September 30, 2015

Russian military forces start airstrikes against ISIS in Syria



The Russian Air Force has begun carrying out airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria, the country’s Defense Ministry said. Read more.

RT

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Lavrov refutes accusations that Russian airstrikes did not target ISIS (video) - RT
8 ISIS targets hit during 20 combat flights in Syria – Russian military (video) - RT

Russian parliament approves use of military in Syria to fight ISIS



The upper chamber of the Russian parliament has unanimously given a formal consent to President Putin to use the nation’s military in Syria to fight terrorism at a request from the Syrian President Bashar Assad. Read more.

RT

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US judge dismisses 9/11 case against Saudi Arabia

Judge throws out case filed by victims' families, saying Saudi Arabia cannot be sued due to sovereign immunity.

A US judge has dismissed claims against Saudi Arabia by families of victims of the September 11, 2001, attacks, who accused the country of providing material support to al-Qaeda. Read more.

Al Jazeera

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2,300+ civilians killed in 6 months: Worst coalition attacks in Yemen

At least 2,355 civilians have been killed the last six months since the Saudi-led coalition begans military operations in Yemen, UN said on Tuesday.

RT now looks into the deadliest attacks between March and September this year. Read more + video.

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September 29, 2015

U.S. military launches airstrike on Kunduz after Taliban assault on the key city



KABUL —Afghan forces massed near the besieged northern city of Kunduz on Tuesday, preparing for expected street-by-street battles against the Taliban a day after militants overran the city in a humiliating blow to Afghanistan’s government.

The counteroffensive started shortly before dawn as Afghan army reinforcements poured into the area after the U.S.-led coalition launched an airstrike to help clear the way. Read more.

Washington Post

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Chinese troops to join Russian marines in Syria soon, says report

After the Russians and Iranians, Chinese troops reportedly are teaming up with the Syrian regime forces in what is being termed as the deal that will allow President Bashar al-Assad to stay in power.

A report claims that a Chinese naval vessel carrying dozens of "military advisers" is on its way to Syria and the Chinese troops will then join with the "hundreds" of Russian soldiers. Read more.

IBT

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Vladimir Putin: Syria has only one lawful army, President al-Assad's army - RBTH

Wherever US used force bypassing UN, countries suffered – Lavrov to RT (video) - RT
High voltage: Putin & Obama address UN hours before long-awaited meeting (video) - RT

Obama taunts Putin, China at U.N.: ‘I lead the strongest military the world has ever known’ - Washington Times

September 28, 2015

DARPA dreaming of creating cyborgs for US military, new book reveals

The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is running a program that involves implanting chips in American forces' brains in order to create super soldiers, says a newly-published book by a well-known author.

According to “The Pentagon’s Brain” by Annie Jacobsen, the secretive research arm of the US Department of Defense is dreaming of creating military cyborgs, Fusion reported Sunday. Read more.

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September 27, 2015

Rap News: The Internet Feat. Dan Bull



The time has come to turn our focus onto the very medium which allows us to connect: The Internet. As we know it today, it has only been around for a short time: it's still an adolescent; still changing and growing. But even as we speak, powerful forces and interests are vying to influence and shape it’s nature as it reaches full maturity.

And since humanity’s destiny and that of the Internet are intimately connected, it would be wise to be ask: how is the Internet doing? If the Internet could speak to us as a human today, what kind of person would it be? And most importantly, what kind of a person will it become in the future?

Log in with Robert Foster as he poses these very questions to some of the most influential and powerful figures who are today shaping the Internet’s future. Featuring an world-exclusive, world-first appearance from the Internet itself. Only on Juice Rap News.

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

Juice Media

Catalonia pro-independence parties set to win majority - exit polls



Exit polls in regional elections in Catalonia indicate that pro-independence parties are likely to have won majority in the local parliament  Read more.

RT

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Statins: Heart disease drug speeds up ageing process, warns new research

Scientists have found the heart disease drug badly affects our stem cells, the internal medical system which repairs damage to our bodies and protects us from muscle and joint pain as well as memory loss.

Last night experts warned patients to “think very carefully” before taking statins as a preventative medicine. Read more.

Daily Express

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Now that Russia protects Assad, USA won't poke its nose into Syria



Western media continue making forecasts about the start of another world war because of Russia's interference in the Syrian conflict. Some publications say that Damascus has become another Afghanistan for Moscow. 

The New York Times wrote that Russia has deployed Su-24, Su-25, Su-30 fighter jets and Pantsir C1 missile systems in Latakia. All this is pushing the USA towards another standoff with Russia, the newspaper concludes.

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US support for Syria rebels illegal, Putin says ahead of Obama meeting

Russian president says Syria's Assad deserves international support as he is fighting terrorist organizations.

MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday branded US support for rebel forces in Syria as illegal and ineffective, saying US-trained rebels were leaving to join Islamic State with weapons supplied by Washington. Read more.

JPost

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Putin: U.S. Support for Rebel Forces in Syria Illegal and Ineffective - Haaretz
US-trained Syria fighters gave equipment to Nusra Front - Al Jazeera

Denmark drops Gardasil HPV Vaccine for Cervarix

Denmark drops the controversial Gardasil HPV vaccine and substitutes it with the Cervarix vaccine, informs the Danish Serum Institute. Gardasil has drawn international attention due to serious, so-called, side-effects. Cervarix has, however, not been without controversy either.

The Gardasil vaccine, produced by pharma giant Merck and sold in Denmark via... Read more.

NSNBC

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Pentagon manual censors journalists on ‘sensitive’ info



A new report claims media freedom is declining in Europe, but what does that mean for the US? More whistleblowers are behind bars than ever before, as the government jails journalists for collecting ‘’sensitive” information.

RT’s Brigida Santos has the details on how encryption can help the media take back freedom of expression.

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Forget the New World Order, Here’s Who Really Runs the World

For decades, extreme ideologies on both the left and the right have clashed over the conspiratorial concept of a shadowy secret government pulling the strings on the world’s heads of state and captains of industry.

The phrase New World Order is largely derided as a sophomoric conspiracy theory entertained by minds that lack the sophistication necessary to understand the nuances of geopolitics. But it turns out the core idea — one of deep and overarching collusion between Wall Street and government with a globalist agenda — is operational in what a number of insiders call the “Deep State.” Read more + video.

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September 26, 2015

U.N. Manipulated by Transnational Corporations, New Study Charges

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 22 2015 (IPS) - The United Nations, which is commemorating its 70th anniversary next week punctuated by a summit meeting of world leaders, is facing charges of being politically manipulated by big business and transnational corporations (TNCs) – some openly violating labour rights and environmental standards the world body so vociferously advocates.

A new study from Global Policy Forum (GPF), released Tuesday, warns that the United Nations is “embarking on a new era of selective multilateralism, shaped by intergovernmental policy impasses and a growing reliance on corporate-led solutions to global problems.” Read more.

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Abby Martin & Chris Hedges: War, Propaganda & the Enemy Within - Empire Files



Abby Martin interviews Chris Hedges on American myths, war and revolt. Hedges explains the 'folly of Empire,' the dangers posed by right-wing extremism and the urgent need for a new system. 

Chris Hedges is a former New York Times journalist and winner of the Pulitzer Prize. He is the author of several books including his most recent, "Wages of Rebellion: the Moral Imperative of Revolt." He publishes a weekly column on Truthdig.com and is the host of Days of Revolt, airing every Monday night on teleSUR english.

teleSUR

Radicalisation kit links green activism and 'alternative music' to extremism

Booklet aimed at helping teachers identify radicalised students warns they can become motivated by ideologies such as ‘environmental or economic concerns’

The Australian government has used an environmental activist who became involved in the “alternative music scene” as an example of violent extremism, in a booklet aimed at helping teachers identify students who are becoming radicalised and linked to terrorism. Read more.

Guardian

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Profiled: From Radio to Porn, British Spies Track Web Users’ Online Identities

HERE WAS A SIMPLE AIM at the heart of the top-secret program: Record the website browsing habits of “every visible user on the Internet.”

Before long, billions of digital records about ordinary people’s online activities were being stored every day. Among them were details cataloging visits to porn, social media and news websites, search engines, chat forums, and blogs. Read more.

The Intercept

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US-trained Syria fighters gave equipment to Nusra Front

Pentagon says group handed ammunition and equipment to al-Qaeda affiliate, purportedly in exchange for safe passage.

The Pentagon has said that a group of US-trained Syrian fighters had handed over ammunition and equipment to the Nusra Front, al-Qaeda's affiliate in the country, purportedly in exchange for safe passage. Read more.

Al Jazeera

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September 24, 2015

Deadly blasts hit Yemen mosque during Eid prayers

At least 25 dead, dozens wounded as two suspected suicide bombers attack Shia mosque in Yemen's capital Sanaa.

Suicide bombers have struck a mosque in Yemen's capital in an attack targeting Shia worshippers that killed at least 25 people and wounded dozens, medics and witnesses said. Read more.

Al Jazeera

Hajj: At least 717 dead in Mina stampede

Saudi Arabia’s civil defense says that at least 453 pilgrims have died on Thursday when a stampede broke out in the city of Mina, reported Al Arabiya News.

At least 719 others were injured in the crush at a crossroads on Street 204 at the camp city at Mina, a few kilometres east of Makkah, the Saudi civil defence said. Read more.

Al Arabiya

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Former Dutch Government Official Slams US Patriot Act

The Patriot Act allows the U.S. authorities including the NSA to collect and search communications data stored on servers from U.S. technology providers.

​Former Dutch Government Minister Dion Kotteman slammed the U.S. Patriot Act on Tuesday for allowing U.S. intelligence agencies including the National Security Agency (NSA) the ability to spy and collect the personal data of European citizens. Read more.

teleSUR

Prins Bernhard: Omgetoverd van een jong invloedrijk lid van Hitlers lijfwacht in een Prins der Nederlanden

De eerste berichten dat prins Bernhard lid was geweest van Hitlers lijfwacht verschenen in twee gezagsgetrouwe kranten, namelijk op 3 januari 1937 in de katholieke De Tijd en op 4 januari 1937 in de gereformeerde De Banier. 

Dit naar aanleiding van het feit dat vanwege een paar anti-Duitse incidenten in Nederland de paspoorten van drie Duitse prinsessen - die bij het prinselijk huwelijk op 7 januari als bruidsmeisjes zouden fungeren - door de Duitse autoriteiten waren ingetrokken. Lees meer.

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September 23, 2015

‘IDF saying woman had a knife, trying to justify unjustifiable action’



An 18-year-old Palestinian woman has died after she was shot 10 times by Israeli soldiers at a Hebron checkpoint. She was allegedly trying to attack a soldier and refusing to open her purse or lift her face veil.

For more RT is joined by Palestinian activist and politician Mustafa Barghouti. Read more.

RT

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Profiting Politicians? German journalist claims huge industry behind EU refugee crisis



Germany is often the preferred destination of refugees seeking to settle in Europe. Renowned German journalist Udo Ulfkotte claims politicians are actually profitting from the ever-growing wave of asylum seekers.

Ulfkotte is hiding his location - after allegedly receiving death threats. RT's Peter Oliver has more.

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Conflict Flavors Obama’s Meeting With Chinese Leader

WASHINGTON — For the past two years, the critical question confronting the Obama administration about Xi Jinping, the Chinese president who defied American predictions by challenging the United States’ superpower status early and directly, has been how forcefully to respond.

When Mr. Xi, barely a year in office, declared an exclusive “air defense identification zone” over a vast stretch of territory, the Obama administration immediately sent B-52s right through the space,.. Read more.

NY Times

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Coalition Cooperate: US ready for ‘immediate’ discussion on ISIS with Russia



Foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov has said that the US is becoming more receptive to Russian position regarding the Syrian crisis - and the methods of countering ISIS.

RT’s Gayane Chichakyan reports.

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Iran Russia will work together to end Syria crisis



Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, says Tehran and Moscow are absolutely committed to finding a peaceful resolution to the conflict in Syria.

Amir Abdollahian made the comments during a visit to Moscow, where he discussed with his Russian counterpart the ways to help Damascus in overcoming a conflict that has dragged on for more than four years. Our correspondent in Moscow, Riley Waggaman, has the following report.

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Clinton Calls U.S. Policy in Syria a "Failure"



Glen Ford of BlackAgendaReport.com discusses his limited agreement with Hilary Clinton on the "failure" of U.S. policy In Syria.

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US policies source of war, bloodshed in region



The Leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolution has slammed the policies of the United States and the Zionist regime of Israel as the source of war and bloodshed in the region.

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House of Saud: Letter calls for Saudi King to be replaced



The backstairs intrigue within the House of Saud has seen a letter circulating among members of the royal family. It calls for the Saudi king and deputy crown prince to be replaced.

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UN Chief warns of ever-growing civilian casualties in Yemen



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Fukushima disaster was preventable - new study



Fukushima, the worst nuclear disaster in Japan’s history was preventable, a new USC study claims.

Design problems, negligence and inadequate pre-tsunami surveys all contributed to the failure that led to the nuclear catastrophe, the study claims. Read more.

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Europe's largest mosque opens in Moscow



The long awaited opening of the Moscow Cathedral Mosque, the largest in Europe, is taking place in the Russian capital.

It has capacity for around 10,000 worships to pray on six floors, while it is also equipped to allow easy access for those with disabilities. The opening ceremony will be attended by the leaders of Russia, Turkey, Palestine and Kazakhstan.

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Oliver Stone Says America, Not ISIL, Is World’s Greatest Threat

The director has a reputation for making films that rattle the establishment. "JFK," "Wall Street," and "Born on the Fourth of July" all question American dogma. Oliver Stone’s latest venture continues that trend. His new documentary series points out the true history of American exceptionalism, something more dangerous than ISIL. '

In 2012, Oliver Stone co-wrote “The Untold History of the United States” with American University professor Peter Kuznick. Read more.

Sputnik

These new satellite images show how Russia is expanding its military presence in Syria

Russia is continuing to expand its military presence in Syria according to new satellite images released Tuesday.

The images, distributed by IHS Janes, a defense analysis organization, show that Russia is placing equipment at two facilities north of a newly-established Russian airbase in Latakia. Read more.

Washington Post

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Washington Has Now Lost the Middle East

F. William Engdahl - It’s not at all surprising except in how fast it’s going. Within the space of little more than a decade, since the ill-fated Bush Administration decision to invade and occupy Afghanistan then Iraq in March 2003, the United States of America has managed to lose strategic influence and allies across the entire Middle East.

Not only the Shi’ite Iranians, whom President Obama believes are now beholden to Washington, but also for the first time Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Arab states and Egypt are in the process of finding new allies or cooperation partners, and they are in the east, no longer the west. Read more.

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September 22, 2015

The Polio Vaccine is Causing the New Polio

Yes, the vaccines are causing the problem. The authorities know it. It is admitted. This is not conspiracy theory, but sad fact.

The system is willing to break a few eggs and ruin lives in order to achieve their global vaccination agenda – all while they insist that vaccines are both safe and effective. To say otherwise – even in the face of admitted facts – is pure heresy. Read more + video.

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Ukraine's Poroshenko voices desire to join NATO

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko has told the country's security council his government is ready to reverse a decision by the former administration to stay out of NATO. He pledged a referendum on the issue.

Speaking at a Ukrainian security council meeting attended by NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, Poroshenko (pictured above, r.) said... Read more.

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US Nuclear Weapons In Germany: Russia Concerned By American Plans To Add To Stockpile

Russia is concerned about U.S. plans to modernize and station additional nuclear weapons in Germany, according to Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, who spoke with a German TV channel Tuesday.

The channel had reported earlier in the day that the U.S. planned to station 20 nuclear weapons in the European country, as per a line in the 2015 U.S. defense budget. Read more.

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PigGate! Internet trolls Cameron alleging he put ‘private part’ into dead swine



Social media in the UK came alive, and reacted with glee and imagination, to a scandalous allegation involving the British Prime Minister. Read more.

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Algerian hacker: Hero or hoodlum?

Hamza Bendelladj will be sentenced after allegedly stealing from US banks and giving to Palestinian charities.

Depending on who you ask, Hamza Bendelladj is either a Robin Hood-esque hero or a cyber-age hoodlum. Read more.

Al Jazeera

Netanyahu: Israel, Russia to Coordinate Military Action in Syria to Prevent Confrontation

Netanyahu says the two sides will establish a coordination mechanism to prevent 'misunderstandings, clashes' between Russian and Israeli forces.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that during his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the two sides agreed to establish... Read more.

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September 21, 2015

Pharma firm hikes life-saving drug price by 5,500%

The medical community is outraged by a 5,500 percent price hike for Daraprim, after a big NY-based pharmaceutical company purchased the patent for it.

The drug has been on the market for over 60 years, and can be essential to certain AIDS and cancer treatments. Read more.

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Takfiri current has sullied image of Islam: Larijani

Iran’s Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani says the Takfiri ideology has besmirched the reputation of Islam.

“Terrorism and the Takfiri current have dominated the world public opinion and have tarnished the image of Islam, and [Takfiris] are committing countless crimes under the banner of Islam,” Larijani said in a pre-session speech on parliament floor on Monday. Read more.

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Syria's Assad Blames West For Refugee Crisis



Syrian President Bashar al-Assad correctly blamed the refugee crisis on Western support for "terrorists" as people fleeing his country's civil war stream towards the European Union. Sources.

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Saudi warplanes kill 25 Yemeni civilians in Sana’a

At least 25 civilians have been killed in Saudi airstrikes against residential areas in the Yemeni capital city of Sana’a.

Scores were also wounded after Saudi warplanes targeted the districts of Hasbah, Sawan as well as a sports stadium in the capital on Monday, Yemen’s Saba Net news agency reported. Read more.

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September 20, 2015

Japan readies for war? New military bill sparks fierce protests



Thousands have rallied in Japan against the controversial military bill, passed by the parliament. 

Since now Japanese forces will be allowed to fight overseas. The demonstrations show this is far from being universally welcomed.

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River: Anti-Colonial struggles of Robert Lovelace


2015, The United States, Canada

Robert (Bob) Lovelace, a respected Queen's professor and an indigenous activist, has struggled against colonialism all his life. Robert was born in Missouri in the US from a white father and an Indian mother.

Robert came to Canada during the time of Vietnam War, as he resisted being inducted into military service. In 2008, Robert spent three and a half months in prison for his part in defending the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation from uranium exploration and mining.

Robert converted to Islam after reading the holy Quran. In a bid to break the Israeli-imposed blockade on the impoverished Gaza Strip, Robert aboard a flotilla of boats set sail for the coastal enclave. Robert Lovelace sees a parallel between the settler-colonial occupation of land in Canada and in Gaza and refers to Gaza as "The world's largest Indian reservation."

PressTV

Yemen army attacks Saudi base in Aseer, captures several soldiers



The Yemeni army, with the support of the popular committees, has managed to hit a Saudi military base in Saudi Arabia’s southwestern province of Aseer, taking several soldiers captive.

In a video released by Yemen's al-Masirah television network on Saturday, the Yemeni forces are seen engaging the Saudi soldiers in the region, destroying their vehicles. Read more.

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Turkish airstrikes reportedly kill 55 PKK militants in north Iraq

Turkish fighter jets have pounded camps of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in northern Iraq, reportedly killing at least 55 militants.

Security sources said on Saturday that the airstrikes were carried out overnight, adding that the warplanes took off from a base in Turkey’s southeastern province of Diyarbakir. Read more.

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Raids, criminal cases, accusations of terrorism: freedom of the press takes a nose dive

Freedom of the press took a significant plunge this past week with a laundry list of attacks which included a raid on Nokta magazine, a lawsuit opened against Doğan Media Holding, access to Cumhuriyet daily's website blocked by Internet providers and several journalists having to appear before a court to defend themselves.

As Turkey inches towards a civil war, clear measures of censorship have been taken by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) by targeting... Read more.

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John Kerry softens US demand that Assad must go

The US secretary of state says that Assad's downfall can happen at the end of a Syria peace process, not the beginning

John Kerry softened America’s demand yesterday that Syria’s dictator must step down, declaring that the timing of Bashar al-Assad’s departure was open to negotiation. Read more.

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Turkey and Germany agree on refugee policy

Turkey and Germany are in full consensus on the refugee crisis, Turkish Foreign Minister Feridun Sinirlioğlu has said, adding Germany’s views on the issue were the most similar to Turkey’s among European countries.

“Germany’s attitude should be an example to others in Europe,” Sinirlioğlu said, speaking at a press conference with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. The Turkish and German foreign ministers met on Sept. 18 over the refugee crisis Europe has been facing recently, which has seen thousands of Syrians flowing into European states, largely from the Turkish border. Read more.

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September 19, 2015

Migrants, Refugees, Clandestines and… Jihadis

Pepe Escobar - The plight of the refugees could become the perfect excuse to precipitate a new R2P (responsibility to protect) war; Libya remixed, with fighting ISIL barely disguising the real agenda: regime change in Damascus.

So Europe has suddenly, miraculously "discovered" that the civil war/proxy war raging in Syria since early 2011 has hemorrhaged into an extremely serious refugee crisis. Read more.

Sputnik

Refugees as Weapon – and Germany shifting Alliances?

Peter Koenig - Turkey has eagerly opened her gates to two million refugees to house them in refugee camps which were funded with up to 6 billion US dollars – not for reasons of altruism, but to use them jointly with the US, NATO and the EU as a geopolitical weapon. – The German konjunktion.info network.

This is a plausible scenario. Turkey practiced since many years a suspicious ‘open door’ policy towards refugees, amassing hundreds of thousands in fully financed and well organized refugee camps. Read more.

Global Research

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What Turkey’s open-door policy means for Syrian refugees - Brookings

September 18, 2015

Russia to consider sending troops to Syria if requested



Crisis in Syria can be resolved within months - with the help of Russia. Nicolas Sarkozy thinks action is needed urgently to prevent Islamic State becoming entrenched.

This comes as Russia says that sending its troops to the warzone could be an option. RT’s Lizzie Phelan reports

RT

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Zasypkin: Russian initiative on resolving Syrian crisis to have three stages - SANA

Bullets vs Rocks: Israel to use sniper fire against Palestinian stone-throwers



Live sniper fire can now be used against stone throwers in Jerusalem. This came after Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu declared a 'war' on rock-throwing protesters in Palestine.

The decision follows several days of clashes between police and masked youths at Jerusalem's most sensitive holy site.

RT

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All Stone Throwers - Jew or Arab - Are Created Equal - Haaretz
Border Police reservists recruited as security measures increase amid escalating violence - JPost

Yemen army enters Saudi military bases in Asir region



The Yemeni army, backed by popular committees, has entered Saudi military bases in the kingdom’s southwestern region of Asir.

The video footage released by Yemen's al-Masirah television network on Friday showed Yemeni forces advancing into Saudi military bases in the region, destroying the vehicles and equipment of the Saudi army. Read more.

PressTV

September 17, 2015

US-led ‘anti-Daesh’ coalition flawed: Lavrov

Russia’s foreign minister has slammed the US-led international coalition allegedly fighting against Daesh for rejecting cooperation with Damascus, saying there is “no reason” for the refusal.

"Unfortunately, we see the coalition as based on the wrong foundation," Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday after a meeting with his Turkish counterpart Feridun Sinirlioglu in Sochi,.. Read more.

PressTV

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Int’l anti-ISIS coalition flawed, you can't fight evil with illegal methods – Lavrov - RT
‘What is more important for the US – to defeat ISIS or not to deal with Assad?’ (video) - RT

West 'ignored Russian offer in 2012 to have Syria's Assad step aside' - Guardian
The Guardian Reveals the West Ignored Russian Offer to Have Assad Step Aside in 2012 (video) - TRNN

Antidepressiva maken depri-pubers niet beter

Een middel tegen depressie (paroxetine), dat in Nederland sinds 2004 niet meer mag worden voorgeschreven aan jongeren onder de 18 jaar, werkt niet bij pubers met ernstige depressie en veroorzaakt alleen schade. Soms ernstige schade, zoals gedachten aan, en pogingen tot zelfdoding.

Dat is de conclusie van een heranalyse van internationale onderzoeksgegevens uit de jaren negentig. In 2001 leverden dezelfde gegevens een tegenovergestelde conclusie op:.. Lees meer.

NRC

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Fluoxetine, Paroxetine Linked to Increased Birth Defect Risks - AAFP

Putting GlaxoSmithKline to the test over paroxetin - BMJ

Producent antidepressivum verzwijgt risico op zelfmoord - Telegraaf
Medische wetenschap negeert negatieve signalen - Joop

Nieuw: de financieel-economische oorlog

Willem Middelkoop - In mei lieten de VS een groot aantal FIFA-kopstukken oppakken. Waar zou de wereld zijn zonder Amerikanen, klonk het in de media. Maar al snel bleek dat de Amerikaanse actie een ander doel had: de FIFA onder druk zetten Rusland het toegezegde WK 2018 af te pakken. Hoe ik dat weet? Nou, lees deze brief van de Amerikaanse Senaat maar even.

Deze Amerikaanse actie is een klassiek voorbeeld van een financieel-economische oorlog. Lees meer.

RTL

Upper house panel approves contentious defense bills amid chaos

TOKYO — Japan took a step on Thursday toward enacting legislation for a policy shift that would allow troops to fight abroad for the first time since World War Two, part of the prime minister’s agenda to loosen the limits of a pacifist constitution.

The security policy shift, which Abe says is vital to meet challenges such as a rising China, has sparked protests and sharply eroded his popular support. Read more.

Japan Today

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Opposition parties’ delaying tactics throw Diet into chaos - Japan Times
Upper House panel passes security bills in raucous session; protests continue - Asahi Shimbun

Japan Military Bills Provoke Scuffling in Parliament (video) - NY Times
Mothers' message (photo) - Japan Today

EU parliament gives green light to refugee relocation plan

The European Parliament has strongly backed a proposal to relocate 120,000 refugees around EU member states to ease pressure on Greece, Hungary and Italy. Several eastern European countries oppose the plan.

European Union lawmakers in Brussels approved the plan in an emergency vote by 372 votes to 124, with 53 abstentions on Thursday. Read more.

DW

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End of Schengen? EU countries toughen border control - RT
Refugees Crisis Splits European Countries (I) - SCF

Social Engineering 101: How to Make a Refugee Crisis

Starting in 2007, the US was already in the process of engineering the overthrow and destruction of all prevailing political orders across the Middle East and North African (MENA) region.

It would be in Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh’s 2007 New Yorker article, “The Redirection: Is the Administration’s new policy benefiting our enemies in the war on terrorism?” that it was explicitly stated (emphasis added):... Read more.

NEO

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The Crisis of ‘Regime Change Refugees’ - Consortium News
European Refugee Crisis - The Anatomy of a Coverup (video) - SCG

How Neocons Destabilized Europe - Consortium News
- Reality Check: U.S. Policies In Middle East Responsible for Refugee Crisis In Europe (video) - Ben Swann

Zeven redenen waarom de vluchtelingenstroom richting Europa er is én blijft - TPO

Ukraine bans journalists who 'threaten national interests' from country

BBC correspondents Steve Rosenberg and Emma Wells among those sanctioned by president, along with Russian state media channels

President Petro Poroshenko has banned two BBC correspondents from Ukraine along with many Russian journalists and public figures. Read more.

Guardian

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Ukraine sanctions against BBC journalists "attack on media freedom" - Unian

Varoufakis on Corbyn’s campaign & tragedy of Greek finance plan



Afshin Rattansi goes underground on Yanis Varoufakis. Ahead of the election this weekend in Greece, the former finance minister talks about Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign and what he can do to win the war with the media.

He explains the difference between the UK and Greece and why they have been in a great depression for five years. And discusses the reason why his party had to go against the public and accept a bailout. Plus why he no longer has what it takes to support Syriza.

RT

Britain's drone strike in Syria: These executions are a mark of tyranny

The ability to execute its own citizens has been a mark of tyrannical government from Rome in the days of the Caesars to Moscow during the Great Purge in the 1930s 

The lack of public response to the British government ordering the assassination by pilotless drones of two British citizens, Reyaad Khan and Rahul Amin, is alarming but scarcely surprising. Read more.

Independent

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Spies hacked Isis phones to track British jihadists - Times
Jeremy Corbyn claims RAF drone strike in Syria was 'legally questionable' - Independent

September 16, 2015

World War III: Who Will Be Blamed?



If you want to start a to war, the unwashed masses must be convinced to send their brothers, sons and fathers to die on the front lines.

The specter of an external enemy must be etched into their collective mind through trauma, exaggeration and repetition. History must be whitewashed, twisted and cherry picked down to a politicized nursery rhyme. At no point should the real motives or consequences of such an endeavor be discussed. Sources and transcript.

StormCloudsGathering

State Department Whistleblower Exposes Covert Terrorist Funding



In this video Luke Rudkowski talks to J. Michael Springmann, the former head of the American visa bureau in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, in the Reagan and former Bush administrations, from September 1987 through March 1989. In this explosive interview Michael details how intelligence agencies not only nurtured terrorists but supported them since the 80's till today.

To find out more about J Michael Springmann check out http://michaelspringmann.com/

We Are Change

European Refugee Crisis: The Anatomy of a Coverup



The real story behind the refugee/migrant crisis in Europe is much stranger than fiction. Transcript.

StormCloudsGathering

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The Crisis of ‘Regime Change Refugees’ - Consortium News
Social Engineering 101: How to Make a Refugee Crisis - NEO

Protesters rally outside of UK arms expo



The world's largest weapons and security fair kicks off today in London, and is expected to attract around 1500 arms traders.

But, already, a salvo of condemnation's been fired at the expo. Read more.

RT

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Government invites regimes with 'appalling' human rights records to London arms fair - Independent

Majik - Chaos Into Calm

Diet panel to vote on security bills amid chaos

TOKYO — Opposition lawmakers and thousands of demonstrators were making last-ditch protests in a political showdown on Wednesday night as Japan’s ruling party started a final push to pass security legislation to expand the role of the country’s military.

The bills would allow Japan’s military to defend its allies even when Japan isn’t under attack, work more closely with the U.S. and other allies, and do more in international peacekeeping. Read more.

Japan Today

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‘War is over!’ Scuffles in Tokyo as anti-military protesters rally against Abe policy (video) - RT

TEPCO releases first batch of decontaminated Fukushima groundwater to sea

Tokyo Electric Power Co. was set to release 850 tons of treated radioactive groundwater into the sea off the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant by sundown on Sept. 14.


The discharge marks the first release under the utility's “subdrain plan," an additional measure conceived to help diminish the build-up of contaminated groundwater at the crippled facility. Read more.

Asahi Shimbun

September 15, 2015

Establishment Fit: Jeremy Corbyn branded as ‘natl security threat’



The Labour leadership election in the UK, which saw left-wing candidate Jeremy Corbyn win by a landslide, has left many wondering, what's next for the UK?

Britain's political establishment has been making its opinion clear, as RT's Daniel Hawkins reports.

RT

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- Russia trolls David Cameron over Jeremy Corbyn 'security threat' message - Mirror

"The Chemicals Are Within Us": Toxic Tour with Aamjiwnaang First Nation



TRNN's Shaghayegh Tajvidi travelled to Aamjiwnaang First Nation on Sept. 5th to capture the largest tour ever of the industrial zone that engulfs the community

TRNN

TransCanada attempts to enter Unist’ot’en Camp



The Unist’ot’en Camp stands in the way of several tar sands oil and fracked gas pipelines in western Canada.

This week they are on high alert for a possible raid by Canadian federal police. A couple of days ago supporters recorded this incident, where TransCanada attempted to enter the territory and do field work. Read more.

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September 13, 2015

Watch out! Siri and A.I. helpers may broadcast all your secrets!



Siri and A.I.helpers are super convenient for users providing direct access to their personal data and storing the information they search for. 

However, all these devices are sparking concerns over people's privacy.

RT

Gov't resumes work on controversial U.S. base in Okinawa

TOKYO — The Japanese government on Saturday resumed work on a controversial new U.S. military base in southern Okinawa following a month-long suspension, officials said, even as talks with local officials opposed to the project remained deadlocked.

The Japanese government announced the temporary halt last month for “concentrated discussions” with Takeshi Onaga, the outspoken governor of Okinawa, and other officials. Read more.

Japan Today

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Koizumi calls for national movement to lead fight against nuclear power

Although he has no plans to return to national politics, former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi tells the electorate not to lose hope in the campaign against nuclear power.

In an exclusive interview with The Asahi Shimbun in Tokyo, Koizumi called for a national movement to steer Japan away from nuclear plants. Read more.

Asahi Shimbun

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Yemen army seizes 4 Saudi military bases

Yemeni forces have seized control of four Saudi military bases in the southwestern province of Dhahran al-Janub.

Fighters of the Houthi Ansarullah movement, backed by allied forces of the army, took control of the strategically important bases in the Saudi province,.. Read more

PressTV

Het machtige lobbynetwerk van de farma-industrie in Brussel

Een nieuw rapport van waakhond Corporate Europe Observatory laat zien hoe groot de spierballen van de farmaceutische lobby in Brussel zijn; en die blijken fors. Een inkijkje in het machtige lobbynetwerk van Big Farma in Europa.

De farmaceutische industrie heeft ruim zeventien maal zoveel budget om Europese politici te bewerken als alle maatschappelijke organisaties bij elkaar en beschikt daarnaast over ruim drie keer zoveel lobbyisten. Lees meer.

FTM

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September 12, 2015

9/11 Trillions: Follow The Money



Forget for one moment everything you’ve been told about September 11, 2001. 9/11 was a crime. And as with any crime, there is one overriding imperative that detectives must follow to identify the perpetrators: follow the money. 

This is an investigation of the 9/11 money trail.

Corbett Report

The Empire Files: 9/11's Victims



In September 11th's episode of The Empire Files on TeleSUR, Abby Martin examines the two major wars launched under the "Global War on Terror"--their historical development and their aftermath.

Featuring former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark, this episode digs into the tragedy of a region shaped by Empire.

teleSUR