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Activist's "Suicide" In-Custody Deemed Suspicious

Texas prison death highlights police violence in America
by Andre Damon - WSWS

18 July 2015
 
Sandra BlandOn the week marking the one-year anniversary of the killing of Eric Garner in Staten Island, and nearing the anniversary of the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, yet another case of police violence has emerged that is in some respects even more troubling.
 
Twenty eight-year-old Sandra Bland was found dead in a Waller County, Texas jail cell Monday after being pulled over for changing lanes without using a traffic signal three days earlier.
 
The police and local medical examiner claim that Bland, who was a vocal opponent of police violence, had hung herself with a trash bag.
 
 

Syriza's Night of the Long Knives: Tsipras Expels Austerity Dissenters from Cabinet

Tsipras expels critics of EU austerity deal from Greek cabinet
by Alex Lantier - WSWS

18 July 2015

Late Friday night, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced a cabinet reshuffle, expelling critics of the new, devastating European Union (EU) austerity package that Syriza is imposing as it negotiates a third memorandum with the EU on a bailout of the Greek state.

The reshuffle came after 32 of the 149 deputies from the Left Platform within Tsipras’ Syriza party voted against the EU austerity package in the Greek parliament on Wednesday. The new cabinet is due to be sworn in at noon today.

Nine ministerial portfolios changed hands in the reshuffle. One full minister and three deputy ministers were expelled from their posts.
 
These included Energy Minister Panayiotis Lafazanis, a leading Left Platform member, deputy Labor Minister Dimitris Stratoulis and deputy Defense Minister Costas Isichos—all three of whom voted against the €13 billion EU austerity package in parliament.

Clinton's Coup: Leaked Email Memos Reveal Dealings with Honduran Junta

Emails Show Secretary Clinton Disobeyed Obama Policy and Continued Funding for Honduras Coup Regime
by Bill Conroy - NarcoNews
 
Clinton Asked Lanny Davis, Longtime Clinton Operative and Lobbyist for
Pro-Coup Honduran Businesses, to Arrange Phone Meeting with Coup Dictator
 
 
Buried in the latest trove of Hillary Clinton emails made public last week are some missives that shed new light on the former Secretary of State’s role in seemingly undermining President Barack Obama’s policy in dealing with the 2009 coup d’état in Honduras.
 
The official emails recently made public by the State Department —more than 3,000 pages worth — were sent or received primarily in 2009 through Clinton’s private email account — via an email server set up outside the government’s system and used to conduct official business.
 
One email exchange discovered in the recently released batch of State Department communications reveals that Clinton personally signed off on continuing the flow of US funds to the putsch regime in Honduras in the fall of 2009 — even as the White House was telling the world that such aid had been suspended.
 
The lobbyist Clinton favored in her dealings
with Micheletti was Lanny Davis — a long-time
friend whom she had met while at Yale Law
School and a former White House Counsel to
Bill Clinton [as well as a consummate shill
for the Clinton agenda].
 
Another email exchange involving Clinton shows that she turned to a lobbyist employed by Honduran business interests suspected of orchestrating the coup to get access to the Roberto Micheletti, the “de facto” president of the putsch regime. Micheletti assumed power after the democratically elected president of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, was removed from office at gunpoint on June 28, 2009.
 
Davis also is a lawyer and lobbyist and in the latter capacity was retained in July 2009 by the Business Council of Latin America (CEAL) to hawk for the Honduran coup regime, including Micheletti’s illegal administration.
 

Putin Takes the BRICS Road

Putin Leads BRICS Uprising
by Mike Whitney - CounterPunch
There’s been a virtual blackout of news from this year’s seventh annual BRICS summit in Ufa, Russia. None of the mainstream media organizations are covering the meetings or making any attempt to explain what’s going on. As a result, the American people remain largely in the dark about a powerful coalition of nations that are putting in place an alternate system that will greatly reduce US influence in the world and end the current era of superpower rule.
 
Let’s cut to the chase: Leaders of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) realize that global security cannot be entrusted to a country that sees war as a acceptable means for achieving its geopolitical objectives. They also realize that they won’t be able to achieve financial stability as long as Washington dictates the rules, issues the de facto “international” currency, and controls the main levers of global financial power.

This is why the BRICS have decided to chart a different course, to gradually break free from the existing Bretton Woods system, and to create parallel system that better serves their own interests. Logically, they have focused on the foundation blocks which support the current US-led system, that is, the institutions from which the United States derives its extraordinary power; the dollar, the US Treasury market, and the IMF. Replace these, the thinking goes, and the indispensable nation becomes just another country struggling to get by.

Vαί Afterall: Greece's Backslide

Greek government approves brutal austerity measures in proposal to EU
by Alex Lantier - WSWS
 
10 July 2015
 
Alexis TsiprasGreece’s Syriza-led government agreed to a massive new €13 billion (US$14.34 billion) package of austerity measures yesterday evening, less than a week after Sunday’s landslide “no” vote in a referendum on European Union (EU) austerity.
 
The proposal would be the deepest package of cuts since the EU austerity drive began in Greece in late 2009. It goes well beyond the proposed €8 to 9 billion in cuts initially demanded by the EU in talks with Syriza.
 
The 13-page proposal was submitted to the EU, International Monetary Fund (IMF) and European Central Bank (ECB) before the midnight deadline previously set by the institutions. In exchange for cuts, the Greek government is reportedly asking for a €53.5 billion ($59.2 billion) loan to the Greek state and some form of debt restructuring, allowing it to avoid state bankruptcy and remain in the euro currency area.
 
The austerity measures reportedly include sharp increases in the regressive VAT sales tax and an increase in the retirement age to 67 by 2022. The elimination of additional payments to the poorest pensioners will take place by the end of 2019, a year earlier than previously scheduled.
 
Plans for the privatization of state assets, including ports and airports, will go forward. The proposal also includes a reported increase of the corporate tax to 28 percent, rather than 29 percent, a reduction requested by the IMF.
 

Escape from Syria: Doors Closing for Palestinians Left Behind

The Noose Tightening Around Syria's Palestinians
by Franklin Lamb - Yarmouk camp, Damascus
What is happening this week to Palestinians at Syrian checkpoints between Damascus and the Turkish border has alarmed the Palestinian community here and their supporters. The reason is that once a Palestinian refugee arrives in Europe, the person can apply for refugee status; also for a child, parent or spouse, who, for various reasons were forced to stay behind in Syria. 
 
Several credible reports this week from Palestinian refugees in Syria and Europe, the latter among those who by various means managed to escape the Syrian conflict with their lives, illustrate the increasing pressure and dangers Palestinians are facing here just trying to survive. And the chances of survival are not likely to improve anything soon.
 
Three serious cases over the past few days were reported to the Beirut-Washington DC based Sabra-Shatila Scholarship Program (sssp-lb.org) which since the beginning of this year has been able to modestly assist a number of Palestinians from Syria obtain visas and refuge in Europe.
 
Providing some cash, sometimes intervention with the Kafkaesque problems they face at the Syria-Lebanon Masnaa border crossing and often contacting Lebanese General Security regarding those agencies seemingly ever changing requirements and unannounced restrictions.
 
Problems for arrivals from Syria trying to reach European embassies in Lebanon have recently been compounded as the government imposes yet more strict measures for their entry and forward movement to Europe. SSSP has been able to provide some housing in South Beirut while Palestinians from Syria wait to receive their visas-usually a six day process- and then provides transportation to Beirut airport as the Palestinians seek a new life in Europe, pending return to their own country, Palestine.
 

Getting Out to Get In and Paddle for the Peace

10th Annual Paddle for the Peace
by PVEA

Join us to celebrate maintaining the integrity of the Peace River Valley at this unique event. Bring your canoes, kayaks or rafts and participate in a leisurely paddle down a portion of the incredibly scenic Peace River Valley, presently under threat by the unnecessary Site C dam.

Even if you don't have watercraft, please feel free to join us on shore at the launch or takeout.

When: Saturday, July 11th, 2015

Registration: In person, at the event 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.
$10 per person; 13 and under free.

Launch: 12 noon at the Halfway River Bridge on Hwy 29 between Fort St. John and Hudson's Hope.

Free Breakfast: 9 - 11 a.m. at the launch site.

Take out: Bear Flat on Hwy 29, approximately 1.5 hr paddle downstream of the launch site. (There is a shuttle bus available to bring you back to get your vehicle from the launch site.)

Free BBQ Lunch: At the takeout site at Bear Flat.
 

While You Were at the Beach: Summer Sitting of BC Legislature to Slide Fracked Gas Deals Through?

Legislature Meets July 13 to Sell Us Out - We'll have to Pay Petronas to stop FRACKING Us
by Bridge News Service, Independent Media from Canada

 

July 8, 2015

 

The British Columbia Legislature begins sitting Monday July 13 to ratify a landmark 'Agreement' between BC and corporate giant Petronas.

 

The Christy Clark agreement locks BC into a decades long tax and royalty plan. The taxes and royalties will be low ... so BC will get as little money as possible - and the deal cannot be changed without full compensation to the industry. We are being locked into an economic disaster.

 

Even worse - They are going to FRACK US: FRACKING is the basis of this entire deal. The whole Christy Clark LNG DREAM is about Fracking British Columbia. They are going to FRACK US for Corporate Profit.

 

And the people we have elected - and pay - are going to do this to us, without even asking us what we want. THAT IS HOW CORRUPT AND UNDEMOCRATIC OUR POLITICIANS ARE.

 

And The Corporate Owned Media say nothing. The Media's job is to keep us uninformed about the important issues. And the media are VERY good at their job.

 

Fracking poisons our water, our air, our land, our crops, and other living things. WHY are these lunatics so determined to POISON everything?


When we want Petronas to STOP poisoning B.C. ...
We are going to have to Pay Them.

 

Under Free Trade and Investor Agreements, I believe we will have to PAY Petronas for 'lost profits' when we tell them to stop Fracking this beautiful province.

 

On July 8 I ASKED the BC government that question ... will we have to pay them to stop fracking us ... and I was told they will NOT answer the question. (I've dealt with various governments for years, and I have never heard that kind of an answer before.)

 

That is the deal Our Politicians intend to agree to.

 

The Sitting begins at 10AM, Monday July 13. The Bill should be introduced about 1:30. And they intend to push it through in two weeks or less.

 

 

STOP THE FRACKING.
LET'S MAKE A BETTER 

PLAN FOR OUR FUTURE.

 

 

Watch the corruption live at:

www.leg.bc.ca/hansard/webcasts

 

The Bridge News Service

www.thebridgenewsservice.com

 

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World Domination Only Way to Secure American "Safety"

Pentagon Concludes America Not Safe Unless It Conquers The World
by Paul Craig Roberts
 
The Pentagon has released its “National Military Strategy of the United States of America 2015,” June 2015.

The document announces a shift in focus from terrorists to “state actors” that “are challenging international norms.” It is important to understand what these words mean.

Governments that challenge international norms are sovereign countries that pursue policies independently of Washington’s policies. These “revisionist states” are threats, not because they plan to attack the US, which the Pentagon admits neither Russia nor China intend, but because they are independent.
 
In other words, the norm is dependence on Washington.
 

Kiev's Armaments Buying Spree Leads to UAE War Bazaar

NATO Finds Arab Backdoor to Arm Kiev
by Finian Cunningham - SCF
The announcement this week that the Kiev regime struck a major deal with the United Arab Emirates for military weapons raises strong suspicions that the US-led NATO alliance has found a new backdoor into Ukraine. We say «new» because it is believed that the US and its NATO allies, Poland and Lithuania, are already covertly supplying weapons to the Kiev regime.
 
Kiev President Petro Poroshenko hailed the new strategic partnership with the Persian Gulf kingdom while attending the International Defence Exhibition (IDEX) in the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi. Poroshenko, who was royally received by UAE Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al Nayhan, declared himself a «president of peace» but that Ukraine, or rather the rump state that his regime commands, needed strong defence because of its «Russian enemy».
 
A giveaway to the real significance of the surprise development is that Poroshenko and his Arab hosts also reportedly held discreet meetings with Pentagon officials and US weapons manufacturing executives during the weapons exhibition. That indicates that Washington is coordinating the expected arms transfers.
 

MH-17 Slips Into the Memory Hole

MH-17 Case Slips into Propaganda Fog
by Robert Parry - Consortium News
 
July 9, 2015

The Dutch investigation into the shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine last July has failed to uncover conclusive proof of precisely who was responsible for the deaths of the 298 passengers and crew but is expected to point suspicions toward the ethnic Russian rebels, fitting with the West’s long-running anti-Russian propaganda campaign.
 
A source who has been briefed on the outlines of the investigation said some U.S. intelligence analysts have reached a contrary conclusion and place the blame on “rogue” elements of the Ukrainian government operating out of a circle of hard-liners around one of Ukraine’s oligarchs.
 
Yet, according to this source, the U.S. analysts will demur on the Dutch findings, letting them stand without public challenge.
 

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