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BP refinery explosion in Indiana shakes surrounding area

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An explosion occurred at the BP Whiting, Ind., refinery Wednesday night.

A Whiting Fire Department spokesman said the explosion, at about 9:05 p.m., could be heard clearly several blocks from the plant. But the spokesman said that when Whiting Fire commanders called the plant to ask if their assistance was needed, they were told only to stand by and that BP was handling it internally with its own fire department and ambulances.

People as far as two miles away reported feeling the explosion.

The Whiting Fire spokesman could not provide details of what exploded or if anyone was hurt. WBBM has attempted to contact a spokesman for the plant.
Crusader

Kiev forces suffer heavy losses in Donetsk

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An injured fighter of Ukrainian national guard
Ukrainian troops have suffered heavy losses in southeastern Ukraine, the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic army headquarters said on Thursday.

From August 24 militias changed their tactic to large-scale operations by fully capable units and encircled three Ukrainian groupings, the army headquarters said.

"During the counteroffensive, militias inflicted heavy losses on the Ukrainian troops. A total of 750 Ukrainian punitive troops were either killed or wounded. Over 150 Ukrainian troops have voluntarily surrendered to militias overnight," the militia headquarters said.

Donetsk fighters said Ukrainian troops were forced to leave several settlements in the region. The fighters seized four armored carriers, three infantry fighting vehicles, three anti-tank guns, a self-propelled artillery gun, trucks and an ammunition depot.

In the Luhansk region militias took control of checkpoints and strong points on the outskirts of the city, and a bridge, the DPR army headquarters said.

So far, ITAR-TASS has no confirmation of these reports from other sources.
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Hundreds protest in Kiev demanding resignation of Ukrainian president Poroshenko

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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko
The protesters who gathered near the Ukrainian Defense Ministry's headquarters are also seeking the resignation of Minister Valery Geletei and commanders of the military operation in the southeast.

Hundreds of protesters blocked one of Kiev's thoroughfares on Thursday demanding the resignation of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and urgent deployment of military hardware in the combat area in eastern Ukraine.

The protesters who gathered near the Ukrainian Defense Ministry's headquarters are also seeking the resignation of Minister Valery Geletei and commanders of the military operation in the southeast.

Several unarmed servicemen are guarding the headquarters.

A group of activists was rallying with similar demands near the presidential administration on Wednesday.
Sheriff

Poll: Most New Yorkers want to see criminal charges in the death of Eric Garner

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Demonstrators rally against police brutality in memory of Eric Garner on Staten Island. A new poll shows most New Yorkers think criminal charges should be brought against the police officer who put Garner in the chokehold that led to his death.
A majority of New Yorkers think criminal charges should be brought against police officer Daniel Pantaleo, the cop most directly involved in last month's death of Eric Garner on Staten Island, a new poll shows.

According to a Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday, 64 percent of New York City voters would support brining charges against Pantaleo, while only 19 percent would oppose charges. When the numbers are broken down by race, 83 percent of black voters approve of charges being brought against Pantaleo, along with 50 percent of white voters.

Similarly, 90 percent of black voters polled think there is "no excuse" for the way officers acted when arresting Garner, while 50 percent of white voters feel the same.

Garner, a black 43-year-old father of six and grandfather of two, died on July 17 after Pantaleo put him into a banned chokehold during an arrest for selling untaxed cigarettes in the Tompkinsville section of Staten Island. A viral video of the incident shows Garner, who suffered from asthma, screaming "I can't breathe" numerous times before his body goes limp. A medical examiner later ruled his death a homicide.

Garner's death has once again brought the relationship between the NYPD and the city's minority communities into focus. Wednesday's poll shows that 63 percent of voters think cops treat black New Yorkers tougher than they do white New Yorkers. When the numbers are broken down by race, 83 percent of black voters said cops were tougher on blacks, while 50 percent of white voters agreed.
Light Saber

Prime Minister of the Donetsk People's Republic: 'Only Russian volunteers are fighting with Novorossiyan battalions, no regular Russian forces'

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Prime Minister of the Donetsk People's Republic Alexander Zakharchenko.
About 3-4,000 Russian citizens joined anti-government fighters during Kiev crackdown in Ukraine's east, says the leader of Donetsk independent republic, noting that self-defense fighters have never concealed this fact.

"They [Russian volunteers] are among us, people of Donbass [Region, eastern Ukraine] because we are blood brothers," said the Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Donetsk People's Republic, Aleksandr Zakharchenko, in an interview to Russian media.

"There is no secret that among the volunteers from Russia there are many military men. They are fighting together with us because they understand that it's their duty," he added.

According to the Donetsk PM, some of the volunteers returned home to Russia, others stayed in eastern Ukraine.

"Unfortunately, some of [the Russian volunteers] were killed," said Zakharchenko.

He explained why he thinks Russian volunteers are joining self-defense forces in eastern Ukraine.

"I think that only among Russians is there a heightened feeling of sorrow and human misfortune, only they are able to travel to any part of the world, die, fight for the independence and freedom of people."

Comment: Zakharchenko's statements are fully supported by the OSCE.

Those UN figures on casulaties in Kiev's 'Anti-Terror Operation' (really, a war of independence) are probably inaccurate.

Novorossiyan sources have provided these figures to SOTT.net:
Dead civilians: 7,000

Novorossiyan forces: 2,500 - 3,000

Ukrainian regular army and private battalions set up by oligarchs: 16,000
Check out Prime Minister Zakharchenko's illuminating press conference earlier this week:

Donetsk People's Republic press conference: "Every 30-50 years, the West invades us"

Bomb

Just like Israel: Kiev shells city of Donetsk yet again, targets schools and apartment buildings

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Kiev forces have shelled residential areas in the center of the rebel-held town of Donetsk, killing at least three people and damaging several apartment blocks, a kindergarten and a cultural center.

On Wednesday, Kalininsky District in the center of the city came under artillery fire from the government forces.

RT's Paula Slier arrived on the scene less than half an hour after the shelling when the local residents were "still in shock".

One of the missiles directly hit a passenger car on Shevchenko Boulevard, turning the vehicle into a torch.

"There's a car where three people have died and the bodies are badly burned inside," Slier said.

Another missile hit the roof of the Youth Culture Center as several fire brigades were working to put out the fire caused by the explosion, she added.

According to the City Council, a kindergarten and two apartment blocks were also shelled in the area.


Comment: Scenes such as these are a daily occurrence in Novorossiya. See the following documentary for more images of what is really happening to the people in "east Ukraine":


Luckily, the DPR's armed forces have organized and are going on the offensive. Plus, Russia is planning more aid convoys, after their first success.

Airplane

Analysts conclude MH17 downed by aircraft, evidence for very strong machine-gun fire

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The holes in the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 are believed to have come from 30mm cannon fire.
Intelligence analysts in the United States had already concluded that Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down by an air-to-air missile, and that the Ukrainian government had had something to do with it.

This corroborates an emerging theory postulated by local investigators that the Boeing 777-200 was crippled by an air-to-air missile and finished off with cannon fire from a fighter that had been shadowing it as it plummeted to earth.

In a damning report dated Aug 3, headlined "Flight 17 Shoot-Down Scenario Shifts", Associated Press reporter Robert Parry said "some US intelligence sources had concluded that the rebels and Russia were likely not at fault and that it appears Ukrainian government forces were to blame".

Comment: As Joe Quinn wrote in his mid-July 2014 article Who shot down Malaysian Airlines Flight 17? New Cold War, same old propaganda:
Expect any 'investigation' into this disaster to be a drawn-out affair, thwarted at every turn by the culprits. Other events in the fast-changing geopolitical landscape will soon eclipse it...
This especially has come true. No real investigation has happened. The aircraft has not been assembled like a jigsaw puzzle as is usual for such incidents. After just a few days, this catastrophe evaporated entirely from the mainstream media and public awareness. But we all will have to pay for this 'forgetting' due to the long-term political repercussions arising from this incident.

One disagreement we have with this analysis is that there is insufficient evidence to say one way or another whether the explosion was caused externally or internally. The most sure-fire (please excuse the pun) way to down an aircraft is to plant a bomb on-board. With the Su-25 being sent up beforehand to take out the pilots, absolutely no chances were taken with MH17 - the perpetrators were determined that that plane was coming down.

See also: Did Kiev fighter jet shoot down Malaysian MH17 after mistaking it for Putin's plane?

and

Asymmetric Warfare: MH17 False-Flag Terror and the 'War' on Gaza

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Slavyansk surgeon speaks about his work in east Ukraine

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Mikhail Georgievich Kovalev, a Slavyansk surgeon, photographed carrying a murdered child, a victim of Ukrainian atrocities.
Preamble: This is an online conference with a former surgeon of the Slavyansk hospital (he performed operations on Strelkov's soldiers and left the town together with the retreating Militia). He now lives in Russia. He is the man pictured on the unforgettable blood-chilling photograph above, which has become one of the symbols of the war in Donbass, of the atrocities committed by the Ukrainian army, and of the irrepressible spirit of the people of Novorossiya.

Online Interview with Mikhail Georgievich Kovalev (a.k.a. Anderer)

It has been a month since I left my native Slavyansk. You can say that I have gotten used to and settled in the new place. Now I live in Russia. I thank all those who helped me materially and continue to provide me with emotional support. A separate thank you goes to San'ka. Without him, I would not have made it.

Q. Who are the people in Slavyansk for? (for Ukrainians, against them, indifferent? Before the events in question and now?)

There were no indifferent people left after the first shelling. Approximately three thousand people left the town before the Referendum on May 11, 2014. They were mostly the town bosses, rich people and obvious Ukrainian Nazi supporters. Not too many for a town of 150 thousand. By the middle of June around half of the population still remained in town, including six thousand men of Strelkov's Militia. There would have been more people in the Militia but those with small children or with very old parents were not taken into the ranks. There was approximately the same number of active helpers, like myself. There are approximately thirty thousand people in the town now: old people, people who could not leave for different reasons, and those who returned.

Q. "There were no indifferent people left after the first shelling" - did I understand you correctly that all those who remained supported the Militia?

I would say yes. The level of this support varied from active participation to "armchair sympathy".

Comment: For more on the humanitarian situation in Novorussiya, watch the following documentary:



USA

Roger Waters: The U.S. position in Gaza reveals a stunning moral perversity in government and media

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Roger Waters
The carnage in Gaza continues after the latest collapse of cease-fire talks and over four weeks of asymmetrical bombardment by Israel. With the death of more than 2,000 Palestinians, and the displacement of hundreds of thousands more, the complicity of the American government has been exposed to the world as never before. Yet the mantra repeated ad nauseam by the U.S. government and media alike remains the same: Israel has a right to defend itself.

The moral perversity of the U.S. position is stunning. How can the U.S. government ask Israel to be more careful about civilian lives while simultaneously arming and then rearming the IDF so it can more effectively inflict such devastation on an imprisoned and occupied people?

The U.S. could act to stop the senseless slaughter but it won't. Instead, it's cheerleading. Members of Congress are mindlessly parroting Israeli talking points without a thought given to the Palestinian perspective or to preserving human life. Brimming with righteousness, they argue for turning Israel loose - Sen. Rand Paul in particular - and invoke Israel's right to self-defense, despite the fact that, as the occupying power, Israel has an obligation to protect the Palestinians it rules, not massacre them.

Do congressional leaders ever stop to wonder what they would do if they were born Palestinian, had their homes and private property stolen from them, and were forced to live without freedom under an illegal Israeli occupation for 47 years? Do they know what it means to be on the receiving end of Israel's barbaric "mow the lawn" euphemism? Scarcely a word is said about the rights of Palestinians who are being pummeled from the sky and shot dead in their neighborhoods by the region's most powerful military. What, I wonder, would Americans do if it were their neighborhoods being invaded and if they were the ones living under siege? I think it's safe to say Americans wouldn't stand for it.
Brick Wall

Mexican judge stands up to Big Agra, bans Monsanto from planting GMO soybeans

A Mexican judge in a federal district court in Yucatan state has recently overturned a permit issued to Monsanto, the America-based multinational mega-ag giant corporation that has long been the leading developer and supplier of genetically modified (GM) crops.

Devon G. Pena, writing for Environmental and Food Justice, said that the permit, which was issued by the Mexican Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food on June 6, 2012, "allowed the commercial planting of GM soy bean in Yucatan."

The recent court reversal was based on consideration of scientific evidence that demonstrated (to the satisfaction of the judge) that GM soy crop plantings are a threat to Mexican honey production in the states of Yucatan, Campeche and Quintana Roo.

Comment: Mexico is following the lead of many other countries around the world who see that GMO crops are a huge health risk to humans, plants, and animals:

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