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How the CIA spies on your everyday life, according to WikiLeaks

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How the CIA spies on your everyday life, according to WikiLeaks

WikiLeaks’ latest release from the Vault 7 series of CIA leaks, sheds more light on how ordinary people can be easily tracked and targeted by the US intelligence agency through everyday electronic devices.

Since March 7, WikiLeaks has revealed CIA hacking techniques used to weaponize mobile phones, conduct surveillance via smart TVs, and load and execute malware on a ‘target machine’.

READ MORE: Dumbo: WikiLeaks reveals CIA system to take over webcams, microphones

In light of Thursday’s 20th release from Vault 7, RT looks back at the most explosive revelations from the CIA’s hacking arsenal, showing how the intelligence agency could spy on you in your own home.

Home Security Systems

The ‘Dumbo’ program is purportedly designed to manipulate home security systems, altering the functionality of webcams and microphones on Microsoft Windows-operating systems and corrupting video recordings.

WikiLeaks suggested that this allows the operator to create fake – or destroy real – evidence of their intrusion into the device.

 

@wikileaks reveals CIA system to take over webcams, microphones  https://on.rt.com/8jez 

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Dumbo: WikiLeaks reveals CIA system to take over webcams, microphones — RT Viral

Details of the CIA’s Dumbo project, a system that manipulates devices such as webcams and microphones on Microsoft Windows-operating systems, have been published by WikiLeaks. The program also…

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Smart TVs

Many of the exploits revealed through the leaked Vault 7 documents appear designed to target ordinary individuals through commonly used devices.

READ MORE: WikiLeaks publishes #Vault7: ‘Entire hacking capacity of the CIA’

The CIA allegedly has access to a range of tools that even target Samsung TVs under its ‘Weeping Angel’ program. The project involves infiltrating the smart TVs to transform them into covert microphones, which can record and store audio.

Android devices

Google’s Android operating system was found to have 24 ‘zero days’ – the codename used by the CIA for tools to identify and exploit vulnerabilities and secretly collect data on individuals.

The OS is used in 85 percent of the world’s smart phones, including Samsung and Sony.

By exploiting gaps in the OS, it’s possible to access data from social messaging platforms, including WhatsApp, Weibo, Telegram and Signal before encryption is applied.

 

 : WhatsApp, Signal, Telegram, Wiebo also hacked before encryption applied http://on.rt.com/84zw 

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WikiLeaks publishes #Vault7: ‘Entire hacking capacity of the CIA’ — RT News

WikiLeaks has published what it claims is the largest ever batch of confidential documents on the CIA, revealing the breadth of the agency’s ability to hack smartphones and popular social media…

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Another program appears specifically designed to target mobile devices running Android 4.0 to 4.3, allowing a third party to intercept and redirect SMS messages.

 

 WikiLeaks release ‘HighRise’, SMS redirector appears as app on phone named ‘TideCheck’

READ MORE: CIA can intercept & redirect SMS on Android, according to ‘Highrise’ document

Apple products

Apple products are not immune to the CIA’s hacking tools either. In fact, Vault 7 revealed a specific division dedicated to the hacking of Apple devices .

A tool known as ‘NightSkies’ specifically targets Apple products including the iPhone and Macbook Air. It purportedly even allows the CIA to infiltrate factory-fresh iPhones and track and control them remotely, providing “full remote command and control.”

WiFi

WiFi can be easily exploited by the agency for spying, according to a number of leaks. One program called Cherry Blossom allegedly targets WiFi devices to monitor, control and manipulate the Internet traffic of connected users.

No physical access is needed to implant the firmware on a wireless device, as some devices allow their firmware to be upgraded over a wireless link.

Another malware called Elsa tracks WiFi-enabled devices running Microsoft Windows, allowing the CIA to gather location data on a target’s device and monitor their patterns and habits.

The malware allows the CIA to track the geo-location of wifi-enabled devices even when they are not connected to the internet.

READ MORE: #Vault7: CIA’s secret cyberweapon can infiltrate world’s most secure networks

Microsoft

Most of the malware referenced throughout the leaks is designed for use on the widely popular Microsoft Windows operating systems.

Many of these programs focus on uploading the malware via removable devices such as USB drives. Some, such as the ‘brutal kangaroo’ project, are designed to hide themselves from detection, and can even infect devices that have never been connected to the internet by air gap jumping.

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Fake News Experiments in Germany: How Social Media Users React to Lies

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Sputnik: German sociologists conducted a social experiment by launching a nationalistically oriented site called Volksbeobachter. They created several fake profiles in Facebook and started spreading fake news in order to find out how social network users would react to the messages.

The main goal of the experiment was to demonstrate the capability of fake news to influence public sentiment.The social experiment involved publishing xenophobic posts like “Free sex for asylum-seekers is paid by the district administration!” or “A refugee has stolen a job from a German” and waiting for the response.

As a result of the test, the experts found out that their content remained unchecked and has been reposted by other Facebook users on their timelines. Thus, the sociologists came to the conclusion that fake news is reposted by a surprisingly large number of people because it coincides with their understanding of the world.

In an interview with Sputnik Germany, Malte Elson, a media expert from Ruhr University in Bochum, commented on the recent experiment. He noted that a public discussion about fake news is important, but the real benefit of the above-mentioned study raises doubts.

Elson believes that the experiment only confirmed what has long been known: that fake news exists and spreads quickly.

According to him, however, the method of conducting the experiment is questionable from an ethical point of view.

“People who distributed this news did not know that it was all about fake news. And the question is whether the harm caused by this research eventually exceeds the benefit that it has brought. Because this fake news deliberately reinforced prejudices against refugees, the government and other institutions. One might wonder whether the researcher wanted to reinforce these prejudices by spreading false information,” Elson argued.

At the same time, Elson believes that a similar experiment in any other (not a right-wing) sector of the public spectrum would demonstrate the same results.

“Fake news is not a phenomenon characterizing the right-wing sector: we just look for confirmation of things in which we are already convinced. I can imagine that one could, for example, create a website about a harmful impact of vaccinations — and certainly there would be many people interested in this issue. I am convinced that with good preparations such an experiment could be conducted in all public segments,” the analyst concluded.

The fake news debate has recently resulted in a number of initiatives to fight against so-called misleading information and false statements. The campaign has been launched by such Internet giants, as Facebook and Google.

In particular, Facebook in Germany has launched a trial run of a fake news filtering system for domestic users of the site, allowing individuals to fact-check and report stories they suspect to be untrue.Suspicious stories are dispatched to a ‘Correctiv’ fact-checking team and if the team determines the story to be fake, it is marked as false and users seeing it in their feeds are warned about its doubtful authenticity. However, the efficiency of this method — given the results of the study mentioned above — remains highly questionable.

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Who is Behind Afghanistan’s Blame Game against Pakistan?

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Senator’s McCain and Graham in South Waziristan, Pakistan

     By Sajjad Shaukat for Veterans Today

Terrorist outfits such as the Islamic State group (Also known as Daesh, ISIS, ISIL) and its affiliated militant groups which are being backed by American CIA and Israeli Mossad arranged several acts of terrorism in the Middle East, especially Syria. ISIS through its linked militant groups has, also, been conducted acts of sabotage in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

When any terror attack occurs in Afghanistan, Afghan government revives old blame game against Pakistan.

On May 31, this year, a massive truck bombing of the Afghan capital’s diplomatic section killed more than 150 people and injured hundreds of others, including foreigners. It was the deadliest terror attack in the 16-year-old conflict.

Taliban denied responsibility for the terror attack. But, Afghanistan’s intelligence service accused the Haqqani network by saying that a Taliban-affiliated group in Pakistan, carried out the attack. Addressing the conference-the “Kabul Process on Peace and Security Cooperation”, held in Kabul on June 6, 2017, which was attended by representatives from 26 countries and international organizations,Afghan President Ashraf Ghani criticized Pakistan for a lack of cooperation in promoting Afghan peace and alleged that Taliban insurgents are using sanctuaries on Pakistani soil to wage the insurgency in Afghanistan.

In the same speech, President Ghani offered peace talks to the Afghan Taliban by reiterating his preconditions such as recognition of the Afghan constitution, continuity of the reforms of educating and advancing the rights of women, and renunciation of violence and linkages with terrorist groups.

A Taliban spokesman rejected Ghani’s offer of a peace dialogue by stating that it is another attempt to endorse and to prolong foreign occupation of Afghanistan.

However, during the same conference, a powerful bomb went off at a main mosque in the western city of Herat, killing at least 10 people. Again, Taliban spokesman denied its involvement in connection with the explosion.

On the other side, Pakistan’s special Corps Commander Conference took the stern notice of Afghanistan’s allegations and threats and vowed to defend the country with full forces.

According to the press release of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), issued on June 6, 2017, the “Special Corps Commanders Conference presided over by Chief of the Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa called for Afghanistan to introspect and not allege Pakistan of sponsoring terrorism…the conference reviewed the security situation…Strongly condemning the Kabul blast…meeting has expressed complete solidarity with Afghan government…instead of blaming Pakistan, Afghanistan needs to look forward and identify the real issues…Armed forces will defend the country from each challenge and will continue work to establish peace in the region.”

ISPR statement further reported that the meeting reaffirming continued support to regional peace and stability, the forum reiterated military’s resolve to defend the motherland against all types of threat.

Nevertheless, we need to know that who is behind Afghanistan’s blame game against Pakistan and why the same continues unabated in wake of terrorism-related assaults in Pakistan.

It mentionable that the armed forces of Pakistan have successfully broken the backbone of the foreign-backed terrorists by the successful military operations Zarb-e-Azb and Radd-ul-Fasaad which have also been extended to other parts of the country, including Balochistan. And Pakistan’s primarily intelligence agency, ISI has broken the network of these terrorist groups by capturing several militants, while thwarting a number of terror attempts.

Besides, since the government of the Balochistan province announced general pardon and protection to the Baloch militants as part of reconciliation process, many insurgents and their leaders have surrendered their arms and decided to work for the development of Pakistan and peace has been restored in Balochistan.

Peace has also been restored in Karachi and other provinces of Pakistan, including the tribal areas. But, recent blasts in Balochistan and other regions of the country show that the US-led India, Afghanistan and Israel have again started acts of sabotage to destabilize Pakistan and to damage the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)

In this regard, as part of the latest wave of terrorism, at least 35 people, including nine police men were killed and several others injured in a suicide blast near Arfa Tower on Ferozpur Road in Lahore on July 24, 2017.

On the same day, ISPR statement said that Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa raised concerns with the visiting Commander Resolute Support Mission (RSM) and US Forces in Afghanistan, General John W. Nicholson, over “the blame game perpetrated by some quarters in Afghanistan and United States to undermine Pakistan’s contribution to the war on terror.

The army chief elaborated, “This theme is being played at a time when policy review is being undertaken in USA…despite provocations, Pakistan will continue to act positively as we consider defeat of terrorism as national interest.”

The ISPR statement further pointed out that Nicholson reiterated his appreciation of Pakistan Army’s professionalism and admiration for resilience of the people. Both agreed on need for continuous engagement and coordination for peace and stability in the region.

Notably, a visiting United States (US) Congressional delegation led by Senator John McCain was taken on a tour of South Waziristan by Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa on July 3, this year.

During their visit to South Waziristan, the delegation was briefed on recent measures taken for the improvement of the fencing of the Pak-Afghan border and enhanced surveillance.

Speaking at the event, Senator McCain stressed the importance of continued cooperation between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Senator Graham expressed his satisfaction with the progress against the fight against terrorism by stating, “I cannot stress how impressed I am with what’s happened in the last two years. It speaks well of the Pakistani Army and the people in this region”. Senator Whitehouse also lauded the military’s efforts in curbing terrorism.

As a matter of fact, the US and India do not want to see peace and prosperity in the region. Sadly, Pakistan’s dominant role in Afghanistan’s peace process under the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) has, deliberately, been sabotaged by killing of the Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansur in CIA-operated drone attack in Balochistan. After the incident, Afghan Taliban leaders refused to participate in the US-sponsored talks with the Afghan government. While, in the recent past, with the help of Pakistan, a series of meetings were held in Islamabad and Kabul among the representatives of Pakistan, Afghanistan, China and the US to develop an understanding for the earliest possible resumption of stalled talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban with view to ending nearly 15 years of bloodshed in Afghanistan.

Owing to America’s double game, trust deficit deepened between Islamabad and Washington. Therefore, on June 10, 2016, a high-level delegation of the US visited Islamabad and met the Pakistan’s former Chief of the Army Staff Gen. Raheel Sharif and Adviser to the former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz separately.

During the meeting, expressing his serious concern on the US drone strike in Balochistan as a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty, Pakistan’s former Army Chief Gen. Raheel Sharif highlighted as to how it had impacted the mutual trust and was counterproductive in consolidating the gains of Operation Zarb-i-Azb against terrorists. He explained, “All stakeholders need to understand Pakistan’s challenges-inter-tribal linkages and decades—old presence of over three million refugees—blaming Pakistan for instability in Afghanistan is unfortunate”.

US ambivalent policy about Islamabad could also be judged from some other development. In this respect, another delegation of US Senators including Senator Lindsey Graham led by Senator John McCain, Chairman of US Senate Arms Services committee visited Islamabad and North Waziristan Agency (NWA) on July 3, 2016. The US Senators visited areas cleared of terrorists during Operation Zarb-e-Azb. American delegation appreciated the Pakistan Army’s accomplishment of cleansing the entire area of NWA right up to the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, after witnessing the terrorists’ hideouts and communication infrastructure dismantled by the Pakistan Army.

Outwardly, American top officials have been appreciating the capabilities of Pakistan’s security agencies against terrorism, but inwardly, they are not pleased in relation to the successes, achieved by the armed forces of Pakistan against the militants, because America is acting upon a dual strategy in relation to Islamabad—also due to the reason that Pakistan in the only nuclear country in the Islamic World, which irritates America and its allies-India and Israeli.

In this context, in the recent past, new wave of terrorism in Pakistan killed several innocent people, while various terrorist outfits, especially the ISIS, and the affiliated faction of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Jamaat-ur-Ahrar (TTP-JA also known as JuA) claimed responsibility for these brutal acts. TTP based in Afghanistan has its connections with ISIL and other terrorist organizations and affiliated terror groups, including Baloch separatist elements, and all these outfits are promoting the anti-Pakistan agenda of the foreign entities against Pakistan. As part of the double game, American CIA, Indian RAW, Israeli Mossad and Afghan intelligence agency, National Directorate of Security (NDS) which are in collaboration, are using these terror outfits in destabilizing Pakistan and particularly Balochistan, including Afghanistan through various acts of terrorism in order to fulfill the covert strategic aims of the US-led India and Israel against Pakistan, China, Russia and Iran.

These external secret agencies are particularly supporting the TTP which is hiding in Nuristan and Kunar provinces of Afghanistan. Reportedly, Mullah Fazlullah led TTP is behind several terror activities inside Pakistan, as the latter has also become center of the Great Game due to the ideal location of Balochistan. With the tactical assistance of CIA, particularly, Indian RAW is trying todamage Pak-China CPEC project.

While, India, the US and puppet rulers of Afghanistan have always blamed Islamabad for cross-border terrorism in Afghanistan to divert attention from the acts of sabotage, which they have been arranging in Pakistan. Main purpose behind is also to pacify their public, as the US-led countries have failed in their fight against the Taliban who are waging a war of liberation against the occupying forces.

As regards the terrorism-related incidents inside Afghanistan, India, Israel and the Afghan government want to prolong the stay of the US-led NATO forces in that country and are using the militant outfits to create further unrest there, while shifting the blame game towards Islamabad.

In this regard, suicide bombers attacked a Shiite mosque in the western Afghan city of Herat on August 1, this year killing at least 20 people. The Taliban denied that they were behind the attack, while the ISIS group took the responsibility. While the majority-Sunni country has been relatively free of sectarian violence, the ISIS terrorists have repeatedly targeted gatherings of Shiites, so that sectarian riots could be erupted in the war-ravaged country.

ISIS on July 31, 2017 claimed responsibility for an attack on the Iraqi Embassy in Kabul, which began with a suicide bomber blowing him up at the main gate, allowing gunmen to enter the building and battle security forces. Similarly, a car suicide bomb exploded in western Kabul July 24, 2017, killing at least 27 people. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack.

Besides various terror assaults, on January 10, 2017, an explosion took place in Governor House Kandhar (Afghanistan) where diplomats of United Arab Emirates (UAE) were also present along with the Governor, Deputy Governor, Inspector General of Police (IGP) and other dignities. The blast killed 12 people—five UAE diplomats and injured 18 persons, including Governor of Kandhar and UAE Ambassador to Afghanistan. IGP Abdul Razziq went outside the hall few minutes before the blast. IGP Razziq put blame on Pakistan’s Haqqani network and its primary intelligence agency, ISI on the very next day. The matter was investigated by two committees, consisting of NDS and Afghan government and UAE, including Scotland Yard. IGP Razziq did not cooperate with the investigation teams, even though he was responsible for the security of Governor House.

It is mentionable that the US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told Congress on July 13, 2017 that the United States “is not winning the war against Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan”, promising to brief lawmakers on “a new war strategy to call for thousands more U.S. troops.” Now, American President Donald Trump has decided to dispatch more troops in Afghanistan.

According to data released by the US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, “The Afghan government was assessed by the US military to control or influence just 59.7 percent of Afghanistan’s 407 districts as of Feb. 20, a nearly 11 percentage-point decrease from the same time in 2016.”

In fact, Taliban who are fighting against the US-led NATO countries for the liberation of their country are targeting their installations and military personnel. In this connection, two US soldiers of NATO were killed and six others were wounded when a suicide bomber attacked their patrol on August 3, 2017 in eastern Afghanistan, marking the second incident in just as many days when insurgent attacks have killed Western troops. But, in order to divert attention of their public from NATO’s defeatism in Afghanistan and the prolonged war of the 16 years, some of these countries shift the blame game towards Pakistan and Russia.

In this respect, at a news conference in Kabul, on April 24, 2017, the US Defense Secretary James Mattis and Gen. John Nicholson, the American commander in Afghanistan supposedly stated that Russia was providing weapons to the Taliban. But, Moscow denied these false allegations.

Especially, the US is behind Afghanistan’s blame game against Pakistan in relation to terrorism.

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Syrian War Report – August 4, 2017: Army, SDF Boost Cooperation, Set Up Joint Operations Room

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…from SouthFront

Modern 9K333 Verba man-portable air-defense systems (MANPADs) have been spotted at positions of the Russian military servicemen in the Eastern Ghouta region near Damascus. The MANPADs were reportedly deployed to protect checkpoints and observation posts established by the Russians from DIY combat drones as well as other threats from the air.

ISIS has reportedly started forceful conscription campaign for males from 20-yo to 30-yo in Deir Ezzor. The goal is to get enough manpower to fight the Syrian Arab Army and its allies in central Syria. The decision is another sign that ISIS faces significant problems in northeastern Palmyra and southern Raqqah and its defense may fall if the terrorist group does not get additional resources.

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have reportedly established a joint operations room in order to coordinate efforts against ISIS in Deir Ezzor and Raqqa provinces as well as to improve the security situation in Aleppo province.

According to the Lebanese newspaper, Al-Akhbar, the operations room has already been established and this will be officially announced by the two parties soon. The so-called “Turkish threat” in northern Syria was the main reason behind the decision to boost the coordination between the two parties.

Turkey is allegedly ready to launch a large-scale military operation against Kurdish militias in the Afrin area. These Kurdish militias are a core of the SDF and now they seek to boost cooperation with the “Assad regime”. Another reason is tensions between the SDF and other US-backed groups of the Free Syrian Army.

Pro-government sources claimed that a joint operations room that include the SAA and the Manbij Military Council [Arab SDF faction] is currently being prepared in Al-Aryima area near Manbij. Thus, according various sources at least two operations room have been set up in different parts of northern Syria.

If reports are officially confirmed, it would be an important step in boosting cooperation between the two sides. Since the end of the battle of Aleppo, the SDF has decreased a level of the cooperation with the Syrian government and the SAA and directly followed the US approach aimed at indirectly undermining the government efforts against ISIS. However, these tensions have never reached the level when they cannot be solved via diplomatic means and some level of cooperation has been always existed.

In Raqqah city, the SDF has been clearing the remaining ISIS-held area in the southern part of the city. 26 ISIS members were reportedly killed in Hisham Bin Abdul Malik district. 9 other terrorists were killed and 2 VBIEDs were destroyed in Al-Rawdah district. ISIS claimed that 11 SDF fighters were killed the Al-Atiq Mosque in central Raqqah.

The SDF, supported by the US-led coalition’s airpower, artillery and special operations forces, have a upper hand in the battle for Raqqah. However, the ISIS strong has a strong defense inside the city.

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Is Morocco Being Groomed For Another Arab Spring?

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…from SouthFront

In nearly every case of a forcible, West-led, regime change in the Middle East or Ukraine, the process began with low level public protests against a real or imagined abuse of power by security forces. Morocco’s current situation appears to follow the same scenario. The killing of Mouhcine Fikri, a fisherman who was crushed by a truck while attempting to retrieve fish that was confiscated by the police in October 2016, had sparked several waves of unrest and civil disobedience initially in the city of Al-Khoseima which later spread to other parts of the Rif region.

These protests quickly produced an informal leader, Nasser Zefzafi, a 39-year-old unemployed man with considerable rhetorical skill and a populist touch. Zefzafi’s demands quickly escalated beyond the initial case of Fikri’s death and included Morocco’s corruption, repressions, absence of investments and subsidies to the Rif region, onerous security forces’ presence, even Morocco’s foreign aid to African countries and the King Mohammed VI’s claim of supreme spiritual authority.

Zefzafi, moreover, demanded to enter into negotiations with the king himself rather than his representatives, a demand that was bound to be rejected due to its unprecedented nature. Interestingly, Zefzafi accused the king of having entered a scheme with Gulf Arab states in order to settle Arabs in Morocco, thus displacing the native Berbers.

Morocco’s government responded by dispatching a delegation with promised 1 billion euro over the course of five years and by accusing the protesters of separatism and, on May 29, arresting Zefzafi and other protest leaders who now stand accused of promoting separatism, encouraging rebellion, obtaining financial support from foreign powers, attempting a forcible regime change, which under Morocco’s criminal code may be punished by death.Ultimately 32 of the key activists were sentenced to 18 months of prison, while others received 2 or 3 month sentences.

Alas, far from tamping down on the unrest, the trial proved a rallying point for a variety of forces which hope to capitalize on the protests and turn them to political advantage. About 600 attorneys representing the vast majority of legal offices in the country expressed willingness to challenge the ruling. In Rabat there was held a solidarity protest with up to 40 thousand participants which included such organizations as the February 11 Movement which appeared during the original Arab Spring, the Istiqlal Party which is now much diminished in spite of having won the country independence in the 1950s, and the Al Adl Wa Al Ihssane (Justice and Spirituality), a semi-legal Islamist association, which is tolerated by the Moroccan authorities. It also took part in protests of the Arab Spring with the slogan of introducing Sharia law in Morocco which refuses to participate in the legitimate political process and has a strong presence in Rif. Mohammed VI, clearly not wishing to see the situation escalate into bloodshed, recognized the right to protest and indicated the need to investigate why the 650 million euro development plan for Rif was not implemented.

Indeed, the economic situation in the Rif region is the reason why so many segments of society jumped on the bandwagon of protest, which is a recurring phenomenon in this part of Morocco. The most important form of economic activity is the…cultivation of cannabis and smuggling of Latin American narcotics from West Africa. Even though this is fairly lucrative trade, little of it trickles down to ordinary citizens, with government officials being accused of skimming off the profits. The poverty also prompted many of the region’s young men to join various terrorist factions in Iraq and Syria, and with the fighting in these two countries slowly coming to a close, these men now pose a threat to the long-term stability of Morocco.

Morocco is fortunate in that, unlike in the other cases of regime change, the wave of protests did not coincide with an effort by the US or other Western powers to overthrow its government. Washington appears pleased with the monarchy and is not calling on Mohammed VI to step down. Morocco’s main strategic rival is Algeria which seeks to wrest away Western Sahara, but is in no position to mount major actions of any kind. The unrest in Morocco did coincide with the Saudi-Qatari confrontation and, considering that various Moroccan factions have ties to either Saudi Arabia or Qatar, the future of this country’s politics will be influenced by the outcome of the Gulf power struggle. Mohammed VI is fairly close to the House of Saud and the UAE which are major investors in Morocco (investments in 2016 France – 22%, UAE – 15,2%, SA – 11,2 %, USA – 9,6%, Qatar – 7,8%). According to some experts, in this situation, protests could be initiated by Qatar through several religious movements which are under its control.

One of the weakest aspects of royal power is the religious sector. The king has complicated relations with Islamic movements within the country. After the terrorist attack in Casablanca in 2003, Mohammed VI began actively strengthen personal power in religious institutions trying to achieve firm control over the religious sector. During his reign, new Islamic governance bodies were established, and many Islamic research centers were opened. Currently Mohamed 6, being a direct descendant of the Prophet Mohamed, is viewed as the highest religious authority in the country and the commander of the faithful (amir al-muminin). He positions himself as a defender of traditional moderate ‘maliki’ Islam. The Mohammed VI Institute for the Training of Imams, Morchidine and Morchidate, which was established in 2015, annually trains hundreds of imams from Nigeria, Chad, Guinea, Côte d’Ivoire, Tunisia and France. Morocco, along with Egypt and Saudi Arabia, is one of the world leaders in the field of Islamic education. This allows the country to influence foreign states. However, the king was not able to substitute fully for his control of the religious sector.

According to some experts, a significant part of Muslims within the country are affected by the Muslim Brotherhood and Qatar. Qatar’s possible link to Morocco’s politics is the Party of Justice and Development (PJD) which has been pressing the king to relinquish part of its powers by allowing a new constitution. The PJD leader Abdelilah Benkiran for several years (November 2011- april 2017) was the prime minister of Morocco. The current prime minister Saadeddine Othmani is the incumbent PJD Secretary-General. It is known that PJD has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. Though PJD didn’t take part in the protests and there is no direct evidence Qatar was involved in stoking the protests, Qatar’s involvement cannot be ruled out. The Moroccan protests would have been advantageous to Qatar as a means of demonstrating the country’s ability to destabilize Morocco and therefore compel the Mohammed VI to stray from his Saudi-friendly position and, indeed, Morocco has not joined the Saudi economic and political blockade of Qatar.

For the moment, Morocco’s political future is not facing any clear threats. The country’s economy is performing reasonably well and the king is popular and has the backing of the army and security forces. The wild card, as usual, is the United States which has been known of turning on its own allies without a moment’s notice in order to achieve its economic objectives. It is possible that Morocco owns a golden share in the current conflict in the Gulf, this may affect the future of Morocco which may yet find itself the battleground for the struggles between the world giants. The Rif protests may have been simply the first volley of that war.

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Anthony Hall academic freedom court case begins August 8th – Open Letter to University President Mike Mahon

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Here is Andrew Blair’s terrific open letter on academic freedom in general, and the Tony Hall case in particular.

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An Open Letter to Pres. Mike Mahon on His Suspension of Academic Freedom in Alberta Canada, written and sent by Andrew Blair, Ph.D.

The lines of the contention are drawn on the eve of court proceedings beginning on August 8.

4 Aug. 2017

Dr. Mike Mahon,

President and Vice-Provost,

University of Lethbridge, Alberta Canada

Dear. Dr. Mahon;

I have always found universities to be the most wonderful of places. There is always so much going on, so much to do, and so much to learn. And, best of all, they normally encourage critical thought.

I see that the university has recently established a School of Liberal Education, and I whole-heartedly support its aims. But I find it baffling and very upsetting that the university administration is at the same time undermining Canadian democracy. I am sure that neither you nor anyone in the administration is intending to do this, but I think you are. How so?

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees freedom of conscience and freedom of expression. While these freedoms are not unlimited they can only be limited, according to Section 1 of the Charter, by “such reasonable limits prescribed by law as can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society.”

These fundamental freedoms are not cast off upon entering the workplace, especially not tax-supported workplaces engaged in education. In suspending Professor Hall, you have kept him out of the classroom, thus suppressing his freedom of expression and opposing his conscientious attempt to defend the oppressed of the world. In addition, I have reason to believe that you have augmented the intimidation that other academics feel, resulting in self-censorship.

I imagine that you believe that the actions that the university administration has taken do place justifiable limits on Professor Hall’s fundamental freedoms. If “anti-Semitic” were an accurate description of Professor Hall’s views it would indeed provide some support for such a limitation. But a very warped understanding of prejudice is required in order to make the description fit. It is akin to accusing someone of being anti-Christian because they say that residential schools were responsible for sexual abuse.

Moreover, it astonishes me that the complaint against Professor Hall to the Alberta Human Rights Commission makes claims which purport to be facts that take the side against Muslims, thus maligning them as a religious group in a far more stereotyping way than anything Professor Hall has said about Jewish people. For example, the complaint simply states, as if it were an established fact, that the attacks of September 11, 2001 were committed by “Islamic terrorists”.  (Here is a partial image of the complaint.) This is a widespread belief propagated by the U.S. government, but how do we know it is true? Are you able to cite some peer-reviewed articles that offer evidence for the belief? Are there peer-reviewed articles which grapple with the counter-evidence?

Aside from the prejudicial assumptions of the complaint, the logic is faulty. It supposes that if “Islamic terrorists” did 9/11 then the Israeli government was not involved. The term “Islamic terrorist” is an overly vague stereotype and the conclusion is a non sequitur. One plausible scenario, not envisaged by the complaint, is that the 19 9/11 hijackers, from Muslim countries like Saudi Arabia, were CIA assets labelled “Islamic terrorists”, used by deep state agents within the U.S. and Israeli governments as patsies in a false flag operation.

Until universities have given all arguments about 9/11 a fair hearing, including those to which Professor Hall subscribes, the public cannot know whether the official narrative is true. The very action you have taken against Professor Hall undermines the possibility of arriving at knowledge about this with even a minimal degree of certainty.

It is utterly against the spirit of democracy for a university to pronounce without evidence on a matter such as this, and then suppress the voice of those who have a different view. How can the truth emerge if some of the arguments are forbidden? Surely universities should endorse no institutional position about such matters, but encourage respectful dialogue, and defend the academic community against all who engage in character assassination.

The conflict between the university administration and Professor Hall is not merely a tempest at the University of Lethbridge. It is an episode in the development ofinverted totalitarianism,” to use a term coined by the political philosopher Sheldon Wolin. Such a political system pays lip service to freedom and democracy, while at the same time undermining it by management of public perception.

This tempest is not a matter of academic interest only. Lives are at stake. In this connection I refer you to an opinion piece of mine, titled Peace, Democracy and Academic Freedom, that was published in the Lethbridge Herald. It mentions that tens of millions have been killed in the post-9/11 wars in the Middle East. I did not arbitrarily make up this up. The source is Gideon Polya’s estimates, which include avoidable deaths caused by war, and not just deaths caused by direct violence.

I do not blame you if you do not see this tempest as I do, but my challenge to you is that you find a way to restore the reputation of the University of Lethbridge as a place of academic freedom, as identified as such in the Destination 2020 vision and strategy statement. I have a suggestion about how to do this. Hold a conference at the university, titled something like this: “Sifting Truth from Falsehood in Competing Conspiracy Theories: The Role of Academic Freedom and Responsibility”. (The official narrative of 9/11 is, itself, a theory about a conspiracy.)

If anyone else has some suggestions please feel free to make a comment on this letter. You could reply by email, but I would prefer that you make your comment public by posting in the comment box below this post of this email.

For anyone who wants more background on this case you could go to the home page of Academic Freedom and Responsibility. This site is being constructed by me and it is still under construction. My apologies to anyone who finds its structure to be confusing.

The opinion piece, Peace, Democracy and Academic Freedom, published on July 15, 2017 in the Lethbridge Herald, is very much related to this open letter. It makes the point that leaders of democratic countries are tempted to deceive the public when they want to go to war but the populace wants peace. Academic freedom provides a crucial constraint on this temptation.

If you are interested in pursuing still more detailed ideas about all this, you might want to look at my response to Gabrielle Brenner, who commented on a post of Professor O’Donnell’s.

Once again, President Mahon, I urge you to change course and uphold the principles which underpin democratic decision making. At this point changing course may be very difficult, but it is still possible to snatch integrity from the jaws of confusion. Why not have a conference in which the university community itself can address the issue of academic freedom and responsibility? We might all learn a lot from each other.


P.S. For those cc’d on this open letter, I am trying to draw attention here to the relation of academic freedom to democratic decision making, but there is an additional issue that the University of Lethbridge Faculty Association is trying to address: the obligation to fulfil contractual agreements.

In this connection I see that the University of Lethbridge Faculty Association has published a notice of a public court hearing on Aug. 8, 2017, at 2:00 pm. The Board of Governors is arguing that there should be a judicial review of Alberta’s Post-Secondary Learning Act, which they regard as giving the president the right to suspend Professor Hall without following the procedures laid down in the Faculty Handbook. But an arbitrator has already been appointed by the Alberta Labour Relations Board to resolve the matter, and so the Board seeks a stay of the arbitration process until the judicial review has been completed. The faculty association is arguing that there should be no stay granted, and that there is no need to review the law at all.

Sincerely,

Andrew Blair, PhD.

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Democracy on display in Venezuela; “Fake news” on display in the US

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When you think about “Fake News,” you probably think about “internet-only” stories like “Pizzagate,” a story that only the most delusional Trump supporter could have believed. But the important fake news, the fake news that has orders of magnitude more impact, is broadcast into your living room every night, or appears on your doorstep (or in your tablet) every morning. And rarely has that fact been on display more clearly than in the previous two days, as the U.S. media covered the voting for the new Constituent Assembly in Venezuela.

One of the most common lies, voiced by David Muir on ABC News Tonight on Monday (this and other examples here come from the author’s personal observations; it’s a certainty that they were repeated in pretty much every other corporate media outlet) claimed that the vote in Venezuela gave President Nicolás Maduro “almost unlimited power,” a claim which is simply a baldfaced lie. On Tuesday, The New York Times featured a variant of that claim, weirdly asserting that “It was a fait accompli. There was no option for voters to turn down the plan.”

But there was no “plan” to turn down, nor did the vote give President Maduro a single additional power. The election accomplished one thing and one thing only — electing members of a new Constituent Assembly. That Constituent Assembly will propose changes to the Venezuelan Constitution, which will then be voted on by the entire population. What those changes will be is unknown, as is whether they will be approved afterwards.

But fake news in the mass media isn’t always as simply as out-and-out lies. There is also “Fake News by half-truth or distortion.” On Monday The New York Times first reminded its readers in its coverage of the election that the opposition held a ‘plebescite’ vote last week in which more than seven million votes were cast. It does qualify that with “opposition leaders said,” but otherwise fails to challenge the claim, although that vote was not held in standard polling places using standard voting machines, and the number is simply an unverified (and unverifiable; the ballots were burned afterwards!) claim of the opposition. In the next paragraph it reports Sunday’s total of more than eight million votes and immediately calls it into question, based on an independent estimate by…wait for it…an investment bank! You probably didn’t know investment banks qualified as election experts! The Times also reported the murder of one of the candidates on Saturday night, but omitted the fact that he was a “Chavista,” a government supporter.

Another article on the election turnout, this one from NBC News, had a headline which read “Venezuela: Government, Opposition Clash Over Turnout Numbers in Controversial Elections.” Like the Times, NBC News led with the investment bank’s “poll,” and only after that reported the official, verifiable government total (a total reported by the well-respected National Electoral Council, the same body whose numbers were unchallenged two years ago when the right won a majority in the National Assembly). Contrast a headline like that with the coverage of the opposition ‘plebescite,’ which simple reported the opposition’s claims, with no questioning whatsoever, even those those claims were most assuredly disputed by the government.

A New York Times headline Tuesday reads “Venezuela Moves to Stifle Dissent by ‘Any Means Necessary.’” But that headline is quite misleading, as is the article. As we discussed above, Sunday’s vote only elected members of the Constituent Assembly, nothing more. The only concrete fact discussed in the article is that two opposition leaders, who had been under house arrest for their role in inciting violence, had their house arrest revoked. The Times does mention the fact that the two had been under house arrest…in the 26th paragraph, 25 paragraphs after describing how they were “hauled off” to jail, screaming that they were being “kidnapped” (A CNN report told how they had been “yanked from their homes,” and didn’t mention the house arrest at all). Seven paragraphs further on, the Times finally mentions that the two had violated the terms of their house arrest. Everything else in this article, however, is pure speculation on what might happen in the future. Furthermore, the “By Any Means Necessary” quote is simply the opinion of ”an adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies,” and not, as one might assume from the headline, something that Maduro or someone else in the government said.

One of the most subtle, and in some ways most insidious variants of news bias is “Fake News by omission.” A simple example is the choice of photos. If you read TeleSUR, you would have seen numerous photos of long lines of people waiting to vote on Sunday. But no such photos appeared on CNN, or in The New York Times, or any other Western media. Because such a picture, worth a thousand words, would have put the lie to the claims of a low voter turnout being pushed by those outlets.

Reading Western media, any typical reader would have the impression Sunday’s election was a sham, a rubber-stamp. You would never guess that there were 6,120 candidates vying for 545 spots, because that fact has simply never been reported by them. Tuesday’s Times article, for example, says that Venezuelans had to “select from a list of trusted allies of the governing party;” it “forgets” to mention that the opposition boycotted the election, and that opposition candidates chose not to be among those 6,120 candidates who did run. Nothing prevented them from doing so.

Nor would you know that, just like a Constitutional Convention in the U.S., the Constituent Assembly in Venezuela is a process provided for in the existing Constitution, because that fact too was not reported by a single ”newspaper of record” (or anyplace else in the corporate media). Neither was the fact that any changes proposed by the Constituent Assembly will be voted on by the entire population.

Two hundred election centers were attacked during the election, policemen were injured by bombs, and, as mentioned above, one (or two, reports are a bit unclear) Chavista candidates were murdered just prior to the election. When the Taliban carried out similar actions in Afghanistan during elections in that country, they were rightly called “terrorists” by the Western media. But in Venezuela, not only haven’t we seen that term used for the actions of the opposition, but most of these things haven’t been reported at all.

Solidarity activists in the West have many tasks in defending the Bolivarian Revolution, but countering media lies like these is one of the first. Demand the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, and make sure your friends, family and coworkers are hearing it as well. Because they won’t be getting it from the Western corporate media.

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Mainstream media turns blind eye to US carnage in Mosul liberation

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Mainstream media turns blind eye to US carnage in Mosul liberation

In early July, major news outlets reported the taking of Mosul from Islamic State by U.S-led Iraqi government forces as a “liberation” and a “victory.” The smoke has now cleared, revealing civilian carnage and mass destruction inflicted by these same “liberators.” While major news outlets gave plenty of coverage to the “victory ‘ in Mosul, little to no emphasis has been given to the destruction of the city and cost of human life. The Mosul operation was directed by the U.S., with U.S. soldiers on the ground.

When the Syrian army took Aleppo in December, 2016, the establishment press let loose with a firestorm of protest, charging mass murder of civilians, attributing all war casualties to the Syrian army and demonizing the Assad government. Mosul has been portrayed in a completely different manner. Reports on the battle from major western media outlets barely covered the
destruction and civilian deaths, and the extent of the carnage has remained hidden.

“The expulsion of [IS] from Mosul by the US-led coalition did receive coverage, but the US role in killing civilians was uniformly ignored,” according to Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, a media watch group. FAIR goes so far as to describe some media coverage of Mosul as “Pentagon press releases.”

Mosul: before and after

Amnesty International charges U.S. with war crimes

The horrors of the battle of Mosul were documented in a 50 page report from Amnesty International issued July 10 entitled “At Any Cost: The Civilian Catastrophe in West Mosul, Iraq.” This report, based on field studies during the siege and on interviews with civilians and medical professionals who witnessed the bloodshed first hand, charges the U.S.-backed forces with “repeated violations in international humanitarian law, some of which amount to war crimes.”  News of this report should have reverberated around the world. Yet the Amnesty report was covered by only one major radio or TV outlet—NPR, according to FAIR!

The cost of coalition victory

A city with a rich history, Mosul sits in northern Iraq, less than 100 miles from the Syrian and Turkish borders. As one of Iraq’s major cities it had a sophisticated infrastructure. It also housed centuries old mosques, shrines, churches and even a 13th century synagogue. Most of this has been destroyed.

One of the largest mobilizations of forces since the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the retaking of Mosul was declared a high priority for the U.S.-led coalition forces. Civilians not able to flee bore the brunt of coalition attacks. In addition to air strikes, coalition forces heavily relied on shell and rocket fire from the ground, a method with less accuracy and concern for collateral damage. Entire buildings were leveled if a sniper was spotted on a roof, often long after the IS sniper had fled, according to the report.

For instance, according to Amnesty International, “On 17 March 2017 a US airstrike on the Mosul al-Jadida neighborhood killed at least 105 civilians in order to neutralize two Isis snipers. Regardless of whether – as the US Department of Defense has maintained — secondary explosions occurred it should have been clear to those responsible that the risk posed to civilians by using a 500 pound bomb was clearly excessive in relation to anticipated military advantage….

“There were very few Daesh [IS fighters] in our neighborhood, but they dropped a lot of bombs on them,” says Qais, 47, a resident of the al-Jadida district of Mosul . “We reckon that the airstrikes here killed between 600 and 1,000 people.”

A city left destroyed

Amnesty International estimates 6,000 civilians killed since the coalition assault began, but thinks the numbers might be much higher. Hoshyar Zebari, a Kurdish leader and former Iraqi Finance and Foreign Minister, said Kurdish intelligence estimates this battle claimed over 40,000 casualties, according to CounterpunchThe true number may never be known.

“There are many civilians among the bodies. After liberation was announced, the order was given to kill anything or anyone that moved,” said an Iraqi army major, speaking on the condition of anonymity. “There is no law here now. Every day I see we are doing the same thing as Daesh.[IS] People went down to the water because they were dying of thirst and we
killed them.” ( Daily Mail.)

Pro-government forces also failed to take effective precautions to protect civilians when planning and executing attacks. They did air-drop leaflets into IS-controlled areas of the city, instructing civilians to stay away from IS or to hang children’s clothes on the roof to mark civilian homes. These warnings, however, took little account of the realities. Staying away from IS was impossible for west Mosul residents and fighters would execute anyone caught with a flyer in their hands. Houses with children’s clothes on the roof were still hit by airstrikes.

Amnesty International has demanded that Iraqi forces and members of the U.S. led coalition ensure that the fight against IS—not only in Mosul but also in other battles in Iraq and Syria—is conducted in a way consistent with international law and standards. Civilians trapped by conflict and abused by IS must be treated with the dignity and humanity they deserve. AI is calling on the Iraqi government and members of the U.S.-led coalition to:

  • Publicly acknowledge the scale and gravity of the loss of civilian lives during the Mosul battle and highlight the need for reparation to victims and families of victims of violations;
  • Immediately cease the use of inherently indiscriminate weapons and explosive weapons with wide area effects in the vicinity of populated civilian areas;
  • Given the current desperate situation and large number of internally displaced people from Mosul and its surroundings, urgently increase funding for humanitarian assistance to civilians who have fled the fighting in Mosul.

It’s estimated that one $1 billion will be needed to rebuild the infrastructure of Mosul, yet no money is allocated for this in the Iraqi government budget.  Civilians are left to themselves to deal with surviving the terror of war, in a broken city, where there is no plan to rebuild or repair.  Adding insult to injury, there are already charges that the new occupying forces are corrupt.  Zebari said civilians have had to pay expensive fees to have bodies removed from the rubble or to even reoccupy their own homes.

Where is the outrage?

One has to wonder, “Where is the media outrage?”

Late last year when the Syrian city of Aleppo was  liberated by the Syrian government from  rebel groups of terrorists, major media outlets kept a tally running on civilian casualties, falsely depicting the Syrian government forces as the sole perpetrators, and demonizing the Assad government. Journalistic integrity was forgotten as any sensationalized, unverified report was treated as truth. Less than a year later, the “genocide of Aleppo” narrative has been proven false as hundreds of thousands of civilians return to liberated areas there and reliable investigations are underway.

If the media are so quick to throw the term “genocide” around regarding civilian deaths in some conflicts, why are they so silent about the atrocities and horrors known to have been inflicted by U.S.- controlled forces in Mosul?  The major news outlets follow the political line of the super rich who own them. In doing so they serve as propaganda outlets for the Pentagon, giving only the perspective that benefits corporate profit, distorting and suppressing the truth.

Civilian slaughter – a U.S. tradition

The U.S.-led coalition’s lack of concern for human suffering in Mosul should come as no surprise.  When Washington imposed sanctions against Iraq from 1990-2003, it had no problem with the resulting at least half-a-million civilian deaths, a great many of them children. The Pentagon’s use of depleted uranium weapons in Iraq caused suffering that will last for generations. Cancer rates have skyrocket from 40 per 100,000 in 1991 before the First Gulf War to at least 1,600 per 100,000 in 2005, and birth defects have dramatically increased, according to the Iraqi government.

This scenario is a very familiar to the people of Vietnam who still suffer the long-term genetic effects of the Pentagon’s extensive use of the toxic defoliant agent orange during its murderous campaign there in the 1960s and 1970s.

The mass civilian killings in Mosul reveals that U.S. imperialism still has the same mind-set that killed millions of innocents in Vietnam, Korea and elsewhere around the world. The U.S. ruling class that dictates foreign policy is ultimately concerned with money and power.  It has no conscience or compassion in its never-ending conquests for new acquisitions. If we are to stop this slaughter for profit, we need to be able to see through their corporate media propaganda,and expose the vile capitalist system for what it is.

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What is Really Going on in Syria? Extensive US Sponsored War Crimes

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A Talk by Eva Bartlett. Global Research News Hour 2017 Summer Series 5

 

“The head of forensics that I met with in November on my third visit to Aleppo said in the past four-plus years 11,000 civilians …in Aleppo have been killed by these different mortar gas canister, explosive bullets and sniping attacks by militant factions….yet not one that I’ve ever heard in Western media, because it doesn’t support their narrative.”  – Eva Bartlett (from this week’s program)

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In the last few weeks of 2016, messages were being broadcast across both broadcast and social media declaring that the Syrian Armed Forces in collaboration with Russian air support were mercilessly attacking civilians in the city of Aleppo. [1]

The citizenry of Western countries were shown pictures of injured Syrians being rescued by the ‘non-partisan’ group of volunteer first responders known as the White HelmetsAppeals from Amnesty International went out critiquing Russia and the Syrian government for their violence against civilians. Médecins Sans Frontières had accused the pro-government forces of destroying a hospital in Al-Quds.

All the while, media ignored the Western-backed opposition militants decimating Aleppo among other cities.

In this media climate, truly independent journalists have proven to be a liability. Portrayals of the six year old Syrian conflict as dictatorial barbarism against a pro-democratic resistance begin to unravel when testimonies from the general population under siege get exposure.

Eva Bartlett is one such independent journalist. A Canadian who had visited Syria six times since 2014, Bartlett has debunked a lot of the myths and documented how the Western-backed militants including the Islamic State and the Al-Nusra Front are the principal architects of the violence in Syria currently.

In late January of 2017, Bartlett commenced a Canadian speaking tour in which she relayed her Syria experiences to a curious public.

Utilizing a slide presentation and some video footage available online, Eva Bartlett addressed the false narrative around the White Helmets, the unreliability of the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights as a source, opposition militants sniping humanitarian corridors out of Aleppo, and the fabricated legend of all doctors leaving Aleppo, among other propaganda. She also confronts the criticisms directed at her reporting, including the accusation of being an employee of ‘pro-Russian’ news agencies and an ‘Assad apologist.’

On February 2, she gave two talks in Winnipeg. This week’s Global Research News Hour airs for the first time, audio from one of those talks. It took place in the evening at Winnipeg’s Millennium Library in the Carol Shields Auditorium.

Video footage from the Montreal leg of Bartlett’s tour is available here:

Eva Bartlett is a freelance journalist and rights activist with extensive experience in the Gaza Strip, where she lived a cumulative three years (from late 2008 to early 2013), arriving by boat as a part of the Free Gaza missions. She documented the 2008/9 and 2012 Israeli war crimes and attacks on Gaza while riding in ambulances and reporting from hospitals. Eva accompanied Palestinian fishers and farmers as they came under intensive fire from the Israeli army. She has been to Syria four times since April 2014 and works to convey the voices of a people suffering under the foreign war on Syria. Her writings can be found on her blog: In Gaza.

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The Global Research News Hour airs every Friday at 1pm CT on CKUW 95.9FM in Winnipeg. The programme is also podcast at globalresearch.ca . The show can be heard on the Progressive Radio Network at prn.fm. Listen in everyThursday at 6pm ET.

Community Radio Stations carrying the Global Research News Hour:

CHLY 101.7fm in Nanaimo, B.C – Thursdays at 1pm PT

Boston College Radio WZBC 90.3FM NEWTONS  during the Truth and Justice Radio Programming slot -Sundays at 7am ET.

Port Perry Radio in Port Perry, Ontario –1  Thursdays at 1pm ET

Burnaby Radio Station CJSF out of Simon Fraser University. 90.1FM to most of Greater Vancouver, from Langley to Point Grey and from the North Shore to the US Border.

It is also available on 93.9 FM cable in the communities of SFU, Burnaby, New Westminister, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Surrey and Delta, in British Columbia, Canada. – Tune in  at its new time – Wednesdays at 4pm PT.

Radio station CFUV 101.9FM based at the University of Victoria airs the Global Research News Hour every Sunday from 7 to 8am PT.

CORTES COMMUNITY RADIO CKTZ  89.5 out of Manson’s Landing, B.C airs the show Tuesday mornings at 10am Pacific time.

Cowichan Valley Community Radio CICV 98.7 FM serving the Cowichan Lake area of Vancouver Island, BC airs the program Thursdays at 6am pacific time.

Campus and community radio CFMH 107.3fm in  Saint John, N.B. airs the Global Research News Hour Fridays at 10am.

Caper Radio CJBU 107.3FM in Sydney, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia airs the Global Research News Hour starting Wednesday Morning from 8:00 to 9:00am. Find more details at www.caperradio.ca

Notes:

  1. Kareem Shaheen (Dec. 13, 2016), ‘Children trapped in building under attack in Aleppo, doctor tells UN’, The Guardian; https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/13/red-cross-urgent-plea-to-save-civilians-aleppo-syria

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Leaked Trump Phone Conversations with Foreign Leaders

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Leaked Trump Phone Conversations with Foreign Leaders, Regime Change in America, Cold War 2.0, Risking Things Turning Hot
 

Through reliable sources,  highly respected investigative journalist Seymour Hersh revealed that the CIA is behind Russiagate, the agency spreading disinformation and Big Lies.

Claims about Russian US election hacking, along with alleged improper or illegal Trump team ties to Moscow were fabricated, media  proliferating rubbish, serving as press agents for powerful interests. 

Clearly what’s going on is a diabolical plot to denigrate and weaken Trump, softening him up for removal from office by whatever means it takes.

It’s also about political and economic war on Russia, Cold War 2.0, risking things turning hot, the most dangerous time in memory, neocons infesting Washington playing with fire, media reports throwing fuel on it.

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Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Transcripts of Trump’s phone conversations with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull were leaked to the Washington Post – the CIA-connected broadsheet serving as a Langley house organ, reporting what it wants published.

The CIA, NSA, FBI, and likely other US intelligence agencies monitor telecommunications, including those of foreign leaders and the president of the United States – Langley the most likely leaker of Trump’s conversations with Nieto and Turnbull.

Serving deep state interests, it’s most likely behind the diabolical plot to remove him from office, by impeachment or more sinister means.

Eliminating heads of state is a longtime CIA specialty, Langley responsible for assassinating JFK, RFK and MLK. Will Trump be its next target?

On August 3, WaPo nonchalantly said it “obtained transcripts of two conversations President Trump had with” Nieto and Turnbull – without explaining who supplied them.

Conversations by US presidents with foreign officials are likely classified, leaking them a federal offense, Trump hugely embarrassed because they contradict what he said publicly.

Other heads of state may be uneasy about what they discuss with him by phone or face-to-face, wondering if their comments may be leaked.

According to WaPo, highlights of Trump’s January 27 conversation with Nieto included:

“Trump threatens potential tariffs on Mexican goods.”

“Trump vows to help fight the ‘tough hombres’ driving the Mexican drug trade.”

“Trump seems to acknowledge that his threats to make Mexico pay (for the border wall) had left him cornered politically.”

“Trump asks that they avoid publicly disagreeing over how the wall will be funded.”

“Trump describes the wall as ‘the least important thing we are talking about.’ “

“Trump tells Pena Nieto to stop saying publicly that his government would never pay for the wall.”

WaPo published an apparent verbatim transcript of their conversation, clearly aiming to embarrass Trump, part of its campaign against him – as directed by its CIA handlers.

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Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Published highlights of Trump’s January 28 conversation with Turnbull were as follows:

“Trump tells (him) that accepting the refugees ‘will make us look awfully bad.’ “

“Turnbull tries to explain to Trump that the refugee deal is consistent with the travel ban.”

“Turnbull tells Trump that the deal is ‘really, really important’ to Australia.”

“Trump says the refugee deal is ‘going to kill me.’ “

“Trump calls the agreement a ‘stupid deal’ that will make him ‘look terrible.’

“Trump tells Turnbull ‘I have had it’ and ends the call.”

WaPo’s report is part of a diabolical plot to vilify, weaken and embarrass Trump, a campaign to remove him from office, replacing him with easily controlled Mike Pence – a neocon puppet in waiting.

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