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Dec 26 18:29

Spoiled brats complain about Christmas gifts, “stupid parents”

The annual trend of spoiled ungrateful brats taking to social media to complain about the Christmas gifts they did or didn’t receive from their parents has reared its ugly head

Dec 26 17:41

Thousands of female veterans are struggling to get health-care treatment and compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs on the grounds that they suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder caused by sexual trauma in the military.

Thousands of female veterans are struggling to get health-care treatment and compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs on the grounds that they suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder caused by sexual trauma in the military. The veterans and their advocates call it “the second battle” — with a bureaucracy they say is stuck in the past.

Dec 26 14:49

Nicaragua Canal: 200 year old dream finally comes true

Nicaragua has started work on one of the most-ambitious construction projects in Latin America - a waterway linking the Pacific and Caribbean to dwarf the Panama Canal.

Dec 26 12:19

China to Start Payments With Russia in National Currencies on December 29

The China Foreign Exchange Trade System has announced that since December 29, China, Russia, Malaysia and New Zealand will start the usage of national currencies in mutual transactions. Beijing hopes to make the yuan an alternative to the US dollar in global trade.

Earlier in December, China's Minister of Commerce Gao Hucheng claimed that China could increase the usage of yuan in trade with Russia amid the ruble's depreciation, which falls in line with China's intention to increase the usage of national currencies in international payments in order to weaken the US dollar's dominance in global finance and promote the yuan as an alternative.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Notice that recently on the non-news presstitute TV shows, North Korea has been increasingly demonized by the US.

Because China has a defense pact with North Korea ( the Sino-North Korean Mutual Aid and Cooperation Friendship Treaty, which lasts through 2021), a US war against North Korea would be a back door to a war with China, to prevent the assent of the yuan in the world economy.

Dec 26 12:09

IDF Deploys Iron Dome in Prep for Possible Gaza War

After sniper fire critically wounds soldier and Hamas terrorist leader killed, IDF taking steps indicating escalation may be on the way.

After a Bedouin IDF soldier was critically wounded on Wednesday by terrorist sniper fire from southern Gaza, the IDF lifted a gag order late Thursday acknowledging it has deployed Iron Dome missile defense batteries in Israel's south.

The two batteries were placed in the Be'er Sheva region and Netivot region, but according to Walla! the IDF didn't elaborate regarding the reason for placing the batteries at this particular junction in time at those particular locations - both of which were hard hit in Operation Protective Edge.

However, the general assessment is that the IDF is preparing for a possible escalation with Hamas after the Wednesday attack that could easily lead to another operation, which would make the fourth since 2008, a year after Hamas violently wrested control over Gaza.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently, the writer of this article believes that winning an election, which was precisely what Hamas did in 2008, equates to having "violently wrested control over Gaza."

Folks, if Israel goes into Gaza again, it will be indulging in serial genocide against the Palestinians: there is no pretty, clean way to put this.

IF they get GPS coordinates for schools and hospitals from the UN's human rights Rapporteur for Gaza, sheltering women and children, the IDF will again use that information for blowing up those facilities, with refugees still within them, insisting that it was the Palestinians who booby trapped them with bombs, so the buildings had to be... eliminated. That the innocent will die and be maimed for life in these attacks is of no concern to either the Israeli government or the IDF.

And if this happens, I would almost be willing to bet real money that it will happen right between Christmas and New Year's celebrations, when most of the world's leadership is taking it easy, and Americans are focused on food and football.


Dec 26 11:48

Russia’s new military doctrine lists NATO, US as major foreign threats

Russia has adopted an updated version of its military doctrine, which reflects the emergence of new threats against its national security. NATO military buildup and American Prompt Global Strike concept are listed among them.

The new doctrine was approved on Friday by President Vladimir Putin. Its core remains unchanged from the previous version. The Russian military remains a defensive tool which the country pledges to use only as a last resort.

Also unchanged are the principles of the use of nuclear weapons which Russia adheres to. Their primary goal is to deter potential enemies from attacking Russia, but it would use them to protect itself from a military attack – either nuclear or conventional – threatening its existence.

The new sections of the doctrine outline the threat Russia sees in NATO’s expansion and military buildup and the fact that the alliance is taking upon itself “global functions realized with violation of international law.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Considering the aggressive nature of NATO's expansion right on Russia's doorstep, one has to marvel at Putin's restraint, so far.

Dec 26 11:46

US Propaganda Arm Radio Free Europe Raided And Shut Down in Azerbaijan

Why is an anti-communist relic of the cold war like RFE still in place across Europe and Eurasia? It is admittedly part of their psychological operations project and funded by the CIA. Who would want such a monster broadcasting in their country. US NGO's have called this move a gag on 'free media'. RFE is not some mom and pop organization, since the 90's they have been responsible for assisting various coups throughout Europe.


Dec 26 11:43

US to Spike Private Mercenaries in Iraq Amid Expanding War, Says Senior Official

The U.S. government is preparing to hike the number of private mercenary forces in Iraq, as part of the expanding war in that country and neighboring Syria, an anonymous senior U.S. official told Reuters. There are currently at least 1,800 private contractors in Iraq, and the official said it is not immediately clear how many additional mercenaries will be sent, according to Reuters. Nonetheless, journalists Warren Strobel and Phil Stewart note, the plan to boost numbers "underscores Obama's growing commitment in Iraq. When U.S. troops and diplomats venture into war zones, contractors tend to follow, doing jobs once handled by the military itself."

Dec 26 11:34

The AMAZING Thing Jet blue Is Doing To Honor The Two Slain NYPD Officers

JetBlue airlines said Wednesday it will be offering free flights to police officers from around the country who wish to attend the funerals for the two slain NYPD cops killed over the weekend.


Dec 26 11:29

Christmas in America: Growing Poverty, Unemployment and Homelessness in the World’s Richest Country

Poverty is a growth industry. So is human misery. America is banana republicanized. Unfit to live in for growing millions.

Democracy is pure fantasy. A facade masking New World Order harshness. Monied interests run things. Class war rages.

Inside the bubble it’s paradise. Outside it’s dystopian hell. America is venal. Corrupted. Depraved. Degenerate. Too broken to fix.

“The foul stench of corruption and hypocrisy that emanates from Washington is the smell of a dying country,” says Paul Craig Roberts.

Good tidings and cheer at Christmas and throughout the year are for America’s privileged alone. No joy to the world for most others.

Dec 26 11:16

Police to probe shooting of 5-year-old Palestinian

Jerusalem police said on Thursday that they would launch an investigation into the shooting of a 5-year-old Palestinian boy with a rubber bullet.

The announcement walked back an earlier police claim that there were no Israeli riot control activities going on in the area when Muhammad Jamal Ubeid was shot and injured below his eye.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If true, this would NOT be the first time the IDF has used a Palestinian kid for target practice.

Dec 26 11:11

Rebels in Syria’s Aleppo Announce ‘Total Merger’

Rebel factions in Syria are announcing new alliances and umbrella factions every few weeks, usually restricted to small factions or small amounts of territory. Today’s seems to be one of the biggest.

This new announcement, reported by rebel mouthpiece the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, is in the key northern Aleppo Province, where Syrian military forces are trying to take the city of Aleppo, once the nation’s industrial and financial capital.

The new alliance includes the Islamic Front and several smaller factions, who have agreed to a “total merger under one flag and united leadership.” The united group will be called the Shamiyya Front

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder: do some of these rebels include the White House's alleged "moderate, vetted rebels"?!?

Dec 26 10:58

US police struggle to monitor threats posted to social media as protests grow

U.S. law enforcement agencies are a long way from being able to effectively track threats of the kind a gunman posted on Instagram before his execution-style murder of two New York City policemen last weekend.

Police need more data analytics and mining software to monitor social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter , as well as trained personnel to make sense of what could be a deluge of data, say law enforcement officials and security experts.

“You can buy all the technology you want, but if you want to figure out clever stuff, you better have smart people able to use it,” said Christopher Ahlberg, co-founder of Recorded Future Inc, which helps clients analyze social media feeds. The company is partly backed by In-Q-Tel, a venture capital firm that serves U.S. intelligence agencies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We've been having flashpoints, nationally, of the killing of unarmed black men by police, where these police personnel have not been indicted for these killings, followed by the horrible assassination of two New York police, coupled with numbers of threats against the police.

I would like to start with our potential "Manchurian Candidate", Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who murdered those police officers in New York.
As reported at: http://www.newsday.com:

Ismaaiyl Brinsley's mother tells the Daily News (http://nydn.us/1zcYJUF ) in a story published Tuesday that she's horrified and "deeply sorry" about what her son did. Shakuwra Dabre says her 28-year-old son made suicide attempts starting at age 13, was institutionalized and was on and off antidepressants for years. She says that he rebuffed his family's pleas to get help and that she last spoke to him in July.

The literature in indesputable, regarding the reality that antidipressants can cause homocidal or suicidal behaviour.

This man was also a convicted felon.

And having said this, the question has to arise: where did he get the gun with which he committed both homocide and (conveniently) suicide?!? That appears to be a rather murky area in the case.

So I have to ask myself, who benefits from these protests, some of which, as in Ferguson, and Berkeley, Missouri, and in Oakland, California, where things were characterized this morning on one of the talking heads shows, as "out of hand"?!? Who benefits from this violence, where businesses get invaded, or worse, torched to the ground?!?

And who benefits from the horrific assassinations of police personnel, who most probably had not done anything wrong in their treatment of suspects?!?

What is supposed to be the ultimate outcome of these demonstrations, which appear to be gathering strength, and developing lives of their own?!?

I cannot say that I know definitively, but I will hazard a guess.

IF these protests continue, nationally and violently, it would give the Federal Government the excuse to suspend the Constitution and Bill of Rights, and impose martial law. And do not think for a moment that Obama wouldn't issue such an executive order; the man abhors the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

So a note to all protesters: I absolutely support your right of peaceful assembly, to redress the wrongs of government.

I know, absolutely, that I have not a clue about what it would feel like to be immediately considered "guilty before proven innocent" because of my race.

But please, do not listen to those advocating violence; they well may be agents provocateurs with an agenda. And that agenda includes destroying your right to peacefully protest, ever again.

The militarization of America's police has to stop, and immediately. Brutality against ALL American citizens needs to stop. IF American police need to be taught anything right now, it is de-escalation techniques, to get a bad situation from turning worse without any bloodshed.

The training of American police by Israeli Defense Force professionals has to stop, because this means that Americans are getting treated as well by their police as Palestinians are by the Israeli military.

Dec 26 10:43

‘Christmas is pure bred white n*gger sh*t’: St. Louis residents find racist notes on their cars

Residents in the St. Louis area claim to have found offensively racist holiday-themed messages on their windshields, the Riverfront Times reports.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Agents provocateurs.

Dec 26 10:41

Critics hate 'The Interview'

Movie critics say the controversy surrounding “The Interview” is much more interesting than the movie itself

The movie is scoring just a 50 percent positive review from critics on the Rotten Tomatoes website.

It’s fairing even more poorly with top critics, who give it a measly 32 percent positive rating.

Dec 26 10:38

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Dec 26 09:58

NSA releases decade’s worth of damaging intelligence reports in Christmas Eve document dump

At approximately 1:30 p.m. EST on Christmas Eve, the National Security Agency responded to a Freedom of Information Act request from the American Civil Liberties Union by releasing more than a decade’s worth of incriminating quarterly and annual reports, David Lerman at Bloomberg News reports.

According to the heavily redacted reports to the President’s Intelligence Oversight Board, intelligence operatives routinely emailed private data on American citizens to unauthorized recipients, stored that data in unsecured computers, and retained it long after laws required it be destroyed.

“The government conducts sweeping surveillance under this authority — surveillance that increasingly puts Americans’ data in the hands of the NSA,” the ACLU’s Patrick C. Toomey told Bloomberg News in an email. “Despite that fact, this spying is conducted almost entirely in secret and without legislative or judicial oversight.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is no legislative or judicial oversight, because, most likely the NSA has ALL the dirt on all who might be in a position to try to stop this total surveillance, and they have been threatened into silence.

How quickly this nation has morphed from the "land of the free and the home of the brave" into "the land of the cowed and the home of the surveilled"!

And please remember: everything Hitler did was absolutely legal, at the time he did it.

Dec 26 09:41

Osama bin Laden dead: Blackout during raid on bin Laden compound

Leon Panetta, director of the CIA, revealed there was a 25 minute blackout during which the live feed from cameras mounted on the helmets of the US special forces was cut off.

A photograph released by the White House appeared to show President Barack Obama and his aides in the situation room watching the action as it unfolded. In fact they had little knowledge of what was happening in the compound.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The above photo is supposedly of the White House staff deep in concentration while watching the execution of Bin Laden. But it is a posed and staged shot. Nobody bothered to turn on the laptop
computers on the table!


Dec 26 09:29

Woman arrested after damaging Satanic display at Florida Capitol

A woman was arrested Tuesday after she began to tear down a display by the Satanic Temple in the lobby of the Florida Capitol.
The Tallahassee Democrat reported that 54-year-old Susan Hemeryck told two Florida Department of Law Enforcement Capitol Police officers that she "was sorry and had to take down the Satanic display", adding that it was "not right."

Dec 26 09:29

Putin Cancels New Year's Holiday for Government Workers

Russian President Vladimir Putin cancelled the extended New Year holiday for government ministers because of the ongoing financial crisis, informing the agencies they must work to help strengthen the economy and take protectionary measures in the face of a combination of governmental mismanagement, dropping oil prices, and economic sanctions that have caused considerable panic in Moscow in recent weeks.

Dec 26 09:28

Guns become popular holiday gifts in US


Dec 26 09:27

Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson seeks to buff image in Israel

In his first visit to Israel, the prospective Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said he was in awe of the Jewish state, inspired by its ancient holy sites, impressed by the resilience of people living in a perpetual conflict zone – and deeply disappointed in President Barack Obama.

“I do not believe that Obama has been one to cultivate the relationship,” said Carson, a retired neurosurgeon who has emerged as a favourite of some conservatives in the early field of possible GOP candidates.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am not voting for anyone who launches their campaign with a trip to Israel, ever again!

Dec 26 09:25

Plane Passenger Tossed after Flipping Out Over Staff’s ‘Merry Christmas’

A passenger was tossed off a plane at La Guardia Airport on Tuesday after flipping out — because airline workers wished him a merry Christmas.

The man was waiting to board American Airlines Flight 1140 to Dallas when a cheerful gate agent began welcoming everyone with the Yuletide greeting while checking boarding passes.

The grumpy passenger, who appeared to be traveling alone, barked at the woman, “You shouldn’t say that because not everyone celebrates Christmas.”

The agent replied, “Well, what should I say then?”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note that the man's identity and religious background were not mentioned in this article. Had he been Muslim, it'd be all over the press. Therefore the man was probably Jewish. And I never met a Muslim who was offended by "Merry Christmas."

Dec 26 09:19

Moscow snowstorm delays more than 150 flights

Snow brought Moscow to a standstill.

More than 100 flights had to be delayed or cancelled from the city's three airports but none had to be closed down.

The snowstorm began Thursday morning and covered the city in 10 centimetres in the span of one day.

Dec 26 09:18

It Snowed in Hawaii on Christmas Day — and You Can Probably Guess What Some Blamed the Weather On

Mountain peaks on Hawaii’s Big Island received some snow on Christmas — and climate alarmists immediately turned to Twitter to blame it on global warming.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

From March 20, 2000

Dec 26 09:17

White Christmas in Hawaii: Blizzard Blankets Big Island's Mountains in Snow

Yes, there were blizzard warnings in effect in Hawaii, where the two highest mountain peaks on the Big Island eventually saw a White Christmas.

Blizzard warnings were in effect on Christmas Eve for Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa above 11,500 feet for strong winds and heavy snow which led to blowing and drifting snow. By definition, winds must be at least 35 mph or greater with falling or blowing snow that reduces visibility to 1/4 mile or less for at least 3 hours to reach blizzard criteria.

Dec 26 09:16

U.S. Spy Agency Reports Improper Surveillance of Americans

The National Security Agency today released reports on intelligence collection that may have violated the law or U.S. policy over more than a decade, including unauthorized surveillance of Americans’ overseas communications.

Dec 26 09:14

Doubt Growing Over North Korean Involvement in Sony Hack

"Sony was not just hacked, this is a company that was essentially nuked from the inside," an executive at computer security firm Norse told CBS News on Tuesday.

Dec 26 09:12

A simple security oversight was responsible for the massive JPMorgan Chase hack

Earlier this year, JPMorgan Chase was the victim of a massive data breach, but the attack might have been avoided if the bank had installed a “simple” security fix, The New York Times reveals. Apparently, an unsecured server on the bank’s computer network was targeted by hackers, who then were able to steal personal data belonging to tens of millions of Americans.

Dec 26 09:07

US remains on edge in wake of recent police shootings

Protests in the US continue and authorities claim the white officer, who shot a teenager in Berkeley, was acting appropriately. Yet many people are angered by the shooting and the way the teenager’s body was treated afterwards.

Dec 26 09:07

China Steps In as World's New Bank

Thanks to China, Christine Lagarde of the International Monetary Fund, Jim Yong Kim of the World Bank and Takehiko Nakao of the Asian Development Bank may no longer have much meaningful work to do.

Beijing's move to bail out Russia, on top of its recent aid for Venezuela and Argentina, signals the death of the post-war Bretton Woods world. It’s also marks the beginning of the end for America's linchpin role in the global economy and Japan's influence in Asia.

What is China's new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank if not an ADB killer? If Japan, ADB's main benefactor, won't share the presidency with Asian peers, Beijing will just use its deep pockets to overpower it. Lagarde's and Kim’s shops also are looking at a future in which crisis-wracked governments call Beijing before Washington.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is why we see, on the morning corporate presstitute talking head shows, a lot of demonization of North Korea; a military engagement with North Korea opens up a back door to war with China, to attempt to prevent its economic rise from overtaking the US dollar.

Dec 26 09:06

Police 'use draconian power to stifle protesters': Forces accused of using pre-charge bail to stop innocent people attending demonstrations

Police have been accused of ‘draconian’ abuses of power for using bail powers to ban innocent people from legal protests.

Since 2008, almost 800 people have been arrested, bailed and banned from public demonstrations in the days before they were due to take place.

After the protests finished, more than eight out of ten of them were then released without being charged for any crime.

Dec 26 09:03

Russian State Duma chief suggests trying US for WWII nuke attacks

The Russian Lower House speaker wants to instigate an international investigation into the 1945 nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the US military – a possible crime against humanity with no statute of limitation.

Dec 26 09:00

US Private Contractors Heading Back to Iraq

Private contractors once played a major role in the U.S. occupation of Iraq; now, they could be heading back to Baghdad.

The United States is preparing to ramp up its use of private contractors in Iraq, an unnamed senior U.S. government official said Wednesday.

“It is certain that there will have to be some number of contractors brought in for additional support,” the official told Reuters.

The official indicated the contractors will be used to support the roughly 1,750 troops in Iraq, along with diplomatic personnel. Since the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, the numbers of private contractors have rivaled troop figures.

U.S. President Barack Obama recently doubled troop numbers and secured more military support from allies, while U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has hinted more soldiers may be needed to directly fight the Islamic State group in the future.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Imagine my (absence of) surprise.

Dec 26 08:59

FLASHBACK 2001 - FOX NEWS - Report: Bin Laden Already Dead

Usama bin Laden has died a peaceful death due to an untreated lung complication, the Pakistan Observer reported, citing a Taliban leader who allegedly attended the funeral of the Al Qaeda leader.

"The Coalition troops are engaged in a mad search operation but they would never be able to fulfill their cherished goal of getting Usama alive or dead," the source said.

Bin Laden, according to the source, was suffering from a serious lung complication and succumbed to the disease in mid-December, in the vicinity of the Tora Bora mountains. The source claimed that bin Laden was laid to rest honorably in his last abode and his grave was made as per his Wahabi belief.

Dec 26 08:57

How The CIA's Torture Program Is Destroying The Key Foreign Power The US Had: The Moral High Ground

Over a year ago, we wrote about a wonderful piece in Foreign Affairs by Henry Farrell and Martha Finnemore, noting that the real "danger" of the Snowden and Manning revelations was that it effectively killed off the US's ability to use hypocrisy as a policy tool. Here was the key bit (though the whole article is worth reading):

The deeper threat that leakers such as Manning and Snowden pose is more subtle than a direct assault on U.S. national security: they undermine Washington’s ability to act hypocritically and get away with it. Their danger lies not in the new information that they reveal but in the documented confirmation they provide of what the United States is actually doing and why. When these deeds turn out to clash with the government’s public rhetoric, as they so often do, it becomes harder for U.S. allies to overlook Washington’s covert behavior and easier for U.S. adversaries to justify their own.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, here is the heart and soul of the US government at this point in its history; it will lie, cheat, jail, torture, extrajudicially assassinate, and wage war against people who get in the way of the country's (and world's) monied interests.

To all those countries which have natural resources the US government wants, be very aware that it will do everything in its power to destabilize your government, and put in a US-centric government that will do its bidding; failing that, the US government will wage outright war to get those resources.

And to its citizens: you have become completely expendable, because your alleged representatives only represent those corporations which so lavishly fund their election cycles. You and your needs and issues have become irreverent, because it is only the needs and issues of those major corporations which are addressed.

Your jobs will continue to be offshored, outsourced, reducing you to working several minimum wage jobs just to survive, if you can find them.

You will be taxed into poverty, thrown out on the streets when you can't pay the rent, and your homelessness will become criminalized, at which point you will most likely languish in a for-profit prison, as a slave laborer there.

That is a painfully, bleakly honest portrait of this government going into 2015.

Dec 26 08:54

Redress Online: BBC executive Danny Cohen publicly endorses key Zionist mantra

A senior BBC executive has publicly come out as an advocate of Zionism.

Danny Cohen, who is the director of BBC Television, claimed that anti-Semitism has become so bad that he has to question the long-term future for Jews in Britain.

Danny Cohen, Director of BBC TV

He stopped short of calling on British Jews to emigrate to Israel or of endorsing Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s intention to change the Israeli constitution to define Israel as “the nation state of one people only – the Jewish people – and of no other people”.

A basic tenet of Zionism – and a key principle underlying the foundation of Israel – is that Jews and gentiles are incompatible, that whenever Jews and gentiles mix there will be anti-Semitism and that, therefore, the state of Israel exists as a safe haven for Jews escaping anti-Semitism.

Dec 26 08:52

MH17 – Airfield Witness, A Polygraph, Ukrainian Pilot and his Missing Missiles

According to his account, the witness personally saw the plane piloted by [Ukrainian military pilot with surname] Voloshin armed with R-60 air-to-air missiles, and added there was no need for such weapons during regular air missions of the Ukrainian Air Forces because the rebel forces had no military aircraft.

This version is consistent with witness accounts on the ground.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As it happens, Russian President Vladimir Putin was flying through the same area on that very day, returning home from a six day visit to Cuba and South America. Putin's Presidential jet, not as grand as Air Force One, is based on the Ilyushin 96. The IL-96 is a passenger jet, and is painted with a similar color scheme to the Malaysian 777. At a distance, they could easily have been confused for one another!

So Kiev wanted to murder Putin, to throw the Russian government into turmoil while Kiev reconquered the east (and possibly Crimea), but botched the operation, shooting down MH17 instead, then tried to drop the blame on Russia.

Dec 26 08:49

MH17 witness passes lie detector test, Ukraine denies jet in crash

Dec 26 08:46

At Last-Jewish Comedians Are Banned For supporting Racism

A bitter row has broken out in the Jewish stand-up ghetto after Ivor Dembina, the owner of a leading comedy club refused to book anyone who plays benefit gigs for a Jewish racist pro-Israeli organisation.

Dec 26 08:43

Brendon O’Connell Rearrested, Exposing Jewish Power Configuration’s Stranglehold Over Australia

Mouqawamah Music’s sources have confirmed that anti-Zionist, anti-Jewish-supremacist activist, political prisoner and target of an obscene state security crackdown Brendon O’Connell has been rearrested by Western Australian police after he allegedly violated the Orwellian bail condition of “DON’T OFFEND ANYONE VIA ELECTRONIC MEANS”. The person in question who Mr. O’Connell supposedly offended? One Steve Lieblich, the editor of Jewish Issues Watchdog, an author at prominent Australian-Kiwi Jewish-Zionist hasbara rag J-Wire and the Jewish Community Council Western Australia Director of Public Affairs. In other words, Lieblich is a Jewish supremacist networker very intimately involved in the dissemination of Zionist propaganda and the furtherance of World Jewry’s hegemonic agenda. The insidiousness gets deeper however.

Dec 26 08:42

Netanyahu sends formal message to all Christians

Netanyahu has wished Christians in Israel and throughout the world a Merry Christmas.

In a videotaped message, he claimed that Christians are subject to persecution throughout the Middle East, except in Israel. (!!)

“Christian communities across the Middle East are experiencing a particularly difficult time, with violence, persecution and fear,” Netanyahu said.

“Here in Israel, religious freedom is a sacred principle. Israel’s Christian citizens enjoy the full blessing of freedom and democracy. Their equal rights are enshrined in Israeli law. Let us remember the common heritage and values that unite us in the face of extremism and hatred, which we will never accept,” he said.

The reality, of course, is that Christians are routinely exterminated in Palestine, since almost all Christians are Palestinian. (The rest are Armenians, or else they are foreign visitors who worship Jews.) Ten percent of all Arabs in Palestine are Christian. Jews call them “Notzri.”

Dec 26 08:41

UK police misuse pre-charge bail to ban activists from protesting – report

UK police forces are misusing pre-charge bail by banning hundreds of protestors from attending lawful demonstrations, The Guardian newspaper has revealed. Of all bailed protesters, eighty-five percent are never charged with any crime.

Since 2008 police have arrested at least 855 people in England and Wales and then released them on pre-charge bail, setting a date to return to the police station. Until their return, those bailed were prohibited from attending any demonstration. However, 85 percent, or about 732 people, have never been charged, according to data the Guardian collected using the Freedom of Information Act.

Dec 26 08:40

Russia’s biggest blacklisted banks appeal EU sanctions

Russia’s two biggest lenders Sberbank and VTB, as well as Russia’s foreign development bank Vnesheconombank (VEB) have appealed to the European Court of Justice against EU sanctions, saying there was not enough evidence for their introduction.

The lenders also say the sanctions are illegal, as they violated WTO rules and some international agreements.

The sanctions imposed in July on Russian banks banned some of the biggest lenders from getting long-term borrowing from the international financial markets.

Dec 26 08:40

Germans hoard €6.6 billion worth of obsolete Deutschmarks

espite the currency being replaced by the euro, Germans are still have some 12.9 billion in old Deutschmarks, an equivalent of €6.6 billion, the German central bank estimated. Nostalgia is the primary motive for keeping the old coins and notes.

Dec 26 08:38

Russia, China, Or America? "An Oppressed People Ruled By Others For Others"

“I’ve long thought that he has pursued a pre-World War Two course which could only end badly – a course in which his power is maximized by crushing internal opponents, expanding empire and using the military to frighten neighboring countries into submission.”, writes John Lloyd of Reuters. I read this excerpt from his recent article and thought finally someone in mainstream media is honestly discussing the foreign policy of America, just to eventually find out he is actually talking about Putin. However, Lloyd does go on to imply American foreign policy can be described much the same way.

Dec 26 08:37

Anti-driving-ban activists in Saudi Arabia 'to face terrorism tribunal'

Two women’s rights campaigners detained in Saudi Arabia will face a tribunal on charges of “terrorism”, following their campaigning activities, which led to one being arrested for trying to drive over the border from the UAE.

According to the activists who spoke to AFP, the ruling was issued in the city of Al-Ahsa, in the Eastern Province.

The initial attempt to cross the border, carried out by Loujain Hathloul, 25, was designed as a statement of sorts, while the other woman, a journalist from the United Arab Emirates, appeared at the scene later to show support, before also being arrested. They have now been in detention for nearly a month.

Dec 26 08:37

Anti-homeless cages installed around benches in French city on Christmas Eve

The right-wing city council of Angouleme in southwest France has come under fire for banishing homeless people from its city center, after it installed cages that completely cover benches used by local hobos.

The municipal deputy responsible for security, Joel Guitton, told AFP that the benches were “almost exclusively used by people who consume alcohol on a regular basis,” and claimed the decision was taken in concert with local traders, who complained that threatening behavior was driving away customers.

Dec 26 08:36

Public won’t let Washington sweep CIA torture under the rug – Russian diplomat

The Obama administration won’t be able to throw the torture issue under the table, as the US Senate report on the CIA’s detention and interrogation program has sparked a global public outcry, the Russian Foreign Ministry's human rights ombudsman told RT.

“It’s to be continued. If you wish, this report is to be continued against the will of those who would like to hush it down,” Konstantin Dolgov stressed.

The Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture following 9/11 will be “discussed in the international forum, including, hopefully, in the UN Council of Human Rights and in some other international formats,” he added.

Dec 26 08:34

Fukushima Children Thyroid Cancer Rate Continues To Rise

Fukushima prefecture has been conducting regular checkups of over 360,000 people who were in Fukushima in March 2011 and were age 18 or under when the nuclear crisis struck. As WSJ reported in August, a study by researchers in Fukushima prefecture found 57 minors in the prefecture have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer so far and another 46 are showing symptoms that suggest they may also have the disease. Today, as The Japan Times reports, four more children are suspected of suffering from thyroid cancer in the latest survey bringing the total to 107 out of 385,000 now surveyed. This is dramatically higher than the normal "between 5 to 11 cases per million people," that Okayama University professor Toshihide Tsuda cites for national statistics between 1975 and 2008.

As The Japan Times reports,

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Why the TEPCO leadership and former governmental leadership have not been sued out of existence for this very preventable catastrophe, absolutely eludes me.

Apparently, Japan's future generations are expendable to the Japanese government. And that is going to have profound consequences for this country.

Dec 26 08:27

Ukrainian Junta Gives Absolute Power To Permanent War Body

The Ukrainian parliament on Thursday approved a bill granting more powers to the country’s top security body — the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC), said the legislature’s press service.

The bill, which gives the NSDC the right to make decisions independently in emergencies without approval from the head of state or government, was passed with 253 votes in favor.

According to the new law, the NSDC, which previously supervised only the Defense Ministry and the armed forces, now acquires the right to partially control law enforcement, anti-corruption and executive agencies.

Besides, the NSDC secretary is entitled to declare martial law or a state of emergency in the country should a threat to national security arise.

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The passage of this bill puts Ukraine (and the US) on a real war footing against rebellious Eastern provinces and Russia.

Dec 26 08:24

Was the Sony Hack a Domestic Ploy?

Our suspicions about the Sony hack were raised when North Korea accused the US of involving its CIA. By then the story had been continuously presented by the mainstream media, always a sign that some sort of promotion was underway.

And now the next shoe has dropped – predictably. The administration is calling for "stronger cybersecurity laws."

Dec 26 08:22

Lebanese Army kills 3 gunmen on Syria border

The Lebanese Army shot dead three militants in the northeastern border region near Arsal overnight, state-run National News Agency said Friday.

It said among the fatalities was Adham Shedad, a Syrian militant from Nusra Front.

A source in the town told The Daily Star that a group of gunmen tried to sneak into Lebanon from Syria near an Army checkpoint in Wadi Hmeid on the outskirts of Arsal, prompting troops to open fire.

Dec 26 08:21

Longtime lawyer confirms Lionel Sawyer & Collins firm will be dissolved

Las Vegas’ legal industry shifted seismically Tuesday when longtime lawyer Sam Lionel, considered the dean of the Nevada Bar, confirmed that his Lionel Sawyer &Collins firm will be dissolved in January as he and eight others will join Fennemore Craig’s Las Vegas office.

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Read the comments!

Dec 26 08:17

ISRAEL …. THE CROOKED COALITION COMES TO LIGHT

Israeli police have arrested more than two dozen current and former officials in a corruption probe, including several from the party of Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, a police spokeswoman said Thursday.

Local media reported that the investigation was one of the most “important” anti-graft operations in the country’s history and could strike a blow to Lieberman’s Yisrael Beitenu party just three months away from a general election.

According to police, “millions” of shekels of public funds have allegedly been transferred to organizations close to the party.

Officials implicated include the deputy interior minister Faina Kirshenbaum, who has been questioned by police. Her daughter Ronit will remain in custody until Sunday, the spokeswoman said.

Former tourism minister Stas Misezhnikov was also detained.

Dec 26 08:16

IRS mistakenly penalizes Christine O’Donnell a second time, placed levy on bank accounts

Adding to the long-running saga of IRS dealings with conservatives, former Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell says the tax agency punished her mistakenly for the second time in five years by imposing an erroneous levy on her bank accounts.

Ms. O’Donnell told The Washington Times that she discovered the levy when she couldn’t access her checking account as she was preparing to visit relatives over Thanksgiving.

Dec 26 08:12

Monsanto/Bayer's GM Plants Contaminate Europe Despite Ban

Sayer Ji
Activist Post

New evidence reveals that despite a ban on cultivation of GM rapeseed in Europe, Monsanto and Bayer's plants are now freely growing there.

A new study published in PLoS titled, "Unexpected Diversity of Feral Genetically Modified Oilseed Rape (Brassica napus L.) Despite a Cultivation and Import Ban in Switzerland," is believed to be the first report of its kind showing that despite a cultivation and seed import ban of genetically modified (GM) oilseed rape in Switzerland, Monsanto and Bayer's GM plants have been introduced into the environment there, confirming fears that once the GM genie has been let out of the bottle it cannot be put back...

Dec 26 08:10

Mexico: Los Zetas Drug Cartel Linked San Fernando Police to Migrant Massacres

The PGR in Mexico recently declassified a document that shows suspected collusion between police and organized crime in the Mexican city of San Fernando. The new document together with existing declassified US documents, including a number of cables from the U.S. Consulate in Monterrey (along with a few diplomatic cables published by Wikileaks) reveal eerie similarities between the mass disappearance of normalistas in Ayotzinapa and 2 other cases of mass disappearances in the northern Mexican state of Tamaulipas in 2010 & 2011. The following article is republished in full via The National Security Archive
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Dec 26 08:09

Ongoing plight of Palestinian Christians

Back in 1948, when Israel was established, Christians in Palestine made up around 18 percent of the population. Now it is around two percent only.

They have been faced with the same discriminatory policies as Muslim Palestinians, pushing thousands to leave Palestine. In a 2006 poll, Christians living in Bethlehem said Israeli aggression and occupation was the main cause of emigration.

Inside Story discusses the sufferings of Palestinian Christians under the Israeli occupation.

Dec 26 08:08

Reporter says White House is Hiding Pictures from Night of Benghazi Attack

In an interview on C-SPAN's "Washington Journal" Tuesday morning, former CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson revealed that photos taken by the White House photographer taken the night of the Benghazi attacks have never been turned over.

When asked about questions she wanted to see answered by the Benghazi special committee, she said that she had a new list of questions which she intends on publishing. However, she says that the conflict regarding what Obama did that night still remains and the photos might just give the story… that is unless, as usual, the Obama White House is photoshopping them.

Read more at http://eaglerising.com/13087/reporter-says-white-house-hiding-pictures...

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Dec 26 08:05

Israel's Christmas present to Palestinians is yet another land grab

Israeli officials gave final approval to hundreds of new settler housing units in East Jerusalem Wednesday, despite simmering tensions with Palestinians.

Dec 26 07:58

Al Jazeera Investigates - Broken Dreams: The Boeing 787

Al Jazeera's Investigative Unit and reporter Will Jordan investigate Boeing's "Dreamliner", finding some workers with quality concerns, alleging drug use and fearing to fly the plane they build.

Dec 26 07:56

The NSA quietly dropped 12 years worth of internal reports on Christmas Eve, including reports that were illegally withheld and the subject of a FOIA lawsuit in 2009.

Following a classification review, the National Security Agency (NSA) is releasing in redacted form NSA reports to the President’s Intelligence Oversight Board (IOB). The release includes quarterly reports submitted from the fourth quarter of 2001 to the second quarter of 2013. The materials also include four annual reports (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010) which are consolidations of the relevant quarterly reports.

Dec 26 07:55

North Korea was NOT behind the Sony hack according to multiple security experts who discredit FBI findings and reveal that a studio insider named 'Lena' may be responsible

The FBI just last week confirmed what many Americans already assumed to be a forgone conclusion when they revealed there was conclusive evidence that North Korea's government was behind the hacking of Sony, an attack the government bureau said was carried out as a way 'to inflict significant harm on a U.S. business and suppress the right of American citizens to express themselves.'

Dec 26 07:49

The banks: how am I here again?

Ever seen an angry economics editor? Paul Mason explains why he's sick of standing outside RBS's headquarters talking about banks doing something wrong.

Dec 26 07:43

Failed Again: E. Ukraine & Kiev peace talks called off

Kiev and anti-government forces have called off their peace talks, which were due to take place in Belarus today. Efforts to end the eight-month conflict in eastern Ukraine remain in deadlock, and the last round of negotiations ended with no breakthrough.

Dec 26 07:43

Norwegian Trond Mohn donates 1 billion NOK ($135 million) to local medical and scientific research

Norway’s most philanthropic family, led by Trond Mohn, gave researchers in Bergen a gift this week that they’ll remember long after the Christmas holidays are over. Their donation of NOK 1 billion (USD 135 million) to further research, especially cancer research, is the latest in a tradition of donations that now top NOK 3 billion.

Dec 26 07:43

The 11 Most Politically Correct Moments on College Campuses in 2014

There are almost too many to choose from, but here are eleven of the most politically correct moments on college campuses in 2014.

Dec 26 06:55

Just how bad is China’s housing bubble?

Dec 26 06:51

Liam Neeson won't move home to Ireland because of water charges

Speaking to the Irish Sun, Neeson said he had changed his mind due to the austerity measures implemented by the government.

"We've been f***ed from a great height by these bankers and it's the final straw," he said. "To tax people for their water. Just wrong. I've always thought about coming home, especially now with my empty nest but this is just insulting. It turns me completely off.

Dec 26 06:49

Half of All Children Will Be Autistic by 2025, Warns Senior Research Scientist at MIT

Why? Evidence points to glyphosate toxicity from the overuse of Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide on our food. For over three decades, Stephanie Seneff, PhD, has researched biology and technology, over the years publishing over 170 scholarly peer-reviewed articles. In recent years she has concentrated on the relationship between nutrition and health, tackling such topics as Alzheimer’s, autism, and cardiovascular diseases, as well as the impact of nutritional deficiencies and environmental toxins on human health.

Dec 26 06:35

France strikes record unemployment high

Unemployment in France hit a new record in November, with official statistics published Wednesday showing 3.488 million people claiming jobless benefits.

Dec 26 06:11

LEAKED: Secret Negotiations to Let Big Brother Go Global

The ugly ramifications of the Trade in Services Act (TiSA)

Much has been written, at least in the alternative media, about the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), two multilateral trade treaties being negotiated between the representatives of dozens of national governments and armies of corporate lawyers and lobbyists (on which you can read more here, here and here). However, much less is known about the decidedly more secretive Trade in Services Act (TiSA), which involves more countries than either of the other two.

Dec 26 04:02

Germans hit back at anti-immigrant movement

Business leaders, the political class and average Germans are pushing back against a growing anti-immigrant movement, saying it threatens the values and image the country fought hard to establish since the war.

Dec 26 03:58

Alibaba to Deal a 'Crushing Blow' to US Retailers

American retailers are beating the drums, urging US congressmen to pass the so-called the Marketplace Fairness Act in order to protect small businesses threatened by online giants like Alibaba.

Dec 26 03:53

U.S. War Against Russia Is Now Against Hungary Too

Hungary has decided to align itself with Russia against the United States.

The Western Alliance is starting to fray, over the insistence by Barack Obama and the U.S. Congress to go to war against Russia.

Dec 26 03:41

HATE CRIME HOAX? - Juden, SS and six million more spray-painted at Jewish cemetery in Greece

Vandals desecrated the Jewish cemetery in the central Greek city of Larissa, spraying swastikas and threats on the cemetery wall.

Dec 26 03:36

Ex-TEPCO execs unlikely to be indicted over Fukushima meltdown

Japanese prosecutors are expected again not to indict senior executives of the utility operating the Fukushima nuclear power plant with negligence over the facility’s devastation in the 2011 quake and tsunami disaster.

Dec 26 03:05

Black James Bond,


Black James Bond, Police, Racism, Affiirmative action etc

Dec 25 18:24

Facebook facing class-action lawsuit over unauthorized message scanning.

Facebook Inc must face a class action lawsuit accusing it of violating its users' privacy by scanning the content of messages they send to other users for advertising purposes, a U.S. judge has ruled.

Dec 25 18:24

NSA Reports It May Have Broken Laws With Decade of Spying on U.S. Citizens

The National Security Agency today released reports on intelligence collection that may have violated the law or U.S. policy over more than a decade, including unauthorized surveillance of Americans’ overseas communications.

Dec 25 18:23

UK: Police have arrested a 19-year-old man over an "offensive" tweet

Police have arrested a 19-year-old man over an "offensive" tweet about the Glasgow bin lorry crash that has killed six people.

Dec 25 18:02

US Private Contractors Heading Back to Iraq

Private contractors once played a major role in the U.S. occupation of Iraq; now, they could be heading back to Baghdad. The United States is preparing to ramp up its use of private contractors in Iraq, an unnamed senior U.S. government official said Wednesday. “It is certain that there will have to be some number of contractors brought in for additional support,” the official told Reuters.

Dec 25 16:32

The Net Is Mightier Than The Sword - James Corbett at TEDxGroningen Dec 25, 2014

Since the rise of the internet people have changed from mere audiences into authors and editors. With pieces of technology small enough to fit the whole world into your pocket, a revolution might be on its way. The net is now mightier than the sword. This presentation was delivered at the TEDxGroningen conference in the Netherlands on November 20, 2014.

Dec 25 15:38

The bear squeezes back: Ruble rises against dollar

Russia has a favourable balance of trade and healthy foreign exchange reserves. Its overseas assets exceed its overseas debts. Contrary to reports from even American liberals such as Paul Krugman, Russia is well placed to meet its overseas payments, as French specialist Jacques Sapir has shown.

Dec 25 15:30

South Korea rules out malfunction of nuclear reactors

South Korea says a recent string of cyber attacks on its nuclear power operator will not cause any malfunction at other atomic reactors.

Dec 25 14:02

Key to the Twelve Days of Christmas

According to the Handbook of Catholic Sacramentals by Ann Ball, the famous song about the 12 Days of Christmas was written in England as a catechism song for young Catholics in the days when it was illegal to practice or teach the Catholic Faith. It contains hidden meanings intended to help children remember lessons of faith. Instead of referring to an earthly suitor, the “true love” mentioned in the song really refers to God. The “me” who receives the presents is symbolic of every baptized person.

Dec 25 13:43

Black Teen Shot Dead Over A Pair Of Air Jordans

In what police called "a random act of 'I want something that person has and I am going to take it from them," a black teenager was shot and killed after attempting to rob a man of his $200 Air Jordans. After being unable to purchase the 'limited edition' shoes, 16-year-old Jawad "JJ" Jabar and 2 other Middletown, Ohio schoolmates, brandished a firearm at a man (of unknown color) who had just bought a pair. The man, who had a valid concealed carry permit, shot once and killed Jawad. Since the dead black teenager was not killed by a white policeman, we doubt there will be any protests, Al Sharpton commentary, or mainstream media blitz.

Dec 25 13:42

The REAL Santa Claus

Saint Nicholas was a real, historical person.

But he didn’t live in some snowy Northern place like the North Pole or Scandinavia. And he probably wasn’t fair-skinned with ruddy cheeks.

He lived in the town of Myra – on the Southern Coast of Turkey – in the fourth century (it was then part of Greece). So he likely had an olive-colored, Mediterranean complexion:

Dec 25 13:42

ISRAELI JOURNALISTS WHO REFUSE TO BE SILENCED

They say that the truth will set you free ... but that’s the last thing Israel wants for the Palestinians ...

They let us go in the evening. The Israeli Police’s APC brought us back to the checkpoint. The case awaits a decision. Another decision is obvious: We will keep on covering the occupation.

Dec 25 13:40

LIFE BEFORE DEATH IN THE OCCUPIED WEST BANK

The night before he died, Muhammad and his father went up on the roof of their house. The teen pointed toward nearby Birzeit University and told his father that he wanted to study journalism there.

“Through media and journalism,” his father recalls Muhammad saying, “I can send a message to the world that there’s a people here that is carrying out legitimate resistance to the occupation and I can ask the world to help us end the occupation.”

Dec 25 13:28

The Obamas apparently shut down a Neiman Marcus for private shopping yesterday to the frustration of local shoppers.

The Obamas apparently shut down a Neiman Marcus for private shopping yesterday to the frustration of local shoppers.

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Dec 25 10:33

Finland’s Valio reported to double cheese production in Russia in face of food import embargo

Finnish dairy producer Valio has decided to double cheese production in Russia in light of the embargo on EU food imports.

The company plans to open a new production line in Moscow for its Viola cheese brand, the company’s director for Russia, Mika Koskinen told Finnish Yle agency.

Dec 25 10:32

Body cameras reduce police use-of-force, citizen complaints - study

The Rialto study found that police officers who weren't wearing cameras were twice as likely to use force as those who were.

Dec 25 10:21

RAND Corporation report says the Iraq War was George Bush’s biggest blunder

History is beset by military blunders, from Napoleon's attempt to conquer Russia to America's decision to invade Iraq. But do leaders learn from the mistakes of others?

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No, they do not. Every leader is convinced that this time, it will be different, because after all, he or she is a clearly superior leader to those others!

Dec 25 10:16

Anti-Zionism in the 21st Century

The essence of the Palestinian struggle is the battle against Zionism. It is a battle against its racism, against its murderous war crimes, against its insatiable territorial hunger, against its disdain for non-Jewish human rights, and against its devoted attempts to destroy Palestinian national identity. As voices of normalization are on the rise, and social media is invaded by paid pro-Zionist bloggers, there is an increased need for anti-Zionists to draw attention to the crimes committed by ‘Israel’, and to speak up against the ongoing media silence and the apologist activities of those misleadingly portraying themselves as ‘peace doves’. Let us first look briefly at the history of the anti-Zionist struggle, and then see where we stand today.

Dec 25 10:15

Israel Approves 380 New Settlement Homes in East Jerusalem

Under pressure to restart negotiations with the Palestinians, the Israeli government continues to expand settlements deeper into occupied territory, today announcing 380 new settlement units in occupied East Jerusalem.

Dec 25 10:15

Whole Foods sued for false non-GMO labeling

The case is Michelle Richard v. Whole Foods, as reported by the Food Navigator (12/5/14) and other press outlets.

The plaintiff’s claim? Whole Foods advertised and sold Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almond Milk and Vanilla Almond Milk with non-GMO labels, when these products hadn’t been verified as such by the Non-GMO Project.

The Non-GMO Project is, by far, the largest North American group that tests and verifies food products as non-GMO, and grants the use of its “Verified” seal.

Concerning the lawsuit, Whole Foods declined to comment. The Non-GMO Project declined to comment. Blue Diamond declined to comment.

Dec 25 09:59

U.S. Senate and CIA agree torture program was mismanaged

The Senate report on the CIA's interrogation program and the spy agency's official response clash on almost every aspect of the long-secret operation, including the brutality and effectiveness of its methods and the agency's secret dealings with the Bush White House, Congress and the media. Both reports largely agree on one major CIA failure: the agency's mismanagement of the now-shuttered program.

Dec 25 09:54

Israel forces shoot, severely injure Palestinian boy

A five-year-old Palestinian child has reportedly been severely wounded after Israeli forces fired a rubber bullet that hit him in the face while he was getting out of a school bus in East al-Quds (Jerusalem).

According to media reports, the incident took place on Wednesday when Muhammad Jamal Ubeid and his 14-year-old sister were exiting a school bus near their home in the al-Issawiya neighborhood of East al-Quds.

“An Israeli soldier fired a black rubber-coated bullet at the child from a close distance, injuring him under the eye,” Palestinian media quoted Muhammad’s uncle as saying.

The Palestinian child was transferred to a nearby hospital.

Muhammad’s uncle also said there were no clashes between Palestinians and Israelis in the area at the time of the shooting attack.

Dec 25 09:53

Israeli intelligence: Danger of spillover from Syria war increasing

The civil war in Syria has become a strategic draw. Neither camp is able to defeat its rival and the fighting is focused on local battles for control, which cannot bring victory to either side.

Dec 25 09:53

US police brutality protests hit home with Palestinian prisoners

In a letter written from an Israeli jail cell, Palestinian political prisoner Ameer Makhoul sends his salutations to African Americans protesting the police killing of unarmed Black men, women and youths.

“Even within Israeli jail, very much far away from you, we are mourning your beloved,” writes Makhoul in his 9 December letter.

Makhoul’s letter, which can be read in full at the bottom of this page, emphasizes the universality of the protests in the United States.

“Such racist official violence exasperates the conscience of all, and of course all 7,000 [Palestinian political prisoners] in Israel jail who seek freedom, liberty and justice for themselves as well as for their people of Palestine,” Makhoul states.

“Your cause is touching hearts everywhere,” he adds. “Your protest is on behalf of all humanity. Your voice is our voice … the voice of all free people.”

Dec 25 09:52

Iran Dismisses Khomeini Link to Pope Shooting

Iran has rejected claims by Mehmet Ali Agca that late Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini ordered him to assassinate Pope John Paul II.

The Turkish gunman earlier this week reiterated in a Serbian TV interview the claims he made in his book "They Promised Me Paradise." Agca says he told John Paul of the Iranian connection when he visited him in prison.

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Very telling that ABC (the Food Lion network) is running this on Christmas day! Essentially because the entire story is based on a sensational claim used to sell a lot of books.

Dec 25 09:49

Israel Court Throws Out Objections, Lets Oil Drilling Start in Syria’s Golan

The Israeli High Court has thrown out the last objections from environmental groups and approved Afek Oil and Gas, a subsidiary of politically well-connected Genie Israel, to begin exploratory drilling in the Golan Heights.

Dec 25 09:48

Jesus: the Muslim prophet

Christianity is rooted in the belief that Jesus is the Son of God, so is Islam’s version of Christ a source of tension, or a way of building bridges between the world’s two largest faiths?

Dec 25 09:44

Family, unable to afford surgery, is forced to give up dog. Vet performs surgery for free, returns dog to family.

The 4-year-old dachshund’s owners also had a difficult time. Unable to afford the surgery, the Pembroke Pines couple had given up Lola to an animal rescue group.

Dec 25 09:43

Teen's Solution To Avoiding Awkward Questions During The Holidays Is Genius

When you're feasting at home during the holidays, cringe-inducing questions from your relatives are not only annoying, they can sometimes be downright invasive.

Dec 25 09:42

99 Problems (Explicit Political Remix) ORIGINAL UPLOAD

Dec 25 09:38

Ebola Sample Is Mishandled at C.D.C. Lab in Latest Error

A laboratory mistake at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta may have exposed a technician to the deadly Ebola virus, federal officials said on Wednesday. The technician will be monitored for signs of infection for 21 days, the incubation period of the disease.

Dec 25 09:36

Russia Says Ukraine's NATO Ambitions Are Dangerous For Europe

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Ukraine's pursuit of NATO membership posed a danger to European security and that the West was using Kiev's bid to join the Atlantic alliance as a way to fuel confrontation between Russia and Ukraine.

The Kiev parliament's renunciation of Ukraine's neutral status this week as a step towards joining NATO has outraged Moscow and deepened the worst confrontation between Russia and the West since the end of the Cold War.

Lavrov is the latest Russian official to speak out against Kiev's bid in recent days and to make it clear Russia would see the NATO membership of such a strategic former Soviet republic with a long common border as a direct military threat.

Dec 25 09:36

Netanyahu recieves hefty donations from US patrons

Sitting PM recieves donations from Americans in New York, Los Angeles and Florida prior to Likud primaries.

Dec 25 09:35

’Tis the season for a stock market rally, but not for long

Seasonal chart suggests Dow could rally till New Year’s Day, then turn lower

Dec 25 09:34

On This Christmas, Let Us Consider An “Intervention” - Ben Swann

When Fox News reports predictably on a story dealing with police protests or immigration or war, we as viewers are not turning to Fox to be informed. We turn to Fox because we already know what we believe on these subjects and the only purpose of Fox in our mind is to validate those beliefs. It happens with all media... it even happens here at Benswann.com.

This Christmas I hope that in your conversations, family gatherings and time with loved ones, you will remember that there are NOT two sides to every story (a belief rooted in the left/right paradigm) but that there are many sides to every story. Those sides are not as simple as points of view, but those sides are usually represented by real people.

Dec 25 09:31

'Monumentally Stupid' Anti-Gun PSA Urges Kids to Steal Parents’ Firearms

For once, gun control advocates and gun rights groups agree — they’re fired up about a new video that urges kids to steal their parents’ guns and hand them over to teachers at school.

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The Nazis used to teach children to spy on their parents and report if they had something the Nazis preferred they not have, including guns.

Dec 25 09:29

And the reviews are in: The Interview sucks

I've never seen so many want to see a movie just because they were told they couldn't. Not saying the NK threat was a big marketing scam but if it was it was brilliant.

Dec 25 09:06

California Governor Jerry Brown Issues 105 Pardons On Christmas Eve, Many For Nonviolent Drug Crimes

Gov. Jerry Brown continued his practice of forgiveness on Christmas Eve by issuing 105 pardons, mostly for people who have been convicted of nonviolent drug offenses and burglary more than a decade ago.
The pardons issued Wednesday included a Stanislaus County man sentenced to three years’ probation in 1986 for taking expensive wine out of a wine cellar and drinking it. Michael Joseph Moradian Jr. has since “lived an honest and upright life, exhibited good moral character, and conducted himself as a law-abiding citizen,” Brown wrote in his pardon.

Dec 25 08:57

On the last trading day before Santa Claus comes down the chimney, the US yield curve (30Y - 5Y) collapsed to 108 basis points, the flattest since June 2008.

Historically, a rapidly declining yield curve slope occurs just ahead of a recession.

Dec 25 08:48

Europe must stop warmongering, propaganda to avoid WWII repeat – Norwegian historian

Liberalism and secularism are considered to be cornerstones of Western civilization, though many feel that their overemphasis has led away from traditional values and ethics into exceptionalism, intolerance and aggression. How have these factors influenced Western political thought, and can history's lessons help us avoid major confrontation in such a turbulent geopolitical environment? Oksana is joined by Hanne Nabintu Herland, author and historian of religions, to reflect on these issues.

Dec 25 08:43

Some believe the central political issue of our era is the size of the government. They’re wrong. The central issue is whom the government is for.

Some believe the central political issue of our era is the size of the government. They’re wrong. The central issue is whom the government is for.
Consider the new spending bill Congress and the President agreed to a few weeks ago.
It’s not especially large by historic standards. Under the $1.1 trillion measure, government spending doesn’t rise as a percent of the total economy. In fact, if the economy grows as expected, government spending will actually shrink over the next year.

Dec 25 08:42

U.S. Strikes Have Killed 1,100 ISIS Fighters And Cost $1 Billion

U.S.-led coalition airstrikes on Syria have killed more than 1,100 Islamic State fighters since the bombings began in September, according to a British-based monitoring group.

Dec 25 08:06

Pirate Bay’s Fredrick Neij now “wanted for hacking”

Former Pirate Bay operator Fredrik Neij is currently jailed in Sweden after being captured in Thailand last month.

Dec 25 08:00

Organic food sales skyrocket across Australia, while GMOs lose traction

Known for having one of the most outstanding economies in the world, with consistent high growth, low interest rates and low inflation, Australia is no stranger to the booming organic food market

Dec 25 07:20

50 numbers from 2014 that sound fake but that are actually real

2014 was quite a bizarre year, wasn’t it? The past 12 months brought us

Dec 25 07:17

Outrage mounts after news of another St. Louis police killing

St. Louis police chief concedes 'mistakes were made' after black teen fatally shot by white officer

Dec 25 07:03

Sony hack might have been an inside job

Kurt Stammberger from the Norse cybersecuirty firm, told CBS News that his team believes a woman identified only as “Lena” was heavily involved

Dec 25 06:41

British police prepare for Christmas ‘lone wolf’ terror attacks

British police are deploying resources to stave off the threat posed by Islamist groups plotting terror attacks in crowded public spaces as shoppers scramble for last minute purchases before Christmas.

Dec 25 05:46

Swedish school bans the Swedish flag

Dec 25 04:43

The Militarization of Police in America: “Active Shooter Training” Now Massively Federalized

As mass shooting events become ever more common throughout the United States, so too has their direct coordination under Department of Justice and FBI auspices.

Dec 25 04:39

Police in Washington DC fatally shoot two people

Police in the US capital city of Washington DC has shot two suspects dead in separate incidents that occurred within hours of each other.

Dec 25 04:36

Israeli serviceman shoots 5 year-old Palestinian in the face

Israeli police have fired a rubber bullet at a five-year-old Palestinian boy’s face as he was getting out of a school bus on his way home, the child’s family told Palestinian media. He sustained a skull fracture under his eye.

December 24, 2014

Dec 24 20:38

10 Days Of Extreme Weather Turn A Mountain Into Sheer Ice (15 Pics)

10 Days Of Extreme Weather Turn A Mountain Into Sheer Ice (15 Pics)

Dec 24 17:59

Beavercreek Police Arrest Photographers, Shove 8-Year-Old Boy, Threaten To Arrest 14-Year-Old For Photographing Protest

The Beavercreek, Ohio Police Department has once again escalated force, making an already volatile situation volcanically erupt all over the parking lot of the Fairfield Commons Mall.
The site of today’s protest, organized by Ohio Student Association, is situation directly across the street from the Walmart where John Crawford was shot and killed last August.

Dec 24 17:54

Christmas in Gaza

Christians in Gaza prepare to celebrate yet another Christmas under the Israeli imposed siege. Bishop Alexios of Gaza speaks to MEE about his hopes that the siege will one day be lifted so that both Christians and Muslims from Gaza can visit their respective Holy sites in Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

Dec 24 17:50

Genentech pays doctors to prescribe its newer more expensive drug, which costs $2,000/dose vs. older, cheaper, equally-effective drug Avastin ($50/dose). Cost to taxpayers: $1 B-billion/A YEAR

When the drug maker Genentech introduced a major product in 2006, it found itself in an awkward position: persuading eye doctors to start using its new more expensive drug instead of a popular cheaper version that the company already sold.

Dec 24 17:46

London activists occupy 5-storey former bank in London to provide shelter, clothing and food to Christmas homeless

A prime, five-storey Victorian office building off Trafalgar Square in London has been taken over by a group of squatters who plan to open the building on Christmas Day and provide a free festive lunch for homeless people in a protest against the housing crisis.

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