US-Backed Rebels in Syria Fire on Russian Helicopter

[This comes on top of the shooting down of a Russian military jet by Turkey. Click here for RT’s live coverage on that story, and here for additional coverage and commentary. Obama has weighed in on the issue here, urging calm but insisting that Turkey “has the right to defend its territory and its airspace.” Of course, there was no Russian attack on Turkey. It was vice versa. ]

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‘Stop that journalism shit’…Filmmaker Discusses Trials of Working in Occupied Palestine


A Flawed Model? Or the Only One That Now Works?

New Film Tells the Story of the Occupation Through the Eyes of Israeli Jews

What if you had filmed a documentary on life under Israeli occupation and then later, after the documentary was released, one of the Palestinians you had interviewed, and who had appeared in your film, was shot by Israeli soldiers, presumably in retaliation? How would it make you feel?

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ISIS, Paris Attacks, NATO, Syria–Sheikh Imran Hosein Says Nuclear War Probable in a Year or Less

The footage in the video above was taken from a lecture Hosein delivered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on October 24, 2015, the original video for which was uploaded two days later on October 26.  At the time Russia was slightly over three weeks into its air campaign in Syria. In the lecture, as you will see, Hosein predicted that NATO would “up the ante” and “escalate the conflict” in response to the Russian airstrikes. He was correct in this prognosis. On October 31 we saw the downing of the Russian commercial passenger jet over Egypt’s Sinai, followed by the terror attacks in Beirut and Paris on November 12 and 13 respectively.

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JFK, Life in the Sixties, and the Coming Fall of America


[Ed. note – This is an article I wrote a few years ago. A little bit dated, it is, but still pertinent–and the fall of America, if anything, seems more certain than ever. The termites are now not only in the woodwork, but as we head toward what’s looking increasingly like a coming war with Russia, and with leaders at our helm fond of adopting terrorist armies as house pets, it would seem that the floor, the dining room table and the kitchen shelves are already collapsing. Although a number of Americans, drunk and passed out on the couch, don’t seem to have noticed yet.

I sometimes wonder what it would be like to live in a country with leaders worthy of respect. I’ve kind of forgotten what it feels like because it’s been a long time since we had such a leader here in America. The last one was John F. Kennedy. Today, of course, is the 52nd anniversary of his assassination. ]

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Leading Academic Group Overwhelmingly Passes BDS Resolution


By an overwhelming vote of 1,040 in favor and 136 against (88 percent), the American Anthropological Association (AAA) overwhelmingly approved a historic resolution to boycott Israeli academic institutions to honor the call of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign (BDS). The association voted at its annual business conference in Denver, Colorado last night, becoming the largest scholarly institution in the United States to endorse the academic boycott of Israel.

The resolution (full text here) is subject to a final vote of the AAA’s 10,000 members in April. It is the largest professional organization for anthropologists.

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How to Avoid Getting Charged with ‘Hate Speech’ (satire)

[Ed. note – Perhaps one day the governments of France, Germany, and Canada will pass laws against “Baldecaust Denial.” ]

By Ariadna Theokopoulos

The trial of Arthur Topman has a lot of people worried, as well they should be. The laws in force in all European countries, including Rumsfeld’s “new Europe,” against “discrimination and incitement to hate” curtail the freedom of expression and stifle historical research. Prison terms have been imposed for years now in France on those who have taken issue, or even looked askance, at the official Holocaust narrative. More recently, criticism of Israel has been categorized as anti-semitism. But are these critics bona fide anti-semites?

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PBS News Hour Shows Russian Airstrike Video, Claims Attack Was by US Forces


PBS NewsHour, a daily US television news program shown on the US Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), used footage of Russian airstrikes against ISIL targets, claiming that they were US airstrikes, an Information Clearing House article revealed.

Earlier this week, the US government said it would intensify anti-ISIL airstrikes and bomb the terrorist organization’s oil infrastructure, which is ISIL’s primary source of income.

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The Chimera

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A bit earlier I put up a post about a young Russian woman giving a rather poetic response to an ISIS video threatening attacks on Russia. If you haven’t seen it, check it out, it’s immediately below this post.

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Russian Girl’s Response to ISIS Threats to Attack Russia

A Russian girl has posted her own response to an extremely graphic video purportedly produced by ISIS and threatening attacks on Russia.  While the original video included special effects and massive amounts of blood and violence, in this video we see  just the girl by herself, standing on a street, reciting her poetry. (Translation is below.)

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US Media: Islamic State’s Devoted Public Relations Team

By Robert Bridge

With every new manifestation of global terrorism, Western media outlets are dutifully serving as the mouthpiece for Islamic State, promoting its mad message and crazed claims without ever scrutinizing the group’s dubious origins.

Ever since Russia opened its bombing campaign against Islamic State forces in Syria all hell has broken loose on the planet. On Oct. 31, a Russian Airbus was brought down by an explosive device over the Sinai Peninsula, killing 224. On Nov. 12, a bomb exploded in Beirut, Lebanon killing dozens. On Friday the 13th Paris was hit by a string of terrorist attacks against public venues that left 129 dead and 352 wounded.

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