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July 14, 2014

Jul 14 09:30

TODAY’S TOONS ~~ THE ROCKY HORROR GAZA SHOW

Images ‘Copyleft’ by Carlos Latuff

The Rocky Horror Show Called Israel …

Jul 14 09:29

DOWNSIZING OF PALESTINE IS THE MAIN GOAL OF THE BLITZKRIEG IN GAZA

The Zionist strategy of branding its brutal policies as an ad hoc response to this or that Palestinian action is as old as the Zionist presence in Palestine itself. It was used repeatedly as a justification for implementing the Zionist vision of a future Palestine that has in it very few, if any, native Palestinians.

Jul 14 09:29

ISRAELI SIRENS GO OFF ON AMERICAN TELEVISION

Rocket siren interrupts Israeli envoy’s TV interview

Dermer’s Red Alert app goes off during CBS appearance, while Netanyahu urged Americans to imagine US cities from East Coast to Colorado under rocket threat.

Jul 14 09:27

What a breathtaking liberty! Venezuelan airport charges passengers £11.80 for FRESH AIR

Holidaymakers are getting used to paying for hidden extras when they fly but what about being charged for fresh air?

An airport in Venezuela is doing just that in an attempt to pay for a new air conditioning unit.


Jul 14 09:25

Israel Takes Revenge As Gaza Burns

from a NEW writer for ANCreport

Jul 14 09:25

Sec. of State John Kerry: ‘Significant gaps’ remain in Iranian nuclear talks

US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday major differences remain between Iran and six world powers in talks over the country’s controversial nuclear programme, an opinion shared by Tehran just a week before a July 20 deadline to reach a deal.

The United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China want Iran to reduce its nuclear fuel-making capacity to deny it any means of quickly producing atom bombs. In exchange, international sanctions that have crippled the large OPEC member’s oil-dependent economy would gradually be lifted.

Iran, however, has said it is enriching uranium for peaceful energy purposes only, and wants the sanctions removed swiftly. But a history of hiding sensitive nuclear work from UN inspectors has raised international suspicions, as well as fears of a new Middle East war if diplomacy fails to yield a long-term agreement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Congratulations, Secretary (Epic Fail) Kerry, for having delivered precisely what your Israeli handlers wanted as the outcome; no viable, win/win agreement between the West and Iran over their nuclear program, and the absence of such agreement as a pretext for a potential coming war against it.

But there is one 9,000 lb gorilla, sleeping on the Steinway, for the moment, that it appears you and the rest of the US government have not considered a key component in this scenario, and that is Russia. As reported at Washington's blog, January 2012:

Russia and China Would Consider An Attack On Iran – Or Syria – As An Attack On Their National Security RT notes: The escalating conflict around Iran should be contained by common effort, otherwise the promising Arab Spring will grow into a “scorching Arab Summer,” says Dmitry Rogozin, Russia’s deputy prime minister and former envoy to NATO. ­“Iran is our close neighbor, just south of the Caucasus. Should anything happen to Iran, should Iran get drawn into any political or military hardships, this will be a direct threat to our national security,” stressed Rogozin.

I would like to politely point out to the precious few adults in the bowels of DC that the US military does not have the money, the troop strength, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war with Russia; and that is what makes the military scenario so scarily dangerous here.

IF continuing these negotiations past the 20th of this month could acheive a breakthrough, then, by all means, this should be pursued to the last moment as the most rational path.

Unfortunately, however, those who love the profit and spoils of war hate logical, rational thought with a passion.

Jul 14 09:22

German NSA inquiry considers typewriters

The head of Germany's parliamentary inquiry into the NSA spying scandal has suggested the government return to using typewriters to protect national secrets from prying eyes.


Jul 14 09:21

In Photos: Worldwide protest against Israeli attack on Gaza (Update)

Jul 14 09:08

Kurdish leader in Turkey to push for independence from Iraq

The president of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region will meet Turkish leaders on Monday as Ankara keeps a close eye on moves for an independent Iraqi Kurdistan amid the chaos in its conflict-torn neighbour.

Massud Barzani is due to meet President Abdullah Gul and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the capital Ankara in separate meetings from 1100 GMT.

The visit comes as lightening gains by the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) — formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) — in Iraq have alarmed countries in the region and sparked calls for Kurdish autonomy to counter the radical Islamist threat.

In an interview this month, Barzani said Iraq’s Kurds would hold an independence referendum within months, adding that the time was right for a vote as Iraq was already effectively divided by IS’s actions in Iraq.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Barzani's timing here is a shrewd move.

An independent Kurdistan would solidify it's hold over its oil revenue,and remove the shakles of a compltely, pathologically disfunctional government in Baghdad.

It's Peshmerga fighters have the capabilities and discipline to hold off the ISIS/ISIL militants, and the Kurd's cultural cohesion - and history - make this an opportunity worth seizing for the Kurdish people.

The rest of Iraq may already be lost; its military cannot hold against the invaders, and the US government doesn't want to go back in militarily in an election year. Unfortunately for the US government, when Baghdad falls (and this appears to be only a matter of time), the US will have lost Iraq twice militarily, and once, completely economically, because it will have no say in to whom Iraq's oil will be sold, or in what national currency.


Jul 14 09:05

Sandy Hook’s Disappearing Witnesses

Close to nineteen months have passed since the event known as the Sandy Hook Massacre transpired. Amazingly, there has still been no conclusive evidence put forth by any of the families affected or the investigators involved to dispel the many ‘conspiracy theories’ that have evolved from the event. In fact, new mysteries seem to expose themselves even more as time passes by.

From Douglas Cottle, who died Sept 29, 2012, at age 62 to Michael Bellmore, who died May 3, 2014 at age 27, more questions than answers seem to arise. The Connecticut State Police Commander, the Connecticut State Police Commissioner, the Western Connecticut State Police Commander as well as the Connecticut State Medical Examiner have all been eliminated from the story either by retiring or death. What better way to cover up any possibility of ever disclosing the truth ? What better way to perpetuate conspiracy theories?

Jul 14 09:02

Ron Paul: The Collapse Is Close

Jul 14 08:59

Border Control Agent: Diseases Coming in We Haven't Seen in Decades

Monday on Fox News Channel's "America's Newsroom," the VP of the Border Patrol Union, Chris Cabrea told host Martha MacCallum "a lot of our guys" are coming down with diseases.

"Coming off the long journey they have been subjected to and then diseases some agents are contracting. We had one get bacterial pneumonia a couple days ago," Cabrea said. "A lot of our guys are coming down with scabies or lice."

Cabrea added: "The border patrol is trying to play catch up and we're having a lot of diseases coming in and some we haven't seen in decades and we are worried they'll spread throughout the United States especially if they are being released and have the disease."

Jul 14 08:58

The NEW Silver FIX — Alasdair Macleod


Jul 14 08:52

Man misdiagnosed as delusional for 20 years sues

A man who spent nearly 20 years locked in a state psychiatric ward in Lincoln is suing doctors for malpractice, saying he was never mentally ill during his time there.

Jul 14 08:45

TSA Lets Illegals Fly Without ID, Harasses Mom Over Breast Milk

While the TSA is perfectly content to let illegal aliens (and by extension potential terrorists) fly without any proper form of ID, American moms like Nicole Moberg are being harassed over their breast milk.

On Friday it emerged that the TSA was allowing illegal aliens to fly on commercial airliners inside the U.S. without verifiable identification. As long as the individual was able to produce a Notice to Appear form, they were allowed to board the plane.

A TSA spokesperson immediately took to social media to deny the report, claiming media outlet Breitbart had lied about the story. However, the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) obtained a statement from the Border Patrol union which revealed that the TSA had reversed the policy in the aftermath of the Breitbart story.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Any government which so consistently and perniciously harasses innocent people, and consistently lies about its actions has delegitimized itself to the point of being thoroughly unworthy of support by its citizens.

And that, unfortunately, is precisely what the government of the United States of America has become; a sociopathic, morally and fiscally broken, dictatorial, third-world banana republic, with nuclear weapons.

Jul 14 08:36

Editor of Russian-Language Newspaper Tortured and Killed in Eastern Ukraine

The editor of two Russian-language newspapers who was seized last month in eastern Ukraine and who was believed to have been held by Ukrainian government forces has been found dead, his colleague said in an online post.


Jul 14 08:33

Pro-Palestinian march turns violent in Paris, synagogue attacked

Thousands of people marched in Paris on Sunday to protest Israel’s Operation Protective Edge which has left over 160 Palestinians dead, most of them civilians. Some demonstrators clashed with police and attacked a synagogue.

Around 10,000 protesters walked peacefully through central Paris. They carried a large banner saying: "Total Support for the Struggle of the Palestinian People,” according to AP.

The demonstration turned violent at the end of the march on Bastille Square when some protesters started throwing projectiles at police officers, who in turn responded with tear gas, AFP reported.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The ones throwing the rocks were probably undercover cops giving the police an excuse to shut the protect down lest those poor Israelis get upset!

Jul 14 08:31

Horror as Gaza handicapped care facility is bombed

Twenty-year-old Palestinian Sally Saqr lies in a hospital bed in Gaza’s Shifa hospital with burns that have turned her cheeks an angry pink beneath her ventilation tube.

She survived an Israeli strike in the early hours of Saturday morning that hit a care home for Palestinians with special needs.

Two of her fellow residents were not so lucky.

Jul 14 08:31

Italian peacekeepers intercept journalists in Tyre

Italian soldiers serving with the U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon intercepted a number of journalists while they covered the firing of rockets from Lebanon into Israel and the subsequent Israeli retaliatory shelling of southern villages.

“It is a dangerous precedent for UNIFIL members to prevent journalists from doing their jobs,” Bilal Qashmar, a reporter and a TV cameraman, told The Daily Star.

Jul 14 08:30

The Kingdom of Shylock

First published in 1917, when it was repressed. This is a reprint of the second edition. Frank Anstey (1865-1940) was a leader of the Labor Party, a committed socialist, supporter of public finance and the Commonwealth Bank, and viewed WWI as “a war of rival capitalists”. He was more right than wrong. In this age of the globalisation, of organized criminality, we need more like him who will stick to their guns against cannibalistic corporate capitalism. This is an essential reference in understanding the true Labor Party, economic power in Australia, how far we have come along the road to total financial control of our lives, and conversely how diminished is our understanding of the forces that torture us.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hesperian Press sent me a copy of this book. I read it last night. In fact I could not put it down. There, in 1917, was a clear understanding that the world was enslaved by those who held control of the monetary mediums of exchange, and how those private banking interests had driven the world into World War 1. Given the title, and the threat to the private central bankers, the book was denounced and suppressed. But is is worth the read in light of current events!

The lesson from this book is that politicians have indeed known all along that all wars are bankers' wars, but continue to be willing to sell your childrens' lives for a share in the bankers' treasure!


Jul 14 08:29

Picturing The March Of Tyranny

Well-known libertarian cartoonist Ben Garrison has previously summarized the state of the States perfectly in this image. As he describes it - the cartoon "shows how the banking and corporate masters (crony capitalist fascists) control both major parties behind the scenes. They keep us distracted with left vs. right while giving us the illusion that voting for one of the other parties will solve things. It won't." It appears his 'prophecy' has grown more and more the reality in the past years...

Jul 14 08:29

Blood for gas: Why Bibi is punishing Gaza

Bibi and Shin Bet military intelligence knew from the start the three settlers were dead – and who was responsible. But Bibi simply could not pass up the opportunity to use the incident – during the frenzied three-week search – as a build-up to go after Hamas in both West Bank and Gaza, an operation planned way in advance.

This past Tuesday, the Israeli military spelled it all out: “We have been instructed by the political echelon to hit Hamas hard.” And in perfect Newspeak, the operation was branded a “just war.”
It’s easy to forget that at the time of Israel’s previous invasion of Gaza – Operation Cast Lead – gas fields in Palestine were outright confiscated by Israel. This “operation” was already an energy war, as Nafeez Ahmed analyzed here.

Jul 14 08:26

Robbing Peter

On 16th March 2013, the banks of Cyprus, with the approval of the Cyprus Government, the European Commission, the European Central Bank, and the International Monetary Fund, confiscated private savings of accounts exceeding €100,000.

At the time, there were two readings of the unanimous approval by four bodies. As the confiscation was presented to the public, the unanimous approval implied that the confiscation was above board. To those who looked a bit deeper, however, the unanimous approval meant that, not only had the four bodies clearly been working on the plan for some time, behind closed doors, but it also demonstrated that all four bodies colluded to steal a significant amount of privately owned money.

Jul 14 08:26

Arab League demands protection for Gaza

The Arab League has called for the United Nations Security Council to provide “protection” for Gazans ahead of an emergency meeting of Arab foreign ministers to discuss ways to de-escalate the latest conflict between Hamas and Israel.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry has coordinated with his Kuwaiti counterpart ahead the emergency meeting at the Arab scheduled for Monday night to discuss the crisis in Gaza. Kuwait is the current President of the Arab Summit.

Jul 14 08:25

Swimsuits for snow boots: Freak summer snow and hail hit Siberia, Urals (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Snowdrifts piled up on the roads of Russia's Ural region on Saturday as an abnormal summer snowstorm hit the region, bringing the area into the spotlight once again after last year's meteorite fall. Siberia also witnessed a downpour of giant hailstones.

Residents of the cities of Chelyabinsk and Sverdlovsk, located in Russia's eastern Ural region, were taken aback when it suddenly started snowing in the middle of summer on Saturday. Photos and videos quickly emerged on social networks showing snow-covered green grass in the middle of July.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Gosh DARN that human-caused global warming!

Jul 14 08:24

Utah Attorney Wants Federal Government To Release OKC Bombing Surveillance Video

Nearly 20 years after the Oklahoma City bombing, a new federal trial is taking place to determine if surveillance video taken from around the Murrah building from that day will be revealed.

For years, Utah attorney, Jesse Trentadue, has been fighting for information about his brother's suspicious death.

He hopes this lawsuit will get to the bottom of what really happened that tragic day.

If there is never-before-seen surveillance video of the Oklahoma City bombing, Jesse Trentadue is working to get it.

In his latest lawsuit, Trentadue is requesting copies of the videotapes from more than 20 surveillance cameras surrounding the Murrah Federal Building, before the truck bomb went off that killed 168 people.

In an email, Trentadue sent News9 several documents, that he said he plans to use in federal court. It revealed an attorney representing an FBI agent, offered to sell a copy of the bombing surveillance footage for over $1 million dollars to an NBC Dateline producer.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I sincerely hope that Trentadue is wearing his Kevlar undies right now.

In light of the fact that Hillary Clinton is eying a potential presidential run in 016, such records could well remind Americans that critical files from the Waco murders, which were kept for a pending Congressional investigation (under Bill Clinton's watch) were kept at the Murrah Federal Building, before it was destroyed.

The distructon of the Murrah building meant that this investigation regarding Waco could never go forward.

Jul 14 08:22

NC Cop Testifies Faking 911 Calls To Enter Homes Is "Official Policy"

A Durham, North Carolina police officer testified in court it's "official policy" for Durham cops to claim they received a 911 call from a residence in order to illegally enter the home under the ruse of a "safety check."

Jul 14 08:22

Boycott Called Against Local’s Eateries and Stores

The local branch of a statewide activist group has posted fliers around the Mission District asking residents to boycott the restaurants and stores operated by the Local Mission Group.

Jul 14 08:19

Israel airstrike bombs major water line, sewage station and water wells in Gaza

Israeli airstrikes bombed a major water line and sewage plant west of Gaza City, last Wednesday afternoon, which provides water to tens of thousands of citizens and is regarded as the main water line for al-Shati refugee camp west of the city.

Jul 14 08:16

North Carolina: Asheville's 'sanctuary policy' nearly cost officer her life

Last weekend, police in Asheville, North Carolina, arrested Celso Avila-Aguilar, 31, after he reportedly grabbed an officer's arm during a routine traffic stop, and dragged her some 130 feet down Interstate 240. Fortunately, the officer was not seriously injured.

Around midnight on July 5, Officer Ann Fowler pulled over a Toyota Camry near the Charlotte Street exit after she observed the vehicle's operator, driving erratically. The driver, Avila-Aguilar, refused to cooperate and would not exit the vehicle, according to police.

As Officer Fowler reached inside to remove Avila-Aguilar, the suspect grabbed her arm, held onto it and sped away, dragging Fowler alongside.

She fought with Avila-Aguilar, eventually freeing herself from his grasp. "Once free, she fell onto the middle of the interstate and somehow managed to avoid other vehicles hitting her," Ashville Police Capt. Tim Splain said.

Jul 14 08:14

US Offers Immunity To Junior FX Manipulators In Exchange For Ratting Out Their Seniors

In another indication that the ongoing FX probe is picking up steam, or at least preparing for primetime public PR consumption, the FT reports that US prosecutors are offering immunity deals to junior traders in London. The quo for this particular quid: rat our the senior staff involved in what has previously been reported to be years of currency manipulation.

Jul 14 08:13

Britain Buys Water Cannons; Fears Civil Unrest From Government Workers

he British government has just invested in water cannons because they are fearing the rising tide of civil unrest as austerity is forcing the reduction of state workers and their pensions. I have been warning that unemployment will rise, but this time it is going to flow more so from the state and municipal workers. In the UK, hundreds of thousands have took to the streets to protest against the austerity measures of the government. Prime Minister Cameron has no choice for this is the collapse of socialism. Those who think I am anti-poor or whatever, are missing the point. It is the rising cost of government that is out of control and NO LEVEL of tax increase can reverse this trend.

Jul 14 08:12

Israeli Airstrikes on Gaza Strip UPDATE VIDEO

Jul 14 08:03

More “Rolling Facism” In SC Upstate

Last fall Upstate television station WSPA TV 7 (CBS – Greenville-Spartanburg) ran an interesting story on “Operation Rolling Thunder,” a so-called countywide “traffic enforcement blitz” that’s really nothing but a shameless shakedown of motorists.

According to WSPA’s report, Spartanburg sheriff’s deputies “seized nearly $100,000 during the operation … and will collect thousands more from fines levied against the nearly 1,300 traffic cases.

The $100,000 was obtained via “civil asset forfeiture,” in which cops simply take your cash and force you to go to court to retrieve it – knowing full well the lengthy, costly effort to get the money back isn’t worth the effort. Oh, and they don’t even have to route that money back to county government – it goes straight into their bank accounts.

That’s theft, people …

Jul 14 07:56

Rape epidemic in US Army

IN 2013 there were 86,000 rapes reported in US army ,one can imagine how many of rapes were not reported because of death threats and being jobless.Reports From washington post say this epidemic is not just in army but women in jails are also facing molestation.Not even bars can save women in jails.

Jul 14 07:56

Russia doesn't rule out 'selective' strikes on Ukraine – media reports

Moscow is considering a possibility of "pinpoint strikes" on Ukraine to retaliate against the bombardment of suburbs of Donetsk, Rostov region, Kommersant daily said, citing a source close to the Kremlin. The source said Russia "knew exactly where the gunfire was coming from." He noted that would not be a massive action but pinpoint strikes on the positions from where they were firing on Russia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is important to remember there are two cities named Donetsk; one in Ukraine and another inside Russia. It is the latter Donetsk inside Russia which has been shelled in recent says by Kiev's forces in a blatant attempt to provoke Russia into a response that the US could then use to justify direct US military involvement in Eastern Ukraine.

Jul 14 07:53

A Finger in My Soup

Joseph spoke up: "How did the finger get in his soup?"

"The cooks must have put it there," said the manager.

"And are you going to do anything about it?" I yelled.

"Well," he replied, calmly, but a bit as if I were the one who'd done something wrong, "if the cooks put it there, they had a reason. I support the cooks, don't you?"

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Read this all the way through.

Jul 14 07:48

Save Gaza Today; Tomorrow May Be Too Late!

As Israel is set for a ground invasion of Gaza, the alarming call of a Holy War is heard from an Israeli commander who tells his soldiers that they are engaged in a war to “wipe out” an “enemy who defames” God. Jewish extremism has always been concealed, and with it, the dangers. But the threat is very real – and very well understood even by those supporting this growing danger.

World leaders have warned that the conflict could engulf the entire region, but Israel is not heeding their warnings. Perhaps Netanyahu is smug in the knowledge that even if all in the region (and beyond) perish, Israeli Jews, or at least some, will be safe in its Site 911.Site 911, funded by America, due for completion soon.

With the growing extremism in Israeli military, their “holy wars” and nukes, it is not just Gaza that is burning – this is a war on humanity and perhaps even human race. If we do not stop it today, tomorrow may be too late.

Jul 14 07:47

Israel Is to Blame for the Violence

Israel is waging a war, and it has been ever since European Jews entered Palestine and began a campaign to denationalize Mandate Palestine. The continuing siege, occupation, dispossession, and annexation of Palestine are crystal clear examples of the state of war.

Jul 14 07:44

Flashback - Israeli Deputy Prime Minister: “We Must Blow Gaza Back to the Middle Ages Destroying All the Infrastructure Including Roads and Water”

Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Eli Yishai said:

We must blow Gaza back to the Middle Ages destroying all the infrastructure including roads & water.

Or as Haaretz puts it:

Interior Minister Eli Yishai on Israel’s operation in Gaza: “The goal of the operation is to send Gaza back to the Middle Ages ….”

Destroying civilian infrastructure is – of course – a war crime under the Geneva Convention.

Jul 14 07:42

Hard Facts of The Holocaust

Jul 14 07:39

Weaponized Military Grades of BS

It is a momentous occurrence whenever the scepter is passed from one regent to the next. Each of them brings with their rule a general state of appearances. Pol Pot brought one. Peter the Great another and Queen Victoria something else. It is true that whatever came to pass was somewhat influenced by the people it came to pass upon but I can show you comparative levels of brutality in each of these. I can show you (in these very days) and you can find; scenes of elegant opulence and all manner of plenty with total want and despair only a short distance away.

Jul 14 07:38

Israel’s Dissenting Voices Get Lost in the War Echo Chamber

For several days now, some of my neighbours have suggested that the time has come to "destroy them"- meaning either Hamas or Palestinians - "once and for all". The rockets being fired from Gaza clearly do have the effect of raising the level of hysteria within Israel.

Jul 14 07:37

Church child abuse scandal: Archbishop of Canterbury Welby warns of more revelations

Disgraced vicars convicted of child sex attacks have abused their former Church titles by posing as respected members of society, victims claimed last night, after the Archbishop of Canterbury warned that new cases of abuse by clergy were likely to emerge.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Pope's claim that only 2% of clergy are sexual predators struck me as a bit low, given that the Catholic church admitted back in the 1990s that the figure was closer to 11%.

Jul 14 07:36

Orwell Would Be Proud: US Media Admits Divine Right To Decide What Public Needs To Know

The government really needs to get its message out to the American people, and it knows that the best way to do that is by using the American news media, said Shanker. The relationship between the government and the media is like a marriage; it is a dysfunctional marriage to be sure, but we stay together for the kids.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You know that myth you were taught in school about how the media was supposed to be a watchdog against government abuse? Well, that's just more USDA Choice Bovine Excrement. The US corporate media serves as the ministry of propaganda for the US Government.

Jul 14 07:35

Margaret Thatcher 'personally covered up' child abuse allegations against senior ministers

Margaret Thatcher personally covered up child abuse allegations made against one of her senior ministers, according to explosive new claims.

The Sunday People reports Tory Prime Minister is said to have held a high-powered meeting with the rising star, who was being tipped for promotion, and told him: “You have to clean up your sexual act.”

It followed an allegation that the minister had sexually abused young boys at the home of one of his political allies in 1982.

However the minister apparently ignored the warnings.

It is claimed that four years later he was spotted by police seeking young boys for sex at Victoria railway station in London.

But no action was taken.

Jul 14 07:34

Congressman Secretly Forced EPA To Lift Ban On Deadly Weedkillers Made With Heavy Metal Arsenic

The U.S. is in the midst of an arsenic crisis. And yet a single U.S. congressman, admittedly influenced by corporate lobbying, is consciously blocking efforts by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to impose new restrictions on the chemical element that would protect the public against this known neurotoxin and carcinogen.

Jul 14 07:33

UK police have details of CIA torture flights despite past denials of logs

Crucial logs that confirm the British overseas territory Diego Garcia was involved in the CIA’s black site rendition program as a secret prison have been passed to the UK police for further investigation, despite earlier claims that there were no logs.

Jul 14 07:33

Littoral Combat Ship’s Survival in an Attack Questioned

The Navy’s $23 billion Littoral Combat Ship is less able to survive an attack than other U.S. warships, according to the Pentagon’s top weapons tester.

Revised standards adopted for the vessel intended to operate in shallow coastal waters “continue to accept the risk the crew would need to abandon ship under circumstances that would not necessitate that action” on other vessels, Michael Gilmore, the Defense Department’s director of operational testing and evaluation, said in a letter to Senator John McCain.

Gilmore, rebutting the Navy’s contention that he’s misstating the ship’s requirements, said they are “significantly different” from those for other ships that may face enemy forces. His stance adds to previous questions about the future of the vessel being built in two versions by Lockheed Martin Corp. (LMT) and Austal Ltd. (ASB)

Jul 14 07:33

Ukraine: Heavy shelling hits Lugansk civilian areas *GRAPHIC*

Residents of Lugansk battled fire and smoke after severe shelling left several people injured and at least one dead on Monday morning. Mortar shells fell on residential areas causing major damage to property.

The streets of the city are now abandoned as residents fear to go outside in fear of fresh attacks on the city. One elderly woman who survived an attack leveled blame at Poroshenko, Yatsenyuk and Tyagnibok for the incident.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

YouTube has removed the video.

Jul 14 07:32

Macmillan backed Syria assassination plot

Newly discovered documents show how in 1957 Harold Macmillan and President Dwight Eisenhower approved a CIA-MI6 plan to stage fake border incidents as an excuse for an invasion by Syria's pro-western neighbours, and then to "eliminate" the most influential triumvirate in Damascus.

Jul 14 07:32

Thousands of civilians flee Gaza, Palestinian death toll surpasses 160

Thousands have fled northern Gaza after Israel warned residents to leave the area to avoid airstrikes. At least 167 people, mostly civilians, have already died as a result of Operation Protective Edge, which entered its sixth day on Sunday.

Follow RT's live updates on Israel's Operation Protective Edge

Israel dropped leaflets in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Lahiya, located near the border with Israel, urging residents to leave the region by midday Sunday and warning of airstrikes on Hamas sites.

Residents of the town, which has a population of 70,000, were told via the leaflets and telephone calls that “those who fail to comply with the instructions to leave immediately will endanger their lives and the lives of their families.”

Jul 14 07:30

Nestle Tapping Water From Drought Stricken California Indian Reservation

Among the windmills and creosote bushes of San Gorgonio Pass, a nondescript beige building stands flanked by water tanks. A sign at the entrance displays the logo of Arrowhead 100% Mountain Spring Water, with water flowing from a snowy mountain. Semi-trucks rumble in and out through the gates, carrying load after load of bottled water.

The plant, located on the Morongo Band of Mission Indians’ reservation, has been drawing water from wells alongside a spring in Millard Canyon for more than a decade. But as California’s drought deepens, some people in the area question how much water the plant is bottling and whether it’s right to sell water for profit in a desert region where springs are rare and underground aquifers have been declining.

Jul 14 07:29

State of Palestine: Scores killed in Israeli strike on Gaza family home

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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Jul 14 07:29

Ukraine Falls Under Fascist Bankster Thumb

In October 2013 the IMF met with Ukrainian officials to discuss the country’s alleged “budget crisis”. The bankster enforcer arm demanded that Ukraine double consumer prices for natural gas and electricity, devalue its currency, slash state funding for schools and the elderly, and lift a ban on the sale of its rich farmland to foreigners. In return for this Ukraine was promised a measly $4 billion.

Yanukovych told the IMF to take a hike and Russia soon stepped in promising cheaper energy and stating it would buy $15 billion in Ukrainian bonds. Yanukovych was now on the bankster hit list, and the rest is history.

Jul 14 07:27

“Justified Vengeance”, The Pretext for Bombing Gaza: Was the Netanyahu Government behind the Killings of the Three Israeli Teenagers?

‘Operation Protective Edge (OPE) directed against Gaza was planned well in advance of the kidnapping and murder of the three Israeli teenagers. Prime Minister Netanyahu has called up 40,000 reservists. In the wake of the shelling and bombing raids, a major ground operation scenario is envisaged.

Moreover, similar to the logic of the Dagan Plan, the head of Israeli intelligence (Mossad) had “predicted” the kidnapping of the three teenagers. Under the title Mossad chief’s chillingly prescient kidnap prophecy, Haaretz confirms that

“Mossad chief Tamir Pardo had “outlined a scenario that was spookily [sic] similar to the kidnapping of three teens missing in the West Bank” (Haaretz, July 13, 2014, emphasis added)

Jul 14 07:26

Photos That Make the Rude Pundit Want to Toast with a Pint of Thornbridge Ale and Then Drink Until He Pukes

That up there happened yesterday in London. Similar marches occurred all over Great Britain. It's a strike and protest from anywhere between 500,000 and a million workers (depending on who's counting) in unions for teachers, firefighters, and other civil servants in response to the government's offer of a contract that gave them a 1% raise after wages were frozen in 2010. As huge trade union Unison put it, "The current government offer leaves most workers with pay worth almost 20% less than in 2010. Falling pay also means loss of pension for the rest of your life."

Jul 14 07:25

'Israel drops cancer-inducing bombs on Gazans'

A Norwegian doctor in the besieged Gaza Strip has strongly criticized Israel for using cancer-inducing bombs against Palestinian civilians.

Dr. Erik Fosse told Press TV that the majority of patients hospitalized in Gaza are civilians injured in attacks on their homes and about thirty percent of them are children.

Dense Inert Metal Explosive, known as DIME, is an explosive device developed to minimize collateral damage in warfare.

Experts say it has a relatively small but effective blast radius and is believed to have strong biological effects on those who are hit by the bomb’s micro-shrapnel.

Fosse, a department head at a university hospital in Oslo, also says some Palestinian in the besieged enclave have been wounded by a new type of weapon that even doctors with previous experience in war zones do not recognize.

Jul 14 07:25

Given US/UK/Israel wars and lust for more, what do two ‘supreme Law’ treaties say about lawful and unlawful war?

The short answer is war is lawful only in self-defense from armed attack by another nation’s government, and lawful response is to arrest US/UK/Israel leaderships for unlawful Wars of Aggression.

Background history: It’s easy to document the US as a neocolonial empire; offspring of Europe’s lust for material wealth that spawned two world wars in the century within which all current adults were born.

Jul 14 07:25

Globalist Think Tank: North American Community “Will Be Forged in the Heat of Conflict”

The current influx of illegal immigrants into the United States has caught many by surprise, but globalist think tanks have eagerly awaited an event like this for many years.

On June 11, 2002 a conference on North American integration was held by theWoodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The center, which influences policy making in Washington, is funded by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, TheGates Foundation and George Soros. During the 2002 meeting, shocking revelations were made regarding the elite’s plans to create a North American Union between Canada, Mexico, and the United States. In order to accomplish this, representatives from various think tanks agreed that a campaign of social engineering needed to re-shape beliefs about national sovereignty and identity.

Jul 14 07:21

Exceptional America in Decline: The US Empire as Basket Case

For America’s national security state, this is the age of impunity. Nothing it does -- torture, kidnapping, assassination, illegal surveillance, you name it -- will ever be brought to court. For none of its beyond-the-boundaries acts will anyone be held accountable.

Jul 14 07:21

Monsanto Hides Toxicity Test Results on RoundUp, Calling them ‘Commercial’ Secret

Talking about Monsanto’s latest attempt to obstruct justice, halt transparency, and prevent people from stopping their seed and herbicide businesses from spreading is starting to seem redundant, but the company just keeps acting in increasingly objectionable ways.

Jul 14 07:21

Christie Blames Obama in Part for Mideast Unrest

Partly blaming unrest in the Middle East on President Barack Obama, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Saturday that Obama has not spoken firmly and forcefully on Israel's behalf and that the country no longer trusts it has the full support of the United States because of him.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yep; Christie is going to run in 2016, so he has to start sucking up to Israel now!

Jul 14 07:19

Proof that NSA Is Still Lying About Spying on AmericansJuly 13th, 2014

The NSA has been caught in lie after lie about its surveillance on Americans. This is nothing new. An NSA whistleblower told Washington’s Blog:

They were asked 40 years ago whether NSA had bugged Congress. And, of course, they lied. They lied through their teeth.”

Two of NSA’s current lies are:

(1) NSA only accidentally and incidentally collects information about Americans, and it is really only focused on foreigners;

and

(2) NSA only spies on Americans’ metadata … not content

But high-level NSA whistleblowers Bill Binney, Thomas Drake and Russell Tice have all told Washington’s Blog that the NSA is spying on the content of Americans’ phone calls and emails.

And it is clear that the NSA – and other government agencies – have been spying on – and retaininginformation on – all Americans.

Jul 14 07:19

Israel's Gaza campaign in seventh day as rocket fire continues

hope you have a strong stomach:

Col Lerner told the BBC that Israel had aborted certain attacks for fear of killing civilians.

Israel says it is targeting Hamas militants and "terror sites", including the homes of senior operatives. It says it has struck some 1,320 such sites.

"We do not wish to harm civilians in Gaza, but these civilians must know that remaining in close proximity to Hamas terrorists and infrastructures is extremely unsafe," the IDF said.

such blatant one-sidedness!

Jul 14 07:19

Sderot Cinema- Israeli's enjoying the mass killings of Palestinians

Since its first appearance on social media, the picture has gathered much criticism and rightful disgust. It has since become a symbol of a collective Israeli apathy towards years of systemic suppression of Palestinians, and a winning response against Israel's nonchalant attitude towards the ongoing attacks on Gaza.

It isn't difficult to confirm the veracity of the image, posted on Twitter by journalist Allan Sørensen who is reporting from ground zero. Reporters who spoke with some these spectators of war have documented their interactions.

"We are here to see Israel destroy Hamas," one of them tells a Danish journalist. "It's great to be here. You can feel the thunder and see the rockets. It is a quest for excitement," says another.
Many of them cheer with every explosion. Others have carried popcorn and drinks for the "viewing".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I imagine the Romans at the Colosseum looked the same way while the Emperor threw the Christians to the lions!

Jul 14 07:14

BEX ALERT - HAMAS: Imminent Menace to Palestine

“Gaza was being separated from Palestine geographically by Israel’s occupation and morally by HAMAS’ occupation”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I hate to be the one to throw cold water on such a magnificent piece of propaganda, but HAMAS is the legally elected government of Gaza. The Gazans voted them in as the government in 2006. When Israel claims they are striking "HAMAS targets" they mean they are bombing the police stations, the fire departments, the water and sewage systems; infrastructure any government tries to provide for their people.

Jul 14 07:11

DHS Asks Catholic Churches to Feed & House Illegals After Obama Admin Declares Them Terrorists

In an interesting turn of events regarding these illegal alien invaders, the monarch's, oh, I mean administration's, Department of Homeland Security has asked Catholic churches in California to "temporarily" feed and house what they term as "migrant" Central Americans until the year 2016. The same administration that has designated Christians, gun owners, Constitution supporters, veterans, militia members, along with other groups as terrorists has now solicited the Catholic church to aid and abet criminals breaking the US immigration laws.

Jul 14 07:11

While Argentina Celebrates, Government Quietly Slides Towards Default. Again.

Argentina has made a long habit of defaulting on their obligations; it’s happened 7 times in the last 200 years.

And now, just 13 years after their last default, there’s serious risk they’ll do so again.

Back in 2001, the Argentine economy all but collapsed. In a matter of days, the country went from mild recession to full-blown economic crisis.

The currency went into freefall. Police were out in the streets shooting protestors. Unemployment and crime rates soared overnight. And the nation defaulted on its debt—a record amount at the time.

In less than 30 days, history may repeat.

Jul 14 07:11

Florida Congresswoman sides with Israeli police over her own brutalized teenage constituent

Tarek Abu Khdeir, a 15-year-old Palestinian-American high school student from Tampa, was brutally beaten in a videotaped July 3 incident in occupied East Jerusalem by Israeli border police. After being thrown in prison, he is now held under house arrest without charges, unable to receive adequate medical care for the extensive injuries he sustained during the beating. (Video of the alleged beating at the bottom of this article)

Abu Khdeir’s family has beseeched their congressional representative, Castor, to publicly call for his release and immediate return to the United States. Though her staff has met repeatedly with the family, she has said and done nothing of substance to assist them.

Jul 14 07:11

Israel military says it has shot down drone along southern coastline

Israel's military said Monday it downed a drone along its southern coastline, and fired two deadly airstrikes into the Gaza Strip, in its week-long campaign against Islamic militants.

The drone came from Gaza and was shot down by a Patriot surface-to-air missile near the southern city of Ashdod, the military said. It did not say what the drone was carrying and there was no immediate confirmation from Gaza on the use of unmanned aircraft.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

FOX News is claiming the drone is Iranian, part of Israel's plan to turn the attack on Gaza into a wider regional war including Lebanon, Syria, and Iran.

Jul 14 07:09

Parade Float Insults Obama, Department of Justice Initiates Investigation

The DoJ has determined that the greatest potential threat to the Constitution, our national security and personal freedoms is... a parade float that pokes fun at President Obama. The threatening float consisted of an outhouse labeled “Obama Presidential Library”. Omaha.com reports:

The U.S. Department of Justice has joined the discussions over a controversial float in the Norfolk Independence Day parade.

The department sent a member of its Community Relations Service team, which gets involved in discrimination disputes, to a Thursday meeting about the issue.

Jul 14 07:09

Gaza's Torment, Israel's Crimes, Our Responsibilities

At 3am Gaza time, July 9, in the midst of Israel’s latest exercise in savagery, I received a phone call from a young Palestinian journalist in Gaza. In the background, I could hear his infant child wailing, amidst the sounds of explosions and jet planes, targeting any civilian who moves, and homes as well. He just saw a friend of his in a car clearly marked “press” blown away. And he heard shrieks next door after an explosion but can’t go outside or he’ll be a likely target. This is a quiet neighborhood, no military targets – except Palestinians who are fair game for Israel’s high tech US-supplied military machine. He said that 70% of the ambulances have been destroyed, and that by then over 70 had been killed, and of the 300 or so wounded, about 2/3 women and children. Few Hamas activists have been hit – or rocket launching sites. Just the usual victims.

Jul 14 07:08

Chris Hedges: Israel Is Captive to Its ‘Destructive Process’

Raul Hilberg in his monumental work “The Destruction of the European Jews” chronicled a process of repression that at first was “relatively mild” but led, step by step, to the Holocaust. It started with legal discrimination and ended with mass murder. “The destructive process was a development that was begun with caution and ended without restraint,” Hilberg wrote.

Jul 14 07:06

Butler-Sloss steps down as head of UK child abuse inquiry over conflict of interest accusations

Retired judge Baroness Butler-Sloss has stepped down as head of a probe into child sex abuse saying she was "not the right person" for the job.

Downing Street said "it was entirely her decision" and a new chair would be appointed within days.

Lady Butler-Sloss has been under pressure to quit from MPs and victims concerned about her family links.

Her late brother, Sir Michael Havers, was attorney general in the 1980s.

Lady Butler-Sloss said she "did not sufficiently consider" whether her family links would cause difficulties in the inquiry.

Jul 14 07:06

Here's What Israeli 'Roof Knocking' Before Bombing A Target Looks Like

THIS AMAZING VIDEO from the Gaza-based Watania news agency shows Israel’s controversial ‘knock on the roof’ air-strike warning in action.

The video demonstrates how a small missile strikes the house across the road from where the footage was captured. This is a warning that the house has been targeted for an air-strike.

About 15 minutes later the house is completely destroyed by two separate bombs from what the agency says was two F16 fighter planes. Most of this fifteen minute period is edited out of the video.

Rubble and debris are thrown into the air but when the dust clears it is evident that most of the house has been completely blown away.

Jul 14 07:05

Sainsbury’s £592m pension deficit poses a 'material risk to business’

The retailer is one of six FTSE 100 companies whose disclosed pension liabilities are now larger than its equity market value

Jul 14 07:04

Swastika banner flies over New York beaches

The banner shows the swastika over the Star of David. It flew as part of Swastika Rehabilitation Week starting July 5, according to the group's website.

Jul 14 07:04

Ukraine defense minister says transport plane was “probably” shot down from Russian territory

If you don’t know, blame the Russians.

A AN-26 plan was shot down earlier today. The wreckage hasn’t yet been found but Poroshenko says it likely wasn’t hit by a mobile rocket launcher. Evidently, some members of the plane have survived and they’ve been in contact with army staff.

Jul 14 07:03

Hillary’s Candid Motto for Democratic Party: “Represent Banks”

In 1992, a 44-year-old attorney made the following remarkable assertion: “For goodness’ sake, you can’t be a lawyer if you don’t represent banks.”

The attorney was Hillary Clinton. She made the statement to journalists during her husband’s first campaign for president. Her legal representation of a shady savings and loan bank while working at a top corporate law firm in Arkansas (and her firm’s relations with then-governor Bill Clinton) had erupted briefly into a campaign controversy.

Jul 14 07:03

GCHQ tribunal hears civil liberties legal challenge

?Civil liberties groups are making a legal challenge against the alleged use of mass surveillance by UK intelligence services.

The tribunal follows revelations about UK and US surveillance practices by former US intelligence analyst Edward Snowden. The groups involved intend to challenge the legality of alleged “interception, collection and use of communications” by GCHQ.

Jul 14 07:03

Israel escalates attack on Gaza

The Israeli military continued to escalate its assault on the Palestinian Gaza Strip over the weekend, carrying out hundreds more air strikes and its first ground incursion into the territory. It claims it has conducted over 1,300 air strikes in Gaza over the past week.

Israel is openly targeting the private homes of officials and leading members of the Islamist Hamas organisation, which governs the densely-populated strip of land, regardless of who is residing in them. The assassination attempts have killed at least 167 people so far, the vast majority of whom were civilians, according to United Nations representatives. At least 19 women and 29 children under the age of 16 are among the dead.

Jul 14 07:01

Ukraine says Russian army officers fighting with rebels

More blatant propaganda!

Jul 14 07:00

Toward a Europe Whole and Free (To Loot)

Tony Cartalucci
Activist Post

When the special interests who created and direct the agenda of the European Union disagree with member states, the true nature of this supranational enterprise becomes painfully apparent – one of dictatorial special interests pursing regional policy that benefits none of its individual member states. No example of this can be clearer than the dispute that has emerged over the construction of Russia’s South Stream natural gas pipeline set to run through Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary, and Italy...

Jul 14 06:53

NORAD: Fighter jets scrambled after Russian bombers spotted off California

Authorities say two F-22 fighter jets were scrambled after a pair of Russian bombers were spotted 50 miles off the coast of California earlier this week, Reuters reported, citing a NORAD spokesperson. Major Beth Smith, of North American Aerospace Defense Command, said that the long-range Russian bombers never officially entered U.S. airspace when two NORAD fighter jets made visual contact with them.

Jul 14 06:51

Amidst calls for truce, another drone attack

This should shatter the bovine excrement meter!

Amidst calls for truce, another drone attack
By Nidal Al- Mughrabi and Maayan Lubell

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Israel said it shot down a drone from Gaza a week into its offensive, the first reported deployment of an unmanned aircraft by Palestinian militants

Of course the title was Orwell-ized even as I posted comments!

Jul 14 06:50

‘Israel drops cancer-inducing bombs on Gazans’

A Norwegian doctor in the besieged Gaza Strip has strongly criticized Israel for using cancer-inducing bombs against Palestinian civilians. Dr. Erik Fosse told Press TV that the majority of patients hospitalized in Gaza are civilians injured in attacks on their homes and about thirty percent of them are children.

Jul 14 06:49

Lord Blencathra is ordered to apologise for signing lobbying contract with tax haven

Conservative peer Lord Blencathra – formerly known as David Maclean – has been ordered to apologise to the House of Lords for signing a contract with the Cayman Islands government under which he pledged to lobby both Houses of Parliament.

The move follows a two-year investigation by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism into the former Tory Chief Whip’s activities as director of the Cayman Islands Government Office in London.

Jul 14 06:49

Fake Degrees And Commercialisation Of Universities

Internet advertisements blatantly offer fake degrees. We are not talking about bog-standard pieces of paper, but of ones that are ‘authentic and very realistic looking … from colleges and universities worldwide’, which will give you ‘that extra edge’, and come with ‘authentic seals from the college or university of your choice’. The ‘instant graduate’ can also get a ‘cover letter from the college or university you will have graduated from.’

Jul 14 06:49

The CIA spying scandal and the disintegration of American democracy

Last Thursday, the US Department of Justice quietly announced that it would not launch a criminal investigation following the revelation in March that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had spied on the staff of the Senate Intelligence Committee. News of this decision—which concerns one of the most significant constitutional breaches in modern American history—was barely reported in the establishment media and prompted no significant response from any section of the political establishment.

Jul 14 06:48

Mysterious odor leads to evacuation of 100 Penn. homes

A mysterious odor has prompted the evacuation of about 100 homes in Pennsylvania. A fire chief tells WPVI-TV in Philadelphia that crews haven’t pinpointed the cause of the odor, but they’ve gotten high readings of hydrogen cyanide in about 100 homes in a Skippack Township neighborhood. About 150 evacuees have taken shelter in Skippack Elementary School.

Jul 14 06:36

Alabama VA falsifications continued even after caught

WASHINGTON – The Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System pulmonologist who falsified more than 1,200 patient records kept doing it even after he was caught, and even when he was caught again, little was done to discipline him, according to the U.S. Office of Special Counsel.

The independent federal agency, which investigates whistle-blower cases involving government employees, blamed CAVHCS leadership for what it calls "a lack of accountability," according to special counsel Carolyn Lerner.

Lerner originally disclosed the case of the Montgomery pulmonologist in a letter last month to President Barack Obama. But in testimony she prepared for the House Veterans Affairs Committee this week, she gave additional details about how the doctor was caught and what actions were taken by CAVHCS leaders.

Jul 14 06:29

Scottish independence gain momentum in polls

Polls have revealed that support for Scottish independence is gaining momentum among voters months before the September referendum that could lead to Scotland’s independence from the United Kingdom.

An ICM poll for Scotland newspaper showed that support for independence stands at 39 percent, while opposition has dropped four points to 42 percent.

The figure marks the highest level of support for independence since last August, leading the Yes Scotland campaign group to claim it is confident of securing the necessary two-point swing.

A second survey by polling and research consultancy Survation puts a yes vote up one point to 38% and a no vote down one point to 46%. When the people who have not yet made up their minds are excluded, the results put yes on 45% and no on 55%.

"These are very encouraging polls and show the yes campaign has the momentum because it is more positive and more trusted than the no campaign,” Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond said.

Jul 14 06:24

American voters say US elections are rigged to favor incumbents

A majority of Americans believe that incumbents almost always get re-elected “because the election rules are rigged to benefit Members of Congress,” according to a survey released Sunday.

Some 68 percent of respondents in the new Rasmussen survey say the high retention rate in Congress is because lawmakers are able to exploit favorable election rules, not because they do a good job representing their constituents.

And 48 percent of likely voters believe that American elections are not fair to voters — the highest percentage since 2004. By contrast, 39 percent of voters say elections are fair. Of the likely voters surveyed, 14 percent say they’re not sure.

In 2012, 90 percent of House members and 91 percent of senators who sought reelection were successful. During the Tea Party wave in 2010, 85 percent of House members and 84 percent of senators seeking reelection still won their seats.

Jul 14 06:22

McCain admires ‘Israeli’s restraint’ in killing Palestinians

US hawkish senator John McCain (R-Arizona) says Israel is demonstrating “restraint” in its continuing airstrikes on the Gaza Strip that have killed over 170 people, adding such “restraint” is “admirable.”

According to the latest reports, the death toll from Israel’s attacks on the besieged Gaza Strip has risen to 175. Over 1,230 Palestinians have also been injured since the Tel Aviv regime began its deadly airstrikes on Gaza on Tuesday.

Reports also show Palestinian families are fleeing their homes in northern Gaza. According to the Gaza-based Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, more than three quarters of the victims are civilians.

Meanwhile, Palestinian fighters have launched more rockets into Israel in retaliation for the bombardment of Gaza.

In an interview with CNN’s ‘State of the Union’ on Sunday, McCain said the situation has become “more dangerous than any time in the past” as he blamed Palestinians for Israel’s atrocities against them.

Jul 14 06:14

Accused terrorist questions FBI's role in arrest that led to conviction, alleged torture

FLINT, MI -- A Wixom man charged with terrorism in Eastern Europe has filed a lawsuit against the Federal Bureau of Investigation to discover what role the U.S. government played in the arrest that led to his conviction and alleged torture.

Doda Lucaj filed a lawsuit July 3 in Flint U.S. District Court alleging the FBI has failed to release records regarding the U.S. government's involvement in his 2006 arrest in Austria and eventual imprisonment in Montenegro.

FBI officials declined to comment on the lawsuit. The Bureau has not yet filed a response to the lawsuit.

Lucaj was one of 18 ethnic Albanians, including three other Michigan residents, indicted in 2006 by Montenegrin authorities who accused the group of plotting a rebellion to carve out an autonomous Albanian republic in the Balkan state, according to the Associated Press.

Jul 14 05:54

Fliers to pay higher TSA fee to help pay down deficit

The so-called Sept. 11 security fee that was intended to fund the Transportation Security Administration is about to increase. The TSA, however, says it won’t necessarily benefit from the extra revenue.

The fee hike could increase the cost of air travel by as little as 60 cents or as much as $22.40 or more, depending on the number of layovers and length of the stops.

TSA critics and the airlines are fuming about the hike.

Jul 14 05:28

Heavy fighting kills five in Libya's Benghazi

At least five people have been killed and nine wounded in the Libyan city of Benghazi after heavy fighting between security forces and rival militias.

The clashes erupted late on Sunday, when irregular forces loyal to renegade former general Khalifa Haftar bombarded militia bases as part of his campaign to oust armed groups, he describes as terrorists, from Benghazi, hospital and security sources said.

Special forces also clashed with militia fighters in the city, the Reuters news agency reported.

Three years after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi, Libya has slipped deep into chaos with its weak government and new army unable to control brigades of former rebel fighters and militias who often battle over political and economic power.

The violence comes shortly after heavy fighting between rival militias vying for control of Libya's main airport in Tripoli, which left at least seven people dead and halted all flights.

Jul 14 05:25

The slaughter in Gaza will not defeat Hamas The longer this offensive lasts, the more it looks like another disastrous Israeli miscalculation

At 9pm on Saturday, Palestinians in Hebron and other West Bank towns took to the roofs to watch what Hamas's military wing promised would be a missile attack on Tel Aviv using a new type of rocket, the J80. J stood for Jabari, the military's top commander, whose assassination by Israel on 14 November 2012 triggered the previous war. That was a clear sign of defiance by the movement – which maintains that, while it did not start the current cycle of conflict, it was determined to defeat the Israeli offensive.

Hamas has always insisted, contrary to claims by Binyamin Netanyahu, that it did not know who kidnapped and killed the three Israeli teenagers whom the Israeli prime minister used as a pretext for his onslaught on the Gaza Strip. That was not the sort of operation Hamas would have carried out given that its goal was to secure the release of Palestinian prisoners held by Israel.

Jul 14 05:20

GCHQ data collection safeguards inadequate, tribunal told Human rights groups bring ground-breaking case against government at investigatory powers tribunal

Safeguards surrounding GCHQ's collection of vast quantities of online data are inadequate and do not conform to the law, a tribunal hearing complaints about mass surveillance has been told.

The ground-breaking case against the monitoring agency and the government at the investigatory powers tribunal (IPT) is the result of revelations by the US whistleblower Edward Snowden.

It has been brought by Privacy International, Liberty, Amnesty International, the American Civil Liberties Union and a number of other overseas human rights groups.

Matthew Ryder QC, for Liberty and other human rights groups, told the tribunal: "Our challenge is against the legal framework which we say is inadequate and not in accordance with the law.

Jul 14 05:13

Edward Snowden: rush to pass British surveillance law is extraordinary – video

The NSA whistleblower questions the need for emergency legislation in an exclusive Guardian interview, saying the move mirrors a hastily introduced US law in 2007, and asks whether it would 'really be so costly' to take time to debate the issue

Watch the full interview on Thursday 17 July 2014

Jul 14 05:10

Lady Butler-Sloss stands down from child-abuse inquiry

Hours after the former solicitor general Vera Baird called on Butler-Sloss to stand down because her brother served as attorney general in the 1980s, when reports of child abuse were allegedly not examined properly, the former judge issued a statement announcing that she would withdraw from the post.

Butler-Sloss said she had been honoured to be invited to chair the inquiry. But she added: "It has become apparent over the last few days, however, that there is a widespread perception, particularly among victim and survivor groups, that I am not the right person to chair the inquiry. It has also become clear to me that I did not sufficiently consider whether my background and the fact my brother had been attorney general would cause difficulties."

Jul 14 05:03

'Word economy is as vulnerable now as it was in 2007 before the crash': Global bank watchdog in warning over soaring debts

The world economy is as vulnerable to a financial crash as it was before the recession hit in 2007, the global bank watchdog has warned.

Soaring levels of government debt in Europe and America and easy loans in the developing world have left the global economy in the danger zone, according to the respected Bank for International Settlements.

A fresh crash could be devastating for Britain -with debt now more than double what it was in 2007, leaving the Government powerless to intervene.

In 2007, Government debt was just 36 per cent of GDP, but has since topped 75 per cent.

Jul 14 04:52

Cameron announces 1.1 billion pounds investment in defence equipment

British Prime Minister David Cameron announced 1.1 billion pounds ($1.87 billion) in military spending on Monday aimed at bolstering the country's Special Forces and improving the radar on its Typhoon fighter jets.

The spending will include 800 million pounds in investment in "Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance", the prime minister's office said in a statement.

Jul 14 04:48

ISRAEL IS MASSING at the GAZA BORDER.

Jul 14 04:48

More Arctic Sea Ice Than 110 years Ago

People are getting stuck in the ice in 2014, but the Northwest Passage was open in 1904.

Jul 14 04:43

Beware Keyloggers at Hotel Business Centers

The U.S. Secret Service is advising the hospitality industry to inspect computers made available to guests in hotel business centers, warning that crooks have been compromising hotel business center PCs with keystroke-logging malware in a bid to steal personal and financial data from guests.

Jul 14 00:10

An Open Letter to Wall Street Journal from a Palestinian Woman

The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee’s Media Relations Specialist Amani Al-Khatahtbeh responds to Bret Stephens’ racist column “Where are the Palestinian Women?” in the Wall Street Journal last week. Stephens makes the assertion that all Palestinian mothers want to raise their sons to be martyrs. In a condescending comparison to Israeli society, he goes on to say that he has “yet to meet the Israeli mother who wants to raise her boys to become kidnappers and murderers.”

Al-Khatahtbeh responds, “Actually, every Israeli mother is legally obligated by the Israeli government to enter her sons and daughters into an institution that systematically kidnaps and murders. It’s [called] the Israeli Defense Force.”
Read her full response to Stephens in her column, “An Open Letter to Wall Street Journal from a Palestinian Woman” here...

Jul 14 00:07

The Unfolding of Yinon’s “Zionist Plan for the Middle East”: The Crisis in Iraq and the Centrality of the National Interest of Israel

“The Unfolding of Yinon’s ‘Zionist Plan for the Middle East’: The Crisis in Iraq and the Centrality of the National Interest of Israel,” illustrates how the ethno-sectarian fragmentation and internecine warfare between Shiites and Sunnis is in line with the Yinon plan to enhance Israel’s security and was ignited by the neocon-inspired US invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Netanyahu and the neocons currently view Iran as a greater threat in the Middle East than ISIS, and while they advocate US military intervention,they emphasize that such intervention should not empower Iran, notes Stephen Sniegoski.

July 13, 2014

Jul 13 23:51

Exclusive: Interview with Bashar al-Jaafari

Excerpts from the Exclusive PRESS TV interview with Bashar al-Jaafari, Syria's ambassador to the United Nations:

There is an awakening in the west he said, but a very shy awakening and people are aware that there is something wrong in the calculations of the American Administration...

You (President Obama) cannot on the one hand pledge Five hundred million dollars to help the so-called "moderate" Syrian opposition and on the other hand two days later state that the coalition is not a reliable political force. This contradiction speaks for itself he stressed.

There is no armed moderate opposition in Syria. Arming terrorists in Syria, is like arming terrorists in Libya, or arming terrorists in Iraq.

Jul 13 23:35

“Global Warming:” Coldest Antarctic June ever recorded

Antarctica continues to defy the global warming script, with a report from Meteo France, that June this year was the coldest Antarctic June ever recorded, at the French Antarctic Dumont d’Urville Station.

Jul 13 22:08

E. Ukraine militia deploys tanks, Grad rocket launcher as Kiev intensifies offensive

Militia fighters in the city of Lugansk moved up heavy equipment including multiple rocket launch systems and artillery to the front where irregular units were opposing the advance of the Ukrainian army on Sunday. Among the armoured units moving through the city's Kombrod district were Grad BM-21 self-propelled launchers and a T-72 main battle tank. Clashes were reported in the suburbs of the city on Sunday.

Jul 13 22:06

Israel continues strikes on Gaza for 7th day

Israel has continued its airstrikes on the Gaza Strip for the seventh straight day, killing a total of at least 173 Palestinians in the besieged enclave so far.

Jul 13 22:05

Number of Ukrainian refugees accommodated in Russia approaches 24,000

Another 1,800 refugees from Ukraine have been accommodated at temporary facilities in Russia since Saturday.

Jul 13 22:02

Relatives abroad might thwart Russians’ careers in public service

A ruling party MP claims to be preparing a bill that, once approved, would bar all Russians with relatives living in foreign nations from taking any official posts, or even being employed by state agencies.

While I understand the intent behind this proposed legislation, it needs to be a little more nuanced. Not every public servant is in a position to do serious damage to the interests of the nation, either because of the area in which they work or their level of seniority.

Jul 13 21:32

Bombing of Gaza children gives me “orgasm”: Israelis celebrate slaughter on Facebook

Edry’s Facebook timeline shows a pattern of calls for bloodshed against Palestinians. Writing about the murdered sixteen-year-old Muhammad Abu Khudair, who was kidnapped and burned alive by Israeli youth, she stated: “Sweet settlers, next time you kidnap an Arab boy, call me and let me torture him!! Why do you get to have all the fun?”

Talya Shilok Edry, who, posted the following “status”: “What an orgasm to see the Israeli Defense Forces bomb buildings in Gaza with children and families at the same time. Boom boom.”

Jul 13 21:28

Now the Pentagon Is Giving Our Active Duty Soldiers in Afghanistan Pink Slips

While many Americans who were too busy to pay attention are floored by our nation's apparent lack of border security and are somehow still under the impression this is a "sudden" massive influx of illegal immigrants that isn't the result of years of NAFTA, CAFTA and every president's foreign policy failures going back to at least Reagan — including the seemingly persistent, systematic destruction of our immigration laws by the Obama Administration (regime?) — our government is also busy embroiled in endless wars they can't win halfway around the world.

Now, supposedly due to sequestration budget cuts, our Pentagon is busy dolling out thousands of pink slips to our soldiers, including some who are active duty members fighting overseas in Afghanistan:

Jul 13 20:30

Released Occupy Activist Cecily McMillan: "There's No Sense in Prison"

McMillan was released from Rikers Island after 58 days. She'd been sentenced to 90 days for felony second-degree assault for elbowing a police officer, Grantley Bovell, who was attempting to arrest her as Zuccotti Park

Jul 13 19:53

The Head Of ‘The Central Bank Of The World’ Warns That Another Great Financial Crisis May Be Coming

Most people have never heard of Jaime Caruana even though he is the head of an immensely powerful organization. He has been serving as the General Manager of the Bank for International Settlements since 2009, and he will continue in that role until 2017. The Bank for International Settlements is a rather boring name, and very few people realize that it is at the very core of our centrally-planned global financial system. So when Jaime Caruana speaks, people should listen. And the fact that he recently warned that the global financial system is currently "more fragile" in many ways than it was just prior to the collapse of Lehman Brothers should set off all sorts of alarm bells. Speaking of the financial markets, Caruana ominously declaredthat "it is hard to avoid the sense of a puzzling disconnect between the markets’ buoyancy and underlying economic developments globally" and he noted that "markets can stay irrational longer than you can stay solvent".

Jul 13 19:35

Bombing of Gaza children gives me “orgasm”: Israelis celebrate slaughter on Facebook

The radical and violent anti-Palestinian climate in Israel is not divorced from reality.

Jul 13 19:25

Anti-Obamacare Ads: A $440 Million Mistake

Two recently released studies indicate that advertisements funded by right-leaning political organizations did not have their intended effect. Before the implementation of key coverage provisions of the Affordable Care Act, assessments of the complex reform’s ability to improve healthcare quality, its potential to limit personal freedom through mandated insurance coverage, and its impact on the federal government’s finances were largely conflicting.

Jul 13 19:23

‘Blood on Your Hands’: Former NYT Editor Blows the Whistle On How Obama Really Handles The Media

In January of 2014, former New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson described the Obama administration as “the most secretive White House she’s ever dealt with.”

Jul 13 18:59

War on Gaza: Injured Palestinians at Rafah Crossing

As more bombs rain down on Gaza, the Egyptian government has opened the Rafah crossing to allow injured Palestinians to cross the border and receive medical care. Noor Harazeen reports for Middle East Eye in Rafah.

Jul 13 18:52

One in 50 priests is a paedophile: Pope Francis says child abuse is 'leprosy' infecting the Catholic Church

Pope Francis has revealed that around one in every 50 Catholic priests is a paedophile.

Condemning the issue as a ‘leprosy’ which infects the Church, the Pontiff was yesterday reported as claiming that even bishops and cardinals are among the ‘2 per cent’ carrying out child abuse.

He also said that many more in the Church are guilty of covering it up, adding: ‘This state of affairs is intolerable.’

Jul 13 18:48

Dear PLO… Take your case to the ICC

PLO (Palestine Liberation Organisation) Executive Committee member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi said “Israel must be held accountable for its flagrant violations of international law… We call on all members of the international community to act quickly and stop granting Israel a license to commit murder and terror.”

Jul 13 18:44

Dumb People Sent a Worthless Stock Soaring. Dumb Machines May Do It Next

Paradoxically, the more Wall Street’s machines become like humans, the more prone they may be to making the same kinds of mistakes humans do. The next tech bubble might not be driven by human stupidity or greed; it might be created by the tech itself.

Jul 13 18:36

Edward Snowden condemns Britain's emergency surveillance bill

The NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has condemned the new surveillance bill being pushed through the UK's parliament this week, expressing concern about the speed at which it is being done, lack of public debate, fear-mongering and what he described as increased powers of intrusion.

In an exclusive interview with the Guardian in Moscow, Snowden said it was very unusual for a public body to pass an emergency law such as this in circumstances other than a time of total war. "I mean we don't have bombs falling. We don't have U-boats in the harbour."

Suddenly it is a priority, he said, after the government had ignored it for an entire year. "It defies belief."

Jul 13 18:30

Holder Takes Aim At "Homegrown Violent Extremists" Who Have "Domestic Concerns"

Eric Blair
Activist Post

Attorney General Eric Holder appeared on ABC's This Week to reaffirm that his greatest fear, the one that keeps him up at night, is "lone wolf homegrown violent extremists" who have "domestic concerns". This is basically code for any citizen who disagrees with the direction the establishment is taking the country...

Jul 13 18:22

800 Degree Heat From Solar Mirrors Frying Birds Mid Air

There is growing evidence that birds flying in the vicinity of a solar thermal power project in California’s Mojave Desert are being injured and even killed either by the solar heat that’s focused with mirrors on its three energy-collecting towers, or by colliding with the mirrors themselves.

Jul 13 18:21

Worried about a Health Crisis Caused by Immigrant Kids? Mainstream Says You're "Hysterical" and "Fear-Mongering"

Illegal immigrants from Mexico could be bringing a little something extra across the border: infectious disease.

When I first read about this, I thought it was being blown out of proportion. I suspected that this was something geared to stir up civil unrest against those crossing our Southern border. However, as more information comes to light, it appears this is a very real issue, one that could affect us all.

Of course, if you believe that, despite confirmed cases of kids with H1N1, measles, scabies, and tuberculosis, you're just an anti-immigrant bigot if you're concerned about disease.

Jul 13 16:59

Israel hits Gaza with banned weapons: Norwegian doctor

Israel's use of internationally banned weapons is a blatant violation of human rights and international agreements," said Youssef Abo al-Rish, Palestinian Health Ministry Undersecretary.

Jul 13 15:54

Israel has barred UN investigators in the occupied Palestinian Territories

Israel has barred UNRWA’s Commissioner-General, Pierre Kraehenbuehl and the UN’s Coordinator of Humanitarian Affairs in the occupied Palestinian Territories James Rowley from entering the Gaza Strip

Jul 13 14:48

Omens of a Derivatives Meltdown (Part 1)

Jul 13 14:08

Ukrainian warplane invades Russian airspace

A plane of the Ukrainian Air Force has invaded the Russian airspace, a special correspondent of Russia’s Zvezda TV channel said on Sunday.

Jul 13 14:04

Erdogan criticises west's silence on Israeli aggression

The west remains silent while Israel bombards and terrorizes Gaza, Turkey's Prime Minister said at a rally in Sanliurfa on Sunday, Anadolu Agency reported.

Jul 13 14:02

Genocide in Eastern Ukraine

'Degeneration into genocide' as President Poroshenko calls for the murder of 'hundreds' of rebels for each of his troops killed - more than Nazi Germany ordered as punitive reprisals in World War Two; eyewitnesses report Kiev death squads going 'house to house' executing all men under 35 on the spot, 'crucifying' babies and forcing their mothers to watch - unspeakable atrocities under a complete mainstream media blackout. On Sunday Ukraine's missiles killed and injured civilians in the Rostov region, the latest bombing on Russia.

Jul 13 13:49

Ukraine refuses to admit that it shelled Russian territory

Ukraine has refused to admit that it shelled Russian territory. The country’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Sunday in which it said that Ukrainian soldiers did not deliver fire in the region mentioned by Russia.

Jul 13 13:31

CBS network gives Netanyahu the first 8 1/2 minutes of its morning show

to provide the people of the USA with an elaborate, if twisted and perverse, explanation of why the people he is killing in Gaza deserve to be terrorized and devasted yet again by the Zionists who run Israel.

Jul 13 13:26

Israeli lynch mob hunting for Arabs

Jul 13 13:24

On Israeli Defeat And The Future of Jewish Politics

It is important to note that Israel hasn't won a single military battle since 1973. True, it has killed many Arabs, but it hasn't managed to achieve any of its military objectives.

Jul 13 13:21

Israeli jets destroying Gaza water and sewage systems, Oxfam estimates 90% of Gaza water unsafe to drink

according to Saed al-Din Atbash, head of water facilities at Gaza Municipality.

Atbash told reporters in Gaza City that Israel is deliberately targeting the wells

Jul 13 13:11

Detroiters Put Bodies on the Line to Stop Privatization of Their Water

At 6:45 on Thursday morning, the Reverend Bill Wylie-Kellerman of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Detroit sat down with nine othersblocking the entrance of the facility where Homrich Wrecking’s water shutoff trucks were set to leave for the day. By 8 a.m., the “Detroit Water 10” had been charged with disorderly conduct

Jul 13 12:44

Zionists dominance over media : Fact or Fiction?

Conspiracy theory has been title of argument for long time. At every angle there is debate, however, angles can be translated in form of questions. Do Zionists really control Western media? if the answer is yes, for many people, that doesn't matter as long as Zionists are citizens live under local laws. And what is the importance of such control for people. Others believe that the conspiracy theory as mere "delusion" settled in minds of lazy people. [ I exerted efforts to find clear definition that describes conspiracy in political science]
Conspiracy [political science(*)]: is an evil, illegal and secret plan between two or more sides.
Conspiracy [oxford dictionary] : a secret plan by a group of people to do something harmful or illegal.

First, American Media:
- Newspapers:

Jul 13 12:38

CNN: PALESTINIANS WANT TO DIE

CNN, Jake Tapper interviews Diana Buttu, a former advisor to the PLO. After failing to persuade her of Israel’s complete innocence, he tells her that Hamas is instructing women and children to remain in their homes to die as Israel bombs them. She responds by expressing doubt that people want to die. Oh no, says Tapper, Palestinians live in a culture of martyrdom; they want to die.

Jul 13 11:30

A short introduction about occupied Palestine

Jul 13 11:27

Thousands of Gaza civilians flee after Israeli warning

Thousands fled their homes in a Gaza town on Sunday after Israel warned them to leave ahead of threatened attacks on rocket-launching sites, on the sixth day of an offensive that Palestinian officials said has killed at least 160 people...

Jul 13 11:25

Jeff Blankfort on Israel's attacks (1/2)


Did you notice how the mother of one of the Israeli teens who was killed, said on ABC she opposed Israeli violence? They gave her about ten seconds. What if these kids were anti-colonialist and thus a sacrifice.

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