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PostPosted: Sat Apr 23, 2016 11:57 pm 
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'Document 17': Declassified US govt memo suspects multiple Saudi links to 9/11 attacks

New questions have been raised about Saudi Arabia's role in the 9/11 attacks after it was revealed that an envelope from the Saudi embassy in Washington was found containing the flight certificate of an Al-Qaeda operative.

The flying certificate for Ghassan al-Sharbi, who reportedly took lessons alongside some of the 9/11 hijackers, was included in a cache of documents hidden by the operative in Pakistan. The certificate was kept inside an envelope from the Saudi embassy in Washington, DC.

The certificate and other documents buried by al-Sharbi were found when he was captured in Pakistan in 2002 and subsequently sent to Guantanamo Bay.

The discovery of the certificate was disclosed in a 47-page work report which was compiled for the FBI in 2003. It was written by two US investigators, Dana Lesemann and Michael Jacobson, examining the possible roles of foreign governments in the attacks.


“Why did Ghassan Al-Sharbi bury a cache of documents near where he was staying in Pakistan, including an envelope from the Saudi Embassy in Washington, DC, containing his flight certificate from Embry Riddle University in Phoenix?” the investigators wrote in the report.

Although the report was declassified by the US government in July 2015, it was only after activist Brian McGlinchey discovered the document and published its details online this week that it was brought to the public's attention, The Mirror reported. McGlinchey dubbed it as ‘Document 17’.

"The envelope points to the fundamental question hanging over us today: to what extent was the 9/11 plot facilitated by individuals at the highest levels of the Saudi government?" McGlinchey said after discovering the report.

This and other questions were included into the section ‘Key Questions Regarding Possible Saudi Government and Royal Family Connections to the September 11 Hijackers and Other Terrorists and Terrorist Groups.'

Other parties mentioned include Abdullah Bin Laden, Osama Bin Laden's half-brother, who had been assigned to the Saudi embassy in Washington as an administrative officer; Hamah Alotaibi, who was assigned to the Saudi embassy's military division in Washington and was possibly visited by a 9/11 hijacker; Mohammed Fakihi, a Saudi diplomat assigned to the country's embassy in Berlin, whose business card was found in the possession of an associate of the 9/11 hijackers; and Mohammed al-Qudhaeein and Hamdan al-Shalawi, both Saudi students suspected of participating in a ‘dry run’ for the 9/11 attacks in 1999.

Obama: ‘If we let Americans sue Saudis for 9/11, foreigners will begin suing US non-stop’

Meanwhile, US President Barack Obama is facing calls to release a redacted 28-page portion of a joint congressional report on the 9/11 attacks, which is thought to link senior Saudi figures to the terror attacks. Obama said on Tuesday that the pages which do not “compromise major national security interests” will “hopefully” be released soon.

The president also expressed his disapproval with a proposed bill which would allow Saudi Arabia to be sued if that country's government did, in fact, have a role in the 9/11 attacks. The Saudi government has threatened to withdraw US$753 billion in US Treasury securities and other assets if Congress passes the bill.

Obama visited Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, meeting with King Salman to seek joint action on security threats including Iran and Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL). The two leaders also spoke about regional conflicts where the allies disagree, and explored US concerns about Saudi human rights issues, according to the White House.

https://www.rt.com/usa/340509-fbi-saudi-link-9-11/

What is so amazing about this is that Obama is more concerned about any money lost or the relationship with the Saudi's than what devastation was wrought from what happened for so many with 9/11. These bastards really have no hearts. You have to wonder for how cold blooded they appear to be, is if they are machines, or some 'heartless' race of beings. Human life is no object to them. It means nothing to them except to control or dispose of if it doesn't adhere to their wishes.

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EXCLUSIVE- A Buried Envelope & Buried Questions: Your First Look Inside Declassified Document 17

By Brian P. McGlinchey

As President Obama prepares to visit Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, his administration is under increasing pressure to declassify 28 pages that, according to many who’ve read them, illustrate financial links between the Saudi government and the 9/11 hijackers.

Meanwhile, a far lesser-known document from the files of the 9/11 Commission—written by the same principal authors as the 28 pages and declassified last summer without publicity and without media analysis—indicates investigators proposed exploring to what extent “political, economic and other considerations” affected U.S. government investigations of links between Saudi Arabia and 9/11.

Tour of Al Janadriyah RanchDrafted by Dana Lesemann and Michael Jacobson as a set of work plans for their specific parts of the 9/11 Commission investigation, the 47-page document also provides an overview of individuals of most interest to investigators pursuing a Saudi connection to the 2001 attack that killed nearly 3,000 people.

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Included in that overview is a previously unpublicized declaration that, after the capture of alleged al-Qaeda operative Ghassan al-Sharbi in Pakistan, the FBI discovered a cache of documents he had buried nearby. Among them: al-Sharbi’s U.S. pilot certificate inside an envelope of the Saudi embassy in Washington, D.C.

Declassified in July 2015 under the authority of the Interagency Security Classification Appeals Panel (ISCAP) pursuant to a Mandatory Declassification Review (MDR) appeal, the document is the seventeenth of 29 released under ISCAP appeal 2012-48, which focuses on FBI files related to 9/11. One of two documents in the series identified as “Saudi Notes,” we’ll refer to it as “Document 17.”

Dated June 6, 2003, Document 17 was written by Lesemann and Jacobson in their capacity as staff investigators for the 9/11 Commission, and was addressed to 9/11 Commission Executive Director Philip Zelikow, Deputy Executive Director Chris Kojm and General Counsel Dan Marcus.

Commission Investigators Posed Two Questions That Linger Today

Lesemann and Jacobson had previously worked together on the 2002 joint congressional 9/11 intelligence inquiry and authored the classified, 28-page chapter on foreign government financing of the attacks. Document 17 outlines how the two investigators proposed to extend their earlier research. The plans include many questions Lesemann and Jacobson felt the investigation should answer.

Two of those questions seem strikingly relevant today, as a declassification review of just 28 pages said to implicate Saudi Arabia in the 9/11 attacks has inexplicably taken three times as long as the entire joint inquiry that produced them, and while a growing number of current and former officials who are familiar with the pages emphatically assert there’s no national security risk in their release.

Lesemann and Jacobson, already veterans of investigating 9/11 with the congressional inquiry, asked:

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They are two questions Lesemann wouldn’t be permitted to answer: Zelikow fired her first. Her termination had an apparent Saudi aspect of its own: Impatient with Zelikow’s neglect of her repeated requests for access to the 28 pages, she circumvented him to gain access on her own. When Zelikow discovered it, he promptly dismissed her.

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9/11 Executive Director Philip Zelikow


Organizationally set apart from dozens of other questions as among the more important, overarching lines of inquiry for their particular avenue of the commission’s work, the significance of the questions’ presence in Document 17 is amplified by the absence of corresponding answers in the commission’s final report.

At some point—perhaps after Lesemann’s determined interest in Saudi links to 9/11 led to her dismissal—someone apparently determined a public study of those questions was beyond the scope of work.

Zelikow’s appointment over the commission was controversial, given his previous friendship with National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice and the fact he’d served on the Bush administration’s transition team. That history and, once appointed, his ongoing contacts with Bush political advisor Karl Rove, led some to question whether he was willing or able to achieve the high level of impartiality so essential to his role.

The Bush administration’s lack of cooperation with Saudi-related 9/11 inquiries is well-documented. According to Philip Shenon’s book, The Commission:

(Commission member and former Secretary of the Navy John) Lehman was struck by the determination of the Bush White House to try to hide any evidence of the relationship between the Saudis and al Qaeda. “They were refusing to declassify anything having to do with Saudi Arabia,” Lehman said. “Anything having to do with the Saudis, for some reason, it had this very special sensitivity.” He raised the Saudi issue repeatedly with Andy Card. “I used to go over to see Andy, and I met with Rumsfeld three or four times, mainly to say, ‘What are you guys doing? This stonewalling is so counterproductive.”

The Bush family has a multi-generational relationship with the Saudi royal family, with ties that are both deeply personal and deeply financial. Prince Bandar bin Sultan was the Saudi ambassador to the United States on 9/11, and is considered a personal friend of George W. Bush.

With many investigatory leads pointing toward the Saudi embassy in Washington, some feel Bandar merits thorough investigation—or that he may even be directly implicated in the 28 pages that Bush controversially redacted.

Saturday, appearing on Michael Smerconish’s CNN program to discuss a Saudi threat to divest itself of some $750 billion in U.S. Treasury securities if Congress passes a law clearing a path for 9/11 victims’ lawsuit against the kingdom, former Senator Bob Graham said, “I believe that there is material in the 28 pages and the volume of other documents that would indicate that there was a connection at the highest levels between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the 19 hijackers.”

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Asked by 60 Minutes if the 28 pages name names, commission member Lehman replied, “Yes. The average intelligent watcher of 60 Minutes would recognize them instantly.”

(If you watched the impactful prime time 60 Minutes segment on the 28 pages that aired last week and don’t remember Lehman’s intriguing statement, it’s because 60 Minutes oddly relegated perhaps their most newsworthy quote of all to this web extra.) There are many more examples of the U.S. government’s thwarting of Saudi-related inquiries, both outside and inside the work of the 9/11 Commission.

A Buried Flight Certificate

The FBI’s 2002 discovery of a U.S. pilot certificate or “flight certificate” inside a Saudi embassy envelope was news to Graham, who co-chaired the joint congressional inquiry that produced the 28 pages.

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“That’s very interesting. That’s a very intriguing and close connection to the Saudi embassy,” said Graham, who has been championing the declassification of the 28 pages and a perhaps hundreds of thousands of pages of other documents since 2003.

Since people often re-use envelopes and citizens of any country may have legitimate reasons for correspondence with the embassies of their government in foreign countries they live in, the Saudi embassy envelope isn’t by itself conclusive of anything. 28Pages.org couldn’t find any other history of the FBI’s find or of the government’s evaluation of its significance.

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https://28pages.org/2016/04/19/exclusiv ... cument-17/

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Saudi Arabia wants US to kill 9/11 bill, threatens to dump US assets worth $750 bn - report

Saudi Arabia appears to be blackmailing the US, saying it would sell off American assets worth a 12-digit figure sum in dollars if Congress passes a bill allowing the Saudi government to be held responsible for the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The warning was delivered by Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir last month during a visit to Washington, the New York Times reported. He said his country would sell up to $750 billion in US treasury securities and other assets before the bill puts them in jeopardy.

The newspaper said Riyadh's resolve to actually deliver on the threat is dubious, since selling off those assets would be technically challenging and would damage the dollar, against which the Saudi national currency is pegged.

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Under the current US law, foreign nations have a degree of immunity from being sued in American courts. The Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act of 1976 is one of the reasons why families of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks largely failed to bring to court the Saudi royal family and charities over suspicion of financially supporting the attacks.

The bill introduced in the Senate would waiver the immunity for cases involving terrorist attacks that kill US citizens on US soil. Introduced by Republican Senator John Cornyn and Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer, it managed to overcome partisan divisions in the US legislation and passed without dissent through the Judiciary Committee in January.

“As our nation confronts new and expanding terror networks that are targeting our citizens, stopping the funding source for terrorists becomes even more important,” Senator Cornyn said last month.

Possible links between the perpetrators of the attack and Saudi Arabia may be hiding in 28 classified pages of the 2002 congressional report on 9/11, which allegedly describe how Saudi Arabian nationals with links to the government financially assisted the 19 hijackers who flew airplanes into World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Many people, including the co-author of the redacted pages, former Florida Senator Bob Graham, have been campaigning for years to make them public.

The Obama administration is opposing the bill, saying it would make foreign nations retaliate by passing similar legislation and target American citizens and corporations in their national courts. Secretary of State John Kerry told a Senate panel in February that the bill, in its current form, would “expose the United States of America to lawsuits and take away our sovereign immunity and create a terrible precedent.”

Ironically, sovereign immunity didn't stop a US judge from last month ordering Iran to pay $10.5 billion in damages to families of the 9/11 victims. The ruling was passed because Iran didn't defend itself against the allegations. These put the blame on Iran over its links with the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, which, plaintiffs argued, aided Al-Qaeda. The argument is based on the same congressional report, which also said no link between the hijackers and Iran had been found.

None of the 19 hijackers were Iranian citizens. Fifteen were citizens of Saudi Arabia, while two were from the United Arab Emirates, and one each from Egypt and Lebanon.

Iran and Saudi Arabia are bitter regional rivals, adhering to competing sects of Islam and battling for position in the Muslim world. The US had been a stalwart supporter of Saudi Arabia and opponent of Iran, which overthrew the US-backed Shah in 1979 and became an Islamic republic.

Washington's cordial relations with Riyadh chilled somewhat as it sought a thaw with Tehran last year, participating in a deal to resolve the controversy over Iran's nuclear program.


https://www.rt.com/usa/339832-saudi-ara ... terrorism/

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Iran ordered to pay $10.5 billion for 9/11 by US judge

A US judge ordered Iran to pay over $10 billion in damages to families of victims who died on September 11, 2001 – even though there is no evidence of Tehran’s direct connection to the attack. The same judge earlier cleared Saudi Arabia from culpability.

The default judgement was issued by US District Judge George Daniels in New York on Wednesday. Under the ruling, Tehran was ordered to pay $7.5 billion to 9/11 victims’ families, including $2 million to each victim’s estate for pain and suffering, and another $6.88 million in punitive damages. Insurers who paid for property damage and claimed their businesses were interrupted were awarded an additional $3 billion in the ruling.

The ruling is noteworthy particularly since none of the 19 hijackers on September 11 were Iranian citizens. Fifteen were citizens of Saudi Arabia, while two were from the United Arab Emirates, and one each from Egypt and Lebanon.

Saudi Arabia was legally cleared from paying billions in damages to families of 9/11 victims last year, after Judge Daniels dismissed claims that the country provided material support to the terrorists and ruled that Riyadh had sovereign immunity. Saudi attorneys argued in court that there was no evidence directly linking the country to 9/11.
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US Secretary of State John Kerry and Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud at the Royal Palace in Jeddah on September 11, 2014.


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© Brendan Smialowski Judge tosses 9/11 suit against Saudi Arabia, citing sovereign immunity

In response to the latest ruling, Hossein Sheikholeslam, a senior aide to Iran’s parliamentary speaker, called the decision “absurd and ridiculous.”

“I never heard about this ruling and I’m very much surprised because the judge had no reason whatsoever to issue such a ruling… Iran never took part in any court hearings related to the events of September 11, 2001,” he told Sputnik. “Even if such an absurd and ridiculous decision has been made, the charges simply hold no water because Iran has never been mentioned at any stage of the investigation and the trials that followed.”

While Sheikholeslam argued that Iran didn’t take part in related hearings, that lack of participation may have contributed to the decision. A default judgment is typically issued when one of the parties involved in a case does not respond to court summons or appear in court to make their case.

Judge Daniels found that Iran failed to defend itself against claims that it played a role in 9/11. Iran believes the lawsuit is unnecessary because it says it did not participate in the attack.

In the US, Tehran’s role in 9/11 has been debated heavily over the years. The 9/11 Commission Report stated that some hijackers moved through Iran and did not have their passports stamped. It also stated that Hezbollah, which the US designates as a terrorist organization supported by Iran, provided “advice and training” to Al-Qaeda members.

In a court document filed in 2011 regarding the latest case, plaintiffs claimed Hezbollah “provided material support” to Al-Qaeda, such as facilitating travel, plus “direct support” for the 9/11 attacks. As a result, the plaintiffs argued Iran was liable.

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However, the commission report itself found no evidence to suggest Iran was aware of the 9/11 plot, and suggested the possibility that if Hezbollah was tracking the movements of Al-Qaeda members, it may not have been eyeing those who became hijackers on 9/11.

While the report suggested further investigation into the issue, President George W. Bush has said, “There was no direct connection between Iran and the attacks of September 11.”

Iran, inhabited mostly by Shia Muslims, has also denied any connection to Al-Qaeda – a militant Sunni group – and cooperation between the two has been questioned due to religious differences. Al-Qaeda views the Shia as heretics, for example.

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“The people who committed those terrorist attacks were neither friends nor allies of Iran,” Iran Press Editor-in-Chief Emad Abshenas told Sputnik. “They were our sworn enemies, members of Al-Qaeda, which considers Iran as their enemy. Fifteen out of the 19 terrorists were Saudi citizens, which happens to be America’s best friend. The remaining four terrorists lived in Saudi Arabia and enjoyed Saudi support. Therefore the perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks had nothing to do with Iran.”

How the case moves forward after Daniels’ ruling is unclear. According to Bloomberg, it can be very hard to obtain damages from another country, but plaintiffs might try to do so by targeting Iranian funds frozen by the US.


https://www.rt.com/usa/335174-iran-dama ... 1-victims/

I was living in the US when 9/11 happened and I remember my friend yelling for me to come and watch it on TV just after it happened and we both watched in shock as the airplanes hit the buildings even though there was no debris on impact with the buildings it was like they sort of disappeared right into or glided through the buildings. In other words what we were seeing on TV wasn't real. However, for someone witnessing it in NY how did it appear? I remember saying to him those f---- Arabs! I just knew they were behind it. And now the Saudi's as arrogant as they are are afraid of being found out for how involved they are in what happened. They should be afraid. The whole world is watching and they want the truth. I wonder how much of a hologram was produced that day. However, in New York city it was all very very real to them and to this day for those suffering from whatever was in the demolished buildings and air that made so many sick after that. It really is diabolical. What kind of heartless, cruel beings could do this. I say they are machines, machines don't feel anything so can do anything and not care because they can't care.

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For some reason for me this is all very familiar and noble. I realize its not Russia's full history either but its longer than the wests' 'civilization' (oxymoron) and more has been learned from it by the Russians. Maybe it's that it surpasses the materialistic consumption of western thought and its Godz Money and Power.

Lavrov: Russia open to widest possible cooperation with West


Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has discussed the role of Russia in international relations, stressing the need for cooperation between Moscow and the West, in an article published in the Russia in Global Affairs magazine.

International relations have entered a very difficult period, and Russia once again finds itself at the crossroads of key trends that determine the vector of future global development.

Many different opinions have been expressed in this connection including the fear that we have a distorted view of the international situation and Russia’s international standing. I perceive this as an echo of the eternal dispute between pro-Western liberals and the advocates of Russia’s unique path. There are also those, both in Russia and outside of it, who believe that Russia is doomed to drag behind, trying to catch up with the West and forced to bend to other players’ rules, and hence will be unable to claim its rightful place in international affairs. I’d like to use this opportunity to express some of my views and to back them with examples from history and historical parallels.

It is an established fact that a substantiated policy is impossible without reliance on history. This reference to history is absolutely justified, especially considering recent celebrations. In 2015, we celebrated the 70th anniversary of Victory in WWII, and in 2014, we marked a century since the start of WWI. In 2012, we marked 200 years of the Battle of Borodino and 400 years of Moscow’s liberation from the Polish invaders. If we look at these events carefully, we’ll see that they clearly point to Russia’s special role in European and global history.

History doesn’t confirm the widespread belief that Russia has always camped in Europe’s backyard and has been Europe’s political outsider. I’d like to remind you that the adoption of Christianity in Russia in 988 – we marked 1025 years of that event quite recently – boosted the development of state institutions, social relations and culture and eventually made Kievan Rus a full member of the European community. At that time, dynastic marriages were the best gauge of a country’s role in the system of international relations. In the 11th century, three daughters of Grand Prince Yaroslav the Wise became the queens of Norway and Denmark, Hungary and France. Yaroslav’s sister married the Polish king and granddaughter the German emperor.

Numerous scientific investigations bear witness to the high cultural and spiritual level of Rus of those days, a level that was frequently higher than in western European states. Many prominent Western thinkers recognized that Rus was part of the European context. At the same time, Russian people possessed a cultural matrix of their own and an original type of spirituality and never merged with the West. It is instructive to recall in this connection what was for my people a tragic and in many respects critical epoch of the Mongolian invasion. The great Russian poet and writer Alexander Pushkin wrote: “The barbarians did not dare to leave an enslaved Rus in their rear and returned to their Eastern steppes. Christian enlightenment was saved by a ravaged and dying Russia.” We also know an alternative view offered by prominent historian and ethnologist Lev Gumilyov, who believed that the Mongolian invasion had prompted the emergence of a new Russian ethnos and that the Great Steppe had given us an additional impetus for development.

However that may be, it is clear that the said period was extremely important for the assertion of the Russian State’s independent role in Eurasia. Let us recall in this connection the policy pursued by Grand Prince Alexander Nevsky, who opted to temporarily submit to Golden Horde rulers, who were tolerant of Christianity, in order to uphold the Russians’ right to have a faith of their own and to decide their fate, despite the European West’s attempts to put Russian lands under full control and to deprive Russians of their identity. I am confident that this wise and forward-looking policy is in our genes.

Rus bent under but was not broken by the heavy Mongolian yoke, and managed to emerge from this dire trial as a single state, which was later regarded by both the West and the East as the successor to the Byzantine Empire that ceased to exist in 1453. An imposing country stretching along what was practically the entire eastern perimeter of Europe, Russia began a natural expansion towards the Urals and Siberia, absorbing their huge territories. Already then it was a powerful balancing factor in European political combinations, including the well-known Thirty Years’ War that gave birth to the Westphalian system of international relations, whose principles, primarily respect for state sovereignty, are of importance even today.

At this point we are approaching a dilemma that has been evident for several centuries. While the rapidly developing Moscow state naturally played an increasing role in European affairs, the European countries had apprehensions about the nascent giant in the East and tried to isolate it whenever possible and prevent it from taking part in Europe’s most important affairs.

The seeming contradiction between the traditional social order and a striving for modernisation based on the most advanced experience also dates back centuries. In reality, a rapidly developing state is bound to try and make a leap forward, relying on modern technology, which does not necessarily imply the renunciation of its “cultural code.” There are many examples of Eastern societies modernising without the radical breakdown of their traditions. This is all the more typical of Russia that is essentially a branch of European civilisation.

Incidentally, the need for modernisation based on European achievements was clearly manifest in Russian society under Tsar Alexis, while talented and ambitious Peter the Great gave it a strong boost. Relying on tough domestic measures and resolute, and successful, foreign policy, Peter the Great managed to put Russia into the category of Europe’s leading countries in a little over two decades. Since that time Russia’s position could no longer be ignored. Not a single European issue can be resolved without Russia’s opinion.

It wouldn’t be accurate to assume that everyone was happy about this state of affairs. Repeated attempts to return this country into the pre-Peter times were made over subsequent centuries but failed. In the middle 18th century Russia played a key role in a pan-European conflict – the Seven Years’ War. At that time, Russian troops made a triumphal entry into Berlin, the capital of Prussia under Frederick II who had a reputation for invincibility. Prussia was saved from an inevitable rout only because Empress Elizabeth died a sudden death and was succeeded by Peter III who sympathised with Frederick II. This turn in German history is still referred to as the Miracle of the House of Brandenburg. Russia’s size, power and influence grew substantially under Catherine the Great when, as then Chancellor Alexander Bezborodko put it, “Not a single cannon in Europe could be fired without our consent.”

I’d like to quote the opinion of a reputable researcher of Russian history, Hélène Carrère d'Encausse, the permanent secretary of the French Academy. She said the Russian Empire was the greatest empire of all times in the totality of all parameters – its size, an ability to administer its territories and the longevity of its existence. Following Russian philosopher Nikolai Berdyayev, she insists that history has imbued Russia with the mission of being a link between the East and the West.

During at least the past two centuries any attempts to unite Europe without Russia and against it have inevitably led to grim tragedies, the consequences of which were always overcome with the decisive participation of our country. I’m referring, in part, to the Napoleonic wars upon the completion of which Russia rescued the system of international relations that was based on the balance of forces and mutual consideration for national interests and ruled out the total dominance of one state in Europe. We remember that Emperor Alexander I took an active role in the drafting of decisions of the 1815 Vienna Congress that ensured the development of Europe without serious armed clashes during the subsequent 40 years.

Incidentally, to a certain extent the ideas of Alexander I could be described as a prototype of the concept on subordinating national interests to common goals, primarily, the maintenance of peace and order in Europe. As the Russian emperor said, “there can be no more English, French, Russian or Austrian policy. There can be only one policy – a common policy that must be accepted by both peoples and sovereigns for common happiness.”

By the same token, the Vienna system was destroyed in the wake of the desire to marginalise Russia in European affairs. Paris was obsessed with this idea during the reign of Emperor Napoleon III. In his attempt to forge an anti-Russian alliance, the French monarch was willing, as a hapless chess grandmaster, to sacrifice all the other figures. How did it play out? Indeed, Russia was defeated in the Crimean War of 1853-1856, the consequences of which it managed to overcome soon due to a consistent and far-sighted policy pursued by Chancellor Alexander Gorchakov. As for Napoleon III, he ended his rule in German captivity, and the nightmare of the Franco-German confrontation loomed over Western Europe for decades.

Here is another Crimean War-related episode. As we know, the Austrian Emperor refused to help Russia, which, a few years earlier, in 1849, had come to his help during the Hungarian revolt. Then Austrian Foreign Minister Felix Schwarzenberg famously said: “Europe would be astonished by the extent of Austria’s ingratitude.” In general, the imbalance of pan-European mechanisms triggered a chain of events that led to the First World War.

Notably, back then Russian diplomacy also advanced ideas that were ahead of their time. The Hague Peace conferences of 1899 and 1907, convened at the initiative of Emperor Nicholas II, were the first attempts to agree on curbing the arms race and stopping preparations for a devastating war. But not many people know about it.

The First World War claimed lives and caused the suffering of countless millions of people and led to the collapse of four empires. In this connection, it is appropriate to recall yet another anniversary, which will be marked next year – the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution. Today we are faced with the need to develop a balanced and objective assessment of those events, especially in an environment where, particularly in the West, many are willing to use this date to mount even more information attacks on Russia, and to portray the 1917 Revolution as a barbaric coup that dragged down all of European history. Even worse, they want to equate the Soviet regime to Nazism, and partially blame it for starting WWII.

Without a doubt, the Revolution of 1917 and the ensuing Civil War were a terrible tragedy for our nation. However, all other revolutions were tragic as well. This does not prevent our French colleagues from extolling their upheaval, which, in addition to the slogans of liberty, equality and fraternity, also involved the use of the guillotine, and rivers of blood.

Undoubtedly, the Russian Revolution was a major event which impacted world history in many controversial ways. It has become regarded as a kind of experiment in implementing socialist ideas, which were then widely spread across Europe. The people supported them, because wide masses gravitated towards social organisation with reliance on the collective and community principles.

Serious researchers clearly see the impact of reforms in the Soviet Union on the formation of the so-called welfare state in Western Europe in the post-WWII period. European governments decided to introduce unprecedented measures of social protection under the influence of the example of the Soviet Union in an effort to cut the ground from under the feet of the left-wing political forces.

One can say that the 40 years following World War II were a surprisingly good time for Western Europe, which was spared the need to make its own major decisions under the umbrella of the US-Soviet confrontation and enjoyed unique opportunities for steady development.

In these circumstances, Western European countries have implemented several ideas regarding ​​conversion of the capitalist and socialist models, which, as a preferred form of socioeconomic progress, were promoted by Pitirim Sorokin and other outstanding thinkers of the 20th century. Over the past 20 years, we have been witnessing the reverse process in Europe and the United States: the reduction of the middle class, increased social inequality, and the dismantling of controls over big business.

The role which the Soviet Union played in decolonisation, and promoting international relations principles, such as the independent development of nations and their right to self-determination, is undeniable.

I will not dwell on the points related to Europe slipping into WWII. Clearly, the anti-Russian aspirations of the European elites, and their desire to unleash Hitler's war machine on the Soviet Union played their fatal part here. Redressing the situation after this terrible disaster involved the participation of our country as a key partner in determining the parameters of the European and the world order.

In this context, the notion of the “clash of two totalitarianisms,” which is now actively inculcated in European minds, including at schools, is groundless and immoral. The Soviet Union, for all its evils, never aimed to destroy entire nations. Winston Churchill, who all his life was a principled opponent of the Soviet Union and played a major role in going from the WWII alliance to a new confrontation with the Soviet Union, said that graciousness, i.e. life in accordance with conscience, is the Russian way of doing things.

If you take an unbiased look at the smaller European countries, which previously were part of the Warsaw Treaty, and are now members of the EU or NATO, it is clear that the issue was not about going from subjugation to freedom, which Western masterminds like to talk about, but rather a change of leadership.Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke about it not long ago. The representatives of these countries concede behind closed doors that they can’t take any significant decision without the green light from Washington or Brussels.

It seems that in the context of the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, it is important for us to understand the continuity of Russian history, which should include all of its periods without exception, and the importance of the synthesis of all the positive traditions and historical experience as the basis for making dynamic advances and upholding the rightful role of our country as a leading centre of the modern world, and a provider of the values of sustainable development, security and stability.

The post-war world order relied on confrontation between two world systems and was far from ideal, yet it was sufficient to preserve international peace and to avoid the worst possible temptation – the use of weapons of mass destruction, primarily nuclear weapons. There is no substance behind the popular belief that the Soviet Union’s dissolution signified Western victory in the Cold War. It was the result of our people’s will for change plus an unlucky chain of events.

These developments resulted in a truly tectonic shift in the international landscape. In fact, they changed global politics altogether, considering that the end of the Cold War and related ideological confrontation offered a unique opportunity to change the European architecture on the principles of indivisible and equal security and broad cooperation without dividing lines.

We had a practical chance to mend Europe’s divide and implement the dream of a common European home, which many European thinkers and politicians, including President Charles de Gaulle of France, wholeheartedly embraced. Russia was fully open to this option and advanced many proposals and initiatives in this connection. Logically, we should have created a new foundation for European security by strengthening the military and political components of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). Vladimir Putin said in a recent interview with the German newspaper Bild that German politician Egon Bahr proposed similar approaches.

Unfortunately, our Western partners chose differently. They opted to expand NATO eastward and to advance the geopolitical space they controlled closer to the Russian border. This is the essence of the systemic problems that have soured Russia’s relations with the United States and the European Union. It is notable that George Kennan, the architect of the US policy of containment of the Soviet Union, said in his winter years that the ratification of NATO expansion was “a tragic mistake.”

The underlying problem of this Western policy is that it disregarded the global context. The current globalised world is based on an unprecedented interconnection between countries, and so it’s impossible to develop relations between Russia and the EU as if they remained at the core of global politics as during the Cold War. We must take note of the powerful processes that are underway in Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America.

Rapid changes in all areas of international life is the primary sign of the current stage. Indicatively, they often take an unexpected turn. Thus, the concept of “the end of history” developed by well-known US sociologist and political researcher Francis Fukuyama, that was popular in the 1990s, has become clearly inconsistent today. According to this concept, rapid globalisation signals the ultimate victory of the liberal capitalist model, whereas all other models should adapt to it under the guidance of the wise Western teachers.

In reality, the second wave of globalisation (the first occurred before World War I) led to the dispersal of global economic might and, hence, of political influence, and to the emergence of new and large centres of power, primarily in the Asia-Pacific Region. China’s rapid upsurge is the clearest example. Owing to unprecedented economic growth rates, in just three decades it became the second and, calculated as per purchasing power parity, the first economy in the world. This example illustrates an axiomatic fact – there are many development models– which rules out the monotony of existence within the uniform, Western frame of reference.

Consequently, there has been a relative reduction in the influence of the so-called “historical West” that was used to seeing itself as the master of the human race’s destinies for almost five centuries. The competition on the shaping of the world order in the 21st century has toughened. The transition from the Cold War to a new international system proved to be much longer and more painful than it seemed 20-25 years ago.

Against this backdrop, one of the basic issues in international affairs is the form that is being acquired by this generally natural competition between the world’s leading powers. We see how the United States and the US-led Western alliance are trying to preserve their dominant positions by any available method or, to use the American lexicon, ensure their “global leadership”. Many diverse ways of exerting pressure, economic sanctions and even direct armed intervention are being used. Large-scale information wars are being waged. Technology of unconstitutional change of governments by launching “colour” revolutions has been tried and tested. Importantly, democratic revolutions appear to be destructive for the nations targeted by such actions. Our country that went through a historical period of encouraging artificial transformations abroad, firmly proceeds from the preference of evolutionary changes that should be carried out in the forms and at a speed that conform to the traditions of a society and its level of development.

Western propaganda habitually accuses Russia of “revisionism,” and the alleged desire to destroy the established international system, as if it was us who bombed Yugoslavia in 1999 in violation of the UN Charter and the Helsinki Final Act, as if it was Russia that ignored international law by invading Iraq in 2003 and distorted UN Security Council resolutions by overthrowing Muammar Gaddafi’s regime by force in Libya in 2011. There are many examples.

This discourse about “revisionism” does not hold water. It is based on the simple and even primitive logic that only Washington can set the tune in world affairs. In line with this logic, the principle once formulated by George Orwell and moved to the international level, sounds like the following: all states are equal but some states are more equal than others. However, today international relations are too sophisticated a mechanism to be controlled from one centre. This is obvious given the results of US interference: There is virtually no state in Libya; Iraq is balancing on the brink of disintegration, and so on and so forth.

A reliable solution to the problems of the modern world can only be achieved through serious and honest cooperation between the leading states and their associations in order to address common challenges. Such an interaction should include all the colours of the modern world, and be based on its cultural and civilisational diversity, as well as reflect the interests of the international community’s key components.

We know from experience that when these principles are applied in practice, it is possible to achieve specific and tangible results, such as the agreement on the Iranian nuclear programme, the elimination of Syrian chemical weapons, the agreement on stopping hostilities in Syria, and the development of the basic parameters of the global climate agreement. This shows the need to restore the culture of compromise, the reliance on the diplomatic work, which can be difficult, even exhausting, but which remains, in essence, the only way to ensure a mutually acceptable solution to problems by peaceful means.

Our approaches are shared by most countries of the world, including our Chinese partners, other BRICSand SCO nations, and our friends in the EAEU, the CSTO, and the CIS. In other words, we can say that Russia is fighting not against someone, but for the resolution of all the issues on an equal and mutually respectful basis, which alone can serve as a reliable foundation for a long-term improvement of international relations.

Our most important task is to join our efforts against not some far-fetched, but very real challenges, among which the terrorist aggression is the most pressing one. The extremists from ISIS, Jabhat an-Nusra and the like managed for the first time to establish control over large territories in Syria and Iraq. They are trying to extend their influence to other countries and regions, and are committing acts of terrorism around the world. Underestimating this risk is nothing short of criminal shortsightedness.

The Russian President called for forming a broad-based front in order to defeat the terrorists militarily. The Russian Aerospace Forces make an important contribution to this effort. At the same time, we are working hard to establish collective actions regarding the political settlement of the conflicts in this crisis-ridden region.

Importantly, the long-term success can only be achieved on the basis of movement to the partnership of civilisations based on respectful interaction of diverse cultures and religions. We believe that human solidarity must have a moral basis formed by traditional values ​​that are largely shared by the world's leading religions. In this connection, I would like to draw your attention to the joint statement by Patriarch Kirill and Pope Francis, in which, among other things, they have expressed support for the family as a natural centre of life of individuals and society.

I repeat, we are not seeking confrontation with the United States, or the European Union, or NATO. On the contrary, Russia is open to the widest possible cooperation with its Western partners. We continue to believe that the best way to ensure the interests of the peoples living in Europe is to form a common economic and humanitarian space from the Atlantic to the Pacific, so that the newly formed Eurasian Economic Union could be an integrating link between Europe and Asia Pacific. We strive to do our best to overcome obstacles on that way, including the settlement of the Ukraine crisis caused by the coup in Kiev in February 2014, on the basis of the Minsk Agreements.

I’d like to quote wise and politically experienced Henry Kissinger, who, speaking recently in Moscow, said that “Russia should be perceived as an essential element of any new global equilibrium, not primarily as a threat to the United States... I am here to argue for the possibility of a dialogue that seeks to merge our futures rather than elaborate our conflicts. This requires respect by both sides of the vital values and interest of the other.” We share such an approach. And we will continue to defend the principles of law and justice in international affairs.

Speaking about Russia's role in the world as a great power, Russian philosopher Ivan Ilyin said that the greatness of a country is not determined by the size of its territory or the number of its inhabitants, but by the capacity of its people and its government to take on the burden of great world problems and to deal with these problems in a creative manner. A great power is the one which, asserting its existence and its interest ... introduces a creative and meaningful legal idea to ​​the entire assembly of the nations, the entire “concert” of the peoples and states. It is difficult to disagree with these words.

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"Odd as it may seem, they do not publish falsehoods about offshores," the Russian president said during his annual Q&A session

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MOCSOW, April 14. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin believes that the authors of the so-called Panama Papers "throw dust into people’s eyes." The shot they fired went wide, he added.

"Odd as it may seem, they do not publish falsehoods about offshores. The information is correct. One has the impression that it was authored not by journalists, but by lawyers," Putin said on Thursday, while answering questions at the live phone-in officially called the Direct Line with Vladimir Putin.

Putin explained that judging by the style of the text and the facts mentioned the authors of the publication did not accuse anybody. "That’s the main point," he remarked.

"They just throw dust into people’s eyes. They allege that some of my friends do some business. So the question they ask is if there is any chance the money from the offshores may end up in the hands of some officials, including the president," Putin said about the underlying aims the authors of the publication pursued.

Putin is confident that the Panama Papers report has sponsors.

"Who is behind these provocations? We know that there are people - staff members of American official institutions," Putin said.

According to him, the first publication of Panama Papers documents "first appeared in the German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung, which is a part of media holding company owned by American investment banking firm Goldman Sachs." The sponsors are obvious, and they "don’t even blush", he added.

Unique musical instruments

Putin once again said that his friend, Russian cellist Sergey Roldugin who featured in offshore schemes revelations spent all his money on unique musical instruments handed over to the state.

"We in Russia can imagine a bribe in the form of "greyhound puppies" but I have never head of violins and cellos used for that," Putin said.

Musical instruments purchased by Roldugin are unique and well known to specialists and therefore manipulations with them are impossible, the President said. "It is impossible to sell or cash them. Two violins and two cellos purchased by Roldugin are unique. The price of the last one he bought was about $12 min," Putin added.

The musician "reflected on transfer of these [instruments] to the state and is now dealing with formalization of that," the Head of State said. "Swindlers of all sorts are requested to calm nerves - Sergey Pavlovich [Roldugin] has nothing anymore because he spent more funds than he had to purchase these instruments and was left indebted to entities through which he purchased them," Putin added.

Targeted information attack

After the Q&A aession, the president specified that he considered the publication of the Panama Papers a targeted information attack.

"We do not consider this to be a plot. I have never said this. But I believe that this is a targeted information attack," Putin told reporters after the question and answer session.

Putin explained that no one of the Russian leadership is included in these documents, but "there is an evident wish to link this problem to us."

The Washington-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) published on April 3 extracts from 11.5 million documents with data on offshore accounts of some incumbent and former world leaders. The report dubbed the Panama Papers is based on information leaks from the Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca, which provides assistance in registering companies in offshore zones. Authors of the investigation claim that these operations could be tied to associates of Russian President Vladimir Putin, but the Russian leader’s name is not actually mentioned in the files.


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It looks like the new Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau is off to a fine start, first he signs the TPP which will enslave us that much more and now this????? It's what isn't said that is worse. He is sanctioning what the Nazis did and supporting the neonazis. You expect this from the US since NASA, and the CIA were started by Nazis and the Ukraine PM is paid by the US government so will do what it is told. The good thing about this is that secrets are really hard to keep with an open internet and this is why we don't want the TTP it will regulate it out of existence as we now know it.

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A US judge ordered Iran to pay over $10 billion in damages to families of victims who died on September 11, 2001 – even though there is no evidence of Tehran’s direct connection to the attack. The same judge earlier cleared Saudi Arabia from culpability.

Hossein Sheikholeslam, a senior aide to Iran’s parliamentary speaker, called the decision “absurd and ridiculous.” ]

“The people who committed those terrorist attacks were neither friends nor allies of Iran,” Iran Press Editor-in-Chief Emad Abshenas told Sputnik. “They were our sworn enemies, members of Al-Qaeda, which considers Iran as their enemy. Fifteen out of the 19 terrorists were Saudi citizens, which happens to be America’s best friend. The remaining four terrorists lived in Saudi Arabia and enjoyed Saudi support. Therefore the perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks had nothing to do with Iran.”


This is INSANE ! - even if all the "players" were from Iran, you can not hold a NATION responsible for the acts of its citizens

so does this judgment (that cleared the Saudis) mean that we are not going to seize their funds ?

personally I am still having a hard time trying to justify WHY we invaded Afghanistan - can't we grow our own opium ?

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'Liberal' Trudeau joins blood-soaked race for arms deals with Mideast despots

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In a remarkable spectacle of money-grubbing over arms deals, this month saw a parade of Western leaders jettisoning any pretense of upholding vaunted “liberal values” to court despotic Mideast regimes.

Justin Trudeau, the Canadian prime minister who sent liberal hearts aflutter when he was elected in November, with his espousal of feminism among other progressive causes, is the latest Western leader to show where real priorities lie. Trudeau signed off on a $11 billion deal with Saudi Arabia to export armored vehicles to the blood-soaked repressive regime.

With astounding cynicism, the 44-year-old Canadian premier said he was duty-bound to fulfill the arms contract drawn up by the previous administration as “a matter of principle” in order to demonstrate that his country’s “word means something in the international community.”

This week also saw US President Barack Obama in Saudi Arabia where he glad-handed King Salman and other Gulf monarchs, lauding them as partners in maintaining regional stability and fighting against terrorism. Conspicuously, Obama made little or no mention of human rights violations in the oil-rich kingdom where mass beheadings are a common method of capital punishment.

Western media talked about “strained relations” between Obama and his Saudi hosts. But underlying the superficial optics it was business as usual. Big business. US military affairs publication Defense One reported that high on Obama’s agenda was securing a $13 billion contract for warships and submarine-hunting helicopters with the House of Saud.

Before Obama touched down in Riyadh, his administration had angered American families by announcing that it would veto a bill going through Congress that could enable relatives of the 9/11 terror attacks to sue the Saudi rulers for their alleged involvement in sponsoring that atrocity. The topic didn’t even arise for discussion during Obama’s visit, indicating the president’s real concerns in meeting the Saudi and other Gulf rulers.

France has also nabbed market share from Western rivals in the Persian Gulf where over the past year Paris has sold billions of dollars’ worth of its Rafale fighter jets to Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

Similar prevarication over human rights is brazenly shown by the British government of David Cameron in its arms dealing with Saudi Arabia and the wider region. The Saudi-led war in Yemen has been a boon for British sales of bombs and missiles, even though as many as 9,000 Yemenis have been killed over the past year, many of them civilians from aerial bombing by Saudi warplanes.

Britain’s foreign minister, Philip Hammond, has dismissed condemnations by human rights groups in regard to Yemen, claiming that British weapons exports meet tough standards of international law. Britain, like Canada and other Western governments, makes the cynical claim that its military exports are not used for “internal repression” and that if it is proven that weapons are being used to kill civilians in Yemen then trade licenses will be canceled.

So what is Saudi Arabia dropping on Yemen? Cuddly British-made toys?


Duplicity of Western governments doing business with despotic regimes is nothing new. The Middle East’s absolute monarchs have long been a staple of American and other Western so-called “defense industries.” In 2010, the Obama administration signed a $60 billion weapons deal with Saudi Arabia – the biggest in US history.

During the 1980s, Britain under Margaret Thatcher won a comparable mammoth contract with Saudi Arabia known as the Yamamah deal.

Massive arms sales to tyrannical regimes give the real meaning to hackneyed euphemisms spouted by the likes of Obama, Cameron, Hollande and Trudeau, when they cite “regional partners for stability.” What they mean by stability is uninterrupted orders for weapons.

What is new, though, is the lack of discretion in how the West now pursues arms deals in the Mideast.

Western governments are apparently falling over themselves to bid for business. Yet this unseemly rush for arms selling is sharply at odds with not only intensifying repression within Middle Eastern “partner” regimes; it has also become abundantly clear that some of these same regimes are directly responsible for sponsoring terrorism in the region. The case of Saudi Arabia and its sponsorship of Wahhabi terror proxies in Syria, Libya and Iraq is perhaps the most glaring.

Part of the burgeoning Western race for arms business is related to the historical demise of their capitalist economies and the emergence of military industries as key components in whatever remains of gutted manufacturing sectors.

No doubt, critics will point out that Russia is also a major arms supplier to Middle Eastern regimes. According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, Russia is indeed a prominent weapons exporter to the region and globally.

However, there is an important distinction. Western governments never cease to proclaim democracy, human rights and international law as foundational policies. Washington, London, Paris and so on continually invoke such rights as criteria by which they sanction, censure and even invade other countries to ostensibly uphold.

What is therefore more transparent than ever from Western countries soliciting arms deals in the Middle East is their shameless, sordid hypocrisy.

That Canada’s fresh face of “liberal values,” Justin Trudeau, has joined the throng of Western leaders cutting deals with tyrants and dictators just goes to show how cosmetic Western noble pretensions are.

Why should citizens in these countries believe anything that their governments tell them on any issue? Their governments all too evidently do not have a scrap of integrity or principle.

Official Western treachery, duplicity and hypocrisy have become a chronic condition that is no longer veiled by lofty rhetoric, as it once was. So-called liberal values are being stabbed in the back – left, right and center.

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The previous Prime Minister of Canada was a dictator and worked very much in secret and was incredibly arrogant, with his contempt for most people and that is why he is no longer Prime Minister. Harper pushed really hard for the TPP. It is this that Trudeau is supporting by doing this deal with the Saudis, he is NOT obligated to do this what with his support for the Nazi's and going for broke on the TPP does not have the people of his country in mind when he makes these decisions. That is not good and will not bode well for him just like with his predecessor. People are impatient and so very tired of all the lies, deception and especially the arrogance, and his charisma will not save him. He is charming like a snake and rarely misses a photo op. He appears to be with the people even though he is part of the rich in the country for what he inherited form his multimillionaire father who also was Prime Minister years ago. He's also Jesuit trained like his father was and the Jesuits make a blood oath that they support each other no matter what or what country. No scruples and no morals. His bloodlines from both parents are of the elite and he fits right in with his deceptive charm and arrogance, and cosy with the people facade . Imagine using the stupid decisions of the previous Prime Minister as justification for supporting a barbaric regime that beheads people, doesn't allow women any rights except to do what they are told by the men, and wreck havoc in other countries through backdoor staged events hoping no one catches them, in the bloody aftermaths. I didn't vote for him.

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Hundreds of protesters have taken to the streets of the Canadian capital demanding that the government cancel a multibillion arms deal with Saudi Arabia in the wake of the execution of 47 prisoners, including a Shia religious leader.

Up to 500 people gathered at the Saudi embassy in Ottawa, Ontario, on Wednesday, outraged by the execution of 47 prisoners convicted on terrorism charges, including influential Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr. The protesters were calling on Canadian Prime minister Justin Trudeau to cancel the CAD$15 billion ($10.5bn) arms deal with Saudi Arabia and thus demonstrate discontent with the clamant human rights abuses, even though the move would harm Canada’s economic interests.

“We’re here today to ask the government to rethink its policy when it comes to Saudi Arabia. The hypocrisy has to stop,” said Toronto Imam Asad Jafri, according the Ottawa Citizen.

“They killed our leader, our scholar al-Nimr, for no reason, and our government is quiet? The deal speaks more loudly than their words. It’s a shame, it’s upsetting, especially when Trudeau’s platform was all about change,” he added.

Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion, however, shrugged off the idea of reconsidering the contract in an interview to CBC News on Tuesday.

“What is done is done and the contract is not something that we'll revisit,” Dion said.

“The whole world should get together in order to stop these families from continuing their crimes,” another protester told RT’s Ruptly video agency.

“I’m angry about the executions and the way Saudi Arabians dealt with these people. I condemn the actions of Saudi Arabia,” still other protester said.

The peaceful demonstration cruised around the Saudi and US embassies as well as the Peace Tower. The protesters carried portraits of Nimr al-Nimr accompanied with some of his sayings and placards bearing messages denouncing Saudi Arabia.

The arms deal was signed under the previous government in the fiscal year 2013-2014 to supply Saudi Arabia with light-armored military vehicles and is regarded as the largest contract Canada has ever entered into.

Protesters arrived from areas as far away as Montreal and Toronto in order to express their outrage at the execution, which took place January 2nd.

Nimr, a leader of the Middle Eastern country's minority Shia community, had called for peaceful protests against the Saudi regime. He was arrested on terrorism charges and executed on or shortly before January 2 along with 46 others condemned prisoners, sparking massive protests across the Shia world.

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Saudi-led coalition claims recapture of key Yemen oil terminal from Al-Qaeda

Yemeni forces backed by Arab coalition air strikes have reportedly led to their recapturing of the country’s largest oil port, Mina Al-Dhaba, from Al-Qaeda militants.

As the Saudi-led coalition boasted recapturing Mukalla, an Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) stronghold, sources on the ground confirmed to both Reuters and AFP that the forces also managed to take control of the city of Al Shihr and its oil terminal, the largest hub within the illegal jihadist oil smuggling empire.

Before the eruption of hostilities last year, roughly 80 percent of Yemen’s oil reserves were exported via the Al Shihr port. In an effort to resume the oil trade following the outbreak of fighting, according to earlier reports, the Al-Qaeda linked group even tried to receive permission from the Yemeni government to export crude oil on its behalf and collect a share of the profits.

“Al Qaeda sent a mediator to the government to get them agree to listen to this deal,” the tribal leader in southern Yemen told Reuters. “Their offer was they need the official documents from the government to sell crude oil, and they would get 25 percent of the profit, and 75 percent for the government.”

As the government refused to side with the jihadists, the extremist cell decided to use the port and conduct trade focusing more on internal market supply.

“You will find hundreds of oil trucks there smuggling fuel from one area to another where they are selling it,” Badr Basalmah, a former transport minister in Yemen’s government, told Reuters earlier this month.

“They sell the fuel to whoever buys it,” said Abdallah al-Nasi, governor of Shabwa province. “The government-run petrol stations buy from them and sell it on to the citizens.”

According to an investigation by Reuters earlier this month, AQAP earned some $2 million daily from goods and fuel trade in the port. In addition, the jihadists allegedly extorted $1.4 million from the national oil company after securing large parts of Arabian Sea coast in April that equated to some 600 km (373 miles).

Furthermore, the Al-Qaeda linked group also threatened a major oil transit route as Yemen borders the Bab el-Mandeb Strait. The strait which is only 18 miles wide at its narrowest point, serves as a strategic route for Persian Gulf countries’ natural resource shipments worldwide. AQAP control of the coast made tankers passing through the strait's two 2-mile-wide shipping channels, vulnerable to attacks. In 2014, the Strait handled almost 4.7 million barrels per day (BPD), according to the Energy Information Administration.

Previously, the Arab Coalition command announced that Yemeni troops allied with the Saudi-led coalition have killed more than 800 Al-Qaeda fighters in a joint military operation against the terror group in the assault on the southeastern city of Mukalla and its surroundings.

The Yemeni conflict has been ongoing between two factions claiming to constitute the Yemeni government since last year. In March 2015 the conflict escalated when Houthi forces controlling the capital Sana'a and allied with forces loyal to the former president Ali Abdullah Saleh have clashed with forces loyal to the government of Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, based in Aden.

A coalition led by Saudi Arabia launched military operations by using airstrikes to restore the exiled Yemeni government. According to the UN, from March 2015 to March 2016 over 6,500 people have been killed in Yemen including 3,218 civilians.

While a fragile UN- sponsored ceasefire between the Houthis and President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi's government has been in force since April 10, the fight against the AQAP and the Islamic State, who are still in control of the territory along stretches of the coast, continues.

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RT Social Media has won its first-ever Webby Award, after beating established rivals in the popular vote for the world’s most prestigious internet accolade. And it’s all thanks to you!

After three weeks of online voting, RT scored a confident popular victory over BBC News, the New York Times, NBC News & Nightly News, and ABC News in the Social Media News & Information category.

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“To be nominated in the first place means we're doing things right. To win the People's Voice award – and to win it by a landslide – means our community is engaged and close to us. And we thank every person who voted and brought this victory!" said RT’s Head of Online Projects Kirill Karnovich-Valua.

The prize from the judges went to the New York Times, which also captured the award for best news website. Notably, it was also beaten in the popular vote in that category – by Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill’s The Intercept, another relative newcomer.

The Webby Awards are the most established internet awards ceremony, and RT’s online team will collect its prize at a star-studded gala in New York next month, for a 20th anniversary edition of the event.

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"We have an incredibly talented social media team which gets the full credit for the victory. Our team is multi-task – social media is their environment. The guys are as comfortable with Twitter or YouTube as they are with 360 vids, GIFs, VR and many other trends and formats. Now RT's social media strategy is recognized on the very top Webby level. So, hats off to the team," said Ivor Crotty, RT’s Head of Social Media.

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Cannabis For Kids: The Children Behind The Debate (FULL DOCUMENTARY)

More parents are turning to cannabidiol (CBD) oil, a cannabis extract with little or none of the psychoactive compound THC, to treat their children who have cancer and epilepsy ...

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It's big pharma that started the one ingredient thing derived from plants and other sources for their mono view of disease but mostly for profit. All plants have more than one ingredient in them because with nature it has achieved a balance. Duh.

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Behind the Headlines

Daughters of Paradise

If all of the world’s displaced people were put together, they would make up the 24th largest country in the world, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.1

Some 19.5 million people on this planet have been forced from their home countries by conflict and persecution. The majority of them are women and children who have been forced to leave their homelands, packing their entire lives into small bags or fleeing with only the clothes on their backs. “It is the worst humanitarian crisis of our generation,” said Brian Hansford, a spokesman for the UNHCR.

In Syria alone, a country torn apart by civil war since rebel groups launched an assault on the authoritarian government of Bashar al-Assad in 2011, more than 4.2 million people have fled across the nation’s borders. “For the most part, people hung on to their homes and property for as long as possible. But once a bombing happened, or other armed groups came into the area, or people did not have a job anymore and did not have any food, we started to see a mass movement of people,” said Vanessa Parra, senior humanitarian press officer for Oxfam, an aid organization that works with refugees. Armed groups including the Islamic State group, or ISIS, as well as fighters from Al Qaeda, have joined the conflict, transforming Syria into a violent hell.

And so men, women, and children from all sectors of Syrian society have packed the cars they once to used to commute to jobs as lawyers or doctors with all that they could carry of their old lives. Women glance one last time at houses where their babies were born. Displaced citizens hundreds of miles away — in Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon and Europe — carry keys in their pockets to homes that have since been destroyed in the fighting. “Refugees are people like us, regular people, ordinary people with jobs, with families. No one chooses to be a refugee, but as one refugee told me, the situation in Syria is ‘worse than desperate,’” Hansford said.

Refinery29 set out to learn about the lives of these people, meeting them on the ground in Turkey and speaking to them by phone from New York, as they struggle to rebuild their lives after desperate journeys to safety. Ahead, the stories of three women refugees, daughters of a vanished Syrian paradise, who hope someday to return.

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At least one country should say ‘enough’ – French MP Thierry Mariani on anti-Russia sanctions

Published time: 28 Apr, 2016 17:31

Member of the Republicans Party in France Thierry Mariani, who initiated the parliamentary debate on calling the EU to end restrictive policies against Moscow, told RT that it was time to show some ‘guts’ and confront Brussels.

"We are demanding to lift the sanctions because they are totally ineffective and they are dangerous for our economy," the member of the center-right party said during the French National Assembly meeting on Thursday.

Fifty-five members in the lower house of the French Parliament apparently agreed and supported the resolution calling on the government to protest the EU extending sanctions imposed on Russia.

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BREAKING: French Assembly votes to end anti-Russian sanctions imposed by EU https://t.co/EHnizGF34npic.twitter.com/ldqA5djGgB
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"Let's say it clearly: lifting of the sanctions is necessary, desirable and we are demanding the government take measures at national and European levels to rapidly improve the difficult situation we are in now," Marc Le Fur, member of France's Union for a Popular Movement, told the Assembly.

French politician Marion Marechal-Le Pen (whose aunt Marine Le Pen heads France's National Front and is a member of the European Parliament), called "this embargo... a failure," adding "it didn't give the expected results."
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"Repressive measures against Russian oligarchs didn't lead to resistance to Vladimir Putin and European economies are those suffering most from the sanctions," Marechal-Le Pen said at the meeting. She also noted that while the US has canceled some embargoes on Russia that hurt its own interests "and are ordering Russian-made engines to launch its [American] military satellites," Paris has suffered big financial losses, highlighting the failed Mistrals deal in particular.

France's agriculture has also suffered significantly, as Russia replied tit-for-tat to sanctions and imposed a ban on agricultural products from the EU. Despite the French government's attempts to provide financial aid, farmers in a number of sectors have found themselves with a surplus of produce and have suffered big financial losses.

Having called the vote "historic," another MP, member of the Union for a Popular Movement Nicolas Dhuicq, told RT its positive result is "good news for peace in Europe, and for economic development" on the continent.


Although the approved resolution is non-binding, French politicians hope that it will pave the way for European governments, including theirs, to end the anti-Russian sanctions. These were first introduced in 2014 over the crisis in Ukraine and Russia's reunification with Crimea.

"Let's be honest here: it's up to Europe to decide, and in order for it to do so one country must have the guts to say 'enough, I'm out!' If Europe shows Kiev that we are no longer the prisoners of its government, that after all we have paid the price of solidarity, we introduced the sanctions and it's time to lift them since they do no good and they only hurt us, I guess then and only then things are going to improve," Thierry Mariani told RT before the vote.

"I have seen our minister of agriculture standing in front of our farmers and say 'We have to lift the sanctions.' I've seen the minister of finance reiterate the same thing. And all they do is say 'We can't do anything, Europe is to blame'," the MP added, saying that while he is "part of the opposition," regarding this matter he wants "to help the government."

France's former Prime Minister Francois Fillon, under then president Nicolas Sarkozy, told RT that he has "always considered the policy of sanctions against Russia as a negative policy," and expressed hope that the resolution would "let the government advance with the process of lifting the sanctions."

"The majority of French people today are for the lifting of these sanctions, and the leftist majority in the parliament could not interfere with the opposition's voting. When it really wants to [interfere], it does so. But today it didn't and I think the reason is because socialist deputies understand very well that these sanctions negatively affect [France's] national interests, as well as Russia's," Fillon said.

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#Italy and #Hungary against automatic renewal of anti-Russian sanctions https://t.co/InIonuM2Qopic.twitter.com/oEGDxJOeek
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"This is an extremely important vote, because for the first time a parliament of a European country is voting for the lifting of the sanctions. And what's more, this country is France, one of the key countries of the Minsk agreements. So it gives a strong signal to the government that it must accelerate negotiations to lift the sanctions, particularly economic ones, because they are completely useless," President of the French-Russian Chamber of Commerce Emmanuel Quidet told RT.

Saying "it will be difficult to disregard a vote of the French National Assembly," Quidet expressed hope that other European countries will follow suit. "Other countries [might] lead other types of voting that will go in the same direction," he said.

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French farmers protest at prices driven down by Russia sanctions

Published time: 16 Feb, 2016 15:43

A protest by French farmers has taken place in Paris. Large crowds gathered to decry the low prices of agricultural produce. Prices are being driven down by the sanctions exchange with Russia, which has caused domestic produce to flood the French market.

The protest started near the Gare de Lyon railway station, but then moved to the Porte de Vincennes - one of the city gates in Paris.

There were police and fire brigades on the scene, ready to intervene, but it didn’t run to that.

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Hundreds of egg crates were fed into a wood cutter, which sprayed them towards a building. Over 100 demonstrators at the spot were waving flags.

Protesters built make-shift barricades out of straw and covered the street with shreds of newspaper that they promised to set on fire.

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An EU flag was ripped from the building before being buried under a mixture of hay and egg box cuttings, to symbolize the farmer’s opinion of the bloc.

“We have asked the Ministry of Agriculture to hear our arguments, but we are never listened to. That is why we have had to take to the streets of Paris in order to show our grievances,” a farmer who took part in the demonstration told an RT France reporter at the scene.

A similar rally against the low prices took place in Montreuil, a commune in the eastern suburbs of Paris.

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Des agriculteurs manifestent en ce moment à Montreuil devant l'ASP. @itelepic.twitter.com/ACZVZRNi0k
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The farmers are angry that supermarkets in the country are buying their products at prices which are so low they are unable to make a profit, and are demanding that prices be raised.

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The protest in the French capital followed similar disturbances on Monday in the north and west of the country. The farmers are demanding an end to EU-imposed sanctions against Russia, which they say are destroying their businesses due to rock-bottom prices, especially for pork and dairy products.

https://www.rt.com/news/332638-paris-fa ... test-fire/

Let's see how the US military corporate government reacts to France just considering lifting the Russian sanctions, I wonder how obvious they will be.. :shock:

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‘Disenchantment in France as Russian sanctions backfire’

Published time: 28 Apr, 2016 15:55

Even though the resolution adopted by French MPs to lift the sanctions imposed by the EU against Russia is non-binding, it’s significant and shows a shift in European sentiment, legal affairs writer Alexander Mercouris told RT.

Fifty-five members of the French National Assembly Thursday supported a resolution to lift economic sanctions against Russia. Restrictions were imposed over the crisis in Ukraine and the reunification with Crimea.

RT: How significant is the adoption of the resolution, what can we expect now?

Alexander Mercouris: I think it is very significant; it’s non-binding and only a small minority of French MPs was involved in it. However, it is a very important straw in the wind. It shows how sentiment in Europe is moving and especially in France, where the economy is not in good shape, where the agricultural sector has been hit very badly and there is frankly growing disenchantment not just in France. We saw that recently in the Netherlands, as well with the referendum on the whole Ukrainian policy, which is going nowhere.


RT: Will the government respect the vote, since many parliamentarians spoke out in support?

AM: I don’t think they will respect the vote exactly, but they have to calculate its impact. Before this vote, the French government was giving assurances to French farmers that it was doing everything it could, as it put it, to get the sanctions lifted. It is important to remember that there are elections in France next year for the presidency, which are going to be crucial. What French farmers and indeed the French population feel about these counts. Whereas, I don’t think this vote in itself is going to force the French government to change its policy, it does show in which way French opinion is moving.

RT: How do these sanction affecting both the EU and Russia?

AM: In terms of Russia, with every month that passes their effect diminishes. The main problem for Russia was that they were making it very difficult for Russian companies to raise loans in world financial markets. With every month that passes that problem reduces, because the Russian companies have paid off their debts and they worked out their own problems.

By contrast, in Europe with every month that passes the effect grows and we’re seeing this with French agriculture, but also right across sectors, because they are losing out on the Russian market, which for many of these companies in Europe and in France is very important. And not only are they losing out on it, but with every month that this continues the chances for getting back into that market falls.

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Yay! They voted to lift the sanctions against Russia! The tide HAS turned!

French Assembly adopts resolution calling to end anti-Russian sanctions imposed by EU

Published time: 28 Apr, 2016 09:30

French MPs have voted in favor of a resolution to lift the EU-imposed sanctions initially slapped on Russia over the crisis in Ukraine and the reunification with Crimea. The document is non-binding.

Fifty-five members of the French National Assembly have supported the resolution calling on the government not to extend the sanctions imposed on Russia by the EU. Forty-four voted against and two abstained. Of the 577 deputies in the National Assembly, the lower house of the French Parliament, 101 took part in the vote.

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Adoption de la résolution sur la levée des sanctions contre la Russie. Votant: 101. Majorité: 50. Pour: 55. Contre: 44. 2 Abst. #DirectAn
— Assemblée nationale (@AssembleeNat) April 28, 2016


The resolution, calling on the French government to protest extension of EU sanctions against Russia, was submitted by 85 French MPs.

Thierry Mariani, member of the center-right Republicans party who initiated the parliamentary debate, says the document "calls on the French government not to extend the restrictive measures and economic sanctions imposed on Russia by the European Union."

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French farmers block highway in falling food prices protest (VIDEO) https://t.co/iTw4Qh81Aepic.twitter.com/yFpcUy7Qhz
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The debate on canceling sanctions was held at the National Assembly for the first time, the politician said. Mariani stressed that anti-Russian sanctions should be lifted because they only cause harm.

"We are demanding that the sanctions be lifted because they are totally ineffective and they are dangerous for our economy," he told the Assembly.

"I have seen our minister of agriculture standing in front of our farmers and say 'We have to lift the sanctions.' I've seen the minister of finance reiterate the same thing. And all they do is say 'We can't do anything, Europe is to blame'," the MP told RT, saying that while he is "part of the opposition," regarding this matter he wants "to help the government."

"France is constantly saying that it's the birthplace of human rights, that the people's will should always be respected. So now I'm waiting for France to accept the will of the parliament and demand the lifting of the sanctions during the next talks," Mariani said in an interview with RT France after the vote.

The MP said that he does not know of any resolutions that haven't been considered by the government, and said that Francois Hollande "must take the responsibility" and make a move towards a restrictions-free policy in relations with Russia.

If the parliament's position on the issue is not accepted, "it will be the strongest slap in the face of democracy," Mariani said.


Earlier this year, France’s Minister of Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs Emmanuel Macron said that by this summer France will assist in lifting Western-imposed sanctions on Russia.

France's agriculture has suffered significantly from the EU's political decision. As a result of embargoes imposed by Moscow on European food products in response to the sanctions, French farmers have found themselves in increasingly difficult conditions. With reported losses of millions of euros in a number of France's agricultural industries, the farmers' unions have organized nationwide strikes designed to highlight their difficulties. Since 2014, French farmers have been setting their produce on fire and blocked roads with tractors in protest at their government's policy against Russia.

In December last year, the European Union prolonged its sanctions against Russia – originally initiated in August of 2014 – for another six months. Italy initially delayed the decision to prolong anti-Russian measures, demanding the issue be discussed rather than merely rubber-stamped.

EU sanctions against Russia were first introduced in July 2014 for one year, and were later extended over the crisis in Ukraine and the reunification with Crimea.

The sanctions included imposing restrictions on lending to major Russian state-owned banks, and defense and oil companies. In addition, Brussels imposed restrictions on the supply of weapons and military equipment to Russia, as well as military technology, dual-use technologies, hi-tech equipment and technology for oil production.

Russia responded by imposing an embargo on agricultural produce, food and raw materials against countries that joined the anti-Russian sanctions. Imports of beef, pork, poultry meat, fish, cheese, milk, vegetables and fruit were banned. Moscow also launched a policy of import substitution.

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This is totally outrageous, inexcusable and unacceptable if not outright evil! I know a doctor who worked for Doctors without Borders you couldn't ask for a more heart centered and giving man. He went to all these countries where they were especially needed, especially war torn countries. These are doctors from different countries around the world who volunteer to help. I really really hope he wasn't one of the victims of this horrendous war crime. How can the American government criticize other countries (except Israeli military and Saudi Arabia) as being barbaric when they train their military to think it's all a video game, just like in the Collateral Murder video released from WikiLeaks.

16 found to be at fault for Doctors Without Borders hospital strike in Kunduz

Sixteen US service members were disciplined for their roles in the deadly strike on a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Afghanistan last October. The Pentagon is set to release an investigation into the bombing on Friday.

The Department of Defense disciplined 16 people who were found to be at fault for the October airstrike against a Doctors Without Borders trauma center in Kunduz, Afghanistan that resulted in the death of 42 people, the Los Angeles Times and Reuters reported Thursday. Among those being disciplined was a two-star general, Air Force personnel and Army Special Forces personnel, anonymous officials told the LA Times.
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Staff walk along a corridor in the damaged Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) hospital in northern Kunduz. File photo. © Najim Rahim New US commander in Afghanistan apologizes for Kunduz hospital bombing

None of the 16 will be court martialed, but one officer was suspended from command and was removed from Afghanistan. Seven received letters of punishment of reprimand – an administrative punishment that can have far-reaching consequences for a service member’s career – six were sent to counseling, and two were ordered to undergo retraining courses.

US Army General John Campbell, who is in charge of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, forwarded a 3,000-page investigation of the attack to US Central Command, and a heavily redacted version of the report is set to be released to the public on Friday.

Doctors Without Borders, also known as Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), has called the bombing a war crime and has asked for an independent investigation into the tragedy. Of those who were killed, fourteen were members of the organization’s staff and 24 were patients that they were treating.

"Patients burned in their beds, medical staff were decapitated and lost limbs, and others were shot by the circling AC-130 gunship while fleeing the burning building," Doctors Without Borders said in its report of the attacks released in November.
President Barack Obama has apologized for the attack, which was conducted to support Afghan troops attempting to retake the city, and the Pentagon has referred to it as a “mistake.”

“This was a tragic, but avoidable accident caused primarily by human error,” Campbell in a teleconference in November, recommending disciplinary action against servicemen involved.

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We have to consider that earth and nature have a say on what happens on this planet and that perhaps, we ain't seen nothing yet...

Climate chaos in UK driven by melting ice-caps, warming over Greenland - study

Published time: 28 Apr, 2016 17:09

Far-reaching weather shifts in Greenland, partially due to melting Arctic sea ice, are driving climate chaos in Britain and Europe, a new climate science study warns.

Scientists have discovered an increase in high pressure systems that interfere with weather patterns over Greenland, which is bringing chaotic and unseasonable weather conditions to Europe’s doorstep. Researchers analyzed perceived changes in weather patterns from 1951 to the present day.

The shift, which they argue began in the 1980s, is thought to be linked to melting ice caps in the Arctic.

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— World Economic Forum (@wef) April 19, 2016

Greenland is one of the most rapidly warming regions worldwide. Its vast ice sheets, which are the only of their kind beyond Antarctica, are currently in retreat.

Researchers in the field of climatology, who do not subscribe to climate skepticism, are increasingly concerned that the resultant influx of cold water from these glaciers will hugely impact ocean currents and cause rises in the sea level worldwide.

The new study, which was published on Wednesday in the International Journal of Climatology, endorses this, saying atmospheric changes causing warming in Greenland are having definitive impacts southwards.

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Soaring temperatures in Greenland causing storms and #floods in Britain, says new study https://t.co/5TvcHoWdm4#climatechange@Independent
— Hydro International (@engnaturesway) April 28, 2016


In particular, the study found that a rise in high pressure belts lurking over Greenland are dragging warm air over the state’s icy terrain. Researchers who worked on the report concluded these so-called “blocking systems” are driving climate chaos, bringing extreme weather patterns to Europe like those which occurred during the summers of 2007 and 2012.

Edward Hanna, a climate scientist at the University of Sheffield who worked on the study, says that “the unusually wet weather seen in the UK in the summers of 2007 and 2012, for instance, is linked to these stationary high pressure systems over Greenland,” he added.

Hanna, who is a Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society and an expert in monitoring ice sheets, said the shift in weather patterns is being driven by “strong Arctic warming and changes in the atmospheric jet stream.”

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Climate change and extreme weather linked to high pressure over Greenland https://t.co/MrPfRiOzAD
— Science (@scienmag) April 28, 2016


Climate scientists suggest Greenland’s expansive glacier began melting a full two months earlier than usual in 2016. Although this record premature melt is believed to be partially caused by normal weather patterns, human-driven climate change is also thought to be key.

Climate scientists have expressed grave concern over the early melt’s implications for the way in which ice will thaw in Greenland over the summer. By mid-April, roughly 12 per cent of the Island’s ice-capped surface area displayed signs of melting ice, according to climate scientist at the Danish Meteorological Institute Peter Langen.

Langen told the Mail Online this level of thawing is usually seen in late May. Prior to this, the record for an early melt of Greenland’s ice-capped terrain occurred several weeks earlier back in 1990.

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They are just not getting away with it anymore. Everything in nature works in a balance that is until humans interfere by trying to eliminate/destroy any part of it. Then we have imbalances all over the place. These idiots will never learn.If you take the time to study nature every natural solution can be found there that will not wreck havoc with other parts of nature. As Shakespeare said, "All in nature is kin."

Monsanto announces new technology to make its GM crops more pest resistant

Published time: 28 Apr, 2016 07:46

Monsanto says it has developed breakthrough technology to help make its crops more resistant to bugs and pests. The new techniques will help target insects that have developed resistance to previously genetically modified crops.

The research was conducted by scientists at Harvard University in conjunction with Monsanto. The aim was to try and speed up the process of generating proteins, which have properties that can kill pests.

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— Monsanto Company (@MonsantoCo) April 27, 2016

The team was using PACE (phage-assisted continuous evolution) technology, which is able to eliminate insects that have grown resistant to prior agricultural solutions. The PACE method is 100 times faster than other methods in trying to identify protein with insect killing properties, according to the research team.

“Scientific breakthroughs like PACE technology are key to continue bringing solutions to farmers to help them get more out of every acre,” Tom Adams, vice president of biotechnology at Monsanto said in a press release.

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Monsanto to face ‘tribunal’ in The Hague for ‘damage to human health and environment’ https://t.co/zilG5u398Apic.twitter.com/QKnRDDxOuK
— RT (@RT_com) December 6, 2015


“The remarkable progress that’s been made in applying PACE to agriculture biotechnology is a huge testament to the success that comes when parties work together and collaborate to advance science in a way that can bring long-term benefits to global agriculture.”

The importance of the technique means that the proteins are able to be developed at faster than the insects and pests are able to become resistant.

“It’s a breakthrough in a way we can handle resistance in the future,” Tom Malvar, the head of insect control discovery at Monsanto said, according to the Agriculture journal. “This technology is not limited to insect control. We envision this having broad applications,” he added.

In November, a report by Greenpeace slammed the genetically modified (GM) crop industry, for failing to tackle problems regarding superbugs caused by insects becoming resistant to previously genetically modified crops.

“GM crops can only increase yield by reducing losses to pests in years of high infestation, and this effect is not permanent as pesticide-producing crops lead to resistant ‘superbugs’. GM crop yields have often failed to isolate the effects of GM technology from other factors, or to compare like-for-like farms,” the report stated.

GM corn and soyabeans have given smaller yields in recent years in the US due to pests and weeds becoming resistant to weedkillers used to protect the plants.

In March, the US Department of Agriculture announced its intention to end regulation of Monsanto’s GM corn that is engineered to resist the company’s herbicide, meaning that farmers will now be able to plant the corn strains without permits.

However, the move was slammed by critics, with the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, a nonprofit advocating pro-family farm policies, saying the unregulated process could lead to environmental damage.

“Without a coordinated and thorough evaluation of the full technology package, and a meaningful analysis of impacts, adding yet another new crop/herbicide package will continue adding to the existing harmful effects on herbicides on ecological systems, human health, and farmers' livelihoods through herbicide drift and non-target crop losses; the widespread increase in herbicide-resistant weeds; and environmental and public health impacts,” the group said in a statement.

In November, protesters took to the streets in hundreds of cities around the world for the 2015 Million Mask March, which saw activists storm the doors of Monsanto in Washington, DC. In May, activists from over 400 cities spoke out against GMOs and Monsanto’s monopoly over the food supply.

Activists accuse the agricultural corporation of selling toxic chemicals, which are bad for people’s health, water supplies, vital crop pollinators and the environment in general. The giant is also criticized for its attitude towards food safety regulations and staunch opposition to GMO labeling. Small farmers blame Monsanto for monopolizing the seed market.

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In January, Seattle announced its intention to sue Monsanto over allegations the company polluted the Lower Duwamish River and city drainage pipes, becoming the sixth city to file a lawsuit against the bio-tech giant.

“Long after the dangers of PCBs were widely known, Monsanto continued its practice of protecting its business interests at our expense,” City Attorney Pete Holmes said in a statement. “The City intends to hold Monsanto accountable for the damage its product wreaked on our environment.”

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Inuit Elders' letter to NASA to warn them "Earth has shifted"

Published on Apr 26, 2016

Inuit Elders' letter to NASA to warn them that the "Earth has shifted"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RaWB3F6aCYs

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Some may find this interesting.

Inuit Elders' letter to NASA to warn them "Earth has shifted"

Published on Apr 26, 2016

Inuit Elders' letter to NASA to warn them that the "Earth has shifted"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RaWB3F6aCYs




don't need for someone to tell you what is easy to see ... sun rises in the same place, but sets, waaaaaaaaaaaaay North of "normal" - we've tilted, is this the beginning of the "woble" when the top stops spinning? Then again, it ISN'T "easy to see" the sun set ... I don't think I've seen the sun actually set in a year - thanks to the chemtrails

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:shock: ... I don't think I'm quite ready yet. I just realized that I still have much to learn and that I am lagging behind in many areas. Extremely windy today - reminding me how powerful nature is. Goodbye to you all, until we unite...! If really the time has come to leave the "bird nest" I will give it all I got and try not to crash! ... I don't know how urgent the matter is, but I just got a strange feeling. Maybe it is just because it is so windy. Nonetheless - All the best to all of you! -- wether it is just a normal day(s) or the "end of times" ...

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