ISIS in the Philippines. Islamic State Mayhem in Mindanao

By: Tony Cartalucci

Mayhem broke out across the southern Philippine city of Marawi where militants besieged it and hoisted flags of the so-called “Islamic State.” Located on the southern island of Mindanao, the city is only slightly removed from Al Qaeda affiliate Abu Sayyaf’s primary area of operation on nearby Jolo and Basilan islands.

The UK Independent in an article titled, “Isis-linked militants take priest and churchgoers hostage in Philippines,” would report:

President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law in the south because of the militants’ siege on the city on Tuesday and abandoned a trip to Russia to deal with the crisis. 

Mr Duterte vowed to place southern Mindanao island, where Marawi is situated, and its 22 million residents under military rule for up to a year if necessary.

The article would also report:

Troops are battling to contain dozens of militants from the Maute group, which pledged allegiance to Isis in 2015, after they escaped a botched security raid on a hideout and overran streets,...Read More

Belt and Road: Eastern Europe Tilts to Eurasia?

By: F William Engdahl
Small but geopolitically important steps were taken by key members of the European Union from the EU’s Eastern periphery. While largely ignored in Western mainstream media and in Brussels, they could well portend a longer-term alternative economic space to the failing construct known misleadingly today as the European Union with its bankrupt Eurozone single currency and European Central Bank. I refer to the talks recently in Beijing at the major Belt and Road Forum, between leaders of 29 nations and China’s President Xi Jinping with the Prime Ministers of Hungary,...
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We Know What Inspired the Manchester Attack, We Just Won’t Admit It

By: Patrick Cockburn

In the wake of the massacre in Manchester, people rightly warn against blaming the entire Muslim community in Britain and the world. Certainly one of the aims of those who carry out such atrocities is to provoke the communal punishment of all Muslims, thereby alienating a portion of them who will then become open to recruitment by Isis and al-Qaeda clones.

This approach of not blaming Muslims in general but targeting “radicalisation” or simply “evil” may appear sensible and moderate, but in practice it makes the motivation of the killers in Manchester or the Bataclan theatre in Paris in 2015 appear vaguer and less identifiable than it really is. Such generalities have the unfortunate effect of preventing people pointing an accusing finger at the variant of Islam which... Read More

Venezuela is Deep into Civil War

Venezuela is Deep into Civil War
By: Atilio A. Boron

Following the script by the experts and strategists of the CIA, specialized in unstabilizing and tearing down governments, in Venezuela the counter-revolution produced a “quality jump”: it began with a warm-up on the streets, and transitioned to a non-declared (but nonetheless bloody) civil war.

It grew beyond the guarimbas, occasional skirmishes and violent riots. Attacks on schools, children’s hospitals and maternity wards, destruction of entire bus fleets, lootings and attacks to security forces—who respond only with water and tear gas to the ferocity of mercenaries—, constant murders of social leaders, and more recently the lynching and setting on fire of three youth, are unmistakable signs that the Venezuelan conflict has escalated to a civil war that’s affecting several cities and regions of the country.

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The Hidden History of the Israeli Invasions in Gaza

The Hidden History of the Israeli Invasions in Gaza
By: Leandro Albani

Debater and precise investigator, Norman G. Finkelstein resumes the deep policies of the Israeli State against Palestinian population in his book: Madness and Method. The hidden history of Israel’s attacks on Gaza.

Taking into account the military operations Molten Lead (2008-2009), Defensive Pillar (2012) and Protective Margin (2014) -which devastated the Gaza Strip and murdered a total of 3700 Palestinian- for the analysis, Finkelstein concisely details these Israeli invasions, their reasons, the told lies to justify the attacks and the international lattice that allows Tel Aviv to expand its occupation over Palestinian territory.

In Madness and Method, published by Akal Editions in 2014, the professor of Political Theory at the De-Paul Chicago University also retakes his debater characteristic that he had left clear at his recognized and polemic book The industry of the Holocaust.

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Attacks on Journalists in Mexico Come from Local Officials

By: Prensa Latina

Mexico, May 28 (Prensa Latina) The Advisory Council of the Mechanism for the Protection of Journalists and Human Rights Defenders in Mexico warned on Sunday that many of the attacks on communicators and human rights defenders come from local and state officials.

The Council also warned the government about the risks of taking hasty measures just to alleviate the political crisis caused by the assassinations of seven journalists this year.

This situation already places 2017 as the second year, along with 2015, in which more communicators have been assassinated during the administration of President Enrique Peña Nieto.

In the last year of the six-year term (2006-2012), amid increased violence, the law for the protection of defenders and journalists came into force.

The regulations provide for the creation and operation of a mechanism that issues ordinary and extraordinary measures of prevention and protection.

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The Activities Around Trump’s Foreign Policy Are Scandalous – But the Media Won’t Tell You Why

By: Moon of Alabama

During the election campaign, Donald Trump argued for better relations with Russia. He wanted to engage in a common fight against the Islamic State and other terrorists. Hillary Clinton argued for a confrontational policy against Russia and a new cold war. The foreign policy establishment, the media and the CIA were solidly on Clinton’s side. The people of the United States made their choice. It was Trump and his views of policies that were elected.

After Trump had won the election, he advised his staff to set up a confidential track-2 communication channel with the Russian government. He rightfully did not trust the established official channels through the State Department and the CIA. His incoming National Security Advisor Flynn and his... Read More

Monsanto and the Causes of Cancer:

By: Claire Robinson

Did Former US EPA Official Influence the European Food Safety Authority’s Verdict on Glyphosate Herbicide?

EFSA fails to provide evidence to support its decision to dismiss a key study showing glyphosate is carcinogenic.

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has been accused of excluding from its glyphosate assessment a key study only because of a negative comment by a former US Environment Protection Agency (EPA) official.

The former US EPA official, Jess Rowland, is under investigation in a US court case brought by cancer sufferers, who believe that exposure to Roundup triggered their disease. Based on internal Monsanto documents disclosed in the lawsuit, Rowland is accused of colluding with Monsanto to defend glyphosate’s health record.

The accusation against EFSA was made by the... Read More

“Creative Chaos” and the War Against Humanity. US-NATO Supports ISIS

By: Mark Taliano

The Canadian government supports ISIS. So do U.S-led NATO, the Persian Gulf Tyrannies, including Wahhabi Saudi Arabia, and of course Apartheid Israel.

After six years of dirty war on Syria, this should be fairly obvious, but of course there is a complex web of propaganda agencies that obscure this fact.

Prof. Mohssen Massarrat explains in “The Fiction of ‘Fighting the Islamic State’, An Entity Created and Financed by the U.S. and Saudi Arabia” ( Global Research, September 2014) that

The U.S. neoconservatives have long been talking about a policy of “creative chaos” in the Middle East.... Read More

DeVos’s “school choice” is Corporate Death Trap for Working Families, Educators

By: Nino Brown

On May 22, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos gave a speech in Indianapolis at a summit hosted by the right wing pro “school choice” lobbying group, the American Federation for Children. DeVos’s speech championed the Trump administration’s Federal Education Budget and its concomitant expansion of so-called “school choice” as the “most ambitious” in history.

AFC spokesman Tommy Schultz said of the Trump-DeVos education plan: “We see that this a really significant opportunity for her to lay out a vision for what she sees as educational choice going into the future for all 50 states.”

DeVos claimed that the Trump administration would be somehow “making history” in trying to transform the nation’s allegedly “closed and antiquated educational system.”

While there are transformations that need to be made within the education system, DeVos is... Read More

Scandalous Anti-Russia Propaganda

By: Stephen Lendman
It’s vicious and unrelenting, a disturbing disinformation assault on a sovereign state without just cause – virtually daily from print and electronic media scoundrels, along with bipartisan neocons infesting Washington.
Even sites pretending semi-respectability like publishes trash headlining “Does Vladimir Putin really own Donald Trump? It’s more likely than you think,” saying:
“Imagine the moment when Vladimir Putin first learned that his Russian hackers had struck gold by obtaining the emails of John Podesta,” Hillary’s campaign chairman.
“Shots of vodka all around, singing, dancing and hurling empty glasses into the fireplace. Then Putin rubs his palms together and begins to... Read More

Russia And Iran Sign Oil-For-Goods Barter Deal; Escape Petrodollar

By: Tyler Durden

Iran signed an agreement with Russia under which it has broken free from the petrodollar, and will “sell”, or rather barter crude oil to Russia in exchange for products. The announcement was made by Iran’s Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh, as reported by Russia’s RIA and TASS news agencies.

“The deal has been concluded. We are just waiting for the implementation from the Russian side. We have no difficulties; we signed the contract, everything is coordinated between the parties. We are waiting for Russian oil companies to send tankers,” he said, as quoted by Russian news agencies. While sanctions against Iran have been lifted, restrictions on trade in US dollars for the country’s banks remain, making it difficult to sell oil on the open market.

As reported here just over three years ago, the $20 billion agreement was Read More

Palestinian Hunger Strike Ends, Prisoners Declare Victory

By: Ali Abunimah

After 40 days without food, hundreds of Palestinian prisoners have suspended their hunger strike in Israeli jails.

The end of the strike came after 20 hours of intense negotiations between the strike’s leaders, including imprisoned Fatah figure Marwan Barghouti, and the Israel Prison Service, according to a statement issued Saturday morning by the prisoners solidarity committee.

The committee hailed the agreement as a “victory for the Palestinian people and the prisoners in their epic defense of freedom and dignity.”

It added that Israel was forced to negotiate after realizing that the prisoners “were ready to continue until victory or martyrdom and that the use of oppression, violence and other violations failed to weaken them, but rather strengthened their resolve.”

The statement says Israeli authorities accepted some of the demands of the prisoners, but does not provide details.

However Israel Prison Service sources told the Ma’an News Agency that the agreement, reached between Israel, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and the Palestinian Authority, would grant prisoners a second monthly family visit to be funded by the PA.

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War Clouds Over South Asia

By: Keith Jones

While the attention of the Western press has been focused on Trump’s visit to the Middle East, which he used to threaten Iran, and the NATO summit, where he attacked Germany, relations between India and Pakistan, South Asia’s rival nuclear-armed powers, have gone from bad to worse.

New Delhi and Islamabad made rival boasts this week of provocative military action. On Tuesday, the Indian Army released video to support its claim that it had destroyed forward positions of the Pakistani military in the disputed Kashmir region with “punitive fire assaults.”

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Europe May Finally Rethink NATO Costs

By: Ray McGovern

First a request: Let me ask those of you who believe Russia is planning to invade Europe to put down the New York Times for a minute or two. Take a deep cleansing breath, and try to be open to the possibility that heightened tensions in Europe are, rather, largely a result of the ineluctable expansion of NATO eastward over the quarter-century since the Berlin Wall fell in 1989.

Actually, NATO has doubled in size, despite a U.S. quid-pro-quo promise in early 1990 to Russian leader Mikhail Gorbachev in early 1990 not to expand NATO “one inch” to the east of Germany. The quid required of Russia was acquiescence to a reunited Germany within NATO and withdrawal of the 300,000-plus Russian troops stationed in East Germany.

The U.S. reneged on its quo side of the bargain as the NATO alliance added country after country east of Germany with eyes on even more – while Russia was not strong enough to stop NATO expansion until February 2014 when, as it turned out, NATO’s eyes finally proved too big for its stomach.

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By: Dr. Paul Craig Roberts

The brainwashed and insouciant French electorate has voted to abolish the French nation. In five years France will exist only as a geographical location, a province in “Europe,” itself a province in global capitalism.

The French had a last chance to save their nation, but they could not do it because the French have been convinced that to be French is to be fascist and racist. Therefore, the French electorate defeated Marine Le Pen, the leader of the only political party that stands for France.

After five years under Macron, nothing will be left of France. Macron, the... Read More

The US-Jihadist Alliance Keeps Threatening the World

By: Eric Zuesse

With its $350 billion ten-year weapons-sale to the Saud family, the U.S. government’s alliance with Read More

A “Wage Massacre” in Gaza

A “Wage Massacre” in Gaza
By: Hamza Abu Eltarabesh

Majid Abed Rabbu nearly fainted when he saw his bank balance. He only had $2 in his account.

He did not know how he would buy medicine for his wife – who has been diagnosed with cancer – or support his three sons in university. “If things continue like this, my family and I will die slowly,” Abed Rabbu, a resident of al-Shati refugee camp in occupied Gaza, said.

Abed Rabbu is an employee of the Palestinian Authority. In the past few months, the PA has drastically Read More

Trump Submits to Neocon Orthodoxy

Trump Submits to Neocon Orthodoxy
By: Daniel Lazare

With astounding precision, Donald Trump zeroed in on the worst possible Middle East policy option in his recent trip to Saudi Arabia and made it his own. He rebuffed the efforts of Iran’s newly elected moderate government to open up communications with the West and instead deepened America’s alliances with decrepit autocratic regimes across the Persian Gulf.

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