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

Originally posted on The Ugly Truth:

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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In message to US, Iran test fires new weapon in naval drill

In message to US, Iran test fires new weapon in naval drill

IRGC marines board a scale replica of a US Aircraft carrier during drills Wednesday. Click to enlarge

Iran is becoming a little less forthcoming about the development of its military and naval powers. This should be a warning for the U.S. and Israel that it may be becoming more capable militarily than they realise.
Over the past few decades Iran has steadily developed its indigenous defence industry. To the point where in may areas it is now entirely self-sufficient. This includes fields of defence where technological development is critical, such as radar and missiles guidance systems.
In these two key areas of defence technology Iran is now thought to be on par with the West. As demonstrated by its recent detection and downing of various advanced U.S. and Israeli drones.
The fact that Adm. Ali Fadavi, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps naval chief, isn’t explicit about the nature and capabilities of the new weapon he alludes to suggests that Iran may now be keeping some key new weapons under wraps. In fact IRGC Lieutenant Commander Brigadier General Hossein Salami said as much on Wednesday.
Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the IRGC naval drill, Brig Gen. Salami said that Iran now has weapons and capabilities that will remain “covert and hidden“, until such time as they are used in battle.
As to the exact nature of the weapons Brig Gen Salami referred to, although he wasn’t explicit we suspect that it’s a new high-tech mine, that could be used to close off the Straits of Hormuz. Either that or it could also be a submarine launched anti-ship ballistic missile shown in the video clip below. Ed.

In message to US, Iran test fires new weapon in naval drill

Nasser Karimi — Associated Press Feb 27, 2015

Mines and high speed torpedos were also tested during Wednesday's IRGC drill. Click to enlarge

With an eye on U.S.-led nuclear talks, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard on Friday announced it had test fired a “new strategic weapon” in the final day of a large-scale naval and air defense drill, saying the system would play a key role in any future battle against the “Great Satan.”

The claim was a new show of force by Iran just weeks ahead of a deadline for reaching a deal over its nuclear program with the U.S. and other global powers.

Iran announced the test on the final day of military drills it is calling “Great Prophet 9.” The exercises are being held near the Strait of Hormuz, a strategic waterway through which about a fifth of the world’s oil passes.

Iran often holds live-fire war games and frequently boasts of advances in its weaponry that cannot be independently verified. The latest drill, which included a simulated attack on an American aircraft carrier, appeared to be aimed at sending a message that Iran has no intention of backing down to the U.S. in the nuclear talks.

Adm. Ali Fadavi, the Revolutionary Guard’s naval chief, said the new weapon would be critical in any future naval war against the U.S.

“The new weapon will have a very decisive role in adding our naval power in confronting threats, particular by the Great Satan, the United States,” he told the guard’s website, sepahanews.com.

Fadavi told state TV that details of weapon will possibly be made public in coming years. “We have restrictions to expressing specifications and applications of the weapon,” he said in a short interview recorded at night.

He did not elaborate, though state TV showed a brief video of missiles being launched into the sky from under the water during the daytime. Iran is known to have an advanced arsenal of missiles capable of striking as far away as Israel and U.S. military bases in the region.

Also on Friday, Iran’s official IRNA news agency reported that the country has begun a regular two-day exercise on radiation emergency preparedness and response in the country’s only nuclear power plant. The plant went online in 2011 with the help of Russia in southern port of Bushehr.

Gen. Gholam Reza Jalali, who heads a unit in charge of civil defense, was quoted as saying the exercise has aimed at “controlling supposed pollution” in the plant.

It said the drill was limited to preparations at the plant’s headquarters, and a second stage would be held Saturday. The Iranian Foreign Ministry informed neighboring countries about the exercise, it added.

The U.S. and world powers are in the final stages of talks that they hope will reach an agreement over Iran’s nuclear program. The international community suspect Iran is trying to develop a nuclear-weapons capability. Iran denies the charges, saying its nuclear program is solely for peaceful purposes. The two sides hope to reach a framework agreement in the coming weeks and a final deal in June.

Since 1992, Iran has sought to become self-sufficient in its military needs, producing mortars, tanks, torpedoes, jet fighters and light submarines.

AIPAC orders all members of Congress to attend nutty Netanyahu’s speech

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http://www.buzzfeed.com/rosiegray/aipac-mobilizing-members-to-pressure-democrats-to-attend-net#.juMbx1lxY

WASHINGTON — The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is asking its members to urge members of Congress to attend Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s controversial speech in Washington next week.

A message from board member Jeffrey Snyder was sent to AIPAC activists Thursday morning in an email obtained by BuzzFeed News. It calls on them to contact the offices of two Democratic members — Reps. Chris Van Hollen and Gerry Connolly — who have not publicly said whether they will attend Netanyahu’s speech. More than two dozen Democratic members of Congress have said that they will not attend Netanyahu’s planned speech about the Iranian nuclear program to a joint session of Congress next week, an event which has led to a severe upset in relations between the Israeli government and the Obama administration.

The email, which appears to have been sent to activists in the DC metro area…

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Sadistic Israel to increase power cuts due to unpaid bills despite fact they have stolen tax revenues

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Israel to Increase West Bank Power Cuts

The Energy and Natural Resources of the Palestinian National Authority said, on Thursday, that they had received an official notice from the Israeli power company stating their attention to cut power in areas extending over north and south of the West Bank.

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The Chief Assistant of the Energy Authority, Zafer Melhem, said that the Israeli company notice included reduction of power loads, provided to the population centers in the Palestinian Authority areas, up to 50%, but did not specify the exact date.

The power company has cut off the electricity to a number of areas in Nablus and Jenin twice during this past week, 45 minutes on Monday and an hour on Wednesday, after only one hour of issuing a warning notice in this regard.

According to the notice, the current power cut is the “last warning”, the Israeli company will cut off…

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Russia to host talks on Palestine, Jerusalem

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Moscow Hosts Talks on Palestine, Jerusalem

MOSCOW, February 26, 2015 (WAFA) – Russia Thursday said that hosting of an Organization of Islamic Cooperation contact group on Israel and Palestine has taken place “against the backdrop of the deteriorating situation on the Palestinian side of the Middle East settlement.”

Speaking in Moscow alongside Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters a delegation from the ministerial contact group OIC was in Russia for two days of talks, said The Anadolu News Agency.

Lavrov claimed that the meetings were held in response to a number of recent negative developments in Israeli-Palestinian relations.

‘Today’s meeting was held against the backdrop of the deteriorating situation on the Palestinian side of the Middle East settlement, the degrading situation in the Palestinian territories and the worsening crisis in the city of Jerusalem, which is sacred to three of the world’s major religions,’…

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THE TIME HAS COME TO RESET PALESTINE’S POLITICAL SYSTEM

Originally posted on Desertpeace:

We have all spent far too much time massaging a reality that we all see and acknowledge as strategically troubling, indeed catastrophic. Repairing the Palestinian political system cannot wait any longer. The most just cause in modern history is at stake.

Resetting Palestine’s political system

Repairing the Palestinian political system cannot wait any longer.

Separation wall in Bethany. Separation wall in Bethany. Mahmoud illean/Demotix, All rights reserved

Today, Palestinian political strategy is being driven in the total absence of a functioning political system. Israel’s forced fragmentation of our geographic reality mixed with internal political party divisions, disgust, despair and incompetence, the status quo tears apart Palestine’s societal fabric. If it remains on its current course, the train of national liberation is bound to derail, resulting in serious, if not permanent, damage to our bid for freedom and independence

Repairing the Palestinian political system cannot wait any longer.

Almost every week in Palestine…

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No seriously? Shock, horror, Kerry says Israel’s Netanyahu Lied About Iran nuclear weapons

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John Kerry says Israel’s Netanyahu Lied About Iran nuclear weapons
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US Secretary of State John Kerry has questioned the judgement of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu over his stance on Iran’s nuclear programme.

Mr Netanyahu has criticised the US and others for “giving up” on trying to stop Iran obtaining nuclear weapons.

The Israeli PM “may not be correct”, Mr Kerry said after attending the latest Iran nuclear talks in Geneva.

Mr Netanyahu will address Congress next week, after an invitation by Republican leaders criticised by the White House.

MORE: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-31636213

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