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Saad Hariri Skirts Lebanon to Visit Paris Instead

by Oui Thu Nov 16th, 2017 at 08:51:15 PM EST

Lebanese Prime Minister Hariri accepts Macron's invitation to France | DW |

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri will travel to France at the invitation of President Emmanuel Macron, according to French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.

"He will come to France and the prince has been informed," Jean-Yves Le Drian said Thursday in Riyadh, referring to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.

Asked about the date of the trip, Le Drian replied, "Mr. Hariri's schedule is a matter for Mr. Hariri." An official at the French president's office said Hariri was expected in the coming days.

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Chris Steele, Ukraine and Vicky Nuland

by Oui Thu Nov 16th, 2017 at 05:20:15 AM EST

Former MI-6 spy Chris Steele must be a good guy ... working for and against Russian oligarchs in London, even sending reports on Russian involvement in the Ukraine to Victoria Nuland, former assistent to US VP Cheney. Now, those are true credentials ... for American/British neocons. Steele in the same category as CIA, Brennan and  Clapper. Why am I not a believer??

How Trump walked into Putin's web

The inside story of how a former British spy was hired to investigate Russia's influence on Trump - and uncovered explosive evidence that Moscow had been cultivating Trump for years. By Luke Harding - The Guardian

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The episode burnished Steele's reputation inside the US intelligence community and the FBI. Here was a pro, a well-connected Brit, who understood Russian espionage and its subterranean tricks. Steele was regarded as credible. Between 2014 and 2016, Steele authored more than 100 reports on Russia and Ukraine. These were written for a private client but shared widely within the US state department, and sent up to secretary of state John Kerry and assistant secretary of state Victoria Nuland, who was in charge of the US response to Putin's annexation of Crimea and covert invasion of eastern Ukraine. Many of Steele's secret sources were the same people who would later supply information on Trump.

One former state department envoy during the Obama administration said he read dozens of Steele's reports. On Russia, the envoy said, Steele was "as good as the CIA or anyone".

Steele's professional reputation inside US agencies would prove important the next time he discovered alarming material.  

'Correspondent' Luke Harding also cooperated with Chris Steele to write his earlier book -

A Very Expensive Poison - a dramatic account of Litvinenko's murder
Luke Harding on panel discussion on Ukraine - Hromadske International

Info from above linked from The Guardian article -

Christopher Steele believes his dossier on Trump-Russia is 70-90% accurate

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Opening Salvo KSA Purge

by Oui Wed Nov 8th, 2017 at 10:06:28 PM EST

American policy towards present Middle-East in support of Israel and the GCC states under leadership of Saudi Arabia feeding on revenge for 1983 Beirut US Marines barrack bombing. The rise of Khomeiny and the hostage taking at US embassy in Teheran of 1979.

1983 bombing was opening salvo in 'war on terror': Pence | The Daily Star - Beirut |

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence Monday described the 1983 Beirut bombing that killed over 200 Marines as the "opening salvo" of the war on terror as he hit out at Hezbollah and Iran.

Pence: Hezbollah sparked the war on terror

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A truck carrying more than 2,000 pounds of explosives sped past a sentry post and exploded outside the Beirut barracks in the early hours of Oct. 23, 1983, as many servicemen slept. (AP Photo/Jim Bourdier)

Turkey reiterates support for Lebanon after Hariri resignation

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Smudges

by Oui Sat Sep 23rd, 2017 at 05:47:25 AM EST

Spending a fortnight in the Emirates ... always interesting to learn a people and nation from inside out. Amazing hoe Dubai is orienented on the Saudi kingdom and its oil exploration beneficiares the British with BP and Yanks with Standard Oil and Aramco of old.

Agressive PR about the soldiers of fortune fighting the war in Yemen against the imaginary foe Iran. Of course the US goods of war fully on display with Apache fighting machines and fighter planes. Sheikh ... whatever Needs You. Same old US influence on local culture or thereof. Television news casts CNN - Fox - Sky News - BBC and the Gulf States' broadcasts.

Modern life mixing with the conservatieve Islamic culture ... amazing. Dubai Mall displays the top brands for the extreme wealthy next to 100% trash goods from Japan, China and Taiwan ... just unreal. Desert temperatures outside pushing 110 degrees Fahrenheit. Strictly a male society with with all inequalities of gender and minorities. Display of care quite similor to the American way of life ... big, bigger, biggest. Adolescent behavior with most expensive cars reminding me of my teenage years of the 50s and 60s. Rolls Royce, Ferraris, Porches and the largest of Asian brands. No midsized cars or European standard cars. See little goods from mainland Europe.

Just had celebration of Islamic New Year, holidays and the Friday day of prayer.  Just the first impressions of a tourist on a mission. Am aware UAE is a full security state with Sharia als basic law.

It's weekend so I bought the local issues of the Gulf News and National newspapers. Picked up the October issue of the National Geographic with an article on Dubai - Can the Desert Metropolis Go Green. Always gains my intention. Noticed some smudges on the pages. A little study proofed these blackened out a single term in the article on Dubai. Persian Gulf was censured by the local authority. Let's make war, not love. The Hallmark of the propaganda Hollywood style mixed with the military industrial complex. Where did these Arab tribes gain so much wealth during the Bush years, Iraq War and the sky rocketing oil price.

Thanking Uncle Sam ... more to come soon, not The End yet.  ;-)

More to follow ... crossposted from Booman Tribune.

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From the Quiet Mutiny

by Oui Sun Aug 6th, 2017 at 02:31:46 PM EST

[Cross-posted from Booman Tribune]

Fighting Communism in SE Asia - the years of the Ugly American, Rand Corp., domino theory, Robert McNamara, Westmoreland, president Johnson and the Pentagon Papers with whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg. The treacherous acts of the 1968 Paris Talks with rising star Henry Kissinger and Richard Nixon. Tricky Dick faced impeachment over the cover-up and collusion to obstruct justice after the Watergate break-in. A lesson people in power can live a dishonorable life until death with impunity. Henry Kissinger the bag of dirt, still has influence in U.S. foreign policy with both Republicans and the leadership of Democrats: Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Is that the Hope for young people living their ideals? Henry Kissinger still this week hit the radio air waves in Holland in an interview with Jan Arend Boekenstein talking about The Idealist. In my volunteer work on the weekends I live my ideals ... with teeners and get plenty of appreciation for what I do. I'm a blessed person and nothing will change that in the short term.

'Pentagon Papers' Whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg Explains Why We Go To War

In de aftermath of FBI's Hoover, the Kennedy assassination, the Tonkin Gulf incident, the tragic year of the TET offensive, lies, indoctrination, "patriotism", the downfall of U.S. democracy through the murders/assassination of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King. I lived through those years and it formed me, gave me insight and I was a critical thinker in 1965 and have remained so.

John Pilger - The Quiet Mutiny - World in Action (1970)

    "The war isn't over, but it is ending. It is ending not because of the Paris talks or the demonstrations at home. It is ending because the largest and wealthiest and most powerful organisation on Earth, the American Army, is being challenged from within, from the very cellars of its pyramid, from the most forgotten, the most brutalised and certainly the bravest of its members. The war is ending because the grunt is taking no more bullshit."

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Ukraine-Russia Proxy War and the U.S. Election

by Oui Wed Jul 26th, 2017 at 10:49:45 AM EST

For decades a strong Ukrainian-American diaspora has been exploited by NGOs and U.S. government agencies (USAID) to intervene in the Ukraine. The Orange Revolution of 2004 has been well covered. Due to established corruption, all US supported candidates proved to be just as corrupt as their predecessors. Under the Obama administration the U.S. in collusion with the EU and NATO succeeded to overtrhow a democratically elected president.

The Ukraine Affair has been used by anti-Russian forces in right-wing conservative groups and political parties in the U.K. and the U.S. to force an economic separation with Russia. Ukraine to be used as a crowbar to push the EU and NATO to the border with the Kremlin and in the end to accomplish regime change in Russia. A "united" Europe has been split with Rumsfeld's New Europe of the Visegrád group of nations.

In 2016 both Ukraine and Russia were active to intervene in the U.S. presidential election. Conveniently the efforts by the Ukraine got no attention in the West. Nevertheless, the acts by the corrupt state of Ukraine effects the stability of Europe and its security. The intervention in the Ukraine is and will become a matter of war or peace in Europe. Fortunately with Brexit, the British shot themselves in the foot and will become more isolationist quite similar for the U.S. with Trump in the White House. Both events are tied together by  underlying right-wing conservative forces. It amazes me that the Democratic party is moving towards the right on foreign policy and further from progressive values of non-military intervention and abiding by International Law.

Quite likely now that the U.S. House of Representatives has moved the goal posts on sanctions on Russia by an overwhelming majority - read with no opposition whatsover by a dictatorial vote of 419 for and 3 against.

    Voting against the measure were three House Republicans known to break with the majority: Reps. Thomas Massie, Justin Amash and John J. Duncan Jr.

    The sanctions come in response to reports of Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential elections and Russia's actions in Ukraine, Crimea and Syria, Hoyer said. The bill also imposes new sanctions over Iran's ballistic missile program.

It has become clear the sanctions have become part of U.S. monopolizing the energy market and demanding their share of exports to Europe. Thus, whether it was the Persian coup d'état of 1953, the Iraq War of 2003 or the regime overthrow in Libya and Syria in 2011, the value of fossil fuel is an important argument of U.S. and Western foreign policy.

Refreshing European Energy Security Policy: How the U.S. Can Help | Brookings Inst. - March 2014 |
Nord Stream 2's opponents look for legal ammunition | Politico EU - Dec. 30, 2015 |

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PM Shinzo Abe Sees Opportunities in OBOR

by Oui Fri Jul 14th, 2017 at 06:15:17 PM EST

Started as a reply to ATinNM's post in my previous diary ...

A US withdrawal from the western Pacific frees China to look north to the biggest region of untapped natural resources on the planet.

Japan commits to China's 'One Belt, One Road' initiative | DW |

During talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the fringes of the recent G20 summit in Hamburg, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed Tokyo's intention to participate in Beijing's ambitious "One Belt, One Road" economic plan, a significant concession from a government that had previously distanced itself from Chinese economic and development initiatives.

Analysts say that while the Japanese leader is hoping for a windfall for domestic companies, he also recognizes that Japan simply cannot afford to be left out of a growing international project without any say in its future direction. Yet another motivation is to pressure President Donald Trump's administration to re-engage with its longstanding allies in the Asia-Pacific region instead of permitting China to seize the initiative.

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Foreign Direct Investment in the United States 2016 Report - link to chart

The grand One Belt, One Road (OBOR) project is a combination of the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, and is designed to promote connectivity and cooperation among Eurasian nations via land and sea. The project demonstrates China's quest to play a larger role in global affairs and coordinate manufacturing throughout the region.  

Abe's Belt and Road pivot signals push to improve bilateral ties | Asian Review - June 6, 2017 |
PM Abe willing to join the China-initiated Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)

A Gordian Knot: IC-Gate

by Oui Thu Jul 13th, 2017 at 05:18:39 PM EST

Cross-posted from BooMan Tribune

British citizen Rob Goldstone in key role

Rob Goldstone is an agent for Emin Agalarov who was married to Leyla Aliyeva -- social activist and elder daughter of the Azerbaijani President.

The Russian lawyer/lobbyist Natalia Veselnitskaya is not well known and has an obscure office in a southern suburb Ul. Lazareva Admirala of Moscow. She made headlines when she was hired by Denis Katsyv to lead his defence in Manhattan trial for money laundering of Prevezon Holdings Ltd. linked to the Magnitsky case. On May 12, 2017, US Attorney Joon Kim settled out of court, a 'sweet' deal some would say:

    The U.S. agreed to take $5.9 million to settle a money-laundering lawsuit tied to a $230 million Russian tax fraud, avoiding a trial that was set to begin mid May.

Veselnitskaya hired Fusion to do investigative work and Fusion shared her lobbying effort in the States to get rid of the sanctions enforced on Katsyv by the Magnitsky Act of Congress.

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First Daughter at G20 Table

by Oui Sun Jul 9th, 2017 at 10:44:17 AM EST

President's daughter Ivanka 'fills in for him at G20 world leaders meeting' | The Independent |

Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka has apparently filled in for the US President at a round-table meeting with world leaders at the G20. Ms Trump accompanied Mr Trump to a session at the Hamburg summit and later sat in his seat next to Theresa May, Angela Merkel and other world leaders, according to a photograph.

The meeting, which took place on Saturday morning, was on the subject of Africa, health and migration.

Ms Trump, who works as an advisor to her father at the White House, was photographed sitting in his seat by a Russian G20 official who shared the picture on social media. The official claimed Mr Trump had left his daughter in his place while he attended bilateral meetings with other world leaders.

In Hamburg this morning the "first daughter" also launched a World Bank event promoting the organisation's Women's Entrepreneurship Facility Initiative.

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    "If she weren't my daughter it would be so much easier for her.
    That might be the only bad thing she has going, if you want to know the truth."

That candid aside came as Mr Trump spoke at the launch of the new women's entrepreneurship fund.

Mr Trump met Russian president Vladimir Putin for the first time at the summit, and held bilateral talks with Ms May on Saturday morning

At the #G20 launch of the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative

Ivanka Trump under fire after taking seat among world leaders at G20 | The Guardian |

The G20 Meeting must have done some good ... just read who got very disturbed today:

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Putin Ahead of G20 Meeting In Hamburg

by Oui Fri Jul 7th, 2017 at 04:37:48 PM EST

WATCH: President Trump Meets Putin and Gets Ready for G20 Summit Meeting in Germany, Hamburg 2017

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According to US broadcaster NBC, citing pool reports, Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin are still talking:

    "President Trump and President Putin are still
    talking 90 minutes into meeting, per pool.
    They had originally been scheduled for 30 minutes."

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Trump's Revival of anti-EU Sentiment in Warsaw

by Oui Thu Jul 6th, 2017 at 09:00:20 AM EST

Ahead of the G20 in Germany's Hamburg, Trump is expected to give a major policy speech. His White House team has made a judgment this will take place in Poland, a nation that suffered greatly under the boots of Nazi's and equally when the Red Army crossed borders and occupied the state during the 20th century.

Today's Poland is run by a fascist leadership with similar appeals to its citizens as Trump has in America: nationalist and anti-immigration rhetoric or rather against asylum-seekers from outside of the EU. Poland has welcomed a flow of migrants from neighbouring Ukraine which is suffering from economic woes and corruption.

    The Polish Prime Minister, in a speech in the European Parliament, claimed that Poland did not have the capacity to accept any Syrian refugees, as it has already accepted one million Ukrainian refugees (Chapman 2016). However, while the migration flow has indeed increased, neither the purported volume, nor the declared character of migration has been reflected by the official data. The vast majority of Ukrainians coming to Poland seek gainful employment and are not a burden on the Polish taxpayer, but rather contribute to the country's economic growth.

Poland is at the heart of criticism for EU capital Brussels and the role of giant economic power Germany.

Poland is also the point nation for neocon's New Europe and a special role in rekindling the Cold War 2.0 from president George Bush,  Defence minister Rumsfeld, NATO's General Breedlove to Obama's State Department with HRC and Victoria Nuland - Cheney's right hand on foreign policy vs. Russia.

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Front paged - Frank Schnittger

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Dutch PM Rutte Abruptly Calls-off MH-17 Recovery Mission

by Oui Wed Aug 6th, 2014 at 02:39:31 PM EST

BREAKING NEWS

Most likely the Dutch government has received intelligence of increased violence in the Donetsk region. Ukranian warplanes straved the city of Donetsk last night. Ukraine has used ballistic missiles in their attack on the anti-Kiev rebels in eastern Ukraine. Russia has advanced 20,000 troops along the border with Ukraine. There is a chance Putin will decide to intervene on the U.N. principle of R2P, the Right to Protect.

Russia has asked for the U.N. Security Council to meet about the worsening humanitarian situation for the Russian-speaking population.

NOS: Recovery Mission Stopped and NRC news blog
Transcript PM Rutte: 'Repatriëringsmissie in huidige vorm gestaakt' [Dutch]
Dutch Safety Board OvV - report of flight recorders delayed by weeks, does not meet official deadline

My earlier report today ...

Nieuwsuur August 5, 2014

Airlift cargo from Eindhoven, The Netherlands to Kharkiv, Ukraine in joint Dutch/Australian MH-17 Recovery Mission.

Australian cargo planes 24/7 continu flights from Eindhoven to Kharkiv loaded with 100 ton goods. Presumably for medical facilities, six ambulances, a humvee armored vehicle. Two planes are in use. Any idea if more than medical/rescue goods are involved?

Facebook RAAF: Operation Bring Them Home

The Royal Australia Air Force contribution to Operation Bring Them Home has continued, with a C-17A Globemaster transporting medical equipment and supplies into the Ukraine on August 1st, 2014. The Australian Government continues to work alongside Dutch and Ukrainian authorities to ensure the swift identification and repatriation of victims of the MH17 tragedy. (See photos}

Two Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) C-17A Globemasters and a KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport, all from RAAF Base Amberley near Brisbane, sit on the tarmac at Eindhoven Airfield.

NATO/European Strategic Airlift Capability (SAC). Heavy Airlift C-17 supports MH17 ops

NATO says Russian invasion is imminent

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Dutch FM Timmermans An Apologist for Israel's War on Gaza

by Oui Tue Aug 5th, 2014 at 01:41:22 PM EST

I can hardly believe how Frans Timmermans has changed from a PvdA (Labor party) parlementarian to an establishment Foreign Minister and placing all blame on Hamas in the Gaza conflict. He even suggests to let the Palestinian Authority rule over all Gazans as a first step towards security for Israel. It's a sad, sad day for Dutch politics and the Partij van de Arbeid, Dutch Labor Party of Drees and Den Uyl. Dutch society has changed and has adapted to the presence of Geert Wilders and the default position of anti-Islam. The FM of the Dutch cabinet toeing the narritive line of conservative politics in Europe and the United States on Israel.

An astonishing fact in his writing, in the article Jews are written with capital letter J, for the muslims that would be just too much of equality, he used a lower case letter. Link via Facebook page Frans Timmermans.

"Palestinian Authority must lead in an unity coalition in Gaza," according to minister Frans Timmermans in today's NRC newspaper.

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

The images of the suffering in Gaza are branded on our retina. The number of civilian casualties is difficult to comprehend, as well as the apparent inability make it end. This unacceptable tragedy repeats itself every few years, without the result, pursued by Hamas with the rain of missiles, or by Israel with the bombardments, getting any closer. The fate of the Gazans is not improved, Israel's security cannot be guaranteed as durable. Only the hatred, the fear and the hopelessness is fueled by it.

Without the Iron Dome missile shield, the rain of rockets coming from Gaza would have claimed many lives. [FALSE] Israel has the right to defend itself and uses the principle that civilian casualties should be avoided wherever possible. Despite this, and despite the most modern weapons, a very high number of civilian casualties is the result. The consequences of the attacks on Gaza are that UN schools and even hospitals are hit. That is unacceptable and contrary to the careful conduct which the Israeli army said to pursue. In all these incidents, independent investigation must be done. Israel should be held to the standard that it itself says to pursue.

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Dutch Prime Minister Opposes Water Boycott [he says]  Reality is quite harsh for Netanyahu!

Timmermans and the PvdA used to be solidair with the suffering of the Palestinian people under occupation

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Coalition of the Willing Against Iran: US Justice Dept, Ungar, UANI and Mossad

by Oui Sat Aug 2nd, 2014 at 05:34:46 AM EST

Where is U.S. Foreign policy drafted? In think-tanks, billionaires, political friends and business alliances? WTF

U.S. Anti-Iran Lobby Group Accused of Mossad Ties

(Tikun Olam) - The New York Times reports a blockbuster story about the anti-Iran lobby group, United Against a Nuclear Iran (UANI).  It's an especially perfidious group supporting regime change, though it couches its approach in terms of opposing Iran' nuclear program.  Curiously, this is precisely the same way Israel's far-right government disguises its own support for the violent overthrow of the Iranian government.  Knowing that such a plan is not supported by the west including the Obama administration, they believe that they can paint Iran as enough of a threat to the world through it's alleged plans to create nuclear weapons, that this will get them half-way to regime change.

UANI specializes in "outing" companies which allegedly violate UN sanctions against Iran.  The Times article revealed that the companies are usually approached by an Israeli "fixer" with close ties to the Mossad.  He's Rami Ungar, owner of an Israeli company, Ray Shipping, who's worth $500-million.

Ungar gives them an opportunity to renounce their supposed trade with Iran.  Sometimes they're extorted for a donation to UANI as well.  Though the article doesn't mention it, I'm certain that the Mossad intermediary probes for companies that will serve Israel's interests in its fight against Iran.  Companies doing business with Iran who are willing to become Mossad assets are worth their weight in gold, since the Iranians trust them and Israel can use such trust to sabotage whatever aspect of the Iranian military or commercial interests the sanctions-buster participates in.

U.S. Justice Dept. Moves to Shield Anti-Iran Group's Files United Against a Nuclear Iran

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Israel Crosses 'Red-Line' with Criticism of Obama and Kerry

by Oui Mon Jul 28th, 2014 at 06:22:17 PM EST

Israel was undertaking an "appropriate and legitimate effort" to defend itself but the consequences were of deep concern, Kerry said. President Obama made it clear: "Israel has a right to defend itself."

US fuming over Israeli criticism of Kerry

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration pushed back strongly at a torrent of Israeli criticism over Secretary of State John Kerry's latest bid to secure a cease-fire with Hamas, accusing some in Israel of launching a "misinformation campaign" against the top American diplomat.

"It's simply not the way partners and allies treat each other," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.

Her comments were echoed by the White House, where National Security Adviser Susan Rice said the U.S. was "dismayed" by mischaracterizations of Kerry's efforts. Israeli media reports have cast Kerry as seeking a cease-fire that is more favorable to Hamas and being dismissive of key Israeli concerns.

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Rice Attempts to Quell Concerns Over US-Israel Relations (Arutz Sheva)

Kerry himself, in a speech to the Center for American Progress, noted the criticism but did not give ground.

Poll: 86.5% of Israelis oppose cease-fire

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Estonia Celebrates Annual Waffen SS Division Heroes

by Oui Sat Jul 26th, 2014 at 10:55:24 AM EST

h/t Fran @MoA  - she provided the link to this story here and also here. Of course it got no coverage in the western media of anti-Russian propaganda. Here is a news source from Estonia ...

Politsei kaitseb veterane Sinimägedel [Police will protect veterans Sinimägedel]

Ida-Virumaal avati Sinimägede muuseum - 2008 [Ida-Viru County Museum opened in the Blue Mountains - 2008]

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Source: Vaivara Sinimägede Muuseum on the border of civilization.

In the Shadow of the Bronze Soldier

In May, 2007, I wrote a paper on the nostalgia for the Nazi-era collaborators in the Baltic States, especially as manifested in Estonia by the ex-prime minister, revisionist historian and Milton Friedman prize-winner, Mart Laar. [Interesting representation on the selection committe for the award: i.a. Anne Applebaum. Damn, she gets around between the Orange Revolution and marrying Polands neocon FM Radek Sikorski. He became British citizen and war correspondent in Angola and Afghanistan (1986-89) reporting from the partizan side.  - Oui]

Since Mr Laar acts as an adviser to the Georgian President, Mikheil Saakashvili, as well as a propagandist on his behalf in the American media, it seemed appropriate to republish the paper, In the Shadow of the Bronze Soldier: Estonia Removes Red Army Memorials and Restores SS Graves.

Simon Wiesenthal Center accuses Lithuania of glorifying pro-Nazi leader

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The Dutch Have Gone Mad [More Mad]

by Oui Fri Jul 25th, 2014 at 04:41:35 PM EST

BREAKING NEWS: Mayor of Dutch Town threatens Putin's daughter because of MH-17.

One sees a slow process of nations moving towards another war, is this what my dad felt when he undertook an adventurous bike ride through Rhineland, passed through Mannheim, Strasburg and Freiburg into Basel Switzerland in 1935. He wasn't at ease from his analysis of radio broadcasts. Just like my interest to listen and watch the propaganda from all sides, I see my dad late at night with his ear to a Philips short-wave radio and dial from one station to the next. He listened to all major capitals in the western world.

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During the German occupation 1940-45, radios were forbidden, so my dad took it apart and stored in a small space of the stairs. (Erres/Philips model 1946)

Shortly before the German invasion and occupation of Holland, he was drafted during a general mobilization of Dutch forces and served as a guard at the Moerdijkbrug over a main water artery. One of the crucial spots of a defense line along the length of the Rhine and its arteries.

Mayor of Dutch Town threatens Putin's daughter because of MH-17

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We Share Their Moral Values ... Israel

by Oui Thu Jul 24th, 2014 at 07:51:05 PM EST

BREAKING NEWS: UN staff killed in attack on UN-run school in Gaza: Ban Ki-moon

Both nations are morally bankrupt. The U.S. has their school of the Americas with training in death squads and torture. This has been known especially after the investigation and report by the Church Commission.

After 9/11 devastation Ariel Sharon and George Bush joined forces to pronounce an all-out War On Terror (WOT)TM. This was not just on the enemy that attacked New York, Pennsylvania and Washington but included Fatah, Hamas and Hezbollah. The neocons created their war of civilizations and we stood by and let it happen. See all the Islamophobes funded and supported by the terror state Israel and its minions.

I wasn't surprised that the U.N. school with civilians was targeted. This happens in every battle Israel engages with its neighbors, so it's planned and not by accident. It's part of political and military strategy. Netanyahu was pissed at the United Nations and SG Ban Ki-moon for his condemnation of the number of civilian deaths in Gaza.

    Netanyahu directly responded to Ban regarding the two-state solution option, saying that Hamas is just another manifestation of violent, Islamic extremist organizations like ISIS, al-Qaida, Hezbollah or Boko Haram. Hamas's grievance, he said, "is that we exist. They don't want a two state solution. They don't want any solution."

The UNHRC decided to start an investigation into war crimes in Gaza by both Hamas and the IDF. Much to the disgust of Netanyahu, his master Ariel Sharon knew hoe to react. The vicious attack on civilians was a 'price-tag' for U.N. interference. I watched war criminal Bibi Netanyahu after Ban Ki-moon spoke at the press-conference, he was f*cking mad. All he spouted was war rhetoric, he was possessed.

Gaza War: Bringing Out the Worst in Israeli Misogyny, Racism

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Shrapnel Damage of Cockpit MH-17 Devastating

by Oui Wed Jul 23rd, 2014 at 02:37:53 PM EST

Pretty devastating footage, the missile warhead with fragmentation shrapnel must have exploded right underneath cockpit at front side of plane - photo.  [port front of cockpit = left side]

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Crash site in Donetsk district near village of Shakhtars'k

This is a Malaysian Boeing 777 at Schiphol airport.

Posted earlier @MoA - No Evidence - Administration's MH17 Case Against Russia Falls Apart.

Interesting, FT Europe explains photo thus: MH17 crash: FT photo shows signs of damage from missile strike.

A Buk missile is with proximity fuse, gets within 30 meters of target and triggers a high fragmentation explosive. Another missile in Ukrainian possession is the S-300 which does most damage as it explodes upon impact. This will destroy the plane just about instantly with no chance of survival. A few days earlier, the anti-Kiev forces downed an Antonov military transport plane. Eight crew members bailed out to safety with a parachute. Quite a difference. The two recorders can provide substantial data to verify what happened in milliseconds after impact.

The Dutch take over the crash investigation of shot-down Malaysia Airlines flight MH 17

(WAN) - The Dutch Safety Board [OvV - Onderzoeksraad voor Veiligheid] took over formal responsibility for the air crash investigation from Ukraine yesterday evening (July 22). The two black boxes have since arrived in the United Kingdom [Farnborough], where they are currently being read out and analyzed by a team of international specialists. The on-site investigation in Ukraine is currently in full swing. Although investigators still do not have safe access to the crash site, work to gather and analyse data from various sources is underway in bothKiev and the Netherlands.

The first priorities will be to gather information from the crash site, analyse the black boxes and coordinate the international team. Ultimately, the air crash investigation should offer victims families and the international community a clear and comprehensive overview of the causes and course of the crash.

With the Dutch Safety Board now heading the investigation, the international investigation team will have more freedom to go about its tasks unhindered. The Dutch Safety Board is also responsible for coordinating all participating investigators and investigation teams from the countries involved (Ukraine, Malaysia, Australia, Germany, the United States, the United Kingdom and Russia) and the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). The international team currently consists of 24 investigators. A total of four Dutch Safety Board investigators are currently operating inUkraine.

OvV presentation: Turkish Airways Boeing 737-800 crash at Schiphol Airport Amsterdam - 2009 [pdf]

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Pulled NBC Reporter Reassigned to Gaza after Protest

by Oui Sat Jul 19th, 2014 at 06:03:02 AM EST

In Afghanistan and Iraq we shoot to kill those pesky Al Jazeera reporters, in Egypt coup-president Sisi imprisons local Al Jazeera reporters 7-10 years for mingling with Islamists in Sinai and Msulim Brotherhood leaders, in the United States anno 2014 we just remove them for 'security sake' from the frontlines in Gaza. When Israeli NGO Monitors, MEMRI propaganda or CAMERA reports or IDF insist those journalists are risking Israeli lives. Nationalist fury after the succes of a film about Palestinian plight, nominated for an Oscar as Best Foreign Film. IDF Soldiers Demand Prosecution of 5 Broken Cameras Director for Incitement.

Don't ever refer to Israeli scum as 'scum' while on camera, it'll get you fired - CNN correspondent Diana Magnay  removed after she refers to Israelis as 'scum'.

NBC Reportedly Pulls Reporter Who Witnessed Child Deaths From Gaza

(Business Insider) - NBC News has pulled Ayman Mohyeldin from Gaza after the veteran journalist personally witnessed the death of four Palestinian boys.

"Mohyeldin's reporting has been far more balanced and even-handed than the standard pro-Israel coverage that dominates establishment American press coverage; his reports have provided context to the conflict that is missing from most American reports and he avoids adopting Israeli government talking points as truth. As a result, neocon and 'pro-Israel' websites have repeatedly attacked him as a 'Hamas spokesman' and spouting 'pro-Hamas rants'."

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    Facebook 'photo' of NBC correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin - join the protest
    of Israel's continuoous murder of Palestinians as the world watches

    "Thank you to everyone's support over the past few days," Mohyeldin wrote on his Facebook page. "I'm returning to Gaza to report. Proud of NBC's continued commitment to cover the Palestinian side of this story."

NBC News Correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin Returning To Gaza

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