• “He Who Makes The Rules Never Goes To Jail For Breaking Them”

    Working for the government was always pitched as somehow being better guaranteed than risky corporations. However, he who makes the laws never goes to jail for breaking them – a plain fact of life. The problem with government pensions has been they promised whatever sounded nice, with zero accountability. The presumption that tax revenue was an endless pit is one of those fallacies that nobody ever investigates.

    “He Who Makes The Rules Never Goes To Jail For Breaking Them”
  • Israeli Lawyer Doesn’t Deny Nuremberg Crimes on Palestinians (What the Nazis Did to the Jews)

    I spoke with the head military lawyer for the IDF, Joel Zinger. And I said … “It’s clear you people are inflicting Nuremberg crimes on the Palestinians. Exactly what the Nazis did to the Jews. What’s your explanation?”

    He said: “Military necessity.”

    Notice, he didn’t disagree with me.

    I said: “That argument was rejected at Nuremberg when the lawyers for the Nazis made it.”

    And then he said: “Well, we have public relations people in the United States … and they handle these matters for us.”

    Smoke over Gaza following an Israeli airstrike. Image by Scott Bobb. From Wikimedia Commons
  • An Open Letter to Israel Academics, July 13th, 2014

    These are desperately bad times. The government of Israel, having provoked the firing of rockets by its rampage through the West Bank, is now using that response as the pretext for an aerial assault on Gaza which has already cost scores of lives. An atmosphere of hysteria is being deliberately provoked in Israel, and whole communities are being subject to collective punishment, a war crime. People are dying, and for what? To prevent a unity government of Fatah and Hamas?

    An Open Letter to Israel Academics, July 13th, 2014
  • An open letter for the people in Gaza

    We denounce the myth propagated by Israel that the aggression is done caring about saving civilian lives and children’s wellbeing.
    Israel’s behaviour has insulted our humanity, intelligence, and dignity as well as our professional ethics and efforts. Even those of us who want to go and help are unable to reach Gaza due to the blockade.
    This “defensive aggression” of unlimited duration, extent, and intensity must be stopped.

    An open letter for the people in Gaza
  • A chessboard drenched in blood

    The damaged MH17 starboard jet engine suggests a shape charge from an air-to-air missile – and not a Buk; that’s consistent with the Russian Ministry of Defense presentation graphically highlighting an Ukrainian SU-25 shadowing MH17. Increasingly, the Buk scenario – hysterically peddled by the Empire of Chaos – is being discarded. Not to mention, again, that not a single eyewitness saw the very graphic, thick missile trace that would have been clearly visible had a Buk been used.
    Moscow, in building its case on the MH17 tragedy, will bide its time to debunk Kiev’s claims and maximize its own credibility. The game now moves to the black boxes and the cockpit voice recorder. Still Ukraine will remain the do or die battlefield – a chessboard drenched in blood.

    Image: Wojtar Stock
  • MH17 and Gaza: Two different elite reactions

    The gap between the Russophobic obsessions of the elite, and the real concerns of ordinary people is however huge, and was starkly demonstrated again by last weekend’s massive anti-war marches. Media Lens, the media monitoring organization, captured this “disconnect”’ perfectly in a single tweet:

    MH17 and Gaza: Two different elite reactions
  • Fact-Free Zone

    The real crime is in exploiting this tragedy in order to smear and insult an entire people. Don’t worry, the people in question are too wise to respond to such ridiculous provocations. But the reputations of western journalists who have been covering this tragic event have already gone up in smoke. All of western media is now about as good as Pravda was back in the Soviet days—good for wiping your ass with, that is. It’s a sad day for anyone who cares about the truth but can only understand English.

    Fact-Free Zone
  • What Did US Spy Satellites See in Ukraine?

    In the recent past, this sort of sloppy American journalism has led to mass slaughters in Iraq – and has contributed to near U.S. wars on Syria and Iran – but now the stakes are much higher. As much fun as it is to heap contempt on a variety of “designated villains,” such as Saddam Hussein, Bashar al-Assad, Ali Khamenei and now Vladimir Putin, this sort of recklessness is careening the world toward a very dangerous moment, conceivably its last.

    What Did US Spy Satellites See in Ukraine?
  • Palestinian boy clings to paramedic – story behind the viral photo

    “Then came the older of the four siblings, a boy in his early teens. His head and face were covered in blood and he was pressing a rag to his head to staunch the flow. But his focus was on something else: ‘Save my little brother!’ he kept screaming.”

    The unnamed boy pictured in the photograph was thrashing about and screaming for his father as the paramedic carried him straight from the emergency unit to intensive care.

    The Palestinian boy, who was caught in artillery fire from Israel, screams at the paramedic: “I want my father, bring me my father!”
  • 10 more questions Russian military pose to Ukraine, US over MH17 crash

    The USA, putting the blame on the self-defense forces, has yet refused to release any intelligence material. On Monday State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf described Russia’s statements as “propaganda and misinformation” – but when reporters asked her whether Washington would be releasing their intelligence and satellite data, Harf only replied “may be.” So far the US has been backing its statements by social media and “common sense.”

    Screenshot from video posted on Ukraine’s Ministry of Interior account, showing a Buk system supposedly being moved from Ukraine to Russia with two out of three missiles.

Economy »

Matt Taibbi: Why Isn’t Wall Street in Jail?

Matt Taibbi: Why Isn’t Wall Street in Jail?

July 9, 2014 at 12:45 pm

Matt Taibbi, explains how Countrywide, a loan scam at the center of the sub-prime mortgage crisis, “almost blew up the world.” Full video from The Commonwealth...

Politics »

I was bullied by BBC over academic report on indyref bias – the Scottish media blackout must end

I was bullied by BBC over academic report on indyref bias – the Scottish media blackout must end

July 1, 2014 at 5:30 pm

Following a demonstration outside BBC Scotland’s Glasgow headquarters this weekend, Professor John Robertson, media politics professor at the University of the West...

War »

President Bashar al-Assad Speech Following the Swearing-in Ceremony

President Bashar al-Assad Speech Following the Swearing-in Ceremony

July 17, 2014 at 12:42 pm

President Bashar al-Assad was sworn in Wednesday before the members of the People’s Assembly.   Below is the full text of the President’s speech following the swearing-in...

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What the Media Won’t Report About Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17

While western media outlets rush to repeat government propaganda on the event, there are a few things they will not report.

They will not report that the crisis in Ukraine started late last year, when EU and US-supported protesters plotted the overthrow of the elected Ukrainian president, Viktor Yanukovych. Without US-sponsored “regime change,” it is unlikely that hundreds would have been killed in the unrest that followed. Nor would the Malaysian Airlines crash have happened.

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The End of Israel

The End of Israel

IDF’s defeat in Gaza leaves the Jewish State with no hope. The moral is simple. If you insist on living on someone else’s land, military might is an essential ingredient to discourage the dispossessed from acting to reclaim their rights. The level of IDF casualties and the number of bodies of Israeli elite soldiers returning home in coffins send a clear message to both Israelis and Palestinians. Israeli military superiority belongs to the past. There is no future for the Jews-only-State in Palestine; they may have to try somewhere else.

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Whistleblower: U.S. Satellite Images Show Ukrainian Troops Shooting Down MH17

Whistleblower: U.S. Satellite Images Show Ukrainian Troops Shooting Down MH17

Award winning former Associated Press reporter Robert Parry has been told by an intelligence source that the United States is in possession of satellite imagery which shows that Ukrainian troops were responsible for the shoot down of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17.

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Image: Yet another Malaysia Boeing 777 is lost under extraordinary
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What Happened to the Malaysian Airliner?

Just as the separatists and the Russian government have no incentive to shoot down an airliner, neither does the Ukrainian government nor, one would think, even the crazed extreme Ukrainian nationalists who have formed militias to take the FIGHT against the separatists that the Ukrainian army is not keen to undertake–unless there was a plan to frame Russia.

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Image: Yet another Malaysia Boeing 777 is lost under extraordinary
circumstances this year.

Cui Bono? Flight MH17 Down Over Ukraine

The impetus necessary to unite Europe and other Western allies behind NATO and the US for a more direct intervention in Ukraine where the West is currently floundering is now consuming headlines around the world. If the downing of MH17 was not a case of tragic misidentification, then answering the first question of any investigation, cui bono – or to whose benefit – is answered resoundingly with, “NATO.”

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How US and Blair plotted ‘ceasefire’ scam

How US and Blair plotted ‘ceasefire’ scam

We now have confirmation from the Israeli daily Haaretz of what we should have suspected: that the idea for the so-called Egyptian “ceasefire proposal” was actually hatched in Washington, the messenger boy was arch-war criminal Tony Blair, and the terms were drafted by Israel.

The intention was either to corner Hamas into surrendering – and thereby keep the savage blockade of Gaza in place – or force Hamas to reject the proposal and confirm the Israeli narrative that it is a terrorist organisation with which Israel cannot make peace.

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British pro-Palestine activists are to hold Nakba Day demonstration in London on May 15, 2013.

Israeli Government Documents Show Deliberate Policy To Keep Gazans At Near-starvation

In 2007, when Israel began its full siege on Gaza, Dov Weisglass, adviser to then Prime-Minister Ehud Olmert, stated clearly, “The idea is to put the Palestinians on a diet, but not to make them die of hunger.” The documents now released contain equations used by the Israeli government to calculate the exact amounts of food, fuel and other necessities needed to do exactly that.

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Israel Is Captive to Its ‘Destructive Process’

Israel Is Captive to Its ‘Destructive Process’

The Palestinians in Gaza live in conditions that now replicate those first imposed on Jews by the Nazis in the ghettos set up throughout Eastern Europe. Palestinians cannot enter or leave Gaza. They are chronically short of food—the World Health Organization estimates that more than 50 percent of children in Gaza and the West Bank under 2 years old have iron deficiency anemia and reports that malnutrition and stunting in children under 5 are “not improving” and could actually be worsening. Palestinians often lack clean water. They are crammed into unsanitary hovels. They do not have access to basic medical care. They are stateless and lack passports or travel documents. They live with massive unemployment. They are daily dehumanized in racist diatribes by their occupiers as criminals, terrorists and mortal enemies of the Jewish people.

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In Gaza, the implementation of the Zionist vision takes its most inhuman form.
(Ezz Zanoun / APA images)

Gaza: Israel Can Never Crush Our Will

For the umpteenth time we say that this battle is a battle of will and the winner will be the party with the most resilience, resistance, honour and truth… not the possessor of the most powerful weapons. The people of Gaza have shown time and time again, that they stand stronger and firmer than the Himalayas.

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WANTED – A New Strategy For Palestinian Resistance

WANTED – A New Strategy For Palestinian Resistance

“In the face of the enduring violence of Israel’s occupation, and the license it provides soldiers to humiliate and oppress, ordinary Palestinians have a stark choice: to submit or resist.”

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Terror in Gaza: 57 seconds after ‘warning,’ Israel destroys a house

Terror in Gaza: 57 seconds after ‘warning,’ Israel destroys a house

Israel claims it is warning civilians about missile strikes by “roof knocking.” Israeli army spokesperson Lt. Col. Peter Lerner made that claim to a credulous Wolf Blitzer last night on CNN. We tap harmlessly on roofs, he said, so the residents can leave.

Max Blumenthal just tweeted the video above:

See how Israel “warns” Gazans it is going to bomb their homes and imagine the terror.

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In Gaza, the implementation of the Zionist vision takes its most inhuman form.
(Ezz Zanoun / APA images)

Israel’s incremental genocide in the Gaza ghetto

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