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When Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 went down on July 17, 2014, we were immediately inundated with base propaganda trying to convince us that the shootdown could be traced back to the Kremlin. But what was this rush to judgement based on? What have we learned about the crash since then? Why has MH17 completely disappeared from the news cycle? And who really stood to benefit from the disaster? Find out the answers to these questions and more in this week’s edition of The Corbett Report.

MH17 story starts around at 5:00 minutes

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US intelligence: 300 Americans fighting alongside Islamic State

[Yeah, that includes their handlers.]

27 Aug 2014 The United States government is tracking as many as 300 Americans supposedly fighting with Islamic State, the jihadist group with a heavy presence in parts of Syria and Iraq, according to senior US officials. Washington is worried that radicalized foreign fighters could become a risk to the US if they return to employ skills learned overseas to carry out attacks, anonymous US officials said, according to the Washington Times. “We know that there are several hundred American passport holders running around with ISIS in Syria or Iraq,” a senior US official said.

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Obama Approves Surveillance Flights Over Syria, Precursor to Airstrikes

25 Aug 2014 President Obama has authorized surveillance flights over Syria, a precursor to airstrikes there, but a mounting concern for the White House is how to target the Sunni extremists without helping President Bashar al-Assad. Defense officials said on Monday evening that the Pentagon is sending in manned and unmanned reconnaissance flights over Syria, using a combination of aircraft, including drones and possibly U2 spy planes. Mr. Obama authorized the flights over the weekend, a senior administration official said. The surveillance flights are a significant step toward direct American military action in Syria, an intervention that could alter the battlefield in Syria’s three-year civil war.

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89 Palestine families wiped out by Israel’s Gaza campaign

25 Aug 2014 At least 89 entire families have been killed in Gaza since Israel started its military campaign, Palestinian health officials said. The Judeh family, a woman and her four children, died after an airstrike hit their house reportedly without warning. The incident happened in Tel Azatar, in the northern part of the Gaza strip and the family of five was killed instantly, after the Israeli Defense Forces launched their attack, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports. Locals said no warnings were given that airstrikes were imminent.

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Shooter at U.S. Army base in Virginia wounds self, sparks lockdown

25 Aug 2014 A female soldier shot and wounded herself at Fort Lee, Virginia, on Monday, sparking a lockdown of the U.S. Army installation, the base said on its Facebook page. The soldier turned the weapon on herself inside the Combined Arms Support Command Headquarters and fired one shot, the statement said. Her condition was unknown. The base, about 100 miles (160 km) south of Washington, was locked down at about 9 a.m. EDT after a report of a shooter, the base said.

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I-CIA-SIS false flag quickly unfurls:

Foley murder video ‘may have been staged’ 25 Aug 2014 The video of James Foley’s execution may have been staged, with the actual murder taking place off-camera, it has emerged. Forensic analysis of the footage of the journalist’s death has suggested that the British jihadist in the film may have been the frontman rather than the killer…A study of the four-minute 40-second clip, carried out by an international forensic science company which has worked for police forces across Britain, suggested camera trickery and slick post-production techniques appear to have been used. A forensic analyst told The Times that no blood can be seen, even though the knife is drawn across the neck area at least six times…One expert commissioned to examine the footage was reported as saying: “I think it has been staged.”

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Just days after Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel reversed a ban on some African-American hairstyles, Navy officials have decided to discharge a sailor for wearing locks. Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Jessica Sims, 32, is being forced to leave the Navy for refusing to cut her locks, the Navy Times reports.

Jessica Sims

Although Sims has been wearing her hair in its current style since 2005, Navy officials are scheduled to discharge her today on the grounds that her hair does not meet regulations. At issue is the size of her bun which, according to officials, is too big to be worn with a gas mask.

“For the past couple weeks, not knowing what the Navy was going to do, if they were going to move forward with the discharge or keep me in, had me in a little limbo,” Sims told a reporter at the Navy Times. “In the back of my head I knew that they weren’t going to change, so it was more of just waiting for the date.”

Chief of Naval Personnel spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Chris Servello said Sims is being discharged for refusing an order from her commander to get her hair in regs.

 

“[Assistant Navy Secretary for Manpower and Reserve Affairs Juan] Garcia and [Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. Bill] Moran have completed their review and are more than satisfied that the chain of command handled this case by the book,” Servello said.

Sims maintains that she is not in violation since regs ban “widely-spaced individual hanging locks” but her locks are closely spaced.

She insists that this has more to do with a bias against natural hair than her violating military regulations.

“I don’t think I should be told that I have to straighten my hair in order to be within what they think the regulations are, and I don’t think I should have to cover it up with a wig,” she told the Navy Times.

Sims has been in the Navy for 12 years.

In a letter to the Congressional Black Caucus last week, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel confirmed that he was reversing a ban on some African-American hairstyles.

Secretary Hagel explained that service members will now be allowed to wear two strand twists and larger braids. The military has also decided to remove the phrasing “matted and unkempt” from the official policy.

http://breakingbrown.com/2014/08/navy-discharges-african-american-sailor-over-her-locks/

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If We Stop Arming, Funding and Training Terrorists, then Maybe We Won’t Have to Bomb Them Later

U.S. foreign policy is schizophrenic.

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says we need to attack the Sunni militants in Syria.

The deputy national security adviser to President Obama says we should go after ISIS in Syria.

Okay …

But the U.S. and our closest allies have long supported Sunni militants.

And the U.S. and our closest allies have been arming and training Islamic jihadists in Syria for years. And see this, this, this and this.

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist or a fortune-teller to have known this was a bad idea.

As Michael Shank – Adjunct Faculty and Board Member at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, and director of foreign policy at the Friends Committee on National Legislation – warned a year ago:

The Senate and House Intelligence committees’ about-face decision last week to arm the rebels in Syria is dangerous and disconcerting. The weapons will assuredly end up in the wrong hands and will only escalate the slaughter in Syria. Regardless of the vetting procedures in place, the sheer factionalized nature of the opposition guarantees that the arms will end up in some unsavory hands. The same militant fighters who have committed gross atrocities are among the best-positioned of the rebel groups to seize the weapons that the United States sends to Syria.

Congress can still join with the 70 percent of Americans who oppose arming Syria rebels and heed former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski’s caution against arming the rebels (he called the Obama administration’s decision to do so “a mess in the making“) ….

Arming one side of Syria’s multi-sided and bloody civil war will come back to haunt us. Past decisions by the U.S. to arm insurgencies in Libya, Angola, Central America and Afghanistan helped sustain brutal conflicts in those regions for decades. In the case of Afghanistan, arming the mujahideen in the 1980s created the instability that emboldened extreme militant groups and gave rise to the Taliban, which ultimately created an environment for al Qaeda to thrive.

There is no unified command or control in the Syrian opposition, as was the case of the Afghan mujahideen. And due to the United States’ long history of diplomatically isolating Syria, we know even less about the nature of Syria’s opposition. The excuse that “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” is often invoked to justify anti-Assad forces. This short-sighted excuse has gained the U.S. enemies around the world, undermining U.S. national security. The same justification was used by the Bush administration in its collaboration with the Assad regime to torture suspected militants in Syria. Arming the enemies of our enemies hasn’t made the U.S. more friends; it has made the U.S. more enemies.

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Some armed opposition factions, including powerful Islamist coalitions, reject negotiation altogether. Yet these are the same groups that will likely seize control of U.S.-supplied weapons, just as they’ve already seized control of the bulk of the rebels’ weaponry.

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When you lift the curtain on the armed groups with the most formidable military presence on the ground in Syria, you find the Al Nusra Front and Al Farough Brigades. Both groups are closely aligned with Al Qaeda and have directly perpetrated barbaric atrocities. The Al Nusra Front has been charged with beheadings of civilians, while a commander from the Al Farough Brigades reportedly ate the heart of a pro-Assad soldier.

Shank’s warning was ignored, and his worst fears came to pass.

And the U.S. is still financing the jihadis in Syria. For example, the government is pushing an additional $500 million in arms to the jihadis.

We are literally bombing our own weapons.

A similar dynamic is operating in Iraq. Specifically, the U.S. is now arming the “Peshmerga” (i.e. the Kurdish soldiers).

But the Wall Street Journal notes that there are reports that Peshmerga are fighting side-by-side with the PKK  … a group designated as terrorists by the U.S.:

A U.S. defense official couldn’t confirm whether the meeting took place and stressed in response to reports that the PKK was fighting alongside the Peshmerga that “it’s hard to tell from Washington who’s on the front line in a Kurdish-Iraqi fight.”

The U.S. has designated the PKK a terrorist organization, and the U.S. “doesn’t do business with them,” the official added.

By arming the Peshmerga, the U.S. is also putting weapons into the hands of the PKK.

If we stop arming, funding and training terrorists, then maybe we won’t have to bomb them later.

Original link: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/08/best-way-stop-isis-syria-stop-arming-isis-syria.html

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Boeing-777 was downed by Ukrainian MiG-29, Romanian expert says. 53352.jpeg
Romanian military expert, pilot and former deputy commander of Otopeni military airport, Valentin Vasilescu, presented his version of the tragedy of the Malaysian Boeing in the sky over Ukraine. According to the expert, the plane was shot down by Ukrainian MiG-29, possibly piloted by Polish pilot.

Valentin Vasilescu refutes the theory, according to which the plane had been shot down by surface-to-air missile, which, according to American and Ukrainian versions, the militia launched from Buk-1M mobile unit.

“A surface-to-air missile, with a warhead weighing from 40 to 70 kilos, explodes not inside the object of destruction, but near it, at a distance of 50-100 meters. The detonation of the warhead produces a shock wave that disperses fragments with high velocities. They can puncture the fuselage of an aircraft, but given the size of the Boeing-777 (73 meters long, with a large wingspan), they can not lead to the destruction of the aircraft in separate smaller parts, as it happens with the aircraft that are 7-10 times smaller. Such fragments, when hitting a Boeing-777, can rupture the fuel system of the aircraft. The fuel can spread on the fuselage and wings, setting the whole plane on fire,” said the expert.

“Similarly, if the hydraulic system had been damaged, the Boeing 777 would have lost control of the flight. Thus, if such a large aircraft like Boeing-777 of Malaysia Airlines had been hit by surface-to-air missile, the crew would have been able to warn traffic control services of the situation on board. But we do not see anything like that in registers,” Valentin Vasilescu said.

http://themillenniumreport.com/2014/08/boeing-777-was-downed-by-ukrainian-mig-29-romanian-expert-says/

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IDF Activates 10,000 Additional Reservists

21 Aug 2014 Following a number of targeted strikes in Gaza that led to the deaths of a number of senior Hamas commanders, the IDF has received the ministerial green light to activate 10,000 reservists from various units including the Homefront Command, intelligence, the air force and others. Some of those being called up were activated with Tzav 8 emergency orders at the beginning of Operation Protective Edge and have since been demobilized.

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Yes, I have been extremely busy the last couple of days, and this blog has indeed fallen to the wayside… But as I have said, I will put up as many articles as I can when the time is available, such as now..

Today, I and others were alerted to the recent actions of the criminal Israeli/US BS “terrorist” organization known as “ISIS”, or as they like to be called now just simply “IS”, the “Islamic State”.  It is a fact that this “terrorist” group is just as phoney as its other predecessors such as the famous “Al Qaeda” and more recently the so called “Boka Harum”.    It does appear that the criminals in the Israeli and American governments do indeed want to keep their phoney “war on terror” going and use this latest instrument of pure propaganda as a method of keeping the gullible masses in a state of “fear”.
Just today, I was alerted to a new video, that comes through the LiveLeak site, and supposedly shows the beheading of Journalist James Wright Foley…. This video has been the showpiece of our governments over the last few days and is being used by them as a propaganda weapon to infuriate their citizens, and will definitely be used to justify a likely escalation of American involvement again in Iraq.  I suspect that it will also be used as a tool for the long planned US attack on Syria, just as another excuse to go after this phoney “IS” group.
I watched this infamous “beheading” video, and I found it so ridiculous and obviously a very poor piece of propaganda….I am troubled that others cannot see just how phoney this complete piece of crap truly is!
I have that video right here for everyone to see for themselves… It is so ridiculous and I do want everyone to see it and then read my comments to follow:

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Ferguson is not just about systemic racism — it’s about class warfare and how America’s poor are held back, says Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

You probably have heard of the Kent State shootings: on May 4, 1970, the Ohio National Guard opened fire on student protesters at Kent State University. During those 13 seconds of gunfire, four students were killed and nine were wounded, one of whom was permanently paralyzed. The shock and outcry resulted in a nationwide strike of 4 million students that closed more than 450 campuses. Five days after the shooting, 100,000 protestors gathered in Washington, D.C. And the nation’s youth was energetically mobilized to end the Vietnam War, racism, sexism, and mindless faith in the political establishment.

You probably haven’t heard of the Jackson State shootings.

On May 14th, 10 days after Kent State ignited the nation, at the predominantly black Jackson State University in Mississippi, police killed two black students (one a high school senior, the other the father of an 18-month-old baby) with shotguns and wounded twelve others.

There was no national outcry. The nation was not mobilized to do anything. That heartless leviathan we call History swallowed that event whole, erasing it from the national memory.

And, unless we want the Ferguson atrocity to also be swallowed and become nothing more than an intestinal irritant to history, we have to address the situation not just as another act of systemic racism, but as what else it is: class warfare.

More@ http://time.com/3132635/ferguson-coming-race-war-class-warfare/

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As many have observed since Obama launched his own personal Iraq war, there is something rather farcical about the latest US intervention in the middile east, namely that US weapons are being used to destroy US weapons, captured by and in possession of ISIS jihadists. As Reuters summarizes the situation, rather poetically, “Islamic State’s  captured an enormous amount of U.S. weaponry, originally intended for the rebuilt Iraqi Army. You know — the one that collapsed in terror in front of the Islamic State, back when they were just ISIL? The ones who dropped their uniforms, and rifles and ran away?They left behind the bigger equipment, too, including M1 Abrams tanks (about $6 million each), 52 M198 Howitzer cannons ($527,337), and MRAPs (about $1 million) similar to the ones in use in Ferguson.”

In other words US taxpayers are now paying for military missions, in which US taxpayer paid-for warplans and missiles are used to blow up other US taxpayer paid-for tanks, artillery, MRAPs, and various other weapons of death.

Here is a closer look at the method behind the Keynesian madness from Reuters:

U.S. warplanes are flying sorties, at a cost somewhere between $22,000 to 30,000 per hour for the F-16s, to drop bombs that cost at least $20,000 each, to destroy this captured equipment.

 

That means if an F-16 were to take off from Incirclik Air Force Base in Turkey and fly two hours to Erbil, Iraq, and successfully drop both of its bombs on one target each, it costs the United States somewhere between $84,000 to $104,000 for the sortie and destroys a minimum of $1 million and a maximum of $12 million in U.S.-made equipment.

Lest the US appears alone in this silliness, Reuters is quick to remind readers that the very same situation can be encountered several hundred miles north, in the proxy civil war being waged in East Ukraine:

The Russians and Ukrainians are also facing off with tanks and guns and bombs and planes and uniforms all made in the same factories. They were the same country a mere 23 years ago. And even after they weren’t any more, they maintained close military ties until very recently.

 

Before Russia decided it couldn’t stand losing its friend in Kiev, Viktor Yanukovich, Russian President Vladimir Putin was happy to keep most of his navy in what was then Ukrainian territory: Crimea.

 

I guess that’s the thing about weapons. Once you make them, you never know who’s going to end up pointing them at whom.

You do know one thing, though: the only real beneficiary is the US military-industrial complex which built the weapons being used for both sides, and which are now being put into “accelerated obsolescence”, meaning an upgrade cycle is imminent as one or both sides are eager to restock. And who provides the funding for such “restocking”? Why the same banks that the US DOJ is “punshing” with vicious wristslaps of million dollar fines here, and multi-million dollar settlements there such as HSBC and JPM, thereby reducing the total profit on funding global warfare by “money-laundering” institutions to only tens of billions.

Rinse. Repeat.

For more on how the cycle of war works when all other conventional means of boosting GDP or generating bank profits when Net Interest Margins are record low, please watch the film the International, which summarizes all of the above in a tidy package.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-08-19/how-much-does-it-cost-us-blow-american-weapons

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