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.

Flynn Used White House Position To Lobby For Mid-East Nuclear Reactors: WSJ

Rumors that former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn might be the next former Trump administration official to be indicted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller have been circulating for weeks now. Last week was no exception, with US media reporting that Flynn’s legal team had decided to stop cooperating with the White House council and President Donald Trump’s administration. Now, in the latest Flynn development to arrive Tuesday evening, the WSJ reports on Flynn’s push during his brief tenure in the administration to convince President Trump to support a plan to build roughly a dozen nuclear power plants across the Middle East.
Private-sector backers of a controversial Middle East nuclear plan worked with former national security adviser Mike Flynn to promote it inside the White House, to the point of sending him a draft memo for the president to sign authorizing the project.
At issue was a proposal to build dozens of nuclear reactors, billed by its backers as a ‘Marshall Plan for the Middle East.’ Before joining the White House, Mr. Flynn, a retired lieutenant general, had advised some of the U. S. companies involved in the plan in his capacity as a consultant.
At the heart of the issue is whether Flynn abused his position within the administration to help benefit his consulting clients.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Nov 28, 2017.

The Problem Isn’t Populism: the Problem Is the Status Quo Has Failed

The top 5% who have benefited so immensely from the consolidation of wealth and power cannot confess the status quo has failed the bottom 95%.
The problem isn’t populism–the problem is the status quo has failed 95% of the populace. Life isn’t wonderful, prosperous and filled with expansive equality except in the Protected Elite of the top 5% of technocrats, corporate executives, tenured academics, bureaucrats, financiers, bankers, lobbyists and wealthy (or soon to be wealthy) politicos. The corporate/billionaires’ media would have us believe that the crisis we face is populism, a code word for every ugly manifestation of fascism known to humanity. By invoking populism as the cause of our distemper, the mainstream media is implicitly suggesting that the problem is “bad people”–those whose own failings manifest in an attraction to fascism. If we can successfully marginalize these troubled troglodytes, then our problem, populism, would go away and the wonderfulness, equality and widespread prosperity of pre-populist America will be restored.
The bottom 95% need a time machine to recover any semblance of prosperity. They need a time machine that goes back 20 years so they can buy a little bungalow on a postage-stamp lot for $150,000 on the Left and Right Coasts, because now the little bungalows cost $1 million and up.
Housing valuations have become so detached from what people earn that even the top 5% has trouble qualifying for a jumbo mortgage without the help of the Bank of Mom and Dad or the family trust fund.

This post was published at Charles Hugh Smith on SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2017.

‘USA is a great nation, but leave us alone!’ 11 quotes that show how Vladimir Putin sees world

Via RT
Populist, pragmatist, authoritarian, cunning tactician – years after he rose to the top of Russian politics Western observers still wonder about Vladimir Putin’s true motivations. In fact, behind the Kremlin’s decision-making is a set of consistently expressed beliefs. On the United States
‘The USA is a great power. Probably the only superpower in existence today. We accept that and we are ready to work together with them.
What we don’t need is for them to get involved in our affairs, tell us how to live our lives, and prevent Europe from building a relationship with us.’
On allegations of Russia’s foreign meddling
‘There is constant US propaganda, and direct funding of US NGOs… Is that not interference, which continues year in, year out? Take a globe, spin it, and randomly put your finger on any spot – I can guarantee that there are American interests and meddling there.
What do the Americans want? For everyone to just bow their heads in deference? We have our own opinion and we express it openly. It is not some form of undercover sabotage.’

This post was published at The Burning Platform on Nov 23, 2017.

COMPROMISED: Sex-abuser Congressmen are open to massive blackmail

Most people are nave about how intelligence operations are run. Holding damaging secrets on public figures equals the opportunity for blackmail. This strategy was probably discovered by cave men.
– Sex-abuse claims filed against members of Congress – beyond Al Franken and John Conyers –
Where are all the names of these Congressmen? We’re now told that, in the past 10 years, $17 million has been paid out to accusers in small sums. An unknown part of that money was compensation for explicitly sexual offenses.
There are more cases where the accusers simply gave up and refused to pursue claims. They’re potentially waiting in the wings.
Not only are the Congressmen guilty, they’re open to blackmail. As they vote on bills; as they decide which lobbyists to favor; as they decide what advice to follow from intelligence agencies; as they decide whether to take meetings with agents from other countries; they’re always looking over their shoulders, wondering: HOW MUCH DO THESE PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT ME? WHAT SHOULD I DO TO STAY SAFE?
And in some hotel room, late at night, when a person slips them a folder with details of their sexual misdemeanors or felonies, what are they going to do? How are they going to resist whatever is being asked for?
COMPROMISED.

This post was published at Jon Rappoport on November 23, 2017.

Faux Outrage: Reuters Says Tillerson Violating “Child Soldier Laws”; Ignores Same Policies Under Clinton-Obama

Late last night, Reuters published an “exclusive” report which was undoubtedly intended to be a “gotcha” hit piece on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, courtesy of some disgruntled Obama/Clinton holdovers at the State Department. The report from Reuters came after they got their hands on a confidential “dissent” memo, signed by ” a dozen U. S. State Department officials” accusing Tillerson of violating the “Child Soldiers Prevention Act.” Here’s a summary from Reuters:
A group of about a dozen U. S. State Department officials have taken the unusual step of formally accusing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson of violating a federal law designed to stop foreign militaries from enlisting child soldiers, according to internal government documents reviewed by Reuters.
A confidential State Department ‘dissent’ memo not previously reported said Tillerson breached the Child Soldiers Prevention Act when he decided in June to exclude Iraq, Myanmar, and Afghanistan from a U. S. list of offenders in the use of child soldiers. This was despite the department publicly acknowledging that children were being conscripted in those countries.
Keeping the countries off the annual list makes it easier to provide them with U. S. military assistance. Iraq and Afghanistan are close allies in the fight against Islamist militants, while Myanmar is an emerging ally to offset China’s influence in Southeast Asia.
Documents reviewed by Reuters also show Tillerson’s decision was at odds with a unanimous recommendation by the heads of the State Department’s regional bureaus overseeing embassies in the Middle East and Asia, the U. S. envoy on Afghanistan and Pakistan, the department’s human rights office and its own in-house lawyers.
‘Beyond contravening U. S. law, this decision risks marring the credibility of a broad range of State Department reports and analyses and has weakened one of the U. S. government’s primary diplomatic tools to deter governmental armed forces and government-supported armed groups from recruiting and using children in combat and support roles around the world,’ said the July 28 memo.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Nov 21, 2017.

US Calls For ‘Genuine Transition’ In Zimbabwe As Mugabe Resigns

BREAKING: President Robert Mugabe has resigned, Speaker of Parliament confirms
— Zim Media Review (@ZimMediaReview) November 21, 2017

Update: During a small roundtable with State Department reporters late Monday, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Donald Yamamoto urged the Zimbabwe military to implement ‘real, genuine, economic [and] political reforms” and to ensure elections scheduled to be helpd next year are fair and transparent.
The message came hours before Zimbabwe’s parliament speaker announced President Robert Mugabe had resigned Tuesday.
Yamamoto said the international community wants to lift sanctions against Zimbabwe and see the country, once an economic success story, become a pillar of stability on the continent, according to VOA News.
The way for Washington to lift sanctions is for Harare to carry out the due process, to respect human rights, and to give the opposition a genuine opportunity to form a government.
‘What we don’t want is a manipulation by the government or by the ruling ZANU-PF party – holding rush elections, not taking into consideration a lot of the reform issues that the opposition wants to implement; also, not giving political space for Zimbabwe people for them to express what they want to see in a new government,” Yamamoto said.
US Ambassador to Zimbabwe Harry Thomas has been meeting with officials from ZANU-PF party and the opposition party behind the scenes to try and help push the political process forward.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Nov 21, 2017.

‘Extreme Vetting’ would be a #PreCrime #DigitalMuslimBan

Today The Identity Project joined 55 other civil rights, civil liberties, government accountability, human rights, immigrant rights, and privacy organizations in calling on the US Department of Homeland Security to abandon its Extreme Vetting Initiative.
The essential goal of the DHS Extreme Vetting Initiative is to extend the bogus ‘pre-crime’ prediction algorithms and methodsbased on ‘big data’ from suspicionless mass surveillance, already being used by the DHS and its partner agencies in the US and abroad to decide who is allowed to board airplanes, to a broader range of decisions about who is allowed to travel to, or reside or remain in, the US.
But the DHS doesn’t have any ‘pre-cogs’, human or robotic, to make these predictions. And prior restraint of our movements or other activities based on predictions of future criminality is not only impossible (and inherently subject to abuse by those who create the predictive and decision-making algorithms) but an affront to fundamental notions of justice, due process, and human rights.
According to a joint letter we sent today to the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, Elaine Duke:

This post was published at Papers Please on November 16th, 2017.