Thursday, July 26, 2018

The Uprising News & Analysis (July 26th, 2018)

The following list of topics and links to news materials are related to a weekly FM Radio news program, with finished pages posted Wendnesdays at [uprisingnews.blogspot.com].
This version updated (2018-07-19, for the News Cycle 2018-07-16 through 2018-07-23)



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ACTION CALENDER
A list of gatherings, workshops, and educational events in the greater Bay Area region
 [indybay.org/calendar] [occupyoakland.org/calendar]

Black August National Conference 2018
Saturday, August 11 at 2 PM - 8 PM
East Oakland Youth Development Center | 8200 International Boulevard | Oakland, CA 94621
Event page [https://www.facebook.com/events/183217892515309/]
This Black August National Conference has been called for by various prison slavery abolitionist and youth developement activist under the unity and leadership of the founding elders of the Black August Organizing Committee.
The purpose of this Conference is to formulate legal services and litigation teams for at risk youth and longest held prisoners. Establish programs to provide housing and resource access training for homeless youth, adults and newly released citizens.
We will continue to try to stem the increasing flow of our youth to jails and prisons. The numbers of youth who are homeless or simply in the streets aimlessly can be drastically cut down with organized effort within our communities.
During the course of this Conference we will establish the necessary programs that will give us the greatest potential of achieving our goal.
This Conference will bring together in unity the working spirit of comrades of the Black August Commemoration prison movement from around the country to establish a set of tactics and strategies that will be used going forward in our collective and individual efforts to better serve our youth and to liberate our brothers, sisters, comrades, family and friends from the neo-slavery prison system.
The conference will extend into various annual Black August events scheduled in Oakland, Los Angeles and other areas around the country. There will be cultural performances, pilgrimage tours, dedications and tributes throughout the month. Events will be posted here soon.
There is no time like the present for this Black August National Conference to take place. If you or your organization have been in support of or hosted Black August Commemorations and programs in the past, you are invited and strongly encouraged to RSVP this conference by registering with the National Planning Committee here on this Eventbrite invitation as our special invited guest. Food and lodging information will be added to this invite as registration submissions are received. You can also reach us at banationalconference2018@gmail.com for additional info. Registration is strongly suggested but not required.
VENDORS CONTACT SISTER MAKINI IYAPO @ 909-275-4126
SEND YOUR DONATIONS TO banationalconference2018@gmail.com paypal.com
Hosted by Oakland BAOC.

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ACTION HEADLINES!
Stories are reviewed and provided by Bay Area MPD Committees and Affiliates


BAY AREA SOLIDARITY
Updates on campaigns for Peace, Justice, & Freedom across the greater Bay Area, Norcal, and Socal


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BAY AREA SOLIDARITY
Updates on campaigns across the Nation! 


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BAY AREA SOLIDARITY
Updates on the "AntiFa"

* "Boots Riley’s Dystopian Satire “Sorry to Bother You” Is an Anti-Capitalist Rallying Cry for Workers" (2018-07-17, democracynow.org) [archive.fo/ABREW] [archive.fo/SWyZr]


* "Never mind the Nazis, FBI agents are about to get an earful on 'left-wing gangs' " (2018-07-19, news.vice.com) [is.gd/Irc51p]: Over the past year, far-right extremists bombed a mosque, shared bomb-making materials online, and descended in droves on Charlottesville last August for a rally that left one person dead and dozens injured.
But when the largest annual gathering of FBI agents convenes this weekend — FBI National Academy Associates — attendees will get an earful from someone who thinks the real threat lies with the far left.
Dale Yeager, a forensic profiler and CEO of Seraph Inc., a private consulting firm for law enforcement, has been warning American law enforcement about left-wing extremism since the 1970s. On Tuesday, Yeager will headline the conference with his keynote, “Radical Left-Wing Gangs in America,” focused on "anti-fascist, or antifa, groups and their violent actions against civilians and police agencies in the U.S. and Canada.”
In his mind, the growth of right-wing extremism is a form of fake news; it’s the left, he says, that’s the bigger danger to America. “The United States is in a Second Civil War,” Yeager told VICE News. “We are. The one thing I disagree with is that it’s a cold civil war. There’s violence. And it’s not going to get better.”
But Yeager lays the blame for this at the feet of the fringe left, which he describes as “pseudo and full-blown socialist and neo-Marxist who despise Western civilization and liberal democracy.”
The numbers, however, don’t square with Yeager’s version of reality. According to data analyzed by the Investigative Fund and Reveal [archive.is/SwRV9], the number of domestic terror cases from 2008 to 2016 — both thwarted and carried out — by far-right groups dramatically outpaced those carried out by leftist or Islamist groups. Their research relied on more than 12 different sources, including FBI and public databases, and collected primary court and law enforcement documents for almost every incident.
Their report found 115 cases of far-right domestic terror during that eight-year period. A third of those cases were foiled by law enforcement, and the fatal ones left a total of 79 people dead. Meanwhile, around three-quarters of the 63 Islamist-inspired terrorism cases were foiled, and the fatal cases resulted in 90 deaths. They also counted 19 cases linked to left-wing extremists, that left seven dead.
“Groups like antifa — yes, they are a nuisance. Yes, they have hurt police by throwing things, and yes, they destroy property,” said Daryl Johnson, former senior analyst for domestic terrorism at Homeland Security’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis. “But on the threat scale, in terms of body count, white nationalists are actually killing people. So if you’re going to have a keynote speaker talking about a domestic threat, that’s what you need to be talking about.”
The FBI Academy Associates is a nonprofit based in Quantico, Virginia, and claims nearly 20,000 members, a cross-section of federal, state, and local law enforcement from around the world. It aims to coordinate and share materials about current public safety issues, but it also reflects the priorities of the Bureau, and certainly the attitudes of agents in the field.

LEFT-WING GANGS -
This year’s conference will take place in Quebec City in Canada, and its agenda makes no mention of far-right extremists, whose resurgence has dominated headlines in recent years, especially after the deadly Unite the Right rally last summer. Far-right groups, from neo-Nazis to right-wing militias, have discussed or plotted bombing immigrant communities [archive.is/ftqbp], public gatherings [archive.is/6Po1v], mosques [archive.is/Zd2Si], and infrastructure [archive.is/CIHu1] like water systems or electric power grids.
Dana Ridenour, a former FBI agent who spent much of her 20-year stint at the Bureau as an undercover operative infiltrating left-wing extremist groups, such as the Animal Liberation Front, says the focus of these training conferences tends to reflect the emphasis in the Bureau. “Usually it’s the flavor of the month — whatever the problem area is, is where they tend to pitch resources,” she said. “Of course, the climate changes.”
But the question is whether left-wing groups deserve the Bureau’s focus in an era where right-wing organizations and militias increasingly operate in the open.
In response to a query from VICE News, John Kennedy, director of training and education for the FBI’s National Academy Associates, stressed that it is “not acting on behalf of the FBI.” “The opinions expressed by our speakers are their own and should not be construed to represent the views of the FBINAA or any other organization or agency,” Kennedy wrote in an email.
A joint intelligence bulletin issued May 10, 2017 (.pdf) [https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/3924852-White-Supremacist-Extremism-JIB.html], by the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security, warned of the “persistent threat of lethal violence” posed by white supremacist extremists. The bulletin underscored the often “spontaneous and opportunistic nature” of white supremacist violence, which can complicate law enforcement intervention. It also noted how white supremacist violence has historically targeted minorities.
But Yeager thinks the emphasis on right-wing extremism is misplaced. “There is no uptick in white supremacy violence,” Yeager told VICE News. “That’s a statistical inaccuracy.”

UNMASKING ANTIFA
In an interview, Yeager made the argument that far-left extremist groups were growing and posed a more significant threat to public safety than far-right extremist groups. Yeager did not provide data to support that assertion, but after years of having his warnings fall on deaf ears, he now believes he has the Bureau’s attention.
“We have an uptick in left-wing domestic terrorist groups. I talked about this in the early 2000s, and the response I got originally on a federal level was, ‘They’re tree-huggers; they won’t hurt anyone’,” Yeager said. “Nobody was listening. And then, all of a sudden in the last year of the Obama administration, I got a call from the Justice Department asking me to do training again.”
In 2016, during the presidential election season and the same year Yeager says he got a call from Obama’s DOJ, federal authorities started warning state and local officials about the rise in far-left activity, according to internal documents obtained by Politico [archive.is/5etgr]. The documents, dated April 2016, were part of a joint assessment conducted by Homeland Security and the FBI, which concluded that “anarchist extremists” were instigating violence at public rallies.
“These antifa guys were showing up with weapons, shields, and bike helmets and just beating the shit out of people,” one senior law enforcement official told Politico.“They’re using Molotov cocktails, they’re starting fires, they’re throwing bombs and smashing windows.”
And last month, a group of Republican lawmakers even introduced a House bill called the “Unmask Antifa Act of 2018,” which would levy a fine or a prison sentence of up to 15 years for anyone caught “wearing a mask” and engaging in activities associated with antifa.
Yeager draws a solid line between left-wing extremism and Islamic extremism, asserting they should be considered together. “All violent Islamist terrorist groups are politically left in their economic and governmental structure ideology,” he wrote in an email to VICE News. “They should be included in the violent-crimes data of leftist terrorism.”
Antifa is the new face on a thing Yeager has been warning the FBI about for years. At the GovSec conference four years ago [archive.is/uglw5], which caters to FBI, Homeland Security, and other government officials, Yeager focused on Juggalos (fans of the group Insane Clown Posse, whom the FBI classified as a gang in 2011) and the hardcore punk scene, among other groups. And at a different FBI conference two years ago [archive.is/6QOWK], Yeager presented on “politically Leftist Domestic Terrorism,” focusing specifically on the veteran advocacy group ActUp to fight the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s, PETA, and Black Lives Matter.

ESCALATION OF VIOLENCE
Extremism experts, while not sharing Yeager’s views, do acknowledge that clashes between the far right and the far left have intensified in recent years.
“On both sides there’s an escalation towards confrontation and violence,” said Chris Hamilton, a political science professor at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, and an expert in domestic extremism. “My conversations with officials say they’re observing this on the left, but significantly on the right as well.”
In his first congressional testimony as FBI director last September, Christopher Wray said that there were around 1,000 open investigations into domestic terrorists, but did not say what percentage of those investigations were focused on far-right groups, like white supremacists, anti-government groups, and militia groups, versus far-left groups, or other ideologies.
In an email to VICE News, FBI spokesperson Kelsey Pietranton said that the number of open investigations remains at about 1,000, but she wasn’t able to provide a breakdown.
“Our focus is not on membership in particular groups but on individuals who commit violence and other criminal acts,” wrote Pietranton. “The FBI investigates activity which may constitute a federal crime or pose a threat to national security, and cannot initiate an investigation based solely on an individual’s exercise of First Amendment rights.”
Last November, Wray told members of the House Homeland Security Committee that the Bureau was actively looking into far-left groups that were organizing under antifa [archive.is/1tgCy]. “We are investigating a number of what we would call anarchist-extremist [groups],” he said. “People who are motivated to commit violent criminal activity on kind of an antifa ideology.”
Quebec City, where the FBI conference is being held, saw one of North America’s deadliest attacks by someone aligned with the far right in 2017 when Alexandre Bissonnette fired on a mosque, killing six and wounding 19. A report by the Southern Poverty Law Center [archive.is/Swwoi] counted nine attacks with a combined total of 17 deaths by white supremacists in North America last year.
But an equivalence between left- and right-wing extremism in America has been expressed at the highest levels. In the wake of Charlottesville, President Donald Trump famously declined to condemn the neo-Nazis who attended the rally, describing some of them as “very fine people.”
“Antifa does conduct violent acts at political conventions or at economic summits. Like when Trump was inaugurated, some windows of stores were broken, and a limo was set on fire,” said Johnson, the former DHS analyst. “But to sit there and equate that to Charlottesville or any other number of incidents where the far right has killed people, seems off-base.”

* " 'Antifa' Sympathizers Being Investigated by FBI, Director Tells Lawmakers" (2017-12-01, newsweek.com) [archive.is/1tgCy]
* "FBI, Homeland Security warn of more ‘antifa’ attacks; Confidential documents call the anarchists that seek to counter white supremacists ‘domestic terrorists’ " (2017-09-01, politico.com) [archive.is/5etgr]
* "Forensic Profiler Dale Yeager Keynote Speaker on Domestic Terrorism 2016 FBI InfraGard – ASIS Conference" (2016-09-21, seraph.net) [archive.is/6QOWK]: Forensic Profiler Dale Yeager was a Keynote Speaker on politically Leftist Domestic Terrorism at the 2016 FBI InfraGard ASIS International Conference in Orlando Florida.
Mr. Yeager spoke about radical groups who hold politically leftist views and are directly or Forensic Profiler Dale Yeager Keynote Speaker on Domestic Terrorism FBI InfraGard Conference involved in violence against police and other entities.
He spoke about ActUp, PETA, ELF, ALF and Black Lives Matter and their origins in the turbulent political climate of the 1990s.
- image caption: Dale Yeager, Speaker, FBI Conference

* "Controversial Presentation To Be Given at Federal GovSec Conference DC; A training session for federal law enforcement officials has members of various politically left U.S. groups disturbed by the content. ‘THE FORGOTTEN DOMESTIC TERRORISTS: Radical Left-Wing Gangs in America’, will be presented at the national GovSec – Government Security – conference Tuesday May 13th" (2014-05-11, seraph.net) [archive.is/uglw5]

* "The Alt-Right is Killing People: The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) counted over 100 people killed or injured by alleged perpetrators influenced by the so-called "alt-right" — a movement that continues to access the mainstream and reach young recruits" (2018-02-05, splcenter.org) [archive.is/Swwoi]
* "White Supremacists Share Bomb-Making Materials in Online Chats; Chat logs made available to ProPublica show talk of mass killings and the recipes that could be used to carry them out" (2017-11-02, propublica.org) [archive.is/6Po1v]

* "Bloomington mosque bombing suspect leads anti-government militia" (2018-03-15, mprnews.org) [archive.is/Zd2Si]

* "The Plot to Bomb Garden City, Kansas The town welcomed hundreds of Somali refugees. Then a private militia decided to go 'ISIS hunting' " (2017-12-12, nymag.com) [archive.is/ftqbp]

* "Inside Atomwaffen As It Celebrates a Member for Allegedly Killing a Gay Jewish College Student; ProPublica obtained the chat logs of Atomwaffen, a notorious white supremacist group. When Samuel Woodward was charged with killing 19-year-old Blaze Bernstein last month in California, other Atomwaffen members cheered the death, concerned only that the group’s cover might have been blown" (2018-02-23, propublica.org) [archive.is/CIHu1], image caption: In a photo obtained by ProPublica, armed Atomwaffen members pose in the desert in Nye County, Nevada, during a weapons training session in late January 2018. they called the three-day gathering the Death Valley Hate Camp.


- (follow-up thread, twitter.com/ProPublica) [archive.is/yXuQ8]
1/ Last month, we revealed Sam Woodward—the accused killer of Blaze Bernstein, a gay Jewish student—belonged to the neo-Nazi group Atomwaffen Division.
We’ve uncovered 250,000+ messages from the group’s secret chat room. We want to show you some of them. http://propub.li/2sOkaVm

2/ In the messages, Atomwaffen members refer to Woodward by his chat handle “Arn” and celebrate the killing of Bernstein. http://propub.li/2CD07ZI

3/ Atomwaffen dreams of igniting a race war and preaches hatred of minorities, gays and lesbians, and Jews. They’re actively recruiting new members, including minors. https://youtu.be/UUR9zPdYDf0

4/ Group members praised Timothy McVeigh, who bombed a federal building in Oklahoma City in 1995, killing 168.

5/ These are Atomwaffen members at a combat training camp in Nevada in January 2018. They called the event “Death Valley Hate Camp.” The group is careful to mask their faces and superimposes these graphics on their social media posts.

6/ But we know who a few of them are and can show you their faces.
7/ Using the chat logs and other sources, we were able to identify several leaders of Atomwaffen. First, there’s the group’s leader John Cameron Denton, who uses the handle “Rape.”

8/ Denton urged Atomwaffen members to “get the fuck off the grid.” A former member of the group said Denton wants to create a network of backwoods compounds from which Atomwaffen can launch attacks against targets in the U.S.
9/ Michael Lloyd Hubsky, the leader of the Nevada Atomwaffen cell, uses the handle “Komissar.” He chats about planning attacks on U.S. infrastructure, even writing that he has a classified map of the U.S. power grid.

10/ Kaleb J. Cole of Washington state uses the handle “Khimaere.” His posts are often misogynistic, and he’s the guy who lauded Woodward as a “Gay Jew Wrecking Crew.”

11/ Sean Michael Fernandez, a leader of Atomwaffen in Texas, goes by “Wehrwolf” in the chat room. He wrote that reports of Woodward’s ties to Atomwaffen were actually good publicity for the group.

12/ We know that members of Atomwaffen Division live in at least 23 states:

13/ We even have some chats from Sam Woodward. Three days after he allegedly killed Bernstein, he posted that he was reflecting on mortality. “hey everyone,” he wrote. "i just wanted to let you all know i love you so much.”

* "Wade Mendisabal – Seattle-Based Member of Atomwaffen Division" (2018-02-24, pugetsoundanarchists.org) [archive.is/BlxWS], image caption: Kaleb James Cole and Wade Mendisabal identified in this group shot of the Washington State Atomwaffen Division cell.

* "Atomwaffen, Extremist Group Whose Members Have Been Charged in Five Murders, Loses Some of Its Platforms; Three technology companies have banned the neo-Nazi group from using their online services after reporting by ProPublica. Atomwaffen’s t-shirt retailer is out, as well" (2018-03-06, propublica.org) [archive.is/I5nTI]

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SOLANO PEACE & FREEDOM PARTY
Use the ballot for our own People's candidates and legislation, campaign for the future!
[SolanoPFP.blogspot.com] [PeaceAndFreedom.org] [facebook.com/Peace-and-Freedom-Party-45065449911


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TOWARDS REVOLUTIONARY SOLUTIONS


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CHICANO POWER! 
LUCHA PARA LA NUEVA AZTLAN!


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SOLIDARITY WITH THE NEW AFRICAN NATION!
Black Power! Revive the Community! Defend the Nation!
National News [blackagendareport.com] [atlantablackstar.com] [sfbayview.com]


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STUDENT POWER! 
information collected by the Committee to Defend Public Education!

* "The history of UC tuition since 1868" (2014-12-22, dailycal.org) [archive.is/ntswZ]
- [comment]: Why is college so expensive? We actually have an audio recording of then Governor Ronald Reagan saying that protesters at U.C. Berkeley had too much time on their hands, and that he was going to make sure it started costing more to go to university, so that they'd have to get jobs and have less time for protests.
- [comment]: UC tuition started as an anti-student political initiative by Ronald Regan shortly after he became governor. I was a student at UCSB where a Regents meeting was held (not sure if it was 1967 or 68) to vote on Reagan's tuition proposal. It was approved, although it started as a small, relatively symbolic amount. I recall Reagan and other Regents taking a walking tour of the university, and virtually every student lined the sidewalks screaming, "Our position is no tuition!" Reagan loved it because it was all on film and it supported his popularity, which was largely based on his "strong man" opposition to student protests against the Vietnam War. Other states soon jumped on the bandwagon. We can thank Ronnie for ending the idea of taxpayer-subsidized public university education in the US, and for starting the current student loan crisis.

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WORKER'S POWER!
information collected by the Worker's Defense Committee [is.gd/VOkmLr]

* "These Union Members Are Going to War with the Largest Private Development Project in U.S. History" (2018-07-12, inthesetimes.com) [archive.fo/Jiotr]
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* (2018-07-22, Al Rojas): What you are seeing is Mexicali Residents In Resistance attempting to stop the U.S “Constellations Brands” Corporation, Worlds Largest Beer Company, now extracting precious water 💦 “aquifers” for the production of your favorite “Corona, Pacifico, Bud Light”, all allowed by the corrupt Right Wing Corporate Political Part,y most of them are the New Immigrants from the U.S!
Corporate Interest -
What's worse is that the scarce water has been Privatized! It has been a Fierce Battle by the People’s “Originals” Natives People’s, one the Resistance Leading Spokesman “Leon Fierro” was charged by the State Government of attempted murder of a policeman and was jailed for 90 days until he was released through huge protests, but he is scheduled to be in Sacramento in the Month of October 2018, date to be announced!
Video [https://www.facebook.com/noticiasmexicali686/videos/669682423230678/], caption: Noticias Mexicali was live. July 21, 2017 Llegan policias ministeriales, municipales granaderos a desalojar en la constellation brands

* (2018-07-21): In Tijuana Meeting with the “Independent National Farm Workers Union & the “National Alianza for Social Justice
& Movements in Resistencia





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WORKER'S POWER!
Updates from the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU)
92 Million Strong, Worldwide! [wftucentral.org]



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WORKER'S POWER!
Updates from the UNI Global Union
Representing more than 20 million workers worldwide [uniglobalunion.org]


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WORKER'S POWER!
Updates from around the world
[global-unions.org]


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HANDS OFF OUR HOMES!
[HandsOffHomes.blogspot.com][rentsandrants.blogspot.com]


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information collected by the Committee to
DEFEND THOSE WITHOUT HOMES! 


* "Denver Police, City Workers Throw Away Belongings Amid Lawsuit" (2018-07-16, unicornriot.ninja) [archive.is/xT4df]

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COMMUNITY FASCISM WATCH


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Documenting human-rights abuse by domestic security agencies
NORTHBAY COPWATCH
[NorthbayCopwatch.blogspot.com] [copblock.org] [wecopwatch.org] [filmingcops.com] [mappingpoliceviolence.org], Berkeley Copwatch's "Know Your Rights" Pocket Card (.pdf) [is.gd/U20PRy] [berkeleycopwatch.org]

* "Cop Charged After Video Shows Him Execute Unarmed Mother by Shooting Her in the Head; A California police officer has been charged with manslaughter after he was caught on video executing an unarmed mother, shooting her in the head" (2018-07-17, by Matt Agorist) [archive.is/lcYRK]
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* "Deputies Caught Running 'Fight Club' that Rewarded Cops for Most Violence Against InmatesAfter a photo of a deputy being rewarded for her 50th use of force act against people in her custody, the sheriff's department admitted to what is being called a 'fight club' " (2018-07-16, byMatt Agorist) [archive.fo/O5ocw]

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NORTHBAY COPWATCH
Judiciary Watch


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NORTHBAY COPWATCH
Domestic Security Agencies and private-sector partners 
[icwatch.transparencytoolkit.org]; "The Gentleperson’s Guide To Forum Spies (Spooks, Feds, etc.)" [archive.fo/rBbXu]; ES/OH techniques [archive.is/HchTA]

* "Texas Judge Gives Private Lawyers Power Over Federal Government In Child Detention Case; A state judge appointed guardians for every minor detained at the Casa Padre Detention Facility and ordered an investigation into federal duties" (2018-07-17, thefederalist.com) [archive.is/rLF0g]

* "A Baby Was Separated From Her Uncle at the Border. Three Months Later, Her Mother Is Still Trying to Get Her Back. The case of Liah Ferrera Amaya shows the extensive vetting immigrant families must submit to in order to retrieve their children from U.S. custody — even if it means putting themselves at risk for deportation" (2018-07-16, propublica.org) [archive.is/eod4q]

* "US activist protesters blast ICE in Washington; US activist protesters have flocked to the streets of Washington, DC, slamming the apprehension and deportation of immigrants by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency" (2018-07-17, presstv.com) [archive.fo/27MNs], image caption: US protesters hold placards in a rally against deportations of immigrants in Washington DC, on July 16, 2018.

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* "Sheriff’s Failed Attempt to Accuse Civil Rights Group of Chemical Attack Has Ripple Effect" (2018-07-16, by Janet Phelan) [archive.is/tidiu]: In the wake of allegations, subsequently disproven and retracted, by the Harris County Sheriff’s Department in Texas that a flyer created by a surveillance abuse advocacy group was laced with the opioid fentanyl, another group has scaled back its efforts to flyer at major baseball games in August.
The initial accusations from the HCSD that a flyer from the advocacy group, Targeted Justice, was laced with the opioid and caused a deputy who had touched the flyer to be hospitalized were withdrawn in a couple of days. According to the HCSD, initial field tests were run on the flyer handled by the deputy which tested positive for fentanyl. However, further tests on more flyers, which had been placed on cars in front of the Sheriff’s station, came back negative and tests on the hospitalized deputy also proved negative for the opioid.
Local media had already picked up the story and were reporting the initial field test as fact rather than allegation. The initial hysteria around the incident provoked at least one commentator to suggest that this was an act of terrorism. In a widely circulated video, a conservative commentator, John Cardillo, linked Targeted Justice to terrorism and proceeded to baldly contradict some of the core concerns of the group. According to Cardillo, the “Deep State,” which the flyer suggested had involved itself in tracking and electronic weapons attacks on civilians, is comprised of nothing more than a bunch of lazy bureaucrats who make you wait at a social security office.
The incident has also affected the efforts of another group concerned with electronic tracking and abuse. “Strike Out Targeting” is in the planning stages for a flyering event at baseball games across the US.
“Strike Out Targeting” is the brainchild of Brian Marks and Reginald Dawson. Marks, who formerly worked at investment banking firms in New York, heads up the news site and podcasts, The T.I. Chronicles and Sunday Night Activism, as well as Surveillance Abuse Survivors Network (SASN), which is scheduled to launch online on August 29. Dawson is a retired pharmacist.
Marks describes the baseball game flyering project thus
Strike Out Targeting [archive.is/dALbT] is a program to raise awareness that the intelligence community has committed covert crimes against all Americans…..We believe that informing the public about these daily abuses will empower them to speak up against this….The more people understand how their civil liberties are violated on a daily basis, the more people will join us in exposing this UnAmerican program.
Baseball is still the number one American sport. Surveillance abuse and targeting are thoroughly UnAmerican.
Marks states that surveillance abuse takes many forms and now far exceeds concerns about wiretaps and facial recognition. Says Marks, “Many victims have had their lives destroyed by the abuse of law enforcement and the intelligence community using the technologies in a fashion that invades the privacy of individuals and their families and friends.
Often people are subjected to illegal tactics such as gaslighting, gangstalking, home invasions, street theater, directed energy attacks and food poisoning in an orchestrated manner. Rumors of individuals targeted affect the quality of the life of those who suffer under this surveillance abuse.
Marks states that, ”Our purpose in going to the ballparks is to bring to the forefront this issue in a peaceful, civil and legal fashion.”
However, the fallout surrounding the falsely reported fentanyl attack on the Harris County Deputy forced Marks and his group to reconsider the breadth of their plans for August 29. Initially, flyering at fourteen ball games across the US was planned. SASN is now considering reducing the number of games at which their group will be present.
“The situation that happened in Texas,” says Marks, “based on the information that was reported, was completely fabricated from the very beginning and was an overall failed attempt to destroy the reputation of Targeted Justice. Even so, this was an attempt to alert the deep state into using law enforcement to stifle our efforts to reach the average American citizen, and there will be people in Texas who may not want to read a flyer because of this situation.”
Currently, Strike Out Targeting 2018 is still planning to attend the Atlanta ball game with flyers on August 29 and is in the process of reevaluating its presence at the other thirteen games.
The Harris County Sheriff’s Department was contacted with questions as to how fentanyl was detected in the first place. Obviously, law enforcement would have access to the opioid in their evidence room. At the time of going to press, the Department has not responded.
For more information on Strike Out Targeting you may contact the group through its website, Strike Out Targeting (http://strikeouttargeting.x10host.com/contact) or by e-mail strikeouttargeting@outlook.com.

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* "Mandalay Bay owners sue 1 October shooting victims. No liability for air assault via helicopter? The new lawsuit argues that 'plaintiffs have no liability of any kind to defendants' " (2018-07-17, intellihub.com) [archive.is/uAVXZ]
* "FAA FOIA request for 1 October helicopter flight radar data denied as federal cover-up of potential belt-fed gunship attack continues; 'The mass murder of civilians using belt-fed automatic weapons on a rotary aircraft functioning as a gunship over an American city would likely be constituted as terrorism by most standard definitions' " (2018-07-16, intellihub.com) [archive.is/QfC4o]

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NORTHBAY COPWATCH
Metadata source materials -
Private individuals accessing the mainframe can harvest any data inscribed in basic code... "Hackers" monetize metadata for security agencies.

* "Do I Want an Always-on Digital Assistant Listening in All the Time?" (2018-07-16, by Heather Woods) [archive.fo/pAxAN]

* "EU fines Google a record $5 billion over Android system; The European Union has fined US internet giant Google with a record $5 billion (4.34 billion euros) for abusing the dominance of its Android mobile operating system, which is by far the most popular smartphone OS in the world" (2018-07-18, presstv.com) [archive.fo/H5XK0]
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* "Walmart Hopes to Track Employees’ Every Move with New Checkstand Surveillance Tech; Walmart’s move is just the latest in the rolling-out of surveillance technology across workplaces in the United States, which merges the use of technology for generating metrics with spying technology that further creeps into the lives of already hard-pressed, cash-strapped workers" (2018-07-13, mintpressnews.com) [archive.is/zOe1s]
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* "Health Insurers Are Vacuuming Up Details About You — And It Could Raise Your Rates; Without any public scrutiny, insurers and data brokers are predicting your health costs based on data about things like race, marital status, how much TV you watch, whether you pay your bills on time or even buy plus-size clothing" (2018-07-17, propublica.org) [archive.is/bfk5T]

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NORTHBAY COPWATCH
International Security Agencies, the Five-Eyes, and transnational partners

* "The War on Assange Is a War on Press Freedom" (2018-07-15, truthdig.com) [archive.fo/VD5k2]
* "The War Is On To Stop The Extradition Of Julian Assange" (2018-07-17, by Aaron Kesel) [archive.is/ZKiva]

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* "How To Connect To The FREE INTERNET And Live As A CRYPTO LIFER with FREOS" (2018-07-16, pressfortruth.ca) [archive.is/GRFX9]: “This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill—the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill—you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes".
The red pill from Freos is designed to unplug you from the matrix of internet control while giving you the ability to be both secure and anonymous at the same time. In this video Dan Dicks of Press For Truth speaks with Bob Stanley of Freos about how one can use the Freos Red Pill to enter a new decentralized internet which even has the ability to trade in cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Dash.
Watch [https://www.youtube.com/embed/ulDAF7RtW30%23]

To learn more visit: https://www.freos.io
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* "UK using child spies in police and intelligence operations: Report; British police and intelligence agencies are using children as spies in covert operations against terrorists, gangs and drug dealers, a new UK parliamentary report has revealed" (2018-07-20, presstv.com) [archive.fo/zNWhg]
* "Use of child spies in UK a deep intrusion into families: Expert; A new UK parliamentary report revealing the use of child spies in covert operations is “disturbing” and is a “deep intrusion” into family relationships, says a political commentator and former academic in London" (2018-07-20, presstv.com) [archive.fo/8mfrM]

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NORTHBAY COPWATCH
Security updates in other parts of the world...


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from the Committee to
FREE 'EM ALL! 
[PoliticalPrisonersUSA.blogspot.comEnd the Drug War! Stop Jim Crow! Close the Torture Chambers! 
[solitarywatch.com] [facebook.com/incarceratedworkers] [supportprisonerresistance.noblogs.org] [denverabc.wordpress.com] [prisonlegalnews.org] [prisonbooks.info] [nycabc.wordpress.com] [powmedicaljustice.com] [sacprisonersupport.wordpress.com]. Become a Human Rights Pen Pal! [link]. 


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LIBERATION FOR ALL!
THE HUMAN RIGHT TO EXISTENCE MUST BE PROTECTED!
With updates on the broader LGBT*QI+ gender revolution

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WOMEN POWER!
END PATRIARCHY! COMBAT MISOGYNY! [rejectedprincesses.com]


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PATIENTS RIGHTS! 
THE MEDICAL INDUSTRY IS FOR LIFE, NOT FOR PROFIT!
Health Administration Responsibility Project [harp.org]. Get your medical records [archive.fo/FdGcJ]. Transparency against physician malpractice [archive.fo/Q9VFr[archive.fo/PEijF] [archive.fo/2sXwl] [archive.fo/hmWKp[archive.fo/4NPdK] [archive.is/551Us]! 


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Unlock technological potential for the People!


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articles recommended by the 
SAN PABLO BAY ECOLOGICAL PRESERVATION ASSOCIATION   
Campaigns, info, and more [SanPabloBayEPA.blogspot.com]. Science [discardstudies.com]. [blog.savesfbay.org] [ecowatch.com]; [citizenairmonitoringnetwork.org/vallejo]


* "Scott Pruitt aides protected him from formaldehyde while suppressing report on its dangers; Staff organized for his new desk to be aired out in a warehouse for a week so as to reduce even the smallest chance of exposure" (2018-07-19, theguardian.com) [archive.is/pY3jp]
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* "Watts: Another Flint? Toxic Contamination Beneath a Billion-Dollar Redevelopment" (2018-07-12, whowhatwhy.org) [is.gd/V3Yexs] [begin excerpt]: Today, in one of the ironies common to urban redevelopment schemes, an effort to improve Watts may actually be making things worse. The billion-dollar makeover of a sprawling housing project that’s been plagued for decades by contamination from industrial sources threatens to endanger the very residents it is supposed to help.
Testing of the site has shown toxic levels of lead and other deadly chemicals. Residents have urged that redevelopment should not move forward unless these problems are addressed. But state and city regulators have ignored them. [...]
Back in 2009, soil samples taken on a 21-acre city-owned lot inside the development showed high levels of diesel fuel, oil, and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) — residue from the steel mill that had long operated on the site.
After more than 259,000 tons of dirt laced with lead and arsenic got hauled away, the people of Jordan Downs were assured that it was safe for construction of 115 new units, 72 of them reserved for current residents in good standing. They have been promised they will not be displaced during construction, and will remain at the same rental rate of one-third their monthly income (the average yearly wage is $16,000, and nearly one-quarter of the project’s adults are unemployed). 
Yet Pahola Ybarra, program director for the Watts Century Latino nonprofit organization, recalls people suffering asthma attacks from all the dust in the air during the soil replacement, and she wonders: “Are we breathing in the lead they’re supposed to be cleaning up?” (According to the California Department of Public Health, Watts has one of the highest incidences of respiratory disease in the US.) 
- image caption: Mayor Garcetti breaks ground on the Jordan Downs Redevelopment Project.

Also in 2009, an interoffice memo within the Housing Authority of the City of LA (HACLA) conceded that residential portions of the existing 54-year-old housing project “might require remediation.” Another five years passed before California’s Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC) took soil tests around the perimeter wall, detecting elevated levels of lead and arsenic in about half the samples. Yet with the redevelopment looming, the DTSC issued a “No Further Action” determination, meaning that the residential area itself wouldn’t be tested.
The senior toxicologist responsible for that decision was discovered to be engaged in a racially charged email exchange with another DTSC scientist, including crude ethnic references to an “injun badge” and “crack ho hooker.” ("What’s Holding Jordan Downs Back? The Housing Project’s Much Anticipated Redevelopment Keeps Getting Delayed by Bureaucracy, Funding, and Nasty Underground Surprises", 2016-07-07, zocalopublicsquare.org) [archive.is/NJeR8]
[...]
A coalition of environmental justice groups subsequently enlisted an X-ray fluorescence analyst to take over 100 soil samples in and around the homes. Tests showed over half the samples to be above the state’s 80 parts-per-million lead threshold. An air sample also found lead at over 200 times the California EPA’s standard.
Tim Watkins, CEO of the nonprofit Watts Labor Community Action Committee, purchased equipment to do its own testing; results indicated soil surface contamination at highly actionable levels. Watkins explained to WhoWhatWhy: “Lead doesn’t dissipate, it accumulates and it gets walked into those homes. I think the lead problem there is worse than the one getting all the attention in Flint.” [end excerpt]

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SAN PABLO BAY EPA
Health and the Human Ecology
Monopolists enforce a regime that does not recognize the natural right to health and life. Info [detoxproject.org].


* "The Best Way To Educate Politicians And Government Agencies About Wi-Fi, EMF Frequencies And The Adverse Health Effects Accruing From Them" (2018-07-16, by Catherine Frompovich) [archive.is/1Aqoo]


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SAN PABLO BAY EPA
Anthropogenic Climatic Change!

* " 'Utterly Terrifying': Study Affirms Feedback Loop Fears as Surging Antarctica Ice Loss Tripled in Last Five Years; 'The most robust study of the ice mass balance of Antarctica to date', scientists say, 'now puts Antarctica in the frame as one of the largest contributors to sea-level rise' " (2018-06-14, commondreams.org) [archive.is/d9qhM]

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SAN PABLO BAY EPA
International Ecological Protection News
Preserve the Biosphere & Web of Life! News: [earthweek.com]


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SAN PABLO BAY EPA
Save The Birds! and the Bees!
Campaign to preserve and expand the habitat and populations of pollinators in the San Pablo Bay Area.


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articles recommended by the SAN PABLO BAY EPA Committee for
ANIMAL RIGHTS 
Protect Earth's Sentient Life!


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ANIMAL RIGHTS
Save the Whales!
Information: [whales.org]


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articles recommended by the 
NO NUKES! campaign
[StopNuclearDeath.blogspot.com] [nuclear-news.net] [nukeresister.org] [nukefree.org]; National Radiation Map [radiationnetwork.com], depicting environmental radiation levels across the USA, updated in real time every minute.


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articles recommended by the 
SAN PABLO BAY SOVEREIGNTY Think-tank  
[SovereignSanPabloBay.blogspot.com] [permaculture.org]


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NORTHBAY ENTHEOGENIC FREEDOM
[NorthbayEntheogen.blogspot.com]


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UNITED STATES FASCISM WATCH
Documenting the process of fascism and for whom it benefits. [UnitedStatesFascism.blogspot.com[exposefacts.org] [ucsc.edu/whorulesamerica/index.html]; "Captured States" [is.gd/EqXBEQ]

* "Major Study Finds The US Is An Oligarchy" (2014-04-16, telegraph.co.uk, via businessinsider.com) [archive.is/1CONz]

* "Corporations and Mainstream Media Trumpet the 'Horrors' of Higher Wages" (2018-07-16, truthout.org) [archive.is/SbFe9]
* "Report: Walmart Workers Cost Taxpayers $6.2 Billion In Public Assistance" (2014-04-15, forbes.com) [archive.fo/55IJz]

* "US Treasury moves to protect identities of 'dark money' political donors; The US Treasury said on Monday that it will no longer require certain tax-exempt organizations including politically active nonprofit groups, such as the National Rifle Association and Planned Parenthood, to identify their financial donors to US tax authorities" (2018-07-17, presstv.com) [archive.fo/1HrQY]

* "How the Koch Brothers Are Killing Public Transit Projects Around the Country" (2018-06-19, nytimes.com) [archive.fo/VVO9K]
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UNITED STATES FASCISM WATCH:
President Donald Trump's regime
:

* "Trump is hurting ‘energy renaissance’ in US, here's how: The largest US trade association for the oil and natural gas industry hails the beginning of “energy renaissance” in the country, yet warning policies by US President Donald Trump could disrupt it" (2018-07-19, presstv.com) [archive.fo/CbyBG]
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* "Michael Scheuer: In Shocking Blog, Ex-CIA Official Calls For Donald Trump Supporters To Murder Trump’s Critics; Former CIA analyst who headed agency's hunt for Osama bin Laden in late 1990s was reportedly portrayed under fictitious name in TV series 'The Looming Tower' " (2018-07-19, inquisitr.com) [archive.is/hOuJy]
* "Former senior CIA official says it's "quite near time" for Trump supporters to kill Trump opponents" (2018-07-19, boingboing.net) [archive.is/fJaIa]

* "A COUP AGAINST TRUMP? His JFK Moment, And America’s" (2018-07-21, by Russell Bentley, via fort-russ.com) [archive.is/UkbII]


* "Anti-Trump protesters gather outside White House to 'confront corruption' ; Hundreds of demonstrators protesting US President Trump and his administration have gathered outside the White House to 'confront corruption and demand democracy' " (2018-07-19, presstv.com) [archive.fo/dW9dz]


* (2018-07-22) [archive.is/abpUU]: Can still catch it at McCovey Cove now...

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* "Cohen taped Trump discussing payment to former Playboy model; The FBI holds a recording that shows US President Donald Trump and his lawyer discussed paying hush money to a former Playboy model who claimed she had an affair with Trump" (2018-07-20, presstv.com) [archive.fo/kzsvK], image caption: In this file photo taken on April 16, 2018 US President Donald Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen exits the US Federal Court in New York.


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UNITED STATES FASCISM WATCH: 
"Liberal" Capitalists:
Against Socialism, for War and Profit. What is Neoliberalism? [archive.is/iUyM].

* "Centrist Dems begin arguing against far-left agenda as 2020 play" (2018-07-20,mcclatchydc.com) [archive.is/CcNp0]
* "Decision 2018 Sanders' wing of the party terrifies moderate Dems. Here's how they plan to stop it. Party members and fundraisers gathered for an invitation-only event to figure out how to counteract the rising progressive movement" (2018-07-22, nbcnews.com) [archive.is/ItKD5]

* "How a Democrat Killed Welfare; Bill Clinton gutted welfare and criminalized the poor, all while funneling more money into the carceral state" (2016-02-09, jacobinmag.com) [archive.is/XO57e]










* (2018-07-20, Party for Socialism and Liberation - Albuquerque) [archive.fo/q6QGj]:
The 2016 Trump campaign spent $70 million on Facebook ads with 5.9 million different ads running and refining new versions constantly for effectiveness.(1)(2) Trump received an estimated $5 billion in free media from corporate TV stations.(3)
By contrast the Russian-based Internet Research Agency spent $80,000 on 2,500 ads before the election and most were focused on racism and police brutality.(4) Only 11% of those ads, 277, targeted swing states — so costing maybe $8,000 — and the vast majority of those too were non-electoral in nature, discussing racism, LGBTQ rights, etc.(5) The swing state ads that were electoral included some pro-Clinton ones too (little known fact).(6) Honestly at most $2,000 were spent in swing state ads that could be called pro-Trump.
Again Trump spent $70 MILLION and placed 5.9 million different ads on Facebook. Outside Super PACs spent another $100 MILLION on Trump’s behalf.(7) The corporate media gave Trump $5 BILLION in free air time. $181 MILLION in “dark money”, the source of which was hidden thanks to Citizens United, was spent in the 2016 election altogether.(8)
So who really is to blame in all this?
But nah let’s focus everyone on the Russian “troll farm”; let’s ratchet up global tensions against a nuclear power; let’s funnel all the progressive energy into a pro-FBI, anti-Russia movement. After all those damned Russians may have spent a few grand on Black Lives Matter ads in swing states!
ps. How much do you think the US federal government spends annually to influence elections in Russia and elsewhere?
SOURCES
(1) https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-campaigns-embrace-of-facebook-shows-companys-growing-reach-in-elections/2017/10/08/e5e5f156-a93b-11e7-b3aa-c0e2e1d41e38_story.html
(2) https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-04-03/trump-s-campaign-said-it-was-better-at-facebook-facebook-agrees
(3) https://www.ibtimes.com/did-media-help-donald-trump-win-5-billion-free-advertising-given-president-elect-2444115
(4) https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2018/05/10/what-data-on-more-than-3500-russian-facebook-ads-reveals-about-the-interference-effort/
(5) https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/russia-facebook-ads-2016_us_5af60946e4b00d7e4c1a9a34
(6) Ibid.
(7) https://www.opensecrets.org/news/2016/11/1-4-billion-and-counting-in-spending-by-super-pacs-dark-money-groups/
(8) Ibid.


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UNITED STATES FASCISM WATCH: 
"Libertarian" Capitalists & "Constitutionalist" constraints against democracy
[alibertarianfuture.com] [fff.org] [mises.org]



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UNITED STATES FASCISM WATCH: 
"Dominionist" Capitalism & the "Prosperity Gospel" ideology
Persecution Belief [archive.fo/raPTj]; Ideology [archive.is/rClcp]; Rejection of Christ's teachings [archive.is/VbO5F]


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UNITED STATES FASCISM WATCH: 
The Military State
[archive.defense.gov/contracts[governmentcontractswon.com]; [airforce.com] "Air, Space, Cyberspace"

* "America Arming the World: U.S. Sells More Weapons in 6 Months Than All of 2017" (2018-07-20, newsweek.com) [archive.is/3SM7b]

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UNITED STATES FASCISM WATCH: 
Two Party Dictatorship

* " 'Absolute Ghoul' Joe Lieberman Emerges From Political Irrelevance to Urge Third Party Bid Against Ocasio-Cortez; 'The Democratic Party has a choice: be the party of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, or be the party of Joe Lieberman' " (2018-07-18, commondreams.org) [archive.is/sd6CJ]

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UNITED STATES FASCISM WATCH: 
State Media Watch
Documenting propaganda issued by the monopolist media and members of the state security regime that uphold the economic dictatorship, imperialist wars, and the "New Jim Crow" regime [mediamatters.org] [onlinecensorship.org]

* "The End Of Independent Media And The Fake News Psyop" (2018-07-17, truththeory.com) [is.gd/7HcSFf]:
Luke Rudkowski [youtube.com/user/wearechange] and Derrick Broze [youtube.com/user/ConsciousResistance] discuss the censorship online coming from giants like Facebook and Google. Most people are still unaware but Facebook has been silencing activists and alternative media in recent months. They are shutting down pages and reducing the reach of links shared. Many websites struggle and have to lay off their workforce. Youtube closed down many accounts without giving any evidence for “violation of their terms”. Activist Post, Waking Times, A New Kind of Human, Richie Allen, and many other channels have been silenced, a lot of them started new ones. Project Camelot [youtube.com/user/jagbodhi], that has been sharing videos of whistleblowers for the last decade has one more strike to go, they also will disappear soon from Youtube. Derrick and Luke discuss YouTube and its financial support of mainstream news while suppressing alternative outlets.

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* "Saudi Arabia hires UK-based The Independent to launch Persian news site; Saudi Arabia has hired the UK-based Independent media corporation to launch a slew of news websites in Persian and other languages" (2018-07-20, presstv.com) [archive.fo/AcjiL]
Under the deal, the British outfit would create up to four websites for the Saudi Research and Marketing Group (SRMG), which is tied to the Saudi royal family and often promotes the regime's agenda.
Despite ownership by the SRMG, the news outlets -- Independent Arabia, Independent Urdu, Independent Turkish, and Independent Persian -- would be owned and operated by SRMG and would follow the editorial standards of The Independent.
"Four new websites will offer the highest-quality, free-thinking, independent news, insight and analysis on global affairs and local events," the daily said in a statement.
"These will be published in Arabic, Urdu, Turkish and Persian. Each site will feature direct translations of articles from independent.co.uk alongside content from teams of SRMG journalists based in London, Islamabad, Istanbul, and New York," the statement added.
This is not the first time the kingdom is approaching British media outlets to expand its propaganda machine.
The SRMG struck a similar agreement with Bloomberg last year to launch an Arabic outlet.
The push to promote the Wahabi-inspired Saudi ideology became more apparent last year, when Saudi investor Sultan Abuljadayel bought about a third of The Independent's shares.
The move sparked concerns about the independence of the website, which is owned by British-Russian billionaire Evgeny Lebedev.
Lebedev, the son of a former KGB spy, tried to play down the concerns by calling Abuljadayel a "minority shareholder" and promised that his money would not influence the company's direction down the road.
However, Lebedev will have a harder time explaining the new decision since the SMRG is clearly tied to Saudi authorities.
The firm had been chaired by Prince Bader bin Abdallah bin Mohammad bin Farhan, a close confidant of  Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who is currently serving as the kingdom's minister of culture.
The prince made the headlines earlier this year when he bought a Da Vinci painting for $450 million, reportedly on behalf of none other than bin Salman.
The SRMG already owns several major Arabic news outlets, including Asharq Al-Awsat and Arab News, which promote the Saudi position on regional issues.
Saudi Arabia has been linked with various anti-Iranian groups and is widely believed to have provided them with financial and logistic support to fuel sectarianism in the Islamic Republic.
The kingdom has openly supported the People's Mujahedin of Iran (MKO) terror group, which has killed thousands of Iranians since 1979.

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UNITED STATES FASCISM WATCH: 
Artificial Poverty and Starvation
[talkpoverty.org]

* "Liberal Blind Spots Are Hiding the Truth About ‘Trump Country’ ; For one thing, it’s not Trump country. Most struggling whites I know here live a life of quiet desperation, mad at their white bosses, not resentful toward their co-workers or neighbors of color" (2018-07-19, nytimes.com) [archive.is/LCXqE]

* "If the economy is 'roaring', why are so many Americans still struggling?" (2018-07-16, by Bernie Sanders) [theguardian.com) [archive.fo/FJvjz]

* "Minimum wage doesn't cover the rent anywhere in the U.S." (2018-06-14, cbsnews.com) [archive.is/GkMJd]




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USA Homeland's resident nations:
Nations exist alongside the Federal [archive.fo/VXoPR], and State governance [archive.fo/Cz2uF]. Demographic maps: 2000 [archive.fo/nXHXz], 2010 [archive.fo/nKbSA], religion [archive.fo/XArBS]. The New Afrikan nation, and the nation of Nueva Aztlan, each have their own separate sections on this news page.



USA Homeland's resident nations:
Sovereign nations of the "Indian Country", and of traditional lodges.
Map [archive.fo/s4FYb]; News [indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com] [bsnorrell.blogspot.com]



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USA Homeland's resident nations:
Kingdom of Hawai‘i / Occupied State of the Hawaiian Islands
[hawaiiankingdom.org/blog] [facebook.com/KamehamehaVIII]


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USA Homeland's resident nations:
Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (USA territory) and the Boriqueno nation
[waragainstallpuertoricans.com]


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USA Homeland's resident nations:
American Nation, including the State Sovereignty campaigns, and Dominionist Campaigns. [tenthamendmentcenter.com]

* "Southern Nationalist Group Creates Russian Language Website Page To Foster Relationship Between the 'Two Natural Allies' " (2018-07-21, newsweek.com) [archive.is/36URX]

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American Nation:
"Alt-Right" & White American Supremacists
"A Normie’s Guide to the Alt-Right" (2016-08-31, by Andrew Anglin) [archive.is/DyeDG]; News [angrywhitemen.org]

* " 'Crying Nazi' pleads guilty to assault in Charlottesville; banned from Virginia" (2018-07-21, chicagotribune.com) [is.gd/pk79hL], image caption: Christopher Cantwell attends a white nationalist rally on the campus of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va., in August 2017, the night before the "Unite the Right" rally that ultimately led to the death of counter-protester Heather Heyer. Cantwell was featured prominently in a Vice News story about the rally, attaining infamy when he was later seen crying after a warrant was issued for his arrest.




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WORLD FASCISM WATCH 
Documenting the global economic dictatorship

* "Modern slavery shockingly high in developed world; Britain is home to about 136,000 modern slaves, a global survey found on Thursday — a figure 10 times higher than government estimates that points to emerging forms of slavery, police and campaigners said" (2018-07-20, presstv.com) [archive.fo/NU9Iv]

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WORLD FASCISM WATCH
#OPDeathEaters
A study of the personal ideologies and social practices of those who benefit from the global capitalist regime, including illicit trafficking networks and cooperative ventures with government entities. [WorldFascists.blogspot.com]


* "Australia PM urges Pope to sack disgraced archbishop; Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Thursday called on Pope Francis to sack disgraced archbishop Philip Wilson after he was convicted of covering up child sex abuse but remains employed by the church" (2018-07-19, presstv.com) [archive.fo/e1zHm]

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WORLD FASCISM WATCH
Vanguards of European racial supremacy 
Golden Dawn International [golden-dawn-international-newsroom.blogspot.com], European Knights Project [europeanknightsproject.com/category/ekp-news], English Asatru News [englishnews.org/news-central.html], Council of European Canadians [eurocanadian.ca], Albion's People [albionofengland.blogspot.com]. [saxonmessenger.christogenea.org]

* "Neo-fascism on the rise in Croatia, Council of Europe finds; The release of the report comes after a memorial to remember Ustasha militia killed by Communist forces at the end of World War II. The annual memorial has become a meet-up for supporters of the Nazis' Croatian allies" (2018-05-15, dw.com) [archive.is/Tsa0f]
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* "Nazis in the U.S. & Ukraine share symbols, why is the West still in denial?" (2018-04-29, by Max Perry) [archive.is/KA1fu] [begin excerpt]: Congressman Ro Khanna (D-CA) came under fire from neoconservative pundit Kristofer Harrison in a recent opinion column in The Hill entitled “Did California’s Ro Khanna get duped by Russia’s propaganda?” To call Harrison a neo-conservative is not an exaggeration, as he was previously a Defense and State Department consultant during the Bush administration. The relatively progressive Democratic representative was attacked as a Kremlin stooge by Harrison for the crime of authoring a provision into the Trump administration’s new $47 million arms deal with Ukraine that weapons be banned from supplying the Azov Battalion, a militia incorporated into Ukraine’s National Guard widely recognized to have a large number of self-identified Neo-Nazis in its ranks. This exchange was an(other) instance of western media masking the far right in Ukraine that played an instrumental role in the 2014 Maidan protests and U.S.-backed coup that ousted the democratically-elected government of Viktor F. Yanukovych. Smearing of those concerned about Ukraine’s Nazis as “Russian propagandists” has been customary since the right wing putsch. The dangerous political climate legitimating such whitewashing has only increased amid the Russiagate hysteria following the 2016 election. A further examination of the mediasphere shows that this denialism of Kiev’s fascists continues, even as the same publications report on domestic Neo-Nazi organizations that use the exact same iconography as groups like Azov.
Rep. Khanna was not deterred and in addition to the provision barring weapons to Azov also initiated a letter signed by more than 50 members of congress from both parties that condemned the Ukrainian government’s sponsoring of holocaust denial. The letter called on Ukraine and its neighbor Poland to “reject holocaust distortion and the honoring of Nazi collaborators.” This was a direct reference to the state sponsored commemoration of Stepan Bandera and the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) who assisted Nazi Germany in the holocaust. Across the country there are streets, museums, and monuments of Bandera who is considered a national hero by many Ukrainians despite the extensive record of his atrocities. This occurred just days after an outdoor exhibit in the city of Lviv, Ukraine was opened to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the formation of the 14th Waffen SS Galizien Division, the SS regiment made up of mostly ethnic Ukrainian volunteers from the Galicia region during the Nazi occupation in WWII. Ukraine’s far right also celebrated the 75th anniversary with a large nationalist march that was condemned by the country’s Jewish Committee. The week prior, anti-semitic vandalism had been rampant across the country on Adolf Hitler’s birthday. Meanwhile in the United States, dominating the headlines was coverage of swastika burnings by neo-Nazis in Georgia after a large white supremacist rally. [...]
There are many more similarities in iconography between the far right in the U.S. and the Ukraine consistently being ignored by the media even as it sensationalizes the far right resurgence domestically. For instance, it has been widely reported that for the past year a string of murders were linked to the Atomwaffen Division, a small but militant Neo-Nazi terrorist group. Founded in 2013, Atomwaffen (meaning “nuclear weapons” in German) has been implicated in five murders and is believed to have cells in Florida, Texas, Montana and other states. In January 2018, a man alleged to have trained in Atomwaffen’s paramilitary camps and attended their events was charged in Orange County, California with killing an openly gay and Jewish college student who had gone missing. A few months later in Tampa Palms, Florida, an 18-year-old member, Devon Arthurs, allegedly killed two of his roommates and fellow Atomwaffen members following a political dispute. Arthurs was arrested following a hostage situation, and confessed to police he shot 22-year-old Jeremy Himmelman and 18-year-old Andrew Oneschuk. His other roommate and another member, 21 year old Brandon Russell, was later apprehended by the FBI and prosecuted for stockpiling explosives. Mainstream news outlets published reports on the criminal activities of Atomwaffen complete with unaltered photographs obtained of the group from their social media with Totenkopf’s (Death’s Head) masking their faces. [...]
In addition to the torch march in Charlottesville, photographs at the “Unite the Right” rally last year also showed Heather Heyer’s murder suspect, James Alex Fields, and other white supremacists carrying riot shields decorated with the Black Sun symbol, similar to that of Ukraine’s Right Sector paramilitary members during the Maidan. The black sun’s roots are from medieval Germanic brooches and was appropriated by Nazi Germany who based its use on the Knights of the Round table of Arthurian legend. Each spoke of the sun wheel represented one knight or Officer of the SS leadership. The symbol of the Black Sun unites the three most significant symbols of Nazi ideology: the sun wheel, the swastika, and victory rune which represent the twelve SS Knights of the Order of the Death’s Head. Initially designed for Heinrich Himmler, a large black sun design was also on the mosaic floor of his Wewelsburg castle in Germany. Inspired by Bandera’s OUN, Ukraine’s Right Sector flag is also black and red symbolizing ‘land and blood’, much like the “blood and soil” chants made by the “Unite the Right” attendees as they marched. Blood and soil is a slogan expressing the 19th century German idealization of a nation defined by the race theory (“blood”) attached to a land (“soil”). In Nazi Germany, it served as one of the principles of the Lebensraum and the Third Reich’s territorial expansion. [...]
This isn’t limited to American neo-fascists either. Mainstream outlets from the Daily Beast to the Washington Post who dismiss the existence of Ukraine’s far right as the work of Kremlin bots have even covered during the past year the existence of still living Ukrainian Nazis from the Second World War residing in the U.S. For example, there were reports on how U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) had neglected to follow through on a more than decade old deportation order of a 94 year-old Nazi war criminal living in Queens, New York. Jakiw Palij who resides in Jackson Heights served as a guard at the Trawniki concentration camp during WWII which provided slave labor for industrial plants run by the SS in eastern Poland and trained their units during Operation Reinhard which attempted to exterminate more than two million Jews residing in the German occupation zone. On a single day in 1943, more than 6,000 Jews were executed from the camp Palij had guarded. He immigrated illegally by claiming he was a farmer during the war and successfully gained U.S. citizenship in the 1950s where he has since retired after living quietly as a draftsman. The original deportation order from 2004 was for him to be deported to Ukraine but was rejected. Palij’s hometown during the war was then a part of eastern Poland but became a part of western Ukraine when the borders were annexed to Soviet Ukraine by the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact where it remains in the independent country today. Annual protests are held by the Jewish community outside Palij’s home in Queens demanding his deportation.
Another case of an accused Nazi war criminal from Ukraine that received media attention was that of a 98 year-old man in Lauderdale, Minnesota. Michael Karkoc, who is wanted by extradition request in Poland, entered the U.S. as a refugee the same year as Palij making similar false statements about his occupation during the war before becoming a naturalized citizen in the 50s. He is native to Lutsk, Ukraine, and served as a lieutenant in the Ukrainian Self Defense Legion and the SS Galizien during World War II. Both cases were reported by the media purely as opportunities to attack the GOP and Trump’s immigration policy, especially with Karkoc who during his life in America was a longtime Republican. Insignificant to these outlets is the present reality that this historical period where Palij and Karkoc committed their atrocities is being celebrated and whitewashed by Ukraine’s government installed by the U.S. Meanwhile as the Washington Post and other outlets report on Palij and Karkoc, one of the rare instances of their praising Trump was when he decided to arm Kiev. None of the articles about the two war criminals living cozily in the U.S. noted the holocaust denial going on currently in both of their native countries which they face deportation. Congressman Khanna’s efforts continue to fall on the media’s deaf ears. [...]
The Maidan coup was about colonizing Ukraine with foreign capital while manipulating neo-fascists to place a puppet regime on Russia’s front door. America has long felt the consequences of blowback from sponsoring other forms of extremism such as radical jihad for its cynical political aims and support for the extreme right should expect to be no different. The long term consequences are that now across Europe and the U.S., the resurgence of the far right can be found everywhere. Why? The coup in Ukraine took place within a context in which the far right was in the midst of making significant gains across the continent. Simultaneous with the Maidan, Greece’s Golden Dawn fascists had performed shockingly well in Parliament during its austerity crisis. Neoliberalism in Ukraine has also raised the retirement age, slashed social programs and benefits, and surged unemployment after massive layoffs in the energy sector and natural gas industry for Ukrainian workers. Viktor Yanukovych‘s ouster came when he rejected the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement after taking fright of the austerity package that has since been ushered in by Poroshenko.
Not to say that what took place in Ukraine is directly responsible for the far right in the U.S. which already had the Tea Party movement using the Gadsden flag, but fascism is a worldwide movement that cannot be isolated by a nation’s borders especially in the midst of a deepening financial crisis. The National Bureau of Economic Research recently released a study with the thesis that austerity facilitated the Nazi Party’s rise to power in Germany, critiquing the Keynesian argument that the Great Depression itself caused Germans to vote them into power, since other countries (such as the U.S. and France) experiencing economic downturn did not produce the same result. The Weimar Republic had implemented massive spending cuts and tax hikes which under the circumstances may have been the perfect formula to destabilize Germany and Hitler to come to power. Since the 2008 economic crisis, the U.S. has been in its own fiscal stranglehold but the word austerity isn’t even a part of the American lexicon despite its everyday reality. We can only fear this is just the beginning of a resurgent right as long as the two major parties remain in power, because neither has an answer to the crisis of capitalism. [end excerpt]
Image captions:
- American neo-Nazis the Atomwaffen Division have been linked to five murders in the U.S. in the past year.

- Ukrainian stamps commemorating the 75th anniversary of the SS Galizien

- Atomwaffen propaganda with use of Nazi ‘black sun.’

- Atomwaffen logo with Wolfsangel

- Ukraine’s Azov Battalion

- Republic of Florida propaganda for their paramilitary unit “Silent Pack” using the wolfsangel.

- James Alex Fields (far left) at “Unite the Right” in Charlottesville.

- Ukraine’s Right Sector

- Arthur Jones speaking at the Aryan Nations congress.

- Marjana Batjuk, a school teacher and city councilwoman in Lviv, Ukraine who took part in the march for the 75th anniversary of the SS Galizien “educating” her students.

- A Confederate flag and white power symbol next to the flag of Svoboda in Ukraine’s parliament.

- Greece’s Golden Dawn. A mirror image of Charlottesville and Ukraine.

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* "Britain detains two for neo-Nazi membership; Two Britons were jailed on Wednesday after being convicted of belonging to a banned white supremacist group following a trial in which another defendant had earlier pleaded guilty to plotting to kill an elected MP" (2018-07-18, presstv.com) [archive.fo/5tISf]
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* "Steve Bannon plans foundation to fuel far right in Europe; Former White House chief adviser says he wants to rival to George Soros’s influence" (2018-07-21, theguardian.com) [archive.is/xGLzj]

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information collected by the exploratory committee towards a 
BAY AREA PEACE COUNCIL 
[SolanoPeaceJustice.blogspot.com], for justice, dignity and human rights in accordance with the 1966 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (.pdf) [is.gd/TftqGs], and an end to the USA's endless wars, in harmony with Principle 1 & 6 of International Law [archive.fo/tmncz], the 5 protocols of the Convention on Conventional Weapons (CCW) [archive.fo/LhUTj], and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights [archive.fo/U1Ota].
Peace News [peaceblog.wordpress.com], Costs of War (Brown University) [watson.brown.edu/costsofwar].


* "Lessons That Should Have Been Learned From NATO’s Destruction of Libya" (2018-07-13, counterpunch.org) [archive.fo/EXu9W]

* "Iran's FM: US destabilizing world through massive arms exports; Iran's foreign minister has denounced the United States as the world's leading weapons seller, saying Washington's excessive arms exports undermine global peace" (2018-07-19, presstv.com) [archive.fo/tHMIv]
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* "THE SHADOW OF TORTURE BEHIND TRUMP’S BRITAIN VISIT" (2018-07-16,aclu.org, via popularresistance.org) [archive.fo/OvHwU]

* "UK doubles arms deals with governments on its own rights blacklist: Report; The UK has almost doubled its arms deals with governments that it has blacklisted as violators of human rights, figures show" (2018-07-19, presstv.com) [archive.fo/4HFUX]
* "UK arms sales serving interest of few in Britain: Expert; Britain’s arms sale to autocratic regimes around the world, especially in the Persian Gulf region, is a long-standing policy which only serves a small portion of the country’s population, an expert says" (2018-07-19, presstv.com) [archive.fo/CEwWL]

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BAY AREA PEACE COUNCIL
Justice for Refugees!

* "UN urges Australia to stop separating refugees; The United Nations voiced alarm Tuesday at Australia's decision to "actively and indefinitely separate" the family of a recognized refugee in the country by deporting her husband to Sri Lanka" (2018-07-17, presstv.com) [archive.fo/eulAy]
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* "Hungary says will quit UN migration pact before final approval; Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto says the European country will quit the United Nations migration pact before its final approval" (2018-07-18, presstv.com) [archive.fo/SXMJV]

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BAY AREA PEACE COUNCIL's
NATO Watch
USA-lead military alliance providing Global Security, operating within 149 sovereign states [archive.li/y1nRC] [archive.is/c7OcM]

* "Trump, NATO and ‘Russian aggression’ ; The US President's blitzkrieg at the Brussels summit, calling NATO obsolete and for member states to boost spending to defend themselves is correct" (2018-07-13, by Pepe Escobar) [is.gd/qpCzGJ]
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* "Closer ties with Ukraine, Georgia would have dire consequences for NATO: Putin; Russian President Vladimir Putin has expressed his strong opposition to the expansion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) eastward, warning the US-led military alliance against unspecified consequences in case it seeks to forge closer ties with Ukraine and Georgia" (2018-07-19, presstv.com) [archive.fo/eDydI]
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* "Spain to build five warships for Saudi Arabia under new deal; Madrid has inked a military deal with the Riyadh regime, which would see a Spanish firm build five warships for Saudi Arabia, despite an international cry against the sales of military equipment to the kingdom amid its bloody war on impoverished Yemen" (2018-07-19, presstv.com) [archive.fo/7crle]

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NATO Watch: 
Articles reflecting the views of war planners
(warontherocks.com) [archive.fo/69odf]


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NATO Watch: 
Weapons for a New World Order & the Militarization of Space


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BAY AREA PEACE COUNCIL's 
NEW COLD WAR NEWS 
Documenting hostile actions by the USA & Allies against the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) & Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) state alliances

* "Mike Pompeo accuses Russia of undermining Western democracy; US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has accused Russia of trying to undermine Western democracies for decades and said it will continue for the foreseeable future, citing the alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election as an example" (2018-07-20, presstv.com) [archive.fo/scz73]
* "Chomsky: With U.S. History of Overthrowing Govts, Outrage over Russian Hacking Claims is Laughable" (2017-04-04, democracynow.org) [archive.fo/3FUaJ]
* "Government’s Own Data Shows US Interfered In 81 Foreign Elections; Ask an average American who makes a habit of following government-mouthpiece corporate media about interference in national elections and you’ll likely elicit a nebulous response concerning Russian hackers and a plan to install Donald Trump in the White House — but you probably won’t hear a single syllable pertaining to United States government’s actual attempts to do the same" (2017-03-22, by Claire Bernish, mintpressnews.com) [archive.is/ciWQH]

* "Trump represents clash of civilizations ideology: Analyst; US President Donald Trump represents a “clash of civilizations” ideology that pits the Judeo-Christian heritage of West against the atheistic secularism of Europe, the Islamic Revolution of Iran and the non-Christian Confucianist based ideology of China and the East, says an American political analyst" (2018-07-19, presstv.com) [archive.fo/Y9Sj2]
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* "China says US dragging entire global economy into place of danger; China has once again censured the United States for its trade policies, saying Washington would be to blame for a chaotic global economy if it sticks with its “willful” decisions on trade" (2018-07-18, presstv.com) [archive.fo/FeWkb]

* "US files complaints with WTO over retaliatory tariffs; The United States has filed five separate complaints at the World Trade Organization (WTO) challenging retaliatory tariffs imposed by China, Canada, Mexico, Turkey and the European Union, following American duties on steel and aluminum" (2018-07-17, presstv.com) [archive.fo/TZnne]
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* "EU's Juncker, US president to hold trade talks on July 25; European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker plans to hold trade talks with US President Donald Trump in Washington on July 25 amid the ongoing row between the two sides on additional tariffs" (2018-07-17, presstv.com) [archive.fo/jP8rE]
* "Trump views EU, not Russia, as problem for trade: Analyst; US President Donald Trump views the European Union “as a problem” amid a trade war with major allies in Europe, but he appreciates Russia as a potential trade partner, says an analyst" (2018-07-18, presstv.com) [archive.fo/7Txq5]
* "EU, US relations sinking further after divisive Trump tour; After a week of the worst barrage of insults yet from US President Donald Trump, the European Union is looking westward toward the White House less and less" (2018-07-18, presstv.com) [archive.fo/55a0X]
* "US trying ‘in vain’ to split EU on trade, says European Commission chief; European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says the EU will remain indivisible in the face of US bids to split the bloc on trade through encouraging bilateral deals with member states" (2018-07-18, presstv.com) [archive.fo/5UVKe]
* " ‘They truly have taken advantage of US,’ Trump slams EU; US President Donald Trump has lambasted the European Union (EU) for slapping a record 5.1-billion-dollar (4.34-billion-euro) fine on US tech giant Google over antitrust violations" (2018-07-20, presstv.com) [archive.fo/Fg8yB], image caption: US President Donald Trump gestures after arriving for the North Atlantic Council meeting during the NATO summit, at the NATO headquarters in Brussels, on July 11, 2018.


* "EU activates law on protecting Iran trade: Mogherini; European countries have activated a blocking statute that prohibits companies from complying with US sanctions on Iran, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini says; The measure is the first practical step taken by the Europeans against unilateral US sanctions on Iran" (2018-07-17, presstv.com) [archive.fo/FDjlG]


* "Japan signs trade deal with EU to clear tariffs; Japan and the European Union have finalized a major trade agreement that would eliminate tariffs for any exports between the two countries" (2018-07-17, presstv.com) [archive.fo/SrYym]

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NEW COLD WAR FrontlinePeople's Republic of China (SCO leading member)

* "Trump threatens tariffs on all $500 billion of Chinese imports" (2018-07-20, reuters.com) [archive.is/3p46u]
* "Trump says is ‘ready’ to slap tariffs on all Chinese imports; US President Donald Trump has expressed readiness to intensify his trade war with China by imposing tariffs on all $500 billion of imports from the world's second largest economy" (2018-07-20, presstv.com) [archive.fo/RFFgG]
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Updates on Taiwan Province and its associated territories
Political status of Taiwan [archive.is/OJxrL], whose question originates from the Peace Treaty of San Francisco, 1945, which states the USA as the Principle Occupying Power [is.gd/13HzLx] over Taiwan.

* "Roger Lin's mission to expel the Republic of China from Taiwan interrupted by fraud arrest" (2018-07-16, by Michael Richardson) [archive.fo/UBqkl], image caption: Roger Lin poses with book he authored about Taiwan status

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USA hostilities against The Prefecture of Sansha city in the South China Sea


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Updates on the Gelug Government-in-Exile for Tibet (USA State Dept.)


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NEW COLD WAR FrontlineFederation of Russia (EEU & SCO leading member)

* "Trump and Putin summit in Helsinki" (2018-07-16, by Dave Lefcourt) [archive.fo/fwbup]
* "German chancellor says Putin-Trump plans for new talks 'good for all' ; German Chancellor Angela Merkel says it is "good for all" that US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin seek to hold new talks following the two leaders' meeting in the Finnish capital of Helsinki earlier this week" (2018-07-20, presstv.com) [archive.fo/dT22H]
* "Russia, US relations being hindered by Washington political games; Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that Moscow-Washington relations should not be hindered by internal political issues in the US" (2018-07-17, presstv.com) [archive.fo/5CTLA]
* "American elements hold US-Russia ties hostage: Pundit; Elements in the deep state of American policy-makers have taken Washington-Moscow relations as well as global security hostage, says an analyst" (2018-07-17, presstv.com) [archive.fo/U5dMg]
* "Trump-Putin Summit Ends With Talk of Cooperation, Lawmakers Furious Pelosi: Weakness proves Russians have something on Trump" (2018-07-16, antiwar.com) [archive.is/gVCur]
* "Trump meeting with Putin draws rebuke from Republican leaders; US President Donald Trump’s news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday has stunned Republican Party lawmakers in Congress, who are warning Trump not to treat Putin as an ally" (2018-07-17, presstv.com) [archive.fo/X8fWU]
* " ‘Utter loss of shame in political leaders,’ Obama speaks up after Trump-Putin summit; ‘Utter loss of shame in political leaders,’ Obama speaks up after Trump-Putin summit" (2018-07-17, presstv.com) [archive.fo/ypC8g], image caption: Former US President Barack Obama (R) speaks next to the Chancellor of the University of Johannesburg, Professor Njabulo Ndebele (L), South African President Cyril Ramaphosa (2ndL) and Patrice Motsepe, businessman and founder of the Motsepe Foundation, during the 2018 Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture at the Wanderers cricket stadium in Johannesburg on July 17, 2018.


* "Polish prime minister chides Trump, says Russia’s threat not over yet; Poland, a member of NATO, has criticized US President Donald Trump over his overture to Russia, saying he should have understood that there was still a huge threat from Russia which needed more consolidation of NATO efforts in Eastern Europe" (2018-07-17, presstv.com) [archive.fo/UcN2i]

* "US media vilifying Trump-Putin summit: Pundit; US President Donald Trump’s rivals are using the mainstream media to “vilify” his recent meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, where he tried to establish better ties with the old adversary, says an American pundit" (2018-07-17, presstv.com) [archive.fo/R0LGn]
* "US Media is Losing Its Mind Over Trump-Putin Press Conference; The media’s mania over Trump’s Helsinki performance and the so-called Russia-gate scandal reached new depths on Monday" (2018-07-16, consortiumnews.com) [archive.is/Pbp7k]

* "Wild Conspiracy Theories Only Obscure Trump’s Blunder On Russia; Trump's supporters will forgive the president's blunders if his actions bear the results he's promising. In the meantime, Trump's critics don't need to make up or exaggerate the mistakes he's made" (2018-07-17, thefederalist.com) [archive.is/vWj22]


* "Trump backpedals, now says Moscow meddled in US election; US President Donald Trump has gone back on his earlier remarks in Finland about Russian meddling in the 2016 US election, a day after he ignited a nationwide and bipartisan furor by siding with Russian President Vladimir Putin" (2018-07-18, presstv.com) [archive.fo/duRYc]
* "Russia urges US to produce evidence for vote hacking claims; The United States should provide proof that Russia interfered in its 2016 presidential election, Russian Ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov has said, days after a seemingly amicable summit between US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin" (2018-07-18, presstv.com) [archive.fo/PmPmL]

* "I’m toughest US president on Russia and Putin knows that: Trump; Struggling to deal with criticism about his handling of a recent meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, US President Donald Trump has claimed that none of his predecessors have been as tough on Russia as him" (2018-07-19, presstv.com) [archive.fo/71FGR]
* "Besieged by reporters, Sanders defends Trump’s toughness on Russia after Helsinki summit; White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders hits back at reporters wondering why US President Donald Trump undermined his intelligence community’s assessment on alleged Russia meddling and instead sided with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Finland" (2018-07-19, presstv.com) [archive.fo/XlRrL]

* "US Senate warns White House: No Russian interrogation of American officials allowed; The United States Senate has unanimously passed a resolution banning the questioning of any US official by Russia, in an explicit warning to US President Donald Trump, who earlier implicitly agreed to cooperate with Moscow on the interrogation of American officials before his staff walked back that notion" (2018-07-20, presstv.com) [archive.fo/OZAci]

* "Despite backtracking on Russia meddling comments, Trump invites Putin to US; US President Donald Trump has invited his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, to Washington, boosting a hailstorm of criticism against his administration’s relations with Moscow" (2018-07-20, presstv.com) [archive.fo/VyhkO]
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* "Putin says ‘pathetic, worthless’ US forces oppose improvement of Russia-US ties; Russian President Vladimir Putin has denounced the US opposition to his American counterpart Donald Trump as “pathetic, worthless people” willing to sacrifice Moscow-Washington relations to their own interests" (2018-07-19, presstv.com) [archive.fo/Tk67R]
* "Meet the Corrupt Billionaire Who Has Brought About a New Cold War" (2018-02-01, strategic-culture.org) [archive.is/ouI47] [begin excerpt]:
Israel Shamir, a keen observer of the American-Russian relationship, and celebrated American journalist Robert Parry both think that one man deserves much of the credit for the new Cold War and that man is William Browder, a hedge fund operator who made his fortune in the corrupt 1990s world of Russian commodities trading.
Browder is also symptomatic of why the United States government is so poorly informed about international developments as he is the source of much of the Congressional “expert testimony” contributing to the current impasse. He has somehow emerged as a trusted source in spite of the fact that he has self-interest in cultivating a certain outcome. Also ignored is his renunciation of American citizenship in 1998, reportedly to avoid taxes. He is now a British citizen.
Browder is notoriously the man behind the 2012 Magnitsky Act, which exploited Congressional willingness to demonize Russia and has done so much to poison relations between Washington and Moscow. The Act sanctioned individual Russian officials, which Moscow has rightly seen as unwarranted interference in the operation of its judicial system.
Browder, a media favorite who self-promotes as “Putin’s enemy #1,” portrays himself as a selfless human rights advocate, but is he? He has used his fortune to threaten lawsuits for anyone who challenges his version of events, effectively silencing many critics. He claims that his accountant Sergei Magnitsky was a crusading "lawyer" who discovered a $230 million tax-fraud scheme that involved the Browder business interest Hermitage Capital but was, in fact, engineered by corrupt Russian police officers who arrested Magnitsky and enabled his death in a Russian jail.
Many have been skeptical of the Browder narrative, suspecting that the fraud was in fact concocted by Browder and his accountant Magnitsky. A Russian court recently supported that alternative narrative, ruling in late December that Browder had deliberately bankrupted his company and engaged in tax evasion. He was sentenced to nine years prison in absentia. [end excerpt]
* "Hermitage Capital's Browder Sentenced In Absentia By Moscow Court" (2017-12-29, rferl.org) [archive.is/cVHXm]
* "The Untouchable Mr. Browder? The Browder affair is a heady upper-class Jewish cocktail of money, spies, politicians and international crime" (2018-06-20, by Israel Shamir) [archive.is/oF6r6] [begin excerpt]: Who is this extremely influential man? A businessman, a politician, a spy? The American-born Jewish tycoon William Browder, says The Jewish Chronicle [archive.is/LRTWg], considers himself Putin’s Number One enemy. For him, Putin is “no friend of the Jews”, “cold-blooded killer” and even “criminal dictator who is not too different from Hitler, Mussolini or Gadhafi”. More to a point, Browder is the man who contributed most to the new cold war between the West and Russia. The roots were there, still he made them blossom. If the US and Russia haven’t yet exchanged nuclear salvos, do not blame Browder: he tried. For a valid reason, too: he was hit by cruel Hitler-like Mr Putin into his most susceptible spot, namely his pocket. Or was there even a better reason?
Browder, a grandson of the US Communist leader, came to Russia at its weakest point after the Soviet collapse, and grabbed an enormous fortune by opaque financial transactions. Such fortunes are not amassed by the pure of spirit. He was a ruthless man who did as much as any oligarch to enrich himself.
Eventually he ran afoul of Mr Putin, who was (and is) very tolerant of oligarchs as long as they play by the rules. The oligarchs would not be oligarchs if they would found that an easy condition. Some of them tried to fight back: Khodorkovsky landed in jail, Berezovsky and Gusinsky went to exile. Browder had a special position: he was the only Jewish oligarch in Russia who never bothered to acquire the Russian citizenship. He was barred from returning to Russia, and his companies were audited and found wanting.
As you’d expect, huge tax evasion was discovered. [end excerpt]
-  image caption: William F. Browder, Chief Executive Officer Hermitage Capital Management.

* "Be careful of Putin, he is a true enemy of Jews; INTERVIEW: William Browder" (2015-11-05, thejc.com) [archive.is/LRTWg]:
- image caption: Fearless: But William Browder believes that his opposition to Putin is necessary

Vladimir Putin is no friend of the Jews. So says William Browder, the American-born Jewish tycoon who describes himself as the leader's "number one enemy" in his book: Red Notice.
Browder, 51, is on a mission to bring down the Russian president, the feared leader who has helped transform this world-renowned financier into a leading human rights activist.
I have come to meet Browder, the founder of investment fund Hermitage Capital Management, who made his fortune as the largest foreign investor in Russia until 2005, at his central London offices.
Ever since he was deported from Moscow in 2005, he has set his sights on exposing corruption in Russia and Putin, whom he once supported, as a: "sociopath", "cold-blooded killer" and "criminal dictator who is not too different to Hitler, Mussolini or Gadaffi".
With undertones of a thriller, Browder tells his (almost unbelievable) story through his book. After his expulsion, the Kremlin served an unsuccessful red notice (similar to an international arrest warrant) to Interpol against Browder - indicting him for tax evasion in absentia. In turn, Browder hired a legal team to protect him. One of those Russian lawyers, Sergei Magnitsky, discovered that officials had stolen $230 million as part of an elaborate tax fraud.
As a result of the exposure, Magnitsky, a 37-year-old father of two, was imprisoned and tortured for 358 days and in 2009, brutally beaten to death.
The death still haunts Browder. His voice quietens and he looks away at any mention of Magnitsky; he feels responsible for his death and is now determined to get "justice".
Equally, he stiffens at any mention of Putin that may be construed as positive.
Some people, I say, would consider Putin to be a friend of the Jews - or, at least, not an enemy. After all, he donated one month of his salary towards the construction of Moscow's Jewish Museum and Tolerance Centre, the largest Jewish museum in the world. He appears to be "friendly" with leading communal figures, including Moshe Kantor, president of the European Jewish Congress and Russian Chabad Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar. Moreover, he did send a Rosh Hashanah message to the Jewish community - so surprisingly sweet it went viral.
In September, Putin even posed for a meet, greet and handshake with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as the two leaders pledged to co-ordinate military actions over Syria.
"He has got a lot of allies in the far-right who are virulently antisemitic," Browder hits back. "Putin is pretty smart about who he should or should not alienate. He knows that, if he alienates Jewish people, he alienates a very powerful group of people around the world."
He continues: "Putin has sent over several thousand troops to Syria to effectively engage on behalf of Bashar al-Assad.
"He was one of the people pushing hardest for sanctions to be lifted against Iran.
"I do not see how that makes him a friend of the Jews and Israel. Supporting Iran and Syria - I would say that makes him an enemy of Israel. Just because he has attended a synagogue, that does not make him a friend of Jewish people."
Ever since his extradition, Browder has spoken out against Putin to every media outlet, government contact or lawmaker who'll listen. His office building is laden with framed newspaper cuttings, taken from interviews he has given to publications in the UK and elsewhere including US and Asia.
And his campaign has been successful. In 2012, the US Congress passed the Magnitsky Law which blocked 18 officials implicated in his murder from entering the US or using US banking. In response, Putin ended the practice of adoption of Russian babies by American couples.
In 2013, a Russian judge sentenced Browder to nine years in jail in absentia and a dead Magnitsky was posthumously convicted of tax evasion.
"There are now criminal cases going on in more than a dozen different countries in relation to the money laundering of proceeds of the crime that Sergei had uncovered," he adds. "I do believe it will bring a positive change in the world."
But irritating one of the most dangerous men in the world has come at a personal cost.
Browder says countless threats have been made against his life. He takes precautions, but for obvious reasons does not disclose what they are.
"The Russian government has threatened to kill me. They're trying very hard to arrest me, to get me back to Russia so they can torture and kill me in prison. There have been kidnapping threats, lawsuits, arrest warrants and Interpol arrest notices."
He reels this off calmly, almost too calmly. "When you are doing this for as long as I have, you become inured to the fear," he explains. "As a famous Mexican revolutionary once said: 'I would rather die standing up than live my life on my knees'. I won't live my life cowering in fear."
Browder has a revolutionary air; which is unsurprising given his background. His grandfather Earl Browder was the leader of the American Communist Party and twice ran for president. But, as a teenager, Browder chose a unique route to rebel against his parents.
"I figured out that the best way to rebel from a family of communists was to put on a suit and tie and become a capitalist! For many years, my parents had a hard time with that," laughs Browder, whose company was at one time the best performing investment fund in the world.
He adds: "I was never driven by the money. In my family, everyone is very accomplished in whatever their profession.
My grandfather was leader of the Communist Party. My father [Felix] was a mathematician and winner of the National Medal of Science in the United States.
"So when I went into finance, my goal was to be the best in that field."
But now, that world has been put behind him. "Business was fun and interesting but it doesn't create the same moral satisfaction as fighting for justice," he says.
Browder now lives in London. He married his first wife in Marble Arch Synagogue and his son was barmitzvahed; a ceremony he never had.
"I am a British citizen with an American background," he concludes. "I feel a mixture of everything. I've lived half my life in America and half here. My accent and many mannerisms are American, but when I'm there I also feel foreign."
It's hard to know what Browder will do next. He rules out any government ambitions, instead saying he can achieve more by lobbying it.
This summer, he says he met "big Hollywood players" in a bid to turn his book into a major film.
"The most important next step in the campaign is to adapt the book into a Hollywood feature film," he says. "I have been approached by many film-makers and spent part of the summer in LA meeting with screenwriters, producers and directors to figure out what the best constellation of players will be on this.
"There are a lot of people looking at it. It's still difficult to say who we will end up choosing. There are many interesting options, but I'm not going to name any names.
"This is a classic Hollywood good versus evil tale, the true story of one man's fight for justice - and there's nothing more compelling getting some justice in a highly unjust world.
"Putin is going to go crazy when this film gets made."
Red Notice: How I became Putin's No 1 enemy by Bill Browder, £18.99

* "US Screening of Controversial Russian Film Ends in Ruckus" (2016-06-13, AP newswire, via nytimes.com) [archive.is/pSQXF]
* "Bill Browder Forces Cancellation of Film Critical of Him Minutes Before Screening in Brussels; '... the case against Browder that Nekrasov unintentionally stumbled upon when making the film is clearly so persuasive and so massive that even some leading members of the anti-Putin coalition in Europe feel strongly that the truth must out, whatever the consequences' " (2016-04-28, by Gilbert Doctorow) [archive.is/A7ibV]

* "Putin Claims U.S. Intelligence Agents Funneled $400 Million To Clinton Campaign" (2018-07-17, zerohedge.com) [archive.is/E4407] [begin excerpt]: Vladimir Putin made a bombshell claim during Monday's joint press conference with President Trump in Helsinki, Finland, when the Russian President said some $400 million in illegally earned profits was funneled to the Clinton campaign by associates of American-born British financier Bill Browder - at one time the largest foreign portfolio investors in Russia. The scheme involved members of the U.S. intelligence community, said Putin, who he said "accompanied and guided these transactions."
Browder made billions in Russia during the 90's. In December, a Moscow court sentenced Browder in absentia to nine years in prison for tax fraud, while he was also found guilty of tax evasion in a separate 2013 case. Putin accused Browder's associates of illegally earning over than $1.5 billion without paying Russian taxes, before sending $400 million to Clinton. After offering to allow special counsel Robert Mueller's team to come to Russia for their investigation - as long as there was a reciprocal arrangement for Russian intelligence to investigate in the U.S., Putin said this [archive.is/z2vtl]:
"For instance, we can bring up Mr. Browder, in this particular case.  Business associates of Mr. Browder have earned over $1.5 billion in Russia and never paid any taxes neither in Russia or the United States and yet the money escaped the country. They were transferred to the United States. They sent [a] huge amount of money, $400,000,000, as a contribution to the campaign of Hillary Clinton.  Well that’s their personal case.
"It might have been legal, the contribution itself but the way the money was earned was illegal.  So we have solid reason to believe that some [US] intelligence officers accompanied and guided these transactions.  So we have an interest in questioning them." [end excerpt]

* "Putin is Anointed King, but Big Capital has the Real Power – RAI with A. Buzgalin, Part 7 of 12; On Reality Asserts Itself, Prof. Aleksandr Buzgalin says after the chaotic ‘90’s, the Russian oligarchs needed a stronger central state to defend their class interests, but Putin’s individual power should not be exaggerated" (2018-07-20, therealnews.com) [archive.is/sFJz3]
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#RussiaGate

* "PURELY POLITICAL: Don’t Expect Any Real Evidence in the ‘12 Russians’ Indictment" (2018-07-16, 21stcenturywire.com) [archive.is/uaC2s]

* "Trump, Americans and Putin Have a Common Problem: The US Deep State; During the "hot mic incident" Barack Obama promised Dmitry Medvedev to be "flexible", and yet the mainstream media refrained from calling Obama a traitor. The double standard is obvious and so is the fact that Russian collusion is merely a pretext for bashing Trump" (2018-07-20, by Ivan Danilov, sputniknews.com) [archive.is/t54wx]


Are they going to indict everybody who didn’t vote for Hillary for treason too?
* "Indictment: Russians also tried to help Bernie Sanders, Jill Stein presidential campaigns; Special counsel Robert Mueller’s office said on Friday that a federal grand jury has indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities accused of interfering with U.S. elections and political processes" (2018-02-17, usatoday.com) [archive.is/QKLT4]

Because the electoral college is a thing-


* "Republicans block Democrat attempt to subpoena Trump interpreter" (2018-07-19, abcnews.go.com) [archive.is/jpejR]




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* "Russian woman arrested in Washington, charged with spying for Moscow; A Russian woman has been arrested and charged in the United States with conspiracy to act as a Russian government agent by developing ties with American citizens and infiltrating political groups" (2018-07-17, presstv.com) [archive.fo/Hn8PC]
* "US arrest of Russian attempt to undermine Trump-Putin summit; Russia's Foreign Ministry says the arrest this week of a Russian national in the United States was a deliberate attempt to undermine a summit between President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Donald Trump in Helsinki, Finland" (2018-07-18, presstv.com) [archive.fo/u63hB]
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* " ‘UK identifies Russian suspects in Skripals poisoning case’ ; British police have reportedly identified several Russian nationals suspected of having been behind an alleged nerve agent poisoning incident in which former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter were injured more than four months ago" (2018-07-19, presstv.com) [archive.fo/2MBai]
* "Russian president denounces ‘ungrounded accusations’ after UK nerve agent incidents; Russian President Vladimir Putin has once again strongly rejected “ungrounded accusations” leveled by the British government against Russia that Moscow could have been behind two separate cases of poisoning incidents in which, according to the UK authorities, a woman has so far lost her life and three others have been injured by a nerve agent in southern England" (2018-07-17, presstv.com) [archive.fo/imgyY]

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NEW COLD WAR Frontline: The People's Republics of Donetsk & Lunghask in the Donbass region

* "US releases $200 million in defensive aid to Ukraine as Moscow seeks better ties" (2018-07-20, cnn.com) [archive.is/FR4Iw]

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NEW COLD WAR FrontlineThe ALBA states
Documenting hostile actions by USA, NATO & Allies against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Republic of Cuba, Nicaragua, the people of Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Brazil, and Latin America!


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The ALBA states: Republic of Cuba


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The ALBA states: Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

* "A Deeper Look Into US Military Interference in Venezuela; On the eve of Venezuela's Independence Day, which was celebrated on July 5, a news report published by AP, specifying Donald Trump’s remarks on invading Venezuela, has once again raised concerns in the Latin American country" (2018-07-09, sputniknews.com) [archive.is/bOyAn]
* "Mark Weisbrot: Trump’s Threats to Invade Venezuela Are Part of U.S. Strategy of Regime Change" (2018-07-11, democracynow.org) [archive.is/Z6OP6]
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The ALBA states: Republic of Nicaragua

* "Groups linked to state using lethal force in Nicaragua: UN chief; UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has alleged that groups tied to Nicaragua’s socialist government are using “lethal” force against opposition protesters, calling for an end to the deadly unrest in the Central American country" (2018-07-17, presstv.com) [archive.fo/O4Nn7]

* "Nicaragua police move against opposition stronghold; Nicaraguan security forces have launched an operation to clear barricades set-up by opposition protesters near the city of Masaya, with reports of clashes between the government and anti-government forces" (2018-07-18, presstv.com) [archive.fo/JXQ7k], image caption: An anti-government demonstrator fires a homemade mortar at the Monimbo neighborhood in Masaya, Nicaragua, on July 11, 2018.

* "Nicaragua forces retake opposition stronghold; Nicaraguan government forces have established control over a key opposition stronghold near the capital, Managua, following a long battle with anti-government protesters there who demand the ouster of President Daniel Ortega over an alleged violent crackdown on dissent" (2018-07-19, presstv.com) [archive.fo/GBKkt]

* "Nicaragua’s leader says US, Catholic bishops behind deadly unrest; Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega says “satanical criminals,” Catholic bishops and the US are behind a wave of unrest that has gripped the Central American nation for months" (2018-07-20, presstv.com) [archive.fo/GK0rh]

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NEW COLD WAR FrontlineDemocratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)
[ncnk.org]; "History of U.S. Sabotage of Korean Peace and Reunification" (2001) [archive.fo/hyFlf]

* "Trump says 'no time limit' for North Korea denuclearization; US President Donald Trump says he does not want to rush to denuclearize North Korea under a deal he reached with Kim Jong-un last month, a shift in tone from when the US leader said the process would begin very soon" (2018-07-18, presstv.com) [archive.fo/zHug7]
* (2018-07-20, facebook.com/choson.exchange) [archive.is/xT60U]: This #SingaporeSummit commemorating President Trump meeting Chairman Kim Jong Un in a historic US and #NorthKorea meet just came in the mail today! Join us in NK today! Www.chosonexchange.org/join

* "North Korea unlikely to denuclearize in 1 year: US intelligence chief; The United States’ intelligence chief says North Korea is unlikely to denuclearize in one year, even though Pyongyang can, according to him, “technically” do so and as another US official has claimed it can" (2018-07-20, presstv.com) [archive.fo/KOV9w]
* "South Korea says North has shown 'clear commitment' to denuclearization; South Korea’s foreign minister says North Korea has shown a "clear commitment" to complete denuclearization amid attempts by the United States to pressure Pyongyang" (2018-07-20, presstv.com) [archive.fo/hiZF2]
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* "Beijing reports major drop in trade with Pyongyang as sanctions hold; Latest trade figures show China’s imports from North Korea in June plunged by 92.6 percent compared to the same period last year with officials blaming UN sanctions against Pyongyang for the record low level of trade between the two countries" (2018-07-18, presstv.com) [archive.fo/ap4ks]
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* (2018-07-21, by Felix Abt, @ACapitalistInNorthKorea)
- [archive.is/Gke0B]: SLAVES -
North Korea pundits and human rights activists found a new market niche and are now calling the DPRK the country with "the highest prevalence of slavery" in any nation: Obviously workers, students, soldiers etc. helping out in the rice fields twice a year are the new slaves...
* "North Korea Is Slavery Capital of the World, Report Says; North Korea is the global capital of modern-day slavery, according to a new study. Home to some 2.6 million forced laborers, the secretive nation has the highest prevalence of slavery in any nation" (2018-07-19, newsweek.com) [archive.is/OZF5K]
- [archive.is/UVvaj]: SHAMELESS, SELF-SERVING ACADEMICS -
The North Koreans I met didn't mind being "forced labor" as they could save enough money to open a restaurant, buy a shop or run a small garments operation with their savings, even though the lion share of their income went to the state. For many North Koreans who would like to work abroad it's a dream which has now been shattered by North Korea sanctions. And they wouldn't understand these academics who live a good life in the West helping take the opportunity away from ordinary North Koreans of living a better life back home and of becoming part of an emerging middle class.
Universiteit Leiden / Leiden University

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NEW COLD WAR Frontline: Arab Republic of Syria (EEU Affiliate)

* "A Bosnian signs off weapons he says are going to Saudi Arabia – but how did his signature turn up in Aleppo? Exclusive: The documents, some lying amid smashed guns and shrapnel, provided the most intriguing paper trail yet discovered of just who is producing the weapons that have armed the Assad regime’s most ferocious Islamist opponents" (2018-07-19, independent.co.uk) [archive.is/AEBd7]

* "Syrian govt. forces discover Israeli-made bombs in militant weapons cache; Syrian government forces have discovered Israeli-made bombs inside a weapons cache belonging to foreign-sponsored Takfiri militants in the country's western-central province of Hama as they continue to make territorial gains in battles against the extremists" (2018-07-17, presstv.com) [archive.fo/mUDDk]
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* "Iran’s presence in Syria legitimate, at Damascus’ invitation: Russian envoy; Russia’s ambassador to Tehran says Iran’s military advisory role in Syria is “legitimate” as it comes at the request of the legal administration in Damascus, praising joint Iran-Russia efforts to eliminate terrorism from the Arab state and find a political solution to the conflict there" (2018-07-18, presstv.com) [archive.fo/3d9z8]

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NEW COLD WAR FrontlineIslamic Republic of Iran (EEU Member)

* "ICJ confirms Iran's lawsuit against US over re-imposing sanctions; The International Court of Justice has confirmed Iran's filling of a lawsuit against the United States over its re-imposing sanctions against the Islamic Republic" (2018-07-17, presstv.com) [archive.fo/qWKMG]

* "US sanctions to help China buy more Iran oil: WSJ; The US government is expecting Iran’s oil clients to sharply cut imports from the country under the threat of sanctions but senior American officials believe China is likely to buy even more Iranian crude" (2018-07-18, presstv.com) [archive.fo/XPbkH]

* "Europe takes 1st practical step toward direct Iran trade: Report; European economic powerhouses Germany, France and the UK have reportedly notified Tehran that they seek to open direct banking channels with the Islamic Republic, in what would be the first practical step to sustain the 2015 nuclear deal and sidestep the US, which has unilaterally withdrawn from the accord" (2018-07-19, presstv.com) [archive.fo/Q0AYj]

* "New steel mill to offset Russian halt to Iran sales; Iran’s opening of a new steel mill in central Isfahan last month will offset a cut in sales of hot-rolled (HR) steel coils in the face of looming unilateral US sanctions, officials say" (2018-07-18, presstv.com) [archive.fo/vSKG2]

* "US sends team to Turkey to discuss Iran sanctions; Turkey says it expects a delegation from the United States which it says would discuss sanctions against Iran" (2018-07-20, presstv.com) [archive.fo/XXoNW]
* "Turkey says working to avoid repercussions of US sanctions on Iran; Turkey's Foreign Ministry says the country's officials are working to prevent Ankara from being negatively affected by the US move to re-impose nuclear sanctions against Iran in the wake of Washington's withdrawal from a historic nuclear deal signed between the Islamic Republic and the P5+1 group of countries in 2015" (2018-07-20, presstv.com) [archive.fo/L09le]
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* "Iran ready to increase enrichment if deal fails: AEOI; Spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Behrouz Kamalvandi says Tehran is prepared to increase its uranium enrichment to higher levels if nuclear deal salvaging with the EU fall through" (2018-07-17, presstv.com) [archive.fo/2dBAo]
* "Iran builds new rotor factory for centrifuges; Iran’s nuclear chief says the country has completed the construction of an advanced factory specializing in the manufacturing of centrifuge rotors in order to enhance its uranium enrichment capacity without violating the limits set by the 2015 nuclear deal" (2018-07-18, presstv.com) [archive.fo/CKaTU]

* "Leaked Netanyahu Tape: We Made Trump Cancel The Iran Deal" (2018-07-18, zerohedge.com) [archive.is/l6ACn]
* "Iran rejects Israeli claim of stealing nuclear data as 'laughably absurd' ; Iran has dismissed as “laughably absurd” an Israel-fabricated scenario, in which the agents with the regime's Mossad spy agency are claimed to have spirited away loads of "secret documents" on the country's nuclear work from a site in southern Tehran" (2018-07-19, presstv.com) [archive.fo/nB3U4]

* "Foreign Ministry presents report to brief MPs on JCPOA implementation; Iran’s Foreign Ministry has presented a report to the Parliament (Majlis) to brief the lawmakers on the implementation process of the 2015 nuclear deal following Washington’s withdrawal" (2018-07-19, presstv.com) [archive.fo/C9gKW]
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* "Iran, Pakistan to jointly produce defense equipment: Top general; Iran’s top military commander has emphasized the importance of enhancing defense relations with Pakistan, saying the two neighbors are seeking to jointly manufacture defense equipment" (2018-07-17, presstv.com) [archive.fo/sOD80], image caption: akistani President Mamnoon Hussain (C) meets with Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri in Islamabad on July 18, 2018.

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* "Palestine, Muslim nations will eventually eliminate Israeli apartheid: Iran; The Iranian Foreign Ministry says Palestinian people, Muslim countries and "freedom-seeking nations" will eventually "eradicate" the racism propagated by the Israeli regime in the occupied Palestinian territories as the "era of racial discrimination and apartheid" has come to an end" (2018-07-20, presstv.com) [archive.fo/uUR6Q]

* "Mossad admits cooperating with MKO over anti-Iran plot; Israel's spy agency Mossad has openly acknowledged that it cooperated with the MKO terror group over a plot to implicate the Islamic Republic in a would-be bombing in Paris" (2018-07-20, presstv.com) [archive.fo/KEGSN], image caption: A man looks on as head of anti-Iran terrorist group of MKO Maryam Radjavi and former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani pose for pictures during an MKO meeting in Paris, July 30, 2018.

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* "Iran takes World Junior Wushu Championships crown for 1st time; Young Iranian wushu practitioners have displayed impressive physical and mental skills at the seventh edition of the World Junior Wushu Championships in Brazil, and won the title for the first time in both Taolu (form) and Sanda (sparring) disciplines of the prestigious tournament" (2018-07-17, presstv.com) [archive.fo/6cArc], image caption: Iranian wushu practitioners pose for a group photograph at the conclusion of the seventh edition of the World Junior Wushu Championships in Brasilia, Brazil, on July 16, 2018.


* "Iran beats India 48-17 in 2018 Asian Men's Junior Handball Championship; The Iran men’s national junior handball team has chalked up an easy win at the 16th edition of the Asian Men's Junior Handball Championship, routing the Indian squad in its opening match at the preliminary round of the tournament" (2018-07-17, presstv.com) [archive.fo/IEz3e], image caption: The photo shows a view of the match between the Iran men’s national junior handball team (players in white) and India at the 16th edition of the Asian Men's Junior Handball Championship in al-Saada Indoor Hall, Salalah, Oman, on July 16, 2018.


* "Iran brushes aside Germany in 2018 Sitting Volleyball World Championships; The Iran men's national sitting volleyball team has thrashed Germany in consecutive sets at the 2018 World ParaVolley Sitting Volleyball World Championships in the Netherlands" (2018-07-17, presstv.com) [archive.fo/PVrEZ], image caption: The Iran men's national sitting volleyball team


* "Iran downs Yemen in 2018 Asian Men's Junior Handball Championship, progresses to next level; The Iran men’s national junior handball team has maintained its brilliant performance at the 16th edition of the Asian Men's Junior Handball Championship in Oman, and got a berth in the next round of the continental competitions" (2018-07-18, presstv.com) [archive.fo/PqmiX], image caption: The photo shows a view of the match between the Iran men’s national junior handball team (players in red) and Yemen at the 16th edition of the Asian Men's Junior Handball Championship in al-Saada Indoor Hall, Salalah, Oman, on July 17, 2018.


* "Iranian Greco-Roman wrestlers crowned in Asian Junior Championships; The national Iranian junior Greco-Roman wrestling team has featured remarkable displays of grappling skills at the Asian Junior Championships in India, and been crowned as the champion of the continental sports event" (2018-07-18, presstv.com) [archive.fo/rnB6O], image caption: Members of the national Iranian junior Greco-Roman wrestling team pose for a photograph after clinching title at the Asian Junior Championships in New Delhi, India, on July 18, 2018.


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NEW COLD WAR Frontline: Jurisdiction of Yemen 

* "Yemen will allow UN supervision if Hudaydah assault ends: Houthi chief; The leader of Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement says he will not reject the United Nations’ supervisory role in Hudaydah if the Saudi-led coalition ends its weeks-long aggression against the Red Sea port city" (2018-07-18, presstv.com) [archive.fo/Tv3ui]

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