Four Dead Russian Diplomats in Three Months

By Adam Garrie

Vitaly Churkin was one of the wisest voices in international diplomacy.  His voice will no longer echo in the halls of the United Nations. Articulate, polite yet commanding, wise yet affable, he oversaw some of Russia’s and the world’s most important events in a position he occupied since 2006.

Churkin had to face a great deal of hostile criticism from both the Bush and Obama administrations during his time at the UN, but he always did so with grace. He never failed to explain the Russian position with the utmost clarity.

Standing next to some of his colleagues, he often looked like a titan in a room full of school children.

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13,000 People Hanged? Amnesty Report on Syria Offers Little Evidence

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In the presidential election of 2014, Syrians voted overwhelmingly in favor of President Bashar Assad

[ Ed. note – Amnesty International has released a report alleging that as many as 13,000 people were murdered by Syrian government authorities at a prison near Damascus since 2011. Among the charges are that large numbers of people were “hanged” in the middle of the night and that people also were “repeatedly tortured and systematically deprived of food, water, medicine and medical care.” Additionally we are told that bodies were “taken away by the truckload and buried in mass graves.”

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Eve of Destruction? A Sobering Look at How Dangerous the US-Russia Conflict Now Is

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[ Ed. note – Recently a small group of House members sent a letter to Obama asking him to adopt a clearly-stated policy of no first-use of nuclear weapons. It is perhaps a sign of the times, and of how oblivious to rational thinking our leaders have become, that out of 435 members of the House, only  22 signed onto the letter. (H/T Ariadna).

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Is the US Government About to make Vaccines Mandatory for Adults?

[ Ed. note – Are Americans facing a future in which they could be fined or even jailed for refusing to allow vaccines to be injected into their bodies? This is the subject of the video above as well as the article below. After availing yourself of the information here, you might want to consider filing a comment opposing the “Notice of Proposed Rule Making” put forward by the Centers for Disease Control back in August and whose ramifications are discussed at length below. Links to file your comments are included in the article. The deadline for filing is October 14. ]

Is the US Becoming a Police State to Force Mandatory Vaccinations?

By Barbara Loe Fisher

I remember the day in 2007, when I was standing in front of a Maryland country courthouse videotaping interviews with mothers and fathers lined up with children, who had been thrown out of school for failing to show proof they had gotten chickenpox and hepatitis B shots. [12]

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Israeli Escalation in Gaza Seeks to ‘Change Equation’–but at what cost?

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By Ben White

Late on Sunday night, the Israeli Air Force launched dozens of airstrikes against targets in the Gaza Strip – as many as 50, according to an official source – after a single rocket had struck Sderot earlier in the day, causing no damage or injuries.

The airstrikes, which primarily struck sites used by Hamas’s al-Qassam Brigades (AQB), constituted, in the words of one analyst, a “deliberate escalation” by Israeli authorities.

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War By November? Hopefully Not, But A Few Recent Developments are Worth Noting

Six days ago I put up a post concerning comments by US military officer Scott Bennett in an interview with Press TV. Bennett told the Press TV interviewer that the Obama administration may try to trigger a confrontation with Russia in Ukraine in order to boost Hillary Clinton’s election chances in November.

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