Tuesday, July 18, 2017

July 27th, 2017, Northbay Uprising Radio News

The following list of topics and links to news materials are related to a weekly FM Radio news program, with finished pages posted Tuesdays at [uprisingnews.blogspot.com].
This version updated (2017-07-21)

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

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Sunday, August 27 at 11 AM
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Updates on campaigns for Peace, Justice, & Freedom across the greater Bay Area, Norcal, and Socal


Updates on campaigns across the Nation! 

* " ‘AntiFa leader Kevin’ trolls Fox News with bizarre TV interview" (2017-07-19, rt.com) [archive.fo/8Q3Pk]:
The self-proclaimed “unpredictable provocateur at the helm of Antifa” who prides himself on “smashing the fasc” has ruthlessly trolled both Fox News and CNN in yet another damning indictment of the fourth estate in the digital age.
BG Kumbi (Balaclava Gulag Kumbi), also known as ‘Kevin,’ was invited on the Fox News show ‘Watters’ World’ on July 15 to discuss the increasing violence witnessed at Antifa (anti-fascist) rallies in recent months.
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Host Jesse Watters began the segment by questioning Kevin over an open letter [archive.fo/iPlTe] he allegedly penned calling for liberals and progressives to adopt a more hardline approach.
"It is time for liberals and progressives to lose their illusions about the anarchist movement and our tactics because, quite frankly, you have no-one else willing to fight for you," the letter read.
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Watters then pressed Kevin on the violence which had been prevalent at Antifa marches in recent months with Kevin claiming "right-wing infiltrators" were responsible for the majority before adding that violence is the proper defense against "racists and xenophobes" under the current "Drumpf" administration.
Kevin's trolling reached a whole new level when he was asked about a police horse that was stabbed in the neck at a recent protest, reportedly by a member of Antifa [archive.fo/dijVv].
When asked if the horse was a "racist Trump supporter," Kevin replied "yes" calling the animal a "tool of the police."
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His repeated used the word ‘Drumpf’ is a reference to a hugely popular segment on the late night political satire show ‘Last Week Tonight’ [archive.fo/ny2iB], which immediately went viral.
Eric Trump retweeted [archive.fo/APlPx] Infowars’ Editor-At-Large Paul Joseph Watson [archive.is/N4qU2] who both seemingly fell for the troll.
White House Bureau Chief of the Washington Post Philip Rucker claimed [archive.fo/hLluM] that he and other reporters were present when President Donald Trump was watching this particular episode of ‘Watters’ World.’
- Watter's describes them as "Angry Anti-Trump Protesters demanding, quote, 'The Trump-Pence Regime Must Go', across the country this weekend" (screengrabs):

Kevin subsequently posted a video [archive.fo/6gbWL] in which he claimed that he throws bricks through his own window and blames it on the alt-right and spray paints swastikas on his own synagogues, just to make “Drumpf supporters look bad.”
In his video ("The Truth: How I OWNED both Fox News and CNN in the same day") [youtube.com/watch?v=dupshZbIzEw], Kevin refers to CNN and Fox News as "Tweedle-dee and Tweedle-dumb" respectively, adding that he has “one goal and one goal only: utter freaking chaos.”
“This is what I do all day, I just mess with news all day,” Kevin said.


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



* " 'Lenin's Imperialism in the 21st Century': New Book Explores 1917 Classic 100 Years Later; A new book released in the Philippines collects the work of eight authors who re-examine modern imperialism and monopoly capitalism a century after Lenin's groundbreaking title was published" (2017-07-19, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/Z1RIq] [begin excerpt]:
Published in countless editions and nearly every language in the world, Lenin's contribution to Marxism became a theoretical pillar for workers' movements and anti-colonial national liberation struggles throughout the globe.
A century after the publication of Lenin's Imperialism, the concentration of capital in the hands of an ever-shrinking minority continues to reach obscene levels while the majority of the world remains mired in poverty, bloodshed and crisis.
“Sectarian” bloodshed in the Middle East, paramilitary massacres in South America, ribbon-cutting ceremonies for the latest superhighway, the endless clamor for war in the U.S. press – these sorts of events can only be properly contextualized in light of modern imperialism and capitalism. As Lenin said, “unless this is studied, it will be impossible to understand and appraise modern war and modern politics.”
Placing Lenin's study in a contemporary framework, Manila-based Institute of Political Economy in cooperation with IBON International has just released a collection of essays grappling with the various facets of imperialism for today's audience.
Titled, “Lenin's Imperialism in the 21st Century” and accompanied by a reprint of the original “Highest Stage,” the volume explores the imperialism of 2017 through eight in-depth chapters collecting essays from a range of scholars whose lives have been devoted to the revolutionary struggle against imperialism. [end excerpt]
Note: To order a copy of the book, contact IBON International at [i3d_bookshop@) iboninternational.org]. Paperbacks are US$5. New reprints of Lenin's original "Highest Stage" are US$2.
- Animated .gif with four quotes from the book, and a photo illustration of V.I. Lenin on a backdrop of opulant New York City, and Mosul in ruins:




Black Power! Revive the Community! Defend the Nation!
National News [blackagendareport.com] [atlantablackstar.com] [sfbayview.com]

* "Black residents protest state land grab to power Amazon plant" (2017-07-18, rt.com) [archive.fo/trCv9]


* " 'All Eyez on Me': How Hollywood Depoliticized the Life and Death of Hip Hop Artist Tupac Shakur" (2017-07-18, by James F. Tracy) [archive.fo/61kXB] [begin excerpt]:
“Prevent the Rise of a Messiah” -
A most unsettling facet of All Eyez on Me’s narrative is its glaring isolation of US intelligence involvement in Shakur’s life to his early childhood years, a time when he witnessed surveillance and harassment of both parents due to their political activism. In the same vein, the romanticized depiction of Shakur’s transition from art school dropout to overnight sensation conveniently removes from consideration exactly how Shakur’s combined childhood poverty, black nationalist heritage, activism to quell gang-related violence, and subsequent artistic rise almost certainly made him a target of the very deep state forces then-implicated in the crack cocaine epidemic ravaging black communities. [...]
Death Row Records: An Intelligence Operation?
Among the most significant and conspicuous features of All Eyez on Me’s depoliticized narrative is its failure to probe the true origins of Death Row Records—the label Shakur contracted with in the months leading up to his death, and its linkages to US intelligence and law enforcement.
In 1995 Shakur had served eight months of a one-to-for year term in an upstate New York prison for a sexual assault charge. Death Row’s director, former professional football player Marion “Suge” Knight, reached an agreement with Shakur to post the $1.4 million bond securing the artist’s release in exchange for his agreement to sign with Death Row.
Careful researchers conclude how thereafter Shakur witnessed his own talents reoriented and depraved under Knight’s tutelage and, more importantly, the darker forces behind Death Row.
Death Row was founded with seed money from Michael “Harry O” Harris, an aide to CIA-linked drug trafficker “Freeway” Ricky Ross, and flamboyant mob-linked Los Angeles attorney Dave Kenner. As the founder and owner of Death Row’s parent company, Godfather Entertainment, Kenner oversaw Knight’s management of Death Row.
Despite a string of serious violent crimes, Knight “seemed untouchable,” historian John Potash observes. “[I]t is most likely that Knight made a deal with police, as they failed to arrest him while he ran Death Row Records, until he completed his most important tasks. These tasks appeared to overlap U.S. intelligence’s agenda.”
Knight’s rapid conversion from easy going and gregarious student and college football player at El Camino College and the University of Nevada Las Vegas to a “remote and serious character” with unusual access to resources suggest that powerful forces had entered his life. “Overnight, he had enough money to rent an apartment by himself and to purchase a series of late-model sedans,” journalist Randall Sullivan notes. “He regularly received visitors from Compton, and developed a reputation as perhaps the biggest drug dealer on campus.”
Indeed, research by Potash and Sullivan point to Death Row’s close involvement with local law enforcement and the Los Angeles Police Department’s enlistment of COINTELPRO-style tactics to infiltrate and control the label. Veteran Los Angeles Police detective Russell Poole “discovered ‘dozens and dozens of police officers were working’ at all levels of Death Row Records. Det. Poole was told these officers could be considered ‘troubleshooters or covert agents.” The recording label’s head of security was also a former LAPD employee who “admitted to having many LAPD officers working for him.” [...]
The importance of Shakur’s partnership with Death Row was lost on neither himself or other politically conscious Black figures. For example, after Shakur confided to New African People’s Organization leader Watani Tyehimba, “I know I’m selling my soul to the devil,” the latter excommunicated the rapper. [end excerpt]


information collected by the Committee to Defend Public Education!


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

* "LA residents blame Disneyland for homeless workers" (2017-07-19, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/bkaJN]


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


Updates from the UNI Global Union
Representing more than 20 million workers worldwide [uniglobalunion.org]


Updates from around the world

* "Uruguay Workers Launch General Strike, Halting Infrastructure; Actions were held to demand that President Tabare Vasquez fulfill his promises to increase public investment and support workers’ demands" (2017-07-20, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/zEBmJ], photo caption: Uruguayan workers organized their second strike this year.


* "Greek Hotel Workers Strike Against Neoliberal Labor Reforms; The reforms will lower the minimum wage and weaken labor agreements that protect workers" (2017-07-20, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/SJeDz]




information collected by the Committee to




Community Fascism in

/ itty-bitty Santa Cruz: 

/ Vallejo, the "City of God":


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

* "Body cam footage withheld in 3 Baltimore County police-involved shootings" (2017-04-27, rt.com) [archive.fo/af3pX]
* "Police officer caught ‘planting drugs’ in body-cam footage" (2017-07-19, rt.com) [archive.fo/cRU6w]
* "Baltimore Police Caught Planting Drugs Before Arrest; Police body cameras automatically recorded the incident, before the officer formally activated the device and 'discovered' the package of drugs" (2017-07-20, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/1FYRP]
* "Public Defender Discloses Video Evidence of Officers Planting Drugs; Demands Swift Action by Prosecutors and Thorough Review by Police" (2017-07-19, Office of the Public Defender, State of Maryland)(.pdf) [is.gd/IbiwZY]:
The Office of the Public Defender is concerned that Baltimore City prosecutors persist in pursing
cases involving officers depicted in body camera video footage planting drugs that resulted in a
criminal arrest.
The body camera video shows three officers – one hiding and then “finding” what appears to be
drugs while two other officers look on and take no action. An Assistant Public Defender, who
represented the person charged with the planted drugs, forwarded the video to the State’s
Attorney’s Office last week.
The officers involved are still witnesses in other active cases that are currently being pursued for
prosecution in Baltimore City Circuit Court. The officer whose camera shows him planting the
drugs, Officer Richard Pinheiro, is a witness in approximately 53 active cases. The prosecutor
claimed to be “appalled” by the video and dropped the charges in that case, but no clear policy
has been taken in other cases involving these officers. Officer Pinheiro was called to testify in
another case the following week without any disclosure of this videotape.
“Officer misconduct has been a pervasive issue at the Baltimore Police Department, which is
exacerbated by the lack of accountability.” said Debbie Katz Levi, head of the Baltimore Public
Defender’s Special Litigation Section. “We have long supported the use of police body cameras
to help identify police misconduct, but such footage is meaningless if prosecutors continue to
rely on these officers, especially if they do so without disclosing their bad acts.”
Notably, the video footage has no sound for the portion showing when the evidence was planted,
suggesting that it was turned on shortly afterwards. “Body cameras have an important role to
play in the oversight and accountability of police officers but only if they are used properly and
the footage is taken seriously,” said Levi. “Officers should not be able to decide when to turn the
cameras on and off, and footage like what was presented here needs to result in immediate action
by the State’s Attorney and the Police Department.”
The video footage is available at:
* "Body camera footage shows officer planting drugs, public defender says" (2017-07-19, baltimoresun.com) [archive.fo/Eit4Y], photo caption: The public defender's office says this police body camera footage from a January drug arrest shows an officer placing a bag of drugs in a trash strewn lot. The officer can then be seen walking to the street, where he flips on his body camera, returns to the lot and picks up a soup can containing a bag of drugs. Police cameras have a feature that saves 30 seconds of video prior to activation, but without audio. When the officer is first in the alley, there is no audio until 30 seconds later.


* "Taser-wielding cops accidentally set naked man on fire during arrest" (2017-07-18, rt.com) [archive.fo/amZfj]

* " 'American nightmare': Killing of Australian by US police sparks outrage on other side of world" (2017-07-18, rt.com) [archive.fo/pgYtn]


"War Against The Police"
An archive of articles documenting the facts for the narrative, "FBI Report Blames Black Lives Matter, Media for Killings of Police Officers" [archive.fo/2Xj9w]


Judiciary Watch

* "Local women working for recall of Solano County family court judge" (2017-07-22, thereporter.com) [archive.fo/DOyHE]:
A group of local women marched into the Solano County Hall of Justice Friday to serve a notice of recall to a family court judge they consider guilty of violating the Canons of the California Code of Judicial Ethics.
“Judge (Christine) Carringer recklessly rips children from nurturing, loving, and fit mothers, and gives them to documented abusers,” read a letter composed by Jaclyn Qirreh, who led the event. Qirreh and her group of roughly 10 other women, claim Carringer, and to a lesser extent other family court judges Garry T. Ichikawa and Cynda Unger, have ruled unfairly in cases involving custody battles and domestic violence.
Carringer is a personal injury attorney prior to her appointment to the bench in 2013 by Governor Jerry Brown. Diana Costo, another mother whose case was handled by Carringer, also had harsh words for the controversial judge.
“Children are victims of her,” she claimed Friday in the Hall of Justice. “She refuses to follow the law,”
Costo claims despite her ex-husband’s past arrest for domestic violence, a decision in May by Carringer appointed him all decision-making rights despite receiving joint custody.
“It’s court licensed abuse,” said Amber Cargo-Reed, who led a failed recall effort in 2014 against Judge Unger. “This is a real epidemic in Solano County where judges are disregarding important information that would keep our children safe.”
With Qirreh submitting her recall, Carringer now has seven days to respond. Once Carringer does issue a reply, Qirreh, and company plan to send both their recall notice, in addition to Carringer’s response to local newspapers for publication. Then, with an Election Office approval of their petition, they can begin gathering signatures.
In a span of six months, they will need to acquire 23,972 signatures to get Carringer’s recall on a ballot. Qirreh and others also noted they’re seeking someone else to step up and run to take Carringer’s place.
“This is the people’s remedy,” said Qirreh. “We want to send a message to the community that our courts are not as just as they might believe.”

* "Ohio judge denies death row inmates’ request for more witnesses at executions" (2017-07-19, rt.com) [archive.fo/kV49S]


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]

* "USA: Tear Gas, Guns and Riot Squads: The Police State’s Answer to Free Speech; Forget everything you’ve ever been taught about free speech in America. It’s all a lie. There can be no free speech for the citizenry when the government speaks in a language of force. What is this language of force?" (2017-07-18, truepublica.org.uk) [archive.fo/Qtez8]


* " ‘Key tool’ or policing for profit? DOJ sets new policy on asset forfeiture" (2017-07-19, rt.com) [archive.fo/8ZZ76]

* "Silicon Valley mostly quiet in Internet surveillance debate in US Congress" (2017-07-19, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/hcZwW]

* "US court upholds ‘gag’ rules on surveillance of social media users" (2017-07-18, rt.com) [archive.fo/nnFbO]

* "US Supreme Court allows grandparents as family relationship under travel ban" (2017-07-19, rt.com) [archive.fo/tpyYQ]

* "ICE chief will hire 10,000 more agents, target sanctuary cities" (2017-07-20, rt.com) [archive.fo/TuyLk]

* "Release of 40k mink in Minnesota dubbed ‘domestic terrorism’ by sheriff" (2017-07-19, rt.com) [archive.fo/QdVuG]

Metadata source materials -

* "They see you: FBI warns about dangers of internet-connected toys" (2017-07-18, rt.com) [archive.fo/lgzHk]

* "Hackers access millions of Social Security numbers, 10 states affected" (2017-07-22, rt.com) [archive.fo/39XiW]

* "Smart fish tank exposes casino to hackers" (2017-07-22, rt.com) [archive.fo/8gqNs]


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

* "Governments deploy ‘cyber troops’ for social media manipulation - study" (2017-07-18, rt.com) [archive.fo/5spgc]

* "Youtube Expands Censorship, Blocks SANA And Hezbollah Media Wing In Syria" (2017-07-18, southfront.org) [archive.fo/IjXep]

* "The Torture-Friendly Trump Administration; Only stupid people say torture works — and one of them is sitting in the White House" (2017-07-19, by Medea Benjamin) [archive.fo/AiN8s]

* "The CIA’s cozy malware relationship with defense contractor revealed" (2017-07-19, rt.com) [archive.fo/wx0v4]

* "CIA plans to destroy old files related to leaks" (2017-07-19, rt.com) [archive.fo/cJgRX]


from the Committee to
[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]. 

* "Average Jail Time in US Rises by 37%: Study; Prison reform campaigners say criminal justice system must address sentence durations for violent crimes" (2017-07-19, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/oKeBx]

* "Virginia man gets inflated 137yr sentence for stealing tires & rims" (2017-07-20, rt.com) [archive.fo/tRelY]

* "Prison Food Contractors Funded Efforts To Combat Marijuana Legalization; All of these organizations have a distinct interest in keeping nonviolent people in jail. So, it should come as no surprise a prison contractor is working to keep marijuana illegal" (2016-10-25, mintpressnews.com) [archive.fo/uIymA]

* "Michigan man gets jail time for distributing jury nullification flyers outside courthouse" (2017-07-22, rt.com) [archive.fo/h1hwj]

* Friends of Hassan Diab [friendsofhassandiab.blogspot.com]
* "Rubber Stamped: The Hassan Diab Story" video (2017-05-16) [youtube.com/watch?v=WVv_J7s78Bc]
* "Ottawa must seek justice for Hassan Diab; ‘By forcing Hassan Diab into legal purgatory, Canada is seriously undermining its commitment to due process' " (2017-07-10, thestar.com) [archive.fo/I8y1O]
* "Meet Hassan Diab, Canada's latest casualty of the war on terror; The Lebanese-born former Carleton University professor has been in pre-trial detention in France without charge since 2014, despite recent calls for his release from Amnesty International and others" (2017-07-19, nowtoronto.com) [archive.fo/r9fMm]




END PATRIARCHY! COMBAT MISOGYNY! [rejectedprincesses.com]


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]! 


articles recommended by the 
Campaigns, info, and more [SanPabloBayEPA.blogspot.com]. Science [discardstudies.com]. [blog.savesfbay.org] [ecowatch.com]

* "1 ton of plastic produced for every person on planet, scientists reveal" (2017-07-20, rt.com) [archive.fo/BqO15]
* "World's plastic waste could bury Manhattan 2 miles deep" (2017-07-20, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/R9TvO]

* "Study finds coral reef fish exposed to oil makes risky choices" (2017-07-20, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/Tcywv]

* "Putin is funding green groups to discredit natural gas fracking" (2017-07-11, newsweek.com) [archive.is/cWDFw]
* "Collusion Found: Turns Out Russia's Reportedly Been Funding Environmental Groups to Stop Fracking" (2017-07-12, ijr.com) [archive.fo/t78tA]
* "Fracking Around with the Russians; What will those rascals in Moscow do next?" (2017-07-18, by Philip Giraldi) [archive.is/ShA0g] [begin excerpt]:
It has been another week full of news about Russia. Americans might be surprised to learn that nearly every aspect of their lives has been somehow impacted by the insidious covert activity of a former global enemy that now has an economy the size of Spain or Italy. One of the latest claims is that Moscow has been covertly funding some environmental groups, most particularly those opposed to the use of fracking technologies [archive.fo/t78tA]. The allegations, which have recently surfaced in Congress [archive.is/cWDFw], conceded that the Russians allegedly moved forward with their strategy to damage America’s energy independence without leaving behind “a paper trail,” thus there appears to actually be little or no supporting evidence for what is little more than a series of claims, which have been denied by the groups in question, including the highly respectable Sierra Club. Moscow has not commented. [end excerpt]


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


Save The Birds [link]! and the Bees [link]!
A campaign to preserve and expand the habitat and populations of pollinators in the San Pablo Bay Area.


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.

* "The Doomsday Clock is Ticking: Veterans Call on U.S. to Sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons" (2017-07-18, by Brian Trautman, Gerry Condon, and Samantha Ferguson, veteransforpeace.org) [archive.fo/EHen9]

* "Challenging Nuclearism: The Nuclear Ban Treaty Assessed" (2017-07-15, apjjf.org) [archive.fo/UuG3A], abstract: On 7 July 2017 122 countries at the UN voted to approve the text of a proposed international treaty entitled ‘Draft Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.’ This article assesses the significance of broad international support for the draft treaty, the opposition to it on the part of all nine nuclear powers, and its possible contribution to nuclear disarmament.

* "Russia-US missile treaty should be bypassed by helping allies make nukes – GOP Senator" (2017-07-18, rt.com) [archive.fo/sxri5]

When nuclear waste can be considered a (expensive) diplomatic football, then one knows the administrative stance concerning such a by-product...
* "Britain threatens to return tons of nuclear waste to EU after Brexit" (2017-07-20, rt.com) [archive.fo/RYVpy]

* "Japan Plans to Expose Its People and 2020 Tokyo Olympians to Fukushima Radiation" (2017-07-17, by Dahr Jamail) [archive.fo/oIxFV]


articles recommended by the 
[SovereignSanPabloBay.blogspot.com] [permaculture.org]

* "Future Napa Recycling plant may turn city’s wood waste into power" (2017-07-24, napanews.com) [archive.is/9vQrl]



* "Uruguay pharmacies start selling pot" (2017-07-19, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/9iUjn]

* "Use cannabis in Parliament, Labour MP urges" (2017-07-19, rt.com) [archive.fo/Z4yRN]
* " ‘We’ll legalize cannabis,’ pledge Liberal Democrats" (2017-05-12, rt.com) [archive.fo/eQtjJ]


articles recommended by the Committee for
Protect Earth's Sentient Life!


Preserve the Biosphere & Web of Life!


Save the Whales!
Information: [whales.org]

* "Japanese whalers defy moratorium, start ‘research hunt’ before going commercial" (2017-07-18, rt.com) [archive.fo/UAAhh]


Documenting the process of fascism and for whom it benefits. [UnitedStatesFascism.blogspot.com[exposefacts.org] [ucsc.edu/whorulesamerica/index.html]

* "A Despot in Disguise: One Man's Mission to Rip Up Democracy" book review (2017-07-22, by George Monbiot) [archive.fo/o9KxU] [begin excerpt]:
It's the missing chapter: a key to understanding the politics of the past half century. To read Nancy MacLean's new book, "Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America", is to see what was previously invisible.
The history professor's work on the subject began by accident. In 2013 she stumbled across a deserted clapboard house on the campus of George Mason University in Virginia. It was stuffed with the unsorted archives of a man who had died that year whose name is probably unfamiliar to you: James McGill Buchanan. She says the first thing she picked up was a stack of confidential letters concerning millions of dollars transferred to the university by the billionaire Charles Koch.
Her discoveries in that house of horrors reveal how Buchanan, in collaboration with business tycoons and the institutes they founded, developed a hidden program for suppressing democracy on behalf of the very rich. The program is now reshaping politics, and not just in the US.
Buchanan was strongly influenced by both the neoliberalism of Friedrich Hayek and Ludwig von Mises, and the property supremacism of John C Calhoun, who argued in the first half of the 19th century that freedom consists of the absolute right to use your property (including your slaves) however you may wish; any institution that impinges on this right is an agent of oppression, exploiting men of property on behalf of the undeserving masses.
James Buchanan brought these influences together to create what he called public choice theory. He argued that a society could not be considered free unless every citizen has the right to veto its decisions. What he meant by this was that no one should be taxed against their will. But the rich were being exploited by people who use their votes to demand money that others have earned, through involuntary taxes to support public spending and welfare. Allowing workers to form trade unions and imposing graduated income taxes were forms of "differential or discriminatory legislation" against the owners of capital.
Any clash between "freedom" (allowing the rich to do as they wish) and democracy should be resolved in favor of freedom. In his book The Limits of Liberty, he noted that "despotism may be the only organizational alternative to the political structure that we observe." Despotism in defense of freedom.
His prescription was a "constitutional revolution": creating irrevocable restraints to limit democratic choice. Sponsored throughout his working life by wealthy foundations, billionaires and corporations, he developed a theoretical account of what this constitutional revolution would look like, and a strategy for implementing it.
He explained how attempts to desegregate schooling in the American south could be frustrated by setting up a network of state-sponsored private schools. It was he who first proposed privatizing universities, and imposing full tuition fees on students: his original purpose was to crush student activism. He urged privatization of social security and many other functions of the state. He sought to break the links between people and government, and demolish trust in public institutions. He aimed, in short, to save capitalism from democracy.
In 1980, he was able to put the program into action. He was invited to Chile, where he helped the Pinochet dictatorship write a new constitution, which, partly through the clever devices Buchanan proposed, has proved impossible to reverse entirely. Amid the torture and killings, he advised the government to extend programmes of privatisation, austerity, monetary restraint, deregulation and the destruction of trade unions: a package that helped trigger economic collapse in 1982.
None of this troubled the Swedish Academy, which through his devotee at Stockholm University Assar Lindbeck in 1986 awarded James Buchanan the Nobel memorial prize for economics. It is one of several decisions that have turned this prize toxic.
But his power really began to be felt when Koch, currently the seventh richest man in the US, decided that Buchanan held the key to the transformation he sought. Koch saw even such ideologues as Milton Friedman and Alan Greenspan as "sellouts", as they sought to improve the efficiency of government rather than destroy it altogether. But Buchanan took it all the way.
MacLean says that Charles Koch poured millions into Buchanan's work at George Mason University, whose law and economics departments look as much like corporate-funded think tanks as they do academic faculties. He employed the economist to select the revolutionary "cadre" that would implement his program (Murray Rothbard, at the Cato Institute that Koch founded, had urged the billionaire to study Lenin's techniques and apply them to the libertarian cause). Between them, they began to develop a program for changing the rules.
The papers Nancy MacLean discovered show that Buchanan saw stealth as crucial. He told his collaborators that "conspiratorial secrecy is at all times essential". Instead of revealing their ultimate destination, they would proceed by incremental steps. For example, in seeking to destroy the social security system, they would claim to be saving it, arguing that it would fail without a series of radical "reforms". (The same argument is used by those attacking the NHS). Gradually they would build a "counter-intelligentsia", allied to a "vast network of political power" that would become the new establishment. [end excerpt]

* "Wall Street wants rollback of Enron-era accounting rules" (2017-07-18, rt.com) [archive.fo/nj8fC]

* "House GOP unveils $1.1tn budget with major cuts, tax reforms & increased defense spending" (2017-07-19, rt.com) [archive.fo/2iEK1], photo caption: Rep. Diane Black (R-TN) announces the 2018 budget blueprint during a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., July 18, 2017.


* "Interior Dept. ordered Glacier park chief, other climate expert pulled from Zuckerberg tour" (2017-07-20, washingtonpost.com) [archive.fo/XkDq2] [begin excerpt]:
Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg flew to Glacier National Park on Saturday to tour the melting ice fields that have become the poster child for climate change’s effects on Montana’s northern Rockies.
But days before the tech tycoon’s visit, the Trump administration abruptly removed two of the park’s top climate experts from a delegation scheduled to show him around, telling a research ecologist and the park superintendent that they were no longer going to participate in the tour.
The decision to micromanage Zuckerberg’s stop in Montana from 2,232 miles east in Washington, made by top officials at the Interior Department, the National Park Service’s parent agency, was highly unusual — even for a celebrity visit.
It capped days of internal discussions — including conference calls and multiple emails — among top Interior Department and Park Service officials about how much the park should roll out the welcome mat for Zuckerberg, who with the broader tech community in Silicon Valley has positioned himself as a vocal critic of President Trump, particularly of his withdrawal from the Paris climate accord. [end excerpt]

State Dept. Leftism:
* "Intersectionality" [archive.is/JbkIF], whereby individualist politics is paramount to class-based organizing


President Donald Trump's regime

* " ‘Make America Sick Again’: Dems blast passage of Trump admin’s smog bill" (2017-07-19, rt.com) [archive.fo/GeGGF]

* "Trump launches 'Made in America week' manufacturing initiative" (2017-07-18, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/wSiSL]

* "Can Trump ‘make America great again’ without foreign investment?" (2017-07-19, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/F2koZ]
* "US corporate tax reform negotiators step back from Trump's 15% pledge" (2017-07-18, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/xTzH2]

* "Bromance: Trump gushes over Macron as ‘great guy’ who ‘loves holding my hand’ " (2017-07-20, rt.com) [archive.fo/ggRJR]

* "White House leaks must stop or ‘everyone is getting fired’, warns new coms chief Scaramucci" (2017-07-23, rt.com) [archive.fo/y1CJl]
* " 'Russian situation is completely overblown' – new WH communications director " (2017-07-23, rt.com) [archive.fo/9oijZ]

* "President Trump Urges ‘Loyalty’ as Boy Scouts Boo Barack Obama at Jamboree President Trump asked more than 35,000 Scouts celebrating the organization’s Jamboree to uphold just a single Scout Law value: loyalty. Specifically, to him" (2017-07-24, thedailybeast.com) [archive.is/E79zM]


"Liberal" Capitalists:
Against Socialism, for War and Profit

* "Everyone Hates Neoliberals, So We Talked to Some; I asked neoliberals about their political ideology and the tremendous backlash it's received from all over the place lately—especially since Trump won" (2017-07-19, vice.com) text with images [archive.is/Wcvz7], with embedded Tweets [is.gd/b0ocLR]

* "Jill Stein accuses DNC of election rigging and covering tracks with 'ludicrous Russia conspiracy theories' ; Jill Stein crushes the DNC and their Russia conspiracy lies" (2017-07-22, theduran.com) [archive.is/prd7X]


"Libertarian" Capitalists & "Constitutionalist" constraints against democracy
[alibertarianfuture.com] [fff.org] [mises.org]


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

* "US church goes to Brazil; instills fear, splits families" (2017-07-24, AP newswire) [archive.is/V5I5X]
* "Brazilians funneled as "slaves" by US church, ex-members say" (2017-07-24, sfgate.com) [archive.is/r0M2z]


The Military State
[archive.defense.gov/contracts]; [airforce.com] "Air, Space, Cyberspace"

* "President to nominate West Point grad, Raytheon executive as Army secretary" (2017-07-19, stripes.com) [archive.is/1oiq2]
* "Trump to nominate Mark Esper as Army secretary" (2017-07-19, washingtonexaminer.com) [archive.is/8fIDU]
* "Trump to tap military contractor lobbyist to lead Army" (2017-07-19, rt.com) [archive.fo/0EH2y] [begin excerpt]:
The Trump administration will nominate a former US Army officer and lobbyist for the missile manufacturer Raytheon to be the next Army secretary. It will be his third attempted nomination for the post.
The latest nominee to be the Army’s top civilian is Mark Esper, a top lobbyist for Raytheon. He is a West Point graduate and a retired lieutenant colonel. His military career included a combat tour in Iraq during the 1991 Persian Gulf War. He was also a former aide to Senators Chuck Hagel (R-Nebraska) and Bill Frist (R-Tennessee), according to the Washington Examiner. [...]
Raytheon is one of the top three defense contractors, which makes up 90 percent of the company’s business. In 2014, it had contracts worth $12.6 billion which included missile defense, electronic warfare, precision weapons, and Tomahawk and Patriot missiles.
Esper will be the Trump administration’s third nominee for the Army’s top civilian post. In February, billionaire Vincent Viola withdrew his name from consideration, citing difficulties with divesting from his business interests. [...]
Despite promises to “drain the swamp,” Trump has now nominated a number of people with defense industry ties for positions at the Pentagon.
Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson took office in May and Navy Secretary nominee Richard Spencer is awaiting Senate approval following his confirmation hearing earlier this month. Trump’s original pick for Navy secretary, Philip Bilden, withdrew his name from consideration in February because of extensive overseas business ties.
The announcement comes the same day that Wikileaks published another batch of ‘Vault7’ documents, focusing on Raytheon. [end excerpt]
- Here's your McMaster

* "US Army to modernize forces with autonomous drones & ‘Internet of things’ " (2017-07-20, rt.com) [archive.fo/vWynm]

* "US military spends $130K a month to rent space in Trump Tower" (2017-07-19, rt.com) [archive.fo/6UdBz]

* "Aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford commissioned" (2017-07-23, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/rGtB2]


* "Senators sending lofty Space Corps hopes down to Earth" (2017-07-22, militarytimes.com) [archive.fo/kn0X7]


Two Party Dictatorship

* "Poll: Americans’ Massive Disapproval of Both Parties" (2017-07-17, by Eric Zuesse) [archive.fo/VZgHX]

* "With New D.C. Policy Group, Dems Continue to Rehabilitate and Unify With Bush-Era Neocons" (2017-07-17, theintercept.com) [archive.fo/kVxrg]


* "US Postal Service broke law by allowing employees to campaign for Clinton ‒ report" (2017-07-19, rt.com) [archive.fo/SKajQ]


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 Neoliberal Mindset. How the Mainstream Media Constructs False Narratives?" (2017-07-21, by Nauman Sadiq) [archive.fo/fMRO3]
* "The Reign of Propaganda" (2017-07-20, Paul Craig Roberts) [archive.fo/Cg8OW] [begin excerpt]:
The more pure the lie, the more complete the success in turning it into The Truth. Lies partly based in fact or half-truths open themselves to factual challenge. For a propagandist the best lie is a lie unfettered by even a distant relationship to truth. Such a lie can be turned into such self-evident truth that no evidence is necessary. As Nikki Haley and Hillary Clinton put it: “Evidence! We don’t need any stinking evidence. We know Russia hacked our election!”
For the typical American, who doesn’t know anything, the confidence of the former Secretary of State and “rightful President of the USA” and the confidence of President Donald Trump’s own Ambassador to the United Nations are sufficient to convince them that the lie that Russia stole the US presidency for Trump is true. We all know it. Why? Because we have all heard it endlessly repeated for many months. As one acquaintance said: “If it were false, surely the media would have exposed it.” This insouciant naivete is characteristic of Western populations. [end excerpt]

* "Who is Behind 'Fake News'? Mainstream Media Use Fake Videos and Images" (2016-11-24, by Prof. Michel Chossudovsky) [archive.fo/pLcGC]
* "Western Media Fabrications regarding the Tibet Riots Fake Videotape used by CNN" (2008-04-16, by Prof. Michel Chossudovsky) [archive.fo/eJQG3]

* "The Reign of Propaganda" (2017-07-21, by Paul Craig Roberts) [archive.fo/hRL8X]

* "Silencing the Truth? The Mainstream Media Declares War on the Alternative Media" (2016-12-16, silentcrownews.com) [archive.fo/ehz0a]

* "Armies of Cyber-Troops Manipulating Public Opinion" (2017-07-20, truepublica.org.uk) [archive.fo/1tgmj]

* "Corporate Media Largely Silent on Trump’s Civilian Death Toll in Iraq" (2017-07-19, fair.org/home) [archive.fo/yymj3]

* "Missile Defense Will Protect You From North Korea, Say USA Today’s Missile Defense-Funded Sources" (2017-07-17, fair.org) [archive.fo/MBjBI]

* "The 'Deep State' Then and Now" (2017-07-18, by Edward Curtin) [archive.fo/4DhRR] [begin excerpt]
Joel Whitney, in his recently published book, Finks: How the CIA Tricked the World’s Best Writers (the word “tricked” ignores the eager accomplices), tells this scandalous story in illuminating detail. His account informs and nauseates simultaneously, as one learns how the CIA penetrated NGOs, television, universities, magazines, newspapers, book publishing, etc., finding willing collaborationists everywhere – scoundrels eager to spy on and betray even their friends as they deceived the public worldwide; how well-meaning leftist writers such as Ernest Hemingway and Garcia Marquez were tricked into lending their names and work to propaganda publications; how leftists were set against leftists in an elaborate effort to sow paranoia and confusion that could be used to put the Soviet Union in the worst possible light; and how many front organizations were created to secretly funnel money to support these endeavors and make and break careers. The story makes your skin crawl.
But that was then. What about now? Whitney doesn’t say, presumably because he doesn’t know; doesn’t have documentary evidence to name names. This is not a criticism. He does say that “we understand vaguely that our media are linked to our government still today, and to government’s stated foreign policy,” and he wonders if the ideology that drove the CIA’s past endeavors “remains with us. (I am reminded of Emerson’s words: “What you do (or don’t) speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.”). Despite his use of tepid language about the present, especially that word “vaguely,” it seems that Whitney thinks similar propaganda activities are going on today, which is why a blurb for Finks at his publisher’s website (OR Books) and at amazon.com by James Risen of the New York Times, who has written two books about the CIA, strikes such an odd note. It reads:
It may be difficult to believe that the American intellectual elite was once deeply embedded with the CIA.  But with Finks, Joel Whitney vividly brings to life the early days of the Cold War, when the CIA’s Ivy League ties were strong, and key American literary figures were willing to secretly do the bidding of the nation’s spymasters.
“Difficult to believe.” For whom?
“Once.” When? In the bad old days?
“When the CIA’s Ivy League ties were strong.” Does the CIA now recruit from community colleges?
Are these the good old days? Such language usage makes one wonder: is it just a quickly scribbled blurb or carefully chosen words? [...]
Which brings me back to the issue of why so many “liberal” Democrats – those whose bibles are the New York Times, NPR, The Washington Post, Democracy Now, etc. – can only see propaganda when they can attribute it to Donald Trump or the Russians. Why has this group, together with their Republican and conservative fellow travelers, embraced a new McCarthyism and allied itself with the deep-state forces that they were once allegedly appalled by? It surely isn’t the policies of the Trump administration or his bloviating personality, for these liberals allied themselves with Obama’s anti-Russian rhetoric, his support for the U.S. orchestrated neo-fascist Ukrainian coup, his destruction of Libya, his wars of aggression across the Middle East, his war on terror, his trillion dollar nuclear weapons modernization, his enjoyment of drone killing, his support for the coup in Honduras, his embrace of the CIA and his CIA Director John Brennan, his prosecution of whistle-blowers, etc. The same media that served the CIA so admirably over the decades became the media that became liberals’ paragons of truth. Why? [end excerpt]

* "CNN: 'Russia is an adversary, Ukraine is not.' So that settles it!" (2017-07-17, by Gary Leupp, Professor of History at Tufts University) [archive.fo/xShNV] [begin excerpt]:
Monday morning. David Chalian, CNN Political Director, on CNN’s “New Day” program. News ticker: “How do Trump-Russia and DNC-Ukraine compare?
New Day co-anchor Alysin Camerota (former Fox anchor) puts the question to her Political Director.
Chalian’s mechanical reply: “Russia is an adversary, Ukraine is not.”
Camerota, as always exuding wisdom, follows up: “Thanks so much for sifting through this with us.” (Good, so that’s settled! There had been so much sifting there, in those few precious boilerplate minutes.)
But wait, Mr. Political Director!  (And by the way, Dave, what’s your job description? How exactly do you direct CNN’s politics? The responsibility must rest heavily on your robust 43-year-old shoulders.) What law ever made Russia an adversary? My adversary, your adversary? Was some law passed that I didn’t notice?
Russia wasn’t an adversary under Yeltsin in the 90s, when the collapse of the old system produced mind-boggling misery as neocons in this country crowed about the triumph of capitalism and the need for U.S. “full-spectrum dominance” forever and ever. It wasn’t an adversary when Yeltsin bombarded the Russian Parliament building kin 1993 because legislators backed by the Supreme Court refused to disband. That as you know was two years before the U.S. interfered in the Russian elections to insure Yeltsin’s reelection.
It wasn’t an adversary when the new leader Vladimir Putin offered assistance to the U.S. in its Afghan war, offering NATO a transport route through Russia.
Moscow only became, in the minds of some, an adversary when it started to seriously challenge Washington’s unremitting efforts to expand its anti-Russian military alliance, NATO. The main talking points of the clueless Camerotas are (1) Russia invaded Georgia in 2008, (2) Russia invaded Ukraine in 2014, and (3) Russia is somehow threatening the Baltic states. But these situations are never analyzed in any depth; they are simply a litany of officially mandated postulates about the past. And NATO never factors into the narrative.
Mr. Chalian: Is not your primary function as CNN’s Political Director to direct attention away from any critical thinking about NATO? And to discourage attention to the fact that NATO has expanded by 13 members since 1999, to surround Russia? Isn’t it among your key functions to discourage people from wondering why this is happening, or why Russians of all stripes find this expansion a matter of concern? And to depict Russian resistance to U.S. geopolitical expansion as aggression?
What sort of logical gymnastics do you have to inflict on yourself to argue as you do? And even to add to the list of Russian wrongs Moscow’s support for the Syrian state versus terrorism, in the face of U.S. efforts to topple the Syrian regime in league, as you know (you do know, right?) with al-Nusra aligned forces backed by Saudi Arabia?
And Ms. Camerota: Is it not your primary function as CNN morning anchor to furrow your brow and roll your eyes when reading the (politically directed) teleprompter content, whenever you are reporting on anything Russian, and to exude equanimity when, as your default mode, you glorify the U.S. military no matter what they do? And send best wishes to John McCain as though he—of course—deserves them?
Why do you inevitably tell anyone you interview who has fought in a U.S. war—any war, for any reason—that “We thank you for your service?”
Is that heart-felt enthusiasm for anyone’s participation in wars of aggression based on lies, or a rule of etiquette set down by the political director? Because it is a distinctly political statement. A loyalty oath you make every day, I suspect as a condition for continued employment.
Try asking the person you interview next time: Are you actually proud of what you did in Vietnam? Or Afghanistan? Or Iraq? Are you concerned about the war crimes? (You might be back on a plane to New Jersey within days.)
Pathetic. Let me “sift” through this with you. You guys in the final analysis promote war. Your promotion of Russophobia as an article of faith constitutes active collusion with the U.S. war machine. You are an active, unregistered, propagandist for NATO by default. And maybe you don’t even know it. Maybe on your own time you confuse NATO with UNESCO and for the life of you can’t grasp why any good person would worry about it.
Russia is not my adversary. Warmongers and their colluders are. You are.

* "Inside Rebel-Held Ukraine's Palaces of Propaganda" (2016-03-28, news.vice.com) [archive.is/FweLl], a classic article documenting the means of relating to an audience based in the USA the idea that the USA is not capable of doing anything bad that Russia is doing, that "everything is Russia's fault", and anybody at odds with the USA's violent coup over Ukraine is a "bad guy".


I'm sure capitalists and USA State propagandists have never argued "what about [insert socialist country here]" when confronted with criticisms against their regime. Totally just a Soviet thing.
* "Whataboutism" (retrieved 2017-07-24, en.wikipedia.org) [archive.is/x0q7x]


* "Hollywood’s Crusade against Muslims, Film Portrayal of Arabs. The Writings of Media Critic Jack Shaheen" (2017-070-20, by Barbara Nimri Aziz) [archive.fo/aRdsy]

* "MSNBC's Joy Reid Fails History and Geography" (2017-07-21, wideasleepinamerica.com) [archive.is/iDtyo]
* (2017-07-23) [archive.is/UNlYj]: This chick is a graduate of HARVARD and a presenter for MSNBC. This is what MSNBC hires these days. Tells you a lot about Harvard too...


Artificial Poverty and Starvation

* "1 in 4 US jobs at risk of offshoring: Study; As many as 25 percent of jobs in the US could be offshored and half of all low-skilled occupations could eventually be automated in the coming years, according to a new study" (2017-07-19, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/iCKk0]

* "Poverty in America: Growing Income Inequality, Shrinking Middle Class, Declining Manufacturing Pay" (2017-05-14, by Kate Randall) [archive.fo/HvwfN]

* "McDonalds Tells Workers How to Budget on Their Meager Earnings; The budget suggestions by the mega-corporation have little bearing in reality" (2013-07-16, alternet.org) [archive.is/lb7sI] [begin excerpt]:
Two mega corporations--McDonalds and Visa--have partnered up to tell workers at the fast-food restaurant how to successfully budget on the meager wages they are paid. The suggestions, though, have little bearing in reality, as Think Progress’ Annie-Rose Strasser notes [archive.is/Urb9d].
“You can have almost anything you want as long as you plan ahead and save for it,” McDonalds soothingly assures their employees.
But workers at McDonalds make an average of $8.25 an hour. The suggested budget, published by the company on a website, leaves room open for a second job. And it also says that employees could spend $20 a month for health care, which is an extremely low estimate; $0 for heating; and $600 for rent, another low-ball estimate, particularly for those who live in expensive cities. [end excerpt]


* "Are We Becoming Western Money Slaves?" (2017-07-21, by Peter Koenig) [archive.fo/XKtRq]

* "A Tale of Two Nations: Russia vs USA Economic Prospects" (2017-07-21, by F. William Engdahl) [archive.fo/YM8R7] [begin excerpt]:
Taking the extraordinary USA and EU economic sanctions against Russia and low oil prices since 2014 into account, Russia’s economic outlook looks excellent going forward while that of Trump’s America looks bleak, to put it mildly. Paraphrasing the memorable 1992 Presidential candidates debate between a then-young William Jefferson Clinton and George H.W. Bush, “It’s the debt, stupid.”
In the past few years too many US economists and analysts such as Moody’s Credit Rating have tried to dismiss the economy of the Russian Federation as a near-bankrupt Soviet-era oil and gas-dependent economy, devastated by the 2014 collapse in oil price. This is a grave mistake, especially so as military calculations of NATO in many cases depend on such poorly-informed and dated judgments. Here are just a few select examples of what is really going on in terms of cutting edge and even bleeding edge technology R&D and commercialization in Russia in the civilian sector. The West’s neo-colonial smug arrogance has no place.
Yes, the physical economy Russia has great problems. I’ve traveled throughout Russia many times since 1994. I have seen much beyond the breath-taking beauty of the Czar palaces of St. Petersburg or the spectacular Moscow Kremlin fortress constructed in the 1480’s. I’ve seen dilapidated infrastructure and streets with New York-style potholes in Russia’s smaller cities.
I grew up and for some time worked in proximity of slums and poverty in cities such as Boston, New York, Newark, or Dallas as a young man in the United States during the 1960’s and 1970s and after. The differences with Russia’s economic deficits are enormous. The growing poverty in America since the beginning of the 1970’s was as a deliberate economic policy consequence of Wall Street policies and notably so after the decision to abandon the Bretton Woods Gold Exchange Standard in 1971.
By contrast, the poverty in Russia today is a residue of the seventy years of Soviet conditions during the military necessities of the Cold War and the fatal flaws of its rigid central planning that suppressed individual initiative and creativity, or rather penalized it. That was aggravated in a devastating manner by the Gorbachev Perestroika monetary mistakes and the criminal CIA-backed looting of Russian state assets by the Yeltsin mafia in the decade of the 1990s.
In brief, the United States, when the falsified US Government economic data are stripped away, is falling deeper into debt and decay as money and Wall Street mega-banks reign supreme like Gods of Money. Russia in contrast is growing slowly but definitely out of its economic and infrastructure deficit of the past decades. [end excerpt]


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]

* "In Victory for Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Court Finds That Approval of Dakota Access Pipeline Violated the Law" (2017-07-16, theindigenousamericans.com) [archive.fo/Wz04Y]


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


USA Homeland's resident nations:
Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (USA territory) and the Boriqueno nation

* "Puerto Rico: Court Rules in Favor of Fortune 500 Company's Coal-Dumping; Last week, former political prisoner and Puerto Rican independence fighter Oscar Lopez Rivera, joined the protests against the toxic ash production" (2017-07-18, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/ybBGG]

* "Nicaragua Decorates Oscar Lopez Rivera with Highest Honor; The Nicaraguan Vice-President said that the Puerto Rican independence fighter has been an inspiration to militants and revolutionaries around the world" (2017-07-20, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/l50dI]


USA Homeland's resident nations:
American Nation, including the State Sovereignty campaigns, and Dominionist Campaigns. [tenthamendmentcenter.com]; "A Normie’s Guide to the Alt-Right" (2016-08-31, by Andrew Anglin) [archive.is/DyeDG]

* " ‘Get out stinking Muslim’: Arizona Senate candidate bullied online for her religion" (2017-07-19, rt.com) [archive.fo/wxx0V]

* " ‘Go back to Africa’ Florida mayoral candidate tells blacks who seek reparations" (2017-07-19, rt.com) [archive.fo/MNnPb], photo caption: Mayoral Candidate Paul Congemi


* "Neo-Nazi Pleas Not Guilty, Judge Suspends Jail Time; Heimbach has a long history of neo-Nazi organizing, leading two racists groups" (2017-07-20, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/IiCwD], photo caption: Matthew Heimbach, neo-Nazi leader.


* "2017: Symbols and Logos of White Nationalists, Neo-Nazis, and the Alt-Right" (2017-07-20, basedsjw.wordpress.com) [archive.is/ThQfO]


Documenting the global economic dictatorship

* "Govt ‘powerless’ to stop revolving door between civil service & big business – report" (2017-07-19, rt.com) [archive.fo/GPGke] [begin excerpt]:
A new report by the National Audit Office (NAO), the UK’s leading expenditure watchdog, reveals that government departments have consistently failed to enforce rules on business appointments.
Business appointment safeguards are designed to prevent civil servants from carrying sensitive information, knowledge and connections when they leave their official position for a job in the private sector.
However, the report stated that these rules are inconsistently applied throughout the government, which is “powerless to keep civil servants off the gravy train.” [end excerpt]

* "Tobacco industry hampers global strategy to stop smoking epidemic – WHO" (2017-07-20, rt.com) [archive.fo/e5IVx]


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]

The private bureaucracies administering the world market regime are themselves reflective of the illicit narcotic cartels in their individual affairs...
* "Spanish banker found dead with gunshot wound" (2017-07-19, rt.com) [archive.fo/jhFWg]


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]

* "EU Resolution against fascism leniency should include Ukraine - Russian MP" (2017-07-22, dninews.com) [archive.fo/QyqpZ]:
The motion is being prepared by the European United Left — Nordic Green Left parliamentary faction, according to its member, Jiri Mastalka, who spoke with Russia’s Izvestiya newspaper in an interview published on Friday. According to Mastalka, the resolution will go to the EU Parliament in fall.
"I think that if such a resolution is adopted, historic justice will be restored. Moreover, it is quite logical to include Ukraine, where today's fighters for independence openly use German fascist symbols, in its provisions," Slutsky said.
According to Slutsky, a number of European states consistently try to belittle the role of the Red Army and rewrite the history of World War II "glorifying former Hitler's executioners and Nazis."
The leftist parliamentary faction decided to act after seeing the number of rallies and marches organized by far-right groups with permission from Baltic authorities rise in the past years. Estonia and Latvia have been holding annual parades of Waffen-SS veterans since the fall of the Soviet Union.
The lawmaker's comments comes just days after a decision of Polish President Andrzej Duda to approve a bill on the prohibition of communist propaganda that would regulate the demolition of almost 500 Soviet-era monuments throughout the country.


information collected by the exploratory committee towards a 
[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].

* "Ukraine, stop the bloody war in Donbass!" petition (posted 2017-02-14, mesopinions.com) (live-link) [is.gd/OOVM40] [begin excerpt]:

In 2014, as a response to a coup in Kyiv, the peaceful protest demonstrations were organized by millions of Ukrainian people calling for self-elected Kyiv authorities to comply with the laws of Ukraine. New leadership of Ukraine reacted to the actions of Ukrainian citizens by unleashing of an undeclared war – the so-called anti-terrorist operation. In a moment millions of civilians, who attempted to resist happening lawlessness, were deprived of their basic human’s civil and political rights: the right to life, freedom to physical integrity, right to personal security, right to protection from inhuman treatment, right to health, right to freedom of movement, right to freedom of opinion and expression, and many other unalienable rights recognized by the world community.
Ukrainian propaganda machine systematically tries to represent in front of us people, who are not afraid to express their opinion about the coup in Kyiv in 2014, as the terrorists and militants.
Ukrainian authorities meticulously conceal and hide everything that happens in Donbass from the international community, withheld information about the blockade and the shelling of schools and hospitals. The mass media of the European Union member States, in their turn, also don’t not provide the society with an objective picture of the events taking place in Donbass, thereby they connive the marginal nationalist groups, which are in power in Ukraine.
Only because of individuals of our fellow citizens, who are not afraid of sanctions by Ukraine and who personally visited the territory of Donbass, we have found out the information about all the adversities, which inhabitants of this region have been rubbing through for the last 2 years.

According to eyewitnesses, it is clear that Ukraine "state" is waging war against its own citizens: against children, the elderly, women - millions of civilians, who are going through the inhuman ordeals and excessive suffering without any opportunity to leave their houses, which come under fire; against people, whose rights must be protected by the civilized world community and primarily by our governments.
Now we know that economic and transport blockade of Donbass, alongside with the unceasing battle actions, leads to starvation and suffering of the socially vulnerable citizens, who have found themselves on the brink of survival. Having got no opportunity to produce and export products, industrial giants have to stop production, leaving thousands of workers without a livelihood. The social facilities, such as schools and hospitals, regularly come under the shelling. Erected by the Ukrainian authorities, borders and checkpoints factitiously have separated a part of the territory of the state, and these actions have led to the impossibility of the people of Donbass to be full citizens of their country.
As a result of actions of the central government of Ukraine, thousands of families have been separated: children and their parents can not see one another; the marriages are breaking down, unable to weather the separation of loved ones. In addition, Kyiv authorities have stopped social payments and by this they have actually abandoned hundreds of thousands of pensioners, mothers, the disabled and others with state-guaranteed right to social security to their own fate.
Having learned about such outrages of Ukrainian authorities, we can no longer bear to watch our governments and international organizations stay inactive or providing passive assistance to the crimes of Ukrainian authorities. [end excerpt]

* "U.S. Peace Delegation Heads to Seongju, S Korea" (2017-07-14, zoominkorea.org) [archive.fo/60DbU] [begin excerpt]:
A U.S. peace delegation will travel to South Korea from July 23 to 28 to stand with the South Korean people fighting against the U.S. THAAD deployment and build solidarity with the peace movement there. The peace delegation will include Jill Stein of the Green Party (2016 U.S. presidential candidate), Reece Chenault of U.S. Labor Against War, Medea Benjamin of CODEPINK, Juyeon Rhee of the Task Force to Stop THAAD in Korea and Militarism in Asia and the Pacific (STIK) and Will Griffin of Veterans For Peace.
The solidarity delegation is sponsored by STIK and the Channing and Popai Liem Education Foundation (CPLEF) and follows a national speaking tour sponsored by the two organizations in April when Won Buddhist Reverend Sounghey Kim toured the U.S. to speak about the anti-THAAD fight in South Korea. [end excerpt]


* "Via Campesina Holds International Conference in Basque Country; The event will address issues like food sovereignty, climate justice, criminalization of social movements and agroecology" (2017-07-19, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/cYepy]

* "Empire of Destruction; Precision Warfare? Don’t Make Me Laugh" (2017-07-21, by Tom Engelhardt) [archive.fo/xOqnI] [begin excerpt]:
You remember. It was supposed to be twenty-first-century war, American-style: precise beyond imagining; smart bombs; drones capable of taking out a carefully identified and tracked human being just about anywhere on Earth; special operations raids so pinpoint-accurate that they would represent a triumph of modern military science.  Everything “networked.”  It was to be a glorious dream of limited destruction combined with unlimited power and success.  In reality, it would prove to be a nightmare of the first order.
If you want a single word to summarize American war-making in this last decade and a half, I would suggest rubble. It's been a painfully apt term since September 11, 2001. In addition, to catch the essence of such war in this century, two new words might be useful: rubblize and rubblization. Let me explain what I mean.
In recent weeks, another major city in Iraq has officially been “liberated” [archive.fo/5DHsC] (almost [archive.fo/ExqgB]) from the militants of the Islamic State.  However, the results of the U.S.-backed Iraqi military campaign to retake Mosul, that country’s second largest city, don’t fit any ordinary definition of triumph or victory.  It began in October 2016 and, at nine months and counting, has been longer than the World War II battle of Stalingrad [archive.fo/HFpiG]. Week after week, in street to street fighting, with U.S. airstrikes repeatedly called in on neighborhoods still filled with terrified Mosulites, unknown but potentially staggering numbers of civilians have died [archive.fo/y1n8M]. More than a million people [archive.fo/eBmMT] -- yes, you read that figure correctly -- were uprooted from their homes and major portions of the Western half of the city they fled, including its ancient historic sections, have been turned into rubble [archive.fo/Ublq0].
This should be the definition of victory as defeat, success as disaster.  It’s also a pattern.  It’s been the essential story of the American war on terror since, in the month after the 9/11 attacks, President George W. Bush loosed American air power on Afghanistan.  That first air campaign began what has increasingly come to look like the full-scale rubblization of significant parts of the Greater Middle East.
By not simply going after the crew who committed those attacks but deciding to take down the Taliban, occupy Afghanistan, and in 2003, invade Iraq, Bush's administration opened the proverbial can of worms in that vast region. An imperial urge to overthrow Iraqi ruler Saddam Hussein, who had once been Washington’s guy in the Middle East [archive.fo/nbR6i] only to become its mortal enemy (and who had nothing whatsoever to do with 9/11), proved one of the fatal miscalculations of the imperial era.
So, too, did the deeply engrained fantasy of Bush administration officials [archive.fo/q7iVd] that they controlled a high-tech, precision military that could project power in ways no other nation on the planet or in history ever had; a military that would be, in the president’s words [archive.fo/5ECyD], “the greatest force for human liberation the world has ever known.” With Iraq occupied and garrisoned (Korea-style [archive.fo/lBgNo]) for generations to come, his top officials assumed that they would take down fundamentalist Iran (sound familiar?) and other hostile regimes in the region, creating a Pax Americana there. (Hence, the particular irony of the present Iranian ascendancy in Iraq [archive.fo/2gcSc].)  In the pursuit of such fantasies of global power, the Bush administration, in effect, punched a devastating hole in the oil heartlands of the Middle East.  In the pungent imagery of Abu Mussa, head of the Arab League at the time [archive.fo/AcwW6], the U.S. chose to drive straight through “the gates of hell.”
Rubblizing the Greater Middle East -
In the 15-plus years since 9/11, parts of an expanding swathe of the planet -- from Pakistan’s borderlands in South Asia to Libya in North Africa -- were catastrophically unsettled. Tiny groups of Islamic terrorists multiplied exponentially into both local and transnational organizations, spreading across the region with the help of American “precision” warfare and the anger it stirred among helpless civilian populations. States began to totter or fail [archive.fo/unLKV]. Countries essentially collapsed, loosing a tide of refugees on the world [archive.fo/qW3Eu], as year after year, the U.S. military, its Special Operations forces [archive.fo/xc1IE], and the CIA were increasingly deployed in one fashion or another in one country after another. [end excerpt]

* "It Took Obama More Than Two Years to Kill This Many Civilians. It Took Trump Less Than Six Months; Civilian deaths in Iraq and Syria from coalition strikes were roughly 80 per month during the Obama White House, compared to roughly 360 per month during Trump's administration" (2017-07-17, commondreams.org) [archive.fo/fxAtq]
* "This Is What US Intervention Looks Like in the 21st Century; Washington is said to have found other ways to achieve its objectives without using direct force" (2017-07-20, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/r3fdw]:
The United States has a long history of international military interventions.
From Haiti and Cuba, to Nicaragua and Grenada, U.S. involvement has impacted on the lives of millions of people.
Its military is currently involved in conflicts in Yemen, Libya, Iraq, and Syria.
U.S. forces are using air power and drones rather than troops on the ground in these wars.
Washington has also found other ways to achieve its objectives without using direct force.
The U.S. political scientist Gene Sharp, known for his writings on nonviolent struggle, has described these acts as destabilization and indirect intervention, also known as soft coups.
Sharp, who has influenced resistance movements around the world, has outlined several ways that the United States attempts to influence events in other countries.
First, promote false rumors -
The first step, according to Sharp, would be to carry out actions which promote a climate of unease. The objective is to create the potential for unrest and includes spreading gossip about alleged crimes committed by politicians and state officials.
A 2015 document, reported in various Russian news agencies, addressed the possibility of U.S. intelligence agency involvement in the parliamentary coup against Brazil's former leftist President Dilma Rousseff.
Rousseff was dogged by rumors of corruption despite the absence of any evidence.
The following year, she was impeached and removed from office.
Although Rousseff herself, in an interview with teleSUR, denied direct U.S. involvement in her country's political crisis, nevertheless the result worked in Washington's favor: a U.S. friendly president, Michel Temer, succeeded Rouseff, imposing austerity measures and working as an obstacle to Latin America's progressive movements.
Second, create an "authoritarian" leader -
Communication is key to mobilize hearts and minds and is a major strategy in diplomacy and war.
According to Sharp, there should be an intensive campaign to defend press freedom to create the concept of unfair repression.
Based on the initial step of rumor-mongering, it will present a progressive government as a conservative and restrictive nation, an authoritarian “regime” even if it promotes equal rights.
Then, it will accuse it of absuing human rights and “repressing social discomfort.”
In Ecuador, the leftist former President Rafael Correa came to power in 2007 and promoted a communications law to override the military-era government laws.
The legislation sought to redistribute television, radio, and newspapers to the large majority of communal broadcasters.
Several U.S.-funded organizations then published reports to try to prove that the government was attacking free thinkers and the independent media.
The western media still insists that Correa’s government thought the free press was its worst enemy.
Third, fund protests -
The escalation of the soft coup now turns to supporting opposition marches, before funding them.
This phase focuses on the active struggle, as political and social demands grow among key groups such as businesses or political leaders. The situation in Venezuela explains this step in a better way.
The opposition began a series of almost daily protests to demand the resignation of the Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.
Armed with high technology cameras, shields, clothing, homemade explosives and food provisions, they've been blockading roads and attacking government institutions for the last three months.
The violence and constant clashes with police officers have left at least 95 people dead.
Several protesters and opposition leaders have repeatedly called for the U.S. to intervene and invade, so they can remove Maduro from power.
President Nicolas Maduro has denounced a plan by sectors of the right-wing opposition to activate and justify an intervention in the country.
Fourth, economic sanctions -
If “diplomatic” pressure is not enough, says Sharp, the interventionist tactics would turn to economic and political sanctions. These would increase pressure on the government and try to turn the people against their leaders.
For more than 50 years, the U.S. has maintained the largest blockade in history against Cuba.
Companies, from the United States as well as other countries, are forbidden from doing business with the island, facing fines and legal processes if they break the embargo.
Havana has esimated that the blockade has cost it US$4.7 billion over the last year and US$753.7 billion over the last six decades.
Gene Sharp says at this point psychological warfare operations and destabilization of the government could be carried out, with the objective of creating a climate of "ungovernability".
This will seek to create the basis for a civil confrontation that would also lead to the international community isolating the country, before forcing the government to resign prior to an intervention.
Fifth, kick out the government -
The final phase would aim to force the resignation of the country's leader via mass street protests and the ensuing negative environment.
Sharp says preparations for a military intervention would be underway, justified by the already oft repeated message of discontent.
Honduras' President Manuel Zelaya, one of the main supporters of the progressive alliance in the region, was forcefully removed from power in 2009.
Zelaya's plan to convene a national constituent assembly to amend the Constitution of 1981 didn’t appeal to the business elites and armed forces, backed by the U.S.
In 2010, Zelaya was allowed to return to Honduras, a country that was plunged into violence following the coup.
Since then, hundreds of social activists and dozens of journalists have been killed by suspected right-wing death squads.

* "Afghanistan: A Morally Corrupting War" (2017-07-21, by Prof. Alon Ben-Meir) [archive.fo/KU9YQ]
* "The Spoils of War: Afghanistan’s Multibillion Dollar Heroin Trade" (2004-04-05, by Prof. Michel Chossudovsky) [archive.fo/rJnB9]
* "Afghanistan civilian deaths hit record highs as US-led airstrikes reach 2012 levels" (2017-07-18, rt.com) [archive.fo/dGY1d]
* "Foreign occupation cause of insecurity in Afghanistan: Analyst; An investigative journalist warns that insecurity cannot be rooted out in Afghanistan as long as foreign forces continue their occupation of the country" (2017-07-24, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/NmVvy]

* "12 Daily Casualties in Trump's Air Strikes Against IS: Report; U.S. Defense Secretary has denied that there was a change to the rules of engagement to allow for more 'collateral damage' " (2017-07-18, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/bYZnL]

* "US-Installed Iraqi Regime: Torture and Murder" (2017-07-17, by Stephen Lendman) [archive.fo/P1jWs]
* "One Week After Mosul’s 'Liberation', Horror of US Siege Continues to Unfold" (2017-07-17, by Bill Van Auken) [archive.fo/zMEo2]
* "The massacre of Mosul: 40,000 feared dead in battle to take back city from Isis as scale of civilian casualties revealed; Many bodies are still buried under the rubble and the level of human suffering is ‘immense’, a top Kurdish official reading from latest intelligence reports tells Patrick Cockburn in the last of his special series on the last days of the caliphate" (2017-07-19, by Patrick Cockburn, via independent.co.uk) [archive.fo/Kidnp]
* " ‘We hear nothing in Western media about devastation of Mosul’: Academic who visited city to RT" (2017-07-24, rt.com) [archive.fo/nwz8C]

* "Secrecy around drone assassination of British citizens in Syria challenged in court" (2017-07-20, rt.com) [archive.fo/qRI7w]

* "UN blames Saudi-led coalition for deadly Yemen strike that killed 20 civilians" (2017-07-21, AFP newswire) [archive.fo/xndvJ]
* "Charities Urge UN to Blacklist Saudi-Led Coalition in Yemen; They warn that the failure to blacklist the Saudi-led coalition would establish a 'dangerous precedent' for other conflicts around the world" (2017-07-20, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/HfXvW]
* "Cholera Is Slaughtering Yemen and We’re Letting It Happen" (2017-07-20, fortune.com) [archive.fo/TSyS0]

* "US contributed to ISIS creation, now tries to claim victory over it – Iraqi VP talks tough" (2017-07-22, rt.com) [archive.fo/gYCvC]

* "Our Relationship with Saudi Arabia Is an Embarrassment; It also has very real strategic and moral costs" (2017-07-20, nationalreview.com) [archive.fo/4BT4i]


Justice for Refugees!

* " ‘We'll sink them’: Angry activists threaten migrant traffickers’ ships arriving in Sicily" (2017-07-20, rt.com) [archive.fo/zlu0H]



* "US Military Establishment Study: The American Empire Is ‘Collapsing’ " (2017-07-19, by Darius Shahtahmasebi) [archive.fo/VXnBA]

* "Democrats and Republicans agree on bill against Russia, Iran and DPRK" (2017-07-23, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/6dNfs]

* "Russia is no longer America's 'single' biggest threat – top US general" (2017-07-23, rt.com) [archive.fo/GVHWU] [begin excerpt]:
The Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff no longer believes Russia can be "singled out" regarding Washington's perceived national security threats. North Korea, Iran, and China also top the list of challenges. [end excerpt]


NEW COLD WAR FrontlinePeople's Republic of China & the SCO

* "China-US Comprehensive Economic Dialogue kicks off in Washington" (2017-07-19, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/EZFoi]
* "China-U.S. economic cooperation on right course: Chinese vice premier" (2017-07-19, xinhuanet.com) [archive.fo/91890]
* "Full text of Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang's keynote speech at China-U.S. Business Luncheon" (2017-07-19, xinhuanet.com) [archive.fo/K8KGZ]
* "Chinese, US officials to meet for comprehensive economic dialogue" (2017-07-18, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/uMYRn]
* "Jack Ma warns US business execs to 'look forward, not backward' " (2017-07-18, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/tIVFg]

* "Alibaba's Jack Ma calls for seizing the future to seek broader China-U.S. cooperation" (2017-07-19, xinhuanet.com) [archive.fo/XNaCW], photos [archive.fo/HchSD] [archive.fo/6PChZ] [archive.fo/wsWHl] [archive.fo/JhBT1] [archive.fo/xvBH2] [archive.fo/yygIJ] [archive.fo/mMgwK]
* "China-US 100-day action plan looks to resume chicken trade" (2017-07-18, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/UoU5j]
* "China increases US treasuries holding in May" (2017-07-19, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/HAfSD]
* "Chinese vice premier urges U.S. to ease export barriers against China" (2017-07-19, xinhuanet.com) [archive.fo/bOJ62]

* " ‘Avoid escalation’: China demands India withdraw troops from disputed Himalayan territory" (2017-07-18, rt.com) [archive.fo/brpI6]
* "China urges India to withdraw troops from Chinese territory" (2017-07-18, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/Fwj2F]
* "China rejects media reports of Indian soldier deaths in attack" (2017-07-18, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/1IWlA]

* " ‘Japanese-paid’ neoconservative think tank hypes Chinese threat to Britain" (2017-07-19, rt.com) [archive.fo/kuAdG]

* "Sabre-rattling? Chinese spy boat spotted off Australian coast during war games" (2017-07-22, rt.com) [archive.fo/Utg8l]

* "Chinese jets intercept US surveillance plane over East China Sea: US officials; Two Chinese fighter jets have intercepted a US Navy surveillance plane over the East China Sea, American officials claim" (2017-07-24, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/I8KwA]


NEW COLD WAR FrontlineFederation of Russia & the Eurasian Union

* "A Tale of Two Nations: Russia vs USA Economic Prospects" (2017-07-19, by F. William Engdahl) [archive.fo/0JkpY], introduction: Taking the extraordinary USA and EU economic sanctions against Russia and low oil prices since 2014 into account, Russia’s economic outlook looks excellent going forward while that of Trump’s America looks bleak, to put it mildly. Paraphrasing the memorable 1992 Presidential candidates debate between a then-young William Jefferson Clinton and George H.W. Bush, “It’s the debt, stupid.”
* "Russia-U.S. trade up 24.6 pct in Jan.-May: customs" (2017-07-17, xinhuanet.com) [archive.fo/EpOhK]

* "Dear Mr. Putin: Time to Give Up on Better Relations with America; It is no use trying any further to accommodate the United States or cooperate with it. We cannot afford any more concessions. It is clear that the United States only respects force and firmness…" (2017-07-17, by Joseph Mussomeli, theimaginativeconservative.org) [archive.fo/mKcZr]
* "The US Deep State: Sabotaging Putin-Trump Ceasefire Agreement in Syria; The meeting between Trump and Putin at the G20 in Hamburg injects new hope into the complicated relationship between the United States and Russia. Only time can confirm whether there is any basis for this hope" (2017-07-16, by Frederico Pieraccini) [archive.fo/A7kIo]

* "Russia ups pressure on US to give back control of diplomatic compounds" (2017-07-18, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/trAMk]

* "EU needs new ‘detente policy’ for Russia, current sanctions-based approach ‘unrealistic’ – German FM" (2017-07-18, rt.com) [archive.fo/a6VbE]

* "Gorbachev: 'The Putin-Trump handshake in Hamburg is a historic opportunity: let’s not miss it' " (2017-07-08, defenddemocracy.press) [archive.fo/vjhhU]:
At about 12.00 pm, my telephone rang. On the other end of the phone, Mikhail Gorbachev was speaking, former Russian president and my old friend. He asked: ‘Do you have news about the meeting of yesterday in Hamburg?’
I replied that I didn’t know more than I got from the news agencies.
He interrupted me with a firm voice and a vibrant, unusual pitch.
‘Do you know what the Putin-Trump handshake reminded me of? It reminded me of a dialogue over nuclear disarmament that I started with Ronald Reagan, US President at the time. It was a crucial moment. After the first diplomatic and closed-door meetings, I received information from our Black Sea Fleet. The Command told me that US warships were entering in the Black Sea. They were heading towards our territorial waters at full speed. They asked me what they were supposed to do. I was thinking about that and I understood that we were dealing with a provocation: somebody in Washington – at the Pentagon – didn’t want this dialogue to carry on and was letting us know it indirectly.
Then I replied “Do monitor them very closely. In case they will enter into our territorial waters, then shoot. But DO NOT TARGET THEM DIRECTLY. SHOOT SOMEWHERE CLOSE TO THEM”. We didn’t have to fall into the trap. It was very important to keep control. This is what the Putin-Trump handshake reminded me of. I liked it, it is a good sign. When I saw it I thought: “This is a historic chance, a unique opportunity”. We will have to deal with many difficulties, but the connection was established and has to be kept in place. We need to take this chance and to look forward further developments. We can get unexpected achievements. We can get something that was unthinkable until not long ago. I suggest you write about it immediately and spread the word’.
While Gorbachev was talking to me, I was thinking that usually, he doesn’t talk much, only on important occasions.
That’s why I understood the relevance of his message. Evidently, this is one of them. A thread has been tied.
It’s still very thin, but it has been tied.

* "As Anti-Trump / Anti-Russia Campaign Fails - Yascha Mounk Feeds New Lies" (2017-07-16, moonofalabama.org) [archive.fo/qnZw6]

* "How Russia-gate Met the Magnitsky Myth; A documentary debunking the Magnitsky myth, which was an opening salvo in the New Cold War, was largely blocked from viewing in the West but has now become a factor in Russia-gate" (2017-07-13, by Robert Parry) [archive.fo/PSuS6]
* "Russiagate Exposed: It’s a Fraud. 'Leaks from Inside the DNC' ; The Truth that's Being Hidden from the Public" (2017-07-18, by Eric Zuesse) [archive.fo/KdgvY]
* "South Carolina voter rolls hit with 150k hacking attempts on Election Day 2016 – report" (2017-07-18, rt.com) [archive.fo/8tFXK]

* "White House confirms Trump, Putin held second conversation during G20 summit" (2017-07-19, xinhuanet.com) [archive.fo/xpUhf]
* "Trump confirms G20 dinner chat with Putin, slams ‘sick’ MSM reports of ‘secret talks’ " (2017-07-19, rt.com) [archive.fo/a6C7r]
* " ‘Absurd:’ Kremlin slams reports on Putin’s ‘secret’ meeting with Trump" (2017-07-19, rt.com) [archive.fo/QX1RX]

* "Tug of tags: Moscow aims to hijack Lithuanian hashtag campaign in spat over Nazi collaborators" (2017-07-19, rt.com) [archive.fo/QwEy2]

* " 'Missed a plane? Lost an election? Blame it on us!' RT airport ads rock Twitter" (2017-07-19, rt.com) [archive.fo/hDyMR]

* "UK, Dutch & Danish navies escort Chinese warships heading to Baltic for drills with Russia" (2017-07-19, rt.com) [archive.fo/OJLxN]

* "No reason to question viability of INF missile treaty with US – top Russian diplomat" (2017-07-19, rt.com) [archive.fo/hNN3A]

* "US oil sector warns Washington over 'unintended consequences' of new anti-Russian penalties" (2017-07-19, rt.com) [archive.fo/0nhV9]

* "Moscow threatens to trim number of American diplomats at US embassy" (2017-07-19, dninews.com) [archive.fo/sbOeC]

* "EU concerned over US bill on Russia sanctions, warns of ‘unintended consequences’ " (2017-07-23, rt.com) [archive.fo/r1IIQ]

* " ‘Not the best time’ for creating Russia-US cybersecurity body – NSA Chief" (2017-07-23, rt.com) [archive.fo/Ow357]

* "Fresh US sanctions to backfire, harm interests, warns Russia; Russian officials have warned that a new round of sanctions by the United States against Russia will backfire as it harms the interests of both nations" (2017-07-24, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/hp55Q]


NEW COLD WAR FrontlineThe ALBA states

* "Venezuela’s Rightwingers Are No ‘Beleaguered Democrats’ ; A study of five instances the right-wing opposition have been anti-democratic in Venezuela shows their real nature" (2017-07-20, morningstaronline.co.uk) [archive.fo/6GzpM]

* "Venezuela: Once Again, Interference From the USA in Latin America" (2017-07-19, by Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey) [archive.fo/84Cvw] [begin excerpt]: Fraudulent manipulation by Western stooges
This week (on Sunday) the “Opposition” organized an illegal and unofficial public consultation on Government plans to appoint a new Constituent Assembly with powers to substitute the National Assembly, giving it the possibility to alter the constitution. The other side of the coin is that the National Assembly is a bastion of Opposition members blocking Government measures, willfully sabotaging the process of Government and creating chaos to then blame the Government of President Nicolas Maduro of mismanagement.
In the 2015 legislative election, 7.7 million of Venezuela’s 19.5 million voters favored Opposition parties to the ruling PSUV (United Socialist Party of Venezuela). In this week’s unofficial election, 7,186,170 people voted, 96 per cent of these against the Government plans. However the Venezuelan Opposition and their masters in Washington have to understand that an illegal vote by 28 per cent of the electorate does not constitute a valid constitutionally-backed position or statement. It is a protest vote by those who fear they will lose their vested interests and this affirmation is backed up by the fact that most Venezuelans back the PSUV.
The Venezuelan Government has accused the Opposition of staging an illegal act which anyway is fraught with fraud, manipulation and violation of the principles of a democratic vote. Of the 102,000 registered Venezuelan voters abroad, some 600,000 voted, for instance. Jorge Rodríguez, leader of PSUV, declared that there is evidence that some people voted seven times, others 14 times.
European Union duped, swallowed nonsense hook, line and sinker
He states that the western observers, including the EU, were duped into thinking that “voters” was the same thing as “votes”. They fell for the Opposition swansong hook, line and sinker, including outrageous acts such as adding 50,000 votes to the result in the State of Aragua, a practice which was allegedly commonplace among Opposition campaign managers. [end excerpt]

* "US Promises Robust Actions Against Venezuela; Fernando Cutz, the director for South America of Donald Trump's National Security Council" (2017-07-18, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/rVDCw]
* "Evo Says US Sanctions on Venezuela an 'Economic Conspiracy' ; Morales said Trump's plan to sanction Venezuela is part of the ultimate U.S. goal of 'intervention and domination of Venezuela' in order to 'appropriate its oil' " (2017-07-18, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/4nDey]

* "Venezuela opposition plans strike; US threatens action; Venezuela’s opposition has called for a general nationwide strike to increase pressure on President Nicolas Maduro" (2017-07-18, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/hPv22]
* "Venezuela opposition promises 'zero hour' following non-binding vote" (2017-07-18, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/qjBKf]
* "2 Men Set on Fire in Venezuela by Opposition Protesters; The two men were set on fire amid escalating right-wing violence" (2017-07-18, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/2ijda]

* "Venezuela rejects U.S. pressure to cancel constitutional initiative" (2017-07-19, xinhuanet.com) [archive.fo/ffsdt]
* "Venezuela defies U.S. pressure, vows to push forward constitutional initiative" (2017-07-19, xinhuanet.com) [archive.fo/UXUFd]
* "Venezuela Armed Forces Reject Interference in Internal Affairs; The minister also denounced opposition street actions that set people on fire, attack medical and educational centers and attempt to destroy cities" (2017-07-19, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/61htX]

* "Why is Venezuela in economic crisis?" Q&A (2017-07-19, VPP):
- [Question]: In simple terms, why is Venezuela in economic crisis? A liberal told me it's because they have an oil-dependent undiversified economy, not because of US imperialism.
- [Answer]: The process of 'diversifying the economy' is often something idiotic liberals think can be done overnight. This is probably because liberals prefer autistic screeching to actually understanding socioeconomics or politics.
Chavez built measures into his economic action plan to do this through strengthening other mining sectors, but because of decades of plutocratic pillaging and corruption from previous governments, it required more than just spending. Corrupt officials and companies had to be identified and purged, and of course they kicked and screamed and tried to enlist help from their counterparts abroad when this happened.
But as Matt mentioned, there are also issues of hoarding and currency manipulation that happen, for example Empresas Polar controls the supply chain when it comes to a significant majority of staple items in Venezuela, and while they continue to produce and supply these items for sale at black market rates (8000 VEF to 1 USD) they refuse to provide them to retail stores who would sell them at the official rate (10 VEF to 1 USD). Kulaks gonna kulak.
These are just the issues of Venezuelan origin contributing to the Venezuelan situation though, I haven't mentioned the imperialist role at all, which is very real and insidious. For example, from the State Department's 2018 budget request -

And we've all heard about the ongoing OAS role in pushing for regime change, well the US has no issue privately identifying this organisation as basically another arm of the State Dept, which it funds and influences accordingly.

So the spooks from the Reagan era quickly devised this scare tactic where they point to an alliance with Iran - which is a completely logical alliance as Venezuela is a founding member of OPEC - and shout "HEZBOLLAH" really loud from their platforms at various libertarian think tanks, aiming to manipulate public opinion in America and justify "national security" rhetoric aimed in the direction of the PSUV.
"Painting them as narcos is one way to delegitimise the regime" is a direct quote from Roger Noriega this year, before sanctions were applied to Tareck El Aissami under the Kingpin Act, based on the testimony of Walid Makled, a Venezuelan expat and businessman who decided to cooperate with the DEA in return for what they refer to as a "millionaire plea deal".
Noriega also suggested "branding PDVSA and CITGO as criminal enterprises to kill the economy”, and advised the U.S. to stop making cash payments for Venezuelan oil at the same AEI summit in February, which the National Security Council is now planning to put into action, but framing it as a response to protests, which had not even started when Noriega initially made the suggestion.

* "Venezuelan Campesinos Call for Punishment for Hate Crimes; The selective assassination of peasant, political and social leaders is a right-wing strategy to instill terror into society as a weapon of domination, explained Maithe Garcia" (2017-07-20, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/NvVz6], photo caption: More than 300 leaders have been assassinated in the last years for raising their voices against landowners in the states of Zulia, Barinas, Apure and Portuguesa.

* "Venezuela Opposition Attacks Nursery at VTV, Forcing Evacuation; Violent opposition supporters set fire to a police post across the street from the TV station" (2017-07-20, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/AZZrM], photo caption: Police post set on fire by opposition protesters.


NEW COLD WAR FrontlineDemocratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)

* "The Logic in North Korean ‘Madness’ ; North Korea’s nuclear deterrent is a logical – not crazy – reaction to U.S. 'regime change' wars in Iraq and Libya, two countries attacked after they surrendered their WMD stockpiles" (2017-07-17, by retired Col. Ann Wright) [archive.fo/d1eX6]

* "EU raises prospect of new sanctions against DPRK" (2017-07-18, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/soVLD]

* "S. Korean parliament passes resolution condemning DPRK 's missile launch" (2017-07-18, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/z0hUQ]

* "Range yes, accuracy maybe: US Air Force general on North Korean missiles" (2017-07-18, rt.com) [archive.fo/z0jEF]

* "S. Korea to push complete denuclearization, peace regime in Korean Peninsula" (2017-07-19, xinhuanet.com) [archive.fo/vV2oz]

* "DPRK Slams South Korea’s Proposed Military Talks as ‘Absurd’ ; 'South Korean authorities do what the United States and their conservative associates want,' Rodong Sinmun said" (2017-07-20, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/V9WJ0]

* "Japanese Students Protest Regarding Comfort Women Issue, Saying 'Fuck Korea' ; Protests against Korea can be found on the streets of Japan, as they argue regarding the topic of comfort women and other diplomatic disputes" (2017-07-20, koreaboo.com) [archive.is/4Wuvc] [begin excerpt]:
Protests against Korea can be found on the streets of Japan, as they argue regarding the topic of comfort women and other diplomatic disputes.
Protestors wave the controversial Rising Sun Flag, along with offensive signs against Korea saying “Fuck Korea“.
A Japanese college student tweeted, “Let’s kill all Koreans“, as the tensions between the two countries continue to rise.
The student was influenced by the words of Masanori Tanimoto, the governor of Ishikawa.
“We must drive the people of North Korea to starve to death by cutting off food supplies” - Masanori Tanimoto [end excerpt]
- Photo of Masanori Tanimoto:

* "Seoul steps up peace efforts after Pyongyang snub" (2017-07-23, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/38td4]


NEW COLD WAR Frontline: Arab Republic of Syria

* "America’s Invasion of Syria" (2017-07-19, by Eric Zuesse) [archive.fo/ZO9cU]
* "US War in Syria Far From Over" (2017-07-17, by Stephen Lendman) [archive.fo/arlil]
* "Damascus Behind the Kremlin Wall; The central event of the G20 summit in Hamburg was the meeting between Putin and Trump. The Russian and American presidents, among other things, agreed on the situation in southwest Syria" (2017-07-19, by Evgeny Satanovsky, translation by southfront.org) [archive.fo/2XhB5]
* "While the US drops bombs, China invests $2 billion in rebuilding Syria" (2017-07-22, almasdarnews.com) [archive.is/ilmmh]

* "Russia approves deal to deploy forces to Syria" (2017-07-20, middleeastmonitor.com) [archive.fo/sTQoB]
* "Israel U-turns on Syrian ceasefire as Russian troops arrive; Israel's opposition to the Russian-US-Jordanian ceasefire is worse than much ado about nothing, it is much ado about a positive development for regional security" (2017-07-16, theduran.com) [archive.is/8SsoB] [begin excerpt]:
This comes as al-Masdar breaks news that Russian troops have arrived in south-western Syria to begin the process of enforcing the ceasefire [archive.fo/0c23h]. The report states that it is unclear when any Jordanian or American troops might arrive. It has been further reported by Haaretz that Israel is opposed to the presence of Russian troops [archive.is/23rsi] in spite of the fact that unlike Israel and Iran, Tel Aviv has no major disputes with Russia and frequently does business deals with Russian companies. [end excerpt]
* "Israel to Maintain Operational Freedom Even if Safe Zone Established in Southern Syria, Defense Minister Says; Report in Asharq Al-Awsat claimed U.S., Russia and Jordan in talks on setting up safe zone along Jordan-Syrian border" (2017-07-22, haaretz.com) [archive.fo/9AZ9w]

* "Billions of Dollars’ Worth of Weapons Brought into Syria, 'Arms Traffic Organized by CIA and Pentagon' " (2017-07-18, by Thierry Meyssan) [archive.fo/IoC5t]
* "The Crossed Wires of the 'Syrian Revolution' " (2017-07-19, by Ollie Richardson) [archive.fo/MR0cB] [begin excerpt]:
The perfect example of this is the way in which footage of bombings in Syria, Iraq, Yemen etc is uploaded to video hosting websites such as YouTube literally within the same hour that they happened.
This is in fact why the British businessman James Le Mesurier, the director of Mayday Rescue, was tasked by the architects of the Syrian war to create the “White Helmets“ – a NGO that would serve as a way to control the narrative being broadcasted from the scene of the latest airstrike either by the Syrian or Russian airforce. For Washington and allies it was absolutely imperative that during urban combat in cities like Aleppo, where civilians were being used as human shields by “moderate rebels” and Al-Qaeda in Syria, the Pentagon’s proxies were never shown in a bad light. Of course, in areas under the control of terrorists it was not possible for Damascus to send in ambulances and medical workers to help potential victims of bombings or shelling, and visa-versa – it wasn’t possible for medical workers terrorists to attend the scene of what was usually VBIED attacks in Assad-held areas. Thus, the status quo was the Syrian State media did its work in the government-controlled areas, and the West’s NGO network did its work in the jihadist-controlled areas.
Of course, the work that reached the eyes and ears of European and American corporate news viewers wasn’t that of the former, for obvious reasons. This is perhaps why the “White Helmets” received an Oscar [archive.fo/uPGoB] – as a “thank you” for their “wonderful” work in ensuring the scent doesn’t follow Uncle Sam back across the Atlantic.
Whilst this mechanism worked efficiently for Washington et al during the most critical moments in the Syrian war, which, incidentally, cannot at all be described as “civil”, since the terrorists with weapons in their hands are 100% funded and armed by foreign States, the fact that it is unable to control every informational element of the conflict in the Levant highlights a key flaw in the “colour revolution” blueprint stored away on Capitol Hill.
To illustrate this point, the reader should now watch the video from July 18th, 2017, below, in which the notorious Al-Qaeda Saudi-born cleric Abdullah al-Muhaysini [archive.fo/NuvGK] – a key person in today’s jihadist movement in Bilad al-Sham [archive.fo/KtBy0], responsible for both recruitment and washing brains – is being interviewed by one of the key people in the West’s NGO circle Bilal Abdul Kareem [archive.fo/5rSTy], video [youtube.com/watch?v=Fa7JdNY747c].
Before talking about the content of the video above, it is very important to immediately recall that Muhaysini – the main ideological component of Al-Qaeda in Syria – has his own YouTube channel (Google permits this) as well as social media pages (his Twitter account was eventually deleted, but not before acquiring over 50k followers; he subsequently created multiple other accounts). Throughout the entire Syrian war he has been regularly interviewed by “journalists”, and usually the information that comes from his mouth is very damaging to the narrative of the war broadcasted by the media of Western States.
So, in the July 18th interview with Bilal Abdul Kareem he once again stated information that is contrary to what the US State Department expects observers to believe. To paraphrase, Muhaysini insists that not only is the so-called “Free Syrian Army” (FSA) not an organisation itself, but the name of an “umbrella” that covers many local formations, but also that the “FSA” sees eye-to-eye with the Mujahideen on core issues, primarily the extermination of the Shia [youtube.com/watch?v=OgWqtjo9HYk].
However, Western officials and media always insisted that the “FSA” is an organic “Army” consisting of “moderate rebel Syrian defectors” that represent the Syrian people (which are mostly Sunni) [archive.fo/YAXgC], and was “vetted“ by the US [youtube.com/watch?v=nav8dTKo6Ck] in the fight against the “non-democratic dictator” Assad, who “gasses his own people”. This difference in narrative regarding the “FSA” creates a very large void in the information sphere, and ultimately Washington et al is not able to deter people from approaching it, because to do so would lead a curious mind to the fact that Muhaysini in this instance is actually telling the truth. In fact, the Saudi cleric is only echoing what the leader of al-Nusra (al-Qaeda in Syria) Abu Mohammad al-Julani previously said – “there is no such thing as the FSA, only slogans” [youtube.com/watch?v=tyFaOVP4HdY]. [end excerpt]

* "EU Imposes Sanctions On Leader Of Defenders Of Deir Ezzor, Says He’s Linked To Chemical Attack In Khan Shaykhun" (2017-07-20, southfront.org) [archive.fo/e3qNF]:
The European Union (EU) has imposed new sanctions on 16 Syrian officers and scientists, blaiming them for the alleged chemical attack that took place in Khan Shaykhun in the Syrian province of Idlib on April 4, 2017.
The sanctions include banning the subjects from entering the EU countries and freezing their bank accounts in European banks.
The sanctions included 8 Syrian scientists and engineers allegedly working in the Syrian Scientific Research Center: Hamad Safwan Qattan, Mohammad Ziad Gharywati, Mohammad Dirar Khaloudi, Dr. Khaled Sawan, Rimon Rizk, Fawaz Al-Ato, Fayez Al-Assi and Dr. Hala Sarhan.
The EU didn’t provide any evidence confirmming their links to the alleged production of chemical weapons in Syria, which stopped in 2013 according to the United States.
The sanctions also included eight high-ranking officers of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA): Brigadier-General Mohammad Yousef Hassouri, Major General Malik Hasan, Major General jayez Hamoud al-Mousa, Major General Mizar Abdul Sawan, and Major General Issam Zahreddine.
Major General Issam Zahreddine is one of the commanders of the Republican Guard. He has been fighting against against the Al-Nusra Front and then ISIS in the city of Deir Ezzor since 2012.
- Photo: Major General Issam Zahreddine (R)

* " 'Illegitimate coalition' must pay for destroying Syria – Damascus to UN" (2017-07-22, rt.com) [archive.fo/j6BxH]

* "Syria – Killing Journalists Birthed the Fake Activist movement During the War" (2017-07-13, sarahabed.com) [archive.fo/bbheG]

* "Trump Finally Stops Arming Terrorists in Syria — Corporate Media Says It’s a Russian Conspiracy; Donald Trump announces that the US is going to stop arming terrorists in Syria — a great idea — corporate media lambast him" (2017-07-20, by Matt Agorist) [archive.fo/ws2iF]
* "White House Admits Defeat in Syria; President Trump's announcement this week to end the CIA's covert arming of militants in Syria is an admission of defeat. The US has lost its six-year war for regime change in the Arab country. It's time to wrap it up" (2017-07-22, by Finian Cunningham, via sputniknews.com) [archive.fo/JhHvl]
* "Trump Officially Hands Syria Over to Russia and Iran; The steering of the diplomatic process has officially been transferred to Russia and Iran, while Turkey, the Saudis, Qatar and the UAE are expected to keep funding their pet militias, pointlessly extending the fighting" (2017-07-23, haaretz.com) [archive.is/VITCY]

* "McCain: Cutting Syria train-and-equip 'irresponsible' " (2017-07-21, militarytimes.com) [archive.fo/mL33R]

* " 'We’re bad day away from Russians asking, ‘Why are you still in Syria?’ – top US commander" (2017-07-23, rt.com) [archive.fo/CK3T8]


NEW COLD WAR FrontlineIslamic Republic of Iran

* "UN chief meets Iranian FM in the UN headquarters" (2017-07-18, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/oehIR]

* "US recertifies Iran’s compliance with nuclear deal; The United States has for a second time certified Iran’s compliance with a 2015 nuclear agreement between the Islamic Republic and six other countries, including the US itself" (2017-07-18, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/40QQm]
* "Iran worried US is moving away from nuclear deal, says expert" (2017-07-18, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/tKjQG]
* "Trump says Iran sticking to nuclear deal terms, but undermining its spirit" (2017-07-18, rt.com) [archive.fo/tkUbC]

* "U.S. sanctions Iran after recertifying Tehran's compliance with nuclear deal" (2017-07-19, xinhuanet.com) [archive.fo/CDdkI]
* "Trump admin slaps Iran with new sanctions despite nuclear deal compliance" (2017-07-18, rt.com) [archive.fo/s0pEa]
* "US imposes new economic sanctions on Iran over ballistic missile program" (2017-07-18, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/Pc0dg]
* "Iran slams new U.S. sanctions over missile program as 'hostile' " (2017-07-19, xinhuanet.com) [archive.fo/V0zFU]

* "Why is CIA Director Weighing in With Policy Advice on Iran?" (2017-07-18, by Jim Lobe) [archive.fo/d6bPx]

* "US should move bases 1,000km from Iran if it wants to pursue further sanctions – army chief" (2017-07-19, rt.com) [archive.fo/6s0JA]

* "Two Iranians charged with hacking US defense materials" (2017-07-18, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/PWV9B]

* "Iranian court sentences Princeton student to 10 years for spying" (2017-07-18, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/cshwS]

* "Kuwait orders Iran ambassador to leave country within 48 days" (2017-07-20, rt.com) [archive.fo/6Abzg]

* "The Detention of Saudi Boat Crew by Iranian Revolutionary Guards" (2017-07-22, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/MMcSm]

* "US on its own in seeking to undermine Iran nuclear deal: Qassemi; Iran says the United States is in a minority of one in its destructive ambitions against the 2015 nuclear deal between the Islamic Republic and the P5+1 group, which includes the US itself" (2017-07-24, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/tKGQe]


NEW COLD WAR Frontline: Jurisdiction of Yemen

* "Yemen: The War That Isn’t Happening Even as It’s Happening" (2017-07-14, counterpunch.org) [archive.fo/5XYbd]
* "The moves of the Saudi-UAE axis after the crisis in southern Yemen … and America is studying the outcome of the Vietnam War" (2017-07-19, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/YmLo6]

* "How should be the attitude towards targeting Americans to Yemeni people under the heading of terrorism? And why?" (2017-07-19, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/rA3bC]
* "US and UK are above the law, happy to support Saudi crimes in Yemen" (2017-07-19, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/9FNf0]
* "The US-Saudi blockade and aggression on Yemen has created the world’s biggest humanitarian crisis" (2017-07-19, by Zain alabideen Othman, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/t7z4Z]:

On the humanitarian level in Yemen and the catastrophic consequences of the US-imposed embargo imposed on the Yemeni people, the humanitarian situation in Yemen has reached record levels in the number of victims of “Yemeni” civilians, women and children affected by the aggression and victims affected by the siege.
According to the United Nations in more than one session, Yemen is facing the biggest human catastrophe in the world, especially after the outbreak of cholera, which increased the magnitude of the humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen.
Incredibly, there are record numbers for civilian casualties affected by war and siege. According to UN statistics and the World Health Ministry
She explained that more than 6 million Yemenis are living below the poverty line today due to deteriorating living conditions.
As for the health and the situation of the patients, field sources confirmed that there are more than 500 thousand Yemeni children are threatened to die due to lack of food and relief resources in addition to the situation of chronic diseases, which lead to kidney failure and anemia and numbers tens of thousands and because of the interruption of electricity and prevent aggression from entering The therapeutic materials needed to combat these diseases have become the life of these patients on the brink of completion.
In the same context, the blood of the Kingdom and its allies has not stopped the siege and starvation of the Yemenis, but the death fighters of Saudi Arabia and the coalition forces are still committing mass acts of genocide against civilians around the clock. The international organizations said that the American air force killed more than 13,000 Yemenis and wounded 40,000, the majority of which are children and women, and with the deterioration of health conditions and lack of medicines in the Republic’s hospitals increased the gravity of the situation of the wounded especially those with in critical conditions.
The suffering of Yemeni citizens has been exacerbated by the recent outbreak of cholera in 22 Yemeni provinces. In a record time, the death toll from the epidemic has been around 1,800 and around 300,000 people infected every 10 minutes.
The storm led by Saudi Arabia has caused enormous damage to Yemen’s infrastructure and economy. It has left innocent Palestinian children and women in Yemen and has prevented the entry of medicines and therapeutic supplies for Yemeni patients affected by air strikes, but has also prevented the entry of medical supplies to combat the cholera epidemic, which is spreading rapidly and dangerously.
In this sense, it is possible to say that the Kingdom has made in Yemen the greatest humanitarian crisis known to the times and human history.
* "International disgraceful silence kills 37 Yemenis in Taiz and more than 247,000 citizens" (2017-07-19, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/HYUim]:
After being defeated by the Yemeni army and the People’s Committees in various fronts, the coalitions of aggressions (Saudi-America) carried out a series of massacres against the Yemeni people, women and children, and isolated numerous Yemeni people on the eyes of the international organizations, including the United Nations.
Observers believe that the silence of the United Nations and international organizations is a green light for the alliance against Yemen led by Riyadh to commit more crimes.
In a new massacre, the coalition aircraft bombed yesterday a gathering of displaced families in the Directorate of the distributor, located southwest of Taiz, which led to 22 martyrs and martyrs, including 4 charred bodies were not identified. Where three displaced families were targeted northwest of Khalid camp in a dispenser. The aircraft then bombed a grocery store near a bridge in the same area, killing one citizen and injuring two others.
On August 4, 2017, Agudat al-Adwan also carried out a horrific massacre in Yakhtal district north of Al-Mukha district in Taiz governorate, where a house with a whole family was bombed, killing 15 women and children. The shelling took place on the house of ‘Abdo’ Ali Suleiman al-Halabi, in the village of Al-Haliba ‘Azzalah al-Zahari, east of Yakhtal district in al-Mukha district, and all members of the family were killed, while the warplanes were flying over the area and prevented ambulances from approaching the house for hours. The bodies of 7 children and 8 women were recovered from the rubble.
The coalition of aggression continues to commit massacres against the Yemeni people by targeting population areas and infrastructure in the country, where more than 80% of its people need humanitarian assistance.
The World Health Organization announced at the beginning of July, the suspected 247 thousand cases of cholera epidemic, which has been spreading in Yemen since April as a result of the total siege on the people, where twenty of the twenty Yemeni provinces out of the twenty-three, topped the province of Hodeidah provinces, Which confirms the reality that the whole world knows about the permanent ban on food, medicine and medical supplies from reaching Hodeidah Port, the only maritime port available to the entire Yemeni people to the outside world. He denies the media allegations of the Saudi aggression Supplies vital Yemeni people from the besieged port Saudis and Emiratis.
Crimes that are not forgotten by the history of Yemen and the people of Yemen, as the coalition uses the worst criminal methods to break the will of the people, and the Gulf money mouths of many heads and officials of human rights organizations and institutions working in the field of human rights, but it is the largest human rights institution, United Nations

* "Saudi Arabia disallows UN aid staff to fly to crisis-hit Yemen" (2017-07-19, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/tGnc0]

* "Ansarollah Spokesman: The United Nations is Turning Deaf Ear to the Painful Truth of People by Siege and Aggression" (2017-07-18, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/TExHF]
* "The worsening of the humanitarian situation in Yemen … The international silence is reaping the lives of Yemenis" (2017-07-18, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/h3cmv] [begin excerpt]:
The United Nations has warned that one quarter of a million people may become cholera by the end of the year in Yemen, and two-thirds of the country’s poor people are on the verge of famine due to conflict. In its data, the organization said the incidence of cholera is rising by more than 4 percent a day, by 3.5% per day.
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said the threat of a wider epidemic was compounded by the rainy season, food insecurity and malnutrition.
According to reports, the humanitarian situation in Yemen is worsening day by day. One of the most important factors is the continuation of the war which led to the destruction of the infrastructure and the total siege imposed by the aggression by land, sea and air for the lack of humanitarian aid to break the will of the Yemeni people.
As the information indicates on the ground that the aggression (Saudi Arabia and the United States) in a secret understanding with the United Nations, they decided to break the will of the people through the siege and the spread of diseases in Yemen after it failed militarily and politically and comes in a shameful silence by humanitarian organizations and to delay the search for the lifting of the siege, Humanitarian aid arrives in Yemen. [end excerpt]
* "Yemen’s foreign minister explicitly accuses Saudi Arabia of spreading cholera after a military failure" (2017-07-17, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/X2gRE]
* "CHOLERA: Yemeni child gets infected every 35 seconds!" (2017-07-16, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/KtFID]
* "The Cholera Epidemic in Yemen has More Than 1,800 Victims" (2017-07-19, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/OQkve]
* "The Republic of Yemen calls on the international community to act seriously to combat cholera" (2017-07-17, Saba newswire, via yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/d9am8]

* "One out of every 90 Yemenis suffer from his infection: cholera kills 28 people a day" (2017-07-22, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/rRNf9]
* "Red Cross warns of spread of cholera in Yemen" (2017-07-23, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/sMj04]
* "Yemen’s cholera epidemic world’s worst: Oxfam" (2017-07-22, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/JTLwi]
* "Cholera in Yemen may become more prevalent with rain and Oxfam predicts 600,000 cases" (2017-07-22, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/hbDtc]

* "Saudi Crimes in Yemen Amid Silence of UN and World Community" (2017-07-22, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/L2gV1]

* "Foreign Ministry: Sana’a Ready to Receive Journalists… Aggression Forces Block Truth to the World" (2017-07-19, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/BRp1P]
* "Terrorism and the Saudi media strategy" (2017-07-19, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/pWV2d]

* "Traitor Hadi Threatens Foreign Journalist of Kidnap for Coming to Yemen" (2017-07-19, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/Ip7al]
* "Saudi-backed ‘Government’ Of Yemen Demands From Media To Avoid Providing Information About Ongoing Humanitarian Crisis" (2017-07-19, southfront.org) [archive.fo/f6rmd]
The Ministry of Information of the government of Saudi-backed President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi has condemned the UN’s attempt to transport journalists to Yemen in order to cover the humanitarian crisis in the war-torn country, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported [archive.fo/TqQId].
The Saudi-backed government blamed the Houthi-Saleh alliance as well as journalists for providing a coverage about the ongoing humanitarian crisis mostly caused by the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen.
“The Ministry of Information of the Republic of Yemen has expressed regret over an attempt by the United Nations’ Mission to transport journalists into Yemeni territory via UN planes, said the ministry in a release issued on Tuesday.
Houthi-Saleh’s rebel militias have been propagating their destructive project through humanitarian stories, manipulating the catastrophic conditions of the Yemeni people who have been experiencing difficult conditions since triggering the coup and western media finds fatty stories to present to its audience,” the SPA reported.
The Saudi-controlled Hadi government and the Saudi media de-facto demanded from jouranalists to ignore the humanitarian crisis and destruction caused by the Saudi-led coalition’s actions.
“It confirmed that foreign journalists should be careful on their security and safety to avoid kidnapping by armed groups and then paying ransom for freeing, a matter re-financing terrorism, an issue is not guaranteed by UN agencies,” the SPA added.

* "Hizbul Haq Condemns Brutal Crimes in Mouza and Calls it Oppression to Harass Taiz and its People" (2017-07-19, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/322NE]:
The statement issued by Hizbul Haq on Tuesday condemns the crimes of Saudi-American Aggression Coalition against the displaced people in the village of al-Atira in a dispensary office in the province of Taiz, which killed more than 20 martyrs, including women and children.
The Party considered the crime in its statement to as to expose the falsity of the claims of the Al-Mutabakin lies and blow to Taiz and its people, and at the same time blatant international organizations, led by the United Naitons.
Al-Haq party called on all Yemeni people to stand united in the face of aggression, along with their brothers and the popular forces, as there is no way to stop it except confrontation and with all strength, unity and sincerity.
* "The United Nations Calls for Thorough Investigation into the Crime of Aggression in Mouzah Region" (2017-07-22, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/ZAR42]:
The United Nations called for a thorough and impartial investigation into all air raids launched by the US-Saudi aggression against Yemen and led to civilian deaths.
Farah Haq, spokesman for the UN secretary-general, quoted the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights as saying that a coalition raid targeting al-Hamli area north of the Khalid camp in Taiz on Tuesday killed at least 18 civilians, including children.
The Human Rights Office stressed that attacks against civilians and public properties in Yemen or indiscriminate attacks are prohibited under international humanitarian law.
The strikes targeted three families living in shacks after they had to leave their homes three months ago because of fighting, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said.
The Alliance of Aggression has already acknowledged the crimes, claiming that they were mistakes without being held accountable, and the United Nations did not go beyond what Yemen is subjected to data and even increased its complicity in the aggression of its crimes against the Yemenis.
- Photo: From a previous massacre at a Mouzah

* "The United Nations holds the Saudi regime responsible for the massacre of Taiz, which left 20 martyrs" (2017-07-22, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/3kjfP]:
The United Nations carried an alliance of aggression led by the Saudi regime in Yemen responsible for the massacre in Taiz province, which left more than 20 martyrs among the civilians.
More than 20 Yemeni civilians were killed and others were injured as a result of raids by the Saudi Air Force on the 18th of this month on the Directorate of a distributor in the Yemeni province of Taiz.
“The Saudi-led coalition forces launched the attack and there was no military target near the houses that were apparently destroyed,” AFP quoted a UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR) statement as saying on Tuesday. The raids targeted three families living in shantytowns after being forced to leave their homes three months ago because of battles.
The Saudi regime has been leading an aggression against Yemen since March 26, 2015, and is using internationally banned American weapons that have committed a series of massacres, as well as a land, sea and air blockade of Yemen and the denial of any food and medical aid.


NATO Watch

* "Shades of Dr. Strangelove: How NATO’s ever expanding Reach Threatens Global Security" (2010-08-30, by Antony C. Black) [archive.fo/C5ARo]

* "Ukraine, Georgia vow to work closely on defense" photoset (2017-07-18, xinhuanet.com) [archive.fo/s6MqQ] [archive.fo/WvIvA] [archive.fo/Coqd3] [archive.fo/qCp14] [archive.fo/QfKrq] [archive.fo/EtKfr]

* "Croissant diplomacy? France leads global ‘soft power’ rating, US slips behind" (2017-07-19, rt.com) [archive.fo/TlCsy]
* " ‘I won’t be f***ed’: French armed forces chief quits after clash with Macron over budget cuts" (2017-07-19, rt.com) [archive.fo/XfiT4]
* "France’s army chief resigns after row with Macron over budget cuts" (2017-07-19, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/iXil6]

* " ‘Helping the enemy’: US angry after Turkish media reveals American base locations in Syria" (2017-07-19, rt.com) [archive.fo/7cWFV]
* "Turkish govt not behind publication of US base locations in Syria – official" (2017-07-20, rt.com) [archive.fo/QkOf9]

* "Bulgarian PM announces special measures to protect computer networks" (2017-07-19, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/Itdld]


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


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


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World Context & Events 
Including information on Institutions of Self-Government not recognized by the United Nations, as defined by the USA State Dept.'s legal statement supporting unilateral declarations of independence (2009-07) (.pdf) [is.gd/6MJUTQ], and by the UN International Court (2010-07-22) [archive.fo/mc6sX], recognizing the jurisdictions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) (.pdf) [is.gd/ek1oFs] including EEZ territorial boundaries [archive.fo/wl8Oj], the Antarctic Treaty System (ATS) [archive.fo/UtXrm]. Notes on Diplomatic Recognition [archive.fo/qGIGd]. 1933 Montevideo Convention on the Rights and Duties of States declares that "a State as a person of international law should possess a permanent population, a defined territory, a government and the capacity to enter into relations with other States."
Evaluated by Bay Area MPD Committees, serving as a 5th World News service [FifthWorldNews.blogspot.com], more news sites: [globalresearch.ca] [southfront.org] [fmso.leavenworth.army.mil] [corpwatch.org [fpif.org

Energy & Resource Extraction:
International Energy Agency (IEA) [iea.org]

* "Ecuador to Raise Oil Output in a Break With OPEC Partners; 'There is an unwritten agreement with OPEC to have some kind of flexibility regarding Ecuador's needs,' Ecuadorean oil minister" (2017-07-18, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/jhCsC]

* "India plans to create competitive global oil company" (2017-07-20, rt.com) [archive.fo/ys5gJ]


Instruments of the World Market Regime

* " 'Electronic Money' under 'The One World Order' (OWO): Are We Becoming Western Money Slaves? Solutions? 'Resistance Economy', 'De-dollarization', 'De-globalization' " (2017-07-20, by Peter Koenig) [archive.fo/RMAbI] [begin excerpt]:
Electronic money, a cashless society, is perhaps the ultimate and most direct means of the New World Order (NWO), also called One World Order (OWO), to control us all via its financial system. A system that the NWO would like to maintain as the world’s financial system, albeit, it has already been reduced to the western world’s financial system.
Why reduced to the Occident? – Because the Orient, China, Russia and the other countries belonging to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and to the Eurasia Economic Union (EEU) have already largely delinked themselves from the western dollar-based system of fraud. They are saved from slavehood.
This reminds of one of the oldest and world’s worst criminal agent against humanity – still alive and kicking – Henry Kissinger:
“Who controls food, controls the people; who controls energy controls entire continents; and who controls money controls the world.”
He is, of course, right on all fronts, and has given us this clue already more than 40 years ago. But nobody has really seriously taken it to heart and acted upon these edicts. [end excerpt]

/ G-20

/ G-7



* "Britain banning ‘rip-off’ credit card fees" (2017-07-19, rt.com) [archive.fo/b9h78]

* "Cryptocurrency market a 'ticking time-bomb,' says ethereum co-founder" (2017-07-19, rt.com) [archive.fo/Ia4ph]
* "I’ll eat my d**k on national TV if bitcoin doesn’t surpass $500k in 3yrs – John McAfee" (2017-07-19, rt.com) [archive.fo/sw9eS]


United Nations (UN)
UN Peacekeeping Operations map [archive.fo/wTpdj]


Space Race: The Partitioning of Planets
The Outer Space Treaty (OST) [archive.fo/CLCXG]; Space Law [archive.fo/QuYL1]; USA Space Property Law [archive.fo/beU61] , USA space mining law [archive.fo/5HG4r] [archive.fo/Y8ZVV] [archive.fo/w57h7] [archive.fo/6hZIR]


Global Anarchist vanguards & autonomous zones
[anarchistnews.org] [ainfos.ca[squat.net[libcom.org] [anarchiststudies.org] [a-revolt.org] [wsm.ie] [facebook.com/SolidarityTimes] [redblack.org] [cnt-f.org] [insurrectionnewsworldwide.com] [anarchisthistory.noblogs.org


World Anti-Imperialist Alliance for People's Democracy (Marxist-Leninist-Maoist)
Marxism-Leninism-Maoism Basic Course (2014, massalijn.nl) [archive.fo/1NZy5].
News: [redspark.nu] [signalfire.org] [maoistcommunistgroup.com] [ri-ir.org].


Islamist Supremacists

Anti-Islamic acts [archive.fo/ErMTI]

* "Michigan female genital mutilation probe expands to Chicago, LA & NYC" (2017-07-18, rt.com) [archive.fo/omNgj]

* " ‘Huge increase’ in female genital mutilation in Germany" (2017-07-19, rt.com) [archive.fo/v6Dc9]

* " 'Liberation' & the false flag thesis: The west’s collusion with Islamist terrorism" (2017-07-14, cultureandpolitics.org) [archive.fo/3SD9P]
* "An American senator accuses Saudi Arabia of fabricating the Gulf crisis and supporting terrorism" (2017-07-19, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/Mshpu] [begin excerpt]:
Senior Republican Senator Bob Corker launched a sharp attack on Saudi Arabia, accusing it of providing “significant support” for terrorism.
“The size of support for terrorism by Saudi Arabia makes it dwarfed by Qatar,” said Mr Korker, a senator from Tennessee who heads the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, according to the Business Insider Web site.
He expressed disappointment at Saudi Arabia’s involvement in creating a crisis with Qatar, against the backdrop of the blockade imposed by the Kingdom and three other Arab states on Doha, claiming “its support for terrorism”, which the latter strongly denies. [end excerpt]

* " ‘Precursor to something major’: Pig’s head dumped outside Islamic school in Australia" (2017-07-19, rt.com) [archive.fo/k4gTi]

* "Gay Muslim marriages ‘thriving’ in Britain, says drag queen" (2017-07-19, rt.com) [archive.fo/Ei9qR]


Governance over the Arctic Ocean

* "China's ice breaker to try Arctic rim expedition" (2017-07-18, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/w9DLH]
* "China's ice breaker Xuelong sets sail on Arctic rim expedition" (2017-07-20, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/3VTHN]

Governance over the Antarctic Ocean

* "A wedding in British Antarctic" (2017-07-18, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/mmfFq]


Map [archive.fo/Y4Jtd]


Quebec nation within the Realm of Canada


The nations within the Realm of Canada, including... 
The Inuit, the Metis, the 630 recognized First Nations governments, and traditional nations.
Maps of the Inuit [archive.fo/tHTzZ] [archive.fo/7cycI] [archive.fo/yVcDs]


Regional insights for the lands of 
Anahuac, Carib, and Abya Ayla ("Latin" America) 
"When the Eagle of the North flies with the Condor of the South, The Spirit of the Land, She will Reawaken".
* English language news [upsidedownworld.org] [narconews.com] [narcosphere.narconews.com] [nacla.org] [coha.org] [cepr.net] [cedema.org].
* Spanish language news [contrainjerencia.com]

* "People's Summit Opens to Counter Neoliberal Mercosur Agenda; More than 80 organizations will be part of the event in Argentina from all over the region" (2017-07-20, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/7VWVZ]:
Ahead of the Mercosur summit in Argentina, social movements are holding their own People's Summit Thursday in the city of Mendoza to oppose the regional bloc's right-wing turn and its neoliberal agenda.
The political gathering, held in the Faculty of Arts and Design, National University of Cuyo in Mendoza, is focused on four main issues, including regional sovereignty, natural resources, foreign interference and colonialism.
The topics related to the neoliberal policies imposed by President Mauricio Macri in Argentina and the recent labor reform approved by the lower chamber in Brazil will be addressed as well.
"The decision to organize and convene this People's Summit is based on the need to face the challenges that arise from the current regional situation and the advance of the right, supported by representatives of neocolonialism, and needs as an inseparable element of its goal of domination, to destroy the popular processes that occurred in recent years," a statement from the group said.
Each of the delegates will have the opportunity to submit their demands that will be included in a joint statement to be presented to Bolivian President Evo Morales, who will then share it with other presidents during the main session of the Mercosur summit to be held Friday.
For almost 12 years, the social, human rights and political organizations from the member countries of the bloc have held the parallel Mercosur summit with the support from the host country. But this year, Macri decided to suspend the meeting alleging "security issues."
More than 80 organizations will be part of the event, among them Mothers of Plaza de Mayo, the Unified Union of Education Workers of Buenos Aires, the General Confederation of Labor, as well as human rights organizations, members of Indigenous communities and others from all over the region.
* "Venezuela Condemns ‘Illegal’ Mercosur Meeting; The government said the meeting was a gross violation of Mercosur regulations and international law" (2017-07-19, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/Pqd1A]

* "Sao Paulo Forum, Meeting of Latin America’s Left, Defends Venezuela; The delegates affirmed that "calling the people to vote" is the best way to decide the future of a country, referring to Venezuela's National Constituent Assembly" (2017-07-19, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/mEUz9], photo caption: Jose Balaguer of Cuba's Communist Party (L), Monica Valente of Brazil’s Workers' Party (C) and Jacinto Suarez of Nicaragua's Sandinista National Liberation Front (R).


Bolivarian Alternative for the Peoples of Our Americas (ALBA)
[HandsOffBolivarianVenezuela.blogspot.com]. Map [archive.fo/qVad1].

* "Support for Venezuela at Sandinista Celebrations in Nicaragua; Regional leaders back Caracas and criticize threatened U.S. sanctions" (2017-07-19, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/CByOU]


United States of Mexico 
[activista.mx]; Drug cartel area of influence (2011, Stratfor) [archive.is/iTybj]


Indigenous communities within Mexico
Map [archive.fo/xYkf4]


The Good Government and the EZLN ("Zapatistas")
[chiapas-support.org] [enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx] [zeztainternazional.ezln.org.mx]


Revolutionary People's Democratic Party (PDPR) - Popular Revolutionary Army (EPR) for the People of Mexico
Communiques [is.gd/LUS15N]


Central America, an "Economic Sacrifice Zone"


Republic of Guatemala

* "Guatemala's Indigenous People Demand an End to Mining Operations; 'We do not need mines to live in. We need water,' the protesters claimed" (2017-07-19, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/9Qfnt]

* "Guatemalan Campesinos March to Demand President Resign; A new wave of protests has shaken the country, similar to the 2015 "Renuncia Ya" marches which helped oust former President Otto Perez Molina" (2017-05-23, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/6rJvs], photo caption: Various CODECA leaders have been criminalized by the Public Ministry and the business sector.


Republic of El Salvador (ALBA Affiliate)


Republic of Honduras
Most of the comments are collected from the daily "Presente Honduras Digest", and from the "Honduras Solidarity Network" listserve, authored by experts in geopolitics and history of Latin America. Libre is the "leftist" party working to uphold human rights and sovereignty, JOH is the dictator of Honduras supported by the USA.
News: [aquiabajo.com]

* "A Child is Killed Every 22 Hours in Honduras; New campaign focuses on combating violence against minors" (2017-07-19, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/MieZv]

* "Honduran Students March to Protest Education Budget Crisis; University students were attacked by a group of private security guards during a protest Wednesday" (2017-07-20, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/gzX5T]


Tolupan nation within the Republic of Honduras


Republic of Nicaragua (ALBA member)

* "Regional Leaders Join Nicaragua to Mark Sandinista Revolution; Nicaraguans gather at Revolution Square every July 19 to celebrate the toppling of the dictatorship of the U.S.-backed Somoza dynasty in 1979" (2017-07-18, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/22e9v], photo caption: A child holds a T-Shirt commemorating the anniversary of the Sandinist Revolution in an improvised shop set up in the streets of Managua, Nicaragua.


Republic of Cuba (ALBA member)
[radiohc.cu] [plenglish.com]

* "Social security in Cuba, a civil right The country’s Social Security budget set to double by 2030" (2017-07-18, en.granma.cu) [archive.is/RUy4o]:
There are currently around two million people 60 years of age or older in Cuba. Statistics from the latest Population and Housing Census show that the island is set to have the oldest population in Latin America by 2025.
Population aging is the result of increased life expectancy and a decline in fertility rates worldwide, aspects which in Cuba’s case, represent important social achievements when compared with other developed countries. However, they also imply challenges for the island’s demographic, economic, and social order.
For example, in 2021, retired people are expected to outnumber those of working age. In order to tackle this demographic situation a series of measures have been adopted and will be gradually implemented in the country.
Ever since the triumph of the Revolution, the Cuban state has guaranteed protection to all citizens through its Social Security System composed of general and special regulations, as well as a Social Assistance plan.
According to Haydee Franco Leal, deputy director general of the National Social Security Institute (INSS), speaking with Granma International “This last set of regulations protects elderly persons who have little to no resources or support, as well as those unable to work, whose income is unable to cover their basic needs, and those without relations able to support them.
“The state intercedes through these institutions; providing benefits in the form of financial aid, services, as well as other supports.
“The general program is aimed at protecting workers in the case of illness, workplace and non-workplace related accidents, maternity, disability, old age, and their relations in the case of death,” added Franco.
Special programs protect people involved in activities or productive processes or services, the nature of which require that Social Security be adapted to their specific conditions.
“In Cuba, these special programs have been extended in line with the updating of the country’s socio-economic model. Today, some are linked to the state sector, including those which protect members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces and combatants from the Ministry of the Interior. Meanwhile, others related to the non-state sector include self-employed workers, usufructuaries, members of agricultural production cooperatives and non-agricultural cooperatives, as well as a plan for artists and creators,” explained the INSS Deputy Director General.
Given population trends in Cuban society, in late 2008, Social Security Law No. 24, which had been in force in the country since 1980, was modified.
The measure was essential given the declining number of people of working age and its growing impact on the availability of human resources.
As such, Social Security Law No. 105 was approved and came into effect in 2009.
The new regulations increased retirement age by five years, with Cuban women entitled to retire once they reach 60 years of age, and men 65, while both are eligible for a state pension after having worked for a minimum of 30 years.
Such measures led to an increase in the number of employed people and delayed the problem of a declining workforce which would have affected the country in 2015.
Meanwhile, increasing the time period over which an individual’s pension is calculated has also encouraged people to remain in their jobs.
“Pensions are calculated on the basis of an individual’s five highest paying salaries over their last 15 years of work. A rate of 60% applies for their first 30 years of work, with a 2% increase for every year after that until reaching 90%, which is the maximum pension a worker is entitled to in the country,” explained Franco.
Another change within Law No.105 is related to full disability pensions. Unlike the old law, today a Cuban worker who suffers an accident or is left incapacitated is entitled to a full disability pension, no matter how long they have been employed, just as long as they have been working.
“Likewise, a person who retires has the right to rejoin the workforce and receive a salary and pension at the same time, with rights similar to those of other workers,” she explained.
“Another new feature is related to protection of surviving spouses. Before only female widows were protected, but benefits have now been extended to men as well, meaning that anyone over the age of 65 or with a disability, who depended on their deceased spouse, has the right to a pension which can be combined with their standard retirement,” noted the INSS Deputy Director General.
Changes have also been made to cases involving orphans. If both parents should die, the child receives benefits until they finish school. In the case of the death of just one parent, following a review of the family situation, the child may be awarded benefits until they conclude their studies.
Cuba’s demographic trends present a great challenge for the country today - with a declining number of people of working age, and a rise in those over 60; a situation which implies more social spending and fewer hands to produce material and spiritual wealth.
Cuba’s current social security budget stands at over six billion pesos, a figure which is scheduled to double by 2030 as the state plans to allocate more resources to Social Security in order to guarantee that its citizens are protected.
In this regard, measures being undertaken to address the island’s population trends are based on three fundamental objectives:
“This first is linked to stimulating fertility rates and working toward population replacement in the medium-term. The second is related to dealing with the needs of a growing number of people aged 60 and over, as well as promoting their participation in the economic, political, and social life of the country. And the third, to efforts directed toward seeing the largest number of people fit for employment,” added the INSS official.
Today, we must think of population aging as one of Cuban society’s achievements and work harder to increase efficiency and productivity in order to build a better society.


Republic of Haiti


Republic of France Overseas Department of Guadeloupe


Republic of Colombia

* "Colombian Lawmakers Concerned over Peace Accord Implementation; Some obstacles include paramilitaries moving into areas abandoned by the FARC and a recent poll showing that 75 percent of former guerrillas are homeless" (2017-07-19, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/QsS2h]

* "Colombia’s key rebel group FARC to launch political party; Colombia's leftist FARC rebels announced Monday they will launch as a political party on September 1, a major step as the group transitions into civilian life as part of a historic peace agreement" (2017-07-24, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/isK6x]


Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia - People's Army (FARC-EP) 
Communiques [is.gd/rRiMnb], Peace Delegation [farc-epeace.org].
English [justiceforcolombia.org], [prensarural.org/spip/spip.php?mot95]. 
Spanish [farc-epeace.org] [pazfarc-ep.org] [mujerfariana.org] [resistencia-colombia.org] [issuu.com/pacocol[youtube.com/channel/UCen4cHx7I7aVoBJlPsJqgAw]


National Liberation Army (ELN) for the people of the Republic of Colombia


Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (ALBA member)
News & Info: [venezuelanalysis.com]; [rnv.gob.ve]; ALBA Ciudad 96.3 FM [albaciudad.org]; Public Ministry [mp.gob.ve]; [issuu.com/tribuna_popular]


Pluri-National State of Bolivia (ALBA member)

* "Bolivia Leads South America with Lowest Record of Coca Crops; Under Morales, Bolivia has developed schemes allowing farmers to plant up to certain legal levels while encouraging sustainable alternatives" (2017-07-19, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/AweNw]
* "Cocaine Production Plummets After DEA Kicked Out Of Bolivia; According to data released by the United Nations, cocaine production in the country declined by 11% in the past year, marking the fourth year in a row of steady decrease" (2015-08-28, mintpressnews.com) [archive.is/Kde90]


Republic of Ecuador (ALBA member)

* "Corruption Trial Against Ecuador's Vice President Dismissed; The international Oderecht bribery scandal has implicated officials in at least 12 different countries so far" (2017-07-18, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/RgeXw], photo caption: Ecuador's Vice-President Jorge Glas Espinel


Republic of Peru




Towards a People's Republic of the Andes (Peru, Ecuador, Chile)
[movadef.net] [periodicoelpueblo.wordpress.com]. Documents by and about the PCP (1998) [archive.fo/l9PKx]


Republic of Chile


MIR - Guerrilla Army of the Poor (MIR-EGP) for the People of Chile
[mir-chile.com], communiques and articles [is.gd/jtNxOP], "People's Justice against Oligarchal Genocide" (2015) (.pdf) [is.gd/VCZw1N], text [archive.ifo/rs3nG], machine translated [archive.fo/zOlte]


Republic of Argentina

* "Protests Erupt in Argentina Over Food Deprivation; Social movements are advocating for a food emergency project that will be presented to Congress next week" (2017-07-20, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/ORjE9], photo caption: A woman and her daughter stand outside their shack in a slum of Villa Fiorito, on the outskirts of Buenos Aires.


Federation of Brazil 

* "Several Brazilian Cities Protest Against Temer's Labor Reforms; Social movements aim to stop labor reforms passed by the lower chamber and set to be voted on in the senate" (2017-07-20, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/91gXn]

* "Indigenous Group in Brazil Occupies Power Plant for Cultural Survival; Maria Leusa Kabaiwun Munduruku, one of the occupation leaders, explained that the plant is situated on land considered sacred by the Munduruku" (2017-07-18, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/dknsO], photo caption:
A Munduruku tribe member occupies the construction site of Sao Manoel Hydroelectric Power Plant.


[NewAfricaPeace.blogspot.comAn overview of Africa and the Diapora, with the Green Charter Committee, towards Pan-Afrikan Solidarity and Liberation!
[africadaily.net]; Learn about the NATO war against the socialist Jamahiriya [is.gd/phNvx0].


African Union (AU) member states
* "AU member states yet to reach agreement over common passport" (2017-07-23, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/DstN1]

* "Will the Saudi economy disrupt the relationship with Sudan?" (2017-07-18, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/1fTQS]

* "The calamities do not come to humans individually,_the subsoil of the earth is better for Al-bashir than its surface!" (2017-07-19, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/jFcuX]


* "Bombers attack two camps in northeast Nigeria, kill 8; A civilian self-defense group says at least eight people are dead after female bombers attacked two displaced persons camps in northeastern Nigeria’s main city" (2017-07-24, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/bIIz5]


USA, EU, & NATO operations within African Union (AU) member-states


People's Republic of China relations with African Union (AU) member-states
Articles (2009) [archive.is/Nvde6], (2013) [archive.is/NNWjs] [archive.is/eMENR], (2015) [archive.fo/OQBj9]

* "China addresses America with respect to of Africa … and Yemen’s next strategy" (2017-07-17, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/MRIOn]

* "Chinese launch fund to conserve Lake Victoria in Africa" (2017-07-20, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/wMQ6n]

* "Cape Town’s Chinese community donates to children’s charity" (2017-07-20, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/JBwi3]

* "China to build Africa's tallest skyscraper in Morocco" (2017-07-23, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/fXEOo]


Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)
Map [archive.is/UrLIs]. Member states [archive.fo/w57Ca] are the Republics of Benin, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Cote d'Iviore, the Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Ginea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo


Jurisdiction of Libya

* "Libya's prime minister to take over investment authority" (2017-07-19, xinhuanet.com) [archive.fo/tZcaO]

* "Libya Report: Is Saif Gaddafi in the West's Crosshairs?" (2017-07-17, ronpaulinstitute.org) [archive.fo/34jlN]


Captive nation of Oromo
[opride.com/oromsis] [librationfororomiya.blogspot.de]


Mouvement National de Libération de l’Azawad (MNLA)
[mnlamov.net] [twitter.com/MnlaNews]


Jurisdiction of Somalia

* "Somalia's Internet returns after three-week outage" (2017-07-19, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/4okkg]


Commonwealth of Iceland 


[asatru.is] [transceltic.com]


Kingdom of Norway
Map showing world territories [archive.fo/rDBc6]


United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland (UKGB), including Wales, and relations with The "British" Commonwealth member states, the European Union, the USA, and NATO
Map [archive.fo/pyhbI], "Greater London" [archive.is/5rRxA]

* "Pound plunges before inflation data release, sparking fresh ‘leak’ concerns" (2017-07-19, rt.com) [archive.fo/LazDJ]

* "MPs demand truth on hidden costs of £150bn F-35 warplane deal" (2017-07-18, rt.com) [archive.fo/x5eT0]
* "Arms giant Lockheed Martin makes a killing on UK warplane repairs" (2017-07-19, rt.com) [archive.fo/pxD0q]

* "Tory austerity leaving police officers struggling to collect terrorist intelligence – ex-Met chief" (2017-07-18, rt.com) [archive.fo/axev2]

* "Protesters in wheelchairs block MPs’ entrance to Parliament" (2017-07-19, rt.com) [archive.fo/4nGIc]

* "UK: May Pens Billion Dollar Deal to Secure Right-Wing Government Coalition; The agreement comes two weeks after a snap general election resulted in a hung Parliament, with May's Tories losing its overall majority" (2017-06-26, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/c9fZs]
* "Did Rupert Murdoch demand Michael Gove’s return to cabinet? Tories don’t deny it" (2017-07-19, rt.com) [archive.fo/M5Eoo]

* "BBC presenters’ 6-figure salaries exposed, revealing massive gender pay gap" (2017-07-19, rt.com) [archive.fo/tzOfz]

* " 'Day of Rage' Protests in UK as Parliament Opens; Demonstrators march on Downing Street calling for Prime Minister Theresa May to resign" (2017-07-21, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/pXVb8]


UKGB - Scotland


UKGB - Northern Ireland


European Union (EU) 
Documenting economic and political trends across the EU jurisdictions, and international operations.
Maps: Homeland and overseas territories [archive.fo/iqAFG], global Exclusive Economic Zone [archive.fo/GJkE9]. "What is Europe?" set of maps [archive.is/aFaA3]

* "Germany made over €1bn out of Greek debt crisis" (2017-07-18, rt.com) [archive.fo/i2LSj]

* "IMF to insist on ‘unsustainable debt’ and say banks need 10 bln euros" (2017-07-16, ekathimerini.com) [archive.fo/EZXsv] [begin excerpt]:
The International Monetary Fund has again found that Greece’s debt is unsustainable under every scenario, according to the report the Executive Council will be discussing on Thursday to decide on the Fund’s participation in the Greek program, sources say.
The word from Washington is that the Fund’s technocrats have included various scenarios in their debt sustainability analysis (DSA), including one that incorporates the eurozone’s commitments for short-term measures and a high primary surplus, but none see Greece’s debt becoming sustainable.
Washington sources suggest that the Executive Council will tell the eurozone that unless creditors offer more debt-relief measures, the IMF will not be able to participate in the Greek program with funds.
The IMF’s baseline scenario is identical to the one presented in February, with the debt being unsustainable after 2030, as servicing it will require more than 20 percent of gross domestic product. The IMF will also likely warn about weaknesses in the Greek credit system, claiming it will need additional funding of 10 billion euros.
An IMF source said that the chances of the fund disbursing the 1.6 billion euros Athens has requested “are limited.” However, what it seems the Fund is really waiting for is whether a government more amenable to Greek debt relief will emerge from September’s elections in Germany, something that is not at all certain right now. [end excerpt]

* " ‘Threat to rule of law’: EU may strip Poland of voting rights over judicial reforms" (2017-07-20, rt.com) [archive.fo/1FBz9]

* "Italy in ‘tug of war’ with EU over migrants, may give them visas" (2017-07-18, rt.com) [archive.fo/MnLZm]


Republic of Portugal (EU Member)


Republic of France (EU Member)

* "French Senate backs permanent state of emergency measures amid street protests" (2017-07-19, rt.com) [archive.fo/4GpMy]


Kingdom of Spain (EU Member)
Map [archive.fo/xx9rr]


Euskal Herria (Euskalerria; the Basque Country)
History and Current Context [archive.fo/u3n1a] [archive.fo/k3YMd] [archive.fo/me7Ax] [archive.fo/xuCvf]; Maps showing Basque regions [archive.fo/dTPuZ], imposed administrative zones [archive.fo/WBNbb[archive.fo/GuTFH], placement within the European Union [archive.fo/Eg5QG], topographical relief [archive.fo/4jREV]


North Euskal Herria (within the Republic of France's jurisdictions of Labourd, Soule and Basse Navarre)


West & South Euskal Herria (Euskadi, within the Kingdom of Spain's governance of, respectively, the Basque Autonomous Community, and of Navarre)


State of Catalonia


Federal Republic of Germany (EU Member) 


Republic of Estonia (EU Member)


Republic of Latvia (EU Member)


Republic of Romania (EU Member)


Republic of Croatia (EU Member)


Republic of Greece (EU Member)


Republic of Macedonia (EU associate state)


Republic of Serbia
News [b92.net/eng]


Republic of Srpska (Republike Srpske)
Government website [vladars.net]; News [thesrpskatimes.com]


Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBiH)


Republic of Albania, and Republic of Kosovo


Republic of Ukraine (EU / NATO associate state)
[en.censor.net.ua] [eu.eot.su/language/en]

* "Putin: crisis in Ukraine will last until of Ukrainians' patience runs out" (2017-07-18, dninews.com) [archive.fo/b6Gce]

* "Ukraine paying three times more for American coal - EIA" (2017-07-18, rt.com) [archive.fo/aoKIp]

* "US Special Representative to visit Kiev, Donbass to check Ukraine's 'integrity' " (2017-07-22, dninews.com) [archive.fo/NREfT]
* "Forbes: US should slam door to NATO in Kiev's face" (2017-07-18, dninews.com) [archive.fo/pX0pB]

* "Poroshenko announces cooperation with US to prevent Nord Stream-2" (2017-07-18, dninews.com) [archive.fo/V91Xt]

* "US urges Ukraine to bring guilty parties in Sheremet murder case to justice" (2017-07-21, dninews.com) [archive.fo/qzQTP]:
The United States is calling on the Ukrainian government to hold the individuals responsible for last year's killing of journalist Pavel Sheremet accountable, US Department of State spokesperson Heather Nauert told reporters on Thursday.
"Regrettably, no one has been [held] accountable for his murder," Nauert said. "We want to extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends and urge the government of Ukraine to use all available resources to bring those responsible to justice."
Sheremet, who worked for various Russian, Ukrainian and Belarusian media outlets, died in a car explosion in Kiev on July 20, 2016.
The results of the investigation into Sheremet’s murder have yet been made public.
According to Sputnik [archive.fo/8Y5vF].

* "EU issues no Schengen visas to Crimeans" (2017-07-22, dninews.com) [archive.fo/Fwmal]

* "Kiev wishes Russia to disappear as a state" (2017-07-20, dninews.com) [archive.fo/yrRwf]:
Deputy Head of the Ukrainian Ministry of the Occupied Territories Georgy Tuka called Russia a "terrible" and "insidious" enemy and called on to build up the country's troops.
The official stressed that he would like to see the strengthening of the "external influence" on Russia with the help of new sanctions. At the same time, Tuka also told what future of Russia would be the best option for Kiev.
"The best option for Ukraine and, perhaps, for the whole world is the cessation of the existence of Russia as a state in the form as it is now," he said.
It is not the first time for Tuka to come up with contradictory statements. So, despite aggressive statements against Russia, recently the Ukrainian official has admitted that Kiev had no evidence of the presence of the Russian army in Donbass. Earlier Tuka stated the need to establish a dictatorship in Ukraine.

* "DPR Ombudsman’s Office reports on Republic’s supporter captured in Ukraine" (2017-07-22, dninews.com) [archive.fo/bpEDR]:
The Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights in the Donetsk People's Republic registered this week a statement on the detention of a Republic’s supporter by Ukrainian law enforcement agencies, reported the press service of the Ombudsman's Office.
"This week, the Office of the DPR Ombudsman for Human Rights received one statement on a captured person," the report said.
The Ombudsman's press service specified that the woman, the mother of a minor child, had been detained in the Ukraine-controlled locality of Konstantinovka in June this year.
According to the latest data, the Ukrainian party keeps 687 detained persons. Including: 419 persons, whose presence in the Ukrainian territory is confirmed; 262 persons, information on whom is missing or being specified by the Ukrainian party.

* "MP from Poroshenko's party beats schoolboy because of Facebook posts" (2017-07-20, dninews.com) [archive.fo/MaHVZ]:
The 16-year-old school pupil Sergey Chagarov actively covers corruption schemes of land distribution in Gatnoye village of the Kiev region, for which he receives threats from officials. However, at the last session of the session of the council, one of the deputies used force to the teenager.
The deputy of the Kiev-Svyatoshinsky district Alexander Palamarchuk participated in the meeting of the Gatnensky Village Council and raised the issue of covering the "lands' carving up" by the schoolboy on Facebook.
The politician, who is in the Bloc of Pyotr Poroshenko, approached the blogger sitting on the chair, took him by the ear and began to threaten. Constantly strangling the teenager's neck, the deputy told that the boy would be beaten because of his publications.
Also, the brother of the District Council deputy, Igor Palamarchuk, a member of the executive committee of the Gatnensky Village Council and a non-standard lawyer of the settlement mayor, approached Chagarov. According to him, Palamarchuk's brother slapped him in the face.
As noted by Chagarov, in his article he told that "Palamarchuk, with a woman who has a passport of a citizen of the Russian Federation, goes abroad, while in the East of Ukraine warriors perish so that we live in peace."
"As for a person who represents the interests of Ukraine in the Kiev-Svyatoshinsky District Council, this is unacceptable," Chagarov said. He added that "no one has abolished the Article 34 of the Constitution of Ukraine on freedom of speech."
After the scandalous meeting, the victim of Palamarchuk Sergey Chagarov called the police, but the police refused to accept his application because he is underage.

* "Ukraine's National Broadcasting Board issues fine to Public Radio for 0% Urkainian songs" (2017-07-22, dninews.com) [archive.fo/QfHlD]


Malorossiya (The People's Republics of Novorossiya in the Donbass region)
For more info, with maps, and link, visit [NovorossiyaSolidarity.blogspot.com]; More news [dninews.com] [novorossia.vision]

* "Alexander Zakharchenko announces creation of new state" (2017-07-18, dninews.com) [archive.fo/vt2xq]
* "Official Declaration of the Malorossiyan Federation [Full text, 07/18/2017]" (2017-07-18, dninews.com) [archive.fo/TLYRJ]

* "Malorossiya - Zakharchenko announces creation of new state" (2017-07-18, dninews.com) [archive.fo/NdhJd]
* "DPR Declares Creation Of State Of ‘Malorossiya’, Successor State To Ukraine" (2017-07-18, southfront.org) [archive.fo/XXSoO]
* "Pro-Russia rebels announce new 'state' to replace Ukraine" (2017-07-18, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/GyY3m]:
Pro-Russia rebels fighting against Kiev announced on Tuesday the creation of a new "state" that they said would take the place of Ukraine.
The proposed country, called Malorossiya ("little Russia"), a Tsarist-era name used to describe the area covering modern-day Ukraine, would be founded after a referendum.
A constitution presented by rebel leader Alexander Zakharchenko said representatives from the insurgents' self-declared Donetsk and Lugansk "People's Republics" and other regions had agreed to "declare the establishment of a new state, which is the successor of Ukraine."
The document said rebel bastion Donetsk would become the capital, while Kiev would be reduced to the status of a "historical and cultural center".
The Ukraine's pro-Western authorities in Kiev have been locked in a conflict with the pro-Moscow rebels since 2014.
A peace deal brokered by the leaders of Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany in 2015 has hit a wall as clashes drag on along the volatile front-line. The latest move by the rebels could throw the troubled plan even further into doubt.
* "Zakharchenko announced the creation of Malorossiya; It will be a new State with its own flag, Constitution, and its capital in Donetsk" (2017-07-18, life.ru; translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard) [archive.fo/DojVK]
* "From 'Malorossiya' With Love? How separatists in Donetsk tried to announce a new country called ‘Little Russia’" (2017-07-18, medium.com) [archive.is/6OR6u] [begin excerpt]: Like the Russian reaction, the response from separatists in both the Donetsk and Luhansk areas was mixed. Soon after Zakharchenko’s announcement, a leading official in the self-declared “Luhansk People’s Republic” (LNR) expressed surprise at the formation of Malorossiya: "The Luhansk People’s Republic did not send any of its own official delegates to Donetsk for participation in the meeting of representatives of regions of Ukraine. Moreover, we were not even informed about their intentions to hold this event, and the issue was not coordinated with us." [end excerpt]
* "DONETSK: Alexander Zakharchenko declares new state of Malorossiya; The leaders of Donetsk announce a plan to bring peace to their region along with neighbouring regions historically fraternal with greater Donbass" (2017-07-18, theduran.com) [archive.is/7PNnU] [begin excerpt]: Representatives at the meeting where the announcement was made were drawn from historic Malorossiya and Novorossiya regions including Kharkov, Dnepropetrovsk, Zaporozhye, Kherson, Nikolayev, Odessa, Sumy, Poltava, Chernigov, Kirovograd. [end excerpt]

* "Malorossiya will not pay debts of Kiev authorities" (2017-07-19, dninews.com) [archive.fo/VZMGK]:
Vice-Prime Minister of the DPR Alexander Timofeyev stated that the future Constitution of Malorossiya provided for the renunciation of the Kiev authorities' debts.
"Renunciation of the Maidan power’ debts. Succession in relation to the pre-Maidan Ukraine," Timofeyev said, reading out the constitutional act of Malorossiya.

* "Birth of Malorossiya – restoring peace and order, creating sovereign people's federation" (2017-07-19, by Janus Putkonen, Editor, dninews.com) [archive.fo/7akJ1]:
Yesterday, in the DPR capital, Donetsk, I personally participated in the event at which, under the leadership of the Head of the Donetsk People's Repulic, a declaration of establishment of a new state of Malorossiya to replace the former Ukraine was given [archive.fo/TLYRJ]. As the director of the Donbass International News Agency and, basically, the only foreigner invited to the forum, I feel the need to share my thoughts and experience of that historical day, and give my comment on this important geopolitical step forward.
I received my invitation to arrive to the Hotel Shakhtar Plaza conference hall just the day before and there wasn't any pre-information available about the title or content of the event. I only knew that the Head of the Republic, Alexander Zakharchenko, would be leading this event, and the invitation sounded important. What we saw, heard and got to read there certainly surprised all visitors. The firm initiative of the new Malorossiyan state and its need to stand in place of Ukraine was something new, what after the first surprise made us satisfied.
First of all, Alexander Vladimirovich Zakharchenko is a brave and straight people's commander. Yes, he speaks well and sometimes even like a politician, and he also enjoys wide support among the Donbass population, but, most of all, Zakharchenko is a man of actions and orders. But how can one rule and govern if there are no clear and common strategic goals? Donbass and the former Ukraine need a direction where to march, and that was given yesterday by the leadership of the Donetsk People's Republic – toward Malorossiya!
Sovereign Malorossiya and Donetsk as capital -
What should be understood is that the birth of Malorossiya does not erase the idea and process of forming the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics as autonomic republics, but it's something what as well brings together, for example, future autonomic Kharkov, Kiev and Odessa People's Republics. Because nothing has basically changed, yet, declared initiative is not against the Minsk agreements, but it's a firm reply to recent Ukrainian intentions to "re-integrate" Donbass to Ukraine [archive.is/erclM]. As declared, that will not happen, but just the opposite.
It should be remembered that the whole basis of the people's resistance after the coup in the Maidan in 2014 has been about the demand of the federalization of the state – respect for different regions and their people. And that is what Zakharchenko's initiative is all about, its general proposal is to form a new sovereign and a pro-Russian state. The goal is to create a real people's federation within the borders of the former Ukraine.
The historic basis is well-grounded according to history of Malorossiya [archive.fo/2dl2B] and especially Bohdan Khmelnytsky's legacy [archive.fo/uNC3F]. I strongly advice you to follow these given links and read the historical background of this initiative.
Of course, like all other federations, Malorossia will also need its future capital to operate all the needed governance of a wide region and several autonomic governments, foreign policies etc. The Donetsk City is proposed to replace Kiev as a capital of Malorossiya, and why is that so?
Over about a decade we have witnessed already two western-backed colour revolutions in Kiev which have caused absolute destruction to the country. The first CIA-handbook "Orange Revolution" [archive.is/3xBTL] was actualized in Kiev in 2004-2005 and the second one, "Euro-Maidan", in 2013, what had been fueled then with armed extremist nationalist forces by February 2014.
Donetsk, on the other hand, is a stable ground with a large and strong infrastructure, and much better geo-political location for the future state. Donetsk holds on, as we all have seen. And, as a reliable part of the Russian world, Donetsk has much better possibilities to offer people something what they can count on.
Certainly, Kiev keeps its position as a cultural center and possibly an economic one as well, but political leadership should be there where destructive globalist forces can not anymore execute disastorous agendas. The regime in Kiev has imposed on the Ukrainians their idea of the new Euro-Ukraine, and now the leadership of Donetsk offers  an option opposite to this development, which means coming back to the Russian World.
Donbass is fighting for independence - regional peace and stability -
But why is it Malorossiya, not Novorossiya, as this idea was previously presented? As it has been mentioned already, the historic ground is solid for the new Malorossiya, but we should also take into account what kind of impressions and aspirations these names are presenting, and in what context we should evaluate the strategic decision to form Malorossiya, and not Novorossiya.
First and foremost, Malorossiya will be a sovereign state like, for instance, Belorussiya, and here is no intention to build a new part of the Russian Federation. As we already know, the declaration and iniative had been done and set forward independently, and it was a surprise, not only for the Lugansk People's Republic, but for Moscow as well. And no matter what western and Ukrainian propaganda have told you, the fact is that Donbass has been fighting for its independence all the time. Now, after the declaration of initative, will take place wide political negotiations, consultations and considerations.
The idea of creating Novorossiya of the Russian regions of Ukraine has been fueling nationalist elements in the Russian World since the beginning of the conflict. But, as we know, the general spirit in Donbass and among its population is not extremist, but politically moderate, practical and dispassionate – it's just strongly patriotic.
Novorossiya is an idea of the Russian regions' future in the former Ukraine, also connecting those to the Mother Russia, but Malorussiya is an idea comprising all the regions of the former Ukraine and keeping the whole region outside the Mother Russia. So, the proposal is meant to solve the conflict for the future, to come and keep the former Ukraine united, but not to separate it into two pieces and, at the same time, leave the door wide open for future conflicts between the East and the West. That is why the creation of Malorossiya is a peaceful way to settle the situation and reach the needed long-lasting peace.
Pro-multipolarist, Anti-globalist Malorossiya -
Ousting of the globalist forces from the region and terminating the growing debt slavery, creation of own independent central bank, production of GMO-free agriculture... all of these purely anti-globalist, supporting goals of multipolarism, were included in the declaration and those were also openly discussed at the yesterday's event.
Message is clear and it should be understood, that Malorossiya is exactly what Donbass stands and fights for, but now and in future it will be actualized in a much wider scale than in Donetsk and Lugansk only.
It's a new opportunity to establish the first people's federation between the East and the West, create balance and restore the regional stability, and that is the core reason why all the people in the world should support such a geo-political goal.
The leading troika behind the declaration of Malorossiya were wearing their military uniforms –commanders Zakharchenko, Timofeyev, and Gubin. In the room there were several other commanders and security officials, all of them in their uniforms. Only journalists and civilian staff from the administration used civilian clothes. What was most interesting, I didn't see anyone wearing a suit or even a tie. Can you imagine that?
This abcence of "political players" is something what everybody should carefully take a note of, because it includes and sends the strongest possible message about the declaration: This is not a show, this is not a game, but the military-political command are holding a process which is backed by the people's majority and powerful armed forces – trained, equipped and ready to liberate by invitation the regions of the former Ukraine which is rapidly falling to a failed-state situation in the fascist regime, flooded with Nazi troops and in the western hands.  
As Zakharchenko said, "this is not a declaration of revolution, but declaration of a strong will to restore the peace and stability to the whole former Ukraine."
When the Soviet Union collapsed, it was formed again as Russia. When Ukraine collapses, it will be formed again as Malorossiya. Certainly, the future can not be written, but, with the brave and wise commanders leading the will of majorities, we all have something to reach for – a common fight to restore the peace.

* "Kharkov workers demand restoring economic ties with Russia" (2017-07-19, dninews.com) [archive.fo/74vW5]:
Employees of the Kharkov plant of reinforced concrete product ZZBK-15 demanded that the Verkhovna Rada and Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko immediately restore trade and economic ties with Russia.
The rally, attended by more than 500 workers and members of trade unions, took place on the territory of the production workshop of the plant. The activists held banners with the inscriptions "Bring back trade with Russia! Restore engineering!".
The leader of the Labour Union of Slobozhanshchina, Artyom Maksimov, said at a rally that the loss of markets in Russia and other CIS countries has led to a massive closure of enterprises in Ukraine, and factory employees have lost their jobs.
The member of the trade union of the plant Victoria Goldman noted that "practically all segments of the concrete market supplied by ZZBK-15: ready-mixed concrete, prefabricated reinforced concrete structures and products (refractory concrete and reinforced concrete), refractory concrete, significantly reduced the implementation indicators in both value and physical expression ".
Following the meeting, a resolution was adopted demanding that the Verkhovna Rada and the president restore trade relations with Russia and other CIS countries.
"This will allow our company to significantly increase the number of products, which will positively affect the budget of our city, as well as the salaries of employees of the enterprise," the authors of the appeal noted.
Earlier in Melitopol workers of the city-forming factories Avtogidroagregat and the plant MZPS demanded to restore trade relations with Russia. Also, more than a dozen large enterprises from seven regions of Ukraine made similar demands to Poroshenko.

* "Surkov on Malorossiya: Donbass fights for entire Ukraine, not for its part" (2017-07-19, dninews.com) [archive.fo/Y7LIP]:
Assistant to the President of the Russian Federation, Vladislav Surkov, held a meeting with experts on Wednesday, at which he assessed the initiative of the DPR Head, Alexander Zakharchenko, calling the idea of Donbass fighting not for secession from Ukraine but for its integrity the key point of ​​the "imagined state of Malorossiya", reported the head of the Center for Political Conjuncture Alexey Chesnakov, who participated in the meeting.
"All this "hype" around the imagined state of Malorossiya is generally useful. The main thing here is that Donbass is fighting not for secession from Ukraine, but for its integrity. For the entire Ukraine, but not for its part. That is, in Ukraine there is going on a civil war between people who see the future of their country differently," Chesnakov quotes Surkov as saying.
Earlier, DPR Head Alexander Zakharchenko set forward a proposal to create a new state of Malorossiya as a legal successor of Ukraine for a transition period of up to three years.
"Any war comprises an ideological war, at which slogans and utopias are opposed," Chesnakov added, citing the words of the presidential aide.
"Kiev has an euroutopia, Donetsk responds with the idea of ​​Malorossiya, a wide internal Ukrainian discussion unfolds, within which the level of organization, arguments and IQ of the disputing parties is clear," the political scientist provides Surkov's words.

* "Zakhar Prilepin: Malorossiya aims at creating a united state with Russia, Belarus" (2017-07-21, dninews.com) [archive.fo/IBO9Y]:
Zakhar Prilepin, a well-known writer and deputy commander for political affairs of a battalion of the DPR Army described in an interview to the Komsomolskaya Pravda how he sees the new state of Malorossiya proclaimed by the DPR authorities on July 18.
- [Alexander Kots]: Wasn't this statement unexpected for you?
- [Zakhar Prilepin]: No, we really intended to surprise Moscow, Washington, and, of course, Kiev, first of all. And also Odessa and Kharkov. And I can see what is going on. In general, people still understand the historicism of this event, but I think several officials are standing by the window in Kiev eager to jump out with a scream, "The Russians are coming!"
- [Alexander Kots]: Zakhar, explain what was this done for and why exactly now?
- [Zakhar Prilepin]: Well, because the topic is is long overdue. Because we have been watching the suicide of Ukraine for all these three years and solving both current military tasks, and diplomatic, political, and others. And we have gained forces. Now Donetsk is absolutely serious to say on all grounds that it is able to assume the functions of the capital and is ready to ensure law and order with the help of its armed forces in any part of Malorossiya.
- [Alexander Kots]: Zakhar, what regions had joined Malorossiya by the moment? Representatives of which ones have arrived?
- [Zakhar Prilepin]: I think that there were representatives of all the regions, but only those from Kiev, Odessa, Dnepropetrovsk and Kharkov spoke out.
- [Alexander Kots]: Within which borders will Malorossiya be established? And what are its borders at the moment?
- [Zakhar Prilepin]: Zakharchenko said that we would not give up Lvov either. It lies within the borders of the present, what used to be called Ukraine until today. And then it is just the issue of establishing administrations...
- [Alexander Kots]: Is it correct to say that the DPR and LPR have been united into one state?
- [Zakhar Prilepin]: No, I think it's too early for doing this. Well, Donetsk announced being ready to undertake the functions of the capital and will proceed to this. And there are coming some separate issues, of a private nature already, concerning Lugansk, Poltava and Zaporozhye. I think, we will discuss this.
- [Alexander Kots]: What will happen to the Minsk agreements?
- [Zakhar Prilepin]: The constitutional act we declared and adopted unanimously, in fact, is absolutely in line with the Minsk agreements. Moreover, Donetsk has extended a number of preferences envisaged by the Minsk agreements, in order to create a common statehood. Firstly, in fact, we will cease being separatists, we can not be called that way because we are acting in favour of unified statehood. And we will for sure cease being, because we are advocating a peaceful solution of the issue and have even proposed the document necessary for this. Donetsk has refused many advantages in order to simply dissolve in the overall state of Malorossiya.
- [Alexander Kots]: That is, there is already a course not to join Russia, but to crate an independent big state?
- [Zakhar Prilepin]: This is an independent state, which, of course, has set its task now to establish a unified state of Malorossiya, Belarus, and Russia.
Source: Komsomolskaya Pravda [archive.fo/JMXYi].

* "Creation of state of Malorossiya is inevitable – Russian lawmaker" (2017-07-20, dninews.com) [archive.fo/FKuA6]

* "US State Department voices concerns over Malorossiya project" (2017-07-19, dninews.com) [archive.fo/IrbxJ]:
The US State Department has expressed concerns over Donetsk’s initiative to establish a new state called Malorossiya.
"The so-called separatists - and notice I call them "so-called separatists" - want to see a new state. That new state would be in place of Ukraine. That is something that’s certainly an area of concern to us, but I just don’t - beyond that, I don’t want to dignify it with a response," State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert told reporters on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, a project on establishing a new state - Malorossiya (a geographical and historical term referred to most of the territory of present-day Ukraine before 20th century) - that would be Ukraine’s successor and would include a number of its regions was announced at a public meeting in Donetsk. Two documents - a political declaration and a constitutional act - were adopted by voting. According to the project’s initiators, the initiative is geared "to stop the civil war and avoid further casualties."
- source (TASS newswire) [archive.fo/sHXX2]
* "Kiev urges Moscow to condemn statement on Malorossiya's creation" (2017-07-21, dninews.com) [archive.fo/bm8Bp]
* "Poroshenko denies idea of Malorossiya" (2017-07-18, dninews.com) [archive.fo/yB1zv]

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* "Kiev doubts need for full amnesty provided by Minsk accords" (2017-07-20, dninews.com) [archive.fo/E0yEL]
* "DPR MFA states lack of dynamics in political subgroup talks" (2017-07-20, dninews.com) [archive.fo/aTQ8h]
* "Humanitarian subgroup's videoconference on prisoners' exchange scheduled for July 31" (2017-07-20, dninews.com) [archive.fo/BrmKH]

* "Contact Group agrees on safe zones around Donbass infrastructure" (2017-07-21, dninews.com) [archive.fo/21QvR]
* "OSCE satisfied with 'harvest truce' in Donbass" (2017-07-21, dninews.com) [archive.fo/JEuaF]

* "Donbass ceasefire fails due to lack of political will - German Foreign Ministry" (2017-07-22, dninews.com) [archive.fo/6clAo]

* "Dumps in Ukraine-held territory pose threat to Donbass residents" (2017-07-20, dninews.com) [archive.fo/5Gx4O]

* "Kiev believes Donbass reintegration will take decades" (2017-07-22, dninews.com) [archive.fo/SDKrn]


Attacks against the People's Republics of the Donbass region
"But for the Generals" (2015, dninews.com) (.pdf) [is.gd/tRPDMG], a history of the USA-backed war against the people of Novorossiya. 

* "Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 07/18/2017" (2017-07-18, dninews.com) [archive.fo/8FX5N]
* "41 ceasefire violations recorded in DPR in 24 hours" (2017-07-18, dninews.com) [archive.fo/hCIj3]
* "Four people wounded in DPR in 24 hours" (2017-07-18, dninews.com) [archive.fo/eb0dC]

* "Two civilians wounded, woman killed under Ukrainian fire in Donetsk west" (2017-07-18, dninews.com) [archive.fo/AZ4Ff]

* "Ukrainian forces strike at Donetsk north, house on fire" (2017-07-18, dninews.com) [archive.fo/ORoSC]

* "JCCC observation post undergoes AFU shelling in DPR south" (2017-07-18, dninews.com) [archive.fo/QWIT0]

* "Ukraine redeploys artillery, tanks, 150 fighters to Yasinovataya" (2017-07-18, dninews.com) [archive.fo/3sE2k]

* "Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 07/19/2017" (2017-07-19, dninews.com) [archive.fo/5nJMZ]
* "41 ceasefire violations recorded in DPR in 24 hours" (2017-07-19, dninews.com) [archive.fo/0s9NS]
* "AFU command orders to increase shelling of Republic's territory" (2017-07-19, dninews.com) [archive.fo/1c5Kd]
* "Donbass civilian casualties' number exceeds 300 – OSCE SMM" (2017-07-19, dninews.com) [archive.fo/XMnDM]
* "Kiev forces fire 65 ammos at Republic's territory over day, DPR soldier killed" (2017-07-19, dninews.com) [archive.fo/qxG5d]

* "Two houses damaged in morning shelling of Donetsk west" (2017-07-19, dninews.com) [archive.fo/2ytPg]

* "LPR State Security averts terror attack on foreigners in Lugansk" (2017-07-19, dninews.com) [archive.fo/0hWq4]

* "Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 07/20/2017" (2017-07-20, dninews.com) [archive.fo/kAxiS]

* "30 ceasefire violations recorded in DPR in 24 hours" (2017-07-20, dninews.com) [archive.fo/osshi]

* "Six houses damaged in DPR in Ukrainian shelling" (2017-07-20, dninews.com) [archive.fo/6qt09]

* "Civilian wounded, two houses burn down as Kiev shells Petrovsky district of Donetsk" (2017-07-20, dninews.com) [archive.fo/sC6j4]

* "Number of Donetsk civilians wounded in Ukrainian bombardment reaches three" (2017-07-20, dninews.com) [archive.fo/rArjn]

* "Ukrainian forces shell Dokuchayevsk, local store's building damaged" (2017-07-20, dninews.com) [archive.fo/Guqxr]

* "Hundreds of Kiev residents live without gas for week" (2017-07-20, dninews.com) [archive.fo/d1Qam]

* "Donetsk Defense: Weekly Situation Report, 07/21/2017" (2017-07-21, dninews.com) [archive.fo/UnPlX]
* "Nine people perish in DPR in shellings over week" (2017-07-21, dninews.com) [archive.fo/Ws9nl]
* "41 ceasefire violations reported in DPR over 24 hours" (2017-07-21, dninews.com) [archive.fo/l6tMH]

* "AFU attack Donetsk west during OSCE inspection" (2017-07-21, dninews.com) [archive.fo/pesOM]
* "Ukrainian forces attack OSCE drone in Donetsk west" (2017-07-21, dninews.com) [archive.fo/aktAI]
* "Ukrainian army shells DFS vicinity during OSCE inspection" (2017-07-21, dninews.com) [archive.fo/Tlalg]

* "Woman wounded in Yasinovataya during evening shelling" (2017-07-21, dninews.com) [archive.fo/YytoJ]

* "Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 07/22/2017" (2017-07-22, dninews.com) [archive.fo/CG6cC]
* "45 ceasefire violations recorded in DPR in 24 hours" (2017-07-22, dninews.com) [archive.fo/amZDa]
* "Number of civilian casualties in Donbass increases twofold in 2017" (2017-07-22, dninews.com) [archive.fo/cK2IU]

* "Residential house, power lines damaged in Donetsk during nightly shelling" (2017-07-22, dninews.com) [archive.fo/IElcq]


Novorossiya Armed Forces (NAF) Operations
Combined reports of the DPR & LPR Armies and Security agencies: 'Essence of Time' Battalion [eu.eot.su/language/en], Russell Bonner Bentley [plus.google.com/+RussellBentleyTexac/posts] [twitter.com/donbacc_texac]


NAF: Reports from the Essence of Time unit in Donbass (via eu.eot.su):


NAF: "Donbass with Texas" video reports (via eu.eot.su):


NAF: NOVOROSSIA ROCKS 106.8 FM Radio Station with your host Zak Novak (via novorossia.today), Live-link [is.gd/TfMHOu], web banners [archive.fo/FlCGx] [archive.fo/V2cRD]:


People's Republic of Donetsk (DPR, or DNR)

* "Ukrainian party refuses to renew social payments" (2017-07-19, dninews.com) [archive.fo/Ti0wE]:
The issues of lifting the economic blockade of the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics, paying retirement benefits and resuming water supply have been discussed today within the framework of the subgroup on economics in Minsk.
Despite the obligation of Ukraine to renew social payments or at least to simplify the procedure, which is prescribed by the Package of Measures, the Ukrainian party has once again refused to implement the undertaken commitments.
Ukraine favours the solution of only those agenda issues that affect the financial aspect. Evidently, it is nowhere near ready to either discuss or solve problems concerning the lives and welfare of ordinary citizens.

* "DPR Command delivers aid for children of capital's frontline district" (2017-07-19, dninews.com) [archive.fo/F28rZ]

* "750 DPR children go on vacation to Russia's Rostov health camp" (2017-07-19, dninews.com) [archive.fo/cGmRQ]

* "DPR Sports Ministry holds 32 sports and youth events within humanitarian programme" (2017-07-18, dninews.com) [archive.fo/XWCUv]

* "Donetsk Philharmonic Society to give over 10 free open-air concerts" (2017-07-20, dninews.com) [archive.fo/oLblE]

* "DPR Command holds entertaining programme for children of perished servicemen" (2017-07-22, dninews.com) [archive.fo/C8i4B]


People's Republic of Lunghask (LPR, or LNR; Luhansk, Lugansk)
News [en.lug-info.com] [mil-lnr.info

* "AFU fighters rob, beat, terrorize inhabitants of Ukraine-controlled Lugansk region" (2017-07-21, dninews.com) [archive.fo/FtP7T]:
Servicemen of the AFU rob, beat and terrorize the inhabitants of two towships of Severodonetsk (Ukraine-controlled territory of the Lugansk region). This was reported by the Public Interaction Center (PIC) of the LPR Interior Ministry.
"Since July 15, a number of applies from citizens, residents of the 76th and 77th townships of Severodonetsk, has been received by the hotline of the Internal Affairs Ministry of the LPR. The applicants spoke about several facts of looting, light bodily injures, and attempted robbery and rape. In all the cases there were people in military uniform living in the building of the non-working laboratory building of the State Research Institute of Chemical Safety Engineering," the Ministry reported.
"It's especially scary to walk near the supermarkets - you constantly come across drunken military men, they can insult, or even slap you," the resident of the 77th microdistrict said.
"In the evening I cannot go out into the yard: I have already been stopped several times, they took thw money, and my husband was also beaten - for "not protecting the homeland with them (AFU soldiers - Ed.)," complained a resident of the 76th microdistrict.
According to preliminary results of the LPR MIA check, it is established that the area of deployment of Ukrainian security forces is listed as "complicated" in the "national police".
"The district is really a problem. But nothing can be done with this - we cannot tussle with the military yet," a source in the Severodonetsk city department of the "national police" said.


occupied People's Republic of Kharkov (KPR, or KNR)


occupied People's Republic of Odessa (OPR, or ONR) / People's Republic of Bessarabia 


occupied People's Republic of Transcarpathia


Moldovan Republic of Pridnestrovie (Transnistria, Trans-Dniestr, Transdniestria, or Transdnieper)
More info at [is.gd/G6paP5], map [archive.is/oah0l]


Republic of Moldova


Republic of Crimea (part of the Federation of Russia; claimed by the Republic of Ukraine)

* "Tourist blockade? Ukrainians bound for Crimea have to spend hours at own border checkpoints" (2017-07-18, rt.com) [archive.fo/HDrgY]


Republic of Chechnya (part of the Federation of Russia)


Federation of Russia (EEU Member)
Map [archive.fo/yFbmy]. News: [rbth.com]

* "Customs data shows dramatic rise in Russian vegetable exports" (2017-07-18, rt.com) [archive.fo/SYeAY]

* "Military aviation makes up bulk of Russian arms exports" (2017-07-20, rt.com) [archive.fo/K7vcG]

* "Lessons on Crimea reunification with Russia being added to school curriculum – report" (2017-07-20, rt.com) [archive.fo/nJJ5r]


"Russophobia", a collection of articles supporting hatred against all Russians


Russian Repression Report: Actual incidents and false stories explained

* "Duma passes bill allowing for convicted terrorists to be stripped of acquired Russian citizenship" (2017-07-19, rt.com) [archive.fo/SBGwd]

* "Blue Whale ‘suicide game’ ringleader jailed for 3 years in Russia" (2017-07-19, rt.com) [archive.fo/RHvi9]


Republic of Belarus
[eng.belta.by] [law.by]


Eurasian Union (EEU) / Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO)
EEU Map [archive.fo/7gu7z]. Official Info [aeunion.org] [eurasiancommission.org]


Republic of Kyrgyzstan (EEU Member) 


Republic of Kazakhstan (EEU Member) 


Republic of Georgia (EU Associate)
Regional map [archive.fo/MI8v4]


Republic of South Ossetia (EEU Affiliate)
[mfa-rso.su/en]; Maps [archive.fo/e2FnM]


Republic of Abkhazia (EEU Affiliate)
News [apsnypress.info]; Abkhaz language [apsny.ru]. Maps [archive.fo/uUiTC] [archive.fo/MCUtl]


Republic of Georgia (EU Associate) - Autonomous Republic of Abkhazia


Republic of Turkey (NATO member state)

* "Turkey's new curriculum ditches Darwin, will teach jihad as ‘loving your nation’ " (2017-07-18, rt.com) [archive.fo/UI34U]

* "Berlin summons Turkish envoy over activist detention" (2017-07-19, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/7bh97]


[levantreport.com] [middleeasteye.net] [alaraby.co.uk/english] [almanar.com.lb/english/main.php] [almasdarnews.com] [english.aawsat.com]

* "Can Washington Prevent The Death Of The Gulf States?" (2017-07-17, moonofalabama.org) [archive.fo/BCgjt]
* "Saudi Regional Policy Total Failure" (2017-07-19, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/Pp1aQ]

* "US worried as Iran, Iraq forge close security ties; Iraq, fresh from liberating Mosul in its most serious blow to Takfiri terrorists, is reaching out to Iran which, according to most senior Iraqi officials, prevented Baghdad from falling to Daesh" (2017-07-24, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/dN2Bt]

* "Seyyed Houthi: We Will Fight Alongside Resistance…Is the Region on Verge of Rise?" (2017-07-21, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/5t7Dv] [begin excerpt]:
The position announced by Seyyed Abdul Malik Al-Houthi tonight regarding the conflict with the Jewish Zionist entity and willingness to send fighters to participate in any confrontation with enemy Israeli and support the Resistance in Palestine and Lebanon and his blessing for the overwhelming victories of the people and the victory Iraqi government and people as well as the Syrian government and people on the ISIS and other tools of enemy, while responding positively to the Call of Seyyed Hassan Nasrollah,,, Does it mean that Region is Rising? What shape can it take?

* "The Newspaper and Website Reactions to the Speech of Yemeni Revolutionary Leader Seyyed al-Houthi" (2017-07-21, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/2ERFM]:
Seyyed Abdul Malik Badruddin Al-Houthi ended his speech on the occasion of the anniversary of the Al-Sarkha until the reactions of Arab and international continue to come on the speech, which referred to many of the positions, most notably the willingness to participate alongside Hezbollah and the Palestinian Resistance against any Zionist aggression.
The Al-Manar channel of Hezbollah wrote: Seyyed Abdul Malik Badruddin, Yemeni people are present in any confrontation with the enemy.
While the site of Al-Ahad’s writer, Nasser Qandil wrote under the title Mr. Houthi and his Pledge to Mr. Nasrallah addressed the dimensions of the speech of Mr. Abdul Malik, wondering whether the region is preparing for the holy war.
The New Lebanese Channel also wrote under the title Houthi, present to support Hezbollah in any military confrontation.
The FPM website gave a more detailed analysis of the speech under the banner of Media attention to Houthi’s declaration of readiness to fight alongside Hezbollah and Palestinian movements against Israel and his message to Nasrallah.
The Palestinian newspapers and websites also addressed the speech of Mr. Abdul Malik. The Al-Hathi Palestinian newspaper wrote that they are prepared for another war in support of Hezbollah and the Palestinian people.
All positions covered the speech of Mr. Leader in detail as all coverage of the newspapers and Arab and international sites on the importance of what Mr. AbdulMalik Badruddin on the maximum and effects of the positions he launched in his speech.
* "Mr. Houthi to Nasrallah: We are ready to send the fighters to confront Israel" (2017-07-22, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/tW7hx]: “We are present in this march to participate even on the level of fighting, whether to support the Palestinian people or to support the Islamic resistance in Lebanon. We were before today, and today are present, with all seriousness and with all sincerity,” said Commander Abdulmalik Badreddine al-Houthi.
“The Israeli enemy should take account of the Yemeni people in any confrontation with Hezbollah or with the Palestinian people. We are present even to send the fighters there,” he said.

* "Mr. Abdul Malik and the change of equation of confrontation in the Middle East" (2017-07-22, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/TkT0S] [begin excerpt]: We cannot say about a part of the word of Mr. Abdul Malik Badr al-Din al-Houthi that it is important in comparison to other aspects. All that is mentioned in the word Abu Jibril addresses in fact the issues of urgent and important, whether on the Yemeni level or at the level of Arab and Islamic files are nested and known as one of The reasons for the aggression on Yemen is the popular position that is certain of the centrality of the Palestinian cause and the confrontation of the American-Israeli project. [end excerpt]

* "Leader of the Revolution … a shock to the leaders of the Zionist entity .. Read a short analytical strategy" (2017-07-22, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/0Wf95]:
The mentality of the leaders of the Zionist entity is a pragmatic, practical, scientific mindset that examines events, facts, variables and developments with all seriousness and attention. They care about detail and the smallest details. They do not mock today because they are fully aware that if they make fun of today they will be neglected and if they neglect, they will lose their presence tomorrow and are unaware of what they are doing. Tomorrow becomes a danger to them, this is a strategy of survival in dealing with their opponents.
The leaders of the Zionist entity do not view Yemen today and at this moment, which is subjected to regional and international aggression and is subject to a severe land, sea and air blockade, which suffers severe financial, economic and living hardships as a result of war and siege. Patriotic, revolutionary and jihadi, look at the determination, determination, steadfastness, awareness, patience and challenge of the dear Yemeni people, look at the doctrine, courage, culture, bravery, achievements, victories and sacrifices of the army and the popular committees in the fields. The popular Yemeni popular revolution, which is militaristic and militaristic, is characterized by a heavy military war, a war-and-money war, and a military campaign. They look at values, principles and practical ethics in the home, the street, the media and the field from every Yemenite and Yemenite.
They look at Yemen with a serious scientific mindset and a serious strategy as a country of change. It has become a strong, independent and revolutionary people who have the choices, decisions, directions, plans and projects applied on the ground, thanks to God and then thanks to the practical faith and the conscious, responsible and prompt action. They look at Yemen’s present and the future of Yemen in the coming years as an existential threat to the Zionist entity. Geography is not a hindrance between Yemen and the Zionist entity. J, the obstacles solutions and Maashel solutions and manufactured by the people of faith and governance have conquered the impossible and won the weakness of the strongest forces of the land militarily, financially and media.
Do not imagine that in the case of the military readiness of the direct military confrontation against the Zionist entity alongside the resistance of Palestine or Hezbollah, it is the manufacture of long-range, medium-range and short-range missiles National experience and competence is not far to make the missiles transiting to the depth of the Zionist entity so see and view and analyze the leaders of the Zionist entity, the essence of Yemen and the directions of his courageous leaders and the determination of his people strong support and shady cradle of the Yemeni defense establishment young and modern.
The leader’s promise, decision and courage was a media, psychological, military and moral shock to the enemies, the sick, the haters and the customers because it was launched out of faith in the Palestinian cause and the issues of the Arab and Islamic nation. It is a firm conviction, a sound belief and a sound and fruitful culture.
Thus, the Zionist mindset realizes that Yemen has taken its first step as a solid regional force that possesses the strongest and most difficult strategic assets to penetrate, break, or weaken. It is the “leader, the people and the military establishment.” He follows his first and historic step in wartime. He is engaged in fierce battle against 17 gas states. Zionist leaders look at Yemen very deeply and know what is coming to him by his men, to look at the Zionist leaders with the view of the hypocrites, the hypocrites, the mercenaries, the helplessness, the failure and the corruption in all its facets, its absurdity and mockery.

* "Has Yemen become a regional force from the gate of readiness for direct military confrontation against the Zionist entity?" (2017-07-22, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/bYkpJ]:
In his people is the leader of the Mujahid confident.. And when his enemies is the honest opponent in word and deed, a very high jihadist charisma, and political attraction resistance without limits, and encyclopedia in the culture of war and strategy of deterrence, its approach to religion and its behavior science.
The transfer of the military confrontation line from its local framework to the regional framework and this is a practical shift for the project of the jihadi cry with its geosynthetic and military character and this historic transition today. It was necessary for every Yemeni to speak in the golden language that Yemen became a regional military force. Practical and not theoretical for several factors, including the stability and steadfastness of the Yemeni people and the other factor victories and achievements of the Yemeni military on a regional military alliance – international as well as charisma Mr. Leader psychologically, morally, culturally, informally, politically and militarily.
Therefore, the strategic analyst and military expert is aware of the depth and impact of their psychological and moral reality very large in the elite elite, whether political or military or media or intelligence in the Zionist entity, Saudi Arabia and the UAE because it was issued by the commander of sincere Mujahid courageous jihadist career are all acts applied on the ground and not just sayings, everything.
Therefore, the Zionist entity and its tools will calculate the commander’s speech, especially when he said, “We are present for this with all seriousness and with all sincerity. Therefore, the Israeli enemy should calculate the account of our Yemeni people in any new confrontation with Hezbollah in Lebanon or with the Palestinians. Any time we need Hezbollah, or the Palestinian people need us, and we can reach it, we are present and present to do so ”
The truth is that there is real truth and frank honesty in his sincere promise and his frank and daring decision to describe the Yemeni military readiness as a special assistant to the brother of the Araba. And Islam in the direct military battle against the Zionist entity in the event that the resistance of Palestine or Lebanon requested that of the people of Yemen, despite the war they are engaged in defending their country .. Here the humanitarian, moral and religious position is manifested strongly and clearly and never exaggerated.
“We are ready to participate, even in the level of fighting with the Israeli enemy in any new military confrontation, whether with the support of the Palestinian people, supporting the Lebanese resistance, and supporting Hezbollah in Lebanon, present for military participation in any confrontation with the Israeli enemy,” he said. This extreme military logic is purely scientific and practical, and there is no defect in it, and it is undoubtedly a result of a practical jihadist culture and a practical military doctrine.
Of course, we talked in many military reports two and a half years ago, that the Yemeni defensive battle is against the coalition of aggression and the Zionist entity is part of this alliance because it is a direct military partner in this battle, so not the military confrontation between Yemen and the Zionist entity is coming, Are actually underway, but not on the land of Palestine, but on the frontiers on the border and the fronts of the interior and on the shores of Yemen.
Therefore, the talk of the Commander of the Yemeni direct military participation to help Hezbollah or the resistance of Palestine if they request it is to transfer the confrontation from the Yemeni territory to the occupied Palestinian territory and this next participation if the announcement of Yemen is an effective and effective regional force and if not, To face the Zionist entity militarily in the occupied territories is a declaration of war and near war from Yemen against the Zionist entity.

* "Mr. Houthi: We will fight with the resistance, is the region on the verge of escalation?" (2017-07-22, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/zwkNH]:
The position announced by Mr. Abdulmalik al-Houthi tonight regarding the conflict with the Hebrew entity and readiness to send fighters to participate in any confrontation with the Israeli enemy and support the resistance in Palestine and Lebanon and his blessing for the overwhelming victories of the people and the Iraqi government as well as the Syrian people and government on the advocate and tools of creative chaos, That Yemen, is it understood that the region is about to escalate? What form can it take?
In principle, we affirm that the position declared by Mr. Abdulmalik is not surprising or shocking except for those who want to liquidate the Palestinian cause and characterize the Arab-Israeli conflict, because that position is the position of the Yemeni people and the position of the Arab and Islamic peoples. The Arab League and the Palestinian cause are collective Arab responsibility and the comprehensive confrontation with Israel is the reference officer for the conflict in the region. The Palestinian issue has been the most important source of the cohesion of the Arab regional system for decades. The Arab body is currently seeking to dismantle the Arab national and social entity to establish a regional system on the ruins of the Arab system and strive to mobilize the Islamic and Arab countries in a Sunni alliance that has nothing to do with the issues of the Ummah or its crises or the needs of its people. Israel and to achieve a state of collective normalization, and the domestication and adaptation of Arab public awareness to accept normalization and use of its symbolic status to give legitimacy to Arab and Islamic it as revealed by the godfather of Saudi-Israeli relations Anwar Eshki, as well as its hard-line positions of resistance to abandonment Wind about the option of armed resistance.
It is therefore clear that the axis of resistance is the legitimate heir to the Arab and national project and the true holder of all the Arab and Islamic entitlements against the coupist positions and the Saudi Nukusia, along with the so-called axis of moderation that comes as an echo of the positions of Tel Aviv and Washington to the coup on the Arab project and the destruction of the Arab Kiyani and reshaping the map of the Arab region. Which in the end means dismantling the Saudi entity itself as the most fragile Arab entity.
There are reports that the region is still on the verge of escalation, weeks ago talked about the UN envoy in Syria that the solution is not soon and among what he said that the region is similar to the wars of thirty years that occurred in Europe in the modern era and although it is only a possibility, but the situation in The region confirms that the official Arab system established in the fifties reached a stage of total blockage and failure on all political, economic, military and all national benefits.
Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah stressed that any alliance of escalation by America and Israel and their actions in the region will be met by an Arab and Islamic popular coalition in which all free and patriotic people from the Arab and Islamic peoples who have the right and legitimacy to resist the dependency projects that are imposed on the Arabs will participate. And the Palestinians in all political, economic and military ways and means.

* "Military Situation In Syria And Iraq On July 19, 2017" (2017-07-19, southfront.org) [archive.fo/PqrWa]


* "Qatar Disavowed Participation In the Aggression On Yemen And Says It Was Forced To Do So" (2017-07-18, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/7jRbd]
* "Qatari Defense Ministry: Qatar Was Forced To Joint Saudi-Led Coalition That Invaded Yemen" (2017-07-19, southfront.org) [archive.fo/Ld2qi]

* "Qatar – Problem-Packed Peninsula" (2017-07-18, by J. Michael Springmann) [archive.fo/VfkLC]
* "Egypt revokes visa-free travel to Qatar nationals as Turkey sends more troops" (2017-07-18, rt.com) [archive.fo/BeZpb]
* "UAE denies reports of involvement in Qatar hacking" (2017-07-18, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/pzFNU]

* "Saudi-led Bloc Drops List Of 13 Demands To Qatar, Introduces Demand To Accept ‘Six Broad Principles’ " (2017-07-19, southfront.org) [archive.fo/h9ZUv]
* "Blockaders urge Qatar to accept ‘six core demands’ " (2017-07-19, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/Yw0FP]
* "How did Qatar’s crisis reveal Saudi weakness?" (2017-07-19, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/Rk5Vv]

* "President of Supreme Revolutionary Committee Welcomes Qatar’s Revelation" (2017-07-19, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/C4kjf]

* "We Finally Know Who Is Really Behind the Qatar Crisis" (2017-07-20, by Darius Shahtahmasebi) [archive.fo/fESWn] [begin excerpt]:
According to the Washington Post, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) orchestrated the hacking of Qatari government news and social media sites in order to post aggravating (but false) quotes attributed to Qatar’s emir, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad al-Thani, in late May. The publication of the quotes, which seemed to show Qatar’s praise for Iran and the Palestinian-based outfit Hamas, was one of the key events that kicked off the current crisis, as they were not received well by Saudi Arabia and a number of other Gulf states. [end excerpt]

* "Political Insanity in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Crisis in Qatar, The Plight of the Camels" (2017-07-21, by Felicity Arbuthnot) [archive.fo/ayuoc]

* "Saudi-led blockade against Doha pre-planned campaign: Qatari Emir" (2017-07-22, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/kgq6W]
* "The UAE accuses Qatar of leaking the movements of the 'coalition' military in Yemen to al-Qaeda" (2017-07-22, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/7KuYC]

* "Qatar's emir calls for dialogue on basis of respect for sovereignty" (2017-07-23, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/gW8qK]


Republic of Egypt

* "Egypt Uses Land-Based Avenger Air Defense Systems For Its Mistral Helicopter Carriers" (2017-07-18, southfront.org) [archive.fo/aMxBu]

* "Russia Delivers First 3 Of 46 Ka-52 Attack Helicopters To Egypt – Report" (2017-07-18, southfront.org) [archive.fo/CDFPR]

* "Five Egyptian Policemen Killed, Six Others Wounded In Roadside Bomb Attacks In Sinai" (2017-07-18, southfront.org) [archive.fo/xhSYL]

* "Egyptian Forces Start Large Campaign Againts ISIS Terrorists In Sinai" (2017-07-20, southfront.org) [archive.fo/ViowG]


Republic of Iraq

* "Cost of making western Mosul ‘liveable’ double previous estimates, UN warns" (2017-07-18, rt.com) [archive.fo/EvseT]

* "Iraq to buy ‘large batch’ of advanced Russian T-90 tanks – Kremlin" (2017-07-20, rt.com) [archive.fo/VzSMI]
* "Russia To Deliver Large Batch Of T-90 Battle Tank To Iraqi Military In 2017" (2017-07-20, southfront.org) [archive.fo/CdLfQ]

* "Iran & Iraq sign defense deal to step up military cooperation" (2017-07-23, rt.com) [archive.fo/7iYiB]
* "Former rivals Iran, Iraq sign accord on military cooperation" (2017-07-23, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/ftgx4]

* "Iraq's Oil Minister meets Saudi Defense Minister" (2017-07-19, southfront.org) [archive.fo/SdWqN] [begin excerpt]:
In Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Iraqi Interior Minister Qasim al-Araji met with Saudi Defense Minister and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
According to a statement by the Iraqi Interior Ministry, the Crown Prince affirmed the Kingdom’s support for Iraq’s people and government. Al-Araji also stressed that Iraq is an important country in the region and made great sacrifices in the fight against terrorism.
Furthermore, the two sides agreed to form joint committees for the exchange of intelligence and counter-terrorism and drugs information, as well as to secure the border between the two countries.
Saudi Arabia appears to be working to improve its relationship with Iraq, which has been badly damaged during the reign of Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz and former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. [end excerpt]


* "PM Abadi: Iraq Refused To Allow ISIS Fighters To Withdraw From Mosul" (2017-07-20, southfront.org) [archive.fo/7r4Es]

* "HRW says mass execution site found in Mosul as Iraqi govt admits ‘individual acts’ of abuse" (2017-07-19, rt.com) [archive.fo/ZB21R]

* "Iraqi government investigates reports of prisoner abuse" (2017-07-18, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/qCkOB]
* "Suspected ISIS militants kept in inferior conditions in Iraqi prison" (2017-07-18, rt.com) [archive.fo/515VO]
* "ISIL families lament harsh treatment in Iraq; Dozens of families accused of having relatives in ISIL have been forcibly displaced to an 'open-air prison' camp" (2017-07-20, aljazeera.com) [archive.fo/7F5rW]


Republic of Iraq: War News

* "ISIS Attacks Allas And Ajil Oil Fields In Iraq" (2017-07-19, southfront.org) [archive.fo/SdWqN]

* "Eight children, women killed, wounded by IED fleeing Kirkuk" (2017-07-20, iraqinews.com) [archive.fo/oJclP]

* "250 families still besieged in Mosul’s Old City: Army officer" (2017-07-20, iraqinews.com) [archive.fo/LexI6]
* "Suicide bomber kills 3 army soldiers west of Mosul" (2017-07-20, iraqinews.com) [archive.fo/bUw89]


Arab Republic of Syria: Diplomatic and Civil News
[sana.sy/en] [syriatimes.sy] [facebook.com/United.Syrian.Republic] [sana-syria.org] [joshualandis.com/blog] [syriasolidaritymovement.org] [syrianfreepress.wordpress.com] [syrianews.cc] [acloserlookonsyria.shoutwiki.com] [syrianperspective.com] [breakingnews.sy/en.html] [almasdarnews.com] [facebook.com/SyrianWarNewsInfoMedia]

* "Photos Of Aleppo Rising: Swimsuits, Concerts And Rebuilding In First Jihadi-Free Summer" (2017-07-15, zerohedge.com) [archive.fo/jA3iF]

* "Tourism revival begins in Syria's Bloudan" (2017-07-18, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/l7zv3]


* "Chinese special envoy to Syria visits Iran" (2017-07-23, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/ZXPbi]:
China's special envoy to Syria Xie Xiaoyan made a visit to Iran, where he called on all parties involved to observe a ceasefire.
He also called for more humanitarian support for the embattled nation. He added the Syrian people should have the final say on their country's future.
"Over Syrian issues, China doesn't have any private interests, and we are committed to diplomatically solving the Syrian crisis. And China will never change its stance to the Syrian government, its opposition, or the international community,” said Xie.
“In my opinion, we should find out a way to round up the terrorists. In the meantime, we should stem terrorism from spreading to other regions,” he said.
Xie Xiaoyan stressed that the Syria crisis must be resolved from four parallel tracks, including the implementation of a ceasefire, humanitarian relief, anti-terrorism efforts and political negotiations.
He added that China has always agreed that the Syrian people should decide the future of their country.
Xie said that any foreign powers should not impose their opinions on the resolution method, and preventing terrorists from moving around as well as seeking a chance for the siege is the key point in the next stage.


Arab Republic of Syria: War News
The story so far [archive.fo/o2w8S]...

* "Syrian War Report – July 18, 2017: Army Advancing On ISIS-held Town Of Sukhna" (2017-07-18, southfront.org) [archive.fo/SAj4C]

* "Military Situation In Eastern Aleppo And Southern Raqqah On July 18, 2017" (2017-07-18, southfront.org) [archive.fo/BLf5T], map [archive.is/s7eVZ]

* "Map Update: Government Forces Progress Towards Sukhna And Deir Ezzor" (2017-07-18, southfront.org) [archive.fo/J6ybr], map [archive.is/Cvb2e]

* "Syrian Army Advances On Strategic ISIS-held Town Of Sukhna, Gets Control Over Hills Near It" (2017-07-18, southfront.org) [archive.fo/TCY5j], map [archive.is/BihKO]

* "Photos: Reconnaissance Unit Of 5th Assault Corps’ ISIS Hunters Operate In Homs Province" (2017-07-18, southfront.org) [archive.fo/0bGdP]

* "Hayat Tahrir al-Sham Attacks Ahrar al-Sham In Idlib Province" (2017-07-18, southfront.org) [archive.fo/nJGBN]

* " ‘Thousands’ Of Syrian Militants Ready Cooperate With Russia Against Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (al-Qaeda) – Reports" (2017-07-18, southfront.org) [archive.fo/WVdn7]

* "At least four killed as two explosions hit NE Syria" (2017-07-18, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/j3DF5]

* "Lebanon Planing Militant Operation Against Militants At Border With Syria" (2017-07-18, southfront.org) [archive.fo/3jFfU]


* "Syrian War Report – July 19, 2017: Hayat Tahrir al-Sham Clashes With Ahrar al-Sham In Idlib Province" (2017-07-19, southfront.org) [archive.fo/NjmrG]

* "Mic blunder: Netanyahu ‘admits Israel carried out dozens of strikes on Hezbollah convoys’ " (2017-07-19, rt.com) [archive.fo/22iC9] [begin excerpt]: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has admitted that Israel carried out dozens of attacks against Hezbollah arms convoys in Syria, oblivious to the fact that his remarks were being picked up by a live mic and relayed to reporters, Haaretz reported [archive.fo/bS1CA].
"We blocked the border not only in Egypt but in the Golan Heights," Netanyahu reportedly said during a closed session with the premiers of Hungary, the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia in Budapest on Wednesday.
"We built the wall because there was a problem with ISIS [Islamic State/IS] and Iran trying to build a terror front there. I told [Russian President] Putin, when we see them [Iran/IS] transferring weapons to Hezbollah, we will hurt them. We did it dozens of times," he said, as quoted by Haaretz. [...]
Although the remarks were not intended to be relayed to the press, they were accidentally transmitted to reporters through headphones. [...]
The hot-mic transmission was discovered and shut down “within a few minutes,” Haaretz reported. [end excerpt]

* "Russian-supplied ‘Smerch’ Heavy Multiple Launch Rocket Systems Support Government Advance Near Palmyra" (2017-07-19, southfront.org) [archive.fo/QrltL]
* "ISIS Hunters Crush Terrorists Near Palmyra As Army Further Advances In Mountain Area Near Sukhna" (2017-07-19, southfront.org) [archive.fo/jvnZy]

* "Car Bomb Attack Hit Ahrar Al-Sham HQ In Armanaz Amid Ongoing Infightin Among Militant Factions In Idlib Province" (2017-07-19, southfront.org) [archive.fo/ibLnB]

* "ISIS Lost 17 Militants, 2 Vehicles In Clashes With Army In Deir Ezzor – Syrian Defense Ministry" (2017-07-19, southfront.org) [archive.fo/9xKdH]

* "Syrian Army Captures 15 Oil Wells In Southern Raqqa Countryside" (2017-07-19, southfront.org) [archive.fo/BeDbl]

* "US-backed Forces Advance In Southern Part Of Raqqah City, Destroy Few ISIS Vehicles" (2017-07-19, southfront.org) [archive.fo/MgHqZ], map [archive.is/YU7mW]


* "Syrian War Report – July 20, 2017: Govt Forces Regain More Oil Wells In Raqqah Countryside" (2017-07-20, southfront.org) [archive.fo/XnIx4]

* "Syrian Warplanes Pound Terrorists In Lebanon As Hezbollah Prepare For Operation In Jorod Arsal" (2017-07-20, southfront.org) [archive.fo/x27c4]:
According to pro-government sources, Hezbollah is making its final attempt to find a peaceful solution with ISIS and Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) commanders in Jorod Arsal, Lebanon.  The goal is to evacuate the fighters and their families to Idlib or the areas controlled by the Euphrates Shield or ISIS.
Opposition sources accused Abu Malik al-Tali, the HTS leader in Arsal and Jorod Arsal, of obstructing an agreement with Hezbollah. According to the sources, Abu Malik al-Tali demanded to allow him to take out his personal funds, which is estimated at more than 30 million dollars.
In the meantime, Lebanese President Michel Aoun visited Lebanese Army positions in the vicinity of Jorod Arsal. Aoun confirmed that the Lebanese Army will take all necessary measures to secure the Lebanese towns and villages on the Syrian-Lebanese border and to protect the residents of these areas from any terrorist attacks. He also stressed that the Lebanese Army was able to protect Lebanon during the most difficult circumstances.
Meanwhile, Syrian Air Force warplanes continued to target ISIS and HTS positions in the vicinity of Jorod Arsal and carried out several sorties over Jorod Arsal inside Lebanon. According to Lebanese sources, the battle of Arsal is very close, and the Lebanese Army and Hezbollah are ready to it. The Syrian Air Force may provide close air support to Lebanese forces fighting against the terrorist groups.

* "Violent Clashes In Idlib Between Ahrar al-Sham and Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham" (2017-07-20, southfront.org) [archive.fo/YI6C7]

* "Government Forces Deploy In Striking Distance From ISIS-held Town Of Sukhna" (2017-07-20, southfront.org) [archive.fo/7m7M1], map [archive.is/i7mvU]

* "Government Forces Advance North Of Homs-Palmyra Road, Repel ISIS Attack Near Hamima" (2017-07-20, southfront.org) [archive.fo/WIJta]

* "Military Situation In Syria And Possible Directions Of Government Advance On Deir Ezzor" (2017-07-20, southfront.org) [archive.fo/nt1iv], maps [archive.is/DqFxg] [archive.is/RhZKD]

* "Military Situation In Provinces Of Aleppo And Raqqah On July 20, 2017" (2017-07-20, southfront.org) [archive.fo/NZLrP], map [archive.is/F3ULa]

* "Ambush near Syrian capital kills 28 government troops" (2017-07-20, AP newswire) [archive.fo/TzPOE]

* "New Batch Of US Weapons Arrive To Support Syrian Democratic Forces’ Storm Of Raqqa" (2017-07-20, southfront.org) [archive.fo/QnOxz], map [archive.is/6LFEj]
* "27 ISIS Terrorists Killed As SDF Advances In Southern Part Of Raqqa City" (2017-07-20, southfront.org) [archive.fo/sUK02]

* "Pentagon Furious After Turkey Leaks U.S. Base Locations in Syria: 'Hard Not to See This as a F-You' " (2017-07-20, zerohedge.com) [archive.fo/YNL6k]
A Turkish map showing US military bases in Syria:


* "Terrorists battle rebels for control of key Syria province Battle pits terrorist group against rebels supported by Turkey and some Gulf countries" (2017-07-21, AFP newswire) [archive.fo/SxaNX]

* "Russia creates military posts to monitor ceasefire in safe zone in Syria; The Russian army says it has established military posts in order to monitor the ceasefire in a safe zone in the eastern suburbs of Syrian capital Damascus" (2017-07-24, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/8L4VW]

* "Fight against militant groups along border with Syria nearing end: Hezbollah; The Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement says its military operations against foreign-sponsored Takfiri militants along the eastern border with war-ravaged Syria is “nearing its end” after its fighters regained control over the last stronghold of Jabhat Fatah al-Sham extremists there" (2017-07-24, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/fPvSD], video [is.gd/GwFm1G]

* "New US-led airstrikes kill tens of civilians in eastern Syria; Tens of civilians have lost their lives when the US-led coalition purportedly fighting the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group carried out a series of aerial attack against an area in Syria’s eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr" (2017-07-24, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/aUVTw]


The International anti-Syria Alliance, the "Free Syria Army", and allied organizations 

* "US Military Sent over $1 Billion Worth of Light Weapons To 'Multiple Armed Groups' in Iraq, including ISIS and Al Qaeda" (2017-05-30, by Prof. Michel Chossudovsky) [archive.fo/Whh0C]
* "Iranian FM says ISIS, Al-Nusra, Al-Qaeda get their money & ideology from US allies" (2017-07-17, rt.com) [archive.fo/uRmEe]
* "Wikileaks says they have 1,700 emails proving Hillary Clinton knew about U.S. Military weapons shipments to Al Qaeda and ISIS" (2016-08-11, inquisitr.com) [archive.fo/0bDK8]

* "Trump to end lavish CIA support for ‘moderate’ anti-Assad forces in Syria – reports" (2017-07-20, rt.com) [archive.fo/3beVV]
* "Trump Closes Covert CIA Program To Arm Militants In Syria – Media" (2017-07-20, southfront.org) [archive.fo/rup4y]

* "Israel Against Peace in Syria. Netanyahu Supports the Jihadists?" (2017-07-17, by Mehmet Ersoy) [archive.fo/mdluk]
* "Israel To Build New Field Hospital To Treat Syrian Militants – Reports" (2017-07-20, southfront.org) [archive.fo/GopiC]


Global Islamic Caliphate / Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL ; ISIS)
A USA-backed self-governing entity for the disruption of the Eurasian Union and other rival blocs.

* "As ASEAN Shifts East, ISIS Follows; Where US interests are threatened, ISIS coincidentally appears, threatening those standing in the way. What is behind this increasingly transparent pattern of geopolitical coercion?" (2017-07-17, journal-neo.org) [archive.fo/XGKmC]

* "5 Germans incl 16yo girl reportedly among 20 female ISIS fighters captured in Mosul" (2017-07-18, rt.com) [archive.fo/V6dC3]


Regional map [archive.fo/28m8f], Map of Liberated Cantons of West and South Kurdistan (2016) [archive.fo/f7ImY], "Greater Kurdistan" maps [archive.fo/laloo] [archive.fo/4KYfB]; News [anfenglish.com] [kurdishdailynews.org] [knnc.net/en/default.aspx] [facebook.com/pages/International-freedom-battalion/1597451687171173][turkeyharvest.blogspot.com] [kurdishquestion.com] [kurdishmatters.com[kurdishrights.org] [ekurd.net][kurdishquestion.com]; Co-Operative Economy in Rojava & Bakur [cooperativeeconomy.info]

* "The Kurdish Connection: Israel, ISIS And U.S. Efforts To Destabilize Iran; Syrian Kurds claim to be fighting against terror as they strive for autonomy, a goal that they have yet to achieve even after decades of effort. But their efforts are being co-opted by Western powers that are using them to achieve their own ends in the Middle East" (2017-07-14, mintpressnews.com) [archive.fo/4Vjaw]


North Kurdistan (Bakur), within the jurisdiction of the Republic of Turkey

* "PKK Fighters Ambush Army Vehicle In Southern Turkey" (2017-07-19, southfront.org) [archive.fo/v1j7S]


South Kurdistan (Basur), within the jurisdiction of the Republic of Iraq, including the governance of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), & the Medya Defense Zones
Provincial map [archive.fo/4a18W]


West Kurdistan (Rojava), within the jurisdiction of the Arab Republic of Syria, governed by the Rojava Kurdistan Democratic Autonomous Administration
Map [archive.fo/7Z32s]. News [rojavareport.wordpress.com], Documents (2016) [archive.fo/8z7EN]


East Kurdistan (Rojhelat), within the jurisdiction of the Islamic Republic of Iran
News [rojhelat.info]


The Êzidîs, & the Shengal Democratic Autonomy

Republic of Lebanon / Party of God (Hezbollah)


World Jewish Commonwealth & Diaspora 
The Judean People and their diverse communities [forward.com[mondoweiss.net] [tikkun.org]

* "IQ: Why Jewish people are smarter" (2007-11-09, theweek.com) [archive.fo/y9Hvt]
* "Are Jews Smarter? Did Jewish intelligence evolve in tandem with Jewish diseases as a result of discrimination in the ghettos of medieval Europe? That’s the premise of a controversial new study that has some preening and others plotzing. What genetic science can tell us—and what it can’t" (nymag.com), pages 1 [archive.fo/dOKif], 2 [archive.fo/keZqR], 3 [archive.fo/xIoHd], 4 [archive.is/mGkrz], 5 [archive.fo/60DN4], 6 [archive.fo/wle84], 7 [archive.fo/1bSBT], 8 [archive.fo/mM2L6]

Judeans around the world are facing hatred from Racialist Judeans whose works include denying their fellow Judeans inclusion in the definition of what constitutes as "their" race. The ideology of Racial Nationalism includes the reinforcement of one's belief of superiority over all other nations, a belief that infringes on the intellect of the human psyche as concerns empirical reality...
* "It turns out Jews are as stupid as everyone else" (2017-01-14, mondoweiss.net) [archive.is/9hR3F] [begin excerpt]: Lovers of the Jewish people prayed it wasn’t true when the New York Post reported rumors this week that members of a Jewish country club outside Washington were up in arms against the possibility of Barack Obama joining. Alas, now the Washington Post has followed up with a report quoting three emails from Woodmont members objecting to the president as a member because he has allegedly been so hard on Israel, lately at the United Nations.
“He has created a situation in the world where Israel’s very existence is weakened and possibly threatened . . .” longtime member Faith Goldstein wrote on Dec. 26. “He is not welcome at Woodmont. His admittance would create a storm that could destroy our club. ”
When I was growing up I was taught that Jews are smarter than non-Jews. My mother pointed to the holy trinity of Einstein, Freud and Marx and said we had created modernity in the west. We won all those Nobel Prizes. But we had to have our own clubs because we were discriminated against.
Now it turns out we are just as stupid as any other entitled insiders. My in-laws have belonged to a lot of WASPy clubs. They tell me the non-Jewish ones pull these sorts of stunts all the time.
Still, I hope the golf story gets widely circulated and brings mortification on the Jewish establishment, by showing the world what has brought my people down: obedience to Jewish nationalism.
There was another example of goldplated stupidity last Sunday. At the 92d Street Y in New York, a leading Jewish cultural institution, David Makovsky, a distinguished expert at the Washington Institute, in dialogue with a plummy and presentable rabbi, Peter Rubenstein, trotted out a series of lies, mischaracterizations and insults of students who support Palestinians. These activists are “importing” the confrontation from the Middle East rather than “exporting the hallmarks of American society, dialogue, tolerance, pluralism,” Makovsky said. The group Students for Justice in Palestine is rooted in Hamas (“It seemed that they have some roots with Hamas, and it’s coming out of Chicago, a lot of this”). They are not a peace group because they are not for a two state solution. If they refuse to accept the Jewish state, then Jews should not recognize the existence of Palestinians. As for the Jewish group “Jewish Voices for Peace” (not its real name)– they won’t work with SJP and are interested only in a settlement boycott (more poppycock).
The tragedy of Makovsky and Rubenstein’s self-congratulations is not they are wrong. Everyone gets things wrong. The tragedy is that they cannot countenance any rebuttal, and they set the entry price at $36 to make sure no Palestinian riffraff comes in to their Upper East Side club. Barack Obama isn’t welcome at Woodmont and no member of SJP or supporter of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions is welcome to say word one at the 92d Street Y. It would shatter their precious worldview.
A few years ago the eminent peabrains of the 92d Street Y even canceled a Palestinian speaker who had the misfortune of having three of his daughters killed by Israel but was going to speak about peace– because there was no Jewish voice to “balance” his presentation on stage.
You can call that a lot of things but you can’t call it intelligent. So the people who prided ourselves on elite status in western intellectual life a generation ago is now reduced to shadow boxing with opponents it refuses to acknowledge as human beings.
The possibility that Makovsky’s American values of “dialogue tolerance and pluralism” might cause young Jews to “export” the idea of separation of church and state to Israel: Makovsky grew up inside religious Jewish life in St. Louis as an ambassador to Israel; and the idea has obviously never crossed his mind.
It’s not just him. Hillel International has so far successfully quashed a student rebellion and decreed that anti-Zionist Jews, or non-Jews, are not welcome through its doors. By the way, Hillel is an organization that says it is devoted to Jewish life on campus. So much for the vaunted Jewish IQ. [end excerpt]
- Photo caption: David Makovsky discussing Iran at a 2012 talk in St. Louis sponsored by the Jewish Light newspaper, Jewish Community Center and Jewish Community Relations Council.
 * "Chosen, but Not Special" (2010-06-05, by Michael Chabon, nytimes.com) [archive.fo/e3kVa] [begin excerpt]: We construct the history of our wisdom only by burying our foolishness in the endnotes. To imagine a Chelm — the town inhabited, according to Ashkenazi Jewish folklore, entirely by fools — requires a presumption of general wisdom elsewhere, as the proper imagining of Heaven requires an earthly realm of sorrow.
As a Jewish child I was regularly instructed, both subtly and openly, that Jews, the people of Maimonides, Albert Einstein, Jonas Salk and Meyer Lansky, were on the whole smarter, cleverer, more brilliant, more astute than other people. And, duly, I would look around the Passover table, say, at the members of my family, and remark on the presence of a number of highly intelligent, quick-witted, shrewd, well-educated people filled to bursting with information, explanations and opinions on a diverse range of topics. In my tractable and vainglorious eagerness to confirm the People of Einstein theory, my gaze would skip right over — God love them — any counterexamples present at that year’s Seder.
This is why, to a Jew, it always comes as a shock to encounter stupid Jews. Philip Roth derived a major theme of “Goodbye, Columbus” from the uncanny experience. The shock comes not because we have never encountered any stupid Jews before — Jews are stupid in roughly the same proportion as all the world’s people — but simply because from an early age we have been trained, implicitly and explicitly, to ignore them. [end excerpt]
* "On the Political Stupidity of the Jews" (1999, by Irving Kristol, tikvahfund.org) [archive.is/j9G2A] [begin excerpt]: In Israel as well as in America, Jews to this day continue to combine an almost pathologically intense concern for politics with a seemingly equally intense inclination towards political foolishness, often crossing over into the realm of the politically suicidal. How is one to understand this very odd Jewish condition—the political stupidity of Jews?
It seems that the easiest explanation of this phenomenon is in terms of the actual political history of the Jewish people, a history which is for the most part one of political impotence. A people whose history is largely a story of powerlessness and victimization, or at least is felt to be such, is not likely to acquire the kinds of skills necessary for astute statesmanship. Neither the rabbinic nor the prophetic traditions can be of much assistance in this respect, since political thinking is inherently secular thinking, so that Jewish secular thinking about politics has traditionally focused on some splendid isolated incidents of resistance and rebellion, such as the wars of the Maccabees, and the resistance against Rome. But the memory of these incidents is hardly a sufficient basis on which to ground a real tradition of political wisdom that could teach contemporary Jews how to wield power and successfully defend Jewish interests. And the absence of such a tradition of political wisdom continues to haunt all Jewish politics, including the politics of Israeli Jews, despite the fact that they now have half a century of experience in self-government.
In fact, one of the most striking features of Israeli political discourse, when considered from the perspective of Anglo-American and European political thought, is how narrow and constricted it is. Public discourse in Israel is often superficially sophisticated, even trendy, but it lacks genuine historical echoes, historical tonalities. Echoes of references to the traditions of Western political thought, which are common in American and Western European journalism, are relatively absent in Israel. It is not any deficiency of scholarly knowledge—Israel does have some fine academics in disciplines such as political theory and philosophy—but the presence of such individuals does not begin to repair the deficiency of Israel’s own political traditions. The main stream of Zionist political thought arose from the political thinking of nineteenth-century romantic nationalism in Central and Eastern Europe—and this is itself a movement whose shortcomings are plainly visible in Central and Eastern Europe today. In the Jewish state, as in Eastern Europe, an infusion of thought is needed from the outside; an infusion of thought, by which I mean the importation of genuine political wisdom, not just the imitation of whatever attitudes are prevailing in the West. [end excerpt]
* "Israel's One-Religion State creating rifts with American Jews; American Jews believe in Church-State Separation; Israel is a Theocracy" (2017-07-16, jewishcurrents.org) [archive.is/B78mx]
* "A Taxonomy of Stupid Shit the Jewish Establishment says to Millennials" (2017-04-26, jewishcurrents.org) [archive.is/JlOzX] [begin excerpt]:
Cool Kids Like Israel -
Israel, like most countries, is not really cool. I know that’s nails on a chalkboard for some Jewish boomers who believe that Leon Uris was Israel’s greatest historian and that Israel IsraelyCool. (We dare you to go Google “IsraelyCool” right now.) But even without the settlements, the occupation, and the Nakba, Israel is not hip. Young people don’t really think entire countries are cool.
That’s an intergenerational difference that cannot be bridged. Most American Jewish millennials grew up seeing the “American Way” play out in the drone strikes and invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan. And they’ve had enough Israel-America flag pins attached to their starchy lapels to take boomers at their word when they say that America and Israel share the same values. No number of slimy, oversexed advertising campaigns will change that. Yet millions of dollars are spent every year pitching a sexy, Disneyland ersion of Zionism and Israel to Jewish millennials. Not only is this money that could be spent on enriching the American Jewish community, a lot of that advertising money ends up in campaigns so corny and eye-rolling that it may possibly do more to put off young people than Israel’s fifty-year occupation of Palestine.
A 2010 Forward article about a then-new hasbara (Israeli p.r.) website reported that the campaign was partially astroturfed by financial backers of the Canadian Federation of Jewish Students. Called “Size Doesn’t Matter,” the website is basically a dick-size joke. (Our apologies, esteemed, probably middle-aged, readers, but if I have to be constantly bombarded by sexualized Zionism, often on your dollar, then you can put up with reading the phrase “dick-size joke.”)
Aside from hasbara rhetoric that could have been cribbed from a porn script, the other major type of hasbara waged upon Jewish millennials is an adolescent exploration of Israel’s contributions to the sciences, tech, and cuisine-culture. Did you know Israel invented the cherry tomato? Did you know Israel invented the cell phone? Did you know Israel invented a striking myopia around promoting its own image abroad? It’s possible only the third fact is true (#alternativefacts). [end excerpt]

* "How liberal Zionists are causing deep schisms in the American left" (2017-07-23, medium.com) [is.gd/iVB93c]

Antisemitic Studies & Action
A Nation "Chosen" for Hatred [archive.fo/wb2bS


State of Israel, National Institutions, transnational agencies and private-sector partnerships
EU-Israel Association Agreement (.pdf) [is.gd/oLvteR]; News [972mag.com[dukium.org] [icahd.org] [haaretz.com[i24news.tv] [tabletmag.com] [jpost.com] [izionist.org/eng]

* " 'America stands with Israel, now and always': Mike Pence; US Vice President Mike Pence has reiterated the administration of President Donald Trump is serious about moving the American embassy in Israel to Jerusalem al-Quds, adding, 'America stands with Israel, now and always' " (2017-07-18, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/GqbrH]

* "A Hebrew Newspaper Reveals a Secret Meeting Between Netanyahu and UAE Foreign Minister" (2017-07-21, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/hyQTQ] [begin excerpt]:
The newspaper Haartz itself revealed ending last month that there is a new plan being prepared now between the UAE and Egypt and Israel to deal with the Gaza strip, which is run by the Islamic Resistance Movement (HAMAS) aimed at putting the dismissed leader of the Palestinian Liberation Movement (FATAH) Mohammad Dahalan on Headed the unity government in the sector, and lifting most of the siege on the sector by Egypt and Israel.
The e-mails leaks of the UAE ambassador to Washington, Yusuf al-Otaiba, revealed  a close relationship between UAE and the right-wing Defense for Right Democrats, an umbrella organization of the US administration, Donald Trump.
Although there are no formal diplomatic relations announced between the UAE and Israel, but this did not prevent them from participating in the joint military international exercises in the last March with the participation of Greece, America and Italy.

* "Emmanuel Macron’s Extraordinary Error in Joining the Israel Lobby" (2017-07-19, by Anthony Bellchambers) [archive.fo/tHDK9]:
The French President Emmanuel Macron has showed his unfortunate inexperience as a politician by voluntarily joining the American Israel lobby that supports and finances the illegal settlements in the Occupied Territories that now hold over 600,000 Israeli citizens on land belonging for over a thousand years to the indigenous Muslim Arabs of Palestine.
Macron was absolutely right to acknowledge the criminal insanity of the wartime Vichy government that collaborated with the Nazis by voluntarily transporting a quarter of the Jews of France to death camps in Eastern Europe but he is completely wrong to equate anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism.
Zionism is a political, supremacist ideology that has led to the only neo-colonial regime of the 21st century – a regime that has violently dispossessed over five million indigenous Arabs and has turned the region into a flash-point for a global nuclear war.
Mr Macron may have been an experienced investment banker and bond dealer but he is an inexperienced and novice politician who has allowed himself to become part of the Political Zionist movement whose objective is a ‘Greater Israel’ extending from the Nile to the Euphrates. That, of course, will never happen but Macron has jumped feet first into a bloody river in which he will find it impossible to swim.
Just another naïve, over-ambitious politician who has been easily inducted into Zionist ideology by very experienced, political manipulators. Quelle tragedie!

* "Hungarian PM, Israeli counterpart meet press in Budapest" photoset (2017-07-19, xinhuanet.com) [archive.fo/Tt2Mx] [archive.is/MGyxm] [archive.is/ZvdJ2]

* "Israeli Arrests United Nations Official in Gaza… Again" (2017-07-16, richardsilverstein.com) [archive.fo/Mw4TP]

* "Kingdom of Olives and Ash: Writers Confront the Israeli Occupation of Palestine" book review (2017-07-20, by Jim Miles) [archive.fo/ap0Az]

* "62% rise in Israel’s arrests of Palestinian children; Palestinian children are often beaten and strip searched at arrest" (2017-07-19, middleeastmonitor.com) [archive.fo/MlpHR]
* A discussion about the "prevalence of torture" (2017-07-22) [archive.fo/oh5ni], with proposals for methods of addressing such a charge against the State's security agencies's routine uses of torture for stateless residents.

* "Mic blunder: Netanyahu ‘admits Israel carried out dozens of strikes on Hezbollah convoys’ " (2017-07-19, rt.com) [archive.fo/22iC9] [begin excerpt]:
Netanyahu focused most of his energy during the meeting on bashing the EU [archive.fo/9KxWG], accusing it of "crazy" behavior due to conditions put on its relationship with Israel over the Palestinian peace process.
“The European Union is the only association of countries in the world that conditions the relations with Israel that produces technology and every area, on political conditions. The only ones! Nobody does it,” Netanyahu reportedly said.
Although the remarks were not intended to be relayed to the press, they were accidentally transmitted to reporters through headphones.
“It’s crazy. It’s actually crazy,” he continued, referring to Brussels' insistence that Tel Aviv must meet certain terms related to the Palestinian peace process for steps to be made with the EU-Israel Association Agreement.
“It’s not about my interest. I’m talking about Europe’s interest," he said, as quoted by Haaretz.
Netanyahu went on to stress that Israel has a "special relationship with China," and that Beijing doesn't care about political issues.
He went on to urge the leaders to use their influence on the EU to persuade the bloc to ease conditions related to Israel, asking them to "help us and help Europe in expediting the EU Association Agreement."
The Israeli prime minister went on to reiterate that he believes there is "no logic" in the EU's behavior.
"The EU is undermining its security by undermining Israel. Europe is undermining its progress by undermining its connection with Israeli innovation by a crazy attempt to create conditions,” he said.
At that point, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban – who himself has clashed with Brussels on a number of issues, including his decision to build a barbed wire fence to keep refugees out of his country – interrupted.
“Mr. Netanyahu, the European Union is even more unique. The EU places conditions on the ones already inside the EU, not only the countries on the outside.”
In response, Netanyahu said he believes "Europe has to decide if it wants to live and thrive or if it wants to shrivel and disappear. I am not very politically correct. I know that’s a shock to some of you. It’s a joke. But the truth is the truth. Both about Europe’s security and Europe’s economic future. Both of these concerns mandate a different policy toward Israel."
He added that Israel is "part of the European culture," and noted that Israel even manages to have ties with Arab countries.
“The Arabs speak with us. They speak with us about technology and everything we're talking about here,” Netanyahu said.
The hot-mic transmission was discovered and shut down “within a few minutes,” Haaretz reported.
The EU-Israel Association Agreement (.pdf) [is.gd/oLvteR] stipulates that relations between the EU and Israel "shall be based on respect for human rights and democratic principles," with that point being deemed an "essential element" of the deal.
The EU-Israel Association Council has not met since July 2012. It was expected that it would meet in March to take steps to advance the agreement process, but those talks never took place. Some diplomats cited by the Jerusalem Post said its delay was tied to EU frustration with Israel over settlement activity.

* "Tension escalation in Jerusalem hampers efforts to resume stalled peace talks" (2017-07-18, xinhuanet.com) [archive.fo/OzsNq] [archive.is/81EDU]
* "Palestinians to Hold 'Day of Rage'Against Al-Aqsa Restrictions; Palestinian groups have denounced increased Israeli security measures at the site" (2017-07-18, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/C6bFN], photo caption: Palestinian protestors destroy a mock Israeli metal detector during a protest against Israel's newly-installed security measures at the al-Aqsa mosque compound.

* "Israeli police injure dozens of worshipers denouncing security measures at Al-Aqsa" (2017-07-18, maannews.com) [archive.is/m0XJX]

* Photo (2017-07-18), caption [archive.fo/DxUwz]: Israeli border police clash with Palestinian men outside the Lion's Gate of Jerusalem's Old City July 18, 2017

* "Israeli forces kill Palestinian man over alleged car-ramming attack" (2017-07-18, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/cxaeG]
* "Israeli forces attack Palestinian protesters outside al-Aqsa compound" (2017-07-19, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/oUg1w]

* "Police close off Temple Mount to Jews over rules violation amid tensions with Palestinians" (2017-07-19, rt.com) [archive.fo/X7ID2]
* "Al-Aqsa Mosque closure reflects the Zionist enemy intention in Judaizing: Minister Ahmed Hamed" (2017-07-19, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/NNFux]
* "Palestinians Defy Restrictions at Al Aqsa After Day of Rage; Fatah had called for protests over restrictions imposed at the Mosque" (2017-07-19, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/Rvx2Y], photo caption: Palestinian men take part in evening prayers inside Jerusalem's Old City next to the Lion's Gate July 19, 2017

* "Protests rage on as Israel tightens grip on Aqsa" (2017-07-20, presstv.ir) [archive.is/UGRav]
* "Israeli officer punches Muslim worshiper in the face as clashes continue near Temple Mount" (2017-07-20, rt.com) [archive.fo/DxUwz]
* "Jordan, Egypt Look to Help Israel Out of Temple Mount Bind; Tensions over holy site could put Arab states on collision course with Islamic movements, but calm is dependent on removal of Israeli metal detectors from the Mount" (2017-07-22, haaretz.com) [archive.fo/cCPfF]
* "Every Israeli Should Read the Palestinian Assailant’s Last Will and Testament; No one dared ask why Omar al-Abed, a 20-year-old with dreams and aspirations, bought a knife and set out to kill" (2017-07-23, haaretz.com) [archive.fo/siWEu]
* "International reactions to Jerusalem clashes" (2017-07-23, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/j47sP]

* "Israel to replace metal detectors with new security measure at Jerusalem mosque" (2017-07-23, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/U3fcb]

* "Israeli official says metal detectors will stay but may be reduced" (2017-07-23, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/i2sr8]

* "Israeli police, Palestinians clash in East Jerusalem" (2017-07-23, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/CpONk]

* "Temple Mount Crisis: Jerusalem Unifies the Muslims Through Struggle; Although most Palestinians are not allowed to visit Al-Aqsa, this holy site is doing what the siege of Gaza and the expansion of the settlements could not: bringing them together" (2017-07-23, haaretz.com) [archive.fo/MW5K9]
* " ‘Israel is playing with fire’: Arab League chief warns amid Jerusalem tensions" (2017-07-23, rt.com) [archive.fo/Uui5V]
* "Egypt, Jordan discuss plan over Jerusalem crisis" (2017-07-23, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/V5UcS]

* "Pro-Palestinian & pro-Israeli protesters face off outside Israeli embassy in London" (2017-07-23, rt.com) [archive.fo/YEW8H]
* "New Yorkers rally in support of Palestinians; Hundreds of people have marched in New York City to express solidarity with the people of Palestine, amid escalated violence over the Tel Aviv regime’s siege of the al-Aqsa Mosque compound, Islam's third holiest site" (2017-07-24, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/Et11w]
* "2 killed in shooting at Israeli embassy in Jordan – police" (2017-07-23, rt.com) [archive.fo/K4AwA]
* "Rocket launched from Gaza Strip – Israeli military" (2017-07-23, rt.com) [archive.fo/4tIkS]

Surely, they remember...
* "Photos of the horrors of the massacres of the occupation in Jenin" photoset (2004-04-16, aljazeera.net) [archive.is/N1eQI]: In Jenin, new photographs of the heinous massacres perpetrated by the Israeli occupation army in the city were revealed. The bodies were found in dozens under the rubble of many houses that were demolished by Israeli forces. Jenin has turned into a ghost town that smells of death everywhere, and witnesses say what they saw in Jenin is chilling. The following is a sample of those images:


* "The First Amendment Protects the Right to Boycott Israel" (2017-07-20, aclu.org) [is.gd/8zPXt0]
* "Bipartisan US Bill Moves to Criminalize BDS Support; Lawmakers in both the United States and Israel are ramping up efforts to suppress support for the Boycott Divestment and Sactions (BDS) movement" (2017-07-20, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/KcUX7]
* "U.S. Lawmakers Seek to Criminally Outlaw Support for Boycott Campaign Against Israel" (2017-07-19, theintercept.com) [archive.fo/vaLKs] [begin excerpt]:
On U.S. campuses, punishment of pro-Palestinian students for expressing criticisms of Israel is so commonplace [archive.fo/J3yAU] that the Center for Constitutional Rights refers to it as “the Palestine Exception” to free speech [archive.fo/4Gtgc].
But now, a group of 43 senators — 29 Republicans and 14 Democrats — wants to implement a law that would make it a felony for Americans to support the international boycott against Israel, which was launched in protest of that country’s decades-old occupation of Palestine. The two primary sponsors of the bill are Democrat Ben Cardin of Maryland and Republican Rob Portman of Ohio [archive.fo/vmsGf]. Perhaps the most shocking aspect is the punishment: Anyone guilty of violating the prohibitions will face a minimum civil penalty of $250,000 and a maximum criminal penalty of $1 million and 20 years in prison.
The proposed measure, called the Israel Anti-Boycott Act (S. 720), was introduced by Cardin on March 23. The Jewish Telegraphic Agency reports that the bill “was drafted with the assistance of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee” [archive.fo/9TMjF]. Indeed, AIPAC, in its 2017 lobbying agenda (.pdf) [is.gd/wlpwLK], identified passage of this bill as one of its top lobbying priorities for the year:

[end excerpt]

And an example of what such a law would address...
* "How Intersectionality Makes You Stupid; A gay-rights group, caving to anti-Israel extremists, decides to cancel an ‘intensely divisive’ Jewish event—and then, under opposite pressure, decides to include it. The flawed lesson? The victim who shouts the loudest gets what they want in today’s hyper-politicized cultural climate" (2016-01-21, tabletmag.com) [archive.is/6ZQcK]

* "The Price for Criticizing Israel; Israel is well-known for having a potent U.S. lobby that not only influences Congress and the mainstream media but intimidates Americans who dare criticize its policies toward the Palestinians" (2017-07-19, by Dennis J Bernstein) [archive.fo/v795G]:
[begin excerpt]:
There are very few journalists in the U.S. or Europe who have the courage to report fairly on Israel’s seemingly endless illegal occupation of Palestinian lands. Personally, as a Jewish-American, and the grandson of a revered Rabbi, I have been roundly denounced by pro-Israeli representatives and their Zionist lobbyists in the U.S.
I’ve stopped counting the number of vicious personal attacks that have labeled me a self-hating Jewish anti-Semite. Here’s one that got my attention and the attention of journalist Robert Fisk of the Independent of London, who I introduced one night for a lecture in Berkeley, California, and who then wrote an article about the plight of Jewish journalists and activists in the U.S. who dare to write or speak honestly about Israel’s brutal and illegal occupation of the Palestinians [archive.fo/i9fCh]:
“You mother-fucking-asshole-self-hating Jewish piece of shit. Hitler killed the wrong Jews. He should have killed your parents, so a piece of Jewish shit like you would not have been born. God willing, Arab terrorists will cut you to pieces Daniel Pearl-style, AMEN!!!” The latter reference to the late Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, who was kidnapped and decapitated in Pakistan.
And at another level, the Israeli consulate in San Francisco has complained to my managers at KPFA/ Pacifica Radio repeatedly about my “pro-Palestinian terrorist” and “anti-semitic” reporting, and my apparent “hatred” for the Jewish State.
Emmy award-winning filmmaker and investigative reporter John Pilger is one of the rare exceptions who has plowed head-first into this crucial story of our time. Pilger has made two documentaries 25 years apart about Palestine, with almost the same name, Palestine is the Issue and then Palestine is Still the Issue.
I spoke recently with Pilger about Palestine and the brutality of the continuing occupation, and also about the responsibility for empowering and sustaining the occupation that falls at the feet of the Western press, based on its misreporting and, in some cases, not reporting at all the brutal realities of Israel’s iron-fisted occupation of Palestinians, which many critics, as well as several UN officials, have labeled as a form of ethnic cleansing that borders on genocide. [...]
- DB: Could I ask you to tell the story of the novelist Liana Badr, because it really does speak to what has happened to many Palestinians and the way they have been treated?
- JP: In 2002, when Ariel Sharon was prime minister and several times sent the Israeli army and tanks into the West Bank, I arrived in Ramallah just when the Israeli army was withdrawing. Ramallah was devastated and one of the places I visited was the Palestinian Cultural Center. There I met the center’s director, the renowned Palestinian novelist Liana Badr, who teaches at Columbia University now. Her manuscripts were torn and scattered across the floor. The hard drive containing her fiction and a whole library of plays and poetry had been stolen by the Israeli soldiers. Not a single book had survived. Master tapes of one of the best collections of Palestinian cinema were lost.
This was an assault on a people’s culture. The soldiers had urinated and defecated on the floors and on the desks and smeared feces on children’s paintings. It was the most vivid and telling symbol of what a colonial power does to the people whose country it occupies.
It was an attempt to dehumanize, that is what this assault on the Palestinian Cultural Center represented. What struck me, as well, was the determination of the Palestinians in this situation not to comply with what was expected of them as victims. That is the most astonishing thing about the Palestinians. As you walk through the rubble of Gaza, where the Israelis have attacked so many times, all of a sudden you see in the distance a group of school girls beautifully turned out in their starched and pressed uniforms and their hair done. It is a vision of defiance and determination to keep going. So the occupation may have worked physically but it hasn’t worked spiritually. And perhaps in the near future it may not work politically. [end excerpt]


State of Israel: Settlements of Judea & Samaria
[settlementsofisrael.netzah.org] [hityashvut.org.il]. Considered "inconsistent with international law" according to Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention [archive.fo/g0ikl].

* "UN panel slams Israel over rights abuses, settlements expansion" (2017-07-18, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/z5aCE]


State of Palestine, the PLO, the exile communities, and occupied territories
About the PLO [archive.fo/H67B3], recognized by 135 sovereign state governments [archive.fo/LCZ1S]; A State since 1988, an Observer State to the UN since 2012 [archive.fo/RVdxM]. Maps: territorial (de-facto) [archive.fo/zyoRr] (de-jure) [archive.fo/LuEj9], the diplomacy of the borders of 1947 and 1967 [archive.fo/xfiC8]. News [english.palinfo.com] [qassam.ps] [pflp.ps/english] [palwatch.org]. [archive.fo/bD8sV]. Permanent Observer Mission of The State of Palestine to the United Nations - New York [palestineun.org]

* "Palestinians have a legal right to armed struggle; It's time for Israel to accept that as an occupied people, Palestinians have a right to resist - in every way possible" (2017-07-20, aljazeera.com) [archive.fo/JXPNf]

State of Palestine - West Bank of the Jordan River (administered by the PLO Palestinian National Authority)

* "China supports two-state solution on Palestinian issue: President Xi" (2017-07-18, xinhuanet.com) [archive.fo/HgPIz] [archive.fo/iQOB8]:
BEIJING, July 18 (Xinhua) -- China supports a political settlement of the Palestinian issue on the basis of the two-state solution, President Xi Jinping said Tuesday.
China supports Palestine in building an independent, full sovereignty state along the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital, Xi said in his talks with visiting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
Xi said the UN Security Council Resolution 2334 should be effectively implemented, and all the settlement-building on the occupied territories of Palestine should be immediately stopped.
The resolution, adopted on Dec. 23, 2016, condemned Israel's settlements on occupied Palestinian territory as illegal, and urged it to halt building.
Xi said measures should be taken to prevent violence against civilians and peace talks should be resumed as soon as possible to accelerate the resolution of the Palestine issue.
China is one of the first countries to support the just cause of the Palestinian people and to recognize the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian state, Xi said, calling both countries "good friends, partners and brothers."
In 1947, the UN General Assembly adopted Resolution 181, which recognized the need to establish a Jewish state and an Arab state in the former British Mandate territory of Palestine.
The 1967 Middle East war resulted in Israel's occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, the Gaza Strip and the Golan Heights. The last round of peace talks between Israel and Palestine halted in 2014, mainly due to the continuing expansion of Jewish settlements on the occupied territories of Palestine.
China will host a symposium on peace between Palestine and Israel later this year to contribute wisdom to resolving the Palestinian issue, Xi said.
He said China is willing to participate in and support all efforts that are conducive to a political settlement of the Palestinian issue.
"China proposes to launch a tripartite dialogue mechanism with Palestine and Israel to advance major projects to assist the Palestinian side," Xi said.
Xi reiterated that China will, "as always," support the just cause of the Palestinian people to restore their legitimate national rights.
Xi said China appreciates Palestine's adherence to the one-China policy. He said China will work with Palestine to give political support to each other, maintain high-level exchanges and promote cooperation in various areas.
China regards both Palestine and Israel as important partners under the Belt and Road Initiative, he said.
"China will support capable and qualified companies in carrying out investment cooperation in Palestine for mutual benefits and win-win results," according to Xi.
The Belt and Road Initiative, proposed by President Xi in 2013, refers to the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road. It aims to build a trade and infrastructure network connecting Asia with Europe and Africa, along and beyond the ancient trade routes.
Xi said China will cooperate with Palestine in industrial park development, personnel training and solar power plant construction to help the country improve its self-development capacity.
Xi called on both sides to strengthen exchanges in culture, education, science and technology, among others.
Thanking China for its support for the just cause of Palestine, Abbas said Palestine will continue to support the one-China policy and China's reunification.
Palestine admires China's achievements in economic and social development and is willing to have closer high-level exchanges with China and participate in the Belt and Road Initiative, Abbas said.
Palestine spoke highly of China's constructive proposals on promoting a political solution to the Palestine issue and hopes to see China play a greater role in Middle East peace process, Abbas said.
After the talks, the two heads of state witnessed the signing of cooperation documents ranging from diplomacy, economy and personnel training to culture.
Abbas awarded the highest Palestinian medal to Xi for China's support to the just cause of Palestine and to pay homage to Xi himself.
Thanking Abbas for the medal, Xi said it represents the importance Palestine gives to bilateral ties with China and the acknowledgement of China's fair stance on the Palestine issue.
China will unswervingly push forward relations with Palestine and the Middle East peace process, Xi said.
Prior to the talks, Xi held a red-carpet welcome ceremony for Abbas at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.
Abbas is on a state visit to China from July 17 to 20 at the invitation of Xi.
- Photo caption: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (L) awards the highest Palestinian medal to Chinese President Xi Jinping after their talks in Beijing, capital of China, July 18, 2017.

* "President Xi: China supports two-state solution on Palestinian issue" (2017-07-18, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/24kqD]
* "Chinese president holds welcome ceremony for Abbas" (2017-07-18, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/HBD33]


State of Palestine - Gaza (administered by the Islamic Resistance Movement HAMAS Palestinian National Authority)
Map [archive.fo/Zc9b2]; Political ideology [archive.fo/4FZVw]; Origins [archive.fo/j9nrP] [archive.fo/706o] [archive.fo/5aAJt] [archive.fo/UZjKV

* "UN launches summer fun games week for children in Gaza" photoset (2017-07-19, xinhuanet.com) [archive.fo/5yL2S] [archive.fo/7xMLe] [archive.fo/VLMzf] [archive.fo/JZMng]

* "Israel arrests Hamas members in overnight West Bank raids" (2017-07-23, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/uOsD7]


Kingdom of Saudi Arabia & GCC Council member states
Map [archive.fo/IRdxE]

* " ‘Coup’ at midnight in the Arabian Desert" (2017-07-20, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/62WnC] [begin excerpt]:
A crown prince begs to differ, and is removed -
Since his father’s assumption of power, bin Salman was being speculated to crave a rise to become next in line to the throne. He had been trying to raise his profile by trips overseas in the months before bin Nayef was removed. And there had been talk of a power struggle between bin Salman and bin Nayef for some time.
But the report by The New York Times suggested that there was more than a father-and-son bond at play in bin Salman’s rise. Bin Nayef had apparently opposed a June 5 decision by Saudi Arabia and several of its vassal states to cut ties with and impose a blockade on Qatar, “a stand that probably accelerated his ouster.”
That diplomatic and economic war on Qatar has, along with several other key decisions, been attributed to bin Salman, whose king father reportedly suffers from partial dementia and may be about to abdicate in favor of his son. As Saudi Arabia’s defense minister, bin Salman is also believed to have been largely responsible for a disastrous invasion of Yemen, where high civilian casualties and a cholera epidemic have raised international alarm. [end excerpt]
* "Ben Naif under house arrest, King Salman Recorded a Statement of Abdication for His Son" (2017-07-22, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/TArGT]

* "New Crown Prince is the Toy in the Hands of US and Israel" (2017-07-22, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/PsY2s]


* "Amnesty calls on Saudi Arabia to halt execution of 14 dissenters; Human rights group Amnesty International has called on Saudi Arabia to halt the executions of 14 individuals who were sentenced to death following a “grossly unfair mass trial” as part of the kingdom’s 'bloody execution spree' " (2017-07-24, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/128wH]

* "Chasing miniskirts: Saudi police arrest woman who wore ‘indecent clothing’ in viral video" (2017-07-18, rt.com) [archive.fo/S6IoB]
* "Miniskirt-wearing woman 'released without charge' after Saudi arrest" (2017-07-19, rt.com) [archive.fo/qAi07]

* "RAF smuggled Christmas trees into Saudi Arabia despite religious ban" (2017-07-20, rt.com) [archive.fo/GWQ9U]

* "Turkish president arrives in Jeddah on first stop of Gulf tour" (2017-07-23, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/KK6SS]


* "9/11 survivors call on Theresa May to publish ‘suppressed’ Saudi terrorist funding report" (2017-07-19, rt.com) [archive.fo/nK23o]
* "Theresa May denies suppressing report on Saudi terrorism funding to protect UK arms deals" (2017-07-20, rt.com) [archive.fo/fwVNw], photo caption: Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and British Prime Minister Theresa May in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


* "US Foreign Affairs: Terrorist organizations exploit the UAE to finance its activities" (2017-07-22, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/FI7tw]

* "Emirati troops.. UAE an empire of cardboard, long tried to draw a frightening cartoon for their military forces" (2017-07-18, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/Pbv8o], introduction:
The rulers of the United Arab Emirates have long tried to draw a frightening cartoon for their military forces using their media capabilities and some international figures such as James Matisse, the current US Secretary of Defense, who went on a “positive” comparison between the UAE forces and the historic city of Little Sparta in 2014 During the Greek-Persian wars, but is the UAE as well?


* "Kuwait's extremist lawmaker proposes jail terms for Hezbollah backers; A member of Kuwaiti parliament has proposed legislation calling for supporters of Lebanon's Hezbollah resistance movement to be sentenced to up to 20 years in jail" (2017-07-24, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/00tv0]


National Salvation Government of Yemen ("Houthis")
[sabanews.net/en] [ansar-allah.net] [yemen-news-today.org]

* "How do we Evaluate the Political Experience of Ansarollah?" (2017-07-17, yemenpress.org), part 1 [archive.fo/lH2dI]
* "Ansarollah Leadership Speaks on Wald Sheikh’s Hodeidah Handing-Over Plan" (2017-07-18, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/OY9QI]

* "The rescue government is to discuss the special arrangements for receiving international delegations to Sana’a in the coming days" (2017-07-19, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/XbCAM]:
Prime Minister Dr. Abdul Aziz Saleh bin Habtour held a cabinet meeting on Tuesday to discuss arrangements for a number of international delegations to visit the capital Sana’a during the coming period.
The meeting was attended by Foreign Ministers Hisham Sharaf, Planning and International Cooperation Abdul Aziz Al-Kummim, Finance Dr. Saleh Shaaban, Education Yahia Badr Al-Din Al-Huthi, Social Affairs and Labor, Mr. Ali Al-Shaabi, Water and Environment Engineer Nabil Al-Wazir and Public Health Dr. Mohamed Bin Hafeez reviewed the preparation and preparation of these visits by the Executive Directors of the major centers of WHO, UNICEF and WFP from various organizational aspects at all levels and roles. Coordination and complementarity of ministries and related bodies, including the security services.
The Prime Minister stressed the relevant ministries directly and related to the humanitarian aspects of the preparation of the good topics to be discussed during the visit to achieve the objectives envisaged.
Dr. Habtoor expressed the welcome of the Government of National Salvation to visit international officials and its keenness to provide all necessary factors for its success and reach its humanitarian goals

* "A report to the rescue government about the visits of ministers to the fronts of confrontation and honor" (2017-07-18, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/fRvyr]

* "A Field Visit to Inspect the Malls and Shops in Sana by Ministry of Trade and Industry" (2017-07-18, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/DJ0tR]:
The internal trade sector at the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Industry Office in the capital Sana’a today carried out a field trip to a number of Shopping Malls and Shops in the capital Sana’a.
The aim of the visit is to ensure the availability of basic foodstuffs in the markets and their flow in the malls and shops as well as the inspection of the damaged and expired foodstuffs.
The acting minister of internal trade in the Ministry, Munzar al-Sharjabi, said that this step comes within the framework of the directives of the Ministry’s leadership to activate the periodic monitoring of malls and commercial markets to ensure the availability of foodstuffs in the markets.
He pointed out that it included a number of malls and commercial markets and stores in the secretariat of the capital, which was to identify the types of food located in those malls and the conduct of sales to holders of commodity cards.
Al-Sarjabi stressed that during the next few days some basic foodstuffs will be provided due to increased demand, especially sugar. He pointed out that the ministry of industry and trade has identified the quantities of basic foodstuffs that the employee can obtain through the card and not to exceed them, all customers of this system.
He pointed out  that the amount and price allowed for Wheat, flour, sugar and rice is fixed and in the event that the shop refused to give the commodity to cardholder the specific quantity, the consumer must inform the operations room of the ministry on the number.

* "Tenth Ramadan Follow-up Committee Holds Meeting With Samad" (2017-07-18, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/BEGst]

* "President in ‘Kamran Island’… Significance and Dimensions" (2017-07-18, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/D0X47] [begin excerpt]:
On Friday morning, 14/7/2017, President Saleh al-Samad, President of the Supreme Political Council, Supreme Commander of Armed Forces, accompanied by Defense Minister Major General Mohammad al-Atafi and Chief of General Staff Mohammad al-Ghamari, surprised the people of Kamran Island in Hodeidah province. The Saudi-American aggression targeting the island permanently destroys its infrastructure and vital facilities.
Resulting in damage to living conditions of the population and the worsening humanitarian crisis there.
This visit from my point of view is not ordinary but is exceptional for an exceptional personality and in an exceptional circumstances.
At a time when the sons of Saud were not yet in agreement with the shock of the president’s visit to the frontiers of the borer and its incursion into the territory of the kingdom of Bani Saud, which was under the control of Yemeni army and popular committees. It shocked the countries of aggression by visiting the island of Kamran.
The visit to the Pearl Island of Red Sea ‘Kamran’, which is west of the coast 6 km and represent the security belt of the port of Salif is a qualitative step and has indications and messages and large and import dimensions…when the Kamran island is taken under control physical and military calculus and logic is saying other thing but the Yemeni fighter became the myth of the fighters in this world, made it impossible, and even managed to abolish the military logic, and thanks to the steadfastness that it succeeded in overcoming materialism and even invented new military logistic theories that would be studied in the colleges of future military.
The President’s visit to the Island of Kamran under the direct range of aggression forces of coalition in broad day light and being accompanied by senior military leaders and inspecting the conditions there, reveal the weakness of the aggression countries to the world, despite all the latest and sophisticated weapons in front of strength and courage of the Yemeni people, the leadership and the steadfastness. In addition to that the visit carried out a message of the most important challenge and prepare for the confrontation and stability until victory. The visit came as a practical response to the briefing of the envoy of Bani Saud Wald Sheikh, who made it on 12/7/2017, in which he demanded the Security council to extradite hodeidah, the reply said that your request is impossible to implement and we will protect Hodeidah and turn into a black hole devouring anyone who tries to approach it. [end excerpt]

* "The President of Supreme Political Committee Attends Tribal Stand to Strengthen Fronts in Sanhan" (2017-07-22, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/rjwvM], photos [archive.fo/6JfTa] [archive.fo/jxU5Q] [archive.fo/wmAiw] [archive.fo/kAz6x] [archive.fo/xpfjd]

* "Yemeni Ministry of Foreign Affairs mocks the lies of informing the aggression on the evacuation of Russia to its citizens from Sana’a" (2017-07-22, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/1bNP6]:
An official source from the Foreign Ministry ridiculed the lies, fabricated news and fabricated analysis of some of the media outlets about the evacuation of the Russian Federation to its citizens from the capital Sana’a.
The source said in a statement to the Yemeni News Agency (Saba) that the Republic of Yemen appreciates and appreciates the Russian Federation sent by the plane carrying medical and humanitarian aid was supposed to arrive three weeks ago, but the leadership of the Saudi-US aggression alliance on Yemen hindered its arrival.
The source pointed out that the Sanaa received a while ago a Russian plane carrying a new crew to its embassy in Sanaa and arrived the crew with all the usual welcome from the Yemeni authorities.
The source pointed out that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs provides the staff of the Russian Embassy, embassies and existing missions all the usual facilities, stressing that the meetings and diplomatic activities between Yemen and Russia are going to the fullest.

* "The most prominent positions in the speech of Mr. Abdul Malik Badr al-Din al-Huthi on the anniversary of the cry" (2017-07-22, yemenpress.org) [archive.is/OYAL8]

* "The Women’s Commission of the District of Jahran in Dhammar Held Anniversary" (2017-07-18, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/xsgWB]


* "And lost to Riyadh... Sanaa to investigate Ould Sheikh" (2017-07-18, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/NozDv]

* "The Political Council calls on leaders of Islamic countries to face violations against Masjidil-Aqsa al-Sharif" (2017-07-18, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/d4UBp]


* "Death to America… Resistance in the Face of Aggression" (2017-07-21, by Jamal Mohammad Asshul, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/QymWl]

* "The Scream of Deadly Words" (2017-07-18, by Zaid A-bauw, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/rq9sK] [begin excerpt]:
Because the cry greatly affected the enemies of the mother and the hypocrites always remain the subject of controversy among the neutrals and those in their hearts a disease and this is a lot of talk about it from time to time in a fabricated media sensation aimed at stirring confusion and suspicion and service to the enemy and escape responsibility in the midst of current events and this is one of the methods of aggression Every time arouses a feeling about a particular subject at a time when the enemy wants military progress in the field on different fronts and to forget the people the important issue is to confront aggression and to move to other topics have been decided and the emptiness of the matter like the theme of the slogan can not anyone This is the universe to reach a result lead to concessions by the Yemeni people for the logo and to refrain from repeating and this is impossible since 2002 to today.
The issue of the slogan of the cry was resolved on the day that many of the young men who were magnified in political security prisons were arrested in 2002 and 2003, and on the day that the first martyr was killed in 2004 in Jabal Maran in the first war launched by the former regime. In mosques, councils and meetings, if anyone could silence the Yemenis from raising the slogan which consists of five phrases: – God is the greatest death to America Death to Israel Damn the Jews Victory for Islam .. If anyone could silence the voice of this cry to do during the previous six wars But everyone has failed and they are still trying Today .. fail
The Americans have tried since the early days of raising this slogan to strive with all their efforts and not to cry out. We still remember the statements made by American Ambassador Edmund Hall, who said that the Martyr leader Hussein Badr al-Din al-Houthi wanted to transform the Arab conflict with the West from a national conflict to a religious conflict. And then the ambassador went to Saada himself and bought some of the guns that were in Razih today and we still remember the BBC interview with Mr. Hussein and said in a single letter during the first war they launched this war against us in order to refrain from repeating this slogan And to refrain from educating us The Qur’anic culture.
Did you forget that about 700 prisoners were imprisoned on the background of this cry and this slogan in the Great Mosque in Sana’a before the outbreak of the first war and remained under torture in the prisons of political security for more than four years Have you forgotten that thousands of martyrs and wounded and destroyed a number of houses in Saada and Sufian and Bani Hashish In a series of wars were aimed at silencing the cry and trying to non-spread and educate people in the Koran culture and could not what they are betting today? ..
If it is to say what you are calling and this is false and lies is for the sanctity of mosques that it is not true noise in it, God is on you whichever is the most dangerous to the mosques, the motto of God the greatest death to America and Israel or US aircraft and Saudi Arabia and Zionism, which destroy the mosques and kill those who burn the Koran? There is no doubt that the planes are more dangerous to our mosques than the slogan, which is a weapon and a position that expresses the emotional discontent that stems from the Koran against our enemies, who ordered Allah to take them as enemies. [end excerpt]

* "Through the guidance of God we can carry the project of victory" (2017-07-18, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/Rzzd8]
* "The importance of awareness in the face of propaganda and falsehood" (2017-07-18, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/K0R5C]

What's in a Slogan? The following article relates to the official slogan of the Ansarollah movement whose leadership administrates the National Salvation Government of Yemen, the slogan (and accompanying logo containing the full slogan) being "God is the Greatest; Death to America; Death to Israel; Damn the Jews; Victory for Islam", also being the primary documented reason for the full occupation and genocidal blockade against the peoples supportive of the Ansarollah movement and the National Salvation Government.
* "The modern colonialism and the elimination of Islam and Muslims" (2017-07-19, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/6H3uE]:
The martyr qaed Ridwanullah gave him a binding lecture about a year after the launch of the logo. After the impact of the slogan on the enemies emerged, the American ambassador himself visited Saada. After the visit, everyone who shouted the slogan or Or to distribute it, imprison it, and insult it. This lecture came to reveal many important things about the slogan, its importance, and why do we repeat it? What is its impact on Jews and America? A lecture rich in information, facts and compelling evidence that the slogan must be repeated and defended.

Misunderstanding of the concepts by people:
The martyr leader began his lecture with regret at the reflection of concepts in people, so that the right behavior became wrong, and the wrong behavior is true !! He said: [Unfortunately, you hear that there are those who speak of the Jews and Christians on the Messenger of Allah, the Koran, and Islam and see the Arabs in return, what gets them strong positions, but it is like what happened in Saada when people condemn America and Israel, And talk about America and Israel, get those who say to you: No .. invalidated and silent, stop not write this slogan .. To this degree got].
He said: [And how do you want us to be silent that we do not talk about the Jews and Christians, and God has cursed them in the Koran! How can we not talk about America and Israel, and they do not silence those who talk to them about the Messenger of Allah, the Koran, and Islam, do not silence them].
The solution in the face of the fierce crusade against the nation:
He assured him that the solution to face this attack is two things:
First thing:
And it is a sacred book that does not differ from the validity of what was stated by two Muslims; because the sponsor is to save him, God Almighty, [People try to care about the mastery of the Holy Quran, and they will know that things are very important. It is very important to be committed to the Book of God, to guide the Book of God, and to guide it in this world and in the Hereafter. , Azza Arabs in particular and Gu They and enable them to depend on the interest in the Holy Qur’an, otherwise you cannot list them and cannot go up the banner of them, at all; because they are tied to religion, linking the fate of the Arab religion].
Second thing:
That parents work to immunize their children with true Islam and correct thought, so as not to become subject to deception, which leads them to fight alongside the Jews and Christians against their nation and religion in terms of not feel, and this is the great disaster, and it has happened before, he said: [And fortify our children , Which becomes subject to misinformation, what they become liable to become in the end may be recruited in favor of the enemies of God, in favor of the Jews and Christians, may have been recruited already; because the nation has passed such a situation, the colonialism that ended a while ago, the military colonialism that existed colonization British, French and Italian Belgian and others, were driving people World War, marching Muslims to fight under the banner of the British, under the banner of the Italians, under the banner of the French, fighting, recruit tens of thousands of Muslims are fighting for him, for greed, this is one of the worst situations, one of the worst cases.
Colonialism used two methods of occupying peoples:
He pointed to God that the Jews and Christians in their fierce attack on Islam and Muslims since ancient times used two methods:
The first method: the direct attack of war and killing on the Islamic nation has proved this method of failure, where he said: [The first method was from the beginning is an attack, the attack creates a situation of reaction and resentment of the colonizer; and therefore finds that they were finally forced to withdraw from the countries they colonized].
The second method: the pretext of [counter-terrorism], which is the worst method of the first method, since the person does not know and feel that it is under occupation only after the Jews and Americans have already arisen from all joints of the state, he said Radwan God: [modern colonialism now Under the malicious heading, in the name of combating terrorism, and with them a group they call terrorists who divide them in the regions, and finally they say we want to enter and expel them, follow them, enter the regions, enter the countries, enter the country and occupy and dominate it, and they have been subject to the state, When they hold their grip , What people see things, what they see Americans in front of them crawling, only after they have tightened their grip, have entered the country, the sons of military bases, swarmed in large numbers].
Jews and the fight against terrorism:
He added that the Jews had to use the second method, the pretext of fighting terrorism to rid their enemies of the Palestinian Mujahideen of Hamas and other Palestinian factions, and benefited from this excuse the greatest benefit, he said: [As Israel does now; Israel has noticed how much it has Occupied in Palestine? About 50 years, and notes what they got a better excuse than they got under the name of combating terrorism in these days, this year, now enter the cities and in the name of being pursued by terrorists, destroying and killing and bulldozing farms and uprooting trees, And that they are fighting terrorists, and there are terrorists fighting them].
Arabs and the fight against terrorism:
In the same context, the Martyr Commander Radwanullah spoke of the great intelligence of the Jews who do not take any step but they are very carefully studied. They did not start in modern colonialism under the pretext of fighting terrorism, but forced the Arab rulers who are small to sign anti-terrorism conventions, If the Jews and the Americans are doing what appeared to them from building military bases, to the direct occupation of countries, to violate the air, sea and land sovereignty of States, all under the pretext of combating terrorism, he said: [Use it now as a weapon, used as an excuse, as justification to be translated by the Arabs; Arab governments have been forced by the United States to enter into a counter-terrorism agreement with them, and Palestine as terrorists. Israel will pursue Hamas activists in Fatah in the Islamic Jihad under the pretext of these terrorists.
Yemen and the pretext of combating terrorism:
He added that the country was subjected to many accusations of terrorism by America, and that US drone aircraft hit the citizens’ cars in Marib, which is very dangerous, as it is a violation of national sovereignty, and also the story of (the bombing of the Cole) all pretexts to enter Yemen, where He said: [Yemen has the largest share of these, of the accusations, a lot of perhaps greater than any other country, what they said they hit? The Americans said they hit a car in Marib with a missile from a US plane? And they said they were denounced by the opposition parties, denounced the state itself, that it has been breached, or that this is considered a violation of the sovereignty of Yemen, to reach the issue to this degree, a US plane to a Yemeni car Yemeni and throw them].
The malicious target behind the [counterterrorism]:
The martyr leader Radwanullah continued to expose the American-Israeli conspiracies against the Ummah, explaining the real objectives behind their use of the pretext of “combating terrorism.” He said: “You find that it is only for the Muslims and the Mujahideen of the Muslims. , And hit the liberation movements. They work as a group in the name of being terrorists, and what they are terrorists, they are their owners, they are the ones who brought them, they are the ones who took them to the areas, and then enter in the name of being pursued, pursued, persecuted, persecuted].
Asking a very important question in which is a great indication of the truth of his analysis of things, may God be pleased with him, which is about the enormous potential of terrorists from where they have money and weapons to spread in (60) countries and in record time ?? This is only because the US-Israel Intelligence is the one who supports, plans and facilitates, and that the terrorists are nothing but dirty tools in their hands. “They are hunting them in more than 60 countries, who will take them to 60 countries? Who will give them these possibilities, which they call al-Qaeda ?! And then pursue them !!].
Jews’ ambitions in the region:
He explained that the ambitions of the Jews in the region are not only to seize the wealth of the Arabs, but to humiliate the nation and erase the religion and establish their state. He said: [They are trying to humiliate the Muslims humiliation, what is so with them material ambitions only, in which humiliated the nation They want, as they say in their goals, to establish the kingdom of David, meaning an Israeli kingdom, a Zionist kingdom that governs all these regions, Arab and other Arab countries. After controlling the Arab countries that are the source of the wealth, they will dominate the West because they have the idea of establishing a global government. If they seize this area and dominate it, they can control its resources by controlling its ports. Close to Bab al-Mandab, they may have bases there, if they occupy this area, they can control the countries of Europe and countries .. America will become Israel itself, as is now Israel in the picture belongs to America].
The slogan... proved to be very influential on the enemy:

In the same context, God bless him that the logo is important and influential on the promise

* "Al Houthi Reveals the First Military Step Simulating the Positions of the Enemy Israel (What is It?)" (2017-07-22, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/jzGyW]:
The Head of the Supreme Revolutionary Committee, Mohammad Ali al-Houthi, revealed the first military steps in the face of the Zionist regime, in a speech during demonstration entitled, “Sarkha Nahwal Aqsa”.
Al-Houthi said that there are maneuvers simulating the positions of the enemy Israel in occupied Palestine, pointing out that there is a wing that will work on this side.
We are present, we will go to Jerusalem when we are asked to prepare for that and the crowd is ready to confront, he said.
He pointed out that the Yemeni people face today the Zionist and coalition led by America, UAE and other countries that have accustomed to Yemen and are doing everything in their power to block it, but cannot launch something in front of the steadfastness of the Yemeni people and the intensity of its sense and adherence of God.
He pointed out that the Yemeni people depend on themselves despite the unjust siege, killing and destroying and are able to stand up on the face of aggression and achieve victories agaisnt enemy troops at every front.
The head of the Supreme Revolutionary Committee, Mohammad Ali al-Houthi, also hailed the massive crowds that came in response to the call of the leader of the revolution and the support of al-Aqsa even if the siege was imposed on them.
He said that we are here to carry our thanks and loyalty and tell you the Leader of Yemeni Revolution, to convey to you peace and say to you, you are truly the people of faith and wisdom and are set forth embody the great message of steadfastness and freedom.

* "For First Time Since the beginning of Aggression…Mass Rally in Saadah in Solidarity with Al-Aqsa" (2017-07-21, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/HuUny]:
The city of Saadah on Friday morning witnessed a mass rally entitled “Sarkha Nahwal Aqsa”.
Thousands of people in Saadah came out this morning despite the flight of warplanes and combat and spy-drones and people were raising banners with slogans against the enemy Israel and showing solidarity with al-Aqsa and occupied Palestine.
The Demonstrations condemned the escalation of Zionist oppression in Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
The participant also chanted slogans including the slogan of Martyr Seyyed Badruddin Al-Houti denouncing the oppressors and standing against oppression which was called by Seyyed 15 years ago.
During the demonstration, units of security and popular committees organized a military parade as well showing readiness to save the dignity and honor of the motherland and to stand against the aggression forces
During the demonstration, there were speeches, poetry and greatness of Quranic teachings with slogans that shock the thrones of tyrants and arrogant powers.
The participants also stressed the need to carry hostility and resentment of the enemy Israel towards Islam and Muslims or to its support that Israel provides to the enemies of Muslim Nation, stressing the centrality of the cause of al-Aqsa as a universal cause of Muslims and condemning the criminal acts of Zionist state against innocent Palestinians.
The stress was laid on the need of unifying all the Muslims under the banner of Islam and having “Sarkha” a loud cry which shake the tyrants and arrogant states and enemies of Islam.
It is noteworthy that this demonstration is the first of its kind since the beginning of the Saud-American aggression on Yemen, and the participants confirmed their full readiness to address the nest escalation of forces of aggression and confirmed their full stand with the Palestinian resistance and Lebanese in any confrontation with Zionist Israel.

* "Powerful March in Sana’a under the Slogan 'Sarkha Nahwal Aqsa' on Occasion of Annual Memory of ‘Al-Sarkha’ " (2017-07-21, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/nOOX0], photos [archive.fo/R5qdm] [archive.fo/S75d3] [archive.fo/UaKeK] [archive.fo/IoJ2L] [archive.fo/wCJQM] [archive.fo/Jro3s] [archive.fo/xFoRt] [archive.fo/84JsO] [archive.fo/XiJgP] [archive.fo/mV3Gb] [archive.fo/nYIGS] [archive.fo/Zn3id] [archive.fo/Ujd2n] [archive.fo/8ayfK] [archive.fo/afSg8] [archive.fo/Zww5Q] [archive.fo/1BQ7e] [archive.fo/D3QJg] [archive.fo/RVaWD] [archive.fo/hyvlZ] [archive.fo/T0uX1] [archive.fo/6PaaH] [archive.fo/7RPbo] [archive.fo/V5OZp] [archive.fo/qk0jw] [archive.fo/rnFkd] [archive.fo/R3EKg] [archive.fo/vyjmZ] [archive.fo/VbDMl] [archive.fo/JpDAm] [archive.fo/82XZI] [archive.fo/lRDco] [archive.fo/zIXpL] [archive.fo/ALCqs] [archive.fo/caW1N] [archive.fo/BOhq9] [archive.fo/CQWrQ] [archive.fo/xtn7E] [archive.fo/mJ2Wm] [archive.fo/ABm9J] [archive.fo/oPmXK] [archive.fo/CGHa7] [archive.fo/qUGY8] [archive.fo/sZ00w] [archive.fo/FOGdc] [archive.fo/igFPe] [archive.fo/6uFDf] [archive.fo/7xkDW] [archive.fo/VLkrX] [archive.fo/JZkfY] [archive.fo/XQEtl] [archive.fo/L4Ehm] [archive.fo/cKDHp] [archive.fo/0YDvq] [archive.fo/qBXUM] [archive.fo/sw2Fr] [archive.fo/hNHt9]
- Photo caption: Aerial View of the March of Sana’a under the Slogan “Sarkha Nahwal Aqsa” on the occasion of annual memory of ‘Al-Sarkha’

* "Large Crowds Flock to Participate in the March 'Sarkha Nahwal Aqsa' " (2017-07-21, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/wsP7U]:
In the meantime, large crowds of people converge to the 60th street south of the intersection of Hadda street in the capital sana’a to participate in the mass rally that will be launched on Friday afternoon under the slogan “Sarkha Nahwal Aqsa” to commemorate the annual SArkha and support for Al-Aqsa Mosque.
On Thursday, Seyyed Abdul Malik Badruddin Al-Houthi called on the Yemeni people to march in the capital Sanaa and in the provinces to support and show solidarity with Al-Aqsa and denouncing Zionist regime.
The protestors hold Yemeni and Palestinian flags and signs against US policy in the region and against Arabs and Islamic Nation. The Preparatory committee for the anniversary of Sarkah 1438 AH called earlier in the week, all people of Yemen to rally to the south 60th street in the capital SAnan in commemoration of the SArkha.
The committee pointed out in statement that the march will be held this year under the slogan “Sarkha Nahwal Aqsa” which coincides with the continuation of the Zionist entity close to the Aqsa Mosque in front of Palestinian worshippers and people.
The committee pointed out that this occasion is an opportunity to strengthen steadfastness in the face of aggression on Yemen and awareness of the dangers facing the Islamic Ummah and know the slogan has very important values and great trends.

* "Dhammar: The People of Dhammar Commemorating the Anniversary of al-Sarkha" (2017-07-21, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/BlEDV], photos [archive.fo/R0tlV] [archive.fo/IjNbk] [archive.fo/8ZMBn] [archive.fo/LrMdp] [archive.fo/a46CL] [archive.fo/AIq17] [archive.fo/0lLrt] [archive.fo/1oqsa] [archive.fo/2q5sR].

* "The Office of Education in the Sana’a Governorate Held Occasion of Al-Sarkha in Shoukani Hall in Sanaa University" (2017-07-22, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/HyTOT]:
In the event, the words and poems that spoke about the sings and objectives of the al-Sarkha to shake the thrones of the arrogant and tyrannical. The Director General of the Education Office in the governorate, Mr. Hadi Ammar, and the members, agents and assocaites of the Education Office in Sanaa attended the event.
- Photos [archive.fo/0SJdT] [archive.fo/BfoOx] [archive.fo/ZP4dc]

* "Hodiedah: Mass Rally and Military Parade Commemorating Al-Sarkha Anniversary in Northern District of Hodeida" (2017-07-22, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/V1GaY]:
The People of Northern District of Hodeidah governorate organised on Friday a massive public activity in the Directorate of Al-Qanoos in solidarity with Al-Aqsa, and condemning the oppression of Israel Regime on the Palestinain oppressed people.
- Video [is.gd/qt2C05]
- Photos [archive.fo/dhBtP] [archive.fo/1vBhQ] [archive.fo/PJA5R] [archive.fo/DXATS] [archive.fo/QMf6y] [archive.fo/3AVje] [archive.fo/gpAvU] [archive.fo/tefIA] [archive.fo/4DAjV]

* "Academic Units Held Morning of Poetry in Yemen For Anniversary for 'Al-Sarkha' " photoset (2017-07-19, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/R6NkW]: Visual Report of the Academic Units holding a morning of Poetry of the Annual Cry entitled Poetry in the Procession of the Cry.

* "A Major event in the Taiz Province on the Occasion of Al-Sarkha Anniversary" (2017-07-22, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/7ceef]:
The People of th Taiz Province on Friday afternoon organized a mass event supporting the Al-aqsa and Palestinian people, condemning the aggression of the Zioinst regime against Palestinian people. In the event attended by governor of the province, Mr Abdo Al-Jundi, the supervisor of the province, Mr. Mansur Al-Koumi and the agents of the province and a large number of socail and scientific figures and a number of local authority leaders in the province and large participation of the people of the province. During the event, there were many songs, plays and many words that expressed the greatness of the project and the greatness of the slogan in the face of the arrogant, the oppressors and the corruption in the land, as the speechs were delivered by Scholars..
- Video [is.gd/WC3EII]
- Photos [archive.fo/UVud5] [archive.fo/I9t16] [archive.fo/xntP7] [archive.fo/lBtD8] [archive.fo/9Ptr9] [archive.fo/zsNRv] [archive.fo/aR8sQ]

* "Visual Report of Military Parade Staged in Hajjah City Under Title 'Sarkha Nahwal Aqsa' " (2017-07-21, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/LmPlY]:
Pictures of a military parade and demonstration staged in the city of Hajjah under the title “Sarkha Nahwal Aqsa” and on the Occasion of annual anniversary of the ‘AL-Sarkha’.
Photos [archive.fo/ur7p6] [archive.fo/iF7d7] [archive.fo/6T618] [archive.fo/U76P9] [archive.fo/8Zq3w] [archive.fo/LrqFy] [archive.fo/b7p5B] [archive.fo/BKKuX] [archive.fo/OzpHD] [archive.fo/CNpvE]

* "Military Presentation of Held in Al-Tahrir for Anniversary of 'Al-Sarakha' " (2017-07-19, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/uyMWY]

* "Military March in Thawrah District of Sana’a on Anniversary of Cry for Truth" photoset (2017-07-19, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/VQevJ]: Visual Report of the Military March Today in the District of Thawrah in Capital Sana’a on the occasion of the anniversary of the annual Voice of Truth.
Photos: [archive.fo/hvpQ6] [archive.fo/BbvgE] [archive.fo/qr95m] [archive.fo/fIOT4] [archive.fo/uCN78] [archive.fo/KzsmT] [archive.fo/m1rYV] [archive.fo/MEMoh] [archive.fo/ch6ND] [archive.fo/p9q00] [archive.fo/2BqC2] [archive.fo/3D5DJ] [archive.fo/DbwSK] [archive.fo/Q2Q57] [archive.fo/FgQT8] [archive.fo/uxvIQ] [archive.fo/HmaVw] [archive.fo/IoPWd]

* "Military Parade Organized by the Two Units in Capital Sana’a" photoset (2017-07-18, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/fXSk7]: Aerial Photographic View of the Military parade organized by the members of two units in the capital Sana’a within the campaign of steadfastness and victory on the occasion of the 'Voice of Truth' anniversary.


* "Protest March of Families of Prisoners in front of Headquarters of Red Cross in Sana’a" (2017-07-18, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/JLQNf]


* "President of the Supreme Revolutionary Al-houthi sends messages to reassure Yemeni workers in Saudi Arabia" (2017-07-17, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/QA9Za]

* "Top UN delegation visits crisis-stricken Yemen; A high-ranking United Nations delegation has made a rare visit to Yemen, as the impoverished country is grappling with war, a cholera epidemic and looming famine" (2017-07-24, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/Petj1]


* "Aden Clashes between Recruits of Two Factions of Aggression Coalition after Arrival of Turkish Delegation" (2017-07-21, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/7zrET]:
The clashes broke out in the city of Aden on Thursday between the recruits of two factions loyal to the forces of the invasion and occupation of Saudi Arabia.
According to media sources loyal to the aggression that the clashes broke out in the vicinity of the port of Maala between the forces of the so-called presidential protection and security forces in the port after the latter prevented the entry of a Turkish relief delegations.
The source added that the Presidential protection forces cordoned off the port after the security force refused to enter the Turkish delegation.
The province of Aden and other southern provinces witnessed a major security chaos since its occupation two years ago by the forces of invasion and aggression of Saudi Arabia.

* "Military deployment of the two factions loyal to “Hadi” and the UAE in Aden after the prevention of a Turkish ship from entering the port" (2017-07-22, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/sUsgQ]


The Southern Transitional Council (South Yemen)

* "Yemen's south hopes victory over Houthis will bring separation" (2015-09-29, Reuters newswire) [archive.is/xswwe]

* "Massive March in Shabwa South Yemen in Support of The Southern Transitional Council" (2017-05-16, southernhirak.org) [archive.is/7Pb6S]

* "The UAE implements the policies of the West Fox in southern Yemen … partition at the expense of independence" (2017-07-17, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/eAne7]


Yemen: War News

* "Supreme Political Council Praised Level of Readiness and Morale of Army and Popular Committees with Pride and Honor" (2017-07-19, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/2xprS]

* "Plan of the United Arab Emirates to divide Yemen 'report' " (2017-07-18, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/bGRvF]

* "Important facts: Yemeni capabilities broke the dominance of US, British and French arms companies" (2017-07-22, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/9S0ol]:
It is well known that the military capabilities of the army and the popular committees have accumulated many of their accounts and revealed many of their intentions after the losses suffered by the occupation forces on various fronts.
These capabilities also revealed the internalization of many Western countries in Yemen. There are more deals between Arab and Gulf countries participating in the aggression against Yemen and countries whose economy is mostly run by selling arms and plundering the wealth of the Middle East through war.
On May 20, 2017, US President Donald Trump signed a $ 350 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia. The deal was the largest in world history. The deal also included tanks, combat ships, missile defense systems , Radars, communications technology and cybersecurity, and described the deal by news agencies as an “important” and “historic” development in US relations with Saudi Arabia.
The New York Times reported in a report quoting sources inside the White House that it details details of the deal that Kouchner brokered with the Saudis to raise the value to $ 110 billion that is expected to be approved and signed by Trump during his visit to the Kingdom.
Britain is the second largest supplier of arms to Saudi Arabia, where Saudi Arabia is Britain’s biggest military client. The value of arms and military equipment contracts between the two countries since the start of its military campaign in Yemen in 2015 has reached 3.3 billion pounds (about $ 4 billion).
A British anti-arms trade organization is campaigning to stop the export of arms to Saudi Arabia and calls itself the “anti-arms trade campaign”, arguing that British weapons are used in military operations that violate international law.
Among the most important sales of British arms to Saudi Arabia since the start of the war on Yemen in March 2015 are fighter jets and helicopters and drones worth 2.2 billion pounds, ammunition, missiles and bombs worth 1.1 billion pounds, armored vehicles and tanks worth 430 million pounds.
The campaign says more than 80 British companies have obtained licenses to export arms to Saudi Arabia, led by the world’s third-largest arms producer BAE, which produces various types of weapons, including the Tornado and Taifon fighter jets.
Britain has shown that the arms trade and its economic and trade interests outweigh not only “human rights” and international law, but also the security and safety of its people, ignoring reports that Saudi Arabia has committed war crimes in Yemen and supported extremism in the West. Yemen through constant arms deals to Riyadh.
France is considered the third country to export arms to Saudi Arabia and the Gulf countries. The French newspaper La Tribune also revealed that Saudi Arabia intends to sign contracts and arms deals, the largest of its kind with France, during the visit of Crown Prince Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman to Paris on 25 April 2016, which will exceed the total value of about 10 billion euros.
“A series of contracts between Saudi Arabia and France have come close to a resolution, most notably a deal involving some 35 Coast Guard boats equipped with Tacticos combat systems from mechanical construction in Normandy and arming Thales for 600 million euros.”
One of the contracts for which the negotiations are well under way is the acquisition of Airbus’ two Airbus A320-200 MRT aircraft, whose financial value is not clear, currently has six operating aircraft, the most recent Riyadh received in June 2016, which is seeking to raise the number soon or in the medium term to 12 aircraft.
Yemen’s steadfastness and the capabilities of the army and the popular committees in the battlefields dominated the British and American military and military equipment, where Yemen became a mass grave for invaders and occupiers, and this ability made the coalition, America and the West to appeal to the United Nations, the Security Council and other organizations that sold their consciences to the funds Very cheap.
* "After destroying it by a Yemeni Missile, UAE`s HSV-2 Swift appears in Greece but… ?" (2017-07-17, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/WZBQX]

* "Crimes Committed by US-Saudi Aggression in Yemen on 17th July 2017" (2017-07-18, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/mpQ86]



* "Monitoring the Achievements of Yemeni Joint Forces on 18th July 2017" (2017-07-19, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/vsX92]
* "Crimes of American-Saudi Led Troops on Tuesday, 18th July 2017" (2017-07-19, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/fwjVh]

* "Aden: Security tension and the development of sites in Jabal Hadid, refuses to leave barracks according to an agreement with Saudi Arabia" (2017-07-18, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/RzdGh] [begin excerpt]: Aden is witnessing a state of extreme tension after the rejection of the presidential protection brigades to leave their positions within the districts of the province to neighboring provinces, in implementation of an agreement between the leadership of the alliance of Saudi aggression and the government of Far Hadi.
According to unofficial military sources, a military alert prevailed in Jebel Hadid, which is controlled by the Third Brigade, a presidential guard and gunmen loyal to the southern transitional council, the pro-UAE.
The sources confirmed that the parties are developing new barricades and positions within the scope of their control of the mountain, which contains dozens of different weapons stores and ammunition. [end excerpt]

* "More than 20 martyrs and wounded in raids targeting displaced people north of Taiz" (2017-07-18, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/rVTgV]

* "A Number of Saudi Soldiers and Paid Troops Killed in Jizan and Midi" (2017-07-18, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/s0Fiz]

* "4 UAE Vehicles Destroyed While Killing and Wounding Dozens of Enemy Troops in West of Taiz" (2017-07-18, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/wpBVU]

* "Saudi Led Troops Killed and Wounded While Vehicle Damaged in Shabwah and Marib" (2017-07-18, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/X8gmE]

* "Number of Saudi Led Troops Killed and Wounded and 2 Vehicles Destroyed in Four Provinces" (2017-07-18, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/0dAn2]

* "Infiltration Attempt of Saudi led Troops Foiled… Many Killed and Wounded by Yemeni Joint Forces" (2017-07-18, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/dLPZc]

* "Artillery Units of Yemeni Joint Army Hit the Saudi led Troops in Najran" (2017-07-18, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/lnb8p]


* "The city of Aden on Tuesday, witnessed violent clashes between unknown gunmen in the District of Mansoura" (2017-07-19, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/fO2ZD]

* "Names; High Toll of Victims of Crimes of Aggression Include 22 Martyrs and 3 Wounded in Mouzah" (2017-07-19, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/8wpUM]
* "At least 22 killed in conflicts near Yemen's capital" (2017-07-19, xinhuanet.com) [archive.fo/ivU3b]
* "At least 20 civilians killed in Yemen airstrike – UN" (2017-07-19, rt.com) [archive.fo/inuJc]

* "A Massive Operation Carried out Against Enemy in Nehim and Heavy Artillery Shelling in Taiz" (2017-07-19, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/V8Xz5]
* "The Yemeni Amry and Popular Committees Attacked Saudi Led Troops Site in Mount Qarn" (2017-07-19, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/1uKrb]
* (2017-07-19, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/Xj6op]: The Yemeni army and popular committees on Wednesday targeted the gatherings of Saudi led troops and concentrations in the Aleb region with artillery shelling, and hit the sit of Arabah with Katyusha rockets. Military sources said that the military commandos and committees targeted number of artillery shells, the gatherings of Saudi led troops and managed to destroy their vehicle in the Aleb region, while Yemeni joint army hit the Saudi led troops in Arraba with Katyusha rockets, causing deaths and injuries. The Yemeni army and popular committees destroyed on Tuesday a heavy armored vehicle in Asir.
* "Two Saudi Led Military Vehicles Destroyed and Its Crew Killed in Jouf" (2017-07-19, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/jZG2p]
* "Armored Vehicles Belonging to Coalition Forces Destroyed and Groups Targeted in Nehim" (2017-07-19, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/XM4Ju]

* "Military report reveals how reckless the coalition and their information in the battlefield are. Details…" (2017-07-19, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/xn2UH]:
The coalition’s media continues its misleading work to cover its military failure in the battlefields and knocks on the drums of liberation in the capital Sana’a.The battle of Sanaa is approaching, with Yemeni army forces and popular resistance tightening their pressure on the Huthis and Saleh militias as coalition aircraft continue to target Huthi camps and bases in the capital.
In fact, on the ground, the army and the Popular Committees continue their military and combat operations deep inside Saudi Arabia, where Saudi sugar sites in Jizan, Najran and Asir have become unsafe for Saudi soldiers, although the Saudi army has the latest weapons and military equipment.
According to the military sources at the border, the army and the armies yesterday evening, they carried out a successful military operation on the rallies and fortifications of the Saudi army in the center of the camp in Jizan, which resulted in the death and wounding of large numbers of Saudi soldiers during the military operation and the bombing of the center. And targeting the concentrations of Saudi soldiers at the site of the Muqtaba in Jizan sector with a number of artillery shells and the achievement of direct casualties.
In Najran, the army and the committees were able to burn a military vehicle to the Saudi army at the site of Al-Musayil. The army artillery and the Popular Committees targeted the Saudi army at Al-Talia and Al-Makhrouq site.
The Yemeni artillery force and the committees also targeted Saudi soldiers at the minaret site with a number of artillery shells.
On the front, which is considered one of the most important fronts for the alliance and also considered the gateway to enter Sana’a, the army and the popular committees carried out an attack on the mercenary sites in the western and eastern areas of Ida and the seven in Nahm, killing several of them.
The army and the committees were also able to break into the positions of mercenaries and their fortifications in Jabal el-Hornh Benhamn, killing and injuring a number of mercenaries as they stormed their positions in Jabal Al-Horn.
The truth is that what is happening in the battlefields is a great advance for the army and the popular committees on all the internal and border fronts and the great failure and heavy losses incurred by the coalition forces. The sounds of these trumpets are part of lifting the morale of the failed coalition forces and covering their defeats. More and more days are approaching day by day.


* "Yemen: New Massacre in Saada. Russian Humanitarian Aid Reaching Sanaa" (2017-07-20, southfront.org) [archive.fo/GG8mY]

* "Military Situation In Southwestern Yemen" (2017-07-20, southfront.org) [archive.fo/iQoUE], map [archive.is/S03Lt]

* "Houthis kill 3 soldiers inside Saudi Arabia" (2017-07-20, middleeastmonitor.com) [archive.fo/QKzQV]

* "Crimes Committed by US-Saudi Aggression Coalition in Yemen on this Day (21 July 2017)" (2017-07-22, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/ORwTK]

* "Five Saudi Led Troops Killed and Wounded by Shelling of Yemeni Joint Army in Taiz" (2017-07-21, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/Os2UX]

* "Second Infiltration Attempt of Saudi Led Troops foiled in Camp Khalid, Bodies Left in Place" (2017-07-21, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/4rsCO]

* "Sudanese Troops of US-Saudi Coalition Killed in Large Numbers in Midi Region" (2017-07-21, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/NqnUg]:
A large number of Sudanese invaders and paid Saudi troops were killed on Thursday while fighting in the advancing attempt which was foiled by Yemeni army and popular committees, despite the heavy air cover on the Midi desert near border with Jizan.
The Military source confirmed that the Yemeni army and popular committees repelled-thanks to God- a large march from the inside of the Saudi region of Jizan towards the Midi desert on midnight yesterday which continued till morning.
The source confirmed that a large number of Saudi led Sudanese troops were killed and wounded while defending the advancing march by Yemeni army and popular committees in the desert area and before the enemy troops could escape the attack.
It is noteworthy that the Yemeni army and popular committees have foiled all the attempts of infiltration of Saudi led coalition aggression in the border of Midi desert sicne march 26 2015, even with their recruits, which include the Sudanese nationals.
There is leaks by Journalists which spoke that bin Salman asked al-Bashir of Sudan for more troops while Bashir called for one billion dollars for every thousand soldiers.
* "Within 24 Hours, Second Infiltration Attempt Foiled Towards Midi Desert" (2017-07-21, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/rZs0M]
* "Rocket Bombardment on Gatherings of Saudi led Troops in North of Midi Desert" (2017-07-21, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/zTyel]:
The Yemeni army and popular committees on Friday, hit the Saudi led troops’ gatherings in Midi which is in Hajjah province.
A military source told that the missile forces of the Yemeni army and popular committees fired two missiles Zilzal 1 and the Katyusha rockets in the concentrations of Saudi led troops and aggression soldiers in north of Midi desert which caused heavy losses in the enemy camp.
The US-Saudi warplanes launched more than 15 raids on the districts of Harad and Midi during past few hours.
It is noteworthy that the Yemeni army and popular committees managed on Thursday to repel the two attempts of advancing of aggression troops into the Midi desert region and in return suffered heavy losses in lives and equipment.

* "Shabwah Witnessed Death and Injuries to Saudi Led Troops While Armored Vehicle Destroyed" (2017-07-21, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/1jtAJ]

* "Saudi Sodiers Killed in Artillery Bombardment in Jizan" (2017-07-21, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/9dyOi]
* "Saudi led Troops Vehicles’ Hit in Jizan and Many Soldiers Killed and Wounded" (2017-07-21, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/V6axg]

* "Three displaced families killed in airstrike in south-west Yemen – UN rights wing" (2017-07-21, un.org) [archive.fo/wkyu2]

* "Continuing to keep up with the battles of dignity in the Saudi borders .. The operations of the army and the committees are escalating in a difficult way too" (2017-07-22, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/YQV8H]:
The army heroes and the popular committees carry out extensive operations on the border stage in Jizan, Najran and Asir.
The first Yemeni scene coincided with developments in the situation in Jizan and the operations carried out by the heroes of the army and the popular committees and their deployment by the military media. The parallel operations were in the positions of the Saudi army in Najran and the documentation of the war media.
In Asir, military sources from there indicated to the Yemeni scene that the army and the Popular Committees carried out escalating military operations that caused the enemy casualties in the lives and equipment.
The sources pointed out that the artillery shelling did not stop at the gatherings of Saudi soldiers at the site of the small breeder and gathered for Saudi soldiers in the port of Warcraft, and targeted a Katyusha rocket groupings of Saudi soldiers at the site of Arama, causing direct casualties in the ranks of the enemy.
While the sniper unit sniped four Saudi soldiers in the control of the bunker and out of the port of Warcraft .. A 14-caliber machine gun was also hit off the port of Warcraft, in addition to burning a Saudi kit in a box outlet, according to military sources.
For his part, the military media documented some military operations in Asir locations, including targeting the fortifications of the Saudi regime’s army and its competitors in the reservoir of Asir.

* "Complete inability to stop the Yemeni crawl on the enemy sites .. The military documents the defeat of Saudi" (2017-07-22, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/TTaLf]:
The Yemeni army and the Popular Committees carried out qualitative military operations on the positions of the Saudi regime in the occupied Jizan amid a failure and a complete failure to stop operations from the Saudi side.
Military sources reported the first Yemeni scene, the implementation of the heroes of the army and the popular committees more than a successful operation on the sites of the Saudi regime, accompanied by heavy losses of lives and equipment.
The sources explained that the heroes of the army and the popular committees were able to sweep reduced the litter and garbage dump in the Ghawiya, asserting the death and injury of large numbers of the army of the Saudi regime and its rivals.
The sources added that the heroes of the army and the Popular Committees were able to destroy a military mechanism, in addition to being able to seize equipment and weapons during the raid.
The military sources confirmed the first Yemeni scene, enabling the heroes of the army and the popular committees to carry out a qualitative operation on the gatherings and fortifications of the Saudi army at the Mashmoumiya center in Jizan.
The sources pointed out that the process culminated in success, pointing to the death and injury of several members of the Saudi regime’s army .. The qualitative operation that the heroes of the Yemeni army and the popular committees blew up the center of Mashoumiya.
Sources from Jizan told the first Yemeni scene that the military operations carried out by the army and the committees targeted more than a Saudi military position. The artillery shells of the Saudi soldiers stationed at al-Muttabara site were hit by a number of artillery shells that caused direct hits.
While the artillery shells burned an arms depot at the site of the daphnia, while ambulances rushed after targeting groups of Saudi soldiers in the area Almqtaba.
The military media distributed scenes of storming the Ghawiya sites and sniping two Saudi soldiers at a Saudi site north of the Ma’ayan valley. Sniper units have snatched hundreds of Saudi soldiers since the start of the war. That the hostile media had recognized the strength of the army and the popular committees in the field of sniping.

* "Saudi boarders, The operations of the army and the committees are escalating in Asir as well, and the military information is documented" (2017-07-22, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/5FaXe]

* "Yemeni army and popular committees broke Thursday a large sweep of the invasion forces" (2017-07-22, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/4CvWx]
Yemeni army and popular committees broke Thursday a large sweep of the invasion forces and mercenaries for the second time towards Khalid camp in a distributed directorate in Taiz province, which lasted from noon to evening.
According to a military source, the march accompanied by intensive air raids and the participation of Apache and shelling of warships, and resulted in the death and wounding of large numbers of invaders and mercenaries and the destruction of mechanisms, and left the bodies of some of them in the place after the escape of the remaining.
The forces of the Gaza Strip and the aggression and mercenaries suffered heavy losses during the response of the heroes of the army and the Popular Committees to crawl them in the direction of earlier, launched from three sides, accompanied by intense raids and intensive flights of spy planes and the bombing of naval battleships, and the destruction of 4 mechanisms and two Emirati crews.
This comes in conjunction with the break of the army and the popular committees Zhaifa is the second of its kind in less than 24 hours towards the desert of Midi, which lasted from morning to evening with the participation of warplanes and Apache planes, after a similar raid yesterday night, killing dozens of Sudanese soldiers.

* "The Saudi Led Herds under Heavy Attack During Infiltration Attempt in Taiz" (2017-07-22, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/pPEC6]

* "Saudi Soldiers Killed in Artillery Shelling on their Groups in Najran" (2017-07-22, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/UC6HA]
* "Sniper Units Shot Dead 2 Saudi Led Troops in Asir and Bombed Their Gatherings in Najran" (2017-07-22, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/IByPA]

* "Saudi Led Troops Killed and Wounded in Two Operations of Yemeni Joint Forces in Marib" (2017-07-22, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/tHzBw]

* "The Sniper Units Shot Dead a Saudi Soldier and Artillery Units Hit Enemy in Asir" (2017-07-22, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/e273t]

* "The Assassination of the Security Director of Rezum in Shabwah by Gunmen in Hadramout" (2017-07-22, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/C5wHL]

* "Yemeni naval forces target, torch Saudi military vessel in western Yemen; Yemeni naval forces, backed by fighters from allied Popular Committees, have targeted and torched a Saudi military vessel in a missile attack off the coast of the country’s western province of Hudaydah, military says" (2017-07-24, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/5oTLH]

* "US-Saudi War Crimes in Yemen on this Day 1 Year Ago (18th July 2016)" (2017-07-18, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/N8vzQ]
* "US-Saudi War Crimes in Yemen on this Day 1 Year Ago (22 July 2016)" (2017-07-22, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/JEdQh]

* "US-Saudi War Crimes on this Day 2 Year Ago (18 July 2015)" (2017-07-18, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/UHcIm]
* "US-Saudi War Crimes in Yemen on this Day 2 Years Ago (20th July 2015)" (2017-07-21, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/VNrsU]
* "US-Saudi War Crimes in Yemen on this Day 2 Years Ago (22th July 2015)" (2017-07-22, yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/wPyDB]


Republic of Sudan 


Kingdom of Morocco


Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic ("Western Sahara")
Learn more about the Sahrawi People [SahrawiSolidarity.blogspot.com]


Amazigh ("Berbers")
[makabylie.info] [kabylia-gov.org] [ferhat-mehenni.com]


Islamic Republic of Iran
Democratic pluri-national governance [archive.fo/QqOdL]; Ethnic map [archive.fo/7tEpp]; [iranjewish.com]
News: MRNA [en.mehrnews.com], IRNA [irna.ir], PressTV [presstv.ir], Financial Tribune [financialtribune.com]

* "Iranian President Rouhani enters second term with more political capital" (2017-07-18, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/k6iGM]

* "Iranian president's brother hospitalized on 2nd day of detention" (2017-07-18, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/A2WVx]


Islamic Republic of Afghanistan / Islamic Caliphate of Pashtunistan / Waziristan 
Map of Taliban area-of-control (2017-03) [archive.fo/gDlvr]; News [shahamat-english.com]

* "Security of Iran, Afghanistan intertwined, inseparable: Shamkhani; A senior Iranian official says the security of the Islamic Republic is "intertwined with and inseparable from" that of Afghanistan, stressing the need for more bilateral consultations and exchange of experience to fight the causes of insecurity" (2017-07-24, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/jvp7e], photo caption: Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani (R) and Afghanistan's National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar meet in Tehran on July 24, 2017.


* "Violence in Afghanistan: Why always Kandahar?" (2017-07-23, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/yY6GT]

* "Iran censures terrorist blast in Afghanistan’s Kabul; Iran has strongly condemned a terrorist car bomb blast in the Afghan capital of Kabul, vowing to help the war-ravaged country fight terrorism and extremism" (2017-07-24, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/6cGsg]

* "Taliban attack leaves 35 dead at hospital in central Afghanistan; At least 35 people have been killed when heavily-armed Taliban militants launched a deadly attack on a hospital in Afghanistan’s central Ghor province" (2017-07-24, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/FwG2d]




Jammu & Kashmir 
Maps of Jammu & Kashmir, major cities [archive.fo/dxvHI], areas of foreign state administration [archive.fo/5eHIf] [archive.fo/3x6sL], international recognition [archive.fo/MRwhF]. Republic of India [kargil.gov.in], Islamic Republic of Pakistan [ajk.gov.pk]

* "Kashmir: An Unsettled, Nay, Created Puzzle" (by Dr. Syed Mudasir Hassan Rizvi, Ph.D. Scholar, JMI, Kashmir Today Magazine; 2017-07-19 via yemenpress.org) [archive.fo/mOWZ8] [begin excerpt]:
Similarly, Kashmir is the puzzle designed by the super-power allies, who are yielding a full benefit from this everlasting milk-giving cow from the decades. A puzzle which is non-ending, in the form of tension between two neighbors who have atomic weapon at their disposal. The land first parted into two and then puzzled in a puzzle of a geographical area in such a way that years passed, thousands killed, wars battled and what not but the problem remains as such, intact to its original positions. [end excerpt]

* "Trooper killed in Pakistan-India skirmishes in Kashmir" (2017-07-18, xinhuanet.com) [archive.fo/F3Vq9]


Islamic Republic of Pakistan

* "Explosion claims 26 lives in Pakistan's city of Lahore; A powerful explosion has claimed the lives of at least 26 people and injured dozens more in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore" (2017-07-24, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/Gzl2U]


Republic of India

* "Thousands protest in Darjeeling rally for greater autonomy" (2017-07-18, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/EtE1Y]

* "Kerala to Provide Independent Housing to Transgender Community; The state's transgender population faces high levels of unemployment, homelessness, and marginalization within their own homes" (2017-07-20, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/GXerA]

* "India accounts for 33 percent of global child marriages: Report" (2017-07-23, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/RmZpJ]


Towards a People's Republic of India
[redspark.nu] [icspwindia.wordpress.com] [liberationbase.wordpress.com] [sanhati.com]


Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal
[nepaltoday.com.np] [infonepal.net/en/home]


Towards a People's Republic of Nepal
[redstarnepal.com] [thenextfront.com]


People's Republic of China
News: [news.cn/english] [news.xinhuanet.com] [go-taikonauts.com] [chinafrica.cn]; Map [archive.fo/X1hWW], language map [archive.is/gbcIS], fishery agreements [archive.fo/nuyQt], USA version of China's EEZ [archive.fo/7flkj]; Special Autonomous Regions (SAR) [archive.is/YhJOJ]; History & the Current Context [is.gd/QwvQLr]


China: Civil & Diplomatic News

* "Xi urges officials to improve system of solving public grievances" (2017-07-19, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/UmCXr]

* "Could problems be solved by grilling officials on live TV?" (2017-07-23, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/SpEqq]


China: Economic News 

* "Heavy haul railways boost China's economy" (2017-07-19, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/kVcXf]

* "NDRC: Consumption the main contributor to China's GDP growth" (2017-07-18, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/k4Uvm]

* "Chinese companies speed up takeovers in world's car business" (2017-07-19, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/kzD2p]

* "China steps up efforts to transition to clean energy" (2017-07-20, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/swy6s]

* "China to develop intelligent drilling systems" (2017-07-18, Xinhua newswire, via cgtn.com) [archive.fo/6tElE]
Chinese scientists and researchers will develop intelligent drilling systems with independent intellectual property rights, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) announced Tuesday.
The project, launched by CAS, will have the capacity to explore and develop oil and gas 6,000 meters below the ground, and will help increase China's oil and gas output on a large scale, CAS said.
According to chief scientist Wang Zili, the project aims to master intelligent drilling technologies that can support the country's exploitation of oil, gas and geothermal energy in deep formations for the next 20 years.
CAS said China did not have plentiful oil reserves in existing oil fields, but oil and gas in deep formations had huge potential for development, accounting for 52 and 28 percent of the country's total geological resources for oil and gas.

* "China exports more arms, shifting away from dependence on imports" (2017-07-23, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/JIrSb]


China: Military News

* "China's Air Force conducts high-seas training" (2017-07-18, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/2LBmh]


China: Foreign Relations / "Belt & Road" (OBOR)

* "16+1 mechanism achieves fruitful results under Belt & Road Initiative: senior CPC official" (2017-07-18, xinhuanet.com) [archive.fo/FjZuO] [archive.is/x5inE]

* "China committed to further improving environment for foreign investors: Chinese vice premier" (2017-07-19, xinhuanet.com) [archive.fo/MbpHG]

* "China, Czech Republic eye increased cooperation under Belt & Road Initiative" (2017-07-18, xinhuanet.com) [archive.fo/kLuli], photo caption: Liu Yunshan (R), a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, meets with Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka in Prague, the Czech Republic, July 18, 2017.

* "China, Serbia to explore new areas for cooperation" (2017-07-19, xinhuanet.com) [archive.fo/4XjUa]
* "National legislatures of China, Serbia to enhance ties" (2017-07-19, xinhuanet.com) [archive.fo/AQCnG]


China: Foreign Hostilities


China - Hong Kong SAR & Macao SAR
Map [archive.is/u5dvj]


China - Hainan Province - Prefecture of Sansha city, with the XIsha Islands, Nansha Islands, and the Zhongsha Islands including Huangyan Island (Paracel Islands, Spratly Islands, Scarborough Shoal)
Maps [archive.fo/M57Vr] [archive.fo/Tl5ZB] [archive.fo/8YfGU], foreign territorial claims [archive.fo/RgLYd] [archive.fo/mPzUh], Gas and Oil Fields [archive.fo/HOFYM]

* "China opens its southernmost cinema in Sansha city" (2017-07-23, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/g0jO5]:
Over 200 residents and soldiers on Yongxing Island watched the Chinese movie "The Eternity of Jiao Yulu" Saturday, marking the opening of China's southernmost cinema.
Located in Sansha municipality, China's newest city in the South China Sea, Sansha Yinlong Cinema offers the latest blockbusters in line with the rest of the country.
"The cinema will show at least one film every day, so residents and soldiers on Yongxing Island can enjoy films simultaneously with moviegoers across the country," said Gu Xiaojing, general manager of Hainan Media Croup.
The theater is equipped with advanced projection equipment, including the latest 4K digital projectors as well as a 3D perforated screen for viewers to indulge in the pleasure of big screen.
Chen Zijian, general manager of Hainan Film Company, which operates the cinema, said they have also purchased two mobile projection units and plan to screen films for free on more islands within the municipality to meet the demands of residents.
The opening of the cinema is part of a plan by local cultural authorities to establish community services on islands under Sansha's jurisdiction.
In April last year, Sansha opened its first public library. It also has a stadium and has organized various cultural activities to enrich the lives of residents.
China set up Sansha municipality in 2012. The city government is located on Yongxing Island, the largest of the Xisha Islands in the South China Sea.


China - Tibet Autonomous Region / The Gelug Government-in-Exile

* "Tibet rises from poverty: fantasy and reality" (2017-07-16, by Caleb T. Maupin, via china.org.cn) [archive.fo/pNe95]:
As a result of Hollywood and a fascination with Buddhism among certain celebrities and in some bohemian circles, many Americans are deeply misinformed about Tibet.
The reality is that the Tibet Autonomous Region’s position, as part of the People’s Republic of China, has been overwhelmingly good for the population. It has also been good for Tibetan culture and traditions, which are not being destroyed, but rather celebrated and promoted by the central government.
As part of China’s 13th Five Year Plan (2016-2020), the Sichuan-Tibet Railway is under construction to link remote and mountainous parts of the region to the rest of the world. This ambitious project involving well over a thousand miles of railway will cost roughly US$36 billion, and will vastly improve the economic access of the region.
Due to the nature of the terrain, 80 percent of the track will be either cross bridges or pass through tunnels.
The poverty alleviation programs sponsored by the central government have provided modern housing for 236,000 Tibetans, many of whom had previously lived without running water and electricity. The programs form part of China’s goal to completely eliminate such dire conditions by 2020.
Tibetans are seeing their living standards increase without the disappearance of their traditional religion or culture. On the contrary, the Tibetan Medical and Astrology School, founded in the eighth century, is flourishing. At the ancient school, students study traditional Tibetan medicine while being exempt from tuition fees. The school also provides students with education in mathematics, politics, the Tibetan language, as well as modern medicine.
Tourism is booming, and millions of tourist dollars are going directly into the pockets of the indigenous Tibetan population. Many of the travelers are visiting Tibet because of their deep interest in its history and culture.
Many Westerners who believe China is “oppressing” Tibetans draw their knowledge from the 1952 book entitled “Seven Years in Tibet” written by Austrian mountaineer Heinrich Harrer, and made into a Hollywood movie in 1997, that glorified the old feudalist regime in Tibet before its liberation by the PLA.
It is not disputed that Harrer was a member of Hitler’s SS who ended up in Tibet after escaping from internment in India.
During the 1930s, fascists and far-rightists in Europe had a particular fascination with the Tibetan Kingdom. Despite its rigid feudal hierarchy, enforced with torture, mutilation, and liberal use of capital punishment, they saw it as a possible antidote to class struggle and other social conflicts plaguing the West.
Nazis measured the skulls and bones taken from Tibetan graves hoping to prove that Germans were their modern descendants. Hitler adopted the swastika, a symbol associated with the caste system and ancient civilizations in India, for similar reasons.
If Tibet had remained under feudalism, it would most likely have continued to be a deeply impoverished, remote, isolated society. Furthermore, if Tibet had not become part of the People’s Republic of China, it would most likely still have a political system of harsh theocratic repression.
The Chinese Communist Party has confirmed that errors were indeed made during the Cultural Revolution, when many religious sites and artefacts were vandalized by youth “Red Guards,” and that the policies of the “Gang of Four” toward religion were deeply harmful, not only in Tibet, but throughout the country.
However, as Tibet rises from poverty, gains a modern infrastructure network, and sees its tourism industry boom, it should be obvious that Tibet’s existence as part of China has not been harmful.
Hollywood film stars and adherents to Westernized interpretations of Buddhism should not be considered experts on the region and its history, or on contemporary Chinese politics. The reality of poverty alleviation, flourishing culture, tourism, and railway projects should refute the mythology preached by certain demagogues.


China - Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region


China - Taiwan Province, administered by the Republic of China (RoC; Taiwan 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.


Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), and relations with the states of the Eurasian Union (EEU)

* "China’s advanced destroyer to take part in joint drills with Russia in Baltic Sea" (2017-07-18, rt.com) [archive.fo/KVFzM]

* "Russia & India to reach deal on latest generation fighter jet" (2017-07-19, rt.com) [archive.fo/W43Dl]

* "Chinese naval frigate sets off to Russia for international military competition" (2017-07-23, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/aorie]


Kingdom of Thailand


Republic of the Union of Myanmar
Map [archive.fo/pJYh1]; News [globalnewlightofmyanmar.com[moi.gov.mm/npe/nlm] [myanmaritv.com]


Democratic Alliance of Nationalities in the Kokang region of Myanmar (Myanmar National Democratic Alliance)


Ta'ang (Palaung) State Liberation Front and the Ta'ang National Liberation Army (TNLA)


Arakan Army
[thearakanarmy.com] [facebook.com/pages/Arakan-Army/318576794899066]


[akha.org] [akhawomensfoundation.com/akhanews]


Dai Nippon (Empire of Japan)
Map of territorial waters and EEZ [archive.fo/Any6i]; News [japan-press.co.jp]


Republic of Korea (RoK) in southern Korea


Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) in northern Korea
Info collected by Juche-Buddhism Friendship Society, for Peace through Knowledge! 
평화 에찬성하여 ("In Favor of Peace") 제국주의 반대 ("In Opposition to Imperialism")
"DPRK: We Love Peace!" video (2016) [youtube.com/watch?v=Daw9jPld_BM]
- "Pyongyang Declaration: Let us defend and advance the socialist cause" [archive.fo/irJfs]
- DPRK News:  [rodong.rep.kp] [naenara.com.kp] [kcna.kp] [dprktoday.com] [nktoday.kr] [korea-dpr.com]
Anti-DPRK news analysis: [kcnawatch.co] [nknews.org] [dailynk.com]
- Online portals administered by membership among the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan: [kcna.co.jp], which is geo-blocked [archive.fo/wCYos], accessible by VPN only; video pages, in Korean [youtube.com/user/uriminzokkiri], and in English language [youtube.com/user/rodrigorojo1] [youtube.com/user/stimmekoreas]; and unofficial pages at facebook.com [archive.fo/aQ7ZL] [archive.fo/9drN7], and past efforts at breaking the blockade of censorship [archive.fo/6GUUK]
The Criminal Law of the DPRK (2009) (.pdf) [is.gd/FxPsJb]; Taxation in the DPRK [archive.fo/8E73H]
Report to the Seventh Congress of the Workers' Party of Korea on the Work of the Central Committee (2016-06-20, Kim Jong Un, Chairman, Worker's Party of Korea) (.pdf) [link]

DPRK: Civil & Society News -


DPRK: Economic News -
International economic law and relations: [archive.fo/ZQFzW] [archive.fo/zBS1S] [archive.fo/NDQxp]; "New Era of Prosperity Now Opens" (2017) [archive.fo/GrogV]; "High-Tech 'Made in DPRK' " (2016-06-18) [youtube.com/watch?v=kghkIE4Altc]; Paektu Exchange [paektuculturalexchange.org]


DPRK: Foreign Relations -
"Future of Humankind Is Guaranteed under Socialism"[archive.fo/e2pa3]


DPRK: Foreign Hostilities -
[ncnk.org]; "History of U.S. Sabotage of Korean Peace and Reunification" (2001) [archive.fo/hyFlf]


Socialist Republic of Vietnam
[en.vietnamplus.vn] [english.vietnamnet.vn]


Kingdom of Cambodia


Republic of the Philippines
Maps: National Territory [archive.fo/TmfDQ], as defined by Existing Laws and Treaties [archive.fo/kLpoZ], EEZ seabed relief map [archive.fo/vPe7J]EEZ dispute with PR China [archive.fo/Sx094], Marine Entitlements [archive.fo/jSZE1]
News sources: [karapatan.org/news] [davaotoday.com] [themaharlikan.info].

* "Duterte to Extend Martial Law, Communists Urge Broad Offensives Against 'US-Backed' War; The CPP accused Duterte of acting 'under U.S. imperialist tutelage' to lay the foundations for dictatorship and an assault on the rights of Filipinos" (2017-07-18, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/BjAIL]
* "SONA 2017: Business interests with ties to Duterte to benefit from Martial Law extension" (2017-07-24, arnoldpadilla.com) [archive.is/tw30p]

* " ‘I’m here to bully you, kill you,’ Duterte tells Joma Sison" (2017-07-21, newsinfo.inquirer.net) [archive.is/lzqMO]

* "THE US-DUTERTE REGIME IS NO FRIEND OF THE FILIPINO PEOPLE" (2017-07-23, facebook.com/anakbayanphils) [archive.fo/2hnUK]:
As President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his second State of the Nation Address (SONA) today, Anakbayan joins the Filipino people in massive protest actions expressing indignation against the extension of martial law in Mindanao, his long list of broken promises, and his regime’s triple wars of death and destruction. We are one with the Filipino people in strongly condemning Duterte’s genocidal "war on drugs" that has killed an estimated 12,000 people. We strongly oppose his regime's disastrous "anti-terror war" that has led to the destruction of Marawi. We denounce his "all-out war" against the revolutionary movement.
After a year of unfulfilled promises, it has become clear that no fundamental change is forthcoming under Duterte. Inspired by the ex-dictator Ferdinand Marcos and fixated with bloody killings and the iron-fist as his only solution to all the country’s problems, Duterte has stepped up increasingly virulent fascist attacks against the populace. Duterte has stacked up his cabinet with military men like Lorenzana, Año, and Esperon who are notorious human rights violators. He now threatens to expand martial law nationwide, using the revolutionary forces as scapegoat to justify open military rule.
Duterte has proven himself to have no real interest in making the peace talks with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) a success by discussing socio-economic reforms that will solve the roots of armed conflict. Instead, Duterte insists on finalizing a bilateral ceasefire before tackling reform measures like genuine agrarian reform and national industrialization. He has used political prisoners as hostages to force the surrender of the revolutionary movement and carried on the implementation of US-designed counterinsurgency doctrine Oplan Kapayapaan.
For all his anti-US posturing, Duterte has had no concrete steps to remove US military forces from the country. Instead, he now coyly seeks US support for martial law in the guise of fighting terrorism. His economic team continues neoliberal policies that keeps the economy dependent on foreign investments and loans, favor rich oligarchs, and hit the poor the hardest. He has not junked contractualization, failed to freely distribute land to farmers, and now wishes to impose new and harsher taxes. Meanwhile, particular concessions like conditional free tuition for students of state universities and colleges giving free homes to homeless Kadamay members, among others, were achieved not because of the benevolence of Duterte but were the results of hard-won mass struggles by different sectors for their democratic rights.
The US-Duterte regime is no friend of the Filipino people. As we march today in angry protest, we hold no more illusions that Duterte is fundamentally any different from past regimes that have been subservient mainly to the interests of US imperialism and the oligarchic ruling classes. The Filipino youth and people has no other recourse but to intensify our mass struggles against Duterte’s fascist, anti-national, and anti-people policies and programs. We must assert our democratic rights and interests and advance the national democratic struggle against a rotting ruling system which now has at its apex the ruling militarist US-Duterte clique.
Oppose martial law and fascism of the US-Duterte regime!
Down with US imperialism, feudalism, and bureaucrat capitalism!
Forward the struggle for national democracy with a socialist perspective!
* (karapatan.org): Violations of civil and political rights under the 1st year of the Duterte administration.

* "Romualdez reappointed as special envoy to US" (2017-07-10, philstar.com) [archive.is/aiJbs]:
Stargate/PeopleAsia publisher and CEO and Philippine Star columnist Jose Manuel “Babe” Romualdez (in photo) was reappointed by President Duterte as special envoy to the United States. The reappointment was confirmed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea.
Duterte had previously appointed Romualdez as the country’s ambassador to Washington in December last year, but the latter had to inform the President that he could not assume the post for at least six months following an emergency operation in January because of an eye ailment.
Romualdez has since fully recovered and is now ready to assume his original position as special envoy to the United States – a role he has been quietly doing in his personal capacity, having worked with many US officials over the years.
The Star columnist, who is president of the Manila Overseas Press Club and vice president of Manila Rotary, is also chairman of the Philippine offices of several US-based multinational companies that include FCB Manila and Weber Shandwick Philippines.
- Photo caption: Stargate/PeopleAsia publisher and CEO and Philippine Star columnist Jose Manuel “Babe” Romualdez (in photo) was reappointed by President Duterte as special envoy to the United States. The reappointment was confirmed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea.

* "The folly of federalism redux" (2017-07-10, by Perry Diaz) [archive.is/2PQPS] [begin excerpt]:
Federalism for the Philippines -
Given the advantages and disadvantages of Australian-style Federalism, it begs the question: Should the Philippines pursue a Federal system of government?
In my opinion, Federalism for the Philippines is a folly. Let’s look at some numbers. Its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was worth $304.9 billion in 2016 and the GDP per capita was $7,728 (ranked 118 by International Monetary Fund) compared to Australia’s $48,899 (ranked 17). Simply put, the Philippines would not be able to afford the cost of Federalism.
First of all, most of the big industries and manpower resources are concentrated in Metro Manila and its surrounding provinces, Cebu City, Davao City and a few other places. Provinces that are agricultural-based would be hard-pressed to collect taxes to maintain their government structure, which would consist of a legislative body, judicial system, education system, health professionals, law enforcement, social services and several other agencies. After the Federal government has taken its bigger share of the tax revenues, the amount left for the regional governments would not be enough to sustain their existence.
ARMM and CAR -
In 1989, the law creating the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) was passed. It was composed of the provinces of Basilan, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi and the cities of Marawi and Lamitan. The political intent was to satisfy the aspirations of the Bangsamoro people for self-rule and self-determination. It was created to address the “Moro problem.” But instead of solving the “Moro problem,” ARMM divided Bangsamoro into several factions run by regional warlords.
Map of the expanded area of ARMM.:

[end excerpt]

* "Singapore Offers Assistance To Philippine Army" (2017-07-19, southfront.org) [archive.fo/jWARx]

* "Duterte: I’m ready to die for Marawi" (2017-07-13, philstar.com) [archive.is/KX7Qs]

* "Who’s behind the Marawi attack?" (2017-07-10, by Perry Diaz) [archive.is/Dcwqw]:
Like most rebellions, the Marawi rebellion couldn’t have happened without the financial support of someone who has the wherewithal to sustain a long siege. More than six weeks after the attack, the militants are still entrenched in Marawi City. No amount of ground assault by the Philippine Marines or bombing by Philippine Air Force warplanes could dislodge the militants consisting of members of the Maute group and Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG).
The Philippine military had been after the ASG terrorists for several years now. Yet, most of the leaders of the ASG managed to evade capture. The most recent one was Isnilon Totoni Hapilon, also known as Abu Abdullah al-Filipini. He is believed to be linked to ISIS. He was formerly leader of ASG before its battalions pledged their allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. An April 2016 issue of ISIS’ weekly newsletter Al Naba said that Hapilon had been appointed as “emir of all Islamic State forces in the Philippines.”
What is interesting to note is the role of the Maute matriarch, Ominta “Farhana” Romato-Maute, mother of the Maute founders Omar and Abdullah. Last June 7, she was arrested in Masiu, a town about 34 kilometers from Marawi City, as she and two wounded men and seven women were trying to escape the government troops. She is believed to be the “heart of the Islamic State-inspired Maute group,” directing its movement and operations and taking care of finances and international networking. She and her husband Cayamora are said to be the “masterminds” behind the Maute attack. Farhana is reputed to be a “fiercely astute” businesswoman and politician. She manages several business interests including several rental houses in Quezon City, Iligan, Catabato City, and Davao City. She once served as assemblywoman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).
Before her capture, Farhana tried calling President Rodrigo Duterte to talk about peace and negotiate a ceasefire after the heavy bombing and fighting in Marawi City. Duterte turned her offer down, saying the government forces have lost too many soldiers in the Marawi attack. The question is: Is Farhana really the mastermind of the Maute group or is someone much higher in the food chain calling the shots?
Last July 5, government forces foiled a possible bombing in Cagayan de Oro when they arrested Farhana’s niece Monaliza “Monay” Solaiman Romato. Monay reportedly replaced Farhana as the Maute’s matriarch. However, it didn’t take too long for the government forces to capture Monay, which begs the question: With Farhana and Monay in detention, who would take over the Maute’s financial operations? Or could it be that Farhana and Monay were just figureheads? Is the matriarch’s role to shield the real power behind the group? Meanwhile, the real power can lead a normal life conducting his business empire – probably illegal drug trade — out in the open without any fear of scrutiny from the government.
Back-channel talks
Recently, Reuters reported that President Duterte initiated a move to negotiate an end to the conflict with the Maute group. However, Malacañang said that it has no information on Duterte’s reported attempt to hold back-channel talks with the Maute terrorists. The Reuters report said a senior Duterte aide approached Agakhan Sharief, a prominent Muslim leader, to use his connections with the Maute group’s leaders to start back-channel talks. The report said the talks failed as the Maute leaders “did not show sincerity and continued to attacks on government forces.” Two other sources familiar with the matter confirmed that Duterte had worked behind the scenes to hold talks with the Maute brothers, Omarkhayam and Abdullah. Marawi City Mayor Majul Usman Gandamra also confirmed that back-channel talks were started but said he was not privy to details.
The back-channel talks did not push through when Cayamora was caught on June 6 in Davao City, three days before Farhana’s arrest in Lanao del Sur.
Chinese financier
A few days ago, I received an interesting – and intriguing – information from one of my sources in Manila. He said, “How can you crush the ASG (Abu Sayyaf aka Abu Shabu) when it’s an open secret that the Chinese financier of these bandits is close to so many powerful people? He’s believed to instigate the Mautes to create a situation in Marawi to divert the attention of the AFP who are almost done in apprehending all of them to put closure to ASG. This Chinese who uses his being a converted Muslim to lord it over basically owning all big businesses Sulu and Mindanao wide, wants to protect his puppet Hapilon by floating the disinfo that he escaped the military cordon in Marawi.
“If the concerned people of Marawi is serious in finishing this tragedy, they should act asap like the Boholanos helping the PNP and AFP in getting all the remnants of ASG. Huwag na tayo maglokohan, kawawa mga sundalo at peaceful Muslims na nadadamay sa kalokohan ng iilan na may hidden agenda. Sobra na. (Let’s not fool with ourselves. It’s a pity the soldiers and peaceful Muslims are dragged into this foolishness of a few people with hidden agenda. It’s too much).”
Link to drug lords
My source also said that some of these militants have business relationships with some government officials, which makes one wonder: Are the Maute militants working as mercenaries for those behind the Marawi attack and are paid through the “matriarch”?
During a recent media briefing, PNP Chief Ronald ”Bato” dela Rosa confirmed the Maute group’s link to drug lords. He said that the Maute group is known to have “protected” the drug lords as early as last year. He said that he received information that majority of the drug lords in Metro Manila, Luzon and Visayas went to Marawi City a year ago to hold a “drug summit.” He added that the drug lords were protected by the Maute group and narco-politicians. Surmise it to say, Marawi appears to be the “Vatican” of the illegal drug cartel in the country.
Underground fortifications
When the government forces breached the Maute’s defensive positions, they discovered bombproof tunnels used by the militants as bunker and bomb shelters. The military spokesman said that the roughly 10 percent of Marawi held by the Maute militants has many tunnels and basements that can withstand 500-pound bombs.
Clearly, the underground fortifications couldn’t have been built in the short time since the “Marawi attack” commenced last May 23. They must already have been constructed long before that date, which is to suggest that the Maute’s presence in Marawi may have been a common knowledge to the city residents. The question is: Is the military aware of their presence long before the siege? I believe so. But for as long as the Maute group stays out of “trouble,” the military would stay out of their way. It was a de facto coexistence between the Maute group and government forces.
But on May 23, the military decided to arrest Isnilon Hapilon, who was believed to be in Marawi City. Hapilon is on the FBI’s “most wanted terrorists list” with a $5 million bounty offered for his capture, which was a good enough reason to arrest him. It was then that the Maute group purportedly “entered” Marawi and clashed with government troops.
The botched attempt to arrest Hapilon led to open warfare between government forces and the Maute group. With Hapilon out of sight — either dead or out of the country — and the Maute group leaderless and in disarray, it’s just a matter of time for the fighting to come to an end. But it would a devastated city and grieving people that would suffer for a long time from the atrocity of the “Marawi attack.”
Photo captions:
- Abu Sayyaf militants show ISIS flag.

- Two faces of Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Totoni Hapilon.

- Maute leaders (top, left to right): Cayamora Maute, Ominta “Farhana” Romano-Maute, mother of the Maute founders Omar and Abdullah. (Bottom left to right): Maute group members.

- Farhana’s niece Monaliza “Monay” Solaiman Romato.

- President Rodrigo Duterte flanked by AFP Chief of Staff General Eduardo Año (L) and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana (R).

- Authorities recovers P10-million worth of shabu from the house of a former Marawi City mayor Omar Solitario Ali last June 23. June 23. Ali is on the list of 125 alleged Maute members ordered arrested by the government.

- During a recent media briefing, PNP Chief Ronald ”Bato” dela Rosa confirmed the Maute group’s link to drug lords. He said that the Maute group is known to have “protected” the drug lords as early as last year.

- One of the Maute group’s underground bunker/tunnels discovered by the Philippine forces when they breached the Maute’s defensive positions in Marawi.

- Armed President Duterte was all set to visit the troops in Marawi City on July 7 but bad weather stood in the way.

* "Authorities release 3 men stopped at NAIA over Maute surnames" (2017-07-11, philstar.com) [archive.is/W9YsP]
* "5 persons surnamed Maute held at checkpoint in Sultan Kudarat" (2017-06-30, newsinfo.inquirer.net) [archive.is/8VYEO]
* "Wanted terrorists in PH, according to the PNP" (2017-06-01, cnnphilippines.com) [archive.fo/T1ZqK]


Towards a People's Republic of the Philippines
[ndfp.net] [philippinerevolution.net] [facebook.com/NDFP.IIO]


Bangsamoro (including MNLF; MILF; ARMM)

* "Duterte to sign off on Muslim self-rule for Mindanao in counter-extremism drive" (2017-07-18, rt.com) [archive.fo/jMHOE]


Republic of Indonesia

* "Indonesian president orders police to gun down drug traffickers" (2017-07-23, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/5a8eL]


Commonwealth of Australia
Map [archive.fo/uYGls]


Sovereign Union of First Nations Peoples


Realm of New Zealand / Aotearoa

* "$340mn gold seam discovered on ‘sacred’ NZ mountain, activists form human chain to stop mining" (2017-07-19, rt.com) [archive.fo/81i53]
* (2017-07-16, Protect Karangahake page at Facebook.com) [archive.fo/ee1a1]: The team on our maunga this morning; standing up for conservation land #enjoynotdestroy #protectkarangahake

* (2016-05-09, twitter.com/SaveKarangahake) [archive.fo/oeqpY]


* "New Zealand gangs launch ‘fight club’ to tackle violence" (2017-07-19, rt.com) [archive.fo/ouYZJ] [begin excerpt]: Up to 60 members from some of the country's most notorious gangs, including the Mongrel Mob, Head Hunters, Nomads and Black Power, will channel their inner Tyler Durden during the ‘Keep it in the Ring’ event at the Whangarei community center. [end excerpt]

* "The not-so-nice side of New Zealand: Notorious Maori 'Black Power' gang is captured in striking portraits showing off their intricate full-face tattoos" (2017-02-21, dailymail.co.uk) [archive.fo/byV6D], synopsis: Sydney photographer Casey Morton has opened a window into the Black Power gang in New Zealand. He has relatives in the notorious gang who allowed him to earn their trust and arrange the photo shoot. Morton said he wanted to 'show them for who they really are and let people make up their own mind'. Made up primarily by Maori and Polynesian men, Black Power was founded in the 1970s. The nation-wide gang is known for their bloody and decades-long rivalry with the Mongrel Mob.
[begin excerpt]: Gangs in New Zealand have been blasted as a severe social problem, with reports of violent brawls, murders and rapes sparking fear in local communities, since the 1960s.
The three largest gangs are Black Power, the Mongrel Mob, and the Nomads - and there is fierce rivalry between them.
The groups first formed in the 1950s and by the 1960s even the country’s then prime minister, Rob Muldoon, had partied at a Black Power residence.
Muldoon formed a close bond with Black Power, encouraging them to form work trusts and assisting them to find accommodation.
A 'Maori urban drift' in the 1960s and the rapid immigration of Pacific Peoples in the 1970s is said to have bolstered their membership - joining a gang was often seen as a solution to the problems people faced.
By the 1970s, the gangs had turned further towards organised crime and now they have stringent codes against outsiders.
As well as donning menacing face tattoos, some of the Mongrel Mobs, for example, use reviled Nazi symbols as an act of rebellion towards authority.
The gangs are influenced by their American counterparts, such as Hell’s Angels, but also have their own unique codes.
The patched vests, in the same way as outlaw bikie gangs in the US, signal the members' status. In order to earn them they must endure a gruelling initiation period that can span a year before they are officially welcomed.
The Black Power was founded in the 1970s to counter the Mongrel Mob, with whom they have a bitter and decades-long rivalry.
Tensions boiled over last month, when shots were fired at a Mongrel Mob member's funeral stormed by Black Power members in Whakatane, in the Bay of Plenty Region in the North Island of New Zealand.
But Morton believes BlackPower are not as violent as they once were, and says there is more to the group than meets the eye.
'The gang is not as violent as they once were, and what I saw on the day felt a lot more like a brotherhood than anything else.'
'At times I felt like I was just hanging out with family, uncles and brothers, but at the same time you also knew and could feel that there was a dark side to them.'
The members are reminiscent of characters portrayed in the 1994 New Zealand film, Once Were Warriors, about life in the slums of Auckland, including an eldest son who leaves his family to join a gang with facial tattoos. [end excerpt]
* "Black Power (New Zealand gang)" (retrieved 2017-07-20, en.wikipedia.org) [archive.fo/cBA7k] [begin excerpt]: Black Power is a prominent gang in New Zealand. Members are predominantly Māori and Polynesian.
It was formed as the "Black Bulls" by Rei Harris and Māori youth in Wellington about 1970, in response to the rival Mongrel Mob gang and white power associated gangs. The gang then spread to other major centres and rural towns in New Zealand.
Founder Rei Harris was very politically aware, and during the early 1980s the gang gained some credibility; with pakeha social activist Denis O'Reilly joining, former judge Bill Maung acting as their political advisor and Prime Minister Robert Muldoon meeting with them and helping them to find accommodation and form work trusts. [end excerpt]

* "Thea Muldoon with Black Power members" (retrieved 2017-07-20, teara.govt.nz) [archive.fo/cSyIA]: During his political career, Rob Muldoon developed a good relationship with some gangs, especially Black Power, helping them to find accommodation and form work trusts. They treated him with respect, and Black Power performed a haka at his funeral. Thea Muldoon visited the Black Power marae in Wellington after a memorial service for Muldoon at Wellington Cathedral in September 1992. She is shown seated between Bumpa Mahauraki (left) and Lani Clark.

* Photos & citations from the series "Black Power, Christchurch" (1979, by Glenn Jowitt; retrieved 2017-07-19, collections.tepapa.govt.nz) [archive.fo/1ri2j]:
- [archive.is/veFYk]: Club house meeting, Christchurch city

- [archive.fo/qLiRc]: Freddy and Skippy on the bus going to work on T.E.P., trimming pine trees, Christchurch.

- [archive.is/tgpPk]: Baldie collecting gang fees, Canterbury Plains.

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* "Hidden History: The Secret Origins of the First World War" book review (2017-07-19, by Antony C. Black) [archive.fo/hVDza] [begin excerpt]:
Of the many myths that befog the modern political mind, none is so corrupting of the understanding or so incongruent with historical fact as the notion that the wealthy and the powerful do not conspire.
They do.
They conspire continually, habitually, effectively, diabolically and on a scale that beggars the imagination. To deny this conspiracy fact is to deny both overwhelming empirical evidence and elementary reason.
Nevertheless, for the astute observer of the ‘Great Game’ of politics, it is an unending source of wonderment to stumble across ever more astounding examples of the monstrous machinations of which wealthy and powerful elites are capable. Indeed, it is precisely here that authors Docherty and Macgregor enter the fray and threaten to take our breath away entirely.
Thus, the official, canonized history of the origins of the First World War, so they tell us, is one long, unmitigated lie from start to finish. Even more to the conspiratorial point is the authors’ thesis that – and to paraphrase a later Churchill who figures prominently in this earlier story – never were so many murdered, so needlessly, for the ambitions and profit of so few.
In demolishing the many shibboleths surrounding the origins of the ‘Great War’ (including ‘German responsibility’, ‘British peace efforts‘, ‘Belgian neutrality’ and the ‘inevitability’ of the war), Docherty and Macgregor point the finger at what they argue is the real source of the conflict: a more or less secret cabal of British imperialists whose entire political existence for a decade and a half was dedicated to the fashioning of a European war in aid of destroying the British Empire’s newly emerging commercial, industrial and military competitor, Germany.
In short, far from “sleepwalking into a global tragedy, the unsuspecting world”, Docherty and Macgregor contend, “was ambushed by a secret cabal of warmongers” originating not in Berlin, but “in London”.
I must confess at this juncture to a certain bias in granting credence to such a striking thesis, this if only on general principle alone. After all, one straight look at present day political reality is to look square into the maw of Orwell’s nightmare. Moreover, three decades of independent journalism have led me to conclude not only that virtually nothing of what is presented as ‘news’ is remotely true, but that the conventional writing and presentation of history itself is as phoney as a three dollar bill. Still, one does demand a credible argument or two. Let’s look at a few of those contained in ‘Hidden History’. [end excerpt]

* "The Cold War and Its Origins. The Inception of the Soviet Union" (2017, by Hugo Turner), part 1 (1917-1950) [archive.fo/JsCNW] [begin excerpt]:
The myths of the original cold war live on and are accepted as true despite the mountains of evidence discrediting these myths. Americans prefer to remember the comforting lies rather then to face the awful truths of their own history.
The cold war was in retrospect one of the most successful psychological warfare campaigns in history it aimed to crush dissent at home and revolution abroad. It unleashed fascism at home and abroad. By purging communists from American society it did great damage to the labor, peace, and civil rights movements and created a toothless cowardly american left that slowly but inevitably lead to the completely bankrupt politics of today where no one in the public eye dares to oppose capitalism, imperialism, or even fascism. [end excerpt]

* "Resistance at Tule Lake: A Hidden History of Japanese American Incarceration and Defiance; Japanese American detention and defiance holds new meaning today as immigrant scapegoating and ICE raids rise, filmmaker Konrad Aderer told teleSUR" (2017-07-19, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/17bJO], photo caption: “Tule Lake was the crucible where the Japanese Americans who were willing to protest and refuse to cooperate with the U.S. mass incarceration regime were segregated into one militarized, overcrowded camp,” Aderer explained.


* "Britain wanted to threaten Saddam’s Iraq with chemical weapons" (2017-07-20, rt.com) [archive.fo/RntgQ]:
Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s former prime minister, wanted to threaten the deposed Iraqi President Saddam Hussein with chemical weapons before the Gulf War, documents show.
The newly-released papers show that Thatcher was keen to scare Saddam with the threat of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) after he invaded Kuwait in 1990.
The plan was eventually headed off by the US, in particular by then-Defense Secretary Dick Cheney, who later became a key architect of the 2003 Iraq War.
The ‘Iron Lady’ reportedly told then-US President George Bush Sr that faced with Saddam’s aggression it was “no time to go wobbly” as the Western powers postured for a war with Iraq.
Records show that in a meeting in October 1990, amid fears that Saddam could use chemical weapons himself, Thatcher told Cheney: “We had to decide what our response would be. If we wished to deter a CW [chemical weapons] attack by threatening to retaliate in like manner, we must have CW weapons [sic] available.”
Cheney responded that Bush had a “particular aversion to chemical weapons” and was disposed towards a “massive conventional response to a CW attack” rather than a like-for-like WMD battle.
The exchanges, which were not included in Thatcher’s memoirs, show that her threat at the time to use nuclear weapons was a bluff.
Cheney asked if she “could contemplate the use of nuclear weapons in a Gulf conflict.”
“The prime minister said she would be most reluctant to consider this, indeed she would rule it out, although nuclear weapons were always there as the ultimate deterrent.”
Strikingly, as with Labour PM Tony Blair over a decade later, Thatcher would try and keep her own cabinet out of the loop about the coming war.
In one memo she wrote: “The fewer the people who know, the better. We have bad experience of secret papers leaking.”

* "The Six Day War: The Breaking of the Middle East" book review (2017-07-17, by Jim Miles) [archive.fo/AwAln] [begin excerpt]:
The Introduction carries Guy Laron’s political science interpretation leading up to the war. His first prime initiator was the conflict between the military generals and the civilian governments. The second initiator was a global debt crisis during the 1960s as the Bretton Woods gold-dollar standard weakened.
It is one of the few historical works I have read that accurately ties economic manipulations into the causes of governmental stress leading to war. The U.S. debt problems and the IMF are both noted for their role in that aspect. Unfortunately it was beyond the scope of “The Six Day War” to dig into the deeper reality of the IMFs ‘structural adjustment plans’ that weakened many emerging state economies; further, it did not mention the U.S. war debts that helped create the need for leaving the gold-dollar standard at a later date. [...]
Two of the main highlights that are revealed involve the two cold warriors. The USSR is shown to be very reluctant to interfere in anything to create a war, aware that it is no match for the U.S. in military or economic terms and that within the Politburo there lies the same military-civilian clash of interests and ideas. As for the U.S.A., what is highlighted is the change in viewpoint/support from the Eisenhower/Kennedy governments to the Johnson administration, from criticism and restraint, to full if unannounced support. Part of that change involves policies related to foreign aid and how it is to be distributed and used.
As for Israel, its impressive economic build of ten per cent per year was mainly based on ”loans and grants from Germany and the US…channelled to Histadrut factories, subsidized and protected entrepreneurs…and manipulated the Israeli currency to help exporters.” Laron indicates that the debt problems incurred through these manipulations helped determine domestic political outcomes, and from the critics perspective, highlight the eventual outcome that a good war is always good for the economy and the belligerent leaders. Israel is clearly indicated as the pre-emptive leader in wanting a war, for obtaining more of the land for Israel and the side effect of removing some of the Palestinian inhabitants. [end excerpt]

* "Britain tried to free Hitler’s first deputy from Spandau imprisonment" (2017-07-20, rt.com) [archive.fo/krvMD]

* "Winston Churchill tried to cover up royal family’s ‘Nazi connection’ " (2017-07-20, rt.com) [archive.fo/iEUPB] [begin excerpt]:
Britain’s wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill desperately tried to suppress documents that showed that the Duke of Windsor was a Nazi sympathizer and Hitler’s pick for the head of a puppet regime in Britain.
A cache of newly declassified files released by the National Archives at Kew show that Churchill tried to block the publication of papers on former King Edward VIII’s pro-Nazi views and willingness to deal with Adolf Hitler to win back his throne. [...]
According to their files, the Duke of Windsor was angry that he was forced to abdicate and thought that his younger brother and successor, King George VI, was “utterly stupid,” the queen an intriguer and Churchill a warmonger.
He was also convinced that only a prolonged bombing of British cities would force the UK government to negotiation table and end the war.
German diplomatic cables reveal that the duke was “the only Englishman with whom Hitler would negotiate any peace terms, the logical director of England’s destiny after the war.”
The Nazi spy agencies even devised an elaborate plot, Operation Willi, trying to convince Edward to wait in Franco’s Spain for the Germans to invade Britain and then re-assume his throne.
However, Churchill reportedly threatened the former king with court-martial unless he returned to British soil, and the duke spent the rest of the war as the governor of the Bahamas.
Following the end of the Second World War, the Nazi dossier fell into the hand of Allies. Churchill proposed burning it to prevent damage to the image of the British monarchy. [end excerpt]
- Photo caption: Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965), left, and the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII)

* "Nazi king? Fascist sympathizer Edward VIII wanted Britain bombed, historian claims" (2015-06-09, rt.com) [archive.fo/q6VfG]:
Edward VIII wanted Britain to be bombed into an alliance with the Third Reich and blamed “Jews and Reds” for World War II, according to a prominent academic.
The research, carried out by UK-based German historian Karina Urbach, delved into the historical archives of 30 nations, including Germany, Spain and Russia, revealing the fascist sympathies of many European aristocrats.
Writing for The Conversation website ahead of the release of her new book, Go-Betweens for Hitler, Urbach said Edward VIII, who abdicated the throne in 1936 and became the Duke of Windsor, “has always been known for his pro-Nazi sympathies.”
She added: “However, the extent of his betrayal could never be fully verified due to the secrecy of the Royal Archives.”
“The Royal Archives have always ensured that letters from German relatives of the royal family in the run up to World War II remain closed.
“Naturally, such censorship has led to endless conspiracy theories.”
However, over nearly a decade of painstaking research in European archives, Urbach turned up vital evidence into the secret political lives of pro-fascist aristocrats.
“I have accumulated damning evidence by sifting through 30 archives all over the world that are open,” Urbach wrote.
“Intelligence reports and German, Spanish and Russian documents show members of the British royal family were indeed far closer to Nazi Germany than has previously been recognized.”
A key portion of the research deals with the relationship between the Duke of Windsor and a trusted German relative, Charles Edward Duke of Coburg – a bitterly anti-Semitic minor German aristocrat who acted as a messenger, it is claimed, between privileged fascists around Europe.
Meetings between Coburg and British royals are even listed in the Court Circular, a record of the British monarchy’s meetings and appointments.
Further evidence was found in the Spanish archives.
“In June 1940 Don Javier Bermejillo, a Spanish diplomat and old friend of Windsor – he had known him since the 1920s – reported a conversation he had had with the Duke to his superiors,” Urbach said.
The diplomat says he had heard the embittered duke blame “the Jews, the Reds and the Foreign Office” for the approaching war, long before it began.
Windsor wanted to put politicians, including Anthony Eden, “up against a wall,” Urbach claims.
Perhaps most troublingly, the records hint at a possible correlation between the Duke’s fascist leanings and the start of the German bombing campaign against Britain.
“In another conversation on June 25, 1940,” Urbach writes, “Bermejillo reported that Windsor stressed if one bombed England effectively this could bring peace.
“Bermejillo concluded that the Duke of Windsor seemed very much to hope that this would occur: ‘He wants peace at any price.’”
The report found its way into the hands of Spain’s own fascist dictator, General Franco, according to Urbach. It was “then passed on to the Germans.”
“The bombing of Britain started on 10 July,” she added.
* "Casual greeting or Nazi salute? Prince Edward’s tour of Hitler’s Germany in pictures" (2015-07-21, rt.com) [archive.fo/M8TrL] [begin excerpt]:
German historian and author of Go-Betweens for Hitler, Karina Urbach wrote that the video showed a dark link between the aristocracy and Nazi Germany.
“Edward VIII was particularly attracted to the Nazis because of their social ideas,” she said. The support was mutual, she added, as Hitler himself was an Anglophile who used a relative of the royals to gain access to British society.
Charles Edward, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and grandson of Queen Victoria, was a close acquaintance of Hitler, Urbach said.
“Carl Edward’s British network was very useful for Hitler.”
“Hitler was an Anglophile, and his dream [during the early 1930s] was to have an alliance with Britain,” she explained.
“Hitler needed people who had access to the elite in Britain. Carl Edward was therefore ideal. He was born in Britain, and he was related to Queen Mary [the present Queen’s grandmother], who was very pro-German. She invited Carl Edward several times to England and had a correspondence with him that has mysteriously vanished,” she said.
Urbach believes that historians are hindering further research into the subject.
“The Royal Archives in Britain are hindering research on this subject,” she said, adding that letters from royals to Nazi Germany are currently being hidden from the public.
Edward VIII was the center of British media attention during his reign. In 1937, he met Adolf Hitler with his new wife, American socialite Wallis Simpson, whom he had married after abdicating from the British throne.
After the meeting he was accused of feeding government secrets to foreign governments, and of being an ally of Hitler. [end excerpt]


* "Sex, spies & H-bombs: MI5 documents made public" (2015-10-23, rt.com) [archive.fo/7gAzp] [begin excerpt]:
H-bomb fear -
The global race to build the H-bomb sent a shiver down Whitehall’s collective spine, the documents show. When US scientists detonated the first hydrogen bomb in 1952, 1,000 times more powerful than the atom-bomb, British security officials imagined nightmare scenarios where London fell in the Cold War firing line.
“Instead of dropping 32 bombs on London, they would probably use three, four or five very powerful ones … [each] with a radius of total destruction of 2-3 miles,” nuclear weapons scientist William Penney noted in a letter to the chairman of the Atomic Energy Authority. [end excerpt]

* "Financial Scams and the Bush Family: The Savings & Loan Scandal, the BCCI, the Mexican Drug Cartel, NAFTA" (2002-02-18, by Prof. Michel Chossudovsky) [archive.fo/WpvtR]


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* U.S. Friends of the Soviet People [facebook.com/groups/528711703837621]

* "Most Russians support idea of Stalin monuments, poll shows" (2017-07-20, rt.com) [archive.fo/jHzQi] [begin excerpt]:
Over 60 percent of Russians think it is reasonable to install monuments and memorial plaques glorifying the achievements of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. The share of those who oppose the idea is half that number.
According to the latest research by state-run pollsters VTSIOM, the share of those who support the idea of commemorating Stalin as a major figure in Russian history is 62 percent.
Respondents told researchers that they consider the Soviet dictator a part of Russian history that their children must know about, and mentioned the victory in the war against Nazi Germany as one of Stalin’s major achievements.
A much lower share (under 10 percent) believe that it was Stalin who made the Soviet Union strong, or that he did the country a lot of good in general.
The share of those who said that, in their opinion, Russia should not have new monuments to Stalin was at 31 percent. [begin excerpt]


* "Declassified Russian Defense Ministry docs show Polish gratitude for WWII liberation" (2017-07-18, rt.com) [archive.fo/rfAae]

* Photo, caption [is.gd/Qp4Lx8]: Russian soldiers are pictured next to the Reichstag building in this undated photo taken May 1945 in Berlin.


* "MI5 spied on suspected communists & anti-colonial leaders, secret files reveal" (2015-10-21, rt.com) [archive.fo/IFVaK] [begin excerpt]:
Security agency MI5 subjected anyone with links to the Communist Party to close surveillance, with spies listening to their telephone conversations, opening their letters and even following their movements.
Newly released documents reveal the security agency closely monitored David Ennals, who later served as a cabinet minister under Prime Minister Harold Wilson, and author Doris Lessing because of their communist sympathies.
In addition to monitoring left-wing activists, MI5 also worked on behalf of the Colonial Office in targeting pro-independence African leaders such as Malawi’s first president Hastings Banda.
Recently declassified files demonstrate the huge scope of British intelligence operations in the post-war era, which targeted anyone they considered communist or anti-colonial.
MI5 was evidently a well-resourced government department, as the documents include extracts of intercepted letters and telegrams, detailed transcriptions of telephone conversations, newspaper clippings pertaining to the subjects and notes on their movements.
Labour MP David Ennals first came to MI5’s attention in 1946, shortly before he became secretary for the Council for Education in World Citizenship.
The spy agency’s files cover concerns raised by French and American diplomats that Ennals was a security risk due to his communist sympathies and his brother Martin’s work as a human rights activist.
The files also reveal a board member of the United National Association requested information on Ennals prior to his appointment as secretary of the organization in 1952.
Ennals was monitored by MI5 up until 1963, the year before he was elected Labour MP for Dover.
Martin Ennals, who later became secretary general of Amnesty International, was also closely followed by British intelligence for his suspected pro-Russian sympathies.
Nobel Prize winning author Doris Lessing was monitored for 20 years because of her left-wing, anti-colonial views.
Lessing came to MI5’s attention while in her home country of Southern Rhodesia – now Zimbabwe – in the early 1940s.
An MI6 document passed onto MI5 in 1952 describes the novelist as “certainly pro-communist, though it [is] doubtful if she is a member of the Party. Her communist sympathies have been fanned almost to the point of fanaticism owing to her upbringing in Rhodesia, [which] has brought out in her a deep hatred of the color bar.
“Colonial exploitation is her pet theme and she now become as irresponsible in her statements as Coppard saying everything black is wonderful and that all men and all things white are vicious.”
The spy agency continued to pass on information about Lessing to the South African police even after she broke her ties with the Communist Party following the Soviet invasion of Hungary in 1956.
MI5 is usually thought of as the UK’s domestic intelligence service, but during the last decades of Empire the agency often worked abroad in the colonies.
Malawi’s Hastings Banda was targeted by MI5 under pressure from the Colonial Office. The agency intercepted his telephone conversations, despite having doubts about how “subversive” he actually was.
MI5 also monitored Kenyan pro-independence leader Oginga Odinga, whose left-wing sympathies made him an object of suspicion among his own countrymen as well as British intelligence.
According to University of Cambridge historian Professor Christopher Andrew, MI5 passed on information from the surveillance of colonial delegations to British negotiators during the “fraught negotiations” which led to the dissolution of the Central African Federation in 1963.
The agency clearly played a crucial role in the latter years of the British Empire. Professor Andrew said the newly declassified files are changing the way academics view the history of decolonization.
“Until recently, most histories of British decolonization did not even mention the role of MI5. MI5, however, was an imperial as well as a UK security service with intelligence responsibilities for British and Commonwealth territories around the world until the end of the 1960s,” he said in a podcast for the National Archives.
“Officers who joined MI5 after the Second World War could expect to spend a quarter to a third of their careers on overseas postings,” he added.
[end excerpt]

* "Brzezinski Wanted NATO to Become the “Hub of a Globe-Spanning Web” of Security Pacts" (2017-07-16, journal-neo.org) [archive.fo/MTkUn] [begin excerpt]:
Giving the Soviets their Vietnam War and Encouraging Pol Pot -
Brzezinski’s most notable role in public life was when he served as Jimmy Carter’s National Security Advisor (NSA) from 1977 to 1981. Famously, in this role, Brzezinski was one of the main intellectual architects who advocated arming the Mujahiddin in Afghanistan, a scheme that he hoped would increase the probability that the Soviet Union would intervene. In an interview with Le Nouvel Observateur in 1998, Brzezinski recalled this operation (with the translation from French provided by William Blum and David N. Gibbs) [archive.fo/PPFgU]:
Question: The former director of the CIA, Robert Gates, stated in his memoirs that the American intelligence services began to aid the Mujahiddin in Afghanistan six months before the Soviet intervention. In this period, you were the national security advisor to President Carter. You therefore played a key role in this affair. Is this correct?
Brzezinski: Yes. According to the official version of history, CIA aid to the Mujahiddin began during 1980, that is to say, after the Soviet army invaded Afghanistan on December 24, 1979. But the reality, closely guarded until now, is completely otherwise: indeed, it was July 3, 1979 that President Carter signed the first directive for secret aid to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul. And that very day, I wrote a note to the president in which I explained to him that in my opinion this aid was going to induce a Soviet military intervention.
Q: Despite this risk, you were an advocate of this covert action. But perhaps you yourself desired this Soviet entry into the war and looked for a way to provoke it?
B: It wasn’t quite like that. We didn’t push the Russians to intervene, but we knowingly increased the probability that they would.
Q: When the Soviets justified their intervention by asserting that they intended to fight against secret US involvement in Afghanistan, nobody believed them. However, there was an element of truth in this. You don’t regret any of this today?
B: Regret what? That secret operation was an excellent idea. It had the effect of drawing the Russians into the Afghan trap and you want me to regret it? The day that the Soviets officially crossed the border, I wrote to President Carter, essentially: “We now have the opportunity of giving to the USSR its Vietnam war.” Indeed, for almost 10 years, Moscow had to carry on a war that was unsustainable for the regime, a conflict that bought about the demoralization and finally the breakup of the Soviet empire.
Q: And neither do you regret having supported Islamic fundamentalism, which has given arms and advice to future terrorists?
B: What is more important in world history? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire? Some agitated Moslems or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the cold war?
[end interview]
Also in his role as NSA, Brzezinski and the Carter administration encouraged the Chinese to continue supporting the genocidal Pol Pot in Cambodia. After Vietnam launched a full-scale invasion of Cambodia at the end of 1978, seizing power by early 1979, the US pressed China to continue assisting the Khmer Rouge in their fight against the occupying Vietnamese forces, with Brzezinski admitting that he “encouraged the Chinese to support Pol Pot” [archive.fo/jUH6]. [end excerpt]

* "Afghanistan: The Soviet Invasion in Retrospect" book review (by David N. Gibbs, University of Arizona) (.pdf) [is.gd/gJqbE5]

* "Media mogul asked Thatcher for $20bn to save Soviet Union" (2017-07-20, rt.com) [archive.fo/BA4iO]:
A Labour MP and media mogul, the late Robert Maxwell, attempted to secure a $20 billion loan from the British government to prop up the collapsing USSR, documents show.
A letter released by prime minister of the day Margaret Thatcher’s private secretary, Charles Powell, revealed that Maxwell claimed to be acting on behalf of Mikhail Gorbachev’s closest advisers when he visited the ‘Iron Lady’ at 10 Downing Street in March 1990.
In that meeting, the owner of Daily Mirror allegedly asked Thatcher to provide a massive state loan to the Soviet government to ensure that perestroika reforms would continue.
“It was quite clear that perestroika was in far worse trouble than even we had imagined,” Powell’s letter read.
“The most urgent need was for short and medium-term credit of up to US $20 billion for the purchase of food, consumer goods, equipment and supplies.
“Without this, there was no way that Mr. Gorbachev could get through.”
In return, Maxwell said, the USSR was willing to supply coal, chemicals and fertilizers as well as the wide-bodied jets to the UK.
Maxwell also discussed the sale of the Soviet civilian aircraft with Lord King of Wartnaby, the head of British Airways and a Tory peer.
Trade Secretary Nicholas Ridley, however, rejected the offer, as revealed by his personal secretary Martin Stanley.
“Neither we nor the FCO [Foreign & Commonwealth Office] have evidence to suggest the USSR is desperately short of food or that it lacks the wherewithal to pay for it if it becomes so.
“Mr. Maxwell mentions sales of chemicals, fertilizers and coal, but the USSR also has reserves of gold, platinum and diamonds.”
Robert Maxwell, who was born in Czechoslovakia and fought in the British Army during the Second World War, was linked to both the UK’s Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) and Mossad, the Israeli intelligence.
The new revelations of his meeting with Thatcher may further fuel allegations that the British media tycoon acted as an emissary of the Soviet intelligence agency, the KGB, to the British government.
FBI documents released in 2013 show that his global media empire was under investigation during the Cold War for alleged ties with Soviet spies.
The FCO published its investigation into Maxwell’s Pergamon Press 2003, stating that there was no evidence of him acting as an agent for the USSR.
In early November 1991, Maxwell was found dead after allegedly falling from his yacht and drowning in the Atlantic Ocean.
An FCO memo issued by British vice-consul for the Canary Islands, Campbell Livingstone, stated that his widow, Elisabeth, insisted the cause of death was an accident and pushed for a quick and covert airlift of the body to Israel.
The USSR collapsed in late December 1991, just over a year-and-a-half after Maxwell’s meeting with Thatcher.
- Photo caption: Leonid Brezhnev and Robert Maxwell.


* "The Harvard Boys Do Russia After seven years of economic "reform" financed by billions of dollars in U.S." (1998-05-14, thenation.com) [archive.is/LxjOs] [begin excerpt]:
After seven years of economic “reform” financed by billions of dollars in U.S. and other Western aid, subsidized loans and rescheduled debt, the majority of Russian people find themselves worse off economically. The privatization drive that was supposed to reap the fruits of the free market instead helped to create a system of tycoon capitalism run for the benefit of a corrupt political oligarchy that has appropriated hundreds of millions of dollars of Western aid and plundered Russia’s wealth.
The architect of privatization was former First Deputy Prime Minister Anatoly Chubais, a darling of the U.S. and Western financial establishments. Chubais’s drastic and corrupt stewardship made him extremely unpopular. According to The New York Times, he “may be the most despised man in Russia.”
Essential to the implementation of Chubais’s policies was the enthusiastic support of the Clinton Administration and its key representative for economic assistance in Moscow, the Harvard Institute for International Development. Using the prestige of Harvard’s name and connections in the Administration, H.I.I.D. officials acquired virtual carte blanche over the U.S. economic aid program to Russia, with minimal oversight by the government agencies involved. With this access and their close alliance with Chubais and his circle, they allegedly profited on the side. Yet few Americans are aware of H.I.I.D.’s role in Russian privatization, and its suspected misuse of taxpayers’ funds.
At the recent U.S.-Russian Investment Symposium at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, Yuri Luzhkov, the Mayor of Moscow, made what might have seemed to many an impolite reference to his hosts. After castigating Chubais and his monetarist policies, Luzhkov, according to a report of the event, “singled out Harvard for the harm inflicted on the Russian economy by its advisers, who encouraged Chubais’s misguided approach to privatization and monetarism.” Luzhkov was referring to H.I.I.D. Chubais, who was delegated vast powers over the economy by Boris Yeltsin, was ousted in Yeltsin’s March purge, but in May he was given an immensely lucrative post as head of Unified Energy System, the country’s electricity monopoly. Some of the main actors with Harvard’s Russia project have yet to face a reckoning, but this may change if a current investigation by the U.S. government results in prosecutions.
The activities of H.I.I.D. in Russia provide some cautionary lessons on abuse of trust by supposedly disinterested foreign advisers, on U.S. arrogance and on the entire policy of support for a single Russian group of so-called reformers. The H.I.I.D. story is a familiar one in the ongoing saga of U.S. foreign policy disasters created by those said to be our “best and brightest.”
Through the late summer and fall of 1991, as the Soviet state fell apart, Harvard Professor Jeffrey Sachs and other Western economists participated in meetings at a dacha outside Moscow where young, pro-Yeltsin reformers planned Russia’s economic and political future. Sachs teamed up with Yegor Gaidar, Yeltsin’s first architect of economic reform, to promote a plan of “shock therapy” to swiftly eliminate most of the price controls and subsidies that had underpinned life for Soviet citizens for decades. Shock therapy produced more shock–not least, hyperinflation that hit 2,500 percent–than therapy. One result was the evaporation of much potential investment capital: the substantial savings of Russians. By November 1992, Gaidar was under attack for his failed policies and was soon pushed aside. When Gaidar came under seige, Sachs wrote a memo to one of Gaidar’s principal opponents, Ruslan Khasbulatov, Speaker of the Supreme Soviet, then the Russian parliament, offering advice and to help arrange Western aid and contacts in the U.S. Congress.
Enter Anatoly Chubais, a smooth, 42-year-old English-speaking would-be capitalist who became Yeltsin’s economic czar. Chubais, committed to “radical reform,” vowed to construct a market economy and sweep away the vestiges of Communism. The U.S. Agency for International Development (U.S.A.I.D.), without experience in the former Soviet Union, was readily persuaded to hand over the responsibility for reshaping the Russian economy to H.I.I.D., which was founded in 1974 to assist countries with social and economic reform.
H.I.I.D. had supporters high in the Administration. One was Lawrence Summers, himself a former Harvard economics professor, whom Clinton named Under Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs in 1993. Summers, now Deputy Treasury Secretary, had longstanding ties to the principals of Harvard’s project in Russia and its later project in Ukraine.
Summers hired a Harvard Ph.D., David Lipton (who had been vice president of Jeffrey D. Sachs and Associates, a consulting firm), to be Deputy Assistant Treasury Secretary for Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union. After Summers was promoted to Deputy Secretary, Lipton moved into Summers’s old job, assuming “broad responsibility” for all aspects of international economic policy development. Lipton co-wrote numerous papers with Sachs and served with him on consulting missions in Poland and Russia. “Jeff and David always came [to Russia] together,” said a Russian representative at the International Monetary Fund. “They were like an inseparable couple.” Sachs, who was named director of H.I.I.D. in 1995, lobbied for and received U.S.A.I.D. grants for the institute to work in Ukraine in 1996 and 1997.
Andrei Shleifer, a Russian-born émigré and already a tenured professor of economics at Harvard in his early 30s, became director of H.I.I.D.’s Russia project. Shleifer was also a protégé of Summers, with whom he received at least one foundation grant. Summers wrote a promotional blurb for Privatizing Russia (a 1995 book co-written by Shleifer and subsidized by H.I.I.D.) declaring that “the authors did remarkable things in Russia, and now they have written a remarkable book.”
Another Harvard player was a former World Bank consultant named Jonathan Hay, a Rhodes scholar who had attended Moscow’s Pushkin Institute for Russian Language. In 1991, while still at Harvard Law School, he had become a senior legal adviser to the G.K.I., the Russian state’s new privatization committee; the following year he was made H.I.I.D.’s general director in Moscow. The youthful Hay assumed vast powers over contractors, policies and program specifics; he not only controlled access to the Chubais circle but served as its mouthpiece.
H.I.I.D.’s first awards from U.S.A.I.D. for work in Russia came in 1992, during the Bush Administration. Over the next four years, with the endorsement of the Clinton Administration, the institute would be awarded $57.7 million–all but $17.4 million without competitive bidding. For example, in June 1994 Administration officials signed a waiver that enabled H.I.I.D. to receive $20 million for its Russian legal reform program. Approving such a large sum as a noncompetitive “amendment” to a much smaller award (the institute’s original 1992 award was $2.1 million) was highly unusual, as was the citation of “foreign policy” considerations as the reason for the waiver. Nonetheless, the waiver was endorsed by five U.S. government agencies, including the Treasury Department and the National Security Council, two of the leading agencies formulating U.S. aid policy toward Russia. In addition to the millions it received directly, H.I.I.D. helped steer and coordinate some $300 million in U.S.A.I.D. grants to other contractors, such as the Big Six accounting firms and the giant Burson-Marsteller P.R. firm.
A s Yeltsin’s Russian government took over Soviet assets in late 1991 and early 1992, several privatization schemes were floated. The one the Supreme Soviet passed in 1992 was structured to prevent corruption, but the program Chubais eventually carried out instead encouraged the accumulation of property in a few hands and opened the door to widespread corruption. It was so controversial that Chubais ultimately had to rely largely on Yeltsin’s presidential decrees, not parliamentary approval, for implementation. Many U.S. officials embraced this dictatorial modus operandi, and Jonathan Hay and his associates drafted many of the decrees. As U.S.A.I.D.’s Walter Coles, an early supporter of Chubais’s privatization program, put it, “If we needed a decree, Chubais didn’t have to go through the bureaucracy.”
With help from his H.I.I.D. advisers and other Westerners, Chubais and his cronies set up a network of aid-funded “private” organizations that enabled them to bypass legitimate government agencies and circumvent the new parliament of the Russian Federation, the Duma. Through this network, two of Chubais’s associates, Maxim Boycko (who co-wrote Privatizing Russia with Shleifer) and Dmitry Vasiliev, oversaw almost a third of a billion dollars in aid money and millions more in loans from international financial institutions.
Much of this largesse flowed through the Moscow-based Russian Privatization Center (R.P.C.). Founded in 1992 under the direction of Chubais, who was chairman of its board even while head of the G.K.I., and Boycko, who was C.E.O. for most of its existence, the R.P.C. was legally a private, nonprofit, nongovernmental organization. In fact, it was established by another Yeltsin decree and helped carry out government policy on inflation and other macroeconomic issues and also negotiated loans with international financial institutions. H.I.I.D. was a founder of the R.P.C., and Andrei Shleifer served on the board of directors. Its other members were recruited by Chubais, according to Ira Lieberman, a senior manager in the private-sector development department of the World Bank who helped design the R.P.C. With H.I.I.D.’s help, the R.P.C. received some $45 million from U.S.A.I.D. and millions from the European Union, individual European governments, Japan and other countries, as well as loans from the World Bank ($59 million) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development ($43 million), which must be repaid by the Russian people. One result of this funding was the enrichment, political and financial, of Chubais and his allies.
H.I.I.D. helped create several more aid-funded institutions. One was the Federal Commission on Securities, a rough equivalent of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (S.E.C.). It too was established by presidential decree, and it was run by Chubais protégé Dmitry Vasiliev. The commission had very limited enforcement powers and funding, but U.S.A.I.D. supplied the cash through two Harvard-created institutions run by Hay, Vasiliev and other members of the Harvard-Chubais coterie.
One of these was the Institute for Law-Based Economy, funded by both the World Bank and U.S.A.I.D. This institute, set up to help develop a legal and regulatory framework for markets, evolved to encompass drafting decrees for the Russian government; it got nearly $20 million from U.S.A.I.D. Last August, the Russian directors of I.L.B.E. were caught removing $500,000 worth of U.S. office equipment from the organization’s Moscow office; the equipment was returned only after weeks of U.S. pressure. When auditors from U.S.A.I.D.’s inspector general’s office sought records and documents regarding I.L.B.E. operations, the organization refused to turn them over.
The device of setting up private organizations backed by the power of the Yeltsin government and maintaining close ties to H.I.I.D. was a way of insuring deniability. Shleifer, Hay and other Harvard principals, all U.S. citizens, were “Russian” when convenient. Hay, for example, served alternately and sometimes simultaneously as aid contractor, manager of other contractors and representative of the Russian government. If Western donors were attacked for funding controversial privatization practices of the state, the donors could claim they were funding “private” organizations, even if these organizations were controlled or strongly influenced by key state officials. If the Chubais circle came under fire for misuse of funds, they could claim that Americans made the decisions. Foreign donors could insist that the Russians acted on their own.
Against the backdrop of Russia’s Klondike capitalism, which they were helping create and Chubais and his team were supposedly regulating, the H.I.I.D. advisers exploited their intimate ties with Chubais and the government and were allegedly able to conduct business activities for their own enrichment. According to sources close to the U.S. government’s investigation, Hay used his influence, as well as U.S.A.I.D.-financed resources, to help his girlfriend, Elizabeth Hebert, set up a mutual fund, Pallada Asset Management, in Russia. Pallada became the first mutual fund to be licensed by Vasiliev’s Federal Commission on Securities. Vasiliev approved Pallada ahead of Credit Suisse First Boston and Pioneer First Voucher, much larger and more established financial institutions.
After Pallada was set up, Hebert, Hay, Shleifer and Vasiliev looked for ways to continue their activities as aid funds dwindled. Using I.L.B.E. resources and funding, they established a private consulting firm with taxpayer money. One of the firm’s first clients was Shleifer’s wife, Nancy Zimmerman, who operated a Boston-based hedge fund that traded heavily in Russian bonds. According to Russian registration documents, Zimmerman’s company set up a Russian firm with Sergei Shishkin, the I.L.B.E. chief, as general director. Corporate documents on file in Moscow showed that the address and phone number of the company and the I.L.B.E. were the same.
Then there is the First Russian Specialized Depository, which holds the records and assets of mutual fund investors. This institution, funded by a World Bank loan, also worked to the benefit of Hay, Vasiliev, Hebert and another associate, Julia Zagachin. According to sources close to the U.S. government’s investigation, Zagachin, an American married to a Russian, was selected to run the depository even though she lacked the required capital. Ostensibly, there was to be total separation between the depository and any mutual fund using its services. But the selection of Zagachin defied this tenet of open markets: Pallada and the depository were run by people with ties to each other through H.I.I.D. Thus the very people who were supposed to be the trustees of the system not only undercut the aid program’s stated goal of building independent institutions but replicated the Soviet practice of skimming assets to benefit the nomenklatura.
Anne Williamson, a journalist who specializes in Soviet and Russian affairs, details these and other conflicts of interest between H.I.I.D.’s advisers and their supposed clients–the Russian people–in her forthcoming book, How America Built the New Russian Oligarchy. For example, in 1995, in Chubais-organized insider auctions of prime national properties, known as loans-for-shares, the Harvard Management Company (H.M.C.), which invests the university’s endowment, and billionaire speculator George Soros were the only foreign entities allowed to participate. H.M.C. and Soros became significant shareholders in Novolipetsk, Russia’s second-largest steel mill, and Sidanko Oil, whose reserves exceed those of Mobil. H.M.C. and Soros also invested in Russia’s high-yielding, I.M.F.-subsidized domestic bond market.
Even more dubious, according to Williamson, was Soros’s July 1997 purchase of 24 percent of Sviazinvest, the telecommunications giant, in partnership with Uneximbank’s Vladimir Potanin. It was later learned that shortly before this purchase Soros had tided over Yeltsin’s government with a backdoor loan of hundreds of millions of dollars while the government was awaiting proceeds of a Eurobond issue; the loan now appears to have been used by Uneximbank to purchase Norilsk Nickel in August 1997. According to Williamson, the U.S. assistance program in Russia was rife with such conflicts of interest involving H.I.I.D. advisers and their U.S.A.I.D.-funded Chubais allies, H.M.C. managers, favored Russian bankers, Soros and insider expatriates working in Russia’s nascent markets.
Despite exposure of this corruption in the Russian media (and, far more hesitantly, in the U.S. media), the H.I.I.D.-Chubais clique remained until recently the major instrument of U.S. economic aid policy to Russia. It even used the high-level Gore-Chernomyrdin Commission, which helped orchestrate the cooperation of U.S.-Russian oil deals and the Mir space station. The commission’s now-defunct Capital Markets Forum was chaired on the Russian side by Chubais and Vasiliev, and on the U.S. side by S.E.C. chairman Arthur Levitt Jr. and Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin. Andrei Shleifer was named special coordinator to all four of the Capital Markets Forum’s working subgroups. Hebert, Hay’s girlfriend, served on two of the subgroups, as did the C.E.O.s of Salomon Brothers, Merrill Lynch and other powerful Wall Street investment houses. When The Nation contacted the S.E.C. for information about Capital Markets, we were told to call Shleifer for comment. Shleifer, who is under investigation by U.S.A.I.D.’s inspector general for misuse of funds, declined to be interviewed for this article. A U.S. Treasury spokesman said Shleifer and Hebert were appointed to Capital Markets by the Chubais group–specifically, according to other sources, by Dmitry Vasiliev.
In fact, H.I.I.D. projects were never adequately monitored by U.S.A.I.D. In 1996, a General Accounting Office report described U.S.A.I.D.’s management and oversight of H.I.I.D. as “lax.” In early 1997, U.S.A.I.D.’s inspector general received incriminating documents about H.I.I.D.’s activities in Russia and began investigating. In May Shleifer and Hay lost their projects when the agency canceled most of the $14 million still earmarked for H.I.I.D., citing evidence that the two managers were engaged in activities for “private gain.” The men had allegedly used their positions to profit from investments in the Russian securities markets and other private enterprises. According to sources close to the U.S. investigation, while advising the Russian government on capital markets, for example, Hay and his father allegedly used inside information to invest in Russian government bonds. Hay and Shleifer may ultimately face criminal and/or civil prosecution. Shleifer remains a tenured professor at Harvard, and Hay continues to work with members of the Chubais clique in Russia. Sachs, who has stated he never invests in countries where he advises and who is not implicated in the current U.S. government investigation, remains head of H.I.I.D. After Yeltsin’s Cabinet shakeup in March, Chubais was moved to a new position of prominence. His role in Russia’s political-economic affairs had been tarnished by reports of personal enrichment. Two examples:
§ In February 1996, Chubais’s Foundation for the Protection of Private Property received a five-year, $2.9 million unsecured interest-free loan. According to the pro-Yeltsin, pro-reform Izvestia, Stolichny Bank, an institution that enjoys lines of credit from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the World Bank, made the loan in return for a small percentage of the Sibneft oil company when it was sold at auction, and for later control of one of the state’s largest banks. Chubais defended himself by saying such practices were common in the West, but failed to provide any reasonable explanation for some $300,000 in 1996 income not accounted for by his government salary.
§ During Yeltsin’s 1996 presidential campaign, security officials apprehended two close associates of Chubais as they were walking out of a main government building with a box containing more than $500,000 in cash for Yeltsin’s campaign. According to tapes of a later meeting recorded by a member of one of Russia’s security services, Chubais and his cronies strategized about burying evidence of any illegal transaction, while publicly claiming that any allegations of chicanery were the work of political enemies. A protracted, lackadaisical investigation began but was eventually dropped–more evidence of Chubais’s remarkable resilience. He remained valuable to Yeltsin largely because of his perceived ability to deal with the West, where many still regard him as a symbol of Russian reform.
During the five years that the Chubais clique presided over Western economic aid and policy in Russia, they did enormous harm. By unconditionally backing Chubais and his associates, the Harvard operatives, their U.S. government patrons and Western donors may have reinforced the new post-Soviet oligarchical system. Shleifer acknowledged as much in Privatizing Russia, the book he wrote with Chubais crony Maxim Boycko, who with his patron would later be caught in another financial indiscretion involving taking a “veiled bribe” in the form of advances on a book on the history of Russian privatization. “Aid can change the political equilibrium,” they said, “by explicitly helping free-market reformers to defeat their opponents.”
Richard Morningstar, U.S. aid coordinator for the former Soviet Union, stands by this approach: “If we hadn’t been there to provide funding to Chubais, could we have won the battle to carry out privatization? Probably not. When you’re talking about a few hundred million dollars, you’re not going to change the country, but you can provide targeted assistance to help Chubais.” In early 1996, after he was temporarily removed from high office by Yeltsin because he represented unpopular economic policies, H.I.I.D. came to his rescue by placing him on its U.S.A.I.D.-funded payroll, a show of loyalty that former U.S.A.I.D. assistant administrator Thomas Dine says he supported. Western policy-makers like Morningstar and Dine have depicted Chubais as a selfless visionary battling reactionary forces. In the spring of 1997, Summers called him and his associates a “dream team.” With few exceptions, the U.S. mainstream media have promulgated this view.
United States policy toward Russia requires a full-scale Congressional investigation. The General Accounting Office did investigate H.I.I.D.’s Russian and Ukrainian projects in 1996, but the findings were largely suppressed by the agency’s timid management. The audit team concluded, for example, that the U.S. government exercised “favoritism” toward Harvard, but this conclusion and the supporting documentation were removed from the final report. Last fall Congress asked the G.A.O. to look into Eastern European aid programs and Shleifer’s role in the Gore-Chernomyrdin Commission. Such questions need to be answered, but any serious inquiry must go beyond individual corruption and examine how U.S. policy, using tens of millions in taxpayer dollars, helped deform democracy and economic reform in Russia and helped create a fat-cat oligarchy run amok.
* "Book scandal costs Chubais finance ministry post" (1997-11-20, edition.cnn.com) [archive.is/W8Xbe]
* "Yeltsin no-confidence vote delayed; Communist-led Russian parliament steps back from showdown" (1997-10-15, edition.cnn.com) [archive.is/5ufgM]


Snippets of Jewish History

* "THE 20TH CENTURY WAS THE JEWISH CENTURY; Never before in history and likely never again will such a small group of people create such influence as did Jews in the 20th century" (2016-10-17, jpost.com) [archive.fo/GCzQ3]:
Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, Leon Trotsky, Elie Wiesel, Noam Chomsky, Shimon Peres, Steven Spielberg, Garry Kasparov. It’s hard to think of an industry or a profession in which Jews did not excel in the past century. From well-known communists such as Genrikh Yagoda and Rosa Luxemburg, and communist spies such as the Rosenbergs, to the most zealous anti-communists such as Roy Cohn. Captains of industry and of social justice, from Golda Meir to Bob Dylan.
Leaders of the 1968 student rebellion like Daniel Marx Cohn-Bendit and of the forces arrayed against it, such as Milton Friedman. Comedians, artists, heads of secret police, terrorists, chemists, writers.
Never before in history and likely never again will such a small group of people create such influence as did Jews in the 20th century. How can we understand this influence? Is it overstated? Why did it occur? Why will the 21st century witness an overall decline? Population was one factor. In 1900 there were an estimated 1.6 billion people in the world, and around 10 million Jews. Around 0.6 percent. The number of Jews would peak at 17 million on the eve of the Holocaust when there were 2.3 billion people in the world. Today the number of Jews is not only far less as a percent (.01%), but the Jewish population is concentrated almost entirely in the US and Israel. In 1900 by contrast Jews were a major minority in many of the world’s cities, from Odessa to Baghdad. Not only were there more Jews as a percentage of the world’s population, they were concentrated in the most influential cities in the world. Before urbanization became standard in countries like China and Russia, Jews were urbanized and were pioneers in new industries.
If you traveled the world in the year 1900 many of its major cities had substantial Jewish populations. In Vienna 9% of the locals were Jewish, in Berlin around 4%, but almost 10% of Dresden. Similar populations were found in Amsterdam and Prague. In England and France there were significant but smaller communities, whereas in eastern Europe there were many cities that had massive Jewish populations, such as Krakow, Chernivtsi, Edirne (now in Turkey), Lvov, Salonika, Warsaw, Minsk, Odessa, Kishinev and Budapest, with between 20% and 60%. Romania had numerous towns that were over 30% Jewish. Further east, Damascus was 5% Jewish and Aleppo almost 10%. Algiers was almost a sixth Jewish, and in Egypt there were 30,000 Jews. Many cities in North Africa were more than 5% Jewish.
A quarter of Baghdad’s population was Jewish.
All of that is gone now, often leaving only a bare memory that it ever existed. Between Nazism, Communism, nationalism and Islamism in the Muslim world, almost all Jewish communities have been destroyed, and in many cases their contributions to local culture forgotten.
But the contributions of Albert Memmi, Jacques Derrida, Yitzhak Kaduri and others cannot be forgotten.
Is there a tendency toward navel-gazing when it comes to celebrating Jewish achievements and influence? The disproportionate influence is borne out in statistics. Start writing in Google “percent of Nobel prize win...” and by the time you get there it will fill it in for you “who are Jewish.” The response will tell you 20% of winners were Jewish. In other fields, such as philosophy, visual arts and architecture it might be more difficult to quantify. But obviously the influence is disproportionate when one considers just a list of great Jewish architects such as Louis Kahn, Daniel Libeskind, Frank Gehry, Oscar Niemeyer.
The same disproportionate achievement is clear in the world of business. Do we have to wade through more names than Soros, Adelson, Ellison, Ballmer, Bloomberg, Isidor Straus, Loeb, Weill? More than half the major players in Barbarians at the Gate, from Peter Cohen to Henry Kravis and the Pritzker family, were Jewish. Jews played such an outsized role in fashion and cosmetics in the 20th century that you could spend a lifetime in Ralph Lauren, Kenneth Cole and Calvin Klein outfits.
Jews played a smaller role in politics, but nevertheless an influential one. There were great Jewish mayors such as three from Toronto: Nathan Phillips, Mel Lastman and Philip Givens. Fiorello La Guardia’s mother was Jewish, as was Ed Koch. France had two Jewish prime ministers. Jews played major roles as advisers, consultants and in various other capacities around the centers of political power.
Beyond all this there is another, larger current in 20th century history that has to be acknowledged: Jews were both the progenitors and victims of the mass social movements of the century. They played a massively outsized role in social democratic movements, socialism and communism, which made sense since they were the primary victims of nationalism, fascism and Nazism. Amid all that, Jews played a major role in social justice movements including in South Africa and the US. Beyond all that some Jews sought to revolutionize their society through the creation of a Jewish state, eventually creating one of the most successful new countries of the 20th century, with one of the strongest armies in the world.
What has to make us pause when we think of all this is how used to this achievement and tremendous contributive role Jewish communities have become. But there is an inevitable let-down coming as Jewish communities decline into obscurity in most countries. Even in those countries where they once had disproportionate roles, they are outpaced by other minorities. Their role is often forgotten in the rewriting of history by groups, whether it be African-Americans in the US, or South African history.
No one in the Muslim Middle East wants to remember Jewish labor activists, Jewish businessmen from Iraq, Jewish philosophers. The time when physics and psychoanalysis could be called “Jewish sciences,” both derisively and accurately, or when Hollywood could be called “Jewish,” are nearing an end.
The freedom and mobility that enabled Jewish achievement in the 20th century is also enabling the diversification of minority achievement beyond Jews. Concentration and demographic decline have had their impact, as has the ethnic cleansing and genocide of Jews. This will have a long-term effect on Jewish self-perception and self-understanding regarding the influence of Jews in the world. The feeling of almost universal respect that those like Elie Wiesel commanded, the respect paid those like Shimon Peres, and the role of “public intellectual” adopted by men like Noam Chomsky, will pass in the 21st century.
For better or for worse, it is worthwhile to reflect on this passing, and the heritage that was provided to 21st century by their legacy.

* "The Jewish Century" book publisher's page [archive.fo/CixuT] [begin excerpt]:
Winner of the 2005 National Jewish Book Award, Ronald S. Lauder Award in Eastern European Studies, Jewish Book Council
Winner of the 2005 Wayne S. Vucinich Book Prize, American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies
Winner of the 2004 Award for Best Professional/Scholarly Book in Religion, Association of American Publishers
This masterwork of interpretative history begins with a bold declaration: The Modern Age is the Jewish Age--and we are all, to varying degrees, Jews.
The assertion is, of course, metaphorical. But it underscores Yuri Slezkine's provocative thesis. Not only have Jews adapted better than many other groups to living in the modern world, they have become the premiere symbol and standard of modern life everywhere.
Slezkine argues that the Jews were, in effect, among the world's first free agents. They traditionally belonged to a social and anthropological category known as "service nomads," an outsider group specializing in the delivery of goods and services. Their role, Slezkine argues, was part of a broader division of human labor between what he calls Mercurians-entrepreneurial minorities--and Apollonians--food-producing majorities.
Since the dawning of the Modern Age, Mercurians have taken center stage. In fact, Slezkine argues, modernity is all about Apollonians becoming Mercurians--urban, mobile, literate, articulate, intellectually intricate, physically fastidious, and occupationally flexible. Since no group has been more adept at Mercurianism than the Jews, he contends, these exemplary ancients are now model moderns.
The book concentrates on the drama of the Russian Jews, including émigrés and their offspring in America, Palestine, and the Soviet Union. But Slezkine has as much to say about the many faces of modernity--nationalism, socialism, capitalism, and liberalism--as he does about Jewry. Marxism and Freudianism, for example, sprang largely from the Jewish predicament, Slezkine notes, and both Soviet Bolshevism and American liberalism were affected in fundamental ways by the Jewish exodus from the Pale of Settlement.
Rich in its insight, sweeping in its chronology, and fearless in its analysis, this sure-to-be-controversial work is an important contribution not only to Jewish and Russian history but to the history of Europe and America as well. [end excerpt]
- Further insight into author Yuri Slezkine's thesis [archive.fo/RlU2l].


Overviews of World History

* "Revolution and Its Discontents: The Revolutionary Faith in the Modern World" (1981, by James H. Billington, Syracuse Scholar magazine) (.pdf) [is.gd/mJJ58I]
* "Did a plot link French and Russian revolutions?" book review (1981-02-04, csmonitor.com) [archive.fo/ein38]:
James H. Billington, a former Princeton professor and chairman of the Fulbright program, is the current director of the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Studies.
This volume is the product of a "subjectivist method" in historiography, for, as Billington writes, his method "was to concentrate on old books in the light of insights derived from new students."
He focuses here on revolution, which, like a subsoil forest fire, licked upward repeatedly in Europe from 1789 (France) to 1917 (Russia).
Occultism, he finds, was the tinderbox in which the spark of revolution ignited. Freemasonry and other secret hierarchical organizations provided the model for a series of interlocking political conspiracies.
The Illuminist Order, founded in Bavaria by Adam Weishaupt in 1776, went further than most in molding a conspiracy to overturn the monarchical order in favor of "natural" equality and justice.
The order influenced political figures close to the House of Orleans on the eve of the French Revolution. It swayed subsequent generations through the writing of Filippo Buonarotti, a participant in the 1796 conspiracy of Gracchus Babeuf to extend the French political revolution with a further social revolt to establish community property.
Throughout the 19th century similar organizational projects attracted intellectuals who influenced the newly literate masses through the first mass medium, journalism.
Born of Europe's struggle against Napoleon, romantic nationalism held sway until the Revolution of 1830 in France. Under Louis- Philippe, concepts of social revolution began to move to the fore. The Revolution 1848 coincided with Karl Marx's "Communist Manifesto."
After Marx, social revolutionaries were divided into two camps: those who felt the chief enemy was capital, as he did, or those who pitted themselves against government itself, as did Proudhon and Bakunin.
In the industrial age the most successful model of a revolutionary machine was offered by the Marxist Social Democratic Party of Germany after 1870.
If Germans were fascinated by machines, Billington argues, Russians were enthralled by dynamite, and redirected it to political ends through assassinations and terror. The ultimate combination of Russian violence and German organization was achieved by Lenin (himself half German and half Russian) , who overthrew an unelected government in 1917 with his Bolshevik half of the Russian Social Democratic Labor Party and rechristened his instrument the Communist Party.
By exercising his right "to ignore professional debates" and a "willingness to follow seminal figures on leaps of history," Billington argues the descent of Bolshevism from the beginnings of the Illuminist Order a century and a half earlier.
Appealingly simplistic and heavily freighted by citations, Billington's argument isn't really persuasive in demonstrating uninterrupted linkage among conspirators between 1776 and 1917. In the absence of direct evidence, hypotheses about possible influence can only be considered speculative. Complex historical processes cannot be reduced to organizational fetishism or seductively simplified as representing fragments of a Great Conspiracy.
The mass of footnotes at the end of this magisterial 650-page volume may appear to lend plausibility to Billington's position, but in the end his case seems subjective if not specious.

* "Daniel Coxe, Jr." (retrieved 2017-07-23, en.wikipedia.org) [archive.fo/3y2SQ]:
Colonel Daniel Coxe, Jr. (1673–1739), son of Dr. Daniel Coxe, went to his father's North American lands. He lived in the American colonies from 1702 to 1716 and after returning to England published an account in 1722 of his travels and a description of the area encompassed by his father's claim, entitled A Description of the English Province of Carolana, by the Spaniards called Florida, And by the French La Louisiane.
Daniel Coxe, Jr. was appointed a member of the New Jersey Provincial Council on November 29, 1705 replacing the late Edward Hunloke. He was suspended from his duties on June 15, 1713 after having conflicts with Gov. Robert Hunter. In 1716 he was elected to the New Jersey General Assembly representing Gloucester County, and was chosen as Speaker, but was expelled from the lower house that same year (footnote 1: Manual of the Legislature of New Jersey, date: various, pre 1950).
He was appointed by the Duke of Norfolk as Provincial Grand Master of Freemasons for the provinces of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, but died before he had chartered any lodges.
In 1731, he claimed that he possessed superior title to that of the West Jersey Society, via a superseding deed that his father had recorded years earlier; the courts upheld Coxe's claim. Hundreds of families were forced to repurchase their own property from Col. Coxe or be forcibly evicted. The ensuing scandal was one of many injustices that inflamed American anger against the British during the years leading up the Revolutionary War. There were lawsuits and riots; Col. Coxe was burned in effigy; but to no avail. As a result, many Hopewell residents left New Jersey, either unable to pay Col. Coxe or disgusted with the colony's rampant political corruption. One group of Hopewell expatriates settled on the Yadkin River in what was then Rowan County, North Carolina. This community, the Jersey Settlement, continued to attract new settlers from the Hopewell area for several decades.
The Weld Coxe Collection [archive.fo/IL4qH], including correspondence, pamphlets, maps and other materials documenting the Coxe family in America, is available for research use at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.
* "A DESCRIPTION Of the ENGLISH PROVINCE of CAROLANA, By the Spaniards call'd FLORIDA, And by the French La LOUISIANE. As also of the Great and Famous River MESCHACEBE or MISSISIPI, The Five vast Navigable Lakes of Fresh Water, and the Parts Adjacent. TOGETHER With an Account of the Commodities of the Growth and Production of the said Province. And a PREFACE containing some Considerations on the Consequences of the French making Settlements there." (By DANIEL COXE, Esq; Non minor est Virtus quam quaerere parta tueri. LONDON; Printed for B. Cowse, at the Rose and Crown, St. Paul's Church-Yard. M DCC XXII.) [https://archive.org/stream/descriptionofeng00coxe#page/n9/mode/2up]

* "Blount Family - North Carolina" (compiled and annotated by Don R. Hender) [archive.is/WcbL5] [begin excerpt]:
In the beginning there was but Jamestown, for whether or not any actually did know of the fate of the Lost Colony or not, they would not admit to it as it would not have fit the British Class bredding. Thus, at first, all there was, was Virginia and 'The Sovth Part of Virginia' as marked by this very early 1657 map of Nicholas Comberford [archive.fo/BBU9t], was that which would become that part of North Carolina with the lands and rivers about the Pampticough (Pamlico) and Albemarle Sounds. As history would have it, there was no official land of Carolina before 1663 when the first successfully installed such charter was given to the Eight Lords Proprietors. The grant given to Roger Green, "clarke," of 1653 had totally failed but did lay some foundation for the later Carolina charters. Even then 'Carolina' only first extended as far north as the Albemarle Sound, it being the 36 degree northern latitude line from the 1653 failed document, and the 1663 charter merely marked the line along that same bearing dividing Carolina from Virginia beginning at a northern point of Luck/Lucke (renamed Colleton) Island west to the Pacific Ocean. The name Carolina was also a hold over from the 1653 failed grant and it referred to King Charles I by a French equivalent name of Carolina. Two years later the norther and southern boundries would be adjusted by a new 1665 edition of the Carolina Charter, and then at that point it did infact reach beyound the Albemarle Sound north to the northern borders of what is North Carolina today.

* "A New DESCRIPTION OF CAROLINA." (1676; Sold by Tho. Basset in Fleetstreet and Ric. Chiswell in St. Pauls Churchyard)


History, being at risk for selective scholarshp...
* "Newark, 1967: Rebellion? Race Riot? Or just plain riot" (2017-07-17, jewishcurrents.org) [archive.is/0INLc]


The "Dark Enlightenment" and neo-Reactionary Studies [is.gd/wZHos7]
With a focus on European supremacist ideology, including Antisemitic modalities, and "Racial Science".

* "In Flashy New Film, NATO Celebrates Nazi Collaborators Who Murdered Jews in the Holocaust; Top historians slam NATO for lionizing former Baltic Waffen SS fighters as anti-communist heroes" (2017-07-20, alternet.org) [archive.fo/6gv8E]:
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization has come under fire for portraying Baltic Nazi collaborators as anti-communist heroes in a flashy new film.
“Forest Brothers: Fight for the Baltics,” a short film NATO published on YouTube and its social media accounts on July 11 [archive.fo/JSLAF], depicts anti-Soviet partisans as freedom fighters. The documentary features dramatic battle scene recreations accompanied by Hollywood blockbuster music, in which a Nazi-linked group known as the Forest Brothers ambushes and kills Soviet officers.
The film includes interviews with former partisan fighters and their supporters, and even highlights modern-day Lithuanian Special Forces, depicting them as heroes on the frontlines against Russia.
“The legacy of a struggle by a small force against overwhelming odds lives on today in the Special Forces units of all three countries,” the narrator declares. A Lithuanian Special Forces officer adds, “All our history derives from the Forest Brothers.”
The eight-minute movie does not once mention that many of the members of the Forest Brothers previously fought on behalf of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi regime. The anti-communist partisans were largely former members of the Waffen-SS.
AlterNet spoke with leading historians and anti-Nazi investigators who condemned the NATO film for rewriting history.
“By going beyond turning a blind eye to the worship of pro-Hitler forces in Eastern Europe,” said historian Dovid Katz, NATO “is crossing the line right into offering its moral legitimization of Nazi forces such as the Latvian Waffen SS.”
In order to join the SS in Latvia, recruits swore an oath of loyalty to the German Fuhrer.
Katz is one of the foremost experts on the history of Jews in the Baltic states. He told AlterNet the NATO homage to the Forest Brothers is “very deeply troubling,” and called it “a hapless accommodation to East European ultranationalism and Holocaust obfuscation and revisionism.”
Many of the members of the Forest Brothers “were fascists, including some recycled killers from the 1941 genocide phase of the Latvian Holocaust,” Katz explained. The group “served to delay the Soviet advance (in alliance with the United States, Great Britain and the Allies) that would liberate the death camps further west.”
“That not all Waffen SS members were ‘personal killers’—the country's Jews had already been mostly butchered when these units were formed—is quite irrelevant,” Katz added. “If and when they discovered a Jew in hiding, they did not help him or her.”
AlterNet contacted NATO’s press office with a request for comment, asking why the video did not mention the Forest Brothers’ Nazi links. An individual who asked to be described simply as a NATO official wrote briefly in reply, “The video is open and transparent about the history of the Forest Brothers. The script notes that ‘former soldiers who had fought on both sides of the war, now feared for their lives.’”
Rewriting the Holocaust to Demonize the Soviets -
Dovid Katz has written extensively on the whitewashing of Nazi collaborators in the Holocaust [archive.fo/k5MpR], particularly in the Baltic states — Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia — which are members of NATO and the European Union. Katz is a regular contributor to the journal Defending History, a scholarly watchdog project whose mission is to “defend the history of the Holocaust from the onslaught of the New Far Right’s East European campaign (by states, their proxies, and other elites) to downgrade and obfuscate the Holocaust.”
On Lithuania’s Independence Day in March, Defending History reported that far-right nationalists held a march featuring neo-Nazi music and the Forest Brothers song “Let the Bolsheviks Know.” The participants marched to the presidential palace, where they held a ceremony attacking Lithuania’s oldest Holocaust survivor, Fania Yocheles Brantsovsky, 95. Defending History noted Brantsovsky has been “subjected to defamation by the state’s campaign of Holocaust revisionism.”
Efraim Zuroff, a well-known anti-Nazi activist and historian, also condemned the Forest Brothers film in an email to AlterNet. “The problem with the screening by NATO of the film on the Forest Brothers is that it presents these men as genuine heroes with a blameless past, when in reality many of them had murdered Jews during the Holocaust,” he said.
The Forest Brothers’ complicity in the Holocaust “was in fact one of the reasons that some of them joined the anti-Soviet resistance—to avoid prosecution by the Soviets for their collaboration with the Nazis,” Zuroff added. “They also committed crimes against innocent civilians in certain cases.”
Among the civilians murdered by the Forest Brothers, Katz pointed out, were Lithuanian organizers of collective farms overseen by the Soviets in Lithuania (.pdf) [is.gd/hM1ddb]. In fact, a prominent director of a development agency in Vilnius, Lithuania was fired by the mayor this July, after he sparked a scandal for posting a Facebook comment asking whether or not it was moral for the Forest Brothers to kill these civilians.
The historian Samuel D. Gruber has also noted that large sums of money have been spent on preserving sites in Lithuania associated with the Forest Brothers, “many of whom were ex-fascist collaborators and ‘Jew-shooters’ who fled into the forests in 1944 to escape the Soviet advance,” he wrote.
NATO’s film on the Forest Brothers is not the first time the Nazi-linked, anti-communist group has been whitewashed. The New York Times did the same [archive.fo/FVgUs] in its review of the documentary “The Invisible Front,” which premiered in 2014 at a historic theater in New York. Yet NATO’s movie is the most high-profile example yet.
'Double genocide' myth
Dovid Katz stressed in his interview with AlterNet that NATO’s adulation of the Forest Brothers “is in service to the ‘double genocide’ movement, of which the West still knows so little.”
Double genocide refers to a form of historical revisionism that depicts the crimes of Nazi Germany and the crimes of the Soviet Union as equal. The talking point, popular among not just neo-fascists, but many conservatives and liberals alike in the West, whitewashes the genocidal crimes against humanity carried out by the Nazis while grossly exaggerating the excesses of the communists.
“Hitler’s Axis and the Western Allies were not equal, and shame on NATO for coming on board far-right ultranationalist attempts, rooted in extremism, racism and antisemitism, that seek to rewrite history,” Katz said.
The Soviet Union lost more people in World War II than any other country; more than 26 million Soviets, including nearly 9 million soldiers, died in the bloodiest war in history. The USSR did the vast majority of the fighting against the Nazi regime. Historians note that three-quarters of Nazi casualties in WWII were caused by the Red Army. Even the Washington Post acknowledged in 2015: “the Soviet Union saved the world from Hitler” [archive.fo/JCJot].
Today, however, far-right governments in Eastern Europe are actively rewriting this history.
Latvia is one of several countries that have passed “red-blown laws,” Katz noted. He said these are “shameful” policies that threaten jail time for those who speak out against the false equivalency that depicts Nazi and Soviet crimes as “equal.”
“Within current East European politics, and indeed the wider East-West geopolitical scene, attempts to speak up are rapidly knocked down by bogus charges that those who have such concerns must be Putinist agents, adding loss of freedom of expression and democracy for these very East European peoples NATO is supposed to be defending,” Katz added.
For its part, Russia was enraged by the homage to the Forest Brothers. The Permanent Mission of Russia to NATO immediately criticized the film, writing, “Another shameful attempt to rewrite history and glorify inglorious former SS-fighters and nationalists to serve political narrative of the day.” It added, “NATO offers another practical guide to breed intolerance and war-mongering at its best.”
Maria Zakharova, spokesperson for Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, condemned the movie as a “perversion of history” [archive.fo/4W9a6], noting the Forest Brothers were “fascist remnants” who were backed by Western intelligence agencies in their guerilla war against the Soviet Union.
- Still from Forest Brothers: Fight for the Baltics

* NATO's official announcement for the propaganda film:


The following are samples of Antisemitic views concerning various facets of Jewish history in the 20th Century, and are provided not for their supposed veracity, but for the perspective utilized by Antisemites in their model(s) of world history:
- "Holohoax 101 - The Fundamentals of the Holocaust Hoax" [archive.fo/YYmeV]
- "Holohoax 102 - Holohoax Believe It, Or Not" [archive.fo/AeOWn]
- "Holohoax 103 - Ripley's Annex" [archive.fo/ZR9lJ]
- "Holohoax 201 - Advanced Holohoax Studies" [archive.fo/KX97F]
- "Holohoax 202 - Holohoax Consequences and Implications" [archive.fo/O8Oar]

* "Jewish Palestinian Genocide" (jewwatch.com) [archive.fo/396lO]

* "Harvard Jews Loot Russia" (2007-11-03, realjewnews.com) [archive.is/CptVs]

* "Success May Be Bad for Jews As Old Russian Bias Surfaces" (1997-04-15, nytimes.com) [archive.is/s2fEK] [begin excerpt]:
At a recent rally near Red Square to protest the Russian Government's delays in paying salaries and pensions, people's rage quickly focused on a different culprit.
''Why are there no Russians in government?'' Zinaida Piskunova screeched. ''Why, why, why are there only Jews?'' She is 46, a rosy-cheeked collective farm worker from the city of Yaroslavl who wore a flowered kerchief and a sandwich board that read, ''Down With the Government, Zionist Know-It-Alls!''
The people around her backed her up, indulging the fallacy that Jews cannot be authentic Russians..
''It's true,'' one man said of Mrs. Piskunova's observations. ''First Livshits and Yavlinsky, then Berezovsky and now Nemtsov. And Chubais, he's probably a Jew too.''
He was listing some of the most prominent Russian politicians associated with economic reform, even though not all are Jewish and not all support the policies of President Boris N. Yeltsin's Government.
But the presence of more Jews in high places than during any time under the czars or since the Revolution of 1917 is something that some Russians are depicting as sinister.
Frustrated with the wrenching economic and social upheaval that followed the collapse of Communism, and the Soviet Union, in 1991, and spurred on by politicians willing to tap their resentments, many people are returning to a traditional scapegoat: Jews. [...]
The paradox of anti-Semitism in Russia today is that in most ways, life for Jews has never been better.
The state-sponsored discrimination of the Soviet era has been abolished, opening doors to the highest branches of academia, business and government. Russians still brand Judaism as a nationality like Russian or Armenian ethnicity. But in new internal passports, not yet issued, citizens will no longer be required to list their nationality.
Russian Jews, who are estimated to number more than half a million, have re-established Judaism as a religion and a culture. Religious schools and synagogues are flourishing.
All over Russia there are Hebrew schools and universities, Lubavitch communities and soup kitchens and kosher shops. As they prepare for Passover, Jews in Moscow can choose between matzoh imported from Israel or made in Russia.
Emigration, which was negligible until Mr. Gorbachev opened the floodgates in 1989, peaked in 1991 and 1992, but since then it has slowed down, a sign of stability.
Boris A. Berezovsky, a car dealer turned media, banking and real estate tycoon who is deputy chairman of the National Security Council, is one of the more prominent Jews in Moscow.
Mr. Berezovsky is a subject of controversy in Russia, and there are legitimate questions about his business dealings, Government contracts and influence in the Kremlin. But oddly, when he was appointed to his Government post, Izvestia and other respected newspapers focused mainly on the fact that he once applied for Israeli citizenship.
Communists and extreme nationalists are not shy about complaining that Jews control banks and the mass media. Mr. Berezovsky, whose company Logovaz owns a large share of Russia's largest television network, ORT, is twinned in the public imagination with Vladimir Gusinsky, another powerful banker, who owns the second-largest non-Government network, NTV. Mr. Gusinsky is also chairman of the Russian Jewish Congress.
Deputy Prime Minister Anatoly B. Chubais, the country's chief architect of economic reform and, accordingly, one of the least popular politicians in Russia, is not Jewish. But his more extreme detractors do not believe that.
The main Communist paper, Sovetskaya Rossiya, recently published a large cartoon of Mr. Yeltsin and Mr. Chubais together. Mr. Chubais is depicted as a snake, coiled around Mr. Yeltsin's body and whispering in his ear as the Russian President signs a decree. Stars of David are the scales along his reptilian tail.
Some of the names most frequently cited as leaders of a Zionist plot to undermine the Russian Government from within do not quite fit the job description. Aleksandr Y. Livshits, the former Finance Minister, is Jewish. He was demoted in a recent Cabinet shuffle. Grigory A. Yavlinsky, a leading reform economist, is half-Jewish, but he is not in government. In fact, he is one of the Government's most ardent liberal critics.
Boris Y. Nemtsov, the former Governor of Nizhni Novgorod who recently became First Deputy Prime Minister in charge of economic reform, is Jewish. In an interview, he denied that anti-Semitism was a problem for him personally.
''I have been elected three times, not by Communists but by ordinary voters, 93 percent of whom are Russians,'' he said, referring to the ethnic category that would exclude Jews. ''People tend to judge whether you are a thief or honest, competent or not.''
But he acknowledged that the increased visibility of Jewish businessmen and Government officials could become an issue. [end excerpt]

* "Rise and Fall of the Jewish Reich; A study of Jewish involvement in worldwide Communist insurrections reveals as much between the lines as in them. Something to ponder on is that Jewish participation in Bolshevism is something Jews make no secret of. In fact, since the beginning of the 20th century Jewish media boasted of the vital part Jews played in the ignition, spread and control of Communism" (by Mike Walsh, barnesreview.org) [archive.is/f8h2M]
* "Did the Soviets Use Henry Ford’s Trucks As Homicidal Mobile Gas Chambers? Ideologues often find that life’s practicalities get in the way of their more Utopian inclinations. Henry Ford, the great American industrialist and pioneer of the motoring class, must have been a very enigmatic man" (by Mike Walsh, barnesreview.org) [archive.is/Eqem5]

* "Jewish Bankers Again Target Russia for Revolution" (2007-12-09, jewishracism.blogspot.nl) [archive.is/whZEV] [begin excerpt]:
The attempted Russian Revolution of 1905 was widely known at the time to have been the work of Jews, and many Jews took great pride in that fact. For example, The Maccabean of London wrote in an article entitled "A Jewish Revolution" on page 250 in November of 1905,
"The revolution in Russia is a Jewish revolution, a crisis in Jewish history. It is a Jewish revolution because Russia is the home of about half the Jews of the world, and an overturning of its despotic government must have a very important influence on the destinies of the millions living there and on the many thousands who have recently emigrated to other countries. But the revolution in Russia is a Jewish revolution also because Jews are the most active revolutionists in the Tsar's empire."—As quoted in: L. Fry, Waters Flowing Eastward: The War Against the Kingship of Christ, TBR Books, Washington, D. C., (2000), p. 40.
William Eleroy Curtis delivered an address to the National Geographic Society on 14 December 1906, in which he stated, among other things,
Perhaps these reforms are the cause of the present tranquility, because the revolutionary leaders nearly all belong to the Jewish race and the most effective revolutionary agency is the Jewish Bund, which has its headquarters at Bialystok, where the massacre occurred last June. The government has suffered more from that race than from all of its other subjects combined. Whenever a desperate deed is committed it is always done by a Jew, and there is scarcely one loyal member of that race in the entire Empire. The great strike which paralyzed the Empire and compelled the Czar to grant a constitution and a parliament was ordered and managed by a Jew named Krustaleff, president of the workingmen's council, a young man only thirty years old. He was sent to the penitentiary for life, and had not been behind the bars more than three weeks when he organized and conducted a successful strike of the prison employees.
Maxim, who organized and conducted the revolution in the Baltic provinces, is a Jew of marvelous ability. Last fall he came over here lecturing and collecting money to carry on the revolutionary campaign, but for some reason has vanished and nobody seems to know what has become of him.
Gerschunin, the most resourceful leader of the terrorists, who was condemned to life imprisonment in the silver mines on the Mongolian frontier, has recently escaped in a water cask, and is supposed to be in San Francisco. He is a Polish Jew only twenty-seven years old. I might enumerate a hundred other revolutionary leaders and every one of them would be a Jew. Wherever you read of an assassination or of the explosion of a bomb you will notice in the newspaper dispatches that the man was a Jew. The most sensational and dramatic episode that has occurred since the mutinies was on October 27, when, in the very center of Saint Petersburg, at the entrance of Kazan Cathedral, four Jews held up a treasury wagon and captured $270,000. They passed the package to a woman, who instantly vanished, and no trace of her has ever been found; but they were all arrested and were promptly punished. On the 8th of November a few Jewish revolutionaries entered a treasury car near Ragow, in Poland, got $850,000 and disappeared.
Every deed of that kind is done by Jews, and the massacres that have shocked the universe, and occurred so frequently that the name 'pogrom' was invented to describe them, were organized and managed by the exasperated police authorities in retaliation for crimes committed by the Jewish revolutionists."—W. E. Curtis, "The Revolution in Russia", The National Geographic Magazine, Volume 18, Number 5, (May, 1907), pp. 302-316, at 313-314. [...]
Jacob H. Schiff worked against American interests and destroyed America's faithful Civil War ally, Czarist Russia. John Hays Hammond gave testimony to the fact that Jewish bankers had ruined Russia in the Russo-Japanese war, in The New York Times on 18 November 1911, on page 2,
"I, however, convinced them that there was no lack of friendliness toward Russians on the part of Americans, who remembered Russia's friendship to us at the time of our civil war. [***] Mr. Jacob H. Schiff has done more to accentuate the troubles of his co-religionists in Russia than any other one man, because of his boastful statement that the money of Jewish bankers had made it possible for Japan to wage a successful war against Russia."—http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?_r=1&res=9E03E2DD1E31E233A2575BC1A9679D946096D6CF&oref=slogin http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=9E03E2DD1E31E233A2575BC1A9679D946096D6CF
[end excerpt]


Taboo Topics...

9/11 Truth:
* "Foreknowledge of WTC 7's Collapse" (updated 2011-07-30, wtc7.net) [archive.fo/XYo4o]:
Of the two principal theories of WTC 7's collapse -- one being global structural failure due to prior debris impact and ongoing fire damage, and the other being controlled demolition -- the second is favored by foreknowledge of the collapse. This is particularly true given the lack of precedent of total collapses of steel framed structures during fires. So unprecedented was the collapse of Building 7 that the government has yet to explain it, in 2007.
That would probably be lost on most responders on the site, who would have the fresh memories of the Twin Towers' explosions to help them accept the notion that the total of collapse of smoking skyscrapers is a natural and even predictable occurrence.
Witness reports show that officials who controlled the streets around WTC 7 evacuated the area in the hour before the 5:20 PM collapse, and that various officials forwarded verbal warnings conveying certainty that the collapse would occur. Network television broadcasts contain announcements of the collapse at least 23 minutes before the event.
Witness Accounts of Foreknowledge -
This overview of witness accounts [archive.fo/JNTEz] shows that the evacuation of the area surrounding WTC 7 started sometime around 4 PM, and was completed only a few minutes before the 5:20 collapse. The warnings of the collapse, which are recalled in dozens of accounts by emergency responders, show a striking consistency of conviction that the collapse would occur.
Premature Announcements on Television Broadcasts -
At least two television networks made premature announcements of the collapse of WTC 7. The BBC unequivocally announced the collapse about 23 minutes before the fact, and even featured a New York correspondent speaking of the collapse in past tense with the still-erect skyscraper standing behind her.
CNN anchor Aaron Brown announced that the building "has either collapsed or is collapsing" about an hour before the event. Unlike the BBC correspondent, Brown seemed to be able to read the skyline and see that Building 7 was still standing -- perhaps accounting for the muddled announcement.
These premature reports were uncovered in the wake of the publication of URLS of a vast archive of television footage.
The following pages contain partial transcripts of these premature reports.
- BBC premature announcement of WTC 7's collapse [archive.fo/JKlbL]
- CNN premature announcement of WTC 7's collapse [archive.fo/BTOq0]
Vast Archive of Footage -
The premature announcements of the collapse of WTC by television networks went unnoticed until researchers discovered a vast archive of television broadcast footage from the day of the attack. On February 22, 2007, a post on 911Blogger.com listed the URLs on Archive.org of 417 mpeg recordings capturing about 60 hours broadcast coverage starting on the morning of 9/11/01 from each of six different television stations (original link) [archive.fo/1Z7br]. Each of the high-quality recordings covering about 41 minutes of broadcast.
The coverage included the following television stations and time spans:
TV station // start time // end time
- NBC4 Washington // 9/11 08:31 // 9/13 20:23
- ABC7 Washington // 9/11 08:31 // 9/13 22:29
- BBC // 9/11 09:16 // 9/13 20:19
- FOX5 Washington // 9/11 08:31 // 9/13 20:23
- CNN // 9/11 08:48 // 9/13 20:33
- CBS9 Washington // 9/11 08:31 // 9/13 20:23
Unfortunately, Archive.org made the footage archive inaccessible to the public shortly after the BBC foreknowledge story was publicized and then later replaced it with streaming versions of the videos which can be found here:
- "Understanding 9/11 - A Television News Archive" [https://archive.org/details/911]
- "September 11 Television Archive" [https://archive.org/details/sept_11_tv_archive]


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Science & Futurism

* "Stanford engineers create vine-like soft robot that can grow" (2017-07-20, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/Ufdxc], photo caption: The vine–like robot is a tube of soft material that grows in one direction.


* " ‘Robot drowned’: Twitter baffled by cyborg’s apparent ‘suicide’ " (2017-07-18, rt.com) [archive.fo/Mpxss]

* "Robots assist passengers, clean floors at South Korean airport" (2017-07-23, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/Tsjq7]


* "Chinese-led scientists found a new particle" (2017-07-20, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/Eizir] [begin excerpt]:
The new particle has been called the "doubly charmed baryon" in an article published on the LHCb website.
It's widely taught in physics classes that the world is formed by atoms, and atoms are formed by protons, neutrons and electrons.
And protons and neutrons in turn are formed by a relatively modern concept, the quark.
As the article explains, the baryon consists of one up quark and two charm quarks, and its charge equals two.
It's rare that a particle has two charm quarks in it, Gao told reporters, adding that deeper research on the particle can help humans understand how everything is formed.
[end excerpt]


Space News

* "NASA analyzing eerie whistling sounds coming from space" (2017-07-18, rt.com) [archive.fo/ONAyc]

* "Alien hunters SETI crowdfunding campaign to ‘watch all of the sky all of the time’ " (2017-07-19, rt.com) [archive.fo/QO5zb]


Ancient News

* "A King’s Seal? Was Pharaoh Apophis Originally King of the Mythical Kushites?" (2017-07-19, ancient-origins.net) [archive.fo/Threj], photo caption: Sculpture depicting the head of a Kushite Ruler, ca. 716-702 BC.


* "East African Invasions in South America: Tracing Cultural Clues and Artifacts Left by Early Travelers" (2017-07-21, ancient-origins.net) [archive.fo/PpwfT], photo showing an artifact c.800AD recovered from modern Ecuador in South America:


* "Nicaragua Discovers Ancient 1,200-Year-Old Cemetery; Experts will analyze the ancient discovery in hopes of learning more about the lives of pre-Hispanic villagers in Managua" (2017-06-21, telesurtv.net) [archive.is/GezJn]

* "Sacred Roads, Spirit Animals or Water Sources? The Perplexing Purpose of the Nazca Lines" (2017-07-17, ancient-origins.net) [archive.fo/lntwD]


* "Copper-covered baby-&-adult mummies unearthed in Russia’s Far North" (2017-07-18, rt.com) [archive.fo/Lk6YF]

* "Earliest evidence for commensal processes of cat domestication" (2013-06-24, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Washington, DC) [archive.is/ON1jw]
* "Cat fossils found in China reveal early days of feline domestication; Discovery of the 5,300-year-old bones fills an enormous gap in experts' understanding of cat domestication, but the location is a surprise" (2013-12-16, latimes.com) [archive.fo/WSlNO]
* "5,000-year-old cat fossils discovered in China help explain domestication" (2013-12-16, theverge.com) [archive.fo/dRE3g]
* "Ancient Chinese Cat Fossils Reveal Oldest Known Domesticated Cat" (2013-12-17, jezebel.com) [archive.is/ExEtj]: The discovery of 5,300-year-old cat fossils by archaeologists in China provide the oldest known physical and genetic evidence of domesticated cats. Deal with it, Egypt.
A report on the fossil research—published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences—finds that the bones support the theory that feline domestication began with the start of agriculture, when farmers needed the cats for pest control to protect their grain. Chemical signatures of the eight bones (belonging to two different cats) indicate that the cats had eaten rodents that had eaten millet.
That the fossils were found in China, however, is a surprise. Prior to this, the oldest evidence of cats living with humans came from 4,000-year-old tomb paintings in Egypt. In fact, every domesticated cat in the world today is descended from a single subspecies of Middle Eastern wildcat. How the kitties ended up in China—whether they were imported there or are some subspecies that has become extinct—remains a mystery.

* "The Powerful & Dangerous Janissaries and the Secret Plan to Destroy Them: The Auspicious Event" (2017-07-19, ancient-origins.net), part 1 [archive.fo/5mauE], part 2 [archive.fo/VFuj3]

* "The Sacred Ghost Town of Ani, City of 1001 Churches: Deserted By Man, Destroyed By Nature" (2017-07-19, ancient-origins.net) [archive.fo/EGa4B]

* "Mysterious Underwater Ruins in Turkish Lake Found To Be A 1,600-Year-Old Basilica" (2017-07-19, ancient-origins.net) [archive.fo/QsbgA]


* "Millennia-Old Quarry Site for Stonehenge Stones Damaged and Looted" (2017-07-17, ancient-origins.net) [archive.fo/VmLfH]

* "Chinese museum offers cash reward to decipher oracle bone characters" (2017-07-23, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/vUi29]


Miscellany & Errata

* " ‘A civilization on Mars thousands of years ago’: Congressman stuns NASA scientists" (2017-07-19, rt.com) [archive.fo/8yCPb]

* "Ufologist ‘confirms with scientific evidence’ that aliens lived with humans on Earth" (2017-07-18, rt.com) [archive.fo/8Aoih]

* "MERCURY: METAL OF MYSTERY; ARE TODAY’S SCIENTISTS TAKING A PAGE FROM ANCIENT ALCHEMISTS?" (2006-09, atlantisrisingmagazine.com) [archive.is/urk6V]



* " ‘Charmed’ crocodile returns corpse to villagers in chilling footage" (2017-07-21, rt.com) [archive.fo/WB4Ch]


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* "India Rolls out First Ever Solar-Powered Trains; The panels will replace the diesel generators that typically power the appliances, but the train will still be pulled by a diesel-powered locomotive" (2017-07-18, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/8Q0lG]

* "Self-fueling boat sets off from Paris on 6-year world trip" (2017-07-15, AP newswire) [archive.is/VoceM]: A boat that fuels itself is setting off around the world from Paris on a six-year journey that its designers hope will serves as a model for emissions-free energy networks of the future.
Energy Observer will use its solar panels, wind turbines and a hydrogen fuel cell system to power its trip. The 5 million-euro ($5.25 million) boat heads off Saturday from Paris toward the Atlantic.
The futuristic-looking 30.5-meter (100-foot) boat will rely on sun or wind during the day and tap into its hydrogen reservoirs at night. It produces its own hydrogen through electrolysis of sea water.
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* "Cambodia's Sambor Prei Kuk added to World Heritage List" (2017-07-18, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/qTFHx]

* "Chinese medical practitioner carries on with lifelong ambition" (2017-07-19, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/alzj4]

* "Miao medical practitioners mull over how to keep tradition alive" (2017-07-18, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/rWkIe]

* "Pink dolphin therapy helps people with disability" (2017-07-19, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/ZyaxO]

* "Protecting Qinghai’s snow leopards with infrared cameras" (2017-07-19, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/RgV3e]

* "Ethiopian animal activist encourages respect for hyenas" (2017-07-19, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/mqiAp]

* "Vietnam to rescue 1,000 bears in bid to end bile trade" (2017-07-20, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/IyRim]


* "Genes make dogs man's best friends" (2017-07-20, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/vEx8x] [begin excerpt]:
Dogs that are extra friendly share certain genetic similarities with people who are born with a developmental disorder sometimes called the "opposite of autism," which makes them hyper social, researchers said Wednesday. [end excerpt]

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- (2017-07-21) [archive.fo/1VxBG] [archive.fo/oqSYX] [archive.fo/w4T8R] [archive.fo/f5ATp] [archive.fo/Y6hDX] [archive.fo/kyX0x] [archive.fo/jwiZQ] [archive.fo/flEW4] [archive.fo/p4Z8m] [archive.fo/AOljE] [archive.fo/yI1ig] [archive.is/Gknrt] [archive.is/gG217] [archive.is/dy3Z2] [archive.fo/96Aqv] [archive.fo/QbVq1] [archive.fo/cbUrT] [archive.fo/ZOr7c]

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[www.telesurtv.net/english/news/New-Figures-Show-Widening-Gulf-in-US-Salaries--20170722-0024.html] [www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Activists-Hold-Week-of-Solidarity-with-Anti-Trump-Protesters-20170722-0023.html] [www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Morales-Declares-Total-Independence-from-World-Bank-and-IMF--20170722-0020.html] [www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Talks-Held-Between-Colombias-FARC-and-Ex-Paramilitary-Fighters-20170722-0019.html] [www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Bolivia-Builds-Over-400-Libraries-for-Prisoners-Indigenous--20170721-0006.html] [www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Venezuelas-Constituent-Assembly-will-Bring-Peace-Rodriguez-20170722-0018.html] [www.telesurtv.net/english/news/More-Palestinians-Die-in-Clashes-with-Israeli-Security-Forces-20170722-0014.html] [www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Colombias-FARC-Leaders-Welcome-Amnesty-Decree--20170721-0023.html] [www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Triumph-as-FARC-Leader-Lifts-Hunger-Strike-Demanding-Prisoner-Release-20170721-0003.html] [www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Puerto-Rican-Independence-Group-to-Show-Support-for-Venezuela-20170722-0013.html] [www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Narco-Blockades-Cartel-Tactic-Spreads-to-Mexico-City--20170720-0037.html]
[www.telesurtv.net/english/news/US-Sanctions-Against-Venezuela-Could-Backfire-Cuban-Observer-20170722-0011.html] [www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Heres-Your-Guide-to-Understanding-Protest-Deaths-in-Venezuela-20170422-0016.html] [www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Venezuela-Opposition-Attack-Rob-Brazilian-Landless-Workers-20170722-0010.html] [www.telesurtv.net/english/news/The-Ideology-that-Attacks-the-Rights-of-Workers-Argentinian-Labor-Group-Opposes-Temers-Presence-in-Country-20170722-0003.html] [www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Ex-US-Military-Contractor-Convicted-for-Abusing-Honduran-Girls-20170722-0009.html] [www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Syrian-Govt.-Demands-Before-UN-That-US-Coalition-Bear-Legal-Responsibility-for-Attacks-20170722-0004.html] [www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Brazils-Indigenous-Tribes-to-Map-Deforestation-on-Google-Earth-20170720-0038.html] [www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Indigenous-Guatemalan-Language-Boosted-by-New-Book-Project-20170721-0015.html] [archive.fo/3MCe1]
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News Aggregators (collecting news from other sources with some original articles):
** (informationclearinghouse.info)
- (2017-07-18) [archive.fo/8XPDv] [archive.fo/4NbAJ] [archive.fo/riwX0] [archive.is/ZzSxg] [archive.fo/pdcWC] [archive.fo/M3WoW] [archive.fo/aBWMU] [archive.fo/ITima] [archive.fo/p2ExN] [archive.fo/284rk] [archive.fo/QkpeE] [archive.fo/qG4Pi] [archive.fo/Cs41h] [archive.fo/03KpW] [archive.fo/oBKNU] [archive.fo/AnKZT] [archive.fo/YYqoy] [archive.fo/1NGmh] [archive.fo/CalWV] [archive.fo/plGKf] [archive.fo/iq9qf] [archive.fo/98YrP] [archive.fo/H3A7x]
- (2017-07-19) [archive.fo/jqddx] [archive.fo/yLD2J] [archive.fo/vcdpw] [archive.fo/TMSOb] [archive.fo/t9yoP] [archive.fo/FVyAO] [archive.fo/ecT94] [archive.fo/pYUl3] [archive.fo/OzzKI] [archive.fo/5f9VO] [archive.fo/SruI8] [archive.fo/4duU7] [archive.fo/fZu66] [archive.fo/QmaHK] [archive.fo/qIQio] [archive.fo/dUa5I] [archive.fo/cRv41] [archive.fo/Q56D5] [archive.fo/rsMeJ] [archive.fo/YgzJl] [archive.fo/qp7d2] [archive.fo/O0MCH] [archive.fo/dBr1m] [archive.fo/ZJ7NZ] [archive.fo/bv7ZY] [archive.fo/75pTx] [archive.fo/WjpHy] [archive.fo/ZU8j3]
- [archive.fo/sosAv] [archive.fo/yhaOd] [archive.fo/8DQoR] [archive.fo/xNKDY] [archive.fo/Ppc7Q] [archive.is/Qi84m] [archive.fo/G5XTC] [archive.fo/6fNi7] [archive.fo/tu4CJ] [archive.is/vp9no] [archive.fo/zsjCx] [archive.fo/ohLzg] [archive.fo/LPLXe] [archive.fo/GKWHo] [archive.fo/g7Ch2] [archive.fo/GsdC2] [archive.fo/fMecZ] [archive.fo/4om7V] [archive.fo/N3zMf] [archive.fo/2Xy0j]

** (4thmedia.org)

** (panafricannews.blogspot.com)

** (allafrica.com/latest/?page=1)

News Blogs (original content, analysis):
** (oaklandsocialist.com)

** (countervortex.org)

** (nationalia.info)

** (moonofalabama.org)

** (silentcrownews.com/wordpress)

News Sources (organizations; fronts):
** (en.riss.ru)

** (cedema.org)

** (prisoncensorship.info/newsindex)

** (facebook.com/pg/freewestpapua/posts)

** (bennywenda.org)

** (prensarural.org/spip/spip.php?mot95)

** (justiceforcolombia.org)

** (spsrasd.info/en)

** (allafrica.com/westernsahara)

** (sahrawisolidarity.blogspot.com)

** (libyanwarthetruth.com)

** (facebook.com/Alestekhbarat.Allibiya)

** (facebook.com/ahmed.algaddafi.9)

** (libya360.wordpress.com)

** (vivalibya.wordpress.com)

** (rcmlibya.wordpress.com)

** (sonsofmalcolm.blogspot.com)

** (jamahiriyanewsagency.wordpress.com) Libyan language

** (anfenglish.com)
- (newswire)
- (w. attached photos)

** (knnc.net/en/archive)

** (ypgrojava.org/english) (facebook.com/RojavaDefenseUnits)

** (ekurd.net)

** (rojhelat.info/en)

** (sana.sy/en)

** (syrianews.cc)

** (syrianfreepress.wordpress.com)

** (syria360.wordpress.com)

** (en.insidesyriamc.com)

** (sabanews.net/en)
- (Newswire)
- (Saudi Aggression section)

** (yemenpress.org)
- (through 2017-07-19)
- (2017-07-20) [archive.fo/7yMYZ] [archive.fo/u6NmX] [archive.fo/gcN8T] [archive.fo/CH9wa] [archive.fo/oQPiN] [archive.fo/zAat5] [archive.fo/yxvto] [archive.fo/wsbr0] [archive.fo/IebDZ] [archive.fo/5Mb1X] [archive.fo/RUROA] [archive.fo/fsScy] [archive.fo/1BxZb] [archive.fo/o9ym9] [archive.fo/MHyK7] [archive.fo/XqTWp] [archive.fo/WoeVI] [archive.fo/SdASW] [archive.fo/EmgFz] [archive.fo/DjBES] [archive.fo/mkipq] [archive.fo/WGXZ4] [archive.fo/w3DAI] [archive.fo/7qjbm] [archive.fo/TyYXZ] [archive.fo/5kY9Y]
- (through 2017-07-23)
- (2017-07-24) [archive.fo/jZzMZ] [archive.fo/Wrzo1] [archive.fo/9geBH] [archive.fo/yTy03] [archive.fo/YwTqp] [archive.fo/NNye7] [archive.fo/0CdrN] [archive.fo/B1x28] [archive.fo/C4c3P] [archive.fo/PSSgv] [archive.fo/ricRQ] [archive.fo/4MRuz] [archive.fo/HeQ6B] [archive.fo/wvvVj] [archive.fo/kJvJk] [archive.fo/mOPKI] [archive.fo/nRuLp] [archive.fo/oT9L6] [archive.fo/BIOYM] [archive.fo/2oOoP] [archive.fo/r18Ob] [archive.fo/gf8Cc] [archive.fo/RFtdx] [archive.fo/ilsDA] [archive.fo/u97Qg] [archive.fo/8EMsZ] [archive.fo/9HrtG]

** (yemenextra.net)
- (2017-07-18) [archive.fo/N3Kdb] [archive.fo/dG4Cx] [archive.fo/eJJDe] [archive.fo/ryoPU] [archive.fo/2XJrf] [archive.fo/k8bu1] [archive.fo/9mbi2] [archive.fo/XAa63] [archive.fo/0fbN3] [archive.fo/1hQOK] [archive.fo/d6v1q] [archive.fo/qVbd6] [archive.fo/rXQeN] [archive.fo/am4QD] [archive.fo/YA4EE] [archive.fo/MO4sF] // [archive.fo/LOaU4] [archive.fo/ezumv] [archive.fo/rn9zb] [archive.fo/EcOLR] [archive.fo/nhjK6] [archive.fo/ojYLN] [archive.fo/FftMy] [archive.fo/S6NZV] [archive.fo/6X8di] [archive.fo/wBsCE] [archive.fo/xD7Dl] [archive.fo/yGMD2] [archive.fo/mUMr3] [archive.fo/kofyG] [archive.fo/OUot3] [archive.fo/C8oh4] [archive.fo/exITp] [archive.fo/rmn55] [archive.fo/QZIvr] [archive.fo/FdIjs] [archive.fo/trH7t] [archive.fo/Hi2kQ] [archive.fo/WEeqT]
- (2017-07-19) [archive.fo/6orxG] [archive.fo/jc6Km] [archive.fo/7q6yn] [archive.fo/kfLK3] [archive.fo/VE6mo] [archive.fo/w4qXJ] [archive.fo/liqLK] [archive.fo/7Sjqm] [archive.fo/kGYC2] [archive.fo/Kki2o] [archive.fo/LmX25] [archive.fo/YbDfL] [archive.fo/MpC3M] [archive.fo/8TcXX] [archive.fo/Kixzi]
- (2017-07-20) [archive.fo/qOsTz] [archive.fo/2dNuU] [archive.fo/e2sHA] [archive.fo/NK08P] [archive.fo/dolyb] [archive.fo/FQVVg] [archive.fo/l0BeZ] [archive.fo/YsAQ1] [archive.fo/MGAE2] [archive.fo/0xUSp]
- (2017-07-21) [archive.fo/kyuPp] [archive.fo/lA9P6] [archive.fo/9O9D7]
- (2017-07-22) [archive.fo/aJkRb] [archive.fo/YXkFc] [archive.fo/bLZRS] [archive.fo/Nbktd] [archive.fo/OdZtU] [archive.fo/02EGA] [archive.fo/CrZhV] [archive.fo/ScCMR] [archive.fo/tBXoc] [archive.fo/7nzCb] [archive.fo/VBzqc] [archive.fo/8qeCS] [archive.fo/leTPy]

** (en.lug-info.com)

** (mil-lnr.info)

** (dan-news.info/en)

** (novorossia.today)
- (2017-07-18) [archive.fo/txJ2h] [archive.fo/iOoQZ] [archive.fo/UdJsk] [archive.fo/Vgos1] [archive.fo/Wi3tI] [archive.fo/lWnS4]
- (2017-07-19) [archive.fo/zuY15] [archive.fo/MjEeL] [archive.fo/BAi3t] [archive.fo/pOiRu] [archive.fo/qQXSb] [archive.fo/e4XGc] [archive.fo/3iXud] [archive.fo/RwXie]
- (2017-07-20) [archive.fo/AeUYq] [archive.fo/osUMr] [archive.fo/cGUAs] [archive.fo/pvzM8] [archive.fo/1Xzpa]

** (dninews.com) (dnipress.com)
- (through 2017-07-22)

** (eu.eot.su/language/en)

** (redstaroverdonbass.blogspot.com)

** (youtube.com/user/KazzureEngSubtitles) (youtube.com/user/wintersodomy)

** (NovorossiyaSolidarity.blogspot.com)

** (facebook.com/zak.novak.351)

** Ukrainian Crisis (facebook.com/groups/267593370087233)

** IOUCO-International Observatory of Ukrainian Conflict (facebook.com/groups/IOUCO/1096637763782610)

Serbia / Srpska 
** (b92.net/eng) (thesrpskatimes.com) (vladars.net/eng)

** (facebook.com/dprk360)

** (exploredprk.com) (facebook.com/ExploreDPRK)

** (rodong.rep.kp/en)

** (naenara.com.kp/en/news)
- [http://www.naenara.com.kp/en/order/pytimes/]
- [http://naenara.com.kp/en/trade/?company]
- [http://naenara.com.kp/en/trade/?news]
- [http://naenara.com.kp/en/trade/?goods]
- [http://naenara.com.kp/en/trade/?other]
- [http://naenara.com.kp/en/trade/?law]


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