Israel admits, then deletes, responsibility for Gaza killings By Ali Abunimah

31 March 2018 — Electronic Intifada

The Israeli army posted a statement on Twitter on Saturday apparently accepting full responsibility for the killings a day earlier of 15 Palestinians as thousands took part in the Great March of Return in Gaza.

The army then quickly deleted the admission – as more evidence of war crimes by its soldiers came to light – but not before a copy was made by the human rights group B’Tselem.

The now-deleted tweet from the official @IDFSpokesperson account stated: “Yesterday we saw 30,000 people; we arrived prepared and with precise reinforcements. Nothing was carried out uncontrolled; everything was accurate and measured, and we know where every bullet landed.”

The Deleted IDF Tweet

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Social Activism Funded by Global Capitalism, Serves the Neoliberal World Order. By Prof Michel Chossudovsky

31 March 2018 — Global Research

The 2018 World Social Forum (WSF) in Salvador, Brazil

At the World Social Forum in Salvador de Bahia, thousands of people took to the streets “in the name of democracy”: the women’s movement, Black Lives Matter, Environmentalists, Indigenous People’s Organizations, the Landless Farmers Movement, Youth Organizations, Students, LGBT, among others. Continue reading

Hillary Clinton Ordered Diplomats To Suppress 'Novichok' Discussions

31 March 2018 — Moon of Alabama

While the last act of the ‘Novichok’ drama, the seasonally appropriate resurrection of the Skripals, proceeds, some additional details of the history of ‘Novichok’ nerve agents come to light.

Details on ‘Novichok’ nerve agents were published in a 2007 book by Vil Mirzayanaov, a Soviet scientist offered asylum in the United States.

After the publication the U.S. and the UK actively suppressed international discussions about the book and the ‘Novichok’ chemical weapon agents. Documents from the U.S. State Department published by Wikileaks show that then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton directed her diplomats to not talk about Novichok and to play down the matter should it arise in chemical weapon control talks. Continue reading

Hillary Clinton Ordered Diplomats To Suppress ‘Novichok’ Discussions

31 March 2018 — Moon of Alabama

While the last act of the ‘Novichok’ drama, the seasonally appropriate resurrection of the Skripals, proceeds, some additional details of the history of ‘Novichok’ nerve agents come to light.

Details on ‘Novichok’ nerve agents were published in a 2007 book by Vil Mirzayanaov, a Soviet scientist offered asylum in the United States.

After the publication the U.S. and the UK actively suppressed international discussions about the book and the ‘Novichok’ chemical weapon agents. Documents from the U.S. State Department published by Wikileaks show that then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton directed her diplomats to not talk about Novichok and to play down the matter should it arise in chemical weapon control talks. Continue reading

Yulia Skripal "improving rapidly": The unravelling of the Russian Novichok narrative By Chris Marsden

31 March 2018 — WSWS

When placed in the context of the global anti-Russia propaganda campaign spearheaded by Britain’s Conservative government, Thursday saw the greatest Easter miracle since Christ rose from the dead.

For weeks, the world’s media has cited uncritically government claims that double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, were poisoned March 4 with a “weapons grade” nerve agent, known as a Novichok.

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Yulia Skripal “improving rapidly”: The unravelling of the Russian Novichok narrative By Chris Marsden

31 March 2018 — WSWS

When placed in the context of the global anti-Russia propaganda campaign spearheaded by Britain’s Conservative government, Thursday saw the greatest Easter miracle since Christ rose from the dead.

For weeks, the world’s media has cited uncritically government claims that double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, were poisoned March 4 with a “weapons grade” nerve agent, known as a Novichok.

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Gaza Update: On Bloodiest Day After 2014 Offensive and within Land Day Activities

30 March 2018 — PCHR

Time: 18:30 GMT Ref: 40/2018 

Number of Killed Persons Amounts to 13 Civilians and Number of Wounded Increases to 1,031, including 218 Children and 34 Women

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Further to the Press Release published by the Palestinian Center for Human rights (PCHR) at approximately 14:00 GMT on Friday, 30 March 2018, and According to the new field updates, the Land Day Activities continued in all border areas in the eastern Gaza Strip while the Israeli forces continued to target those participating in the peaceful assembly, increasing the number of killed persons until 20:00 of this day to 13 while the number of those wounded increased to 1,031, including 218 children and 34 women, in addition to hundreds who suffered tear gas inhalation.

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Facebook Listening through Your Smartphone, Britain’s “Patriot Act”, Why America Isn’t Great Anymore

30 March 2018 — Global Research

Is Facebook Listening through Your Smartphone Microphone? Whistleblower Says Yes

By True Publica, March 29 2018

A couple of years ago I had a pair of sunglasses stolen from my car when I forgot to take them with me when the car was being serviced. I complained to the garage and indignantly reported this important event to my wife. Spookily, the following day I started receiving ads in my Facebook feed for where I could buy exactly the same pair of sunglasses. Continue reading

France’s Bling-Bling Sarkozy Haunted by Ghost of Gaddafi By Finian Cunningham

26 March 2018 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy is now under formal investigation over corruption charges that could see him end up behind bars for five years if found guilty. After 48 hours of police questioning last week, Sarkozy said the scandal was “making his life hell”. Critics would say it’s a fate deserved.

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If this happened in Alabama there would be uproar. In Israel, it’s the norm

29 March 2018 — Jonathan Cook

Israeli town freezes new housing project to stop entry of Palestinian citizens. But the mayor insists he’s not racist

Middle East Eye – 29 March 2018

How would you describe a white town in a southern state in the United States that froze the tender for plots of land in a new neighbourhood because it risked allowing blacks to move in? As racist?

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Evidence of Violent Extremism of Little Interest When Killer Is White By FAIR

29 March 2018 — FAIR

Independent: Austin Bomber Mark Anthony Conditt Was Part of Christian Survivalist Group That Discussed 'Dangerous' Chemicals

If a Muslim bomber had received religious-based weapons training (Independent, 3/22/18), that would likely be the lead fact in every report on them.

Remember that Muslim mass murderer who belonged to an Islamic home-madrassa called INTIFADA, where knife-wielding Shari’a survivalists studied the Qur’an, guns and dangerous chemicals? And how the liberal media fawningly portrayed him as a misunderstood and under-loved young man otherwise full of promise?

You don’t, because that never happened. But have you heard about of the Christian Texas child-killer from an all-white sect who slaughtered the president of a homeowners’ association and a 17-year-old aspiring neurosurgeon, both on their own doorsteps and in front of their families? Both victims were African-Americans. This same murderer was a suicide bomber who blew himself up before police could arrest him and take him for a hamburger (as they did with Dylann Roof, the young white man who killed nine African-Americans at their church).

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