‘ PEOPLE ARE LIKE SHEEPLE ALWAYS READY TO BE SHORNE BY ANY GOVERNMENT WITH THE WATCHWORD TERRORISM ‘


#AceNewsServices – Editors Post:Feb.01: I thought with the way of the world and foreign policy of a number of countries being manipulated for its own ends, this quote tells it all. The words are as representative back then as they are today:

"It is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of their leaders. That is easy. All you have to tell them is that they are being attacked and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country." Hermann Goering, Nuremberg Trials.

If we do not stop following the wrong shepherd you will be shorne by that shepherds followers, so start following the right shepherd today, and do not get fleeced.

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UKRAINE: ‘ GENERAL CONTRADICTS ALLEGATIONS BY OBAMA ADMINISTRATION OVER RUSSIAN TROOPS FIGHTING GOVERNMENT FORCES ‘


#AceNewsServices – UKRAINE:Feb.01: Ukraine’s top general is contradicting allegations by the Obama Administration and by his own Ukrainian Government, by saying that no Russian troops are fighting against the Ukrainian Government’s forces in the formerly Ukrainian, but now separatist, area, where the Ukrainian civil war is being waged.

Here is a screen-print of a google-chrome auto-translation of that statement:

The Chief of Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces, General Viktor Muzhenko, is saying, in that news-report, which is dated on Thursday January 29th, that the only Russian citizens who are fighting in the contested region, are residents in that region, or of Ukraine, and also some Russian citizens (and this does not deny that perhaps some of other countries’ citizens are fighting there, inasmuch as American mercenaries have already been noted to have been participating on the Ukrainian Government’s side), who “are members of illegal armed groups,” meaning fighters who are not paid by any government, but instead are just “individual citizens” (as opposed to foreign-government-paid ones). General Muzhenko also says, emphatically, that the “Ukrainian army is not fighting with the regular units of the Russian army.”

In other words: He is explicitly and clearly denying the very basis for the EU’s sanctions against Russia, and for the U.S.’s sanctions against Russia: all of the sanctions against Russia are based on the falsehood that Ukraine is fighting against “the regular units of the Russian army” — i.e., against the Russian-Government-controlled-and-trained fighting forces.

The allegation to the effect that Ukraine is instead fighting against “regular units of the Russian army” is the allegation that Vladimir Putin’s Russia has invaded Ukraine, and it is the entire basis for the economic sanctions that are in force against Russia.

Those sanctions should therefore be immediately removed, with apology, and with compensation being paid to all individuals who have been suffering them; and it is therefore incumbent upon the Russian Government to pursue, through all legally available channels, restitution, plus damages, against the perpetrators of that dangerous fraud — and the news reports have already made clear precisely whom those persons are, who have asserted, as public officials, what can only be considered to be major libel.

Otherwise, Ukraine’s top general should be fired, for asserting what he has just asserted.

If what General Muzhenko says is true, then he is a hero for having risked his entire career by having gone public with this courageous statement. And, if what he says is false, then he has no place heading Ukraine’s military.

Courtesy of Eric Zuesse.

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USA: ‘ TERRORISM IS A SHROUD TO PROTECT THE AMERICAN HOMELAND JUSTIFYING A MILITARY AGENDA ‘


#AceNewsServices – Featured Post:Feb.01: This post highlights a number of preconceptions about between Islamic State and the US-led coalition. So with the western nations ailing economies and debts, created by their own greed and lies, the present incumbent and President of America needs to ‘ Pull a rabbit out of the hat ‘ Well as in years gone by a ‘ War ‘ would do just the job, it would provide a way to kick-start industry and manufacturing, with the need for arms and also a ‘ War Chest ‘ paid for by the hard working people’s taxes. This would provide funding, and finally lay the trowel on thick enough with ‘ cement of terrorism and security ‘ and you have the perfect combination for establishment of the New World Order.

Well that is my opinion and here is an excellent article copyrighted so please all attributions to the writer and source. This article says it as many other people including myself believe, so read and add your news and views as this is not going away fast, and the need for the truth is becoming ever clearer.

Twenty-six Things About the Islamic State (ISIL) that Obama Does Not Want You to Know About

By Prof Michel Chossudovsky
Global Research, January 09, 2015

The US led war against the Islamic State is a big lie.

Going after ” Islamic terrorists”, carrying out a worldwide pre-emptive war to “Protect the American Homeland” are used to justify a military agenda.

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is a creation of US intelligence. Washington’s “Counter-terrorism Agenda” in Iraq and Syria consists in Supporting the Terrorists.

The incursion of the Islamic State (IS) brigades into Iraq starting in June 2014 was part of a carefully planned military-intelligence operation supported covertly by the US, NATO and Israel.

The counter-terrorism mandate is a fiction. America is the Number One “State Sponsor of Terrorism”

The Islamic State is protected by the US and its allies. If they had wanted to eliminate the Islamic State brigades, they could have “carpet” bombed their convoys of Toyota pickup trucks when they crossed the desert from Syria into Iraq in June.

The Syro-Arabian Desert is open territory (see map below). With state of the art jet fighter aircraft (F15, F22 Raptor, CF-18) it would have been -from a military standpoint- a rapid and expedient surgical operation

In this article, we address 26 concepts which refute the big lie. Portrayed by the media as a humanitarian undertaking, this large scale military operation directed against Syria and Iraq has resulted in countless civilian deaths.

It could not have been undertaken without the unbending support of the Western media which has upheld Obama’s initiative as a counter-terrorism operation.

THE HISTORICAL ORIGINS OF AL QAEDA

1. The US has supported Al Qaeda and its affiliated organizations for almost half a century since the heyday of the Soviet Afghan war.

2. CIA training camps were set up in Pakistan. In the ten year period from 1982 to 1992, some 35,000 jihadists from 43 Islamic countries were recruited by the CIA to fight in the Afghan jihad.

“Advertisements, paid for from CIA funds, were placed in newspapers and newsletters around the world offering inducements and motivations to join the Jihad.”

3. Since the Reagan Administration, Washington has supported the Islamic terror network.

Ronald Reagan called the terrorists “freedom fighters”. The US supplied weapons to the Islamic brigades. It was all for “a good cause”: fighting the Soviet Union and regime change, leading to the demise of a secular government in Afghanistan.

Ronald Reagan meets Afghan Mujahideen Commanders at the White House in 1985 (Reagan Archives)

4. Jihadist textbooks were published by the University of Nebraska. “. “The United States spent millions of dollars to supply Afghan schoolchildren with textbooks filled with violent images and militant Islamic teachings”

5. Osama bin Laden, America’s bogyman and founder of Al Qaeda was recruited by the CIA in 1979 at the very outset of the US sponsored jihadist war against Afghanistan . He was 22 years old and was trained in a CIA sponsored guerilla training camp.

Al Qaeda was not behind the 9/11 Attacks. September 11, 2001 provided a justification for waging a war against Afghanistan on the grounds that Afghanistan was a state sponsor of terrorism, supportive of Al Qaeda. The 9/11 attacks were instrumental in the formulation of the “Global War on Terrorism”.

THE ISLAMIC STATE (ISIL)

6. The Islamic State (ISIL) was originally an Al Qaeda affiliated entity created by US intelligence with the support of Britain’s MI6, Israel’s Mossad, Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Saudi Arabia’s General Intelligence Presidency (GIP), Ri’āsat Al-Istikhbārāt Al-’Āmah ( رئاسة الاستخبارات العامة‎).

China unlikely to join Obama's anti-ISIS coalition: Report

7. The ISIL brigades were involved in the US-NATO supported insurgency in Syria directed against the government of Bashar al Assad.

8. NATO and the Turkish High Command were responsible for the recruitment of ISIL and Al Nusrah mercenaries from the outset of the Syrian insurgency in March 2011. According to Israeli intelligence sources, this initiative consisted in:

“a campaign to enlist thousands of Muslim volunteers in Middle East countries and the Muslim world to fight alongside the Syrian rebels. The Turkish army would house these volunteers, train them and secure their passage into Syria. (DEBKAfile, NATO to give rebels anti-tank weapons, August 14, 2011.)

9.There are Western Special Forces and Western intelligence operatives within the ranks of the ISIL. British Special Forces and MI6 have been involved in training jihadist rebels in Syria.

10. Western military specialists on contract to the Pentagon have trained the terrorists in the use of chemical weapons.

“The United States and some European allies are using defense contractors to train Syrian rebels on how to secure chemical weapons stockpiles in Syria, a senior U.S. official and several senior diplomats told CNN Sunday. ( CNN Report, December 9, 2012)

11. The ISIL’s practice of beheadings is part of the US sponsored terrorist training programs implemented in Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

12. Recruited by America’s ally, a large number of ISIL mercenaries are convicted criminals released from Saudi prisons on condition they join the ISIL. Saudi death row inmates were recruited to join the terror brigades.

13. Israel has supported the ISIL and Al Nusrah brigades out of the Golan Heights.

Jihadist fighters have met Israeli IDF officers as well as Prime Minister Netanyahu. The IDF top brass tacitly acknowledges that “global jihad elements inside Syria” [ISIL and Al Nusrah] are supported by Israel. See image below:

“Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defence Minister Moshe Ya’alon next to a wounded mercenary, Israeli military field hospital at the occupied Golan Heights’ border with Syria, 18 February 2014″

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SYRIA AND IRAQ

14 The ISIL are the foot soldiers of the Western military alliance. Their unspoken mandate is to wreck havoc and destruction in Syria and Iraq, acting on behalf of their US sponsors.

15. US Senator John McCain has met up with jihadist terrorist leaders in Syria. (see picture below)

16 The Islamic State (IS) militia, which is currently the alleged target of a US-NATO bombing campaign under a “counter-terrorism” mandate, continues to be supported covertly by the US. Washington and its allies continue to provide military aid to the Islamic State.

17. US and allied bombings are not targeting the ISIL, they are bombing the economic infrastructure of Iraq and Syria including factories and oil refineries.

18. The IS caliphate project is part of a longstanding US foreign policy agenda to carve up Iraq and Syria into separate territories: A Sunni Islamist Caliphate, an Arab Shia Republic, a Republic of Kurdistan.

THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM (GWOT):

19. “The Global War on Terrorism” (GWOT) is presented as a “Clash of Civilizations”, a war between competing values and religions, when in reality it is an outright war of conquest, guided by strategic and economic objectives.

20 U.S. sponsored Al Qaeda terror brigades (covertly supported by Western intelligence) have been deployed in Mali, Niger, Nigeria, the Central African Republic, Somalia and Yemen.

America’s “War on Terrorism” By Michel Chossudovsky

These various affiliated Al Qaeda entities in the Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa and Asia are CIA sponsored “intelligence assets”. They are used by Washington to wreck havoc, create internal conflicts and destabilize sovereign countries.

21 Boko Haram in Nigeria, Al Shabab in Somalia, the Libya Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) (supported by NATO in 2011), Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), Jemaah Islamiah (JI) in Indonesia, among other Al Qaeda affiliated groups are supported covertly by Western intelligence.

22. The US is also supporting Al Qaeda affiliated terrorist organizations in the Xinjiang Uighur autonomous region of China. The underlying objective is to trigger political instability in Western China.

Chinese jihadists are reported to have received “terrorist training” from the Islamic State “in order to conduct attacks in China”. The declared objective of these Chinese-based jihadist entities (which serves the interests of the US) is to establish a Islamic caliphate extending into Western China. (Michel Chossudovsky, America’s War on Terrorism, Global Research, Montreal, 2005, Chapter 2).

HOMEGROWN TERRORISTS:

23 The Terrorists R Us: While the US is the unspoken architect of the Islamic State, Obama’s holy mandate is to protect America against ISIL attacks.

24 The homegrown terrorist threat is a fabrication. It is promoted by Western governments and the media with a view to repealing civil liberties and installing a police state. The terror attacks by alleged jihadists and terror warnings are invariably staged events. They are used to create an atmosphere of fear and intimidation.

In turn, the arrests, trials and sentences of “Islamic terrorists” sustain the legitimacy of America’s Homeland Security State and law enforcement apparatus, which has become increasingly militarized.

The ultimate objective is to instill in the minds of millions of Americans that the enemy is real and the U.S. Administration will protect the lives of its citizens.

25. The “counter-terrorism” campaign against the Islamic State has contributed to the demonization of Muslims, who in the eyes of Western public opinion are increasingly associated with the jihadists.

26 Anybody who dares to question the validity of the “Global War on Terrorism” is branded a terrorist and subjected to the anti-terrorist laws.

The ultimate objective of the “Global War on Terrorism” is to subdue the citizens, totally depoliticize social life in America, prevent people from thinking and conceptualizing, from analyzing facts and challenging the legitimacy of the inquisitorial social order which rules America.

The Obama Administration has imposed a diabolical consensus with the support of its allies, not to mention the complicit role of the United Nations Security Council. The Western media has embraced the consensus; it has described the Islamic State as an independent entity, an outside enemy which threatens the Western World.

The Big Lie has become the Truth.

Say no to the “Big Lie”. Spread the message.

The truth is ultimately a powerful weapon.

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Copyright © Prof Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research, 2015

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UKRAINE: ‘ TROLLEY BUS COMES UNDER ROCKET FIRE IN DONETSK CITING REPORTS ‘


#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE:Feb.01: Jan.31: A trolleybus has come under shelling in Donetsk’s Matrosova Avenue, on Saturday TASS reported, citing a spokesman for the Emergencies Ministry of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic.

Five people in the trolleybus were killed, officials in the republic say, according to media. Initial reports said two people were killed.

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SYRIA: ‘ SYRIA ARMY & NATIONAL DEFENSE FORCES LIBERATE EASTERN PROVINCE OF HOMS FROM ISLAMIC STATE ‘


#AceWorldNews – SYRIA: Feb.01: The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) – in cooperation with the National Defense Forces (NDF) and Liwaa Suqour Al-Sahra (Desert Hawk Brigades) – have taken control of Khattab in the eastern part of the Homs Governorate; this village is located south of Al-Salamiyyah in southeast Hama and north of Jabal Al-Sha’ar.

According to a military source, the SAA and NDF liberated this area from the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) after launching multiple attacks on the latter in eastern Homs.

The source added that 2 dozen militants from ISIS were killed during the liberation of Khattab, including 3 enemy combatants identified as "Rami ‘Ismaa’eel Fakhouri" (Syrian), "Mohammad Hussein Abu Zayd" (Syrian), and "Safwan Ahmad Al-Ghareeb" (Yemeni).

Violent clashes were also reported in the Homs Governorate at Talbeiseh, Ar-Rastan, Taldou, Jabal Al-Sha’ar, and the Houla Plains.

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NEW YORK: ‘ TWO DETECTIVES CONVICTED OF CORRUPTION & TWENTY NINE YEARS LATER COMPENSATION IS AGREED ‘


#AceWorldNews – NEW YORK:Feb.01: Nicholas Guido was showing off his new car outside his mother’s home on Christmas Day 1986 when he was gunned down because he’d been mistaken for a mobster with the same name AP reported.

The bad information, prosecutors said, came from two decorated police detectives who would later be convicted of moonlighting as hit men for the mob.

Twenty-nine years later, the city has reached a $5 million settlement with Guido’s family in part of the fallout from one of the most stunning police corruption cases in New York history.

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ISRAEL: ‘ ASSASSINATION OF HEZBOLLAH CHIEF IN 2008 ALSO SERVED ISRAELI SECURITY INTERESTS ‘


#AceNewsServices – Featured Post: ISRAEL:Feb.02: Besides the message for the people of Israel and for Netanyahu, the media reports of the joint Mossad-CIA mission also serve Israeli security interests. Whoever leaked the details of the 2008 joint Mossad-CIA assassination of Hezbollah operational chief Imad Mughniyeh to two US newspapers, and certainly to a paper like The Washington Post, (the second one was Newsweek), did not do so capriciously.

(Imad Mugniyeh. (photo credit:Wikimedia Commons)

Most likely someone wanted to send the following message to the people of Israel and also to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: You need us. Look at the extent of the cooperation between our intelligence communities, which risks being damaged due to the discordant policies of your prime minister. This was the nature of the hidden message behind the leaked assassination operation.

The leak is surprising because the US usually only confirms its clandestine operations if it takes responsibility for them. In the case of Mughniyeh, neither the US nor Israel claimed responsibility. And there remains room for denial because the source of the leak was an anonymous US official and not an official government statement. The actual details of the leak are less important, and we shall see that some of them are lacking in accuracy.

The impression given from the leaked details is that someone wanted the US to take the lion’s share of the credit for the Mughniyeh assassination. According to the media reports, in the joint operation that killed Hezbollah’s “defense minister,” the Mossad played second fiddle to the CIA who was the senior more central partner. It’s possible that this is a great exaggeration, the truth was entirely different and in fact the Mossad was the dominant player in the operation.

The impression of the Mossad’s primary role rises from the leaked details themselves. It was reported that it was the Mossad who provided the intelligence on Mughniyeh’s movements in Damascus where he had a secret residence. Also, according to the reports, the idea to assassinate Mughniyeh was the brainchild of the head of the Mossad at the time, Meir Dagan. It was noted that the US military and intelligence officials also raised the possibility of assassinating the Hezbollah figure with whom they had an open account for having the blood of hundreds of Americans on his hands.

But for Israel, which followed Mughniyeh’s movements for many years, he was a more important target than he was for the US. According to the report, even though the explosive device in the operation was tested and built in the US, the detonation device was in the hands of the Israelis in Tel Aviv.

A tone of American pride could be heard in the report over the fact that the CIA agents were present in Damascus during the mission. It can be assumed that if the Mossad was a partner in the operation members of its Kidon unit also had a significant on-site presence, as has been published in foreign publications, including in my book co-authored with the American journalist Dan Raviv, Spies Against Armageddon: Inside Israel’s Secret Wars.

Usually, in highly sensitive assassination operations, the Mossad prefers "blue and white" solo executions, meaning working alone, without partners. Only in rare cases, when the two countries have mutual interests in eliminating the target and they can keep it as a secret without any legal or international implications, or when Israeli intelligence fails to have access, would they then turn to a partner. But, this does not mean that there is no sharing of information and intelligence on targets, without cooperation in fulfilling the ultimate goal.

The reports also mentioned the involvement of Jordanian intelligence. This is also unsurprising for those familiar with the intimate ties between the states.

In contrast to what was written in the report, Mughniyeh was not killed shortly after finishing dinner at a Damascus restaurant, but rather after meeting with his mistress.

Israel’s role in the mission was likely larger than the US role, but there is no battle over credit in this joint operation. Even with the hidden message to the people of Israel and to Netanyahu with the leaking of the details at this time, the report can serve Israel’s security interests as well. The report presents a challenge to Hezbollah and sends it, and Iran, a difficult message: Your conflict is not only with Israel it is also with the US.

Yossi Melman is an Israeli journalist and writer who specializes in security and intelligence affairs. He is co-author of "Spies Against Armageddon: inside Israel’s Secret Wars.

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Translation by Nathan Wise


Ace Related News:

1.Imad Mugniyeh.

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SWITZERLAND: ‘ ISRAELI CONDUCTOR COLLAPSES & DIES DURING CONCERT IN LUCERNE ‘


#AceWorldNews – SWITZERLAND:Feb.01: Renowned Israeli conductor Israel Yinon collapsed and died as he was conducting a concert in the Swiss city of Lucerne late Thursday, a spokesman said AFP reported.

According to local media, the 59-year-old was in the middle of leading ‘An Alpine Symphony’ by German composer Richard Strauss when he slumped, falling headlong to the ground.

Volunteers immediately rushed to do CPR; the orchestra hall was emptied after it was made clear that Yinon had suffered a severe injury.

The cause of death was not immediately clear, but local media speculated that a head injury sustained from the fall could be a contributing factor.

Contribution from Israel News

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BULGARIA: ‘ HUMANITARIAN WORKERS HELD CAPTIVE BY REBELS IN SUDAN RELEASED MINISTRY REPORTS ‘


#AceWorldNews – Update: SUDAN:Feb.01: Six Bulgarian UN humanitarian workers who were earlier held by rebels in Sudan’s central and violence-prone mixed province of South Kordofan have been released, according to the Bulgarian foreign ministry.

“They are in good health and are in a safe place with a team of the United Nations Food Programme,”spokeswoman Betina Zhoteva told reporters RT reported.

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HONG KONG: ‘ THOUSANDS OF PROTESTERS RETURN TO STREETS FOR A PEACEFUL RALLY OF TRUE DEMOCRACY ‘


#AceWorldNews – Update: HONG KONG:Feb.01: An estimated 12,000 protesters guarded by 2,000 police officers walked the streets of Hong Kong’s shipping and financial districts.

A repetition of similar protests almost three months ago, the demonstration called on “true democracy” in the former British colony – that is less involvement of the central government in Beijing into the life of the city.

Thousands of pro-democracy protesters returned to the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday, in the first major rally since mass protests last year.

Holding yellow umbrellas, the symbol of last year’s Occupy protests, the demonstrators chanted "No fake universal suffrage. I want genuine universal suffrage."

The protesters oppose the Chinese government’s decision that candidates in the 2017 election for Hong Kong chief executive will be vetted by a largely Beijing-controlled nominating committee.

The final election plan must be approved by a two-thirds majority in Hong Kong’s Legislative Council before submitting to authorities in Beijing. But pro-democracy legislators, who hold 40% of the seats, have said they would veto the screening proposal.

Key figures of the Occupy Central movement including Benny Tai Yiu-ting, Chan Kin-man and Reverend Chu Yiu-ming led the protest, the South China Morning Post reported.

"This is pseudo universal suffrage, we do not have the rights to elect who we want," said protester Julia Choi.

The turnout was smaller than the 50,000 anticipated by the organizers.

The rally went off peacefully, with protesters not trying to lock down the streets the way they did last year.

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NIGERIA: ‘ BOKO HARAM REOPEN HOSTILITIES IN MAIDUGURI AS PEOPLE FEAR THE WORST ‘


#AceWorldNews – NIGERIA:Feb.01: Fighters from the insurgent Islamic group initiated an assault on the northeast Nigeria city of Maiduguri, triggering an hours-long fight with troops for control of the Borno state capital, witnesses told AFP.

Witnesses said Boko Haram rebels opened hostilities around 3:00 am (0200 GMT) and that heavy fighting was ongoing at the southern edge of the city. "The whole city is in fear," said resident Adam Krenuwa. "People are afraid of what will happen if Boko Haram defeats the security forces."

The group’s last effort to seize Maiduguri just one week ago was repulsed by the military.

However, the militants managed to seize the town of Monguno just 125 kilometers (80 miles) outside the city, as well as a military base.

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ISRAEL: ‘ LIKUD PARTY FIGHTS FOR ITS LIFE AGAINST ZIONIST CAMP ‘


#AceWorldNews – ISRAEL:Jan.31: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could be fighting for his political life when he addresses the U.S. Congress in March.

Netanyahu’s already-controversial March 3 speech on Iran will come exactly two weeks before Israeli elections, in which the prime minister’s Likud party is running neck-and-neck with its rival, the Zionist Camp.

Read more here.

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JAPAN: ‘ ISLAMIC STATE BEHEAD JOURNALIST KENJI GOTO REPORTS ‘


#AceWorldNews – Update:JAPAN: Jan.31: Islamic State (IS) militants have beheaded captive Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, a jihadist monitoring site reported on Saturday, citing a video from the militant group. It comes after Tokyo said that negotiations with IS had reached a “deadlock.”

The Japanese government said it is trying to authenticate the video, which shows a hooded man standing over another man – apparently Goto – with a knife held to his throat. It then shows footage of a body with a head placed on it.

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MACEDONIA: ‘ POLICE CHARGE FOUR PEOPLE WITH TRYING TO OVER THROW THE GOVERNMENT ‘


#AceWorldNews – MACEDONIA:Jan.31: Police in Macedonia said Saturday they will charge four people with trying to topple the government including the leader of the main opposition party, the Social Democrats, Reuters reports.

A senior government official who declined to be named said that Zoran Zaev was defiant and threw the blame back at the government.

The prospect of him going to jail threatens to further deepen divisions in the former Yugoslav republic and the Social Democrats have now boycotted parliament for almost a year as they say the last parliamentary election was fraudulent.

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IRAQ:’ ISLAMIC STATE SEIZE OIL FIELD IN KIRKUK ‘


#AceWorldNews – IRAQ:Jan.31: Islamic State (IS) insurgents have seized a small oil field near the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk and the 15 employees who were working there are now missing, according to security and oil officials, Reuters reports.

This latest seizure comes after IS fighters attacked regional Kurdish forces southwest of Kirkuk on Friday, where they captured parts of the Khabbaz oil fields.

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AFRICA: ‘ LEADERS TO SEND SOLDIERS TO NIGERIA TO FIGHT BOKO HARAM ‘


#AceWorldNews – AFRICA:Jan.31: African leaders have agreed to send 7,500 soldiers to northeast Nigeria as part of an effort to suppress the Boko Haram insurgency that has ravaged the region, an African Union official said Saturday.

Representatives from the 54-country union, who are meeting in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, for a two day summit, have decided to deploy a military task force staffed by troops from Nigeria, Cameroon, Chadi and Benin.

Thousands have been killed during the radical Sunni group’s bloody insurgency, including a devastating massacre in Baga that left 2,000 people dead earlier this month.

RT NEWS REPORTED

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BAGHDAD: ‘ ISLAMIC STATE IDEALISM REARS ITS UGLY HEAD AS THEY STRIVE TO REEDUCATE THE POPULOUS ‘


##AceWorldNews – BAGHDAD:Jan.31: When Islamic State group militants invaded the Central Library of Mosul earlier this month, they were on a mission to destroy a familiar enemy: other people’s ideas AP reported.

Residents say the extremists smashed the locks that had protected the biggest repository of learning in the northern Iraq town, and loaded around 2,000 books – including children’s stories, poetry, philosophy and tomes on sports, health, culture and science – into six pickup trucks.

They left only Islamic texts.

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SAUDI ARABIA: ‘ AMERICAN CITIZEN INJURED WHEN HIS CAR CAME UNDER GUNFIRE ‘


#AceWorldNews – SAUDI ARABIA: Jan.31: An American citizen was injured when his car came under fire in Saudi Arabia’s eastern al-Ihsaa province, according to the Saudi Press Agency.

The man was taken to a hospital in stable condition.Another American was in the car but he was not harmed, AP reported.

As of Friday afternoon, police had not yet determined the source of the gunfire.

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LONDON: ‘ CIA INTERROGATED TERRORISM SUSPECTS AFTER 911 IN BRITISH TERRITORY ‘


#AceNewsServices – Editors Post: LONDON:Jan.31: The CIA interrogated terrorism suspects in the wake of the 9/11 attacks at the remote British island of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean, a senior Bush administration official has told in an interview with Vice News.

The tropical island was used as a transit site for the US government’s "nefarious activities" post-9/11 when other places were too full, dangerous, insecure, or unavailable, Lawrence Wilkerson, Colin Powell’s former chief of staff, said.

"So you might have a case where you simply go in and use a facility at Diego Garcia for a month or two weeks or whatever and you do your nefarious activities there," Wilkerson said.

"No one has indicated there was a detention site there, not in so many words," Wilkerson said. "What they indicated is that interrogations took place there," he added.

Wilkerson cited four well-placed CIA and intelligence sources and a member of the Intelligence and Research Bureau at the State Department who was "very much plugged in to what was going on at the CIA."

In 2008, the UK government acknowledged that the US used the base in Diego Garcia as a location for transporting terrorism suspects. However, London and Washington have maintained that no interrogations and tortures were carried out on the island.

In early December, US Senate Intelligence Committee report detailed the CIA use of torture during the interrogation of terrorism suspects in the years following the 9/11 attacks on the US. It exposed the European countries’ complicity in the crimes of the US intelligence.

Secret sites are believed to have existed in Lithuania, Poland and Romania, while other governments including in Germany, the United Kingdom and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia allegedly facilitated these operations.

Long off limits to reporters, the Red Cross, and all other international observers and far more secretive than Guantánamo Bay, many long suspected the island was a clandestine CIA “black site” for high-profile detainees, Vine wrote in a related article.

Journalist Stephen Grey’s 2006 book “Ghost Plane” documented the presence on the island of a CIA-chartered plane used for rendition flights. On two occasions former U.S. Army General Barry McCaffrey publicly named Diego Garcia as a detention facility. And a Council of Europe report named the atoll, along with those in Poland and Romania, as a secret prison.

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SAUDI ARABIA: ‘ ACTIVIST BLOGGER RAIF BADAWI SPARED A THIRD FLOGGING ‘


#AceWorldNews – SAUDI ARABIA: Jan.31: Saudi blogger Raif Badawi has been spared again from his weekly flogging sentence, AFP reported, citing his wife.

Badawi, 31, has been sentenced for “insulting Islam” to be flogged 20 times over on successive Fridays, for a total of 1,000 lashes. Badawi, whose family live as refugees in Canada, has also been given a 10-year prison sentence and fined about $319,000.

His wife, Ensaf Haidar, was in Ottawa on Thursday to back politicians in requesting that Prime Minister Stephen Harper personally demand Badawi’s freedom, the Globe and Mail reported.

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