Poster by Aaron Calland
‘The Prime Minister will hold meetings today over the ‘shocking and depraved’ execution of photographer James Foley.
The dramatic development came after the Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said the Islamic State was waging war on Britain and the West and the organisation had to be dealt with ‘on that basis’.
He also said the jihadist filmed executing Mr Foley ‘appears to be British’ and revealed the Government believed the video was ‘genuine’.
Mr Hammond said the UK would oppose the Islamic State ‘with every breath in our body’ and could send British troops to Baghdad to train Iraqi forces to fight the ‘evil organisation’.’
‘The soldier-turned-author told the Daily Mirror: “My biggest fear is when they come back to the UK, Germany and France.
“They will join forces again and develop ways of bringing in military grade explosives and weaponry.
“Once they hit us in that state, they will be all over the police like a rash.
“We’ll see the deployment of troops on the ground in Britain because that’s the only way you’ll stop them.”’
‘Former head of the Royal Navy Lord West of Spithead warned there was a worrying lack of clarity about the UK’s strategy and a danger of “mission creep”.
General Sir Richard Dannatt, former head of the British Army, meanwhile insisted “the nation would expect” Parliament to be recalled to allow MPs and peers to debate Britain’s growing involvement in the conflict and said it was unwise for the Government to publicly rule out British boots on the ground.’
‘Palestinian officials have blamed Israel for the collapse of a temporary ceasefire in the Gaza Strip as several Palestinians are killed during fresh Israeli attacks.
“The ceasefire has collapsed and Israel is responsible,” Azzam al-Ahmed, the head of the Palestinian negotiating team in Cairo, said on Wednesday.
“We are leaving tomorrow, but we have not pulled out of negotiations,” he stated, adding that the Palestinians were waiting for Israel’s response to their truce proposal.’
‘The wife and young child of a Hamas leader have reportedly been killed in an Israeli air strike in Gaza.
Local media quoted an “anonymous official” saying it was meant to hit Mohammed Deif, the Islamic group’s elusive military chief, but he was not found in the wreckage of his home.
Two women and a two-year-old girl were killed by the missile, health officials said, and a senior Hamas leader in Cairo, Moussa Abu Marzouk claimed the dead included Deif’s wife and child.’
‘A Labour frontbencher was accused of encouraging mob rule last night after she boasted of taking part in an anti-Israel protest that forced a supermarket to close.
Shabana Mahmood lay in the street outside a Sainsbury’s store in Birmingham alongside dozens of pro-Palestine campaigners, protesting against the fact that it was ‘stocking goods from illegal settlements’.
Her ‘direct action’ forced the supermarket to close for several hours on a busy Saturday. She then used YouTube to brag about her actions, calling for a boycott of Israeli goods – in direct contravention of Labour policy.’
‘A Russian convoy of trucks carrying tanks towards the Ukraine border has been seen returning without its cargo… fuelling fears that Vladimir Putin is already gathering his army in the country.
The convoy of 13 military transporters had been carrying fearsome T-90 tanks and infantry vehicles through Russia’s Rostov region towards the border.
The following day, the same trucks were seen returning empty.’
‘The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s Special Monitoring Mission working on the Russian-Ukrainian border has not seen any weapons crossing between the countries, an OSCE spokesman working on the Russian side of the border said Tuesday.
“We have not seen any weapons. There was a question of whether we saw military vehicles crossing the border. Yesterday at two [border crossing] points, we didn’t see any military vehicles crossing the border,” Paul Picard said at a briefing.
On August 15, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko claimed Ukrainian artillery destroyed Russian military hardware that had allegedly crossed into Ukraine at night.’
‘Experts at a European Union (EU) think-tank are demanding that the EU prepare to put down strikes and protests with military force. Due to the deepening social inequality in a globalised economy and growing military conflicts within the EU’s borders, such outbursts will inevitably increase.
In the study by the European Union Institute for Security Studies, the authors bluntly state that in the face of these developments, the army will have to be used increasingly for policing duties to protect the rich from the anger of the poor.’
‘Riot police in Ferguson, Missouri, will continue to arrest journalists for simply walking down the street while covering the riots, according to a police captain early Tuesday.
Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson made the startling statement at a press conference in Ferguson when asked if the 31 people arrested at the protests last night included journalists.
“…Some journalists are walking around, and all you have is a cell phone because you’re from a small media outlet,” he said. “Some of you may just have a camera around your neck, so yes, we are — we may take some of you into custody.”’
‘A CNN anchor has been the target of much backlash on social media after this morning suggesting that police could break out water cannons and use them on protesters in troubled Ferguson.
In a conversation with her colleague Tuesday morning, Rosemary Church said “Talk to us about what police are saying to you. Why they are using this strategy? Why the use of tear gas, stun grenades? Why not perhaps use water cannons?”’
‘MSNBC host Ed Schultz suggested on his show last night that police like those currently occupying Ferguson, Missouri may need military gear in order to deal with the threat posed by “anti-government groups.”’
‘These are, in no order of importance, the continuing ability of the political Establishment – from all corners of both houses – to hide, cover up, ignore or pervert evidence pointing strongly at the commission of very serious crimes by its members; and the quite extraordinary desire of the odd sociopathic moron here and there to earn a living by exacerbating the level of confusion, in order to allege that showbiz males from a bygone age were also committing equally serious crimes.
As with phone hacking – once the Right-leaning media started to cover it, Murdoch was in big trouble – the same syndrome can be seen in that those media are now gradually taking Westminster’s involvement in organised child molestation and trafficking seriously. Sadly, they’re also yelling their heads off about the celeb-groping sector too, but let’s leave that for a few paragraphs and stick with the real McCoy.’
‘The pulled from the air at the last moment documentary that deals with the Franklin (Murder/Satanism/Child Abuse) cover-up that went right into the White House. ‘
‘Natural News is currently investigating a breaking story based on a CDC whistleblower stepping forward with shocking proof of an incredible cover-up. According to information available so far, it appears the CDC knowingly engaged in a medical conspiracy to deliberately hide from the public damning evidence about MMR vaccines causing a very large increase in autism among African-American babies.’
‘A few weeks ago I went to a public meeting at the heart of a sprawling 1950s council estate in central London. The community centre was packed and airless. Tempers were flaring.
“You say you’re regenerating the estate, but how come our kids are losing their playground?” one mother shouted. “Why should we believe a word that comes out of your mouths?”
Families in the meeting at Churchill Gardens showed me an architect’s drawing that had an old people’s home on top of a huge section of the local primary school’s playground.’
‘Targeting everything from government offices and university research facilities to gas company headquarters and fracking sites, hundreds of concerned citizens across the United Kingdom on Monday unleashed a series of direct actions calling attention to the government-backed push to “frack the future” of the UK.
The coordinated demonstrations kicked off a six-day “Reclaim the Power” camp in Blackpool, England at which over 1000 people including a coalition of climate, social and economic activists are expected to join. During the event, participants will take part in protests as well hold workshops to “connect the dots” between various government and industry efforts to expand shale gas drilling in the UK and “challenge the undemocratic, unjust and unsustainable system” to implement more sustainable energy solutions instead.’
‘Patrick Harvie, Green MSP for Glasgow and Co-convener of the Scottish Greens, is welcoming comments by Energy Minister Fergus Ewing that the Scottish Government intends to resist a plan by the UK Government to allow fracking companies the right to run pipelines under private land.’
‘It has become increasingly fashionable in liberal circles to credit President Barack Obama for doing all he possibly can to combat climate change. Praise reached especially dizzying levels in the aftermath of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s proposal of new rules to reduce carbon pollution from power plants this June.
The EPA plan is hard proof that our nation’s “environmental president” has “done everything within his power to fight the most urgent crisis of our time,” gushed New York magazine’s Jonathan Chait. Obama’s actions are “about as much as a president could do on climate change without Congress,” declared Slate’s Will Oremus. Even former President Jimmy Carter, never shy about launching the occasional barb at the White House, said as much at a recent energy conference in that most elite of hangouts, Aspen, Colorado.
It has become increasingly fashionable to credit President Barack Obama for doing all he possibly can to combat climate change. The only problem: it’s not true.’
‘Husbands who keep their wives downtrodden could face prison under new plans set out by the Government today.
Theresa May, the Home Secretary, published proposals for a new offence of “domestic abuse” designed to criminalise men who bully, cause psychological harm or deny money to their partners.
The law would make the worst cases of non-violent “controlling behaviour” a jailable offence.
Exact terms of the offence are yet to be defined, but it could involve humiliating, frightening or intimidating a partner, keeping them away from friends or family or restricting their access to money.’
‘Crucial steps towards ending secrecy in the family courts have been set out by a leading judge as he published proposals to open cases to the public for the first time.
Sir James Munby, president of the High Court’s family division, said he was seeking “preliminary views” on allowing the public to attend divorces and other types of case involving family matters such as child custody hearings.
The judge said opening the courts was a key part of his “transparency agenda” which aims to open the court’s often controversial work to greater public scrutiny.’
‘Many have been tracking what’s going on with Fukushima, since that pack of universal lies has been happening as if what’s taking place in northern Japan is somehow disconnected from the world beyond Japan. Nothing could be further from the truth.
When this video surfaced I asked Jeff what he thought, since he’s been following this since it happened. Here’s part of his response:’
‘The group’s new report looked at a June congressional vote on legislation, offered by U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., that would have blocked the Pentagon from spending resources on transferring military hardware to local police agencies. The bill was defeated 62-355.
According to data compiled by Maplight, the lawmakers “voting to continue funding the 1033 Program have received, on average, 73 percent more money from the defense industry than representatives voting to defund it.” In all, the average lawmaker voting against the bill received more than $50,000 in campaign donations from the defense industry in the last two years. The report also found that of the 59 lawmakers who received more than $100,000 from defense contractors in the last two years, only four voted for Grayson’s legislation.’
‘Activists protesting Israel’s military action in the Gaza Strip converged on the Port of Oakland on Sunday afternoon in an effort to block the unloading of an Israeli cargo ship, the second such action in two days.
The activists formed pickets at several Port gates to prevent workers from unloading the Piraeus, a vessel from Zim Integrated Shipping Services, Israel’s largest shipping firm. The ship docked at 5 p.m. at the port’s Oakland International Container Terminal, and protesters communicating via Twitter said port employees were honoring their picket lines.
“It’s my understanding that labor did not report to work for the 7 p.m. shift at the Oakland International Terminal,” port spokeswoman Marilyn Sandifur said Sunday evening. “All other port operations are unaffected.”‘
Update: Block the Ship……please distribute widely!
HISTORIC VICTORY! Leaving Oakland port headed to LA!
From Peter Turner:
“Zim Piraeus underway 1508, ETA Los Angeles Aug 19 / confirmed……was clearing the estuary at 4:00pm.”
We did it!!….4 days of blockade and not a single container unloaded!
“Let the ship stay at sea. Until Palestine is free.” (FPM)
More details soon….but no need to go to Oakland Port, unless you want to thank the awesome ILWU!!…..which would be deserving!
Let’s all have a celebration party soon!
Bay Area CodePink
NOW WE NEED A PROTEST AT LOS ANGELES HARBOR!
‘Google has removed a total of 12 BBC News stories from some search results since controversial EU “right to be forgotten” laws came into force in May.
The stories range from coverage of a court case on bomb-making in Northern Ireland 13 years ago to a dispute over a lost dog.
Google notified the BBC of each of the removals, but it did not disclose who had made the removal requests.’
‘Hundreds of US businesspeople have scrapped plans to visit Glasgow, following the Scottish city’s decision to fly the Palestinian flag following Israeli military operations in Gaza.
The visitors represented major US corporations such as Wal-Mart, ExxonMobil and Coca-Cola, and were due to visit the Glasgow as a reward for investing millions into its economy.’
‘With just four weeks until the Scottish independence referendum polls show there is all to play for. Record numbers have registered to vote and turnout could be as high as 80 percent.
The scale and breadth of the movement in favour of independence is phenomenal.
Groups have been formed bringing people together by profession, nationality, sexuality, ethnicity and more. One such group is Scots Asians for Independence.’
‘Wall Street banks could abandon Britain for the Republic of Ireland if the UK decides to leave the EU, senior figures in the industry have reportedly said. This is despite a Forbes report that names London the world’s ‘most influential city’.
Changes to EU banking rules could see London stripped of its financial preeminence. Some major institutions including Bank of America, Citigroup and Morgan Stanley are believed to be drawing up plans to desert the City amid concerns the UK is drifting further from the EU.’
‘Contrary to the advice of public health and dentistry experts in her own ministry and academia, Health Minister Yael German has decided to prohibit the fluoridation of drinking water around the country.
She also issued her decision Sunday in contravention of a letter written exactly two years ago by Prime Minister (and then-official health minister) Binyamin Netanyahu, who told Knesset Interior Committee chairman MK Amnon Cohen that he [Netanyahu] “could not agree to the cessation of fluoridation” of potable water. Netanyahu continued that municipalities had requested to continue their fluoridation of water and that they should be allowed to do so.’
‘An innocent elderly woman’s home was raided by SWAT when she was suspected of using the internet to trash-talk and post threats toward the local police. In response, gun-wielding assailants breached her doors and windows in a violent search for electronic evidence. The hair-raising incident took place at the household of Louise Milan on Powell Street. It was the place where she and her husband had raised their six children, and had lived for three decades. On June 21, 2012, the solitude of the familial home was shattered — along with numerous doors and window panes.’
‘Whenever the Israeli army drafts the reserves—which are made up of ex-soldiers—there are dissenters, resisters, and AWOLers among the troops called to war. Now that Israel has sent troops to Gaza again and reserves are being summoned to service, dozens are refusing to take part.
We are more than 50 Israelis who were once soldiers and now declare our refusal to be part of the reserves. We oppose the Israeli Army and the conscription law. Partly, that’s because we revile the current military operation. But most of the signers below are women and would not have fought in combat. For us, the army is flawed for reasons far broader than “Operation Protective Edge,” or even the occupation. We rue the militarization of Israel and the army’s discriminatory policies.’
‘Recently, an announcement from the American Society for Nutrition (ASN), a respected authority on nutrition policy, noted that processed foods are an important part of the U.S. food supply because they are widely available and meet current nutritional guidelines. This statement was recently published in the prestigious American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
According to Dr. Connie Weaver, the principal author, these foods can have a positive impact on health, but when consumed “inappropriately or at inordinately high proportions of a total diet, [they] are deleterious to health.” Did I just read this correctly?
Only after I read this report did I realize that there is an established direct link between some of the authors of this report and the food processing industry in the U.S.’
‘A report on Monday reveals that America and other Western countries are pressuring the Palestinian Authority (PA) not to carry out its threat of suing Israel at the International Criminal Court (ICC) for “war crimes.”
PA Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki last Saturday threatened “we will go to the ICC, and put our signature on it. Very soon we will be a (sovereign) state. That is enough for the court to start an investigation.”
However, citing inside sources in the ICC and among the PA’s lawyers, The Guardian reports strong US and Israeli pressure on PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas not to take such actions, or else risk cutting his own purse-strings.’
‘Zim American-Israeli Shipping (“Zim”) was the predecessor company of the present Zim Integrated Shipping Services and was 49 percent owned by the Israeli government on 9/11. In 2004, the Israeli government sold their interest to the Israeli Ofer Brothers Group, which then became the sole owner of the company. On 9/11, Zim’s headquarters was in Haifa, Israel, and it had worldwide regional offices in Hong Kong, Hamburg, Germany, and Manhattan, New York/Norfolk, Virginia.
At the time of the 9/11 attacks Zim was one of two Israeli companies with lease contracts at the World Trade Center. The other Israeli tenant, Clear Forest, had a small office of 18 employees on the 47th floor of WTC 1 (the North Tower). According to the Jerusalem Post, Clear Forest had only four or five employees at the WTC on 9/11 and all escaped uninjured.
Although there were some variances in the WTC 1 tenant rosters between various media organizations, the majority showed that Zim occupied all of the 16th floor (WTC floor space approximated 50,000 square feet), 10,000 square feet of the 17th floor, and some space of the 29th floor of WTC 1. Zim had about 250 employees at the WTC before its move-out, which would require somewhere in the vicinity of 50,000 to 60,000 square feet of office space.’
‘Focus on the network evening news. This is where the staging is done well.
First, we have the image itself, the colors in foreground and background, the blend of restful and charged hues. The anchor and his/her smooth style.
Then we have the shifting of venue from the studio to reporters in the field, demonstrating the reach of coverage: the planet. As if this equals authenticity.’
‘Two unidentified aircrafts roared over Libya’s capital before dawn on Monday as loud explosions were heard, days after new clashes between militias prompted hundreds of people to flee.
A statement by the provisional government, which lacks any real authority, said it was not known whose aircraft had attacked militia positions.
However, an aide to rogue general Khalifa Haftar, who has launched an offensive against Islamists in second city Benghazi, said the aircraft had been sent by him.’
‘A collection of science and journalism organizations is pressing the Environmental Protection Agency to stop its policy of restricting independent scientists who advise the agency against talking to media outlets without first getting permission.
In a letter addressed to the agency in early April, the Society of Environmental Journalists, the Union of Concerned Scientists and others criticized the policy, The Hill newspaper reported.’
‘A Mexican judge in a federal district court in Yucatan state has recently overturned a permit issued to Monsanto, the America-based multinational mega-ag giant corporation that has long been the leading developer and supplier of genetically modified (GM) crops.
Devon G. Pena, writing for Environmental and Food Justice, said that the permit, which was issued by the Mexican Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food on June 6, 2012, “allowed the commercial planting of GM soy bean in Yucatan.”‘
‘What exactly makes the sex act sexy? Is it the rush of pheromones and invisible storm of sex-chemicals? The emotional uncertainty and fear that accompany intimate encounters with fellow humans? The pillow talk?
Proponents of robosexuality hold that you don’t need homo sapiens for a satisfying sexual experience. For them, the sleek proportions and permanent willingness of mechanical contraptions beat the complexity and messiness of sexy time with living, breathing organisms any day of the week.’
‘On May 5, 2014, Irving Picard, the court-appointed trustee in charge of finding and distributing Madoff’s swindled funds to investors released this statement in a press release announcing the fourth interim distribution of funds to victims: “…1,129 accounts will be fully satisfied following the fourth interim distribution. All allowed claims totaling $925,000 or less will be fully satisfied after the distribution.”
Just eight days later, Richard Breeden, the Special Master that’s working on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice to distribute a separate pool of funds to Madoff’s victims reported that more than 36,000 claimants have filed documents with his office indicating that they haven’t yet received a dime of restitution. Yes, 36,000 people from all over the globe.’
‘As hemp makes a comeback in the U.S. after a decades-long ban on its cultivation, scientists are reporting that fibers from the plant can pack as much energy and power as graphene, long-touted as the model material for supercapacitors. They’re presenting their research, which a Canadian start-up company is working on scaling up, at the 248th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society.’
‘Labeling the government of Bolivia as “pro-extractivist” or “neoextractivist” ignores the reality that Bolivia has made significant advances in breaking with the extractivist framework inherited from previous governments and enforced by the existing global relationship of forces.
A central challenge facing progressive governments and social movements in South America today is breaking the region’s dependency on raw material exports. This issue, which has tended to revolve around the concept of “extractivism”, has also become one of the main points of contention between supporters and critics of the processes of change currently underway in the region.’
‘The fatal shooting of a man by police on Tuesday near St. Louis kept the spotlight on law enforcement’s use of deadly force as protests continue in nearby Ferguson over the police shooting death of teenager Michael Brown.
The two shootings bear little resemblance. Brown was an unarmed teen who, according to eyewitnesses, was trying to surrender when a police officer shot him at least six times. The man killed on Tuesday, whose name hasn’t been released, was wielding a knife, according to police. When he refused officers’ orders to put down his weapon and walked toward them, they shot him to death, police said.
As tensions continue to flare over Brown’s death, many question the circumstances under which the law justifies a police officer’s use of deadly force. When faced with a perceived threat, why don’t officers shoot to wound rather than shoot to kill?’
‘The Liberian government has imposed a nationwide nighttime curfew in order to prevent the further spread of the deadly Ebola virus, which has plagued West Africa.
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf imposed a curfew on Wednesday and quarantined two neighborhoods, including the Monrovia’s West Point slum, home to some 50,000 people.
“Commencing Wednesday, August 20 there will be a curfew from 9:00 pm to 6:00 am (2100 to 0600 GMT),” Sirleaf said during a radio address.’