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US Embassy in Israel Reportedly to Remain in Tel Aviv

By: Stephen Lendman

Candidate Trump promised he’d move America’s embassy to Jerusalem, claiming an “unbreakable bond” and “special (bilateral) relationship.”

An earlier statement on his behalf said he

“acknowledged that Jerusalem has been the eternal capital of the Jewish people for over 3,000 years, and that the United States, under a Trump administration, will finally accept the long-standing congressional mandate to recognize Jerusalem as the undivided capital of the State of Israel.”

The 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Act, passed by Congress to relocate America’s embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to the international city, calls Jerusalem an “undivided city in which the rights of every ethnic and religious group are protected.”

It urged the executive branch to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move America’s embassy there, calling the city “the spiritual center of Judaism.”

It’s religiously important for Muslims, Christians and Jews. For Zionists, it’s the symbol of Judaism’s revival and prominence. For Christians, it’s where Jesus lived and died.

For Muslims, it’s their third holiest site (location of the Al-Aqsa Mosque) – after Mecca’s Sacred Mosque and Mosque of the Prophet in Madina.

After its 1967 annexation, East Jerusalem underwent legal and bureaucratic changes to its physical, cultural and spiritual character under Israel’s Judaization plan.

Settlements were established and expanded on stolen Palestinian land. Decades of ethnic cleansing, home demolitions, the Separation Wall, and other draconian measures followed, aiming to entirely Judaize the city.

Palestinian culture and religious heritage are threatened by the establishment of “facts on the ground,” a process ongoing for half a century this month.

Trump earlier said Israel wants America’s embassy there.

“Well, I am for that 100%,” he blustered, adding “I will be very good to Israel.”

US and Israeli media reports now say he’s expected to renew the waiver on keeping Washington’s embassy in Tel Aviv before a Thursday midnight deadline – though he still envisions an eventual move, according to unnamed senior White House officials.

His waiver will reportedly delay moving America’s embassy for six months,...Read More

How China Rolled Up a CIA Network

By: Philip Giraldi
Washington might be sending too many spies, making them more vulnerable. The Central Intelligence Agency, established through the National Security Act of 1947, was primarily intended to be a centralized clearinghouse for information to prevent another Pearl Harbor-style attack on the United States. Be that as it may, the initiation of what would eventually be termed the Cold War soon after led to the rapid expansion of the Agency’s role, to include running actual spies and engaging in classic covert actions. The CIA took the lead in the U.S. pushback against Moscow and... Read More

AMERICAN B.S.!!!

AMERICAN B.S.!!!

Live From KXL: Texas- Buried Truth Under Texas Sands.

By: Brett Redmayne-Titley

A visit to the Keystone XL pipeline exposes TransCanada Corp.’s continued four year cover-up, factual distortions, coercion, and fraud in the name of profit. This example parallels many other modern sagas of almost complete corporate control over American sovereign government, its courts, police, and will of the people. TransCanada’s corporate influence in building the KXL pipeline will produce from Tar Sands a “Heavy,” unrefined oil. KXL will also produce a certain short term, and long-term, environmental disaster.

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MELT DOWN?! Corporate Greed, Gov’t Corruption, and America’s Own Fukushima Disaster.

By: Brett Redmayne-Titley

With over $1 billion up for grabs corporate greed need not be concerned with causing a pending nuclear disaster, nor its effect on the homes, businesses, lives, and livelihoods of 8.7million people.

At the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) public meeting, on October 9, 2012, regarding the re-opening of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS), evasive answers, vague assurances, and a conspicuous lack of facts were the corporate responses to accurate concerns and hard evidence presented by hundreds of very concerned southern California residents. The efforts by Southern California Edison (Edison), that owns the “San Onofre” plant, and its co-conspirators, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), were ongoing examples of their extraordinary greed, corporate control, and disregard for human life.

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Massive Global Malware Attack

By: Stephen Lendman

Financial war and cyberwar can be more destructive than standing armies, able to cause enormous harm to many millions worldwide, severely damaging and halting government, commercial, and personal online activities.

A statement by US Rep. Ted Lieu (D. CA), House Judiciary and Foreign Affairs Committees member, said the following:

“The massive malware attack that hit multiple countries has caused chaos and has shut down vital institutions such as hospitals. It is deeply disturbing the National Security Agency likely wrote the original malware.”

“I have been working on legislation with industry stakeholders and partners in the Senate to address this problem.”

“Today’s worldwide ransomware attack shows what can happen... Read More

New South Korean President Wants Improved Ties with North

New South Korean President Wants Improved Ties with North
By: Stephen Lendman

Moon Jae-In is poised to become South Korea’s next president – assuming office as soon as Seoul’s Central Electoral Commission certifies final results – after triumphing decisively with over 41% support in a field of 12 aspirants.

His nearest two rivals got 23.3% and 21.8% support respectively. He’ll serve a single five-year term. In 2012, he lost to Park Geun-hye – impeached last December on corruption charges, suspended from office, then ousted in March, arrested and detained.

In April, she was formally charged with abuse of power, bribery, coercion and leaking government secrets. She faces trial and possible imprisonment.

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Israel’s Outrage Du Jour: Teaching Fifth Graders to ‘Confirm the Kill’

By: Richard Silverstein

Last week, on a day filled with outrages against sanity and decency in Israel, I penned the first of what I called “Outrages Du Jour.”  Tonight is the second in the series, featuring three jaw-dropping bouts of near-insanity and bad taste.

In the first, the police of the tony Tel Aviv suburb of Ramat HaSharon showcased their terror-fighting abilities to several hundred local elementary school students.  As the children sat in beautiful sunshine in the municipal park, helmeted policemen brandishing assault rifles came roaring to a stop on motorcycles... Read More

On 69th Nakba Day, Irish-Palestinian Solidarity Stands Strong

By: The Dawn

“From Ireland to Palestine, we stand together against colonialism, racism and occupation,” said the Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network.

A mural depicting Irish-Palestinian solidarity in Belfast, Ireland | Photo: CC0 Public Domain

Nearly seven decades after hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were first expunged from their ancestral homelands as a result of the establishment of the state of Israel, commemorated Monday as Nakba... Read More

Trump’s Trip to Riyadh Offers Left and Right Common Ground

By: Tony Cartalucci

A video went viral of an aggressive American man beating his chest, grabbing his genitals, and taunting a Muslim family on a Texas beach in support of what he believed was US President Donald Trump’s mission of purging America of “Sharia law” and “ISIS” (the Islamic State).

What this man was likely not aware of as he made his lowbrow political statement was that the “Sharia law” he actually fears is called “Wahhabism,” and that his candidate of choice “Trump” was preparing to visit  the very source of Wahhabism – Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Meanwhile, the American left remains convinced that their priority should remain resisting an alleged covert alliance between Russia and the Trump administration of which no evidence actually exists. They have made this a priority... Read More

Delegation Of Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham Visits Turkey

By: South Front

According to the Al Mayadeen satellite television channel, Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) has sent a delegation to Turkey to discuss the possible Turkish intervention to the Syrian province of Idlib.

Furthermore, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) has strengthened its forces in many areas in the western and northern countryside of Idlib and doubled the number of checkpoints on the road between Idlib and Salkeen, as well as deployed many heavy weapons. HTS has also built fortifications and planted mines on the road.

According to unconfirmed reports, HTS demanded from Ahrar al-Sham to withdraw completely from the western countryside of Idlib during the next 48 hours. It appears that HTS fears that the Turkish military may use the Ahar al-Sham-controlled area as a foothold for an attack against HTS in the western countryside of... Read More

Was the April 4 Syria Chemical Weapons Khan Sheikhoun Incident Fake? Not Real?

By: Stephen Lendman

Clearly what happened was a false flag, wrongfully blamed on Damascus.

But did any attack occur, perhaps a fake incident instead, creating the appearance of a CW attack, not a real one, giving Washington a pretext to strike Syria’s Shayrat airbase?

Here’s what’s known. Al-Qaeda-connected, Western-supported, anti-Assad White Helmets alone provided unverified images of the alleged attack’s aftermath.

No evidence suggests area residents were victims of toxic sarin or any other CW. None sought medical treatment.

Nothing proves an attack actually occurred, just unverified reports claiming one, falsely blaming Damascus for what appears not to have happened.

Last month, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said Khan Sheikhoun areas residents weren’t evacuated to protect them from alleged toxic... Read More

The Astana Process: A Possible Solution to An Impossible Situation in Syria

By: Patrick Henningsen

DAMASCUS – A significant event took place last week, but you wouldn’t know it if you reside in North America or Europe.

This past Thursday, a three-page memorandum was signed in Astana, Kazakstan calling for the creation of four “De-escalation Zones” in Syria. This latest proposed peace deal is the latest product of the Astana Process chaired by three nations, Russia, Iran and Turkey, an effort designed to support the previous UN Security Council Resolution 2254.

This document is controversial to say the least, because it calls for the establishment of “islands of safety,” which are analogous to Washington’s previously called for ‘Safe Zones.’ These four zones include the northwestern province of Idlib, the Al-Rastan Plain just north of the city of Homs, the area of Eastern Ghouta near Damascus, and areas in the Daraa’a and Al Quneitra governorates of southern Syria.

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Trump Fires Scandal Plagued FBI Director James Comey – What Does It Mean?

By: Shawn Helton

US President Donald Trump has accepted a recommendation to ‘dismiss’ FBI director James Comey. Was this a reprisal for the suddenly widened Russia-gate probe into the White House or was there something else at play within the operations of the deep state?
Comey was at the center of a political controversy over much of the last year during the US presidential election cycle in 2016, and well into 2017. Throughout 2016, the former FBI director opened, closed and reopened (only to close again) a probe into Hillary Clinton, her email server and looking into accusations leveled at the Clinton Foundation, while also entertaining a dubious Russian probe into the Trump administration alleged ‘connections to Russia’ that helped mine various stories, including a so-called ‘dossier‘ regarding the newly elected president in early 2017.

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The Charade of Russian US Election Hacking

By: Stephen Lendman

In US judicial proceedings, beyond a reasonable doubt is the highest standard of proof required.

In civil litigation, it’s either proof by a preponderance of evidence or by what’s clear and convincing – establishing a high probability of truth.

In criminal cases, the high proof standard of reasonable doubt is especially important because a defendant’s freedom or possible execution is at stake.

The same high standard is most important when one nation accuses another of criminal actions. War could follow false accusations accepted as factual.

Last March, neocon Dick Cheney called alleged foreign interference in America’s election an “act of war” – despite none occurring, baseless accusations alone.

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“North Korea’s Favored Candidate”, Liberal Moon Jae-in Wins South Korea Presidential Election

By: Zero Hedge

North Korea has indicated that Moon is its favored candidate, with state media recently calling on South Korean voters to “punish the puppet group of conservatives” associated with Park.

The son of North Korean refugees, Moon criticized the early installation of a U.S. missile shield on South Korean soil and has said he’d meet with Kim Jong Un under the right circumstances.

As Bloomberg observes, the left-leaning Moon has long led opinion polls in an election triggered by the impeachment of former President Park Geun-hye, who was ousted in March and is now in jail while on trial for corruption charges. He has pledged a softer touch with North Korea and tougher action against family-run conglomerates that dominate Asia’s fourth-biggest economy.

After casting his vote on Tuesday, Moon issued a call for unity. “I myself will be the first to make such efforts by embracing other candidates and their parties for harmony,” he said. “I hope the people do what they can do until the end of the election but come back as one after the election for the nation’s unity.”

Moon’s expected victory is perhaps most notable because Moon’s expected victory could herald an era of rapprochement with North Korea, and an unlikely meeting of minds with Donald Trump over Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic missile programmes. “We are a target’: South Korean village wakes up on frontline with North. The 64-year-old liberal has positioned himself as the only candidate qualified to reunite the country after the bitter divisions that opened up over that Park’s allegedly corrupt relationship with her longtime friend and confidante Choi Soon-sil.

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Post Shin Bet Officials Stole Millions of Shekels

Post Shin Bet Officials Stole Millions of Shekels
By: Brett Redmayne-Titley

For the past few weeks, I reported about a major scandal in the Shin Bet.  Thanks to the opacity of the national security state (i.e. a gag order) we only knew this was likely a case of corruption of the sort I reported here involving the Mossad.

A former Shabak agent told me he believed the scale of the corruption was massive and that a number of personnel had simply... Read More

Mexican Journalist Javier Valdez Murdered, Covered Drug Beat

By: TeleSur
The well-known reporter was shot and his body left on the street after the fatal shooting.

Yet another journalist was murdered in Mexico Monday, marking the sixth assassination of a reporter so far this year in one of the deadliest countries in the world for media workers.

Javier Valdez, a correspondent covering the drug-related violence and crime beat in the state of Sinaloa for Mexico’s largest daily newspaper, La Jornada, was shot dead around midday in Sinaloa’s capital of Culiacan, home base for the notorious... Read More

French Election Fraud? Will Macron be Able to Form a Government?

By: Peter Koenig

The final tally is Emmanuel Macron 66% against 34% for Marine Le Pen, a historic landslide never seen in France’s recent past. Many have voted for Macron because it meant a vote against Le Pen. They were scared. The massive fear-mongering propaganda against her was successful. The choice was clearly between the Devil and Lucifer, and the vast majority voted for Lucifer. He is slyer. He is killing slowly with a smile, vs. Le Pen’s... Read More

What’s Next for Podemos?

By: The Dawn

Podemos has just been through its first crisis, or what we might call a crisis within a crisis.

In broader society, there is little doubt that we are in the midst of a transition — a regime change emerging from inside the establishment itself. The outcome already seems clear: its aim is to consolidate a restricted and non-sovereign democracy, in which a dominant finance-business-media oligarchy builds a new model of society through attacks on social rights, greater... Read More