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VIDEO: Israeli soldiers shot hundreds of Palestinian children with live ammunition, and its devastating impact


“The Smaller They Are, The Harder It Is!”
"Before I was shot I did not bother anyone or get angry with anybody," says Basel Kamal Safi from Deir Ammar refugee camp, near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank.

He was just 17 when an Israeli soldier shot him with live ammunition.

"Now I get angry because of the pain, especially when someone accidentally touches my injury," he says in the short video above.

It is one of two videos published recently by Defense for Children International - Palestine (DCI-Palestine), highlighting the experiences of children shot by Israeli occupation forces with live ammunition.

The second video, below, features Fadel Abu Odwan, a 14-year-old in Gaza whose injury will leave him unable to have children.

In 2014, live ammunition fired by Israeli soldiers killed 11 Palestinian children in the occupied West Bank.

Another 299 children sustained gunshot injuries, according to data from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Israeli human rights group B'Tselem condemned in June Israel's continued use of live ammunition to kill and injure unarmed Palestinians.

Comment: Warning: graphic images at the end of article.

Heart - Black

Psycho newspaper columnist calls for 'euthanasia vans' as Britain has 'far too many old people'

Media personality Katie Hopkins claims the UK has "far too many old people" and says she would be "super keen on euthanasia vans" to eradicate the problem.

The controversial Sun columnist, who only recently apologized for the language in her inflammatory piece which referred to immigrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean as "cockroaches," said it was "ridiculous" that animals could be put to sleep, "but not people."

In an interview with the Radio Times, she argued although medical science allowed people to live longer, that didn't necessarily mean it was the right path to choose.

"We just have far too many old people," she said. "It's ridiculous to be living in a country where we can put dogs to sleep but not people."

"We need to accept that just because medical advances mean we can live longer, it's not necessarily the right thing to do."

Her solution to the problem? "Easy. Euthanasia vans - just like ice-cream vans - that would come to your home."

Comment: Epic fail.
"Our society must make it right and possible for old people not to fear the young or be deserted by them, for the test of a civilization is the way that it cares for its helpless members."

Pearl Buck, My Several Worlds: A Personal Record (1954)


Three hospitalized after Oregon state government offices receive suspicious packages

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The FBI is assisting the Oregon State Police in a statewide investigation into suspicious mail received at multiple government offices. Three people have been hospitalized and some of the packages contained an "unknown substance," according to police.

The conditions of those hospitalized are unclear.

Authorities announcing the investigation on Monday said packages had been received at government offices, sheriff's offices and courthouses, local media reported.

Comment: The "organization" that sent the envelopes appears to be unhappy with the Oregon government.


Again? Black woman found dead in Cleveland jail cell, family demands answers

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A black woman has been found dead in her prison cell near Cleveland, Ohio, police said, adding that the autopsy "revealed no suspicious injuries." Her family, however, claims she was "perfectly fine" a day before she died.

The sister of Ralkina Jones, 37, told the news website that she talked to her sister on the eve of her death.

"She was perfectly fine. She didn't complain of nothing, saying she was hurting or anything," Renee Ashford said.

"[My sister] would want us to find out why. You can't just tell me one minute I seen my sister, then the next day she dead. That don't even make sense. And it's just, 'I can't help you. I can't tell you.' Like, no. That's un-human."

The oldest of seven children, Jones had an 11-year-old daughter. "She was a go-getter... She was the person who held us together," Ashford said.

Comment: SOTT Focus: The murder of Sandra Bland and America's 'color revolution'


Off-duty cop goes ballistic, threatens to kill driver over a minor traffic violation

Have you ever noticed how plainclothes and off-duty police officers, often have a complete lack of awareness in regards to how they appear to the average citizen? Many of them don't seem to realize that when you act like a cop, but don't dress like one, you appear absolutely crazy and terrifying. However, one off-duty detective was recently recorded pulling over a driver, and he behaved in a way that would still be unbecoming of a fully dressed police officer.

The driver managed to catch the entire incident on his dash camera, which despite the date labeled in the video, happened last Sunday in Medford Massachusetts. After he accidentally committed a minor traffic infraction, the detective went ballistic.

Comment: Fortunately, the driver managed to get away with his life.


Gitmo mystery: Military lawyers being diagnosed with cancer at alarming rate

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A complaint stating that civilian and military lawyers are being diagnosed with cancer at alarming rates is calling for the Guantanamo Bay detention camp to be tested for carcinogens and have personnel from the facilities evacuated.

The United States Navy is now investigating the claims of a cancer cluster.

According to the report, at least seven lawyers working on detainee trials have been diagnosed with cancer, Reuters reported. It does not indicate whether they were all found to have the same type of cancer.

The complaint, filed with the US Defense Department's Office of the Inspector General, asserts that staff may have been exposed to carcinogens while living and working at a location previously used to dispose of jet fuel.

"We have been telling our chain-of-command for years that we don't feel safe living and working in the temporary facilities the government has erected for military commissions," Air Force Capt. Michael Schwartz, a military defense lawyer who has worked at Guantanamo Bay for years, told Reuters. "But, along with the Constitution, the government seems to want to sweep this under the rug."

The report also alleges that the lawyers may have been exposed to asbestos and other toxins in the old building that previously hosted military trials.

Comment: Interesting that there seems to be an over-representation of defense lawyers as victims. How convenient for the government.


Charity or Bribery? Clintons' charities got £50 million of British aid

  • The charity's board includes former president Bill and candidate Hillary
  • It has had £48.9million from the UK - more than £20million last year alone
  • Critics say its a symptom of controversial pledge on foreign aid spending
  • Some claim charity is inefficient and taxpayers could simply be funding management charges
Tens of millions of pounds of UK aid money has been siphoned through charities linked to Hillary Clinton, it emerged last night.

British politicians - including Gordon Brown - stand accused of diverting huge amounts of cash through the organisations after falling under the spell of the US presidential candidate and her husband Bill.

At least £50 million of taxpayer-funded foreign aid money has gone to Clinton charities, which are at the centre of allegations in the US that foreign governments used donations to buy influence.

The UK is one of the biggest donors, handing over more than £20 million last year alone to the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), an organisation chaired by former President Bill, 68, and whose board includes the couple's daughter Chelsea, 35. Since 2011, a total of £48.9 million has gone into the coffers of this charity alone.

Comment: See also: Currying for future favors? Foreign government gifts to Clinton Foundation on the rise
One of the 2014 donations comes from a Canadian agency promoting the proposed Keystone pipeline, which is favored by Republicans and under review by the Obama administration. The Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development agency of Canada, a first-time donor, gave between $250,000 and $500,000. The donations, which are disclosed voluntarily by the foundation, are given only in ranges.

One of the agency's priorities for 2014-2015 was to promote Keystone XL "as a stable and secure source of energy and energy technology," according to the agency's website. Mrs. Clinton's State Department was involved in approving the U.S. government's initial environmental-impact statement. Since leaving State, Mrs. Clinton has repeatedly declined to comment on Keystone.
"Now that she is gearing up to run for president, the same potential exists for foreign governments to curry favor with her as a potential president of the United States," he said.


Spanish firefighters go on strike as flames sweep Catalonian forests

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A car drives on a dirt road past trees that were scorched by a forest fire near Montserrat in Sant Salvador de Guardiola, in the northeastern region of Catalonia, Spain, July 27, 2015.
Spanish forest firefighters went on strike Monday as wildfires ravaged the countryside in Catalonia. While hundreds of people were forced to flee their homes, firefighters refused to battle the blaze in protest of poor wages and working conditions.

The fire had engulfed large parts of Catalonia's forests in the north-east of Spain by Sunday afternoon. The blaze was still raging on Monday, but was spreading less quickly due to weaker winds and rising humidity, AP reported citing local authorities.

Comment: This is the outcome of EU austerity measures. Will there be more strikes in the "PIGS" nations?


Pension fund sues 22 major banks, alleges violations of anti-trust laws, manipulating US treasury auctions

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Twenty-two banks were sued in federal court in the first nationwide class-action lawsuit alleging a conspiracy to manipulate Treasury auctions at the expense of investors and borrowers.

A complaint was filed by the State-Boston Retirement System, the pension fund for Boston public employees. It was directed against Bank of America's Merrill Lynch unit, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, JPMorgan Chase, UBS, and 14 other defendants.

As primary dealers, these banks are authorized to transact directly with the U.S. Treasury and they serve as market makers in the second market.

According to the complaint filed in U.S. District Court in New York, bank officials used chat rooms, instant messages and other means of communication to swap customers' confidential information and develop trading strategies in the roughly $12.5 Trillion Treasury market.

The State-Boston Retirement System argues that these tactics violated anti-trust laws by allowing banks to inflate prices on Treasurys they sold to investors in the pre-auction "when issued" market, and deflate prices when they bought Treasurys to cover their pre-auction sales.

Comment: Good luck to State-Boston. Given the corrupt state of the US judicial system, they'd better not hold their breath.


Russian police officer risks his life to protect convoy of children's buses

A Russian police officer risked his own life to prevent a road accident that put 300 children in danger. He ran his patrol car into a vehicle, speeding head on into a convoy of children's buses.

The cop miraculously survived the crash.

On Saturday, the officer, now hailed as a hero, Aleksandr Kosolapov, was escorting a convoy of nine buses transporting about 300 children from a summer camp to the city of Abakan, the capital of the Khakassia Republic in southern Russia.

Suddenly, a car driving at high speed in the opposite lane, started coming head on in the convoy's direction.

Comment: It's good to know there are good cops out there willing to risk their life to "protect and serve".