Web Research Links for the Week of 4/9/18

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Trump tweet early this morning (April 11, 4am DC time): ” Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and “smart!” You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!”

Russian veto ends U.N. probe of chemical weapons use in Syriahttps://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/russian-veto-ends-un-probe-of-chemical-weapons-use-in-syria/2017/11/16/7ece5bf6-cb10-11e7-8321-481fd63f174d_story.html – “To investigate the sarin attack it (the UN Joint Investigative Mechanism) blamed on the Syrian military, the JIM investigators looked at photos, conducted interviews and analyzed soil samples. But they never visited the village where the attack occurred… Russia called the work “amateurish” and charged the investigators’ reports are routinely biased against the Syrian government… Vassily Nebenzia, Russia’s ambassador to the U.N., said Russia supported the idea of renewing the mandate but insisted that flaws be corrected. He proposed a draft(actually, two drafts)purporting to do that, but it did not get enough votes to pass… ‘There is nothing balanced about the U.S. draft resolution,’ he said, charging that none of the flaws were addressed. ‘You bear the responsibility if the mechanism cannot be salvaged.’ ” (emphasis added) – Note: None of the articles on the Security Council session that I could find covered the actual language of either the U.S. resolution Russian vetoed or the two Russian-amended resolutions that were voted down by the Council. There has so far been no public analysis of what was actually done at the Security Council.

From the Official-State-Propaganda Desk: READY TO STRIKE Syria – US-led coalition warplanes ‘seen flying over Iraqi border’ as nerve gas counter attack loomshttps://www.thesun.co.uk/news/6021889/syria-airspace-cleared-us-coalition-warplanes/ – “European air traffic controllers issued a “rapid alert” for airlines in the Eastern Mediterranean over the possibility of air strikes into Syria within the next 72 hours… The European Aviation Security Agency’s (EASA) warning of possible launches of air-to-ground strikes or cruise missiles comes as the US, Britain, France and allies weigh up retaliatory measures to a suspected chemical weapon attack in Syria… Nafiseh Kohnavard, a reporter for the BBC, tweeted: “Airlines that are still using Syria’s airspace have received a request to change their corridors for the next 48 hours… ‘Sources say that all military bases and important centres of the Syrian government are on high alert as a US attack is expected.’..” (and from the SAME ARTICLE): “The attack in Douma happened late on Saturday amid a resumed offensive by Syrian government forces after the collapse of a truce with the Army of Islam rebel group… Syrian opposition activists and rescuers said poison gas was used on the rebel-held town near the capital, an allegation strongly denied by the Assad government… Families were reportedly found suffocated in their homes and shelters, with foam on their mouths.” (emphsis added)Comment: The “article,” from the UK The Sun, contains not only the bald assertions of the factuality of “the gas attack” in Douma, but several pictures released by the White Helmets with their claims of an attack. Russian investigation at the purported scene of the incident found “zero evidence” of use of chemical weapons. Additionally, no patients were found in the Douma hospital or anywhere in liberated Eastern Ghouta with symptoms of exposure to chemicals. BTW, the headline above says “nerve gas counter attack.” Perhaps they’ve confused this with the purported attack on Sergei and Yulia Skripal, but the “Douma attack” was reported as being chlorine gas.

Trump: “Get Ready Russia”, Missiles “Will Be Coming”https://southfront.org/trump-get-ready-russia-missiles-will-be-coming/

Saber Rattling: Israeli Officials (threaten to) Attack Syriahttps://southfront.org/saber-rattling-israeli-officials-vow-to-assassinate-assad-attack-syria/ – ” ‘If the Iranians act against Israel from Syrian territory, it will be Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government that will pay the price,’ senior Israeli defense officials were quoted by the country’s media on April 11. ‘Assad’s regime and Assad himself will disappear from the map and the world if the Iranians do try to harm Israel or its interests from Syrian territory.’.. ‘Our recommendation to Iran is that it does not try to act, because Israel is determined to continue on this issue to the very end.’ ”

Iranian media posts photos of Syrian base allegedly bombed by Israel – by Stuart Winer – https://www.timesofisrael.com/iranian-media-posts-photos-of-syrian-base-allegedly-bombed-by-israel/ – “The Tasnim media outlet, which has been affiliated with the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, specified that seven IRGC members were killed in the strike, including one high-ranking officer, Col. Mehdi Dehghan, who reportedly served in one of the group’s drone units.”

Macron: Any French Strikes Will Target Assad’s Chemical Weapons Stockshttps://southfront.org/macron-any-french-strikes-will-target-assads-chemical-weapons-stocks/ – “On April 10, Macron said he supports a ‘strong and joint response’ to the alleged chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma on April 7, which the US and its allies blamed on the Assad government… ‘Our decision will not target allies of the regime or attack anyone but rather attack the regime’s chemical capabilities,’ he said, insisting he did ‘not want an escalation’.” – Comment: That will be quite a trick for the French, as the “Assad Regime” doesn’t have any.

3,627 Militants And Members Of Their Families Left Douma – Russian Military – https://southfront.org/3627-militants-and-members-of-their-families-left-douma-russian-military/ – “On April 10, the Syrian state-run news agency SANA revealed that all hostages taken by Jaish al-Islam had been released from Douma on April 9 evening… ‘SANA correspondent said that two buses carrying dozens of liberated abductees arrived in one of the Syrian Arab army checkpoints near al-Wafedeen Camp corridor at 11:00 pm, after which they headed for al-Faihaa stadium in Damascus where their relatives and thousands of citizens have been waiting to welcome them… The first batch of abductees, most of them were women and children who have been kidnapped from Adra Industrial City since January 2013, was released on Sunday after an agreement was reached earlier in the day to release all the abductees in exchange for the exit of all terrorists,’ the SANA’s article reads.”

Tucker Carlson: Would war against Assad make US safer? (7 min)

Israel just lost American Jews – by Philip Weiss – http://mondoweiss.net/2018/04/israel-just-american/ – “David Rothkopf responded eloquently: Until every resident of the land over which Israel enforces control has equal rights and protections under the law it’s not a democracy… Rothkopf is as Jewish establishment as they come. The former head of Foreign Policy magazine, he once tarred Walt and Mearsheimer as gentile anti-Semites…  But Rothkopf was enraged : Israel’s brutal treatment of the demonstrators in Gaza…and Gaza itself…is the anti-Passover. It represents the height of hypocrisy: A supposedly Jewish state violating the most basic concepts of the religion in order to defend its ‘right to exist.’ “

From the Not-MY-Title Desk: Conflict In Syria Is About To Turn Into Global Warhttps://southfront.org/conflict-in-syria-is-about-to-turn-into-global-war/ – “Responding to Haley’s statement during the UNSC meeting, Russian representative Vassily Nebenzia called the accusations against Damascus “fake news”. Nebenzia once again warned the US and its allies of the possible “grave consequences” of a military action against Syria… ‘Do you now understand what you have done?’ Nebenzia repeated Putin’s question about the US-led reckless games in the Middle East. ‘No, you do not.’.. ‘Everywhere you go, everything you touch, you leave behind only chaos. You try to fish in those murky waters, but the only thing you catch is mutants… ‘What [the] military misadventures of the West bring about is well known, as shown by the examples of Yugoslavia, Iraq and Libya. Nobody has vested you with the power to act like the world’s policeman, or to act like the prosecutor, judge, and executioner either,’ he said.” – Questions: I’m wondering, is it mere ignorance to take note of what I take it must be only posturing within the international diplomatic milieu? Does anyone think that Nikki Haley and Vassily Nebenzia are just a tag-team operating like they’re in the World Wrestling Federation?

President Trump Cabinet Meeting Making Decision on Syria 4/9/2018 (10 min) –  https://youtu.be/CFCy-5c_imc – “According to media reports, Pentagon is currently providing Trump with various military options, like a cruise missile strike or a massiive airstrike on crucial Syrian faclities, which could be implemented.” (emphasis added)

UN Security Council holds emergency summit over alleged Syria chemical attack – Several countries have accused Syria of using chemical weapons against civilians in a deadly attack on the rebel town of Douma. US President Donald Trump has vowed to “forcefully” respond, further heightening tensions – http://www.dw.com/en/un-security-council-holds-emergency-summit-over-alleged-syria-chemical-attack/a-43315566 – “Despite denying the use of chemical weapons in Saturday’s attack, Russia said it was ready to co-operate with the OPCW. Nebenzia said OPCW investigators should fly to Syria as early as Tuesday to investigate the attack, and offered them protection… A draft resolution circulated ahead of Monday’s Security Council meeting suggested that Russia and the Western nations were proposing the creation of a new body to assess the blame for chemical attacks. However, the West objects to Russia’s demand for the Security Council to have veto rights over the new body’s findings… ‘We have reached the moment when the world must see justice done,’ said Haley. ‘History will record this as the moment when the Security Council either discharged its duty or demonstrated its utter and complete failure to protect the people of Syria.’.. However, Russia’s UN ambassador Vassily Nebenzia was quick to deny that chemical weapons had been used in Douma. According to Nebenzia, Russian investigators were sent to Douma over the weekend and found no evidence that a nerve agent or chlorine had been used in an attack… The Russian envoy said claims that there was a chemical weapons attack and that it was perpetrated by Damascus are  “contradictory.” The “fake news” from Douma was intended to deflect attention from the UK’s muddled case regarding the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, Nebenzia said… During the Security Council session, the Israel Foreign Ministry issued a statement accusing Syria of committing “crimes against humanity” in the attack in Douma.” – Question: As far as “the moment” when the UN demonstrated its “failure to protect the people of Syria,” could it perhaps have been the day that they decided not to see the U.S. and British involvement in creating their ISIS proxy armies?

Syrian Air Defense Forces Repel Missile Attack On T4 Airbase. Casualties Reported (Map, Video) – https://southfront.org/syrian-air-defense-forces-repel-missile-attack-on-t4-airbase-casualties-reported-video/ – “The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) rejected to comment on the reports about the missile strike in Syria. However, a video appeared online showing unidentified fighter jets in Lebanese airspace prior to the strike. Considering that the IDF often uses Lebanese airspace to launch missiles at targets inside Syria, Israel is the main suspect in the last night attack.”

Trump official: football fans should ‘think twice’ about Russia World Cup – by David Smith – https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/08/trump-official-football-fans-russia-world-cup – “Football fans should “think twice” about travelling to the World Cup in Russia this summer as consular services are threatened by the diplomatic crisis between Vladimir Putin and the west, a senior White House official has warned… The tournament kicks off on 14 June under the shadow of tit-for-tat expulsions and what some describe as a new cold war. Boris Johnson, the British foreign secretary, has suggested Putin will seek to exploit the showpiece in the way Adolf Hitler milked the Olympic Games in Berlin in 1936.”

The Corrupt Foster Care and Adoption System: Why Aren’t More Foster and Adoptive Parents Speaking Out? – by Brian Shilhavy – http://healthimpactnews.com/2018/the-corrupt-foster-care-and-adoption-system-why-arent-more-foster-and-adoptive-parents-speaking-out/ – “The data is very clear. A very small minority of children removed from their homes by Child Protective Services (CPS) are removed because they live in “abusive” homes… The vast majority, anywhere from 75% to 85% or more, are removed for other reasons, usually under the umbrella term of “neglect.” This would include “medical neglect” where one can lose custody of their children simply for disagreeing with a doctor, or seeking a second medical opinion.. Based on large scale research studies conducted at MIT by Joseph Doyle in 2007 and 2008, the data also clearly shows that children in foster care fare far worse than even children left in “troubled homes,” which begs the question as to why we even have a child welfare system that takes children out of families and makes them wards of the State.”

From the But-Wait-There’s-More Desk: Is Senator Richard Pan the Democratic Party’s Dream Candidate to Face President Trump in 2020? – by Kent Heckenlively – http://bolenreport.com/senator-richard-pan-democratic-partys-dream-candidate-face-president-trump-2020/ – “Which brings me to the latest madness of Senator Pan, his proposed Senate Bill, 1424, the “On-Line False Information Act“ which would require anybody who posts news on the internet to verify their posted information with “fact-checkers.” ”

Trump promises decision ‘very quickly’ on response to Syria – by Robert Burns , Matther Lee and Jonathan Lemire – http://www.startribune.com/trump-weighs-response-after-sick-syria-attack/479113363/ – “President Donald Trump said Monday he will decide “probably by the end of today” on a U.S. response to the apparent chemical weapons attack on Syrian civilians. He suggested Syria’s main military ally, Russia, would “pay a price.”.. Speaking during a Cabinet meeting, Trump condemned the “heinous attack” Saturday that killed at least 40 people, including children. Asked by a reporter whether President Vladimir Putin bears responsibility, Trump said, ‘He may, yeah, he may. And if he does it’s going to be very tough, very tough.’ He added, ‘Everybody’s gonna pay a price. He will, everybody will.’ ”

Astonishing California Bill Would Shut Down Free Speech, Require Fact-Checkers – by Jon Rappoport – https://www.activistpost.com/2018/04/astonishing-california-bill-would-shut-down-free-speech-require-fact-checkers.html – “California used to be trumpeted as the cutting edge of American culture… It still is, except the culture is now all about censoring free speech… California Senator Richard Pan, who was behind the infamous 2015 law mandating vaccinations for schoolchildren (SB277), has stepped up to the plate and introduced another bill… This one would clamp down on criticism of ANY Official Story… The bill is titled ‘SB1424 Internet: social media: false information: strategic plan.’.. It targets social media based in California. But as you read the bill, you see it appears to define social media as any Internet blog, website, or communication.”

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