‘These members of the European Parliament are calling on the European Union to break diplomatic ties with Israel and implement sanctions against the country because of the war crimes it has committed against the people of Palestine.
The delegation of 13 MEPs has just returned to Brussels from the Middle East and played a video to journalists showing a Palestinian child dying in the back of an ambulance. The delegation describes what Israel has done to the people of Gaza as genocide. The 50-day Israeli war on Gaza left thousands dead and tens of thousands wounded. The delegation of MEPs is accusing the West of turning its back on the Palestinian people by not taking action against Israel. The politicians accuse Tel Aviv of continuing to break international laws by engaging in land grabs to build settlements in Palestine.
The United Nations aid organisation, UNRWA, estimates that it will cost 800 million euro to reconstruct the buildings and infrastructure in Palestine that were recently destroyed by Israel during its 50-day bombardment of Gaza. In the meantime hundreds of thousands of people will effectively remain homeless. The agency says 90% of the water in Gaza is now undrinkable, disease is spreading and it predicts that the area will be uninhabitable by the year 2020 unless the international community gets behind the citizens of Palestine.’
‘More of the Obama administration’s supposed “moderate” jihadist rebels this month defected to al-Qaeda’s Syrian branch known as Jabhat al-Nusra, which was also reportedly working with the self-styled “Islamic State.”
Obama’s “moderate” rebels, armed and trained by U.S. taxpayers under the guise of fighting less-moderate ISIS jihadists (whom Vice President Joe Biden admitted were actually armed and funded by Obama’s “anti-ISIS” coalition), reportedly took their heavy American weapons with them. Eventually, those U.S.-supplied weapons are likely to be used against Western interests and citizens, analysts said. ‘
‘The claim was as clear as it was chilling: behind the genteel façade of one of London’s most famous apartment blocks, children faced abuse on an industrial scale.
Every weekend, groups of vulnerable boys from local care homes were being smuggled to an address in Dolphin Square, Pimlico. There, after being plied with alcohol, they suffered sickening sexual assaults.
The paedophile ring orchestrating these crimes had, over time, come to believe it enjoyed immunity, a whistle-blower told police at the time. After all, members were said to include a cross-section of Britain’s most influential politicians.’
‘There is no doubt depraved and powerful people had their grotesque acts at the Elm Guest House “systematically covered up”, MP Zac Goldsmith said this week.
The Richmond Park MP said child abuse and possible murder links to the Barnes guest house were hidden and victims were failed by lack of action.
The claims came after the father of an eight-year-old boy abducted in July 1981 accused Scotland Yard of covering up murder links to the notorious Rocks Lane site.’
‘Shocking footage has emerged in the US that appears to show a Kentucky fire chief refusing to provide assistance to a family involved in a road traffic accident because they are black.
The video, captured on the body camera of a police officer for the Bullitt County Sheriff’s department, purports to show Southeast Bullitt Fire Chief Julius Hatfield responding to an accident involving a white man in a pickup truck and a black family of four.
According to WDRB News, which obtained the video, the initial stages show Hatfield offering to help change the tyre on Loren Dicken’s pickup to “save [him] a bill”.’
‘A decade after banning the use of controversial firing squads to execute inmates, politicians in Utah are backing a proposal to re-introduce the practice in an attempt to avoid problems with lethal-injection drugs.
Following a 20 minutes discussion on Wednesday, an interim panel of Utah politicians approved the plan put forward by Republican Represenatative Paul Ray of Clearfield on a 9-2 vote.
Under the proposals, a firing squad would be used if officials could not obtain drugs used for lethal injections 30 days prior to the execution date.’
‘If men had a choice between real women and female robots that were almost “virtually indistinguishable” from real women, which would they choose? Certainly many men would never be willing to totally give up on relationships with living, breathing women, but as robotic technology continues to advance at an exponential rate there will be men (and women) that will be tempted to abandon real relationships entirely.
And that day is approaching a lot faster than you may think. As you will read about below, incredibly life-life female robots are being introduced in Japan right now. The creators of these robots are not designing them for sexual intercourse at the moment, but experts say that it is only a matter of time before this technology is adapted for such purposes.
The potential market for female sex androids is absolutely massive, and there are no laws against such a thing in most countries. But as men all over the globe begin acquiring these sex droids, what will that do to real relationships between men and women and what will that say about our society?’
‘A high-profile human rights organisation has released a tool to help journalists and activists avoid government internet snooping.
Amnesty International said the progam, called Detekt, would help expose spyware programs, some of which are used by governments to monitor journalists and activists.
The program was developed by security researcher Claudio Guarnieri and is being launched in conjunction with the other NGOs Digitale Gesellschaft, Electronic Frontier Foundation and Privacy International.’
‘A group of journalists has launched a legal action against Scotland Yard after discovering that the Metropolitan police has been recording their professional activities on a secret database designed to monitor so-called domestic extremists.
The six journalists have obtained official files that reveal how police logged details of their work as they reported on protests. One video journalist discovered that the Met police had more than 130 entries detailing his movements, including what he was wearing, at demonstrations he attended as a member of the press.
They have started the legal action to expose what they say is a persistent pattern of journalists being assaulted, monitored and stopped and searched by police during their work, which often includes documenting police misconduct.’
‘The Mayor of London’s planned £60m “garden bridge” over the River Thames in London will have no legal public right of way, it has been announced.
The bridge, likely to be a popular tourist attraction, will be privately managed by a trust and large groups will be asked to call ahead before visiting due to its limited capacity.
Protests and cycling will be banned on the new bridge, which will be closed at midnight when views over the Thames are at their most dramatic and the tourist crowds have dispersed.
The bridge’s owner is also exploring the possibility of holding “a limited number” of private events on it, when it could be closed to the public.’
‘Simone Weil, a 20th century French philosopher and political activist, once wrote:
“Whether the mask is labeled fascism, democracy, or dictatorship of the proletariat, our great adversary remains the apparatus–the bureaucracy, the police, the military. Not the one facing us across the frontier of the battle lines, which is not so much our enemy as our brothers’ enemy, but the one that calls itself our protector and makes us its slaves. No matter what the circumstances, the worst betrayal will always be to subordinate ourselves to this apparatus and to trample underfoot, in its service, all human values in ourselves and in others.”‘
‘Royal Bank of Scotland has admitted that it had over-estimated its financial strength during recent stress tests designed to ensure the stability of Europe’s biggest banks.
The taxpayer-owned bank released a statement on Friday afternoon saying that it had miscalculated the key measure of resilience under simulated shocks to the financial system.
Instead of comfortable passing the European Banking Authority stress test, as it said it had last month, RBS narrowly made the minimum capital ratio required to pass the test.’
‘George Osborne last night attacked European judges after they backed a ‘perverse’ EU cap on bankers’ bonuses.
The Chancellor had mounted a legal challenge to the cap but the European Court of Justice, ruled the curbs were ‘valid’ and legal.
The judgment triggered a furious reaction, with the EU accused of attacking the City of London and riding roughshod over Britain’s right to manage its own economy.’
‘Right now, the heart of the ACTUAL American struggle against Monsanto is in Maui.
On Election Day, voters in Maui County passed a local ballot measure blocking Monsanto and Dow from further development of GMOs.
Maui is a very important piece of Monsanto’s empire. Because of the year-round weather, they can run many, many tests on new GMO crop varieties.
So Monsanto and Dow immediately turned around and sued Maui County.’
‘Kader Arif, a junior minister for veteran affairs, became the latest member of Hollande’s government to step down under a cloud of suspicion in what has been a year of political and personal calamities for the most unpopular French president in modern history.
An investigation was launched in September in the south-western city of Toulouse into whether two event management companies run by Arif’s brother and nephew benefited from favouritism in the awarding of public contracts worth millions of euros.
Arif “handed in his resignation in order to provide all the details necessary to establish the truth in the preliminary investigation by financial prosecutors in which he is implicated,” the presidency said in a statement.’
‘Former Turkish President Abdullah Gul has slammed the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, warning that Ankara is doomed to collapse if it continues its foreign policy on Iraq and Syria.
Gul criticized the new Turkish president’s policies vis-à-vis the chaotic situation in neighboring Syria, saying, “I am sure that one day (God forbidden) the chickens of Erdogan’s past follies in Syria will come home to roost.”
The former Turkish leader further acknowledged that Ankara’s spying agencies played a key role in facilitating the transport of Takfiri militants fighting against the government of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad since the crisis erupted.’
‘There is a disturbing footprint of US foreign policy in the Middle East, and one must wonder exactly what is the intent of US foreign policy. Let us start with Iraq. Why did we invade Iraq? Was it because they had WMD? Even though that was the pretext, we now know, or at least of those who can think and reason, know full well that was all a lie.
Some still argue it was not a lie but bad intelligence, but if that is the case who was held accountable for the “bad intelligence”? Over one million dead and no one is held accountable? Not one single person? Those who listened to the voices of reason told us there were no WMD in Iraq. People like the weapons inspector Scott Ritter, weapons inspector David Kay who resigned, Richard Clarke in his book Against All Enemies, stated Iraq was a target long before 9/11; even the Russian secret service told us there was no WMD.
There were many loud and clear voices saying repeatedly there were no WMD in Iraq, but those who wanted war had the corporate media behind them and the voices of reason were for the most part silenced or overwhelmed by those who wanted war.’
‘On Tuesday evening, Senator Dianne Feinstein had told reporters that the Senate Intelligence Committee and the White House were finally close to an agreement to finalize the release of the declassified executive summary of the CIA torture report.
As we’ve been discussing for months, back in April the Senate Intelligence Committee agreed to declassify the 480-page executive summary of the 6,300-page report (which cost $40 million to put together). As we’d noted, the CIA and White House first offered up redactions that made the whole thing “incomprehensible” according to some in the Senate.’
‘How do you start to create reality? It all starts with an idea, a thought. As you feed this idea, spending energy and time on it, it literally starts to take form.
The “puppet masters” of our manipulated world would understand this better than most. So using all the mechanisms at their disposal they can literally create the future or steer events in a particular direction and the dumbed down masses are totally oblivious to anything.’
‘The Israeli authorities restored the previous life sentences issued against two Palestinian prisoners who had been released as a part of the Shalit deal, Felesteen Online news reported on Friday.
One prisoner is from Tulkarem and the other Nablus, in the occupied West Bank.
According to Felesteen Online, the director of the Ahrar Centre for Prisoners Studies and Human Rights, Fuad Al-Khafsh, announced that the Israeli authorities had re-issued the life sentences on the two released prisoners, Ashraf Al-Wawi from Tulkarem and Hamza Abu Arkoub from Nablus.
Since tensions started escalating in the occupied Palestinian territories last summer, the occupation authorities have detained thousands of Palestinians, including re-arresting dozens of former prisoners released as part of the Shalit exchange deal in 2011.’
‘A Fine Gael TD has withdrawn comments in which he compared members of the anti-water-charge campaign to Isis jihadi militants.
Noel Coonan yesterday told the Dáil that the State faced an “Isis situation” if water-charge protests such as those in Jobstown, Co Dublin, were allowed to continue.
If the protests aren’t “nipped in the bud” the country faces “what is potentially an Isis situation in the Middle East if those people are allowed get on to do what they’re doing”, the Tipperary TD said.’
‘Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley made national news last year when he fought to pass and signed a tax bill that levied a tax on Marylanders, businesses and churches for the amount of “impervious surface” they have on their property.
Though the O’Malley administration calls it a “fee,” it is commonly called the “rain tax” throughout the state. It is wildly unpopular and the promise to fight to repeal the tax was a large factor in Maryland electing Republican Larry Hogan governor this month.
Now Prince George’s County is offering a way for churches to avoid paying the tax, which is estimated to be an average of $744 per year for them — preach “green” to their parishioners.’
‘Serbia is not planning to impose sanctions on Russia, said its President Tomislav Nikolic after meeting EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn. The latter said the EU expects Serbia to bring its policy in line with the European one if it seeks to enter the union.
Nikolic said that Serbia is not planning to introduce sanctions at the moment, though admitting the country is seeking EU membership which implies an obligation to pursue common policies, including foreign.’
‘The Central Intelligence Agency, which profited from the crack cocaine epidemic it fueled in the 1980s, is behind hip-hop’s glamorization of drugs, according to former cocaine kingpin Rick Ross.
The reformed drug dealer, who was unaware his cocaine sources were connected to the CIA until an exposé by the late journalist Gary Webb, said the agency has weaponized mainstream hip-hop to influence America’s youth into pursuing drugs without fear of consequences.
“…They were the guys who were behind me when I was selling drugs,” Ross said of the CIA. “And now they’re behind hip-hop and rock ‘n’ roll.”’
‘A report published last night on World Net Daily outlines the shocking details of a warrantless raid on a Missouri homeschooling family by a SWAT Team that forced its way into the family’s home, Tasered the father, pepper-sprayed the mother and put their children in the custody of social service workers.
Jason and Laura Hagan, of New Hampton. have filed a lawsuit against Capt. David Glidden of Nodaway County, Missouri as a result of the raid. The lawsuit seeks compensatory damages, punitive damages, as well as attorneys costs and fees, and was brought on behalf of the couple by the Home School Legal Defense Association. A court has already ruled the raid was a violation of the family’s constitutional rights.’
‘The “War” on Drugs: First off, there never really was or is a war on drugs. Politicians only care about loss of revenue when it comes to drugs and drug dealers, because they don’t pay taxes. Secondly, there was never a war on cancer either, just a fake corporate “search for the cure” to convince everyone to wear pink and march around, donating massive amounts of cold, crisp cash to CEOs who push fried chicken and aspartame while bankrolling donations under the guise of “non-profit.”‘
‘Thanksgiving is an occasion when we gather with our families for festive meals. It’s also a time when many of us donate to help the less fortunate celebrate with their families.
This holiday binds us all together: At least once a year, you should be able to sit around a table with your loved ones, enjoying turkey and mashed potatoes. If a bit of charity is needed to extend this joy to everyone, then many of us are glad to pitch in.
But how about the other 364 days of the year? What do the hungry do then?’
‘Recently Don Hazen, the executive editor of AlterNet, asked me to think about trauma in the context of America’s political system. As I sifted through my thoughts on this topic, I began to sense an enormous weight in my body and a paralysis in my brain. What could I say? What could I possibly offer to my fellow citizens? Or to myself? After six years writing about the financial crisis and its gruesome aftermath, I feel weariness and fear. When I close my eyes, I see a great ogre with gold coins spilling from his pockets and pollution spewing from his maw lurching toward me with increasing speed. I don’t know how to stop him.
Do you feel this way, too?’
‘Titled “Natural Gas Exports: Washington’s Revolving Door Fuels Climate Threat,” the report published here on DeSmogBlog and on Republic Report serves as the launching pad of an ongoing investigation. It will act as the prelude of an extensive series of articles by both websites uncovering the LNG exports influence peddling machine.
The report not only exposes the lobbying apparatus that has successfully opened the door for LNG exports, but also the PR professionals paid to sell them to the U.S. public. It also exposes those who have gone through the “reverse revolving door,” moving from industry back to government and sometimes back again.’
‘On June 18, 2013 then Defence Minister Peter MacKay went to Washington, DC to consult with his new master, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. News agencies carried brief reports that the topics included Canada’s participation in Obama’s Asia Pivot strategy and the continued deployment of Canadian warships and aircraft to the Caribbean and off the Pacific coast of Central America. MacKay reaffirmed this commitment in a keynote address to the Inter-American Defense Board of the Organization of American States, also meeting in Washington that same day.
The Defence Minister also used the visit to bestow an honorary doctorate of military science from the Royal Military College (RMC) on ignorant warmonger U.S. Sen. John McCain at a small ceremony held at the Canadian embassy. MacKay, in his formal capacity as Defence Minister, was Chancellor of RMC.’
‘President Barack Obama has secretly signed an order which allows US troops to be involved in combat operations in Afghanistan throughout 2015, a new report says.
The order will authorize American forces to continue their missions against the Taliban and other militant groups, the New York Times reported on Friday.
According to the report, the new authorization will also let US jets, bombers, and drones to be used to aid ground troops.’
‘Polish prime minister says recent local elections will not be repeated despite political turmoil resulting from a computer malfunction that caused results to be delayed by days.
“I absolutely rule out a repeat of the vote,” Poland’s Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz, said on Friday, adding, “Democracy is working fine.”
Kopacz also said that the electoral commission had failed at its job but that did not mean the elections were a setup.’
‘People have held massive rallies across Mexico to voice anger over the fate of 43 missing students, Press TV reports.
On Friday, thousands of people demonstrated across Mexico on the anniversary of the country’s revolution to express their anger at the involvement of politicians and police forces in the disappearance and suspected murder of the students.
The protesters held pictures of the missing students and chanted anti-government slogans, calling on Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto to resign over the state’s complicity with organized crime.’