“The Moral Fiber of Justin Trudeau”

“The Moral Fiber of Justin Trudeau” by Kim Petersen (Dissident Voice via Axis of Logic)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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For any appeal to ethics and morality to have any legitimacy, the principles so enounced must be applied rigorously, without favor or prejudice, to all human beings whatever grouping they may be slotted into. In other words, favoritism and morality are an antithetical mixture.

The principle that holds morals apply equally to all humans seemingly eludes Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau.

On 7 November, Trudeau stood in the House of Commons and railed against anti-Semitism and rightly so. Anti-Semitism, as with any form of racism or hatred expressed against any grouping, is anathema.

Yet Trudeau’s taking up the cause of anti-Semitism by attacking the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement is transparently, logically, and morally flawed.
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My online response to the above linked-to article follows:

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That’s our fascist establishment for you. I’m reading Michael Klare’s stellar “War Without End” right now and in it he makes it crystal clear that the business community is behind the State terror that daily rends this planet. His focus is on the United States, but it’s the United States that, because of it’s outsized power and influence, determines the look and shape of the current Godless world we inhabit. Barrington Moore wrote about American’s predominant voice of terror and violence and the Eisenhower regime designed a New Look military posture that incorporated the concept of massive retaliation against those who would resist absorption into the global dictatorship of the United States. And, of course, the Christian Bible identifies the United States as a False Prophet (pushing a godly, democratic form of government that is the opposite of what that rhetoric posits) and a wild beast that ascend[s] out of the ‘earth’. That beast has two horns like a (inoffensive, Christ-like) lamb, but a mouth like a dragon, offering the world a deal that it can’t refuse, safely.

“It is now possible to essay an answer to the two questions that framed this discussion [Introduction to Klare’s book]. The poor people of the world will fight so persistently against great odds because the generations of unrelieved suffering they have endured, and the stagnation they see around them, inform them that their only hope for a decent and just future is a revolution against underdevelopment and the political system that that perpetuates it. The America corporate elite will have us fight so persistently to suppress revolutions because they view this struggle as the only way to preserve their way of life. There can be no reconciliation in this conflict. The rewards at stake are far too great. Only through revolution can the people of the Third World begin the process of development and acquire some measure of self-dignity; only through counterrevolution can the American business elite preserve its wealth and power. For the United States, the only possible outcome of this global conflict is participation in a long series of “limited” conflicts, police actions and “stability operations” – the War Without End. (pg 28)

Recall tool Trudeau’s loud shout-out to the capitalist class during the 2015 election that crowned him Main Tool. He lambasted those who bashed corporations. (transcript by Macleans, tidied up and easy to read, here: https://app.box.com/s/4pbfx…, not stopping to consider that people might bash corporations for a reason. Why shouldn’t those who are bashed by corporations in turn be able to bash them? From the standpoint of a corporate tool like Trudeau, they shouldn’t. We shouldn’t resist corporate domination and abuse. And, as John Perkins makes clear in his (very flawed) updated book “The New Confessions Of An Economic Hit Man,” EHMs are now at work everywhere, including America. Jeff Halper, in “War Against The People,” makes it clear that there is a global pacification operation underway that is, simply, counterrevolutionary. There doesn’t have to be a conventional political revolution for their [rather, ‘there’] to be counterrevolution. All that’s needed is the threat of people thinking and the war-making State will pounce. You may innovate and make a new toaster but you may also innovate and dream up a new political system that does not have inequality and war for profit at its core. Can’t have that.
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Lawlessness / Ruined – part 27

“The Empire Keeps Proving Assange Right About Everything” by Caitlin Johnstone (Rogue Journalist)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been charged under seal by the Trump administration. This has been revealed by a purportedly accidental copy-paste error in an unrelated court document which used Assange’s name, interestingly not long after it was reported to the Wall Street Journal that federal prosecutors “have considered publicly indicting Mr. Assange to try to trigger his removal from the embassy because a detailed explanation of the evidence could give Ecuadorean authorities reason to turn Assange over.”

Insider sources have reportedly confirmed to the Washington Post that Assange has been charged. Because those charges are sealed, it’s impossible to know what they are or how they’re being justified…

If you ask people who actually know what they’re talking about, however, it’s most likely for WikiLeaks’ Afghanistan and Iraq war logs and/or last year’s CIA leak publications, and most likely using the Espionage Act. This would constitute a deadly blow to press freedoms, and arguably a greater leap in the direction of Orwellian dystopia than the Patriot Act.

It also proves once again that Julian Assange was completely right…

Julian Assange was never hiding from justice. Julian Assange is, and always has been, hiding from injustice. He has been proven right about his reasons for seeking political asylum from Ecuador, as he has been proven right about so very much before.
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“As CNN, Media Cry Over Acosta, Trump is Free to Prosecute Assange for Airing US War Crimes” by Patrick Henningsen (21st Century Wire)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Rather disingenuously, US officials are repeatedly referring to WikiLeaks as “a non-state hostile intelligence service” (as if saying it enough times will make it real). Like most statements coming out of the mouth of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, this too is a bold-faced lie. US officials, along with their legion of constitutional lawyers, know very well that Wikileaks is in fact a publisher, which means the organization falls squarely under basic press freedom protections. What the corrupt wing of US Establishment and its syndicate partners are cynically attempting to do is to rewrite the law, effectively amputating a key provision of their own constitution. To allow such an affront to America’s founding principles to stand unchallenged will surely hasten the demise of the United States as a Constitutional Republic, and aid it steadily along the path of an embryonic fascist technocracy where any dissent or challenge to the authority of the state is no longer allowed, much less protected by prima facie law.
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As I commented on the 21st Century Wire website: “”embryonic” Lol! When is fascism actually fascism? Or can it ever be? Apparently, Fascism can never be fascism, if you’re a progressive blogger writing about it. It’s always ‘proto’ or ’embryonic’ or ‘quasi’ etc..”

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva

“Lula’s last chance?” by Brian Mier (Brasil Wire)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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On November 2, US Department of Justice backed judge and prosecutor Sergio Moro revealed that he has been repeatedly lying that he would never enter politics and will accept an offer to serve as Minister of Justice in the new government of right wing extremist Jair Bolsonaro. The fact that he would accept this position after arbitrarily arresting Bolsonaro’s primary opponent, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, in April on extremely flimsy charges, interrupting a beach vacation to prevent him from being released from jail, and illegally releasing audio files to a conservative TV network one week before the presidential election to incriminate leading opposition candidate Fernando Haddad, immediately drew cries of conflict of interest. These complaints were exacerbated when Vice President-elect, General Hamilton Mourão admitted that Moro met with Bolsonaro’s team before leaking the audio tapes…

When Moro announced he will be an integral part of the Bolsonaro government, Lula’s defense team immediately filed a habeas corpus for his release, alleging that this move irreversibly damaged the argument of impartiality by the judge.
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John Bolton

“The True ‘Troika of Tyranny’ In Today’s World Is The United States, Saudi Arabia And Israel” by Dimitri Lascaris (Dimitri Lascaris)

An excerpt from the above linked-to blurb for Dimitri’s RT presentation (below) follows:

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Yesterday, in an interview on RT America, I argued that the U.S. government’s sanctions on Iran have nothing to do with the human rights of the Iranian people, and that, to borrow John Bolton’s phrase, the true ‘troika of tyranny’ in today’s world is the United States, Said Arabia and Israel.
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U.S. B-52 Stratofortress aircraft [Credit: US Air National Guard]

“Bipartisan panel: US must prepare for “horrendous,” “devastating” war with Russia and China” by Andre Damon (WSWS)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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A bipartisan commission appointed by Congress issued a lengthy report Tuesday backing the Pentagon’s plans to prepare for a “great-power” war against Russia, China, or both, making clear that the Trump administration’s belligerent policies are shared by the Democratic Party.

Safe in the knowledge that its findings will never be seriously reported by the mass media, the authors of this report do not mince words about what such a war will mean. A war between the United States and China, which according to the report might break out within four years, will be “horrendous” and “devastating.” The military will “face greater losses than at any time in decades.” Such a war could lead to “rapid nuclear escalation,” and American civilians will be attacked and likely killed.
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“Sri Lanka: Second no-confidence motion passed as violent clashes erupt in parliament” by W.A. Sunil (WSWS)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Physical clashes, threats and counter-threats continued in the Sri Lankan parliament yesterday as rival factions fought to secure government control following the November 14 no confidence motion against President Sirisena’s October 26 appointment of Mahinda Rajapakse as prime minister.

Sirisena ousted Rajapakse through a US-backed regime-change operation in the 2015 presidential election then formed a government of national unity between his faction of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party and the opposition United National Party whose leader Ranil Wickremesinghe became prime minister. Washington was hostile to the Rajapakse government’s close ties with Beijing…

The US, EU and other imperialist powers, have made clear their opposition to any return to power by Rajapakse and openly backed Wickremesinghe and the UNP. Washington, in particular, is determined to prevent Rajapakse or any other Sri Lankan political leader from shifting the country towards any alignment with Beijing and disrupting US preparations for war against China.
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“Modern slave ships overfish the oceans” by ? (Climate & Capitalism)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Labor abuses, including modern slavery, are ‘hidden subsidies’ that allow distant-water fishing fleets to remain profitable and promote overfishing, new research from the University of Western Australia and the Sea Around Us initiative at the University of British Columbia has found.

The Global Slavery Index estimates that at least 40 million people are trapped in modern slavery, defined as any exploitation that a person cannot avoid, refuse or leave because of threats, violence, coercion, abuse of power or deception. It is particularly widespread in the textile, agriculture, construction and fisheries sectors, as well as in the sex industry and in forced marriages.
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Ordnance gathered in what the Ukraine government called an anti-terrorist operation in Eastern Ukraine.

“War-related environmental disaster in Ukraine” by Kristina Hook and Richard “Drew” Marcantonio (The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Yevhen Yakovlev sat in his Kiev office, some 700 kilometers from Ukraine’s still-hot war with Russian-backed separatists, the room overcrowded by piles of paper containing primary data about the conflict. “Ukraine is standing before, first of all, an ecological catastrophe,” he said, “more deep and dangerous than Chernobyl.”

A geologist and now chief researcher at Kiev’s Institute of Telecommunications and Global Information Space, Yakovlev has earned the right to reference Chernobyl, the 1986 nuclear accident in then-Soviet Ukraine that continues to haunt the country’s physical, geological, and political landscape. In May 1986, one month before that nuclear disaster, Yakovlev was set to receive a reprimand from the Communist authorities in Moscow, who had reacted negatively to his reports of troubling irregularities at Chernobyl’s ill-fated Reactor No. 4. Later, as a member of the Chernobyl response brigades, Yakovlev would be decorated for his role in the clean-up efforts.

Now, a review of Yakovlev’s data and other environmental information regarding the active conflict in Ukraine has convinced us that the current war in the eastern portion of that country has heightened the potential for a severe ecological disaster there.
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The article’s authors are mostly tight-lipped about their political view of the Ukrainian situation, but if I had to guess, I’d say that they support the Washington/Kiev alliance. In other words, they side with the Nazis. Even so, their warning about ecological disaster in Ukraine is needed and well-informed, obviously.

Jim Miles

“Canada’s “Sunny ways”: $160,000 per Yemeni death” by Jim Miles (Axis of Logic)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who declared “sunny ways” were back after the last election, continues to waffle on what is to be done about the Khashoggi killing in Turkey by the Saudi Arabians. The problem is being “investigated” and more consultation is to be held. The real problem as presented by CBC news tonight (Monday, November 12, 2018) is the combination of possible loss of jobs in London, Ontario, and the large penalty stated to be one billion dollars for an abrogation of the contract to sell hundreds of armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia. The sales contract is “secret” and thus most of the details will never be known, other than the cost of $15 billion (Canadian) and the penalty.

The CBC had some of their usual pundits expressing their opinions on the subject…

pundit Tim Powers presented the argument, “it’s about business and politics.” Yes, it certainly is, as Trudeau waffles and Conservative opposition leader Andrew Scheer dodges the question (it was a Stephen Harper Conservative deal finalized in 2014). Powers big question does not even consider Yemen, as he wonders “who would be punished here?” in reference to the supposed 3 thousand jobs at stake in London, Ontario. He reiterates later, “Why should we punish the people of London, Ontario?”

Those poor people of London, Ontario, for whom life will go on, work will continue as the contracting company is not just producing for this one sale. Sure wouldn’t want to stop killing Yemen citizens in order to protect Canadian workers who are in little if any danger from anything…

Real moral leaders, real peacekeepers, we support Saudi war crimes, and support the Saudi dictatorial theocracy that also supports ISIS and al-Qaeda. Way to go Canada, eh!
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“Fascists are good for stocks” by Doug Henwood (Left Business Observer)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Investors are looking forward to the inauguration of the terrifying fascist Jair Bolsonaro as president of Brazil on January 1…

The contrast is stark if you look at just the month of October. Since October 1, Mexican stocks are down 17.9%; Brazil’s are up 19.4%. ALMO [sic] promises rather mild reforms, and investors panic. Bolsonaro promises to destroy the left, deploy death squads to “fight crime,” steal resources from indigenous populations, and shower big business with favors, and investors celebrate.

What’s the spilling of blood when there’s money to be made?
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Hiroshima had to be destroyed this way before the war was ended because the US wanted to demonstrate its willingness to destroy on a massive scale. As if it hadn’t already.

“War Criminals in High Office Commemorate the End of World War I” by Michel Chossudovsky (Global Research)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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In a bitter irony, several of the World’s leaders who were “peacefully” commemorating the end of World War I in Paris including Trump, Netanyahu, Macron and May are the protagonists of war in Afghanistan, Palestine, Syria, Libya, Iraq and Yemen.

To put it bluntly they are war criminals under international law.

They have blood on their hands.

What on earth are they commemorating?

In the words of Hans Stehling: “As We Honour the 15 Million Dead of 1914-1918, a Demented US President Flies into Paris with Plans to Attack Iran” [with nuclear weapons] (Global Research, November 12, 2018)

Lest we forget: War is the ultimate crime, “The Crime against Peace” as defined under Nuremberg.

The US and its allies have embarked upon the ultimate war crime, a Worldwide military adventure, “a long war”, which threatens the future of humanity.

The Pentagon’s global military design is one of world conquest.
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“Ruin”

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Reality Includes Hidden Crap

Source: The Doomsday Machine: The Big Lie of the Cold War – Daniel Ellsberg on RAI (1/8)

An introduction to the (12 part?) discussions between Paul Jay and Daniel Ellsberg (in which the above linked-to segment is the first in the series) follows:

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DANIEL ELLSBERG: As Blackett put it, he said this was really the first battle of the Cold War, rather than the last act of the World War II. Well, it was both, strictly speaking. After the bomb, both bombs, had been dropped, the Air Force wanted to continue to show their major role in the ending of the war. And Hap Arnold sent a thousand planes, sent a 1000-plane raid, over Japan on August 14, knowing that the Emperor was about to surrender, or issue a surrender. And the surrender came before the planes had returned from Japan. That came after the bombs. So the Air Force was very concerned that at the end of the war they wanted to be an independent Air Force, free of the Army, which had control of them till then; to have a very large Air Force, and in particular to have a large enough industry to support a major R&D, research and development program, so that the Air Force would always have superior weapons, would have the most advanced weapons. And for that you needed a large R&D effort. And for that it turned out you needed something much more than commercial sales of airplanes. You needed government purchases to keep these firms profitable.

Actually, since I wrote the book, I’ve been researching that more than I had before. And realized- various books I could give, one by Kovski and some others- that in ’46 and ’47, firms like Boeing and Lockheed and others, which depended entirely, had depended on sales to the government, found they could not survive, really, in the post-war period simply on commercial projects. Ford and GM, who built most of the planes, went back to building cars. But Lockheed and Boeing found that the commercial aircraft airline industry didn’t provide them enough sales and purchases really to stay solvent. And so they began lobbying very heavily in ’46, ’47. Finally in ’47 and ’48 got enormous increases in government contracts at that point. And as I say, from the very beginning, that had to be against Russia.

The Cold War had not officially begun at that point, but only Russia had enough targets to justify a larger force at that point. I do think, in other words, that from that time on, I now think- and it’s not in my book. It wasn’t as clear to me even a year ago. I would now say that the Cold War was to a very large extent, from beginning to end, a marketing campaign for subsidization of the aerospace industry.
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My comment, addressed I belieive to a poster named “rosemerry,” was disappeared. This was her comment:

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In recent years I have realised that the whole “anticommunist” campaign of the cold War and the US policy in Europe of “stay-behind” and other ways of controlling policy and removing elected communists from governments. I visited the USSR in 1966 from London, and many different nationalities were with us, but the Americans were not allowed to visit and had to hide it from their own government. The people there were normal humans like us and the whole experience interesting, but the way people now are treating Russia, which is not communist and is arguably more Christian than the USA or the UK, shocks me . Ridiculous accusations are not even investigated, let alone proven-Russia is blamed for everything bad.

As for WW2, remember Stalin was instrumental in the efforts of the Red Army to defeat Nazism, which of course the USA pretends it was the one to do! None of the Western allies can deny the truth of their cruelty in wartime and of course in colonisation. Belgium, France, UK, Netherlands caused the death of large numbers of people-not “their own” but their subjects eg in Africa.
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My response to rosemerry’s comment is below. To see the image clearer, right-click and selected ‘vew image’. Remember to simply go back a page to return to this post.

What is the reason for my post being disappeared? I may yet ask. But I think that we need to know when this sort of behavior happening, especially now with the tsunami of censorship happening and with the ongoing defections by alternative media orgs and progressives to the wild beast of Corporatocracy. There’s defections and then there’s the fakers who are among us – until they are somehow outed. (How many readers who leave comments that are disappeared just go away and forget about it?, which means that we don’t know about it, which, I think, is not good.) And so I’m adding this post, sadly, to my Disappeared collection (which, note, is separate from my Avalanche Snapshots series).

It comes, interestingly, after my having read some rather interesting material, by Michael Barker, about the origin of The Real News Network. And that’s on top of astonishing things I’ve just read in Yasha Levine’s (not perfect) book, “Surveillance Valley.” Edward Snowden, it appears, is not a hero. Or at least he is a very, very flawed one who in fact has been used by the deep State. Tor, the pro-privacy superbrowser, it turns out, is a deep State creation meant to empower not democracy activists, but the wild beast of Corporatocracy. Jacob Appelbaum is a big faker. Wikileaks unwittingly aided and abetted the deep State by its high-profile endorsement of Tor’s chief salesperson, Jacob Appelbaum. The darkness is always spreading and deepening. It can’t get much darker.

From “Who Funds the Progressive Media?” by Michael Barker, we get the following:

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Founded in 2007, The Real News describes itself as a “non-profit news and documentary network focused on providing independent and uncompromising journalism”. The Real News website proudly claims that they are “member supported and do not accept advertising, government or corporate funding” (emphasis in the original). [19] The site adds, “the Real News will be financed by the economic power of thousands of viewers like you around the world. Just 250,000 people paying $10 a month will make it happen”, and claims there is “NO government funding; NO corporate funding; NO advertising; NO STRINGS”.

The Real News’ mission statement suggests that Real News promotes independent and investigative journalism and is a grassroots effort. It fails to mention, however, that the project was launched with millions of dollars provided by leading US American liberal foundations. There may well have been no strings attached to the seed money, but there is little doubt that the foundations chose to support their project – as opposed to any alternative ones – because the Real News formula suited the foundations’ own philanthropic interests. How much influence the liberal foundations had in determining the makeup of The Real News advisory boards and founding committees will remain unknown until the issue becomes the focus of an in-depth investigative report. An investigation that is unlikely to be forthcoming from The Real News itself…

The Real News can be considered the flagship project of a non-profit group that is known as Independent World Television (IWT). From Toronto (Canada), and formed in 2003, IWT was co-founded by Paul Jay and Sharmini Peries. Paul Jay, who is presently the CEO and chair of The Real News is an award-winning documentary filmmaker who was formerly the creator and executive producer of Canadian Broadcasting Centre Newsworld’s debate program counterSpin. On the other hand, Sharmini Peries, who until recently served as the director of policy and development for IWT, is an executive director of the International Freedom of Expression eXchange and the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression. These two groups are have close connections to the Ford Foundation and the National Endowment for Democracy. [20] The National Endowment for Democracy plays a big role in promoting United States’ foreign interests – which most notably saw them support the 2002 coup that temporarily removed President Hugo Chavez from power. [21] Ironically, Peries presently serves as a foreign policy advisor to President Chavez.

In 2005, Independent World Television received a $100,000 grant from the Ford Foundation to conduct a “feasibility and planning study on an innovative idea to create a news and current affairs TV network funded primarily by viewers”. Two other liberal foundations, the MacArthur Foundation and the Haas Foundation also contributed to this planning study. IWT set out to create what would become The Real News using the services of EchoDitto – a consulting group that has done much work on projects connected to the United States’ Democratic Party. A website was launched on June 15, 2005 (www.IWTnews.com) to build an online community of supporters and donors. The goal of this first phase of IWT’s project was to raise a $7 million start-up budget from individual donors and foundations. By January 2007 IWT had “raised $5 million from several foundations, charitable trusts, individuals and unions, including the Canadian Auto Workers Union, the Ford Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation”. [22] Having achieved this level of philanthropic support, IWT was then able to create The Real News website, at first with a limited news service to help get the full journalism project off the ground.
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Discouraging, Isn’t it?

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The Avalanche – Snapshot 24 – Nov 10, ’18

“The EU’s Link Tax Will Kill Open Access and Creative Commons News” by Cory Doctorow (Activist Post)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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All this month, the European Union’s “trilogue” is meeting behind closed doors to hammer out the final wording of the new Copyright Directive, a once-noncontroversial regulation that became a hotly contested matter when, at the last minute, a set of extremist copyright proposals were added and voted through.

One of these proposals is Article 11, the “link tax,” which requires a negotiated, paid license for links that contain “excerpts” of news stories. The Directive is extremely vague on what defines a “link” or a “news story” and implies that an “excerpt” consists of more than one single word from a news-story (many URLs contain more than a single word from the headline)…

…The idea that creators can be “protected” by banning them from sharing their works is perverse. If copyright is supposed to protect creators’ interests, it should protect all interests, including the interests of people who want their materials shared as widely as possible.
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In this Aug. 25, 2018 image made from video, a severely malnourished girl is weighed at the Aslam Health Center in Hajjah, Yemen. Around 2.9 million women and children are acutely malnourished; another 400,000 children are fighting for their lives. Yemen’s civil war has wrecked the impoverished country’s already fragile ability to feed its population. (AP Photo/Hammadi Issa)

“Brutally Honest: Facebook Removes Images Of Starving Children from Yemen” by Mike Shedlock (Mint Press News)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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For a few hours after The New York Times published an article about conflict and hunger in Yemen, Facebook temporarily removed posts from readers who had tried to share the report on the social platform.

At issue was a photograph of a starving child.

The article included several images of emaciated children. Some were crying. Some were listless. One, a 7-year-old girl named Amal, was shown gazing to the side, with flesh so paper-thin that her collarbone and rib cage were plainly visible. Tens of thousands of readers shared the article on Facebook, but some got a message notifying them that the post was not in line with Facebook’s community standards…

This was not a nude image. It is not a “community standards” image. Nor was there any doubt about the authenticity of the image…

Facebook could have and should have said “we f*ed up yet again” but never expect that.

Rather than rejecting that image, Facebook should have promoted it.

Instead, we had temporary censorship. Next time it might not be temporary.
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“In Wake of Synagogue Shooting, Social Media Purge Continues With Removal of Twitter Alternative” by Whitney Webb (Mint Press News)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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PITTSBURGH — In the wake of the mass shooting at the Pittsburgh Tree of Life Synagogue on Saturday, action has been taken to remove an alternative social media network on which the shooter responsible for Saturday’s massacre, Robert Bowers, had posted. The decision comes not long after a coordinated effort by Facebook and Twitter that deleted hundreds of anti-establishment accounts and pages.

Gab, a Twitter alternative that has thus far been largely dominated by “alt-right” users and those that have been “banned” or “shadow banned” on Twitter, has now been booted by both its hosting company, Joyent, and the domain registrar GoDaddy, after both companies stated that the posts Bowers had made on the social network violated their terms of service…

Upon learning of the shooter’s account on the platform, Gab deleted the account and backed up the data, which it also provided to the Department of Justice and FBI. In addition, via a statement, Gab disavowed “all acts of terrorism and violence” and said its mission is “to defend free expression and individual liberty online for all people” by offering an uncensored social networking platform.

Gab later noted that its coordination with the DOJ and FBI regarding the shooter’s account helped provide law enforcement with “concrete evidence” and a “clear motive” for the crime, adding that “more speech is always the answer.”

Nevertheless, despite the extent of the cooperation between Gab and the legal authorities, Gab subsequently posted on Twitter that it was “being forced off the internet for the disgusting actions of one man.” Notably, Robert Bowers also had accounts on other social media platforms including Twitter, but those social networks were not targeted for those accounts or any of the posts created by those accounts.
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“American Woman Turns to Hunger Strike to Break Media Blackout on Yemen” by Whitney Webb (Mint Press News)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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SAN FRANCISCO — In Yemen, 18 million civilians are now at the brink of starvation, including 5 million children. The situation in the country, widely considered to be the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, is entirely man-made – the sordid result of the Saudi Arabia/UAE coalition’s war to control the Middle East’s poorest nation, a war that deliberately targets civilian infrastructure and the civilian food and water supply. Despite the fact that these are clear war crimes, and despite the mass suffering it has inflicted on Yemen’s innocents, this effort continues to receive U.S. and U.K. support.

In the face of the enormity of this completely preventable crisis, some international activists have taken matters into their own hands, giving it their all in order to bring much-needed attention to the plight of the Yemeni people by sacrificing their own quality of life in a stunning and inspiring show of solidarity.

Pamela Bennett, an American woman living in San Francisco, has been on a hunger strike since October 8 in an effort to show solidarity with Yemenis…
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“Censorship? By The U.S. Women’s National Democratic Club? You Bet!” by J. Michael Springmann (American Herald Tribune)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Say It Ain’t So, Joe! The author’s book, Goodbye, Europe? Hello, Chaos? Merkel’s Migrant Bomb is more toxic than the controlled wave of migrants flooding the Continent over the past few years. It is more toxic than the carefully-organized migrant “caravans” now marching to the United States. On October 24, 2018, through the efforts of a contact, the Women’s National Democratic Club (WNDC) in Washington, D.C. invited this writer to speak about his book at a luncheon on November 29. However, mirabile dictu, on October 26, the Club reneged on its invitation…

So Why Is There Censorship? Simple. The book and planned address criticize American foreign policy. You know, of invading and destroying countries with which the United States is at peace. Besides its century-long history of overthrowing democratic governments in Latin America and the Caribbean, the United States has crushed Arab and Muslim regimes in Southwest Asia which apartheid Israel sees as abominations. The Democratic Party as well as the members of the WNDC have supported these actions. If they haven’t, this writer has heard nary a word of criticism directed against former presidents James Earl Carter (D-Ga.), William Jefferson Clinton (D-Ark.), or Barack Hussein Obama (D-HI.). The Democrats intensely dislike anyone linking their wars and their support for wars to their politicians, who, in their eyes, stand for hope and change.

There is also censorship because the WNDC can’t or doesn’t want to grasp the causes of the migrant waves in Europe and the Americas: the nearly complete destruction of entire countries and their political systems, with attendant imposition of highly undemocratic regimes in their place. Naturally, decent, hard-working common folk want to leave.

But that’s not the only reason for censorship. It gets worse. The WNDC (and the far too many people who think like they do) love the sub rosa import of cheap, easily exploited labor…
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“Israel puts popular Palestinian leader on trial for ‘incitement’ on Facebook” by Yoav Haifawi (+972)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Israeli authorities arrested Raja Eghbarieh, the former secretary-general of the Abnaa al-Balad movement — a leftist Palestinian faction that boycotts the Knesset elections — at his home in Umm Al-Fahm on September 11. On September 20 he was indicted in the Haifa Magistrate’s Court on “incitement to terror” and “identification with a terrorist organization,” based on 10 different posts on his personal Facebook page…

A number of posts mentioned in the indictment relate to an attack in July 2017 by three Palestinian citizens from Umm Al-Fahm who shot dead two Israeli policemen in Al-Aqsa Compound in Jerusalem, and who were killed themselves during the attack. While Eghbarieh’s posts do not express support for the attack, it seems that the very use of the word martyrs (“shuhada” in Arabic), the analysis of their motives, and expressing grief over their death is regarded as unlawful…

In the courtroom, a team of lawyers led by Attorney Hassan Jabareen, the founder and head of Adalah — The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, rejected the translations supplied by the prosecution, instead emphasizing the explanations given by Eghbarieh during his interrogation. They argued that none of the publications call for violence, but rather constitute a legitimate expression of political analysis and opinions, and therefore the indictment itself is baseless.

In some cases, the attorneys pointed out specific words that were added in the Hebrew version that did not exist in the Arab source in order to add an “aggressive” tone. In other cases they presented an alternative translation of the same texts, which imbue them with a different meaning.
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“Danish Bill Proposes 12 Years in Prison for ‘Pro-Russia’ Opinion” by ? (Sputnik)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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According to a bill brought forward in local parliament, Danes could face a jail term if they voice dissent over the government’s position on Russia.

The proposal, which is said to be meant to “strengthen efforts against illegal influence from foreign intelligence services,” would introduce criminal penalties for perceived “meddling” in public debates and attempts to influence decision-making. Crimes committed during an election campaign would entail a maximum prison term of 12 years.

Berlingske, the country’s oldest newspaper, has bashed the bill, claiming that it would narrow the scale of political conversation in Denmark.
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“A Loud Whoompfing Sound”

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Lawlessness / Ruined – part 26

“Australia and its Israel Embassy: What are they Thinking?” by James O’Neill (Off Guardian)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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ccording to recent media reports, the Liberal candidate in the Wentworth (Sydney) by-election, former diplomat David Sharma said he “was open” to the idea that Australia’s embassy in Israel could be shifted from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. In a separate tweet he went further and said Australia “should consider recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The ostensible reason is that it would be following the lead of the United States…

It is possible that both Sharma and [Prime Minister Scott] Morrison have timed their statements to coincide with the by-election by making a pitch for the Jewish vote in that electorate…

More likely, it is yet another example of Australia blindly following the United States in adopting a policy that is clearly in breach of international law. The Guardian and other mainstream media outlets have noted that the American policy has thus far only been followed by Guatemala. No mainstream media outlet has raised the issue of such a policy being in breach of international law. The special status of Jerusalem has been completely ignored.
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“On Naval Blockades and A Hard Days War” by Christopher Black (New Eastern Outlook)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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On the 22nd of October 1962 the US 2nd Fleet began the blockade of Cuba, an action that immediately threatened the world with nuclear war and annihilation…

The blockade’s objective was to force the USSR to withdraw nuclear weapons from Cuba that it had placed there in order to guarantee Cuba’s security from American attack…

But today the US leadership is threatening another blockade, this time of Russia, as well as threatening pre-emptive strikes to neutralise Russian cruise missiles, not located in Cuba, but in Russia itself…

But then NATO has risked starting world war before, first with the Cuba Crisis, then when they attacked Yugoslavia in 1999 and, by trying to kill the Chinese Ambassador in the process, attacked China as well. They even brag about it. The Mr. Goebbels of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, in Belgrade a few days ago, told university students that they were bombed for their own good, so ipso facto any bombing NATO does of anyone is therefore for their own good, and therefore “necessary.” The megalomania is astounding.
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“US Blames Iran For Impoverishing Civilians While Prepping Further Sanctions” by Caitlin Johnstone (Rogue Journalist)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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The United States government is preparing to implement an additional level of sanctions against Iran for its refusal to meet a dozen demands that are so absurdly unreasonable that they have been called a regime change policy in all but name. The sanctions which have already been implemented have already badly hurt the Iranian economy, the sting of which is being felt first and foremost by Iran’s poor and sickly…

And who is the US government blaming for the consequences of its economic warfare? Why, the Iranian government, of course.
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“Opinion: Where Does The Latest Social Media Purge Leave The State Of Social Discourse?” by Elizabeth Vos (Disobedient Media)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Disobedient Media previously reported the tightening stranglehold of censorship across social media. Unfortunately, events that have taken place since the publication of this writer’s opinion that Julian Assange was the first domino to fall in a series of increasingly draconian censorship measures have far exceeded even this author’s worst expectations…

Before we discuss the details of the latest social media purge, though, we ask: Is the unabashed, coordinated censorship of Twitter, Facebook, and other social media platforms an illegal affront to freedom of speech?

In the case of Twitter, at least, we do appear to have an affirmative answer to the question. As CNBC reported earlier this year, a Federal judge ruled that Donald Trump could not legally block Twitter users. The judgment in effect defined the platform as a “public forum” which may be regulated by government to defend First Amendment-protected free speech…

The focus of the latest Twitter and Facebook purge of domestic, politically oriented content raises the specter of silencing of dissent that, at least in theory, should enjoy First Amendment protection.

Even worse, the banned accounts were often provided with little or no description of their alleged infractions in Twitter’s notice of suspension…

Notably, the social media purge targeted both left-wing and right-wing pages. This suggests that the bans were not so much based on political bias, but instead stemmed from the establishment’s overwhelming paranoia towards the success of all varieties of anti-establishment news and discussion. The efforts seemed geared less towards supporting a particular political side ahead of midterms, than it was geared towards protecting the overall status-quo.
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“Nation Transfixed In Horror By Toy Bombs While Destroying Lives With Real Ones” by Caitlin Johnstone (Rogue Journalist)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Media headlines have been dominated for the last two days by the news that pipe bombs are being sent to Democratic Party elites and their allies, a list of whom as of this writing consists of Bill and Hillary Clinton, Barack and Michelle Obama, Joe Biden, George Soros, Maxine Waters, Eric Holder, Robert De Niro, and the CNN office (addressed to former CIA Director John Brennan who actually works for NBC). As of this writing nobody has been killed or injured in any way by any of these many explosive devices, and there is as of this writing no publicly available evidence that they were designed to. As of this writing there is no evidence that the devices were intended to do anything other than what they have done: stir up fear and grab headlines…

…It is a good thing that none of America’s political elites were targeted by the sort of explosive device that America drops on people in other countries every single day. You know, the kind that actually explode.
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“Israeli airstrike kills three children in Gaza” by T.R. (WAFA)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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GAZA, Sunday, October 28, 2018 (WAFA) – Three Palestinian children were killed in an Israeli airstrike bombing that targeted an area to the northeast of the city Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip, said medical sources.

Sources said Red Crescent ambulances pulled the bodies of three children between the ages of 12 and 14. They were taken to Shuhada Al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir al-Balah city, in central Gaza.

Israeli army reportedly opened fire toward the ambulances and prevented their access to the scene.
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“Fisherman shot and killed while sailing in the south Gaza waters” by M.K. (WAFA):

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RAFAH, Wednesday, November 07, 2018 (WAFA) – A Palestinian fisherman identified as Mustafa Abu Odeh, 32, was shot and killed while sailing in the Rafah coast, south of the Gaza Strip bordering Egypt.

Medical sources at Rafah’s Abu Yousef Najjar hospital said Abu Odeh was hit by two bullets in the chest and abdomen while he was fishing.

No reason was given for the shooting and killing of the fisherman.
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“US–led coalition uses banned white phosphorus bombs in Deir Ezzor countryside” by Shaza / Hazem Sabbagh (SANA):

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Deir Ezzor, SANA – Warplanes of the US-led “international coalition” carried out another aggression on Syrian territory under the pretext of combating Daesh (ISIS) terrorists, bombing with internationally-banned weapons Hajin town in the southeastern countryside of Deir Ezzor.

Local sources told SANA that during the past hours, the US-led coalition shelled several areas in Hajin town, 110 km east of Deir Ezzor city, with white phosphorus bombs

Activists on social networking sites circulated pictures of the coalition’s strikes on Hajin town using phosphorus bombs.
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Dead Carp from ruined governance in Iraq

“Environmental Disaster: Hundreds of Thousands of Carp Fish Die in Iraq” by Marwa Osman (American Herald Tribune)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Fishermen, fishpond owners and local residents in Babylon province, south of Baghdad, are in shock as hundreds of thousands of carp fish suddenly died in the Middle Euphrates. This distressing news comes after a major water pollution had already had its toll on Iraq once this year, as around 100,000 people were hospitalized this past summer in the southern city of Basra…

Adel Fakhir published a piece in Arabic about the issue for the Iraqi AenaNews, where he spoke with Dr. Ramadan Hamza Mohammad who is a senior Water Strategy and Policy Expert in Iraq. Dr. Ramadan Mohammad suggested that “the reasons for the death of fish in the Euphrates River are attributed first to the Biological Oxygen Demand BOD because of the lack of water discharges from Turkey and Syria. Then there is the issue of the increased waste dumping in the river, resulting in suffocation of the fish as a result of the process (Eutrophication), and a third reason to the poisoning would be an increase in the proportion of dissolved total salts.”…

According to a statement issued by the Iraqi Ministry of Agriculture, the main causes of the death of large quantities of fish is the low levels of water in the Tigris and Euphrates and the lack of water revenues from Turkey, in addition to what is thrown in the two rivers of industrial and domestic pollutants. Non-compliance with environmental controls and determinants through the presence of large numbers of transgressors of fish with floating cages is also determined to affect this sudden surge of fish deaths.

The ministerial committee recommended removing all transgressors from unregulated floating fish and removing dead fish in rivers, in cooperation with the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Environment and affected Governorates, as well as obliging farmers to comply with environmental controls and regulations.
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“This is a defining moment for the Justin Trudeau government” by ? (Ceasefire.ca)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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On Monday, 22 October we posted a Ceasefire.ca blog on the brutal Khashoggi murder and the need for Canada to finally stop any further shipments of arms to Saudi Arabia. We updated the situation in our Rideau Institute.ca blog on Tuesday, 23 October.

Since then the Prime Minister of Canada has continued to vacillate between asserting Canada’s power to suspend any further shipments, without incurring financial penalties, and the opposite — that cancellation of the contract will cost us “billions”.
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“us”?

“White Helmets Hiring Locals for Staged Chemical Attacks, Paying in Food – MoD” by ? (Sputnik via Muraselon)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Militants in several Syrian regions including Aleppo are engaged in planning provocations involving the use of chemical weapons including chlorine, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said, citing information provided by the Russian Center for Reconciliation in Syria.

“We have repeatedly informed the public about attempts by radical militants and the White Helmets, notorious for their fakes, to organize provocations using chemical agents and accusing government forces of using chemical weapons against the local population,” Konashenkov noted, speaking at a press briefing on Wednesday.

According to the spokesman, on October 27, the Russian Center for Reconciliation in Syria received information from locals that terrorists from the Islamic Party of Turkestan had transferred twenty 10 liter containers of chlorine for use in false flag attacks in Maarrat al-Nu’man, a city in Idlib province, northwest Syria.

These weapons were unloaded at Kafr Nabl and Al-Hawash, two nearby towns, according to eyewitnesses…
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Police stand before demonstrators outside Argentina’s Congress where lawmakers are discussing next year’s budget in, Buenos Aires, Argentina Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018. The session in the lower house was temporarily suspended, after demonstrators and police clashed outside. (AP Photo/Joaquin Garcia Conde)

“Latin America Returns to Washington’s Fold – and to Fascism” by Peter Koenig (Mint Press News)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Latin America is re-converting into Washington’s backyard and as a sideline is returning to fascist rule, similar but worse than the sixties seventies and eighties, which stood under the spell of the CIA-led Operation of Plan Condor. Many call the current right-wing trend Operation Condor II which is probably as close to the truth as can be. It is all Washington / CIA fabricated, just with more rigor and more sophistication than Plan Condor of 40 and 50 years ago. As much as it hurts to say, after all the glory and laurels sent out to Latin America – with Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro, Rafael Correa, Evo Morales, Lula, the Kirchners, José Mujica, Michelle Bachelet – more than 80% of the population of Latin America were living for some 15 to 20 years under democratically elected mostly left-leaning governments, really progressive. – Within no time, in less than 3 years the wheels have turned.
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Peter’s observations are good, although I have one quibble. His take on Operation Condor is too simplistic. See my blog post titled “Condor World.”

Secretary-General is António Guterres with Saudi FM Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir

“Leaked U.N. Memo Reveals Saudis Demanded Western Propaganda For $1bn Pledged To Aid Agency” by Tyler Durden (ZeroHedge)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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We wonder if the Saudis had never been caught in Jamal Khashoggi’s gruesome murder, would such essential stories and leaks now happening such as the below Guardian report ever see the light of day? On Tuesday The Guardian published select contents of a leaked internal United Nations document detailing a “pay to play” scheme orchestrated by Saudi Arabia.

According to the leaked document, the Saudis demanded that aid groups and humanitarian agencies operating in Yemen provide favorable publicity for Saudi Arabia in return for Riyadh providing close to a billion dollars to fund their efforts…
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“Ruin”

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