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Lawlessness / Ruined – part 15

From CD:
Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chair Tom Perez was elected to his current role at a meeting in February of 2017. (Photo: Edward Kimmel/Flickr/cc)

“‘Absolute Failure’: DNC Passes Perez Resolution Reversing Ban on Donations From Fossil Fuel PACs” by Jessica Corbett (Common Dreams)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Just two months after the Democratic National Committee (DNC) was celebrated by environmentalists for banning donations from fossil fuel companies, it voted 30-2 on Friday to adopt a resolution from Chair Tom Perez that critics said effectively reverses the ban and represents “an absolute failure by the DNC.”
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From CD:
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos moved to roll back regulations on low-performing for-profit college programs, which leave graduates with degrees that do little to help them find gainful employment. (Photo: Quinn Dombrowski/Flickr/cc)

“In Latest ‘Shameful Abdication’ of Duty to Students, DeVos Moves to ‘Unshackle’ For-Profit Colleges Peddling Useless Degrees” by Julia Conley (Common Dreams)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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In her latest move aimed at propping up the for-profit education corporations in which she herself has invested, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Friday moved to rescind a rule which has held for-profit colleges accountable for the expensive, often fruitless degrees their students were fraudulently peddled…

While the student loan crisis and falling wages affect graduates of not-for-profit schools as well as businesses like the ones targeted by the gainful employment rule, studies including one by the National Bureau of Economic Research have found that graduates of schools like the Corinthian Colleges chain have worse outcomes than those of public or private colleges and universities.

The proposed elimination of the gainful employment rule, which is subject to a 30-day comment period and is planned to go into effect next July, is the latest move in DeVos’s multi-pronged effort to protect for profit institutions from being held accountable for defrauding students. Last month she unveiled a plan to make it harder for students of for profit colleges to get debt relief.
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From CD:
Education historian Diane Ravtich called the new ruling from Puerto Rico’s high court a “victory for rapacious billionaires” and charter proponents like Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. (Photo: Lorie Shaull/flickr/cc)

“‘Disaster Capitalism Strikes Again!’: Puerto Rico’s High Court Gives Green Light to Charter Schools, Vouchers” by Andrea Germanos (Common Dreams)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Puerto Rico’s controversial plan to overhaul the island’s education system moved forward after its high court issued a ruling this week overturning a lower court’s finding that charter schools and vouchers were unconstitutional.

“Disaster capitalism strikes again!” commented education historian Diane Ravitch, who also called it a “victory for rapacious billionaires, [Education Secretary and charter school proponent] Betsy DeVos, and DFER [Democrats for Education Reform].”

“Instead of putting the PR economy on a path to recovery,” Ravitch added, “the disaster capitalists will give them charters and vouchers.”
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“The Idiot’s Guide to The Internet of Things (IoT): With an Almost 75% Failure Rate, Security Experts Suggest Only Idiots Would Want to Install It” by B.N. Frank (Activist Post)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Many security experts have written about the vulnerabilities of IoT already. With an almost 75% failure rate, it’s already proven to be more trouble than it’s worth. Yet Big Wireless won’t give up their pursuit of installing IoT everywhere. Of course, this is understandable because they are making money off this foolishness.
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“Saudis Defend Massacre Killing 50 Innocent Kids and Hint They’ll Do It Again” by Randi Nord (Geopolitics Alert)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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U.S.-backed warplanes carried out a targeted attack on children in Yemen today. Airstrikes struck a bus full of young children driving through a market on their way to summer camp. Saudi Arabia has defended the attack as a “legitimate military action.”

Just last week, Saudi warplanes attacked a fish market in Hodeidah province and subsequently the entrance to the hospital killing or injuring over 130 civilians.

The air attack took place in the heart of Yemen’s Saada province — a favorite location for the Royal Saudi Air Force to commit their genocide against civilians. According to Saada’s local Health Ministry spokesman, a total of 51 lost their lives and 79 sustained injuries.
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“US Judge Approves Seizure of Citgo, Stealing the Venezuelan Asset” by Jim Carey (Geopolitics Alert)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Judge Leonard P. Stark of the U.S. District Court in Wilmington, Deleware approved the seizure of Citgo, the Venezuelan state’s external asset that sells their oil in North America in a ruling yesterday. While it is unclear what exactly this ruling means it is likely going to further rip control of Citgo from Petróleos de Venezuela SA (PdVSA), the parent company in Caracas.

The legal complaint against Citgo was filed by a now-defunct Canadian company, Crystallex International Corporation, which was suing Venezuela for a voided contract for mining rights in the country that Caracas. The contract, worth $1.4 billion was canceled after the Venezuelan government nationalized the Crystallex gold mining operations in 2008…

Despite whatever Caracas may wish they could do to stave off the bloodthirst North American corporations [sic], there isn’t much they can do without access to capital and the global marketplace. While Citgo is exempted from the US sanctions on Venezuela, PdVSA is not which has had adverse effects on Citgo’s operations…

Venezuela has also become a target of oil politics. Countries like Venezuela have suffered over the last few years, primarily due to lower prices but, more recently, the problem has been manipulation of the oil markets by countries like Saudi Arabia. The Saudis have recently sought to decrease the amount of oil for sale on the global market to bring prices back up. Clearly, “not selling oil” is not an option for Venezuela right now, yet the pressure to do so on poorer oil-producing nations is always there from the quotas set by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

According to Washington, these sanctions are meant to weaken the government of Nicolas Maduro by targeting the leadership that supports him. While it is unclear how exactly stripping the country of millions of dollars in tax revenue will hurt anyone but average Venezuelans but that doesn’t seem to be on Washington’s mind.

In fact, concern for the people isn’t even on the mind of Venezuela’s own opposition, which often calls for more economic war on Caracas.
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Capitalists leaders, politicians and private sector, decry the awful nationalization – theft in their words – of foreign companies’ assets by socialist governments. Usually, those are awful, exploitative, lawless, murderous companies, but never mind that. Clearly, there is no principled position, by capitalists, against such appropriation, and capitalists don’t hesitate to do the things they accuse others of doing, just as they have no (positive) principles. What they have is their Godless paradigm of ‘riches for the strongest’.

“Decision to bring White Helmets to Canada dangerous and criminal” by Eva Bartlett (In Gaza)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Did Canadians get to vote on whether or not to bring potential terrorists or supporters of terrorists to Canada? No. Will Canadians get a say in where these potentially dangerous men will be settled? Highly unlikely.

Ninety-eight members of the White Helmets, and a few hundred of their families, were evacuated by Israel and allies to Jordan late in evening of July 21. They will seemingly be shipped off to a few Western nations for resettlement: Canada, the UK, and Germany. So far, Canada has pledged to take 50 White Helmets and around 200 family members.

Wrongly dubbed the “Syrian Civil Defense” (the actual Syrian Civil Defense has existed since 1953), the White Helmets narrative is flawed in every conceivable manner.

Packaged as neutral, heroic, volunteer rescuers, who have “saved 115,000 lives”, according to White Helmets leader Raed Al Saleh, they are in reality a massively Western-funded organization with salaried volunteers, and have no documentation of those 115,000 saved. They contain numerous members who have participated in or supported criminal acts in Syria, including torture, assassinations, beheading, and kidnapping of civilians, as well as inciting Western military intervention in Syria…

In September 2014, independent Canadian journalist Cory Morningstar wrote about the New York City PR firm, Purpose Inc, and its propaganda role regarding the White Helmets. In March and April 2015, independent US journalist Rick Sterling, further scrutinized the White Helmets and related “humanitarian” groups serving to call for a no-fly-zone in Syria.

Since then, and for years now, concerned journalists and commentators have written or posed questions on the entity known as the White Helmets. In addition to the years-long investigations by Vanessa Beeley, commentators – from former British ambassador to Syria Peter Ford, award-winning US journalist Gareth Porter, award-winning journalist John Pilger, and even rock legend Roger Waters, have noted that the White Helmets are a dangerous and fraudulent group, or as Pilger put it, a propaganda construct.
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From CD:
Three kayaktivists who oppose the Bayou Bridge Pipeline in Louisiana were charged with felonies Thursday under a new state law that criminalizes peaceful protests of fossil fuel projects. (Photo: L’eau Est La Vie/Facebook)

“Anti-Pipeline Kayaktivists Hit With Felony Charges Under Louisiana’s New ALEC-Inspired Law That Criminalizes Protest” by Jessica Corbett (Common Dreams)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Three kayaktivists who oppose construction of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline — the tail end of Energy Transfer Partner’s Dakota Access Pipeline — are reportedly the first people to be charged with felonies under a new Louisiana law that, like a model bill crafted by the right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), criminalizes peaceful protests of fossil fuel projects.

The collective of activists fighting against the pipeline—who have created the L’eau Est La Vie (Water Is Life) floating resistance camp—said on Twitter Thursday that three kayakers were “abducted” by the pipeline company’s private security while boating through public waterways, and then arrested.

“Our water protectors were breaking no laws as they were using their kayaks in navigable public waters, a protected right in Louisiana. Moreover, corporate private security should have not have the power to abduct and detain people,” L’eau Est La Vie Camp declared on Facebook.
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Some of the above entries are taken from Common Dreams, which is awful. It’s a large site and it sweeps up much, good and bad. It’s focus is on quantity not quality and CD will sacrifice progressives for donations. See “Common Dreams wants donations and will sacrifice progressives to get them.”

“Ruin”

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The Avalanche – Snapshot 18 – Aug 12, ’18

“Apple, Facebook, Spotify, and YouTube shut down Infowars’ Alex Jones” by Jake Kanter (Business Insider)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Apple, Facebook, Spotify, and YouTube have removed the work of Alex Jones from their platforms in a sweeping crackdown on the popular conspiracy theorist…

Sleeping Giants, an activist organization that vows to “make bigotry and sexism less profitable,” has been lobbying Apple to take action against Jones. Writing on Twitter, it welcomed the company’s decision…
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related: “Twitter CEO announces he will NOT ban Alex Jones, InfoWars” by Seraphim Hanisch (The Duran)

“Facebook teams up with NATO to censor news (Video)” by Alex Christoforou (The Duran)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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In May Facebook announced that it was outsourcing much of its political “fact-checking” to the Atlantic Council, the PR arm of NATO, and more specifically, four individuals within the Atlantic Council will form a “Digital Forensic Lab (DFR Lab)” so as to help the billion dollar tech giant spot those pesky Russian election meddling trolls…because God knows, Facebook simply does not have the money or know-how to hire its own team of “fact checkers”, something that a publisher platform of Facebook’s size would naturally do in house as it formulates its editorial position.

The team of four total individuals running the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFR Lab) will be lead by a former National Security Council advisor for the last four years of the Obama administration, Graham Brookie, who is also its founder…

Further it has advocated on behalf of one of its previous funders, Turkish dictator Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and gave a “Distinguished International Leadership” award to George W. Bush, to name but a few actions of the think tank that has been given authorization to flag citizens’ Facebook pages for possible foreign influence and propaganda.

Quite disturbingly, this is Mark Zuckerberg’s outside “geopolitical expertise” he’s been seeking.
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“Facebook censors anti-fascist rally in Washington” by Andre Damon (WSWS)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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The social media giant Facebook carried out a major escalation in the campaign to censor the Internet Monday, deleting the official event page for an anti-fascist rally scheduled for August 12 in Washington, D.C. on the grounds that it was engaged in “coordinated inauthentic behavior.”

The event, entitled “No Unite the Right 2 – DC,” was scheduled as a counter-protest to a fascist demonstration called for August 12 by the organizers of last year’s Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, during which a right-wing extremist murdered counter-protestor Heather Heyer…

Both Democratic and Republican lawmakers praised Facebook’s action. Democratic Senator Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, declared that the disclosure “is further evidence that the Kremlin continues to exploit platforms like Facebook to sow division and spread disinformation.” Warner, who has led the campaign for censorship, ignored the fact that Facebook provided no evidence that Russia had anything to do with the pages.

Facebook’s latest action must be taken as an urgent warning. Two years after the start of the campaign to censor the Internet in the guise of fighting “fake news” spread by “Russian trolls,” the social media giants, working with the US intelligence agencies, are increasingly making clear that their real target is left-wing political sentiment among growing sections of workers and young people. In so doing, they are following the path blazed by Google, which last year announced plans to censor “alternative” news, leading to a drop in search traffic to left-wing sites of up to 80 percent.
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“US immigration nightmare continues amid media blackout” by Eric London (WSWS)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Over 570 immigrant children remain in detention centers and foster facilities throughout the United States weeks or months after the government separated them from their parents this past spring.

Some 460 parents have already been deported without their children, many after being coerced into signing forms waiving their right to reunite with their sons or daughters. In many of these cases, the parents will never see their children again.

The government has deemed hundreds of parents “ineligible” to reunite with their children on the grounds that they have criminal records. This deliberate mass theft of children by the government is among the most shameful events in US history.

These crimes are being ignored by the corporate media. Since the beginning of August, the New York Times opinion page has featured eight op-ed pieces or editorial board statements relating to allegations of Trump’s ties to Russia or the #MeToo hysteria, but none about the conditions facing immigrants. The Washington Post has published seven opinion pieces or editorial board statements about Russia and #MeToo, and none about immigrants…

According to a new study by Syracuse University, the Trump administration specifically targeted parents crossing the border with children for criminal prosecution at a higher rate than those without children. “The Administration has not explained its rationale for prosecuting parents with children when that left so many other adults without children who were not being referred for prosecution,” the Syracuse report said.

Susan B. Long, coordinator of Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, told Buzzfeed News: “It wasn’t like [the prosecutions] were automatic; this was a conscious choice.” She continued: “We have yet to know the number of separations due to them being criminally prosecuted …We looked really hard for things to suggest data is unreliable or make you doubt it. We were so shocked. The Border Patrol data indicated they referred only one parent, and there were lots of separations.”
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Nicaragua with uncle Sam’s help

“The Guardian on Nicaragua – An Open Letter” by Kevin Zeese (Off Guardian)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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The Guardian has been one of the most inaccurate outlets for reporting what is occurring in Nicaragua. What is happening is a US regime change operation, working with oligarchs and big business interests in Nicaragua and supported by the Catholic Church, a long-time ally of Nicaraguan oligarchs. The US operates by spending tens of millions annually over many years to create an NGO complex that dominates Nicaraguan human rights groups, environmental, women’s groups and others. They have also given aide to a small minority of right-wing youth with tens of thousands of dollars and training.

Some of these youth also made a trip to Washington, DC sponsored by Freedom House, long noted for its ties to the CIA, where they met with extremist, Republican Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Just yesterday, Rubio threatened war in Nicaragua claiming it was in the national security interests of the United States because the conflict would result in mass migration and drug trafficking into the US. He seems willing to make anything up to achieve regime change…

Nicaragua – Letter to the Editor of The Guardian

[This version of the letter was sent to the editor in chief but not published; The Guardian received a shorter version for publication, which has also not been published.]
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Please see the linked-to article, above, for the letter sent and ignored by the rightwing Guardian.

John Pilger and Julian Assange

“Pilger Excoriates Media on Assange Silence” by Dennis J. Bernstein, Randy Credico and John Pilger (Consortium News)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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DB: John, what is the latest we know about how Julian Assange is being treated and his current state?

John Pilger: His state of health is just about the same, as I understand it. He needs medical attention, the kind of treatment you get only in a hospital. But it has been made clear to him that if he attempts to go to a hospital he will not be given free passage and he will be arrested…

DB: The corporate press has a major responsibility if Julian Assange goes down, don’t you agree?

JP: As you know, Dennis, governments do respond to pressure from powerful media interests. It rarely happens but when it does governments do change their tune. There has been no pressure from media in the United States, Britain, Australia or pretty much anywhere except in programs like yours outside the mainstream. You are absolutely right in that the responsibility of journalists for what has happened to Julian Assange and what might happen to WikiLeaks is undeniable.
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“Now, Alex Jones Removed From LinkedIn” by Robert Wenzel (Target Liberty)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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After various Alex Jones and Infowars sites were deplatformed yesterday at YouTube, Facebook, Apple, Twitter and Spotify, today LinkedIn has deplatformed Jones.

It doesn’t get more absurd and shocking than this. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry at this point.
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Note: The above Target Liberty article is dated August 7. A Target Liberty article dated August 9 (linked to above) states that Twitter has ‘not’ banned Alex Jones.

“Google Employees Protest China Censorship Plans” by Aaron Kesel (Activist Post)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Google announced that it would provide China with a government-censored search engine, according to leaked documents reported by The Intercept, which resulted in Google employees protesting the decision by the company.

Just a few hundred of Google’s massive 88,000 employees were briefed on the project known as “Dragonfly” prior to the revelations, which triggered massive blowback against the company in a move seen as capitulating to the Chinese Communist government and censorship.

The Intercept reported that after the leak Google responded by trying to shut down and limit its employees’ access to documents that contained information about the China censorship project, according to Google company insiders.

“Everyone’s access to documents got turned off, and is being turned on on a document-by-document basis,” said one source who spoke to The Intercept. “There’s been total radio silence from leadership, which is making a lot of people upset and scared. … Our internal meme site and Google Plus are full of talk, and people are a.n.g.r.y.”
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“A Loud Whoompfing Sound”

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Some Kind Of Censorship. Bookmark Me Maybe?

Before asking WordPress whether they censor, I thought I’d have a look at any discussions about that subject that there might be in the WP forums. I didn’t spend a whole lot of time examining them, but there’s some complaints and enough to indicate that people do experience censorship. Here’s my question and a WordPress staffer’s response:

Well, That staffer’s easy answer doesn’t satisfy me one bit. If the government (US, as I believe WP is US-based), which is fascist and at war with the people, domestically and abroad, asks WP to censor, well then, It’s not WordPress censoring me, Is it? (I’m in Canada. I have a basement apt and internet is included in my rent. My landlord switched from abusive Rogers to Bell, which he had before but was not happy with, as I recall. They are abusive, these big tax-evading companies, and there’s nothing you can do about them except switch from your current abuser to some other and then back again, around and around, while you pull your hair out in frustration and anger. I know from reading Michael Geist’s blog that Bell is not only the worst when it comes to privacy issues, but it is actively pressuring the Canadian government to censor online content. I can’t afford to have my own internet here, but maybe that’s a solution. I don’t know. But I do know that, while Bell doesn’t go down permanently, it constantly goes missing in action. After a few minutes it comes back. But it just dies on a regular basis daily. What the hell is that?) What I have no doubt about is that WP’s owners and managers are on the side of the State, not the people. (They’ve been dumbing down WordPress against the very vocal complaints of users, even if it’s still the best blogging platform out there. Therefore, Users don’t have any pull with WordPress.) Until I see solid evidence to the contrary, that is the opinion I will hold.

If you’re big, it’s because the Corporatocracy State allows it. If you grow and become big without being evil, you will find yourself in a position where suddenly the war-making State offers you a deal that you can’t refuse: Serve power or face trouble. That all should serve power or die is the position of the Benefactors in power within the gangster Corporatocracy. (We are to get branded with the slave’s mark of 666 in order to participate positively in the gangster Corporatocracy, aka the wild beast.) They perversely call that freedom and democracy, which is how they call out to God to “Bring it!” (You’re free from having your knees shattered, as long as you pay up.) Lavabit and its principled owner sought to care more about its customers than the surveilling State, which caused the State to menace it. In order to avoid being forced to turn against its customers, and the promises of security made to them, Ladar Levison made the hard decision to shut down Lavabit. After some time, and some preparations that would enable the owner to continue giving good customer service despite the State’s abuse, Lavabit returned. If you become big and not something that the State thinks it can use, it will simply attack you. And I don’t mean disagree with you. And the attack can be vicious and cruel and without any rules, as one would expect from mentally and spiritually ruined attackers. That’s what happened to Wikileaks and its creator, Julian Assange. What big social network do you know that hasn’t gone over to the dark side (dark side not as in Star Wars but similar). Not long ago, I thought of Mozilla as the good guy. I think a lot of people did. And I believe that Mozilla banked on that perception as it grew, until one day, we, the netizens who avoided evil Microsoft and ‘do evil’ Google because we are principled, were confronted with a Mozilla that was going to censor. Just like that.

“Mozilla Joins George Soros’s Efforts In Launching A Strike Against “Fake News”” by Aaron Kesel

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Mozilla, the non-profit organization which runs the Firefox internet browser, said Wednesday it was launching an effort against “fake news,” as fact-checking software backed by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and George Soros got its first run-out in public to shape our Orwellian nightmare of future truth arbiters.

Mozilla said it was “investing in people, programs and projects” in a new initiative to “disrupt misinformation online” calling for a “Mozilla Information Trust Initiative,” or MITI for short, Business Insider reported…

I worry more about those who want to act as fact checkers, blatantly ignoring propaganda and fake news by the MSM while targeting alternative media and dictating what is and isn’t important for public consumption…

So you have all these people, some of whom have even once advocated for a free and open Internet, now advocating for controlling the flow of information under the moniker of “fake news.”

How about all the fake news spread by the CIA and intelligence services called planted propaganda usually for pushing war? Especially as a new report questions the veracity of claims made by a shady firm Cloudstrike that “Russia hacked the election” – how about that fake news?
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Pierre Omidyar is a Nazi. By that I mean that is a fascist, which just means that he believes in a kind of democracy that is the opposite of real democracy. Elites can’t speak truthfully about the darkness they’ve embraced. Fascism, setting aside historical examples and details pertaining to them, simply means a situation where the business community, especially big business, joins forces with the political class in order to run the country (and world, hence Corporatocracy), while telling the people that they have representative democracy and elections are proof of that, when in reality the people are cut out. Electoral systems are as captured by powerful special interests as (most) governments are. A few countries are resisting fascism: Venezuela, Bolivia for example. Cuba was, but, reportedly, Raul Castro is coming around to seeing things the West’s twisted way.

“Revealed: Visitor logs show full extent of Pierre and Pamela Omidyar’s cozy White House ties” by Paul Bradley Carr

“Pierre Omidyar co-funded Ukraine revolution groups with US government, documents show” by Mark Ames

“On the importance of keeping investors out of the newsroom, and not treating your readers like fools” by Paul Bradley Carr

I’ve experienced slow days on my blog before. On rare occasions, a day with zero hits happens. But it’s like those public transit zombies who are looking for attention and actually believe that being anti-social makes them cool and so, despite signage (subways) that you’ll see on EVERY door saying PLEASE DO NOT BLOCK THE DOORS, people park themselves in front of the doors, even when the trains are not crowded. They partially block the doors, probably telling themselves they are not blocking the doors as long as people can get around them, while they slow the whole line down. The abusers in power, who, as Jesus Christ noted, want to be called Benefactors, cause what trouble they can. Overt, extreme criminality might not always be the way to go. (If none of my critical organs are permanently damaged by the enhanced interrogation my Benefactors subject me to, it’s not torture. Right?) My blog hasn’t been out and out banned, but I have no doubt that somehow, while I am being allowed to freely present my views, It’s being restricted sometimes at least – by some group or groups somewhere and somehow. It’s a restriction that doesn’t kill me (the way banning does and I’ve been banned on many sites, including the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation [which my taxes help fund], for having a non-yahoo viewpoint), but slows down my visibility online. (This seems to be happening to me on YouTube as well.) Possibly, the size of my blog post is a factor. It’s like my longer posts are being examined, and held up while they’re being examined, which will, if that’s happening, take longer the larger the post is.

The CIA had the Vietnamese set up a parallel organization – Phung Hoan – to its package of counterinsurgency programs, so that it could hide behind it. Eventually, that kind of failed in the sense that they merged completely.

I know how the terrorist, war-making State rolls. I was very impressed with Caitlin Johnson’s report about the State (New Zealand) persecution and black ops targetting Suzie Dawson. I have read enough about the evil of the deep State and its tools to know that getting its way isn’t enough. Those are people with absolutely nothing good to do after they’ve sold their souls. They are now twisted workers in the Devil’s workshop, very busy doing evil and absolutely useless when it comes to making the world a better place. When I read Douglas Valentine’s book, “The Phoenix Program,” I was blown away by some of the reported atrocities committed by US soldiers and the Vietnamese who they corrupted and who were already corrupt. One Vietnamese citizen who they kept for four years in a refrigerated room but who didn’t tell them what they wanted him to tell them, was finally released – out of a plane. That’s what our tax dollars are used for? We are paying the salaries of psychopaths! What need was there for those interrogators (torturers) to kill the man that way? We are all free to self-modify, jettisoning our God-given conscience (learning how to ignore it) and embracing inequality, deceit and violence. When we make that choice, our values change and our needs and wants become unnatural.

“Activists Are Being Targeted By Spy Agencies — Interview With The Internet Party’s Suzie Dawson” by Caitlin Johnson

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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…After years of being targeted as a person of interest escalated to an actual assassination attempt, Suzie finally had to move to Berlin where the persecution continued, until she sought asylum in Russia where, thankfully, she is no longer harassed.

She has committed no crimes other than to try and make the world a better place, but apparently that’s the bar now. And it’s all legal. Breaking into your home, installing cameras and tracking your car is par for the course, but so are other more unusual methods of gaslighting, such as leaving loose screws around your house and messing with your underwear. Little things that you can’t exactly go to the police about but creepy enough to let you know that your private spaces are being routinely violated.

Rather than go quietly nuts and let it confuse and scare her into silence, Suzie did exactly the opposite – she went public. She blogged about the weird things that were happening to her and made this epic documentary which summarized her experiences. People who were also being targeted came out of the woodwork and said “Hey, that happened to me too!”
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From Douglas Valentine’s “The Phoenix Program, the following:

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The CIA treated its prisoners at the National Interrogation Center no better. In Decent Interval, former CIA officer Frank Snepp cites the case of Nguyen Van Tai, the Cuc Nghien Cuu agent who organized the attack on the U.S. Embassy during Tet. Tai was captured in 1970 and, “With American help the South Vietnamese built him his own prison cell and interrogation room, both totally white, totally bare except for a table, chair, an open hole for a toilet – and ubiquitous hidden television cameras and microphones to record his every waking and sleeping moment. His jailers soon discovered one essential psychic-physical flaw in him. Like many Vietnamese, he believed his blood vessels contracted when he was exposed to frigid air. His quarters and interrogation room were thus outfitted with heavy-duty air conditioners and kept thoroughly chilled.”

In April 1975, Snepp notes, “Tai was loaded onto an airplane and thrown out at ten thousand feet over the South China Sea. At that point he had spent over four years in solitary confinement, in a snow-white cell, without ever having fully admitted who he was.” As perverse as anything done in Salem, Tai was disposed of like a bag of garbage simply because he would not confess.

But unlike Truong and Tai, most Vietnamese jailed under Phoenix were anonymous pawns whose only value was the small bribe their families offered for their release. Anyone confined in a PIC or province or district prison was in the belly of the beast.. The range and extent of torture are beyond the comprehension of the average middle-class American but are well documented, as is the fact that American advisers rarely intervened to reduce the level of abuse. – pages 221 & 222

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Phoenix had gone underground, but the bodies it corralled were impossible to hide – despite the efforts of Ambassador Graham Martin, who on July 25, 1974, told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that “we found no one in prison” who could be regarded as a political prisoner and that charges that there were two hundred thousand political prisoners were part of a Communist propaganda campaign [sic] “deliberately designed to force the American Congress to limit economic aid.”

Refuting Martin’s assertions was David Shipler, who cited one instance after another of perverse torture of women and men – mostly teachers, students, and union workers – in Saigon’s First Precinct headquarters…

And Shipler wrote about a woman arrested in Saigon, taken to the Kien Chuong PIC twenty-two miles away, and viciously, sadistically tortured for absolutely no reason whatsoever, other than for the pleasure of the torturers. -pg 412

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[William J.] Taylor’s account of Phoenix is set in Da Nang in July 1970. The incident occurred on a Sunday morning. As was his habit, Taylor was rummaging through the garbage cans in the alley behind the White Elephant restaurant near the Da Nang Hotel, loading the back of his jeep with discarded fruity, vegetables, and bread, which he gave to Vietnamese members of his informer network who were having a hard time making ends meet. Some of these people worked at Camp Horn; others, for the mayor of Da Nang. Most he had known since 1968.

While poking around in the trash, Taylor saw a U.S. Army intelligence officer, accompanied by a Korean intelligence officers, pass by in a jeep. Taylor quickly dropped what he was doing and followed them. Taylor had opened the case when a number of his Vietnamese sources began complaining to him that an American military officer, in cahoots with the Koreans, was murdering Vietnamese civilians for the CIA. The American officer was regularly seen at the Da Nang Interrogation Center, assaulting women prisoners and forcing them to perform perverse acts. He had a reputation as a sadist who enjoyed torturing and killing prisoners. A psychopath with no compunctions about killing people or causing them pain, he was the ideal contract killer.

That the CIA should recruit such a man was not unusual. Taylor himself had investigated a racial incident in which four blacks threw grenades into the Da Nang enlisted men’s club while a movie was being shown. One of the blacks told Taylor that a CIA “talent scout” had offered to get him and his comrades off the hook if they would agree to perform hits for the CIA on a contract basis, not just in Vietnam but in other countries as well. – pg 358

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The son of an Air Force officer, Stan Fulcher was brought up in various military posts around the world, but he brands as “hypocritical” the closed society into which he was born. “The military sees itself as the conqueror of the world” – Fulcher sighed, “but the military is socialism in its purest form. People in the military lead a life of privilege in which the state meets each and every one of their needs.”

Having served in the special security unit at Can Tho Air Base in 1968 – where he led a unit of forty riflemen against the VCI – Fulcher fully understood the realities of Vietnam. He told me of the Military Security Service killing a Jesuit priest who advocated land reform, of GVN officials trading with the National Liberation Front while trying to destroy religious sects, and of the tremendous U.S. cartels – RMK-BRJ, Sealand, Holiday Inns, Pam Am, Bechtel, and Vinnell – that prospered from the war.

“The military has the political power and the means of production,” Fulcher explained, “and so it enjoys all the benefits of society… Well, it was the same thing in Vietnam, where the U.S. military and a small number of politicians supported the Vietnamese Catholic establishment against the masses… Greedy Americans, ” Fulcher contended, “were the cause of the war. The supply side economists – these are the emergent groups during Vietnam.” -pg 396
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So, Is it any surprise that those who own and rule (and ruin) the world should treat us, who are their fellow citizens, shabbily, especially as they have come to see us as an obstacle to the further satisfying of their greed? Not to mention, They just like to show off their power.

I seem to be experiencing ghost-banning on YouTube right now, although it doesn’t appear to be outright banning. It looks like restrictiveness that involves ghost-banning that is randomly halted temporarily. I don’t know how else to describe it. Amusingly, Google cleverly allow me to appear in the ‘top posts’ even while I’m invisible. It’s called attitude. (See the images below. Also, Peter Lavelle’s article titled “Ghost Banning on Social Media – the start of systematic censorship” will give you a good idea what ghost banning is all about.) For some time, I’ve noticed that I can comment on YouTube, but, unlike most of the non YouTube commenting I do online, my YouTube comments just about never are responded to. Which they wouldn’t be if they are only visible to me, which is how ghost banning works. I’m like a ghost. I’m there but you can’t see me.

Suzie Dawson explained to Caitlin Johnson how she would return home to find screws kicking around. Intruders had also cut up her panties and did other sick things when she was away, all to scare the crap out of her, but also just to play twisted games with her, because for them it’s work and a paycheque and they have sold their souls and have no problem with doing such ‘work’. (Gatekeepers, we will find, have that kind of freedom. If you serve power – the Corporatocracy for example – then rules, mostly, don’t apply to you.) They are furthering ‘national security’ don’t you know! The screws were interesting. Try telling people about loose screws kicking around in your apartment and, as you may fear, they may very well say to themselves “Loose screws. Right. Screwy. Right.” When I had my friend check to see whether he could see me on one particular YouTube channel where I had commented, he could see me. That was a while ago. What if I told him that I still think YouTube is ghost banning me? Would he think, “Hmm. I saw your comment. I think someone reads too much about the evil State.” He would reasonably point out to me that when we did our experiment, it was negative. So, What’s up here? Would they go so far as to allow my friend to see me while ghosting me to everyone else? On one hand, I’m nobody. I’m certainly no celebrity blogger. As you can see from the scree shots above, there’s not many visitors to my blog. (But zero hits is still abnormal.) On the other hand, people with too much power and freedom, because they have the ‘right’ political views, have nothing useful to do at all. Ergo…

Here’s a very small sampling of the many YouTube appearances by myself, as a ghost apparently:

Bill Maher by Abby Martin one year ago


Brainwash Update with Abby Martin re Bill Maher


Cornel West vs Tucker Carlson on The Jimmy Dore Show July 20 2018 1


Keiser Report July 31 2018


re Alex Jones banning on The Jimmy Dore Show


Tucker Carlston vs Cornel West Jimmy Dore Show

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Lawlessness / Ruined – part 14

Yonatan Shapira

“The psychotic tenderness of being boarded by the Israeli navy at sea” by Yonatan Shapira (Mondoweiss)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Yonatan Shapira was aboard the Al Awda boat in the Gaza Freedom flotilla when it was stopped in international waters by Israeli sailors three days ago and all on board arrested. His Facebook report in Hebrew was translated by Ofer Neiman, with the headline, “Israeli citizen and Palestine solidarity activist Yonatan Shapira on Israel’s dirty attack on the peaceful Gaza flotilla: יונתן שפירא מדווח מהמשט – עברית להלן” That translation follows.

So just as the IDF Spokesperson said: “The overtaking of the Al-Awda ship was carried out without violence and without exceptional events”.

And indeed, everything was as usual –

They slammed Herman the captain’s head against the wall again and again while threatening to take him to the ship’s belly and finish him off when no one is watching.

A fist in the face of Arne Birge the old mechanic.

And the finest tradition: Electric shocks. This time we wore life vests of the type that covers the chest well. But don’t worry, the brave naval commando combatants just electrocuted [Tasered] Charlie, the first officer, in his head. And more electric shocks to Juergen the cook and to 60 year old Mike, a chair of a trade union and a human rights activist from New Zealand…

And let’s keep in mind: Had we been Gazan fishermen or children approaching the Gaza fence, they could have simply put a bullet in the head of each of us and that’s it.

The IDF Attorney unit has also confirmed that that there’s no need for an investigation.
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“Israel Seizes Swedish Aid Ship En Route to Gaza” by ? (teleSUR)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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The Israeli navy seized a Swedish-flagged sailboat attempting to breach a blockade of the Palestinian Gaza Strip Saturday, the military said.

The 12 passengers are mostly from Sweden but also from Germany, Britain, Spain, France and Canada. They are in custody and will be put on flights home, a spokeswoman for the Israeli Immigration Authority said.

The SY Freedom for Gaza was carrying mainly medical supplies and two of its passengers were journalists, said an organizer from a group named Ship to Gaza which organized the trip.

“Ship to Gaza demands that those who have been taken prisoner and the ship and its cargo are returned to the location where the ship was boarded and are allowed to continue their journey in international and Palestinian waters unmolested, in accordance with international law,” the group said in a statement.
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Danny Ortega

“Nicaragua Defeats The Not-So-Soft Coup” by Tortilla Con Sal collective, teleSUR TV and Joe Emersberger (The Greanville Post)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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On July 19, hundreds of thousands of people from across Nicaragua will converge on the capital Managua to celebrate the 39th anniversary of their historic 1979 defeat of the Somoza dictatorship. The event takes place as the authorities continue to liberate communities blockaded by roadblocks operated by armed opposition activists whose not-so-soft coup attempt against the Sandinista government, begun on April 18, has failed. Ever since April 21, when President Daniel Ortega called for a process of National Dialogue to peacefully resolve opposition demands, Nicaragua’s political opposition and their allies have worked to sabotage talks for a negotiated solution…

Early in July, the opposition reneged on an agreement to dismantle the roadblocks their armed supporters have used since late April to try to destroy the country’s economy and intimidate the general population…

Subsequently, Nicaragua’s national police have worked with local communities around the country to clear the opposition roadblocks. In Jinotepe, they set free hundreds of trucks and their drivers held hostage by opposition gangs for over a month. In many places, it has been possible to negotiate agreements to remove the roadblocks peacefully. Elsewhere, the process has involved violence and casualties provoked by very well-armed activists and associated paid criminals resisting the authorities’ efforts to restore freedom of movement. On July 13 in Managua, two opposition activists were killed during the clearance of blockades in and around the National Autonomous University…

Elsewhere, on July 12, opposition activists from roadblocks operated by Francisca Ramirez and Medardo Mairena’s anti-Canal movement infiltrated an opposition peace march in the town of Morrito, on the eastern shore of Lake Nicaragua, on the highway to the Rio San Juan. They attacked a police post and the local municipal office, murdering four police officers and a primary school teacher, wounding four municipal workers and kidnapping nine police officers. Subsequently, that evening the police officers were set free, six of them with injuries…

In Masaya, opposition activists tortured, murdered and burned police officer Gabriel Vado Ruiz and would have done the same to another police officer, Rodrigo Barrios Flores, had he not escaped from his captors after enduring two days of torture and abuse. Although the extreme violence of the armed opposition activists has been responsible directly and indirectly for almost all the loss of life and injuries during the crisis, international news media and human rights organizations continue to falsely blame the government for virtually all the deaths and people injured. Amnesty International and fellow coup apologists such as Bianca Jagger and SOS Nicaragua, along with their allies in corporate media such as the Guardian, Telegraph, Washington Post, New York Times, Al Jazeera, CNN, BBC, all cover up very serious human rights violations by the opposition activists during the failed attempted coup against Nicaragua’s legitimate government.
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An assassination attempt on Nicolas Maduro, President of Venezuela

“‘It was assassination attempt’: Venezuelan President Maduro targeted with explosive drones (VIDEO)” by ? (RT News)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has been targeted in an attempted attack during a televised public address, officials confirm. Several explosives-laden drones detonated as he was speaking at a military ceremony.

Venezuela’s Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez has confirmed that an attack on Maduro took place at the event. Several drones rigged with explosives went off close to the presidential box during the address…

Maduro has been moved to safety and is carrying on with his duties, he said. Seven National Guard soldiers have been injured as a result of the failed assassination, according to Rodriguez. The extent of their injuries has not been revealed.
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“Colombia’s Uribe To US Business Leaders: Help Take Out Maduro” by ? (teleSUR)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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A video was revealed on Sunday showing former Colombian president, Alvaro Uribe, telling a group of listeners that Venezuelan soldiers need to “remove” President Nicolas Maduro from office.

The recording was released just 24 hours after two air drones carrying explosives were detonated above President Maduro and several members of his administration on Saturday as the head of state addressed a large crowd at the 81st anniversary of the Bolivarian National Guard in Caracas. Maduro and other Venezuelan officials are saying that right-wing factions in the United States, Venezuelan and Colombia are behind the drone bombs.
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“Activists are Dying for Your Food: Environmental Defenders Murdered in Record Numbers Last Year” by Sandra Cuffe (Toward Freedom)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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It could be your morning coffee, your bananas, your sugar, or the palm oil found in approximately half of all packaged products at your grocery store, including breakfast cereals. Land and environmental defenders were killed in record numbers last year, and for the first time, agribusiness is tied to more killings than any other sector, according to a report published Tuesday by Global Witness, a London-based NGO.

The organization documented 207 killings of land and environmental defenders in 22 countries around the world in 2017, a slight increase from 2016. However, the number of people killed while protesting large-scale agriculture in 2017 more than doubled.

“For the first time, agribusiness surpassed mining as the most dangerous sector to oppose, as 46 defenders who protested against palm oil, coffee, tropical fruit and sugar cane plantations, as well as cattle ranching, were murdered in 2017,” noted the authors of “At What Cost?,” the Global Witness report…

Global Witness identified several root causes underlying threats to defenders, regardless of whether cases are tied to agribusiness, mining, logging, or other activities. Corruption and impunity are on the list, but so is the failure to recognize customary or collective land rights and secure land tenure. Failure to seek the free, prior and informed consent of affected communities also underpins the violence, according to the organization.

“Local activists are being murdered as governments and businesses value quick profit over human life. Many of the products emerging from this bloodshed are on the shelves of our supermarkets,” said Ben Leather, a Senior Campaigner at Global Witness.

A United Nations intergovernmental working group continued to work on its draft of a binding international instrument concerning transnational corporations, but at the moment, most international guidelines concerning business and human rights are just that: guidelines. They’re voluntary. Products are sometimes labelled “sustainable” by industry-led groups regardless of the facts on the ground.
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“Migrant Kids Stripped, Drugged, Locked Away. So Much For Compassion” by ? (The Washington Post via Information Clearinghouse via Axis of Logic)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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When accounts of abuse emerged in June from a detention center for migrant minors in Virginia — children as young as 14 stripped naked, shackled, strapped to chairs, their heads encased in bags, left for days or longer in solitary confinement, and in some cases beaten and bruised — it sounded like a scene from the Soviet gulag. This institution, the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center, near Staunton, couldn’t possibly be in America. And if it was, it had to be an extreme outlier — a place that, while overseen by the Office of Refugee Resettlement at the Department of Health and Human Services, simply could not typify the federal government’s handling of children, undocumented or not, who make their way into this country.

But abuses alleged at that jail in Virginia turn out to be no worse than those inflicted, on even younger children, at another facility under ORR’s purview in Texas. Last Monday, a federal judge, incensed that underage migrants at the Shiloh Residential Treatment Center, south of Houston, had been routinely administered psychotropic drugs without parental consent, denied water as a means of punishment and forbidden from making private phone calls, ordered undocumented minors there transferred elsewhere.
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blog header image from Haiti Relief and Reconstruction Watch (CEPR)

“Meet the New Haitian Military ― it’s Starting to Look a Lot Like the Old One” by Jake Johnson (CEPR)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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On March 13, President Jovenel Moise appointed six individuals to the high command of the recently reinstated Haitian armed forces (FAdH). All of the appointees, now in their sixties, were majors or colonels in the former FAdH, disbanded in 1995 after a long history of involvement in coups, violent repression, and drug trafficking. At least three of the officers appear to have held senior positions within the early-‘90s military coup regime. One of them is a convicted intellectual author of a civilian massacre, and another was a member of a committee that sought to cover it up.
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Good neighbor Saudi Arabia has a gift for Yemen: terror and destruction

“Saudi Coalition Steps Up Yemen Offensive with Airstrikes, Kidnapping and Cluster Bombs” by Ahmed Abdulkareem (Mint Press News)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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The U.S.-backed, Saudi-led coalition conducted numerous airstrikes across Yemen this past weekend, especially against the strategic port city of Hodeida. Heavy civilian casualties have been reported, as has the use of cluster bombs against civilian targets. Hodeida’s water and sewage treatment infrastructure was also targeted in the bombing campaign.

Meanwhile — in a mass kidnapping incident similar to that carried out by ISIS in Sweida, Syria last week — a group of women in Hodeida’s southern Tuhieta district were kidnapped by the Giant’s Brigade on Sunday. The Giant’s Brigade is a group of indigenous mercenaries fighting on behalf of the Saudi-led coalition who share the same Wahhabi ideology as al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and the so-called Islamic State (ISIS). The women’s whereabouts are still unknown.
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Saudi soldiers

“Saudi King absolves troops of any future accountability for their conduct in Yemen war” by ? (RT News)

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A royal decree by Saudi King Salman has ‘pre-exonerated’ all troops fighting in Yemen from any accountability issues they may face over their conduct in the war, in which thousands of civilians have been killed and wounded.

A statement announcing the early pardon, released by Saudi Arabia’s state news agency SPA, said the pardon extends to “all military men across the armed forces” taking part in Operation Restoring Hope, citing the official codename of the Riyadh-led invasion of Yemen…

Since the start of the Saudi-led campaign, the coalition has been repeatedly accused of killing dozens of civilians in its airstrikes but it rarely admitted responsibility for such incidents. Saudi-led forces have been repeatedly targeting civilian objects, with rights groups saying their rules of engagement amounted to war crimes. Last year, a Human Rights Watch official, Ahmed Benchemsi, told RT that 61 documented airstrikes, all conducted by the coalition, “may amount indeed to war crimes, that have killed nearly 900 civilians and have hit civilian areas, including markets, schools, hospitals and private homes.”
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Human Rights Watch is a horrible, deep state NGO. Quoting needs to be doe cautiously. In the above excerpt HRW doesn’t state that Saudi Arabia is committing war crimes, but that it “may” be committing war crimes. The problem with HRW is that it is, like Google, huge. Everyone, progressives and rightwingers, quotes them. Progressives probably quote them more than they need to. But I’m not sure about that. I am sure that Human Rights Watch is corrupt.

related: “Human Rights Watch in Service to the War Party: Including A Review of “Weighing the Evidence: Lessons from the Slobodan Milosevic Trial” by Edward Herman, David Peterson and George Szamuely

related: “The Corruption of Human Rights Watch” by numerous authors (Consortium News)

Saudi Arabian and US allied terrorists

“AP Investigation: US allies, al-Qaida battle rebels in Yemen” by ? (AP)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Again and again over the past two years, a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia and backed by the United States has claimed it won decisive victories that drove al-Qaida militants from their strongholds across Yemen and shattered their ability to attack the West.

Here’s what the victors did not disclose: many of their conquests came without firing a shot.

That’s because the coalition cut secret deals with al-Qaida fighters, paying some to leave key cities and towns and letting others retreat with weapons, equipment and wads of looted cash, an investigation by The Associated Press has found. Hundreds more were recruited to join the coalition itself.
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The above linked-to article, and the one by Reuters that follows, does the deep State’s bidding in criminalizing Iran. Setting that aside, the deep State shouldn’t be too happy about what these reports reveal. Then again, Those who rule and ruin the world have no shame. They want us to see their power, especially as they are sure that we can do nothing about it. ‘We’ can’t.

From Reuters Investigates:
SCRABBLE: A propaganda video posted online by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. The group has grabbed more territory along the Yemeni coast and regularly puts out photos and videos that paint it as a functioning administration. (SOCIAL MEDIA WEBSITE)

“How Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen has made al Qaeda stronger – and richer” by Yara Bayouny, Noah Browning, Muhammed Ghobari (Reuters Investigates)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Once driven to near irrelevance by the rise of Islamic State abroad and security crackdowns at home, al Qaeda in Yemen now openly rules a mini-state with a war chest swollen by an estimated $100 million in looted bank deposits and revenue from running the country’s third largest port.

If Islamic State’s capital is the Syrian city of Raqqa, then al Qaeda’s is Mukalla, a southeastern Yemeni port city of 500,000 people. Al Qaeda fighters there have abolished taxes for local residents, operate speedboats manned by RPG-wielding fighters who impose fees on ship traffic, and make propaganda videos in which they boast about paving local roads and stocking hospitals.

The economic empire was described by more than a dozen diplomats, Yemeni security officials, tribal leaders and residents of Mukalla. Its emergence is the most striking unintended consequence of the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen. The campaign, backed by the United States, has helped Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) to become stronger than at any time since it first emerged almost 20 years ago.

Yemeni government officials and local traders estimated the group, as well as seizing the bank deposits, has extorted $1.4 million from the national oil company and earns up to $2 million every day in taxes on goods and fuel coming into the port.
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“Chile: Investigators Pursue Sexual Abuse Cases in Rectory Raids” by ? (teleSUR)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Investigations into alleged sexual abusers within the Chilean episcopacy are escalating after police raids in Temuco and Villarrica led to the confiscation of dozens of documents believed to be connected to additional abuse cases.

Prosecutor Italo Ortega led the raids – which began first in Temuco and then Villarrica – revealed boxes of papers detailing investigations led by the Catholic church against five priests suspected of child molestation and sexual abuse.

“As there was no voluntary delivery then we requested the authorization that corresponds to the Court of Guarantee, we made the presentation of the background and the Court ruled that the seizure proceed,” said the prosecutor of Temuco, Roberto Garrido.

Elsewhere in Santiago, former Chilean Priest Oscar Muñoz is being held in preventive detention, accused of sexual abuse and the rape of at least seven minors between the ages of 11 and 17. Muñoz was arrested in Santiago, Thursday and was transferred to Rancagua.
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From The Conversation:
Children listen to speakers during an immigration family separation protest in Phoenix, Arizona. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

“Trump’s act of state terrorism against children” by Henry Giroux (The Conversation)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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State terrorism comes in many forms, but one of its most cruel and revolting expressions is when it is aimed at children.

Even though U.S. President Donald Trump backed down in the face of a scathing political and public outcry and ended his administration’s policy of separating migrant children from their parents, make no mistake: His actions were and remain a form of terrorism.

That he was defiant until his back was against the wall points not only to a society that has lost its moral compass, but has also descended into such darkness that it demands both the loudest forms of moral outrage and a collective resistance aimed at eliminating the narratives, power relations and values that support it…

Josef Stalin’s police took children from the parents he labelled as “enemies of the people.” Adolf Hitler, Francisco Franco and Augusto Pinochet all separated children from their families on a large scale as a way to punish political dissidents and those parents considered disposable.

Now we can add Trump to the list of the depraved.
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From The Conversation:
Javier Garrido Martinez holds his four-year-old son during a news conference in New York on July 11, 2018. The pair were reunited after being separated for almost two months when authorities stopped them at the U.S. southern border. (AP Photo/Robert Bumsted)

“The disgrace of detaining asylum seekers and other migrants” by Stephanie J Silverman (The Conversation)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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The Donald Trump administration is continuing its “zero tolerance” approach to Central Americans seeking asylum at the southern border of the United States.

Despite no evidence that it deters asylum-seekers, the administration is prioritizing the use of immigrant prisons or detention centres in their attack.

As a detention expert, I argue that we must not lose sight of how the administration is steadily expanding its detention arsenal under the cover of massive changes to its immigration and asylum architecture.

The mind boggles at the scale and speed of the rollbacks to accessing asylum, humanitarian protection and residence rights, among them:

* Withdrawing “temporary protected status” protections against deportation for 200,000 Salvadoreans, plus Haitians, Sudanese and Nicaraguans, living in the United States.
* Intervening to undermine asylum protections for women and others fleeing persecution at the hands of non-state individuals, including abusive spouses.
* Stepping up prosecutions of unlawful entries across the U.S.-Mexico border.
* Turning back asylum-seekers at ports of entry.
* Hollowing out protections for children not at immediate risk of human trafficking for sexual, forced labour or other forms of exploitation.
* Prosecuting parents who pay agents to bring their children to the U.S.
* Prosecuting everyone who enters the U.S. without preauthorization.

The most shocking of these recent changes is perhaps the Trump administration’s now-revoked order to deliberately remove children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border…

The American immigration detention system must be called what it is: Abusive, racist, sexist and haphazardly implemented with a dysfunctional but financially profitable bail system. The system is designed not to administer asylum claims, but to punish and even terrorize people attempting to realize their rights.
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“Whitewashing the White Helmets – Peter Ford, Former UK Ambassador to Syria Responds to UK Government Statement” by Vanessa Beeley (21st Century Wire)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Former Ambassador to Syria 2003 – 2006, Peter Ford responds to the UK Government statement by Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt on “exceptional” Israeli evacuation of the UK/US Coalition intelligence construct, the White Helmets…

Peter Ford responds:

“The government statement contains two bare-faced lies.

The White Helmets most definitely have not assisted all sides in the conflict. From the beginning they have only ever operated in rebel-held areas. Government controlled areas have the real Syrian Civil Defence and Syrian Red Crescent. This is quite a big whopper on the government’s part. It goes without saying that the media will not pick up on it…

Secondly the White Helmets are not volunteers. They are doing jobs for which they are paid, by Western governments. They have a press department 150 strong, bigger than that for the whole of the UK ambulance service. Their claims of saving over 115,000 lives have never been verified. The co-location of their offices with jihadi operation centres has been well documented.
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“‘They may be jihadists but they’re our jihadists’: White Helmets’ UK resettlement policy attacked” by ? (RT News)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Critics of the move have raised doubts around the White Helmets’ legitimacy as a human rights organisation, accusing them of containing within their ranks jihadists who are now set to be welcomed to Britain.

There are those such as UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt who has heaped praise on the organization – which is funded heavily by the UK government – claiming Saturday night’s evacuation carried out by Israel was “fantastic news” as the White Helmets were the “bravest of the brave.”…

Former UK ambassador to Uzbekistan-turned blogger Craig Murray has not been so glowing about the prospect of White Helmets members being granted resettlement in Britain.

He told his social media followers: “They may be jihadists but they are our jihadists.” Fascinating that the ‘White Helmets’ are being brought straight to the UK with families when the Afghan and Iraqi military interpreters were not. The British government does not do this from humanity or obligation.”
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I tried to post a comment to the comments section attached to the above linked-to article, but RT’s abusive commenting feature, which I’ve blogged about (It’s called Spot.IM and is owned by a couple of Israelis) disallowed it. It simply doesn’t appear. RT is not progressive even if a lot of progressives heap praise on it and work for it. (We see the same sort of thing with The Intercept.) I tried quoting Vanessa Beeley on the White Helmets. Note the noncommittal tone of the article. It parrots establishment language, such as when it calls the White Helmets the “official” first responder in Syria, when it is no such thing, as even the remainder of the article makes clear. Even so, the quote from Craig Murray, which RT doesn’t endorse, but simply reports (better than nothing), was worth my including this report from RT.

“Ruin”

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The Avalanche – Snapshot 18 – Aug 2, ’18

“China’s Serious & Breaking Vaccine Scandal: Are Your Vaccines Made In China?” by Catherine Frompovich (Activist Post)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Please consider this a “public service announcement,” if you will, because the mainstream, lamestream media probably will not report on the growing Chinese vaccine scandal and huge protests against vaccines made and administered in China.

However, as a personal caveat, I feel I must offer this: I’m leery about anything made in China, especially after doing the research for Chapter 13 The China Trade Debacle: Toxic and “Made in China” for my 2009 book, Our Chemical Lives And The Hijacking Of Our DNA, A Probe Into What’s Probably Making Us Sick.
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“The Silence of the Whores” by Craig Murray (Craig Murray)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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The mainstream media are making almost no effort today to fit Charlie Rowley’s account of his poisoning into the already ludicrous conspiracy theory being peddled by the government and intelligence agencies.

ITV News gamely inserted the phrase “poisoned by a Russian nerve agent” into their exclusive interview with Charlie Rowley, an interview in which they managed to ask no penetrating questions whatsoever, and of which they only broadcast heavily edited parts. Their own website contains this comment by their journalist Rupert Evelyn:

He said it was unopened, the box it was in was sealed, and that they had to use a knife in order to cut through it.

“That raises the question: if it wasn’t used, is this the only Novichok that exists in this city? And was it the same Novichok used to attack Sergei and Yulia Skripal?

But the information about opening the packet with a knife is not in the linked interview. What Rowley does say in the interview is that the box was still sealed in its cellophane. Presumably it was the cellophane he slit open with a knife.
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“Not Content with Constant Anti-Scottish Output, the BBC is Extending its Reach to Anti-Scottish Censorship.” by Craig Murray (Craig Murray)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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The BBC’s success in taking down Wings Over Scotland’s YouTube channel – and Youtube’s complacent compliance with the BBC instruction – has a very dodgy foundation in law. Excerpts of copyright material may be published for purposes of “criticism, review or quotation” provided the source is acknowledged. As Wings would only use BBC material for review and criticism – they are hardly repeating it as great news reporting – the BBC’s copyright infringement claim is at best very dubious.

More to the point, this despicable infringement on freedom of speech is appalling behaviour for a state broadcaster. Removal of criticism is the BBC’s only purpose here. The BBC is not protecting a state asset – the old news clips in question have zero commercial value; Wings was not republishing episodes of Dr Who.
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“Over 35 Jewish groups worldwide oppose attempts to equate antisemitism with criticism of Israel” by Independent Jewish Voices Canada)

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Independent Jewish Voices Canada (IJV) has joined over 35 Jewish organizations worldwide in a statement condemning global attempts to stifle criticism of Israel. From South Africa to Sweden, New Zealand to Germany and Brazil, this is the first time so many Jewish groups have come together to defend Palestinian human rights advocacy from attack.

The statement condemns a growing trend of legislative campaigns targeting organizations that support Palestinian rights, particularly those affiliated with the nonviolent Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
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“How the Guardian aided the anti-semites” by Jonathan Cook (Jonathan Cook)

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Who do you help when you censor a cartoon depicting Israel’s well-documented war crimes against Palestinians – and do so on the grounds that the criticism of Israel is anti-semitic?

The answer is: you help anti-semites…

It was drawn by Steve Bell, probably Britain’s foremost political cartoonist. It shows Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu seated alongside his British counterpart, Theresa May, in Downing Street.

Their cosy alliance is shown being promoted to the cameras at a terrible price to the Palestinians. The diminutive figure of Razan al-Najjar, a young Palestinian medic who was murdered last week in Gaza by an Israeli sniper as she came to the aid of other Palestinians being killed and wounded by other Israeli snipers, serves as a symbol. Burning in the Downing Street hearth between Netanyahu and May, she is the sacrificial victim fuelling their power relationship.
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“Russia Wants To Pass Fake News Law That Would Fine Social Networks $793,000” by Aaron Kesel (Activist Post)

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The infamous moniker “fake news” has been pushed since the 2016 election started by the current sitting U.S. President Donald Trump. Lawmakers all over the world are now seeking to trample on human rights in a bid to stop “fake news.”

Russia is the latest to propose draconian legislation to stop the spreading of “fake news.”
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“NAFTA critics censored on eve of talks in Washington” by ? (The Council of Canadians)

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The Council of Canadians attempted to purchase ads critical of NAFTA in Reagan National Airport on the eve of talks on the deal in Washington on May 7. However the ad was refused by the airport’s ad managing firm Clear Channel after the airport “checked out” the Council’s website, according to an email from the agency. The ads can be viewed here.

“We had worked with the airport media company to come up with messaging that was non-partisan, and more educational in tone, and it was accepted,” says Sujata Dey, Trade Campaigner with the Council of Canadians. “But after checking our website, they told us that they cannot place our ad. We see this as censorship and clearly unfair.”
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“Opinion: Attempted Censorship Of Christine Assange Reveals How Powerful Her Voice Is” by Elizabeth Vos (Disobedient Media)

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Christine was scheduled to speak on the Unity4J ‘State of the Movement‘ address, which was held yesterday by journalist Suzie Dawson, veteran CIA analyst and Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) co-founder Ray McGovern, filmmaker Vivian Kubrick, and myself. The entire event is available via Youtube. Those who have not yet joined the Unity4J Discord server and would like to do so can sign up at: Unity4J.com/Discord

Despite strenuous efforts made by Christine and our technical support team for over an hour, we were unable to connect with Christine or bring her onto the panel. She then attempted to send a message to Suzie Dawson, which was intended to be read to the audience of the live event. However, that message too was delayed until the moment the stream ended.

In light of the apparent attempt to silence Christine’s voice, Dawson and I decided to re-start the stream immediately, in order to read the message from Christine that had finally come through. The second stream of the evening which resulted is available in full via Youtube.
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“A Loud Whoomping Sound”

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