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Putin ~ "Everything that we'll be doing must benefit the people and empower humanity, not destroy it,"

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Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at the panel discussion 'Youth 2030: The Image of the Future' at the 19th World Festival of Youth and Students.
Humanity is entering a new stage in its development when abandoning moral and ethical values may cause a larger catastrophe than a nuclear war, Russian President Vladimir Putin told the guests of the 19th World Festival of Youth and Students in Sochi.

The moral and ethical component is an "important circumstance" for any type of activity in modern society, Putin told the young scientists at the festival.

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Spain invokes Article 155, will dissolve Catalan parliament, have elections within 6 months - thousands protest, Puidgemont responds

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The Spanish government will administer Catalonia directly from Madrid subject to approval by the Senate, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said at a press conference. He added that Madrid wants to curb the powers of the Catalan parliament.

Rajoy declared on Saturday that the government wants to dissolve the Catalan parliament and call a snap election to restore order in the region.

He said Madrid is not revoking Catalonia's autonomy but merely removing local leaders whose actions were against the law. Rajoy said the government was seeking unprecedented constitutional authority to "restore order" in Catalonia.

"There is no country in the world ready to allow this kind of situation within its borders," Rajoy said, as cited by AP. "It is my wish to call elections as soon as normality is restored." The Popular Party led by the Prime Minister controls the majority of the Senate, and Rajoy himself has the backing of major opposition parties.

Comment: Anonymous purportedly hacked the Spanish Constitutional Court's website today.
Spain's Department of National Security said that on Friday the group had announced its intention to target government pages, in solidarity with those seeking independence for Catalonia.

"Hacktivist group Anonymous, through associated Twitter accounts, is announcing a massive cyberattack for tomorrow... under the name '#OpCatalunya' and '#FreeCatalunya'," the Department of National Security tweeted.

A video linked to members of Anonymous suggested that the hacking collective would undertake an operation to 'free' Catalonia.


It was shared online in September, ahead of the 1 October independence referendum.

"We wish to state that the Catalan people's desire to express their will via a referendum is the majority view and cuts across all strata of society and it is in keeping with the civic, peaceful and democratic determination expressed in the multitude of demonstrations held," Anonymous said in its online statement.
Puidgemont called the decision "the worst attack against the institutions and the people of Catalonia since the military dictatorship of Francisco Franco." He has called for a debate in the Catalonian parliament, the head of which called Rajoy's decision "an authoritarian coup within the EU." Hundreds of thousands are reportedly protesting the decision:





Pirates

ISIS plotting "new 9/11", plan to cause "maximum devastation" by bringing down planes

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Acting DHS head Elaine Duke
ISIS is plotting a 'new 9/11' and will bring down planes to cause maximum devastation, according to Trump's Homeland Security chief.

What's more, the terror group is currently using van attacks - like the one at London Bridge - to keep their members engaged while they raise funds for a 'big explosion'.

Elaine Duke, acting Secretary of Homeland Security says the plan is to recreate the 2001 atrocities where four planes were hijacked by al-Qaeda - two of which were crashed into the North and South towers of the World Trade Center.

Speaking at the US embassy in London, Mrs Duke said: "The terrorist organisations, be it ISIS or others, want to have the big explosion like they did on 9/11. They want to take down aircraft, the intelligence is clear on that.


Comment: That is not very specific. So, is ISIS specifically planning this? Nusra? Some other group? Are they planning such attacks separately? Or in common? If it's the latter, then this is pretty much an admission that ISIS is just a name and all these groups are centrally controlled in some way. Who's pulling the strings? Mrs. Duke has conveniently neglected to mention that the CIA's money has made all this possible.


"However, in the interim they need to keep their finances flowing and they need to keep their visibility high and they need to keep their members engaged, so they are using small plots and they are happy to have small plots."

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Russia triples Gold reserves in preparation for Full-Scale economic war with the United States

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The Central Bank of Russia has more than doubled the pace of its gold purchases, and tripled its gold reserves-from around 600 tonnes to 1,800 tonnes-bringing its international gold reserves to the highest level since Putin became President 17 years ago, according to the World Gold Council.

The impetus for the massive increase in Russian gold reserves is their desire to break away from the hegemony of the U.S. petrodollar and dollar-based payment systems. Currently, over 60 percent of global reserves and 80 percent of global payments are denominated dollars, according to James Rickards, author of Currency Wars.

Additionally, the U.S. is the only country with veto power at the International Monetary Fund, known as the global lender of last resort. Thus, one of the most crucial weapons wielded by Russia, in its war to free itself from the hegemony of the petrodollar, is gold.

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John Pilger: Clinton, Assange and the war on truth

On 16 October, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation aired an interview with Hillary Clinton: one of many to promote her score-settling book about why she was not elected President of the United States.

Wading through the Clinton book, What Happened, is an unpleasant experience, like a stomach upset. Smears and tears. Threats and enemies. "They" (voters) were brainwashed and herded against her by the odious Donald Trump in cahoots with sinister Slavs sent from the great darkness known as Russia, assisted by an Australian "nihilist", Julian Assange.

In The New York Times, there was a striking photograph of a female reporter consoling Clinton, having just interviewed her. The lost leader was, above all, "absolutely a feminist". The thousands of women's lives this "feminist" destroyed while in government - Libya, Syria, Honduras - were of no interest.

In New York magazine, Rebecca Trainster wrote that Clinton was finally "expressing some righteous anger". It was even hard for her to smile: "so hard that the muscles in her face ache". Surely, she concluded, "if we allowed women's resentments the same bearing we allow men's grudges, America would be forced to reckon with the fact that all these angry women might just have a point".

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France to send $15M Euros in aid to assist Syrians in recovering from Daesh and US coalition bombings

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A view of Raqqa's Old City, Syria
The funds are expected to be allocated to help Syrians, including those in the city of Raqqa that was cleared from extremists earlier on Friday.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said that some additional assistance worth 15 million euros will be sent to Syria by the year-end. It is planned to be spent on food, de-mining, displaced people, water, and health.

"France also hopes that the governance of these territories will meet the needs and aspirations of the populations and facilitate reconciliation," he said.

Comment: Considering France's role in the devastation of Raqqa, it's the very least they can do - the funds will likely be a drop in the bucket for what is actually needed to recover from the destruction.


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Duterte warns criminals: 'If nobody dares, I'll pull the trigger'

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Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte
Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte has said he is willing to shoot criminals himself if law enforcement doesn't step up to the task, days after scaling back his conroversial anti-drugs campaign.

Earlier in October, Duterte called off the Philippine National Police (PNP) from the drugs war to appease "bleeding hearts and media", putting the sole responsibility for the campaign in the hands of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA). But on Friday, the president seemed to question the PDEA's ability to carry out its mission with the appropriate degree of ruthlessness.

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Israel attacks Syrian positions for second time in a week

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The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have targeted three Syrian artillery cannons following shelling allegedly carried out by The Syrian army, the IDF's press service said Saturday.

"Early this morning, 5 projectiles were launched at the N Golan Heights from Syria. In response, the IDF targeted 3 Syrian artillery cannons," the IDF said on Twitter.

​It is second such incident in a week. On October 16, the IDF stated that its military jets destroyed an anti-aircraft battery east of Damascus as a response to an alleged missile attack against an Israeli military aircraft. Syria has not confirmed the incident.

Comment: The Syrians' response shows just how cynical and mendacious these Israeli attacks really are:
The statement noted that the Israeli attack comes within the framework of coordination between Israel and the terrorist groups operating in the area, claiming that terrorists, while receiving instructions from Israel, fired mortar shells which landed in an empty land in the occupied Golan Heights, with the purpose of giving Israel an excuse to carry out its aggression against the Syrian Army.

The General Command then warned Israel of serious consequences, should such actions repeat.
You'd think the international community would band together to stop Israel's naked aggression, but no:
Syria is apalled that the UN Security Council is unable to stop and condemn the Israeli attacks on its territory.

"Syria renews its warning of serious repercussions to Israel, should its acts of aggression, aimed at supporting terrorism, and which defy the UN Security Council resolutions, be repeated", the Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates said in its letters addressed to the Secretary-General of the United Nations and the President of the UN Security Council, adding that the latest Israeli aggression in the countryside of Quneitra is an example of coordination between Israel and armed terrorist groups and a desperate attempt of Israel to support these groups.

The Ministry also expressed Syria's grave disappointment over the fact that the UN is unable to deal with Israel.
Israel is a rogue state, a global menace, and one of the most evil regimes on the planet. Funny how it's pretty much only the "democratic West" that doesn't seem to realize it.


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Zakharova ~ Privileges to certain languages in Ukraine's education law to worsen situation

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova considers Kiev's steps "discrimination and language racism"

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Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova
Russia is worried about Kiev's plans to offer preferences to the languages of certain national minorities under the law on education as it thinks that such actions will only aggravate the situation in case discrimination of the Russian language stays in place, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Friday.

"We were worried to see reports in a number of the Ukrainian mass media that Ukraine's infamous law on education that has been condemned in the world as discriminatory will be amended with new provisions on preferences to the Hungarian language and other European Union languages," she noted. "Naturally, we are glad for our Hungarian partners that their compatriots will be granted certain privileges. But the question arises: what about the rights of millions of Russian-speaking people and people of other ethnic communities?"

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Rest in Peace: Moammar Al Ghadafi, great leader of Libya and Africa, assassinated 6 years ago today

On the anniversary of the brutal assassination of Moammar Al Ghadafi, we express our great sadness and regret to the people of Libya and Africa. This man, Moammar Al Ghadafi, a visionary who cared greatly about his country and his people, was such a threat to the New World Order evil Zionist (Khazarian mafia) that they not only assassinated him brutally (and his son Mutasim) but they also destroyed his beautiful Libya. Libya being an example of how the wealth of a country could be shared among it's people could not be tolerated. Even worse than that, these criminal Zionist banksters had no control over Libya as it was debt free and not part of the IMF or World bank. Ghadafi fully understood the nasty fiat currency game and started the African bank with a gold backed currency for Africa. This one act would have destroyed the fiat banksters. The destruction of Libya, the theft of all Libyan assets, the invasion of radical Islamic mercenaries (250,000) and the death of close to 1 million innocent Libyans was and is considered by the evil NWO Zionists as "acceptable collateral damage".

As for the rest of the world, waking up to the evil that controls this world is not an option, wake up or be destroyed.

Comment: Ruling the country for 41 years until his demise in October 2011, Gaddafi transformed Libya from the poorest nation on Earth into Africa's richest while attempting to unite and empower the whole of Africa. Despite the Western media's vilification, Gaddafi's efforts to improve life for his people were hardly those of a vicious dictator:
10 things you didn't know about Gaddafi's so-called dictatorship in Libya