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Jul 09 07:29

Keep It Quiet, Aide Tells Shouting Kerry and Iran Minister

As the negotiations grind on in the Austrian capital, frustrations have boiled over into decidedly undiplomatic confrontations. In one incident on Monday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif could be heard shouting in nearby rooms.

A Kerry aide tip-toed into the room during the evening meeting at the Palais Coburg, a former aristocratic residence converted into a luxury hotel, to warn them that everyone outside could hear their row, according to Iranian state-run news agency IRNA.

Jul 09 07:28

Pentagon Moves Money to Counter Russia

The midyear budget request to Congress includes more money for submarine detection devices, more powerful guns on the Army’s Stryker vehicles, and improvements to nuclear command centers

Jul 09 07:17

‘Looks like war was yesterday': Gaza still in ruins

It’s been a year since Israel launched Operation Protective Edge in Gaza – it’s aim, according to Tel Aviv… to put an end to cross-border rocket fire by Hamas.

Jul 09 07:16

“Who owns Hillary”? Hillary Clinton smears BDS in sycophantic letter to Israeli billionaire

The BDS movement seeks to pressure Israel to comply with international law and end its illegal occupation and oppression of the indigenous Palestinian people through peaceful economic measures.

Jul 09 07:13

Eurosceptic Italian party delivers 200,000-signature petition for exiting euro

Italian Eurosceptic ‘The Five Star Movement’ (M5S) has filed a new petition with 200,000 signatures, calling for a referendum on the country’s exit from the Eurozone and Italy’s monetary future with the European bloc.

Jul 09 07:12

Israeli colonel killed Palestinian teen as he ran away

An Israeli colonel shot dead a Palestinian teenager last Friday, apparently as he ran away, investigations by two human rights organizations have concluded.

Muhammad Sami Ali al-Kasbeh, a 17-year-old resident of Qalandiya refugee camp, was killed near Qalandiya checkpoint in the occupied West Bank at about 6.30 am that morning.

According to Defence for Children International–Palestine (DCI-Palestine), Muhammad was among a group of Palestinians who were prevented by Israeli forces from entering occupied Jerusalem to join Ramadan prayers at the city’s al-Aqsa mosque.

Jul 09 07:12

Accusations of torture as PA detains hundreds of Hamas activists

The Palestinian Authority has arrested more than 200 Hamas activists since 2 July in its latest crackdown on opposition in the occupied West Bank, according to movement officials.

“Hamas members in the occupied West Bank are being submitted to their worst campaign of arrests — their biggest and longest,” Hamas official Abdurahman Shadid told Agence France-Presse this week.

“The arrest campaign carried out by the PA against Hamas leaders and members comes under an organized project aiming to eradicate the movement,” he said.

Jul 09 07:11

One year later, Gaza rebuilding blocked

A recent report by an independent commission work for the UN Human Rights Council found ample evidence of possible war crimes committed by Israel, and the council voted to adopt the report and condemn Israel’s actions in Gaza last summer. But there is no indication that Israel will be held accountable for the devastation it wrought on Gaza, which it continues to impose through its blockade in place since 2007.

Jul 09 07:11

NSA snooped on German chancellors for DECADES: Wikileaks

“The names associated with some of the targets indicate that spying on the Chancellery predates Angela Merkel as it includes staff of former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder (in office 1998–2002), and his predecessor Helmut Kohl,” Wikileaks claims. “This mirrors the US approach to its targeting of French officials, which showed interceptions extending back to President Sarkozy and President Chirac.”

Jul 09 07:09

China Soars Most Since 2009 After Government Threatens Short Sellers With Arrest, Global Stocks Surge

Here is a brief sample of some of the measures the Chinese government and the PBOC have unleashed in just the past ten days to prop up the crashing market include:

a ban on major shareholders, corporate executives, directors from selling stock for 6 months
freezing more than half (1400 at last count per Bloomberg) of the listed companies from trading,
blocking fund redemptions, forcing companies to invest in the market,
halting IPOs,
reducing equity transaction fees,
providing daily bailouts to the margin lending authority,
reducing margin requirements,
boosting buybacks
endless propaganda by Beijing Bob.

Jul 09 07:08

JP Morgan to Pay Another Slap on the Wrist Fine for Engaging in Systemic Consumer Credit Card Debt Fraud

Just yesterday, I published a post titled: Florida Man Sentenced to 2.5 Years in Jail for Having Sex on the Beach. The purpose of that post wasn’t to justify his actions, but rather to highlight the difference between how average citizens are treated under the U.S. “justice” system, and how thieving, remorseless financial oligarchs are treated.

While, Mr. Caballero may have ruined the day of a few beach goers by crudely having sex on a public beach in broad daylight, he didn’t run the U.S. economy into the ground and cause destitution to tens of millions of Americans. Nor did he received trillions in taxpayer backstops and bailouts, only to turn around and pay himself a record bonus and then carry on with extremely profitable, illegal financial schemes. No, it was the bank executives who did (and continue to do) all of that. Guess who ends up in prison?

Jul 09 07:08

Exclusive: Israel decides to open dialogue with ICC over Gaza preliminary examination

Senior official tells Haaretz that purpose of contact with ICC prosecutor is only to make its position clear to the court that the ICC does not have any authority to hear Palestinian complaints on the matter.

Jul 09 07:06

Monsanto Off the Hook for Cancers From PCBs It Produced

Plaintiffs in the case developed lymphohematopoietic cancer after being exposed to PCBs. The Post-Dispatch reports that a St. Louis County jury found the company not liable for the deaths and health effects from the exposure.

As to why Solutia, Pharmacia and Pfizer are also named in the suit, the Post-Disptach explains:

In 1997, Monsanto’s chemical business was spun off as Solutia. Three years later, the rest of Monsanto — its life sciences division — merged with Pharmacia. Then in 2002, the current incarnation of Monsanto, based in Creve Coeur, was spun off. A year later, Pharmacia merged with Pfizer.

Jul 09 07:05

Greece and Spain face 'make or break' moment as workers stare into jobs abyss

Time is "running out" for a generation of workers in countries such as Greece and Spain whose job prospects may have been permanently damaged by the financial crisis, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

In a stark warning, the OECD said that, seven years on from the financial crash of 2008, many young people were approaching the "make or break" point where they may no longer be able to "secure a toe-hold" in the labour market.

Jul 09 07:02

Tragic milestone: 4 million have fled Syria war

Jul 09 06:57

Israeli minister proposes building island off Gaza coast so Israel can ‘disengage’ while maintaining siege

Last week, Israeli military-intelligence officials, foreign military, and business representatives gathered for two days near Tel Aviv at the first “Intelligence, Terror and Special Forces in the Global Jihad Era and the Information Revolution” defense conference. As attendees sipped lattes and browsed the latest intelligence technology for sale, Israeli Minister of Intelligence and Transportation Yisrael Katz shared plans to build an Israeli-controlled island off the coast of Gaza as a way for Israel to “disengage” from the embattled strip while maintaining the eight-year-siege.

Jul 09 06:53

Insanity on the Thames

UK Prime Minister David Cameron is a seriously deluded man. First, he apparently believes Facebook and Twitter users currently have "absolute privacy" in their communications. That is nonsense. Second, Cameron believes this nonexistent absolute privacy is unsustainable and intolerable. He wants to destroy it as soon as possible.

This is necessary, Cameron told Parliament, because tolerating such privacy would "leave a safe space" for terrorists to communicate with each other.

Contrary to Mr. Cameron's assurance, Britain certainly is trying to "search through everybody's emails and invade their privacy." The U.S. government is doing the same. This is a well-established fact known to anyone paying attention since Edward Snowden spilled the beans two years ago. For Mr. Cameron to say otherwise – while speaking to the Mother of Parliaments, no less – is a bald-faced lie.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Banning encryption for the law abiding citizens will have no effect on terrorists or criminals because terrorists and criminals can create their own systems of encryption which NSA and CGHQ cannot break. I know, because over at my website we did just that. We created and issued 6 encryption challenges to the NSA, none of which were solved, and the NSA was well-motivated to break those codes to discourage others from creating their own encryption systems. I am not a professional encryption expert and only a moderately decent programmer, and if I can defeat the NSA, so can real terrorists and criminals, and that means that David Cameron is indeed lying. He wants to peek into the private affairs of law-abiding British people.

Jul 09 06:51

The End of Encryption? NSA & FBI Seek New Backdoors Against Advice from Leading Security Experts

FBI Director James Comey is set to testify against encryption before the Senate Intelligence Committee today.

Jul 09 06:46

CONSUMERS STILL HAVE THEIR WALLETS SHUT

Jul 09 06:44

Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt – Chris Hedges

On Reality Asserts Itself, Chris Hedges and Paul Jay discuss the role of violence in revolution and the Bernie Sanders campaign.

Jul 09 06:43

NATO Forces Swarming All Over Georgia, Prepared To Correct 2008 Fiasco?

For the next 14 days soldiers from the United States, Bulgaria, Lithuania and Latvia are rubbing shoulders with Georgian servicemen within the Agile Spirit 2015 military exercise.

Jul 09 06:43

Many in US establishment want war with Russia for economic profits: Grossman

International lawyer Barry Grossman says there are people in the United States who are seeking a military conflict with Russia for their own economic profits.

“There are many people in the US establishment who would be ecstatic about a shooting war with Russia since that would send the US economy and their own profits in to overdrive,” he told Press TV on Thursday.

He added that the latest comments made by US Air Force Secretary Deborah James about considering Russia as the “biggest threat” to American national security is an indication of Washington’s addiction to militarism.

Jul 09 06:41

The Latest: IMF: Greece poses little threat to world economy

Olivier Blanchard, director of research at the International Monetary Fund, says Greece's troubles pose little threat to the broader global economy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Then why are so many people working so hard to keep Greece in the EU?

Jul 09 06:40

The mysterious case of the Israeli who slipped into Gaza

Usually people are desperate to leave Gaza. But an African-born Israeli named Avraham Mangisto decided to slip across the border fence, bristling with high-tech sensors and protected by remote-controlled machine guns, and enter the Gaza Strip last year.

That was 10 months ago. His fate is unknown, though Israel says he is likely being held by armed Palestinian factions.

News of his puzzling disappearance has been officially suppressed in the Israeli media until now under a gag order by the military censor. Israel and the Islamist militant group Hamas, which controls the coastal enclave, fought a brutal 50-day war last summer that ended in August. Mangisto entered Gaza the following month.

Jul 09 06:39

FPM protesters, Army face off near Grand Serail

Seven soldiers and a number of protesters were wounded during a scuffle between the Lebanese Army and Free Patriotic Movement supporters near the Grand Serail in Downtown Beirut Thursday, the military said.Seven soldiers and a number of protesters were wounded during a scuffle between the Lebanese Army and Free Patriotic Movement supporters near the Grand Serail in Downtown Beirut Thursday, the military said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This sounds like another Victoria Nuland "special", a covert coup to topple Lebanon's legitimate government and install a pro-US pro-Israel puppet.

Jul 09 06:37

David Swanson - The 51-Day Genocide

Max Blumenthal’s latest book, The 51 Day War: Ruin and Resistance in Gaza, tells a powerful story powerfully well. I can think of a few other terms that accurately characterize the 2014 Israeli assault on Gaza in addition to “war.” Among them are “occupation,” “murder-spree” and “genocide.” Each serves a different valuable purpose. Each is correct.

Jul 09 06:37

The Budget: '13m Families To Lose Average Of £260'

As many as 13 million families will lose an average of £260 each a year as a result of changes outlined in George Osborne's Budget on Wednesday, the IFS says.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies said that three million families will also lose an average of £1,000 each annually as a result of changes to the benefits system.

Jul 09 06:36

Ukraine: Self-proclaimed Donbass republics call for UN war crimes probe

The heads of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk Republics in eastern Ukraine have asked the United Nations Security Council to establish an international tribunal to investigate and prosecute those responsible for waging civil war in Donbass.

Jul 09 06:35

TURKISH STREAM IS NOW “TURKSTREAM,” new route, new pipe-laying company

Putin Meets with Turkish Pres. Erdogan!…
–14 hours ago

Gazprom has terminated the contract with the Italian Saipem …
—4 hours ago

Gazprom Seeks New Contractor to Start Turkish Stream
–3 hours ago

Jul 09 06:33

South Carolina House votes to remove Confederate flag from capitol grounds

The Confederate battle flag, a polarizing fixture on South Carolina's statehouse grounds for half a century, will flap in the wind no longer.

Early Thursday, the House of Representatives voted 94-20 to remove it, giving final approval to a bill that passed the state Senate earlier in the week.

Jul 09 06:31

Iran nuclear deal close; impasse over weapons, missiles persists

Iran and six world powers were close to an historic nuclear agreement on Thursday that could resolve a more than 12-year dispute over Teheran’s nuclear ambitions, but they remained deadlocked on the issue of Iranian arms and missile trade.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

FOX News is reporting that the House Panel is holding a meeting today to issue new demands for the P5+1 including open access to all Iranian non-nuclear sites, in what is clearly a last-ditch attempt to derail the possibility of a deal and open the door for a war with Iran.

Jul 09 06:29

The Good Guys Take on the Bad Guys

In our rapidly declining republics, even the elite still have to answer questions once in a while.

Jul 09 06:28

GOP debate: Who is in, who is out

If those five polls are included, using results among registered voters -- rather than adults where applicable -- and assuming the entire field meets Fox's other criteria for appearing on stage by filing with the Federal Election Commission and paying the appropriate filing fees, the 10 on stage would be: former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, businessman Donald Trump, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Left on the outside looking in are former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, former CEO Carly Fiorina, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former New York Gov. George Pataki and former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore, who hasn't been tested in any national polling this cycle.

Jul 09 06:18

Watch This Officer School Another Cop About Civil Liberties

The only thing we know so far is that it happened on the 4th of July, where police are gathered in the street over something to do with fireworks.

He did not hold back. "There's an oath I swore to...so don't freakin' mess with these citizens, you understand me?" WATCH

Jul 09 05:31

Donald Neff: a Journalist Erased From History for Reporting on Palestine

Neff was a luminous writer and meticulous reporter. From humble beginnings, he had reached the top ranks of American journalism. When he then turned his formidable talents to writing books and articles about Palestine, his contracts with mainstream American publishers dried up, his income plummeted, and his fame faded.

Jul 09 05:14

US Isolated as UN Resolution Condemns Israel War on Gaza

The United Nations called on Israel on Friday to prosecute perpetrators of war crimes committed in the 2014 Gaza massacre and cooperate with the International Criminal Court's investigation. The U.N. Human Rights Council voted to adopt a resolution applying a recent U.N. report condemning Israel and the Palestinian liberation group Hamas over war crimes committed last year in Gaza. It also called for an end to the impunity of Israeli officials responsible for the 2014 massacre. Only Israel's closest ally, the United States, voted against the resolution while 41 countries voted in favor. India, Kenya, Ethiopia, Paraguay and Macedonia abstained. All European Union member states of the Council, including Britain, France and Germany, voted in favor of the resolution and labeled Israel's alleged self-defense assault on Gaza 'disproportionate.'

Jul 09 05:10

Flashback: Leaked document outlines U.S. Army plan for re-education of Americans inside prison camps

In the last three months there has been a massive and seemingly unprecedented increase in military movements and urban military training throughout the country.

Jul 09 05:08

Pope Francis calls for a New World Order BEFORE dollar collapse

The Pope is running around the planet making an impassioned call for a “new economic and ecological world order where the goods of the earth are shared by everyone”.

Jul 09 03:36

Greece: The Pearl Cast Before Swine

The Greeks were right to reject paying the debts, for these debts were forced upon them by the giant vampire squid, Goldman Sachs, in words of Matt Taibbi. “The first thing you need to know about Goldman Sachs is that it’s everywhere. The world’s most powerful investment bank is a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money”. As we now know, Goldman Sachs (you do not have to be an anti-Semite to hate them) cooked the book,s falsely pretending Greece had a high credit rating though they knew of its huge debts. When the debts snowballed, they pulled the rug and collapsed Greece’s rating, bailing out banks at the expense of the European taxpayer.

Jul 09 02:58

Ukraine: Self-proclaimed Donbass republics call for UN war crimes probe

The heads of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk Republics in eastern Ukraine have asked the United Nations Security Council to establish an international tribunal to investigate and prosecute those responsible for waging civil war in Donbass.

“Donetsk People’s Republic [DNR] and Lugansk [LNR] People’s Republic are addressing the UN Security Council with a plea to establish an international tribunal for legal prosecution of those responsible for violation of the International Humanitarian Law and crimes against humanity in Ukraine,” the DNR head, Aleksandr Zakharchenko, and LNR head Igor Plotnitsky said at a joint press conference.

Jul 09 02:47

Favoring corporate interests above all else, European Parliament backs TTIP

Members of European Parliament (MEPs) on Wednesday passed a resolution on the pending trade deal between Europe and the United States, backing a controversial provision that critics warn places corporate profits above the health and safety of the people and puts the continent's fragile democracy at great risk.

Despite clear disagreement within European Parliament (EP) over the inclusion of a modified version of the Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provision, MEPs voted 436-241 in favor of a draft text of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

Jul 09 01:49

The Financial Attack on Greece: Where Do We Go From Here?

Today’s guiding theory – backed by monetarist junk economics – is that debts of any size can be paid, simply by reducing labor’s wages and living standards, plus by selling off a nation’s public domain – its land, oil and gas reserves, minerals and water distribution, roads and transport systems, power plants and sewage systems, and public infrastructure of all forms.

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