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Iran diplomat: Coalition against ISIS is only meant to deceive world's public opinion

© UnknownThis file photo shows terrorists from the Takfiri ISIL group as they cut across the Syrian-Iraqi border.
Iran's ambassador to Azerbaijan has questioned Washington's sincerity about launching a military coalition against the Takfiri ISIL terrorist group, saying such a coalition is only meant to deceive world's public opinion.

In an interview with Trend news agency on Tuesday, Mohsen Pak-Ayeen said this so-called coalition is supposed to be fighting a phenomenon, which has been created as well as financially and militarily supported by the United States.

He added that the world public opinion will not forget the number of occasions when the US Congress endorsed financial support for ISIL militants and other Takfiri groups.

President Barack Obama, under pressure from some lawmakers to provide more help to foreign-backed militants operating inside Syria, asked the US Congress in late June to approve $500 million to train and equip the militants.

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Crimea river! EU will not recognize Crimean elections

© EPA/JULIEN WARNANDEU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton
The European Union does not recognize elections in the Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said on Monday.

"In view of reports about local elections having taken place in Crimea and Sevastopol, we recall that the European Union recognizes neither the legal framework nor the legitimacy of these elections," Ashton said in a statement.

"The European Union continues to condemn the illegal annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol by the Russian Federation and will not recognize it," she added.

The elections to the State Council, the peninsula's new legislature, were held on September 14. These were the first elections in Crimea since it became part of Russia in March .

More than 96% of the Crimean residents voted for the reunification with Russia during a referendum held on March 16.

Comment: The current ruling party of Russia, United Russia, came away with 70 out of 75 seats in the Crimean election. Naturally, the EU does not and will not respect the will of Crimea's people. That doesn't change the fact that Crimeans are happy to be part of Russia once more: Invasion and occupation? Crimea for Dummies

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Shades of Dr. Strangelove: NATO Chief General Breedlove warns Moscow: No more 'stealth invasions' of 'little green men'

© APWe'll get those Russkies if it's the last thing we'll do!!
Russia is now threatening NATO allies in the Baltics. If Moscow tries another invasion of commandos and spies, the alliance is prepared to act, NATO's top general said.

On Monday, NATO Commander Gen. Philip Breedlove had a not-so-subtle message for Russia: it will consider stealth and unofficial invasions to be a trigger for war.

Europe knows these stealth invasions all too well. Russia first sent teams of special operations forces wearing uniforms without insignia in February into Crimea and then later into eastern Ukraine to work with Russian minorities inside the country to begin an insurrection. Ukraine's military has been fighting these "little green men" ever since. But until recently, Russia has not even acknowledged sending anyone into the country.

Comment: To what exactly is the author of this article referring? Does he mean the Russian drivers and personnel involved in the humanitarian aid convoy of over 280 trucks who delivered food, supplies, and first aid to the Kiev-besieged citizens of the Donbass? Or are these just resentment-laden statements about just how effectively the "insurrection" of minorities in Southeastern Ukraine have repelled the slaughter of many more thousands of innocents by the Nazi regime in Kiev?

Breedlove, speaking at the Atlantic Council on Monday, said if the Kremlin tried that in one of the NATO allies that border Russia - like the former Soviet republics in the Batlics, for example - it would risk triggering Article Five of NATO's charter which is the section that calls on the alliance to come to the defense of a member state being attacked.

Comment: We need to think about the absurdity and hypocrisy of this statement for just a moment. First, there is absolutely nothing 'new' or innovative about the type of war that General Breedlove and analyst Thoburn are accusing Russia of perpetrating here. In fact, the U.S. has a long and well documented track record of of doing precisely these type of activities for many years, not to mention all the covert steps the U.S. has taken to initiate this conflict to begin with. So again, this is where we are witnessing the psychopathic mindset accusing its victims of doing precisely what it itself has been, and is, guilty of.

Secondly, there is a very paranoid and disturbed flavor to the vehemence with which individuals like General Breedlove are speaking in their drive to war. For anyone who's ever seen Stanley Kubrick's anti-war film masterpiece, Dr. Strangelove: or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), one may recall the scenes with General Jack D. Ripper, in which he gives his hilarious but utterly frightening rationalizations for setting the U.S.'s conflict with Russia into motion.


Russia: We warned the U.S. about ISIS

Russian officials fear regional war may turn into a world war.
© ReutersThe worry in Moscow is that the Pentagon and Nato will also hit 'other targets' in Syria, writes Nekrassov
A joke making the rounds among Russian officials and hacks who take a keen interest in what is going on in the Middle East these days goes something like this: How will the Yanks deal with the Islamic State group? They will create "Islamic State 2", a bigger and better armed group, and let it deal with the original Islamic State group. And what happens when "Islamic State 2" turns against them as it happened with the original Islamic State? They will create "Islamic State 3", and so on.

But seriously, the rise and spread of the Islamic State group is no laughing matter. Now that the US and its allies have finally woken up to the dangers of the spread of the extremist group, the worry in Moscow is that the hotheads in the Pentagon and at Nato headquarters in Brussels will decide to start hitting Islamic State positions in Syria along with "other targets" there as well - for instance, Syrian army positions.

US President Barack Obama has already announced his plan to deal with the group, promising to lead a "broad coalition" that will "roll back this terrorist threat". In Moscow, the fear is that the US will seize this opportunity to intervene in Syria.


Scotland provides inspiration to Okinawa's independence movement

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© Kimimasa Mayama/ReutersOpposition to the US military presence in Okinawa is focused on the relocation of the Futenma marine base.
Activists from Japanese island hope growing anger over a controversial US military base will boost support

Campaigners from Okinawa will arrive in Scotland on Monday to seek inspiration from the Yes campaign as they look to boost support for making the southern Japanese island an independent nation.

While Okinawa's movement is tiny compared with its counterpart in Scotland, activists say they stand to benefit from mounting public anger over Tokyo's plans to push through the construction of a controversial US military base in defiance of local opposition.

"We're really interested in seeing how the rest of the UK and the international community react if Scotland does vote for independence," said Masaki Tomochi, a professor of economics at Okinawa International University and a leading figure in the independence movement.

"Scotland has every right to be independent and to take decisions about its own future. That's what people all over the world want, including the people of Okinawa."

Tomochi and his colleagues, along with a reporter from the Ryukyu Shimpo newspaper, will tour Scotland meeting voters, academics and Scottish National party officials. Their group has posted a condensed Japanese version of the SNP's Scotland's Future manifesto on its website.

The history of Okinawa, Tomochi argues, is one of bloody sacrifice at mainland Japan's behest, and collusion between Tokyo and Washington, beginning with a secret postwar agreement to allow the US to bring nuclear weapons to the island and maintain military bases there indefinitely.

The 2012 deployment of MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft on the island, and the relocation of a military base have added to popular resentment towards Tokyo.

"The only way we can fix this is to declare our independence from Japan and go back to the way we were before Japan used force to take the islands," he said.

Comment: The American Empire is being challenged from every quarter now, in Okinawa, Catalonia, Veneto, the Basque country, and especially in Novorossiya. Normal people are starting to finally wake up to the psychopathology of those who have ruled their lives for decades.

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Hamas is not the same as ISIL, no matter what Israel says

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© Photo: Thomas Coex / AFPIsrael's cynical bid to claim ISIL and Hamas as almost the same defies reality.
An image speaks a thousand words - and that is presumably what Israel's supporters hoped for with their latest ad in the New York Times. Two photographs are presented side by side. One, titled ISIL, is the now-iconic image of a kneeling James Foley, guarded by a black-hooded executioner, awaiting his terrible fate. The other, titled Hamas, is a scene from Gaza, where a similarly masked killer stands over two victims, who cower in fear.

A headline stating "This is the face of radical Islam" tries, like the images, to equate the two organisations.

We have heard this line before from Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, who tweeted "Hamas is ISIL" after the video of Foley's beheading aired. In a recent speech he called Hamas and ISIL, "tentacles of a violent Islamist terrorism".

Mr Netanyahu's depiction of Hamas and ISIL as "branches of the same poisonous tree" is a travesty of the truth. The two have entirely different - in fact, opposed - political projects.

Members of Hamas may disagree on that state's territorial limits but even the most ambitious expect no more than the historic borders of a Palestine that existed decades ago. ISIL, by contrast, aims to sweep away Palestine and every other Arab state. That is the key to interpreting the very different, if equally brutal, events depicted in the two images.

ISIL killed Foley, dressed in Guantanamo-style orange jumpsuit, purely as spectacle - a graphic message to the world of its menacing intent. Hamas's cruelty was directed at those in Gaza who collaborate with Israel, undermining hope of liberation from Israel's occupation.

Comment: On the one hand, the Foley beheading is a specific and identifiable event, whether fake or real. The mirror depiction of Hamas has no context. Perhaps because there is none.

Comment: The ISIL acorn doesn't fall far from the Israeli-Mossad tree. To compare ISIL and Palestinians is a stretch into a twisted psychopathic fantasy, a propaganda for ulterior motives Israel hopes you will buy. An evil spawn of the U.S., U.K. and Israel, most likely having gained their "cut throat" training from Western sources like Mossad, ISIL has fully done justice to its creators as their ugly, but convenient, tool for the "the exceptional," "the proper" and "the chosen" covert agendas. Recently it has come up in the editorials that ISIL, on hell-bent rampage everywhere else in the M.E., hasn't once threatened Israel. Whoops! Suddenly there is damage control and presto-magico: ISIL cells have spontaneously formed in the West Bank and inside Israel. ISIL terror = Palestinian resistance? Sorry IS-rael, no resemblance. Not even close.

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Congressman Louis T. McFadden's speech on June 10, 1932

Congressman Louis T. McFadden

Congressman Louis T. McFadden served as Chairman of the House Committee on Banking and Currency from 1920 thru 1931. He was thus a supreme expert witness to events which culminated in the first Great Depression. As this material further attests, seven years prior to the fact he was also an unknowing witness to "financial" events which contributed mightily in terms of American monetary gold to the arming of Japan and Germany in preparation for World War II.

The following excerpts are from a speech which is now difficult to obtain from the Congressional Record, in which he addressed the House of Representatives in the midst of the first Great Depression, June 10, 1932. The speech largely documents the extensive crimes of the private banks which were unlawfully consolidated under the deceptively named Federal Reserve Act, which gave these unassented private banks the audacious power to draw unlimited unearned profit from a currency costing practically nothing to private banking institutions which are neither federal, nor a reserve of anything. As McFadden testifies, the excesses of that unassented profit not only manifested in mightily arming foes of the world's wars, and even instigating wars; they further comprise not only all the "interest" and multiplication of cost we have endured since 1914, but the sum of our crippling private and public debt.

From the portions of Mr. McFadden's address preserved here, considerable material has been dropped because it is less germane to the arguments of these pages, and because the whole of the speech is a practically overwhelming body of material.

As this abbreviated version retains most important points, it nonetheless is especially obligatory reading, because McFadden testifies to so many issues which the usual citizen not only is wholly unaware of, but which we must find wholly adverse to American principles and our republican form of government.

His ultimate conclusion is certainly worthwhile. It is certainly an address capable itself of re-uniting America. Few principled people will finish before their ire peaks.

Comment: For more information about the Federal Reserve:


Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor thinks Americans should be concerned about "Orwellian" world involving widespread use of drones and surveillance

© Getty ImagesJustice Sonia Sotomayor
US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has voiced concerns that, without sufficient protections, the age of unmanned drones and ubiquitous surveillance will usher in an "Orwellian world."

Sotomayor told faculty and students at Oklahoma City University last week that technological capabilities allow devices to monitor "your conversations from miles away and through your walls."

"We are in that brave new world, and we are capable of being in that Orwellian world, too," she added, in a nod to George Orwell's seminal authoritarian-dystopia novel '1984.'

Sotomayor also discussed the rise of drone use in wider society. "There are drones flying over the air randomly that are recording everything that's happening on what we consider our private property," Sotomayor said, according to the Wall Street Journal.

"That type of technology has to stimulate us to think about what is it that we cherish in privacy and how far we want to protect it and from whom. Because people think that it should be protected just against government intrusion, but I don't like the fact that someone I don't know...can pick up, if they're a private citizen, one of these drones and fly it over my property."


UK court to rule on threat mass surveillance has on journalism

The London-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism has filed a case with the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg challenging current UK legislation on mass surveillance and its threat to journalism.

The case, which seeks to determine if current UK legislation properly protects journalists' sources and communications from government scrutiny and mass surveillance, was filed on Friday.

If the court rules in favor of the application, it will force the British government to review regulations around the mass collection of communications data.

Comment: They will "review regulations", but don't think that they will stop any of the mass surveillance. It will be changed, altered, deleted, redacted, and whatever else psychopathic governments do to cover up their illegal activities.

"We understand why the government feels the need to have the power of interception," the Bureau's Christopher Hird said.

"But our concern is that the existing regulatory regime to control the interception of communications data, such as phone calls and emails, by organizations such as GCHQ, does not provide sufficient safeguards to ensure the protection of journalists' sources, and as a result is a restriction on the operation of a free press."

Comment: What about the right to privacy? Is that not a concern? They're quibbling over a nonexistent "free press", which, by the way, is a press that has been bought and paid for by the very same government that is spying, and are ignoring the much bigger issue of the erosion of citizens' right to privacy.

The collection of data by authorities is handled by the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act, known as RIPA. Communications can include emails, phone calls as well as the use of Dropbox, Google docs and communications platforms such as Skype.

Comment: It's easy to see why this kind of surveillance exists. If journalists cannot rely on privacy, then no one will be willing to blow the whistle on any number of illegal activities currently engaged in by both Big Business and governments. If someone actually is courageous enough to talk to a journalist, they can easily be identified and "handled." It's a perfect scenario for the psychopathic UK government.


Liberation through devastation: A third decade of bombing Iraq

Bombing ISIS amounts to attacking a symptom rather than finding a cure. But the cure would require addressing politically sensitive issues, such as Israel oppressing Palestinians and Saudi Arabia financing Islamic extremism. So the U.S. does what it knows best - blowing stuff up - as Nat Parry observes.
The great American tradition of bombing Iraq - now in its third decade - has recently been revived by the "hope and change" presidency of Barack Obama, the fourth consecutive U.S. Commander-in-Chief to launch strikes against the beleaguered Middle East nation. Iraq may be alone in the world in being able to claim such a dubious distinction.

I remember the first time the U.S. bombed Iraq, in January 1991. I was a sophomore in high school and Wilson Phillip's "Hold On" was at the top of the charts. I didn't really know what to think about it, but a lot of people were tying yellow ribbons to trees and wearing "Operation Desert Storm" t-shirts with bald eagles and American flags on them, so it seemed like a good idea. Plus, there was the whole babies-being-pulled-from-incubators story, which turned out to be a complete fabrication, but we didn't know that at the time, so the war's justification seemed pretty solid.

It wasn't until later when I started learning more about U.S. foreign policy in general and the lies that accompanied the build-up to Operation Desert Storm in particular that I started to question these policies, and by the late 1990s, I became actively opposed to the sanctions regime and the periodic bombings of Baghdad.The first time I protested a U.S. bombing campaign of Iraq was in 1998. It was in the midst of Congress's efforts to impeach President Bill Clinton for lying about his illicit affair with Monica Lewinsky, and the day after his announcement of the Operation Desert Fox bombing campaign, I joined a picket in front of the White House holding a hand-made sign reading "IMPEACH HIM FOR WAR CRIMES."

Comment: Terrorism is a profitable business and a great tool for fear-mongering. ISIS is manufactured psy-op complete with its own chaos, fear and drama. It comes to you courtesy of the psychopaths in power who care only about increasing their power and their draconian, Orwellian policies across the globe.