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Ronen Bergman Confirms IDF Soldier Deliberately Killed by His Own – by Richard Silverstein, RichardSilverstein.com – “It’s worth noting a few linguistic oddities involved in this Gaza war. Israelis mobilize Hebrew as a weapon that either obscures the troubling moral dimension; or deliberately distorts reality in order to allow them to feel empowered in their outrage against their enemies. In this particular case, Israeli soldiers are not ‘captured.’ They are ‘kidnapped.’.. The use of the latter term allows Israelis to claim that their soldiers are not occupiers or invaders, but rather defenders. No enemy has the right to kidnap Israel’s soldiers whose only sin is defending the homeland. If the soldiers were ‘captured,’ then it would infer that they are fighters engaged in a war with a legitimate enemy.”
Ukraine pushes back and takes at least three towns in three days off the pro-Russians as Dutch MH17 monitors say crash site now too dangerous to investigate – by Leon Watson and Kieran Corcoran, Dailymail.co.uk – • Ukrainian army and pro-Ukraine rebels have wages bloody offensive against pro-Russian rebels in past days • Lysychansk, in Luhansk, has fallen, while reports that Horlivka and Shakhtarsk in Donetsk also under attack • Unarmed police were due to be sent to recover victims’ remains, but decided rebel-held territory is still too dangerous • Reports that fighting has broken out near the city of Donetsk, with troops today encircling Horlivka • EU team was deployed to impose the rule of law in rebel districts, likely to further inflame relations with Moscow – “New York-based Human Rights Watch last week condemned what it said was the Ukrainian government forces’ practice of using unguided rockets in populated urban areas… It said that use of the rockets was a violation of international humanitarian law that ‘may amount to war crimes.’ “
Are There Any Terrorist Groups Who AREN’T Paid Foot Soldiers for the U.S. Military-Intelligence Agenda? – by Melissa Melton, ActivistPost.com – “So it is on record that the U.S. government / military-industrial complex has financially backed the ISIS rebels in Syria to the tune of tens of millions of dollars, and key members were trained by our CIA at a secret military base in Jordan back in 2012. (See here and here for starters.) In fact, ISIS is reportedly a joint effort created by the intelligence agencies of the U.S., United Kingdom and Israel, as ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi reportedly received military training from those three agencies as per recent Edward Snowden revelations.” – w/Video: “The Best Enemy Money Can Buy”
‘Public interest’ will allow fracking on World Heritage sites – by Andy McSmith, Independent.co.uk – “In the hope of calming environmentalist fears, the Government has drawn up guidelines that will apply specifically to energy companies wanting to frack in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, World Heritage sites, National Parks, or on the Norfolk Broads. Each application for a licence to operate in one of those areas will be personally vetted by the Communities Secretary, Eric Pickles. The announcement, which accompanied publication of the guidelines, added: “It is clear that applications should be refused in these areas other than in exceptional circumstances and in the public interest.’ ” – Right.
From Boeing to banking: how Russian sanctions will hit western business -
Sweeping post-MH17 bans will affect companies all over the west – and some of the biggest are the most vulnerable – by Jennifer Rankin, TheGuardian.com – “As it stands, the list includes Kremlin officials, separatists and state companies. But the game could change this week, when the EU is expected to unveil more sweeping “tier three” economic sanctions aimed at entire sections of the economy. This weekend, diplomats have been examining proposals to restrict Russian state-owned companies from accessing capital markets, impose an arms embargo, and issue an export ban on specialist energy technology and “dual use” equipment, such as computers and machinery, that can be put to both civilian and military uses.”
Survivors of massacre in Khuza’a say Israeli forces used Palestinians as human shields – by Yousef Alhelou, MondoWeiss.net – “What happened in Khuza’a was a massacre. Civilians were killed in their homes and while they were fleeing. Even ambulances were not immune. Paramedics report that Israeli forces stopped ambulances that were trying to reach casualties and tried to arrest a number of wounded. Ambulances came under fire despite the coordination by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Scenes of dead bodies scattered in the streets reminiscent of the Sabra and Shatila massacre that took place in two Palestinian refugee camps in 1982 have begun to leak out of the village.”
Stalking Horse for US-led Military Intervention in East Ukraine? Australia and Netherlands Push for Stationing of Police and Soldiers at MH17 Crash Site – by Peter Symonds, GlobalResearch.ca – “The most sinister aspect of the international security force being prepared for Ukraine is that it provides a stalking horse for a US-led military intervention. The contingent will undoubtedly contain intelligence and other operatives who can be relied on to instigate a provocation to provide the pretext for a much larger armed force… In comments reported in the Sydney Morning Herald yesterday, Peter Jennings, executive director of the government-funded Australian Strategic Policy Institute, hinted at just such a scenario when he argued that any AFP contingent had to have military back-up. Whatever the make-up, he said, Australia would ‘have to be prepared to take casualties.’ Of course, any casualties would immediately be exploited to mount a ferocious propaganda campaign demanding military action.”
Judge says government can access everything in a Gmail account — privacy warriors weep – by Brenda Barron, VentureBeat.com – “The subject of this specific search relates to a money laundering investigation. The judge compared this access to the way law enforcement has previously needed to seize documents to see if they even needed to be included in the warrant… However, the decision is quite contrary to what other judges across the country have ordered in the past. Judges who have ruled counter to this order included those in Kansas and the District of Columbia, as was pointed out in an opinion written by Magistrate Judge Gabriel W. Gorenstein of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.” (emph. added)
Why are massive numbers of sea creatures dying along the west coast right now? – by Michael Snyder, ActivistPost.com – “According to a study conducted by researchers at Oregon State University, radiation levels in tuna caught off the coast of Oregon approximately tripled in the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster… Could it be possible that at least some of these deaths are related to what has been happening at Fukushima?.. We do know that fish caught just off the shore from Fukushima have been tested to have radioactive cesium that is up to 124 times above the level that is considered to be safe… And we also know that a study conducted at the University of South Wales concluded that the main radioactive plume of water from Fukushima would reach our shores at some point during 2014.”
Flee Or Die – Israel Takes Away 44% of Gaza Land … Herds Gazans Into Remaining Area – by Washington’s Blog, InformationClearingHouse.info – “What that means on the ground is scenes of extraordinary devastation in places like the Al Shajaya district approaching Gaza’s eastern frontier, and Beit Hanoun in the north. These were crowded neighborhoods less than three weeks ago. Now they have been literally depopulated, the residents joining more than 160,000 internally displaced people in refuges and makeshift shelters. Apartment blocks are fields of rubble, and as I move through this hostile landscape the phrase that keeps ringing in my head is ‘scorched earth.’.. It’s not like Israel didn’t plan this. It told tens of thousands of Palestinians to flee so its air force, artillery and tanks could create this uninhabitable no-man’s land of half standing, burned-out buildings, broken concrete and twisted metal.”
Blaming Russia as ‘Flat Fact’ – The American rush to judgment blaming ethnic Russian rebels and Russian President Putin for the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 continues unabated despite other possible explanations – by Robert Parry, ConsortiumNews.com – “The danger of American “information warfare” that treats every development in the Ukraine crisis as an opportunity to blame Putin and ratchet up tensions with Russia has been apparent since the beginning of the Ukraine crisis – as has been the clear anti-Russian bias of the Times and virtually every other outlet of the mainstream U.S. news media.”
Jeremy Scahill: White House Censoring What US Public Can Know About Torture Program – Journalist says Obama’s “done a lot of running of defense for the CIA.” – by Andrea Germanos, CommonDreams.org – “And what’s essentially happening is that the White House, at the highest levels, is basically going through and editing what the American people can and can’t read in this report about one of the definitive, moral questions and legal questions of our time, the extent to which we were involved in systematic torture, with lying to lawmakers, with misleading not only Congress but the American people on a wide range of issues that resulted in our country going to war and being involved in systematic acts of torture…”
Who Is Blocking MH17 probe? Why? – by Finian Cunningham, InformationClearingHouse.info – “In the two weeks since the MH17 crash, the Kiev regime forces have killed dozens of civilians from bombardment of towns and villages in the vicinity of the crash site. Up to 30 people were reportedly killed in the town of Gorlovka this week. Heavy violence is also taking place in the towns of Shahktarsk and Torez. Whatever happened to Kiev’s declared ceasefire last week to allow a crash probe to proceed?.. Already, most of the bodies of the nearly 300 victims have been recovered and sent back to the Netherlands for examination, as have the flight recorders, which are currently being analyzed by British aviation experts. That salvage effort, so far, was made possible by the pro-independence militia fighting against Kiev regime forces. Dutch and Malaysian investigators publicly thanked the militia for their efforts.”
Huge section of Gaza city of Beit Hanoun (in the Zionist-declared “buffer zone”) FLATTENED in less than an hour:
Audience Brain Waves Are Being Used to Better Predict YOU – by Heather Callaghan, ActivistPost.com – “Humans are the most heavily studied species on earth – perhaps the most predictable – and arguably, the most easily “trained.” In that sense, this study is showcasing a mass training project – or, a “progress check.” While there is mention of some positive applications for it – like diagnosing neurodevelopmental disorders – it seems that the idea is not for “engaging” the individual but to maintain the attention and predict the actions of the blob of many.”
Kiev Fires Ballistic Missiles into Eastern Ukraine – Pentagon intentionally withholds information on Kiev’s indiscriminate use of ballistic missiles in populated areas – by Tony Cartalucci, ActivistPost.com – “What it appears the West is doing by admitting to what is otherwise a crime against humanity by their own definition, is acclimatizing what is left of their impressionable audiences to an increasingly brutal campaign of indiscriminate violence against the whole of eastern Ukraine in an effort to not only break armed resistance, but the civilian population that has rejected Kiev’s authority. The use of such weaponry, just as the Telegraph and others noted before the fall of Libya, hints at tactical weakness and impending strategic defeat – and while the West covers for Kiev’s numerous and multiplying atrocities, the fact that Kiev must resort to increasingly brutal and indiscriminate measures indicates a failure no amount of Western support can undo.”
Wall Street Shadow Banking: You Can’t Taper a Ponzi Scheme: “Time to Reboot” – by Ellen Brown, GlobalResearch.ca – “One reason rates are unlikely to be raised is that they would make the interest tab on the burgeoning federal debt something taxpayers could not support. Higher rates could also implode the monster derivatives scheme. Michael Snyder observes that the biggest banks have written over $400 trillion in interest rate derivatives contracts, betting that interest rates will not shoot up. If they do, it will be the equivalent of an insurance company writing trillions of dollars in life insurance contracts and having all the insureds die at once.”
“A Slaughter of Innocents” – Henry Siegman, Leading Voice of U.S. Jewry, on Gaza – Video and Transcript – Democracy Now! – from InformationClearingHouse.info – “Yes, it’s disastrous. It’s disastrous, both in political terms, which is to say the situation cannot conceivably, certainly in the short run, lead to any positive results, to an improvement in the lives of either Israelis or Palestinians, and of course it’s disastrous in humanitarian terms, the kind of slaughter that’s taking place there. When one thinks that this is what is necessary for Israel to survive, that the Zionist dream is based on the slaughter of—repeated slaughter of innocents on a scale that we’re watching these days on television, that is really a profound, profound crisis—and should be a profound crisis—in the thinking of all of us who were committed to the establishment of the state and to its success. It leads one virtually to a whole rethinking of this historical phenomenon.” (emph. added)
Land for gas: Merkel and Putin discussed secret deal could end Ukraine crisis – by Margareta Pagano, Independent.co.uk – “However, these attempts by Ms Merkel to act as a broker between President Putin and the Ukraine’s President, Petro Poroshenko, were put on the back-burner following the shooting down of the MH17 plane in eastern Ukraine… But insiders who are party to the discussions said yesterday that the ‘German peace plan is still on the table and the only deal around. Negotiations have stalled because of the MH17 disaster but they are expected to restart once the investigation has taken place.’ “
Homeland Security Agents Raid Home to Seize Land Rover For Violation of EPA Regulations – by Paul Joseph Watson, PrisonPlanet.com – “The feds have given the Brinkley’s 35 days to appeal the seizure but refuse to tell them where the vehicle is located. The DHS has also failed to respond to media requests about the incident… As the Rutherford Institute’s John Whitehead explained in a widely circulated article last month, the DHS is becoming America’s domestic standing army… ‘The menace of a national police force, aka a standing army, vested with so much power cannot be overstated, nor can its danger be ignored,’ wrote Whitehead, before listing numerous examples of how the DHS is instrumental in pushing America’s decline into a militarized police state.”
Russia-Ukraine tensions pose credit default risks: IMF – from Agence France Presse via au.News.Yahoo.com – “Austrian banks are the most exposed relative to their bank asset size. And any problems affecting them could spread through credit channels in the rest of emerging Europe, the report said… In addition, French, Italian and Swedish banks have relatively larger exposures compared with banks in other advanced economies, said the report, which did not identify any bank by name… While the conflict between Kiev and pro-Russian separatists has remained confined to eastern Ukraine, escalation could have global repercussions, the report warned.”
Wall Street Shadow Banking: You Can’t Taper a Ponzi Scheme: “Time to Reboot” – by Ellen Brown, GlobalResearch.ca – “Addressing the ticking time bomb of the shadow banking system, here is what two of the world’s most powerful women had to say: MS. LAGARDE: . . . You’ve beautifully demonstrated the efforts that have been undertaken . . . in terms of the universe that you have under your jurisdiction. But this universe . . . has generated the creation of parallel universes. And . . . with the toolbox with all the attributes that you have — what can you do about the shadow banking at large?… MS. YELLEN: So I think you’re pointing to something that is an enormous challenge. And we simply have to expect that when we draw regulatory boundaries and supervise intensely within them, that there is the prospect that activities will move outside those boundaries and we won’t be able to detect them. And if we can, we won’t be — we won’t have adequate regulatory tools. And that is going to be a huge challenge to which I don’t have a great answer.” – Nothing to see here, Move along…
The Art of War: NATO’s Global Offensive – by Manlio Dinucci, GlobalResearch.ca – “In Ukraine, while NATO intensifies its training of Kiev’s armed forces — financed by Washington with $33 million — they are reactivating three military airports in the southern region, used by jet fighter-bombers of the alliance. In Poland they have just carried out an exercise of American Polish and Estonian paratroopers, jumping from C-130J troop carrying aircraft that arrived from the German base at Ramstein. In Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Lithuania various NATO military operations are going on, with AWACS radar planes, F-16 fighters and warships in the Black Sea.” – Etc., ad nauseum…
Bollworms develop resistance to Bt cotton, destroy GM crop fields in Pakistan – by Julie Wilson, NaturalNews.com – ” ‘All Bt varieties of cotton have failed to kill bollworms and live up to their agricultural success stories. We have found four separate patches in our fields where Army bollworm and mealy bug have attacked the crop,’ said Chaudhry Gohar Ali, a cotton grower in central Pakistan.”
Seizing Control of Our Destinies – by Julian Rose, ActivistPost.com – “We have arrived here because of the accumulated evidence which overwhelmingly proves that the status quo is a fraud – designed to strip us of our powers of judgement and the determination to act on that judgement… We who have become ‘aware’ – are the leaders of the age. We must live up to this reality. We know that the status quo is beyond redemption. So we must take this knowledge to be the signal to build that which will redeem our collective Human status; which will carry us through the apocalypse. We know what the ingredients are that will make our arks self sustaining. We know what we need in order to come alive again. Now we must put them all together – for that is where they belong.”
This Is What Is Going To Happen If Ebola Comes To America – by Michael Snyder, InvestmentWatchBlog.com – “If the worst Ebola outbreak in recorded history reaches the United States, federal law permits “the apprehension and examination of any individual reasonably believed to be infected with a communicable disease”. These individuals can be “detained for such time and in such manner as may be reasonably necessary”. In other words, the federal government already has the authority to round people up against their will, take them to detention facilities and hold them there for as long as they feel it is “reasonably necessary”. In addition, as you will read about below, the federal government has the authority “to separate and restrict the movement of well persons who may have been exposed to a communicable disease to see if they become ill”. If you want to look at these laws in the broadest sense, they pretty much give the federal government the power to do almost anything that they want with us in the event of a major pandemic. (emph. added) – Does the “federal government actually have the authority, or do “they” merely CLAIM it?
Revelations of German Pilot: Shocking Analysis of the “Shooting Down” of Malaysian MH17. “Aircraft Was Not Hit by a Missile” – by Peter Haisenko, GlobalResearch.ca – “I recommend to click on the little picture to the left (shown below). You can download this photo as a PDF in good resolution. This is necessary, because that will allow you understand what I am describing here. The facts speak clear and loud and are beyond the realm of speculation: The cockpit shows traces of shelling! You can see the entry and exit holes. The edge of a portion of the holes is bent inwards. These are the smaller holes, round and clean, showing the entry points most likely that of a 30 millimeter caliber projectile. The edge of the other, the larger and slightly frayed exit holes showing shreds of metal pointing produced by the same caliber projectiles. Moreover, it is evident that at these exit holes of the outer layer of the double aluminum reinforced structure are shredded or bent – outwardly! Furthermore, minor cuts can be seen, all bent outward, which indicate that shrapnel had forcefully exited through the outer skin from the inside of the cockpit. The open rivets are are also bent outward.” – See this article for analysis of the munitions used in the attack and how they affected the flight. This doesn’t explain the u-turn taken by MH17 prior to its disintegration – perhaps a missile strike did not bring the plane down, resulting in the evident fighter attack.
Russia bans Polish fruit and vegetable in apparent retaliation for sanctions – by Polina Devitt, Reuters.com – “Polish fruit growers said the ban was political, although Russia denied this. Moscow has frequently been accused in the past of using sanitary inspections to restrict trade from countries with which it has political disputes. The EU said it was studying the announcement, describing it as a surprise.”
Is your HPV-unvaccinated teen ‘unacceptable’? The CDC thinks so – by Michael Bedar, NaturalNews.com – “Do phrases such as ‘unacceptable’ and ‘blame for this’ sound like terms of independent thinking, healthy debate and the freedom to come to one’s own conclusions?.. One research topic would ask, is the prevalence of human papillomavirus and cervical cancer already being well reduced by the Pap test and lowered smoking rates?.. Cervical cancer has already dropped by at least 70% between 1955 and 1992, due to the combination of the Pap test and reductions in smoking, according to the American Cancer Society.”
EU on high alert as Germany agrees to accept Ebola patients – from RT.com – “A German hospital in Hamburg agreed to accept patients following a request from the World Health Organization (WHO), Deutsche Welle reports. Doctors assure that the utmost precautions will be taken to make sure the disease does not spread during treatment. The patients will be kept in an isolation ward behind several airlocks, and doctors and nurses will wear body suits with their own oxygen supplies that will be burned every three hours… German authorities were expecting the arrival of Sheik Umar Khan, an Ebola expert who caught the disease while treating patients in Sierra Leone, but he died before he could be transported.” – WTF is WHO thinking in requesting these transfers for treatment? Have they lost their tiny minds? Or can there be a larger plan at work?