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Chelyabinsk meteorite changes color and size

Chelyabinsk meteorite changes color and size | Global politics | Scoop.it
Members of the expedition, who recovered the largest fragment of the Chelyabinsk meteorite from the bottom Lake Chebarkul, visited the local museum, where the fragment was being stored and did not recognize the cosmic body that...
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‘Getting Trump’ with the New McCarthyism

National Democrats and many progressives are also embracing a troubling New McCarthyism to justify what amounts to a “soft coup” against Trump.

In a normal world – after Tuesday’s testimony before the House Intelligence Committee – former CIA Director John Brennan would have been led away in a straitjacket or given the role of General Jack D. Ripper in a remake of the Cold War dark comedy, “Dr. Strangelove.” Instead, Brennan’s Russo-phobic ramblings were made the lead story in the Times, the Post and other major American newspapers.
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Whatever the hurt feelings of the editors at The New York Times and The Washington Post, whatever snarky jokes are told on late-night TV, whatever connect-the-dots conspiracy theories are popular on MSNBC, the idea of telling 63 million Americans that their votes don’t count, that the elites know best, that the President who won under the rules of the game must be ridden out of Washington on a rail will not go down as easily as some people think.
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Civilians Killed by US Largely Ignored as Endless Global War Continues

Borderless 'War on Terror'—now operated by President Donald Trump—continues to claim innocent lives around the world... but pattern holds that not all victims receive equal attention
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In addition to backing the ongoing Saudi-led war against Yemen, the military under President Donald Trump has continued to target Al-Qaeda aligned forces in the country. In January, just days after his inauguration, Trump was roundly criticized for a botched raid that led to the death of one U.S. soldier and as many as thirty civilians, including children.
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The British Establishment is Putting Our Lives at Risk

The ‘war on terror’ is a joke when your leading ally is the world’s biggest sponsor of terrorism.
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This wave of terrorism driven by Islamic State, which has claimed responsibility for the attack, derives from a complex infrastructure of forces, working over time. But it springs ultimately from the ideology promoted by the ruling family in Saudi Arabia, Wahhabism, who were at least until recently funding and backing IS: they have done so to support their goal of overthrowing Assad in Syria and championing Sunni Islam in the face of rivalry with Iran. These are Britain’s allies.
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Manchester Bomber Was Product of West's Libya/Syria Intervention

Manchester Bomber Was Product of West's Libya/Syria Intervention | Global politics | Scoop.it
Here's what the media and politicians don't want you to know about the Manchester, UK, suicide attack: Salman Abedi, the 22 year old wh
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Abedi, a son of Libyan immigrants living in a radicalized Muslim neighborhood in Manchester had returned to Libya several times after the overthrow of Muamar Gaddafi, most recently just weeks ago. After the US/UK and allied "liberation" of Libya, all manner of previously outlawed and fiercely suppressed radical jihadist groups suddenly found they had free rein to operate in Libya. This is the Libya that Abedi returned to and where he likely prepared for his suicide attack on pop concert attendees. Before the US-led attack on Libya in 2011, there was no al-Qaeda, ISIS, or any other related terrorist organization operating (at least with impunity) on Libyan soil.
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Rosenstein and Mueller: the Regime Change Tag-Team

What Aaronson discovered was that, far from preventing terrorism, the FBI uses its funds to “manufacture” terrorists out of marginalized, desperate, mentally ill or immature men (many of the convicted individuals profiled are in their early twenties).
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Russia condemns America's attack on Syrian and allied forces

Russia condemns America's attack on Syrian and allied forces | Global politics | Scoop.it
The Russian Deputy Foreign Minister called it a violation of Syria's sovereignty.
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Russia while not seeking to exceed its anti-terrorism mandate in Syria, is clearly displeased at America’s criminal action which could disrupt the fragile peace process in the country.
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How To Impeach the President (Or Not) - Reason.com

How To Impeach the President (Or Not) - Reason.com | Global politics | Scoop.it
It's more complicated than you think, and one method involves a constitutional amendment invoked when presidents get colonscopies.
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Trump Is Fighting For His Life

Until Donald Trump has unambiguously broken a law the critics should take a valium and relax.
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What is real, however, is that constant innuendo means that anti-Russian hysteria has been mounting, including completely speculative pieces wondering whether the entourage of Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had sought to sneak a recording device into the White House during last week’s visit.
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Putin Tells Beijing Forum: The Future Belongs to Eurasia

This partnership must shift the political and economic landscape of the continent and bring peace, stability, prosperity and a new quality of life to Eurasia.
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Truth Commission Reveals History of Korean War - U.S.-South Korea carried out massacres of civilians

As told by most history textbooks in the U.S., the Korean War started with a June 25, 1950, invasion from the communist north and the freedom-loving U.S. came to the aid of the besieged democratic Republic of Korea in the south. The reality was very different.
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Truth Has Become Un-American

Democracy in America has been destroyed by special interest groups, by a US Supreme Court decision that gave the reins of power to special interest groups, and by a hoax war on terror that has destroyed the US Constitution. And here we have the presstitutes saying that Putin is destroying American democracy. Clearly, there is no extant intelligence anywhere in the Western media. The Western presstitutes are either corrupt beyond belief or ignorant beyond belief. Nothing else can be said for them.
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Two countries and a part of a third stand in the way of Greater Israel. Israel wants the water resources of southern Lebanon, but cannot get them, despite twice sending in the Israeli Army, because of the Lebanese Hezbollah militia, which is supplied by Syria and Iran. This is why Syria and Iran are on Washington’s hit list. Washington serves the military/security complex, Wall Street and the over-sized US banks, and Israel.
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A Question for Every Parent: Is U.S. Foreign Interventionism Worth It?

The point is that no matter how evil and cowardly the terrorist retaliation is and even if we concede that people don’t any right to retaliate against U.S. interventionism with terrorism, the fact is that it’s going to happen.
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In 1996 Leslie Stahl of CBS’s 60 Minutes, asked that question of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Madeleine Albright. We have heard that half a million children have died. I mean, that’s more children than died in Hiroshima. And, you know, is the price worth it? Albright responded: I think this is a very hard choice, but the price — we think the price is worth it.
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UK Government Harbored Terrorists Linked to Manchester Blast for Decades

That the US and UK are using terrorists to expedite their respective geopolitical objectives should come as no surprise
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Thus, astoundingly, according to the Telegraph, a thriving community of listed terrorists exists knowingly in the midst of the British public, without any intervention by the UK government, security, or intelligence agencies - with members regularly traveling abroad and participating in armed conflict and terrorist activities before apparently returning home - not only without being incarcerated, but apparently also without even being closely monitored.
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Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble for Trump

No wonder Trump stands almost alone, like Rome’s Horatio at the Bridge. One increasingly hears in Washington ‘what Trump needs is a little war.’
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No wonder Trump stands almost alone, like Rome’s Horatio at the Bridge. One increasingly hears in Washington ‘what Trump needs is a little war.’
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Manchester Attacks: What Price Hypocrisy?

There are times when the truth is not enough, when only the unvarnished truth will do, and in the wake of the Manchester attack – in which at time of writing 22 people have been killed and 60 injured – we cannot avoid the conclusion that neither principle nor rationality is driving Western foreign policy in the Middle East, or as it pertains to terrorism.
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Specifically, on what planet can Iran be credibly accused of funding and supporting terrorism while Saudi Arabia is considered a viable partner in the fight against terrorism? This is precisely the narrative we are being invited to embrace by President Trump in what counts as a retreat from reality into the realms of fantasy, undertaken in service not to security but commerce.
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# PCN-TV & SYRIA COMMITTEES/ WHITE HELMETS ASSISTING EXECUTION OF « MODERATE » REBELS IN DARAA, SOUTH OF SYRIA | SYRIA COMMITTEES/ COMITES SYRIE/ КОМИТЕТЫ СИРИИ

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This is the aim of Donald Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia

This is the aim of Donald Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia | Global politics | Scoop.it
Donald Trump sets off on Friday to create the fantasy of an Arab Nato. There will be dictators aplenty to greet him in Riyadh, corrupt autocrats and thugs and torturers and head choppers.
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The fact that most of the Middle East’s “terrorism” – Isis and al-Qaeda, aka the Nusrah Front – have their fountainhead in the very nation to which Trump is travelling, must and will be ignored. Never before in Middle Eastern history has such a “kumidia alakhta” – quite literally “comedy of errors” in Arabic – been staged.
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For Trump, the Beginning of the End Has Begun - Hit & Run : Reason.com

For Trump, the Beginning of the End Has Begun - Hit & Run : Reason.com | Global politics | Scoop.it

I'd like to thank Judd Legum, editor-in-chief of Think Progress, for doing my legwork for me. Between July and October of 2015 no fewer than 33 people predicted Trump's end had just begun.

"Since the day that Trump's presidential campaign started, pundits from across the country have declared the "beginning of the end" of his run," Legum said. "So far, they've been wrong every time."
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The memo that no one, including The New York Times, which reported its existence, has seen but is sure to bring about impeachment proceedings.
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All This Impeachment Talk Is Pure Trump Derangement Syndrome - Hit & Run : Reason.com

All This Impeachment Talk Is Pure Trump Derangement Syndrome - Hit & Run : Reason.com | Global politics | Scoop.it
Donald Trump, for all of his obvious bullshitting, flip-flops, and lies, isn't the cause of anything but the effect. The 21st century in the United States began with an election that was effectively settled by a coin toss, which does little to create faith in institutions (especially as Republicans in Bush v. Gore appealed to the federal government, while Democrats called for state's rights). Then came the 9/11 attacks, an intelligence failure compounded by a massively mendacious disinformation campaign that resulted in a Middle East quagmire, ballooning deficits, and a mind-bending bailout of mega-corporations. President Obama's stimulus plan failed every measure it proposed as success and was capped by passage of a health-care law that ultimately spawned the "Lie of the Year" for 2013. Along the way, we also had a series of national intelligence heads baldly lie about what sorts of information was being collected (illegally, legally, does it matter?) on law-abiding Americans? We've learned that police act poorly in many circumstances, that local and state governments are awful as often as they are outstanding, and that corporations (Volkswagen!) will try to get away with lots of chicanery too.
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If we are going to survive not just the Trump years but eventually get around to kick-starting the 21st century, we're going to have become smarter media consumers and demand more from both our politicians and the press. "The New York Times has not viewed a copy of the memo," explains the Paper of Record, "but one of Mr. Comey's associates read parts of it to a Times reporter." As Reason's Scott Shackford has noted, that's what Joe Biden would call a "big fucking deal" if it turns out to exist and to be accurate. It's also a pretty big if at this point.
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Trump Is the Symptom, Not the Disease

Racist, violent and despotic forces have always been part of the American landscape and have often been tolerated and empowered by the state to persecute poor people of color and dissidents
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Al Jazeera’s Fall From Grace – How A News Outlet Became A Tool Of The State

The network’s subservience to the government of Qatar has become unmistakably obvious as it tries to expand its audience.
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Old news: That was all too apparent as far back as 2011, during the so-called "Arab spring", and particularly during the war on Libya.
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Germany and NATO: Preparing for a “Fascist Repression” in Europe?

Wake up and beware, what’s brewing at the NATO-German urban training camp ground is a defense mechanism to assure the ruling class privileges will never be lost. Europeans – on the barricades now, before it’s too late!
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