier General Hossein Salami, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC)'s second-in-command.
The deputy commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards vowed revenge against Israel for its ongoing military incursion into Gaza, which has already killed hundreds of Palestinians and dozens of Israelis.

"You [people of Israel] are trees without any roots which were planted in the Islamic lands by the British," Brig. Gen. Hossein Salami said at this week's Friday prayer sermon in Tehran, Fars News Agency reported. That statement referred to the Balfour Declaration, which led to the dismantling of the Ottoman Empire after World War I and the eventual creation of the state Israel in 1948.

"We will chase you house to house and will take revenge for every drop of blood of our martyrs in Palestine," Salami said. "and this is the beginning point of Islamic nations awakening for your defeat."

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Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini
The deputy commander promised that Palestine will no longer remain calm and cited a statement by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic regime: "Imam [Khomeini] with the statement that Israel must be wiped from the face of the Earth gave a true message to the world. This message enlightened the Muslims and became the concept on the streets of Syria, Lebanon and Palestine."

Salami, recalling previous wars Israel fought against Hezbollah in Lebanon, said: "The end of the Zionist regime [Israel] has arrived. Islamic movements are armed, missiles are positioned, and today we witness how the arms of the resistance in a corner of the Islamic world are controlling the events in the face of the tragic and barbaric attack by the Zionist regime against the oppressed and defenseless Palestinians in Gaza."

Comment: Hefty rhetoric with dire implications, in many ways well deserved considering the ongoing horrific slaughter of Palestinians from infants on up. It is recognized by millions, given the recent protests around the world, that the Palestinians need champions. By stepping up, Iran risks making itself a target in this cause and thereby playing into the Israeli "martyr/victim" trap that ensures unending U.S. and British support...footsteps to the precipice. Can we see the edge?

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Debunking Israel's 11 main myths about Gaza, Hamas and War Crimes

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You've got to hand it to Israeli spinners like Mark Regev. They are masters of PR. In fact, as the Independent's Patrick Cockburn revealed over the weekend, "the playbook they are using is a professional, well-researched and confidential study on how to influence the media and public opinion in America and Europe".

Let's be clear: I'm no fan of Hamas, a brutal and anti-Semitic group which has been accused by Amnesty International and other NGOs of human rights abuses against the people of Gaza and of war crimes against the people of Israel. Firing rockets into civilian areas isn't justified under international law, even if it is framed as part of a (legitimate) struggle against foreign military occupation.

Having said that, however, in recent days I've been debating supporters of Israel's latest assault on Gaza on radio and on Twitter and I've been astonished not just by the sheer number of fact-free claims made by those supporters, but also by their confidence, slickness and sheer message discipline. According to the pro-Israel, pro-IDF crowd, Hamas is to blame for everything.

This, of course, is utter nonsense. To quote the late US senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan: "You are entitled to your opinion. But you are not entitled to your own facts."

Comment: Telegenically Dead Palestinians and the Subversion of your Soul

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Russian defence ministry rebuffs US satellite image claims as "Fake"

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Russia's Defense Ministry has stated that "fake" satellite images of alleged shelling of Ukraine from Russian territory were created by US counselors "with close links to Ukraine's Security Council."

The authenticity of the images is impossible to prove, the ministry added.

The Defense Ministry stated that the images posted by the US ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt on his Twitter account, allegedly proving the shelling of Ukraine from Russian territory, are "fake," ITAR-TASS reports.

"These materials were posted to Twitter not by accident, as their authenticity is impossible to prove - due to the absence of the attribution to the exact area, and an extremely low resolution. Let alone using them as 'photographic evidence'," Igor Konashenkov, the official representative of the ministry, stated.

Comment: By planting fake pictures and 'evidence' on social networks, the U.S. and Kiev regimes are able to get all the perks of propaganda without having to prove their veracity.

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Kiev shells Orthodox Church compound in Gorlovka, Donetsk - At least 13 people killed, all unarmed

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Ukrainian Orthodox Church facilities in Gorlovka, in the Donetsk region have come under artillery fire from Kiev forces. The attack caused casualties in nearby streets and damaged some church buildings, according to the Gorlovka diocesan administration.

The Ukrainian army launched an artillery attack on Gorlovka city center at around 10 am local time on Monday. One of the shells hit the city's Orthodox Church premises, reports its press service.

"None of the employees were injured: the shelling occurred during the service when everyone was in the cathedral," it said in a statement. "The watch - who was in a utility room at a time survived by a miracle."

However, the attack resulted in casualties in the neighboring area.
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Kiev hurries to say that a rocket blast downed MH17, Dutch probe answers: they don't know what they are talking about

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Flight recorders of B-777 airliner that has crashed in Ukraine being transferred to Malaysian experts
Ukraine says analysis of the black box flight recorders from the downed Malaysia Airlines plane shows it was destroyed by shrapnel from a rocket blast. Dutch investigators, however, say they have not shared data with Kiev, calling the claim "premature."

The Ukrainian Security Council on Monday said that passenger flight MH17 crashed in eastern Ukraine due to "massive explosive decompression."

The spokesman for the Council, Andrey Lysenko, told a news conference in Kiev the information came from experts analyzing the recorders from the plane that came down in territory held by anti-government forces in eastern Ukraine on July 17, killing all 298 passengers on board.

However, the Dutch Safety Board (DSB), which is heading the investigation into the crash, was puzzled by statements coming from Kiev. According to DSB spokeswoman Sara Vernooij, the "premature" release of details of MH17 black boxes is "not in the best interest of the investigation."
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25 recent events that rulers hope we forget when they blame the collapse of the 'old world order' on Russia

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Remember when our rulers told us that regimes like Saddam, Gaddafi, and Assad were the epitome of evil and must be liberated because they allegedly killed their own citizens? Probably not. Americans have short memories.

I only remind you to let you know that the U.S. and other Western governments have reversed their stance on regimes killing their own citizens. They now fully endorse and support this rule-with-an-iron-fist so long as the victims can be successfully labeled "separatists" or "terrorists".

In fact, they want in on the action. The Pentagon began wargaming this week with the regime in Ukraine on how best to kill pesky citizens in Eastern Ukraine who oppose the U.S. Vice President's son stealing and fracking shale gas on their land.

People who defend their land and families are called "terrorists" when imperial powers want their resources. In turn, Western rulers call violent coups "duly elected" if they pledge allegiance to the IMF.
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Israel's Iron Dome is an iron sieve

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An Iron Dome launcher fires an interceptor rocket in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod, July 8, 2014.
Israel's vaunted Iron Dome defense system is more like an iron sieve. It fails to destroy all but a few of the rockets that Hamas and other Palestinian militant groups fire at Israeli communities. But Israel's early-warning civil-defense systems have proved highly effective.

The radar-guided Iron Dome missile, meant to intercept and smash incoming rockets in the seconds before they strike their targets, works just a small fraction of the time, according to a detailed analysis carried out by scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The study was funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and Ploughshares Fund.

Ted Postol, a physicist at the university and an expert in missiles and missile defenses, has found evidence that only about 5 percent of Iron Dome engagements result in the targeted rocket being destroyed or even sufficiently damaged to disable its explosive warhead. In the other 95 percent of cases, the interceptor either misses entirely or just lightly damages the enemy munition, allowing the rocket's intact warhead to continue arcing toward the ground.

Postol based his conclusion on a careful analysis of amateur videos and photos of Iron Dome interceptions over the past three years. He admitted that most of his data is from a previous round of fighting in 2012. "The data we have collected so far [for 2014], however, indicate the performance of Iron Dome has not markedly improved," Postol wrote on the website of the nonprofit Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

Comment: The fact that Palestinian rockets haven't killed many Israelis is also due in large part that they are crude garden shed projectiles fueled by sugar and fertilizer. If the 'rockets' were as threatening as Israel says, you can be sure we would be seeing the results in the media. Instead, Israelis are cheering atop parked cars as Palestinians are being slaughtered.

One more critical detail to know in relation to the Hamas boogieman is that Hamas is a Creation of Mossad.

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Explaining the US governments' morally bankrupt policy toward Israel: AIPAC rules America

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) exerts tremendous amount of influence on US foreign policy.

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) exerts tremendous amount of influence on US foreign policy.
The official name for Israel's latest assault on Gaza is "Operation Protective Edge." A better name would be "Operation Déjà Vu." As it has on several prior occasions, Israel is using weapons provided by U.S. taxpayers to bombard the captive and impoverished Palestinians in Gaza, where the death toll now exceeds 500. As usual, the U.S. government is siding with Israel, even though most American leaders understand Israel instigated the latest round of violence, is not acting with restraint, and that its actions make Washington look callous and hypocritical in the eyes of most of the world.

This Orwellian situation is eloquent testimony to the continued political clout of AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) and the other hardline elements of the Israel lobby. There is no other plausible explanation for the supine behavior of the U.S. Congress - including some of its most "progressive" members - or the shallow hypocrisy of the Obama administration, especially those officials known for their purported commitment to human rights.

The immediate cause of this latest one-sided bloodletting was the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli hikers in the occupied West Bank, followed shortly thereafter by the kidnapping and fatal burning of a Palestinian teenager by several Israelis. According to J.J. Goldberg's reporting in the Jewish newspaper Forward, the Netanyahu government blamed Hamas for the kidnappings without evidence and pretended the kidnapped Israelis were still alive for several weeks, even though there was evidence indicating the victims were already dead. It perpetrated this deception in order to whip up anti-Arab sentiment and make it easier to justify punitive operations in the West Bank and Gaza.
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