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You've heard the story about the 'Catholic terrorist' Guido Fawkes and the English parliament. You know what they did to him when he was ratted out by informers. And unless you've been living under a rock these past years, you've heard about V for Vendetta, the Wachowski siblings' movie adaptation of Alan Moore's comic book icon. Even if you haven't watched it yet, then you've almost certainly seen the lead character V's legacy in footage and images from demonstrations across the planet's capital cities this year:

I don't think it's an overstatement to say that this revolutionary movie has inspired a generation to rise up. It has certainly been a fitting prop! Folks in the UK traditionally celebrate today with a bonfire in commemoration of Fawkes's death and continuity of the status quo. What most don't realise, is that they are celebrating a crime by the elite against the people.
After Queen Elizabeth I died in 1603, English Catholics who had had a rough time under her reign had hoped that her successor, James I, would be more tolerant of their religion. Alas, he was not, and this angered a number of young men who decided that violent action was the answer.

One young man in particular, Robert Catesby suggested to some close friends that the thing to do was to blow up the Houses of Parliament. In doing so, they would kill the King, maybe even the Prince of Wales, and the Members of Parliament who were making life difficult for the Catholics.

To carry out their plan, the conspirators got hold of 36 barrels of gunpowder - and stored it in a cellar, just under the House of Lords.

But as the group worked on the plot, it became clear that some innocent people would be hurt or killed in the attack. Some of the plotters started having second thoughts. One of the group members even sent an anonymous letter warning his friend, Lord Monteagle, to stay away from the Parliament on November 5th.

The warning letter reached the King, and the King's forces made plans to stop the conspirators. Guy Fawkes, who was in the cellar of the parliament with the 36 barrels of gunpowder when the authorities stormed it in the early hours of November 5th, was caught, tortured and executed. [...]
The story of the Gunpowder Plot is an interesting one. It is generally accepted that it would have been unlikely that the conspirators could gather 36 barrels of gunpowder and store them in a cellar under the house of Lords without the security forces of the day getting suspicious. Furthermore, there is serious doubt about whether the letter mentioned above was in fact genuine. In fact, it is believed today to have been fabricated by the King's officials. Historians suggest that the letter was simply a tool for the King's officials who already knew about the plot from the very mouth of one of the plotters.

As a tool for the king's men, the letter was ideal. It made it easy to explain how the King found out about the Plot and stopped it just in time before his untimely death. At the same time, the letter was vague enough to give the officials all the latitude they wanted in falsifying confessions and to pursue their own anti-Catholic ends. In fact, we could go further and suggest that the entire plot was a set-up, a 17th-century "false flag", if you will.

So while the British today misguidedly celebrate the execution of a man whose main aim was to liberate them from injustice, the mask that has come to represent that man via the movie V for Vendetta is today a symbol of that same desire to liberate the ordinary citizen from the grinding, relentless death machine that is civilization in the modern age.
USA

Syrian actor Mohamad Rafea captured, tortured and killed by US-backed death squad

Rafea Mohamad was an actor in Syria. He was kidnapped and killed by the FSA. He spoke out several times and told the truth about what is really happening. They silenced his voice, but his legacy lives on.

Bomb

Israeli PM's 2010 Iran strike order rebuffed by IDF and Mossad, says Israel's Channel 2 documentary

Israeli fighter plane
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An Israeli F-15 fighterjet
In 2010, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the IDF to prepare fully for a war with Iran. The head of Mossad intelligence service and country's chief of general staff opposed the move and prevented war with Iran, a documentary claims.

­Investigative journalist Ilana Dayan produced an hour-long documentary for Israel's Channel 2 TV on the decision-making process in Israeli policy towards Iran over the last decade, from PM Ariel Sharon to PM Benjamin Netanyahu.

The film, to be aired late on Monday, poses the question as to how far a politician can go in taking a "no return" decision to assault a foreign state he believes poses a threat to his country and whether he has the authority to do so unilaterally.

The move was made during a meeting of "forum of seven" group that represents only a part of the Israeli government. Netanyahu addressed the now-retired Chief of General Staff Gabi Ashkenazi and actually ordered the head of the Israeli Defense Forces to "set the systems for P-plus," which means full IDF readiness for an assault. The request met full support of the attending the meeting country's Defense Minister Ehud Barak.
Star of David

It's time for sanctions on Israel

Benjamin Netanyahu, right, and the foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman
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The Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, right, and the foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, shake hands after they announced their parties will unite for the 2013 election.
The merger of the rightwing parties will increase extremism and racism against Palestinians. Sanctions are the only answer

Ahead of the Israeli elections next January, a merger between the parties of the prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, and the foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, has been announced. They are to contest the elections on a joint list, intending to become the largest bloc in the Knesset.

The move is seen as an achievement for both men. Netanyahu was shaken by the recent decline in the popularity of his Likud party at the rate of one seat per week. More specifically, his apprehension revolved around the possible return of Ehud Olmert, the former Israeli prime minister, as leader of an opposition alliance consisting of Tzipi Livni, the former foreign minister; Shaul Mofaz, leader of Kadima; and Yair Labed, a rising political star.

Netanyahu's avowed objective is to assemble a major political force that would guarantee his re-election and ensure his dominance of the Israeli right. Lieberman is the main beneficiary of this alliance: it guarantees power for his party, Yisrael Beiteinu, and under the agreement, Lieberman can choose to run whatever ministry he desires, including the important ministry of defence. He will gain political legitimacy and be transformed from a mere participant in a coalition government to a key player. If in recent years the government has been a construct of Netanyahu and Ehud Barak, the defence minister, the next government will be a Netanyahu-Lieberman one. Lieberman can also contest Likud's leadership after Netanyahu.

The alliance reflects a lunge to the right, at a time of greater extremism in Israeli politics. Previously, Lieberman was very much on the margins. When he became minister of transport, a minister in the Labour party resigned, refusing to sit at the same table with him.
Megaphone

Mayor Bloomberg diverts resources and National Guard from 'war zone' within city

Residents throughout the city and surrounding areas have been hit hard by the violent winds, rains, and flooding that the "super storm" Sandy threw at them earlier in the week.

Now facing the aftermath, residents and businesses await the next phase of recovery as they piece back together their lives to some sense of normality. But when will it come?

In the middle of New York harbor lies weather struck Staten Island, mostly flooded and submerged from the storm.

It has now been reported by ABC and others that Staten Island is under distress as residents fight for there lives in what has been described as not only a "disaster zone" but a "war zone".

Thousands of people are displaced as some seek refuge in shelters throughout the region.
Bullseye

Dr. Judy Wood - Where Did the Towers Go?


This is a video and picture enhanced radio show interview between Dr. Judy Wood and Regina Meredith on Conscious Media Network at http://www.cmn.tv/radio/judy-wood/

Where Did The Towers Go is Dr. Judy Wood's book which is a summary of the physical evidence submitted in her federal qui tam case accusing the defendants of science fraud. NIST was mandated by congress to "Determine why and how WTC 1 and WTC 2 collapsed..." yet NIST admitted to me that they did not analyze the "collapse." The contractors they hired with taxpayer money knowingly allowed the fraudulent report to become final.
Camera

Yemen's Tattered Reality After 'Fairytale' Revolution - Photographic perspectives

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A portrait of deposed President Ali Abdullah Saleh hangs from an abandoned government ministry in the Hassaba district in downtown Sana'a.
A year on from the Arab Spring, supposed to usher in a new era for Yemen, for most it is a perilous time. With no clear direction, it is plagued by instability and lawlessness, allowing it to fall prey to further US military expansion.

­The unrest brought about by the Arab Spring triggered numerous political transitions throughout the Middle East and North Africa in 2011. In Yemen, the only state in the Arabian Peninsula to have a republican form of government, President Ali Abdullah Saleh was deposed after 33 years in power, and replaced by his deputy, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.

After nearly a year since this political transition, Yemen continues to face food insecurity, impoverishment and the threat of violent extremism from Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and other Islamist militias. Guns are everywhere in the country's capital, Sana'a, and several government ministries are abandoned and riddled with bullet holes. Once frequented by foreign tourists, political instability has left Yemen's rich historical sites abandoned.
Pirates

U.S.-backed terrorists mass murder unarmed civilians in Syria

Washington Post claims "soldiers" were executed - terrorists in video clearly refer to victims as civilian "shabih." Victims had no weapons, uniforms, or IDs indicating they were soldiers.

Images and reports eventually trickled out as NATO-backed genocide unfolded throughout Tripoli's streets, indicating the destruction of infrastructure and the specific targeting of black Libyans written off by the corporate media as "suspected mercenaries." Benghazi rebels have been long reported to harbor extremist ideologies and an intense ethnic and racial hatred. These very Libyan, Benghazi terrorists are now streaming into Syria to commit similar atrocities against the Syrian people.
An egregious war crime was reported on by the Washington Post, but deceitfully and purposefully spun and shrugged off. In the Post's article, "Syrian rebels execute unarmed government soldiers; dozens killed in fighting," it is first reported:
Syrian rebels executed at least a half-dozen unarmed government soldiers Thursday after attacks on checkpoints near the town of Saraqeb in northwest Syria.
Then:
The execution of the soldiers, which was documented in a graphic video [GRAPHIC] posted online Thursday, is not the first time that rebel fighters appear to have committed war crimes. U.N. representatives and human rights organizations have repeatedly criticized the Syrian opposition in recent months for carrying out summary executions and for abusing detainees.
The video clearly shows unarmed men, none of whom are wearing uniforms or equipment typical of "government soldiers." The Washington Post then links to another video while reporting:
A second video posted online Thursday [GRAPHIC], which appears to have been filmed shortly after the execution, shows at least three other bodies spread out around the checkpoint. The man filming approaches two of the bodies and says, "The shabiha of Assad, the dogs."
Dollar

Did Icelandic households receive a major debt forgiveness? Yes and no


In effect, the Icelandic revolution was neutralised
"tkn" asked me in a comment to How to create a housing bubble? whether it was true that the Icelandic households had had their debt forgiven in any major amount. This is, unfortunately, not true. The short answer is that Icelandic households had 196.3 billion ISK (about 1.0 billion pounds) "forgiven" of their debts. That's about 12% of GDP.

But that's not really it. According to the "Icelandic Broadcasting Company" (IBC instead of BBC) the write-offs consisted of:
43.6 billion ISK due to the 110% act: if your mortgage was worth more than 110% of the market value of your property you could apply for, but not necessarily get, debt forgiveness to the point where the rest of your debt would be 110% of the market value. This, along with the next point, was organised and, of course, hailed by the government as a "significant" act to lessen the debt burden of households.

"Abstract debt relief" provided for 6.2 billion ISK of the total 196.3 billion. This part was for individuals and couples that were in "serious" debt difficulties.
Pirates

International corporations move in for the kill as Africa is carved up in massive land grab

Food and Agriculture Organisation chief José Graziano da Silva demands high noon on land grabs that jeopardise food security

Amid warnings that land deals are undermining food security, the head of the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has compared "land grabs" in Africa to the "wild west", saying a "sheriff" is needed to restore the rule of law.

José Graziano da Silva, the FAO's director general, conceded it was not possible to stop large investors buying land, but said deals in poor countries needed to be brought under control.

"I don't see that it's possible to stop it. They are private investors," said Graziano da Silva in a telephone interview. "We do not have the tools and instruments to stop big companies buying land. Land acquisitions are a reality. We can't wish them away, but we have to find a proper way of limiting them. It appears to be like the wild west and we need a sheriff and law in place."
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