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#Israel - In desperation, Shas again plays the racist card

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They may have pulled their inciting ad against Russian immigrants, but that didn't stop Eli Yishai and his party from wielding a new video against African refugees.
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Open Letter to #Nestlé by @yasminemotarjemi #FoodSafety #Suisse #Justice #Swiss


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Open Letter by 
Yasmine Motarjemi , Former Corporate Food Safety Manager (2000-2010), Assistant Vice President
Mr Peter Brabeck-Letmathe
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Nestlé, S.A
55 Avenue Nestlé
CH-1800 Vevey

"Nyon, 4th Septembre 2010
Dear Mr Chairman,
I was your Corporate Food Safety Manager from 2000 to 2010. I write to you today for two reasons: 
first, to share with you my concerns regarding a culture and management practices in Nestlé, which 
undermine food safety; and, second, to inform you of my personal experiences while attempting to
improve the situation.
I long nourished the hope that you would be interested in meeting the person responsible for dealing 
with everyday problems of the Company in an area as important as the safety of Nestlé products. 
However, to my regret we have never had the opportunity to meet and discuss the food safety 
situation in the Company. As both corporate-level management of food safety and my professional 
status deteriorated to the point of being unacceptable, I was compelled to report my concerns to 
Management with the expectation that a fair evaluation of the situation would be undertaken. In 
the event, my efforts were in vain. 
Mr Chairman, I always found listening to your speeches a source of motivation and inspiration. 
Moreover, Nestlé Policies and Management Principles portray a model Company, with the most 
laudable corporate values. A glance at the Company building, offices and facilities is enough to make 
any outsider believe that this is an ideal working environment. 
However, after only a short time, I was profoundly disappointed at how people are managed, the 
discrepancies between your public statements and the private deeds of managers; between the 
Company’s policies and management principles and actual practices; and between the proclaimed 
values and the prevailing fear culture (including mobbing and intimidation) that managers nourished. 
I was particularly saddened by the growing realisation that Management was not only aware of this 
situation but that it was also fully accepted by the very people who should have been, in fact, the inhouse guardians of policy compliance.I failed to see the flawless execution of policy that you promoted in your speeches. Didn’t you state 
that the management of food quality and safety depends on the quality of management? What can 
be said about food safety management when the members of Management themselves do not 
respect Company policies and principles? 
If I dared challenge the Company’s food safety and human resource practices I can assure you that it 
was not out of disrespect. On the contrary, it was because of my loyalty to the Company, my 
colleagues and the consumers we served. It was also because for me the safety of our products and 
respect for our colleagues were non-negotiable values. Involving staff in building a better company 
unavoidably includes exposing shortcomings. But surely it is better to receive timely feedback from 
within than to be publicly embarrassed later by failures.
You have often expressed your commitment to food safety. Please allow me to share with you my 
own vision in this regard. Over and above the technical and scientific aspects, the foundation of 
good food safety management is an equitable system of people management that is based on 
professionalism, fairness, objectivity, open-mindedness, respect for staff and, most importantly, for 
their dignity. I regret to say that I failed to see this approach implemented at the Nestlé Head Office. 
My own situation is a case in point. 
On several occasions I reported – first to members of Management and then, in November 2009, to 
Mr Paul Bulcke – serious shortcomings in food safety management, the professional difficulties I 
faced, and the shameful treatment that I experienced in Nestlé. I hoped that I would be given the 
opportunity to provide a full and accurate account of events during the period 2005-2010. In 
response, my contract was terminated with no opportunity to provide details of my experience. 
Nevertheless, I am prepared to meet with you, at your convenience, to share my observations on 
practices in Nestlé and their eventual repercussions on Nestlé’s reputation and consumers. I would 
also hope to use this opportunity to identify an equitable solution for my personal difficult situation, another consequence of the past events in Nestlé" 
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#Europe’s Attack on #Greece Democracy by #JosephStiglitz (Nobel Price in #Economics 2001)

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#Europe’s Attack on #Greece Democracy by #JosephStiglitz (Nobel Price in #Economics 2001)

NEW YORK – The rising crescendo of bickering and acrimony within Europe might seem to outsiders to be the inevitable result of the bitter endgame playing out between Greece and its creditors. In fact, European leaders are finally beginning to reveal the true nature of the ongoing debt dispute, and the answer is not pleasant: it is about power and democracy much more than money and economics.
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The Lonely American: #ChrisHedges - Truthdig

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The Lonely American: #ChrisHedges - Truthdig

Michael P. Printup, president of Watkins Glen International, one of the country’s largest racetracks, stood with a group of about a dozen race fans at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Next to him were boxes of free doughnuts and coffee. A line of men with towels, who had spent the night in nearby RV campers, pop-up campers and tents, stood patiently outside the door to a shower room. A light drizzle, one that would turn into a torrential downpour and lead to the races being canceled in the afternoon, coated the group, all middle-aged or older white men. They were discussing, amid the high-pitched whine of cars practicing on the 3.4-mile, 11-turn circuit racetrack, the aging demographic of race fans and the inability to lure a new generation to the sport.

“Maybe if you installed chargers for phones around the track they would come,” suggested one gray-haired man.

But it is not just sporting events. Public lectures, church services, labor unions, Veterans of Foreign Wars halls, Masonic halls, Rotary clubs, the Knights of Columbus, the Lions Club, Grange Hall meetings, the League of Women Voters, Daughters of the American Revolution, local historical societies, town halls, bowling leagues, bridge clubs, movie theater attendance (at a 20-year low), advocacy groups such as the NAACP and professional and amateur theatrical and musical performances cater to a dwindling and graying population. No one is coming through the door to take the place of the old members. A generation has fallen down the rabbit hole of electronic hallucinations—with images often dominated by violence and pornography. They have become, in the words of the philosopher Hannah Arendt, “atomized,” sucked alone into systems of information and entertainment that cater to America’s prurient fascination with the tawdry, the cruel and the deadening cult of the self.


The entrapment in a world of nonstop electronic sounds and images, begun with the phonograph and radio, advanced by cinema and television and perfected by video games, the Internet and hand-held devices, is making it impossible to build relationships and structures that are vital for civic engagement and resistance to corporate power. We have been transformed into commodities. The steady decline of the white male heaven that is NASCAR—which has stopped publishing the falling attendance at its tracks and at some speedways has begun to tear down bleachers—is ominous. It is the symbol of a captive society.

“We don’t see the youth coming in,” Printup said. “The millennial, the younger adults 18 to 35, is our target. We spend millions of dollars a year to target that group. But it’s hard. Look around. Who’s the youngest person here? That’s our problem. Every sport from the NFL to NHL is struggling with the 18 to 35 demographic. They call them weird. They call them difficult. They only want to look at their computers.”

Printup’s parent company, the International Speedway Corp. (ISC), has invested significant sums to reach this demographic with little to show for it.

“We have a digital firm that represents nearly all our tracks in the ISC,” he went on, noting that Watkins Glen, which drew about 16,000 fans this past weekend, is one of the few exceptions to the decline in numbers. “The digital platform is about the only way you can get to them. We target them. We buy lists. We hire an agency that tracks their Web and Internet interactions. If they bring up racing, we want to be there. When a kid Googles ‘Ferrari—racing—sports car’ we are one of the top 10 lists. We pay for that. It is not cheap. That’s how you have got to get these kids. But it’s not working the way it should.”

Robert D. Putnam pointed out the decline of independent civic engagement, or what he called our “social capital,” in his book “Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community.” He noted that o(...)

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Freedom Flotilla achieved its goal, attracting worldwide attention to #Gaza blockade – passenger - #israel - RT

Freedom Flotilla achieved its goal, attracting worldwide attention to #Gaza blockade – passenger - #israel - RT

The Freedom Flotilla ship failed to arrive in Gaza after being intercepted by IDF. It was then escorted to the port of Ashdod. RT’s Paula Slier has more:

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#HillaryClinton ca. 1993 on Presidents Fighting Rich Corporations: "Tell Me Something Real" - The Intercept

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#HillaryClinton ca. 1993 on Presidents Fighting Rich Corporations: "Tell Me Something Real" - The Intercept


They got their meeting at the White House that month, and the two doctors laid out the case for single-payer to the first lady. “She said, ‘You make a convincing case, but is there any force on the face of the earth that could counter the hundreds of millions of the dollars the insurance industry would spend fighting that?’” recalled Himmelstein. “And I said, “How about the president of the United States actually leading the American people?’ and she said, ‘Tell me something real.’”

This is important information for people to know about Clinton, especially now that she’s running for president claiming to want to engage in “Four Fights.” It suggests what she really has planned is Four Thrown Fights. (Himmelstein and Stephanie Woolhandler don’t remember anything more about this part of their meeting, and Sanders hasn’t responded to my questions about it.)

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#Argentina Judge Reduces Jail Term For Abuser Of 6 Year Old, Says Kid Was Used To It - YouTube #pedophilie

#Argentina Judge Reduces Jail Term For Abuser Of 6 Year Old, Says Kid Was Used To It - YouTube #pedophilie

"A convicted child sex offender’s prison sentence in Argentina was cut nearly in half — from six years to three years and two months — because judges said th...

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Press Release of #Spain Families victims of #KarenziKarake #Rwanda #KK

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We, the families of the Spanish nationals who died violently in
Rwanda and the Democratic Repu
blic of Congo between 1994 and
April 26, 1994)
January 18, 1997)
Rwanda, + June 10, 2000)
having learned of the arrest of General KARAKE KARENZI in London
(UK), under an international arrest
warrant and a European arrest
warrant issued by the Spanish courts
in accordance with international
law and the principles of international law
I.- In the absence of a judicial en
quiry by the International Criminal
Tribunal for Rwanda or the nation
al courts of Rwanda and the
Democratic Republic of Congo into
the circumstances surrounding the
violent death of our relatives in Rw
anda and the Democratic Republic
of Congo, we found ourselves comp
elled to press criminal charges
before the Spanish courts.
II.- After over three years of judici
al investigation at national and
international levels, the Central Court of Instruction No. 4 of the
National Court issued a reasoned indictment, laying out detailed
prima facie evidence on 40 senior
military officers of the Rwandan
Patriotic Army (RPA / RPF) for
criminal acts committed between
October 1, 1990 and July 1, 20
02, both in Rwanda and the
Democratic Republic of Congo
resol_auto_esp_06022008.pdf). These 40
senior military officers are
under investigation for their allege
d involvement in genocide, crimes
against humanity, war crimes, crimes
of terrorism or association to
an armed group with terrorist intent.
III.- The arrest of General KARA
KE KARENZI in London (UK)
represents a major step forward
towards the end of impunity for
international crimes carried out du
ring that period in those two
African countries, which has caused
-and continues to cause- so
much suffering to individuals, fa
milies and communities of different
nationalities and peoples.
IV.- We, the families of the Spanis
h victims, express once again our
solidarity and sympathy to all the
survivors of human rights abuses,
and the families of victims of vi
olent death in Rwanda and the
Democratic Republic of the Congo
at that time, regardless of their
age, gender, ethnicity, nationality or any other status. In their
memory, and after decades of havi
ng being ignored as victims,
particularly the countless Rwandan
and Congolese victims, each and
everyone have the right to truth,
justice, reparation and guarantees
of non-recurrence.
First.- In accordance with univers
al human rights and applicable
international law, we request that a
trial affording all legal guarantees
to both defendants and victims takes place.
Second.- To the Spanish authorities:
- That, in compliance with internat
ional obligations and treaties to
which Spain is party, legal validation
is provided to the direct delivery
and reception of General KARA
KE KARENZI arrested under a
European arrest warrant issued by the Spanish courts.
- That once the arrested General KARAKE KARENZI is in Spain under
the Spanish jurisdiction, and afte
r any required procedures and
possible complementary research, an or
al trial is opened to prosecute
the facts subject of research
in this cause of justice.
- That request again from the auth
orities of the Republic of South
Africa, in accordance with the unani
mous decision of the Government
of Spain dated September 17, 2010
ejo_ministros.pdf) the arrest an
d surrender of General KAYUMBA
NYAMWASA, under international ar
rest warrant and demand for
extradition of the Central Court of
Instruction No. 4 of the Audiencia
Nacional (Spanish courts of just
ice), recalling that both Spain and
South Africa are states party to
the European Convention on
Third.- To the British authorities:
- That, in compliance with the intern
ational obligations and treaties to
which the United Kingdom is party,
legal validation is provided to the
direct delivery of General KARAKE KARENZI arrested under a
European arrest warrant issued by the Spanish courts.
- That the situation of arrest remain
s, at the disposal
of the courts
until released to the Spanish judicial authorities.
Fourth.- To the international community:
- That considering that the crimin
al acts that took place between
October 1, 1990 and July 1, 2002 in
Rwanda and the Democratic
Republic of Congo are under investig
ation by the Spanish courts since
most of them do not fall within
the temporal jurisdiction of the
International Criminal Tribunal for
Rwanda based in Arusha, Tanzania
(1994) nor that of the Internatio
nal Criminal Court based in The
Hague, Netherlands (July 1, 2002
onwards), cooperation from the
authorities of the states of the
international community and members
of the United Nations is sought in order to deliver the defendants for
the purpose of conducting a trial
with all legal guarantees under
applicable international law.
It is truth, justice and reparation
we ask in this day, June 24, 2015.
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Shame on #GilbertoGil & #CaetanoVeloso who won’t bend to #BDS & will play in #israel - #Palestine #apartheid

Shame on #GilbertoGil & #CaetanoVeloso who won’t bend to #BDS & will play in #israel - #Palestine #apartheid | News in english |

Shame on #GilbertoGil & #CaetanoVeloso who won’t bend to #BDS & will play in #israel - #Palestine #apartheid

Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil respond to boycott activist Roger Waters

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Group That Fueled Dylann Roof’s Hate Is Subsidized by #US Taxpayers ( !!!!!!!!) #Charleston #racism

Group That Fueled Dylann Roof’s Hate Is Subsidized by #US Taxpayers ( !!!!!!!!) #Charleston #racism | News in english |

Group That Fueled Dylann Roof’s Hate Is Subsidized by #US Taxpayers ( !!!!!!!!) #Charleston #racism

The outfit that inspired Charleston’s alleged terrorist is listed by the IRS as an organization to ‘primarily promote the common good’—and therefore pays no taxes.

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Pentagon war manual defines how military works with journalists in times of war - YouTube #press #US #WarPress

Pentagon war manual defines how military works with journalists in times of war - YouTube #press #US #WarPress

The Pentagon’s ‘The Department of Defense Law of War Manual,’ which is the explicit rules of engagement for the Pentagon, is garnering outrage from the media because it appears that the manual allows journalist to be defined as enemy combatants. Professor Chris Chambers talks to Anya Parampil about what this will mean for journalists in the field.

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Political activist #YashTandon discussing his life and career on Talking #Africa - YouTube 28 mn

Political activist #YashTandon discussing his life and career on Talking #Africa - YouTube 28 mn

Ajoutée le 11 juin 2015

Ugandan political activist, author and policymaker Yash Tandon has joined Talking Africa to discuss his life and career. He’s been involved in politics for decades - being forced to leave Uganda in 1972 with the rise to power of Idi Amin. While in exile he became engaged in underground political work and was a founding member of the Uganda National Liberation Front.

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The Saudi Cables : Buying Silence: How the #Saudi Foreign Ministry controls Arab #media #EvilCountry

The Saudi Cables : Buying Silence: How the #Saudi Foreign Ministry controls Arab #media #EvilCountry | News in english |

The Saudi Cables : Buying Silence: How the #Saudi Foreign Ministry controls Arab #media #EvilCountry

On Monday, Saudi Arabia celebrated the beheading of its 100th prisoner this year. The story was nowhere to be seen on Arab media despite the story's circulation on wire services. Even international media was relatively mute about this milestone compared to what it might have been if it had concerned a different country. How does a story like this go unnoticed?

Today's release of the WikiLeaks "Saudi Cables" from the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs show how it's done.

The oil-rich Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its ruling family take a systematic approach to maintaining the country's positive image on the international stage. Most world governments engage in PR campaigns to fend off criticism and build relations in influential places. Saudi Arabia controls its image by monitoring media and buying loyalties from Australia to Canada and everywhere in between.

Documents reveal the extensive efforts to monitor and co-opt Arab media, making sure to correct any deviations in regional coverage of Saudi Arabia and Saudi-related matters. Saudi Arabia's strategy for co-opting Arab media takes two forms, corresponding to the "carrot and stick" approach, referred to in the documents as "neutralisation" and "containment". The approach is customised depending on the market and the media in question.

"Contain" and "Neutralise"

The initial reaction to any negative coverage in the regional media is to "neutralise" it. The term is used frequently in the cables and it pertains to individual journalists and media institutions whose silence and co-operation has been bought. "Neutralised" journalists and media institutions are not expected to praise and defend the Kingdom, only to refrain from publishing news that reflects negatively on the Kingdom, or any criticism of its policies. The "containment" approach is used when a more active propaganda effort is required. Journalists and media institutions relied upon for "containment" are expected not only to sing the Kingdom's praises, but to lead attacks on any party that dares to air criticisms of the powerful Gulf state.

One of the ways "neutralisation" and "containment" are ensured is by purchasing hundreds or thousands of subscriptions in targeted publications. These publications are then expected to return the favour by becoming an "asset" in the Kingdom's propaganda strategy. A document listing the subscriptions that needed renewal by 1 January 2010 details a series of contributory sums meant for two dozen publications in Damascus, Abu Dhabi, Beirut, Kuwait, Amman and Nouakchott. The sums range from $500 to 9,750 Kuwaiti Dinars ($33,000). The Kingdom effectively buys reverse "shares" in the media outlets, where the cash "dividends" flow the opposite way, from the shareholder to the media outlet. In return Saudi Arabia gets political "dividends" – an obliging press.

An example of these co-optive practices in action can be seen in an exchange between the Saudi Foreign Ministry and its Embassy in Cairo. On 24 November 2011 Egypt's Arabic-language broadcast station ONTV hosted the Saudi opposition figure Saad al-Faqih, which prompted the Foreign Ministry to task the embassy with inquiring into the channel. The Ministry asked the embassy to find out how "to co-opt it or else we must consider it standing in the line opposed to the Kingdom's policies".

The document reports that the billionaire owner of the station, Naguib Sawiris, did not want to be "opposed to the Kingdom's policies" and that he scolded the channel director, asking him "never to host al-Faqih again". He also asked the Ambassador if he'd like to be "a guest on the show".

The Saudi Cables are rife with similar examples, some detailing the figures and the methods of payment. These range from small but vital sums of around $2000/year to developing country media outlets – a figure the Guinean News Agency "urgently needs" as "it would solve many problems that the agency is facing" – to millions of dollars, as in the case of Lebanese right-wing television station MTV.


The "neutralisation" and "containment" approaches are not the only techniques the Saudi Ministry is willing to employ. In cases where "containment" fails to produce the desired effect, the Kingdom moves on to confrontation. In one example, the Foreign Minister was following a Royal Decree dated 20 January 2010 to remove Iran’s new Arabic-language news network, Al-Alam, from the main Riyadh-based regional communications satellite operator, Arabsat. After the plan failed, Saud Al Faisal sought to "weaken its broadcast signal".

The documents show concerns within the Saudi administration over the social upheavals of 2011, which became known in the international media as the "Arab Spring". The cables note with concern that after the fall of Mubarak, coverage of the upheavals in Egyptian media was "being driven by public opinion instead of driving public opinion". The Ministry resolved "to give financial support to influential media institutions in Tunisia", the birthplace of the “Arab Spring”.

The cables reveal that the government employs a different approach for its own domestic media. There, a wave of the Royal hand is all that is required to adjust the output of state-controlled media. A complaint from former Lebanese Prime Minister and Saudi citizen Saad Hariri concerning articles critical of him in the Saudi-owned Al-Hayat and Asharq Al-Awsat newspapers prompted a directive to "stop these type of articles" from the Foreign Ministry.

This is a general overview of the Saudi Foreign Ministry’s strategy in dealing with the media. WikiLeaks' Saudi Cables contain numerous other examples that form an indictment of both the Kingdom and the state of the media globally.


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Emails to #Hillary contradict French tale on #Libya war - Al-Monitor #Sarkozy #Sarko #France #Lybie

Emails to #Hillary contradict French tale on #Libya war - Al-Monitor #Sarkozy #Sarko #France #Lybie | News in english |

ceci confirme peut-être ce dont nous nous doutons depuis longtemps .. Sarko a tué un financeur de campagne qui le grattait dans le dos tout en remontant dans les sondages avec une bonne guerre. Les médias tels que le Monde, le Figaro, Libé ne savaient-ils rien ? Vraiment ? Je me souviens de 2011 .. presse de guerre, presse de propagande

Le tout avec la caution habituelle des intellectuels à la noix tels que Fourrest ou BHL

Emails to #Hillary contradict French tale on #Libya war - Al-Monitor #Sarkozy #Sarko #France #Lybie

Ex-CIA source says French intel service “created” Libyan rebel group in fight against Moammar Gadhafi.

French spies secretly organized and funded the Libyan rebels who defeated Moammar Gadhafi, according to confidential emails to Hillary Clinton that were made public on June 22.

SummaryPrint Ex-CIA source says French intel service “created” Libyan rebel group in fight against Moammar Gadhafi.
Author Julian Pecquet Posted June 23, 2015

The memos from Clinton adviser Sidney Blumenthal contradict the popular French narrative about its intervention in Libya, raising fresh questions about a war that toppled a dictator but left chaos and radicalism in his stead. They were allegedly written by retired CIA operative Tyler Drumheller and released by a special congressional panel investigating the 2012 attack on the US mission in Benghazi.

The oft-repeated media tale in France holds that then-President Nicolas Sarkozy was outraged by Gadhafi’s crackdown on protesters in February 2011 but had no clear idea who to support. Enter a swash-buckling “intellectual,” Bernard Henri-Levy, who met with Transitional National Council leader Mustafa Abdul Jalil on March 4, immediately called Sarkozy, and had the French president invite Jalil to the Elysee Palace — and recognize the council as the country’s official government by March 10.

The emails to Clinton tell a distinctly less heroic story.

According to one entry from March 22, 2011, “officers” with the General Directorate for External Security — the French intelligence service — “began a series of secret meetings” with Jalil and Gen. Abdul Fatah Younis in Benghazi in late February and gave them “money and guidance” to set up the council, whose formation was announced Feb. 27. The officers, “speaking under orders from [Sarkozy] promised that as soon as the [council] was organized France would recognize [it] as the new government of Libya.”

“In return for their assistance,” the memo states, “the DGSE officers indicated that they expected the new government of Libya to favor French firms and national interests, particularly regarding the oil industry in Libya.”

The email goes on to state that Jalil and Younis “accepted this offer” and “have maintained contact with

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#SaudiArabia Punishes Extremists With Mandated Rehab, Complete With Saunas And Art Therapy - AP

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#SaudiArabia Punishes Extremists With Mandated Rehab, Complete With Saunas And Art Therapy - AP

Saudi Arabia, famous for it's record breaking amount of government sanctioned beheadings, is taking a different approach to extremists who murder abroad.

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#HumanRightsWatch in #Venezuela #HRW (archive 2008)  #FalseNGO #NGO #CIA #NED #Humanitarian #Humanitaire

#HumanRightsWatch in #Venezuela #HRW (archive 2008)  #FalseNGO #NGO #CIA #NED #Humanitarian #Humanitaire

By James Petras

28/09/08 "
ICH " -- - Human Rights Watch, a US-based group claiming to be a non-governmental organization, but which is in fact funded by government-linked quasi-private foundations and a Congressional funded political propaganda organization, the National Endowment for Democracy, has issued a report “A Decade Under Chavez: Political Intolerance and Lost Opportunities for Advancing Human Rights in Venezuela” (9/21/2008 The publication of the “Report” directed by Jose Miguel Vivanco and sub-director Daniel Walkinson led to their expulsion from Venezuela for repeated political-partisan intervention in the internal affairs of the country.

A close reading of the “Report” reveals an astonishing number of blatant falsifications and outright fabrications, glaring deletions of essential facts, deliberate omissions of key contextual and comparative considerations and especially a cover-up of systematic long-term, large-scale security threats to Venezuelan democracy posed by Washington.

We will proceed by providing some key background facts about HRW and Vivanco in order to highlight their role and relations to US imperial power. We will then comment on their methods, data collection and exposition. We will analyze each of HRW charges and finally proceed to evaluate their truth and propaganda value.

Background on Vivanco and HRW

Jose Miguel Vivanco served as a diplomatic functionary under the bloody Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet between 1986-1989, serving no less as the butcher’s rabid apologist before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. His behavior was particularly egregious during the regime’s brutal repression of a mass popular uprising in the squatter settlements of Santiago in 1986-1987. With the return of electoral politics (democracy) in Chile, Vivanco took off to Washington where he set up his own NGO, the Center for Justice and International Law, disguising his right-wing affinities and passing himself off as a ‘human rights’ advocate. In 1994 he was recruited by former US federal prosecutor, Kenneth Roth, to head up the ‘Americas Division’ of Human Rights Watch. HRW demonstrated a real capacity to provide a ‘human rights’ gloss to President Clinton’s policy of ‘humanitarian imperialism’. Roth promoted and supported Clinton’s two-month bombing, destruction and dismemberment of Yugoslavia. HRW covered up the ethnic cleansing of Serbs in Kosovo by the notorious Albanian terrorists and gangsters of the Kosovo Liberation Army and the unprecedented brutal transfer of over 200,000 ethnic Serbs from the Krajina region of Croatia. HRW backed Clinton’s sanctions against Iraq leading to the deaths of over 500,000 Iraqi children. Nowhere did the word ‘genocide’ ever appear in reference to the US Administrations massive destruction of Iraq causing hundreds of thousands of premature deaths.

HRW supported the US invasion and occupation of Afghanistan where Kenneth Roth advised the US generals on how to secure the colonial occupation by avoiding massive civilian deaths. In words and deeds, HRW has played an insidious role as backer and adviser of US imperial intervention, providing the humanitarian ideological cover while issuing harmless and inconsequential reports criticizing ‘ineffective’ excesses, which ‘undermine’ imperial dominance.

HRW most notorious intervention was its claim that Israel’s murderous destruction of the Palestinian city of Jenin was ‘not genocidal’ and thus provided the key argument for the US and Israeli blocking of a UN humanitarian mission and investigative report. As in all of its ‘research’ their report was deeply colored by selective interviews and observations which understated the brutality and killings of Palestinian civilians by the Israeli state – even while the fanatics who run the major pro-Israel organizations accused HRW of bias for even mentioning a single murdered Palestinian.


HRW currently makes a big play of its widespread interviews of a broad cross section of Venezuelan political and civic society government and opposition groups, as well as its consultation of most available documents. Yet the Report on Venezuela does not reflect anything of the sort. There is no careful, straightforward presentation of the government’s elaboration and justification for its actions, no academic critiques of the anti-democratic actions of anti-Chavez mass media; no discussion of the numerous journalists’ accounts which expose systematic US intervention. The Report simply records and reproduces uncritically the claims, arguments and charges of the principle publicists of

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#SaudiArabia Has Been Going on a #Nuclear Shopping Spree | VICE News #France #nukes

#SaudiArabia Has Been Going on a #Nuclear Shopping Spree | VICE News #France #nukes

By Ryan Faith

June 28, 2015 | 3:35 pm

In the latest round of Middle East weapons purchases, France and Saudi Arabia just inked an arms deal worth several billion dollars. This deal, however, stands apart from the other, more garden-variety multi-billion dollar deals for advanced jets and ships in that the package includes feasibility studies for two nuclear reactors, as well as professional training on both nuclear safety and waste treatment, according to a report from Defense News.

For those of you keeping score at home, this Saudi-French nuclear deal goes up on the scoreboard with a recent Saudi-Russian deal. Then there's last month's announcement that South Korea and Saudi Arabia signed an agreement for a feasibility study for building two reactors worth a total of $2 billio(...)

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CorpWatch : #Pemex Secretly Expanding #Fracking In #Mexico, Say Activists - #schiste #energy #environment

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CorpWatch : #Pemex Secretly Expanding #Fracking In #Mexico, Say Activists - #schiste #energy #environment

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Press briefing by #YanisVaroufakis after been excluded from Eurogroup - #Greece #JeSuisGrèce YouTube

Press briefing by #YanisVaroufakis after been excluded from Eurogroup - #Greece #JeSuisGrèce YouTube

Press conference by the Greek Minister after the Eurogroup refusal to extend Greece's bailout.
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#BDS will keep Israeli tanks from moving and F15 from flying, Oren (former #israel ambassador) says #Boycottisrael

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#BDS will keep Israeli tanks from moving and F15 from flying, Oren (former #israel ambassador) says #Boycottisrael

Israel doesn't really have to change its policies re Palestinians to fight BDS, Michael Oren says, but it has to spend more money on fighting the campaign or its military will be grounded
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#Qatar’s Foundation for Hypocrisy #QatarFoundation

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A new mosque has opened in Doha’s ‘Education City’ alongside U.S. university campuses. But what it’s teaching is the hate that’s on the ISIS curriculum.

ISTANBUL — The glamorous and sophisticated wife of the former emir of Qatar and mother of the current ruler is famous for glitzy globetrotting philanthropy. Hardly a week goes by without her being pictured rubbing shoulders with Western Royals and Hollywood superstars. But while promoting world peace and education for children born into poverty, Sheikha Mozah also provides patronage for Sunni clerics whose views wouldn’t be out of place in ISIS-controlled Mosul or Raqqa.

The inconsistency in the roles of Sheikha Mozah, the publicity-friendly face of the richest little emirate in the world, highlights the deep contradictions at the heart of Qatar, which occupies a spit of desert jutting into the Persian Gulf.

The emirate’s ruling family has been keen to leverage fabulous natural-gas-based wealth into lasting regional and international influence, and to establish Qatar as a modern state and Western ally. It is home to the biggest American military installation in the Gulf. Bu(...)

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British Lord Accused of Raping Boys Inside Parliament (even inside the highest government offices) #pédophilie #politique

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British Lord Accused of Raping Boys Inside Parliament  #pédophilie #politique

New charges against a member of the House of Lords claim he violated and tortured children—even inside the highest government offices. Why isn’t he being prosecuted?

LONDON — A current member of Britain’s House of Lords “violated, raped, and tortured” children inside the Houses of Parliament, it was claimed last night in one of the most shocking accusations yet to be heard in the country’s growing VIP sex-abuse scandal.

Britain’s public prosecutor ruled earlier this year that similar cases of sexual assault should not be brought against the alleged perpetrator, Lord Janner, because he was suffering from dementia. Police recommended the Labour Lord face trial on charges of six rapes and 16 sexual assaults alleged to have taken place between 1969 and 1998, but prosecutors decided the 86-year-old was unfit to stand trial.

The alleged child-abuse victims, some of whom say they were attacked by Janner as boys, say they believe the politician is being protected as part of an establishment cover-up, designed to protect Britain’s rich and powerful from the full force of the law, which continues to this day.

The horrific scale of sexual abuse against children carried out by powerful figures in British public life was laid bare last month, when police officers disclosed that they were investigating allegations against 76 politicians and almost 250 “persons of public prominence.” More than 100,000 alleged attacks have been catalogued by detectives since the police launched a series of inquiries into sexual abuse by people in positions of power.

Despite the public inquiry and police investigations, campaigners argue that British leaders are still trying to hide the worst of the abuse that has been perpetrated against children and teenagers over decades. Britain’s libel and defamation laws, which are some of the fiercest in the world, have also prevented victims from speaking out against their attackers.

Simon Danczuk, a Labour member of Parliament, used the legal shelter provided by the House of Commons on Tuesday night to publicly accuse Janner of sexually abusing young boys—without the risk of being sued.

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#BernieSanders 's Big Numbers Get Noticed As Socialism Polls Better Than Ever - YouTube #USA - The Young Turks

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"Not quite half of Americans -- 47 percent-- say they would consider voting for a socialist for president, if the person were well-qualified and nominated by the voter's party, according to a new Gallup survey.

Democrats offer the most support for socialism with 59 percent saying they would vote for a socialist candidate. Independents are split down the middle, and Republicans are the least supportive with just 26 percent saying they'd vote for a socialist.

Americans ages 18 to 29 are most open to the idea of a socialist with nearly 7 in 10 stating they'd vote for one. Older generations are less inclined to do so."

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“Colonialist rhetoric is still here”- #Yash Tandon on trade wars - YouTube 8 mn

“Colonialist rhetoric is still here”- #Yash Tandon on trade wars - YouTube 8 mn

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Founder of SEATINI and author of "Trade is War: the West's War against the world", Yash Tandon tells “Going Underground” host Afshin Rattansi what drives the World Trade Organisation, and dispels the myth that free trade aids development. He explains why Southern countries should cut ties with the EU and the US altogether.

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The Greatest Threats to #US National Security Are #Guns and the #Police | The Nation

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The Greatest Threats to #US National Security Are #Guns and the #Police | The Nation

When toddler killings outpace terror killings in the United States, the biggest problem is not jihad.

June 22, 2015  

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Consider this paragraph a holding action on the subject of getting blown away in America. While I write this dispatch, I’m waiting patiently for the next set of dispiriting killings in this country. And I have faith. Before I’m done, some angry—or simply mentally disturbed—and well-armed American “lone wolf” (or lone wolves) will gun down someone (or a number of people) somewhere and possibly himself (or themselves) as well. Count on that. It’ll be my last paragraph. Think of it as, in a grim way, something to look forward to as you read this piece on American armed mayhem.

National security officials and politicians have been pounding home the message that the “greatest threat” to Americans is an extreme and brutal jihadist movement thousands of miles away and the videos and social media messages its followers produce that make it seem close at hand. With that in mind, let’s take a look at a few of the dangers of armed life in these United States, a quick survey of national insecurity in a country armed to the teeth.

I’m sure you won’t be surprised to learn that, in the first half of 2015, there’s been a plethora of incidents to draw on. There’s the killer still on the loose in northern Colorado who shot at people in cars or out biking or walking late at night. There’s the suspected serial killer who dumped seven bodies behind a strip mall in New Britain, Connecticut, and may now be in jail on unrelated charges. There’s the ongoing trial of James Holmes who blew away 12 moviegoers and wounded 70 in a multiplex in Aurora, Colorado, in 2012. There was the mass killing of seven people in February in the tiny town of Tyrone, Missouri, by Joseph Aldridge, an armed recluse who then killed himself. And don’t forget Sudheer Khamitkar, who shot to death his wife and two young sons and then himself in Tulsa in April, or Christopher Carrillo, who murdered four of his family members and then turned his gun on himself in a Tucson home in May. And many others.

In such a list, there should be a special place for a phenomenon that, though largely untabulated, has been gaining attention in recent years as ever more Americans “carry” in ever more places. This means ever more loose guns lying around. I’m talking about the mayhem committed by toddlers (or perhaps they should be thought of as American lone wolf cubs). Toddler shootings range from the 2-year-old who killed his mother in a Walmart in Idaho with the gun she was packing in her purse as 2014 ended to the 3-year-old who discovered a gun in a purse in an Albuquerque motel room in February and wounded his father and pregnant mother with a single shot. Such a list for this year would have to include the Florida 2-year-old who found his father’s gun in the family car and killed himself with it in January, the 3-year-old who picked up an unattended gun and killed a 1-year-old in a Cleveland home in April, the Virginia 2-year-old who found a gun on top of a dresser and killed himself in late May, and the 4-year-old who, at about the same time in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, picked up a shotgun at a target shooting range and killed his 22-year-old uncle. Toddler killings have been commonplace enough in these pistol-packin’ years that they now significantly outpace terror killings in the United States.

The Big Leagues of Violence

While we’re at it (before we get to the really big stuff), there is the crew I think of as American-style suicide killers. They lack a political or religious ideology like the suicide bombers of the Middle East, but they are on missions for which killing yourself as well as others is the imagined end. Think of them as informal American jihadis, in touch with no ISIS social media types, watching no inflammatory terror videos, but all riled up anyway, often deeply disturbed, armed, and on suicide missions in the American homeland.

Moving on to bigger things, one kind of killing has been much in the news of late: police shootings. The figures the FBI has traditionally compiled on them have proven to be way too low, so others have entered the fray. The Washington Post, for instance, recently began compiling a database of “every fatal shooting by police” in the United States in 2015 (deaths by Taser not included). Their figure so far: at least 385 for the first five months of 2015 or approximately one of every 13 non-suicide gun deaths so far this year.

“About half the victims,” the Post reports, “were white, half minority. But the demographics shifted sharply among the unarmed victims, two-thirds of whom were black or Hispanic. Overall, blacks were killed at three times the rate of whites or other minorities when adjusting by the population of the census tracts where the shootings occurred.” A Guardian study adds this detail: “Black Americans are more than twice as likely to be unarmed when killed during encounters with police as white people.”

According to The Guardian, a recent Bureau of Justice report found that over the last eight years an average of 928 Americans have died annually at the hands of the police. (FBI figures: only 383.) In other words in those years, there were 7,427 police homicides, the equivalent of more than two 9/11s. Compared to other developed countries, these figures are staggering. There were, for instance, more fatal police shootings in the United States in the month of March 2015 (97) than Australia had between 1992 and 2011 (94). Similarly, there have been almost three times as many police shootings in California alone in 2015 (72) as Canada experiences annually (25).

And when it comes to armed dangers in a country in which there are estimated to be between 270 and 310 million guns or, on average, nearly one firearm for every man, woman, and child, we haven’t even made it to the major leagues of death yet. Take, for instance, suicide by gun. In the last year for which we have figures, 2013, there were 21,175 such deaths and they seem to be rising. Deaths by firearm in this country totaled 33,636 in that year and seem to be rising as well.

And just for the heck of it, maybe we should throw in one other kind of weapon (even if it generally lacks the intentionality of firearms): cars, trucks, and other vehicles. Many traffic deaths could certainly qualify as assaults, however unintentional, with a deadly weapon. In 2013, there were 32,719 such deaths, essentially equaling death by gun in America.

In all, then, we’re talking about approximately 66,000 death-dealing assaults with weapons or vehicles in this country yearly.

Armed Dangers and Meal Tickets

Now, let’s leave those annual fields of carnage behind and turn to the “greatest threat” of our moment—or so the officials of the national security state would have you believe. You know what that is, of course: the Islamic State with its sophisticated propaganda skills that, according to official Washington, regularly run circles around whatever this country and its allies can muster in response. Despite the nearly trillion dollars a year that goes into national security and the elaborate surveillance and monitoring systems that have been put in place, we remain strangely defenseless against its wiles. Using social media, its facilitators threaten to obliterate distance, reach across oceans, and rile up displaced, marginalized, and often slightly unhinged young American Muslims, and—at least so the story goes—prepare the groundwork for unparalleled mayhem in “the homeland.”

With that dire scenario in mind, here is 2015 in Islamic State terrorism in the US in terms of death and destruction: In May, evidently affected by ISIS’s social media presence, Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, two young American Muslims from Phoenix who were roommates, set out to attack a cartoon exhibit and contest in Garland, Texas, devoted to the Prophet Muhammad and organized by Islamophobe Pam Geller. Armed with assault rifles and wearing body armor, they managed to wound an unarmed security guard in the ankle before they were killed by an off-duty traffic officer, also working security at the event.

Similarly, this month a 26-year-old black Muslim, Usaamah Rahim, was reportedly involved in an ISIS-inspired plot in Boston to somehow behead Geller. He then supposedly abandoned that plan, deciding instead to behead some local “boys in blue.” Approached on the street for questioning by Boston police and FBI agents in plain clothes, he pulled out a “military-style knife,” they claimed, threatened them, and was shot to death. (Some aspects of their account have been questioned.) And that’s it, folks. The greatest threat on the planet has, so far this year, managed to inspire three marginal young men to get themselves killed. When it comes to the dangers in American life, put that in the context of tens of thousands of annual deaths by firearm, or even of the toddler killings.

Despite all the talk of possible jihadist plots, this is the evidence we have of the threat to the “homeland” which the Islamic State represents at the moment and into which so much money and preventive activity flows (to the exclusion of so much else). It is, we are told, a “new threat,” utterly unlike the normal dangers of our American world. In fact, such violence, rare as it may be, shouldn’t seem aberrational at all. It really should strike us as more of the same—even if the names of the perpetrators sometimes have a different ring to them: men, often young, with access to weapons, in some cases mentally unstable, and with a grudge, intent on striking out. They should remind us of those American men who so regularly kill their girlfriends and then themselves or of many of the mass killers of recent years.

Yet this is the lone danger that is constantly played up as the one worthy of both fear and investment. Of course, jihadist terror is perfectly real, and if Americans lived in Syria or Iraq or Libya, it would be a horrifying problem. But whatever the present skills of ISIS’s propagandists, such violence has, since 9/11, proven more dangerous than shark attacks, but not much else in American life. And when law enforcement agencies are surveyed, according to Charles Kurzman and David Schanzer, they, too, see the dangers of Islamist terrorism as modest indeed in this country, particularly in comparison to the homegrown far-right-wing version of the same.

It matters that we are still protected by two oceans and that the Islamic jihadist heartlands are distant indeed. But let’s be honest: the threat of Islamic terrorism here is also a meal ticket for the national security state. (Hence all those plots that turn out to be essentially instigated, funded, often essentially organized by FBI informers and then “cracked” by the FBI.) It’s one major way that the officials of that state-within-a-state ensure support and funding, endow themselves with special privileges, including never having to appear in court for potential criminal acts, and entrench their anti-democratic methods and the blanket of secrecy that goes with them ever more deeply in American life.

As for the real armed dangers in our world, nobody’s likely to put much money into protecting you from them and, despite those 66,000 deaths a year, somehow the world continues to spin and the end is not nigh.

By the way, you do have one thing coming to you, don’t you? I promised you a last paragraph. So here goes.

In the week-plus since I first began writing this piece, there was indeed one Islamic State–“inspired” attack in the United States. A 21-year-old man lunged at an FBI agent searching his home in Staten Island, New York, with “a large kitchen knife.” He was reputed to be part of another of those ISIS-inspired terror “plots” that seem unlikely to ever be successfully carried out. There was also a mass killing. A 21-year-old white racist walked into a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, and opened fire in what, if he had been Muslim, would have been called a terror attack, killing nine, including the church’s pastor, who was also a state senator. As Reuters reported, the massacre “recalled the 1963 bombing of an African-American church in Birmingham, Alabama, that killed four girls and galvanized the civil rights movement of the 1960s.” There was as well at least one more grim toddler shooting. A Cincinnati 3-year-old found his mother’s gun in her purse, shot himself in the chest, and died. There was also at least one more fellow on a suicide mission: a Vermont man sought by the police in the killing of his ex-girlfriend engaged in a high-speed car chase before crashing and committing suicide by gun. There were a number of police homicides, including: a man on probation in a Hacienda Inn in South Lake Tahoe; a 28-year-old man in a high-speed car chase in Stockton, California; a 28-year-old man, unarmed but “behaving erratically,” in Des Moines, Iowa; a man who stabbed a policeman trying to arrest him in Brighton Beach, New York; and a man tentatively identified as African in Louisville, Kentucky, accused of violently threatening the police with a flag pole (with the usual conflicting stories from police and eyewitnesses about what actually happened). And in the smorgasbord that is America’s cavalcade of violence, we shouldn’t leave out the off-duty Neptune, New Jersey, police sergeant who chased his ex-wife in 7-year-old daughter before threatening to kill himself and being arrested by the police; or the Iowa City mall security guard, evidently fired from his job earlier that day, who went home, got a weapon, returned, and killed a 20-year-old female employee of the mall’s children’s museum whom he had previously been harassing. He fled, but was arrested by the police soon after. Meanwhile, a mentally disturbed young man with a grudge against the police bought an armored van on eBay (“touted as a ‘Zombie apocalypse assault vehicle’ with ‘gun ports’ capable of ‘drive-by mow-downs’ and full armor and bulletproof windows ‘just in case someone might try to take this bad boy from you’”). He then built pipe bombs, armed himself with an assault rifle and shotgun, drove to Police Headquarters in Dallas, and launched a full-scale attack on the place. Miraculously, he managed to kill no one, despite also crashing his van into several police cars, and was finally killed by a police sniper. And last but hardly least, some gunfire hit closer to home. Three young men in Brooklyn, New York, were shot and wounded in a housing-project playground complex (named after a neighborhood 13-year-old who had been killed by a policeman in 1994). Someone I know gives classes in that complex. The shooter remains on the loose.

June 22, 2015  
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Citing Human #Health Risks, Report Calls for EU Moratorium on #Fracking - #santé #environnement #énérgie #schiste

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Citing Human #Health Risks, Report Calls for EU Moratorium on #Fracking -  #santé #environnement #énérgie #schiste

A major study (pdf) released Sunday finds that chemicals from fracking sites have the potential to cause significant pollution while posing risks to human health and wildlife. In turn, the CHEM Trust—a British charity that investigates the harm chemicals cause ecosystems—is calling for a moratorium on fracking across Europe until key recommendations are put in place.

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#Wikileaks Docs Reveal #Saudi intrigues against #Bahrain's Arab Spring

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#Wikileaks Docs Reveal #Saudi intrigues against #Bahrain's Arab Spring

Saudi Arabia's meddling in Bahrain's internal affairs has been revealed in top secret documents released by whistle blowing site WikiLeaks from June 20.

WikiLeaks published the Saudi Cables, which contain about half a million confidential documents and correspondence between the Saudi government and its embassies worldwide.

It is no secret that the Saudi government has always shown full support for the Bahraini regime and sent the Peninsula Shield forces to crush the popular uprising in 2011.

Anti-government protests swept Bahrain's streets on February 14, 2011, with protesters calling for democratic reforms and more freedoms. This movement irked the Bahraini government and its neighbor Saudi Arabia, who acted quickly and forcefully having learnt Arab Spring lessons from elsewhere in the region.

Some of the cables reveal how the Saudi government kept close tabs on international media coverage on Bahrain, monitoring media outlets which covered the protests and documenting all that was reported.

From the many tweets circulating on social media with photographs of different documents, this user tweeted a document that shows the Saudi government's report on an article written by Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times on Shorouk News in 2012(...)

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