Neil Clark interviews John Pilger and Vanessa Beeley – The Propaganda Age

Banish Proxy Wars & False Flag Attacks, Nuclear Warfare and DU-Weaponry

Published on 19 Jun 2017

He has been defying the Establishment gatekeepers and telling us the truth about what’s really going on in the world for over 50 years. He has covered wars around the world from Vietnam to Iraq, and is also an award-winning documentary filmmaker. For many, John Pilger is the journalists’ journalist, and he came into the Sputnik studio to give us his thoughts on the state of the press today.

And, US-led airstrikes on Raqqa have, as the UN observed, led to a ‘staggering loss of civilian life.‘ The US-led coalition has also admitted to using white phosphorus, but the media reaction in the West has been muted, to say the least. It’s all a far cry from the headlines when Syrian forces – with Russian support – were trying to liberate Aleppo in December. Vanessa Beeley has reported from Syria during the current conflict many…

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UK risks being ‘wiped off the map with nuclear counterstrike’ – Russian senator

The UK, which recently said it could launch a preemptive nuclear strike “in the most extreme circumstances,” runs the risk of being “wiped off the face of the Earth,” the deputy head of a Russian upper house committee said.

“The statement made by UK’s Defense Minister Michael Fallon calls for a harsh response and I’m not afraid of going too far. At best this statement may be seen as an element of a psychological war, which looks especially revolting in this context,” Frants Klintsevich wrote on Facebook.

“There is a quite natural question then: what country could be primitively targeted by the UK?” the deputy head of the Federation Council’s Committee for Defense and Security said.

In case the UK strikes a nuclear power, then “the UK, which doesn’t have vast territory, will be literally wiped off from the face of the earth with a counterstrike,” Klintsevich said.

In the event of targeting a non-nuclear country, this will remind of the US nuclear attack on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, he added.

Klintsevich’s comment comes after Fallon on Monday said that the UK is prepared to carry out a preemptive nuclear strike against any enemies, even if Britain is not under attack.

“In the most extreme circumstances we have made it very clear that you can’t rule out the use of nuclear weapons as a first strike,” Fallon said on the BBC’s Today program, however not specifying what “most extreme circumstances” imply.

“The whole point about the deterrent is that you have got to leave uncertainty in the mind of anyone who might be thinking of using weapons against this country,” he said.

The UK’s four submarines operating under the Trident nuclear program will be renewed, following last year’s vote in the House of Commons. The move is expected to cost up to £225 billion (about US$285 billion) over its service lifetime and is currently a matter of a heated debate among the Tories and Labour Party.

A recent report by the UN Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) showed that the threat of a “nuclear weapon detonation event,” accidental or deliberate, is “arguably at its highest in the 26 years since the collapse of the Soviet Union,” as relations between nuclear powers continue to deteriorate.

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Japan Documentary – Mach Stem:The Nagasaki Bombing Intensified</embed&gt;
Published on 29 Mar 2015

New Documentaries 2015 :The Nagasaki Bombing Intensified –
“In 1945, US forces dropped an atomic bomb on Nagasaki. Last year, photos and a map of the aftermath were found, detailing the bomb’s destructive mechanism. They showed how the Mach stem – a shock wave that hyper-intensified the power of the initial blast – was responsible for destroying buildings with increasing force 500 meters from ground zero. Through a simulation of the blast and interviews with survivors, this program reveals how the bomb was exploded to maximize its catastrophic effect.”

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Bizarro World: major nuclear powers Boycott treaty to ban nuclear weapons negotiations!

… some 120 countries announced the initiative to ban nuclear weapons, despite opposition from the world’s nuclear powers. The United States, Britain and France are among almost 40 countries that will not join talks on a nuclear weapons ban treaty starting at the United Nations on Monday, said U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley.

via Bizarro World: major nuclear powers Boycott treaty to ban nuclear weapons negotiations! — Ronmamita’s Blog

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The harrowing siege of Mosul


Newsletter – 6 March 2017

The harrowing siege of Mosul

The “war on terror” rages on. Almost 14 years since Bush and Blair proclaimed the end of the Iraq War, that war-torn country remains one of the key Middle Eastern battlegrounds.

The UK and US-assisted Iraqi government assault on Mosul is continuing with savage bombardment of the highly-populated city. Most of the British media are failing to report this, even though around 650,000 civilians – including thousands of children – are trapped in the west of the city and are, according to the UN, “at extreme risk”. The siege has already produced at least 200,000 refugees.

As Patrick Cockburn has pointed out in his article, shelling and airstrikes have been “causing heavy casualties among families sheltering in cellars or beneath the stairs in their houses”. Meanwhile, fuel and food supplies are dwindling and drinking water and electricity are scarce.

In the words of Professor David Keen, “trying to apply the old militaristic model to the problem of terrorism is like trying to destroy a liquid with a sledgehammer”. The bombing and siege of Mosul are adding fuel to the fire of an intractable conflict. By supporting and getting involved in the anti-war movement, you can help break this brutal and senseless cycle of violence.

Forthcoming local events

Here are just some of the local meeting taking place in the next couple of weeks. If you’d like to put on a meeting where you are please contact the Stop the War office at

Media, Misrepresentation & the Middle East
Saturday 11 March | 6.30pm
Morlan Centre
Queens Road
SY23 2HH

Chris Nineham
(Stop the War Vice Chair)
Mike Cushman
Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi
(Labour Party campaigner)

The US and Latin America – continuity and change under Trump?
Monday 13 March | 7.30pm
Brent Trades Hall (London Apollo Club)
375 High Road
NW10 2JR

Francisco Dominguez (National Secretary of the Venezuela Solidarity Campaign)

Bristol Stands Up To Trump Launch Meeting
Thursday 16 March | 7pm
Hamilton House (fifth floor)
80 Stokes Croft

Further details tbc.

End Trump & May Special Relationship
Tuesday 21 March | 7.30-9pm
12 Jesus Lane

Stephen Bell
(Stop the War National Officer)

We Are Many film screening
13 March | 7pm
Redhills, Flass Street

Rise of a Chaos State – What’s going on in Yemen Today
Wednesday 5 April | 7.30pm
Friends Meeting House
Lechlade Road

Jonathan Puddifoot
(ex-Country Director for Yemen, CARE)

A More Dangerous World? War and Foreign Policy Under Trump
Wednesday 22 March | 7pm
Victoria Hall
Sheepcote Road

Further details tbc.

Campaign against “Arming Saudi”
Wednesday 8 March | 7.45pm
Kingston Quaker Centre, Fairfield East
Kingston upon Thames

Further details tbc.

A More Dangerous World? War and Foreign Policy Under Trump
Wednesday 29 March | 7pm
Friends Meeting House
Meeting House Lane

Lindsey German
(Stop the War Convenor)

Leeds Coalition against War/Stand up to Trump meeting
Wednesday 8 March | 7pm
Leeds Civic Hall
Calverley St, Leeds

The Danger of Trump and the ‘Special Relationship’
Saturday 11 March | 2-4.30pm
Pankhurst Centre
60-62 Nelson Street
M13 9

Murad Qureshi (Chair of Stop the War Coalition)
Jenny Clegg (CND)
Maz Saleem (anti-racism campaigner)

North London
Does Trump’s Arms Race Mean a Race to War?
Tuesday 20 March | 7pm
The Old Fire Station
84 Mayton Street
N7 6QT

Kate Hudson
(CND General Secretary)
Jude Woodward

End the Special Relationship
Wednesday 8 March | 7pm
Friends Meeting House
Upper Goat Lane
Central Norwich

Lindsey German
(Stop the War Convenor)

East London Women of Protest talk and anti-war exhibition
Thursday 16 March| 6.30pm
Redbridge Central Library
Clements Road, Ilford
Madeleine Channer
(anti-war campaigner)

A More Dangerous World? War and Foreign Policy Under Trump
Wednesday 5 April | 6.30pm
Wrexham Glyndwr University
Room B26
Mold Road, Wrexham
LL11 2AW

Daniel Jakopovich (writer and anti-war campaigner)

“A major war is brewing” – urgent Stop the War appeal

“There is a major war brewing”. These are the words of Trump’s closest advisor Steve Bannon.

Tension between the big powers is rising and the number of flashpoints is growing.

Stop the War needs to intensify its campaign and we are asking for your generous help to make this possible.

Theresa May is desperate to deepen the special relationship that has caused so much mayhem over the last decades. With Trump in the White House this is particularly ominous.

We have been central to the Trump protests, and are preparing for a mass demonstration when he visits Britain in October.

In the last few months we have had new Stop the War groups springing up in towns and cities up and down the country. We are asking you to donate generously so that we can service these groups, sustain an increased level of staffing and upgrade our communications.

Now more than ever we need an anti-war movement with real power.

The target for our appeal is £25,000. Please give generously to support Stop the War’s struggle for peace and justice.

£25 pays for the printing of 1,000 anti-war leaflets.
£50 pays for the printing of 1,000 anti-war briefings.
£300 is enough to book a film screening.
£650 pays for a public rally.
£1,000 buys 500 placards.

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HOMS: The Global Moral Compass is Spinning Wildly, Terrorists, Rapists and Murderers are “Rebels with a Cause”

There, in Geneva, are the talks about the political solution in Syria. It is the easy talk. The negotiations should be two sides: The governmental actor and the opposition actor. However, the moderate oppositions have many delegations, many podiums, many representatives of many countries, but not to Syria. There is the Riyadh delegation, Cairo delegation, […]

via HOMS: The Global Moral Compass is Spinning Wildly, Terrorists, Rapists and Murderers are “Rebels with a Cause” —

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Time Out: Libya Update (2017-02-08)


Gepubliceerd op 8 feb. 2017

Time Out Productions presents James & Joanne Moriarty. They are Americans who were trapped in Libya in 2011 during the so-called revolution that ousted Gaddafi.

Please see their website

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The Great Amerian Perpetual Motion War Machine

Brief: The so-called ‘military-industrial complex’ ushered in by the passing of the 1947 National Security Act is a luxury America and the world can no longer afford. The unprecedented threat posed by the over-privileged belligerents infecting U.S. military doctrine with their unbridled hegemonic ambition is redolent of that of the British Empire in the years […]

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Germany: Israeli bill violates international law

Berlin “extremely concerned” about Israel’s plans for legalising settlement homes built on private Palestinian land.

The last round of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks collapsed in April 2014 because of settlements [Atef Safadi/EPA]

Germany has urged Israel in unusually strong language to scrap legislation that would legalise Israeli settlement homes built on private Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank, saying it would break international law.

A German foreign ministry spokesman said on Wednesday the government was “extremely concerned” about the development.

“Such a bill violates international law,” he said, adding Israel would undermine its commitment to finding a “two-state solution” – a Palestinian state in territory Israel captured in a 1967 war – if the bill were passed.

Asked whether Germany and the European Union should punish Israel with economic or diplomatic sanctions, the spokesman said: “We don’t think that sanctions would be the right path in this case to make headway in the Middle East peace process.”

Germany tends to be more reserved than other European nations in its criticism of Israel because of the legacy of the Nazi Holocaust.

But it has objected in the past few years to Israeli settlement expansion on land Palestinians want for a state.

Israeli officials are also concerned the bill could provide grounds for prosecution by the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

READ MORE: Knesset advances bill to legalise outposts

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu himself cited possible court action when he initially opposed the legislation promoted by the far-right Jewish Home party and its leader Naftali Bennett.

Palestinians condemned the bill as a land grab in territory they seek for a state.

Israel’s parliament gave initial approval on Monday to a revised bill on the settlement homes. It must pass three more votes at unspecified future dates before becoming law.

Palestinians evicted from Jordan Valley homes

Source: Reuters

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17 JANUARY 2017

The 15-member UNSC held an open dialogue on the Middle East Tuesday, the bulk of which focused on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and last month’s approval of UNSC resolution 2334.
Danny Danon
Ambassador Danny Danon addressing the Security Council . (photo credit:Courtesy)

Isreal hopes US President-elect Donald Trump will reject biased UN resolutions and focus on resuming direct talks with the Palestinians, Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon told the Security Council on Tuesday.

“With this new administration comes the hope that the US will return to its policy of rejecting unfair and biased Security Council resolutions and promoting direct and genuine dialogue between Israel and the Palestinians,” Danon told the council.

The 15-member UNSC was holding a dialogue on the Middle East that was open to all UN member states. The bulk of the talk focused on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and last month’s approval of UNSC 2334, which called for a halt to Israeli settlement activity and all Jewish building over the pre-1967 lines, calling such activity illegal.

Danon told the council that the resolution encourages Palestinians to commit acts of terrorism against Israel, such as the truck-ramming attack in Jerusalem earlier this month in which four soldiers were killed.

“This resolution declared that our presence in Jerusalem is illegal. It encouraged the Palestinians to continue to avoid negotiations and inspired the terrorist in Jerusalem,” Danon said, holding up a photo of the four victims, all of whom were soldiers in their young 20s.

“This was the result [of Resolution] 2334: Shir Hajaj, Yael Yekutiel, Erez Orbach and Shira Tzur,” Danon said. “They were murdered by a Palestinian who was led to believe that he could use terrorism and violence to remove the Jewish people from Jerusalem. He will not succeed.”

He reminded the council that Jewish history in Jerusalem includes the Old City and the Western Wall, which are beyond the pre-June 1967 line, and dates back some 3,000 years to King Solomon. The Temple was built by King Solomon on the “same Temple Mount which this council refuses to call by its historic name.”

According to Danon, members thought they were telling Israel to stop settlement activity, but they were really telling the Palestinians they could “continue to spread the lies that the Western Wall is not sacred to the Jewish people.”

He noted that, after the council vote, Fatah posted a cartoon on its Facebook page that “showed a dagger in the shape of a map of Israel colored with the Palestinian flag. Not Judea and Samaria; what some call the West Bank. All of Israel.

Under the dagger was a pool of blood, and next to it, it said, “Thank you,” and listed each council member that voted for the shameful resolution,” Danon said, adding that such resolutions only encourage the Palestinians not to return to the negotiating table.

In response to the resolution, Danon said, Israel suspended $6 million from its annual contribution to the UN.

“This amount represents the portion of the UN budget allocated to anti-Israel bodies, which represents the UN’s double standard when it comes to Israel,” Danon said. Among those bodies is the Division for Palestinian Rights, which focuses on delegitimizing Israel.

Palestinian Ambassador the UN Riyad Mansour called on the council to force Israel to comply with the settlement resolution, which he described as “pro-peace, pro-international law, pro-two-states and thus pro-Palestine and pro-Israel.

“Rather than taking a step for peace, Israel has preferred to persist with its empty rhetoric and legal acrobatics to justify its continuing illegal colonization of the Palestinian land and oppression of the Palestinian people, in flagrant contempt of the law and international community,” Mansour said.

The Palestinians have refused to hold direct talks with Israel until it halts all construction in settlements and east Jerusalem.

Israel in turn has called for talks without preconditions.

Mansour told the council that “halting settlement activities should never be seen as a concession or pre-condition; it is about fundamental respect for the law. It is time for the full implementation of Resolution 2334 and all of its provisions.

Follow-up must begin immediately and all must uphold their obligations,” Mansour said.

He added that it was the Palestinians who have said “yes” to every peace effort. The time has come for Israel to accept a twostate solution based on the 1967 borders, Mansour said.

“The 1967 borders are the delineating line between conflict and peace. We are fast approaching a point of no return. Implementation of Resolution 2334 is the way back from the brink,” he said. “The international community must act now to revive the possibility of peace.”

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