‘From the first sudden, and quite dramatic, appearance of the fanatical Islamic group known as ISIS which was largely unheard of until a year ago, on the world’s stage and which promptly replaced the worn out and tired al Qaeda as the world’s terrorist bogeyman, we suggested that the “straight to beheading YouTube clip” purpose behind the Saudi Arabia-funded Islamic State was a simple one: use the Jihadists as the vehicle of choice to achieve a political goal: depose of Syria’s president Assad, who for years has stood in the way of a critical Qatari natural gas pipeline, one which could dethrone Russia as Europe’s dominant – and belligerent – source of energy, reaching an interim climax with the unsuccessful Mediterranean Sea military build up of 2013, which nearly resulted in quasi-world war.
The narrative and the plotline were so transparent, even Russia saw right through them. Recall from September of last year:’
‘John McCain, the chairman of the US Senate Armed Services Committee, says the United States must deploy thousands of troops to Iraq to defeat the ISIL terrorist group, which captured the Iraqi city of Ramadi last week.
McCain on Sunday said the Obama administration needs a more defined strategy to defeat the terrorist group and suggested “a number of thousands” of Americans could do the job.
“We need to have a strategy,” he said told CBS News. “There is no strategy, and anybody that says that there is, I’d like to hear what it is, because it certainly isn’t apparent now, and right now.”’
‘Former US ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton says his country should make a new Sunni country from the current fighting in Iraq and Syria.
“I think our objective should be a new Sunni state out of the western part of Iraq, the eastern part of Syria run by moderates or at least authoritarians who are not radical Islamists,” Bolton told Fox News.
The Republican foreign policy hand also attacked President Barack Obama for his policy in fighting against the ISIL terrorist group.
“We are losing, there’s no doubt about it,” Bolton said on Sunday.’
‘Netanyahu heads Israel’s most extremist government in history. He deplores peace and stability.
Permanent war on Palestine is official policy. So is treating Arabs the way Hitler treated Jews.
Nothing Netanyahu says is credible. He agrees to one thing. He does another. How anyone stands him, they’ll have to explain. Some past and present Israeli officials don’t trust him.
A May 22 Haaretz editorial blasted him headlined “World not willing to buy Netanyahu’s deceit anymore,” saying:’
‘A trader at Barclays bank was paid £170million in the five years after the financial crisis brought the country to its knees.
Jonathan Hoffman, 42, earned the vast sum at a time when banks were under pressure to reign in bonuses to avoid the risky behaviour which triggered a global economic meltdown.
The payment out-strips the £120million paid to the bank’s disgraced chief executive Bob Diamond over a similar period and sheds new light on the colossal sums paid to bankers even after the recession.’
‘Muslims who suddenly stop shopping at Marks & Spencer could be victims of radicalisation, Britain’s most senior Muslim policeman has warned.
Scotland Yard commander Mak Chishty said that teenagers who unexpectedly stop drinking, socialising with friends or wearing western clothes could also be becoming extremists.
Mr Chishty said the danger of radicalisation in Britain today is so steep that he fears even his own children could be influenced by propaganda from terror groups.
He said extremist messages posted via social media were becoming so effective that some British children as young as five believe celebrating Christmas is forbidden by Islam.’
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‘Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been sentenced to eight months in prison for fraud and breach of trust.
He was convicted at a retrial in March of taking more than $150,000 (£96,000) from a US businessman. His lawyers have said they will appeal.
The sentence is in addition to a six-year jail term he received last year, after a separate bribery trial.
Olmert served as Israeli PM from 2006 to 2009.’
‘More than 1million foreigners living in Britain will be banned from voting in the EU referendum, the Conservatives have announced, in a significant boost to Eurosceptic campaigners.
David Cameron believes that the British people must decide the future of the nation’s membership of the European Union in the first referendum for more than 40 years.
The EU referendum bill, which will be announced this week after the Queen’s Speech, will make clear that only British, Irish and Commonwealth citizens who are resident in the UK will be allowed to vote.’
‘This week, the mayor of Oakland has decided to use an old and unknown law to impose an anti-protest curfew to keep demonstrators off the streets at night.
This curfew does not apply to everyone in the city, only those who are involved in organized protests. Mayor Libby Schaaf put the order into effect in the midst of this week’s #SayHerName protest where women and children peacefully protested victims of police brutality.
During the demonstration, protesters were prevented from marching to the police station and were threatened with arrest if they stepped off of the sidewalk. Police informed protesters through a giant sound system that their march was not permitted, and that they could be arrested under Vehicle Code Section 2800, which makes it illegal to disobey anything a police officer says.
Cat Brooks, one of the organizers of the protest says that their right to freely and peacefully assemble was infringed upon.’
‘Thousands of protesters took to the streets in Tokyo on Sunday, forming a human chain outside the parliament building to oppose the planned relocation of a US airbase on the island of Okinawa.
The rally was the latest in a series of protests that have been happening across the country. According to Sunday’s march organizers, cited by AFP, 15,000 people surrounded the National Diet Building in Tokyo.’
‘Powerful Western corporations want to make Ukraine the largest GMO (genetically modified organisms) grower. As time goes by, genetically modified organisms can become a poison to take away many human lives. This fact is ignored. Europe does not need GMO (the production is strictly limited there).
Ukraine could very well become a test ground for GMO crops in Europe, something the rest of the European Union has been looking to prevent. Monsanto, an American multinational agromultinational and agricultural biotechnology corporation, is now moving in on Ukraine with plans to institute GMOs nationwide.’
‘It was eighteen years ago this month that I first handed to a Vancouver Sun newspaper editor a list of possible mass grave sites of Indian residential school children on Canada’s west coast, based on government documents and statements from eyewitnesses who buried children there. I and these witnesses were flatly ignored: not only then, but every other time over the subsequent years that we presented such evidence to the same newspaper.
Year after year, despite all our public protests, forums, and documenting of the location of the mass graves of these children, the Vancouver Sun‘s indifference to the worst crime in Canadian history continued. And this same blind eye approach was replicated by every other “mainstream” media outlet across Canada — even when, in December of 2011, these media received from me evidence of bone and clothing samples unearthed from the Brantford residential school mass grave.
But lo and behold! Suddenly this past week, as if I’d never spoken to them, the Sun newspaper finally reported on residential school graves! I wasn’t mentioned in their article, of course; nor was the word “genocide”, or any of the hundreds of witnesses to these crimes that our work has given voice to since 1997.’
‘Greek hospitals have run out of supplies such as painkillers, scissors and sheets as swingeing budget cuts have left the health service unable to provide even basic provisions for operations and medical procedures.
Huge cuts to the healthcare budget, amid the economic turmoil which made millions unemployed, have left than 2.5m Greeks uninsured, up from 500,000 in 2008, the Times reported.
On coming to power the Syriza government scrapped the €5 fee for attending state hospitals and pledged to hire 4,500 more health workers, despite the need for austerity and criticism from creditors.’
‘Newly released data from the U.S. Department of Education shows that between 2003-2012, the number of American children between ages 5 to 17 who are homeschooled has risen 61.8 percent, and that the percentage homeschooled in that age range has increased from 2.2 to 3.4 percent.
According to data published on May 7 by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), in 2003 1,096,000 school-aged children were homeschooled in the U.S., representing 2.2 percent of the total number of students in that age range that year. In 2012, the number homeschooled was 1,773,000, or 3.4 percent of elementary and secondary school-aged children that year.’
‘Women are losing their power to give birth naturally by relying on caesareans and other interventions, according to a renowned medical expert.
Dr Michel Odent also warned that the increasing tendency towards women having their labours induced could impair their ability to breastfeed.
He urged midwives to do more to encourage natural births and even suggested they should calm mothers-to-be by knitting in the corner of the room.
In a stark warning, he said that if current trends continue, the ‘future of the human capacity to give birth is at risk’.’
‘Israeli soldiers fired, on Thursday evening, a number of firebombs into Palestinian farmlands, planted with wheat, east of Jabalia, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.
The Civil Defense office in Jabalia said the fire consumed around a Dunam (0.247 Acres) before firefighters managed to contain it.
It added that this Israeli violation was the fourth in 24 hours, targeting the eastern area of northern Gaza, especially around the Shuhada Graveyard, east of Jabalia.’
‘Maybe it’s not so sweet now… If you’ve thought stevia, the natural alternative to sugar and artificial sweetners with aspartame, et al., is too good to be true, there may be a catch. Check out this textbook written in 1970 by Paul and Anne Ehrlich, the precursor to the textbook Ecoscience they wrote with Obama Science Czar John P. Holdren seven years later. The book advocates all manner of horrors to depopulate what they consider an overpopulated world, including everything from adding sterilants to the water and food to producing a sterilizing virus that requires a vaccine antidote one could apply for… it’s a nightmare.
As such, it was pretty shocking to find a passage where the authors excitedly discuss using stevia rebaudiana — the same sweet leaf hailed everywhere today as a wonderful, healthy sugar alternative — as an anti-fertility agent. What’s more, it had apparently been used traditionally by indigenous Indian populations in Paraguay for a long time, and rats in studies had shown a large drop in fertility after being administered stevia…’
‘Inspired by Chinese floating fish farms, these rectangular units measure 200×350 meters and can connect with other modules via walkways. The usage of waterways is a great compliment to the farming industry because it makes farming available in so many more locations. It reduces the need to import food by localizing growth and incorporates rivers and lakes as viable “farmland.”
Each unit is comprised of three levels. The bottom floor focuses on aquaculture and water desalination, the first floor on hydroponic crop cultivation, and the roof is adorned with solar panels, skylights and rainwater collectors.’
‘Calling California’s traffic court system a “hellhole of desperation” for the poor, Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing an amnesty program for residents who can’t afford to pay off spiraling fines and penalties that have resulted in 4.8 million driver’s license suspensions since 2006.
The push by the Democratic governor spotlights concern among lawmakers and court administrators that California’s justice system is profiting off minorities and low-income residents. It’s a civil rights issue that has prompted discussions between the Brown administration and the U.S. Department of Justice, according to the governor’s spokesman, Evan Westrup.’
‘Hundreds of thousands of Greek citizens are appealing for humanitarian assistance from the international community as the country’s economic condition plunges further into the abyss.
As reported by Zero Hedge, citing statistics compiled by Keep Talking Greece, in sum around 212,000 Greeks have applied for a number of aid programs, according to the Greek government’s Ministry of Labor, Social Security and Social Welfare:’
‘Many Americans have heard of the term “diplomatic immunity,” a form of legal immunity that guarantees that foreign diplomats are given safe passage in our country and generally not susceptible to lawsuits or prosecution (although they can be expelled).
Also, under Article I, Section 6 of the U.S. Constitution, our own federally elected senators and representatives are “privileged from arrest during their attendance at the session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same, and for any speech or debate in either House,” with exceptions made for “treason, felony and breach of the peace.”
What about America’s liberal media elite? Do they, too, have some sort of legal immunity? Not technically as there are no laws or constitutional provisions that specifically exempt progressive elitist members of the press from legal prosecution.’
‘The more subtle side of satanism in Hollywood entertainment is now a thing of the past, as primetime television airs blatantly evil shows like the upcoming Fox drama Lucifer, which glorifies the goings about of the “lord of hell” after he fictitiously leaves the lake of fire and retires to Los Angeles.
The premise behind the absurd drama, which is set to release in 2016, centers around so-called “Lucifer Morningstar” and his new life as the owner of Lux, an upscale nightclub located in the City of Angels.
A trailer for the show portrays Lucifer as a handsome, British-accented, well-to-do ladykiller full of charm and wit.’
‘The March Against Monsanto exploded across the planet today as protesters took to the streets in 38 countries and 428 cities to protest the world’s most evil corporation: Monsanto. (Tweet this story #MarchAgainstMonsanto)
Protesters from New York, London, Berlin, Paris and even across South America, Asia and India rallied against the toxic agricultural practices of Monsanto, a corporation whose business model depends on poisoning the citizens of the planet, destroying the agricultural ecosystem, monopolizing the seed supply and hiring online character assassins to attack anyone who opposes its agenda.
Protesters worldwide took to the streets today to demand GMO labeling and bans on Roundup (glyphosate), the toxic herbicide chemical that even the World Health Organization recently linked to cancer. “We need to stop feeding humanity such a vile toxin,” said one protester.’
‘If you were airdropped, blindfolded, into a strange town and given nothing but a bus ticket, to where would you ride that bus? You might be surprised to learn that there’s only one good answer, and that’s the public library. The library is the public living room, and if ever you are stripped of everything private—money, friends and orientation—you can go there and become a human again.
Of course, you don’t have to be homeless to use a library, but that’s the point. You don’t have to be anyone in particular to go inside and stay as long as you want, sit in its armchairs, read the news, write your dissertation, charge your phone, use the bathroom, check your email, find the address of a hotel or homeless shelter. Of all the institutions we have, both public and private, the public library is the truest democratic space.’
‘On Thursday, FBI Deputy Director Mark Giuliano gave a press conference about how his agency was preparing for the soon-to-be announced verdict for Michael Brelo, the white Cleveland Police Officer charged with two counts of voluntary homicide for shooting 49 bullets at two unarmed black victims, Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams, at least two of which were fatal shots for each victim and many of which were fired as he stood on the hood of their car.
However, Giuliano mentioned nothing about the details of this case or how the FBI may be mandated to investigate the state agents involved depending on the outcome. Instead, he mentioned other activities in which the FBI was engaged in the lead up to the Brelo verdict that are far outside of the FBI’s mandates, and possibly in violation of those mandates, against U.S. citizens engaged in First Amendment activity.’
‘Thirty mass graves believed to contain the remains of Rohingya migrants have been discovered in Malaysia, a senior official says.
Police discovered the graves in two locations in the northern state of Perlis, which borders Thailand, local media reported on Sunday.
Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi confirmed the unearthing of a mass grave near 17 human trafficking detention camps in Padang Besar.
“But we don’t know how many there are. We are probably going to find more bodies,” media outlets quoted the minister as saying.’
‘The European Union says Russian President Vladimir Putin has taken a “worrying step” by signing a regulation that outlaws what Moscow believes to be “undesirable” non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
The EU foreign services said in a statement on Sunday that the rule was a “worrying step in a series of restrictions on civil society, independent media and political opposition.”
“It will restrict freedom of speech and media as well as pluralism of opinion,” the statement read.
Under the law signed by Putin, the Russian authorities would be able to ban overseas NGOs and go after their workforce.’
‘Greek Interior Minister Nikos Voutsis says the country will not be able to pay the next installments of a huge debt to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) scheduled for early next month.
“The four installments for the IMF in June are 1.6 billion euros ($1.8 billion). This money will not be given. There isn’t any to be given. This is a known fact,” said Voutsis in an interview with Greek television network Mega TV on Sunday.
Voutsis, however, added that Athens and its international creditors are still holding talks “on the basis of cautious optimism that there will be a strong agreement”.’
‘Israel has decided to seize some 202 acres of privately owned Palestinian land in the West Bank to make a new dumping grounds for its illegal settlements.
The lands belong to around 140 Palestinian families from Rammoun and Deir Dibwan near Ramallah, the International Middle East Media Center reported on Sunday.
The targeted area contains farmlands with fertile soil and wells, used by residents to plant crops and graze livestock.
The dumping ground “would serve the settlements” and Palestinians would not have access to it, Israeli authorities said.’