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Shadow Democracy: Spider at Heart of 'Russian' Election Meddling Lives in London

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SCL, 'Strategic Communication Laboratories', Oxford Street, London, England: and actual 'Troll Factory' and global leader in 'election-influencing operations'
The following video presentation by Luke O'Hare for Bella Caledonia elaborates on an article published by the same author a couple of months ago:
SCL, Parent Company of Cambridge Analytica, is Military-Intelligence Front For British Establishment [original title: 'SCL: A Very British Coup']
The Guardian and some other outlets continue harping on about Cambridge Analytica and how it was the vehicle for a conspiracy between the pro-Brexit faction of the British elite, one of Trump's backers (Robert Mercer), and 'the Russians'.

Just spelling it out reveals how implausible that scenario is.

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Gaza and Palestine 101 for Americans

One should ask, "Why are Palestinians protesting?" before cheering for their death in Gaza. Blaming Hamas is a talking point that hides many facts and realities. In the last two days, 65 Palestinians have been shot to death and 2000+ have been shot or otherwise wounded - including 200 doctors and nurses and a couple of journalists - by Israeli snipers. Number of Israelis injured? ZERO!

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Zionism is the Right's 'Identity Politics'

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In December of 2017 Donald Trump ditched the pretense of 'US neutrality' toward the Israel-Palestine conflict and flatly stated that "It is time to officially recognize Jerusalem [the much-hoped for capital of a Palestinian state] as the capital of Israel." Ever since, it's been difficult to view the conflict as anything other than two nuclear-armed powers beating the snot out of a weak, under-developed people - which, of course, is what it is.

Way back in the mists of time, in 1988, a Gallup poll showed that 47% of Conservatives and 42% Liberals took Israel's side in the conflict with the Palestinians. Today Republicans sit at 87% while Democrats sit around 49%. A few decades of embracing Israel's 'War on Terror' have convinced the political Right in the USA that 'Israel is on our side' against the Muslims, while the Left still seems to see the conflict through the lens of the mainstream, which is having a difficult time rationalizing the increasingly pronounced episodes of Israeli brutality.

In this divisive political climate, it's useful to remember that truth transcends any political agenda.

Star of David

Making Israeli Soldiers Kill Palestinians

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The body of 8-month-old Laila Anwar, who died of tear gas inhalation, was held by her mother at a hospital in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday
Satirical news site News Thump recently published an article where they 'quoted' Israeli PM Netanyahu on yesterday's massacre of 62 unarmed Palestinians by Israeli soldiers:
Netanyahu has defended his armed forces and their tactics, accusing Palestinians of working together to jump in front of any random sniper's bullets that happened to be in their vicinity.

Netanyahu told reporters,

"These people could have avoided the thousands of high-velocity bullets sent in their general direction if they had wanted to.

"But no, their primary goal was to make Israel look like a bully on the international stage, so they took every opportunity they could to throw themselves in front of bullets that would have otherwise fallen harmlessly into the ground.

"And those dead children were probably thrown in front of bullets by their parents."
The article has been liked 339,000 times on Facebook, and as far as I can tell, few if any realized that the article comes from a satirical site and that Netanyahu did not publicly say those words, or anything like them. But then that's not exactly surprising, because Netanyahu could easily have said those words, and there's little doubt he - and many other members of the Israeli political and military elite - thought them.

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Reality Check: EU Replacing U.S. as Global Leader After Trump Leaves Iran Deal?

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The president of the European Commission says the the EU needs to replace the U.S. as a global superpower because President Trump has announced that the U.S. will pull out of the Iran nuclear deal. Jean-Claude Juncker had strong words. But is he right?

"At this point, we have to replace the United States, which as an international actor has lost vigor, and because of it, in the long term, influence..."

Those are the words of EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker during an address to Belgium's Flemish Regional Parliament in Brussels. He says that the European Union should take over as global leader because the U.S. "no longer wants to cooperate" with the world, as it's abandoning the Iran nuclear deal.


Star of David

Fifteen Thoughts About Israel

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1. I hate writing about Israel. The accusations of anti-semitism which necessarily go along with literally any criticism of that nation are gross enough, but even worse are the assholes who take my criticisms of the Israeli government as an invitation to actually be anti-semitic. They really do hate Jews, they really do think that every problem in the world is because of Jews and they post Jewish caricature memes and calls for genocide in the comments section on social media and it's incredibly gross and I hate it. But the Israeli government keeps committing war provocations and massacring Palestinians, so it's something I've got to talk about.

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Killing Gaza - a documentary

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Israel's blockade of Gaza-where trapped Palestinians for the past seven weeks have held nonviolent protests along the border fence with Israel, resulting in scores of dead and some 6,000 wounded by Israeli troops -- is one of the world's worst humanitarian disasters. Yet the horror that is Gaza, where 2 million people live under an Israeli siege without adequate food, housing, work, water and electricity, where the Israeli military routinely uses indiscriminate and disproportionate violence to wound and murder, and where almost no one can escape, is rarely documented. Max Blumenthal and Dan Cohen's powerful new film, Killing Gaza offers an unflinching and moving portrait of a people largely abandoned by the outside world, struggling to endure.

Killing Gaza will be released Tuesday, to coincide with what Palestinians call Nakba Day -- "nakba" means catastrophe in Arabic-commemorating the 70th anniversary of the forced removal of some 750,000 Palestinians in 1948 by the Haganah, Jewish paramilitary forces, from their homes in modern-day Israel. The release of the documentary also coincides with the Trump administration's opening of the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem.

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Why America is the Greatest Country

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There is no doubt that America is the greatest country today - and in the history of mankind. It feels really silly to even write an article about such an indisputable fact. We are the sole superpower with the biggest economy, the most desired currency, the greatest culture and of course the mightiest (not to mention coolest) military. If you're reading this, you can thank the American innovation called the Internet. Throughout the world, people listen to American music, watch American movies and pay a premium for American brands - from clothing to electronics to food - and dream of immigrating to America. That's called Soft Power, and it's really cool.

Of course, America is not yet a complete paradise where everything is perfect, and there are always those who will nitpick the small details and try to blow them out of proportion. So let's address some of those concerns.

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Behind the Headlines: The Art of The Iran no-Deal: Trump, Israel, And The End of The Atlantic Alliance

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Surely this means World War?

Last week's attack by Israel on Syria was the most extensive since the Yom Kippur (Arab-Israeli) War of 1973. Allegedly taking out 'almost all Iranian military infrastructure in Syria', the Israelis claimed a great victory against their nemesis, Iran, which means its allegedly nefarious designs on the region were 'set back years'.

This latest flashpoint in the Syrian theater of war coincided with two other noteworthy events: Israeli PM Netanyahu's visit to Moscow as Putin's guest of honor at the annual (WW2) Victory Day Parade, and President Trump's big announcement that the US is reneging on the Iran Deal.

The former has people wondering if Putin has 'taken Israel's side' - or even, gasp, that he was a crypto-Zionist all along! - while the latter has European leaders doubling down on their commitment to trading with Iran and openly plotting about how to circumvent US sanctions.

On this week's episode of Behind the Headlines, SOTT.net editors Joe Quinn & Niall Bradley discussed the apparent launch of direct Israel-Iran confrontation and Trump's 'Art of The Iran no-Deal'...


Running Time: 01:27:20

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Cloud Lightning

SOTT Earth Changes Summary - April 2018: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs

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This past April saw record snow for the North, Northeast and the Midwest of the US, together with strong winds and snow-melt flooding, leaving hundreds of thousands without light and damaging homes. Some parts of Europe and Northern Asia also had their share of unseasonable snow and frigid temperatures... yes, all this in April, with spring supposedly well under way.

Sheets of rain, floods and huge hail-stones caused serious problems this April, with the Middle East, Kenya, South Africa, Central America and the South of the US all suffering the consequences.

While many sinkholes still made their appearance around the world, huge cracks in the earth also opened up, alarming many people. Some researchers attribute such cracks to the liquefaction of earth layers below the surface due to heavy rains and floods, but there is also the slow-down in the speed of Earth's rotation and cosmic rays to consider when assessing this upsurge in geological activity... the Earth's crust appears to be 'opening up'.

Volcanic activity in the Ring of Fire also remained high this April, and there is no sign that it will decrease in intensity.

It should always be remembered that the kind of destructive weather patterns we are seeing around the world has a significant damaging effect on crops and livestock, with knock-on effects for the global economy that are yet to manifest.

Check out the madness below!


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