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The Grand Saudi Reversal – by Thierry Meyssan, VoltaireNet.org – “There is no doubt that the difference established by Laurent Fabius between “moderate” jihadists (the Free Syrian Army and the Frente Al-Nosra-that is to say Al-Qaïda- until early 2013) and “extremist” jihadists (the Al-Nosra Front from 2013 and the EIS) is a pure artifice of communication. The case of Caliph Ibrahim is illuminating: in May 2013, during the visit of John McCain to the ASL, he was both a member of the “moderate” staff and leader of the “extremist” faction . Identically, a letter from General Salim Idriss, Chief of Staff of the ASL, dated January 17, 2014, certified that France and Turkey were delivering ammunition to the ASL (one third) and to Al Qaeda (two thirds) via the ASL. Presented by the Syrian ambassador to the Security Council, Bashar Jaafari, the authenticity of the document has not been disputed by the French delegation.” – With very interesting notes and links
Ukraine Government Officially Introduces Slavery, with Vague Terms – by Eric Zuesse, WashingtonsBlog.com – “Lyudmila Denisova said that, in particular, the Procedure now defines the term ‘labor service’ to mean that the people [will be] involved without mandatory consent, subject to enforcement operations, [in work that is of a] defensive nature, as well as man-made [i.e., war-related] disaster management, natural and military nature, during mobilization and wartime. [The tortured phrasing here might be due to these drafters' desire to avoid amplifying upon that phrase 'without mandatory consent,' which refers to the key new legal feature, the legal application of slavery to regular Ukrainian civilians, to be selected according to vague criteria, which might apply to most of the civilian population.]“
Water rationing hits California: limit of 50 gallons per person per day or face fines of $500 – by Mike Adams, NaturalNews.com – “Interestingly, the water rationing that’s about to be enforced in California isn’t being called rationing. Instead, California’s doublespeak wordsmiths have decided to call it an ‘allocation-based rate structure’ (which simply means that after you hit your ration limit, you are harshly penalized for any additional consumption)… In explaining why California citizens will be heavily penalized with fines if they exceed their water rationing allocation, all sorts of elaborate doublespeak terms are now being used such as ‘strong price signals’ and ‘conservation response.’ “
USDA to Approve MORE Pesticide-Laden GE Crops – by Christina Sarich, NaturalSociety.com – “Experts already agree that way too much glyphosate has been sprayed around the world on every conceivable crop – GMO and non-GMO. And though Dow claims 2,4-D crops are the solution to weed resistance, a recent peer-reviewed study published in the prestigious journal Bioscience concludes that these new GE crops will instead pour oil on the fire by triggering still more intractable weeds resistant to both glyphosate and 2,4-D…Dow says one thing, food experts like kimbrell say another: ‘This is not the solution to our superweed problem and will only spur the evolution of yet more herbicide-resistant weeds. We need a new direction for our agricultural system, not increased reliance on chemicals.’ “
Hong Kong protesters block major roads – from PressTV.ir – “Thousands of students from more than 20 universities along with 400 academics and non-teaching staff have boycotted classes since Monday, September 22, to protest the decision by the NPC… The campaign was launched after Beijing decided to rule out open nominations for the city’s next chief executive in 2017, forcing the voters to choose from a list of two or three candidates selected by a nominating committee.”
EC raps Hungary over halting gas supply to Ukraine – from PressTV.ir – “Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban defended the move saying his country could not risk a halt to Russian gas supplies due to the ongoing conflict between Moscow and Kiev… Orban’s comments came after Russia warned European countries against re-exporting gas to Ukraine. Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said the re-export of Russian gas to Ukraine was illegal and could result in some of European nations going without shipments from Russia’s energy company, Gazprom.”
From the War-Is-Peace Desk: U.S. counterinsurgency operatives deployed to Ukraine – by Maggie Ybarra, WashingtonTimes.com – ” ‘With support from Ukraine and the State Department, the security assessment team will also explore the potential of expanding our current Office of Defense Cooperation in Keiv, to enhance Ukraine’s military capabilities and interoperability,’ she said.”