‘The US-led coalition now attempting to appear as though they are fighting ISIS knowingly aided the rise of the Islamic State for the purpose of isolating Assad and combating expanding Iranian influence.
At least as far back as August of 2012 the very same anti-IS coalition knew full well that the precursors to ISIS, al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) and Islamic State in Iraq (ISI), dominated the Syrian opposition along with other al-Qaeda affiliated groups.
They knew that AQI was declining during 2009-10, yet was resurrected due to the insurgency in Syria. In spite of this, the US and her allies continued to provide aid, funding, weaponry, and training to these same extremist groups, specifically seeing their rise (and the horrendous crimes against humanity that they partook in) as a strategic asset for their geopolitical aims.’
‘A former head of the Army has called on the Government to “think the previously unthinkable” and consider sending ground troops to combat Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.
Lord Dannatt, the ex-Chief of the General Staff, said he felt air strikes had “failed” to stop the advance of the extremist organisation and urged Parliament to debate deploying up to 5,000 infantry soldiers.
The fundamentalist group, responsible for the beheadings of several British hostages, has recently made gains in the Middle East by gaining control of the ancient town of Palmyra, in Syria, and the Iraqi city of Ramadi.’
‘While Palmyra has absolutely no value whatsoever to Islam, Christianity or even to ISIS as an ‘islamic group’, it holds a TREMENDOUS significance for the jews and judaism.
The key to understanding why the ruins of this ancient pearl of the desert have become a target rests in jewish ‘sacred’ texts:
“The day on which Tadmor is destroyed will be made a holiday” (Yeb. 16b-17a).
“Happy will he be who shall see the downfall of Tadmor” (Yer. Ta’an. iv. 8)
“The future destruction of Palmyra will be a day of rejoicing for Israel” (Yev. 17a)
Palmyra is the Tadmor of the Bible’
‘The Islamic State (Isis) group has released a new issue of its slick propaganda magazine Dabiq, featuring articles justifying the enslavement of Yazidi girls and condemning conspiracy theorists, as well as a report by British hostage John Cantlie.
The 79-page English language publication’s ninth issue, titled They Plot And Allah Plots, opens with a front-page photo of US Secretary of State John Kerry posing with Arab foreign ministers after talks on an anti-IS coalition in Saudi Arabia in September last year.
The picture is followed by a piece praising a botched jihadi attack on a Texas cartoon contest, carried out by two self-professed IS sympathisers, earlier in May.’
‘One of Britain’s most influential paedophiles was the head of a Masonic lodge founded and frequented by GCHQ spies.
Keith Harding, former membership secretary of the Paedophile Information Exchange (Pie) was made Worshipful Master of the Mercurius Lodge in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, in 2011.
The child molester, who died last summer, presided over ceremonies and rituals from an ornate throne.
Harding was convicted of an indecent assault against four children aged eight and nine in 1958 and classified a Schedule-1 offender, which meant the offence remained on his criminal record all his life.’
‘Paedophiles face tougher jail sentences under an internet porn crackdown to be launched by David Cameron this week.
The Prime Minister will unveil plans to allow offenders to be jailed for up to 14 years if they use the internet to broadcast live images of child abuse.
The move, to be announced in the Queen’s Speech as part of the new Government’s legislative programme, will close a legal loophole that currently allows some paedophiles who ‘live-stream’ abuse to escape proper punishment.’
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‘The UK is having its CCTV cameras switched off by councils who can’t afford to keep them running, the government’s surveillance camera watchdog said, warning of a deterioration in crime-fighting standards amid the government’s biting austerity cuts.
For Tony Porter, the Surveillance Camera Commissioner, this is an alarming development. Britain is one of the most heavily-dependent countries in the world on CCTVs’ ability to help police tackle street crime, with its 4-6 million cameras, according to The British Security Industry Association (BSIA).
Porter told The Independent that not only are select councils in England and Wales playing a “postcode lottery” in tackling serious crime, they are also threatening greater danger by cutting on training and hiring inexperienced camera operators, which often means inadequate training on legal issues as well.’
‘People across the country will be taking part in a different kind of protest – on the day of the state opening of Parliament.
May 27 will be the first National Switch Off Day, when thousands of people have already pledged to stop using gas and electricity, and stop shopping in non-local shops for 24 hours.
Organised by a varied group of campaigners, this will be the first in a series of multi-issue actions that will take place once a month. Reasons for taking part range from keeping the NHS public and tackling issues like overpriced parking in hospitals, to stopping benefit cuts, to issues affecting vulnerable people and their carers such as the cold weather benefits to the elderly, to keeping the Human Rights Act, to stopping fracking – and mostly that all members of the general public get a voice in matters that concern them.’
‘The Thomas Cook chief executive accused of seeking millions in ‘blood money’ over the deaths of two British children in a Corfu hotel is due to receive an astonishing £10,507,730 personal bonus from the company next month.
The pay-off to City ‘superwoman’ Harriet Green has been described as ‘outrageous’ due to her ‘shameful’ handling of the aftermath of the deaths of Christi and Bobby Shepherd from gas poisoning.
The multi-billion-pound tour operator was plunged into a crisis of its own making last week after The Mail on Sunday’s revelation that it received £3.5 million in compensation from the hotel over the children’s deaths – ten times what each of their parents received.’
‘Gay rights campaigners hailed a “historic watershed” for Ireland on Saturday after the country voted in favour of legalising same-sex marriage.
In the world’s first-ever endorsement of gay marriage via a national referendum, the Republic’s five million population voted “Yes” by a clear majority.
While final results were still being tallied on Saturday night, early counts by mid-afternoon showed a 61 per cent vote in favour and a 38 per cent vote against.’
‘A member of the government has threatened to resign over David Cameron’s plan to scrap European human rights laws.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, the Conservative figure said the proposals would undermine vital protections for British citizens who can use the European Court of Human Rights to appeal against injustices they suffer in the UK.
The individual suggested it may be necessary to resign in order to vote against the Tory plan to abolish the Human Rights Act in the House of Commons.
“I will probably oppose it,” the government figure said. “The idea that my constituents should have fewer protections available as a last resort is not something that I can accept.”’
‘This month there were a couple of very important developments regarding the near constant microwave transmissions of “smart” meters that the utility industry insists are safe.
On May 11th, 190 independent, published scientists who specialize in ElectroMagnetic Field (EMF) research from 39 countries petitioned the United Nations to protect humans and wildlife from electromagnetic fields and wireless technology.
Now, less than two weeks later, the International EMF Scientist Appeal has grown to 205 EMF scientists from 40 countries. Between them all, they have over 2,000 peer-reviewed EMF studies published.’
‘The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has received government permission to field test its HELLADS laser weapon system.
“The technical hurdles were daunting, but it is extremely gratifying to have produced a new type of solid-state laser with unprecedented power and beam quality for its size,” DARPA program manager Rich Bagnell said in a statement cited by the agency’s website. The testing is set to start this summer.
High-Energy Liquid Laser Area Defense System (HELLADS) has been in development since 2003. It is intended for use as a protection system for aircraft.’
‘It can be easy to forget why we’re here or why we’re doing everything we are, and it can especially be easy to give up and turn to things that distract us from our purpose and keep us from helping others. We have to persevere when the stresses pile up and we don’t feel like we can handle it all, because we know on a deeper level that we can.
It’s common knowledge in the conscious community that we’re capable of more than we realize at the surface, and to do anything significant to advance our collective evolution, we have to recognize that we’re infinite and find the inspiration to help the world in ways we enjoy.
Along the way, we’ll inevitably meet difficulties and stresses that we’ll have to persevere through, but we’ll come out of it all with a new inner wellspring of knowledge and experience.’
Self-conscious, self-aware, self-important… selfish! Though it may be obvious what we mean when we use the word self, there are differences in how people use the term and also how they see themselves. ‘In a series of experiments, Rice University researchers explored concepts of the self. Generally, most people locate the self in the brain rather than the heart, the researchers discovered, and this common self-perception has very real consequences in people’s lives.
Commonly, social psychologists say Westerners have an independent self-construal, while East Asians possess an interdependent self-construal, where self-construal is defined as the underlying basis for self-definition.
An independent self-construal suggests people believe themselves to be separate from others and so they naturally place individual goals above those of the group. Interdependent self-construal implies people see themselves as connected with others and so they commonly place group goals above individual needs.’
‘Biotech company Monsanto is helping fund a “reporter boot camp” that will be hosted by the National Press Foundation, featuring an all-expense-paid journalism conference called “Food, From Farm to Table.”
The event includes a visit to an organic farm and Monsanto’s research lab.
Twenty journalists will be selected as National Press Foundation fellows to attend the conference in July, which includes travel, meals and hotel accommodation in St. Louis, Missouri. It offers “to take a holistic look at the issues: hunger, food waste, organic, GMOs, food science, feeding the world’s population, and more.”’
Tarte’s appearance is around the 6:53 mark
‘By now, vaccine skeptics are generally familiar with the faces of Congressmen who are attempting to take away their natural rights to determine whether or not they and their children are vaccinated. Congressional parasites like Dianne Feinstein, as well as Presidential hopefuls like Hillary Clinton and Ben Carson, are now regular appearances in the “remove parents’ rights” theatre.
But how many people are familiar with the faces of the state level sycophants that are attempting to eliminate basic human rights? After all, there have been a number of state level attacks against parents and children in recent months. What about the State Senators and Representatives who have accepted money from Big Pharma at the expense of their constituents or are simply trendy fanatics by nature?’
‘A San Francisco household would need to make $39.65 an hour to afford the market rent for a two-bedroom apartment, according to a new report that highlights a wide gap between stagnant incomes and rising rents in many parts of the country.
Around the country, renter households would need to make $19.35 an hour working full time to afford a two-bedroom unit, which is $4 more than the estimated average wage of U.S. workers, according to the report released Tuesday by the National Low Income Housing Coalition.
Rental affordability has grown as a challenge in recent years due to a number of factors, including increasing demand as more people choose to rent or are forced to because they can’t get mortgages; a relative lack of rental construction in recent years in comparison to past cycles; and stagnant wage growth.’
‘Democratic Senators Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Joe Manchin of West Virginia introduced S.1381 on May 19, 2015, which would have required President Obama to de-classify the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement for at least 60 days before being voted on by Congress.
The battle between organized labor, progressive Democrats and President Obama over the Trans Pacific Partnership continued on Thursday when U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Joe Machin filed the Trade Transparency Act, a bill requiring that the public and Congress have at least 60 days to review and debate any trade legislation before being moved to the floor for a vote. The move was intended to highlight the issue many Americans see with continuing to categorize trade negotiations as classified, especially when it effects the personal finances of millions of workers and business owners alike.’
‘Thousands of separated parents are being wrongly charged Bedroom Tax and are entitled to rebates after a shock legal ruling.
A tribunal decided that a child of parents living apart is entitled a bedroom in each of their homes for visits.
And the judge said Bedroom Tax should not apply.
The bombshell judgement in Middlesbrough is set to open the floodgates to claims by other Bedroom Tax victims that they were charged illegally.’
‘Fairfax County Public Schools released a report recommending changes to their family life curriculum for grades 7 through 12. The changes, which critics call radical gender ideology, will be formally introduced next week.
“The larger picture is this is really an attack on nature itself – the created order,” said Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Council.
“Human beings are created male and female. But the current transgender ideology goes way beyond that. They’re telling us you can be both genders, you can be no gender, you can be a gender that you make up for yourself. And we’re supposed to affirm all of it.”’
‘A recent Ministry of Defence survey has found that a quarter of those serving in the UK’s armed forces want to quit. In 2011 the number of military personell that were planning to leave or had handed in their notice was 16% but that has risen by almost 10% in the last 4 years.
The shadow defence secretary Vernon Coaker said, “The situation has gone from bad to worse over the past five years and is unlikely to get any better with the Tories’ current plans. The morale of our armed forces is of the utmost importance and the government needs to urgently address the issues that are making so many want to leave the forces.”’
‘Immigrant children and their parents in two Amsterdam neighborhoods took to the streets on Friday asking for families to enroll their “white” children in local schools, which are becoming increasingly segregated.
The 100 or so schoolchildren – mostly from Africa and the Middle East – took part in a rally, AFP reported. They were wearing bright wight t-shirts imprinted bearing the phrase “Is this white enough for you?” Their message was that they wanted more Dutch native classmates to help them integrate.
The Netherlands generally calls on greater and smoother integration of migrants into society, encouraging them to learn the language and take special tests. But on a social level, things have not gone as smoothly as planned: Approximately 90 percent of pupils at the two schools in Amsterdam – De Avonturijn and Catharinaschool – have immigrant backgrounds.’
‘Last November, a post appeared on the blogging platform Medium which claimed that between March 1, 2014 and August 31, 2014 – a period of six months – some 80 employees of London’s Metropolitan Police had “travelled to Israel.”
This overlaps in part with Israel’s unprecedented assault on the Gaza Strip, which lasted from July 8 to August 26. During ‘Operation Protective Edge’, Israeli armed forces killed some 2,100 Palestinians, including more than 500 children.
The post does not reveal the source of its information, and there are no further details supplied. It does, however, cite an apparent refusal by the Met to clarify the matter, on the grounds that it would “have the effect of compromising law enforcement tactics and strategies.”‘
‘Google’s R&D team has looked into making internet-connected toys that control smart home appliances.
The firm has published a patent that describes devices that would turn their heads towards users and listen to what they were saying, before sending commands to remote computer servers.
The three-year old patent was spotted recently by the legal technology firm SmartUp. It described the proposal as “one of Google’s creepiest patents yet”.’
‘On May 8 2015 I awoke to discover that not only were we not looking forward to a new coalition government in the UK, but that the overall collapse of the Liberal Democrats and the Labour Party had given the Conservative government a mandate. At an individual level I’m likely to see some benefits from the strong neo-liberalism that underpins this government’s ideology, but I’m concerned about a further deepening of the division between those who have and those who have not.
This will mean the continued exponential growth in the numbers of people requiring emergency food assistance and increased numbers of children and elderly with inadequate food supply. This will also translate into higher rates of obesity, diet-related illness and malnutrition.’
‘How is it that a product that can make people gain weight is allowed to be labeled as “diet”? Doesn’t that word imply that it aids in shedding pounds and is something that those hoping to lose or maintain weight should gravitate towards?
Coca-Cola Co. and PepsiCo Inc.’s advertising and overall branding of some sodas as “diet” is misleading, so much so that the advocacy group U.S. Right to Know is asking the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate the companies for false advertising. The group says that the use of the word “diet” is a misnomer because the artificial sweeteners that are used in their diet products have been found to cause weight gain rather than weight loss. Diet Coke is sweetened with aspartame, while Diet Pepsi uses aspartame and acesulfame potassium to sweeten its soda.’
‘Critics of modern medicine have been particularly cynical when it comes to how serious the industry and medical science are in finding cures for some diseases, especially those which generate billions of dollars in profits annually for drug makers.
In 2012 alone, for instance, Americans spent $325.8 billion on medications, and that was a year when medication spending declined for the first time in decades.
Spending on cold and flu medications runs into the billions each year; so, too, does spending on cancer — both illnesses that some see as too lucrative to cure.’
‘The most recognized name in U.K. mass media by far, BBC News has officially been dubbed irrelevant by several major private news outlets that — unlike their British Crown-owned target — supposedly have no affiliation with any government or its associated state-issued propaganda.
The Telegraph recently published a piece chastising BBC News for embodying what it says are tenets of what George Orwell, author of the chilling fantasy novel 1984, described as “the shallow self-righteousness of the Left-wing intelligentsia.”
Backing this up, Martin Durkin, writing for the right-leaning Breitbart news syndication service, compared the relevance of state-owned broadcasting services like BBC’s to the relevance of communism — in other words, they’re not relevant at all, in his view.’
‘California lawmakers have proposed another bill regarding vaccines, a bill (SB 792) that requires every adult employed by a daycare center, preschool, or home daycare center to be immunized.
In its first form, the SB 792 specified immunizations for influenza, measles, and pertussis (whooping cough). The current version mandates every scheduled shot on the CDC Adult vaccination schedule, with the exception of the HPV vaccine and the flu shot. The HPV vaccine is not required, the flu vaccine is optional.’
‘It started in April with a rash of deals between Argentina and Russia during President Cristina Kirchner’s visit to Moscow.
And it continues with a $53 billion investment bang as Chinese Premier Li Keqiang visits Brazil during the first stop of yet another South American commercial offensive – complete with a sweet metaphor: Li riding on a made in China subway train that will ply a new metro line in Rio de Janeiro ahead of the 2016 Olympics.
Where is the US in all this? Nowhere; little by little, yet inexorably, BRICS members China – and in a smaller measure, Russia – have been no less than restructuring commerce and infrastructure all across Latin America.’
‘If physical violence is to be used only as a final resort, a dominant class must seek to gain people’s consent if it is to govern and control a population. It must attempt to legitimize its position in the eyes of the ruled over by achieving a kind of ‘consented coercion’ that disguises the true fist of power. This can be achieved by many means and over the years commentators from Gramsci to Althusser and Chomsky have described how it may be done.
However, one of the most basic and arguably effective forms of control is eugenics/ depopulation, a philosophy that includes reducing the reproductive capacity of the ‘less desirable’ sections of a population.
There is a growing fear that eugenics is being used to get rid of sections of the world population that are ‘surplus to requirements’. And it is a legitimate fear, not least because there is a sordid history of forced/covert sterilizations carried out on those deemed ‘undesirable’ or ‘surplus to requirements’, which reflects the concerns of eugenicists who have operated at the highest levels of policy making.’
‘Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has excluded the possibility of a bailout deal with its international creditors on “humiliating terms.”
“We have proven we are ready to make concessions in order to get a mutually acceptable deal,” said the premier at a central committee meeting with his ruling Syriza Party in the capital of Athens on Saturday.
Tsipras reiterated that his country demands “respect and corresponding concessions” from the partners.’
‘Multiple arrests have been made during protests in Cleveland, Ohio, over the acquittal of a white officer who shot dead two unarmed African Americans in 2012.
A Cuyahoga County court judge said Saturday the decision to use deadly force by Officer Michael Brelo, 31, was reasonably justifiable in the deaths of 43-year-old Timothy Russell and 30-year-old Malissa Wiliiams in November 2012.
Thirteen officers fired a total of 137 times at the pair’s car after a high-speed chase, but only Brelo was charged because prosecutors said he fired 15 rounds even when the vehicle had stopped and the occupants were no longer a threat.’
‘Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has thanked the United States for blocking a UN measure that could have forced Israel to disclose its arsenal of nuclear weapons.
More than 150 countries participated in a month-long conference in New York reviewing the 1970 nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) aimed at preventing the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology.
Late on Friday, after four weeks of negotiations at the United Nations on ways to improve compliance with the NPT, the United States announced that there was “no agreement” and accused Arab countries of torpedoing the nuclear disarmament negotiations.’
‘People have held a demonstration in northern occupied Palestinian territories to condemn the death penalty recently handed down to Egypt’s ousted President Mohamed Morsi.
The protest was staged on Saturday in the town of Kafr Kanna. The organizers said about 5,000 people participated in the protest.
They chanted slogans against the administration of Egypt’s current President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. “We won’t rest till the murderer Sisi is executed,” the protesters shouted. They also carried signs that read, “Cut the rope of penalty.”’