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War looms over Gaza as death toll rises

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Palestinians evacuate a wounded man after an Israeli air strike took place near his car in the northern Gaza Strip November 15, 2012. A Hamas rocket killed three Israelis north of the Gaza Strip on Thursday, drawing the first blood from Israel as the Palestinian death toll rose to 13 and a military showdown lurched closer to all-out war with an invasion of the enclave.
A Hamas rocket killed three Israelis north of the Gaza Strip on Thursday, drawing the first blood from Israel as the Palestinian death toll rose to 15 in a military showdown lurching closer to all-out war and an invasion of the enclave.

On the second day of an assault Israel said might last many days and culminate in a ground attack, its warplanes bombed targets in and around Gaza city, where tall buildings trembled.

Plumes of smoke and dust furled into a sky laced with the vapor trails of outgoing rockets.

The sudden conflict, launched by Israel with the killing of Hamas's military chief, pours oil on the fire of a Middle East already ablaze with two years of revolution and an out-of-control civil war in Syria. Palestinian allies, led by Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi, denounced the Israeli offensive.

After watching powerlessly from the sidelines of the Arab Spring, Israel has been thrust to the centre of a volatile new world in which Islamist Hamas believes that Mursi and his newly dominant Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt will be its protectors.

Comment: "The United States condemned Hamas, shunned by the West as an obstacle to peace for its refusal to renounce violence and recognize Israel."
""There is no justification for the violence that Hamas and other terrorist organizations are employing against the people of Israel," said Mark Toner, deputy State Department spokesman."

The violence that Israel commits is, as always, overlooked by the US.

Israel, the eternal victim.


Obama secretly signs the most aggressive cybersecurity directive ever

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Six years after the White House first started running amok on the computer networks of its adversaries, US President Barack Obama has signed off on a top-secret order that finally offers blueprints for the Pentagon's cyberwars.

Pres. Obama has autographed an executive order outlining protocol and procedures for the US military to take in the name of preventing cyberattacks from foreign countries, the Washington Post reports, once and for all providing instructions from the Oval Office on how to manage the hush-hush assaults against opposing nation-states that have all been confirmed by the White House while at the same time defending America from any possible harm from abroad.

According to Post's sources, namely "officials who have seen the classified document and are not authorized to speak on the record," Pres. Obama signed the paperwork in mid-October. Those authorities explain to the paper that the initiative in question, Presidential Policy Directive 20, "establishes a broad and strict set of standards to guide the operations of federal agencies in confronting threats in cyberspace."

Confronting a threat may sound harmless, but begs to introduce a chicken-and-the-egg scenario that could have some very serious implications. The Post describes the directive as being "the most extensive White House effort to date to wrestle with what constitutes an 'offensive' and a 'defensive' action in the rapidly evolving world of cyberwar and cyberterrorism," but the ambiguous order may very well allow the US to continue assaulting the networks of other nations, now with a given go-ahead from the commander-in-chief. Next in line, the Post says, will be rules of engagement straight from the Pentagon that will provide guidelines for when to carry out assaults outside the realm of what is considered 'American' in terms of cyberspace.

"What it does, really for the first time, is it explicitly talks about how we will use cyber operations," one senior administration official tells the paper of the policy directive. "Network defense is what you're doing inside your own networks. . . . Cyber operations is stuff outside that space, and recognizing that you could be doing that for what might be called defensive purposes."

Bizarro Earth

Israel Gaza strike: Mahmoud Abbas urges emergency Arab meeting

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People gather around a wreckage of the car in which was killed Ahmed Jabari, head of the Hamas military wing in Gaza City, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called on Wednesday for an urgent Arab League meeting on Israel's strikes on Gaza, Egypt's news agency MENA said, quoting a Palestinian official in Egypt.

"Barakat al-Fara, the Palestinian ambassador in Cairo and the Palestinian representative in the Arab League, announced that based on instructions from President Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian state had asked for an urgent meeting of the Arab League to discuss the Israeli offense on Gaza strip," MENA said.

Source: Reuters

Heart - Black

Israel rejects truce and escalates fighting in Gaza with assassination of Hamas leader; 10 killed, 45 wounded in Israeli attacks

The IDF has announced it has assassinated Ahmed Al-Jabari, the head of the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the Hamas military wing. It is the start of what an IDF spokesperson on Twitter called "a widespread campaign on terror sites & operatives in the #Gaza Strip, chief among them #Hamas & Islamic Jihad targets." The IDF has named the attack "Pillar of Defense."

One Israeli television analyst reported that the strike on Jabari was planned months ago. The IDF spokesperson's office said that "All options are on the table. If necessary, the IDF is ready to initiate a ground operation in Gaza." RT.com is reporting that Israel has initiated an emergency call up of reservists to prepare for the possible invasion.

More casualties are being reported from Gaza. Israeli channel 10 has reported that Ahmed al-Zahar, the brother of Mahmoud al-Zahar, a major Hamas figure, was killed along with Jabari, although Haaretz is reporting that it was his assistant Mohammed Hams who was killed in the car with him.

The assassination breaks a day-old lull in what was intense fighting between the Israeli military and Palestinian fighters in Gaza. A tacit truce was reached with the help of Egypt, but Israel has now broken it decisively.
Khaled Meshaa
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Ahmed Al-Jabari (right, front) and Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal (left, front) pose with two Palestinian prisoners freed in the prisoner swap deal between Hamas and Israel

Heart - Black

The BBC: Protecting Pedophiles and War Criminals Since 2004

Over the last six weeks, the revelations that long-term BBC personality and 'household name' Sir Jimmy Savile was in fact a long-term child abuser have gripped and horrified the British public.

The vast majority of the British public knew Jimmy Savile as an eccentric, yet highly regarded, former TV children's show presenter and charity fundraiser. Savile's career began in the 1958 as a DJ for Radio Luxembourg. In 1968 he joined BBC Radio 1, where he presented Savile's Travels. From 1969 to 1973 he fronted Speakeasy, a discussion programme for teenagers. In 1964, he began presenting the first edition of the BBC music chart television programme Top of the Pops. Savile also hosted other BBC television programs, the most notable of which was children's show Jim'll Fix It, which he presented from 1975 to 1994. Because of the nature of the programs he hosted and his high-profile charity work, throughout his career, Savile was surrounded by children of different ages.

Mark Williams-Thomas is the detective-turned-reporter who first publicly exposed Jimmy Savile as a prolific sex offender in early October 2012 on the ITV program Exposure. William-Thomas, who is currently making a second program that will further investigate Savile's abuses, recently stated that the evidence he has gathered suggests that Savile engineered his entire career so that he could molest youngsters:
"In the previous programme it was unclear what came first," he said. "But I can very clearly tell you now that he created his television series as a vehicle for his offending.

"I believe he engineered his programmes within the BBC and Radio Luxembourg in order to gain access to children.

"The classic examples are Top of the Pops, Savile's Travels, Jim'll Fix It - all of them gave him access to young children. That's why there were so many victims."


Dronestagram - the website exposing the US's secret drone war

US drone attack
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An image from Dronestagram showing the site of a US drone attack.
A new website shows the sites hit in US drone attacks - adding to the pressure for greater transparency from Washington

The military is normally only too pleased to herald its successes, and to praise the courage of the men and women who put their lives on the line for their country. Perhaps it is the link (or lack of it) between these two that encourages them to talk-up certain missions, and come over all sheepish when it comes to drones.

Piloted by remote control from thousands of miles away, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) have been the one unqualified military triumph of the war in Afghanistan. That is, if "success" comes in an equation where lots of people get killed, at next to no risk, at an affordable price.

According to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, which compiles figures on drone strikes, the US has killed up to 3,378 people in 350 drone strikes in the past eight years. And that's just in Pakistan. The US also orchestrates drone strikes in Yemen and Somalia from a base in the tiny African state of Djibouti (which nobody is supposed to know about). But does the White House want to talk about this? Not unless it really has to. And not even then.

In April, President Obama's counter-terrorism advisor, John Brennan, gave a speech in which he defended the use of drones and said great care was taken to ensure attacks were legal and ethical. "We are at war," he said. "We are at war against a terrorist organisation called al-Qaida."

Who gets on the drone kill list, and how, and why attacks happen when they do and where they do, and who takes responsibility for them - well, that's for another day.


Italian newspapers report secret Bilderberg meeting in Rome shares hotel with International Film Festival

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Various newspapers and online articles in Italy are suggesting that a good portion of the Bilderberg group, at least 80 of them, have been called to Rome this week for a secret meeting regarding the engineered Euro financial crisis and the unrest that has come as a result.

This meeting is particularly unusual because it is so small and informal, but it is possible that they may have switched up their tactics after the massive turnout for this year's Bilderberg protest. It is also possible that these smaller meetings happen all the time, but were always able to slide under the radar.

This meeting is also unusual because they aren't renting out an entire hotel, in fact, they are using a hotel that is hosting a massive event at the same time. The hotel they have chosen is "the De Russi", which is the site of this year's International Film Festival, so that was either a major scheduling error or an attempt to hide in plain sight.

Despite all of the commotion surrounding the hotel this week, local publications were able to publish detailed lists of those who are attending the event. Most of the publications to cover the meeting are suggesting that the topic of discussion will be the new commissioner for Spain, Greece, Italy and other areas of the European Union that are in dire economic crisis.

Light Sabers

Quds brigade see no redline after assassination of Hamas commander

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The Palestinian Islamic Jihad's Al-Quds Brigades condemned the Wednesday assassination of a Hamas top military commander by the Israeli regime, and warned that it sees no redline to respond to Israel's heinous act.

The Quds Brigades announced that Israel should take full responsibility for its crime, and added that it will not restrict itself to any redline in reacting to this assassination.

The announcement came after the Zionist regime assassinated deputy chief commander of Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigade, the military wing of the Palestinian movement Hamas, Ahmad al-Jabari by striking his car today.

After weeks of incursions and strikes on Gaza, the Zionist regime launched a new wave of offensives on the Palestinian enclave and announced today that it is in full state of alert.

Comment: Is it aggression and murder, or a matter of security for Israel?
Israel Targeting Civilians And Ambulances
Zionism - An Existential Threat To The Jews of Israel
Murdering Children - Israel's Domestic Policy
With plenty of actual case evidence the answer is quite obvious.

Consider the fact that the people in Gaza have nothing. Palestinian bottle rockets are no match for one of the most advanced military groups on the planet. The true barbarians are not the people of Gaza. Once again, Israel may have fired rockets on itself in order to blame Hamas and consequently gain a pretext to launch fresh attacks on Palestinians.

War Whore

Israel assassinates top Al-Qassam brigade commander

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Ahmad al-Jabari (center).
The Israeli army assassinated the deputy chief commander of the Palestinian Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigade, Ahmad al-Jabari, in an air strike on his car near Al-Amal Hotel in Gaza on Wednesday.

The Israeli terror attack killed two Palestinians and injured three others, including senior members of Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigade, the military wing of the Islamic resistance movement Hamas.

According to FNA dispatches, a companion of al-Jabari was also among those killed in the attack by Israeli jet fighters.

Some news sources reported that Hamas has confirmed al-Jabari's martyrdom.

The assassination comes after the Zionist regime officials had made open calls for the assassination of Hamas leaders, including the Palestinian Prime Minister Islmail Haniyeh.

Comment: And on it goes..


Seriously, Pat? "She's a good looking woman and he's a lonely man": 'Conservative Christian' broadcaster Pat Robertson defends Petraeus for affair with biographer

David Petraeus has faced criticism and condemnation from across the political spectrum for his affair with his biographer, but he found one surprising defender on Tuesday: conservative Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson. Robertson, who is host of the Christian current events TV show 'The 700 Club,' seemed to justify the disgraced CIA Director's relationship with Paula Broadwell.

'The man is in a foreign land and he's lonely and here's a good looking lady throwing herself at him and... he's a man,' Robertson said. He seemed sympathetic to Petraeus' 'affairs of the heart,' and implied that he seemed to be a tragic victim.

'I don't think he's a devious human being. I think he's been one of the greatest general America has ever produced. He's a brilliant man, he's got a Ph.D. from Princeton,' Robertson said. He added: 'We'll sadly miss a man like that.'

Petreaus, one of the country's most decorated war heroes, resigned from his post as the nation's top spy on Friday after the FBI stumbled across email evidence of a months-long affair between him and Broadwell.