Tuesday, August 8, 2017

August 17th, 2017, Northbay Uprising Radio News

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* "Justice for Philando Castile" (2017-08-08, unicornriot.ninja, via ainfos.ca) [archive.is/nvB8g]:
Last week, an action organized by the all-volunteer Support Louis Hunter group (which has done months of organizing and held fundraising events for Louis), called on the Ramsey County Attorney's Office to drop the charges against Louis Hunter. An anarchist marching band provided many different songs for beats and several dozen community members participated. They turned in over 1100 signed postcards from citizens throughout Minnesota and even internationally, to the county attorney's office, demanding the charges be dropped against Hunter.
The Carver County Attorney's Office said that there was insufficient evidence to continue with the their second-degree charges against Hunter. Carver County Attorney's Office had taken over the prosecution of Louis Hunter after Ramsey County labeled their own involvement as a conflict of interest while they were also handling the Yanez case.
During the action last week, we spoke to Jesse Mortensen, who is one of dozens of community members facing misdemeanor charges from their involvement in last summer's protests seeking justice for Philando Castile. He spoke about how dozens have banded together and have refused to take plea deals until Louis Hunter's charges are dropped.
Many people still face charges from a summer full of protests following Castile's killing that rocked St. Paul and led to an occupation of the space outside the gates of the Minnesota Governor's Mansion in St. Paul for over three weeks. This dismissal will potentially lead to more dropped protest-related cases; as Unicorn Riot has consistently observed, serious charges are often leveled for a while but dropped after defendants refuse plea deals.

Green Sunday August 13, 5:00 – 6:30
Bay Area Anti-Fascists: Where do we go from here?
Panel and discussion, followed by:  6:30 pm potluck refreshments, 6:45 pm break-out groups, and 7:45 pm County Council meeting
Niebyl-Proctor Library, 6501 Telegraph Ave. at 65th
Don't miss this riveting discussion!
Meleiza Figueroa and Juno Amy Rosenhaus
OCCUPELLA kicks off the event with a couple of songs!
John Torok emcees.
Will there be strong non-violent resistance to the Alt Reich?
Info at: [acgreens.wordpress.com]

* (2017-08-07, twitter.com/FarLeftWatchOrg) [archive.fo/cigEj]:

* "Seattle police use pepper spray as pro-Trump and Antifa protesters face off" (2017-08-14, rt.com) [archive.is/i1G0o], video [is.gd/q7CdbH]

* "US protesters topple Confederate statue in North Carolina; American protesters have toppled a Confederate monument in Durham, North Carolina, amid growing tensions between human rights activists and white supremacists in the country" (2017-08-15, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/fog4q]

* "Confederate Statue Toppled in Durham, NC – But 1,000 Still Standing Across the US; The statue was built the same year the equestrian Robert E. Lee statue was erected in Charlottesville" (2017-08-14, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/E3mWS], photo caption: Residents pose with toppled Confederate soldier statue.

* "Virginia’s Charlottesville braces for protests over Confederate monument" (2017-08-10, rt.com) [archive.fo/6ZNcG]

* (2017-08-11, twitter.com/eugenegu) [archive.is/JcygK]: Whites yelling "Jew will not replace us" while carrying torches are pretty much the definition of the KKK. #Charlottesville It just happened at the University of Virginia a few hours ago. I am beyond shocked.

* "White nationalists chant ‘Jews will not replace us’ as they march with torches in Virginia" (2017-08-12, rawstory.com) [archive.is/54LwO]
* from photoset (2017-08-13, The Washington Post) [archive.is/RGRSx]:
- Neo Nazis, Alt-Right, and White Supremacists take part a the night before the 'Unite the Right' rally in Charlottesville, VA, white supremacists march with tiki torchs through the University of Virginia campus.

- Neo Nazis, Alt-Right, and White Supremacists take part a the night before the 'Unite the Right' rally in Charlottesville, VA, white supremacists march with tiki torchs through the University of Virginia campus.

- Neo Nazis, Alt-Right, and White Supremacists encircle counter protestors at the base of a statue of Thomas Jefferson after marching through the University of Virginia campus with torches in Charlottesville, Va., USA on August 11, 2017.

- Neo Nazis, Alt-Right, and White Supremacists take part a the night before the 'Unite the Right' rally in Charlottesville, VA, white supremacists march with tiki torchs through the University of Virginia campus.

-  Neo Nazis, Alt-Right, and White Supremacists march through the University of Virginia Campus with torches in Charlottesville, Va., USA on August 11, 2017.

- Neo Nazis, Alt-Right, and White Supremacists march through the University of Virginia Campus with torches in Charlottesville, Va., USA on August 11, 2017.

- Neo Nazis, Alt-Right, and White Supremacists march through the University of Virginia Campus with torches in Charlottesville, Va., USA on August 11, 2017.

- Neo Nazis, Alt-Right, and White Supremacists march through the University of Virginia Campus with torches in Charlottesville, Va., USA on August 11, 2017.

- Neo Nazis, Alt-Right, and White Supremacists march through the University of Virginia Campus with torches in Charlottesville, Va., USA on August 11, 2017.

- Young men hold up torches on the steps of the Rotunda as other Neo Nazis, Alt-Right, and White Supremacists march through the University of Virginia Campus with torches in Charlottesville, Va., USA on August 11, 2017.

- Neo Nazis, Alt-Right, and White Supremacists march through the University of Virginia Campus with torches in Charlottesville, Va., USA on August 11, 2017.

- A man is helped after being hit in the face with pepper spray during a clash between counter protestors and Neo Nazis, Alt-Right, and White Supremacist groups after they marched through the University of Virginia Campus with torches in Charlottesville, Va., USA on August 11, 2017.

- A man cringes after being hit in the face with pepper spray during a clash between counter protestors and Neo Nazis, Alt-Right, and White Supremacist groups after they marched through the University of Virginia Campus with torches in Charlottesville, Va., USA on August 11, 2017.

* "White Supremacist Mob Carrying Torches Attacks Anti-Racist Protesters in Charlottesville" (2017-08-12, unicornriot.ninja) [archive.is/VkOth] [begin excerpt]: Without any apparent police presence, the group then marched through UVA campus, chanting “Blood and Soil” (an old Nazi slogan) and “Jews will not replace us.” The torch-bearing mob of hundreds descended a staircase into a plaza where a group of 50-100 anti-racist protesters had circled around a statue. The white supremacist marchers immediately surrounded the anti-racist protest and attempted to physically prevent anyone from leaving. One of our reporters was shoved, called a “crazy bitch”, kicked, and tripped by the Unite the Right rally goers as she had to force her way through the mob. Another one of our reporters was hit in the face with tiki torch and maced.
After the two sides exchanged chants of “Black Lives Matter” and “White Lives Matter” the white supremacists began beating the anti-racist protesters with their lit tiki torches and macing them at point blank range.  Dozens of fights erupted as anti-racist protesters defended themselves. [end excerpt]

* "White supremacists involved in scuffles at torch-lit Virginia rally" (2017-08-12, rt.com) [archive.is/5nKEq] [begin excerpt]: “You will not replace us,” participants gathered near the university campus chanted, the local Daily Progress newspaper reported [archive.is/M9i9j]. Several scuffles broke out at the rally after some of the nationalists swung their torches at people, the paper said, adding that several people were injured at the rally and at least one person was arrested. Protesters claimed they were affected by pepper spray at the rally. [end excerpt]
- Photo caption: White nationalists carry torches around a statue of Thomas Jefferson on the grounds of the University of Virginia, on the eve of a planned Unite The Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S. August 11, 2017

* "One dead as car plows through anti-white supremacist protesters in Charlottesville Va." (2017-08-12, jta.org) [archive.is/U2C7x] [begin excerpt]: Some 500 white supremacists, believed to be the largest gathering in recent history, gathered in Emancipation Park on Saturday in the university town’s center to protest plans by the city, a liberal enclave in central Virginia, to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. (The park was previously known as Lee Park.)
Protesters and counterprotesters started throwing things at one another, including plastic bottles and gas bombs, and at one point the two groups charged one another and there were tussles. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency and police asked the white supremacists to move. The organizers of the supremacists group were unclear about where to go and dispersed to different parts of the city.
The counterprotesters remained in the center and were peacefully marching down Water Street, a main thoroughfare, when a car tore down 4th Street at its intersection with Water Street, witnesses said, and rammed through protesters and into two cars that were waiting for the march to pass. The car backed up over injured protesters. [...]
Protesters and counterprotesters arrived on Friday and there were tensions throughout the weekend, with chanting by the white supremacists at times targeting Jews and naming the town’s Jewish mayor, Mike Signer. [end excerpt]
- Photo caption: White supremacists rally in Charlottesville Va. on August 12 2017.

- White Supremacists march in Charlottesville Va. on August 12 2017.

* "US white nationalists clash with counter-protesters; Violent clashes have erupted between thousands of white supremacists and counter-protesters in the southern state of Virginia, leaving several people injured" (2017-08-12, presstv.ir) [archive.is/dPFQ2], video [is.gd/HjHRL1]
* "US Far-Right Rally Turns Deadly in Charlottesville; Thousands of white-nationalists, neo-nazis, and 'alt-right' supporters descended on the campus in Virginia for the protest" (2017-08-12, telesurtv.net) [archive.is/BOCMB], photo caption: A man hits the pavement during a clash between members of white nationalist protesters and counter-demonstrators in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S., August 12, 2017.

* More photos:

* Photo (2017-08-12, twitter.com/RealAlexRubi) [archive.is/LYCP8]: Armed protesters with #UniteTheRight arguing with #DefendCville protesters #Charlottesville

* "Alleged driver of car that plowed into Charlottesville crowd was a Nazi sympathizer, former teacher says" (2017-08-13, The Washington Post) [archive.is/RGRSx] [begin excerpt]: A man accused of plowing a car into a crowd of activists here - killing one person and injuring 19 - long sympathized with Nazi views and had stood with a group of white supremacists hours before Saturday's bloody crash.
The alleged driver, James Alex Fields Jr., a 20-year-old who traveled to Virginia from Ohio, had espoused extremist ideals at least since high school, according to Derek Weimer, a history teacher. [...]
By the weekend's finish, Fields had become the face of one of the ugliest days in recent American history. After marching through the University of Virginia's campus carrying torches and spewing hate Friday night, hundreds of white supremacists, neo-Nazis and KKK members gathered in downtown Charlottesville on Saturday to protest the removal of a statue memorializing Robert E. Lee. As they waved Confederate flags and screamed racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic slurs, the protesters - almost all white and male - were met with fierce resistance from activists who had come to stop them.
"No Trump! No KKK! No fascist USA!" they chanted, holding "Black Lives Matter" signs and placards calling for equality and love.
Who threw the first punch or launched the first rock was, it seemed, impossible to say, but by midmorning, fists and faces had been bloodied. Members of both sides wielded sticks and shields. In one of the most intense confrontations, a group of white supremacists charged into a line of activists, swinging clubs and bashing bodies. The activists fought back, tossing balloons filled with paint and spraying stinging chemicals into the faces of their adversaries.
When the chaos subsided late Saturday, a young woman and two state police officers, who had crashed in a helicopter, were dead, and many more were hurt. As of Saturday evening, the car's impact had left five people in critical condition and another 14 injured at the University of Virginia Medical Center. By Sunday, 10 were in good condition and nine had been discharged. At least a dozen more were treated after being injured in street brawls. [...]
Richard B. Spencer, a leader in the white supremacist movement who coined the term "alt-right," said he didn't know Fields but had been told he was a member of Vanguard America, which bills itself as the "Face of American Fascism." In a statement tweeted Saturday night, the group denied any connection to Fields.
Inseveral photographs that circulated online, Fields was seen with the group while sporting its unofficial uniform. Like members, he wore a white polo shirt, baggy khakis and sunglasses, while holding a black shield that features a common Vanguard symbol.
"The shields seen do not denote membership, nor does the white shirt," the group said in its statement. "The shields were freely handed out to anyone in attendance."
Vanguard members did not respond to requests for comment Sunday. [end excerpt]
- Photo caption: In this Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017 photo, James Alex Fields Jr., second from left, holds a black shield in Charlottesville, Va., where a white supremacist rally took place. Fields was later charged with second-degree murder and other counts after authorities say he plowed a car into a crowd of people protesting the white nationalist rally.

- White nationalist demonstrators walk into the entrance of Lee Park surrounded by counter demonstrators in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency and police dressed in riot gear ordered people to disperse after chaotic violent clashes between white nationalists and counter protestors.

- Hundreds of white nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the "alt-right" march down East Market Street toward Lee Park during the "Unite the Right" rally August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. After clashes with anti-fascist protesters and police the rally was declared an unlawful gathering and people were forced out of Lee Park, where a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is slated to be removed.

- Hundreds of white nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the "alt-right" are confronted by protesters as they march down East Market Street toward Lee Park during the "Unite the Right" rally August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. After clashes with anti-fascist protesters and police the rally was declared an unlawful gathering and people were forced out of Lee Park, where a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is slated to be removed.

- Hundreds of white nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the "alt-right" march down East Market Street toward Lee Park during the "Unite the Right" rally August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. After clashes with anti-fascist protesters and police the rally was declared an unlawful gathering and people were forced out of Lee Park, where a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is slated to be removed.

- Hundreds of white nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the "alt-right" march down East Market Street toward Lee Park during the "Unite the Right" rally August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. After clashes with anti-fascist protesters and police the rally was declared an unlawful gathering and people were forced out of Lee Park, where a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is slated to be removed.

- White Supremacists holds a line with shields and sticks during clashes with counter protestors at Emancipation Park where the White Nationalists are protesting the removal of the Robert E. Lee monument in Charlottesville, Va., USA on August 12, 2017.

- A White Supremacist holds a line with a shield and stick during clashes with counter protestors at Emancipation Park where the White Nationalists are protesting the removal of the Robert E. Lee monument in Charlottesville, Va., USA on August 12, 2017.

- Hundreds of white nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the "alt-right" march down East Market Street toward Lee Park during the "Unite the Right" rally August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. After clashes with anti-fascist protesters and police the rally was declared an unlawful gathering and people were forced out of Lee Park, where a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is slated to be removed.

- White Supremacists rush forward with shields and sticks during clashes with counter protestors at Emancipation Park where the White Nationalists are protesting the removal of the Robert E. Lee monument in Charlottesville, Va., USA on August 12, 2017.

- White Supremacists rush forward with shields and sticks during clashes with counter protestors at Emancipation Park where the White Nationalists are protesting the removal of the Robert E. Lee monument in Charlottesville, Va., USA on August 12, 2017.

-  A counter protestor kicks a White Nationalist in the face during clashes at Emancipation Park where the White Nationalists are protesting the removal of the Robert E. Lee monument in Charlottesville, Va., USA on August 12, 2017.

- A counter protestor strikes a White Nationalist with a baton during clashes at Emancipation Park where the White Nationalists are protesting the removal of the Robert E. Lee monument in Charlottesville, Va., USA on August 12, 2017

-  A counter protestor stomps on the leg of a White Nationalist during clashes at Emancipation Park where the White Nationalists are protesting the removal of the Robert E. Lee monument in Charlottesville, Va., USA on August 12, 2017.

- A White Supremacist drags a buddy to safety after he was beat by counter protestors during clashes at Emancipation Park where the White Nationalists are protesting the removal of the Robert E. Lee monument in Charlottesville, Va., USA on August 12, 2017.

- A counter demonstrator uses a lighted spray can against a white nationalist demonstrator at the entrance to Lee Park in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency and police dressed in riot gear ordered people to disperse after chaotic violent clashes between white nationalists and counter protestors.

- Counter protestors try to burn a Confederate Battle Flag taken from White Supremacists during clashes at Emancipation Park where the White Nationalists are protesting the removal of the Robert E. Lee monument in Charlottesville, Va., USA on August 12, 2017.

- White nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the "alt-right" exchange insluts with counter-protesters as they attempt to guard the entrance to Lee Park during the "Unite the Right" rally August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. After clashes with anti-fascist protesters and police the rally was declared an unlawful gathering and people were forced out of Lee Park, where a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is slated to be removed.

- Counter-protesters line the route taken by white nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the "alt-right" during the "Unite the Right" rally August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. After clashes with anti-fascist protesters and police the rally was declared an unlawful gathering and people were forced out of Lee Park, where a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is slated to be removed.

- Counter-protesters line the route taken by white nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the "alt-right" during the "Unite the Right" rally August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. After clashes with anti-fascist protesters and police the rally was declared an unlawful gathering and people were forced out of Lee Park, where a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is slated to be removed.

- White nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the "alt-right" exchange insults with counter-protesters as they enter Lee Park during the "Unite the Right" rally August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. After clashes with anti-fascist protesters and police the rally was declared an unlawful gathering and people were forced out of Lee Park, where a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is slated to be removed.

- White nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the "alt-right" exchange insluts with counter-protesters as they attempt to guard the entrance to Lee Park during the "Unite the Right" rally August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. After clashes with anti-fascist protesters and police the rally was declared an unlawful gathering and people were forced out of Lee Park, where a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is slated to be removed.

- White Supremacists holds a line with shields and sticks during clashes with counter protestors at Emancipation Park where the White Nationalists are protesting the removal of the Robert E. Lee monument in Charlottesville, Va., USA on August 12, 2017.

- White Supremacists and counter protestors clash at Emancipation Park where the White Nationalists are protesting the removal of the Robert E. Lee monument in Charlottesville, Va., USA on August 12, 2017.

- White Supremacists and counter protestors clash at Emancipation Park where the White Nationalists are protesting the removal of the Robert E. Lee monument in Charlottesville, Va., USA on August 12, 2017.

- White Supremacists and counter protestors clash at Emancipation Park where the White Nationalists are protesting the removal of the Robert E. Lee monument in Charlottesville, Va., USA on August 12, 2017.

- White Supremacists and counter protestors clash at Emancipation Park where the White Nationalists are protesting the removal of the Robert E. Lee monument in Charlottesville, Va., USA on August 12, 2017.

-  White nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the "alt-right" clash with counter-protesters as they enter Lee Park during the "Unite the Right" rally August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. After clashes with anti-fascist protesters and police the rally was declared an unlawful gathering and people were forced out of Lee Park, where a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is slated to be removed.

- White nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the "alt-right" clash with counter-protesters as they enter Lee Park during the "Unite the Right" rally August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. After clashes with anti-fascist protesters and police the rally was declared an unlawful gathering and people were forced out of Lee Park, where a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is slated to be removed.

- White nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the "alt-right" clash with counter-protesters as they enter Lee Park during the "Unite the Right" rally August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. After clashes with anti-fascist protesters and police the rally was declared an unlawful gathering and people were forced out of Lee Park, where a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is slated to be removed.

- White nationalist demonstrators class with counter demonstrators at the entrance to Lee Park in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency and police dressed in riot gear ordered people to disperse after chaotic violent clashes between white nationalists and counter protestors.

- A counter demonstrator throws a water bottle at an white nationalist demonstrator at the entrance to Lee Park in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency and police dressed in riot gear ordered people to disperse after chaotic violent clashes between white nationalists and counter protestors.

- A white nationalist demonstrator, bloodied after a clash with a counter demonstrator, talks on the radio receiver at the entrance to Lee Park in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency and police dressed in riot gear ordered people to disperse after chaotic violent clashes between white nationalists and counter protestors.

- White nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the "alt-right" clash with police as they are forced out of Lee Park after the "Unite the Right" rally was declared an unlawful gathering August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. After clashes with anti-facist protesters and police the rally was declared an unlawful gathering and people were forced out of Lee Park, where a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is slated to be removed.

- White nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the "alt-right" clash with police as they are forced out of Lee Park after the "Unite the Right" rally was declared an unlawful gathering August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. After clashes with anti-facist protesters and police the rally was declared an unlawful gathering and people were forced out of Lee Park, where a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is slated to be removed.

- White nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the "alt-right" clash with police as they are forced out of Lee Park after the "Unite the Right" rally was declared an unlawful gathering August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. After clashes with anti-facist protesters and police the rally was declared an unlawful gathering and people were forced out of Lee Park, where a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is slated to be removed.

- White nationalist Richard Spencer (C) and his supporters clash with Virginia State Police in Lee Park after the "Unite the Right" rally was declared an unlawful gathering August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Hundreds of white nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the "alt-right" clashed with anti-fascist protesters and police as they attempted to hold a rally in Lee Park, where a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is slated to be removed.

- White nationalist demonstrators hold their ground against Virginia State Police as police fire tear gas rounds in Lee Park in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency and police dressed in riot gear ordered people to disperse after chaotic violent clashes between white nationalists and counter protestors.

- A white supremacist is cut below his eye during clashes with counter-protesters at Lee Park after the "Unite the Right" rally was declared an unlawful gathering August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. After clashes with anti-fascist protesters and police the rally was declared an unlawful gathering and people were forced out of Lee Park, where a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is slated to be removed.

- A Black Lives Matter New York demonstrator holds a sign to counter white nationalist demonstrators at the entrance to Lee Park in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency and police dressed in riot gear ordered people to disperse after chaotic violent clashes between white nationalists and counter protestors.

- White nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the "alt-right" are forced out of Lee Park after the "Unite the Right" rally was declared an unlawful gathering August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. After clashes with anti-facist protesters and police the rally was declared an unlawful gathering and people were forced out of Lee Park, where a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is slated to be removed.

- White nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the "alt-right" are forced out of Lee Park after the "Unite the Right" rally was declared an unlawful gathering August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. After clashes with anti-facist protesters and police the rally was declared an unlawful gathering and people were forced out of Lee Park, where a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is slated to be removed.

- White nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the "alt-right" clash with counter-protesters in the street after the "Unite the Right" rally was delcared a unlawful gathering by Virginia State Police August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. After clashes with anti-fascist protesters and police the rally was declared an unlawful gathering and people were forced out of Lee Park, where a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is slated to be removed.

- White nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the "alt-right" exchange vollys of pepper spray with counter-protesters as they enter Lee Park during the "Unite the Right" rally August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. After clashes with anti-fascist protesters and police the rally was declared an unlawful gathering and people were forced out of Lee Park, where a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is slated to be removed.

- White nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the "alt-right" clash with counter-protesters as they enter Lee Park during the "Unite the Right" rally August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. After clashes with anti-fascist protesters and police the rally was declared an unlawful gathering and people were forced out of Lee Park, where a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is slated to be removed.

- White nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the "alt-right" are forced out of Lee Park after the Unite the Right rally was declared an unlawful gathering August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. After clashes with anti-facist protesters and police the rally was declared an unlawful gathering and people were forced out of Lee Park, where a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is slated to be removed.

- Anti-fascist counter-protesters wait outside Lee Park to hurl insluts as white nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the "alt-right" are forced out after the "Unite the Right" rally was declared an unlawful gathering August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. After clashes with anti-fascist protesters and police the rally was declared an unlawful gathering and people were forced out of Lee Park, where a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is slated to be removed.

- White nationalist demonstrators clash with a counter demonstrator as he throws a newspaper box at the entrance to Lee Park in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency and police dressed in riot gear ordered people to disperse after chaotic violent clashes between white nationalists and counter protestors.

- White nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the "alt-right" take refuge in an alleyway after being hit with pepper spray after the "Unite the Right" rally was declared an unlawful gathering August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. After clashes with anti-facist protesters and police the rally was declared an unlawful gathering and people were forced out of Lee Park, where a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is slated to be removed.

- A White Supremacist struggle over a White Nationalist flag during clashes at Emancipation Park where the White Nationalists are protesting the removal of the Robert E. Lee monument in Charlottesville, Va., USA on August 12, 2017.

- A White Supremacist tries to strike a counter protestor with a White Nationalist flag during clashes at Emancipation Park where the White Nationalists are protesting the removal of the Robert E. Lee monument in Charlottesville, Va., USA on August 12, 2017.

- White nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the "alt-right" with body armor and combat weapons evacuate comrades who were pepper sprayed after the "Unite the Right" rally was delcared a unlawful gathering by Virginia State Police August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. After clashes with anti-fascist protesters and police the rally was declared an unlawful gathering and people were forced out of Lee Park, where a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is slated to be removed.

- White nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the "alt-right" with body armor and combat weapons take refuge in an alleyway after the "Unite the Right" rally was delcared a unlawful gathering by Virginia State Police August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. After clashes with anti-fascist protesters and police the rally was declared an unlawful gathering and people were forced out of Lee Park, where a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is slated to be removed.

- August 12: A White Supremacist kicks back a smoke bomb thrown by counter protestors during clashes at Emancipation Park where the White Nationalists are protesting the removal of the Robert E. Lee monument in Charlottesville, Va., USA on August 12, 2017.

- A White Supremacist open carries a rifle during clashes with counter protestors at Emancipation Park where the White Nationalists are protesting the removal of the Robert E. Lee monument in Charlottesville, Va., USA on August 12, 2017.

- Hundreds of white nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the "alt-right" march down East Market Street toward Lee Park during the "Unite the Right" rally August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. After clashes with anti-fascist protesters and police the rally was declared an unlawful gathering and people were forced out of Lee Park, where a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is slated to be removed.

- White nationalist demonstrators walk through town after their rally was declared illegal near Lee Park in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017.

* "WATCH: Police intervened after Unite the Right rally organizer Jason Kessler was chased away by protesters during a press conference in Charlottesville" (2017-08-13, NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt) [www.facebook.com/nbcnightlynews/videos/1955505461136141]

* " ‘Gotta go, gotta go!’: Black pastor bolts Joy Reid live interview as white nationalists attack fellow pastors" (2017-08-12, rawstory.com) [is.gd/6TzvNs]:
During a live-feed interview with MSNBC host Joy Reid, a black minister who was one of the counter-protesters at a white nationalist march in Charlottesville, Virginia suddenly had to bolt from the screen as her fellow pastors and other counter-protesters were attacked.
Host Reid was interviewing Rev. Traci Blackmon about the march when a security guard grabbed her and pulled her off-screen as she screamed, “Gotta go, gotta,” as fights broke out nearby her.
A stunned Reid, blurted, ‘Oh my goodness!”
“I don’t know what is happening here, I don’t know what just happen there had with our guest but we’re going to try to find out what happened,” Reid attempted to explain. And she was standing at the location where it looks like now violence has broken out among the crowd and for those who are unfamiliar with what’s going on today in Charlottesville. Make sure our producers check on Reverend Blackmon and make sure she’s okay, if somebody could please text her.”
Reid later spoke with with Blackmon who said she was safe but that police were asking them to leave for their own safety.
Watch the dramatic video below via MSNBC: [youtube.com/watch?v=LIvZaXWV6b8]
- Photo caption: Rev. Traci Blackmon -- AMJoy screenshot

* "1 killed, more ‘extremely’ injured after car plows into protesters at Charlottesville rally" (2017-08-12, rt.com) [archive.is/cxTVE]
* "Ohio man charged with murder for 'plowing car into protesters' " photoset and infocompilation (2017-08-12, cetusnews.com) [archive.is/tYdcl]

Bodies beneath the black pickup truck that impacted the vehicle carrying out the attack. Was the truck speeding into the protest, as well?

Militarized first responders

A Virginia State Police officer in riot gear kept watch from the top of an armored

* "Virginia Clashes: Man from Ohio held on suspicion of murder" (2017-08-14, cgtn.com) [archive.is/HSMhH]:
Authorities in the US have begun their investigation into the weekend's violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. Four people have been arrested including 20-year-old James Fields from Ohio. He's being held by police for ramming his car into a crowd of people. A 32-year-old woman was killed in the attack, while 19 others were hurt. Five of them are in critical condition. Police have yet to establish a motive behind the attack. Federal authorities are also looking into a helicopter crash on Saturday, that killed two Virginia state policemen who were helping to quell the clashes. Saturday's "Unite the Right" rally was staged to protest the planned removal of Confederate war hero Robert E. Lee's statue from a park. White nationalists say they are going to hold more rallies in the near future.
* "Virginia Clashes: Man from Ohio held on suspicion of murder" (2017-08-14, cgtn.com) [archive.is/VFAoX]: Authorities in the US have begun their investigation into the weekend's violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Four people have been arrested including 20-year-old James Fields from Ohio. He's being held by police for ramming his car into a crowd of people. A 32-year-old woman was killed, and 19 others were hurt. Five of them are in critical condition. Police have yet to establish a motive. Saturday's "Unite the Right" rally was staged to protest the planned removal of a statue of Confederate war hero Robert E. Lee from a park.

* "Charlottesville declares state of emergency amid violence at far-right rally" (2017-08-12, rt.com) [archive.is/RQUYv]

* "Police Stood By As Mayhem Mounted in Charlottesville; State police and National Guardsmen watched passively for hours as self-proclaimed Nazis engaged in street battles with counter-protesters. ProPublica reporter A.C. Thompson was on the scene and reports that the authorities turned the streets of the city over to groups of militiamen armed with assault rifles" (2017-08-12, propublica.org) [archive.is/se3X2]
* "Confirmed: Police Told to Stand Down in Charlottesville—Did Nothing as War Broke Out The ACLU confirmed late Saturday that police were given stand-down orders in Charlottesville. This invited violence and only fueled the chaos" (2017-08-13, thefreethoughtproject.com) [archive.is/u51fe]

* " ‘I’m not the angry racist they see’: Alt-Righter became viral face of hate in Virginia — and now regrets it" (2017-08-13, rawstory.com) [archive.is/H5KrC]

* "WSU College Republican President attends 'Unite The Right' rally in Charlottesville" (2017-08-14, krem.com) [archive.is/pWyVZ]
* "College Republicans president spotted in Charlottesville: ‘They have no proof that I’m a racist’ " (2017-08-13, rawstory.com) [archive.is/aQe94]

* "20yo Ohio man charged with murder after ramming car into Charlottesville protesters & killing woman" (2017-08-13, rt.com) [archive.is/AlrZD]
* " 'It was an intentional attack': Eyewitness describes deadly Charlottesville car plowing incident" (2017-08-12, rt.com) [archive.is/HMyR7]
* "2 die in police helicopter crash amid violent protests in Charlottesville" (2017-08-13, rt.com) [archive.is/p3jGk]
* "Trump condemns ‘display of hatred, bigotry & violence on many sides’ after Charlottesville clashes" (2017-08-13, rt.com) [archive.is/0r6hV]
* " ‘Go home’: Virginia governor lashes out at white supremacists after Charlottesville violence" (2017-08-13, rt.com) [archive.is/HThcE]
* " 'Trump racist rhetoric rallying cry for alt-right, white supremacists' " (2017-08-13, presstv.ir) [archive.is/v3tJ5]

* "Trump's America, Month Eight: Blood on the Pavement in Charlottesville" (2017-08-14, truth-out.org) [archive.is/jbWg7]
* from photoset (2017-08-13, The Washington Post) [archive.is/RGRSx]:
People gathered in front of the White House to hold a vigil on Sunday, a day after the violence in Charlottesville, Va.

* "Charlottesville - Triumph & Tragedy in the Struggle Against Fascism Interviews and Analysis from August 12th Anti-Fascist Demonstration" (2017-08-14, crimethinc.com) [archive.is/jdmcm], transcript [archive.fo/cupM7], audio [https://web.archive.org/web/20170815053226/http://hwcdn.libsyn.com/p/f/8/5/f8557b7b5aa435a2/56_Charlottesville-Triumph-and-Tragedy-in-the-Struggle-Against-Fascism.mp3?c_id=16420584&expiration=1502783131&hwt=a59ad828bdc4787cebf533e768dfc20b]
* "The Staying Power of Racism After Charlottesville" (2017-08-14, by Michael Lerner) [archive.is/5Pj76]

* "Texas A&M cancels white nationalist rally in the wake of Charlottesville events; The university has pulled the plug on a "white lives matter" rally featuring white supremacist figurehead Richard Spencer" (2017-08-14, twitter.com) [archive.is/7IE9u]

* "US protesters march to condemn widespread racism; Tens of thousands of protesters have marched across the United States to condemn widespread racism in the country following a deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia" (2017-08-14, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/H5trf]

* " ‘You will have to shovel our bodies into the oven, too’: Father of Charlottesville neo-Nazi disowns him" (2017-08-14, rawstory.com) [archive.is/ShkRk]

* "Heather Heyer: Woman Killed in Road Rage Incident was a Fat, Childless 32-Year-Old Slut" (2017-08-13, dailystormer.com) [peeep.us/5021301e]
* "Charlottesville: Mother Says Heyer Died Standing up for People; The anti-racists participated in a counter protest to condemn white supremacists who opposed the removal of a Confederate statue" (2017-08-14, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/QPm8R], photo caption: Flowers and a photo of Heather Heyer lie at a makeshift memorial in Charlottesville, Virginia.

* "Germany condemns 'repulsive' Virginia far-right violence; The German government has denounced as “absolutely repulsive” a deadly white supremacist rally in the US state of Virginia, expressing support for peaceful counter-protesters" (2017-08-14, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/Rxmvb]

* "US Crowdfunding Website Shuts Europe's Far-Right 'Identitarians' Funding Page; The U.S-based crowd funding website, Patreon, removed Defend Europe, a far-right anti-immigrant group's page Monday citing the group is 'likely to cause loss of life' " (2017-08-14, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/SBX5T], photo caption: Supporters of the far-right National Democratic Party hold a placard and a German flag during a march in Riesa, Germany, September 9, 2015.

* "After GoDaddy drops Daily Stormer, the neo-Nazi site claims it was hacked by Anonymous" (2017-08-14, dailydot.com) [archive.is/CtBbw]
* "End of Hate: Anonymous Now in Control of Daily Stormer" (2017-08-14, dailystormer.com) [archive.is/nG1nH]
* "anonymous hack daily stormer" key word search (retrieved 2017-08-14, twitter.com) [archive.is/70Zcl]

* "Three CEOs quit manufacturing council as anger grows over Trump’s Charlottesville reaction" (2017-08-14, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/HZGMZ]
* "Under Armour CEO quits Trump council in wake of Trumps response to Charlottesville" (2017-08-14, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/JtyFF]
* "Merck CEO resigns from Trump council over Charlottesville; US President Donald Trump faced renewed pressure on Monday to respond more forcefully to a violent white-nationalist rally in Virginia, after drawing a storm of criticism when he avoided explicit condemnation of far-right groups" (2017-08-14, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/wOB4W], photo caption: This file photo taken on January 31, 2017 shows Kenneth Frazier, CEO of pharmaceutical company Merck, attending a meeting between US President Donald Trump and leaders of the pharmaceutical industry in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, DC.

* "Trump finally declares ‘racism is evil’ after Charlottesville firestorm; US President Donald Trump, under heavy bipartisan pressure, has finally declared that “racism is evil” and singled out white supremacists and Ku Klux Klan for a violent rally in Charlottesville, Virginia" (2017-08-14, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/lqhOK]
* "Terror in Virginia: Trump rebukes hate groups in remarks condemning Charlottesville attack" (2017-08-15, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/hkSHC]:
In the past two days, two different attempts by U-S President Donald Trump have been made to address the race-fueled violence in the state of Virginia. The White House is looking to contain the backlash from Trump's initial remarks which blamed "many sides" for the deadly attack in Charlottesville. CGTN'S Toby Muse reports.
After days of criticism, President Donald Trump forcefully condemned white supremacists, following a death at a far-right gathering in the city of Charlottesville over the weekend.
DONALD TRUMP US PRESIDENT "Racism is evil-and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans."
It's a rare reversal for a president who prides himself on never backing down. Trump has been criticized since his remarks Saturday where he placed the blame for violence on both white supremacist marchers and counter-protesters. In the clashes, a reported member of the far-right gathering drove his car in to a crowd of counter-protesters, killing one and injuring 19. In the wake of the shocking images of the silver Dodge Charger slamming in to pedestrians and white supremacists chanting racist slogans, Republicans and Democrats condemned the rally-and the president's tepid response.
SEN. CORY GARDNER -R- COLORADO "This isn't a time for innuendo or read between the lines. This is a time to lay blame on bigotry and white supremacists and hatred." Trump remained silent over the weekend. In a statement Monday, the president said the words many had wanted him to say from the beginning.
DONALD TRUMP US PRESIDENT "To anyone who acted criminally in this weekend's racist violence, you will be held fully accountable." Trump's delay in condemning the white supremacists led Ken Frazier, the CEO of Merck Pharma to resign from the president's manufacturing council. Less than an hour later, Trump responded with a tweet, slamming the CEO, saying," he will have more time to LOWER RIPOFF DRUG PRICES!" The Department of Justice has announced a civil rights investigation in to the weekend's violence, including the links between the driver of the car that killed the 32-year Heather Heyer and far-right groups. Alleged driver James Alex Fields, who travelled from Ohio to join the gathering in Virginia, was denied bail in his first court appearance Monday. He is set to return to court on August 25 to face charges of second-degree murder and malicious wounding.
MARISSA BLAIR CLOSE FRIEND OF HEATHER HEYER  "Words can't describe Heather. I will never find another friend like Heather. She would never back down from what she believed in. And that's what she died doing." An internet page set up to raise donations for Heather Heyer's funeral - and for her family - received more than $225,000. Toby Muse, CGTN, Washington.

* "Trump censures ‘fake news’ after mild statement on racism, terrorism; US President Donald Trump is pointing the finger at the “fake news media” after his mild statement failed to condemn a terrorist attack by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia" (2017-08-15, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/NFCDG], photo caption: An effigy of US President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, a skeleton, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions are displayed as demonstrators protest against hate and white supremacy groups on August 13, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois.

* "Sessions concedes Charlottesville was ‘domestic terrorism’ ; US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has called the deadly car attack in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend an act of domestic terrorism" (2017-08-14, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/VMXpo]

* "Stunning Images of ‘BLM War Zone’ Exposes Federal Fiasco at Bundy Ranch" (2014-04, by Patrick Henningson) part 1 [archive.fo/BYwTk], part 2 [archive.fo/XrdfU], part 3 [archive.fo/LFc3V], part 4 [archive.fo/gnDcV]

* "War zone in Charlotte: White man begs for mercy as he is beaten while a reporter is nearly dragged into a fire by rioters as people are told to stay home from work after police shooting of black father" 2016-09-12, dailymail.co.uk) [archive.is/23CMy], synopsis: Disturbing videos have emerged of protesters brutally attacking bystanders in North Carolina city. Came during the second night of violence that has been prompted by shooting of Keith Lamont Scott. 44 people were arrested for a variety of crimes  and failure to disperse, and at least 14 were hospitalized. Governor Pat McCrory has declared a state of emergency and has called in the National Guard. An extra 700 law enforcement personnel will be on the street in Charlotte on Thursday night.  Major companies with offices in the downtown area told employees not to come into work. An official who watched the footage said Scott made an 'obvious threat' towards officers. But police chief Kerr Putney said video was inconclusive, and does not definitively show him pointing gun. He also said that the video would not be released, although Scott's family will get to watch it.  A man, believed to be Scott's brother, was captured on video saying all white people are 'f***ing devils'.
- Photo caption: Officers fire tear gas canisters into the crowd in a bid to push them back during a confrontation in the Charlotte

- Photo caption: A National Guard Humvee leaves an armory near Charlotte, North Carolina, early on Thursday morning after they were deployed by North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory


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

* "Have Black Lives Ever Mattered?" book review (2017-07-03, nyjournalofbooks.com) [archive.fo/BkGDz]

* "Oakland's NFL Star Marshawn Lynch Sits During US Anthem; In April, Lynch traveled to Haiti to help build schools and homes capable of enduring natural disasters, according to Seahawks Wire" (2017-08-13, telesurtv.net) [archive.is/SLnzN], photo caption: Professional football star Marshawn Lynch.

* "Spike Lee Announces Date, Time for Colin Kaepernick Rally at NFL Headquarters" (2017-08-08, bleacherreport.com) [archive.fo/zfmCb]

* "The Colin Kaepernick Dilemma: The NFL Really Is a Plantation; Imagine that standing up for the rights of Black people in a very public forum is now categorized as a mistake" (2017-08-10, by Mel Reeves, fightthepowerjournal.com, via telesurtv.net) [archive.is/19kF2]:
The Colin Kaepernick situation reveals all you need to know about the U.S. Big Business and its most popular non profit the National Football League. Kaepernick remains unsigned because he stood up against racism and police violence, both of which are important to the rich powerful in maintaining their hold on U.S. society.
The NFL owners are hypocrites. What does the flag and the national anthem have to do with professional football? Not a thing the pageantry is about getting fans to tie country and sports together in a way that guarantees people will be interested in making it the U.S. past time. When owners introduced the flag and the national anthem they introduced politics into the game.
But who can fault the owners for protecting their interests. The police serve and protect them as members of the privileged class; not White folks in general but specifically, The White Power Structure. The police don’t protect ordinary White folks no matter how much some folks want to believe that lie. The statistics reveal police kill White people as well even unarmed minding their own business working class White folks. But they don’t kill and or brutalize RICH White folks, the one percenters and those in range of it.
Anti racist activists could take a page from the NFL. Instead of taking to social media and incessantly talking about how much they don’t want to deal with Kaepernick, rather they took action. They have “apparently” banned Kap while sending a clear message to the other well paid serfs in their employ.
Incidentally, Baltimore Ravens owner took a page out of the old plantation owners playbook when he used his BOY former Ravens linebacking great Ray Lewis to pass along the message that if Kaepernick doesn’t behave and become more docile like the other serfs there will be dire consequences. The buck- dancing know nothing Lewis, immediately took to social media and encouraged Kaperneck (who he calls his friend) to dance to massa’s tune so he can play. Lewis was on camera telling the quarterback to stop doing what he is doing while all the while saying he has his back. Lewis says, “he has learned from his mistakes” and hasn’t repeated them twice, as if to say Kaepernick’s protest was a mistake.
Imagine that standing up for the rights of Black people in a very public forum is now categorized as a mistake. Lawd look how far Black people have come.
Incredibly former Black NFLers who should remain quiet are volunteering their two cents, more like half cents. The man who would-be quarterback, former Pittsburgh Steeler Kordell Stewart is telling the quarterback to be quiet. Somebody should tell him that he doesn’t have to shuffle his feet any more, he isn’t in the league anymore. I wonder if he wanted folks to be quiet when it was clear the Steelers didn’t trust his Black self to run its offense?
And poor Mike Vick suggested that Kap should cut his hair. Vick doesn’t realize that the White folks who love their animals more than even people, (well at least Black people) are never going to forgive him no matter who he tries to throw under the bus.
Jerry Rice chimed in chastising Kap for supposedly disrespecting the flag. Rice likely had problems with the fact that Kap unlike him cares about things other than himself unlike JERRY.
It’s likely Lewis, Vick and the others have no idea that historically Black people used sports as a platform to advance racial justice in this country. They likely don’t know that athletes like Jim Brown never hesitated to tell the truth about U.S. society. They probably aren’t aware that Muhammad Ali sacrificed his boxing prime to protest the illegal U.S. war against Vietnam.
Kareem Abdul Jabbar observed that Kaepernick’s stand was not un-American, but what was un-American is the failure of the country to address the reason for his stand. Jabbar has it wrong, White dupes as well as the power structure have no intention on bringing about an end to racism or police violence, to do that would be un-American. It would cut into the profits of the ruling rich by making it much more difficult to divide and rule, which is what racism effectively does. And it would end the reason for living for those who relish and cherish White Supremacy.
NFL president Roger Goodell unintentionally revealed the truth when he said “teams make decisions [based] on what’s in the best interests of their team.”
Those complaining about the league’s criminal element don’t understand. What’s criminal to the money grubbers is anything that might interfere with making money. The theme of Big Business, to paraphrase former owner Al Davis is, just make money baby.
Kaepernick threatens their bottom line, unlike the wife beaters and drug abusers and stick up men in its employ. The fans are likely to forgive someone who has been arrested 10 times if he is a good player. But the thoroughly indoctrinated folks who make up the USA are quickly offended by a seemingly ungrateful Negro who is not appreciative of all the bountiful goodness the White settlers have afforded him here in this Shagri-la. After all he could be toiling away in some drought forsaken part of his home country.
Justice then peace.

* "Colin Kaepernick wins 49ers prestigious Eshmont Award; Joe Staley takes Bill Walsh Award" (2016-12-30, mercurynews.com) [archive.is/A4ZYj]
* "Colin Kaepernick: 2016's Sportsperson of the Year" (2016-12-11, telesurtv.net) [youtube.com/watch?v=0mUMcoMCkxg]


information collected by the Committee to Defend Public Education!

Anaheim Union High School District Calls For Immediate Temporary Moratorium On Approval Of Charter Schools.
* "RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE ANAHEIM UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT; RESOLUTION REQUESTING AN IMMEDIATE TEMPORARY MORATORIUM ON APPROVAL OF CHARTER SCHOOLS (RESOLUTION NO. 2015/16-BOT-6)" (2016-03-10, Anaheim Union High School District), full text [archive.is/3hiL0] [archive.is/EGDnl] [archive.is/Rviz1] [archive.is/FJin2]:
On the motion of Trustee Jabbar and duly seconded, the following resolution was adopted:
WHEREAS, the California Constitution, Article 9, section 1 recognizes that the general diffusion of knowledge and intelligence is essential for preservation of the rights and liberties of the people such that the Legislature shall encourage by all suitable means the promotion of intellectual, scientific, moral, and agricultural improvement; and
WHEREAS, the California Constitution Article 9, section 5 requires that the Legislature provide for a system of common schools by which a free school shall be kept up and supported in each district thus establishing access to a public education as a fundamental right fully guaranteed and protected by the California Constitution; and
WHEREAS, the California Constitution Article 9, section 8 states that no public money shall ever be appropriated for the support of any sectarian or denominational school, or any school not under the exclusive control of the officers of the public schools; and
WHEREAS, in 2013 Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed historic school funding legislation establishing the Local Control Funding Formula intended to increase resources to the state's neediest students and restore local control over how money is spent on schools; and
WHEREAS, in 2015 with bi-partisan support Congress reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act through the Every Student Succeeds Act seeking, among other things, to increase both state and local control over public education which was in contrast to education policy and requirements established under No Child Left Behind; and
WHEREAS, in1992, California passed the Charter Schools Act establishing Education Code Section 47600 et seq.; and
WHEREAS, the current provisions in the Education Code Section 47600 et seq. provides limited fiscal, facility, and educational program accountability and transparency; and
WHEREAS, Education Code Section 47605 vests in the local school board the authority for determining whether a charter school petition meets the legal requirement outlined in Education Code Section 47605; and
WHEREAS, local school board most knowledgeable of education programs and needs within its jurisdiction invest significant time and resources reviewing proposed charter school petitions prior to accepting or rejecting a charter school petition as require by Education Code Section 47605; and
WHEREAS, the recent practices of county offices of education and the State Board of Education in summarily overruling rigorous evaluations of charter applications by local school boards is undermining the practice of "local control," wherein districts develop priorities and plans with input from all stakeholders including parents, students, teacher and community members; and
WHEREAS, students with more significant needs such as students with disabilities, students with social-emotional needs and students who are English Learners are often disenrolled or removed by charter schools which undermine local communities; and,
WHEREAS, charter schools are not held to the same facility standards as public schools including preventing student exposure to asbestos and lead in paint and other hazardous materials; and,
WHEREAS, because charter school boards are not elected by their constituency but are often appointed by outside groups that often operate several charter schools across the county or state, charter school boards often do not have local meetings accessible to parents and other local groups; and,
WHEREAS, charter schools and parent organizations are not required to have adequate reserve funds as public school districts are; and,
WHEREAS, charter school organizations are not explicitly required to have open access to budgets and salaries, especially executive compensation; and,
WHEREAS, charter schools are not explicitly required to comply with Freedom of Information Act request or the California Public Records Act, and
WHEREAS, some charter schools are hiring foreign nationals to replace American teachers; and
WHEREAS, California taxpayers and citizens deserve to have transparency and accountability with respect to public school funding; and
WHEREAS, local school districts deserve the right to authorize locally controlled charter schools; and,
WHEREAS, the current charter laws regulating charter laws need to be updated to assure local control, transparency, and accountability to the taxpayers and parents;
The Anaheim Union High School District urges the Legislature of the State of California to adopt changes to the Education Code, Section 47605 et seq., restoring local control to Districts over charter schools and holding charter schools to the same level of accountability as all public schools;
The Anaheim Union High School District urges the Legislature of the State of California to adopt changes to the Education Code, Section 47605 et seq., requiring a showing of local support within a District for charter school approval, from parents, teachers, and community members, and not allow signatures of existing charter school employees to support a charter petition;
The Anaheim Union High School District urges the Legislature of the State of California to enact a moratorium on charter schools until these changes are adopted and enacted.


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

Secrets of a Successful Organizer: Now available in Spanish!

Are there problems where you work? Maybe your pay is too low, conditions are unsafe, or the boss has it in for someone you work with—and you're ready to do something about it.
Our popular book Secrets of a Successful Organizer, is now available in Spanish at labornotes.org/secretos!
Thirty-seven million people in the U.S. speak Spanish at home. Probably some are your co-workers, your neighbors, or members of your union. But there are very few books available in Spanish on the nuts and bolts of workplace organizing—and no other book like this one.
This book will show you how to fight back where you work and win. You’ll learn how to identify the key issues in your workplace, build campaigns to tackle them, anticipate management’s tricks and traps, and inspire your co-workers to stand together despite their fears. It’s a step-by-step guide to building power on the job, with handouts and curriculum to match.
You can also download free handouts in Spanish at labornotes.org/secretos [is.gd/SlvdBs].

* "Shown the Door, Older Workers Find Bias Hard to Prove" (2017-08-07, nytimes.com) [archive.fo/gQBGI]

* "Modern-Day Slavery: Human trafficking survivor becomes advocate for victims in Texas" (2017-08-14, cgtn.com) [archive.is/nPrHG]


* "Israel issues restraining order against striking workers of Dimona reactor; Israel has approved measures launching emergency regulations against striking employees at the Negev Nuclear facility in Dimona" (2017-08-13, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/9zvSf]


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

* "WFTU statement on the hunger strike of temporary teachers of Nepal" (2017-08-07) [archive.fo/u8B7i]

* "India: The National Convention of Workers decided the next militant steps of the Trade Unions" (2017-08-10) [archive.fo/7ABJk]
The Trade Unions of India during the National Convention of Workers discussed about the current developments, the increasing anti-labor policies of India government and worker’s standard of living.
The Convention examined the previous action of the trade union movement and the continuing government’s provocative rejection and indifference of the 12-point Charter of Demands on minimum wage, social security, workers’ status and pay and facilities for the scheme workers, against privatization and mass scale contractorisation etc.
The convention was organised by the joint platform of all the central trade unions – CITU, AITUC, INTUC, HMS, AIUTUC, TUCC, SEWA, AICCTU, UTUC and LPF, and the National Federations of State and Central Government employees and the employees in a wide range of sectors such as banking, telecom, coal, steel, transport and construction.
The Convention decided the next militant steps below:
1. To work for achieving and accelerating united struggles in all the sectors of the economy on respective demands, which have already begun
2. To Organize level massive campaigns at various levels: Block, District, Industrial Centres and State level; mobilisation and convention in preparation to central mobilization to be followed
3. Massive three days dharna (protest) at National Capital on 9th,10th and 11th Nov. to be attended by workers from all over the country.
4. The National Convention calls upon the working people to prepare for indefinite countrywide strike action against the anti people, anti national activities of the Govt.

* "Turkey: Nakliyat-İş organized a massive demonstration with the participation of 500 members in Ankara" (2017-08-11) [archive.is/yP6H4]


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


Updates from around the world

* "Thousands Halt Traffic in India Demanding Jobs, Education; The protest marks the conclusion of a series of 57 marches last year across the state of Maharashtra" (2017-08-09, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/N5eLD], photo caption: People gather to take part in a protest organised by the Maratha community in Mumbai, India, Aug. 9, 2017.




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]

* "SF teen’s gun convictions tossed after court rules search illegal" (2017-08-03, sfchronicle.com) [archive.is/mCQQr]:
A state appeals court has overturned a San Francisco teenager’s convictions for illegal possession of a gun that police found in his backpack, which officers searched after smelling marijuana.
The court said the scent of marijuana on the youth and his clothes wasn’t enough to authorize the search without a warrant.
Police encountered the youth, 17-year-old D.W., in January 2015 in the Bayview district’s Silver Terrace neighborhood after responding to reports that someone had a gun. After seeing a group of suspected gang members on a street corner, one officer approached D.W. and smelled marijuana, and the youth admitted he had just smoked some, the court said.
The officers decided to search him for drugs, and one of them put his hand in D.W.’s backpack and found a revolver, the court said. A juvenile court judge upheld the search and found the youth guilty of firearms offenses.
The appeals court affirmed that ruling last year, but then was told by the state Supreme Court to reconsider the case in light of that court’s decision in another search case in December. In that case, the state’s high court invalidated the search of a man who was stopped after rolling past a stop sign on his bicycle and said the crime, an infraction, was not legal grounds by itself for an arrest and search.
In this case, said the First District Court of Appeal in San Francisco, the crime that police suspected D.W. of committing — possessing a small amount of marijuana for personal use — was likewise an infraction, punishable by a fine of up to $100.
Based on the state Supreme Court’s precedent, the officers had no legal grounds to arrest D.W. or search his clothing or property without a warrant, Justice Peter Siggins said in the 3-0 ruling, which the court published Wednesday as a precedent for future cases.
Because the search was illegal, the court said, the gun, the sole proof of the youth’s crimes, should have been excluded from evidence.


"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


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]

* "Right & left united in First Amendment lawsuit against DC Metro" (2017-08-10, rt.com) [archive.fo/vAsBl] [begin excerpt]:
Earlier this year, the ACLU tried to advertise a reproduction of the First Amendment of the US Constitution on the WMATA, after what they allege were denigrating statements made by President Donald Trump against journalists in the US.
The WMATA stated that they had to reject the idea, because the ad “intended to influence members of the public regarding an issue on which there are varying opinions” or “intended to influence public policy.” [end excerpt]

Metadata source materials -
Private individuals accessing the mainframe can harvest any data inscribed in basic code...

* "CIA CouchPotato tool ‘captures video stream images remotely’ – WikiLeaks" (2017-08-10, rt.com) [archive.fo/bBD7r]


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

The following article uses the phrase "communist" to denote their enemy's pretense of individualist liberty (as it pertains, usually, to sexuality and gender fluidity), and having used the phrase, censors Google.com's targeting of anti-Imperialist working-class organizers (Communists) and their website rankings. The breitbart.com online news journal is, itself, connected to "conservative" and "fascist" factions within the USA Domestic Security regime, while Google.com is a private partner with transnational security agencies employed to target dissent that upsets the World Market regime, but employs "liberal" and gender-fluid agents as a means to solidify employee loyalty to a company that is tailored towards the politically "liberal" faction of capitalism.
* "Former Google Employee: 'There are efforts to demote anything non-PC from search results' " (2017-08-08, breitbart.com) [archive.is/rsNL9] [begin excerpt]:
In the first interview of the series, a Google employee (alias “Hal”) spoke of witch-hunts and intolerance at Google, as well as dysfunction at the company’s upper echelons. [...]
According to Breitbart’s anonymous source, some Ad Sales employees are “openly encouraging Adwords customers to pull their ads from Breitbart and Rebel Media.”
Emmett concurs with our source. “A number of friends have privately confirmed this to me. I know there are efforts to demote anything non-PC, anti-Communist and anti-Islamic terror from search results. To what extent that has been successful, I don’t know.”
Emmett says he personally witnessed efforts from leftists within Google to bias YouTube’s algorithms to push anti-PC content off the platform’s “related videos” recommendations.
“I have read internal mailing list e-mail from SJWs absolutely incensed that there’d be, say, a Sargon of Akkad video appearing as a video related to one of their favorite SJW vloggers. This is what happens when you have unbiased algorithms, which at the time, was true. I don’t have to tell you that, in that e-mail, the SJW was quite literally asking that the ‘related videos’ function be perverted so that such a thing would stop happening.” [end excerpt]
SJW is "alt-right" slang for "liberal-lefty-marxist Jew", and Breitbart is supported by some open "right-wing" Jews... so... its not antisemitic.
* "Alt-Right Campaign Against H.R. McMaster Now Involves Explosive Allegation That He Has Connections to a Jew" (2017-08-07, slate.com) [archive.fo/NgonF]
- comment (by Russ, whowhatwhy.org): Anti-Semitic Wackiness Latest in Bid to Weaken McMaster: Poor guy, trying to weed out nuts at the National Security Council, is targeted by Breitbart because he worked at a think tank that was funded by, among other things, a foundation that was funded by many people, one of whom is the not very actively Jewish George Soros. Supposedly, Soros rules rules the world for the Jews, according to the alt-right.

* "Google CEO Pichai cancels ‘town hall’ on gender dispute" (2017-08-12, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/33gvP]

* "UK counter-terrorism effort ‘actively undermined’ by Prevent critics, says home secretary" (2017-08-10, rt.com) [archive.fo/nJyL7]

What would you do if you found out someone you'd known for years was an cop?


* "Creepiest EU Program Yet: Registering Dissent as 'Russian Propaganda' ; Under Soros' Direction EU's foreign ministry is spending your money to smear dissent" (2017-08-08, RI News) [archive.is/v4GqJ]

* " 'The Palestine Exception': War on BDS Is Now a War on US Democracy; A new law supported by 43 senators would make it a "felony" for U.S. citizens to support the boycott of Israel" (2017-08-08, by Dr. Ramzy Baroud) [archive.fo/ZfMOU]


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]. 

Millions For Prisoners Human Rights march and rally, Washington, DC, August 19, 2017
March participants are asked to meet at Freedom Plaza, located at the corner of 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW at 11:00 am, but may arrive as early as 9 am. The March will begin promptly at 11:30 am from Freedom Plaza to Lafayette Park where the Rally will begin at 12 noon and will continue until 5. Individuals who are unable to participate in the Marching demonstration can go straight to Lafayette Square, directly north of the White House on H Street, Pennsylvania Avenue NW and 16th Street NW.
Millions for Prisoners Human Rights core demands for Action:
A) We DEMAND the 13th amendment ENSLAVEMENT CLAUSE of the United States Constitution be amended to abolish LEGALIZED slavery in America.
B) We DEMAND a Congressional hearing on the 13th Amendment ENSLAVEMENT CLAUSE being recognized as in violation of international law, the general principles of human rights and its direct links to:
- Private entities exploiting prison labor
- Companies overcharging prisoners for goods and services
- Private entities contracted by states/federal government to build and operate prisons. This would also include immigration detentions
- Racial disparities in America's prison population and sentencing
- Policing: the disproportionate (unaccountable) killings by police in the black and brown communities
- Felony Disenfranchisement laws
- Immigration and Customs Enforcement 34,000 detention quotas
- Producing the world largest prison population
There are multiple ways to get from Union Station to Freedom Plaza and Lafayette Park. The easiest way might be to walk or take a metrobus or train. Please visit WMATA to find the best option. Cars and other vehicles can utilize Union Station Parking Garage, 30 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002. Buses can utilize Union Station – Bus & RV, 1st St NE, Washington, DC 20002. For specific parking fee information and to make reservations please visit https://www.ecolonial.com/
Supporters across the nation are planning solidarity events to coincide with the Millions for Prisoners Human Rights March on August 19th in Washington. Thus far events are being held in Riverside CA, San Jose CA, Asheville NC, Montgomery AL, Carrabelle FL, Kansas City MO, St Louis MO, Albuquerque NM, Duluth MN and Omaha NE.
Visit iamweubuntu.com to stay connected or get involved.
LOC's (Local Organizing Committees) are being established in cities all throughout the country to bring awareness and promote the March on Washington!
Additional Support is need in the following areas:
– Lawyers – Legal Observer – Lobbyist – Public Relations – Event Planners – Fundraisers
Please contact us if you want to support us in these or other areas:
Email: millionsforprisonersmarch@gmail.com
Tel.: 803-220-4553
Website: www.iamweubuntu.com
Facebook: Facebook.com/groups/MillionsforPrisonersMarch/
Twitter: Twitter.com/milli4prisoners
P.O Box 58201
Raleigh NC 27658​
Update 6-24-2017:
More details here.

* "Sat. Aug 19, San Jose: MILLIONS FOR PRISONERS MARCH – in solidarity with March in Washington DC" (2017-08-14, prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.wordpress.com) [archive.is/7rFOp]:
On AUGUST 19, 2017 please join in solidarity with the historic Millions for Prisoners Human Rights March. People from all over the country will be marching and hosting a rally at the White House to formally issue and demand the removal of the 13th Amendment “exception” clause that legalizes slavery. People are traveling from as far as California to join the March. Solidarity marches, rallies, and protests are being planned across the country to coincide with the DC event.  Here’s San Jose!


SATURDAY, AUG 19, 2017
We DEMAND the 13th Amendment ENSLAVEMENT CLAUSE of the United States Constitution be amended to abolish LEGALIZED slavery in America.
We DEMAND a Congressional hearing on the 13th Amendment ENSLAVEMENT CLAUSE being recognized as in violation of International law, the general principles of human rights and its direct links to:
• For profit exploitation of prison labor and the extortion of prisoners/families for needed goods and services
• Incentivizing criminalization by a private prison industry
• Reinforcement of systemic racial inequality and the militarization of police against our communities
• Disproportionate murder of black and brown people by police and the normalization of state sponsored murder via the death penalty
• Use of solitary confinement as punishment and torture
• Voter disenfranchisement of up to 6 million people
• Indefinite detention of entire families under arbitrary Immigration and Customs Enforcement quotas
• A bail bond system that unjustly penalizes the poor and dispossessed
• Producing 25% of the world’s prison population with only 4.5% of its overall population
California Prison Focus & Rise Up for Justice
11:00am: GATHER at Raymond Bernal Jr. Park, 7th and Mission Streets, San Jose, CA 95112

11:30am: MARCH to County Jail

12:30am: RALLY at James P. McEntee Plaza, 70 West Hedding, San Jose, CA 95110

Join local organizations, learn more, and hear speakers from San Jose and surrounding communities, including:
Watani Stiner
Sean Ramsey
Laurie Valdez
… and more
For a full list of sponsors or more information, email us at: riseup@forjustice.us
Download and put up Fliers! 8-19-17-Millions-for-Prisoners, SanJose
San Jose March Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/441574739560568/
Riverside Solidarity Rally Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/720255711508696/
iamWE Prison Advocacy Network is forever humbled to be hosting the upcoming March on Washington DC: http://www.iamweubuntu.com/millions-for-prisoners-human-rights.htm

* " 'Cruel and Unusual': Texas Prisoners Face Deadly Heat and Contaminated Water" (2017-08-08, truth-out.org) [archive.fo/ds3eN]

* "700 Immigrants on Hunger Strike at For-Profit Prison to Protest Conditions & $1/Day Wages" (2017-04-14, democracynow.org) [archive.fo/VERbz]

* "Fourth Hunger Strike Started in the Northwest Detention Center; Facility in 'Modified Lock Down Since' Saturday" (2017-08-19)
Tacoma, WA -
Yesterday, August 8th, 20 people inside the Northwest Detention Center (NWDC) started another hunger strike, the fourth this year alone, demanding to be released from segregation and for all people detained be released to their families and communities starting with people that are not deportable, those that should be covered under the Convention Against Torture, and those that have waiting for a response on their case for more than 1 year.
This most recent hunger strike is in response to the increasingly appalling actions of the GEO Group, the private prison contractor who runs the NWDC facility.  People in one unit were retaliated against for protecting each other from GEO guard's assaults, threats and intimidation. Yesterday at 11am, the whole unit was dismantled, 20 of those were sent to solitary confinement, accused of "starting a riot". The rest were sent to a different unit. The hunger strike began yesterday at 11am, and will not end until the 20 in solitary confinement are sent back to general population.
On Friday, August 4th,  a GEO guard assaulted a youth, who came to the country as an unaccompanied minor, and was transferred to the facility once he turned 18.  When people vocally protested the assault, GEO locked down a part of the facility, disallowing people to use the phones, lawyers were not allow to visit, and the lights where turned off.
Since Saturday August 5th, the whole facility has been in "modified lockdown", people inside have reportedly been restricted from talking to each other, have limited access to phones, and are taken one at the time to receive medications among other restrictions.
One hunger strike organizer recently was threatened recently by Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) with indefinite detention if he did not stop organizing. ICE and his parole officer made it clear if he did not stop organizing hunger strikes, they would transfer his back and forth between facilities, "Why threaten me this way when ICE and GEO both claim we are detainees, not prisoners?" said the person threatened by authorities.
In a recent tour of the NWDC facility for legal groups, ICE admitted to transferring people from one facility to another as retaliation for organizing.
The complete list of demands follows:
Immediate release of all people detained, to be released to their families and communities starting with
- people that are not deportable,
- those that should be covered under the Convention Against Torture,
- those that have been waiting for a response on their case for more than 1 year
- ICE and GEO: train officers on people and social skills, and how to de-escalate difficult and violent situations
- Allow contact visits at least every 90 days considering people deported won?t be able to see their families ever again
A community solidarity vigil is scheduled to support the people on hunger strike in the Northwest Detention Center today Wednesday August 9th.
*WHAT: All day vigil in solidarity with hunger strikers demanding: 1) Their immediate release and 2) No ICE retaliation
*WHO: Supporters and allies of those in detention at NWDC
*WHERE: NWDC 1623 E J St, Tacoma WA
*WHEN: Wednesday August 9th starting at 2PM ending at 8PM PST
For live updates, visit [facebook.com/NWDCResistance]
NWDC Resistance is a volunteer community group that emerged to fight deportations in 2014 at the now-infamous Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, WA as part of the #Not1more campaign, and supported people detained who organized hunger strikes asking for a halt to all deportations and better treatment and conditions./
Maru Mora Villalpando [maru@)latinoadvocacy.org]

* For live updates, visit: [facebook.com/NWDCResistance]
* Democracy Now! interview with Maru Villalpando of Northwest Detention Center Resistance [nwdcresistance.org] and Alexis Erickson, partner of one of the hunger strikers, Cristian Lopez.
* "Activist Goes on Hunger Strike Outside the Northwest Detention Center; Maru Mora Villalpando Joins the Tacoma 12 and Adelanto 9 in Calling for an End to Human Rights Abuses in Immigrant Detention" (2017-06-19, latinoadvocacy.org) [archive.fo/7J8Qv]

* Three articles (notonemoredeportation.com) [archive.fo/C1Zbj], including "Wife of Detained Hunger Strike Leader Begins Week Long Hunger Strike to Reunite Her Family" (2014-09-02)

Solidarity Statement from the California Coalition for Women Prisoners In Support of Immigrant Prisoners
Coalition for Women Prisoners (CCWP) sent the solidarity statement below expressing support with the hunger strikers at the Northwest County Detention Center (NWDC) in Tacoma Washington, one of the largest immigration prisons in the country.  People at NWDC, including many women, undertook the hunger strike starting at the beginning of April 2017 to protest the horrendous conditions they are facing.  Although the peak of the hunger strike was a few weeks ago, the strikers set a courageous example of resistance for people in detention centers and prisons around the country.
California Coalition for Women Prisoners (CCWP) stands in solidarity with the hunger strikers, many of them women, detained by ICE at the Northwest Detention Center (NWDC), a private prison operated by the GEO group contracted by ICE in Washington state.  We applaud the detainees at NORCOR, a county jail in rural Oregon, who recently won their demands after sustaining six days without meals.
Since April 10th, those detained in NWDC have refused meals to demand changes to the abhorrent conditions of their detention, including poor quality food, insufficient medical care, little to no access to family visits, legal counsel or legal documents, and lack of timely court proceedings. Hunger strikes are a powerful method of resistance within prisons that require commitment and courage from prisoners and their families. We have seen this historically in California when tens-of-thousands of prisoners refused meals to protest solitary confinement in 2011 and 2013, and also currently in Palestine where over 1,500 prisoners are on hunger strike against the brutal conditions of Israeli prisons.
As the Trump administration continues to escalate its attacks on Latinx/Chicanx and Arab/Muslim communities, deportations and detentions serve as strategies to control, remove, and erase people—a violence made possible in a context of inflamed xenophobia and increasingly visible and virulent racism. We stand with the families of those detained as well as organizations and collectives on the ground in Washington State struggling to expose the situation inside these facilities as well as confront the escalating strategies of the Trump administration.
CCWP recognizes the common struggle for basic human dignity and against unconstitutional cruel and inhumane treatment that people of color and immigrants face in detention centers, jails, and prisons across the United States. We also sadly recognize from our work with people in women’s prisons the retaliatory tactics such as prison transfers and solitary confinement that those who fight oppression face. Similar abuses continue to occur across California at all of its prisons and  detention centers, including the GEO-run women’s prison in McFarland, California. CCWP sends love and solidarity to the hunger strikers in the Northwest. Together we can break down the walls that tear our families and communities apart. ¡ya basta!
News mailing list: News@womenprisoners.org
California Coalition for Women Prisoners
1540 Market Street, Suite 490
San Francisco, CA 94102

* "Drop the charges against reality winner; Why alleged whistle-blower Reality Winner deserves support" (2017-06-08, couragetoresist.org) [archive.fo/y1Apg]


Stand with Rasmea at her sentencing
August 17
All out for Detroit!
Thursday, August 17, at 1:30 EDT
(rally at 1:30 PM, hearing starts at 3 PM)
U.S. District Court, 231 W. Lafayette Blvd., downtown Detroit, Michigan
The Rasmea Defense Committee, Committee to Stop FBI Repression, and U.S. Palestinian Community Network are urging everyone to join us in Detroit, August 17, to show our love and support for Rasmea at her sentencing in federal court. The will be her last court appearance and Rasmea is planning to make a statement.
The plea agreement that has already been reached states that Rasmea will not get additional jail time – but she will have to leave the U.S.
Given the near daily attacks on Rasmea in the right-wing and pro-Israeli media, we expect that a fair amount of attention will be focused on the sentencing. It is critical that the courtroom be filled with her supporters.

A Farewell to Rasmea Odeh Aug. 12
with Angela Davis
Saturday, August 12
7:00 pm
at the International Union of Operating Engineers hall
2260 S. Grove Street, Chicago, IL  60616
Join us for an evening of music, culture, and struggle to honor Palestinian icon Rasmea Odeh. Keynote address by former political prisoner Angela Davis.

* "Suicide of 70-Year-Old John Mackenzie After Tenth Parole Denial Illustrates Broken System" (2017-08-09, villagevoice.com) [archive.fo/KsxFc], photo caption: Akeem Browder (left) and Johnny Perez address protesters outside the Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building


* "Writer arrested in Spain over Turkey’s allegation; A writer of Turkish origin has been arrested in Spain over Turkey's allegations of involvement in terrorism" (2017-08-08, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/ynj9T], photo caption: Turkish-Swedish reporter and journalist Hamza Yalcin


With updates on the broader LGBT*QI+ gender revolution

* "Ecuador Transpeople Fight for Better Healthcare During Transition; The transgender community in Ecuador has been mobilizing for about 20 years in order to improve medical care before and after their gender transitions" (2017-08-11, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/SbXUy]

* "Pakistan set to Criminalize Discrimination Against Trans People; Legislation will make it illegal to prevent trans people from inheriting property, unlawfully evict them or deny them entry to educational institutions" (2017-08-11, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/hPijU]


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]

The following is insightful as to not only the source (being a renowned scholarly author), but the paradigm presented provides an insight into the ideology shared by advocates for a persuasion whereby one's business ethics are influenced by anti-environmentalism as a base ethic, or, out of concern for one's own wealth. This paradigm shifts others to place their own ethics in line with what works best for the interest of accruing dividends for investments, above all other concerns for the greater welfare of society and nationhood... notice, for instance, the author's use of a singular entity labeled "the environmentalists" throughout a span of decades, without regard to the multi-polarity of individuals and various entities that existed... it is a simplification of the enemy for his paradigm, one that is useful when inculcating the thought of anti-environmentalism into others of like-mind, and more common in "conservative"-oriented mainstream news media...
* "Assessing blame for water price" (2017-07-31, by Lawrence Samuels, Libertarian Party of Monterey County, via Monterey Herald newspaper, California) [archive.is/2tulC]

* " ‘Nothing To See Here’ - Frackers Ignore Rising Well Decline Rates" (2017-08-06, oilprice.com) [archive.fo/bnJdp]

* "Seismic events strike shale-rich Oklahoma for second day" (2017-08-04, UPI newswire) [archive.is/0rGcA]
* "Shale-rich Oklahoma sees widespread economic growth" (2017-08-08, UPI newswire) [archive.is/q5T9x]

* "Snakes causing strain: How reptiles brought by US Navy devastated Guam" (2017-08-10, rt.com) [archive.fo/kyolH]

* "Growth and eco-protection not antithetical" (2017-08-09, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/REofT] [begin excerpt]:
Since the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, Xi has been emphasizing that the pursuit of harmony between humans and nature is about having both "gold mountains" and "green mountains". As such, Xi's philosophy is about striking the right balance between environmental protection and economic growth.
In China's experiences of modernization and building an ecological civilization, environmental protection and economic growth are not incompatible. The key to making them compatible lies in ideology and the policies to manage them.
If, for example, some regions' ecological and environmental assets are their strength, they should be allowed to develop eco-agriculture, eco-industries and eco-tourism. This way, their green assets could facilitate economic development.
Effectively combining industrial development with ecological development, and following the principle of an environmentally-friendly economy is the best way to build an industrial structure based on ecological civilization. [end excerpt]

* "Environmentalists censure Kuwait media blackout on oil spill; Kuwait has been criticized for its cover-up of an oil spill in the Persian Gulf waters as an environmental campaigning group says authorities did not issue proper warning about the disaster which now threatens human life on the beaches" (2017-08-13, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/AyemE]


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

Monsanto Media Manipulation: Newly released documents call into question Monsanto's efforts to influence news coverage of its weedkiller, Roundup.


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.

* "Nagasaki mayor pleads for end to nuclear threat on bomb anniversary" (2017-08-09, AFP newswire) [archive.is/E3WHr]

* "The Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapons is Overwhelmingly Adopted" (2017-07-07, by Marylia Kelley, trivalleycares.org) [archive.is/adFQj]:
Today is a day to celebrate. The “Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons” was overwhelmingly adopted at the United Nations in New York, with 122 states parties in favor, one opposed and one abstention.
The ban treaty, as it is popularly called, will now open for signatures by states at the UN on September 20, 2017.
According to the treaty’s “entry into force” provision, it will become fully operational 90 days after achieving its threshold requirement for 50 states to sign and complete its ratification.
While each country has its own rules governing ratification procedures, the ban treaty is designed so that it may enter into force in straightforward and timely manner.
Today, the world clearly and unequivocally told all nine nuclear-armed nations (the U.S., Russia, China, U.K., France, Israel, India, Pakistan, and North Korea) that all nuclear weapons stand outside the law. And, while the nine nuclear weapons states are not expected to sign the treaty in the near term, its greatest power my lie in its establishment of a new global norm.
The ban treaty strips nuclear weapons of any shred of legitimacy and lays bare the fundamental truth of their horrific humanitarian and environmental consequences. As of today, they are no longer acceptable. Period.
The treaty (see blog and treaty text) stigmatizes and expressly outlaws the development, testing, possession, use, transfer and/or assistance in any prohibited activity. Further it bans the “threat of use,” which rips away the underpinning for deterrence policy upon which the U.S. and other nuclear-armed states have so long relied for legitimacy.
This is how societal patterns are changed – and how national behaviors are altered over time. This is true in terms of treaties; for example, the U.S. refused to sign the treaty banning land mines, while over 80% of the world's countries (162 of them) have become party to the treaty. This change in global norms has had the effect of binding the U.S. to the terms of the treaty regardless of signature or ratification.
With this and other similar precedents in mind, the ban treaty is written so that the present-day nuclear weapons states may come into compliance over time and join the kinship of nations in a nuclear weapons free world. Thus, the treaty’s most consequential power may be its most subtle.
It is exciting too to consider that all countries large and small have important roles to play in asserting the new norm and in achieving the complete elimination of nuclear weapons, as does civil society. In this regard, it is worth noting that more than 130 countries participated in negotiation for the ban treaty, and about as many non-governmental organizations, including ours were present for a length of time at the UN negotiations – and conducting important advocacy.
Today, the ban is no longer in the process of “becoming” a treaty. Today it has arrived.
First, we celebrate. Then, we get back to work. It is up to each of us to continue to propel the nuclear weapons ban process forward. And, for those of us who live in the U.S. or another of the nuclear-armed states, we have a special role and responsibility.
Today, we took a huge step, almost beyond calculation. Tomorrow and the in days to come, we will take others. We can do it!

* "The Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty Nears the Finish Line!" (2017-07-06, by Marylia Kelley, trivalleycares.org) [archive.fo/Ymne2]:
At the United Nations today, negotiations are wrapping up on the “legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination,” also known as the ban treaty. The treaty text has been sent out for translation into the six official UN languages, and tomorrow, on Friday, July 7, the states that have participated in the negotiations will be asked to vote on its adoption.
The negotiations have not been without struggle. What stands out, however, is the incredible motivation and true good faith effort demonstrated by 140 states parties and the President of the negotiations, Ambassador Elayne Whyte Gomez of Costa Rica. This ambassador and these countries have forged a far-reaching and historic agreement to outlaw all nuclear weapons globally in less than 30 days!
While no treaty is perfect, it is worthwhile to examine the wording of the ban treaty’s prohibitions, contained in Article 1 of the text:
“Each State Party undertakes never under any circumstances to:
(a) Develop, test, produce, manufacture, otherwise acquire, possess or stockpile nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices;
(b) Transfer to any recipient whatsoever nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices or control over such weapons or explosive devices directly or indirectly;
(c) Receive the transfer or control over nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices directly or indirectly;
(d) Use or threaten to use nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices;
(e) Assist, encourage or induce, in any way, anyone to engage in any activity prohibited to a State Party under this Treaty;
(f) Seek or receive any assistance, in any way, from anyone to engage in any activity prohibited to a State Party under this Treaty
(g) Allow any stationing, installation or deployment of any nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices in its territory or at any place under its jurisdiction or control.”
Tri-Valley CAREs and other nuclear disarmament organizations have long said that these instruments of indiscriminate mass murder and societal suicide are immoral; this treaty finds its foundation in international humanitarian law and renders them illegal.
Further, the treaty’s preambular language specifically calls out the catastrophic health and environmental consequences of nuclear weapons, including their disproportionate impact on women and girls (an allusion to gendered radiation effects) and the suffering of indigenous peoples.
Our colleague Rebecca Johnson notes that even at this late hour, there is concern over the nuclear weapons states, which have boycotted the treaty negotiations, pressing one or more countries in the room tomorrow to stymie or try to run out the clock on the adoption process.
That hasn’t happened yet. We are mere hours away from the ban treaty’s “crunch day.” For those who are not at the United Nations, the vote will be televised on UN TV. It’s scheduled to begin at 8 AM eastern tomorrow and run until 11 AM.
To many of us, it’s shocking that the vote will not also be live on every major TV network, but there you have it. The most important nuclear disarmament initiative in the nearly 50 years since the Non-Proliferation Treaty was negotiated in 1968 is also the most underreported!
Nevertheless, a legal and moral victory of immeasurable proportion is near. We stand on the brink of delegitimizing nuclear weapons and declaring there are no right hands for them.
We citizens the world over will hold breath, hold each other, hold truth and good will – and hold on to good thoughts. We will cheer the ban treaty as it crosses the finish line. We are ready!
Click here to read the near final treaty text (.pdf) [is.gd/jQa8cD].

* "Nuclear Heartland USA", a NukeWatch Book update by John LaForge, video presentation [youtube.com/watch?v=Xy38fwENwUE], synopsis:
John LaForge of NukeWatchInfo.org presented an engaging power-point lecture about publishing the revised edition of “Nuclear Heartland”, which was updated from the original 1988 edition. Johns spoke in Historic Fellowship Hall in Berkeley, CA on October 13, 2016. It was a book celebration event sponsored by the BFUU Social Justice Committee.
“Nuclear Heartland” was first published in 1988 to let Americans know where the land-based nuclear weapons silos are located, and that they make you less secure, which is in contradiction of the nuclear deterrence goal. See “Nuclear Heartland, Revised Edition: A guide to the 450 land-based missiles of the United States”. (Paperback) December 1, 2015 by Bonnie Urfer (Afterword), Nukewatch (Author), Jr. Samuel H. Day (Contributor), John M. LaForge (Editor), Arianne S. Peterson (Editor), Matthew Rothschild (Foreword) [nukewatchinfo.org/nuclear-heartland-book].
John grew up in Duluth, Minnesota. Cynthia Jean Johnson mentions that Duluth is where Bob Dylan grew up, and that he just received the Nobel Prize in Literature. Cynthia welcomed John and everyone to Fellowship Hall. Vic Sadot, SJC activist, sings Bob Dylan's "Masters of War". After a powerful power-point presentation based on John’s decades of research, travel, writing, and non-violent actions, there was a Q&A session that includes long-time BFUU SJC activists Ingrid Kepler-May and James Beatty.
Berkeley author Cecile Pineda has known John LaForge for many years. She gave him a most gracious and insightful welcome. Most noteworthy for this occasion would be Cecile Pineda’s recent book titled “The Devil’s Tango: How I Learned the Fukushima Step by Step”.
Marion Küpker, the woman traveling with John LaForge on this book tour speaks near the end of the video. She is a fellow nuclear disarmament activist in Germany. Marion Küpker represents GAAA, Gewaltfreie Aktion Atomwaffen Abschaffen (GAAA, Nonviolent Action to Abolish Nuclear Weapons). It is a German organisation dedicated to the total abolition of nuclear weapons. See GAAA [gaaa.org].
The UN General Assembly was making progress in pressing Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty negotiations forward. John was quite prescient since two weeks later the UN General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to press forward to ban nuclear weapons with negotiations in 2017. John's presentation is based on decades of dedicated research, travel, writing, and non-violent actions. A lively Q&A session includes SJC activists Ingrid Kepler-May and James Beatty. The long term effects of depleted uranium have been documented over the years. Now there is a movement to make this material illegal to use in war. Traveling with John LaForge was a fellow nuclear disarmament activist from Germany, Marion Küpker. She sees the US as the main driver of the arms race. She blames NATO for not respecting the sovereignty of Syria and is concerned that a wider war involving numerous countries could happen.
The movie called “Command and Control" was being shown in Berkeley the next day. It is based on the research and writing of Eric Schlosser, who was said to be in town for the event. Command and Control focuses on several of the most alarming accidents that happened with nuclear weapons during the “Cold War” arms race with the Soviet Union. A Spanish accented Berkeley man told about his time spent as a young man in a US Army Lance Missile Battery posted to the Crailsheim Army Airfield in Germany.
John LaForge has worked on the staff of Nukewatch, a nuclear watchdog and environmental justice group, since 1992. He edits its Quarterly newsletter. He and Barb Katt visited all 1,000 U.S. land-based missiles to document their locations, and an account of their journey is published in both the 1988 and 2015 editions of Nuclear Heartland. His articles on nuclear weapons, reactors, radioactive waste and militarism have appeared in The Progressive, New Internationalist, Z Magazine, Earth Island Journal, the opinion pages of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and elsewhere. He is a regular contributor to Counterpunch, Peacevoice, and the Duluth, MN Reader Weekly. He has testified before British and Dutch parliaments on the outlaw status of depleted uranium weapons used widely by the United States. He’s been a member of anti-war Plowshares Land Trust near Luck, WI for 30 years. He has served over four years in prison for nonviolent protests, and was a 2004 recipient of the Peace and Justice Studies Association's Social Courage Award. See NukeWatch Info in Duluth, MN at [nukewatchinfo.org].
John LaForge can be contacted at [jmichaellaforge@) yahoo.com].
Cynthia Johnson arranged for the event, which Cecile Pineda had proposed; Jane Eislie, a long-term supporter of Nukewatch was there. Audio was by Dave Yandle. Post production by Vic Sadot. The event was sponsored by the BFUU Social Justice Committee. See [bfuu.org]
* Book review (by WAMM, womenagainstmilitarymadness.org) (.pdf) [is.gd/zl8IVG]
* Book cover for "Nuclear Heartland: A guide to the 450 land-based missiles of the United States":


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



* "Blowing Up the Big Marijuana IQ Myth—The Science Points to Zero Effect on Your Smarts; Debunking one of the oldest theories about cannabis" (2017-08-06, by Paul Armentano) [archive.is/z45cM]

* "Trump’s opioid commission ignores 7,800 public comments about weed" (2017-08-01, vice.com) [archive.is/N00JJ]

* "Huff, puff, pass? AG’s pot fury not echoed by task force" (2017-08-05, AP newswire) [archive.is/e73gO]


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


Preserve the Biosphere & Web of Life!


Save the Whales!
Information: [whales.org]


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

* "Fannie-Freddie Might Need $100 Billion in New Crisis, FHFA Says; Agency reports results from latest Dodd-Frank Act stress tests; Aid draw in worst scenario would leave $158 billion available" (2017-08-07, bloomberg.com) [archive.fo/zPUOr]


President Donald Trump's regime

* "Trump TV’s ‘real news’ sounds more like real propaganda" (2017-08-07, washingtonpost.com) [archive.fo/maeJc]

* "The Source of Trump’s Real Clout; The image of Donald Trump’s 'deplorables' – as Hillary Clinton dubbed them – is a bunch of bigoted blue-collar whites waving Confederate flags, but the secret of Trump’s real power lies elsewhere" (2017-08-09, consortiumnews.com) [archive.fo/LKoN3]

* "Trump growing suspicious of Bannon over leaks: Report; US President Donald Trump is becoming growingly suspicious of his chief strategist Stephen Bannon as the man behind the many leaks that have driven the White House into chaos, a new report claims" (2017-08-13, presstv.ir) [archive.is/bGDMx]
* " ‘Deep state’ memo that rattled McMaster’s National Security Council finally released" (2017-08-11, rt.com) [archive.fo/yEy9n] [begin excerpt]: Rich Higgins, who served as the director of strategic planning for the NSC, was the author of the seven-page memorandum. He resigned from the NSC in July after National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster discovered he was behind the memo.
Although it does not mention McMaster’s name specifically, the NSC chief is purportedly one of the people described in the memo as trying to restrain Trump, an unnamed source with first hand knowledge of the memo and events, said, according to Foreign Policy.
“The administration has been maneuvered into a constant back-pedal by relentless political warfare attacks structured to force him to assume a reactive posture that assures inadequate responses,” the memo stated.
“Having become the dominant cultural meme, some benefit from it while others are captured by it; including ‘deep state’ actors, globalists, bankers, Islamists, and establishment Republicans,” the document reads. [end excerpt]


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


"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]


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

* "Largest UK Navy carrier security under review after amateur lands drone on deck undetected" (2017-08-12, rt.com) [archive.is/50Yge]

* "Defense Secretary Mattis meets with Amazon’s Bezos, a target of Trump’s criticism" (2017-08-11, rt.com) [archive.fo/MvTmK] [begin excerpt]:
As part of US Secretary of Defense James Mattis’ two-day trip to visit the giants of the tech industry, he has met with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, whom President Donald Trump has accused of running the Washington Post as a tax shelter.
Mattis met with Bezos on Thursday, and toured the Amazon facilities in Seattle, Washington. This trip was also scheduled to include a stop in Mountain View, California, later in the day, according to Reuters. [...]
While in Mountain View, Mattis will tour the Pentagon’s Defense Innovation Experimental Unit (DIUx), a post set up in 2015 by Mattis’ predecessor, Ash Carter. The unit is being used as a way to funnel civilian technology to the Defense Department for military use. [end excerpt]

* "New railgun ready for testing" (2017-08-01, UPI newswire) [archive.fo/42P1D] [begin excerpt]:
A new 10 mega joule medium-range multi-mission railgun from General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems has been assembled and is ready for testing, the company announced on Monday.
The railgun, which provides multi-mission, multi-domain capability with greater flexibility for ship, land and mobile platforms will be put through its paces at Dugway Proving Ground in Utah, the company said. [end excerpt]

* "US Marines may ground aircraft after latest deadly crash" (2017-08-07, AFP newswire) [archive.fo/a8yO4]

* "Northrop Grumman receives $57.7M contract for IED jammers" (2017-08-01, UPI newswire) [archive.fo/8KRhb]

* "Raytheon receives $25.9M contract for Global Hawk sensor upgrades" (2017-08-07, UPI newswire) [archive.fo/gv69g]

* "Raytheon receives $66.4 million contract for SM-3 Block IIA missile" (2017-08-08, UPI newswire) [archive.fo/Qp9WG]

* "BAE Systems reveals iMOTR radar system" (2017-08-08, UPI newswire) [archive.is/3EB56]


* "Joint Stars aircraft getting communications upgrade" (2017-08-08, UPI newswire) [archive.fo/LD3Lc]

* "Milrem seeks U.S. sub-contractors for Titan UGV" (2017-08-08, UPI newswire) [archive.is/YSvUC]:
Estonian Defense company Milrem is exhibiting its Titan unmanned ground vehicle in Michigan this week in a bid to attract U.S. sub-contractors for production, the company announced on Tuesday.
Titan, being displayed at the Ground Vehicle Systems Engineering and Technology Symposium, has been selected by the U.S. Army's Squad Maneuver Equipment Transport program for testing.
"Milrem has been looking for potential manufacturing partners in the U.S. for some time now," Kuldar Vaarsi, chief executive officer at Milrem, said in a press release."Since our first-of-its-kind unmanned ground vehicle Titan has been accepted to Phase I of the U.S. Army's testing program SMET the activities have been accelerated."
Titan is a joint product with QinetiQ North America. It is comprised of a modular hybrid unmanned ground vehicle from Milrem and a tactical robot controller and applique kit from QNA. It acts as a support platform for dismounted troops, carrying soldier equipment.
The vehicle can also be used to carry remote weapon stations with small- and large-caliber weapons.


* "Lockheed Martin Invests $350 Million in State-of-the-Art Satellite Production Facility; 266,000 Square Foot "Factory of the Future" will Speed Production and Lower Costs" (2017-08-02, lockheedmartin.com) [archive.fo/2Sy8O], photo [archive.is/HZzrQ], caption: Lockeed Martin Gateway Center - Lockheed Martin’s new satellite integration facility will make its Waterton Canyon campus one of the largest space technology centers in the country, with 3.5 million square feet of research, engineering, test and office space. For more on the facility, visit our website: www.lockheedmartin.com/gatewaycenter

* "Lockheed to intro radar demonstrator prototype" (2017-08-07, UPI newswire) [archive.fo/XzXF3] [begin excerpt]: Lockheed Martin is to debut a space and missile defense radar demonstrator for a system that could eventually replace the current one used by the Patriot.
The unveiling of the active electronically scanned array, or AESA, Radar for Engagement and Surveillance is taking place this week at the Space & Missile Defense Symposium in Huntsville, Ala. [end excerpt]

* "Lockheed Martin Will Build New Space Instrument Focused on Vegetation Health and Carbon Monitoring; GeoCARB Expands Company’s Experience in Both Earth-Monitoring and Hosted Payloads" (2017-08-08, lockheedmartin.com) [archive.fo/PlJsT]

* "Lockheed Martin Begins Modernizing Receivers for U.S. Air Force's GPS Signal Monitoring Stations" (2017-08-09, SPX newswire) [archive.fo/2rmgP]

* "PAE receives contract for Navy, Marine Corps F-5 support" (2017-08-01, UPI newswire) [archive.fo/Q1gxx]

* "Huntington awarded $36.4M contract for work on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower" (2017-08-07, UPI newswire) [archive.fo/MxTqp]

* "ICF to support Army cyber-security operations, research" (2017-08-02, UPI newswire) [archive.fo/0HWH8]

* "Marine Corps to field new pack frames in 2018" (2017-08-03, UPI newswire) [archive.fo/nOKd7] [begin excerpt]:
The Marine Corps will begin fielding a reinforced pack frame for their standard rucksacks as early as 2018 following reports of the current issue FILBE frames becoming brittle and snapping in cold weather.
The current frame has been fielded since 2011, but issues with its durability began surfacing in 2013 from the Marine School of Infantry - West. Further incidents with the frame breaking arose during airborne operations and mountain warfare training and exercises in Norway during the winter of 2015 and 2016. [end excerpt]


Two Party Dictatorship


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]

* "German Bombshell Bestseller Exposing CIA Media Control Blocked in US; Americans are being prevented from reading an important book by a hero who made a huge difference" (2017-08-10, by Charles Bausman) [archive.fo/tY7OM]


* "German journalist who exposed govt instruction in media coverage faces backlash" (2017-08-10, rt.com) [archive.fo/5AwDA]


Artificial Poverty and Starvation


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]

* "The Struggle Against the Dakota Access Pipeline Has Linked Indigenous Communities Across the World" (2017-03-02, truth-out.org) [archive.fo/WPYf4]


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


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]

* " ‘Fight or die white man’: Confederacy advocates proclaim they intend to secede — again" (2017-08-11, rawstory.com) [archive.is/18Q63], photo caption: Southerners rally for succession, photo via the League of the South Facebook page.


* "Neo-Nazi criminal gang arrested in Florida meth swoop" (2017-08-10, rt.com) [archive.fo/PTp4Q]


Documenting the global economic dictatorship


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]


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]


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].

* "USLAW Weekly Headline News Bulletin #76" (2017-08-07, uslaboragainstwar.org) [archive.fo/smaWd]

Tuesday, September 12th at 7 PM
The Plot to Scapegoat Russia
Presentation and book signing by a professor and investigative reporter who has unveiled how the CIA and the Deep State are conspiring to vilify Russia.
Daniel Kovalik is Senior Associate General Counsel of the United Steelworkers, AFL-CIO (USW). He has worked for the USW since graduating from Columbia Law School in 1993. While with the USW, he has served as lead counsel on cutting-edge labor law litigation, including the landmark NLRB cases of Lamons Gasket and Specialty Health Care.
He has also worked on Alien Tort Claims Act cases against The Coca-Cola Company, Drummond and Occidental Petroleum - cases arising out of egregious human rights abuses in Colombia. The Christian Science Monitor, referring to his work defending Colombian unionists under threat of assassination, recently described Mr. Kovalik as "one of the most prominent defenders of Colombian workers in the United States." Mr. Kovalik received the David W. Mills Mentoring Fellowship from Stanford University School of Law and was the recipient of the Project Censored Award for his article exposing the unprecedented killing of trade unionists in Colombia.
He has written extensively on the issue of international human rights and U.S. foreign policy for the Huffington Post and Counterpunch and has lectured throughout the world on these subjects.
Creekside Fairway Room at Rossmoor
1010 Stanley Dollar Dr., Walnut Creek
Sponsored by Rossmoor Friends of KPFA,
Co-sponsored by Rossmoor Friends of Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center.
Donations to help cover costs will be gladly accepted.  Book will be available for purchase.

* "Indigenous Women Led Environmental Struggle in 2016; teleSUR takes a look at some of Latin America's most important Indigenous women of 2016" (2017-08-09, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/7ksQ3]

* "Trump breaking Obama’s record in dropping bombs; US President Donald Trump is expected to shatter his predecessor Barack Obama’s record of dropping the most bombs in various US military interventions across the world and become the most hawkish American president in modern history" (2017-08-14, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/3fqJt]:
Six months into his presidency, Trump has already dropped some 20,650 bombs, 80 percent of what Obama had used in US wars throughout 2016.
At this rate, the Republican head of state is expected to surpass his Democratic predecessor by early September.
Trump’s affection with air powers—the signature tactic of US military intervention— has led to an unprecedented increase in airstrikes by the US-led military coalition in Iraq and Syria.
This July, the coalition pilots dropped 4,313 bombs on alleged terrorist positions across Syria, 77 percent more than the same period last month.
In June, the number went all the way up to 4,848. That is roughly 1,600 more bombs than were dropped in any one month under Obama since the campaign started in 2014.
It has been more or less the same story in Afghanistan, despite the Trump White House’s apparent lack of a clear policy for the war-torn country.
In April, the US military dropped more bombs in the country since 2012, the year Obama’s troop surge reached its peak. It was in the same month that Trump authorized the US military to bomb Afghanistan’s Mamand Valley with the Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB), the largest non-nuclear bomb ever dropped in combat.
The already high number of US military involvements in non-battlefield settings also saw a dramatic increase in Trump’s first six months.
While there were only 21 lethal operations across Yemen, Somalia, and Pakistan in Obama’s last 193 days, the number has quintupled under Trump. The US military conducted at least 92 such operations in Yemen, seven in Somalia, and four in Pakistan in his first 193 days.
All of the above comes amid an apparently higher tolerance in Washington for killing civilians during the attacks.
According to the UN, the US military has killed at least 67 percent more civilians over Trump’s first six months compared to the first half of 2016.
Obama came to office pledging to end former President George W. Bush’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan but he left the office having been at war longer than any president in US history. He is the only president to serve two complete terms with the nation at war.

* "Trump Is at a Crossroads on Afghanistan, He Should Choose Wisely Trump's Afghanistan decision hangs in the air. Will he follow the deep state into a deeper quagmire, or work with Russia and China to extricate himself from the mess?" (2017-08-09, RI News) [archive.is/OpnLe]

* "Anti-war campaigners call on Trump to avoid military action against North Korea; Anti-war campaigners have gathered outside the US embassy in London to protest against US President Donald Trump, who has ratcheted up tensions with North Korea by threatening it with military action" (2017-08-12, presstv.ir) [archive.is/mlddj], photo caption: Anti-war campaigners gather outside the embassy in London on August 11, 2017.


* "Haiti, stop the repression! No impunity! NO NEW ARMY!" (2017-07-20, sfbayview.com) [archive.fo/VrYU6] [begin excerpt]:
The people of Haiti need our solidarity in the face of the increasing violence of the fraudulently imposed government of Jovenel Moise. [...]
Haitians remember the U.S.-supported bloody rampage by former members of this army that claimed thousands of lives during the period of the 2004 coup d’etat against the elected government. The U.S./U.N. forces and occupation governments subsequently integrated many of these killers into the Haitian police and government paramilitary units.
This announcement takes place at a volatile moment in Haitian society. The Haitian police and other government paramilitary forces, accompanied by U.N. occupation forces, have carried out criminal attacks against protesting teachers, students, factory workers, market women, street vendors and others who are victims of government extortion, theft of land, money and merchandise. [...]
Adding a newly organized Haitian Army to this mix is a sign that the Haitian government is planning on more repression. The Haitian military’s purpose was to protect Haitian dictatorships and to attack any challenges by the Haitian people.
Whether under the Duvalier dictatorships from 1957-1986 or when the military overthrew the democratically elected Aristide government in 1991, leading to the killing of over 5,000 people, the military has been a central anti-democratic institution in Haitian society. When then-President Aristide disbanded the narco-trafficking Haitian military in 1995, the Army was eating up 40 percent of the national budget in a country with fewer than two doctors per 10,000 people.
Now this infamous military is being restored just as the United Nations is said to begin a staged withdrawal of its troops. This is similar to what happened following the U.S. occupation of Haiti from 1915-1934, a period in which 20,000 Haitians were killed. As the U.S. forces withdrew, they left in place a neo-colonial army with Haitian faces to do their bidding and continue the repression of popular discontent.
Haitians are saying NO to the restoration of an additional repressive military force. They are demanding an end to police terror and an end to impunity. We join their call.
Join the email and phone-in campaign to:
Say No to the restoration of the brutal Haitian military.
Hold the U.S. and U.N. occupation accountable for the terror campaign by the Haitian police and security forces they train and supervise.
Say No to impunity for police terror in Haiti. [...]
Contact the Haiti Action Committee at [haitisolidarity.net], on Facebook at Haiti Action Committee, on Twitter @HaitiAction1or by email at [action.haiti@)gmail.com]. [end excerpt]

* U.S. Hands Off Venezuela!
(2017-08-09, The Editorial Board of The Organizer Newspaper Ed. Board Presentation and Statement by POID of France)
We are publishing below a statement by the Independent Democratic Workers Party (POID) of France titled, "Hands Off Venezuela, No Foreign Interference!"
We agree with this important statement, and we'd like to stress, in particular, the call for the U.S. government to keep its hands off Venezuela!
It is our own government that has been intervening in the internal affairs of Venezuela ever since the "Caracazo Uprising" in 1989 that sought to put an end to the IMF-imposed austerity plans. This revolutionary uprising of workers and poor people challenged the status quo; it threatened the Venezuelan right-wing oligarchy, which is closely linked to U.S. corporate interests.
It was our government that funded and helped orchestrate the failed coup d'état of 2002 against the democratically elected government of Hugo Chávez. It is our government that has been financing the right-wing opposition forces, which daily use terrorist tactics in their attempt to destabilize and overthrow the government of Nicolás Maduro. In fact, the opposition forces are openly using the National Assembly with the stated intention of toppling the Maduro government.
Millions of our tax dollars have been diverted from socially useful and necessary programs here at home toward this shameful destabilization campaign of a democratically elected government. Were the opposition forces to take back the reins of power in Venezuela, their declared aim is to massively cut public spending, implement mass layoffs of the public sector, destroy the key social programs of the revolution (health care, education, pension, housing, etc.), and, most important, privatize all public services and enterprises, beginning with the PDVSA oil company, the nation's crown jewel and symbol of national sovereignty.
The U.S. government's role is barely veiled. Speaking at a panel discussion at a Security Forum in Aspen, Colorado, this past July 20, CIA Director Mike Pompeo admitted that he had been meeting with heads of government in Mexico and Colombia to direct them toward plans to overthrow the Maduro government. In fact, no sooner had Pompeo left Mexico than Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto began to publicly urge governments across the continent to refuse to recognize the Constituent Assembly in Venezuela.
The situation is urgent. Trump has imposed new sanctions against the Venezuelan government with the goal of fueling increased hardships and anger against the government. The U.S.-backed opposition is stepping up its drive to sow dissent in the Venezuelan army in an attempt to promote a coup against Maduro and against the Constituent Assembly.
More than ever, we must call on the U.S labor, antiwar, and democratic-rights movements to join forces to organize mass demonstrations in the streets across the United States to demand: "U.S. Hands Off Venezuela!"

Statement by the Democratic Independent Workers Party (POID) -
“Hands Off Venezuela, No Foreign Interference!”
The fact is that the elections to a Constituent Assembly that have just taken place in Venezuela were marked by a significant turnout: the urban and rural workers mobilised to go and vote.
And yet, the European Union has just published a statement (2 August), saying that, “The European Union and its Member States therefore cannot recognise the Constituent Assembly”.
By what right?
By what right does the European Union say such a thing, when its austerity programmes are bleeding the peoples dry from one end of the continent to the other, from Greece to Portugal; by what right does the European Union, that worldwide warmonger, call into question the elections in Venezuela?
Whether or not it pleases Macron, Merkel and their master Trump, the Venezuelan government is legitimate, and the Venezuelan people have the right to make their own sovereign decisions. They have the right to elect a Constituent Assembly.
It is not up to Trump, nor Macron, nor the European Union to decide on behalf of the people of Venezuela!
In Brazil, Venezuela’s neighbour, dozens of labour and popular organisations – including the Workers Party, the CUT trade union confederation and the Landless Workers’ Movement – have jointly published a manifesto “For Peace in Venezuela”, in which they state:
“The sovereign free Venezuelan people have taken back into their own hands the powers that belong to them, and voted massively to elect their representatives to a national Constituent Assembly. Over 8 million people participated despite the boycott and sabotage by anti-democratic groups (…). Men and women of good will around the world should loudly salute this historic affirmation of the right to self-determination in Venezuela, and form a vast chain of solidarity to reject all the threats of foreign intervention.”
Indeed, is this not what the organisations that stand for the defence of labour rights and democracy should do throughout the world?
In France, the Macron-Philippe government, an illegitimate government, has the arrogance to want to follow through to the end with its destruction of the Labour Code, the Social Security system and every democratic right, and at the same time it is calling into question the legitimate government of Venezuela!
The POID calls on all the organisations that stand for the defence of labour rights and democracy: let us take action jointly against the interference of Trump, the European Union and Macron against the people in Venezuela!
Unite to ensure that the sovereignty of the Venezuelan people is respected!
The National Secretariat of the POID
Paris, 5 August 2017

* From an email box (received 2017-08-09, Syrian Communist Youth Union - Khaled Bagdash Youth) [archive.fo/VRggU]:

Dear comrades, Comradely greetings from Damascus, As you already know, our country is under an imperialist Zionist attack that is targeting the patriotic Syrian position which is against the colonialist plans in the region. Taking part in this plot are the reactionary governments and forces in the gulf region and others and Turkey which is known to be NATO's poisonous fang in the region. Our youth engaged - under the banner of Syrian Communist Party - with all the patriotic forces to thwart this plot and to strengthen the patriotic steadfastness. And we see that this steadfastness is not only an obligation but is also possible. Dear comrades, Due to technical issues, we would like to inform you that the Email of International Relations Bureau of SCYU-KBY has been changed to this address: [scyu.kb@) gmail.com]. We look forward to receive your mailings on the new address. And we would like to inform you that comrade BADER ALKORDI is now responsible for International Relations Bureau. We would like to seize the opportunity to express to you our gratitude and appreciation for the international solidarity with our people and youth. Our slogan has always been and will always be: Defending the homeland and defending the rights of Syrian Youth!
Osama Almaghout Secretary of Executive Committee of SCYU-KBY

* "72nd Anniversary of Japan's Serrender: World peace gathering held in Nanjing" (2017-08-15, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/htmvf]: Tuesday marks the 72nd anniversary of Japan's surrender in the Second World War. To commemorate the occasion, China's city of Nanjing has held a world peace gathering.
Residents in Nanjing as well as a group of international students have attended the gathering. They celebrate the anniversary with songs and flower displays, and pray for world peace. They also mourn the victims who died in the Nanjing massacre launched by the Imperial Japanese Army on December 13th, 1937. Records show more than 300,000 Chinese civilians were killed by Japanese soldiers over this six-week massacre.


* "Secret Files Show UK Profited From Arms Sales During Gulf War; 'These revelations show that the U.K. government saw the coming of the first Gulf war ... as an opportunity for arms companies to profit from the death and destruction,' Joe Lo said" (2017-08-14, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/yuFOm]


Justice for Refugees!

* "20 million at risk of famine in 4 conflict-ridden countries, UN warns; The United Nations has warned that a food crisis looms in four different countries, with more than 20 million people at the risk of famine in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and Nigeria" (2017-08-09, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/ad0kk]

* "Oxfam urges EU to revise policies on refugee travel from Libya; Oxfam, an international group of charities, has called on the European Union to stop pursuing a policy of preventing refugees from leaving Libya by sea to reach Europe, saying that has exposed people to huge risks of abuse, torture and rape in the lawless North African country" (2017-08-09, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/9bljD]

* "Italy hails Libya decision to ban refugee rescue vessels; Italy has welcomed a decision by Libya to ban foreign refugee rescue vessels from entering a stretch of waters off its coast, in a move that has halted almost all such international operations there" (2017-08-14, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/Sv5yb]



* "EAEU to ink free trade pact with Iran soon; The Russia-backed Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) says it expects to sign a temporary agreement with Iran before October over the establishment of a free trade zone with the Islamic Republic" (2017-08-14, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/mLgSi], photo caption: EAEU heads of states in a summit held in Kyrgyzstan in April 2017.

* "Russia eyeing joint energy projects with Iran; As President Hassan Rouhani is preparing to start his second term in office, Russia has indicated its eagerness to expand economic cooperation with the Islamic Republic" (2017-08-14, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/LIBi0]
* "Iran, Russia presidents discuss Syria and Iran nuclear deal on phone" (2017-08-15, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/rGcpg]
* "Iran, Russia presidents discuss Syria crisis, JCPOA over phone; The presidents of Iran and Russia have discussed the latest mutual, regional and international issues, particularly the developments in Syria and the implementation of Iran's nuclear deal with the P5+1 group of countries, in a telephone conversation" (2017-08-14, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/XNkzl]

* "West should sustain aggressive engagement abroad, Kissinger suggests; Henry Kissinger, a former secretary of state of the United States who often offers voluntary advice on matters of geo-politics, has suggested that the US and Europe should sustain their direct aggressive engagement in parts of the world they do not belong to and work to restrain other countries" (2017-08-09, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/oJ6LR]

* "China must not overplay its strategic hand" (2017-08-10, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/nxGJp]
The success of Chinese diplomacy comes as China prioritizes its national interests according to its current national strength. Economic interests are no longer the primary and overwhelming consideration in Chinese diplomacy.
Both the Chinese government and the international community view China as a rising power. It is reasonable for China to claim that it is a builder of world peace, a contributor to global development, and an upholder of international order.
Nevertheless, China's overall strength is far less than that of the US, so China should undertake no more international responsibilities than the US. When it comes to concrete policymaking, what China should maintain and what it should reform should be made clear.
Sometimes China's policy toward the international order is ambiguous, and one of the reasons is that China's foreign policymaking process lacks an explicit definition of China's strength and status. Some policymakers fail to understand what goals China's relevant strength on a specific issue can support or cannot do within the framework of the existing international system. This exerts a negative impact on China's top-level design and implementation of policies. [end excerpt]

* "Top Iran commander to visit Turkey for talks; Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri is scheduled to pay a visit to Turkey to hold talks" (2017-08-13, presstv.ir) [archive.is/UZ3Br]


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

* "US, allies slam Chinese island-building" (2017-08-07, AFP newswire) [archive.fo/gnDlD]
* "Vietnam, US agree to strengthen military ties amid Chinese dispute; Vietnam and the United States have agreed to forge deeper military ties, and an American aircraft carrier has been scheduled to visit the southeast Asian country amid a territorial dispute between Vietnam and China" (2017-08-09, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/cSSkd]

* "US sends McCain’s namesake to challenge Chinese maritime claims" (2017-08-10, rt.com) [archive.fo/PsdcR], photo caption: The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56).

* "Beijing says US destroyer violated China's sovereignty & security" (2017-08-10, rt.com) [archive.fo/eHv8z]
* "China slams US Navy’s new ‘provocation’ in South China Sea; China has blasted the US Navy for sending yet another warship close to Chinese-held territories in the South China Sea, saying it amounted to a breach of China’s sovereignty" (2017-08-11, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/wU9AG]

* "China to establish intercontinental ‘hack-proof’ quantum links with Australia, Europe" (2017-08-10, rt.com) [archive.fo/zvyX6]

* "Is 1962 China-India war still haunting New Delhi today?" (2017-08-11, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/CctPj]
* "India's hegemonic policy at the heart of Doklam stand-off" (2017-08-11, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/SG3gA]
* "Indian businessman in China calls for reconciliation over border standoff" (2017-08-11, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/tAzGm]
* "Bhutan hopes to resolve border disputes 'peacefully and amicably' " (2017-08-12, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/PTyLX]
* "Boycotting Chinese goods would harm India" (2017-08-14, by Mao Keji, researcher at the School of Social Sciences, Tsinghua University) [archive.fo/KplYJ]

* "Pakistan-India Ties: Major differences cause tension in the region" chart (2017-08-15, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/qRjBu], caption: Now let's take a look at the major differences causing tensions between India and Pakistan over the decades.

* "Statue of ancient Chinese general stokes tension in Muslim-majority Indonesia" (2017-08-11, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/RW7kf]

* "China defends military activities in Sea of Japan; China has defended its military maneuvers in the Sea of Japan in response to a recent warning by Japan against increasing military activities in the waters" (2017-08-11, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/nQ6Tt], photo caption: Commander of China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force Ma Xiaotian

* "China-US Trade Relations: Trump administration eyes inquiry into Beijing's trade practices" (2017-08-13, cgtn.com) [archive.is/TnJEX]
* "China-US Trade Relations: White House to look into China's trade practices" (2017-08-13, cgtn.com) [archive.is/8hIS1]:
The United States says it is set to look into China's trade practices, with president Donald Trump directing his top trade adviser to consider a probe. The White House says it will look into alleged Chinese violations of US trade, including forced transfer technologies and patent thefts. Should an investigation find wrongdoing, Trump could impose tariffs against Chinese imports. That is according to Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974, which allows the president to unilaterally impose trade tariffs and other penalties. The law hasn't be imposed on China since the 21st century, and has been rarely used by the US since 1995 when the World Trade Organization was established.
* "China-related trade tweets by Trump: Is it just about business?" (2017-08-13, cgtn.com) [archive.is/gl3nj]: President Donald Trump will direct on Monday the US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to determine whether to investigate China's trade practices, which he had questioned even before he entered the White House.
The possible inquiry will be under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 , which allows the US president to unilaterally impose tariffs or other trade restrictions to protect US industries from "unfair trade practices" of foreign countries.
Trump has alleged that China is engaged in unfair practices and claimed the Asian powerhouse is manipulating its currency to boost its exports –  the same accusations were also directed to Germany and Japan.
He has also bemoaned China's trade surplus with the United States.
However, there is a growing belief among observers that Trump's interest in trade-related punitive measures against China is intertwined with his perception that China has not done enough to control the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and its nuclear weapons program.
Experts say that Trump's push for trade sanctions has been motivated by the deteriorating situation on the Korean Peninsula. US officials have denied such claims, but Trump's tweet history tells a different story.
Beijing has taken measures to alleviate Washington's worries about alleged uneven playing field in trade. When Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Trump in Florida in April, he emphasized that trade disputes could be settled through talks and discussions.
A 100-day plan was hammered out after their meeting, bringing US beef back to Chinese market in June and peace of mind to Trump –  at least momentarily.
Despite ongoing talks between the two sides over how to sail through differences and concerns and the emergence of tangible outcomes from the plan, Trump has returned to Twitter to criticize China as tensions between Washington and Pyongyang ratchet up.
Below is a compilation of tweets by Trump about trade with China: [archive.is/hvN0d].

* "Sacrifice US-China trade relations over DPRK issue? Analysts say not worth it" (2017-08-15, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/EgfCc]
* "Import Ban: China to stop importing coal, iron ore from DPRK" (2017-08-14, cgtn.com) [archive.is/GBlUa]: The Chinese Ministry of Commerce issued an order banning imports from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea on Monday. China will stop importing goods such as coal, iron ore and seafood from the DPRK.
According to the ministry, China's coal import from the DPRK has dropped 75 percent in the first half of this year. The ban will be effective from Tuesday. This came after the United Nation's latest sanctions on the DPRK, in response to its two intercontinental ballistic missile tests in July.
China pledged to fully enforce the UN sanctions to bring its neighbor back to the negotiation table. However, the DPRK had refused to put what it called its "self-defense" program on the table. It also threatened to fire missiles near the U-S territory of Guam.
* "Korean Tensions: China sanctions DPRK but denies link with US trade" (2017-08-14, cgtn.com) [archive.is/4Ay97]
* "China-US Relations: China says issues of US trade and DPRK should not be connected" (2017-08-14, cgtn.com) [archive.is/T9W3b]
* "Coal Cuts: Producers post higher profits as China cuts capacity" (2017-08-14, cgtn.com) [archive.is/FZTLs]

* "US Trade Act won't impede China's progress" (2017-08-14, by Mei Xinyu, China Daily. The author is a researcher at the International Trade and Economic Cooperation Institute of the Chinese Ministry of Commerce) [archive.fo/MuFZ7]:
US President Donald Trump will sign an executive memorandum on Monday authorizing the US trade representative to determine whether to investigate China's intellectual property and trade practices, which could pave the way for Trump to use Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 to impose tariffs on Chinese goods and eventually trigger a trade war.
And the inquiry the US administration has ordered into China's trade policies, if carried out, could intensify tensions, especially on intellectual property rights.
Section 301 authorizes the US president to impose trade sanctions on countries that are judged to have violated trade agreements or engaged in unfair trade practices. Since 1989, the US has issued a Special 301 Report every year, focusing on intellectual property rights. The US Trade Representative put China on the "Priority Watch List" in 1989, and ramped up pressure on "intellectual property rights protection" since then.
In the next two decades, the US Trade Representative launched many investigations into Chinese companies. Despite that, the Chinese economy has developed robustly.
According to International Monetary Fund data, China's nominal GDP (gross domestic product) in 1989 was 461.10 billion US dollars and that of the US 5.66 trillion US dollars, or 11.39 times that of China. And China's GDP based on purchasing power parity in 1989 was 1.04 trillion US dollars, compared with the US's 5.66 trillion US dollars.
When a Special 301 investigation against China was launched in 1991, China's nominal GDP was 415.60 billion US dollars and the US's 6.17 trillion US dollars, which was 14.86 times that of China. And China's GDP based on purchasing power parity was 1.26 trillion US dollars and the US's 6.17 trillion US dollars, or five times that of China.
But last year, China's nominal GDP reached 11.39 trillion US dollars, with the US's being 18.56 trillion US dollars, just 1.63 times that of China. But more importantly, China surpassed the US in terms of PPP-based GDP - 21.27 trillion US dollars compared with 18.56 trillion US dollars. In percentage terms, the US's purchasing power parity-based GDP was about 87 percent of China's.
On the foreign trade front, China's import-export structure used to be unbalanced - a large percentage of the exports were primary products and imports mainly comprised manufactured goods.
But by the time the US launched investigations into Chinese companies based on the Special 301 clause in 1990, China's exports of manufactured products (46.20 billion US dollars) exceeded its imports (43.50 billion US dollars) for the first time, with the overall trade balance turning from a deficit of 6.6 billion US dollars to a surplus of 8.74 billion US dollars. China has generally maintained a trade surplus since then.
China has gradually developed into the largest exporter of manufactured goods and the largest importer of primary products. Last year, it exported about 2.09 trillion US dollars' worth goods, about 10 times more than in 1989.
Apart from having a balanced import-export structure and a trade balance, China has climbed up the international value chain with its share of the global market increasing from only 0.9 percent in 1948 to 14.2 percent in 2015, about twice that of the US.
And that China made these achievements even as the US continued using the Special 301 clause of the Trade Act of 1974 shows that those investigations have had limited impact on the economic development of China. China has become the world's largest manufacturing economy and the largest exporter, and has the largest foreign exchange reserves. Therefore, the use of Section 301 by the US will not have much impact on China's progress toward stronger economic development and a better future.

* "China voices 'grave concern' over Trump's trade probe" (2017-08-15, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/Xco5p]
* "Chinese Foreign Ministry: No future in trade war with US" (2017-08-15, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/7VKgH]

* "China urges US to abide by trade multilateralism" (2017-08-15, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/AZcD4]

* "72nd Anniversary of Japan's Surrender: China urges Japan to repudiate militarism" (2017-08-15, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/svqKT]:
China's Foreign Ministry has urged Japan to clearly repudiate its history of militarism.
HUA CHUNYING CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESPERSON "Abe has not yet visited the Yasukuni war Shrine, but he has already offered sacrifices. China's stance is very clear. The Yasukuni enshrines class-A war criminals. We resolutely oppose such conduct. This year marks the 72nd anniversary of Japan's defeat in World War Two and the 80th anniversary of the Lugou Bridge Incident and the Nanjing Massacre. China urges the Japanese authorities to face up to and reflect deeply on its history of invasion; and to draw a clear distinction from militarism and take practical action to win the trust of its neighbouring countries in Asia."


NEW COLD WAR FrontlineFederation of Russia & the Eurasian Union

* "Trump's Russia plans are falling apart" (2017-08-11, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/9nDrG]
* "US Sanctions — a Looney Tunes Bad Remake" (2017-08-05, by F. William Engdahl) [archive.fo/yzdgr]

The ever-so-wise members of the Congress of the United States have just passed one of the most bizarre pieces of legislation in US history. Unilaterally, it makes illegal and severely punishable investments by European companies in international energy projects where Russia is involved. But it does far more. Unlike earlier US sanctions acts, the EU countries were not even consulted on the new act. It may well be that the bill, HR-3364: Countering Americas Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (sic) and its Senate counterpart will mark the irreversible decline of the United States as a global power and forge new ties between Russia, China, Iran and, yes, the major states of the EU including Germany.
What the Act says -
First let’s see what the act, HR-3364, actually states.
In Title I, the part of the act dealing with Iran, the legislation states that the US President “shall impose the sanctions described…with respect to any person that the President determines (1) knowingly engages in any activity that materially contributes to the supply, sale, or transfer directly or indirectly to or from Iran, or for the use in or benefit of Iran, of any battle tanks, armored combat vehicles, large caliber artillery systems, combat aircraft, attack helicopters, warships, missiles or missile systems, as defined for the purpose of the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms, or related materiel, including spare parts; or (2) knowingly provides to Iran any technical training, financial resources or services, advice, other services or assistance related to the supply, sale, transfer, manufacture, maintenance, or use of arms and related materiel described…”
While this may seem aimed at Iran which is in no cited violation of international law and the fact that recently both US intelligence as well as the International Atomic Energy Agency declared Iran in compliance with the nuclear deal, a main target is also Russia.
With the lifting of US and EU sanctions by the Obama Administration in January 2016, Russia began talks with Teheran to supply up to $10 billion of Russian weapons systems including advanced tanks, artillery systems, planes and helicopters. As well, sanctions removal allowed Russia to legally renegotiate delivery of its advanced anti-missile S-300 missile defense system which was done in August 2016.
The Iran section directly aims to block closer relations, including military, between Russia and Iran, a vital part of the emerging Eurasian economic space that Washington and the US Deep State feel so threatening to its power.
Let’s now look explicitly at the Russian section of the new act.
Title II: The Russian Section -
The section on Russia was inserted into the original bill on Iran sanctions. It is called, TITLE II—SANCTIONS WITH RESPECT TO THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION AND COMBATING TERRORISM AND ILLICIT FINANCING.
Title II justifies its unprecedented new sanctions against Russia by citing a litany of the already sanctioned Crimea annexation and Russian alleged support of Ukraine separatists following the CIA-instigated February 2014 coup d’etat in Kiev, as well as unproven allegations of Russian hacking of Democratic National Committee data files during the 2016 US election campaign. To sweeten the brew, Congress added Russia’s involvement in Syria, legal under international law, aiding the legitimate Assad government fighting ISIS and other terrorists.
Another justification for the unprecedented new Russia sanctions is cited as unnamed “human rights violators in the Russian Federation.” Of course, the “human rights violators” are to be determined as anyone Washington backs in CIA attempts at trying to foment a new NGO Color Revolution to block re-election of President Vladimir Putin in March 2018 elections.
Moreover, in a constitutionally dubious arrogation of power of the Executive, Congress mandates that the President no longer has executive authority to remove any Russian sanctions without first the approval of Congress.
“Oppose Nord Stream II Pipeline” -
This Russian section of the Countering Americas Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, among other remarkable provisions, declares in Section 257: Ukranian (sic) Energy Security that, “It is the policy of the United States…to continue to oppose the Nord Stream 2 pipeline given its detrimental impacts on the European Union’s energy security, gas market development in Central and Eastern Europe, and energy reforms in Ukraine; “As the governments of Germany and Austria bluntly pointed out, with whom the EU countries decide to buy their natural gas is their business, not to be decided by Washington.
As reason for this extraordinary trampling on international law, Title II goes on, “…the United States Government should prioritize the export of United States energy resources in order to create American jobs, help United States allies and partners, and strengthen United States foreign policy.” The new sanctions act as part of this effort gives the US Treasury the right to sanction or penalize European companies doing business with Gazprom on the proposed Nord Stream II pipeline into Germany.
Oops. Did I read the wrong act? The US President shall impose sanctions in order that the US can stop the EU-Gazprom Nord Stream II second pipeline construction that is soon to be completed, linking Vyborg in Russia with Griefswald in Germany and bypassing existing Soviet-era gas pipelines through the now-hostile US-run Ukraine? He shall do this as part of a US jobs-creation policy? Is this actually part of the current USA strategy, expressed repeatedly by the Trump Administration to “dominate the global energy market” including export of oil, shale gas as LNG, coal exports and nuclear power?
Russian Mining and Railways -
Section 233 of the Act specifies the US Treasury may also determine sanctions against “a state-owned entity operating in the railway or metals and mining sector of the economy of the Russian Federation.” US sanctions against domestic Russian railways, mining companies, metals industry? Why not be honest and just proclaim the US Congress hereby declares itself to be absolute dictators over the entire world with power to decide everything everywhere? No questions permitted…
Further the Act, “prohibits the provision, exportation, or re-exportation… by persons within the United States, of goods, services… or technology in support of exploration or production for new deep-water, Arctic offshore, or shale projects…that have the potential to produce oil…” Sanctions include power to “block…all transactions in all property…of a person determined by the President to be subject to subsection (a)(1).”
Section 232 goes after development of pipelines in the Russian Federation against anyone who “…knowingly makes an investment…or sells, leases, or provides to the Russian Federation, for the construction of Russian energy export pipelines, goods, services, technology, information…which has a fair market value of $1,000,000 or more; or…an aggregate fair market value of $5,000,000 or more.” It goes after any foreign investment that “directly and significantly contributes to the enhancement of the ability of the Russian Federation to construct energy export pipelines.” Those could be to China or Germany or Turkey or anywhere.
Countering Russian Influence in Europe and Eurasia
Subtitle B is titled Countering Russian influence in Europe and Eurasia. This section asserts “findings” of Congress, unspecified, that “The Government of the Russian Federation has sought to exert influence throughout Europe and Eurasia, including in the former states of the Soviet Union, by providing resources to political parties, think tanks, and civil society groups that sow distrust in democratic institutions and actors, promote xenophobic and illiberal views, and otherwise undermine European unity.”
Conveniently ignored are the hundreds of millions of dollars that the US State Department, USAID, the CIA’s civilian NGO front National Endowment for Democracy and other Washington agencies have spent over the past twenty five years to exert US “influence throughout Europe and Eurasia, including in the former states of the Soviet Union, by providing resources to political parties, think tanks, and civil society groups.”
And what is this about “undermine European unity”? Since when is European unity or its undermining the business of Washington? Oh, excuse me sir. I forgot that Washington is now self-proclaimed dictator, Absolute Supreme Ruler, Top Dog, barking its orders to the entire planet…
To counter the alleged Russian exertion of influence in Europe and Eurasia, Section 254 of the bill authorizes $250,000,000 for 2018 and 2019 for its Countering Russian Influence Fund (sic). The countries for US “countering” targets include Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina (including Republika Srpska), Georgia, Macedonia, Moldova, Kosovo, Serbia, and Ukraine. The countering actions are described as, “To build the capacity of civil society, media, and other nongovernmental organizations countering the influence and propaganda of the Russian Federation.”
The new Russian sanctions act explicitly names who shall use this pot of US taxpayer money to interfere in the internal affairs of countries in Europe and Eurasia: “non-governmental or international organizations, such as the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the National Endowment for Democracy, the Black Sea Trust, the Balkan Trust for Democracy, the Prague Civil Society Centre, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence, the European Endowment for Democracy, and related organizations…”
In brief, the new extraordinary Russian sanctions act openly calls for Color Revolutions, the CIA’s form of “fake democracy” using the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and allied CIA or US State Department front NGOs to massively intervene in the internal affairs of the entire land space from the European Union to Eurasia. This all should not surprise as the key figure in the US Senate credited with forging support for the Russian part of the new sanctions act is the patron saint of the NED and of virtually all US Color Revolutions, John McCain.
Section 257—Ukranian (sic) Energy Security explicitly targets “Russian Federation’s oil and natural gas resources, but also on its state-owned nuclear power and electricity companies.”
In effect, the new US sanctions bill is like a nuclear barrel bomb with sanctions flying in all directions—Russia, Iran, North Korea, China, EU energy companies, even US oil and other companies.
HR-3364: Countering Americas Adversaries Through Sanctions Act is truly a 2017 bad remake of the classic Warner Brothers Looney Tunes cartoon series. This time Senator John McCain is in the role of Daffy Duck and the entire gaggle of Senators and Congressmen who bravely marched lockstep behind Daffy rushing to be seen as good American patriots are like so many fevered lemmings marching off the cliff of sanity. Fortunately the Act is so extreme that it will blow up in the faces of its backers. It may be the catalyst to shift the entire world geopolitical balance away from the Washington Superpower run amok.

* "Russia Reacts to White House Soap Opera With a Shrug; 'The dog barks, and the caravan moves on', 'Nobody pays any attention any more, or expects any improvements' " (2017-08-09, Reuters newswire, via RI news) [archive.fo/tQD09]

* "Poland says it could eventually do without Russian gas" (2017-08-07, UPI newswire) [archive.is/cO8xh]

* "3 Years After 'Russian Invasion' Kiev Stops Cooperation With Russian Arms Industries; Ukraine didn't actually ban arms sales to Russia until the larger part of the fighting in Donbass was already done. Now it has also abrogated a treaty on cooperation in selling arms to third countries — three years after what it claims was 'Russian invasion' " (2017-08-09, interfax.com, via russia-insider.com) [archive.fo/kLpZg]
* "Ukraine cancels deal with Russia on joint military exports; Ukraine has scrapped an inter-governmental military agreement with Russia that prevented unauthorized export of jointly developed weapons and equipment" (2017-08-09, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/651if]

* "Russia surveillance aircraft flies over Washington secure airspace; A Russian surveillance aircraft has made a low altitude flight over the Pentagon, the Capitol and other US government buildings in Washington" (2017-08-09, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/zRkJG]
* "Russian jet buzzes over DC & Trump golf course – but it’s all legit, don't worry" (2017-08-10, rt.com) [archive.fo/RbCLy]


* "Russian forces hold major drills in Baltic Sea; The Russian navy has staged major tactical drills in the westernmost region of Kaliningrad, the latest in a series of high-profile war games by the country’s military forces in the strategic Baltic Sea" (2017-08-10, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/TquXX]

* "Hacking Attack: Russia-linked hackers allegedly targeted hotel guests across Europe" (2017-08-12, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/W8jmL]

* "New high-tech digital weapon? Ships reportedly fooled by GPS spoofing" (2017-08-13, cgtn.com) [archive.is/xcSO8] [begin excerpt]:
What should we do if a GPS starts "lying"?
According to an incident report filed by the US Maritime Administration on June 22, a ship sailing off the Russian port of Novorossiysk seems to have been tricked by its GPS, which directed the ship towards a wrong spot.
Having discovered the bizarre mistake, the captain checked his navigation apparatus but found it was indeed working properly. Later, at least 20 ships nearby were affected by the same problem: the automatic identification system (AIS) of those ships was placing them at the same wrong spot.
The AIS system is usually used to identify and locate vessels trace with the help of GPS navigation.
The incident was never confirmed, but some experts say this is the first time spoofing technology is documented, according to science magazine "New Scientist", with fingers pointed at Russia. [end excerpt]


NEW COLD WAR FrontlineThe ALBA states

* "Slow-Motion Coup Against Venezuela Now in High Gear; The poor and marginalized, the Indigenous and Afro-descended included, are all very much aware that the rich in Venezuela do not feel any crisis of deprivation or want" (2017-08-14, by Earl Bousquet, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/yVSGl]
* "Don't Believe the Hype: Why the US Left Should Support Venezuela's Revolution; Many western leftists loved Chavez but stopped supporting him when he actually posed a threat to the empire and the oligarchy" (2017-08-07, by Daniel Falcone) [archive.fo/OzC1X]
* "Trump wants to destabilize Latin America by threatening Caracas with force – Venezuelan FM" (2017-08-13, rt.com) [archive.is/G4JWJ]
* "US to experience ‘15 Vietnams’ in potential war with Venezuela: FM; The Venezuelan foreign minister says the United States, which has threatened Venezuela with military action, would experience 15 times as many difficulties as it suffered in the Vietnam War" (2017-08-13, presstv.ir) [archive.is/XRqz7]
* "Pence to Visit Colombia After Trump Threatens Venezuela; After his trip to Colombia, Pence will travel to Argentina, Chile and Panama, representing the highest level tour of the Trump administration to the region" (2017-08-12, telesurtv.net) [archive.is/MnIHa]
* "10 August 2017 - 09:28 PM 13 Analysis OAS Chief Almagro Praises Israel, Condemns Venezuela 0Comentarios + Blasting Venezuela's "dictatorship," Organization of American States head Luis Almagro called Israel an "essential partner — due to its commitment to democracy and human rights."" (2017-08-10, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/6yMTj] [begin excerpt]: Secretary-General of the Organization of American States Luis Almagro used his one-day visit to Israel to condemn Venezuela's leftist government while expressing “pride that Israel is a friend of the Americas,” praising what he called Tel Aviv's record of respecting human rights and democracy.
The tour seemed less like the diplomacy of a “supra-president” representing the Western Hemisphere, and more like a roadshow for the OAS chief to reiterate Trump administration talking points. [...]
The themes of democracy and human rights were repeated multiple times by the secretary-general during his time with Israeli officials, usually in such contexts as “Israeli … our essential partner in the Middle East — due to its commitment to democracy and to human rights.”
Israeli authorities face routine criticism from world legal bodies like the U.N. for their disregard of human rights standards, especially in their discriminatory treatment of the Palestinian population. [end excerpt]
- Photo caption: OAS head Luis Almagro (R) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L)

* "Venezuela army hunts rebels behind raid on military base" (2017-08-07, AFP newswire) [archive.is/B9JSh]:
Venezuela's military was on Monday hunting an ex-officer and a lieutenant who led uniformed rebels on a weekend raid to grab weapons from an army base, fueling fears the country's worsening crisis could tip into armed conflict.
The defense minister and head of the armed forces, General Vladimir Padrino, said the ex-National Guard captain, Juan Carlos Caguaripano, and the lieutenant, Jefferson Gabriel Garcia, were behind the Sunday attack on the base in the third city of Venezuela by 20 men in uniform.
Just before the raid, Caguaripano posted an video online declaring it part of a "legitimate rebellion... to reject the murderous tyranny of (President) Nicolas Maduro."
Appearing with more than a dozen uniformed men, some armed, he demanded a transitional government and "free elections."
Maduro said on state television Sunday that the attack saw a three-hour firefight in which two of the rebels died and eight were captured, including another lieutenant who was involved.
Ten other attackers made off with an unspecified arsenal.
Caguaripano and Garcia "managed to flee and a special operation has been deployed to find and capture them," Padrino said.
He said Garcia had been in charge of the base's weapons depot and acted as an accomplice from the inside, while Caguaripano had been discharged from the army in 2014 after multiple disciplinary offenses.
Padrino said most of the rebels were civilians with criminal records who were contracted in Venezuela by people with links to pro-opposition sympathizers in Colombia and the United States.
He and Maduro described the attackers as "terrorists" and "mercenaries" and insisted they did not signify any fracturing of the army.
"This group was not acting for ideals or nationalist principles. They were paid from Miami by extreme-right groups linked to the Venezuelan opposition as well as foreign governments that maintain a hostile and interfering attitude against the country," Padrino said.
- Loyal brass -
The defense minister insisted the military's loyalty to Maduro's government -- a third of which is controlled by current or former officers -- was unshakable.
Questions were being asked, however, whether lower ranks in Venezuela's military were rebelling.
The opposition coalition, the Democratic Unity Roundtable, said the country's crisis dividing Venezuela's society "is being seen... in the barracks of our armed forces."
The head of the opposition-controlled congress, Julio Borges, has demanded the "truth" from the government about what happened on Sunday.
But a powerful member of Maduro's Socialist Party, Diosdado Cabello, rejected suggestions of a troop rebellion.
"There is no insurrection of any type. That is a politically inspired lie," he said.
Nevertheless, analysts said discord could be seen in the lower ranks of the security forces.
"There are indications of growing discontent in the middle ranks of the police and soldiers, even though military commanders remain allied to the government," said Diego Moya-Ocampos, of IHS Markit Country Risk in London.
"You can expect new incidents to occur as this unease grows," he said.
- Venezuela isolated -
Venezuela's opposition has repeatedly urged the military to abandon Maduro, so far to no avail.
The crisis in the oil-rich country is rooted in large part to the collapse of its economy due to a plunge in global oil prices. Public anger is widespread as people struggle for basics like food and medicine, and inflation has soared to triple digits.
Maduro, however, blames an economic "war" that he says is fomented by the right-wing opposition in cahoots with the United States.
Venezuela has become increasingly isolated internationally as Maduro tightens his hold on power through a contested loyalist assembly that started work last week.
Opposition leaders are under increased threat of arrest after protests -- fiercely countered by security forces -- that have left 125 people dead in the past four months.
The new "Constituent Assembly" elected in a controversial vote organized by Maduro and packed with his allies has moved quickly to clamp down on dissent since starting work last week.
Its first act was to dismiss the attorney general, Luisa Ortega, who had broken ranks with Maduro to become one of his most vociferous critics.
It has also created a "truth commission" that Maduro wants to use to prosecute opposition lawmakers and leaders for alleged "crimes." He has urged the commission to lift parliamentary immunity for opposition figures.
The United States accuses Maduro of installing an "authoritarian dictatorship" that has turned Venezuela into an international pariah.
The United States, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama and Peru have slammed the "illegal" sacking of Ortega.
And Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Brazil have indefinitely suspended Venezuela from the South American trading bloc Mercosur for its "rupture of the democratic order."
Foreign ministers from 15 Latin American nations were to meet in Peru on Tuesday to decide what joint action they could take over Venezuela.
* "Venezuelan Authorities Capture Leaders of Attack on Barracks; The two men are ex-Captain Juan Caguaripano Scott and Private Garcia Dos Ramos Yefferson" (2017-08-11, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/dlVcM]

* "Venezuela's military: Key things to know" (2017-08-06, AFP newswire) [archive.fo/ssmBY] [begin excerpt]:
The powerful military in riot-torn Venezuela has sworn "unconditional loyalty" to the leftist government of embattled President Nicolas Maduro. It is a key player in the ongoing political crisis.
Maduro in turn has granted it vast powers, not just in military matters but over key government ministries -- active or retired officers head 12 of 32 ministerial posts -- and in vital economic sectors including petroleum.
The military's capabilities -- and its loyalty under duress -- are core concerns at a time when its leaders have claimed that a "paramilitary" force led by a deserter and backed by "foreign governments" has attacked a military base in what might be seen as an incipient coup attempt. [end excerpt]

* "Venezuelan govt. responsible for death of 73 protesters: UN probe; The United Nations rights office has blamed Venezuelan government forces for at least 73 deaths among protesters since a wave of unrest began in the South American country over four months ago" (2017-08-08, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/Vt7FS]

* "Maduro urges ‘respect’ for Venezuela; Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro has called for regional “dialog” and “respect” for his country, amid strong criticism of his government by a number of countries in the region" (2017-08-09, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/Z2rEr], photo caption: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (L) hosts a Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) meeting in the capital, Caracas, on August 8, 2017.

* "US imposes new sanctions on Venezuela, targets members Constituent Assembly; The United States has imposed new sanctions on Venezuela following the oil-rich nation’s election of a new assembly tasked with rewriting the constitution" (2017-08-09, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/5Ftu1]

* "Caricom Holds Emergency Meeting Backing Venezuela Dialogue; The three-hour-long meeting was 'varied and robust' and was centered around “promoting dialogue” between the Venezuelan government and the opposition" (2017-08-10, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/QpwkC]

* "Brazil’s Temer Considers Militarizing Border With Venezuela; Roraima state has requested that the Brazilian federal government militarize its shared border with the South American country" (2017-08-10, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/8ruAL]
* "Peru expels Venezuelan ambassador" (2017-08-11, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/XuUVa]
* "Venezuela and Peru Expel Each Others Ambassadors; The Peruvian President Kuczynski has called for his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro to step down and refused his offer of talks" (2017-08-11, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/SkrIb]

* "Trump won't rule out 'military option' in Venezuela; US President Donald Trump says he will not 'rule out' military option for Venezuela to solve the ongoing crisis in the country" (2017-08-11, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/mVadj]
* "Trump threatens Venezuela with 'military option' " (2017-08-12, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/9SnfR]
* "Trump Rules Out Call But Keeps Military Option for Venezuela; The Pentagon said it has not recieved any orders regarding Venezuela and referred the media back to the White House" (2017-08-11, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/PcsF6]

* " 'Stop US Aggression': Venezuela Responds to 'Imperialist' Trump; U.S. President Donald Trump claims he is exploring 'a possible military option' against Venezuela" (2017-08-12, telesurtv.net) [archive.is/MZaPS]
* "The World Reacts to Trump’s Military Threat Against Venezuela; Politicians, social movements and governments have been issuing their responses" (2017-08-12, telesurtv.net) [archive.is/7HVf7]

* "Venezuela's FM calls Trump's remark 'aggression' against his country" (2017-08-13, cgtn.com) [archive.is/DGC6d]

* "US Foreign Policy: Pence's Latin America tour clouded by Trump's threat on Venezuela" (2017-08-13, cgtn.com) [archive.is/J1Vju]:
US Vice President Mike Pence launches a week-long Latin America tour on Sunday. The trip, aimed at coordinating regional diplomatic action on the political crisis in Venezuela, begins in Colombia, and will have stops in Argentina, Chile and Panama. But ahead of Pence's trip, President Donald Trump issued an unexpected statement, indicating that a"military option" against Venezuela is possible. The statement drew immediate push-back, including from the Colombian Foreign Ministry, which condemned Trump's words, saying that measures to resolve neighboring Venezuela's tensions should be peaceful and respect its sovereignty.

* "Venezuela's ruling party invites opposition to return to electoral path" (2017-08-14, news.cgtn.com) [archive.fo/5qYQq]

* "US VP Pence stresses 'peaceable' solution for Venezuela" (2017-08-14, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/10gJZ]
* "US vice president's Latin America tour starts in Colombia" (2017-08-14, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/lnC5b]
* "VP Pence Says US Determined to Bear Its Power Against Venezuela; "The United States will not rest and will not relent until Venezuela is restored to a full and prosperous democracy," Pence also said" (2017-08-14, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/nsByI], photo caption: Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos greets U.S. Vice President Mike Pence after his arrival in Cartagena, Colombia, Aug. 13, 2017.

* "Pence defends Trump’s military threat against Venezuela; US President Donald Trump’s military threat against Venezuela showed his “resolve” to help the neighboring country amid a political crisis, Vice President Mike Pence says, claimning that Washington was looking for a 'peaceable' solution" (2017-08-14, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/S1puM]

* "Venezuela's Maduro calls for military exercises after Trump's threat" (2017-08-15, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/gg2mf]

* "Venezuela’s opposition rejects Trump’s military intervention remarks; Venezuela’s opposition coalition has rejected any manner of foreign military intervention, two days after US President Donald Trump said Washington was considering such actions in the crisis-ridden country" (2017-08-13, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/Afvii]

* "Trinidad and Tobago’s Oilfields Trade Union Backs Venezuela; Using the hashtag #TrumpHandsOffVenezuela, the union joined the international solidarity campaign in support of Venezuela" (2017-08-14, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/MNcTI], photo caption: Thousands have come out in support of Venezuela after President Trump threatened military action.

* "Venezuelans Reject Trump Threats with Anti-Imperialist March; Claudia Echeverria of La Pastora parish said that Venezuelans 'will not permit imperialism to put its claws on our country' " (2017-08-14, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/dLVn7], photo caption: People in Venezuela march against threats by U.S. President Donald Trump to militarily intervene in the country.

* "Venezuela's Maduro Says People in Streets Best Response to US; 'Which one of you has a private golf club?' asked Maduro, referring to Trump's threats against Venezuela made from his private club in New Jersey" (2017-08-14, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/0dke6]

* "Venezuala Crisis: Maduro orders military exercises in response to Trump threat" (2017-08-15, Juan Carlos Lamas, CGTN, Caracas, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/UPxkl]:
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has ordered military exercises in response to President Trump's threat to use force in Venezuela. CGTN's Juan Carlos Lamas has more from Caracas.
JUAN CARLOS LAMAS CARACAS "A defiant President Nicolas Maduro told supporters in Caracas that Venezuela will defend itself from U.S. aggression."
NICOLAS MADURO VENEZUELAN PRESIDENT "Once again, the people, Once again, the street. Once again, bravery before the menace from the imperialism, the threat of the tycoon and Emperor Donald Trump. Here's the answer from the people in the streets.
JUAN CARLOS LAMAS CARACAS "And Maduro's answer to Trump-a nationwide military exercise." Maduro said he ordered Venezuela's joint chiefs-of-staff to organize a joint civil-military drill for, quote,"the integrated armed defense of the Venezuelan nation." He insisted that the "land of Venezuela" is quote, "sacred and should never be touched by the Yankee imperialist boot.The two-day drill is scheduled for August 26th and 27th. Maduro also accused the Venezuelan opposition of colluding with the United States to undermine his government."
NICOLAS MADURO VENEZUELAN PRESIDENT"They have a 'Trojan Horse' here. And that fifth column, that Trojan Horse, is called the Venezuelan opposition. The stateless right is the 'fifth column' of the North American imperialism on Venezuelan soil."
"Let's prepare ourselves," Maduro said, "to defend the peace with tanks, planes and guns." Meanwhile, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has been emphasizing diplomacy here in Latin America-saying he's here to "achieve the restoration of democracy" by, quote, "peaceable means." Pence met with Venezuelan refugees in Colombia today, at the beginning of his four-nation visit to Colombia, Argentina, Chile and Panama.

* "US expels 2 Cuban diplomats; The United States has expelled two diplomats from the Cuban Embassy in Washington, DC, according to Department of State spokesperson Heather Nauert" (2017-08-09, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/ATZKn]

* "Cuba probing ‘incidents’ involving US diplomats; Cuba says it is investigating allegations by the United States that unspecified “incidents” caused physical symptoms in some US nationals serving at the American Embassy in the Cuban capital, Havana" (2017-08-09, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/NkMaw]
* "US says Cuba must investigate ‘health attacks’ on diplomats" (2017-08-11, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/JSMPX]

* "China, Cuba explore ways to expand silk production" (2017-08-12, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/QkLDW]


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

* "Which destroys more, Trump’s arsenal or North Korea’s tests? Nine countries are believed to have nuclear arsenals with the US and Russia on top of the list with an estimated 7,000 nuclear warheads each and North Korea at the bottom probably with less than 20, if any. How come Kim Jong-un’s nuclear weapons launch tests have become more dangerous than Donald Trump’s arsenal of about 2,000 deployed warheads?" (2017-08-09, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/o7Zyo], photo caption: This is how “fire and fury” really looked like in Japan’s Nagasaki. August 9 marked the 72nd anniversary of the US atomic bombing of the city.

* "US-DPRK Threats: Two weeks of rising tensions" (2017-08-11, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/yIeMG]:
Let's take a quick review of how the latest tensions have risen over the last two weeks. July 28, DPRK conducted its second ICBM test in one month. July 30, US flew two B-1B bombers over South Korea in a joint exercise with South Korea. July 30, US said it had conducted another successful test of THAAD missile defense system.
August 2, Trump signed new sanctions on DPRK, Russia and Iran into law. August 5, UN Security Council unanimously approved more sanctions on Pyongyang, including bans on coal and seafood export. August 8, Trump warned DPRK of "fire and fury". August 9, DPRK accused US of planning a "preventive war" DPRK said it was preparing to fire missiles to land near Guam.
* "Ukraine denies supplying missile technology to North Korea; Ukraine says it has never supplied defense technology to North Korea as tensions have increasingly ratcheted up between the North and the US in recent weeks" (2017-08-14, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/yTV6k]

* "Reunification on the Korean Peninsula: Toward a Peaceful Confederation" (2017-04, by Moon J. Pak, koreanquarterly.org) [archive.is/RrLDP], introduction (zoominkorea.org):
What would a reunified Korea look like? Where would its capital be? Would it have a single unified military? What would happen to the North’s nuclear weapons?
The election of pro-engagement Moon Jae-in ushers in a new era in North-South relations and makes these questions pertinent again. Moon is expected to resume the long delayed project of inter-Korean cooperation toward reconciliation and peaceful reunification—which began in 2000 after the historic summit between former leaders Kim Dae-jung and Kim Jong-il and was resumed by the late President Roh Moo-hyun before it was halted by the subsequent conservative administrations of Lee Myung-bak and Park Geun-hye.
Permanent peace on the Korean peninsula requires a settlement of the ongoing state of war between the United States and North Korea by replacing the armistice (a temporary ceasefire) signed after the Korean War with a permanent peace treaty.
But it’s never too soon to start imagining what a reunified Korea might look like. Dr. Moon J Pak, a long-time proponent of peaceful reunification, shares his vision.

* "North Korea is sitting on a stockpile of minerals worth trillions" (2017-06-29, businessinsider.com) [archive.fo/4Kchq]

* "The Only Thing That Can Save Trump’s Presidency Now Is War on North Korea; Americans have a long-standing tradition of cheering on their presidents when these are bombing exotic countries" (2017-08-08, by Joey Clark, RI News) [archive.is/gHIRA]
* "Trump Threatens ‘Fire and Fury’ Against North Korea if It Endangers U.S." (2017-08-08, nytimes.com) [archive.fo/G3qAV]
* "Trump’s Handling of North Korea Is Going to Lead Us Straight Into Nuclear Disaster; Public strong-arming isn’t the key to de-escalating confrontation—it’s the key to igniting it" (2017-06-05, tomdispatch.com) [archive.fo/LwNH3] [begin excerpt]:
Defense Secretary James Mattis remarked recently that a war with North Korea would be “tragic on an unbelievable scale” [archive.fo/vwCw6]. No kidding. “Tragic” doesn't even begin to describe the horrors that would flow from such a conflict [archive.fo/J7SGO].
The Korean peninsula, all 85,270 square miles of it, is about the size of Idaho. It contains more soldiers (2.8 million, not counting reserves) and armaments (nearly 6,000 tanks, 31,000 artillery pieces, and 1,134 combat aircraft) than any other place on the planet. The armies of North and South Korea face each other across the Demilitarized Zone, or DMZ, and Seoul, South Korea’s capital, is a mere 35 miles away as the artillery shell flies. More than 25 million people inhabit that city’s greater metropolitan area, home to about half of South Korea’s population. Unsurprisingly, untold numbers of North Korean missiles and artillery pieces are trained on that city. Once the guns started firing, thousands of its denizens would undoubtedly die within hours. Of course, North Koreans, too, would be caught in an almost instant maelstrom of death.
And the war wouldn't be a bilateral affair. South Korea hosts 28,500 American troops. In addition, there are some 200,000 American civilians in the country, most of them in Seoul. Many in both categories could be killed by North Korean attacks and the United States would, in turn, hit multiple targets in that country. Pyongyang might retaliate by firing missiles at Japan, where 39,000 American troops are stationed, concentrating on the network of American bases and command centers there, especially the US Services Headquarters at Yokota Air Base near Tokyo.
And that’s without even considering the possible use of nuclear weapons. If anything, Mattis’s description is an understatement. And don’t assume that the danger of a Korean conflagration has passed now that President Trump has become trapped in the latest set of political scandals to plague his administration. Quite the opposite: A clash between North Korea and the United States might have become more probable precisely because the president is politically besieged.
Trump wouldn’t be the first leader, confronted with trouble at home, to trigger a crisis abroad and then appeal for unity and paint critics as unpatriotic. Keep in mind, after all, that this is the man who has already warned of “a major, major war” with North Korea [archive.fo/KFt1t]. [end excerpt]
* "Trump urges nations to be ‘tough & decisive’ against North Korea; US President Donald Trump has praised the United Nations for addressing North Korea’s missile and nuclear program, urging countries to increase their efforts in dealing with the threat posed by the North amid rising tensions between Washington and Pyongyang" (2017-08-08, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/B6LkG]

* "North Korea’s nukes only way to prevent US invasion: Analyst; US tensions with North Korea have reached a boiling point. North Korea says it is 'carefully examining' a plan to strike the American Pacific territory of Guam with missiles, after US President Donald Trump threatened to hit the country 'with fire and fury' " (2017-08-09, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/DD5ZV]
* "North Korea military warns Trump: ‘War is by no means a game’ " (2017-08-09, fightbacknews.org) [archive.fo/p53fv]
* "North Korea defiant after new sanctions, rejects talks" (2017-08-07, AFP newswire) [archive.fo/GsaCY]
* "North Korea threatens to strike US territory after Trump’s warning; North Korea says it is 'carefully examining' a plan to strike the American Pacific territory of Guam with missiles, after US President Donald Trump threatened to hit the country 'with fire and fury' " (2017-08-08, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/6uqsq]

The faction governing the current POTUS is ratcheting-up the call for nuclear war...
* "Trump says US nuclear arsenal is 'far stronger than ever before' ; US President Donald Trump has boasted about the strength of the US nuclear arsenal, saying the country’s nuclear weapons are 'more powerful than ever', in a fresh warning to North Korea over its nuclear and missile program" (2017-08-09, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/N1n1p]
* "North Korea risks ‘the destruction of its people’: Pentagon chief; US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says in case of a military conflict between the United States and North Korea the latter risks 'the destruction of its people' " (2017-08-09, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/YrZ8l]

All sides of the New Cold War are calling for, at least, de-escalation...
* "China warns against escalation in North Korea dispute; China has warned parties to the dispute on North Korea’s weapons program that any escalation in rhetoric could further complicate the situation" (2017-08-09, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/Q9m3u]

Heads of State from amongst the political unions comprising the world market hegemony have, in their individual capacities, called for peace with trade...
* "Germany urges US, N Korea to show ‘restraint,’ stop warmongering; Germany has called on the United States and North Korea to exercise “restraint,” after a series of fiery exchanges between Washington and Pyongyang about an apocalyptic war put the world on edge and caused stock markets to crash" (2017-08-09, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/ZNodo]
* "German FM warns against escalation of US-DPRK war of words" (2017-08-13, cgtn.com) [archive.is/zdfY5]
* "UK should stay out of US-North Korea war: Jeremy Corbyn; UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has warned the government of Prime Minister Theresa May against taking part in any military action against North Korea, amid a standoff that has put the North on a collision course with the United States" (2017-08-13, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/DGdoJ]

Elected Officials of the USA are calling for an end to unjustifiable nuclear war...
* "US Democrats slam Trump’s comments on North Korea; US Democrats have taken a stance against President Donald Trump’s remarks on North Korea that further provocation by Pyongyang will be met 'with fire and fury like the world has never seen' " (2017-08-09, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/utDIn]
* "GOP Sen.: Trump needs approval for preemptive strike on N Korea; Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan has said Congress needs to approve any preemptive strike against North Korea following President Trump’s threat to hit the country 'with fire and fury' " (2017-08-09, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/vZpLg], photo caption: US Senator Dan Sullivan, Republican of Alaska

- [comment]: The US Federal Senator for the State of Alaska is justifiably concerned for his people, first and foremost. The Pacific Ocean is ringed with USA military bases, including in the Alaskan state, and there had appeared in mass media across the USA that the DPRK has designs to hit targets across the Alaskan area... so, perhaps, Dan Sullivan is concerned...
* "Forget Alaska. North Korea Might Soon Be Able to Nuke New York. After the shock of North Korea’s ICBM test wore off, pundits began to reassure themselves: ‘It’s only Alaska that’s in range. That is fine.’ Here’s why they’re wrong" (2017-07-06, thedailybeast.com) [archive.fo/z5kRb]

* (2017-08-13, dailymail.co.uk):

* "Plans to fire missiles at Guam ready by mid-August: North Korea; North Korea has announced that it will develop plans by mid-August to fire four intermediate-range missiles at the US territory of Guam" (2017-08-09, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/OLjXK], photo caption: A South Korean soldier walks past a television screen showing a graphic of the distance between North Korea and Guam at a railway station in Seoul, South Korea, on August 9, 2017.

* "Nearly half of Guam residents 'very concerned' about DPRK threat" (2017-08-11, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/Lbk4w]
* "US-DPRK Threats: US military says threat level in Guam is unchanged" (2017-08-12, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/6OZxm]
* "Living Under Threat: Guam residents react to diplomatic stand-off" (2017-08-12, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/iigEZ]
* "Guam 'well-equipped' to handle North Korean strike: Governor; The governor of Guam has said the US territory is 'well-equipped' to handle any North Korean strike due to its robust infrastructure and dismissed the notion that the island's residents are in a state of panic" (2017-08-09, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/uZ4P1]
* "Trump to Guam: Nuclear Tensions Will Bring you Tourism; 'Eddie, I have to tell you, you’ve become extremely famous', Trump says in his phone call with Guam’s governor, Eddie Calvo" (2017-08-12, telesurtv.net) [archive.is/2Nlg0]
* Photo (2017-08-11, AFP newswire): The Anderson US Air Force base in Yigo on the island of Guam on August 11, 2017.

* "How do US missile defense systems work against DPRK?" (2017-08-13, cgtn.com) [archive.is/kGWGO]
* "DPRK Threats: How missile defense systems work against DPRK" (2017-08-13, cgtn.com) [archive.is/UZ5lg]

* "Guam caught in 'war of words' between US and DPRK" (2017-08-13, cgtn.com) [archive.is/O9UdQ]

* "Korean Peninsula Tensions: Trump reassures Guam's governor in phone call" (2017-08-13, cgtn.com) [archive.is/fRjy8]

* "DPRK Threats: Guam residents pray for peace at Sunday mass" (2017-08-13, cgtn.com) [archive.is/8ZTmg]

* "Expert: US should not play Pyongyang’s game" (2017-08-13, cgtn.com) [archive.is/BBi4P]:
Jenny Town, assistant director of the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University, believes the war of words will only add fuel to the escalating tensions between the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the United States.
Town believes that the US should not play Pyongyang’s game but focus on how to convey its strategy and interests in a convincing way.
Both Kim Jong Un and Trump have been making threats against each other’s country which Town said may damage the credibility of the US president if he keeps drawing red lines without making real actions.
The DPRK and the US have taken shots at each other since July 28 when the former conducted its second ICBM test in a month. The US responded by sending two B-1B bombers over South Korea and signing new sanctions against Pyongyang into law on August 2.
On August 8, Trump warned the DPRK that any threats made to the US will be met with “fire and fury.” One day later, Kim Jong Un’s administration accused the US of planning “preventive war” and said it was prepared to fire missiles to land near Guam.

* "DPRK Says it May Strike US Outpost in Guam After Trump Threats; Trump has threatened the DPRK with 'fire and fury' " (2017-08-09, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/B0vvi]
* "N. Korea threatens missile strike near US territory Guam: KCNA" (2017-08-08, AFP newswire) [archive.fo/tUOzp]

* "N. Korea has produced miniaturized nuke warhead: US media" (2017-08-08, AFP newswire) [archive.fo/P7qSk]

* "China warns against stoking Korea tensions after Trump salvo" (2017-08-09, AFP newswire) [archive.is/gthiM]
* "China to enforce anti-N Korea sanctions 'fully and strictly' despite strong economic ties; China has vowed to 'fully and strictly' implement the latest round of UN sanctions against North Korea despite its close economic ties with Pyongyang" (2017-08-08, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/u45Q5]

* "Tillerson's Thai stop spotlights country's North Korea ties" (2017-08-08, AFP newswire) [archive.is/LWMPy] [begin excerpt]:
Tillerson is the highest level American diplomat to visit Thailand since a 2014 coup strained ties between the longtime friends and saw China court Bangkok with massive arms sales and infrastructure deals. [...]
But America wants Thailand to crack down on North Korean firms that use the capital as a trading hub through front businesses, according to acting US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian Affairs Susan Thornton.
Tillerson will also lean on the kingdom to tighten visa requirements for North Koreans entering Thailand and squeeze its diplomatic mission, Thornton added.
Thai junta chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha beamed as he welcomed the US envoy to Government House.
After their meeting a Thai government spokesman said the kingdom was ready to "co-operate and give its support" to solve the crisis on the Korean peninsula, adding the kingdom "is complying with" beefed-up UN sanctions targeting Pyongyang.
Those sanctions could cost North Korea $1 billion a year.
Tillerson's one-day visit follows a regional forum in Manila, where the former ExxonMobil CEO hailed the new sanctions regime on North Korea over its growing nuclear arsenal. [end excerpt]
* "Russian FM discusses tensions on Korea Peninsula in Thailand; Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has traveled to Thailand to discuss the tension on the Korean Peninsula as well as the need for more cooperation on cyber security and counter-terrorism efforts" (2017-08-10, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/YWw5M]

* "Pentagon, S.Korea review missile size guidelines" (2017-08-07, AFP newswire) [archive.fo/oIVrb]

* "China Should Stop Regime Change in North Korea: State Media; 'If the U.S. and South Korea... try to overthrow the North Korean regime... China will prevent them from doing so', the state-affiliated Global Times said" (2017-08-11, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/pgpco]
* "China holds wargames as North Korea tensions spike" (2017-08-08, AFP newswire) [archive.fo/WHxV5]

* "Pentagon Warns North Korea Risks 'Destruction of Its People'; The Pentagon has prepared a plan for a possible pre-emptive strike against the DPRK" (2018-08-10, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/BcN2c]:
Defense Secretary James Mattis has warned that the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea is risking “the end of its regime and the destruction of its people,” if it did not stop developing nuclear weapons.
The Pentagon has prepared a plan involving a B-1B heavy bomber attack against the DPRK which is ready should President Trump, as Commander in Chief of the U.S. Armed Forces, decide to order an attack, NBC News reported.
B-1 bomber planes have carried out a series of 11 practice runs on the Korean peninsula near the DPRK's border, in coordination with South Korean and Japanese forces since the end of May. Four of the drills have involved practice bombing with live rounds. The most recent test run took place on Monday.
The six B-1 bombers currently stationed at Guam would be supported by drones, satellites, and fighter jets in a potential bombing mission.
According to two U.S. military sources which spoke to NBC, U.S. intelligence has identified at least two dozen targets in the DPRK, which they say consist of missile launch sites, testing grounds, storage facilities and support equipment.
The DPRK recently announced that it was making plans to launch a missile into waters miles from the U.S. occupied territory of Guam, which is where the U.S.'s B-1 bombers are stationed.
In a statement on Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis said that the Department of State is “making every effort” to resolve the crisis diplomatically, however emphasized the that the U.S. has the “most precise, rehearsed and robust defensive and offensive capabilities on Earth.”
Mattis warned that the DPRK is risking “the end of its regime and the destruction of its people,” if it did not stop developing nuclear weapons.
“If called upon, we are ready to respond with rapid, lethal, and overwhelming force at a time and place of our choosing,” General Terrence O'Shaughnessy, the U.S. Pacific Air Forces commander said.
One U.S. military official speaking to NBC spoke of the concern that a pre-emptive attack against the DPRK would result in a response, putting people in South Korea at potential risk.
“The use of the B-1 bombers to actually drop bombs and destroy Korean infrastructure and kill North Koreans would cause an escalation. Kim Jong Un would be compelled to respond. He would lash out militarily, at a minimum against South Korea,” Admiral Stavridis said to NBC.
The last conflict between the U.S. and the DPRK, known in the U.S. as the "Korean War," resulted in massive infrastructure damage in North Korea, and the death of nearly a third of their population.
* "Pentagon Chief Threatens End of North Korea, 'Destruction of Its People' ; Comes on the heels of Trump waxing lyrical about 'fire and fury' " (2017-08-10, RI news) [archive.fo/NwJqH]

* " ‘Fire and fury’ wasn’t tough enough - Trump on North Korea" (2017-08-10, rt.com) [archive.fo/igH2D]
* "Maybe 'fire and fury' warning to North Korea 'wasn't tough enough' ; US President Donald Trump has issued another apocalyptic warning to North Korea, saying his previous threat to hit the country with American 'fire and fury' maybe 'wasn't tough enough' " (2017-08-10, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/RlaWz], updated [archive.fo/aScp4]
* "Trump can strike North Korea without approval from Congress - Sen. Graham" (2017-08-10, rt.com) [archive.fo/u5nfj]
* "US will win war against North Korea: Senator Graham; US Republican hawk Lindsey Graham has said the United States should be ready for war against North Korea and predicted that Washington will win the conflict" (2017-08-11, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/8kub1]
* " ‘Bombastic rhetoric’: Sanders blasts Trump over ‘fire & fury’ N. Korea threat" (2017-08-10, rt.com) [archive.fo/zsnzL]

* " ‘Best of bad options’: US has plan to strike N. Korea nuclear sites with B-1 bombers, reports say" (2017-08-10, rt.com) [archive.fo/6KfwF]
* "Pyongyang may hit US targets in S. Korea if provoked by Americans – Russian general to RT" (2017-08-10, rt.com) [archive.fo/iHUUC]

* "US can 'tolerate' nuclear North Korea, says Obama adviser blasting Trump" (2017-08-10, rt.com) [archive.fo/trf5U]

* "Trump: Military option against DPRK 'locked and loaded' " (2017-08-11, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/kB3Y0]
* "Australia would join US in war against DPRK - PM Turnbull" (2017-08-11, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/VUGfO]
* "Japan deploys missiles in response to DPRK Guam threat" (2017-08-11, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/YSp1a]
* "Korean Peninsula Tensions: Japan to deploy missile interceptors" (2017-08-12, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/CIh0S]

* "US, DPRK ignore China’s calls for diplomacy" (2017-08-11, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/Gr4Jw]
* "China calls for Korean Peninsula calm" (2017-08-11, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/Z5kiA]
* "Xi urges restraint over DPRK tensions in phone talk with Trump" (2017-08-12, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/FT9w0]
* "US, North Korea warned against escalating rhetoric; The United States and North Korea have been warned against escalating rhetoric and making threats against one another" (2017-08-11, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/9Fh8E]

* "Russia urges US to take first step to cool tensions over DPRK" (2017-08-11, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/4ZUhH]
* "Korean Peninsula Tensions: ​Russia denounces escalated rhetoric between US and DPRK" (2017-08-12, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/72fmD]

* "US, DPRK in regular contact via back channel" (2017-08-11, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/mp4Rh]:
Regular contact has been taking place between US envoy Joseph Yun and the DPRK's UN diplomat Pak Song Il, AP has reported citing unnamed officials, adding that meetings are still ongoing.
It was known that the two sides were in contact attempting to secure the June release of American university student Otto Warmbier who was being held in Pyongyang for alleged anti-state activities.
But it wasn’t known until now that contacts have continued, or that they matters other than US detainees have been discussed.
US Defense Secretary James Mattis has said America still hopes to solve the DPRK crisis using diplomacy.
* "Trump administration faces deep divisions over North Korea threat, analysts say; US President Donald Trump’s “fire and fury” warning to North Korea has rattled US allies and adversaries alike and has prompted senior American officials to send mixed signals on Pyongyang, a sign of ongoing deep divisions in the Trump administration" (2017-08-10, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/xwBJo]

* "Military option with North Korea 'locked and loaded': Trump; US President Donald Trump has said a military option against North Korea is 'locked and loaded', ratcheting up his war of words against the Asian nation" (2017-08-11, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/zT4GI]
* "Trump threats undercut efforts to settle North Korea issue: Analyst; US President Donald Trump’s threats against North Korea undercut efforts to try to settle Pyongyang’s nuclear issue in a peaceful way, says a political analyst" (2017-08-11, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/0hk2p]

* "South Korea needs own nukes: Korean media; Media in South Korea have started floating the idea that the country may have to develop nuclear weapons of its own, as fears escalate of a potential conflict with North Korea" (2017-08-11, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/jduvC]

* "All people are rising up to retaliate against the US: North Korea; Pyongyang has claimed that at least 3.5 million people have joined the North Korean army to defend the country in the case of a war with the US" (2017-08-12, presstv.ir) [archive.is/CHthT]
* "North Korea: Nearly 3.5 Million Volunteer for People’s Army; The rise in volunteer membership comes amid escalating pressure from the United States and the United Nations" (2017-08-12, telesurtv.net) [archive.is/cjMaS]
* "Korean Peninsula Tensions: DPRK says nearly 3.5 mln volunteer for People's Army" (2017-08-13, cgtn.com) [archive.is/t5g4J]: Meanwhile, the DPRK says nearly 3.5 million people have volunteered to join its army. This comes after state media Korea Central News Agency issued a statement on Monday, criticizing new sanctions by the United Nations. Earlier this week, the DPRK threatened to launch missiles which would land near Guam.

* "DPRK Threats: South Korea is leaving 'the door open for dialogue' " (2017-08-13, cgtn.com) [archive.is/9C6X4]
* "Korean Peninsula Tensions: ROK ready to take all measures, but willing to re-open talks" (2017-08-14, cgtn.com) [archive.is/7v6G3]
* "DPRK Threats: US Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford to arrive in Seoul" (2017-08-13, cgtn.com) [archive.is/AKjf6]

* "DPRK Threats: Top US military officer expected in South Korea for meetings" (2017-08-13, cgtn.com) [archive.is/lnlGX]:
The United States' top general is expected to arrive in South Korea today to discuss DPRK and alliance issues. That's according to South Korea's Yonhap News Agency, quoting a source who requested anonymity. Yonhap earlier said Chairman of the US Joints Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford is expected to pay a courtesy call to South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Monday. He is also expected to meet with top South Korean military leaders.  In July, Dunford and his South Korean counterpart General Lee Sun-jin discussed "military response options" in recent phone talks, but did not reveal details. And at the Aspen Security Forum on July 22nd, Dunford said it was "not unimaginable" to have "military options to respond" to the DPRK's "nuclear capability."

* "Japan, US begin 18-day joint naval maneuvers amid tensions; Tokyo and Washington have launched joint live fire drills on a northern Japanese island, at a time of escalating tensions in Southeast Asia and amid rising fears of a potential conflict between the US and North Korea" (2017-08-14, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/q6abN]
* "US military ready to use ‘full range’ of capabilities against N Korea: Dunford; The American military is prepared to use the "full range" of its capabilities to defend the United States and its allies from a possible North Korean attack, US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Joseph Dunford has said" (2017-08-14, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/GSy9P]
* "Korean Peninsula Tensions: US threatens to attack DPRK if sanctions fail" (2017-08-14, cgtn.com) [archive.is/abTHe]: The Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Joseph Dunford, says US preparations to attack the DPRK are being made in case diplomatic and economic sanctions fail. South Korean officials said Dunford made the comments to South Korean President Moon Jae-in in a 50-minute meeting.  Dunford was in Seoul speaking to South Korean military officials. He was due to leave the country later on Monday and make stops in China and Japan this week.
* "Mattis, Tillerson make US stance on North Korea more confusing; The heads of US State and Defense Departments, Rex Tillerson and James Mattis, say they are pushing for a “peaceful pressure campaign” on North Korea, breaking with President Donald Trump who has warned Pyongyang of “fire and fury” amid an ongoing standoff" (2017-08-14, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/TZXqR]
* "Trump’s North Korea rhetoric worries South: Senior official; A senior aide to South Korea’s president says US President Donald Trump’s 'unusual' belligerent rhetoric against the North has caused concerns and 'confusion' in his country, calling for 'restraint' in the face of the tensions on the Korean Peninsula" (2017-08-14, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/WZsFj]

* "US Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman arrives in Beijing after Seoul visit" (2017-08-15, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/AG3H8]
* "Korean Peninsula Tensions: US Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman in Beijing after Seoul visit" (2017-08-14, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/vlgQ2]
* "DPRK Threats: US Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford to arrive in Beijing" (2017-08-14, cgtn.com) [archive.is/iKCrQ]:
And the United States top general is expected to arrive in Beijing today to discuss "military options" on these DPRK issues, after wrapping up a visit to South Korea. Earlier in the day, US Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford met South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Defense Minister Song Young-moo over responses to the DPRK's threats in Seoul. Dunford's trip comes amid escalating tensions on the Peninsula. The Trump administration is seeking to line up broad-based support for the option of military action. Natasha Hussain has more.
From 'fire and fury' to 'locked and loaded'. U.S. President Donald Trump continues his war of words with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
DONALD TRUMP US PRESIDENT "Nobody loves a peaceful solution better than President Trump, that I can tell you. Hopefully it will all work out. And if anything happens to Guam, there's going to be big big trouble in North Korea. "
Concern that the DPRK is close to achieving its goal of putting the mainland United States within range of a nuclear weapon has underpinned a spike in tensions in recent months. President Trump took to Twitter over the weekend to warn DPRK leader Kim Jong Un that U.S. military solutions are now fully in place. And that message also is brought by US Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford, who is seeking to reaffirm the strong US alliance with South Korea.
JOSEPH DUNFORD U.S. JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF "I'm on the way to China. I would not think of coming to the region without coming to see our close friends and allies here in the Republic of Korea."
The DPRK said it will develop a plan by the middle of this month to launch missiles over Japan at the U.S. territory of Guam, an important military base and tourism spot in the Pacific that thousands of Americans call home. In response, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said there should be no more war on the Korean peninsula and urged to resolve the nuclear situation in peace.
MOON JAE-IN SOUTH KOREAN PRESIDENT "There must be no more war on the Korean peninsula. Whatever ups and downs we face, the North Korea nuclear situation must be resolved peacefully."
Moon also said he believes the United States will respond to the current situation responsibly in a stance that is equal to South Korea. Meantime, many in the international community are calling for calm, despite Trump speaking of military options. Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for peaceful resolution in a telephone call with Trump, urging all sides to avoid words or action that raise tensions.
The White House said in a statement that the relationship between the two presidents of China and the U.S. is "an extremely close one", and will hopefully lead to a peaceful resolution of the Peninsula problem.
At the same time, the DPRK's plans to fire missiles toward Guam has pressured the government of Japan, which has called for more readiness in the face of the DPRK threat. But still, the international circumstance is difficult to deal with. The DPRK reportedly is making preparations for further military provocations, possibly a nuclear test or more missile launches, as the country has warned of more action.
* "Top US military official stresses peaceful solution on Korean Peninsula" (2017-08-14, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/d3exe]

* "Moon Jae-in vows to prevent war on Korean Peninsula" (2017-08-15, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/CMnJw]
* "EU urges 'peaceful, not military' approach to Korean crisis" (2017-08-15, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/21ahA]

* "DPRK leader Kim Jong Un briefed on Guam missile strike plans" (2017-08-15, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/mw0qp]:
Kim Jong Un, the top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Monday praised his army's plans to fire missiles toward the US territory of Guam in the Pacific but said he would hold off on the launch, reported DPRK's official Media on Tuesday.
According to the Korean Central News Agency, Kim inspected the Command of the Strategic Force of the Korean People's Army (KPA) Monday and examined the the force's  preparations for "enveloping fire at Guam" for a long time.
The DPRK's top leader also said the US must stop provocations and making unilateral demands against DPRK immediately to defuse the tension.
"He said that if the Yankees persist in their extremely dangerous reckless actions on the Korean peninsula and in its vicinity, testing the self-restraint of the DPRK, the latter will make an important decision as it already declared," the report said.
Kim was referring to the announcement on August 10 by DPRK to warn the US of a preemptive strike over Japan and into waters off Guam through four intermediate range ballistic missiles in response to the US President Donald Trump's threaten on August 8 to hit the DPRK with "fire and fury".
Republic of Korea (ROK) and the US officials have since sought to play down the risks of an imminent conflict, helping soothe global concerns somewhat on Monday.
Moon Jae-In, ROK's leader waded in on Monday, calling for calm in the standoff with DPRK, saying there should never be another war on the Korean Peninsula.
US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis also warned on Monday that an attack against the US could quickly escalate into war, as he and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson moved to dial down tensions.
The visit to the Strategic Force of the KPA marks Kim's first public appearance in about two weeks.
The DRPK's leader ordered the army should always be ready to fire should he make a decision for action, the report said.
* "US-DPRK Threats: Pyongyang delays decision to fire missiles towards Guam" (2017-08-15, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/MVr6M]: DPRK state-run television has released photos of the nation's leader, Kim Jong Un, visiting with soldiers and reviewing plans to strike Guam, as tensions rise between the US and the DPRK. Kim announced earlier that he will delay making a final decision on firing missiles towards Guam, in order to assess US actions in the region a bit longer. Meanwhile, South Korean President Moon Jae-in announced there will be no military action against the DPRK, without Seoul's consent. And pledged to prevent war by all means possible. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe praised US President Donald Trump's aggressive stance towards Pyongyang in a phone call on Tuesday, saying Tokyo and Washington's top priority is to stop the DPRK from launching a nuclear missile.
* "Korean Peninsula Tensions: Guam official glad to see DPRK "back off" from strike plan" (2017-08-14, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/AS4rX]

* "Sanctions may cost DPRK 1.4 billion US dollars in 2017" (2017-08-15, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/zWxDn]
* "China to halt iron, seafood imports from North Korea as part of UN bans; China is set to stop importing iron and seafood from North Korea as it moves to implement the new sanctions imposed by the United Nations on Pyongyang over its missile and nuclear programs" (2017-08-14, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/MHkl0]

* "North Korea releases Canadian detainee; North Korea said Wednesday it released a Canadian pastor who has been serving a life sentence since 2015 for alleged anti-state activities over health reasons" (2017-08-09, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/lZ0wj], photo caption: This file photo taken by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on July 30, 2015 shows Canadian pastor Hyeon Soo Lim during a public interrogation at the People's Palace of Culture in Pyongyang.


NEW COLD WAR Frontline: Arab Republic of Syria

* "McMaster, Mattis Purge Dangerous Flynn Crazies From the NSC, Syria Breathes a Sigh of Relief; The purged crazies were pushing for open warfare against Syria to 'confront Iran' " (2017-08-09, by Marko Marjanović, RI News) [archive.fo/ZRgHr]

* "Anti-IS operations enter fourth year" (2017-08-07, AFP newswire) [archive.fo/kZugo] [begin excerpt]: The US-led coalition campaign to destroy the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria enters its fourth year this week, and the Pentagon believes the jihadists' defeat is inevitable. [end excerpt]
* "US-led coalition must be transparent on airstrikes in Syria: Rights groups; Human rights groups have expressed concerns over the mounting civilian cost of airstrikes being carried out by the US-led coalition purportedly fighting Takfiri Daesh terrorists in Syria, stressing that the military contingent must be more transparent in how it makes targeting decisions" (2017-08-11, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/oR0q4]

* "UN War Crimes Prosecutor Quits Commission After Unable To Frame, Prosecute Assad – Blames Russia" (2017-08-09, by Brandon Turbeville) [archive.fo/Cmbnq]:
An international war crimes prosecutor has resigned from her position on the U.N.’s Investigative Panel into human rights abuses in Syria over her frustration regarding the perceived impotence of the commission and the lack of ability to prosecute war criminals. Essentially, Carla Del Ponte is resigning [archive.fo/2HGf1] because she and her panel have not been able to overcome Russian objections to framing Bashar al-Assad for crimes committed by America’s terrorists.
While admitting that Western-backed terrorists are made up “mostly” of extremists and that they have been guilty of war crimes, Del Ponte also peddled the disproven narrative that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons and that it is engaged in “terrible crimes against humanity.”
In her remarks announcing her resignation, Del Ponte, who is 70 years old, also admitted her own bias against the Syrian government since the beginning of the crisis. She stated that, when she was first appointed to the Independent Commission of Inquiry On Syria in 2012, “the opposition (members) were the good ones; the government were the bad ones.” Apparently, the woman so concerned with “crimes against humanity” was fine with “opposition members” randomly shooting civilians, raping women, slaughtering whole families and villages, and committing unspeakable acts against Syrian military soldiers and Syrian civilians. After all, she considered them the “good ones.” Only when the Syrian military began fighting back in earnest did “war crimes” become a concern.
“The Assad government is committing terrible crimes against humanity and using chemical weapons. And the opposition, that is made up only of extremists and terrorists anymore,” she said [archive.is/DvyIE].
Del Ponte claims [archive.fo/16d7j] that the Security Council should have appointed a court similar to the ones for Rwanda and Yugoslavia but the decision to do so was vetoed by Russia.
Del Ponte is clearly frustrated at the fact that the Russians have prevented the U.N. from condemning and prosecuting Assad for crimes he did not commit. Thus, she will be leaving her post in September, leaving only two members left on the commission.

* "James Le Mesurier: The British Mercenary Who Founded The White Helmets" (2017-08-01, 21stcenturywire.com) [archive.is/FQmgq]
* "Massive White Helmets Photo Cache Proves Hollywood Gave Oscar to Terrorist Group" (2017-02-27, clarityofsignal.com) [archive.fo/DgeZ4]

* "Pentagon Confirms Its In-House Rebels Defected to the Syrian Army US-trained, US-armed fighters have taken their training and arms to the Syrian army" (2017-08-09, Marko Marjanović, RI news) [archive.fo/Tw6lc] [begin excerpt]:
The reason why crossing over to the Syrian army is so tempting is easy to see. Many of these men are from ISIS-held Deir ez-Zor province but the US and rebel forces at al-Tanf are penned in. Since the lightning-fast Syrian advance to the Iraqi border on June 9th they no longer share a border with ISIS-held territory. Thus the fastest, and most realistic way for these men to return to their homes in eastern Syria is now with the Syrian army, rather than the Americans. [end excerpt]


NEW COLD WAR FrontlineIslamic Republic of Iran

* "Time for military threats against independent states over: Iran; The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman says the time for using military threats and pressure against independent countries as a weapon has come to an end" (2017-08-13 presstv.ir) [archive.fo/TCRDu]
* "US Sanctions on Iran: Rouhani: Iran can quit nuclear deal if US keeps adding sanctions" (2017-08-15, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/ffyGe]: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has warned that Iran could abandon its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers if the United States keeps on imposing new sanctions. In a speech to parliament, he also denounced his US counterpart Donald Trump, saying Trump had shown the world that Washington was "not a good partner". He also said Trump was not only an unreliable partner for Iran but for US allies. Rouhani's comments come as the nuclear deal is under mounting pressure following Tehran's missile tests and strikes, and Washington's new sanctions. Each side accuses the other of violating the spirit of the agreement.

* " ‘Iran 1st country to sanction US over terror support’ ; The US Congress’s latest anti-Iran embargos prompted a counter-measure by Iranian legislators. They overwhelmingly approved a motion denying visas to American military and intelligence forces as well as freezing their bank accounts. The Iranian parliamentarians also voted to increase spending on the national missile program as well as the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps’s defense mechanism. Press TV has asked Jim W. Dean, managing editor of the Veterans Today from Atlanta, and Michael Lane, founder of the American Institute for Foreign Policy from Washington, to give their thoughts on Iran’s response to American sanctions" (2017-08-14, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/Olrvp]

* "Iran Military Bill: Tehran boosts funding for ballistic missile program" (2017-08-14, cgtn.com) [archive.is/EasXW]
* "Iran parliament increases missile funds in response to US sanctions" (2017-08-13, cgtn.com) [archive.is/NKZcB]
* "Iran Majlis passes motion in response to US sanctions; Iran's lawmakers have overwhelmingly approved a motion in response to recent US sanctions, voting to boost spending on Tehran's missile program and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps' defense mechanism" (2017-08-13, presstv.ir) [archive.is/dIMpA]:
In a session Sunday, 240 lawmakers voted for the bill, with only one abstention, to confront "America's terrorist and adventurous actions" in the region.
The measure came after President Donald Trump signed into law a bill passed by US Congress to impose new sanctions on Iran over its missile program in early August.
Washington's new sanctions violate a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran both "in letter and spirit." Tehran says its missile program does not breach a UN resolution which endorsed the nuclear deal.
Devising the Sunday motion, the Parliament took great care not to violate the nuclear accord and provide excuses for opposing sides, spokesman for Parliament's Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy Hossein Naqavi Hosseini said.
The plan would require Iran's government and armed forces to draw up a strategy to counter US violations of human rights around the world, and to support Iranian bodies and individuals affected by US sanctions.
The measure would also allocate over $260 million each to Iran's ballistic missile program and the Quds Force - the external arm of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), which has sent military advisers to Iraq and Syria to fight terrorists.
Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi, who is the head of an Iranian commission tasked with monitoring the agreement’s implementation, told MPs that the government backed the bill which he described as "very strong."
He said Iran has many devices at its disposal apart from the nuclear agreement to confront the United States.
The motion was designed in view of continued bellicose policies of the US towards Iran, and its persisting measures aimed at endangering peace and security in the region, it said.
It also took into account America's enmity towards the Iranian government and people and their interests through supporting terrorism and violent extremism, as well as taking adventurous actions, creating divisions, and stoking sectarianism.
The bill tasks Foreign, Intelligence, and Defense Ministries, Iran's Army, and its Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), and its Quds Force to produce a comprehensive strategy aimed at countering US threats.
It considers the entirety of the US military forces and intelligence operatives in the region to be supporters of regional terrorist groups, and subject to punitive measures.
The blacklisted individuals will be denied Iranian visas, their assets will be frozen by Iran’s Judiciary, and their bank accounts blocked by its Ministry of Economy.
A parliamentary committee is also tasked with monitoring US government and congressional moves and and proposing appropriate reciprocal measures to the Parliament.
To counter US economic sanctions, the government has been ordered to provide a comprehensive plan on expanding economic cooperation with world countries, especially Iran's neighbors and friends as well as countries which have likewise been subject to Washington’s embargoes.
The government must also use all available international capacities, including the United Nations Human Rights Council, to take action against the US over its human rights violations, “like its crimes against humanity in Yemen.”
- Photo caption: A general view of Iran's Parliament on August 13, 2017, another view [archive.is/LWZ39]

* "World nations stand with Iran on JCPOA: Rouhani; Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the 2015 nuclear agreement benefits the entire region and the world, warning that any attempt to damage the deal will backfire" (2017-08-13, presstv.ir) [archive.is/nkaaT]
* "All options on table if US violates JCPOA: Iran’s Salehi; The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Ali Akbar Salehi, says Tehran will keep all options on the table if the United States violates the landmark 2015 nuclear deal signed between the Islamic Republic and the P5+1 group of countries" (2017-08-08, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/gD4X6]
* "Serious costs await nuclear deal violators: Iran deputy FM; A senior Iranian official has warned against serious ramifications of breaching the 2015 nuclear deal, expressing Tehran’s preparedness to respond to any such scenario" (2017-08-11, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/goexT]
* "Trump wants JCPOA nullified at Iran's expense: Zarif; Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has lashed out at US President Donald Trump for seeking to scrap at the expense of the Islamic Republic the landmark nuclear agreement reached between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries, including the US, in 2015" (2017-08-11, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/K4CJZ]

* "Iranian drone buzzes US naval jet in Gulf: US" (2017-08-08, AFP newswire) [archive.fo/axsed]

* "Turkey starts constructing wall along Iran border: Report; Turkey has started building a wall along its border with Iran in parallel with the Turkish barrier along the Syrian frontier, a Turkish media report says" (2017-08-08, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/WXZyy]
* "Iran rejects ‘bizarre’ Saudi claims of support for Taliban; Iran’s embassy in Kabul has dismissed as 'bizarre' claims by a Saudi diplomat about the Islamic Republic’s alleged links to Taliban militants and armed groups inside Afghanistan" (2017-08-08, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/7POxt]

The USA-led coalition is bombing the people of northern Arabia who are in opposition to the USA... including, allegedly, Iran Military Advisors embedded among PMU formations.
* "US accountable for fatal raid on Hashd al-Sha’abi forces: Senior commander; A commander of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) has held the US-led coalition accountable for a recent deadly attack on its forces near the Syrian border, saying Daesh terrorists could not have been behind the assault as they are not in possession of smart weapons" (2017-08-09, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/SuK8x], photo caption: In this July 18, 2017 photo, Iraqi volunteer forces train in their camp in Najaf.

* "India cuts Iran oil imports amid Farzad row; India is making good on its promise to cut crude oil imports from Iran amid the two countries' spat over the development of a gas field in the Persian Gulf" (2017-08-09, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/kdpzh]

* "Trump says doesn't think Iran is in compliance with nuclear deal; US President Donald Trump says he believes Iran is not in compliance with the international nuclear deal reached in 2015, accusing Tehran of not 'living up to the spirit' of the 'horrible agreement' " (2017-08-11, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/9m9cI]

* "Iran’s Defense Ministry to continue missile activities: General; Brigadier General Amir Hatami, who has been nominated as defense minister in President Hassan Rouhani’s new cabinet, has vowed to continue boosting Iran's missile program" (2017-08-13, presstv.ir) [archive.is/Wj1Lf]
* "Iran parliament increases missile funds in response to US sanctions" (2017-08-13, cgtn.com) [archive.is/NKZcB]
* "US Sanctions on Iran: Iran increases missile funding in response" (2017-08-13, cgtn.com) [archive.is/YVUxy]: Iranian lawmakers have voted to allocate 260-million-dollars to develop a ballistic missile program and another 260-million-dollars for the Quds Force to fight Washington's sanctions. Parliament Chairman Ali Larijani wants to put Americans on notice. The measures are to confront what Larjani calls US "terrorist and adventurist actions" in the region. In July, the US imposed sanctions on Iran over its missile program.

* " ‘US using MKO terrorists as anti-Iran leverage’ ; Pye Ian, an independent political and economic researcher, has advised Iranian officials to watch out for potential terrorist attacks in the wake of a recent meeting between several senior US senators and the head of anti-Iran terrorist Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) Maryam Rajavi" (2017-08-14, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/LEFlj]
* "US senators meet with head of anti-Iran terrorist group MKO; A group of senior US senators has met with the head of the anti-Iran terrorist Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO), Maryam Rajavi, in Albania" (2017-08-14, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/LIMpV], photo caption: From right: US Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), Roy Blunt (R-MO), MKO chief Maryam Rajavi, and John Cornyn (R-TX) pose for a photograph Saturday in Tirana, the capital of Albania, on August 12, 2017.

* "IRGC drone patrols in Persian Gulf will continue despite US psychological operations; Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has rejected US claims that a drone made an “unsafe approach” to an American aircraft carrier" (2017-08-14, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/wGjoe]


NEW COLD WAR Frontline: Jurisdiction of Yemen

* " ‘Saudi blockade stopping cash flights, strangling Yemen’s economy’ ; The Central Bank of Yemen has censured the Saudi-led enforcement of a blockade over the Yemeni airspace and the 12-month closure of the country’s primary international airport in the capital city Sana'a, arguing that such restrictive measures are blocking flights that are bringing in cash and “strangling” the economy" (2017-08-14, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/jZWSg], photo caption: In this file photo, a Yemeni woman and her children beg drivers for money.

* "Lack of funding may force Yemen to shut down national blood bank: Official; Yemen’s national blood bank may be forced to close due to a lack of funds as the impoverished country continues to suffer from a deadly military aggression by Saudi Arabia" (2017-08-08, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/qteWk]
* "Yemen's national blood bank at risk of closure within week: Official; Yemen's national blood bank is facing a complete shutdown within a week as the impoverished Arab country continues to suffer from a deadly military campaign by Saudi Arabia" (2017-08-10, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/1DjfS]

* "Yemen’s governing body urges active EU role in conflict resolution efforts; Yemen’s Supreme Political Council, which runs state affairs, has voiced its readiness to support any measure aimed at resolving the deadly conflict in the impoverished state, calling on the European Union (EU) to play an active role in the process" (2017-08-09, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/5jqld]

* "Over 10,000 Yemenis die due to Saudi aerial blockade: Rights group; The Saudi-led restrictions on Yemen’s airspace and the closure of its main airport in Sana’a have led to the deaths of over 10,000 people in the impoverished Arab nation over the past year, a rights group says" (2017-08-09, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/UV8jJ]

* "Iran, UN call for political solution to Yemeni crisis" (2017-08-13, cgtn.com) [archive.is/WLgm3]
* "Iran FM, UN envoy urge end to humanitarian crisis in Yemen; The Iranian foreign minister and UN envoy for Yemen have stressed the importance of finding comprehensive political solutions to end the humanitarian crisis in the impoverished war-torn Arab country" (2017-08-12, presstv.ir) [archive.is/qvRf5], photo captino: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (R) and the United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed meet in Tehran on August 12, 2017.

* "Saudi airstrikes on Yemen tripled since 2016, UN says; We are only eight months into the year, but the amount of Saudi airstrikes on Yemen has already exceeded the total number of airstrikes the kingdom launched on its war-torn neighbor in the last year" (2017-08-14, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/88i0g]
* "Yemenis mark anniversary of Saudi airstrike on Sa'ada school; Yemeni children have rallied outside the UN building in the capital Sana'a, marking the first anniversary of the death of 10 children in a Saudi airstrike" (2017-08-14, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/PTqsH]

* "Yemen Records 500,000 Cholera Cases, Nearly 2,000 Deaths: WHO; Each day there are more than 5,000 new cases of the waterborne disease" (2017-08-14, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/d4Est]
* "Over half million Yemenis infected with cholera since April: WHO; The World Health Organization (WHO) says more than 500,000 people have been affected by cholera in war-torn Yemen since the epidemic broke out in late April, as the waterborne disease has killed nearly 2,000 others in the impoverished nation during the past four months" (2017-08-14, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/haGUx]


NATO Watch

* "NATO's Militarization of Scandinavia: Time to Ring the Alarm Bells; NATO's military buildup isn't passing over any region on Russia's doorstep" (2017-08-08, RI News) [archive.is/fPi7C]

* "Royal Saudi Air Force to participate in US aerial combat exercises; The Royal Saudi Air Force has sent air and technical crews as well as multi-role fighter aircraft to the United States to take part in an advanced aerial combat training exercise hosted at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada" (2017-08-08, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/wqtV8]

* "Will the US Be Sending More Troops to Afghanistan? For What?" (2017-08-09, whowhatwhy.org) [archive.fo/i9kDl], photo caption: Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis speaks with Afghanistan's Minister of Interior Affairs Mohammad Jahid and Afghanistan's Minister of Defense Abdullah Habibi at the Resolute Support Headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, April 24, 2017.

* "McCain slams Trump over Afghanistan, unveils his strategy to win war" (2017-08-10, rt.com) [archive.fo/7P5VH]
* "US uses terrorism as a tool in Afghanistan: Ex-diplomat; A recent Taliban attack on a Shia village in northern Afghanistan has left 60 dead, including women and children. The Taliban have rejected reports that they cooperated with Daesh Takfiri militants in attacking the Mirza Olang village in the northern province of Sar-e Pol. Press TV has asked Michael Springmann, a former US diplomat, and Michael Lane, president of the American Institute for Foreign Policy, both from Washington, to give their thoughts on terrorism and its backgrounds in Afghanistan" (2017-08-11, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/v19Ii]

* "NATO continuing massive multinational military exercises in Georgia; The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is continuing massive military drills in Georgia near Russia" (2017-08-09, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/jd4D2]


* "Could Britain avoid being dragged into a North Korean war?" (2017-08-10, rt.com) [archive.fo/Lp2XI] [begin excerpt]:
Britain’s membership of NATO does not automatically oblige it to participate in a conflict between Trump’s America and Kim’s North Korea, even if the latter attacks US military bases in the Pacific.
Although Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty states that an attack on one NATO member is an act of aggression against the entire military alliance, the application of this provision is limited only to attacks on member states’ territories in North America, Europe and the Atlantic.
Consequently, if Kim’s warheads strike US military bases in the Pacific, the US could ask for Britain’s assistance, but cannot formally compel the UK and other NATO allies to join the military efforts against North Korea.
Britain itself suffered from the limited scope of Article 5 in the early 1980s, when the caveat prevented then-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher from invoking NATO’s collective self-defense provision over the Argentinian invasion of the Falklands.
Article 5 has only been invoked on one occasion: after the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington on 9/11, 2001.
The US, however, may exercise informal pressure to ensure Britain’s support in the military confrontation with Kim’s regime. [end excerpt]


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]

* "Platts: OPEC balancing act is starting to wobble" (2017-08-04, UPI newswire) [archive.is/98mnb]
* "OPEC's uphill effort leaves oil prices in negative territory" (2017-08-07, UPI newswire) [archive.is/gZMz3]

* "United Arab Emirates, an OPEC member, eyes more oil production" (2017-08-08, UPI newswire) [archive.is/DFnd3]

* "IEA cuts estimates for oil needed from OPEC; The International Energy Agency (IEA) has cut its estimates for the amount of crude needed from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) this year and in 2018" (2017-08-11, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/Wpp3Z]

* "Floating solar power plant operates in Hangzhou" (2017-08-14, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/zP3Tp]


Robotization & the Exclusion of Superfluous Labor

* "Robot 'editor' reports about Jiuzhaigou quake 25 secs after disaster hit" (2017-08-11, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/31QAA]


Instruments of the World Market Regime

/ G-20

/ G-7



* "Russia Launches $100 Million Bitcoin-Mining Operation After initial hostility and distrust Russia is warming up to Bitcoin as a financial system outside Washington's control" (2017-08-09, via RI News) [archive.is/EIHAD]


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]

* "Astronauts to bring asteroid back into lunar orbit; Plans to develop a robotic solar-powered spacecraft capable of displacing a near-Earth asteroid towards lunar orbit for ease of study proposed" (2017-08-08, via sciencedaily.com) [archive.fo/hWNDB]

* "NASA to use miles-long tethers in Moon’s orbit to study lunar ‘swirls’ " (2017-08-10, rt.com) [archive.fo/sstzg]

* "Food on Mars: Company hopes technology can bring produce to red planet" (2017-08-12, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/Hn1pG]


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]


Governance over the Arctic Ocean


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]


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


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


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]

* OFRANEH; UNAH; IAIP; Corruption; Political Opposition; TSE; National Budget; Tourism; Public Health; Penitentiary System; National Police; Tasa de Seguridad; Extradition; Suicide; IMF; Customs Union; and Thoughts on Migration (2017-08-09, Presente-Honduras Digest, Vol 70, Issue 18):
The newest act of criminalization against four female OFRANEH leaders,
among them their General Coordinator Miriam Miranda, has a lot of human
rights organizations worried.
OFRANEH also reacts with a new article, denouncing the structural racism
embedded in the Honduran justice system.
Josefina Dobinger dedicates some words to Miriam Miranda and the fear
for her life.
Just two weeks ago, the IACHR urged its member states to stop
discriminating Afro-descendant women.





Pasos de Animal Grande highlights the questionable role of CONADEH in
preparing the eviction of protesting students at UNAH's CURLP campus on
August 4.
To deepen the crisis, the UNAH authorities now want to suspend paying
their employees as long as the crisis continues.
The students, meanwhile, re-occupied the access to the UNAH demanding a
dialogue and the destitution of Julieta Castellanos.
The Jesuit Post published a second article in support of Padre Melo.





Congress failed to elect new representatives for the Institute for
Access to Public Policy (IAIP). This means that the former commissioners
stay in their position for the time being. This coincides with the
proposal of the National Party, which wanted the three commissioners to
be reelected.




The former president of the Honduran Economists College, Martín
Barahona, denounces the JOH administration for its high level of
cronyism in public offices.
The former mayor of San Pedro Sula, Óscar Kilgore, was found guilty of
embezzlement of public funds and abuse of authority.




El Pulso published an interview with Josué Perdomo, one of (alternate)
the congresswo/men who recently changed from PAC to PINU to join the
Oppositional Alliance.


The TSE rejected a legal complaint by the Liberal Party against the
possibility to vote in a continuous line.


FOSDDEH denounces that the Casa Presidencial already has spent in July
all the money designated to it for the whole 2017.


Congress approved in a first debate the 27 articles of the Tourism
Promotion Bill. PINU, meanwhile, denounces that the bill violates the


ConfidencialHN denounces that the new director of the University
Hospital still owes the Honduran public explanations about
irregularities during her directorship at the hospital in Tela.
El Pulso explains what the National Health Plan 2014-2018 entails.



So far this year, 64 inmates succeed in escaping from the youth
detention center Renacimiento.
As a solution, the construction of a new youth detention center was



The purging committee announced the investigation of 500 former members
of the police force for illicit acts.


El Heraldo continues to report on the tasa de seguridad.


The Judicial Power nominated a judge to decide about the extradition of
three Hondurans to the US.



El Tiempo reports on a rise of suicides in Honduras.


An IMF mission will visit Honduras at the end of August, beginning


El Salvador apparently will join the customs union between Guatemala and




* "Canadian tourism operator (Patrick Forseth of Carivida Villas) using corrupt Honduran legal system to “criminalize” Miriam Miranda and Indigenous Garifuna people on their lands; Canadian Businessman Patrick Forseth (of the Carivida Villas company) Files Criminal Charges Against Miriam Miranda (OFRANEH) and other Indigenous Garifuna Leaders" (2017-08-06, by Dina Meza; translated by Lori Berenson, rightsaction.org) [archive.fo/JOCXG], photo caption: Miriam Miranda, Coordinator of OFRANEH


Tolupan nation within the Republic of Honduras


Republic of Nicaragua (ALBA member)


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

* "China Boosts Cuba Ties: Air China opens office in Havana" (2017-08-15, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/AQIQr]


Republic of Haiti


Republic of France Overseas Department of Guadeloupe


Republic of Colombia

* "Humberto De La Calle to Run for Colombia Presidential Elections; Fifteen other politicians, including the current Vice President German Vargas Lleras, also hope to run for office" (2017-08-09, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/c3b8q]

* "Colombian Lower House Passes Protection Bill for FARC Members; The objective of the bill is 'to provide integral protection' to former FARC members and their 'new political party or movement,' said an official statement" (2017-08-09, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/fm1Sf]

* "FARC To Hand All Underage Fighters to Authorities by Tuesday; The government estimates that about 170 underage individuals have joined the rebel group" (2017-08-11, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/wqytC]

* "Colombia FARC Rebels Want to Form Professional Soccer Club; The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia have disarmed under a peace deal after a half-century conflict and are transitioning to civil and political life" (2017-08-12, telesurtv.net) [archive.is/xWHOb]

* "Indigenous Rights Violated in Colombia Despite Peace Deal; Communities have continued to suffer targeted killings, threats, displacement from their land and the effects of anti-personnel mines" (2017-08-09, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/OswJL]

* "Armed Men in Colombia Kill 8th FARC Member, Raising Alarm; “The death of Molina makes the residents of the concentration zones fearful since they consider this 'a very clear and fatal message for the (peace) process'," said a FARC statement" (2017-08-14, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/CWPa0], photo caption: A few meters from the Santa Lucia school in Ituango in Colombia, Jesus Adan Mazo was assassinated.

* "Three Social Leaders Murdered in Colombia in Only 72 Hours; One of the primary causes of the deadly trend is the continued operations of illegal armed right-wing paramilitary organizations" (2017-08-12, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/NGami]
* "Social Leader Raped and Killed in Cauca, Colombia; 51 representatives have been murdered so far this year, according to the rights group Somos Defensores" (2017-08-10, telesurtv.net) [archive.is/NTl2W]:
Idaly Castillo Narvaez, a social leader from the town of Rosas in the southwestern Colombian state of Cauca, has been "assassinated after she was tortured and sexually abused," according to the regional Women's Secretary Rocio Cuenca.
“We believe ..it is necessary to open the relevant investigations in order to find the attacker as soon as possible,” she told Caracol Noticias.
Castillo's body was found near her house by state officials from the attorney general's office and sent for forensic examination to Popayan.
She was a member of the Victims' Table representing the town of Rosas, and vice president of the Rosas' Board for City Action.
A new report due to be released next week by the organization “Somos Defensores,” says 51 social leaders have been killed so far this year.
That's a 30 percent increase compared with the same period during 2016.
“When the FARC left their territories, that created a power vacuum that was seized by various groups who pressure social leaders,” commented Somos Defensores' leader Carlos Guevara, who went on to condemn the state's inaction.
“The government chose to send military forces to the territories, no one knows who is in charge, and that's when social leaders are assassinated.”
In addition, there has been a rise of paramilitary activity, according to the organization.
Criminal gangs are also competing for control of the territories.
The most dangerous regions for social leaders are Cauca, Valle del Cauca, and Nariño.
Last Sunday, Nidio Davila was killed in the village of Piedra Grande in the southwestern area of El Rosario, Nariño, on the border with Ecuador.
Davila belonged to the Association of Campesino Workers of Nariño, part of the National Federation of Agricultural Workers.


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]

* "Maduro ‘subordinates’ self to supreme assembly; The Venezuelan head of state, President Nicolas Maduro, has 'subordinated' himself to the country’s new legislative body, recognizing it as Venezuela’s most powerful legal institution" (2017-08-11, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/og8qM]

* "Venezuela's Constituent Assembly to Debate Economic Measures; The members of the assembly will analyze tactics to overcome the economic situation in Venezuela" (2017-08-09, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/QMmtA]

* "Venezuela Brings Regional Elections Forward to October; The polls had been scheduled to take place on December 10" (2017-08-12, telesurtv.net) [archive.is/0pibg], photo caption: ANC Constituents unanimously approve a motion to bring forward the regional polls


Pluri-National State of Bolivia (ALBA member)


Republic of Ecuador (ALBA member)


Republic of Peru

* "Peru's Education Minister to Start Firing Striking Teachers; The government wants them to return to school on Monday but many want to stay on strike until their demands are properly addressed" (2017-08-11, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/23MTt], photo caption: The partial agreement reached yesterday with Peru's President did not satisfy most of the teachers' unions.




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

* "Massive Demonstration in Argentina for Disappeared Activist; 'The disappearance of Santiago takes us back to dark times that we can't allow ourselves to return to', march organizers said" (2017-08-11, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/9Ct1Z], photo caption: Huge crowds gathered Friday in support.


Federation of Brazil 

* "Brazil’s political future" (2017-08-11, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/sEhsl]:
Brazilian president, Michel Temer survived a vote to suspend him on corruption charges, despite 80% of voters believing he should face trial. The very unpopular president found support where he needed it, in the lower chamber of Congress and will now stay in power.
The country’s general attorney has indicated he may file two more criminal charges against Temer. Where does that leave Brazil, which will hold general elections in 2018?
When talking about the question how can a president who is facing an open-and-shut corruption case with only 5% of the popularity to survive in a congress, Paulo Sotreo, director of the Brazil Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center stated people voted to save Tember because they want to save themselves.
"The Brazilian population were totally disenchanted with their representatives of all political parties. And victory for Temer is a temporary one. The charges have been temporarily dropped," Sotreo added
Sotreo also analyzed that if he leaves the presidency, Temer will respond to those charges without the privileges of he has now and respond to the Supreme Court.
Besides, Sotreo noted that there’s also the possibility that new charges could be brought against Temer in the next month or so.
From Sotreo's perspective, Brazil is now facing an unpredictable and a very low-energy situation. He believes the one thing that will be surely continued is the public support to the investigations on corruption in Brazil.

* "Brazil's top court puts Temer corruption case on hold" (2017-08-11, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/hMstq]


[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

* "UN report on CAR in line with Western interests: Analyst; The United Nations plays a critical role in the manufacture of huge propaganda narrative against Africa in order to preserve the interests of the United States and its allies, says an author" (2017-08-08, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/oZm3E]: The United Nations does what the United States wants in terms of issuing reports on African countries, John Steppling told Press TV on Tuesday. The United States has numerous military bases in Africa and there are several Western mining companies active in the continent; so, “you have no UN report without mentioning Western mining interest,” the author and commentator said. On Monday, the UN aid chief voiced alarm over possible genocide in the Central African Republic (CAR), which was hit by a fresh wave of clashes between armed groups in recent months.

* "Thousand refugees saved in Niger desert: UN; Rescue teams have saved a thousand African refugees abandoned by people smugglers in the Niger part of the Sahara desert in recent months, the UN's International Office of Migration (IOM) said Wednesday" (2017-08-09, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/Dh2P7]

* "First batch of regional troops arrive in South Sudan" (2017-08-08, AFP newswire) [archive.is/JjS9v]

* "South Sudan rebels retake strategic town along Ethiopia border; South Sudan’s rebels say they have retaken control of their stronghold town of Pagak near the border with Ethiopia from government forces" (2017-08-12, presstv.ir) [archive.is/hQe31]

* "Nigerian town still reeling from botched bombing" (2017-08-09, AFP newswire) [archive.fo/TfpUp]

* " 'Kenya’s change of government not beneficial to Africa' ; Kenyans have voted for a new president in a tight race, which pitted incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta against his longtime rival, Raila Odinga. Press TV has talked to Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of Pan-African News Wire, as well as George Shire, academic and political analyst, to discuss who is best to govern the country" (2017-08-09, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/9t4nZ]
* "Deadly protests erupt as Kenya opposition claims ‘vote fraud’ ; Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga has claimed 'massive fraud' in the general elections, rejecting the preliminary results, which have put his longtime rival, incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta, in the lead" (2017-08-09, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/w14LX]
* "In Kenyan capital, 2 killed in protests against election results; Kenyan police have shot dead two demonstrators in the capital Nairobi as violence erupted after an opposition leader claimed massive fraud in the general elections that saw the incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta in the lead" (2017-08-09, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/wJlHB]

* "Obama calls for calm in fatherland Kenya; Former US President Barack Obama has emerged from the shadows to discuss the ongoing political situation in Kenya, his father’s home country" (2017-08-08, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/yeQmg]
* "Burning tires, blocked roads: Mass election protests turn violent in Kenya" (2017-08-10, rt.com) [archive.fo/X22Yq], photo caption: Demonstrators carry sticks as they run along a street in Mathare, Kenya August 9, 2017

* "Kenya’s Kenyatta declared winner of disputed presidential election; Kenya’s election commission has declared incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta as the winner of the country’s disputed presidential election" (2017-08-11, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/5VQXR]
* "Kenya awaits election results as opposition claims victory" (2017-08-11, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/qLjID]

* "Uhuru Kenyatta secures second term as Kenyan president" (2017-08-12, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/otDpz]
* "Kenya Election: Violence breaks out in Odinga strongholds after Kenyatta victory speech" (2017-08-12, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/L6e67]
* "Violent protests break in Kenya after Kenyatta declares winner" (2017-08-12, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/F4oNJ]
* "11 Dead in Kenya Post-Election Protests; Opposition supporters claim the election was rigged" (2017-08-12, telesurtv.net) [archive.is/mrFds], photo caption: Anti riot policemen attempt to disperse protesters, supporting opposition leader Raila Odinga, in Mathare, in Nairobi, Kenya, on August 12, 2017.

* "Kenya’s Odinga vows more action on vote result; The loser in recent presidential elections in Kenya Raila Odinga has vowed he would not remain silent in the face of what he describes as rigged vote results and says supporters should skip work until he makes a major announcement on more anti-government actions" (2017-08-13, presstv.ir) [archive.is/sFW1Z]
* "Opposition claims 100 killed in Kenya post-election unrest; A member of Kenya’s opposition has claimed that 100 people have been killed in the ongoing post-election violence in the country" (2017-08-13, presstv.ir) [archive.is/3W9ny], photo caption: A man runs away from Kenyan security forces patrolling in the Kawangware slum of Nairobi, Kenya, on August 12, 2017, following overnight protests against the electoral results.

* "Kenya Post-Election Unrest: More than 10 killed during protests over polling results" (2017-08-13, cgtn.com) [archive.is/ovkI2]: FRED MATIANG'I INTERIOR MINISTER, KENYA - "In spite of this general state, there have been erratic incidents of lawlessness in a few places such as Kibera in Nairobi and parts of Kisumu County. In these places, reports indicate that criminal elements have attempted to take advantage of the situation to loot and destroy property. The security forces have reported that they have responded appropriately and they have restored normalcy in most of these parts."

* "UN chief calls for calm after violence erupts following Kenyan election" (2017-08-13, cgtn.com) [archive.is/5MXsK]
* "Pressure mounts on Kenya opposition to quell deadly protests" (2017-08-13, cgtn.com) [archive.is/XrFnc]

* "China congratulates Kenyan President Kenyatta on re-election" (2017-08-14, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/sXdLi]
* "Kenya Elections Aftermath: Opposition leader calls for supporters to stay away from work" (2017-08-14, cgtn.com) [archive.is/U8Emm]

* "Kenyans return to work as opposition strike call flops" (2017-08-15, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/xRNKp]

* "Burkina Faso Restaurant Attack: 17 people killed, including foreigners" (2017-08-14, cgtn.com) [archive.is/Z3elt]
* "Burkina Faso Restaurant Attack: 18 people and two attackers killed in Ouagadougou" (2017-08-14, cgtn.com) [archive.is/8CJpg]
* "Burkina Faso Restaurant Attack: Security forces end attack, 18 people killed" (2017-08-14, cgtn.com) [archive.is/SeSiw]


* "S African opposition seeking to dissolve parliament; South Africa's main opposition party said Wednesday it will propose that parliament be dissolved and early elections be called after the country's president survived the most serious attempt yet to unseat him" (2017-08-09, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/iR1ue]
* "South Africa opposition moves to dissolve parliament; South Africa's opposition party in parliament has submitted a motion to dissolve the national assembly and hold fresh elections" (2017-08-10, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/erYsy]

* "Jacob Zuma wants ANC lawmakers who voted against him identified and punished" (2017-08-15, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/llRB5]

* "HRW: 27 killed in clash between police and protesters in DR Congo; Human Rights Watch (HRW) says 27 people, including three police officers, have been killed in clashes between anti-government protesters and police in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)" (2017-08-10, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/DtQJc]

* "Zambia to drop treason charges against opposition leader; Zambia plans to drop treason charges against the country's main opposition leader and free him from prison on Monday under a deal brokered by the Commonwealth secretary-general, government and legal sources told Reuters" (2017-08-13, presstv.ir) [archive.is/Xn6Hb]

* "Potential successor to Zimbabwe's Mugabe hospitalized in South Africa" (2017-08-15, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/zdbPs]


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 in Africa: Old powers sidelined as Beijing follows economic ties with first military base" (2017-08-10, rt.com) [archive.fo/yBnK2], photo caption: Chinese soldiers stand on the deck of the missile destroyer Guangzhou as the destroyer leaves Djibouti Port for the Gulf of Aden


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

* "Oil success continues offshore Senegal" (2017-08-07, UPI newswire) [archive.is/aJOvT]

* "Nine dead as UN bases come under twin attack in Mali" (2017-08-15, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/AZMMu]


Jurisdiction of Libya

* "Libyan strongman Haftar visits Moscow, discusses restoration of statehood & possible military aid" (2017-08-15, rt.com) [archive.fo/J67Pk]
* "Libya’s military strongman Haftar to meet Russian FM Lavrov in Moscow" (2017-08-12, rt.com) [archive.is/rtECO]

* "Libyan oil production issue resolved" (2017-08-08, UPI newswire) [archive.is/RdYm4]


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

* "Senior Shabaab commander defects to Somali military; Somalia has announced that a senior commander of the militant al-Shabaab group has finally defected to the country’s military" (2017-08-13, presstv.ir) [archive.is/77rSt]
* "Fighting Al-Shabaab: Former militant commander defects to Somali authorities" (2017-08-14, cgtn.com) [archive.is/wxYXH]


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]

* "Poll: Shale drilling a new concept to the British public" (2017-08-03, UPI newswire) [archive.fo/zKZGP] [begin excerpt]:
With shale drilling about ready to go for the first time ever in the country, British opponents said public sentiment was moving against the practice.
Cuadrilla Resources said the drilling rig used to tap wells at a shale basin in Lancashire arrived at its destination in late July. The industry is in its infancy in the country, though the British government estimates there may be enough natural gas locked in shale to offset gas imports on pace to increase from 45 percent of demand in 2011 to 76 percent by 2030.
Polling data from the British government found only about 13 percent of those responding to its surveys said they knew "a lot" about hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking. Support and opposition was split evenly among respondents. [end excerpt]

* "IFS: Income disparity between UK's rich and poor families doubled; A new research reveals a widening adult pay gap between those born into Britain's wealthier families and those from less well-off parents" (2017-08-11, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/U31YW]
* "Health gap widening between rich and poor in UK: Report; Figures show that the health gap between the rich and the poor in the UK has increased and now poorer people are more likely to suffer from health-related problems" (2017-08-13, presstv.ir) [archive.is/leP9v]

* "UK homeless population growing under Tories: Study; Britain’s homeless population has increased by a third since 2011, a year into the Conservative Party took over, a new study has found" (2017-08-09, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/YN3h9]

* "Slavery & human trafficking in ‘every large UK town & city’ – National Crime Agency" (2017-08-10, rt.com) [archive.fo/cghEu]
* "Modern slavery in UK more prevalent than previously thought: Report; Modern slavery and human trafficking in the UK is "far more prevalent than previously thought," with potentially tens of thousands of victims across Britain, according to a new report" (2017-08-10, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/WRc4o]

* "UK family found guilty of enslaving homeless, disabled people; A UK court has convicted a British family-gang for a series of modern slavery offenses" (2017-08-12, presstv.ir) [archive.is/0Ihz0], photo caption: The 11 convicted offenders include Bridget Rooney, John Rooney, Martin Rooney, Patrick Rooney, Gerard Rooney, Martin Rooney, Patrick Rooney, Martin Rooney, John Rooney, Lawrence Rooney and Peter Doran.


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]

* "Anti-Refugee Ship Fails at Sea but Succeeds with Media Coverage; Since the boat set sail one month ago, it has recorded a series of failures — but the communication operation has been a success" (2017-08-12, telesurtv.net) [archive.is/NI6Md], photo caption: The "Defend Europe" project is followed by more than 18,300 people on Twitter


Republic of Portugal (EU Member)


Republic of France (EU Member)


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

* "People rally in Spain’s Basque to back Catalonia’s independence bid; Thousands of people have staged a rally in the Spanish autonomous Basque Country to support an independence vote due in the northern Spanish region of Catalonia" (2017-08-13, presstv.ir) [archive.is/ARloF], video [is.gd/R79xSg]


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]


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]


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. 


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)


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


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)


Republic of Chechnya (part of the Federation of Russia)


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


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


Russian Repression Report: Actual incidents and false stories explained

* "Leftist leader Udaltsov out of custody, urges unity in view of presidential polls" (2017-08-10, rt.com) [archive.fo/M0YIM]

* "Moscow court convicts 4 people, incl. reporters, on extremist charges" (2017-08-10, rt.com) [archive.fo/KF61n]
* "Russian court jails investigative reporter for 'extremist' action; A Moscow court has jailed a Russian journalist after finding him guilty of organizing an extremist group and attempting to overthrow the authorities" (2017-08-10, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/qdYEx], photo caption: Russian investigative reporter Aleksandr Sokolov is pictured in a Moscow court on August 10, 2017.


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]

* "Iran, Turkey, Russia sign oil, gas investment deal; Iran, Russia and Turkey have signed an agreement for joint investment in oil and gas development projects, the Shana news agency says" (2017-08-09, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/z93N2]

* "Russian bank to invest in Iran spa town project; Iran’s media report that Russia’s Elbin Bank has signed an agreement to invest as much as $100 million in the development of a spa town in northern Iran" (2017-08-11, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/iULrg], photo caption: The exterior of a spa complex at the foot of mount Sabalan near Ardabil, northwestern Iran.


* "Russia, Indonesia vow to fight Daesh ideology; Indonesia and Russia pledged Wednesday to strengthen cooperation in cyber-security and counter-terrorism as concern grows about the spread of radicalism in Southeast Asia" (2017-08-09, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/dEIqL], photo caption: Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi (R) talks with her Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov (L) after their meeting in Jakarta on August 9, 2017.


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 nabs Russian national suspected of plotting attack on Incirlik air base; Turkish authorities have detained a Russian national over suspicions that he was plotting to attack US fighter jets operating south of the country" (2017-08-10, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/56Gm0], photo caption: A Russian national suspect is escorted by Turkish anti-terror police officers on August 10, 2017 during a medical check in Adana.

* "US alliance with Syria Kurds strengthens other terror groups: Turkey; The Turkish foreign minister has warned that the US partnership with Kurdish militants in Syria’s northern province of Raqqah will pave the way for 'other terror organizations' in the region to strengthen their positions" (2017-08-11, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/bstd6]


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

* "Cautious optimism over Saudi demand for Iraqi mediation with Tehran" (2017-08-14, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/sGf92]
* "Baghdad urged to mediate between Riyadh, Tehran: Iraqi minister; A senior Iraqi official says Saudi authorities have asked Baghdad government to mediate between Saudi Arabia and Iran more than a year after the two Muslim countries broke off relations following the execution of well-known Saudi Shia cleric, Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr" (2017-08-13, presstv.ir) [archive.is/DgOpE]

* "Iraqi Shia cleric Sadr visits UAE after Saudi Arabia; Iraqi cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has flown to the United Arab Emirates on a charter flight sent from Abu Dhabi, just two weeks after visiting Saudi Arabia in a string of controversial trips" (2017-08-14, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/tjX0O], photo caption: A handout image provided by United Arab Emirates News Agency (WAM) on August 14, 2017 shows Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan (R), Abu Dhabi’s crown prince, shaking hands with Iraqi cleric Muqtada al-Sadr following a meeting in Abu Dhabi. (Via AFP)


Republic of Egypt

* "Egypt Economy: Egypt moves to reverse bans on agricultural exports" (2017-08-15, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/N6AU6]


Republic of Iraq

* "Iraqi oil wealth not enough for broad economic growth" (2017-08-04, UPI newswire) [archive.is/0KpgW]


Republic of Iraq: War News

* "US, Turkey, KRG against Hashd Sha’abi inclusion in Tal Afar battle: Cmdr. ; A high-ranking commander of the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) has described the United States and Turkey as the major parties opposed to the inclusion of the pro-government Iraqi forces in the forthcoming operation to liberate the northern city of Tal Afar from Daesh terrorists" (2017-08-10, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/V7g73]:
Jawad al-Talibawi, spokesman for the Asa'ib Ahl al-Haq volunteer forces, told Lebanon-based al-Mayadeen television news network on Thursday that US and Turkish statesmen together with senior officials from Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), particularly Masoud Barzani, have voiced strong opposition to the involvement of the PMU fighters, commonly known by the Arabic name Hashd al-Sha’abi, in the offensive to retake Tal Afar, located 63 kilometers west of Mosul.
Talibawi added that red lines have been set for Hashd al-Sha’abi on Tal Afar liberation operation, alleging that the basic units of the pro-government volunteer force have received orders not to take part in the battle.
He further noted that the PMU is an integral part of the Iraqi military system; nevertheless, there are external objections to its role.
“We are confident that there are Arab and foreign officers in Tal Afar, so our participation in the forthcoming operation will expose the facts that several parties have long sought to hide,” Talibawi pointed out.
The top Hashd al-Sha’abi commander later called on Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to stand by his words, and include the pro-government fighters in the Tal Afar liberation operation.
Commander of Nineveh Liberation Operations, Major General Najim Abdullah al-Jubouri, told Reuters in an interview on July 30 that he expected a relatively easy victory for government forces in the forthcoming operation to retake Tal Afar from Daesh as the extremists were “worn out and demoralized."
“I don't expect it will be a fierce battle even though the enemy is surrounded. The enemy is very worn out. I know from the intelligence reports that their morale is low,” he commented.
Jubouri estimated that there were between 1,500 and 2,000 Daesh terrorists left in Tal Afar. He highlighted that the battle for Tal Afar was set to start soon, and was waiting for orders from Abadi, which would probably be issued within the next few “days or a week or two.”
Speaking at a youth meeting on Saturday, Abadi said Hashd al-Sha’abi fighters would take part in the offensive to win back Tal Afar.
He said the army and security commanders had devised a plan to dislodge Daesh from Tal Afar, which required the participation of security personnel as well as Hashd al-Sha’abi and tribal fighters.
- Photo caption: Commander of Nineveh Liberation Operations, Major General Najim Abdullah al-Jubouri, speaks during an interview with Reuters in Mosul, Iraq, on July 30, 2017.

* "US Central Command: 2 troops killed in northern Iraq; The United States military says two of its servicemen have been killed while carrying out combat operations in northern Iraq, but it has ruled out the role of “enemy contact” in their death" (2017-08-13, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/8PzVU]


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]

* "600,000 Syrians Returned Home in 2017, Mostly to Aleppo: UN; While the rate of return for those displaced by the war is steadily increasing, the IOM notes that there are still high rates of displacement in many areas of the country" (2017-08-12, telesurtv.net) [archive.is/aYn5P]
* "Syrians return home in droves, mostly to Aleppo; More than 600,000 Syrians have returned to their homes in the seven months from January, mostly to the northwestern province of Aleppo which the government liberated at the end of 2016" (2017-08-13, presstv.ir) [archive.is/sv3i7]
* "More than 600,000 displaced Syrians return home, says IOM; More than 600,000 displaced Syrians have returned to their homes since the beginning of the year, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) says" (2017-08-14, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/YPZz2]

* "Syria Crisis: Rebels, refugees return to Syria from border enclave in Lebanon" (017-08-14, cgtn.com) [archive.is/mgCXz]:
A group of Syrian rebel fighters and refugees on Monday began to evacuate from an enclave in Lebanon back into Syrian territory. Hezbollah-affiliated media reported that some 300 rebels, as well as three thousand refugees, are leaving the enclave on the border with Syria. The evacuation was made under a deal that followed an assault by the Lebanese Shi'ite group Hezbollah on insurgent positions last month. Their departure will leave an Islamic State enclave as the last militant stronghold straddling the border near the Lebanese town of Arsal.


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

* "Syria has increased government-held areas by 2.5 times in 2 months: Russia; Russia says Syria has managed to increase the size of the government-held areas across the Arab country by two and half times in just two months, calling the achievement a 'great success.' " (2017-08-13, presstv.ir) [archive.is/7vZJL]

* "Syrian army, allies make new advances against Daesh terrorists; Syrian government forces, backed by allied fighters from popular defense groups, have made fresh territorial gains against the Takfiri Daesh militants in the country’s southernmost province of Suwayda" (2017-08-08, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/qDuc3]

* "US-led airstrikes kill 29 civilians in Syria’s Raqqah: Monitor; At least 29 civilians, including women and children, have lost their lives in fresh air raids conducted by the US-led coalition in Syria’s northern city of Raqqah over the past 24 hours, a monitoring group says" (2017-08-09, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/5SYjI]

* "Syrian govt. forces, allies recapture more areas near Jordan border; Syrian government forces, backed by fighters from allied popular defense groups, have continued their counter-terrorism operations in the country’s southernmost province of Suwayda, and gained more ground in their fight against foreign-sponsored Takfiri militants" (2017-08-09, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/uHlLF]

* "Syrian Army fights ISIS to break Deir ez-Zor siege" (2017-08-10, rt.com) [archive.fo/rdsgT]

* "Fight Against ISIL: Syrian gov't forces seize last major ISIL-held town in Homs" (2017-08-14, cgtn.com) [archive.is/m91Rs]
* "Fighting ISIL In Syria: Army recaptures ISIL stronghold in Homs province" (2017-08-14, cgtn.com) [archive.is/WGtWy]

* "Syria Crisis: Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces occupy southern Raqqa" (2017-08-14, cgtn.com) [archive.is/cqGGa]

* "Militants begin evacuating from Lebanon’s Arsal to Syria; Hundreds of Syrian militants have started evacuating from an enclave in Lebanon on the border with Syria after the defeat of Takfiri terrorists during a Hezbollah offensive" (2017-08-14, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/I78rW], photo caption: A picture taken on August 2, 2017 shows the Lebanese town of Arsal from across the border with Syria in a mountainous area around the town of Flita.

* "Arsal evacuation to help Hezbollah's fight against Daesh: Academia; An academic says the evacuation of militants from the Lebanese town of Arsal is “a very important achievement,” adding that it enables the Hezbollah resistance movement to fight in other fronts against the Daesh Takfiri terrorists" (2017-08-14, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/GN1jT]


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


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.

* "Daesh, front-line soldiers of Zionist regime: IRGC commander; The commander of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) says Daesh terrorist forces make up the front-line soldiers of the Zionist regime and the global arrogance has created this Takfiri group to counter the Islamic Revolution" (2017-08-13, presstv.ir) [archive.is/sxtem]

* "Explosives used in Europe blasts found on ISIS terrorists that planned Moscow attacks" (2017-08-14, rt.com) [archive.fo/pA5eC]

* "Russia arrests 4 suspects over Daesh plot to launch attacks in Moscow; Russia has busted a Daesh-linked terror cell working on a plot to launch attacks in the capital Moscow" (2017-08-14, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/L1knm]

* "Russia seeks to repatriate dozens of children in Mosul whose parents joined ISIS" (2017-08-08, rt.com) [archive.fo/ehFIb]
* "Relatives recognize Russian children in Iraq after RT coverage goes viral" (2017-08-10, rt.com) [archive.fo/oqjj7]


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]


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

* "PKK bombing kills 2 Turkish soldiers in Batman province; At least two Turkish soldiers have been killed in a Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) bomb attack in the country’s southeastern province of Batman" (2017-08-13, presstv.ir) [archive.is/rX76B]

* "PKK blast kills two civilians in Turkey's southeast; A bomb blast blamed on the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) has claimed the lives of two Turkish civilians in the country’s restive southeast" (2017-08-14, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/vLW4f]


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]

* "Netanyahu backs partitioning Iraq for Kurdish state; Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has expressed interest in partitioning Iraq and establishing an independent Kurdish state in the Arab country during a meeting with a delegation of 33 US Republican congressmen" (2017-08-14, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/B16fk]


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)

* "Rouhani, Zarif hail anniversary of Lebanon victory in 2006 war with Israel; Iran's president and foreign minister have extended their congratulations to their Lebanese counterpart on the 11th anniversary of the country’s great victory in the 2006 war waged by Israel" (2017-08-14, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/Kjhgg]

* "Lebanese Hezbollah leader says Israel not able to wage new war on Lebanon; The Secretary General of the Lebanese Hezbollah movement says Israel is not able to launch a new war on Lebanon, because it knows that Hezbollah is much more powerful than 2006 and any such war would cost Tel Aviv dearly" (2017-08-13, presstv.ir) [archive.is/cJiNe]

* "Hezbollah fighters find Israeli spying device in southwestern Lebanon; Fighters from the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement have reportedly found an Israeli spying device in the fertile and strategic Beqaa Valley near the capital city of Beirut" (2017-08-13, presstv.ir) [archive.is/LjnqQ], photo caption: This photo shows the Israeli spying device that Lebanese Hezbollah fighters found on the outskirts of Barouk village, southwestern Lebanon, on August 13, 2017.


World Jewish Commonwealth & Diaspora 
The Judean People and their diverse communities [forward.com[mondoweiss.net] [tikkun.org] [jewishcurrents.org]; Tzedakah [archive.fo/Rwai4]

* "Lyin' Dick Blumenthal's Very Public Drubbing Is Bullish for Russia; Russiagaters are deeply vulnerable, and it is they, not Trump, who are in grave political danger" (2017-08-09, by Charles Bausman, RI News) [archive.fo/YOBGK] [begin excerpt]: The leading Russiagaters are badly deluded about how vulnerable they are. It is worth mentioning that they are almost all Jewish: Schiff, Schumer, Cardin, Blumenthal, as are the loudest voices in the media egging them on.
Commenters have objected that it is anti-semitic to point this out. How so? AIPAC's (The Israel lobby) fingerprints were all over the Russia sanctions bill - no other group has the muscle to enforce those kinds of near-unanimous majorities in Congress. As in Britain, there is a rising tide of populist anti-semitism in the land, evident everywhere on the internet. This could easily become a potent political force in the coming years, in fact it already has, because the alt-right's meme influence is 100 times stronger than their actual numbers. It is not anti-semitic to notice this, it is underscoring political reality. [end excerpt]

* Set of public postings by POTUS Donald J. Trump (2017-08-07, twitter.com/realDonaldTrump) [archive.fo/oF4wR] [archive.fo/LVlQt] [archive.fo/onlsv]: Interesting to watch Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut talking about hoax Russian collusion when he was a  phony Vietnam con artist! Never in U.S.history has anyone lied or defrauded voters like Senator Richard Blumenthal. He told stories about his Vietnam battles and conquests, how brave he was, and it was all a lie. He cried like a baby and begged for forgiveness like a child. Now he judges collusion?
- and a response from R. Blumenthal (2017-08-07, twitter.com/SenBlumenthal) [archive.fo/W7DC1]: Mr. President: Your bullying hasn't worked before and it won't work now. No one is above the law.

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]

* "Israel is collapsing: Anti-Bibi protesters; Thousands of protesters gather in a northern Israeli city for a 38th consecutive week, united in their cause to protest against Prime Minister Netanyahu, whom they accuse of unforgivable corruption" (2017-08-13, presstv.ir) [archive.is/RerV3]:
Widely referred to as Bibi, Netanyahu is the subject of two high-profile graft cases. In Case 1000, he is suspected of having received gifts from businessmen overseas.
He is also being investigated in Case 2000 for an alleged media bribery scheme to help Yediot Aharonot newspaper against its competitor Yisrael Hayom in return for favorable coverage.
The rallies were held in the city of Petah Tikva outside the house of Israeli Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit late Saturday.
The demonstrators chanted Israel “is collapsing," and some held up placards reading, "Bibi resign."
They also condemned Mandelblit's alleged conduct during his questioning of Netanyahu over corruption-related allegations. They accused him of receiving monetary gifts from a number of businessmen, which may have affected the investigation process, shouting, "Both an investigator and a friend."
No more than roughly 350 pro-Netanyahu demonstrators also turned up at the site, led by members of Knesset (Israeli Parliament) David Bitan and Nava Boker.
Both groups vowed to repeat the rallies next week.
Late last month, Netanyahu’s predecessor Ehud Barak said the current premier had sparked recent tensions at the al-Aqsa Mosque’s compound in Tel Aviv-occupied in East Jerusalem al-Quds in a bid to distract public attention from the investigations.
Netanyahu “is ready to set … the region on fire in order to save himself from his fear of criminal investigations,” Barak said.
The tensions erupted after a deadly shootout on July 14 outside the compound, known as Haram al-Sharif, which Jews call Temple Mount. Using the gunfight as a pretext, Israel first closed the compound for three days, and then set up metal detectors and surveillance cameras at entrances to the compound, outraging Palestinians and Muslims around the world.

* "Stripping Palestinians of residency is a war crime: HRW; Human Rights Watch has warned that stripping some 15,000 Palestinians of their right to live in Jerusalem al-Quds since 1967 could amount to a 'war crime' " (2017-08-09, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/wRGN7]

* "300 Israelis desert military service in occupied lands: Report; A report has revealed that hundreds of Israeli soldiers have abandoned their duties without permission, and are intent not to return in a show of disapproval of the military conscription policies of the Israeli regime" (2017-08-12, presstv.ir) [archive.is/vHzho], photo caption: Israeli forces are seen during clashes with Palestinians near the Jewish settlement of Beit El on the outskirts of the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah on July 28, 2017.


The following describes treatment of Citizens of the State, these people described are NOT "Palestinians" but are the people who live as bonafide natural born residents of the land. And this treatment is much like how the USA treats those without homes... very similarly in the manner of dispacement, inducing dehumanization and charges of absolute criminal enterprise lodged against civil residential groupings (villages).
* "Al-Araqeeb Village: Palestinian Bedouins Refuse to Surrender 116 Times; It would be no exaggeration to state that there is a war waged by Israel against Palestinian Bedouins" (2017-08-14, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/rDfBu], photo caption: Israel continues to try to displace thousands of Palestinian Bedouins.

* "Israeli forces demolish UN-funded Bedouin homes in West Bank village; Israeli troops have destroyed several Palestinian homes funded by the United Nations in a Bedouin village located in the southern West Bank" (2017-08-15, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/RQgGs], photo caption: Israeli forces watch as Tel Aviv regime bulldozers demolish UN funded homes in a Bedouin village in the southern West Bank.


* "Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters hits out at musicians for crossing Israel ‘picket line’ " (2017-08-10, rt.com) [archive.fo/TSoVE]


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].

* " ‘Tel Aviv regime propping up radicalism, violence in occupied lands’ ; The Palestinian Foreign Ministry has strongly condemned the running over of four Palestinian children by an Israeli settler, stating that the incident clearly indicates that the Tel Aviv regime is fanning the flames of radicalism and violence in occupied territories" (2017-08-11, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/YDdS0]


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]

* "Trump sending team to Mideast to discuss Israeli-Palestinian so-called peace process; US President Donald Trump is dispatching a team to the Middle East to discuss prospects for resuming the so-called peace process between Israelis and Palestinians, the White House says" (2017-08-11, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/z2yul]

* "Joint report estimates that 880 Palestinians arrested in July 2017" (2017-08-09, addameer.org) [archive.fo/o96zl]
* "Israel Accused of Inciting Radicalism and Violence; Several 'hit and run' incidents have targeted Palestinians in the occupied territories" (2017-08-11, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/m2Bnn]

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

* "Mahmoud Abbas decrees sweeping internet speech restrictions" (2017-08-09, by Charlotte Silver) [archive.fo/QSKZ5]

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

* "Palestinian Authority cutting financial support for sick Gazans: WHO; The Palestinian Authority (PA) has significantly reduced financial help for Gazans in need of medical treatment outside the besieged coastal enclave, the World Health Organization (WHO) says" (2017-08-09, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/Uhl5z]
* "Israel delays exit permits for 50% of Gaza patients: WHO; The World Health Organization says Israel has delayed giving permission to about half of Gazans who seek to leave the besieged strip for treatment in Israeli hospitals in May" (2017-08-14, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/jV0Uz]

* "Israel’s latest attack on Gaza Strip injures three Palestinians; Three Palestinians have been injured after Israeli warplanes carried out raids on the Gaza Strip, local medical sources say" (2017-08-09, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/8g1ps]

* "Israel warns Hamas not to foil its anti-tunnel Gaza wall" (2017-08-11, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/lfhAO]


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

* "Kratos receives $46.2 million contract for Saudi Arabian defense services" (2017-08-08, UPI newswire) [archive.fo/JyJJO]

* "See pictures of Saudi Arabia’s destructive crackdown on Awamiyah; The following pictures depict the aftermath of Saudi Arabia’s deadly crackdown on the besieged Shia town of Awamiyah which has forced thousands of its residents to flee their homes" (2017-08-09, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/m2Fw0]
* " ‘Almost like war zone’: Saudi ‘renovation’ of Shiite town decried as attempt to drive residents out" (2017-08-10, rt.com) [archive.fo/Aacu9] [begin excerpt]:
The Saudi operation in Awamiya has been underway during the last three months, but “it has been very bad for the last 14 days,” one of the residents told RT on the phone. The person asked to remain unanimous and for his voiced to be modified due to fear of retaliation from the government.
“The city has been empty, completely empty. No movement on the streets, nobody's out because soldiers were actually around the city, just shooting everybody who's in the streets,” he said.
“If you hear the sounds of shootings outside – it's almost like a war zone. It's not actually far from what's happening in Iraq and Syria,” the witness to the Saudi operation added.
“Awamiya is under fire now,” another resident said. “Random shooting is everywhere, shelling, but I think it's getting worse and worse. They started to use tanks against civilians.”
The third witness told RT that the locals aren’t buying into Saudi claims of renovating the town.
“The renovation is just the facade or the cover that the government is using to evacuate the area, to make the original people leave. The government wants to control the area, and the only way the government can control the area is demolish it completely and rebuild it according to the government standards,” he said. [...]
Following anti-government unrest in the town of just 30,000 people, the Saudi military has placed most of Awamiya under siege. Fighting intensified earlier in August when Riyadh deployed Special Forces to clear the old quarter, also known as Almosara.
The authorities maintained that skirmishes erupted after unidentified “terrorists” fired at workers contracted by a development company running a controversial renovation project in Awamiyah. The perpetrators also allegedly used explosives to knock the construction equipment out of operation.
Despite the ongoing military operation in Awamiyah, the authorities keep insisting the demolition has nothing to do with fighting. The bulldozers, they say, are preparing the area for the construction of shopping centers, office high-rises, greenspaces and fountains in place of Almosara neighborhood.
“We informed everyone in the community there would be development stages for several areas in Qatif, starting with [Almosara],” Esam Abdullatef Almulla, the region's acting mayor, told Reuters on Wednesday.
However, news coming from the troubled, depressed town suggests the situation may be worlds apart from the official government statements. Earlier, the Saudi authorities introduced power cuts on residents to force them out of the town, according to the UN Special Rapporteur on housing, Leilani Farha. [...]
“The Saudi attack on Awamiyah is the largest and longest military campaign inside the country since the establishment of Saudi Arabia in 1932,” Ali al-Ahmad, head of the Gulf Institute for Human Rights, commented on RT, adding it is unlikely if the international community could make the difference.
“I don’t really put too much stake on the United States, or Canada or the UK – all these countries have provided training, weaponry and assistance to the Saudi forces … in fact they try to support the monarchy while maintaining the appearance of civility and democracy,” he said. [end excerpt]
- Photo caption: A member of Saudi Special Forces holds his weapon as he walks in the town of Awamiya following a security campaign against Shi’ite Muslim gunmen, in the eastern part of Saudi Arabia August 9, 2017

* "Saudi rulers after demographic change of Awamiyah: Analyst; The tragic events taking place in the Saudi Arabia’s Shia-dominated Eastern Province are rooted in political reasons as the Saudi regime has set about implementing demographic changes to the most oil-rich region in the kingdom, a London-based expert says" (2017-08-09, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/qwHIT]
* "UN finally breaks silence on Saudi razing of Shia town; The UN has reacted to media reports about a deadly and destructive Saudi military crackdown against an eastern Shia town, urging the regime in Riyadh to respect human rights" (2017-08-11, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/ro7sR]
* "Saudi forces cordon off Shia town of Awamiyah: HRW; Human Rights Watch (HRW) says Saudi forces have encircled the predominantly Shia town of Awamiyah and sealed it off since July, raising concerns about the humanitarian situation there" (2017-08-13, presstv.ir) [archive.is/JB4S6]
* "Saudi razes hundreds of houses in Shia-majority town; Saudi Arabia has reportedly laid waste to at least 320 houses in an eastern Shia-majority town, which it has placed under siege for about three months" (2017-08-14, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/p3va6]

* "14 Shia Saudis at imminent risk of execution, HRW warns; Human Rights Watch (HRW) has warned that 14 Shia Saudi citizens are at imminent risk of execution after Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court upheld their death sentences in mid-July following an “unfair trial” over protest-related charges" (2017-08-09, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/f55BX]

* "Saudi Arabia sentences senior Shia clergyman to 13 years in prison; A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced distinguished Shia cleric Ayatollah Sheikh Hussein al-Radhi to 13 years in prison as the Riyadh regime presses ahead with its heavy-handed crackdown on members of the religious community" (2017-08-10, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/Hv0Yl], photo caption: Distinguished Saudi Shia cleric Ayatollah Sheikh Hussein al-Radhi

* "Saudi court gives death sentence to Shia dissident; A court in Saudi Arabia has handed down death sentence to a Shia anti-regime activist as Riyadh regime presses ahead with its heavy-handed clampdown on members of the religious community in addition to political dissidents and pro-democracy campaigners" (2017-08-11, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/rf3wO], photo caption: This file photo shows Saudi Shia activist Haider Al Lif and his daughter.


* "Court adjourns trial of Bahraini rights activist Rajab until September 11; A Bahraini court has postponed until September 11 the trial of prominent Bahraini human rights activist and pro-democracy campaigner Nabeel Rajab, who has been kept behind bars over his criticism of the ruling Al Khalifah regime and the Wahhabi ideology" (2017-08-08, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/0oHEZ], photo caption: Prominent Bahraini human rights activist and pro-democracy campaigner Nabeel Rajab

* "Bahrainis demonstrate in support of top Shia cleric; Scores of Bahraini people have staged fresh protests in a northern region to express solidarity with prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim and his supporters, who have been subject to a heavy-handed regime crackdown" (2017-08-12, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/ufiqS]


Qatar Crisis
* "Moody's: Energy-rich Qatar facing economic risks" (2017-08-08, UPI newswire) [archive.is/aBkIg]

* "Qatar scraps visit visa requirements for 80 nationalities; Qatar has announced a visa-free entry program for 80 nationalities to enhance economic recovery amid an ongoing diplomatic row with Saudi Arabia and its regional allies" (2017-08-09, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/FnmRv]

* "UAE unofficially blacklists big European banks with Qatari investments" (2017-08-10, rt.com) [archive.fo/sAXmT]


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


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]


Yemen: War News

* "Al-Qaeda-linked terrorists kill 8 Saudi-backed militants in southern Yemen; At least eight Saudi-backed militants, loyal to Yemen’s former President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, have been killed and nearly 30 others sustained injuries after a group of terrorists attempted to storm their military camp in southern Yemen" (2017-08-08, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/1SzxF]

* "UAE military chopper crashes in southern Yemen, kills 2: Report; A Black Hawk helicopter, belonging to the United Arab Emirate (UAE), has crashed in southern Yemen, killing two of its crew, a report says" (2017-08-11, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/uwwmw], photo caption: This combo photo purportedly shows the aftermath of a UAE copter crash in Yemen’s Shabwah province on August 11, 2017.

* "Yemeni naval forces, allies sink vessel of Saudi-led coalition off Mukha: Report; Yemeni naval forces, backed by fighters from Popular Committees, have reportedly targeted and destroyed a military vessel in a missile attack off the coast of the country’s southwestern province of Ta'izz" (2017-08-12, presstv.ir) [archive.is/liycC]

* "Roadside bomb explosion kills 12 civilians in southwestern Yemen: Local sources; At least 12 civilians have been killed and many others have sustained injuries in southern Yemen after a roadside bomb went off under a vehicle, local sources say" (2017-08-14, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/WrWui]


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]

* "Iran’s Rouhani names 3 women as vice presidents, assistant; Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has appointed three women as vice presidents and assistant in his new cabinet" (2017-08-09, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/MYI0I], photo caption: (From left) Massoumeh Ebtekar, Shahindokht Molaverdi and La’aya Joneidi

* "Ayatollah Shahroudi named new head of Expediency Council; Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has appointed Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi as the new chairman of Iran’s arbitration body, the Expediency Council" (2017-08-14, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/mj30j]

* "Iran not to rest until eradication of all terrorists: Senior IRGC General; General Qassem Soleimani says Iranian forces will not rest until they have taken out every last terrorist from the face of the Muslim world after Daesh reportedly beheaded an Iranian military adviser in Syria" (2017-08-11, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/1bwft]

* "Iran: €3 billion credit line by Siemens on the way; German industrial group Siemens is about to undertake financing rail and power plant projects worth 3 billion euros in Iran, a senior Iranian official says" (2017-08-08, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/oyabF]

* "Iran in talks to buy copters from Airbus; Iran says it has started a new round of talks with the European planemaker Airbus over the purchase of dozens of helicopters" (2017-08-13, presstv.ir) [archive.is/KXsX9]

* "Norway’s DNO inching closer to Changuleh deal; Iran says it has received a proposal from Norway’s DNO oil and gas operator for the development of a major oil field in western parts of the country" (2017-08-13, presstv.ir) [archive.is/HwKRI]

* "Iran reports increase in oil exports to India; Iran says its exports of crude oil to India have increased by 16 percent over the past month in what the country says is a fresh sign that speculations over the decline of exports to one of its largest Asian buyers are inaccurate" (2017-08-13, presstv.ir) [archive.is/ZL9MV]

* "Daesh, allies will receive Iran’s firm response: IRGC commander; A senior commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) says the country’s Armed Forces will certainly give a severe response to the Daesh Takfiri terrorists and their allies" (2017-08-14, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/kiFWC]


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

* "Saudi Arabia tried to host Taliban office: Sources; Saudi Arabia, which along with its allies has imposed a blockade on Qatar over its alleged support for terrorism, had sought to host a liaison office for the Afghan Taliban militant group before the 2013 establishment of the center in Doha, informed sources say" (2017-08-13, presstv.ir) [archive.is/JZ6mK]

* "Death toll from raid on Shia Afghan village 'hits 60' ; Reports say the death toll from a Taliban attack on a remote Shia village in northern Afghanistan has risen to 60" (2017-08-09, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/jaKyA]

* "Iran Foreign Ministry, SNSC chief condemn attack on Afghan village; The Iranian Foreign Ministry and the country's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) have condemned an attack that left dozens dead in a remote Shia village in northern Afghanistan" (2017-08-09, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/2Vnft], photo caption: The members of an Afghan family try to comfort each other after losing loved ones in a Taliban raid on the Shia village of Mirza Olang in the northern Afghan province of Sar-e Pol on August 6, 2017.

* "US-led airstrike kills 16 civilians in eastern Afghanistan; An air raid conducted by foreign forces in Afghanistan has claimed the lives of at least 16 civilians in the eastern province of Nangarhar, which borders Pakistan" (2017-08-11, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/jEHnB]

* "US military says airstrike has killed senior Daesh terrorists in Afghanistan; Several senior members of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group have been killed in a US airstrike in eastern Afghanistan" (2017-08-13, presstv.ir) [archive.is/517Q5]

* "Taliban seize district in northern Afghan province; Taliban militants have seized control of a district headquarters in Afghanistan’s northern province of Faryab, officials say" (2017-08-14, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/pr22o]




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]

* "Troops kill three rebels, teenage boy in Indian-controlled Kashmir; Indian forces have killed three separatist rebels and a teenage boy in the Indian-controlled Kashmir as tensions continue to rock the Muslim-majority Himalayan region" (2017-08-09, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/jUGuV]

* "Five killed in Kashmir clashes; Armed clashes in Indian-controlled Kashmir have left three militants and two Indian forces dead" (2017-08-13, presstv.ir) [archive.is/EHuTZ]

* "3 militants, 2 soldiers killed in Indian-controlled Kashmir gunfight" (2017-08-13, cgtn.com) [archive.is/idWJD]


Islamic Republic of Pakistan

* "Pakistan’s ousted PM says he could have eliminated unemployment in three years" (2017-08-13, cgtn.com) [archive.is/zqGD9]:
Pakistan's deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif said during a rally on Saturday that he could have eliminated the country's unemployment in three years.
“I tell you by the grace of Allah, if the progress still continued and had momentum, unemployment in Pakistan would have been eliminated in the next two or three years,” said Sharif.
On July 28, Pakistan's Supreme Court ordered Sharif's removal from office after a corruption probe.
Sharif is currently holding on-the-road rallies across the province of Punjab. His final rally is expected to be held around this weekend in the provincial capital Lahore, hometown of his family.


Republic of India

* "India Independence Day: Modi calls for end of terrorism, corruption and caste prejudice" (2017-08-15, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/NX67t]: People across India are celebrating 70 years of independence from British rule. To mark the event, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi repeated his call for a "New India" by 2022 that is free of terrorism, corruption, and caste prejudice. Prime Minister Modi said India could defend itself from anyone, apparently referring to the ongoing border standoff with China.

* "India ‘to deport 40,000 Rohingya Muslims’ ; India is planning to deport tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims it says are living in the country illegally" (2017-08-11, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/oqNy5]
* "India set to deport all Rohingya Muslims regardless of UN registration: Official; A senior Indian official has described thousands of Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingya Muslims living in India as illegal refugees, saying the New Delhi government aims to deport them" (2017-08-14, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/IdXeS]


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


China: Economic News 

* "New Chinese maglev train completes pilot run" (2017-08-13, cgtn.com) [archive.is/d1xdL]

* "Butler Boom: European school in Sichuan Province trains China's next generation of butlers" (2017-08-13, cgtn.com) [archive.is/EKH19]
* "European school in Sichuan trains China's next generation of butlers" (2017-08-13, cgtn.com) [archive.is/oHlsR]


China: Military News


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


China: Foreign Hostilities


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

* "Darker Side of Hong Kong: Tour takes visitors around city's underbelly" (2017-08-13, cgtn.com) [archive.is/YTLMM] [begin excerpt]:
Hong Kong -- a city is known for its shiny skyscrapers, shopping scene, and breath-taking views of the Victoria Harbour. But that's not all of it. Soaring housing prices have pushed some one million of its seven million population to below the poverty line. And this local tour group is trying to show the city's un-glamorous side. Natalie Pang has more on the tour of Hong Kong's underbelly.
This is what locals call a "coffin home". The tiny 20-square feet space costs 200 US dollars a month. The Hong Kong Free Tours are showing visitors another side of the metropolis with cramped apartments, homeless communities, and the city's poorest area, Sham Shui Po. Guide Alla Lau leads nine tours a week, each with about a dozen tourists. [end excerpt]
* "People in Hong Kong are moving into 20-square-foot 'coffin homes' to save money" (2017-02-09, businessinsider.com) [archive.is/FAjFs]


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]

* "Repsol suspends oil project in disputed sea off Vietnam" (2017-08-03, AFP newswire) [archive.fo/bakia]


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


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.

* "Timetable needed for unification of Taiwan" (2017-08-14, by Zhou Zhihuai from Global Times) [archive.fo/WbmaI]


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

* "China, Pakistan vow to deepen cooperation amid Pakistan's Independence Day" (2017-08-14, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/Y9fja]


Kingdom of Thailand


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

* "Third gas discovery declared off the coast of Myanmar" (2017-08-07, UPI newswire) [archive.is/qZbO0]

* "Myanmar deploys 500 soldiers to Rakhine, military sources say; Myanmar has deployed 500 soldiers to the Muslim-majority northern part of Rakhine state amid fears of another wave of crackdown on Rohingya Muslims" (2017-08-11, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/sJVpu]
* "Myanmar govt. imposes fresh curfews in Muslims-majority state; Myanmar has reportedly declared new curfews in northern Rakhine state, where over a million of Rohingya Muslims live, as it has deployed hundreds of troops in the restive region to beef up its military presence" (2017-08-12, presstv.ir) [archive.is/YsSIP]


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

* "Moon's approval rating remains high thanks to liberal policies" (2017-08-11, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/h7iyJ]

* "South Korea Liberation Day: President Moon Jae-in gives keynote speech at ceremony" (2017-08-15, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/WURlJ]: Today is also South Korea's Liberation Day. People are holding their own annual celebrations to commemorate the country's liberation from Japan's colonial rule. South Korean President Moon Jae-in delivered a keynote speech at the ceremony. Meanwhile a sculpture representing so-called "comfort women" was built several days earlier in the South Korean city of Osan, as a symbol of remembrance for that dark chapter of history.
- (additional) [archive.fo/h4ODX]: KWAK SANG-WOOK, MAYOR CITY OF OSAN, GYEONGGI-DO PROVINCE "Today's peaceful South Korea is built on the efforts of our nation's martyrs. This is the meaning of the statue, to remind people of history."
KIM UN SUNG STATUE CREATOR "Japan has been denying the history for a long time. We have to send this statue all around the world to condemn Japan's behaviour."


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

* "Cambodia mobilizes troops on Laos border in blow to Silk Road; Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday accused neighboring Laos of sending troops into Cambodian territory in April and set an August 17 deadline for their departure, warning that he was mobilizing soldiers to the border area" (2017-08-11, presstv.ir) [archive.fo/TSTaC]
* "Cambodian PM gives ultimatum to Laos over 'border invasion' " (2017-08-11, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/cBgqU]


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]. "Political Cartels" [archive.is/3SvQz]. External Colony in California [archive.is/5wCZY]. News sources: [karapatan.org/news] [davaotoday.com] [themaharlikan.info].

* "Philippine central bank: peso not in free fall" (2017-08-13, cgtn.com) [archive.is/Ocb4A]

* "NDFP exposes CIA-instigated plot to eliminate Sison and Duterte" (2017-08-08, National Executive Committee of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines NDFP) [archive.fo/NB7Jr]:
The National Executive Committee of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) has received reports from several sources in the reactionary Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) that military officers who are assets of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and are close to AFP chief of staff Eduardo Año are engaged in a two-stage plot to assassinate Jose Maria Sison, NDFP chief political consultant, and subsequently to overthrow President Rodrigo R. Duterte.
The first stage of the military plot is to send a hit team to The Netherlands in order to assassinate Sison, with the verbal approvals of Duterte and Año, before or after the proclamation of martial law nationwide. The rationale of the assassination is to demoralize the revolutionary forces and possibly sow confusion and pandemonium among them. The head and members of the hit team are made to appear as entirely renegades or dropouts from the New People’s Army even as they are handpicked mainly from the special forces of the AFP and secondarily from the former Alex Boncayao Brigade.
The second stage of the military plot is a coup to overthrow Duterte for having collaborated with the communist party and the NPA for decades, betraying the alliance with the US and veering towards China and Russia, playing favorites with certain military and police officers, subverting the professional standards of the military and police forces,, corrupting and criminalizing them in the commission of extrajudicial killings and failing to solve the problem of illegal drugs despite the crude and flagrant violations of human rights.
The NDFP is of the view that, even while the two-stage military plot, especially the first stage, needs further verification, the plot must be immediately exposed in order to discourage its implementation. There is high probability that the hit team for assassinating Sison is already operational. Thus, Sison has already started to take security precautions, such as letting volunteers guard him and take photographs of those in his vicinity at home or in public places.
The NDFP has taken note of previous statements of the President that he is in danger of being ousted by a coup and that he is therefore trying to avert this by appointing more military officers in his cabinet and other high civilian offices. The NDFP admonishes him to end his all-out war policy against the revolutionary movement, to desist from proclaiming martial law nationwide and to withdraw from involvement in the plot to assassinate the NDFP chief political consultant.
The NDFP reminds him to engage seriously and sincerely in peace negotiations, comply with the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law by releasing all political prisoners and address the roots of the civil war through mutual agreements on social, economic and political reforms in order to lay the basis for a just and lasting peace.

* "Pentagon may boost support to Philippine counter-IS ops: official" (2017-08-08, AFP newswire) [archive.is/klchc]

* "Duterte says cannot end Philippines’ drug problem; The Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte has once again admitted that his government cannot afford to eradicate drug smuggling in the country" (2017-08-13, presstv.ir) [archive.is/vD2lc]


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


Bangsamoro (including MNLF; MILF; ARMM)


Republic of Indonesia


Commonwealth of Australia
Map [archive.fo/uYGls]


Sovereign Union of First Nations Peoples


Realm of New Zealand / Aotearoa


Occupied State of West Papua 
More info at [is.gd/QP7z99]

* "Poverty, land rights feature at film festival in Indonesia's Papua" (2017-08-13, cgtn.com) [archive.is/DLzXE]:
Indonesia's easternmost province of Papua hosted its first independent film festival this week, showing documentaries on social issues such as land rights and grinding poverty, but steering clear of the highly sensitive subject of separatism.
The festival, hosted by a local filmmakers' community, screened 10 amateur documentaries in the town of Merauke on Aug 7-9. The organizer said the festival attracted 600 people.
The organizers, Papuan Voices, said the festival aimed to show "a new perspective that places Papua as a subject in seeing and determining its own future and contributing to ending the injustice in the land of Papua."
Papua is one of the poorest regions in Indonesia despite being rich in resources like natural gas, copper and gold.
It has suffered an often violent separatist conflict since it was incorporated into Indonesia after a widely criticized UN-backed referendum in 1969. Dutch colonial rule ended in 1963.
Organizer Urbanus Kiaf said by telephone that all the films were passed by Indonesia's censorship board without being cut or censored, but plain-clothed police attended some screenings.
"They asked for explanations of what the story was for each of the films and they asked for a list of names of the organizing committee, but otherwise they just watched," he said.
Kiaf said the poverty shown in the films was a symbol of "economic and intellectual oppression" and how Papuans often lacked land rights, after selling to investors cheaply.
One example was the film that won third place.
Director Elisabet Apyaka said her film, "For Novalinda and Andreas," showed how a single mother had raised her two children by selling taro, banana and betel on a small patch of rented land.
"This shows that Papuan women are the head of families here, they get up early to do house chores, work in their garden and feed their kids," Apyaka said.
The fact that the festival went ahead is a sign of progress in Indonesian President Joko Widodo's efforts to open up Papua, said Human Rights Watch's researcher Andreas Harsono, adding that it would have been banned in the past.
Widodo has given clemency to a number of political prisoners in Papua who were unfairly prosecuted and imprisoned for exercising their rights of freedom of expression, Harsono said.
However, a report by the International Coalition for Papua said there was a significant aggravation of Papua's human rights in 2015 and 2016.
- Illustration caption: The theme of the 2017 Papua Film Festival is Bomi Zai Anim-Ha: Common Home of True-Human who nurtures the identity and collective memory of Indigenous Papuans (photo via papuanvoices.net).


News from the people of Micronesia, Melanesia, & Polynesia
Map [archive.fo/OTbrr]


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research from the Committee for the Study of

* " 'Dunkirk': a Whitewashed Version of History That Ignores the Bravery of Black and Muslim Soldiers" (2017-08-08, counterpunch.org) [archive.fo/QiTTx]

* "Anti-Nazi laws deserve utmost respect" (2017-08-10, by Zhang Zhouxiang from China Daily) [archive.fo/tNENz]

* "Mendacious cynicism’: Senior Russian MP blasts Poland for distorting WWII history" (2017-08-14, rt.com) [archive.fo/tLJho]

* "Politico’s Challenge to JFK Orthodoxy That Isn’t" (2017-08-08, whowhatwhy.org) [archive.fo/0bgZV], synopsis: Politico Magazine featured an article that appeared to question the official narrative of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy — that he was killed by a lone-nut — but in the end, only supported the established narrative. Why does mainstream media refuse to recognize any evidence to the contrary?


* "AUGUST 8th" speech (2017-07-19, Mumia Abu-Jamal), listen here: [is.gd/yeX2FT]
Early morning.
A time of rest, quiet and repose.
On August 8th, 1978, only the early birds in search of worms were stirring.
Also, cops assembled, heavily armed.
They attacked the MOVE House in Powelton Village, West Philadelphia, dozens, then hundreds and perhaps thousands of shots poured into the home. How could we know the number? For before night fell, the building would be shattered, razed into the dark, wet earth.
Water cannons pumped hundreds of gallons into the house, a deliberate attempt to flush MOVE people from their own communal home.
When they emerged, to escape drowning and bullets shot into the dark basement, men, women and children arose from the murky waters to find themselves facing dozens of cops, fiendishly pointing rifles and pistols at them.
Instinctively, they raised their arms to show that they weren’t armed, to avoid being shot by the maddened coterie of cops.
Delbert Africa pulled himself out of a basement window, his arms raised above, his back and chest bare, only to be rifle-butted, slammed with a police helmet, and when he fell, pummeled, kicked repeatedly in his face and head. When he appeared in court for arraignment some hours later, his left eye looked more like a golf ball than an eyeball. Saliva ran down his chin, reflecting his broken jaw.
Almost all of the men were beaten, and what of the women?
They were driven to the banks of the Delaware River, where they heard cops arguing amongst themselves.
One cop said, “Let’s rape them and throw them into the water!”
They were rerouted, and driven to the nearby House of Correction, a county prison, to await trial.
What happened to them on August 8th, the hellistic rain of police gunfire, beatings, rape threats and incarceration, was nothing compared to what they faced in Philadelphia courtrooms, where they were denied their every right, including their alleged right to self-representation, beaten again when they refused to attend their own legal lynchings, and then, the lynchpin - convictions, and common sentences before Judge Edwin Malmed, of 30 to 100 years, for 3rd degree murder?!??!
Malmed, during a phone call from me to the Frank Ford Show on WWDB-FM (where the judge was a guest) answered the question of who killed the cop, by saying, “I haven’t the faintest idea.”
9 people. Nine men and women. Nine MOVE members -- and 30 to 100 years!
Today, Aug. 8th of 2017, marks 39 years in prison for MOVE members, of which 7 survive.
Merle and Phil Africa have returned to the Source, under what can only be called suspicious circumstances.
Another fact: none of the imprisoned MOVE sisters had weapons charges.
Eddie Africa was never convicted of any degree of murder! Hi charges? Attempted assault.
I kid you not.
MOVE members are in prison today because they were MOVE members. Period.
They are guilty of nothing -- except resistance to a racist, brutal, corrupt system.
The same System that gave rise to mass incarceration on a scale that the world has never seen before.
Their sentence is an abomination.
Free Delbert, Eddie, Mike, Chuck, Janine, Janet and Debbie Africa!!
--© ‘17maj

* "Oscar Romero Remembered on Centenary of his Birth; Archbishop Romero was beatified in 2015, the last stage before canonization, as millions continue to revere his stand for justice and the poor" (2017-08-14, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/6azeU]:
One hundred years after he was born, the life of Oscar Romero, "the bishop of the poor" as he became known, is being celebrated around the world.
Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati, special envoy of Pope Francis to El Salvador, is celebrating a special mass in his honor on August 15.
Thousands of others are marking the occasion in dozens of other countries.
The Salvadoran Archbishop's assassination in 1980 sent global shockwaves, but his killers have never been brought to justice.
The case was recently reopened by Judge Rigoberto Chicas, on May 18, in the wake of the Salvadoran Supreme Court's revoking of an amnesty law.
Romero was beatified in 2015, the last stage before canonization.
Millions of Catholics continue to revere his teachings, his beliefs and above all his example.
"At the international level, Monsignor Romero is the most respected, best known and most beloved person in El Salvador," said Carlos Vaquerano, executive director of the Salvadoran Leadership Education Fund.
Life -
Born in 1917 to Santos Romero and Guadalupe de Jesus Galdamez in Ciudad Barrios in the San Miguel department of El Salvador, Oscar Romero was baptized into the Catholic Church by Father Cecilio Morales.
Romero began to train as a carpenter, where he showed proficiency as an apprentice. But he opted to enter the Church instead.
Romero entered the minor seminary in San Miguel at the age of 13.
After graduation, he enrolled in the national seminary in San Salvador. He completed his studies at the Gregorian University in Rome, where he received a Licentiate in Theology cum laude in 1941, but had to wait a year to be ordained because he was younger than the required age. He was ordained in Rome on April 4, 1942.
He embraced a simple lifestyle; he was a popular preacher who responded with real compassion to the plight of the poor.
He gave dedicated pastoral service to the diocese of San Miguel for 25 years.
There followed seven years of what he called "pastoral famine," while he served as an ecclesiastical bureaucrat in the capital city, San Salvador.
Ordained Auxiliary Bishop in 1970, he gained a reputation as a stubborn and reactionary prelate.
Seemingly unsympathetic to the new social justice thrust of the Latin American Church, he was suspicious of the clergy and the Base Christian Communities of the archdiocese working alongside the exploited rural poor, promoting social organizations and land reform.
But within three weeks of being appointed Archbishop of San Salvador in February 1977, Romero's stance changed. His friend and priest, Rutilio Grande, was murdered along with two parishioners. Grande had been working with the campesinos to promote cooperatives. Romero drove to the community of Paisnal to view the bodies and meet the peasants who were facing mounting repression. From that day on, Archbishop Romero became a staunch critic of the military government, blaming it for the killing, kidnapping and arresting of priests, campesinos and activists who were organising peasants and supporting workers’ rights.
Violence and murder were claiming the lives of 3,000 people each month. In the words of one witness: "The streets were flooded with blood." The organisations that would soon form the Farabundo Marti Liberation Front, FMLN, were organizing resistance.
A brief spell back in the countryside as Bishop of Santiago de Maria further opened Romero’s eyes as he reconnected to the semi-feudal misery and hardship of the campesinos and witnessed the murderous repression being suffered at the hands of the security forces.
Death -
His sermons, often broadcast on radio, riled the rightwing extremists in the army, the government and El Salvador's business elite. But he ignored multiple death threats, remaining defiant up to his murder while giving mass in the chapel of a San Salvador hospital.
Romero demanded justice and recompense for the atrocities committed by the army and police and he set up legal aid projects and pastoral programmes to support the victims of the violence.
He was vilified in the press, attacked and denounced to Rome by Catholics of the wealthy classes, harassed by the security forces and publically opposed by several episcopal colleagues.
Two months before his death, Romero wrote to the U.S. President Jimmy Carter to ask him to stop sending military aid to the government of El Salvador. "It is being used to repress my people," he wrote. He received no answer. The United States continued to send US$1.5 million in aid every day for 12 years.
Archbishop Romero realized he was going to be killed. And he came to accept it.
On March 23, 1980, he broadcast the homily which many believe sealed his death warrant. With his voice rising, he addressed the ordinary soldiers, most of whom came from campesino families: “In the name of this suffering people, whose cries to heaven become more deafening each day, I beg you, I beseech you, I order you in the name of God: stop the repression.”
At 6.26 p.m. on the following day, March 24, 1980, with a single gunman’s bullet, he fell at the foot of a huge crucifix as he was celebrating Mass in the chapel of the Divine Providence cancer hospital in San Salvador where he lived.
A week later, on March 30, more than 250,000 mourners attended his funeral at San Salvador's cathedral. Some called it the biggest demonstration in the country's history. During the ceremony, smoke bombs exploded outside and snipers fired on the crowds from surrounding buildings, including the presidential palace. Between 30 and 50 people were killed.
In the months that followed, El Salvador's conflict turned into an all-out armed conflict between government forces, backed financially and militarily by Washington, and the guerrillas of the FMLN. The conflict claimed about 75,000 lives.
Beliefs -
The Archbishop boldly preached a message of social justice.
In his homilies and pastoral letters and on his radio broadcasts, Romero condemned the country’s oligarchy and violence.
At the time, El Salvador was ruled by “14 families,” a small class of Salvadoran big landowners and businesspeople who owned virtually all of the land.
Campesinos were rising up against the feudal regime, demanding ownership of their land; the military responded with brutal repression.
Archbishop Romero excommunicated those who killed the priests who tried to protect the rural poor.
Although, Romero did not openly embrace the Libertion Theology movement, his defense of the poor and criticisms of the Salvadoran government dovetailed with the aims of that movement which had taken root in many parts of Latin America.
While today the Salvadoran hierarchy welcomes his designation as a martyr, Romero received little support at the time from his fellow bishops who were more worried about Marxist revolutionaries than military abuses.
Nor did he get support from the Vatican. Pope John Paul II knew little about Latin America and took advice from conservatives like Colombian Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo and Cardinal Angelo Sodano, who as Vatican nuncio to Chile had been friendly with President Augusto Pinochet.
Legacy -
Romero’s path to sainthood stalled under popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI, but Pope Francis restarted the process in 2013 and declared him a martyr in 2015.
But almost four decades after his murder, the killers remain free.
Author Matt Eisenbrandt, who's book "Assassination of a Saint" details Romero's murder said, “There are clear (evidential) threads on who gave the original order and who paid for the murder that any concerted investigation in El Salvador would absolutely be able to gather enough evidence to prosecute those involved.”
Eisenbrandt was part of a team of crusading human rights lawyers from the San Francisco-based Centre for Justice and Accountability who used an obscure U.S. law, the Alien Torts Act, to successfully bring a civil case against one of the conspirators in Fresno, California, in 2004.
Former Air Force Captain Alvaro Saravia went into hiding before the verdict, but later admitted to participating in the plot, and remains the only person held responsible for Romero’s murder in a court of law.
A report by the United Nations Truth Commission, which investigated human rights violations during the 12 year conflict, determined that former Army major and founder of the right-wing Nationalist Republican Party, Roberto D 'Aubuisson, gave the order to assassinate Romero.
Last year, the Salvadoran Supreme Court struck down an amnesty law, enabling victims to seek reparations and the government to prosecute atrocities committed during the war.
Reopening the Romero case could also pave the way for the highly polarized country to confront its past, joining the ranks of countries like Chile, Guatemala and Peru that abolished amnesty laws and prosecuted high-ranking war criminals.
"The Romero case is unlikely to have a live defendant, but it has extraordinary symbolic power," Stanford University Professor Terry Lynn Karl said.

Photo captions:
- Archbishop Oscar Romero, 1913-1980

-The Salvadorean community in Los Angeles celebrate Romero's life

- Pilgrims march to a Mass in Romero's honor in El Salvador

- Romero's broadcasts enraged the government.

- Romero was shot dead while giving mass

- Many Catholics around the world continue to revere Romero


* "Chilean Judge Charges 6 in Ex-President’s Murder; The assassination of former President Eduardo Frei Montalva was said to be instigated by the right-wing dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet" (2017-08-12, telesurtv.net) [archive.is/wiAEM]

* "Forgotten War Heroes: Commemorate SE Asian volunteers resisting Japan in World War II" (2017-08-15, Rian Maelzer, CGTN, Kuala Lumpur, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/Wjpc1]:
They are the forgotten heroes of the resistance against Japan. With Japan blockading China's ports in the late 1930s, more than 3000 mostly truck drivers and mechanics from Southeast Asia, or Nanyang as it was known in China, volunteered to ferry goods along a treacherous mountain route from Burma into Yunnan. Some in Malaysia are determined not to let the memory of their sacrifice fade away. And this year, on the anniversary of Japan's surrender, some descendants of the heroic truck drivers and engineers stood shoulder to shoulder with Malaysians taking part in the commemorations. Rian Maelzer reports from Kuala Lumpur.
They are the children, grandchildren and great grandchildren of volunteer truck drivers from Malaya who remained in China after the war.They have journeyed to Malaysia to visit memorials to those who gave their lives fighting against Japan, and, like this, to the truck drivers who provided a vital lifeline for China.
RIAN MAELZER KUALA LUMPUR In July 1937, Japan blockaded China's ports. China constructed a road to Burma, and then set about recruiting volunteer drivers and engineers from Southeast Asia to ferry essential medicines, munitions and other supplies overland from Burma to Kunming in Yunnan province.
In 1939, more than 3000 men, almost all ethnic Chinese, signed up. Around one third perished from accidents, disease or attack on the treacherous 1100 km road. About 1200 returned to Southeast Asia. But hundreds, like these people's relatives, settled in China.This man said he was fulfilling his truck driver father's wish by coming back to Malaysia.
LIN XIAOCHANG SON OF TRUCK DRIVER The son, grandchild and great grandchildren, we have come to attend these commemorative events to remember our ancestors who gave up their privileged lives overseas to resond to the call in China's time of need. The truck drivers' descendants, stood side by side with Malaysians and a Second World War study group from Japan.
LIN RUTAO GRANDSON OF TRUCK DRIVER We love peace, and we should work together to improve our world and ensure peaceful coexistence. Groups here have worked to create permanent displays about the truck drivers, as well as dedicated memorials, including this one on the island of Penang.
GEORGE CC YONG MALAYAN SECOND WORLD WAR HISTORY SOCIETY They faced all the odds in their life. They let go of the comfortable life during the British colonial time in Malaya in Southeast Asia and went over to China to assist in this warfare. Without them, I think history may take a very different course. The descendants of the truck drivers will return to China knowing that the memories of their loved ones' wartime sacrifice are not forgotten here.

* "6 Unsung Women Heroes of India's Independence Struggle" (2017-08-14, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/ikM5i], introduction:
2. Bhikaji Rustom Cama (1861-1936) -
Bhikaiji Cama was from the minority, Parsi community of India. A social worker and a philanthropist, she is known to have unfurled the first Indian national flag at the International Socialist Conference in Stuttgart, Germany in 1907 — 40 years before India actually attained Independence.
At the conference, she was vocal against the human rights violations committed by the British rulers. A staunch Indian patriot, she declared, “This flag is of Indian Independence! Behold, it is born! It has been made sacred by the blood of young Indians who sacrificed their lives. I call upon you, gentlemen to rise and salute this flag of Indian Independence. In the name of this flag, I appeal to lovers of freedom all over the world to support this flag.” Nearly 1,000 representatives from several countries are known to have attended the conference.
Cama's flag was a modified version of the then Calcutta flag and was co-designed by Cama and Shyamji Krishna Varma. Her version of the flag later served as one of the templates for the current Indian national flag.
- Photo caption: Bhikaiji Cama, a social worker and a philanthropist

4. Lakshmi Sahgal (1914-2012) -
The veteran Indian revolutionary was born in Madras and was a lawyer by profession. She has served in many important positions in the early Indian politics. Sahgal was an officer of the Indian National Army and the minister of women's affairs in the Azad Hind government.
In 1940, after her failed marriage, she arrived in Singapore, where she was introduced to the known Indian revolutionary, Subhash Chandra Bose and the Indian National Army, INA. While in Singapore, she established a clinic for the migrant laborers from India who couldn't afford health care.
Her keenness to help with India's freedom movement led her to join forces with Bose and form a woman's regiment known as "Rani of Jhansi" regiment within the INA.
The all-woman brigade was warmly received and Sahgal came to be known as "Captain Lakshmi" from there on.
While marching to Burma in the December of 1944, along with the Japanese army who allied with the Indian army to fight against the British, Sahgal was held captive by the British army in May 1945 and remained in Burma until March 1946. She was later sent to New Delhi as part of the INA trials.
Sahgal joined the Communist Party of India (Marxist), CPI-(M), in 1971 and represented the party in India's upper house, Rajya Sabha. Later she went to Bangladesh, where she organized relief camps and provided medical aid to refugees coming to India from Bangladesh during the genocide where West Pakistan began a military crackdown on the East to suppress the Bengalis' call for independence.
5. Aruna Asaf Ali (1909- 1996) -
Born in the present-day state of Haryana to a Bengali family, Ali was also known as the "Grand Old Lady of the Independence Movement " was known for her revolutionary role in the Quit India movement of 1942.
She was arrested in 1931 for participating alongside Mahatma Gandhi in the public processions, called Salt Satyagraha, that loosely translates to "insistence on truth," a major civil resistance movement.
Even during her time in New Delhi's Tihar jail, she protested the British authorities' inhuman treatment of political prisoners. Ali launched a hunger strike that eventually led to significant improvement in jail conditions at the time. Due to her role in the strike, she was moved to another jail and placed in solitary confinement.
After Independence, she quickly joined the Congress Socialist Party, a caucus within the Congress Party with socialist leanings but disillusioned she left and after giving Socialist Party a chance, Ali finally joined the Communist Party of India in the early 1950s. She along with her husband founded The Patriot, a Soviet Union-leaning newspaper in 1962. Moscow awarded her the Lenin Peace Prize in 1965.
''My colleagues and I had decided we would not beg for freedom — we would fight for it,'' Ali's known to have said during her freedom fighting days.
- Photo caption: Ali is known for her revolutionary role in the Quit India movement of 1942.

6. Kanaklata Barua (1924-1942) -
Kanaklata Barua also known as Birbala, was an Indian revolutionary from the state of Assam in India's North east. She joined Mrityu Bahini, a youth-led death squad from the Gohpur sub-division of Assam.
She was shot dead at the age of 17 by a British army official while she was leading a procession bearing the Indian National Flag during the Quit India Movement of 1942.
- Photo caption: Kanaklata Barua also known as Birbala, was an Indian revolutionary from the state of Assam.

* " ‘Independence Marred by Tragedies of India’s Partition’: Tariq Ali; The ideals of independence, British-Pakistani writer Tariq Ali argues, have not been fulfilled" (2017-08-15, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/5OQWY] [begin excerpt]: Indeed, Partition was the direct outcome of 159 years of British colonial rule, which “exacerbated divisions among ethnic and religious lines”, he presses.
And while some may argue that Partition would have been inevitable, Ali asks to the contrary, how did these various groups — Hindu, Muslim, Sikh and so on — “more or less live in peace” for centuries?
For while Pakistan was created as a Muslim-majority state, its founder, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, was staunchly secular. Jinnah, however, did have concerns that Muslims in India would continue to be repressed by a majority that was opposed to giving the group concessions.
“The Hindus worship the cow, we eat it,” was Jinnah’s tongue-in-cheek reply when a British journalist asked why he was pushing for the creation of Pakistan.
But while leaders from the Indian National Congress, along with the likes of Jinnah and others from the Muslim League, reached an agreement for the creation of Pakistan in 1947 soon after winning independence from the British, no one, says Ali, could have “predicted the slaughters and massacres”.
For Partition saw some 2 million people killed — and those doing the killings were the citizens of the country that had lived in relative harmony for centuries: Muslims versus Hindus, Sikhs versus Muslims. [...]
Ali also recounts how, from early on, while Pakistan was created as a Muslim-majority state, India’s own supposed secularism never stood a chance.
The occupation of Kashmir — which was ordained under the leadership of both Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India — as well as the massacres of Muslims in Hyderabad soon after Partition, placed the newly-separated India far from ideals of equality under secularism, argues Ali.
Today, India is run by Narendra Modi, “an open killer of Muslims”, as Ali describes him, who continue the legacy of right-wing Hindutva politics, under the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), that continue to repress Muslims, so-called lower-caste Hindus, Christians and other minorities.
In Pakistan, so too continues the repression of minorities as well, those marked outside the fold of the country’s Sunni-majority Muslims. This repression, in the seventies, created the state of Bangladesh, formerly East Pakistan, in 1971 after a bitter war, where it split from what was then West Pakistan.
“The ideals of independence, as embodied in both the Indian political class, the Congress party and the Muslim League in Pakistan, were not really fulfilled,” closes Ali.
“So the legacies of Partition have not been particularly beneficial for all parts of India, and in all three countries.” [end excerpt]
- Photo caption: An aged and abandoned Muslim couple and their grand children sitting by the roadside on the arduous journey of Partition. "The old man is dying of exhaustion. The caravan has gone on," wrote Bourke-White, the photographer.


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Communist International History
* U.S. Friends of the Soviet People [facebook.com/groups/291623721304790]

* "Party of Communists USA (PCUSA) - The October Revolution: A Beacon for Americans Today" [archive.is/dG5tY]:
Contribution of the Party of Communists, USA (PCUSA) at the Scientific Conference in honor of the 100 years since the October Revolution [archive.is/ojmMS].
Leningrad, August 10-13, 2017.
This year we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the socialist revolution in Russia. It was the first time that the working class anywhere in the world was able to seize and hold power. The revolution grew out of the conditions of imperialism and the First World War. Russia had been ruled by a tsar, or emperor, making it one of the most reactionary regimes in Europe.
In the 1930’s, when the entire capitalist world sank into depression, and tens of millions were left jobless and starving (much like today), the Soviet Union was forging ahead building a new society without unemployment and hunger. They transformed a country with a 90% illiteracy rate into one in which nearly everyone could read and write.
The Soviet Union not only freed the workers but also fought against racism and sexism. The great Afro-American activist Paul Robeson said about his trips to the Soviet Union, “I felt like a human being for the first time since I grew up. Here I am not a Negro but a human being.”
Achievements of the Revolution.
Under the Bolsheviks the last serfs of Europe were freed and the country was transformed into a modern, industrialized socialist state. The prison house of nations became the community of nations.
The Soviet Constitution abolished racism and every man and woman were guaranteed the right to work, A 40-hour work week, social security, housing, food, education, and medical care were the law. Child labor was abolished; Homosexuality was decriminalized; and Women for the first time were granted the right to vote, hold office, and were paid the same wages as men.
Influence Abroad: The West Invaded and later Pushed “Reforms” to forestall Revolution.
Fearing the spread of Soviet socialist revolution, Winston Churchill remarked, “We have to strangle the baby in the cradle.” Thus in 1918, an Expeditionary Force consisting of 17 nations and 22 legions invaded the young Soviet Union. It was during this war that the British army first used chemical weapons in battle. Over 8 million people were killed, but the Soviets defended their revolution and the invaders were expelled by 1921.
The benefits of the Bolshevik Revolution were not limited to Russia alone. The 40-hour work week, minimum wage, social security, abolition of child labor, free education, the right to clean water, and many other concessions that Americans now take for granted are a by-product of socialism. President Roosevelt did not “give” these concessions. It was the militancy of workers led by a young, militant American communist party who were inspired by the example of their Russian comrades.
The Soviet Union Rescues the World from Nazism.
When Mussolini, Hitler, and the rest of the Fascists unleased war upon the world, it was the Soviet Union that bore the brunt of the attack. The battle of Stalingrad was the turning point of the Second World War. The total number of Soviet lives lost exceeded 22 million.
The accomplishments of building socialism and defeating fascism are a tribute to the leadership of the Communist Party and its General Secretary Joseph Stalin. Communists are reviled by anti-communist “historians” in the pay of world capitalism for this reason.
During the post-war period, the Soviet Union became a beacon for workers in the West that demanded greater concessions from their capitalist masters. The USSR with its policy of proletarian internationalism, provided a shining example to national liberation movements throughout; Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
To destroy the Allied alliance which included the Soviet Union, finance capital replaced Henry Wallace with Harry Truman on the Democratic Party ticket in 1944. Truman became President when President Roosevelt died. The Truman administration started the Cold War, which began with the first use of nuclear weapons that were dropped on civilian centers in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. It was Karl Marx who said we should “question everything.” It was Lenin that pointed out in history we must view everything from a class viewpoint; who benefits from capitalist policy?
The Capitalist-owned mass media began a propaganda war falsifying history against the Soviets and their allies, concealing their true motives for dropping those nuclear bombs on Japan. Western Capitalists spent trillions of dollars over many decades trying to defeat socialism militarily. Unable to defeat the USSR with an escalating arms race, the Western powers funded a counter-revolution inside the country led by Mikhail Gorbachev and other traitors. The Soviet Union did not collapse. She was betrayed by paid anti-communist forces within Russia.
Lessons to Be Learned.
We know from our study of history that the return of capitalism to the USSR is a temporary historical setback. Without the USSR and a strong world communist movement to act as a brake on capital, we live in an era of widening imperialist wars, fascist attacks on the working class, mass unemployment, drug addiction, diseases like AIDS and Hepatitis C killing millions.
Our movement is daily studying to learn from the Soviet Union’s great battles and achievements as well as the human errors that led to her deliberate destruction. The main lesson we learned from the tragic collapse of the USSR is that reformism and concessions to capitalism only lead workers to defeat, and a life of poverty and insecurity.
We honor the bold fight by the workers and peasants in the Bolshevik Revolution against capitalism and for a working-class socialist world.
Today, we must organize workers, students and soldiers in the USA to build a mass working class Party that will turn this era of imperialism into a new, higher stage of human development called socialism.
From our historic viewpoint, the Soviet experiment was not a failure. It was a successful first step towards building a scientific socialist society. Its success can be measured by the economic reforms that workers in the US and the West have today. It’s no accident that the quality of life for workers in capitalist countries has deteriorated substantially since 1992, the year the USSR went out of existence. The success of national liberation movements in China, Vietnam, DPRK (North Korea), Cuba, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Mozambique, and Angola to be free of colonial oppression are a direct result of the Leninist policy of Soviet proletarian internationalism.
Let us be inspired by the shining example of October to create a new, socialist-communist world free of all exploitation and imperialist war! Long live the example of the 1917 Revolution! Peace, land, bread!
We Communists have been peace activists all our political lives. That is why we find life today so troubling. The two USA parties of monopoly capitalism, the Democrats and Republicans, worship war and military spending. Along the way, they corrupt the minds of workers and promote hatred among peoples. It has been suggested that the leaders of these parties are addicts, that they are addicted to war. The truth is that the capitalist economic and social system that these parties represent cannot exist without war and conquest.
We founded the PCUSA in 2014 precisely because we saw the urgent need to build a strong Communist movement in the United States that would not tap dance around the peace issue. We need a fearless voice to represent the working class on the peace question. This is the job of every Communist.


* "Argentina’s Left Commemorate 91st Anniversary of Fidel's Birth; A ceremony has been held to highlight Latin American solidarity as advanced by Castro" (2017-08-12, telesurtv.net) [archive.is/uvZHK]

* "Fidel and the evolution of an American revolutionary" (2017-08-10, by Juan Lopez, norcal.cpusa.org):
I was 16 or so when I first encountered Fidel, Che, and the Cuban Revolution, though I was already a distant admirer.
The photos and the text jumped at me as though Fidel, Che, and others were there in the flesh. From that moment on, Fidel and the Cuban Revolution became my raison d’être.
Barely five years after arriving in the country from Argentina at age 11 with my parents and sister, I came to hate the capitalist system in the U.S.
I ascribed my parents’ marital problems to “the system.” My difficulties with the English language at Lowell High School – “the system.” The snobbishness of the white American teenagers from families of means at the school – “the system.” The Jim Crow regime in Texas, where we had lived for our first year or so in the U.S. – you guessed it. Every personal or societal injustice I encountered — “the system.”
But after that evening leafing through the pages of Granma, little by little I began learning to love again. That experience opened up a bright new world full of kindness and hope.
My teammate’s parents became my first mentors in the country – so much so that I regularly managed to drop in around dinner time, uninvited but always welcomed. It was around that table that I was introduced to the progressive movements of the time in my new country.
I became good friends with my teammate’s younger brother, who was closer to my age and temperament. I made friends with my new friend’s friends. Together we had wonderful times. We learned about this nation’s revolutionary traditions and heroes. We dreamt of a bright new world.
As I grew politically conscious, I fancied myself fortunate, even privileged in a way: A Latin American battling for freedom, deeply embedded in the belly of the imperialist beast en el Norte. Fidel, Che, and the Cuban Revolution were the beacon of freedom in the Americas that sustained my revolutionary, albeit idealistic zeal.
In the belly of the beast -
My childhood experience during Jim Crow days in Texas had strengthened my resolve to answer Dr. Martin Luther King’s national call to go south in 1965 to challenge “the system” of segregation. Early that March, civil rights activists had been brutally attacked by Alabama state troopers. The vivid pictures of bloodied demonstrators fighting for their freedom non-violently made international news, incensing the nation and world.
Later that month I found myself in Selma with hundreds of sisters and brothers participating in acts of civil disobedience resulting in arrests. Some days later we joined with thousands of demonstrators in the third massive and successful Selma-to-Montgomery march.
Responding to intensifying public pressure and Dr. King’s brilliant strategic and tactical acumen, Democratic President Lyndon Johnson federalized hundreds of Alabama National Guardsmen who protected us along the route.
The Selma struggle contributed directly to the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Along with many other civil rights battles, it helped sweep away the ugly, hateful, anti-democratic, anti-human structures of the South’s Jim Crow system. It ushered in a new national democratic wave in the South, approaching the scale of Reconstruction after the Civil War.
Little did I suspect then that the demise of Jim Crow and the nation’s new democratic beginning – codified in the idea of the “Great Society” – would rank up there with other “revolutionary stages” of our nation’s and world history.
The Great Society was a set of domestic programs launched by President Johnson in 1964-65, whose main goal was to eliminate poverty and racial injustice. It initiated Medicare, Medicaid, the Older Americans Act, and federal education funding, among other programs.
(Other liberating struggles at the time, nationally and internationally, influenced and were influenced by these changes, but that’s beyond my scope here.)
During the days of California’s farmworker struggles led by César Chávez and the Chicano movement in the 1970s, as a Latin American, I jumped in with both feet. As a cub reporter at the time, I reflected these developments in the pages of the West Coast weekly, People’s World.
I remember distinctly the animated discussions about the “real” definition of “America”: the continents of North and South America. “Americans” are all the people inhabiting them, we in the Chicano movement would argue.
Meanwhile, a fundamental transformation had already begun to take shape in my mind as I got older, more organically integrated into the fabric of life and social struggles in my new country.
An almost imperceptible conversion gradually took place: My “new” country became “my country.” But at the same time I did not disown my childhood in Argentina, my latinoamericanidad, or my admiration for Fidel and the Cuban Revolution. I continued to embrace them.
Because of the pivotal place the U.S. and its ruling class occupy in world affairs, I recognized early on that whatever we as a people do or don’t do in the arena of political struggle at home has consequences worldwide.
I felt an obligation to do what I could, however small my contribution, to win over U.S. citizens to that understanding for their own and humanity’s good.
I visited Cuba in the early 1970s as the representative of the People’s World in a delegation from alternative progressive papers. During that month in Cuba, I felt like a newborn drooling with every new discovery. I came home and wrote an eight-part series on Cuba’s accomplishments.
The Special Period and its achievements -
Some 30 years later, in 2004, I had the honor of revisiting Cuba, this time with the then-national chairman of the Communist Party USA, Sam Webb, and People’s World editor Terrie Albano.
At that time, Cuba was emerging from the “Special Period” precipitated by the fall of the Soviet Union and Eastern European socialist camp in 1990-91, which cut off Cuba’s oil lifeline and much of its trade. At the same time, the U.S. embargo impacted on Cuba’s ability to trade with other nations.
In our meetings with top officials – in government, the Communist Party of Cuba, and people’s organizations – and with common folk, it seemed to me that the “Special Period” was perhaps the most difficult test the Revolution had to endure since its inception.
Notwithstanding scarcity, the basic necessities of life were evenly shared. The overwhelming majority of the Cuban people withstood deprivation but never gave up on the Revolution and its leadership. Throughout the “Special Period,” Cuba continued to render free medical care to its people and free public education through college to its youth.
All the meanwhile, democratic and humanistic values were at work in its public institutions. Lively public debate, or the “battle of ideas” as the Cubans would say, reinvigorated and deepened the people’s understanding of the world around them.
Human solidarity and creativity widely applied, Cuba emerged out of the “Special Period” as an example to the world of sustainable economic development. Was it a seamless process? It never is. But, it’s never ceased to amaze me how out of seemingly insurmountable challenges, Cuba has managed not just to survive but to emerge stronger.
That’s been a source of strength and inspiration for me and millions across the world.
We too, in the U.S., experienced a sort of special period after the Soviet Union and Eastern European socialist debacle. Ours was of a purely ideological nature. For those of us in the Communist and left movements, Cuba’s survival as a sovereign socialist nation played an important role in keeping hope alive.
Most likely, the incoming Trump administration will move to undo the progress made by President Barack Obama administration in U.S.-Cuba relations. With Trump in the White House and Republican control of Congress and Supreme Court, the danger to our people, to Cuba and to all humanity is unprecedented.
In death, Fidel’s legacy lives on in millions the world over. It strengthens our determination to resist at every turn the expected far-right offensive.
Fidel has expressed faith in the majority of the American people to do what’s right and just when presented with the truth.
Already we’re seeing resistance in the streets. The momentum to bring together an all-people’s coalition is growing with each passing day. People’s organizations and movements, city and state governments, and Democratic public officials across the country are already making plans to challenge Trump, his proposed administration, and the new majority Republican Congress when they take office.
Since that fateful afternoon when my teammate’s brother-in-law opened the pages of Granma and all through my earlier years, I “lived” the experiences and lessons of the Cuban Revolution vicariously, through my readings and the tales of those who visited the socialist nation.
That played an important role in shaping my outlook on life and politics then and in later years.
But it was that same fateful afternoon that opened a whole new world in what was then my “new” country. It’s been the experiences and lessons I lived in the flesh in “my country” that have been the determining factor in molding my personal and political life.
The gathering storm in our country and world will be the greatest crucible we, all of us the world over – including those who were foolish enough to vote for Trump – have ever lived through.
But, I belive we are up to the task.
A parting word or two:
From the Latin American struggle for national sovereignty and democracy we learned “El pueblo unido jamás será vencido! – The people united will never be defeated!”
And from our own nation’s experience, we can also draw on a simple but far-reaching adjustment to the now popular call to action, “Sí se puede!” That is: “Juntos, sí se puede!” Together, yes we can!

* "5 Times Fidel Proved He Was a True Internationalist; teleSUR looks at a few of the anti-colonial and revolutionary movements Fidel has inspired and supported throughout his life, and his ongoing legacy throughout the world" (2017-08-13, telesurtv.net) [archive.fo/rkww8], photo caption: A mural of late Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro and former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

* "Mexico's Beloved Cartoonist and Social Critic 'Rius' Dies at 83; Rius, known for "Marx for Beginners" and other works, entertained and educated generations across the globe with a career spanning over five decades" (2017-08-08, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/IRekk] [begin excerpt]:
Mexican cartoonist and writer Eduardo del Rio, widely known as Rius, died at the age of 83 in Tepoztlan, in the state of Morelos, Mexico. Considered a giant in the world of biting political caricature and satire in Latin America for his over five-decade career, Rius entertained and educated generations across the globe with a huge body of work comprised of over 100 books, 400 comics and thousands of comic strips.
Rius climbed to popularity during the 1960s and 70's with his diabolical yet light-hearted mockery of Mexican politics and society in his two comics, "Los Supermachos" and "Los Agachados," which savagely exposed the hypocrisy of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party PRI, the Catholic Church and inequality. [...]
Rius frequently expressed his solidarity with revolutionary movements in Latin America and his opposition to U.S. imperialism, neoliberalism and capitalism. In 2010, Rius told Spanish news agency EFE that commanders in Nicaragua's Sandinista movement and Subcomandante Marcos of the EZLN had “confessed” his influence on their political trajectories. [...]
Rius is known outside of Latin America primarily for his books “Cuba para principiantes” and “Marx para principiantes,” published in Spanish in 1960 and 1972, respectively. The two books were soon translated into English, where they immediately became hits. “Marx for Beginners” successfully condensed the thoughts of 19th-century philosopher and political theorist Karl Marx into a format that allowed people to grapple with college-level material in a digestible graphic format. The books kicked off the “...for Beginners” series of titles, which remain popular worldwide.
Born on June 20, 1934, in Zamora, Michoacan, Rius studied for the priesthood in his youth. His theological upbringing, however, didn't stop the blasphemous cartoonist from earning his excommunication from the Catholic Church for the publication of “The Manual of the Perfect Atheist” and other books excoriating the record of Catholicism and Christendom in the Americas. Despite his atheism, Rius remained intrigued by Jesus Christ, whom he admired as a historical figure.
An equal opportunity offender, Rius used his withering humor to depict Islam and the Prophet Mohammed, the Virgin of Guadalupe, Judaism, Satya Sai Baba and Hare Krishna, the Reverend Sun-Myung Moon and nearly every other religious figure under the sun, earning the irreverent cartoonist anger from across the spectrum of sects and denominations. Following the release of a title critical of the Israeli occupation of Palestine, angry critic Abraham Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League blasted the cartoonist's book as “all the more pernicious because it is written in a readable style and is low-priced.”
In January 2011, Rius convinced fellow journalists to work with him in a campaign to address Mexico's brutal drug war violence, which resulted in the iconic “No Mas Sangre” or “No More Blood” logo. The campaign sought to change the media discourse regarding the drug war, which Rius and fellow cartoonists saw as a result of both cartel violence and the corrupt government's militarized approach. [end excerpt]


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Science & Futurism

* "Why humans find faulty robots more likeable; New social robotics research finds that humans prefer interacting with faulty robots significantly more than with robots that function and behave flawlessly" (2017-08-04, via sciencedaily.com) [archive.fo/wQMRF]

* "The US is not ready for the birth of genetically edited human: survey" (2017-08-11, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/MiBoN]

* "Shorter legs, larger eyes: Australian scientist predicts what future humans will look like" (2017-08-14, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/w56kY]


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* "It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's a prehistoric gliding mammal" (2017-08-11, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/N5clP]


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* "US researchers develop affordable lead sensor for home and city water" (2017-08-11, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/iVPOE]

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 Maxine Hong Kingston Reflects on Our Times--Sunday Sept 17 @ 3 PM
Hear Maxine Hong Kingston Reflect on Our Times -
The East Bay-San Francisco Women's International League for Peace and Freedom is honored to have Maxine Hong Kingston, celebrated author and professor of creative writing at UC Berkeley, in the last of our Peace Talks series. She will reflect on her life, her writing and creativity; on immigration, war, peace, and activism in conversation with Kate Raphael, author and producer of KPFA's Women’s Magazine. Hear her on Sunday, September 17th, 3-5pm at the Ed Roberts Campus, 3075 Adeline Street in Berkeley at Ashby BART.  The event is free, all are welcome, wheelchair accessible, refreshments.
Kingston's first book, a memoir entitled The Woman Warrior, was published in 1976 and won the National Book Critic's Circle Award, making her a literary celebrity at age thirty-six. Her second book, China Men, earned the National Book Award. Both books are still widely taught in literature and other classes. Kingston has earned additional awards, including the PEN West Award for Fiction for Tripmaster Monkey, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, and the National Humanities Medal, which was conferred by President Clinton. Her most recent books are The Fifth Book of Peace and I Love a Broad Margin to My Life.  Kingston is currently Senior Lecturer Emerita for Creative Writing at the University of California, Berkeley. In July 2014, she was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Obama.
The Peace Talks Speaker Series is a presentation of the Women’s  International League for Peace and Freedom, East Bay and San Francisco branches.  See our web page:  WILPFEastBay.org or WILPFSF.org.  For more information: Contact Annie at 510-501-6439 or wilpf@wilpfeastbay.org


International News
* "No longer king of the jungle: New fund to aid Africa’s lions" (2017-08-12, cgtn.com) [archive.fo/P12zA]

* "Bombed and looted ancient Cambodian city poised for rebirth" (2017-08-13, cgtn.com) [archive.is/Zegke]

* "Chinese troops restore damaged roads amid aftershock risks" (2017-08-13, cgtn.com) [archive.is/NlxNI]


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HaCC [https://archive.org/details/BritishMilitarySuppliesToTheSovietUnionRussiaUSSRInSupportOfWarAgainstGermanyArk] [archive.fo/SwK0K] [archive.fo/AMcKk] [archive.fo/dFpel]

NBU News (2017-08-17) News Cycle (2017-08-08 through 2017-08-14)

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[https://www.rt.com/viral/399449-youtubes-extremist-tackling-technology-misses/] [ [https://www.rt.com/usa/399451-kentucky-confederate-statues-removal/] [https://www.rt.com/news/399453-syria-town-liberated-isis/] [https://www.rt.com/news/399464-iran-boosts-missile-program/] [https://www.rt.com/news/399470-sisters-orphanage-iraqi-isis/]
[https://www.rt.com/usa/399473-charlottesville-car-rampage-video/] [https://www.rt.com/usa/399475-charlottesville-mayor-car-terrorist/] [https://www.rt.com/usa/399496-charlottesville-car-attack-violence-facts/] [https://www.rt.com/viral/399499-jason-kessler-punched-face/]
[https://www.rt.com/news/399503-burkina-faso-cafe-attack-gunfire/] [https://www.rt.com/news/399505-pompeo-zakharova-north-korea/]


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** (libya360.wordpress.com)

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** (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)

** (yemenextra.net)

** (en.lug-info.com)

** (mil-lnr.info)

** (dan-news.info/en)

** (novorossia.today)

** (dninews.com) (dnipress.com)

** (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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