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Online Censorship 101: How YouTube censors videos for the US and UK governments

In which we attempt to slip one past the "do no evil" evil doers

If you live in the UK, you are not supposed to see part of this video.

Does it contain pornography, graphic violence or slander?

Nope.

It contains a document of something that happened in a public place.

The UK government - bless its dark black space where a heart would normally be - asked it's good friend, the "do no evil" guys at Google not to let you see it (if you're access the Internet in the UK that is.)

What's all the fuss about?

Is the UK government afraid it will give its citizens ideas?

Hmmm....I guess we only partially succeeded. Notice how there are no ads on this page?


MIB

Propaganda Alert! Bahrain Sees 'Hezbollah Plot' in Protest

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Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohamed al-Khalifa
In Report to U.N., Government Says Lebanese Militant Group Has Been Working to Overthrow Ruling Khalifa Family

Bahrain has accused the Iranian-backed militia Hezbollah with seeking to overthrow the island-state's ruling family, in a report to the United Nations, escalating the growing cold war between Sunni Arab states and Shiite-dominated Iran.

The confidential report, sent to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon last week, alleges that Hezbollah has been training Bahraini opposition figures at camps in Lebanon and Iran. Bahrain's government also accuses Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah and other senior members of the Islamist Lebanese organization of directly plotting with Bahrain's largely Shiite opposition on how to challenge the ruling Khalifa family.

Iran, Hezbollah and Bahrain's opposition movement deny they have been cooperating in organizing the monthslong protests, which have largely been contained since Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and other Gulf countries dispatched troops to bolster the Khalifa regime.

Comment: Yes, they've largely been "contained" since Saudi and Bahrani troops, armed to the teeth by US and Israeli suppliers, mowed many of them down with machine-gun fire throughout March and April.

Star of David

Israel shoots dead 20 Syrian protestors at Golan Heights

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Demonstrators flee from teargas and live ammunition fired from Israel across into Syria last week, killing at least 20 people.
Israel faces a new attempt to breach its border with Syria after weekend confrontations on the Golan Heights left several people dead and scores injured.

Protesters who tried yesterday to break through the border were preparing for their third attempt in three weeks.

Syrian state television claimed 20 protesters were killed and the Israel Defence Forces said the figure was more likely to be 10.

It said thousands were making their way towards the border and many were sleeping at the site in preparation for another attempt tonight.

Clashes also occurred yesterday for several hours between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian protesters between Jerusalem and Ramallah.

Wolf

Snakes in Suits: Anthony Weiner to take leave from Congress after pedophilic tendencies exposed

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Anthony Weiner faces the media near his home in the Queens borough of New York following his admission of lewd behaviour online.
Embattled Democrat Anthony Weiner announced he has requested a leave of absence from Congress following growing pressure from senior party members to resign after admitting he sent sexually suggestive images of himself to several women.

A spokeswoman for the 46-year-old New York congressman made the disclosure in a statement shortly after Democratic leaders demanded Weiner quit, adding that he would be receiving "professional treatment" at an undisclosed location. The House Democrat leader, Nancy Pelosi, said Weiner had "the love of his family, the confidence of his constituents and the recognition that he needs help". Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, described the incident as a sordid affair that had become "an unacceptable distraction".

Weiner's spokeswoman, Risa Heller, revealed that the congressman had departed "to seek professional treatment to focus on becoming a better husband and healthier person". She added: "In light of that, he will request a short leave of absence from the House of Representatives so that he can get evaluated and map out a course of treatment to make himself well."

Cult

Bilderberg Members Confronted by Protesters in Switzerland

Members of the global elite gathered in St Moritz, Switzerland this weekend to discuss upcoming agenda items for turning our planet into a global police state. Somewhat bizarrely, they decided to take a walk which led them through a group of around 200 protestors who had gathered outside the gates to voice their frustrations at these psychopaths in power:


Eye 2

Bilderberg: The Uberpowerful Global Elite Meet Behind Closed Doors in St. Moritz

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Hotel Suvretta in St. Moritz, the site of the Bilderberg annual meeting, according to local media, June 9, 2011
This post is in partnership with Worldcrunch, a new global-news site that translates stories of note in foreign languages into English. The article below was originally published in Le Temps.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn will not be stepping out of a limousine this year. That much is sure about this year's Bilderberg conference, which the former IMF chief, awaiting trial for his alleged sexual assault of a hotel maid in New York City, is said to have attended several times in the past. But little else is known about this secretly organized, unofficial meeting of some 100 powerful figures, slated to take place June 9 to 12 in a luxury hotel in the Grison station. Indeed, not even the dates of the gathering are confirmed.

The canton is to ensure the tranquility of its guests with the help of the federal security service. Two of its ministers will take part in some of the discussions. But the canton is not commenting on the measures in place or the cost of the operation.

The Bilderberg group is one of the world's most famous clubs. It gathers bankers, politicians, industrialists, media movers and shakers, scholars and billionaires in a different location each year, usually in Europe. All the attendees share one condition of membership: discretion.

MIB

Arms flowing to Syrian agitators from Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon

Syrian opposition sources said tribes in Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon have been relaying weapons in an effort to oust President Bashar Assad. They said the weapons were sent to avenge the killing by Syrian security forces of tribal members over the last month.

"One of Assad's biggest mistakes is that his security forces have been killing members of powerful tribes with a presence in neighboring countries as well," an opposition source said.

The weapons smuggling to the Syrian rebels began in March when Assad forces shot and killed members of tribes in Dera near the Jordanian border. Some of the tribes in Dera have links with supporters in Iraq, Jordan and Saudi Arabia, Middle East Newsline reported.

On April 19, a son of a powerful tribal chief, Saleh Al Fadous, was killed by Assad forces in the northern city of Homs. Fadous is a member of the Fawareh tribe with allies in Iraq and Jordan, including Duleimeh and Bani Hassan.

Comment: These "Syrian opposition sources" wouldn't happen to be the same London-based Syrian opposition group which the Washington Post says has received $6 million from the US State Department in recent years, would they?

As for the "tribes" running guns from Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan... let's remember that Iraq is a US military garrison, Lebanon is a hive of Israeli spies and Jordan is a loyal ally to Israeli/US interests, which explains why the protests there have hardly been mentioned by mainstream media.


MIB

Washington Post: US funded Syrian opposition groups

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Most Syrians opposed to the government of Bashar al-Assad actually live outside the country
Washington channelled money to organisations including dissident broadcaster, newspaper reports leaked cables as saying.

The US government has secretly funded Syrian opposition groups, including a London-based television station, according to diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks to The Washington Post.

The newspaper reported on Monday that the US state department has channelled up to $6m since 2006 to a group of Syrian exiles to operate Barada TV, and to finance activities inside Syria.

The television station is closely affiliated with the Movement for Justice and Development, a London-based network of Syrian exiles, the paper said, and has ramped up operations to cover the mass protests in Syria.

It added that US money for Syrian opposition groups began under George Bush, the former US president, after ties with Damascus were frozen in 2005.

The financial backing has continued under Barack Obama, the current president, despite an attempt by his administration to rebuild relations with the Middle Eastern nation.

The article said it was unclear whether Washington was still funding Syrian opposition groups, but the cables indicate money was set aside at least through September 2010.

Vader

America's Next War Theater: Syria and Lebanon?

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Washington and its allies, Israel and the Al-Sauds, are taking advantage of the upheavals in the Arab World. They are now working to dismantle the Resistance Bloc and weaken any drive for democracy in the Arab World. The geo-political chessboard is now being prepared for a broader confrontation that will target Tehran and include Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, and the Palestinians.

Tying Hezbollah's Hands through External and Internal Pressure

In Lebanon, there is a deadlock in regards to the formation of a Lebanese government. Michel Sleiman, who holds the presidency and the new Lebanese prime minister have been delaying the formation of the cabinet in a political row with Michel Aoun, the leader of the Free Patriotic Movement.

It may be possible that the formation of a new Lebanese cabinet is being delayed deliberately to keep Lebanon neutralized on the foreign policy front.

The U.N. Security Council and several U.N. bodies are all being used by the U.S. and the E.U. to put pressure on Lebanon. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is taking his orders from Washington. He has contributed to providing legitimacy to the U.S. and NATO wars. Moscow has openly accused Ban Ki-moon of treachery for his 2008 secret dealings with NATO.

Dollar

China Ratings House Says US Defaulting: Report

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A Chinese ratings house has accused the United States of defaulting on its massive debt, state media said Friday, a day after Beijing urged Washington to put its fiscal house in order
A Chinese ratings house has accused the United States of defaulting on its massive debt, state media said Friday, a day after Beijing urged Washington to put its fiscal house in order.

"In our opinion, the United States has already been defaulting," Guan Jianzhong, president of Dagong Global Credit Rating Co. Ltd., the only Chinese agency that gives sovereign ratings, was quoted by the Global Times saying.

Washington had already defaulted on its loans by allowing the dollar to weaken against other currencies -- eroding the wealth of creditors including China, Guan said.

Guan did not immediately respond to AFP requests for comment.

The US government will run out of room to spend more on August 2 unless Congress bumps up the borrowing limit beyond $14.29 trillion -- but Republicans are refusing to support such a move until a deficit cutting deal is reached.