Washington Sabotages Russian/Ukrainian Summit

August 27, 2014 by  
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by Stephen Lendman

 

Washington wants control over all former Soviet republics and Warsaw Pact countries.

 

It wants pro-Western governance replacing sovereign Russian independence.

 

It’s part of its longstanding world dominance agenda. It wants all challengers eliminated.

 

On Monday, Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko met in Minsk. It was their first official bilateral meeting.

 

They discussed relevant geopolitical issues. Key is resolving Southeastern Ukraine’s ongoing conflict.

 

Putin urges doing it peacefully. Poroshenko’s continues war without mercy. He deplores democracy.

 

He wants freedom fighting self-defense forces crushed. He wants unchallenged hardline rule.

 

He lied saying his visit was “to stop the bloodshed and to start the process of finding a political compromise. The interests of the people of Donbass should and will be taken into account.”

 

His actions speak louder than words. Peace is an executive decision away.

 

He can make it by calling off his dogs. He can choose diplomacy over confrontation.

 

He can order a ceasefire. He can do so straightaway. He can meet face-to-face with Southeastern Ukrainian leaders. He can respect their democratic credentials. He can listen to their demands.

 

Washington supports and encourages his dirty war. Its February coup helped elevate him to power.

 

He’s a billionaire war criminal. He’s anti-democratic, fascist, neoliberal, belligerent and lawless.

 

He’s opposite what Ukrainians deserve. He OK’d war without mercy. He did so straightaway in office.

 

He’s beholden to Western interests. Behind the scenes, Washington pulls the strings. He supports its anti-Russian policy.

 

Monday talks went nowhere. It didn’t surprise. Ukraine’s coup-appointed prime minister Aseniy Yatsenyuk called bilateral ones with Putin fruitless.

 

He called NATO “our partner. We expect the Western countries and NATO to provide practical assistance,” he said.

 

“We also expect decisions to be made at the (September 4-5) NATO summit” in Wales.

 

Putin’s worldview is polar opposite Poroshenkno’s. His Minsk’s speech stressed Russian respect for inviolable national sovereignty.

 

“Russia has always respected the sovereign choice of any nation to organize its political life and make all sorts of unions, both military and economic, and we will continue to do so,” he said.

 

“However, we hope that this will not be detrimental to other participants in international communication, and not at our cost.”

 

He believes crisis conditions “can’t be resolved by further escalation of the military scenario, without considering the best interests of the southeastern regions of the country, without a peace dialogue with their representatives.”

 

“(W)e are ready to have an exchange on (Ukraine’s) critical situation…which, I am certain, cannot be resolved…without a peaceful dialogue with these regions’ representatives.”

 

Talks produced no significant breakthroughs. They weren’t expected. Not when Washington sabotaged them without even attending.

 

Not when it prioritizes Russia bashing. Not when it considers Putin public enemy No. 1.

 

Not when it chooses confrontation over peaceful conflict resolution. Not when it wants Russia marginalized, weakened, isolated, contained and co-opted.

 

Not when it wants pro-Western governance replacing its sovereign independence. Not when it risks war to achieve it.

 

Putin pledged all-out efforts for peace. It “must be launched as soon as possible,” he stressed.

 

He acts in good faith. He wants to build trust. At the same time, it’s not Moscow’s prerogative to propose ceasefire terms between Kiev and Southeastern self-defense forces.

 

“We didn’t substantively discuss that, and we, Russia, can’t substantively discuss the conditions for a ceasefire, or agreements between Kiev, Donetsk and Luhansk, ” he stressed.

 

“That’s not our business. It’s up to Ukraine itself. Certain agreements were reached, he added.

 

He discussed the urgency of providing Lugansk and Donetsk with humanitarian aid.

 

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov expects Russia to send another convoy this week. He suggested more may follow.

 

Dire conditions demand it. Many lives are at stake. It remains to be seen if Kiev will obstruct and delay like last time.

 

Given how often it falsely accuses Russia of directly aiding Southeastern Ukraine freedom fighters, it’s hard imagining things will go smoothly.

 

On Monday, Ukrainian NSDC Information-Analytical Center spokesman Andriy Lysenko said:

 

“Yesterday, violation of the airspace of Ukraine was recorded by the army aviation of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation in the area of the settlement of Chervony Chaban, Kherson region, where three helicopters of the Russian Federation flew up to 500 meters from the territory of Crimea to the mainland of Ukraine.”

 

He accused Moscow of spying. At the same time, Yatsenyuk ludicrously said Russia wants Ukraine “fully cut” off from energy supplies.

 

“We know about (Russia’s) plans…to cut transit in winter – even for the EU member countries,” he said.

 

He accused Moscow of “global military and global energy security” benefitting Russia at the expense of Ukraine.

 

He lied claiming “Ukrainian border guards were shelled with unguided rockets from two Mi-24 combat helicopters of the Russian Armed Forces.”

 

Four border guards were killed and three wounded, he added. Maybe Ukrainian forces killed their own. Maybe self-defense forces deserve credit.

 

On Wednesday, Lysenko said Russian soldiers illegally crossed Ukraine’s border in armored vehicles and a truck not far from where 10 others were detained on Monday.

 

Videos were released. They showed men in so-called “camouflage” clothing. Ukraine’s Defense Minister Valeriy Heletey’s Facebook’s post lied, saying:

 

“Officially, they are on military exercises in various corners of Russia. In reality they are involved in military aggression against Ukraine.”

 

Areas of the Russian/Ukrainian border aren’t clearly demarcated. Nationals on both sides often cross over unwittingly.

 

Ukrainian soldiers did so recently. They’ve done it before. Russian authorities send them home without incident.

 

According to a Russian defense source:

 

“The servicemen in question were indeed patrolling the Russian-Ukrainian border.”

 

“They had probably crossed it by mistake through an area which wasn’t manned.”

 

“As far as we know, there was no resistance during their arrest.”

 

Putin hadn’t yet received an official Defense Ministry report. “From what I heard,” he said, “they patrolled the border so could have ended up on Ukrainian territory” by mistake.

 

“But they crossed to us, too, Ukrainian soldiers in armored vehicles. And no problems arose.” Putin hopes Kiev will reciprocate in kind.

 

If Moscow’s intent was hostile, large numbers of heavily armed forces would have invaded. Nothing of the kind happened.

 

Western media Big Lies followed. The New York Times  said “camouflage(d) (men) identified themselves as members of a Russian airborne division who had been sent into Ukraine in unmarked vehicles.”

 

“Analysis by Western officials indicates that Russia is orchestrating a multipronged offensive against Ukrainian forces.”

 

Moscow is “trying to help separatists in eastern Ukraine break the siege of Luhansk…and open a corridor to…Donetsk.”

 

Fact: Throughout months of conflict, Russia has been discretely neutral.

 

Fact: No evidence whatever suggests it’s helping Southeastern Ukrainian self-defense forces.

 

Fact: None shows it’s supplying them weapons and munitions.

 

Fact: None indicates Russian forces are involved.

 

Fact: Moscow has gone all-out for peaceful conflict resolution.

 

Fact: Kiev wages dirty war.

 

Fact: Washington supports and encourages it.

 

Fact: Moscow’s involvement sticks to diplomacy and delivering urgently needed humanitarian aid.

 

Fact: Claims otherwise are false. They stoke conflict in lieu of attempts to resolve it responsibly.

 

A same day NYT editorial  featured Big Lies. It unjustifiably accused Russia of “pretending that it is not in the fray.”

 

Moscow “blithely denies it is involved in the fighting at all, despite incontrovertible evidence that it is, and seems prepared to stoke the fires until Kiev accepts a political arrangement that would give the eastern regions a veto over any moves toward the West.”

 

“Mr. Poroshenko is right to avoid an unconditional cease-fire at this time.”

 

His “challenge…and the West(‘s) is how to persuade Mr. Putin that Russia cannot impose it will on Ukraine through economic and military pressures…”

 

Fact: Times editors repeatedly turn truth on its head.

 

Fact: Spurious accusations falsely accuse Moscow of involvement in Southeastern Ukraine fighting.

 

Fact: Verifiable proof is absent.

 

Fact: None exists.

 

Fact: Times editors know it.

 

Fact: They “blithely” claim otherwise.

 

Fact: In Minsk, Putin was clear and unequivocal.

 

Fact: Russia respects Ukrainian sovereignty.

 

Fact: Putin won’t interfere in its internal affairs.

 

Fact: “It’s not Moscow’s prerogative to propose ceasefire terms between Kiev and Southeastern self-defense forces,” he said.

 

Fact: He hasn’t and won’t.

 

Don’t expect Times editors to explain. Big Lies substitute for accurate reporting and analysis.

 

Times editors are on the wrong side of history. Western leaders must support Ukraine, they insist.

 

They should pile on more “sanctions against Russian businesses and financial institutions…”

 

Endorsing Poroshenko’s opposition to ceasefire shows Times support for premeditated Ukrainian aggression.

 

It doesn’t surprise. When America wages war or plans one, Times editors march in lockstep.

 

They back Israel’s genocidal Gaza wars. They support mass murder and destruction.

 

They ignore rule of law principles. They endorse wrong over right.

 

They ignore Kiev’s putschist governance. They treat ruling fascists like democrats.

 

They claim Southeastern Ukrainian freedom fighters are pro-Russian separatist terrorists.

 

They repeat one Big Lie after another. They keep their readers misinformed.

 

They betray them in the process. All major Western media print and electronic media operate the same way.

 

Managed news misinformation substitutes for what readers and viewers need to know. Fiction substitutes for facts.

 

News is carefully filtered. Dissent is marginalized. Monied interests matter more than popular ones.

 

Imperial wars are called liberating ones. Human suffering is a small price to pay.

 

Human rights and civil liberties are suppressed for our own good.

Patriotism means supporting lawless governance. Democracy is pure fantasy.

 

Ukraine’s war without mercy continues. So does Russia bashing. “(L)ong before (Ukrainian crisis conditions erupted), the West’s attacks on Russia assumed an irrational form,” said Lavrov.

 

“We are not interested in confrontation. We are not interested in” sanctions wars.

 

Western leaders lie. They “incite public opinion, and then claim it is the people who are forcing them to take anti-Russian measures.”

 

Relentless pressure on Russia stems from its forthrightness to express opinions candidly, Lavrov believes. It’s speaking frankly about its interests.

 

Moscow values its independence. It listens “open(ly) to others.” It deserves likeminded treatment.

 

Washington and other Western countries are “going against the course of history.” Some try “to restrain the emergence of an egalitarian international arena.”

 

Russia will respond in kind to more unjustifiable sanctions. US-led Western countries create more problems than they solve.

 

“Cold War blocs” aren’t relevant in today’s multipolar world.

 

Moscow supports the right of Southeastern Ukrainians to live like their ancestors, “speaking Russian, teaching their children in Russian schools, and electing their own governors, as well as having the chance to retain some of the taxes they pay as a result of their economic activities,” said Lavrov.

 

They’re entitled to democratic rights. They deserve better than Kiev-imposed diktats. Especially ones imposed “under the cover of bomb blasts.”

 

Washington’s agenda is polar opposite. Its orchestrated coup installed fascist rule.

 

It wants internal challengers crushed. It wants democracy in name only. It wants what freedom-loving people deplore.

 

We’re all Southeastern Ukrainian freedom fighters. They’re on the right side of history. Their struggle is ours.

 

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached atlendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net

 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”

 

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html 

 

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com . 

 

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IRS ethics lawyer facing possible disbarment, accused of lying

August 27, 2014 by  
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Hey – go back and dump ice water on your heads… nothing to see here. 

 

Washington Times

A lawyer in the IRS ethics office is facing the possibility of being disbarred, according to records that accuse her of lying to a court-appointed board and hiding what she’d done with money from a settlement that was supposed to go to two medical providers who had treated her client.

The disciplinary arm of the D.C. Court of Appeals has recommended that Takisha McGee, a section manager in the IRS Office of Professional Responsibility, lose her law license over the charge, which stems from a personal injury case she worked about a year before she joined the tax agency.


 

Ms. McGee, who recently gave a speech to the Florida bar titled “When your license to practice before the IRS is on the line,” acknowledged in a phone interview Tuesday that her own job is on the line as she fights disbarment proceedings.

“Does it keep me up worrying? Yes,” she said. “As it relates to my job, may I possibly lose it? Yes, I face that fact each and every day.”

The case could pose a credibility issue for the IRS, whose professional conduct office is the watchdog charged with ensuring all tax professionals “adhere to professional standards and follow the law.”

Despite that duty, the office has dispatched Ms. McGee to lecture professionals about the importance of maintaining high ethical standards.

 

Ms. McGee said she had notified the IRS about the pending disbarment proceedings.

While records on the recommended disbarment are already public, an IRS spokesman, Mark Hanson, cited privacy rules on Tuesday in saying the agency was unlikely to comment.

Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/aug/26/irs-ethics-office-lawyer-could-be-disbarred-for-ly/#ixzz3BctR0Dhm
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Why Journalist’s “Staged” Beheading Matters

August 27, 2014 by  
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By  on Aug 26, 2014
WHO WHAT WHY

 

Screenshot of James Foley execution video

 

Screenshot of James Foley “execution” video

James Foley’s beheading  made him into something no journalist wants to be: a part of the story.

Not only has his murder by ISIS terrorists made him part of the story, it has made the freelancer for GlobalPost a central figure in the story about America going back to war in Iraq.

In what has become a grim kabuki theater since the beheading of Daniel Pearl  by al-Qaeda, Foley’s death was apparently recorded in high definition and broadcast globally on social media.

Now the question of whether Foley’s killing was staged for the cameras  has arisen, the suggestion being that his murder took place off-camera . The analysis holds that his apparent beheading by a British-accented jihadi  was merely a show. The big question is why, and why would that matter?

Let’s start off with one major premise that those stories missed. Foley’s death was absolutely staged for the cameras. The very nature of terrorism is that it is staged. What separates ordinary barbarity from terrorism is that the latter is by definition a gruesome performance art.

Terrorism is about headlines.

So why would ISIS fake it? Firstly, and it’s only speculation, is the possibility that Foley and his killers struck a deal: He reads their message to America clearly for maximum impact and plays along with the cameras in exchange for a quick death later.

What does ISIS gain from that? A huge propaganda victory that grabs the attention of the Western, and particularly, American, media. If they did negotiate a “humane death” in exchange for getting their message out, then it represents a whole other level of sophisticated evil. Ordinary terrorists operate in absolutes and don’t usually negotiate with a focus on perfecting their propaganda.

The sad part is that Foley is another victim in the post-9/11 war. He is perhaps even the victim of a second-generation jihadi , the son of a man involved in Osama Bin Laden’s bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998.

There is still a spate of coverage about his killing, including the analysis of his video, enduring and questionable criticisms about how freelancers like him face risks that staff journalists for big companies don’t , and the typical post-event questions about how President Obama handled the situation . There is even a debate on whether the U.S. should follow its European counterparts in paying ransoms  to terrorists.

All of this ignores an elemental question about the news coverage of Foley’s deaths and others like his.

If terrorists derive power, propaganda value and even recruiting strength from the publication and media coverage of their atrocities, then are journalists who cover their unfortunately newsworthy atrocities encouraging the very people who target them for death?

Read the Rest HERE

Ferguson Gang Leader says “Eric Holder Paid Us To Start Riots”

August 25, 2014 by  
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Ferguson Riots Being Exacerbated by Violent Provocateurs

 

now – “satire” (good because it resembles the truth!) 

Eric Holder’s career has survived a long list of scandals; The 2008 Black Panther debacle, overturning Arizona’s immigration laws and ‘Fast and Furious‘ immediately spring to mind. These, however, pale in comparison to the recent allegations against Holder, the likes of which could easily land the Attorney General behind bars.

Evidence has been uncovered showing Eric Holder contributed funds to Ferguson’s gang population as incentive to loot and spread civil unrest in the area. These angry, government-sponsored terrorists have systematically infiltrated peaceful protests with the intention of escalating the situation and inciting riots.

A local gang leader came forward last week after being arrested during a night of mass-looting. The unnamed criminal is using his information to bargain for a reduced sentence.

Allegedly, Holder’s goal behind pouring the proverbial gasoline on an already volatile scene is to test militarized police  response in a martial law scenario . It is also suspected that the riots have been started as the latest in distractions from the diabolical duo of Obama and Holder. This isn’t the first time they have created a media bait-and-switch to cover up any of their numerous crimes and blunders .

Officials have yet to publicly identify the damaging evidence submitted by the gang member, and are still in the process of verifying the legitimacy of said items.  Judge Rineheart of the 22nd Circuit Court in St. Louis is presiding over the case, and has reviewed the materials. During a phone interview with National Report Judge Rineheart stated  “The evidence I have seen is incredibly convincing.”

Holder is not yet officially charged with a crime, but it’s expected that a warrant could be issued for him within the coming days. Obama’s spokespeople have declined to comment.

 

Continue Reading on nationalreport.net …

ROFL – Cops Arrest Wanted Ex-Con After He Posts “Ice Bucket Challenge” Video To Facebook

August 25, 2014 by  
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Yes – Facebook and Twitter report you to police…. are used to put peeps in jail! 

Smoking Gun

A convicted felon being sought for violating parole was arrested after he posted an “Ice Bucket Challenge” video to Facebook, where it was 

 

spotted by a tipster who alerted Nebraska cops to the ex-con’s whereabouts.

Jesean Morris was apprehended Friday by gang unit officers following up on information provided by a source who was aware that the 20-year-old Omaha resident was a wanted man (for absconding).

Morris, pictured at right, was sentenced to six years in state prison for two felony convictions–assault and use of a firearm during the commission of a crime. Morris, then 16, was arrested in April 2010 and charged as an adult for his role in a shootout that left two men wounded. He was released from custody in late-March on “discretionary parole,” according to state records.

After watching Morris’s “Ice Bucket Challenge” clip, the tipster contacted Omaha cops with an address where the video appeared to have just been recorded by Morris. During police surveillance of the property, investigators spotted Morris being driven away from the home.

The vehicle was later stopped by cops, who arrested Morris (who initially lied about his identity). Compounding matters, Morris also allegedly spit on one officer and damaged a patrol car.

In addition to the parole warrant, according to jail records, Morris was charged with assaulting an officer with bodily fluid, criminal mischief, resisting arrest, and criminal impersonation.

Since Morris is locked up in the Douglas County jail in lieu of $40,000 bond, it is unclear whether he will be able to fulfill any pledge made to the ALS Association, which hatched the “Ice Bucket Challenge” as a way to raise money for the fight against “Lou Gehrig’s disease.”

Morris’s Facebook acquaintances were displeased to learn of the circumstances of his arrest. “Fb the police all the way,” groused one man, while another commenter noted, “Thats fucked up they straight snitched on his ass.”

Special operations contractors deploy to St. Louis area (+ Updates on F – Mo)

August 25, 2014 by  
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Special operations contractors deploy to St. Louis area  

20 Aug 2014 [We] spoke to a staff member with Asymmetric Solutions this afternoon who made the following statement: “It’s sad to see what’s happening to a great city. Our duty was very simple. We provide bodyguard service all over the country and overseas. A private citizen came to us that was concerned for their safety traveling to the area…” — Jack, Staff Member, Asymmetric Solutions…Asymmetric Solutions has posted three additional tweets in an attempt to clarify their mission in the St. Louis, Missouri area while remaining coy about the client identity. The operation is for “escort detail augment for individual”.

href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/11053546/Barack-Obama-orders-probe-of-police-use-of-military-hardware.html" target="_blank">Barack Obama orders probe of police use of military hardware  [Yeah, but knowing Obama, he'll keep every last ounce of it.] 

24 Aug 2014 President Barack Obama has ordered an investigation into whether it is “appropriate” for the US military to sell battle-grade hardware to local police. The order follows widespread criticism of local authorities’ use of military gear in Ferguson, Missouri after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer. Police there met protests with a massive show force – body armor-clad officers perched on armored trucks toting stun grenades and assault rifles – thanks to their access to such US military hardware.

href="http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/michael-brown-shooting/white-house-officials-will-attend-michael-brown-funeral-n187676" target="_blank">White House Officials Will Attend Michael Brown Funeral  

23 Aug 2014 Three White House officials will attend Michael Brown’s funeral Monday on behalf of the Obama administration, a White House official told NBC News. Assistant to the President and White House Cabinet Secretary Broderick Johnson, Deputy Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement Marlon Marshall and Heather Foster, an advisor to the public engagement office will be at the ceremony for the unarmed teenager who was shot dead by a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer on Aug. 9.

The World Socialist Website grossly misses  on race and class: Class, race and the police killing in Ferguson, Missouri  

21 Aug 2014 [I]n his [Jabbar's] emphasis on the centrality of class, not race, as the basic social division–in Ferguson and in the country as a whole–he is entirely correct.

href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/08/22/ferguson-s-shameful-legal-shakedown-three-warrants-a-year-per-household.html" target="_blank">Ferguson Feeds Off the Poor: Three Warrants a Year Per Household  

22 Aug 2014 Three times a month–one day and two nights–the City Council chamber also serves as home to the incredibly busy and extremely profitable Ferguson [Missouri] municipal court. A report  issued just last week by the nonprofit lawyer’s group ArchCity Defenders notes that in the court’s 36 three-hour sessions in 2013, it handled 12,108 cases and 24,532 warrants. That is an average of 1.5 cases and three warrants per Ferguson household. Fines and court fees for the year in this city of just 21,000 people totaled 2,635,400.

Lest we forget: Court OKs Barring High IQs for Cops 

 8 Sep 2000 A man whose bid to become a police officer was rejected after he scored too high on an intelligence test has lost an appeal in his federal lawsuit against the city. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York upheld a lower court’s decision that the city did not discriminate against Robert Jordan because the same standards were applied to everyone who took the test…The U.S. District Court found that New London had “shown a rational basis for the policy.” In a ruling dated Aug. 23, the 2nd Circuit agreed.

Lawyers of Marathon Bombing Suspect Tsarnaev Ask for Dismissal of Indictment

August 25, 2014 by  
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Gotta go to Russia to get this info….

Tamerlan (Dead) and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

MOSCOW, August 23 (RIA Novosti) – Lawyers of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who stands accused of the bombings in Boston, have filed a motion to dismiss the indictment due to irregularities in the selection of grand juries, the Boston Globe reported.

Defense attorneys are concerned over the manner in which the grand juries were selected in 2011 and 2013. For instance, qualified juries aged 70 years and older often left the college on request.

“Being over age 70, like race, sex, and national origin, is an immutable characteristic – one cannot get younger – and exclusion on the basis of such a characteristic gives rise to the appearance of unfairness,” the lawyers said. They also noted insufficient number of African-Americans in the pool of potential jurors.

In addition, about 5 percent of 400 summonses sent to form a pool of potential jurors trying Tsarnaev’s case have been returned by the postal service as undeliverable. There were no draws from a supplemental group to fill their places, the Boston Globe cited the lawyers as saying.

Three people were killed and over 260 wounded after two bombs went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15 last year. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 20, and his older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, ethnic Chechens, were identified as suspects in the blasts. Tamerlan was killed during the shootout and Dzhokhar was arrested as part of a special (Martial Law) operation on April 19. Dzhokhar faces 30 charges, half of which are punishable by death. On his first public court appearance on July 10, 2013, the suspect pleaded not guilty to all 30 counts.

War Renewed: Israeli airstrike levels 7-story building in Gaza (+ Updates)

August 25, 2014 by  
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Kurdish oil tanker spotted off Israel  

21 Aug 2014 A tanker carrying crude oil from Iraqi Kurdistan reappeared unladen on 19 August nearly 30 km from the coast of Israel, Reuters Live AIS ship tracking system showed. Al-Quds newspaper reported that this is the second time that the Kamari oil tanker has appeared in the region during the past two weeks loaded with Kurdish oil. The monitoring system showed the Kamari partially unloaded north of Egypt’s Sinai on 17 August before turning off its satellite communication device until 19 August.

The US complains about ISIS? US tax dollars are funding Israel’s *daily* war crimes and 9/11s in Gaza: Starve or surrender: Cut off all food and water to Gaza, says Israeli general 

 23 Aug 2014 Israeli Major-General Giora Eiland has urged that all food and water be cut off to Gaza’s nearly 1.8 million Palestinian residents — a major war crime and precisely the “starve or surrender” policy which the United States has condemned when used in Syria. Eiland, the Israeli government’s former national security advisor, argues that Gaza should be considered an enemy “state.” “Since Gaza is in fact a state in a military confrontation with us, the proper way to put pressure on them is to bring to a full stop the supplies from Israel to Gaza, not only of electricity and fuel, but also of food and water,” he wrote  in a Hebrew-language op-ed on Mako, a website affiliated with Israel’s Channel 2 television.

href="http://www.chron.com/news/world/article/Israeli-airstrike-levels-7-story-building-in-Gaza-5708662.php" target="_blank">Israeli airstrike levels 7-story building in Gaza  

23 Aug 2014 Israeli airstrikes leveled a seven-floor office building and severely damaged a two-story shopping center early Sunday, signaling a new escalation in seven weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting. The strikes in the southern town of Rafah came just hours after Israel bombed an apartment tower in Gaza City, collapsing the 12-story building with 44 apartments. The targeting of large buildings appears to be part of a new military tactic by Israel.

Gaza tower collapses after Israel strike, several injured  

23 Aug 2014 The Tel Aviv regime has bombed a 12-story residential building in the center of the beleaguered Gaza Strip, leaving several wounded. The Zafer Tower, located in Tel al-Hawa neighborhood in southern Gaza City, was toppled by Israel’s warplanes on Saturday. Two missiles hit the tower within seconds causing a massive fireball, which was followed by smoke billowing into the sky. The strikes, which shook the neighboring high-rises in the area, brought down entire tower with 44 apartments.

Hamas executes 18 suspected Israeli informers in Gaza  

22 Aug 2014 Hamas has (Allegedly) executed 18 Palestinians suspected of collaborating with Israel after three of its own military commanders were killed Thursday in an Israeli airstrike that may have been conducted on the basis of intelligence given by informants. Eleven of the suspected informers were killed Friday at an abandoned Gaza police station following a hastily arranged trial and sentencing.

href="http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/headlines-breaking-stories/255301/the-idf-activates-10000-additional-reservists.html" target="_blank">IDF Activates 10,000 Additional Reservists  

21 Aug 2014 Following a number of targeted strikes in Gaza that led to the deaths of a number of senior Hamas commanders, the IDF has received the ministerial green light to activate 10,000 reservists from various units including the Homefront Command, intelligence, the air force and others. Some of those being called up were activated with Tzav 8 emergency orders at the beginning of Operation Protective Edge and have since been demobilized.

href="http://www.legitgov.org/Israeli-settlers-unleash-dog-pack-Palestinian-kids" target="_blank">Israeli settlers unleash dog pack on Palestinian kids  

20 Aug 2014 Israeli settlers have unleashed a large pack of dogs on Palestinian children, brutally injuring one near Salfit in the center of the occupied West Bank. The dogs harshly savaged the five-year-old boy, who is in dire need of several surgeries, including a facial reconstructive one. The boy, identified as Karmel Moayyad Shakir, was playing with his peers in the village of Azawiyeh when the illegal settlers from the nearby Kannat settlement arrived at the spot along with a large pack of dogs.

469 Gaza children killed, over 370,000 need ‘psychosocial aid’ – UNICEF  

22 Aug 2014 At least 469 children have been killed and over 3,000 injured in Gaza since the start of the Israeli offensive, a senior UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) official said, adding that more than 370,000 Palestinian kids require “immediate psychosocial first aid.” Nine children have died in Gaza violence since Wednesday, the chief of UNICEF’s Gaza field office, Pernilla Ironside, said at a press conference on Thursday in New York.

US sailors prepare for fresh legal challenge over Fukushima radiation

August 25, 2014 by  
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US sailors prepare for fresh legal challenge over Fukushima radiation  

20 Aug 2014 On 25 August, a district court judge in San Diego will decide whether 110 US navy sailors and marines – can proceed with a 1bn lawsuit that accuses Tepco of failing to avoid the accident and of lying about the levels of radiation from the stricken reactors, putting US personnel at risk. Some 77,000 US navy sailors and marines took part in the huge relief effort after Japan’s cascading disasters, called Operation Tomodachi, or friend. The 110 sailors suing Tepco represent only a small fraction of that number, and the lawsuit does not have the support of the US navy establishment.

American Army general again accused of obstructing probe of US-funded ‘Auschwitz-like’ Afghan hospital

August 25, 2014 by  
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American Army general again accused of obstructing probe of US-funded ‘Auschwitz-like’ Afghan hospital 

 19 Aug 2014 A two-star Army general, reprimanded once already for misconduct, is being accused of obstructing another investigation into patient abuse and fraud at a U.S.-funded hospital in Afghanistan made infamous for its grisly conditions, according to a new watchdog report. The Project on Government Oversight recently published a redacted version  of the Pentagon inspector general report on Maj. Gen. Gary S. Patton. It’s the second time in less than a year Patton has been cited for his role in obstructing an official investigation into the conditions at Dawood National Military Hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan. Dawood, which has gotten millions of dollars in U.S. taxpayer support, has been plagued by graphic accounts of abuse. Congressional hearings in 2012 aired accounts of “Auschwitz-like” conditions at the facility. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, at the time pointed to evidence of Afghan soldiers enduring starvation and “botched operations,” and accounts that doctors conducted procedures “without anesthesia or painkillers.” Doctors and nurses, he said, demanded bribes for care, and left patients who didn’t pay to die “in their hospital beds.”

href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/16/uk-ambassador-senators-hide-diego-garcia-rendition-cia" target="_blank">UK ambassador ‘lobbied senators to hide Diego Garcia role in rendition’ 

 16 Aug 2014 Logs released under the Freedom of Information Act have reinforced claims that the UK lobbied to keep its role in the CIA’s torture and interrogation programme out of what is expected to be a damning Senate report. They show that the UK ambassador to the US met members of the Senate select committee on intelligence 11 times between 2012 and 2014 – as they were investigating the CIA’s rendition programme…The revelation has prompted fresh concern that the government lobbied  for key parts of the report referring to Diego Garcia, a British territory in the Indian Ocean leased to the US as a military base, to be redacted.

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