‘Only hours after delivering his ridiculous address to the American people regarding his strategy to combat an organization that is entirely the product of the United States and NATO and one that is still under complete control of these powers, Obama conducted a meeting with “foreign policy experts,” former government officials, and journalists.
The meeting, of course, is nothing more than round two in the volley of propaganda coming from the White House in its attempt to drum up more support from the American people for direct military intervention in Syria and an open use of U.S. military forces against the secular government of Bashar al-Assad. All of those within an ear’s reach of the reports regarding Obama’s meeting should be firmly aware that it is nothing more than an attempt to milk the original speech for more propaganda against Assad’s Syria and provide a sense of inevitability about the coming conflict there.’
‘Diplomats from the United States, European Union, and the Arab League said Monday they were committed to taking military action against the Islamic State (ISIL) insurgency in Iraq, but their silence on what to do about ISIL in the group’s home base of Syria suggested the U.S.-led “united front” was still hitting snags.
Compounding that dilemma is the absence of firm commitments from crucial Sunni allies in the region about who will take an active role in military strikes, something President Barack Obama had said would underpin any U.S. military action against the extremist-led insurgency.’
‘At least 10 people have been killed during fresh clashes in war-torn eastern Ukraine over the last 48-hours.
According to Donetsk city officials, four people were killed on Monday when a car repair shop was hit by an artillery shell and six civilians were killed in separate shelling incidents on Sunday.
The officials also said that 15 people were wounded by artillery shell shrapnel.
According to reports, the northern districts of Donetsk have been under artillery fire since Sunday which has severely damaged residential and administrative buildings.’
‘It’s heartening that the Guardian sees that the key question in the referendum debate is that “the UK’s validity … must ultimately rest on whether [it] can supply social justice more or less reliably than independence can” (Editorial, 13 September). But your answer to that question is flawed. First, you claim that the political tasks of reducing inequality and protecting the worse off are “surely better done when risks and resources can be pooled across a larger population than a smaller one”. New Zealand, Denmark, Iceland and numerous other small countries show that, despite the apparent logic of your statement, it does not have to be that way.’
The United States government is sending thousands of military troops to the west African nation of Liberia as part of the Obama administration’s Ebola virus-response strategy, the White House said late Monday night.
‘U.S. Africa Command will set up a Joint Force Command headquartered in Monrovia, Liberia, to provide regional command and control support to U.S. military activities and facilitate coordination with U.S. government and international relief efforts,’ a statement from the White House press office said.
‘A general from U.S. Army Africa, the Army component of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), will lead this effort, which will involve an estimated 3,000 U.S. forces.’
‘Two children from one family were sexually abused in separate paedophile scandals in Rochdale the BBC has found.
A boy was sexually assaulted at Knowl View School and a decade later his sister was groomed for sex by a gang of Asian men in the town.
Their mother only learned from the BBC that her son, who died recently, had been a victim.’
‘Hundreds of child cancer patients may have been molested by a paedophile doctor facing jail last night.
Myles Bradbury, 41, yesterday admitted sexually abusing 18 desperately ill boys under his care at a specialist unit.
But 800 more families have been told their children could have been at risk during the five years he worked for Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.’
‘By 2025, half the kids born in the U.S. will be diagnosed with autism, according to Dr. Stephanie Seneff, Senior Research Scientist at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. She, like many others says autism isn’t just genetic – it is almost surely due to environmental factors. Just a couple of those factors are Monsanto’s RoundUp (glyphosate) and heavy exposure to a cocktail of heavy metals, including aluminum.’
‘State schools should extend their days to help poor pupils keep up with privately educated peers, according to the Department for Education.
Officials said schools should consider opening for up to five hours longer to give children access to more teaching and extra-curricular activities.
In some cases, this could bring the school day up to 12 hours – from 7am to 7pm – which is longer than the average working day.’
‘A 20-year-old German man went on trial in Frankfurt on Monday on charges he was a member of the extremist Islamic State group, the first such case to come to court in Germany.
Prosecutors allege that Kreshnik Berisha, who once played for a Jewish football club, travelled last year to Syria and fought with the group before returning to Germany five months later.
Berisha, who faces up to 10 years in prison for membership of a foreign terrorist organization, was arrested at Frankfurt airport in December and has been held in detention since.’
‘Presidential traditions can be great. There’s nothing like seeing happy children at the annual Easter Egg Roll or the goofy looks the leader of the world’s most powerful nation gets when pardoning a Thanksgiving turkey. But there’s one tradition that President Barack Obama has continued that he probably should have discontinued: announcing a bombing campaign in Iraq, and possibly Syria, to try to defeat ISIS, which has taken over significant territory in those countries.
Obama is the fourth president in a row to go on television and tell his fellow Americans that the skies over Iraq will soon be filled with U.S. warplanes laden with enough ordnance to turn some village into kindling.’
‘Former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney is essentially doing the same job since being taken on by CNN – serving as propagandist for the government, award-winning journalist Ben Swann told RT.’
‘The Bureau of Investigative Journalism’s application to the Strasbourg Court challenges the government’s use of covert surveillance powers to access and analyse journalistic information. We say it is clearly contrary to fundamental human rights law.
The background to BIJ’s challenge is well known. Edward Snowden finally told us the facts.
The government uses the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA) to harvest huge quantities of our data. This includes the content of our digital material and communications. It also includes our communication data (or metadata) – the surrounding information about who we communicate with, how, when, from where and so on.’
‘The Amcha Initiative, the Zionist organization that has repeatedly intimidated, spied on and harassed students and faculty, appears to be escalating its campaign by publishing what amounts to a target list of “anti-Israel” professors.
Amcha says that the list is made up of “218 professors identifying themselves as Middle East scholars, who recently called for the academic boycott of Israel in a petition.”’
‘The head of the IMF has warmly praised the Government for the “clever” way it has implemented tough cuts and taxes, while keeping the public onside.’
‘Arizona’s former Republican Senator Russell Pearce has been forced to resign as the party’s Vice Chair after arguing in favor of coercive sterilization of women in receipt of Medicaid, along with compulsory drug and alcohol tests.
Pearce made his awful remarks on Saturday, on the radio show of Arizona Democratic Party Executive Director DJ Quinlan.’
‘Senator John McCain, one of the last non-anguished interventionists in Washington (his Sancho Panza, fellow Republican Lindsey Graham, is another), had a very good last week.
He watched President Barack Obama decide to drop bombs on Syria, a policy McCain has long endorsed. He saw the non-interventionist wing of his party suddenly revise its views when it came under pressure from Middle East reality. He played polar bear to ex-White House flack Jay Carney’s baby seal on CNN.’
‘The rarely-seen Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), which has been sending children to emergency rooms in several mid-western states, has now made its way to the East Coast, as confirmed cases in Connecticut and New York have been reported in the last few days. Though the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has yet to make it official, several other states along the eastern seaboard are reporting outbreaks of the virus as well.
EV-D68, which was first identified in California in 1962, can cause mild flu-like symptoms with a runny nose, fever and body aches. However, it can also send its victims into severe respiratory distress, as has been seen in New York, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky and Missouri, according to the CDC.’
‘We knew already that Germany was a prime target for electronic espionage orchestrated by the American National Security Agency (NSA) and its British equivalent, the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ). According to the German Magazine, Der Spiegel, based on documents provided by Edward Snowden, 500 million communications (telephone, email, SMS) were being intercepted every month before the scandal broke out.
However, a new investigation published on Saturday, September 13, by the German magazine, seems to provide additional details on the technicalities of the espionage which was, apparently, organized with the complicity of the German secret services. Der Spiegel ensures that the NSA and the GCHQ have clandestine access to the networks of at least five German companies: Deutsche Telekom, Netcologne, Stellar, and Cetel IABG. These companies, in fact, operate much of the German telecommunications infrastructure.’
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‘Comcast Corporation (CMCSA) is reportedly telling its subscribers, who are using the Tor service, to stop doing so or risk losing their Internet services. As if the company needed any help to cement its position as the most hated company in America, it has just done itself a huge favor. A number of reports have surfaced over the last few days, chronicling encounters and experiences some Comcast subscribers have had with the company’s support group.
Users have been warned that if they use Tor, they can risk losing their Internet services provided by Comcast. Tor is a Web anonymizing service, which lets users surf and browse the Internet in complete privacy and anonymity. The service gained a lot of traction after Edward Snowden leaked information about the US government, specifically the National Security Agency (NSA), massive-monitoring US citizens without their knowledge.’
‘America’s legal war with Argentina has continued to rage ever since an American judge, Thomas Griesa, ordered Argentina to either pay all of its creditors from its 2001 financial collapse or pay none—regardless of the law governing its debt obligations.
In June, Argentina deposited $539 million with the Bank of New York Mellon (BNY Mellon) to pay interest on its several classes of bonds governed by both United States and Argentine law. These bonds were issued both in settlement for Argentina’s defaulted debt and as new debt since Argentina emerged from effective bankruptcy 13 years ago.’
‘Dissent is the highest form of patriotism. Dissent is the lowest form of crime. If you are a drone in the hive of the Left, it is possible — easy, in fact — to believe both of those things at the same time.
Free speech just won an important victory in a federal courtroom, though it is shameful that the case ever even had to go to court. Ohio had enacted a plainly unconstitutional law that empowered a government panel to determine whether criticisms offered in political advertisements were sufficiently true to be permitted in the public discourse.’
‘As the world gears up to finance Gaza’s $6bn reconstruction after Operation Protective Edge, an EU source has revealed that Israel will earn billions of euros by making sure that all the steel, concrete and other materials and other aid are sourced in Israel and benefit Israeli companies.’
‘Israeli officials denounced 43 reservists for declaring they would no longer serve in the military’s main intelligence unit to protest the government’s policies toward the Palestinians.
The members of Intelligence Unit 8200 sent a letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saying they refused to “take part in actions against Palestinians” and “continue serving as tools in cementing the military’s control over the Occupied Territories.” The letter, sent last week, singled out the unit’s surveillance of Palestinians, and accused it of collecting information that “is used for political persecution” and “harms innocent people.”
“Refusal to serve of any kind should be condemned,” Netanyahu said in a speech to a Tel Aviv cyber conference. “The political use that was made recently, including the airing of false accusations, is unacceptable. The Israeli Defense Forces, including all of its units, is the most moral army in the world.”’
‘Based on its current rate of spread, the West African Ebola outbreak is expected to surge in the coming weeks, according to a new study published in the journal PLOS Currents: Outbreaks. Researchers from Northeastern University in Boston have projected that as many as 10,000 cases of Ebola will be confirmed by September 24, with about 5,000 of these resulting in death.’
‘African-American actress and her white husband have accused two Studio City policemen of detaining her after watching her make out with him, believing she was a prostitute with a client.
Danièle Watts, star of Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, wrote on her Facebook page that she was handcuffed and thrown into the back of a police cruiser after failing to provide the officers with ID, according to The YBF.’
‘Growing numbers of older Americans who have defaulted on government student loans are finding the federal government is taking a big slice of their monthly Social Security check to get paid back, according to a new congressional study.
“A significant number of older Americans still have student loans debt from financing their own college education,” said Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Florida, Senate Special Committee on Aging chair, opening a hearing last Wednesday on the trend. “What happens to these folks when they hit retirement age is frightening. Those in default on their loans can see their Social Security checks garnished, leaving them with retirement income that leaves them well below the federal poverty line.”’
‘The second Venezuelan aid plane took off on Thursday evening from Caracas International Airport heading to Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.
This plane, which is going to land in Cairo International Airport on Saturday, is loaded with 55 tons of urgent food and medical supplies for the residents of Gaza.’
‘Around 3am one night in May 2011, 22-year-old Alan Gomez was outside his brother Eric’s house in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Nervous because she believed Gomez was acting erratically, Eric’s girlfriend called the police. After about an hour, Albuquerque police officer Sean Wallace arrived.
Wallace saw Alan Gomez leave the house and then turn to go back inside. According to a subsequent Department of Justice report, Gomez was unarmed and did not pose an immediate threat to the officers or anyone inside the house. Sean Wallace, however, fired a shot, striking Gomez in the back. Gomez died on the scene, while Wallace was never punished.’
‘On this day in September 2008, the collapse of the US investment bank Lehman Brothers sparked the greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s. Within days of the bankruptcy, the entire American and global financial system was on the point of disintegration.
Reporting on the Lehman disaster on September 16, 2008, the World Socialist Web Site noted that it marked “a new stage in the convulsive crisis of American capitalism.”’
‘Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) says the United States should have a substantial level of military presence inside Syria to lead the ground offensive against ISIL terrorists.
“This idea that we’re never going to have boots on the ground in Syria is fantasy. All this has come home to roost after the last three years of incompetent decisions,” he said on “Fox News Sunday.”
Graham, a fierce critic of President Barack Obama on foreign policy, said the White House was “delusional” in its strategy about ISIL.’
‘A US-led military maneuver has begun in western Ukraine, amid continued fighting between government troops and pro-Russian forces in the country’s east.
The military drill, dubbed “Rapid Trident 14,” started early Monday near Ukraine’s border with Poland and involves 1,300 troops from over a dozen countries.
According to the US army, the troops come from 12 NATO members, including Germany, the UK, Poland, Norway and Canada, as well as non-members Azerbaijan, Georgia and Moldova.
The eleven-day drills will take place near the western city of Yavoriv and will not involve the live firing of weapons.’
‘Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan has promised to continue his anti-government protests until Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resigns over alleged vote fraud in last year’s elections.
On Sunday, Khan told his supporters in central Islamabad that he would not back down from his demand for Sharif to step down and urged more protesters to join him.
The cricketer-turned-politician urged the protesters to stand against the politicians in power in the country, warning that if they don’t, they will be “enslaved.”’