Web Research Links for the Week of 6/24/19

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Europe’s Missing Islamic State Fighters – by Soeren Kern – https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/14459/europe-returning-jihadists – “”The United States is asking Britain, France, Germany and other European allies to take back over 800 ISIS fighters that we captured in Syria and put them on trial… The alternative is not a good one in that we will be forced to release them…” — U.S. President Donald Trump, Twitter, February 16, 2019… The Wall Street Journal, in a recent editorial, “The West’s Foreign Fighter Problem,” noted that European governments face a “Catch-22″ situation: either repatriate and prosecute their jihadis, or risk that they disappear off the radar and carry out new attacks in Europe… The German government has lost track of scores of Germans who travelled to Iraq and Syria in recent years to join the Islamic State (IS). The revelation comes amid growing fears that some of these fighters are returning to Germany undetected by authorities.”

Texas CPS Medically Kidnaps 4 Year Old Homeschooled Boy After Parents Complain About Poor Doctor Care – by Jeremy Newman – http://healthimpactnews.com/2019/texas-cps-medically-kidnaps-4-year-old-homeschooled-boy-after-parents-complain-about-poor-doctor-care/ – “On April 22, nearly two months prior to this horrific incident, the Pardos had filed an official complaint against the Children’s Hospital for the poor treatment of Drake by several of the hospital’s doctors… They informed the family that they would review the matter and resolve it within 45 days. On day 46, with the family still having heard nothing from the Children’s Hospital, CPS showed up at the family’s door with an affidavit signed by one of the hospital’s doctors… The removal of Drake was in clear violation of state law because CPS: 1. Refused for nearly two weeks to provide the family with any information about the accusations against them. This was a violation of TAC 700.508.  2. Claimed that there was an immediate danger to Drake which required an emergency removal, despite CPS having already delayed for two weeks. This was a violation of Family Code 262.102.  3. Failed to make any reasonable efforts to avoid the need for removal, such as by failing to conduct any interviews with the family or to offer any alternatives to the removal of Drake. This was a violation of Family Code 262.102.”

“5G Ready”? UK Government’s “5G Rural First”: “Dangerously High” Levels of Electromagnetic Field Radiation (EMF) in Southern England – Glastonbury Festival-goers Are Walking into an EMF Minefield – by Annie Dieu-Le-Veut – https://www.globalresearch.ca/glastonbury-festival-goers-walking-emf-minefield/5681851 – “A couple of weeks before, I had attended a meeting of Pilton’s parish council. It was standing room only as residents packed in to express their dismay about a telecommunications mast that had been erected, without any consultation with them, in the children’s skate-board park. Engineers had informed one of them that it was going to be made “5G ready” at the end of May, in time for the music festival… 5G technology was installed at Glastonbury Festival this year by EE as part of a governmental agenda called 5G Rural First. This is a promotional push dreamed up by urbanite marketeers that purports to be about giving better internet access to country dwellers. In reality, though, good folks have paid £250 a ticket to be used as guinea-pigs in a 1.4 square mile test bed for an untested technology that could have serious implications for their health.” (emphasis added)

From the What-Part-Of-Tyranny-Do-You-Not-Understand Desk: Watch as Cops Detain Entire Bar, Seal Off All Exits, Force EVERYONE to Submit to Record Check – by Matt Agorist – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/06/watch-as-cops-detain-entire-bar-seal-off-all-exits-force-everyone-to-submit-to-record-check.html – “The sheer scope of (this) violation is up there in the most egregious cases on which we’ve ever reported here at TFTP… Over the weekend, at a popular Michigan City bar, there was no crime and no one had been suspected of committing a crime… Despite these facts, more than a dozen officers raided this peaceful establishment in which patrons were enjoying their Saturday night. Police officers with the Michigan City Police Department blocked all the exits and the rights-violating process began… After police trapped them inside, every person in the bar was forced to line up and submit their identification to one of the many police officers who had set up laptops. Only after they submitted to the background checks were the patrons allowed to leave… In the state of Indiana, a person only has to show their identification to law enforcement only if they have been stopped for an infraction or ordinance violation. Obviously, every single person inside this bar was not suspected of a crime, which made this process unconstitutional… However, as the video shows, police didn’t accuse anyone of committing an infraction and detained them anyway.”

The Saker Interviews A.B. Abrams About the Geostrategic Developments in Asiahttp://www.unz.com/tsaker/the-saker-interviews-a-b-abrams-about-the-geostrategic-developments-in-asia/ – “I wrote this book with the purpose of elucidating the nature of Western intervention in the region over the past 75 years, and analyzing prominent trends in the West’s involvement in the Asia-Pacific from the Pacific War with Imperial Japan to the current conflicts with China and North Korea. I attempt to show that Western conduct towards populations in the region, the designs of the Western powers for the region, and the means by which these have been pursued, have remained consistent over these past decades. This context is critical to understanding the present and future nature of Western intervention in the Asia-Pacific… A.B. Abrams: There may be marginalized extreme nationalists in China who see a national security from almost everybody, but in mainstream discourse there are no such perceptions. To the contrary, Russia’s immense contribution to Chinese security is widely recognized – not only in terms of technological transfers but also in terms of the value of the joint front the two powers have formed. Russia not only lacks a history of annexing East Asian countries or projecting force against them, but it is also heavily reliant on China in particular both to keep its defense sector active and to undermine Western attempts to isolate it. Russian aggression against China is unthinkable for Moscow – even if China did not possess its current military strength and nuclear deterrence capabilities. This is something widely understood in China and elsewhere… I would dispute that Russia’s military is vastly more capable than China’s own, as other than nuclear weapons there is a similar level of capabilities in most sectors in both countries.”

Demasking the Torture of Julian Assange – by Nils Melzer, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture –  http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51840.htm – “I know, you may think I am deluded. How could life in an Embassy with a cat and a skateboard ever amount to torture? That’s exactly what I thought, too, when Assange first appealed to my office for protection. Like most of the public, I had been subconsciously poisoned by the relentless smear campaign, which had been disseminated over the years. So it took a second knock on my door to get my reluctant attention. But once I looked into the facts of this case, what I found filled me with repulsion and disbelief.”

Turkey Moving Special Forces, Military Equipment to Syrian Border – Reportshttps://sputniknews.com/military/201906281076088951-turkey-moving-special-forces-military-equipment-to-syrian-border/ – “Turkey is moving special forces and military equipment to its border with Syria, the Anadolu news agency reported on Friday, after Turkish forces shelled the Syrian army’s positions in Idlib… A convoy of armoured vehicles and special forces units have arrived in Reyhanli and Kirikhan cities in Turkey’s southern province of Hatay on the border with Syria, according to the local media… The shelling by the Turkish forces came a day after a Turkish soldier had been killed in an attack on a Turkish observation post in Idlib. The Turkish Defence Ministry has said that the shelling had been carried out from the territory controlled by the Syrian government and was deliberate.”

Students Build Vacuum That Sucks Up Microplastics From Sand on the Beach – Canadian students venture to clean the world’s most polluted beach with their own invention – by Eslias Marat – https://www.wakingtimes.com/2019/06/28/students-build-vacuum-that-sucks-up-microplastics-from-sand-on-the-beach/ – “Like any vacuum cleaner, the gigantic machine uses a handheld hose to suck up plastic and sand before dumping it into a huge tank of water. As the plastic floats to the top of the water, the sand sinks to the bottom so that it can be returned to the beach.”

In Israel the Push to Destroy Jerusalem’s Iconic Al-Aqsa Mosque Goes Mainstream – This ancient site that dates back to the year 705 C.E. is being targeted for destruction by extremist groups that seek to erase Jerusalem’s Muslim heritage in pursuit of colonial ambitions and the fulfillment of end-times prophecy – by Whitney Webb – https://www.mintpressnews.com/israel-jerusalem-al-aqsa-third-temple/259926/ – “Some observers may have noticed the growing effort by some Israeli government and religious officials to remove the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa mosque from the Jerusalem skyline, not only erasing the holy site in official posters, banners and educational material but also physically removing the building itself. For instance, current Knesset member of the ruling Likud Party, American-born Yehuda Glick, was also the director of the government-funded Temple Institute, which has created relics and detailed architectural plans for a temple that they hope will soon replace Al-Aqsa. Glick is also close friends with Yehuda Etzion, who was part of a failed plot in 1984 to blow up Al-Aqsa mosque and served prison time as a result… ‘In the end we’ll build the temple and it will be a house of prayer for all nations,’ Glick told Israeli newspaper Maariv in 2012. A year later, Israel’s Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel stated that ‘[w]e’ve built many little, little temples…but we need to build a real Temple on the Temple Mount.’ Ariel stated that the new Jewish Temple must be built on the site where Al-Aqsa currently sits ‘as it is at the forefront of Jewish salvation.’ ” (emphasis added)

Uruguay Walks Out of OAS Meeting Rejecting Guaido Repshttps://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Uruguay-Walks-Out-of-OAS-Meeting-Rejecting-Guaido-Reps-20190627-0016.html

American Intelligence Media on 5G: Trump advocates 5G nightmare on humanityhttps://patriots4truth.org/2019/04/13/trump-advocates-5g-nightmare-on-humanity/ – “Are the Deagel population predictions making sense? It will be a quiet death for humanity as the elites and globalists take us out. We wonder how many times in human civilization they have done this to an unsuspecting population. Dumb us down, then wipe us out. Then change the history books and suppress the science so that the sheeple will never know what happened to their ancestors.”

Members Of Pro-Kiev “Volunteer Battalions” Leave Eastern Ukraine To Join Militant Groups In Syria: LPRhttps://southfront.org/members-of-pro-kiev-volunteer-battalions-leave-eastern-ukraine-to-join-militant-groups-in-syria-lpr/ – “Members of the pro-Kiev “volunteer battalions” were leaving the Donbass, to go and fight in Syria, on the side of ISIS, the press officer of forces the Lugansk People’s Republic, Ivan Filiponenko,  said at a briefing.… According to him, one of the reasons was that the long delays in payments in the zone of the so-called “Joint Forces Operation,” in the Donbass.: ‘Long delays in cash payments in the JFO zone, as well as the unstable situation in the country caused Ukrainian militants from the volunteer battalions to leave for the Syrian Arab Republic to participate in the military conflict on the side of the Islamic State (ISIS),” Filiponenko said… At the same time, he stressed that these people, that have combat experience in the Donbass and considers war to be a way of earning money, “has the full support of the special services of Ukraine.”: ‘According to our data, representatives of a specially created structure attached to the security service of Ukraine are involved in preparing the necessary documents for Ukrainian nationalists and organizing their unhindered entry into the Syrian Arab Republic,’ Filiponenko added.”

New coup attempt thwarted in Venezuela: Madurohttps://www.presstv.com/Detail/2019/06/27/599531/maduro-coup-guaido-arrest-assassination – “Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says security forces have  foiled an opposition coup attempt that included plans to assassinate him and other top political figures… ‘We have revealed, dismantled and captured a fascist band of terrorists that planned a coup against Venezuelan society and Venezuelan democracy,’ Maduro said in a Wednesday evening broadcast… ‘They are captured, behind bars, with clear evidence after following this group of criminals and fascists.’.. The plan allegedly involved an attack on the headquarters of the Sebin intelligence agency to release General Raul Baduel, a former defense minister arrested on corruption accusations in 2009 after falling out with the Socialist Party… Maduro said the plan involved opposition leader Juan Guaido as well as political leaders from Chile, Colombia and the United States, but Guaido dismissed the accusations as lies… Communications Minister Jorge Rodriguez said the plan involved both active and retired army officers and was to have been executed between Sunday and Monday this past weekend.”

Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham Suffers Heavy Losses In Failed Attack On Syrian Armyhttps://southfront.org/hayat-tahrir-al-sham-suffers-heavy-losses-in-failed-attack-on-syrian-army/ – “A military source told Muraselon, a pro-government news outlet, that the army destroyed at least one battle tank and two armored vehicles during the clashes around the two towns… ‘Several militants were also killed and injured, their bodies are still scattered over the nearby hills,’ the source added… This was the second attack on the SAA this week. Three days ago, militants of the “Wa Harid al-Muminin” operations room, a coalition of al-Qaeda-affiliated groups that’s allied to HTS, attacked several positions near the town of Atshan in northern Hama, killing at least 18 Syrian soldiers… These repeated attacks may force the SAA to resume in ground operations in Greater Idlib very soon. Russian and Syrian warplanes are already intensifying their airstrikes on the region.” (underlined emphasis added)

This article is now shadow-banned on Facebook and Twitter, and, of course, not to be found on GoolagGoogle: None Dare Call It Sedition – by Patrick Wood – https://www.technocracy.news/none-dare-call-it-sedition/ – “Google has now flatly stated its intent to influence and control public perception so as to manipulate and determine national political election outcomes. It does this by using AI algorithms to skew search results, presenting only their political views, and suppressing dissenting or alternative views… However, this is not a free speech issue. Google is not a news organization. It does not hire journalists nor does it create original content. Rather, Google is an information utility that simply indexes existing and new journalistic content… Google’s all-powerful and pervasive Internet crawler is able to discover virtually 100% of everything published in the world, on an hour-by-hour or minute-by-minute basis. In other words, Google knows everything there is to know. The question is, will it tell all that it knows or only part of it?

You Are Being Trolled – by Dmitry Orlov – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51829.htm – “There being nothing better for it to do, the US is trying very hard to troll the whole world, but more and more the world is either refusing to be trolled or trolling the US right back… • When the US threatens to cut off access to the US financial system, the world works on circumventing it… • When the US imposes tariffs and sanctions, the world responds by reworking its trading relationships to exclude the US… • When the US threatens countries with military intervention, the world responds by constructing new alliances and making security arrangements that isolate the US… But most importantly, the world simply waits. The US is now running a budget deficit that is over a trillion dollars a year and taking on debt at about the same rate as it was during the height of the previous financial collapse. What do you think will happen when the next financial collapse hits? (According to a lot of authoritative voices, it should hit either this year or the next.) Meanwhile, I hope that you enjoy being trolled, because I am sure there will be more trolling from the US, just, you know, to keep busy, I guess.”

Pastor Jailed During ‘Drag Queen Story Hour,’ SWAT Team Snipers Positioned Atop Library Roof – by Heather Clark – https://christiannews.net/2019/06/16/pastor-jailed-during-drag-queen-story-hour-camo-spotter-positioned-atop-library-roof/ – “SPOKANE, Wash. — A Baptist pastor was arrested and jailed on Saturday after refusing to move across the street from the Spokane, Washington Public Library while exercising his free speech against a “Drag Queen Story Hour.” The event had a significant militaristic police presence, including camouflaged snipers positioned atop the roof to oversee the large crowd that stood both for and against the men dressed like women reading stories to children… Afhsin Yaghtin of New Covenant Baptist Church was arrested for obstructing an officer as he contended with police that the South Hill Library is public property and that he should be able to speak adjacent to the facility instead of being required to stand across the street.”

More US Warships Arrive In The Mideast Even As Trump Signals Draw Down – by Tyler Durden –  https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-06-24/more-us-warships-arrive-middle-east-even-trump-signals-draw-down – “The new military arrivals to the region came just as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Saudi King Salman and separately with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the port city of Jeddah to tackle the escalating crisis with Iran in the Persian Gulf… Pompeo has described his hastily arranged visit as focused on putting together an international coalition against Iran, and further that it will coincide with new US sanctions on Tehran, expected to be announced at some point Monday… The visit also comes just as Iran’s military has threatened to shoot down more US drones should they violate Iran’s airspace… Both the Saudis and the Israelis have pushed for a more muscular US response to “Iranian aggression” in the region, thus both MbS and Netanyahu must have been deeply disappointed that last Thursday night’s readied American military response never materialized… By all appearances, despite Trump’s clear preference to no longer be engaged in ‘protecting the shipping lanes for other countries’ while receiving “zero compensation” in return, it appears the US Navy is prepared to continue doing just that… As of Monday morning the State Department has laid out a plan to equip commercial ship escorts traversing the Gulf region with “camera monitoring” which would supposedly “deter Iran” according to a breaking Bloomberg report.”

The Geopolitics of World War III (22 min) – by StormCloudsGatheringVery high-quality short doc from STG, with many useful data points

Eleven 2020 Democrats Back Free Health Care for Illegal Immigrants – by Sean Moran – https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/06/23/eleven-2020-democrats-back-health-care-illegal-immigrants/# – “According to a New York Times survey, eleven 2020 Democrat presidential candidates backed free healthcare for illegal immigrants either under Medicare for All or a public option, while eight Democrats either did not answer the question or did not provide a clear answer… Here are the 2020 Democrats that backed health care for illegal immigrants:  ● Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO); ●Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ); ● South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg; ● Julian Castro; ● Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA); ● Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA); ● Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT); ● Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA); ● Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA); ● Marianne Williamson; ● Businessman Andrew Yang.

Eve of Destruction: Iran Strikes Back – by The Polemicist – www.thepolemicist.net/2019/06/eve-of-destruction-iran-strikes-back.html – “What would help the most to deter the calamity is if more Americans understand, along with Iran (and Israel) what the object of the game really is, and make clear they don’t want to play it. That requires that enough Americans, among the populace and the decision makers—especially the military decision makers—drop the ideology of invincibility and exceptionalism, see and warn of the real dangers, and just say “No!”.. That may be happening. This unprecedented episode where the President orders a military attack and then very publicly calls it off at the last minute may indicate that there’s some serious re-thinking going on. WaPo tells us that ‘The decision has divided his top advisers, with senior Pentagon officials opposing the decision to strike and national security adviser John Bolton strongly supporting it.’.. Which is more plausible: That Trump was absolutely certain the U-S-of-A could “obliterate” Iran, and only called off the strike because he was repelled by the idea of killing 150 people? Or that someone among those foreign or domestic influencers who had actual, dispassionate knowledge of the forces arrayed, and who did care about watery graves and burning cities and oil fields, had the courage to say: ‘Do this, and we are fucked.’?”

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