Iran bans oil shipments to and from Iraqi Kurdistan

from Fort Russ

Iran’s Ministry of Roads and Urban Development has warned companies against shipping oil to and from Iraqi Kurdistan “until further notice” following on from the region’s unconstitutional independence referendum held on Monday, Iranian news agencies reported on Saturday.

This is the latest blow to Iraqi Kurdistan that has been barred from receiving or departing international flights and has had its international border with Turkey taken over by Iraqi federal authorities, rendering the region isolated…

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As Wall Street Vultures Circle, Demands for Immediate Puerto Rico Debt Relief

from Common Dreams

While Wall Street vultures circle amid an ongoing humanitarian crisis and try to entice Puerto Rico with “relief” offers in the form of more debt, advocates for economic justice are demanding immediate debt relief and federal stimulus spending to rebuild the island’s devastated infrastructure.

“Puerto Rico needs immediate humanitarian assistance before many more lives are lost thanks to America’s latest climate catastrophe, and reconstruction aid to help them rebuild their infrastructure,” Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch, wrote for Common Dreams on Friday. She continued:

The hurricane only made a bad situation much, much worse: Puerto Rico has been reeling from austerity measures for years that were put in place by Wall Street, which has been calling to recoup the debt. One of Donald Trump’s first responses to the mounting humanitarian crisis was to remind people of the “billions of dollars” the territory owes to the bank, “which must be dealt with”—signaling what the priorities will be.
“Instead, we should consider forgiving Puerto Rico’s debt and federally fund its reconstruction,” Hauter added. “It’s important to demand federal funding for our precious water infrastructure before disasters happen as well; indeed, this funding was cut off to Puerto Rico because of its debt, making a bad situation much worse when the hurricane hit.”

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First Iraq and Turkey – now Iraq and Iran hold joint military drills

(also: Iraq works with Turkey and Iran to take control of Kurdistan region borders. Iraq also holding military drills with Turkey)

from the Duran

In July of this year, Iraq and Iran signed a military agreement on future military cooperation which helps to solidify the fact that Iran is now Iraq’s most important international partner.

At the time, the agreement was thought to be primarily about Iraq utilizing Iranian military strength and counter-terrorism intelligence in the battle against Salafist/Takfiri terrorism.

Now however, it would appear that the agreement will also pertain to defensive measures against Kurdish secessionist in Iraq, something which Baghdad and Tehran oppose with equal resolve.

Sputnik reports,

“The Armed Forces of Iran and Iraq will hold joint border drills within several days, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Massoud Jazayeri said on Saturday.

‘The joint drills … will be held within several days in border areas,’ Jazayeri said, as quoted by the ISNA news agency.

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Facebook Blocks SYRIANGIRL’s Account After Criticism of Kurds

from Russian Insider

SYRIANGIRL, the Australian activist Youtuber and social media powerhouse tweeted on Thursday evening (EST) that her Facebook account has been blocked for her exposure of fraud during the Kurdistan referendum. She had 75,000 followers.

She also has 70,000 followers on Twitter, and 75,000 subscribers to her excellent Youtube channel.

She had recently been saying that the Kurds were intimidating voters to support the referendum, and that is wasn’t a fair vote.

She has very critical of the Kurds in the past, arguing that the idea of Kurdistand is ridiculous, because the Kurds were always a nomadic people, who wandered around other civilization’s territories. She says that is Kurdistan is an invented issue to create a force to continue the war against Syria, now that ISIS is collapsing.

The “Russian Influence” Story Falls Apart – A New Fairy Tale Is Needed

from Moon of Alabama

The Obama White House and some Democratic officials pressed Facebook to find evidence for alleged “Russian interference” in the U.S. election. When Facebook found none, the pressure increased. Facebook went back, again found nothing and political pressure increase further. Congress threatened to investigate. Senator Warner flew to California and demanded the “right” results. Eventually Facebook gave in:

By early August, Facebook had identified more than 3,000 ads addressing social and political issues that ran in the United States between 2015 and 2017 and that appear to have come from accounts associated with the Internet Research Agency.

All hailed Facebook – finally there was something they could build their anti-Russian campaign on.

It is of course idiotic to believe that 3,000 ads for which some $100,000 was spent over two years would somehow effect a U.S. election. In a U.S. presidential election more than $2 billion is spend on advertising. Facebook’s ad revenue per year is some $27 billion.

Moreover – as it now turns out these 3,000 advertisements which “appeared” to be “associated” with something “Russian” were not anti-Clinton or pro-Trump but were a mix of pro- and contra ads on various social issues:

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Yet Another Major Russia Story Falls Apart. Is Skepticism Permissible Yet?

by Glenn Greenwald, Intercept

Last Friday, most major media outlets touted a major story about Russian attempts to hack into U.S. voting systems, based exclusively on claims made by the Department of Homeland Security. “Russians attempted to hack elections systems in 21 states in the run-up to last year’s presidential election, officials said Friday,” began the USA Today story, similar to how most other outlets presented this extraordinary claim.

This official story was explosive for obvious reasons, and predictably triggered instant decrees – that of course went viral – declaring that the legitimacy of the outcome of the 2016 U.S. presidential election is now in doubt.

Virginia’s Democratic Congressman Don Beyer, referring to the 21 targeted states, announced that this shows “Russia tried to hack their election”:

MSNBC’s Paul Revere for all matters relating to the Kremlin take-over, Rachel Maddow, was indignant that this wasn’t told to us earlier and that we still aren’t getting all the details. “What we have now figured out,” Maddow gravely intoned as she showed the multi-colored maps she made, is that “Homeland Security knew at least by June that 21 states had been targeted by Russian hackers during the election. . .targeting their election infrastructure.”

They were one small step away from demanding that the election results be nullified, indulging the sentiment expressed by #Resistance icon Carl Reiner the other day: “Is there anything more exciting that the possibility of Trump’s election being invalidated & Hillary rightfully installed as our President?”

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Proof Once Again that the White Helmets are Actually the Islamic State Fire Brigade (AE video)

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