Israel Seizes Gaza Aid Ship

You can go here to see RT’s coverage of the seizure of the Marianne, the Swedish aid ship, and here to read an account posted on the Freedom Flotilla’s website. There is also a blog commentary here in which the writer likens the Israelis to Somali pirates–probably justifiably. By all accounts the Marianne was surrounded by Israeli ships at a point 100 nautical miles from its destination in Gaza–which presumably would mean the seizure of the vessel occurred in international waters…which presumably would make it an act of piracy.

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Greece to Close Banks, Impose Capital Controls

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Faced with an increase in demand but no extra funding from the European Central Bank, the Greek government ordered banks closed. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said in televised address Sunday that as a result of a denial by Greece’s creditors for a short extension of the bailout program, the government has been forced to introduce capital controls and keep its banks closed on Monday.

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Gaza Flotilla Crew ‘Chased and Hounded’ in Greece (Where’s Syriza?)

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I guess Syriza, the ‘ruling party’ in Greece, is too preoccupied right now clawing their way through the maze of negotiations with their EU overlords to worry much about the Gaza flotilla. But even so, you’d think the relevant government officials would appropriate at least a few drachmas to provide some police security for ships and crew members docked there, solidarity with the oppressed being what it is, after all.

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US to Begin Invasion of Syria

[Ed. note: this is a good article, as far as it goes, informing us of a new Brookings Institution policy paper that envisions what would in essence amount to a US ground invasion of Syria. But the author frames the conflict in Syria in terms of “modern imperialism” as the force to be reckoned with, while wholly omitting any mention of Jews, Israel, or Zionism. A little background information on the Brookings Institution, and the fact that one of its key subsidiary think tanks is the Saban Center for Middle East Policy, would certainly have been relevant as well–for instance that the Saban Center was founded in 2002 with a $13 million grant from ardent Zionist Haim Saban, an Israeli/American dual citizen.

Nonetheless, if you can overlook these shortcomings the article is worth reading, reporting that the Brookings document “openly admits”  that the US has provided billions to arm and train so-called moderate rebels in Syria, but that despite all this American support, ISIS and Al-Nusra still dominate the “opposition.” If looked at from the perspective of the Obama administration, it’s a rather damaging admission, and suggests, as the author points out, that the West has in reality been backing ISIS all along.]

US policymakers sign and date paper calling for the division, destruction, and U.S. occupation of Syria

By Tony Cartalucci

June 26, 2015 (Tony Cartalucci – NEO) – Unbeknownst to the general public, their elected politicians do not create the policy that binds their national destiny domestically or within the arena of geopolitics. Instead, corporate-financier funded think tanks do – teams of unelected policymakers which transcend elections, and which produce papers that then become the foundation of legislation rubber stamped by “legislators,” as well as the enumerated talking points repeated ad naseum by the corporate-media.

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Israel’s Dangerous Game with Syria’s Islamists

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By Richard Silverstein

Recently, Israeli TV aired an interview (Hebrew, at the 2:00 mark) with a wounded Syrian fighter who was treated in Israel after being evacuated from the combat zone.  As I, and many other journalists have reported, Israel, despite the false claim of neutrality in the civil war, has frequently intervened in the conflict on behalf of forces opposed to Bashar al-Assad.  It does this less because it opposes Assad himself, than because its arch-enemies, Iran and Hezbollah, are the regime’s strongest allies.

In the [Occupied] Golan, Israel has cultivated an alliance with Islamist forces it falsely claims to detest: the al-Nusra Front.  It has built a camp to house fighters and their families on Israeli-held territory.  It conducts regular meetings with Islamist commanders and provides military and other critical supplies to them.  All of this is documented in written UN reports and images captured by journalists and activists on the armistice line (between Syria and Israel).

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The Flower of Elegance…and the Angel in the Desert

The Pentagon Goes Nuclear on Russia

‘…Nuclear madness is now at five seconds to midnight.’

By Pepe Escobar

We all remember how, in early June, President Putin announced that Russia would deploy more than 40 new ICBMs “able to overcome even the most technically advanced anti-missile defense systems.”

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Armenia Apparently Now Target of New US Regime Change Endeavor

This policy of trying to bring about regime change in one country after another is a very dangerous one that US State Department officials are pursuing. I have a feeling that at some point the practice will blow up in their-and possibly also our–faces.

Victoria Nuland Arriving in Armenia Today

2/18/2015

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland will visit Armenia on Wednesday.

Nuland traveled to Baku on Monday and to Tbilisi on Tuesday.

In Yerevan, she will meet with senior government officials, civil society groups, and youth representatives to discuss strengthening political, economic, and people-to-people ties with Armenia and advancing a just and lasting settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the U.S. Department of State reports.

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The West’s Hand Behind ISIS Confirmed

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By Brandon Martinez

For years now judicious analysts have been saying that ISIS, which now calls itself the Islamic State, is a synthetic witches’ brew of malcontents organized, armed and trained by the West and its regional appendages in the Arab Gulf countries.

Despite an overwhelming sand storm of disinformation emanating from the mainstream media that laughably portrayed the militant group and its creepy offshoots as wholly organic, critical thinkers have insisted that ISIS is a controlled outfit of covert mercenaries that were manufactured by Western powers and first wielded like a samurai sword against the Gaddafi regime in Libya.

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(h/t The Ugly Truth)

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Hypocrisy Reigns Supreme in the West

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By Wayne Madsen

The European Union has hypocritically extended sanctions on Russia and the Russian autonomous Republic of Crimea in support of the politically- and economically-failed state of Ukraine. At the same time, the EU has threatened the sovereignty of Greece for failing to adhere to confiscatory and usurious financial policies set by the banking gnomes of Frankfurt and London, the same bankers that are propping up a corrupt government in Kiev. Nothing spells hypocrisy more than what is taking place in Europe at the direction of the «Eurocrats» of Brussels, their military centurions in NATO, and their overall puppet masters in Washington.

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Jewish Inquisition in Argentina

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Adrian Salbuchi…in the cross hairs of Jewish organizations in Argentina

By Ariadna Theokopoulos

The Jewish Inquisition, operating in Argentina through its major Jewish organizations, DAIA and AMIA, has been keeping Adrian Salbuchi in its crosshairs for some time now.

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