‘Mr Mandela had suffered from a series of lung infections over the past two years and died at home in the company of his family.
The news of his passing was made in a statement made by South African President Jacob Zuma which was broadcast on national TV.
“Our nation has lost its greatest son,” said Mr Zuma, who praised the Mandela family for sacrificing so much “so that our people could be free”.’
‘Chaotic scenes in the seaside town of Scarborough have given a grim glimpse into the floods set to swamp the east coast of Britain in just a few hours.
Seaside towns across the region are today braced for the worst floods in 60 years as 140mph winds battered the nation in a hurricane-force storm.
More than 15,000 homes in Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex are being evacuated, while residents were also rescued in Rhyl, North Wales, and Merseyside.
A lorry driver died in Scotland and a man riding a mobility scooter in King’s Park in Retford, Nottinghamshire, was also killed when hit by a falling tree.’
‘A Brazilian woman has fled to her embassy in Oslo with her three-year-old daughter after Norwegian child protection services threatened to take the child into care.
Vitoria Alves Jesumary, 37, a Brazilian native, claims social services tried to take her daughter Sofia because she is not ‘eating like a Norwegian’.
Ms Jesumary has now been hiding at the embassy for a week and is refusing to leave until she is allowed to leave for Brazil with her daughter.’
‘According to a report from Maan newspaper, kast Tuesday Mustafa al-Arraj, a Palestinian man from Bethlehem, was detained and tortured by the goons of the most excellent Mahmoud Abbas, the protector of zionist criminals, the self-appointed dictator for life, the thieving dwarf. The “crime” of Al-Arraj was that he replaced the decorations of the traditional Christmas tree on Manger square in Bethlehem with the used spent casings of bullets, flash-bangs, used tear gas grenades and other ammunitions which are gifted by the US regime to the zionists and are used to suppress the widespread dissent against the never-ending crime spree of the zionist invaders.
Al-Arraj replaced the decorations on the Christmas tree in protest against USAID, a CIA front which has all but taken over the Bethlehem municipality, which has allowed itself to abuse the Christmas tree and the traditional Christmas decoration of Manger square to promote USAID.
During the last several decades it has been documented by activists around the world that USAID operatives have been involved in a vast array of unsavory activities, among them recruiting subversives, recruiting mercenaries, infiltrating political movements, torturing people, disappearing people, spying, trafficking children and women for prostitution, smuggling drugs, etc.’
‘Flammable tap water, a horror the film Gasland brought to the big screen, is reality for one Dixie, Louisiana family.
The Parker family, who resides in the Shreveport-area town near natural gas drilling sites, has “been having issues with their water for about a year,” according to local news KSLA. They made the discovery of flammable water in their home when their daughter Sarah Evans was visiting from out of town and took a match to the water on Friday.
“I did it because I’d seen it on TV before and a flame came up,” said Evans. She then headed to her brother’s house next door, which shares the same private well, and found she could also ignite the water coming out of the faucet there. “His water blew up and caught the fringe of the curtains, that is how high the flames came up.”‘
‘Young people are to be banned from leaving school and signing straight on to the dole.
Jobless under-21s will be told to do 16 hours a week work experience, training or community work to end the ‘culture of worklessness’.
Chancellor George Osborne also set out details of how future governments would set a cap on total welfare spending, and will be forced to justify allowing benefits to spiral out of control.’
‘Tepco is planning on dumping all of the radioactive water stored at Fukushima into the ocean.
The industry-controlled nuclear regulators are pushing for dumping the radiation, as well.
As EneNews reports:
Juan Carlos Lentijo, head of IAEA’s mission to Fukushima Daiichi, Dec. 4, 2013: “Controlled discharge is a regular practice in all the nuclear facilities in the world. And what we are trying to say here is to consider this as one of the options to contribute to a good balance of risks and to stabilize the facility for the long term.”
Shunichi Tanaka, chairman of Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority, Dec. 4, 2013: “You cannot keep storing the water forever. We have to make choice comparing all risks involved.”’
‘The scientific paradigm that assumed the world was ‘out there’, separate from the observer, separate and apart from everything else has finally, thanks to the discoveries of the quantum revolution, been busted. We now know those die-hard assumptions, the ones on which most of our materialistic world has been built upon, are false. The world is not only ‘out there’. That level is surface, it is the level of manifestation – and may be the least of it. It’s as if the universe, the Creator, OM, God was playing with us… because we just don’t see it! But the invisible world is where ‘reality’ most truthfully lies. When we neglect (in our ignore-ance) the invisible, we create a division within our own souls – and our bodies, that can take lifetimes to heal.’
‘The Pentagon has loosened its guidelines on avoiding civilian casualties during drone strikes, modifying instructions from requiring military personnel to “ensure” civilians are not targeted to encouraging service members to “avoid targeting” civilians.
In addition, instructions now tell commanders that collateral damage “must not be excessive” in relation to mission goals, according to Public Intelligence, a nonprofit research group that analyzed the military’s directives on drone strikes.
“These subtle but important changes in wording provide insight into the military’s attempts to limit expectations in regards to minimizing collateral damage and predicting the lethal effects of military operations,” Public Intelligence said in a recent report.’
‘The Dallas Police Department can’t seem to get its officers’ statements on shootings to agree with recordings of the incidents. So, it’s doing what any forward thinking law enforcement agency would do — changing the rules.
Any Dallas officer involved in a police shooting — whether the officer fired a weapon or witnessed the gunfire — will now have the right to remain silent for 72 hours under a new department policy.
And even before they give a statement about the shooting, the officers can watch any available video before they give a statement.
Very convenient. This policy change, which was ushered in under the cover of the Thanksgiving holiday, will help ensure that DPD officers don’t find their statements directly contradicted by the inconveniently unblinking eye of the camera, as happened just recently.’
‘John Carter is a movie about inter-dimensional and shape-shifting aliens, few in number and near-immortal in lifespan, who manipulate willing “leaders” for endless wars. They portend to be legendary gods, and live for psychopathic esoteric domination. In the story, after they establish their control of Mars, “Earth will be next.” They are the hairless robed beings in the 1-minute trailer.
The protagonists must accomplish two objectives for their freedom:
have the planetary populations rise above contrived fear, hate, and wars.
recognize and reject the shape-shifters’ manipulation.
These beings are the inter-dimensional and shape-shifting “reptilians” that David Icke documents as the esoteric power behind human history. John Carter is a movie with a message: our real-world Earth, not a fictional Mars, requires accomplishment of the film’s two objectives for humanity’s freedom.’
‘With the Oklahoma City branch of the American Civil Liberties Union filing a case against the Oklahoma Capitol Preservation Commission for allowing the placement of a granite monument to the Ten Commandments to be placed on public property at the State Capitol, we now see a report where The Satanic Temple wants a monument of their own on the same site.
According to a report from Hemant Mehta at The Friendly Atheist blog, he spoke with Satanic Temple spokesman Lucien Greaves who says their “homage” to Satan would be placed on the Capitol grounds via a “donation” from the organization, if accepted.
Mehta reports that the group’s monument would be to “complement and contrast the Ten Commandments monument” and that the donation offer has already been made to the Capitol Preservation Committee via Certified Mail in late November – copied to the ACLU-OK and Attorney General Scott Pruitt – and that now, the New York City-based Satanic Temple is awaiting the commission’s reply.’
‘Students today accused police of a “heavy-handed” response as more than 100 officers armed with batons broke up a sit-in at the University of London.
Three people were arrested amid chaotic scenes as around 60 demonstrators barricaded themselves into Senate House.
Students were protesting against the threats to close the University of London Union (ULU) and campaigning for sick pay, holiday pay and pensions for contract staff.’
‘Each of these points argues for “trust” in government. But, as we stated above, trusting government is not generally a good idea; it is an especially bad idea in the 21st century when the globalists – panicked by the Internet – are evidently and obviously getting ready to take increasingly rash action to regenerate control.
The idea that one ought to sacrifice liberties in order to facilitate the “war on terror” is a kind of virtual canard that we have dealt with elsewhere. (See other article, this issue.) There are lots of questions about the war on terror, beginning with its legitimacy. ‘Nuff said.
We won’t repeat. When it comes to medical privacy, the rebuttal is equally simple. Western medicine is a kind of failing paradigm. The idea that people need to give up privacy in order to facilitate it would make more sense if we had more faith that what is to come will be any better than what has already taken place.’
‘A wintry storm pushing through the western half of the country is bringing bitterly cold temperatures that prompted safety warnings for residents in the Rockies and threatened crops as far south as California.
The jet stream is much farther south than normal, allowing the cold air to push in from the Arctic and drop temperatures by 20 to 40 degrees below normal levels, AccuWeather meteorologist Tom Kines said Tuesday.
Areas of Montana and the Dakotas were forecast to reach lows in the minus-20s, while parts of California could see the thermometer drop to the 20s. The icy arctic blast was expected to be followed by another one later in the week, creating an extended period of cold weather that hasn’t been seen since the late 1990s, meteorologists said.’
‘Press freedom is too important to lose. The right to express thoughts and opinions freely is fundamental. Without it all others are at risk.
It’s being assaulted in America. It’s at risk in Britain. Both countries are democracies in name only. Britain has no constitutional free expression right.
Police state ruthlessness threatens America’s First Amendment. Waging war on freedom is official policy in both countries.
They’re partners in crime. Modern technology makes it easy. Ordinary people are targeted. So are newspaper editors and columnists.’
‘The Prosecution notes that the Zavidovici massacre was among the most horrible crimes ever. El Mujahedin detachment , composed of fanatic volunteers from the Arab countries, had captured 60 Serbian soldiers . The Serbs have been subject to unprecedented torture and suffering in conc. camp in the village of Gostovići near Zavidovići ;
The captured Serbs were forced to stabb each other with daggers; Mujahedins hammered them alive with nails on a fence; the rusty nails were driven through their genitals. After the most horrifying bestiality which lasted for days, at the end the Mujahedins cut off their heads.’
‘What is the line between confidence and acknowledgement of victory? Early celebration versus clear vision of how nature will handle a conflict within itself? Is victory and hope truly all imaginary or is there something more to it?
As humanity exponentially wakes up to the plans of the global elite (those in power, the ruling class, the “Illuminati” or whatever you want to call them), when will it officially become common knowledge that, yes, we are in trouble as a species unless and until we put a working system in place that holds all politicians, government and private corporations accountable for their actions? This expected new level of accountability is the mass awakening and official paradigm shift we have all been waiting for and I suggest that we are mighty close to at this point in history.’
‘Once upon a time, there were not so many driving laws, and drivers didn’t need to wonder if they were doing everything by the book every time they saw a cop car. Granted, life has gotten more complicated, especially with technological advances, but it started getting too weird with seat belt laws for cars and helmet laws for motorcycles.
Some say those are “good laws,” even though they were instigated by insurance lobbies that could have written policy clauses excluding certain injuries if seat belts and helmets weren’t used, or adding riders for higher premiums for those who opted out. But making laws to enforce those policies created more city, county and state revenue from fines and federal funding.’
‘It’s no secret that, increasingly, Big Pharma, in cahoots with traditional medicinal practitioners, have created a society of near-zombies with all of the mood altering medications they push on the public. But even these figures are shocking.
According to recently published information from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an astounding 20-plus percent of all 14-year-old boys in the United States have been diagnosed, at one time or another over the course of their lives, with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) – a condition that is, of course, treated with dangerous medications.’
‘Unwanted refugees, instead of being sent back to their country of origin, are instead sold into slavery, held hostage for ransom, or brutally murdered in gulag-like camps along the Thai-Myanmar border, reports Reuters.
In its article, “Thailand secretly dumps Myanmar refugees into trafficking rings,” Reuters reports that:
As thousands of Rohingya flee Myanmar to escape religious persecution, a Reuters investigation in three countries has uncovered a clandestine policy to remove Rohingya refugees from Thailand’s immigration detention centers and deliver them to human traffickers waiting at sea.
The Rohingya are then transported across southern Thailand and held hostage in a series of camps hidden near the border with Malaysia until relatives pay thousands of dollars to release them. Reporters located three such camps – two based on the testimony of Rohingya held there, and a third by trekking to the site, heavily guarded, near a village called Baan Klong Tor.’
‘A common perception of Grenada at the time was that it was a communist buffer zone, essentially a subordinate of Cuban and Soviet control. The accuracy of this statement has certainly been debated intensely since, but nevertheless at the time, such a perception of Grenada existed within parts of the democratic world and crucially within the Reagan administration in Washington. The tension between the United States and the Grenadian leadership had been a common theme for many months prior to October of 1983.
A matter of contention between the two sides was the construction of a landing strip in Grenada that the Grenadians claimed was built primarily for tourism. However, the U.S. believed the strip to be a Cuban or Soviet inspired military venture and therefore deemed it as a direct threat to national security. The tension between the nations continued to gather momentum and soon the U.S. would act.
Ultimately, President Reagan’s policy on Grenada stemmed from a deep anti-communist stance that he had taken since his inauguration into office, and as Melvyn P. Leffler opines ‘’although Ronald Reagan hated communism, he did not fear it, not nearly as much as many of his predecessors. He was supremely confident of the superiority of American values and of the American way of life’’.’
‘On November 12 Facebook, Inc. filed its 178th patent application for a consumer profiling technique the company calls “inferring household income for users of a social networking system.”
“The amount of information gathered from users,” explain Facebook programmers Justin Voskuhl and Ramesh Vyaghrapuri in their patent application, “is staggering — information describing recent moves to a new city, graduations, births, engagements, marriages, and the like.”
Facebook and other so-called tech companies have been warehousing all of this information since their respective inceptions. In Facebook’s case, its data vault includes information posted as early as 2004, when the site first went live.
Now in a single month the amount of information forever recorded by Facebook —dinner plans, vacation destinations, emotional states, sexual activity, political views, etc.— far surpasses what was recorded during the company’s first several years of operation. And while no one outside of the company knows for certain, it is believed that Facebook has amassed one of the widest and deepest databases in history. Facebook has over 1,189,000,000 “monthly active users” around the world as of October 2013, providing considerable width of data.
And Facebook has stored away trillions and trillions of missives and images, and logged other data about the lives of this billion plus statistical sample of humanity. Adjusting for bogus or duplicate accounts it all adds up to about 1/7th of humanity from which some kind of data has been recorded.’
‘An interim agreement on Iran’s nuclear policies that will provide a six-month period for substantive negotiations was announced on Nov. 24.
Michael Gordon, a reporter for The New York Times, wrote, “It was the first time in nearly a decade, American officials said, that an international agreement had been reached to halt much of Iran’s nuclear program and roll some elements of it back.”
The United States moved at once to impose severe penalties on a Swiss firm that had violated U.S.-imposed sanctions. “The timing of the announcement seemed to be partly intended to send a signal that the Obama administration still considers Iran subject to economic isolation,” Rick Gladstone explained in The Times.’
‘The National Party government that took over from the coupmakers who overthrew President Manuel Zelaya four years ago used vote fraud and violence to engineer a victory in the presidential election over the LIBRE Party candidate Xiomara Castro, Zelaya’s wife, according to supporters of the LIBRE challenge. The elections and the allegations of corruption are the latest chapter in Honduran politics since the U.S.-backed coup against Zelaya.
Sarah Blaskey and Jesse Chapman report from Honduras on the elections and the aftermath, as the left discusses the way forward. For regular news and updates from Honduras, see Blaskey’s blog Rebel Reporting.’
‘As Isam Hamad Ali, a civil engineer in the Shu’fat refugee camp in East Jerusalem, drove his silver sedan along a wide dirt road near Israel’s Separation Wall, he pointed to every building he passed. The buildings he indicated – towering apartment complexes housing tens of families each – recently received notices from the Jerusalem municipality scheduling them to be destroyed in the largest wave of home demolitions ever proposed by the Israeli authorities.
On Thursday, October 31st, Jerusalem municipal officials affixed legal documents to residential buildings in the Ras Khamis and Ras Shahada neighborhoods near Shu’fat, the only Palestinian refugee camp in East Jerusalem. These notices stated that proceedings had been filed in the Jerusalem Local Court to request demolition orders for the houses, all of which were built without construction licenses.
The exact number of buildings and families affected is difficult to determine. Ronit Sela, head of the Human Rights in East Jerusalem project for the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), puts the number of families targeted by the notices somewhere between two and eight hundred. Jeff Halper, Director of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, cites the possible destruction of 2,000 housing units covering 15,000 people in the area.’
‘Lawyers for two terror suspects currently being held by the U.S. in Guantanamo Bay have accused Poland of human rights abuses.
They say they fell victim to the CIA’s program to kidnap terror suspects and transfer them to other countries as they allege that they were tortured in a remote Polish prison.
The case marks the first time Europe’s role in the CIA’s ‘extraordinary rendition’ of terror suspects has reached European Court of Human Rights.’
‘A hawkish US congressman calls on Washington to use “tactical nuclear weapons” to destroy Iranian nuclear facilities if military action becomes necessary.
In an interview with C-SPAN on Wednesday morning, House Armed Services Committee member Rep. Duncan Hunter warned Tehran with a military attack despite a nuclear agreement.
When asked whether attacking Iran is inevitable, the Republican lawmaker said, “I sure as Hell hope not.”
However, he suggested that in case of military action, any American strike would be a “massive aerial bombing campaign,” the Army Times reported.’
‘Britain should be “grateful” that Romanian and Bulgarian migrants fill jobs refused by local workers, a senior Romanian official says.
In an interview with the Times newspaper on Wednesday, Romania’s Labour Minister Mariana Campeanu said immigrants from the two eastern European countries fill essential roles in the agriculture and hospitality sectors shunned by Britons who prefer to live on benefits.
“Taking into account the fact that Romanian citizens in the UK contribute greatly to the gross domestic product (GDP) and also that many of these people are young and well-qualified, the UK should be grateful that these people have come to live there,” Campeanu said.’
‘Whenever a Western leader expresses adoration and undying support for the Zionist regime, the Jewish Chronicle can be relied on to make the most of it. This week it reports on UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s Chanucah/Hanukkah reception in Downing Street when he lit a menorah (that elegant 9-branch candlestick) with the Chief Rabbi.
According to the JC, Cameron took the opportunity to say he didn’t have much faith in the interim nuclear agreement struck with Iran.
He told assembled Jewish leaders: “I know there will be great skepticism, I know there will be great worry. I share that skepticism, I share that worry. I don’t have any starry-eyed view of what this Iranian regime offers.”
He went on to announce: “I am with you and with the Israeli people, genuinely. As far as I’m concerned, an enemy of Israel is an enemy of mine. A threat to Israel is a threat to us all.’
‘Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has instructed government bureaucrats to include the North Pole in the country’s Arctic claim submission to the United Nations.
Canada submitted the inclusion of the geographic North Pole in order to extend its northern sea boundary for seabed riches in the Arctic, the daily newspaper Globe and Mail reported Wednesday.
“Canada is in the process of securing its sovereignty over the north,” Harper’s office said, while referring to additional surveying and analysis to strengthen its claim over the pole.
Ottawa’s declaration of the North Pole came after it was excluded from a proposed UN submission.’