Jul 03

Egypt on the edge of a full blown civil war. (Gefira, Junly 1, 2015):

In the last few days there were dozens of separate attacks in Egypt from the Sinai up to Cairo. Probably more than 60 people died while the Egyptian army used F16 attack plains to protect itself against it disgruntled population.It is clear that the Egyptian rulers will not be able to contain the current situation, today could be marked as the start of Egypt’s civil war.

Democratic elected governments were violently overthrown, in Algeria, Egypt and  Palestinian territories. In Algeria the FIS  had won the first held elections with a convincing majority in 1990 and 1992. It has been removed from power in 1992 by a coup d’etat that was highly approved by the West. Probably 150.000 people died in the civil war that followed these events up. Continue reading »

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Jul 03

FYI.


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Gays Rights May Open Door for Pedophile Rights (Infowars, July 2, 2015):

Democrats have attempted to normalize pedophilia as a sexual orientation

A recent Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage may soon allow pedophiles to argue they are suffering discrimination.

“Using the same tactics used by ‘gay’ rights activists, pedophiles have begun to seek similar status arguing their desire for children is a sexual orientation no different than heterosexual or homosexuals,” writes Jack Minor for the Northern Colorado Gazette.

Minor notes that “psychiatrists are now beginning to advocate redefining pedophilia in the same way homosexuality was redefined several years ago.” Continue reading »

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Jul 03

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FALSE FLAG ALERT: Craigslist Ad Asking for CRISIS ACTORS in Houston For JULY 4th (The Daily Sheeple, June 20, 2014):

UPDATE: Craigslist has removed this post since publishing as this story has gotten national attention.

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In a Craigslist ad posted about 17 days ago, our Federal Government is looking for crisis actors for July 4th through July 6th.

“We are looking for crisis actors for a government emergency drill between July 4-6th. Actors will be responsible for portraying different emergency scenarios in a simulated government terror drill. No experience is needed. Confidentiality agreements are required. Pay is $200. Please message for details.” ~Houston Craigslist Continue reading »

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Jul 02

Welcome to the recovery!


Americans Not In The Labor Force Soar By 640,000 To Record 93.6 Million; Participation Rate Drops To 1977 Levels (ZeroHedge, July 2, 2015):

The devastation of the US labor force continues.

In what was an “unambiguously” unpleasant June jobs payrolls report, with both April and May jobs revised lower, the fact that the number of Americans not in the labor force soared once again, this time by a whopping 640,000 or the most since April 2014 to a record 93.6 million, with the result being a participation rate of 62.6 or where itt was in September 1977, will merely catalyze even more upside to the so called “market” which continues to reflect nothing but central bank liquidity, and thus – the accelerating deterioration of the broader economy.

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End result: with the civilian employment to population ratio dropping from last month to 59.3%, one can easily on the chart below why there will be no broad wage growth any time soon, which will merely allow the Fed to engage in its failed policies for a long, long time. Continue reading »

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Jul 02

And the FBI should know:

Video: “The FBI is Responsible for More Terrorism Plots In the United States Than Any Other Organization. More Than Al Qaeda, More Than Al Shabaab, More Than the Islamic State, More Than All Of Them Combined”

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Report: FBI Agents Telling Friends & Family To ‘Avoid July 4 Celebrations’ (SHFTplan, July 1, 2015):

Following warnings by the federal government that terrorists may be planning to attack Independence Day events, FBI agents are reportedly telling friends and family members to avoid major July 4 celebrations.

Gateway Pundit’s Jim Hoft cites an “inside source” who told him that, “FBI agents are telling their friends and family members to avoid “official celebrations.”

Hoft also claims that the FBI has canceled vacation for all its agents for the duration of the weekend. Continue reading »

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Jul 02

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‘Yankee go home!’ Hundreds stage anti-US protest in front of embassy in Kiev (RT, July 1, 2015):

Demonstrators have gathered in front of the US embassy in Kiev to protest against what they call US meddling in Ukraine’s internal affairs, including the military conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Several hundred protesters held a rally in front of the US embassy in Kiev on Wednesday, Ruptly reports. The demonstrators held placards with signs: “Shame on the US” and “Yankees go away from Ukraine.”

Some carried photos depicting the destruction and casualties in the country’s restive east, while others held signs reading “The blood of Donbass kids is on Obama’s hands.”

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Jul 02

From the article:

The real enemy of the corrupt corporate state is none other than, “we the people.”


Study Shows U.S. Police Far More Concerned About “Anti-Government” Domestic Extremists than Al-Qaeda (Liberty Blitzkrieg, July 1, 2015):

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U.S. law enforcement agencies rank the threat of violence from anti-government  extremists higher than the threat from radicalized Muslims, according to a report released Thursday by the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security (TCTHS).

The report, “Law Enforcement Assessment of the Violent Extremism Threat,” was based on survey research by Charles Kurzman, professor of sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and David Schanzer, director of TCTHS and associate professor of the practice at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.

The survey — conducted by the center with the Police Executive Research Forum — found that 74 percent of 382 law enforcement agencies rated anti-government extremism as one of the top three terrorist threats in their jurisdiction. By comparison, 39 percent listed extremism connected with Al Qaeda or like-minded terrorist organizations as a Top 3 terrorist threat.

– From Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy

Since September 11, 2001, the frightened and emotionally pliable American public has gullibly relinquished its civil liberties and free heritage in order to allow the U.S. government to wage unaccountable and unconstitutional war again Al-Qaeda and radical Islamic terrorism across the world. Continue reading »

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Jul 01

For Greeks The Nightmare Is Just Beginning: Here Come The Depositor Haircuts (ZeroHedge, June 30, 2015):

With capital controls already imposed on Greece, some have wondered if this is as bad as it gets. Unfortunately, as the Cyprus “template” has already shown us, for Greece the nightmare on Eurozone street is just beginning.

As a reminder, over the past few months there have been recurring rumors that as part of its strong-arming tactics the ECB may eventually move to raise the haircuts the Bank of Greece is required to apply to assets pledged by Greek banks as collateral for ELA. The idea is to ensure the haircuts are representative of both the deteriorating condition of Greece’s banking sector and the decreased likelihood that Athens will reach a deal with its creditors.

Flashback to April when, on the heels of a decree by the Greek government that mandated the sweep of “excess” cash balances from local governments to the Bank of Greece’s coffers, Bloomberg reported that the ECB was considering three options for haircuts on ELA collateral posted by Greek banks. “Haircuts could be returned to the level of late last year, before the ECB eased its Greek collateral requirements; set at 75 percent; or set at 90 percent,” Bloomberg wrote, adding that “the latter two options could be applied if Greece is in an ‘orderly default’ under a formal ECB program or a ‘disorderly default.’”  Continue reading »

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Jul 01

7/01/2015 — Oklahoma Residents can now SUE Fracking companies for damages — Supreme Court Rules (Dutchsinse, July 1, 2015):

Huge victory against oil / gas companies causing damage via fracking/injection earthquakes !

After a series of dark moments for freedom in Oklahoma, and Texas (when state legislators passed laws which PREVENT locals from being able to stop fracking in their own towns) now the Oklahoma Supreme Court has issued a ruling which could be a game changer for the entire fracking industry.

Residents can now sue fracking companies for damages to their property , and personal health caused by fracking earthquakes.

This all stems from a case where a woman had her house chimney collapse in upon her during the large M5.7 2011 fracking earthquake in Oklahoma.

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At the time, professionals tried to DENY there was any relation between the huge swarm of earthquakes, and the fracking operations.

Not trusting anything on face value, I actually pulled satellite images to see what was at the location, what I found was shocking. Continue reading »

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Jul 01

Nonprofit Group: “Every single person” we hosted from Japan has had health problems… Blood stains found in almost all of their beds — Japanese Mom: Most mothers I’ve met from Tokyo and Fukushima are suffering thyroid problems, eye problems, nose bleeds… It’s been very surprising (VIDEO) (ENENews, June 28, 2015):

Interview with Vicki Nelson, founder of Fukushima Friends (nonprofit organization which facilitates trips to Hawaii for Fukushima radiation refugees), Nuclear Hotseat hosted by Libbe HaLevy, Jun 9, 2015 (at 16:30 in):

  • Vicki Nelson, founder of Fukushima Friends (emphasis added): We have a home that’s open for them to come and experience some time of respite and eat different food. What we’ve been experiencing also is that every single person that comes has reaction to the change as soon as they come here. There’s been people who have vomited, they’ve been having nosebleeds, they’ve been dizzy, they’ve been very ashen in color.
  • Libbe HaLevy, host: This is once they have left Japan? In other words, it is the lack of the radiation that allows them to then have these reactions?
  • Nelson: It’s like it is expelling from their body. There’s diarrhea, there’s nosebleedsalmost every single person has had nosebleeds on their pillow. I find blood, and they don’t want to tell me that they have these reactions, they’re embarrassed. Tokiko’s son [from Koriyama, Fukushima] vomited the whole first week practically, and diarrhea. We actually took him to the hospital because we felt that he was dehydrated. They did run tests, and they said yes he was dehydrated. So he was kept overnight at the Hilo hospital on the big island and cared for. Continue reading »

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Jul 01

What do you think of this?

In summary (more down below):

All the world’s a stage, and our leaders are all Illuminati (= Rothschild and the other 12 elite families) puppets.

And TPTB have the greatest financial/economic collapse and WW3 planned for us!


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Vladimir Putin vanishes again.. but this time on Siberian holiday with Silvio Berlusconi (Express, June 29, 2015):

VLADIMIR Putin has vanished again – but this time the Russian leader is on holiday with his old friend and disgraced former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi.

The autocratic leader spent the weekend with his guest at a vacation home amid the peaks of southern Siberia, according to local reports.

Although a spokesman for Putin confirmed the reports – so far no pictures have been released.

However the leader of a dance troop claimed she performed for Putin and Berlusconi at the remote retreat in the Altai Mountains.

Berlusconi, known to be a close friend of Putin’s, has previously hosted the Russian leader’s family at his villa on the Italian island of Sardinia.

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Well, I guess with the ‘KGB’ under his command Putin should know who his friends are, don’t you think?

Nice friend …

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Italian (Illuminati) Former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s Residence with a Crowned Reptile (Biscione) Eating a Human depicted on the Lawn.

Satanic hand sign …

And NO, the following is not the “Go Horns” sign!

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Pope Benedict is also not flashing the sign for ‘LOVE’ in sign language.

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This is a handsign of the devil worshippers (goat horns).

Horned Hand or The Mano Cornuto: this gesture is the Satanic salute, a sign of recognition between and allegiance of members of Satanism or other unholy groups.


Anton Lavey, founder of the Church of Satan


666 hand sign …

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Masonic handshake …

(The Illuminati have infiltrated and taken over the Freemasons a long time ago and the ‘lower’ ranks know NOTHING about this! NOTHING!!!)

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(Questa pagina verrà presto tradotta in Italiano)

Silvio Berlusconi:

Dear all,

I want to tell you a story that probably you haven’t heard before. Never mind: the majority of Italians didn’t hear it either. It’s about our Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, a very important person, you might say.

You probably know of his inappropriate behavior at international meetings or his sex scandals. Maybe you already know about his corruption allegations or his trials for financial crimes.

But there’s more, much more, and you are not going to believe it.

Current investigations are uncovering a dreadful picture: there are witnesses, written documents and even phone tapings that show tight and long-lasting ties between Mr. Berlusconi and the sicilian Mafia.

The story begins in the seventies, when Mr. B started as an house-builder. The source of the conspicuous financial support needed to run his company is still a mystery: Berlusconi formally refuses to disclose where he took the money.  Massimo Ciancimino, son of Vito Ciancimino, an influential politician and a member of the mafia deceased in 2002, reveals that his father invested lots of money in Berlusconi’s companies. There are documents recapitulating the details of the investments and there is the testimony of Ciancimino’s widow saying that Mr B and Vito Ciancimino met several times in Milan.

In the seventies, Berlusconi hosted in his house a mafia killer, Vittorio Mangano, probably to protect his family from threats of kidnapping. Mangano was later judged guilty of man slaughter and drug smuggling.

Moreover, Berlusconi’s right-hand man, Marcello Dell’Utri, has been recently found guilty of connection with mafia by the court of appeal of Palermo. Dell’Utri is considered to be the link between Berlusconi and the mafia bosses.

There are many evidences of money going from Berlusconi to the sicilian mafia: one cheque of 25 million lire (in 1980); a letter written by Ciancimino to the boss Bernardo Provenzano, talking about how to allocate Berlusconi’s money; a ledger accounting of a “gift” of 5 million lire to a clan of mafia by “Canale 5”, one of Berlusconi’s television stations.

There is such a wealth of evidences linking Berlusconi to the mafia that listing all of them becomes a boring exercise…

In order to increase his business and his power, Berlusconi joined the secret masonic lodge “P2”, an organization who’s goal was to take control of all the institutions of the Italian Republic, making a silent coup. When this scheme was discovered, Mr. B. returned to the good old methods: funding political parties and bribing politicians. He was a great friend of Bettino Craxi, former prime minister of the socialist party, whom he bribed with 24 billion lire in order to keep his television companies in business. Berlusconi was busy in many other great activities, such as: false accounting, bribing tax police officers, bribing judges, bribing witnesses.

But the most important part of this story starts in 1992, when the mafia was seriously hit by the confirmation of the verdicts of the Maxi Trial: several bosses were sent to serve life sentences. The mafia reacted killing the politician Salvo Lima in march, as punishment for not being able to “adjust” the Maxi Trial and as a warning for Giulio Andreotti (in 2003 Andreotti was found guilty of mafia, but the crime ceased to be valid as a result of the statute of limitations). The mafia later understood that in order to achieve their goals and to get the politicians to do what they wanted, a terroristic campaign was needed.

So they gave up killing people with guns and they started using bombs, causing numerous victims, remarkable damages and, above all, a huge impact in the public opinion. The first target was Giovanni Falcone, one of the magistrates that prepared the Maxi Trial. The second target was Paolo Borsellino, colleague and friend of Falcone, another implacable enemy of the mafia.

At that point, a negotiation started between the mafia and the State: the mafia would cease it’s terroristic attacks in exchange for the State’s indulgence.

But in 1992 another remarkable transition was going on: the old political system started collapsing under the weight of the corruption scandals. This meant that the old politicians couldn’t guarantee any agreement.

The mafia lost the connection with political leaders and had to establish new connections. But the situation was not clear yet: they even thought to make their own separatist party. But regadless of their next political interlocutor, in order to make a better deal they continued their terroristic strategy: in 1993 they put bombs in Florence, Milan and Rome and they planned a massacre of carabinieri at the Olympic stadium of Rome, but luckily this plan was called off.

It was in this scenery that Marcello Dell’Utri convinced Berlusconi to found a new party and to run for elections. The mafia promptly decided to entrust Berlusconi as the new political reference. Indeed, it is believed that the mafia interrupted it’s terroristic strategy because it reached an agreement with Berlusconi and Dell’Utri. In the summer of 2009 the witness Salvatore Spatuzza, confirmed this hypothesis by declaring that his boss, Filippo Graviano, the organizer of the slaughterings of Florence, Milan and Rome, said that those slaughterings convinced Berlusconi to: “[…] put the Country in their hands“.

Since then, Berlusconi and Dell’Utri are under investigation for slaughtering and recently the prosecutors had an extension of one year for further investigations: this means that they found something worth delving into.

Of course, nobody* writes about that in Italy.

(*except few couragious giournalists like Marco Travaglio and Il Fatto Quotidiano)

And probably, sadly enough, nobody would care…

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It is the Rothschilds who play and control all sides and are behind the French revolution, the Russian revolution, WWI, WWII (And yes, they have funded Hitler and Stalin!) and NOW WWIII:

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The History of the House of Rothschild

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Jun 30

The Mood On The Ground In Greece: “Some Have Raised The Prospect Of Civil War” (ZeroHedge, June 29, 2015):

Earlier today, John O’Connell, CEO of Davis Rea, spoke to Canada’s BNN from what may be Greece’s top tourist attraction, the island of Santorini, to give a sense of the “mood on the ground.” Not surprisingly, his feedback was that, at least as far as tourists are concerned, nobody is worried. After all, it is not their funds that are capital constrained plus should the Drachma return as the local currency, the purchasing power of foreigners will skyrocket.

What he did point out, however, that was quite notable is the diametrically opposing views between old and young Greeks when it comes to Grexit. According to O’Connell, “the old people want to vote for Europe cause they have a lot to lose, they have their pensions, but the younger population – they are already poor, they are already unemployed – and they don’t have much to lose. Their attitude is it’s going to be tough, it’s already tough, and so why not just move on go back to the Drachma, and they’re ok with that. Their attitude is in 5 to 10 years I’ll be better off. They believe there’s a lot of misinformation. They believe they’re being pressured by European countries particularly Germany that are holding them to very difficult terms.” Continue reading »

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Jun 30

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The Emergence of Orwellian Newspeak and the Death of Free Speech (Rutherford Institute, June 29, 2015):

“If you don’t want a man unhappy politically, don’t give him two sides to a question to worry him; give him one. Better yet, give him none. Let him forget there is such a thing as war. If the government is inefficient, top-heavy, and tax-mad, better it be all those than that people worry over it…. Give the people contests they win by remembering the words to more popular songs or the names of state capitals or how much corn Iowa grew last year. Cram them full of noncombustible data, chock them so damned full of ‘facts’ they feel stuffed, but absolutely ‘brilliant’ with information. Then they’ll feel they’re thinking, they’ll get a sense of motion without moving. And they’ll be happy, because facts of that sort don’t change.” ? Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

How do you change the way people think? You start by changing the words they use.

In totalitarian regimes—a.k.a. police states—where conformity and compliance are enforced at the end of a loaded gun, the government dictates what words can and cannot be used. In countries where the police state hides behind a benevolent mask and disguises itself as tolerance, the citizens censor themselves, policing their words and thoughts to conform to the dictates of the mass mind. Continue reading »

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Jun 30

Are the American Youth Ready for Conscription? (Sputnik, June 26, 2015):

The shining future that America once had is all but a page note in the history books now. Record numbers not in the workforce, failed foreign policies and domestic strife is the new normal. And how is the brain trust in DC going to solve these problems? National service for all 18 – to 28-year-olds!

All across the land, people were smiling and laughing. World War II had just ended and America suddenly found itself to be the manufacturing capital of the world. There were plenty of jobs for the average man and the future was bright, even if you didn’t have a college degree. In fact, not many people had a degree, and yet, for those that didn’t, they were still able to buy a car, a house, take several weeks of vacation a year and still be able to have food on the table. Although this was the new normal at the time, today’s new normal is something quite different. Continue reading »

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Jun 29

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Has America reached a ‘blue screen of death’ moment? A hard reboot now seems inevitable… (Natural News, June 27, 2015):

In just the last week alone, America’s politicians forfeited the nation’s economic future by secretly passing fast track trade authority, California lawmakers accepted bribes from Big Pharma to legalize mass medical genocide against blacks by passing the mandatory vaccination law SB 277, online retailers banned the Confederate flag while promoting Nazi symbolism, howling leftist maniacs began vandalizing historical monuments in cities like Austin Texas, the U.S. Supreme Court declared that words have no meaning in law, and Apple yanked historical Civil War games from its app store because those games showed “Confederate imagery.”

As the United States of America remains inundated with Fukushima radiation and chemtrail geoengineering experiments, it has now surpassed $18 trillion in national debt. Nearly 50 million Americans are on government food stamps, and political correctness is now so insanely absurd that the University of California has ordered its professors to avoid using “offensive” phrases like “land of opportunity.”

These are all signs that America has entered the blue screen of death phase of civilization — that “memory dump” moment when everything stops working and the computer tries to figure out what happened before suddenly rebooting to BIOS and trying to reload the operating system. Continue reading »

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Jun 28

Ignoring Tsipras Plea For Calm, Greeks Storm ATMs, Stores, Gas Stations (ZeroHedge, June 28, 2015): 

Just a few hours ago Greek PM Tsipras addressed his nation imploring then to “remain calm” and reassuring them that their “deposits were safe.” It appears the Greeks did not believe him. Many were wondering where the Greek bank lines were for the past several months. Turns out the local depositors were merely waiting until just after the last minute to withdraw their funds… horde gas… and stack food. Greece, it appears is Venezuela – the new socialist paradise.

Tsipras implored: “Keep Calm….”

They did not listen… Continue reading »

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Jun 28

H/t reader squodgy:

Agenda 21 calls for “planet sustainability” as explained on the mysterious Georgia Stones.

But no mention is made of the incessant poisoning and destruction of our planet and its biosphere by the Capitalist based greed mongering GLOBAL CORPORATIONS.

They have raped the planet on behalf of the BANKSTERS for over two centuries.

A return to the simplistic and sustainable against the convenient would, in my opinion stop the decline, save our environment and thus ourselves within ten years.

An opportunity to take control is presenting itself as the next economic collapse is engineered……..kill all demand for the convenience goods.”


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The Human Experiment is Probably Coming to an End (Dissident Voice via Veterans Today, June 26, 2015)

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Jun 27

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Uri Avnery is a longtime Israeli peace activist. Since 1948 has advocated the setting up of a Palestinian state alongside Israel. In 1974, Uri Avnery was the first Israeli to establish contact with PLO leadership. In 1982 he was the first Israeli ever to meet Yassir Arafat, after crossing the lines in besieged Beirut. He served three terms in the Israeli Parliament (Knesset), and is the founder of Gush Shalom (Peace Bloc). Visit his Website.

War Crimes? Us??? (OpEdNews, June 26, 2015):

“WAR IS HELL!” the US general George Patton famously exclaimed.War is the business of killing the “enemy,” in order to impose your will on them.

Therefore, “humane war” is an oxymoron.

War itself is a crime. There are few exceptions. I would exempt the war against Nazi Germany, since it was conducted against a regime of mass murderers, led by a psychopathic dictator, who could not be brought to heel by any other means.This being so, the concept of “war crimes” is dubious. The biggest crime is starting the war in the first place. This is not the business of soldiers, but of political leaders. Yet they are rarely indicted.

THESE PHILOSOPHICAL musings came to me in the wake of the recent UN report on the last Gaza war.

 The investigation committee bent over backwards to be “balanced,” and accused both the Israeli army and Hamas in almost equal terms. That, in itself, is problematic.

This was not a war between equals. On one side, the State of Israel, with one of the mightiest armies in the world. On the other side, a stateless population of 1.8 million people, led by a guerrilla organization devoid of any modern arms.

Any equating of such two entities is by definition contrived. Even if both sides committed grievous war crimes, they are not the same. Each must be judged on its own (de)merits.

THE IDEA of “war crimes” is relatively new. It arose during the 30 Years War, which devastated a large part of Central Europe. Many armies took part, and all of them destroyed towns and villages without the slightest compunction. As a result, two thirds of Germany were devastated and a third of the German people was killed.

Hugo de Groot, a Dutchman, argued that even in war, civilized nations are bound by certain limitations. He was not a starry-eyed idealist, divorced from reality. His main principle, as I understand it, was that it makes no sense to forbid actions that help a warring country [or “party”] to pursue the war, but that any cruelty not necessary for the efficient conduct of the war is illegitimate.

This idea took hold. During the 18th century, endless wars were conducted by professional armies, without hurting civilian populations unnecessarily. Wars became “humane.”

Not for long. With the French revolution, war became a matter of mass armies, the protection of civilians slowly eroded, until it disappeared entirely in World War II, when whole cities were destroyed by unlimited aerial bombardment (Dresden and Hamburg) and the atom bomb (Hiroshima and Nagasaki).

Even so, a number of international conventions prohibit war crimes that target civilian populations or hurt the population in occupied territories.

That was the mandate of this committee of investigation.

THE COMMITTEE castigates Hamas for committing war crimes against the Israeli population.

Israelis didn’t need the committee to know that. A large share of Israeli citizens spent hours in shelters during the Gaza war, under the threat of Hamas rockets.

Hamas launched thousands of rockets towards towns and villages in Israel. These were primitive rockets, which could not be aimed at specific targets — like the Dimona nuclear installation or the Ministry of Defense which is located in the center of Tel Aviv. They were meant to terrorize the civilian population into demanding a stop to the attack on the Gaza strip.

They did not achieve this goal because Israel had installed a number of “Iron Dome” counter-rocket batteries, that intercepted almost all rockets heading for civilian targets. Success was almost complete.

If they are brought before the International Court in The Hague, the Hamas leaders will argue that they had no choice: they had no other weapons to oppose the Israeli invasion. As a Palestinian commander once told me: “Give us cannons and fighter planes, and we will not use terrorism.”

The International Court will then have to decide whether a people that is practically under an endless occupation is allowed to use indiscriminate rockets. Considering the principles laid down by de Groot, I wonder what the decision will be.

That goes for terrorism in general, if used by an oppressed people that has no other means of fighting. The black South Africans used terrorism in their fight against the oppressive apartheid regime, and Nelson Mandela spent 28 years in prison for taking part in such acts und refusing to condemn them.

THE CASE against the Israeli government and army is quite different. They have a plentitude of arms, from drones to warplanes to artillery to tanks.

If there was a cardinal war crime in this war, it was the cabinet decision to start it. Because an Israeli attack on the Gaza Strip makes war crimes unavoidable.

Anyone who has ever been a combat soldier in war knows that war crimes, whether in the most moral or the most base army in the world, do occur in war. No army can avoid recruiting psychologically defective people. In every company there is at least one pathological specimen. If there are not very strict rules, exercised by very strict commanders, crimes will occur.

War brings out the inner man (or woman, nowadays). A well-behaved, educated man will suddenly turn into a ferocious beast. A simple, lowly laborer will reveal himself as a decent, generous human being. Even in the “Most Moral Army in the World” — an oxymoron if there ever was one.

I was a combat soldier in the 1948 war. I have seen an eyeful of crimes, and I have described them in my 1950 book “The Other Side of the Coin.”

THIS GOES for every army. In our army during the last Gaza war, the situation was even worse.

The reasons for the attack on the Gaza Strip were murky. Three Israeli kids were captured by Arab men, obviously for the sake of achieving a prisoner exchange. The Arabs panicked and killed the boys. The Israelis responded, the Palestinians responded, and lo — the cabinet decided on a full-fledged attack.

Our cabinet includes nincompoops, most of whom have no idea what war is. They decided to attack the Gaza Strip.

This decision was the real war crime.

The Gaza Strip is a tiny territory, overcrowded by a bloated population of 1.8 million human beings, about half of them descendents of refugees from areas that became Israel in the 1948 war.

In any circumstances, such an attack was bound to result in a large number of civilian casualties. But another fact made this even worse.

ISRAEL IS a democratic state. Leaders have to be elected by the people. The voters consist of the parents and grandparents of the soldiers, members of both regular and reserve units.

This means that Israel is inordinately sensitive to casualties. If a large number of soldiers are killed in action, the government will fall.

Therefore it is the maxim of the Israeli army to avoid casualties at any cost — any cost to the enemy, that is. To save one soldier, it is permissible to kill ten, twenty, a hundred civilians on the other side.

This rule, unwritten and self-understood, is symbolized by the “Hannibal Procedure” — the code-word for preventing at any cost the taking of an Israeli soldier prisoner. Here, too, a “democratic” principle is at work: no Israeli government can withstand public pressure to release many dozens of Palestinian prisoners in return for the release of one Israeli one. Ergo: prevent a soldier from being taken prisoner, even if the soldier himself is killed in the process.

Hannibal allows — indeed, commands — the wreaking of untold destruction and killing, in order to prevent a captured soldier from being spirited away. This procedure is itself a war crime.

A responsible cabinet, with a minimum of combat experience, would know all this at the moment it was called upon to decide on a military operation. If they don’t know, it is the duty of the army [or “military”] commanders — who are present at such cabinet meetings — to explain it to them. I wonder if they did.

ALL THIS means that, once started, the results were almost unavoidable. To make an attack without serious Israeli casualties possible, entire neighborhoods had to be flattened by drones, planes and artillery. And that obviously happened.

Inhabitants were often warned to flee, and many did. Others did not, being loath to leave behind everything precious to them. Some people flee in the moment of danger, others hope against hope and stay.

I would ask the reader to imagine himself for a moment in such a situation.

Add to this the human element — the mixture of humane and sadistic men, good and bad, you find in any combat unit all over the world, and you get the picture.

Once you start a war, “stuff happens,” as the man said. There may be more war crimes or less, but there will be a lot.

ALL THIS could have been told to the UN committee of inquiry, headed by an American judge, by the chiefs of the Israeli army, had they been allowed to testify. The government did not allow them.

The convenient way out is to proclaim that all UN officials are by nature anti-Semites and Israel-haters, so that answering their questions is counter-productive.

We are moral. We are right. By nature. We can’t help it. Those who accuse us must be anti-Semites. Simple logic.

To hell with them all!

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Jun 27

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Churches use facial recognition software to track congregants (RT, June 27, 2015):

Churches are joining the widening club of entities using Big Brother-style facial recognition software to track people. And they are doing so in secret, according to a producer of a specialized program designed for religious institutions.

In just four months, some 30 churches around the world, from Indonesia and India to Portugal and the US have started using facial recognition software called Churchix, says Moshe Greenshpan, the CEO of Israel- and Las Vegas-based company Face-Six that sells the technology. The program is a derivative of other products his company offers to clients, such as law enforcement, public venues and retail outlets. Continue reading »

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Jun 27

The New “Scariest Chart” For American Citizens (ZeroHedge, June 26, 2015):

For the average American citizen, this may well become the “scariest” chart…

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