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Petraeus mistress reveals real motive behind Benghazi attack

Paula Broadwell

Paula Broadwell
The fallout from former CIA head David Petraeus' resignation might be more significant than first thought: as all eyes turn to the ex-intelligence chief's mistress, it's apparent that she may have been privy to what really happened in Benghazi.

Two months after the storming of an US consulate in Benghazi, questions remain largely unanswered about both how and why insurgents entered the facility on September 11 and executed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. The discussion became a heated issue on the campaign trail leading up to Election Day, and conflicting accounts from the White House, State Department and Congress all led to a mess of confusion that has only further spun out of control following the unexpected stepping down of Petraeus on Friday.

Star of David

Arch paedophile Jimmy Savile was Israel supporter and devout Zionist

Jimmy Saville
It is far from being a big surprise that Jimmy Savile, a 'predatory sex offender', found many friends amongst Zionists and Israeli leaders. Just a year ago, the UK Jewish Chronicle saw him as a dear friend of the Jewish people and their State.

Interestingly enough, JC's Jessica Elgot who wrote the following piece prefers Zionist paedophile Savile over truth tellers such as prof' John Mersheimer or myself*.


Iran launches 'biggest ever' air drills

Iran launched military drills across half the country on Monday, warning it would act against aggressors less than a week after Washington accused Iranian warplanes of firing on a U.S. drone.

The maneuvers will take place this week across 850,000 square kilometers (330,000 square miles) of Iran's northeast, east, and southeast regions, Iranian media reported.

Some 8,000 elite and regular army troops will participate, backed by bombers and fighter planes, while missile, artillery and surveillance systems will be tested, various media said.

Played out against a backdrop of high tension between the United States and Iran over Tehran's nuclear program, the 'Velayat-4' maneuvers will involve the biggest air drills the country has ever held, Iran's English-language Press TV reported.

"These drills convey a message of peace and security to regional countries," Shahrokh Shahram, the spokesman for the exercises, told the broadcaster on Monday. "At the same time they send out a strong warning to those threatening Iran."

Last week, the U.S. Pentagon said Iranian planes opened fire on an unarmed U.S. drone over international waters on November 1.

Iran said it had repelled "an enemy's unmanned aircraft" violating its airspace.

Arrow Down

Japan economy shrinks as China dispute takes toll

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A snapshot of Japans recent economic activity up to mid 2012.
Japan's economy contracted in the latest quarter, signaling that like Europe it may already be in recession, further weighing down world growth.

On an annualized basis, the world's No. 3 economy shrank 3.5 percent in the July-September quarter, in line with gloomy forecasts after Japan's territorial dispute with China hammered exports that were already weakened by feeble global demand.

The bad news will temper optimism over recoveries in China and the U.S., where some economists are predicting growth will top 3 percent in the third quarter. China's painful slowdown likely bottomed out in the third quarter, with recent indicators such as factory production and auto and retail sales showing improvement.

Japan's outlook remains bleak, with most economists forecasting a further decline in economic activity for the October-December quarter, which would officially put it in a recession according to the common definition of two consecutive quarters of contraction.

Consumer spending fell 0.5 percent in the third quarter, as subsidies for auto purchases expired, and corporate capital spending fell 3.2 percent. Spending on reconstruction from the country's March 2011 disasters has also weakened.


Grand bargain betrayal coming

Obama's economic record includes nearly 25 million unemployed, around 23% of working age Americans without jobs, poverty, homelessness, and hunger at record levels or close to it, and the greatest wealth disparity in US history.

Privileged elites benefitted enormously on his watch. They'll get plenty more ahead. Others are enduring protracted hard times. Bipartisan complicity calls for making things worse, not better. Huge budget cuts loom. Social programs will be hit hardest. More on that below.

America's compromised progressive left hailed Obama's victory. Condemnation should have been headlined instead. Nation magazine lost its soul long ago.

Throughout its history, it pretended to have one. It scorns truth. It turns reality on its head. It ducks responsible reporting on issues mattering most.


Here we go again: Israel 'may launch ground invasion into Gaza'

Israel may launch a ground invasion into Gaza, Benjamin Netanyahu has indicated, after a weekend of escalating cross border violence.

Gaza air strike
A Palestinian woman collects items from her home following an Israeli military air strike in Rafah town in the southern Gaza Strip.
By lunchtime on Sunday, more than 70 rockets and mortars had landed in Israel from Gaza within 24 hours, leaving six Palestinians killed and eight Israelis injured.

At a cabinet meeting on Sunday morning, Mr Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, said: "The world needs to understand that Israel will not sit idly by in the face of attempts to attack us. We are prepared to intensify the response."

One unnamed senior Israeli government official, said: "A ground incursion is certainly not out of the question although we hope it won't come to that."

Comment: History repeats itself. At the end of 2008 Barack Obama was elected as president of the United States. Shortly afterwards Israel launched a brutal attack on Gaza under the name Operation Cast Lead. Now that the US elections are over, Netanyahu feels he has 'permission' to make as much mess as he pleases, and he pleases to make war to appear as a strong leader before the elections in January. Back in 2008-2009 Obama did not have what it takes to stand up to Israel, even while most of the rest of the world protested vigorously. Do not expect that he will behave differently this time.

To put things in perspective, please take the time to watch the documentary Tears of Gaza. See for yourself what an invasion looks like and what the price to pay is in human lives and suffering.


Terrorists attack bus in central Syria, kill all civilian passengers

Terrorists in Syria exploded a bomb and killed all the civilian passengers, including women and children, of a bus in the Central province of Hama on Sunday.

The terrorist operation was carried out by the Al-Motasem group, affiliated to the al-Qaeda, in Cairo village in Hama province.

The terrorists have carried out similar attacks on defenseless Syrian civilians in numerous cases in the last two years since armed clashes started in Syria.

In a similar terrorist operation last week, the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA) terrorists killed all the civilian passengers of a bus in a mortar attack in Southern Damascus.

The terrorists targeted the bus packed with civilians, including women and children, in al-Salasin street of al-Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in Southern Damascus, killing all passengers onboard.


Israeli PM warns of harder strike on Gaza

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Benjamin Netanyahu
Zionist Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel plans to strike harder on the Gaza Strip.

Hostilities along the Gaza-Israel border escalated sharply over the weekend after Israeli strikes killing six Palestinians in Gaza and the Quds Brigades of the Islamic Jihad Movement responded with rocket salvos.

Netanyahu told his cabinet on Sunday that "the world must understand that Israel will not sit idly by while attempts are made to attack us. We are prepared to escalate our response".

The Quds Brigades of the Islamic Jihad Movement in a statement announced on Sunday that it has fired over 70 rockets and missiles at Zionist targets in response to Israel's numerous air raids and ground assaults on defenseless Palestinians.

Comment: One can easily imagine Netanyahu salivating at a new plan to re-increase any conflict, against a neighbor who essentially has bottle rockets to defend itself.

War Whore

Israel joins Syria conflict, fires missile across border

© Baz Ratner/Reuters
This file photo shows fire and smoke rising after shells exploded in the Syrian village of Bariqa, close to the ceasefire line between Israel and Syria, near Alonei Habashan on the Israeli occupied Golan Heights, Nov. 7, 2012.
The Israeli military has fired a missile into Syria, the first time Israel has been drawn into the fighting in the neighboring country.

The military said it fired the missile as a warning shot on Sunday after a stray mortar from Syria hit a military post in the Golan Heights. Israel captured the Golan from Syria in the 1967 Mideast war and subsequently annexed it.

The military says no damage or injuries were reported inside Israel.

A string of mortar shells have struck the Golan during the Syrian civil war. Israel views the fire as accidental, but nonetheless has warned that it holds Syria responsible.

It came as Syrian opposition groups, meeting in the Qatari capital Doha, signed an initial agreement to form a new coalition of forces fighting to end the rule of President Bashar Assad.

Comment: The news would lead us to believe Assad is responsible for all the ills within Syria ... but what if ...?
CIA, MI6 agents direct massacres in Syria: American analyst
CIA spies 'smuggle 14 Stinger missiles into Syria so rebels can take out regime warplanes'
Mossad, CIA and Blackwater Operate in Syria

It would also be nice to know from where, within Syria, the mortars were fired, what their range is and if they could have reached Golan, as Israel always plays the roll of victim.


New anti-crime cameras being installed downtown Los Angeles

California - Officials said 38 anti-crime cameras will soon be installed in downtown Los Angeles.

In the coming weeks, this new equipment will replace cameras which have been broken or failing for years.

Andrea Fujii, reporting for CBS2 and KCAL9, says the cameras should make streets safer.

She spoke with Jennifer Otto, co-owner of Wax Candy, a downtown business. With dozens of female clients, her store put a premium on safety for staffers and patrons coming in and out of her Fashion District business.

Skid Row is a few blocks away. Otto says sometimes vagrants have come inside her establishment. With Wax Candy closing at 8 o'clock every night - and it being darker - the women who work here say they look forward to a little extra security.

She believes her customers and workers will feel safer with the cameras. "They know there's someone watching out for them."

Captain Horace Frank of the Los Angeles Police Department said, "The camera initiative is to help us in the ability to prevent crime, reduce crime in central, and if we don't get there then we can better identify and apprehend the suspects."