Web Research Links for the Week of 1/1/18

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Free Syrian Army Commanders Visit Washington – Reportshttps://southfront.org/free-syrian-army-commanders-visit-washington-reports/ – “Syrian opposition outlets revealed on January 6 that several commanders of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) are currently in the US capital, Washington, to meet with US officials. The visit was not officially announced by the US or any FSA group… Head of the Political Office of the Mu’tasim Brigade, Mustapha Sejeri, told the Syrian pro-oppositions news outlet ANA Press that the visit is aimed at strengthening the cooperation between the FSA and the US… Sejeri also revealed that fighting “the Iranian influence in Syria” was the main topic during the meeting between the two sides. The Mu’tasim Brigade official also stressed that the FSA is ready to fight Iran in Syria with support from the USA.”

Trump After Saudi Palace Coup: ‘We’ve Put Our Man on Top’ – by Spencer Ackerman – `http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/48532.htm(from Michael Wolfe’s Fire & Fury): “Leveraging Trump’s ignorance, Kushner’s inexperience, a shared hostility toward Iran and the administration’s allergy to Obama’s foreign policy, MBS (Mohammed bin Salman) dangled a shiny orb in front of the White House: Middle East peace, to satisfy Trump’s longing for a grand victory. It’s MBS who brokers Trump’s Louis XIV-like reception in Riyadh, a gaudy spectacle of adulation in which the Saudis assembled a host of Middle Eastern strongmen to seal a symbolic allegiance with Trump through touching a bizarre glowing sphere. ‘Jared’s gotten the Arabs on his side,” Wolff quotes Trump. When MBS moved in November to purge his opposition, Trump ”would tell friends that he and Jared had engineered a Saudi coup,’ Wolff writes, with Trump boasting: ‘We’ve put our man on top!’ ”

Time to Pay Attention: CDC Begins Instructing Public on How To Survive Nuclear War – by John Vibes –  https://www.activistpost.com/2018/01/time-pay-attention-cdc-begins-instructing-public-survive-nuclear-war.html – ” ‘While a nuclear detonation is unlikely, it would have devastating results and there would be limited time to take critical protection steps. Despite the fear surrounding such an event, planning and preparation can lessen deaths and illness. For instance, most people don’t realize that sheltering in place for at least 24 hours is crucial to saving lives and reducing exposure to radiation. While federal, state, and local agencies will lead the immediate response efforts, public health will play a key role in responding. Join us for this session of Grand Rounds to learn what public health programs have done on a federal, state, and local level to prepare for a nuclear detonation. Learn how planning and preparation efforts for a nuclear detonation are similar and different from other emergency response planning efforts,’ a statement from the agency read.”

We Need to Talk About the Iran Protests – by James Corbett – “Are these protests in Iran spontaneous, or are they the result of another regime change operation? This week on The Corbett Report James explores the past, present and future of US and Israeli involvement in Iran, and the attempts to foment unrest in the country.” (28 min):

Nikki Haley to UN: “The U.S. is watching what you do.” – Iran Government Supporters Stage Rallies for 4th Straight Dayhttps://www.voanews.com/a/iran-government-supporters-hold-large-rallies-/4193848.html – ” ‘The U.S. is watching what you do,’ Haley said to Iran in her statement in Friday’s meeting. She called the protests a ‘spontaneous expression of fundamental human rights’ and a ‘powerful exhibition of brave people who have become so fed up with their oppressive government that they are willing to risk their lives in protests.’.. Haley called on the Iranian government to stop censoring the voice of the Iranian public and to restore their access to the internet.” Comment: Perhaps Mrs. Haley can call on the U.S. government to stop censoring the voice of the American public and restore their access to the internet?

FACEBOOK UNPUBLISH DAVID ICKE’S FACEBOOK PAGE – “Facebook ‘claim’ this is due to us violating one or more of their Terms and Conditions, a copy of which are available via this link:  https://www.facebook.com/page_guidelines.php –  We’re unable to see which of these we’re meant to have violated, as the screenshot here shows we have appealed the decision at 7.54am today and we will keep you updated with the progress.”

Must watch: Iran from the perspective of the real behavior of the Western powers. (26 min) – This is an example of David Icke’s best work. I think it’s basically spot on and something to be aware of as we enter this year:

The Still-Missing Evidence of Russia-gate – The central groupthink around Russia-gate is the still unproven claim that Russia hacked Democratic emails in 2016 and publicized them via WikiLeaks, a crucial issue that NSA experts say should be easy to prove if true – by Dennis J. Bernstein – https://consortiumnews.com/2018/01/01/the-still-missing-evidence-of-russia-gate/

From the Mind-Bending-Hypocrisy Desk: City Tells Man To Stop Sheltering The Homeless from the Cold or They’ll Take His House – by Matt Agorist –  https://www.activistpost.com/2018/01/city-tells-man-stop-sheltering-homeless-cold-theyll-take-house.html – ” ‘While we appreciate those who volunteer to provide additional resources in the community, Mr. Schiller’s house does not comply with codes and regulations that guard against potential dangers such as carbon monoxide poisoning, inadequate light and ventilation, and insufficient exits in the event of a fire,’ city spokesperson Molly Center said in a statement—as if the homeless population is being forced to stay in this basement… Once they found out that a good Samaritan would dare challenge their almighty dictate on “sleeping regulations,” the city sent in police with a warrant and told him to shut it down, or else… ‘They shut me down and said I have 24 hours to return my basement to storage and take down – I have several cots with sleeping bags for everybody – or they’ll condemn the house,’ said Schiller… How, exactly, will this inhumane ordinance affect those who were finding shelter at Schiller’s home? Well, according to Schiller, ‘Somebody’s going to die.’ “

Facebook will become more powerful than the NSA in less than 10 years — unless we stop it – What do NATO, private military contractors, giant arms manufacturers, wine merchants, the NSA, Trump, British property tycoons, Russian oligarchs, and Big Oil have in common? The world’s largest social network – by Nafeez Ahmed – https://medium.com/insurge-intelligence/how-facebook-will-infiltrate-national-elections-and-rule-the-world-in-less-than-10-years-unless-732da197b8fd – “This story is a call to action. A call on citizens, technologists, philanthropists, journalists and beyond to take action to disrupt our current path to a dystopian, monocultural future. As such, it experiments with a new form of journalistic narrative called Open Inquiry, that aims to balance out the investigation of power with a recognition of solutions and alternatives.”

Jeff Sessions To Rescind Obama-Era Marijuana Policy – by Associated Press – https://patch.com/california/santacruz/s/gbryf/jeff-sessions-to-rescind-obama-era-marijuana-policy – “Just days after marijuana stores opened in California, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is poised to announce he will rescind an Obama-era policy that said the federal government would not intervene with states that legalize pot. Sessions will instead allow federal prosecutors in states where pot was legalized choose how aggressively to enforce federal marijuana law, according to two people with knowledge of the decision.” (emphasis added)

All Is Not Quiet on the Syrian Front: US to Launch Another War – by Alex Gorka – https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2017/12/29/all-not-quiet-on-syrian-front-us-launch-another-war.html – “Besides the SDF and the groups trained at al-Tanf, the US is in the process of creating the New Syria Army to fight the Syrian government forces. The training is taking place at the Syrian Hasakah refugee camp located 70 kilometers from the border of Turkey and 50 kilometers from the border of Iraq… Around 40 Syria opposition groups on Dec. 25 rejected to attend the planned Sochi conference on Syria scheduled to take place in January. They said Moscow, which organizes the conference, was seeking to bypass the UN-based Geneva peace process, despite the fact that UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura said that Russia’s plan to convene the congress should be assessed by its ability to contribute to and support the UN-led Geneva talks on ending the war in Syria. If fighting starts, these groups are likely to join the formations created by the US.”

Iran Protesters Want Sanctions, No Support For Syria, Lebanon, Palestine – Call Themselves “Freedom Fighters” – by Brandon Turbeville – https://www.activistpost.com/2018/01/iran-protests-want-sanctions-no-support-for-syria-lebanon-palestine-call-themselves-freedom-fighters.html – “One article by FOX, now in its most familiar and comfortable role of supporting a Republican president in his new war, shows the ideology of the protests and the new demands being made by the protesters. This article alone goes great lengths to show that the protesters are nothing more than proxies for a Western agenda even if that was not its intention… According to the FOX report, the “protesters” are not only happy that the US president tweeted support for them, they want more support from the United States and they want sanctions against their own country and an end to support for Palestine, Lebanon, and Syria. Obviously, this demand matches the U.S. line directly since both the United States and Israeli governments also want sanctions on Iran and an end to its support for Hezbollah, Palestine, and Syria. Note also that the protesters are now stating that they are willing to die in their “uprising,” labeling themselves “freedom fighters.” For those who have followed the Syrian crisis over the years, these statements and terms are eerily familiar.” (emphasis added)

Look From Inside Iran: What Is Going On? Why? What To Expect? – by Hadi Gholami Nohouji – https://southfront.org/look-from-inside-iran-what-is-going-on-why-what-to-expect/ – “(Trump) has made sure to let everyone know that he supports the protests and that will do all in its power to help them achieve their objectives (although that “movement” right now lacks both a leader and a roadmap and, yes, objectives) while, regarding the causes, they share the “exiled ones’” view… Trump and his team have even gone so far as to call an emergency meeting on Iran in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and are, according to the pioneer of the term “alternative facts”, Kellyanne Conway, in the process of preparing new sanctions against Iranian authorities “involved in Human Rights violations”… Israel also shares a similar view but denies any involvement in the matter and “hopes” for the fall of the current system.”

LGBT Classes Now Are Mandatory for Elementary School Children in California – with video & commentary by G. Edward Griffin – https://needtoknow.news/2018/01/lgbt-classes-now-mandatory-elementary-school-children-california/

Safety of Monsanto/Dow’s Newly Approved Frankenfood (RNAi Corn) Called Into Question – by Sayer Ji, Founder –  http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/safety-monsantodows-newly-approved-frankenfood-rnai-corn-called-question – “Finally, in order to confirm the possibility that maize miRNAs are able to regulate target porcine messenger RNAs (mRNAs), and therefore inhibit/alter gene expression, the researchers performed in silico analysis of the porcine target genes for the microRNA zma-miR164a-5p, which they stated, ‘exhibited a relatively high level in porcine blood and tissues.’ Their results suggested that’ dietetically absorbed maize miRNAs are very likely to specifically target endogenous porcine miRNAs and influence gene expression in a fashion similar to mammalian miRNAs. [bold emphasis added]”

From the Relentless-Propanda-Continues Desk: The Republicans’ Fake Investigations –  https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/02/opinion/republicans-investigation-fusion-gps.html – “We don’t believe the Steele dossier was the trigger for the F.B.I.’s investigation into Russian meddling. As we told the Senate Judiciary Committee in August, our sources said the dossier was taken so seriously because it corroborated reports the bureau had received from other sources, including one inside the Trump camp.” – Comment: The NYT actually allows these propagandists an Op-Ed in the “U.S. Newspaper of Record®” to drone on with the empty assertions of Russian collusion.

From the Gnarly-Language Desk: ‘Bomb cyclone’ to blast East Coast before polar vortex uncorks tremendous cold late this week – by Jason Samenow – https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2018/01/02/monster-storm-to-blast-east-coast-before-polar-vortex-uncorks-tremendous-cold-late-this-week/ – “Unforgiving cold has punished the eastern third of the United States for the past 10 days. But the most severe winter weather yet will assault the area late this week… First, a monster storm will hammer the East Coast from north Florida to Maine with ice and snow. By Thursday, the exploding storm will, in many ways, resemble a winter hurricane, battering easternmost New England with potentially damaging winds in addition to blinding snow. Blizzard warnings have been issued for the Virginia Tidewater and eastern Massachusetts and Maine, and could be extended to other portions along the Eastern Seaboard, under winter storm warnings.” – Comment: Designer-Weather rocks!

Russia Warns Against Foreign Meddling In Iran As Separatism, Extremism Voiced In Unrest – As Iran struggles to control spiralling unrest, Iran’s geopolitical foes have backed marginal opposition groups and voiced hopes for “regime change.” – https://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Russia-Warns-Against-Foreign-Meddling-In-Iran-As-Separatism-Extremism-Voiced-In-Unrest-20180101-0013.html – “This is Iran’s internal affair,” Russia’s Foreign Ministry said, according to TASS news agency. “We express the hope that the situation won’t develop under the scenario of bloodshed and violence… External interference destabilizing the situation is inadmissible.”

Iran – Early U.S. Support For Rioters Hints At A Larger Plan – by Moon of Alabama – http://www.moonofalabama.org/2017/12/iran-early-us-support-for-rioters-hints-at-a-larger-plan.html – “The plan may well be not to immediately overthrow the Iranian government, but to instigate a sharp reaction by the Iranian government against the militant operations in its country… (post by) Suzanne Maloney‏ @MaloneySuzanne – 5:51 AM – 31 Dec 2017: ‘And here’s the thing: whatever the USG does or doesn’t say about these protests, the reality is (as @POTUS tweeted) that the world is watching what happens in Iran. How Tehran responds to the current protests will shape its relationship w/the world, just as it did in 2009… That reaction can then be used to implement wider and stricter sanctions against Iran especially from Europe. These would be another building block of a larger plan to suffocate the country and as an additional step on a larger escalation ladder.”

SHAKE & BAKE: 2018 Trends and Predictions from 21WIREhttp://21stcenturywire.com/2018/01/01/shake-bake-2018-trends-predictions-21wire/ – “As the geopolitical center of gravity continues to shift away from Western Europe and towards Eurasia, old western-aligned power blocs will find it increasingly difficult to keep pace with the speed of developments east of the Bosphorus. As a result of this, Russia – fresh off its military victory over ISIS and US-backed proxy terrorists in Syria – has entered the Middle East as a bona fide major power broker – leaving Washington in the lurch…”

NYT Writes Epic Cover For Comey’s FBI – Its Sole Source: “Officials Said” – by Moon of Alabama – http://www.moonofalabama.org/2018/01/nyt-writes-epic-cover-for-comeys-fbi-its-sole-source-officials-said.html – “The claim that the Papadopoulos rumor, detailed extensively in the NYT piece, triggered an FBI investigation does not seem plausible… A drunk campaign aid of Trump tells some Aussie diplomat that the Russians have dirt on Clinton. He claims to have learned that from some mysterious Professor Mifsud who was trying to set up a Trump-Putin meeting with the hope to profit from the effort. The professor was some kind of imposter. He arranged a meeting for Papadopoulos with “Putin’s nice”. Both of Putin’s siblings died at child’s age during the World War II siege of Leningrad – he has no niece. Whatever Mifsud claimed was probably not true… The Australian diplomat heard from a drunk Papadopoulos that some weird professor claimed to have heard from Russian sources that the Kremlin had dirt on Clinton. Two month later the Aussies tell their U.S. colleagues of that claim. It is fourth degree hearsay when it it reaches the FBI…”

US Empire Is Running The Same Script With Iran That It Ran With Libya, Syria – by Caitlin Johnstone – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/48522.htm – “Two weeks ago a memo was leaked from inside the Trump administration showing how Secretary of State and DC neophyte Rex Tillerson was coached on how the US empire uses human rights as a pretense on which to attack and undermine noncompliant governments. Politico reports: ‘The May 17 memo reads like a crash course for a businessman-turned-diplomat, and its conclusion offers a starkly realist vision: that the U.S. should use human rights as a club against its adversaries, like Iran, China and North Korea, while giving a pass to repressive allies like the Philippines, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.’.. ‘Allies should be treated differently — and better — than adversaries. Otherwise, we end up with more adversaries, and fewer allies,’ argued the memo, written by Tillerson’s influential policy aide, Brian Hook… With what would be perfect comedic timing if it weren’t so frightening, Iran erupted in protests which have been ongoing for the last four days, and the western empire is suddenly expressing deep, bipartisan concern about the human rights of those protesters.”

YEAR IN REVIEW: 2017 Top Ten Conspiracies – by Patrick Henningsen and Shawn Helton – http://21stcenturywire.com/2017/12/31/year-review-21wire-2017-top-ten-conspiracies/ – “Once again, we’ve arrived at our New Years Eve wrap-up of some of the most compelling and conspiratorial stories of the year. Like in years past, 2017 presented a polarizing political landscape, further exposing the current establishment paradigm. Unlike the establishment gatekeepers, when we use the word ‘conspiracy’ here, we are talking about a real crime scene. Whether it was the ousting of thousands of western-backed terrorists in Iraq and Syria or a string of ‘known wolf’ attacks amplified by made-to-order media agitprop, or the heavily manufactured Russia-gate narrative relentlessly pushed by mainstream outlets and Deep State actors  – it seemed there was no shortage of topsy-turvy stagecraft designed to mislead and confuse the masses at a time when the real world is undergoing some significant geopolitical realignments.”

The Iran Attack Part I: Persian Resurgence – Iran is rising as a power in the Middle East, causing alarm bells to ring in Jerusalem, Riyadh, and Washington – by Tom Shackleford – http://fashthenation.com/2017/12/the-iran-attack-part-i/ – “Iran is a nation with a long and proud history, dating back to the Persian empire.  It is about the size of Western Europe and has a population in excess of 80 million. Iran also has the 3rd largest reserves of conventional (cheaply extracted) oil in the world and the 2nd largest natural gas reserves. Iran is clearly a force to be reckoned with. As such, it considers itself the protector of Shi’a Muslims, who often live under extreme Sunni repression throughout the region. No amount of US pressure has succeeded in halting the “protector” policy.” – The Iran Attack Part II: National Interest: Some countries stand to gain from a U.S. invasion of Iran – http://fashthenation.com/2017/12/the-iran-attack-part-ii-national-interest/ –  – The Iran Attack Part III: America’s Burden – Because Israel cannot fight its own battles, an attack on Iran would come from the United States – http://fashthenation.com/2017/12/the-iran-attack-part-iii-americas-burden/

From the Danger-DANGER-Will-Robinson Desk: Likud top body votes to annex parts of the West Bank – by Jacob Magid –  https://www.timesofisrael.com/likud-top-body-votes-to-annex-parts-of-the-west-bank/ – “The vote by Likud Central Committee is not binding on its Knesset lawmakers, but does carry political force as MKs need the support of the 3,000-member body to succeed in the party’s primaries… The resolution reads: ‘Fifty years after the liberation of Judea and Samaria, and with them Jerusalem, our eternal capital, the Likud Central Committee calls on Likud’s elected leaders to work to allow unhindered construction and to extend Israeli law and sovereignty in all the areas of liberated settlement in Judea and Samaria.’ ” – Comment: So we’re not talking about “annexing parts of the West Bank” here.

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