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24 August 2016 @ 07:43 am
Did Washington Just Declare a 'No Fly' Zone in Syria?  


Reading between the lines in today's Pentagon press briefing, a bombshell US policy shift is becoming more apparent: Syrian forces and their Russian partners are being told that conducting military operations in some parts of Syrian airspace opens them up to being shot down by the US military.
Pentagon Spokesman Peter Cook was asked numerous times in numerous ways whether this amounts to a US "no fly zone" over parts of Syria. His first response was vague but threatening:

We will use our air power as needed to protect coalition forces and our partnered operations. ...We advise the Syrian regime to steer clear of [certain] areas.

The policy shift was so apparent that, one-by-one, the press corps asked for clarification. Does this mean that the US would shoot down Russian or Syrian planes if they attacked any US-backed partners even if they were engaged against Syrian government forces? Are those "coalition forces" and "partnered operations" receiving US protection against attack from the air always in receipt of that protection, or only when they are actively engaged in military operations? What are the rules of engagement?
There was no clear answer from the Pentagon spokesman.

"Is this a 'no-fly' zone, then," asked another reporter. It's not a "no-fly zone" Cook responded.
Another journalist tried to get some clarity:

How is telling Syria not to fly in certain areas not a 'no fly' zone?

"Call it what you will," Cook eventually said.
Another journalist asked, "Do you think the Syrian regime has the right to fly over its own territory?"
Same answer: "We will use our air power as needed to protect coalition forces and our partnered operations."
The anti-Russia rhetoric in Cook's comments was inexplicable as well. According to the Pentagon spokesman, the suffering in parts of Aleppo is not due to its ongoing occupation by al-Qaeda's Nusra Front, but rather by Russian and Syrian government attempts to expel Nusra from the city. Cook's explanation defied logic. Russian actions in Aleppo are...

...only adding fuel to Syria's civil war and [do] nothing to degrade extremist groups, which is Russia's original reason for its military intervention in Syria.

The sentence only makes sense if one accepts the premise that al-Qaeda in Syria is not an extremist group, as it makes no sense to argue that bombing a certain group does nothing to weaken that group. Unless the Pentagon is suggesting that Russia and Syria are only bombing the civilian population, presumably for fun?
Whatever the case, this is a trial balloon. If this de facto "no fly zone" becomes a fact on the ground, it will be expanded beyond Hasakah and may be a US last-ditch effort to prevent Syrian government forces, aided by Russia, from taking back Aleppo and thus breaking the back of the foreign-backed insurgency.

This is endgame time.

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clothcapclothcap on August 24th, 2016 08:04 am (UTC)
Provoking Nuclear War by Media

By John Pilger
August 23, 2016 "Information Clearing House" - "RT" - The exoneration of a man accused of the worst of crimes, genocide, made no headlines. Neither the BBC nor CNN covered it. The Guardian allowed a brief commentary. Such a rare official admission was buried or suppressed, understandably. It would explain too much about how the rulers of the world rule.
The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) has quietly cleared the late Serbian president, Slobodan Milosevic, of war crimes committed during the 1992-95 Bosnian war, including the massacre at Srebrenica.
Far from conspiring with the convicted Bosnian-Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, Milosevic actually “condemned ethnic cleansing”, opposed Karadzic and tried to stop the war that dismembered Yugoslavia. Buried near the end of a 2,590-page judgement on Karadzic last February, this truth further demolishes the propaganda that justified Nato’s illegal onslaught on Serbia in 1999.
Milosevic died of a heart attack in 2006, alone in his cell in The Hague, during what amounted to a bogus trial by an American-invented “international tribunal”. Denied heart surgery that might have saved his life, his condition worsened and was monitored and kept secret by US officials, as WikiLeaks has since revealed.
Milosevic was the victim of war propaganda that today runs like a torrent across our screens and newspapers and beckons great danger for us all. He was the prototype demon, vilified by the western media as the “butcher of the Balkans” who was responsible for “genocide”, especially in the secessionist Yugoslav province of Kosovo. Prime Minister Tony Blair said so, invoked the Holocaust and demanded action against “this new Hitler”.
David Scheffer, the US ambassador-at-large for war crimes [sic], declared that as many as “225,000 ethnic Albanian men aged between 14 and 59” may have been murdered by Milocevic’s forces.
This was the justification for Nato’s bombing, led by Bill Clinton and Blair, that killed hundreds of civilians in hospitals, schools, churches, parks and television studios and destroyed Serbia’s economic infrastructure. It was blatantly ideological; at a notorious “peace conference” in Rambouillet in France, Milosevic was confronted by Madeleine Albright, the US secretary of state, who was to achieve infamy with her remark that the deaths of half a million Iraqi children were “worth it”.
Albright delivered an “offer” to Milosevic that no national leader could accept. Unless he agreed to the foreign military occupation of his country, with the occupying forces “outside the legal process”, and to the imposition of a neo-liberal “free market”, Serbia would be bombed. This was contained in an “Appendix B”, which the media failed to read or suppressed. The aim was to crush Europe’s last independent “socialist” state.
Once Nato began bombing, there was a stampede of Kosovar refugees “fleeing a holocaust”. When it was over, international police teams descended on Kosovo to exhume the victims. The FBI failed to find a single mass grave and went home. The Spanish forensic team did the same, its leader angrily denouncing “a semantic pirouette by the war propaganda machines”. The final count of the dead in Kosovo was 2,788. This included combatants on both sides and Serbs and Roma murdered by the pro-Nato Kosovo Liberation Front. There was no genocide. The Nato attack was both a fraud and a war crime.
All but a fraction of America’s vaunted “precision guided” missiles hit not military but civilian targets, including the news studios of Radio Television Serbia in Belgrade. Sixteen people were killed, including cameramen, producers and a make-up artist. Blair described the dead, profanely, as part of Serbia’s “command and control”.
In 2008, the prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, Carla Del Ponte, revealed that she had been pressured not to investigate Nato’s crimes.
Continues http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article45342.htm
clothcapclothcap on August 24th, 2016 08:12 am (UTC)
Propaganda for Syrian ‘Regime Change’
Neocons and liberal hawks have poured millions of dollars into propaganda to justify “regime change” in Syria and are now desperate to keep the war going until President Hillary Clinton gets a chance to escalate, as Rick Sterling describes.
By Rick Sterling
August 23, 2016 "Information Clearing House" - Neocons and Clintonites have launched a major campaign with the goal of direct U.S. military intervention and aggression against Syria, potentially leading to war with Iran and Russia.
An early indication emerged as soon as it was clear the Hillary Clinton would be the Democratic Party nominee. Following the California primary, The New York Times reported on State Department diplomats issuing an internal memo “urging the United States to carry out military strikes against the government of President Bashar al Assad.”
In early August, Dennis Ross and Andrew Tabler opined in The New York Times about “The Case for (Finally) Bombing Assad”. Dennis Ross is a favorite Clintonite. In her book Hard Choices, Clinton described how she asked Dennis Ross to come to the State Department to “work on Iran and regional issues.”
New York Times regular Nicholas Kristof made his own pitch for war against Syria. According to the self-styled humanitarian, we need “safe zones” as proposed by Clintonite Madeline Albright and retired General James Cartwright. That is risky, Kristof said, but “the risks of doing nothing in Syria are even greater.”
PBS broadcast a story titled “Repeatedly targeted by airstrikes, Syrian doctors feel abandoned.” The story features video from the “White Helmets” along with photos from the reported April bombing of Al Quds Hospital. Currently there is a huge media campaign around the situation in Aleppo. Syrian American doctor Zaher Sahloul, of the Syrian American Medical Society, has been interviewed extensively on mainstream media as well as DemocracyNow with widespread promotion in Truthout and other sites.
There has been lots of publicity around a letter to President Obama, supposedly written by 15 doctors in East Aleppo. The letter ends “We need your action.” The flow and wording of the letter suggests it may have been composed by a marketing company and there has been no verification of the doctors who supposedly signed it.
The letter was likely written by a paid Syria War propagandist or Washington lobby firm. Read the letter here and judge for yourself. For contrast watch this interview with a real Syrian doctor not mouthing propaganda from K Street in Washington D.C.
An online Change petition asks German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Barack Obama to “save the people of Aleppo.” The publicly funded Holocaust Memorial Museum has promoted the video #SaveSyria. One of the producers of the video is The Syria Campaign which is the marketing organization which branded the pervasive “White Helmets,” as documented in “Seven Steps of Highly Effective Manipulators”.
In parallel with this media campaign, the House Foreign Affairs Committee has introduced HR5732 the “Caesar Syrian Civilian Protection Act of 2016.” The resolution calls for escalating economic/financial pressure on Syria and “Assessment of potential effectiveness of and requirements for the establishment of safe zones or a no fly zone in Syria”.
Dr. Sahloul, the Syrian American Medical Society doctor / spokesperson, says that Obama’s legacy will be defined by whether or not he attacks Syria to impose a “no fly zone.” It seems unlikely that Obama would do that at the end of his term. Instead, the goal is to prepare the public for the new war to begin after Hillary Clinton becomes President.
Falsehoods and Lies of Omission
In his article ““The media are misleading the public on Syria” author Stephen Kinzer recently wrote, “Coverage of the Syrian war will be remembered as one of the most shameful episodes in the history of the American press. Reporting about carnage in the ancient city of Aleppo is the latest reason why.”
Here a few facts about Aleppo which contradict the mainstream media narrative:
–At least 85 percent of Aleppo’s population is in government-controlled areas.
More http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article45340.htm
clothcapclothcap on August 24th, 2016 09:46 am (UTC)
The Genocide of a Land
By Paul Craig Roberts
August 23, 2016 "Information Clearing House" - In our days of darkness, spreading ignorance, and absence of serious debate in public forums, we can take hope from the fact that some scholars still produce serious and informative books on the most critical issues of our time. If in the future policymakers again seek the guidance of truth, they will have the information at hand. One such book of truth is Jeremy R. Hammond’s just published Obstacle to Peace, a closely reasoned, heavily documented (68 pages of footnotes), fully indexed, readable book with a Foreword by Richard Falk, an Introduction by Gene Epstein, and an endorsement by Noam Chomsky.
The obstacle to peace is the United States government, which has consistently opposed the entire world’s decades long effort to stop the Zionist genocide of a land called Palestine.
Palestine is a stolen and oppressed land. Israel’s greatest leaders themselves acknowledge the fact. Tom Are quotes David Ben-Gurion:
“If I were an Arab leader, I would never make terms with Israel. That is natural, we have taken their country. Sure God promised it to us, but what does that matter to them? Our God is not theirs. We came from Israel, it’s true, but that was two thousand years ago, and what is that to them? There has been anti-Semitism, the Nazis, Auschwitz, but was that their fault? They only see one thing: we have come and stolen their country. Why should they accept that?” http://thomas-l-are.blogspot.com
What once was a country consists today of a few small isolated Palestinian ghettos in the West Bank surrounded by Israeli settlements and an open air prison known as Gaza. Periodically Israel launches military assaults on the civilian population of Gaza, destroying the lives of the people and the infrastructure of the prison camp.
Israel then prevents outside efforts from sending supplies to the suffering people in Gaza. “Freedom flotillas” crewed by Nobel Laurates, present and former members of US and European legislative bodies, and even members of the Israeli Knesset set sail with supplies for Gaza and are pirated and captured in international waters by the Israeli Navy, which, as a warning to others, kills some of the delegation in “self-defense.” The United States steadfastly defends Israel’s criminal behavior with its UN veto and other governments, though disapproving, are unwilling to confront Washington and force a change.
Washington’s 21st century wars in the Middle East were initiated by neoconservative regimes whose principal policymakers are tightly allied with Israel. The wars focused on Arab nations—Iraq, Libya, and Syria—that were supportive of the Palestinians and had foreign policies independent of Washington. Washington succeeded in destroying two of the countries and has not given up on destroying Syria despite the risk of confrontation with Russia.
The risks that Washington is imposing on Americans and Europeans in order to advance Israeli expansion in the Middle East are horrific. Zionists claim a “greater Israel” from the Nile to the Euphrates. Washington’s wars in the Middle East are designed to remove obstacles to “greater Israel.” For example, on past occasions Israel has attempted to seize southern Lebanon for the water resources, but were driven out by Hezbollah, a militia supplied by Syria and Iran. This is one reason Syria and Iran are on Washington’s target list.
To achieve its or Israel’s goals, Washington uses jihadists. Russia sees the jihadists as threats that could spread to the Muslim areas of the Russian Federation, and Russia acts to protect itself. China also has realized that its province bordering Kazakhstan is subject to jihadist destabilization and appears to be aligning with Russia, Iran, and Syria against Washington’s effort to overthrow the Syrian government and install in its place chaos as Washington has done in Iraq and Libya, thus removing another constraint on Israel’s expansion and the restraint of a secular Syrian government on jihadism.
More http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article45341.htm
clothcapclothcap on August 24th, 2016 11:08 am (UTC)

If the Scots voted for independence then later after the EU dictatorship collapses, would their return as a semi autonomous burden on the UK be accepted?
clothcapclothcap on August 24th, 2016 11:51 am (UTC)
Information Clearing House
Fighting kills dozens in Yemen’s Taiz:
At least 46 people were killed in deadly clashes Monday between pro-government forces and Houthi rebels in Yemen’s central Taiz province.

Why Is the United States Abetting Saudi War Crimes in Yemen?:
Op-Ed: The Obama administration’s record-setting arms deals with Riyadh have strengthened extremists and led to greater regional instability.

Syrian forces, Kurdish YPG agree to Hasaka ceasefire:
The truce, reported by Syrian state media, comes after assault by Kurdish fighters to seize all of northeastern city.
Syrian government forces and Kurdish fighters have agreed to halt fighting in the northeastern city of Hasaka, according to state media.
The reported ceasefire came into effect at 2pm (11am GMT) on Tuesday, and follows a major assault by the Kurdish YPG group to capture the last government-controlled areas of the city.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based organisation that tracks daily developments in Syria, the YPG has gained control of nearly all of Hasaka.
Under the truce, the Syrian government troops will be be allowed to leave Hasaka but they will still remain a presence on the outskirts of the city.

Agreement to halt fighting in Hasaka enforced at 14:00 p.m.:
– An agreement to halt fighting was agreed in the northeastern Hasaka province that came into effect at 14:00 p.m. on Tuesday, the Syrian TV reported. According to the TV sources, the injured, bodies of the martyrs and the captives on both sides will be exchanged at 9 p.m. as per the agreement

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish sect bans ‘dangerous’ higher education for women:
It is “dangerous” for women to be university-educated and the practice is now banned among the Satmar sect of ultra-Orthodox Jews, according to a decree viewed by The Independent. The ban is to prevent “secular influences” in the “holy environment.”

Nigerian Air Force Kills Top Boko Haram Militants In Airstrikes;
The terror group's leader, Abubakar Shekau, who has a bounty on his head, is claimed to have been fatally wounded in the raids.

Germany to tell people to stockpile food and water in case of attacks:
FAS: "The population will be obliged to hold an individual supply of food for ten days," the newspaper quoted the government's "Concept for Civil Defence" - which has been prepared by the Interior Ministry - as saying.

Islamic State claims to have killed US soldier in Syria: Amaq
By i24news 08/20/2016
Six Kurdish fighters are said to have also been killed.
An Arabic-language post on the Islamic State-affiliated Amaq news website claims the terror group on Friday has killed a US soldier in village of Zahr Imarah north of the Syrian city of Manbij.
According to Amaq, four IS militants carried out an early morning assault on US and Kurdish forces in the village. Six Kurdish fighters are said to have also been killed.
The report claimed that the four IS militants returned from the attack unharmed.

Leaked memo proves George Soros ruled Ukraine in 2014:
More documents, in the massive 2,500 leaked tranche, show the immense power and control Soros had over Ukraine immediately following the illegal Maidan government overthrow.
clothcapclothcap on August 24th, 2016 12:21 pm (UTC)
Dead Children, the Syrian-American Medical Society (SAMS) and its Friends
NEO 24.08.2016 Author: Henry Kamens
In civil war situations, such as the conflict in Syria, sides routinely make conflicting claims. It is hard to see who is telling the truth unless you have access to actual intelligence and a front row seat. But it becomes easier to see what is really happening by watching the mainstream news and comparing it to reality.
Let us take the recent Democracy Now interview with Dr. Zaher Sahloul, the former President of the Syrian American Medical Society. This accompanied the global media coverage of the bombed, bloodied and beaten little boy from Aleppo, apparently rescued from what was left of a makeshift refugee camp. At one time Democracy Now was a respected alternative media site. Unfortunately, this article and the circumstances of its writing suggest that it has bought into the system it once stood up to.
Gut ruling head
The article includes this quote, designed to be as emotive as possible:
“I’ve just had to watch a woman lose three of her children, who were killed—OK?—and crying over their dead bodies. Thirty people just got killed not far from here in place called Shaar [inaudible]. We were just there yesterday. In a marketplace, 30 people just got killed. So, we’ve had so many dead bodies. You can hear what’s going on here. So, my dear brothers and sisters … We need to get the message out right now: Hospitals are being targeted; People are being killed. OK? And war crimes are being committed. We need a no-fly zone in Syria. We need everybody to start voting for a no-fly zone. This is a massacre going on. This is genocide.”
These sort of reports are emerging daily from Syria. But the wave of recent killings of children by Saudi forces is overlooked. Why? For the same reason that all these reports don’t mention how the war in Syria started and how the hodgepodge of antigovernment fighters and terrorist groups which have escalated are funded.
More http://journal-neo.org/2016/08/24/dead-children-the-syrian-american-medical-society-sams-and-its-friends/
Democracy Now, a Soros funded site that also supports the AGW by CO2 nonsense and no doubt Agenda21+30.
clothcapclothcap on August 24th, 2016 12:24 pm (UTC)
A Brain-damaged US President with Finger on the Nuclear Button?
NEO 24.08.2016
Author: F. William Engdahl
Hillary Rodham Clinton seems to surround herself with more scandals than you can shake a stick at, as we said when I was growing up in Texas. We had the Mena, Arkansas scandals when her husband, Bubba, otherwise known as William Jefferson Clinton, was Attorney General and then Governor. Ambrose Evans Pritchard, the British Telegraph investigative journalist did a masterful documentation of that in his The Secret Life of Bill Clinton, when Bill was President facing impeachment in the 1990’s. Then there are the Clinton Foundation scandals documented in the 2015 Peter Schweitzer book, Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich, detailing how Hillary abused her office as Secretary of State to steer huge Saudi and other “donations” to the Clinton Foundation on whose board she sat as soon as leaving office as Secretary of State. There are of course the national security e-mail server scandals which a corrupted Attorney General and a corrupt FBI director swept under the rug. This latest scandal puts all others in the background. It’s her refusal to release all medical records detailing her medications and true state of health following a brain concussion in 2012. The Democratic candidate is likely medically suffering from irreversible dementia.
clothcapclothcap on August 24th, 2016 12:38 pm (UTC)
Continuing the "criminally insane" theme
The Dangerous Temper Tantrums of US War Hawks
NEO 23.08.2016
Author: Steven MacMillan
Similar to petulant children who do not get their own way, there is an increasingly choir of war hawks in the US who are pushing for a major escalation in the Syrian war. In response to the fading power of Washington in the world, and the success of the Syrian Army, Russia, Iran and Hezbollah, in fighting terrorism in Syria, the war hawks in Washington are calling for blood.
The fact that the government of Bashar al-Assad is still standing after the West has spent the last five years trying to overthrow it is too much for many in the US to accept. Furthermore, with a growing number of major powers forming strategic relationships outside of Washington’s control, US imperialists are increasingly terrified of how the geopolitical landscape is shaping up.
Making Russia and Iran “Pay a Price” for Fighting Terrorists in Syria
The most recent bellicose comments coming from the US were made by the former Acting Director of the CIA and Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) member, Michael Morell. In an interview with Charlie Rose that aired on the 8th of August, Morell called for acts of aggression against a troika of powers – namely Syria, Iran and Russia:
Morell: “We need to make the Iranians pay a price in Syria. We need to make the Russians pay a price.”
Rose: “We make them pay the price by killing Russians and killing Iranians?”
Morell: “Yes, covertly… Here’s the other thing I want to do: I want to go after those things that Assad sees as his personal power base; I want to scare Assad.”
The former CIA boss made his comments a week after a Russian helicopter – which was on a humanitarian aid mission – was shot down over territory controlled by Jabhat Al-Nusra (now Jabhat Fatah al-Sham) in Syria, killing the five personnel onboard. This is at least the second Russian helicopter shot down in Syria this year, after two Russians were killed in July when their Mi-25 was downed.
Morell, who has endorsed Hillary Clinton for President, is not a lone voice in his belligerent comments however. There have been numerous politicians, strategists and generals, who have advocated aggressive actions against Russia, not only in Syria, but also in Ukraine.
Continues http://journal-neo.org/2016/08/23/the-dangerous-temper-tantrums-of-us-war-hawks/
clothcapclothcap on August 24th, 2016 01:09 pm (UTC)
Will Hungary Be Next to Exit the EU?
NEO 17.08.2016
Author: F. William Engdahl
Will Hungary be the next nation to exit the dysfunctional European Union? The question isn’t at all as far-fetched as it might seem. On October 2, voters in Hungary will participate in a nationwide referendum to vote whether they agree to the forced settlement of migrants in Hungary by the EU or not. It’s a major issue in Hungary, a land of proud and staunchly independent-minded people who have endured 150 years of Ottoman rule; wars with Habsburg Austria until the Austro-Hungarian Compromise of 1867 created a peaceful coexistence under the dual Monarchy of Austria–Hungary. After that, Hungarians were subject to the Soviet Union since 1945, initially under the dreaded Mátyás Rákosi, until it became the first Warsaw Pact communist country to declare a constitutional republic in October, 1989 and open its borders to Austria, setting in motion the domino fall of East Germany and then of the entire Warsaw Pact and, ultimately, the Soviet Union. Like every nation, they have a very special history.
It might well be said that Hungarians, always an ethnic melting-pot population whose parliament enacted the first laws of ethnic and minority rights in the world in 1849, are not a passive people when they sense something is wrong in the way they are being treated. So it is today regarding the Brussels proposal that Hungary and other EU member states must accept a Brussels-determined number of political war refugees from the Middle East and pay for all their costs whether they want them or not. Countries that refuse to take their quota would face severe financial penalties. In 2015 some 400,000 refugees arrived in Hungary in 2015 before a four-meter high razor wire fence was erected on the border with Serbia.
About half, or 200,000, attempted to gain asylum in Hungary, and after government procedures, only 264 refugees were granted political asylum. Since the erection of the fence the inflow via the so-called Balkan Route has all but stopped. The Austrian government has also decided to cooperate with the Orban government in jointly patrolling their common border.
Hungary is joined in opposing the Brussels mandatory refugee quota proposal by the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland–the so-called Visegrad Four group. So far only Hungary has decided on a national referendum on the issue. Polls show well over 66% opposed to the mandatory quotas, including Orban, who has urged a No vote.
Hungary’s outspoken Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, the only prime minister since 1989 to serve a full term and be re-elected, is very popular among Hungarians for speaking his mind against what he feels are wrong policies coming out of Brussels. Many Hungarians see him as a modern David pitted against the far larger Goliath, the faceless, unelected EU Commission.
Continues http://journal-neo.org/2016/08/17/will-hungary-be-next-to-exit-the-eu/

If Texas voted to get out from under the US regime how long would it take to be implemented?
clothcapclothcap on August 25th, 2016 05:59 am (UTC)
"Malformations in thousands of children in areas where the Brazilian state added pyriproxyfen to drinking water are not a coincidence”
Claudio Osorio ,Clinton Foundation Donor serving 12yrs for defrauding Haitians http://www.wnd.com/2016/08/hillary-helped-crook-get-10-million-for-haiti-scam/
Claudio Osorio , Clinton Foundation Donor stole homes from 500 Haitians in prison & held fund raiser at his mansion http://www.wnd.com/2016/08/hillary-helped-crook-get-10-million-for-haiti-scam/
April 20, 1914 Rockefeller's henchmen murdered 19 family members of Coal mine strikers in Colorado https://www.targetpublic.com/100-years-modern-public-relations/#10-tips … Hidden History
Before Rockefeller Foundation there was the Ludlow Massacre that killed over 19 men ,women & kids by his henchmen http://billmoyers.com/2014/04/23/us-workers-were-once-massacred-fighting-for-the-protections-being-rolled-back-today/

Stop War Crimes
John Pilger: Provoking nuclear war by media http://ift.tt/2bT0jLn

Unless It Changes, Capitalism Will Starve Humanity By 2050 http://www.forbes.com/sites/drewhansen/2016/02/09/unless-it-changes-capitalism-will-starve-humanity-by-2050/

Press TV
Death toll from massive quake in central Italy soars to 247 http://ptv.io/2DkK
Oxfam accuses UK government of complicity in Saudi-war on Yemen http://ptv.io/2Dk6

Cynthia McKinney PhD
And meanwhile, what the heck is the US doing in the Strait of Hormuz?...
[Testing response]

Activist Post
Thailand Gets the Libya-Syria Treatment

Scott Horton Retweeted
Max Abrahms
This is what corruption looks like: https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/768509435849351168 ….
> David Sirota
> A handy list of every major investigative report showing Clinton Foundation donors benefiting from State Dept policy http://bit.ly/2bFdI7Z
clothcapclothcap on August 25th, 2016 06:07 am (UTC)
Russia Today
Turkish tanks cross Syrian border in military op to retake city of Jarablus from ISIS
Turkish army tanks and Turkish-backed Syrian fighters make their way in the Syrian border town of Jarablus as it is pictured from the Turkish town of Karkamis, in the southeastern Gaziantep province, Turkey, August 24, 2016.

Israel armed Argentina to deadly effect during Falklands War, secret files show
RT UK 24 Aug, 2016 10:32
Britain’s supposedly close ally, Israel, armed Argentina as the South American nation was bombing Royal Navy ships and killing UK troops in the vicious 1982 war to reclaim the Falkland Islands, secret files indicate.
The supply of arms and military equipment may have been fuelled by an old hatred of the British harbored by then Israeli Prime Minister Menachim Begin – himself a former Irgun terrorist who fought against British troops in Palestine.
Israeli exports included Skyhawk jets that were responsible for bombing and sinking the RFA Sir Galahad, a troop ship, leaving 48 dead and numerous horrific injuries.
More https://www.rt.com/uk/356981-israeli-arms-falklands-war/

French national screaming ‘Allahu Akbar’ stabs British woman to death in Australia

Huge ‘Flying Bum’ damaged after it ‘nose dives’ during test flight landing

Dozens dead as shallow 6.2 quake shakes Rome, devastates towns in central Italy
Rescuers carry a person on a stretcher following a quake in Amatrice, central Italy, August 24, 2016. © Remo Casilli

News line: Earthquake of 6.8 magnitude strikes central Myanmar – USGS

Rubble & shock: Videos of disastrous Italian earthquake’s aftermath

Turkey formally requests US to extradite ‘coup-plotting’ Gulen – State Dept

Labour will block Brexit, says leadership rival Owen Smith
RT UK 24 Aug, 2016
Labour leadership candidate Owen Smith has vowed to stop the government triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, the official process to bring Britain out of the EU, unless a second referendum is held on the final Brexit deal.
The leadership challenger said on Wednesday the party wants to stay in the EU and that he will hold a second referendum if he becomes prime minister.
Smith’s comments have sparked a backlash among Brexiteers, who described it as a snub to the 35 percent of Labour members who opted to leave the EU.
More https://www.rt.com/uk/356985-labour-smith-brexit-referendum/
clothcapclothcap on August 25th, 2016 06:11 am (UTC)
The alternate reality of Anders Fogh Rasmussen

Danielle Ryan
RT Op-Edge 23 Aug, 2016
Reading through a recent interview with former NATO secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen, it becomes clear that his world is one in which US foreign policy has only ever made us all safer and the biggest risk we now face is diminished US power.
The entire premise of his argument throughout the interview is that if the US steps back from playing global policeman, the “bad guys” will win. Simple as that.
Tempting Putin
The interview, which focuses on Donald Trump, opens with a question about Trump’s views regarding the NATO alliance and how the candidate sees the US’s role in the world. Rasmussen immediately declares he is “not taking sides” in the US election, but his attempt at neutrality goes swiftly out the window moments later when he complains that Trump is undermining “the credibility of the United States” and putting at stake America’s “role as the global superpower”. If Trump were to be elected, he laments, that could usher in “the end of the American-led world order”.
This would be very bad, he says, because if NATO is undermined by a Trump victory, then Vladimir Putin would “open a bottle of champagne” and be “tempted to test” the alliance. This assumes that Putin has simply been waiting in the wings for the 16 years that he has held positions of power for Donald Trump to come along so that he can invade Estonia for no reason. Because Rasmussen doesn’t give us a reason and we’re not supposed to ask. We’re just supposed to assume invading the Baltics is on Putin’s to-do list.
So, keeping with his policy of “not taking sides” Rasmussen then argues that Hillary Clinton would be “more determined to defend” the country’s NATO allies than Trump would. When asked whether eastern European nations are worried about Trump’s take-it-or-leave-it approach to NATO’s Article 5 (principle of collective defense) Rasmussen says they are indeed very concerned, particularly following “Russian aggression” against Ukraine. So concerned in fact, that only five of the 28 alliance members have reached the 2 percent of GDP benchmark that NATO requires. Now, this is either because they aren’t really as terrified of Russia as they claim, or that they’re simply taking the US for a ride — in which case, Trump might actually have a point about getting them to cough up before putting American lives in harm’s way to defend them.
It’s hybrid warfare, stupid!
Next up, Rasmussen is asked whether the threat environment for NATO has changed and how the alliance is dealing with the changes. Rasmussen here employs one of my favorite terms: “hybrid warfare”. It’s not just conventional warfare (tanks rolling across borders etc.) that eastern European nations need to be aware of, he says. It’s a whole load of other stuff, too. Like what? Well, sophisticated “disinformation campaigns” for one thing.
But the great thing about “hybrid warfare” is that when you use the term, you don’t really need to explain what you mean. Even NATO itself published an article about the fact that it can mean everything and nothing at the same time. Pretty nifty, right?
Moving on to Crimea, another victim of hybrid warfare. Trump isn’t too bothered by the fact that Crimea was annexed by/invaded by/reunited with Russia in 2014. That’s Europe’s business, he has said — and it shouldn’t prevent Washington and Moscow from getting along and working together on common threats like international terrorism. You don’t have to be a Trump fan to see the common sense in this, but it’s another no-no for Rasmussen.
Trump also hasn’t been so gung-ho about sending weapons to Ukraine. This is very scary and “disturbing” Rasmussen says, because if the US doesn’t support the government in Kiev, the West “risks losing a democratic Ukraine”.
Continues https://www.rt.com/op-edge/356853-alternate-reality-anders-fogh-rasmussen/
clothcapclothcap on August 25th, 2016 06:11 am (UTC)
China vs lawfare
RT CrossTalk 23 Aug, 2016
An international tribunal in The Hague has ruled overwhelmingly against China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea. Beijing not only rejects this ruling, it even refused to participate in this case. Is this using lawfare to contain China?
CrossTalking with Wang Guan, John Feffer and Daniel Wagner.

HD https://www.rt.com/shows/crosstalk/352217-tribunal-south-china-sea/
clothcapclothcap on August 25th, 2016 06:13 am (UTC)
Russian investigators launch war crimes case against Ukrainian defense minister
RT Russian politics 24 Aug, 2016
Russia’s Investigative Committee has started a criminal case against the Ukrainian defense minister and several top military commanders over charges of using banned means of warfare in civilian areas in the conflict in Donbass.
In a statement published on the agency’s website, the Investigation Committee said it had obtained enough proof that crimes against civilians in the self-proclaimed republics of Lugansk and Donetsk had been committed on the orders of top Ukrainian military commanders.
This allowed investigators to launch criminal cases against Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak, Chief of the General Staff of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry Viktor Muzhenko, the former and current chief commanders of the Ukrainian Ground Forces, Anatoly Pushnyakov and Sergey Popko respectively, as well as the commander of the Ukrainian National Guard, Yuri Allerov. They all are suspected of sanctioning the use of banned methods and means of warfare – a crime punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
More https://www.rt.com/politics/356977-russias-investigators-launch-criminal-case/
clothcapclothcap on August 25th, 2016 06:14 am (UTC)
Congrats to Bilderberg. Martial law in place.
'Threat is real': France to deploy 3k troops, prepare students for terror attacks on school
RT News
Aug 24, 2016
France will deploy around 3,000 reserve troops to provide security to schools, education and security ministers have announced. Anti-terror drills aimed at preparing students for potential attacks will also be ramped up.
Around 12 million French students are preparing to head back to school on September 1, but the government is also making plans of its own. Those plans are aimed at protecting pupils and preparing them for possible attacks on their schools.
All students aged 13-14 will be adding basic life-saving measures to their portfolio of skills, in case they need to provide assistance to classmates in a worse-case scenario. Right now, only 30 percent of students are trained, Education Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem said in a Wednesday press conference, according to AP.
Around 500 school administrators will also be trained each year at the national gendarme training center to manage crisis centers and act as liaisons with security officials.
More https://www.rt.com/news/357057-france-terror-drills-schools/
clothcapclothcap on August 25th, 2016 06:16 am (UTC)
‘Blatant violation of sovereignty’: Damascus condemns Turkish operation in Jarablus
RT News 24 Aug, 2016
Damascus denounced Turkey’s joint military operation with the Syrian rebels aimed at re-taking the Syrian border town of Jarablus from Islamic State militants (IS, former ISIS/ISIL). Damascus said it considers Turkish troops’ incursion into Syria a violation of its sovereignty.
Damascus condemned Turkish incursion into the Syrian territory after Turkey’s tanks and Special Forces supported by the Turkish and US aircraft and Syrian rebels launched an offensive on the Syrian northern border town of Jarablus, calling it “a national security issue.”
Read more
Turkish army tanks and Turkish-backed Syrian fighters make their way in the Syrian border town of Jarablus as it is pictured from the Turkish town of Karkamis, in the southeastern Gaziantep province, Turkey, August 24, 2016. © Stringer Turkish tanks cross Syrian border in military op to retake city of Jarablus from ISIS
Syrian government officials said that any side willing to fight terrorism on the Syrian territory should cooperate with the authorities and the Syrian Army, “which has been fighting terrorism for over five years,” as reported by SANA news agency.
Syrian government called the Turkish operation a “blatant violation of the sovereignty” of Syria, adding that “replacing” Islamic State with “other terrorist organizations backed directly by Turkey” cannot be regarded as a fight against terrorism.
More https://www.rt.com/news/357060-syria-condemn-turkey-operation/
clothcapclothcap on August 25th, 2016 06:16 am (UTC)
Turkey Invades Northern Syria — Truth of Turkish "Coup" Revealed?
August 24, 2016 The New Atlas
Syria's conflict has escalated into dangerous new territory as Turkish military forces cross the Turkish-Syrian border in an attempt to annex the Syrian city of Jarabulus. The operation includes not only Turkish military forces, but also throngs of Western-backed militants who will likely be handed control of the city before expanding operations deeper into Syria against Syrian government forces.
With the beginning of the operation, aimed allegedly at seizing the city from militants of the so-called Islamic State as well as preventing the city from falling into the hands of advancing US-backed Kurdish forces, Ankara's move has made several things clear about the current geopolitical dimensions of the ongoing regional conflict.
The "US-Backed" July Coup Was Likely Staged
First, with US warplanes providing close air support for Turkish operations, claims by Ankara that the US was behind an attempted coup in July appear to have been fabrications and the coup itself likely staged.
US Vice President Joseph Biden made an official visit to Turkey just this week in what was the highest level visit by a US representative since the attempted coup in July. Vice President Biden discussed bilateral relations and joint US-Turkish military cooperation.
Reuters in its report, "With Biden visit, U.S. seeks balance with truculent Turkey," would claim:
> Biden, who visited Latvia on Tuesday, will look to show support with Turkey, while raising concern about the extent of the crackdown, according to officials. Turkey will press its case for Gulen's extradition.
> "The vice president will also reaffirm that the United States is doing everything we can to support Turkey's ongoing efforts to hold accountable those responsible for the coup attempt while ensuring the rule of law is respected during the process," a senior Obama administration official told reporters, briefing ahead of Biden's visit on condition of anonymity.
It is difficult to believe that Fethullah Gülen could have orchestrated a violent military coup while residing in the United States without the explicit approval and support of the United States government. Thus, for the US to "hold accountable those responsible for the coup attempt" would require the identification and detainment of those Americans who were involved.
Regarding US joint operations with Turkey specifically, the BBC in its article, "Syria Jarablus: Turkish tanks roll into northern Syria," would report:
> An unnamed senior US official in Washington told BBC News before the start of the Turkish operation that it was "partly to create a buffer against the possibility of the Kurds moving forward".
> "We are working with them on that potential operation: our advisers are communicating with them on the Jarablus plan.
> "We'll give close air support if there's an operation."
It would be likewise difficult to believe that Turkey truly suspected the US of an attempted decapitation of the nation's senior leadership in a violent, abortive coup just last month, only to be conducting joint operations with the US inside Syria with US military forces still based within Turkish territory.
What is much more likely is that the coup was staged to feign a US-Turkish fallout, draw in Russia and allow Turkey to make sweeping purges of any elements within the Turkish armed forces that might oppose a cross-border foray into Syria, a foray that is now unfolding.
More http://www.thenewatlas.org/2016/08/turkey-invades-northern-syria-truth-of.html
Hasakah in exchange for Jarabulus?
clothcapclothcap on August 25th, 2016 07:12 am (UTC)
Illegal invasion and aggression.
US warplanes conduct airstrikes as Turkey races against Kurds to take Jarablus
RT America 25 Aug, 2016
The US has agreed to help Turkey capture the border city of Jarablus in Syria to appease Ankara, which was concerned it would fall to Kurdish fighters. US warplanes are carrying out airstrikes in support of the operation, a Pentagon official said.
On Wednesday, Turkey sent special forces and tanks to seize the border city of Jarablus in northwestern Syria from Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), which has been in control of it since 2013.
‘Blatant violation of sovereignty’: Damascus condemns Turkish operation in Jarablus
Turkish artillery has been pounding targets in Syria for two days and Turkish warplanes are providing aerial support for the troops on the ground in their first foray into Syrian airspace since November of last year, when a Turkish fighter jet shot down a Russian bomber near the Syrian-Turkish border.
US drones based at Incirlik Air Base in southern Turkey are assisting the operation by carrying out surveillance missions over the combat zone, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing US officials. American military advisers on the Turkish side of the border are reportedly helping to plan the offensive.
“We are syncing up with the Turks,” a senior US official told the WSJ. “We have full visibility on what they are doing.”
American A-10 'Warthog' ground attack aircraft and F-16 figher jets are carrying out airstrikes in support of the Turkish ground operation, a Pentagon official told Reuters.
The coordinated attack is meant to capture Jarablus and hand it over to Turkish-backed Syrian rebels before Syrian Kurdish forces can take it, the report said. The Kurds recently took the city Manbij south of Jarablus and have been pushing north.
More https://www.rt.com/usa/357085-us-support-turkey-syria-kurds/

Edited at 2016-08-25 07:14 am (UTC)
clothcapclothcap on August 25th, 2016 10:35 am (UTC)
Syrian Perspective Ziad Fadel
August 24th, 2016 “Exclusive to SyrPer” by Canthama
Aleppo: Yesterday, August 23rd, was a very bad day for the terrorists in western Aleppo where,arguably, they suffered one of their toughest defeats in the 5-week battle, both strategically and from the standpoint of fatalities.
Strategically: the terrorists failed to regain lost ground in the Artillery Academy and Air Force Technology College and in the very important hill of ‘Umm al-Qar’. This hill provides fire control over the Khaan Toomaan-Al-Raamoosa Road so vital for the terrorists to get in and out of Aleppo. For the past 4 days, the Syrian Government forces and allies have managed to hold the ground after consecutive waves of attacks. The combined efforts of Special Forces (Tiger Force and Hezbollah) and outstanding communication with SAAF and RuAF for CAS has proven to be devastating for the terrorists.
Terrorists’ losses: the day was ending when the Syrian forces counted the terrorists’ losses at 200+ KIA with many more wounded, 3 tanks and 1 BMP captured, literally left by the terrorists who desperately fled the onslaught. 2 BMPs and 1 VBIED were destroyed.
Besides, the Western-backed terrorist coalition is collapsing in Western Aleppo. Defections from the 20+ terrorist groups, that made up the core of the battle 5-weeks ago, are mounting. Harsh measures such as executions are on-going in order to hold the remaining rodents together. It seems that money and lavish promises of an eternity with 72 angels is not enough to keep the rats inside the Aleppo pocket anymore, and, on top of that, many terrorists are joining the advance toward Jaraabulus. The situation is rapidly deteriorating and a final showdown is getting closer.
The impressive videos below show how the supposedly open corridor has served the purpose so far for the terrorists as a killing ground and shooting gallery for the Syrian Army waiting behind unbreached fortifications.
Damascus: The battle for Daarayyaa is rapidly evolving. The besieged terrorists remaining inside this very large city are losing ground at a fast pace. The latest advance by the 4th Mechanized Armored Division aims to cut the terrorists in two which would speed up their defeat. The Syrian Government forces have finally reached the railroad and are right now fighting their way to link up with the army coming from the northern part of the city.
Maps, vids, pics http://syrianperspective.com/2016/08/terrorists-find-hell-on-earth-in-western-aleppo-daarayyaa-chapter-coming-to-a-close.html
clothcapclothcap on August 25th, 2016 10:36 am (UTC)
The Hidden Part: Germany, Hypocrisy and the Terror against Syria
SyriaNews August 22, 2016
Stefan Heuer
Last week, at a bilateral meeting in Yekaterinburg, Russia, the german Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, verbally clashed on Syria again.
Whilst Lavrov referred to the Russian-Syrian offer of a daily ceasefire of 3 hours and also pointed at the violation of the formerly agreed ceasefires by the terrorists, using the ceasefires only to put more rapists, cannibals and massmurders to the frontlines, whilst ongoingly terrorising the civilian population, Steinmeier did not hesitate to make an idiot of himself by claiming that Russia was responsible for the humanitarian situation in Aleppo and should pressure Assad to a new ceasefire-agreement.
Of course, the aim of the German FM was to achieve a longer ceasefire, allowing Germany to re-arm its proxies of “Jaysh al-Islam” on the ground in Aleppo. And, of course, no single word passed Steinmeier’s lips on the the terror of his thugs against the civilian population in Aleppo. Instead, he dared to speak this: “Aleppo residents are going through a real humanitarian catastrophe […] The city is constantly shelled, this cannot continue. We need to have a constant humanitarian corridor.”
NO single word on the constant shelling of women and kids by his very own “moderates” but blaming Russia and Syria for what he does. We do know this blame-game of Western politicians, don’t we?
Facts Steinmeier did not mention:
Whilst Russian and Syrian troops bring medical aid, water and food to Aleppo; Steinmeier’s al-Qaeda shell the people to death.
Whilst the Syrian Arab Army does gain more ground, the German Tornado-jets mark the civilian-only targets for the French and US-bombings schools, hospitals, residential areas, the water-supply and the power plant.
By that “constant humanitarian corridor” that “we” (i.e. NATO, Germany, al-Qaeda) would need, Steinmeier wants his al-Qaeda-terrorists to pour into Aleppo and prevent the Syrian Arab Army from liberating this Syrian city from foreign invaders.
Pure satanic hypocrisy. This is the insane Western approach to logics.
Every time you think that German official statements on Syria can’t become dumber, that little boy Franky jumps off the bushes and easily proves you wrong…
The German media, of course, picked up the ‘humanitarian’ stance of the brave little Frank-Walter, heroically poking the Russian bear. And at the daily news briefing of the German federal government, the speaker labelled the Western-fabricated massmurdering terrorists of al-Qaeda nice “moderate rebels” who would desperately seek to secure the aid-flow to the ‘besieged’ civilians.
What in reality is a clear attempt to re-establish the arms-flow to the terrorists, in German official language it is nice rebels caring for poor children shelled by ‘evil Assad and evil Putin’. Chapeau!
More http://www.syrianews.cc/hidden-part-germany-hypocrisy-terror-syria/
clothcapclothcap on August 25th, 2016 10:38 am (UTC)
The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity
The Neoconservatives, the War on Iraq, and the National Interest of Israel
Stephen J. Sniegoski
Aug 23, 2016
The neoconservatives were the driving force in the George W. Bush administration’s war on Iraq and, in so doing, went a long way toward forming US policy in the Middle East that has continued under Obama.
Neoconservatism emerged at the tail end of the 1960s as some individuals, predominantly pro-Zionist Jewish intellectuals, became disenchanted with the more radical turn of mainstream liberalism, which among other things, they believed, had become threatening to Jewish interests, including Israel.
After failing in efforts to convert the Democratic Party to their thinking, the neocons would switch from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party as Ronald Reagan became president in 1980 and would play a significant role in pushing the Reagan administration’s hardline anti-Soviet foreign policy. With the demise of Soviet Communism, the neocons’ foremost concern became Israel and the Middle East.
Before the beginning of the George W. Bush administration in 2001, the neocons had developed plans for reconfiguring the Middle East, involving the use of military force to replace dictatorial regimes with democracies. Not by happenstance, the targeted dictatorial regimes were staunch enemies of Israel, and included Iraq, Iran, Syria, and even Saudi Arabia. The neocons planned to begin with Saddam’s Iraq, seen as the weakest link, the elimination of which would pave the way for regime change elsewhere.
More http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2016/august/23/the-neoconservatives-the-war-on-iraq-and-the-national-interest-of-israel/

America's Communist Program
Jacob G. Hornberger
Aug 24, 2016
Throughout the Cold War, the US national-security state told the American people that it was necessary for America to go over to the dark side in order to combat the threat of communism and the Soviet Union. By that, they meant adopting policies and practices employed by the communists. It was a mindset akin to fighting fire with fire.
That’s how America ended up with a formal program of assassination, whereby US agents wielded the power to assassinate people around the world who were suspected of being communists, despite the fact that the victims had never initiated any force against the United States. It was essentially a system of legalized murder or, as President Lyndon Johnson termed the program, “Murder, Inc.”
It’s also how the national-security state ended up with the authority to oust democratically elected regimes in which people had elected the “wrong” people (i.e., communists or communist sympathizers) to be their president or prime minister.
More http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2016/august/24/americas-communist-program/
clothcapclothcap on August 25th, 2016 10:41 am (UTC)
What Should We Do About Crimea?
Written by Ron Paul
Sunday August 21, 2016
Is Crimea about to explode? The mainstream media reports that Russia has amassed troops on the border with Ukraine and may be spoiling for a fight. The Russians claim to have stopped a Ukrainian sabotage team that snuck into Crimea to attack key infrastructure. The Russian military is holding exercises in Crimea and Russian President Vladimir Putin made a visit to the peninsula at the end of the week.
The Ukrainians have complained to their western supporters that a full-scale Russian invasion is coming, and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said he may have to rule by martial law due to the Russian threat.
Though the US media pins the blame exclusively on Russia for these tensions, in reality there is plenty of blame to go around. We do know that the US government has been involved with “regime change” in Ukraine repeatedly since the break up of the Soviet Union. The US was deeply involved with the “Orange Revolution” that overthrew elected president Viktor Yanukovych in 2005. And we know that the US government was heavily involved in another coup that overthrew the same elected Yanukovych again in 2014.
How do we know that the US was behind the 2014 coup? For one, we have the intercepted telephone call between US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and US Ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt. In the recording, the two US officials are plotting to remove the elected government and discussing which US puppet they will put in place.
You would think such undiplomatic behavior could get diplomats fired, but sadly in today’s State Department it can actually get you promoted! Nuland is widely expected to get a big promotion – perhaps to even Secretary of State – in a Hillary Clinton administration, and Geoffrey Pyatt has just moved up to an Ambassadorship in Athens.
Ambassador Pyatt can’t seem to control himself: Just as tensions were peaking between Russia and Ukraine over Crimea this month, he published a series of Tweets urging Ukraine to take back Crimea. Is this how our diplomats overseas should be acting? Should they be promoting actions they know will lead to war?
More http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2016/august/21/what-should-we-do-about-crimea/
clothcapclothcap on August 25th, 2016 10:56 am (UTC)
Dara'a: Senior Commander of Fatah Al-Sham Killed in Clashes with Syrian Soldiers
Aug 25, 2016
TEHRAN (FNA)- A commander of Fatah al-Sham (the newly-formed al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group previously known as the al-Nusra Front) was killed in Syrian military forces' attacks in the Southern province of Dara'a.
Abu Safi al-Masri, a notorious commander of Fatah al-Sham-linked terrorist group of al-Mo'atassem Billah was killed in fighting with the Syrian Army near post building in Dara'a al-Balad.

Over 1,000 Militants Ready to Surrender to Syrian Authorities in Darayya
TEHRAN (FNA)- Informed sources in Western Ghouta announced on Thursday that over 1,000 fighters of militant groups are to turn themselves in to the government forces in Darayya in Southeastern Damascus and many others have called for evacuation from the town.
"Recent advances of the Syrian army troops and their popular allies inside Darayya and closure of most of the supply routes used by terrorists have caused at least 1,000 militants to lay down arms and call for government's public pardon," the sources said.
"In the meantime, a large number of terrorists have called on the Syrian army to pave the ground for them to leave Darayya with buses and move to militant-held regions," they added.

Syrian Warplanes Smash Terrorists at Idlib's Border with Aleppo
Aug 25, 2016
TEHRAN (FNA)- Syrian Air Force traced and targeted Jeish al-Fatah's positions and convoy of vehicles in Eastern Idlib neighboring Aleppo province, slowing militants' movements down in the region.
Jeish al-Fatah's centers in the village of Shalakh and Saraqib were bombed heavily by the Syrian fighter jets, which not only claimed the lives of several militants but destroyed their vehicles carrying arms and fresh forces to their comrades in Aleppo.
The Syrian jets also targeted Jeish al-Fatah's positions in the village of Karasa in Maarat al-Nu'aman in Southern Idlib, destroying their armored vehicles.
In relevant developments in the province on Monday, a convoy of terrorist groups carrying a large number of fresh fighters heading to the Aleppo battlefield was destroyed by the Syrian Army.
Syrian soldiers targeted convoy of fresh terrorists in the Southern side of the town of Hazano at Idlib border with Aleppo.
Three trucks were completely destroyed and a number of militant were killed and injured in the attacks.
clothcapclothcap on August 25th, 2016 11:13 am (UTC)
China Increases Its Involvement in the Syrian War
South Front Aug 23, 2016
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clothcapclothcap on August 25th, 2016 11:22 am (UTC)
UK Column News - 24th August 2016
UK Column Aug 24, 2016
Today's UK Column News with Brian Gerrish & Mike Robinson, including:
START A Relentless Purpose at the Global Scale : A Common Purpose
05:41 Nicolas Sarkozy is set to run for the President of France in 2017
07:02 Lord Hague, “A most illustrious Member of British Parliament.”
08:23 Fiction increasingly blurred with truth as Actor Replaces Jo Cox
11:34 Owen Smith leads the Charge for a Second Brexit Referendum
15:41 Brandon Lewis MP Procurement System of United Kingdom Fire
19:35 North Sea Oil & the Chinese National Offshore Oil Corporation
21:52 ‘A Criminal Cartel establishing its own Techno-cashless Society’
26:23 The Church of England ordered its Bishops ‘No apologies
29:34 A Child Abuse Industry Conglomerate in the Insurance Companies
32:11 Elegant Solution from Insurers : ‘Sack the Whistleblower.’
36:48 Wisdom Embodies : American Thermonuclear Weapons in Turkey
39:32 Lies over Iraq are common knowledge, those over Syria less so…


NB: the Neuro-linguistic Programming cult and subversive political organisation ‘Common Purpose’ has been active in the UK for decades; check out the UK Column series ‘the Common Purpose Effect’ to investigate further… : we are often asked whether Common Purpose is still active, and the simple answer is that it is more active than ever, with global ambitions and operations across the globe from India, America, and Europe, to China and beyond - do not underestimate them.

‘Gangs and Counter Gangs’ is an excellent book we highly recommend.

Edited at 2016-08-25 11:25 am (UTC)
clothcapclothcap on August 25th, 2016 12:06 pm (UTC)
For London, propaganda is an art
by Thierry Meyssan
No normal human being can accept to see his children suffer – consequently, they make good subjects for war propaganda. Thierry Meyssan takes a look at the use of children by the International Coalition during the war against Syria.
Voltaire Network 23 August 2016
Just as in all wars, the war against Syria has triggered an avalanche of propaganda. And the use of children is always a winning strategy.
So, at the beginning of the war, Qatar wanted to demonstrate that the Republic, far from serving the general interest, actually despised the People. The petro-dictatorship then broadcast, on its TV channel Al-Jazeera, the legend of the children of Deraa, supposedly tortured by the police. To illustrate the cruelty of its adversary, Qatar specified that their fingernails had been torn out. Of course, despite research, no journalist could find any trace of these children. The BBC broadcast an interview with two of them, but their nails were still intact.
Since the myth could not be proved, Qatar then launched a new story – that of a child, Hamza Ali Al-Khateeb (13 years old), who had allegedly been tortured and castrated by the «regime’s» police. This time, they provided a convincing image. Everyone could see that the body had no sex. However, the autopsy showed that the body had been poorly preserved, and that it had fermented and swollen. The stomach hid the child’s sex, which was still present.
In this magazine, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle imagined the arrest of a German spy by Sherlock Holmes. The writer was working for the Office of War Propaganda.
At the beginning of 2014, the British MI6 created the company Innovative Communications & Strategies (InCoStrat) to whom we owe, for example, the magnificent logos of the armed groups, from the most «moderate» to the most «extremist». This company, which has offices in Washington and Istanbul, organised the campaign to convince the Europeans to offer sanctuary to 1 million refugees. It was this company that photographed young Aylan Kurdi, drowned on a Turkish beach, and managed, in two days, to have it published on the front page of the main Atlantist newspapers in all NATO countries as well as those of the Gulf Cooperation Council.
Every year, before the war, a hundred people died from drowning on Turkish beaches, and no-one mentioned it. And above all, only the tabloids showed photographs of the corpses. But this photo was so well composed…
Since I noted that a body can not be washed up perpendicular to the waves, the photographer explained later that he had moved the corpse for the needs of the photo.
The photo of young Omran Daqneesh (5 years old), in an ambulance in West Aleppo, is thus accompanied by a video. The two supports enable the information to be exploited by both the written Press and the television. The scene is so dramatic that a news-reader from CNN could not stop herself from crying when she saw it. Of course, when we think about it, we notice that the child was not attended to by the medical personnel who gave him first aid, but by a group of extras, (the «White Helmets»), who placed him facing the cameras.
The British film directors care nothing about the child, whose only interest for them is as a feature in their images. According to Associated Press, the photograph was taken by Mahmoud Raslan, whom we can see in the video. According to his Facebook account, this man is a member of Harakat Nour al-Din al-Zenki (supported by the CIA, who supplied the group with BGM-71 TOW anti-tank missiles). Still according to his Facebook account, and as confirmed by another video, it was Raslan who, on the 19 July 2016, personally cut the throat of a young Palestinian child, Abdullah Tayseer Al Issa (12 years old).
European laws lay down strict guidelines for the use of children in publicity. Clearly, these laws do not apply to war propaganda.

Thierry Meyssan

Pete Kimberley
Full http://www.voltairenet.org/article193049.html
clothcapclothcap on August 25th, 2016 01:59 pm (UTC)
Afternoon tweetz
BREAKING: 7 students, 3 cops, 2 security guards killed in terror attack on #Kabul American University
-44 injured
80,000 families in England could be homeless by 2020 - Frmr MP http://on.rt.com/7nkz
Nigel Farage vows to return to frontline politics if #Brexit isn't delivered by 2018 http://on.rt.com/7nkh

Press TV
Germany mulls withdrawal of jets from Turkey air base: Report http://ptv.io/2Dk3
Saudi Arabia using cluster bombs on Yemeni residential areas: UN http://ptv.io/2Dkv
49,000 Nigerian children may die due to malnutrition: UNICEF http://ptv.io/2Dki
[Thanks to the luciferian UN]

Robina Creaser
Zika doomsday Hoax unravels..but watch em roll out an 'essential-vaccine$$' and dump pesticides on millions...

Euphrates Shield operation targets Kurds, not ISIS: analysts
Poroshenko runs out of cannon fodder http://ln.is/dninews.com/article/9od0s

Activist Post
HUGE VICTORY! Federal Court Bans Govt From Prosecuting Medical Marijuana Users And Growers
Zika Psyop Update: Backdrop For Coming Hysteria Solidifying, "First Reported" Sexual Transmission http://buff.ly/2bXe4sJ

Karol in Red Retweeted
BREAKING VP Biden says Kurds must retreat to the euphrates, cos anything past that is "Greater Israel" promised land

21st Century Wire Retweeted
Henningsen: ‘East Aleppo is held by terrorists, not so-called rebels’ https://21wire.tv/2016/08/19/henningsen-east-aleppo-is-held-by-terrorists-not-so-called-rebels/

Fenia Yfandi
American YPG fighter: US backing Turkey-led Jarabulus operation is a slap in the face for Kurds http://aranews.net/2016/08/american-ypg-fighter-us-backing-turkey-led-jarabulus-operation-slap-face-kurds/

nsnbc international
Erdogan’s Anti-ISIL Invasion of Syria a Dog and Pony Show http://nsnbc.me/2016/08/25/erdogans-anti-isil-invasion-of-syria-a-dog-and-pony-show/

Lisa Karpova Retweeted
#Russia presses charges against #Ukraine’s defense minister, top brass for #Donbass attack

Fenia Yfandi Retweeted
.@FortuneMagazine's @michal_addady reports on threat of extinction to orangutans from #palmoil http://for.tn/2bdDzHj
The Sultan’s Hit List Grows, as Turkey Prepares to Enter Syria http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/08/24/the-sultans-hit-list-grows-as-turkey-prepares-to-enter-syria/

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New on MoA: A Phony War On ISIS
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To avoid a fight w/ Turkey (proxies) & respond2 US threat, #YPG delivered city2 Manbiji military council & the civil admin.
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Al-Jazeera: Syria: "Turkish-backed rebels 'seize' Jarablus from ISIL"
Actually, no. ISIS left a week ago

Elijah J. Magnier
US adopting a flexible ad hoc policy, unwilling to loose Turkey at the expense of the Kurds
My take http://alrai.li/b9g3y35

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Syrian army air force destroys a number of terrorists? vehicles, kills scores of them in Aleppo http://sana.sy/en/?p=86336
Eight civilians killed, others injured in terrorist rocket attacks in Aleppo and Homs http://sana.sy/en/?p=86408
Terrorists assassinate member of reconciliation subcommittee in Damascus countryside http://sana.sy/en/?p=86424
The Inside Source
#Syria // #Aleppo // About 6k SAA soldier are set to be redeployed if the talks of handing Daraya over to the government are successful.
Islamic State attacks Western-backed camp on Jordan-Syria border

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BBC editor, FCCT pres. intentionally lied about Open Society funding. http://www.thenewatlas.org/2016/08/soros-leaks-fallout-fcct-president.htmlLand
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No Islamic State in Jarabulus — Instead, a NATO Occupation http://www.thenewatlas.org/2016/08/no-islamic-state-in-jarabulus-instead.html
clothcapclothcap on August 25th, 2016 02:01 pm (UTC)
No Islamic State in Jarabulus — Instead, a NATO Occupation
August 25, 2016 The New Atlas
Reports of Turkish forces alongside Western-backed militants crossing into northern Syria and entering the Syrian city of Jarabulus preceded what many expected to be intense clashes with the self-titled "Islamic State." However, there were none.
It is alleged that Islamic State militants either surrendered without a fight or fled, an outcome uncharacteristic of years of clashes involving the international designated terrorist organisation. Analysts and even the Turkish foreign minister himself have revealed in recent months that Islamic State militants have been based within Turkish territory for years, reinforcing their positions in Syria both with men and materiel with little to no resistance from the Turkish government.
A May 2016 Washington Times article titled, "Turkey offers joint ops with U.S. forces in Syria, wants Kurds cut out," would reveal (our emphasis):
Joint operations between Washington and Ankara in Manbji, a well-known waypoint for Islamic State fighters, weapons and equipment coming from Turkey bound for Raqqa, would effectively open “a second front” in the ongoing fight to drive the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, from Syria’s borders, [Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu] said.
Analysts and strategists are likely to point out that if this was the case, according to Turkey's own foreign minister, then why wasn't the fighting capacity of the Islamic State not uprooted at its very source, Turkish territory? The fact that the Islamic State is apparently operating out of Turkey may explain why Turkish forces and accompanying militants were able to move so easily into Jarabulus without a fight.
Islamic State fighters likely didn't "flee" or "surrender," but were instead absorbed by the advancing force.
Now there exists in northern Syria a bastion protected by Turkish forces and by extension of NATO agreements, NATO's entire membership including the United States. As pointed out earlier, this is the fulfilment of longstanding US plans dating back to 2012 involving the establishment of "safe-havens" in northern Syria from which to prolong the fighting and strike deeper into Syrian territory.
More http://www.thenewatlas.org/2016/08/no-islamic-state-in-jarabulus-instead.html
H/t Land Destroyer