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Megaphone

John Pilger's public speech on Gaza, the threat of world war and the time to speak up

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"There is a taboo," said the visionary Edward Said, "on telling the truth about Palestine and the great destructive force behind Israel. Only when this truth is out can any of us be free."

For many people, the truth is out now. At last, they know. Those once intimidated into silence can't look away now. Staring at them from their TV, laptop, phone, is proof of the barbarism of the Israeli state and the great destructive force of its mentor and provider, the United States, the cowardice of European governments, and the collusion of others, such as Canada and Australian, in this epic crime.

The attack on Gaza was an attack on all of us. The siege of Gazais a siege of all of us. The denial of justice to Palestinians is a symptom of much of humanity under siege and a warning that the threat of a new world war is growing by the day.

When Nelson Mandela called the struggle of Palestine "the greatest moral issue of our time", he spoke on behalf of true civilisation, not that which empires invent. In Latin America, the governments of Brazil, Chile, Venezuela, Bolivia, El Salvador, Peru and Ecuador have made their stand on Gaza. Each of these countries has known its own dark silence when immunity for mass murder was sponsored by the same godfather in Washington that answered the cries of children in Gaza with more ammunition to kill them.

Unlike Netanyahu and his killers, Washington's pet fascists in Latin America didn't concern themselves with moral window dressing. They simply murdered, and left the bodies on rubbish dumps. For Zionism, the goal is the same: to dispossess and ultimately destroy an entire human society: a truth that 225 Holocaust survivors and their descendants have compared with the genesis of genocide.

Nothing has changed since the Zionists' infamous "Plan D" in 1948 that ethnically cleansed an entire people. Recently, on the website of the Times of Israel were the words: "Genocide is Permissible". A deputy speaker of the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, Moshe Feiglin, demands a policy of mass expulsion into concentration camps. An MP, Ayelet Shaked, whose party is a member of the governing coalition, calls for the extermination of Palestinian mothers to prevent them giving birth to what she calls "little snakes".

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Newspaper

Russia warns Obama not to launch air strikes on Syria

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© Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesPresident Obama and his wife Michelle observe a minute's silence on the south lawn of the White House yesterday for the victims of 9/11.
President Obama was left in no doubt yesterday about the difficulties surrounding his call for a united front to tackle Isil head on with a series of air strikes in Syria.

Responding to the plan for an offensive Russia warned that air strikes against militants in Syria would be a "gross violation" of international law.

A Russian foreign ministry spokesman said such action, without the backing of the UN, would be "an act of aggression".

The reaction came as US Secretary of State John Kerry met Arab leaders in Saudi Arabia to try to build a coalition against Isil.


Even on Capitol Hill in Washington regardless of the fact that it was the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 World Trade Centre attacks there was no show of uniformity.


Comment: Isn't it interesting that they are using the anniversary of 9/11 attacks to announce the bombing of Syria.


Cult

ISIL brutality is uniquely American

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© Reuters/StringerA fighter of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) holds an ISIL flag and a weapon on a street in the city of Mosul, June 23, 2014. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry held crisis talks with leaders of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region urging them to stand with Baghdad in the face of a Sunni insurgent onslaught that threatens to dismember the country. Picture taken June 23, 2014.

The United States stands accused of many of the brutal techniques used by ISIL,
a terrorist group President Barack Obama has vowed to "degrade and ultimately destroy," a journalist and political commentator says.

"He says that these terrorists that he is fighting now are unique in their brutality," Anna O'Leary said in a phone interview with Press TV on Thursday. "What I say to Obama is America is unique in its brutality around the world."

O'Leary likened ISIL kidnappings to the CIA's rendition program in which terrorism suspects are secretly rounded up and transferred to secret prisons to be interrogated and tortured.

"He [Obama] talks about the terrorists kidnapping, but what happens when America kidnaps people and takes them to Guantanamo," she asked.

Bad Guys

ISIS and the Secret Team: France is in while Germany not so willing


France may take part in the US bombing campaign in Iraq aimed at crippling the Islamic State militants if it is asked to do so. The US is now calling for an international coalition to defeat IS, but the UK and Germany are reluctant to join in the strikes.

"In Iraq... we support the formation of an inclusive government. We will participate if necessary in an aerial military action," French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Wednesday in a speech in Paris.

He added that several hundred French jihadists have joined the IS, formerly known as ISIS, and pose a domestic threat that the French government regards as serious.

Comment: Barack Obama, the Surveillance State, and the Secret Team:
The most remarkable development in the management of America's relations with other countries during the quarter-century since the end of World War II has been the assumption of more and more control over military, financial and diplomatic operations at home and abroad by men whose activities are secret, whose budget is secret, whose very identities as often as not are secret -- in short, by a Secret Team whose actions only those implicated in them are in a position to monitor and to understand...

The Secret Team (ST) being described herein consists of security-cleared individuals in and out of government who receive secret intelligence data gathered by the CIA and the National Security Agency (NSA) and who react to those data, when it seems appropriate to them, with paramilitary plans and activities, e.g. training and "advising" -- a not exactly impenetrable euphemism for such things as leading into battle and actual combat -- Laotian tribal troops, Tibetan rebel horsemen, or Jordanian elite Palace Guards...

The Secret Team does not like criticism, investigation, or history and is always prone to see the world as divided into but two camps -- "Them" and "Us"... To be a member, you don't question, you don't ask; it's "Get on the Team" or else. One of its most powerful weapons in the most political and powerful capitals of the world is that of exclusion. To be denied the "need to know" status, like being a member of the Team, even though one may have all the necessary clearances, is to be totally blackballed and eliminated from further participation. Politically, if you are cut from the Team and from its insider's knowledge, you are dead. In many ways and by many criteria the Secret Team is the inner sanctum of a new religious order.

~ The Secret Team: The CIA and its Allies in Control of the United States and the World



Vader

Greg Palast: BP and the Three Stooges Defense

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Forget Stephen King. If you want scary, read U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier's 150-page Findings of Fact released Thursday in the Deepwater Horizon case.

Although the judge found BP liable for "gross negligence," some U.S. media failed to mention that Barbier let BP off the hook on punitive damages. And that stuns me, given that the record seems to identify enough smoking guns to roast a sizable pig.

Here's a standout example:

Every rig operator knows that, before a rig can unhook from a drill pipe, the operator has to run a "negative pressure test" to make sure the cement has properly sealed the drill pipe. If the pipe is safely plugged, the pressure gauge will read zero. The amount of pressure BP measured at 5 p.m. on April 20, 2010, the day of the explosion? 1400 psi (see the findings, pages 62-65).

V

Cracks in the coalition? UK, Germany refuse to back Obama's airstrikes on ISIS in Syria

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Well that didn't take long. After espousing his strategy last night of leading a broad coalition against ISIS, it appears President Obama's "allies" are backing away from the plan. As The WSJ reports, Germany and the U.K. on Thursday ruled out carrying out air strikes on Islamic State militants in Syria.

It appears the Europeans, realizing the ire that these actions will likely cause to Putin, are stepping back - "We haven't been asked, nor will we do it," German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier told reporters and his U.K. counterpart Philip Hammond explicitly ruled out air strikes in Syria, after the U.K. parliament struck down such a move last year. So that leaves the French?

Comment: It appears the EU is beginning to understand that continually backing the US might not be in their best interests after all - better late than never.


Chess

Russian response to new sanctions: EU has effectively made a choice against the peace process in Ukraine, Russia has no other choice but counter-measures

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© AP Russian Prime Minister says Russia will respond should the West follow through with more anti-Russian sanctions
As usual, every European snaction (sic) has an equal and opposite Russian reaction. Here is how the Russian Foreign ministry responded to what van Rompuy announced earlier today would be a new round of Russian sanctions, which wil finally be enforced tomorrow. First from the Russian foreign ministry:
  • BY PASSING NEW ANTI-RUSSIAN SANCTIONS, EU EFFECTIVELY MADE CHOICE AGAINST PEACE PROCESS IN UKRAINE - RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY'S STATEMENT
And from Russia's European ambassador:
  • NEW EU SANCTIONS AGAINST RUSSIA LEAVE RUSSIA NO OTHER CHOICE BUT TO GO FOR CERTAIN COUNTER-MEASURES - RUSSIA'S PERMANENT REP TO THE EU
    CHIZHOV
  • EU SANCTIONS AGAINST RUSSIA DEVOID OF ELEMENTARY LOGIC, COMING SIMULTANEOUSLY WITH DE-ESCALATION OF UKRAINIAN CRISIS - RUSSIA'S AMBASSADOR TO EU CHIZHOV

Stormtrooper

Spain buys 1.3 billion euros' worth of riot gear in preparation for autumn unrest

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© mediagallery.usatoday.comPolice threaten civilians, sporting new riot gear.
The Spanish government is readying itself for an autumn of discontent, spending nearly €1 billion ($1.29 billion) on riot gear for police units as disparate protest groups prepare a string of demonstrations.

Since June, the interior ministry has tendered four contracts to purchase riot equipment ranging from shields to stab vests. The ministry also finalized its purchase of a new truck-mounted water cannon, an anti-riot measure used during Spain's dictatorship and the transition to democracy but little seen in recent years.

Despite attempts by opposition Socialist politician Antonio Trevín to paint the purchase as "a return to times that we would rather forget," the ministry said in its tender that the water cannon was necessary, "given the current social dynamic."

The government's spending spree comes as groups across Spain are predicting a season of protests. "We're calling it the autumn of confronting power and institutions," said the activist group Coordinadora 25-S which has its roots in the Indignados movement.

Rallies are being planned to counter draft laws by the governing People's Party that would curtail access to abortion in Spain or see unauthorized protests levied fines of up to €600,000 ($775,000). Months after former King Juan Carlos abdicated the throne in favour of his son King Felipe VI, protests are also being planned to demand a referendum on the monarchy.

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© fusion.netVenezuelan police using Spain's riot gear against protesters.
This is odd. Spain has been selling its riot gear to Venezuela for quite a while, but unexpectedly stopped these transactions in March, 2014. Perhaps they met their budget for the new gear? Venezuela was Spain's top international client for riot gear (meaning there were others), acquiring $3.5M in contractual obligations in the first half of 2013. Dozens of Spanish companies own property in Venezuela and approximately 200,000 citizens of Spain currently live there, giving Spain an interest in V's social and political affairs.

On the U.S. front...notice the uptick in gear and equipment for police departments around the country and how the U.S. military and MIC have their hands in this "upgrade." Comes with "free training" coupons, a bonus pack of rubber bullets and a selection of undisclosed, pre-arranged events for which to use them.


Snakes in Suits

New moral low: Obama's speech is a predictable fiasco for the war on terror

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President Obama's speech was a record low in terms of moral and intellectual analysis: What it boils down to is war - i.e. killing every single ISIS person anywhere, people who he compares to cancer cells.

The war on terror has always been about killing terrorists but you can not kill an ism - terrorism. To do something about the causes that compel people to become terrorists would be much more efficient.

The President has said repeatedly that a lasting solution is political, not military. The speech, however, is exclusively military - not a word of political, psychological or other insights: No, we kill people because we think it is wrong to kill people...

Comment: Everything is going as planned.


Boat

China and Russia are planning to build one of the largest seaports in North Asia

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© Reuters / Carlos BarriaA container ship is seen at the Yangshan Deep Water Port, south of Shanghai
China and Russia are to build one of the largest ports in northeast Asia on Russia's Sea of Japan coast, Chinese media reports. It is the latest step by Beijing and Moscow to bring their economies closer, and diversify from Western influence.

The new seaport will be located in Russia's Far East, just 18 kilometers away from the Chinese border and will be capable to handle up to 60 million tons of cargo a year, China's state-run People's Daily Online reported.

The deal between the two countries was signed at May's Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) in Shanghai, the report said.

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