Lawlessness / Ruined – part 22

The US is ruining cyberspace. But it’s also ruining the world, so How would cyberspace escape the ruination?

“US Responsible for Cyberspace Becoming a War Domain Instead of an Area of Cooperation” by Alex Gorka (Strategic Culture Foundation)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Much has been said about the potential dangers of a cyber war. This type of attack could be formidably destructive and is extremely difficult to track to its source. Superiority in this domain offers a great advantage, making it possible to knock out the enemy’s critical infrastructure sites and inflicting damage comparable to a massive nuclear attack. Just imagine the electricity grids, one of the softer targets, out of commission and all the lights out and the computers dead! In 2016 the North Atlantic Alliance officially declared cyberspace the fourth domain of war.

NATO is beefing up its cybersecurity and plans to develop an offensive cyber potential…

In late September, the new US National Cybersecurity Strategy (NCS), which expands the authority for launching offensive operations, took effect after being signed by President Trump. It actually calls for an offensive response against any nation the administration chooses to target. “America created the Internet and shared it with the world. Now, we must make sure to secure and preserve cyberspace for future generations,” said the president in his introduction to the document.
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This Thursday, Aug 3, 2017 photo released by the government-controlled Syrian Central Military Media, shows an al-Qaida-linked militant standing in a bus, after being evacuated from the town of Arsal, near the Syrian border, in northeast Lebanon. A large convoy from Lebanon carrying thousands of refugees and al-Qaida-linked militants began arriving at a transfer point in the western Syrian Hama province to complete their journey to the rebel-held Idlib province in northwest Syria. (Syrian Central Military Media via AP)

“Wikileaks: To Weaken Iran, US Undermined Democratic Elements of Syrian Opposition to Empower Radical Groups” by Whitney Webb (Mint Press News)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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WASHINGTON — A recently uncovered U.S. government document published by WikiLeaks has revealed that the U.S. directly advocated for undermining “democratic” elements of the so-called Syrian “revolution” of 2011 in order to ensure the dominance of authoritarian, sectarian Sunni groups within the Syrian opposition.

The document, written by the United States Marine Corps (USMC) Intelligence Department in late 2011, further asserts that empowering these radical Sunni groups over democratic and secular ones would be ideal for the United States and its regional partners, as ensuring the decline of the current Syrian government, and with it a secular Syria, would harm Iran’s regional clout.

In other words, the U.S. openly supported undermining democratic opposition forces in Syria in order to challenge Iranian influence and, with it, the influence of the Middle East’s “resistance axis” that obstructs the imperialistic agendas of the U.S. and its regional allies such as Saudi Arabia and Israel.
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Supporters of the Al Nusra Front take part in a protest against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the international coalition in Aleppo on September 26, 2014. The US struck a little-known group called “Khorasan” on September 24, but experts and activists argue it actually struck Al-Qaeda’s affiliate Al-Nusra Front, which fights alongside Syrian rebels. AFP PHOTO/ Fadi al-Halabi (Photo credit should read Fadi al-Halabi/AFP/Getty Images)

“US providing direct military support to terrorists, says Syrian FM” by Seraphim Hanisch (The Duran)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Sputnik reported on September 29 that Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem believes the fight against terrorism in Syria is almost over:

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said Saturday that the fight against terrorism in the country was almost over, adding that the situation had become more secure.

“The situation on the ground has become more secure and stable, and the battle against terrorism is almost over. We are committed to continuing the holy battle until we clear the entire territory of Syria of terrorist groups and illegal foreign presence,” Muallem said at the annual General Debate of the United Nations General Assembly.

In addition, the top Syrian diplomat stressed that the US-led coalition provided direct military support to terrorists.

At the same time, according to Muallem, allegations that Damascus used chemical weapons are being utilized to justify aggression against Syria.

“Western countries dispose of scenarios and accusations prepared in advance in order to justify aggression against Syria,” Muallem noted.

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I omitted the bolding in the above quote that was in the original because it was applied haphazardly in the original and is confusing.

sinkable US naval vessels

“U.S. Interior Secretary Threatens Russia With Naval Blockade” by ? (South Front)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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On September 28, US Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke publicly threatened Russia with a naval blockade saying that this is an option to prevent Russia from selling its energy.
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“Child concentration camps in America” by Eric London (WSWS)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Across the United States, under cover of darkness, the government is rounding up immigrant children and sending them to a desert concentration camp in Tornillo, Texas, near the US-Mexico border. In recent weeks, hundreds have been transferred from foster shelters to Tornillo, where they live in tents, 20 to a room.

The New York Times spoke with employees at shelters who described scenes that recall the most shameful episodes in American history, including the capture of fugitive slaves, the forced removal of Native Americans from their land, and the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War Two.

According to the Times, “In order to avoid escape attempts, the moves are carried out late at night because children will be less likely to try to run away. For the same reason, children are generally given little advance warning that they will be moved.”…

Roughly 13,000 children are currently detained in shelters and immigration detention facilities nationwide, a record high. Conditions in immigration detention centers and shelters are deplorable, with children reporting cases of rape, sexual abuse and physical violence.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is expanding the size of the Tornillo tent city, which currently houses 1,600 immigrant youth, to 4,000. Starting in November and extending through March, the average daily low temperature will be below 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

The Trump administration will soon begin detaining children indefinitely, having pulled out of the Flores settlement, a court agreement that barred the government from detaining immigrant children for more than 20 days…

Following the Democrats’ lead, many political groups that call themselves “socialist” but in reality function as factions of the Democratic Party, have dropped the defense of immigrants.

The International Socialist Organization has not published an article on the US government’s attacks on immigrants since September 10. Socialist Alternative and Jacobin magazine, which is linked to the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), have not published articles on the US immigration situation since August 24 and August 22, respectively. The fall issue of the DSA’s magazine Democratic Left does not include a single reference to the attacks on immigrants.
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Governor Jerry Brown

“Department of Justice Sues California to Stop its Net Neutrality Law” by Ernesto Falcon and Gregory Wilpert (The Real News Network)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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GREG WILPERT: It’s The Real News Network and I’m Greg Wilpert, coming to you from Baltimore.

Right after California’s Governor Jerry Brown signed a law to guarantee net neutrality in his state last Sunday, the Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against California to stop the law. According to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, California’s net neutrality bill is unconstitutional because Internet traffic involves interstate commerce. And according to the Constitution, the federal government regulates interstate commerce…

ERNESTO FALCON: So right now, what’s happening is the Department of Justice has filed a preliminary injunction against the state of California. Preceding this case and this litigation, about 22 state attorney generals and a number of different companies have sued the FCC to strike down the Restoring Internet Freedom order, which is the original decision to repeal net neutrality. So you have two litigations that are kind of moving in parallel, and the judiciary will have to kind of decide how to sort that out.

It’s notable that the DOJ, the Department of Justice, really central to their argument is that the California state has to be on pause until the federal litigation resolves, rather than arguing that the states outright can’t do this. I think it’s wrong for the opponents of net neutrality to argue that there is some sort of categorical bar to state action in this place. I don’t think that’s true. There’s lots of places the states regulated or issued protections that address the ISP industry historically, and this is just a new frontier.
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Boris Again

“One line from Boris Johnson’s conference speech shows just how dangerous he’d be as prime minister” by Emily Apple (The Canary)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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On 2 October, Boris Johnson gave his conference speech to a packed crowd. Widely touted as Johnson’s opportunity to “show his PM credentials”, it was an important speech.

But amongst the usual claptrap that you’d expect from Johnson, one line showed exactly how dangerous he’d be as prime minister. Johnson stated:

“By the way, don’t you think it’s time we brought back systematic stop and search to end… the politically correct nonsense?”

Despite the number of stop and searches falling, Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities are still disproportionately targeted. Figures released in 2017 showed that overall stop and searches had dropped by 21% in the previous year. But the numbers of white people searched had fallen by 28% compared to 11% for BAME people. Meanwhile, Black people were eight times more likely to be searched than white people…

But this one, “by the way”, off-the-cuff remark shows just how dangerous a Johnson premiership could be. This is not a clown or a buffoon, but a politician who believes civil liberties and allegations of discrimination are “politically correct nonsense”. And this should worry us all.
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Ayelet Nahmias-Verbin – Zionist Union lawmaker

“Israeli left lawmaker says Corbyn is an ‘anti-Semite,’ but Netanyahu isn’t a racist cause ‘you can’t be an Israeli PM and be racist’” by Jonathan Ofir (Mondoweiss)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Last Tuesday, Israeli left Zionist Union lawmaker Ayelet Nahmias-Verbin was attending a UK Labour conference in Liverpool, where she was interviewed by a London broadcasting station, and it was all about Corbyn’s supposed ‘anti-Semitic problem’. After Nahmias-Verbin determined Corbyn to be an anti-Semite (“unfortunately and sadly”), she was asked whether Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is racist.

Iain Dale of LBC: A lot of the people at your Labour party conference firmly believe that your Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is racist. Do you?

Nahmias-Verbin: Well, I think Binyamin Netanyahu is not racist, but I do believe he’s doing a lot of things the wrong way […] But I do not believe that he’s racist. You can’t really be Prime Minister of Israel and be racist, I’ve got to tell you, even if your name is Binyamin Netanyahu.

With those words the interview ends, and it’s a real jaw-drop for many of us.
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“Ruin”

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The Avalanche – Snapshot 22 – Oct 3, ’18

“Facebook Allies With U.S. Regime-Change Orgs For ‘Fact Checking’ In Foreign Countries” by B (Moon of Alabama)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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In consequence of the alleged manipulation of new and opinions during the 2016 election, Congress threatened to regulate social media. It demanded testimony by the owners of social media companies – Facebook, Twitter and Google – about their plans to weed out so called “fake news” distributed through their systems. Instead of defending the freedom of individuals and organizations to publish opinions deviating from the mainstream, the companies promised to increase their censorship capabilities. To avoid to make judgments themselves, they decided to outsource these to ‘independent’ fact checking organizations. Anything those deem “fake news” will then be censored.

Facebook Inc just gave such powers to two well known U.S. government regime change operators. These will now have the capabilities to censor content in foreign countries:

Facebook Inc on Wednesday said it would team with two U.S. non-profits to slow the global spread of misinformation that could influence elections,

The largest social network, under intense pressure to combat propaganda, said it would work abroad with the International Republican Institute and the National Democratic Institute, created in the 1980s and funded by the U.S. government to promote democratic processes.

The IRI and the NDI are sub-organizations of the infamous National Endowment for Democracy. They “promote democratic processes” to achieve regime change of governments the U.S. dislikes. The NED is an offshoot of the CIA…
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Israeli bomb threat

“Pro-Israeli Terror Threat at Labour Conference Covered Up By MSM” by Craig Murray (Craig Murray)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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A fringe venue at the Labour conference was evacuated last night after the screening of a film about my friend Jackie Walker was cancelled by a terrorist bomb threat. Jackie, a black Jewish prominent critic of Israel, is currently among those suspended from the Labour Party over accusations of anti-semitism which are, in her case, nonsense…

I want you to undertake a little mental exercise for me, and try it seriously. Just imagine the coverage on Newsnight, the Today Programme and Channel 4 News if a Labour Friends of Israel meeting had been cancelled by a bomb scare. Imagine through the experience of seeing or listening to the coverage, on each of those in turn, of a bomb threat to Labour Friends of Israel.

Done that?

Well the bomb threat to the pro-Palestinian rights Jewish Voice for Labour has so far received zero coverage on those programmes.
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Israeli government command center (Wikipedia)

“Shutting Down Free Speech in America: Government and Lobbyists Work Together to Destroy the First Amendment” by (American Herald Tribune)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Last October top executives from Facebook, Google and Twitter were summoned to Capitol Hill for a discussion of their role in what is alleged to be Russia’s influence on the presidential campaign and went back home contrite and promising to improve. They have indeed improved by punishing members whose views have been found to be unacceptable, blocking them and suspending their access to the sites. Meanwhile, the federal government for its part has attempted to silence independent non-U.S. based voices by declaring Russian media outlets RT America and Sputnik to be “foreign agents,” requiring them to register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938 (FARA). It is an unprecedented action against a news agency and invites quid-pro-quo for U.S. media operating overseas, leaving the American public more ignorant of world affairs than it already is.

Qatar based Al-Jazeera, which has been particularly targeted by Jonathan Greenblatt of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) as “a major exporter of hate against the Jewish people,” will also be required to register with FARA to comply with the new National Defense Authorization Act… It’s similar series on the activity of Zionist lobbyists in America is on hold due to threats from Jewish organizations to severely punish the network if the documentary should ever be aired.
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Brett Kavanaugh and distraction

“5 Major Stories the Media Buried While Obsessing Over Kavanaugh Scandal” by Matt Agorist (The Free Thought Project)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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The Free Thought Project has compiled a list of fiver major stories Americans missed while the media shoved the Kavanaugh controversy down their throats.

Kavanaugh is on record supporting warrantless searches and increased deep state surveillance of innocent Americans. Kavanaugh not only thinks there it is okay for the police state to trespass on your property and track your every move with no warrant and despite having evidence of a crime, but he advocates for it…

According to a recent article in Forbes, the FBI attempted to hide the fact marijuana arrests are on the rise by not publishing the arrests by drug in its annual data…

In the meantime, as arrests for a plant shoot up, murders, rapes, and violent crimes go unsolved a startling rates. According to VOX’s analysis of the FBI’s latest crime statistics, about 40 percent of the murders, which happen in the U.S., never get solved. Sixty-six percent of the rapes which take place never lead to an arrest. And nearly half of all aggravated assaults do not lead to an arrest…

3. A Congressman exposed how the US government is preying on legitimate fears of human traffic to warrantlessly spy on innocent US citizens…

4. A recent mass shooting was swept under the rug because it simply didn’t fit the establishment narrative…

5. Reddit begins “Quarantining” users who question 9/11 and redirecting them to the government website instead.
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Ian Buruma

“The ouster of New York Review of Books editor Ian Buruma: The #MeToo movement assaults free speech” by David Walsh (WSWS)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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In an extraordinary act of political censorship, New York Review of Books editor Ian Buruma was forced out this week after he published an article by Jian Ghomeshi, the former Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) radio broadcaster accused of sexual misconduct in 2014. The appearance of the Ghomeshi essay provoked a storm of outrage on social media from #MeToo circles, including demands for Buruma’s ouster…

Buruma, 66, a Dutch-born writer and historian, told a Dutch magazine Thursday, according to the Toronto Star, that it was “rather ironic: as editor of The New York Review of Books I published a theme issue about #MeToo-offenders who had not been convicted in a court of law but by social media. And now I myself am publicly pilloried.” He further commented, “I have now myself been convicted on Twitter, without any due process.”
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Viktor Mihály Orbán

“The Tories just got a ‘thank you’ note from the last person you’d want one from” by Thomas Wintle (The Canary)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán has sent Conservative MEPs a letter thanking them for voting against the censure of his far-right government…

Yahoo Finance broke the story on Monday 24 September…

For many on Twitter, the letter highlighted the British government’s glaring hypocrisy on antisemitism.

Apparently, people don’t like it when Tories accuse their opponents of failing to tackle racism while receiving far-right thank you notes:


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Satellite image of Florence

“Climate Change Made Florence a Monster—but Media Failed to Tell That Story” by Jim Naureckas (FAIR)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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That Hurricane Florence broke rainfall records for tropical storms in both North and South Carolina shouldn’t be surprising, as global climate change has increased extreme precipitation in all areas of the continental United States. One analysis released before the massive storm hit, by researchers at Stony Brook, Berkeley National Lab and the National Center for Atmospheric Research, projected that warming would cause Florence to bring twice as much rain compared to a similar storm with normal temperatures.

But news audiences were rarely informed about the contribution of human-caused climate disruption to the devastating storm, according to a study of hurricane coverage by Public Citizen.
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“Facebook expands censorship to photos and videos” by Mike Ingram (WSWS)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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A September 13 statement by Facebook Product Manager Antonia Woodford, titled “Expanding Fact-Checking to Photos and Videos,” marks a significant escalation of the company’s censorship efforts.

Under the pretense of combating so-called “fake news” and “Russian interference,” the social media giant has spent the last two years assembling an army of censors and established partnerships with 27 so-called fact-checker partners in 17 countries. The partners, include the Associated Press, (AP) Agence France-Presse (AFP), Pagella Politica in Italy, Animal Politico in Mexico and others, together with fact-checking sites such as Factcheck.org, PolitiFact and Snopes.com. At the end of last year, Facebook announced a partnership with the right-wing The Weekly Standard, prompting widespread outrage…

It is not so-called “inauthentic” groups that are the catalyst for incendiary political sentiment, but the conditions of social inequality, police repression and war confronting millions of people throughout the world. Facebook’s attempt to suppress photo and video postings is an intensification of the company’s attempt to hide the true state of American and world society — and more importantly the mounting opposition to it — from the population…

Working with the intelligence agencies and both Democrats and Republicans, the technology giants are seeking to effectively blacklist any viewpoint opposing that of the official political establishment…
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UK Conservatives dropping quiet bombshells

“The Conservatives hid alarming news about a ‘historic’ military operation in the most boring speech at conference” by Tracy Keeling (The Canary)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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The Conservatives shared news of a ‘historic’ UK military operation at the party’s 2018 conference. But it happened during quite a dull speech on 30 September. So the alarming revelation has barely raised an eyebrow in the UK.
‘Global Britain’

Defence secretary Gavin Williamson addressed conference on 30 September. He spoke about how the Ministry of Defence (MoD) is promoting the idea of “Global Britain” with its actions around the world. And he also shared a recent military ‘achievement’ with the audience, saying:

“For the first time this week, state-of-the-art lightning jet fighters took off from the deck of HMS Queen Elizabeth, the world’s most advanced aircraft carrier.”

Williamson didn’t elaborate on the operation further, allowing the news to pass with just a round of half-hearted applause…

For many people, the idea that the UK is planning to “promote peace and prevent war” by ensuring it has the power to strike “anywhere in the world” will seem like a contradiction in terms. And that’s because it is. In the world of George Orwell’s infamous novel 1984, people are expected to exercise “doublethink”, whereby they – at the same time and without question – believe in contradictory ideas. One prime example of it exists in a slogan of the ruling party: “War is Peace”. That’s what Williamson is selling us.
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“Nicaragua: Amnesty has got it wrong” by Julie Lamin (Investig’Action)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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I have watched through Nicaraguan friends’ Facebook pages the thuggery of the groups who have attacked ordinary people and in particular those whose work is in the public sector – teachers, health workers, police officers. I have seen (or partly seen as it was too upsetting to watch) video footage of the torture carried out by the thugs (now detained and who you are urging release of) against decent men and women who have devoted their lives to Nicaragua’s freedom and prosperity. I have seen how the terrorists dragged a family of five out of their simple rural home and torched it, destroying everything leaving already impoverished children and their parents homeless.

My evidence is from reliable sources. Why isn’t Amnesty reporting on this?…

For years in the eighties when Nicaragua had nothing I was one of thousands who campaigned and raised money for schools. When I visited last year I was delighted to see the good education Nicaraguans now have and some of the fantastic schools, especially in the countryside. I stayed opposite one of the many well-equipped health centres and almost lost count of the number of hospitals and clinics in Managua. Schools, hospitals, health centres, thriving agriculture and growing tourism are all features of Ortega’s presidency, and it is precisely these symbols of progress the thugs and criminals you seek to defend set about destroying after 19 April. Until that date, Nicaragua was the most peaceful country in Central America with low crime – you might like to see how it compares with the terrifying conditions in its northern neighbour, Honduras…

In your Urgent Action and in your minimal understanding of Nicaragua and her people, you are asking Amnesty members to defend criminal action!

I now see Amnesty International as an imperialist charity thinking that it knows best for a developing country, taking no account of the views of the vast majority of Nicaraguans. Even worse, you have been duped by the United States’ deliberate efforts to undermine Nicaragua and the more progressive countries where people genuinely do come first.

I have cancelled my direct debit to Amnesty International and I will also be cancelling my membership. Despite all the excellent work I thought you did, my confidence in your organisation is shattered.
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The author of the above article could have used help from someone with English as a first language. The careful reader will get the gist of the article, for sure. But when you read it all, it’s confusing.

Shauna Aminath (Photo: Twitter/@anuahsa)

“Democracy triumphs in the Maldives — despite years of betrayal by the Obama administration” by James North (Mondoweiss)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Here’s one sign of how repressive the regime was in the Maldives, the island nation southwest of India. In 2013, I sat in a restaurant with youth leader Shauna Aminath as a thug tried to frighten her. We were in the Seagull Café in Malé, the crowded capital, and she was telling me about the inspiring pro-democracy movement when a man in his 40s passed by our table and shot her a hard look. She winced. “He wants me to know he’s with the police and that he’s following me,” she said…

Until last Sunday, September 23, the anti-democratic crackdown got worse. The tyrannical leader, Abdulla Yameen, arrested or exiled two previous presidents, jailed members of the Supreme Court, pandered to murderous Islamic extremists in the Muslim nation, and cracked down on the press — before calling an election that everyone was so certain would be rigged that outside observers stayed away… To everyone’s astonishment, [Ibrahim Mohamed] Solih won a smashing victory despite the vote fixing, by such an overwhelming margin that Yameen has been forced to concede…

U.S. silence in no way served the interests of America. Quite the contrary: President Yameen relied for much of his limited support on a vicious local jihadist movement, which murdered Maldivian journalists and sent several hundred volunteers to fight in the Middle East with ISIS, the highest per capita recruitment rate in the world.

The New York Times ran a fairly long report about last Sunday’s election — which made no mention of how the U.S. whitewashed the Maldives’ turn toward repression. The Washington Post article was somewhat better, but it also said nothing about the American policy failure.
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“A Loud Whoompfing Sound”

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Gatekeepers And Darkness

The graphic (from my blog) speaks for itself. (The darker section of each column, a column representing a day, represents the absolute number of visitors. The lighter shade that extends beyond the darker blue indicates that one or more of those visitors have clicked on more than one blog post link that day.) Somehow gatekeepers are restricting access to my website. The title of this blog post may cause you to think “Who says that what you’re offering is light?” Fair enough. But, as others have explained, restricting or banning idiots, if it’s done by those with bad intentions – and the war-making State, my friends, has BAD intentions – won’t be the end of the matter. As a previous blog post that I wrote, “A Loud Whoompfing Sound,” explains, The Corporatocracy took a serious hit when corporate-owned media got caught out one too many times spewing fake news. As usually happens with criminals, they excel at pointing their fingers at others and calling them what they themselves are: purveyors of fake news, rapists, socialists (a good thing but not when those socialists don’t want socialism for all), murderers, dictators, etc.. The list is endless. If you want to know what the US is doing, for example, just have a look at what it’s saying others are doing. Laughably, it called the Soviet Union an evil expansionist empire, and would have us believe that Russia is similar. Give William Blum’s, or David Swanson’s, list of countries where the US has attempted and/or carried out regime change a look and then ponder the hypocrisy and perversity. It’s major, shameless, projection. (And if you do a Google search for psychological projection, you’ll get a number of complicated explanations for projection. I have no opinion on those. I’m keeping it simple here. Most people know the basic meaning of projection and that’s what I’m looking at.) It’s perverted. And it’s what you’d expect from ruined people and groups.

In regard to the impending Orwellian total clampdown on “fake news”; After the “truth to power complex” (to borrow from Vanessa Beeley) gave the major media a black eye, repeatedly – in connection with deep state operations like the invasions of Iraq (and the bogus weapons of mass destruction line used to launch the second Gulf War), the invasion of Afghanistan (to get at those 9/11 terrorists, most of whom came from staunch US ally Saudi Arabia), and the invasion and destruction of Libya (in which media lied about Muammar Gaddafi’s black mercenaries and viagara-fueled rapists and other things) – the establishment began to react. We heard a whoompf. – from “A Loud Whoompfing Sound”

“YouTube Begins Purging Alternative Media as the Deep State Marches Toward WW3” by Matt Agorist

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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If you get your news from mostly far left sources, chances are you’ve heard YouTube and Google are censoring or blacklisting left and progressive sites and content. Conversely, if you get your news from far right sources, chances are you’ve heard YouTube and Google are censoring their content as well…

Those who’ve been paying attention predicted this crackdown and watched it come to a head at the beginning of this month, when the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) applauded Google and YouTube for taking on hate speech and extremist content while having the ADL be the ones who decide what gets flagged…

Given these recent moves, we can infer that what is likely happening is far more insidious than pro-Trump censorship or pro-left censorship. While the ADL is likely using their newfound authority to silence those with whom they disagree politically — by labeling them extremists — this new censorship appears to go after anyone who challenges the establishment.
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‘The establishment’ here means ‘those with power’. Indeed, as I see it (and explain in Gatekeepers), the world, that is, the ‘ruined’ world, is full of those who have self-modified, as we are all free to do. They have modded themselves so that rather than follow a God-given conscience (which is like an inner guide book), they now follow the paradigm or dark rule of ‘riches for the strongest’. It’s out with the golden rule and in with barbarism and darkness. Those who have self-modified into believers in inequality, deceit and violence tend to advance. They become those with power. It’s not mysterious. To get ahead of and on top of others, you huddle with them to hammer out rules by which everyone will live. The idea is that such lawfulness will conduce to peace and security for all. But those with bad intentions, namely those who have self-modified (who do not wear badges saying “I’m self-modified”), now proceed to strategically break the (written and unwritten) agreed-upon rules (and laws and agreements), so as to get ahead of the ‘suckers’ who bought the law & order line. Among the self-modified, ruined, ones are those who profess to be Christians. What did Jesus Christ say about them?:

“Not everyone saying to me, ‘Lord, Lord’, will enter into the Kingdom of the heavens, but only the one doing the will of my Father who is in the heavens will. Many will say to me in that day: ‘Lord, Lord, Did we not prophesy in your name, and expel demons in your name, and perform many powerful works in your name?’ And then I will declare to them: ‘I never knew you! Get away from me you workers of lawlessness!'” – Matthew 7:21-23

Gatekeepers’ Father who is in the heavens is whoever, individually or collectively, on earth, happens to have power. By extension, he is Satan, since, as Jesus himself stated (at John 12:31 and elsewhere), Satan is the ruler of this ruined world. That’s a temporary arrangement of course. Oh yes, Let’s not forget what God promised in regard to this ruined, hellish world. “But the nations became wrathful, and your own wrath came, and the appointed time… to reward your slaves the prophets… and to bring to ruin those ruining the earth.” (Revelation 11:18) Jesus himself makes it clear what is meant by ruin here. It’s spiritual and mental ruin primarily. And from that you get a ruining of the physical earth, our God-given home. (See Matthew 24:28,29 and compare that with the Bible account at Genesis chapter 6.)

Gatekeepers are appointed and self-appointed. Which means that there are a LOT of gatekeepers. Self-appointed gatekeepers can be anyone. They can be professionals who have degrees and high salaries. They can be homeless people without an education. They can be relatively decent and they can be awful criminals. They can be smart or stupid. They all have in common the idea that how you survive is not as important as just surviving and they all are willing and eager to please powerful people (which often involves harassing those who powerful people say are evil) however they may. The appointed gatekeeper doesn’t have to think too much about how to please those with power. That comes with their appointment; as police, judges, soldiers, Generals, politicians, journalists, etc.. Gatekeepers are, in some ways, like unthinking animals, which is not to say that they can’t be clever. Animals don’t think at a higher level the way human beings do, but they instead operate by instinct, according to how they were designed. It’s effective. In God’s untrammeled nature, animals find a balance with each other and nature around them and with humans. Each animal species survives. Each animal ‘knows’ how to survive. Self-appointed gatekeepers, namely ruined people who don’t care about ‘how’ they survive but only that they do, who don’t care about others who they see as opponents to be beaten, who don’t possess principles that would keep them from behaving criminally, which, as imperfect humans, we all have the tendency to do on occasion, ‘know’ how to survive and they will be the kind of gatekeeper most of us most often run into even if we don’t literally meet them. If one of them ‘sees’ you, they will hinder you, for that, to them, means survival. Their thought is: “You just ally yourself with the big guy. End of story.” That will often means hindering those who don’t ally themselves with the big guy. What’s to think about?

Anyone can be a gatekeeper, which means that there’s little chance of this dark world finding peace. Gatekeepers are trouble-makers. That’s because, while they behave like animals in some ways, they are still human. Those who choose a dark path, ‘chose’ it. And those human brains, even the dull ones, are amazing. The dumbest human being is still a wonder compared with the smartest animal which will never talk, understand speech, appreciate art or music or love in a principled way (which sometimes requires sacrifice). When we do something that we know is wrong, but we choose to not admit the wrong and instead persist in whatever course of action attaches to that wrong, then we will rationalize or make appear good the wrong. And if we can’t find the humility to change course, then we end up justifying that course and we will exercise self/world justification, which simply means that we take moral support from those who have similarly embraced darkness and vice versa. And the stubborn wrongdoer now acquires cognitive dissonance, since we all like to hold a positive self-image. The wongdoer now possesses a good self-image that conflicts with the wrong thing that he know he did and with the wrong course he knows, at some level (for the light grows dim), he’s on. And that mental itch represents an inner turmoil that translates into outer trouble-making. The light grows dim, while the violence increases. The Lie (Satan is God, darkness is light) that the self-modified one tells himself, as part of the rationalization process, is one that he needs to believe and part of the way that he convinces himself that his Lie is Truth is by convincing – persuading, by force if necessary – others that the Lie is Truth. And with millions of trouble-making gatekeepers busy in their many Devil’s workshops, the world becomes a violent place for everyone, good and bad.

Anakim goes over to the dark side

Hollywood/CIA/Pentagon/NSA tries to push the lie that evil isn’t the evil thing that simple-minded people think it is. The Star Wars idea, which isn’t original, is that, as the Led Zeppelin song says, in the long run there’s still time to change the road you’re on. Period. Whereas, The Christian Bible clearly states that once you’ve crossed the line, that’s it. We all get ONE (genuine) chance to show where we stand in regard to the Issue of Universal Sovereignty. Otherwise, where would God’s love be? Loyal, peace-loving followers of Jehovah God would forever be forced to mingle with the worst terrorists as they changed their minds back and forth endlessly.

“For this reason I say to you that every sort of sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the spirit will not be forgiven… but whoever speaks against the holy spirit, it will not be forgiven him, no, not in this system of things nor in that to come.” – Jesus Christ at Matthew 12:31,32

Jehovah’s Witnesses (choose to) believe that Gog’s attack, as recorded by the prophet Ezekiel in the Bible book bearing his name, is an attack on God’s people only, in the last days. And they believe that that attack is physical only. I do not believe that that attack by Gog, who is Satan in a new role, is directed solely at God’s people, nor do I believe that it is physical only. Nor do I agree with the Witnesses about exactly when that attack occurs. They don’t think it’s started. I think it started around 1914, perhaps a few years later. I’m wondering whether that isn’t, in fact, quite a few years later. The Witnesses claim (or did) that the name ‘Gog’ means darkness. They don’t explain (as I recall; I know longer associate with them) how they get that meaning. But, without anything other than Satan’s actions, at this time, to go by, we can certainly associate the name ‘Gog’ with ‘darkness’.

As with ‘light’ that can mean information, whether good or bad, as well as information which is not only accurate, or good, but that which can benefit people spiritually, so that a strict interpretation isn’t contrary to other interpretations, so too an attack on God’s people doesn’t have to happen outside of a wider attack on all of humankind.

The Witnesses point out that Gog’s attack on God’s people brings out a response from God that is similar to the way you’d respond if someone was touching the pupil of your eyeball, which is the way that God’s Word at Zechariah 2:8 puts it. So, While everyone is under attack from the utterly ruined, angry and debased invisible ruler of this world, it’s the inclusion of God’s people in the group (all of mankind) that Gog targets that triggers God’s response in the form of Armageddon. I agree with that. And that situation is what is alluded to in Ezekiel’s prophecy, found at chapters 38 & 39 of his book, when Jehovah tells Gog that he will put hooks in his jaws and lead him to destruction. Like a beast ridden by an owner, who controls where it’s going, Gog can’t escape the rules by which Jehovah God will end his wild beast of Corporatocracy and him, in full righteousness. In that sense, Gog is manipulated/ridden. Rule: ‘love’. Violation: ‘attacking God’s loyal followers who God loves’. Response: ‘adverse judgment, sentencing and execution of that sentence’. Gog is not some human being or group of human beings either, as can be seen from the fact that he makes an appearance in the Bible book of Revelation, where he is clearly Satan, and since his destruction comes at the conclusion of a short period of time ‘after’ the thousand year period of rebuilding that follows Armageddon, all of which rules out Gog’s being an individual or group of individuals, for imperfect human beings would not enjoy such long lifespans. Not to mention that evildoers will be destroyed in Armageddon.

Calling to God to “Bring it!,” aka “the world’s wrath,” has always been with us. But it’s different now in some important ways. A monster like Nimrod, or Alexander the Great bloodspiller, or Hitler, can cause terror and destruction on a massive scale, with total disregard for principles, let alone God’s standards, so as to call to God to “Bring it!,” but when you marry a monster, or group of monsters, to the modern machinery of mass media and the internet and the inter-connectedness that technology permits and then marry that to the deep (permanent) State, then you’ve increased the effectiveness of the terrorism – the counterrevolution and counterinsurgency [which means State terrorism], and even the retail terrorism of actors not aligned with the deep State – and you’ve bumped up the volume of the collective voice of the ruined who call to God to “Bring it!” And that, partly, is the difference between Satan and Gog. Gog’s use of his servants to simply kill normal communication, unless it’s what the Corporatocracy State and it’s tools want communicated, and the diminishing of truth about the actions of criminals at all levels of society, as well as spiritual Truth about things, is, partly and to complete the picture, the difference between Satan and Gog.

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Lawlessness / Ruined – part 21

Rudolph Giuliani
photo by Amr Alfiky / Reuters

“‘We’ll overthrow them!’ Trump’s lawyer stirs up ‘Iran Uprising Summit’ after deadly terrorist attack” by ? (RT News)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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The US will overthrow the Iranian government once socio-economic conditions there, shaped by sanctions, are ripe for a revolution, presidential lawyer Rudy Giuliani told a cheering crowd on the day of the deadly attack in Ahvaz.

“I don’t know when we’re going to overthrow them. It could be in a few days, months, a couple of years, but it’s going to happen. They’re going to be overthrown, the people of Iran have obviously had enough,” said Giuliani at a so-called ‘Iran Uprising Summit’ held by the Organization of Iranian-American Communities in New York…

While the US administration has vowed to maintain economic pressure on the Islamic Republic with more sanctions to come into force on November 4 to target Iran’s energy sector, the State Department immediately distanced itself from Giuliani’s comments, stressing that Trump’s personal lawyer does not speak for the administration.
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“Ahvaz Terrorist Attack Exposes US’s New Chapter of Regime Change Wars” by Marwa Osman (AlahedNews)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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A terrorist attack shook the southwestern city of Ahvaz in the Islamic Republic of Iran on Saturday September 22 morning of during a military parade in commemoration of the anniversary of the war with Saddam Hussein’s regime in the 1980s.

A group of terrorists opened fire at the soldiers in the military parade and the crowd, which included women and children where at least 25 people were killed and 55 others wounded according to IRNA news agency…

President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday that the terrorists who carried out the Ahvaz terrorist attack on Saturday had received support from neighboring countries in the Persian Gulf…

Rouhani said in a speech on Sunday that he would leave Tehran for New York to participate in the UN General Assembly, saying Iran will not go easy on the Ahvaz’s crime, pointing out that the US administration is behind these young mercenaries. “We know who committed the crime of Ahvaz and who is behind them, and we will respond to the crime in accordance with the laws and interests of the country”, Rouhani reiterated.

As the word governments condemned this act of terror against the Islamic Republic of Iran, the US administration and its regional gulf puppet KSA and UAE kept silent.
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“Israeli border guards arrested for ‘stripping & sexually harassing’ Palestinian women” by ? (RT News)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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A military court has extended the detention of two Israeli soldiers accused of forcibly stripping and sexually harassing Palestinian women, and of stealing money, at a checkpoint in the West Bank.

One combat soldier and one security observer from the Military Police’s Border Crossings Unit are accused of violating orders and sexually harassing women during their searches at the Qalandiya checkpoint next to Ramallah.
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“Letter to Prime Minister Trudeau: Questions and Concerns about new Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction” by ? (International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A2
August 8, 2018

Dear Prime Minister,

We are writing to you, as organizations with demonstrated experience and expertise with respect to law, policy and practice regarding refugee protection in Canada, extending back several decades, to share our concerns and pose a number of questions regarding your decision last month to establish a new and unprecedented Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction.

We have preoccupations about this unanticipated development for a number of reasons, including the risk that it fuels unfounded alarm among Canadians of there being a crisis related to refugee claimants crossing the US/Canada border; the negative impact of conflating migration and crime in the name of the new Ministry; and the uncertainty about the new Minister’s powers and the associated risk that there will be inevitable confusion in the division of responsibilities with two existing Ministries, namely the Minister of Public Safety and the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.

We consider these to be urgent concerns currently, given the heightened politicization and misconceptions in the country with respect to the numbers and circumstances of refugee claimants crossing into Canada from the United States. We therefore urge you to move quickly to provide much greater clarity and rationale as to the need for and role of the Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction. We would welcome an opportunity to meet with you or your officials to discuss this further. We are making a request to meet with Minister Blair for that same reason…
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“External Review Into Case of Hassan Diab Falls Far Short” by ? (International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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The International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group has sent an open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressing its concern and disappointment that the government has initiated an “external review” into the extradition and imprisonment in France, without charge, of Dr. Hassan Diab, a Canadian citizen.

Instead, what is needed is an independent, public inquiry into Dr. Diab’s extradition and the failings of Canada’s extradition laws. This has been the request of Dr. Diab and his supporters from the beginning, and has been echoed by pre-eminent legal experts, parliamentarians of all political backgrounds, and by human rights and civil liberties organizations.

The ICLMG joined these calls for a public inquiry in a letter sent to the Prime Minister on May 7th, 2018.
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“Netanyahu: IDF Continues Airstrikes ‘to prevent Iran from establishing military presence in Syria’” by (21st Century Wire)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 A.M.) – The cabinet of Benjamin Netanyahu called on the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) to continue their strikes inside of Syria, despite Russia’s upcoming delivery of the S-300 air defense system.
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“Importing Jihadi Terror to the UK – Cui Bono?” by Craig Murray (Craig Murray)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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If Osama Bin Laden was not sufficient warning that decades of money, arms and other support from the Western security services does not render a jihadi a friend of the West, then the Manchester bomber, Salman Abedi, should have opened British eyes forever to the danger. In collaboration with MI5, Abedi had been fighting in the ongoing proxy war for Western oil interests in Libya, before being rescued by the Royal Navy. Back home in Manchester, he carried out an attack of appalling violence against a primarily young and female target group.

So it would be very foolish indeed to rely on the fact that the jihadi logistic support and propaganda group the White Helmets is largely British government funded, to expect its members who are now, like Abedi, being brought into the UK, to behave as quiet citizens. The links of the White Helmets to Al-Nusra and Al-Shams and other jihadi groups are deep – they chose to be evacuated to Idlib together from numerous sites…
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© Shannon Stapleton / Reuters

“American decline: Open pools of raw sewage in the richest country in the world” by Rania Khalek (RT News via Axis Of Logic)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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As the wealthy continue sucking the country dry, the question now isn’t if the US will cease to provide a decent standard of living for its people. Rather it is how many people will be sacrificed on the way down.

In America, the richest nation in the world when measured by raw GDP, children are getting sick from living by open pools of raw sewage. This was one of many shocking findings by the United Nations late last year, following a two-week investigation into extreme poverty in the US.

The UN report was issued last December by a team of investigators who visited California, Alabama, Georgia, Puerto Rico, West Virginia and Washington DC.

“The United States is one of the world’s richest, most powerful and technologically innovative countries; but neither its wealth, nor its power, nor its technology is being harnessed to address the situation in which 40 million people continue to live in poverty,”wrote Philip Alston, the UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights.
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“Bombardier: aiding the Israeli Occupation kills a Just Peace!” by Fabienne Preséntey (IJV Canada)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Dear Friend,

Canadian multinational corporation Bombardier has recently announced its decision to sell trains to Israel that will go beyond Israel’s internationally recognized borders into occupied Palestinian territory, thereby propping up Israel’s apartheid system. In a July 2 Ynet article, Bombardier’s Lutz Bertling declared that he has no problem with Bombardier’s railways transporting Israelis into occupied Palestinian territory on the grounds that they apparently provide railway systems “to all residents, no matter their nationality. There is no apartheid in Israel.” The bottom line of all this is that Bertling ignores the differential treatment of Palestinians, conflates occupied Palestinian land with Israel, denies that apartheid exists there, and has no problem ignoring Israel’s human rights violations if his company can profit from them.
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“Neo-Nazi sympathizers are not welcome at Queens Park!” by ? (IJV Canada)

An excerpt from the above linked-to petition follows:

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Ontario Premier Doug Ford has recently come under fire for posing in a photo with far-right white supremacist mayoral candidate Faith Goldy. Goldy, who has a well-documented history of islamophobia, antisemitism and ties to neo-Nazi groups, espouses racist anti-immigrant rhetoric and promoted a book that literally advocated for the elimination of Jews.
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An email that I received from IJV’s Geneviève Nevin led me to the above linked-to petition. On the one hand, If Rob Ford wants to hang with antisemitic Nazis, it’s a free universe. On the other hand, not welcoming them to ‘our’ Parliament in Ontario doesn’t exactly mean preventing them from going there. I’m speaking for myself of course. But really folks. Those who exercise free speech in relation to Nazi Israel’s treatment of Palestinians get told that they’re antisemitic, while politicians hang with antisemitic crazies just because they’re rightwing? A Canadian social justice activist and blogger, Dimitri Lascaris, recently got smeared as antisemitic by Canada’s idiot Prime Minister and this came about after Dimitri emailed a couple of MPs to express outrage at the fact that antisemitic neo-nazis had produced a video in which they called for the murder of the Prime Minister and others! The MPs happened to be Jewish. It’s as if they – the fascist State and its tools – were looking for an excuse, any excuse, to nail Dimitri. (To be clear, as Dimitri himself has pointed out, their being Jewish had nothing to do with anything.) Is Trudeau ruined or what?! Then there’s the case of racist Quebec MP Michelle Blanc, who got a pass from the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA).

“The Tories were the only governing conservative party in western Europe to vote en masse in support of Viktor Orban’s far-right government, an analysis of votes by The Independent has found.

“The European Parliament voted by a two-thirds majority, 448–197, to start the Article 7 process against Hungary, which has been accused of violating press freedoms, undermining judicial independence, and waging an antisemitic campaign against a leading Jewish businessman…

“The Conservatives, who lined up with the continent’s far-right, argued the motion was “politicised” and counterproductive, but critics at home accused them of deliberately cosying up to Mr Orban to win his support in Brexit talks.

“Arriving in Strasbourg, a grateful Mr Orban heaped praise on the British government…” – “Tories were only governing conservative party in western Europe to support Hungarian far-right in EU vote” by Jon Stone, The Independent

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Lawlessness / Ruined – part 20

“Syrian Military Expert: US Attempts to Help Terrorists Survive Idlib Operations”
by ? (Muralson)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Colonel Mar’ei Hamdan said that the terrorists have transferred mustard gas to Idlib, adding that they are to use the gas in a false-flag operation in a bid to accuse the Damascus government of a chemical attack.

He added that the terrorists in Idlib coordinate these operations with their main supporter, the US, in a bid to frame the Syrian army and push the army plan for Idlib into failure.

Hamdan said that given the fact that the Idlib operations will be the last major anti-terrorism battle in Syria, the US who attempts to maintain the status quo for a foreseeable future, is trying to block the Syrian army’s military operations or lead it into failure after the start.
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“Yemeni Dire Situation: Wounded and Sick Left without Treatment” by Sondass Al Asaad (American Herald Tribune)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Thousands of Yemeni innocent civilians have lost their lives due to the ongoing heavy aerial assaults conducted by Saudi warplanes on the strategic port city of Hudaydah and other regions, through which humanitarian aids are delivered, as fighting has intensified between the local resistance and Saudi and Western-backed militants.

As the aggression escalates and the demolition of health facilities, Yemen’s health system has buckled, hundreds of medics have fled and the acute shortage of medication has worsened.

Patients, who need medical attention, lack meanwhile proper treatment as land, marine, and air routes have been all blockaded…

Martin Griffiths, the UN Special Envoy for Yemen has held talks in Oman with the Houthis, led by spokesman Mohammed Abdul Salam who briefed the reasons behind the Houthi delegation’s absence from the Geneva peace talks.

Abdul Salam said that the Geneva talks failed after Saudi Arabia only gave permission to Hadi de-facto administration’s representatives whilst it prevented the Houthis from joining.

Saudi Arabia and a number of regional allies lead the coalition. They have launched their brutal war, code-named ‘Operation Decisive Storm’ against Yemen in March 2015 in an attempt to crush the Ansarullah movement [Houthis] and to reinstall former President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh.
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“Why on this despoiled earth would NDP leaders praise John McCain?” by Yves Engler (Yves Engler)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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The NDP hierarchy’s response to noted war hawk John McCain’s death is shameful. Even worse, it reflects a general hostility towards the victims of Western imperialism.

After the U.S. Senator died over the weekend federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh tweeted:

John McCain had the courage not to stoop to divisive politics. He showed us that we can disagree in a way that creates dialogue and discussion, not fear and division. Rest In peace.

Rachel Notley also praised a US politician who never met a war he didn’t like…

Even purportedly progressive Saskatchewan NDP leader Ryan Meili praised McCain on Twitter…
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From Common Dreams:
“Despite the progress we have made, stereotypes and biases clearly still influence corporate hiring strategies,” Sara Steffens, secretary-treasurer of the CWA, concluded in a statement on Tuesday. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

“Facebook Job Ads That Let Employers Exclude Women Are Clear Civil Rights Violation, Says ACLU” by Jake Johnson (Common Dreams)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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“Facebook is violating federal civil rights law. Period.”

So declared the ACLU on Tuesday after announcing it has filed charges against the social media giant and ten other employers for illegally “excluding all women and non-binary” Facebook users from job advertisements.

Submitted on behalf of three female workers, the Communications Workers of America (CWA), and the hundreds of thousands of female workers CWA represents, the ACLU’s charges “allege that Facebook delivers job ads selectively based on age and sex categories that employers expressly choose, and that Facebook earns revenue from placing job ads that exclude women and older workers from receiving the ads.”

“Targeting job ads by sex is unlawful under federal, state, and local civil rights laws, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964,” the ACLU continued.
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Salvadoran refugees Josue Flores Rivera and Jaquelinn Madrid Mendoza (Photo by Tamara Pearson)

“Why Mexico’s Next President is No Friend of Migrants” by Tamara Pearson (CounterPunch)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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When it comes to immigration and refugees, Mexico’s progressive president elect, Andres Lopez Obrador, has more in common with US president Donald Trump than you’d expect.

While the world watches on as the US deports refugees and immigrants and locks up children, Mexico is already deporting more Central Americans than the US. Further, between 2016 and 2017, nearly 60,000 Central American children were detained here in migration prisons (officially dubbed “stations”). The US and Mexico are cooperating in patrolling Mexico’s southern border, implementing a security plan that has seen 85% of immigrants deported without a solid revision of their case, and Central American migrants being forced to walk for weeks in order to avoid border officials and gangs who regularly abuse migrants.
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“America is Today’s Nazi Germany” by Eric Zuesse (Geopolitics Alert)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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The U.S. and its allies — in this case mainly the Saud family who own Saudi Arabia — are systematically blocking food from reaching tens of millions of people, Houthis, who live in Yemen and are surrounded by the U.S. alliance’s engines of death. The U.S. alliance’s goal is to slaughter them all. The Sauds want the land — not the people…

The U.N. has been brought into this scheme of mass-slaughter. The responsible U.N. Agency is the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Its leadership is mainly Mark Lowcock, who keeps silent about the genocide, except for rare occasions in which he says that if something is not done, then more tragedy will somehow happen in Yemen — in other words, platitudes, in the face of what might turn out to be the biggest genocide since World War II. (And most of Hitler’s slaughtering killed even more non-Jews than Jews, because the vast majority of people everywhere didn’t want to be ruled by him and resisted his rule. The U.S. aristocracy and its allies haven’t yet matched what Germany did in that time, but they’ll surpass it if they attack Russia as Hitler did — which could happen.)
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“Mike Pence Rattles Nazi Skeletons” by Finian Cunningham (Information Clearing House)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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September 17, 2018 “Information Clearing House” – US Vice President Mike Pence may not have meant it, but his recent admonition to Paraguay to respect “historic relationships” between that country, the United States and Israel clumsily provoked sinister memories of the past.

The move followed the decision last week by Mario Abdo Benitez, the newly elected president of the South American state, to reverse an earlier order to relocate Paraguay’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Benitez’ predecessor, Horacio Cortes, had followed the Trump administration’s decision earlier this year in May to move the US embassy to Jerusalem…

Given the backsliding from the US over a wide range of its own past commitments, Washington’s exhortation to Paraguay rings decidedly hollow…

But it was the oblique, sonorous mention of “historic relations” made by Pence to the Paraguayan leader that is intriguing, if not a sign of gross insensitivity in this White House. The vice president didn’t spell out what he meant. But given the history between the three states, much of it sinister, it was an unfortunate allusion by Pence. It is hardly an impetus for finding agreement on the Jerusalem embassy issue.

Firstly, there is Paraguay’s dark and not-too-distant past of military dictatorship under Alfredo Stroenesser. Under his decades-long rule with an iron-fist, Paraguay gained the moniker of being a “poor man’s Nazi regime”. The comparison was not merely rhetorical.

Stroenesser was notorious for running death squads and torture centers against political opponents. Thousands were disappeared or murdered under his regime (1954-1989). Moreover, the oppression was conducted as part of the US-led Operation Condor program in which the CIA recruited South American dictatorships to eliminate emerging socialist movements. During the 1970s, Stroenesser was a key player in the fascist Operation Condor along with Chile’s Augusto Pinochet and the other US-backed military juntas of Argentina and Brazil.
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From Common Dreams:
The White House’s resident immigrant hawk, Stephen Miller, and a group of like-minded aides are pressing ahead with policies designed to drastically reduce the number of people entering the U.S. (Photo: Evan Vucci/AP)

“‘Unconscionable’ and ‘Appalling’: In Affront to Those Fleeing US-Backed Wars and Persecution, Trump Slams Door on Refugees” by Jake Johnson (Common Dreams)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Launching yet another bigotry-driven attack on those fleeing wars and humanitarian crises in which the U.S. is playing an active and deadly role, the Trump administration announced late Monday that it is reducing America’s refugee admission limit for 2019 to a record-low 30,000.

Eric Schwartz, president of Refugees International, called it an “appalling” announcement.

“At a time when the world is facing the largest displacement crisis in recorded history, it is unconscionable that the Trump administration would further dismantle the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program by setting a cap of 30,000 refugee admissions for fiscal year 2019—the lowest resettlement cap in the program’s history,” Win Without War director Stephen Miles said in a statement slamming the White House’s decision.

“What’s more,” Miles continued, “the U.S. has a direct moral responsibility to open its doors, not slam them shut, given that our own nation is an active combatant in many of the very conflicts and humanitarian crises driving the global refugee crisis.”
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Harel Arnon

“Justifying landgrab, Israel says it is ‘allowed to ignore international law’ anywhere it wants” by Jonathan Ofir (Mondoweiss)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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The Israeli government has recently claimed that it can “legislate anywhere in the world”, that it is “entitled to violate the sovereignty of foreign countries”, and that “is allowed to ignore the directives of international law in any field it desires”. This was written in an official response letter to the Supreme Court last month.

On the face of it, these are audacious claims. Is it really that bad? I would say that it’s even worse. The background to these statements is a new law from last year, which legalizes outright theft of Palestinian land.

Several Palestinian human rights organizations have challenged the law in court. The plaintiffs are Adalah, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Center (JLAC), and Al Mezan Center for Human Rights (Gaza) on behalf of 17 local Palestinian authorities in the West Bank. The Israeli government was represented by a private lawyer, Harel Arnon, because Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit refused to defend the law in court, since he deemed it illegal by international law already when it was first passed.
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