Kent State Shootings–45 Years Ago

kentstateI guess for a lot of us, the shootings at Kent State were the first indication of our government’s willingness to murder American citizens in cold blood. The second indication came along less than two weeks later, when police opened fire at student protesters at Jackson State College in Jackson, Mississippi.

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Doves of Odessa

odessadovesThis photo is so powerful, I thought I would just post it by itself. It shows people in Odessa commemorating the massacre of one year ago by releasing white doves into the air.

Blessed are the peacemakers.

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Report: Stolen Antiquities Black Market Thrives in London

itistolaughPress TV has posted an excellent article by Jane Calvary on the trafficking in antiquities that have been stolen or illegally excavated in ISIS-controlled areas of Iraq and Syria. Many priceless artifacts are ending up for sale in London, she says, and British authorities seem to be turning a blind eye to it. Here is an excerpt. Follow the link below to access the full article.

The United Kingdom is the 2nd largest arts and antiquities market in the world, and it is estimated that over 60% of looted Syrian antiquities end up in London. That was also the case during the wars against Afghanistan and Iraq.

While almost all dealers of antiquities in London categorically deny any involvement in the trade and claim that they have no connection with smugglers and dealers at all, the relationship is undeniable. Suppliers (in this case ISIL) need vendors, and merchants (in this case British art dealers) need a constant flow of supplies!

Even the British police admit that many auction houses across the United Kingdom are actively involved in the illegitimate and prohibited trade. In many cases, the ancient artifacts are presented by the auction houses as items previously kept in private locations. Surprisingly (or maybe not) there are still chunks of mud and traces of sand stuck to the artifacts. This is a good sign that treasure diggers have recently excavated the artifacts.

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The Odessa Massacre One Year Later

odessaMay 2, 2014, is a date that will live in infamy, not for Americans maybe, but certainly for ethnic Russians in Ukraine. On this date, a mob of Ukrainian nationalists attacked anti-Maidan protesters, who took shelter in the city’s Trade Unions building. The building was set ablaze, and people began jumping out windows in an effort to escape the flames–in some cases only to be killed after landing on the ground. According to reports, including one below, the government in Kiev hasn’t made much progress investigating the massacre or in bringing the guilty parties to justice.

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The Day After Damascus Falls

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[ Ed.-In the article below, Robert Parry discusses why he feels the collapse of the Assad government in Syria, should it in fact occur, could spell doomsday for the U.S. republic. As usual in Parry’s narrative, the villains are the neocons and the mainstream media, and also, as per usual, he fails to point out that the ranks of both the neocons–and the media owners–are overwhelmingly comprised of Jews. But I guess that’s my job. Otherwise, though, it’s an informative piece and a fairly well-thought-out hypothesis.]

By Robert Parry

If Syrian President Bashar al-Assad meets the same fate as Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi or Iraq’s Saddam Hussein, much of Official Washington would rush out to some chic watering hole to celebrate – one more “bad guy” down, one more “regime change” notch on the belt. But the day after Damascus falls could mark the beginning of the end for the American Republic.

As Syria would descend into even bloodier chaos – with an Al-Qaeda affiliate or its more violent spin-off, the Islamic State, the only real powers left – the first instinct of American politicians and pundits would be to cast blame, most likely at President Barack Obama for not having intervened more aggressively earlier.

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Ex-UN Envoy Blames US Invasion of Iraq for Rise of ISIS

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Sputnik – The rise of the Islamic State (ISIL) jihadist group, operating across Middle East and North Africa, was caused by the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq, former UN envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi told RT and RIA Novosti.

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Israel’s Environmental Racism: Cancer-Causing Chemical Plants in Tulkarem

tulkaremThe ISM website has posted an article about a protest held today by locals in the West Bank city of Tulkarem. The protest was against the presence of 11 Israeli chemical plants that have been located there and that have been linked to spiking rates of cancer in the area.

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Hypocrisy Run Amuck: PEN Writers Organization to Honor Charlie Hebdo

Perhaps PEN, the a writer’s advocacy group, should bestow a prestigious award on the gentleman interviewed in the above video. He is Arthur Topham, a Canadian writer who is battling a criminal charge of spreading “hate propaganda” for his criticisms of Israel.

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Desperado Waiting for a Train

Currently in hiding, Vincent Reynouard is wanted in France for holocaust denial. Below are a couple of articles on his case. About all I can say is I’m glad I don’t live in France, although it is not impossible we may one day have a law on the books here in the US similar to the Gayssot Act. The level of repression the French government is capable of meeting out to violators of this act is rather staggering.

Is the Jewish lobby in France even more powerful than the one in America? Or did we just get lucky by having founding fathers with the foresight to write the First Amendment into the Constitution? Hard to say. Maybe it’s a little bit of both.

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The Disaster that Judaism Won’t Survive

Reposted from The Ugly Truth website…

Both internationally and in Israel itself the distinction between the state’s Jewish character and its democratic regime is growing more acute.

ed note–a fascinating read, for several reasons–

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