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by Bjinse on Mon Aug 13th, 2018 at 10:56:29 PM EST
Compare to the UK, that is. RT
"The Jewish establishment in Britain and Israeli propaganda have taken out a contract on him (Corbyn), to foil his election..." Levy wrote in an opinion piece last week.  This remarkable piece by Israel's finest journalist Gideon Levy, published in Israel's finest newspaper Ha'aretz, is remarkable not just in that it is a fine piece of writing on a par with what he writes every other day.

But it reminds those whose rushes of blood to the head too often lead them to erroneously believe that Israel is (not yet, at any rate) a "fascist" country. If it were, Levy would be dead, Ha'aretz long closed down and the strategic damage done internationally to Netanyahu by the steady stream of free journalism staunched in the interests of the state.

It is a commonplace that there is NO Arab country where such journalism is permitted. Even cartoonists enigmatically lampooning the Arab system are taken out, never mind trenchant existential attacks upon the character of the system and the leader, like this one.

Less palatable is the fact that NO British journalist would write this piece, quite the contrary. Virtually every British journalist is either writing the opposite or is engaged in a frantic search for the slightest morsel of historic Facebook scribblings to launch yet another assassination piece on the Labour leader.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Aug 14th, 2018 at 01:41:06 PM EST
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Has it, the imagination of a fascist state, come to the absence of useful idiots?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Aug 14th, 2018 at 01:56:55 PM EST
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It's worth noting that lebelling Israel a "fascist" state is so loaded with overtones and whatabouterry that the effort to do so distracts from the writer's ability to accuratly describe what Israel is.

However, it is undeniably an apartheid state, with all the attendant nastiness and aggressions involved. This a label that cannot be contested, especially in the light of recent laws passed by the Knesset.

And it allows us to make it a pariah state on that basis without any need for recourse to problematic descriptions or definitions

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Aug 14th, 2018 at 07:00:07 PM EST
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Nice.

As it happens I took Arendt off the shelf this morning. She made a great show of differentiating the political effects and intellectual history associated with dictatorship, fascism, and totalitarianism in Responsibility and Judgment. Of particular interest to me is the relation of such philosophies to individual ideation of moral conduct and banal --or customary-- expressions of civil liberty.

So I re-read "Personal Responsibility Under Dictatorship" rather more closely, as I'd forgotten how deeply this thinking has influenced my apprehension of contemporary faction.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Aug 14th, 2018 at 07:43:30 PM EST
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David Swanson's wingman:
Yemen: Fake 'News' in America's Mainstream Outlets
The accompanying printed CNN news-article says nothing at all about the U.S. Government's involvement until the very end of the article, where a U.S. propagandist is quoted:

After the strike, the United States, which largely supports the coalition's campaign, issued a statement.

"US military support to our partners mitigates noncombatant casualties," said Pentagon spokeswoman Rebecca Rebarich, according to the statement.

"Our support to the coalition consists of aerial refueling and intelligence support to assist our partners in securing their borders from cross-border attacks from the Houthis. Our noncombat support focuses on improving coalition processes and procedures, especially regarding compliance with the law of armed conflict and best practices for reducing the risk of civilian casualties," the statement said.



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Aug 14th, 2018 at 05:57:56 PM EST
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REUTERS | Mali president claims election victory amid fraud accusations
The ballot pitted Keita, who is seeking a second term to rule the West African gold- and cotton-producing country, against opposition leader Soumaila Cisse, who said on Monday that the vote was fraudulent and that he was victor. ...European Union observers said on Tuesday they saw irregularities but not fraud.
France24 | Mali run-off pits Keïta's record against Cissé's pledge for change
In terms of security, the president's record is similarly mixed. Five years after France intervened to pry control of northern Mali from jihadists, the international community has grown impatient waiting for effective implementation of the 2015 peace accord between Bamako and rebel groups; since the accord was signed, Islamist violence, until then circumscribed to the north of the country, has spread through Mali to its borders with Burkina Faso and Niger.

2 days ago: Malians vote in presidential runoff amid attacks, threats
"'They asked everyone to put their hands up. The polling station president tried to escape. The jihadists shot and killed him,' the source said."
4 days ago:Cisse said on Monday he would reject the results of a presidential runoff, calling on the population "to rise up"

"We had a little over 3.7 percent of stations which had not functioned properly" during the first round on July 29, Salif Traore, Mali's security minister, said on Monday. The figure fell to 2.1 percent of the 23,000 polling booths in Sunday's runoff vote, which Traore said was due to the deployment of more military. In a reminder of the jihadist threat that was a major campaign issue, the overseer of a polling station in Arkodia, in the northern region of Timbuktu, was shot dead on Sunday by armed Islamist militants, local officials said.
6 days ago: Mali's constitutional court confirms presidential run-off vote for Sunday
"The court says President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita received 41.7 percent of the vote, while Soumaila Cisse received 17.7 percent. The two also faced off in 2013."

archived
EU asks Mali for details of key presidential vote, 1 Aug

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Aug 14th, 2018 at 09:13:21 PM EST
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Loser in Mali election files appeal to overturn results
Cisse lost in a ["]landslide["] to incumbent President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, picking up just 33 percent of the vote in an election in which only 34 percent of a politics-weary [?] electorate voted.
Blow for Cisse as opposition leaders decline runoff support, 9 Aug
"Neither IBK (Keita) nor Soumi (Cisse) corresponds with our political ideal. I will not support one or the other. Each person who voted for me is free to vote for whom they wish," Diarra, who won seven percent in the first round, told supporters in the capital, Bamako.

Diallo told his followers that it was "to Malians that I leave the responsibility of expressing themselves as they wish in the second round."

Opposition groups call for demonstration in Bamako on August 18 to protest

reference
What Happened,
286 Used from $1.32
125 New from $5.85
15 Collectible from $12.45

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by Cat on Sat Aug 18th, 2018 at 02:49:10 AM EST
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U.S. to start moving Okinawa-based marines to Guam in 2024
This hardly seemed possible five years ago. I can only imagine what portion of $717B is allocated to accelerate the process.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Aug 15th, 2018 at 03:27:50 AM EST
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Okinawa prefecture: concern about landfill by base relocation ...

    The Henoko Okinawa referendum committee:
    "We want to strongly demand that the central government halt the
    landfill work off the Henoko district until the referendum is held."

Okinawa drive to put Henoko issue on ballot collects 100,000 signers
Gov. Takeshi Onaga's death muddles long-standing U.S. base relocation plan in Okinawa
70,000 protest U.S. base plan in honor of late Okinawa governor

by Oui on Wed Aug 15th, 2018 at 08:23:58 AM EST
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Japan Times is such a tool of US occupation propaganda. Checked out the publisher (the man) a few years ago. Anywhoo ...
State of Play, 2013
After years of protests by locals, the US is moving its Okinawa military base
After 17 years of delays, Okinawa's governor has signed off on a plan to move the US Futenma Marine Corps Air Station to a coastal area in the northern part of Okinawa island, Japan.

Since US servicemen were convicted of raping a Japanese schoolgirl in 1996, the base has long incited controversy on the island. In recent years, residents of the densely-populated city adjacent to Futenma base have continued to push for its closure due to noise and pollution concerns. In 2006, the US and Japan agreed to close the base, as long as Okinawa agreed to move the base elsewhere on the island. ...

archived WWII peace dividends
US Foreign Policy from Crisis to Crisis, scenario model

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by Cat on Wed Aug 15th, 2018 at 01:25:16 PM EST
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Racist immigrants who settled in Australia? Naah ...

In comments:
"I love it. It reflects what most real Aussies think,
except for the communist inspired Greens
who want us to be a 3rd world shit hole."

by Oui on Wed Aug 15th, 2018 at 08:34:29 AM EST
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I tend to get all my Australia racism news from First Dog on the Moon

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Aug 15th, 2018 at 01:00:17 PM EST
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Thanks. I've been pumping my fist to youtube documentaries. On occasion.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Aug 15th, 2018 at 01:33:13 PM EST
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As Monty Python once said

"This here's the wattle,
the symbol of our land,
you an put it in a bottle
or you can hold it in your hand"

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Aug 15th, 2018 at 01:01:38 PM EST
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Inauguration in Columbia
one story, two versions

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by Cat on Thu Aug 16th, 2018 at 01:10:17 AM EST
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of incurable pancreatic cancer.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Aug 16th, 2018 at 02:16:27 PM EST
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Exclusive: U.S. government seeks Facebook help to wiretap Messenger - sources
The U.S. government is trying to force Facebook Inc (FB.O) to break the encryption in its popular Messenger app so law enforcement may listen to a suspect's voice conversations in a criminal probe, three people briefed on the case said, resurrecting the issue of whether companies can be compelled to alter their products to enable surveillance.

The previously unreported case in a federal court in California is proceeding under seal, so no filings are publicly available, but the three people told Reuters that Facebook is contesting the U.S. Department of Justice's demand.

The judge in the Messenger case heard arguments on Tuesday on a government motion to hold Facebook in contempt of court for refusing to carry out the surveillance request, according to the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Google employees sign [A STRONGLY WORDER] protest letter over China search engine: NYT
"We urgently need more transparency, a seat at the table, and a commitment to clear and open processes: Google employees need to know what we're building"

archived o  rlly?
LQD:A Civil Action
Apple, Twitter, [Facebook subsidiary] Instagram, Yelp, Foursquare, Foodspotting, Gowalla, Kik Interactive and Kong Technologies

&tc.

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by Cat on Sat Aug 18th, 2018 at 12:23:32 AM EST
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Caspian Sea Agreement Symptomatic of Wider Geopolitical Changes
The agreement signed on 12 August gave each of the five states a 15 nautical mile exclusive territorial zone, plus a further 10 nautical mile exclusive fishing zone. The balance of the sea area was for common use. Its economic development would therefore be a joint exercise with the benefits equally shared. A Caspian Economic Forum was also established to determine, inter alia, the practical means and effects of such cooperation.

The second aspect of the agreement relates to security arrangements. All non-littoral States are forbidden to have foreign military bases. This is specifically directed at NATO, which continues its encroachment and attempted encroachment in all nations with proximity to Russia.

misplaced precision
Russia, Iran, and three others agree Caspian status, but not borders [!]
Speaking after the signing on Sunday, all five leaders praised it as historic event, but provided little detail about provisions on splitting the seabed.
[...]
"The scale of the projects in disputed waters is not comparable to the existing super-giant fields, from Azeri Chirag Guneshli and Shah Deniz in Azerbaijan to Kashagan in Kazakhstan," [analyst at energy consultancy Wood Mackenzie Ashley] Sherman said.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Aug 18th, 2018 at 05:29:06 PM EST
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NATO has no role in the Caspian. who are they gonna strongarm to get a presence?

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Aug 20th, 2018 at 05:56:52 PM EST
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Borders are guidelines for IMF coloring.

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by Cat on Mon Aug 20th, 2018 at 06:52:03 PM EST
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Some Illuminating Reactions To Elizabeth Warren's Worker Rights Plan - Current Affairs | Culture & Politics
If Kevin Williamson thinks Elizabeth Warren's proposal is dictatorial, just wait until he sees the Delaware incorporation statute, the law that defines how a corporation works. It tells corporations how their officers are to be selected, who has liability for what, what powers the stockholders have. It even tells them how often they have to have meetings! Dictatorship! Slavery! The road to serfdom!
by generic on Sat Aug 18th, 2018 at 08:28:24 PM EST
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There isn't much in the essay to commend Ms Warren's sop to the disaffected, a "gigantic socialistic" plan to authorize unelected representatives of an unspecified group of persons to a list of a corporations directors --not even the stipulation that they shall be unpaid.
Consider the concept "a corporation has a legal duty to maximize shareholder value." There is debate about whether this is actually true.
It isn't true.

First, examine US Code; find the civil or criminal statute.

Second, examine Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) of the USA, mother of many "loop holes" that riddle corporate governance and conduct enforced by the several states; find a non-conforming Delaware regulation.

Third, examine US case law; cause of action in litigation by shareholders and so-called stakeholder (a revolting term, like "the marginalized," to disguise unenforceable contractual claims) typically allege fraud, a misrepresentation of fact, lying, by sundry corporate agents that results in an economic loss to owner title to a property.

No loss is the inverse of "profit maximization"; a loss is the destruction of a realized asset. Then again, we live in a society that counts foregone tax revenue as an expense, fff, before the first bond has been issued.

Warren (69) is playing to the rubes' passions like she did lording over the Congressional Oversight Panel, which destroying community banks, before sliding into the impotent Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, controlled by the FRB in point of fact. No, she is not my friend.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Aug 18th, 2018 at 09:37:20 PM EST
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It would leave the basic structure of American enterprise entirely untouched.
This is where the constructive author is supposed to stop, consider, and elaborate the organization of physical plant, equipment, and labor as pertains to the distribution of income and liabilities among the people engaged in the enterprise.

I want to learn something I do not know. The constructive essay who intends to persuade a reader that though Ms Warren's proposal inexplicably does NOT alter the "basic structure of American enterprise" --a hierarchy of distribution-- altering corporate by-laws to accommodate only seating for "workers" among directors signifies "caring."

archived US Constitution for "wage slaves"
Bank of the United States v. Deveaux, 9 U.S. 61 (1809), John Marshall for the majority
Corporations are people.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Aug 18th, 2018 at 10:39:20 PM EST
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The alternative for the enterprising author is of course to limit the scope of the article. Illuminating reactions indeed.

However I just happen to be working through my back log, specifically Unlearning Economic's list of articles that shaped his or her outlook.
In one of those Piketty's Capital is quoted:

It's bargaining power all the way down -- Crooked Timber

The lower valuation of German corporations also reduces the apparent wealth of German households. And why are German firms valued less by the stock market? Piketty and Zucman offer a suggestive explanation:

    the higher Tobin's Q in Anglo-Saxon countries might be related to the fact that shareholders have more control over corporations than in Germany, France, and Japan. ... Relatedly, the control rights valuation story may explain part of the rising trend in Tobin's Q in rich countries. ... the "control right" or  "stakeholder" view of the firm can in principle explain why the market value of corporations is particularly low in Germany (where worker representatives have voting rights in corporate boards). According to this "stakeholder" view of the firm, the market value of corporations can be interpreted as the value for the owner...

So it might be more of the demanding 2.50 when we are paying 2 school of communism.

by generic on Sun Aug 19th, 2018 at 08:43:11 AM EST
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interesting

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by Cat on Sun Aug 19th, 2018 at 01:31:05 PM EST
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I've had a bit of a nap and reread the article. I've noted additional comments and see your design.

By "interesting," I mean that I am always relieved, even pleased, to find someone examining the internal consistency of a theory or "ideology." That exercise, if argued, indicates to me that person is equipped to think for themselves with the very methods supplied by um western intellectual history (principles geometry in particular which, I confess, in my case were larded with some irritability by Mrs. Kaplan and my father). While I was rinsing out my garbage can (UK-Eng. rubbish bin) this afternoon, after my nap, I recalled a UID from the DKOS "era" of my life in innerboob commenting: NewDeal Democrat, I believe, confessed in a "diary" distrust of (neo)economic methods. It was remarkable at the the time. iirc, I replied that I was grinning from ear to ear.

In allowing oneself to think for oneself rather than accept dogmatic persuasions without criticism, one is capable of joining the many seeking an opening in the wet paper bag, so to speak, that binds them to unscrupulous enterprises. This has been observation has been addressed in a thousand more erudite ways. But to what end?

The question evades satisfactory answers at the moment so long as the "repeal and replace", the "supremacists", the "elite" or dominant faction studiously avoid cooperation on any account in which um surplus value may be harvested by exploiting the inexperienced, the ignorant, the stupid. And by "stupid" I mean only, merely senseless to (g) "growth"; growth of WHAT? WHERE? WHEN? HOW?

Forget WHY? That is Krugman's infamous Slide No. 10, for example, the "iron triangle," or "politics all the way down." This (macro)economic project of describing, rather than prescribing, universal wealth (credit) has been as successful as catholicism in deferring human teleology, rewards and punishments. Attitudes change before institutions. So it will be difficult to disabuse --with or without Piketty's 5lb tome of numbers or its "emanations" illustrating iniquity that-cannot-be-named-- the many, there is no alternative to the "laws" of economics as they've learned them.

Thinking is hard work. Autonomy is hard work. Communication is increasingly hard work.

However, the century is young.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Aug 20th, 2018 at 12:03:51 AM EST
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"Inequality and crises: coincidence or causation?"

< wipes tears >

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by Cat on Mon Aug 20th, 2018 at 08:27:56 PM EST
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Did the Saudis miss a payment?
by generic on Sun Aug 19th, 2018 at 11:40:13 AM EST
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I am kind of curious why I've been seeing this particular narrative pop up here and there - OMG DID YOU KNOW THAT AMERICAN BOMBS ARE BEING USED IN YEMEN??!?!!?!?!?!?

Not enough to actually do research, because I am a lazy pseudo-intellectual poser, but curious nonetheless.

US made bombs have been sold around the world for years and years, and have been used to blow people up for years and years. Why is this all of a sudden surprising, or uniquely tragic? Is there some idiot out there that somehow suspects that only Russian bombs were used against civilians, or that American munitiions could somehow tell the difference between civilians and tanks?

It also strikes me a bit of the line I have heard a number of times, of how every bomb every dropped by a US plane or ally somehow managed to hit a baby formula factory.

And finally, how is this particularly searing or outrageous? If one is such a caring, sheltered, and sensitive soul as to be truly seared by the knowledge that American weapons are being used by the allies of America in the manner in which they have been used since WW2 (the US did not invent civilian bombing campaigns, but we damn we did our best to perfect it!), then I think you have bigger issues than the conflict in Yemen.

by Zwackus on Mon Aug 20th, 2018 at 04:30:54 AM EST
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Well, starting from the top: It is indeed incredibly rare that you see an US program linking US made bombs to any given atrocity. So why this particular atrocity has made it through the fog is indeed a puzzle. Especially since we have heard barely a whisper out of Yemen in the last three years.

It also strikes me a bit of the line I have heard a number of times, of how every bomb every dropped by a US plane or ally somehow managed to hit a baby formula factory.

Bombs dropped out of US planes are basically a weather condition in half of Africa and most of the Middle East. Of course you only hear about those that hit weddings and baby powder factories. And even those rarely score half the column inches that a dude pulling a knife at the Tower bridge does. I don't quite get this line?

Now how this is particularly outrageous? Well, I'd argue that Yemen is one of the most outrageous things going on today. The UN estimated something like half a million cholera cases, most of them untreated since the hospitals have been bombed and little of anything enters the country. There is also a good chance that a few million people will starve if the blockade isn't lifted. So we are looking at genuinely genocidal numbers. I have no idea how good the numbers out of Syria are, since apparently there is only that one guy in Birmingham who tries to come up with numbers, on a foreign office salary, but 500k in total is the common number. Now in Yemen, no one has even tried to count since early 2016, but the UN writes about 7 million being on the verge of starvation.
And by my count the West provides the bombs, the targeting, the aerial refuelling and the US navy does most of the blockading.

by generic on Mon Aug 20th, 2018 at 08:33:58 AM EST
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"I am kind of curious why I've been seeing this particular narrative pop up here and there ...
.. I am a lazy pseudo-intellectual poser, but curious nonetheless."

Curiosity or lack of curiosity?
Knowledge, intelligence and understanding is fed by curiosity.

The leading nation of the past half century has managed to become a pariah state due to lack of anyone or institution to hold the USA accountable. It's not just the delivery of munitions and fighter planes, most of the time the US themselves were perpetrators of war crimes as we have witnessed too often in Afghanistan and Iraq.

President Obama promised to pull US forces  out of the war theater of Iraq ... he fulfilled his campaign promise. However the US changed policy by providing increased flow of arms to the "coalition" states and gave his blessing to fight the proxy wars for the empire [?] in Libya, Syria and Yemen.

Six nations in Europe established the EEC, an economic union to promote understanding and create a bond between nations we had been at war for over a century. The path of peace through economic cooperation between nations.

After the fall of the Berlin wall and downfall of Soviet communism, the promise of a peaceful world lasted for barely a decade. The attack on America by Saudi extremists of Al Qaeda in September 2001 changed the policy and role of the US and its NATO partners.

A monster was created by the Bush administration: War on Terror.

Bombing of populated areas create more resistance and seldom leads to "victory" over a people. War creates motivation for revenge and with Islam an easy road to radicalization. Fighters from Western Europe doing jihad by traveling to all the frontline states from Chechnya to Pakistan, Yemen, Turkey, Iraq, Syria and Tunisia. Spreading terror by a criminal enterprise of waging wars of choice for "regime change".

WAR MUST STOP - UK/US MUST END ITS WAR POLICY THROUGH NATO!  

by Oui on Mon Aug 20th, 2018 at 08:43:42 AM EST
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Posted earlier on June 5th ...

The Yemenis are unkown to the Western world and the media has no interest whatsoever. Needless to say, the British are fully aware ...

BAE refuses to confirm workers loading bombs on Saudi piloted jets - Made in UK

Martin Niemöller - Lutheran pastor and social activist

The origins of this poem first have been traced to a speech given by Niemöller on January 6, 1946, to the representatives of the Confessing Church in Frankfurt. According to research by Harold Marcuse, the original groups mentioned in the speech were Communists, the incurably sick, Jews, and people in occupied countries.

[Source: Wikipedia]

"No Spoke in the Wheel": The German Evangelical Church and the Nazi State

Unfortunately, the Zionist ideals of a socialist state has long been dealt a blow by might and power leading to a terror state of today: from Shoah victim to a occupying power with all its transgressions.

Remodeling Middle-East: Neocons, Republicans and Israel
Fighting Saudi and US Influence in Yemen
Houthi Rebellion In Yemen - US and the Shia/Sunni Divide

Related reading ...

Global Xenophobia and Historical Amnesia
New Fascist Pariah States America and Israel Lashing Out

by Oui on Mon Aug 20th, 2018 at 09:03:43 AM EST
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I interpret the current mainstream media writings about US made bombs hitting Yemen as damage minimization. Blogs and such has been pointing out how the msm ignores Yemen and how the US is involved at every level of the war. By pointing at the horrors the msm places themselves in front of their critics, and by focusing on the bomb manufacturing they obscure the rest. And once the genocide becomes undeniable, they can blame primarily Saudi Arabia - or better yet, the Yemenis - and secondarily the bomb makers who in turn can do some whitewashing and promising to only sell bombs to good guys in the future.

But maybe I am just cynical, other explanations are possible. Perhaps some campaign to call out the weapons manufacturers has succeeded, in which case I applaud the campaigners.

by fjallstrom on Mon Aug 20th, 2018 at 07:57:59 PM EST
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and call it a parade.

But that just shifts the question slightly. Why have blogs and alternative sites broken through now? Is there some new strategy?
Or is it just the post-orb escalation? The food blockade certainly has ramped up since then. But the focus is on the bombing. Better TV of course, but still.

by generic on Mon Aug 20th, 2018 at 08:17:32 PM EST
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Don't forget Abu Dhabi, the Sheikh, US mercenaries ... ehh mercenaries hired by the former XE and Erik Prince ... US Generals retired have been hired in the past by the Sheikh to set up their military strike forces  ... thinking 'renegade' Gen. McChrystal.

The Saudi Kingdom is pursuing and Islamic Army, a coalition of nations. Trump seems to give support when he speaks of an Arab 'NATO'.

The KSA and the UAE are investing their wealth to buy leaders of Islamic nations: see Lebanon, Malaysia and Pakistan as most recent examples.

by Oui on Mon Aug 20th, 2018 at 08:24:08 PM EST
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Hello - They Lied to You About Iran!
"Have you ever considered the possibility that almost everything that you have been told about the world by the Western mass media is a lie and fabrication?"
Jordan - Staunch Western Ally - Angry and Confused
"In Jordan, people are afraid to talk. To be precise, they do talk inside their homes and cars, or in the backrooms of their offices, but not in public. They hardly ever give their full names."
[US] Newspapers Sue Over Electioneering Disclosure Law
The Maryland state legislature passed the Online Electioneering Transparency and Accountability Act last winter in response to revelations about Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election, which included targeted advertisements on Facebook paid for with Russian currency. New York and Washington state also have reacted with laws requiring detailed disclosures about the buyers of online political ads, but Maryland's law is the strictest, going so far as to ban foreign money from being used to pay for political ads.[SIC]
After some innerboob research, my understanding is that "paying for ads" is borrowed UK-Eng. perfidious, colloquial terminology. The correct locution in point of fact or terms of systematic value (production cost) and extrinsic value (Q publication readers) in the USA is, as we shall see, people exchange money for publishing provided by some enterprise, that is to reproduce and distribute "speech" by another. And whether or not the publisher is publicly or privately owned, on- or offline, is irrelevant to the constitutional issue ie. speech, freedom of speech and of the press. You all want your wedding cakes made anywhere, anytime, dontcha?
In June, Google announced that it could not comply with the law and so would no longer accept political advertisements in Maryland.
[...]
But newspapers were not. The regulation will require platforms with more than 100,000 monthly visitors to publish the names and contact information for any purchaser of a "qualifying paid digital communication," along with the price paid - but this is duplicative of information the elections board already collects, according to[The Washington Post et al vs  MD D State Board of Elections and MD Atty General, complaint]
1. Pursuant to 42 U.S.C. &sec; 1983 and the Declaratory Judgement Act, 28 U.S.C. &sec; 2201, this action challenges multiple provisions of a newly enacted Maryland statute, the Online Electioneering Transparenc and Accountability Act, that purport to impose new, onerous requirements upon onl-line publishers like plaintifs who publish political advertising, along with various penalties if they do not comply.
[...]
2. These provisions are unconstitutional under the First, Fourth, and Fourteenth Amendments to the Unites States Constitution in a number of independent ways -- and especially when taken in combination. The challenged provisions purport to regulate paid political speech, which has been long recognized as core political speech, dating back at least to the advocacy at issue in New York Times Co. v. Sullivan 254 (1964).

archived algorithms
4th Amd
Free Speech

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by Cat on Sun Aug 19th, 2018 at 10:56:02 PM EST
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A Ripley moment, 1.2 tonne benchmarks 2017, 2018
:: misplaced precision demo
metric tonne to US ton - 1:1.2
metric tonne to impererial ton - 1:0.98
::
Mexico navy says finds 50 tons of meth in mountain lab
Forensic technicians of the Mexican Navy are seen at a clandestine drug processing laboratory where they seized 50 tons of methamphetamine discovered during an operation in the town of Alcoyonqui, on the outskirts of Culiacan, Mexico, in this handout photo released to Reuters by Mexico's Navy on August 17, 2018. SEMAR Mexico's Navy/Handout via REUTERS

reference
wikiwtf

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by Cat on Mon Aug 20th, 2018 at 12:32:59 AM EST
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you gotta say that's bad distribution to allow 50 tons to accumulate in one place

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Aug 20th, 2018 at 06:01:55 PM EST
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of a stroke.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Aug 21st, 2018 at 01:24:42 AM EST
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