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15 October 2015 @ 11:15 pm
EU Directly Funds Israeli Military Companies and Institutions  
Global Research, October 14, 2015
European Coordination of Committees and Associations for Palestine 13 October 2015

Israeli military, police and settler violence against Palestinians is intensifying quickly. Over the past week, at least 900 Palestinians have been injured, at least 60 with live fire. Only on Saturday October 10th, six Palestinians in Gaza were shot dead by Israeli soldiers who opened fire on a demonstration. These peaks in lethal violence are a part of the systematic violence Palestinians are subjected to under Israel’s Apartheid regime
Aside from maintaining this siege and engaging in direct military attacks on Gaza, the Israeli army’s primary ongoing task is to enforce the Occupation of the Palestinian land and people. Israeli arms companies benefit enormously from European Union expenditure. With a total budget of nearly €80 billion, Horizon 2020, the new EU research and innovation programme, is one of the world’s largest research and innovation programmes. Israel is associated to Horizon 2020 allowing Israeli entities to participate in the programme. Already during the previous funding cycle (FP7), Israeli entities participated in over 1500 projects.
On February 9th 2015, the Israeli R&D Directorate for the European Research Area (ISERD) published a document announcing that the EU had already approved 205 projects with Israeli participation with a total value of €452,3m1 within the Horizon 2020 research cycle.
Participating companies include Elbit, Israel Aerospace Industries, Technion, deeply implicated in the occupation of Palestine and Israeli military industry. Elbit is a partner in EU Flysec projects funded by the European taxpayer’s money totalling 4 141 375 EUR.
Palestinian and European civil society has mounted sustained campaigning efforts to pressure the EU not to use taxpayers’ money to finance Israeli occupation, apartheid and colonialism through its funding cycles.
Horizon 2020: Israeli military companies and military related institutions
ELBIT SYSTEMS LTD is one of the most iconic accomplices of Israeli violations of international law and a notorious war profiteer2. Just after the military aggression on Gaza in July/August 2014, Elbit’s shares rose 6.6%. Elbit is deeply complicit in Israeli military aggressions against the Palestinian people and one of the world’s most important promoters of the use of drones in war and population control and directly involved in the construction of the Wall and the settlements, including their surveillance. For various reasons relating to Elbit’s violations of international law, various pension funds and financial institutions within the European Union have already divested from the company3 and the UN Special rapporteur on the Occupied Palestinian Territories in 2012 has called for the company to be boycotted4.
Elbit has so far received an EU contribution of €403,750 for its participation in the FLYSEC project, which on the technical side, integrates new technologies on video surveillance, intelligent remote image processing and biometrics combined with big data analysis, open-source intelligence and crowdsourcing5. Such dual-use technology is widely used in military applications such as security and surveillance systems.
ISRAEL AEROSPACE INDUSTRIES (IAI) provides equipment used in Israel’s illegal Wall and supplied drones to Israel that were used in attacks against civilians during the 2008-09 attack on Gaza. IAI’s Heron UAV systems (drones) were used in the attacks on civilians condemned by Human Rights Watch as being in violation of international law6. IAIs subsidiary also provides surveillance systems for the Wall7. IAI is currently involved in Horizon 2020 projects through which the company received grants of over €2 million8.
TECHNION – ISRAEL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY is coming under increasing scrutiny from academics concerned with its involvement in and collaboration with the Israeli military and Israeli arms companies. The institute conducts a wide variety of research into technology and weapons used to oppress and attack Palestinians. For example, Technion researchers have developed special unmanned vehicles that aid the Israeli army in carrying out demolitions of Palestinian houses. By knowingly developing technology used in house demolitions, Technion is actively and directly complicit in the violations of international law. The institute also provides special tailored courses and programs for military officials and Israeli arms company executives Technion has a history of deep collaboration with Elbit Systems, including receiving research grants and opening a joint research centre. Through Horizon 2020, Technion is participating in over 30 projects and receives over €17 million of EU taxpayers money.
By allowing Israeli actors that perpetrate or are complicit accomplices to unlawful acts and impediments to Palestinian self-determination to participate in research projects that it funds and administers, including projects that are developing technology that may be used in future unlawful acts, the EU lends legitimacy to Israeli violations of international law and renders assistance to the maintenance of these unlawful acts in a way that calls into question whether the European Union and member states are in violation of their own obligations under international law.
Funding for Israeli military and homeland security companies, such as Elbit Systems, will not only run counter to the growing call for a military embargo on Israel but violate the EU Commission’s commitment against dual use funding. According to the EU Commission: “In accordance with rules drawn up by the Council of the European Union, the European Parliament and the European Commission, funding for projects under Horizon 2020 can only be drawn down for research that will be applied for civilian purposes only9. Elbit’s research and technology – as showcased by the LGI technology – is inevitably liable to be used to perpetrate violations of international law by the Israeli military, as well as technology manufactured by IAI and Technion.
EU funding to companies/institutions with confirmed involvement with the Israeli military (on-going research)
Israeli military company/institution     EC Contribution
Elbit                                                                          €403750
Israel Aerospace Industries                                      €2000
Technion – Israel Institute of Technology                 €17,000, 000 +
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem                       €12,450, 000 +
Motorola Solutions LTD                                           €906,727
Total                                                                         €32,760, 477 +
We call on the European civil society, members of the European and national parliaments and governmental representatives to lobby and pressure the relevant EU institutions to exclude Elbit Systems and any other Israeli entity involved in the state’s military-industrial-scientific complex (including their subsidiaries) from EU financial mechanisms and cooperation.

1)  http://www.iserd.org.il/_Uploads/dbsAttachedFiles/ISERD_STAT_H2020_09022015.pdf
2) http://www.stopthewall.org/briefing-supporting-israeli-apartheid-eu-funding-elbit-system
3) The most elaborate justification has been published by the Norwegian Pension Fund Council on Ethics already in 2009: https://www.regjeringen.no/contentassets/160311fdf03347bca414b1fdd7aefc35/tilradning-elbit-engelsk.pdf
4) http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=43376#.VWzYUVxViko
5) http://www.cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/194906_en.html
6) http://www.hrw.org/report/2009/06/30/precisely-wrong/gaza-civilians-killed-israeli-drone-launched-missiles
7) Execution Aspects, Israeli Defence Ministry http://www.securityfence.mod.gov.il/Pages/ENG/execution.htm#2
8) http://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/193408_en.html, http://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/193379_en.html
9) http://horizon2020projects.com/global-collaboration/israel-boycott-petition-receives-irish-support/
clothcapclothcap on October 15th, 2015 10:18 pm (UTC)
Alarmed European Jews Want Netanyahu Replaced with a Leader for Peace
By Anthony Bellchambers Global Research, October 12, 2015
A significant number of Europe’s 1.4m Jews are now alarmed at the continued occupation and illegal settlement of Palestinian land by the right­ wing, extremist government of Binyamin Netanyahu ­ one that holds the UN, the EU and the US in contempt.
This growing Jewish minority of ordinary Europeans disassociate themselves from the Likud policy agenda for a ‘Greater Israel’ that is now responsible for the near daily killing of Palestinian children in East Jerusalem and the West Bank and for the criminal blockade of 1.8m civilians in Gaza from obtaining essential supplies of medicines, foodstuffs and building materials.
This significant Jewish cohort wants a peaceful settlement to the dispute between armed Israelis (with full stomachs, expensive cars and domestic swimming pools) ­ and the dispossessed residents of the Occupied Territories who are subject not only to vicious restrictions on housing, essential supplies and free movement but also to the horror of Israeli ‘pricetag’ terrorists who burn their crops and demolish their homes whilst the IDF sits and watches.
Netanyahu’s Zionist doctrines now have echoes of the persecution of minorities in Germany’s 1930’s Berlin. Meanwhile, the silence from Britain, the EU and the US, is deafening.
clothcapclothcap on October 15th, 2015 10:21 pm (UTC)
Netanyahu’s War on Palestine. Premeditated State Terror
By Stephen Lendman Global Research, October 11 2015
Netanyahu’s premeditated state terror against defenseless Palestinians continues. Multiple Israeli provocations began things. Palestinians responded in self-defense as expected and justified. Israel calls it terrorism.
The latest incident involved murdering six Gazan youths on Friday, wounding 60 others, 10 in serious condition.
Scores of Palestinians protested Israeli West Bank violence by throwing stones across the heavily guarded barbed wire fencing, separating Gaza from Israel.
Israeli soldiers responded with live fire, committing cold-blooded murder. Clashes continued Friday throughout the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) reported 1,640 Palestinians injured so far – 101 from live fire, hundreds more from rubber-coated steel bullets, many from toxic tear gas inhalation. Another 31 bystanders were brutally beaten by soldiers.
Separately, Israeli border police murdered a Palestinian youth. Hours earlier, soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian woman. Israel claimed it foiled an attempted stabbing incident. Video footage showed she threatened no one.
At an emergency Thursday evening press conference, Netanyahu declared war on Palestine, vowing tougher tactics than already against “inciters and attackers,” blaming Palestinians for Israeli crimes.
Saying Hamas and PA officials instigated “wild and mendacious incitement,” ignoring his own mandate, ordering state terror unleashed throughout the Occupied Territories.
Palestinian Stop the Wall activists said “rebellion unfolding in the West Bank and increasingly across the Green Line is a direct response to Israel’s intensified ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people and its almost seven decades old regime of occupation, apartheid and settler colonialism.”
“(M)urderous attacks by Israeli forces and settlers” continue. On Friday, tens of thousands of Palestinians filled Ramallah’s entire city center for Muhannad Halabi’s funeral – murdered by Israeli soldiers in cold blood.
Slogans were shouted condemning Oslo and urging a third intifada – Palestinians saying they’ll sacrifice and march in millions for justice. Palestinian women joined the fight with their male counterparts.
Justifiable Palestinian anger is more intense than any time since the early days of the Second Intifada. It’s too early to know if a third began.
No known leadership is directing ongoing resistance. Lacking it may cause activist energy to wane. For now, it remains intense, thousands of Palestinians involved throughout the Territories. Many more thousands may join them. A bloodbath may follow. Israel is notoriously merciless, like its US paymaster.
The New York Times is notoriously pro-Israeli, disdainful of Palestinian rights. Its latest headline shows it, saying “Israeli Officials Struggle to Contain Spate of Violent Attacks” – instead of accurately accusing Israel of inciting violence, murdering and brutalizing Palestinians responding in self-defense.
Jodi Rudoren reports from Jerusalem, blaming Palestinians for Israeli crimes, substituting government and IDF press releases for legitimate journalism, accusing Palestinians of “a spate of…stabbings” instead of saying they threatened no one. Israeli soldiers and police murdered them in cold blood, using live fire on defenseless civilians.
She quoted Israeli officials calling for tougher crackdowns than already – at the same time, citing aFriday Yediot Aharonot propaganda piece, claiming 17 Jews were detained on suspicion of involvement in terrorist attacks.
Rubbish! Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon admitted knowing which settlers killed three Dawabsha family members by immolation but refuses to arrest them.
They’re free to kill again like many other Zionist zealots infesting Israel’s illegal settlements, protected by soldiers and police, allowed to commit near-daily violence and vandalism against defenseless Palestinians including young children, virtually never arrested or held accountable for their crimes.
B’Tselem has video footage documenting Israeli soldiers accompanying Yitzhar settlement zealots rampaging violently – attacking Palestinians freely, vandalizing their property.
More http://www.globalresearch.ca/netanyahus-war-on-palestine/5481222

Edited at 2015-10-15 10:23 pm (UTC)
clothcapclothcap on October 15th, 2015 10:59 pm (UTC)
Lifting the 24 Hour Siege: Julian Assange, London’s Metropolitan Police and Continued Detention
By Binoy Kampmark
Global Research, October 15, 2015
While things tend to get murky, sometimes by design, regarding the police presence outside the Ecuadorean embassy in London, the announcement that the city’s Metropolitan Police would be lifting their twenty-four hour surveillance did surprise some.
This was hardly to suggest that the police forces had lost interest in capturing Julian Assange. What mattered here was that the costs in guarding Assange from a literal flight of fancy had simply become disproportionate, requiring a change of tact. Over £12m in costs had been incurred since he skipped bail to avoid his Swedish sojourn, and irrespective of which side of the Assange side one was on, anger was mounting at a very conspicuously bloated project.
The statement from the Metropolitan Police was cool in its language. “Like all public services, MPS resources are finite. With so many different criminal, and other, threats to the city it protects, the current deployment of officers is no longer believed proportionate” (The Guardian, Oct 12).
The siege, according to WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson, had not been lifted so much as reconstituted. “My interpretation is that it has not been lifted. They are calling off the uniformed presence but escalating the covert operation and will arrest him if he steps outside off the embassy.” Costs, in other words, were going to be moved off the books to un-uniformed personnel.
More http://www.globalresearch.ca/lifting-the-24-hour-siege-julian-assange-londons-metropolitan-police-and-continued-detention/548222
clothcapclothcap on October 15th, 2015 11:02 pm (UTC)
US, Russian Military Meet amid Warnings over War Threat
By Bill Van Auken
Global Research, October 15, 2015
World Socialist Web Site
US and Russian military officials held a third round of video conferences Wednesday in a bid to hammer out an agreement on procedures aimed at preventing accidental confrontations between their respective warplanes operating over Syria.
The meeting was held in the wake of a reported incident last Saturday in which US and Russian jets came within miles of each other in Syrian airspace, according to the Pentagon.
“Visual contact took place,” said Col. Steve Warren, a spokesman for the US military in Baghdad. “All pilots conducted themselves appropriately and everyone went about their business. But this is dangerous, right?…There’s always going to be some risk if there are uncoordinated actors in the battle space.”
A statement from the Russian defense ministry said that “positions became closer on key provisions” of a joint agreement on operations, but indicated that a deal has yet to be reached.
The videoconferences on “deconflicting” the Syrian airspace are being held in lieu of more expansive and higher-level talks proposed by Moscow, but rejected by Washington.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that he had proposed sending a delegation led by Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev and including high-ranking Russian military and civilian officials to Washington to discuss a closer coordination of US and Russian operations in Syria, but that US officials rejected any such talks.
“It seems to me that some of our partners have mush for brains,” commented Putin. He added that in the wake of US claims that Russia was bombing “moderate” Syrian militias instead of the supposed common enemy, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Moscow had requested that the Pentagon provide coordinates of areas that “we shouldn’t target,” but had received no response.
More http://www.globalresearch.ca/us-russian-military-meet-amid-warnings-over-war-threat/5482249
clothcapclothcap on October 16th, 2015 01:51 am (UTC)
Updates to MH17 report
clothcapclothcap on October 16th, 2015 02:07 am (UTC)
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Edited at 2015-10-17 07:56 pm (UTC)
clothcapclothcap on October 16th, 2015 02:14 am (UTC)
Did Russia’s Intervention Derail Turkey’s Plan to Invade Syria?
By Mike Whitney
Global Research, October 15, 2015
Thousands of Iranian soldiers have arrived in Syria to join a major offensive against Sunni militants located in the northwest section of the country. The Iranian ground forces will be part of a joint operation that will include the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), Russia and fighters from Lebanese militia, Hezbollah. The assault comes on the heels of a withering two week aerial bombardment of enemy positions by the Russian Air Force which has wreaked havoc on US-backed jihadis along the western corridor. The mobilization of Iranian troops indicates that the 4 year-long conflict is entering its final phase where the Russian-led coalition will attempt to crush the predominantly-Sunni militias and restore security across the country.
Currently, the fiercest fighting is taking place in three areas that are critical for Syrian President Bashar al Assad’s survival: The Rastan enclave, the North Hama salient, and the Ghab plain. While Assad’s forces are expected to overpower the jihadis at all three sites, the militants are dug in and have destroyed a number of armored vehicles and tanks. The regime must seize this area in order to control the M5 highway which runs north to south and connects the cities that create an integrated state. Once these enemy strongholds are broken into smaller pockets of resistance, coalition forces will move further north to close the borders with Turkey while attempting to recapture the strategic city of Aleppo. (See: Sic Semper Tyrannis for an excellent breakdown of the ground offensive with maps.)
According to military analyst Patrick Bahzad:
-“Overall, the outcome of the current operations in the three areas mentioned above is clear. Whether the various rebels groups have thrown everything they got into these battles is hard to say, therefore no assessment can be made as to how their fighting capabilities will be affected by the coming defeat.
It is also worth mentioning that once SAA units have managed to break through rebel defences…. this might cause a disorganised retreat of the trapped rebel units. That moment of the battle could be crucial, as it might be the starting point to a massive artillery barrage (MRLs) and large RuAF airstrikes, resulting in crippling casualties among rebel ranks.” (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
In other words, there’s a good chance that the jihadis will realize that they have no chance of winning and will head for the exits, but it’s still too early to say when that will be.
More http://www.globalresearch.ca/did-russias-intervention-derail-turkeys-plan-to-invade-syria/5482269
Good assessment
clothcapclothcap on October 16th, 2015 02:17 am (UTC)
Obama Could Stop Israeli State Terror with One Phone Call He Won’t Make
By Stephen Lendman
Global Research, October 15, 2015
Region: Middle East & North Africa
Theme: Crimes against Humanity
Washington supports ongoing Israeli violence against defenseless Palestinians. It wouldn’t be happening otherwise.
One phone call from Obama to Netanyahu demanding an immediate halt to Israeli lawlessness, making it clear Washington won’t tolerate it, would change everything now ongoing.
It continues because of full US support. Don’t let duplicitous comments from John Kerry’s State Department spokesman, Admiral John Kirby, fool you – claiming Kerry “remain(s) deeply concerned by the continued escalated violence.”
At the same time, revealing Washington’s official policy by “condemning the (Palestinian) terrorists attacks against Israelis.”
White House press secretary Josh Earnest echoed the same sentiment – blaming Palestinians for Israeli high crimes, saying:
“(T)he United States condemns in the strongest possible terms the terrorist attacks – the recent terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians, which resulted in the murder of three Israelis and left numerous others wounded.”
No condemnation of vicious, premeditated Israeli state terror – murdering 33 Palestinians through Wednesday, injuring well over 1,600 others, another 4,000 harmed by indiscriminate use of toxic tear gas.
Neurotoxins in tear gas are potentially lethal. They can cause severe side effects, including extreme pain, intense tightening in the chest, a burning and stinging sensation in the nose, eyes and throat.
More http://www.globalresearch.ca/obama-could-stop-israeli-state-terror-with-one-phone-call-he-wont-make/5482277
clothcapclothcap on October 16th, 2015 02:30 am (UTC)
Drone Papers: Leaked Military Documents Expose US ‘Assassination Complex’
By Nadia Prupis
Global Research, October 15, 2015
Common Dreams
A stunning new exposé by The Intercept, which includes the publication of classified documents leaked by an intelligence source, provides an unprecedented look at the U.S. military’s secretive global assassination program.
The series of articles, titled The Drone Papers, follows months of investigation and uses rare primary source documents and slides to reveal to the public, for the first time, the flaws and consequences of the U.S. military’s 14-year aerial campaign being conducted in Yemen, Somalia, and Afghanistan—one that has consistently used faulty information, killed an untold number of civilians, and stymied intelligence-gathering through its “kill/capture” program that too often relies on killing rather than capturing.
“The series is intended to serve as a long-overdue public examination of the methods and outcomes of America’s assassination program,” writes the investigation’s lead reporter, Jeremy Scahill.
“This campaign, carried out by two presidents through four presidential terms, has been shrouded in excessive secrecy. The public has a right to see these documents not only to engage in an informed debate about the future of U.S. wars, both overt and covert, but also to understand the circumstances under which the U.S. government arrogates to itself the right to sentence individuals to death without the established checks and balances of arrest, trial, and appeal.”
The source of the documents, who asked to remain anonymous due to the U.S. government’s aggressive prosecution of whistleblowers, said the public has a right to know about a program that is so “fundamentally” and “morally” flawed.
More http://www.globalresearch.ca/drone-papers-leaked-military-documents-expose-us-assassination-complex/5482328
clothcapclothcap on October 16th, 2015 02:33 am (UTC)
Turkish Government Tries to Repress a Growing Wave of Protests
By Halil Celik
Global Research, October 15, 2015
World Socialist Web Site
Mass protests, boycotts and strikes sparked by the October 10 double suicide bombing targeting a peace march in Ankara have spread across Turkey. Burial ceremonies of the victims of the Ankara bombings have become anti-government rallies, with thousands of mourners chanting “Murderer Erdoğan” and “The murderous state will he held to account.”
On October 12 and 13, an alliance of labor unions affiliated to the main opposition parties and professional organisations held a two-day nationwide strike. Tens of thousands of medical staff, teachers, municipal employees and lawyers struck, while university students boycotted their lessons in some faculties.
The Confederation of Progressive Workers’ Unions (DİSK), the Confederation of Public Laborers’ Unions (KESK), the Union of Chambers of Turkish Engineers and Architects (TMMOB), and the Turkish Medical Association (TTB) took part in the action.
The Justice and Development Party (AKP) government has intensified its pressure on the media and mobilised the police to suppress the rising tide of opposition. The government used the police to impose bans on protest rallies.
On Tuesday, the Istanbul Governor’s Office refused to grant permission for the proposed march from Sirkeci and Cerrahpaşa Medical Faculty to Beyazıt Square, saying, “The governorate does not find the planned march and rally appropriate, regarding the sensitivity of the present period.” In other parts of Istanbul, riot police brutally attacked those who defied the ban.
Also on Wednesday, an Ankara court issued a broad media ban on reporting on the Ankara suicide bomber investigation. According to Hürriyet Daily News, the ban includes “all kinds of news, interviews, criticism and similar publications in print, visual, social media and all kinds of media on the Internet.”
The general strike, called by unions and associations affiliated with the pro-Kemalist Republican People’s Party (CHP) and the mainly Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP), mobilised only a minority of the working class. DISK limited its action to walkouts in municipalities under the CHP or HDP control, with the support of the mayors. It did not organise any strike in the factories, while KESK generally let its members stay at home.
The larger trade unions openly support the government. The main Confederation of Turkish Trade Unions (Türk-İş), for example, contented itself with expressing its “sorrow” for the bombings and laying red carnations at the main train station in Ankara, while another pro-government confederation, Hak-İş, issued a statement to condemn terror and offer condolences to “the nation.”
Almost a month ago, these trade union confederations, along with business and industrialist organisations had participated in a rally “against terror”—i.e., against the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK)—organised by the government.
There are widespread accusations of state involvement in the Ankara bombings, with claims that the government knew the attacks would take place or directly staged them.
More http://www.globalresearch.ca/turkish-government-tries-to-repress-a-growing-wave-of-protests/548233
clothcapclothcap on October 16th, 2015 02:40 am (UTC)
Desperate MH17 “Intelligence” Spin.
[Evolution of the saga]
Ukraine Secret Service Contends that “Pro-Russian Rebels had Targeted a Russian Passenger Plane”. “But Shot Down Flight MH17 by Mistake”
By Prof Michel Chossudovsky
Global Research, October 15, 2015
Global Research 11 August 2014
In the light of recent developments including the publication of the Dutch Safety Board’s report, we bring to the attention of our readers an article first published on August 11, 2014.
This article reviews the official Kiev government’s position concerning the downing of flight MH17, as confirmed by a statement of Ukraine’s Secret Service (SBU).
According to the official SBU report entitled Terrorists and Militants planned cynical terrorist attack at Aeroflot civil aircraft , the Donetsk militia (with the support of Moscow) was aiming at a Russian Aeroflot passenger plane and shot down the Malaysian MH17 airliner by mistake. That’s the official Ukraine government story which has not been reported by the MSM.
Following the release of the SBU report, the Western mainstream media went silent.
The SBU report bordered on ridicule to say to the least, with fabricated evidence.
Media pundits did not want to risk their reputation in supporting Kiev’s official statement. They chose to remain silent. “Having built up the crash into a casus belli against Russia, the US media suddenly dropped the matter completely.” (Niles Williamson,. Cover-Up? Why Have the Media and Obama Administration Gone Silent on MH17? wsws.org, August 18, 2014).
Nobody dared to actually accuse Russia of planning a false flag operation involving the shooting down of its own Aeroflot plane leading to the death of its own citizens, and then blaming it on Kiev.
Moscow’s hidden agenda, according to the head of Ukraine’s intelligence service (SBU) was a “false flag” with a view to providing a justification for invading Ukraine in retribution to Kiev for having ordered the downing of a Russian passenger plane en route to Cyprus.
As we recall, immediately after the MH17 plane crash on July 17, Secretary of State John Kerry and US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power pointed their finger at Moscow without a shred of evidence. In turn, the allegations directed against Russia were used to justify the imposition of sweeping economic sanctions against the Russian Federation.
In the wake of this official and “authoritative” August 7 announcement by the Kiev regime, Obama, Kerry, Samantha Power et al, chose to remain mum. Nobody is accusing Russia anymore, because the Ukraine Secret Service’ official statement concerning the crash of Malaysian airlines MH17 is so outlandish that it does not even fit within the usual mold of media disinformation.
The last substantive article in the New York Times on the MH17 crash and Russia’s alleged responsibility was on August 7, the day of the release of the report by Ukraine’s head of intelligence (SBU).
Deafening silence. The Kiev intelligence report was not an object of commentary by the NYT. Instead the New York Times chose to justify the economic sanctions regime imposed on Russia by the US and the EU by
“…accusing Russia of supplying the missiles that rebels used to shoot down a Malaysian jetliner on July 17, killing all 298 people aboard.” Andrew E. Kramer, and Neil MacFarquhar, “Putin Bans Some Imports as Payback for Sanctions”, August 7, 2014)
More http://www.globalresearch.ca/desperate-mh-17-intelligence-spin-by-ukraine-secret-service-pro-russian-rebels-had-targeted-a-russian-passenger-plane/5395501
clothcapclothcap on October 16th, 2015 02:51 am (UTC)
US ‘Adjusts’ Military Aid Program to Supply New Rebel Group in Syria.
Global Research, October 15, 2015
RT 13 October 2015
Washington has ‘adjusted’ its controversial program of aiding the Syrian rebels to vet commanders rather than individual fighters, and provide supplies instead of training. A new rebel group in northeastern Syria has emerged as a recipient of US aid.
“The train-and-equip program has changed, but it has not gone away. We’re still equipping moderate Syrian opposition fighters,” Colonel Steve Warren, spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve, told the press on Tuesday.
As an example, he cited the airdrop of 50 tons of ammunition to the “Syrian Arab Coalition” (SAC), a 5,000-strong force of Arab insurgents in the east of Syria, which he said was fighting against Islamic State (IS, also known as ISIS and ISIL) militants. The shipment consisted of small-arms ammunition, hand grenades, and rounds for mortars and rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) launchers, he said.
Warren said the group’s leader has been vetted by the US and given “specific training” on some specialized equipment. In his view, the airdrop was “not a major shift” in US operations in Syria, since there have been other supply drops in the past, notably to Kurdish forces in Kobani.
More http://www.globalresearch.ca/us-adjusts-military-aid-program-to-supply-new-rebel-group-in-syria/5482208
Illegality overlooked? This hasn't even been touted as benefitting the US general public.
clothcapclothcap on October 16th, 2015 08:24 am (UTC)
R.U.R. (Rossum’s Universal Robots) by Karel Čapek
clothcapclothcap on October 16th, 2015 03:26 pm (UTC)
1,200 more jobs going from (aptly named) TATA.
Probably another 9-10,000 in knock-on job losses.

Cheers Dave.
clothcapclothcap on October 16th, 2015 03:33 pm (UTC)
Sir Evelyn De Rothschild Net Worth
Sir Evelyn De Rothschild is a British Financier. He is also a member of the well known Rothschild family, and the financial advisor for HM Queen Elizabeth II. He was the chairman of Rothschild's Continuation HoldingsAG, and became co-chairman of Rothschild Bank AG, in Zurich, and non-executive chairman of N M Rothschild and Sons. He was co-founder, (with wife, Lynn Forrester de Rothschild), of the holding company, E.L. Rothchild. Sir Evelyn De Rothschild has held a number of positions in businesses. He was director chairman of The Economist, United Race Courses, and British Merchant Banking and Securities House Association. He was also Director of De Beers Consolidated Mines and IBM United Kingdom Holdings Limited, as well as, Deputy Chairman of Milton Keynes Development Corporation. Sir Evelyn De Rothschild also served as the director of Lord Beaverbrook's newspaper group and Lord Black's Daily Telegraph newspaper. He has promoted the arts, made great efforts in the support of medical research and the improvement of education, through his creation of the Eranda Foundation. He was the founder and chairman of The European Association for Banking and Financial History in Frankfort, Germany, and has also been the governor of The London School of Economics and Political Science. Sir Evelyn De Rothschild has held several positions in Economics, the Arts, Medical Research and Political Science, as well as being a prominent supporter of charities. He served as a trustee of the Shakespere Globe Trust and member of the Council for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, as well as Chairman of the Princess Royal Trust for Carers.
Sir Evelyn De Rothschild was born into wealth and spent most of his youth, traveling, playing polo, attending parties and driving expensive cars. He also has always had a love of thoroughbred horse racing and owns a few of his own. His father (Anthony Gustav de Rothschild) and his mother (Yvonne Cahen d'Anvers) named Sir Evelyn after his uncle, Evelyn Achille De Rothschild, who fought in World War I and was killed in action. Sir Evelyn spent most of his childhood in America, during the WWII period. His school days were spent at Harrow School and he attended Trinity College at Cambridge University. He dropped out of college before he could get his degree.
He has been married three times. His first marriage was to Sir Stanley Hooker's niece, Jeanette Bishop. She was born in 1940 and passed away in 1981. His second marriage was to Victoria Lou Schott. They were married in 1949 and divorced in 2000. They have three children, Jessica (born 1974), Anthony James (born 1977), and David Mayer (born 1978). His third marriage is to American Lawyer and Entrepreneur, Lynn Forester, in 2000. She is the head of FirstMark Communications Europe, in Luxemburg. Sir Evelyn has two stepchildren, Benjamin Forester Stein (born 1985) and John Forester Stein (born 1988), through his marriage to Lynn Forrester. He was knighted by HM Queen Elizabeth II in 1989. As soon as his marriage was announced, the couple received a special invitation to spend their honeymoon at the White House, and they consented to spending one night.
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Sir Evelyn De Rothschild Net Worth: $20 Billion
He is also a member of the well known Rothschild family, and the financial advisor for HM Queen Elizabeth II.
But of course he is. After all, the Rothschilds and the Windsors are closely connected to running the New World Order. It is interesting to read this in a more mainstream publication. And of course, the Rothschilds are the bankers for the Vatican and the Windsors are the executives for the Vatican who claim ownership over the world.
Now if only this list would include assets such as the United States Corporation, the Federal Reserve System, the IMF and a few hundred fiat controlled nations and kings then we would really see a serious net worth.