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'Weaponizing refugees': NATO projects its own darkness onto Russia


Migrant children wait by the fence on the Greek side of the border to enter Macedonia
Perhaps the only positive thing about the deteriorating social and environmental conditions on our planet is the fact that they tend to drive our 'leaders' to increasingly desperate acts to secure their positions in power. As part of this process, this 'elite' are also given to telling increasingly outrageous and transparent lies. Take the Syria/Turkey/Russia/EU/US refugee debacle that has been raging for over 2 years for example.

For the last 5 years Western powers and their media lackeys have made no bones about the fact that they have been fully supportive of the 'Syrian rebels' in their brutal war against the Syrian people in an effort to overthrow the democratically-elected Assad government. No secret was made either of the fact that various Western governments were directly funding, training and arming these 'rebels' who were then killing Syrian civilians en masse. During that time, it came to light that the vast majority of the 'rebels' are of the crazy-jihadi variety, low-brow foreign mercenaries willing to fight for any cause as long as you pay them enough, or give them enough candy bars and Saudi-supplied amphetamines like captagon.

A good portion of those jihadis came from Libya, where they were well-known to agents of the US, not least to Hillary Clinton, who used them to destroy Libyan society and publicly sodomize and murder Muammar Gaddafi, much to Clinton's delight. What a wonderful prospect for the American people to have such a vile psychopath represent them.

Black Magic

Don't worry - the anti-Zika GM mosquito is safe, says the FDA

Boy that was quick. Stir up a bit of fear in the media about a disease that is not even proven to be dangerous and what do you get? Several vaccine projects and mutant mosquitoes programmed to mate with Zika-carrying mosquitoes to make them sterile. What could go wrong?

Biotech company Intrexon Corp announced today that its genetically modified mosquito has been deemed safe for the environment in preliminary findings by the FDA.

Reuters reports:
A genetically engineered mosquito being used in the fight against Zika will not have a significant impact on the environment, the maker Intrexon Corp said, citing preliminary findings from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Males of the self-limiting strain of the Aedes aegypti mosquito are modified so their offspring die before being able to reproduce, says Intrexon, a U.S. synthetic biology company.

The FDA findings agree with the draft environmental assessment submitted by Oxitec, the UK unit of Intrexon that developed the mosquito.

Eye 1

Alphabet soup agencies heavily steeped in aerial surveillance activities

New documents reveal that the several federal agencies have been operating surveillance flights over the United States since at least 2009.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation recently received new records related to the U.S. Marshals aerial surveillance program. The EFF filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Department of Justice shortly after The Wall Street Journal revealed a cell-phone monitoring program operated by the U.S. Marshals Service. The program involved the Marshals using Cessna planes mounted with cell site simulators, also known as "Stingrays" or "dirtboxes".

The EFF describes the Stingray as "a brand name of an IMSI (International Mobile Subscriber Identity) Catcher targeted and sold to law enforcement. A Stingray works by masquerading as a cellphone tower - to which your mobile phone sends signals to every 7 to 15 seconds whether you are on a call or not - and tricks your phone into connecting to it."

Eye 1

The EU should join forces with Russia and dethrone Erdogan, but prefers to give into the 'Sultan's' blackmail

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"Thank you Mr. Sultan Sir for the opportunity to be blackmailed and to support your fascist/terrorist delusions while sticking it to the refugees and all of us in the EU."
On Monday 7 March, and the early hours of Tuesday, the EU-Turkey summit took place. The EU gave in to Erdogan's blackmail and accepted his conditions, now a huge flow of money (6 billion Euros, raised from the 3 billions of the previous request) will be sent to the Turkish government in exchange of the promise of not flooding Europe with migrants.

Turkey has a formidable lever in its hands: by controlling the border with Syria it is able to send weapons to terrorists one way and, as a result, receives refugees that then get sent to Greece.

It may sound blasphemous, but the only proper solution would be to intervene militarily in... Turkey, nowhere else. The EU should depose Erdogan with the help of Russian forces (am I being ironic?), but that's never going to happen, since the EU is nothing more that the political arm of NATO.

Is it a coincidence that the EU and NATO both have their headquarters in Brussels and that Turkey is part of NATO? European media use 'human rights' as a smokescreen to cover the real reason for 'humanitarian wars', while ignoring the fascist/terrorist Erdogan regime.

Comment: The Human Commodity. According to Amnesty International, Erdogan's "bartering of refugees for refugees" which is dehumanizing, unsafe and unsustainable, comprises a quick means to an end for The Sultan of Shame. The EU bought into it, a mockery of their international obligations, a travesty for homeless and vulnerable humanity not of their own doing, and a sell-out for an easy, sleazy fix. BTW, let's blame Russia.

See also: Turkey holds Brussels hostage on refugees, leveraging EU help for imperial goals


War Whore

New Kansas law would allow state legislature to fire Judges who protect the constitution


Comment: A perfect example of a pathocracy in action. Pathocracy is defined as government by pathological individuals. Here we have a cohort of extremists, parading as republicans, violating their sworn duty to maintain the state government. Instead, they use their power to gut social services, give the ultra-wealthy ridiculous tax breaks, and now threaten the only check on their power, the judiciary.



KS Governor Sam Brownback: The Face of Republican Despotism
For those who had any remaining doubts, Kansas has officially gone insane, with its Republican dominated legislature now trying to pass a law effectively nullifying the state's Judiciary system:
A committee in the GOP-controlled Senate plans to vote Tuesday on a bill that would make "attempting to usurp the power" of the Legislature or the executive branch grounds for impeachment.

Impeachment has "been a little-used tool" to challenge judges who strike down new legislation, said Republican Sen. Dennis Pyle, a sponsor of the measure. "Maybe it needs to be oiled up a little bit or sharpened a little bit."
Senate Bill 439 is currently set for debate before the state's GOP-stacked Judiciary Committee. If it is approved and signed by Governor Brownback, it will permit impeachment of any Judge who acts contrary to the wishes of the legislature. In other words, any Judge who strikes down or modifies any law the legislature passes, for any reason-- whether the law is blatantly Unconstitutional, violative of existing laws, or otherwise, is thereby subject to impeachment proceedings by the state Legislature. A previous law threatening to cut off all Judicial funding was declared unconstitutional by the state's High Court. The state has been trapped in an economic death grip since Governor Sam Brownback and a feckless cadre of rabidly "conservative" Republican lawmakers controlling a supermajority in both of the state's legislative chambers instituted unprecedented, radical tax cuts to benefit the richest people in the state, while just as radically gutting public services to the state's citizens, most notably in education:
Parent-enraging anecdotes abounded in schools across the state: tales of swelling classroom sizes, teachers forced to fill in for laid-off janitors and nurses, libraries unable to buy new books. One group of parents took the extraordinary step of suing the government, a lawsuit Brownback appealed all the way to the Kansas Supreme Court after a lower court described his actions as "destructive of our children's future." In March [of 2014], the Supreme Court ruled the cuts unconstitutional.

Yoda

China slams US for 'rape, murder & kidnappings,' as it defends its own human rights record at UN

© Brennan Linsley / Reuters
Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, Cuba

Comment: Chinese diplomat Fu Cong is right, the US has no room to criticize anyone for abuses of international law. If Ambassador Harper wants to discuss extra-territorial actions that are a challenge to international order and the rule of law, then he need look no further than the deeds of his own country. Which includes torturing prisoners, murdering civilians, warrantless wire-tapping of civilians and foreign politicians, supporting violent regime change, drug trafficking, etc.


China said it won't accept criticism of its human rights record from the US, which is itself guilty of the "rape and murder" of civilians, as well as other crimes committed across the globe.

"The US is notorious for prison abuse at Guantanamo prison, its gun violence is rampant, racism is its deep-rooted malaise," Chinese diplomat Fu Cong said at the UN Human Rights Council on Thursday.

"The United States conducts large-scale extra-territorial eavesdropping, uses drones to attack other countries' innocent civilians, its troops on foreign soil commit rape and murder of local people. It conducts kidnapping overseas and uses black prisons," Fu added, according to Reuters.

The Chinese diplomat's strong comments came in response to a joint statement made by the US and eleven other countries, including Japan, Australia, and northern European nations.

Nuke

Fukushima meltdown danger: They knew

I've seen a lot of sick stuff in my career, but this was sick on a new level.

Here was the handwritten log kept by a senior engineer at the nuclear power plant:
Wiesel was very upset. He seemed very nervous. Very agitated. . . . In fact, the plant was riddled with problems that, no way on earth, could stand an earthquake. The team of engineers sent in to inspect found that most of these components could "completely and utterly fail" during an earthquake.
"Utterly fail during an earthquake." And here in Japan was the quake and here is the utter failure.

The warning was in what the investigations team called The Notebook, which I'm not supposed to have. Good thing I've kept a copy anyway, because the file cabinets went down with my office building ....

Attention

After weeks of talking up Syria partition West claims it's Russia that wants it to 'outflank' the US


La Stampa has never heard of John Kerry or 'Plan B'.
Projecting own sins on perfidious Russia. What else is new?

Now this is funny/bizarre/retarded. The Italian daily La Stampa has just come out to say that Russia is working to "split" up Syria,
The Bosnia Solution, How Russia Plans To Split Syria In Three

Moscow is quietly working toward a federal future for war-torn Syria, with a central government but the nation divided into three different ethnic zones. It's a nod to Kurdish ambitions and lessons from the Balkans.

Comment: Meanwhile the UN is also talking up the federalization of Syria:
The federalization of Syria could be one of the issues discussed at the upcoming peace talks in Geneva, UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said Friday.

A new round of talks between the Syrian government and opposition will be held between March 14 and 24.

"All Syrians have rejected the division [of Syria] and federalism can be discussed at the negotiations," de Mistura told Al Jazeera news network.



Info

Joint Russia-Palestine commission to meet for first time next week while Putin will meet Israeli President Reuven Rivlin

© Flickr/ Ariet
The Russian-Palestinian intergovernmental commission will meet for the first time next week to discuss the development of bilateral economic and trade relations, the Palestinian National Economy Ministry said in a statement Friday.

According to the statement, the meeting is set to take place in the Palestinian city of Ramallah in the central West Bank on Tuesday but some activities may be held on Monday. The meeting agenda is reportedly under consideration.

"We hope to establish close trade and economic relations with Russia, which would correspond to the level of our political cooperation and the role played by Russia in supporting the rights of the Palestinian people," Palestinian Economy Minister Abir Awda was quoted as saying in the statement.

Awda is the co-chair of the intergovernmental commission from the Palestinian side, the Russian delegation will be headed by Labour and Social Protection Minister Maxim Topilin.

Comment: Meanwhile Putin is also discussing humanitarian and economic cooperation with Israel:
Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, who will be on an official visit to Russia, on March 16 for talks on humanitarian and economic cooperation, the Kremlin said Friday.

"During the meeting, [the sides] are expected to discuss the condition and prospects for the bilateral ties in trade and economic, science and technical as well as humanitarian spheres, including in light of the upcoming October celebration of restoration of Russian-Israeli diplomatic relations," the statement read.



Snakes in Suits

Finger pointing: Obama blames UK and other European states for post-Gaddafi Libya 'mess'

© Jerry Lampen / Reuters
US President Barack Obama has blamed UK Prime Minister David Cameron and other European leaders for the current chaos in Libya, saying he had "more faith" in them being invested in the follow-up, given Libya's proximity.

Speaking to The Atlantic, Obama acknowledged the problems faced by Libya since the fall of Gaddafi in 2011, referring to the situation as a "mess" - and in private as a "s**t show."

"...We actually executed this plan as well as I could have expected: We got a UN mandate, we built a coalition, it cost us $1 billion — which, when it comes to military operations, is very cheap. We averted large-scale civilian casualties, we prevented what almost surely would have been a prolonged and bloody civil conflict. And despite all that, Libya is a mess," he said.


Comment: Does Obama have any real idea of what he is talking about? The US created the "bloody civil conflict" in the first place and then proudly claims they "prevented" it. Now Libya is worse than before the interventions.


He went on to state that the 'mess' was largely due to the inaction of British Prime Minister David Cameron, who was "distracted by a range of other things" at the time.

Comment: None of the western nations wants to take responsibility for the spread of ISIS in the Middle East and North Africa. Much easier to point fingers at each other while not solving the problem what so ever. Since Russia is pushing ISIS out of Syria, is the West worried about the 'monster' they created coming back to haunt them?