Europeans renew contact with Syria?

2 December 2013– Voltaire Network

[Now here’s a weird report and who knows how accurate it is. WB]

The news agency Agence France Presse has revealed that secret high-level contacts between the European powers and Syria have taken place since May 2013 (that is to say, before the outbreak of the chemical weapons crisis at the end of August).

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UK Ministry of Defence rejects FOIA request for leaked 2001 security manual

2 December 2013 — Wikileaks Press

On October 9th, 2009 Wikileaks published the UK MoD Manual of Security Volumes 1, 2 and 3 – Issue 2, a 2389-page UK military protocol for all security and counter-intelligence operations, classified “RESTRICTED.” The document outlines instructions on how to deal with leaks, investigative journalists, Parliamentarians, foreign agents, terrorists & criminals, sexual entrapments in Russia and China, diplomatic pouches, allies, classified documents & codewords, compromising radio and audio emissions, computer hackers—and many other intelligence-related issues.

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Celebrating the Spirit of Envy By Alastair McIntosh

2 December 2013 — Greanville Post

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What most struck me last week about Boris Johnson’s speech canonising Margaret Thatcher and thereby, paving the way for his own beatification, was how deeply and intimately familiar it all sounded. Let me explain. I was born in Doncaster in 1955 and from 1960, raised and educated on the Isle of Lewis, the son of a Scottish (doctor) father and English (nurse) mother. Continue reading

Video: Watching the Watch List: Landmark Case Goes to Trial over Massive U.S. Terrorism “No-Fly” Database

2 December 2013 — Democracy Now!

With hundreds of thousands of people now on the government’s terrorist watch lists, a closely watched trial begins today in San Francisco. Stanford University Ph.D student Rahinah Ibrahim is suing the U.S. government after she was barred from flying from Malaysia back to the United States in 2005 to complete her studies at Stanford after her name was placed on the list. The New York Times reports that the federal government’s terrorist watch list, officially called the “Terrorist Screening Database,” has grown to at least 700,000 people and those on the list are often subjected to extra scrutiny, prohibited from flying, and interrogated while attempting to cross borders. (inc. transcript) Continue reading

Tribunal Issues Landmark Verdict against Israel for Genocide By Yoichi Shimatsu

2 December 2013 — Global Research

To a crowded courtroom on the late afternoon of November 25, presiding Judge Lamin Mohd Yunus announced the verdict by an international panel of seven jurists:

“The Tribunal is satisfied, beyond reasonable doubt, that the first defendant, (General) Amos Yaron, is guilty of crimes against humanity and genocide, and the second defendant, the State of Israel, is guilty of genocide.”

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Argentine Protesters vs Monsanto: “The Monster is Right on Top of Us” By Fabiana Frayssinet

2 December 2013 — IPS

MALVINAS ARGENTINAS, Córdoba, Argentina , Dec 2 2013 (IPS) – The people of this working-class suburb of Córdoba in Argentina’s central farming belt stoically put up with the spraying of the week-killer glyphosate on the fields surrounding their neighbourhood. But the last straw was when U.S. biotech giant Monsanto showed up to build a seed plant. Continue reading

Argentine Protesters vs Monsanto: “The Monster is Right on Top of Us” By Fabiana Frayssinet

2 December 2013 — IPS

MALVINAS ARGENTINAS, Córdoba, Argentina , Dec 2 2013 (IPS) – The people of this working-class suburb of Córdoba in Argentina’s central farming belt stoically put up with the spraying of the week-killer glyphosate on the fields surrounding their neighbourhood. But the last straw was when U.S. biotech giant Monsanto showed up to build a seed plant. Continue reading

Ratted out: Scientific journal bows to Monsanto over anti-GMO study By William Engdahl

2 December 2013 — RT

The Journal of Food and Chemical Toxicology has apparently decided to violate those procedures, announcing it is retracting a long-term study on the toxic effects of Monsanto Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)—GMO Maize it published a year ago. Rigid criteria exist for a serious scientific journal to accept a peer-reviewed paper and to publish it. As well there exist strict criteria by which such an article can be withdrawn after publication.

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Groping in the Dark: Jack Straw and the Irrelevance of the Left By Carl Rowlands

2 DEcember 2013 — New Left Project

Fog everywhere. Fog up the river, where it flows among green aits and meadows; fog down the river, where it rolls defiled among the tiers of shipping and the waterside pollutions of a great (and dirty) city. Fog on the Essex marshes, fog on the Kentish heights. – Charles Dickens, Bleak House

Fans of Victorian melodrama will no doubt be familiar with this famous extended metaphor, used by Dickens to capture how public affairs could be conducted without humanity, insight or clarity. There are few better examples of obfuscated politics than the debate currently being staged on the subject of EU immigration.

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