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From Florida with Jihad in Syria …. the story of just one of several American jihadis

Posted July 31, 2014 by MariaS

And, with the stuff going on currently in Gaza,  you can take what I have to say, deposit it in the nearest bank and make a damn good profit in the near future:  

There will be plenty more like him …. and not all of them will blow up outs…

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Capitalism

Parchment in the Fire: Youth unemployment reaches record high – English – ANSA.it

Posted July 31, 2014 by geofftkennedy

Youth unemployment reaches record high – English – ANSA.it.

(ANSA) – Rome, July 31 – Unemployment among young Italians climbed last month to 43.7%, a level not seen in 37 years, according to statistics Thursday that presented further evidence of the continuing weakness in the country’s lackluster economy.

The jobless rate among Italians aged 15 to 24 rose from a revised 43.1% in May, said national statistical agency Istat, adding that June’s level of 43.7% was the highest since it began keeping quarterly jobs statistics in 1977.

“The economic situation is less than favourable,” said Economy (Read more…)

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Lisa Raitt tight lipped on bid to lead Ontario PCs

Posted July 31, 2014 by The Canadian Press

‘Draft Lisa’ website promotes Raitt as a possible candidate

The post Lisa Raitt tight lipped on bid to lead Ontario PCs appeared first on Macleans.ca.

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General

Channel 4 UK is the only Western world’s TV channel showing any humanity whatsoever ….

Posted July 31, 2014 by MariaS

for the victims of Israel’s atrocities committed on a people as collective punishment for having voted  the terrorist group Hamas to power.  I hope Channel 4 does not have those endless Jewish billionaire shareholders,  otherwise Channe…

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B.C. parents to get cash if teachers’ strike continues

Posted July 31, 2014 by The Canadian Press

Parents will be able to register online for the subsidy, says B.C. finance minister

The post B.C. parents to get cash if teachers’ strike continues appeared first on Macleans.ca.

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Cowichan Conversations: Bolivia’s President Evo Morales Declares Israel Terrorist State

Posted July 31, 2014 by Richard Hughes

I doubt that Israel recognized the ability of the Palestinian’s to survive the onslaught as long as they have.

Throughout the world revulsion at the slaughter of defenseless residents is causing calls for big changes in the mid east.

The President of Bolivia Evo Morales (AFP Photo)

Bolivia has declared Israel to be a “terrorist state” and renounced a visa exemption agreement with the country in protest over the ongoing Israeli military offense in Gaza which already killed more than 1,300 dead and left over 7,000 wounded.

Canceling the 1972 agreement which allowed Israelis to travel freely to Bolivia “means, (Read more…)

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Canada

Canada’s public health agency issues advisory on Ebola, says no need for travel ban

Posted July 31, 2014 by The Canadian Press

OTTAWA — Canada’s public health agency has issued a travel health notice about the Ebola outbreak in three African countries. But it is not following the United States in warning citizens not to travel to Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone — at […]

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Canadian Politics

Cowichan Conversations: Feminist Therese Casgrain Disappears From Public History Under Harper Government

Posted July 31, 2014 by Richard Hughes

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

 

This shows the smallness of Steve Harper. What the hell is going on that we allow ourselves to be governed by this miserable piss-ant!

Our structures are failing us. Canada’s democracy is not much more than an elected dictatorship.

Check out this story by Canadian Press reporter Dean Beeby

 

The Therese Casgrain Volunteer Award, was started in 1982 by the Liberal government of Pierre Trudeau.

It honoured Canadian activists such as June Callwood until it was eliminated — unannounced —by the Harper government in 2010.

An image of Casgrain and her namesake volunteer-award medal also disappeared (Read more…)

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Canadian Politics

Activists occupy NDP office demanding end to silence on Gaza

Posted July 31, 2014 by rabble staff
Thursday, July 31, 2014

“We don’t expect this from the NDP, we expect better from them.” Fifteen protestors are occupying NDP Foreign Affairs critic Paul Dewar’s office in Ottawa demanding an end to the silence on Gaza.

Fifteen protesters are occupying NDP Foreign Affairs critic Paul Dewar’s office in Ottawa demanding an end to what they call a “deafening silence” from the NDP on Israel’s war on Gaza.

One activist, Joel Harden told rabble.ca that after word of the occupation exploded on social media Dewar entered the office to listen to the occupiers.

“We’re meeting with Paul Dewar, he came to the office right now, and were talking to him, he’s listening to us, to his credit,” said Harden.

Twitter photo: Ben Powless

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Doctors should not be forced to prescribe the Pill

Posted July 31, 2014 by Andrea Mrozek

My article up on Huffington Post. Please comment on their site to ensure a diversity of opinions there.

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Canadian Politics

Stephen Lewis speaks with Grassy Narrows

Posted July 31, 2014 by Anonymous

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On July 29, 2014, a group of people from Grassy Narrows spoke at a public forum about th…

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General

Domestic violence vs domestic love

Posted July 31, 2014 by Anonymous

Domestic violence, sexual abuse, incest, physical abuse and prostitution (quelle surprise) -rooted in a lack of fathering or a lack of mothering… these are not gender based issues. Radical feminism has not been the antidote to a lack of love. Love is the antidote to a lack of love. Erin Pizzey says many things, truthful, […]

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General

Don’t look too closely

Posted July 31, 2014 by Andrea Mrozek

You can only support abortion if you don’t look too closely or think about what you are seeing. This article attempts to make an abortion provider into a hero. It’s long. Then, toward the end, this: But then he brings in one that’s nine weeks and there’s a fetus. … Floating near the top of […]

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Harper announces $2.5M for Saskatchewan miners

Posted July 31, 2014 by The Canadian Press

Funding will pay for training simulators

The post Harper announces $2.5M for Saskatchewan miners appeared first on Macleans.ca.

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Allan's Perspective

Why not just kill the son-of-a-bitch!

Posted July 31, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

(Speaker Boehner and President Obama in happier times: Talking about golf. – Joshua Roberts/Reuters) Well folks, it’s getting REALLY strange down there in the good ol’ U. S. of A. To no one’s surprise, the House of Representatives has voted to approve a resolution (H. Res 676) authorizing Speaker John Boehner to sue the president […]

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Election

Expat Turks cast votes for Turkish president

Posted July 31, 2014 by The Associated Press

2.8 million voters in 54 countries eligible to vote

The post Expat Turks cast votes for Turkish president appeared first on Macleans.ca.

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CBC

Is there any benefit for Albertans in a criminal prosecution of Alison Redford? Nope!

Posted July 31, 2014 by djclimenhaga

Will Alberta benefit from a police investigation of Alison Redford’s use of the government’s small fleet of passenger aircraft?
Not really.
Here’s why: Notwithstanding the hyperbole from a number of elected officials of more than one political p…

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Is there really such a thing as an "honest Jew" …. maybe, maybe not…

Posted July 30, 2014 by MariaS

because everything most of the Jewish people tell us is based on lies and deception.  Being the most capable people in manipulation (only the Saudis can better them, and that too only half the time) they are able to pull wool over our eyes every …

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The Children of Gaza and the Bestiality of Stephen Harper

Posted July 30, 2014 by Simon

It was an act of unspeakable barbarity. One that has been condemned by governments all over the world. 

The US and UN have condemned the shelling of a school housing displaced civilians in Gaza. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the attack, which killed 16, was “outrageous”.

“I condemn this attack in the strongest possible terms. It is outrageous. It is unjustifiable, and it demands accountability and justice. “Nothing is more shameful than attacking sleeping children.”


And defended only by those who carried it out, and by the monstrous beast Stephen Harper. 
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Brazil

Countries with a conscience are recalling their ambassadors from Israel ….

Posted July 30, 2014 by MariaS

and some are suspending all trade with the killers of infants and children. Bolivia and Venezuela, who had already cut their ties with Israel during the last massacre, also made their views known on this latest slaughter.

Brazil:
Brazil President Condemns Gaza ‘Massacre’  
Israel’s military offensive in Gaza has been condemned as a “massacre” by Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff, adding to international pressure for an end to the bloodshed.
She branded the Israeli campaign against rocket-firing Hamas militants in the coastal enclave, which has left more than a thousand Palestinians dead, as “disproportionate”, and backed the United Nations’ call for an immediate ceasefire.
Her comments echo those of the foreign ministry, which led an Israel spokesman to dismiss Brazil as a “diplomatic dwarf” ……


Chile:
Another South American nation takes measures to protest the continued Israeli assault on Gaza.
As the Israeli assault on Gaza mounts, the Chilean Government announced that it is recalling its Ambassador in Tel Aviv, Jorge Montero for consultation. 
In a release issued this afternoon, Santiago condemned “collective punishment against the Palestinian civilian population in Gaza”, as well as what it cited as well as a lack of respect for “fundamental rules of international humanitarian law”….


Ecuador:
The Ecuadoran Ambassador has been recalled from Israel, citing the ongoing Israeli assault on Gaza which began nearly two weeks ago, and has killed over 550 Palestinians.
South Africa considered a similar move last week, but stopped short after meeting of ejecting the Israeli ambassadors after meeting with Israeli officials.
On Friday, legislators in South Africa’s Parliament urged the President to cut diplomatic ties with Israel, making comparisons between Israel’s policies and those of the white South African government under apartheid.


Peru:
Peru has recalled its ambassador from Israel, and Israeli officials are none too pleased with the move. An official document was released to communicate that sentiment: “[The nation of] Israel expresses its disappointment at this decision by a friendly country, with whom we have shared more than a half century of good relations.”…..


El Salvador:
El Salvador becomes fifth Latin American country to recall Israel envoy.
El Salvador recalled its Israeli ambassador from Tel Aviv on Wednesday to protest the military operation in Gaza, making it the fifth Latin American country to do so….


Bolivia and Venezuela:
….On July 19, Venezuela’s socialist government condemned Israel, saying it had “initiated a higher phase of its policy of genocide and extermination with the ground invasion of Palestinian territory, killing innocent men, women, girls and boys”.


The statement said: “Venezuela also rejects the cynical campaigns trying to condemn both parties equally, when it is clear you cannot morally compare occupied and massacred Palestine with the occupying state, Israel, which also possesses military superiority …”
Bolivian President Evo Morales also condemned the Israeli invasion of Gaza, Press TV said on July 21, saying it was time to take action “to end the genocide that Israel is carrying out on Palestine”.
The anti-imperialist governments of Venezuela and Bolivia had already cut ties with Israel in response to its 2009 Operation Cast Lead attack on Gaza….

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Glenn Greenwald to speak in Ottawa at Oct 25 event sponsored by OpenMedia

Posted July 30, 2014 by Anonymous

Glenn Greenwald Speaks 2014, Ottawa

Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Glenn Greenwald is coming to Canada. He will speak about privacy, state surveillance, and its impact on Canadians at an event in downtown Ottawa sponsored by your OpenMedia.ca team…

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Canada

Harper continues to take hard line on Gaza

Posted July 30, 2014 by The Canadian Press

Prime minister calls Hamas a terrorist organization

The post Harper continues to take hard line on Gaza appeared first on Macleans.ca.

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Abortion

Morgentaler Clinic fundraises to stay open and raise awareness about reproductive rights

Posted July 30, 2014 by rabble staff

It is legal to have an abortion in Canada. So why is it so hard to access this service in New Brunswick?

Activists continue fight for better access to abortion in New Brunswick

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Feminism

Women 101: Resurgence in street harassment calls for definition of boundaries

Posted July 30, 2014 by Anonymous

They’re baaaack! Guys who hassle women on the street, who believe they have the right to tell any woman they see what to do, from “Smile, sweetheart!” to “Don’t eat that, you’re fat enough already!”
That kind of behaviour is so 40 years ago…

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General

Gaza Christians too become fodder for Israeli missiles from hell

Posted July 30, 2014 by MariaS

Oh ….  you thought Palestinians were all Hamas terrorists, eh? You thought everybody in Gaza were Muslims, eh?  Think again.  Just like how the powers-that-be controlling the USA and the world media, had kept the number of Christians dying in Syria at the hands of the “rebels” they armed and funded, so too they are now doing here with this genocide going on in Gaza. 


Are Christians collaborating with Israel? Perhaps. Are Christians fighting alongside Hamas? Perhaps. I just want people to know that Gaza’s population has a Christian population too, maybe small but it’s still there.  From a pic below,  it looks like Mother Theresa’s organization has its nuns trying to help the Christians in Gaza. The old woman in the pic is a relative of a Christian lady killed by Israeli bombardment.
The second pic shows the Holy Family Catholic church in Gaza City. 

Mohammed Omer writing at MiddleEastEye:
Solidarity between the Christian minority and Muslim majority is growing in Gaza as both suffer under the Israeli offensive, with churches sheltering all religions and
prayers being offered up on all sides



- Without prior warning, an Israeli missile hit the house of the Ayyad family last Saturday.
The Ayyads, who are Christian, were the first family among the tiny minority in Gaza to be targeted since
the offensive began three weeks ago.
The Ayyad’s home was severely damaged…..
…Jalila Ayyad was known among the people of Gaza as a woman that had nothing to do with any militia
groups. “We are a Christian minority and have no links to Hamas or Fatah – we keep to ourselves and
avoid problems,” says Fouad Ayyad, Jalila’s nephew.
Fouad is also the name of the bereaved husband of Jalila Ayyad. Standing in a white T-shirt stained with
the blood of his wife and son – who was also seriously injured in the attack – he watches on as the
nephew is interviewed……..


From News24:
 ….Dwindling Christian community

A relative, George Ayyad, agreed wholeheartedly. He dismissed the idea that Jalila’s death would force more of the already dwindling Christian population out of Gaza.
“If we leave, that’s exactly what the Israelis want. Anyway, where are we supposed to go? This is my homeland,” he said.


“We Christians have been in Gaza for more than 1 000 years, and we’re staying.”


Her nephew Fuad was not so sure.
“Things like this make me want to just get out of here,” he said.


Gaza’s Christians have dwindled in number to around 1 500, most of them Greek Orthodox, out of a predominantly Sunni Muslim population of 1.7 million in the densely packed enclave.
The Christian community in Gaza City, like its counterparts elsewhere in the Middle East, has been shrinking because of both conflict and unemployment.
The ancient Mediterranean seafront city once had a thriving Christian community, especially under British-mandated Palestine that ended in 1948 with the creation of the Jewish state.
Jalila’s coffin was carried into the small church cemetery, which was itself hit by an Israeli shell earlier in the week, and lowered into the ground……..

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UN school in Gaza bombed again by Israeli butchers, but wait… in less than 1-2-3 the partners-in-genocide will come out screaming that Hamas was hiding behind the kids ….

Posted July 30, 2014 by MariaS

because, dontcha know their beloved Israel can do no wrong.  Can’t believe these Israeli Jews are descendants of Jews who were treated the same way they are now treating Palestinians. Disgusting!
Very soon, one can expect to hear tall tales from …

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The Horror of Gaza and the Crimes of Stephen Harper

Posted July 29, 2014 by Simon

The situation in Gaza couldn’t be bleaker or more horribly symbolic.

The brutal Israeli assault continues.

The lights have gone out. 

Efforts to end the violence are going nowhere. 

And Stephen Harper’s Middle East policy couldn’t be less helpful or more criminal. 
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Fifty Shades of Grey

Posted July 29, 2014 by Faye Sonier

The trailer came out this week for the Fifty Shades of Grey movie.  It will of course be released on Valentine’s Day. (May romance never die.) I never read the books but I watched the trailer. It made me queasy. Both Matt Walsh and Jonathon Van Maren wrote good pieces about the Fifty Shades phenomenon. […]

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Go sign this petition. Right now. Really. Now.

Posted July 29, 2014 by Faye Sonier

If you support conscience rights for physicians, please sign this petition. Here’s an excerpt: Forcing physicians to disregard their conscience or moral and ethical beliefs in the provision of legally sanctioned non-emergency medical services has serious and far-reaching consequences that affect the integrity and practice of medicine. Cultivating a medical culture that encourages physicians to […]

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Environment

Canadian convoy delivers water, solidarity to Detroit

Posted July 29, 2014 by Making Waves

Detroit’s water crisis has drawn international attention in recent weeks putting a spotlight on the water cut-off program being pursued by the city. Organizations on the ground have been calling for an end to the cut-offs since March when the ci…

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General

We know about "Takiyyah" from the Arabic but how about "Hasbara" from the Hebrew?

Posted July 29, 2014 by MariaS

Both peoples know how to wring the maximum benefit from those tools.

Noam Sheizaf writing at +972Mag:
Hasbara: Why does the world fail to understand us? A short discussion of the Israeli term used to describe the ongoing, ever-growing, national propaganda effort.


I have used the word “Hasbara” pretty freely recently, and so do more and more people, without stopping to explain what it actually means. The use of this term has been widespread in Israeli Hebrew for many years now, usually with a positive meaning, though not always in a positive context – there is a never-ending debate on “the failure of Hasabra” – yet I often wonder how many people outside Israel actually know it, let alone understand what it stands for. So here are a few words on Hasbara.


Hasbara is a form of propaganda aimed at an international audience, primarily, but not exclusively, in western countries. It is meant to influence the conversation in a way that positively portrays Israeli political moves and policies, including actions undertaken by Israel in the past. Often, Hasbara efforts includes a negative portrayal of the Arabs and especially of Palestinians.


The Hebrew meaning of the word Hasbara (הסברה) is “explanation” (the term “propaganda” has a different word in Hebrew – תעמולה). I believe that the popular use of this term also reflects a widespread public notion that a better effort of explaining Israel’s actions to the world will generate better understandings of Israel’s policies, and more international support. A less common use of the verb “to explain” (להסביר), which has to do with welcoming someone, was used in the past by the Tourism Ministry in campaigns urging Israelis to show a hospitable approach to tourists.


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General

Explaining Gaza to my granddaughter

Posted July 29, 2014 by Anonymous

“Grandpa, why are they killing kids in Gaza?”
A deep breath to compose my thoughts.
“You said most people were good, but I think only bad people could drop bombs on little kids. There was a boy crying on TV. He lost his whole family.”
“Most peop…

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Stephen Harper and the Baby Killers

Posted July 28, 2014 by Simon

He is a man who lost his moral compass a long time ago, if he ever had one.

He is a liar, a bully, a cheat, a grubby little dictator.

But at least he won’t be able to pose as Mother Harper anymore. As he was doing just two months ago when he hosted this summit. 

Not when he’s ordered his stooges at Revenue Canada to go after organizations like Oxfam…

And of course, not when he is cheering on Benjamin Netanyahu and his ghastly baby killers. 
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Is Israel to blame for the rise of Hamas? Yup!

Posted July 28, 2014 by MariaS

Believe it!  Israel did with Hamas exactly what the USA did with al Qaeda. Strengthened them for their own devious purposes. And just like how al Qaeda turned on their paymasters, so did Hamas. Another case of  “chickens coming home to roost”  or as another saying goes “You reap what you sow.”  

Kevin Carson writing at C4SS:
Gaza: Israel’s Chickens Come Home to Roost. One fact that gets little attention in the debate over Israel’s attack on Gaza is Israel’s role in the rise of Hamas.


That’s right. Never mind that the rockets fired out of Gaza are amateurish things that could be crafted from hobby shop supplies, causing barely one percent as many casualties as Israeli reprisals. Never mind that the rockets — reprehensible as attacks on civilians are under any circumstances, regardless of Israel’s provocations — are fired by desperate people from inside Israel’s Warsaw-Ghetto-on-the-Mediterranean, out into the settler nation that drove them out of their homeland. Never mind that rocket firings have often occurred in response to unilateral Israeli violations of ceasefires.


Never mind all this. Hamas — which the Israeli state propaganda apparatus presents to the Israeli public and the world as an existential threat comparable to the Bugs in “Starship Troopers,” whipping the people of Israel into the kind of frenzy where they sit on hillsides cheering the bombing of hospitals — was actually created in part by the intelligence apparatus of the state that claims to be fighting a life-and-death war against it.


Anthony Cordesman, a strategic analyst of Middle Eastern security issues at Center for Strategic Studies, says Israel aided Hamas back in the ’70s as a counterweight to the PLO. An anonymous former CIA official concurs that Israel secretly supported Hamas as a religious challenger to a “strong, secular PLO.” The upsurge in popular support for Hamas in the ’80s — resulting in part from the triumph of the Islamic Revolution in Iran and in part from the PLO moving its headquarters to Beirut — caught the Israeli leadership off-guard.


Some allege that Israeli support for Hamas goes back even further, and that Shin Bet and the military occupation authorities supported the growth of the Muslim Brotherhood and foundation of Hamas in the ’60s. At the time Hamas was hostile to Palestinian nationalist organizations, and directed most of its violent energies against Fatah, PFLP and PLO forces in the Occupied Territories. (Sources: Richard Sale, “Analysis: Hamas history tied to Israel,” UPI, June 18, 2002; Robert Dreyfuss, “How Israel Backed Hamas,” Institute for Public Accuracy, July 22, 2014).


And unfortunately, some geniuses in the Israeli security state just preferred having a scary theocratic outfit like Hamas as the main face of the Palestinian enemy, rather than an organization calling for a secular Palestinian state where Arabs and Jews can live together in peace. Hamas makes a much better Goldstein in the Two-Minute Hate.


This is a disturbing pattern. Hamas was originally an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood in Gaza (which had been quietly supported by the US in the 1950s as a religious challenge to Nasserism and Baathism). Al Qaeda emerged from the US-sponsored Mujaheddin guerrillas fighting Soviet occupation in Afghanistan. ISIS originated in similar US aid to anti-Assad rebels in Syria. And then these movements, created with the help of black-budget aid and training by the CIA, Green Berets or Mossad, are in turn used to scare the domestic public into supporting criminal wars abroad with large-scale atrocities against civilian populations……

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Allan's Perspective

Nice, but not for you!

Posted July 28, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Yes kids, we are all going to hell in a hand-basket? Why a hand-basket, you ask? I have no idea, that’s just what everybody says! As you probably know by now, Comic-con was held this past weekend in San Diego, and this group of girls/women (?) showed up dressed like this! Aside from complaining that […]

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