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At least 128 journalists killed in 32 countries in 2014

Gaza leads the list, with 16 journalists killed by Israel during the Operation Protective Edge, followed by Syria and Pakistan, the Geneva-based Press Emblem Campaign NGO says
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Igor Kornelyuk amd Anton Voloshin who worked for Russia’s radio and television broadcasting company VGTRK were killed in Ukraine in 2014
At least 128 journalists were killed in 32 countries in 2014, including nine in Ukraine, the Geneva-based Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) independent NGO said on Monday.

"Gaza leads the list, with 16 journalists killed by Israel during the Operation Protective Edge, followed by Syria (13 journalists killed) and Pakistan (12 killed)," PEC said calling 2014 a terrible year for journalists.

Iraq and Ukraine come fourth and fifth among the most dangerous places for media work, with 10 and nine journalists killed, the PEC said.

"New conflicts for media workers opened in Ukraine, in the Israeli assault on Gaza, which led to the killings of many media workers, and in Syria, the situation was unprecedented with the beheading of journalists recorded in video clips," the organisation said.

"Compared to 2013, when 129 journalists were killed, the figures are very close," the NGO said.

Comment: Russian war photographer Andrei Stenin was murdered by the fascist junta in Kiev while Press TV reporter Serena Shim was killed in a suspicious car crash. The day before her death, Serena told Press TV that she had evidence of ISIS fighters entering Turkey via NGO trucks and that Turkish intelligence was looking for her.

They were killed precisely because their reports go against the dominant narrative of the Western media, which went into overdrive this year to cover up the ever increasing criminal activity of the psychopaths in power.


Video shows John Crawford's girlfriend aggressively questioned after Ohio police shot him dead in Walmart

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  • Video shows Ohio detective accusing her of lying and threatening her with jail
  • Tasha Thomas only told of Crawford's death after 90-minute interrogation
  • Officer who shot black man in Walmart lied, victim's mother says
  • Ohio Walmart video reveals last moments before officer shot man
Police aggressively questioned the tearful girlfriend of a young black man they had just shot dead as he held a BB gun in an Ohio supermarket - accusing her of lying, threatening her with jail, and suggesting that she was high on drugs.

Tasha Thomas was reduced to swearing on the lives of her relatives that John Crawford III had not been carrying a firearm when they entered the Walmart in Beavercreek, near Dayton, to buy crackers, marshmallows and chocolate bars on the evening of 5 August.

"You lie to me and you might be on your way to jail," detective Rodney Curd told Thomas, as she wept and repeatedly offered to take a lie-detector test. After more than an hour and a half of questioning and statement-taking, Curd finally told Thomas that Crawford, 22, had died.

"As a result of his actions, he is gone," said the detective, as she slumped in her chair and cried.

Crawford had been shot by police officer Sean Williams, after a customer called 911 and claimed the 22-year-old was pointing a gun at passersby. Surveillance footage released later showed Crawford picking up the BB rifle from a shelf, wandering the aisles and occasionally swinging the gun at his side while he spoke on his cellphone to his ex-girlfriend.

A 94-minute police video recording, released to the Guardian by the office of Mike DeWine, the Ohio attorney general, in response to a public records request, shows Thomas, 26, being interviewed by Curd after she was driven from Walmart to the Beavercreek police department. Curd later told investigators he had not yet been told Crawford only had a BB gun that had been on sale at the store.

Curd promptly asked Thomas whether she and Crawford had criminal records. Already tearful and breathless, Thomas explained that she may have had some traffic offences and had been arrested for petty theft as a juvenile.

The detective then became increasingly aggressive and banged on the table between them with his hand. "Tell me where he got the gun from," Curd repeated. Thomas insisted Crawford had been carrying only a white plastic grocery bag when they arrived at Walmart to buy the ingredients to make s'mores at a family cook-out.

Asked one of several times whether Crawford owned a gun, Thomas said: "Not that I know."

Curd told her: "Don't tell me 'not that you know', because that's the first thing I realise somebody's not telling me the truth".

He later repeated: "You need to tell me the truth" and "You need to be truthful."

Crawford's family and their attorneys have stressed since his death that under Ohio's open-carry firearms laws and Walmart's regulations, he would have been allowed to carry a real rifle with him around the store.

Crawford was talking on his cellphone to LeeCee Johnson, the mother of his two sons, when he was shot by Williams. Curd repeatedly suggested to Thomas that Johnson, who was in fact at home in Cincinnati, may also have been in the Walmart store and that Crawford was there to attack her.

No proof tying Boston bombing suspects to triple murder

All dead: Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 2011 murder victim Brendan Mess, Ibragim Todashev.
For nearly any crime requiring a "Whodunnit" answer in Boston around the time of the April 15, 2013, Marathon bombing, the authorities answered: The Tsarnaev brothers.

One egregious crime pinned on them was a grisly Sept. 11, 2011, triple murder in Waltham, Mass.

Now, prosecutors in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have delivered a shocking reversal. They admit to having no evidence that his dead brother, Tamerlan, was involved in the slayings.

That wasn't the case right after the bombing: law enforcement fingered Tamerlan as the perpetrator, and suggested Dzokhar may have been involved. Much of the media has presented it as fact ever since.

This is a pattern we've seen since the bombing: The government feeds prejudicial information (usually anonymously) to the press, implying Tamerlan and Dzhokhar's guilt, despite having flimsy or no evidence. In the most extreme example, prosecutors had to completely recant their accusation that the brothers robbed a 7-Eleven.

Comment: There's a whole lot more to the Boston Marathon bombing than meets the eye. Check out SOTT editors Joe Quinn and Niall Bradley's book, Manufactured Terror, for more. See also Sibel Edmonds' interview with James Corbett on the bombing, which includes the wider geopolitical games going on in the background, e.g., in Dagestan and Chechnya.


UN 'peacekeepers' use live ammo and chemical agents against Haitian protesters

Haitian police and UN peacekeepers have attacked protesters with live ammo and chemical agents as several thousand opposition supporters tried to march on the presidential palace, demanding new leadership.

Haiti has seen many anti-government protests in recent months calling for President Michael Martelly to step down, amid a growing anger over the high levels of government corruption. Elections have been delayed now for years.

Comment: How can they continue to get away with calling themselves peacekeepers?


Majority of Americans approve torture: poll

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A barbed wire fence surrounds a military area is in the forest near Stare Kiejkuty village, close to Szczytno in Northeastern Poland, in this January 24, 2014 file photo. Poland threatened to halt the transfer of al Qaeda suspects to a secret CIA jail on its soil 11 years ago, but became more "flexible" after the Central Intelligence Agency gave it a large sum of money, according to a U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee report released on December 9, 2014.
In the wake of last week's release of the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on the CIA's detention and interrogation program, 69 percent of Americans consider waterboarding to be torture, but 49 percent think aggressive interrogation tactics like waterboarding are sometimes justified. 36 percent think they are not justified.

Comment: Torture can never be justified. Period.

More than half (57 percent) think that such interrogation tactics provide reliable information that helps prevent terrorist attacks at least some of the time. Fifty-two percent of Americans think the release of information regarding the CIA interrogation tactics poses a threat to U.S. security; a third doesn't think it will have an impact.

Comment: The propaganda supporting torture enhanced interrogation techniques has done a wonderful job convincing sheeple people that it is necessary and works. Torture never works for gaining information. It is used by psychopaths to propagate fear.

Comment: Notice the CBS headline for this story was: "Most Americans consider waterboarding to be torture: poll". It gives you that feel good sensation about Americans. But if one reads the poll results, it is truly an ugly sight to behold; Americans love torture.

Solar Flares

Homeland Security warns that major coronal mass ejection could be catastrophic to civilization

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Homeland Security officials are warning that a major coronal mass ejection, solar flare or electromagnetic pulse may be inevitable and catastrophic to modern civilization. The devastation to the electric grid and modern infrastructure could impact the lives of more than 100 million, and cause untold casualties during prolonged outages.

Homeland Security conducted a study assessing the risks with these extreme solar events (as well as manmade EMPs).

Comment: Aside from the possibility of a power grid failure, there are a number of other reasons to be prepared. If you haven't noticed, financial analysts are predicting an immanent collapse, the global weather has been completely bizarre, and many scientists are predicting a global temperature decline that will likely be the steepest ever recorded in human history. Doubtless, the DHS also knows that something wicked this way comes, but since they aren't likely to let us know that we live in a cosmic shooting gallery, they are couching their preparedness warnings in a veiled way. In short, it never hurts to be prepared!

See also: And listen to the SOTT Talk Radio show that was devoted to this subject and further discussion on the SOTT forum here.


Peru offended with Greenpeace's Nazca lines stunt

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Greenpeace damages Nazca site.
Greenpeace is apologizing to the people of Peru after pulling a stunt at the site of the sacred Nazca lines. Government officials claim the action damaged the ancient markings.

Before dawn on Monday, 20 Greenpeace activists went to site of the historic Nazca lines and laid out massive yellow letters reading "Time for Change: The Future is Renewable." Currently, the United Nations is holding the Lima Climate Change Conference in the country, and the stunt was apparently intended to catch the attention of officials gathered there.

According to a press release on Greenpeace's website, the group meant for the message -- which can be seen from the sky -- "to honor the Nazca people, whose ancient geoglyphs are one of the historic landmarks of Peru. It is believed that one of the reasons for the Nazca's disappearance can be linked to massive regional climate change."

However, the government of Peru did not take it as an honor.

"It's a true slap in the face at everything Peruvians consider sacred," Deputy Culture Minister Luis Jaime Castillo told Associated Press.

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Greenpeace activists arranging letters of their message next to a famous hummingbird geoglyph
The Greenpeace activists entered a "strictly prohibited" area near the famed figure of a hummingbird, according to Associated Press. Entrance to this area is permitted only with authorization, and those who get approval must wear special footwear.

"They are absolutely fragile," the minister said of the geoglyphs. "They are black rocks on a white background. You walk there and the footprint is going to last hundreds or thousands of years. And the line that they have destroyed is the most visible and most recognized of all."

Comment: Unfortunately, the Nasca lines world heritage site is not "renewable" in the near future. Greenpeace gave a dubious apology for its unfortunate and irremovable "footprint." No matter what their original intent (which was a stunt at best), it was an unthinkable act of chutzpah and stupidity that will leave its "mark" for generations. I doubt that that was the ultimate message Greenpeace wanted to make. It will, however, be how many will think of it and Greenpeace, for a long time to come.


Gunman barricaded in Philadelphia home after shooting five people

A suspect in five killings barricaded himself inside a suburban Philadelphia home on Monday morning, several local media outlets reported.

Police had discovered the bodies of five people in three separate locations, WPVI television and other media reported.

The suspect, believed to be a military veteran, was holed up in a home in Souderton, Pennsylvania, about 35 miles north of Philadelphia, WPVI reported.

Comment: So many US vets are suffering from PTSD and because the VA is so overwhelmed with vets needing help, many of these must wait excessively long times to get help if they are able to get any assistance at all. These incidents are another sad testament to the US pathocracy where the elites think that those they send off to fights their wars of aggression are little more than cannon fodder.

PTSD is an epidemic for military vets and their families

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U.S. torture and the culture of moral depravity

With the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on torture, it becomes clear that in the aftermath of the loathsome terrorist attack of 9/11, the United States entered into a new and barbarous stage in its history, one in which acts of violence and moral depravity were not only embraced but celebrated. Certainly, this is not to suggest that the United States had not engaged in criminal and lawless acts historically or committed acts of brutality that would rightly be labeled acts of torture. That much about our history is clear and includes not only the support and participation in acts of indiscriminate violence and torture practiced through and with the right-wing Latin American dictatorships in Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia and Brazil in the 1970s but also through the wilful murder and torture of civilians in Vietnam, Iraq, and later at Guantánamo, Abu Ghraib, and Afghanistan. The United States is no stranger to torture nor is it a free of complicity in aiding other countries notorious for their abuses of human rights. Noam Chomsky and Edward Herman reminded us by taking us as far back as 1979 that of the "35 countries using torture on an administrative basis in the late 1970s, 26 were clients of the United States."[1]

In fact, the United States has a long record of inflicting torture on others, both at home and abroad, although it has never admitted to such acts. Instead, the official response has been to deny this history or do everything to hide such monstrous acts from public view through government censorship, appealing to the state secrecy principle, or deploying a language that buried narratives of extraordinary cruelty in harmless sounding euphemisms. For example, the benign sounding CIA "Phoenix Program" in South Vietnam resulted in the deaths of over 21,000 Vietnamese. As Carl Boggs argues, the acts of U.S. barbarism in Vietnam appeared both unrestrained and never ending, with routinized brutality such as throwing people out of planes labeled as "flying lessons" or "half a helicopter ride,"[2] while tying a field telephone wire around a man's testicles and ringing it up was a practice called "the Bell Telephone Hour."[3] Officially sanctioned torture was never discussed as a legitimate concern; but, as indicated by a few well-documented accounts, it seems to be as American as apple pie.[4]

Comment: Psychotherapist and holocaust survivor Viktor E. Frankl once said that, "The last of human freedoms - [is] the ability to choose one's attitude in a given set of circumstances." The given set of circumstances is that we now live in a world (and particularly in the US) that is dominated by the values of psychopaths; individuals who have no compunction about making people be made to suffer in horrific ways. We are being given a choice about the information being presented to us though. We can decide that the torture being described - like in the article above, is actually justified to insure security, or "just a mistake," or at any rate not all that important given that we readers aren't the suspected terrorists or the incarcerated being made to endure it. Or, we can choose to think and to actually see that there is something dreadfully wrong and inhuman about it - regardless of the justifications we are being asked to accept. Here at SOTT we hold the latter view; that if there is anything at all that is capable of staining our souls, and inflicting the "mark of the beast" upon us, it is the acceptance of torture anywhere, or under any circumstances.


Criminal cop beats and tasers 76-year-old, gets called 'Goddamned Nazi Stormtrooper'

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In Victoria, Texas a police officer was just recorded beating and tasering a 76-year-old man who called the cop a "Goddamned Nazi Stormtrooper." These sound like pretty harsh words until you find out that the officer was harassing the man for an expired inspection sticker, even though the vehicle had dealer tags which makes it completely exempt from such stickers.

The 23-year-old cop was placed on administrative leave on Friday after beating and tasering Pete Vasquez.

Vasquez was driving a work-owned dealer vehicle on Thursday when Officer Nathanial Robinson started harassing him. When Vasquez explained the exemption to the cop, Robinson became enraged.

The dashcam video shows it all. Robinson slams Vasquez onto the hood of the patrol car before forcing him to the ground, then shocking him twice while on the ground.

"He just acted like a pit bull, and that was it," Vasquez said. "For a while, I thought he was going to pull his gun and shoot me."

Chief J.J. Craig said that he took this matter very seriously and offered a personal apology to Vasquez, but he stopped short of disciplining the rogue officer.

"Public trust is extremely important to us," Craig said, hoping that his apology will keep his department from getting sued.

"Sometimes that means you have to take a real hard look at some of the actions that occur within the department," he continued.

"You want to make sure you give the right kind of person a badge and a gun," he finally added.

Larry Urich, a co-worker of Vasqueze at the car lot, told local Victoria Advocate reporters that the officer should be fired and prosecuted for assault.

"I told the officer, 'What in the hell are you doing?' This gentleman is 76 years old," Urich explained. "The cop told me to stand back, but I didn't shut up. I told him he was a goddamned Nazi Stormtrooper."