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Israeli government waging campaign to 'publicly shame' human rights groups

Newly passed Transparency Law compels rights groups to divulge foreign funding in all official statements

The Israeli government stands accused of waging a campaign of incitement against human rights groups as it tries to hamper efforts by the international community to monitor abuses of Palestinians under occupation.

A so-called Transparency Law, passed by the Israeli parliament last week, compels some two dozen Israeli rights organisations to declare publicly that they receive a majority of their funding from foreign governments.

In future, they will have to divulge such funding - mostly from individual European states or the European Union - every time they appear in the media, issue publicity material, make statements online, and deal with official bodies. Failure to do so will incur a substantial fine.

The legislation's aim, peace activists argue, is to vilify these groups with the Israeli public, suggesting they are "foreign agents" and "traitors" seeking to subvert Israel's security and its national interests.

Jeff Halper, founder of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, said the human rights community was being "publicly shamed". He told Al Jazeera: "The government wants these groups to be seen as disloyal and anti-Israel. It is about cementing a public consensus that they constitute an enemy within."

Foreign 'meddling'

Most of the affected groups work in the occupied territories, monitoring human rights violations, the expansion of settlements, torture of Palestinian prisoners and Israel's military courts system. The best-known include B'Tselem, Peace Now and Yesh Din.

But the law also applies to social justice groups operating inside Israel. Most focus on structural discrimination against the country's Palestinian minority, a fifth of the Israeli population.

Comment: Bought and paid for: Clinton and Trump shamelessly anti-Palestinian, thanks to wealthy pro-apartheid Israel donors


Cleaning house: Close to 300 members of Turkey's presidential guard detained after failed coup

© Umit Bektas / Reuters
Two hundred eighty-three members of the presidential guard of Recep Tayyip Erdogan have been arrested by Turkish authorities over alleged affiliation to the last week's failed coup, Press TV information website reported on Saturday.

Security sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Press TV that the suspects were part of the Special Forces regiment stationed at the presidential palace in capital, Ankara.

According to the source, after a police investigation is conducted, the Palace of Justice in Ankara will take the suspects.

At the same time, an unnamed official of Turkish government said that Turkish authorities had cancelled 10,856 passports, including close to 10,000 green and grey ones. The reason for such action was a "flight risk" of the holders who are in custody or on the run.

Comment: Erdogsn plans on disbanding the presidential guard altogether, saying it serves no purpose. Further reading: Why the claim that the Russians warned Erdogan about the coup may be true


Hillary's running mate,Tim Kaine forced 6th grade girls to get Gardasil vaccine

Hillary Clinton is having a bad day, to say the absolute least. On the day she set aside to announce her Vice Presidential selection, Julian Assange and Wikileaks posted leaked DNC emails proving the DNC forced Bernie out and attempted to ruin Trump with sultry lies.

Today, Clinton chose Virginia Senator Tim Kaine. Her announcement clearly marred by Assange's revelations of the DNC's indiscretions. But worse more, Kaine has a history of sinister idealogy. In fact, he once forced sixth grade girls to take Gardasil shots, according to a 2007 article from the Washington Post.

Light Saber

Vitaly Churkin addresses a letter to UN: A final warning for Ukraine

Russia’s permanent representative to the UN, Vitaly Churkin
Russia's permanent representative to the UN, Vitaly Churkin, has appealed to the UN with an official letter in which he requests that pressure be put on Ukraine in order to prevent the resumption of full-scale hostilities in Donbass. In Churkin's opinion, Kiev is preparing a military operation, and his letter cites data on Ukrainian security forces' shelling of civilian residential areas in Donbass "within the last week alone." The number of these bombardments has grown dramatically.

Churkin is known for his professionalism and poise. Obviously, only the most extreme circumstances could have compelled him take such an extraordinary step. Moreover, this is not the first appeal by such a high-ranking Russian diplomat to international and foreign institutions. The Foreign Ministry of Russia's State Secretary Grigory Karasin already met with the ambassadors of France and Germany on this subject and Russian President Vladimir Putin held a telephone talk with the presidents of the US, France, and the German Chancellor. According to Karl Marx's famous formula, quantity turns into quality. In our case, the number of shellings of Donbass' cities by the UAF and neo-Nazi battalions risks turning into a new, full-scale war.

It should be admitted that Kiev's tactics are quite effective. Shellings cause tangible losses while also exerting psychological pressure on the republics. The purpose of such frequent attacks is provoking return fire by the DPR and LPR's armies. Then Kiev would accuse the Donbass republics (and of course Russia) of tearing up the Minsk Agreements, and call upon the international community to intervene in the conflict. By "international community," of course, is meant NATO. At the NATO summit in Warsaw, words of support for Kiev against "Russian aggression" were heard along with promises to provide military and technological assistance. It is possible that these and other measures of support are being prepared. Most likely, this is not Ukraine's accession to NATO, but NATO's accession to Ukraine, i.e., an actual occupation of Ukrainian territory by the alliance. This could come about in the form of establishing permanent military bases and upgrading equipment and manpower.

My friends from the military and political circles of the DPR report that the sheer force of UAF attacks is reminiscent of the most difficult days of summer, 2014. But the republics are not afraid of fire. On the contrary, they are waiting for when Ukraine will go on a new offensive in order to then bury the Ukrainian army on Donbass land. Ukraine has already been given two chances to stop (and survive), but has not taken any of these. Churkin's letter is perhaps one of the last warnings for Ukraine.


Illegal secret US-UK base in Syria bombed by Russia in June

al-Tanf/al-Waleed 16 kilometres from the Jordanian border
According to The Wall Street Journal, a month ago, the Russian air-forces destroyed a top-secret military facility, used by Special Forces of the USA and the UK in Syria. The Government and military in all three countries, according to the newspaper, ignore this fact.

On June 16 Russian planes in Syria hit a remote military installation at "Al-Tanf" in the south-east of the country. As the publication of The Wall Street Journal, citing military sources states, the aim was a secret base of the US and the UK. Coincidence or not, but the strike occurred after the base was left by the 20 people of the UK military personnel.

The US military states, that some cluster bombs were dropped on the base. After that, the representatives of the US Central Command in Qatar called Russian colleagues in Latakia, explaining that the facility that was bombed is a part of the American infrastructure. But a second blow was delivered some 30 minutes after this.

Katehon experts comment on this:
US is known for its official support of the so called "moderate opposition" and the secret support of the ISIS extremist group. US uses its bases not to fight terrorism as they claim, but to overthrow Assad's Government. The US-UK base has been created illegally and as a violation of both the sovereignty of Syria and International Law.

Comment: At least four U.S.-backed rebels were allegedly killed in the strikes. According to the WSJ, the purpose was to pressure Washington to closer Russian-U.S. cooperation in Syria.

Bizarro Earth

Hillary Clinton thrilled to announce Tim Kaine as vice presidential running mate

© Carlos Barria / Reuters
Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) react during a campaign rally at Ernst Community Cultural Center in Annandale, Virginia, U.S., July 14, 2016.
Hillary Clinton's pick for vice president is Virginia senator Tim Kaine, who is considered a safe choice by some, but not as progressive as many supporters would like.

Donors to the Clinton campaign received text messages at 8:11pm EST reading, "I'm thrilled to tell you this first: I've chosen Sen. Tim Kaine as my running mate. Welcome him to our team.

Comment: See also: Hillary's running mate,Tim Kaine forced 6th grade girls to get Gardasil vaccine


A world apart: Obama and Putin represent fundamentally different core values

The two presidents represent two fundamentally different directions in life represented in core culture and values.

Who is this Russian that commands a majority of between an estimated 86 and 89 percent approval rate, something that any western politician would die for. In a western non-judgmental society, individual character and the moral qualities in leadership play a secondary role to photogenic requirements and script written speeches. Taking Presidents' Putin and Obama as examples, the differences are stark, Putin vs Obama.

Using two pillars of western tradition, religion and culture, a brief look at the dissimilarities between Presidents' Obama's America and Putin's Russia. The purpose is to show that the western removal of traditional values is more than just a social happening, but within the chaos lies a deeper agenda to destroy society.



Is Pakistan heading toward a coup?

© Unknown
A week ago, banners requesting the military's takeover of the country were put all across Islamabad, Pakistan's capital. The banners were read as asking the military chief, General Raheel Sharif, to impose martial law in the country.

On Sunday, Imran Khan, the leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) said that "the people will celebrate and distribute sweets if the army takes over the country." Imran Khan's party runs a coalition government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan.


US-led airstrikes kill as many innocent civilians as Nice attack - but get no front-page coverage in major US newspapers

A coalition airstrike reported on Tuesday that killed at least 85 Syrian civilians—one more than died in the Nice attack in France last week—wasn't featured at all on the front pages of two of the top US national newspapers, the New York Times and LATimes, and only merited brief blurbs on the front pages of the Wall Street Journal and Washington Post, with the actual stories buried on pages A-16 and A-15, respectively.

According to the London Telegraph (7/19/16), the airstrike killed "more than 85 civilians" after the "coalition mistook them for Islamic State fighters." Eight families were represented among the dead, with victims "as young as three." The Intercept (7/19/16) reported the death toll could end up being well over 100.

The Pentagon has not denied the reports, saying an investigation is underway, according to Stars and Stripes (7/19/16), a media outlet that operates inside the Department of Defense.

As many on Twitter pointed out, the number of dead was roughly equal to that of the recent Nice attack, yet the airstrike did not garner nearly as much media coverage, nor did news outlets convey an outpouring of grief:

Comment: Just as senseless as the death that the Syrian civilians were dealt at the hands of the US - who refuse to coordinate with the Syrian government (and are seeking to destabilize the lives of Syria further) - are the bought-and-paid-for lackeys of Empire in the Western media who facilitate this carnage with their silence. They have volumes upon volumes of blood on their hands too.


Who's next in the Middle East: Exit America enter Russia

© www.slate.com
The ins and outs of war.
Is the genie finally out of the bottle?

A myriad of seemingly unrelated events and loose ends are converging in a manner that points in the direction of a huge win for Russian diplomacy in the Middle East, and we only need to connect the dots to see this scenario unfolding.

What dots, one might ask?

Henry Kissinger made it law for America to protect Israel. In his shuttle diplomacy trips in the lead up to the Camp David agreement, Kissinger has basically removed the USSR from the position of a superpower and a key partner on the negotiating table between Arabs and the Israelis and reduced its role to zilch. The ensuing dismantling of the USSR and the emergence of the so-called "New World Order" meant that Israel was to maintain its military superiority.

However, with the rise of Axis of Resistance in general and Hezbollah in particular, Israel's technical military edge proved unable to provide Israel with any real security. As a matter of fact, it seems to have done just the opposite. Israel has never ever been under the kind of existential threat that it faces now, with an estimated hundred thousand Hezbollah missiles, if not more, poised to hit Israeli targets as far as Eilat.

And because America had been such a biased supporter of Israel for so long, it has lost its stature as a non-partisan arbitrator and mediator. In reality therefore, whilst America tried as hard as possible to enable Israel to impose its own peace, under its own terms, in practice, it has not been able to provide Israel with any peace under anyone's terms.

Comment: Insight beats hindsight every time. At last, we have 'an idea' of a masterful Russian plan and a glimmer of why the USA is hellbent on demonizing Russia before it is too late. Sorry...it is too late. Russia kept open the door to many pivotal moments. 'Doors in' are also 'doors out.' The threshold not crossed signals the end of an era. Sorry to say: Not sorry.