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Ukraine's Nakba: U.N. says 3 quarters of a million people have fled into Russia since U.S. puppet regime siezed power in February

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About 730,000 Ukrainians have left the country for Russia this year, the European head of the United Nations agency for refugees said on Tuesday, citing data compiled by Russia.

The figure, which the UNHCR said it had assessed as reliable, excluded people who would normally have crossed the border for trade or tourism purposes, the agency's European director Vincent Cochetel told a news briefing.

"The 730,000, it's the 'plus' compared to other years," he said. "...Sometimes they just walk across the border, they come with plastic bags. Many of them are really destitute."

The figure suggests this year's exodus from Ukraine is bigger than previously thought.

A further 117,000 were displaced inside Ukraine, a number that was growing by about 1,200 per day, he said.

The UNHCR did not break down its headline figure by ethnic group, though Cochetel said a "wind of panic" was driving civilians away as the Ukrainian army closes in on major eastern cities held by separatist forces.

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Futile: UN humanitarian chief to visit Ukraine

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Sounds good, doesn't it?: United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos
United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, is expected to visit Ukraine later this week, planning also to make a stop in the country's eastern regions to evaluate the humanitarian situation, a UN representative said Thursday.

"Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, will travel to Ukraine between 21 and 24 August 2014. Ms. Amos is also expected to visit eastern Ukraine to see firsthand the humanitarian situation for people in the areas affected by fighting," Amanda Pitt, a spokeswoman for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said.

Comment: While she is at it, maybe Ms. Amos could also visit all these Ukranian refugees in Russia, and learn a thing or two about true hospitality from the Russians?

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Psychopath USA: Operating on both sides of Syrian-Iraqi border, providing cover for terrorists in Syria, fighting ISIS in Iraq

US may attempt to arm and provide air cover for terrorists in Syria after claiming success in fighting ISIS in Iraq using Kurds.

As predicted, the "sudden" appearance of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (ISIS) in northern Iraq weeks ago, has created the rhetorical framework within which the United States and its regional partners will attempt to militarily intervene in both Iraq and Syria. Token US airstrikes have already been underway in Iraq, and it is now revealed that US special operation forces have been operating in Syria, under the guise of attempting to rescue abducted and now slain American journalist, James Wright Foley. The New York Times in an article titled, "U.S. Tried to Take Foley and Other Hostages From ISIS," claimed:
A secret nighttime military mission authorized by President Obama to rescue Americans held captive in Syria failed early this summer when a team of two dozen Delta Force commandos raided an oil refinery in the northern part of the country but found after a firefight with Islamic militants that there were no hostages to be saved, administration officials said Wednesday.
With one American journalist, TIME reporter Steven Sotloff, still missing and allegedly being held by ISIS terrorists, further US military incursions into Syrian territory may be attempted under a similar alleged pretense. To further justify expanding across the border and into Syria already ongoing US military operations in Iraq, the Western media has begun claiming that ISIS leadership, "fearing" US airstrikes, are fleeing to safety in neighboring Syria.

Comment: And there we have it, clearly laid out, the reason the US has suddenly offered to defend Iraq against ISIS, the force they created and trained to attack the Assad government in Syria. Not for humanitarian reasons at all it seems. They want an excuse, any excuse, to attack openly within Syria, and to accomplish that difficult task that they have been trying to achieve for some years, regime change in Syria.


The Historical Perspective of the 2014 Gaza Massacre

Israel's 'Operation Protective Edge' against the occupied Gaza Strip.

People in Gaza and elsewhere in Palestine feel disappointed at the lack of any significant international reaction to the carnage and destruction the Israeli assault has so far left behind it in the Strip. The inability, or unwillingness, to act seems to be first and foremost an acceptance of the Israeli narrative and argumentation for the crisis in Gaza. Israel has developed a very clear narrative about the present carnage in Gaza.

It is a tragedy caused by an unprovoked Hamas missile attack on the Jewish State, to which Israel had to react in self-defence. While mainstream western media, academia and politicians may have reservations about the proportionality of the force used by Israel, they accept the gist of this argument. This Israeli narrative is totally rejected in the world of cyber activism and alternative media. There it seems the condemnation of the Israeli action as a war crime is widespread and consensual.

Comment: A good comprehensive summation of the history of Israel's actions in Gaza, as far as it goes. Unfortunately, the author does not seem to grasp the extent of ponerology in Israel or that the leaders of Israel and the west are psychopaths with no concern other than achieving their genocidal agenda. Perhaps reading Political Ponerology might bring some light to the subject.


Income control - A nasty trick coming to a government near you

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Sydney - Income control is the process of managing welfare recipients' money by governments. This includes not being allowed to purchase alcohol and tobacco, and withholding of money to pay rent and expenses.

The idea comes to you courtesy of an Australian billionaire called "Twiggy" Forrest. Twiggy apparently hasn't twigged to the fact that welfare payments aren't exactly luxurious and generally can't pay for real world costs.

No, a billionaire hasn't suddenly had an original idea, in case you were worrying about that. The idea is based on an income management scheme currently used to manage finances for Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders. The Australian government has said it won't be taking up the idea immediately, "in the next weeks or months."

The government, meanwhile, has imposed truly draconian requirements on Newstart (unemployment welfare) recipients, including going for 40 jobs a month. "Work for the dole" is also a required part of receiving unemployment welfare for those aged up to 59.

School leavers are unable to receive benefits for six months, and are required to apply for jobs anyway to be eligible for benefits. Critics have said that this is a case of the rich punishing the poor, but the poisonous element in the apparently endless tiers of hoops for welfare recipients to jump through has become a serious social issue.

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Be afraid! Islamic State terrorists could have already crossed US border - Rick Perry

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Texas Governor Rick Perry
Texas Gov. Rick Perry sounded the alarm on Thursday over the "very real possibility" that terrorists associated with the Islamic State and other extremist groups have already snuck into the United States via its border with Mexico.

In a speech to the Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC, the former presidential candidate - and potential 2016 contender - said that quick action needs to be taken in order to prevent terrorists from entering the US. Since border security is already lax, he argued, "individuals from ISIS or other terrorist states" could already be within the country's borders.

Perry acknowledged that there is "no clear evidence" that terrorists are in the US, but continued to stress the issue.

"I think there's obvious, great concern about the border not being secure and us not knowing who is penetrating across," he said, as quoted by ThinkProgress. "The cartels, as vicious and brutal as they are, might be the least of our worries. What other bad actors are coming here, or for that matter, have arrived already? Where did they come from? What did they bring with them?"

According to the New York Times, Perry portrayed the situation at the border - in which tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants have illegally entered the US since last October - as a national security issue. He called on the government to not only add more law enforcement officials to keep an eye on the border, but to also deploy drones to the region as a way to implement more effective monitoring.

In a 2013 terrorism assessment, however, the State Department found, "There are no known international terrorist organizations operating in Mexico, and there is no evidence that any terrorist group has targeted U.S. citizens in Mexican territory." It also said no known terror cells related to Al-Qaeda or Hezbollah were operating in the Western hemisphere.

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Jihadi forces in Iraq strengthened by U.S. policy

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Fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) stand guard at a checkpoint in the northern Iraq city of Mosul, June 11, 2014
The US' strengthening of extreme jihadi forces and weakening the traditional governments in the Middle East in recent years is now the main problem in Iraq and the region, Martin Sieff, a veteran American foreign correspondent, told RIA Novosti Tuesday.

Comment: It's only a "problem" for those innocent people who will suffer at the hands of the extremists. Obama and the West will not be in that group.

"Although President Barack Obama made clear in his speech that he understood the United States could now only play a limited role in Iraq, the problem is that the United States has recklessly strengthened extreme jihadi forces throughout the Middle East in recent years and it has systematically weakened the traditional governments in the region," Sieff said.

"Al-Qaeda, ISIS and other extreme forces are now taking advantage of these irresponsible policies," the journalists asserted. "A wave of air strikes will not be enough to solve the problem."

Comment: Here, the journalist is missing the main point - that ISIS/Al-Qaeda are Western creations who do exactly what the U.S. wants them to do. The U.S. policies that benefit those groups are no accident. They are a result of the partnership between Western governments and Middle Eastern jihadist groups.

The US military conducted some 15 airstrikes around Mosul dam on Monday. A new round of air strikes was in support of Iraqi and Kurdish forces near the dam fighting against ISIS militants. The dam fell under control of Islamic State (IS) rebels earlier this month. However, the reports coming from the area of who is in control of the dam, government forces or IS, have been contradicting in the past few days.

Comment: The U.S. doesn't really care about democracy or whether it can be forcibly imposed on Iraq. A radical Islamic government is just fine for the U.S., as long as they can install their puppet politicians and control the country behind the scenes.


Islamic State asked U.S. for $100mn ransom for James Foley before executing him

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Execution of US journalist James Foley
Militants of the Islamic State (IS) group pressed the United States for a $100 million ransom for the release of US journalist James Foley, whose execution was later taped and video was released on the Internet, The New York Times reported, citing a representative of Foley's family.

"Before Mr. Foley was killed, his ISIS [IS] captors asked for a $100 million ransom, according to a representative of the family and a man held alongside Mr. Foley," The New York Times reported.

According to the newspaper, Washington refused to pay and once the United States approved airstrikes in Iraq earlier this month, IS members "forced Mr. Foley to wear the telltale orange jumpsuit, and beheaded him on camera - a horrifying ode to the 'Sheikh of the Slaughterers,' who himself was killed by United States forces in Iraq in 2006."


Sott Exclusive: Hamas' Al-Arouri claims group murdered 3 Israeli teens: Israeli Quisling?


Saleh al-Arouri: never forget, for many people, money trumps ideology every time.
A Hamas official who lives in Turkey has claimed that members of its militant wing kidnapped and killed three Israeli teenagers in June. The killing of the three was initially used by Israel to being its two-week-long bombardment of Gaza, killing 2,000 Palestinians.

Speaking at a conference in Turkey, Saleh Al-Arouri said the al-Qassam Brigades were responsible. The claim has been met with skepticism by many. Al-Arouri is the only member of Hamas to make this claim and it stands in contrast to the statements of both the Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal, who is in exile in Qatar, and the Israeli police, both of whom stated that Hamas was not responsible.

Questions must be asked about Al-Arouri's motivation for making this claim and whether or not he is in a position to make any authoritative statements about Hamas, or the operations of any other Palestinian groups or individuals in the West Bank or elsewhere in the occupied territories. First of all, the Turkish government is no friend of the Palestinian people, so why is Al-Arouri living there?

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Israel's unconscionable weapons of war

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Palestinians look at an unexploded Israeli missile, which witnesses said was fired by an Israeli aircraft on a street in Khuzaa, east of Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip, 3 August.
A few days before he was killed trying to disarm an unexploded Israeli missile, Hazem Abu Murad, the head of Gaza's bomb squad, estimated that Israel had dropped between eighteen to twenty thousand tons of explosives on Gaza since 7 July.

As I write, Israel has resumed its heavy bombardment after a nine-day truce ended without a long-term ceasefire agreement.

If Abu Murad's estimate is right, then the explosive power Israel has fired on Gaza by land, sea and air so far is roughly equivalent to one of the atomic bombs the United States dropped on Japan in August 1945.

The bomb dropped on Hiroshima was rated at 13 kilotons - the equivalent of thirteen thousand tons of high-explosive TNT - while the bomb dropped on Nagasaki was rated at 21 kilotons.

Abu Murad, who died along with five other people on 13 August, estimated that about one thousand tons of unexploded munitions remained. There are more than 1,900 people killed in the ongoing Israeli assault - that is more than one out of every thousand of Gaza's nearly 1.8 million residents.

Israel constantly publishes claims about how many mortar shells or rockets have been fired from Gaza - it claims for instance that 3,360 rockets were fired from Gaza between 8 July and 6 August.

It is well known that the rockets have caused minimal damage and casualties, and most fall in so-called "open areas."

But even the number, which is supposed to sound impressive and justify the attack on Gaza, is actually minuscule compared with the volume of ordnance Israel fires into Gaza.

Estimates based on partial information from Israeli sources indicate that Israel has fired tens of thousands of artillery shells into Gaza and dropped a bare minimum of six thousand tons of bombs from the air. Abu Murad's on-the-ground estimate is certainly plausible.

And the evidence suggests that contrary to Israeli official propaganda about the care taken to protect civilians, the vast majority of Israeli munitions are inaccurate and indiscriminate in the context of densely-populated areas where they have been widely used in Gaza.

This probably explains why Israel is so coy about publicizing the number of missiles, bombs and shells it fires at Gaza.

Comment: More information of the recent events in Palestine and Israel's motives: