Balloons & Flash Drives: How A Private Organization Is Trying To Incite Rebellion In North Korea

Authored by Anders Hagstrom via The Daily Caller,
The U. S.-based Human Rights Foundation (HSF) has worked with North Korean defectors to smuggle flash drives and other tools into their dictatorial homeland to counter the regime’s propaganda throughout 2017.
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HSF director Alex Gladstein claims that his organization has successfully smuggled up to 10,000 flash drives into the country containing documentaries countering state narratives, according to The Telegraph.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Dec 26, 2017.

EXECUTIVE EDITOR OF POPULAR LIBERAL NEWS SITE ALTERNET ON LEAVE AFTER MULTIPLE SEXUAL HARRASSMENT ALLEGATIONS

The executive editor of the left-wing news and commentary site AlterNet, Don Hazen, has been placed on ‘indefinite leave’ after five women accused him of sexual harassment.
Buzzfeed first received the news after reporters asked AlterNet’s parent organization about ‘accusations he inappropriately touched employees, sent lewd emails, and showed them explicit photographs,’ according to their report.
Hazen denied the allegations in a statement: ‘I deny most of allegations as have been presented to me by Buzzfeed, and I believe others have been mischaracterized.’
A veteran member of liberal media, Hazen once served as publisher of Mother Jones magazine. AlterNet is dedicated to reporting on ‘the environment, human rights and civil liberties, social justice, media, and health care issues.’

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on DECEMBER 21, 2017.

COVER-UP: Court Seals Evidence of Israel’s Weapon Exports to Rwanda During Genocide

‘There is no terrible regime – Columbia, Guatemala, Uruguay, Argentina and Chile during the time of the colonels, Burma, Taiwan, Zaire, Liberia, Congo, Sierra Leone – there is not one that does not have a major military connection to Israel.’
– Jeff Halper, 2003
If the details in this court report were allowed to be made public, it would no doubt be extremely embarrassing to the state of Israel, who relies on maintaining the status of eternal ‘victim’ in order to side-step dozens of UN resolutions regarding its illegal land annexations and human rights abuses against the native Palestinian population who have been under violent Israeli military occupation for over 50 years.
Question: why have the Israeli Courts ruled to cover-up these important details about Israel own role in helping to facilitate a genocide in Africa?
Their answer: ‘The release of information would undermine state security and international relations.’
According to reports, Israel’s arms exports to Rwanda were in violation of international law.
Israel has also been caught numerous times before, including recently being exposed in a UN report after supplying Israeli weapons in the Sudan conflict, and again, with the US protecting the rogue state, Israel continues to act with impunity.
Similar reports have also emerged about Israeli arms and other Israeli military equipment.
And this is what US politicians continuously refer to as ‘the only democracy in the Middle East.’

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on DECEMBER 16, 2017.

Get The Rope, Pitchforks And Torches

This is the sort of article that ought to get you digging around in the garage for what the American people seem to forget they have: Pitchforks, torches and rope.
There is one simple and easily actionable approach that each of us could take to try to wrest control over health policy decisions away from the lobbyists who now control it with little effective counterbalance and put it back in the hands of our patients, who should be powerful shapers of such decision making.
This is a short excerpt from an article in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) on a conversation they urge doctors to have with you. The gist of it? Obamacare and forced cost-shifting in general is something you should demand more of from politicians.
Now let me note something for the record: The AMA, which of course is the last three words of the title of that journal, has just 15% of practicing physicians as members today. This was 75% in the 1950s. Yet the “association” has never had it better when it comes to its finances.
How is this possible?
The AMA makes most of its money today on the forced subscription to the ICD and CPT codebook sales that both change every year and become more complex. The association has created for itself a monopoly with the force of law in that government-funded health care providers must use it, and yet they’re a privateorganization.

This post was published at Market-Ticker on 2017-12-14.

10/12/17: Folks, there isn’t a Russkie in the Alabama waste collection ditches

No, it is not Russia Today, nor Sputnik, nor some other ‘foreign agent’ reporting this, but the U. S. own Newsweek. The mass media, mainstream news publication headlined its recent report with this: ALABAMA HAS THE WORST POVERTY IN THE DEVELOPED WORLD, U. N. OFFICIAL SAYS (You know things are pretty much going South when the UN sends in a “Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights” to look into the, that is right, poverty and human rights record of the world’s leading democracy, the Number One, the shining light on the ever-dark horizon, that marks the way for the destitute and the oppressed… ah, you know the leitmotif.
It would be a bit of a ‘right, UN, say no more’ if it weren’t for the hard cold facts mentioned in the Newsweek article, the open sewers, the 2017 hookworm outbreak, the “nearly 41 million people in the U. S. live in poverty. That’s second-highest rate of poverty among rich countries” reported by another, non-RT/non-Sputnik agency, the U. S. Government’s own Census Bureau. Were it not for the fact that the UN investigator is a U. S. law professor (well, he might be a foreign agent too, who knows).

This post was published at True Economics on Monday, December 11, 2017.

Strzok-Gate And The Mueller Cover-Up

Authored by Alexander Mercouris via TheDuran.com,
Almost eighteen months after Obama’s Justice Department and the FBI launched the Russiagate investigation, and seven months after Special Counsel Robert Mueller took the investigation over, the sum total of what it has achieved is as follows:
(1) an indictment of Paul Manafort and Rick Gates which concerns entirely their prior financial dealings, and which makes no reference to the Russiagate collusion allegations;
(2) an indictment for lying to the FBI of George Papadopoulos, the junior volunteer staffer of the Trump campaign, who during the 2016 Presidential election had certain contacts with members of a Moscow based Russian NGO, which he sought to pass off – falsely and unsuccessfully – as more important than they really were, and which also does not touch on the Russiagate collusion allegations; and
(3) an indictment for lying to the FBI of Michael Flynn arising from his perfectly legitimate and entirely legal contacts with the Russian ambassador after the 2016 Presidential election, which also does not touch on the Russiagate collusion allegations, and which looks as if it was brought about by an act of entrapment.
Of actual evidence to substantiate the claims of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the election Mueller has so far come up with nothing.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Dec 10, 2017.

Politico: Trump’s “Fake News Mantra” Provides Global Dictators A “Shield For Human Rights” Abuses

pparently Trump’s efforts to call out reporters for their biased, misleading, inaccurate and/or often just outright false reporting (A. K. A. “Fake News”) is now tantamount to endorsing human rights abuses by dictators the world over…at least according to Politico. Per an article published earlier this morning, Politico argues that “by aligning themselves with Trump’s words, despots have been able to use the U. S. president as a shield for their attacks on press freedom and human rights.”
Authoritarian rulers across the globe are adopting President Donald Trump’s favorite phrase to limit free speech, with prominent leaders or state media in at least 15 countries using his ‘fake news’ line to denounce their critics, according to a POLITICO review.

By aligning themselves with Trump’s words, despots have been able to use the U. S. president as a shield for their attacks on press freedom and human rights, said Joel Simon, executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists.

‘I’m seeing it more and more,’ he said. Trump, he added, ‘is providing a context and framework for all sorts of authoritarian leaders – or democratic leaders and others who are dissatisfied or upset by critical media coverage – to undermine and discredit reporting.’

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Dec 8, 2017.