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The Forgotten War: Anguish, Bloodshed, Forgotten Heroes of Yemen

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Yemen civil defence and army recovering bodies from the Saudi coalition bombed ceremony hall in Sanaa
It should be personal to all of us. Yemen, regularly portrayed as the poorest nation in the Arab world, is proving itself to be the richest in courage, resourcefulness and resilience.

Ever since March 2015, some of you may have noticed how oil-rich Saudi Arabia, with the United States at its side, have been waging genocidal war against the Yemeni people.

Yemen are a people under attack by an undeclared super-power coalition comprised of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, US, UK, EU, UAE and Israel. As in Iraq, while the Yemeni people are under attack from super-powers, they are simultaneously being collectively punished by the illegal sanctions imposed by a corrupt United Nations body.

Sanctions imposed by resolution 2216, against 5 named individuals, on the pretext of legitimizing an illegitimate fugitive ex-president, Saudi Arabia and Washington's hand-picked puppet leader, Mansour Hadi, who demanded that neighbouring Saudi Arabia bomb his ownpeople - even after Hadi had resigned twice from an already over-extended presidential term, before fleeing to his alma mater in Riyadh.

UN sanctions imposed upon 5 named individuals yet being exploited by the US/UK/EU backed Saudi coalition to collectively starve and punish 27 million Yemeni people.

Comment: Funny... Hadi is a dictator who is killing his own people. Yet where is the "responsibility to protect" the Yemeni from this illegitimate leader? Instead, they are supporting him in his genocide. Not very funny at all, in fact.


"No Nazis Here!": Nazis Stage Massive March in Kiev

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"Nazi and proud."
On Friday, several thousand Ukrainian ultranationalists descended onto the streets of Kiev to mark Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) day, dedicated to the 74th anniversary of the founding of the WWII-era Nazi collaborationist organization.

Ukrainian media reported that up to 5,000 radicals from organizations including the Azov Regiment, the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN), Right Sector and the Svoboda Party gathered to celebrate the holiday, which coincides with the Day of Ukrainian Cossacks and Defender of Ukraine Day, the latter holiday invented in 2014 to replace the 'Defender of the Fatherland Day', celebrated in most post-Soviet countries on February 23.

The nationalists walked through the streets, holding torches and flares, throwing smoke bombs, chanting nationalist slogans, beating drums and holding the flags of ultranationalist and neo-fascist organizations.

Comment: There's nothing "neo" about these Nazis. No wonder the U.S. helped put them in power in post-Maidan Ukraine - the CIA establishment has been infested with Nazis ever since Allen Dulles's love affair with the SS during the war.

Snakes in Suits

Corporate psychopathy: Pharma company raised price of lead poisoning drug 2,700% as Flint water crisis unfolded

The saga of Flint, Michigan, where residents suddenly found themselves drinking lead-poisoned tap water, demonstrated how people become victims of corrupt government. If that weren't enough, those who suffer the worst from lead poisoning find themselves the victim of shameless corporate greed.

As the Flint water crisis unfolded and we began finding out that lead-tainted water is a problem in cities across the country, one notorious pharmaceutical company saw a chance to cash in.

Valeant Pharmaceuticals raised the price of a drug used to treat lead poisoning by 2,700 percent after acquiring the drug in 2013. By 2015 - as the issue of lead poisoning became prominent news - the price for a package of vials rose from $950 to $26,927.

Comment: Children debilitated by lead poisoning: just another profit opportunity to corporate psychopaths.


Sodomized Guantánamo prisoner recovers after surgery

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Mustafa Ahmad al-Hawsawi
An alleged accomplice in the Sept. 11 terror attacks underwent reconstructive surgery for decade-old damage from his "sodomy" in CIA custody and was to be returned to his clandestine prison to recuperate, his attorney said Saturday. "All they said is there was minimal bleeding and he is recovering," attorney Walter Ruiz, a Navy Reserve commander, said Saturday morning. His client, Mustafa al Hawsawi, 48, was scheduled to begin surgery at 9 p.m. Friday and Ruiz said he was informed that it was over by 10:45 p.m.

Hawsawi, a Saudi, and four other men are awaiting a death-penalty trial for allegedly orchestrating the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people. He voluntarily missed Friday's hearing to rest up for the procedure.

An unclassified portion of the Senate Intelligence Committee's investigation of the CIA's Black Site program showed allegations that Hawsawi was subjected to rectal exams with "excessive force" before his 2006 transfer to Guantánamo and that at one point he had a "medical emergency" that the agency considered having treated in a foreign hospital.

Comment: Torture: The government's 'terrorists' within are just as bad, maybe worse, than the terrorists in the field. For Hawsawi, it took more than 10 years to repair this ongoing, painful damage.


Memo to Clinton team: We noted you might need a few email security tips...

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There is probably no one more acutely aware of the importance of good cybersecurity right now than Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman John Podesta, whose emails have been laid bare by WikiLeaks, are being mined for news by journalists (including at The Intercept), and are available for anyone with internet access to read.

So as a public service to Podesta and everyone else on Clinton's staff, here are some email security tips that could have saved you from getting hacked, and might help you in the future.

Use a strong password

There's a method for coming up with passwords that are mathematically unfeasible for anyone to ever guess by brute force, but that are still possible for you to memorize. I've written about it before, in detail, including an explanation of the math behind it.

But in short: You start with a long list of words and then randomly select one (by rolling dice), then another, and so on, until you end up with something like: "slinging gusty bunny chill gift." Using this method, called Diceware, there is a one in 28 quintillion (that is, 28 with 18 zeros at the end) chance of guessing this exact password.

For online services that prevent attackers from making very many guesses — including Gmail — a five-word Diceware password is much stronger than you'll ever need. To make it super easy, use this wordlist from the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Comment: Wise advice. Who's been reading YOUR email?


Ridiculous laws, awful cop behavior and the reason why people are angry: What walking around a blocked sidewalk looks like in a police state

Edina, MN — Larnie B. Thomas didn't do anything 'wrong,' per se — but that, unsurprisingly, did not prevent a typically ugly interaction with police intent to enforce one of thousands of needless laws governing daily life.

Edina, Minnesota, police felt construction blocking the sidewalk did not constitute sufficient reason for Thomas to enter the roadway, even though he hugged the right shoulder's white line — so a plain-clothed officer paid with taxpayer dollars halted his forward progress to harass and then arrest the man for attempting forward progress.

Janet Rowles stopped her vehicle and watched the incident unfold along Xerxes Avenue and — as has become a necessity in the American police state — whipped out her cell phone to tape the unnecessary confrontation.

Lt. T.F. Olson, identified later, grabbed the back of Thomas' jacket and then escorted the man back toward his waiting, unmarked SUV.

"Come over here," the white officer in an oxford shirt and khakis tells the man whose elbow he grasped.

"For what?!" Thomas replies, understandably angry at having been accosted for essentially no reason.


Mexican priest with HIV who raped 30 young girls absolved by church

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The priest, Jose Garcia Ataulfo, was absolved of any wrongdoing by the Archdiocese of Mexico.
The Catholic Church has acquitted an HIV-infected priest who has admitted to raping close to 30 young girls between the ages of five and 10 years old.

According to a bombshell report, which appeared in the Spanish-language news site Urgente24.com, the priest, Jose Garcia Ataulfo, was absolved of any wrongdoing by the Archdiocese of Mexico.



Caught!: Millions found in Chicago police dept. from secret asset forfeiture fund

A detailed report released in September 2016 by the Chicago Reader unveiled a secret civil asset forfeiture fund that amounted to nearly $50 million in seized cash which the Chicago Police Department was attempting to keep for themselves. The detailed analysis shows that CPD officials were attempting to pocket 65% of the cash and assets they brought in through civil asset forfeiture. This is policing for profit, and it is no different than highway robbery.

The Reader reports:
Since 2009, the year CPD began keeping electronic records of its forfeiture accounts, the department has brought in nearly $72 million in cash and assets through civil forfeiture, keeping nearly $47 million for itself and sending on almost $18 million to the Cook County state's attorney's office and almost $7.2 million to the Illinois State Police, according to our analysis of CPD records.

Comment: From this recent article we learn that police civil asset forfeiture is a widespread phenomenon:
Such pointless raids were the norm rather than the exception in about a half a dozen ride-alongs on which Atkinson and his crew went. But while the cops found almost no drugs, they did seize $876 through a controversial policing practice known as civil asset forfeiture.

"It gives you a reason to enter the home and almost always there's something you can seize within the home," Atkinson said in an interview with Truthdig. "We've created a for-profit policing system," said Atkinson, the son of a SWAT-team commander. "You're sending SWAT teams into homes, and if they find anything, they get to keep it."

According to Eastern Kentucky University criminologist Peter Kraska, there are 50,000 to 80,000 raids like this per year, up from 3,000 per year in the 1980s. The turning point came in the 1990s with the 1208 program, which authorized the Department of Defense (DOD) to transfer to federal and state police any weaponry and supplies "suitable for use by such agencies in counter-drug activities." The 1208 was expanded into the 1033 Program in 1997, and the new policy gave police the right to asset forfeiture.

Today, 80 percent of SWAT deployments are based on search warrants. Nearly all of those are drug raids, which, according to the movie, yield results about half of the time. The situation is so out of control that in 2014, police seized more private property from ordinary citizens than was stolen by criminals.


Europeans Take To Streets To Protest TTIP, CETA Trade Agreements

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Thousands of protesters took to the streets of Paris, Warsaw, and Madrid, urging their governments to reject the TTIP and CETA free-trade agreements with the US and Canada.

Some 7,000 people demonstrated in the Polish capital of Warsaw on Saturday, RIA Novosti reported.

Expressing disapproval of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) with the US and the strikingly similar Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) deal with Canada, protesters marched in central Warsaw near the country's Agriculture Ministry building and prime minister's offices.

People carried banners that called the deals "toxic," "threatening to local agriculture" and a "dictatorship of corporations." People opposing the deals also fear that genetically modified products might appear on local markets.

Organized by a non-governmental group, Akcja Democracja, the Warsaw protest was joined by trade unions and several opposition parties. The Polish parliament has recently adopted a plan towards the deal, having pronounced CETA economically "neutral," with no reasons not to join it.

Stock Down

Big banks warn that the economy has gone suicidal

The economy has gone suicidal.

It is working against the very people who need its energy to survive. It is collapsing on its own weight, and the weight of literally incalculable levels of toxic debt. And it is going to create the greatest disaster of our time, if the warnings from the world's most powerful bankers are any indication.

While the general population is obsessed with the details of the world's most entertaining and bizarre election in American history, the big banks are gearing up for a deadly serious economic collapse.

Just during the past few weeks, there have been major discussions about stock markets dropping, the insolvency of Europe's biggest investment bank, the mounting debt crisis and a deeper, long-term decline for 'everyday Americans.'

Here's what you probably missed while the Hillary-Trump cage match has taken over the collective psyche: