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Manning trial verdict: LIVE UPDATES

Manning trial verdict: LIVE UPDATES | Saif al Islam |
A military judge is to issue a verdict in the case of US army whistleblower Bradley Manning at 17:00 GMT on Tuesday.
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REPORT by AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL LIBYA RULE OF LAW OR RULE OF MILITIA mde190122012en.pdf - Google Drive | Saif al Islam |
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Amnesty removed the report from their web site ... I kept a Copy of Amnesty PDF. Pls check and see what is Amnesty hidding from you. Ask @Amnesty why they removed the report. Ask @Amnesty why they want by hidding Libya reality? How far they go on Helping Torture as a HumanRight for Libya Rebels? How Torture can become a sport with @Amnesty help. 

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US imperialism the BREXIT culprit

US imperialism the BREXIT culprit | Saif al Islam |
The problem began in Libya. Once Hillary pushed Obama to destroy Libya and wipe out the stable government there, she wiped out the arms–and Libya was a very heavily armed country. She turned over the arms to ISIS, to Al-Nusra, and Al-Qaeda. And Al-Qaeda used these arms under U.S. organization to attack Syria and Iraq. Now, the Syrian population, the Iraqi population, have no choice but to either emigrate or get killed.

So when people talk about the immigration to Europe, the Europeans, the French, the Dutch, the English, they’re all aware of the fact that this is the fact that Brussels is really NATO, and NATO is really run by Washington, and that it’s America’s new Cold War against Russia that’s been spurring all of this demographic dislocation that’s spreading into England, spreading into Europe, and is destabilizing things.

So what you’re seeing with the Brexit is the result of the Obama administration’s pro-war, new Cold War policy.

WILPERT: So are you saying that people voted for Brexit because they are really–that they were concerned about the influence of the U.S.? Or are you saying that it’s because of the backlash, because of the immigration that happened, and the fact that the right wing took advantage of that [crosstalk].

HUDSON: It’s a combination. The right wing was, indeed, pushing the immigrant issue, saying wait a minute, they’re threatening our jobs. But the left wing was just as vocal, and the left wing was saying, why are these immigrants coming here? They’re coming here because of Europe’s support of NATO, and NATOs war that’s bombing the near East, that is destabilizing the whole Near East, and causing a flight of refugees not only from Syria but also from Ukraine. In England, many of the so-called Polish plumbers that came years ago have now gone back to Poland, because that country’s recovered.

But now the worry is that a whole new wave of Ukrainians–and basically the U.S. policy is one of destabilization–so even the right-wing, while they have talked about immigrants, they have also denounced the [inaud.] fact that the European policy is run by the United States, and that you have both Marine Le Pen in France saying, we want to withdraw from NATO; we don’t want confrontation with Russia. You have the left wing in England saying, we don’t want concentration in Russia. And last week when I was in Germany you had the Social Democratic Party leaders saying that Russia should be invited back into the G8, that NATO was taking a warlike position and was hurting the European economy by breaking its ties with Russia and by forcing other sanctions against Russia.

So you have a convergence between the left and the right, and the question is, who is going to determine the terms on which Europe is broken up and put back together? Will it simply be the right wing that’s anti-immigrants? Or will it simply be the left saying we want to restructure the economy in a way that essentially avoids the austerity that is coming from Brussels, on the one hand, and from the British Conservative Party on the other.

And again, you have Geert Wilders, the leader of the Dutch nationalists, saying, we want Holland to have its own central bank. We want to be in charge of our own money. And under Brussels, we cannot be in charge of our own money. That means we cannot run a budget deficit and spend money into the economy, and recover with a Keynesian-type policy.
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Q&A: What will happen on June 24 if the UK votes for Brexit?

Q&A: What will happen on June 24 if the UK votes for Brexit? | Saif al Islam |
How the different scenarios could play out.
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Brexit: A New World Order Humpty Dumpty

Brexit: A New World Order Humpty Dumpty | Saif al Islam |
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By Phil Butler

Before the #Brexit vote, Western mainstream media went bonkers. The corporate owned media outlets online did everything in their power to dissuade British voters from leaving a sinking EU. Today, as the pound and euro tumble, I examine the most flagrant warnings, and provide insight into what this vote really means.

Prime Minister David Cameron has been playing Chicken Little for months now. The British sky falling in, on already miserable pensioners and ordinary workers, it has been the droning drumbeat. In between the lines the real story of "why" western leadership wanted Britain in. Here's a snapshot of western media revelations that show what the EU means to the EU and its allies.

The Status Quo Franchises

I'll pull no punches here. The Economist is owned by the Cadbury, Rothschild, Schroder, and Agnelli families. Just before the #Brexit vote, this was the lead article proclaiming disaster if Britain left the EU. Tucked neatly inside this piece, is a major reason not discussed openly on the BBC etc.

"Brexit would deal a heavy blow to Europe, a continent already on the ropes. It would uncouple the world's fifth-largest economy from its biggest market, and unmoor the fifth-largest defense spender from its allies."

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Subtle, isn't it? Is someone making pounds sterling off weapons?

The texts tells us why the likes of the Rothschilds need Britain in the EU. Thwarting Vladimir Putin and Russian interests bears mightily. While most people know the Rothschild name, few identify with Cadbury and Schroders, and others running The Economist. For instance, Schroders management of corporate and private assets worth £324.9 billion pounds should be surprising. And the fact the Agnelli family that owns Italian investment company Exor, should cast any Economist piece in shadow
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Como as corporações cercam a democracia

Como as corporações cercam a democracia | Saif al Islam |
Olhar o século 21 pelas lentes do século passado não ajuda. Quando pensamos o mundo da economia, pensamos ainda em interesses econômicos e mecanismos de mercado. A política, o poder formal, os impostos, o setor público em geral representariam outra dimensão. Não é nova a ruptura destas fronteiras, a penetração dos interesses de grupos econômicos privados na esfera pública. O que é novo, é a escala, a profundidade e o grau de organização do processo. O que já foram deformações fragmentadas, penetrações pontuais através de lobbies, de corrupção e de “portas-giratórias” entre o setor privado e o setor público se avolumaram, e por osmose estão se transformando em poder político articulado em que o interesse público é que aflora apenas por momentos e segundo esforços prodigiosos de manifestações populares, de frágeis artigos na mídia alternativa, de um ou outro político independente. O poder corporativo tornou-se sistêmico, capturando uma a uma as diversas dimensões de expressão e exercício de poder, e gerando uma nova dinâmica, ou uma nova arquitetura do poder realmente existente.

Uma forma é a própria expansão dos tradicionais lobbies. A Google, por exemplo, tem hoje oito empresas de lobby contratadas apenas na Europa, além de financiamento direto de parlamentares e de membros da Comissão Europeia. É provável que tenha de pagar 6 bilhões de euros por ilegalidades cometidas no Velho Continente. Os gastos da Google nesta área já se aproximam dos da Microsoft. A Google mobilizou congressistas americanos para pressionarem a Comissão: “O esforço coordenado por senadores e membros do Congresso, bem como de um comité de congressistas, fez parte de um esforço sofisticado, com muitos milhões de libras em Bruxelas, com que a Google montou a ofensiva para travar as resistências à sua dominação na Europa.” [4]

Enquanto os lobbies ainda podem ser apresentados como formas externas de pressão, muito mais importante é o financiamento direto de campanhas políticas, através de partidos ou investindo diretamente nos candidatos. No Brasil lei promulgada em 1997 autorizou as empresas a financiar candidatos, com impactos desastrosos em particular no comportamento de parlamentares, que passaram a formar bancadas corporativas. Em 2010, os Estados Unidos seguiram o mesmo caminho, levando a que hoje os americanos comentem que “temos o melhor Congresso que o dinheiro pode comprar”. No Brasil finalmente o STF decretou a ilegalidade da prática, a valer a partir das próximas eleições. Mas em 2016 ainda temos uma bancada ruralista, além da grande mídia, das empreiteiras, dos bancos, das montadoras, e contam-se nos dedos os representantes do cidadão. O truncamento do Código Florestal e consequente retomada da destruição da Amazônia, o bloqueio da taxação de transações financeiras e tantas outras medidas, ou ausência de medidas como é o caso da tributação sobre fortunas ou capital improdutivo, resultam desta nova relação de forças que um Congresso literalmente comprado permite.

A captura da área jurídica adquiriu imensa importância, e se dá por várias formas. Foi notória a tentativa dos grandes bancos brasileiros, por meio de financiamentos de diversos tipos, de colocar as atividades financeiras fora do alcance do Procon e de outras instâncias de defesa do consumidor. Nos Estados Unidos, um juiz de uma comarca decide colocar a Argentina na ilegalidade no quadro dos chamados “fundos abutres”, pondo-se claramente a serviço da legalização da especulação financeira internacional, e acima da legislação de outro país.

Uma forma particularmente perniciosa de captura do judiciário deu-se por meio dos acordos ditos “settlements” , pelos quais as corporações pagam uma multa mas não precisam reconhecer a culpa, evitando assim que os administradores sejam criminalmente responsabilizados. Assim, os administradores corporativos e financiadores ficam tranquilos em termos de eventuais condenações. Joseph Stiglitz comenta: “Temos notado repetidas vezes que nenhum dos responsáveis encarregados dos grandes bancos que levaram o mundo à beira da ruína foi considerado responsável (accountable) por seus malfeitos. Como pode ser que ninguém seja responsável? Especialmente quando houve malfeitos da magnitude dos que ocorreram nos anos recentes?” [5] Elizabeth Warren, senadora americana, traz no seu curto estudo uma excelente descrição dos mecanismos, com nomes das empresas. [6]
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French industrial giant Lafarge paid taxes to ISIS

French industrial giant Lafarge paid taxes to ISIS | Saif al Islam |

The world's leading building materials company Lafarge paid taxes to the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in 2013-2014 to continue operations in northern Syria, reports Le Monde.

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3 Years Ago Today, Rolling Stone’s Editor “Conveniently” Died in Fiery Crash While Investigating CIA

3 Years Ago Today, Rolling Stone’s Editor “Conveniently” Died in Fiery Crash While Investigating CIA | Saif al Islam |
Notorious for ending the career of a four-star general, Rolling Stone contributing editor Michael Hastings suspiciously died in a fiery explosion three years ago on the streets of Los Angeles. Although the FBI eventually admitted to investigating his work while CIA Director John Brennan continued to lead “witch hunts” against investigative journalists, Hastings’ death was immediately ruled an accident while unanswered questions remain years later.

Early on the morning of June 18, 2013, freelance cameraman Scott Lane recorded a dash cam video of Hastings’ Mercedes C250 coupe speeding south on Highland Ave and running a red light. Down the street, a surveillance camera at Pizzeria Mozza recorded a brief video appearing to show two small explosions near the bottom of his car moments before hitting a tree and bursting into flames.

A day after Hastings’ death, Robin Abcarian of the Los Angeles Times reported Hastings had been investigating CIA Director John Brennan at the time of his demise. Within hours, her colleague Brian Bennett contradicted her story claiming Hastings had been researching Florida socialite Jill Kelley instead.

A few days later, LA Times reporter Andrew Blankstein debunked Bennett’s article and confirmed Hastings had been investigating CIA Director John Brennan at the time of his death. Although Bennett’s article is full of false information, the editorial staff has refused to make any corrections.

Less than a year before Hastings’ death, Wikileaks posted a series of hacked emails taken from the private intelligence firm Strategic Forecasting (Stratfor), including an email stating, “Brennan is behind the witch hunts of investigative journalists.”

Following the tragic loss of her husband, Hastings’ wife Elise Jordan later confirmed that he had been working on a profile of Brennan when he died. Although Rolling Stone was expected to publish his article posthumously, the editors have not released his final piece and refuse to answer why.

The day after Hastings’ untimely demise, Wikileaks wrote on Twitter, “Michael Hastings contacted Wikileaks lawyer Jennifer Robinson just a few hours before he died, saying that the FBI was investigating him.”
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Pope Francis turns down $1 million donation by Argentine government - Crux

Pope Francis turns down $1 million donation by Argentine government - Crux | Saif al Islam |
After Pope Francis spurned a $1 million donation from the government of Argentine President Mauricio Macri, some are styling it a deliberate snub, some say it's just Francis being Francis, and still others think the pope said no because the amount in Argentinian Pesos contains the Biblical number "666."
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Clement Freud #pedophile scandal: MP & #McCann family friend exposed as a child predator

Clement Freud #pedophile scandal: MP & #McCann family friend exposed as a child predator | Saif al Islam |
Former broadcaster and politician Sir Clement Freud, who befriended the McCann family following the disappearance of their daughter Madeleine in 2007, has been exposed as a pedophile, who sexually abused young girls for decades.

Freud spent years abusing girls as young as 10, including Sylvia Woosley, whom he raised as a daughter. He continuously abused her until she managed to move out aged 19.

The senior Liberal Party figure died in 2009. Now police are to investigate his links to the McCann family after the abuse claims were made by an ITV Exposure documentary.

Gerry and Kate McCann are thought to have been in contact with the MP, who had a holiday home in the Praia da Luz resort in Portugal, where Madeleine disappeared and also hosted the McCanns at his home, the Telegraph reports.

READ MORE: Met police in corruption probe over VIP pedophile network ‘cover-up’

Though Freud’s family allegedly denied he was in Portugal at the time of Madeleine’s disappearance, police are expected to assess the new information about his past and decide whether the fresh revelations are relevant to the case.

His widow Jill Freud, 89, said in a statement she is “deeply saddened and profoundly sorry for what has happened to these women.”

The McCanns also said they are “horrified” by the discovery that Freud was a pedophile following the ITV revelations.

A spokesperson for the family said Gerry and Kate McCann were unaware of the politician’s history of child abuse.

Officers from Operation Grange, the ongoing investigation by London’s Metropolitan Police, did not respond the questions about a possible link, but former murder squad detective Colin Sutton said “it would be certainly a potential line of inquiry that would be worth pursuing,” according to the Telegraph.

“It is not something that ought to be taken lightly and you would also want to look at any connections he may have had in the area at that time,” he added.

A second woman who remains anonymous told ITV she was abused by Freud at age 11 and eventually raped seven years later when he was an MP for the Liberal Party and shared an office with MP Cyril Smith, who was also revealed to be a pedophile following his death in 2010.

READ MORE: British MP slams ex PM Thatcher for pedophile cover-up

Freud had been a popular television and radio personality for decades and regularly contributed to Radio 4’s Just A Minute.

He was also the grandson of renowned psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud and brother of Lucian, regarded by many as Britain’s greatest artist of recent decades.
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Ciro Gomes: O impeachment de 1992 e o golpe de 2016

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Argentina to suspend RT from national broadcasting

Argentina to suspend RT from national broadcasting | Saif al Islam |
The Argentinian state media authority has decided to suspend the nationwide broadcast of RT Spanish. In 2014, RT became the first foreign TV channel to be shown on national television in Argentina.

According to an official notification from the national RTA SE media body, the suspension will come into force in 60 days. The channel will be excluded from free transmission, but will still remain in paid TV packages.
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Blog do Alok: Lista de matar: esmagar o "B" de BRICS, por Pepe Escobar

Blog do Alok: Lista de matar: esmagar o "B" de BRICS, por Pepe Escobar | Saif al Islam |
As apostas não poderiam ser mais altas. Estão na balança não só o futuro dos BRICS, mas o futuro de um novo mundo multipolar. E tudo depende do que aconteça no Brasil nos próximos poucos meses.

Comecemos pelo kafkiano tumulto interno. O golpe de Estado contra a presidenta Dilma Rousseff continua a ser tragicomédia político-midiática que parece recomeçar todos os dias. Também é caso de guerra de informação convertida em ferramenta estratégica para maior controle político.

Uma sucessão impressionante de vazamentos de áudios revelou que setores chaves dos militares brasileiros e seletos juízes da Suprema Corte legitimaram o golpe contra uma presidenta que sempre cuidou de proteger a investigação de corrupção chamada "Car Wash", que já dura dois anos. Até a mídia-empresa ocidental dominante teve de admitir que Dilma, que nada roubou, está sendo impedida e derrubada por uma gangue de ladrões. A agenda deles: fazer parar a investigação "Car Wash", que eventualmente pode vir a jogar muitos deles na cadeia.

Os vazamentos também revelaram a carnificina que ruge entre as elites brasileiras comprador — periférica e central. Essencialmente, as elites periféricas foram usadas como moleques de recados no Congresso, para fazer o trabalho sujo. Mas agora podem estar a ponto de se tornarem assaltantes de estrada – junto com o 'governo' ilegítimo, impopular, interino de Michel Temer, liderado por uma gangue de políticos corruptos até o cerne do PMDB, o partido que é herdeiro da única fachada de 'oposição' tolerada durante a ditadura militar brasileira (dos anos 1960s aos 1980s).

Conheça o chanceler vassalo

Personagem insidioso em toda a trama do golpeachment é o ministro interino de Relações Exteriores, senador José Serra do PSDB, social-democratas convertidos em operadores de forças neoliberais. Na eleição presidencial de 2002 – quando foi derrotado por Lula –, Serra tentava livrar-se das oligarquias brasileiras periféricas.

Agora contudo está cumprindo outro papel – perfeitamente posicionado não só para fazer regredir a política externa do Brasil, de volta para algum ponto do golpe militar de 1964, mas, sobretudo, no papel de homem de ponta do governo dos EUA dentro da gangue golpista.

A oligarquia em São Paulo é aliada chave do Excepcionalistão no Brasil. São Paulo é o estado mais rico do Brasil e capital financeira da América Latina. É a lista A do Brasil. É das fileiras dessa oligarquia que talvez 'surja' um eventual "salvador nacional".

Tão logo as elites periféricas tenham sido aniquiladas, não haverá nada que impeça a criminalização – e provável prisão – de vários líderes da esquerda brasileira, Lula inclusive. Em seguida se urdirá algum tipo de eleição fake, 'legalizada' por Gilmar Mendes, juiz da Suprema Corte e operador do PSDB.

Tudo depende do que aconteça nos próximos dois meses. O procurador-geral afinal ordenou a prisão de três altos quadros da elite periférica; os três são acusados de conspirar para impedir que avancem as investigações da operação "Car Wash" – rede extremamente complexa de agentes jurídico-políticos-policiais, de miríades de círculos concêntricos/sobrepostos.

Entrementes, o julgamento final do impeachment de Dilma no Senado deve acontecer dia 16 de agosto – 11 dias depois do início dos Jogos Olímpicos. Os golpistas sofreram um duro golpe, quando tentaram acelerar os procedimentos. No pé em que estão as coisas, o resultado é incerto; depois dos vazamentos, quatro de cinco senadores já estão oscilantes quanto ao voto, uma vez que os vazamentos implicam Temer, o presidente interino, pessoalmente. 'Líder' de uma gangue pesadamente envolvido em corrupção e com zero de credibilidade, Temer é alvo de várias investigações por corrupção, e acaba de ser declarado inelegível e impedido de concorrer a cargo político eletivo nos próximos oito anos.

O monopólio (cinco famílias) que controla a mídia-empresa dominante no Brasil, conhecido como PIG (sigla de "Partido da Imprensa Golpista") mudou de tom, deixando de lado o antiesquerdismo obcecado e agora se dedica a fazer campanha contra elementos selecionados da gangue de Temer.

Segundo a Constituição, se a presidência e a vice-presidência ficam vagas nos últimos dois anos de mandato, cabe ao Congresso eleger o novo presidente.

Essa disposição legal implica dois cenários possíveis. Se Dilma não for impedida e reassumir, vai-se configurando como muito provável que ela determine que se realizem novas eleições presidenciais ainda antes do final de 2016.

Se a presidenta for impedida, o PIG tolerará a gangue interina dos 'quadros' temeristas até, no máximo, janeiro de 2017. O passo seguinte seria o que Serra e o quase presidiário e 'líder' do Senado, Renan Calheiros, trabalham para conseguir: o fim de eleições diretas para presidente e o início de um parlamentarismo à brasileira.
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CrossTalk: Exceptionalism’s Wars (with Pepe Escobar )

Over the past 15 years the United States has been in a perpetual state of war. What does it have to show for this? The record clearly demonstrates foreig
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Omar’s Motive

Omar’s Motive | Saif al Islam |
America doesn’t understand Orlando shooter Omar Mateen’s motive. The New York Times speculated that Omar was probably radicalized over the Internet, that he was anti-gay or perhaps a frustrated self-hating gay, finally concluding that we might never know. Many American media outlets reported that Omar was motivated by ISIS propaganda and that he was infected by the virus of radical Islam.

Omar was born in the U.S. and never traveled to the birthplace of his parents, Afghanistan, which he called “my country.” I remember Afghanistan in 1975 as a 20-year-old hitchhiking across Asia with my 19-year-old girlfriend. We roamed that beautiful country, interacting with friendly Afghans. At the time hardly anyone was concerned about “radical Islam.”

Soon afterwards the Soviet empire moved into Afghanistan and attempted to conquer it. When the indomitable Afghans refused to submit, the Soviet empire soon collapsed.

In 2001 the American empire moved in and, according to Brown University’s Watson Institute, almost 100,000 Afghani civilians have been killed, mostly by U.S. bombs.[1]

Being bombed is very emotional to those on the receiving end. As humans under attack, you’re naturally motivated to retaliate. When I ventured across Vietnam and Laos, survivors of U.S. bombing raids told me of their fellow villagers who, back in the 1960’s, did not know anything about a country named America or the war beyond their hills. But these illiterate peasants were instantly radicalized and committed to patriot resistance upon their very first sighting of U.S. warplanes dropping bombs on their homes and families.

Look what happened in the wake of the 9-11 attack upon the World Trade Center: thousands of American men and women were radicalized—moved by murder from the air—after viewing images of their homeland under attack. We Americans honor their reaction as “patriotism.”

Americans will always remember 9-11, but curiously, we don’t expect other people to react in a similar, visceral, patriotic way when their homelands are bombed. President Richard Nixon discovered how to make war more palatable to American voters. When he took office in the midst of the quagmire of the Vietnam War, Nixon did something unprecedented in the history of war: he upped the killing of Indochinese, but accomplished the feat with fewer U.S. casualties. As the president withdrew U.S. ground troops from Vietnam, he dramatically increased the ferocity of the air war. As Nixon slaughtered many more people than his predecessor President Lyndon Johnson, the removal of American boots shifted the Vietnam War from the front to the back of the American mind.
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John Pilger Explains Why BREXIT Happened

John Pilger Explains Why BREXIT Happened | Saif al Islam |
The majority vote by Britons to leave the European Union was an act of raw democracy. Millions of ordinary people refused to be bullied, intimidated and dismissed with open contempt by their presumed betters in the major parties, the leaders of the business and banking oligarchy and the media.

This was, in great part, a vote by those angered and demoralised by the sheer arrogance of the apologists for the “remain” campaign and the dismemberment of a socially just civil life in Britain. The last bastion of the historic reforms of 1945, the National Health Service, has been so subverted by Tory and Labour-supported privateers it is fighting for its life.

A forewarning came when the Treasurer, George Osborne, the embodiment of both Britain’s ancient regime and the banking mafia in Europe, threatened to cut £30 billion from public services if people voted the wrong way; it was blackmail on a shocking scale.

Immigration was exploited in the campaign with consummate cynicism, not only by populist politicians from the lunar right, but by Labour politicians drawing on their own venerable tradition of promoting and nurturing racism, a symptom of corruption not at the bottom but at the top. The reason millions of refugees have fled the Middle East – irst Iraq, now Syria – are the invasions and imperial mayhem of Britain, the United States, France, the European Union and Nato. Before that, there was the wilful destruction of Yugoslavia. Before that, there was the theft of Palestine and the imposition of Israel.

The pith helmets may have long gone, but the blood has never dried. A nineteenth century contempt for countries and peoples, depending on their degree of colonial usefulness, remains a centrepiece of modern “globalisation”, with its perverse socialism for the rich and capitalism for the poor: its freedom for capital and denial of freedom to labour; its perfidious politicians and politicised civil servants.

All this has now come home to Europe, enriching the likes of Tony Blair and impoverishing and disempowering millions. On 23 June, the British said no more.

The most effective propagandists of the “European ideal” have not been the far right, but an insufferably patrician class for whom metropolitan London is the United Kingdom. Its leading members see themselves as liberal, enlightened, cultivated tribunes of the 21st century zeitgeist, even “cool”. What they really are is a bourgeoisie with insatiable consumerist tastes and ancient instincts of their own superiority. In their house paper, the Guardian, they have gloated, day after day, at those who would even consider the EU profoundly undemocratic, a source of social injustice and a virulent extremism known as “neoliberalism”.
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Why the UK Said Bye Bye to the EU - by PEPE ESCOBAR #Brexit

Why the UK Said Bye Bye to the EU - by PEPE ESCOBAR #Brexit | Saif al Islam |
So what started as a gamble by David Cameron on an outlet for domestic British discontent, to be used as a lever to bargain with Brussels for a few more favors, has metastasized into an astonishing political earthquake about the dis-integration of the European Union.

European Council President Donald Tusk gestures as he briefs the media after Britain voted to leave the bloc, in Brussels, Belgium, June 24, 2016.
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Tusk: EU Ready for Britain's Secession
The irrepressibly mediocre Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, posing as a “historian”, had warned that Brexit, “could be the beginning of the destruction of not only the EU but Western political civilization in its entirety”.

That’s foolish. Brexit proved that it’s immigration, stupid. And once again, it’s the economy, stupid (although the British neoliberal establishment never paid attention). But serious bets can be made the EU system in Brussels won’t learn anything from the shock therapy – and won’t reform itself. There will be rationalizations that after all the UK was always classically whiny, obtrusive and demanding special privileges when dealing with the EU. As for “Western political civilization”, what will end – and this is a big thing — is the special transatlantic relationship between the US and the EU with Britain as an American Trojan Horse.

So of course this all goes monumentally beyond a mere match between a hopelessly miscalculating Cameron, now fallen on his sword, and the recklessly ambitious court jester Boris Johnson – a Donald Trump with better vocabulary and speech patterns.

Nicola Sturgeon
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Second Scottish Independence Referendum Highly Likely - Sturgeon
Scotland, predictably, voted Remain, and may probably hold a new referendum — and leave the UK — rather than be dragged out by white working class English votes. Sinn Fein already wants a vote on united Ireland. Denmark, the Netherlands and even Poland and Hungary will want special status inside the EU, or else. Across Europe, the extreme right stampede is on. Marine Le Pen wants a French referendum. Geert Wilders wants a Dutch referendum. As for the vast majority of British under-25s who voted Remain, they may be contemplating one-way tickets not to the continent, but beyond.

Show me the people

Anglo-French historian Robert Tombs has remarked that when Europeans talk about history they refer to the Roman Empire, the Renaissance and the Enlightenment. Great Britain is somewhat overlooked. In reciprocity, quite a few Britons still consider Europe an entity that should be kept at a safe distance.

To compound the problem, this is not a “Europe of peoples”. Brussels absolutely detests European public opinion, and the system exhibits an iron resistance to reform. This current EU project that ultimately aims at a federation, modeled on the US, does not cut it in most of Britain. Arguably this is one of the key reasons behind Brexit – which for its part has already disunited the kingdom and may eventually downgrade it into a tiny trading post on the edge of Europe.
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‘Russia’s involvement is crucial in addressing today’s problems’ – ex UNHCR chief (Antº Guterres)

‘Russia’s involvement is crucial in addressing today’s problems’ – ex UNHCR chief (Antº Guterres) | Saif al Islam |
Russia is a fundamental partner in efforts to bring peace and stability to the world; its involvement in addressing today’s problems is crucial, says António Guterres, ex-UN high commissioner for refugees, now candidate for UN secretary-general.
EU refugee & migrant influx, Syria unrest

RT: The current refugee crisis is the worst since WWII. What should the UN's priority be in dealing with the flow of refugees?

António Guterres: Of course we cannot forget the need to protect them, the need to keep borders open for them, the need to make sure that we find solutions for them. But the most important is to increase the prevention of conflicts…Now more that 65 million people are displaced by conflict in the world. And we see this multiplication of new conflicts; we see old conflicts that never die.

It is absolutely essential to increase the resources, the capacities, the possibility to mobilize all those that have an influence on the parties to the conflicts in order to prevent those conflict from happening, and then in order to solve them as soon as they happen.

This is the biggest flow we have today in the international community capacity. And it is this flow that needs to be addressed with maximum priority, because better than to help refugees is to make sure that there won’t be more refugees in the future.

RT: What will your priority be if you’re elected UN secretary-general?

AG: I think that we need a surge in the diplomacy for peace. The UN has the role to play as an honest broker, as a convener in a humble way, but helping countries to come together – those that have an influence on different parties to different conflicts to come together to understand that now these are wars in which nobody is winning, everybody is losing. That became a nightmare not only for the countries involved in the war, but for the whole international community.

We see the connection between global terrorism and conflict. We see attacks in Beirut, in Paris, in Orlando, everywhere… We saw the tragic event with the Russian plane coming from Egypt. So this is something in which now there is a fundamental interest of everybody in the world to come together and to put an end to these conflicts. I see the UN can play a role in helping people come together and doing some discreet diplomacy, facilitating trust being built for the international community to be able to act as a whole and to make sure that we avoid this terrible multiplication of conflicts that we’re witnessing today.
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U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon © Sergei Karpukhin UN’s Ban Ki-moon notes Russia’s crucial role in solving intl conflicts, as Ukraine fumes

RT: The UN has been dealing with global peace and stability for 65 years. With terrorism, the refugee crisis and climate change, is the organization still up to its mission?

AG: Obviously. There is still a long way to go. Many people in different UN organizations are doing their best. We see UN agencies delivering humanitarian aid; we see the mobilization of the international community [in response] to climate change in the Paris agreement; we see the new Agenda 2030 in relation to sustainable development. There is progress in many areas. But let’s be clear, there is still a long way to go to create the conditions of trust for all member states to be engaged in the most important objective of them all, which is to establish peace and security in our troubled world.

RT: Ban Ki-moon recently said Russia has a very important role to play, and that he counts heavily on its leadership. What's your view on that, as Russia's hasn't been a favorite in the West since the Ukrainian crisis erupted more than two years ago?

AG: Well, I do believe that Russia is an absolutely fundamental partner in all international efforts to bring more peace and stability to the world. The coordination, the cooperation between the UN and Russia and creating the conditions to increase also the trust in the relations between Russia and other powers in the world is absolutely crucial. There is no way we can address the problems of today’s world without the strong involvement of Russia. Russia’s role is absolutely essential, absolutely crucial in creating the conditions for us to be able to move forward in all key aspects of international agenda.

RT: The EU has reportedly agreed to extend economic sanctions against Russia for another six months. But we've heard from many politicians that it's now time to build bridges, not walls. What's your view?

AG: We need to increase dialogue between all key players in the international community. Russia is one of these key players; the EU is one of the key players. The US is another key player. There must be better dialogue, better cooperation, better understanding – that is the way forward.

RT: When it comes to solving the Syrian crisis, Moscow and Washington seem to agree on many things, but sparks often fly high between their envoys at the Security Council and they often don't see eye to eye. Can they find a new way or working, or are there deep-seated differences that just can't be overcome?

AG: I’ve seen Moscow and Washington come together very closely. The two are playing a very important role in creating the conditions for peace to be established in Syria. I believe that effort needs to be enlarged to other countries. Regional powers have today a very important role in the questions of peace and security. It is important to put on board also countries like Saudi Arabia, Iran and Turkey. I believe that Russia and the US are moving in the right direction, but they need to bring onboard other key partners in order to make sure that the comprehensive solution is possible…

RT: There has been a refugee deal signed between the EU and Turkey, which key aspect was to solve refugee crisis in Europe. Do you think it works properly?

AG: I am not following the deal and its evolution very closely… But the most dramatic scene for me is that the problems are not solved. The central problem is the Syrians that are suffering so much. Seeing the houses bombed, seeing the members of the families being killed, their communities being destroyed. The Syrians are now starting not to have a place to escape, starting not to have international protection evaluable for them in Europe and in the neighborhood. This is something that needs to be corrected.

That is why I have been advocating since last year and the UNHCR is advocating today for a massive resettlement program allowing Syrians to be able to restart their lives in different parts of the world with a common international effort to give an adequate answer to this immense tragedy of Syrian people.
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IMF warns United States about high poverty rates

IMF warns United States about high poverty rates | Saif al Islam |
While US economy is generally in good health, the International Monetary Fund has found many Americans are staying out of the workforce or living in poverty.

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© Gary Cameron Working mothers in the US still face greater poverty and difficulties

The IMF praised Washington for creating 2.4 million jobs in the last year and said the unemployment rate has fallen to 4.7 percent, the lowest level since the global crisis of 2008-2009.

However, the Fund warned about “falling labor force participation, an increasingly polarized income distribution, high levels of poverty, and weak productivity.”

To improve things, the IMF has recommended Washington “increase state and federal infrastructure investment, adopt comprehensive skills-based immigration reform, expand the Earned Income Tax Credit combined with an increase in the federal minimum wage, and upgrade social programs for the nonworking poor.”

The Fund cited US census data that 46.7 million people or 15 percent of Americans now live below the poverty line, including 1 in 3 households headed by women.

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The IMF also urged the US to ratify the Trans Pacific Partnership, sign a trade and investment agreement with Europe and tackle protectionism.

The report also slashed the US growth forecast for 2016 to 2.2 percent from 2.4 percent previously, but maintained its growth outlook at 2.5 percent in 2017.

"Our assessment is that, if left unchecked, these four forces - participation, productivity, polarization and poverty - will corrode the underpinnings of growth and hold back gains in US living standards," said IMF Chief Christine Lagarde.
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In their cynicism about Putin, western diplomats are making the Ukrainian crisis worse | Mary Dejevsky

In their cynicism about Putin, western diplomats are making the Ukrainian crisis worse | Mary Dejevsky | Saif al Islam |

Thursday 19 February 2015 07.00 GMT

Ever since the roadmap for peace in Ukraine was agreed last week, the prevailing mood in western capitals has been pessimism laced with cynicism. In the unlikely event that the ceasefire somehow takes hold, this will be interpreted as proof positive that the terms favoured Russia. Whatever happens, Russia – or, more specifically, President Putin – will be to blame.

Any notion that Moscow might genuinely want peace in Ukraine, and be willing to compromise to achieve that, is excluded from the calculation. And so continues the profound misreading of Kremlin thinking that has dogged the west’s approach to Russia, and militated against any settlement since President Viktor Yanukovych fled Kiev and Russia snatched Crimea a year ago.
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If Russia and the rebels continue to breach the ceasefire or otherwise overplay their hand, they are likely to face a much tougher US response
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A textbook example of western diplomacy’s wrongheadedness was offered by Samantha Power, the US ambassador to the United Nations. Speaking on Tuesday, Power – who habitually sounds more like an appointee of George W Bush than of Barack Obama – responded to a resolution tabled by Russia in support of the Minsk agreement by insisting that it was not worth the paper it was written on.

“Stop arming the separatists,” she shouted. “Stop sending hundreds of heavy weapons across the border in addition to your troops. Stop pretending you are not doing what you are doing.” “Russia,” she went on in similarly accusatory mode, “signs agreements, then does everything within its power to undermine them. Russia champions the sovereignty of nations and then acts as if a neighbour’s borders do not exist.” She then meekly voted with everyone else in favour of the resolution.

Now, Power may well have been playing to some very particular galleries: the majority-Republican US Congress, the fearful Nato allies in the Baltic states and Poland, plus of course the pro-western government in Kiev, all of whom would demand that Washington hang tough. But such public dismissal of Russia – with charges, such as “sending hundreds of heavy weapons across the border”, that have not been substantiated, despite all the surveillance technology Nato has at its disposal – will hardly encourage Moscow to cooperate. It might as well behave badly, for all the thanks it gets.

The argument that Russia was the big winner from the latest Minsk agreement is anyway exaggerated. After Moscow annexed Crimea, a western consensus evolved to the effect that Putin’s long-term objective was the restoration of the Soviet, or Russian, empire, and that if the Kremlin could not, or would not, take over all Ukraine it would establish a proxy presence in the Donbass in order to make a pro-western Ukraine ungovernable. The “special status” for the region, envisaged at Minsk, is widely seen as Russia’s gain. So too is the fact that the demarcation line allocates marginally more territory to the “separatists” than they received under previous ceasefires.

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CLOWNS »» Rio de Janeiro state govt declares ‘state of calamity’ over funding shortage ahead of Olympics

CLOWNS »» Rio de Janeiro state govt declares ‘state of calamity’ over funding shortage ahead of Olympics | Saif al Islam |
Rio de Janeiro state authorities declared a “state of public calamity” on Friday, less than 50 days before the start of the Olympic Games, amid a massive funding gap. The move is meant to trigger the release of additional federal funds.

The decree blamed the "serious economic crisis" on the oil price shock. It stressed that the government could fail to honor its commitments to host the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, which are scheduled to take place August 5-21 and September 7-18, respectively.

The crisis could cause a “total collapse in public security, health, education, mobility and environmental management,” the state government said.

Interim Governor Francisco Dornelles signed the decree, which authorizes the government to “adopt all necessary emergency measures to ration essential public services in order for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games to take place.”

The purpose of the decree is “to present to the society of Rio de Janeiro the financial difficulties of the state, paving the way for tough measures in the financial field and calling the attention of the federal authorities to the difficulties that we have been having with the metro, with health, with public security, so that they can work with us,” Gov. Dornelles said.

The move is expected to lead to a cash boost from the Brazilian federal government. Currently, the budget of Rio de Janeiro state has a shortfall of $5.6 billion for 2016.
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A general view of the Olympic Village in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 15, 2016. © Felipe Dana Brazil unveils Rio 2016 Olympic village

The Rio de Janeiro state government has a responsibility to cover the costs of public security during the Olympics, as well as to expand the metro line to the Olympic Park and clean up the water at Guanabara Bay and the Lagoa competition venues.

Rio has already received around $300 million from the Brazilian federal government to extend the metro line. The federal budget, however, remains very limited, with double-digit inflation and record unemployment rate hurting the country’s fiscal prospects.

Meanwhile, Rio’s mayor Eduardo Paes spoke out on Twitter, arguing that the Rio state's decision will "in no way delay the delivery of Olympic projects and the promises assumed by the city of Rio."

Rio estimates that it will receive around 500,000 visitors for the Olympic Games.

The dire national economic crisis stems from the global oil price drop, which shocked markets at the end of 2014 and put significant pressure on commodity-dependent economies, such as Brazil.

In 2015, Brazil’s economy contracted 3.8 percent, marking the country’s worst recession in over two decades. Salaries for police, teachers and government workers have been held back due to lack of funds.
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Wounded ISIS fighters brought to Turkey hospitals in ‘pick-up trucks’ – doctors, eyewitnesses to RT

Wounded ISIS fighters brought to Turkey hospitals in ‘pick-up trucks’ – doctors, eyewitnesses to RT | Saif al Islam |
Islamic State militants are frequently transported across the Syrian border to Turkish hospitals for treatment, according to eyewitness accounts collected by RT on the ground. Their crossing was allegedly ensured by Turkish officials.
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100 Al-Nusra terrorists arrive in Syrian-Turkish border region – Russian Defense Ministry

100 Al-Nusra terrorists arrive in Syrian-Turkish border region – Russian Defense Ministry | Saif al Islam |
Around 100 heavily armed Al-Nusra Front jihadists were spotted arriving in the border region between Syria and Turkey by locals living in Kbana, a village in Syria’s Latakia province, the Russian Center for Syrian Reconciliation reported in a statement.
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Obama to deliver statement on Orlando shooting

Obama to deliver statement on Orlando shooting | Saif al Islam |
President Obama will deliver a statement Sunday afternoon on the early morning mass shooting that killed 50 people at an Orlando nightclub, the White House announced.

The president is scheduled to deliver remarks at 1:30 p.m. ET.

A heavily armed man opened fire in the crowded Pulse Orlando gay nightclub early Sunday, killing 50 people and wounding 53 in the deadliest shooting spree in U.S. history, law enforcement authorities said. The massacre was being investigated as possible terrorism.

A federal law enforcement official told USA TODAY the suspect has been identified as Omar Seddique Mateen of Port St. Lucie, Fla. His father told NBC news that Mateen had recently expressed anti-gay sentiments.
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Does Bilderberg Really Run The World? One Chart To Help You Decide | Zero Hedge

Does Bilderberg Really Run The World? One Chart To Help You Decide | Zero Hedge | Saif al Islam |
With the Bilderberg 2016 meeting now humming along at the Taschenbergpalais hotel in Dresden, deep behind closed doors and protected by heavily-armed guards, many have wondered: just how hyperbolic are allegations that the Bilderbergs run the world.

To help readers decide, here is a chart laying out the linkages and various connections - financial, political, statutory and otherwise - between the handful of people who comprise the Bilderberg core and the rest of the world.
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Enquanto a corrupção em Brasília é exposta, os legisladores tentam criminalizar a dissidência

Enquanto a corrupção em Brasília é exposta, os legisladores tentam criminalizar a dissidência | Saif al Islam |
O vazamento das gravações secretas envolvendo as mais poderosas figuras do Brasil causaram uma série de escândalos explosivos na atual crise política do país. Agora, os legisladores brasileiros estão tentando tornar ilegal a publicação destas gravações.

Um projeto de lei, que vinha estacionado na Câmara dos Deputados desde o ano passado, tomou novo fôlego este mês. Ele pretende criminalizar o ato de “filmar, fotografar ou captar a voz de pessoas, sem autorização ou sem fins lícitos“, punível com até dois anos de reclusão e multa. Se as gravações forem publicadas nas mídias sociais, a pena aumenta para quatro a seis anos.

Quando foi originalmente apresentado, o projeto foi criticado como uma das muitas propostas destinadas a proteger políticos de serem responsabilizados, e como uma ameaça direta à liberdade de expressão e de imprensa.

O projeto de lei anti-gravações (PL 16762015) foi apresentado em 2015 pelo Deputado Veneziano Vital do Rêgo, do PMDB, partido do presidente interino Michel Temer, cada vez mais orientado à direita. Rêgo, que votou pelo impeachment da agora afastada presidente Dilma Rousseff, aparentemente tem razões para temer as gravações secretas: ele é suspeito em 35 investigações em andamento por vários crimes financeiros e administrativos, até abril, de acordo com o Transparência Brasil, importante órgão de fiscalização anticorrupção, e com o site de checagem de fatos, Agência Lupa.

O Instituto de Tecnologia e Sociedade do Rio de Janeiro, que chamou o projeto de “preocupante” e “inacreditável”, disse que a lei poderia criminalizar atividades cotidianas como filmar uma festa aniversário e postar o vídeo nas redes sociais. No Medium , o instituto escreveu que o projeto de lei “impede atividades jornalísticas e investigativas de grande relevância, bem como coloca em risco quem realiza atividades audiovisuais. Trata-se de projeto inconstitucional, que viola a liberdade de expressão e outros princípios constitucionais como o direito de informação e prerrogativas da comunicação social”.
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All Hail the Queen of Exceptionalistan

All Hail the Queen of Exceptionalistan | Saif al Islam |
The “milestone” is barely behind us, but it’s already time to go beyond “history made” and “no [glass] ceiling too hard to break”. From soccer – and security – moms to NASCAR dads, from the “it’s the economy, stupid” armies to the NOTA (None of the Above) legions in the US, extending all across global latitudes from South America to Siberia and all points Africa to the Hindu Kush and the Pamirs, the world as we know it is slowly coming to grips with the fact that Hillary Clinton may be a – protracted – heartbeat away from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

And the world as we know it has every reason to be on edge.

It was only a few days ago when, flanked by 19 American flags, Hillary Clinton embarked on a foreign policy magna opus that essentially broke down to dissing Donald Trump – portrayed as a major threat to decades of sound, bipartisan US diplomacy.

The money quote – for the whole world to mull – could not be more explicit; the United States “is exceptional – the last best hope on earth.” As in accept our hegemony – or else.

Every sentient being remotely familiar with Hillary Clinton’s record knows by now that, if elected, she will preside over a Warfare State – which, incidentally, is bound to further bankrupt Washington. Spending on the defense/security/surveillance complex will balloon way beyond the current $850 billion a year. We’re not talking about landing under sniper fire in Bosnia here; this is the exceptionalist meat of the matter.

Hillary Clinton’s record shows that she fully supported Bubba’s military adventures in the Balkans, Dubya’s disastrous wars on Afghanistan and Iraq and Obama’s Afghan surge. But her masterpiece as Secretary of State was of course the destruction of Libya – followed by her enthusiastic support for weaponizing “moderate rebels”, a.k.a hardcore jihadis, in Syria.
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