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Ukraine News - July 11, 2014


Ukraine field troops prepare for assault on Donetsk - AFP


Ukraine reclaims another rebel town, consolidate its position into recaptured territory - Business Spectator


Ukraine's Army Now Holds Two-Thirds of Donbas, Senior Security Official Says - atlanticcouncil.org


Ukraine rebel commander says will not pull out of Donetsk - Reuters


VIDEO: Pro-Russia separatists not giving up fight in Donetsk - The Washington Post


Separatists plan to evacuate Donetsk as Ukraine army nears - FT.com


VIDEO: Families begin to leave Donetsk - BBC


Ukraine Crisis: Fighting Breaks Out Near Donetsk Airport, Train Station - ibtimes.com


Russia arrests female Ukrainian aviator over journalists' deaths - AFP


Ukraine accuses Russia of abducting female military pilot - Los Angeles Times


Meet The Tough-As-Nails Ukrainian Pilot That Russia Wants To Try For Murder - rferl.orr


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Divisions appearing among Ukraine's eastern rebels, dozens of militiamen turn in their weapons - Fox News


Ukraine rebels face drop in morale: ‘What’s the point of fighting?’ - Toronto Star


Donetsk rebel governor losing hope of Russia intervention - AP


Patchwork Makeup of Rebels Fighting Ukraine Makes Peace Talks Elusive - NYTimes.com


Ukraine Crisis: Russian commander Girkin, aka Strelkov, Key Player In Eastern Unrest - Kiev Ukraine News Blog


Part of the Vostok Batallion went under Girkin's Command - Censor.NET


Mass media reports field commander Bezler refused to obey to the Donetsk rebel authorities - rupaper.com


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Soot-Stained Documents Found in Ukraine Reveal Execution Trials Ordered by Strelkov (PHOTOS) - mashable.com


Transcripts show rebel justice in East Ukraine was swift and merciless, executed residents for petty crimes - buzzfeed


Human rights group sees growing proof of abductions, torture by both sides in Ukraine - Reuters


Hundreds of people kidnapped by insurgents in East Ukraine, Some abductees have been released but others remain in captivity - mashable


Intercepted conversation shows rebel commander Bezler involved in the killing of Ukrainian deputy Rybak (PHOTOS) - Ukraine Investigation


Alleged executions by rebel Igor Bezler - niqnaq


Some executions of hostages by Igor Bezler proved to de staged - stopfake.org


The story of rebel Igor Bezler extorting money from Ukrainian businessmen - Free Ukraine


VIDEO: Igor Besler caught posing as a Russian Officer, in fact he is a Ukrainian ex-funeral service worker who got fired for theft and blackmail - YouTube

 

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U.S. Out of Germany

If Germany hasn't had enough, we in the United States sure have. 

Despite the supposed ending of World War II, the U.S. still keeps over 40,000 armed soldiers permanently in Germany.

Despite the ending of the Cold War, the U.S. still spies on the German government with relentless malevolence and incompetence, building on the fine tradition in which the CIA was created.

Germany has kicked out the latest CIA "station chief" -- a job title that seems to give one's career the longevity and utility of a Defense Against the Dark Arts professor at Hogwarts.

Does Germany need a better CIA station chief? A reformed NSA? A properly reviewed and vetted U.S. occupation?

What does Germany get out of this deal? 

Protection from Russia?  If the Russian government weren't demonstrating a level of restraint that dwarfs even that of the Brazilian soccer team's defense there would be full-scale war in Ukraine right now.  Russia is no more threatening Germany than Iran is preparing to nuke Washington or the U.N. is confiscating guns in Montana.

Germany must gain something, surely?  Perhaps protection from evil Muslims dehumanized in the manner that U.S. war marketers first developed for the dehumanization of Germans 100 years ago?  Surely Germans are smart enough to have noticed that violent resistance to foreign aggression targets the nations responsible, not those declining to take part.  Hosting bases of the military that gives Israel the weapons with which it slaughters the people of Gaza, whatever else it may be, is decidedly not a security strategy.

So what does Germany gain? The warm feeling that comes with knowing that all those acres and facilities with which so much good could be accomplished are being donated to the wealthiest nation on earth which refuses to care for its own people, chip in its share for the poor of the world, or slow its push for the destruction of the globe's climate even as Germany leads in the other direction?

Come on. Germany is a battered wife, a victim of Stockholm syndrome, a schizophrenic accomplice unwilling to relinquish its gang membership.  Germany should know better.  Germany should throw out the rest of the CIA and 40,000 members of the U.S. military and their families.

What does the United States get out of this codependent criminality?

A launching area closer to numerous nations it wishes to attack?  That's a desire of the Pentagon, and of Chuck Hagel who claims that ISIS is a threat to the United States because he no doubt conceives of the United States as existing wherever it maintains troops (which is just about everywhere).  That is not a desire of the U.S. public.

An unaccountable recklessly funded institution that makes enemies of allies, prevents cooperation across borders, destroys the rule of law and diplomatic initiatives, and erodes the rights of people at home and abroad in order to spy on governments, corporations, and those first to beginning murmuring their displeasure (and for all we know, soccer coaches as well)? Many of us are willing to forego this benefit.

The U.S. war machine does not, in fact, benefit the nations it occupies or the nation in whose name it occupies.  It endangers both, strips away the rights of both, damages the natural environment of both, impoverishes both, and devotes the energies of both to destructive enterprises or mutual disagreements that distract from the necessary work of actual defense from actual dangers, such as the industrial destruction of our air, land, and oceans.

Pulling U.S. troops out of Germany would be the clearest signal that the United States, which has engaged in 200 military actions during the "post-war period," is ready at long last to actually end the war.

F**K FIFA: Why A Majority of Brazilians Think The World Cup is Bad For Brazil

Originally Posted at PopularResistance.org
http://youtu.be/xod-2qTM8Bo

new Pew Poll finds shows that the “national mood in Brazil is grim following a year in which more than a million people have taken to the streets of major cities across the country to protest corruption, rising inflation and a lack of government investment in public services such as education, health care and public transportation, among other things.”

Israel News - July 10, 2014


Israel steps up Gaza Strip airstrikes on second day of offensive, warns a ground invasion could be imminent - Fox News


Gaza wakes up to the devastation caused by 160 overnight Israeli airstrikes (PHOTOS) - Mail Online


Israeli army says the killing of 8 Gazan family members was in error - Haaretz


VIDEO: Israeli airstrikes pound Gaza overnight, death toll climbs - YouTube


VIDEO (English Subtitles): Statement by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the launch of Operation Protective Edge - YouTube


Israel's President Peres: Troops may go to Gaza 'quite soon' - CNN.com


VIDEO: Israeli President Shimon Peres speaks exclusively to CNN - CNN.com Blogs


Iron Dome: Israel's 'game-changing' missile shield Iron Dome - theguardian.com


VIDEO: Israel’s Iron Dome brings down a rocket fired by Hamas - YouTube


VIDEO: RAW: Iron Dome intercepts Hamas rocket over Israeli wedding - YouTube


VIDEOS: Footage of Hamas Cell Attempting to Infiltrate Israel by Sea, Hit By IDF Helicopter Strike - Washington Free Beacon


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Hamas unveils bigger and better rocket arsenal against Israel, reaching beyond Tel Aviv and Jerusalem - CSMonitor.com


Hamas's New Rocket Is Inaccurate. It's Also a Serious Upgrade - foreignpolicy.com


Iran connection: Why are Gaza rockets reaching so deep into Israel? (+VIDEO) - CSMonitor.com


A Growing Arsenal of Hamas Homegrown Rockets Encounters Israel’s Iron Dome - NYTimes.com


Palestinian rocket attacks on Israel appear to be indiscriminate which are war crimes, while Israeli attacks targeting homes may amount to prohibited collective punishment - Human Rights Watch


Hamas: Gaza massacre against women and children is an ugly war crime, all Israelis have now become legitimate targets - JPost


Hamas: We attempted to hit the nuclear reactor in Dimona - Israel News


Hamas sets conditions for truce - middleeastmonitor.com


Three Fatah Armed Groups in Gaza Also Firing Rockets Against Israel - gatestoneinstitute.org


Military wing of Fatah to Israel: 'Flee Our Country and You Won't Die’ (VIDEO) - Washington Free Beacon


Three Israeli teenagers who were abducted by Palestinians in the occupied West Bank last month were shot at least 10 times with a silenced gun: US official - Stuff.co.nz


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EU, US call for Israel and Hamas to exercise restraint, urge PM Netanyahu to keep a diplomatic channel open with Palestinians - Middle East Eye


Obama takes up pen, paper to fight for Israeli-Palestinian peace - Washington Times


Obama Op-Ed: Peace is the only path to true security for Israel and the Palestinians - Israel Conference on Peace | Haaretz


VIDEO: Press Briefing: White House concerned for 'safety of civilians' in Israel, Gaza - YouTube


Kerry in telephone diplomacy to help quell Mideast fire - AFP


White House Mideast chief Philip Gordon blasts Israel for denying Palestinians sovereignty and dignity, says that Abbas is committed to non-violence and cooperation with Israel - The Times of Israel 


TRANSCRIPT: Remarks as Prepared by White House Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa, and the Gulf Region Philip Gordon at the Haaretz Israel Conference for Peace - The White House


A peace conference sponsored by the leftist Israeli newspaper Haaretz marred by disagreements - freebeacon.com


Egypt Urges Calm, But Won't Mediate Ceasefire - Arutz Sheva

 

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"Jane Doe" Raped by CBP and Hospital Personnel Settles Part of Lawsuit

The case of a woman who was raped -- repeatedly -- by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers and by medical personnel at the University Medical Center of El Paso has been partially settled.

I first wrote about the case here. Though this kind of thing goes on all the time at borders (and in prisons and detention centers), this particular case was so egregious that even the mainstream media reported on it.

Talk Nation Radio: Paul Findley, 93, Key Author of the War Powers Resolution on How It Might Be Complied With

https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talk-nation-radio-paul-findley-93-key-author-of-the-war-powers-resolution

Paul Findley served as a Republican member of United States House of Representatives from Illinois for 22 years. He was a key author of the War Powers Resolution and a leader in securing its enactment by overriding the veto of President Richard Nixon. The federal building in Springfield, Ill. is named for him. He discusses the legality, or lack thereof, of recent wars and proposals for wars, including in Syria and Iraq.

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Producer: David Swanson.
Music by Duke Ellington.

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Israel, Palestine and International Law

           As this is being written, Israel is once again bombing the Gaza Strip. There are a few key points that the U.S. government, and the populace, seem to constantly overlook:

·         Palestine has no army, navy or air force.

·         All of the borders of the Gaza Strip are controlled by Israel. Only goods and people that Israel allows can cross those borders, and the restrictions are extreme.

·         In the West Bank, occupied by Israel illegally in the eyes of the international community, Israel-controlled internal check points make the simple task of going to the market an hours-long ordeal.

Ukraine News - July 9, 2014


Ukraine Lays Plan to Besiege Rebels in Eastern City - WSJ


Mayor: Poroshenko promises not to use aircraft, artillery in Donetsk - interfax.com


Ukraine Tycoon Akhmetov pleads with the government not to bomb Donetsk - The Jakarta Globe


Kiev says will not introduce unilateral ceasefire again, "Now any talks are possible only after militants lay down arms” - ITAR-TASS


Poroshenko says he is ready for political dialogue with insurgents, "in order to elect new authorities as well as decentralisation” - zeenews


VIDEO: Ukrainian Forces Re-Take Eastern City of Artemivsk - Boston.com


Ukrainian pilot Nadia Savchenko is being held in Russian prison, Kiev’s Foreign Ministry expressed strong protest - EUROMAIDAN PRESS


Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council report: July 8 - EUROMAIDAN PRESS


Ukraine Justice Ministry Moves to Ban Communist Party - The Moscow Times


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Rebel Leader on Donetsk and Lugansk siege: "Any blockade of these two cities by the Ukrainian army is impossible" - The Moscow Times


Ukraine army still far from victory over rebels in east - BBC News


Hundreds of militants have gone to Donetsk after retreating from Slaviansk amid fears of new bloodshed (PHOTOS) -  DailyMail


After Slaviansk's fall, splits open in Ukraine rebel ranks - Reuters


Thousands cheer pro-Russian rebels at Donetsk rally - The Washington Post


VIDEO (English Subtitles): Statement from Deputy Minister of Defence of Luhansk People’s Republic - YouTube


VIDEO: Pro-Russian rebels of Vostok battalion await Ukrainian forces in Donetsk - YouTube


VIDEO: Train suspended over motorway as bridge blown up by E. Ukraine separatists - RT In motion


Separatist military commander Strelkov latest blog posting - The Vineyard of the Saker


‘Strelkov’ apologizes for Donetsk looting - EUROMAIDAN PRESS


Operation of bank owned by oligarch Kolomoisky stopped in Lugansk People's Republic - The Voice of Russia


Kolomoisky proposes to seize assets of Ukrainian separatists' supporters, their sponsors - interfax.com


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Kremlin silent as pro-Russian rebels retreat in Ukraine, There are signs that Moscow is seeking to distance itself from the separatists - AFP


Russia lawmakers unlikely to vote again on Ukraine action: speaker - AFP


Russia speaks for immediate ceasefire in Ukraine - ITAR-TASS


Obama, Hollande call on Putin to pressure Ukraine rebels on ceasefire, "A durable solution to the crisis in Ukraine can only be a political one" - AFP


VIDEO: Ukraine in the State Department Daily Press Briefing - YouTube


TRANSCRIPT: Ukraine in the State Department Daily Press Briefing - Embassy of the United States Kyiv, Ukraine


NATO Chief Warns of Duplicity by Putin on Ukraine - NYTimes.com


NATO, Russia Launch Black Sea Drills - rferl.org


NATO Sets Record By Sending Nine Ships Into Black Sea - RIA Novosti


Ukraine Really Wants Its Militarized Dolphins Back from Russia - VICE News

 

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Vast Surveillance; Denying Women Access to birth control & abortion; Detention & Deportation of Children

by Debra Sweet  Consider the U.S. government's role in:  Vast surveillance of whole populations
The destruction of protections in the Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution against unreasonable search and seizure are even more extensive than we learned one year ago.

Why At Least one FIFA Player Should Protest The World Cup Final

Originally posted at PopularResistance.org

Imagine the impact if a player from one of the remaining FIFA semifinal World Cup teams (Germany, Brazil, The Netherlands, or Argentina) were to engage in an act of protest against FIFA for it’s Imperial practices that have literarily displaced at least 250,000 Brazilians? Imagine if Lionel Messi, Thomas Muller,Arjen Robben, or even the injured Neymar were to pull a John Carlos sometime during the semifinals or finals of the World Cup?

Dairyland to Petrostate: Wisconsin Oil-By-Rail Routes Published for First Time

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog 

DeSmogBlog is publishing the first documents ever obtained from the Wisconsin government revealing routes for oil-by-rail trains in the state carrying oil obtained via hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) in the Bakken Shale basin.

Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Bowe Bergdahl and the Voice of War

By Kathy Kelly

During my recent visit to Gangjeong, on Jeju Island, South Korea, where a protest community has struggled for years to block construction of a U.S. military base, conversations over delicious meals in the community kitchen were a delightful daily event.  At lunchtime on my first day there I met Emily and Dongwon, a young and recently married couple, both protesters, who had met each other in Gangjeong. Emily recalled that when her parents finally travelled from Taiwan to meet her partner, they had to visit him in prison. 

Dongwon, who is from a rural area of South Korea, had visited Gangjeong and gotten to know the small protest community living on the Gureombi Rock.  Drawn by their tenacity and commitment, he had decided to join them.  When a barge crane was dredgingthe sea in front of Gureombi Rock, Dongwon had climbed up to its tip and declined to come down. On February 18, 2013, a judge had sentenced him to one year in prison for the nonviolent action. 

Emily laughs happily as she recalls how muscular she became while she was learning to become a sailor.  She had wanted to be able to transport herself and others to and around the islands that in this region tend disproportionately to be affected by militarization, such as Taiwan, Okinawa, and Jeju Island.  Boats have factored significantly into civil disobedience against the construction of Jeju’s naval base.   Emily had recently returned from an international meeting with Okinawan islanders.  Participants were eager to develop  flotilla actions, defending peace  in Asian seas, where the U.S. military, as part of its “Asia Pivot,” plans to create a ring of militarized islands in order to contain (even at the cost of provoking) emerging superpower rival China and other nations of concern.   

Meanwhile, Dongwon was arranging a conference at Jeju University to explore conscientious objection to war.  He and his friend Mark do not want to be conscripted into military service, but failure to comply with the Republic of Korea’s mandatory service could result in extremely severe punishments.  Worldwide fully 90 per cent of those presently incarcerated for conscientious objection to military service are to be found in South Korean prisons.   

It’s a privilege and a challenge to confer with new, young friends in places like Jeju Island and Kabul, Afghanistan. 

Today, as I write these thoughts, Bowe Bergdahl is adjusting to life in the United States.   While serving with the U.S. military in Afghanistan he experienced a crisis of conscience.  His experiences in Afghanistan suggested that his platoon was as ready to massacre the local population as to serve it.  His youth had been filled with an aspiration to courageous and fierce independence in the pursuit of integrity, and in response to a letter home his father had instructed: “follow your conscience.”  Unarmed, he had walked away from his base with the apparent intention to continue walking in the mountains.  Picked up by a militant group, he was held as a prisoner of war for half a decade before his release in exchange for five of the 149 prisoners of war held by the U.S. government at its Guantanamo base.  While some of these prisoners are military fighters, others are acknowledged civilians suffering their second decade of detention without trial or promise of eventual release.

This exchange, and seemingly the very prospect of Bowe Bergdahl’s release under any conditions, enraged some U.S. critics who blamed Bergdahl for daring to place the dictates of conscience before those of the United States Government.

Some also blamed Bergdahl for casualties among the troops which the U.S. had sent into battle.  These soldiers were required to defend the prestige of a U.S. government that takes prisoners of war by the hundreds, shackling them for decades with no prospect of release, even when it’s proven that they are civilians who never took up arms, who were uninvolved in any militia, and who were caught “in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Meanwhile, speaking of the five prisoners of war exchanged for Bergdahl (as one of a series of halting but desperately needed steps towards a peace treaty and withdrawal from Afghanistan) Senator John McCain, himself a former prisoner of war, raged, “"They're the five biggest murderers in world history! … They killed Americans!" (http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/americas-last-prisoner-of-war-20120607)

Bergdahl listened to conscience; listened to the best he knew of the United States; and, heedless of the danger to himself, walked away from war.  His military superiors knew that he was troubled, that his platoon was barely functional, and that he needed to find a way out, but they weren’t listening to the voice of compassion.  They were listening to the voice of war.  

War – this war and the many others like it – has changed us.  It demands that a young man brutalized in captivity, that over a hundred of his counterparts brutalized daily in Guantanamo, never meet with any compassion from us ever again.   And from Iraq to Syria, Afghanistan to the Ukraine, U.S. war makers will demand newer wars of us, more rage, and more fear cloaked in expressions of our exceptional humanitarian concern for others. We are absolutely forbidden ever to walk away from war.  

That is the voice of war.  South Korea’s own ongoing war is screaming at it to destroy young conscientious objectors with punitive jail sentences.  Dissenting island communities face ever-increasing militarization in service of future U.S. superpower clashes.   Worldwide the rage screaming in our ears wherever our power is blocked and our instructions defied drives us further and further into destructive madness in the clutches of which we should be pitied almost as much as feared.  But we each do have a choice: We can choose not to listen to war, and act on this choice.  For me, it was a saving grace to be able to listen to young people exchanging stories of hope, humor, dedication, and courage over lunches in the Gangjeong community kitchen.


Kathy Kelly (kathy@vcnv.org) co-coordinates Voices for Creative Nonviolence (vcnv.org

This article will appear on its source site, the new Telesur English, in the third week of July, when that new site goes online.

Doom from the Depths: Coming Your Way

Ever since the horrors of submarine warfare became a key issue during World War I, submarines have had a sinister reputation.  And the building of new, immensely costly, nuclear-armed submarines by the U.S. government and others may soon raise the level of earlier anxiety to a nuclear nightmare.

Israel News - July 7, 2014


Six Jewish extremists arrested by Israel in killing of Palestinian teen - The Times of Israel


Palestinian teen burned alive to death, autopsy states - The Boston Globe


VIDEO: Dramatic new video footage shows Palestinian teen’s abduction - The Washington Post


Palestinian fury at Israel boils in funeral for slain youth - Reuters


VIDEO: Clashes Erupt In Jerusalem Amid Funeral For Palestinian Teenager - Fox News


Arson, Firebombs, Rocks and Rockets: 48 Hours of Terror Across Israel (VIDEOS) - Algemeiner.com


Israel Launches Airstrikes on Gaza Strip in Response to Rocket Fire (VIDEOS) - NBC News


Israeli air strikes kill seven Gaza gunmen, Hamas says - Yahoo News


IDF Officials Favor Ceasefire, "If Hamas would stop the rocket fire, then quiet will be maintained on our part" - Arutz Sheva


Abbas Pleads with Hamas to Stop Rocket Fire - Arutz Sheva


Israel shuts down main highways as clashes erupt across country - Haaretz


American Teen Tarek Released from Jail After Alleged Brutal Beating by Israeli Police - ABC News


VIDEO: Israel police brutally beat American teen Tarek Khdeir - YouTube


VIDEO: Palestinian teen Tarek speaks about his beating at the hands of Israeli police - YouTube


PHOTOS: Photos of American teen Tarek, before and after the brutal beating by Israeli Police - Twitter / WilliamsJon


State Dept. demands investigation into reports of teen's beating in Israel - TheHill


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Israel arrests suspected Palestinian accomplice in killings of 3 Jewish teens - Times of Israel


Dramatic recording of Jewish teen's emergency call before being killed, kidnappers can be heard yelling (AUDIO, TRANSCRIPT) - Times of Israel


The men Israel blames for the deaths of Israeli teenagers and their violent family history - The Washington Post


Accused kidnappers are rogue Hamas branch - Al-Monitor


Hebron branch of rogue Hamas wing has dark history - Al-Monitor


The Shocking Comment From the Mother of One of the Prime Suspects in Israeli Teen Abduction Case: "If he truly did it – I’ll be proud of him till my final day” - TheBlaze.com


PHOTOS: Israeli soldiers destroy kidnapping suspects' family homes in retribution attack - mondoweiss.net


VIDEO: Explosion Rocks Home of Israeli Kidnapping Suspect - NBC News


ISIS Already in Gaza Strip - gatestoneinstitute.org

 

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Egypt News - July 6, 2014


The Egyptian government trims its energy subsidies causing fuel prices to soar up to 70%, exasperating the public - Los Angeles Times


Egypt premier defends steep rise in fuel prices, says the lifting of energy subsidies would free $7 billion to be spent on social reforms - AP


Surge in fuel prices threatens food commodities: Activist - Daily News Egypt


Sudden energy subsidies cut will create lower-middle class outcry, increase poverty: Economist - Daily News Egypt


Egypt cuts natural gas subsidies to factories - Reuters


Egypt's deficit hits 9.3% of GDP in first 11 months of current fiscal year - Ahram Online


Egypt faces food imports as population increases, water grows scarce - THE DAILY STAR


Egypt to start implementing capital gains tax on Sunday - Ahram Online


Egypt to tax people and corporations on income earned abroad - Ahram Online


Egyptian army gives 1 billion pounds to El-Sisi's initiative - Ahram Online


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Muslim Brotherhood leader handed life sentence, on top of death penalty - RT News


VIDEO: Ten more Muslim Brotherhood supporters sentenced to death in Egypt - euronews


Egypt: Rampant torture, arbitrary arrests signal catastrophic decline in human rights one year after ousting of Morsi - Amnesty International


VIDEO: Amnesty International warns of catastrophe in Egypt - YouTube


Egypt’s secret prison: ‘disappeared’ face torture in Azouli military jail - The Guardian


The Morsi secretary on foreign relations Khaled al-Qazzaz has been in extralegal detention since July, His article was smuggled from the prison where he is held - NYTimes.com


One Year Later: Human Rights in Egypt - atlanticcouncil.org


Peter Greste’s mother describes ordeal of visiting her son in Egyptian prison - theguardian.com


Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy convicted in Egypt in hospital for arm surgery, the harsh prison conditions means the state of the limb “worsened drastically” - The Globe and Mail


ARCHIVE: Egyptian president ignores Obama call for clemency over al-Jazeera journalists - The Guardian

 

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Art Killing Apathy Take on Money In Politics| Eleanor Goldfield Interview

Originally posted at PopularResistance.org

watch the full show here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNRoP9Hs0tU

Eleanor Goldfield is a creative activist and writer based in Los Angeles. She works with organizations to create digital content as well as live events to combine pop culture and politics - art killing apathy; her political hard rock band Rooftop Revolutionaries being a primary example of this. As a writer, she writes for several political publications on our corporatocratic government and all the issues stemming from that.

A majority of conservative old Catholic men: What’s Next? A Ruling that Workers’ Insurance Doesn’t Have to Cover Transfusions?

By Dave Lindorff


The vote by the US Supreme Court’s five conservative Catholic male members in the Hobby Lobby case, declaring that companies substantially owned by people who on religious grounds believe that contraception is a sin can not be compelled to offer coverage for it in any health plan provided to their employees raises a few important questions.


Be afraid, be very afraid! TSA (and its ilk) to the rescue!

 

Well, I'm finally back from three weeks away. Judging by the lack of posts at TSA News, the civil liberties watchdog site I run, I guess it was a quiet time on the TSA front. 

Though not anymore.

Celebrating Independence from America in England

By David Swanson
Remarks at Independence from America event outside Menwith Hill "RFA" (NSA) base in Yorkshire.

First of all, thank you to Lindis Percy and everyone else involved in bringing me here, and letting me bring my son Wesley along.

And thank you to the Campaign for the Accountability of American Bases. I know you share my view that accountability of American bases would lead to elimination of American bases.

And thank you to Lindis for sending me her accounts of refusing to be arrested unless the police disarmed themselves.  In the United States, refusing any sort of direction from a police officer will get you charged with the crime of refusing a lawful order, even when the order is unlawful. In fact, that's often the only charge levied against people ordered to cease protests and demonstrations that in theory are completely legal.  And, of course, telling a U.S. police officer to disarm could quite easily get you locked up for insanity if it didn't get you shot.

Can I just say how wonderful it is to be outside of the United States on the Fourth of July?  There are many wonderful and beautiful things in the United States, including my family and friends, including thousands of truly dedicated peace activists, including people bravely going to prison to protest the murders by drone of others they've never met in distant lands whose loved ones will probably never hear about the sacrifices protesters are making.  (Did you know the commander of a military base in New York State has court orders of protection to keep specific nonviolent peace activists away from his base to ensure his physical safety -- or is it his peace of mind?)  And, of course, millions of Americans who tolerate or celebrate wars or climate destruction are wonderful and even heroic in their families and neighborhoods and towns -- and that's valuable too.

I've been cheering during U.S. World Cup games.  But I cheer for neighborhood, city, and regional teams too.  And I don't talk about the teams as if I'm them.  I don't say "We scored!" as I sit in a chair opening a beer.  And I don't say "We won!" when the U.S. military destroys a nation, kills huge numbers of people, poisons the earth, water, and air, creates new enemies, wastes trillions of dollars, and passes its old weapons to the local police who restrict our rights in the name of wars fought in the name of freedom.  I don't say "We lost!" either. We who resist have a responsibility to resist harder, but not to identify with the killers, and certainly not to imagine that the men, women, children, and infants being murdered by the hundreds of thousands constitute an opposing team wearing a different uniform, a team whose defeat by hellfire missile I should cheer for. 

Identifying with my street or my town or my continent doesn't lead the same places that identifying with the military-plus-some-minor-side-services that calls itself my national government leads.  And it's very hard to identify with my street; I have such little control over what my neighbors do.  And I can't manage to identify with my state because I've never even seen most of it.  So, once I start identifying abstractly with people I don't know, I see no sensible argument for stopping anywhere short of identifying with everybody, rather than leaving out 95% and identifying with the United States, or leaving out 90% and identifying with the so-called "International Community" that cooperates with U.S. wars.  Why not just identify with all humans everywhere? On those rare occasions when we learn the personal stories of distant or disparaged people, we're supposed to remark, "Wow, that really humanizes them!" Well, I'd like to know, what were they before those details made them humanized?  

In the U.S. there are U.S. flags everywhere all the time now, and there's a military holiday for every day of the year.  But the Fourth of July is the highest holiday of holy nationalism.  More than any other day, you're likely to see children being taught to pledge allegiance to a flag, regurgitating a psalm to obedience like little fascist robots.  You're more likely to hear the U.S. national anthem, the Star Spangled Banner.  Who knows which war the words of that song come from? 

That's right, the War of Canadian Liberation, in which the United States tried to liberate Canadians (not for the first or last time) who welcomed them much as the Iraqis would later do, and the British burned Washington.  Also known as the War of 1812, the bicentennial was celebrated in the U.S. two years ago.  During that war, which killed thousands of Americans and Brits, mostly through disease, during one pointless bloody battle among others, plenty of people died, but a flag survived.  And so we celebrate the survival of that flag by singing about the land of the free that imprisons more people than anywhere else on earth and the home of the brave that strip-searches airplane passengers and launches wars if three Muslims shout "boo!"

Did you know the U.S. flag was recalled? You know how a car will be recalled by the manufacturer if the brakes don't work? A satirical paper called the Onion reported that the U.S. flag had been recalled after resulting in 143 million deaths.  Better late than never.

There are many wonderful and rapidly improving elements in U.S. culture.  It has become widely and increasingly unacceptable to be bigoted or prejudiced against people, at least nearby people, because of their race, sex, sexual orientation, and other factors.  It still goes on, of course, but it's frowned upon.  I had a conversation last year with a man sitting in the shadow of a carving of confederate generals on a spot that used to be sacred to the Ku Klux Klan, and I realized that he would never, even if he thought it, say something racist about blacks in the United States to a stranger he'd just met.  And then he told me he'd like to see the entire Middle East wiped out with nuclear bombs. 

We've had comedians' and columnists' careers ended over racist or sexist remarks, but weapons CEOs joke on the radio about wanting big new occupations of certain countries, and nobody blinks.  We have antiwar groups that push for celebration of the military on  Memorial Day and other days like this one.  We have so-called progressive politicians who describe the military as a jobs program, even though it actually produces fewer jobs per dollar than education or energy or infrastructure or never taxing those dollars at all.  We have peace groups that argue against wars on the grounds that the military needs to be kept ready for other, possibly more important wars.  We have peace groups that oppose military waste, when the alternative of military efficiency is not what's needed.  We have libertarians who oppose wars because they cost money, exactly as they oppose schools or parks.  We have humanitarian warriors who argue for wars because of their compassion for the people they want bombed.  We have peace groups that side with the libertarians and urge selfishness, arguing for schools at home instead of bombs for Syrians, without explaining that we could give actual aid to Syrians and ourselves for a fraction of the cost of the bombs. 

We have liberal lawyers who say they can't tell whether blowing children up with drones is legal or not, because President Obama has a secret memo (now only partially secret) in which he legalizes it by making it part of a war, and they haven't seen the memo, and as a matter of principle they, like Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, ignore the U.N. Charter, the Kellogg Briand Pact, and the illegality of war.  We have people arguing that bombing Iraq is now a good thing because it finally gets the U.S. and Iran talking to each other.  We have steadfast refusals to mention a half-million to a million-and-a-half Iraqis based on the belief that Americans can only possibly care about 4,000 Americans killed in Iraq.  We have earnest crusades to turn the U.S. military into a force for good, and the inevitable demand of those who begin to turn against war, that the United States must lead the way to peace -- when of course the world would be thrilled if it just brought up the rear.

And yet, we also have tremendous progress.  A hundred years ago Americans were listening to snappy tunes about how hunting Huns was a fun game to play, and professors were teaching that war builds national character.  Now war has to be sold as necessary and humanitarian because nobody believes it's fun or good for you anymore.  Polls in the United States put support for possible new wars below 20 percent and sometimes below 10 percent.  After the House of Commons over here said No to missile strikes on Syria, Congress listened to an enormous public uproar in the U.S. and said No as well.  In February, public pressure led to Congress backing off a new sanctions bill on Iran that became widely understood as a step toward war rather than away from it.  A new war on Iraq is having to be sold and developed slowly in the face of huge public resistance that has even resulted in some prominent advocates of war in 2003 recently recanting. 

This shift in attitude toward wars is largely the result of the wars on Afghanistan and Iraq and the exposure of the lies and horrors involved.  We shouldn't underestimate this trend or imagine that it's unique to the question of Syria or Ukraine.  People are turning against war.  For some it may be all about the money.  For others it may be a question of which political party owns the White House.  The Washington Post has a poll showing that almost nobody in the U.S. can find Ukraine on a map, and those who place it furthest from where it really lies are most likely to want a U.S. war there, including those who place it in the United States.  One doesn't know whether to laugh or cry.  Yet the larger trend is this: from geniuses right down to morons, we are, most of us, turning against war.  The Americans who want Ukraine attacked are fewer than those believing in ghosts, U.F.O.s, or the benefits of climate change.

Now, the question is whether we can shake off the idea that after hundreds of bad wars there just might be a good one around the corner.  To do that we have to recognize that wars and militaries make us less safe, not safer.  We have to understand that Iraqis aren't ungrateful because they're stupid but because the U.S. and allies destroyed their home. 

We can pile even more weight on the argument for ending the institution of war.  These U.S. spy bases are used for targeting missiles but also for spying on governments and companies and activists.  And what justifies the secrecy?  What allows treating everyone as an enemy?  Well, one necessary component is the concept of an enemy.  Without wars nations lose enemies.  Without enemies, nations lose excuses to abuse people.  Britain was the first enemy manufactured by the would-be rulers of the United States on July 4, 1776.  And yet King George's abuses don't measure up to the abuses our governments now engage in, justified by their traditions of war making and enabled by the sort of technologies housed here.

War is our worst destroyer of the natural environment, the worst generator of human rights abuses, a leading cause of death and creator of refugee crises.  It swallows some $2 trillion a year globally, while tens of billions could alleviate incredible suffering, and hundreds of billions could pay for a massive shift to renewable energies that might help protect us from an actual danger. 

What we need now is a movement of education and lobbying and nonviolent resistance that doesn't try to civilize war but to take steps in the direction of abolishing it -- which begins by realizing that we can abolish it.  If we can stop missiles into Syria, there's no magical force that prevents our stopping missiles into every other country.  War is not a primal urge of nations that must burst out a little later if once suppressed.  Nations aren't real like that.  War is a decision made by people, and one that we can make utterly unacceptable.

People in dozens of countries are now working on a campaign for the elimination of all war called World Beyond War.  Please check out WorldBeyondWar.org or talk to me about getting involved.  Our goal is to bring many more people and organizations into a movement not aimed at a specific war proposal from a specific government, but at the entire institution of war everywhere.  We'll have to work globally to do this.  We'll have to throw our support behind the work being done by groups like the Campaign for Accountability of American Bases and the Movement for the Abolition of War and the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and Veterans For Peace and so many more.

Some friends of ours in Afghanistan, the Afghan Peace Volunteers, have proposed that everyone living under the same blue sky who wants to move the world beyond war wear a sky blue scarf.  You can make your own or find them at TheBlueScarf.org.  I hope by wearing this to communicate my sense of connection to those back in the United States working for actual freedom and bravery, and my same sense of connection to those in the rest of the world who have had enough of war. Happy Fourth of July!

Imperialist Wars & Global Ecological Degradation

A World Can't Wait Panel at the Left Forum, June 1, 2014  With 1100+ bases, the US military is the single largest user of fossil fuels in this century, while at the same time it fights wars and engages in occupations both to ensure strategic access to those resources and deny rivals control. In its military operations, it uses weapons of mass destruction, such as Agent Orange (in Vietnam) and depleted uranium (in the former Yugoslavia and in Iraq) which cause horrendous suffering including cancer and birth defects and remain over time as potent environmental toxins. The ecological effects of war, such as the burning of oil fields and the destruction of large urban constructions, spreads poisonous fumes and dust, with devestating effects on land, humans, flora and fauna.

Bringing CUNY into the US War Machine -- Students and Faculty Rise Up

A World Can't Wait Panel at the Left Forum, June 1, 2014  CUNY has restored ROTC on a number of campuses after it was driven out by protest 40 years ago. General David Petraeus, architect of the "surge" in Iraq, one-time CENTCOM and CIA Director, is teaching at Macaulay Honors College. The US military is shifting recruiting to diverse urban campuses like CUNY, saying that in 15 years it needs officers who "reflect the geographic and demographic diversity of the country." What is the challenge for those who want to stop unjust wars? How did students and professors at Rutgers University, a NJ state institution, force the withdrawal of Condoleezza Rice as commencement speaker?

Vast Surveillance of Whole Populations: The NSA Revelations One Year Out

A World Can't Wait Panel at the Left Forum, June 1, 2014.  The US government collects billions of bytes of "metadata" on phone calls, emails, bank traffic, text messaging, chats - content, recipients, etc. - storing everything for future use, if not needed immediately. Edward Snowden and others in the field say the amount of data collected doubles every two years. The ramifications of this data collection and storage process goes beyond issues of civil liberties and abstract rights.

Iraq/Syria News - July 4, 2014


Predident Barzani calls for independence referendum, says Kurdish control of Kirkuk will continue - The Guardian


VIDEO: Interview: Barzani calls for a independence referendum - BBC


Interview: Barzani’s Push for Kurdish Independence: “It is Our Natural Right” - VOA | EA WorldView


VIDEO (Kurdish): Full speech of President Barzani to parliament on independence - YouTube


Iraqi Kurds say will sue Baghdad if it blocks oil sales - todayszaman.com


Maliki Rejects Kurdish Independence Vote, Territorial Expansion - Rudaw


Iraqi Kurd Officials Lobbying for Independence in Washington - WSJ


Iraqi Kurdish officials in Washington describe 'different country' after Mosul - Al-Monitor


VIDEO: Roundtable: Members of the official delegation to US from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) address the crisis in Iraq - The Washington Institute for Near East Policy


White House talks down Kurdish independence - TheHill


US State Dep Does Not Support Kurdish Referendum for Independence - BAS NEWS


NGOs hold 'Kurdistan' demonstration in front of KRG Parliament - CİHAN


Kirkuk’s Kurds Don’t Trust Baghdad, "going to Baghdad to take part in the next Iraqi government is a big mistake” - Rudaw


Israel, Turkey back off pro-Kurd independence stances - THE DAILY STAR


Netanyahu expresses support for Kurdish independence - Los Angeles Times


Israel and Kurdistan's Alleged Oil Deal Is Putting the U.S. on Notice - New Republic


AKP spokesman Indicates Turkey Ready to Accept Kurdish State in Iraq - Rudaw


Turkey’s Erdogan asks Parliament to approve talks with Kurds - McClatchy DC


PYD Kurdish leader Muslim: We don’t seek independence from Syria - BAS NEWS


YPG Kurdish Commander: Kurds in Syria ‘Deserve’ US Support - Rudaw


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Saudi Arabia deploys 30,000 soldiers to border with Iraq: al-Arabiya TV - Reuters


Experts: Iraq’s new jets likely from Iran - Al Arabiya News


In a telephone call Saudi king and Obama discuss the ISIS threat, call for Iraq unity govt - Al Arabiya News


Biden, Kerry Work the Phones to Unite Iraqi Politicians - ABC News


Obama Admin Debates Whether Assad Really Must Go - The Daily Beast


Pentagon leaders: Iraq probably needs outside help to retake seized territory - The Washington Post


Islamic State seizes oil field and towns from rival rebel fighters in Syria's east - Reuters


VIDEO: Islamic State seizes oil field from rival rebel fighters in Syria's East - YouTube


Syrian activists say powerful tribe in town near Iraq pledge allegiance to jihadi group - Fox News


VIDEO (Arabic): Syria tribes and factions in east Deir az-Zor, including Ahrar ash-Sham and Nusra, refuse to fight IS - YouTube 


Senior al-Qaeda leader calls for followers to support ISIS - Channel 4 News


Syrian rebels threaten to quit fight against ISIS - Al Arabiya News


Jarba insists Syria and Iran behind rise of ISIS - THE DAILY STAR


Indian Nurses in Iraq's Tikrit Moved, Are In ISIS Captivity - NDTV


Turkish truck drivers held by ISIS in Iraq are freed (VIDEO) - euronews


ISIS Militants Kidnap 150 Kurdish Students in Syria - NBC News


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On KPFA's 'Project Censored' program: Discussing Homeland Security's Labeling of ThisCantBeHappening! as a 'Threat'

By Dave Lindorff

 

Dave Lindorff is interviewed by Mickey Huff and Peter Phillips of Project Censored on their June 27 program on San Francisco public radio station KPFA. Lindorff tells Huff and Phillips about how TCBH! learned, from a Department of Homeland Security document obtained recently thanks to a Freedom of Information Act filing by the Partnership for Civil Justice, that ThisCantBeHappening! had been labeled a "threat" by the DHS.

Ukraine News - July 3, 2014


Foreign ministers from Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France agree on a plan for a resumption of the cease-fire in eastern Ukraine - AP


VIDEO (English): Full statements by the Ukraine, Russia, Germany, France foreign ministers on E. Ukraine ceasefire - YouTube


Joint Declaration by the Foreign Ministers of Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany - Auswärtiges Amt


Kiev Ready for Talks With Independence Supporters Anywhere: Poroshenko’s Office - RIA Novosti


Separatist PM open to reinstalling a truce, "We can waive some of our political demands for a peace settlement in our region” - Euro Asia News


Ukraine Wants to Seal Its Russian Border - The Daily Beast


Ten including child dead in artillery fire in Luhansk region: Luhansk People's Republic - The Voice of Russia


VIDEO: Live footage of Luhansk residential area bombed by the Ukrainian army - YouTube


VIDEO: Devastation and bodies in Luhansk - LiveLeak.com


VIDEO: More on Luhansk bombing aftermath - LiveLeak.com


VIDEO (English Subtitles) - A longer footage of the airstrike aftermath in Luganskaya village - LiveLeak.com


Separatist commander Igor Strelkov: After the Ukrainian army blew up a pipeline, no sources of water supply in Slavyansk and Kramatorsk - Facebook.com


Russian REN-TV Channel Says Its Journalists Deliberately Targeted in Ukraine - RIA Novosti


Lugansk People’s Republic militiamen free Ukrainian journalists - ITAR-TASS


Cluster bomb found in Donetsk region unexploded - The Voice of Russia


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UN: 160,000 refugees fled the fighting in Donetsk and Lugansk, Two-thirds went to Russia while the rest is staying in Ukraine - usatoday


UN refugee agency warns of ‘sharp rise’ in people fleeing eastern Ukraine - United Nations News Centre


VIDEO: Ukraine: Number of displaced dramatically increases - euronews


Many Ukrainians Flee to Russia, Angry, Afraid, Determined to Stay - WSJ


18,000 Ukrainian Refugees in Russian Accommodation Centers: Emergencies Ministry - RIA Novosti


500 Ukrainian Refugees Arrive in Crimea Daily: Official - RIA Novosti


VIDEO (English Subtitles): Refugees from Luhansk - YouTube


VIDEO: Evacuation of Children From Kramatorsk Orphanage - YouTube


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Dear Libertarians: The Radical Violent Revolutionaries Are Winning

Originally Posted at PopularResistance.org

This may be a shock to those who have heard me say, in some of me less than kindler, gentler moments, that Libertarians are Ayn Randian Regressives who more often that not parrot faux liberty talking points literally spoon fed them by some Koch Brothers inspired think tank, talking points that in fact serve as a pillar that upholds the empire of the ruling elite even as they espouse to tear it down. The truth is, however this view ignores the fact that on the surface, we agree on many issues- Libertarians and I.

 

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