Bibi’s vulgarity: Using the Paris shooting to justify Israeli colonialism

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netanyahu22Making Israel the focal point of his message of condolence was crass and vulgar. Sure, he correctly stated that the Charlie Hebdo massacre was an attack on the values of Western civilization, but he was wrong in assuming that Israel is a shining beacon of that civilization.

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Cameron– ‘Russia not fit to be part of international financial system’

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Comedy Duo Cameroon and Nuttyahoo competing in the ‘Serious Face’ competition, after Cameron with his unpayable deficit joked about huge Russian trade surplus. Isn’t the truth of this that the BRICS have already left the Anglo-American debt-based economy and an initiated alternative international banking system, coincidentally just before the shooting down of MH17 and subsequent blame-a-thon?

Pound drops as figures reveal ‘unsustainable’ current account deficit

ONS data reveal “fragilities” behind UK economic growth

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Samuel Tombs at Capital Economics said that despite the bleak figures, there were reasons to be optimistic that the UK will grow more robustly in 2015 Photo: PA

Sterling dropped against the dollar on Tuesday after new figures showed growth was 0.7 percentage points weaker between the second quarter of 2013 and second quarter of 2014 than previously thought.

While the final estimate of third quarter GDP growth remained unchanged at 0.7pc, the year-on-year figure fell from 3pc to 2.6pc due to downward revisions to growth in each of the five previous quarters.

Meanwhile, the UK’s current account deficit widened to £27bn, around 6pc of GDP, in the third quarter.

Latest figures from the Office for National Statistics revealed that income from the UK’s foreign investments dropped in the third quarter of the year, exacerbated by an increase in cash flowing out of the UK to foreign investors.

This widened the current account deficit from £24.3bn to £27bn in the quarter.

The news sent the pound down to $1.555, having opened at $1.559.

Nick Kern, chief economist at the British Chambers of Commerce, warned that the current account deficit had reached an “unsustainably high level”.

“Although the economy continues to grow, the recovery is not yet secure and further efforts are needed to boost business investment and to help businesses export to foreign markets,” he said.

ONS data also showed a growing chasm between household spending and business investment. While household spending growth was revised up to 0.9pc for the third quarter, the fall in business investment was sharply downgraded to a 1.4pc contraction, compared with an earlier estimate of a 0.7pc decline.

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Samuel Tombs, UK economist at Capital Economics, said the figures highlighted the “fragilities” in the UK recovery.

Still, he said there were still “reasons to be optimistic” on the outlook for 2015, with the sharp fall in the oil price and strengthening pay growth helping real incomes increase.

He added: “The strength of corporate surveys and firms’ balance sheets suggests that the recovery in business investment still has further to run. And now that sterling has stopped appreciating, net trade should hopefully be a less significant brake of overall growth. For now, then, we continue to think that GDP is on course to grow by a solid 3pc in 2015.”

Current account balances as percentage of GDP. Source: ONS

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Nothing to hide? Judge Who Blocked Release of Osama bin Laden Death Photos Now Blocks Release of Senate Torture Report

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Judge Who Blocked Release of Osama bin Laden Death Photos Now Blocks Release of Senate Torture Report

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

A federal judge has thwarted an attempt to force the release of the Senate report on the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) torture program.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s full report on the CIA interrogation program. The executive summary of the report was previously made public, albeit with numerous redactions.

But U.S. District Court Judge James Boasberg rejected the ACLU’s request, ruling the report remains a congressional record and thus isn’t subject to the FOIA. When Congress created FOIA in 1966, it made sure to exempt the legislative branch from its provisions.

Boasberg, who was appointed by President Barack Obama, appears to be the go-to judge if you don’t want something released to…

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Why is the US Trying to Replace the Assad Government With al-Qaeda in Syria?

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Why is the US Trying to Replace the Assad Government With al-Qaeda in Syria?

PHOTO : Syrian troops recaptured parts of a military base seized by rebels earlier this year in a fierce fighting near Aleppo international airport, activists say. — armyrecognition.com

by Paul Larudee

Counterpunch

A month ago, the city of Idlib fell to opposition fighters, mainly al-Qaeda and its affiliates and allies.  It was a major blow to the Syrian army.  Last Saturday, the nearby town of Jisr al-Shughour also fell, mostly to the same groups.

Fighting against the Syrian government and army are a mixture of Syrian and foreign mercenaries from dozens of countries.  They are supplied, trained, armed and paid by Saudi Arabia, the Gulf monarchies, Israel, Turkey, NATO, and of course the United States.  Their weapons are becoming increasingly sophisticated, and it appears that TOW wire-guided missiles supplied by Saudi Arabia (and indirectly the US) made a major difference in the battles for Idlib and Jisr al-Shughour.

The Syrian government is backed mainly by Russia and Iran, plus a few thousand fighters from Hezbollah in…

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USA pretending to fight ISIL terrorists in Iraq and openly supporting them in Syria

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Turkey Says US Agrees to Provide Air Cover for Anti-Assad “Rebels” in Syria

US-SyriaTurkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Monday that the US had agreed to provide air support for so-called “moderate rebels” being trained in Turkey, once they cross the border into Syria.

Cavusoglu told the Daily Sabah that there was “a principle agreement” between the two governments for Washington to provide air cover for the proxy forces being trained in a US-funded program aimed at toppling the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Asked if there would be cooperation with the US in providing air support for the “train-and-equip army,” the foreign minister replied, “Of course. They have to be supported via air. If you do not protect them or provide air support, what is the point?”

Cavusoglu refused to give any details when asked if the air support would include armed American drones flown from Incirlik Air…

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US-led coalition against ISIL has failed but was it ever intended that it would succeed?

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US-led coalition against ISIL has failed

Russia says the US-led international coalition purporting to fight the Takfiri ISIL terrorist group has failed to accomplish its declared mission in Iraq and Syria.

“Despite efforts taken by the so-called anti-terrorist coalition led by the United States,” ISIL is operating “ever more actively,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

The ministry referred to the terrorist group’s recent takeover of the historic Syrian city of Palmyra, describing the development as an indication of the US-led coalition’s inability to rein in the terrorist group.

“The recent gains by the militants in Syria (Palmyra) and the brutal executions of civilians that followed demonstrate the ineffectiveness of the [US-led] coalition’s approach,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

According to the Syrian state television, the ISIL terrorists have executed some 400 civilians, mostly women and children, in the historic city, which is home to a…

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Why has the US invaded, occupied or bombed 14 Muslim countries in 30 years?

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Why has the US invaded, occupied or bombed 14 Muslim countries in 30 years?

Obama meets Gulf states

On May 13th and 14th, 2015, President Obama hosted a billionaire conglomerate known as the Gulf Cooperation Council, consisting of Middle East countries Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE and Oman, at which he said: ‘I am reaffirming our ironclad commitment to the security of our gulf partners.’


After the sacrifice of thousands of American lives and trillions of dollars, the region is now a cauldron of death and destruction .

TO PLACATE their pique at his effort to get a non-proliferation agreement with Iran, Barack Obama met last Thursday at Camp David with Saudi royals and leaders of the other five feudal dictatorships of the Persian Gulf.

He reaffirmed the United States “ironclad” commitment to their security and promised even more military aid and cooperation. After the personal dust-up between Obama and Israeli Prime Minister…

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USA uses fraud to prove that drug trafficking from Venezuela threatens their security

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US Wages Drug War against Venezuela

The US Central Intelligence Agency and Drug Enforcement Agency have intensified the efforts to paint Venezuela as a haven for drug dealers. Drug cartels and media outlets cooperate with special services in the propaganda efforts. The goal is to denigrate the government of Nikolas Maduro and make Venezuela subject to repressive measures. The Miami-based Spanish language TV channel Telemundo is shooting the serial El Señor de los Cielos (The Lord of the Skies). One of the characters is General Diosdado Carreño Arias, the role performed by Venezuelan actor Franklin Virgüez, a Miami resident. Diosdado Cabello, a Venezuelan politician is the President (Speaker) of the National Assembly of Venezuela and active member of the Venezuelan armed forces. In the film he is shown as a drug baron ready to commit any crime for money. Dressed in General’s uniform and holding a Cuban cigar in his…

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Israeli Settlers Storm Al-Aqsa Complex, Police Arrest 20 Palestinians

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Scores of Zionist settlers forced their way into occupied East Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Monday to mark the Jewish Shavuot holiday, a Palestinian official said Tuesday.

“At least 60 Jewish settlers in groups – backed by Israeli police – stormed the holy compound through the Al-Magharbeh Gate,” Sheikh Omar al-Qiswani, Al-Aqsa Mosque director, told Anadolu Agency.

“The settlers inspected the complex, passing by the Al-Qibali and the Dome of the Rock mosques, and tried to perform Talmudic rituals before leaving the compound through the Al-Silsila Gate,” he said.

Al-Qiswani added that the occupation army had detained five Palestinians inside the holy complex and transferred them to a detention center in Jerusalem’s Old City.

In similar development, the Zionist police detained 20 Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem in the past 24 hours, a Palestinian NGO said today.

“Since Monday, over 20 Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem, mostly…

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