Mystery illness plagues girls in Colombia Traced to Vaccine

September 19, 2014 by  
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Well the dope corps had all that left over Gardasil Vaccine from its failed attempt to inject Texas and America…. They had to sell it to someone….

 

El Carmen de Bolivar (Colombia) (AFP) – A mystery illness is plaguing girls in this town in northern Colombia, and locals say a vaccine against the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus, or HPV, is to blame.

 First their hands and feet feel cold. Then they go pale and cannot move. Some convulse and fall to the floor.

In El Carmen de Bolivar, near the port of Cartagena, dozens of teenagers have experienced similar symptoms. Some have even lost consciousness.

“They vaccinated me in May and I started fainting in August. My legs became heavy and I couldn’t feel my hands anymore. When I woke up, I was in the hospital,” recalled 15-year-old Eva Mercado.

She passed out seven times in a month.

For most of the families affected in this town of 67,000, there is no doubt about what is causing the problem.

They place the blame squarely on a vaccination campaign against HPV, one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases, which can trigger cervical cancer.

The city’s modest Nuestra Senora del Carmen hospital has been overwhelmed by a surge of unconscious teenage girls being wheeled through its doors.

Panicked fathers bring their daughters to the facility aboard their motorcycles, using the town’s dirt roads.

Doctors search, in vain, for possible cases of hypoglycemia or drug abuse.

According to hospital official Augusto Agamez, about 370 minors have checked into the facility. There was also one boy among them.

“There is no diagnosis or specific treatment,” Agamez told AFP, stressing that the hospital was also helping families cope with the unknown illness.

When they come to, the young patients learn breathing techniques from nurses.

They also receive saline solution and oxygen. Once back on their feet, the girls go home — until the next spell.

- ‘Not collective hysteria’ -

“They brought me to the hospital 16 times last month,” said Beatriz Martinez.

For the 15-year-old, it all started with headaches and backaches. Then her legs and hands gave in as well, forcing her mother to help her take baths.

The teenage girls affected by the mysterious malaise no longer go outside. Some don’t even leave their homes.

“My daughter is not the same,” said street vendor Jhon Jairo Mercaco, adding that, until now, his daughter had not been hospitalized since birth.

“I am desperate,” said William Montes, a farmer who traveled down a mountain with his two daughters in a hammock to get them treated in town.

The epidemic has grabbed national headlines, and President Juan Manuel Santos has been forced to weigh in.

Insisting the HPV vaccination campaign was safe, Santos suggested the epidemic was no more than a “phenomenon of collective suggestion.”

Those comments were met with tremendous anger in El Carmen de Bolivar, already shaken by Bogota’s decades-long battle against the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

In the 1980s, clashes pitting government forces against the leftist rebels killed about 100 people here.

US drug giant Merck, which makes the Gardasil vaccine, said it was “confident in the safety profile” of its product.

“We continue to monitor adverse events reporting and are following this situation closely,” it said in a statement to AFP.

“Merck/MSD will continue to support the ministry’s immunization and monitoring efforts in Colombia.”

Health Minister Alejandro Gaviria was met with boos and burned tires during a recent visit.

While promising a series of measures — gathering data on patients, setting up new tests, providing psychological counseling — the minister stopped short of suspending the vaccinations.

“We have no reason to stop at this time,” Gaviria said.

Those words failed to reassure parents whose family and professional life have been upended by an illness whose origins are still unknown.

“This is not collective hysteria or manipulation. If you see your daughter have these symptoms after a vaccination, what else would you blame?” asked Maria Veronica Romera, the mother of a weakened 13-year-old.

Mass Raids, Arrests: Anti-terror operation in Sydney and Brisbane ‘thwarted’ beheading plot

September 18, 2014 by  
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Preemptive action based on false flag beheading by NATO black ops? This is what it can lead to…

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ABC AU

Police say a large-scale anti-terrorism raid in Sydney this morning has foiled a plot to “commit violent acts” in Australia, including a plan to behead a member of the public.

More than 800 officers launched the raids as part of Operation Appleby in suburbs across Sydney’s west and north-west, with a further 70 police involved in raids on properties in Brisbane’s south.

Police said 15 people had been detained in Sydney as part of the operation between NSW officers, the Australian Federal Police and ASIO.

Court documents are expected to reveal that the raids, at 25 different properties, were aimed at a cell which planned to behead a member of the public in Sydney.

The documents are expected to say that the plan involved snatching a random member of the public in Sydney, draping them in an Islamic State group (IS) flag and beheading them on camera.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott said he was briefed last night on the operation, adding that the intelligence received by police gave “not just suspicion” but “intent”.

“The exhortations, quite direct exhortations, were coming from an Australian who is apparently quite senior in ISIL to networks of support back in Australia to conduct demonstration killings here in this country,” he said, using another acronym for IS.

“That’s why the police and security agencies decided to act in the way they have.”

Mr Abbott will cut short his visit to Arnhem Land today to farewell RAAF crews heading to the Middle East and to attend security briefings on the terror raids in Sydney.

‘Right now is a time for calm’

He said the operation commenced earlier this year and had interrupted a terrorist attack in Australia.

“Police believe that this group that we have executed this operation on today had the intention and had started to carry out planning to commit violent acts here in Australia,” he said.

“Those violent acts particularly related to random acts against members of the public.”

Commissioner Colvin said the raids in Brisbane were not “directly linked” to the raids in Sydney, but authorities were looking to see whether there were any links.

He said the Brisbane raids were linked to a similar operation in Queensland last week, when an Islamic bookshop was searched, and two men arrested.

NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said the raids reflected “the reality of the threat we actually face”.

“You know it is of serious concern that right at the heart of our communities we have people that are planning to conduct random attacks,” he said.

“Today we work together to make sure that didn’t happen. We have disrupted that particular attack.

“Our police will continue to work tirelessly to prevent any such attacks but certainly can I stress that right now is a time for calm.

“We don’t need to whip this up.”

He said cars were also searched in the raids and at least one weapon was seized.

Police inside house

A total of 25 search warrants were executed in the Sydney suburbs of Beecroft, Bellavista, Guildford, Merrylands, Northmead, Wentworthville, Marsfield, Westmead, Castle Hill, Revesby, Bass Hill and Regents Park.

Similar raids took place in Brisbane with officers conducting searches on properties at Creek Road in Mt Gravatt East, as well as Logan and Underwood.

The men have been accused of helping to recruit, facilitate and fund people to travel to Syria to engage in hostile activities.

Queensland Police Minister Jack Dempsey has sought to assure people in the state that they were safe.

“Obviously with the lead-in to G20 we’re already at a certain risk level which ensures that Queenslanders are even safer than most other states and territories in Australia,” he said.

Helicopters, loudspeakers involved in Guildford raid

ABC reporter Lucy Carter said part of Bursill Street in Guildford was still blocked off by police, where a home was being raided.

“[Police] are questioning a number of people on the front balcony of a single-storey home,” she said.

“Neighbours say police burst into the house before dawn, shouting through loudspeakers and with a helicopter hovering overhead.

“Right now police are removing items including computers from this Guildford home, and a sniffer dog has also been brought in.

Neighbours said the occupants had only lived in the house for about three weeks.

A resident of Bursill Street, who wished to remain anonymous, has been trying to come to terms with the raids.

“I just find it so wrong for that to be happening here in Australia. How do we get to this stage that people are this out of control?” he said.

“You talk about the money going overseas – earlier this morning I heard $18 million or $20 million going overseas, and we don’t know about it until it’s too late.”

Officers are refusing to give more information at this stage, as the operation is still underway.

They say they will provide updates throughout the morning.

Man claims he was punched by officer in raids

One man who was at one of the raided properties when police arrived claims to have been punched by an officer.

Maywand Osman

Maywand Osman, who was detained during the raids at Waterloo Rd in Marsfield but not arrested, said: “I opened the door this morning at 4:45am to about four police officers.”

“They asked me to raise my hands. I immediately raised my hands. Four officers then jumped at me and one punched me in the face.

“They threw me to the ground and started hitting me in the head and pulling my hair.

“One officer grabbed me by the hair and said ‘you piece of shit’. While they were beating me I heard one officer say ‘just don’t make him bleed’.

“They then went inside my house to conduct a search. They found nothing in my house and I was not under arrest or in custody at any point in time.”

A statement released by Mr Osman’s solicitor said: “My client was brutally attacked by four police officers this morning without provocation.”

“He sustained injuries to the face and head. He was escorted to hospital by ambulance.”

Commissioner Colvin said he was personally not aware of the claims.

Raids follow terror alert level raise: terrorism expert

Greg Barton, who heads the Global Terrorism Centre at Monash University, said the raids followed the warning issued by ASIO director David Irvine.

On Friday, authorities announced Australia’s terror alert level had been lifted to high, meaning the risk of an attack is likely.

“He said there was considerable amounts of intelligence about plots underway and that’s why he had to raise the terror alert level,” Mr Barton said.

“Of course that begs the question: if they know about plots under the way what are they doing to intercept them? Now we’re finding the answers today.”

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison told the ABC’s AM program that the raids demonstrate the “very real threat that’s there”.

“I think again [the operation] supports why the Government has been so strong in its response to this threat,” he said.

He said the Government was working closely with the Islamic community “more broadly” and that “goodwill exists”.

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull told Radio National this morning that the raids demonstrate Australian authorities are keeping the nation safe.

“Our security is the consequence of continued vigilance and hard work on the part of the security agencies,” he said.

“There is no cause, no reason, for being complacent about security.

“There are people regrettably, some of them in our midst, that don’t have the nation’s best interests at heart.”

Ikebal Patel from Muslims Australia told AM that the Islamic community has been stunned by the raids.

“Details are very sketchy and we don’t even know who the individuals are and from which particular area, or sort of association they are part of,” he said.

“So, it’s all very very sketchy. It’s all moving very fast.”

The ABC understands the raids are linked to a similar operation in Queensland last week, when an Islamic bookshop was searched, and two men arrested.

The men have been accused of helping to recruit, facilitate and fund people to travel to Syria to engage in hostile activities.

36 children dead after being injected with UN-supplied tainted measles vaccine in rebel-held Syria north (+ US Sends Military to deal w/ ‘Ebola”)

September 18, 2014 by  
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36 children dead after being injected with UN-supplied tainted measles vaccine in rebel-held Syria north

16 Sept 2014 As many as 36 children were reported to have died excruciating deaths last night after receiving tainted measles vaccines under a UN-sponsored programme in the rebel-held north of Syria. “The Syrian interim government’s health ministry has instructed a halt to the second round of the measles vaccination campaign, which began Monday…following several fatalities and injuries among children in vaccination centres in the Idlib countryside,” a statement said. Medical experts said a contaminated batch of the vaccine was the most likely explanation for the incident.

U.S. government likely to respond to Ebola pandemic with military force, martial law and forced vaccines –The vaccine industry already has absolute legal immunity and zero liability from the harm caused by their products. 16 Sept 2014 The U.S. government is putting plans in place right now to invoke extreme emergency actions across the USA in response to an anticipated Ebola outbreak sweeping through U.S. cities. Late last week, the U.S. State Department ordered 160,000 Ebola hazmat suits in anticipation of an outbreak, and President Obama has already called upon the Pentagon to dispatch troops and supplies to Africa. Earlier this summer, Obama signed a curious executive order that claims to grant federal officers the lawful right to arrest and quarantine anyone who shows symptoms of an infection.

Wag the Dog eats own tail – US House approves Obama plan to arm Syrian ‘rebels’

September 18, 2014 by  
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House of Representatives approves Obama plan to arm Syrian ‘rebels’ 

17 Sept 2014 Doubts over US strategy in Syria grew on Wednesday as a key vote in Congress allowing the arming and training of groups fighting against for the Islamic State saw a larger-than-expected rebellion among both Democrats and Republicans. The authorisation requested by the White House — which was presented as an amendment to a finance bill preventing another government shutdown and was strongly backed by leaders of both parties — passed in the House of Representatives by 273 to 156 votes. [85 Democrats and 71 Republicans voted no.] The Senate is expected to vote as soon as Thursday.

Holy ‘Wag the Dog’ coincidence, Batman! On the day the sociopaths in the House vote to arm Syrian ‘rebels’ aka I-CIA-SIS, terrorism propaganda production kicks into high gear: title="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2759299/ISIS-releases-Hollywood-style-propaganda-video-response-US-plans-deploy-troops-Iraq-threatening-fighting-just-begun.html CTRL + Click to follow link" href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2759299/ISIS-releases-Hollywood-style-propaganda-video-response-US-plans-deploy-troops-Iraq-threatening-fighting-just-begun.html" target="_blank">ISIS releases Hollywood [Langley]-style propaganda video threat to the United States on Tuesday entitled ‘Flames of War’ –The 52-second clip resembles a Hollywood movie trailer –Is the latest in a line of well-produced videos from ISIS –Also features an eerie night-time drive past of the White House and finishes with the ominous words, ‘Coming Soon’

17 Sept 2014 ISIS [I-CIA-SIS] has released a slickly produced new video warning the United States of the carnage it wants to inflict in Iraq if President Obama deploys troops to the war-torn nation as he attempts to ‘degrade and ultimately destroy’ the terror group. Resembling a blockbuster movie trailer, the disturbing 52-second video entitled ‘Flames of War’ shows militants blowing up tanks in dramatic slow motion, wounded US soldiers apparently being executed and the White House in the sights of a shaky camera. It then shows a clip of the president from before the 2011 withdrawal from Iraq saying that combat troops will never return to the Middle Eastern nation, before the video ends with a text overlay that reads, ‘Flames of War — fighting has just begun…Coming soon.’

U.S. Congress pushes ahead with bid to arm Syrian ‘rebels’

16 Sept 2014 The U.S. House of Representatives began debating legislation on Tuesday to authorize President Barack Obama’s plan to arm and train ‘moderate Syrian rebels’ to fight Islamic State militants, and lawmakers said the measure would likely pass the full Congress by the end of this week. House Republican leaders unveiled the authorization on Monday as an amendment to a stopgap funding bill Congress must pass this month, after Obama asked lawmakers to approve the training as part of his broader plan to stop the Sunni militants who have taken over swaths of invade Syria and Iraq.

U.S. advisers may take forward positions in Iraq fighting

17 Sept 2014 Some U.S. military advisers could end up in front-line positions in the fight against Islamic State militants, the White House said on Wednesday, although President Barack Obama vowed that America would not fight another ground war in Iraq. The House of Representatives gave a green light to a key plank of Obama’s strategy against Islamic State, approving authorization for the Pentagon to train and arm moderate Syrian ‘rebels’ to fight the radical Islamist militants. The legislation now goes to the Senate.

Pentagon: US ground troops may join Iraqis in combat against Isis

16 Sept 2014 The Pentagon leadership suggested to a Senate panel on Tuesday that US ground troops may directly join Iraqi forces in combat against the Islamic State (Isis), despite US president Barack Obama’s repeated public assurances against US ground combat in the latest Middle Eastern war. A day after US warplanes expanded the war south-west of Baghdad, Army General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the Senate armed services committee that he could see himself recommending the use of some US military forces now in Iraq to embed within Iraqi and Kurdish units to take territory away from Isis.

General: US Ground Troops Possible in Iraq

16 Sept 2014 America’s top military leader has said US ground forces could be deployed again in Iraq, three years after they left the country. Army General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a Senate panel that he would make the recommendation if the US strategy of airstrikes fails to defeat Islamic State (IS) militants. “To be clear, if we reach the point where I believe our advisers should accompany Iraqi troops on attacks against specific ISIL targets, I will recommend that to the president,” said Gen Dempsey, using another name for the terrorist group.

U.S. charges NY man with trying to aid Islamic State after suspect buys silencers, ammunition from govt agent

16 Sept 2014 A 30-year-old Yemen-born man was indicted Tuesday on charges of attempting to provide support to the terrorist group Islamic State, along with the attempted murder of current and former members of the U.S. military. Mufid A. Elfgeeh, who had been living in Rochester, was named in the seven-count federal indictment, which also included four firearms charges. As part of an alleged plot to target soldiers returning from Iraq, the suspect earlier this year “purchased two handguns equipped with…silencers and ammunition” for $1,050 from a government source, court documents stated.

US security officials say homegrown attacks top concern, beyond Islamic State

17 Sept 2014 Top U.S. homeland security officials said Wednesday that the Islamic State is an imminent terror concern for this country, but they remain intently focused on an array of  deadly threats, especially Americans becoming indoctrinated on the Internet and executing a “limited, self-directed attack.” “It’s no longer necessary to actually meet someone from Al Qaeda [al-CIAduh],” FBI Director James Comey said on Capitol Hill…Comey said he expects that such Internet activity will “dominate” his tenure at the agency.

Obama’s Lonely Climate Summit – world leaders are staying home

September 16, 2014 by  
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Cache GONE 

Eric Worrall writes: The imminent climate summit in New York is rapidly turning into an utter embarrassment for President Obama and UN Secretary General Bank Ki-Moon, in addition to becoming a bit of a punishment round for national deputy leaders.

Aussie PM Tony Abbott today defended his decision not to hop on an earlier flight to America, so he could attend the UN climate conference in New York, because he has more important matters to attend to, such as running the country.
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/national/tony-abbott-defends-skipping-un-climate-change-summit-in-new-york/story-fni0xqrb-1227060005413

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi  have also indicated they likely won’t attend the summit.
http://thediplomat.com/2014/09/top-leaders-from-china-india-to-skip-un-climate-change-summit/

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has indicated he will not be attending. https://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/canada-politics/stephen-harper-to-skip-un-climate-summit-183946998.html

Even Angela Merkel, President of über green Germany, will not be attending the UN climate summit.http://notrickszone.com/2014/05/26/merkel-snubs-new-york-ban-ki-moon-climate-conference-burying-the-global-climate-agreement/

Of course, things would probably have been totally different, if the summit organisers had guaranteed that attendees would definitely not have to sit through any more boring climate presentations by former Vice President Al Gore.

 

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Dreams of Atonomy / Statehood, and Independence growing by the day in Europe

September 10, 2014 by  
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Scots Independence Genie Fires Separatist Dreams of EU Statehood

A short walk from Edinburgh Castle, past tourist stores hawking kilts and tartan scarves, a church hall is about to become a patch of Barcelona for the day.

As Scotland votes next week on whether to break up the U.K. after more than three centuries, a group of about 100 Catalans will gather to watch the outcome unfold and ponder the implications for their own bid for freedom from Spain.

“I get goose bumps just thinking about it,” said Raquel Gella, 25, a Catalan marketing manager who has lived in Scotland for five years after arriving as a student. “Who has the chance to see history made in two countries?”

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The Catalan interest is just the tip of the iceberg. Whether Scots choose to remain in the U.K. or call time on the 307-year-old union with England and Wales, the vote has already proved to separatists from Flanders to Venice that the dream of taking control of their own futures has a chance of becoming reality.

If the political spirits of the 18th and 19th centuries were dedicated to forging larger sovereign states, the referendum has opened up an alternative vision for the 21st century in which smaller national groups dismantle them. That reshaping of the map has ramifications for governments, finances, international relations, companies and investors.

Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

If the Scottish referendum is successful for the Yes campaign, it will trigger at least… Read More

Evolving Europe

The pound dropped to the weakest since November against the dollar yesterday after polls showed the pro-independence campaign in Scotland had wiped out the No camp’s long-standing advantage, leaving the result too close to call. In Spain, bonds fell, with 10-year yields rising the most since May.

Scotland’s Bid for Independence

“The symbolic value of what is going to happen in Scotland is very important,” said Gerolf Annemans, president of Vlaams Belang, a Flemish party calling for Flanders to secede from Belgium. “Marching toward independence and the reshuffling of the older nation states is a logical evolution, and Scotland, Catalonia and Flanders are pieces of that new Europe.”

The Scottish vote has sharpened the divide in Europe between competing schools of thought. One says that globalization and a hyper-connected world mean the continent should consign cultural and ethnic tensions to history. The other says the European Union is exactly the framework in which regions and provinces can assert their identities and thrive.

That would mean “a Europe of peoples and regions where the Bavarians can be Bavarians instead of Germans,” Ibon Areso, the mayor of Bilbao, the economic capital of Spain’s Basque region, said in an interview. “A Europe that is more a Europe within which different identities can live together more easily.”

Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

At the heart of the argument is economics. The Scottish nationalists want control of… Read More

Integration Blueprint

The successive waves of European integration over half a century have already changed the definition of a state, said Robert Lineira, apolitics researcher at Edinburgh University.

“The nation, state and market had to be the same but with the EU that’s not true anymore,” said Lineira, who moved to the Scottish capital from Barcelona in January. “The state doesn’t mean what it used to mean. The independence that the Scottish nationalists are proposing doesn’t look like a traditional state.”

The U.K. has been a blueprint for political and economic integration. The 1707 Acts of Union that united the English and Scottish Parliaments in London and Edinburgh merged currencies, budgets, trade tariffs and weights and measures and opened an era of nation-building as the English and Scots went on together to become an imperial power beyond parallel.

300 Years

Spain consolidated its control of Catalonia after the siege of Barcelona which ended 300 years ago tomorrow. Germany, Italy and smaller countries like Belgium were stitched together in the 19th century from city states and provinces. Places like Veneto were joined with Sicily, Prussia married with Bavaria.

The formation of the U.K. was precipitated by the failure of a Scottish trading colony in Panama, an event that bankrupted Scotland and paved the way for what those who favor independence now see as a marriage of convenience.

Scottish nationalists led by Alex Salmond, who heads the semi-autonomous government in Edinburgh, say the U.K. served its purpose and now it’s time for smaller countries to have their day again. They are spurred on by the history of Europe since World War II and the creation of newly independent states such as the Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

Salmond points to 193 countries in the United Nations compared with 55 originally in 1945. The EU now has 28 members, a quarter of which didn’t exist as sovereign states a little over two decades ago.

Scotland’s Gift

“Scotland has given so much to the world in terms of invention and innovation and if we do achieve a Yes vote, that demonstration of a peaceful path to change will be another great gift,” Michael Russell, education secretary in Salmond’s administration, said in a speech in Glasgow last week.

If the Scottish referendum is successful for the Yes campaign, it will trigger at least 18 months of negotiations to carve up the U.K.’s institutions, including moving the British nuclear submarine fleet from the deep waters of Gare Loch about 30 miles (50 kilometers) west of Glasgow.

It will also ensure the ripples across Europe continue, said Sebastian Balfour, professor emeritus of contemporary Spanish studies at the London School of Economics.

“The response within the nation states of the EU is going to be quite alarmist,” said Balfour. “I certainly see a whole range of responses to tame this movement, to give it some kind of institutional form that does not undermine the nation state.”

Barcelona Crowd

The rumblings are already being felt: Balfour will be in Barcelona as an observer tomorrow when Catalan nationalists aim to bring more than a million people onto the streets of the region’s capital to build momentum for their own independence ballot set for Nov. 9. Unlike in the U.K., that’s a vote the central government in Madrid refuses to recognize.

Then there are the Basque provinces and the Veneto region of northeast Italy. An informal Internet vote in Veneto in March found 89 percent of respondents wanted to leave Italy, according to results on the plebiscito.eu website.

Gianluca Busato, who organized the poll and runs the website, said last month that the Scottish and Catalan votes showed “the wind is blowing louder and louder for independence.” He declined to comment for this story.

Belgian Talks

In Belgium, forged as a state in 1830 after winning independence from the Netherlands, elections in May saw the N-VA Flemish nationalists become the biggest party. They are in talks with groups from both sides of the linguistic divide to form a coalition and enter the federal government for the first time.

Never far from the heart of the argument is economics, as well as what happens to debt and who pays for what.

Scottish nationalists want control of North Sea oil and say Scotland, whose gross domestic product makes up about 10 percent of the U.K.’s, would be the 14th richest country in the world. Catalans too say they can run their affairs better than Spain.

“That’s actually an unspoken key part of the equation,” said Balfour. “The votes in favor of independence are fueled very much by the failure of the nation state because it has followed austerity policies to generate growth and jobs.”

Both sides in Scotland say the battle will go down to the wire.

A YouGov Plc poll last weekend suggested the lead for the No campaign had crumbled, with the Yes side overtaking for the first time. A monthly survey by TNS published yesterday provided more evidence of a swing to the nationalists, reducing the No lead to a single percentage point.

‘Already Won’

For many Catalans, it’s a victory for Scotland just to hold a vote on independence, something the Spanish government has said it won’t agree to for Catalonia.

“Regardless of the result, Scotland has already won, because they can exercise their sovereignty, they can decide,” said Carme Forcadell, president of the Catalan National Assembly, a campaigning group that has organized tomorrow’s demonstrations in Barcelona.

In Edinburgh, the church hall on George IV Bridge in the city’s Old Town is booked for 120 people to mark the day of the Scottish vote, with debates in Catalan on politics and cultural representation in the Spanish region.

At least 50 people are coming over especially from Barcelona and representatives of all political parties have been invited, said Meritxell Ramirez-Olle, president of Scotland’s Catalan Centre, which is organizing the event.

Genie Released

Gella, the 25-year-old marketing manager, says while she’s not sure of the outcome in Scotland, she’s clear about how Catalans will vote if they’re allowed. As an EU citizen — the Scottish vote is for residents rather than U.K. nationals — she is eligible to vote in both ballots.

“The point of no return” has been passed, she said on a lunch break in Edinburgh in July. “Catalonia will become independent regardless of the result in Scotland.”

Martin Davis, chief executive officer of Edinburgh-based fund management company Kames Capital, has been advising clients as far back as May to recognize the way that voters like Gella are changing the status quo.

While the referendum may go either way, its consequences are already reverberating across the continent, he told the audience at a dinner on the Royal Yacht Britannia.

“The genie is out of the bottle,” he said.

Polish president warns of nationalism…


Cameron close to tears: Don’t vote Yes…

Vote rekindles statehood dreams across Europe…

Investors pull cash…

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.

Air strikes and rocket fire resume as Gaza negotiations collapse

August 21, 2014 by  
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Air strikes and rocket fire resume as Gaza negotiations collapse  

19 Aug 2014 Hours before a ceasefire was set to expire between Israel and Hamas, negotiations in Cairo have collapsed and rockets and air strikes have resumed. A deal on the status of Gaza or an extension of talks was expected at midnight tonight. However the Israeli delegation in Egypt has been sent back to Tel Aviv.

Israel bars Amnesty and HRW from entering Gaza, hinders investigations – report  [Yeah, they're not welcome in Ferguson, Missouri, either.] 

19 Aug 2014 Israel has been preventing Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch workers from entering Gaza to investigate allegations of war crimes and human rights violations, claims a media report backed by group members’ statements. Both human rights organizations have been unsuccessfully trying to get permission from the regional Civil Administration to enter Gaza since July 7, Israeli outlet Haaretz reports…While both HRW and Amnesty International have been actively trying to obtain permission from Israel to enter the Gaza Strip, their requests have been turned down on seemingly bureaucratic grounds.

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