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It's OK when we do it: U.S. admits paying terrorists in Syria for services rendered

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When researchers such as myself have reported that the United States is funding al-Qaeda, Nusra, ISIS and other related terror organizations in Syria, we were not kidding. Still, despite the factthat even the U.S. government itself has admitted that it wasfunding terrorists - directly and indirectly through Saudi Arabia,the suggestion was met with disbelief, ridicule, or either entirely ignored.

Now, however, the United States government has admitted that it funds terrorists on the ground in Syria yet again, this time placing an individual dollar amount on the assistance provided.

According to the Pentagon, Syrian "rebels" being trained and "vetted" by the United States are receiving "compensation" to the tune of anywhere between $250 to $400 per month to act as America's proxy forces in the Middle East. Reuters reports that the payment levels were confirmed by the Pentagon and also that the Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and Navy Commander Elissa Smith both separately admitted the fact that these "new" terrorists are receiving a stipend.

Red Flag

Germany spreading anti-Russian propaganda through schools

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The Bundeswehr is intensifying its efforts to militarize German society and attracting young people into its ranks to fight against "new threats" and a "threat from Russia" in particular, World Socialist Web Site wrote.

Army and military equipment are seemingly becoming a natural part of leisure and family activities in Germany. The last major "military" event took place on June 13 in 15 various cities in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Bundeswehr, WSWS reported.

According to the website, staged combat and armor demonstrations, simulations of helicopter operations and personal conversations with soldiers coupled with entertainment facilities for children and families are a central component of a new strategy in foreign policy, which was announced by the federal government at the beginning of 2014.

German President Joachim Gauck had called for a stronger role of the army in the German society already in 2012.

"Generals, officers, Bundeswehr soldiers - come back to the middle of our society!" he appealed to his audience.

Comment: There appears to be a concerted effort to demonize Russia throughout Europe: SOTT Exclusive: Anti-Russian propaganda appearing in Dutch school textbooks

Alarm Clock

Stratfor analyst: West still looking at Russia through prism of Cold War

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Stratfor's analysts have admitted that Western media's portrayal of Russia as an "aggressor" is misleading and based on the outdated Cold War narrative, adding that actually Moscow just reacts to Washington's provocative moves.

According to American analyst, author and a member of Stratfor's editorial board Jay Ogilvy, the West is still looking at Russia through the prism of the old Cold War narrative, and such a stance is deplorable, since both Russia and the United States are the globe's two great superpowers.

The latest polls indicate that for the first time in twenty years Americans are inclined to consider Russia the number one enemy of the United States, replacing such stereotypical "adversaries" as Iran and North Korea.

"We're still coming to Russia from the old Cold War narrative. And this is sad because, as de Tocqueville pointed out so long ago, looking to the future, the United States and Russia are two of the globe's great superpowers. If we're not getting along, if we're not understanding one another, it's just bad for all of us," Jay Ogilvy emphasized.


Wikileaks docs show NSA conducted economic espionage on France

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A National Security Agency (NSA) data gathering facility is seen in Bluffdale, about 25 miles (40 km) south of Salt Lake City
Washington has been leading a policy of economic espionage against France for more than a decade by intercepting communications of the Finance minister and all corporate contracts valued at more than $200 million, according to a new WikiLeaks report.

The revelations come in line with the ongoing publications of top secret documents from the US surveillance operations against France, dubbed by the whistleblowing site "Espionnage Élysée."

The Monday publications consist of seven top secret documents which detail the American National Security Agency's (NSA) economic espionage operations against Paris.

According to the WikiLeaks report, "NSA has been tasked with obtaining intelligence on all aspects of the French economy, from government policy, diplomacy, banking and participation in international bodies to infrastructural development, business practices and trade activities."


South Front Crisis News 30 June: 75,000 Kiev militants in Donbass

Kiev has a grouping of 75,000 servicemen in the conflict zone in Donbass, head of Lugansk People's Republic Igor Plotnitsky told a briefing at LuganskInformCenter on Monday. Yesterday, the defence ministry of the Donetsk People's Republic reported that it registered the redeployment of tanks and Ukrainian troops to the town of Maryinka from Kurahovo. Ukrainian artillery positions of eight self-propelled artillery weapons found in the outskirt of the town of Ostroye. In Maryinka, protected artillery positions of these weapons were registered too.

Comment: Foreign Policy Diary: The New War of Transnistria:

Star of David

Israel admits it is assisting Syrian rebels in overthrowing Assad

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Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon attends an IDF exercise on May 7, 2015
Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon said Monday that Israel has been providing aid to Syrian rebels, thus keeping the Druze in Syria out of immediate danger. Israeli officials have previously balked at confirming on the record that the country has been helping forces that are fighting to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad.

During a briefing with Israel's diplomatic correspondents at the IDF's headquarters in Tel Aviv, Ya'alon said that Israel's ongoing humanitarian assistance to Syrian rebel fighters, a source of growing conflict between Israel and its own Druze population, safeguards the minority population in Syria.

"We've assisted them under two conditions," Ya'alon said of the Israeli medical aid to the Syrian rebels, some of whom are presumably fighting with al-Qaeda affiliate al-Nusra Front to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad. "That they don't get too close to the border, and that they don't touch the Druze."

Comment: It's highly likely that Israel is providing more than medical assistance to the Syrian rebels.

The Druze on Israel's side of the Golan, Ya'alon charged, acted "irresponsibly" last week by attacking an Israeli ambulance carrying wounded Syrian rebel fighters. One person was killed and another wounded during what Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu termed a "lynching." The person in the Israeli ambulance was not affiliated with the al-Nusra Front, and his death would provoke calls for revenge, Ya'alon asserted.


Argentine newspaper: Putin behind the renaissance of Russia's influence

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President Vladimir Putin helped to restore Russia, as well as the former influence of the Kremlin amid the European crisis, Argentinian newspaper Infobae wrote.

According to prominent Argentinian analyst and author Mariano Caucino, after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War, for many years Russia seemed to have lost its privileged position as a global player.

However, Russia's geographical location, stockpile of nuclear arms and veto rights in the UN Security Council, as well as Moscow's political, historical and energy influence point to the fact that the country is a world power.

The newspaper rhetorically asks who Vladimir Putin is: a hero who restored the superiority of Russia after the collapse of the USSR and national humiliation in the 1990s, or an "evil power" as Western media usually presents the Russian leader.


Remember why they need us: UK police stage mock terror attack in London streets

Armed police, the military, SAS and spies are staging a mock 'marauding terrorist attack' on the streets of London today to test how emergency services deal with a deadly atrocity in the wake of the ISIS killings in Tunisia.

In the biggest exercise of its kind ever staged, Operation Strong Tower is a 'noisy and visible' practice run for more than 1,000 Met police, armed forces, transport workers and Whitehall officials.

In extraordinary scenes, volunteers posing as members of the public have been see with bloody wounds and fake severed limbs being lifted on stretchers by the emergency services.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Maxine de Brunner says the Met has never before put on an exercise of this magnitude and it was designed to be 'very realistic'.

Comment: The UK government is sure taking the opportunity to ramp up the fear factor in the populace and increase the population's desire for security:

Arrow Down

Report: Israel killed, injured more civilians with explosive weapons than any other state

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Damage caused by Israeli explosives remains visible in this mosque and many other buildings in Gaza.
Israel killed and injured more civilians with explosive weapons than any other state in the world in 2014 due to its military assault on Gaza. This is according to a new report by Action on Armed Violence (AOAV), an organization that tracks the global impact of explosive weapons on civilians.

The report defines explosive weapons as "munitions such as air-dropped bombs, mortars, improvised explosive devices and artillery shells" which cause "deaths, injuries and damage by projecting explosive blast, heat and often fragmentation around a point of detonation."

While both state and non-state groups contributed to civilian casualties in 2014, states were responsible for 28 percent of civilian injuries and deaths, a sharp 17 percent rise from the previous year. This was due in large part to Israel's military assault on Gaza, which accounted for 44 percent of all explosive violence in 2014.

Comment: While Israel and its apologists continue to claim they do not deliberately target the civilian population, the facts speak otherwise:

Star of David

Israel to fully encircle itself with completion of fortified fence

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The Security Cabinet of Israel has approved construction of new sections of the fortified fence on its border with Jordan. When finished, it will fence Israel off from the outside world completely.

The cabinet of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is going to finalize fortification of the national borders with constructing a barrier on the remaining parts of the frontier.

The 30km border fence running north of the port of Eilat in the southern part of the Red Sea is supposed to prevent African migrants and "armed jihadi infiltrators" from entering Israel via Jordan, Reuters reports.

Netanyahu stressed that the fence will be constructed exclusively on Israeli territory, "without in any way harming the sovereignty or national interests of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan."

Comment: As if Netanyahu cares at all about harming the sovereignty of anyone. Puh-leeze!