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Will the Gulf of Tonkin Fit into the Red Sea?

Just a geography question. Or maybe it's a different sort of question.

Do a web search for "USS Mason" and you will find countless "news" reports about how this poor innocent U.S. ship has been fired upon, and fired upon again, and how it has fired back "countermeasures" in self-defense.

But you might stumble onto one article from CNN (don't watch the totally misleading video posted just above the text) that says:

"Officials Saturday night were uncertain about what exactly happened, if there were multiple incoming missiles or if there was a malfunction with the radar detection system on the destroyer."

So, was the poor wittle innocent destroyer fired at or not?

What Hillary Clinton Privately Told Goldman Sachs

At first glance, Hillary Clinton's speeches to Goldman Sachs, which she refused to show us but WikiLeaks claims to have now produced the texts of, reveal less blatant hypocrisy or abuse than do the texts of various emails also recently revealed. But take a closer look.

Clinton has famously said that she believes in maintaining a public position on each issue that differs from her private position. Which did she provide to Goldman Sachs?

Yes, Clinton does profess her loyalty to corporate trade agreements, but at the time of her remarks she hadn't yet started (publicly) claiming otherwise.

I think, in fact, that Clinton maintains numerous positions on various issues, and that those she provided to Goldman Sachs were in part her public stances, in part her confidences to co-conspirators, and in part her partisan Democratic case to a room of Republicans as to why they should donate more to her and less to the GOP. This was not the sort of talk she'd have given to labor union executives or human rights professionals or Bernie Sanders delegates. She has a position for every audience.

In the speech transcripts from June 4, 2013, October 29, 2013, and October 19, 2015, Clinton was apparently paid sufficiently to do something she denies most audiences. That is, she took questions that it appears likely she was not secretly briefed on or engaged in negotiations over ahead of time. In part this appears to be the case because some of the questions were lengthy speeches, and in part because her answers were not all the sort of meaningless platitudes that she produces if given time to prepare.

A Nonviolent Strategy to End the Climate Catastrophe

As the evidence mounts that we are fast approaching the final point-of-no-return beyond which it will be impossible to take sufficient effective action to prevent climate catastrophe – see 'The World Passes 400 PPM Threshold. Permanently' – the evidence of ineffective official responses climbs too. See, for example, 'Climate Con: why a new global deal on aviation emissions is really bad news'.

White Helmets More Gray

"People always think something's all true." —Holden Caulfield

When a wonderful program like Democracy Now does a story on the White Helmets in Syria, the problem is not that the White Helmets don't exist, or that they're not rescuing anyone, or that they're actually filmed in Los Angeles -- all of which is ridiculously untrue.

Or perhaps it's not ridiculous. Syria has been the subject of a tidal wave of faked videos, many of them filmed elsewhere. But those things are untrue.

The problem is that the guest who's on Democracy Now to promote the rescuers repeatedly claims that the war in Syria consists of people being slaughtered by Syria and Russia -- and nothing else. And nobody corrects that. There is no mention of people killed by U.S. bombs or by U.S. weapons given to fighters on the ground.

The problem is that the White Helmets' partners, media allies, and funders promote a one-sided story and, far from working for peace, promote an escalation of the war, demanding a "No Fly Zone" from which to work for the overthrow of the government. In fact, the U.S. government gave the White Helmets $23 million with which to work on "transition" to a different government.

It's good media practice to reveal funders. We protest when retired generals go on CNN to push for war without revealing their financial ties to weapons makers. We should protest when promoters of the White Helmets go on TV without revealing that they're funded by Western governments, including the U.S. government which has been pushing for the overthrow of Syria for years.

Now, when the U.S. government funds something good, we ought to celebrate that. A color revolution in someplace like Serbia that develops creative new techniques and nonviolently overthrows a dictator to create a more democratic country is not wholly evil because the U.S. government supported it. But neither should we blind ourselves to that support or its motivations.

And when those motivations, at the highest levels of the U.S. government, appear disreputable, that of course does not tell us the motivations of all the staff people and volunteers involved. The U.S. government's dishonest demonization of someone like Milosevic doesn't make him a beloved and law-abiding leader. The U.S. facilitation of a coup in Ukraine doesn't mean there weren't Ukrainians with good grievances. The world is just not a simple place.

When it comes to Syria we need to recognize that many people in Syria had and have legitimate grievances against their government, and that the United States and allies have been working for many years now to overthrow the Syrian government, and that U.S. actions in Iraq and Libya and Syria have played a huge role in creating the current disaster, and that Russia and Saudi Arabia and Turkey and Qatar and Iran and ISIS and al Nusra and other "extremist" mass murderers and "moderate" mass murderers and the United States and Syria have Syrian blood up to their shoulders.

We also need to recognize that there are a lot of people trying to help, trying to make things better. And their good work should not be used, with or without their consent, as propaganda for further escalation of the killing and destruction. The way to peace does not lie through greater war. And greater war is the goal of the organized demonization of one side, of the manufacturing of selective outrage. On the contrary, the way to peace lies through taking a different approach entirely, an approach that faces all of the facts and treats as the enemy, not this side of the war or that side of the war, but the institution of war.

ISIS uses U.S. weapons which the U.S. continues supplying to fighters in Syria who are trying to overthrow the government. Meanwhile Russia is backing the government against those fighters. In that context, the U.S. and Russia are proposing to work together while threatening each other. These are nuclear nations. What we need is not slick demonization of one side through appeals to our humanitarian concerns, but disarmament, cease-fire, and actual aid on a much greater scale.

The spokespeople for the White Helmets say they don't work in government controlled areas because the government will not let them. That may be true. And it may be true because of suspicions that are easy to understand. But it is also probably true that if the White Helmets were making movies of themselves rescuing people on that side of the war, much of their funding would dry up.

Remember that the U.S. government tried to make a case for bombing Syria in 2013 by claiming that the Syrian government had used chemical weapons. President Obama claimed to have solid evidence of that, which three years later we still haven't seen. The public prevented that escalation. But a year later, following the release of ISIS videos, the U.S. public put up little resistance to the U.S. entering the war on multiple sides, including the opposite side from what it had advertised for in 2013.

But the U.S. government was stuck with a problem. How to direct the war against Syria when the U.S. public seemed not to be upset about Syria at all but seemed willing to be scared entirely out of its mind about ISIS? For the past two years we've witnessed campaigns aimed at demonizing Assad and Putin. That the White Helmets are saving lives doesn't change the fact that they are part of those campaigns. We need to observe them with open eyes.

There is, after all, a potential for support of the White Helmets to backfire against war mongers. If the general public caught on that nonviolent aid is the decent, effective, noble, and heroic path, perhaps the U.S. government would shift more than a tiny fraction of a percent of its Syria budget to that approach. If actual humanitarian aid and unarmed civilian peacework (and videography) were scaled up and done in an actually neutral manner, war would end -- and the White Helmets would have shown the way.

Focus: Hillary Clinton's Emails - Oct 13, 2016

 

Judicial Watch releases new Hillary Clinton email answers given under oath - Judicial Watch


VIDEO: Sworn answers: Hillary Clinton responds to Judicial Watch questions - YouTube


VIDEO: Hillary Clinton ‘can't recall’ key details about private email server in response to Judicial Watch - YouTube


Clinton 'does not recall' ordering destruction of emails from personal server in testimony - Fox News


FBI served with request for Hillary's backup device…object is in FBI's possession - Breitbart


Wikileaks: Clinton staffers discussed which emails to release, three weeks before Combetta used Bleachbit to wipe her server clean - The Daily Caller


Leaked Emails: Lawyer privately told Clinton campaign Hillary’s unilateral deletion of emails ‘smacks of acting above the law’ - The Daily Caller


Clinton aides sought to deny any classified data: WikiLeaks - Bloomberg Politics


Lawmakers ask inspectors general of the State and Justice Departments to review FBI's 'hijacked' Clinton probe - Washington Examiner


Letter of Goodlatte & Judiciary Republicans calling for independent investigation of special treatment given to key Clinton insiders - judiciary.house.gov


Trump condemns Congress, FBI, Justice Department for not prosecuting Clinton, says ‘we have to investigate the investigation' - WSJ


James Comey and Loretta Lynch should be Impeached for whitewashing Clinton's crimes - GOPUSA


ARCHIVE: FBI files reveal missing email 'boxes' in Clinton case, allegations of evidence tampering - Fox News

 

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FBI, DOJ roiled by Comey, Lynch decision to let Clinton slide by on emails, says insider - Fox News


VIDEO: FBI agents dismayed over James Comey's decision to not prosecute Hillary Clinton - YouTube


Former U.S. Attorney: Agents see FBI chief Comey as a ‘dirty cop’ - The American Spectator


Did the FBI chief lie to Congress about the Hillary email probe? - New York Post


While furious FBI agents are speaking out on Hillary, The big three (ABC, CBS, NBC) networks censor - newsbusters.org


Very little pick-up by the dishonest media of incredible information provided by WikiLeaks. So dishonest! Rigged system! - Donald J. Trump on Twitter


Clinton campaign kept close DOJ ties during private email server probe: WikiLeaks - The Event Chronicle


Emails: Clinton aides touted her 'cordial relationship' with Loretta Lynch - Washington Examiner


Wikileaks: How Hillary’s top State Department aide Cheryl Mills was working for the Clinton Foundation at the same time - Daily Mail Online


ARCHIVE: FBI director James Comey and the Clinton Foundation, He pocketed $6 million working for defense contractor Lockheed Martin in a single year alone - Open Media News


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Tomgram: John Feffer, Slouching Toward the Apocalypse

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What Police Videos Teach Us About Wars

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Before people had an easy way to see video footage of police murders, headlines crediting the police with just and noble actions couldn’t be effectively questioned.

We’re still back there in the dark ages when it comes to war murders, but we can overcome the lack of quickly shared videos if we choose to. When the headlines celebrate some sort of “victory” in Mosul or anywhere else, we can point out that the videos of people being blown up in their houses would be truly horrific if we had them. This is not, after all, a point on which there can actually be any question.

The police who murder innocents say they serve a grander purpose of maintaining law and order. Watching the videos of what they do eliminates all possibility of taking that seriously.

The war makers say they serve a grander purpose of . . . well, it depends; sometimes it’s also law and order, other times spreading democracy, other times weapons elimination, other times simply revenge. Imagining the videos we aren’t seeing should help us understand why these justifications do not hold up.

The U.S. has, in recent years, bombed Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen. None of them is safer, less armed, more democratic, more peaceful, more prosperous, or less of a threat to others. Quite the contrary. “Defeating” ISIS by bombing people will fuel more suffering and violence, just as “defeating” the government of Saddam Hussein fueled ISIS.

Picture a woman in Mosul who lacks permission to go outside without a male guardian. Now picture that woman’s roof collapsing on her and her children with a thunderous crash and a cloud of dust. Is she better off? Do those who love her appreciate her “liberation”? Would the video be allowed on U.S. media outlets unless we shared it on social media as many times as we do a police video?

“One unfortunate incident.” “Collateral damage.” “A few bad apples.”

No. Police murder routinely and with immunity. Wars murder extensively, immorally, counterproductively, and illegally with immunity. There can be good policing. But there cannot be good war making. It’s all illegal under the U.N. Charter and the Kellogg-Briand Pact. The war on terrorism has been increasing terrorism for years. The U.S. government itself admits it has no idea who most of the people are that it murders with drones.

“So you’re on the side of the criminals.” “You must love ISIS.” “Putin LOVER!”

In fact, this childish retort is more common on the question of war and, tragically, is sometimes fueled by a grain of truth. Even so-called peace groups have fallen for the “pick a side” routine on Syria for years. I know people opposed to U.S. war-making in Syria but not to the U.S. providing weapons to others. I know people opposed to both of those things but not to Syrian government war-making with help from Russia and others. I know people opposed to Syrian and Russian war-making but not to anything directed at overthrowing the Syrian government. I know people in favor of war against ISIS but not against Syria. I know people in favor of any war making armed and funded by Saudi Arabia or Qatar or Turkey but not by the United States or Russia. I could list 18 more variations, all from people claiming — as does the Pentagon — to favor peace.

I oppose war in the way I oppose dueling or blood feuds, not by supporting one side. I oppose the U.S.-led arming of Western Asia the way I oppose pushing heroin in poor neighborhoods, not by wanting particular people to get it all. I oppose murder by police or soldiers in the way that I oppose capital punishment — that is: not because videos make my social media browsing unpleasant, but because people’s lives are being taken.

It’s time we put an end to war as if we could see it.

Renewable Revolutionary Railroad Renaissance

The forthcoming book from creative activist and kayaktivist extraordinaire Bill Moyer and his Backbone Campaign colleagues should remake the United States and limit the oncoming onslaught of climate suffering. It's called Solutionary Rail: A People Powered Campaign to Electrify America's Railroads and Open Corridors to a Clean Energy Future.

Here's the idea. There is huge potential for solar and wind energy in vast open spaces of the United States. There is a need for pathways through which to transmit renewable-produced electricity to where it's needed in big cities and small towns. Meanwhile, under-used railroad lines crisscross the country. As coal and oil use drop, those lines will be even more under-used, unless we change something. Yet, trains are more efficient than trucks even now, and would be much more so if electrified. So, we should run electricity lines along newly-improved railroad lines, and use some of the electricity to cleanly power a lot more trains.

By electrifying rail, you make rail less expensive as well as cleaner. With improvements to tracks you also make it faster. More freight and passengers find their way to rail. More jobs are produced in renewable energy. People living near trains get a cleaner and quieter environment. Traffic is lessened on highways, reducing accidents, deaths, injuries, and wear and tear on the roads. Electric trains cost less, take less maintenance, and last longer. Regenerative braking can produce still more power.

This is a solution to air pollution, but its benefits just keep piling up. Electric rail is like the hemp of infrastructure. Faster, more efficient trains would take freight from trucks and planes, and people from planes and cars. Electric trains start and stop more quickly and can run more closely together than diesel trains. They run better on grades. They can run much faster than current U.S. trains on existing upgraded tracks. Restoring or adding double tracks provides three to four times the capacity of a single track.

Unless you're going all the way across the United States, for any shorter distance trip, a fast train from downtown to downtown is going to look mighty appealing when the alternative is a plane ride that involves: traveling to an exurban airport, being treated like a terrorism suspect, waiting hours, flying to an out-of-the-way city to wait additional hours switching planes, never being sure you'll be on time, buying much more expensive tickets, squeezing into a tiny seat with no chance to walk around, airplane food instead of a dining car, lousy internet, obnoxious announcements, and the knowledge that you're contributing mightily to the destruction of the earth's climate.

The Guy Who Went Viral from Presidential Debate Works for Coal Company Opposed to Climate Regulations

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

After Kenneth Bone asked a question about energy to presidential nominees Donald Trump and Secretary Hillary Clinton at the presidential town hall debate on October 9, he quickly became a viral internet sensation.

That evening at Washington University in St. Louis, Bone asked, "What step will your energy policy take to meet our energy needs while at the same time remaining environmentally friendly and minimizing job loss for fossil power plant workers?"

Focus: Clinton Foundation and Haiti - Oct 11, 2016


'FOBs': How Hillary's State Dept. gave special attention to 'Friends of Bill' after Haiti quake - ABC News


In Haiti, a factory where big money, State Department and the Clintons meet - ABC News


State Dept admits having list of Bill Clinton’s ‘friends', denies preferential treatment - freebeacon.com


VIDEO: State Dept. admits having list of Bill Clinton's ‘friends', denies preferential treatment - YouTube


Clinton Foundation statement in response to ABC questions and a request to interview Bill Clinton on the subject of Haiti - ABC News


Statement by former president of Haitian senate on new reports of Clinton corruption in Haiti - Donald J Trump for President


Clinton Foundation head declines questions about Congressional request for all communications between foundation and State Dept - PJ Media


Clinton Foundation critics revive scrutiny of Haiti failures in hurricane Matthew aftermath - Washington Examiner


Clinton Foundation asks Haiti hurricane donations, outraged Twitter users lose it - Haiti Sentinel


After hurricane Matthew Haitians fear Clintons will ‘scam’ them again (VIDEO) - WND


With all eyes on Haiti, its diaspora in Florida could swing a close election - Huffington Post


Financial analyst Charles Ortel: Bill Clinton and the Clinton Foundation refuse to account, in granular and verified fashion, for any of billions of dollars raised to help Haiti - Huffington Post


VIDEO: How the Red Cross, Clinton Foundation, foreign aid amplified devastating impact of hurricane in Haiti - Atlanta Black Star


VIDEO: Bill Clinton's trade policies destroyed Haitian rice farming, now Haiti faces post-hurricane famine - Democracy Now!


ARCHIVE: How the Clintons hurt Haiti - GOP


ARCHIVE: Clintons pushed most wasteful of U.S.-funded Haiti projects - Judicial Watch


ARCHIVE: Explosive charges on the Clintons exploiting Haiti aid funds - americanthinker.com


ARCHIVE: Dinesh D’Souza on the Clinton Foundation: How the Clinton Foundation got rich off poor Haitians - National Review


ARCHIVE: How Hillary Clinton undercut women in Haiti apparel industry, The US Embassy worked with corporate interests to keep the minimum wage low - Haiti Sentinel


VIDEO ARCHIVE: VICE documentary: The Haiti money pit, how the Clinton Foundation ripped off the country - VICE


VIDEO ARCHIVE: Andrew Schwartz: How Clinton's billionaire friends profited from the Haiti disaster relief - YouTube


ARCHIVE: Clinton e-mails point to US intervention in 2010 Haiti elections - The Center for Economic and Policy Research


ARCHIVE: The corrupt Clinton Foundation in the aftermath of a massive earthquake in India - The Daily Caller


ARCHIVE: Joint report to PNG Police Commissioner and PNG Ombudsman regarding Clinton Foundation frauds in Papua New Guinea HIV/AIDS Initiative - Michael Smith News


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Russia: Fly Over Syria at Your Own Risk

Russia Reads US Bluster as Sign of War

 

 


 

 

Editor Note: As U.S. politicians and pundits have fun talking tough about Russia and demonizing President Putin, they are missing signs that Moscow isn’t amused and is preparing for actual conflict.

By Ray McGovern

Tomgram: Dilip Hiro, Unipolar No More

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Talk Nation Radio: Ann Wright on the Women's Boat to Gaza and Being Kidnapped by Israel in International Waters

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Ann Wright is a retired U.S. State Department official and army colonel who resigned in 2003 in protest of the war on Iraq. She's just returned from another attempt to reach Gaza by sea.

For more information, see http://WomensBoatToGaza.us

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Delusions of Worthy Wars

Fifteen years ago, on October 19th 2001, Donald Rumsfeld addressed B-2 bomber crews at Whiteman AFB in Missouri, as they prepared to fly halfway across the world to wreak misdirected vengeance on the people of Afghanistan and begin the longest war in U.S. history.  Rumsfeld told the bomber crews, “We have two choices. Either we change the way we live, or we must change the way they live.  We choose the latter.  And you are the ones who will help achieve that goal.”

 

Focus: United States and Russia - Oct 10, 2016


Russia says U.S. actions threaten its national security, Lavrov: 'Russophobia now lies at the heart of U.S. policy' - Reuters


Russian Foreign Minister says US is not fighting Al-Nusra in Syria - Sputnik


Mikhail Gorbachev warns world is at 'dangerous point' amid US-Russian face off over Syria - Telegraph


Russia to build permanent Syrian naval base in Tartus, eyes other outposts - Reuters


Russia to equip navy base in Syria’s Tartus with air defense, anti-sub systems - Sputnik


Russia sends cruise missile ships to Mediterranean - IHS Jane's 360


Russian parliament ratifies indefinite deployment of air force in Syria - Sputnik


Exclusive: Russia builds up forces in Syria, Reuters data analysis shows - Reuters


How scary is the Russian S-400 SAM?, It is the most capable and lethal long-range air defense missile system on the planet - Fighter Sweep


Not by stealth alone: Russian Corvettes to get ability to shoot down enemy jets - Sputnik


New Russian radars give the Pentagon headaches even before being fully deployed - Sott.net

 

Russia, China quickly forming ‘strategy of synergy' in Syria - Sputnik


India to propose to BRICS states creation of fund to restore Syria - Sputnik


Saudi Arabia, Qatar slam Egypt for supporting Russia's proposal for Syria truce - Egypt Independent


Egypt 'ready to agree' new Russian air base on coast - Middle East Eye

 

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At debate Trump, Clinton Spar on Russia As Moscow Ties Crumble - defensenews.com


VIDEO: Clinton: 'What is at stake here is the ambitions and the aggressiveness of Russia’; Trump: 'I think it would be great if we got along with Putin so we could fight ISIS together' - YouTube


U.S. government officially accuses Russia of hacking campaign to interfere with elections - The Washington Post


U.S. army chief issues stark warning to potential enemies, including Russia and China: ‘We will stop you and we will beat you harder than you have ever been beaten before' - Military.com


Army chief: U.S. army’s dominance is being challenged by a belligerent Russia and rising China, Future war is ‘almost guaranteed’ - Association of the United States Army


VIDEO: U.S. army chief threatens war with Russia - YouTube


U.S. army leaders warn about Russia's bold moves in information warfare in a bid to to both degrade U.S. military power and damage its democratic institutions - nationaldefensemagazine.org


Army Secretary: Drawdown, Russia and ISIL stretch us ‘very thin' - newsmax.com


Experts: 'Prospects low' for direct US-Russia war, but ‘clashes possible in third states' - Sputnik


Russian experts: Words of US generals on war with Russia shouldn’t be taken seriously - TASS


The US air force just dropped two fake nukes, The tests in the Nevada desert come as tensions rise with Russia - Defense One


War hawks: US think tank already planning 10 ‘killer weapons’ of a US-Russia war - Sputnik


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Do Western Nations Care about Yemeni Lives or Saudi Blood Money?

 How much is the life of a Yemeni worth? Not much, according to the Saudi regime that has been bombing and starving the people of Yemen since March 2015, or to the Saudi’s western backers, particularly the US and UK, which have been supplying the Saudi regime with weapons, military training, logistical support and diplomatic cover for its dirty interventionist war.

I'm Headed to Alaska

David Swanson to speak in Fairbanks, Alaska, on "How we abolish the institution of war"

WHO: David Swanson is an author, activist, journalist, and radio host. He is director of WorldBeyondWar.org and campaign coordinator for RootsAction.org. Swanson's books include War Is A Lie. He blogs at DavidSwanson.org and WarIsACrime.org. He hosts Talk Nation Radio. He is a 2015 and 2016 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee.

WHERE: University of Alaska, Schaible Auditorium, Bunnell Building, 303 Tanana Loop, Fairbanks, AK 99775

WHEN: 7 p.m. on October 22, 2016

SPONSORS: University Peace Club and Alaska Peace Center

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  info@alaskapeace.org

WEBSITE: http://alaskapeace.org

FLYER: https://alaskapeace.files.wordpress.com/2016/08/swansonflyerfinal2.pdf

About Safe Zones in Syria

 

1) Safe zones should be established with the full cooperation of Russia which will consent to the location, extension and administration of the area; 2) They should shelter only refugees. No armed groups (both opposition and pro-government) allowed. The safe zone must not be used as as a base to launch attacks against the enemy. 3) A multinational UN peacekeeping force will administer the safe zones until free and fair (UN supervised) elections are held under a new Syrian constitution. 4) Islamic State or Qaeda attacks in the safe zones will be dealt with by US-Russia military operations under the Joint Implementation Center in conjunction with the UN peacekeeping force.

Syria News - Oct 6 , 2016


Moscow says U.S. strikes on Syrian troops jeopardize Russian servicemen, its air defense weapons stand ready to fend off any attack - Fox News


VIDEO (English Subs): Russian Defense Ministry warns US against strikes on Syrian troops creating a threat to the Russian military - YouTube


Lavrov hopes warmongers eager to attack Syria won’t gain upper hand in US - TASS


Lavrov: Russia 'ready' to cooperate with US on Syria ceasefire in multilateral formats - euronews


In Syria crisis, Russia expands alliance with Iran, increases missile presence - WSJ


3rd Russian Black Sea fleet ship leaves for Mediterranean to join anti-ISIS op - RT News 


Russia suspends nuclear agreement, ends uranium research pact with United States - Huffington Post


White House press secretary: Military action against Assad regime not in US interest but it cannot be ruled out - Sputnik


Department of State spokesperson: US discussions on military option in Syria continue despite Russia’s warning - Sputnik


Pentagon says it has the right to defend against Russian anti-air systems in Syria - Military.com

 

War hawks are sensing an opening in Syria - The Nation


White House may consider imposing sanctions on Russia over Syria outside UN - Sputnik


Germany considering a push for EU sanctions on Russia over Syria - WSJ

 

Marine Le Pen blasts EU leaders: 'You’ve done everything to bring down the government of Syria throwing the country into a terrible civil war!' (VIDEO) - theduran.com

 

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Syrian regime forces gain control of key Aleppo area - WPMT FOX43


VIDEO: The Syrian Army continues the large-scale advance inside the Eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo capturing Bustan al-Basha - YouTube

 

Assad warns rebels that unless they agree to a deal with the government, would have no option but to expel them from Aleppo - Middle East Eye


Assad accuses Western media of hushing up data on civilian casualties in Aleppo - TASS


VIDEO (English): Assad interview to Denmark’s TV 2  - YouTube


TRANSCRIPT: Assad interview to Denmark’s TV 2 – Syrian Arab News Agency


U.N. envoy De Mistura offers to personally escort al-Qaeda fighters out of Aleppo - CBS News


VIDEO: De Mistura holds press conference on humanitarian situation in Syria - YouTube


TRANSCRIPT: Press conference by UN Special Envoy for Syria, Mr. Staffan de Mistura - ReliefWeb


Syrian Coalition to discuss De Mistura’s proposal with Aleppo rebel groups - etilaf.org


REPORT: The strategy of Jabhat Al-Nusra / Jabhat Fath Al-Sham in regarding the truces in Syria - Noria Research


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Keywords to add to all electronic communications: As the Surveillance Expands, Best Way to Resist is to Bury the NSA in Garbage

By Dave Lindorff

 

Word that Yahoo! last year, at the urging of the National Security Agency, secretly developed a program that monitored the mail of all 280 million of its customers and turned over to the NSA all mail from those who used any of the agency's thousands of keywords, shows that the US has become a total police state in terms of trying to monitor every person in the country (and outside too).

Tomgram: Engelhardt, This Is Not About Donald Trump

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Focus: The Hillary Clinton's FBI Investigation - Oct 5, 2016


Republicans blast FBI for 'astonishing' agreement to destroy Clinton aides' laptops - Fox News


VIDEO: Republicans blast FBI for 'astonishing' agreement to destroy Clinton aides' laptops - YouTube


Immunity deals stopped FBI from investigating BleachBit use in Clinton email case, search limited to emails written after June 1, 2014, but before Feb. 1, 2015 - Washington Examiner


Letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch by four Republican committee chairmen regarding Clinton aides’ immunity - oversight.house.gov


House Oversight Committee ‘looking into' Clinton impeachment - yournewswire.com


Clinton spokesman defends lawyers' immunity agreements (VIDEO) - The Daily Caller


The FBI treated Clinton with kid gloves - WSJ


Cheryl Mills’s legal privileges, The evidence of a politicized Clinton probe keeps building - WSJ


Please tell me these FBI/DOJ ‘side deals’ with Clinton e-mail suspects didn’t happen - National Review


Book: AG Lynch had ‘secret' meetings at White House about email probe - Fox News Insider


Book: How Bill Clinton plotted to 'bushwhack' attorney general Loretta Lynch at airport and got a promise that Hillary wouldn't be prosecuted over classified emails - Daily Mail


AUDIO: Ed Klein reveals bombshell facts about Hillary FBI Investigation - Townhall


Judicial Watch: Hillary can be impeached & FBI Director Comey should be sued (VIDEO) - InvestmentWatch


Kaine's off: The FBI director isn't a Republican... anymore. - POLITICO


The hidden smoking gun: the Combetta cover-up - Clinton Email Investigation Timeline


Documents show Clinton server was plagued by breach attempts - Washington Examiner


State Department hands over 200 pages of Clinton Foundation emails - Washington Examiner


New emails: Top State and Clinton Foundation staffers tasked with boosting Clinton nonprofit around official trip to Ireland - LifeZette

 

Clinton filled State Dept. board with friends, family and donors - Washington Examiner

 

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DOJ abruptly drops case against arms dealer who threatened to reveal Clinton's Libya dealings - Fox News


Department of Justice intervenes to cover up Hillary Clinton's Libyan gunrunning - RedState


Whistleblower: Hillary killed Libya peace deal: Gaddafi agreed to hold free elections, but Clinton's refusal led to thousands of deaths, international migrant crisis and terrorism - Alex Jones' Infowars

 

In email the Clinton team lists all the actions that Hillary took credit for as the architect of the US intervention in Libya and Gaddafi’s toppling - thegatewaypundit.com


The extreme brutality unleashed by Islamic fighters who ousted Gaddafi with the backing of Hillary Clinton’s State Department and NATO is demonstrated in three videos (VIDEO) - WND


Clinton: 'I don't recall' proposing drone strike against WikiLeaks founder Assange - Washington Examiner


Internal White House intel corroborates details of Hillary Clinton’s proposed drone strike on Julian Assange - True Pundit


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A scandal that reveals more than it says: Yahoo Scanned All Users’ Mail for the Government

By Alfredo Lopez

 

If you are one of the approximately 280 million people with Yahoo email accounts, your email was scanned for content and possibly turned over to the U.S. government. Yahoo, on Tuesday, admitted that fact.

Koch Industries and Fracking Lobbyist Mike Catanzaro To Lead Trump Energy Team

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

The Washington Post has reported that Mike Catanzaro, a former senior energy staffer for Republican Party House Majority Leader John Boehner with a track record of climate change denial, will lead Republican Party presidential candidate Donald Trump's energy transition team. 

Syria News - Oct 4 , 2016


Kerry says Russia 'irresponsible' to back Assad, America's strategy includes grounding Syrian and Russian aircraft in specific areas - Reuters


VIDEO: Kerry: Russia and Syria seem to have rejected diplomacy in the pursuit of a military victory - YouTube


VIDEO: White House spokesman Earnest: 'Everybody's patience with Russia has run out' - YouTube


Washington suspends coordination with Moscow, studies 6 options in Syria - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT


US considering strikes on Assad again, but there’s little prospect President Obama will ultimately approve them - The Washington Post


U.S., UK, France, Italy, Germany to meet on Wednesday on Syria: Germany - Reuters


US military builds a new air base in Northern Syria - Sputnik


NATO to deploy E-3 AWACS to Middle East as early as October - defensenews.com


Inside the shadowy PR firm that’s lobbying for regime change in Syria - Alternet


Alert memorandum: Obama warned to defuse tensions with Russia by a group of ex-U.S. intelligence officials – Consortiumnews


Opinion: The Obama Administration’s suspension of Syria talks with Russia is the most dangerous development in a new cold war - The Nation

 

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Russia-US dialogue on Syria failed as Washington has no unified stance: Russian FM spox to RT - RT News


Lavrov: Russian-US deal on Syria ruined by advocates of military solution - Sputnik


Most groups US supports in Syria integral part of al-Nusra Front: Russian Defense Ministry - Sputnik


Russia: If not for our campaign in Syria, jihadist ‘black flags’ could be flying over Damascus - CNS


Russia slams UN Security Council resolution on Syria, says it singles out aviation where terrorists on the ground would be allowed to do whatever they want - DW.COM


Russia deploys advanced anti-missile system S-300 to Syria for first time, US officials say - Fox News


Russia Defense Ministry: S-300 missile system designed to ensure the safety of the naval base in [Syrian city of] Tartus and ships located in the coastal area - RT News


Russia sends more warplanes to a base in northern Syria to back the Assad air forces in the battle for Aleppo - Military.com


Duma to ratify unlimited Syria airbase agreement this week: MP - RT Russian politics


Damascus agreed & Russia is ready to send several thousands of special forces & other various units officers this month to Syria - Elijah J. Magnier on Twitter


Moscow counts on BRICS support for Russia's approach in Syria, summit will take place in Goa October 15-16 - Sputnik


Vladimir Putin exits nuclear security pact, citing ‘hostile actions’ by U.S. - The New York Times


40 million Russians involved in annual 4-day defense drills - RT News

 

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Syrian pro-government forces press attack on city of Aleppo - AP


Syria: Government tanks roll into rebel-held Aleppo - Al Jazeera


Syrian army, Kurdish forces liberate Syria’s Shkeif area in northwest Aleppo - Sputnik


Dialogue with armed opposition possible if bloodshed in Syria stops: Assad - Sputnik


‘Same people shedding crocodile tears over Syria, support terrorists in country’: Syrian amb. to UN - RT Op-Edge


Jane’s Defence Weekly: US and its allies (including Turkey and Saudi Arabia) use illicit arms trafficking to channel enormous shipments of light weapons to Syrian rebels - globalresearch.ca


Syria rebels draw closer to al Qaeda-linked group - WSJ


Turkey-backed rebel group in Syria joins jihadist alliance which includes al-Nusra, The group also received aid from the CIA until 2005 - ARA News


Russian expert says Syrian opposition wrecks talks in hope of aid from new US president in the person of Hillary Clinton - TASS


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We got 8 years of change, but not much hope: President Barack Obama’s Crappy Legacy

By Dave Lindorff

 

Barack Obama came into the White House on a wave of passionate new voters, many of them black or young and white, becoming the nation's first black president and promising a new era of "hope and change."

Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, The National Security Void

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Talk Nation Radio: Samantha Nutt on the Harm of Weapons Dealing and Investment

https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talk-nation-radio-samantha-nutt-on-the-harm-of-weapons-dealing-and-investment

Samantha Nutt is an award-winning humanitarian, bestselling author and acclaimed public speaker. A medical doctor and a founder of the renowned international humanitarian organization War Child, Dr. Nutt has worked with children and their families at the frontline of many of the world’s major crises – from Iraq to Afghanistan, Somalia to the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Sierra Leone to Darfur, Sudan.

Dr. Nutt is a respected authority for many of North America's leading media outlets. In November 2015, Dr. Nutt spoke at TED Talks Live “War & Peace” at The Town Hall Theater in New York, which aired on PBS on May 30, 2016. Dr. Nutt’s TED Talk can be viewed on TED.com:

http://www.ted.com/talks/samantha_nutt_the_real_harm_of_the_global_arms_trade

Dr. Nutt’s critically-acclaimed debut book, entitled Damned Nations: Greed, Guns, Armies and Aid, was released by McClelland and Stewart Ltd. (a division of Random House) in October 2011 and was a #1 national bestseller in both hardcover and paperback. 

For more information, see www.warchildusa.org or www.samanthanutt.com

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