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Bay Area activists stage citizen's arrest of Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely at West Coast Ha'aretz conference

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Bay Area activists pulled off an awesome action yesterday at Ha'aretz's Zionism 3.0: Israel's Place in Tomorrow's World conference in Palo Alto, California. As Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely was introduced and stepped up to the podium a clear voice rang out:
"Tzipi Hotovely this is a citizens' arrest! We charge you with inciting colonial violence"

Comment: Bravo for these protesters. Keep it going!

Bad Guys

Prominent Israeli settler runs over, shoots and kills 16-year-old Palestinian girl in Nablus

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A prominent Israeli settler ran over a 16-year-old Palestinian girl and then shot her dead, saying that he believed she intended to carry out a stabbing attack at Huwarra checkpoint in the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus, Israeli media reported.

The Palestinian military liaison office identified the teenager as Ashraqat Taha Ahmad Qatanani from Nablus, and said they had notified her family of their daughter's death. Israeli news site Ynet identified the man who ran over and shot Qatanani as Gershon Mesika, the former head of the "Samaria regional council," which represents Israel's illegal settlements in the northern West Bank.

After running the girl over with his car and landing in a ditch, Mesika reportedly got out of his car and opened fire on the girl, alongside Israeli forces who also opened fire, Israeli media reported. An Israeli army spokesperson did not immediately respond when asked for comment. No Israelis were reported injured in the alleged attack.

Comment: Israel's proxy killing machine continues on. What a sick bastard!

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A knife photographed at the scene - how convenient!
The girl's death was the second violent incident in 24 hours. On Saturday evening, a Palestinian, identified as Muhammad Shaker al-Tarda,18, stabbed and wounded four Israelis, including a 13-year-old girl, in the southern Israeli city of Kiryat Gat, before being arrested hours later, Israeli police said.

Israeli police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld said at the time that an Israeli man was seriously wounded and two women and a 13-year-old girl moderately wounded in what he described as a "confirmed terrorist attack," which took place on the city's King David Street. Shortly afterwards, Israeli police said that a mob of Israeli civilians violently beat and bound the hands of a Palestinian Bedouin man they incorrectly believed was the attacker.

The four Israelis and the Bedouin were evacuated to Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon. Two days earlier, four Israelis and one Palestinian were killed in two separate attacks in Tel Aviv and the illegal settlement bloc of Gush Etzion in the southern West Bank. The Palestinian attackers were afterwards arrested.

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Tunisia bus explosion: Bomb kills 12 Tunisian presidential guard in 'act of terror'

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Mohamed V Avenue in Tunis where a bus exploded.
At least 12 people have died after a bus carrying the Tunisian presidential guard exploded on a main road in Tunis.

The blast occurred on Mohamed V Avenue, at the heart of the Tunisian capital, according to a spokesman for the North African country's Interior Ministry.

The spokesman had previously said that six people had died, but later updated the death toll to 12.

Interior Ministry spokesman Walid Louguini said at least 12 were killed and 16 wounded in what the government considers a "terrorist act."


Police State America: Cops have killed over 1000 people in 2015

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A protestor stands in front of riot Police Monday, April 27, 2015, following the funeral of Freddie Gray in Baltimore.
Police have killed over 1,000 people in 2015, and about 20 percent of those killed were completely unarmed.

As of Monday evening, U.S. police had killed 1,024 people since the start of the year, according to The Counted, a continuously updated database of U.S. police killings maintained by The Guardian. Of the total, 203 victims of police were unarmed.

In November alone police killed 10 unarmed males, including Jamar Clark, the 24-year-old man whose death led to in ongoing protests in Minneapolis, and Jeremy Mardis, a six-year-old who was shot by police in Louisiana during a chase. (Body camera footage showed that the two officers involved in Mardis' death fired recklessly into the car driven by Chris Few, the boy's father, who was also injured in the incident. The two officers have been arrested.)

Despite claims America's police forces need to be highly armed in order to defend themselves against a "war on cops," just 34 police were fatally shot and three others died of assault in the line of duty so far this year, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page, which tracks police deaths in the United States.

Comment: The war on cops is a fraud. The amount of police officers who prey on citizens is unprecedented.


Chicago policeman charged with murder in 2014 shooting of black teen before video release

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Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke is seen in an undated picture released by the Cook County State's Attorney's Office in Chicago, Illinois. Van Dyke was charged on Tuesday with first-degree murder in the October 2014 shooting of a black teenager, a state prosecutor said...
A white Chicago policeman was charged with murder on Tuesday in the October 2014 shooting of a black teenager, a day before the planned release of a video taken by a police vehicle's dashboard camera showing the young man was shot 16 times.

A state prosecutor, Anita Alvarez, said in a statement that the officer, Jason Van Dyke, was being processed at Chicago's main criminal courthouse and would appear at a bond hearing at noon CST (1:00 p.m. ET).

Last week, a Cook County judge ordered the release of the dashcam video showing the killing of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, and Chicago authorities said they would make it public on Wednesday. The city has already paid McDonald's family a $5 million civil settlement even though they did not file a lawsuit.

Comment: Looks like public pressure and threat of violent protests helped bring about this conviction.

Brick Wall

Muslim refugees on what its like to live in Paris

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"I wish I can go back to Libya," Hussein, a refugee living on the outskirts of Paris, told Mic. "It's war, but at least it's better there."

Speaking in Arabic, Hussein was translated by Asma Ajroudi, a Tunisian freelance journalist working with refugees. Hussein feared that his family, who still live in Libya, would be targeted by ruling powers if he was critical of his country, so he requested anonymity.

"Journalists betrayed me," he said, regarding his initial hesitation to talk. "This is why I don't like speaking to them. Everyone says they are here to help and [to] tell our story, but once they get their money they are gone and they never come back."

Hussein said he was imprisoned in Libya for essentially being black.

Comment: One wonders why this last point would even be stressed three times in the article - since the vast majority of refugees are Muslim having escaped the ravages of the NATO/ISIL war of terror. In any case, Paris - and even all of France is quick becoming a cauldron of xenophobia, institutionalized racism, and police state totalitarianism that is sure to boil over into much more suffering for those who are seeking the safety of asylum.

Bizarro Earth

The unfolding European housing crisis

Property prices across almost all the 28 EU member states have increased and have grown faster than incomes. The price correction of the post 2008 era fizzled out due to zero interest rate policy by the global central banks. The price-income ratios are still not back in line, effectively creating another debt fuelled housing bubble.

The latest data available for poverty in the EU highlights that more than a third of the population is at risk of poverty or social exclusion in five EU Member States: Bulgaria (48.0 %), Romania (40.4 %), Greece (35.7 %), Latvia (35.1 %) and Hungary (33.5 %). At the other end of the scale, the lowest shares of persons being at risk of poverty or social exclusion were recorded in Sweden (16.4 %), Finland (16.0 %), the Netherlands (15.9 %) and the Czech Republic (14.6 %).

Housing is of course by far the most income consuming expenditure, followed largely by heating and food.

27.6% of children and 18.3% of pensioners in the EU now live in poverty. By contrast as Global Research mentioned in a report on Libya "In 1967 Colonel Gaddafi inherited one of the poorest nations in Africa; however, by the time he was assassinated, Gaddafi had turned Libya into Africa's wealthiest nation. Libya had the highest GDP per capita and life expectancy on the continent. Less people lived below the poverty line than in the Netherlands."


Get ready for a wallet biopsy: Negative interest rates, cashless societies and the $10 trillion bail-in

Remember those old ads showing a senior couple lounging on a warm beach, captioned "Let your money work for you"? Or the scene in Mary Poppins where young Michael is being advised to put his tuppence in the bank, so that it can compound into "all manner of private enterprise," including "bonds, chattels, dividends, shares, shipyards, amalgamations . . . ."?

That may still work if you're a Wall Street banker, but if you're an ordinary saver with your money in the bank, you may soon be paying the bank to hold your funds rather than the reverse.

Four European central banks - the European Central Bank, the Swiss National Bank, Sweden's Riksbank, and Denmark's Nationalbank - have now imposed negative interest rates on the reserves they hold for commercial banks; and discussion has turned to whether it's time to pass those costs on to consumers. The Bank of Japan and the Federal Reserve are still at ZIRP (Zero Interest Rate Policy), but several Fed officials have also begun calling for NIRP (negative rates).


UK MPs to interrogate Blair over relations with Gaddafi

UK Parliament: Blair has some explaining to do.
The UK parliament is set to question former Prime Minister Tony Blair on the nature of his relationship with Libya's ex-dictator Muammar Gaddafi. Blair will face questions next month about his role in orchestrating British foreign policy towards Libya when he appears before the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee. The British MPs say Blair is fully responsible for Britain's Libya policy.

"The policy construct inherited in 2011 was Blair's. He was the one who reset Libya - it was his signal achievement, he claimed, to disarm Colonel Gaddafi of his weapons, his WMDs," Committee chairman and Conservative MP Sir Crispin Blunt.

According to Blunt, Gaddafi was allowed to "buy himself out of the sanctions" even though he was "certainly a supporter of terrorists." Now the select committee is conducting an investigation into the controversial 2004 "deal in the desert" brokered by Blair, under which Libya relinquished attempts to acquire nuclear weapons in exchange for allowing Gaddafi to stay in power and reopening diplomatic ties between Libya and the West.

The deal, signed just one year after the US-led invasion of Iraq, was heavily criiticized by observers, who resented the Gaddafi regime's support of terrorism. Tony Blair was revealed to have spoken to Gaddafi several times on the telephone in 2011 in an attempt to secure a peace deal during the uprising.

Documents discovered in abandoned Libyan government offices following the 2011 revolution revealed Blair's government colluded with Gaddafi to kidnap and fly Libyan dissidents to Tripoli from the UK.

Comment: Can't believe they are doing the "abandoned government offices" document find ploy. What are the chances these are real or accurate? Libya was a progressive and stable democratic country before the West got its mitts on it. (What country do you think, out of a mere 40, is "certainly" supporting terrorists now?)


Paris evacuates underground Republique metro station due to security measures

The Republique underground railway station in Paris was evacuated Tuesday for security reasons, the French state transport operator RATP said. "The Republique station was evacuated on the police's request," the RATP said.

According to the transport operator, the traffic on several lines of Paris metro was restricted due to "security measures."

The Republique station is situated in close proximity to the Bataclan concert hall, one of the venues of the November 13 series of suicide bombings and shootings, which claimed the lives of at least 130 people and injured over 360.