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Military occupation of West Africa: U.S. Reaper drone crashes at Niger airport

An American drone crashed into the runway at Niger's main international airport on Monday, damaging it and shutting the facility down for hours, the US military has confirmed, adding that there were no casualties or injuries.

The crash occurred in the early morning around 3:40 am at Diori Hamani International airport, according to AFP, which added that the runway was closed for nearly nine hours to enable crews to repair the damage.

In a statement by the US Air Forces in Europe and Africa, it was revealed that the drone was an unarmed MQ-9 Reaper, which is remotely operated and capable of maintaining airborne surveillance efforts for dozens of hours.

"The US government is working closely with the government of Niger to secure the scene and mitigate inconveniences caused by the incident," the statement read, as quoted by AFP. "The cause of the incident is currently under investigation."

The use of surveillance drones over Niger has been a common occurrence since 2013, when the United States started the practice in an attempt to bolster French troops battling Islamist militants in neighboring Mali. Roughly 1,200 French soldiers are trying to contain an insurgency that erupted in 2012.
Che Guevara

It's fine when it happens over there! London police clear #OccupyDemocracy protesters from Parliament Square


What, no bulldozers, chains, rifles, molotovs, and machetes? Hmmm, Kievans must just be naturally more violent then...
Occupy Parliament Square in London ended before it really begun. British and American agents are very good at fomenting dissent abroad... and crushing it at home.


Comment: Are you in the UK?

Did you even know this was going on?

But you are certainly aware that Occupy protests are taking place in Hong Kong.

Strange that, don't you think?

Anyway, the police cleared the protesters out of Parliament Square this morning... because it's illegal to protest in London without state approval.

Info

No 'alien underwater activity': Sweden lied about location submarine

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It's a dolphin!
The Swedish Armed Forces admitted Monday evening that they have failed to maintain transparency and issued false information about the whereabouts of the alleged foreign submarine in the Stockholm archipelago.

"The Armed Forces are conducting an intelligence operation in the Stockholm archipelago. . . We are supposed to do this with maximum transparency while preserving operational secrecy. This is how a credible, correct authority should and must act to preserve public confidence. It must be said that the Armed Forces in a sense have failed at this," Sweden's Armed Forces said in a statement.

On Sunday, Sweden's Armed Forces released a photograph of an object, suspected to be a foreign submarine in the Stockholm archipelago and a map, allegedly showing where the photo was taken. The area of the sighting was reported to be Jungfrufjärden, a fjard near the settlement of Dalarö south of Stockholm.

Comment: See:Cold war fever: Sweden denies 'Russian submarine hunt' report as military search ongoing

Monkey Wrench

Newspeak: NY Times jargon what 'democracy' really means in U.S.


Bolivia’s popular president, Evo Morales, overwhelmingly won a third term on Sunday.
One of the most accidentally revealing media accounts highlighting the real meaning of "democracy" in US discourse is a still-remarkable 2002 New York Times Editorial on the US-backed military coup in Venezuela, which temporarily removed that country's democratically elected (and very popular) president, Hugo Chávez. Rather than describe that coup as what it was by definition - a direct attack on democracy by a foreign power and domestic military which disliked the popularly elected president - the Times, in the most Orwellian fashion imaginable, literally celebrated the coup as a victory for democracy:
With yesterday's resignation of President Hugo Chávez, Venezuelan democracy is no longer threatened by a would-be dictator. Mr. Chávez, a ruinous demagogue, stepped down after the military intervened and handed power to a respected business leader, Pedro Carmona.
Thankfully, said the NYT, democracy in Venezuela was no longer in danger . . . because the democratically-elected leader was forcibly removed by the military and replaced by an unelected, pro-US "business leader." The Champions of Democracy at the NYT then demanded a ruler more to their liking: "Venezuela urgently needs a leader with a strong democratic mandate to clean up the mess, encourage entrepreneurial freedom and slim down and professionalize the bureaucracy."
Heart - Black

MK Zoabi: Israeli combat pilots are no better than Islamic State beheaders

Balad MK Haneen Zoabi
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Balad MK Haneen Zoabi in the Knesset.
Says 'Islamic State kills one person at a time with a knife and the IDF at the press of a button [kills] dozens of Palestinians.

'MK Haneen Zoabi (Balad) equated fighters of Islamic State with Israeli soldiers on Sunday. "They [IS] kill one person at a time with a knife and the IDF at the press of a button [kills] dozens of Palestinians," Zoabi told Channel 2 Online in an interview. Zoabi added that an Israeli pilot "is no less a terrorist than a person who takes a knife and commits a beheading."

Zoabi said she believes that "both are armies of murderers, they have no boundaries and no red lines." Zoabi said the cases of Arab Israelis joining IS do not add up to a trend but rather represent a "very tiny number on the margins" - people who "apparently have no options in life." Zoabi said such people had lost meaning in their lives and adopted a closed, fundamentalist ideology.

"In Iraq and Syria they have their picture taken with a knife and here they have their picture taken with dead bodies and with their bombardments and they also laugh," she said. "The M-16 and the bombardments kill more than a knife."
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U.S. corporations are doing better than ever; taxes are not "crushing"

While middle-class and low-income Americans struggle to get by, corporate profits are soaring. In 2013, corporate after-tax profits consumed a record-breaking 11.2 percent of total national income. Between 1946 and 2010, after-tax corporate profits always remained below 10 percent of national income, but 2013 was the fourth consecutive year in which corporate profits exceeded 10 percent of national income.
Meanwhile, corporate income taxes only constituted about 10 percent of total federal revenues collected in fiscal year 2013, which is right in line with their average contribution since FY 1980 but down sharply from earlier decades, when corporations contributed double or triple that percentage.

Comment: While Americans remain homeless, jobless and struggle to get by, the psychopaths and their representative corporations are enjoying the fruits of the conscious-less system they created.


The Psychopathic Corporation -- A Clinical Diagnosis (PCLR), by Dr. Robert Hare

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

Donetsk
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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.
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