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War criminal John McCain slams Trump on Afghanistan, calls for more bombing

Senator John McCain has blasted President Donald Trump over a lack of strategy in America's 17-year war in Afghanistan, and filed his own plan for the Senate to vote on. It involves more troops, more bombing and an enduring US presence in the country.

"Now, nearly seven months into President Trump's administration, we've had no strategy at all as conditions on the ground have steadily worsened," McCain, who is the chairman of the Senate's Armed Services Committee, said in a statement Thursday. "The thousands of Americans putting their lives on the line in Afghanistan deserve better from their commander-in-chief."

Comment: McCain has contributed to massive damage to the world, and it's time for him to call it quits. It's quite obvious he has a deep hatred toward the world, and perhaps such malice has contributed to his recent diagnosis of brain cancer.


Propaganda: 'We're concerned about possible North Korean missile strike' says Alaska senator

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Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) said he is seriously concerned about a possible North Korean missile strike on his state as well as the rest of the United States.

"There's concern, but there's also pride," Sullivan said on Fox News's "The Story" Tuesday. "Alaska is the cornerstone of our nation's missile defense."

President Trump warned North Korea Tuesday that it would "be met with fire, fury and frankly power, the likes of which this world has never seen before" if it continued to make threats about nuclear attacks. North Korea is reportedly considering a missile strike against the U.S. territory Guam after Trump's comments.

Sullivan said that while he is concerned over the escalating tensions, the missile defense battalion stationed in Alaska "is literally protecting the country."

Comment: Thus giving more fuel to the U.S. warmongering ideology and their money-making corporate machine. What a shameless lapdog.


Italy invades Libya using UN puppet Serraj as justification

If you asked any Libyan if they thought Italy would ever be allowed back in Libya after the horrible crimes, theft and mass killings committed against Libya by the Italian occupation starting in 1910 and lasting until 1947, they would say that you had lost your mind. Italy under Berlusconi agreed to pay some billions in reparations to Libya for their past crimes. Of course when the attack on Libya was started in 2011, Italy jumped on board because they knew if Libya was destroyed it would erase that debt, which it did.

The great Libyan Jamahiriya developed for the Libyan people since 1969 under Ghadafi gave the Libyan people for the first time in their history a share in their country's wealth. They received back the land stolen by Italy, free health care, free education - through PhD, monetary gifts when married, new homes costing 10% of your salary for 20 years and then yours, first car at 1/2 price, gasoline at 44 cents a gallon, complete security (no militias, almost no crimes), women were emancipated in the 1970's by Ghadafi and were doctors, lawyers, entrepreneurs, house wives, in the military, etc. Libya had become the most developed country in Africa, going from the poorest, least developed in 1969 to the top under Ghadafi in 42 years. Libya was not part of the Zionists' fiat money debt system. They had their own money and their own banks and no debt.

Comment: See also: Sibel Edmonds: Mossad replaces CIA as Haftar's handler in Libya

Eye 1

'Almost like war zone': Saudi 'renovation' of Shiite town decried as attempt to drive Awamiya residents out

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A member of Saudi Special Forces holds his weapon as he walks in the town of Awamiya following a security campaign against Shi’ite Muslim gunmen, in the eastern part of Saudi Arabia August 9, 2017.
The claimed 'renovation' of a Shiite town in Saudi Arabia is an attempt by the Sunni government to drive the locals out, the Awamiya residents told RT, adding that troops fire upon people in streets as homes are being bulldozed.

The Saudi operation in Awamiya has been underway during the last three months, but "it has been very bad for the last 14 days," one of the residents told RT on the phone. The person asked to remain unanimous and for his voice to be modified due to fear of retaliation from the government.

"The city has been empty, completely empty. No movement on the streets, nobody's out because soldiers were actually around the city, just shooting everybody who's in the streets," he said.

"If you hear the sounds of shootings outside - it's almost like a war zone. It's not actually far from what's happening in Iraq and Syria," the witness to the Saudi operation added.

"Awamiya is under fire now," another resident said. "Random shooting is everywhere, shelling, but I think it's getting worse and worse. They started to use tanks against civilians."

Star of David

Australian foreign ministry disavows diplomats' ties to Israeli smear group NGO Monitor

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Alexander Downer, Australia's ambassador in London, has resigned from NGO Monitor, a group that works with the Israeli government to smear human rights defenders.
The Australian foreign ministry is disavowing ties between two of its senior diplomats and the right-wing Israeli group NGO Monitor.

NGO Monitor has been involved in leveling smears targeting Australian aid to Gaza that Canberra has refuted.

On 4 August, NGO Monitor, which works closely with the Israeli government to attack human rights and aid organizations, sent out an email announcing three new members for its international advisory board.

One was Dave Sharma, who recently completed a four-year term as Australian ambassador to Tel Aviv. The other two are former Canadian and US diplomats.

"They join a number of distinguished individuals providing direction and council [sic] to NGO Monitor," the email stated.

The NGO Monitor website also lists Alexander Downer, Australia's ambassador in London - known officially as high commissioner - as a member of its advisory board.


Sibel Edmonds: Mossad replaces CIA as Haftar's handler in Libya

Trojan horse.
A recent revelation, albeit quietly by choice, has been trickling under the popular western-dominated news radar. This under-reported, to the point of outright censored, exposé, has to do with Israel secretly providing weapons and military assistance to Khalifa Haftar, commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA), one of the factions in the so-called Libyan Civil War.

Libya has remained in a state of war for over six years - since 2011, when a western-concocted and directed uprising led to the demise of the country's leader, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. The strongest faction in war-torn and chaos-ridden Libya is the eastern-based Tobruk-led Government, which is affiliated with LNA, whose commander is Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, an old adversary of Gaddafi, who lived in the United States for several decades and became a U.S. citizen before returning to Libya in 2011.

Comment: According to Jim and Joanne Moriarty, Libyans know about Haftar's work for the CIA, but see him as a lesser of two evils when compared with the terrorists who have been running most of the country since the U.S./NATO invasion. The man they truly support is Gaddafi's son, Saif al-Islam. With the support of Israel's Mossad, however, Haftar's power will probably only increase. The question then becomes: what will the Mossad require of Haftar in return, and what is he willing to offer them? Chances are, it won't be for the benefit of the Libyan people.


Following up on Fox News investigation of Rod Wheeler's claims about Seth Rich and Wikileaks

Ron Wheeler is investigating the murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich
We don't know why Rod Wheeler changed his story regarding the now-infamous Seth Rich report, but he did - and Fox News needs to put their story back up, continue investigating, and support their reporter Malia Zimmerman.

Wheeler has filed a lawsuit against the network and Ed Butowsky, who had offered the Rich family financial assistance to hire a private investigator. The lawsuit claims that Zimmerman had misquoted him and misrepresented his statements within her report.

She didn't.

Here are the quotes that Wheeler claims Zimmerman made up - and absolute proof that she did no such thing:

"My investigation up to this point shows there was some degree of email exchange between Seth Rich and Wikileaks."



North Korea: Fire, fury and fear

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un celebrates the second test-fire of intercontinental ballistic missile Hwasong-14 in this undated picture provided by KCNA in Pyongyang on July 29, 2017.
Alarm bells ringing as rampant speculation breaks out over Pyongyang's 'possible' miniaturized nuclear warheads.

Beware the dogs of war. The same intel "folks" who brought to you babies pulled from incubators by "evil" Iraqis as well as non-existent WMDs are now peddling the notion that North Korea has produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead able to fit its recently tested ICBM.

That's the core of an analysis completed in July by the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). Additionally, US intel believes that Pyongyang now has access to up to 60 nuclear weapons. On the ground US intel on North Korea is virtually non-existent - so these assessments amount to guesswork at best.

But when we couple the guesswork with an annual 500-page white paper released earlier this week by the Japanese Defense Ministry, alarm bells do start ringing.


Angry China warns US on North Korea: Back off and talk or risk disaster

Commentaries in China's official media show growing Chinese anger at US grandstanding and intransigence on the North Korean issue.

If the Chinese or anyone else imagined that the sanctions resolution recently passed by the UN Security Council would calm tensions in the Korean Peninsula, they must by now be disabused of that illusion.

Though there have been no tests by North Korea since the UN Security Council vote - whether of ballistic missiles or nuclear weapons - the rhetoric instead of calming down has become heated. Moreover for once it is Washington rather than Pyongyang that has taken the initiative in the war of words.

Thus after days of unwise bragging by President Trump about the UN Security Council resolution - which he claims (wrongly) to have sponsored, and which - to their intense irritation - he has "thanked" the Chinese and Russians for - we have had first President Trump's "fire and fury" comment - which by the way looks to me calculated rather than spontaneous - and an almost equally belligerent statement from the US's Defense Secretary General Mattis.

By now it should be obvious that there is nothing that delights the North Korean leadership more than calling the US's bluff, so their response - wild and reckless threats of a missile demonstration around the US's base in Guam - was exactly as might have been expected.


Assange: Russian trolling of West is a sign of weakness, reactions from West are all politics

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Screen shot from 'Risk'
Russia's constant trolling of US power [e.g #OpenSkies overflight of Langley instead of White Sands] is clearly an intentional policy. Similar trolling is seen on many of its social media accounts and its constant attempts to signal, in English, that it is behind many events that irritate the U.S. establishment. This includes constantly trying to steal credit for @wikileaks publication work.

All weak countries that feel threatened like to engage in deterring displays of strength and resolve but this is not the answer. Russia has a GDP less than South Korea or Spain and is surrounded by NATO bases and China, which has 7x the GDP and 10x the population. Sun Tzu's "Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak" explains Russia's strength displays but not obvious trolling. There is a difference between trolling and displays of strength. Trolling is designed to provoke reactions rather than to deter them. I do not know the answer but it is fascinating that no-one in the West is talking about it. This seems to be as a result of incentives.

Western security state interests want to hype up "threat" as opposed to "trolling" so as to increase their importance and budgets. Democrats want to hype up "threat" as opposed to "trolling" so as to foster their excuse for losing election narrative. Russian apologists and anti-Westerns want to make Russia look strong or honest so they also will not talk about Russian trolling. Germany is headed into an election so the Merkel camp are incentivized to increase perceptions of the Russian "threat" so as to make criticism of her government and its policies subject to neo-McCarthyisst suspicions.

But perhaps these observations about Western amplification and instrumentalization of the Russian "threat" provides a clue. The more the Russian security state can provoke a belligerent, threatening tone from the West the greater the domestic political support for defending Russia from these Western threats. This translates into increased budgets for Russia's security sector and greater unity, both within the state and between Russia's population and its state structures.

Comment: Assange obviously didn't run this twitter missive by his Russian handlers first. Or maybe he did, and it's just next-level Russian trolling? In which case, it's just further proof for Dems and anti-Russians that Wikileaks is a Russian disinfo program. Confirmation bias will get you every time!