Report Shows Corporations and Bolsonaro Teaming Up to Destroy the Amazon – Global Research


04-07-19 07:34:00,

As deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest reaches the highest level in a decade, the rainforest’s indigenous peoples and their supporters have called for action against the political and business interests they blame for a spike in illegal logging and other resource extraction.

A report released by Amazon Watch as part of its ongoing “Complicity in Destruction” campaign aims not only to spotlight the role of North American and Western European financiers, importers, and traders in the ongoing destruction of the Amazon, but also to mobilize support for a boycott launched by the National Indigenous Mobilization (MNI) against the Brazilian agribusiness and mining interests encroaching on the threatened region. The report says:

The MNI requests solidarity from the international community to support these efforts, which aim to leverage global markets in order to moderate the behavior of the agroindustrial sector, as a means to halt [Brazil President Jair] Bolsonaro’s assault, ultimately protecting and restoring environmental safeguards and human rights.”

Christian Poirier, Amazon Watch’s Program Director, told MintPress News that the inauguration of right-wing strongman Jair Bolsonaro as Brazil’s president on January 1 lent fresh urgency to the campaign.

“Bolsonaro has overseen the most significant rollback of, and full-on assault on, human rights and environmental protection in Brazil since the fall of the country’s military dictatorship and the reinstallation of democracy in 1985,” Poirier said, adding:

He’s hearkening back to an era of rampant environmental destruction and rights abuses that some would call genocide of indigenous peoples, by attacking socio-environmental policy that is responsible for indigenous land rights, that is responsible for the protection of forests in the country, and he’s doing so at a very rapid pace.”

Among his first moves as president, Bolsonaro stripped Brazil’s National Indian Foundation (FUNAI) of its authority to create new reserves for indigenous nations and transferred control of both it and the country’s forest service to its agriculture ministry.

“Human rights abuses and environmental rollbacks”

Satellite data released by INPE, Brazil’s space agency, earlier this month showed the clear-cutting of 285 square miles, or 739 square kilometers, of the Amazon in May,

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Report: US Planning “Massive” Airstrike On An Iranian Facility


18-06-19 04:11:00,

According to a new article from English-language Israeli publication The Jerusalem Post, the Hebrew-language Israeli publication Maariv has reported that diplomatic sources in the UN are assessing a US plan to conduct a “massive” airstrike on “an Iranian facility linked to its nuclear program” in response to alleged attacks on two sea vessels in the Gulf of Oman.

“The sources added that President Trump himself was not enthusiastic about a military move against Iran, but lost his patience on the matter and would grant Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who is pushing for action, what he wants,” The Jerusalem Post reports.

This news comes after public statements by Pompeo that the US is considering a “full range of options” against Iran. It also comes as 1,000 additional US troops are being sent to the Middle East to “address air, naval, and ground-based threats” there. It also comes amid sightings of depraved war criminal Henry Kissinger at the Pentagon.

So that’s great.

in response to unproven claim that Iran attacked a Japanese tanker in the Persian Gulf the US is going to bomb an Iranian nuclear facility.

— Arash Karami (@thekarami) June 17, 2019

Spotted today at the Pentagon: former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger

— Ryan Browne (@rabrowne75) June 17, 2019

Many comparisons are being made today between the unforgivable Iraq invasion and the agendas that this administration is attempting to advance in Iran, and rightly so. But make no mistake, Iran is not Iraq. A full-scale war against Iran would be many times more deadly, costly and destabilizing than Iraq; the UK’s Admiral Lord West told The Daily Star Online last month that winning such a war would require no less than a million troops. And it’s not difficult to imagine how the Trump administration’s brinkmanship could lead to all-out war.

If the US does decide to attack Iran over the highly suspicious Gulf of Oman allegations, for example, it’s not difficult to imagine a scenario in which Iran defends itself or retaliates and kills US servicemen. Once you’ve got the names and faces of US military personnel blaring on news screens all across America,

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Leaked OPCW Report Shows Syria Photos Were Set Up The Whole Time


17-06-19 08:45:00,

By Brandon Turbeville

Long after the initial alleged “chemical weapons attack” in Douma, Syria that resulted in one of the Trump administration’s more notorious examples of “show bombing,” more and more evidence continues to pile up that the attacks themselves never actually happened.

Years after the alternative media thoroughly debunked the claims made by the NATO alliance and its assorted propaganda arms masquerading as a mainstream press, a leaked report from the OPCW itself has revealed that the flimsy  “evidence” backing up the NATO claims may very well have been completely staged as well.

The previously unpublished report by the OPCW entitled, “Engineering Assessment of Two Cylinders Observed at the Douma Incident – Executive Summary” (PDF),” stated,

Experts were consulted to assess the appearance of the crater observed at Location 2, particularly the underside. The expert view was that it was more consistent with that expected as a result of blast/energetics (for example from a HE mortar or rocket artillery round) rather than a result of impact from the falling object. This was also borne out by the observation of deformed rebar splayed out at the underside of the crater, which was not explained by the apparent non-penetration and minimal damage of the cylinder. The likelihood of the crater having been created by a mortar/artillery round or similar, was also supported by the presence of more than one crater of very similar appearance in concrete slabs on top of nearby buildings, by an (unusually elevated, but possible) fragmentation pattern on upper walls, by the indications of concrete spalling under the crater, and (whist it was observed that a fire had been created in the corner of the room ) black scorching on the crater underside and ceiling.

The engineering aspect of the report elaborated further by stating,

In summary, observation at the scene of the two locations, together with subsequent analysis, suggest that there is a higher probability that both cylinders were manually placed at those two locations rather than being delivered from aircraft.

In other words, the unpublished report focusing on the two cylinders photographed in the Douma incident, the OPCW confirms what many journalists already reported at the time;

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Let’s Make 20,000 Corbett Report Truth Bombs! : The Corbett Report


03-06-19 11:18:00,

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  1. MaryD says:

    Goodmorning James,

    I think that Vaccines will be a hot topic in the coming ‘selection’ process and your Episode #066 ‘Vaccines as Silent Weapons’ speaks to that issue or maybe your Radio report #234 ‘Mandatory Vaccines and How to Avoid Them’. Vaccines are an important topic for me as I was injured by a ‘mandatory flu shot’ due to my work.

    Thanks for letting me put my 2 cents in as I do not participate in the ‘selection’ circus any more.

    Be well,


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The UN Torture Report On Assange Is An Indictment Of Our Entire Society


31-05-19 04:19:00,

On the eighth of April, shortly before London police forcibly carried WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange out of the Ecuadorian embassy, a doctor named Sondra S Crosby wrote a letter to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights requesting that the office look into Assange’s case. Today, following a scorching rebuke of multiple governments by UN Special Rapporteur on torture Nils Melzer, mass media outlets around the world are reporting that Julian Assange has been found to be the victim of brutal psychological torture.

Melzer, who by his own admission began his investigation as someone who had “been affected by the same misguided smear campaign as everybody else” regarding Assange, speaks of Assange’s plight with the fresh-eyed ferocity of a man who has not been immersed in a soul-corroding career in establishment politics or mass media. A man has not been indoctrinated into accepting as normal the relentless, malicious character assassinations of the western political/media class against a publisher of inconvenient facts about the powerful. A man who, when looking deeply and objectively into the facts with uncorrupted vision, was able to see clearly just how unforgivably abusive Assange’s treatment has been.

“In 20 years of work with victims of war, violence and political persecution I have never seen a group of democratic States ganging up to deliberately isolate, demonise and abuse a single individual for such a long time and with so little regard for human dignity and the rule of law,” Melzer said. “The collective persecution of Julian Assange must end here and now!”

UN Special Rapporteur on torture: “In 20 years..I have never seen a group of democratic States ganging up to deliberately isolate, demonise and abuse a single individual for such a long time and with so little regard for human dignity and the rule of law”

— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) May 31, 2019

Melzer condemned attempts to extradite Assange to the US under the Espionage Act, as well as what he called “a relentless and unrestrained campaign of public mobbing, intimidation and defamation against Mr. Assange, not only in the United States, but also in the United Kingdom, Sweden and, more recently, Ecuador.”

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GooTube: Now With Less Corbett Report! : The Corbett Report


21-05-19 09:33:00,

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Palestine Report: Israeli Elections 2019 | The Vineyard of the Saker


10-04-19 07:40:00,

by Lynda Burstein Brayer for The Saker Blog

In Israel today, April 9, 2019, out of a population of approximately 8,452,841 million people, 6.3 million people have the right to vote at one of the 10,000 voting stations prepared for their convenience. The voting is executed with paper votes with voting slips and envelopes already prepared in the private voting booths. After exiting the booth the envelope is slid into a sealed box. Several people from different parties man each voting station and the possibility of cheating at this level is nil unless a box is lost or destroyed. This year voting cards were not distributed to the population but rather the information regarding the voting station for each person was to be found on line after entering one’s ID number. All Israelis carry identity cards which are used to access any and all information that the authorities or they themselves might need, particularly services provided by the state, such as national insurance, health insurance, driving licenses and any and all sundry services provided within the private sector, particularly subscriptions, and credit card services, and voting stations! In America the obligatory carrying of an ID card is a hugely controversial issue concerning freedom and privacy discussed under the rubric of “big brother is watching you,” but after Snowden it surely must have less traction. Be that as it may, ID’s are a matter of course in Israel and for many services provides a short cut towards availability. In addition, and probably not surprisingly, seeing as Israel is at the forefront of this field and the fact that its army is totally dependent on such services, the digital networks and services available in Israel are not only extensive but extremely efficient, providing instant information the access to which can be made by individuals without having to go to government offices or any other public office. There is also no discrimination whatsoever in these services.

The Israeli electoral system is proportional in practice to reflect proportional representation. There are no constituencies nor is there division of the country into separate voting areas. It is national and unified in its scope. The problem with this system is that it gives rise to a multiplicity of parties because there is never a clear-cut winner, such as in the two-party system.

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Report: Yellow Vests Act 20 (warning: media heavy – will load slowly!) | The Vineyard of the Saker


01-04-19 04:10:00,

by Ollie Richardson for The Saker Blog

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Act 20 of the Yellow Vests took place on March 30th nationwide in France and happened against the background of last week’s brutal beating of a female protestor in Nice. My reports on Acts 18 and 19 can be read here and here respectively.


The demonstration in Paris was focused on housing expulsions, energy cuts, and expensive accommodation. It should be noted that by law in France people cannot be thrown out of their homes before April 1st, since the weather is still cold until Spring arrives. Here is a photo of the brochure I received at the prior protest in Paris on the 23rd advertising Act 20.

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There were 2 protest events that took place in parallel, and then eventually merged together: a sanctioned march from Châtelet, and an unsanctioned one from Bastille. When both columns met up there was an almighty cheer, and then everyone marched through the streets up to Trocadéro as a part of the sanctioned march.

But along the way the police cut off the route on the fly, meaning the Yellow Vests had to invent a different way of reaching the end point of the sanctioned march.

Eventually some tempers started to fray and bottles and rocks started to be thrown at the police who accompanied the column. But since it was a sanctioned march the Yellow Vests had to restrain themselves (otherwise the police prefecture will not sign off an application for such a march).

At Trocadéro there were some clashes between Yellow Vests and the police, mainly in the format of glass bottle throwing being answered with flash bangs and tear gas.

But unfortunately the police had already encircled the square and did their usual


procedure, which resulted in the Yellow Vests (and I) being forced to leave the area via the metro. Most of the shouting that can be heard in my videos comes from protesting Ghanaians, who were already at Trocadéro before the Yellow Vests came.

What happened next was very interesting,

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FBI and DOJ Sued for Failure to Report 9/11 Evidence to Congress –

26-03-19 01:54:00,

FBI and DOJ Sued for Failure to Report 9/11 Evidence to Congress

Editor’s Note: The announcement below is from the press release of two 9/11 research groups that the Justice Integrity Project supports.

Justice Integrity Project, “FBI and Department of Justice Sued for Failure To Perform Mandatory Duties To Report Known 9/11 Attack Evidence To Congress,” Andrew Kreig, March 25, 2019.

The Lawyers’ Committee for 9/11 Inquiry, Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth, and 9/11 victim family members Robert McIlvaine and Barbara Krukowski-Rastelli are announcing on March 25 a joint federal lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI for their failure to perform a congressionally mandated assessment of any evidence known to the FBI that was not considered by the 9/11 Commission related to any factors that contributed in any manner to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

A news conference about these filings is scheduled for 1 p.m. on March 25, 2019 in Washington, DC near the federal courthouse. The conference locale is 555 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, outside the Newseum, helping underscore the news value of the topic.

Andrew Kreig

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The Mueller Report Is In. They Were Wrong. We Were Right.


23-03-19 11:49:00,

The Robert Mueller investigation which monopolized political discourse for two years has finally concluded, and his anxiously awaited report has been submitted to Attorney General William Barr. The results are in and the debate is over: those advancing the conspiracy theory that the Kremlin has infiltrated the highest levels of the US government were wrong, and those of us voicing skepticism of this were right.

The contents of the report are still secret, but CNN’s Justice Department reporter Laura Jarrett has told us all we need to know, tweeting, “Special Counsel Mueller is not recommending ANY further indictments am told.” On top of that, William Barr said in a letter to congressional leaders that there has been no obstruction of Mueller’s investigation by Justice Department officials.

So that’s it, then. A completely unhindered investigation has failed to convict a single American of any kind of conspiracy with the Russian government, and no further indictments are coming. The political/media class which sold rank-and-file Americans on the lie that the Mueller investigation was going to bring down this presidency were liars and frauds, and none of the goalpost-moving that I am sure is already beginning to happen will change that.

Say it again: Mueller has indicted *zero* Americans for conspiring with Russia to influence the 2016 election, which was central impetus for the Special Counsel in the first place. Anyone who denies this is an abject liar

— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) March 22, 2019

It has been obvious from the very beginning that the Maddow Muppets were being sold a lie. In 2017 I wrote an article titled “How We Can Be Certain That Mueller Won’t Prove Trump-Russia Collusion“, saying that Mueller would continue finding evidence of corruption “since corruption is to DC insiders as water is to fish”, but he will not find evidence of collusion. If you care to take a scroll through the angry comments on that article, just on Medium alone, you will see a frozen snapshot of what the expectations were from mainstream liberals at the time. They had swallowed the Russiagate narrative hook, line and sinker, and they believed that the Mueller investigation was going to vindicate them.

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Ole & Cody on SGT Report: Christchurch uncovered | Light On Conspiracies – Revealing the Agenda


22-03-19 08:46:00,

Published on Mar 21, 2019

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US report drops references to ‘occupation’ of Palestine, now it’s ‘Israeli-controlled’


14-03-19 09:15:00,

In the latest annual global human rights report, the US has stopped using the term “occupied” when talking about areas of Palestine controlled by Israel, including the Golan Heights, the West Bank and Gaza.

In a report by the State Department intended to detail data regarding human rights around the globe in 2018, the US has decided to alter the words it uses to describe the situation in the Palestinian territories occupied by Israel, opting for what seems to be more neutral language.

This decision comes despite the fact that the word “occupation” is official terminology approved by the United Nations and how the US had formerly described the territories in question.

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The administration said that the change in rhetoric does not imply any policy changes, but were otherwise unclear about their reasons for the new phrasing.

The report appears to reflect the sentiments of a meeting between Senator Lindsey Graham, US ambassador to Israel David Friedman and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday, where the three discussed plans to work towards US recognition of the Golan Heights as a part of Israel.

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“Working with Senator [Ted] Cruz, I will start an effort to recognize the Golan as part of the State of Israel now and forever,” Graham said in light of the meeting.

Last November, the US voted against a UN resolution condemning Israel’s occupation of the Golan heights for the first time ever. The vote was 151 to 2, with the US and Israel the only opponents of the declaration.

Israel annexed the Golan Heights in 1981, a move condemned by the UN and rejected by the international community. UN Resolution 2334 calls Israeli settlement activity on the territory a “flagrant violation” of international law with “no legal validity.”

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Corbett Report Documentaries : The Corbett Report


04-03-19 06:57:00,

A reader recently asked for a playlist of Corbett Report documentaries, so in the interest of putting everything in one place, here are all of the major documentary productions in one spot. Please share this link widely.

Century of Enslavement: The History of the Federal Reserve (2014)

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9/11 Trillions: Follow the Money (2015)

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How/Why Big Oil Conquered The World (2015/2017)

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9/11 War Games (2018)

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The WWI Conspiracy (2018)

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OPCW Syria Report Cripples Western “Chemical Weapons” Narrative – Global Research


04-03-19 06:31:00,

The OPCW (Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) has presented its final report regarding an alleged chemical weapons attack on Douma, Syria on April 7, 2018. Despite attempts by the Western media to hail it as “proof” that the Syrian government used chemical weapons in Douma – the report says nothing of the sort.

In fact, the report fails to link any of the alleged 43 deaths to apparent chlorine found at the scene of the alleged attack.

Claims of the attack were made by US-backed militants on the eve of their defeat – with the Syrian military retaking Douma the following day. Initial reports claimed sarin or chlorine chemical weapons were deployed through the use of two yellow gas canisters modified as bombs.

No sarin of any kind was found by OPCW inspectors.

While the report suggests two modified yellow gas canisters were used in the attack and that they appeared to have been dropped onto two buildings (locations 2 and 4), the report also mentions that OPCW inspectors found a nearly identical canister in a workshop used by militants to construct weapons.

The alleged “chemical weapons” attack prompted the United States, UK, and France to launch missiles strikes against Syrian military targets on April 14, 2018, long before the first OPCW inspectors even arrived at the sites of the alleged attack on April 21.

No Link Between Chlorine and Casualties

The OPCW report would note video and photographic evidence of alleged victims of chemical exposure could not be linked to any specific chemical including traces of chlorine OPCW inspectors found. The report would specifically claim (emphasis added):

Many of the signs and symptoms reported by the medical personnel, witnesses and casualties (as well as those seen in multiple videos provided by witnesses), their rapid onset, and the large number of those reportedly affected, indicate exposure to an inhalational irritant or toxic substance. However, based on the information reviewed and with the absence of biomedical samples from the dead bodies or any autopsy records, it is not currently possible to precisely link the cause of the signs and symptoms to a specific chemical.

In other instances, the OPCW report would cite witnesses – including medical staff who allegedly treated victims of the supposed attack – who expressed doubts of the presence of any chemicals at all.

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UN Report Accuses Israel of High Crimes in Gaza – Global Research


01-03-19 02:27:00,

There’s no ambiguity about longstanding Israeli high crimes of war, against humanity, and slow-motion genocide in Gaza – similar crimes committed throughout the Territories for over half a century, accountability never forthcoming.

An entire Palestinian population is held hostage to Israeli apartheid.

On February 28, the UN Independent Commission of Inquiry (COI) report into (peaceful) Palestinian protests in Gaza weekly since last March 30 presented its damning findings – saying the following:

“No justification (has existed during the past 11 months) for Israel to shoot (Palestinians threatening no one) with live fire.”

According to COI chair Santiago Canton,

“(t)he Commission has reasonable grounds to believe that during the Great March of Return, Israeli soldiers committed violations of international human rights and humanitarian law. Some of those violations may constitute war crimes or crimes against humanity, and must be immediately investigated by Israel.”

In May 2018, weeks after Great March of Return protests began, the COI was formed “to investigate all alleged violations and abuses of international humanitarian law and international human rights law in” Gaza.

The COI report way understated the casualty count by live fire, rubber-coated steel bullets, toxic tear gas, and other forms of Israeli violence against peacefully demonstrating Gazans threatening no one.

Around 250 Gazans were killed, over 25,000 others injured, many seriously, including women, children, and clearly identified paramedics and journalists.

The COI report claimed

“(m)ore than 6,000 unarmed demonstrators were shot by (unthreatened IDF) snipers, another 3,098 injured by “bullet fragmentation, rubber-coated metal bullets or by hits from tear gas canisters.”

No Israeli soldiers were killed or injured by Palestinians during demonstrations. The COI cited four IDF soldiers wounded (perhaps by friendly fire), another killed “outside the protest sites.”

Palestinian protests were peaceful, ineffective stone-throwing and incendiary balloons alone used, harming no one.

In flagrant violation of international law, Israeli soldiers use live fire against nonviolent Palestinians when demonstrations are held.

On last Friday’s 48th Great March of Return protest, the Gaza-based Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), based on field worker evidence, said the following:

“…Israeli forces…stationed in prone positions and in military jeeps along the fence with Israel continued to use excessive force against the demonstrators by opening fire and firing teargas canisters at them.”

“As a result,

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Report: Trump Military Adviser Asked Pentagon for Options to Strike Iran


14-01-19 09:04:00,

Reminding the world that he is, as one critic put it, “a reckless advocate of military force,” the Wall Street Journal revealed on Sunday that President Donald Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton “asked the Pentagon to provide the White House with military options to strike Iran last year, generating concern at the Pentagon and State Department.”

“It definitely rattled people,” a former U.S. official said of the request, which Bolton supposedly made after militants aligned with Iran fired mortars into the diplomatic quarter of Baghdad, Iraq, that contains the U.S. Embassy in early September. “People were shocked. It was mind-boggling how cavalier they were about hitting Iran.”

“The Pentagon complied with the National Security Council’s request to develop options for striking Iran,” the Journal reported, citing unnamed officials. “But it isn’t clear if the proposals were provided to the White House, whether Mr. Trump knew of the request, or whether serious plans for a U.S. strike against Iran took shape at that time.”

The Journal‘s report, which comes just days after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered an “arrogant tirade” of a speech vilifying Iran, sparked immediate alarm among critics of the Trump administration’s biggest warmongers—who, over the past several months, have been accused of fomenting unrest in Iran and laying the groundwork for war.

Daniel W. Drezner, a professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, called the news “a reminder that when it comes to Iran, John Bolton and Mike Pompeo are batshit insane.”

In which the @WSJ provides your occasional reminder that when it comes to Iran, John Bolton and Mike Pompeo are batshit insane.

— Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) January 13, 2019

Trita Parsi, founder of the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), tweeted, “Make no mistake: Bolton is the greatest threat to the security of the United States!” Parsi, an expert on U.S.-Iranian relations and longtime critic of Bolton, called for his immediate ouster over the request detailed in Journal‘s report.

MAKE NO MISTAKE: Bolton is the greatest threat to the security of the United States!

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A two part Pepe Escobar report on the China, Pakistan and the new Great Game | The Vineyard of the Saker


31-12-18 09:09:00,

On top of the graceful Baltit Fort, overlooking the Hunza Valley’s Shangri-La-style splendor, it’s impossible not to feel dizzy at the view: an overwhelming collision of millennia of geology and centuries of history.

We are at the heart of Gilgit-Baltistan, in Pakistan’s Northern Areas, or – as legend rules, the Roof of the World. This is an area about 70,000 square kilometers (27,000 square miles) crammed with spectacular mountain ranges and amidst them, secluded pristine valleys and the largest glaciers outside of the Polar region.

The location feels like vertigo. To the north, beyond the Batura Glacier, is the tiny northeast arm of Afghanistan, the legendary Wakhan corridor. A crest of the Hindu Kush separates Wakhan from the regional capital Gilgit. Xinjiang starts on Wakhan’s uppermost tip. Via the upgraded Karakoram highway, it’s only 240 km from Gilgit to the Khunjerab Pass, 4,934 meters high on the official China-Pakistan border.

What used to be called the Russian Pamir, now in Tajikistan, can be seen with naked eyes from one of the peaks of the Karakoram. To the east, past Skardu and an arduous trek that may last almost a month, lies K2, the second highest peak in the world, among a mighty group north of the Batura Glacier (also known as Baltoro), which is 63km long.

Receding Hopper Glacier

The receding Hopper Glacier in northern Pakistan. Photo: Asia Times

To the south lies Azad (“Free”) Kashmir and slightly to the southeast what locals define as Indian-occupied Kashmir. The former King of Kashmir agreed to be part of India after Partition in 1947 but troops were airlifted to the northern state and after a year of fighting, India went to the UN. A temporary ceasefire line was established in 1948 and runs down from the Karakoram towards the Nanga Parbat – the killer mountain, dividing Kashmir into two virtually sealed halves.

Massive mountain ranges

Driving across the Karakoram Highway (see part 2 of this report) we were face to face with three massive mountain ranges running in different directions. The Karakoram roughly starts where the Hindu Kush ends and then sweeps eastward – a watershed between Central Asian drainage and streams flowing into the Indian Ocean.

original Silk Road, parallel to K’koram hwy

The ancient Silk Road is seen above the Karakoram Highway.

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Report: Number of Journalists Killed in Retaliation Nearly Doubles in 2018


20-12-18 08:31:00,

NEW YORK—The number of journalists killed in retaliation for their work nearly doubled this year, according to a report released Wednesday by the Committee to Protect Journalists.

The New York-based organization found that at least 34 journalists were targeted and killed for their work as of Dec. 14. In all, at least 53 died while doing dangerous work. That compares with 18 retaliation killings out of 47 deaths documented by the committee in 2017.

The committee also said the imprisonment of journalists has been on the rise.

“The context for the crisis is varied and complex, and closely tied to changes in technology that have allowed more people to practice journalism even as it has made journalists expendable to the political and criminal groups who once needed the news media to spread their message,” the committee said in its annual report.

The report came a day after the media freedom group Reporters Without Borders issued its own tally, saying the U.S. was among the top five deadliest countries for journalists this year for the first time, with six dead. Four of those were journalists killed by a gunman in a June attack on the newspaper Capital Gazette in Maryland. In addition, another two journalists died while covering a storm.

The shooting, in which another newspaper employee was also killed, was the deadliest single attack on the media in recent U.S. history.

The Paris-based group documented 63 professional journalists worldwide who died in 2018.

Both organizations investigate and verify the circumstances of every journalist death before listing it in their tallies, but they differ in what circumstances they include. For instance, Reporters Without Borders included the two journalists who died covering the storm. The committee, in addition to retaliation killings, lists journalists who have died in combat, crossfire or on other dangerous assignments.

The Committee to Protect Journalists report includes the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, a native of Saudi Arabia fiercely critical of its royal regime. His Oct. 2 death inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul has reverberated on the global political scene amid allegations that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was involved.

Khashoggi lived in self-imposed exile in the United States,

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Report: 90% Of Pipeline Blasts Draw No Financial Penalties


27-11-18 07:42:00,

By Lorraine Chow,

November 27, 2018

Report: 90% Of Pipeline Blasts Draw No Financial Penalties2018-11-272018-11-26

Above Photo: PG&E received a maximum sentence for the 2010 San Bruno natural gas pipeline explosion. Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0

A striking report has revealed that 90 percent of the 137 interstate pipeline fires or explosions since 2010 have drawn no financial penalties for the companies responsible.

The article from E&E News reporter Mike Soraghan underscores the federal Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHMSA) weak authority over the fossil fuel industry for these disasters.

The government levied a mere $5.4 million in fines for the 13 pipeline explosion and fire cases in the last eight years, the analysis found.

“That’s less than one day of profits for one major pipeline company, TransCanada. It’s $2 million less than what [TransCanada CEO Russ Girling] made last year,” Soraghan explained in a tweet.

137 fires and explosions on interstate pipelines since start of 2010. $5.4 million in fines levied by feds at @PHMSA_DOT. That’s less than one day of profits for one major pipeline company, TransCanada. It’s $2M less than what co CEO made last year

— Mike Soraghan (@MikeSoraghan) November 16, 2018

One of the country’s largest natural gas pipeline accidents—the 2010 San Bruno, California pipeline explosion that resulted in eight deaths—fell under state jurisdiction rather than PHMSA. California authorities imposed a record $1.6 billion fine against Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E).

Although serious pipeline incidents are relatively rare—at least when you consider how much natural gas is transported every day by the country’s 3 million miles of mainline and other pipelines—it’s little solace to the people who have suffered from pipeline accidents.

Citing PHMSA data, the Washington Post reported that more than 300 people have died and 1,200 have been injured due to natural gas pipeline incidents in the last 20 years—and the nation’s aging gas distribution network further increases these risks.

7 Hospitalized After #Pipeline Explosions in #Texas @PipelineandGas @keystonexI @PriceofOil

— EcoWatch (@EcoWatch) August 2,

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‘Minority Report’ now a reality? UK police to use AI in war on ‘pre-crime’


27-11-18 12:02:00,

UK police are touting artificial intelligence as a solution to the problems of modern law enforcement, reassuring naysayers that the use of “pre-crime” algorithms will be restricted to offering “counseling” to likely offenders.

Suggesting that budget cuts have rendered mere human police incapable of doing their jobs without cybernetic help, project lead Iain Donnelly claims working with an AI system will allow the force to do more with less. He insists that the National Data Analytics Solution, as it’s called, will target only those individuals already known to have criminal tendencies, sniffing out likely offenders to divert them with therapeutic “interventions,” including individuals who are stopped and searched but never arrested or charged.

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Donnelly claims the program is not designed to “pre-emptively arrest” anyone, but to provide “support from local health or social workers,” giving the example of an individual with a history of mental health problems being flagged as a likely violent offender, then contacted by social services. Given that a violent mental case would almost certainly react negatively to being contacted out of nowhere by a mysterious social worker – and that a history of mental health problems is not in itself criminal – Donnelly was wise to end his example there.

Interventions” will be offered only to potential offenders, but the NDAS claims to be able to pick their victims as well. It combines statistics from multiple agencies with AI machine learning to assess an individual’s risk of committing or being victimized by gun or knife crime, or “falling victim to modern slavery,” according to documents obtained by the New Scientist. 

The NDAS isolated almost 1,400 “indicators” of future criminality in a population sample of five million, analyzing more than a terabyte’s worth of data from local and national police databases, and zeroed in on 30 particularly effective markers, including the number of crimes committed by people in one’s social group, the number of crimes committed “with the help of others,” and an individual’s age at first offense. This data was then used to predict when an individual already known to the police was planning to re-offend,

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Freedom of the Net Report 2018: China als negatives Vorbild für die Welt


02-11-18 11:21:00,

China lässt seiner Bevölkerung immer weniger Raum zum Atmen. Mit seiner Überwachungsmaschinerie markiert das Regime in Peking bewusst ein Vorbild für andere Staaten auf der Welt, die ihre Bürgerinnen und Bürger kontrollieren und bespitzeln wollen. Den Ausbau von Zensur und Überwachungsexport in China dokumentierte der Bericht „Freedom of the Net“ der NGO Freedom House, der nun für 2018 erschienen ist. Rund um die Welt schwindet die Netzfreiheit: In 26 der 65 bewerteten Staaten sank sie nach Einschätzung von Freedom House seit vergangenem Jahr, darunter in den USA. Doch es gibt auch einzelne Lichtblicke. – ermöglicht durch Dich.

China setzt einen globalen Negativ-Standard bei der Überwachung, urteilen die Autoren des Berichts. Das Land sei weltweit der schlimmste Feind der Netzfreiheit: „Die ungebremste Sammlung persönlicher Daten hat traditionelle Vorstellungen von Privatsphäre zerschmettert. Eine Gruppe von Ländern übernimmt das chinesische Vorbild großangelegter Zensur und automatisierter Überwachungssysteme und marschiert in Richtung eines digitalen Autoritarismus.“

China als Zensurweltmeister

Die Regierung in Peking verstärkte in den vergangenen Monaten weiter seine Kontrolle über das Netz. Chinas Internet wird damit immer mehr von der Außenwelt abgeschottet. Mitte 2017 trat ein umfassendes neues Cybersicherheitsgesetz in Kraft. Das Gesetz schreibt die Speicherung aller Daten auf chinesischen Servern vor. Provider und Content-Anbieter müssen die Klarnamenpflicht für alle User und andere rechtliche Vorgaben streng umsetzen. Die Nutzung von VPN-Diensten, mit denen viele Chinesinnen und Chinesen bisher die Zensur umgingen, wurde weiter eingeschränkt.

Hart treffen die Maßnahmen die muslimische Minderheit der Uiguren im Westen Chinas. Die Behörden nutzen dort Gesichtserkennung und andere Technologie zur Überwachung, die zur Inhaftierung zehntausender Menschen führte, da sie sich vermeintlich auffällig verhielten. Der Bericht warnt außerdem vor dem Ausbau des Social-Scoring-Systems in China.

Pekings eifrige Nachahmer

Chinas Schritte finden eifrige Nachahmer. Ägypten und der Iran erließen strenge Gesetze über die Nutzung sozialer Medien. Sicherheitsbehörden nutzten den angeblichen Kampf gegen „Fake News“ zur Inhaftierung von Regimegegner*innen.

Das Modell macht Schule. China bildete Behördenvertreter aus einem Dutzend Ländern in mehrwöchigen Trainings an seinem Zensur- und Überwachungssystem aus, schreibt Freedom House. Chinesische Firmen lieferten Technik für Telekommunikation,

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Report: Israeli Cybersecurity Tools Used for Repression Abroad

Report: Israeli Cybersecurity Tools Used for Repression Abroad

20-10-18 08:04:00,

After leaving the military, some Israelis are selling intelligence technology globally. (Photo: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit)

Israeli cybersecurity companies sold lucrative surveillance systems to countries that then committed human rights violations, according to a report by Haaretz published Friday. The programs were used to prosecute LGBT citizens, detain human rights activists and discriminate against Muslims, according to 100 sources in 15 countries.

Intelligence experts who previously served in the Israeli Defense Force’s Unit 8200 went on to take new products to market, according to the report. A sprawling, lucrative, largely unregulated industry, based in the Tel Aviv neighborhood of Herzliya Pituah, sells to foreign governments that then use the products to spy on their citizens’ electronic communications.

One source who worked for the company Verint, which makes a range of surveillance products, in Latin America: “There was one time that I was teaching people how to collect information from the social networks. I’m working with the trainees and explaining things to them, when suddenly they ask me to run a check on [political] demonstrators. Just like that, in the middle of the training session.”

Israeli equipment has been used to monitor dissidents in South Sudan, Nigeria and Colombia. It was also used to monitor social networks in Angola and Malaysia.

According to an anonymous source who works in the Israeli cybersecurity field:

Even when limitations are placed over the capabilities of the computer programs, the companies don’t know who they will be used against. Everyone in this field knows that we are manufacturing systems that invade people’s lives and violate their most basic rights. It’s a weapon— like selling a pistol. The thing is that in this industry, people think about the technological challenges, not about the implications. I want to believe that the Defense Ministry supervises exports in the right way.

“I can’t constrict my client’s capabilities,” another Israeli cybersecurity expert said. “You can’t sell someone a Mercedes and tell him not to drive faster than 100 kilometers an hour. The truth is that the Israeli companies don’t know what use will be made of the systems they sell.”

Naomi LaChance

Naomi LaChance has written for local newspapers such as the Poughkeepsie Journal and the Berkshire Eagle as well as national outlets including NPR,

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New Government Report Show US Weapons can be “Easily Hacked” | Armstrong Economics

New Government Report Show US Weapons can be “Easily Hacked” | Armstrong Economics

16-10-18 09:33:00,

I have warned before that someone can hack into your car, take control, and actually assassinate you while making it look like an accident. Even Wired Magazine has come out warning about the flaws that allow your car to be hacked.  Michael Hastings was the journalist exposing the surveillance state. Hastings wrote about the investigation of reporters by the U.S. Department of Justice back in 2013. He said that the restrictions on the freedom of the press by the Obama administration were a “war” on journalism. He wrote his last story before he died in what may have been a cyber attack. Someone was able to control his car remotely and drove it into a tree at top speed. His last story was entitled: “Why Democrats Love to Spy On Americans”, published by BuzzFeed on June 7, 2013. Any journalist who goes for the truth about the Deep States seems to end up dead.

Hastings Michael - 2Hastings died in a fiery high-speed automobile crash on June 18, 2013, in Los Angeles. Today, cars connected with GPS can actually be hacked. It is possible to take control of your car, right down to the steering wheel, remotely. WIRED Magazine has proven this ability, which many others have confirmed. The likelihood that Hastings was killed remotely in an auto cyber attack is extremely high. He was on the Snowden affair and was the reason Snowden had to leave the country and turn everything over to the Guardian in London.

A new government report now reveals that it took hackers just one hour to gain access to a high-tech weapon system. Hackers who can take control of your car, could also take control of jets and attack Washington itself. The Pentagon’s own report shows how unsophisticated they are. They never bothered to even change the default password on “multiple” defense systems. This report confirms that a cyber attack can be launched and the systems can be “easily hacked” using just “basic tools” that a teenager nerd would figure out in less than an hour.

How were the Democrat’s emails hacked? It did not take a sophisticated Russian hacking system. Someone simply sent a fake email to reset their password and they gained access to the Democratic Emails.

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Pentagon Report Points to US Preparations for Total War – Global Research

Pentagon Report Points to US Preparations for Total War – Global Research

12-10-18 10:40:00,

Over the past two weeks, with next to no media coverage, the United States has moved substantially closer toward open military confrontation with both Russia and China, the second- and third-ranked nuclear powers in the world.

On October 3, the United States threatened, for the first time since the Cold War, to directly attack the Russian homeland. UN Ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison accused the country of violating the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty by developing a nuclear cruise missile and said that Washington was preparing to “take out” the weapon with a US strike.

This statement came just three days after a Chinese warship set a collision course with a US destroyer carrying out a so-called “freedom of navigation” operation in the South China Sea, forcing the American ship to maneuver to avoid a collision and the potentially deadliest military clash in the Pacific in decades.

Behind such hair-raising incidents, the United States is undertaking serious, long-term preparations to restructure the American economy to fight a major war with a “peer” adversary, entailing radical changes to American economic, social and political life.

This is the essential content of a 146-page document released by the Pentagon last Friday, titled “Assessing and Strengthening the Manufacturing and Defense Industrial Base and Supply Chain Resiliency of the United States.” It makes it clear that Washington is preparing not just for isolated regional clashes, but rather for a massive, long-term war effort against Russia and China under conditions of potential national autarchy.

Martin employees work on the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter production line in Fort Worth, Texas (Source: Defense Contract Management Agency)

The document made clear that a major restructuring of the American economy will be necessary to reach the United States military’s stated goal of being prepared to “fight tonight” against a “peer adversary.” The United States must “retool” for “great-power competition,” the document declared.

“America’s manufacturing and defense industrial base,” observes the report, creates the “platform and systems” upon which “our Warfighter depends.” This complex encompasses not just the government, but the private sector, as well as “R&D organizations” and “academic institutions.” In other words, the entire economy and society.

It warns that “The erosion of American manufacturing over the last two decades… threatens to undermine the ability of U.S.

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Government Report: “An Entire Generation” of American Weapons Is Wide Open To Hackers

Government Report: “An Entire Generation” of American Weapons Is Wide Open To Hackers

09-10-18 10:13:00,

A new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office brings both good and bad news. For governments around the would that might like to sabotage America’s military technology, the good news is that this would be all too easy to do: Testers at the Department of Defense “routinely found mission-critical cyber vulnerabilities in nearly all weapon systems that were under development” over a five-year period, the report said. For Americans, the bad news is that up until very recently, no one seemed to care enough to fix these security holes.

In 1991, the report noted, the U.S. National Research Council warned that “system disruptions will increase” as the use of computers and networks grows and as adversaries attack them. The Pentagon more or less ignored this and at least five subsequent warnings on the subject, according to the GAO, and hasn’t made a serious effort to safeguard the vast patchwork of software that controls planes, ships, missiles, and other advanced ordnance against hackers.

The sweeping report drew on nearly 30 years of published research, including recent assessments of the cybersecurity of specific weapon systems, as well as interviews with personnel from the Department of Defense, the National Security Agency, and weapons-testing bodies. It covered a broad span of American weapons, examining systems at all of the service branches and in space.

The report found that “mission-critical cyber vulnerabilities” cropped up routinely during weapons development and that test teams “easily” took over real systems without detection “using relatively simple tools and techniques,” exploiting “basic issues such as poor password management and unencrypted communications.” Testers could also download and delete data, in one cases exfiltrating 100 gigabytes of material, and could tap into operators’ terminals, in one instance popping up computer dialogs asking the operators “to insert two quarters to continue.” But a malicious attacker could pull off much worse than jokes about quarters, warns the GAO: “In one case, the test team took control of the operators’ terminals. They could see, in real-time, what the operators were seeing on their screens and could manipulate the system.”

Posing as surrogates for, say, Russian or Chinese military hackers, testers sometimes found easy victories. “In some cases,” the GAO found, “simply scanning a system caused parts of the system to shut down,” while one “test team was able to guess an administrator password in nine seconds.” The testers found embarrassing,

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No, the UN did NOT report China has “Massive Internment Camps” for Uighur Muslims

No, the UN did NOT report China has “Massive Internment Camps” for Uighur Muslims

19-09-18 01:46:00,

by Ben Norton and Arjit Singh, via Grayzone Project,  August 23, 2018
Media outlets from Reuters to The Intercept falsely claimed the UN had condemned China for holding a million Uighurs in camps. The claim is based on unsourced allegations by two independent commission members, US-funded outfits and a shadowy opposition group.

Numerous major media outlets, from Reuters to The Intercept, have claimed that the United Nations has reports that the Chinese government is holding as many as 1 million Uighur Muslims in “internment camps.” But a close examination of these news stories, and of the evidence behind them — or the lack thereof — demonstrates that the extraordinary claim is simply not true.

A spokesperson from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) confirmed in a statement to the Grayzone that the allegation of Chinese “camps” was not made by the United Nations, but rather by a member of an independent committee that does not speak for the UN as a whole. That member happened to be the only American on the committee, and one with no background of scholarship or research on China.

Moreover, this accusation is based on the thinly sourced reports of a Chinese opposition group that receives funding from foreign governments and is closely tied to exiled pro-US activists. There have been numerous reports of discrimination against Uighur Muslims in China. However, information about camps containing one million prisoners has originated almost exclusively from media outlets and organizations funded and weaponized by the American government to turn up the heat on Beijing.

A blatant falsehood introduced by Reuters and echoed across mainstream media

On August 10, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination conducted its regular review of China’s compliance with the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. The review, which is conducted periodically for all 179 parties to the Convention, has generated a frenzied response by the Western corporate press — one which is uniformly misleading.

On the day of the review, Reuters published a report with an explosive headline: “U.N. says it has credible reports that China holds million Uighurs in secret camps.”

The claim was feverishly reproduced by outlets such as The New York Times and The Washington Post to denounce China and call for international action.

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Report Details Israel’s Use of Armed Drone That Killed Gazan Children

Report Details Israel’s Use of Armed Drone That Killed Gazan Children

13-08-18 09:30:00,

A secret report by the Israeli military police—obtained by The Intercept‘s Robert Mackey—reveals that a week into Israel’s Operation Protective Edge in 2014, “air force, naval, and intelligence officers” mistook four 10- and 11-year-old boys who were playing on a beach in Gaza for Hamas militants and killed them by firing missiles from an armed drone.

While “hacked Israeli surveillance images provided to The Intercept by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden showed an Israeli drone armed with missiles in 2010,” Mackey notes, “the Israeli government maintains an official stance of secrecy around its use of drones to carry out airstrikes”—meaning this report provides perhaps “the most direct evidence to date that Israel has used armed drones to launch attacks in Gaza.”

The 2014 attack on the four boys, which occurred in the middle of the afternoon, provoked outrage the world over after it was documented by several international journalists staying in the area, who captured photographs of the dead children on the beach. It was initially suspected that Israel had launched the missiles from naval boats.

Report breaks down how this tragic even happened- How Israeli military w/high tech equip cld mistake these boys 4 Hamas is beyond me. #gaza Picture i took below- after 1st strike on the shack- shows boys running before the 2nd hit on them further up beach

— Stefanie Dekker (@StefanieDekker) August 12, 2018

The four boys—Ismail Bakr, 10; Ahed Bakr, 10; Zakaria Bakr, 10; and Mohammed Bakr, 11—were cousins, the sons of Gazan fisherman. Their families, with support from the Israel-based Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights, or Adalah, are still fighting in court to hold accountable the members of the military directly involved with the airstrikes that killed the children.

Armed drones “alter the process of human decision-making,” and “[expand] the circle of people responsible for the actual killing of the Bakr children,” Suhad Bishara, one of the attorneys representing the families, told The Intercept. Israel’s use of the technology to kill Palestinians, Bishara added, raises “many questions concerning human judgment, ethics, and compliance with international humanitarian law.”

As Mackey outlines:

After images of the attack prompted widespread outrage,

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Report Details “Ocean’s 11”-Style Mossad Raid Inside Iran To Steal Nuclear Secrets

Report Details “Ocean’s 11”-Style Mossad Raid Inside Iran To Steal Nuclear Secrets

17-07-18 06:37:00,

The New York Times has published an exclusive look at just how a small group of Israeli Mossad agents pulled off what surely constitutes the most daring secret raid behind enemy lines in recent history which successfully netted tens of thousands of secret Iranian nuclear documents.

It begins spectacularly as if a James Bond spy thriller: “The Mossad agents moving in on a warehouse in a drab commercial district of Tehran knew exactly how much time they had to disable the alarms, break through two doors, cut through dozens of giant safes and get out of the city with a half-ton of secret materials: six hours and 29 minutes.” And yes, the story does make an explicit appeal to Hollywood: Last year, the spies began planning a heist that one senior Israeli intelligence official said bore a strong resemblance to George Clooney’s adventures in “Ocean’s 11”, parrots the NYT.

Times journalists detail the story they received from Israeli intelligence officials (who else?) after being invited to view select documents said to have originated from the theft, which involved less than a dozen Israeli operatives hauling the “half-ton of secret materials” said to be the smoking gun proving Iran has continued to pursue nuclear weapons in spite of agreeing to abandon the program as part of the 2015 JCPOA brokered under Obama.

Last April, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made precisely these charges in a televised address in which he unveiled the stolen cache of about 55,000 pages of documents and 183 CDs that he claimed comprises Iran’s alleged “atomic archive” supposedly proving the existence of an illegal and ongoing secret program to “test and build nuclear weapons” called Project Amad.

Days after the usually colorful and prop-laden Netanyahu presentation, President Trump announced he would follow through on prior threats to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal. Observers noted at the time that Netanyahu’s address had a single audience in mind in the person of Trump during the very week the White House was intensely mulling a final decision over whether to finally pull the plug on the JCPOA.

‘Papers stolen in a daring Israeli raid (by Mossad Intelligence Agents) on Tehran archive reveal the extent of Iran’s past weapons research’.

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UK Torture Report Raises Serious Questions | New Eastern Outlook

UK Torture Report Raises Serious Questions | New Eastern Outlook

08-07-18 06:46:00,


A recently released report of the UK Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament under the chairmanship of conservative MP Dominic Grieve QC has received remarkably little media coverage in Australia.  There are a number of reasons to be concerned about the information contained within the report, not least because it raises serious questions about the level of Australian complicity in the behaviour described in the report.

Following the events of 11th of September 2001 the administration of US president GW Bush announced its “war on terror.”  Components of this “war” including the setting up of secret and not so secret detention camps. Prisoners were “rendered” (i.e. kidnapped) to these camps where many have been held indefinitely, without trial, without due process of law, and as the UK report makes clear, tortured.

Information gained by torture, or enhanced interrogation is it was euphemistically described, was then shared by the US with its allies. Two Australian citizens, David Hicks and Mamdoub Habib, were victims of this process.

The UK report makes clear that the British were fully complicit in this process. They knew what the Americans were doing. They were present when interrogations were carried out. They supplied questions to be asked under torture, and in 198 cases documented by the Committee received information they knew to have been obtained by torture.

The definition of torture is found in a number of legal instruments. Its most common form refers to “any act by which severe pain or suffering whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes all of training from them or a third person information or a confession.”

Torture is prohibited for example, in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; (ICCPR) the UN Convention against Torture and other Cruel Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment (UNCAT); and the statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The UK and Australian governments have ratified all of these Conventions and other Articles of international law. The US has neither signed nor ratified the Optional Protocol of the Convention against Torture, although it did ratify the original Convention. It has signed but not ratified the statute of the ICC.

To render someone for the purposes of torture,

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Credible report alleges US relocates ISIS from Syria and Iraq into Russia via Afghanistan

Credible report alleges US relocates ISIS from Syria and Iraq into Russia via Afghanistan

27-05-18 10:01:00,

Katehon, a think-tank dedicated to the protection of nations’ sovereignty against invasions and coups from abroad, headlined, on May 15th, “Special Services Agent: Attack on Russia Is Being Prepared”, and reported that [with editorial clarifications and links supplied by me in brackets]:

According to Russian and Chinese law enforcement agencies, militants fleeing by sea from Syria and Iraq follow a route from the Qasim port in the Pakistani city of Karachi to Peshawar, and are then distributed along the Nangarhar province in the east of the country…

Since late 2017 the leaders of the Islamic State managed to transfer from Syria and Iraq to Afghanistan an additional 500 foreign fighters, including more than two dozen women. A source in one of the Russian law enforcement agencies says: “All of them are also in the province of Nangarhar. They are citizens of Sudan, Kazakhstan, Czech Republic, Uzbekistan, France and so on.”

Movement of militants to the north is planned to be organized in two directions. In Tajikistan, the radicals will penetrate the provinces of Nuristan and Badakhshan, and to Turkmenistan – through the provinces of Farah, Ghor, Sari-Pul and Faryab.

Governor of Nangarhar Province, Gulab Mangal [Wikipedia says of him, “After the American led invasion in 2001, he was appointed a Regional Coordinator of the Constitutional Loya Jirga in Paktia”], personally oversees militant activities in the region. … 

Mangal has a long-standing relationship with the US intelligence services. In particular, he fought against the Soviet forces during the Afghan campaign of the USSR. Immediately after the US invasion in 2001, he was appointed as the head of the local government of the Pashtuns, the people to which he belongs. Also, Mangal is loved by the Western press. Most of the publications in the major American and British media contain exceptionally positive information about him,

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Kopp Report

Kopp Report

26-03-18 03:37:00,

Vor fünf Jahren machte Edward Snowden die umfassenden Überwachungsprogramme des amerikanischen Nachrichtendiensts NSA publik. Zum Jahrestag der Enthüllungen sprach die italienische Tageszeitung La Repubblica mit dem weltberühmten Whistleblower und schreibt:

Viele dachten, es werde ein böses Ende mit ihm nehmen, aber als er sich per Videolink für das Interview mit La Repubblica meldet, macht er einen sehr guten Eindruck: Das Lächeln ist offen, der Gesichtsausdruck friedlich wie bei jemandem, der nicht von Sorgen geplagt wird.

In diesem Exklusivinterview erklärt Snowden, wie der Deep State, der Staat im Staat, die Präsidentschaft sowohl von Barack Obama als auch von Donald Trump beeinflusste und es noch immer tut.

Stefania Maurizi: Präsident Obama war ein Außenseiter, was den amerikanischen Rüstungs- und Nachrichtendienstkomplex anbelangt, und wir haben gesehen, dass er anfangs den Missbrauch drosseln wollte, den Behörden wie CIA und NSA begingen. Letztlich hat er jedoch sehr wenig unternommen. Jetzt erleben wir eine Konfrontation zwischen Präsident Trump und dem sogenannten Deep State, zu dem auch CIA und NSA gehören. Kann ein amerikanischer Präsident gegen den Widerstand derart mächtiger Einrichtungen regieren?

Snowden: Obama ist ein sehr lehrreiches Beispiel. Hier haben wir einen Präsidenten, der im Wahlkampf versprach, die Praxis ohne Gerichtsbeschluss durchgeführter Abhöraktionen zu beenden. »Das sind nicht wir, wir tun so etwas nicht«, erklärte er. Dann wurde er Präsident und weitete das Programm aus. Er sagte, er werde Guantanamo schließen, aber dann ließ er es offen. Er sagte, er werde die Zahl der während der Bush-Zeit alltäglich gewordenen extralegalen Hinrichtungen und Drohnenangriffe reduzieren. Dann ging er hin und genehmigte deutlich mehr Drohnenangriffe als Bush. Es wurde ein richtiger Industriezweig.

Was die Vorstellung von der Existenz eines Deep States angeht – zum Deep State gehören nicht nur die Nachrichtendienste, es ist vielmehr eine Bezeichnung für die Karrierebürokratie im Regierungsapparat. Es gibt Staatsbedienstete, die mächtige Positionen innehaben, die nicht gehen, wenn ein Präsident geht, die Präsidenten kommen und gehen sehen. Sie nehmen Einfluss auf die Politik, beeinflussen Präsidenten und sagen: »So haben wir das immer getan, das müssen wir tun und wenn Sie das nicht tun, werden Menschen sterben.«

Kommt ein neuer Präsident ins Amt, der zwar noch nie über derartige Macht verfügt hat, diesen Posten jedoch immer haben wollte und seinen Job ganz unbedingt gut erledigen will,

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Report: Unser drittes deutschlandweites Treffen in Frankfurt

Report: Unser drittes deutschlandweites Treffen in Frankfurt

10-01-18 04:35:00,

Report: Unser drittes deutschlandweites Treffen in Frankfurt

DiEM25 Germany Team

Mi 01, 2018, DSC News

Am dritten Wochenende im Oktober 2017 hat DiEM25 in Frankfurt das bislang größte deutschlandweite Treffen abgehalten.
Fast 100 DiEMer und Nichtmitglieder strömten in das Finanzkapital des Landes ein, um Themen von der Rolle und Macht der EZB bis hin zum Potenzial für eine europäische Verfassung zu diskutieren.
Die dreitägige Veranstaltung befasste sich auch mit Fragen, die sehr wichtig für die Ausrichtung von DiEM25 selbst waren: Insbesondere, ob unsere Bewegung eine eigene Wahlidentität entwickeln sollte. In einem der am besten besuchten Workshops diskutierten die Teilnehmer über die Vor- und Nachteile von DiEM25, seine Position als Bewegung zu erhalten, Partei zu werden und einen sogenannten “Wahlflügel” zu gründen.

Viele Mitglieder befürworteten diesen Vorschlag, während andere empfahlen, der Bewegung eine organische Entwicklung zu ermöglichen und ihre politische Basis zu stärken, bevor sie Wahlen durchführen. Alle Teilnehmer erkannten jedoch die Dringlichkeit, einen progressiven Widerstand gegen den Wiederaufstieg des Nationalismus zu leisten.
In anderen Workshops diskutierten die Delegierten, wie Frauen im Rahmen von DiEM25 und in Europa im Allgemeinen besser einbezogen und unterstützt werden können. Sie erkundeten das Konzept von Rebel Cities, und untersuchten soziale und politische Theorien über die Umwelt, mit besonderem Bezug auf die Ideen des Philosophen Bruno Latour.
Ziel des deutschlandweiten Treffens war es nicht nur, konkrete Aktionen zu diskutieren und zu entwickeln, sondern auch DiEMer zu vernetzen und Ideen auszutauschen.

Ein Mitglied von DiEM25 kommentierte: “Wir haben bei diesem Treffen neue Wege beschritten und den Dialog darüber vorangetrieben, wie eine alternative Politik entwickelt werden kann, nicht nur für Deutschland, sondern für ganz Europa”.
Ein anderer sagte: “Ich bin zu dieser Veranstaltung gekommen, in der Hoffnung, Menschen aus verschiedenen Städten und Ländern zu treffen und mit ihnen in Kontakt zu treten und etwas Motivation zu bekommen, und genau das ist passiert.”
Am Samstagabend fand eine Podiumsdiskussion mit Rednern aus verschiedenen politischen und sozialen Bewegungen statt, die sich mit der Frage beschäftigten, wie eine fortschrittliche Agenda auf europäischer Bühne am besten gefördert werden kann.

Germany-wide meeting in Frankfurt

Die Veranstaltung endete am Sonntagnachmittag mit der Verabschiedung einer acht Punkte umfassenden “Frankfurter Erklärung”, deren Text in Kürze veröffentlicht wird.

Ein detaillierter Bericht der Veranstaltung wird den Mitgliedern zu gegebener Zeit zur Verfügung stehen.

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