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by Scott Creighton
This was a fact finding mission for US so-called “peace” and “antiwar” groups put together by the US Peace Council to go into Syria and learn for themselves what was really going on as many of them either support or tacitly support Obama’s bloody 5-year regime change operation in Syria based on the baseless propaganda being fed to them on a daily basis back here in the states. Many refused to participate and the host is pretty generous when he suggests reasons for their refusal without giving the real one, and that is many depend on funding from organizations like the Open Society Foundation which in fact support the bloody regime change operation. There is also the political metric to consider as well. Left-cover ObamaGod would not as soon be questioned and challenged on such things as George W. Bush and Dick Cheney would and that is a simple fact of modern American life. So the facts they found are quite compelling. The ones in Syria and unfortunately, the ones here as well.
H.E. Bashar Ja’afari, Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic
Alfred Marder, President of the US Peace Council
Mary Compton, Member of the Executive Board of the US Peace Council
Henry Lowendorf, Member of the Executive Board of the US Peace Council, Head of the Syria Delegation
Joe Jamison, Member of the Executive Board of the US Peace Council, Member of the Syria Delegation
Madelyn Hoffman, Executive Director of New Jersey Peace Action, Member of the Syria Delegation
Donna Nassor, Professor and Lawyer also part of US Peace Council
A member of Iraq Veterans Against the War attending the Syrian trip but did not attend this press conference. Vanessa Beeley of The Wall Will Fall also attended the Syrian trip and before this press conference, returned to Syria to continue her journalism there. Her Facebook page has since been shut down by Facebook more than likely.
As you can see from the attendance of this presser, not many showed up to hear what they had learned.
by Scott Creighton
While the people of the country are duly distracted by the WWE-styled event known as “Election 2016”, the situation at the United Nations is unraveling at record speed for Obama’s 5-year-old Syrian Regime Change Operation to the point where our representative in that institution is starting to act like a spoiled 13-year-old debutante who didn’t get the Ferrari cake she wanted for her coming out party.
In sharp contrast to Samantha Power’s petty toddler trick, Russian diplomats spoke truth to power that day telling the Security Council and the world that the problems in Syria stem from the US’s plan to remake the Middle East (or Condi Rice’s “New Middle East” plan as I have often described it)
Given that, it’s no wonder Samantha Power decided to respond the way she did.
British, French and US representatives demanded an emergency UN Security Council meeting this weekend in response to a new wave of attacks from Syrian and Russian forces against their “moderate” terrorist proxy armies which are surrounding eastern Aleppo and starving and shelling the people in an effort to secure the city for themselves. The uptick in Syrian and Russian aggression against our proxy “freedom fighters” is in direct response to the US, British, Danish and Australian forces targeting Syrian troops last weekend in support of “ISIS” at Deir ez-Zor.
“Britain, France and the United States have requested an urgent UN Security Council meeting on the escalating campaign in Syria’s second city of Aleppo, diplomats said Saturday.” AFP, Aug. 25
It should be noted that Syrian intelligence is now reporting they have audio recordings of “ISIS” fighters in Deir ez-Zor communicating with US coalition forces just before the “accidental” attack on Syrian troops. If that is true, the recordings have yet to be disclosed but the threat that they might be is certainly something that would send US interests into a panicked conniption since not only does the regime change operation in Syria depend on the “ISIS” boogeyman myth, but so does the bulk of our “Long War”, our “Hundred Years War” on global terrorism which started in the Bush administration and dutifully continued under Obama’s “CHANGE” regime. I wonder why that is.
The emergency session was called for by the Brits, the French and the US because they understand their terrorists are getting slaughtered in Aleppo which is a direct result of the collapse of the cease-fire agreement which the Syrians and the Russians desperately wanted to keep in place because according to the letter of the agreement, if it lasted 9 days, the US would have to hand over to those countries all their info on “ISIS” in Syria, something the Pentagon desperately did not wish to do. So after the attack on Syrian troops a week ago Saturday and the “moderates” bombing the UN aid convoy last Monday, the cease-fire deal was dead and the Syrians and Russians took off the kid gloves once again.
The results have been catastrophic for the CIA’s “moderates” (see this, this, this, and this) and our war planners in Syria certainly understood this to be a potential result of attacking Syrian troops and having our terrorists bomb the aid convoy long before those things happened, but it was apparently a necessary evil since they had to make sure the cease-fire deal was broken before having to hand over “ISIS” info to the Syrians and Russians (I’m confused. I thought we were at war with “ISIS”? Why not just give them that info anyway? Hmmmm?)
It’s been so bad for our Takfari contractors in the area, warmonger Lindsey Graham took the opportunity last week to practically demand bombing campaigns on Syrian and Russian planes from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Secretary of Defense in a Senate hearing. The chairman said such an act would certainly provoke World War III and that kind of decision was a bit above his pay grade.
In short, the entire spectrum of warmongering regime change apologists for the New World Order (starting with Condi Rice’s “New Middle East”) have been reduced to a panicked gaggle of babbling Dr. Strangeloves as they seek to come up with any justification at all to continue to wreak havoc on the people of Syria in the name of “humanitarian concerns” on behalf of our “national interests”
from al Jazeera
Editors from two Palestinian news publications based in the occupied West Bank say their Facebook accounts were suspended last week and that no reason was provided, alleging their pages may have been censored because of a recent agreement between the US social media giant and the Israeli government aimed at tackling “incitement”.
Last week, four editors from the Shehab News Agency, which has more than 6.3 million likes on Facebook, and three executives from the Quds News Network, with about 5.1 million likes, reported that they could not access their personal accounts.
Both agencies cover daily news in the occupied Palestinian territories.
Nisreen al-Khatib, a translator and journalist at the Quds News Network, told Al Jazeera that the publication believes the account suspensions were triggered by an agreement between Facebook and Israel earlier this month, in which they agreed to jointly combat what Israeli claims is “incitement” by Palestinians on social media.
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The latest Washington Post-ABC Poll oversamples Democratic voters at an unprecedented clip, but even so it shows the two candidates in a virtual tie heading into Monday’s make-or-break debate.
Republican nominee Donald Trump received positive news on Sunday morning with the release of a new major poll showing that he had regained momentum that was lost after nearly two weeks of blistering attacks associating the candidate with racist groups, a Clinton campaign charm offensive led by the nation’s top Hollywood celebrities branding the bombastic billionaire a threat to the country, and fear mongering about the real estate tycoon’s alleged Russian ties.
The new poll shows that among likely voters in a four way race, 46% of voters favor Clinton, 44% prefer Trump while third party candidates Gary Johnson and Jill Stein saw a collapse in their support levels making up only 6% of the vote share while another 4% of voters remain undecided.
The poll comes with a major caveat which is that it oversamples Democrats at a proportion not yet seen during this election cycle with Republicans making up only 23% of the sample, Independents 36% and Democrats 33%, respectively.
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by Adam Walinsky, from Politico
The Democratic Party has become something both JFK and RFK would deplore—the party of war.
I was a Democrat all my life. I came to Washington to serve President John Kennedy and Attorney General Robert Kennedy. When the president was murdered and his brother struck off on his own, I joined his Senate campaign and staff as his legislative assistant and speechwriter, until his presidential campaign ended with his own assassination. I ran on a (losing) Democratic ticket in the New York state elections of 1970. When I was working to enact my own program of police reform in the 1980s and 1990s, then-Governor Bill Clinton was chairman of my National Committee for the Police Corps.
This year, I will vote to elect Donald Trump as president of the United States.
So profound a change, and a decent respect for old friendships, requires me to deliver a public accounting for this decision.
Here it is. John and Robert Kennedy devoted their greatest commitments and energies to the prevention of war and the preservation of peace. To them that was not an abstract formula but the necessary foundation of human life. But today’s Democrats have become the Party of War: a home for arms merchants, mercenaries, academic war planners, lobbyists for every foreign intervention, promoters of color revolutions, failed generals, exploiters of the natural resources of corrupt governments. We have American military bases in 80 countries, and there are now American military personnel on the ground in about 130 countries, a remarkable achievement since there are only 192 recognized countries. Generals and admirals announce our national policies. Theater commanders are our principal ambassadors. Our first answer to trouble or opposition of any kind seems always to be a military movement or action.
Nor has the Democratic Party candidate for president this year, Hillary Clinton, sought peace. Instead she has pushed America into successive invasions, successive efforts at “regime change.” She has sought to prevent Americans from seeking friendship or cooperation with President Vladimir Putin of Russia by characterizing him as “another Hitler.” She proclaims herself ready to invade Syria immediately after taking the oath of office. Her shadow War Cabinet brims with the architects of war and disaster for the past decades, the neocons who led us to our present pass, in Iraq, in Afghanistan, Syria, Libya, Yemen, in Ukraine, unrepentant of all past errors, ready to resume it all with fresh trillions and fresh blood. And the Democrats she leads seem intent on worsening relations with Russia, for example by sending American warships into the Black Sea, or by introducing nuclear weapons ever closer to Russia itself.
… But within a year thereafter, deeply affected by the barely-averted catastrophe, President Kennedy had forged a close working relationship with Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, spoke all over the country to promote peace policies, and delivered his historic American University speech of 1963. Our “strategy of peace,” he said, was “not a Pax Americana enforced on the world by American weapons of war.” Rather it must be founded on negotiation, cooperation in areas of mutual interest, and recognition that “our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.” As to our great adversary the Soviet Union, he said, “we must reexamine our own attitude—as individuals and as a nation—for our attitude is as essential as theirs.”
Six months later he was dead;
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Most of the emails the FBI recovered during its investigation of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email system while secretary of state will not be made available until after the Nov. 8 presidential election under a timetable set by a judge on Friday, the Wall Street Journal reported.
The judge ordered the U.S. State Department to finish processing 1,050 pages of material for release by Nov. 4, just days before Americans go to the polls, the Wall Street Journal said. The paper said that material was out of what could be as much as 10,000 pages.
Under the schedule set by the judge, there will be also be pre-election releases on Oct. 7 and Oct. 21, and the State Department will process 500 pages per month after that, the Wall Street Journal reported.
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