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In Israeli politics, the word "peace" has become poison

© Tamar Fleishman/PC
'Judea and Samaria' means that the territory belongs to Israel.
Imagine a war breaking out between Israel and Jordan. Within two or three days the Israeli army occupies the entire territory of the Hashemite Kingdom. What will be the first act of the occupation authority?

Establish a settlement in Petra? Expropriate land near Aqaba?

No. The very first thing will be to decree that the territory will henceforth be known as "Gilead and Moab".

All the media will be ordered to use the biblical name. All government and court documents will adopt it. Except for the radical Left, nobody will mention Jordan anymore. All applications by the inhabitants will be addressed to the Military Government of Gilead and Moab.

Why? Because annexation starts with words.

Words convey ideas. Words implant concepts in the minds of their hearers and speakers. Once they are firmly established, everything else follows.

War Whore

Distortions, exaggerations and outright lies about the invasion and occupation of Iraq

10 myths about the invasion and occupation of Iraq

In perhaps the biggest propaganda campaign since the Second World War, the British political and military elite has attempted to serve up a series of distortions, exaggerations and outright lies to the British public in an attempt to gain support for the unpopular invasion of Iraq and the ongoing occupation. There are two types of myth concerning Iraq. Those, such as Iraq's Weapons of Mass Destruction (sic), that have been completely discredited, and other, more insidious myths, often believed and repeated even by those who are against the war. These, through constant repetition, have acquired the status of common sense 'truth'.

Ignoring Eduardo Galeano's truism that "the words uttered by power are not meant to express its actions, but to disguise them"; large sections of the media have echoed and channeled government propaganda. The writer George Monbiot notes, "The falsehoods reproduced by the media before the invasion of Iraq were massive and consequential: it is hard to see how Britain could have gone to war if the press had done its job."

It is high time we put the record straight.


Lavrov: Kerry's 'prosecutorial' RT assault unacceptable

© Reuters/Maxim Shemetov
Foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Lavrov
Russia's Foreign minister Sergey Lavrov has lashed out at US Secretary of State John Kerry over his 'prosecutorial' remarks about RT.

"The US is trying to pervert everything that is going on in Ukraine. They accuse us of turning on - what was called by John Kerry in a prosecutorial tone - accuse us of switching on what they called the 'Putin propaganda machine' called RT," said Lavrov during the press conference.

"Well, It's not civilized to call the media like that," he said, adding that he can "understand John Kerry because RT now presents serious competition for CNN and BBC and other media outlets, which some time ago were confident that they had an absolute monopoly and no competition could threaten them."

However, RT news channel has gathered a large audience among US and European viewers, let alone in Latin America and the Arab World, Lavrov said.

Snakes in Suits

Tony Blair's nose grows a meter at least

Author and journalist Matt Carr dissects what Tony Blair really meant by his speech this morning on "radical Islam."

Hello World. I'm Tony Blair, the highest-paid speaker in the world and the Middle East "Peace Envoy" and I'd like to share my thoughts with you on how to combat the threat of "radical Islam."

Because this threat is very serious indeed. In fact it is "not abating. It is growing. It is spreading across the world. It is destabilising communities and even nations. It is undermining the possibility of peaceful co-existence in an era of globalisation."

As most of you know will know, I have courageously and tenaciously set out to combat these dark forces for many years now, with considerable success. And I would like to share my thoughts with you on what "we" can do to combat this menace:

Light Sabers

Obama plays with fire in Ukraine under pressure from America's Neocon war hawks

© AP
The first of 600 US troops have arrived in Poland.
"The U.S. is sending about 600 ground troops to Eastern Europe ... to 'reassure' allies there as Washington resumes its campaign of pressure on Russia over the Ukraine standoff."

How many American parents would proudly send their sons and daughters off to kill or be killed in Slovyansk or Donetsk? How many young men and women aspire to be the first American to fall in Kramatorsk?

Those towns are in eastern Ukraine. President Obama says the "military option" - war, that is - is not on the table in his effort to oppose Russia in the Ukraine crisis, but can we trust him? As pressure mounts on him from America's war hawks, what will he do when sanctions fail to persuade Russian President Vladimir Putin to acquiesce? Will the military option then find its way onto that infamous table?

Arrow Down

Ukraine Helicopter explodes at Kramatorsk airfield in eastern Ukraine - hit by grenade

© NewCrimea
Self-defence troops have confirmed they attacked a Ukrainian military helicopter at an airfield in eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk. A plume of smoke can be seen rising over the area in a number of online videos.

"Our people approached the airfield, shot a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) in the direction of the helicopter. There was an explosion. [Kiev] militants started shooting and we [protesters] retreated," a representative from the Kramatorsk self-defence troops told RIA Novosti.

А video posted online shows a loud explosion at the site where a plume of smoke is seen. The smoke was swiftly followed by another explosion. Witnesses say fire was also seen in the area of the blast.

Black Cat

The Mark of the Beast: Scientist claims human microchip implants will become "not optional"


And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, and he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name.…

Revelations 13:16-17
Technologies designed specifically to track and monitor human beings have been in development for at least two decades.

In the virtual realm, software programs are now capable of watching us in real time, going so far as to make predictions about our future behaviors and sending alerts to the appropriate monitoring station depending on how a computer algorithm flags your activities. That is in and of itself a scary proposition.

What may be even scarier, however, is what's happening in the physical realm. According to researches working on human-embedded microchips it's only a matter of time before these systems achieve widespread acceptance.


Russia no longer answering the phone when the US calls

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has been unable to get Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on the phone amid escalating tension near the country's shared border with Ukraine.

Mr. Shoigu announced Thursday that Russia planned to engage in a new series of military exercises near the Ukraine border. The military move, he said, is in response to ongoing NATO training exercises in Poland and the death of at least two pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine.

Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, told reporters Friday that Mr. Hagel has been trying to communicate with Russian officials but has yet to hear back from Mr. Shoigu or anyone else. Pentagon officials have reached out to Russia on Mr. Hagel's behalf within the past 24 hours, according to Col. Warren.

"We have made it clear to the Russians that Secretary Hagel is available for a phone call at any time," he said. "We have reached out to them and made it very to them that he is willing to speak to his counterpart there at any time."


Psychopath Hillary Clinton: Hero Edward Snowden's leaks 'helped terrorists'

© Chet Susslin
Speaking at the University of Connecticut on Wednesday night, Hillary Clinton made a restrained but nonetheless damning attack against Edward Snowden.

At the event, an interviewer asked Clinton whether she thought the former National Security Agency contractor's disclosures about its domestic spying programs had any positive effects on American security policy or public discourse.

Without ever explicitly mentioning the NSA's spying programs, Clinton justified their utility in protecting the U.S. from another terrorist attack in the wake of 9/11.

Stock Down

More self foot-shooting: American financial rating company cuts Russia's credit rating to step above 'junk'

S&P building
© AFP / Don Emmert
For the first time in five years Standard & Poor's has cut Russia's credit rating to 'BBB-', just above junk status. It warns the tension in Ukraine and 'significant' capital outflow could mean another downgrade. Moscow says it is "politically motivated."

"In our view, the tense geopolitical situation between Russia and Ukraine could see additional significant outflows of both foreign and domestic capital from the Russian economy and hence further undermine already weakening growth prospects," the ratings agency warned.

The last time S&P downgraded Russia was in December 2008.

Comment: By any objective standards, the US$ and economy is complete junk - it's only America's threat of military action that keeps it artificially buoyed.