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‘Secretary of State John Kerry spoke with his Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, by phone Tuesday — as the European Union set a deadline to preparing more responses against Moscow’s occupation of Ukraine’s Crimea region.
The Kerry-Lavrov call came after Russia responded to list of questions posed by the United States over the weekend to assess Moscow’s support for a de-escalation of the crisis. The U.S. called the response insufficient and said the environment for diplomacy was not there yet.
“They have not taken de-escalatory steps. However, I would not say it’s as black and white in our view,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Tuesday, noting that Kerry and Lavrov are continuing their discussions.
The dialogue comes ahead of Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk visit to the White House on Wednesday, where he and President Barack Obama are expected to discuss a peaceful resolution to Russia’s military intervention in Crimea.’
‘As the fate of Ukraine grows more uncertain by the day and Crimea looks set to become part of Russia, pro-Kremlin and Western media have accused each other of launching information wars in a bid to sway public opinion in their favor.
Less than a month after Ukraine’s former President Viktor Yanukovych was ousted amid mass discontent over his decision to move away from the European Union and toward Russia, the tug-of-war over Ukraine has now focused on Crimea, where experts say an information war has been launched after many Ukrainian news outlets were shut down and replaced by Russian state-owned ones.
Russian state media have been accused of resorting not only to half-truths and distortions but also to direct lies in their description of Ukrainian authorities and protesters.
The Kremlin, in turn, has accused Western and Ukrainian media of whitewashing the Ukrainian protest movement and the actions of the country’s current government.’
‘The World Bank announced Tuesday that it will provide up to $3 billion to support reforms in Ukraine, which is struggling to put its economy back on track amid political turbulence.
The lender said that restoring economic stability, strengthening the banking sector, reforming the energy sector, tackling corruption, enhancing investment and improving social assistance were key priorities for Ukraine.
“We are committed to supporting the people of Ukraine in these difficult times and very much hope that the situation in the country stabilizes soon,” said World Bank Group president Jim Yong Kim.’
‘The parliament of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea has adopted an independence declaration from Ukraine which is necessary for holding a March 16 referendum.
“We, the members of the parliament of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the Sevastopol City Council, with regard to the charter of the United Nations and a whole range of other international documents and taking into consideration the confirmation of the status of Kosovo by the United Nations International Court of Justice on July, 22, 2010, which says that unilateral declaration of independence by a part of the country doesn’t violate any international norms, make this decision,” says the text of the declaration, which was published by the Crimean media.
The document was adopted during an extraordinary session of parliament.
78 of 100 members of the parliament voted in favor of the declaration.’
‘America’s ambassador in Kiev said the US would refuse to recognise next Sunday’s “so-called referendum” in Crimea, and said Washington would take further steps against Russia if it used the poll to legitimise its occupation.
Geoffrey Pyatt said Barack Obama and the US secretary of state, John Kerry, had spent the weekend talking to European leaders. Obama also spoke to Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin. The ambassador said the US and EU were in complete agreement that stronger sanctions could follow after next weekend’s referendum, adding: “There is no daylight between us.”
The ambassador said the White House was unbending in its view that Crimea was part of Ukraine. He said that in the runup to Sunday’s referendum “gangs of pro-Russian thugs” were roaming the peninsula, beating up activists and creating an atmosphere of fear and intimidation. Without mentioning Moscow by name, Pyatt said there was also an “active campaign right now” to stir up dissension and division across the country.’
‘Fracking protesters have won a late legal bid to avoid eviction from a camp near a test drilling site in Salford.
Lawyers for the group, at Barton Moss, have been granted a full hearing to decide if there are grounds for the right to an appeal against eviction.
Landowners Peel Investments was granted possession of the camp on Monday and the eviction had been due to take place at midday.
The firm has so far declined to comment on the decision.’
‘Last Wednesday, the Washington D.C. city council passed a resolution opposing fracking in the George Washington National Forest, making the nation’s capitol the third major U.S. city, after Los Angeles and Dallas, to decry the hazards of shale drilling in recent days.
The D.C. council’s resolution called on the U.S. Forest Service to prohibit horizontal hydraulic fracturing in the forest’s headwaters of the Potomac River, the sole source of water for the nation’s capital, citing the risks of pollution and the costs of monitoring for contamination.
It is unclear whether the DC City Council vote will hold any sway in determining the actual fate of the forest. The decision whether to permit fracking there primarily rests with the U.S. Forest Service, which is currently updating its long-term management plan for the George Washington National Forest.’
‘Political support for fracking is not just about energy, writes Paul Mobbs. It reflects the greater ecological and resource crisis at the root of our current economic woes – and only postpones the essential shift to a new kind of economy.
It’s only by changing the economic process itself, to adapt to the ecological limits acting upon the human system, that we can tackle the inter-related issues of resource depletion, climate change and ecological degradation.
For eight months I’ve been travelling around England and Wales talking about ‘unconventional gas’ – shale gas, coal-bed methane and underground coal gasification, often erroneously conflated as ‘fracking’.
This intensive period of work began last June, and continued into 2014 to meet the continued requests for talks. In particular I’ve tried to tour those areas next in line for extreme energy developments – South Wales, The Marches and the South Midlands.’
‘The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Tuesday that the CIA searched the panel’s computers and that the search may have violated the Constitution.
“The CIA just went and searched the committee’s computers,” California Democrat Sen. Dianne Feinstein said in a lengthy speech on the Senate floor, calling the the matter a “defining moment” for the oversight of the Intelligence Committee.’
‘The search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight was descending into confusion and acrimony on Wednesday as Vietnam called off part of its search pending further information from Malaysia.
As families spent a fifth day waiting for news of flight MH370, which vanished with 239 people on board, disagreements within the international search operation were surfacing and Malaysian officials failed to clarify the aircraft’s last known movements.
Vietnam said it had halted its air search and scaled back a sea search while it waited for Malaysia to offer more detail.
“We’ve decided to temporarily suspend some search and rescue activities, pending information from Malaysia,” Vietnam’s deputy minister of transport, Pham Quy Tieu, told AFP.’
‘Philip Hammond, the defence secretary, has denied a move to put a buy-to-let property into his wife’s name helped him to avoid paying the highest rate of tax.
An investigation by the Daily Mirror found the senior Conservative transferred a cottage out of his name and solely into his wife’s name almost two years ago. The newspaper alleged this could have helped lower his tax bill by keeping him out of the highest rate of tax for people who earn more than £150,000 per year, which was 50p and is now 45p in the pound. Cabinet ministers earn £134,565 each.
However, Hammond said this was not the case as his half share of rental income from the property would not have pushed him into the highest bracket.’
‘With more than 20 millionaires in the UK cabinet, reporter Antony Barnett examines the financial affairs of some ministers and others who have helped the government.
George Osborne says ‘we’re all in this together’ but are ministers and top Tories paying the same rates of tax as the rest of us?
Barnett visits a number of offshore tax havens around the world still under control of Britain, including the Cayman Islands and the British Virgin Islands, to find out more about tax avoidance ploys.’
‘Is this what humanity has been reduced to? By its own permission and the imprimatur of our acceptance of our creeping, current global conditions? Were we designed for this fate, fleshly man against machine? Or is there another way?
These are pretty serious considerations, especially if you’re starting to get the picture.
We’re in a very serious state, for our individual and collective survival. While the companies of automatons continue their programmed onslaught, it seems the vast majority still sits feeling helpless while enduring these very personal and physical invasions of their freedom and autonomy.
Until moved to primitive reactions.’
‘A company has developed glasses that will give users not only an interactive, virtual 3-D display, but also the ability to spot individual faces among a crowd of people, something the company says will aid police in predicting and thwarting “future” crimes.
Capitalizing on the popularity of Apple’s soon-to-be-released techie eyewear, Atheer Labs has created a set of eyeglasses that give users “immersive 3-D,” surrounding them “with information wherever [they] turn and look..”
Similar to Google Glass, the Atheer One, as the glasses are dubbed, connects to the web, streams videos, and can act as a virtual calendar and organizer.
But in a recent interview with CBS Miami, the company’s founder, Allen Yang, touted the glasses as a new crime fighting tool that will give police eerie Minority Report-like future crime awareness.’
‘The NHS is probing astonishing claims GPs are billing care homes for visits that should be free.
Fees paid by nursing homes are intended to cover so-called ‘enhanced’ services.
But there are concerns some family doctors are demanding the payments for nothing more than basic NHS care. A Labour peer said if evidence of fraud was discovered it would be a police matter.
It is believed some homes are passing the cost of GPs on to elderly residents, increasing the chance they will have to sell their property. Around one in ten nursing homes have paid a doctor for a visit, according to a survey by the Care Quality Commission.
It was reported last month that in one case a GP requested an extra £24,000 a year to cover services for 72 elderly residents.’
‘The state pension age should rise to 70 by 2040 – more than 20 years earlier than scheduled under government changes, the country’s pension tsar said last night.
At present, a woman can claim her State pension at the age of 62 while men receive theirs from the age of 65.
Ministers have already outlined plans to first align and then increase the ages at which men and women become eligible for the pension – but Lord Turner said the current timetable should be speeded up even more dramatically.
Under the current plan, the State pension age for women will match men at 65 by 2018, and then both men and women will rise to 66 by 2020, 67 by 2028, 68 by the ‘mid-2030s’ and 69 by the ‘late-2040s’.’
A British mother has been left to bring up her daughter alone after her American husband was kicked out of the country – because he had cancer.
Distraught Lorraine Marx, 56, nursed her husband Ralph Marx, also 56, when he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.
But the Home Office ruled he had become a burden on the taxpayer – despite having private health cover – after the NHS billed him £98,000 for the emergency cancer treatment he had received.
Mrs Marx, a former Royal Navy chief petty officer, watched helplessly as against medical advice he was escorted on to a plane and deported.’
‘Interest rates will rise six-fold by 2017 as Britain’s economy becomes one of the fastest growing in the developed world, the Bank of England Governor said on Tuesday.
The increase to more “normal” levels will be welcomed by many savers who have faced record low rates for more than six years, but is likely to plunge many borrowers into financial difficulty.
Mark Carney said that Bank rate could reach 3 per cent within three years, six times the current 0.5 per cent.’
‘Bank of England Governor Mark Carney is quizzed by MPs over claims some of the bank’s officials knew about alleged foreign exchange rate fixing.
His appearance before the Treasury Select Committee comes a week after it emerged that some officials were aware of rigging attempts as early as 2006.
The bank said there was no evidence its staff had colluded to rig the market.
MPs are also questioning Mr Carney over other financial issues, including the possibility of a currency union.’
‘David Cameron will arrive in Israel today under pressure to acknowledge the country as the Jewish homeland.
Groups representing some British Jews hope Mr Cameron will acknowledge Israel’s status as the world’s only Jewish state on his first visit to the country in office.
The Prime Minister is on a two-day trip to Israel and the Palestinian territories, accompanied by a delegation including Natasha Kaplinksy, the former BBC newsreader, and British business leaders including two Conservative party donors.’
‘Pitfalls in addressing the Israeli-Palestinian issue are always a challenge for visiting British politicians and it appears that Prime Minister David Cameron, who is due to arrive in the Holy Land on Wednesday for his first visit as British leader, managed to leave Palestinians feeling that they are an “afterthought” even before he landed.
Critics are unhappy that, according to Mr Cameron’s schedule, he will spend just three hours of the two-day visit in Palestinian territory and the rest in Israel. Having met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and delivered a speech to Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, Mr Cameron will not be including a visit to the Palestinian administrative capital in the West Bank city of Ramallah, where most of the Palestinian political elite is situated. Instead, he will travel to Bethlehem, which is closer to Jerusalem, where the Knesset is located, for a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday.’
A defamation order has forced this exceptional and extraordinary couple to shut down their Canadian political forum under threat of prison after yet another legal action by the serial litigant Richard Warman.
Recorded at London’s vast Wembley Arena before a sell-out audience of thousands, and watched live by tens of thousands worldwide on the Internet.
Nearly ten hours of cutting edge information researched, compiled and presented by David Icke that you will hear nowhere else in the world put together in this way.
‘Department of Homeland Security snipers trained their weapons on frightened residents during a raid on a nearby apartment in East Williamsburg, with neighbors complaining of how they were “utterly confused and frankly terrorized” during the incident.
The combined federal/NYPD drugs bust started in the early hours of Sunday morning when a low flying helicopter startled East Williamsburg and Bushwick residents, before streets were blocked off, preventing people from going home.
“Witnesses spotted a big Department of Homeland Security truck as well as DHS agents toting machine guns as they raided 221 Devoe Street,” reports the Gothamist.
While the raid unfolded, DHS snipers aimed their guns at residents in nearby buildings, causing panic and confusion. “I literally had a flashlight-gun pointed at me from a sniper on top of the black armored truck the first time I opened our window to see what was going on,” said one neighbor.’
‘So who is this Cerberus Capital Management with its impeccable timing to acquire critical food distribution sources just as food prices in the U.S. are about to soar due to America’s breadbasket being empty come mid-summertime?
Let’s take a deeper look at the how dots that connect.
Cerberus manages more than $20 billion in capital. Together, the companies it owns generate annual revenue of about $60 billion — more than either Amazon, Cisco, McDonalds or Coca-Cola. With just 200 of its own employees, Cerberus owns or has pieces of over 50 companies with more than 175,000 employees.
Mr. Dan Qualye, former VP of the United States and who served with former President George H. W. Bush Sr., joined Cerberus in 1999 and is chairman of the company’s Global Investments Division. Former Treasury Secretary, John Snow is also on the Cerberus payroll.’
‘Desperate Britons are turning to Facebook to advertise their organs for sale at up to £30,000 despite the medical and legal risks involved, according to a newspaper investigation.
In the UK it is an offense under the Human Tissue Act to buy or even advertise organs for sale. This means that anyone offering to sell their own organs – even if they intend to travel abroad to have the operation – could face prison.
The Sunday Post discovered that there are people willing to take that risk. A reporter posing as the brother of a woman in need of a transplant advertised on Facebook. Within a week he had received 11 offers, two of which were from people living in the UK.’
‘CBS News investigative correspondent Sharyl Attkisson announced on Monday that she had resigned from the network after more than two decades, and sources say her departure stems from disagreements over her former employer’s alleged bias.
Attkisson, an Emmy Award-winning journalist who previously worked for CNN, confirmed that she left CBS News with a single five-word message sent from her Twitter account on Monday afternoon.
“I have resigned from CBS,” she wrote.
Moments later, Politico writer Dylan Byers reported on her exit and included remarks made by sources who say they’re familiar with Attkisson’s departure from CBS.’
‘Dr. Rick Strassman in his book DMT: the Spirit Molecule, claims that DMT, which is one of the most powerful psychedelic drugs, can provide a reliable and regular access to the other planes of existence. He claims that DMT may actually be a gateway to parallel universes.
In fact, these universes are always there and constantly transmit information. But we cannot perceive them because we are simply not designed for this: our ‘program’ keeps us tuned to the standard, mentally ‘normal’ channel. We don’t have the sensory tools available to tune into to this information. Dr. Strassman beliefs that DMT allows us to tune into to other dimensions of existence that are already present right now.
What if DMT can lead us to parallel worlds? Theoretical physicists assume that the existence of parallel worlds is based on the phenomenon of interference, writes Strassman. One of the demonstrations of this phenomenon is what happens to the light beam when passing through a narrow hole in cardboard. Various rings and colorful edges that appear on the screen on which the light falls are not just the outlines of the cardboard. As a result of more complex experiments, the researchers concluded on the existence of “invisible” light particles that collide with those that we can see, refracting light in unexpected ways.’
‘Three teenagers have been injured in recent weeks near Jalazoun refugee camp, indicating increasing instances of the use of live ammunition by Israeli soldiers against children.
On January 31, Mohammad E and Mohammad S, both 17, were protesting against the killing of Mohammad Mubarak two days earlier near Ein Siniya to the north of Jalazoun refugee camp. Israeli soldiers stationed at the southern entrance of the camp, where protestors frequently gather, opened fire with live ammunition causing injury to both boys.
In a sworn testimony given to DCI-Palestine, Mohammad E describes the actions of the Israeli forces. “Soldiers started firing tear gas canisters, live bullets and rubber bullets at us, and I was injured by a live bullet just below my right knee.” When a friend tried to carry him away from the soldiers, he too was shot in the shoulder.’
‘A drug company refuses to give a dying 7-year-old boy experimental medication because doing so would cut into its profits.
Cancer survivor Josh Hardy is fighting a viral infection he developed after a recent bone-marrow transplant, and his family has turned to social media to pressure pharmaceutical maker Chimerix into providing the antiviral drug brincidofovir.
The North Carolina-based company has already turned down multiple requests by Josh’s doctors for the unapproved drug, and it has so far remained unmoved by thousands of requests made by friends, family members, and other supporters.
“Our son will die without this drug,” said the boy’s father, Todd Hardy. “We’re begging them to give it to us.”
But the company’s CEO, Kenneth Moch, said Chimerix cannot agree to provide the drug for compassionate use because it would then be obligated to share the drug with other patients – and he said that would be too costly.’
‘Distracted, fidgeting and squirming in his seat, the 13-year-old boy in my consulting room was exhibiting all the classic signs of an attention disorder.
His desperate mother hoped that I could do something for her son, who had become sluggish and unfocused at school, did not seem to care that his academic performance was declining, and claimed to feel ‘too tired’ for sport, which he used to enjoy.
He had been diagnosed with ADHD – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder – and been taking medication for a year but, to the despair of his teachers and mother, his behaviour had not improved at all.
I was not at all surprised. Why? Because, after 50 years of practising medicine and seeing thousands of patients demonstrating symptoms of ADHD, I have reached the conclusion there is no such thing as ADHD.’
‘Rumours are now circulating suggesting that Israel is growing uneasy as a result of a recent report from the Washington Institute for Near East Policy that Egypt is seeking to acquire Russian air-defense systems such as the S-300, MiG Fighter jets, Mi-35 helicopters, Mi-17 helicopters, and Kornet anti-tank weapons.
Last month, an Egyptian newspaper reported that Egypt had recently concluded a $2 billion weapons deal with Russia which was funded by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
The weapons deal is largely seen as a means to mitigate the threat of U.S. pressure as a result of the ouster of corrupt Muslim Brotherhood member Muhammed Morsi.’
‘Going up? Way up?
The space elevator – An idea which used to be pure speculative science fiction has gained renewed interest.
ExtremeTech.com lays out the technical challenges of the audacious (crazy?) plan to extend the 100,000-kilometers-long tether into space. Especially problematic to the mission is the fact that the materials and technology needed to create the space elevator don’t actually exist yet!
One problem at a time, we suppose.’
‘”It’s people! Soylent green is made out of people”, to quote from the classic 1973 science fiction film and Charlton Heston’s memorable line. (1970s era spoiler alert!): In Soylent Green, due to global collapse, a desperate and dying humanity is unknowingly being fed human remains as a food source. But due to biological and scientific advances we can apparently eat humans now, willingly, and with a side of mustard. Why wait for catastrophe?
Once more life imitates art, and a startup called BiteLabs is looking for support to create meat products from celebrity body parts, aiming to take cells from willing celebs and using them to grow protein into test-tube meat.
LATimes.com spoke with a representative of the organization: “At the moment, our primary goal is to provoke discussion and debate around topics of bioethics and celebrity culture.”‘
‘Most of the country lives in an urban or suburban environment. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2010, the number of Americans living in the country’s 3,573 urban areas (defined as population groupings of 50,000 or more) was about 249.6 million people.
To those who still live rurally, mom-and-pop stores and small businesses offering a variety of goods are still around. But never far away are what we call nowadays the “big-box stores” — giant chain retailers that offer lots of stuff and can do so for less money. And Wal-Mart is the biggest.
Cheaper goods may sound alright at first, but when you consider that the Wal-Marts of the world have a tendency to drive mom-and-pop stores out of business, it becomes a little more “real,” so to speak. And that can be upsetting to some folks, especially those trying to make a living — in this economy — in Rural America.’
‘You might not want to hold your tongue out to catch that enticing drop the next time it rains — you could end up inadvertently taking a swig of Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide. New research published in the journal Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry reveals that both air and rain are contaminated with Roundup and other toxic agricultural chemicals more than 75 percent of the time in some areas, exposing potentially hundreds of millions of people to small and perpetual doses of hidden chemical poisons.
For this research, a team of scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) collected air and rain samples weekly for 12 years during each growing season in the Mississippi Delta agricultural region, testing for glyphosate, the primary active ingredient in Roundup; atrazine; metolachlor; propanil, and a host of other pesticides and herbicides in common use between the years of 1995 and 2007 — the first genetically modified organisms (GMOs) were introduced in the U.S. in 1995.’
‘In the last decade it has become more and more obvious that we have in America today what the journalists Dana Priest and William Arkin have called
two governments: the one its citizens were familiar with, operated more or less in the open: the other a parallel top secret government whose parts had mushroomed in less than a decade into a gigantic, sprawling universe of its own, visible to only a carefully vetted cadre – and its entirety…visible only to God.
And in 2013, particularly after the military return to power in Egypt, more and more authors referred to this second level as America’s “deep state.” Here for example is the Republican analyst Mike Lofgren:
There is the visible government situated around the Mall in Washington, and then there is another, more shadowy, more indefinable government that is not explained in Civics 101 or observable to tourists at the White House or the Capitol. The former is traditional Washington partisan politics: the tip of the iceberg that a public watching C-SPAN sees daily and which is theoretically controllable via elections. The subsurface part of the iceberg I shall call the Deep State, which operates according to its own compass heading regardless of who is formally in power.’
‘India’s Prime Minister’s approval of GM food and Environment Minister Moily’s disregard for rules, illegally permitting open field trials of 120 food crops will destroy India at the genetic level, namely its biodiversity. In an election year Manmohan Singh is leaving behind a scorched India. A blind, deaf, dumb and bigoted Prime Minster said ‘the government should not succumb to unscientific prejudices against GE seeds and foods.’’
‘The story of Internment in 1970s Northern Ireland is a sore and beleaguered one, mass arrests and imprisonment without charge or trial, of citizens opposing the absence of their civil liberties and endless discrimination at the hands of the state, of allegations of brutality from state forces, ranging from the physical to the psychological, a rather familiar sight today for Palestinians at the hands of Israeli troops in the Occupied West Bank.
Cait Trainor still remembers as a child her family home being raided by British soldiers and her father being hauled off for questioning, she does not identify with a the mainstream media narrative that events in Northern Ireland are a kind of catholic emancipation exercise, instead, she sees her struggle as a republican fighting for the removal of British occupation.
She has spent the last four years working on the Martin Corey release campaign. Martin Corey was imprisoned for four years without charge or trial mirroring the internment era in Northern Ireland.
Cait recognises that like Palestine, the Northern Ireland conflict was and is often represented in the media as one of balanced diametric warfare and divide rather than one of occupation where a powerful entity disregards the rights of an oppressed people, where internment rather than recognition of rights became the course of action.’
‘WhoWhatWhy investigation has found serious factual inconsistencies in accounts provided by the only witness to the alleged confession of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.
Why does this matter? Because this witness is the sole source for the entire publicly accepted narrative of who was behind the bombing and its aftermath—and why these events occurred.
In case we’ve forgotten how convoluted and murky the story initially seemed, let’s recall how:’
Nearly 700 pages, 355,000 words, 325 illustrations and 32 pages of original colour art by Neil Hague. A Monumental Work
What is the ‘Moon Matrix’?
‘Russia has arranged for its supporters in the Crimean state parliament to vote to secede from Ukraine and join Russia, and has announced that there will be a popular referendum on the issue in the semi-autonomous province, which has been part of Ukraine since the 1950s and went with Ukraine when that former soviet socialist republic became an independent country in 1991.
It is not clear if Russia’s supporters in Crimea are serious about this accession to Russia or if they are just playing a bargaining chip intended to wring long term concessions from the interim Ukrainian government, such as a permanent lease of naval facilities in Crimea to the Russian navy.
While a Crimean secession from Ukraine is unwise and will cause a lot of trouble, it isn’t unprecedented in the last few decades and the US and the West have supported some secessions or country break-ups when they suited their interests, while opposing others.
The US supported the secession of Kosovo from Serbia in the late 1990s (both had been part of the Yugoslav federation in the Cold War, but it fell apart in the 1990s; Serbia’s claims on parts of Bosnia and on all of Kosovo as the main Yugoslav successor state were rejected by the US, which helped Bosnia and Kosovo secede.)’
‘A group of Israeli teenagers have told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that they will refuse to serve in the military because of its role in the occupation of Palestinian land.
“The main reason for our refusal is our opposition to the occupation of the Palestinian territories by the army,” about 50 youths wrote in a letter to Netanyahu, published on Saturday by an Israeli pacifist group.
The group referred to “human rights violations” in the West Bank, including “executions, settlement construction, administrative detention, torture, collective punishment and unfair distribution of water and electricity”.
“Any military service perpetuates the current situation, and therefore we cannot take part in a system that carries out these deeds,” read the letter posted on the Facebook page of Yesh Gvul.’
‘On this week’s episode of Unauthorized Disclosure, Kevin Gosztola and I interviewed Truthout staff reporter Dahr Jamail about his latest article on the ongoing crisis in Fallujah, where the US-installed Iraqi government headed by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is slaughtering civilians.
Jamail, one of the only American journalists still reporting on Iraq, highlights the parallels between the current siege of Fallujah and the crimes committed by US military there in 2004.
US combat troops may have left Iraq, but the war is far from over. As Jamail explained, the sectarian divisions fueling the ongoing violence are a direct result of the US occupation, when America trained and armed Shia death squads to eradicate the predominantly Sunni armed resistance, a strategy that was executed by the same men responsible for training death squads in Latin America in the 1980s. “The sectarianism was brought in by the American tanks,” said Jamail. As a result, Iraq is far worse off than it ever was under Saddam Hussein. In fact, as Jamail explained, many Iraqis refer to Maliki—who’s private security forces torture, rape and kill Sunnis—as the “Shia Saddam.”
This comes on top of skyrocketing rates of congenital birth defects and rare cancers that are significantly worse than the rates documented in the aftermath of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Jamail called this “one of the lingering ongoing war crimes that is residual from the US occupation.”‘
‘The United States and Israel have signed an agreement under which $429 million of American taxpayers’ money “will be transferred immediately to Israel” to fund its Iron Dome missile system.
The pentagon says the agreement was signed last week in a bid to “continue support of the production of the Iron Dome weapon system” and provide opportunities for US industry to “receive meaningful co-production opportunities for Iron Dome components.”
On March 4, the US House of Representatives also passed a bill which named Israel a “major strategic partner” of the US and called for the expansion of Washington’s military ties with Tel Aviv.’
‘At least three Palestinians have been killed in a fresh Israeli airstrike on the Gaza Strip as the wave of aggression on the besieged Palestinian enclave continues unabated.
Spokesman of Gaza’s Ministry of Health Ashraf al-Qidra said the airborne attack took place in southern city of Khan Yunis on Tuesday.
The Islamic Jihad said in a statement that the three killed were members of the movement, and an Israeli assassination drone targeted them as they “resisted an Israeli military incursion” into the city of Rafah, situated 30 kilometers (19 miles) south of Gaza City.
On March 3, one Palestinian was killed and three others injured in an Israeli airstrike on the northern Gaza Strip.’
‘Thai National Security Council chief Paradorn Pattanathabutr has hinted that a state of emergency could be lifted in Bangkok and its adjacent areas.
On Tuesday, Pattanathabutr said there was a “very high chance” the state of emergency in Bangkok and surrounding areas would be lifted soon.
“Business organizations have asked that it be lifted and the overall situation is easing,” Paradorn told reporters in the Thai capital.
The government imposed the 60-day emergency state in Bangkok on January 21 in a bid to contain the unrest and incidents of violence.’
‘A North Korean-flagged oil tanker loaded with crude oil from a rebel-held port in eastern Libya has escaped the Libyan military forces to the open sea, officials say.
Libya’s small navy vessels could not prevent the giant oil tanker, named the Morning Glory, from taking advantage of the inclement weather and escaping out into the Mediterranean on Tuesday, members of the General National Congress (GNC) stated.
“The oil tanker took advantage of poor weather conditions to head for the open sea. The ships that were surrounding it were not in a position to follow,” an unidentified GNC member said.’