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UK MP asks for advice on fighting 'Fake News' and regrets it

Deputy Labour leader Tom Watson took to Facebook to ask for advice on his inquiry into stopping 'fake news'. But looking at the responses, he probably wishes he hadn't.

The MP for West Bromwich East's team targeted The Canary - which often criticises Watson and the Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP) - in an article about the inquiry on Buzzfeed News. For the record, he offered no evidence as to why a single Canary story could amount to fake news.

Considering the attack on alternative online news that is outside of corporate control, many of those who commented seemed to feel that Watson's inquiry may really be a witch-hunt to censor his critics.


Significant events in Austria and Italy on December 4th

On this coming Sunday, December 4th, two events of cardinal importance will take place in Europe. Observing them can reveal how the Trump effect works, this time in Western Europe. In Eastern Europe, it has already made itself known through the elections results in Bulgaria and Moldova, where candidates from the globalists' party, i.e., the local factions of the planetary Swamp whom Donald Trump has declared war on, miserably lost to pro-Russian candidates.

This time, presidential elections will be held in Austria, where the Swamp is represented by Alexander van der Bellen, the leader of the Austrian Green Party and Soros' candidate, who is tellingly supported by Conchita Wurst. From the Putin-Trump party is the conservative Norbert Hofer, nominated by the Austrian Freedom Party - FPO. Hofer already beat van der Bellen by 15% in May of this year, thus driving the globalists to panic to the point of simply stuffing ballots in the second round in favor of the Green Globalist, van der Bellen. However, upon appeal by the leader of the FPO, Heinz-Christian Strache, the Austrian judiciary took the side of truth despite pressure from the Swamp. Thus, new elections were designated for December 4th.

These elections are being held at a time when the globalists have been dealt a huge blow by Trump's victory and are hardly ready to instigate new machinations.

Comment: More from L'Opinione Pubblica:
The majority of newspapers outside of Italy support the approval of the referendum. In the case of disapproval of the referendum, the current Italian government might fall. In fact, at the beginning of the referendum campaign, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi claimed more than once that he will resign in case of its disapproval. The options in this case are many, though the most probable would be the institution of a temporary government to formulate a new law for elections. If the government falls, it is up to the President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella, to consult the leaders of the main parties and then to nominate a new Prime Minister.

Many parties seem to be using the opportunity of the referendum to give their support to or to oppose the government of Matteo Renzi without discussing the real points proposed by the referendum.

Many Italian citizens are participating in the referendum campaign, and even action committees have been formed and are very active through the Italian media. Famous figures (journalists, politicians, magistrates, writers, actors, singers etc.) in Italy are actively taking part in the committees and the campaign.

During the campaign, the opinion polls have shown different fluctuations in public opinion. Even now, a few days before voting, it seems that both the "YES" and the "NO" are on the same level. In particular, voting "YES" is more diffused among people above 55 years of age, while most of the younger people are for "NO". Italian citizens living abroad number more than 3 million, and their vote is going to be decisive for the final result. Votes will be casted on Sunday, December 4th, between 7 am and 11 pm local time.


Battle for Mosul: UK experts say beating Daesh won't end Iraq's civil war

© Gabriel Romero / Global Look Press via ZUMA Press
Caught in the crossfire, driven to hunger, held as human shields - civilians trapped in Mosul face a living nightmare, as coalition forces attempt to topple the last urban stronghold of ISIS in Iraq, while meting out sectarian punishments of their own.

The battle to retake Mosul, captured by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in summer 2014, began in October when Iraqi security forces, Shia and tribal militias, and the Kurdish Peshmerga launched an audacious ground assault with British and US-led air support.

Fierce IS resistance and concern for the estimated 1.5 million civilians still trapped inside the city, however, have stalled the operation's progress, casting doubt over the swift liberation that Baghdad and coalition strategists had hoped for.


South Front: Syrian forces liberate Western Ghouta, clashes continue in Aleppo

Last night, the Syrian army and its allies withdrew from Sheikh Saeed neighborhood of Aleppo city under the pressure by Jaish al-Fatah militants. Government forces remain in control of some points in the southern part of the area where clashes are ongoing. The army is also in control of the recently liberated areas of Sadkop and Ma'saraniyah Youth Housing.

Comment: After the Syrians' victories in Aleppo, fighting has apparently cooled off elsewhere in the country:
Syrian government troops assumed full control of a city on the southwestern outskirts of Damascus and 13 nearby villages in the past 24 hours, the Syria-based Russian reconciliation center said Friday.

"Against the backdrop of Syrian army successes in the liberation of eastern districts of Aleppo from armed groups, militants stop fighting in other parts of Syria," the center said.

Snakes in Suits

After Palestinian leader calls for mutual recognition, Israeli minister calls Abbas '#1 foe'

© Mohamad Torokman / Reuters
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
Energy minister Yuval Steinitz said Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas represents the top ideological threat to the Jewish state after Abbas vowed to withdraw recognition of Israel if it keeps refusing to reciprocate.

Speaking at a Fatah party congress on Wednesday, Abbas noted that although Palestine recognized Israel, Israel is not poised to do the same, adding that Palestine's commitment "is not free" and eventually comes down to Israel's decision to recognize Palestine in return.

If the latter is not happening, Palestine will mull withdrawing its recognition after all other options are exhausted, Abbas said. However, he stressed that "at the moment, we must lead a peaceful popular resistance and we want to keep our hand extended for peace."

Abbas' comments did not sit well with Steiniz, a long-time ally of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and a member of his right-wing Likud party, who dubbed them "another sad joke" in an interview with Israel Radio, as cited by the Times of Israel. The minister claimed that the Palestinian leader "has never recognized Israel's right to exist" and "to this very day rejects Israel's right to exist."

Arrow Down

Repugnant elite want more military aggression and covert action from U.S. in Syria

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Former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright speaks alongside former US National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley
The United States should prepare to use greater military power and covert action in Syria to help forge a political settlement to end the country's civil war, according to a bipartisan report to be released on Wednesday.

Produced by a task force led by former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, a Democrat, and former U.S. National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley, a Republican, the report amounts to a bipartisan rejection of President Barack Obama's decision to limit U.S. military engagement in the nearly six-year civil war.

Largely drafted before Republican Donald Trump's victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton in the Nov. 8 U.S. presidential election, the paper, which has not been presented to Trump, makes a case for deeper U.S. involvement in the Middle East.

"Isolationism is a dangerous illusion," said the report, which was obtained by Reuters on Tuesday. It calls for outside nations to help wind down conflicts in Iraq, Libya and Yemen and back home-grown reform throughout the region.

Comment: 'Home-grown reform' is anything but that when it has the backing of the United States! Besides that, by 'home-grown reform', they really mean Saudi Arabian-grown terrorists.

Comment: What this Reuters report fails to disclose is that this 'task force' wasn't formed by any governmental agency but by the Atlantic Council, a Washington D.C. think tank that seeks to dictate U.S. foreign policy. These organizations have no business in U.S. politics, but we'll see if the Trump presidency will be able to resist their 'suggestions'.


Putin announces new priorities in State of the Nation address

© Sputnik/ Grigoriy Sisoev
President Vladimir Putin, State of the Nation address
Any address by Vladimir Putin is an important event in the life of the country, and today's address is no exception. Every year, I collect the rumors gathering around the speech and every time I am surprised by the extent to which our political scene so poorly knows our president.

[Forward to 13:33 ]

Light Saber

U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard: End illegal U.S. wars of 'intervention'

© Reuters/Abdalrhman Ismail
People dig in the rubble at a site hit previously by an airstrike in the rebel-held Tariq al-Bab neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria, September 26, 2016.
I felt it was critical to meet with Donald Trump now, before warmongering neocons convince him to escalate the Syrian conflict

I recently met with President-elect Donald Trump to give voice to the millions of Americans, including my fellow veterans, who desperately want to end our country's illegal, counterproductive war to overthrow the Syrian government. We had an hour-long, meaningful, back-and-forth discussion about the problems with current US policy in Syria and where to go from here.

I felt it critical to meet with him now, before warmongering neocons convince him to escalate this war that has already taken more than 400,000 lives and left millions of Syrians homeless and in search of safety for themselves and their families.

I conveyed to the president-elect how the post-9/11 neocon agenda of interventionism and regime change has left US foreign policy absurdly disconnected from our actual security interests. Our actions to overthrow secular dictators in Iraq and Libya, and attempts now to do the same in Syria, have resulted in tremendous loss of life, failed nations, and even worse humanitarian crises while strengthening the very terrorist organizations that have declared war on America.

Comment: Hussein, Gaddafi and Al-Assad are not and never were dictators. The stories and ideologies feeding this scheme were invented by the West through propaganda and falsified intelligence.

Since 2011, the United States—working with Saudi Arabia, the Gulf States, and Turkey—has been providing support to "rebel groups" fighting to overthrow the government and take over Syria. A recent New York Times article reported that these "rebel groups" supported by the United States "have entered into battlefield alliances with the affiliate of Al Qaeda in Syria, formerly known as Al Nusra." How the United States can work hand-in-hand with the very terrorist organization that is responsible for the killing of 3,000 Americans on 9/11 boggles my mind and curdles my blood.

Comment: The very terrorist organization they created and funded - blood-curdling, indeed.

Comment: See also; Concealing American military combat casualties in Syria and Iraq - tricks, strategy and outright lies


The age of banking secrecy is coming to an end in Switzerland

© Arnd Wiegmann / Reuters
The Swiss government plans to dramatically increase international cooperation on fiscal transparency, sharing private information about clients of the country's banks.

The automatic exchange of information (AEOI) on bank accounts will be spread to 22 more countries, including Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, and Uruguay as well as India and South Africa, according to the Federal Department of Finance.

The move aims to put an end to Switzerland's long-protected banking secrecy practices as well as stopping wealthy foreigners from hiding their undeclared income in the country.


GOP's vow to replace Obamacare may take years

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“We’re talking about a three-year transition now that we actually have a president who’s likely to sign the repeal into the law,” said Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (second from right).
Prepare for the Obamacare cliff.

Congressional Republicans are setting up their own, self-imposed deadline to make good on their vow to replace the Affordable Care Act. With buy-in from Donald Trump's transition team, GOP leaders on both sides of the Capitol are coalescing around a plan to vote to repeal the law in early 2017 — but delay the effective date for that repeal for as long as three years.

They're crossing their fingers that the delay will help them get their own house in order, as well as pressure a handful of Senate Democrats — who would likely be needed to pass replacement legislation — to come onboard before the clock runs out and 20 million Americans lose their health insurance. The idea is to satisfy conservative critics who want President Barack Obama's signature initiative gone now, but reassure Americans that Republicans won't upend the entire health care system without a viable alternative that preserves the law's popular provisions.

"We're talking about a three-year transition now that we actually have a president who's likely to sign the repeal into the law. People are being, understandably cautious, to make sure nobody's dropped through the cracks," said Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas).

The tentative strategy is reminiscent of Capitol Hill's infamous "fiscal cliff" days, when Congress imposed simultaneous deadlines to raise the debt ceiling, extend expiring tax cuts and fund the government. The hope was that it would create irresistible political pressure to get behind a bipartisan mega-fiscal deal.

Comment: See also: Trump taps anti-Obamacare Tom Price as secretary of Dept of Health and Human Services