(DOHA, Qatar.) #PeaceTalks Report: Pompeo praised the sides for sticking with the negotiations that could see them both striking a stable peace accord with the #Taliban terrorist group after decades of bloody violence that began again just hours after Kabul mortar attack #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.22: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held a daylong round of talks with Gulf Arab leaders and representatives from the Taliban on Saturday, conversations that come as the United States moves to pull its troops out of war-torn Afghanistan: Pompeo met with the Taliban’s senior leadership as part of ongoing negotiations hosted by the Qatari government in Doha: Washington Beacon reports

” The meetings came just hours after mortars struck several areas in Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital—a stark reminder that peace negotiations could deteriorate at any point. The Taliban denied responsibility for the attack: As talks continue, the Trump administration is moving forward with plans to pull around 2,500 American troops from Afghanistan—a move that has been roundly criticized by both Democratic and Republican leaders. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a typical Trump administration ally, called the plan “a mistake.”

Pompeo also talked to leaders in Doha and the United Arab Emirates about the ongoing threat posed by Iran and Trump administration efforts in its final months to further tighten the economic noose on Tehran: Gulf Arab leaders are already nervous about a Biden administration due to its vow to reenter the landmark nuclear deal Iran and provide it with a new wave of cash assets. While the Trump administration has leaned into its ties with Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Qatar, it is expected the Biden administration will pursue a policy centered on making Iran a more prominent regional player:

#AceNewsDesk report ………….Published: Nov.22: 2020:

#ans2020, #afghanistan, #peacetalks, #pompeo, #usa

TENSION IN KIEV – “TORNADO” DEFY POROSHENKO UKRAINE TROOPS SURROUND TORNADO HQ

#AceNewsReport – UKRAINE:June.19: The Azov Battalion, Nazis, Kolomoyski, Burisma Holdings, the Bidens & Neocons in Ukraine Tensions mount as 5 regiments close in on Kiev after their Patron Nalyvaychenko resigned yesterday from his post as head of the SBU (Security Service of Ukraine). With discussion exhausted and the Regiments defying to lay down arms this is beginning to […]

https://consciousshift2012.wordpress.com/2015/06/19/tension-in-kiev-as-nazi-militia-is-made-illegal-tornado-defy-poroshenko/

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#azov, #nazis, #tornado-rgmt, #ukraine, #usa

WHISTLEBLOWER MAGAZINE AMERICA'S FIRST CRIME FAMILY A shockingly revealing look at the real Bill and Hillary Clinton

@AceBreakingNews – USA: Bill and Hillary Clinton didn’t mind hurting their enemies – and used the power of the state to do it. They were only too willing to let their friends and supporters pay for their crimes.

“For decades,” says WND Editor Joseph Farah in “AMERICA’S FIRST CRIME FAMILY” …

They used the Internal Revenue Service to go after their enemies, critics and even ex-lovers who posed a threat. They bullied, harassed and intimidated, and, though no one likes to talk about it in polite company, there is indeed an impressive trail of inexplicable death that has followed in their wake.

The famous “Clinton Body Count” even persuaded Monica Lewinsky not to make unnecessary trouble for the “family.”

#bill-clinton, #hilary-clinton, #usa

WASHINGTON: ‘ CIA TORTURE REPORT TO BE PUBLISHED MONDAY WITHOUT THE WORD _________ ‘

#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON – Dec.04 – CIA torture report to be published on Monday without the word ‘torture’

Published time: December 04, 2014 17:19

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Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

The long-awaited publication of the so-called “CIA torture report” is expected to finally occur early next week, but would-be readers, be warned: according to leaks, the executive summary will be absent any and all use of the word “torture.”

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California), the chair of the United States Senate Intelligence Committee, now says that the public will be able to read the executive summary of her panel’s years-long investigation into the CIA’s use of enhanced interrogation techniques next week, with journalist Jason Leopold reporting that the release of the document will come as early as Monday.

After a lengthy back-and-forth between the Senate committee and the CIA, however, the 600 page summary that will soon be made public — less than one-tenth of the actual report — will be ripe with enough redactions and wordplay to still leave much of the agency’s post-9/11 practices a mystery.

“The summary is expected to reignite the debate over whether the CIA’s coercive interrogation techniques in the first years of the war on terror amounted to torture,” Josh Rogin and Eli Lake wrote for Bloomberg View on Wednesday this week. “Although the summary report is said to not use the word ‘torture,’ officials said it would describe practices that any layman would understand as torture.”

In the midst of the months of delays brought on by bickering between the Senate and CIA over what to include in the public version of the report, it was reported in July by the Associated Press that people who read the report said the practices described within “amounted to torture by a common definition.”

“This report tells a story of which no American is proud,” reads part of a State Department document about the Senate panel’s findings that was sent to the White House over the summer and subsequently received by journalists at AP. Indeed, Reuters reported this week that the report concludes that harsh CIA interrogation tactics, including the simulated drowning technique known as “water-boarding,” as well as sleep deprivation and other acts tantamount to torture, provided the US with no intelligence breakthroughs that could have been achieved by other non-coercive means.

The leaked copy of White House talking points obtained by the AP over the summer in anticipation of the eventual release of the report acknowledged that the government will likely be asked, “Isn’t it clear that the CIA engaged in torture as defined in the Torture Convention?” The next day, US President Barack Obama made headlines after offering arguably the most blatant official recognition yet from the executive branch concerning the practices authorized by his predecessor in the wake of September 11 terrorist attacks.

“In the immediate aftermath of 9/11, we did some things that were wrong. We did a whole lot of things that were right, but we tortured some folks. We did things that were contrary to our values,” Pres. Obama said.

Nevertheless, indications from this week suggest that the Senate agreed to omit use of the t-word; according to Bloomberg, both Feinstein’s panel and the CIA agreed to certain concessions through negotiations brokered by the White House through Obama’s chief of staff, Denis McDonough: Rogin and Lake wrote that staffers in the Senate Intelligence Committed objected vigorously to hundreds of redactions the CIA had proposed in the executive summary,” but ultimately both sides had to make sacrifices.

“Among the most significant of Feinstein’s victories, the report will retain information on countries that aided the CIA program by hosting black sites or otherwise participating in the secret rendition of suspected terrorists,” reads part of Wednesday’s Bloomberg report. Per the CIA’s request, however, those host nations won’t actually be named, but rather will reportedly by given code names, like “Country A.”

Elsewhere, Bloomberg reported that Feinstein reluctantly agreed to another request from the CIA: according to this week’s article, the pseudonymous fake names used by undercover agents have been redacted from the executive summary as well. Previously, the New York Times reported that the White House supported the CIA’s stance regarding the matter.

“Hopefully they won’t redact too much and hopefully the White House won’t let them get away with redacting too much,” Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin told The Daily Beast in July. “Until you see what they are going to redact, it’s hard to know what material you have to work with.”

In late August, Sen. Feinstein told “Meet the Press” that her committee was engaged with the Obama administration to ensure that redactions to the executive summary do not destroy the report.”

“If you redact the evidence — heavily — then we cannot sustain our findings. We will not put out a report that does not enable us to sustain our findings. And I believe that that is understood,” Feinstein said then, adding that she expected the summary to be public by late September. Two months later, though, the New York Times reported that Democrats in charge of the Senate were accusing the White House of “trying to censor significant details” of the report, and that negotiations between the Senate and CIA managed by the White House were responsible for the delays.

On her part, Feinstein acknowledged previously that the report “uncovers startling details about the CIA detention and interrogation program and raises critical questions about intelligence operations and oversight.” Her committee’s $40 million, three-years-in-the-making investigation has been stymied in recent months after a stand-off erupted between the Senate panel and the CIA concerning allegations of spying concerning both parties. In late July, the CIA conceded that its officers had penetrated a Senate computer network used by staffers working on the report.

According to Reuters, the forthcoming executive summary includes 20 findings from the Senate about the results of the CIA program, as well as 200 pages of history on the topic, a rebuttal from the CIA and a dissent from congressional Republicans.

#ANS2014

#cia, #intelligence, #obama, #terrorism, #usa

SCOTLAND: ‘ Debate Surrounding Independency Which Country Agrees YES or NO ‘

#AceNewsServices – SCOTLAND – September 18 – Debate surrounding the question of whether Scotland should become an independent country has seen impassioned interventions on both sides of the argument.

Supporters for the Yes campaign for the Scottish Independence Referendum hold flags that symbolize Catalonia's independence, during a demonstration in Barcelona, Spain Photo: Emilio Morenatti/AP

Supporters for the Yes campaign for the Scottish Independence Referendum hold flags that symbolize Catalonia’s independence, during a demonstration in Barcelona, Spain Photo: Emilio Morenatti/AP

Within Britain and abroad, politicians and statesman have clambered to urge Scottish voters, depending on ideology, to vote in favour of independence or to retain the United Kingdom.

As millions of Scots prepare to go to the polls on Thursday, the Telegraph looks back at how the world has responded to the potential dissolution of the UK’s 300-year-old union UK Telegraph reported in flash-back.

NO: THE ANTI-INDEPENDENCE CAMP
Spain
“For Scotland, secession would be a catastrophe. It would end up in a Balkanisation process that nobody in Europe wants right now” – García-Margallo, foreign minister
“I have spoken to the representatives of the 28 states and enthusiasm for processes of this type is nil, because I understand they are bad for the region in question, for the state and the EU as a whole” – Mariano Rajoy, prime minister.

Italy

“The UK is one of the pillars of the single market, of big international trade agreements and is so important in Europe that the consequence will be maybe the start of the true decline of the European Union. The sequence, the consequences of tomorrow’s referendum, could be very, very dangerous” – Enrico Letta, prime minister

Having Scotland outside the EU means the English-Scottish border becomes a customs frontier, with controls and tariffs. EU regional funding would end. Fishing rights would have to be re-negotiated from outside. And that is just the start of a very long list of disadvantages” – Ginna Pittella, leader of Socialist bloc of European Parliament

USA

I would say that the United Kingdom has been an extraordinary partner to us. From the outside, at least, it looks like things have worked pretty well. And we obviously have a deep interest in making sure that one of the closest allies that we will ever have remains strong, robust, united, and an effective partner. But ultimately these are decisions that are to be made by the folks there”Barack Obama, president

“The UK is an extraordinary partner for America and a force for good in an unstable world. I hope it remains strong, robust and united”Barack Obama, President, on the eve of voting

“I hope the Scots people will vote to remain in the UK for several reasons”Bill Clinton, former president

“You will not find anyone involved in American foreign policy – from the President on down – who does not think that this division will weaken the alliance that we have” Brad Sherman, congressman (D)

Australia

I am a firm friend of the United Kingdom and I want it to remain the United Kingdom, not the disunited Kingdom. It is a matter for Scotland, obviously, but as a friend of the United Kingdom that is my view” Tony Abbott, prime minister

Canada

We think, from a Canadian perspective, that a strong, united United Kingdom is an overwhelmingly positive force in the world”Stephen Harper, prime minister

India

“Great Scot! Independence vote may up Scotch prices” – Hindustan Times

Germany

“A German foreign minister is well advised not to interfere in British domestic politics. But I would openly admit that I would rather see Great Britain remain together” – Frank-Walter Steinmeier, German Foreign Minister

“A ‘Yes’ vote for Scottish independence on Thursday would go down in history as a political and economic mistake as large as Winston Churchill’s decision in 1925 to return the pound to the Gold Standard or the failure of the Federal Reserve to provide sufficient liquidity to the US banking system, which we now know brought on the Great Depression in the US” David Folkerts-Landau, Deutsche Bank Chief Economist

The opt-outs they’re pushing for would make it very difficult for Scotland to get membership… I would be extremely surprised if there was an automatic accession to the EU” Jo Leinen, senior Socialist MEP

“Scottish independence remains an adventure – poltically, economically and from a currency standpoint” – Die Weit

China

[China wants a] “strong, prosperous and united United Kingdom” Li Keqiang, Chinese premier

“The concept of unity is the reason why the United Kingdom exists. If Scotland splits, it will hurt Britain’s self esteem and also reduce the impact of the country on the international stage. The world will suffer too. Britain cannot ignore this because Scotland means a lot to the UK” – China News Wire

YES: THE PRO-INDEPENDENCE CAMP

France

I would obviously vote for Scottish independence because I’m too keen on history not to know that Scotland is the traditional ally of the French ever since the Ancien Régime” – Jean-Luc Mélenchon, a maverick politician who ran for president in 2012 as the candidate of the Front de Gauche

Quebec

This is not about destroying the UK, it’s not about being against Britain, it’s about creating something new, an independent free Scotland. You can leave the negativity to the No campaign. Do I hope that Scottish independence could serve as an inspiration for us? Yes I do, I certainly do” – Daniel Turp, veteran of Quebec’s pro-independence campaign

Bavaria

We wish our Scottish friends victory in the referendum with all our hearts. For us in Bavaria it would be a real boost and it would no longer be so easy for our media to negate or ridicule this topic. The larger the political unit, the less chance individuals have of being heard” Florian Weber, eader of the pro-independence Bavaria Party

Catalonia

“If the yes wins then all of the European governments will have to accept the result, including Madrid. And I am convinced that the negotiations between Brussels, London and Edinburgh will start very quickly with the goal to keep Scotland in the European Union. The consequences for us are important. It raises the question that if the Scottish people have the right to decide then why not the Catalan people” Artur Mas, president of the semi-autonomous Spanish region

North Korea

“I think that independence would be a very positive thing for Scotland. I believe that every person has the right to be a member of an independent nation, to have sovereignty, to live in peace and to enjoy equality. And I believe that a majority of Scots feel the same and will vote for independence” Choe Kwan-il, managing editor of Pyongyang-supported Choson Sinbo

Palestinian territories

Every person wants to be able to decide for themselves. So if they want to separate from the UK, then of course I support them” Issa Musallam, Palestinian bagpipe player Issa Musallam, 23

As a bagpipe player, and knowing the history of bagpipes, I like to call it an instrument of war, The Scots used to have bagpipes on the battlefield, so for me, it’s part of resistance. But as Palestinians, like everyone else, we want our own state. The Scottish want their independence, their state, so they can live in a country that’s theirs and theirs alone” – Majeed Qonqar, Palestinian bagpipe player

Argentina

“In four days, we will know whether this perfect storm was just a passing breeze, or if Great Britain should prepare itself to take its place in the coffers of history alongside the Soviet Union, Yugoslavia, and so many other old broken states” – Martin Rodriguez Yebra, La Nacion newspaper.

Courtesy of Telegraph UK Staff

Source:

#ANS2014

#argentina, #australia, #bavaria, #britain, #canada, #catalonia, #china, #eu, #france, #germany, #india, #italy, #north-korea, #palestinian-authorities, #quebec, #scotland, #spain, #united-kingdom, #usa

‘ Marines from the US and Philippines Take Part in Joint Manoeuvres on Coast of South China Sea ‘

#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON, June 30. /ITAR-TASS/. Over 100 marines of the USA and Philippines took part in joint manoeuvres Cooperation Afloat Readiness, CARAT on the north-western coast on the Philippines, Associated Press reported Monday.

As reported by the representative of the Philippine Naval Forces, the manoeuvres were held with the aim of field combat training upgrading.

The exercises are not connected to the territorial dispute in the South China Sea, he added.

#ANS2014

#philippines, #south-china-sea, #usa, #washington

Incurable chikungunya virus spreads in US, at least 6 states affected

US health officials are on high alert as a mosquito-borne virus that yet has no cure has struck six of the US states. The virus called chikungunya causes severe joint pain which can last for years.

The latest case of the virus has been confirmed by Tennessee officials as the resident of Madison County, has been tested positive for the virus. The officials, however, added that there was no transmission to other residents in the state.

“It will be more difficult for the virus to establish itself here,” Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee told Tech Times.

Rhode Island authorities also confirmed two cases of the mosquito-borne virus. They involve travelers who returned from the Dominican Republic on May 17 and May 29, said state officials, adding that authorities are currently investigating several other suspicious cases of the virus.

Florida has been the worst hit by the virus, with at least 25 cases reported in the state, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Florida Department of Health released a set of guidelines in order to avoid becoming infected and spreading the virus.


A scientist examines tiger mosquitos (AFP Photo / Pascal Guyot)

The cases of the virus, transmitted to humans through mosquitoes, have also been confirmed in North Carolina, Nebraska and Indiana.

On Wednesday, the virus affected two residents from the US Virgin Islands, according to local authorities.

“The first case has been confirmed as locally acquired; the second case is an imported case with the patient recent travel history outside of the Territory,” said the Department of Health in the US Virgin Islands in a press release.

Florida officials advised residents “to wear long sleeves and long pants when possible,” and “use mosquito-proof screens on windows and doors.”


A resident of San Cristobal, southeast of Santo Domingo with symptoms of chikungunya fever awaits to be treated in the emergency sector of the Juan Pablo Pina Hospital.

Symptoms of the malaria-like illness include fever, headache, chills, sensitivity to light, and rash, vomiting and severe joint pain, according to World Health Organization (WHO). Occasional cases of eye, neurological and heart complications have been reported, as well as gastrointestinal complaints, it adds. They usually begin three to seven days after infection occurs. The consequences include a long period of joint pains which may persist for years in some cases. Though the virus rarely leads to death, the problem is that there is currently no vaccine available. The treatment only aims at improving the symptoms.

According to WHO, Chikungunya was first described during an outbreak in southern Tanzania in 1952, eastern Africa, and since then has been detected in nearly 40 countries in Asia, Africa, Europe and also in the Americas.

The Pan American Health Organization says that about 165,000 cases have been either suspected or confirmed in the Caribbean since it was first documented in 2013-2014 with 14 death cases. Most of the cases have been detected in Dominican Republic, Guadalupe, Martinique and Haiti.

#6-states-effected, #chikungunya, #chikungunya-fever, #deadly-virus, #dominican-republic, #incurable-chikungunya-virus, #mosquito-borne-virus, #us-virgin-islands, #usa, #vanderbilt-university-medical-center

NEW STUDY AIMS TO RAPIDLY TEST LUNG CANCER DRUGS


A cancerous lung

AP –

A bold new way to test cancer drugs started Monday in hundreds of hospitals around the U.S. In a medical version of speed dating, doctors will sort through multiple experimental drugs and match patients to the one most likely to succeed based on each person’s unique tumour gene profile. It’s a first-of-a-kind experiment that brings together five drug companies, the government, private foundations and advocacy groups. The idea came from the federal Food and Drug Administration, which has agreed to consider approving new medicines based on results from the study. Its goal is to speed new treatments to market and give seriously ill patients more chances to find something that will help. Instead of being tested for individual genes and trying to qualify for separate clinical trials testing single drugs, patients can enroll in this umbrella study, get full gene testing and have access to many options at once. The study, called Lung-MAP, is for advanced cases of a common, hard-to-treat form of lung cancer – squamous cell. Plans for similar studies for breast and colon cancer are in the works.

“For patients, it gives them their best chance for treatment of a deadly disease,” because everyone gets some type of therapy, said Ellen Sigal, chairwoman and founder of Friends of Cancer Research, a Washington-based research and advocacy group that helped plan and launch the study. “There’s something for everyone, and we’ll get answers faster” on whether experimental drugs work, she said. Cancer medicines increasingly target specific gene mutations that are carried by smaller groups of patients. But researchers sometimes have to screen hundreds of patients to find a few with the right mutation, making drug development inefficient, expensive and slow.


This could provide a longer life to millions

One of the leaders of the Lung-MAP study – Dr. Roy Herbst, chief of medical oncology at the Yale Cancer Centre – said he once screened 100 patients to find five that might be eligible for a study, and ultimately was able to enroll two. “It’s just going to be impossible, in rare subgroups, for companies to find enough” people to try out a new medicine, said Dr. Richard Pazdur, cancer drugs chief at the FDA. He and others at the FDA suggested the Lung-MAP trial design to speed new treatments to market and “minimize the number of patients exposed to ineffective therapies,” he said. Everyone in the study will be screened for mutations in more than 200 cancer-related genes, rather than a single mutation as in conventional studies.

Then they will be assigned to one of five groups based on what these tumor biomarkers show. Each group will test a particular experimental medicine. Drugs can be added or subtracted from the study as it goes on, based on how each performs. The initial round of testing involves Amgen, Genentech, Pfizer, AstraZeneca PLC, and AstraZeneca’s global biologics partner, MedImmune. Up to 1,000 patients a year can be enrolled in the study. It will cost about $150 million. The National Cancer Institute is paying $25 million, and the rest will come from foundations, charities and others in the public-private partnership.

About 500 hospitals that are part of a large cancer treatment consortium around the country will take part, and some private groups want to join as well, Herbst said. “Nothing like this has ever been done before,” where such comprehensive testing will be done to match patients to experimental drugs, he said. Breyan Harris, a 33-year-old nurse from Sacramento, hopes to enroll. She’s a lifelong non-smoker who was diagnosed with lung cancer on June 3. “Since then I’ve pretty much been on the phone, seeing doctors, trying to figure out how do I get rid of this,” she said. Harris expects to have one lung with a large tumor removed, “but if it comes back in my other lung I’m in real trouble,” so finding a drug to attack any remaining, hidden cancer is crucial, she said.


This is being tried on people with late stage Lung Cancer

#cancer, #cancer-drugs, #colon-cancer, #experimental-drugs, #food-and-drug-administration, #lung-cancer, #lung-cancer-treatment, #new-cancer-hope, #new-lung-cancer-hope, #usa

Russian Bombers Fly Within 50 Miles of California Coast


In this U.S. Navy stock picture, a F-18 Hornet strike fighter intercepts a Russian Tu-95 Bear long rang bomber

USAF jets scrambled TWICE as nuclear-capable Russian bombers go on practice run off Alaska… then fly within 50 miles of Californian coast

Four Russian strategic bombers triggered U.S. air defense systems while conducting practice bombing runs near Alaska this week, with two of the Tu-95 Bear H aircraft coming within 50 miles of the California coast, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (Norad) confirmed Wednesday. “The last time we saw anything similar was two years ago on the Fourth of July,” Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Norad spokesman, told the Free Beacon. Davis said the latest Bear H incursions began Monday around 4:30 p.m. Pacific time when radar detected the four turbo-prop powered bombers approaching the U.S. air defense zone near the far western Aleutian Islands.

Two U.S. Air Force F-22 jets were scrambled and intercepted the bombers over the Aleutians. After tracking the bombers as they flew eastward, two of the four Bears turned around and headed west toward the Russian Far East. The bombers are believed to be based at the Russian strategic base near Anadyr, Russia. The remaining two nuclear-capable bombers then flew southeast and around 9:30 P.M. entered the U.S. northern air defense zone off the coast of Northern California. Two U.S. F-15 jets were deployed and intercepted the bombers as they eventually flew within 50 miles of the coast before turning around and heading west. A defense official said the four bombers also were supported by two IL-78 aerial refueling tankers that were used for mid-air refueling during the operation this week.

The Tu-95 is a long-range strike aircraft capable of carrying nuclear cruise missiles. Other versions are equipped with intelligence-gathering sensors and electronic warfare gear. It has a range of around 9,400 miles without refueling. Davis said the aircraft “acted professionally” and the bombers appeared to be conducting a training mission. “They typically do long range aviation training in the summer and it is not unusual for them to be more active during this time,” he said. “We assess this was part of training. And they did not enter territorial airspace.” The bomber incursion is the latest Russian nuclear saber-rattling amid stepped up tensions over Moscow’s military annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea.


A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor aircraft had to intercept two Tu-95 Bear H aircraft last week

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Rep. Mike Conaway (R., Texas), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, called the Russian flights “intentional provocations.” “Putin is doing this specifically to try to taunt the U.S. and exercise, at least in the reported world, some sort of saber-rattling, muscle-flexing kind of nonsense,” Conaway said in an interview. “Truth of the matter is we would have squashed either one of those [bombers] like baby seals.” “It’s a provocation and it’s unnecessary. But it fits in with [Putin’s] macho kind of saber-rattling,” he said, adding that he expects Russia will carry out more of these kinds of incidents in the future. Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney, a former Alaska commander for the North American Aerospace Defense Command, said he does not remember a case of Russian strategic bombers coming that close to the U.S. coast. “Again we see the Obama administration through their covert—but overt to Mr. Putin—unilateral disarmament, inviting adventurism by the Russians,” McInerney said in an email.

“At the height of the Cold War I do not remember them getting this close. Mr. Putin had to approve this mission and he is just showing his personal contempt for President Obama right after meeting him in Normandy less than a week ago,” McInerney said. McInerney said no American president has been treated with such disrespect in U.S. history. “A sad day indeed and at the same time Mosul and Tikrit [Iraq] fall to radical Islamists after the Obama administration’s failed Iraq policy,” he added. “He snatched defeat from the jaws of victory yet again.” The Alaska-California bombers flight also came a month after a Russian Su-27 interceptor jet flew dangerously close to a U.S. RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft flying over the Sea of Okhotsk, north of Japan.

In that incident on April 23, the Su-27 jet flew close to the RC-135, turned to reveal its air-to-air missiles to the crew, and then flew dangerously close to within 100 feet of the cockpit in a maneuver military officials called reckless. Davis said in the past 10 years, 50 Bear H bombers were intercepted near U.S. air defense zone, although he acknowledged that Monday’s flight near California was unusual. In April, a telephone conversation between two Russian ambassadors was posted on YouTube and appeared to show the diplomats joking about the Ukraine crisis and discussing the possible incursions in the United States and Eastern Europe. The leaked conversation between Igor Nilokaevich Chubarov and Sergey Viktorovich Bakharev, Russian ambassadors to the African nations Eritrea and Zimbabwe and Malawi, respectively, includes references to post-Crimea Russian imperialism to include Eastern Europe and “Californialand” and “Miamiland.” Russian Bear H flights elsewhere have increased in recent years. In February 2013, two of the bombers were intercepted as they circled the U.S. Pacific island of Guam, in a rare long-range incursion.

Two Bear Hs also were intercepted near Alaska on April 28, 2013.

A Russian Bear H incursion in Asia took place in in July 2013 when two Tu-95s were intercepted by Japanese and South Korean jets near the Korean peninsula and Japan’s northern Hokkaido Island. The July 4, 2012, bomber flights near the West Coast were the first time since the Cold War that Russian jets has traveled so close to the U.S. coastline. That action followed an earlier intrusion by Tu-95s near Alaska that were part of large-scale strategic nuclear exercises by the Russians aimed at practicing strikes on enemy air defenses. Russia has stepped up provocative nuclear war games in recent years as part of propaganda efforts to display Moscow’s dislike of U.S. missile defenses in Europe.

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Are You Ready For Nuclear War? I have pieced a few things together.


Please listen and read, it FITS! It’s a stage, we are in a theatre!

Before I share this article with you, I have to tell you that this was a HUGE leap in my mind, but after ‘RESEARCH’ and having material I wish I had not, it seems obvious to me now. Remember Saddam Hussein? Gaddafi? These guys don’t play the “Game” The illusion of “Russia hates the USA and China hate the USA” is just an illusion. The Russian Asteroid that came in last year was hit on the way in, what was that? Let me tell you a HARD TRUTH! They are all in it together. I shared a video below by Daboo7 and this lad has been 100% all the time. I think we are very close to WWIII and I fear the Nuclear option is VERY close. Don’t believe me, do your own research. I have and I wish I had not. Below is the article I need you to read and video’s you NEED to watch. This is staged, this is set-up. I have said of America many times now the illusion of Red and Blue is just that. I think the war in Ukraine will be the fire cracker to lift the rocket. I sat on this for 3 days now, pondering, worried, afraid of it’s truth. This is real, I have no doubt, sadly I just can’t share it with you. All I can do is offer you article and videos below. I hope I am wrong, I pray I am wrong. But depopulation of this planet is on the list and it’s at the top. The Georgia Guide Stones, in the USA that hardly any Americans are even aware are there tell the story. Here it is below. May I ask, please, who was aware of these stones, carved into 12 languages, for all mankind, who built them and why is a mystery today, but I think the mystery may soon become a reality. Should I be correct and so is everyone else walking this story just now, to depopulate the planet China must fall, China is 3/7th of the planet, India is 2nd at 1 Billion, so between China and India, there is 4 Billion people, go look.


As you can see, I am right, research is a VERY handy thing


UNDERSTAND WHAT THIS IS! The Georgia Guide Stones! A huge hint!
http://www.thegeorgiaguidestones.com/Message.htm

Pay close attention to Steven Starr’s article, “The Lethality of Nuclear Weapons.” Washington thinks nuclear war can be won and is planning for a first strike on Russia, and perhaps China, in order to prevent any challenge to Washington’s world hegemony.

The plan is far advanced, and the implementation of the plan is underway. As I have reported previously, US strategic doctrine was changed and the role of nuclear missiles was elevated from a retaliatory role to an offensive first strike role. US anti-ballistic missile (ABM) bases have been established in Poland on Russia’s frontier, and other bases are planned. When completed Russia will be ringed with US missile bases.

Anti-ballistic missiles, known as “star wars,” are weapons designed to intercept and destroy ICBMs. In Washington’s war doctrine, the US hits Russia with a first strike, and whatever retaliatory force Russia might have remaining is prevented from reaching the US by the shield of ABMs.

The reason Washington gave for the change in war doctrine is the possibility that terrorists might obtain a nuclear weapon with which to destroy an American city. This explanation is nonsensical. Terrorists are individuals or a group of individuals, not a country with a threatening military. To use nuclear weapons against terrorists would destroy far more than the terrorists and be pointless as a drone with a conventional missile would suffice.

The reason Washington gave for the ABM base in Poland is to protect Europe from Iranian ICBMs. Washington and every European government knows that Iran has no ICBMs and that Iran has not indicated any intent to attack Europe.

No government believes Washington’s reasons. Every government realizes that Washington’s reasons are feeble attempts to hide the fact that it is creating the capability on the ground to win a nuclear war.

Daboo7 hits the nail on the head about the Russian Asteroid that got hit on the WAY IN!

The Russian government understands that the change in US war doctrine and the US ABM bases on its borders are directed at Russia and are indications that Washington plans a first strike with nuclear weapons on Russia.

China has also understood that Washington has similar intentions toward China. As I reported several months ago, in response to Washington’s threat China called the world’s attention to China’s ability to destroy the US should Washington initiate such a conflict.

However, Washington believes that it can win a nuclear war with little or no damage to the US. This belief makes nuclear war likely.

As Steven Starr makes clear, this belief is based in ignorance. Nuclear war has no winner. Even if US cities were saved from retaliation by ABMs, the radiation and nuclear winter effects of the weapons that hit Russia and China would destroy the US as well.

The media, conveniently concentrated into a few hands during the corrupt Clinton regime, is complicit by ignoring the issue. The governments of Washington’s vassal states in Western and Eastern Europe, Canada, Australia, and Japan are also complicit, because they accept Washington’s plan and provide the bases for implementing it. The demented Polish government has probably signed the death warrant for humanity. The US Congress is complicit, because no hearings are held about the executive branch’s plans for initiating nuclear war.

Washington has created a dangerous situation. As Russia and China are clearly threatened with a first strike, they might decide to strike first themselves. Why should Russia and China sit and await the inevitable while their adversary creates the ability to protect itself by developing its ABM shield? Once Washington completes the shield, Russia and China are certain to be attacked, unless they surrender in advance.

The 10 minute report below from Russia Today makes it clear that Washington’s secret plan for a first strike on Russia is not secret. The report also makes it clear that Washington is prepared to eliminate any European leaders who do not align with Washington.

Readers will ask me, “What can we do?” This is what you can do. You can shut down the Ministry of Propaganda by turning off Fox News, CNN, the BBC, ABC, NBC, CBS, by ceasing to read the New York Times, the Washington Post, the LA Times. Simply exit the official media. Do not believe one word that the government says. Do not vote. Realize that evil is concentrated in Washington. In the 21st century Washington has destroyed in whole or part seven countries. Millions of peoples murdered, maimed, displaced, and Washington has shown no remorse whatsoever. Neither have the “Christian” churches. The devastation that Washington has inflicted is portrayed as a great success. Washington prevailed.

Washington is determined to prevail, and the evil that Washington represents is leading the world to destruction.


It was a game all alone, who knew? Be honest

#russia, #a-hard-truth, #china, #depopulation-of-earth, #europe, #lies, #lies-by-government, #nuclear-war, #research, #researching-with-help, #staged-war, #uk, #usa, #wwiii

US And China Spy Row: Diplomatic Fallout ‘Huge’


US Attorney General Eric Holder announced the charges

Now that the USA has broken ties with Russia, it is only right and was the planned time for China to be next I guess, but America going mad on ANYONE for spying is the pot calling the kettle black. Stupid really. All the USA have been doing for the last few years is Spy on her allies and others.

America’s decision to file charges against five Chinese individuals and to publish ‘wanted’ posters for them is as serious as it is unprecedented. These are allegations levelled not just against China but against the Chinese State. The United States government is, for the first time ever, accusing another nation of state-sponsored economic espionage or as they called it “21st century burglary”.

The diplomatic fallout will be huge.

The officials from the Department of Justice not only singled out individuals from Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA), but they named the unit within the PLA which they say has been doing the hacking: Unit 61398. It is not the first time the unit 61398 has been in the frame. Last February, an American internet security firm called Mandiant published the results of several years research and intelligence analysis. Working on behalf of their clients – multinational companies in both the US and in the UK – they analysed instances of hacking and commercial espionage. Using sophisticated technology and cyber forensics, Mandiant collated evidence and ‘digital crumbs’ from hundreds of investigations.


The Chinese military officials accused of spying by the US

They mapped the IP addresses from many different cyber attacks. Remarkably, they all popped up in one small neighbourhood in the Chinese city of Shanghai, and the location of the headquarters of Unit 61398. Mandiant was not able physically to prove that the hackers were inside the building but analysts were convinced that they could not be anywhere else. “Either they are coming from inside Unit 61398 or the people who run the most-controlled, most-monitored internet networks in the world are clueless about thousands of people generating attacks from this one neighbourhood,” the Mandiant’s founder Kevin Mandia said at the time the report was released.

At the time, the US government said that it was aware of Mandiant’s report. They said they were talking to the Chinese at the highest level about their concerns over cyber espionage of intellectual property. But it was also made clear that the diplomatic sensitivities were huge. The Chinese have been unusually swift with their angry response to the American move. A Foreign Ministry statement, published at nearly midnight in Beijing, said the allegations were “made up”.


US internet firm Mandiant believes some cyber attacks come from China

The Chinese cries of ‘hypocrisy’ will be deafening. After all, as Edward Snowden revealed, America has hacked China – the NSA allegedly hacked into the HQ of Huawei, the Chinese tech giant. But the US says its agencies only ‘cyber spy’ when it concerns national security – and they say Huawei is a national security concern. America insists it doesn’t steal intellectual property for commercial gain. In China, the distinction is a little more blurred. America’s allegations are bound to be of concern to companies, big and small, who do business in China and those wanting to break into China. It’s the world’s second largest economy and a market to win. But it’s hard to trust who you’re working with in China.

Hugo Swire, a British Foreign Office minister, is on a trade trip to China this week trying to help UK companies break into the country. But he and his staff leave their smartphones at home – UK government advice states that the chances they may get hacked into are too high to risk taking them. Some of the companies who the Americans say had intellectual property stolen are in the business of nuclear power and solar panels. It just happens that China’s nuclear power and solar panel industries are becoming increasingly successful. Is that through their own innovation or is it “21st century burglary”?


Barack Obama and Xi Jinping (China’s foreign ministry) have discussed cyber-security issues

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Utah May Bring Back Firing Squad Executions

European Union export ban Due to its use for executions in the US, the UK introduced a ban on the export of sodium thiopental in December 2010, after it was established that no European supplies to the US were being used for any other purpose. The restrictions were based on “the European Union Torture Regulation (including licensing of drugs used in execution by lethal injection)”. From 21 December 2011 the European Union extended trade restrictions to prevent the export of certain medicinal products for capital punishment, stating that “The Union disapproves of capital punishment in all circumstances and works towards its universal abolition”. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lethal_injection

The real reason lethal injections may be stopped, so now, good old fashioned shot to death. I wish the Death penalty on many, but knowing the legal system as I do, I know many have and will be killed by mistake, and I am talking Worldwide here, this is barbaric USA!
A Utah politician wants to bring back firing squads as a method of execution after controversy over a botched lethal injection in Oklahoma. Republican Representative Paul Ray believes death by gun is a more humane and cheaper form of execution, and wants it to be an option for criminals sentenced to death in his state. He plans to introduce his proposal during Utah’s next legislative session in January. Lawmakers in Wyoming and Missouri tried to pass similar legislation this year, but both efforts failed. Mr Ray believes firing squads may seem more acceptable now, especially after drug shortages complicated lethal injections. The default method of execution in the US also came under heightened scrutiny last month when prisoner Clayton Lockett’s vein collapsed and he died of a heart attack more than 40 minutes later. “It sounds like the Wild West, but it’s probably the most humane way to kill somebody,” Mr Ray said.


Clayton Lockett died in pain after a botched lethal injection

“The prisoner dies instantly. It sounds draconian. It sounds really bad, but the minute the bullet hits your heart, you’re dead. There’s no suffering.” However, critics say things can go wrong with any method of execution. They cite a case from Utah’s territorial days in 1897, when a firing squad missed Wallace Wilkerson’s heart and it took him 27 minutes to die. tah outlawed firing squads in 2004, citing the excessive media attention it gave inmates. But those sentenced to death before that date still have the option of choosing it. The last execution by rifle in the state was 2010, when five police officers used .30-caliber Winchester rifles to kill Ronnie Lee Gardner, who murdered a lawyer in 1985 while trying to escape from a courthouse. Ray’s proposal would give all inmates the option to be shot. Opponents say firing squads are not necessarily a foolproof answer. It is possible an inmate could move or police could miss, causing the inmate a slow and painful death, said Richard Dieter, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center, which opposes capital punishment.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/05/17/utah-lawmaker-firing-squad/9211225/

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/may/17/bring-back-firing-squad-executions-utah-lawmaker-s/

#capital-punishment, #clayton-lockett-died-in-pain-after-a-botched-lethal-injection-lies, #european-union, #firing-squad, #firing-squad-executions, #lethal-injection, #oklahoma-republican-representative-paul-ray, #republican-representative-paul-ray, #ronnie-lee-gardner, #usa, #utah

Communism, Fascism, Marxism and the USA

To truly understand Communism and what it REALLY is, can be tricky, we must know and understand European and early history from the Americas (North and Latin/South) history and have a slight grasp on Religion also, this is a blog I expect a few likes and not one reply, I am testing my mind and the ability to write about things that challenge popular beliefs by people all over the World. I have a family member very high up in the UK Communist Party, we must understand the Communism we all see and know (Think we know) is extremist Communism. Communism at its truest form is equality. The main reason why communism was made was peopl0e wanted to be equal without getting restricted by their environment, but nowadays communism is abused by some dictators such as North Korean leaders. Besides, capitalism also has its own problem. There are so many people who didn’t have opportunities to try what they really wanted to do due to their poverty or else. If communism was working as it should be, would it be better than capitalism? Capitalism is an economic system in which trade, industry, and the means of production are controlled by private owners with the goal of making profits in a market economy. Central characteristics of capitalism include capital accumulation, competitive markets and wage labor. In a capitalist economy, the parties to a transaction typically determine the prices at which assets, goods, and services are exchanged. Sadly this can lead to Fascism!

Fascism is a form of radical authoritarian nationalism that came to prominence in early 20th-century Europe. Influenced by national syndicalism, fascism originated in Italy during World War I, combining more typically right-wing positions with elements of left-wing politics, in opposition to liberalism, Marxism, and traditional conservatism. Although fascism is usually placed on the far right on the traditional left–right spectrum, several self-described fascists as well as some commentators have said that the description is inadequate. Fascist ideology consistently invokes the primacy of the state. Leaders such as Benito Mussolini in Italy and Adolf Hitler in Germany embodied the state and claimed indisputable power. Fascism borrowed theories and terminology from socialism but replaced socialism’s focus on class conflict with a focus on conflict between nations and races.Fascists advocate a mixed economy, with the principal goal of achieving autarky (Autarky is the quality of being self-sufficient. Usually the term is applied to political states or their economic systems. Autarky exists whenever an entity can survive or continue its activities without external assistance or international trade) to secure national self-sufficiency and independence through protectionist and interventionist economic policies.

Fascists sought to unify their nation through an authoritarian state that promoted the mass mobilization of the national community and were characterized by having leadership that initiated a revolutionary political movement aiming to reorganize the nation along principles according to fascist ideology. Fascist movements shared certain common features, including the veneration of the state, a devotion to a strong leader, and an emphasis on ultranationalism and militarism. Fascism views political violence, war, and imperialism as a means to achieve national rejuvenation,and it asserts that stronger nations have the right to expand their territory by displacing weaker nations.

Communism is a socioeconomic system structured upon common ownership of the means of production and characterised by the absence of classes, money, and the state; as well as a social, political and economic ideology and movement that aims to establish this social order. The movement to develop communism, in its Marxist–Leninist interpretations, significantly influenced the history of the 20th century, which saw intense rivalry between the Communist states in the Eastern bloc and the most developed capitalist states of the Western world. Communism was first developed into a scientific theory by German philosopher and social scientist Karl Marx (Marxism) Marxism is a worldview and method of societal analysis that focuses on class relations and societal conflict, that uses a materialist interpretation of historical development, and a dialectical view of social transformation. Marxist methodology uses economic and sociopolitical inquiry and applies that to the analysis and critique of the development of capitalism and the role of class struggle in systemic economic change.
Religious views on capitalism have been philosophically diverse, with numerous religious philosophers defending the natural right to property, while simultaneously expressing criticism at the negative social effects of materialism and greed. I know this is difficult to follow, but stay with me! The first socialists drew many of their principles from Christian values, against the bourgeois values (Bourgeoisie, French pronunciation is a word from the French language, used in the fields of political economy, political philosophy, sociology, and history, which originally denoted the wealthy stratum of the middle class that originated during the latter part of the Middle Ages (AD 500–1500). The utilization and specific application of the word is from the realm of the social sciences. In sociology and in political science, the noun bourgeoisie and the adjective bourgeois are terms that describe a historical range of socio-economic classes. As such, in the Western world, since the late 18th century, the bourgeoisie describes a social class “characterized by their ownership of capital, and their related culture”; hence, the personal terms bourgeois (masculine) and bourgeoise (feminine) culturally identify the man or woman who is a member of the wealthiest social class of a given society, and their materialistic worldview) of profiteering, greed, selfishness and hoarding. Liberation theology is a school of theology within Christianity, particularly in the Roman Catholic Church. It emphasizes the Christian mission to bring justice to the poor and oppressed, particularly through political activism. Its theologians consider sin the root source of poverty, the sin in question being exploitative capitalism and class war by the rich against the poor. In the U.S., in response to increased ideas of capitalist ideas and Social Darwinism, the Social Gospel was pursued, calling on protections of people against perceived threats from industrialization.

america-freedom-to-fascism-a-film-by-aaron-russoSo, after reading all this we can draw many conclusions about today’s World, where we are, and how we came to be here. History was taught to me since age 5 and I was no master of History at school I am self taught as many are. As I write and get my mind more and more into the World and how it works and lies to us through the means above, we can then speculate with an educated guess as to where we are heading as a species.

I look at America as being almost Communistic and 100% Fascist. What America has become today is the embodiment of all the above. It can be said for every action there is a reaction and this is true more so in so called 1st World countries such as the USA. America is a country of people full of pride and this is good, but when I often say America is very small 3.5% of our global population, many Americans question me on this and I get such comments as “That can’t be true” It is as many know who know how to use an internet search engine. America has become a scared war nation. The Government are ruled by commerce and the people are rules by powerful men and woman, CEO’s that dictate how political and religious values are perceived by a willing people who have been duped and have been educated to the same level as many 2nd and 3rd World countries. America sits at 38th cleverest nation on Earth and sometimes when I do blogs about the USA I am doing so as a worried friend. I am slowly starting to understand you America, your government failed you BADLY in School over the last 20 years and the next generation coming through I really feel sorry for. American kids were not passing exams, so American politicians made the tests easier to make a graph or chart look good and fool you all. The USA media is well trained in the art of fear and fascism, JFK warned you America, this man seen fascism entering your world and your banks and government buildings, yet as a people, America, you must wake up and stop using the “I can’t help” line


Many men have tried hard to warn you America, some in speeches, some in song. You didn’t listen and now you are on the verge of a life where you will be a number. I come from a society and way of life where we own our Government (Scotland, not Britain, we have our own laws here) I struggled to understand you America so I researched, what I came to see was a people who can’t admit they are wrong, want to blame another politician and won’t say “I was wrong to vote for this person” With Obama you have, America, taken your way of life backwards and allowed a small % of 200 people to have more money than every man, woman and child in your country. What JFK said above was true. I will leave you with more warning America through video and images. Again, I don’t expect much come back debate here.

Thanks, Shaun

#russia, #america, #american-history, #autarky, #bourgeoisie, #capitalism, #china, #communism, #education, #europe, #exams, #fascism, #marxism, #usa, #world-history

American/British Marines locate abducted Nigerian girls in Sambisa forest


FOUND, US AND UK, France, China HELPED!

There were indications yesterday that the 230 female students abducted by Boko Haram terrorists from the Government Girls’ Secondary School, GGSS, Chibok, Borno State, have been sited at the Sambisa Forest in Borno State, by the Special Forces of the United States Marines. Team work by USA, UK, France and China are, as we speak getting these girls home

The girls who were abducted on April 14, were part of the 250 students boarded at the school for the West African School Certificate, WASC/ Senior Secondary School Certificate, SSSC, examinations, triggering world-wide condemnations.

This was even as more US military officials arrived Nigeria yesterday to join local officials in the search for nearly 300 school girls taken captives by the Islamist extremist group, Boko Haram, the US Secretary of State John Kerry, and the defence department, Pentagon, said.

The UK team had earlier arrived in Abuja to support Nigerian government in its response to the abduction of over 200 school girls.

The arrival of the foreign troops is coming on the heels of the appeal yesterday by the former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar for Nigerians to unite and fight the insurgents to achieve success.

According to Kerry, “Our inter-agency team is hitting the ground in Nigeria now and they are going to be working with President Goodluck Jonathan’s government to do everything that we possibly can to return these girls.”

The CNN also quoted the U.S. Navy Rear Admiral, John Kirby, who serves as Pentagon press secretary, as saying that the small team of seven would join advisers supporting local efforts to find the girls abducted over three weeks ago.

Kerry said the US team, working with the Nigerian government, would do everything possible to free the girls and everything possible to stop the atrocities of Boko Haram.

“We are also going to do everything possible to counter the menace of Boko Haram. The entire world should not only be condemning this outrage but should be doing everything possible to help Nigeria in the days ahead,” he added.

But there are no plans to send American combat troops into Nigeria, Mr. Kirby said.

The abduction of the school girls on April 14 in a remote community in Borno State, one of the most shocking terrorist acts by Boko Haram yet, has drawn widespread anger around the world with calls for a swift action.

President Goodluck Jonathan said Thursday that the kidnapping will be “the beginning of end” of Boko Haram.

US President Obama has said he hopes the abduction by Boko Haram will galvanize the international community to act against the brutal group that has directed much of its cruelty on civilians and the innocent.

This week, more than 100 people were killed in a busy market by militants suspected to be from the group. The attack occurred in Gamboru Ngala, Borno State, near the Nigerian border with Cameroun.

Besides the United States, Britain, France and China have also offered to help rescue the stolen girls.Obama said the team sent to Nigeria comprised personnel from military, law enforcement and other agencies.

France said it will station 3,000 troops in Nigeria’s neighbouring countries to help fight militants in the Sahel region.

British satellites and advanced tracking capabilities also will be used, and China has promised to provide any intelligence gathered by its satellite network.

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Russia Quietly Tightens Reins on Web With ‘Bloggers Law’

After Obama here http://shaunynews.com/2014/05/01/obama-administration-moves-to-virtually-kill-the-internet/ Moves to control USA Internet usage, Russia have decided to do the same, coincidence? Nah I didn’t think so either! First America, then Russia, we had it already in the Middle East/North Africa. This is our last freedom people!

MOSCOW — Russia has taken another major step toward restricting its once freewheeling Internet, as President Vladimir V. Putin quietly signed a new law requiring popular online voices to register with the government, a measure that lawyers, Internet pioneers and political activists said Tuesday would give the government a much wider ability to track who said what online.

Mr. Putin’s action on Monday, just weeks after he disparaged the Internet as “a special C.I.A. project,” borrowed a page from the restrictive Internet playbooks of many governments around the world that have been steadily smothering online freedoms they once tolerated.

The idea that the Internet was at best controlled anarchy and beyond any one nation’s control is fading globally amid determined attempts by more and more governments to tame the web. If innovations like Twitter were hailed as recently as the Arab uprisings as the new public square, governments like those in China, Pakistan, Turkey, Iran and now Russia are making it clear that they can deploy their tanks on virtual squares, too.

China, long a pioneer in using sophisticated technology to filter the Internet, has continually tightened censorship. It has banned all major Western online social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Google, though it seems not to be bothered by Alibaba, its homegrown e-commerce site, which has filed the paperwork for what could be the biggest public stock offering ever.

Nevertheless, even Beijing’s own social media champion, Weibo, valued at $3.6 billion in a public stock offering this year, has come under mounting censorship pressure as the government fine-tunes its policing of expression.

Under the pressure of a corruption scandal, Turkey recently imposed bans on Twitter and YouTube over tapes alleging corruption by the country’s prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Although the YouTube ban remains, Twitter service was restored in April only after the Constitutional Court overturned the ban.

During protests against the government in Venezuela in February, there were reports that the government there was blocking online images from users. In recent years, Pakistan has banned 20,000 to 40,000 websites, including YouTube, saying they offend Muslims. Facebook was blocked for a while in 2010, but is now accessible.

The level of challenge is rising, but “we also see the amount of resources going into censorship increasing greatly,” Jonathan Zittrain, a professor at Harvard Law School who specializes in Internet law, said in a telephone interview.

Widely known as the “bloggers law,” the new Russian measure specifies that any site with more than 3,000 visitors daily will be considered a media outlet akin to a newspaper and be responsible for the accuracy of the information published.

Besides registering, bloggers can no longer remain anonymous online, and organizations that provide platforms for their work such as search engines, social networks and other forums must maintain computer records on Russian soil of everything posted over the previous six months.

“This law will cut the number of critical voices and opposition voices on the Internet,” said Galina Arapova, director of the Mass Media Defense Center and an expert on Russian media law. “The whole package seems quite restrictive and might affect harshly those who disseminate critical information about the state, about authorities, about public figures.”

Mr. Putin has already used the pliable Russian Parliament to pass laws that scattered the opposition, hobbled non governmental organizations and shut down public protests. Now, riding a wave of popular support after hosting the Winter Olympics and annexing Crimea, he has turned his attention to regulating the Internet, as well as burnishing his credentials as the worldwide champion of conservative values.

Aside from the Internet law signed Monday, the Russian leader signed a new profanity law that levies heavy fines for using four common vulgarities in the arts, including literature, movies, plays and television.

Speaking in St. Petersburg in late April, Mr. Putin voiced his suspicions about the Internet, even while noting that it had become a public market of huge proportions.

“You know that it all began initially, when the Internet first appeared, as a special C.I.A. project,” he said in remarks broadcast live nationally, before adding that “special services are still at the center of things.” He specifically thanked Edward J. Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor granted asylum in Russia, for revealing to the world how efficient the N.S.A. was at collecting information.

Mr. Putin went on to say that someone writing online whose opinion affects thousands or even hundreds of thousands of people should be considered a media outlet. He said he was not talking about a ban, only acting “the way it is done all over the world.”

Russian Internet pioneers despaired that Mr. Putin was really talking about the Chinese model of curtailing any political discussion online.

“It is part of the general campaign to shut down the Internet in Russia,” said Anton Nossik, an early online media figure here. “They have not been able to control it until now, and they think they should implement the Chinese model. But they don’t understand how it works. The Chinese model also stimulates the development of local platforms, while the Russian laws are killing the local platform.”

Russia is among a growing list of countries that have sought to shut down Internet voices circumventing a subservient national news media. Many leaders see the Internet as the key tool behind antigovernment demonstrations and are determined to render it ineffective.

Yet polls conducted in 24 countries last spring by Pew Research found that most people are against government censorship of the Internet, including 63 percent in Russia and 58 percent in Turkey.

Another Russian Internet law, one that went into effect on Feb. 1, gave the government the power to block websites. It immediately used the law against its most vocal critics, like Alexei Navalny and Garry Kasparov, as well as online news sites that reported on demonstrations and other political activity.

In April, Pavel Durov, the 29-year-old founder of Vkontakte, Russia’s popular version of Facebook, said he had fled the country because he feared the consequences of refusing to turn over information the government requested about activists in Russia and Ukraine. Critics said he had fled after cashing out, and United Capital Partners, the owner of a 48 percent stake in the company, posted a lengthy statement online saying he was trying to divert attention from legal issues surrounding his running of the company.
Aleksandr Zharov, who runs Roskomnadzor, the government agency that supervises the Internet, told the state-run RIA Novosti news agency last month that the law was necessary because people need to be held responsible for what they say on the web. “What he would never say face to face, he often allows himself online,” Mr. Zharov was quoted as saying.

The lack of transparency in Russia creates a kind of fog around countless issues, and the Internet is no different. Many critics and even some supporters of the new law said it was too vague to understand.

The Internet needs to be regulated by law just like publishing, said Robert A. Shlegel, among the youngest members of Parliament from United Russia, Mr. Putin’s party. But Internet savvy among legislators is weak, he added. “The law, as it is, is so raw,” he said. “It is clear that the person who wrote it just doesn’t understand.”

The law does not specify how the government will count the 3,000 daily visitors, for example. Even before Mr. Putin signed it, two of the largest blogging platforms, Yandex and LiveJournal, announced that henceforth their publicly visible counters would stop below 3,000.

Ms. Arapova said other murky issues included who would be considered a provider. For instance, will large international social media or search sites like Google, Twitter and Facebook have to keep their data in Russia or face fines and possible closing?

In California, both Twitter and Facebook said they were studying the law but would not comment further.

Ms. Arapova said the law would undoubtedly have a chilling effect in terms of who would go online. Whistle-blowers who work for corrupt government agencies, for example, would theoretically no longer be able to post anonymously.

The actual impact of the law will not be measurable until after it goes into effect on Aug. 1, Ms. Arapova said. Punishments start at fines that can reach up to $142,000 or the temporary closing of the blog, if the law is actively enforced.

Like the Internet law, the ban on four vulgar words was met with a combination of dismay and derision among artists. (The words, not mentioned in the law either, are crude terms for male and female genitalia, sex and a prostitute.) Many people thought it would be widely ignored, but the very idea that the Kremlin was trying to censor the arts rankled.

“We feel like we are back in kindergarten again when they said, ‘Don’t pee in your bed and don’t eat with your hands and don’t use that word,’ ” said Viktor V. Yerofeyev, a popular writer. “On the one hand, the Russian government says the Russian people are the best. On the other hand, it doesn’t trust the people.”

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Fascist USA, Virginia proposal would limit size of gatherings at private homes

A plan to ban “frequent and large gatherings at neighborhood homes” is a lawsuit waiting to happen, a Fairfax County supervisor predicts.

Officials will get an idea Wednesday when public-comment hearings begin in Virginia’s most populous county.

“I believe the county is risking a lawsuit and/or a Constitution challenge by interfering with peoples’ right to assemble,” Supervisor Pat Herrity said in a statement.

The proposed zoning ordinance limits “group assembly” at residences to 49 people a day. Such gatherings “shall not occur more frequently than three times in any 40-day period.”

County officials say they have received complaints about group meetings at homes. But Herrity said “they haven’t even reached 1 percent of the thousands of complaints our Department of Code Compliance investigates a year.”

“This is yet another instance where we appear to be punishing the many for the actions of the few,” said Herrity, who reported a total of six complaints were received last year.

Church groups, scouting organizations or even sports fans drawn to a home’s big-screen TV during playoffs could be potential targets of the proposed county law. Realtors worry that even open houses would invite civil penalties.

John Whitehead, an attorney and president of the civil-libertarian Rutherford Institute, calls the Fairfax plan “nefarious.

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Boy, 8, Killed Defending Sister From Rapist

RICHMOND, Va. — The family of an 8-year-old boy beaten to death as he tried to defend his 12-year-old sister from a brutal rape gathered outside their home Friday, grappling with the details of the vicious attack. They leaned on one another, crying, shaking and struggling to understand the loss of little Martin Cobb. “He was a lovely little boy. He didn’t deserve this,” said Geraldine Pitchford, the children’s aunt, choking back tears in front of the family’s home in Richmond’s working-class Southside. Martin’s mother was too distraught to come outside.

An 8-year-old Virginia boy was beaten to death Thursday trying to defend his 12-year-old sister from a brutal rape, police and relatives said.

“I’m still trying to make sense of this senseless crime,” Pitchford said. “I couldn’t fathom the thought of this ever happening.” The neighborhood’s calm was shattered Thursday, when police rushed to the home at 6:30 p.m. The brother and sister had been playing on train tracks behind the family home’s backyard. The suspect approached the pair, who often played together, and attempted to sexually assault the girl, police said. Martin tried to help his sister, and the suspect struck him in the head with a brick, reported media outlets. He died at the scene. His sister was recovering Friday at VCU Medical Center and was feeling “OK,” the family told NBC News.

Family and loved ones pray after 9-year- old is killed, sister raped, in Southside

Police hunted for the suspect Thursday night. Initially, he was described as a white male with scraggly facial hair. But Dionne Waugh, a spokeswoman for the Richmond police, told NBC News the description was false because the victim was told her family would be harmed if she gave a true description. With the help of outraged neighbors, police identified a male teenage suspect. He was being medically evaluated Friday with a warrant for his arrest pending. “The community’s response has been tremendous,” Waugh told NBC News. “They played a very important role in gathering information to lead us to this point.” Waugh called the assault and killing grisly and heartbreaking — “probably one of the most tragic cases” she’s ever encountered. “Every loss of life here is tragic, [but] whenever it’s a case involving juveniles, it’s especially hard for everyone involved, from our detectives to our fire and ambulance personnel, who are often first on scene,” she said. “So it’s been a challenge, I think, for a lot of people here.” Martin was a first-grader at Elizabeth D. Redd Elementary School. A picture released by the family shows the boy in a matching gray vest and pants, his hands stuffed into his pockets.

Community shocked: The siblings were playing by the train tracks along Brandon Road in Richmond Thursday when a stranger came out of nowhere and attacked the 12-year-old girl

He played with cars and collected keys. He and his older sister were inseparable and were often the last ones to go back inside because they loved playing together, the family said. “There was not one person around here who didn’t know him,” Pitchford added. Neighbor Tracy Lightsey said Martin was trying to fight off the suspect during the attack, his family told her “He felt like he was his sister’s protector,” Lightsey told the Richmond Times-Dispatch. “He was his sister’s keeper till his death.” A vigil is planned for 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Abundant Life Church in Richmond. A memorial fund called the Keys for Marty Foundation has been established; donations can made by at any Wells Fargo bank branch.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2619003/Heroic-nine-year-old-boy-beaten-death-rock-trying-protect-sister-12-teenage-rapist.html

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Deadly ‘Incurable, MERS has hit USA, UK, Europe and Middle East so far

I started looking at Ebola, it was a new strain, checking with W.H.O (World Health Organisation) AND CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) http://shaunynews.wordpress.com/2014/04/24/ebola-outbreak-death-toll-rises-to-over-140-in-liberia-guinea-congo/ first time ever it is a new strain and it broke 3 or 4 borders CDC http://www.cdc.gov/

What is Mers? (Middle East respiratory syndrome) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Middle_East_respiratory_syndrome_coronavirus Now here is the odd thing here, for the first time EVER the Ebola virus broke one border and went to 4 countries, W.H.O http://www.who.int/en/ Were testing people and were testing wrong, Ebola had developed a different strain, so people were sent home in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone and I still hear there is/was a case in Italy. These links to W.H.O are worth keeping an eye on. It is very like the SARS VIRUS (Severe acute respiratory syndrome) http://www.who.int/csr/sars/en/

Now this Mers, thought to come from Egyptian tomb bat is an awful thing “Middle East Respiratory Syndrome” is NOW IN THE USA IN INDIANA! CONFIRMED! Here are the the main symptoms of MERS: cough, shortness of breath and difficulty breathing, diarrhea, high fever (over 38°C or 100.4°F) and kidney failure. The incubation period for MERS is 5 days

Here is the list of KNOWN Mers Cases:
Countries in the Arabian Peninsula with Cases

Saudi Arabia
United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Qatar
Oman
Jordan
Kuwait
Countries with Travel-associated Cases

United Kingdom (UK)
France
Tunisia
Italy
Malaysia
United States of America (USA) (Indian CONFIRMED)
Public Health England was on Friday night contacting two passengers who flew to Heathrow alongside a man diagnosed with a deadly camel-borne virus that has killed dozens in the Middle East. America confirmed that the first reported case within its borders of the newly emerging Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or Mers, had been detected in the state of Indiana, where an American had been hospitalised after returning to the US a week ago. The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said America’s first case of the virus involved a US citizen who worked as a health care worker in Saudi Arabia. The syndrome first surfaced two years ago and since then at least 400 cases of the respiratory illness have been reported, and more than 100 people have died. Public Health England said the man flew on British Airways Flight 262 from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to London, and transferred at Heathrow for onward travel to the US, where he was later hospitalised.

“The risk of the infection being passed to other passengers on Flight 262 is extremely low,” the body said. “However, as a precautionary measure, Public Health England has contacted UK passengers who were sitting in the vicinity of the affected passenger to provide health information.” Egypt has issued a warning against travel to Saudi Arabia as the virus spreads across the region just before the pilgrimage season. An Egyptian man returning from Saudi Arabia became the country’s first case of diagnosed Mers. Saudi Arabia has millions of foreign migrant workers and millions more from the Muslim world visit each year on pilgrimage to Mecca and other holy sites.

While the king sacked the health minister last month after criticism of the country’s speed of response to the disease, there is concern that this annual wave of visitors, often described as the world’s biggest international migration, could further spread the illness around the globe. Egypt’s health ministry said that it was warning children under 15 and adults over 65, pregnant women and anyone suffering from chronic heart and chest diseases to postpone their pilgrimages.

The main Hajj season is in October this year, but many Muslims also make Umrah, the so-called “lesser pilgrimage”, at other times. The case of the Egyptian who fell ill was first picked up at Cairo airport. He is said to be in a stable condition in hospital, but his uncle in Saudi Arabia, from whom he is believed to have become infected, has already died. So far, 107 people have been killed by the condition, with at least 345 infected, according to the World Health Organisation. However, 140 of those cases have been reported since the beginning of April. The virus has been circulating the Middle East for at least two years. It is a coronavirus similar to Sars, the respiratory infection which caused panic in 2003, in particular in China and the Far East, where it killed more than 700 people.

Mers causes a fever and a cough, but the effect can vary dramatically, with a high mortality rate in some people, but a majority testing positive with minor symptoms or none at all. Although it has been identified in bats and camels, from which it may have originated, in most of the cases identified it was passed from human to human. The infected person in Indiana is being kept in isolation in hospital. “We can break the chain of transmission in this case through focused efforts here and abroad,” said Dr Tom Frieden, the director of the CDC.

CDC: First US case of deadly virus MERS reported in Indiana

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/01/mers-cov-middle-east-virus-jordan

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-27262357

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/saudiarabia/10806256/Mers-outbreak-Q-and-A.html

http://www.voanews.com/media/video/1906935.html

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2nd huge Sinkhole in Baltimore USA hits in 2 days, this time a cemetery

The Sinkhole Yesterday in Baltimore! http://shaunynews.wordpress.com/2014/05/01/massive-sinkhole-swallows-cars-in-baltimore/

Video below again from my good man Daboo7

Yesterdays Video that swallowed cars whole

BALTIMORE —The recent continuous rain likely contributed to another Baltimore mudslide, this time in the southwest part of the city.

Related below

STREET COLLAPSE
YouTube video shows street collapse
Images: Cars swallowed by Charles…
Mayor: Street collapse cause under…2hr
Inspections to keep 26th St….2hr
CSX trains move again as landslide…
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Charles Village street collapse…
Heavy rains bring flooding to Maryland
SkyTeam 11 captured video Thursday of the huge mudslide at Western Cemetery.

The video shows several headstones that were dislodged. Some ended up at the bottom of the mudslide.

There’s no word yet as to whether actual graves were compromised.

The mudslide also covered part of the Gwynns Falls Trail.

On Wednesday, a Charles Village retaining wall and part of 26th Street collapsed into a CSX railroad track, destroying several cars and forcing 19 people from their homes.

Another mudslide was reported on a portion of Route 43 in the White Marsh area of Baltimore County.

Read more: http://www.wbaltv.com/news/mudslide-reported-at-baltimore-cemetery/25772494#ixzz30bVJfrcw

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` US Ramps Up Their Presence in `NATO’s Spring Strom Military Drills in Estonia ‘

AceWorldNews – TALLINN – April 29 – A US airborne unit, that will take part in NATO’s Spring Storm military drills in May, has arrived in Estonia.

A US Air Force plane has flown them to the Ämari air base.

As reported by Estonia’s Defence Ministry, the troop (around 150 people) will be stationed at the Ämari air base during the drills.

The USA is sending 600 military servicemen to Poland and other Baltic states for drills.

Estonia’s Defence Minister Sven Mikser said that American paratroopers will stay in the country at least till the end of this year.

Russian and Estonia News

#ANS2014

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