May 31, 2015

Fatal police shootings in 2015 approaching 400 nationwide

In an alley in Denver, police gunned down a 17-year-old girl joyriding in a stolen car. In the backwoods of North Carolina, police opened fire on a gun-wielding moonshiner. And in a high-rise apartment in Birmingham, Ala., police shot an elderly man after his son asked them to make sure he was okay. Douglas Harris, 77, answered the door with a gun.

The three are among at least 385 people shot and killed by police nationwide during the first five months of this year,.. Read more.

Washington Post

U.S. Paid Residents Linked to Nazi Crimes $20 Million in Benefits, Report Says

WASHINGTON — The American government paid $20.2 million in Social Security benefits to more than 130 United States residents linked to Nazi atrocities over the course of more than a half-century, with some of the payments made as recently as this year, according to a federal investigation.

The millions of dollars paid out, a total far higher than officials had previously believed, indicate the ease with which thousands of former Nazis managed to settle into new lives in the United States with little scrutiny after the end of World War II. Read more.

NY Times

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Lecture: Operation Paperclip (video) - Annie Jacobsen

Operation Paperclip - Lecture by Annie Jacobsen



Author Annie Jacobsen presents a fascinating topic from her new book, Operation Paperclip, and takes questions from the audience. 

This event was recorded February 26, 2014 at Politics & Prose bookstore in Washington, D.C.

Politics & Prose

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Osama Bin Laden And The Illuminati



Fritz Springmeier Author of Bloodlines Of The Illuminati joins Dan Dicks of Press For Truth to talk about the recent announcement from the CIA that Osama Bin Laden kept a copy of his book "Bloodlines Of The Illuminati" in his personal library.

To learn more form Fritz visit:
http://pentracks.com/blog/

Press For Truth

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Fabricating an Enemy. “The Threat of Al Qaeda” as a Justification to Wage War - Global Research

Mind Control: Welcome to the "Pervasive Neurotechnology Age"



There’s a huge boom in new patents for mind control technology as we officially enter the “pervasive neurotechnology age,” and even though Microsoft alone filed a whopping 89 in just the last year, there’s another, perhaps even more worrisome company that has them beat…

Truthstream Media

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Patents for technology to read people’s minds hugely increasing - Independent

WHO cancer division to rule on widespread herbicide’s carcinogenic hazard

The World Health Organization is set to deliver a verdict on the potential danger of 2,4-D herbicides widely used in the agribusiness, and which was one of the key components of Agent Orange used during US herbicidal warfare in Vietnam.

The move by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a research arm of WHO, to examine the chemical comes shortly after the agency classified glyphosate or Roundup herbicide, produced by Monsanto, as “probably” cancerogenic. Read more.

RT

May 30, 2015

Moscow introduces ‘blacklist’ exceptionally as response to EU actions — FM source

Foreign Ministry would prefer to refrain from comments on personalities, a high-ranking official said

MOSCOW, May 30. /TASS/. Moscow confirms it has sent to the European Union’s countries a list of persons who were denied entry to Russia but says it would prefer to refrain from comments on personalities, a high-ranking official at the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Saturday. Read more.

TASS

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Russia issues travel ban for 89 EU politicians & military leaders (video) - RT
Drie Kamerleden mogen Rusland niet in - AD

It's Official - Washington Removes Cuba for its Terrorism List



In what is a major step forward in reestablishing relations between the United States and Cuba, the State Department officially announced that it was removing Havana from its list of state sponsors of terrorism, thereby eliminating a key hurdle in normalizing ties.

The announcement came as the 45 day deadline for a congressional challenge to President Barack Obama's decision to remove Cuba from the list expired. Two sources told ABC news that next week an announcement will be made on the formal reestablishment of diplomatic relations.

Pending issues include the U.S. demand for free movement for its diplomatic personnel around Cuba and Havana's call for Washington to stop using its diplomatic mission to train and foment the so-called dissidents and the continued existence of the U.S. economic blockade of Cuba.

Right-wing legislators in Washington opposed to the thaw in relations have pledged to block the naming of a U.S. ambassador to the island.

teleSUR

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- Cuba's Removal from Terror List Helps Everyone, Experts Say - teleSUR

How the FARC’s failed ceasefire reduced violence by 90%

The five-month unilateral ceasefire of Colombia’s largest rebel group FARC, which ended a week ago, resulted in a 90% reduction in violence compared to the same period in previous years of peace talks, according to a conflict monitoring NGO.

Since 1997, the Peace and Reconciliation Foundation has collected statistics on all manner of violent activity in Colombia related to the armed conflict between the government and the FARC,.. Read more.

Colombia Reports

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Venezuela among 29 countries worldwide that has dramatically reduced hunger

Caracas, 28 May. AVN.- There are currently 795 million hungry people in the world, according to figures from the latest report released Wednesday by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Program (WFP), which also shows that only 29 countries, among which is Venezuela, have met the target of halving the number of undernourished people for this 2015.

Although the percentage has fallen since 1992, 216 million fewer hungry people worldwide, according to latest edition of FAO's annual hunger report, only "72 countries have achieved the Millennium Development Goal of halving the number of chronically undernourished people." Read more.

AVN

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FAO: Political will was crucial to reduce hunger in Latin America and the Caribbean - AVN

Venezuela and Russia Reach $14 Billion Oil and Gas Deal

Caracas, May 28, 2015 (venezuelanalysis.com) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro concluded an agreement with Russia's state-owned Rosneft that will see an additional $14 billion in investment in the South American country's oil and gas industry over the coming years.

The move was announced by the socialist leader on Wednesday following a meeting he convened between the president of Venezuela's state oil company PDVSA, Eulogio de Pino, and Rosneft president Igor Sechin. Read more.

Venezuelanalysis

Southwest Colombia indigenous clash with police over land claims

Indigenous groups from the southwest of Colombia have been clashing with police over the past few weeks after months-long protests over land failed to produce agreements with the national government.

The Colombian indigenous group Nasa, of which some 160,000 call the Cauca province in western Colombia their home, have occupied several properties in the municipality of Corinto in northern Cauca since December of last year, claiming they constitute part of their ancestral homeland and thus have a right to use them. Read more.

Colombia Reports

Chile: Students Escalate Protests for Free, Quality Education for All



In Chile, students take to the streets once more to denounce police repression and insist on free, quality education available to everyone.

In particular, they are demanding justice for the death of their fellow student Rodrigo Aviles at the hands of the police last May 21.

Although Michelle Bachelet has expressed support for free university education, the students say that her proposal will not apply to those who need it most.

teleSUR

Georgian ex-pres nominated as governor of Ukraine’s Odessa region



The Ukrainian cabinet of ministers has nominated the former president of Georgia, Mikhail Saakashvili, who has been placed on an international wanted list in his own country, as the governor of Ukraine’s coastal Odessa region. Read more.

RT

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'If the US hadn’t sponsored him, Saakashvili would be on Washington’s wanted list' - RT

Snooping is in the nature of govts – king of encryption Phil Zimmermann



Philip Zimmermann, founder of a telecommunications security company, says crackdown on encryption is only part of a wider government snooping agenda.

RT

Belgium, Netherlands probe German-US joint espionage



Belgium and the Netherlands launch investigations into claims that Germany has helped the US spy on Berlin's closest allies in Europe. Two parliamentary inquiries are also underway in Germany. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she will testify before the inquiries.

Revelations show that Germany's spy agency BND has provided the US National Security Agency, NSA with a huge collection of data on the activities of certain targets in Europe, including the French government, European Commission and Airbus Group. The spying has reportedly been going on for at least 10 years.

PressTV

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German-US Spy Scandal Spreading Like Wildfire Across Europe - Sputnik

US military, corporate elite want endless wars: Activist

The United States’ military and corporate elite want war, war, and more war to since war serves their interests, an American political commentator and activist says.

“The history of the United States in the South China Sea in East Asia is an aggressive one, going back to 1898, when the United States invaded the Philippines and murdered a million people there, something that’s hidden in US history books,” Bill Dores said on Friday during a phone interview with Press TV. Read more + video.

PressTV

May 29, 2015

‘UK media failed to investigate Trident case thoroughly’



Julian Assange has criticized the British media for its lack of coverage of Navy whistleblower William McNeilly’s revelations that Britain’s Trident nuclear missiles are unsafe and unsecure.

Wikileaks spokesperson Kristinn Hrafnsson says the media needs to investigate the claims thoroughly.

RT

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‘Scotland won’t tolerate useless plaything Trident anymore’ – SNP (video) - RT
Whistleblower reignites UK's nuclear-deterrent debate - Al Jazeera

Saudi military carried out artillery,rocket attacks on Sa’ada and Hajjah provinces



The Saudi military carried out artillery and rocket attacks on several areas in Sa’ada and Hajjah provinces. Saudi warplanes also targeted a military camp in Ma’rib province. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

Earlier, fighter jets targeted a residential area and a school in northern Sa’ada province as well as a mosque, a government complex and a central market in Malahid directorate. More than four-thousand people, mostly women and children, have been killed since Riyadh started its onslaught against Yemen on March 26.

PressTV

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Mosque Attack: ISIS 2nd attack in Saudi Arabia kills 4



Friday prayers have been targeted by a suicide bomber in Saudi Arabia. Four people died at a Shia mosque in the eastern city of Dammam. Islamic State says it's behind the attack.

Catherine Shakdam from the Beirut Centre for Middle East Studies believes a radical element within Saudi Arabia is using the war in Yemen to stir up instability at home.

RT

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Iran condemns terrorist attack on Saudi Shia worshippers (video) - PressTV

The internet is having *a lot* of fun with this picture of David Cameron and the Dutch PM


As part of David Cameron’s whistle-stop tour around Europe to get support for EU treaty changes he met with Dutch PM Mark Rutte today.

And for some reason this weird photo of them from 2012 has resurfaced, and everyone on the internet has been having a lot of fun with it. More photos.

Karel van Wolferen: ‘Poetin ontpopt zich steeds meer als een staatsman’

Denken tegen de stroom in - Karel van Wolferen (74) wordt omringd door meer dan duizend boeken. Zijn werkruimte in een voormalige stal van z’n verbouwde boerderij in een Noordhollands gehucht is een heuse bibliotheek, waar de boeken rijen dik naast elkaar staan en op elkaar gestapeld liggen.

Oud UvA-hoogleraar Van Wolferen, die zich mengt in het debat over de crisis tussen het Westen en Rusland – en daarbij de rol van de Verenigde Staten benadrukt- was vanaf 1972 correspondent in Oost-Azië voor NRC Handelsblad, met Tokio als basis. Lees meer.

Post Online

Drie Kamerleden mogen Rusland niet in

Drie Nederlandse Tweede Kamerleden mogen Rusland niet meer in. Dat bevestigt het ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken. ,,De Russische lijst ontbeert elke fundering op internationaal recht en is niet transparant'', reageert minister Bert Koenders.

Rusland heeft een lijst aangelegd van personen uit de Europese Unie die het land niet meer in mogen. Lees meer.

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MH17: Bellingcat’s ‘missing link’

Nadere bestudering van het Bellingcat-bewijs aangaande de oorzaak van de vliegramp met de MH17 levert diverse hiaten op. Het blijkt aan elkaar te hangen van toevalligheden, suggesties, duistere bronnen en boterzachte bewijstechnieken.

Het voornaamste openbare bewijs dat anti-Kiev rebellen vlucht MH17 op 17 juli 2014 zouden hebben neergehaald is de zogenaamde ‘sleepspoortheorie‘, een spoor op sociale media van gepubliceerde foto’s en filmpjes van een transport van een BUK-lanceerinrichting door rebellengebied. De NOS, de Volkskrant en anderen zijn inmiddels zover gegaan de route zelf te beleven. Lees meer.

Ravage Webzine

Martial law in Ukraine can be declared within hours - Poroshenko

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko says he can declare martial law in his country within hours, in case there is an advance on the Ukrainian army's positions.

Poroshenko spoke in the interview program titled "A year of Poroshenko", dedicated to the... Read more.

RT

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Poroshenko vows to impose martial law in case of offensive on Ukrainian forces in Donbas - Kyiv Post

Poroshenko: Ukraine will retake Donbas, Crimea when it becomes successful - UNIAN
Poroshenko says Ukraine brings troop numbers to 50,000 in Donbas (paywall) - Kyiv Post

Ukraine minister says east Ukraine fighting could resume soon - Reuters
- Poroshenko: Ukraine will retake Donbas, Crimea when it becomes successful - UNIAN

- Poroshenko says politicians responsible for Ukraine’s non-aligned status should be punished - UNIAN

May 28, 2015

Lagarde: Greece's exit from the eurozone is a possibility

Greece’s exit from the eurozone is a possibility but would not signify an end to the single currency, IMF head Christine Lagarde told German newspaper FAZ.

"A Greek exit is a possibility," Lagarde told the daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung in an advance extract of an interview due to be published on Friday. Read more.

TOC

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Four months and still no bailout deal for Greece - DW

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How Greece’s Liquidity Problem Could Cause an Unplanned Grexit - Greek Reporter

Moody's: A Grexit would change nature of euro - TOC
Greek engraver wins euro coin design competition - DW

US preparing for war on China, Russia to save banks: Analyst

The United States is preparing for a possible war against China and Russia aimed at preventing the collapse of the Western banking system, an American political commentator and activist says.

Michael Billington, Asia editor for the Executive Intelligence Review and author of Reflections of an American Political Prisoner: the Repression and Promise of the LaRouche Movement, made the remarks in a phone interview with Press TV on Thursday. Read more + audio.

PressTV

Queen speech signals more UK austerity



Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II has officially unveiled a list of proposed legislation that will form the backbone of the first Conservative government for over two decades.

At the state opening of parliament, the Queen read out a list of proposals, including laws, to hold a referendum on EU membership, as well as giving Scotland more autonomy. Critics say it was simply more years of austerity which will be a blow to the country’s poorest.

PressTV

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London anti-austerity protests: New footage of clashes with police after Queen's Speech



Video footage was released today (28 May) of clashes between protesters and police in London at an anti-austerity march after the State Opening of Parliament yesterday.

In the images filmed by Reuters, demonstrators clad in balaclavas and Guy Fawkes masks, synonymous with the Anonymous protest group, grapple and shove with police officers. Read more.

IBT

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Austerity protest: ‘UK citizens need govt support, not attack’ - RT
Alternative To Austerity - Sack The Royal Family (video) - Russell Brand The Trews

Brexit Battle



The UK already opts-out of the euro and the Schengen passport-free travel agreement. As well as a number of EU judicial measures.

Anastasia Churkina gauged the mood on the streets of London.

RT

The Coming Financial Collapse Of Great Britain UK Explained



There is no precise definition of an economic collapse. The term has been used to describe a broad range of bad economic conditions, ranging from a severe, prolonged depression with high bankruptcy rates and high unemployment (such as the Great Depression of the 1930s), to a breakdown in normal commerce caused by hyperinflation (such as in Weimar Germany in the 1920s), or even an economically caused sharp increase in the death rate and perhaps even a decline in population (such as in countries of the former USSR in the 1990s).

Russell Brand Trews

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May 27, 2015

German court rejects Yemen drone case

Germany does not have to stop the US from using its Ramstein airbase to coordinate drone strikes in Yemen, a Cologne court has ruled. The decision comes on a case filed by three Yemenis who lost relatives in a strike.

The Cologne administrative court handed down its ruling on Wednesday:.. Read more.

DW

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What if Putin is Telling the Truth?

By William F. Engdahl - On April 26 Russia’s main national TV station, Rossiya 1, featured President Vladimir Putin in a documentary to the Russian people on the events of the recent period including the annexation of Crimea, the US coup d’etat in Ukraine, and the general state of relations with the United States and the EU. His words were frank. And in the middle of his remarks the Russian former KGB chief dropped a political bombshell that was known by Russian intelligence two decades ago.

Putin stated bluntly that in his view the West would only be content in having a Russia weak, suffering and begging from the West, something clearly the Russian character is not disposed to. Then a short way into his remarks, the Russian President stated for the first time publicly something that Russian intelligence has known for almost two decades but kept silent until now, most probably in hopes of an era of better normalized Russia-US relations. Read more.

NEO

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Saudi war machine kills 79 in fresh attacks on Yemen

Fresh attacks by Saudi Arabian warplanes in two provinces in Yemen have killed at least 79 people and injured more than 100 others.

The Wednesday attacks targeted Sana’a and Hajjah provinces in Yemen's west and northwest, respectively. Read more.

PressTV

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Anti-ISIL intl. cartoon exhibitions open in Tehran



A cartoon and caricature contest about the crimes of the Takfiri terrorist group ISIL is being held in the Iranian capital, Tehran for the first time.

Enthusiastic artists from over forty countries have submitted their work to the event.

PressTV

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Obama accuses Russia of adopting 'aggressive' posture on Ukraine



Barack Obama accuses Russia of adopting an “increasingly aggressive” stance on Ukraine, during a meeting with NATO's chief in the White House.

RT's Gayane Chichakyan has the details.

RT

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May 26, 2015

#NewWorldNextWeek: BBC Admits to Broadcasting Pro-Israel Propaganda



Welcome to New World Next Week — the video series from Corbett Report and Media Monarchy that covers some of the most important developments in open source intelligence news.

This week:
STORY #1: #Stephanopoulosgate - Singling Stephanopoulos Out Misses the Point
STORY #2: Genetically Modified Media - NatGeo Gets It Wrong on GMO’s
STORY #3: #GoodNewsNextWeek – BBC Admits Breaching Own Rules By Broadcasting Pro-Israel Propaganda More sources.

Corbett Report

From 'Occupying' A Spanish Bank To City Hall: Barcelona's New Mayor

One of the most-tweeted photos in Spain these days shows riot police hauling away Ada Colau. The image is from July 2013, when the anti-poverty protester was trying to "occupy" a Barcelona bank that was foreclosing on homes.

Colau is the first of the indignados, or angry ones — Spain's Occupy movement — to win office. She narrowly defeated Barcelona Mayor Xavier Trias in local elections Sunday. Read more + audio.

NPR

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Verkiezingen in Spanje: establishment kraakt, activisten juichen - De Waarheid

May 25, 2015

Ansarullah fighters attacked a Saudi military base near Tuwayliq in Sa’ada province



The military base is located near Malahidh and Husamah regions. Yemen's army and tribal forces have already conducted several deadly attacks on border regions. They say the attacks are in retaliation for the ongoing Saudi airstrikes.

Nearly 4000 people have been killed since Saudi Arabia launched its military strikes against Yemen on March 26.

PressTV

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Turkey says agrees deal with US on air support for Syrian rebels

The United States and Turkey have agreed "in principle" to give air support to some forces from Syria's mainstream opposition, Turkey's foreign minister said, in what if confirmed could mark an expansion of U.S. involvement in the conflict.

There was no immediate comment from U.S. officials on the assertion -- though Washington has so far refrained from committing to enforcing a "safe zone" for Syrian rebels, as it could be seen as a declaration of war on the Syrian state. Read more.

Hürriyet

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Syrian army to carry out operation to liberate Palmyra



The ISIL's recent gains in Syria have sparked fears over the fate of the ancient city of Palmyra. For now, the city is under the control of the terrorists, but the Syrian army is carrying out an operation to liberate the three-thousand-year old site.

Press TV’s Alaa Ebrahim reports from Palmyra.

PressTV

Iraqi and Syrian forces ramp up attacks on ISIL

Iraqi soldiers and Shia fighters bolster efforts to retake Ramadi, while Syrian forces launch air strikes on Palmyra.

Forces in Iraq and Syria are bolstering their offensives on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group, in a bid to retake key cities in both countries. Read more.

Al Jazeera

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Iran will act if ISIL come near 40 kilometers from country's borders (video) - PressTV
US troops didn't stop ISIL from capturing Ramadi despite being stationed nearby: Soleimani (video) - PressTV

Lebanon's Hezbollah urges backing for fight against ISIL - Hürriyet
Nasrallah: Hezbollah to increase presence in Syria - Al Jazeera

World stands up against Monsanto: Over 400 cities protest GMOs

Thousands of people across the world have joined together in a global movement, protesting against American biotech giant Monsanto. Activists from over 400 cities are speaking out against GMOs and Monsanto’s monopoly over the food supply. Saturday marked the third global annual March Against Monsanto (MAM).

According to the organizers, 48 countries were scheduled to participate in a massive global turnout. Read more + video & photos.

RT

Indian nightmare: GMO killer-cotton



An estimated 290,000 Indian farmers have committed suicide in 20 years. Small farms used to be the country’s economic backbone, but now owners struggle to make even a meager profit and drown in debt.

For some, the pressure is too much. Many blame GMO cotton for the failing farms, having cornered the market and replaced organic crops; they have failed to live up to expectations.

RT

Britains Invisible Empire: The Empire Today


Full Lecture

A lecture by Jeff Steinberg - Ed Spannaus introduces the September 1997 panel on Britains Invisible Empire. Counter-Intelligence editor Jeff Steinberg opens by detailing the structure and nature of the modern British Empire starting with Queen Elizabeth, her perrogative powers, the Privy Council, and the corporate power she wields.

Are you deluded enough to think that the British Empire is a relic of a romantic bygone age? Think that Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip are mere figureheads? Living museum pieces, trotted out out once in a while to go through the motions of dull state events while the other members of the royal family provide scandal for the tabloid headlines? Subjects in her empire might repeat that poppycock, (probably because their mum told them it was so), however, the truth is radically different.

Jeff Steinberg presents the ugly genocidal reality of the corporate structure, the raw materials cartel, the mercenary armies, the modern opium war on most of civilization, terrorism, psychological brainwashing operations, & the religious and environmentalist lunatics, all run out of London.

Update: An updated report about the the modern Anglo Dutch financial and corporate structure is currently being worked on by the LaRouche basement team. Go to www.larouchepac.com for updates.

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Anglo-Dutch Empire Is the Structure of Evil and The Only Real Enemy Of Mankind - LaRouche

'The True Story Behind the Fall of the House of Windsor' (pdf) - LaRouche
Executive Intelligence Review - LaRouche

- Operation Lock's secrets - Killing for Profit
- Prins Bernhard 90 jaar: Out of Africa - De Groene Amsterdammer

May 24, 2015

Interior minister: There's no money for the June IMF repayment without deal

Greece cannot make debt repayments to the IMF next month unless it achieves a deal with creditors, according to Interior minister Nikos Voutsis. "The four installments for the IMF in June are 1.6 billion euros.

This money will not be given and is not there to be given," Interior Minister Nikos Voutsis told Greek Mega TV's weekend show. Read more.

TOC

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Varoufakis says Greece has made strides at reaching deal with lenders (video) - TOC

Lafazanis: The creditors are engaging in 'open blackmail' - ANA-MPA
- Greeks back government's red lines, but want to keep euro - eKathimerini

Live Results - Mayoral race tightens in Madrid, Barcelona

Telemadrid poll suggests Manuela Carmena will beat PP’s Aguirre in mayoral race

Polling stations closed at 8pm across Spain on Sunday, with the first estimates suggesting a strong showing by emerging parties at local and regional elections. An Antena 3 poll for the city of Madrid shows that the ruling Popular Party (PP) may have secured between 21 and 23 seats in the local council, followed by the leftist coalition Ahora Madrid – which includes the anti-austerity party Podemos – with anywhere between 17 and 19.

The Socialist Party (PSOE) is thought to have won nine to 10 seats, while another newcomer to national politics, Ciudadanos, would enter Madrid politics with seven or eight councilors. Read more + live updates.

El País

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Spanish Shift: Minor parties shine, ruling PP fades, 'two-party system dying' (video) - RT

From 'Occupying' A Spanish Bank To City Hall: Barcelona's New Mayor (audio) - NPR

Spanish government struggles with unemployment



Austerity and high unemployment are key issues as Spain votes in regional polls.

Al Jazeera's Nadim Baba reports.

Al Jazeera

US, allies ‘playing Sunni radical card’ in Middle East

The United States and its allies are playing the Sunni radical card as they are covertly supporting terrorist groups in the Middle East, an American political commentator says.

“They are playing the Sunni radical card and that’s very very dangerous and destructive,” senior editor of Executive Intelligence Review Jeff Steinberg told Press TV on Sunday. Read more + video.

PressTV

Saudi warplane downed by Yemeni army NE of Sa'ada

Yemeni army has shot down a Saudi warplane northeast of the northern city of Sa'ada, as Al Saud regime continues its aerial attacks against its southern neighbor unabated.

According to Yemen's al-Masirah television, the Saudi plane was downed in Kataf district of the province. Read more.

PressTV

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Saudi Forces And Yemen’s Houthi Fighters Trade Heavy Fire On Crossing Boarder - National Yemen

US and Iraq trade blame over fall of Ramadi


Pentagon chief says Iraqi forces showed no will to fight ISIL, while senior Iraqi MP says the US has failed to help.

US Defense Secretary Ash Carter has criticised Iraqi forces for showing no will to fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group during the fall of Ramadi, in comments dismissed as "baseless" by a senior Iraqi legislator. Read more + video.

Al Jazeera

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De totale mislukking van George Bush en Tony Blair - Stop De Bankiers

ISIL kills 400 civilians in central Palmyra: Syria TV

The ISIL Takfiri terrorists have massacred 400 civilians, mostly women and children, during their onslaught on the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, Syrian state TV reports. 

The television reported Sunday's carnage by foreign-backed terror elements, quoting residents inside the historic city, which is home to renowned Roman-era ruins including well-preserved temples, colonnades and a theater. Read more.

PressTV

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Ukrainian Militants Allegedly Hang a Militia Man and his Pregnant Wife

A shocking video shows militants in Ukraine hanging a pregnant woman and her husband, yet more evidence of atrocities being committed by pro-Kiev neo-nazi fighters, now receiving training and support from the USA.

The chilling clip shows two individuals with bags over their heads strung up to a rudimentary gallows in a forest as three militants pose with the bodies and take photographs. The ropes around their necks are attached to a nearby vehicle. The woman is clearly heavily pregnant. Read more + video.

We Are Change

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Rap News | MSMBS News: Black Lives Matter?



Welcome to this exclusive Rap News broadcast, helmed by the veteran anchor, and Iraq War Hero, Brian Washington.

Today we seek to understand the cause of the tension which has gripped the Police States of America following the seemingly unstoppable deaths of black people at the hands of Officers of the Piece. What is the cause of these #BlackLivesMatters hastags and the protests erupting around the country? What is this ‘R-‘ word that everyone keeps bandying about…? What about that ‘history’ thing?

Featuring newly installed Chief of Militarised Police, General Baxter, and a guest from the ‘Civil Rights’ movement, one Marvin Uggenrite, join indefatigable warrior for truth, Brian Washington, as he attempts to get to the bottom of this… or scrape the bottom of the barrel trying. For the first time ever Juice Rap News tunes into the Main Stream Media BS frequency for an entire episode… what could possibly go wrong?

Written & created by Giordano Nanni & Hugo Farrant in a suburban backyard home studio in Melbourne, Australia, on Wurundjeri Land. Read more.

The Juice Media

May 23, 2015

Report: Israel offered Saudi Arabia use of its Iron Dome technology

Rocket defense system was offered for Saudis to secure its border with Yemen.

Arabic-language newspaper Rai al-Youm reported on Saturday that Israel has offered Saudi Arabia to use its Iron Dome anti-rocket technology. Read more.

JPost

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Parliamentary Official: Iran to Unveil Home-Made Version of S-300 Missile Shield Soon - Fars

“First Strike” Attack against Iran? Washington’s “Missile Defense” Deal with the Gulf Monarchies - Global Research

“First Strike” Attack against Iran? Washington’s “Missile Defense” Deal with the Gulf Monarchies

U.S. on Wrong Side of History: This new Gulf states agreement is dangerous, provocative, destabilizing and very expensive

This is what it has all come down to…. the US and the corrupt, dictatorial Gulf monarchies meeting at Camp David Thursday and agreeing on a plan to flood the Middle East with ‘missile defense’ (MD) systems. Read more.

Global Research

Why Choose Anarchy?

Yemeni president to snub UN-sponsored talks in Geneva

Government spokesman says President Mansour Hadi insists on rebel pullback from territory they have seized.

Yemeni government spokesman Rageh Badi has said Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi will not attend upcoming peace talks in Geneva. Read more.

Al Jazeera

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Obama’s fail on Saudi-Qatari aid to al-Qaeda affiliate

A source in the Saudi royal family has told Middle East Eye that Riyadh and Doha are funding an al-Qaeda affiliate fighting in Syria

News media coverage of the Camp David summit between President Barack Obama and Gulf Cooperation Council members has focused largely on Obama’s success in getting the GCC States to go along with the negotiation of a nuclear agreement with Iran.

But the much more consequential story of the summit is Obama’s decision not to confront Saudi Arabia and Qatar about their financing of an al-Qaeda offshoot in Syria that has made the most dramatic gains in the jihadist war against the Assad regime. Read more.

Middle East Eye

They knew! US intelligence predicted rise of ISIS, report shows



Islamic State militants have seized the final border crossing between Syria and Iraq. That's according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights which says militants are now in control of more than half of Syria's territory.

This all comes after declassified documents were published showing that as early as 2012, US intelligence predicted the rise of the Islamic State.

RT

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US blocks nuclear disarmament document over Israel, Moscow fumes

Washington has blocked the final document of a UN conference that reviewed the nuclear non-proliferation treaty, accusing Egypt of manipulating the gathering to target Israel. Moscow has slammed the US for rendering the four-week meeting futile.

The 9th international conference was held in New York from April 27 until May 22. A total of 162 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) participant states were in attendance. Read more.

RT

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Jesus is our Prophet too | In Good Faith

An essential tenet of faith in all monotheistic religions, including Islam, is the belief in all of the prophets sent by God with a message to humanity to guide them.

Muslims believe in One God and they believe that Muhammad (peace be upon him) was a prophet, just as Noah, Moses, Abraham, and Jesus were prophets sent by God with a divine message. Read more.

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European Leaders Say No to Political Solution for Greek Debt Issue

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande said there is no political solution to the Greek debt problem but recognized the need for a comprehensive agreement that will eventually lead to the restoration of Greek economy.

The two leaders met with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Thursday, on the sidelines of the European Union Eastern Partnership Summit in Riga, Latvia. Read more.

Greek Reporter

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May 22, 2015

WW3 may start soon, Soros warns, unless US loosens up on China



There's a warning that World War 3 will erupt in just a few years - unless the US financial system loosens up on China.

Billionaire investor George Soros says America needs to let Beijing join the global currency basket, or the consequences could prove catastrophic.

RT

deBitcoin: Afschaffing van contant en opkomst van nieuw geld



In deze aflevering praten we met privacy voorvechtster Ancilla Tilia over trend richting afschaffen geld

Ook praten we met Heidi Leenaarts van United by Passion en Rens van Tilburg van het Sustainable Finance Lab over hun conferentie ‘Geld dat werkt’, 22 juni in Utrecht.

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FARC suspends unilateral ceasefire after military air strike kills at least 26 guerrillas

Colombia’s largest rebel group, the FARC, on Friday suspended a unilateral ceasefire that had been in place since December after a military attack killed at least 26 FARC members.

The leadership of the FARC said in a press statement that it will resume attacking military and infrastructure targets. Read more.

Colombia Reports

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Coalition air raids strike near Yemeni capital

Saudi-led coalition airstrikes hit positions held by Yemen’s Houthi militiamen on the outskirts of the Yemeni capital Friday, Al Arabiya News Channel reported.

Meanwhile, more shells were fired from Yemen on the Saudi border province of Najran. Read more.

Al Arabiya

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Suicide blast kills 21 at mosque in Saudi Arabia

A suicide bomber blew himself up during Friday prayers at a mosque in the village of al-Qadeeh in eastern Saudi Arabia, killing at least 21 and wounding 81 others, reported Al Arabiya News Channel.

“A suicide bomber detonated explosives he hid under his clothes as people performed their Friday prayers at the Imam Ali Ibn Abi Taleb mosque... Read more.

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German Media: US Wrecking Macedonia to Satisfy its Ambitions in EU Energy Market

The Turkish Stream pipeline, proposed by Russia, is expected to pass through the territory of Macedonia. 

The US seeks to prevent it and stage a coup in the country, at the same time promoting the Trans Adriatic Pipeline - the energy project that would enable gas supplies from the allied Azerbaijan and decrease EU’s energy dependence on Russia. Read more.

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Five Big Banks Plead Guilty to Rigging Currency Markets and No One Goes to Jail



James S. Henry say the $5.89 billion they are collectively required to pay in penalties won't even get at 3% of their annual earnings

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Syrian army, Hezbollah fighters advances on the map



The Syrian army and Lebanon’s Hezbollah fighters have made major advances against Takfiri terrorists in the strategic Qalamoun region. The terrorists have suffered heavy losses in Flita barrens on the border with Lebanon.

Reports say the Syrian army and Hezbollah fighters have killed scores of terrorists there and are controlling hills overlooking various crossings in the area. The remaining terrorists have been seen fleeing the Flita barrens towards Jarajir and the Lebanese Arsal outskirts.

Press TV’s Beirut correspondent, Ali Rizk has an update on the fight against the terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

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Obama defends US strategy against ISIL

President Barack Obama says the United States is not losing the war against the ISIL terrorist group, despite the recent loss of key Iraqi territory.

"I don't think we're losing," Obama said in an interview with news magazine The Atlantic published Thursday, days after the Iraqi city of Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, was overrun by the Takfiri terrorists. Read more.

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2012 Defense Intelligence Agency document: West will facilitate rise of Islamic State “in order to isolate the Syrian regime”

On Monday, May 18, the conservative government watchdog group Judicial Watch published a selection of formerly classified documents obtained from the U.S. Department of Defense and State Department through a federal lawsuit.

While initial mainstream media reporting is focused on the White House’s handling of the Benghazi consulate attack, a much “bigger picture” admission and confirmation is contained in one of the Defense Intelligence Agency documents circulated in 2012: that an ‘Islamic State’ is desired in Eastern Syria to effect the West’s policies in the region. Read more.

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Clashes, tires on fire outside Ukrainian parliament in Kiev

Clashes are reported in central Kiev where crowds of protesters are rallying against the economic crisis and the soaring cost of private loans. Local media say several people have tried to break into the Ukrainian parliament.

The protesters have clashed with police and blocked the entrances to the parliament building. Read more + video.

RT

Yemenis take control of Tuwan heights in Saudi Arabia, kill 18 Saudi soldiers



The Yemeni army and Ansarullah fighters continue their retaliatory attacks against Saudi forces in border areas

The forces have reportedly taken control of Tuwal heights in Saudi Arabia’s Jizan region, near the border with Yemen. Earlier, Yemen's Arabic TV channel, al-Masirah, reported nearly 20 Saudi soldiers were killed in a retaliatory attack on Saudi military positions near Dhahran. Saudi military equipment was also destroyed in the attack. The channel said Saudi spy planes were flying over the country’s western Sa’ada province and border areas.

Yemeni forces have also fired dozens of rockets into Saudi military positions in border areas. Attacks on Saudi border regions began earlier this month, weeks after the Saudi kingdom launched its aggression against its impoverished neighbor.

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Court sides with CIA, ‘torture’ reports to stay secret

WASHINGTON — The CIA can keep secret a nearly 7,000-page Senate report on harsh interrogation methods, as well as an internal agency review, a federal judge has ruled.

The complete 6,963-page report compiled by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and the related “Panetta review,” are exempt from the dictates of the Freedom of Information Act, U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg concluded. Read more.

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Fresh violence claims 21 lives in two Libyan cities

More than 20 people have reportedly been killed and dozens of others wounded in a fresh wave of violence in the Libyan cities of Benghazi and Misrata.

Libyan medical and security sources said Thursday that intense fighting between militants and forces loyal to Libya’s internationally recognized government... Read more.

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Greek Defense Minister: ‘United States Ask for Our Support on Russian Sanctions’

Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos said that the United States attempted to encourage Greece to support a new round of Russian sanctions but Athens still enjoys sharing religious and economic bonds with its “friend” and “ally,” Moscow.

After his meeting with US Under Secretary of Defense for Policy (USDP) Christine Wormuth on Wednesday, Kammenos told reporters:.. Read more.

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Varoufakis: Schaeuble makes mistakes on Greece

The Greek Finance Minister said that it was frustrating 'not to be not able to speak with each other in a context where arguments count more than relative power.'

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, who has clashed with Germany's Wolfgang Schaeuble repeatedly over negotiations on his country's debt and economic reforms,... Read more.

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‘The Days of Yanis Varoufakis are Numbered’ - Greek Reporter

Income gap at highest level in 30 years, OECD says

The OECD has released a document examining global patterns in distribution of wealth. Focusing on changes in labor practices and the participation of women at the workplace it encourages various redistribution policies.

The income gap between the rich and poor around the world is at it's highest level in 30 years in some places,.. Read more.

DW

Right Sector, Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists Agree on Cooperation

On May 14, Right Sector leader Dmitry Yarosh submitted to the Ukrainian parliament a bill on the Ukrainian volunteer corps.

Earlier, he said there is mutual understanding between country’s security forces and the volunteer corps on cooperation. Read more.

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Moscow slams Kiev's offer to host NATO missile defense shield system



Ukraine offers to host part of NATO's European missile defense shield. Moscow threatens retaliatory measures to protect itself, if Ukraine decides to station US anti-missile defense systems on its territory.

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