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Philippines: Crisis 'transmogrified into invasion by foreign terrorists'

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Troops and armored personnel carrier in Marawi City, Philippines
The Maute group confronting the Philippine army in Marawi City is no longer considered a local terrorist organization as it has been reinforced by jihadists of Malaysian, Indonesian and "other nationalities," the country's authorities have announced. "Before it was just a local terrorist group. But now they have subscribed to the ideology of ISIS. They want to make Mindanao as part of the caliphate," Solicitor General Jose Calida told a news conference, according to Reuters.

He added that Indonesians and Malaysians are among the Islamist radicals who are fighting the army. Meanwhile, an army spokesman said six foreigners were killed in Mindanao on Thursday, including militants of Malaysian, Indonesian and "other nationalities."

"What's happening in Mindanao is no longer a rebellion of Filipino citizens" but "has transmogrified into an invasion by foreign terrorists who heeded the clarion call of the ISIS to go to the Philippines if they find difficulty in going to Iraq or Syria," Calida added, as cited by InterAksyon news. The terrorist group is aiming to create an Islamic State "province" in Mindanao and will target anyone to achieve their objective, Calida warned.

"People they consider as infidels, whether Christians or Muslims, are also targets of opportunity," he said. "What is worrisome is that ISIS has radicalized a number of Filipino Muslim youth."


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John Pilger: The White Helmets are a complete propaganda construct in Syria

Just prior to the 2016 announcement of the Nobel Prize I wrote to eminent author and filmmaker, John Pilger, about the NATO and Gulf State propaganda construct, the White Helmets, demonstrated to be nothing more than Nusra Front civil defence in Syria. In yesterday's interview with RT's Going Underground, John Pilger outed the White Helmets as nothing more than a "complete propaganda construct in Syria". WATCH ~


Comment: White Helmets: The Mask of Terror (VIDEO)


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How the British Deep State turned Manchester into an al-Qaeda hotbed

Anti-Gaddafi Libyans living in Manchester had been trained, armed and aided by Britain to wage jihad against the leadership of Muammar Gaddafi.

More and more information is emerging on how the savage terrorist atrocity recently committed in Manchester was a classic case of terrorist blow-back, a phenomenon describing how when western governments fund, arm and aid terrorists, they often come back to commit horrific crimes against the citizens of the countries which funded and aided them.


It has been confirmed that the father of the Manchester ISIS bomber was a member of the al-Qaeda affiliated Libyan Islamic Fighting Group. The Libyan Islamic Fighting Group was initially comprised of battle hardened fighters who travelled to Afghanistan in the 1980s to fight the Soviet Union and the secular government in Kabul.

According to former MI5 agent and whistle blower David Shayler, the UK had been funding, arming and training the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group as early as the 1990s and even helped the group organise an attempted assassination of Libyan revolutionary leader Muammar Gaddafi in 1996.

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Planned Parenthood executives joke about decapitating fetuses in new undercover video

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Pro-life demonstrators deliver nearly 200,000 pairs of baby socks to the U.S. Capitol as a public demonstration aimed at encouraging Congress to defund Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider, in this April 2017 file photo.
Planned Parenthood executives joked about decapitated fetuses, admitted to altering abortion procedures to preserve fetal organs and said clinics have a financial incentive to sell human tissue in a new undercover video released Thursday.

The three-minute video was recorded at an annual National Abortion Federation meeting by pro-life investigators with the Center for Medical Progress. The advocacy group said it's just a preview of never-before-seen content that has been sealed for almost two years due to legal fights.

In the video, Deborah Nucatola, senior director of medical services at the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, admits to altering abortion procedures to preserve fetal organs.

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The 15 Most Heartless Excerpts From Trump's Budget Proposal

Longtime federal budget experts quickly slammed the White House's proposed 2018 budget on Tuesday. Its $1.4 trillion in cuts over the next decade would endanger tens of millions of households, especially the poor and vulnerable, while rewarding the wealthy with unneeded tax cuts and giving contracts to military contractors and others to privatize many government functions.

But inside the right-wing bubble that is the Trump White House and GOP-majority Congress, what's taken as serious policy ideas, spending principles and rationales for the president's 2018 budget is reality-averse craziness.

Even as budget watchers say there's no way Trump's blueprint will make it through Congress, the starting line—before compromises, concessions and deals begin—is not just mean, cruel and uninformed; it's delusional. Not only would the budget hit working-class white voters who bet on Trump like a lottery ticket, but the budget also shows a White House living in a land of make-believe.

Bad Guys

US Senator Patrick Leahy: Trump's arms deal ignores Saudi support for terror, repression

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US President Donald Trump and Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (R) attend the Arab Islamic American Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, May 21, 2017
During his trip to Riyadh last weekend, Trump and Saudi King Salman announced a deal for US defense companies to sell $110 billion in weapons and related services to Saudi Arabia. The contracts are worth up to $350 billion over the next 10 years.

"Saudi Arabia has been a supporter of terrorism. Its armed forces have committed war crimes in Yemen. Saudi Arabia ranks among the world's worse violators of human rights — even below Iran," Leahy stated.

Comment: See also: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard calls out Trump's hypocrisy on US arms sale to Saudi Arabia


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Twitter suspends WND for promoting its Seth Rich story

A couple of days ago, WND ran a story entitled "Bombshell: Donna Brazile Warned Off Private Eye On Seth Rich Murder." The story was sourced back to on-the-record quotes provided by Detective Rod Wheeler who was hired by the Rich family shortly after their son's suspicious murder in July 2016. Among other things, Wheeler said that it was former Democratic National Committee interim chairwoman Donna Brazile who allegedly called police and the Rich family and demanded to know why a private investigator was "snooping" into Rich's death.
"The high-ranking DNC official that called the police after I inquired about Rich's case was Donna Brazile," veteran homicide detective Rod Wheeler told WND. "Why shouldn't I reveal who it was?"
To promote the story, WND sent the following tweet:
Unfortunately, Twitter seemed to take issue with the story and sent a message to WND demanding that they "Delete Tweet."

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Russian Foreign Ministry says relations with NATO at worst point since Cold War

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Flags of NATO member countries flutter during a handover ceremony at the NATO summit in Brussels on Thursday, May 25, 2017
Russia and NATO are facing the deepest crisis in relations since the Cold War, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. Moscow believes the alliance's ongoing military buildup could fuel a dangerous arms race.

"We have to admit that at this stage, Russia-NATO relations are in the deepest crisis since the end of the Cold War," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement dedicated to the 20th anniversary of establishing cooperation with the alliance.

On May 27, 1997, Russia and NATO signed the 'Founding Act on Mutual Relations, Cooperation and Security,' aimed at establishing "lasting and inclusive peace in the Euro-Atlantic area" and bringing an end to earlier confrontation. The ministry said that NATO "unilaterally froze" cooperation projects and chose "NATO-centered security architecture." This is evidenced by the military and political deterrence of Russia, and could lead to the worsening of tensions in the Euro-Atlantic region, it added.

Strengthening NATO's "eastern flank" through the military buildup near Russian borders and a constant military presence waters down the main bilateral agreements, the statement says. The ministry added that such actions are "dangerous and contradictory to the interests of NATO member states."

"We see this as the desire of the alliance to legitimize its military preparations near Russian borders, which together with the military activity of particular countries of the block are changing the balance of power in Europe and lead to a dangerous arms race," the Foreign Ministry said.

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Pentagon hopes to deploy tactical augmented reality display on the battlefield

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At the May 18 second biennial Pentagon Lab Day in Washington DC, the US Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center and Army Research Lab demonstrated a prototype technology ripped straight from first-person shooter computer games - an "augmented reality" display that helps soldiers tap into sensors and other data.

Dubbed Tactical Augmented Reality (TAR), the technology is the latest developed in the US Army's ongoing effort to create greater networks between soldiers, and imbue them with "situational awareness" on battlefields — constant cognizance of where they, their allies and adversaries are.

​CERDEC, ARL, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency have long-toiled to make augmented reality work effectively on the battlefield, most notably developing the Heads Up Navigation, Tracking and Reporting (HUNTR) system. The limitations of wearable tech have long been a significant barrier to greater development, however — while the army has tried to equip soldiers since the late 1980s, such resources are still years, if not decades, away from reaching theaters of war.

The military's first attempt was "Land Warrior" — it sprang out of a technology program in 1989, Soldier Integrated Protective Ensemble, which showed enhanced sensors and communications could significantly boost small infantry units' combat capabilities.

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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard calls out Trump's hypocrisy on US arms sale to Saudi Arabia

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Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaiʻi condemned the Trump Administration's new $460 billion arms deal with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia which includes $110 billion immediately and $350 billion over the next 10 years.

Rep. Gabbard said the country has a "devastating record of human rights violations at home and abroad, and a long history of providing support to terrorist organizations," that she says "threaten the American people."

According to Rep. Gabbard, Saudi Arabia is the "world's largest sponsor and propagator of the extremist Wahhabi Salafist ideology" that she says "fuels terrorist groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda." Based on Saudi Arabia's history and track record, there is a significant likelihood these weapons will be used against innocent civilians or end up in the hands of terrorist groups, Rep. Gabbard said.