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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.


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."


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:

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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.


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.


Washington Post: US funded Syrian opposition groups

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.


America's Next War Theater: Syria and Lebanon?

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.


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.


Phil Giraldi Spills the Beans on Israeli Espionage in America

"Over 125 investigations into Israeli Espionage in America... stopped due to political pressure."...FBI Counter Intel Officer John Cole.
Phil Giraldi

Phil Giraldi
Phil Giraldi stepped out today to do his country a great service and save some honor for the American counter intelligence community.

He put the spotlight on America's greatest national security scandal, the decades old investment that Israeli Intelligence has made in attacking its so called America ally by stealing everything it can get it's hands on.

But there is a second darker side to this first betrayal, and that is their corruption of our own political, Justice and State Department organs to literally act as protectors for them.

As a group they have betrayed the American people, and all those involved should receive long prison sentences for high treason.

Comment: While the Veterans Today team do good work to bring home to Americans the decrepit state of their government, particularly in terms of its unholy alliance with the Israeli government, they have a tendency to fall into the kind of black and white thinking which sees "them foreign terrorists" being held exclusively responsible for America's woes, thereby painting US intelligence and military operatives as whiter than white. See if you can spot it in the above article. It begins in the first sentence: the notion that there is "honor" to be restored for the "American counter intelligence community" by its 'leaking' long-known 'revelations' about Israeli espionage is dangerously wishful thinking about the inherent interests of US national security state. The author talks about "our young aspiring counter intel people betrayed" like it's a good thing to aspire to join covert military units, fly to Muslim countries and blow up car bombs which are then blamed on the locals. For that is what "counter intel" means! "Taking back the country" by "hunting down" those agents of "socialist" Israel is a clarion call to revolution which, at this late stage, will play into the hands of the very "group" Veterans Today struggles against but does not understand.

Political Ponerology
is essential reading towards understanding 'the enemy.'


European parliament refuses to release expenses report

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Parliament lawyers argued that publicising the report 'could be used to derail' decision-making in the EU assembly
The European Parliament is refusing to release a secret report detailing widespread abuse of MEPs expenses despite an EU court ruling that there is "overriding public interest in disclosure".

The existence of the document, written by Robert Galvin, a senior EU official who is the parliament's chief internal auditor, was first disclosed by The Daily Telegraph in 2008.

Despite public controversy across Europe over misuse of generous allowances paid to MEPs, parliament officials have fought tooth and nail to keep the Galvin report, number 06/02, secret.

During an internal investigation, Mr Galvin discovered large scale abuse of £185 million in MEP staffing allowances and general expenditure expenses, paid without receipts.

Parliament lawyers argued that publicising the report "could be used to derail" decision-making in the EU assembly.

"The use members make of the allowances available to them is a sensitive matter followed with great interest by the media," said a legal submission.

EU judges threw out the special pleading in a judgement on Tuesday but parliament officials yesterday continued to refuse to disclose the report until an administration decision on whether to appeal in August.