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Israeli forces and illegal settlers clash with Palestinians at al-Aqsa compound

An Israeli soldier fires tear gas during skirmishes with Palestinian worshipers at al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the Israeli-occupied Old City of al-Quds (Jerusalem), June 26, 2016.
Israeli settlers and forces have once again stormed the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the Israeli-occupied Old City of al-Quds (Jerusalem) and engaged in scuffles with Palestinian Muslim worshipers there.

On Sunday morning, a large number of illegal settlers, escorted by a group of Israeli soldiers, stormed the holy site.

They were met by strong opposition from the Palestinians, who were performing morning prayers there.

Israeli soldiers used teargas and fired rubber-coated steel bullets to disperse the protesters.

Several people are said to have sustained gunshot wounds during the clashes. At least four Palestinians were also arrested.


Classic Putin: "David Cameron has a low level of political culture"

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UK Prime Minister David Cameron, having stated that "Putin will be happy" with the results of the referendum on leaving the EU, has a low level of political culture. This was stated by President Vladimir Putin on June 24th while concluding his visit to Tashkent where he hosted the SCO summit.

"I believe that this is none other than an inappropriate attempt to influence public opinion in his own country. Especially after the vote, in my opinion, nobody has the right to say something about the role of Russia. This is none other than a manifestation of a low level of political culture."

Putin also noted that Moscow did not intervene in any way and never commented on the referendum. "In my opinion, we behaved appropriately and have attentively followed what is happening, but we have not influenced this process in anyway and we have never even tried to do so," the president said.

Earlier, Putin stated that the vote in Great Britain reflects dissatisfaction with the state of security in the face of heavy migration, and a reluctance to feed and subsidize other weaker economies.

Comment: Further reading:

Snakes in Suits

Reports reveal almost half of UK shadow cabinet set to resign

Almost half of the UK's shadow cabinet plans to resign in order to force Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to step down, according to media reports.

This comes shortly after Corbyn dismissed his shadow foreign minister, Hilary Benn, following revelations he was orchestrating a coup against the Labour leader.

On Sunday, Health Secretary Heidi Alexander became the first cabinet member to announce her resignation.

She tweeted, "It is with a heavy heart that I have this morning resigned from the shadow cabinet."


Erdogan: Immunity to military engaged in war on Kurds

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Zero accountability. None whatsoever. Nada.
The Grand National Assembly of Turkey voted Thursday to not prosecute soldiers engaged in a crackdown on Kurdish separatist groups. New legislation, which will require military or parliamentary permission to indict soldiers, will be retroactively applied, to cover all operations coordinated over the previous year. Military court jurisdiction has been expanded as well.

The parliament granted immunity to security, military personnel and civil servants who conducted "counterterrorism" campaigns against the Kurdish Worker's Party (PKK) in Syria, northern Iraq and southeast Turkey. Human rights organizations are concerned that the new law could make investigating violations more burdensome. The United Nations has been unsettled by military operations in the last year in densely populated areas with a Kurdish majority.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said that almost 500 soldiers and police officers been killed and 7,500 PKK militants have been "neutralized." The military claimed that six Turkish soldiers were killed in two attacks on Friday. Four soldiers were killed near the Iraqi border when an improvised explosive device detonated in Hakkari Province. This was in response to two soldiers being shot and killed by militants in the town of Derik, in Mardin Province.

Over the past few months, Ankara has been locked in a large-scale conflict with the PKK in northern Iraq and Syria, and at Turkey's southern border. This campaign began in response to a July 2015 bombing that killed more than 30 people in the southern Turkish town of Suruc.

Comment: Erdogan's rules...he's created a legislative edge for extreme and cruel genocide. All bets are off if military has no repercussions for committing acts above and beyond acceptable international protocol. Will the PKK be granted the same? In a pig's eye.

Snakes in Suits

Biden threatens Xi to tame N. Korea or Japan may go nuclear 'virtually overnight'

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Japan may obtain nuclear weapons "virtually overnight" if the North Korean threat persists, US Vice-President Joe Biden warned China's Xi Jinping. He urged to exert influence on Pyongyang, reassuring that US military buildup in Asia is not targeting China.

Comment: This sounds like a threat to China, then using North Korea as an excuse for the US military buildup.

For years, the United States and world powers have tried to negotiate an end to North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile development programs. While pursuing a variety of responses to the proliferation challenges posed by Pyongyang, mainly focused on military cooperation with allies in the region, Washington failed to achieve any tangible results in curbing the 'North Korean threat'.

On Wednesday, North Korea test-launched two medium-range ballistic missiles, the latest in a series of launches in violation of UN Security Council resolution. Each missile launch, be it successful or not, is traditionally accompanied by belligerent rhetoric by North Korea towards the US and its regional allies that fall under the American security umbrella.

Snakes in Suits

Soros warns EU disintegration 'practically irreversible'

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The EU has "ceased to satisfy its citizens' needs and aspirations," George Soros said calling on people to "band together to save it." The billionaire warned the disintegration of the bloc will be almost impossible to avoid.

"Britain eventually may or may not be relatively better off than other countries by leaving the EU, but its economy and people stand to suffer significantly in the short to medium term," Soros wrote in a commentary on the website Project Syndicate.

"The catastrophic scenario that many feared has materialized, making the disintegration of the EU practically irreversible."

Comment: Considering that:
"International currency speculator and leftist financier George Soros has slashed his fund's overall equity holdings by 25%. Like him or not, Soros is no dummy when it comes to the financial system. He is an establishment insider who apparently sees turbulent times ahead. He owns a not insignificant amount of gold, and his largest single equity holding now is Barrick Gold (NYSE:ABX), a major gold mining company."
One might be tempted to think that the disintegration of the EU is the outcome he and his elite cronies are hoping for.

Economic insiders warn of upcoming system failure

Light Saber

Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity: State Dept. memo on Syria 'reckless'

A group of U.S. intelligence veterans urges President Obama to resist the "reckless" call for a wider Syrian war from 51 State Department officials in a recent "dissent memo."

MEMORANDUM FOR: Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs

FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity

Subject: Beware Foggy Bottom Dissent

Dissent and disagreement within the foreign policy and national security bureaucracy only comes to the public's attention when there are deep and fundamental differences of opinion about the execution and objectives of a U.S. policy. Instances of dissent emerged during the war in Vietnam and have reappeared periodically, e.g., during the Contra War in Central America in the 1980s and the Cold War with the Soviets. We can now add Syria to this list.

The latest media buzz came with the leak that 51 "State Department Diplomats" signed a dissent letter advocating direct U.S. bombing as a tool to force Syria into submission to our government's dictates. U.S. Foreign Service Officers are a unique collection of highly educated people, who take great pride in having passed the Foreign Service Exam. Yet even among such "bright people," some succumb to the forces of careerism and the pressures to politicize intelligence.


US sacks another Navy commander for embarrassing detainment by Iranian coast guard

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The commanding officer of a US Navy task force has been sacked following the investigation into an awkward international incident in which his group reportedly veered off course due to GPS failure and was detained by the Iranian coast guard in January.

Following an inquiry into the international incident in which ten US sailors of Task Force 56 were taken into custody by the Iranian coast guard, Commander of US Naval Forces Central Command Vice Admiral Kevin M. Donegan fired Captain Kyle S. Moses for the loss of confidence in his ability to command sailors. Moses was the commanding officer for the task force.

Stock Down

Stalling Brexit will benefit the radical right wing

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We claimed that BREXIT - is not gonna happen and pointed to a propaganda campaign (see further examples in the comments there) launched to reverse the Brexit votes. Within that campaign two memes get pushed:

First, young voters feel cheated of their future because some old, grumpy people voted for Brexit. Well, these young voters of age 18 to 24, tearfully interviewed by the BBC and Channel 4, constitute only 5% of the electorate. Only a third of them voted at all, 70% of those 1/3 of 5% for "Remain". This is a small part, and a not very interested one, of the population. Who are they to deserve some special attendance?

The second meme pushed is the "success" of some petition for a #ReverseBrexit vote someone set up on the UK parliament website. It now has more than a million "signatures". That is a lot in a short time frame. But wait, any dog on the Internet can "sign" that petition provided it has some throw-away email address. I, a German in Germany, "signed" to test the procedure. It took me about 30 seconds.

Star of David

Trump rolls over for the Israeli lobby: Will support further racial colonies, won't recognize Palestinian state w/o Israel's permission

Zionist stooge.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has backtracked from his neutral position on the Israel-Palestine conflict, and is now "committed" to supporting Israeli settlement expansion on territories it has seized illegally, according to an advisor.

David M. Friedman, a real-estate attorney serving as Trump's main advisor on Israel, said the Republican presidential candidate and reality television star would not support the recognition of the Palestinian state without "the approval of the Israelis." Friedman also remarked that Trump was unconcerned with the inhabitants of the West Bank, because "nobody really knows how many Palestinians live there."

Comment: Trump supporters, take note. Whatever he is saying, or has said in the past, that has made you think he's got some good policies, just remember, chances are that he'll change his mind in a month or two. The man is a pathological narcissist, and will say whatever is convenient at the moment. He has no integrity. So why trust that a word he says actually reflects the policies he will put into effect if elected?