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Fighting the genocide: Lugansk self-defense fighters shoot down another Su-25 jet sent by Kiev

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DPR self-defense forces have downed a Ukrainian Air Force Su-25
Independence supporters have downed a Ukrainian Air Force Su-25 Frogfoot attack plane over the Luhansk region late on Wednesday, a spokesman for the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine said.

Earlier a number of media reports suggested that a war plane had been shot down in the region.

"Today a Su-25 attack aircraft has been shot down while on a combat mission. The fate of the pilot is unknown yet but hope remains that he will be alright," Andriy Lysenko told Ukrainian news channel

In early August, independence supporters in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic confirmed they had downed a Ukrainian Su-25 attack aircraft. Late last month, the militia shot down two Su-25 planes. Both pilots ejected.

Comment: The "combat mission" of Kiev really serves two purposes: to destroy the resistance to their illegitimate Nazi regime and to terrorize and murder the civilian population.


Cop threatens to kill peaceful protestors with assault rifle in Ferguson

Ray Albers St. Ann PD

“I will f**ing kill you — get back!” says the officer (armed with an assault rifle), in the direction of a camera capturing the entire death threat. Asked for his name, the officer responds, “Go f### yourself.”
An officer who pointed a semi-automatic assault rifle at a Ferguson, Missouri, protester and threatened to kill him -- a tense episode caught on video and posted online -- is off the job, at least for now.

The St. Louis County Police Department announced Wednesday that a police officer from St. Ann, Missouri, "has been relieved of duty and suspended indefinitely" over the incident.

Police threatening to kill a citizen takes on special significance given what protesters are loudly, passionately demanding: charges against Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson for the August 9 fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed African-American teen.

Comment: Is it really necessary for the police to be using assault rifles against protestors? This is what results when the pentagon supplies local police forces with military grade equipment:

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Hundreds gather outside CNN building in Atlanta to protest coverage of Michael Brown shooting

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Hundreds of protesters gathered outside the CNN center in Atlanta on Monday to march in memory of unarmed Missouri teenager Michael Brown who was gunned down by a police officer, many in protest of CNN's controversial coverage of the incident.

Demonstrators who had been urged to attend dressed in their "Sunday's best" marched under the slogan: "How good must we look to be considered innocent?" and used the #ItsBiggerThanYou hashtag.

The protest was staged in response to CNN's Ferguson protests coverage, which had a strong emphasis on past actions by Brown which may have incriminated him. According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, as many as 1,000 protesters marched. Participants and observers also took to Twitter to denounce CNN's lack of coverage of a protest directly outside its offices.
the people united will never be divided #ITSBIGGERTHANYOU #NotOneMore #ATLstandswithFerguson #Ferguson

- QuakerArmy (@QuakerArmy) August 18, 2014
"@Cnn nothing about the protest in front of your Building in Atlanta" one tweeter observed.

"Hey @CNN when were you guys going to report on the Ferguson protest at your Atlanta headquarters yesterday?" another user wrote.

California highway patrol officer under investigation for beating mentally ill woman

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In this July 1, 2014 file image made from video provided by motorist David Diaz, a California Highway Patrol officer punches Marlene Pinnock, 51, on the shoulder of a Los Angeles freeway. The CHP announced Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, that it has forwarded its investigation into the beating of Pinnock to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office, and the probe outlines "potentially serious charges'' against the officer.
A California Highway Patrol officer who was videotaped repeatedly striking a woman on the side of a Los Angeles freeway could face serious charges, the agency said Wednesday after forwarding its investigation to the district attorney.

Officer Daniel Andrew, who was put on a desk assignment after the incident, has been removed from duty and put on paid administrative leave, the CHP said.

The agency didn't reveal if it made a recommendation to prosecutors but said in a news release that its report outlined potentially serious charges he could face. It didn't specify possible charges.

The Los Angeles County district attorney's office confirmed the case is under review. A separate, internal CHP investigation is ongoing.

The July 1 incident sparked outrage as video showed Andrew hitting Marlene Pinnock, 51, several times alongside Interstate 10.

Comment: At least the CHP has removed the officer in question from the streets, which is more than most police departments have done recently. The police in the US have gone completely berserk and most receive no punishment for their crimes.

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College friend of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev agrees to plead guilty to obstruction of justice charges

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Kadyrbayev's Días's father (left) Murat Kadyrbayev and lawyer Robert Stahl (File)
A 20-year-old Kazakh citizen and a college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Dias Kadyrbayev, accused by the US authorities of hindering the investigation into the 2013 bombing, has agreed to plead guilty to a number of charges, The Boston Globe reported.

According to Kadyrbayev's lawyer Robert Stahl, the young man is expected to issue a statement in US District Court in Boston later on Thursday. The attorney also confirmed that Kadyrbayev had agreed to plead guilty, but refused, however, to provide further details on the issue before the hearing.

The move might allow for a more lenient sentence for the defendant.

Kadyrbayev is charged with obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice for allegedly removing Tsarnaev's laptop computer and a backpack, filled with fireworks from his college dorm room and trying to dispose of them after learning that Tsarnaev was a suspect in the bombing. Kadyrbayev is scheduled to go on trial on September 8. He faces up to 25 years in prison and possible deportation if found guilty.

Comment: The Boston Bombing web of lies


Who will stand up for Miriam Carey, executed by Capitol Hill police? Not Eric Holder

Justice ignores unarmed woman's slaying by police

Attorney General Eric Holder is in Ferguson, Missouri, ostensibly to investigate the shooting of an unarmed African-American by a white police officer.

What he is not investigating is the shooting of an unarmed African-American woman by his own federal officers, in his own jurisdiction, the District of Columbia.

And that has the family of the late Miriam Carey so outraged, they announced Wednesday they plan to double the amount of money in their lawsuit against the federal government to $150 million.

While the attorney general looks for the possibility of bad intentions and a wrongful death by an officer in the Midwest, Carey family attorney Eric Sanders believes he need look no further than under his nose in Washington, D.C., where an innocent, unarmed, suburban mother was gunned down in a barrage of bullets by Holder's officers, all because, he said, one off-duty U.S. Secret Service officer "wanted to make that b - -h pay."

Comment: Meet Miriam Carey, the dental assistant summarily executed by Capitol Hill police


Our 'enemies' in Ukraine speak: People from the Donbass describe the atrocities there

WARNING: The following video and screenshots (visible at the original source) contain extremely violent images of the carnage resulting from Kiev's so-called anti-terrorist operation in eastern Ukraine.
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America's 'news' media do not let the victims of Ukraine's civil war - the people who are dying and being driven out from the southeastern regions of that country by the new Ukrainian Government - speak, and tell their story. Scenes will therefore be posted below from an admittedly overlong amateur video from southeastern Ukraine, in which they have been allowed to tell their story. This is being done here since U.S. 'news' media apparently don't consider it something that you would want to know, and since you should be allowed to judge for yourself whether it is or not, and to judge why it's not being reported on the 'news' sources that our 'democracy' offers to 'inform' America's public about public affairs. It is also being done because these still photos from the documentary summarize this over-long documentary's important narrative. You are welcomed to click onto the link above to see the entire 82-minute documentary.

First, there will here be an introductory paragraph summary of the relevant background (not discussed in the documentary), if you want to know that: In February 2014, our State Department and CIA used 'false flag,' or engineered-so-as-to-be-misinterpreted, violence by our country's paid Ukrainian agents, in order to exploit the 'Maidan' demonstrations in Kiev, the desire of Ukrainians for a less-corrupt government than existed in Ukraine, and than has existed in Ukraine ever since the fall of communism there. Our Government, the Obama Administration, paid masked gunmen there to dress as if they were from the State Security Force of the corrupt Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and to shoot at and murder not just policemen but anti-Yanukovych or 'democracy' demonstrators. (However, Yanukovych had, in fact, himself been democratically elected in 2010, and still was the democratically elected President.) (NOTE: The complete key phone-transcript whose audio is briefly heard excerpted there is printed here.) And our gunmen also threatened some members of the Ukrainian Parliament at gunpoint, and engineered their approval of an emergency replacement of Yanukovych's government by one that was appointed by Obama's agent, Victoria Nuland, and that was headed by Nuland's friend "Yats," Arseniy Yatsenyuk. This new government was filled with people who stated their desire to exterminate the people in Ukraine's southeast, the people who had voted overwhelmingly for Yanukovych - to just get rid of them. Doing that would make Obama's regime in Ukraine become permanent. Then, Ukraine held a 'democratic' election in which voters everywhere but in the southeast voted, and essentially the same coup-installed people remained in power. The billionaire oligarch Petro Poroshenko was elected as the President of 'Ukraine'; and Victoria Nuland's chosen leader, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, continued on as the new country's Prime Minister. Yatsenyuk fired the previous Defense Minister and replaced him with Mikhail Koval, who on June 11th announced a program of ethnic cleansing in the southeast. This was actually a direct extension from the program that had already started with the extermination on May 2nd of hundreds of supporters of the previous government, who were trapped inside the Trade Unions Building in Odessa and burned alive there. This massacre was masterminded by people who were installed by the Obama Administration. That massacre started Ukraine's civil war, by demonstrating to people throughout the southeast, that the newly Obama-installed Ukrainian Government wanted to kill them. It was now official policy throughout the southeastern portion of Ukraine, to kill the Obama-installed regime's opponents. All of the residents there were being officially labelled by the Obama government as 'terrorists,' and their elimination was declared to be a patriotic necessity for Ukraine. However, this amateur documentary from Ukraine's southeast - the video from which the scenes below are taken - presents the resulting civil war not from the Obama Government's side, but from their regime's victims' side, which is hardly heard at all in the West.

Mr. Potato

Remember the 'affluenza teen'? Now meet his father: Busted for impersonating a police officer

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The apple tree under which the apple fell
The father of "affluenza" teen Ethan Couch was arrested Tuesday for impersonating a police officer.

Officers were called just before 1:30 a.m. July 28 to a disturbance in North Richland Hills, Texas, where they found Fred Couch at the scene claiming that he was a reserve Lakeside police officer.

After police finished investigating, they spoke again to Fred Couch, who repeated his claim that he was a reserve officer and told them he'd left his "police stuff" in his car.

"He kept putting his hands in his pocket, and that has a tendency to make officers nervous they don't know what your intensions are," said Keith Bauman, of North Richland Hills police.

He flashed a wallet containing what appeared to be a police badge and identification card, and police allowed Couch to leave.

Comment: What an irresponsible, narcissistic and conscienceless family! And no-one dares to stop them by putting them behind bars where they belong? The son even got away with murder!

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The multiple identities of an "Anti-Semitic" web commenter

Like many other news websites, Common Dreams has been plagued by inflammatory anti-Semitic comments following its stories. But on Common Dreams these posts have been so frequent and intense they have driven away donors from a nonprofit dependent on reader generosity.

A Common Dreams investigation has discovered that more than a thousand of these damaging comments over the past two years were written with a deceptive purpose by a Jewish Harvard graduate in his thirties who was irritated by the website's discussion of issues involving Israel.

His intricate campaign, which he has admitted to Common Dreams, included posting comments by a screen name, "JewishProgressive," whose purpose was to draw attention to and denounce the anti-Semitic comments that he had written under many other screen names.

The deception was many-layered. At one point he had one of his characters charge that the anti-Semitic comments and the criticism of the anti-Semitic comments must be written by "internet trolls who have been known to impersonate anti-Semites in order to then double-back and accuse others of supporting anti-Semitism"--exactly what he was doing. (Trolls are posters who foment discord.)

The impersonation, this character wrote, must be part of an "elaborate Hasbara setup," referring to an Israeli international public-relations campaign. When Common Dreams finally confronted the man behind the deceptive posting, he denied that he himself was involved with Hasbara.
Eye 2

Barbaric: Islamic State executed 700 people from Syrian tribe

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The Islamic State militant group has executed 700 members of a tribe it has been battling in eastern Syria during the past two weeks, the majority of them civilians, a human rights monitoring group and activists said on Saturday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which has tracked violence on all sides of the three-year-old conflict, said reliable sources reported beheadings were used to execute many of the al-Sheitaat tribe, which is from Deir al-Zor province.

The conflict between Islamic State and the al-Sheitaat tribe, who number about 70,000, flared after the militants took over two oil fields in July.

Comment: Unless someone has experienced it it would be almost impossible to understand the tragedy of entire nations and cultures being destroyed for the benefit of a few oligarchs. But there it is, in the mainstream news, every day.