Thursday, 24 July 2014

Students offered grants if they tweet pro-Israeli propaganda

Comment: This is on top of of a whole intelligence department dedicated to information dominance on the internet. 

The tide is turning against you Israel - good luck with that...

Israeli targeting policy under scrutiny after tanks kill 15 in a Gaza school run by the UN 

I wonder why?

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Independent 

In a campaign to improve its image abroad, the Israeli government plans to provide scholarships to hundreds of students at its seven universities in exchange for their making pro-Israel Facebook posts and tweets to foreign audiences. 

The students making the posts will not reveal online that they are funded by the Israeli government, according to correspondence about the plan revealed in the Haaretz newspaper.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office, which will oversee the programme, confirmed its launch and wrote that its aim was to “strengthen Israeli public diplomacy and make it fit the changes in the means of information consumption”.

The government’s hand is to be invisible to the foreign audiences. Daniel Seaman, the official who has been planning the effort, wrote in a letter on 5 August to a body authorising government projects that “the idea requires not making the role of the state stand out and therefore it is necessary to adhere to great involvement of the students themselves, without political linkage or affiliation”.

According to the plan, students are to be organised into units at each university, with a chief co-ordinator who receives a full scholarship, three desk co-ordinators for language, graphics and research who receive lesser scholarships and students termed “activists” who will receive a “minimal scholarship”.

Mr Netanyahu’s aides said the main topics the units would address related to political and security issues, combating calls to boycott Israel and combating efforts to question Israel’s legitimacy. The officials said the students would stress Israeli democratic values, freedom of religion and pluralism.

But Alon Liel, the doveish former director-general of the Israeli foreign ministry, criticised the plan as “quite disgusting”. “University students should be educated to think freely. When you buy the mind of a student, he becomes a puppet of the Israeli government grant,” he said. “You can give a grant to do social work or teach but not to do propaganda on controversial issues for the government.”


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The violence didn't begin with the three abducted Israeli settlers

If Americans Knew
July 21, 2014

Updated: July 23, 2014 

Since Israel began its latest offensive "Operation Protective Edge" on July 8, 2014, 701 Palestinians and 29 Israelis have been killed (the numbers continue to grow). Although the media is largely portraying Israel's actions as defensive, violence in the region did not begin with the kidnapping and murder of the three Israel settlers on June 12, 2014. In fact, Israel has been kidnapping and murdering Palestinian adults and youth on a regular basis for decades (read about how the conflict was started), yet this is rarely covered in U.S. news. 

It's also important to recognize that rocket attacks from Gaza began decades after Israel had already been militarily occupying Palestinian territory. The first rocket (largely home-made projectiles that rarely caused any death, injuries, or even damage) was fired from Gaza in April 2001 – after Israeli forces had already killed 35 Gazans that year, and had repeatedly shelled Gazan neighborhoods. From April 2001 through July 2014, rockets killed approximately 29 Israelis. During the same period, Israeli forces killed over 4,700 Gazans

Here are the facts:

 


  • From January 1 to May 31 of this year, Israel kidnapped 2,330 Palestinians and held them in Israeli prisons. During these months, there were an average of 203 Palestinian children in Israeli jails on any given day. Palestinians help captive by Israel can be denied access to a lawyer for up to 90 days, and torture is routine. But the media only expresses outrage when Israelis are kidnapped and held prisoner by Palestinians.
  • From January 1 to June 12 of this year, Israelis killed approximately 30 Palestinians, 4 of them children. None of the Israeli killers were held accountable for the murders. Mainstream media outlets almost never reported on any of these killings. Yet everyone was made aware of the names of the three Israelis abducted and murdered in June.
  • Since "Operation Protective Edge" began (July 8 through July 22), Israeli forces have killed 701 Palestinians, 155 of them children. During this time, Palestinian resistance forces killed 29 Israelis, none of whom were children. Approximately 76 percent of the Palestinians killed during this period were civilians, while approximately 7 percent of the Israelis killed were civilians.
  • Israel actually rejected a legitimate ceasefire offer, not Hamas. The ceasefire Hamas has offered Israel would ensure that Gazans have the same freedoms that most people view as basic human rights (right to trade with other nations, right to travel freely, right to worship at Holy places, etc).
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Since Israel began its latest offensive "Operation Protective Edge" on July 8, 2014, 701 Palestinians and 29 Israelis have been killed. Although the media is largely portraying Israel's actions as defensive, violence in the region did not begin with the kidnapping and murder of the three Israel settlers on June 12, 2014. Read more

Take action: Call your Congress person at 202-224-3121 and ask them to demand that Israel stop its massacre, attend a demonstration in support of the people of Gaza, and donate to a charity that's providing immediate aid. 


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Israeli Cabinet Mulls Further Escalation: At Least 718 Gazans Killed

Jason Ditz
Anti War 

Lapid: War Must Continue Until Gaza Is 'Cleansed' 

The death toll in Israel’s war on the Gaza Strip continues to rise, with at least 718 Gazans now reported slain, overwhelmingly civilians, and thousands wounded. The death toll on the Israeli side stands at 34, 32 of them soldiers, and one civilian from the Philippines. 

 

Among the soaring number of Palestinian civilians, anestimated 24% are children under the age of 18, reflecting the growing tendency of attacks on civilian neighborhoods killing entire families. 

 

There continues to be some international effort to ceasefire, though the indications are that neither Israel nor Hamas have been brought directly on board for the talks. 

 

Israel’s cabinet met today, and while international efforts to broker a ceasefire were discussed, the primary focus was said to be on the possibility of further escalation of the invasion. 

 

Finance Minister Yair Lapid, talking ahead of the meeting, said the consensus is that the war must continue until the tiny strip is “cleansed” of all tunnels and all rockets. 

 

Despite Israeli officials making the war officially about tunnels, today’s reports again included intensive bombings of civilian areas, and a focus on the beach, where tunnels couldn’t even theoretically be. 

 

The seemingly random nature of a lot of Israel’s attack has made them the subject of growing criticism, and UN human rights chief Navi Pillay is calling for an emergency session of the UN Human Rights Council to look into Israeli war crimes against Palestinian civilians.

 

Of course, the US government will likely block any efforts to hold Israel’s leadership responsible for war crimes, and the State Department defended Israel’s decision to attack hospitals full of wounded civilians, claiming secret evidence the hospitals were storing rockets, despite there being no sign of any in the wreckage.


(article published by antiwar.com)


IMF, World Bank, Giant Consultants Admit The Storm Is Coming

Andrew Gavin Marshall

Following Parts 123 and 4 of the World of Resistance Report, in this fifth installment I examine the warnings of social unrest and revolution emanating from the world’s major international financial institutions like the IMF and World Bank, as well as the world’s major consulting firms that provide strategic and investment advice to corporations, banks and investors around the world.

These two groups – financial institutions and the consultants that advise them – play key roles in the spread of institutionalized corporate and financial power, and as such, warnings from these groups about the threat posed by “social unrest” carry particular weight as they are geared toward a particular audience: the global oligarchy itself.

Organizations like the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank were responsible for forcing neoliberal economic “restructuring” on much of the developing world from the 1980s onwards, as the IMF and E.U. are currently imposing on Greece and large parts of Europe. The results have been and continue to be devastating for populations, while corporations and banks accumulate unprecedented wealth and power.

As IMF austerity programs spread across the globe, poverty followed, and so too did protests and rebellion. Between 1976 and 1992, there were 146 protests against IMF-sponsored programs in 39 different countries around the world, often resulting in violent state repression of the domestic populations (cited explicitly by Firoze Manji and Carl O’Coill in “The Missionary Position: NGOs and Development in Africa,” International Affairs, Vol. 78, No. 3, 2002).

These same programs by the IMF and World Bank facilitated the massive growth of slums, as the policies demanded by the organizations forced countries to undertake massive layoffs, privatization, deregulation, austerity and the liberalization of markets – amounting, ultimately, to a new system of social genocide. The new poor and displaced rural communities flocked to cities in search of work and hope for a better future, only to be herded into massive urban shantytowns and slums. Today roughly one in seven people on Earth, or over 1 billion, live in slums. (An excellent source on this is Mike Davis's "Planet of Slums".)

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Lack of International Pressure Permits Endless Assault on Gaza




Vijay Prashad is the Edward Said Chair at the American University of Beirut. He is the author of sixteen books, including The Poorer Nations: A Possible History of the Global South (Verso, 2013), Arab Spring, Libyan Winter (AK, 2012) and (co-edited with Paul Amar) Dispatches from the Arab Spring (2013). He writes regularly for The Hindu, Frontline, Jadaliyya, Counterpunch, Himal and Bol.

The implosion is near: Signs of the bubble's last days


David Stockman
Seeking Alpha


The central banks of the world are massively and insouciantly pursuing financial instability. That's the inherent result of the 68 straight months of zero money market rates that have been forced into the global financial system by the Fed and its confederates at the BOJ, ECB and BOE. ZIRP fuels endless carry trades and the harvesting of every manner of profit spread between negligible "funding" costs and positive yields and returns on a wide spectrum of risk assets.

Moreover, this central bank sponsored regime of ZIRP and money market pegging contains a built-in accelerator. As carry trade speculators drive asset prices steadily higher and fixed income spreads steadily thinner - - fear and short interest is driven out of the casino, making buying on the dips ever more profitable and less risky. Indeed, the explicit promise by central banks that the money market rate will remain frozen for the duration and that ample warning of any change in rate policy will be "transparently" announced is the single worst policy imaginable from the point of view of financial stability. It means that the speculator's worst nightmare - - suddenly going "upside down" due to a sharp spike in funding costs - -is eliminated by central bank writ.

Stated differently, ZIRP systematically dismantles the market's natural stability mechanisms. One natural deterrent to excessive financial gambling, for example, is the cost of hedging a speculator's portfolio of "risk assets" against a broad market plunge. In an honest market environment, hedging costs consume a high share of profits, thereby sharply limiting risk appetites and the amount of capital attracted to speculative trading.

By contrast, an extended regime of ZIRP, coupled with the central banks' perceived "put" under risk assets, drives the cost of "downside insurance" to negligible levels because S&P 500 put writers are emboldened and subsidized to pick up nickels (i.e. options premium) in front of a benign central bank steamroller. This ultra-cheap downside insurance, in turn, attracts ever larger inflows of speculative capital to the casino.

This corrosive game has been underway ever since the Greenspan Fed panicked on Black Monday in October 1987 and flooded the stock market with liquidity. It is now such an endemic feature of Wall Street that it is falsely assumed to be the normal order of things. But, then, would anyone have been picking up nickels in front of the Volcker steamroller?

This dynamic is evident in the chart of the S&P 500 since the March 2009 bottom. The dips have gotten shallower and shallower as ZIRP and other pro-risk central bank policies have eroded the market's natural defenses against excessive speculation. As of mid-2014, therefore, it can be fairly said that fear and short interest have been extinguished almost entirely. The Wall Street casino has thus become a one-way market that coils dangerously upward, divorced completely from the fundamentals of earnings and cash flow and real world economic conditions and prospects.  


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A conscious universe: Does science allow for life after death?

Dr. Rolf Froböse
Huffington Post


Some international physicists are convinced, that our spirit has a quantum state and that the dualism between the body and the soul is just as real to as the "wave-particle dualism" of the smallest particles.

Dr. James G. of San Francisco, a former coworker of the German Max-Planck Society in Frankfurt, reported the following incredible story. "I studied not only in the USA, but I also studied chemistry in London for a few semesters. When I came to England, the student housing was full, so I added my name to a waiting list. A short time later, I received the joyous news that a room had become available. Shortly after I had moved in, I awoke one night and in the twilight was able to see a young man with curly, black hair. I was terrified and told the alleged neighbor that he had the wrong room. He simply cried and looked at me with great sadness in his eyes.

"When I turned on the light, the apparition had disappeared. Since I was one hundred percent sure it had not been a dream, I told the housemaster about the strange encounter the next morning. I gave her a detailed description of the young man. She suddenly paled. She looked through the archives and showed me a photo. I immediately recognized the young man who had visited me in my room the evening before. When I asked her who he was, she replied with a quivering voice that it was the previous renter. She then added that my room had become available because he had taken his life shortly before." The author would never have recorded the story had "James" not been an absolutely trustworthy person.  


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New York State Wants To Heavily Regulate Bitcoin Trading

MintPress News 

The proposal would establish a mandatory “BitLicense” for any company involved with the buying, selling, mining or trading of cryptocurrencies.

In a move that has upset many in the bitcoin community, New York has become the first state to issue guidelines for the regulation of the trade and storage of bitcoins and other virtual currencies. With New York City being the hub of the nation’s financial network, state regulators introduced the new rules in an attempt to introduce safeguards to cryptocurrencies — which have received scrutiny recently as several states have moved to remove restrictions on virtual currency use or to clarify existing virtual currency laws.

The proposal introduced Thursday by the New York State Department of Financial Services would establish a mandatory “BitLicense” for any company involved with the buying, selling, mining or trading of cryptocurrencies. Licensed firms would be required to learn the names of all cryptocurrency customers they accrue; maintain a reserve of cryptocurrency funds equal to 100 percent of all deposits — similar to cushioning requirements for banks; carry bonds to protect their customers from theft or collapse; and submit to security audits.


“We have sought to strike an appropriate balance that helps protect consumers and root out illegal activity — without stifling beneficial innovation,” said Benjamin Lawsky, New York’s Superintendent of Financial Services. “Setting up common sense rules of the road is vital to the long-term future of the virtual currency industry, as well as the safety and soundness of customer assets.”


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MSNBC Contributor Faces Backlash For Criticizing Media Coverage of Conflict in Gaza

Ben Swann

In an interview with Ronan Farrow on the MSNBC program Ronan Farrow Daily, on Monday afternoon, Palestinian Journalist, Rula Jebreal, contributed her view concerning the mainstream media’s coverage of the current conflict in Gaza. “We are ridiculous. We are disgustingly biased when it comes to this issue,” Jebreal said.

“I’ve never seen one Palestinian being interviewed on these same issues.” said Jebreal, who pointed out that leaders such as Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, are offered air time on a daily basis.

Farrow interrupted, saying, “Well, I’ll push back on that a little. We’ve had Palestinian voices on our air.”

Maybe for 30 seconds and then you have 25 minutes for Bibi Netanyahu,” insisted Jebreal.

Jebreal went on to bring up the example of Ayman Mohyeldin, a Foreign Correspondent for NBC News, who was pulled from Gaza after witnessing and reporting on the deaths of four Palestinian boys due to an Israeli airstrike.

Ayman Mohyeldin is covering the Palestinian side and we get upset: It’s too pro-Palestinian,” said Jebreal. 

Farrow noted that Mohyeldin had been sent back to Gaza, and said that he thinks it is a sign of “very fair and balanced coverage.”

Jebreal insisted that Mohyeldin’s return to Gaza was a result of the pushback from the public opinion, and was “Thanks to Social Media.”

Jebreal said that she contributes the fact that the majority of Americans choose to side with Israel, to the fact that the “Israeli voice” receives 90% of the mainstream media’s coverage. “That’s why the public opinion is pro-Israeli, which is different in the rest of the world,” said Jebreal.

On Monday evening, Jebreal posted a Tweet saying that her upcoming TV appearances had been cancelled. She hinted at the fact that there were ties between her comments on Ronan Farrow Daily, and the cancellation, and then went on to mention another MSNBC Commentator, Eli Lake, asking if the same thing had happened to him.

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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

China Seals Off Yumen City After Outbreak Of Bubonic Plague

Zero Hedge

With Colorado suffering from pneumonic plague, and the dreadfully sad report of Sierra Leone's chief Ebola doctor contracting the virus, it appears China is taking no chances. As Yahoo reports, Chinese officials have blocked off parts of Yumen, a city in northwest China, preventing about 30,000 of the city's people from leaving after one resident died from bubonic plague. About 150 people who had contact with the plague victim have been placed under quarantine but US experts are perplexed at the response, "there's something here that we don't know, because this seems a very expansive response to just one case."
As Yahoo reports,
A city in China has reportedly been sealed off after one resident died from bubonic plague, but this way of trying to contain the disease is puzzling to infectious disease experts, who say the response seems extreme given the information released about the case.

According to news reports, Chinese officials have blocked off parts of Yumen, a city in northwest China, preventing about 30,000 of the city's people from leaving.

A man in the city became ill after he handled a dead marmot (a large wild rodent), and died last week from bubonic plague. No other cases of the plague have been reported, according to the Guardian. About 150 people who had contact with the plague victim have been placed under quarantine.
But US experts are wondering if there is more going on...
Dr. William Schaffner, a professor of preventive medicine and infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, said that sealing off a city is a rather extreme set of precautions to take for a single case of bubonic plague. "I feel there's something here that we don't know, because this seems a very expansive response to just one case," Schaffner said.

"We have cases of bubonic plague from time to time in the United States, and they don't require this kind of public health response," Schaffner said. In recent decades, there have been an average of seven cases of bubonic plague a year in the United States, the CDC says.
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Schaffner wondered whether Chinese public health authorities had more information that they have not released, such as reason to suspect more cases. "I'm very puzzled at the circumstances here, and what the actual hazard is."

BRICS Plan To Become “Political Alliance” To Reform The International Financial System

Zero Hedge

As the world slowly turns against US Dollar hegemony, it appears the BRICS are pressing to fill any gaps. Having created the BRICS Bank “alternate to The West-controlled IMF or World Bank,” Xinhua reports that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov believes the BRICS mechanism has been fully developed and can now transform into a political alliance to “reform the international financial system.”
As Xinhua reports,
The BRICS mechanism has been fully developed and can transform into a political alliance, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday.
“BRICS grows and matures in all directions,” the diplomat told state-run Rossiya 24 TV channel.
Lavrov said the “qualitative” growth of the mechanism to a degree made it possible to transform into a political alliance, which is especially noticeable in its work within the Group of 20 (G-20) on global economic and financial affairs.
BRICS that groups Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa has many allies in the G-20, the minister noted, naming Argentina, Mexico and Indonesia in particular.
“They speak in the common voice with BRICS in the G-20 on the reform of international financial system,” the diplomat said.
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For those who have forgotten who the BRICS are, aside from a droll acronym by a former Goldman banker, here is a reminder of the countries that make up 3 billion in population.

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WHISTLEBLOWER: U.S. SATELLITE IMAGES SHOW UKRAINIAN TROOPS SHOOTING DOWN MH17

Robert Parry
Consortium News

The U.S. media’s Ukraine bias has been obvious, siding with the Kiev regime and bashing ethnic Russian rebels and Russia’s President Putin. But now – with the scramble to blame Putin for the Malaysia Airlines shoot-down – the shoddy journalism has grown truly dangerous, says Robert Parry.

In the heat of the U.S. media’s latest war hysteria – rushing to pin blame for the crash of a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet on Russia’s President Vladimir Putin – there is the same absence of professional skepticism that has marked similar stampedes on Iraq, Syria and elsewhere – with key questions not being asked or answered.

The dog-not-barking question on the catastrophe over Ukraine is: what did the U.S. surveillance satellite imagery show? It’s hard to believe that – with the attention that U.S. intelligence has concentrated on eastern Ukraine for the past half year that the alleged trucking of several large Buk anti-aircraft missile systems from Russia to Ukraine and then back to Russia didn’t show up somewhere.

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Government agents ‘directly involved’ in most high-profile US terror plots

Comment: Another one for the: "we've been saying this for years"file. It's called The Terror Industry.

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The Guardian

Nearly all of the highest-profile domestic terrorism plots in the United States since 9/11 featured the "direct involvement" of government agents or informants, a new report says.

Some of the controversial "sting" operations "were proposed or led by informants", bordering on entrapment by law enforcement. Yet the courtroom obstacles to proving entrapment are significant, one of the reasons the stings persist. 

The lengthy report, released on Monday by Human Rights Watch, raises questions about the US criminal justice system's ability to respect civil rights and due process in post-9/11 terrorism cases. It portrays a system that features not just the sting operations but secret evidence, anonymous juries, extensive pretrial detentions and convictions significantly removed from actual plots. 

"In some cases the FBI may have created terrorists out of law-abiding individuals by suggesting the idea of taking terrorist action or encouraging the target to act," the report alleges.

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Unlock your smartphone with a digital tattoo

The Independent

A temporary ‘digital tattoo’ that lets wearers unlock their smartphones without having to punch in a code has gone on sale for $10 in the US.

Created to work exclusively with Motorola’s Moto X smartphone, the small circular patch uses near field communications technology (NFC) to talk to mobile device and lasts for five days once stuck to the user’s skin.

The technology behind the tattoo was originally developed by Google’s ATAP research and development team (otherwise known as the Advanced Technology and Projects group – they're currently make 3D-capable and modular smartphones) and the patches are currently being sold at $10 for a pack of five.

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Malaysian Airlines MH17 Was Ordered to Fly over the East Ukraine Warzone

Malaysian Airlines Confirms that it was Instructed to Fly MH17 at Lower Altitude over East Ukraine

Prof Michel Chossudovsky
Global Research

On the matter of MH17’s flight path, Malaysian Airlines confirms that the pilot was instructed to fly at a lower altitude by the Kiev air traffic control tower upon its entry into Ukraine airspace.

 ”MH17 filed a flight plan requesting to fly at 35,000ft throughout Ukrainian airspace. This is close to the ‘optimum’ altitude.

However, an aircraft’s altitude in flight is determined by air traffic control on the ground. Upon entering Ukrainian airspace, MH17 was instructed by Ukrainian air traffic control to fly at 33,000ft.”

( For further details see press releases at : http://www.malaysiaairlines.com/my/en/site/mh17.html)

33,000 feet is 1000 feet above the restricted flight altitude (see image below). The request of the Ukrainian air traffic control authorities was implemented.

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UN human rights body to investigate claims of Israeli violations in Gaza

Comment: Ya think???

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The Guardian

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has agreed to launch an international inquiry into violations that may have been committed during Israel's latest military offensive in Gaza.

Navi Pillay, the UN high commissioner for human rights, warned earlier that Israel may have committed war crimes in its offensive against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, where hundreds of Palestinian civilians have been killed in the past two weeks.

Pillay told an emergency debate at the UNHRC in Geneva that Israel had not done enough to protect civilians.

"There seems to be a strong possibility that international law has been violated, in a manner that could amount to war crimes," Pillay said, citing air strikes and the shelling of homes and hospitals. The killing of civilians in Gaza, including dozens of children, raised concerns over Israel's precautions and its respect for proportionality, she said.

She also condemned Hamas, the Islamist movement that rules Gaza, and other armed Palestinian groups, for their "indiscriminate attacks" on Israel.

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Comment: Condeming Hamas for defending their people whom she already stated have been killed by the hundreds. That is nonsensical. What does she expect them to do roll over and let Israel kill hundreds more? Unfortunately, that is something they will no doubt do anyway, since that is their true aim. 


The shocking statistics that lay bare Britain's poverty problem

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New figures from the Office for National Statistics have highlighted the shocking health inequalities between the wealthiest and poorest people in Britain.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Israel-Gaza conflict: The myth of Hamas’s human shields

The Independent 

What used to be a three-storey house had been turned into debris sunk into a deep crater with twisted steel rods jutting out. Twenty-six people were killed in the mostly deadly air-strike so far in this bloody conflict. Twenty-four of them were from one family, the Abu Jamaa.

 Around the same time that attack was taking place on Sunday evening, Benjamin Netanyahu was charging Hamas on TV with using “human shields” to gather “telegenically dead Palestinians for their cause”. It has long been the Israeli case that the militants cynically and deliberately carry out attacks and store weapons in residential areas and have also stopped people living there from evacuating homes when fighting breaks out.

 There have been instances in the 13 days of the current war when the Israelis have sought to provide evidence proving their case. After warplanes targeted the al-Farouq mosque, near the Nuseirat refugee camp, for instance, the military issued aerial photographs which, it stated, showed that the building was being used to store rockets. We have also had the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, announcing that it had discovered 20 rockets hidden in one of its disuse schools in a “flagrant violation” of international law. And rockets are seen to be regularly fired from stretches of open ground close to homes.

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Russia Says Has Photos Of Ukraine Deploying BUK Missiles In East, Radar Proof Of Warplanes In MH17 Vicinity

Comment: Which is why US-NATO are digging up the Alexander Litvenenko case - an act of utter desperation, most especially since the MOSSAD had their sticky fingers all over the assassination. The same old tired attempt to draw Putin into a new cold war. (see previous post)

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Zero Hedge

Ukraine hasn’t said how it immediately knew rebels downed Malaysian plane, notes the Russian Foreign Ministry, as it unveils 10 awkward questions for Ukraine (and perhaps the US 'snap judgment') to answer about the MH17 disaster. However, what is perhaps more concerning for the hordes of finger-pointers is that:
  • RUSSIA HAS IMAGES OF UKRAINE DEPLOYING BUK ROCKETS IN EAST: IFX
  • RUSSIA: UKRAINE MOVED BUK NEAR REBELS IN DONETSK JULY 17: IFX
  • RUSSIA DETECTED UKRAINIAN FIGHTER JET PICK UP SPEED TOWARD MH17
Obviously, if there is proof that this is so, aside from CIA-created YouTube clips, these would deal another unpleasant blow to US foreign policy.

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Alexander Litvinenko inquest: U-turn announced on public inquiry and senior MP says timing is 'quirky' in light of souring relations with Russia over MH17 tragedy

Comment:  A bit "quirky??" There's an understatement to bit them all.

And the propaganda machine is going into a frenzied spiral of desperation...

Since Russia has remained impeccably calm and measured with a recent searing indictment of US-NATO "evidence" presented at the UN recently, it seems that digging up the 2006 Alexander Litvineko case was in order. And now suddenly there's a full blown, public  inquiry! Yet, isn't it strange that such an imperative isn't in evidence for the raging child abuse which is currently infesting Westminster? 

A public inquiry on Litvinenko is deemed far more pressing...I wonder why?

This Russian intelligence operative died from radiation poisoning, an assassination that was blamed on Putin. However, evidence doesn't add up and it was far more likely yet another example of the kind of activity for which the MOSSAD has become famous: killing people and then pointing the finger at their designated geopolitical target.

Since they are now becoming so reckless they had better pray that in such a public inquiry the truth doesn't come out. Sometimes, the further one goes into the realm of lies the more likely it is that truth will surface when you least expect it...

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The Independent 

The Government has announced that a public inquiry will at last be held into the death of the former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko, who was poisoned with radioactive polonium-210 in London in 2006. 

Before he died in agony under armed police guard in University College Hospital, the former KGB officer blamed Vladimir Putin, the Russian President, for his death.

By converting a judge-led inquest into the incident into a public inquiry, the Home Secretary Theresa May will ensure that investigators can look into whether or not the Russian state was behind the murder.

It will be viewed as a calamitous decision by Mr Putin and his government, and comes at a time when relations between Russia and the West are strained by the downing of Malaysian passenger jet MH17 over eastern Ukraine.

Ms May confirmed today in a written statement to Parliament that a public inquiry will take over from the inquest, and that it will be chaired by Sir Robert Owen, the senior judge who had been acting as the inquest's coroner.

The Government has repeatedly resisted a full-blown public inquiry in the past, preferring to “wait and see” on the results of the inquest.

A High Court ruled in favour of Mr Litvinenko’s widow Marina in February, ordering the Home Secretary to reconsider her decision, after Sir Robert said he could not hold a “fair and fearless” investigation given the matters sensitive to national security involved. 

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For more on the background behind Litvenko assassination see: Litvinenko - By Way Of Deception Part 1


Monday, 21 July 2014

Putin: Taskforce at Malaysia MH17 crash site not enough, full-scale intl team needed

RT

The tragic Malaysian MH17 flight crash must not be politicised and the international experts on the scene should be able to carry out their work in complete safety, Russian President Vladimir Putin said. 

“There are already representatives of Donetsk and Lugansk working there, as well as representatives of the emergencies ministry of Ukraine and others. But this is not enough,” Putin said officially commenting on the tragic event on Sunday. 

“This task force is not enough,” Putin emphasized. “We need more, we need a fully representative group of experts to be working at the site under the guidance of ICAO, the relevant international commission.”
 
“We must do everything to provide security for the international experts on the site of the tragedy,” Putin stressed, adding that Russia will also do everything in its power to help shift the Ukrainian conflict from a military phase into a political discussion. 

“We need to do everything to provide its [ICAO commission’s] safety, to provide the humanitarian corridors necessary for its work,” Putin added. 

“In the meantime, nobody should and has no right to use this tragedy to achieve their ‘narrowly selfish’ political goals,” Putin stated. 

“We repeatedly called upon all conflicting sides to stop the bloodshed immediately and sit down at the negotiating table,” the President reminded. “I can say with confidence that if military operations were not resumed on June 28 in eastern Ukraine, this tragedy wouldn’t have happened.”
 
In the meantime, Russia has introduced its own draft resolution to the UN Security Council calling for an impartial investigation of Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash in Ukraine, Russia’s ambassador to UN Vitaly Churkin said. 

‘Yes, we did it,” Churkin told reported answering the question about Russia’s draft. “Just to show what we are talking about. The difference is that in our draft it is absolutely clear it is indeed an impartial international investigation under the under the guidance of ICAO.”
 
According to the latest figures from the Donetsk authorities, 247 out of 298 bodies have been recovered from the crash site. OSCE confirmed that a train with bodies of the victims is being stationed at a railway station in Torez and is set to depart for Donetsk. The bodies are being kept in especially refrigerated cars. 

A team of ISCE experts and four Ukrainian forensics analysts are the only experts who have so far reached the area and are working on the investigation. A team of 12 Malaysian experts is yet to arrive at the crash site. Experts from other European nations, including the Netherlands, France. Germany and the UK are en route to Donetsk.

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High-Level NSA Whistleblower Says Blackmail Is a Huge – Unreported – Part of Mass Surveillance

"... senior NSA executive Thomas Drake explains to Washington’s Blog that the NSA can use information gathered from mass surveillance to frame anyone it doesn’t like."

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Washington's Blog

The Untold Story In the NSA Spying Scandal: Blackmail 


It is well-documented that governments use information to blackmail and control people.

The Express reported last month:

British security services infiltrated and funded the notorious Paedophile Information Exchange in a covert operation to identify and possibly blackmail establishment figures, a Home Office whistleblower alleges.
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Whistleblower Mr X, whose identity we have agreed to protect, became a very senior figure in local government before retiring a few years ago.
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He has given a formal statement to that effect to detectives from Operation Fernbridge ….
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“And he said [the pedophile group] was being funded at the request of Special Branch which found it politically useful to identify people who were paedophiles….”

Section 11 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act 1885 made gross indecency a crime in the United Kingdom, which included male gay sex.  The Amendment was so frequently used to blackmail gay Brits that it was dubbed the “Blackmailer’s Charter“.


There is widespread speculation that Pope Benedict resigned because of sexual blackmail.

And the American government has a long history of blackmailing people – including high-level officials- with knowledge of their sexual peccadilloes.